29 August 2013

OOTD #4 and Heidi Hair

Yesterdays OOTD was a work outfit. I earn my dolla' in Wallis(a clothes shop). It's a branch of the umbrella company Arcadia, which also owns Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, Burton and a few others. 
Anyyywayyyys.. Here's what I wore!

Treggings (trouser leggings): New Look €17
Lace Jumper: Primark/Penneys €11
Shoes: New Look €24.99 buy here
Tooth Necklace: Topshop €1.50
Peace Necklace: Penneys/Primark €2
CUTE necklace: Republic €3

My hair was styled by making two plaits and pulling the end of each plait to the opposite side of my head, securing them with bobby pins. It's so handy for the likes of school/college, work and festivals because it really stays in place and looks uber cute and sophisticated. But be warned, you may end up being called 'Heidi' all day!

And now I'm finally off to Electric Picnic for four days, thought this day would never come! Cannot waitttt!

See ya in four days!

27 August 2013

Festival Fun : Haul and Fashion Inspo

Have I mentioned I'm going to Electric Picnic this weekend?
Only about a hundred times, I know.
I completely, unashamedly cannot contain my excitement at losing my festival virginity.

PS- my blog post "Wishlist" is mentioned a lot in this post, so if you haven't already read it, you can read it
here ;)

So continuing with my festival shopping today, here's a sneak peak at the goodies I'll be taking with me (don't you just love having an excuse to shop?). There are also some festival inspo pics featured. Festivals are a great chance to go wild with your hair, makeup and clothes. It's a step out of the everyday and an opportunity to display your creative talents that you don't normally get the chance to .Most of my buys for EP are essentials, but there are a few little tid-bits for me, like this little daisy headband! In my "Wishlist" post I wrote about wanting one of these bad boys. I picked this one up for about €4 in New Look and I laaaav it!

Festivals are a great chance to go wild with your hair, makeup and clothes. It's a step out of the normal and the opportunity to display your creative talents that you don't normally get to make use of in everyday situations. Here are some inspiring pictures to do exactly that.

I had to include this simply because it's so beautiful! Pixie Lott (above) looking uber cute for a festival. I reeeeally wanna create this look for Electric Picnic. I love everything about it, from the updo, the make up and of course the facepaint! Wouldn't it go perfectly with it my daisy headband above?

For cleaning off the facepaint, make up, muck or just for wipe showers. Simply a necessity. With 2 for €4.49 in Penney's/Primark, you'd be mad to buy them anywhere else (God I sound like I sponsor them!) 

Chalked hair. This is how to get whatever colour hair you want without the commitment! Please excuse the rat-tail effect, this is before I combed and straightened my hair to lock in the colour. This is such an easyyy and fun hair style for a festival or even just a night in town. I will provide a tutorial if you lovely ladies would like :)

Dry shampoo, you would be lost without it! If you can even get to a shower, you will not have the opportunity to go everyday and do your usual apply-product-blowdry-and-curl/straighten routine!Dry shampoo will be your godsend!

Don't laugh.. Strolling through Arnotts when some saleswoman shoved this in my hand. I never looked at it until I got home. It's a mini, plastic perfume dispenser with the latest "Justin Bieber" fragrance. But of course, that will soon be emptied out and the dispenser cleaned. It will then be re-filled with the perfume my boyfriend bought me from Tenerife ( Tommy Hilfiger, "Eau de Prep"), making it the perfect little gismo to take to Electric Picnic! (Glass bottles are not allowed, and would you really wanna risk bringing your favourite perfume while you're roughing it?)

This photo breaks every beauty "rule" that society has shoved down our throats. It does the opposite to them all (lighter shadow in the outer corner, not matching eyebrows to hair colour, not matching lipliner to lipstick etc). That is exactly why I love it! If you are not a pro at the oul facepaint for festivals, why not work against what you do know? Take inspo from this pic and do everything opposite to your regular make up routine. Simple way to create a funky festival look!

Loving these little denims I bought on Boohoo.com (€28). As you can imagine, they've been coming in verrrry handy over the summer months during those few days of sun and of course my day in Slane to watch Eminem. And now they're being used again for EP. Being high rise means they can easily be worn with crop tops without having too much tummy on show. They are also super comfortable but I do have one piece of advice: buy a size up from your normal size as when you put them in the wash, the shrink and I mean bad. Mine are gonna be such a stress to get on and off in our little 2-man tent now that they've shrunk. Devo!

This raincoat from New Look was also featured in my "Wishlist" post (nice to know I've checked a few things off it!). Unforch, it's not the colour I wanted as they had none left in jade. On the plus side, I caught them the day they went on sale and nabbed this one for just €13, so I can't complain too much! I wanted this one as it's long enough to cover my bum and has drawstrings to accentuate the waist. It's also an adorable elephant (major selling point). Love it!

There was a time where I envied men for having a product like Lynx. Why? Because it is possibly the most long-lasting scented product I have ever come across. Thankfully the company finally heard our cries and made a "Lynx for her". It's about time! Costing just €3, it aint bad going and hopefully it will get me through my 3 days camping smell-free!

Where would we be without our wellies for festivals like this? Or better yet, where would we be without Penney's selling wellies as cute as these for just €11! Please excuse the poor lighting, it's late at night and I just can't get a clear picture!

Aaaand just a sweet treat to any other festival go-ers!

Audrey Hepburn Sunnies, €3!

