|OOTD : Neutral Tartan|

 

DSCN1333.JPGDress: Zara
Tights: Primark
Watch: Red Herring
Boots: Dune 

I bought this dress last Winter & at the time it was a pricey purchase at £60 but I just had to buy it. I absolutely loved it then & I still love it now.

I absolutely love a bit of tartan. I think that comes from both my Scottish heritage, my love of the country & also because I lived there for 3 years. Tartan is always a winter essential in my wardrobe!

This dress is super cosy as it is made up of 36% wool which will be the reason for the slightly hefty price tag. I am actually intolerant to wool & I can usually tell when a garment contains wool as my skin begins to itch almost instantly, but with this dress I feel no irritation whatsoever and I think that’s because the fabric on the inside is soft & doesn’t have that rough wool texture.

This dress just hugs my body so perfectly & looks so elegant paired with boots & a long coat. It also keeps me so snug & warm in the winter time although I’m sad to say I don’t get as much wear out of it as Johannesburg winters don’t get too cold very often compared to the Irish weathers I’ve been used to.

| My Top Favourite Blushes |

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Every woman loves a dusting of blusher across the apples of her cheeks for that healthy flush of colour. I for one just cannot finish a makeup look without applying one of my favourite blush shades to make everything come together effortlessly.

After the popularity of my post The Best of the Best Highlighters, I thought it would be the perfectly opportunity to talk about my favourite blushes from my collection & why I love them. 

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Sleek Blush Trio in Lace

This photo really doesn’t do these colours any justice – the blush shades in this trio are some of the brightest shades I’ve ever seen & they look really quite intimidating in real life. I bought this trio a few years ago & to be perfectly honest with you, it was unloved for quite some time until I pulled it out in the past few months & completely fell in love with it. Sleek blushes are  mind-blowingly pigmented so user be warned, USE A LIGHT HAND, because no-one wants to look like Coco the Clown! The orange shade (on the left) is perfect for summer & looks simply stunning paired with a gold-toned makeup look. The middle shade is a stunning rose shade with very fine gold shimmers which are in no way glittery (thankfully as glitter & I just don’t get along.) It is an incredibly versatile shade & is also very close dupe to the ever popular Nars Orgasm blush. Unfortunately the dark red/orange shade in this trio hasn’t been given quite as much love as the other two as I find this shade quite intimidating so I just don’t reach for it very often.  On a final note I’d also like to mention that Sleek is also one of the few cruelty free makeup brands on the high-street & I felt that this was important to mention as many people wouldn’t know this information about their company. Well done Sleek for making the world a more animal-friendly place!

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Makeup Revolution Blush Palette in Sugar & Spice

Makeup Revolution are a fantastic UK brand that sell some of the best palettes I have ever tried & their blush palettes are incredible. On a side note I will however mention that their packaging SUCKS & out of the 8 Makeup Revolution palettes, only 2 of them haven’t broken apart at the hinges so just be prepared for that. This particular palette features a variety of pink shades as well as a highlighter & a shimmery blush. I don’t use the highlighter or the shimmery blush because they just aren’t to my taste but the blushes are fantastic. They’re very pigmented so makeup sure to be careful & start with a light hand & build from there if needed. These palettes retail for only £6 so they are an absolute bargain, especially when they give you such a range of colours to choose from!

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Makeup Revolution Blush Palette in Hot Spice

Yet another favourite Makeup Revolution palette! If I had to choose between this palette & the previous one, I would opt for Hot Spice because I absolutely love peachy toned blushes & also because I find I can use every single shade in this palette. This palette is an absolute delight with a range of peach shades as well as a shimmery blush & a highlight. The blushes in this palette are pigmented & easy to blend & because of the assortment of shades, these blushes can be worn by most skin tones all year round. I just cannot recommend this palette enough & you won’t be sorry that you picked it up if you are a peach blush lover like me.

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Arbonne Blush in Blossom & in Apricot

What can I say, Arbonne make nice blushes & you can clearly see just how much I love them as I have hit pan on Blossom (left).  Blossom is a beautiful mid toned pink with gold shimmers & is yet another dupe for the cult favourite Nars Orgasm blush (are you noticing a pattern here!?) I find that I reach for this shade often as it goes with any makeup look & it gives a natural flush to my cheeks. On the right is the shade Apricot. I don’t reach for this shade as often as Blossom but it is a beautiful blush all the same. This is very much a light orange shade with very light shimmers through it so I only tend to wear it in summer when I have a bit of a tan as it looks better on tanned, glowing skin. Both of these blushes are pigmented & incredibly blendable & I will be sad to see Blossom go when I completely use it up!

