MFW

Milan Fashion Week always seems the most high fashion of the fashion week season. From the street style to the frow to the runway, this city really is the European fashion capital from head-to-toe. As expected, the high-end design houses of Milan such as Prada, Gucci and Versace gave us something that New York and London didn’t: couture mixed with wearable designs.

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Gucci gave us a bright and airy collection that seemed a little out of place for A/W but was lovely all the same. The designs were displayed in a number of pastel and subtle shades in a move that is usually reserved for springtime collections. The cuts and designs were simple and elegant, providing us with aspirations for a gorgeous wardrobe. Prada seemed to do exactly the opposite – veering towards fabrics, colours and patterns that were heavier and darker. Furs, silks and wools were displayed in deep reds, navy and black and Miuccia Prada made sure we were set for the inevitable cool winter.

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Emporio Armani went back to basics and focused on the suit and the little black dress. There was an emphasis on tailoring and modernising the basic suit – making it durable and wearable for the modern woman, although there was a slight hint of Charlie Chaplin surrounding some of the suits. There were some beautiful tailored dresses that Audrey Hepburn would be proud of and the entire collection screamed class and elegance – another win for Giorgio Armani.

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Like Gucci, Versace played around with colour but used much darker and richer tones. The turquoises, reds, yellows and monochrome shades were emphasised on evening wear and party dresses, mixing silk and lace in a rock-chick way that only Donatella Versace can muster up. Roberto Cavalli was also all about the drama and did everything with just a touch of fur. The collection was full of electric tones – deep blues, reds and raven black. There was just a touch of theatrics about the collection, which is why we all adore Cavalli’s work, and this season, he didn’t disappoint.

milan fashion weekDolce & Gabbana was easily my favourite show of Milan Fashion Week. Not only did the two designers have some beautiful couture designs, but also they added that little bit of fun and divilment to the collection with animal cartoons and sketches. Using deep colours, designs and fabrics, the geniuses behind Dolce & Gabbana created a collection that every woman can wear and would be proud to have in their wardrobe. The fun and flirty styles and patterns made this a very easy collection to re-create at home, and best of all it looks warm and comfortable. Pretty much ideal for the Irish winters, right?

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This Milan Fashion Week didn’t disappoint – it very rarely does. All designers involved seemed to up their game and present us with collections that were both ready-to-wear and extremely high fashion. The use of colours and fabrics made us look forward to getting back into those winter woollies again without having to compromise our fashion sense. Next is Paris Fashion Week…who else is looking forward to that gorgeous French fashion?

This article was first published on lovetabii.com.

Until next time,

Keep Styling,

Em

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The Golden Globes 2014: Fashion Hits and Misses

It’s the start of award season again and one of my favourite times of the year for celebrity fashion (after the Met Gala of course). The Golden Globes are a breath of fresh air fashion-wise; everyone is in their stride getting ready for the SAG awards and the Oscars but it’s still the first award ceremony in the bunch so we’re not getting that celebrity ennui already! Last year was so tedious in terms of real style, the boredom of the colours and same cuts on every celebrity set in very quickly and we cried out for something a little bit different. Finally, we got it. The Golden Globes 2014 were full of daring and bold choices which made fashion lovers everywhere squeal with delight. I had my favourites of course so I’ve written down my favourites and what styles we’ve been seeing on some of the world’s most famous!

Bright Blues/Greens

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Caitlin Fitzgerald in Emilia Wickstead, Helen Mirren in Jenny Packham and Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein

Bold colours were a very big trend on the red carpet this year at the Golden Globes and these three ladies had some of the best style by far. Caitlin Fitzgerald’s Emilia Wickstead dress has been named by many companies as the dress of the night and she was definitely flying the British flag for fashion. Helen Mirren looked fabulous in Jenny Packham and the colours complemented her without looking too young for her. This seamless Calvin Klein gown looked beautiful on Reese Witherspoon teamed with Harry Winston jewellery and her haircut was extremely flattering.

