Jan 9, 2018 - Blog    No Comments

Week Two: Practice Empathy

Last week saw the start of my 52 Weeks of Kindness series.  I’m thrilled at the response and that we have a chance together to make 2018 a year of kindness.

This week’s challenge or tip is to practice empathy.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Empathy is about understanding. We may not have the exact experience of what another is facing and in some ways we may not get it at all but by practicing empathy we can truly listen and understand how the issue impacts another.  We can understand that for them it is difficult or distressing.  By practicing empathy we put our own judgement and preconceived notions aside and truly find understanding with another.   This level of deep understanding has kindness rooted at its core. Empathy allows us a strong connection with another being and allows us to enter their world and share their view.  It is a bond and it is a gift.

By beginning to practice empathy we can also become more aware of our own feelings and our own judgments leading us to be kinder individuals.

Empathy is free; it isn’t hard to do and we can all practice small elements of it in our daily lives.… Read the rest

Jan 2, 2018 - Blog    No Comments

Week One: Donate Unwanted Christmas Gifts

Happy New Year!  I have been in a bit of a blogging slump over the last few months but I feel that I have a found a new project which I’m very passionate about and can’t wait to share with all of you.  I’m so thrilled to say that today I’m launching 52 Weeks of Kindness.  Each week in 2018 I will be suggesting an act of kindness to follow through on.  There is no such thing as too much kindness and I’m quite sure we could all do with showing more and receiving more.  The tiniest act of kindness can make a huge difference to someone and we should all want to be part of that.  I’m hoping that both bloggers and readers will join in and I would love any suggestions you might have.

My week one act of kindness is to donate unwanted Christmas presents.

There are plenty of worthy charities in need of unwanted or extra gifts.  Presents can be donated to the Pro Cathedral which will be given to individuals in need next Christmas by Crosscare.  Gifts can be donated to refuges, children’s groups, hospitals and many other deserving organisations.  Did you get another pair of pyjamas or a dressing gown that you don’t want? They would be very welcome in a homeless shelter.  Maybe you got  a dress that isn’t for you which could be put to better use in a refuge.  Perhaps your little one got an extra toy which would be played … Read the rest

Dec 1, 2017 - Blog    Comments Off on Kat Von D Beauty

Kat Von D Beauty

I absolutely adore Kat Von D and I have done since her Miami Ink days that eventually lead to the start of LA Ink.  I loved the stories, the art and most of all Kat’s personality.  For years I have wanted to try Kat Von D’s make-up line and I was so excited when Debenhams announced its arrival.  I have tried a couple of products from the line so here are my thoughts:

Shade and Light Palette (€46)

The palette consists of three quads of neutral, warm and cool shadows.  A range of looks can be created with these shades from barely there natural make-up to a full on smokey eye.  I use a primer with these shadows.  My favourite combination of shadows is Lucius on the lid, Samuel over my crease, Solas to define my outer corners and Liberatus on the inner corner of my eye and across my brow bone.  The shadows are long lasting and well pigmented.  I’d 100% buy this pallete again.

Shade and Light Palette Glimmer (€47)

I had a voucher and decided to purchase this palette when it was released in September or October.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it as it is so pretty.  The colours are beautiful and like the original palette, they are well pigmented and long lasting.  Quartz is my  favourite shade.  There is a mixture of shimmer, glitter and matte shadows.  I think the Glimmer palette would make a great Christmas gift.

Tattoo Liner (€20)

I … Read the rest

Oct 27, 2017 - Blog    Comments Off on Halloween Style

Halloween Style

As hard as it is for me to imagine there are those of us who don’t quite care for Halloween or perhaps don’t even like the idea of dressing up! Personally, I will take any opportunity I can to dress up and get into costume / character.  If you’re not so keen on the idea of a costume here is my pick for a great outfit.  You’ll have to excuse the light as it was really bad when the photo was taken but I kind of look like a ghost which I like.

I’m obsessed with this t-shirt.  I got it very recently in Penneys and it is €6.  I absolutely adore it.

Any black skirt will do the job or black jeans if you’d prefer.  There are plenty of Halloween tights in shops at the moment and there’s an abundance of skeleton legs.  If you’d feel more comfortable in tights then opt for a seasonal pair.

I made my Halloween shoes last year and they were really simple to do.  They started off life as an ugly white pair.  I printed Halloween shapes and characters on photo paper and glued them on using pva.  When they were dry I applied pva to the rest of the shoes and sprinkled purple glitter over them.  I went over the shapes with Modge Podge.

I bought the Boo clutch in Penneys about two years ago and got it in the clearance section for  €2; I was delighted with myself.  It is a … Read the rest

Oct 25, 2017 - Blog    Comments Off on Halloween Collections

Halloween Collections

Continuing with all things Halloween, today I’m going to give my views on some of the latest Halloween collections available.

Makeup Revolution

Makeup Revolution have launched a whole range of great Halloween goodies this year including liquid latex, fake blood, ghost whitener, special fx kit, lipsticks and highlighters.  Everything looks great and is really affordable.  I’m very impressed with the special fx kit which essentially contains all of the same pigments as a bruise wheel but at a fraction of the cost.  I haven’t yet tried out the kit, however, I have tried the Ghost Highlighter and Kiss of Death lip kit.  Starting with the highlighter, it is just gorgeous.  I love that there is a skull in the pan.  I hadn’t tried a lip kit before but picked this one up because it was black.  There are lots of black lipsticks that emerge in shops at Halloween but I’ve never found a good one.  I was also intrigued by the black lip liner.  I absolutely adore this kit.  It is so easy to create a hassle and mess free black lip.  The highlighter is €4 and the lip kit is €8.

Penneys

Again, there are a plenty of Halloween beauties from Penneys this year.  There are amazing kits that cost €10 each and contain everything you’ll need to create certain looks.  The vampire one for example contains blood as well as the necessary make-up.  I decided to try the contour stick.  One side is black and one side is … Read the rest

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