Boohoo Christmas Heaven

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Forget spring/summer, autumn/winter is where it’s at. Sparkles , sequins, fur and glitter are acceptable at any time, day or night. In fact – the more sparkles the better. With excuses to dress up at every corner, there’s no reason at all to not to do a bit of shopping, is there? I’m a sucker for ordering things online when I’m cuddled up in bed, surrounded by blankets while it’s freezing and blustery outside.

As per usual, boohoo.com have knocked it out of the park with their Christmas range. If it’s a jumpsuit, a LBD, a full length dress or a LGD (little gold dress ;)) you’re looking for, boohoo have it all.

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I’ve my eye on the fur-rimmed LBD for my work Christmas party, which will look gorgeous with a statement red lip and a shimmery eye, as well as the Harley Cowl Back Sequin Shift Dress, which also comes in black, for New Years Eve.

If I’m lucky enough to be going somewhere fancy, I might mix it up a bit and wear a jumpsuit. The cobalt blue one is the perfect way to make a statement, or I might tone it down with the snow-white maxi and let my makeup be the statement.

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to go all out, so wear that gold dress that you’ve always wanted to, dare to work a jumpsuit and wear fur at every opportunity – there’s no better time of year!

Keep an eye on www.boohoo.com for all the latest drops in their Christmas range – after all, we need to give ourselves a present too!

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All That Glitters

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Nothing says Christmas like sparkly nail polish. While my nails are short and I’m by no means a manicurist, I love taking the festive cheer to a whole other level and making my nails as Christmassy as possible.

The closest I’ll get to pretty, festive nails is a sparkly polish, because frankly there’s no room for any nail art. I’ve been loving Nails Inc Victoria with Ciate Sand Dune on my ring finger. It’s easy to do, looks cute and gets plenty of admiration – winner. 

Essie’s Christmas selection of nail polishes looks too good to miss, so expect plenty of more sparkly nails around here in the future!

The Winter Outfit Formula

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I was so close to calling this ‘The Autumn Outfit Formula’ until I had the sad realisation that autumn is over and we’re well and truly into winter. Although, I’m not complaining. Any outfit that contains boots, scarves and plenty of layers is an instant favourite in my books, and the colder days mean an hourly cup of tea is acceptable. Score.

I tend to get into the routine of wearing the same thing every day whenever the seasons change. There’s a formula to all of my outfits, it’s just the basics that change. Winter is no exception, and I’ve already nicely figured out my outfit formula for this season. Now that’s the kind of maths I like.

It goes like:

Vest top + knit + coat + oversized scarf + skinny jeans + boots + leather gloves + floppy hat = the perfect winter outfit 

Vest top - A vest is essential if you want to keep warm. I’m aware that I sound like your granny, but it’s true. This one’s from Topshop, but nearly every shop on the highstreet has them. Topshop have some on special offer at the minute, so pick up a couple as they’ll be a wardrobe staple in winter.

Knit - Knitted jumpers have gotten really popular the last few years, which is great if you’re like me and always freezing. For me, the more oversized and slouchy the better. Missguided have some gorgeous ones in at the minute, and they’re really affordable too. I’ve my eye on the black and grey plain roll neck ones, as well as this gorgeous chunky knit one. I’m using all of my will power right now not to go on and order the three *must save, must save, must save*!

Coat - I knew investing in a camel coat last winter would be worth it! The trendy colour has stayed around, and this one from New Look is a pretty good price (plus New Look give a student discount!). Your coat is one of the first things people see when they look at your outfit, so find one you like and invest if you can. After all, if you’re just popping into town you could just have a pyjama top on underneath and no one would know!

Oversized scarf - My favourite part of the formula. A scarf can change an outfit and make it look totally different. The same as knits, the more oversized the scarf, the better in my books! Penneys have some really nice ones in at the minute, as well as ASOS which stock this gorgeous one. 

Skinny Jeans - No matter how many different types of jeans that come into fashion, skinnies will always be the only ones I wear. As much as I want to wear cute dresses and skirts in winter, it’s always jeans that win me over. Topshop jeans are my favourite, I’ve my eye on these for when I go to London. Jamie jeans are slickly thicker than Leigh, so they’re warmer and more structured. Black jeans are great to have because they look just as good during the day as they do on a night out!

Boots - No matter what time of the year, boots are always incorporated into my outfit formula. I’ve gotten really into wearing boots with a platform and a chunky heel because you get the extra height without the discomfort of a stiletto! I couldn’t believe how affordable these ones are from boohoo for €40! The same as black jeans, heeled boots are great for both day and night.

