#MyVegasStyle |Vanessa Taaffe|

♫ Bright light city gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire ♫

Happy 4th of July to my American readers! America is without a doubt number one on my list of ‘Must Visit’ countries. New York, Los Angeles and of course the famous Las Vegas, are all cities I can’t wait to explore. When Vegas.com contacted me to see if I would be interested in compiling a style post for a day spent at the Aria Hotel*, I jumped at the chance. Naturally, this being a fictional visit to the Aria, I went to town with the designer gear and accessories that are definitely out of my price range. Unless I get lucky in the casino that is…

The Aria Hotel Resort and Casino Las Vegas

The Aria Hotel Resort and Casino Las Vegas

 

Breakfast and Exploring

Breakfast, for many the most important meal of the day, can be spent in the Jean Philippe Pâtisserie. A floaty dress like this floral Oneness is one trend for summer and meal appropriate as it’s not too constrictive. Paired with Kate Spade cork wedges, a Victoria Beckham bag and Kwiat earrings for a bit of glamour in the morning. To coordinating, on the nails, Essie’s “She Said Yes”, for lips Clinique’s Chubby stick in the shade “Budding Blossom”, a bit of Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer to contour the cheeks, temples and jawline and a light dusting of your favourite colours from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Palette on the eyes.

Poolside Lounging
After breakfast and some exploring around the hotel, I’d be straight to one of the amazing pools the Aria has to offer. I love the bright colours of this Hot Anatomy bikini and the tropical floral print. Of course, oversized sunglasses like these Fendi ones are a must. To keep it chic, I’d add a double lined turquoise bracelet, white wedges and a floppy white hat. To match and store all my poolside essentials, a white Michael Kors handbag. Being fair skinned sun cream is vital if I’m at the pool, a lip balm with SPF like the Body Shop’s vitamin E is also handy to have along with a compact shine controlling powder and a bright pink nail like NARS Schiap.
Dinner At Sage in Las Vegas #MyVegasStyle
Dinner time at beautiful Sage Restaurant demands a show stopper. This green Lanvin full length one shoulder dress would be my choice. For a change from my usual taste in silver jewels and accessories, I’d reach for these gold Jimmy Choo strappy sandals, a Trellis Lover gold clutch bag and Carolina Bucci ‘Mirador’ half ball earrings to round off the accessories. For some added drama a red lip like Rihanna’s from MAC, dramatic lashes with Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara and some Chanel no.5 perfume.
Night Out in Las Vegas #MyVegasStyle
If it’s a night out I was after, Haze would be my first choice. What’s a night out with out an LBD? This Herve Leger, black with grey panels and a pair of black Staurt Weitzman ‘Nudist’ sandals would be my go-to LBD-Shoe combo. To go all out with jewellery, I’d reach for a Tiffany & Co. diamond bracelet and pair of earrings. A black Karen Millen clutch and I’d be ready to party!
Let me know what your #MyVegasStyle day at the Aria Hotel would look like and which is your favourite look above!
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*I was kindly contacted by vegas.com to compose this post. I was not compensated to do so.

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Maybelline New Matte Maker Powder| Review|

Maybelline Matte Maker Powder

Maybelline Matte Maker Swatch

Maybelline Matte Maker Powder and Ecotools brush

A few months ago numerous beauty blogs expressed their sadness over the discontinuation of Maybelline Dream Matte Powder. Then along came Maybelline Matte Maker. This product has been much buzzed about online and naturally I had to try it to see what all the fuss was about. Being loyal to Rimmel Stay Matte powder since I began using makeup in my early teens, it was high time I tried another powder.

Until recently I had very oily skin, but this has taken a U-turn and I find myself battling drier skin than usual. However, I still need a powder to combat shine and set my makeup. I absolutely love the name of this product, I’m a fool for catchy alliteration! The packaging itself is nothing spectacular. A clear plastic tub with black base and outline on the lid. I know a lot of people criticise the Rimmel plastic packaging aswel, it is easily scratched and dirtied but for the money I don’t expect a mirror and puff. I’ll admit, I prefer the Maybelline packaging to Rimmel’s. The black trim is more appealing to that of the Rimmel packaging. However, the main thing is that the product is easily accessible.

