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Saturday, 5 December 2015

BLACK FRIDAY HAUL

This year black friday fever spread to Europe in a big way and I found myself poking around online to find some deals! Here are the few bits I picked up:

Makeup:
From Cloud10 Beauty -


  • Blank Canvas Round Top Blending E25



  • Blank Canvas Nude Palette (88 Matte/Shimmer Neutral Colours) 


Clothing:

From New Look -

  • Black Crepe V Neck Cami 


  • Navy Bird Print Slim Leg Trousers


  • Burgundy Airtex Boxy T-Shirt



Over the Christmas period I plan to have some going out looks up using these items!

Did you shop online or in stores for Black Friday? Did you find any amazing items? Let me know below!


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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Old Ways.


 Top & Skirt - ASOS
Boots - Topshop
Hat - Penneys/Primark
Bag - New Look

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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Take Shelter.



Hat - H&M 
Sweatshirt - Penneys/Primark
Jeans - River Island 
Boots - Topshop
Coat - New Look (bought on ASOS)

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

REVIEW: Maybelline The Falsies Volum Express Mascara



Another quick review for you!

After using up all of my beloved Collection 5-in-1 mascara, I decided it was time to venture out and try something everyone has been talking about for years: Maybelline’s The Falsies mascara! I picked one up in my local boots in the Volum Express version (as I love a bit of volume). Here are my thoughts:

It certainly gives volume, like a LOT. Borderline clumpy, but I am completely okay with that. It’s super black and only took a coat to make a massive difference to my lashes. It can be built up more, but I did end up with spider lashes when trying this and being a little heavy handed. The wand is curved (see below) which makes it really easy to get all of my lashes and give them a nice fluttery, girly look.
All this sounds great right? It was, until after about 2 weeks of solid use I noticed my eyes were very dry and cracking. I thought “change in the weather”, moisturise more and it will be gone in a few days. Skip to another two weeks later and my eyes continued to be inflamed, dry and cracked all around. I couldn’t understand why, so I popped into my local pharmacy and they reckoned I had a reaction – possibly to a cosmetic product – and it clicked, the only new product I had used was The Falsies! I am not sure what I reacted to, but I can’t use it anymore which I am very sad about, as I really enjoyed the results! This is why I have no specific photos to show the mascara on!

Let this be a cautionary tale to sensitive skinned ladies (or gents) out there – this may not gel well with your eyelids. Overall though, the mascara gave great results –my lashes were full and fluttery with one coat, so if you are not so sensitive and have not given it a try, go get it!

Here are some other reviews of this product that I liked:

Monday, 14 September 2015

MAPS.




Hat - H&M
T- shirt & Trousers - Dunnes Stores
Shoes - Korkys
Necklace - Newbridge Silverware
Lipstick - Wet N Wild "Cherry Bomb"


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Sunday, 28 June 2015

The Work Edit: Part I

So last month has been crazy as I moved out to a shared apartment and started my new job! The blog has taken a back seat, but I am back now with a series of posts on what I wear to the office! I am trying to shape my work style and build a wardrobe, so I thought I would track my journey to my ideal office outfits! Right now it is quite androgonous, with occasional feminine looks. Here are two I have captured, with more to come in the next few weeks.



Let me know what you think and comment below your tips for office/work wear! 

Monday, 25 May 2015

Simple Skincare Review: Kind to Skin Cleanser, Toner, Moisturiser

Hi guys!

My most popular post so far on this blog has been a review. I love reviews, I always read them before buying products to see if they will work for me. Mostly, I do this for skin care products. I have had many skin issues, with consistent hormonal acne since I was 14. I have very oily and sensitive skin, so finding products that helped clear my acne and reduce my oilyness has been tough. I am no skin expert clearly, but I hope this might help some of you considering trying these products, with the same skin type as me!



The products I am discussing are from Simple; the Kind to Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion, Kind to Skin Soothing Facial Toner and the Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser. Here is the Simple website to read more on the product descriptions: http://www.simple.co.uk/our-products/category/374539/kind-to-skin

First off, I love these products! I didn't think any cheaper skincare brands would have such a good effect on my skin, but the difference I have seen has been amazing. I began this routine around 4/5 months ago, so I have had a long time to know if they work. I was using a Nivea routine before this, which I liked and did the job, but these products have changed my skin.


Starting with the Cleansing Lotion, this is really gentle on the skin. I use this after a light Garnier makeup remover to remove any remaining dirt or oil on my skin. It leaves my skin feeling really clean and fresh, and with oily skin that is great, as I can tend to feel dirty.


Once I rinse the lotion from my face, I use the Soothing Toner. This removes anything that still has not been washed away, and closes my pores. This stuff really is soothing, it cools my skins redness after rinsing it with water. I leave this to settle into my skin for about a minute.


Finally, I use the Light Moisturiser. I had read the most about this and it was the first thing I tried from the range. It is so light but my skin really feels hydrated and soft after it soaks in. It dries super fast, so it is perfect for under makeup. This moisturiser sold me on the brand. I often found that moisturisers were too heavy, and I could feel them sitting on my skin, which I did not like, My skin soaks this right up, and looking plumper and healthier.

In terms of my acne, I think these 3 products in combination really did the trick for me. The cleanser does a great job of removing the oil and dirt, without causing a reaction in any breakouts I have. The toner reduces redness in my breakouts. The moisturiser has reduced my oilyness as my skin has the required amount of hydration. My skin does not react to the products in any way, it never has broken me out.



I would highly recommend these products to anyone with a skin type and issues like me. The picture here of my skin shows what it looks like now, I unfortunately dont have any pictures of before I started using them.

I hope this review was insightful into my experience and might help you!

Gemma