Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Gift Ideas | For Her x

Christmas Guide for HER






1.           Concert Tickets  - Concert tickets are always a great gift to get your significant other. You probably know what artists she’s loved for the longest time, e.g. Nicki Minaj & Trey Songs or Drake’s European tour (2015) in the Uk and Ireland. Sometimes going for a more intimate concert is advisable plus you get to save some money. Check out some of the up and coming artists she’s been feeling lately. A friend of mine went to see Ed Sheran when he played Vicar Street in Dublin a few years ago, at the time he was just starting out and now he sells out multiple nights at the O2. So beat the queue,head over to Ticketmaster and take her to see that next big star first!

2.          Perfume Gift Sets – I think a truly elegant gift to get her is “La Vie Est Belle”, which is French and translates to “life is beautiful”. Every girl likes to channel her inner Parisian girl and feel like a Pretty woman, Lol See what I did there?  Plus it smells divine so she will love it. Another great thing about getting gift sets is you save a ton of money as the perfume is standard price or less but comes with a lot of fun extras. One thing I know about us girls is we never like to buy our own expensive perfumes, we like when someone else buys them for us on special……. or any occasion really *laughs*.

3.          Curling Iron  - Curling wands are useful tools to quickly give her look an extra oomph! So head on over to Boots cause at this time of year they do great deals on curling wands and curling Irons and you could save up to 50%.  Check out the type of curlers she already owns and go for one with a slightly different curl pattern, from GHD’s to Babyliss you’ll find the perfect curling Wand to get her.


4.          Jewelry & Watch – Jewelry is always a great choice for us ladies…. They do say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but if you’re not trying to break the bank then anything shiny will do. From sparkly earrings to dazzling statement piece necklaces. I have suggested this Sterling silver Pandora Birth stone Ring, there’s basically one for every month based on birth month.  I own a Pandora charm bracelet I got a few years ago so I can definitely recommend Pandora as a brand.  

5.          Bag - A Bag is an awesome gift for her this Christmas. Who doesn’t want a new bag? River Island and Zara have some lovely bags in stock at the moment or you can go for the more pricey ones like Kate Spade, DKNY or this Michael Kors Selma I have above. The key is to know her style. RESEARCH! Ask yourself does she carry shopper tote bags, satchels, or duffle bags and then go by what you think will suit her. She will love the thought you put into choosing it and she’ll be flattered that you know her bag preferences.

6.         Makeup – Now if she’s a makeup lover, makeup junkie or even a makeup Artiste, then please kindly find your way to your nearest mac cosmetics counter. Mac eye shadows are great but pretty pricey when bought individually so I have suggested the warm pre-made palette as it comes with neutral tones that will easily enhance every skin tones. She can play around with the colours and use it all year round and all at a gift worthy price.

7.          Portable Charger– Funnily enough my friend Alison gave me this gift idea. Girls love their phones and also snapchat and we all know snapchat is a battery drainer. A fantastic and SUPER useful gift Idea is a portable charger so she can take snap photos and videos to her heart’s content. Some of these portable chargers come in pretty cool shapes so are even mirrors so she can use it to fix up her makeup as well.

8.         Trainers – Christmas is the perfect time to get her Nike trainers or running shoes as this is the time when she’s preparing for the famous New Year’s resolution of absolute healthy eating and fitness. A bit of encouragement with a new pair of Nike trainers will serve as the perfect motivator.

Now those are some suggestions of great presents for Her, but if all else fails and you are still confused then just buy her a gift voucher for her favourite store. If you’re a hopeless gift giver chances are she already knows and will still love you regardless. Gift giving is not everybody’s forte, it's the thought that counts.
Until next time with love, 




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Sunday, December 7, 2014

OVER THE KNEE BOOTS FOR PETITES | HOW I STYLE












Jumper dress | H&M (here)\\ Coat | Pull & Bear (here) // Necklace | Forever 21 (Similar Here) // Boots | Primark (similar here) & Watch | Michael Kors (Similar here)

This year has definitely flown through so quickly, it feels like just a couple of days ago I was enjoying my travel filled summer and now SHOCKER !!! It's December already. The cold has recently just arrived but guess what?, its my favourite time of the year, I'm one of those strange people that even though I like to wear less layers during the summer, I love A/W. 
What is so great about Autumn and Winter ? 
Well besides the obvious festivities that go on during this time of the year, its the perfect opportunity to get away with dressing like a long lost relative of The Addams family, if that's your thing and sometimes it's really my thing. (to a limit of course lol !) I even almost bought a black lipstick in Superdrug yesterday!! 

