NEW LOVE: FCUK Polished Whipped Bodycream

Hello my lovelies!
I got this gorgeous bodycream for Christmas as part of a set of goodies
from French Connection. I just HAD to post about it because I am actually obsessed with it. NO JOKE PEOPLE! Every chance I get I am smoothing this onto myself. I can not get enough of it. Sometimes I even just find myself opening the lid, having a sniff and closing it again, just to give myself a hit. Gosh I sound like a junkie.

This stout tub contains 300ml of creamy goodness. I must admit I love that its pink.
It boasts extracts of orange blossom and pomegranate, shea butter and sweet almond oil. Ok orange, pomegranate, almonds? YUM. Im getting hungry now. Anything with shea butter in it and im sold anyway.
The back of the tub states that it has a rich and velvety texture and provides lasting hydration. The sweet almond oil helps to nourish and smooth while the shea butter helps lock in moisture and protect against dehydration.

I can honestly say this is the goddess of bodycreams. I never post about beauty products I love. Maybe because I rarely find any that Im so mad about. But this thick cream leaves my skin feeling supple and soft, and smelling delicious.
I wish I could somehow capture the scent of this beautiful cream and send it to you all. I love it. It smells sexy and warm and sunny and nutty..And ts so rich and creamy that you feel pampered and amazing after using it.

If you don't believe me it is available in Boots for £5.75 or about €7 if you want to pop in and have a cheeky sniff!

**Times I opened the tub to have a sniff during the writing of this post: 3

Hope you are all having a lovely evening and i'll speak to you all soon :)
Aoif x

Stylish Thinking

Hello dollies! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas! Today for me will mostly consist of lounging around doing nothing, procrastinatng while I should be getting on with my dissertation, eyeing up potential beauty and clothing purchases online and cooking some nice healthy dishes to eradicate the guilt of eating so much food yesterday.

But first i'd like to introduce you to the newest member of my shoe collection, Mr. Kurt Geiger. :D

If you've followed me for a while you'd know how much I love these babies, and imagine my shock yesterday morning when my boyfriend handed me over a beautifully wrapped package with a cheeky smile on his face. Upon rippage, I came to find that I had finally been united with the most beauiful shoes in the world. :) I am still in shock to be honest. My boyfriend (like most men) does not understand how important material goods are to women, and these items are not things we want, but things we need. Something 'practical' would be a better present, i've heard him say too often. But it seemed as if the heavens had opened and my prayers had been answered, because yesterday, my boyfriend finally showed me that he understood my obsession and necessity for material goods. :) Hallelujiah!

I got a few other bits and bobs that I will show you all in another post, but I thought I would nab this from the gorgeous Missy Elz because as I have already stated, I am procrastinating. :P

One of my first fashion memories... Aged 6. I stepped out donned in a bright blue wooly jumper with a giant cartoony panda on the front, knitted by my mother. It was quite retro, and since then, my secret love for wooly knits has never faltered.

One of the most treasured items in my wardrobe... My new Kurt Geigers. I don't know how Im ever going to wear them out because Im so afraid of anything happening to them. Sad or wha.

You may not know this but... My arms don't straighten the whole way. Its unnoticable until pointed out, and its hard to explain, but the bone at my elbow is positioned in a particular way that makes my arm look as if its bent when really its straight. Sounds daft I know.

My favourite place in the world is... France. I have something of a love affair with France. Everyone says they adore Paris, and it really is an amazing city, but over the summer I became so attached to the little town of Brantome, in the South West. The culture, the language, the food... Its everything I want in my life. The French know how to eat.

My style icon is... I really don't have one. There are people whose fashion sense I admire and draw inspiration from; Coco Chanel, Zooey Dechanel, Diana Vickers, Ashley Olsen, Fearne Cotton, Dita Von Teese, and Irina Lazareanu to name a few. I have no one person whom I derive inspiration from.

I own so many... Shoes. Its terrible.

It's important for me to... Look good when I go shopping. It sounds shallow but I always feel that the shop assistants judge what I wear. Same goes for makeup.

A moment I will always remember... When I realised my boyfriend was the One. Yes with a capital 'O'!

My trademark is... Im not sure really. Ive been told I change my look a lot. Im a Gemini, what can I say, I get bored easily.

If I could turn back the clock... I would have kept my peroxide blonde hair. It was awesome.

