Monday, 24 June 2013

wishlist #8

1. boyfriend jeans, Topshop.
2. duo fibre brushes, Real Techniques.
3. Velvetines in Red Velvet, Lime Crime.
4. eyelash curlers, Shu Uemura.
5. Coltrane boots, Jeffrey Campbell.
6. slogan vest, H&M.

just a few bits I've been coveting recently! I haven't been able to get the Jeffrey Campbell Coltrane's out of my head lately but I have spied a similar looking pair in Topshop so I may have to do a further comparison! What's on your wishlist at the moment? Do you love or hate any of my picks?

Friday, 21 June 2013

new skincare additions

Indeed Labs Pepta-Bright and Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner.

I'd wager that you can all guess which skincare blogger inspired my latest purchases. When Boots had 3 for 2 across skincare and bodycare a few weeks ago, several trips were made between me and my Mam which enabled the addition of Indeed Labs Pepta-Bright serum to my skincare stash. While ultimately this is a Caroline Hirons-influenced purchase it was actually Lily's review which gave me the final push. I've been using Pepta-Bright daily for about a month now and while it hasn't made as huge a difference as I expected (curse the hype) I have definitely been feeling more confident about my blotchy skin. My skin is okay in terms of spots, and as long as I treat it well it's reasonably easy to keep dry patches at bay. Thus recently my main concern has been evening out skin-tone. I hate to self-diagnose but I suspect I might have a mild form of dermatillomania which has left my face terribly scarred over the years. This paired with an uneven skin tone and a large amount of freckles leaves me less than confident but recently I've been finding I'm using less foundation as Pepta-Bright has been slowly working its magic. In combination with this, my most recent skincare purchase of the Clarins exfoliating toner has had a noticeable difference on my skin in only about a week and a half. I didn't pay for this product but did use my hard earned Boots points to treat myself to the €31 toner after seeing Rebecca speak about it. After going for so long without a toner, my skin was glowing after just a few days of usage and I already know that I'll repurchase this.

Do you have either of these products? Do you love them or hate them? Do you have any other skincare recommendations for me? I'm unhappy with the moisturisers I've been using so I'd love to hear what your favourite day and night creams are!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

greedy little magpie

heart shaped double flare tunnels and custom black rose tunnels both by Greedy Little Magpie

I've had my ears stretched for about three-four years now, though I did it over a long period of time (as advised) and so the chronology is muddled. In all my time of having my ears stretched I've rarely bought tunnels save for the ones I wear daily; plain, mismatched titanium tunnels (one is single flare, one is double - the shop didn't have both in my size at time of purchase) which cost me a whopping €16 each. I bought a single white rose plug to wear for an event a couple of years ago which broke after a few wears. I struggle to find pretty jewellery to wear in my ears that suits my style and smaller sized holes. Enter Greedy Little Magpie; a Dublin-based online store owned by the lovely Marian, who aims to address the issue of "If unmodified people can have nice earrings, why can't we?". I'm more than happy to support a local business, especially if they are supplying beautiful stock at such reasonable prices, and without horrendous Etsy-esque shipping fees!

My first purchase with Marian  finally arrived to me last week after a number of postal issues and I couldn't be happier. Both styles I ordered are double flared which suits me best as I have neither time nor patience for those little rubber rings that come on single flares. Both are plastic which is maybe not the best option if your ears are freshly stretched but suits me perfectly as they're lightweight, comfortable and, most importantly, pretty. I'm obsessed with the heart shaped tunnels and I think they're so cute and unusual and they're comfortable to wear, however I do think these would look better on a slightly larger stretched ear. The roses are a little heavier on my ears but the stunning intricacy of the petals makes up for the slight variation in weight. I've been alternating between the two for the past week and can't decide which I prefer as they're both so gorgeous.

In terms of customer service, my experience with Greedy Little Magpie was second to none and correspondence with Marian felt more as if I was speaking to a friend than a retailer! Despite a few delivery problems - the fault of which can entirely be attributed the Irish postal service - Marian eventually got my order to me and was a pleasure to deal with. Her business attitude is refreshing and she is a truly nice girl. Custom orders are also welcomed and my black roses were made on request after I saw similar coloured ones on Instagram. I will definitely be ordering from Greedy Little Magpie again - I couldn't find a fault in the product nor the customer experience and I look forward to placing many more orders in the future.

You can follow Greedy Little Magpie on Instagram @greedylittlemagpie and you can find their BigCartel store here.

I'm sure I don't need to state this, but I am writing this post because I love Greedy Little Magpie and was genuinely impressed by my first order with them. I paid for my order with my own money and despite my gushy praises for the store, I am not being asked to write this post.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

give me volume

John Frieda Luxurious Volume hairspray, John Frieda Luxurious Volume blow dry spray, Tresemmé Texture Style definition spray, Tresemmé 24 Hour Body root boost spray

While I have reasonably thick hair and lots of it, it is poker straight and also quite heavy, so getting any volume into it can be a real chore. Due to years of damaging hair habits I have to use conditioning products in order to get a brush through it, but unfortunately these can often weigh down my hair too. I've been trying to use sprays and different volume-boosting products for years now but nothing has ever really achieved my aspired hair height. No amount of backcombing and Elnett will ever hold the massive, Caitlin Moran style 'gigantic hair meringue' that I desperately desire. Here are four volume sprays which I currently have on rotation though none of which really blow my mind. Have you any miracle volumisers that you can recommend me? I'm thinking of splashing out on the Tigi Masterpiece hairspray but I think fifteen euro for a hairspray might be a tad extortionate. Recommendations please!

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

red lips

(swatches L-R: Rimmel Exaggerate lip liner in Red Diva, Topshop lip liner in Wheels on Fire, Sleek Pout Paint in Pin-Up, MAC lipstick in Dubonnet, MAC lipstick in Russian Red, MAC lipstick in Ruby Woo)

Recently a matte red lip has become a key element in my everyday make-up routine. I have worn a red lip almost every time I've left the house in the last few months and I'm so addicted that I don't feel like myself unless I'm wearing my favourite red lipstick. I have a few red lip essentials that I'll always have on hand now that I've perfected my red lip routine.
My favourite combination is this Topshop lipliner (I'm obsessed with Topshop lipliners!) and one of the MAC lipsticks - I find it very hard to choose between Ruby Woo and Russian Red. Where Russian Red is a fraction darker, Ruby Woo is undisputed queen of the retro, Hollywood-glamour true reds. However Ruby Woo's texture being a retro matte can lead to some dry lip discomfort and I find it wears off faster than Russian Red because of its texture. Either way I love the two and each get equal use depending on my mood.
For a slightly sexier dark red I love MAC's Dubonnet which I bought just after Christmas and it's the perfect festive shade. Sleek's Pout Paint in Pin-Up is a gorgeous colour but the formula is incredibly lacking so I prefer to use a slight amount over a matte red for more dimension. Finally, while this Rimmel lip pencil is a beautiful shade and has been featured in one of my favourite Lisa Eldridge videos, it's far too soft to achieve a sharp line and I find the nib is constantly breaking and crumbling away.

Do you love a red lip as much as I do? What are your red lip essentials?