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The time has come for me to share one of my most exciting and highly sought after make up product. I’ve have been waiting patiently to get my hands on Jaclyn Hill’s magnificent highlighter in the shade, Champagne Pop. Her collaboration with Becca Cosmetics has been the talk of the beauty industry, in particular us bloggers.

I was lucky to have a family member bring it home for me from NYC. I was like a child on Christmas morning opening the highlighter, it’s just so beautiful. Becca are kown for their fabulous shimmering skin perfectors Opal and Moonstone. They’re incredibly pigmented and so buttery when applying, less is more with this product however if you want a full effect glow, then apply what you feel is best.

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It’s a fabulous rose gold shade with soft speckles of shimmer throughout it. Like I’ve previously said, less is more with this product. Therefore I can’t ever see myself hitting pan with this beauty. I apply it to the cheekbones and high points of my face. As always, I find it a multi use product. It can be used as an eyeshadow base, centre piece colour or inner corner highlighter. With light inducing products I also add a touch of the product to my collar bones to emphasize them and give off a summer glow all year round.

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When you typical see a shade like this one, you automatically think summer but I’m looking forward to using it during the A/W season. It will be the perfect product for giving me a warm glow during the cold months especially as I won’t have much of a tan. It would also be the perfect shade to wear across your entire lid if you’re opting for a bold lip. A light hint of colour would help compliment your lips and a touch of sparkle never hurt anyone!

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Happy Friday, lovelies! Hope you all have a great weekend. See all of you in my next post.

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Anouska Proetta Brandon is an Irish fashion blogger who has made a massive name for herself within the industry. Today there are a lot of bloggers from the green isle who are creating and building a career for themselves following in Anouska’s footsteps. She is one of few who have went beyond the profile of just being a blogger and working with huge names such as: H&M, River Island and Parfois.

Starting up her blog in 2011, she wanted to create an outlet to share her personal style. Today it has transformed into a fashion, lifestyle, travel and photography blog. Basically anything Anouska finds inspirational can be found on her blog and incorporated into her own style in a unique and timeless manner. Her style is definitely described as classic meets chic with basic staples paired alongside bold accessories and sharp structures.

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In my opinion, Anouska is the kind of girl who can wear pretty much any look. She has the body shape and confidence to rock a cute demin skater dress (a style that can be hard to pull off) or a full on structured suit. She is 1/2 Irish, 1/4 Spanish and 1/4 Austrian. Her first name is Russian and her second name (Proetta) is Italian, and of course Brandon is Irish. No wonder the girl can wears so many looks with all of these amazing cultures in her blood. Can we also just take a moment to appreciate the simplicity of black lace and a silk scarf?! Absolute perfection!

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Did I forget to mention that Anouska has a thing for printed floors?! Yes, you heard, floors. As us bloggers are keen to take inspiration from pretty much all areas of life and decorate our Instagram and blogs with beautiful and unique shots, you can often find the ‘from where I stand’ hastag a strong favourite in our feeds. The perfect shoes are essentials as is the textile on the floors, with some sneaky editing and perhaps a filter, you’re pretty much good to go.

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I was in complete awe over Anouska and her style during a recent trip to Prague. Her pictures were beyond breathtaking with perfect shots of iconic landmarks, the obligatory ice cream angle and of course her fabulous style. I fell head over heels in love with this magnificent wide leg jumpsuit. It looks effortless on Anouska as she has kept the rest of her accessories etc to a minimum.

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With Autumn just a stone throw away, I cannot wait to see what gorgeous layered looks Anouska will be wearing. I would seriously recommend checking out her blog if you eat, sleep and breathe fashion. If there are any bloggers you would like to see featured, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! :)

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Hi my lovelies! How have you all been keeping? For today, I thought I would start things off with a much belated style feature. I’m sharing my absolute favourite handbag with all of you from, Zara. I think they’ve sold out of the handbag but I’ve found a similar style for you here. It’s the closet thing I’ll get to owning a Chanel Boy and I treasure it with all of my heart! Haha.