Today's outfit post was actually inspired by two sources, firstly my friend JD who was also my guest photographer for this outfit and secondly from a blogpost I read.
It all started on a casual day at Primark having a nose through the shop-floor and JD points out these boots and says these would suit me.I immediately laughed and dismissed the thought of ever buying them but it was quite random actually, I decided to try them on a joke so I could do a little mirror dance and Voila ! it was love at first Wear!...... I ended up going back to buy them a few days later. 

A few days Prior to this I had my usual read of my favourite blogs, from Shirley's wardrobe to Nadia Aboulhosn who's syle im Obsessed with but when i'm done with my favourites I like to read from posts blogger I know and im interested in.
"Take for example knee high boots. Who told you you were Rihanna? If you are short and stumpy, you more than likely will not pull it off." 
I partly understand what she was saying !! But is Rhianna the inventor of knee high boots paired with an oversized tee  ?,NOPE ! if anything a majority of  fashion bloggers are. You don't need me to tell you that everything looks different on a model and on Rihanna than it does in real life. Over-the-knee boots are a biggie. In the typical fashion show, they look effortlessly stunning and easy to pull off, usually paired with a micro mini or a floating dress that's cut up to the thigh. In real life, they're a little trickier to wear — they make a statement, conjure up images of our favourite Pretty Woman and can easily become a train-wreck if it doesn't agree with he rest of your attire. OK, I'll admit: they're challenging; but that doesn't mean they're not worth a try and that they won't actually work with the right pieces, for everybody. Yes, EVERY body type, you just have to find what works for your body type. (check out pintrest,Tumblr for ideas ect!) 

I guess what i'm trying to say is Society shouldn't rule out a style of dressing for a particular group of people and dictate to them what's right  and wrong ! What shoes they can wear when  and what shoes they are "allowed" to wear, based on their height. I guess that statement is for those that care deeply what people think of what they wear. As for me, I love my new Primark Over the knee boots and I cant wait to style them in some of my future posts.


Until next time with love, 





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Monday, October 20, 2014

Autumn Staples & Accessories Wish list #1


  

Zara:  Coat (link) // Bag (link) // Boots (link)



Hi Lovelies, so I wanted to share with you some of the things that has been on my "To Buy” wish list.  These are just some essentials to get me and inspire you for autumn winter. I hope you enjoy this post, and I would love to know about any cool things that are on your wish lists also, so don’t be shy when dropping the comments below.



The Coat: I first fell in love with this coat on my 21st birthday trip to Paris but I was strictly forbidden from purchasing it by my best friend & personal style blogger Eunice (Fashion Enthusiast).  I actually think I wanted to go on a mad spending spree just because I could but I decided spending €165 on a coat would not be the brightest Idea so I decided to wait until the next 12am Zara.com sale (waiting for the e-mail ;)  where hopefully that beauty of a coat will be mine. I'M LEGIT STALKING IT ! 


The Bag: This Zara bag has been on my wish list for AGES since before I even left Ireland! But Since I knew I was moving to the Uk I knew it would be a bad idea to add to my moving load. I will be picking this bad up in the following weeks and I really can't wait. A friend of mine thinks its funny how I like to carry big bags yet I'm a small person.

The Boots:The Boots: Chelsea boots have a timeless style and come with endearing attitude. I really need a new pair. I brought my old knee high Zara pair with me to the England, although they are getting kind of old and beaten up. So a new quality pair of boots are on my to "buy list". I always buy my boots in Zara because you can get really quality stuff for a decent price.



H&M: £14.99 Hat (Link)// Scarf £7.99 (link)// Scarf (link)// Bag £29.99 (link)// Scarf (link)//Sneakers £19.99 (link)// Loafers £9.99(link



The Hat: I have a really big head *Laughs*, so I can never find hats that I am in love with that fit just right. I would love to get a nice hat that looks and feels good. I always seem to get all my hats in H&M.... Strangely enough, let's just hope a Size L fits my head and potential future weaves.