What are your favourite blushes?

|OOTD | Floral With a Pop of Green |

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Dress: Warehouse
Tights: Primark
Shoes: Dune 
Silver watch: Red Herring
Clutch: Primark

It has been really quite chilly in Johannesburg this past couple of days so I’ve found myself reaching for my tights & dresses to keep me nice & cosy without being too heavy. South African winters are possibly the hardest season to dress for!

I don’t usually go for dresses this short as I find that dresses tend to look even shorter against my long legs but I do love a shift dress as they are effortless yet chic & I find that you can get away with them even if they’re shorter in length.

You all know that I am a lover of the colour black but I do try to add colours (that I feel comfortable with) where I can & I just love this little black floral dress paired with a colourful green clutch for an extra pop of colour.

Who said bright colours shouldn’t be worn in winter?!

 

| Skincare Haul |

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I was introduced to Nu Skin in April by a good friend of mine who raved about the brand so I decided that I would try some of their products to see what the fuss was about & holy heck, I’m impressed! Nu Skin are a direct selling company who offer a wide range of products from Anti-ageing skincare to supplements to whitening toothpaste & they have prices that range from extremely affordable to a little more on the pricey side so there really is something for everyone. I placed an order with them and within about 4 days my products were at my door – that’s not bad by South African delivery standards! 

I have been using these products for about a month because I wanted to be able to give you mini reviews on each of the products as well rather than just telling you all what I bought. So let’s get started!

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Hand Lotion 

I have never been good at applying hand lotion. It’s one of those things that I just always seem to forget about. Winter in South Africa is something completely different to winter in Ireland & my skin has been suffering a level of dryness I’ve never experienced before – including the skin on my hands. I hate it when a hand cream leaves my hands greasy & unable to do anything for 10 minutes but this hand cream absorbs almost instantly & leaves my hands soft & hydrated without leaving any greasy residue behind afterwards. It also comes in a large 125ml tube which means that this baby will be lasting me throughout the winter period!

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NaPCA Moisture Mist

I bought this product so that I could give my skin needed a moisture boosts throughout the day & also because it is an incredibly affordable product. After using this product I have quickly fallen in love with it. This product claims to:

Increase moisture level, protect against damaging effect of environmental influences & is a static-fighter for your hair

I haven’t tried this to fight static for my hair as thankfully it isn’t something that I have to deal with so I cannot give you my verdict on that. I have however used this product both on it’s own in the morning & I have also used it post-moisturiser & throughout the day for an extra blast of moisture. This is a light moisturiser so is great for oily skins however if you’re a dry skin girl I don’t think it’s heavy enough to wear on it’s own but it’s perfect for keeping you hydrated throughout the day. It also contains hyaluronic acid which is fantastic for helping to bind moisture to your skin for long-lasting hydration. I know I’ll be taking this with me on my flight to Italy next month to keep that horrid dry air from drying out my skin & I’ll also be using it while on holiday to keep in the fridge & spritz throughout the day. For the R100 or so Rand I paid for it – it’s an absolute hand-bag essential!

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Moisture Restore Day Protective Lotion – Normal to Dry Skin

Honestly, when this moisturiser arrived I was surprised at how small the bottle was & I then had a further surprise when I applied the product for the first time. When I pumped a full pump onto the palm of my hand I thought that I would need an extra pump to cover my face with adequate moisture. However, this product spreads easily & effortlessly & I was able to cover my face effortlessly which was a happy surprise. I am the girl to test the power of any moisturiser & I was delighted to find that this moisturiser left my skin hydrated all day without feeling heavy or greasy & without getting oily later in the day. A great purchase!

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Polishing Peel Skin Refinisher 

This product is so unique & I have never tried a product anything like this one before! Nu Skin claim that this product is:

‘Clinically proven to be equivalent to a professional microdermabrasion session, Polishing Peel features Pumpkin Enzymes to resurface, soften and polish the skin and Bentonite Clay to remove dull skin cells and toxins.’