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I bought this bag a few months back and I have used it on every single night out/event/occasion. Even though it is small, it somehow manages to hold all of my essentials in it, I feel like Mary Poppins with it. The solid block colour makes it incredibly easy to style and pair with pretty much any outfit.

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I absolutely adore the gun metal chain with the thick black shoulder strap. The detailing on the bag is a beautiful woven style that is perfect for creating a subtle statement. I typically wear it full length but you can double up the strap for a more hold able look.

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For this post, I have paired it with my embellished Warehouse tee, leather biker jacket and my gold heeled sandals. It’s a pretty laid back look that works beautifully with the bag. I love the combination of the embellished tee with my bag. I wore a bold lip (MAC’s Lady Danger) and soft smoky eye (Created using my Tarte matte palette) with a casual top knot.

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I hope you’re all well and enjoying your summer holidays. See you all in my next post.

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During the month, I had the absolute pleasure of indulging in a very glamorous road trip to County Derry to attend the relaunching of Debenhams at Foyleside Shopping Centre. Myself and my plus one, Christine from Dolls House Journal spent the evening browsing the beauty department and getting some VIP details from various counters such as: Benefit, Urban Decay and Clinque.

On our way up to Derry myself, Christine and fellow FABBers, Katrina, Rosanne and Bex had a good old gossip with Vicki who was in charge of the event. A quick munch on some Pringles and Haribo and we arrived at the beautiful store. We first made our way to the restaurant that over looked the Foyle River and sipped sweetly on some Prosecco. After catching up with Laura from Debenhams, Scotland we made our way to the highly anticipated beauty floor. My eyes lit up as we can down the escalator, I was like a little girl on Christmas morning. It was hard not to make a run for every counter!

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Our first counter was the lovely Benefit gals. I am a huge fan of the brand, I have worked with them over the year’s, I even get my eyebrows done by them here in Belfast. We were given an in dept brow tutorial on how to achieve the perfect brow shape and arch. Next was a lesson how how to create the much sought after winged liner look using the They’re Real liner in purple accompanied by the jet blue mascara. The funniest part of the evening had to be in their new treatment room where you can have ALL SORTS of waxing. Us girls got a little carried away and giddy when it came to talking treatments, very mature of us! (That comment is aimed at you, Ms. Doran).

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The next port of call was Clinque where we had a run through of their skincare products. We also had a sneak preview of their new electronic face contour and sculpt. (sssssssssh!) Coming up for release very soon, this product is perfect for those of you who enjoy a little at home pampering in between facials. The girl on the counter also give me a little demonstration on the electronic face scrub (their version of the Clarisonic). It was pretty impressive how soft and smooth my skin felt afterwards. Used on just one hand (so I could feel the difference) she also showed me how it effected the application of creams.

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Urban Decay was the final stop of the beauty counter tour and here we played around with the products and watched a quick 10 minute tutorial on how to create a flawless look. The crazed Smoky palette was also on display, it was the first time I got to see it in person. It is a gorgeous palette although I’m more of a warm toned girl when it comes to my eyehshadows. The brand is has such an edgy vibe and the products are so rich in pigment, I found it hard to concentrate as I was like a magpie looking at all of the fabulous make up.

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It was pandamoanium once the tour ended as we were all very kindly gifted with a gift voucher to spend in store. I had a good idea of what I wanted to get with mine and I also paid a sneaky visit over to the MAC counter where I invested in one of their new Electric Cool eyeshadows. With my voucher I also bought the Urban Decay All Nighter Make Up Setting Spray and one of their new revolution lipsticks in the shade, Venom.

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(Photo credit: Katrina Doran.)

It was honestly such an amazing evening and I’m very thankful to Vicki, and Laura for inviting me along And spoiling us all rotten. I definitely need to take strip back to Derry to explore the city more.

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There is no better way to end the Summer than going to Belsonic to see Hozier. I have been a massive fan of his since the release of his first single, Take Me To Church. The Wicklow born singer wowed the crowd and I had an incredible night. Anytime I go to a concert, particularly an outdoor festival I opt for a look that is casual, comfortable and definitely gig appropriate.

