We still have a few weeks of Summer left, well at least an Indian Summer should be coming our way. Here's hoping. I still haven't busted out my Barbie shorts, I forgot to take them on holiday to Spain with me. To keep my legs in tip top condition I couldn't do without the St Moritz Exfoliating Skin Primer. And when I'm looking for that glow I look no further than Bellamianta's Be Bella Bronzed! So there you have it, my top tips on working those denim cut offs. Oh, and my Mariah MAC Cremesheen had to make an appearance, as what's a beautiful bronzed look without her?!
So for my whole time living on my own I’ve used a food jar as a vase for bunches of flowers. I’ve been in the lookout for a new (actual vase) as sometimes my flowers stems are far too long. I spotted afabulous recycled glass bottle type one in Tesco, three different Tescos in fact, and the day I stopped humming and hawing and decided to buy it, it was gone. Typical.
This picture marks a time when I had in real motivation for Let Them Have Fashion. I was excited about blogging, about creating content. It was a time when I felt good about myself. I was happy with my hair( I have issues with this), I was getting into shape(a constant battle with my love of pizza) and had just started a new job(I’ve moved on since, and hopefully for the last time). I really want to get back to that blogging-place. I want to be passionate about blogging again. I fall out of love with it every now and then. I lose that motivation and hit a slump. Today I reposted this picture and the feedback was unbelievable. It’s the boost I needed! I’m coming back Fashionista’s and this time I vow to be better than ever. Watch this space!!!
My skin is my mission right now. I’m just not happy with it, but I’m working on it. My beauty posts have really honed in on Skincare and Foundation lately and today’s post is going to link in nicely with that. The hunt for amazing skin is never done!
I’ve always been a Nivea girl. I’ve used the soft cream since my secondary school days as my moisturiser. I always use the sunscreen when on holidays and I jumped on the Nivea Post Shave Balm Bandwagon when other beauty bloggers suggested it was a great primer. (It’s not bad, but you’re skin has to be on good condition for it to work, I found). Just recently I picked up Nivea Lip Colour and Care lip balm, which I love.
In the past I’ve said I don’t use Makeup Wipes, I don’t believe they’re a reliable product to remove make up properly. Now it’s time for me to hold my hands up and admit I might have been wrong… What’s changed my mind? The amazing Nivea 3 in 1 Micelar wipes! I’m actually starting to swear by these, not only do they remove all make up but they protect your lashes and tone your skin. The clean feeling after using them is something I’ve never gotten from a makeup wipe before. I still stand by cleansing your skin but, maybe I just needed to find the right wipe.
I’ve also started using the Nivea 2 in 1 Cleanser Toner. This may not melt your eye makeup off but it sure works well as a face wash. Never fear though, the Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover and Sensitive Caring Micellar Water step in to lend a hand. They do what the Cleanser can’t and remove even the most stubborn mascara.
For in shower cleansing I have been using the Creme Care Cleansing Cream Wash. I find this works well on the décolletage and especially on the shoulders where I’m prone to a blemish or two.
All in all, I find Nivea to be a great skincare brand. It’s never let me down and these new products only encourage me to continue buy into the brand and sing it’s praises. Don’t ever change Nivea 💙
One search that seems to be never ending for me is the hunt for the perfect foundation.
Stay All Day by Stila is my favourite foundation and has been for four years now. Full coverage, this foundation rarely budges. I love the dewy finish and Fair 2 is a great match to my skin tone. A little bit pricey at €39.50 a bottle, but it does come with the matching concealer in the lid and a mini foundation brush. My only problem is I fly through bottle after bottle, I love it so much I wear it every day! I decided it was probably better to keep it for special occasions. And so, my search for the perfect everyday foundation began.
The Clinique Superbalanced Silk Foundation is an oil-free liquid foundation provides moisture where it’s needed and absorbs oil in all the right places. Build-able coverage that lasts all day. I thought this foundation would be a good one to try for everyday. I found it to be quite matte on the skin, great if that’s the look you like but I prefer a dewy finish.