Leather gloves - Bare with me, leather gloves have come far from being the chosen hand wear of burglars. A pair of leather gloves really adds extra glamour to an outfit, and they’re 100 times better at keeping the cold out than cotton ones. Plus, you can make snowballs without your gloves getting wet and soggy! Again, ASOS have pulled it out of the bag with these gloves for €25, a total bargain.

Floppy hat - I’m not much of a hat person, despite picking up at least three beanie hats each time winter rolls around, I can never really get them to work for me. It has to be near freezing conditions for me to put a wooly hat on my head. However, I recently picked up a floppy hat from Penneys and I love it. I’ve seen so many bloggers wearing them recently and looking amazing, so I thought I’d give it a go. It’s a nice change from a beanie, and I can see myself wearing it all season! This hat from Missguided is very similar.

There you have it, my winter outfit formula. Let me know what you think and what yours is in the comments below! Have a great weekend everyone!

My MAC Lipstick Collection & Favourites

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It’s no secret that MAC is my favourite makeup brand. It’s the first place I go to whenever I need a new eyeshadow, foundation, lipstick – or anything makeup related at all! Since I started buying and wearing makeup over seven years ago, (say whaaat?!), I’ve collected my fair share of MAC lipsticks. I thought I’d share with you the collection I’ve gathered over the years, although I’m sure there are a few that got lost/used up along the way! I’m going to try and describe the lipsticks in as few words as possible as this could turn into a very long post, and I’ll point out my favourites too!

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Angel - One of the most recent additions to my stash. Pink, pigmented, creamy.

Rebel - Favourite. The ultimate autumn/winter lipstick. Purple, pigmented, buildable colour.

Coral Bliss - A go-to colour in spring/summer. Coral, moisturising, glossy.

Myth - One of my least favourites as it’s too light for my natural lip colour. Pale, nude, creamy.

Creme Cup - A gorgeous everyday pink. Pretty, moisturising, glossy.

Hue - Favourite. Similar to Creme Cup, but lighter in colour and more sheer in application.

Brave -Favourite. Another recent addition to my stash! Kylie Jenner – need I say more?

Twig - A brown-nude for the darker lip lovers.

MAC Red - My favourite red. Pigmented, long lasting and non-drying.

Overtime - A creamy, lighter pink nude. (Can you see a theme here?!)

Plumful - Favourite. My favourite everyday autumn/winter berry lip.

Snob - Slightly lilac-toned pink. Not my favourite out of them all.

Impassioned - The ultimate kick-ass statement lipstick. Surprisingly easy to wear!

Shy Girl - Favourite. This colour doesn’t look great swatched but I love it when it’s on. Coral, nude, creamy.

Bare Study - Favourite. My all time favourite nude lipstick. I have two of these and they’re both nearly all gone. It’s really moisturising and pigmented, and leaves the lips soft all day long!

As you can probably tell, nude, moisturising and creamy lipsticks are what I tend to go for!

Let me know your favourite lipsticks, MAC or otherwise, in the comments below!

 

 

 

Being A Granny

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Let me start by saying I don’t mean literally. I think it would be a pretty impressive feat to be a granny at 19. Apart from not having two generations below me, I’m a granny in every sense of the word.

I love tea, I love cosy socks and I love baking. Nine times out of ten, I prefer sitting in on a Saturday night than going out clubbing and drinking. Maybe it’s just me, but a good movie, good company and good food equals the perfect night for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting dressed up and going out with my friends, having a few drinks and dancing the night away. But I’d rather do that once in a while than every single weekend.

For a while I felt like I was really missing out on being 19. Did not downing four shots in a row every Saturday night and not  dying of a hangover the next morning make me any less of a teenager? Was I not making the most of being young? Even worse, was I, *whispers*, boring? I’ve the choice to go out two, three times a week, but the idea just doesn’t appeal to me.

Soon enough, I realised that I am perfectly happy with being a granny. Being hungover just isn’t worth the pain for me. If it’s a birthday, celebration or if everyone is going, I’m there. But a random Friday night? A lot of the time my response is ‘No thanks’. The thoughts of going out for a nice dinner and coming home to watch a movie appeals to me so much more.

I read a quote recently that said, ‘In the future, you’re not going to look back and remember all the nights that you had plenty of sleep’, and that really made me think. I re-evaluated my granny situation with plenty of doubt, but soon came to the conclusion that I think I’ll look back and remember the nights I had plenty of sleep as much as, if not more, than the nights I didn’t. Some of the best memories I have are ordering in food with my friends, talking for hours and having a good laugh. The fact that I can wear pyjamas while doing this makes the situation a lot more appealing too.

