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Aldi – SpecialBuy Beauty Review

Cereal *check*, Apples *check*, Make-up bag essentials….Hardly!?

After reading some good reviews about the new SpecialBuy Beauty range at Aldi stores I decided it was time I find out for myself what all the hype was about.

My first purchase, the Lacura Lipstick in shade Pink/Nude, which boasts ‘Brilliant Colour & Anti-Age Complex with Vitamin E’. This is fighting talk when you consider the €3 price tag.

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Lacura Lipstick – Pink/Nude, €3

The first thing to strike me about this lipstick was the smell. Remember as a child getting make-up sets which contained waxy lipsticks that smelt like play dough? Well your in for a treat, because this Lacura lipstick has a mild scent which resembles those of yesteryear. If you are not put off by the scent you will find that the colour is actually lovely on. There are other shades available but this Pink/Nude is great for everyday wear. It is quite moisturising when on but if you have dry lips the colour can clump a little. I would recommend the lipstick if your looking for something cheap and cheerful for everyday wear. Personally I won’t be rushing back to buy it because of the smell and the amount of excess packaging used, which annoyed me!

My second purchase was the Lacura Concealer Pen, €4.

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Lacura Concealer Pen – €4

Get ready to press the button of this pen for 50+ clicks before the product actually reaches the pen tip – however it’s worth the wait. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this product. I applied a thin layer under each eye before applying my foundation. It had good coverage and blended well with my foundation (MAC Studio Fix). I then applied some more on top of my foundation, under my eyes and along the brow bone. In hindsight I didn’t need any more under the eyes because a little goes a long way. It did however work very well as a highlighter along the brow bone. It lasted all day and didn’t go chalky. I would definitely recommend picking up this little gem on your weekly shop. It’s no YSL Touche Eclat but this Lacura concealer pen does exactly what it says on the tin and at €4 it delivers a lot of bang for your buck!

Heather x

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How to Brow

Unfortunately not everybody is blessed with gorgeous shapely brows. Admittedly I am one of those who drew the short straw when it comes to ‘naturally’ perfect brows. Fear not though, there are lots of ways to enhance your brows. This ‘How to Brow’ outlines my brow transformation and brow maintenance routine.

As a natural redhead, I struggled through adolescence with no eyebrows – I kid you not! My lovely translucent coloured brows literally done a vanishing act. Now I know the bleached brow look appeared on many a catwalk show this Spring Summer, but this is not a look the average girl can pull off. Something had to change.

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Bleached brows seen on SS’14 catwalk

The day I discovered eyebrow tinting was a glorious day. Beauticians far and wide offer the service, but not everybody can be paying for it on a regular basis. Thankfully after years of tinting, I have now mastered the art of dying my own brows – If I can do it anyone can!

I use Swiss O-Par Eyelash and Brow Dye Kit in dark brown. This is sold in local chemists and usually costs around €12. I prepare my brows by making sure they are squeaky clean and I then apply vaseline on the skin surrounding the eyebrow to minimise mistakes. The dye itself is applied in a two step process. Step1, you apply the clear liquid to brows in the shape of your existing brow hair. Wait a few minutes before applying the next step, Note: the longer you leave this clear liquid on the darker the final colour will be. Step 2, you apply a clear gel to the brow, this turns a dark brown the second it makes contact with the existing product. You then leave this on for a few minutes and wipe off. It’s as simple as that. Any residue left on skin is easily removed with cleanser.

NOTE: The dye can also be used on your eyelashes but I wouldn’t advise you to do it on your own as its tricky business.

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Swiss O-Par, Eyelash and Brow Dye – €12 (approx.)

Brow shape was the next protocol – we all see the immaculate brows of Cara Delevingne all over magazine’s but the truth is we can’t all pull off that look. Brow’s are one of those things that can either make you or break you and although they are BIG news right now that doesn’t necessarily mean they need to be just that. Yes bigger is better but shape is your main priority here. Follow the natural shape of your brows and bring out the best they have to offer.

