Thursday, 24 April 2014

What I Wore | Boohoo Plus Size Daisy Print Dress

When Boohoo launched a Plus Size range first impressions we're okay. I felt the range lacked any individuality and I personally felt the brand was trying to coin in on the whole Plus Size thing. When I wrote my Boohoo+ post last month it had vastly improved and I was tempted by a few things. As things are cheap as chips last Pay Day I picked up a few bits and bobs, this dress included(it's since sold out). I decided to size up three times for this dress, as I instinctively knew the sizing would be off, and I'm so glad I did. First impressions of this dress was positive. It's cheap and cheerful and is perfect for this time of year. I love the print and I love the cut. The length is typically below my knee, but is probably an effect of sizing up, but regardless of sizing up or not I do think it's a longish dress. For a lot of people that's a great plus, but for me who likes things short I added a belt.  The quality is grand for the €25, you really can't go wrong. It's comfortable and easy to wear, and if it came out in another print I'd buy that two. I also purchases the Skort and a Black Skater Dress, both of which I also sized up for. The dresses quality isn't great, but it serves it's purpose and the skort is fab (Outfit Post real soon), just the sizing is a bit off. I don't want to be too critical of the range as it's still in it's early stages. I just hope the take on board some of the criticism in regards to sizing! 

I wore this the other day when I was running around doing some bits and bobs. I swear I've to catch up on so many things! I'm trying to get through the work I missed. I wanted to be comfortable, casual but still put together so I decided to rock my Wedge Trainers from Aldo. I got them this time last year and still love them. They're incredibly comfortable and I love the solid black. I have a pair with white soles from ASOS but these babies are so much nicer. They were around €100 at the time and I was a bit apprehensive about spending that much but they've really served me well over the past year. To toughen up the look I rocked my Yours Clothing Biker Jacket with Zips* It's so soft, it feels like butter and works well with the majority of my wardrobe. I've worn it so much over the past two months and someone always compliments me when I wear it. My hair has been driving me nuts over the past while, and I'm getting rather fed up with it, so I just chucked it up in a messy bun. I'll be sorting it out next week, and I'm thinking some Ombre for the Summer! I swore I'd steer clear of Blonde after the last time, but I'm fickle like that. Rocked with oversized Sunglasses and a red lip and I was ready to rock and roll!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

My EBAY Wish List

As someone who isn't rolling in cash, I'm always on the lookout for bargains. I've been turning to Ebay more and more to get some fab bargains. Sure most of what I order is from China and takes around 14 days to reach me, but chances are by the time it arrives I've completely forgotten what I bought and it's like Christmas has come early. I'm always browsing Ebay, and making wishlists so I decided I'd share with you my wishlist at the moment! I've ordered some of these in anticipation of this week's pay cheque, but I'm not too bothered. I feel like I haven't been spending much money at all (Bar food of course! nom nom nom) so I wanted a few quirky bits for Spring!
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Vintage Sequins
Ebay is full of tacky sequin jackets in all sizes. It's all a matter of being in the right place at the right time to snap them up. The tackier the better in my eyes! They also go for relatively cheap (€40-€50) so if you're a sequinned fiend like myself keep an eye out! My advice is to look throughout the warmer months, as the second the Christmas countdown begins they'll hike up the price ;) Type in Over-sized instead of "Plus Size" if you want more options by the way!

Designer Inspired Bag
Now I'm a huge fan of my designer bags, and would happily stay in for 6 months and save cash to afford a designer bag. I'm not really that much of a shoe person, so I focus all my energy on nice bags, but my bank balance has seen better days. I've been lusting after a Celine for so long, but chances are unless I win the Lottery tonight I'll still be lusting. I want a Celine inspired bag however, and plan on buying a tote bag(with no logo's) to keep me going until I can get the real deal. So it's more of a dupe than a downright copy.

Quirky Sunglasses
I'm obsessed with Sunglasses, and have far too many to even count. When I saw my Pal Callie posted these babies on Instagram, I knew I needed them in my life. I picked up a pair for €18 including Post and Packaging which isn't too bad. They're a bit cray but I'm not too bothered. I haven't got them yet, but keep an eye out on my Instagram (Bowfabulous) for some sunglasses spam! I can't wait to rock them this Summer at a any Festival that I can go to! Thanks for the Inspo Cal Pal!

