Friday, July 18, 2014

NYC Bits: they're De Bomb

This post is very late in coming. BUT. I held off on writing this because when these NYC bits came through the door they screamed Autumn to me. So I waited. But knowing they were in my drawer, calling to me, I couldn't leave them alone anymore and brought them out for a little play.

The colours are warm and cosy looking, and even though its the height of Summer here in Ireland at the moment (and we're loving every minute of it) the cooler months will be upon us soon enough, and I am trying to be a bit more prepared. Did I mention that all of these beauties cost less than a €5 each? SCORE!!!!

This apricot-y powder blush looks bright and unassuming in the pan, but NYC Cheek Glow in Prospect Park Rose is actually a little bit shimmery and it will look flipping amazing on pale Irish skin. If you have the Cream, this is the Peaches. In other words the exact kind of skin I don't have. Hurrrumph. However it works as a lovely soft highlighter on my cheekbones adding a tiny bit of warmth and a bit of shimmer that emphasizes the auld bones nicely.

I have been reaching for this City Proof Buildable Mascara most mornings since I took all these bits out to play with. Its a good basic mascara. Black. Nice Brush. Good Formula. But it doesn't blow me away. And I am not entirely sure about its "buildable" claims either. When I tried to "reapply endlessly", I just ended up with clumpy lashes that stuck together. But as far as lashing (teehee) this on while running out of the door without ending up with spider legs on my lower lid, and no flakes during the day, its pretty good. But its not my favourite: Big Bold Curl Mascara

Did you know that your finger-tip is a good way to test how a lippy will look on you? I always have a problem in that a lipstick looks great in the tube, but looks very different on my lips (my body heat and chemistry/oils makes all nudes turn PINK! on me). NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Colour Crayon jumps on the lip colour crayon bandwagon with aplomb.  Gramercy Park Plum is a winter shade if ever I one did see. A rich, glossy reddish plum that feels super comfortable on my lips. It lasts a good few hours even if it does tend to wear from the center of the lips first, application is easy enough and doesn't require a mirror, just something vaguely reflective. This isn't a fully opaque lipstick, think of this as a very well pigmented lip balm instead and you'd be on the money.

There are a few variations on this NYC Individual Eyes palette, all designed for eye colours. Just because I have brown eyes, doesn't mean I wouldn't have a go at the palettes aimed at Green and Blue eyes. Four eyeshadows, and 2 creams (primer and highlighter) and a little plastic cover with a suggestion as to where to place the eyeshadows. Don't toss the little sponge applicator: they are ideal for smudging eyeliner into the lashes!

The pigmentation isnt out of this world, but it is perfect for daytime. The primer is quite nice and extends the longevity of the eyeshadows as well as intensifying the colours, and having everything in the same palette saves you from having to root through your stash to find a little bottle/tube of primer. The highlighter doesn't look out of place on the very tops of cheekbones either: no need to carry another product about with you. Perfect for holiday bags!

A decent NYC stand is like a... Like a... I don't know what its like because I have never seen one. But I have seen a picture and it looks awesome. If you know of one, get thee there soonest and pick up the star of all of NYC products ever: EVER Ever.  NYC BB Beautifying Blushable Cream Stick. Soho Pink is a gorgeous natural dusty pink that will suit anyone. ANYONE!

Soft, perfect, blendable, perfect. Its perfect. The perfect hint of shimmer. My most favourite cream stick anything. It even looks great on my lips and it one of the few products that doesn't change colour on my lips. Its perfect! I managed to win another one in a brighter pink and I love it too! I'll do a separate post on these beauties and show you what they look like on.

Now. if you spy a decent NYC stand, grab yourself a few of those BB Sticks, their Nail varnishes are also great value. You can find your nearest NYC stockist here:  STOCKISTS

All Products are samples, gratefully received. All opinions and pictures are my own.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Heads up!! Luxury Gift With Purchase from Roger&Gallet

Just in time for Summer!!

