Monday, 20 March 2017

Vegas Outfit Round-Up

I took a trip of a lifetime with my best friend to Vegas for a week, I had an absolute ball! Lots of you asked where I got certain outfits from so I've done a round up of my vegas outfits here, I'll tell you where I got them, the cost and will include links. I was panicking over what to wear in Vegas and what the Vegas style would be like, so hopefully this helps if you are going to Las Vegas, on holidays or just need some style inspiration.
We took this shot on our balcony, what a view! This embroidered playsuit is from Peppermayo, an australian website. It cost about €50, you can shop it here.


This swimsuit is an old one from ASOS, you can often find it on ebay or depop. My sunnies are from Quay Australia and were €20 on sale.



This was definitely one of my favourite outfits. This sequined dress is even more stunning in person. It's from Pretty Little Thing and costs £100, shop it here. My barely there heels are from Missguided, you can get them here for €30.


I absolutely loved this bikini from Missguided, even though it gave me some crazy tan lines. It cost €42 and you can purchase it here.



This dress was soooo glamorous and heavily embellished, an amazing dress if you have a big birthday or occasion coming up. It is from the Missguided Peace and Love Range, it cost €270 and you can get it here. My heels are also Missguided brand, I bought them in Schuh here.

The next two pieces were made by an amazing Designer called Gina.Gado. Her designs fit the body so perfectly and make you feel so glamourous. 




This two-piece is called the Anabella, which you can order in many different colours. I was lucky enough to get this limited edition print. It costs £105 for the bodysuit and skirt, you can see all of the other colours and purchase here. I paired this outfit with my iridescent mermaid heels from Missguided @ Schuh .





This particular Gina Gado design is called the Elle Dress, I ordered mine in the shade Mocha and it cost £70. You can order it here.

I hope you enjoyed my outfit posts!
Lots of Love,
Ally

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Friday, 3 February 2017

My favourite clothes stores and how to save money when shopping online

As I'm sure you're all aware by now (because I never shut up about it), I'm going to Vegas in March. I've always had a bit of a shopping addiction but it's pretty full blown at the moment, I love nothing more than summer style. It's normally a nightmare trying to find summer clothes so early in the year, but I've picked up lots of amazing pieces and shared them on snapchat. A few of you asked for a blog post of my favourite shops for summer style!

In Store Shopping
You just cannot beat Penneys, you find the best gems in there for the cheapest of prices. I always stock up on footwear for holidays here and accessories like sunglasses.

River Island is another go to for me and luckily they have started rolling out their spring summer collection! They have the most beautiful pieces this season, I'm going to be BROKE. I usually try items on first in store to see how they fit, I find that clothes aren't always true to size in RI.

Forever 21 is another cheap and cheerful place to shop, I think of it as a slightly more expensive Penneys. When I went to Cancun I purchased soooo many of my clothes from here. They have new arrivals coming in constantly and if you can't find your size in store you are nearly always guaranteed to get it online.

Online Shopping
ASOS is always a go to for me, for any season. They always stock a great range of styles and always have a great swimwear/ beachwear section too. I've nabbed a few bargains too, they tend to have pretty regular sales. I always save my favourites to my account, usually within a few weeks they are on sale! Some items sell out really quickly so if you seriously love it, nab it!

I'd say half of my wardrobe is from Missguided, they have the most on trend fashion with new arrivals constantly. It's one of my go-to online shops, they offer free 48 hour delivery in Ireland which is unreal and free returns also. Pretty Little Thing, In The Style and Oh Polly are some of my other fave online stores.

I cannot recommend an independant designer called Gina Gado enough, I purchased the most stunning dress from her which was handmade. For the first time in a long time I feel super confident when I wear this, all her pieces are made to flatter and enhance the body. Worth every penny! Another website which sells amazing body shaping clothes is House of CB, they stock the most eye catching, glam clothing you could think of.

I adore the Australian Boutiques like Peppermayo, Baby Boo Fashion, Sabo Skirt, Verge Girl and Tiger Mist. It's summer in OZ and their fashion is insanely gorgeous. I wish we had something like this at home!

How to save money when shopping online

We are getting absolutely hammered when it comes to online shopping since Brexit and most of us are oblivious to it. My top tip for saving money when you are shopping online is to shop in pounds, you can change the currency option on most websites and save yourself some serious cash. I always check XE.com to see how much I'm saving!

So enough rambling, here's some of my favourites from the stores at the moment!

