Friday, 31 January 2014

Urban Decay Naked 3 Review

Gosh, it's been over 6 weeks, since Santa Claus came and went, in my stocking, was this little beauty! I actually bought this on behalf of Santa, as I was worried it would be sold out as quick, as it came in(I was right) However I handed it over when I came home, and didn't touch it, until Christmas morning. I must have some serious self control! Below is my review of the newest addition to the Naked family, I didn't think it would be such a positive review, after me not being the biggest fan of the Naked 2. I felt very underwhelmed after all the hype surrounding it, and was worried it would be the same for the Naked 3, however I have been proved wrong, and want to introduce to you all my newest love interest ;)
 I'm a huge fan of the Naked 1 and although I hate the packaging with a passion, I'm still baffled to why they haven't changed it! They need to change it into a tin, to stop the lid flipping up, whenever I bring my palette anywhere. So far there hasn't been to many catastrophes but nonetheless, they need to give it a bit of a make over! Anyway apart from the horrible packaging, the product is amazing, and one that I always reach for, when I'm lacking inspiration. It has a great variety of colours, ranging from light to dark,and I love mixing and matching all the eye-shadows for loads of different looks. Like all the Naked Palettes you can use it during the day, for a natural look or create a more smoky eye.
When the Naked 2 came out I was actually in Miami, and got it on the day it came out (26th of January 2012, the day I flew home!) and although I like it, I don't use it half as much as my Naked 1. I find the shades two metallic for my taste, although I do go through phrases and use it, usually more in the Winter. When the Naked 3 came out, I sort of rolled my eyes. I was thinking how much longer could they milk the whole "Naked" range. As now they ranges have moved on to foundations and even lip-glosses. So I didn't think too much of it, until I saw a preview, and My God I loved it. I knew immediately I would be putting it on my Christmas list, and I needed to get my grubby mitts on this rose toned beauty. It comes in a beautiful tin, like Naked 2, and includes a nifty little brush, which is amazing quality. The Naked 1 is warmed tones, the Naked 2 is cool toned so the Naked 3 is a little bit different making it perfectly acceptable to own all three. 
On first glance I love all the colours! They all really compliment each other, and the colour combinations are nearly infinite. There's a great selection from light to dark, shimmer to matte. All the colours in the palette are new to Urban Decay, so if you're an Urban Decay junkie, you'll want to snap this up straight away. I can already envisage all the looks I'm going to create with them all, and if you want a tutorial(not that I'm that I'm any sort of MUA, let me know!) You get 12 beautiful eye-shadows, and they're so nice it's hard for me to choose one. Although if push, came to shove I'd choose "Buzz", promptly followed by "Dust". All are creamy shadows, with great pigment, and for what you get it is definitely worth the €44! They're also extremely easy to blend, so you can create tons,and tons of gorgeous look. Used with Urban Decay's Primer Potion, these eye-shadow's last all day!Normally I hate being roped into buying an additional product but after getting a sample of the Primer Potion, It was that good, I purchased the full size.  As for usage, I use my Naked 1 the most and I've had it for nearly three years, and shadows are only hitting the pan now. So you can rest assure you'll get your money's worth out of this palette. 
Over all, I'm really pleased with this Palette, and the Naked 3 is a welcomed addition to the Naked family. I would probably choose this now,as my favourite palette. How fickle of me! There's just something a bit special about it, and the fact that it has pink packaging makes me love it more. No surprise there. The packaging keeps the eye-shadows safe from shattering, when travelling and you don't have to worry about the lid opening. I'm always concious of this when I use the Naked 1,so I think this makes the Naked 3, the clear winner for me! I know they're not exactly cheap, and we all know MUA cosmetics will probably do a dupe of it. I've gotten the MUA palette of the Naked 1 to see what was all the fuss was about, and being honest, there is little to no difference, only one packaging is significantly uglier than the other (and that's saying something!) I do however like a bit of luxury every now and again, and my MUA Palette has long since gathered dust while my Naked 1 still comes out to play on a regular basis. If you're on the fence on whether to get the Naked 3 or not, I'd honestly recommend it! 
What are your thoughts on the Naked 3, will their be a 4?

