Mad for makeup

‘A smile is the best make-up a girl can wear’.

I agree with this quote but make-up can certainly help on those 7am winter mornings when getting up for work is the last thing you want to do.

On my recent trip to the States, I went a little mad in Sephora, I say a little because everything I bought was either a repurchase of a product I loved or something that was 100% researched and thought about before the credit card came out!

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My skin had taken a bit of a beating from all the travelling and air con on the planes so first off was a couple of these Sephora face masks which I have heard only good things about and at just 6 dollars each you can’t go wrong. There are eight different fibre sheet masks, all of which are infused with different ingredients to target any skin problem imaginable. I bought some of the Lotus masks to moisturise and sooth my skin. It did exactly what is says on the tin. My skin felt rejuvenated and fresh and my makeup went on really well that night.  You can buy them HERE

KIEHLS

Next up was a repurchase. Last year I was really struggling to find a good night time moisturiser that suited my skin. I started to see this everywhere, literally each magazine I bought was hailing this as the new ‘hero’ product which I never buy into. Then it turned out my sister had bought this on one of her trips to London, she raved about it and gave me some to try. I have not looked back since and added the eye cream to my Kiehl’s collection. The eye cream is just as good as the midnight recovery. Shop the midnight recovery HERE Shop the eyecream HERE

Kiehls also have a shop in Dundrum Shopping Centre.

strobe

There really are no words for this wonder product, another repurchase. I put this on about 30 minutes after my mosteriser and before my foundation. The results are amazing, it makes my skin looks dewy and refreshed and my makeup glides on. If you want to try this product as it is expensive enough, Mac do a 30 ml travel version which you can buy HERE or the 50 ml HERE

ARMANI

Pippa O’ Connor uses Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk so I have been lusting after this foundation for a while now. I have normal skin which can sometimes be dry, so this was a perfect choice for me as coverage is on the light side but it is buildable at the same time. Pros of this foundation is you avoid the caked on makeup look, I think it is very natural which I love for day time. If it’s gorgeous, glowy and radiant skin you’re after, then this is the foundation for you. Another pro is that it comes in a good variety of shades. The only con for me is the price at 45 euro. You can shop this HERE

setting spray

I remember being quite dubious about trying setting spray in the first place, I mean you go to all that bother to set your foundation with powder and then you spray a liquid on top? Now, however I am hooked and this is my new favourite setting spray. If you want your foundation to stay on all day or night, or if you have oily skin, here is your new best friend. Just be careful to spray it before you do any eye makeup! Shop it HERE

MAC P

This was a product I wanted to try because all the beauty bloggers I follow use it, maybe I am a sheep afterall. It goes on creamy but dries to an intense finish. Can be worn as an eyeshadow itself but I have bought it for use as a primer and a transition colour. It is amazing, gone are the days of the dreaded flakey eyeshadow that creases on my lid. You can buy it HERE

CONTOUR

I was pleasantly surprised at how reasonably priced this Anastasia Contour Palette was. I thought it would be more expensive than it’s $40 price tag. I have yet to use this but am going out tomorrow night with my friends so watch this space. You can buy it HERE

becca

Oh my Lord, this Becca shimmering skin perfector in ‘moonstone’ is the most divine cream highlighter I have ever used. You have to get your hands on this product. I think it’s available in Space Nk Grafton Street or you can shop it HERE

kylie

I love this Mac lipstick in ‘Whirl’ which gained cult status when Kylie Jenner started wearing it. The only negative thing I will say about it is because it is a matte lipstick, it is quite drying. So best to put on your lip balm before you apply this to condition your lips. I bought it in a lipstick but it only seems to be available in a lip pencil online which you can buy HERE

UBAN

Urban Decay Heavy Metal eyeliner in ‘Midnight Cowboy’. I have several of these in different colours. The makeup artist in Sephora that was helping me had really similar colouring to mine and was wearing this over her eyeshadow so I just had to have it. I haven’t used this as an eyeliner yet, I have just been applying a thin layer over my brown and gold eyeshadows for nighttime wear. You can shop it HERE

DIP BROW

Another Anastasia product, this dipbrow pomade really is the answer to perfect brows in just one easy step. This tinted creamy formula is water proof and smudge proof. The colour I went for is soft brown and I love it. You can buy it HERE

And that was my Sephora haul, as well as some Sephora makeup brushes. I managed to spend a good bit but because it wasn’t impulse buying, I was very happy with what I got. I definitely recommend getting testers of products before you invest as each person’s skin is so different.

Will you be buying any of these products or are they already in your kit?

Happy shopping,

Fashionably yours,

Womenwhowearblack

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And they’re off!

‘Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak’ 

With Galway Race Week upon us (despite what the weather is saying), outfit planning is taking over our every waking thought.

What to wear to the races has me sartorially stuck, year after year. The dresses in my wardrobe are either inappropriately short, impractically long, or unfashionably in between. Or, let’s face it, I just want to buy something new to wear.

Here are my top dress and shoe picks for this year’s race days.