So I have never been for a microdermabrasion but I love the results of this product. You apply it on dry skin & leave it for approximately 30 seconds before massaging your skin until the product gathers into little ‘shavings’. It feels very strange at first but once you’re finished & you’ve washed off the excess your skin will feel so soft & will have a pretty glow. If you have sensitive skin I worry it may be a little too much because of the rubbing motion but for everyone else I absolutely recommend this as a twice a week treatment to get rid of all those old skin cells & to make your skin glow like crazy. Not to mention it’s a fun treatment to do!

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Rejuvenating Cream 

Nu Skin have several different moisturisers to choose from so I found it difficult to decide which one I wanted as my night cream but I decided on this on little beauty as it’s description sounded pretty impressive:

 ‘Drenches skin in soothing moisture–improving its moisture-binding capability with the hydrating powers of hyaluronic acid and helping prevent water loss. Daily use not only restores moisture, it helps keep dryness from returning.’

You guys will know I am always rattling on about my dry skin so any product that can keep dryness from returning is one I am going to try. I was obsessed with The Body Shop Vitamin E Night Cream before I tried this but now it has been replaced with this little beauty. This cream feels so light but leaves my skin looking & feeling incredibly moisturised. It just makes my skin look so healthy & my skin still feels hydrated the next morning. If, like me, your skin needs moisture but breaks out when a moisturiser is too heavy, this is an absolute god-send. This is most definitely a new holy grail & I’m not surprised this is one of Nu Skin’s most popular products!

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Pharmanex Tegreen 97 Capsules

I know this doesn’t count as skincare but I wanted to talk about it in this post anyway. I am so bad at taking supplements. I know I should take them daily but honestly, I just never remember. Green tea is well known across the world for having immense health benefits & for a while I was trying my best to drink it every day. The problem was, I’m not the biggest fan of the taste & I’d much rather have a cup of regular English tea. Then I discovered these Tegreen capsules. Within each capsule (which is taken daily) is the equivalent of 7 cups of green tea! I know it’s cheating but it’s an affordable & very easy way to cheat so i’ll take it! Green tea helps with bloating & around my time of the month I bloat like crazy but these little beauties have reduced my bloating drastically. I have also felt so much better since I added these into my daily routine & my energy levels have improved. A little tip from me – If, like me, you’re not very good at remembering to take supplements pop them into your handbag & you’ll never forget to take them!

If you’d like to get 35% off all Nu Skin products just get in touch with me & I’ll hook a girl up!

 

 

| My Best of the Best Highlighters |

 

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I have been obsessed with highlighters for many years, in fact long before the highlighter trend really kicked off.  Why? Because highlighters do absolute wonders for your skin in making it look healthy & making you look like a glowing goddess.

Over the years I have tried a ton of different highlighters some which I absolutely hated (the glittery ones that make you look like a disco ball) & some which I have absolutely loved. With the growing trend of a popping highlight, a trend which doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon, I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to talk about my favourite highlighting products.

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Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette in Golden Sugar

To this day I still cannot understand why Makeup Revolution has marketed this as a blush palette because to me these really aren’t blush shades (unless you want to glow from every single inch of your face of course). In my eyes this is most definitely a highlighting palette & a good one at that. I don’t use all of the shades in this palette such as the white because I am just not a fan of pure white highlighters in fear of having that obvious, solid line of highlight – it’s just not a pretty look. My favourite shades from this palette are the mauve shade (bottom row, 2nd shade from the left) & the bronze shade (bottom row, 2nd from right) as these shades give a more bold, popping highlight. In true Makeup Revolution style, the shades in this palette are pigmented & the range of shades caters to those who like a poppin’ highlight & also to those who prefer a more subtle glow.

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MUA Undress Your Skin (original pink shade)

MUA is a fantastic inexpensive brand in the UK & they make really great highlighters. If you haven’t tried any of their highlighters before & you have access to their products, please go out & buy some.  This was the first highlight shade that MUA came out with & was the first one I ever bought. I don’t wear light pink highlighting shades quite as often but when I do I reach for this shade. It’s easy to blend, doesn’t look powdery & it’s pigmented. A great shade for lighter skin tones!

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MUA Undress Your Skin in Opalescent Amber

Out of the three MUA highlighters I own this is my ultimate favourite (which is why I’ve almost hit pan). The shade of this highlighter looks a little intimidating in the pan but I promise you it looks so beautiful on the skin. It is such a pigmented colour that blends so effortlessly into your skin & looks stunning with a peach blush. For £5…it’s an absolute steal & compares with a lot of the high-end brands!

