Thursday, 23 January 2014

National Television Awards - My Red Carpet Winners and Losers !

Hi girlies,

I actually haven't done a post like this in quite a while, however, when I seen a range of both amazing and let's just say some not so amazing gowns on the red carpet last night I knew this deserved a place on the blog!
If I'm honest, I don't like criticising people too much on their clothing, as I am all for personal style and my red carpet winners may be in someone else's sin bin, but that's the fun in having an opinion!

Let's start off on a positive note with those who stole the show for me;

Abbey Clancy -
Abbey Clancy, for me, rarely does wrong when on the red carpet and last night was no different. Her racer front dress, was simplistic yet striking and her slit was just the right amount of daring, however, this was an element which too many of her fellow TV stars seemed to forget! Usually I prefer when people don't wear red on a red carpet, for obvious reasons, however, let's face it, it's Abbey Clancy, she could wear the red carpet and she'd still feature in the best dressed list!!
 
Michelle Keegan -
 

Does this look familiar to anyone ? I was shocked at how alike Abbey Clancy's dress was to Michelle Keegan's with their figure hugging, racer front gowns! Michelle went for an on trend pastel mint with a fish tail bottom and as always, had the country falling at her feet! Will she ever have an off day ?!
 
Fearne Cotton -
If I'm honest, as much of a fashion icon as Fearne is, I rarely understand her style however when she stepped out in this white and silver lace detailed number,j'ai compris !! She looked absolutely beautiful and I love how she kept her hair from looking too 'over done', as she could have very easily turned into a middle aged bride! Fab from Fearne!
 
Caroline Flack -
 
                         
Caroline donned shorts and a blazer for this year's NTA's which is a common look for her, yet one she works so well, I mean look at those pins! The touch of hologram in her heels against the crisp white made for a classy, fashionable look. Thumbs up from me! 

 
Tess Daly -
This, my friends, is how to do the androgynous look. The usually girly and feminine Tess looked amazing in this jumpsuit paired with a blazer over the shoulder for an amazingly chic look. Pairing this with a red lip and loose curl, made her one of my personal favourites on the night.
 
Georgia Foote -
 
 
When this dress came up on my Twitter newsfeed last night, I presumed I had misread it and that it was from department king Selfridges, however when I rechecked to find it was indeed from Miss Selfridges, I was blown away! This gown looks like it could easily pass for a Jenny Packham however us mere mortals can get our hands on this dazzler in store from March! I can sense a queue forming!!
 
 
And now onto those who failed to make the cut !
 
Amy Willerton -
 
Usually, I love Amy Willerton's style and the fact she carries her pageant queen look where ever she goes, however this dress just didn't do it for me! I love the top of it, however I feel when the diamonds meet the tulle bottom it screams tacky. Sorry Amy!
 
Kelly Brooke -
 
Oh Kelly! I honestly don't know where to start here, the slit, the v neck, those shoes. This is the perfect example of leaving far too little to the imagination! Let's just say I hope she's had a bikini wax!!
 
Pixie Lott -
 
Here is another example of a sky high split gone wrong! I love the boho feel of the plunge neckline, paired with a long pendant and long sleeves, but I have no idea where the blue material is coming from! So close, but yet so far!
 
Laura Whitmore -
 


 


It is a rare occasion that Laura Whitmore features in anything negative on my blog, however I cannot understand this dress at all! There is just too much going on and I'm still trying to figure out where that checked material is coming from!
 
 
And there you have it folks, my winners and losers from the NTA red carpet!
Who was your favourites on the night?
And who left you with your mouth open, for all the wrong reasons?!
 
 
Until next time girlies.. LolaRose xx 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Skincare Routine - Byphasse Cleansing Milk Review

Hi girlies,

I'm back with a follow up to my Clarins Energizer range review which you can read HERE and now I am going to share with you my favourite cleanser of the moment.

 If I'm honest, as I said in my previous skincare post this year I am forcing myself to have a 'proper' skincare routine and this product was quite an impulse buy when I seen it in Mc Cabe's pharmacy for only €3.99 and I had actually watched a video by the lovely BlushBlendBeauty on YouTube recommending this cleanser, I decided this would join my routine!



