Wednesday, 26 November 2014

What's On The High Street // Winter Woolies

High Street Winter must haves
H&M Hat < Boohoo Cape < H&M Scarf < Boohoo Jumper < Zara Jumper < Zara Cardigan < Boohoo Gilet < Boohoo Faux Fur Collar < Zara Top < Asos Gloves

Hi and welcome back to 'What's on the High Street' where today it's all about the winter woolies! Winter is definitely my favourite time to dress for and it's finally cold enough to wear lots of layers and hats and gloves {All the excited emojis} For today's post I'll be showing you lots of lovely clothes to keep you cosy this winter. Get your pen and notebook ready because you'll definitely want to pop a few of these onto your Christmas list. I know I have.......

I love them all but if I had to pick a favourite it would have to be the faux fur collar. I mean, just look at how soft it looks! Faux fur collars are everywhere this Winter so you'll be right on trend with this little pile of fluffy. Another cosy item is the black and white cape from Boohoo. It's very similar to one that River Island had recently but it's also a lot cheaper. But don't tell them I said that ;-) I also have my eye on the Zara cardigan. I think it would look lovely with the camel scarf from H&M.

That's it from me today! I'm so happy to be able to sit down and get my blog game on once again. I had my biology exam today and I just have one more on the 5th and then I'm all yours! I'll be bombarding you with lots of posts in December to make up for the lack of them this month. Watch this space!

What are your favourite things to wrap up in during the Winter?

Cliona xx


Sunday, 16 November 2014

Faux Fur

Faux Fur Gilet
Faux fur gilet outfit
Autumn/Winter boots

Sorry things have been a little quiet around here but this month my anxiety has been quite bad and with Christmas exams coming up I just haven't been able to sit down and type up a post. But worry not because I have a little outfit post for you today and normal posting should resume in December. Even though I'm only doing two exams this year I'm still finding it really stressful as I only do ten classes a week (due to anxiety) and am trying to catch up and learn everything for the exams. I'll be happy to see the back of these exams that's for sure!

Outfit Talk: Anyway, on to the outfit! I treated myself to this gilet from Vero Moda and a "few" other things last month for my birthday. You gotta treat yourself on your birthday, ya know! ;-) I've been on the hunt for a gilet for ages and I finally found the one! I can't even begin to describe how soft it is. The top is also Vero Moda. I'm loving their A/W stock at the moment! They're definitely my favourite shop - They're prices are a lot lower than the likes of River Island and Topshop but the quality of their clothes is just as good and the staff are always so nice and helpful. Highly recommend!
No Mi Moneda necklace? What is this madness? Yep, for once I'm not wearing my Mi Moneda and decided to debut this necklace from Parfois I got back in the summer. You may remember it from this haul and yep, I haven't worn it once.... *Hangs head in shame* And lastly, the boots are from Pavers a couple of years ago. They have a fur lining on the inside which is super cosy.

What are your thoughts on the faux fur gilet trend?

Cliona xx


Thursday, 13 November 2014

What's On The High Street // Festive Fashion

Christmas Partywear Ideas

{It's the most wonderful time of the year.... with the kids jingle belling.... and everyone telling you "Be of good cheer"..... La la la....}

Yep, that's right, Christmas is well and truly on it's way! The shops have their decorations up, santa has arrived to some of the shopping centres, the chritmas tunes are playing and of course the magical Christmas ads. John Lewis wowed us all again this year with one of the cutest ads ever and word on Twitter is the 'holidays are coming' ad has been aired. Please tell me I'm not the only one who keeps missing it? 

Although I adore all those things about christmas we can't forget the most important thing about the festive season.... The Clothes! All. The. Glitter. Just sayin'

Here's the low down of all the festive fashion in the shops at the moment.

The Glitzy Dresses:
The first dress on the left is so pretty, it makes me want to cry. That €143 price tag also makes me want to cry but if you're not allowed to dream around the holidays then when can you ;-).
All you GG fans listen up because this next one is very Blair Waldorf. I'm only talking about that stunning velvet number with the embellished neck detailing. I think this would go so well with the New Look heels as the stunning details at the very top and bottom of the outfit is so elegant and classy looking.

The 'Oh So Sparkly' Shoes:
Oh wow... let's talk about these beauties, shall we? My favourite pair are the plimsolls from Boohoo. I love that they're so casual but all that glitter will jazz up any outfit so you're Christmas ready. And have you ever seen so much sparkle? As Dorota would say "All a blur of sparkly".

