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Lush Retread Conditioner Review

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Making my hair go through so many colours and bleach really has weighed it’s toll and this is why I am trying to rescue it. Searching for so many nourishing conditioners etc etc and not finding anything has made me doubt that I will ever rescue my hair..until I went into Lush in Cork and was recommended the Retread conditioner.

She also recommended the shampoo but because my funds were too low I didn’t get it as well. However I will get it as well as the conditioner this Wednesday when I travel up to Dublin for the Warehouse AW14 Press Preview (look out for that blog post soon!).

You might have guessed my thoughts on it from that sentence but I will tell you anyway. The conditioner smells delicious and it’s got mostly natural ingredients.

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Ingredients:

Agar Infusion (Gelidium cartilagineum) , Propylene Glycol , Soya Milk (Glycine soja) , Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate , Fresh Cantaloupe Melon (Cucumis Cantalupensis) , Olive Oil (Olea europaea) ,Perfume , Natural Yoghurt , Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima) , Lanolin , Cetearyl Alcohol , Cetrimonium Bromide , Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis) ,Synthetic Musk , Violet Leaf Absolute (Viola odorata) ,Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus dulcis) , Neroli Oil (Citrus amara) , *Benzyl Benzoate , Methylparaben ,Propylparaben

Here is what the Lush website says about it.

Retread is our super-smoothing conditioning cream that gives sad hair its shine and bounce back. Use it when your hair is feeling absolutely wrecked. This rich conditioner makes your hair look better, but more importantly, it moisturizes and feeds your hair the nutrients it needs. We use a blend of softening and hydrating ingredients, including seaweed, lanolin, fresh canteloupe and protein-rich yoghurt and soya milk to strengthen locks. Then we blend in olive, jojoba and avocado oils to give a truly deep condition. Together all these ingredients add up to a nutritious heavy weight conditioner. Put a plentiful helping on your hair and let it go to work.

I have to say that it basically does what it says and what it is..I have been using it since the day after I bought it and all I can say is, is that it has made my hair so much better. Before my hair was so brittle and dry and you could definitely see it in the ends. My hair felt like straw. I use it every time I get into the shower and what I do is; I first wash my hair and then get a big handful in my hand and apply it through the middle and ends of my hair because it needs it basically. I then leave it there and continue with my shower..at the very end I then rinse it off. The good thing about the conditioner is that it didn’t make my hair greasy and it didn’t weigh it down like others I have tried. After my hair has air dried it always feels so soft and healthy. Even my boyfriend has noticed the difference.

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I am at the very end of the pot and have been using it for 2 months now so you can judge how long it will last you. I am going to repurchase it as I have mentioned above (It cost me €15 and worth every cent) and I will be getting the shampoo as well because the shampoo I bought myself to try and nourish my hair is not worth a cent, in my opinion. It dries out my hair even more and hasn’t nourished it at all…it has done nothing basically.

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I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has dry brittle hair and has dyed it a million times. Let me know if you have used it also and what your thoughts are on it.

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Make it Electric!

Hey guys,

lucky you if you’re going to Electric Picnic! Hope you enjoy yourselves! If you can’t yet decide or if you haven’t yet bought your festival outfit then Warehouse will help you out with the perfect festival ready outfit.

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Because our weather is so temperamental you can never be too careful in what to pack for a festival. So it’s best to be prepare. What better place than Warehouse. I love how individual yet trendy they are and they always have something for any occasion.

Denim cut offs are a must for any festival and going the boho chic way is the best way, in my opinion. You can pear denim cut offs with anything and here you can see how you can do that very easily. A backpack for all your necessities is a must and I would definitely recommend going for either a faux leather or real leather one like the red one below.

 

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Another outfit which would be easy to put together and can be transformed is a dress. You can make it boho chic again or uber 90’s. Pair it with the hat of the season, fedora, and away you go.

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Last but not least is my favourite look. It’s super rock chick and one that I would definitely wear. I live in jeans and these are amazing. The knee slit is on trend this season and can you believe I have not gotten myself a pair yet?! These Warehouse ones look AMAAAAZING!

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I hope this has helped you in choosing your perfect festival outfit. Which would you choose?

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Peter Ting for Oasis

Hey guys,

Some exciting news about Oasis and if you are an Oasis fan. Peter Ting, award winning ceramic designer has collaborated with them and though I don’t know his designs personally I can definitely say you will be excited about this. It has already launched, it launched last Friday 22nd, and the prints are amazing.