If going out every weekend is your thing, then great – I salute you! But if your thing is cuddling up on the couch after a long week, having a few laughs with friends, or catching up on YouTube videos – then that’s fine too! Living life and having fun isn’t defined by how many times you go out a week, but how many times a week that you are happy and did something you enjoyed, no matter if that thing is sitting in or going out.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments, and if you’re a granny like me or love clubbing and going out every week, I’d love to hear!

 

 

WhatSheDoesNow Turns One!

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Yesterday marked the one year anniversary since I made my first post on WhatSheDoesNow – I can’t believe it! I knew that when I started this blog is wasn’t just going to be a month-long fling, but looking back over the past year is just crazy.

I went nearly 100 days of publishing a post every day, and continued posting on my holidays and regularly throughout the week all year. I think the reason that I stuck with it is because blogging has never been a chore, it’s something that I love doing. I’m constantly thinking of new ideas of what to blog about, how to photograph things and how I can make this little site bigger and better.

I’m still finding my feet when it comes to blogging and self-promting, and I still have a lot to learn but I’ve come so far this year with something that I was convinced only a few people would read. I’m so excited to continue posting, growing and expanding my blog – as well as hopefully finally picking up a professional camera!

To anyone who’s been here since the very first post, thank you! I’ll never forget the excitement I felt when I saw my first subscriber, and saw that people all around the world actually wanted to look at what I have to say. And to anyone who’s new, stick around – there’s plenty more to come!

Here’s the links to my first five blog posts, have a read (and a laugh) and let me know what you think in the comments, as well as if there’s anything you’d like to see more of!

1. The Start Of Something New

2. On Cloud Nine: Favourite MAC Lipsticks and Glosses

3. Winter Wardrobe Essentials

4. Skin Care Saviours

5. Hair Care Heroes

 

 

Faking A Glow in Winter

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Who said glowy skin was just for the warmer months? Once the weather begins to cool down, there’s hardly any mention of bright, luminous, golden skin. It’s all about hydration and dark, smoky eyes and berry lips. As much as I love a good smoky eye and red lip, I think nothing looks better than healthy, glowing skin – at any time of year.

Of course, hydration is key when the weather turns for the worst. Glowing skin starts from within (hey, rhyme!), so plenty of water and moisturiser will give a good base to begin with.

I never used to use primer at all but since beginning using it a few months ago, I don’t think I could go without it! Benefit Porefessional is great as it gives a really smooth, even base and helps your makeup last all day. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but yep, I’ve been using a BB cream the past few weeks. NARS Sheer Glow is my go-to foundation for any occasion, but recently I rediscovered the Bobbi Brown BB Cream. The first day I wore it I got so many compliments off people about how my skin looked, and that was on a bad skin day. BB creams are usually associated with summer skin, but their hydrating properties make them amazing for the colder months too. I use the colour light, it has a really nice glow to it, and adds an extra bit of colour to the skin as well. This would even be perfect on its own for days when you don’t have time to add bronzer or highlighter because it adds such a lovely colour and glow.

As per usual, I use Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer under the eyes and to conceal blemishes. Another recent rediscovery is the Sleek Contour Kit – I can’t believe I ever stopped using this stuff! The darker shade is basically cheekbones in a palette, that’s all I can say. MAC Fleur Power is a really nice pop of pink, but beware: you only need a teeny bit of this as it’s so pigmented. My skin actually had a really bad reaction to Revlon Photo Ready Skin Lights in Light Rose when I mixed it in with my foundation when I bought it a few months ago, so I can only use this as a highlight on the cheekbones. The liquid formula makes it really easy to apply and it adds a really nice sheen to the skin. I think MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle is one of the most talked about highlighting products in the blogging world – and for good reason. A dab of this on the inner corners of your eye, and under the brow bone gives a highlight even an Instagram filter couldn’t mimic.

Although dewy skin isn’t usually associated with powder, I always use a dab of MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Light on my t-zone to keep my makeup looking more golden goddess rather than ‘I had to run for the bus’.

Pair this with the eyeshadow from my Killer Eyeshadow Duo post and that’s one easy makeup look that you could make day or night, even if you have to run for the bus!

The Killer Eyeshadow Duo

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It’s the simple things in life that make me happiest. Tea in my favourite mug, long walks along the seafront, finding a new eyeshadow duo. I stumbled across this combination when I gave myself too much time to get ready for date night (I was still late, regardless), and really liked how it looked. I’ve never gotten so many compliments on my makeup as I did when I wore this, which made it an instant favourite in my books. The best part? It’s so easy to do, it literally takes minutes. Meaning there’s more time to decide what lipstick to wear. Three cheers for that.