A person who changed my life... The guy who invented Youtube. Because if it weren't for the beauty community I would still probably be my 14 year old self in the head and know absolutely nothing about makeup.

Thanks for reading and i'd be interested to see if anyone else did this little thing :)
Aoif x

Beauty Haulage

Hello dollies! This post was meant to be posted last week but the photies didnt upload. Here it is now!

So when I popped myself into Boots a few weeks ago I found myself diving for bits and pieces I knew very well I didn't need, but thought to myself, 'hey, i've got cash to burn on this gift card, go on Aoif, treat yourself!' :P
But me being me, I persuaded myself that I did of course need these items, and told myself it would be ok as I kind of made up for it by purchasing a few 3 for 2 items. Yes! I go for the bargains!

Heres what I bought:

And a few closeups:

Boots Botanics Skin Brightening Cleanser and Toner - I decided to change up my skincare routine a tad and opt for a wipe away cleanser for once. Most of the time I feel like my face isn't actually clean if I don't use water, but this stuff is just lovely. It smells divine too. If im wearing a lot of makeup i'll use a makeup wipe first to get rid of the excess, then use this to ensure every last bit of dirt and grime has been removed from my face :) It's a skin brightening cleanser, which is just what I need during these harsh winter months. I am quite happy with the toner as well, I could drink this it smells so good; like a liquid rose garden, so fresh and clean scented. It refreshes my face after using the cleanser and makes sure it is squeaky clean.

Boots Botanics Organic Smoothing Face Polish - This scrub does exactly what it states, and that is exfoliate! Its nice to use two or three times a week to remove dead skin cells and leave behind a bright complexion. It contains cranberry and cupuacu (I have no clue what that is but it sounds fab!), but it kind of smells and feels like liquid brown bread. Please do not be alarmed, I was not keen to use this as I detest brown bread, but now I have come to enjoy it.

Aussie Volume and Conditioning Mousse and Coloured Hair Protection and Shine Serum -
Aussie products are quite the dark horse next to leading brands such as Tresemmé and the like. They are fantastic. This mousse smells amazing, volumises, and leaves hair shiny without any frizz. The serum is amazing too. The best thing about it is you dont even have to use a pea sized blob to tame your entire head, meaning it will last AGES! It smells delicious, and when used on a recent night out, it kept my hair in place all night. Tres happy with that like.

Lipstick from L-R: Revlon Superlustrous Lipstick in 700 Fire and Ice, Revlon Matte Lipstick in 006 Really Red, Barry M Lip Paint in 100 (Baby Pink)
First off, the lack of lighting in this picture does not do the red lippies any justice, because they really are so vibrant. I apologise!
I love Fire and Ice. Its beautiful, lasts ages and moisturises my lips. Really Red I was not so sure of because I find that Matte Lippies tend to dry my lips out but this is great for a really striking classic pin up look. :) To be honest I haven't tried the Barry M one yet as I had not intended on purchasing this. I thought I had picked up 101 Marshmallow, but to my dismay I had picked this one up instead and only realised after I had got home and torn off the packaging. I find that it does feel a bit chalky in texture and im not sure it will suit my complexion. But I will do a more in depth review at a later date :)

Barry M Limited Edition Lip Wands in Red and Baby Pink, Cocoa Butter Vaseline, and Barry M Liquid Liner - I did a product rave post last month regarding the Barry M lipwands and I couldn't resist picking up the Limited Edition ones when I saw them in Boots. The red seemed perfect for smoothing over Fire and Ice when I wanted a glossy finish, and the baby pink is perfect over nudes, worn alone, or over well.. baby pinks. I only picked up the liner because after a quick trip to Inglot I was told the gel liner I had waited patiently for for ages was sold out, again, so thought i'd give this Barry M one a go until I could get my hands on the Inglot liner. So far it does suffice, the liner tip is quite thick so its thick liquid liner whether you like it or not! It doesn't last as well as the Rimmel Glam Eyes Professional Liner I have been using for aggggges so I may resort to that again.