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Mary-Lou Manizer by The Balm

I’ve mentioned this highlighter before in my The Products I can Trust post as it is my ultimate, holy grail highlighter. You could take every other highlighter I own away from me if you just leave this one because I cannot be without my Mary-Lou. It is a beautiful light gold shade that comes in a large pan meaning that you get a lot of bang for your buck – I use this highlight at least three times a week & it still looks brand new! Whenever I go travelling this is the only highlighter I take with me because it goes with every single makeup look & gives my cheekbones a seriously poppin’ highlight.

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Topshop Glow in Gleam

It’s rare that I love a cream highlight because almost all of the product do not apply well, or look nice over foundation. I previously mentioned this product in my Current Beauty Favourites & even after a few months it’s still a firm favourite. I don’t wear this product quite as much now that it’s winter but when summer comes around again I know I’ll be pulling this baby out more often. It’s a beautiful bronze shade that looks stunning with tanned skin & if you apply a little extra you get a hell of a popping highlight too!

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MAC Strobe Cream

Last but not least is the infamous MAC Strobe Cream. I bought mine in the travel version as the large tube is relatively pricey & I wanted to test this product before I bought the full size version. This is one of MAC’s cult products & I can understand why! Strobe Cream moisturises the skin while the iridescent particles contained inside reflect light & make your skin glow in a subtle & natural way. My favourite way to use this product is before I apply my foundation to give my skin a more glowy finish without disturbing my foundation . Another of my favourite uses for this product is to apply all over my face when I’m not wearing makeup, e.g. on the beach, because it stops my skin looking dull & lifeless.

I’m always on the hunt for the next best highlighter – what are your favourites?

| May Empties |

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Another month has passed & I’m pleased to say I used up a few more products within the month of May. As a beauty fanatic, I get a satisfied feeling when I finish products because let’s be honest, beauty fanatics can be boarder-line hoarders with many more products than we need. I enjoy Empties posts as it gives me a chance to tell you about a bunch of different products that I have used long enough to finish them, what I thought of them & if I would recommend/repurchase them again. So let’s get started!

Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam in Dark

Now that it’s winter in South Africa I haven’t been able to get outside & catch some rays as often as I’d like as, believe it or not, it does get cold here (well compared to the 20-30 degree heat we’re used to.) Due to this lack of sun-bathing I’ve watched my skin get lighter & lighter, & every avid self tanner knows that life is just better with a tan so I’ve found myself applying fake tan about once a week to keep my pale skin at bay. Bondi Sands is my go-to self tanner since it launched in the UK a few years ago & I’ve spoken about it before in a little more detail in my The Products I Can Trust post.  It gives me such a beautiful dark colour that applies easily & has a streak free finish (provided that you blend it properly of course). It also smells of coconut which I LOVE although I will warn you that you will still smell that infamous fake tan ‘biscuit’ smell within about 1-2 hours of application. One thing I will also note is that it hasn’t been wearing as long as once did & I’ve been finding that after about 4-5 days the tan has faded so Bondi Sands may have changed up the formula . These things aside I would highly recommend this tan & it is why I have repurchased it religiously for several years.  I’m actually a little sad that I finished another bottle this month as it means I only have one bottle left from my UK stash so I’m going to have to find a new favourite self tanner out here in SA – if any lovely ladies have any recommendations for a great tan that I can buy here please let me know!

The Righteous Butter by Soap & Glory

With it being winter I’ve found that I just cannot go without applying a body moisturiser as my skin feels tight, dry & itchy without it but in the month of May The Righteous Butter was an absolute saviour for me. Soap & Glory are well known for their delicious smelling products & this body butter is no exception. The Righteous Butter contains Soap & Glory’s Original Pink fragrance which is described as: ‘leafy greens, bergamot and mandarin, with a floral & fruity middle note followed by soft, sexy, musk, oakmoss, amber and woody notes.’ Basically it contains all the scents I love & smells delightfully feminine. I have previously spoken about Soap & Glory moisturisers in my April Empties where I mentioned that I much prefer their butters over their lotions because the butters are so thick & moisturising. You can literally feel the moisture in your skin at the end of the day. Soap & Glory can be a little pricier than some of their high street competitors but in my opinion, for a big 300ml tub of good quality moisturiser,  I think £10 is a pretty reasonable price. I would recommend this product to anyone who loves feminine scented products & has dry skin.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream

