Thursday, November 29, 2012

Chloe boot love

Chloe boot love

While I will always love biker boots in some shape or form, the quirky western ankle boot has been catching my eye on more than one occasion recently. I casually checked Net-A-Porter to see just how much the iconic Chloe boots were and almost choked on my coffee when I saw the €900+ price tag.

Thankfully if there's one thing the high street does well it's imitation. It is the greatest form of flattery after all. Even Jeffery Campbell and Steve Madden have their own, equally as stunning, versions. Personally, the boots have to black or red - and with gold, has to be gold studding. (Although the daydreamer in me think's a copper/bronze version would be stunning .. but alas no such thing seems to exist)

So considering I won't be paid again until Christmas Eve-Eve (I can't be the only person who says that, right?) the majority of my current paycheque is going on Christmas presents for other people, I may treat myself to pair of one of these boots on my way home from working Christmas Eve ...

Which pair of Chloe-inspired boots are your favourite?


Friday, November 23, 2012

7 Days of Skincare - Day 5 - Got milk?

Legend has it that the secret to Cleopatra's radiant beauty had a lot to do with her fondness for milk baths. Now without going into a history lesson - it has been well documented, and has since inspired centuries for luxurious skin care. Rather than bathing in a giant milk jug, a simple cup of milk (or powdered milk) added to your bathwater can make all the difference - adding in lavender, sandalwood or honey for an extra special treat.

Guys and Gadgets at Dundrum Town Centre

If there is one fail-safe present for the guy in your life this festive season - it's some form of gadget. Guys and gadgets are a match made in heaven, great for the guy who has everything and a welcome break from socks and jumpers. There's a gadget for every guy - from the art student to the sports fanatic, and Dundrum Town Centre has them all catered for!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

What season is it?

This happened 15 minute ago ...

*phone rings*
Me: Hi
Himself: Hey, are you free to come outside for a second?
Me: Sure, yeah - everything okay?
Himself: Yeah, do you have a Euro by any chance?
Me: Haha, okay. I'll be down in a second.

*goes outside*

*Himself hands me the cup pictured below*

Starbucks Red Cup

Earlier in the day I mentioned how I was sleepy. He needed a Euro for bus fare because while he had got a student travel card he had to top it up and spent his change on the above coffee. It's a gingerbread latte, in a red cup, and I heard my first Christmas song on the radio. Not far off a month away now ...

... I guess it might be time to start getting into this whole Christmas thing (says she with half her presents bought already)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Windy weekend

I spent a majority of my weekend on hills of some sort.
Saturday saw me at the DSPCA at Puppy Obedience classes - which is again up the mountains.

Sunday was my granny's anniversary mass. The only, and I stress only, time I will go mass. There's usually two masses, one in Dublin and one in Wexford and so on Sunday the family converged on the tiny church - which is again, up the side of a hill.

Friday, November 16, 2012


Between migraines, head colds, being too nice a person and being too lazy - I'm wrecked.
Tired, aching, in need of the reboot. I'm not even burning the candle at both ends, I'm just burning it continuously. At some point you need to stop, let the heat go out of it, the wax to cool and reform and then, only then, start again.

Hmmm, candle analogy. Didn't see that one coming.

I'm going to bed for the weekend. See you all on the other side!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Benefit Make-up Challenge - we're in the Final!

You may have seen my previous post on the Benefit Make-up Challenge where Ben, future make-up artists extraordinaire and only 4 years old, gave me a make-over.

Well we made it to the finals! It's very exciting all together :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

7 Days of Skincare - Day 4 - Water, water everywhere

Thermal water to be exact. A common theme in French skincare I have found - Vichy, La Roche Posay and Avène utilise the healing properties of natural thermal springs to create their products which are very often friendly to sensitive skin and soothing to dry skin.

Somewhat of a cult classic, Avène Thermal Spring Water is one of those products with no defined purpose but a multitude of uses.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Benefit Blogger Challenge

Benefit Cosmetics set us a challenge - we were asked to put our beauty skills to the test and teach a son, dad, boyfriend, husband or any guy we know how to apply a FULL face of make-up!

This is Ben, I work with his mum Gill who was kind enough to volunteer him - and hilarity ensued.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

7 Days of Skincare - Day 3 - Let there be light

"The best skin is skin that can reflect light.Francois Nars 

7 Days of Skincare - Day 2 - Failing to Prepare...

"Failing to prepare is preparing to fail"

My biggest skin worry was, admittedly, quite shallow - I worries as to how it looked to other people. As much as I loved make-up and spent all that time working on it, my skin would let me down. I was afraid people would think - Who is she to talk about make-up when she can't get her skin sorted out.

The most important steps in make-up application are the steps before you even open your make-up bag. You need to prepare your skin. Prep - to many people this may mean putting on a primer before your foundation, but I'm talking even before that.

Monday, November 5, 2012

7 Days of Skincare - Day 1 - Darkest Before the Dawn

For the next few days I plan on detailing my skincare overhaul - which is still on-going, but I'm going to get started before it spirals out of control!

I discussed this in a previous post - but unfortunately my skin has since changed. This happens. Also, this routine was obviously lacking something my skin needed.

I learned this the hard way (or what I perceive to be the hard way at least) when I was caught up having a foundation tested on me and as the assistant was applying it she said "Eh ... what are you using on your skin?" and that was when it dawned on me. I knew my skin wasn't great, but I never thought there was something wrong.

Glam Nights Out at Dundrum Town Centre

Check out this post on the Dundrum Website

Let's face it, if there's one thing we girls do well it's dressing up - but that's not to say we always know what to wear. Now I don't need to tell you how much choice there is in Dundrum Town Centre when it comes to glamming up for a night out, but all that choice can seem daunting so let me break it down for you. When it comes to fun, flirty outfits for nights out with the girls or date-night dancing with himself - let's look at 5 Categories of Key Pieces and I'm sure everyone will find something to suit their own personal taste.