Catrice All Around Concealer - I had heard the lovely Dazzledust25 and gorgeous KatieElisabeth21 talk about this concealer palette before and was interested to see what the fuss was about. This baby was €1.99! Seriously. I was shocked as well. And so I didn't expect much from it. It contains 5 concealer colours; A pink to conceal dark circles, a green to cancel out red spots, and 3 skin coloured shades that can be mixed and matched to suit your skin tone. I have been using Benefits Erase Paste in No. 1 Fair for the past while but it is too pink for my skin tone. The second shade in this palette matches my skin perfectly. I was quite surprised at this! This is a bargain to be honest, the coverage is fairly all right, it not the best concealer in the world or anything, but for €2 it is an absolute steal. 5 shades?! Come on!

Anyway rambles over! I got some more lovely Beauty goodies for Christmas so I will review them soon enough. Product Rave also!
Hope youre all having a nice monday :)
Aoif x

Yes.. Another Foodie Post.

Ok so I have no idea whats up with my bloggy. My info on the sidebar has completely
vanished, so I thought I'd annoy you all with another wee post about my food blog, to make up for the missing link on the side there.
It is also to get you all in the festive Christmas mood and such as I CANNOT WAIT for Christmas dinner and thought i'd sprinkle a bit of festive sparkle unto all my readers. It will also allow you to coo over my latest seasonal creations which are my lovely little gingerbread men :)

Check them out as well as some of my other recipes here at The Kooky Crumb

Thank you all for reading and I will be posting a little beauty post for you tomorrow :)

Aoif x

What I Wore.. Last Night

Hello lovelies, heres an outfit post for you from last night.
My college friends and I ventured out into Dublin's City Centre for a bit of a Christmas do, and my god it was freezing!

Apologies for the blurriness!

Blouse - Asos
Dress worn as skirt - Also Asos
Shoes - Topshop
Belt - Primark

Face: Revlon Photoready Foundation in Shell (Coquillage)
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Medium
Benefit Coralista
ELF Bronzer
Sephora Highlighter

Eyes: MAC Thunder, MAC Sketch and Urban Decay's Zero
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara
Lord & Berry Black Eye Kohl
Barry M Liquid Liner
ELF Falsies

Lips: Revlon Matte Really Red
Barry M Limited Edition Lip Wand in Baby Pink

Thnaks for reading and I hope youre all having a nice weekend! :) x
Aoif x


Hello dollies :)

Just a quick post to inform you all aboot my lovely new food blog if you missed my previous food blog announcement!

I have just updated my blog with a post about Christmas Food Hampers and edible gifts I will be making this Christmas so if youre a foodie like myself you should definitely check it out!

Blonde me! FOODIE!

Check it out HERE: The Kooky Crumb

Love to you all! :) xxx

What I Wore Today.

Bonjour mes belles!
Today Im just posting my Chanel/Geek/Granny inspired look for you :)

Chanel because I love the whole black and white tailored look;
Geek because of the glasses;
Granny because of the pearls and pleated skirt thats miles too big :P

I shook it up with a tan coloured belt, pearls and plaid style tights and I finished it off with a slick of red lippie from Lancome :)

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!



Hiya girlies!

This a lovely quick post to inform you all I have begun a FOOD BLOG called The Kooky Crumb. :) Yay!
If you love eating delicious tasty homemade food this is the place to go! :)

Although I love beauty and fashion, food is pretty much my life. I study it in college I mean come on! And I could ramble about food all day. (I do already!)

It will pretty much be about some of the gorgeous tasty creations I cook at home, how to do it and how to have fun with it! This Christmas I will be making loads of edible presents for family and friends, so if you fancy giving the people you love some thoughtful and yummy pressies you should definitely check it out :)

If you would be so kind as to follow me I would be ever so grateful. :)

Here is the linky :)
Take me to The Kooky Crumb!

Thank you so much to all my beautiful followers who follow my fashion blog, I love you all! :)

Kissies and sprinkles

Aoife x

Fashion Top 5

So I saw a Top 5 post on the gorgeous Amys blog and thought it was such a good idea!
After all this is a Fashion Blog and as I was inspecting my previous posts I realised I had been neglecting the fashion side of things quite a bit.
And so I vowed to make more of an effort for you ladies. :)

Here are my top 5 Fashion Picks for November :)

1. Snake Pin Tuck Shift Dress - Topshop

I dont know why I picked this to be honest, as its not what i'd usually go for.
But for some strange reason when I set eyes on it, I pictured myself wearing it with sheer black tights, my gorgeous black suede strapped heels from Faith, straightened hair with a full blunt fringe, and matte red lips. Hm, random!