Purchase any fragrance (100ml or 30ml) from the Roger&Gallet fragrance collection through July2014 and August2014 and enjoy a complimentary gift of a gorgeous cosmetics pouch and  deluxe travel size (50ml) Body lotion (available in three fragrances: Fleur de Figuier, Fleur d’Osmanthus and Gingembre)

Treat yourself or a loved one to a fragrance from the Roger&Gallet collection, with eight gorgeous scents available, there is one to suit every taste:

Gingembre Rouge,
Fleur de Figuier,
Rose Imaginaire,
Bois d’Orange,
Fleur d’Osmanthus,
(100ml fragrance RRP€39.75              30ml fragrance RRP€17.50)

Offer available throughout July and August at participating pharmacies nationwide. While stocks last.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Face D 3-Luronics: visible results, but not on my face

Promising "Instant results" This new serum-cream hybrid from Face D is making some big claims. So, does Face D 3-Luronics Instant Effect Cream Serum live up to the claims? Well it sort of does, but not as "instantly" as the box says.

While my face isn't particularly wrinkled (thanks goodness!) I am starting to see a bit of Crepe creeping up my neck. It is especialy visible in the mornings when I get up, my neck where it joins my shoulders is full of fine lines and crinkles that have been taking longer and longer to fade away as the morning wears on. And the lines and crinkles were starting to make their way up my neck towards my face... Oh Dear.

Face D 3-Luronics Instant Effect Cream fit into my routine quite easily. I have combination skin and this serum cream can be used as either a serum or a cream. I prefer to use it as a serum, a step to help draw moisture into the skin and keep it there. The cream  isn't runny and has more of a dry texture, which is a bit odd, but it sinks in incredibly quickly. It smells of nothing. Which is a little odd, but this doesn't even have a clean, pharmaceutical smell.

 The dryness of the cream makes it a little difficult to spread on skin that is dry though, so after cleansing and toning, I spritz a quick spray of my favourite Vichy Thermal Water over my face and neck and immediately go in with this while my skin is still damp. It spreads much better and goes further, while still sinking in quickly. I follow with my moisturiser of choice and I'm done.

"Free from parabens, colourants, allergens and mineral oils, Face D 3-Luronics uses a combination of Amino Acids, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Retinol and 3 lightweight Hyaluronic Acid molecules which act to improve skin hydration, elasticity and moisture retention". And it genuinely does all of these things. Although the effects take a little while to be properly noticeable, a little over a week to be precise. But after said week I noticed that the crinkles on my neck were less pronounced and that they faded much quicker as the day progressed.

My neck is one of the places I realised I was starting to show my age, and this cream has helped to smooth and plump out lines in that area. I have realised that the fine lines around my eyes are also starting to plump out (after 3months).

I really like that this isn't contributing to the oil slick that sometimes occurs on my t-zone either, instead it leaves a matte finish on the skin (before I slap on my moisturiser) and I know Oily skinned gals will really like this. Hydration without oiliness is a big ask from a moisturiser and Face D 3-Luronics Instant Effect Cream Serum delivers exactly that.

For what it claims and what it does, I do think that Face D 3-Luronics Instant Effect Cream is a little bit overpriced at €29.99 for a 30ml tube, but it will last you around 3 months (which is average). Available exclusively at Lloyds Pharmacy, you can go here to order yours:

Sample provided for review, Opinions & Images my own

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Blog Swap with Make Up For Dolls!!

I was absolutely thrilled when Siobhán from Make Up For Dolls asked me if I wanted to do a "blog Swap" with her. And between illness and kids and school holidays we managed to get it sorted. So without too much more rambling, I give you the very awesome Lady S....

Thanks so much to Cindy for agreeing to the blog swap!  Please go visit me here to read Cindy’s post on my blog.

It’s definitely festival season, and my absolute favourite OTT makeup brand of all time, Illamsqua, is advertising its festival-ready wares for fun festival makeup.