Taking inspiration from traditional Chinese (Hua Niao) flower bird paintings, the print features beautiful in flight hummingbird silhouettes. I think what he has created is basically a masterpiece with this print.

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Peter Ting 'Flutter' printed bomber jacket EUR 69, trousers EUR 47, camisole top EUR 28, shoes EUR 62 Oasis

Oasis Design Director, Clive Reeve, commented; “I have always loved ceramics and admired Peter’s work. His beautiful bird designs and sophisticated palette form the basis of this gorgeous collection.”

The collection consists of thirteen pieces and they’re so individual. I love the garnets he chose to put his mark on. It really goes with what the hummingbird signifies.

Charming shades greens and purples (my favourite colour) form a perfect palette to make the move into Autumn. Peter adds; “I am thrilled to collaborate with Oasis. The collection captures the charm, energy and spirit of Flutter by Oasis and I feel a real affinity and fondness for a brand that loves pattern and print as much as I do! Seeing my original ceramic designs transform into a beautiful clothing collection has been an utterly absorbing and completely fascinating process.”

The pieces are available in store and online and the prices start at €28

Peter Ting 'Flutter' printed top EUR 35, skirt EUR 35, shoes EUR 62 Oasis Peter Ting 'Flutter' v neck drop hem dress EUR 69, shoes EUR 62 Oasis

 

Here are my top picks from the collection…let me know which are your faves and go get shopping as they won’t be there for long!

 

My Picks from Peter Ting's Collab with Oasis

 

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ITWBN

Hey guys so I’m back (how many times have I said that right?) I have been working non-stop and have lost the motivation to blog but fear not I’ve regained it and hopefully you’re as excited as I am :p

I want to begin this next chapter (In September I’ll be blogging for 3 years?!) with a blog post on the blogger event I recently attended. It was organised by the lovely Sinead from Yummy Mummy Fashion and Lifestyle blog and it was great.

The venue was also beautiful! It was the Gaslight Restaurant at the Meyrick Hotel and my gosh it’s such a beautiful Hotel. It’s bang in the centre of Galway city and it’s close to everything. It’s perfect if you’re there for a city break or a weekend/weekday escape.

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I arrived there and was greeted by super stylish bloggers..we were all greeted with cocktails which were amazing!

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We then sat down in our designated area to talk about different topics that were on the table. While we were talking the Gaslight staff brought us over some yummy foodie goodies. They were delicious.

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I met a lot of great bloggers at the event and can’t wait for the next one…I was also honoured that the bloggers there picked me as their most stylish blogger. Thank you all :) I won a Fanny Crown dress of my choice (I have just chosen-it was so hard!) We each received a goodie bag, thank you McSharry pharmacy! There were also prizes on the day and some of them included Pixy items!

Lets take a look inside the goodie bag shall we?…

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I can’t wait to try it all! Here’s a list of all the bloggers that attended :) Check out their blogs. Go on..it’s a lazy Sunday after all :)

Susan Gaynor: Make up by Ruby Sue

Anna Siobhan McDonagh: Anna MUA

Deirdre Cribbin: Deeva Makeup
Jen Morris: Too Dolly Makeup
Margaret McGauley: Mags Style
Emilee Jayne Lohan: Freaky Smudge
Saibh Egan: Saibh Egan Photography
The Galway Player: The Galway Player
Sinéad Carroll: Yummy Mummy Fashion & Lifestyle Blog
Siobhan Mary Leonard: Dreaming In Sequins
Ana Elizabeth Aguila: Elizabeth’s Beauty
Orla Martyn: Beyond The Fashion
Seana Curley: Innocent Illusion
Stephanie Buckley: Eat Sleep Chic
Rebecca Casserly: Bec Boop
Emily Maree: Emily Maree.com
Jessica Thompson: Beautiful Health
The Falconette: Flying Like A Falcon
Ruth Kemple: The Beauty Kemple
Lorna Ruane: LC’s Closet
Neil Joyce: Maverick
Neasa Conroy: All That Glitters
Aidan Judge A Judge Outlook
Regina Finan: Guests To Garters

 

Hope you’re having a lazy Sunday like I am :)

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Best Dressed Winner At Galway Races

It’s the time for the races and we all love to dress up and hopefully win the prize for Best Dressed. This time that prize went to the lovely Helen Murphy from Cork, Winner of Best Dressed at the Ladies Day at the Galway Races, and she was wearing a stunning skirt from Coast! It’s a beautiful full turquoise skirt and her outfit was amazing.

So girly, fun yet still chic.

