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OUTFIT OF THE DAY

My January fitness blitz has paid off and I am back in my skinny jeans! I don’t know why people knock the January fad-diet-trend; while it mostly isn’t sustainable in the long-term, it does help to melt off those stubborn Christmas pounds! Here’s what I’m wearing now I can embrace my full wardrobe once more:

ootd1 Scarf: Hermes
T-Shirt: Primark
Jumper: Band of Outsiders
Bag: Balenciaga
Jeans: Paige
Boots: UGG

Yes, those are indeed the new navy Uggs that I got for Christmas. I’m so happy with them! It’s so nice to be able to wear an all-blue outfit and not have to worry about pairing up black or grey accessories to off-set my black or grey boots. (I could, of course, just not wear Uggs, but that sounds painful…)

I’m also loving this scarf, which I’ve had for years. Funny horror story: I was severely overheated today in the shopping center while I was wearing this, and so took my scarf off and tied it to my bag. The damn thing FELL OFF while I popped out of Tesco to, um, dispose of my empty ice cream cup (I’m back in the jeans so I’m allowed ice cream, okay?). I didn’t even realise it was gone until some incredibly kind soul hurried after me with it to tell me I’d dropped it! I thanked her profusely, but I’m not sure any amount of thanks can be sufficient to someone returning an Hermes scarf that’s out of season. I don’t know who you are, kind stranger, but thank you so much, and I wish you all the luck in the world! You are a genuinely lovely person, and I hope you are having a wonderful week.

Have you ever lost a beloved item? Have you ever had one returned to you?  Have you ever been the kind soul returning someone’s lovely lost item? Drop me a line and let me know!

-A-

OUTFIT OF THE DAY

Another OOTD, another elevator photo. I REALLY need to get my mirror situation sorted out, don’t I?

 ootd03 Hat: Hermes
Coat:
Dunnes
Sweaterdress: Armani
Leggings: M&S
Shirt: Primark
Boots: UGG
Shawl: Hermes
Bag: Prada

You know it’s winter when my list of items doubles in length, sigh. Breaking out my trusty red winter coat here– a sale purchase in Dunnes some years ago but which I still adore. It has a really cute cut and I haven’t seen too many like it. I usually pair it with my favourite Hermes felt and velvet hat because it has a red inner trim, which you can just see peeking out from behind my giant phone.

Fully unseen is the Primark thermal undershirt I’m wearing, and my god, does that save my bacon during the winter. When it’s just not possible to wear a turtleneck, this absolutely does the business, and they are cheap as chips. I can wholeheartedly recommend them!

Have you rediscovered your winter best? Do you love layering? What winter accessories are you rocking recently?  Drop me a line and let me know!

-A-

OUTFIT OF THE DAY

My damn feet are still giving me style problems! Off to Dundrum in this one, so I needed something warmer for braving the frozen aisles of Tesco as well as injury-acceptable footwear. Not my best look, but I was really proud of the gold-themed eye makeup I teamed this with. I’m really getting good use out of my Urban Decay Naked 1 lately.

ootd24 Sweater: M&S
Vest: H&M
Leggings: Primark
Sandals: Ebay
Bag: Mulberry

I still love these leggings I got for a steal just before Christmas. They go with almost everything! I also really love this cute little Mulberry purse, although it definitely won’t be replacing my beloved Prada nylon number for an everyday bag. I really struggle to fit all my daily essentials into this one on account of its tininess.

How big is your everyday bag? Do you love a tidy, tiny bag like this one, or are you a card-carrying carryall fan? What makeup looks are you loving right now? Drop me a line and let me know!
-A-

OUTFIT OF THE DAY

Stupid feet! Between the weather and my feet, I don’t know what to do with my clothes these days. I’m very restricted in what footwear I can use at the moment, and I’ve ended up wearing these little Chinese slippers a lot lately.

ootd20 Shirt: Primark
Vest: H&M
Leggings: H&M
Sandals: Ebay
Bag: Prada

At only €3 a pair, these are a super bargain. They’re lightweight enough to toss into a suitcase without having to worry about excess weight, and they’re incredibly easy to wear. I don’t think they’re the most stylish of items, but I’ve had a crazy amount of compliments on them this week, so I can’t complain too much!

I’m also really loving this little shirt from Primark which I picked up a little while ago. I really love the soft pinks and teals in it, which contrast nicely against my penchant for blacks. It’s also light and floaty– which is exactly what you need on a summer’s day when you can’t wear anything heavy because it’s so warm outdoors, but you may have to sit indoors where it’s cooler for a long period of time, too.

What bargains are you loving lately? Would you dare to wear flats if your feet demanded it? What summer colours are you embracing? Drop me a line and let me know!

-A-

PRODUCT EXPERIENCE: PRIMARK BEAUTY BLENDER

Officially, this little gem is marketed under Primark’s own beauty brand, “PS Love” as their “Beauty Blender Sponge” and can be yours (if you can find one) for the staggeringly low price of €1.50. I’ve got very mixed feelings about this product, because there are an awful lot of positives… But there are quite a few negatives as well. This is what it looks like:

sponge

Let’s start with the good, shall we? The price is about a third of the next cheapest one I could find when I was looking, and about ten times less than the original cult product that kicked off the “beauty blender” trend. It washes easily and quickly (I used mine this morning before taking the photo, so it isn’t washed here, but trust me on this). It’s very, very, effective: I’ve always hated the stripey effect in foundation coverage from brushes or flat sponges, and this completely eradicates that problem while giving lovely, even coverage that’s buildable and natural-looking. The build quality is also pretty decent: I’ve had mine for a month or two now, and it hasn’t developed any tears or nicks yet. The pointy end is great for doing the undereye area, the flat end is good for foreheads and cheeks, and the curvy sides are great for everywhere else.