You can purchase your Naked 3 in Debenhams and House of Fraser or online HERE 

Sian xxx
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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Dublin Guide:My Favourite Restaurants

Having lived in Dublin all me life, I've eaten out at a lot of the cities restaurant. A few people, have been on to be lately, asking what to do in Dublin, and did I have any recommendations for them.To answer all questions, and to mix up the Blog a bit, I thought I'd do a mini-series. If you're ever in Dublin and looking for somewhere tasty to go, I have you sorted ;) The restaurants all range in price, so hopefully there's something there for everyone!

The Port House Dundrum
This little beauty is tucked away in converted cottages in Dundrum Town Centre. I'm a huge fan of Tapas, and when it opened up in Dundrum, I was so eager to try it out. During the week, is a lovely place to go to relax from the crowds of the shopping centre. My favourite part of  this place is the decor. The moment you step in the door, you feel like you're in a quaint little place in the heart of Spain. It's especially gorgeous at night, when the whole place is lit with candles, making it really romantic. It would be the perfect place to go on a date! As it's Tapas, you're spoilt for choice. They do everything from Paella to Mini-Burgers and then even have an omelette on the Menu. My personal favourites are the "Patatas Mojo", Moroccan Spiced Chicken and the Aubergine Tempura, finished off with their "Curiosity Cola" which tastes like Cola sweets! As well, as being delicious, it's really reasonable, with most dishes being in and around €5, and if you're only going for lunch, or you're not that hungry two will definitely do you.
This is hands down the best Chinese food in Dublin, probably the whole of Ireland. My parents have been coming here for over 25 years, and even when it changed location, we followed them. China Sichaun is located on the outskirts of Dublin, in Sandyford Industrial Estate. It is easy accessible however, by the Luas and, less than a five minute walk. The menu is extensive,so you're bound to find something that tickles your fancy. An average three course meal, excluding wine would be €35-40, so it's by no means cheap, but for a treat or a special occasion it's well worth it, and I'd happily have my last meal here! They also have an oriental inspired cocktail menu, that is only delicious, although priced at €12 they're expensive but well worth it, and they're made with a lot of Alcohol-so beware! I would highly recommend their Spring Rolls, or their Aromatic Crispy Duck for starters, Beef in Black Bean Sauce for Main, and a Chocolate Brownie for Desert. They also do a great Lunch offer Monday-Friday, where you can get a 2 course meal for €15, and a three course meal for €19, which I didn't know until doing a bit of research!
If you're looking for a juicy burger, then look no further. I'm a huge fan of Jo Burger, after working quiet close to it, every one in a while I'd meet a friend for lunch, and we'd treat ourselves, usually on a Friday. It's inexpensive and you're nearly guaranteed a good meal. They have quite strange concoctions, but believe you me, they're tasty. Sometimes you just have to go for something completely random, in order to find something delicious! You pick your meat, your buns and you style so you can really go outside the box in this restaurant. The burgers are absolutely gigantic, so I would recommend going on an empty stomach! The sweet potato fries are also delicious, and I'd strongly urge you to try them! They serve delicious lemonade in a variety of flavours and they're all yum! The service isn't always quick, but it's well worth waiting and on the numerous times I've gone I've never had a bad burger.
Elephant and Castle. 
This is hands down the best wings in the whole of Dublin. Located smack bang in the middle of the Touristy Temple Bar. The wings are the sole reason I brave Temple Bar at the weekends, and they taste so good it's unbelievable!I will warn you though, at the weekend this place is crazy busy, and you'll be almost guaranteed to wait for a table. Saying that I've never been waiting more than 15 minutes. A Large basket of Buffalo wings are €12.50 and normally I can finish them all, as they're that good! They're hot and spicy but not too hot to enjoy (For reference I'm a Nando's "Medium" girl) I've found the staff mostly pleasant, and I like the relaxed atmosphere. Surprisingly I haven't tried anything else on the Menu, I always mean to, but the thought of those delicious wings, makes me me change my mind! However I've heard from friends, that the Burger's are delicious!
 37 Dawson St
It's both a bar, and a restaurant and the décor is one of the reason's I love it so much. It's really quirky and fun. What I love about this Bar is on Friday night it's packed with people, and there's a real buzz around the place, but come Sunday after noon it's feels like a completely different place. The bar area has a really cozy feel to it.  It's dimly lit, with extra-large couches, which are perfect to sink into on a Sunday when you want to do nothing more than relax. I do however prefer the restaurant, there's a real luxurious feel to it, although the prices, don't reflect the interior. It would be €30 for a three- course meal, but you can be adequately feed for around €13! The Service is fantastic, and the menu, although not too broad, there's something for everyone. I would highly recommend the Foccacia Bread for start, and a toss up between the Sliders or the Chicken Skewers  for main course!The Chocolate mouse for desert is also mouth watering.

