Christmas Party Style Guide

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Its officially Christmas and that means party season.!
If you dont know what to wear for your xmas party this year here are some ideas:

Glitzy

Wore a boring uniform all year make a splash this xmas season...

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Gilmore Girls | A revival

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Live More
Laugh More
Eat More
Talk More 
Gilmore

This week made the much awaited return of the Gilmore Girls.! 
I used to watch it every Saturday for years when I was in secondary school. Like most things I started in the middle and ended up watching it soo many times ...I never changed the channel when a repeat popped on.! 

I loved the show so much.! The Gilmore Girls is full of life lessons like the bond you have with your mama is forever... and most of all coffee is life.!!  I was so excited to find out that Netflix was bringing it back to our screens with the four part special, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. *They also have the original series.!!*

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Brow Game | Benefit

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I was in Dublin on the weekend to visit my sister and do a bit of Christmas shopping... ending up buying nothing - well nothing for anyone but me.!
While I was in Arnotts a lovely lady from the Benefit stand asked me if I wanted to try out one of their brow products, Brow Zings. 


Of course I said yes - never one to turn down the opportunity to get my makeup done.! She asked me what my main problems were when it came to brows and I explained to her that I have a scar that cuts through my left eye brow and I find it quite hard to get a product to cover it and look natural. 
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Power of Makeup

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The Power of Makeup?
Or the Power we gave Makeup?

There is not many people - women in particular - that would step out of the house without makeup... think about it did you wear makeup to work today? when you popped into Penneys? on date night? the answer is probably yes. I know I feel I need to at least pop on low coverage if Im going anywhere. 

The Power of Makeup tag has been running around the internet for quite sometime now showing the world that a little contour and mascara can change how you look - and in many cases feel. We feel better about ourselves with makeup on, we feel we look better. This is what really makes me sad. We have given makeup the power to dictate how we feel about ourselves, how many times have you said "I look awful without makeup" Hundreds.? "I look prettier with foundation" Thousands.? Why have we let products that are meant for enhancement make us feel like we cant live without them.? We have given makeup that power.

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Fit AF | Wishlist x Diesel

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Its coming to that time of year when we start to eat like theres no tomorrow - yep Christmas. Its just around the corner (40 more sleeps.!) that means mince pies, puddings, cake and a never ending supply of Cadburys Roses.!
So we'll all be putting down the same resolution we make every year...GET FIT.!

Why not get a head start and ensure that you'll actually stick to it this time round ...or have your workout outfits all lined up in your closet ready for January 1st like me.!

Diesel is one of my favorite brands - you know that by now though theres always a item from Diesel in my OOTDs.! 
They now do active wear *whoohoo* here is some of my faves...

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BloggerConf | My experience

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Honestly Ive never been so inspired in my life.!

On Saturday the 12th of November I attended the Blogger Conference and it really was one of the best things Ive ever gone to. Emma O Farrell put together an extraordinary line up which inculded some top bloggers such as AnouuskaJoanne Larby and Johnny Ward.

SNAPS OF THE DAY
Go take a look.!

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BloggerConf Goodie Bag | Unboxing

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I had such a fab time at the Blogger Conference yesterday.! Dont worry Im writing a whole blog post on it tomorrow. 

I was pleasantly surprised and delighted to be handed a big bag with Meaghers Pharmacy on the side - first impressions the bag itself is just quality.! Not one of those bags that the bottom will give a way in the rain like what we typically get. No this was like Id just been shopping in a high end boutique, you know the ones with that cute bow to hold everything together.

Follow me on Snapchat.! lorrainemoran94

Anyway Im getting side tracked - In the bag was a box of goodies.!

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CK One | Dupe

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I love when I just happen to come across a perfect product dupe.!
Todays dupe is for the Calvin Klein unisex fragrance One - so male or female this post is for you.!


I picked up this Impulse fragrance last week just as something to keep in my locker at work and was happily surprised when I went to put it on and realied why it smelt so familiar. I swear that this Impulse fragrance 'Why Not' by Charlie XCX smells just like CK One.!!

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Cleanse Off Mitt | Review

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Ive said here a few times how bad makeup wipes are for our skin. For a long time now Ive only been using cleansers but not anymore...

Introducing the Cleanse Off Mitt.!


Its a creation by The Skin Nerd so we can safely say is amazing.!
With this mitt there is no need for any wipes or cleanser - Yep thats right just water.!

"The Cleanse Off Mitts are made of specially knitted microfibre, creating a hydromechanical process which breaks the surface tension of the oils which bond make up products to the skin."

