Thursday, 28 November 2013

Daily Winter Essentials Haul

Today I decided to go on a little shopping trip to pick up a couple of items I was out of/wanted to try, and a couple of impulse buys of course. 
I popped into Penny's (Primark) first with the intention of getting a new chunky knit snood. I decided on a mustard coloured one. I also found a light weight material grey skater skirt marked down to €3. I figured I should pick up a pair of touch screen gloves too seen as they were only €1.50 and my tiny, cold clammy hands need protection in full fingered glove form. 

I needed to go into Superdrug to get a new concealer. I left with more than a new concealer. 

I decided on Collection's Lasting Perfection 16 hour stay in the shade Light 2. I wasn't looking to try something new but I did need to get a lighter shade than my usual Medium 3 because my face has become rather pasty this month. 
I really wanted a deep berry shade nail varnish but I also wanted a more red tonned festive colour. I found just what I was looking for with a Barry M Nail Paint in the colour "Raspberry". 

I planned on picking up a red lipstick of some sort but changed my mind when I saw the shade "402 Across the Universe" from Rimmel's Apocalips range. 

This is a beautifully dark vampy red and I'm so excited to use it.
Before I left I picked up a Palmer's lip balm. I've wanted to try one of these for a while and I decided I might as well just get one. I just got the original because I find a lot of flavoured lip products make me nauseous. 
Have you guys tried any of these products and did you like them? Let me know. :) 

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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Warm Fuzzies (ft. Misty)

Now that the temperatures have dropped and seem to be staying put, it's time to snuggle up beside the fire and sip on a hot beverage. 
As humans, we know when we feel cold and we know when it's time to add an extra layer. Unfortunately, our little furry friends aren't able to articulate feeling chilly and so, it's up to us to make sure they feel toasty. :) 
This applies to all sizes of dog but particularly if you have a small dog, regardless of it's coat type, it's important to keep them wrapped up when out on a walk. 

Ancol supply a large range of thermal, all-weather and knitted coats and jumpers for pooches of all sizes. (of course a quick eBay search will find you many a knitted doggy sweater for around €5). 

Something I found quite hilarious was the concept of a "dog Snuggie". Yep, an actual Snuggie for your canine companion. Of course I bought into this immediately like any crazy dog lady would. 

If your dog isn't as spoiled as mine and actually sleeps in their bed at night, try making a hot water bottle and wrapping it in a blanket and placing it under the dog. 
Hopefully I've given you guys some idea of how to keep your little buddies nice and warm this autumn/winter. 
Kisses and snuggles from both of us. :) x

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

The Deep Autumnal Lip

I love wearing a dark lip during the colder months and this year I think I've found my new favourite deep rouge shade in the form of Kate Moss for Rimmel in shade 107. 
I love the red matte packaging, simple but classy.

This lipstick has a matte finish but it applies smoothly and doesn't dry your lips out. I find it stays on for hours and it's so highly pigmented you only need one coat. It lives up to the hype. 
This is an extremely wearable shade and can be worn as part of a day or night look. 

I personally keep the rest of my make-up simple with just a light blush and a coat or two of mascara but this would work with a gel eyeliner or lightly smoked eye. 

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Morning Skincare Routine

Facial cleansing in the morning is a must for me, however, I have extremely sensitive skin that gets really dry once the temperatures drop. Finding products that won't sting, turn my face red and blotchy or burn like the fiery pits of hell is a task I don't enjoy. Just because something is "dermatologically tested", it may not be suitable for very sensitive skin.
Thankfully I can always rely on Simple to deliver quality products at a good price and there's no risk of me looking like a tomato-human hybrid.
First, I exfoliate my lips with my homemade lip scrub (post coming soon), then I wash my face with Simple's refreshing facial wash gel. It's completely fragrance free and doesn't even irritate your eyes.  
I pat my face dry and the apply Simple's 12 hour light moisturiser. This is probably my favourite moisturiser because it almost acts as a primer. It smooths out any areas that might be dry or patchy so there's no worries about flaky foundation. 
I then dab on some Simple soothing eye balm under my eyes. This cream really helps to ease any puffiness, redness or dryness. 
Finally I apply a layer of beeswax lip balm and my skin is good to go. 
This routine really is easy on the skin and prevents you looking like you've just had an acid peel facial. If you have sensitive skin, I highly recommend looking into purchasing some Simple products if you haven't already. :)
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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Hi Everyone

As this is my first blog post, I think I should introduce myself and let you guys know a little bit about me. :)
First things first, my name is Nicole, I'm 20 years old and I live in Ireland. 
I'm a lover of animals and all things girly. 
I'm going to write a "25 Facts About Me" post soon so I can let you guys know some random things about me. 
Feel free to follow me if you are interested in beauty and cosmetic reviews, fashion and lifestyle posts and some other little things along the way. :) 
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