I had purchased this product off an online beauty discount store a while back & after a little research I have found that this product is no longer for sale in The Body Shop so I do apologise & I won’t talk about it too much for that reason. This moisturiser isn’t as moisturising as the regular Vitamin E moisturiser from The Body Shop & I found that I had to apply more product than I normally would to ensure that my skin was sufficiently moisturised. This product contains a pink iridescence which gives that ‘illuminated look’ which I did love for making my skin look healthy & glowy. It’s so unfortunate that The Body Shop discontinued this product as it would have been perfect for the glowing skin trend that is everywhere these days.

Rimmel Kate Salon Pro nail polish in 237 Soul Session

This polish has unfortunately gotten to the gloopy, almost empty stage of its life & I just don’t want to fight with it so it’s just got to go. This was a beautiful polish & it has been my favourite polish shade from the time I bought it as it is the most perfect shade of pinkish nude that I can imagine would suit every skin tone. It wore as well as a nail polish can & it was easy to apply a streak free finish – which isn’t always the case with light nude shades. I used this shade both as an all-over nail colour & also for a slightly different French nail. I would most certainly recommend this nail polish & I will be repurchasing it again.

| Get To Know Me |

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Life has been hectic this past two weeks & I feel like my blog has been suffering a little as a result of this. Only bloggers will know just how time-consuming it can be to take blog photos & write blog posts, so when life takes over its difficult to squeeze in the time.

Excuses aside, I wanted to write about something a little different from my usual beauty posts. While I love all things beauty & fashion related, variety is the spice of life & I like to change it up every now & again.

I love to hear & read about people’s stories, their favourites, their dislikes & just what makes them unique, which is why I thought I would take the opportunity to let you see into my life by doing the Get To Know Me 25 Questions tag. So here goes:

Question 1 – What is your middle name?

My middle name is Elizabeth which I really am quite fond of. My parents didn’t name me after anyone but when my great-grandmother died they discovered that her nickname wasn’t in fact her real name (which everyone thought it was), her real name was Elizabeth! So it turned out to be a great choice after all.

Question 2 – Share your favourite subject in high school

I just cannot narrow it down to one subject so I would have to say Biology & Business Studies. I love learning & always have done but these two subjects were the ones that I loved learning most at school. I loved biology because I am a nerd when it comes to learning about the human body, how it functions & why it functions in that way & I loved Business Studies because I am very much a business minded lady & have always loved studying & reading up on the business world – which is the main reason why I am now a business owner.

Question 3 – What is your favourite drink?

If we’re talking alcoholic drinks then I would opt for a glass of rose wine or a cosmopolitan (such stereotypical feminine drinks I know) or if I’m going for something non-alcoholic then I would usually choose either a diet coke (on very rare occasions) or good old-fashioned tap water with ice & lemon – really pushing the boat out I know!

Question 4 – What is your favourite song at the moment?

My friends always laugh at me because I’m always behind on new music releases – I’m just much more of a movie gal than a music gal so I don’t really keep up with the charts. My favourite song at the moment is from a YouTube clip featuring a sing off between Conor Maynard & Alex Aiono which you can find here. Those guys are seriously talented & they sing the kind of music that I just love.

Question 5 – What would you name your children?

Being on the right side of 25 (although not for much longer) I am not planning on having any little ones for about 5/6 years so I haven’t really given it much thought. Although I do prefer traditional names like Charlie & Lily.

Question 6 – Have you participated in any sports?

In all honesty I am in no way sporty & I never have been. I come from a family of sporty people but I was always the black sheep when it came to sports. I do however love going to the gym but I don’t think that counts as a sport. Does it?!

Question 7 – What is your favourite book?

My favourite will forever & always been the Harry Potter series. I am proud to be an ultimate Harry Potter nerd!

Question 8 – What is your favourite colour?

Honestly, I love black & white – I know, how boring right?! But if I had to choose a real colour I’d go for a nice cool-toned dusky pink.

Question 9 – What is your favourite animal?

