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For the past year, I have become a huge fan of fellow Irish blogger and all round cutie, Beauty Life Michelle. Like I have said, she is a blogger from our Emerald Isle currently living it up in Sydney, Australia. She is such an adorable girl with a quirky sense of humour, great make up skills and a weird but hilarious squeaky voice when she’s playing around on her YouTube channel.

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I have spent many hours just sitting glued to Michelle’s make up tutorials. I’ve always been into make up, but, often I just become lazy with my products and never really branch out. There are a wide variety of different beauty looks on her channel. I have to admit, the girl loves a good pout, but, with 20,000 subscribers she can do whatever she wants! ;)

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Michelle creates every kind of look from smouldering smokey eyes to bold and beautiful lips. As much as I love her make up looks, one thing that I’m obsessed with are her FABULOUS eyebrows. They are thee most perfect piece of art, she would give Cara a run for her money.

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I’ve always wanted to start up my own YouTube channel, but, I don’t think my Belfast accent would sound good on camera. ;)

I would definitely recommend checking out Michelle’s blog or YouTube channel. You’ll quickly become addicted and you will enjoy her interesting online tutorials. For daily updates, follow Michelle on Instagram. ♥

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I love a good bank holiday. Having a Monday off has to be the best feeling in the world! Wouldn’t it be amazing it every work week started on a Tuesday?! I’m not going to blog my usual fashion or beauty post today, I’m going to relax all day long.

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Whatever you are getting up to today, have a fab day. I think I’m going to indulge in some food and spend my day watching films. ♥

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Hope you all have a brilliant long weekend. Thankfully, the weather was decent enough. ;)

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Belfast Fashion Week returns for yet another stylish year showcasing the hottest Autumn/Winter trends. Now a regular on the style schedule, West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK continued its ten year celebrations with the launch party on Thursday 21st August 2014. The city’s leading stylistas, photographers, bloggers, stylists and VIPs were all in attendance at the fabulous new venue on Bruce Street.

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With three nights of catwalk shows, plus Sushi Saturday, Style Sunday and Fashion Friday all to look forward to between 15th-19th October 2014, as well as a charity showing of Mean Girls the movie, event director Cathy Martin also announced a change of venue to a fantastic converted warehouse in Bruce Street in the heart of the city.

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Pictured at the launch of West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK are models: Rebekah Shirley, Ashleigh Coyle and Lauryn Greer in the latest looks from Ted Baker at Excel, Jigsaw, Marie Claire Millinery and Grainne Maher.

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For further information on show schedules, tickets, links to participant retailers and designers as well as the season’s hottest trends, log on to www.belfastfashionweek.com.

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Hope to see you lovelies at FashionWeek! Make sure you get your tickets before they sell out.

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I have to say, throughout my month of covering Gordons Chemists, Blogger in Residence, I seem to have started up quite a collection of make up brushes. Personally, I think that you can never have enough cosmetic tools. Each brand is different and depending on the look that you are creating, you need multiple brushes. I often find that two brushes which are designed for the same purpose, may not work identically to each other hence the need to several tools. (Below illustration: Sarah Spratt, The Lust List).

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One of my favourite brand is the amazing, Real Techniques. You may remember that in my second post as Gordons guest blogger (you can read it here), so you all know how much I adore their brushes. Over the past year, I built up a great collection of Real Technique brushes, I already have their face kit and new kabuki brush. My latest purchase courtesy of Gordons Chemists is this fabulous eye brush set. I am beyond excited to start using these brushes, they’re such great quality tools and the travel case is brilliant for carrying around.

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The set comes with five different brushes designed to boost your look with effortlessly enhanced eyes.

Base Shadow Brush:

Applies a smooth, flawless foundation of colour. The holy grail of make up brushes. (Left of the picture.)

Deluxe Crease Brush:

A soft and oversized brush designed for effortless contouring around the crease area of your eyelid. (Right of the picture.)

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Accent Brush:

Short headed brush designed for precision detailing, spotlighting, highlighting and smudging your shadow. (Left of the picture.)

Fine Liner Brush:

The ultimate tool for precision application of liquid or cream eyeliner. I’m obsessed with this little beauty! (Right of the picture.)