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Helen Murphy from Douglas, Co. Cork, winner of the Best Dressed Lady at the Galway Races. Photo by Declan Monaghan

 

The skirt is the RITA 50’s midi skirt and it is lovely how she has paired it here but you can also go with a metallic top as well or add another colour, perhaps a pastel pink. I decided to style this skirt three ways. I still kept it’s femininity with the tops by adding two different colours and the third one I added a different texture, lace. I think this look is topped off nicely with a metallic silver shoe and a quirky/clean handbag.

 

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Styling one skirt three ways with coast

 

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Retail Fashion Intern’s OOTD

Hey guys,

So I know I promised a few OOTDs while I was on my week’s holidays but well I just decided to enjoy it since it was just one week. But I am back with an OOTD and hmm did any of you want me to do a review of any of the items from my 5 faves of the week post?

As you all know I have been working since Feb (read all about it here) and  I am loving it. I sometimes just get stuck in a rut and don’t come up with any nice outfits for work but today I was really happy with what I put on. It’s not something amazing but I like it anyways.

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I bought the One Teaspoon gold Iggy’s in their sale and it is just $5 AUD which is amazing! and to ship to Ireland it’s $30 but it’s fine. Now they’re not as gold as on the site as you can tell from the photos and jeepers when they say stiff on the description they really mean stiff! I have them now for 2 weeks and today I finally wore them. I had to run some errands and jeepers my legs were tired after walking in them. So they’re good to get a work out in!

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However I think they look so chic with all black and have them as the statement. Hope I made sense. I wanted to wear them with my Toga Pulla Blue Suede boots but they’re not short enough and they’re not good when turned up…on me anyways. I went with my trusty cut out Topshop shoes.

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I got this stunning top in Zara yesterday with another stunning piece which I’ll show you in another ootd and I’m so glad I got it because it’s amazing and it was just €13 in the sale!

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I am wearing my O’Donnell Boutique jacket with the cutouts and I think that jacket is the best thing ever invented! It’s so soft and I live in it basically.

On my face I have on Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Desert Beige and I have on my new Chanel lipstick in Rouge Noir which is stunning!

Hope you like this outfit and do let me know what you think.

Ana

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Baby B. Browne Official Tan Partner For Miss Ireland 2014

Hey guys,

I don’t know if you remember back when I did a review of Baby B. Browne self tan which you can read here…well as you can guess from the title they are the official tan partner for Miss Ireland 2014. Which they deserve! and CONGRATULATIONS!!

“As one of the leading tanning brands in Ireland, the brand will be providing spray tanning treatments to all the contestants at the grand final which takes place on Saturday 19th July at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin. Contestants will also receive complementary tanning products for use in the run up to the final.” LUCKY!!

 

The Miss Ireland crown, which is in it’s 67th year, is one of Ireland’s most covetable crown and there will be 32 contestants from the country. It will take place in London in September.

“The organisers of Miss Ireland were looking to collaborate with a tanning brand that provided contestants with a natural looking, streak free and flawless color and so with this in mind, they selected Baby B. Browne.”

Assumpta O’Neill of Baby B. Browne said: “At Baby B. Browne our mission is to provide high-quality tanning products that make women look and feel more beautiful. As an Irish company, we are excited in partnering with this prestigious event which celebrates some of Ireland’s most beautiful women and we look forward to helping the contestants on this exciting journey”

 

Baby B. Browne self-tanning products are quickly becoming one of the most popular tanning brands in Ireland. All products use only the highest quality ingredients and the moisture rich formulas help to nourish the skin and provide an incredibly even fade.  The Baby B. Browne range is designed to react with each individual’s skin pigment to create a natural looking colour. The products are easy to apply, streak-free, dry quickly and create an instantly natural looking and long lasting tan

 

Baby B. Browne is available in leading salons across Ireland. For a full list of stockists visit www.babybbrowne.com.

Just want to say good luck to all contestants and enjoy your Baby B. Browne tanned legs and goodies!

Ana.

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5 Of My Favourite Things This Week

Hey guys,

How have you been? I’m on my one week holiday at the moment and have been itching to do more blog posts and I am planning to do a few outfit posts this week so do look out for them and do remember that if you do want to know when my next post will be you should subscribe/follow my blog and then you will get a notification when I post something new.

I decided to do this post because well if I were to do a monthly favourites post then you’ll be reading forever so, being inspired by Taylor from My Lucite Dreams 5 Things this week where she shares her faves for that specific week, I am going to try to do this every week..if I have favourites and then you can see what I’m loving. Also I have noticed that you do prefer my reviews of products so if you do want to see more reviews of anything or even any item I show in my faves of the week then do let me know in the comments section below. I’d appreciate your feedback.

