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New In // Boots Haul

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Last week I walked into Boots and somehow fell out the door with these. Do I regret my purchases? Never. Do I regret that the following day I received Boots vouchers in the post that would have been A++ at the time? Yes, yes I do. Just another excuse to hit Boots next week when I get paid. Not that I could possibly need anymore make up, buuuut anyway.
My friends and I did a girls night out last week so I picked up some eyelashes to complete my look. It was 3 for 2 on eyelashes and nails so really it was meant to be. After trying the Eye Candy ones (review here) I was confident in my ability to apply so I went for the new Fleur De Force by Eylure lashes and picked up a box of the Nadine Coyle ones just cause. The Fleur ones are so cute and I'm obsessed with the packaging, it's so pretty. I have a full review of these coming soon so I won't say much more on these.
Boots also have a deal on at the 'mo where you can get 4 Benefit minis (usually 6.50€ each) for 20€. Bargain. I went for Posie Tint, a concealer, eyecream and Bene Tint. Bene Tint has been on my wishlist for a while now but I was little scared by how ~vampy it is. Can't wait to try it out, it'll be perfect for A/W.
Not from Boots, but I finally caved and picked up one of the Zoella bath products in Penneys. I've been really into baths lately and this was cheap as chips so I impulsed buy and I really like it. It smells really nice and adds a nice bit of fizzle to your bath. I wouldn't race out and buy it again, but I ran out of Lush and it's doing the job for now. I'm also a sucker for the packaging. Damn youtubers and their aesthetically pleasing packaging. They know how to pull me in.
Have any of you guys tried these? orrrr do you have any recommendations for my next Boots trip?


Essie Chillato Review

It happened. I found an Essie nail polish which I haven't fallen ridiculously in love with.
Yes. You did read that first line correctly. This is coming from the girl who has an entire Alex drawer full of Essie nail polishes, they never let me down. Ever. I really wanted to love 'Chillato', I did. It's the most perfect pastel lime (Essie describe it as 'pistachio', I disagree) and I knew I had to have it once I saw the Summer 2015 collection but aghh it's awful. In the bottle it looks fantastic, like it'll be a gloopy opaque application along the lines of Essies ever so popular 'Mint Candy Apple', but from bottle to application it just falls short. In order to get any sort of color build up, I needed to apply four coats and even then, it still looked pretty streaky and didn't have any nice sort of gloss finish to it. It just looked pretty lifeless. Not impressed with the application, I decided to break some rules and wear it to work to see how well it would hold up during my daily cinema duties. Other nail polishes have survived quite well. Essie 'Chillato' wasn't very chill and chipped less than an hour in. I'd had enough and after little effort, pulled it all off. Not what you want when you're spending nearly 10€ on a nail polish. Maybe my expectations were too high, it does photograph well, but do not be fooled like I was.
So, as cool as the name is ('Chillato', agh it just makes me giggle) and as gorgeous as it looks in the bottle, 'Chillato' is not a winner in my book. I'm pretty loyal to Essie and I am disappointed by this one as it's such a funky, fun shade but alas, it just wasn't meant to be and will now rest at the back of my nail polish drawer.


Monochrome OOTD & Life Update

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Confession - these pictures are from a few weeks ago. That's just how behind I've allowed myself to get with my blog posts. My iPhoto is full of pictures, along with my camera and iPhone. Swamped in potential blog posts, but they're all coming your way shortly. I thought I'd take this time to share what's been going on in my world lately, if you follow me on Twitter (@jesskaDenise) you'll be aware that I've just gone back to college. Not college, college, but a college closer to home to study 'Web Design and Multimedia' for the year. Over Summer the fourth year of the course I was due to study fell through and I was left with the option of going on to study Business or, well Business. After not being too happy with the idea of a ~year out, I've slowly come round to the idea and I'm excited to work on my web design and photo editing skills for the year. I'm looking forward to a semi-relaxed year before going back to study Business next year. You gotta do whatcha gotta do.
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ripped jeans ootd
Life events aside, lets talk about the outfit. The bag, my one big purchase from NYC and something that's been on my wishlist ever since I saw Selena Gomez pictured out and about with a full sized version. The studded 'Selma' mini. My baby. How outrageous is the color? I just love that pop of orange, it really adds that something extra to an outfit and lately I've been loving a more 'laid back' look. Having spent most of the Summer in my work uniform which isn't the most comfy or fashionable thing ever, I've been all about keeping it simple on my days off. Now that I'm back at college I'll probably make more of an effort, especially since I find A/W fashion more inspiring than S/S. I'm sure I'm not the only one right? I also can't decide, dungarees - yay or nay?
Shirt - Topshop
Jeans - H&M (DIY)
Runners - New Balance @ JD Sport
Nails - Essie 'Romper Room'


