REVIEW: OCC Lip Tar

You’ll notice a lot of my review products come from Doll Face House of Makeup; I really can’t recommend this shop enough. It’s where I hear of all the newest products and services. They are always ahead of the game. It does take me a while to catch up but when I finally get a chance to peruse the shop; I’m like a kid in a sweet shop. Walls covered in the best quality makeup, some even exclusive to Northern Ireland, what’s not to love.

For my last birthday, my sister gifted me a little voucher. One of the things I picked up was the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Red. To be honest, I’d never heard of the brand until my sister recommended it.

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I love a strong lip but hate having to reapply it every half hour. The Lip Tar is REALLY long lasting and this colour is so vibrant. You only need the tiniest amount to get a strong lip. Just look at how little there is on the brush below and I swear I had actually some left over after applying it to my lips (see last picture for results).

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You can wear it either matte by blotting it on some tissue paper or glossy. What ever way you wear it, be careful! It is so powerful. I can’t stress how little you actually need.

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Have you ever used any of the Lip Tars or anything by OCC?

Lala xx

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REVIEW: Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner

Liquid eye liner can be a scary business. I genuinely only felt brave enough to start using it last summer. I’ve found liquid eyeliner can make (or break) your makeup look. It adds some extra definition to your eyes and makes them stand out. Well that’s if it doesn’t turn into a big mess.

This month, I picked up an issue of Glamour magazine which had a free FULL SIZE Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner along with it. I had actually heard good things about the brand a little while ago and had wanted to try one of their products out ever since. As the name suggests, Eyeko is a make up company specifically dedicated to creating eye products. Eyeko have went down a treat in the beauty world! So much so that the queen of winged eyeliner; Alexa Chung has teamed up to create her own limited edition collection.

You can imagine my excitement to finally get a chance to try it out. I was not disappointed. The thin nib is perfect for getting a precise application. I actually made my first attempt at doing a flick with this liner, because of the thin nib. It is really long lasting and doesn’t crack, but comes off easily when removing your make up. Everything you want in an eyeliner, right? It is a little costly at £12 but it is definitely worth it, especially if you are a novice like me.

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I’d recommend getting your hands on an issue of Glamour this month for this beauty alone. Or you can buy it from the Eyeko website here.

Have you tried this eyeliner yet? What are your thoughts on it?

Lala xx

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10 Essentials for Surviving a Long Haul Flight

I actually had this post ready for before I jetted off to San Fran but never got around to posting it. This was my very first long haul flight, well actually it was split into two 7 hour flights. I travelled over on my own!  Before I left I scoured various websites and bugged everyone I know to see if there are any ways to make 20+ hours of travelling more bearable. Preparation is key or so they say; and so I compiled a list of all the things I’ll need to ensure I was vaguely able to get to my accommodation when I land. I thought it might be slightly helpful if I shared it with you lovely lot…

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1. Backpack
I plan to use a backpack as my ‘personal’ bag for all the things I am going to be using whilst on the plane. Imagine having two hands free to browse the duty free, ah bliss. Thankfully, there is a huge trend of backpacks at the moment so there are plenty to choose from. (Update: I used a large shoulder bag from New Look, it was a nightmare. It hurt my shoulder and began to tear having been filled to the brim. I regretted not getting a back pack.)

2. Book/E-Reader/Tablet/Magazines
Basically some form of entertainment. Let’s face it there will be a lot of time to fill. I have downloaded the Kindle app for my Samsung Tablet and I’m currently deciding what books to download. (Update: I wish I’d downloaded some movies or a series of Orange is the New Black, I was drifting in and out of sleep and couldn’t concentrate long enough to read.)

3. Headphones
Do I even need to stress the importance of these bad boys? They’ll be ideal for drowning any screaming children out. (Update: there were no screaming children. Success! Although the headphones came in handy for blocking the sounds of the engines.)

4. Pillow
I’ve always wanted one of those neck pillows and I’ve heard Primark have some little cheap ones in at the moment and I’ve two long flights coming up. Result! (Update: the airline actually provided little pillows but I brought along the neck shaped one. I actually used neither. The chairs reclined a little so that helped rest my head.)

