My week on Instagram ♥

For me, the weeks have been flying in. I can’t believe that we’re into the second week of July already! I have to admit that I’ve been dreading this week for months now. Over this coming weekend, my very amazing man friend moves to America for one year. No doubt that I’ll be upset when he goes and I’ll miss him terribly, but, it means I’ll be jetting back and forth throughout the year. I’m happy with that! 😉

My Instagram has been busy this week between summer shots, fabulous fashion, mouthwatering food and beautiful images from Belfast and Dublin. I’ve been down in the south of Ireland this week spending precious time with my other half and attending some fashion and beauty events around the city.

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(Photo Credit: 4. Hayden Williams || 5. MAC – The Simpsons || 6. Giambittista Valli)

This week has honestly been amazing! I’ve loved every second of it. Apologies for this belated post. Hope you’re all having a fabulous week.

Nx

They’re Real Push Up Liner

For a month or so now, I’ve been hearing all about Benefit’s, They’re Real Push Up Liner. I first got a proper look at it when one of my favourite beauty bloggers, Beauty Life Michelle, uploaded a video of her testing it out. Michelle was quite impressed with the product. I was due to head down to Benefit HQ at their fabulous BeneBoutique in Dublin for the launch, but unfortunately I was unable to do so. Thankfully, the lovely Sofia, sent me up the kit to play with.

When I first opened the package, I was extremely excited to see that included was my favourite ‘They’re Real Mascara’. I’ve worn this product since its first release. For years, my mascara would constantly smudge along my lower lash line, it was so frustrating!

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I also noticed that Sofia had included a remover for the two other products. I had heard rave reviews about this as it’s strong enough to remove eye make up, but, gentle with your eye area. As the skin around my eyes are a little dehydrated and delicate, I was over the moon to have received one.

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As I was saying previously, I am madly in love with their mascara. It does not smudge one little bit! I only apply two coats of it, it is quite a strong product, so you would only need a little bit.

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Now onto the pièce de résistance, the liner! As soon as I opened the this fabulous product, I immediately started to apply it. At first, when I was applying it, I loved how smoothly it glided along my lash line and how close it went on to the root of my lashes. It was like silk and the thickness of the liner was perfect. I already had mascara on, and not once did it glump to my lashes. Result! It’s so easy to apply and the application process is great. It makes applying liner fun – the traditional liquid style was not my friend.

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You can get a sneak peek at me wearing the liner in the image below. Honestly, it really is a great product. In no way am I trying to sell it, but for those of you who are fans of eye liner, then it’s definitely worth investing in.

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The liner launches on Saturday 28th June. From reading all of the preview reviews and customer demand, I’d say this product will fly off the shelves. Get yourself one asap!

Happy Hump Day! ♥

Nx

I’ve become an NARSissit

A few weeks ago, I took a trip down to Dublin for a high tea at the Benefit Boutique. During my time there, I took a sneaky trip into Brown Thomas and treated myself.

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Once again, I popped another beauty cherry and bought my first ever NARS product. Shocking I know, but, it’s better late than never. . Right?! 😉

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I’ve always heard so many fabulous reviews about NARS as a brand, and I was very keen to try out one product in particular. Following so many beauty bloggers and their reviews about the brands Illuminator liquid, I just had to treat myself to it.
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I opted for the classic ‘Orgasm’ shade. It stood out straight away and it was the first one I was familiar with. First, the name itself is amazing (haha) and I’m really looking forward to using it.
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I love the warm, rich peachy pink colour with specks of gold reflecting from it. With a product like this, I will use it to highlight my cheek and brow bones. If I’m in need of more of a glow, then I’ll mix a little dab of it in with my foundation.
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The product consists so many key ingredients:

Polar Berries, known for their antioxidant properties.
Bisabolol, known as an anti-inflammatory (obtained from the Chamomile plant).
Indian Frankincense, known for its soothing and comforting properties.
Vitamin B5, known to condition skin.
Sodium Hyaluronate, known to hydrate skin.
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I’m going to use the Illuminator this weekend so I’ll keep you updated on my thoughts.

Are there any other NARS products that you ladies love or would recommend?

Happy weekend! ♥

Nx

The Benefit Boutique

On Saturday I was invited down to Dublin by the lovely, Sofia from Benefit Cosmetics, to visit their new boutique store located on the lush South William Street.

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Having braved the horrendous weather, myself and my fellow blogger buddy, Christine (www.dollshousejournal.com), made our way to their stylish boutique on Grafton Street. I was fueled with excitement and anticipation as I was very curious as to how the store would look.

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My eyes lit up as soon as I walked into the boutique. I’ve never seen such a fabulous store, it’s my dream store! The decor consisted of sweet candy coloured striped walls, vintage style mannequins and inspirational quotes covering the walls.

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There was a great atmosphere in the VIP room where myself and fellow Irish bloggers enjoyed a catch up with Benefit babes, Mark and Sofia. At times it was hard for me to concentrate due to the delicious cupcakes and cookies that we had at our table.

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The Benefit team walked us through their latest beauty launches for their new Lollitint and Porefessional transloosent powder. We also got to have a look at the amazing eyebrow gel that isn’t launching until March. Although us lucky bloggers got to get a sneak preview of it and a sample to take home. 🙂

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It was such a fabulous afternoon catching up with the Benefit gang and finally getting to see the new boutique. Without a doubt, I’ll be taking another trip down to Dublin very soon for a day of pampering at the store!

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Thanks to Sofia and Mark for inviting me down and spoiling me rotten with Bene goodies. Hopefully see you again soon! ♥

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I also managed to fit in a little shopping in the magnificent, Brown Thomas, and of course, a sneaky pint of Guinness. 😉

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Hope you all had a very stylish weekend! 😉

Nx

My Perfect Picks

Today I wanted to do something a little different and share with all of you my favourite blogs from our very own emerald Isle.

It’s always nice to find new and exciting blogs. You can build up a great support network with each other and it’s always great to see how we can approach fashion.

I was introduced to this first blog by a friend. Erika Fox is a stylish young lady from Co. Kerry. Having spent many a summers down there, I enjoy seeing her stunning images of not only her style, but, the beautiful locations she takes them.

Retro Flame

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Wild Child Stories

Ciara O’ Doherty is one of Ireland’s up and coming TV presenters. She is also a fashion writer and started up her blog over two years ago. Since then it has received much critical acclaim and has featured in a variety of Ireland’s top magazines. I love her quirky and unique style, I’m always excited to see what she’s wearing next.

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Anouska Proetta Brandon

Anouska started up her blog in 2011 as a way to share her love for fashion and life through photography and film. I love her style- it’s quite European. With a photographer who has an eye for detail, it’s a winning combination. Definitely worth visiting, I promise you’ll love it!

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Life’s Lust Have

Nessa Cotter is a fashion stylish, writer, blogger and social media consultant. Her passion in life is fashion. She gets a thrill from styling photoshoots. Her blog is a collection of beautiful clothes and stunning locations. What can I say? The girl knows how to do it all!

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You should all really check out these inspirational blogs. It’s always good to put yourself out there in the blogasphere and support each other.

Nx