Dogs, dogs, dogs. I am really quite the crazy dog lady. Since I moved to the other side of the world, leaving my sister’s beautiful dog behind, my crazy dog lady-ness has been bumped up a level. My poor boyfriend has to deal with lots of excited squeals when we visit someone with a dog. They are just the most loyal, loving animals & they deserve all the love & care in the world. Okay, okay, I’ll stop now.

Question 10 – What is your favourite perfume?

I am such a sucker for anything soft, sweet & lightly floral. You can find my blog post all about my favourite perfumes here

Question 11 – What is your favourite holiday?

I have a feeling that this is an American tag so if we’re talking about a holiday in the American context then I’ve got to say Christmas. When I say I love it, I mostly love the run up to Christmas when the family gets together, it’s cold & there are decorations everywhere. Having a sibling living far from home & with me living on the other side of the world, I have come to associate Christmas with the coming together of my family – it’s one of the few times of year when we are all together & I just love that. Those moments are priceless.

Question 12 – On a scale from 1 – 10, rate your childhood.

Without a blink of an eye I’m going with a 10. I’m very blessed to have grown up in a safe, stable home with loving parents & siblings around me. My memories of childhood are playing outside with my friends until bedtime & my only worry was having to get up for school in the morning & doing my homework when I got home.

Question 13 – Have you been out of the country?

I have indeed. I am originally from Ireland but I moved to South Africa last year. You can read about my story here. I have also been to Hong Kong, Spain, Greece, England, Scotland & I’m travelling to Italy next month. Woohoo for pizza, pasta & gelato!

Question 14 – Do you speak any different languages?

I learnt French at school although to be perfectly honest I have forgotten most of what I was taught over the years. I have always wanted to be fluent in a second language so I am currently learning Spanish in my free time as I have always thought it to be a beautiful sounding language.

 Question 15 – Do you have any siblings?

I do, I have an older sister & brother whom I miss so dearly.

Question 16 – What is your favourite store?

I am such a Zara lover. I love how fashion forward they are and how affordable their clothing is. Some of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe are from Zara as they offer fantastic, high quality pieces that really stand out against their high street competitors.

Question 17 – What is your favourite restaurant?

If you have ever visited South Africa before then I can guarantee that you will have been blown away by the standard of restaurants here – they blow restaurants in my home country out of the water! My favourite restaurants here are KOI (an Asian restaurant) and Crawdaddy’s – home of great sized portions & one of the best steaks you’ll ever have.

Question 18 – Did you like school?

As I mentioned I have always loved learning so I loved that aspect of school, however I also just could not wait to leave & go to university. Be careful what you wish for! Growing up I always disagreed with ‘grown ups’ who said “Your school years are the best years of your life” now I wish I had listened to them & made the most of it because they really were right. Gone are the days of no responsibility & your biggest worry being your homework & which boy fancied you.

Question 19 – Who are some of your favourite YouTubers?

I am always following & discovering new YouTubers but some of the content creators that I have followed & watched for some time now are:

 Tati, Lydia Elise Millen, The Sparkleicious, Wayne Goss, Wild Kat Makeup, Carly Musleh, Barbara Rossi, N1kk1sSecr3t & ChaChaCakes

Question 20 – What is your favourite movie? 

I am such a movie lover. There’s nothing better than curling up with snacks (usually naughty ones) & getting absorbed in a great movie. Some of my favourites to date are Pulp Fiction, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Batman Trilogy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises) Pirates of The Caribbean & The Silence of the Lambs.

Question 21 – What are some of your favourite TV shows? 

Breaking Bad, Luther, Happy Valley, & Mad Men. Is it obvious I like crime series?

Question 22 – PC or MAC? 

I have only ever used PC as I’m familiar with their software. Not to mention, MAC’s are HELLA expensive. My boyfriend has a MAC & he loves it but any time I use his laptop I just find it so difficult to work with – And I like to think of myself as tech-savvy!

Question 23 – What phone do you have?

I have been an iPhone girl for about 4 years & I will always continue to be an iPhone user. It’s like Pringles – once you pop you can’t stop!

Question 24 – How tall are you?

I’m a relatively tall height of 5’8. It’s funny because growing up I used to hate how tall I was but now that I’m older I’ve realised that I’m really not as tall as I felt & I’ve grown to like my height.

Question 25 – Do you have any pets?

Well…technically she isn’t really mine, but I like to think that I have a black Labrador called Poppy. Really she is half mine as she lived with me for about 3 years. She’s just the best dog. So clever, so loving & just the best!