Four different looks are suggested, together with videos on how to re-create them…

Illamasqua - Rock Look

To create a monochrome grungy rocked-out lived-in smokey eye, Illamasqua suggest you use their Fatale Palette, Eye Pencil in Honour and Pure Pigment in Fervent, together with Lipstick in Growl on both the lips and cheeks.  My kind of festival makeup, and absolutely minimal amount of "stuff" to truck along with you!  To look at the “how to” video, look here!

Illamasqua - Holiday Look

Not for me, but a lot of fun, although somewhat more time-consuming, this time using theirBronzing Duo to add a sun-kissed glow along with Eye Shadow in Bronx and a sheer, nude glossy lip in Artiface.  The leopard spots are created by mixing the IllamasquaSealing Gel with Bronx to create a waterproof paste for the spots, then finishing off with Precision Ink in Abyss for the black parts.  Fun, but definitely requiring at least a couple of tools, some time, and a steady hand :-)  The how-to is here.

Illamasqua- Desert Island Disco Look

I could definitely wear this - a gorgeous riot of colours on the eyes created with the Paranormal palette, lots of Masquara and white spots created with the Precision Ink in Scribe.  I have all the shades of these Precision Inks and I have to say I absolutely love them.  How-to video here.

Illamasqua - Day Look

At lot more understated but using long-lasting products that will last you all day then then some, this one uses Matte Veil under the foundation to give this a budge-proof matte base, IllamasquaSkin Base foundation on top, and one of the new Matte Lip Liquids.  Look at how to create this one here, it’s a look you could wear anytime, festival or otherwise.

My Own Festival Looks

For me, when I go to a festival, the more silly and “out there” the better!  When else can you don 24-hour sparkles and glitter and not look silly?

I’m rarely without my transfers (fake tattoos – coz I’m too scared to get a real one!)

I’ve been known to sport some Speckled Liner (inspired by the IllamasquaI’mPerfection collection)

Wigs, hair chalking, OTT lashes?  Check, check and check!

And I’ve even gone completely overboard and donned some Dia de Los Muertos-type makeup J

My festival of choice?  The Electric Picnic – love it.  Ten years on, and the line up keeps getting better.  I will definitely be there again this year, sporting silly makeup and having a right laugh!  Whatever your poison of choice, makeup is a hell of a lot of fun.  So have fun with it, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

Thanks so much to Siobhán for putting everything together so neatly and including links to very cool videos for all of her Illamasqua Looks!

Monday, June 30, 2014

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ : Its Love.

I have already professed my love for French brand La Roche Posay and so it was a given that when this new improved tube of the already cult status product slipped though my post box it would fit into my skin routine with no problem. And the new improved formulation of Effaclar Duo+ (with added +) means it working even harder than its predecessor.

 Although initial reviews were mixed, I think that Duo+ only starts to show real definable results after 6 weeks.  Specifically formulated to target the key signs of oily, blemish-prone skin, it has been proven to correct the appearance of blemishes, unclog pores and refine the look of skin texture. But this means that the unclogging stage will be very closely followed by a purge stage. Bleaurgh. However... keeping skin clean, and properly hydrated will help keep the unclogging stage short and relatively minor. Which is exactly what the original Effaclar Duo did.

The plus side to Effaclar Duo+ is that it contains ingredients to help improve the look of existing blemish (pimple) scarring or dark marks that are sometimes left behind once the Blemish is healed. And after using Effaclar Duo + every day, twice a day for the last 8 weeks, I can honestly say that the scarring on my face from past blemishes is very very much improved. The best thing about this though, is that my childhood chickenpox scars (that are more than 25years old... ahem) have smoothed and lightened so much that I don't need to use concealer on them any more.

