Wednesday, 31 October 2012

La Roche-Posay Solution Micellaire Physiologique

If you have seen my previous wish lists you will notice Bioderma features regularly on them. I have wanted to try it for ages but cannot justify the price and the postage costs to Ireland. When I was in Boots I decided to search for an alternative. I found two of them, the La Roche-Posey Solution Micelaire Physiologique and Avene Eau Thermale Micellar Lotion Cleanser. I had read a review on the Avene water which stated it wasn't that great at removing make-up and considering I wear heavy enough make-up on a daily basis I decided to opt for the La Roche Posay version.

I have been using this for over two months and I adore it! I use it at night by applying it to dry cotton wool and wiping off my make-up and then following up with my Lush Ultra Bland Cleanser. In the morning I do the same but don't bother with the Ultra Bland as it is too oily for daytime use. Also my skin tends to get irritated if I over cleanse, so this is the perfect solution. Previously I was just using Lush Eau Roma water which was doing the trick but I feel the La Roche Posay leaves my skin feeling cleaner.

 Currently I have been under massive amount of stress from moving house and starting in a new college. Usually when I am under stress it will show on my skin in the form of big ugly craters of spots. Since using this cleansing water I have only had to contend with one spot which was during my time of the month, so that wasn't the cleansers fault. Otherwise my skin has been very well behaved and I haven't even had to deal with any of my usual dry patches. I highly recommend this cleansing water as a gentle make-up remover. Also I am ashamed to admit it but on occasion I use it alone at night time when I am to tired to do my entire cleansing routine. I use it instead of a make-up wipes and find it much kinder on my skin and it removes all traces of my make-up.

The only negative I have about this product is that I wish it had a pump on the bottle rather than having to pour it straight onto cotton wool as half the time I manage to pour too much and the rest of the time I pour too little.

For all the Irish girlies, I purchased mine in Boots in Liffey Valley. I thought id let you know as I  haven't seen it in many other stores and it cost approx. €16.00.

Have any of you girls tried this cleansing water or any other brands?
What are your thoughts on them? I haven't tried any other brand so unfortunately I don't have any comparisons to offer.


Monday, 29 October 2012

Let The Spending Diet Commence!


From November 1st I vow to start a spending diet for an entire month. I know a month does not sound like much of a challenge but considering it is coming up to Christmas, I will have to do some spending in December, and I figure one month is better than nothing.

 Since moving to Dublin I have been a disaster! Dundrum shopping centre is literally down the road from me, constantly tempting me. I have never had such an array of shops at my doorstep and my poor bank balance is feeling it. What I am cutting out is all impulse purchases and non essential purchases. I have also downloaded the iPhone app iXpenselt Lite to record my spending for the month. 

I am going to record all the items I feel "I have to have" and if l I still want them in a month I may considering purchasing them. I hope this task encourages me to shop my stash with regards to my make-up and clothing and that I discover some old favourites. 

Last year I completed a spending diet for about two months and it did me the world of good. When I started buying items again it really made me question my purchases for example, Do I really need this top? Do I have one like it? What will I wear it with? And I ended up buying much less as a result. 

Have any of you girls been splurging lately? What have you been buying? Do you want to start the spending diet with me? A month surely can't be that difficult can it? 

Also feel free to link me to your haul post so I can live vicariously through you girls for the month of November.


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Autumn Wishlist

Autumn Wish List

Topshop Cable Pom Hat
With winter coming up and living in Ireland you need as many layers as possible. I thought this hat from Topshop is super cute and snuggly. 
Diana Von Furstenberg Bag
Unfortunately I think this bag is no longer available. But it is an amazing bag as at the back there is an iPad compartment which acts like a case. You can pop your iPad in and lift down the flap and play with your iPad on your lap. I am not doing it justice describing it. I will supply a link here so you can see the amazing bag in action. 

Topshop Gold Glitter Stardust Nail Varnish
This is features simply because I wish to do a gold accent nail. I have seen loads of lovely pictures on Pinterest and I want to replicate them.

