24 Sep 2014

PINK | Makeup Look


Yup... I think that 'Pink' is the only way to describe this look. Haha.

This came about when I was messing around with my makeup stash trying to come up with 80s inspired makeup for some gals who were heading to an 80s themed hen / bachelorette party! I wanted to keep in line with the theme whilst still maintaining a polished look, so I decided to go with a bright pop of colour on the eye and a more neutral lip and flawless skin!

It's probably not the most everyday wearable look in the world but I think it's kinda cute!





And here's a product list as per!

Base
Foundation: Inglot YSM (49)
Concealer: MUFE Full Cover Concealer (5)
Loose Translucent Setting Powder
Contour & Highlight: Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Eyes
Brow Kit: Benefit Browzings
Brow Bone: MAC 'Mylar'
Crease: UD 'Crave' & Inglot 63 blush & 351 shadow
Liquid Liner: The Balm 'Schwing'
Lashes: Eyelure 101's
Mascara: Stila 'major Major mascara'

Lips
Liner: MAC 'Stone'
Lipstick: MAC 'Blankety'


XO, G.



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22 Sep 2014

NEUTRALS

I've said it once and I'll say it a million more times - I love A/W fashion - and now that we're finally transitioning into that glorious season I've cracked out a few of my faves!

Neutrals are just my thang, so throw me some black/grey/camel/beige/cream and I'm a happy gal! 

My top and jeans are kinda staples in my wardrobe. I mix and match them with just about everything - the leatherette panel on the sleeves of the top gives it something just a bit extra dontcha think?
You'll more than likely see my Jeffrey Campbell 'Lita's' making a few appearances over the A/W season. I've got them in like 3 different colours - but seriously guys, they're the comfiest boots on the planet... even if they don't look at all comfortable.

This coat from Zara really is the star of the show though, it's comfy and cosy but it literally dresses up  any outfit and makes me feel so fierce.

Hope you're all enjoying the personal style posts!
Let me know if I'm doing a decent job in the comments! :P

XO, G.




Top: River Island | Jeans: River Island | Coat: Zara | Boots: Jeffrey Campell | Sunglasses: Chanel | Rings: River Island & Pandora | Clutch: Vintage | Bracelet: Alexander McQueen





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19 Sep 2014

What's In My Graduation Clutch?


Happy Friday Lovebugs!

To finish off my mini Graduation series, I thought I'd give you a little sneak peek into the clutch that I took to the ceremony... and drinks afterwards. For the occasion, I turned to my trusty chain mail clutch from Biba (you'll find that in my outfit post HERE). That little baby is without a doubt my most used clutch bag - it makes a statement, can be paired with almost everything and is big enough to hold all of the essentials. Winning!

When strategically throwing things into your clutch before you leave you should think of 3 things - phone, money & touch-ups for photos.


Clearly nobody goes anywhere without their phone nowadays, it's always handier to have your phone and camera all in one on days like this so you can maximise space in your bag. Leave the heavy handling to someone else. Haha. You'll also have professional photographers there on the day to worry about your 'graduation pose' pics!

It's kinda a necessity to bring money with you wherever you go - I didn't have room for my larger MK wallet so I opted for my cute little Anya Hindmarch coin purse. It holds just enough!

After that, you've just gotta squeeze in enough products to touch up your makeup throughout the day! For me, that included MAC's 'Stone' Lipliner, 'Feline' Eyeliner & 'Blankety' Lipstick, Stila's 'major MAJOR' mascara and a fluffy brush. Sometimes the product that's already on the brush is just enough to keep the shine at bay!

And as an incase, bobby pins are always a good option - whether you've got your hair styled up or if you can't get your cap to stay in place (nobody wants their cap to fall off as they're going to collect their degree. And yes, that did happen to someone at my graduation!).

To sum it all up, you've basically just gotta remember the necessities and keep compact!

Can you think of anything I might have missed?
Let me know in the comments below!


XO, G.