Reds

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Emma Watson in Dior Couture, Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Narciso Rodriguez

I do love a vibrant red; anyone that has looked at my lipstick collection could tell you that. However there were some fantastically stunning red outfits at the Golden Globes and these were three of my favourite! Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge Emma Watson fan and her style never fails to disappoint. This Dior Couture ensemble is genius, ensuring she is comfortable and warm in her trousers while still being ahead of trend and daring in the completely backless dress. Lupita Nyong’o caused waves with her Ralph Lauren dress with a futuristic style cape that is very en vogue. The colour of her dress complemented her complexion perfectly and gave her a great glow. Julia Louis-Dreyfus looked stunning in her Narciso Rodriguez gown and those arms, wow! You can tell how much work she’s done to look amazing in that dress and I applaud her for that!

Metallics

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Emilia Clarke in Proenza Schouler, Emma Thompson in vintage Lanvin, Kate Mara in J. Mendal, Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad and Michelle Dockery in Oscar de la Renta

Emilia Clarke looked ever the goddess in Proenza Schouler and after watching her in Game of Thrones, I adore her original brunette colour! She accessorised that with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and a Baird & Baird clutch, not too shabby! Emma Thompson, despite having a dodgy blowout, was fabulous in gold and black metallic vintage Lanvin and her outfit wasn’t too young for her, which can be the trouble sometimes with older actresses at award ceremonies! This blonde is a gorgeous look on Kate Mara and the translucent sheen on her J. Mendal dress makes is look so expensive. Kate Beckinsale has been getting a lot of negative feedback on her dress but personally I think she looks so beautiful and the cut of the Zuhair Murad dress gives her an enviable hourglass figure. One of my favourite Downton Abbey actresses Michelle Dockery always seems to get her fashion choices spot on and this Oscar de la Renta gown is spot on. With simple accessories, this look compliments her figure and places her high on the style stakes.

Multi-Coloured

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Julie Bowen in Carolina Herrera, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting in Rani Zakhem and Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung

Julie Bowen gets it right almost every time and this dress is no exception. The colour blocking on this Carolina Herrera is so flattering and the colours are a beautiful hue for her skin tone. The newly married Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting looked gorgeous in a vintage-looking floral Rani Zakhem gown with Jimmy Choo accessories. Her love for pink gowns is obvious by now but this gave a little bit of a different twist to her style. Another colour-blocking fashion choice was made by Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung. Again, this dress divided critics but Sandra looks beautiful and chose the right hairstyle for this outfit. This looks a sure sign that colour-blocking could be in this season!

Black

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Leslie Mann in Dolce & Gabbana, Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé and Emma Roberts in Lanvin

Black is always a good colour, especially for award ceremonies in January. It’s a flattering colour and all these women have chosen hourglass silhouettes to flatter their shapes further. Leslie Mann delighted the critics in her lace Dolce & Gabbana gown, proving that she will never age! Cate Blanchett, winner of ‘Best Actress’ award won our adoration for this Armani Privé dress teamed with some Chopard jewellery. Newly engaged Emma Roberts dazzled in a Lanvin fishtail gown.

Cream/White

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Laura Carmichael in Viktor & Rolf, Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta and Margot Robbie in Gucci

Cream and white is always a big trend coming into the Spring/Summer season but it’s surprising that these colours were worn so much in the cold weather. However these three ladies killed the pale trend and they were bold choices. Downton Abbey‘s Laura Carmichael looked gorgeous in a Viktor & Rolf column dress and that little monochrome detail gave it a bit of an edge. Zooey Deschanel’s Oscar de la Renta gown suited her like a dream and the New Girl star’s nude shoes and daisy manicure were gorgeous. Margot Robbie of nominated film The Wolf of Wall Street looked beautiful in her white Gucci gown with emerald detailing; it’s just a shame her hair was so manicured, looser would have been better!

Men

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Idris Elba, Chris Pine in Ermenegildo Zegna Couture, Usher in Calvin Klein and Bradley Cooper in Tom Ford

These gentlemen were definitely the pick of the bunch when it come to looking sophisticated and dapper on the red carpet. With the lack of options for men for a black tie event, these actors stood out from the crowd and made their own bolder fashion titles. Hats off to Usher who’s plum Calvin Klein suit really stood out and nominee Idris Elba who went for a more casual look with no tie.