The Scarf:  This winter, scarves have become a statement accessory in their own right. As soon as New York Fashion Week got under way last season, there was a renewed focus on the scarf -scarfs were styled up as statement pieces and were made to complete signature runway looks. 

The Bag: Another amazing H&M find and to me this is the epitome of a STEAL at €39.99 in Paris so I may buy the black one.  I'm super impressed with the quality and how it looks super high fashion and sophisticated without breaking the bank. They offer the options of wine (which I own) and grey as well but I opted for  black on my wish list since I have it in blue and wine so a nice black one can be very versatile in my wardrobe.  

The Sneakers:  Sneakers are perfect for my super comfortable styleas they can really dress down a n overly "dressy outfit". This way you can get away with looking dressy casual even when you’re looking extra "Pimping". I want a pair of sneakers I can wear on a casual day to Uni.
The Loafers: I think Loafers speak for themselves…. They are generally comfortable easily slipped on shoes. I just love them really.



Casio - men's Rose gold £28.94 (link) // Michael Kors £275 (link) // Marc Jacobs £275 (link)



Rose gold watches are quite high on my wish list this autumn/winter. I used to be a bit iffy about Rose gold to be sincere, but I have reached a place in my life *laughs* where I think a rose gold watch would be a great addition to my wardrobe.

The Casio watch is one that I am seriously considering, honestly I didn't used to pay much mind to Casio watches but let's just say I have been educated by FORCE! About how cute they really are.

Michael Kors' latest Lexington Chronograph watch is available in a rose gold version apart from the original Standard gold version. 
I'm not particularly a huge fan of Marc Jacobs watches, I feel like the frame/face of the watches they produce are far too small but I am considering a Rose Gold watch from them also.... try something new. 



 Nars lipstick- Heat Wave (link) £19.50 // Bobbi Brown foundation stick -Espresso £29 (link) // They're Real Gel liner  £18 (link)  

Lipstick: I want to pick up a high-end lipstick and I suppose it's quite shocking that I don't own any actually. I guess I'm just a big o'l Mac girl at heart. I am getting sick of my signature Red lipstick, which is why I haven't worn it in months. I thought it's about time I found a new red lipstick to love.

Bobbi Brown: I want to get the darkest shade of this stick foundation so I can use it as a contour stick. I saw some random other YouTube do it and now I want to give it a try as I’ve always used sleek’s Contour kit, we all know that sleek product is not particularly dark enough for contouring.

They're Real Gel Liner: I recently bought the "They're real mascara" and with it I got a sample size of the gel liner version. I'm extremely excited to pick up a full sized version of this simply because its Amazeballs! “Yay to trials and testers.”

So that’s it for now Dolls,

  X

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Autumn Skincare Routine ♥︎




Soap and Glory - Facial brush - Boots Ireland

A manual facial brush is one of the best things I have incorporated into my skincare routine this year.I cant recommend it enough to be honest. There are many benefits to using a manual facial brush over the clearasonic. First and foremost you control the intensity of the scrub with your hands.A cleaner but gentler scrub on your face can be achieved. It helps get the deeper clogged in bits of left over make up off your face. The price is very very reasonable in comparison to the clearasonic. Any facial brush will do the job but the soap and glory is one i can easily recommend because it’s pretty good quality and it two sided so for those days you don't want to exfoliate you can use the rubbery side for an even gently face cleanse. Check out some of my tips for taking how to use the facial brush and take care of it.
My recommended Tips
- Use 3 times a week max
- Don’t press to harden skin and make sure brush is wet first
- Wash it often with Disinfect soap and boiling hot water once a week
- Change every few (3-4) months 
- Never over exfoliate your face (can be ageing to skin)


Garnier - Micellar Cleansing Water - Penneys Ireland (€4)

This is hands down my favourite skin care product of the year, Ive been singing the praises of this product to anybody that will listen and I know at least alot of the people that watch my channel “Msdebdeb” has told me either on Facebook that they Love it too. Anybody into beauty products knows what Bioderma is and also know that it’s pretty overpriced and hard to get in Ireland and in the Uk. I picked u a small bottle in paris for blog review purposes *wink face*. Garnier's micellar cleanser is a 400 ML bottle that lasts you alot of uses. Ok ! on the bottle it says 200 but who really has time to count ?

