Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Outfit of the Day : Mix and Match

Considering its a very mild December, this isn't a very wintery look I went for. I woke up on my first Sunday off from when I started working in retail and felt like getting dressed up! I always wear black in work so I wanted to add a pop of colour to the outfit and mix and match the textures.
I pared a black crop turtleneck with a high waisted Aztec print skirt. I then layered my tan faux shearling gilet over it and topped it with a floppy orange hat from Parfois. I'm not one to accessorise a lot as I prefer one stand out key piece, so I went for the long chain and the hat to complete the look.
To ensure I was warm enough to brave the shops on a Sunday, chunky black tights and black zip ankle boots finished the look. Curvy girls can wear crop tops when paired with a high waist skirt they are also day time appropriate and draw attention to the slimmest part on someone with an hourglass figure which is often the waist.
Gilet: Forever 21
Crop turtleneck : Penneys
Skirt : Penneys
Tights: Penneys
Necklace: Penneys
Hat: Parfois
Boots: Diesel @ TKMAxx


Monday, 7 December 2015

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation Review

I was on the search for a new foundation... My recent purchase of Revlon colour stay in shade Buff had let me down... It was just too pale. My friend Laura who works for Clinique introduced me to Clinque Beyond Perfecting foundation in shade 2. She gave me a sample size large enough for five days use and I am still using it as a little goes a long way with this foundation. It is long lasting, and provides fantastic coverage. I really like the shade match as I do wear fake tan on occaision so it's a little warmer toned and really gives a glow as you can see in the below photo. 


I'm also wearing my new Naked weightless complete coverage concealer in light/warm shade. I love to use this as an under eye concealer, highlighter and on my cheeks to tone down any redness as it has a yellow pigment in it which counteracts any hyper pigmentation. 



These two paired together are really my favourite base at the moment providing the kind of shade, coverage and wear that I look for in foundation and concealer. Debenhams had a recent 10% off event for Black Friday so I picked up the Urban Decay concealer for around €19 I think it was. 


If you want to try out th Clinique foundation I'm sure they would be more than happy to match you up and give you a foundation sample to try out at home. This supposedly contains enough for five makeup applications but I've barely put a dent into it after five days so I suppose it depends on how much you wear. 


Awkward head angle but I was trying to find the light in the above photo to show you the foundation in natural unfiltered light. I paired it with a natural eye and my new favourite nude lip combo - Mac lip liner in Subculture and Mac matte lipstick in Honey love. 

Let me know if you try the concealer or foundation! Xx


Thursday, 3 December 2015

Review: Vichy skincare


It's my birthday today and at the ripe old age of 22 I think it's about time I started looking after my skin. I heard a great quote once about the skin you have in your twenties is the skin your genes give you and the skin you have in your thirties is the skin you have yourself so it's never to early to start looking after your skin. 

Mc Cormacks pharmacy in Maynooth sent me out this lovely little parcel of Vichy goodies to try out. I've always heard of Vichy recommended as a brand for dry and sensitive skin (my skin type) but had yet to give it a go so I was delighted to put these products to the test.   


I received both mini versions of the day and night cream from their Aqualia Thermal range, the Dynamic Hydration Power Serum (what a name) a lovely Eau thermale spray to refresh the skin and a mini Micellar makeup remover. 

I am loving the day and night cream. The day cream is light on the skin, easily absorbed and not greasy at all but you really feel like it's nourishing your skin. I lost the night cream after only two uses unfortunately but the texture was lovely and rich and it had such a lovely fresh scent. 

I was already a convert to the face serum but this dynamic hydration serum is definitely my favourite that I have used so far. I would use this as night to really let it sink in. The texture is very watery and a little goes a long way so be careful with it.   

The lazy girl in me really likes the concept of Micellar waters but to be honest no matter what I've heard my science and beauty experts alike I really don't think it gives the same cleanse and makeup removal as a cream cleanser and hot cotton wool. I'm old school like that.

Last but not least I am a huge fan of the Eau Thermale spray - Vichy Thermal spa water which is rich in rare minerals apparently. It is just so refreshing to spritz on the skin especially with the heating on so much this winter and to relieve and tightness after cleansing it is my go to. 

I really enjoyed getting to experiment with this range and will definitely be investing in my skincare regime in the future!   Prices available on request.  
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