I have tried cleansers in the past and I'm always amazed at how 'unclean' your face actually is after removing your makeup, which is only proven when you use your cleanser! This one in particular removes even the most stubborn mascara residue which is one of the main reasons I'm such a fan.

I am often weary of trying out new lotions and potions for my skin as I have really dry and sensitive skin, lucky me eh? But this was a pleasant surprize as it didn't aggravate my skin in any way, shape, or form! I find it really hydrates my skin as it is a cleansing milk and it isn't overly fragranced. I actually hadn't been aware of this brand until I heard BlushBlendBeauty speak of it and until I found an entire aisle dedicated to it in my local Mc Cabe's pharmacy! Byphasse actually have everything from cotton pads to shampoo and conditioner all in mahoosive sized 500ml containers for amazingly low prices.

I will definitely be trying the shampoo and conditioner from this range after this successful buy and I completely recommend getting your hands on this if you can!

You can purchase this cleansing milk online at Mc Cabes pharmacy online  HERE

Have you tried any new brands of late?
 
Until next time girlies.. LolaRose xx 

Monday, 20 January 2014

How to style a jumpsuit - InLoveWithFashion.com giveaway winner announced

Hi girlies,

As many of you will know or perhaps feel, today is known as 'Blue Monday' and I know I'm certainly feeling the strain, so I decided to blog about very fitting blue jumpsuit from inlovewithfashion.com and how I style it in 3 different ways. Oh and I will also be sharing with you the lucky winner of the £50 to spend at inlovewithfashion.com at the end of this post!

Onto the looks;



1. Colour block with accessories

 
For this look I paired the jumpsuit with an extravagant statement necklace from Dorothy Perkins. The mix of colours in this necklace is a nod to the colour block trend without looking like you've just rolled out of a packet of skittles! I brought out the gold in the necklace as I didn't want too much of a contrast from the blue of the jumpsuit and I always find that pairing gold with blue creates a more expensive feel. You can easily recreate this look with statement necklaces from Zara, Primark or River Island.
 
 

2. Keep it simple!

 
Often jumpsuits are a statement on their own, so why not let the jumpsuit do the talking and simply pair it with a jewel toned clutch and killer heels.
 
 
3. Belt it up
 

 
There is often a fear that pairing a jumpsuit with a belt can make you look like you just stepped off the stage of Saturday Night Fever, however if done right, it can be the perfect accessory to dress up your jumpsuit. This particular lion head belt was purchased abroad however, statement belts are easily found on the high street and on eBay.com.
 
And there you have it folks, styling a jumpsuit has never been easier! This particular jumpsuit can be found ON SALE here on inlovewithfashion.com so if I where you I'd hot step to get this bargain.
 

And onto the giveaway winner, the lucky winner of £50 to spend is

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Until next time girlies.. LolaRose 

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Skincare routine - Clarins Daily Energizer Range

Hi girlies,

I often get asked about my skincare routine and I decided to share with you my 'go to' products for keeping those pesky blemishes at bay. My main new year's resolution, other than blogging more, is to
follow a daily skincare routine as best as I possibly can, as believe it or not I've never had one, what sort of beauty blogger am I!

I have the most sensitive skin there possibly is, and so highly fragranced lotions and potions never really mix well with my skin. However, when I finally tried my Clarins products, which were sitting in my drawer for over a year *slap to the wrists*, I was surprized at the fact that my skin actually accepted these fruity products.

As Clarins is such a major brand I won't go too much into the brand itself, however, as there are so many different ranges of Clarins products, I will review the Daily Energizer range in depth, as it works so well for me and my sensitive, dry skin it may just work for you too!




 
This range is a first for Clarins,who have only recently set out to create skincare focusing on the 18-25 year old market, in essence, they plan on focusing on the skin damage that fatigue, hangovers and bad eating habits does and what we can do to help cure and prevent further damage to our skin.
 
 In a nutshell the Daily Energizer range is all about doing what it says on the tin, energizing the skin! My nanny always said to me, "nothing wakes you up better than washing your face with cold water in the mornings", however I think cold water may have just found its match!
 
