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Happy Monday, lovelies! There is no better feeling than waking up on a Monday morning and remembering you have the day off. The old faithful Bank Holiday has returned and I hope you’ll all enjoy your day and don’t wake up with too bad of a hangover.

Whether you’re spending the day brunching with friends, taking a road trip to the beach, heading to a beer garden for cocktails or in my case catching up on some blogging, have a fab one!

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I’d love to know how you all plan on spending your day so feel free to leave me a comment. See you soon.

Nx

Last month, CastleCourt shopping center reached a milestone as they celebrated their 25th birthday. Live fashion shows, delicious cake and exciting competitions were all on offer for the public to enjoy. I took a trip into town to have a nosey at what latest trends are on offer. I even managed to fit in some shopping and the odd slice of cake.

The fabulous Nuala Meenahan was on hand to deliver this summer’s latest trends to the audience. Plenty of flirty florals, Greek goddesses and one beauty man strutted their stuff on the catwalk. I particularly loved the lovely Lauren wearing the sheer check white top and structured tulip style mini skirt, a fabulous look for those of you who like to make a daring statement on a night out.

I couldn’t resist nipping into Dune to have a good old nosey at all of their glorious shoes and handbags. As soon as I spotted this fabulous oversized tote, I knew I had to have it. What I love most about the bag is how it can be reversed. I adore the grey on pink but if I fancy a change, I can turn it inside out. Amazing! I also purchased the adorable little fluffy keychain with it, it really pops against the grey and will look perfect for summer. I also wanted to include some mini OOTD shots focusing on my accessories. The weather was amazing that Saturday so I kept things bright and layered with my jewellery, skater shoes and ripped boyfriend jeans.

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Hope you’re all having a good weekend. Enjoy the bank holiday Monday, hope there isn’t too many sore heads!

Nx

During the week I shared a shot of my new Senso Riley Leopard Pony heeled sandals from my Week On Instagram post. I received so many lovely comments regarding them from all of you, so I thought I would feature them today. I haven’t worn them yet so be sure to stay tuned to my blog for a full outfit post including these beauties.

I first came across the Australian brand when I was watching Fashion Bloggers. I spotted the magnificent Margaret Zhang wearing them in black so I quickly took to my iPad to research Senso. I spent some time browsing the collection and came across my fabulous Pony Skin heels. I immediately added these beauties to my basket and received a lovely email confirming my purchase.

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the art of these sandals. The fabric, print and style is to die for and I’m so excited to find the perfect occasion to wear them. They’re just so, so, so beautiful! The heel is perfection, the older I’m getting the more sensible I find my heel height. I enjoy nothing more than coming home after any day or night with my feet still in one piece and not looking battered or bruised.

A good wrap up lace is always a flattering look. It helps to break up the look and adds a little variety, it also makes my ankles look thinner. Bonus! I absolutely adore this style for Summer, combining the lace detailing with the magnificent leopard print I could give Carrie Bradshaw a run for her money.

I’m going to snap some outfit shots over the next week so expect to these my new favourite heels in a feature or two. Happy Friday, lovelies.

Nx

Now that I am finally getting back into the swing of blogging, it will take me a little while to catch up regarding posts. I have a few beauty and lifestyles features waiting to go live and I’m hoping to snap some style shots over the weekend.

How insane has the weather been?! From sunshine to hailstone, May has not been very kind to us, her hormones must be going crazy at the minute. My week on Instagram has been a colourful one. Today I’m also going to upload some old Instagram snaps that I love and didn’t get to share during my mini blog break starting with iconic, Marilyn.

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I know I’ve featured A LOT of shots today but hopefully you’ll enjoy them! Happy Hump Day, rascals!

Nx

Eléni

Posted on: May 18, 2015

As a person who has extremely sensitive skin, I’m always on the hunt yet hesitant when it comes to trying new brands. I’m eager to find a product that agrees with my frustrating skin type but the thought of putting it through a trial period makes me a little nervous. When I was approached about skincare brand, Eléni I did a little research into the brand.