Anyways lets start. I have 4 beauty items that I have been using for more than a week but had to share as I have been using it almost all of last week. (The foundation I did purchase last Thursday but I had been using the sample I was given before).

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Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, Estee Lauder Youth Dew Perfume, Caudalie Cleansing Water

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Desert Beige, Toga Pulla Lorna Boots in Blue Suede

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I am so in LOVE with my boots and every time I walk the buckles make noise just like a cowboy would. They’re comfy if you don’t wear them on a day that is above 20 degrees and they just add such style and chicness to any outfit! LOVE LOVE LOVE! I got them at the Brown Thomas sale but you can get the same ones on Farfetch

Ana

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Rciprocity | Luxury Handbags With A Difference

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Rciprocity is a sisterhood. It’s a way of life, it is a way to help a life, a soul. A woman…an entrepreneur. Rciprocity is bringing you luxurious hand bags made to give back. It helps one woman (or group of women) to achieve their dreams. When you buy a bag you are basically making someone’s dream possible.

Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 19.54.56As it says above it is a hand bag which you CANNOT knock off because there is something behind buying that bag with Rciprocity. There is that feeling of being fulfilled…you have done something good. All the bags are designed globally, including places like the mecca of fashion, Florence, Italy and they are finished to the highest standard. It is a piece of luxury which you can be grateful for having and you won’t be looking at it thinking ‘why did I buy this I never wear it.’

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The best thing is that when you help one of these women entrepreneurs you can see their progress. I’ll also let you in on a secret, “you can actually suggest what you would like the designers to design using their contact form, it’s not something they have on the website, but when speaking with the founder, she said they want to make it collaborative and so consumers “who happen to know” can email their ideas and it will be definitely taken into consideration and they could receive that bag for free if they decide to pursue it.  Each bag is unique and most are handmade, it comes with a charm and the Rciprocity logo so you will be reminded of what good you have done.

I am in love with the bags that their designers have created. Their so unique and I would like to share with you my favourites

I talked to one of the founders, Sherna, maybe a month or so ago and I was so excited when she was telling me about Rciprocity. It’s such a great idea and I just wish everyone would think like them. I love that they’re helping women. We all need to unite and stop bitching about and at each other. If we untie as one, as a sisterhood, then we can Rule the WORLD. We, women, are better as one and are way better than men (sorry but it’s true) we analyze and try to come up with the best possible solution instead of just going to war in a second. We basically talk things through so that is why I am in love with what they are doing and I hope that this is going to be uber successful and I have no doubts it will. When my funds are good I will for sure be buying hand bags from them because it’ll give me the satisfaction of knowing that I just spent my money but I helped another woman. I might sound a bit feminist but to be honest..I am and I’m proud. Let me know what you think and I hope that you too are as excited about this as I am. I hope, if you can help, you will help them by buying a bag. But anyways I hope you like this post, make sure to go on their website and sign up to their mailing list as they will be launching soon so you know when that will be and oh! let me know your opinion in the comments below.

 

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My Ideal Summer Escape

I decided to enter the Blogger Competition which I would advise you to also if you are a blogger of course because the prize is amazing!

You have to show them what your ideal summer escape would be in any form you like and I chose to use Polyvore.

My ideal summer escape is definitely sunny California…I was working all last week and it decided to be the warmest week we’ve had yet and now when I’m off it decided to be raining (Typical! Stupid Irish Weather) so that is why I chose sunny Cali. I want to actually live there sometime in the near future (fingers crossed) because I just need the sun and what better place then California.

I would love to go around and just experience the California vibe and the gorgeousness of the desert in my Harley Davidson. (yes I plan to own one hopefully!) I want to watch the palm trees go by as I cruise on my Harley. So of course you have to keep your peepers safe and what better way than with Pretavoir’s new Sherbet Collection! They’re gorgeous candy colours and I love the one I chose. It seems to have a mirrored effect lens and it’s a pastel-y pink shade which compliments the outfit I chose.

I went for the Mickey One Teaspoon Awesome Baggies and a striped shirt with some nude Karen Millen boots. Of course you can wear a leather jacket for when it cools at night and perhaps a fedora. But that would be my ideal summer escape and I hope to make it a reality sooner rather than later!

 

My Ideal Summer Escape
My Ideal Summer Escape by anaelizabethaguila featuring Pretavoir sunglasses

Where would be your ideal summer escape?