Swimwear


ASOS
Bikini Top:  https://goo.gl/Np5m4C 
Bikini Bottom:  https://goo.gl/5rsPMK



Topshop


ASOS
Bikini Top:  https://goo.gl/llXUyr
Bikini Bottom: https://goo.gl/SKG1tV

Topshop


Forever 21


Missguided
Bikini Set: https://goo.gl/7l3BBp


River Island

Day Time Clothing




River Island: https://goo.gl/Qk5EXQ




Peppermayo: https://goo.gl/NYoJZX


Pretty Little Thing: https://goo.gl/yOoyol



River Island: https://goo.gl/yCd9pP




River Island @ ASOS: https://goo.gl/fDFq9M

Evening Outfits


Peppermayo: https://goo.gl/V4ukPs


House of CB: https://goo.gl/m6Aivl


Forever 21: https://goo.gl/iOO5lP





Missguided: https://goo.gl/tk6zqs


Peppermayo: https://goo.gl/46eOhn


Missguided: https://goo.gl/jXgQz4


Peppermayo: https://goo.gl/nW8o7x


House of CB: https://goo.gl/ohVmND




Pretty Little Thing: https://goo.gl/2zEkAu


House of CB: https://goo.gl/7YbNXi

Accessories and Footwear


River Island: https://goo.gl/71qe1O





Missguided: https://goo.gl/cQYY71




New Era 9 @ ASOS: https://goo.gl/00nLul


ASOS: https://goo.gl/Ng14PN


Skinny Dip London: https://goo.gl/yjnpi6

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog post about my favourite stores, how to save money when shopping online and seeing some of my favourite pieces at the moment.

Ally
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Friday, 20 January 2017

Colourpop Liquid Lipsticks Review

I have a serious obsession with liquid lipsticks, my favourite brands are the Balm and Anastasia Beverly Hills but they are a little bit pricier than drugstore brands. I had heard so much about Colourpop on YouTube and Instagram, so I decided to order quite a lot of them! They retail for only $6 per liquid lipstick, which is very cheap.  I put them to the test in this blog post and let you know what I really think of them!

Here's photos of the lipsticks themselves and how they swatch on Irish skin tones. Firstly I have to say I like the packaging, it's quite minimal but the lip applicator is very nice and curved to apply the product perfectly. The only niggle I have with the Colourpop packaging is that the writing does chip and fade away with use.



L-R
Lights Out, Salt, Flitter, Man Eater, So Wavy, London Fog, Cosy



L-R (Starting from top to bottom)
Vice. Midi, Platform, Bianca, Alyssa, Clueless



L-R
Trap, Beeper, Mess Around, Limbo 

Overall I was very impressed with the formulation and longevity of these liquid lipsticks. They definitely give the more expensive brands a run for their money. The textures do differ from lipstick to lipstick, although for the most part they are comfortable on the lips. I did find the shade Alyssa to settle into lines in my lips and cracked slightly, but that was the only shade I strongly disliked. It feels like a thin liquid on the lips but the colour payoff is excellent.

I absolutely love the ultra metallic liquid lipsticks as seen in the first photo, they are so unique and stunning on the lips. I get so many compliments when I wear them, they can also be used as eyeshadow bases and make shadows seriously pop. The reds and purple shades are stunning, super vibrant and long lasting. While I won't wear these shades myself, my clients are loving them.

I was somewhat disappointed with some of the nude shades that I ordered, a lot of them seem to have a strong pink undertone which I wouldn't wear personally. I believed them to be true nude shades, but I suppose that's to be expected when you shop online and cannot see the product in your hand. Although they weren't what I expected, they are still very wearable shades and will get great use in my makeup artist kit.

I love the grey/ brown shades in the last photo, they are very Kylie Jenner - esque and a fraction of the cost of her 'Kylie lipkits'. Did you know that Kylie lip kits are made in the exact same factory as colourpop? Kylie Cosmetics is a sister brand of colourpop, read all about it here. Instead of spending $29 on a lip kit purely for the packaging you should consider buying colourpop for only $6. Here's some of the dupes I could find online and they are unbelievably similar.


Kylie 'True Brown K' = Colourpop 'Limbo'
Kylie 'Candy K' = Colourpop 'Clueless'
Kylie 'Dolce K' = Colourpop 'Beeper'
Kylie 'Posie K' = Colourpop 'Lychee'
Kylie 'Koko K' = Colourpop 'Midi'
Kylie 'Mary Jo K' = Colourpop 'Creeper'
Kylie '22'= Colourpop 'Succulent'
Kylie 'Kourt K' = Colourpop 'Zipper'

I hope you liked this review and dupe list for Kylie Lip Kits!

Lots of love,
Ally
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