Sunday, 19 August 2012


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(makeshift bedside table, sheer tights, sunny day, stupid amount of lip products in my bag, lunch, socks, my baby, nail polish, Ikea haul)

First and foremost I need to apologise for my lack of quality posting. My last post was a wishlist and before that I hadn't blogged in a week. I don't want to make any excuses for myself but life got in the way! I have wanted to start posting some photos showcasing an outfit or two but set-up for outfit posts is really important to me and I haven't got that figured out yet. Watch this space!
I won't be blogging properly for a few days and I wanted to warn the few of you that do click on every now and again. I really appreciate you taking the time to read and leave a comment! I'm currently decorating my bedroom and so the space which I usually have to take my blog photos is unavailable to me (see my first photo above in which I'm using a stepladder as a bedside table!). For now I've included a few photos from my Instagram account - I have only had Instagram about two months and I'm not the most prolific user of the app so some of these photos date back a few weeks - I just wanted to give an overview of my own Instagram account, in all of its stereotypical unoriginality. I'd love it if you followed me on Instagram as I'm only new to the craze and need some more people to follow there!
In other news I've been working quite a lot and my spare time has been spent shopping for wooden floors and painting my ceiling. I'm so excited for my room to be finished! I've lived in my current home about three years and my room hasn't really felt as though it's my own personal space so hopefully a bit of redecoration will change that! I'm also going on holidays in two weeks to Paris which cannot come any sooner - my heart truly belongs there!
Please let me know what you've been up to and thanks so much for bearing with me and not unfollowing! Any suggestions for future posts would be appreciated - I'm thinking about doing a daily makeup post as I got some really lovely comments on my Nars blusher post! Thanks again for your support :) xx

Thursday, 16 August 2012

wishlist #4

1. 'Jenna' dress, Monki.
2. black jumper, Topshop.
3. Sheer Glow foundation in 'Mont Blanc, Nars.
4. 4SS brush, Inglot.
5. Rouge Caresse lipstick in 'Dating Coral', L'Oreal.
6. nail polish in 'Tidal', Topshop.

Once again, sincere apologies for the lack of posts for the last week! Compiled  a quick wishlist - I have been obsessing over this Monki dress ever since I saw Meg's post! It's so beautiful and I'm on the hunt for something similar, I love loose flowy tshirt dresses right now but the high street doesn't seem to have any in stock?
What do you think of my most coveted items of this week?

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Nars Sex Appeal

Nars blusher in 'Sex Appeal', €29 from Nars counters or online.

My first purchase from Nars came in the form of one of their famously over-hyped powder blushes. I took the plunge when ASOS were running a 25% off discount code so the hefty price tag stung a little less! I originally wanted Douceur but it was sold out on ASOS so, not wanting one of their brighter shades (as I think it's easy to find dupes from Sleek or the like) I went for my second choice of Sex Appeal.
When it arrived I was surprised by how pale it is; it's actually quite similar to MAC's Hue lipstick which is a shade I've never seen before in a blusher. It's a difficult shade to capture on camera and its actually a bit lighter than it shows above. Nars describe it as a 'soft peach' and while that's not a wholly interesting description it is fairly accurate; it's a very muted colour and although it is pale it doesn't lack pigmentation. It has a matte finish and the texture is buttery soft.
I opt for Sex Appeal when I'm wearing a cool toned smokey eye or if I'm just having a minimal makeup day. It's not overpowering but it enhances beautifully and really lifts my complexion. Where usually I would go for a cool toned cheek - something like MAC Well Dressed or Cubic - the past few weeks I've constantly been reaching for Sex Appeal as I love the warmth it brings to my skin. It also goes beautifully with bronzed and contoured cheeks to add dimension.
Unfortunately Sex Appeal is not going to work for everyone. Due to the paleness I think it might come up ashy or not at all on darker skintones. While it's a pity that this is only going to work for the very fair skinned, I am grateful for this as I find it so hard to find blushers that will work for me! I would only recommend this to those with pale skin and I think any higher than a MAC NC/NW 25 might not be so suited to this beautiful blusher.

If you've tried this blusher (or anything else from Nars!) please let me know, and as usual I'd love to hear your opinions and recommendations! I'm a bit of a sucker for Nars and I'm currently trying out their Sheer Glow foundation (and loving it!); I'm also totally enamoured with their packaging!
Also, a side note, I've just watched Katie Taylor kick arse at the Olympic Boxing Lightweight finals - she was amazing and I'm so proud to be an Irish woman today! Let me know if you watched her win gold! x

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

hair oils

(L-R: Hask Argan Oil, Organix Renewing Morrocan Argan Oil, Biona Organic Coconut Oil)

For me, hair oils are an everyday essential. I've put my hair through hell and back with years of dying, everyday heat styling and bleaching the absolute shit out of it! My hair is now it's natural colour and I'm trying to encourage it to grow and repair itself. While it's in its awkward mid-length stage I'm refusing to cut the dead ends off and so hair oils are very necessary to coat the fried ends of my hair. While hair oils can be ludicrously expensive these three are my favourite budget hair oils - thanks to these three products I've never found the need to splash out on the original Morrocanoil.
Both Hask and Organix offerings are great for everyday use, I rub a small amount through the palms of my hands and then run it through the ends of my hair, then use whatever is left over to tame down and frizz near the roots of my hair (my hair is quite dry so I can afford to do this!). Each are really inexpensive and widely praised - I know fellow Irish blogger Julie uses the Hask oil (which is available in Penneys - or Primark if you're in the UK) and Lily has done a rave review of the Organix one.
However, for me the standout product is just plain and simple coconut oil. I was pushed to by this after Andrea made a video showing her homemade hair mask of coconut oil and eggs. While I don't think I could ever stomach putting eggs on my hair I love using coconut oil as a hair mask once a week. It makes my hair all over smooth and shiny and much healthier - my ends are still dry but that's just one of those things. I'm thinking about doing a separate post on how I use the coconut oil as a hair mask as it's made such a difference to my hair so let me know if that's something you'd like to see!

If you use a hair oil let me know which is your favourite as I'm always interested in trying new products which might resurrect my poor hair! I'd also like to apologise for my disappearance last weekend, I really want to keep to a schedule of blogging every second day but the sale started in work which didn't leave much time for blogging! I promise posting will be more regular from now on! :) x

Thursday, 2 August 2012

wishlist #3

1. 'Precious' dress, Monki.
2. Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum, Caudalie.
3. cross bracelet, Fashionology.
4. khaki jumper, Topshop Boutique.
5. shopper bag, Zara.
6. matte lipstick in 'Diva', MAC.

Please let me know what you think of this wishlist post & if you have any of the items I'm lusting after this week! I desperately wish we had a Monki store here in Ireland! :( x