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Dress one  (and my favourite, I am so predictable)

Dress two

Dress three

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Skirt and top combo Skirt reduced to £35.00

Dress four

Dress five- available from http://www.rubyrouge.ie. My second favourite dress from Ruby Rouge Boutique, Gorey. You should definitely add this site/shop to your ‘one to watch list’.

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Dress six

Dress seven

Dress eight

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From left to right

Steve Madden gold heels 

Miss Kg heels

Asos black heels

Aldo sandals 

Asos lace up heels

necklace

And I had to show you this fringe strand necklace from my new favourite website, baublebar.com/ Enjoy 20% off your first order with them.

Happy shopping,

Fashionably yours,

Womenwhowearblack

Ted to toe!

‘Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends.’

The only good thing for me about it being mid summer is the fact that most stores, especially online have started getting in their autumn winter stock. I have being style stalking on the Ted Baker site and seriously lusting after a lot of the new pieces. Here are my current top picks.

Look one:

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‘Evoke the elegance of times gone by with the softly structured silhouette of a full skirt. Ted’s standout styles come blooming with romantic prints and gentle pleats. Frothy, feminine and with unlimited pairing potential, look no further for a touch of the glamour of yesteryear’

Shop the dress

Shop the strappy heels

Shop the embellished heels

Shop the clutch

Shop the rings

Look two:

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‘Darker nights call for added opulence as Ted turns his attention to richly textured fabrics and luxurious craftsmanship. Metallic brocades and gilded jacquards entwine for a tactile play of textures – reach out and touch them for the most stylish of sensory delights…’

Shop the coat

Shop the wax finish jeans

Shop the embellished collar top

Shop the heels

Shop the bag

Look three:

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‘From occasion wear shimmering with trinkets to romantic silhouettes adorned in touch-me textures, Ted’s front-row preview of new-season trends is an utterly mesmerising mix’

Shop the dress

Shop the shoes

Shop the rose gold clutch (swoon)

Shop the necklace

Shop the bracelet

All of these pieces are on my Ted Baker wish list. What do you think? Will you be making a purchase online or trying on in Brown Thomas? Santa will certainly be busy this year.

Happy shopping,

Fashionably yours,

Womenwhowearblack

Skirt and the city

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Street Style Inspiration. 

In both these pictures, it was the monochrome skirt that caught my eye. When I eventually tracked them down, I was so taken with the price that I purchased both. Whoops. These two full skirt beauties are totally inexpensive, so you can mind your coppers for the statement shoes.

Look one:

Shop skirt here

I teamed mine with a black off the shoulder top which you can shop here

Or alternatively a white shirt with embellished collar detail here

Look two:

Shop skirt in look two here (only a few sizes left so grab it now if it tickles your fancy)

Off the shoulder red top here

I personally love the full skirt and more fitted top combination. I wore my skirt and black top from Look One to a christening, I have yet to wear my second skirt but I’m sure some occasion will come along soon.

I am also relatively new to using the site Chicwish.com and so far I have found the quality of the clothes really good.

Happy shopping,

Fashionably yours,

Womenwhowearblack

Western Way

kendall western

‘There is beauty in simplicity’

Who says all western fashion is rugged? Embrace your inner cowgirl with Kendall Jenner’s urban take on the look. If the New York Fashion Week runways are any indication, we’ll continue to see Western-inspired gear for the rest of the year. You can steal Kendall’s exact relaxed weekend ensemble here and I’ve also included some cheaper alternatives.

Shop her Victoria Beckham glasses

Shop her grey v-neck tee alternative here

Shop a similar belt Exact one sold out but she has worn this one before. Alternative belt here and here

Shop her jeans or alternative here

Céline bag alternative Rebecca Minkoff bag here

Saint Laurent boots alternative suede fringe boots here

I think we’ve determined that this look is not just for the ranch and can be worn on any occasion. Kendall, I salute you!

Will you be donning this trend?

Happy shopping,

Fashionably yours,

Womenwhowearblack

To the Max

‘Cinderella never asked for a Prince. She asked for a night off and a dress.’

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Maxi dresses are the original summer-ready item, but there’s nothing classic about this season’s take on the wardrobe essential. It really is based on what you like. With heavy prints and boho styles on the rails right now, there’s never been a better time to update your maxi dress collection.

If the invites are coming thick and strong for this summer’s weddings, bag yourself a versatile floor-skimmer that can be re-worked through the season. The trick is bold, block colours, this make accessorising very simple.

Keep on reading to check out my round up of the best of blue!

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I spotted yet another of my favourite bloggers (thanks Instagram) in this blue beauty, which is Virgos Lounge. Her one is unavailable but I have managed to track down something similar and a few alternatives.

Shop the blue capped sleeve maxi  This is reduced now.

Black strappy heels

Red lippie by Mac

Stella and Dot pendant which you can order here or here

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High street alternatives:

Dress one

Dress two

Dress three

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Boho chic

Dress one

Dress two

Dress three

Happy shopping,

Fashionably yours,

Womenwhowearblack