When you're on the run, and want something cheap and cheerful, the place I got to in Dublin is the "Little Ass Burrito Bar" tucked away on a corner in Dawson street. It's quick and easy and you're in and out before you know it. I'm a huge Mexican lover, and at around €7 you're probably not going to get any better, in Dublin City Centre anyway! The Salsa is nice and spicy and the Burrito's are huge, however if you're not very hungry you can get a smaller size and it's still as filling You can also get a Burrito's in a "box" making is less messy, and less calorific! Definitely a win-win especially if you're like me, and always running around the place, going to one place or another. The only downside to this place is that it's tiny, although ads to it's charm, but because it's so small, the que's form quickly and can deter some! Although it is 100% worth queuing up for!
The Sister restaurant of Kinara in Clontarf and Kajjal in Malahide I was intrigued when to try Kinara Kitchen in Ranelagh. I'd never been to a Pakistani Restaurant before, but as someone who loves to to try new foods, I was eager to give it a go!It's located on the main street, and I love this picture of the outside, in the sun!(Source) I would recommend going for the Early Bird Menu, if you want to get the best value for money, the portions are big, and you get better bang for your buck.They also have a great Mid-week special of 3 courses for €20. You get a decent selection and it's as cheap as chips!You can tell they only use fresh and quality ingredients and the staff are exceptionally helpful, and will help you choose something to your liking if you're a big baffled on what to get. Overall the food is superb, and if you go at specific times.
Toss'd Noodles and Salads
This is a little Diamond in the Ruff. I use to work a couple of days in CHQ, on the in the Financial District of Dublin, and I was always happy, as I got the chance to have Toss'd. They do make your own salads that are delicious, and for €7.50 you can't go too wrong! Their noodles are the nicest I've ever had, and at €9.90 they're well worth it, and being perfectly honest, you'd be able to share one with your friend, as the portions are huge!There's no denying the freshness of all the food, and I've never had a bad experience and I've tired a lot of the menu! One piece of advice though, if you're working around the area, I'd order online before going down, as the que's at  lunch time are absolutely crazy. I'm a huge fan of the "Prawn Yakisoba" and the "Chilli Basil Chicken" and need to hot foot it down there soon, for a bit of noodle lovin'!
Hippety's Cafe 
Located in Temple Bar, I'd only been introduced to this relatively recently, and I've come to love it. It's a great place to come and relax, and the cute décor makes it really homely, and is especially nice on a wet, cold day. They have an array of funky lamps hanging from the ceiling, and a lot of mix-match crockery around the place, giving it a lovely homely feel. Whenever I go I get the Chicken, Pesto and Sundried Tomato in a baguette, along with tons of spinach and some home-made roast potato's. It comes in at around €10, including lemonade so it's a nice little pick me up on a wet day! The menu isn't too big, but they're something on it for everyone.

Okay, so there's a couple of my favourite restaurants I'm sure I've a couple more, but I don't want this post to be too long! If you enjoyed this Lifestyle post, please let me know so I'll write some more, I really enjoyed writing this one! 

Sian xxx
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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Frugal February

