Another Kylie Jenner Lip Post

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have seen Kylie Jenner’s ah-mazing pout plastered all over Instagram and Facebook. The beauty world has been going crazy over her nude lip, and as a total nude lip-lover I’ve happily been part of the craziness.

Picking up Kylie Jenner’s exact lip colour wasn’t planned, but I’m so glad I did. I was in MAC in Dublin airport and couldn’t decide between picking up two nude lipsticks, Angel and Brave. Angel is a pink, creamy colour while Brave is a darker, more matte pink. When the girl in MAC told me that Kylie Jenner wears Brave, I was immediately sold.

To recreate Kylie’s full lips, I used Spice lipliner by MAC to line the lips, then used Maybelline Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in Nude Perfection to fill in the lips, and finally Brave over the top. I love how the combination looks, and I think it’s a really nice autumn nude.

While I don’t look like Kylie Jenner in any other way, wearing this lipstick makes me as close to a Kardashian/Jenner as I’ll ever be!

Let me know what you think of the Kylie Jenner lip in comments below, and what your favourite nude lipsticks are!

 

 

The Autumn Outfit – Scarves and Shreds

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This outfit kind of happened by accident but I absolutely love it. I was heading into town to meet one of my best friends so I wanted to wear something comfy and effortless. At first I was just wearing the grey top on its own with a silver statement necklace, but threw on the scarf for fear of being too cold and loved how it looked. It’s so big that it could double up as a blanket, and is a really nice way of incorporating colour into an otherwise 50 shades of grey outfit, literally.

I’ve wanted a pair of jeans like these since I saw them in Topshop nearly six weeks ago, so when I saw them in Penneys for €15 I thought it was too good to be true. They’re really soft and are skinny but stretchy and structured at the same time, and have a really nice mid-rise. I genuinely can’t wear jeans that come up any lower than my belly button, high waisted jeans are my favourite.

Paired with my Chelsea boots from Topshop, some midi-rings, a big watch and my Michael Kors Selma bag this is my ultimate go-to autumn outfit. The huge scarf keeps you warm without having to wear a jacket, and it’s still warm enough out to wear ripped jeans without getting frostbite on your knees.

I can see myself wearing different variations of this for the next few weeks, it’s everything I love in an outfit!

Let me know in the comments what you think and what your go-to autumn outfit is!

 

Haulland

Excuse the pun but I just couldn’t resist. As I said in yesterday’s FFW, I went to Holland on Wednesday for a couple of days, and while I was there I picked up a few pieces. It wasn’t a shopping holiday, so I didn’t expect to pick up much but I’m really happy with my purchases. A few of them are available here in Ireland, so I thought I’d share them with you!

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We went to a couple of different clothes shops, but ironically the only place that I picked up something in was Penneys. I nearly died when I saw these jeans for €15 – I’d very nearly purchased them in Topshop for €61 so many times. They’re an exact dupe for the ripped Jamie jeans – comfortable, stretchy and structured. They’ve a medium-rise on them, which I love, and I couldn’t be happier with them! I’m so glad I waited instead of buying them in Topshop, the fashion gods were looking out for me!

I also couldn’t resist picking up the khaki jacket, which I know half of Dublin will be wearing, but I love it so much that I don’t even mind. It has everything I love in a jacket – fur, leather, quilting and khaki! It’s surprisingly warm, and has a tie around the waist on the inside so you can make it more fitted. Now I just have to wait for the temperature to cool down before I can wear it…

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I have such a weakness for stationary, I couldn’t help picking all of these up! We went to a shop called Hema, which had the prettiest stationary that was so cheap. I know that these would all be at least €3 each in Dublin, so for around €1.50 each they were a total bargain. The mint notebook with the elastic around it looks exactly like the Moleskine notebooks, and I thought it would be a really nice background for blog photos (and for taking notes, of course). My aunt spotted the small notebook that has ‘to blog’ on the inside, so obviously I had to pick that up! Plus, I think they’ll look super cute on my new desk.

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Of course, I had to pick up some makeup while I was over there. It was inevitable that I’d head straight to MAC in Dublin airport, but I wasn’t really sure what to buy. I loved the look of the two lipsticks, Angel and Brave, but didn’t want to buy the two of them. After deciding on Angel I told the lady at the till of my (very serious) dilemma and she informed me that none other than Kylie Jenner wears Brave. I stuck to my decision of Angel and made it half-way through duty free before returning to the till looking to pick up Brave as well. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right? I also picked up a Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Bare Study as I’m totally obsessed with the one I have in Vintage Selection. It’s a gorgeous champagne, gold colour that looks great on its own or as a base.