Blemishes that do come to the surface also didn't hang around as long. Another plus for Duo+. The tube is plastic (not metallic) and because the cream/serum is fluid, it comes out of the tube easily, but its not so fluid that it runs all over the place leading to waste. You dispense exactly the amount you need and if you need a tiny bit extra, its easy to control.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ isn't expensive either, retailing at just €19.99 for a 40ml tube and has lasted me more than 8 weeks. What makes it great value is that there is still at least a quarter of the tube left. You don't need very much of this, I have been using it as a serum, after cleansing and toning and before moisturiser. LRP do say that if you have oily skin you can forgo moisturiser during the day to help keep skin mattified. But if you choose to do this, please, Please use a good quality night cream to re-hydrate your skin. Even oily skin needs hydration!

I really, really like what Effaclar Duo+ is doing for my combination skin and I have already budgeted for my next tube. My skin is smoother and I am definitely getting less clogs and as I have already said previous scarring from wars that I have waged on "volcanoes" is much improved. Win.

If you have oily, blemish prone skin that needs a bit of help, give this a go. Be patient and give it chance to work. If you haven't seen an improvement after 8 weeks, then pass on what is left in the tube to a friend who may need it. But I think that if you do give it a chance (and your skin is properly oily) you will like this. You can learn more on where they have tips on keeping skin clear and healthy.

Find La Roche Posay products in pharmacies and Boots stores (or online) everywhere.

**PR Sample provided for review, Opinions my own.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Guess what I've been doing...

I have been very quiet on the blog of late, but its because I have been busy. Busy gathering my thoughts, testing out products, getting the kids through the last few weeks of school (oh holy moly trying to get them dressed). I have also been spending my evenings getting creative and putting my overflowing craft box to use. Its not so overflowing anymore.

I am a collector of pretty things. Be it fabric or beads or ribbon, if I see it and its on sale and I have a few extra squids in my purse, I'll buy it and put it in my craft box. Because you know, you never know when it will come in handy.

 So if you look at the top of my blog, next to the Home link, you'll notice that there is a For Sale page there now. It's got what I have been busy with over the last few weeks. Little ornaments. Decorations for doors or mirrors. Or doorknobs or handles. So far. And also decorations for Trees (or presents). The kind of trees (or presents) I am loathe to mention before October has passed. I really enjoyed what I was doing and I really got stuck in. And before I knew it I had more than I knew what to do with. So I have decided to put them out there, for sale, so I can put away a few pennies for a holiday.

Each of these wee decorations is hand made, by little old me. I chose & bought the felt, ribbons, beads etc. I designed the pattern (with some inspo from various places) I cut everything out, embroidered the patterns, added the beads and ribbons or eyes, I sewed and stuffed each of those things by hand. I think DIY-ed them good.

I have a few other bits that I am busy finishing and I'll put them up on the For Sale Page as soon as they are finished.

All the details of how to order are on the page. I hope you like them. I also kinda hope you buy them : )

Friday, June 27, 2014

Skincare: La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Review

The La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Range is not a particularly new range, but the newest addition the CC cream only launched in February and its taken me this long to get my thoughts together on this range. And my review is a bit of a mixed bag.

I attended the launch of the CC Cream which was at the Little Museum of Dublin. A good setting to chat about the "Curse of the Celts" or Rosacea. You can read more about it on Wiki. While I don't suffer from this chronic condition, I have had a bit of a hard time adjusting to the Irish climate after spending my first 27years living in Sunny South Africa. And discovering that I can get the same "warm-all-the-way-to-my-bones" if I sit in the sauna long enough hasn't done the blood vessels on my face any favours.

You see, I have been struggling with flushing. Not the bathroom kind. The kind where you are standing talking another mom outside the school and I feel a warmth starting from my boobs and rising quickly up my neck and turning my face into a steaming beetroot. And the attractiveness of the mom in question makes no difference. So while I haven't been diagnosed with the actual condition, I think I could give this range a good testing to see if it actually does what it claims.