So one sunny afternoon me and my boyfriend decided to go to the zoo. Not realising it was going to be sunny, I never thought to bring my sunglasses (grrr!). So we made a quick stop to Penneys/Primark before the zoo where I picked up these little lovelies.

I thought they were pretty dayyyycent for just €3! But they got even better. So there I was, cleaning out my room yesterday when I found a load of pictures and posters that I had, waiting to be hung around my room. One of them was this fab pic of Audrey Hepburn (below).

And that's when I noticed how similar my sunnies are to hers, and with mine costing just €3 I was pretty chuffed with myself! Now if only I could look more like her...


Friday nights OOTD (or Outfit of the Night more like)!
This is what I wore to The Twisted Pepper, a club in Dublin's city centre which is used as a cafe during the day and sells some of the yummiest tea ever (I suggest the Vanilla Black).
It is very much a casual club. The crowd generally dresses as to their own style, but this means heels and going-out dresses are a no-no, you will be way too overdressed!

Please excuse the cracked mirror and messy room. That's what happens when I get ready in a rush!
Here's the outfit, piece by piece:

Kimono: Wallis €43 buy here
Crop Top: Primark/Penneys €4
Shorts: Primark/Penneys €11
Boots: River Island €55 (as worn in OOTD #2buy here

23 August 2013

Tutorial: Changing Earrings for the First Time

This post is unlike any of my others. This is a step-by-step photo tutorial on how to change your earrings for the first time after being pierced.

These earrings were a communion present from when I was just 8 years young. Fast forward a decade and I am  finally able to wear them!
I know this is the type of thing that most girls got over at the age of about 8, but some of us weren't as lucky! Unfortunately when I pierced my ears (aged 8) they provided me with nothing but a painful, recurrent ear infection and many trips to the doctor. Ten years on, I finally plucked up the courage to get my ears pierced again! I was shaking like a leaf with fear that it would go wrong again, but 3 months later they are going strong and I finally got the balls to take them out today.

These are the earrings I was pierced with 3 months ago. As you can see, there is no redness, blood, scarring or any other yucky stuff around the piercing! Having been in 3 months, I decided they should be fully healed by now. Here is how I recommend remove your earrings for the very first time. 

How To: Changing Earrings for the First Time

Firstly, choose the earrings you plan on swapping your originals for. If you are as much as a scaredy cat as me, I'd suggest choosing a pair of sterling silver, like mine below. Cheap earrings can cause problems to people who have had their ears pierced for years, so now is not the time to test them on your fresh piercing.

Next, I poured some antiseptic Dettol into it's lid. I then placed the earring I planned on wearing into the lid to soak in the Dettol. This is so important in my opinion. You are placing a foreign object into your body, it must be clean!

Sticking with the Dettol, I poured it onto some cotton wool and cleaned my ears and the earrings already in them. It's just so important to have this area clean and as an added plus, the liquid will help loosen up the earring. After this you should wash and dry your hands thoroughly. 

Aaaand finally, what this has all built up to, changing the earring! The first step is to breathe (or am I the only wuss around here?). When you're ready, put your nails of one hand under the piercing at the front, and your nails on your other hands under the back of the piercing. Twisting the back of the piercing will loosen it up for you. Try to wriggle the back off rather than pulling it. This is gentler on the piercing. The back may be stiff to get off in the beginning as earrings you are pierced with are designed to be harder to get off, to reduce the risk of falling out during healing time. Make sure the earrings replacing the originals are nearby and have the backs off them. When the original piercing eventually slips out, clean the piecing area one last time using a Q-tip and Dettol. When you're ready, insert the new piercing and tighten the back on it.

Et voila!
As you can see my ear looks totally unharmed or affected by the process. Simples!

15 August 2013

Review: Topshop "Infrared" Lipstick

Topshop- Lipstick "Infrared" €12

Topshop's orange lipstick labelled "Infrared" is my newest addition to the oul make up bag.
I posted a photo of me wearing it in my last post which you can see here:

After a few different uses I can say that there is not much I don't like about this lippy! It's a really pretty colour that is more of an orange-red than bright orange, making it more wearable to those who aren't ready to experiment with such an eccentric colour. I found this lipstick could be taken from day to night depending on how you do the rest of your make up, which makes it diverse and an all-round good purchase. Below is an image of how I wore it during the day. My previous post (which is linked at the beginning of this post) shows how I wore this lipstick at night.

Personally I was happy with it's finish which was not super drying but also not very wet and transferrable. I found it long lasting also; I applied this shade at around half 8 last night and when I arrived home at 5 in the morning the lippy was everpresent, albeit a bit faded!

Unforch, while it is a good quality lipstick, it isn't without fault. As you can see from the pictures above, the lipstick is not as true to its colour when applied as you might hope. While it still comes out beautifully, and is a really pretty colour, I do wish it was more pigmented. All in all I'd give it a good 4/5 !

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Feeling more than a little groggy this morning. This is the outfit I wore last night to Alchemy Club and Venue. The green floral skirt is actually a dress. I turned it into a skirt by tucking the top half inside the skirt of the dress. This is a great way to get more from your dresses and create different looks without having to break the bank by buying new clothes. The bracelet is a black (fake) leather band with gold studs.The boots are black suede with tassel zips and a western/cowboy style toe. The crop top is off-the-shoulder.

Top- Penneys/Primark €4
Dress- Topshop €35
Necklace- Penneys/Primark €5
Boots- River Island €55 buy here
Bracelet- Penneys/Primark €3

PS- Review and swatches to come of the Topshop lipstick I am wearing in this post!