Monday, 1 September 2014

BEAUTY: THIS MONTH'S MOST ADORED | AUGUST

























The dreaded back to school season is upon us. Gone are the days of rising in the afternoon, spending the day aimlessly scrolling through twitter, engrossing yourself in the latest Netflix season, and where taking blog photos is not just for weekends. This means September is dawning, and August has set and it's time to call in the products who made the cut this month. This month's beauty favourites are the most seasonal appropriate we've seen round these parts, where brights, bolds & shimmer have their say.

In terms of base, it was all about the highlight and flawless skin. The MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle(£23.00/€30.00) had yet another day, as i rekindled my love of it's velvety soft texture and the ease of blending it. Daily, it was used on the tops of the cheek bones where the shimmery champagne highlight worked at adding depth to the face. On days where i went a little more out there it also worked as a brow highlight, applied lightly on the brow bone. I discovered used light-handedly is when this highlight works the best, giving a subtle sheen to the parts of your face where the sun hits. I also took on using fluffy brushes as a tool for foundation, with the ELF Complexion Brush(£3.95/€4.95) coming into the spotlight. It's dense yet flimsy bristles make it the perfect tool to blend foundation into the skin, almost blurring out any imperfection. Apply the foundation to the face, blend in circular motions and voila, you have a flawless base. However, it is a little more time consuming, and takes much more elbow grease to get the foundation completely blended so it's definitely a no-go for early mornings when you wish to conserve every ounce of energy you store.

An effortless bright lip was the go-to statement look for this month, and in came the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Personne Ne Rouge(£8.99/€12.49) to fulfill this duty. A soft matte lip cream, this applies smoothly with a doe-foot applicator and locks in place for pretty much hours on end. All the awkward bright lip fiascoes we all fear, such as the embarrassing lipstick on your teeth situation are pretty much non-existant with this lip colour. It does not budge for 3-4 hours when you apply two coats, letting them both dry in-between. However, once the colour does begin to move, it has a tendency to bleed, leaving you with a red line on the outer part of your lips - thus, i try top it up every 2-3 hours while on the go. To ensure a neat application, i like to quickly run around my lips with a concealer brush to give them a little more shape. Nobody likes the Miranda Sings look, ey?

The beautiful eye pigment*(£10.00/€12.95), from Fuschia - an Irish makeup brand i recently discovered - in the shade Bliss made it into the go-to pile almost immediately after it made it into my stash. A champagne coloured, loose eyeshadow pigment with an array of reflex colours, it is the perfect shade for mixing with autumnal tones, from deep plum purples to dark browns. I found it's best used after dampening a flat shader brush with a setting spray, and dabbing the brush in the pigment before pressing it on to the lid. This method intensifies colour, and prevents fallout. It's so easy to make the key feature of any look, or just for brightening the inner corner of a deep smokey eye.

Typically, i'm not the nail polish type of gal' which makes it quite surprising that the well acclaimed Models Own Beach Party(£4.99/€6.10) made it into this month's mix. A bright almost neon orange, this is the perfect Summer shade, and looks incredible with a tan. As a thick consistency nail polish, two generous coats of this gives you an opaque finish, while not taking forever and a day to dry - which is always a winner in my books. It has also managed to influence my favourite colour which has now surprisingly changed to orange, resulting in accumulating a ludicrous amount of orange notebooks.

Lipstick, highlight & favourite colours - what a month August has been. The last of the Summer months and in my books, typically the last of the dewy base & bright lips. Bring on the matte skin & vampy lips.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

GIVEAWAY: £50 GIFT-CARD FOR WAYFAIR.CO.UK





























It's no secret that i'm partial to obsessing over home decor, and will consume hours aimlessly pinning dream homes on Pinterest. So when i came across the wonder website that is wayfair.co.uk, i was overwhelmed at how the website covers all your home decor needs at such a budget friendly price.

Much to my excitement, the people over at Wayfair have given me the opportunity to giveaway a £50 voucher to one lucky reader! With such a vast selection of home furnishings and much, much more for under the £50 mark, i was more than happy to oblige - and also took the time to narrow down some of my favourite picks from the site for under £50(pictured above)


THE GIVEAWAY WILL RUN FROM WEDNSDAY, 27TH AUGUST  UNTIL SATURDAY, 27TH OF SEPTEMBER AT MIDNIGHT WHEN THE WINNER WILL BE CHOOSEN AT RANDOM.

And that's it, no extra catches - just plain merry sailing. Good luck everyone, and please try not to overly absorb yourself in wayfair.co.uk, their pieces have a tendency to rope you in.

*This prize has been given to me by wayfair.co.uk to give to my readers, however it does not influence my opinion on the site.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

BEAUTY: PAMPERING 'DEM SOLES

























As people i feel we are inclined to forget about caring for our feet, we presume our soles are invincible as they manage to support our entire body weight, withstand the pain of walking in 6-inch heels, and keep us balanced. But like everything, even the strongest of body parts need some TLC every now and then. So put the feet phobia aside and face your tootsies, and give your soles some lovin'.