So. The Rosaliac Range contains the revered French Thermal Waters as well as minerals and plant extracts that are supposed to strengthen the capillary walls to prevent them from dilating. And it does work, but only in conjunction some simple changes to your routine. Using the whole Rosaliac Range which includes a cleanser, serum, day cream and night cream will help. But you also need to avoid sudden temperature changes, especially in Winter when you have the heating turned up and its cold outside.Wrap a scarf around your face (your nose and cheeks) before you walk out the door to keep the cold off your skin.

Don't wash your face in the bath or the shower, the water is too warm. Wash your face in the sink instead, test the water with the inside of your wrist before you put it anywhere near your face. It should be warm, not hot. Don't scrub at your face, Use a dedicated makeup remover so that you don't have to scrub at your face. Try to avoid irritants in your cosmetics etc.

While the La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Cream is supposed to suit any skin tone, it is very warm toned and quite peach in colour. It tends to settle into my pores and just looks a bit... not right. It is also quite fragranced, which can be an irritant. Go figure. It gets a thumbs down for me, it may help cover redness, but you can see it on my skin. But if it suits your skin tone and you aren't fussed with scented products this might suit you.

The real stars for Rosacea sufferers are the serum, Rosaliac AR Intense, and any of the moisturisers.

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac AR Intense is immediately cooling on the skin. You feel like its doing what it is supposed to do immediately. And using it right after coming out of the sauna, it takes redness right down and my skin feels cooled and hydrated. I adore this. My flushes don't happen as often and when they do they are short-lived and don't make me uncomfortable.

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac UV Riche is a green tinged cream. And along with the serum it is cooling, soothing and sinks in quickly without leaving a film on my skin. The faint green tint also helps to counteract redness. My makeup applies like a dream over this and my skin feels hydrated without looking overly oily. Its a bonus that this variation on the cream contains SPF 15 and UVA protection. Perfect for winter days...Which is 90% of the year here in Ireland.

Now, the range, the whole range is at an accessible price point with the cheapest item being the cleanser coming in at €15.99 and the most expensive item which happens to be the serum which costs €23.99. And each item should last you at least 3 months if you are careful, but this is the kind of product that you will need to carry on using to keep up the results. This isn't a cure, but it is something that will help and will lessen the severity of the flushes... if you use it continuously.

My favourite product out of the whole Rosaliac range is the Micellar Cleansing Gel. Its so good it needs a post of its own though.

You can find any of these La Roche-Posay Rosaliac products in Boots stores or online.

**Products provided for review, Opinions my own

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Lush Summer 2014: My Picks

I was absolutely thrilled to collect this box from the post office (after missing the postie by flippin minutes...). I did a little dance on the way to the car I was so excited. I ripped the box open in the car I was so excited. I got covered in the dusty remains of a bathbombs, so I was a little disappointed, but I was still super excited, and my car smells lovely.

This is what was in my box: African Paradise, Zest, D'Fluff, Parsley Porridge, Granny Takes A Dip (a bit broken), Mangnificent.

First off... I am not a massive fan of solid soaps. I find they get soft and yucky if left in the soap dish, and when used in the shower or the bath they tend to leave behind a bit of a film. So I wasn't expecting to to like either Parsley Porridge or Mangnificent. But I am genuinely surprised by the Clean Greenness of Parsley Porridge.

Parsley, thyme, tea tree oil, aloe gel and fine oatmeal combine to make an antibacterial soap that gently exfoliates at the same time. I have this upstairs in my bathroom at the moment and I am really liking it. It smells clean and fresh, and the oatmeal exfoliates without drying. I am going to move this into the Kitchen instead. To me, this is a perfect soap for getting rid of food smells on your hands after prepping food. It is also surprisingly hard and should last a long time without going mushy, like a proper solid soap should.