How I use it ! (Recommended)

  1. Remove all your makeup first with makeup wipes. 
  2. wash your face with you usual face wash or scrub.
  3. Grab a cotton facial pad and pour a little Micellar water on it. (Wipe Face)
  4. Voila use your daily or nightly moisturiser.
Or
If it’s one of those days where the thoughts of water on your face is revolting, you can just skip every other step and go straight to step 3. and 4. 
3. Grab a cotton facial pad and pour a little Micellar water on it. (Wipe Face until cotton is clear)
4. Voila, use your daily or nightly moisturiser.


St Ives - Apricot Scrub - boots

As someone who suffered from severe dark spots previously I can say this is your best option if you need your skin to rejuvenate a a quicker pace. For oily skin types it’s oil free which means it doesn't add grease to the face instead it adds natural moisture to the face, removes surface cells and helps bring up newer skin to the surface regularly. With this facial scrub you start to see a difference after at 2 weeks and over the months more and more noticeable changes to the brightness of your face and of course any existing dark spots. I really love this scrub thats why I have re-purchased it twice already and I'm now trying the olive oil version of it too. 

How I use ! (Recommended)
You don't need to use a facial brush with this as it’s already a facial scrub.
3-4 times a week is enough ! Never over-exfoliate your skin (Take Your Time).Don’t forget to work your way down the neck 


WITCH - Oil control Foaming wash - Boots
(link)

This Witch face wash is my daily facial wash for when my skin is particularly oily.The Witch hazel extract helps naturally keep your natural face oils balanced. although they say on the back “suitable for all skin types” I would only recommend this product to those with dry skin as if your face is not oily it can dry it out but if it is it just balances it out. This is a product I initially picked up because it doesn't contain tea tree.I don’t like tea tree extracts and most witch hazel face wash products are mixed with tea tree extracts.
Benefits
- Doesn’t break you out!
- Helps your skin eliminate and develop oil control over time
 - Very gentle on skin 
  

Palmers- Dark spot corrector - boots
Suitable if you have dark spots, Acne Spots, post acne scars and Sun damage like minimum hyper-pigmentation. I tried this product out for a few months putting it directly on my dark spots for about 3 months and i think it helps swell. It contains vitamin C which as you know acts as an antioxidant, a substance that prevents the cellular damage caused by free radicals. This antioxidant effect protects the skin from ultraviolet radiation and the effects of sunlight exposure, which means it helps lighten dark spots over time.


Loreal- Skin Perfection Serum - Boots
This is an anti-aging serum cream for young people aged 20-30. I once read this article in an issue of Cosmo, a beauty blogger said the one thing she regretted not doing was using SPF and anti-aging creams in her 20's. It got me thinking.
 The skin perfection moisturises aim to increase the appearance of dark spots over time, hydrate your skiing and give it a more even tone. The main aim of this product is to refine the texture of your young skin. 

"In your 20's and 30's your skin is still young but not always perfect. Stress, fatigue and an unbalanced lifestyle can affect skin quality causing irregularities to appear: imperfections, enlarged pores and an uneven skin texture." - Loreal Paris 



How to use 


Apply alone in the morning or night or before your normal daily moisturises.



A Natural Method 
Lemon and Baking Soda Scrub       
                       


A natural method I use on my face is this lemon and baking soda scrub I found on Pinterest or somewhere online last year. This lemon method has really helped brighten my skin and dark spots naturally also. I do it once a week when I’m being strict with my skincare routine or every so often when I'm not too focused on my skincare routine.

What you're gonna need….
-A Lemon 
-Some Baking Soda
-Honey (optional for extra moisture)



  1. Cut lemon in half and squeeze out juice  in a bowl (Lemon juice in bottle can be used too).
  2. Put a little baking soda in a separate bowl.
  3. Add lemon juice slowly to make a thick paste.
  4. Add to dark spots or areas containing hyper-pigmentation first.
  5. Then add to rest of the face lastly and gently rub in secular motion and then work your way down the neck. (I always used to forget my neck lol).

(feeling a little stinging sensation is normal so don't worry too much about that as the lemon’s citric acid and baking soda react to each other and essentially working). 

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So dolls, thats my current skincare routine. There is currently one product missing from this post especially for people with dark spots. I will be doing a separate blogpost on that altogether lol. Thank you so much for reading as always I would love to know your opinions, so make sure you leave a comment below.





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