Monday, 28 October 2013

Halloween Decor!

This Thursday is none other than the day of the dead- Halloween! 
I'm not the biggest fan of the holiday but that doesn't stop my house being decked out in Halloween gear...

These decorations have been collected up over the years so I can't guarantee you'll be able to find exact matches but definitely check out your local €2/ Pound shop. There's always some great bargains to be found in those sorts of places! If you think Halloween is tacky- there are some classy alternatives to decor. I especially love the tin signs pictured below and the black sparkly candles.

If you live state-side definitely checkout Target and Pottery Barn do the prettiest decorations. If you live  in Europe however, or anywhere else for that matter, you may have to do a little more searching!

Happy Halloween my lovelies! What are you dressing up as?
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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Guest Post | Favourite Autumn/Winter Products

Today's post is a guest post from Alex Georgie from her self entitled blog. Make sure to check out her blog!

Hi everyone!
 I’m Alex Georgie and I blog here!

Firstly I’d like to thank Stephanie so much for letting me guest post on her blog. I absolutely love Autumn so I’ll be telling you all about my favourite products this season. Onto the products...

With the colder weather drawing in, you definitely need a good moisturiser on hand (don’t want to be seeing any dry bits!). For this, I love Palmer’s Cocoa Butter. It’s so nourishing, has a lovely scent and this one has an added bonus of gradual tanning. I’m still convincing people that I “just got a really good holiday tan!”

I’m quite the flirt with face moisturisers, I flit between a few but currently I’ve been liking this one from Good Things. It’s not too heavy and I like that it has SPF in it for those bright Autumnal days. Plus this product has none of the nasty chemicals in and the fruity scent is divine!

I love darker polishes for Autumn/Winter and this glossy looking navy one is lovely. This is Collection (2000)’s 12 Blue My Mind. Opaque in one coat and with a pearl finish, this polish has been gracing my nails a lot more recently.

I’m a neutrals girl all year round but I love deepening the look with darker browns in Autumn/Winter, it just feels appropriate! I’ve been using Maybelline’s Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze as a base, then 'Fiery' from MUA’s Undress Me Too palette all over the lid with 'Obsessed' for the outer corner and the crease. My go-to Autumn/Winter look right there!

In contrast to light, floral summer scents, I like my Autumn/ Winter scents to be heavier. I like this Diesel Plus Plus Feminine one because it’s still quite not too heavy, not too light (great description there Alex!). Like most beauty bloggers, I can’t describe scents but the top notes are bitter orange, lily-of-the-valley, cassis, pineapple and fruity notes.

I feel like I’m committing a beauty crime here including this candle. A sweet candle for Autumn?! No cinnamon, spicy, mulled wine like offering? I’m sorry! I had to include this candle as I’ve been burning it non-stop recently. Now I’d love this to be a Yankee Vanilla Cupcake candle but I just can’t bear to part with that much money for it (...yet) so instead I picked up this cheaper version of it in my local Dunelm Mill. The scent isn’t quite as strong but it smells like I’m constantly baking cupcakes so I’m happy!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this insight into my favourite Autumn/Winter products! 
Check out my blog here for more beauty and lifestyle offerings!

What are your favourite products for this season?

A big thank you to Alex for her great post. Don't forget to check out her blog here. If you'd be interested in guest posting on my blog send me an email:

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Review + Swatches | Riri ♥s MAC Blusher Duo in 'Hibiscus Kiss'

Good evening lovelies! I hope you're all doing well. If any of you are fans of MAC and/or Rihanna, then you'll most likely have heard of her latest collection for the brand. I was highly anticipating its release as the product images were absolutely gorgeous!

I'm not going to lie, a big reason I bought this was because of the packaging. How is it possible to walk away from pink, shiny makeup? It simply isn't! The shininess of the product does however make it very difficult to photograph. This photo isn't entirely accurate as it comes across quite orange looking in the photo. I cannot fault this packaging, except for the fact it's plastic, I would sort of like for it to be something more sturdy. However, it gets 10/10 for prettiness. This blush comes in a compact included with a mirror, perfect for on the go application.

