LoveThis Zoeva Cosmetics Haul

 

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Recently, while I was home in Ireland, I noticed that my make up brushes were in dire straights. I’m no make up artist so I picked the brains of Debbie Leonard. I didn’t have a clue about the types of brushes I would need, so she was definitely the woman to ask.

I don’t know about you but make up brushes are EXPENSIVE! I did loads of research on synthetic V’s animal hair. I knew if I was going to invest the big bucks, I wanted a decent set and so, I came across Zoeva. I had never heard of the brand and came across them reading reviews other beauty bloggers had done. The ONLY negative thing I have found online, was a girl saying one of her brushes had lost a bit of shape when she washed it and had contacted Zoeva and was advised that the shape would return with use. Having that as the only negative piece of information, out there on the big wide interweb is just crazy. So I decided to check out their website and I couldn’t believe their prices. Everything is soooo affordable. My previous make up brushes were all MAC and Smashbox which are $$$.

I ordered the Complete set which cost $109.

and I didn’t stop there. I also ordered the concealer palette, a bronzer/blush palette, two eyeliners and a lip crayon! Zoeva are based in Germany. It took approx. 2 weeks to arrive at my doorstep in Australia. I paid 18USD for DHL.

 

All in, I spent $200 which is nothing when you check out the quality. I most definitely got bang for my buck!

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The swatches above are the lip crayon in Silly Love, and eye liners in Mr Marvelous (navy colour) and Rock n Roll Bride (browny color)!

I filmed a Vlog as I was unboxing…

 

Check it out below…

Love Niamh x

*I own the copyright to all images in this blog post.

Lipsy London Love Michelle Keegan debuts!

This week, Michelle Keegan, has just launched his first ever foray into fashion with her 30 piece collection for Lipsy London.

 

I think this collection is just so effortlessly feminine and elegantly sleek. The pieces also look very flattering (may be a different story when you try them on but I can only hope they wear as well as they look) as they are all figure hugging while maintaining an elegant sophistication.

 

Personally, this is very ‘my going out style’. What do you think? Do you like it? Love it? I want to know!

 

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All pieces from the collection are available to buy from www.lipsy.co.uk.

River Island deliver to Oz!

Yaysies for me and all the Aussie girls!

 

River Island have launched a new Australian e-store that also accepts Aussie dollars – wahey! One of the hardest things about moving to Australia has been leaving behind all the great high street stores and quality clothing lines. I’ve been getting my fix on ASOS and this is just one great giant leap for Australian fashion. A bit of healthy competition and quality never hurt anybody :)

The Aussie girls won’t know whats hit them… Check out some of their latest campaign images!

 

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Getting Older and Wiser?

On Friday, I’m going to be 26. Its got me thinking, how the hell did all this time pass by so quickly. It feels like just yesterday, I was beginning school life and getting a Troll doll (the clown with red hair) for my troubles  (Anyone else remember them? Just me?) Looking back those Trolls were pretty creepy.

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When I was 16, I had my navel pierced. I still remember the day exactly, down to robbing my dads minature sample sized whisky bottles and necking one of them before getting it done because I reckoned it was going to hurt so much. I ended up laughing so hard that the girl pierced it a little lob sided but I didn’t mind. A couple of weeks ago, I finally took my bar out after almost 10 years of it. I felt old.

After spending the day at the beach, here in Australia, I saw an elderly woman with her navel bar still very much in her navel and as cool and down with the kids as she looked, I decided my naval piercing had had its day.

Is this the hardest thing about getting old? Looking around and realising you can’t do certain things or don’t want to portray yourself in a certain way? Once I didn’t care. Now though, I don’t care what others think about me, but I do care about how I portray myself.

When I was a teenager, I found myself experimenting with make up, hair colour, clothes, and now, when I look back, I realise how boring I’ve become in this regard.  No more dying my hair pink or blue on a whim, although admittedly, I haven’t done that since my schooldays.

When did I get so old and boring?!

