Red or dead! West Coast Cooler Belfast Fashion Week Press Launch

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Hi, 

Last Thursday 24/08/17 was the press show launch of the 24th season of West Coast Cooler Belfast Fashion Week and yours truly was lucky enough to be invited by none other than Cathy Martin of CMPR! (Thanks Cathy!)

The show was held in Bullit a fairly new hotel/bar/restaurant in the city centre. I hadn’t had the chance to visit yet so I was really pleased to see this was the location for the event! It was held at lunch time 12-1 so a little different to most other events I have been to. Working full time and not in the city centre I normally wouldn’t have been able to make the event but as luck would have it I had booked the day off well in advance as I was heading to a wedding reception that evening so it worked out great! I am so glad I was able to attend my first fashion week launch! 

We were greeted with a complinatary west coast cooler on arrival in the most stylish glasses (I need to get one). And we got our photos taken as we went in. The place was packed with PR people, journalists, influencers, bloggers and fashionistas all of whom were really excited to see the show. There was a great buzz and it was so nice to see so many people I knew. 


After a little catch up it was time for the show. I had a prime spot at the beginning of the catwalk so I could see the CMPR models as they began to strut their stuff and also got a little sneak peek of who was up next. 


The biggest theme was definitely RED. It’s really got me thinking what red items I have in my wardrobe and I will definitely be on a look out for some statement red pieces coming into the autumn months. 


There was a mixture of highstreet as well as designer which I love as this makes it accessible for everyone. Some of the highstreet pieces I was sure were designer, it was so hard to tell! One of the pieces I know caught a lot of people’s eye was this shearling coat form George at Asda at only £35 I believe! 

-What I wore-

With only a couple of days notice to prepare I had a slight panic as to what to wear. We were sent out a list of all the inspirations behind this years AW17 show in order to help us plan our outfits so thankfully I had a little something to go on! I wouldn’t say I am fashionable but I do like to follow the trends (assuming they suit me and aren’t too out there!) to a certain extent. I had a rummage through my wardrobe and came across a dress I had bought recently in the next sale for only £20. I didn’t have anything in mind when I bought the dress I just thought it was a good bargain and when I tried it on I felt comfortable and dare I say it ‘stylish’. I felt the dress was flattering on me and although a bold lime green, the black panelling made it look a bit more sophisticated. I don’t have too many mid length dresses in my wardrobe so I went for it despite the daring colour. I noticed on the list of AW17 trends coloured fur was mentioned and although not fur I thought the brightness of my dress might somehow lend itself to the theme. Also bare in mind we are still in August and it was a particularly warm day so fur really wasn’t an option! With the dress I knew I needed something to go with it and so my trusty leather jacket from George at Asda which I wear all the time came too! As it would happen leather was also noted on the AW17 trend list- winner! 


For shoes I was a bit stuck! With a midi dress I would tend to wear heeled sandals but it felt too spring/summer when I tried them on. And then I had a brainwave! I had recently bought a gorgeous pair of cut out shoe boots from primark which I had yet to wear! Personally I don’t think I would have paired them with my outfit had I not been going to the fashion week launch but I guess the invite made me be a little more daring with my choices and pushed me out of my comfort zone which is great! The shoes have insect embellishment which is huge at the minute and I’m sure will be going into autumn/winter 17. The shoes also have a red floral design which fell into one of Cathy’s other inspirations for the show, RED.  The shoes although only having a little pop of red still (I hope) gave a little nod to the trend. I picked them up in the abbey centre primark recently and they were a huge hit in my Instagram at the time! (@scientist_in_the_city)


Overall I loved my outfit and what I put together, I got so many compliments and I felt really good in it. I loved that an invite to the fashion week launch pushed my fashion boundaries even just a little and gave me the confidence to wear something I hadn’t worn before in way I normally wouldn’t. I can’t wait to wear this outfit again over the autumn winter season!

Me and some of my blogger buddies! Photo credit: Debbie Deboo

When we were leaving we were given a fabulous goodie bag filled to the brim with some local producers. From Ballymaloe relish to He-Shi tan! We were very well looked after so a huge thank you to all those involved.