Pregnancy Fashion

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Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier, Olivia Wilde in Gucci and Kerry Washington in Balenciaga

Pregnancy is big in Hollywood at the moment (I’m not joking) and we’re constantly watching to see what style these pregnant ladies are sporting. I’m not a huge fan of Barrymore’s dress in general but as a maternity outfit, this works. It’s vaguely reminiscent of Kim Kardashian’s Givenchy dress at the Met Gala but much more flattering! Olivia Wilde looks phenomenal in this green sparkly Gucci dress and it’s a dress that can be worn again when she has had her baby. Win win! Kerry Washington’s Balenciaga dress is extremely beautiful and the colour looks great on her. The pregnancy fashion has been in the public eye a lot more thanks to Kim Kardashian and Kate Middleton and these ladies haven’t let the side down. Looking forward to seeing them at the SAG awards!

Fashion Misses

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Amy Adams in Valentino, Heidi Klum in Marchesa, Lena Dunham in Zac Posen and Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior

Sometimes there are some fashion misses at these events and these are my picks. I know that it’s everyone’s opinion and a lot of people will love these dresses but I just can’t like them. I’m not a fan of Amy Adams at all but I find this Valentino dress really washes her out. The colour for me is all wrong and this wouldn’t be the first choice for a redhead; blue or green would be better. Heidi Klum’s Marchesa dress is alright but the choker and the frumpy haircut are just too much. This outfit makes her look much older than she is which is a real shame. Lena Dunham’s Zac Posen outfit has definitely divided people but I think it’s just that little bit too clingy and that little bit too yellow for my liking. Jennifer Lawrence can usually do no wrong in my eyes but this dress just looks like a cotton wool bud. She’s a slave for Dior but this particular gown does nothing for her.

Anyone else looking forward to the SAG awards? I can’t wait to watch all the glamour!

Until then,

Emily Fashion Fiend

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My Favourites: My Make-Up Bag

People are always asking me on my various social media accounts what make-up I use on my days off/nights out (from my awkward selfies)! For today, I’ve decided to write down some of my favourite products that I use everyday and what exactly I think of them! There are some products that I hold onto for dear life and there are others that I chop and change all the time (like mascaras). I’ve listed them below, feel free to comment and tell me what your favourites!

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Foundation

MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation NC15 (€36) – 9/10

I’ve tried and tested numerous foundations and tinted moisturisers (disasters) and the only one I’ve ever truly been happy with is MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation. I’ve notoriously dry bad skin and this is the only make-up that gives me proper coverage without exacerbating my dry skin. Miracles do happen! It’s also one of the only brands that does a colour pale enough for me so thumbs up for that! It’s my life saver!

Applied with: I’ve tried plenty of different brushes and have hopped between numerous foundation brushes from Benefit, MAC and Real Techniques but was never happy with the result. Now I apply my foundation with a F20 buffer brush from Blank Canvas Cosmetics (€13.99) and a stippling brush from Real Techniques (€15.99) and I’m so much happier with the results! I recommend these two brushes to everyone!

Concealer

Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer 01 (€24) – 9/10

Boi-ing is an item everyone should have at their disposal. Covers up most blemishes and helps your skin look more smooth for foundation application. It covers up those bags a treat and so handy when you’re in work for the day and need a make-up re-touch! The 01 shade is perfect for me and I have it on my person at most times!

Applied with: A Benefit mini-brush that I got in a Confessions of a Concealaholic box set. I have to pick up a concealer brush at some point but until then I’m perfectly fine with the mini-brush!

Powder

Seventeen Miracle Matte Pressed Powder in Natural Fair (€5.09) – 10/10

This is a product I recommend to everyone! For only €5.09, this powder gives complete coverage and a matte complexion without clogging up your face. It comes in several different shades and in loose powder form too. I wear it every day and it stays for hours.

Applied with: A Real Techniques Powder brush (€16.99) and an Avon powder brush. The size of the Real Techniques brush gives you a lot of coverage and the powder glides on extremely easily!

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Primer

Benefit The POREfessional PRO Balm (€34) – 8/10

The POREfessional balm is something I started to use recently and I use it almost everyday now! It dramatically reduces the pores on your nose and makes the foundation on your nose stick a lot longer.

Benefit ‘That Gal’ Brightening Primer (€31) – 6/10

This primer has helped me out in some red-faced situations (literally) but I wouldn’t be too stressed out about it if I left the pot at home! This helps you glide on the make-up a little smoother and makes your complexion a little more even before you get prepped for foundation.

