Shopping Haul


 


So I got paid two weeks ago and figured what better way to celebrate then to spend it :D .
I hadn't properly shopped since last summer because of the crazy year last year .

Of  course I found loads of bits and bobs in Pennys / Primark.


I may have gotten a little carried away .....
  I have been on the search for a statement necklace now for a while , I wanted to get one that I felt comfortable wearing and almost blended in . Statement necklaces are quite bold and you need confidence to wear one and pull it off which I don't have yet. I liked this one in Pennys because it was bold but the colours were subtle and I loved the pink in it .
  I like to keep fit and head to fitness classes as often as I can but with this beautiful weather hitting our Irish shores lately its been difficult to walk from one side of the room to the next . I wanted to embrace our lucky weather and get out and enjoy the sun but I needed proper gym gear first. I couldn't believe my luck when I found three quarter length tracksuit bottoms I haven't been able to find them anywhere and here they were in Pennys for 10 euro . I also picked up a little vest top that was loose fitting and dark grey colour which wouldn't let the sweat marks be as noticeable.
  I was on my way out when the grey/ white netted top caught my eye. I like white and black colours because you cant go wrong with them , they match everything and you can get away with wearing them in any season. The top was dressy and it fitted great ( wasn't too fitted or too loose ) . It had a low round neck which you could add a statement necklace too .
  Please god I will be starting into university next year or I might even take a gap year and do some of the travelling I have been dreaming about but either way I needed a descent make-up bag that held loads. I have bought make- up bags in Pennys before but they have always falling apart on me so I was a bit iffy buying this one but for 3 euro wear could I go wrong. The bad is big I mean you could one of your creams in their too and its a strong bag it wont rip and the zip shouldn't break (well it hasn't yet ) I loved this make- up so much that I went back in the next day and bought another one -_-
    What I love about Pennys is the little bits and pieces you can pick up ..

hair mask, body lotion , nail set
 
  I have always wanted to try a hair mask , its suppose to be really nutritious for your hair and help it grow so I picked this one up because its natural and affordable in case it goes to waste. I still haven't tried it yet but fingers crossed it works out well.
I am obsessed with the smell of coconut , every soup and bath wash in my bathroom is coconut scented so when I saw this coconut body lotion I was not leaving the store without it . I apply into my skin after I have a bath or shower . Its quite oily as you wouldn't want to have to much in your hand trying to rub it in and it does take a few minutes to dry in so remember less it more. But its smells amazing :D
 I have no reason for buying the nail set besides the point off how cute it looks there so tiny and portable you can throw it into your hand bag or overnight bag .

   Next Stop was New Look
 
white shirt, kimono, sparkled shirt

 
I love collars I mean they can be dressy or casual what ever you please.

I picked up this white shirt because it was simple and you could wear it loose over jeans or tucked into a skirt . The material was lovely and it was see through so you could make it pop with a red / pink vest top or purple to add colour to it. I have worn this over faded blue skinny jeans , with the statement necklace mentioned above and simple sandles and got so many compliments because of the shirt they were expecting it to be dearer then what it was . What I love about this shirt is that its light I wasn't passing out in it and it felt almost like I wasn't wearing anything , this shirt would be great if you wear heading out for dinner some where nice and sunny for your holidays.
  Kimonos are great they can make the simplest of outfits pop. I love this one because of the colours its so easy to match it with and its not to bright and doesn't scream look at me which I love. The material in it is  light and it fits perfect , it sits on the shoulders and doesn't fall down all the time .
You could wear this kimono in the winter with a black turtle neck or long sleeved top because of the colours.
  The sparkled shirt I wasn't sure about it . Its abit out of my comfort zone , its quite eye catching .
I loved the shirt when I first saw it but I would have loved it on someone else but I figured your an adult now its time to start moving out of your comfort zone so I bought it . The material was the same as the other shirt but this one was a little shorter and sitted just below your belly button . I think this shirt would be nice with faded blue skinny jeans and your hair in a loose bun or side fishtail . But to be honest I haven't worn it yet but hope to very soon :)

     Last but not least was swamp :) 
 

There was a sale but I missed it :(  but I went ahead in and looked at the last little pieces left and the one single rail . This little baby pick top was left on its own and it was in my size . I really liked this top it wasn't fitted but fitted nicely around the shoulders and was simple yet had a small bit of detail at the bottom . But the best past for me  was that it was reduced from 30 euro to 7 euro . Its one of those tops wear its dressy and casual at the same time and you don't have to even try . Its perfect for those shopping days with your mates or heading in to town to grad a bite to eat. :D

So that's were all my money went to now I'm broke :D.
Let me know in the comments if ye would pair these outfits with anything and is there one top in your wardrobe that is your go to top that's fits perfect all the time ..

 Red Clover <3
 

No 7 Creams for Life

I'm one of those people that freaks over their skin, I have being very lucky and have managed to avoid acne but still got a lot of sore spots that left heavy scarring on my face. I didn't start wearing make- up till I was sixteen and I became very aware of my skin.  I hadn't a clue what brands were out their and what was the difference between creams apart from their names. I turned to my mommy for help and she turned to No 7 her second best friend ( me being first obvs ;) )

 
 
 
Of course being the clueless sixteen year old I was I picked up the wrong skin type for my skin.. I manager to be a girly girl and picked up the one with the pink ring around the lid failing to notice it was for normal / dry skin ( I have oily skin ) . So I went home happy as larry all set and ready for my new adventure into women hood . To be honest I really liked the cream it agreed with my skin I had no reaction to it at all , my only problem was that it made my skin very oily . It was soothing on my skin and dried in quickly ( I don't have a lot of patience :D ) .  It had no fragrance to it which was great if you had sensitive skin like me !
 