Well that’s the end of the tag folks, I don’t know how many people found me interesting enough to get to the end but I really enjoyed doing this tag & I hope it helped you to get to know me better. Have a wonderful day!

|OOTD : Black on Black with a POP |

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Blazer : Zara 
Top : ASOS
Jeans : ASOS
Boots : Dune 

I am such a fan of wearing lots of neutral colours & then adding pops of colour or pattern in the form of my accessories. There’s just something so chic about it & it makes those unique accessories really stand out against an otherwise simple outfit.

I had a business meeting this day & wanted to look trendy yet professional without looking boring – hence the pop of personality with the leopard print boots. I LOVE these boots – comfortable yet full of attitude!

I’d also like to mention that if, like me, you’re a lady with hella’ long legs (I have a 34″ inside leg and I’m only 5ft8!) then ASOS is a fantastic place to buy your jeans. Many of their styles offer longer leg lengths which is an absolute heaven send as buying jeans when your legs are longer than average is still so difficult. Let me hear an AMEN!

 

 

|My June Goals |

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I just cannot believe it’s June already – where is 2017 going?! I’ve been feeling a little out of sync because it is at this time of year that I’m usually getting excited for the arrival of summer but instead it’s my first year in South Africa where we’re now going into Winter. It’s all very strange! Although, in reality, South African winters are something similar to Irish summers so I really can’t complain.

I have decided that at the beginning of every month I will post my goals for the month ahead as I think it’s important to reflect on our lives & to try improve them wherever we can. These posts will also allow you, my lovely readers, to get more of an insight into my life so that you can get to know me that little bit better.

My goals for the month of June are as follows:

Goal 1 – Have a digital detox

Being an entrepreneur I spend a lot of time on my computer & unfortunately this just cannot be avoided. However recently I’ve been finding that I spend between 6-8 hours on my computer a day & then in the evenings I’m on my phone browsing social media & messaging friends & family. While I know that technology has become an essential part of our lives & is an essential tool in the business world, I just don’t want to spend my entire days wasted on it. What kind of life is that!? So in the month of June my goal is to become aware of my digital time & limit it to my working hours. Once I shut my laptop for the day – my phone will be switched off too.

Goal 2 – Write my wedding speech

So my darling sister is getting married in Italy next month & I couldn’t be more excited. By the time the wedding comes around I won’t have seen my family in 7 months so you can only imagine how much I’m looking forward to being reunited with them! Even though my sister didn’t ask me to, as her sister & only bridesmaid, I felt that it was important that I speak at her wedding. I have been putting off writing this speech for a while, but now that the wedding is next month I think it’s time that I get started so that I have plenty of time to perfect it.  While I am not a confident public speaker, & I am almost certain that I will be shedding a tear or two during my speech, I know that it will be more than worth it to see the smile on sisters face.

Goal 3 – More quality couple time

My boyfriend & I are both business owners which means that we both work from home a lot & we don’t ever really stop working. Recently I’ve noticed that we’ve both been quite consumed with our businesses & that we haven’t been spending as much quality time together as we normally do. This month I want us both to find that balance again & to take more time out to go on ‘date nights’. Making a success of yourself is important but spending time with the one you love is more important.

Goal 4 – More ‘pamper’ time

This point leads on from the previous one – I’ve been working from home a lot & I’ve been so busy with business this past month that I just haven’t been taking care of myself the way I normally do. Lately I’ve only been wearing makeup once a week, I mostly have my hair up & only style it approximately once a week & I haven’t been treating my skin to my usual weekly face mask. While to some these may seem like trivial things, to me these things are important as I always like to take care of myself. When my skin is looking good, my makeup is on & I’m having a good hair day the world is just a better place & I’ve not been pampering myself enough with these things. This month I want to go back to the more glamorous side of me.

Goal 5 – Write in my diary more

I’ve kept a diary on & off since the age of about 14 because for me it is the best way to spill my heart out & get everything off my chest be it good or bad. My bestie bought me a journal just before I moved out to SA so that I could document my journey & I have only been writing in it about once a month. Too much happens in one month to just update it once every 30 days & I want to keep a better record of my time here. We’re only young for so long & how wonderful would it be to read back on my life when I’m an old lady & remember everything I went through & all the adventures I had in my prime.