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Lip Kit by Kylie Maliboo | Review

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Photo Credit: Kylie Cosmetics
Photo Credit: Kylie Cosmetics


Photo Credit: Kylie Jenner

As a birthday treat I decided to gift myself with a lip kit.! I had wanted one for so long and when I seen Kylie was doing $5 shipping worldwide I had to click checkout this time.
I was spoilt for choice when it came to picking a colour....I was gonna go get myself 22 on the occasion that was in it but since Im not a big lover of red tones I thought it would be a bit of a waste. So back to my good old reliable nude/brown shades it was and thats where Maliboo was just screaming out to me to come join the fam.

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Day with the Ducks | OOTD

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Wishlist x Public Dersire

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This weeks payday must haves...

Nya Clear Insert Ankle Boots
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Christine Lace Up Detail Stiletto
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Cienna Platform Over The Knee Boots
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Halo Mable Effect Heel Ankle Boots
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Lia Round Heel Ankle Boots
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Alissa Colour Heel Boot
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Charli Velvet Perspex Heel Plateforms
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Kendal Faux Fur Sliders
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Nikki Strappy Stilettos
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Briella Perspex Ankle Boots
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Elva Mirrored Heel Velvet Boots
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Lyla High Top Creepers
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Adrina Lace Up Heels
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Jenny Perspex Heeled Ankle Boots
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Anita Long Boots With Sliver Heels
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Elli Glitter Heel Platforms
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Melisa Star Scattered Clear Boots
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Addie High Heels
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Theda Contrast Fade Perspex Boots
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Amarie Barelt There Perspex Heel
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Saydee Barely There Stiletto in Gold
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Happy Shopping.!

xoxo
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Thigh High Love | OOTN

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Last weekend I went back to Sligo to visit my bestie and to celebrate our new careers.! *Woohoo* Before we toasted to cocktails & bubbles I got her to snap a few photos.! 

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Versatile Blogger Award

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If you follow me on social media you'll know that I was recently awarded the Versatile Blogger Award *release the cannons of confetti*


I was super excited to find out that I was awarded the Versatile Blogger Award as this award isn't like all the other blog awards out there. This particular award was created by bloggers as a support system between bloggers, to recognize the quality in someone's writing,  their unique posts and of course the love that has gone into creating their blog. Thats why  when I heard that I was getting this award I was so excited to know that this blog was loved by someone else, a fellow blogger, so much so they wanted to publicly recognize me and my little space on the internet.
*second confetti cannon released*

So with every award comes the acceptance speech...

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Wishlist x River Island

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Im so excited to say that I finally got a job...YAY for me.!

With a new job comes a new paycheck.! I haven't even worked up my first one yet but Ive already mentally spent it.!!
 Heres my RI must haves

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Autumn Penneys Haul

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So today I was let loose in Penneys (Primark to my readers outside of Ireland) and as your about to see I done quite a bit of damage. I wont tell you how much...its best I dont think about that.!


There is some really lovely stuff in Penneys at the minute. I didnt go to my local store as most of the stuff thats stocked there is just basics and work wear. If your from around my area you'll know what I mean, and my spree will be justified, when I say I went to Ballina Pennys lol. I dont go to this one very offen as its a good bit away from where I live and I litterally just go into one shop and then drive the hour long journey home again (its well worth it though). So as its not everyday Im in a big well stocked Penneys I took full advantage and stocked up for Autumn.

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A Shade of Grey | ManiMonday

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Its Monday so its time for a nail post.! Yes its been way too long since we last talked claws in fact our last #ManiMonday was all about how I do my own acrylics.


Todays nails was done on my 3rd set of acrylics so needless to say they look a lot better than last time. I have gone for a shape that I never wore before a 'mountain' shape (yes I did just google that) and Im actually really loving it. I built these with the pink powder that came in my starter kit that you saw in my last #ManiMonday but I must say that this 'pink' is just clear with the tint of pink. However this doesn't bother me too much as I always cover them with a polish.

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Fake Nails & Mascara Giveaway

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Ive had a bit of a technology meltdown of late. I mean my laptop is now a desktop and Im juggling between two broken phones.! *cry face* So until I can get my technology in order I am posting more on my Facebook Page - Click here to see whos on my VMAS best dressed (of course theres a Kardashian on there its me were talking about.!). 

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Products I'll Re-Purchase

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This may be titled products I'll re-purchase but everything I list here has already been purchased once or twice before.! I love finding new things to try but its always nice to have a few products that you can always rely on and here are mine.



First up is this is the Visibly Clear range by Neutrogena. I was first introduced to this 2 in 1 mask and wash by my friend 3 years ago and I love it.! This is a great mask and really helps to clear up my skin. I really need to use this more as a daily wash too - I need to get into a good skin care routine.

