Thursday, 28 November 2013

How Now My Perfect Brows... featuring Soap and Glory "Arch de Triumph"

Hello lovely ladies!
Ok, so my love of eyebrows has grown significantly over the past year and a bit, and looking back at picture before I payed any attention to my eyebrows I just think WHY?! Now I'm not saying my eyebrows are fantastic or worthy of an award, but since I've actually started getting them tinted and waxed once a month I've noticed how much they frame my face (thank you Brown Cow and Lorraine for creating a brow addict!). 
So in between tints I have to fill them in with a pencil. Now here are my problems:
1)     Because I’m a natural red head I have fairer eyebrows and lashes’, meaning it’s difficult to find the right shade to suit my complexion.
2)     Due to over-plucking in my teens there are somewhat bald parts of my brows which even tinting won’t cover (said bald parts are at the bridge of my nose, the thickest part of my eyebrow).
I have been using a Rimmel eyebrow pencil for the past year and I have to say it has never let me down once. The odd time I’ll use my Benefit Brow-zing kit, if I want to really define my brows. Both work a treat!
A recent purchase I added to my daily routine was Soap and Glory’s “Arch de Triump” crayon. My best friend Niamh had been ranting and raving about this product for ages, but every time we went to check if Boots had it in stock, they never did. We both came to the conclusion that it had been discontinued, until one day Niamh spotted it on the shelves. I can only imagine to her it was like a beaming light that attracted her to the shelves, like Jesus’ resurrection. This product seemed to be like the holy grail, ridiculous hard to come by. There were two left on the shelves. So I sort of had to buy it, didn't I?! All in the name of blogging right?!
The packaging is exactly how you would imagine a Soap and Glory product to be, over the top, 1950’s- esque, pin up style! I’m always attracted to the packaging straight away. I love that on the back of the box it has a little users guide, the “How Now Perfect Brow”. I honestly have no clue what I paid for it, but the Boots website says it is €11.50, but I'm not 100% sure!
So, onto the product itself… I’m still not 100% sure. The brow shaper (dark side of the crayon) just doesn’t seem to work. I know it sounds crazy but it doesn't seem to fill my brows in. The highlighter on the other hand is AMAZING. Easy to use and is actually a pinky colour as opposed to a bright white. If they made just a highlighter version of the crayon I’d buy every single one.
So… has it made it into my make up bag? YES, but this is only because of the highlighter. I still use my Rimmel pencil for the filling in part of my routine. Would I buy it again? Probably not. For just a highlighter, it sort of seems like a waste, even though it is the best highlighter I have come across.
Have any of you tried “Arch de Triumph”? What are your opinions, I’d love to hear from you?!

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Once upon a time.... featuring ModCloth

mod cloth fairy tale style board

Bonjour hunz,
At the beginning of the week I was contacted by Amy from ModCloth who invited me to take part in their "Uniquely You" campaign which involved putting together a wee style board through Polyvore! On Friday I was sent an image of a dress with which I was to style an outfit around... The dress is called When the Night Comes, is priced at $100 and is also available in a gorgeous emerald shade. When I seen the dress I thought it was really girly and for some reason I went with a sort of fairy tale styling (I was originally going to do the complete opposite and dress it down). 
I fell in love with this Steve Madden jacket and it reminded me of something from a fairy tale (...Little Red Riding Hood maybe). The jacket costs $135, but you would definitely get good use out of it. 
So what shoes would I pair with it... Wedges obviously... Now anyone that know me, knows I love sky scrapper heels, I just can't walk in them, so I usually opt for wedges (which I still can't walk in). These wedges are $45 which is a bargain to be honest... I have to stop myself from clicking the buy button. How fab would these look paired with some skinny jeans, a cute blazer and an over sized tote?!
OK on from the shoes and on to the bag... THE BAG!! Talk about fairy tale... I'm in love (this must be how Cinderella and Prince Charming felt!). It looks so delicate and girly and pink and pretty. It's $60, so a little bit more expensive than my usual Penneys handbag, but I will be ordering this soon and it will be mine!
Can we keep talking about the bag?! No?! You've heard enough?! Are you sure?! Ok, so jewellery. Honestly I wouldn't be going crazy with jewellery with this outfit. The necklace I chose is not only super cheap but I think it fits my fairy tale style perfectly and it can be another addition to my growing collection of statement necklaces. This is definitely going to be another purchase of mine after Christmas. 
The dress is something you could dress up or down, perfect for your Christmas party, a date night with himself or just chilling with the girls! ModCloth has some great dresses and loads of quirky accessories (from Shark shoes to school bus tote bags) head over and check them out (just don't order the bag, it's mine).  The total cost of this outfit (including shipping) is $408.17. The shipping is a bit steep to be honest but coming from the states I suppose what can you expect. Converted over to euros it costs just over €300, not bad if you take into account the amount you are buying.
Have any of you heard about ModCloth before? What do you think of their products?