After Christmas and my Holiday's I've limited money, until probably March. I've decided to take it upon myself to follow in the lovely Aisling's footsteps, and do a Frugal February. I know it's not February yet, but I've already gotten paid, so it started today! I'm doing it not only to increase my savings, but also prove to myself, I can do it. I've set aside my savings this month, and I'm left with €500. I still live with Mammy, and Daddy so I don't have to worry about groceries etc, unless I eat out. So this month until my next Pay Day, I'm going to be as frugal as I can be. €500 with not a lot of outgoing's may seem like a little much for some people, but I know myself I will struggle. I struggle to live on double that If I'm honest, so I know this month won't be the easiest. Not one to give up with out a fight, I'm going to document my progress over the next 4 weeks, and I will be 100% honest with you all!
  • No spending money on clothes. Nada. Zip.
  • My foundation is running low, so I can only buy Rimmel Wake Me Up.
  • I'm also going to "Shop my Stash" -meaning more beauty reviews for you! 
  • Continue to save, and try my best to continue save a little bit more.
  • Keep track with how much you spend on a daily and weekly basis.
  • Bring lunch to work every day. Leave one day for a lunch out, and a maximum spend is €10. 
  • Try and get good deals when you eat out.
  • No drinking Alcohol, unless it's bought for you, or if you pre drink before you go out.
  • Have more movie nights in, and think of other fun, less expensive things to do with your friends! 
  • Don't get unnecessary taxi's. If the Bus/Luas is running take that instead.
  • The only Magazine I'm allowed to buy is Stellar Magazine. No more trashy magazine's on my lunch break.
  • No more Butler's Hot chocolates! €3.60 a pop, they certainly add up
  • Carry Water around with me, so I'm not tempted to pick up a bottle of it. 
  • Take out sufficient cash, and only use my Card in emergency's. 

So there are my Goals for February! I really do hope, I can push and test myself and avoid buying unnecessary items, I'm under no illusion it's going to be difficult, but it's going to be challenging. Of course some items are mandatory, but I'm going to search around for the best deal before I commit to buy anything! so I'm hoping I can do this! I'll update you every week, and let you know how I'm doing! :) Let me know if you're doing something similar so we can all support each other! As an incentive to keep me going, I'll treat myself to a Nars Palette ONLY if I last the month, without dipping into savings! 

Sian xxx
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Vichy "Purete Thermale" Eye Makeup Remover

I'll admit this from the beginning, I'm the worst person at taking off my eye-makeup. I've gotten a million and ones times better in removing my makeup in general, but I'm nearly always left with mascara under my eyes. I've been meaning to pick up an eye-makeup remover forever, but never knew which one to go for!  Y'all know Vichy is one of my favourite skincare brands, so this was an obvious choice!
Vichy "Purete Thermale"Eye Make-up remover is a dual phase, and claims to remove even the most stubborn eye makeup. This gentle treatment is kind to sensitive eyes,while removing eye make-up as well as gently soothing them. I don't use eye-liner on a daily basis, so that's not so much a concern for me but  as a lover of Benefit's "They're Real" this is a great claim as it's a biatch to take off. It also claims to limit eyelash loss. With the lashing of mascara I like to put on, it's always inevitable I'll loose a few, so I was quite eager to test this out, and see if that claim was true! This eye make-up remover is excellent for sensitive skin. I can have sensitive skin at times, and as this is Hypo-allergenic it won't cause your skin to break out, and it certainly won't damage it. It's infused with Vichy Thermal Spa Water and is paraben free. Another good thing to note is, that's it's suitable for girls who wear contact lenses.
At 150ml, you get a decent amount of product, but it's still fine for your over night bag, as you won't feel like you're lugging around a million and ones lotions and potions. I've been using this for well over a month now, and I've not used that much of it. I use four squirts (for both eyes), to make sure all the mascara has been removed. As it is a little bit expensive (€13.99) for an eye-make up remover, you want to be sure you're getting your moneys worth. So after using it for a couple of weeks, I've tested it out a lot and have formed an opinion! It's pretty good! My eyes don't sting, aren't left red and show no signs that a product has been used around them. This is a fantastic product for sensitive eyes, and it really removes your makeup with little to no effort. 
I became a little bit lazy with my skincare at the end of 2014, I'd always removed makeup but I felt I could be doing more for my skin, especially my eyes! I got really sick looking at my big Panda eyes every morning. After using this, for over a month, it's save to say it's made it's way into my makeup bag! At close to €14, it's not cheap and I'm sure they're cheaper alternative, but Vichy is a brand, I come to know and trust and I would definitely purchase this when it runs out, as I know it's gentle and effective! 

