Monday, June 29, 2015

Day to Night Style

I love putting together pieces that are comfy enough to wear during the day but can also be dressed up to wear out at night too. In the age of social media, most of us girls feel that we can only wear something once, especially if it's been uploaded to facebook. I'm not sure where this mindset has stemmed from and although it might seem a bit extreme and ridiculous sometimes we like to keep up appearances online... It's times like these that I feel glad to be a bargain  hunter! 

I wanted to show you how I style basics, jeans and a bodysuit from Miss Selfridge, to take the look from casual to evening wear. 

Casual

A simple pair of canvas trainers is all you need to make this outfit look casual. I would also add a leather jacket if it's cold outside and a fringed bag from Primark/Penneys if I'm going shopping.

Going Out

To make this outfit more dressy I've added pointed heels, a straight line blazer and a pair of statement earrings.I would also style this with a clutch bag to house all my essentials when I'm out and about. Although this look has a very laid back vibe, it is still dressy enough to wear if you're going out for dinner or to a bar.

What are your day to night essentials?
Rachael O 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sleek Face Form Blush and Contouring Palette

I can't seem to get enough of the Sleek Face Form Blush and Contouring Palette lately and have been using it religiously since I got it. The powders are soft and pigmented and blend easily and the palette itself is so compact it fits perfectly in my makeup bag. 


The bronzer is mostly neutral with a slight red undertone - this only became noticeable when I used it as a brow powder. I use this bronzer as a natural everyday eyeshadow also so it is definitely a multi use product. The highlight shade is quite subtle but build-able  for a more glowy finish. 

My least favourite of all three is the blush shade as it contains flecks of shimmer and is slightly less pigmented than the other two powders and you need to apply much more to achieve the same colour pay-off. However, in spite of this the Sleek Face Form Blush and Contouring Palette is a current beauty favourite of mines! You can buy it on Superdrug for £9.99.


What are your favourite Sleek products?
Rachael O 
Friday, June 19, 2015

The Sister Tag

My little sister made a guest appearance in my tag video today. Just some lighthearted, easy viewing that I hope you will enjoy!





If you have already filmed this tag video please leave a link below!
Rachael O 
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

L'Oréal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation

Although the L'Oréal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation launched a few weeks ago, I only decided to get it last week. I tend to stay away from anything marketed as being "matte" as I have quite dry/dehydrated skin and these formulas tend to cling to dry patches and flaky areas. Not only that but I prefer a more dewy natural finish when it comes to my foundation and prefer being able to see skin and freckles without masking everything up. 



Recently, I've seen MUA Desi Perkins use and praise this foundation in a few of her YouTube videos and was intrigued by the flawless and lightweight finish it gave. L'Oréal is not a brand that I would usually gravitate towards but after seeing it in action I thought I would give it a go. It was on offer in Superdrug when I bought it, around the €10.50 mark, and usually retails for €13.99.


I applied this with a Beauty Blender soaked in my Mac Fix+ Dupe, which you can read about here, and blended evenly it over my face. I patted excess foundation onto the areas that needed extra coverage such as my nose and chin. I find that the Infallible 24H Matte Foundation gives a really flawless, full coverage without looking heavy and cakey. It also feels lightweight and breathable on the skin which is an extra bonus especially in Summer. If you suffer from dry, flaky patches it's really important to moisturise properly and apply a hydrating spray like Mac Fix+ before your foundation so that it doesn't cling to these areas.

This foundation has vastly become a must-have for me and I will definitely be trying more L'Oréal products soon.
If you have any recommendations please list them below!
Rachael O 


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Summer Lookbook- Miss Selfridge Video Edition

I previously posted the pictures of my Miss Selfridge Lookbook in a previous post and wanted to share the video with you all! This is the first one I've done and although I have a long way to go in terms of filming and editing, I am really proud of this.


I hope you enjoy it!
Rachael O 
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Mac Fix+ Dupe: Nivea Refreshing Toner

If there is one product that I see Makeup Artists continuously use in tutorials it's Fix+ by Mac: "Helps create an even surface for a smooth makeup application." I've always been intrigued to see if it would make a difference to the finish of my makeup and when I found a dupe for it on Pinterest I had to give it a try. I picked up a bottle of the Nivea Refreshing Toner and also bought a travel sized spray bottle from Superdrug to transfer it into. 


Mac Fix+ and the Nivea Refreshing Toner are both water based products with similar ingredients such as glycerin and hydrogenated caster oil.
As I suffer from dry/dehydrated skin I find this so refreshing and hydrating to apply before makeup and after I set it so that it appears less "powdery."

Uses: 
Skin Refresher/ Finishing Mist NOT a setting spray. 
Spritz onto beauty blender before applying foundation for a more natural finish.
Spritz onto eyeshadow brush before applying baked/shimmer eyeshadows to give a more vibrant effect.
Spray after setting with powder so the powder sets into your skin and the finish is less "cakey".
Use with gel liner that has hardened in the pot to break up the product so that it will glide on easily.


The Nivea Refreshing Toner retails for €4.79 for 200ml in comparison to Mac Fix+ which costs around €18.50 for only 100ml.

If you have any makeup or skincare dupes I would love to hear them!
Rachael O 
Thursday, June 4, 2015

Summer Lookbook - Miss Selfridge Edition

On Monday I had the privilege of styling four outfits from the current Miss Selfridge range and shooting a Lookbook in the Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny. It has been a few months since I had a browse in a Miss Selfridge store and to say I found it tough to style just four outfits would be an understatement! I was completely enamoured by the eclectic mix of boho chic, 70s glam, white on white and casual festival pieces and it heavily influenced my final style picks.

I don't believe style has to be complex therefore Jumpsuits are an ideal wardrobe staple. They don't require much styling and are so easy to throw on if you have last minute plans whether it requires you to be dressy or casual. I paired this cut-out 70s floral print Jumpsuit with tan heels from Penneys and classic gold hoop earrings.



I'm not a trend slave but one of my favourites from this season is the white on white look with a boho twist. It has such a minimalistic and clean vibe to it which is so easy to achieve. All you need to do is keep the outfit all white and to add some boho chic pair it with a long feathery necklace, stacked bangles and strappy platforms.




My third look is my favourite from the Lookbook regardless of the fact it reminds me of Austin Powers? I love layering so putting the striped blouse under the button up denim dress instantly adds a bit of an edge. I wore the same strappy platforms as above and kept the jewellery simple with plain silver hoops.




Last but not least is by far the most dressy of the four outfits. A white playsuit that again does not require much styling. It is a lovely tailored fit and the gold belt further cinches the waist in. I went for a pointy nude heel to give it a more sleek and polished feel and chose vintage style statement earrings to compliment the gold belt. 




All outfits can be found on missselfridge.com or in store Letterkenny! Which one would you chose?
Rachael O