Friday, 30 September 2016

Hello, It's Blogtober!

Blogtober


| Hello, it's Blogtober! |


If you didn't sing that in the tune of Adele's 'Hello' then insert an awkward silence that usually occurs when you don't get someone's joke *wink wink* 

Anyway, joke telling isn't my forte so let's just stick to something I'm good at, blogging {well hopefully, I'm good at it}

You may or may not have noticed that things have been a little quiet across all of my social media and my blog, and it's simply because I've decided to take part in, yep you guessed it, Blogtober!

It's the eve of October, the candles are lit, the tea has been made & the cosy pyjamas are on - October is my favourite month not only because it's my birthday on the 14th but because for me, it finally starts to feel like Autumn. I know Autumn creeps in slightly in September but once October rolls around there are piles & piles of golden leaves everywhere you turn, the weather becomes even colder and not forgetting Halloween. I know some people aren't too keen on Halloween, and while I'm not the biggest fan, I do think it's the cosiest and most chilled holiday of the year. There's no doubt that the Christmas period is quite cosy also but it's also extremely busy and I always feel like I'm on the go, whereas on Halloween, the only thing I have to do is watch a movie and eat ALL of the chocolate. Oh, and did I mention that October is my birthday month? ;-)

I'd love to chat about why I love Autumn so much but I actually already have a blog post about it so I'll insert that here. But for now, back to the purpose of this blog post: My plans for Blogtober.

I've wanted to commit to something like this for the longest time but as you all know for the past two & a half years that I've had this blog, I've had to prioritise the Leaving Cert. But now that it's over and I'm blogging full time for a year, I said I would give Blogtober a go! 

Posting good quality blog content every day for 31 days is quite a big commitment so as you can imagine I have been a busy little bee planning and scheduling my heart out. I'm beyond excited to share my content with you this month and there'll be a vast array of topics from lifestyle to beauty, to style. 

I'll see you tomorrow for the first outfit post of the month!

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Friday, 23 September 2016

An Autumn Favourite: Rust


How to style rust shades
Primark rust ankle boots ootd
Autumn outfit post


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Yesterday marked the first official day of Autumn and the chilly air has been creeping up on us this week very slowly. I'm more than happy to say goodbye to those icky humid days we've been having recently, and I've already traded in my espadrilles and tees for coats and scarves - Ok, I agree, it *might* be a little too early for the scarves but I just can't help it! It must be because I was an Autumn baby so it's in my blood *wink wink*

Autumn outfit details
How to wear rust
An autumn outfit of the day
Casual Autumn style

Last week's weather was quite humid so for this look I opted to go for a transitioning favourite of mine: The sleeveless blazer. I paired it with a rust t-shirt from H&M and to tie the whole look together I added my new rust block heel boots from Penneys. I'm obsessed with rust shades for the Autumn and pieces like these can be worn during the warmer weather or the cooler weather. What I love most about this outfit is that it still looks Autumnal whilst serving as a transitional outfit keeping me cool whilst the warm weather was still around. 


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Monday, 19 September 2016

The Autumnal Jacket You Need In Your Wardrobe


Autumn burgundy biker jacket outfit
how to style a burgundy biker jacket

I'm aware that I said it was officially Autumn in my latest Mac review but scratch that, today it's officially Autumn as I've been gifted with the first cold of the season *sighs* While Autumn is my favourite season for many reasons {15 things I love about A/W blog post} I'm most definitely not a fan of the ol' cold and flu season. But in today's outfit post we're throwing it back to last week when I was more energetic and singing this jacket's praises! 

If you're a regular around here then you might've spotted an outfit post recently about my Missguided biker jacket. This was my summery take {well, sort of summery. You know the drill in Ireland!} on how to style biker jackets but today I'll be sharing the Autumn edition with this one I picked up in Vero Moda.....

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| 3 Reasons To Own A Wine/Burgundy Jacket This Autumn |


1. To Brighten Your Wardrobe: Burgundy and wine tones are a classic way to add a splash of colour to your Autumn wardrobe. Mustard and rust aren't for everyone but burgundy & wine are safe colours that suit all skin tones and hair colour.

2. It Goes With (Almost) Everything: Black, grey, white, denim, cream, navy, you name it! For this look, I chose to wear multiple colours and I think the whole look tied in really well together. 

3. To Make A Statement: Not everyone is into florals, printed pieces or bright colours but burgundy or wine toned clothing is a simple way to make a statement for anyone who likes a minimalistic wardrobe. And if you're style isn't minimalistic then fear not because it's still a great colour to make a statement. Take this outfit for example, which piece stands out the most to you? Although there is a lot going on in this outfit, it remains the statement piece of the look and your eye just can't help but be drawn to the jacket. 


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Autumn outfit post

| Why I'm Obsessed With Biker Jackets |


Recently, I've fallen in love with biker jackets, and since purchasing this wine faux leather version I've been trying to pinpoint why I love this trend so much. I've narrowed it down to three reasons: 

1. They're versatile meaning they come in all different styles ranging from (faux) leather to (faux) suede and they even have fleece-lined versions as well {swoon!} So there's one to suit every type of weather which is perfect for us Irish gals because we all know that we can experience all 4 seasons in one day here on this little island. 