Highlighter

Benefit High Beam Highlighter (€27.50) – 9/10

This is a lifesaver when it comes to illuminating your face! In photos, it hits the light and gives you incredible bone structure…when applied properly, that is! I live by this stuff, especially when I’m heading out and know there will be a lot of photos taken!

Benefit Watt’s Up! Highlighter (€35) – 7/10

Again, this highlighter is great for photographs but ‘High Beam’ is far superior to it. The silvery transparent feel of the ‘High Beam‘ gives you that natural glow whereas ‘Watt’s Up!‘ contains gold shimmer so is much more manufactured-looking. This does look great on the skin but I would always choose the more subtle version.

Eyeliner & Eyebrow Pencils

Benefit Bad Gal Eyeliner (€21) – 8/10

I love Benefit products (in case you haven’t guessed) and this is no exception. ‘Bad Gal‘ has been my go-to kohl for the last few years and I usually have it in my bag. I have no time for liquid or gel liners, smudgy kohl is always my choice and as they go this is a good one.

Soap & Glory Smoulder and Kohl (€6.50)- 9/10

Just when I thought I couldn’t get better than ‘Bad Gal‘, I found this little gem. The precision is better and the staying power is much longer. Plus the price s better on the wallet too! One point taken off because it doesn’t look as neat as some other pencils but that’s not a huge issue. Plus there is an attached pencil sharpener which makes life so much easier!

Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in Deep (€21.50) – 10/10

I adore this. For someone who has some dark brows, it’s so good to find an eyebrow pencil that fills in your eyebrows and still looks natural. I’ve toyed with the idea of HD brows but this pencil really does everything you need it to and the attached brush gives a great shape to your eyebrows. I would recommend to everyone!

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Mascara

L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic Lash Mascara in Magnetic Black (€16.79) – 6/10

Fundamentally there is nothing wrong with this mascara. The brush is good, the colour is consistent and it does lift your eyelashes. However, I’m not a fan of the spider eyelash effect and I find it gives you that. I much prefer a fuller lash and I find most other mascaras I have give a better finish. This is just proof that sometimes spending money doesn’t always mean a good product.

No7 Exceptional Definition Mascara in Black (€14.95)- 8/10

This too has a thin brush but not so much that it gives spider eyelashes. I always get a good finish from this and the thickness of the mascara is good – not too thin, not too thick. Always a good thing. Still something lacking though.

Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara (€23) – 9/10

I always go back to Benefit – I think I have an addiction! It’s a gorgeous mascara with a thick brush giving a full and thick lash. I enjoy putting this on in the morning and I feel it frames my eyes well. Also a nice black colour which is long-lasting, not smudging under the eyes.

Benefit ‘They’re Real!’ Mascara (€26) – 10/10

I’ve no complaints about ‘They’re Real‘, it is by far the best mascara I’ve EVER used! The colour is great, the texture is great: sure it’s just all great! I really enjoy using this mascara every day and it gives my eye that framing they need.

Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Naked2 Palette (€44)- 9/10

I’m somewhat boring when it comes to eyeshadow colour and I never stray from neutrals! I always use the ‘Blackout’ as an eyeliner (much more staying power than pencil) and the rest are great as neutral colours. If anyone is like myself and loves neutral colours, then I cannot recommend this high enough! I took a point off because I just don’t use these enough!

No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow in Truffle (€9.25) – 9/10

I’ve had this longer than I care to remember and it just keeps on going! The colour is gorgeous, really neutral. It’s perfect for work but when loaded up a bit more, it’s fantastic for going out!  I’m dreading when this runs out because I don’t know if No7 are still doing it!

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I’ve already written up an article about my favourite lipsticks here (mind you, I’ve gotten more since writing) so I’ll let you explore that! Feel free to comment and let me know your favourites!

Until then,

Emily Fashion Fiend

L’Oreal Gift Basket Goodies

So a few people have asked me what I got in my big basket of L’Oreal goodies at Style and The City last week so I said I’d give a little rundown on what I got in my big prize! I’ve never really used L’Oreal products before – not that I don’t want to, just never taken the opportunity! Cos my skin is so delicate a.k.a. a nightmare, I usually stick to my old faithful MAC foundation and Benefit products but I’m always willing to try something new and this basket of treats was the perfect motivation!

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The products I don’t/can’t use will be put up as a giveaway either on the blog here or on my site Intrigue.ie so keep an eye out for that!