Lush Magic Wand Bubble Bar
I have wanted to tried this for ages but never manage to get my hands on it because it is so popular and because it is a seasonal product. It is my mission to try it this year.     

New Look Parka
Since creating this wish list I have actually invested in a Parka from A-wear (OOTD Post) I am so happy with my purchase I have been wearing it non stop! I went for the A-wear one as I felt the lace detail gives the parka a nice feminine touch.

Check Shirt  
Every time I see girls wearing these shirts I think they look so cute. So I am currently on the look out for one. I don't mind what the brand is as long as it is slightly fitted. I don't want a baggy one as they can take over my small frame. Here is a picture of Anna Saccone wearing a beautiful one, although a bin bag would look amazing on her!   

Wet Look Leggings
I seen an OOTD on Ellie's blog and fell in love with her wet look leggings. I bought a pair in Bershka the other day but I honestly don't know what to wear them with and if I'm even brave enough to pull them off! I will keep you posted and maybe you might see an OOTD featuring them.

Topshop I Phone Purse
I think this purse is such a good idea! If you are on a night out or simply popping to the shop you can have your phone, money and cards safe in the one place. 

Recently I purchased new tan Uggs and now it kills me to put on my Primark black Uggs. They offer no support for my feet and look like they are years old even though I have only worn them a couple of times.

Tory Burch Robinson Mini Square Tote
I need a new bag in my life! Handbags are my thing! I will always choose handbags over shoes. I haven't purchased a new handbag in ages. I want a big tan one that I can bring to college. I adore this Tory Burch one but unfortunately it is way out of my price range. Im currently lusting after the famous Zara shopper but I am resisting as I'm about to commit to a spending ban!

What is on your Autumn wish list? 


Monday, 22 October 2012

NOTD: Maybelline Forever Strong Pro Rose Poudre

I think this is my third or fourth Maybelline Forever Strong nail varnish I have purchased. I love them! I actually seen a swatch for this one online and fell in love with the colour. I went straight out and bought it, but then left it for ages because every time I went to paint my nails the colour never appealed to me. Well, today I took the plunge and I love it. The colour appears much deeper in the bottle which originally put me off but on the nails it is a lovely nude colour which would suit most skin tones. It applied very easily and dried very quickly. The consistency does appear to be slightly different to the other polishes in the range as, I had to have a lot of polish on my brush to get smooth strokes. In the above pictures I applied two coats but if you wanted a very natural look you could easily get away with one. I only applied it this morning so I cant comment on it's lasting power but I do find the other colours I have last a while without chipping. 

Have you tried these nail polishes? Would you recommend any colours for me to try?


Saturday, 20 October 2012

OOTD: If You Go Down To The Woods Today..

Parka A-wear (Not on the website but still in stores)
Scarf Primark 
Jeans Forever 21 

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

The Spending Diet....Fail!

Nike Hoodie Lifestyle Sports €45.00

Nike legend Tight Pant Lifestyle Sports €46.00

Primark Cardigan €18.00

Primark Cardigan €16.00

Primark Snood €4 or €5 (Cant remember the exact price)

Macadamia Deep Repair Masque 500ml TK Max €26.99

TK Max Candles
For Every Body Sugar Cookie €8.99
Copenhagen Candle Orange & Coconut €9.99 (Smells exactly like the inside of Hollister)

Sorry about the quality of my images. I am finding it very difficult to photograph my clothing. Have any of you got any tips? I would love to hear some advise. I recently joined the gym and realised I do not own a stitch of gym clothing so hence the above purchases. I can't justify my Primark purchases. I honestly think I have a problem. I can't walk into the place without buying something!
Next up was my Mum's fault because she informed me that she has seen the Macadamia Deep Repair Masque in TK Max. I know €26.99 seems like a lot to spend on conditioner but it is 500 ml. I recently purchased 250 ml of Kerastase for approximately €24.00. And with both these conditioners a little goes a long way. The 250 ml tube lasts me just under 3 months. Every time I go into TK Max I have to have a smell of all the candles. It is a ritual at this stage. Anyway I decided to pick up two for my college room. I have bought the For Every Body Candle before and it lasted ages.
My spending diet is going to resume very shortly so you have permission to give out if any hauls pop up on my blog in the month of November xxx