5. Comfy Clothes
This was the most important issue for me and I’ve literally been thinking about potential outfits for months. I was contemplating either a maxi dress or some light weight joggers and a t-shirt. The latter prevailed once I considered the difficulty of a maxi dress on this little shorty. I picked up a pair in Primark last week for £9! They are a paisley print, in a really light-weight material, so they’ll be perfect for travelling. I’m gonna team them with an over-sized cardigan which can double up as a blanket. I’m also gonna bring along one of my favourite hoodies to pull on if it gets chilly. (Update: the trousers were perfect but I was mortified to find I’d left the price sticker on when boarding the flight. You know the big massive ones Primark are notorious for using, that one! Cut me a little slack, it was a very early start. Also the airline provided blankets so I was pretty snug.)

6. Moisturiser
Apparently flying is notorious for drying out your skin. I know, news to me too. I just never made the connection. A little 100ml of moisturiser will be coming along with me, now the question is which one do I choose? (Update: I just used the one I normally use on a day to day basis. There’s no point risking something new just incase. I also was so thankful I took some Vaseline, my lips really struggled with the flight.)

7. Makeup
I thought about not wearing any makeup at all when I get off the plane but I always find when I’m wearing make up, I end up fooling myself into believing I’m less tired than I actually am. Also as I said, I’ll have plently of time to fill up. I’ll just have to take my morning make up off at the start of the flight. (Update: I braved it and went make up free. I had the intention to do my make up on the second flight, but I ended up getting sick instead.)

9. Water and Snacks
My first stop once through security will be to grab a 2L bottle of water, or even just two smaller ones. They’d be much handier to maneuver once on board. I tend to get extremely grumpy when I’m hungry, so I’ll make sure to stock up on snacks to avoid any diva outbursts. (Update: the airline fed us really well so I didn’t eat any of my snacks but the water was my saviour.)

10. Socks
There really is nothing better than a comfy, fluffy pair of socks. Anyone else agree? (Update: I took those special flight socks which help with circulation, no idea if they actually helped but I was pining for my fluffies to be honest.)

There you have it 10 things to make your long haul flight a little bit more bearable. On a side note make sure you take some emergency clothes and underwear in your carry on in case your checked bag is delayed or worse lost. Let me know if this helped at all and where your dream destination would be this summer.

Safe Travels,

Lala xx

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San Francisco #01: I’ve Arrived

Hello pretty people! I am back to blogging! Yaaaayyyy. To be honest I’ve just not made time for it, but I really have missed it. This one is a little catch up on where I am now, so grab a cuppa and a biscuit; we could be here a while.

Let’s begin by rewinding way back to January when my boyfriend and I decided to book San Francisco for the summer. Fast forward almost six months later and we’re here! Living just outside the city, with friends, in a place called Berkeley. From all the San Franciscans I’ve spoke to it seems the Irish just take over Berkeley every summer, well we do like to stick together. I’ve been here a grand total of 12 days, himself 22 days.

It’s actually been really tough adjusting to a new city and I’m missing my lovely Ireland so much, yes already! The people of San Francisco are generally really lovely, although some are slightly bonkers. Luckily himself had found us somewhere to stay before I got out so that was one less thing to worry about.

The first week was occupied by job hunting. A seriously emotionally draining activity. No body wanted to hire us because we were only here temporarily. We did get there though, it just took some perseverance and a heavy helping of luck. We’re working in the San Francisco Zoo this summer, how could you be bad to that.

We did squeeze in some sightseeing amidst the filling in of countless job applications. We’ve spent quite a bit of time down at Pier 39 in Fisherman’s Wharf. I just love the hustle and bustle of people and there’s some delicious places to grab a bite to eat and drink.

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If you’re only here for a limited time make sure and try out Beer39, I don’t even like beer but they had a really delicious crisp cider. Crepe Cafe is another must visit, any guesses what they sell? Also don’t go home without trying Dreyers Rainbow Sherbet Ice Cream. Oh and you have to visit the NFL store according to himself.

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We also visited the Aquarium a few days later. They had the proper over head tunnel gallery. I’m not going to lie the stingrays made me jump a few times.

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(Doesn’t it look like I have no teeth in the picture above. I swear I do have a full set)

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The weekend past was Pride weekend, which is basically one huge street party with a few naked people floating around. It was certainly an experience. I’m just not sure how walking around naked is an expression of a person’s sexuality.

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And for good measure, today we squeezed in a little shopping (I’ll save what I bought for some future posts). And after that, well we headed to Pier 39 for a dander and some ice cream, told you I love that place.

Well that didn’t take as long as I thought. I had never really had any crazy desire to visit San Francisco before but it really is a wonderful place, the people are so nice, the weather is just enough for us Irish folk to cope with and there is so much to do. Oh top tip, if you are coming out make sure you book Alcatraz in advance; there’s a month wait at present.