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18 Sep 2014

The Ultimate Sculpt & Highlight Duo | Filmstar Bronze & Glow


There's nothing that I love more than a bit of illusion... especially when that illusion can give you cheekbones that you never knew you had! Hello Angelina Jolie! Haha. Filmstar Bronze & Glow may well be one of the most sought after products from makeup maven Charlotte Tilbury's line, which just hit the shelves at Brown Thomas, Dublin last month -  you MUST check it out.

Before I get into the nitty gritty of the product, I might as well bite the bullet and hit you the bad news first. It costs €65 - yes I treated myself.
But now that that's out of the way, I can tell you why it's worth it.


I was actually lucky enough to see this stuff in the flesh and watch it in action previous to it's launch last month. I'm not even going to lie, as soon as I held it I knew I needed to own it. With Charlotte's brand packaging is everything, if it's not luxurious it's not relevant. The compact itself is that exactly... compact. It isn't one of those bulky bricks that lurks around in your makeup bag leaving no space for those 4 lipsticks that are completely necessary to have with you at all times - it's slim and even has a great sized mirror for touch ups! Winning!

But what about the product itself? ...



Honestly, I've got nothing but positive things to report! The sculpting powder does exactly what it says on the tin - it takes what yo' mama gave ya and enhances it! But what really makes this duo special is it's highlight.
If you've read any other reviews on this stuff, you probably already know that by now - but dear God, that highlight! Now that's something to call home about! The same day that this stuff came into my hands, I Instagramed a makeup look that included this highlight and I can't tell you how many people asked about it! Sometimes I find that highlights can have a grainy consistency or be too shimmery but this is perfection. It's silky smooth and knows exactly how to reflect light and give you perfectly chiselled cheekbones!

I was kinda lucky that 1. I was in the market for a cool toned contouring powder and 2. I really wanted this miracle highlight - so it made sense for me to buy this compact instead of bagging 2 separates from MAC that would end up costing the same price anyhooos! For that reason, it was totally worth the mini-splurge!

But I'd love to know what you think!
Would you shell out the cash for this luxurious duo just to have the cheekbones of your dreams?
Let me know in the comments below!

You can find CT's Filmstar Bronze & Glow in stores and on Brown Thomas' Website.

XO, G.




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17 Sep 2014

NAILED IT! | Acrylics by Shavata Nail Bar



Happy Hump Day Lovebugs!

One of my favourite things to do EVER is to get my claws did. I've been getting my acrylics done with Shavata, Dundrum for almost two years now - completely addicted if you can't already tell - but this is the first appearance they've made on the blawwgg as I've been giving my nails a chance to breath over the Summer!

You've probably heard me yap on about Shavata, Dundrum before - they're the only place I go for eyebrow threading (you can find a post on that here) and gel / acrylic nails! The girls are super friendly and I never leave the place not completely in love with my fresh new set of nails! You know when you just trust someone with your nails or your hair or your eyebrows - yeah that's the bond I've got with this place!


This post kind of ties in to my mini Graduation series - I found an excuse to get my nails did especially for the occasion. I opted for a nude-ish pink 3 week polish and went all out by bedazzling my ring finger with different sized stones & pearls - you can't beat a statement nail! (BTW, all those babies are still in tact 2 weeks on!)

I always tend to go for a slightly pointed almond shaped nail because it suits my nail bed / the length of my fingers best. I can't help but feelin' super sassy with these babies on! I always get asked if it's super hard to do anything with such long nails, but it's really not - I can apply makeup both to myself and other people, I can type, txt, cook... you name it really. They're not sore at all to apply or remove either!

I've had these on now for almost 2 weeks, so I'll more than likely get another week and a half out of them before I have to get refills with the rate that my nails grow - but I'm so excited to have my claws back!

Also, if you're looking for somewhere to get your nails done in the Dublin area that is totally professional but with super friendly staff and a really relaxed atmosphere - you should really check out Shavata in Harvey Nichols Dundrum!
You can find all their deets here - Harvey Nichols Website

I know they're not everyones taste but I'd love to know if you'd rock this style of nail?
Let me know in the comments below!

XO, G



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16 Sep 2014

What's On My Face | Graduation Day Makeup


Hey Luvbuggss!