The Casual Wear:
If it's causal Christmas wear you're after then your first stop should be Boohoo to order that amazing 'What the elf?!' jumper! I'll put my hand up and admit I cringe at the sight of christmas jumpers. They all look ridiculously hideous but I quite like this one. I think because it's really simple and would be a lot easier to style than the, let's call them 'out there' jumpers. If slogan jumpers aren't your thing then why not try a sparkly jumper like the black one above. I think this would look lovely with a burgundy or faux leather skirt.

I'm off to order a Christmas outfit now! Sincerest apologies bank balance.....

Do you have a christmas party coming up? What will you be wearing on Christmas day?

Cliona xx


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Sensational Skincare: Origins GinZing

Origins ginzing

Winter is creeping up on us very quickly and dull, dry, flaky skin has become a major problem for me. I've been using two energy boosting products from Origins to battle lacklustre skin for the last few months and *spoiler alert* they're both a-ma-zing!

Origins GinZing scrub cleanser
Origins ginzing refreshing scrub cleanser

Refreshing Scrub Cleanser:
I had originally only planned on buying the moisturiser but at the time this cleanser had just been released and I was intrigued to say the least. It's a clear gel with tiny exfoliating particles in it that turns creamy when massaged into the skin. I apply this to wet skin and rub in upward circular motions every morning and follow up with the matching moisturiser. It washes off quickly and easily; I find that splashing water over your face and gently patting dry with a face cloth is the best method. Using a muslin cloth to wipe it off takes a lot longer and I was always left with some of the little beads still on my face.

My skin is quite sensitive so I'm not one for exfoliating everyday but I found this to be very gentle and not irritating at all so it was perfect for everyday use. I tried using it in the evenings after removing the bulk of my makeup with micellar water (review here) but it wasn't great at removing the last traces of dirt and makeup. I had to use another cleanser after to get my skin clean and makeup free and it's not appropriate for use on the eyes so it just ended up being a pain to use in the evenings. But for morning use it was brilliant! My skin was left feeling smoother and makeup was easier to apply. It also looked a lot brighter which is just what I need for the winter months. Even the best manual exfoliators dry out the skin ever so slightly but not with this.

It has quite a hefty price tag at €34.50 but it lasts ages (I've been using it for two and half months and I still have just under half left) and is worth it in my opinion. Best morning cleanser I've come across so far!

Origins GinZing moisturiser
Origins GinZing moisturiser

Energy Boosting Moisturiser:
Ladies and gents, let me introduce you to the best moisturiser in the history of skincare. My favourite thing about the ginzing moisturiser is the gorgeous scent of oranges. Even though it's two main ingredients are coffee beans and panax ginseng it smells nothing like either of those, in fact it reminds me a lot of jaffa cakes. Yes, as you can imagine I was VERY tempted to dip my finger in and have a little taste. But I resisted, instead I slathered it on my face and here's what happened.......

It sinks into the skin in seconds and there's never a patch of greasy residue in sight. So so lovely. It has a light gel texture that soothes, refreshes and hydrates the skin leaving it smooth, soft and plump. And of course not forgetting the radiance properties it has, my skin looks brighter and healthier. This is perfect for my combination skin type but as my skin gets very dry in the colder months I do need to use Hydraluron to give it a helping hand. Due to it's lightweight and oil-free formula it also makes for a great makeup base. Is there anything this moisturiser can't do?

And if it's good enough for Nina Dobrev well then it's certainly good enough for me!

The woman at the counter told me that it lasts six months but I'm telling you that was a either a lie to get me to buy it or her skin is very parched because she's only using a minuscule amount. Sales people do amuse me sometimes with their fibs. Despite that it does last a pretty long time as a little bit truly does go a long way. My only issue is that it comes in a tub which isn't particularly hygienic so I would love to see them bring out a tube or pump form as well. Other than that it's absolutely perfect!

Both of these products are very effective and I've noticed wonderful improvements with my skin. The zesty orange scent is so refreshing and it instantly wakes me up on early mornings. Both products feel so luxurious and left my skin feeling a whole lot softer and looking much brighter and healthier. Just wow.

What sensational skincare products have you discovered recently?

Cliona xx

- Origins skincare can be bought in Debenhams stores nationwide or Boots Liffey Valley or Boots online

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