Have you ever visited San Fran? If so is their anything you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments or Tweet me (@LifeofLalaBlog).

Until next time,
Lala xx

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It’s been a while…

Hello lovely reader folk.

I just wanted to pop up a post to say I am sorry for being so absent from here. There’s no real reason behind said absence; life just took over. I promise I will be back but likely not until after exams (end of May). I have noticed quite a few visitors while I’ve been gone so if that was you; thank you!

In the mean time, I have decided I will try and update my Facebook (possibly Instagram and Twitter too @LifeofLalaBlog) page daily to give us all some fashion inspiration, beauty tips, inspirational life quotes and general pretty things found on the Wonderful WorldWide Web. Yes, I am one of those people who love a good oul inspirational quote.

So if that all sounds rather excellent make sure to like Life of Lala Blog on Facebook and select add to interest list.

I’ll  leave you with this one inspirational quote that really struck a chord with me recently…

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 See you over on Facebook,
Lala xx

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Ten of the Best Printed Trousers under £40

If you read this post, you will know all about my love affair with printed trousers. They are seriously so versatile. They will take you from day to night and they are so damn comfortable. Below are a few of my favourites all for under £40! If your budget is even less than this, try Primark/Penneys, their spring/summer 14 collection is possibly their best so far. Although, I am yet to see it in the flesh as I am currently in summer saving mode and I know too well what a quick trip there can do to the old bank balance. Anyhow shall we begin with these pretty finds….

Motel are famous for their graphic prints. These come in a blue colour also but the pink just topped the bill for me.

Another Motel find; I love this blue floral print. They’d be perfect for holiday season.

Thank fashion God for the slouch wear trends. Yes, you can wear jogger bottoms and still be stylish with these New Look duo. Wear with a fitted top and a pretty necklace for best results.

Yes, I know I said under £40, but with student discount these Topshop beauties will be well under our budget. This gingham style print is always a big spring/summer trend.

Another big trend this season is the ‘picnic check’. These ASOS trousers will tick all the trend boxes.

I actually ordered these ones but had to return them as I got a size too small. I love the print and the quality was really good too! There is also a skort with this print that has been added to my ‘saved items’.

You may have began to notice I like monochrome A LOT! And these RI beauties would be a perfect addition to any wardrobe. Pair with a bright top for summer or a dark top in winter.

Wondering why these River Island ones look familiar? You may have seen them on Ireland’s most popular fashion blogger, Suzanne Jackson of So-Sue-Me. RI have some of the best printed trousers I’ve ever seen.

Floral print is always a big trend for spring/summer. These RI trousers will see you looking stylish all year round.

So there is a little peek into some of my favourite printed trousers. Which are your favourite? Have you tried printed trousers yet? No? Why not? They are perfect for everyone and did I mention how comfortable they are?

Lala xx

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What I Wore: IN! Magazine Awards

This is just a very quick post to tell you what I wore to the IN! Magazine Awards. It was all very last minute; I won the tickets on Monday and the Awards were on Saturday. Also I am currently saving for my summer away (I will tell you all about that very soon) so I decided to raid my wardrobe for a suitable dress and fought all urges to go shopping. I actually wasn’t aware it was a Gatsby/Old Hollywood themed event until that evening, but my claim is that there are daisies on this dress and well, there is a Daisy in the Gatsby book/film, therefore I was in keeping with the theme. Right? And my date’s beautiful red dress is always a classic. Anyhow, I opted for a short dress because I was driving to the event and I really struggle with long dresses at the best of times. At 5 foot 4, they are usually too long, you always fear tripping, you have to hold them up when outdoors, the list goes on. As glamorous as they are, a short dress won me over. I got a spray tan done the day before the event, you can read my post on ‘How I Prepare for a Spray Tan here. I did my own hair using the InStyler and also did my own makeup.

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 Photo: Stephen Potter

Dress: Forever Unique at Snooty Fox Boutique, Dungannon
Shoes and Accessories: Solo, Dungannon

Little white dresses are bang on trend at the moment too. They are so easy to wear and makes a tan look fabulous! Just look at these lovely ladies who are fans of the LWD.

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The dress I wore is from way back in 2011, so it just goes to show how you can reuse your wardrobe. Do you prefer long dresses to short dresses for these kind of events? Do you try and reuse your wardrobe? What do you think of the little white dress trend?

Lala xx

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