L’Oreal EverPure Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner

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L’Oreal EverPure Shampoo and Conditioner

I’m always really excited to try new shampoo and conditioner – I’ve got quite long thick hair and it’s difficult to keep it under control sometimes! Because my hair can get quite greasy and dry, I need cream-based shampoos so this EverPure shampoo is perfect and it smells amazing! What’s great is that it is also for coloured hair which is extra protection I definitely for my ever-changing hair! There are botanical oils, rosemary and mint in this particular set and you can definitely smell that little kick in it!

L’Oreal Preference Colour Ombres in Copper Ombre

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L’Oreal Preference Colour Ombres in Copper Ombre

I hate having this temptation in my house because I’ve just got my hair back to its natural colour. Although I would love to try this colour, it’s taken me so long to get back to my original dark brown colour so I think this dye may be going in the giveaway pile, purely so I can get rid of temptation!

L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray and L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil

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L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray and L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil

I love both these products and delighted I got them in the basket! The hairspray is a lifesaver for so many reasons. I always use it on my face on a night out (I know it’s a terrible habit – never try it!) and it keeps your make-up on perfectly all night! The Extraordinary Oil is fantastic and I use it on the dry ends in my hair. When your hair is as long and thick as mine, it’s very easy for split and dry ends to form. Apart from keeping your ends trimmed regularly, the only thing you can do is treat your ends with a product like this and it’ll keep your hair placated! I need to make more effort with my hair treatment so this is just the ticket for me!

L’Oreal Revitalift Laser Renew Creams

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L’Oreal Revitalift Laser Renew Creams

I’ve already decided that these would be going towards a Christmas present so I won’t be using these at all but they look fantastic and I’ve heard great things about them! I got the Revitalift Laser Renew Anti-Ageing MoisturiserRevitalift Laser Renew Anti-Ageing Night Cream Mask and Revitalift Laser Renew Anti-Ageing Super Serum. I’m hoping the receiver of these lovely gifts will be very happy with them!

L’Oreal Skin Perfection Purifying Gel Wash

So as I’ve mentioned on the blog before, I’ve got crazy sensitive skin so it’s always interesting to get new skincare products. From the first time I tried this I was hooked. It made my skin feel great and even though it didn’t have a scrub in it, it got rid of all my dead and sensitive skin which is just what I wanted! Also the smell is amazing and as I’ve been getting early mornings in work, it’s been waking me up properly with the minty smell!

L’Oreal Make-Up Products

There were quite a few make-up products in the basket too which was fantastic! Like I said, I love playing around with new products and this is the way to do it! First off is the False Lash Telescopic Mascara in Magnetic Black. I always love playing up my eye make-up and since trying this, I’ve fallen in love with it. It doesn’t beat They’re Real or Bad Gal by Benefit (my all-time favourite mascaras) but it’s a great finish and barely any clumps! The True Match Mineral Powder foundation in Golden Ivory will be going in the Giveaway set – I can’t use powder foundation as my skin is so dry but I’m sure there will be some lovely benefactors out there who will gladly use it! The Color Riche lipstick in Metallic Coral is a new colour for me but it’s nice to try a pink instead of red all the time. The Super Liner in Intense Black is also a new product for me – I’m usually used to using pencils instead of a felt tip liner but I’ve tried it a couple of times and I’m happy enough with the results. It probably wouldn’t be my first choice to buy, I prefer the smudginess of the eye pencil but this does give a precise line! The Color Riche eyeshadow is way out of my colour range so I’ll be giving it to a loving home – the pinks, purples and yellows would wash my skin out but someone with a knack for make-up application should be happy with it!

Color Riche Le Nail Art

These nail wraps are really cute and I love the colour but might stick these in the giveaway bag too – I’m terrible at all things nails and I’d just waste them! They’re really shiny and lovely so whoever gets these is very lucky!

Now, I’m off, I have work every day until Christmas Day and I need every ounce of relaxation that I can get this evening! I’m thinking of doing a ‘favourites’ post – chatting about all things make-up and all the products I use and even some recommendations. What do you all think?