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It’s no surprise that both eyeshadows are by MAC, it’s my favourite high end makeup brand. Woodwinked is my all time favourite MAC eyeshadow because of its gorgeous golden brown colour that looks stunning on its own, as well as with other shadows. I applied this all over the lid, literally packing it on with my MAC 239 brush. Then I blended it out with Arena, a light, burnt orange colour with my MAC 217 blending brush. You really can’t go wrong with this, just blend blend blend. Sweep whatever is left on the blending brush under the eye, along the bottom lash line and the result is a burnt, bronze, smokey eye that takes hardly any effort at all to do. A thin line of gel liner, like L’Oreal Gel Intenza liner finishes off the look. To change it up, you could thicken the line or add a cat-eye flick, but sadly I still haven’t mastered the cat-eye flick yet.

This look is equally as gorgeous during the day as it is at night, which is why I love it so much. Add lashings of mascara, or falsies for night time and you’re good to go.

What do you think of this look? Let me know!

 

 

Better Late Than Never Favourites #2

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After taking an unplanned week-long break from blogging due to my site getting a virus *:(*, I’m back with my better late than never favourites! I had originally planned these to be my October favourites, but seeing as we’re already well into November I thought I’d stick with better late than never.

October was a pretty good month, with Halloween and way too many indulgent dinners and nights out – but I loved it! I’m more than happy to be into November as this month marks WhatSheDoesNow’s first birthday (how did that happen?!) and with every day that passes, we’re one day closer to Christmas!

The colder days of October brought out the smoky-eye, berry-lip lover in me. I’ve gone through quite a few berry lipsticks this month, but my favourite I’ve come across is Brave by MAC. I’ve spoken lots about this lipstick, and while it’s not really (hell, it’s not at all) a berry colour, it’s a really nice autumnal nude.

I’ve also gotten plenty of use out of my Charlotte Tilbury eyelash curlers this month, which my tired eyes have thanked me for. The fact that they’re rose gold automatically makes them a favourite in my books, but they also work really well at lifting and curling my lashes. I haven’t gone a day without using them since I got them, and I can’t see myself stopping anytime soon!

I’m pasty all year round, so fake tan is something that I use nearly as much in winter as I do in summer. He-Shi Gold Foaming Mousse is perfect for an instant tan that doesn’t smell or streak. It’s really easy to apply and keeps my limbs from resembling Casper the friendly ghost’s. On the cold winter nights I can never convince myself to apply tan the night before I’m going out, so this instant tan is really easy to slap on just before I do my makeup, so it dries while I’m getting ready and leaves me bronzed in minutes.

While it came out in late October, I genuinely have not stopped listening to Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989. I had it on preorder and was counting down the days before it’s release, and it didn’t disappoint. Everywhere I go, I’ve been playing it. In the kitchen, in the shower, in the car, in the gym – literally everywhere. 

My wish of going to London has finally come true as my boyfriend and I, and my best friend and her boyfriend, booked a weekend to the city at the start of October! We’re going in December for a long weekend and I genuinely can’t contain my excitement. My list of things to buy is growing by the minute, but after reading the Top 10 in London book, my list of places to go and things to see is nearly longer! If you’ve any recommendations please leave them in the comments below!

This is more of an everyday favourite than a monthly favourite, but my tea intake has drastically increased since the weather has gotten colder. Nine times out of ten on any given cold day you’ll find me in cosy socks, listening to 1989 and drinking out of my ‘Tea is always a good idea’ mug. I’m living the wild life, I know.

I hope that October was an amazing month for everyone, and that November is even better!

 

The Normal Girl’s Guide To Health & Happiness #7

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If all went to plan, I should be starting my eight week of the bikini body guide today. But, sometimes life gets in the way, and I had an accidental break from the BBG last week.

I say accidental because last week was reading week from college, but I turned out to have a lot more on than I expected and genuinely did not have one spare minute to go to the gym. With work and college assignments, it would have been physically impossible for me to make it to the gym three times, as well as four or so sessions of LISS.

I wasn’t going to write this post, but I thought that it’s just as important to show your slip ups as it is to show your hard work. I know people say that there’s always time to work out, and that you have to make the time, but last week that just wasn’t possible for me. Instead of feeling guilty and disappointed in myself for not working out last week, I’m just going to try even harder this week.

I think sometimes that you need a break in order to really get yourself kick started again. Saying that, the cold and dark nights make it pretty hard for me to prise myself away from my cup of tea and magazines, but I know that I’ll always feel better for working out than if I do nothing at all. Having someone to do the exercises with has made a huge difference in my motivation. It can be pretty daunting to go to the gym and leap around doing burpees on your own, but it’s not so bad when there’s someone else doing it with you.

Let’s hope for a better week this week, and remember that sometimes it’s okay if working out isn’t your top priority!