Oct 14, 2016 - Blog    Comments Off on Halloween – Mavis from Hotel Transylvania

Halloween – Mavis from Hotel Transylvania

Leaves have fallen, it is starting to get a little colder, it is getting darker earlier and Halloween is near.  This is my absolute favourite time of year.  Nothing makes me happier than feeling a chill and browsing Halloween products in shops.  I will have a separate post on my favourite Halloween items but today I’m focusing on my first Halloween look of the season, Mavis.

I want to show you how to create looks that are simple and affordable using as few products as possible.  Mavis is a pretty easy look for anyone that doesn’t want to go too mad in terms of time and money for Halloween.  All you really need is a black dress or even an over-sized tshirt.


You will need a few essentials, I have listed the exact brands that I used but any will do:

  • Black pencil eyeliner (Rimmel)
  • Black gel or liquid liner (Wet n Wild, Proline)
  • Dark brown shadow (Blank Canvas Cosmetics 26 shadow palette)
  • Pale foundation (Make-Up Atelier)
  • Dark brown /black lipstick (Wet n Wild, Cherry Bomb)
  • Contour and highlighter  (Blank Canvas Cosmetics, Pippa)


  1. The first thing I did was create a smoky eye.  I always create a smoky eye by drawing on the lid with a black liner pencil.  This does not need to be tidy or neat.  Smudge it in with a brush.  I used the E26 from Blank Canvas Cosmetics. Once this was done I used a dark brown from the Blank Canvas palette and blended it
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Oct 12, 2016 - Blog    Comments Off on Wedding Wednesday: Bridal by Nikki Kavanagh

Wedding Wednesday: Bridal by Nikki Kavanagh

My Wedding Wednesday posts have dramatically slowed down over the last few weeks as I have been ridiculously busy.  Anyway, today I wanted to talk to you about a gorgeous bridal shop.  A while ago I was invited to the launch of Bridal by Nikki Kavanagh in Ratoath.  My bridesmaid/cousin/partner in crime and I arrived to a very glitzy affair with champagne, a red carpet, chocolate strawberries, music and an abundance of food and met some of the lovely people involved in the shop.


We were given the full tour of what I can only describe as a one stop shop for weddings.  The shop is comprised of the actual dress part where there is a range of styles to choose from as well as accessories, belts, veils etc.  It was a sea of pretty lace and tulle.  I fell in love with a gorgeous mermaid lace gown. It was fabulous.  Dresses are from Pronovias, MGNY, Callista and more.


There are pretty cabinets in the alcoves of the room stocked full of sparkly treasures.


There was also a selection of bridesmaid dresses, again in plenty of styles and indeed colours.  There was definitely a dress for every taste. Dresses are primarily from the Dessy Group and I had my eye on one.


The dress room opens to a beauty suite that offers waxing, facials, tanning etc.  This is a great place for improving one’s skincare in the lead up to the big day.  The salon area is followed by a … Read the rest

Oct 2, 2016 - Blog    Comments Off on Penneys – Autumnal Treasures

Penneys – Autumnal Treasures

I regularly write about great finds in Penneys in terms of make-up, storage and clothes. Today I’m sticking to clothes and sharing some of my new favourite Autumn pieces with you.

First up I want to talk about this biker jacket. It was €14! Unbelievable. It is really pretty and very comfortable. I wanted a jacket with studs but I liked how this one fitted so much that I decided to get it and modify it. I stuck a few studs on the collar and rolled up the sleeves. I’m delighted with how it turned out.



This shirt dress was €13. Generally speaking I don’t have a good relationship with shirts or anything with buttons as the buttons tend to gape across my chest but I’m pleased to say that there are no such issues with this. It is very roomy so you might need to go down a size. It does also come in black. It has a little tan rope belt with it. Wear it with tights, a chunky long cardigan and ankle boots for a very autumnal and cosy look.


I would like to state that I am not a fan of the majority of 90s looks. I wore a lot of them the first time around. That being said there are a few iconic 90s looks which are very close to my heart and give me all the feels. The first of these is grunge. I spent part of my youth tearing jeans and fighting with … Read the rest

Sep 29, 2016 - Blog    Comments Off on Bryt Skincare

Bryt Skincare

Last week I attended the launch of a new range to reach our shores, Bryt Skincare.

Bryt was designed by Catkin Wemyss-Bodmer who gave a very passionate and poignant speech about the origins of the brand and the inspiration behind it. Catkin spoke of the importance of a good skincare routine and wowed us all by telling us she was 53. The woman doesn’t look a day over 30!  I think that in itself is reason enough to try the brand.

Speaking of lovely ladies, the event was run by he very talented Naomi McElroy.  Naomi is a genius and organised a fabulous event that was a floral hub of beauty.  The flower wall at the entrance was a thing of wonder and the prettiness extended to the tables and floral crowns which were scattered around both rooms.  The whole place provided the perfect show case for all things Bryt and beautiful.


The range of skincare really does have something for everyone.  There is a range for the gentlemen but you can head over to www.joeblogsaboutstuff.com for more on that.  I sampled lots of lotions and potions at the launch and I really fell in love with the serums, eye gels and make-up removers.  I tested the eye make-up remover with a little bit of liquid liner on my hand and it removed it perfectly and in one go.  I can’t wait to get my hands on it.


The ethos behind the brand is a three step process: cleanse, nourish … Read the rest

Sep 9, 2016 - Blog    Comments Off on Talk Disney to Me – Penneys Haul

Talk Disney to Me – Penneys Haul

For the next installment of my Disney series I’m writing a haul of some of the great Disney products that are available in everyone’s favourite shop, Penneys. These are perfect for any Disney fan or for anyone visiting Disney.

My favourite item is probably these Mickey Mouse leggings.  I wear them walking the dogs and for lazy days around the house.  They are the most comfortable pair I have ever worn.  These were €8.


Almost every week there is a new selection of Disney tshirts available in Penneys.  Again I like them for dog walking and lounging.  I have lots at this stage and they have ranged from €3 to €8.


These runners are so cute and comfortable and are perfect for a day strolling around Disney Paris.  I thought that they might cut my heels but they were absolutely fine.  They cost €13.


There are always Disney pyjamas in stock but my favourite ones are these Team Bad villains.  I can’t remember how much these actually cost but I think they were about €16.


Finally, given that I’m pet crazy I buy my doggies clothes from the children’s section in Penneys.  The tshirt cost €4 and the jumper was €10.



Penneys is an absolute treasure trove of Disney goodies.… Read the rest