Sole pampers are most certainly not that complicated, and can be completed at home within minutes - no unnecessary trips to the local beauty salon for a pedicure here, ladies. The Micro Pedi, is the holy grail of foot pampering. Essentially an electronic foot file, the mineral rollers buff away all the dead skin cells, too often found on our feet. (yes we all get it!) While not being too harsh on the skin, the Micro Pedi works at gently removing the hard skin on the soles, as you roll it in back and forward motions.. It leaves your soles feeling beautifully smooth, and almost picture worthy - i kid you, not. Micro Pedi have teamed up with Nails Inc. to launch the Nails Inc Electronic Foot File Kit*(€49.99/£39.99) containing two shades from the brand worth £22/€33 (pictured above- Brook St, Porchester Place) as well as an Electronic Foot File and Mineral Roller Powered by Micro Pedi. Quite on the pricey side, the kit contains 2/3 of any at home pedicure routine - pretty nails & perfect soles - which is most definitely worth the initial splurge.

The final step in my at-home pedicure is to smother my feet in the delight that is Soap & Glory Heel Genius (€7.75/£5.50). With the brand's signature scent, this foot cream locks in moisture and prolongs the softness of the feet post-filing. Once my feet are smothered in the medium consistency cream, i put on cotton socks, and let it do it's magic while i catch some zeds, or loose myself in some Gossip Girl - which ever one takes your fancy.

There we have it, an at-home pedicure that doesn't cost regular pennies, and can be done weekly, for sublimely smooth soles and top class tootsies!

Friday, 15 August 2014

LIFESTYLE: #DAYTRIPTOCHIC - THE IRISH NATIONAL STUD







Day trips are one of those things that i like to incorporate into my life as often as i can. To me, day trips are a form of escapism and relieve your mind of the woes of every day life, you find yourself laughing at little things you usually take for granted and the things that usually make you cringe(often family influenced!) make you cry out with tears of both embarrassment and joy. Not only that, day trips are the perfect opportunity to spend the day as a tourist in your own country. The typical native countryside which is rarely appreciated in your local parts, becomes something picturesque and beautiful - the trees look greener, the fields fresher & the flowers appear more in bloom.

My love of family day trips is deep and unbreakable,which is why when Kildare Village Outlet launched a campaign about the ideal #DaytripToChic i was overjoyed. The lovely people there also worked alongside fashion blogger Tara Marzuki for this campaign, and made a video of some beautiful places around the vicinity of Kildare & Dublin which can be watched here.

THE IRISH NATIONAL STUD & JAPANESE GARDENS, KILDARE.
One of the most beautiful areas of the Irish soil that i have ever laid eyes on, is without a doubt, the county of Kildare. You may remember a couple of months ago i shared my snaps from a recent trip there, but i decided to take this opportunity to relive the trip as it's definitely my ideal #DaytripToChic.

The two hour car journey did not take from the sense of over whelming joy and excitement i had felt that morning to be visiting an area of the country i knew so little about, but instead added to it. I felt a prevailing sense of euphoria from the moment i had awoken that morning. As i rode back seat of my family car, i absorbed my beautiful surroundings. County, after county we traveled from Mayo straight to Kildare, a county of sheer natural beauty.

We took a quick detour through the Curragh, a vast green landscape with sheep roaming free before heading for The Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens. From the moment we had pulled into the car park, i was dazzled by the beauty of the place. Cherry Blossoms graced every open area of the park, and at the entrance stood an ice cream cart.

Once we gathered our tickets, we made the tour of the Stud our priority. Horses upon horses greeted us. Each grazing in the glorious green fields beneath the blazing sun. Some of the country's finest thorough bred horses roamed freely in wide areas of grass, evidently so well cared for by the wonderful staff. As we strolled down the paths, and abundance of Cherry Blossoms lay around the perimeter.Then we headed for the pony rides, as my nephew's face was over took with glee has he was brought on a brief ride. As it was foaling season, we were lucky enough to see some newly born foals and their mothers, as they found their feet before the stumbled in the hay. The Stud tour was concluded with a visit to the Horse Museum, before we headed off to my favorite part - the Japanese Gardens.

A soothing sound of water lapping filled my ear drums as i found my feet at the first part of the Gardens. Laid out by a Japanese horticulturist, the trail of the gardens is said to symbolize the Life Of Man, through the trees, plants, rocks and water. I sucked in the artistry of my surroundings through not only my camera lens, but through the most reliable camera a person can have - my internal memory box as an aroma of fresh plants and flowers tickled my nostrils as i crossed the fairy-tale like red bridge. The allure of nature overwhelmed my senses and i discovered not even an Instagram filter could make the area appear any more extraordinary.

As time crept up on us - much to our dismay, it was time to set off on the long road home, but not without a quick stop at Kildare Village. I stepped foot in Cath Kidston for the first ever time, once again overwhelmed with the beauty, but this time the beauty of more materialistic floral items, and very much unlike the flowers that had minutes previous, graced my eyes. A few more stop offs and it would be time for some food to fill our stomachs for the long journey that lay ahead.

Post some grub, i resumed my place in the car filled with both joy and dismay, joy that it had happened, and dismay that it had to end. Absorbing the beautiful sites that had a couple of hours before hand lay before me, this time under the influence of the night sky, enhancing their beauty, i fought back the sleep.

The perfect #DaytripToChic had come to an end, to soon be a memory, as it is now. A memory that will forever fill me with a sense of joy and happiness as i look back on it at times, like i am now.

The ongoing sense of magic and creativity throughout this was definitely inspired by the video Kildare Village did with Tara Marzuki, which you can all watch here. I hope you all enjoyed a brief switch up in tone around these parts, and didn't feel too like an English teacher correcting a creative writing piece..