 
 
 
 
When I finished off the jar of the cream which took me about 6 months maybe even more I went back in and got the correct skin type the normal / oily. There was a huge difference for me ! The moisturiser was thick and creamy to apply but it was in no way greasy it left almost a matt finish on my skin.  Both the creams had SPF 15 which is great for not only warm sunny weather but the frosty cold winters can do harm to your skin as well.
 
 
 
Unfortunately I'm not very adventurous when it comes to skin care products and when I find one that works for me I normally stick buy it forever . I have purchased this moisturiser 4 times in the past two and half years I find a little bit of it on your skin goes a long way. What's great about these moisturizers is that you can identify them from each other when you know the difference .
Pink ring = normal / dry ,
Green ring = normal / oily,
 
 
 
If you are looking for a moisturizer that gives full protection and doesn't leave your skin feeling oily then these are your new babies . These are my go to products , my stranded in a dessert one item.
I love them and think they are worth a try :)
No 7 products are generally found at boots stores and the moisturizers cost €17.50 a little pricy but in my eyes so worth it.
I'm not a professional when it comes to skin but I just have never had a bad day with these products and have even managed to swing some of friends to using them as well and they feel the same way about them  :)  

 

 

Bare Minerals Obsession

  This time last year I set out on a mission . I wanted to buy decent make-up , expensive make- up , make-up that made me feel good. Unfortunately I am a strong believer in you get what you pay for. I put a good bit of money aside in a separate purse (out of sight out of mind ) and began to save up.
   I headed to Galway with my mam and headed into Brown Thomas. I spent a good while bopping around to the different make up stalls and eventually came across Bare Minerals. I have a thing for powder make- up I feel its not as heavy on the skin as liquid but at the same time I needed good coverage. Bare Minerals was the perfect fit. Its was a powder and you could apply as much as you needed in terms of coverage.
 I bought the starter kit for €58.00 it included the 3 brushes, foundation , bronzer , finishing powder and a primer.  All for €58.00 I was a very happy lady :)
 
  The foundation is my go to foundation , I do try other products but this one always wins for me. I found it gives me great coverage and it doesn't look caky or powdery on the skin. I often even get compliments on my skin when I wear this foundation (for my skin not the foundation :o) . The main thing that I love about applying this foundation is that its not difficult you simply buff into the skin and it comes out looking even and natural. It's so easy :)
  I am quite pale and I purchased the light but I still find it quite dark on my skin so I mostly wear  it on nights out :D It's also really good for your skin, as it does contain minerals. Personally, I have found this to reduce blemishes so much quicker, and I really believe it helps with the healing process.
 
 
 



  The finishing powder really sets the foundation . I find my look is not complete without it , it really sets the foundation onto your skin . I love the finishing powder because its just so handy whenever I begin to sweat I'm conscience that my foundation has disappeared but it hasn't . When I apply the finishing powder on the places I feel the sweat it sets my foundation and evens it out while applying coverage without having to apply more foundation. Its an added bonus ! Your skin doesn't looked caked in make- up and you don't feel the same heaviness on your skin as you would when re applying liquid foundation ..  
 

  Personally I'm not a fan of bronzers its just because I'm awkward and can't apply it to my skin , but the bronzer in this kit I could actually use and even better liked. Its not to dark but at the same time be careful of the amount you apply. I  mostly like to define my jaw bone and with the angled brush you receive with the kit it helped to prevent my head looking detached from my neck .


  I think what gives this kit its edge is the fact that you also get 3 different types of brushes that are supper handy .
  The concealer brush = probably the brush I use the most out of all my brushes , its flat headed and the hairs are soft on the skin and the don't fall off randomly around your skin ( if you understand what I mean ) . I don't just use this brush with the minerals, infact I think it works just as well with any cream or liquid concealer.
  The 'Full Flawless Face' brush = This, I believe, although scratchy and not very face-friendly, does the job better than any other brush because it was made especially for the application of minerals.  This brush gives the best coverage and the best finish. Its has quite a large head so covers more area's around the skin and makes it easier to apply . If your looking for full coverage evenly applied brush I would recommend this brush but if you before softer bristles this brush isn't for you :(.


  All though I say I find these products to give good coverage I'm not a beauty professional in any sense and this is just my opinion . I never suffered from terribly bad skin only a few spots here and there but I do scar and find this helps me in that department .
The kit also includes a primer which is not too oily on the skin and dries in straight away which is great for people like me who have oily skin :D


  And a get started booklet and DVD :D


So where do I buy my products ?
 
  Bare minerals can be found in Brown Thomas and Debenhams shops around the country.



  So that's my review of the face products i have and have been using for a long long time.
I'd really love to try out some of their eyeshadows, as i've heard some great things about them. If anybody has any reccommendations for shades they think i'd like, do let me know.
              
Red Clover <3
 
 




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