As to the powder itself, I bought this in a serious rush during a whirlwind 5 minute visit to Boots in Belfast with my cousin. I didn’t realise that this product came in different shades, I took it for granted that it was an overall translucent powder.  I picked up the shade 30 Natural Beige. This wasn’t a total disaster, as I’m so fair skinned and pale, anything with the word beige in it is usually not for me. Thankfully this wasn’t as dark as the name suggests. I haven’t had a chance to check in person but according to the Maybelline website there are 4 other shades available, with Natural Beige being the second lightest.

This is a great mattifying powder. Despite not paying attention to the shade, I really like that the powder adds extra but light coverage and colour. It is light on the skin and  easy to carry around and store in your makeup-bag. Like all powders, it is easily applied, I like to use my Eco-Tools fluffy big powder brush. The Matte Maker won’t weight down your skin, cake or cling to  any dry patches.

You can find this product at any Maybelline stand for £3.99 or €5.99.

Beauty Edit: Travel Sized Cosmetics

Travel Sized Cosmetics Collection

Travel Sized Cosmetics Collection

If you’re planning a weekend getaway, a week holidaying in the sun, or an over night at a friends house, nothing is handier than having a pre packed a cosmetics bag that’s ready to rock’n’roll. Many of the products I’ve mentioned below are available from your local Boots, Superdrug or ASDA. Keep an eye out for special offers, especially in ASDA where most of their travel sized goodies are 3 for £3, a compete bargain. All of the products mentioned below are under 100mls or 100mls on the nose so they are suitable for hand luggage if you are catching a flight.

Hair Care

The TRESmme Luxurious Moisture shampoo is designed specifically for dry or damaged hair. The formula is thick and works well to cleanse the hair. As you might expect from the name, it is moisture heavy so not the best for those of you that have oiler hair. For conditioner, I recently bought the Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisture and Shine conditioner. I had never used this product before, and as you might expect it smells amazing! I’m a sucker for anything with coconut… Again, the formula is thick and creamy which is excellent for those of you with dry and split ends. It leaves hair soft and smelling fantastic. Next in the lineup is a mini Batiste dry shampoo. I use the Tropical scented one but there are so many different scents to chose from and different versions of this product for darker and lighter hair. I can’t survive without this product on a weekly basis, I have two of the larger bottle on hand at all times. I find that with this scent I don’t get sick of it compared to some of the other scents I tried. A mini dry shampoo is an essential, especially if you’re going on a short stay to a city and want to cram loads in and haven’t time to wash your hair every morning.

Skin Care

I’m a big fan of the Simple skincare range. I use their products on a daily basis in my normal skincare routines so it made sense for me to include them in my mini cosmetics stash. As a facewash/cleanser I use the Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel. As with all of Simple’s skin care their products are chemical free and scent free, great for sensitive skin but tough enough to remove makeup. I also use the Kind to Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser. The only negative I have regarding this moisturiser is that it wasn’t rich enough. I brought this with me to Paris in January, combining the cold Paris air, false indoor heating and aircon/heat on the plane, the product wasn’t strong enough to repair the serious dryness I developed whilst I was away. So while this is a great product I wouldn’t recommend it totally if you have very dry skin as I found it wasn’t as rich and moisturising as suggested.  For eyemakeup remover, I’ve included a mini Lancome Bi-Facil Non-Oily Instant Eye Makeup Remover. I think I got this product free in a set one Christmas when I bought a Doll Eye’s mascara. The formula isn’t overly oily, as the name suggests, but it manages to remove all traces of waterproof mascara and eyeliner without being harsh on your skin.It is also suitable for sensitive eyes. A little goes a long way with this product, which I love, so thumbs up for that Lancome.

Body Care

Included is the Dove Go Fresh deodorant in pomegranate and lemon verbena scent. This is a spray on deodorant which smells unreal. Personally I prefer the energising grapefruit and lemon grass scent, but they had no minis of it available. This product leaves underarms feeling so smooth after a few uses. I really noticed a difference in my underarm appearance after using this product. A word of caution though,  the cucumber and green tea scent goes on very cakey compared to the rest of the products in this range. I found that if I over spray it, it will clump and leave marks on my clothes. The other two don’t do this so it might be something to do with the formula. Either way I really like this deodorant and use it on an everyday basis.

I realise that the body care is a bit lacking in this collection. I need to replace my mini Dove body washes and find a suitable body moisturiser. Whilst I was in France I used my friends Soap and Glory products, which I liked but I can’t say much about because I only used them for a few days.

I’d love to hear your suggestions, thoughts and opinions on any of the products mentioned (or not mentioned) in the comments below!