Saturday, 4 July 2015

My Go To Summer Makeup

Okay, the other week when I coming home from work and my face felt disgusting. It was a hot day and I felt I was wearing too much makeup for the heat. I decided then and there to find the Perfect Summer makeup and I think I've found my favourite look. It's really easy, it doesn't make my skin feel heavy and it's also suitable for work too, A win-win. 
I've been meaning to test out some products for the longest time, so I was thrilled when these all worked to give me the makeup look I wanted to achieve. My face feels clean and isn't heavy in the slightest. I do have dry skin, so I skipped the powder as I wanted a dewy look, but if you're prone to major skine, you could totally just ad your regular powder for this look. 
 The Body Shop Wonderblur*€24.95
After I cleanse and moisturise I apply this to my cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. It gives me the perfect smooth base for my BB cream. It absorbs excess sebum and maintains a matte effect. I've found it works really well, but I do find that you need to solid skincare routine as well to get the best results. 

Bourjois Sun Illusion Blur Skin Perfector* €11.95
This wonder product has the benefits of a primer (It mattifies the skin), but this product gives a hint of a tan as well. Most of us want to look nice and sunkissed during the summer months so this is a must have. A little goes a long way and this colour here (fair) worked perfectly with my colouring. If you're on holiday's this would be perfect to wear on it's own! 

Bioderma Sensiblo BB Cream*€17.50
I'm sceptical about BB creams. I like them as in their light and if your skin is clear and even it works well for you. However, my skin is a bit red and I find BB creams can emphasise this and just settle into my dry patches. This Bioderma BB Cream in Light is a completely different story. I find it blends into my skin beautiful (I use my fingers for a more natural look) and conceals my imperfections. Sometimes if my skin is acting up I will choose to wear some concealer as well for extra coverage, but today I luckily didn't need it. It's also targetted for sensitive skin and comes with an SPF of 30. If you buy one BB cream this Summer- make it this one. 
Bourjois Aqua Blush in Pink Twice* €6.90
To complement my look I used this new Bourjois Aqua Blush. Normally I'm strictly a powder blush kinda gal, but I wanted this look to be for Summer, so nice and light. It's a liquid blush, so I squeezed a little bit out and blended it in. I used a blush brush for this so it blended in perfectly. It's not as long lasting as a powder blush, but I did look the natural look it gave me. 

NYX Eyeshadow Stick* €4.90
Now I'm not a fan of the NYX Eyeshadows, but I love their Eyeshadow pencils. I used this all over my lid and just blended it out with a big blending brush. I use the colour "French Fries" which is a gorgeous golden colour. It's quite neutral too and can definitely be built up for a more evening look. The staying power is really good and it's so easy to apply. The only downside is that you have to sharpen them and that can be a bit of a hassle. 

Bourjois Instant Brow Mascara*€10.49 and Bourjous Brow Natural*€9.49
I did like the Mascara, I've tried better ones, but I wanted to be as natural as possible. It's not very pigmented but it does the job. Brown Natural is like a felt tip pen for your brows. As a strict brush and powder girl, I was intrigued, but I found it incredibly easy to use. It's small so you can get every hair. If you're new to eyebrows this product would be very handy! 
Bourjois  Volume Glamour Waterproof Mascara*€12.49
As it's hot I always make sure I'm wearing waterproof mascara. This one is fantastic. It's easy to apply, doesn't smudge easily and stays on the whole day. It gives my lashes a nice lift, nothing too dramatic though - which is fine for me as I tend to wear this during the daytime. As far as waterproof mascara's go this is definitely one of my favourites. It gives me a nice lift, separates my lashes and doesn't smudge - especially in the heat!  

Bourjois Sweet Kiss Lipgloss* €10.99
To complete my look, I used a slick of lipgloss. I've been buying these lipglosses since I was 11, so it's nice to go back to my roots! They're nice, don't stick too much and leave a nice colour. I love these gorgeous peachy pink colour in "As De Pink". It leaves a nice sheen and makes my lips, extra kissable ;) Plus they're inexpensive you can keep a few in your handbag!