Peter Meyer is the founder of the skincare brand. Having suffered from Psoriasis, he knows a thing or two about the body’s largest organ. Twenty five years ago be set up his own laboratory with a team of scientists to find a cure for his condition. Fast forwards a quarter of a century and Eléni claims to have answers to anti ageing, hydrating and nourishing, cleansing and problem skin. As a girl who has hormonal skin, I was eager to try out this scientific based brand.

  

Now, I’ve yet to try out all samples as I like to allow my skin the standard 28 days to settle with the products. So far I’ve used the Reconstruction Serum and Blemishless Cream. I do love a good serum, I find my skin responses well with them. I have a good variety of brands already so I was looking forward to testing out this one. The serum is designed to reduce wrinkle depth and therefore resulting in a smoother, firmer, more youthful appearance. I personally found that my skin was smoother and it felt nice and hydrated. 

 

God knows I have my fair share of breakouts especially when my hormone level shifts. If I find a blemish, I have been dabbing a pea size amount of the Blemishless Cream on before bedtime. Come morning, it has reduced a little but not to the point of it completely disappearing. Although I don’t really think a product can get rid of a blemish within hours. Maybe there are some that can but I’ve yet to come across them. 

   

 

I’ll be sure to keep all of you updated regarding the rest of the samples; Mild Stabilising Moisturiser, Eye Contour Smoothing Cream and Facial Deep Cleanser. Follow me on Instagram to stay up to date with all of my blog and daily features.

Nx

Having studied art growing up, I have always enjoyed spending my time celebrating the work of others. Carrie Neely, a well known art consultant from Belfast has made an impressive impact on the art scene from the UK to New York. Having moved to London in 1977, Carrie spent ten years working with some of the worlds’ top named artists, dealers and galleries including Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Charles Saatchi, Eyestorm, Magnum Photography, Rankin and David Bailey. She also ran her own art gallery in Bloomsbury, next to the British Museum. Her past client list includes Diesel, Reebok, Sony BMG, Selfridges, Olympus, Agnes B, Hewlett Packard, Donna Karan, Hiscox, Fortnum and Mason, Based Upon, David Collins and Candy & Candy, as well as many high profile individuals and celebrities.

The new wave of Northern Ireland’s top creative entrepreneurs, artists and fashion glitterati turned up to support fellow creative business woman Carrie Neely in the Launch of her newly branded Art Consultancy ‘Art Loves’ in The Ivory Belfast. Art Loves showcased a stunning exhibition of limited edition prints by contemporary Irish artists ‘Art Loves Editions’, a project funded by the Arts Council NI to support local artists and create accessible, affordable art to be sold online through www.artloves.co.uk.

 

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Myself and my Aunt enjoyed browsing all of the magnificent contempary pieces from various artists throughout the country. I love to invest time celebrating up and coming artists particularly those who are graduating from the art college at the University of Ulster. Throughout my time in school and university I was always a huge fan of pop art especially legendary artist, Andy Warhol. You can imagine my excitement when I first set eyes on this breathtaking Marilyn Monroe print by artist, Christine Trueman.

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I absolutely adore a good statement piece. Those of you who follow me will know that I enjoy vibrant clothing and accessories so it’s only natural that my taste in art is the same. This bold print  Magnetic Sea, is an exquisite portrait by artist, Trevor J Brown. I just love the drama of this piece as it is a one of a kind style that is definitely worth the purchase.

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If I had my way, I would have purchased so many pieces. There is something dark yet beautiful about this next print. Named I Need Time by Anne Corry it is the perfect title and I found it quite personal. Needing more time is the story of my life so I couldn’t help but giggle when I first came across it. The rawness of this piece is so appealing to me and I think I will have to invest it it over the next few months.

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Credit in order of appearance: Christine Trueman, Trevor J Brown, Anne Corry, Chris Cunningham, Bern Campbell, Brian Ballard, Leo Boyd.

Thank you to Carrie for inviting me to such a great launch. I had a lovely evening browsing such talented artists and enjoying the odd cocktail.  The exhibition is open to the Public until the end of July on the 3rd Floor of House of Fraser.

