Tuesday, December 16, 2014

November Favourites

Gingerbread ladies lipgloss is on point
Left: The Next Big Thing, Right: The Wild Thing
Ned Stark is torn between shades
Left to right: Hypnotist lipgloss, Lip crayon, Hoopla and Sensational eyeshadows

I always love reading other bloggers monthly favorites and have been meaning to give it a try myself for ages. It is a little late for November favorites but better late than never! The things I've been loving for the last month are a mix of beauty, fashion and chocolate. I'm pretty sure a month (even day) won't go by when some kind of chocolate isn't top of my list of things that made me happy. Lindt's dark chocolate strawberry excellence bar is my go to treat when I want 'fancy' chocolate. I love fruit combined with chocolate, but their salted caramel dark chocolate version is also amazing if you don't. In terms of fashion items, I've been living in huge scarfs, last year I obsessed with snoods this year it's blanket scarfs. My mum bought me this pretty aztec print blanket scarf from ONLY as a present for me, there's a grey side too so it's really versatile and cozy. While planning my outfit for 12 pubs of Christmas, I was faced with a shoe dilemma; flats seemed too casual but heels seemed too likely to end in injury. When I spotted these chunky heeled Pina Colada boots by Pink Soda they were the perfect solution. I got them marked down to €45 in Bank Liffey Valley but they're still available online here

On to makeup: My favorite products for November, and basically all year, are predominately from bareMinerals. I love their products, excellent coverage without feeling caked on and unlike so many brands it doesn't irritate my skin.  My very generous sister gave me these limited edition eyeshadow quads in super bright blue packaging. The Wild Thing eyeshadow quad contains Sensational (pale aqua), Icon (yellowy green), Elitist (bronzed taupe) and Controversy (deep marine blue). I've been using Sensational on the inside of my eye to brighten them. The Next Big Thing eyeshadow quad contains Rising Star (gold), Smash Hit (vibrant peach), Hoopla (coppery brown) and Ensemble (smoky plum). I love Rising Star and Hoopla because of the lovely metallic finish they give. The pigment and longevity of these eyeshadows are just spot on. Even though they are technically spring palettes the colour selection and metallic effect is also perfect for winter. My two favorite lip products lately are bareMinerals marvelous MOXIE lipgloss in Hypnotist and a Ted Baker lip crayon from The Great and the Gorgeous set. Hypnotist can be worn alone or layered over lipstick which I do with the lip crayon. It's got an iridescent sheen that shifts from pale purple to peach and gold when applied, and on a side note it smells ridiculously good too.  

I promise I'll have my December favorites up before January!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ciaté Mini Mani Month Advent Calender: TKMaxx 2014

I dropped into TKMaxx in Stepehen's Green Shopping Centre, Dublin, a week ago and was so excited when I spotted this advent calender. My sister had been wanting a beauty advent calender this year but they sell out so fast. The minute I saw the stacks of Ciaté advent calenders I knew it would be the perfect pre-Christmas gift for her. This is actually the Ciaté 2013 Mini Mani Month Advent Calender, so it was priced at a bargain €26.99 (RRP €61). Who cares if it's last years though, it's still just as pretty as it was last year! It comes in 3 different covers, this one, a red with bell print and a blue one. This 24 piece manicure set comes with a mix of Mini Paint Pots, Glitter Sprinkles, Sequin Blends and Caviar Pearls. I opened a few windows to give a sneak peak, but it will all be opened over the course of December. I love the little sayings inside each window so cute! Buy as a treat for yourself or the nail polished obsessed in your life, it's such great value and the perfect bargain to get you in the Christmas spirit. Time to go put up my Christmas tree at last!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Vintage Threshing Day


I visited the local Vintage and Threshing day with my dad. I love these kind of events, full of vintage cars, tractor races and random stalls selling everything from tractor parts to cake. There's nothing quite as fun as watching a shambles of a donkey derby and the very imaginative tractor musical chairs. Wrapped up in woolly jumpers and wheelies, it's not the most stylish of looks but I couldn't be happier.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Folkster Kilo Sale + Haul

I love Shutterbug in Kilkenny and their Folkster shop in Dublin even more, so I was really excited to attend their Vintage Kilo Sale on the 2nd of November. The Shutterbug/Folkster Vintage Kilo Sale was held in Haymarket, Smithfield. It was basically a huge pop up shop of rail upon rail of vintage and bohemian clothing sold at €20 for a kilo. We collected our tickets at 8 in the morning, headed off for a big fry up breakfast, returning at half 11 to queue in our allocated zone. There was a huge well dressed crowd waiting in anticipation to grab some serious bargains. So much outfit inspiration to take in while we waited. When it turned 12 and the barriers opened there was a literal stampede of vintage hungry shoppers, grabbing everything off the rails. It was crazy and so much fun. My bf was the perfect companion for the event, carrying all the treasures I threw at him. After the initial panic grabbing of garments, shoppers headed to different corners to whittle their haul down to their favorites and then the queuing to pay commenced. Waiting in line I was guessing away at how much my haul would cost, hoping I'd get away with everything I wanted for €60 or so. I couldn't believe it when the total price came to just €38.40, less than €40 for a whole bag of treats, incredible! I can't recommend their kilo sale enough, an incredibly impressive and varied stock, flawlessly organised and a really fun, different way to shop. Bring your friends, your boyfriend, just make sure to go the next time! While your waiting for the next event drop into one of their amazing shops or shop online here.

Total Spent = €38.40

Now let's discuss the haul itself! For €38.40 I got my hands on: 4 pairs of shorts, 1 skirt, 1 camouflage jacket, 1 jumper and 3 bandannas. My absolute favorite pick is the white wintry shorts with braid and fringe detail, it's so different, I would have spent far more than €38 on those shorts alone. I've been having great fun styling all my new finds for work, pairing the shorts/skirt with thick fleece lined tights from Primark and ankle boots. What's your favorite piece from my haul? Did you get anything at the kilo sale? 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Primark Haul A/W 2014

Total Spent = €48.50

I've bought some really pretty things in Primark in the last month, so I decided to do a little post of the things I got. I think most of them are still in store (in Dublin at least) if you see something you might like to buy too. Primark has loads of pretty home accessories at the moment, if you want to make your home girly or get it ready for Christmas. I picked up some heart decorations for my room; the large heart was €3 and the smaller bell heart was €2. The heart picture frame was €4 and the vanilla candle in a silver jar was €3.50 I think. For brightening up my work desk I got a glittery black notebook for €2.50, which I also got in hot pink. Now that my room had all the girly accessories it could need, it was time to accessorize myself too. Blanket scarfs are everywhere right now and Primark had amazing ones at incredible prices, this one is reversible and was only €7. I've been wearing it everyday since I bought it and it's so cozy. There was so many amazing statement necklaces to choose from it was hard to just pick one, but I had to get one of the matte styles. This matte necklace was only €6 and is a nice edgier change from the more sparkly versions I normally buy. I love a good hair accessory so couldn't resist this rose hairband (€3) and little bunny bobbins (€2.50). The only clothes I actually bought was a black kimono (€15), it's the perfect winter kimono, can't wait to wear this with cutoffs, woolly tights and ankle boots. 

There's nothing like a good Primark haul so leave me your haul links!

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