Monday, 22 August 2016
Zara is killing it and the moment. And by it, I mean my bank balance. Take my money, just take it. Seriously, I may as well just go and set up a direct debit. I cannot be within a certain radius of the South King Street, Dublin store without buying something.
The latest item added to my carefully curated collection is this Zara Embroidered Frilled Top. I love the frill at the bottom and the floral detail to the cuffs and front. I've been wearing this to work with black tapered trousers and tan loafer but also at the weekend with blue skinny jeans and my old reliable converse.
I recently bought these Chanel dupe shoes from Zara and if you follow me on Instagram you'd seen this stripe and tassel shirt. Loving Zara right now although my purse hates me right now. I want it ALL.
Have you bought anything from Zara recently? Not that I need any more encouragement...
Friday, 19 August 2016
If you caught my recent haul post you'll see that a mini Mason Pearson Hairbrush was one of the things I bought. Purchased on a whim but I'm so glad I bought this. The hype is real, believe the hype!
I needed a new small brush to keep in my handbag and apparently, no I couldn't have just bought another Denman one from Boots... I never thought I'd have a strong opinion on a hair brush but now I understand why this is a cult classic beauty product, loved by hair stylists and beauty editors alike. They come in different sizes, a range of handle colours and a mix of nylon and/or boar bristles. The boar bristles gently massage and stimulate the scalp to stimulate and distribute its natural oils. It detangles effortlessly, gliding through my thick hair without snagging. My hair can be prone to frizz but this leaves it smooth and free of static.
Yes, an expensive buy for a hair brush but given that I splurge on shampoo et al I thought I was about time I invested in a decent hair brush and pulled the trigger on the Mason Pearson Pocket Hairbrush which will last me a life time. This and Oribe products are my hair HGs. If you're in Dublin, Hickey's pharmacy on Grafton Street stock them too.
Wednesday, 17 August 2016
Please accept my apologies for the protracted delay in publishing any posts! I know, I know
but I've recently started a new job so things have been a bit hectic chez LLA but I'm back now so blogging (beauty spam) continues! Today's post is on a one of my favourite hand creams La Mer The Hand Treatment.
I've never been particularly faithful to or enamoured of one hand cream until now. It delivers on scent without compromising on hydration. Delightfully non greasy. It absorbs easily, leaving my hands smooth and soft. This rich cream envelops the skin in a comforting blanket of moisture. One of the most softening creams I've tried, providing an instant injection of moisture. Also, it is a product you could apply in lieu of perfume. It's fresh scent lingers throughout the day. It smells dreamy and while strong it's not overpowering.
Definitely a luxe offering but you'll know from posts like this and this that I'm a huge fan of La Mer. An indulgent offering, this is not the hand cream to slather on generously. Although if I could afford to, I'd marinate in the stuff! I'm looking forward to using La Mer The Hand Treatment during the colder months (or you know our Irish Summer) to soothe and relieve even the worst Winter chapped hands.
Monday, 15 August 2016
I've been shopping. To put it mildly. Ahem. In my defence, everything ran out at one, I had loyalty points to redeem, I just really, REALLY wanted to shop... So yes, a high-end/luxe beauty haul is the subject of today's post. Here what I bought:
The impulse purchase - a mini Mason Pearson Hairbrush. The boar bristles gently massage and stimulate the scalp to stimulate and distribute its natural oils. It detangles effortlessly, gliding through my thick hair without snagging. My hair can be prone to frizz but this leaves it smooth and free of static.
My go-to scent - Tom Ford Velvet Orchid. If you're a long time LLA reader you'll know from posts like this from 2012?! that I wore Black Orchid for years and Velvet Orchid since its launch. This smells heady and musky without being overpowering. It smells decadent, expensive and utterly addictive.
HG skincare product - Biologique Recherché Lotion P50v. What more can I say about this longstanding favourite. I feel panic when this starts to run low. A game changer that screams efficacy. A restorative exfoliating experience. If you're in Dublin, Vedas Beauty stock BR.
Luxury personified - La Mer The Hand Treatment. The ultimate hand cream for those dedicated to soft hands. Hydrating, nourishing, fast absorbing and smells divine. An undeniable luxury.