The simple guide below is a good starting point. Grab a pencil or the handle of a makeup brush and rest it along the side of your nose up to your brow. This is the point to where your brow should start. Next move the pencil to an angle and stop at the centre of your eye this will give you an idea of where the highest point of your brow should be. Finally move the pencil to the outer corner of your eye, with the base still at your nose, this gives you an idea where the eyebrow should stop!

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How to Brow – guidelines

I use Tweezerman tools, they are super strong, don’t lose their shape and provide a good grip on the hair when tweezing. These can be bought in Boots stores or online at StrawberryNET for a discounted price. To help decide what to pluck, brush the brow hair upwards. Anything that doesn’t fall inline with the rest, needs to go. Never over pluck – we have all been there and tasted instant regret.

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Tweezerman – StrawberryNET – €20.50

Threading is my preferred way to shape my brows. There is a lot less pain involved, there is a reduced risk of removing too much hair and you achieve a more desirable shape. Threading is also kinder to your skin and causes no ingrown hairs. It is relatively inexpensive and you will find that most beauticians offer the service. The Body Shop offer threading in many of their stores nationwide.

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Threading – The Body Shop – €12

In order to enhance and shape my brows further, I swear by Benefit’s Brow Zing’s in shade medium. This product is a staple part of my makeup bag as it has everything you need to shade and sculpt the perfect brow. It is well worth the investment, because 1. It stays put on your face for hours and 2. You only need to use a small amount of product to achieve the desired look, it will last you months!

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Benefit Brow Zings – Boots – €34

When I am feeling like an extra treat I book myself in for HD brows at LaNu Spa Drogheda. This place provides the full Spa experience and really takes you away from it all. The HD brow procedure provided by LaNu involves 7 steps and takes approximately 30-45mins. It is a bit pricey at €35 but in my opinion it is well worth it. The shape achieved by the procedure can be easily maintained at home using the routine outlined above. You may find that you don’t need to return for months.

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How to Brow – the final result

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How to Brow – the final result

Finally – here are some celebrities who give me serious brow envy!

Enjoy – Heather x

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High Arches – Megan Fox

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Thick and Dreamy – Cara Delevinge

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Grooming Gorgeous – Victoria Justice

The long and SHORT of it!

On trend hair styles, have in the past, been something that I usually sit back and admire rather than take part in myself. The reason being that 1. My hair has refused point blank to grow ever since it reached a comfortable shoulder length style, 2. Being blessed with naturally curly hair means that most styles require a lot of effort on a daily basis (eh, no thanks!) and 3. because I have not witnessed any hairstyles in the past few years that I felt suited me – until Now! After making do with my stubborn shoulder length locks, right through the #LongHairDontCare phase I am happy to hear that short/medium length wavy hair, is – as they say – all the rage!

Whether it is by chance or by virtue – we are now witnessing a wave of celebrities sporting healthy medium length hair. Finally years of extensions and avoiding trims like the plague has caught up on the long locked folk of the world (I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happy about this). Healthy hair has now become more important than the desire to have the longest hair in the land. This new medium length wavy hair style is all about texture and movement and with my hatred of overly groomed styles, this really is right down my alley!

The following celebrities have nailed the short/medium wavy haired look!

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Cheryl is back and so is my girl crush for everything Cheryl related. She is bang on trend as always with gorgeous medium length hair which is full of texture. Cheryl has opted for something a little more edgy with an asymmetrical cut.

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Jennifer Lawrence really is the girl about hollywood right now and her hair is not doing too bad either! Her pixie crop suited her perfectly but is not for everyone. Her hair has now grown out out into a long bob which is far more wearable for the less adventurous amongst us.

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My Pixie Lott obsession continues as she shows us how to do ‘short short’ with a full fringe in platinum blonde! Her cute textured bob version is just perfection.

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Other ladies who have taken their own spin on the medium length textured hair style are Kate Mara (my hair inspiration), Vanessa Hudgens and Alexa Chung – not exactly a bad line up when it comes to style advice!

So it is by no surprise that this shoulder-length-haired-girl is embracing this trend with both arms. In the words of Coco Chanel – “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life”

 

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Galway Races Style 2014

Galway Races is one of the biggest social events in many Irish people’s calendar. Whether it be for the love of betting, beer, equestrian or fashion Galway Races never fails to disappoint.

