Sunday’s Casual Attire

Hey Guys,

I can’t believe it’s Monday already, where did that weekend go? As I said in my last post, I stayed at home Friday and Saturday due to illness, but Sunday I decided to venture outside. As I was going for dinner, I wanted something comfortable but that still looked remotely decent.

IMG_0916Wrap Blouse €22.99 Newlook, Jeans €50.00 River Island, Hat €9.00 & Necklace €6.00 both Penneys / Primark.

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It was of course freezing outside, so I wrapped up in my River Island leather jacket minus the fur (I still love that it is detachable!) My boyfriend also laughed quite a substantial amount at my hat but I still maintain that I love it 🙂

It was lovely to get out of the house and feel normal again for the day. We ended up staying in the place longer than we had originally planned; just eating, drinking and chatting. I don’t think we had planned to eat quite so much food, but we ended up going for the full three courses. I didn’t get a picture of dessert. It didn’t last very long!

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I love days like this, they are what Sundays are all about!

I am back on healthy eating today guys and will be doing a post on it this week, so stay tuned. I hope you all had a great weekend 🙂

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

Protect Your Skin Against Winter

Hey Guys,

At the moment the weather here in Ireland is starting to get colder and I have a feeling January is going to be a seriously cold month! This Winter weather can be quite tough on your skin. From the brisk, frosty weather to the harsh wind, our skin really does have to withstand a lot throughout this time. That’s not even including the heating that we are now constantly facing; whether it’s at home, in the office or even in shopping centres and restaurants. Our skin is literally going from one extreme to another. So in order to prevent your skin from getting dried out and over sensitive from the above factors I’ve compiled a list of the best methods to protect your skin throughout the colder months.

Change to Gentle Products: Skin can be more sensitive throughout the colder months and so strong products that are usually fine, can end up irritating it. I have sensitive skin anyway so I look for gentle products all the time. I think swapping a regular toner for a softer alternative can make a huge difference when skin is under added pressure. Instead of using toner, I have now introduced Rosewater and Witch-hazel and I love it. It’s really gentle and doesn’t leave skin feeling raw. The witch hazel also helps prevent breakouts on the skin, which of course is a huge plus! It is available in Boots at the pharmacy counter and it is approx. €4.00.

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Rethink your Moisturizer: I know that people often say that too much moisture can cause spots and breakouts. While this can be the case, skin requires higher levels of moisture during colder periods. In order to prevent any breakouts, think about changing your moisturizer as opposed to over moisturising. One that works well in Spring and Summer may not be sufficient for the harsher Winter months. If your moisturizer is not giving you nivea1what you need, you may find your skin getting dryer. This often leads to people over moisturizing which then causes the breakouts. Instead switch to a stronger oil based option. Always look for ‘non-clogging’ alternatives to avoid pores being well obviously being clogged. Night creams are generally a good option as they create a protective layer around your skin.

Nivea is always one of my favourites as it is so soft and gentle. There are a number of different Nivea moisturizers and night creams IMG_0318available. Have a look at what is the most suitable for your own particular skin type. These products can be picked up in the majority of retailers such as Boots, Debenhams and Tesco, Dunnes etc. Prices vary between €5.00 and €10.00 and it always lasts ages! I also use the Nivea Cleansing Milk as it soothes skin whilst removing the makeup. It costs €6.99 in the majority of retailers too.

 

Avoid hot water on the face: This is true for all year around but particularly relevant for Winter. I am guilty of letting the warm eater hit my face in the shower but I am trying to avoid it now. Warm water dries out your skin and this combined with the false heat also drying it out, will strip essential oils will from your skin. It is also recommended that you apply moisturizer on face and body within two minutes of your shower and it is the most effective time to lock in the moisture.

Add in Oils & Milk: This one is more so for your body as opposed to your face but who doesn’t want soft,Product Image For Grapeseed Massage Base Oil supple skin all year round?! Add in some Olive or Grape seed oil to your shower  as it will help re-hydrate skin. Check out health food stores for these oils, Holland & Barrett stock them for €4.49. Alternatively  pop into your fridge and grab some whole milk to add to your shower. It will have the same effect and leave your skin feeling super soft.

As always the products and methods listed above won’t break the bank. They are all quite reasonable and can be done on a budget as we are not all millionaires who can splash out on expensive beauty products and procedures.

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

Back to Black

“I’ll stop wearing black, when they invent a darker colour”

Hey Guys,

Black is one of my favourite colours to wear, I think it is so classic and timeless and a good quality black piece is always worth an investment! Never has there been a colour that is so versatile and can be worn with anything, by anyone. How many times have you struggled to find shoes / jacket to go with an outfit and ended up opting for black? If you’re anything like me, then quite often! I think black works particularly well throughout winter and in the run up to Christmas. Let’s be honest, if it’s good enough for Audrey and Coco, then it is definitely good enough for me!

Here are some of the best black pieces currently available on the high-street and online at the moment. I have a feeling this will be a recurring feature on my blog in the run up to Christmas as there are always new stylish offerings being introduced.

 

€50.00 River Island

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€49.99 Newlook

€40.00 River Island

€19.49 Missguided

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€39.95 Zara

€82.55 Topshop

€50.00 River Island

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€59.99 H&M

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€44.99 Newlook

Happy Shopping Ladies 🙂

Z x

Style Steal: Olivia Palermo

Hey Guys,

While I was out shopping last weekend, I spotted a few pieces that had such a designer appeal to them. As each of these pieces were such great value, I decided to share it with you all. I love Olivia Palermo’s style and I think the boots below are a great imitation, especially for the price. I would however suggest that you try on the boots before buying them. They can be quite wide around the thighs so sometimes you’re better off trying a few pairs to find you’re ideal fit! (I also am aware that ASOS is not strictly on the high street but I was being extra bold and online shopping too!)

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Check dress €24.99 Newlook, Boots €25.00 Penneys

Image 1 of ASOS Oil Slick Foldover Clutch Bag

Barry M Nail Polish €5.99 Boots, Green Clutch €29.59 ASOS

Happy Shopping ladies 🙂

Z x