After hearing such great reviews of Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils, I had to get my hands on them. I got them in a chemist in Holland and they were €7 each, which is pretty good considering they’re said to be a dupe of NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils. I went for Minimalist and Nude Perfection, which I’m in love with already. Expect to hear about them on these parts soon…

 

 

Five Photo Week – Holland Edition

I’m coming to you this week a little late and with a little more than five photos. I went to Holland on Wednesday to visit my family and I’d an absolute ball. It’s a beautiful country with such a different atmosphere to Ireland, it was so nice to get a break for a few days! Everything is so pretty and picturesque, I wish I photographed more! Anyway, here a few photos from my trip, enjoy!

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6am airport essentials – Converse, check shirt and white hot chocolate.

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The biggest perk of flying early – the gorgeous view!

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How cute is my aunty’s dog, Sascha?

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My gorgeous cousin Rosa made me this delicious trifle! A few letters got confused in the spelling, but hey, it tasted delicious.

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Clear skies and temperatures of 20 degrees plus weren’t expected, but I’m not complaining.

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Beautiful flowers on the table are really the way to a girl’s heart.

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My aunty Lorraine reminded me half-way through my burger to photograph it for my blog. Safe to say it was gone about six seconds after taking this picture.

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Jeans and a grey tee for heading into the town for some shopping. Primark in Holland is amazing, I couldn’t resist picking up a few things!

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I miss this cute little face already, how sweet is she?!

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This lake is right outside my aunt’s house, imagine that view!

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I couldn’t see myself sitting inside at all with this view outside. When the lake freezes over in the winter everyone goes ice-skating on it – the dream!

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Cobbled streets, red-brick churches and lots of greenery call for a photo opportunity of course.

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Way better than a take-away, a gorgeous home-made curry. I’ll post the recipe if anyone’s interested?

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The five days went way too quick, before I knew it I was back in the airport again.

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Daughter of the Year Award goes to…?

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I hope everyone has had a lovely few days, there will be a new series coming to the blog in the next week so keep an eye out!

Autumn Lipstick Picks

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With September in full swing, I thought there was no better time to share my favourite lipsticks for my favourite season. Although I’m a nude lipstick gal through and through, I can’t help but keep picking up gorgeous berry colours for the fall. I’m going to make an effort in the coming weeks to make sure I wear each of these colours at least once. Who’s with me?

Although MAC Twig looks quite brown in the swatch, it doesn’t come across as brown on the lips. It’s the perfect nude for autumn, as well as being really pigmented and creamy.

I think Revlon Raspberry Pie is my favourite out of all of these lipsticks. It’s creamy, moisturising and has great colour payoff. As well as loving the name, I absolutely love the rich berry colour.

NYX Milan is another autumn nude, except it’s a bit more pink-toned than Twig. I usually wouldn’t be a fan of matte lipsticks, but this matte lip cream somehow manages to give a gorgeous matte effect without drying out the lips.

This wouldn’t be an autumn lipstick post if I didn’t mention MAC Rebel. It’s the ultimate purple, berry-coloured lipstick. What I love so much about this is that you can really build up the colour. It can either be raspberry-coloured, like above, or a deep purple depending on how much you apply.

NYX San Paulo is like a darker version of Milan, with a slight hint of red to it. It’s really long-lasting on the lips, so you don’t have to worry about it coming off mid hot chocolate. On days when I want something with a bit of gloss I just add Vaseline on top to turn it from matte to shiny.

A red lipstick is essential in the autumn lipstick rainbow. I love NYX Spicy as it’s an extreme shine lip cream, which makes it a dream to apply. The colour doesn’t run and just one application lasts a few hours. I think it’s the only red lipstick that you can apply without a mirror, which is a major bonus in my books.

Last but not least, MAC Plumful. This was the colour that I found easiest to wear last autumn as   it’s quite sheer so it wears off really well. It’s really creamy and gives a lovely berry sheen to the lips without being too strong. Perfect for trips to town and during the day.

Let me know what your lipstick picks for autumn are in the comments below, I’d love to hear!