The product inside is also gorgeous. It is a bronzer/blush duo which is why I'm confused as to why it is called a blusher only as there is more bronzer than blush in the product. Rihanna's signature is also embossed in the product which adds to the classiness of the product.

The product isn't particularly pigmented which is a bit disappointing. However, the bronzer is perfect for paler skinned ladies and can be built up if you're naturally tanner. If you have a deep complexion though I don't think this product is worth purchasing.

Overall, this is a lovely pretty product that is great to have purely to showcase on your vanity. Is it the best bronzer/blusher in the world? Nope, so don't feel as if you're hugely missing out without owning it. There are plenty better bronzers available on the market. However, it is still a nice product that I will continue to use and is worth purchasing if you fancy something for the collection.

RiRi for MAC Fall Collection is available in Brown Thomas stores and online. Hurry though as it is limited edition! - link

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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Cool + Original Halloween Costume Ideas!

The countdown has begun! It's exactly two weeks until Halloween so you know what that means- it's time to start planning those costumes. I'm gonna be straight up honest here, Halloween isn't my favourite time of the year. I don't particularly dislike it but I do always dread having to dress up. Costumes aren't really my thing. That's why I've compiled this list of some cool and original costume ideas. So if you're not the biggest fan of costumes, or you're just stuck for an idea this year then read on.

1. Pretty Little Liars

Image: Google
If you're an avid Pretty Little Liars watcher, this will be the perfect costume for you this year. The best way to achieve this is to gather up three of your friends and be the cast of the programme. Use the image above to inspire your outfits. All you really need is a little black dress and smear some dirt marks on your body. Voila! 

2. Skeleton

Images: ASOS
Okay maybe this isn't the most original idea ever but it can actually look really cool and cute. I love these skeleton leggings (€24.26 ASOS), paired with this cut out t-shirt (€14.15 ASOS). It's a perfect laid back costume that doesn't even look like costume! 

3. PiƱata

Images: Seventeen Magazine
This idea is definitely super original! You're almost guaranteed no one else will be dressing up as this. You'll need a lot of crepe paper and time to do this one, as it's a DIY Project. Check out Camilla Styles tutorial here to create this costume! This is one of my personal favourites.

3. Minion (from Despicable Me)

Image: MacBarbie07 YouTube
If you feel like releasing you're inner child- this is the perfect costume! Definitely not the sexiest look but who cares, it's fun! MacBarbie07 on YouTube does a great tutorial (here) for this outfit. If you're not feeling in the mood to do it yourself you can also purchase a ready made costume here.

4. Miley Cyrus VMA's Bear Costume

Image: Google
When I found this costume idea on YouTube, I couldn't not add it to this list. Yes it's crazy, yes it's controversial but cool and original? Definitely. I personally wouldn't wear this but if you like turning heads, go for it! LikeWowLala on YouTube has the tutorial so check it out here. Amazon is also selling a ton of outfits to get the Miley look (you can even get a Robin Thicke costume!). Check them all out here.

5. Makeup

If you really dislike the idea of getting dressed up, just go for some crazy makeup. There are so many makeup looks out there, from corpse bride to gorey and bloody you'll find something that appeals to you. Just Google or YouTube search your desired look for hundreds of tutorials.

They're my ideas for Halloween this year. Will you be dressing up this year?

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Saturday, 12 October 2013

Instagram Diary #3

I'm just going to start with a big apology. I have been a very bad blogger lately. I have been so so busy and just haven't had the time to type! I promise I am trying my best and expect lots of new posts as I get back into my mojo. Anyway....

Here's a little peek into my life.

These photos include pics from my Summer holidays, friends, concerts and fun.

Beautiful Cathedral in Albi, France//Disney Castle//The Alps//Beach//Crashing waves//Out on the town!//Macklemore concert//Forest//Bruno Mars concert!

Just a little side note regarding the last photo taken at the Bruno Mars concert in Dublin. If you ever get the chance to see him perform in concert- take it. He is an unbelievable performer and put on one of the best shows I've ever seen! Plus a lot of gold glitter was involved- I mean what's not to love?!

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