Until then,

Emily Fashion Fiend

Winter Edit: My Favourite Lipsticks

If you have checked out the blog before, you’ll know I have quite the obsession with lipstick! It started years ago when I always wanted to try on my mum’s lippie but escalated into a full-blown lipstick need that can’t seem to be controlled. Pretty much every night I go out, I throw on some red lipstick – my go-to colour when it comes to lips. I have an ever-growing collection of lipsticks and I’ve decided to share some of them with you! I’ve included my favourites, some I definitely wouldn’t buy again and the lipsticks I’m coveting at the moment. Mostly red of course!

My Favourites

No7 Stay Perfect ‘Love Red’ Lipstick, €12.25.

No7 Stay Perfect 'Love Red' Lipstick

No7 Stay Perfect ‘Love Red’ Lipstick

I absolutely love this lipstick! It’s a relatively new purchase but I regret none of it! I had a No7 voucher to use and am usually skeptical about the brand but this lipstick has totally changed my mind! The only thing that annoys me is the shape of the lipstick. Most brands have a dip in the top to fit in with the curve of your lips but this one doesn’t which is a problem when you need perfect looking lips! I’ve no lip brush (my next investment) so I find using a cotton wool bud helps me put the colour on perfectly!

MAC Limited Edition Archie’s Girls ‘Veronica’ Lipstick in Ronnie Red, €19.50. 

MAC Archie Girls Veronica Lipstick in Ronnie Red

MAC Archie Girls Veronica Lipstick in Ronnie Red

My favourite lipstick ever! I can’t speak highly enough of this lipstick and I enjoy wearing it every time I wear it. The blue-red tinge suits my complexion well, it’s easy to apply and is extremely long-lasting compared to other lipsticks! Unfortunately I don’t think it’s possible to get your hands on this limited edition collection anymore but it is close enough to other MAC shades like Ruby Woo that we can still wear some version of it!

MAC Limited Edition Hey Sailor Lipstick in ‘Sail La Vie’

MAC Limited Edition Hey Sailor Lipstick in 'Sail La Vie'

MAC Limited Edition Hey Sailor Lipstick in ‘Sail La Vie’

Another limited edition piece that can’t be gotten hold of anymore so I’m dreading having to throw it away! I bought this in Budapest in the 8 weeks it was available and it is a fantastic piece of make-up. I usually have an issue with orange lipstick – reminds me of old ladies who can’t apply properly – but this colour is young, fresh and goes with pretty much everything. Also with different methods of applying, you can achieve very different shades which is brilliant in a lipstick! Shop ‘So Chaud’ or ‘Morange’ in MAC for orange lipsticks!

Benefit ‘Benetint’ Lip & Cheek Stain

Benefit 'Benetint' Cheek and Lip Stain

Benefit ‘Benetint’ Cheek and Lip Stain

This stuff is amazing! I use it for a lip stain and it really gives you a fantastic colour without too much work. This is what goes on my lips every day for work as it is long lasting colour without being too pink. This can also be used as a cheek stain so it is essential for women who like that long-lasting blush effect.

Ones to Avoid

Rimmel Lasting Finish 170 in ‘Alarm’, €6.65.

Rimmel Lasting Finish 170 in Alarm

Rimmel Lasting Finish 170 in Alarm

A much more pocket-friendly red lipstick but this is definitely reflected in the product. The colour is nice but there definitely isn’t a ‘lasting finish’. It wears off extremely quickly and to be honest, the smell of it makes me feel a bit ill! I wouldn’t recommend it to someone who likes a long-lasting lipstick  and I do find the product a little cheap-smelling.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte By Kate Moss Lipstick in ‘110’, €6.99

Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Kate in '110'

Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Kate in ‘110’

Once again, a very inferior brand compared to MAC. I like to invest in lipstick and reap the rewards of it and although this colour was also out of my comfort zone, I was very unhappy with it. It wears off almost instantly and it smells very strange. This is good for someone who has the time to keep re-applying all the time but unfortunately I don’t have that luxury and it means the stick wears down extremely quickly!

Lipsticks I’m Coveting

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour in Pirate, £25

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour

I’ve asked my very own Santa (a.k.a. Mum) for a little Chanel delivery this Christmas so fingers crossed I’ll get something in my stocking this year! Pirate is the perfect red colour all wrapped up in some gorgeous packaging (cos packaging is very important, doncha know)! I’ve heard nothing but good things about Chanel make-up and I’m dying to give it a try!