 

 

Monthly Magazine Buys

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The start of a new month excites me more than it should solely because in my brain a new month equals new magazines. I stalk Easons the first week of every month and gradually pick up my regular magazine buys, ensuring that they don’t get bent or creased in my bag. In fear of sounding crazy, I’m studying to be a journalist so I justify my obsession with magazines with the fact that hopefully they’ll lead to a career for me one day. I may or may not keep and store all of my magazines on a bookshelf… All in the name of research, right?

Glamour is my first port of call every month. It’s my all-time favourite magazine and every month I love it more than the last. Glamour is generally quite affordable, at around €2 or less, and is packed full of beauty news, fashion news, features, articles and editorials. I love Glamour because they promote a really good mental health image and always have features on how to be more positive and how to live a happier lifestyle. Also, there are always articles on what is going on in the world, politics and women’s equality. I can’t recommend picking up Glamour enough because it’s more than just a magazine and it always leaves me feeling inspired.

Allure is my first and only e-magazine. It works out much cheaper to subscribe for an e-copy than buying the hard-copy each month, and it’s so handy for travelling and long journeys. Plus, all of the recent editions are stored in one place so you can look back and read them whenever you please. Allure is the ultimate beauty magazine – it’s every beauty obsessive’s dream. With stunning pictures and amazing features on all of the latest beauty products and treatments, you’re guaranteed to find something you want to try or learn something new in every copy. It’s the everyday girl’s insider into the world of Hollywood glam.

Of course, I love supporting Irish magazines. I’ve bought Stellar every month since its first issue came out and love it equally every month. It’s great to see products and clothes that are readily available in Ireland, as well as interesting and inspirational features each month. You’re nearly always guaranteed to see a familiar face in Stellar as well – gotta love little ol’ Ireland.

Xpose is the most recent addition to my monthly magazine stash, but I love it just as much as all the others. There are always great makeup and beauty features, which I love, as well as style advice and makeup tutorials. There’s also a two-page spread of men’s skincare and style, which I’ve caught my dad reading on more than one occasion.

Last but not least, Cosmopolitan. Cosmo has a bit of everything in it – beauty, fashion, style, celebrities, news, health, love… The list goes on. I love the questionnaires at the end of every interview with that month’s cover star, as well as the endless pages of clothes and shoes. There’s so much on every page that it takes me ages to get through Cosmo, but that’s what I love about it. I recently purchased Cosmopolitan Body, which is all about health and fitness. It comes out every few months and is full to the brim of inspiration and motivation. I can’t recommend picking it up enough. Although it’s a bit more expensive, it’s more like a guidebook than a magazine.

Occasionally I pick up Marie Claire, VOGUE and InStyle, all of which I love, but just don’t get the chance to read every month!

Anyone who knows me knows that sitting down with a cup of tea, a biscuit (or three) and a good magazine is the ultimate relaxation for me, although it’s never long before I find myself making lists of things I need to buy and need to do after reading them!

 

 

The Repurchasables

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Seeming as there’s so much choice available in the aisles of Boots, it’s pretty a special occasion when the same product is added to the basket again, and again, and again. As much as I love trying out new products, when I find something that I love chances are I’ll keep repurchasing it until I hear or read about something better.

There are a few things in my makeup bag that are ol’ reliables, that I buy when I’m not looking to try anything new and that I know I love. Then there are a few things that I buy on repeat so much that I almost don’t have to think about it anymore. These are the products that I’m going to talk about today.

First of all, there’s Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Using a micellar water has genuinely revolutionised my skincare routine. I use it in the mornings to cleanse my face and again at night to make sure I’ve removed 100% of my makeup. It’s really refreshing and doesn’t irritate the skin at all. Basically it’s water formulated to remove makeup and cleanse the skin. Plus, a bottle usually lasts me about six weeks and costs around €6 in Boots. It doesn’t get better than that.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – need I say more? I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve repurchased this concealer, it’s that good. I keep one in my purse for top-up emergencies, and one in my makeup bag. It’s creamy, blendable and covers spots and dark circles like no other. What’s better is it doesn’t break me out. Usually I can’t use drugstore concealers or foundations because my skin reacts badly to them, but I’ve had no problems at all with this one. Bonus points because it’s only €5.