2. Queen Skull Jacquard Clutch - Alexander McQueen

This clutch has such a gorgeous Baroque feel to it. The crown on the skull is what made me fall in love with it.

3. Camel Ruffle Back Shorts - Topshop

I know these have been around for ages, but I still havent got my hands on them! The colour is love.

4. Bouclé Wool Coat with Ribbon Flower - Moschino

Such a statement coat. The silhouette is so feminine. In my dreams I would own this! Sigh!

5. Chain Detail Peep Toe Boot - Kurt Geiger

Obviously :P I was born to own this shoe! Possibly the 3rd time it has been featured on this blog! Ive been hinting like a mad woman to my boyfriend about these beauties. Christmas pressie? :)

What are your fashion lust haves?
Hope you all have a lovely weekend :) xx

Haul: Lord & Berry

Hello my petalpops. Sincere apologies for lack of posts recently. My internet has been on the brink the past week, and Ive been totally swamped with work. Excuses excuses. I know. But im back!

Just wanted to say a hey diddly ho to my new followers, and thank you so much for following me. It means the world. :)

Thought i'd ease back into things with a wee makeup haul from the Italian brand Lord & Berry.
I obtained these products from my Mama who received them as a gift yonks ago but she decided she didnt want them. They were still in their original packaging! Unopened! Whoop.

I had never heard of them before and reckoned they looked a bit mish mash. But upon researching I came to find they were a high class brand with only 2 stores in the whole world! (New York and Milan if youre wondering :) )

So after opening and swatching and playing I came to the conclusion that these products were indeed absolutely delightful :)

I received:

  • A little palette with 6 eyeshadows, 2 blushers and a face powder.
  • 8 Lipstick pencils
  • 2 Lipliners
  • Liquid Liner in brown/black.

Swatches ahoy!

From L-R

Ultimate Lipstick in Seashell
Ultimate Lipstick in Espresso
Lipstique Ultimate Lipstick in Goldie
Ultimate Lipstick in Rose
Lipstique Ultimate Lipstick in Choco
Lipstique Ultimate Lipstick in Sunset

To be honest the two browns look exactly the same and so do the two golds and I probably would never wear those colours! The golds are kind of glazes though so maybe :P

From L-R
Softshine Lipstick in Nouveau Rose
Softshine Lipstick in Grapevine

From L-R
Eyeshadows: Moon, Mauve, Caramel Blond, Misty Rose, Pearled Almond, Truffle
Blushers: Nutmeg, Sweet Pink

Ultimate Lipliners Choco and Angella (on the top!)

I do really like these products so far, some of the colours are a bit too crazy for me to wear but sure we'll see how it goes!

Hope youre all well! :) x

Current Lust Have: Kurt Geigers

Hello dollies ! :)

My favourite shoe designer of all time has to be Kurt Geiger.
There is something about Kurt Geiger shoes that completely overwhelms me when I look at them, they just scream elegance, poise and beauty.
If I could have one wish it would be to have an endless supply of Kurt Geiger shoes.
It is ultimately their shape and design that sets them apart from the competition, and it is the innovation, creativity and thought that goes into the design of each shoe and attention to detail that makes me squeal with delight when I walk past their boutique in Dundrums House of Fraser. They are so pretty I can't contain myself.
I am a self confessed shoe-aholic, so don't worry if I am coming across as some sort of mentaller, it's ok.
Have a look for yourself to see what all the fuss is about :)

And these babies are on my Christmas wishlist :)

Sigh :)

What I Wore Today.

Hello my cherubs!
Quick outfit post :)

Jumper Dress: H&M

Seriously loving turquoise eyes at the moment. Cant get enough!! :)
Hope youre all well :) x

Product Rave: Barry M Lipgloss Wands

Hiya girlies :)

So from time to time I may do these kinds of posts, when I fall in love with a beauty product and feel the need to share my love for it with all my beautiful followers :)

So, chances are alot has already been said about this product,but I thought I'd give you my opinion of it for those who don't know about the brand, the product, or for those of you who just like reading other peoples views on things :)

Today's products are the Barry M Lipgloss Wands. Now I only have 2 of them, but I actually love them both so much. I have had the Toffee flavoured one for quite some time now, and a few weeks ago I decided to treat myself to some more gorgeous Barry M products; a few dazzledusts and another lipgloss wand. (More on the dazzledusts later :) )

I opted for the bright pink Bubblegum Lipgloss.