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Metallic Mix | Jewellery Box Faves

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If there is one thing that I love to do when it comes to jewellery its mixing gold with silver.! So I decided to share with you some of the pieces that I love to mix daily.

So starting off with these great bangles I picked up in Forever 21 I first seen the silver and noticed it also came in gold so obviously I had to have them both.! 

So I love to add a little sparkle where I can. This gorgeous jewel is from Topshop I believe it was from a special edition line that came out a few years ago and I love how unique it looks.!! Ive had this little obsession with feathers and wish bones ever since I read my now all time favorite book 'Daughter of Smoke and Bone' by Laini Taylor. Its very mythical and just everything I love in a book. My favorite thing that I took away from it and that make an impact on me was that it portayed this idea that a wish which brings joy to someone stems from another's pain. Through out the book it makes reference to feathers and wish bones and now every time I see these on jewellery I need them in my life.!! Anyway this little ring is a midi ring yes its old and was once shiny gold but I love who this tarnishes to a copper/rose gold colour...I cant for the life of me remember where I picked this one up!

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PS...Gradual Tan | Review

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So this week I done something I never done before...I fake tanned.! 
I've always owned my pale porcelain skin but when I heard so many good things about Penneys/Primark's PS tan range I had to give it ago. I was so excited to see that they have a gradual tan available. This was the perfect type of tan for me to try as I never tanned before, its gradual and you can build it up daily if you wish.

Im the first one to say that I don't like fake tan...well I don't like tan when I can visibly see that its fake. I have a pet peeve for girls who don't blend blend blend and use orange tones. But I love to see a great natural 'I just came back from the Maldives' look. And since Im not getting any real sun here in Ireland (not that I naturally tan..I burn.!) I might as well do it myself.!

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Badge It Out | DIY

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Ever since I impulse bought a clutch  bag with major badge detail from SheInside Im obsessed.!
If you follow my Facebook page you would have seen that I recently went to Penneys (Primark to anyone outside of Ireland)  and wanted everything with badge detailing.!

So I picked up a pack of badges (there was soo many to choose from.!) and Im going to revamp what I have in my wardrobe to save a few cents.



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Day At The Zoo | OOTD

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I went to Dublin for a well needed sister weekend and the first place we wanted to go (while the sun was out) was the zoo.!

I never know how I feel when it comes to the zoo...
Walking around you can see these incredibly big strong animals in these small spaces with people constantly pressing their face against the glass it makes me feel so sad. BUT on the other hand without the zoo many of these animals would be extinct and these sanctuaries preserve the life of endangered animals and give them constant care which they wouldn't have in the wild.  My dream holiday would be to bring my family to South Africa and go on an amazing safari to see these incredible animals in their natural habitat.  

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DIY Acrylic Nails | ManiMonay

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Today's installment is about how to get that salon look at home
...yes its DIY acrylics.!!

I would love to be able to go out and get a set of acrylic claws every other week but girl Im a college graduate looking for a job so that calls for a DIY.!! I took to YouTube and watched a LOT of tutorials and went straight to Amazon to pick up a starter acrylic set .

This little set is the perfect starter kit as it has everything:
files / forms / buffers / primer / powder / acrylic liquid / 2x brushes 
I also got some nail tips (there easier to add length than forms)

The first thing I done was prep my cuticles to see the best way to do this look back at my cuticle care post. Now we need to prep our nails by buffing them, add our nail tip, shape (I chose the coffin shape) and apply the primer to the natural nail.

Here comes the hard part..the acrylic.! I advise to practice practice practice before you go anywhere near your actual nails.! I got out some fake nails I had lying around and started to practice the all important liquid to powder ratio.! This is where you wet your brush with the acrylic liquid (that smells SO strong be warned) and then dip it into your powder to form the wet acrylic bead. Now we work quick and apply it to the nail and form the shape before it drys. Acrylic is my favorite technique as it cures in the air and theres no need for a light.!

It takes time to build up the nail with acrylic and even more time to do your own nails.!! The top tip I learned from watching YouTube tutorials was to add an extra support bead between the natural nail and the fake nail tip to ensure the nail tip doesn't pop off. Like me if you do your own nails your file will be your savior as well all know we'll have one good had and one not so cute! Just file and shave the bumps and bubbles away to blend everything in.

I chose to paint these claws this nude from Rimmel in the shade 'Caramel Cupcake' and added some little nail accessories from Penneys/Primark (as a distraction) to the nails that weren't as cute as Id have liked lol

Overall I love how my first attempt came out.!

If your interested in doing your own nails like me below is a link to the products I used:

A YouTube video that showed me how its done:

xoxo
L
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