I’ve raved about Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm more times than I can remember, but I’m just going to keep on raving. This is easy makeup removal in a tub. And by easy I mean as easy as your ABC’s. Just scoop half a teaspoon-sized amount out of the tub, massage it all over your face and BAM – your makeup has melted away. Even waterproof mascara. I can’t praise this stuff enough. Just make sure to wash your face with water and maybe another cleanser after to make sure you’ve removed all of the balm itself.

MAC Mineralise SkinFinish was one of the first powders I tried, and it was the last. It provides a teeny bit of coverage and the smallest amount mattifies the whole face. It’s not talcum powder-like, nor does it make you look 2D. The new compact design that includes a mirror positions itself even more firmly on my repurchasables list.

When I picked up NARS Sheer Glow last December I’d no idea how much I would love it. It’s the perfect everyday foundation. It isn’t cakey yet it provides great coverage and isn’t shiny yet gives a dewy finish. I wrote a whole post about this foundation last week, so give it a read if you’d like to find out more.

My brows have never been the same since trying Anastasia Brow Wiz a few months ago. The nib is so tiny that it replicates eyebrow hairs, so you get a really natural effect. The formula is long lasting and the thinness of the nib means you can make your brows as strong as you like. The spoolie at the end is so handy for brushing and shaping the brows before filling them in, and is handy for touch-ups during the day.

Finally, there’s NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. This is extremely similar to Collection’s concealer that I mentioned above, but is a slightly more improved version. It applies just a little bit better and wears slightly more natural on the skin. I use NARS on days when my skin needs a little extra attention and TLC (read: when I’ve eaten too much chocolate over the weekend) and Collection on a more everyday basis.

Let me know in the comments if any of these products make your repurchase list and what else is on it!

 

Struggles

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We all have our struggles. Some are big, some are small, but at the end of the day a struggle is a struggle. I’m not sure what or why, but something made me feel like I had to write a post on this today. For a primarily beauty blog this might be a bit deep, but my tag line does say ‘fashion, beauty, positivity’, and although I don’t write about positivity that often, it’s one of the most important things in my life.

I’m a real believer in that you go through struggles in order to have some of the best times of your life. I don’t mean that you have to have a bad time in order to have a good time, I mean that I think that going through a struggle is necessary to make you appreciate and strive for better times.

For a while I thought that going through a tough time was the worst thing in the whole world, and it was. One tough time after another, and another, and another and it started to feel like an endless circle. I thought that the struggles would never end, and they didn’t. But one day something clicked in my head, and I saw struggles in a completely different light.

I started to see struggles as a battlefield, as an experience that would make or break you. Something you could grow and learn from. You could sit and accept the struggle and let it defeat you, but really that’s not a struggle at all.

A struggle is like when you try to fit your foot into a new pair of boots. You try squeezing your foot in and it seems that there’s no hope in hell it’s going to fit. But it will. It’s your size, and these are some pretty damn beautiful boots. So you can either sigh, and push the boots aside and never put them on again. Or you can force your foot in there, worm and wiggle it around until it fits right in. You might lose a toe (hopefully not) in the process, but when you get them on they look amazing, and you can never see yourself taking them off.

I hope that makes sense and that you know I’m not really talking about a boot, but you catch my drift. When you’re going through a struggle you can give up and let the struggle take over, or you can fight it as best you can, squash the struggle and turn it into something you can grow from.

One quote that has gotten me through the toughest times in my life is ‘You have to go fight through the bad days in order to earn the best days of your life’ and I truly believe it. I genuinely believe with all of my heart and soul that bad days lead to amazing days and that it’s always darkest before the dawn. There’s always rain before the rainbow. Remembering this has made the hard days a whole lot easier, and has made me work harder and strive more for the better days. No one ever got anywhere by having an easy life. It is the struggles that you go through that make or break you – and it’s your decision which path you choose. Although it isn’t always easy to see it, believing that the best times of your life are ahead is one of the best ways to get through the bad days.

I know this post is a bit random, but it’s something that I’m so passionate about and try to tell anyone that will listen to me. If you’re going through a tough time, no matter how big or small, remember that it will end, the time will pass and you will grow stronger and have days in the future that are so amazing you won’t be able to remember the bad ones.

Every flower grows through dirt and storms make trees take deeper roots. Tough times don’t last, but tough people do. You were given this life because you’re strong enough to live it. 

Happy Sunday everyone, I hope you’d a great day! Let me know in the comments below what you think of these kinds of posts, because I’ve so much to say about positivity!