I can’t wait for fashion week to begin now! It’s running from 26th-30th October and the shows are being held in Belfast St.Anne’s cathedral, a beautiful venue! Top of my list is the highstreet heaven show on 27th October! 

For tickets and more info visit:

https://visitbelfast.ticketsolve.com/event-categories/126495828

http://www.belfastfashionweek.com

Thanks for reading, 

Emz xx

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Nude by nature Debenhams Belfast review 

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Hi, 

*Disclaimer* I may or may not be lying in the bath as I write this 🙈 #LazyBlogger

A few weeks ago I was kindly invited by the guys at Debenhams Ireland to attend a launch of one of their newest consessions into the Belfast beauty dept. 

The brand I’m talking about is Nude by Nature; and I won’t lie, I hadn’t actually heard of them before. And that’s coming from someone who stalks Instagram on the daily and who is normally pretty up to date with the latest beauty brands! Obviously not! 

After doing a little research it was clear to see Nude by nature is by no means new in terms of its reputation and the following that it already has specifically in Australia! Nude by nature are a naturally derived makeup brand and cruelty free too (topical at the minute if you have just heard the latest news on Nars!) They strive to produce products that make you look flawless without the feeling of having caked on makeup and come on, who doesn’t want that?!

On the day we were greeted by the ever so lovely Clint Dowell who is the makeup brand ambassador. Clint not only knows his stuff when it comes to makeup in general but he is incredibly passionate about the company itself and this comes across from the offset. The brand had laid out their collection of makeup products and immediately (whilst already thinking it) I could hear the other bloggers raving about the packaging…it’s rose gold…need I say anymore?! The products on display ranged from highlighters to concealors as well as the most gorgeous eyeshadow palette! 


And I wasn’t lying when I said the other NI bloggers were loving that packaging 😂


After a chance to take our blog pics and swatch some of the products; we were given some information on the brand by Clint followed by a live makeup demo which he did on the lovely NI blogger ‘tellmeaboutlauren’ (check her out, she’s a babe!) 

The demo was fab and really interesting. I even learnt some tips along the way, winner! The makeup went onto Lauren’s skin flawlessly and all the oohs and ahhs from the rest of us in the audience was only testiment to how impressed we were by this POWDER foundation…did I forget to mention that bit?! 😉


Yes, nude by nature specialise in mineral/powder foundations which are naturally derived, similar in premise to bare minerals, I guess, but supposedly a LOT better for you. This foundation is so popular in Aus in fact that one sells every 60 seconds! Impressed yet?


The powder is extremly fine, so much so however that it does sort of go a bit everywhere when you open it initially, be careful! It’s like flour! Lol 

It’s blends seamlessly on the skin and gives a very natural finish. I was a bit unsure as I have tried bare minerals in the past and was unable to get the coverage I wanted. It is buildable but I will be honest with you I still don’t find it’s as high coverage as I would personally like, but I have been trying to wear it on ‘no make-up days’ to give me a bit of a base and it is good for that. I have also tried it over my liquid foundation and this produces a lovely airbrushed finish so I’m still pleased with it. I think it may take some more experimenting with it to completely leave my trusty liquid foundation alone though sadly. Perhaps it’s my application technique, practice makes perfect! 

The brand were so, so generous to us and colour matched us all for our own foundation and concealer. The concealer is a whole other ballgame. This is a liquid and a little goes a very long way! It’s high coverage enough for me and I love it! A definite repurchase. 


Nude by nature also provided us with goody bags filled to the brim with a selection of their products including the highlight stick. I knew when I seen it on display that I would love it and I do! I prefer it to their powder highlights as it’s more intense but a little tip…add the powder over the top of the stick and you get something even better! A special mention has to be made about their brushes. As you will have seen from my pics they come with a little stand included in the packaging so you can have them standing on your dressing table and I LOVE this idea! 


Overall my thoughts on Nude by nature are very positive! Definitely a brand I will revisit once my trusty stockpile provided by the brand has run out. Thanks again Nude by nature and Debenhams for a great event.