This year I was lucky enough to attend my first ever Ladies Day. Whilst being full of excitement in anticipation of my maiden voyage to this brilliant festival I knew that it also spelt the beginning of a hunt for that ‘perfect dress’!

I felt uncomfortable at just the thought of slipping into a plain structured dress of modest length and demure styling, as this is just not me.

I decided to build my whole outfit around one purchase – this amazing hat by Suzanne Ryan Millinery. It was love at first sight when I saw this piece on Facebook and at €80 I had to have it. The best thing about this hat for me is that it is not a stereotypical headpiece and I feel I will get wear out of it at music festivals and the like. Suzanne’s pieces are amazing and she has quite the flurry of high profile fans such as the Beauty Blogger, Suzanne Jackson - So Sue Me.

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My dress was purchased in Zara a few years ago and I had only worn it once. I love the beading detail and loose fit of the dress which I nipped in at the waist with a vintage leather belt given to me by my Mam. I also accessorised with nude sparkle heels from Barratts and a nude clutch from Penny’s, both donated by my sister.

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With such a wide array of beautiful outfits and amazing hats I don’t know how they decided on one winner for best dressed lady. If I am being honest the winner was not what I expected – I guess it is just not my personal style. What is interesting is that an almost identical outfit was seen on the ‘Sugarbabes’ singer Heidi Range’s sister, Hayley at the - Audi International at Guards Polo Club just a week previous!!

The skirt can be found at Coast - Rita Skirt €155

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Jewellery Update: Delicate Layering

Are we seeing the end of an era? Are statement necklaces coming to the end of their reign?… Personally I think so!

Don’t get me wrong I always like adding something that little bit different to my outfits and for that reason statement necklaces are a god sent. However, like most trends statement necklaces have saturated the market and it is now the layering of delicate necklaces that has captured my attention!

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Like the ‘bare faced’ makeup look that requires the use of 20 different products the layering of delicate necklaces is a tricky trend to master. In order to achieve that effortless laid back feel I’d advise to choose a random selection of delicate chains of different lengths. Pick pieces that are unique to you and your own style; your initials, star sign, birthstones and coins with quotes are a good way to start.

Here is my pick of some of the best delicate necklaces.

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Stella & Dot 

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H&M

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TIP: Pick up unique bits at markets and vintage stores!

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Summer Styling

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Replicate this casual summer look by Miranda Kerr with my picks from www.asos.com!
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How To – Men’s Wear

Being completely unaware of the HUGE Male following I had, my blog posts have previously been focused towards my female followers. However after a trip back home to the midlands this weekend I have found that it is in fact the male population which have the greatest ‘interest’ in my blogging. Not to neglect this social group and to feed their enthusiasm towards my posts I have decided a short ‘how to’ blog post on the latest mens wear would be well received!

1. Collar-less Tops

Polo shirts although a staple part of most men’s wardrobes are not the be all and end all. Collar-less tops are having a moment at the minute so give them a go.

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2. Casual Shirts

Shirts no longer mean you are attending a ‘do’. Casual shirts are the new ‘striped jumper’ of our teen disco years! Don’t feel pressured to button the shirt up to the top, although it is suitable on some, others can end up looking like a stuffed turkey, so tread carefully.

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3. Jeans

What may seem to many as a straight forward piece of clothing, jeans are actually the most neglected part of a guys wardrobe. Jean’s come in more styles than just Boot leg and Skinny Leg. An easy transition is the straight leg jean which although slimmer on the leg than the boot leg it will not stick to those footballer thighs and calves, sorted!

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For the more adventurous amongst you Chino’s are still in. So ease yourself in with a nice navy or wine pair.

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4. Shoes

Remember the wrangler shoe phase of the 90′s? Well assuming that trend is well behind us Converse-style shoes are perfect for casual wear and on nights out. If you do feel like branching out a bit Tommy Bowe’s shoe range is a good place to start.

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Finally…

So to my male followers thank you for your continuous feedback and interest in my blog posts, I hope you enjoy the first of many blogs directed towards you :P

All clothes can be found on asos