Sian xxx
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Monday, 27 January 2014

Fuertaventura - Corellejo

I'm a huge lover of travel. The only think stopping me travelling right now, is lack of funds. In 2014, I'm going to try and travel as much as I can! It's hard to take time off for travel etc, but I'm going to try especially hard! Travel is something I inherited from my parents, and I love travelling to different places, and to experiencing, new people, new cultures and new food. I'd really love to travel for a year, and see as much as the world as possible, but I don't know when I'll ever be able to afford it! My Savings, need to be a bit more healthy, before I even consider it, if I'm entirely honest. 

Correlego is lovely little resort, and I had a such a relaxing time, but I'm ready to tackle the new year, once and for all! My head is clear, my eye is set on a prize and I'm ready to go get it :) I'll be back tomorrow with regular posting, on both beauty and fashion. It's funny I had originally missed doing my fashion posts, but now that It's all I've been doing for the past week, I miss my beauty posts! Going forward there will be a good mix of the two! As that's what I'm happiest doing! I'm also going to incorporate more lifestyle posts, as much as I can! I was in a bit of a slump towards last year what the blog, but I'm a lot more motivated - New Year, New improved Blog?

Sian xxx
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Sunday, 26 January 2014

What I Wore| Evans Sheer Top

This is my final Holiday outfit! It was more of a casual one, as the last night it was quite windy, and I didn't want to be too cold. These Khaki jeggings are so unbelievably comfortable. I picked them up in Dunnes Stores last year for €20 and I've gotten a lot of wear out of them. I got them in the shorter length as I like the ankle-grazer length, and at 5'6 they're still pretty long, so I'm glad I did! They've a little bit of stretch in them, and they fit me perfectly. When the weather gets warmer in Ireland, I'm going to go back and see if they have anything similar
 This outfit is probably my most casual, laid back outfit of the holiday and I really like it. Back in September I won a €100 voucher for Evans in Plus North! I'm normally never that lucky, but I was over the moon. I saw this top and fell in love! I got it a couple of sizes bigger as I wanted to wear it with skinny trousers or leggings and I'm delighted I did! It's so free flowing and perfect for a dressy/casual look! I love how the white really shows up my tan, and the fact it has a little cap sleeve! I don't mind showing my arms at all, but sometimes you want that little bit of extra coverage. I was going to wear a necklace with this, but I tried on a number of them, and they weren't great with it. I think I need a long statement pendant necklace to compliment the top. I love the sheer overlay, it adds a lovely top, to an ordinary white top 
For accessories I wore my multicoloured sandals and my beige Fran&Jane clutch bag. Very simple, and very relaxed. I wore a little bit of makeup on my last night, I used my Collection2000 concealer and "They're Real" Mascara and just filled in my brows. It was so refreshing to now wear much makeup over the course of my holiday, and my skin is actually feeling the benefits! It's a lot softer now the sunburn has gone, and I've little to no blemishes! I think the Vitamin D did my skin a lot of good! I have one more post coming tomorrow as a little round up of my trip, and then it's back to normal, I'm afraid! I'm a bit gutted being back, but sure what can ya do! :)

Sian xxx
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Saturday, 25 January 2014

What I Wore| Monsoon Fusion Kaftan

This is probably my favourite Kaftan,ever!I picked it up in Monsoon three years ago for a ridiculous price (Monsoon in general are extortionate!) It's part of their "Fusion" range and cost me €99. A lot for a loose fitting kaftan! The only reason, I took the plunge was the colours and pattern are just gorgeous. Here I am three years later, and it's in great condition and I know I'll be taking it out in the Summer, for years to come. So it was probably worth the money, if you think about it that way..
Fuertaventura is a really windy Island, no matter what time of year, there's always a gust of wind, and yesterday was no different. Taking a quick outfit picture is a lot more difficult when the wind is blowing up your dress, and making your hair go crazy, but nonetheless I got it taken. I'm a bit gutted that I'm heading home today. It was a lovely relaxing week, and it just went by too quick. It's nice to get a little break away in January when everything is doom and gloom and bills, after bills!To make this a dress, I added a short white bodycon dress to cover my dignity! It's the perfect way to wear a see-through Kaftan as a dress. This Kaftan is extremely versatile, and can be worn numerous ways! You can wear it with Jeans and wedges for a night time look, with a tank top like here for a day time look, or just chuck it over your bikini for going to the Beach/Pool.