MAC Lipstick in ‘Ruby Woo’

MAC Lipstick in 'Ruby Woo'

MAC Lipstick in ‘Ruby Woo’

Ruby Woo is my dream lipstick and it’s the next lipstick on my list! It’s a favourite of Dita Von Teese so really, there is no reason why I shouldn’t get it! I love my red lipstick (quite obviously) so I’m constantly on the lookout for new ones and this is like the God of red lipsticks!

Some day I WILL own all the red lipsticks!

Until next time,

Emily Fashion Fiend

TAG: This Or That

I’ve been in and out of the blog for a while now so I’ve decided to do an easy blog to get back into my stride! It’s been a mad few months with work and Intrigue.ie and I’m currently in talks with the charity Jigsaw to do some work with them – so all in all, I’ve been busy! I’ve seen this on a number or blogs recently, including Aoife Bennett’s Pretty Purple Polka Dots, Seána Curley’s Innocent Illusion and Girl Friday and said I’d give you an idea of the beauty and fashion choices I make every day!

Makeup

Blush or Bronzer?

Neither! Because I’m so pale, I find bronzer looks absolutely ridiculous on me because I’m not wearing . As for blush, I think it looks a bit silly on me so I stick with a little darker powder in the apple of my cheeks for contouring and leave it at that!

Lipgloss or Lipstick?
Lipstick all the way! I am addicted to my red lipstick and keep buying it in different shades of red! Two favourites of mine are the MAC Archie Comics Collection red and No7 in ‘Love Red‘ but I do love a bit of orange or bright pink! I feel naked without bright lips and plus Ireland is WAY too windy to appreciate the power of lipgloss!

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Eyeliner or Mascara?
Eyeliner. I feel completely naked without some eyeliner on but I could probably survive without wearing mascara for a little while! I like to enhance my eyes when I put makeup on so eyeliner is the perfect thing to do that!

Foundation or Concealer?
Foundation. I have extremely red skin sometimes so foundation evens out my skin tone! I couldn’t live without my MAC Studio Sculpt SPF15 Foundation, I have really dry skin so this foundation does wonders for me. It’s also one of the only brands that does makeup pale enough for my skin.

Neutral or Colour Eyeshadow?
I usually stick with blacks, greys and golds for my eyes as I like to widen them. For this, I couldn’t survive without the Urban Decay Naked2 palette – which has all the shades I need for shading!

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Pressed or loose eyeshadow?
I have never been a fan of loose eyeshadow because it gets way too messy and I always seem to drop it. For this reason, i’ll have to stick with pressed eyeshadow!

Nails
OPI or China Glaze?
I’ve never actually used either of them but I hear OPI is fantastic! However, I do swear by Barry M, especially the new Gelly collections!

Long or Short Nails?
Somewhere in between! I don’t like long long nails but I like them to look good and healthy! I’m lucky I have good strong nails as I stopped biting them years ago, so short nails is never really a problem for me.

Acrylic or Natural?
The one time I’ve used false nails they infuriated me so I prefer to work with my own nails!

Bright or Dark?
Depends on my mood and whether I’m working or not! I’m favouring lilac and blue at the moment as I’ve just bought the Barry M Gelly colours but I’m partial to most colours!

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Flower or no flower?
Not really a huge nail art fan!

Body
Perfume or Body Spray?
Body spray wears away too quickly so I tend to stick to perfume! My usual is Calvin Klein Euphoria, it’s such a rich dark scent, I love it!

Lotion or Body Butter?
Body butter. I always forget to put it on anyway but I have a couple of pots of Soap & Glory ‘The Righteous Butter’ which I love the smell of (when I remember)!

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Body Wash or Soap?
Body wash when I shower, but soap when I’m washing my hands etc.

LUSH or Other bath companies?
LUSH is pretty nice but I’m terrible for just picking up a bottle of Radox gel!

Fashion
Jeans or Sweat Pants?
Jeans but I’m a skirt person!

Long or short sleeves?
Both – depending on my mood.

Dresses or skirts?
Both, I love wearing both skirts and dresses with tights and boots, especially in the winter! I feel way more comfortable in these kinds of outfits and they suit my figure more!

Stripes or Plaid?
I don’t wear either that much but I’ve just bought a tartan midi skirt that I love! I suppose there is a time and a place for both stripes and plaid!

Flip Flops or Sandals?
Neither, I never find them comfortable!