Today I'm back with another post for my mini graduation series (I'm also back with blonder hair and a new background, whadda ya think?). As promised, I've decided to recreate my Graduation Day makeup look with the aim of helping some of you lovelies who aren't too sure what's appropriate for the day - to be honest, I wasn't sure either until I started messing around with my makeup stash.

Graduation days call for photographs... a lot of photographs - so while your makeup should be natural, you also want it to stand out and look flawless on camera!


I spent a lot of time on my base, buffing my Inglot YSM foundation in well - highlighting and contouring are also my best friends when the cameras are on me, so I broke out a slightly lighter concealer to brighten up my face!

When it came to the eyes, I decided a really soft smoke was the best way to go - paired with some super black liner from The Balm (yes, it's my go to) and flirty lashes from Eylure, you really can't go wrong with this look. It makes just enough of a statement without going overboard!


On the lips I opted for my go to duo - Stone & Blankety from MAC. LOVE . LOVE . LOVE!


And here's a list of the products I used incase you'd like to recreate the look yourself!

Base
Foundation: Inglot YSM (50)
Concealer: MUFE Full Cover Concealer (5)
Loose Translucent Setting Powder
Contour: MAC 'Uninterrupted'

Eyes
Brow Kit: Benefit Browzings
Brow Bone: MAC 'Mylar'
Crease: Inglot 327 & 357 (Same on lower lash line)
Liquid Liner: The Balm 'Schwing'
Pencil Liner: MAC 'Feline'
Lashes: Eyelure 101's
Mascara: Maybelline 'The Falsies'

Lips
Liner: MAC 'Stone'
Lipstick: MAC 'Blankety'

Would you wear something like this for a graduation?
Let me know in the comments below!

XO, G.




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15 Sep 2014

What I Wore | Graduation Day Edition


Oh heyyyy strangers!
Mhmmm, I know! I've been a bit of a bold blogger for the past couple of weeks but not because I've been lazy, I've been super busy! I promise! I may not have had new content as often as I'd have liked over the last week or two but it's not all bad, it means that I've gathered up LOTS of new material for you all to feast your eyes on!

Today's post is somewhat of an explanation for my absence! Last week I graduated from University with a real life degree - WHAT? Seriously, those three years went in quicker than you could imagine! The day was a little bit bitter sweet though. Sitting in the hall realising that I wasn't going to be going back to classes the following week felt a little weird, sad almost - never thought I'd hear myself saying that. BUUUTTT, I did get the chance to dress up and pop on a cap and gown, and let's face it that's half the fun of graduating!

I thought my graduation would be the perfect excuse to kick start some more fashion posts here on the blawwwg, so here goes!


I'm gonna be honest with you here, I'd actually searched around Dublin for 2 days straight for something to wear to my graduation and left only to go back to my own closet the night before and rummage around for something to wear - really though, I'm glad. It meant that I didn't have to shell out a fortune on a new outfit. Haha.

Just a personal opinion, but I think that classy and sophisticated is the way to go for a graduation - and let's face it, nothing is more classy than pearls and a little black dress. I fell in love with this strapless bandeau prom style dress from River Island all the way back in February (it's the perfect length for my height) and thought that it'd be fab paired with my new grey wool coat from Zara.

On a side note, black is kinda perf. for wearing under your robe and you can be sure it's not going to clash with your University's colours.

If it's kinda unclear as to what I'm wearing under the coat, here's a closer look!
What I Wore - Graduation Edition

To accessorise, I popped on my most comfortable heals from River Island just to make sure there was no chance of me tripping up the stairs en route to collect my certificate. I grabbed my go to chain mail clutch from Biba, threw on my chunky pearl necklace from Zara and stacked up rings like there was no tomorrow. 

Considering I had absolutely no idea what I was wearing the night before my graduation, I'm actually really happy with how my outfit turned out. It's chic and timeless and you really can't go wrong with that little pairing!

I'll be popping up some more graduation posts throughout the week so you can get a closer look at my nails and makeup but for now I hope you've enjoyed the first of *hopefully* more personal style posts!

XO, G.




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