I'm glad to say I've got a bit of a tan, and won't be coming home to Ireland like Casper the Ghost! The only shame now is that these legs will under tights for the next couple of months, before Summer comes around again! Another thing I love about Kaftan's in general, is that there's absolutely no creasing. You can shove it into your suitcase without any bother and you don't need to iron it or steam it. I love fuss free clothes on holidays. It's also really light, so it won't take up any room in your case, and you won't have to worry about the weight of your suitcase etc. I paired it with my River Island multi-coloured sandals to add more colour to this already colourful dress! These Sandals are so comfortable and I can't believe I haven't worn them more! 

Sian xxx
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Friday, 24 January 2014

Plus Size Bikini

"Plus Size Girls can't wear this", "Plus Size Girls can't wear that". The age old discussion. Black=slimming, don't wear stripes, and God forbid you wear a bikini. I'm going to put it as simply as it is. Plus Size girls like all women, can wear whatever they want. I, for one love rocking a Bikini on holidays! I just love finding one that I like, and that flatters my shape, the way I like. 
 Plus size retailers have answered our calls, and now there's an array of bikini's for plus size girls. Now I did go shopping at the wrong time of year, and the Spring/Summer 2014 swimwear collections haven't hit stores yet. I picked up this Bikini in two different stores. I wanted a plain black classic bikini and I searched high and low! I picked up my bottoms from SwimdressBoutique and the Bikini top from Asos Curve. The top isn't as supporive as I'd like but it keeps the girls in check, without spilling out! It's comfortable on the back, without being too loose, or too tight. As long as you're comfortable at the beach or pool, you should wear whatever you want. I'm not a hugh fan of my stomach, so I prefer high waist bottoms, giving me a 50's look. Walking down to the pool I like to rock a Kimono, for a more put together look. I love Kimono's paired with Bikini's as it's not only stylish but gives you a little bit more coverage. 
In terms of support both the bottoms, and the top are adequate for swimming and sunbathing. The bottoms are high, but not too high. I find some high waisted bottoms, they rise up too high, and don't show off any of your stomach - your stomach needs a bit of sunshine too ;) These ones are perfect, come up high enough for Sian to be a happy bunny. They aren't "slimming" pants or anything, but they do hold you in a little bit, giving you that extra comfort and support! The Halter-neck bikini top is adjustable so you can get a much support as your bust needs. The cups are adequate, although I do wish they were set in Bra sizes, as I'd feel just a little more comfortable in it. However it fits well and doesn't ride up, or the straps don't tangle.
I felt absolutely fantastic in this Bikini, and felt so comfortable and confident. No matter what size you are, braving a bikini is always a bit daunting. Just because you don't have a flat stomach, a "thigh gap" etc doesn't mean you're any less gorgeous than girls who do! All women are beautiful no matter what shape or size they are, and the sooner we all learn to accept that, and embrace all body shapes and sizes the sooner, we'll all be happy in our swimwear! 

Sian xxx
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What I Wore: Littlewoods "So Fabulous" Dress

Today was a little bit cloudy, but still surprisingly warm. It's so nice to get a bit of heat on your bones in January, when everything seems so doom and gloom. I'm back tomorrow afternoon, and dreading wearing big heavy jammies, and clutching a hot water bottle every night, before I go to sleep! I'm off enjoying the sun, as you read this (hopefully) in the hopes of getting one big blast, to do me for a couple of months!
When my Dad, went up to the Attic to get my Summer clothes, I was anxious to know if this dress was with them. I got it in 2011 from the "So Fabulous" range from Littlewoods. I loved everything about it. The cut, the style, the print and the sleeves. It's the perfect Summer dress in my opinion, and I'm only a little bit gutted I didn't have it these past two Summer's. What originally attracted me to it was the print. I'm a sucker for colourful prints, and think they look beautiful with a tan. It's got an elasticated waistband, and it sits at the smallest part of my torso, so it's really flattering for an hourglass figure. The V-neck is flattering for a bigger bust, yet isn't too tacky, or over the top. 
It is a little on the short side, but that's what Holiday's are for, no? It's not too short, although I do have to be a bit cautious as this Island is notoriously windy, but other than that I don't flash me pants to much. Again I leave the dress to do the talking, and leave the jewellery behind! An across the body bag is a nice touch, and leaves my hands free for doing a bit of shopping! The perfume and cosmetics are a lot cheaper here, so I'm off today to do some last minute shopping before I go home tomorrow! This bag like my beige one is from Fran&Jane, and I absolutely love it. It's so handy, looks really expensive and is easy for slinging over your shoulder. 
Instead of going for my neutral sandals, I went with these babies from River Island. I got these again in 2011, and it was a trek and a half trying to source them in Dublin. I went to three River Island stores and I only managed to pick up a size 40. I'm normally a 39 but I loved them so much, I sacrificed the extra room. They're brightly colour, and although one stone has fallen out, it going unnoticed because they're extremely blingy. I also rocked my "Up the Amp" from MAC and have surprisingly gotten a lot of wear out of it this Holiday! I suppose I've a lot more purple in my clothes, than I thought! I only applied a lighter layer, as I didn't want the look to be too dramatic, since I'm not really wearing any foundation etc! Overall I love this dress, and can't wait to crack it out again in Summer!

