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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Floral and Pleather !

Hello all,

This outfit features one of my favourite E-bay purchases - my floral shirt. I love this shirt, it's so pretty and looks so much more expensive than it actually was. I love it so much I will actually be giving one away over on my Facebook Page , so stay tuned for that :) It was absolutely freezing when my sister & I shot this outfit. It was her idea to go down by the river where all this creepy fog was lingering but I really like how the photos came out. I hope you do too!

Floral Shirt- €10, E-bay
Pleather Skirt- €15, Boohoo
Necklace- €10ish Etsy
Shoes- €25.00 H&M

That's all for now folks,
Thank you for reading!


Saturday, 23 November 2013

New Additions

Hello all,

This week myself and a few of my college friends went into Dublin for a spot of shopping. I say shopping but what it really consisted of was us standing in awe in the Disney shop and drinking hot chocolate. There was also a trip to Dublin Ink where three of us got piercings as you do, mine was extremely spur of the moment ( thank you Vanessa for my education on the human ear)but no harm. I had never seen the Christmas lights in the big Smoke ( what a cluchie) so I definitely went home in a very Christmassy mood. Ironically most of things I bought that day were black..oops!
Here are some of the recent things that have sneaked into my wardrobe :)

1) Green Velvet Top - €5, Penneys

I love velvet and I love this shade of green so when I saw this top reduced from €13 to just €5 I had to have it. It is slightly longer than the average crop top which I also love as I don't really think the normal crop top suits me. I can't wait to wear it with high waisted jeans!

2) Pleather Joggers- Primark, €13

These are a bit odd & I don't know why I love them but I just do. I have gone mad for anything pleather-esque (which you will see in a bit)lately and these were no exception. I live in skinny jeans so it's nice to wear something with a different shape to them. 

3) Pack of 5 Glitter Socks- Penneys, €3.50

I love glitter and I love socks so I most definitely love glitter socks. I like to wear these 'fancier' socks - meaning not my odd ones that my family and housemates always see, for wearing with ankles boots or my converse. I think it's nice to just have them peeking up from your shoes :) 

 4) Pleather Pencil Skirt - New Look, €16.99

I love the shape of this skirt and although it isn't the most flattering of materials, especially when skin tight I somehow don't really mind ( I probably should but whatevs). I have been on the hunt for a skirt like this for too long and I was so happy to find it in New Look. I can see it becoming a staple for college nights out.

5) Pleather Skater Skirt- Boohoo, €15

Yes pleather again, I'm sorry. I mentioned I was looking for a pleather skater skirt in my latest wishlist post and thankfully Boohoo saved the day. This skirt has a lovely shape to it and I like the way it sort of ...well sticks out ! A handy thing to throw on and make it look like you put in an effort!

6) Floral Peplum Skirt- €20, second hand

I love this skirt so much. I am so late on the whole peplum thing but better late than never as they say. I bought this second hand from fellow Irish fashion blogger Retro Flame. It is originally Zara but I got it for just €20 which is amazing for a Zara piece. I can't wait to wear it :)

That's all for now folks, I hope you saw something you like and have better self control than me :)
Til next time,

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Casper the Friendliest Ghost

Hello all,

So this may come as a shock to you all but ...I am extremely pale. Not shocked? Didn't think's nearly always one of the first things somebody points out to me but I don't mind I'm proud and happy in my ever so pale Irish skin. The only thing I can complain about though apart from the obvious need of wearing factor 50 even in the Irish sun is finding make-up that suits my skin tone. This is especially noticeable when looking for foundation, there is just never any affordable or pale enough shades out there, but not to worry all you fellow pale ladies here are some of my favourite products for our Casper  like skin.

1) Revlon Colourstay Foundation - €18

I first heard of this foundation on Youtube when a beauty guru was comparing it to the quality of Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation. Since I am allergic to Mac's Studio Fix and they don't have a pale enough shade anyway I forked out the €18 and bought this beauty. I am so impressed with this foundation. It blends so easily into the skin ( I apply it with my fingers, the warmth of your fingertips helps blend it in smoothly) and the lasting power is something to behold, it easily lasts 10+ hours. It is a full coverage foundation and is my choice for a night out. I buy the shade 110 Ivory which is the lightest shade they carry in the line. The €18 may seem pricey but a bottle of this foundation lasts me a year, yes a YEAR! They also have two formulas- one for normal/dry skin and one for combination/oily skin so there's a shade and type for everyone!

2) Max Factor Xperience Foundation - €18

Now if you want a foundation that's lighter and better suited to daytime use ,this is your answer.This foundation purchase was again as a result of watching a beauty guru rave about how good it was (  I am such a sheep I know). It is extremely light and it really feels like your're not wearing anything on your skin( no cakey face YAY). The lasting power isn't as long as the Revlon Colourstay but for daytime use that's fine by me. Again the price does seem a lot at first but I am on my second tube in over two years so that's pretty good going! I am in shade 40 Light Ivory.

3) Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer - €6.49

I cannot rave about this concealer enough. It is so flippin' hard to find concealer in a light enough shade, but the shade 'Fair' is perfect for my translucent skin. I have bought countless tubes of this since I first discovered the magical powers it possess and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon. It is somehow perfect for both blemishes & under-eye circles with amazing lasting power. Go get it !! :)

4)Matte Brown Eyeshadow

I haven't specified a brand because as long as it's a brown eyeshadow with absolutely no shimmer it'll do just fine. Everyone knows the benefits of contouring ( if you don't click here) but for us ghosts there is no and I mean no bronzer that looks good on our skin. They are all far too orange and that just doesn't look good. However this doesn't mean we can't have those perfect cheek bones like the rest of them , all you need to do is apply (keep a light hand) the eyeshadow under the hollows of your cheek bones (make sure to blend afterwards )and hey presto you've cheekbones Kate Moss is envious of!

5) Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil - €4.95

If you use a black pencil eyeliner I really recommend switching to a brown one, even if it just for daytime use. Black pencil can look very harsh in contrast to pale skin and can give the illusion of smaller eyes and make us look even paler...dun dun dun( that's meant to translate as dramatic music)! I really like this one as it's really easy to blend. Also any blue eyed beauties reading this brown eyeliner will make them look even bluer :)

6)Bright Lipsticks

Since I don't wear fake tan I have to have some colour going on or otherwise I may look like I'm on my deathbed. I tend to keep my eye makeup quite neutral so I really love bright colours for my lips , they completely brighten up your face without going overboard. Here are a list of my favourites( I like Rimmel products a lot) :

  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss shade 107 €6.95

  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss shade 111 €6.95

  • Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick- Drop of Sherry €5.95
  • Rimmel Colour Rush Balm - Rumour has it €7.95
  • No7 Moisture Drench Lipstick - Mulberry €10.95

I hope this helps someone! Thanks for reading, 

Friday, 15 November 2013

Fluffy and Florals

Hello all!

Firstly I must apologise for the lack of outfit posts but with being away in Berlin & silly death inducing assignments in college I've been a busy bee. Anyway enough of that here's an outfit that I wore while on holidays in Berlin. I had such an amazing weekend with my sisters and cousins Róisín and Áine. It was abolutely jam packed but we managed to fit in a quick outfit post one morning featuring my crazy floral pants, I hope you like it :)

Trousers : E-bay, €20
Jumper: Bershka (present so don't know the price I'm afraid)
Boots: Penneys/Primark €22
Bag: Dunnes Stores, €6 I KNOW..baragin!!
Necklace: Dunnes Stores, €15
Bracelet: Present from Lanzarote 

Thank you for reading!


Friday, 8 November 2013

Crimson and Lace

Hello all,

This outfit features one of my favourite E-bay purchases - my ASOS lace blazer which I nabbed for €10!! Bargain !! Halloween is over so I am going to be one of those people and say that this blazer is scteams Christmas to me :) I can't wait to wear it for all the festivities! As I write this blog post I am aware that I have to get up in four hours to get a bus to the airport as myself, my sisters and two of my cousins are heading to Berlin for the weekend, so on that note -good night & God bless!

Dress- Penneys/Primark €13

Blazer ( I love this so much) - E-bay, originally ASOS

Yes these boots AGAIN!
Penneys/Primark €22

Sunglasses- vintage Ray Bans

That's all for now folks,
Thanks for reading


Monday, 4 November 2013

Black and Blue

Hello all 

So I am back to college after my week off and I am now faced with the full force of Maynooth's freezing weather ( I am wearing multiple layers, a blanket and cradling a hot water bottle as I write this) along with all the work I didn't do..YAY! Even though I had a rushed last day back home myself and my sister managed to shoot this outfit for Crimson Threads. I wore this the previous weekend to see the Lord of The Rings in the O2 accompanied by the RTÉ Orchestra! I hope you like it, it's just nice and casual :)

Blue Jumper- E-bay
I'm so happy with this jumper as it's really easy to just throw on. It's also a perfect length for wearing with leggings

Necklace- Dunnes Stores
This is quickly becoming my favourite necklace. It looks so much more expensive than it actually was, I love it !

Leggings- Forever 21
These are just simple black leggings with a nice zipper detail on the bottom. So comfy :)

Oversized Clutch- Pull & Bear
€12 on sale
This is the definition of an oversized bag but that's the very reason why I love it!

Cut Out Boots- Penneys/Primark
This is actually a photo I took from an upcoming blog post( our rushing caused us to forget about the shoes..opps), they have been on my blog a million times at this stage anyway though :)

Thats all for now folks,
Thanks for reading,

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Braces and Shorts

Hello all,

This outfit features one of my favourite things ever- my braces. They're a biteen controversial to some eyes and while yes I may resemble a man I don't care because I love them :) I bought these almost two years ago along with the shorts in Pull & Bear. I hope you like it !

Blazer- Forever 21

Cut out boots - Penneys/Primark €22
Socks- H&M

Bag- New Look

Jumper- New Look

Necklace- Republic

Shorts & Braces- Pull & Bear

Thank you for reading!
'Til next time,