A Weekend Away

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

So last weekend we went to visit some of our family in l-ovely Ireland right by cork and I thought I'd share a few snaps with you. 
We kissed the Blarney Stone for the second time round giving us even more "gift of the gab", ate our bodyweight in amazing roast dinners an generally explored.
The weekend was topped of by a visit to Fota wildlife park and learning all about the art of Whisky at the Jameson factory.
Have you had a weekend away recently?

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Cafe St Germain, Over the Taupe

When I first started to love makeup drugstore eyeshadows were very "meh", chalky, un-pigmented and generally messy due to the large amount of fall out.
But the drugstore have massively upped their game and the L'oreal Colour Riche Mono Eyeshadow's have blown me away.
While they are pressed they have a texture which is far creamy than that of Urban Decay and the lasting power is phenomenal. They can be a sheer shimmery wash of colour or built up to be a full impact glitter. The shades I picked up are similar but so versatile and at just over a fiver they beat MAC individual shadows hands down.
Have you tried these?

Mother's Day

Sunday, 15 March 2015

It was a toss up between posting this on International Women's Day and today, because despite all  the Beyonce anthems I listen to my mum is my ultimate role model, and if I'm a little bit like her when I grow up then I'll be doing more than okay.
My mum is the strongest women I know she's never let anything get in her way, she gained a degree whilst working full time and having two kids under the age of five, she's worked unbelievably hard to get a career which she loves.
She also takes no sh*t from anyone, despite being only 5'3 she can hold her own against whomever and as well as being independent and sassy as hell she has a heart of absolute gold.
Mum currently is working not one but two jobs and after working a hugely long working week she will happily throw open the doors of our home and be a brilliant hostess anyone, is welcome for a cup of tea and a chat.
Mum constantly reminds my sister and I of our worth and is a shoulder to cry on and an inspiration rolled into one and I am so lucky to have her.

Coconut Oil

Sunday, 8 March 2015

I think Coconut Oil may well be my desert island beauty product, it does pretty much everything; a super nourishing hair mask, makeup remover, leaves skin super smooth and more recently I've been trying oil pulling.
Since using it my skin has never been so soft and smooth all thanks to one ingredient, all my other lotions and potions have been pushed aside in favour of this absolute natural beauty gem.
I seriously cannot recommend it enough, its cheap and cheerful and has done more for my skin and hair than anything else ever has.
Do you use Coconut Oil?

Valentine Red's

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Happy Valentine's Day! 
So whether your in love or an independent women (or guy), lets talk about the red lipstick that makes me feel like an sass queen.
The Matte; Revlon Mattebalm in Standout - My favourite from the trio, a deep blue toned red which screams old hollywood and makes your teeth pearly white. And a super comfortable non drying matte formula. This is the one lipstick I swipe on when I'm feeling "meh".
The Long Lasting; MAC Cherry Lip Pencil - If you've got a Valentine then this is the perfect red, as the name suggests a pure cherry red which is invincible and last for many kisses.
The High Impact; Urban Decay Super Saturated Pencil in F-Bomb - A super glossy classic red, an while it is lovely its not the most practical of formulas.
So if your feeling a bit meh about today, just try one of these and you'll feel like you can take on the world.

Stripping Back the Skincare

Saturday, 7 February 2015

When it comes to Skincare I used to devoted to the full sh-bang, years or reading blogs had left me with a skincare routine which I thought I needed, full of double cleanses, harsh exfoliants and heavy lotions and potions. This intense skincare routine did nothing to help my young, dull acne prone skin.
And over the Christmas period after one too many festive tipples I would simply remove my makeup, cleanse and moisturise a week of this laziness ensued and I realised my skin was looking better then it ever had.
Since then my skincare has been stripped down and re-evaulated and so far the less is more mantra is really working.
Cleansers: Upon the recommendation of a friend I picked up Lush Angels On Bare Skin ,when its slotted amongst half a dozen other cleansers it isn't a star product on its own it's phenomenal, the coarse texture due to the lavender gently polishes while the soothing ingredients stop break outs in their tracks. The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool and Creamy Wash is also a great natural cleanser to use with my sonicleanse brush. For makeup removal a few swipes of trusty Bioderma is all that's needed.
Moisture: For when my skin is really parched Hydraluron steps in, but day to day I love the Body Shop Tea Tree Night Lotion and Vitamin E Serum in Oil.
Exfoliation; Now the real star of the show here is the Rio Sonicleanse think of it as the students Clarisonic, when my skin care routine was as long as my arm this was avoided like the plague, as the purging phase was terrible and seemed to be never ending. But after giving it a whirl again I'm really seeing the benefits, my skins smoother, brighter and clearer and it was well worth the wait to see results.
Have you stripped back your skincare routine?


Sunday, 11 January 2015

Now I bet your all fed up of reading posts rambling about last year but having had a good few days to reflect, I wanted to have a ramble on this little corner of the internet about the past year.
In all honesty 2014 was wonderful but at the same time weird; I visited New York (after years of yearning), I said yes to more things and was pleasently surprised, I saw my favourite artists live, took far more chances and most importantly my friends turned into somewhat of a second family.
As I'm rambling I thought I'd talk about some big things I've learned:
Life Goes On - So you failed a test, didn't get the job or the boy didn't like you back. It may feel like your hearts been tore out for a week or even a month, but as time passes you start to feel better no matter how long it takes. And time moping is time you could be enjoying.
Stop Worrying About What Other People Think - I feel like I'm going to still be learning for a few years to come, but the times last year where I said "f**k it" were some of the best so I'm going to continue to say yes and get outside of my comfort zone.
There's a Difference between being Nice and being a Doormat - God I wish I realised this a long time ago, being kind is important but learning the difference between being a pushover and nice has made me so much happier. 
What did you learn last year?