I wasn't taken with Mangnificent though. I couldn't even find a way to take a good picture of my piece up close. Dried mango, Sicilian lemon oil, Mandarin oil and Neroli make for a gorgeous scented soap but the "dried" mango was soft and squishy on arrival. I've left it open (it arrived packaged in a compost-able 'cellophane') to dry out, its still soft and (urgh shudder) moist. I honestly think that it this will be different if you buy a small block of freshly cut soap from the store as it would be out in the open and would stay hard *that's what she said*

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Unfortunately Granny Takes A Dip got a bit banged up in transit, But it meant that my box arrived smelling great, and my car still smells good, thanks to the dust. When we unboxed this at home, the kids dug and sifted though all the packing peanuts (that are compostable too) to get all the bits and crumbs and chunks of this that were in the box and insisted on running a bath IMMEDIATELY. Lemon oil boosts the mood, while ginger and pepper are warming and perfect for cool evenings.

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The kids loved Granny Takes A Dip and the scent filled upstairs for hours after wards. The best bit, they only used half of what is a massive bath bomb. So we still have half to use another night. We do this with all (except Ickle Blur Bot) their bath bombs, break them in half and REALLY get your moneys worth out of them.

Zest is the most citrus-y smelling thing in my posession at the moment and as soon as my Son saw it he claimed it. It's a hair gel that smells fabulous and does what it says on the tub. The thing that I like about this is that the scent lingers ever so subtly during the day and it brushes out easily. The ingredients shouldn't irritate sensitive scalps and Liamo's hair felt pretty good after wearing it all day. Unfortunately the style didn't last the whole day for him, but he is a little boy who runs around like an absolute mad monkey and if it holds until school's out (which it mostly did although it was looking a little worse for wear), I'd say it did its job.

The other two products are proper winners and I have had to hid them away from the rest of the family because all three of them tried to lay claim to the gorgeous African Paradise Body Conditioner. I snatched it away and hid it like the good mother I am. To dole out sparingly. Because they are Freaking AWESOME!!!!! So the review of African Paradise and D'Fluff will be coming up shortly....

All of these products are available in your lush store right now, so if you see something you like you'd best get it quick!

*Products provided for review, opinions my own

Monday, May 26, 2014

YoungBlood Incoming: Summer 2014

Oohhhhh there are some very very lovely things coming from mineral makeup masters YoungBlood Mineral Cosmetics for Summer and Fall 2014, and I have a very schnakey schneek peek of something coming for later in the year. The Closer2Fabulous ladies, Elaine and Debs, welcomed us to the studio and introduced to us to Philip Luque, who is the "Global Educator" and we got stuck in.

Philip gave us a brief re-cap on the brand and how versatile it actually is and then showed us exactly how good their mineral powder foundation is by covering up an accidental burn on Belle's (Believe with Belle) face (a hot curling iron was the culprit) and blew Kat's (Dolly Rouge) mind by using cream products on top of a powder product to leave a flawless, full coverage finish without it looking cakey or heavy and not a trace of the burn. I've seen how Philip has covered tattoo's with YoungBlood foundations, and I was still amazed at the natural finish he achieved, with very little work.  I stupidly didn't take a picture but I have a good reason, I had my hands (and mouth) full of Elaine's Mars Bar Rice Crispie Treats. 

Then Philip moved on to the new products that are en-route to us for Summer 2014 (expect it on shelves in July 2014) and Fall (September / October) and a Holiday Sneak Peek.

First up for Summer are new Brow Pencils. A twist up, soft, very pigmented gel/wax hybrid that is perfect for filling in sparse brows and providing enough hold for unruly ones. This isn't going to give you HD brows, but it is going to enhance what is already there. The spoolie hidden in the base is a handy little trick and makes blending any hard lines easy without having to go hunting for a separate brush.  I stupidly didn't take a pic of these because I was too busy fawning over the next items: 

And 3 New Lip Conditioners which we had better be getting because they are gorgeous. Lightly pigmented, with lots of moisturisers and an Spf 15, this is such a comfortable product on the lips (think cicaplast lips in a more solid formula with added colour and spf). Innovative packaging will keep the kids out of it and means it won't pop open in your bag.