What are your goals for the month of June?

| My Most Loved Perfumes |

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Over the years I have owned countless perfumes, some great & some really not so great. (the days of Charlie perfumes anyone?!) Over time however I have found my ‘signature scents’ and I just couldn’t imagine opening my bathroom cupboard & not finding these particular perfumes there.

Perfumes are an individual thing with everyone having their own unique personal taste and preferences. I love softly sweet smells that aren’t over powering or sickly sweet – if I smell a fragrance & it’s so soft that it feels like it’s tickling my nose – then that’s my kind of scent.

So let’s take a look at my favourite perfumes!

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Emporio Armani Diamonds 

I have worn this perfume since I was in University making it about 4 years since I first purchased it (which scares me to think that I graduated 4 years ago!) When I first took a sniff of Armani Diamonds I completely fell in love & couldn’t stop smelling my wrist where I had sprayed it. Armani Diamonds is described as:

Gourmand-floral – The top notes are litchi and raspberry, the middle notes – freesia and lily of the valley, and the base are vetiver, cedar wood, patchouli and vanilla.

From the description it’s easy to tell that this is a floral perfume, however, I am pretty fussy when it comes to perfumes with many floral notes as they can sometimes smell too ‘old lady-ish.’ This perfume however doesn’t make me smell in any way like an old lady. It is such a delicate, soft scent but one that lasts throughout the day. It can be worn either during the day or in the evening and also one that can be worn no matter what the season. Out of the perfumes I am discussing today, this is the one I have been buying for the longest & is one that I will continue to buy for more years to come.

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Emporio Armani Diamonds Violet 

I have already talked about this perfume in my Handbag Essentials post so I won’t go into quite as much detail on this particular one. This perfume was released back in 2015 and as a lover of the original fragrance, I had to test this one & much like the original I fell in love with the Violet version too. Armani Diamonds Violet is described as:

A delicious, floral-fruity-gourmand, intended for a night out. Top notes include juicy and exotic fruits of raspberry, passion fruit and lychee. The heart captures flowers of violet, Bulgarian rose and lily of the valley, on the base of sweet praline, patchouli and vanilla.

The original Armani Diamonds & the newer Armani Diamonds Violet have similar notes however Violet has a slightly stronger scent & is more fruity than the original which I think comes from the addition of the passion fruit as that note comes definitely comes through. If I had to choose between the original scent & the Violet version I think I would pick the original just because it’s slightly softer however I do still very much love the Violet version.

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Bronze Goddess by Estee Lauder

I’m not quite sure if I can call this a perfume as Estee Lauder describe it as a ‘skin scent’ but I’m putting it in here anyway. This was a purchase last summer from Duty Free while on the plane journey back from Greece. I was clearly still in the summer holiday mood because this fragrance just encapsulates the smell of summer. Bronze Goddess is described as:

A sensuous, sun-drenched blend of Bergamot, warm Amber, Tiare Flower and Vanilla combined with delicious creamy Coconut.

To me this perfume smells of coconut, sun-cream & flowers. Could it be any more perfect for the summer months? Estee Lauder have always marketed this scent as a summer fragrance as you can only buy it during spring & summer. It is perfect for taking on holiday or wearing on those hot summer evenings. It has quite a strong scent however I do find that it doesn’t last quite as long as some of my other perfumes so do bare that in mind!

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La Nuit Tresor by Lancome 

Can we talk about how pretty this packaging is?! I cannot tell you just how much I love this perfume. While all of the perfumes I am talking about today are favourites, this one is most certainly my ultimate favourite. I purchased this after sampling it in Dubai duty free & instantly had to have it. When I bought this perfume it was a travel exclusive so could only be bought in airports. Why? I have absolutely no idea, but thankfully I’ve just discovered that they now also sell it in stores! La Nuit Tresor is described as:

Discover La Nuit Tresor, a sultry, smouldering perfume for women with notes of fresh raspberry, frankincense, and vanilla, with a bewitching heart of Black Rose essence.

This perfume is just DIVINE. It’s really quite sweet with a slight hint of floral and yet has so much depth with the addition of frankincense & papyrus. Because I love this perfume so much I like to keep it as my ‘special occasion’ perfume & I have had so many compliments when wearing this it. It’s also very long lasting & I can still smell it on my skin at the end of the day. This baby is never leaving my collection. Ever!

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What are your favourite scents?