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So, as I turn 26, I want to make a conscious effort to at least try and be a little bit more edgy in my clothes choices and a little less relaxed when it comes to wearing make up and choosing how to style my hair. By this, I mean actually wear make up sometimes. I loved wearing make up and experimenting and spent many, a long afternoon messing about in Debbie Leonards home make up studio trying different colours and looks out. But in Australia, not many people wear make up. At least, not where I live in Newcastle. So make up- I’m pledging allegiance to your awesomeness and will for the year of being 26, at least try to experiment once a week.

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When I went home to Ireland, I had extensions put back in. I love long hair. Maybe though, its time for something new. Something shorter.

Life is too short, and while I won’t be putting my navel piercing back in, I will be spending the next year, a little more on the edge, at least when it comes to fashion and beauty. It’s too easy to sit back and let life pass you by, same old routine, same old make up. So I’m gonna say HELLLLLLO 26 with a bit of a change and try not to feel like it’s time to put on my slippers and sit in front of the fire!

 

Ireland: Gala Screening of Noble in aid of CNCF

SAVE THE DATE

 

Ansty Productions & Eclipse Pictures

Present
The Gala Screening of NOBLE

 

 

Directed by Stephen Bradley.
Starring Deirdre O’Kane, Sarah Greene, Brendan Coyle, Liam Cunningham and Ruth Negga.

 

in aid of CNCF


Christina Noble Children’s Foundation will host the Gala Screening of  NOBLE

 


At: Savoy Cinema, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

On: Thursday 11th September 2014 at 7pm

With a post Gala Screening Party

 

In: House, 27 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2

 

 

To purchase tickets, please contact info@presence.ie. (Tickets €50 each)

www.cncf.org

Cara Delevingne for Mulberry A/W 2014

I’ve fallen slightly in love with Cara Delevinge and Mulberry after seeing their latest campaign shots.

Shot by Tim Walker and starring the British countryside, what’s not to love? These images are just adorable.

Shop the collection at www.mulberry.com

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Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show Launch

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I was lucky enough to be one of the attendees at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show reception, which took place in The Champagne Bar in the RDS, overlooking ring 2 where the iconic Puissance wall was on display. 

The event which is the largest summer event in Dublin, marked the announcement of the 2014 Horse Show dates (6th – 10th August). Luckily Dublin’s heatwave was in full swing at the reception, which set the tone for a great event. Drinks were flowing freely thanks to Blossom Hill, while tasty canapés were circulated. Kids were also treated in the form of pony rides, balloon modelling, and face painting. Whether it was for the kids or for the adults, remains to be seen, but an ice-cream van was also on site, creating a lot of happy faces (who doesn’t love a good 99 on a hot summers day)?!

Whether it’s a fun day out for you and your friends or you and your family, The Horse Show caters to everybody, with plenty of entertainment for all children visiting the Show with a packed programme of events over the five days including bouncy castles, magic shows and pony rides. One of the highlights of the week for both female and male fashionistas, is ‘Blossom Hill Ladies’ Day at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show on Thursday, August 7th. This premier style event includes a number of fantastic prizes including Best Dressed Lady, Most Creative Hat and the g Hotel Best Dressed Man.

General admission tickets for one day cost €21. Student/OAP’s/Children under 16 cost €15 per day and a Family day pass (2 Adults, 4 children) costs €54. For more information go to www.dublinhorseshow.com

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Wayne Cronin & Ruth ScottSinead Stimpfig and Jedda DowneySarah McDermott and Ian O'KeeffeRuth MulcahyRebecca and Zuilmah LeeMichel Duffy (RED CEO) & Marita Connors

 

Bellabox May 2014

 

 

#OOTD What I Wore Today

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Shirt: Jeanswest

Top: River Island

Maxi Skirt: Ice Designs

Sunnies: Op shop in Perth

Interview with Make Up Artist Deborah Leonard

 

I interviewed Debbie while I was in Ireland, find out her top tips by watching the video…

 

My FIRST EVER interview. AAAAH.

 

Thanks to Elaine for filming this!