Scarves or hats?
Both. As soon as I see Autumn at a distance, I’m pulling out the scarves and hats! I’m lucky to have  a head for hats and just keep buying new ones!

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Studs or dangly earrings?
Studs all the way!

Necklaces or Bracelets?
Necklaces. I love spiky necklaces, especially because I wear collared shirts a lot. Necklaces can really complete an outfit and I adore picking out new and interesting ones.

Jackets or Hoodies?
I wear a hoody lounging round the house but jackets outside the house. I do love me some leather!

Hair
Curly or Straight?
My hair is naturally curly but I wear it straight a lot when I’m going out. My hair used to be short so it’s still good to tie it up sometimes!

Bun or ponytail?
Both. I wear my hair up for work so I like to wear a mixture of both!

Bobby Pins or Butterfly Clips

Bobby pins – there are about a million of them around our flat and they’re so handy for those bad hair days!

Hair Spray or Hair Gel?
Hair spray but I never really use it. It’s great for keeping your make-up on for a night out though – mind you, I wouldn’t advise doing it!

Long or Short hair?
This is a tough question! I cut my hair really short a couple of years ago and I loved it but I’m really enjoying having my hair long at the moment and being able to play around with it!

Light or dark?
Dark – the darker the better at the moment!

Side sweep or Full on bangs (fringe)?
I have a full fringe and it suits the shape of my face so I would always opt for a full fringe.

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Up or Down?
Both.

Random
Rain or Shine?
Being honest, I like the rain. I burn very easily so I always prefer the rain. As long as I have an umbrella, mind you!

Summer or Winter?
Winter. It suits my wardrobe and I can wear faux fur all I want!

Autumn or Spring?
Autumn. I love the colours and the smells!

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate all the way!

Keep styling,

Emily Fashion Fiend

The Galway Bloggers Party

Yesterday I attended the much-awaited Galway Bloggers Party in the House Hotel in Galway city. It was a fantastic day and I went along with my best mate Babs from Babs Scribbles, who drove up from Waterford for the event! It started around one and we got there a little bit early and nabbed one of the great goodie bags each. We got some treats from John Frieda and brushes from Blank Canvas Cosmetics as well as some other nice bits!

The fashion show was made up of some different shops in the Galway area including Cotton Face Vintage, a fantastic shop which I’ve blogged about before and Rebecca Horgan, a blogger turned fashion designer whose first collection was debuted at the party. There were also stalls from Urban Decay and Benefit to make us spend way too much money and it was lovely to look around all of the stalls.

The best part of the day was, by far, meeting some brilliant Galway bloggers and getting to hand out some of my business cards! I got loads in return and am really looking forward to following all of their blogs! I also finally met some bloggers that I was already following and Sinead from CFV, which was great. Rebecca from Bec Boop Fashionista World organised a really good event and there is already talk of another one soon so I’m really looking forward to that! I really enjoyed getting all done up and being able to admire other people’s style, it’s great to see other people’s sense of style and how it differs from my own, there were some amazing outfits there! AND I won a €50 Miss Luxe voucher, brilliant! All designs at the show were designs by Cotton Face VintageSunny Juddy DesignsCaptain Torture Group Galway, Portobello Clothing, Brutal Glory and Mary White Millinery.

The fabulous House Hotel

The fabulous House Hotel

My outfit on the day

My outfit on the day

Babs from Babs Scribbles, Kayte from NUIG's Sin, Aoife from TownMouse CountryMouse & Tamsin from Simple Extravagance

Babs from Babs Scribbles, Kayte from NUIG’s Sin, Aoife from TownMouse CountryMouse & Tamsin from Simple Extravagance

Tamsin from Simple Extravagence & Kayte from Sin

Tamsin from Simple Extravagance & Kayte from Sin

Me & the bestie!

Me & the bestie!

Seana Curley from Illusion Makeup

Seana Curley from Illusion Makeup

Shannon from The Edge Of Glamour, Robin from Jewel Studded Grunge & Meghan from Meghan Mode

Shannon from The Edge Of Glamour, Robin from Jewel Studded Grunge & Meghan from Meghan Mode

Rebecca from Bec Boop Fashionista World and I

Rebecca from Bec Boop Fashionista World and I

Aisling Wallis from Pale Girl & her sister Eilis

Aisling Wallis from Pale Girl & her sister Eilish

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Keep styling, Em x