Monday, 8 October 2012

J Crew Ballet Flat Dupe

Primark Flats €8.00 

I was on Twitter the other day and the beautiful Tiffany D posted an Instagram picture of a gorgeous pair of flats that were from J Crew that I fell in love with. I instantly looked them up but was shocked to see they cost €150.77. I don't think I could justify that for a pair of flats especially in the Irish climate where I wouldn't get the use out of them. Anyway I put them on my wish list along side the J Crew Pixi Pants and thought no more of it. On Saturday I was browsing thru Primark and came across these beauties for only €8.00 I did a double take as they are identical to the J Crew flats apart from the sole. I thought I should share my fabulous find incase any of you guys also love these shoes and currently Primark have loads in stock.


Sunday, 7 October 2012

Updated Room Tour - College Room

Bed Ikea 
Duvet Set Home Store & More 
Bedside Light Ikea 
Pictures Primark €5.00

Dressing Table Ikea  
Chest Of Drawers Ikea 
Chair Ikea 
Light Ikea
Small Mirror Homebase

Laundry Basket Argos 
Tv Samsung

Book Shelf Ikea 

As most of you already know, I recently moved to Dublin to attend university so this is my new room. I am blessed with my accommodation and I adore my room. It really feels like home. To be honest the pictures don't do it much justice, its small but lovely and cosy and has everything I need. I was great fun been able to decorate my new room. I bought everything within the last month so that is why I have been able to supply so many links. Anything without a link I am not able to locate online or can't remember where it is from. The walls are painted with Homebase paint in the colour Vanilla if any of you were curious. Also if there is any of my trinkets in the pictures you like and what to know where I bought them, feel free to ask me in the comments and I will reply as soon as possible.

I also wanted to apologise for not posting regularly lately. With all the moving and starting my masters life has been hectic recently and I haven't gotten a change to write blog posts even though I have loads of ideas and pictures already taken. I am going to try and schedule some time each evening to get some posts written as I really miss it. Anyway I better end this post as I have a mountain of homework to get through and a 3 hour commute this evening.


Monday, 1 October 2012

imPRESS Nails

The Price 
I recently picked these up in Primark. I had my eye on them for a while but honestly the price was off putting. They cost approx €8.99 and I thought for one set of nails that only last a week, that is pretty pricey. It was only on my next visit I noticed that the pack actually contains 24 nails which would enable me to get 2 uses out of it. This I could justify so I took the plunge and purchased them. 

The Packaging 
I adore the packaging! It is so cute and clever. It is an ideal way to store fake nails. I detest the broadway plastic trays because the nails end up everywhere. This packaging keeps them all one place and even when the nails are gone you can use it to store earrings or chains whilst travelling.  

The Product 
I hate to say this but sadly I am not impressed! I applied these the other night, by simply removing the backing sticker and placing them on clean nails. Originally they were far to long for my nails and looked pretty gross so I ended up cutting them and filing them down. This was not a good idea because the nails have a sticky layer on them and when I filed them down the top of the nail was left with a sticky residue that I spent ages trying to remove.

 I have to admit when they were all applied and cut down to a suitable length they looks gorgeous and I was really impressed! (excuse the pun) But less than 10 minutes after application I was opening a drawer and one flew off. This resulted in me getting nail glue and sticking the nail back on. This happened with another nail later on in the evening. I was only lounging around the house and getting ready for bed which didn't involve putting my nails under any stress. So there was no reason for them to come off so easily. 
They never really felt entirely secure on the nail and the thought of washing my hair with them on killed me, as single strands of my hair would constantly get stuck under the nails even when I ran my fingers through my hair.
Unfortunately the next day in college another two popped off and to be honest I was getting annoyed with them at this stage so that evening I took them all off.

I loved how these looked on my nails but they are totally not worth the hefty price tag and the fact they didn't last over 48 hours on me means I certainly will not be repurchasing them. I am going to stick applying normal false nails and painting them myself.

Have any of you girls tried these imPress nails? What did you think of them? 

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