This particular range is filled with vitamin C and a cocktail of other energising and brightening products to help make the skin look and feel fresher and healthier.
 
 
Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel - when using this gel, I place a pea sized amount onto my damp cleanse off mitt  see review HERE and work it into the skin. The tiniest amount lathers nicely and removes makeup with ease. There is an orange zesty scent to this gel, along with the cream and the booster. This doesn't make your face feel tight but rather fresh and awake. The beauty of this product is that is will last ages, I can honestly see my still using this same tube 4/5 months later as you really do only need the smallest drop.

The cleansing gel can be purchased in Boots, Arnotts or Debenhams for €13.25 for 75ml (Boots.ie price)

Daily Energizer Wake Up Booster - basically this is a toner which gives your skin the most amazing awake and fresh feeling. I can honestly say I have never used anything which has given my skin this feeling before. It's hard to describe, it closes pores yet doesn't leave the skin tight and uncomfortable like most toners and it certainly wakens you up! It feels cooling on the skin and almost gives the feeling that it is impossible for dirty or bacteria to get into your pores, I did tell you it was hard to describe!!
You can apply this with both your hands or a cotton pad, however, I stick to my hands as I feel you can apply it better. I pour a tiny drop onto my hands and I focus on my t zone when applying. The only problem I have encountered with this product is that when using your hands, it's easy to pour out far more than necessary and then you have to attempt to pour it back into the tiny bottle, which let's face it, never works. 

You can get your hands on the Wake Up Booster in all the outlets mentioned above for €18.50 for 125 ml (Boots.ie price)

Daily Energizer Cream - this, for me, is the piece de resistance of the entire range. The scent, the feeling it leaves on the skin and how little you need to apply is just amazing. It is no surprize that this
cream has won numerous awards such as 'Best Day Cream' in Elle Beauty Awards 2011. Despite the pot being a tiny 30ml, it will last ages, just like the rest of the products mentioned above, providing that your mum doesn't stick her finger in it like mine tends to! This cream is recommended for dry to normal skin and is idea for women in their 20's who like me want to start looking after their skin before it looks like an old boot! This cream is light on the skin , yet luxurious and feels amazing to the touch, I'm honestly hooked!

This cream can be purchased in the shops above for €24.25 for 30ml (Boots.ie price)

And there you have it folks, an extremely wordy review! Sometimes I feel a review needs to be in depth like this one in order for you all to decide whether it will suit your skin as well as it has mine, however, if  you would like my blog to remain essay free in the future, feel free to say so!!

Have you tried any Clarins products?
What's your favourite range?
 
Until next time girlies.. LolaRose xx

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Primark/Penneys S/S'14 preview !

Hi girlies,

When the seasons change, sometimes its nice to find a cheap and cheerful way of revamping your wardrobe with the latest trends and for me Primark/Penneys  always wins, hands down. So when I was sent a preview of their S/S'14 collection I knew I had to share it with you all.

While the collection does contain the predicted trends of sugar pastels and burnt orange, there is also some surprizing printed two pieces and sheer pieces which are unsuspecting of being from Primark/Penneys.

There is a  saying us Irish have, for when someone asks where a piece of clothing is from and we say "Penneys best" well, feast your eyes on Penneys best for S/S'14 !


I absolutely love Primark's pastel pieces in this collection, especially that pale pink biker leather jacket! The sight of the pastel skort shows this trend is here to stay which is something I am delighted about. Also the inclusion of the agora look alike cropped jumper in a pale yellow is just fab.


I absolutely love orange during the warmer months, paired with some tribal like accessories it screams summer. This two piece top and shorts and Perspex clutch are my favourite from the orange collection.
 



Let's face it, no matte what the season monochrome is a wearable trend. This particular trend I feel is one of the strongest from the latest collection. The unsymmetrical skirt, the sheer panelling in the shift dress and the military coat with the leather sleeves are so striking and you would never guess they're from Primark!  
 
 

 
 
 
 

And finally the prints trend. As always Primark isn't afraid to have a garish print or seven on display and this collection is no different. Each of the pieces above actually have a matching item for a full on printed look!
 