2. They're edgy. I mentioned this in The Best Biker Jackets On The High Street blog post but I just love that they add an edgy feel to a girly outfit. 

3. They add texture to an outfit. If you've been reading my outfit posts for a while then you'll know how important texture is to my style. My style is far from minimalistic as I like an array of different textures to spice up my outfits and biker jackets are an effortless way to do this. The zips, the button detailing and the layered structure of the jacket all provide texture to an outfit without even making an effort with the rest of your pieces.

How to style a burgundy biker jacket


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Saturday, 17 September 2016

The Autumn Base From Mac


Mac studio fix foundation review

We've officially reached Autumn! We've been reintroduced to chilly days, faux fur, festive hot chocolate, crunchy leaves, and that means only one thing: it's time to update my makeup wardrobe. Think burgundy lipsticks, copper eye makeup, and full coverage foundation.  

   Mac Studio Fix Foundation   


Coverage: I would describe this foundation as a medium-full coverage foundation. One light layer provides a medium coverage with a natural looking finish but you can build it up to two layers for very full coverage giving a flawless finish to the skin. Recently as my skin hasn't been the best I've been using the full coverage option and it covers everything except for big pesky spots {bane of my life!!}. It's quite heavy and provides lots more coverage than your usual medium to full coverage foundation. 

Finish/Formula:  The consistency isn't too runny or too thick; A nice in-between which makes it incredibly easy to blend. The foundation sets to what I would describe as a semi-matte finish. It's not as matte looking as the Revlon Colourstay {review} and the Mac foundation looks a lot more natural on the skin than it's Revlon counterpart.

Staying Power: I have combination skin and it lasted well for around 7 hours on my skin. It started to break down a little around the nose and chin area towards the evening but that happens with almost all of my foundations. I have eczema and sometimes I get severely dry patches that aren't quite eczema so they can be a burden to shift. Recently I've had a severe dry patch on my nose and forehead and this foundation clung to it, unfortunately - So a word of warning, not one for when the harsh winter weather comes blowing in but for the mild Autumn months it's fine!

Colour Match: The colour match is ok - This was my first Mac foundation {I was avoiding that horrid paint smell!!} and I was quite surprised that the lightest shade was slightly dark. Throughout the day I find it oxidises a little so it becomes even darker and orange looking which isn't ideal. But I do love the coverage and finish it gives so it's worth it for those!

Mac studio fix & prolongwear concealer review


   Mac Prolongwear Concealer:   


Coverage: In my opinion, it has a medium coverage which covers my dark circles completely. I don't really suffer from bad under-eye circles so I'd say if you do you might need to use a salmon toned concealer underneath.

Finish/Formula: It has a smooth creamy texture which is easy to blend. Although the finish of the concealer is matte, it isn't drying at all. In fact, it's quite moisturising which is perfect for the under-eye area!

Staying Power: It lasts throughout the day but I always set it with a powder as it does crease quite a bit during the day otherwise.

Use: I apply it in a triangle shape under the eyes with a Zoeva concealer brush {see my favourite makeup brushes in this blog post} and then blend it with a damp Real Techniques sponge. I set it using the Bourjois Java Rice powder and I'm good to go!

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Friday, 16 September 2016

A Designer-esque Blazer For A High Street Price

Zara khaki blazer outfit post

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   Blazer Details   


Last week I decided to pop into Zara for a quick "browse" {let's face it, we all knew I wasn't going to come out empty handed *insert monkey with his hands over his eyes emoji*} and I stumbled upon this gorgeous blazer. The gold buttons instantly reminded me of the oh-so-famous Balmain blazers. The buttons are engraved with some sort of a crest which sets it apart from your regular high street blazer and gives it a luxurious element. 

The fit is what I love most about this piece: It's not too structured so it looks casual but smart at the same time. I chose the extra small and it was the perfect fit for me! It sits in all the right places and looks 100% flattering.  


Autumn blazer outfit post
How to style a blazer


   How I styled it   


I wore this outfit to the Littlewoods Ireland V by Very launch last week. As it was a late evening event I decided to go for a casual but sophisticated outfit. You can never go wrong with an all black outfit so that's exactly what I paired the blazer with. I wore the black cross neck top I got from Missguided a few months ago. These style of tops are great if you want to try the low v-neck t-shirt paired with a bralette trend but you're not too keen on having your bra on show, like me. It's playful but I still feel 100% comfortable! 

To coincide with the gold buttons on the blazer I decided to pair the look with some dainty gold details. I wore my name necklace from H Samuel jewellers, one of {many of} my Parfois watches and the gold buckle detail on my boots.

outfit details
Autumn outfit post - fashion blog
Zara blazer outfit
Kurt Geiger black buckle boots

This sneaky little purchase lead to a huge haul so if you missed seeing what I bought on Snapchat {@clionhill by the way *wink wink*} then I've linked everything down below. Happy browsing ;-) 


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