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Five Photo Week #12

Another week, another five photos to summarise the past seven days. This week I went shopping for clothes for going back to college, and failed miserably at my attempt to eat healthily. I didn’t think a 2am trip to McDonald’s was a good photo opportunity but, trust me, it happened. There’s always next week, right?

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I’m still obsessed with reading #GIRLBOSS. Sophia Amoruso is the ultimate modern, badass, inspirational woman. I can see myself re-reading this a million times and getting something new from it each time.

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A light caramel frappuccino from Starbucks is officially my new favourite drink. What is it about the power of a Starbucks’ cup?!

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The healthiest meal I ate each day this week was my breakfast in the morning. Porridge with strawberries, blueberries and honey is the ultimate combination – I just can’t stop eating it!

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A few of the pieces I picked up in town, who wants to see a haul/lookbook? There really is no therapy like retail therapy.

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With my b-e-a-u-tiful friend Jen on Friday night. How fab is her hair?!

I hope everyone had a great week, let me know what you got up to in the comments below!

*When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top*

Products I’ve Used Up

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I get such a sense of satisfaction every time I write an empties post. To see that I’m actually using up products makes me feel less guilt about buying new ones, although hoarding empty bottles under my bed for a few weeks feels somewhat weird.

I’m surprised that I’ve only used up one bottle of Batiste Dry Shampoo as I use this stuff on an almost daily basis. I never thought I’d be able to go two or three days without washing my hair, but thanks to dry shampoo I can. I always buy Batiste Dry Shampoo as it’s affordable and gets the job done. I use this to add volume to my hair on days that it’s looking a bit limp, but just one word of warning – don’t wear black while spraying this because if you’re anything like me you’ll end up looking like you’ve just rubbed chalk all over yourself. Not a good look.

Perspi Guard is my secret weapon in a bottle. As disgusting as it is, we all sweat and it’s gross. I’ve found over the years that deodorants just weren’t strong enough for me (lovely, I know) and refrained from wearing any colour other than black or white for months. Then I came across Perspi Guard and it changed my life, literally. You spray this stuff like a deodorant before you go to bed one night a week, and basically you don’t get any sweat patches for the next seven days. It’s seriously incredible. So I’ve no more fear of wearing grey or bright colours thanks to this amazing product. It’s a bit of a weird subject which some people might be horrified by, but hey, I thought I’d share this amazing product incase it can help some of you.

I’m not much of a hairspray girl, so a small bottle usually lasts me a few months. This Tresemme one is really good, it doesn’t leave the hair crunchy or sticky at all. Plus it fits perfectly in your handbag for nights out and travelling.

I was really impressed with Maybelline The Falsies Waterproof Mascara and used it up really quickly. The waterproof formula is amazing – it lasted through gym sessions and even the shower afterwards. It’s easy to remove with an oil-based remover and doesn’t smudge or flake throughout the day.

I repurchased MAC Mineralise SkinFinish in Light as soon as I ran out of this one. It’s my favourite powder and an absolute essential in my everyday routine. While it is pricy because it’s high-end, it lasted me for months even though I use it every day and is so worth it.

Using a heat protector in my haircare routine is so important because my hair is really fragile. If I don’t use a heat protector before I use heated tools on my hair I can see the effects straight away, so this small bottle from Avon is really handy because I could bring it in my gym bag and on holidays.

I think Bioderma is featured in nearly every beauty blogger’s empties posts – it’s such a great product. Taking off my makeup has become such an easy process thanks to Bioderma, and while it’s not available in Ireland, Garnier and L’Oreal have come out with similar versions of micellar waters. I picked up this bottle from Escentual.com and it lasted about three months.

Savlon has been featured in every empties post I’ve written, and each time I write them I always have to remind myself to go out and repurchase it. Savlon is a miracle worker on spots and blemishes and seriously works like no other treatment I’ve used. I use this stuff up so quickly, but it’s really affordable and does so much for what it costs.

Last but not least, VO5 Give Me Texture! Dry Texturising Spray. If you’ve heard of the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray, this is what I’d imagine to be an exact dupe for it. This product gives amazing volume and texture to the hair in one spray and leaves no residue at all. It’s really affordable at €5, nearly one-tenth of what Oribe’s version costs.

Let me know in the comments what products you’ve used up and if you’ve tried any of the products I’ve mentioned.

Happy Friday everyone!

*The decisions we make make the life we live. So if we want to live better, we’ve got to decide better*