Nx 

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be featured on Her.ie discussing all things beauty, particularly what I carry in my make up bag. I shared all of my must have beauty products that I use on a daily basis. I also featured some of my essential products that will carry me from day to night. I feel extremely grateful and honoured to have been featured so I just wanted to share it with all of you today.

As women, we all have the urge to have a good old rummage through other ladies make up bags. I think it says a lot about them and how they look after their appearance. Some can create a truly effortless look with minimal products, I however need a good army of essentials with me to master the ‘no make, make up look’. 

  
I absolutely love shopping for make up and I could spend hours watching my favourite You Tuber’s creating this seasons hottest looks and TRYING to recreate my version of it. As I have quite sensitive skin, I like to invest a little more money into to my everyday look, however I still adore Superdrug for its purse friendly brands that I swear by.

Usually during a week day morning, I have around twenty minutes to create a semi decent face due to my sheer laziness to get out of bed. I keep it simple as I don’t like to wear too much. That all changes though come the weekend, I enjoy nothing more than spending some extra time blending out that perfect smokey eye or keeping it classic with a bold statement lip and a subtle contour using Soleil Tan De Chanel and highlight with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette

 I kick start the process with a good skin prep and cleanse, and after applying my La Roche Posay eye cream and Effactlar Duo {+} products I top it off with some moisturiser and I’m good to go. I always prime my face with the Laura Mercier Foundation primer in Radiance, it’s my wonder product and it gives an absolutely beautiful glow to my skin leaving it feeling silky soft. This makes applying and blending my foundation and other products all the more smoother. I can never go without primer, I think it is such an important item to include into your daily make up routine.

  
Next step is my foundation. I have tried and tested an ridiculous amount of brands over the years for my oily skin type. For about two years now I have settle with drug store brand, Revlon. It was recommended to me by another beauty blogger and I haven’t looked back. Costing only £12.99, it is an absolute bargain and must have if you ask me. It is medium to full coverage and has a semi matte finish with a lovely dewy effect.

 I have just recently switched my concealer to Urban Decay’s Naked Skin weightless complete coverage which I am madly in love with. I have problems with my eyes, from dark circles to Malia leaving me feeling pretty self conscious. I like a full coverage look that doesn’t leave my eyes looking dried up. If I apply powder, it ages my under eye area and some concealers crease around my Malia. I believe that concealer should be applied throughout your face to help balance out your look and help it look more dimensional. 

  
When it comes to blush, I usually opt for a soft coral shade that is quite natural looking with a soft sheen. I switch between Benefit’s Rockateur and Max Factor. These two are a must have for me, they are bold enough to notice without overpowering my face. Topping it off with some Bourjois Healthy Balance powder to use in my t-zone and helps keep my foundation in place with the drastic cake effect.

  
Eyebrows have never been a strong point for me so I always need to have hem filled in, enter Anastasia Beverly Hills. I first purchases her Brow Whiz pencil when I was in New York and I have never looked back. It helps to mimic my hairs without looking too harsh and leaves them looking a lot fuller and tidy. As I have dark brown eyes I love creating a warm smoky eye using Charlotte Tilbury’s Vintage Vamp palette. The colours are absolutely stunning and the pigmentation is pretty impressive. This little quartz is so easy to use and blends like a dream. I’ll always top off my look with some Benefit Rollerlash mascara, it curls my eyelashes so beautifully and doesn’t clump or smudge around my eyes.

  
Finishing off with my lips, I prime them with MAC’s Prep + Prime. I have been using this product for years now and I swear by it. I love a 90’s neutral lip for my daytime look so I wear Boldly Bare lip pencil with either Hourglass nude lipstick or Charlotte Tilbury’s, Bond Girl. For an evening out, I would apply Make Up Forever’s Rouge Intense lipstick. All of these lip products are long lasting and never bleed, definitely worth investing in if you ask me.  

  
So what did all of you think of my feature? I would love to hear your thoughts on all of it. See you all Friday.

Nx

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