 
So there you have it ladies, that's some of the items you can expect to see in store. These items will be filtering in store from mid Feb so thankfully we don't  have to wait too long to get out of our dark knitwear!
 
What's your favourite trend of the collection?
What pieces will you be purchasing?
 
 
Until next time girlies.. LolaRose xx 


Saturday, 11 January 2014

Review - Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge VS. Beauty Blender

Hi girlies,

I'm back again with another review, I'm really sticking to my new year's resolution of blogging, well, it's either that or I'm procrastinating about studying, but I'm going to take credit and say its the first one!!
So I, like every other beauty blogger in the UK and Ireland jump at the sight of a new Real Techniques product and this one was no different. This is a first for Real Techniques, in that it is their first sponge product.




If I'm honest, I wanted to see how this would compare to the beauty blender as I, unlike a lot of people, didn't see the hype and only use it for concealer on a rare occasion.

However, this has certainly pushed the beauty blender out into the cold as there is no comparison, sorry Beauty Blender! For starters, the difference in their appearance is massive


 
The Real Techniques sponge prides itself on its unique shape, each of which having their own function.
  • The flat edge can be used to contour around the eyes and nose, however I haven't tried this element as I use powder to contour.
 
  • Sides blends large areas of the face. This sponge has actually got the ability to put on foundation in an amazingly smooth and quick way! It fits into all the nooks and cracks that the face has and leaves no areas untouched. What more could you want!
 
  • Tip covers imperfections. The tip is specifically for using with concealer. I conceal under the eyes and my entire t-zone with this and it really is amazing. It gives an almost airbrush like look to your concealer, which you can't get with a regular brush.  
How best to use it ;
Like the beauty blender, it is best to use the Real Techniques sponge damp. Simply place the sponge under the tap, rinse and squeeze off excess water well. This causes the sponge to swell out and makes it easier to blend and work with. The swelling power in the Miracle Complexion Sponge once again beats the beauty blender! It is crazy how much it changes when wet, it almost doubles in size! And while the beauty blender does expand it doesn't change as drastically. It can be hard to get used to using something that's damp to apply your foundation or concealer but it really does make such a big difference.
 
Feeling and texture ;
While both products are soft to the touch and made of similar material, the Real Techniques version is much softer to the touch. This is one of the major differences I find between the two products and this is mainly why I feel the Miracle Complexion Sponge is a hands down winner in my book.
 
Price ;
The original beauty blender retails for €14.60 from beautyblender.net
The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge retails for €5.98.
Once again, Real Techniques are a hands down winner!
 
 
As always, I hope you liked this post, I feel comparison posts are a great way of deciding the best way to spend your hard earning €'s!
 
Have you tried either the Beauty Blender or The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!
 
Until next time girlies.. LolaRose xx 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Friday, 10 January 2014

Review - Cleanse Off Mitt, campaign bin the wipes!

Hi girlies,

As a beauty blogger, I get the pleasure of reviewing lots of different products in order to see what works and what I think my readers will love, otherwise it doesn't feature on my blog. However, when this little beauty came through my post box I knew I was on to a winner.

Have you ever looked at a product and thought, "why the hell didn't I think of that?" well, when I first heard of the Cleanse Off Mitt, this is the first thing that crossed my mind! The idea of a face cloth mitt made of microfibers, which makes even the most stubborn make up removal an ease, is the brainchild of an Irish company who are on a mission to bin makeup wipes. Hence, #CampaignBinTheWipes


 
As you can see, the idea behind the product is simple yet affective.

Now onto whether it lives up to what it says on the tin! I can honestly say I can't see myself going back to using a normal face cloth, ever again! My makeup comes off easier than it ever has and I even find myself not needing to use a makeup remover or cleanser to take off stubborn eye makeup as this cloth manages to remove it all, which absolutely baffles me!

I combine this with my Clarins face wash ( review will be posted soon) and I can safely say this mitt has found its way into my daily routine.

Now so where can you all get your hands on  this little wonder product ? It is available from beautyemporium.ie  for only €5!

Will you be getting your mitts on this mitt ? (get it, haha)
Have you found any products lately which you can go a day without using?
 
I'd love to know!
 
Until next time girlies.. LolaRose xx