Sian xx
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Thursday, 23 January 2014

What I Wore| Kaftan Dress

It's not holiday's for me, without a Kaftan. I love them. They suit the curvier figure well and they can be dressed up or down, depending on where you're going, or what you're doing. Two years ago, I went on a Kaftan frenzy, and bought this one from River Island. I loved everything about it when I saw it. The Colour, the fit and the vibrant pattern.
 The neckline on this dress is probably my favourite part. It's a very deep V, but the material covers your boobs nicely, so you know you're not going to pop out! Normally I would hike up the dress a bit more, but I actually like this length, it's quite lady like and is perfect for going out for a meal or even a spot of shopping in the Sun. I paired it with a statement necklace to compliment the blue in the dress and I couldn't be more pleased with the result. The necklace was a bargain in a wholesale boutique in Paris, and I picked it up for next to nothing, along with two other colours! Sometimes I find statement necklaces to be too much paired with other patterns, but I think this one is just right.
I paired it with my nude sandals, which have been worn to death this holiday, they go with everything, and they're incredibly comfortable. I got them two years ago, and they're lasting up well and I'd say I'll get another year out of them, before I lay them to rest. They have a lovely pearl and bow detail, which is so feminine and pretty, I only hope I can get another pair that are equally as pretty! Make-up as has really take a back seat, and I'd love to say my skin has improved, but I've foolishly burnt my face! After it's healed I'm going to go for a facial and get my skin in tip top condition this year. I only filled in my eyebrows, added a little bit of mascara, and just a bit of concealer to try and cover up my beetroot face. 

Hope you're enjoying my frequent postings, I really am! It gives me a chance to be on my own for a few minutes, before the folks drive me insaaaane (Mam if you're ready this, I'm LYING) 

Sian xxx
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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Swimdress Boutique Review

 Like most Plus size girls, I struggle to find nice swimwear, that's not only affordable and stylish! I've gotten some great swimwear over the past couple of years from Monif C, Rue107, and even Tesco, but when the lovely Liz emailed me from SwimdressBoutique I was more than happy to test out a swimsuit for her. On the first few days of my holiday, I like wearing a swimsuit, as they're more coverage and you're less likely to get badly burnt the first day! The gorgeous Polka Dot Multiway Swimdress* really got my eye, It has a great retro feel, and it's probably the most comfortable swimsuit I've ever owned.
It has removable straps for comfort and they support your bust, without digging into you as well as being adjustable.It's great that you can remove the straps for getting a sun tan. If you're not a fan of tan lines, just whip them off, absolutely no bother. It also has a lovely little skirt attached, covering the very tops of my thighs, which is great if you're like me and a bit conscious of them.  It really flatters your curves, and I feel really good wearing it. It's hard to find flattering swimsuits that don't cost an arm and a leg that's great quality, so I'm thrilled to have been luck enough to test it out. I've been swimming in this in both the sea, and the pool and it's been absolutely ideal,
The straps not only look retro, the halter-neck supports your bust and gives you a great shape, and the skirt ruches around the stomach area, and covers the thighs, a really great swimsuit in my opinion! So if you're looking for cute, affordable and comfortable plus size swimsuits, look no further than Swimdressboutique! I for one will definitely be ordering a few more, for my Holiday's in the Summer. Everything about this swimsuit is cute and functional! The straps not only look retro, the halter-neck supports your bust and gives you a great shape, and the skirt ruches around the stomach area, and covers the thighs, a really great swimsuit in my opinion!
I know some women of all shapes and sizes can dread swimsuit season (although a long way away still for most) but there's really no need to be. Hate to break it to ya loves, but no one's looking at ya, people are far too concerned with how they look, than how you look, so rock that Swimsuit or Bikini or whatever you feel like! 