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Brow Brush:

The distinctive shape of this specific brush helps to create and emphasis the shape of your eyebrow. It’s thin enough to create the ultimate brow. Everyone knows what a brow brush looks like! ;)

Call me silly, but I’m a sucker for detailing. I love how the brand distinguishes a difference between their face and eyeshadow brushes. They’ve also got a separate colour for their fabulous kabuki brush. It’s great for when you’re in a rush as you know what colour to look for.

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So far, I’ve really enjoyed being part of Gordons Chemists project. They have been so good to me and helped me throughout my shopping sprees! :)

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Happy Friday, I don’t know about you all, but I’m so excited for the long weekend. Enjoy rascals! ;)

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On Sunday afternoon I was at The Cabaret Club at AM:PM in Belfast for a friend’s farewell party. It was my first time at the show and I had an absolute ball. The entertainment was out of this world and the food and drinks were delicious! ;)

For the occasion, I wanted to dress up but remain comfortable as I knew that the day would turn into a good old Sunday session. I wore my navy floral midi dress from Warehouse. I got it last year in their sale and I only got round to wearing it at the weekend.

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I wanted to add a more funky touch to it so I wore my studded belt named Rodger. I absolutely love this belt, I got it in Zara a few years ago and it always transforms my looks.

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I don’t know about you, but, the Autumn season has definitely arrived! It has been chilly during the day so my leather jacket was required for the show. It also added to my studded belt and I included my favourite Alice in Wonderland brooch.

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My fabulous new Michael Kors bag got its first official outing. It was the perfect amount of colour and statement that my look required. When it comes to footwear, comfort is always a must so I wore my amazing Carvela sandals.

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As I said before, my day out was a farewell party for a good friend of mine. I’m not going to say to much on this but I just want to wish my petite buddy good luck on her new fabulous adventure. ♡

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Happy Hump Day, rascals! Hope you’re all having a great week. :)

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It has been a while since I shared my weekly Instagram blog post with all of you. Between my holidays and being generally busy, I have to admit that I’ve been slacking recently. It has also made me reflect on what I want from my blog and how I want it to look. I’m hoping to give my baby a makeover in the coming months, sometimes even just finding the time to blog can be challenging let alone re-branding it. However, I’m determined to become more focused as I’ve worked so hard to build my little blog into what it is today. ♥

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I’m back to work this week and therefore back to reality. My summer of jet setting is officially over and I can honestly say that I have loved every minute of it. I plan of travelling a lot more this year and making the most seeing new places. :)

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Happy Monday I guess, hope you’re all having a good one. ;) (Can you sense my sarcasm?!)

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I’ve been a fan of Sally Spratt’s for a while now. While she has a quirky name, she is also an extremely talented graphic designer, artist and illustrator. Her passion for design lies in fashion, graphics, typography & illustration. I first came across her work on Instagram. This social media site is incredible for discovering new talent. Her handle name is ‘The Lust List’ and she uses this proudly in each of her illustrations.

You all know that I’m a huge fan of this form of art, particularly when it focuses on all things fab and fashion related. As Sally states in her Instagram biography, “If I can’t have them, I’ll draw them”. I love her outlook towards her illustrations, nice to know that she is a funny yet down to earth girl. ;)

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Having studied Visual Communication at the University of Technology in Sydney, Sally’s career as an all round designer and illustrator began to take its course soon after graduating. I personally love how she combines certain themes throughout her pieces. With a Parisian style, there is lots of Chanel, chic scents and of course, the Effiel Tower! It’s perfection. ♥

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The Lust List is basically a daily post involving a beautiful illustration representing a piece of fashion or beauty that Sally dreams of owning. Like I have previously said, I love her thinking behind her latest project. Every one of us has a ‘Lust List’ that consists of that perfect Chanel handbag, Tiffany ring, Hermès watch or Valentino heels. Why not put them onto paper?!

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When I eventually have a home of my own, I want to fill it with breathtaking illustrations just like Sally’s. They’re such a fresh and fantastic take on the art of illustrations. They would look magnificent hung in a solid black frame to really make the art pop.

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To stay up to date with Sally and her Lust List project, follow her Instagram account or check out her website: http://www.sallysprattstudio.com/ :)

Happy Friday! ♥

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