Bourjois Beauty Touch Eyebrow Highlighter* €9.49
Does exactly what it says on the pencil. It's a lovely pearly pink and I used it to subtly highlight my browbone. It's easy, not messy and you can direct it exactly where you want it to go. I also use it on my cupid's bow too and depending on my mood I'll use it on my cheekbones too. I like how precise you can be with it. It also blends easily with your finger. It's definitely one of my favourite brow products at the moment! 


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Friday, 3 July 2015

What I Wore | Cape Blazer

Whenever I'm getting ready for work I also leave this blazer. I don't know why. Perhaps I find it a bit too dressy? The other day I decided to be bold and rock it with my new Yours Clothing trousers. When in doubt of what to wear I always rock all black. It's effortless, timeless and being totally honest it makes me feel like a bad b*tch!

The focal point of this outfit is definitely the Cape Blazer. I saw it on Louise from Style Me Curvy and I had to have it! I picked it up in Soho Boutique in St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre. They only had a 14 and a 10. The 14 was too big on the shoulders and I chanced my arm and the size 10 fitted well! The 12 would have been perfect, but the 10 still fits well enough. It just goes to show to try things on! It's so amazing, and I knew I'm going to wear tons of wear out of it! 
I paired it with a statement necklace and a pair of bad ass sunglasses from Penney's! I wore an Evans top that I've had for ages. I picked up the 16 and it has ample room for my bust and is so incredibly comfortable for work. It's light and airy and is perfect for the lovely heatwave we've been having! I picked it up before my trip so it's not available anymore, but they have something similar here. I tied my hair up in a tight pony and added my all time favourite Lipstick from Rimmel's Kate Moss collection. It's colour #107
 I wore these Black Jacquard Slim Leg Trousers* that I've been wearing to work for well over a month now. I chose a size 16, and only wish they came in a 14 as they are quite a generous fit. They're so comfortable as they have an elasticated waist at the back and have a nice loose leg so you're not too restricted sitting at a desk. If you're between sizes I'd recommend sizing down as they run a little bit big. The quality is really good and they still look brand new, even when I've worn them at least twice a week. If you're on the lookout for a smart work pant that is extremely comfortable then give these babies a go! 

Top: Evans
Trousers*: Yours Clothing 
Necklace: Paris
Sandals: New Look 


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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

What I Wore | Studio Eight Jumpsuit

This is going to be a nice short and sweet post from me today! Today was a busy day, but I wanted to be both stylish and comfortable. I had to go to work but then be suitable dressed for an evening function too, so it was a bit of a tricky one. I knew what I had to throw on however. My new Jumpsuit from Studio 8
New Plus Size brand (Sister company of Phase Eight) Studio Eight has launched today bringing y'all more choice for the Plus Size market. Currently their size selection is 16-24. They're on the pricer side, but you get what you pay for. I'm all for choice and it's great that some Plus Size women have the choice to wear higher quality and well made clothes.
I chose to rock this Navy Jumpsuit and my boss immediately commented on it when I walked in - in a good way of course! I knew today was going to be one long ass day so I wanted to be comfortable and look chic at the same time. I had to order the Navy Zena Jumpsuit*, you could call it love at first sight. I'm wearing the size 16 and it's literally more comfortable then a pair of PJ's!
 I added a pair of nude sandals and a gold and pearl necklace to give it a bit of a lift as well as one of my fav Speedy's. To finish it off I wore my new favourite sunglasses from Tiger Stores that set me back a grand total of €4! I can't fault this Jumpsuit at all. It's absolutely gorgeous. Although at €150 it's on the more expensive side BUT this will last you for years! It would also be perfect for travelling too! 

Outfit Deets:
Jumpsuit*:Studio Eight
Necklace: Ebay
Sandals: H&M (on sale for €10!)
Sunglasses: Tiger Stores
Bag: Louis Vuitton

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