I recently purchased the Nars Sheer Glow foundation, but I’m quite shocked to say exactly a month later I’m almost empty. You don’t see this foundation running out! Perhaps this is because Sheer Glow is water based and requires a few extra pumps to get to the level of coverage I prefer. Again, like the Clinique foundation, I found Nars not as Glow-y as I’d like. It goes on well and the colour match was perfect but not a foundation I would use for a night out because as I’ve said I like a lot more coverage. The pump makes life easier, I could certainly do without banging a bottle of foundation in the mornings but costs €4 extra.
While I was in London I picked up a bottle of Marc Jacobs RE(MARC)ABLEFoundation. I’d heard great things about it, my friend Gina of GinaKiely.com is a die-hard fan. The salesperson at the counter in Harrods told me all about the foundation. She said it’s best not to use a beauty blender as it comprises the texture of the foundation. Better to use a blending foundation brush, I was told. For the Marc Jacobs foundation to go on well, I found your skin MUST be hydrated. There’s no point putting it on if you’re having a bad skin day as it will look patchy and dry. I make sure to lash on heaps of Nivea Soft moisturiser to make sure my skin is quenched. I use my Blank Canvas to blend and it works very well with the Marc Jacobs foundation. Once again, this is a matte finish and a little goes a long way. I have a feeling I will have this foundation for a while. It’s not a foundation I go running to or wear everyday as I feel my skin needs to have extra tlc thrown in to make the foundation look good.
Alas, the search continues. I’ve a few recommendations to try out so watch this space.
For the mammies who are partial to a bottle of perfume, I have just the thing. Make it that little bit extra special and have the bottle engraved.
Boots have an amazing service, where you can get almost anything with a smooth surface engraved. I think a perfume bottle is ideal for Mother’s Day but you can also get makeup brushes and makeup palettes done too. The service costs a mere €4 on top of the price of the item, but the thought that goes into it, is priceless!
Stores that offer this fabulous service are Boots in Liffey Valley, Blanchardstown and Half Moon Street in Cork.
Happy Shopping Fashionistas! X
Now that I’ve started to notice wrinkles under my eyes, (my twenties are flying by!), it’s time to get serious about skin care, in particular; Cleansing.
Long gone are the days when a make up wipe will suffice. A few years ago I stepped up my game and started using Eve Lom. The cleanser is the stuff of dreams and their facials are even dreamier. Essential Oil based, not only is it a deep cleanser, but it exfoliates the skin as well as brightens and tones. Some say Eve Lom hasn’t stepped up its game in years and only gives the illusion of softer skin from the oily residue but I beg to differ. I found my skin improved hugely and hasn’t been the same since I ran out. What’s stopping me from buying another I hear you ask? Simply put, the price. Starting at around €50 per 50ml,it isn’t exactly cheap. I found buying the 100ml better value for money as it lasted longer.
During my hiatus from Eve Lom I’ve tried out MANY different cleansers. One of my favourites, Liz Earle. The Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hit Cloth Cleanser is rich and moisturising, not to mention the infusion of chamomile and eucalyptus makes it smell unbelievably fresh. Like the Eve Lom Cleanser, this too comes with a muslin cloth for wiping away the grime and getting deep down into the pores.
Everyone has high praise for Micellar Water, I’m just not into the whole cotton pad cleansing. They must have read my mind at Garnier because now it comes as a Cleansing Gel Face Wash! This is what I’m using right now, although maybe I should have gotten the sensitive one, because it stings the sh*t out of my eyes!! My skin feels really clean after every use, but that’s about it. It doesn’t moisturise or exfoliate, I need to do this separately after cleansing.
When I’m feeling like I need a super quick cleanse, sometimes I reach for an old classic. Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Foaming Face Wash is cheap and cheerful. I’ve used this a very long time, probably since my teens. This Cleanser is rich in spot fighting anti-bacterial Tea Tree Oil perfect for break outs and is also full of Witch Hazel to calm the skin. I use it in the shower but not every time as I find it can leave my skin feeling tight. I find it helpful during those pesky breakout days, when I’ve over indulged and my skin feels oily.
Eve Lom available in Harvey Nichols and Space NK, all other products available in Boots.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas this year! Santa was so good to me as always, but I couldn’t be happier with my new babies! Straight off my wish list, my Christian Louboutin J String 100’s in Patent Black! I’ve had my eye on them all year, constantly stopping by the Louboutin Boutique to say hello. Well, Santa made me an extremely happy girl and an extremely happy Fiancée! Now, to plan an outfit as spectacular to match these beauties!