The colour may look mad to those of you who don't usually opt for such a vibrant rich lip colour, and I must admit I was a little scared of it at first, but worn with a neutral eye it really isnt that bad. :)

Upon first application, it is quite sheer, but the colour is easily buildable and lasts quite a long time.
This product only cost me around €3 on sale, but usually retails at about €5. I think it is really good value for money as the quality of the product is of a very high standard.

It looks a tad neon and bright and frivolous and just plain crazy, but Ive really become attached to its boldness and audacity.

Value: ♥♥♥♥♥
Repurchase: Yes

Hope youve enjoyed and are all having a fab weekend :)

Aoife xx

Foundation Help.

Hi my sweets!
So im on the lookout for a new foundation.
Over the years I have tried many different foundations and although some were good, some were also very very bad. I have now decided to let go of my beloved Makeup Forever HD Foundation and branch out and experiment with something else.
Interestingly, I have never tried any of the MAC foundations. I know, crazy right?
I have been in and out of MAC many a time testing and swatching the vast range of foundations on display, getting matched to my perfect shade and chatting to the lovely MAC girls about coverage and consistency. But despite all that, I have never purchased one. It may have been due to bad reviews from fellow bloggers and youtubers, many of whom admitted to having break outs due to MACs foundations, and I slowly sidled away from the idea of coveting one for myself.
For the last few months, I have been using the HD Foundation from Makeup Forever. I really like this foundation. But it gives quite a sheer coverage, is quite light, and although that was perfect for me at the end of the summer months, I crave something a little bit more full bodied for winter. Gosh I sound like a wine connoisseur.
I have tried and tested many drugstore foundations from Revlons Colourstay to Rimmels Matte Range and just never found one that was worthy of Holy Grail status.
If im going to dish out €30 for a foundation I would like it to be of a high standard. By high standard I mean non gloopy, non patchy, stay all day foundation. After all, foundation is the base of your makeup kit, your whole face, and if that goes wrong, well what hope does my eye makeup and lippie have.
I would be very grateful if you gorgeous girlies could recommend some of your favourite foundations to me, as I am feeling quite nonchalant and open to suggestions about this whole affair.
Love Aoife :) x

Not so interesting facts about me..

Heya ladies ! :D

Im lying in bed at the mo, so tired! Had a tote stressful day, was in the hospital for an op! It was not pleasant let me tell you, but I am ok now :)
I saw this on the gorgeous
Sophie's blog and thought i'd do one too :)

1. I am addicted to Malibu and Pineapple. And when I go out dancing and ive had a few of these, im the one that does NOT get off the dancefloor.

2. The makeup I had done for my 21st made me feel amazing, and that's what inspired me to study makeup artistry. I want others to feel how I felt.

3. Ive been with my boyfriend Carl 3 years now. He's the funniest guy in the world, and he looks after me. He drives me nuts sometimes, but its one of the reasons I love him so much.

We sometimes do facemasks together.

4. Carl's daughter Ella is one of the most amazing people ive ever met. You cant help but smile when she looks at you.

5. I make wedding cakes in college. Among other things.

6. I used to have hair like this.

(Blonde Aoif)

then this.

(Red Aoif)

7. I like my food like this.

hmmmmmm. ive gone blank! oh.

8. I have to sleep on my stomach.
9. I cry at the most random things.
10. I used to play bass guitar in a few bands.
11. I want to own my own food shop one day.
12. I bite my nails like a mothertrucker.
13. I want to make new friends.
14. Im a black belt in karate.
15. I HATE blue cheese.
16. I possibly love shoes more than life itself. So shallow.
17. I can quote every single line in the film Mrs Doubtfire.
18. I have huge crushes on Michel Roux Jr, Marco Pierre White and David Bowie.
19. My favourite actor is John Cusack.
20. My favourite band are the Pixies.
21. I have blue eyes, but when im feeling sad they turn grey. :(
22. I have the biggest pupils EVER. People often ask am I on drugs. Nice.

Shocking. I cant think of anymore. The first few were ones I actually had pictures for! The rest were quite random. Apologies! But thank you for reading :)

Time for bed me thinks. Goodnight :) x