Quite a few of those who regularly read this blog are students and as you all know, college is a very expensive luxury. So, when I write about “high-end” products, I know that many of you are scoffing at the notion of spending €50 on foundation or €30 on a new lipstick.
Surely there must be a more affordable option? Well, today I have raided my make-up collection to put together an everyday look, using only “drugstore” products.
If you are not using a primer underneath your make-up, you need to invest in one. It will keep your foundation in place for considerably longer meaning that you won’t be practically barefaced come that 3pm lecture. I love this “Illuminating Primer” from Flormar which is available here for just €9.95. It’s really hydrating and should sooth skin which is sensitive to winter weather.
After applying primer, I always use a little liquid highlighter to brighten my complexion. I’m really enjoying this Botanic’s “Radiance Balm” which is available here for just €3.99. Apply lightly under foundation for a soft glow.
When it comes to choosing affordable products, I find it particularly difficult to fall in love with foundations. I am a Charlotte Tilbury fanatic but if I was on a strict budget, I would pick up this “Flawless Cream Foundation” from MeMeMe. It provides lovely, even coverage and is available in pharmacies nationwide for €15.99.
I rarely use bronzer when creating daytime looks because I’m so pale, and because I enjoy the extra few minutes in bed. Therefore, I really need a good blush to give my face some colour. I really like this Sleek blusher in the shade “Rose Gold” because it has a strong pigment which will last all day. It is also a great dupe for the Nars cult favourite “Orgasm” and is available at Cloud10 Beauty for just €5.99.
A good mascara is a must in my beauty book but, it is incredibly difficult to find a high quality formula at an affordable price. I really like Flormar’s “Spider Lash” which does exactly what it says on the packaging by giving an elongated effect, reminiscent of spider legs. Slightly gross imagery but really good results. Available here for just €4.95, this mascara is almost as good as my trusty Lancome “Grandiose” and that is a pretty big claim!
When creating a daytime look, my final step is always a pop of subtle lipstick. Go for something neutral like this Wet n Wild formula in “Bare it All” so you don’t look “over done”. At €2.99 this lipstick is a bargain so you can pick up as many as you like without feeling an iota of guilt. Wet n Wild is available in pharmacies nationwide and in Dunnes Stores.
The final look you ask?
A “barely there” look which gives the illusion of flawless skin. And all for the grand total of €43.86 – that’s a heck of a lot of products for under €50. Student make-up bag? Sorted..
We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better. – JK Rowling.
Friday 11th of September 2015 marked the end of the ‘University’ era of my life – graduation day at NUI Maynooth. The entire day was one dedicated to reminiscing on the past four years. There were ups and there were downs, but what I will remember above all else is the life-long friends who took the journey with me.
I was determined to look my best on the day because knowing my Mam, the photographs will take permanent residence on the walls of our house. Many of you have asked me to share the details of my outfit so here goes:
My dress was ‘Self Portrait’ and I purchased it in BT2. This brand has caught the interest of well known personalities ranging from Pippa O’Connor to Jenna Dewan-Tatum and now, I know why. The design is quirky and fun but the quality of this dress is AMAZING! It’s a statement piece so although expensive, I imagine that it will last a lifetime! You can check out ‘Self Portrait’s’ AW15 range at BT2 here.
Check out these gorgeous babies! My shoes were by ‘Lipsy’, purchased from Debenhams AW15 collection. I’ve been looking for some sassy, yet sophisticated black heels for ages and I think these are perfect. Some of you will already know that ‘Kurt Geiger’ produce ‘Lipsy’ footwear which means that they’re great quality at a fraction of the price of the ‘Kurt Geiger London’ range. You can find these ones here.
And finally, let’s talk about accessories. Because the dress had a lot of pattern and detail, I kept it simple and chic. This beautiful ring was sent to me by ‘Lucky Eyes London’ and is available for purchase here. It is advertised as ‘stackable’ but I love wearing it alone for a dainty, girly effect. If you would like to view the products before purchase, pieces from ‘Lucky Eyes London’ are now available at House of Fraser – I’m obsessed with their ‘Evil Eye’ bracelets too.
So, what do you think of the final look? Let me know in the comments, I love to hear your style advice!
Special occasions often prove difficult to prepare for. As a lover of the casual ‘jeans and tee’ look, I always struggle with accessorising and coordinating for glam affairs such as the races and weddings. We won’t even talk about the throwback that was my ‘Debs’. So, when a friend of mine spoke fondly of her visit to ‘Fab Fillies’, a Co.Cork based boutique specialising in accessories for special occasions, I was more than intrigued. Cue, stealing her purchases and trawling the internet to discover the boutique’s website.
‘Fab Fillies’ is a 100% Irish owned company brought to us by the fabulous Ellen Martin. Before opening the boutique, Ellen worked at the Cheltenham Races for years, witnessing many a ‘Ladies Day’ in her time. Therefore, it is safe to assume that she knows all there is to know about glamorous dressing. I’ve found that while preparing for an event like a wedding or dinner dance, purchasing the dress is the easy part. Then there’s jewellery, sashes, gloves, fascinators and handbags to think about!
‘Fab Fillies’ has you covered for every element described above. The friend who recommended the store to me spoke of how Ellen took the time to consult with her on her outfit choice, and made recommendations based on the information given. Check out some of the beautiful pieces she purchased:
I wore this gorgeous bracelet to ‘Ladies Day’ and the Dublin Horse Show and received numerous compliments on the piece.
And, what do you think of this brooch? Pretty ‘vintage glam’ isn’t it? Reminiscent of the style captured by elegant ladies like Audrey Hepburn, I love this purchase!
You will be delighted to hear that the prices of the accessories stocked by ‘Fab Fillies’ are generally very affordable, allowing you to add a little glitz to your outfit without the need to re-mortgage your home!
If you would like more information visit the ‘Fab Fillies’ website.
Let me know what you think – you know that I love your feedback!