Monday, 5 October 2015

Wide-Eyed and Blind x Vanish

High neck tops are a great love of mine but there's a wee problem with them, or a fatal fault in their design - you have to drag that narrower fabric over your face to remove it or put it on. And try as you might to avoid it, you're going to rub your face. And even if you put it on before applying make-up, or take it off only after you've supposedly and apparently removed every scrap of're still going to find traces on it.

Of course, my two favourite tops like this are white around the neck - the perfect place for it! Even with my rather thorough skincare and wariness of, and preparedness for, this whole issue, I managed to stain both with BB cream.

When Vanish contacted me to collab, it seemed like a partnership made in heaven as it brought my love of clothes and make-up - and their unfortunate pairing - together with my desire to be better about waste. I'll be damned if I'll label a perfectly good item of clothing as "ruined" and have to throw it away! Stain removal is very much the way forward as we can't all do a Britney and just buy a new item every time.

So, when I did my washing last week, I tried out their Vanish Gold Oxi Action Powder along with my normal detergent for my colours and used the Vanish Gold for Whites Powder on the neckline of my black and white high neck top and on the entirety of my white high neck top. To give the stain removal an extra boost I also pre-treated the necklines with a mixture of 1/4 scoop of powder and 3/4 scoop of water which I applied and rubbed into the stain. I can report that everything then came out clear and perfect and ready to be worn again instead of tossed away!

If you want to give this a go for yourself, I'm actually doing a giveaway with Vanish. I have one of each of the powders to give to a reader in Ireland or the UK. Sadly it's limited to this area but next time, guys! I also know that this is kind of random but the kind people at Vanish offered and you might as well save yo clothes and yo dollahs at the same time.

All you have to do is be following me here on the blog, my facebook or twitter accounts and comment below with which one so I can verify! I'll randomly pick one then and contact you. Entries are open until midnight on the 12th of October 2015.

P.S. The Vanish site is great! They have a database of info on loads of different kinds of stains and how to deal with them so it saves you having to google for ages for reliable information.



Before on Top 1
An after on Top 2

(These items were sent to me to review. All thoughts and opinions, however, are my own)


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Friday, 2 October 2015

Review: MADES Hair Care

My hair is a pain sometimes. It's rather healthy, by-and-large, but it has its issues. Firstly, it's quite fine and naturally dead straight which isn't the best look - volume and movement are a must, in order to avoid flat helmety hair. And, secondly, the ends are coloured blonde and need care to ensure they don't become brassy or too dry.

When I was asked if I wanted to try out a new hair care line from a company called MADES, I had these particular concerns in mind and chose products accordingly, knowing my review would be thorough and uncompromising as I had expectations from the outset. I picked out the Radiant Blonde Colour Protect Shampoo - to add moisture to my ends and keep my blonde bright - and the Wonder Volume Blow Dry Bodifying Spray - for obvious reasons.

The range is labelled as a "masstige" line, meaning that it is affordable and mass produced but aims to deliver the quality one would expect of a much more expensive, premium line. Most products are around the nine euro mark so they are more expensive than some might normally be used to for hair care but are at a much more realistic price bracket for most people. It is also a professional brand which kind of warrants the larger spend than on drug-store level products.

Upon first use, the thing that I immediately noticed was the smell. The shampoo smells summery, like exotic fruits, but isn't sickening or synthetically sweet. It also has that indescribable but distinctive note of "salon" smell that gives a sense of luxury and treating yourself. So far, it's been keeping the brassiness out of my hair and I've been really enjoying the smell and using it. I also think the sleek, clean lines of the bottle with the bright, cute colours are a nice balance of chic and youthful which, again, makes the products seem more expensive and luxurious.

The spray, again, has that salon smell and really makes me feel as though I'm getting a blow dry done professionally even though I'm doing it myself. It does wonders for volume at the crown so I've been using it even when I don't blow dry my hair - which is nine times out of ten. The packaging is similarly slim, clean and cute but the real coup of this item is the spraying mechanism on top which delivers just the right amount of product, even at angles and with ease.

Overall, I'm quite impressed! Especially at the price bracket. I really recommend this line for anyone who likes luxury but can't quite afford to go too mental - especially if you have a lot of hair and run through shampoo quickly!

The line is available online and, in particular, from, is currently available from McCabes, Meaghers and Health Express pharmacies and is being rolled out in others across Ireland. So keep an eye out!










(These products have been sent to me as press samples. However, all opinions are my own.)


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Sunday, 27 September 2015

K-Pop Summer 2015 Playlist

I'm a big K-pop fan and this summer has been a particularly great one for launches and reboots. As summer is now officially over, I thought I'd pop some of my favourite songs from the last few months up here for others to discover/obsess over/fall into the endless pit of dreaminess/sign away their lives to being a lame fangirl.

(Also, the use of the term "k-pop" is being used a little loosely here as a couple acts are probably better described as rock or R&B bands but all are South Korean music groups/artists.)


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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Zoe Jordan X River Island

Last season I was checking out Zoe Jordan's AW15 collection at Somerset House with 160g Magazine and, though I couldn't head over this time around, a little bit of LFW came to me on Monday night. In the Grafton Street store, her collab with River Island was launched in Ireland and, within a couple hours, many pieces were sold out. Fear not, however, as more stock is on its way!

Why did it sell out so quickly? Well, it's got a lot to do with Zoe herself, who has a refreshingly honest and practical approach to designing. She put several of her key hero pieces (the "cold shoulder" jumpers and smoky prints) into this collection, making her famous staple items available to a wider audience, and doesn't discriminate between these pieces and those from her own collection, seeing them as complementing each other. In a more general sense, she also believes in creating trans-seasonal, timeless clothes that reward the buyer by lasting.

With cute party dresses, smart tailoring, tough outerwear, cosy knitwear and dressy tees, the collection will easily fit right into countless wardrobes. And the balance between simplicity, badassery and impeccable fit means that, as she will tell you, Zoe Jordan's girl isn't any one girl but all.

You can shop Zoe Jordan x River Island online and instore with prices beginning at €47.00.










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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani

I normally don't write these kinds of posts, don't feel the need to repeat what's in press releases or could be summarised in tweets because I prefer to put out content that I've directly altered and made my own. However, when news in the beauty or fashion worlds really excites me and I'm in a position of privilege to hear about it early on, I cannot help but feel the need to share it with all of you!

The title has given the news away but: HOW EXCITING IS THAT? Gwen Stefani has been a major inspiration for me since I was ten years old. Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt was the first album I bought with my own money and I've always loved her fearless and experimental sense of style. Considering how bold but put-together said style is, her collab with UD is bound to be colourful and exciting - a perfect match, really.

Gwen has worked with the brand on everything for this limited edition collection from packaging to formulations and is stoked for it. She notes: “When Urban Decay came to me to collaborate, I immediately thought it was a perfect match. The way they've built their company is very similar to my aesthetic and approach. It’s all about creative self-expression, being strong and not being afraid to go outside of the box. Everyone in my life knows I absolutely love make-up. From a very young age, it was an artistic passion of mine. I actually used to be a make-up artist. I love wearing make-up and having so many ways to express myself through it. It’s my war paint. To be able to do a collaboration with people who get that concept and who are just as passionate about it is a dream come true. We've made and created products that I actually wear every single day. It’s the real thing. I'm obsessed with everything we've done, and I can’t wait to share it.”

Can't wait to actually see some of the products now!

The collection launches online from Urban Decay in late November and will be available in Ireland through House of Fraser and Debenhams from December.

Gwen Stefani
Photo Credit: Jason H. Smith / CC BY-SA 2.0


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