Quite honestly, I don’t know that I could live without a beauty blender in my arsenal now that I’ve had one. I would certainly miss it a lot.

However, I don’t know that I’ll be going back for another of one of these when this one needs replacing. The first downside of this one is obvious: it looks bloody awful, like something that rolled under the sofa at a sex party and was unfortunately overlooked in the cleanup afterwards. Moreover, it has the most strongly chemical smell of anything that’s ever been allowed to touch my face without the promise of defying time or giving me clearer skin. I can’t emphasize enough how terribly this smells; when I first opened the package, I was knocked sideways by the reek of it– if you’ve ever had to leave a memory foam mattress to off-gas in a well-ventilated room for a couple of days, you’ll know the smell I mean.

That said, two rinses with baby shampoo and one or two subsequent uses and the smell has almost completely evaporated. Now it just smells of Johnsons and foundation. There’s nothing to be done about the unfortunate appearance, but when you’re paying a tiny fraction of the price of a branded one, can you really complain?

I would recommend this to anyone wanting to decide whether or not they’d make any use of a more expensive beauty blender; it’s a cheap way of dipping your toes in the water to test if they’re for you. It’s also a viable cost-effective alternative if you fancy the idea of multiple blenders so you can always be sure to have a fresh one on hand– so long as you’re prepared to put in the effort of cleaning the lot a few times before you ever use them.

On the balance of it, though, I think I’ll try upgrading to one of the more expensive varieties when I need to replace mine, in the hopes that they’ll be less smelly and less mortifying in appearance.

Have you tried this product? Do you love the original Beauty Blender? Do you think the whole notion of a curved-edge sponge is silly fad nonsense that’ll die out soon? Drop me a line and let me know!
-A-

OUTFIT OF THE DAY

Off to Dundrum with this one, and making the most of the good weather! Ireland has been experiencing a spate of lovely weather recently, and while the occasional rain shower still looms large on the horizon, we can still enjoy the higher temperatures and lack of need for heavy coats and jackets!

ootd01 Sweater: M&S
Leggings: M&S
T-Shirt: Primark
Bag: Longchamp
Boots: UGG

I’ve fallen completely in love with this sweater– it’s so light and soft! These leggings are also quickly becoming a fave, also; the pattern on them is just enough to be interesting, but still subtle enough as to not be overpowering. Also I like that the grey-and-white theme fits in with my home decor, haha.

What colour themes are you enjoying this summer? Have you been embracing the opportunity to wear lighter clothes? Or do you long for the oncoming autumn where you can break out your scarves, coats, and heavy knits? Drop me a line and let me know!
-A-

OUTFIT OF THE DAY

Dinner out with Mummy and Aunties with this, finally wearing something I bought before Christmas and never got a chance to wear until now! Pretty happy with how this looked in person, although it didn’t photograph very well and I was running out the door when I was taking the picture, so I didn’t really have time to try to take a better one! Two looks for the price of one here, mostly because it looks so different with and without the coat.

T-Shirt: Primark
Shirt: Primark
Trousers: River Island
Shoes: Chloe
Jacket: Louise Kennedy
Bag: Mulberry
Scarf: Hermes
Necklace: Primark

Super happy that I got to wear my little shirt at last! It’s been languishing in my closet for about six months now; it deserved an outing, I think!

Do you wear your clothes as soon as you get them, or do you wait until the perfect moment? What’s waiting in your closet now waiting to be worn? Do you prefer this outfit with or without jacket and accessories? Drop me a line and let me know!
-A-

INSIDE MY MAKEUP DRAWER #10

A slightly more sedate look Inside My Makeup Drawer today with the:

PS Love Nude Shadow Palette

 

I’ve done a more comprehensive review of this palette here, if you’re interested.

What’s your favourite budget nude palette? Drop me a line and let me know!
-A-

OUTFIT OF THE DAY

Being a little fancy with this one! Figured it was time I gave my Birkin an outing. I love this bag to bits, but it’s just so much less practical than my cross-body bags. Still, I can’t help but smile when I wear it– so long as I don’t have to do too much rooting through racks of clothes! It’s so well made and pretty that I can’t help but love it despite its lack of straps. Super happy with how the scarf (Mythiques Phoenix, SS14) goes with this jacket– I rarely get to wear this one except when it’s slightly warm, since it’s a size 6 (US size 2) and only barely fits me, so I can’t wear a sweater underneath. Still, I think they’re a really cute combo, so overall I was happy with how this turned out.

ootd03 Jacket: Karen Millen (Karen Millen Outlets)
Scarf: Hermes (Brown Thomas)
T-Shirt: Primark
Jeans: Armani Jeans (Brown Thomas)
Shoes: Prada (Brown Thomas)
Bag: Hermes (Paris)

Are you a fiend for matching colours or do you prefer your outfits to purposefully clash? Do you sacrifice practicality sometimes for items you really love? Drop me a line and let me know!

-A-

PRODUCT EXPERIENCE: PS EYESHADOW PALETTE

I promised I’d do a review of that €3.50 10-colour eyeshadow palette I picked up in Primark during my last shopping trip to Dundrum.

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