To find out more about the brand or to make a purchase check out: 

http://www.debenhams.com/beauty/nude-by-nature

The Belfast stand also have an Instagram: 

@nudebynatureire

Thanks for reading, 

Emz xx

‘Appy’ Valentine’s Day-Find a date night that won’t break the bank with these money-saving apps on the Vodafone Smart Prime 7 #ad

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Happy Valentines day everyone!

It doesn’t matter whether you spend it with your pals, family or significant other, valentines day is a day for showing those you love the most just how much they mean to you!

That said, it doesn’t have to cost the earth and in fact sometimes the best fun and the most romantic of gestures often cost the least. With valentines falling on a Tuesday this year most people will have to settle for celebrating the day after work or plan to make up for it properly at the weekend. Either way the Vodafone Smart Prime 7 which I have been kindly sent for review has you covered! (And you will be quids in too!)

Vodafone Smart Prime 7, £75 Pay as you go

The Vodafone Smart Prime 7  is a stylish, super-slim and easy-to-use smartphone that’s full of top-notch features for a ground-breaking price of just £16 per month or £70 Pay as you go. This android 6.0 smartphone is ideal for selfie lovers like me with its fab camera features. When you are ready to take a photo just double-press the volume key and the Smart Prime 7 will automatically switch to camera mode! The front-facing camera is 5 megapixels with a two-finger shutter trigger producing high quality images. Just wanting to take a snap of your bae? Then the rear facing 8 megapixel camera with OmniVision sensor will be sure to impress with its ability to produce high resolution images and excellent image quality.

The Vodafone Smart Prime 7 stands up to its competitors as it comes with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a long-lasting battery to keep you going throughout the day. The super-slim 7.9mm gadget offers a tactile, trendy, jewel-like back cover with a quality metal frame and precision-machined aluminium side keys. Weighing in at just 128g!

The vibrant and vivid colours are enhanced by the high-definition screen. This is perfect for viewing all your date night photos, ideal for gaming, or watching movies and videos, in outstanding detail. The in-built IPS screen technology means you can enjoy the same clarity from any angle, perfect if you are watching something together whilst snuggled on the sofa.

As with most smartphones there are a number of preset apps already built into the phone but the android store opens up a whole new world of downloadable applications to suit your needs and lets face it, make your life a little easier.

With it being Valentines this week I thought I would highlight some of the best apps around to help you have the most cost-effective date night all at the touch of a button on the Vodafone Smart Prime 7.

Vouchercloud: Android (FREE)

Vodafone Group takes controlling stake in Vouchercloud

If you’re looking for savings, vouchercloud is your one-stop online companion to the best deals, offers and discount codes available both online and in-store! From restaurants to fashion, this app has it all.

Uber: Android (FREE) *Get yourself some discount with my referral code: emmam5290ue

 

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If you follow my instagram @scientist_in_the_city then you will know I recently used Uber for the first time myself and I loved how efficient the service was. One tap of a button and a car comes directly to you. Hop in and your driver knows exactly where to go. And when you get there, just step out. Payment is completely seamless which is perfect for date night when you don’t want to argue over who is paying for the fare!  I personally found the price to be very competitive also.

Hotel Tonight: Android (FREE)

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This app is fab! Amazing last-minute deals at top-rated hotels. The ease of the handy app allows you to book wherever, whenever on your smartphone device for tonight, tomorrow or even next week!

So there we have it, the Vodafone Smart Prime 7! Having been an iphone only kinda gal for the last few years I will admit that this phone would never really have crossed my mind before. But having used it for the last few days I have to say its very comparable to not only the iphone but especially the samsung galaxy family in it’s layout and design. Personally for the price you can’t really go wrong! In fact, if you are looking for a lovely valentines gift why not even consider this as its only £70 and certainly one of the cheapest I have seen on the market that is capable of all it can do. Even if your are a loyal apple consumer this is definitely a great back-up phone to have as a spare and definitely one I will consider the next time I am in the market for a new phone!

Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a great valentines day no matter who you are with or what you decide to do. Most importantly I hope it’s been made more budget friendly with some of the apps I have mentioned!

 

Love

Emma xx

*Disclosure- I was kindly sent this product for review but I am not being paid for this post. All my opinions are honest and my own.*

Eucerin intensive lip balm review-blogger mail

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It’s been a long while since I did a blog but I’m back! The longer you go without doing one the harder it is to just sit down and do it. 