NYC Photo Diary // Part Three

empire state building night view
Ah the last of my NYC photo diaries. Can you believe it was over two months ago now? Just take me back. I miss the sounds of the city and the shopping bargains, Sephora and pancakes (I lived on pancakes), even the subway. Yes the subway, in a weird twisted kind of way. The subway kind of scared me at the time, but looking back, it just added to the adventure. My time in New York was bittersweet to be honest. I have a tendency to get homesick quite easily and I think at the time I let that creep in and put a small dampener on my trip, and I regret that quite a bit but at least I know for next time. The more I think about the two weeks we spent in NY, the more I realise how lucky I was to experience the trip I did. I had dinner on a rooftop bar at sunset and saw Jason Derulo perform in Central Park. I got to experience a typical American Italian restaurant and shop in the biggest shopping centre I've ever seen (Palisades). Not only did I experience the typical touristy, run of the mill type things, but going to NY with one of my best friends meant I got to meet her family, see where she grew up and went to school and where her childhood rabbit was sent for retirement. Those things alone were pretty cool. But for now, pictures.
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brooklyn bridge
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nyc two hands acai bowl
No NYC photo series would be complete without a nod to the food, and trust me, there was food. I had two things on my mind when it came to going to America. They were pancakes, and Two Hands cafe. After that, nothing else mattered. I came across Two Hands on Instagram a few months before we were due to go on our trip and it was everything I hoped for and more. I ordered an 'Acai bowl' and some banana bread and I haven't been able to stop thinking about the banana bread since. It was everything. Along with the cookies. My favourite thing (other than the ceiling and the vibe?) was how it was all good ingredients. My one love in life, is good, healthy food and Two Hands was just that. Did I mention they were Australian? or that Chiara from 'The Blonde Salad' and other equally cool people have eaten there? It was so so healthy and ugh I just want to go back, like yesterday. My friend was uber keen to go to 'Carlos' bakery, which I was a little 'meh' about until I saw it was 'Carlos', as in 'Cake Boss'. The queue in there was outrageous, but well worth the wait. It wasn't crazily priced either. I'm so glad she had that on her list of places.
During our time in NY we met up with Rich Tong, one of the brains behind 'Fohr Card', who ever so kindly (or evily since it's all we've been craving since) opened our eyes to the world of 'ramen' at Ippudo. Typically I didn't get a picture, but arghhh, if anyone knows where we can get some good ramen in Ireland - comment below, we will love you forever.
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Obviously it goes without saying that I've left part of my heart in New York and I can't wait to go back. Sooner rather than later.
Mind on my next trip however - I am going to Malta in like 6 weeks for my birthday to reunite with ma boi, so if any of you know of anything I need to do/try over there. Comment below with your suggestions.
(ps. I've been shortlisted for a Blog Award Ireland and would love if you guys took a second to vote 'JesskaDenise' here.)


My Nail Care Routine

I don't know about you guys, but at the moment my nails are in need of some serious TLC. Ever since I had gel nails, the condition of my nails has been pretty horrific. They're quite flakey, they break at the slightest bit of pressure and they're just not looking the best. In an attempt to get them back to their errr, previous glory(??!?) I ransacked Boots and once a week I follow this little routine in the hope of getting them stronger.
  1. Shape - I use a mini nail file to shape my nails. If they're all pretty similar in shape they just look visually better. I also keep a nail file in my bag in case of breakage. That way I can just file down the broken part of the nail. It's only now, writing this post, that I realise, that over the course of the Summer, I somehow broke my lifelong nail biting habit. Crazy. Before, if a nail broke, I'd bite it off (ewww I know) but these days I'm all about the nail file. I suppose the gels helped for one thing.
  2. Cuticles - I use this little cuticle stick from Essence to clean my nails and push back any excess skin around the nail area. A lot of people don't do this and you can be surprised at the difference it can make to your nail. Not only does it smooth out the top of your nail, but pushing back that excess skin can actually help make your nails look longer.
  3. Oil - because my nails have been so flakey and fragile, I've been applying this Apricot nail oil from Essie to my nail bed. I dab a little onto each nail and massage it in. Honestly, I don't know if it's been making much of a difference. I like to think it is, and I'm going to continue to use it and get back to you on it fully. It smells nice which is always a bonus.
  4. Nail hardener - my friend told me she used a nail hardener on her nails, and considering her nails are super long and healthy looking, her advice wasn't to be knocked. I picked up this Sally Hansen one in Boots for around 5€ and I've been applying it to my nails once a week. I use it as a base coat under my nail polish and I have to say, I really do think it makes a difference. Not only does my nails bend less when pressure is put on them, but they just look a lot less flimsy in general. I previously wanted to try the OPI version of this, but it's mad expensive and I just couldn't justify it. So if you're looking for a cheaper alternative, I'd highly recommend this Sally Hansen one.
  5. Top Coat - I'm a sucker for nail polish, but more importantly, I'm a sucker for Essie nail polish. At the moment I'm loving Essie 'Romper Room', but as we transition into A/W, I can't wait to start wearing my darker red and berry tones. 
I don't know if this routine really helps (all in my head?), but I do know that since I've started following these little 'steps' my nails have been feeling and looking a lot better than they have in a long while. Nobody wants ratchet looking nails right?
Do you guys do anything to help with the appearance of your nails? Comment below and let me know.