The star of the Summer release is going to be the Eye-Mazing Liquid Eyeliner Pen. A felt tip nib that is firm but not hard, well saturated in the liquid. It applies like a dream with no dragging and dries quite quickly. This will need a bit of practice for newbies, but once you get it it will be the quickest Liner you will ever use. The stand out for me is Azure (the blue). A bright powder blue perfect for poolside glamour. 

The best bit is the longevity of this liner. These swatches went on at 11:45am, survived numerous rubs and hand washings, made the dinner and did the dishes at 18:45, and made it through my evening shower at 21:00. I ended up using my Cleanse Off Mitt to get it off my hand and it came of easily enough with a bit of cleanser. I can't wait for these, especially the blue (Azul) and the green (Verde).

 Fall (or Autumn) will see a new cream blush and a new colour lipliner. The Lip Liner is called Port and is exactly the colour of the drink. A rich velvety maroon that goes on very smoothly and stays put on the lips until it is removed.

Luxe, the new cream blush is rather scary looking in the pan, but I swatched it lightly so that you can see just how versatile the colour is, a light hand will give a light wash of colour, layer it on for deeper colour. The finish is slightly satin, but its not shimmery at all, This is going to be a winner for the cooler months.

Now, A sneak peak of a product that has me Eagerly counting down to the festive season. I know Summer hasn't even happened yet but just look at this:

Metallics! Almost a foil finish to these superbly pigmented, creamy eyeshadows that will be available as a trio in a palette. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!! 

Unfortunately I don't have prices for any of these yet, heck some of the products that we got to see are only prototypes, but as soon as I do, I'll update. 

You can get YoungBlood Mineral Cosmetics from the Closer2Fabulous website and some pharmacies around the country. Check out their Facebook page for a full list.

I'll have another post on a few of the bits they sent me home with to play with and they are flipping awesome!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Outfit of the day: 21 May 2014

My second OOTD. And for the uninitiated, OOTD is the abbreviation for "Outfit Of The Day". I toddled off to a preview of the new bits incoming from my favourite mineral makeup brand YoungBlood Mineral Cosmetics.

I bought a few new pieces from Penneys for my daughters communion and they were so comfortable I decided I would make the effort to dress up a bit and wear a few pieces again.

See that shadow in the bottom right of the door? That's Lulu.

I LOVE this necklace from New Look. It hangs beautifully and feels lovely on, its a good weight so you know its there, but its not uncomfortably heavy. I just know I'm going to get a lot of wear out of this, not bad for €9.95.

My shirt is from Penneys (€10.50) and is also available in a salmon pink. The Mint one called my name though and it is my Summer2014 colour. Its a viscous blend that does crease at the drop of a hat, but the creases drop out fairly easily (a brisk 25 minute walk up O'Connell street does the trick). This shirt is cool and breezy and I went for a larger size (16) to help with the easy breezy floaty feeling.

Penneys again for the tube skirt (€7). This longer length black tube skirt is so comfy and can be dressed up or down. It does have the tendency to ride up a bit as you walk (run) around, but show me a tube skirt that doesn't ride and I'll eat this one. As it it this one is really comfy, falls nicely and doesn't crease even after an hour and a half on a bus.

For my walking I wore these sandals from Penneys (€3.50) and they did the job, although I managed to scuff the front of one of the sandals on the footpath. Poop.

I stopped at a coffee shop and put on my big shoes for the event. New Look are doing some gorgeous wedges for the summer, all at great prices. These Black Strappy ones cost me just €24.99. High enough to look lovely, but the wedges make these easy enough to walk in without fear of breaking a bone. The straps fit snugly enough so that you feel secure in the shoes. I really like these.

Slowly, I'm learning to dress for a (not so) new, different body shape. Going in and trying on dresses for me was a total bust as my body shape has changed in the last 9 years. I'm still looking for a dress that will fit me on the top and the bottom, but until then I've realised that Skirts may just be my best friend. Don't get me wrong, I love my jeans, but I'm sick of them now already.

But hopefully my new training regime will hope to get my strength back and (Fingers crossed) a bit of my figure too.

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