I was kindly gifted this lip balm together with a CC cream and sun screen from beiersdorf (Eucerin) for review so I’m sorry this has taken so long, my work life took over for the last few months! But let it be known I have been using away at these products and have some great things to say! 

I first heard of Eucerin a few years ago when I received their ‘Aquaphor’ balm in a glossybox. I didn’t have any expectations at the time as I knew very little about the brand but I was so pleasently surprised! I remember at the time I had a small cut on my hand and it wasn’t healing very well so I decided to put some of the Aquaphor on it, literally the next day it looked 100% better! Miracle cream! 

So from then I knew Eucerin were more than your average skincare brand! This time round I have been trying out their intensive lip balm which as I mentioned was kindly gifted to me following some correspondence with the brand. I have to admit this is the best lip balm I have ever used and lived up to all expectations. 

I have quite big lips which when I was younger I hated but now I have embraced and love (thanks Kylie Jenner for making big lips a trend!) The downside of bigger lips however I have found is that they can often become dry and cracked, particularly in the changing of the seasons. And this is something I have been suffering with lately. It doesn’t help that I have a bad habit of biting the skin on my lips when they are dry or when I’m stressed meaning they can be very sore. I used my intensive lip balm on a day when my lips were particularly painful and immediately my lips felt better. The balm is thick and feels almost luxurious. It subconsciously makes you feel like it’s making your lips better straight away because it just feels like it’s doing you good, except it really is! A few hours after application my lips already felt softer, smoother and somewhat healed. The balm lasts on the lips too, even if eating and drinking which is a bonus. The balm is clear but glossy on the lips and feels very moisturising which is win, win! One other point I’d like to mention is that I love that this product is in a handy squeeze tube. It makes it handy to carry about and is much less messy than a tin, more hygienic too!

Overall I love this product and when it runs out I will certainly be repurchasing! I love to apply it before bed so I wake up with soft lips that makes lipstick application so much easier (you will thank me later!) 

Thanks for reading, 

Emz xo

Eucerin is available online and also in boots and superdrug

Kildare village shopping trip

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Hello!

Wow, another busy weekend!

Saturday 07/11/15 saw me taking a trip with fellow blogger emmabeautyhauls to Kildare Village outlet shopping complex situated adjacent to Kildare village in Ireland’s most populated region.

My first visit to Kildare village was in April and I loved it so I was excited to return especially as I had heard the village had recently expanded bringing with it the likes of Benefit and Fossil!

Unfortunately it rained all day but that didn’t dampen our spirits! Our first stop was of course Cath Kidston, a must see if you love your florals and ditsy prints. There were some really great offers, but nothing that really caught my eye. Next we headed to Joules and I made a few sneaky early Christmas gift purchases. There were some really great bargains here which might explain the sheer number of people in the store! In fact every store was jam packed, possibly as people were trying to escape the rain (outlet shopping is not suited for Irish weather) but also I suppose there aren’t too many Saturday’s left until Christmas (eek!). Kate spade was high on my list of places I had to visit, we both had a little spend in here. I was after an iPhone 6 case as I had previously bought a Kate spade case from the Apple Store due to being talked into it buy a sales assistant. She assured me they were one of the best cases you can buy to protect your phone and she was right, they are great and well worth the money. Kate spade in Kildare sell these for 25 euro which is a great deal considering I spent around £30 for my original case. We visited benefit which was a beautiful store but one downside was there were no prices on any of the items which I found off putting. We visited the new fossil store, again fab and well worth a look. Kildare village was decorated for Christmas and there were twinkle lights everywhere! They had an area dedicated to Christmas put together in the style of mini Christmas market, it was cute I will admit but a little disappointing. There were only a few stalls but plenty of room for more, selling handmade crafts and a little bar area with a very festive feel.

There aren’t too many places to eat in the Kildare village although this has been added to through the new phase 2 extension. There are also some really high end stores if you have the budget for it but equally some more purse friendly options. All in all I had a great day, Kildare village is well worth a visit and especially at this time of year (check the weather forecast and dress accordingly!).

Thanks for reading,

Emz xx