Statement Jewellery
Like everything else Jewellery isn't an exception, I love tack. Everything over the top and "too much" are right up my alley. Ebay for me is like Aladdin's cave full or tacky necklaces and bracelets at knock down prices. As my mum deals with wholesale Jewellery I know how much it costs, so that's why I go to Ebay in search of my statement jewellery as it's a lot cheaper than stores! I will warn you though, you need to look through loads of shite to get some hidden gems!

Okay, these won't be on your typical Ebay Wish List, but you can get these babies as cheap as chips on here! I don't wear fake eyelashes that much as I'm not too bothered by them but every now and again I want some and it pains me to part with €9 for one single pair. On Ebay you can get them as cheap as €5 for 10 pairs and you don't pay P&P. These are a must if you wear Eyelashes and you'll never go back to forking out a million yo-yo for one pair again!

Phone Covers
I've only really gotten into Phone Covers. Normally as long as my phone is protected and the phone cover is cute I'm sorted. However this Moschino Bunny Phone Cover is too cute not to buy! It's cute and girly and your phone is relatively protected. It's not that hard to hold and just looks cute. My Marc Jacobs one is still my favourite but every now and again it's fun to mix things up! Ebay is awash with phone covers and I search "3D Iphone5 Covers" and you get the cutest ones popping up for around a €5 - Bargain!

Valentino Inspired Shoes
Now I'm a bit wary about buying shoes online, but I generally size up if only for the extra width as a lot of these sellers come from China and I've heard notorious issues with their shoes being teeny tiny! These Valentino dups are so cute and are the perfect heel height. Not too high and not too low. I personally love the fushia pair and think they'd look fab with a pair of white skinny jeans and a blouse and for the price you really can't complain too much!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm Review

Whenever I'm feeling sick, the first thing I notice is my skin. It generally looks as bad as I feel, so over the past month I've been trying religiously to look after it. Over the past month I've had two products that have been lifesavers, that I'll be sharing with you this week. The First being a product from one of my tried and tested skincare brands Merumaya. I've become great at taking off the 'ol makeup every night before bed (two years ago I was woeful) and no matter how late it is, or how tired I will take it off. I'm lucky to get a few samples so I've always something to try out, so I never run out of cleansers. I was a bit late on the Bandwagon of Cleansing Balms, but after trying the Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm* I'm converted. I've had a rather pleasant experience with Merumaya before when I tested their Iconic Youth Serum so I'm glad to add this to my Merumaya collection. First things first it feels like a luxury cleansing balm. If this was a blind test I would think it was a lot more expensive than £14.50. The Iconic Youth Serum is on the higher end of the scale at £34.50 but it's worth every penny, so I had high hopes for the Melting Cleansing Balm. If you're new to the Cleansing Balm scene like myself, I'd recommend you giving this a whirl first to test the waters. 

The Cleansing Balm itself is very rich and silky and massages into my skin effortlessly. It turns into a milky consistency once water is added, making it easy to remove. You apply it onto dry skin, massaging it in until it begins to liquefy, emulsifying makeup. You then add water and continue to massage until it turns into a milky consistency, then remove with a face cloth. It takes off my makeup with ease and doesn't leave any greasy residue on the skin. It's recommended that you remove the product with a cloth. If you're like me and a Liz Earle Fan you'll know what the drill. You get a deeper cleanse and you're skin feels softer if you use a cloth. But If you're stuck once or twice you still get an adequate cleanse from just your fingers. The packaging is great too. I love the squeezy tube as it's more hygienic than some other cleansing balms on the market that come in a pot. It also makes it easier to pack if you're going away for a weekend or on holidays, as pots weight a lot and can be a  bit of a nightmare to pack. Over all this is a great product. I'm a huge fan of Merumaya and I harp on about their Iconic Youth Serum to everyone and anyone who will listen, and I think I'll be doing the same for this Melting Cleansing Balm. It's Cheap, cheerful and works a treat! 

Merumaya now offer the same shipping costs to Ireland as they do in the UK, which is fantastic. I know myself getting stung with extra shipping charges is a bit off putting, so I'm delighted to say shipping is only £3.95 or free if over £40! It's great that a UK company are looking after their Irish Fans :)