I purchased this Topshop Khaki Bomber at the start of July and it has been one of the best buys. I’ve worn it to a few festivals and it keeps you so warm. The colour is amazing and it goes with so many looks. It is a short style with gold zip detailing along the arms. Last week I nipped into Zara to get some new tops and picked up this fab long side spilt slogan piece. I have a serious addiction to rose gold and metallic details. It was quite a ‘matchy, matchy’ outfit but that’s what I loved most about it.

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I paired the look with my trusty tan Parfois cross body bag. It holds so much, I was even able to fit in my Nikon camera. I love how it added a little embellishment into my outfit without over powering it too much. For my make up, I kept it relatively simple with Benefit’s They’re Real Liner and Mascara. I opted for the liner in purple and mixed it with my jet blue mascara. I absolutely loved my look, very festival inspired!

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Now that Summer is coming to an end, I cannot wait for Autumn. I’m much more of an A/W baby, I just love the dark nights. Even when it comes to clothing, I much prefer a statement coat and lots of layers.
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Being a blogger can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can achieve in life. It brings me great satisfaction and has allowed me to work with talented people and beautiful brands. That said, it has also been a testament. In life we all go through times when we don’t feel our best and unfortunately in the blogging world, particularly fashion, that can effect your confidence and therefore have an impact on your blog. We’ve all been there (well I certainly have) and even now I’m still trying to get back to a place within myself that I am completely comfortable with. For me, taking OOTD posts can be a challenge as I don’t feel naturally comfortable in front of a camera. There are times when it doesn’t bother me and times when you can see in certain shots that I’m uncomfortable. I have definitely went through phases when I’ve envied others for just how photogenic they look in their pictures.

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I think that’s only natural though and I’m sure that even the most established bloggers go through the same process. I have been lucky to build somewhat of a name for myself and everyday I’m working hard and meeting with new people in the hope of turning it into a more permanent fixture. The creativity and planning that goes into maintaining a blog is what I find most enjoyable. It’s also a great way to build your writing, networking and interpersonal skills. I love nothing more than finding inspiration from different social media platforms, fellow bloggers, industry professionals and life itself. (Image credit: Alexandra Pereira from Lovely Pepa and Irish stylist, Clémentine MacNeice).

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I’ve also met a lot of new people and some have turned into friendships that I cherish. There is no better feeling that getting together with a group of like minded people talking all things fashion, beauty and lifestyle all the while snapping that essential Instagram coffee or lunch shot. Things don’t happen over night, even after four years of blogging I still have so much to accomplish. I’m not going to lie, there are times when I have thought to myself that things were never going to work out, however everyday is a step closer to my dream and I am looking forward to the future.

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Today’s post was a little different from my usual features but I just wanted to share my thoughts. Please feel free to leave a comment recommending any other bloggers to check out or your own blog!

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For about six months now, I’ve been hearing so many reviews about The Body Shop and their Vitamin E Face Mist. UK blogger, Victoria from In The Frow swears by this hydrating face mist in all of her You Tube videos. Sometimes I can be quite lazy when it comes to getting that one product I keep telling myself that I have to buy. A few week’s back, I was in town when I popped into The Body Shop and finally made the purchase. Since then it has then been thee best buy I’ve made regarding skincare in a while.

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To say it is refreshing is a slight understatement. I actually get carried away spraying it at times, it’s just so good. The three main areas with this product are refreshment, moisture and protection. It has a delicate rose scent to accompany it which is great for the skin and helping to keep things calm. I have particularly sensitive skin so I find it great for keeping any irritations at bay.

I apply it morning and night before I apply my skincare products and afterwards for that extra hydration (not essential). It says you can use it to set your make up, however I find that step optional. As I have oily skin, I need a certain type of make up setting spray. Perhaps those of you who have dry skin would benefit from using it on top of your make up. A little really goes a long way with this bottle and it is definitely an essential part of my daily skincare routine.

Have any of you tried it? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I’ve also heard that the Vitamin E serum is amazing, I’ll be adding that to my list.

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