Liz has also given  you the code FLYER10 for 10% off your order

Sian xxx

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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

What I Wore| Oversized Shirt

Today's Outfit is a little bit different, it was a little cloudy in the morning, but the sun came out to play at about 3pm! Myself and Mum went around some shops, and then stopped by the sea front for some Coffee. It's a really nice and relaxing place here, I kept things covered today as It was a bit chilly, but I shouldn't have as the sun came out in full force and I was roasting.
I've had the shirt for months, and months and can't believe I'm only getting around to photographing it! This oversized sheer shirt is from Topshop, last Summer. I wasn't sure whether to get it or not, and actually didn't buy it on two occasions I could of. In typical Sian fashion, when I went back and they only had smaller sizes left, I needed it. I nearly gave up looking, when one day I was in House of Fraser, on my lunch break from work and found one left in a size 14! It's really oversized and fits me perfectly, and if push came to shove the size 12 would of worked too. The oversized trend is perfect for Plus Size gals, as they're loads on the high street! I was a bit gutted to miss the blue colour entirely! I never saw it, in any of the Topshop stores and it sold out in a flash online. The Coral is a nice and different colour though and I know I'll wear it loads and loads this Spring/Summer
I'm avoiding black this holiday,so paired this shirt, with Khaki skinny jeans, and nude flats, I love this combination more than I thought it would, it's the perfect Spring/Summer casual outfit and can take you from day to night. I'm actually wearing this out for dinner now! Holiday's are all about relaxing and I'm too tired to change! ;) After seeing my lovely friend Amy (Serious style crush!) wear this shirt and necklace combo and seeing I'd both the shirt and necklace. I decided to rock it too and I love the layered look the necklaces give! I've been looking these sunglasses I picked up on Ebay, I can't stop wearing them, even though I brought a four other pairs! The only downside is I've been left with massive white circles around my eyes! 
[Shirt:Topshop, Jeans:Dunnes Stores, Bag:Primark, Necklace:Monsoon]

Anyway I must dash, off for a late dinner!

Sian xxx
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Monday, 20 January 2014

What I Wore| H&M Multicoloured Dress

When I was packing for my Holiday's I made my Dad, climb into the attic to bring down my Summer Clothes. I didn't touch them last year, and to be honest nearly forgot about them! I found 4 lovely dresses, that were just shoved away, unloved in the corner of my attic. I'm sorted for this Summer too, so I'm of course delighted. I love finding new gems, that you'd completely forgotten about! 
 This dress is from H&M, and cost no more than €20. It's light, airy and isn't too short for going out for lunch or dinner! It's really easy to throw on, and perfect for travelling as it doesn't crease! It's got a little flutter sleeve, which I love! The colours in the dress are perfect for your holiday's because you can pick up any colour and accessorize it easily. I paid it with my nude gold trimmed bag from Fran&Jane and some pretty nude Sandals from New Look (from 2012) I've applied "Up the Amp" for a more put together look, and to give my lips a pop of colour. I wore this to dinner last night, with a cardigan, as it get's a little chilly as night here! 
My Sunburn is still there, but I'm getting a good colour regardless. I'm trying my best to cover my face,when I'm sunbathing where the worst of it is. The Sun is really strong, here, stronger than I'd imagined! It feels so weird, relaxing in the sun, when two days ago I was wrapped up in two duvet's trying to stay warm! It's a lovely quiet resort, here, well a lot quieter to when I was there last! I was here with the girls two years ago, and to say it's a completely different holiday is an understatement, No seedy, cheap bars will be visited on this trip, I can assure you ;)! Although I miss my gals! So far I'm having a fantastic time, and don't want to come home to dull and dreary Ireland, I may have to make some makeup purchases on my last day, to ease the pain a little bit ;)

Sian xxx
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