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Oct 18, 2017 - Blog    No Comments

Halloween Hygge

I plan to do some Halloween hauls but at the moment I have so much stuff that I don’t even know where to start.  I thought it would be nice to apply Hygge to Halloween.  Hygge is something that I have started to introduce to my life about a year ago.  Halloween is my absolute favourite time of year.  I live for it.  This year, however, it hasn’t been as easy to celebrate Halloween as we have suffered the loss of our beautiful baby, Pumpkin.  I won’t get into that now because it is too painful and sad, instead I’ll discuss some self-caring and fun things to do at Halloween other than eating lots of sweet and scaring the bejaysus out of people (both of which are very great activities). Here are a few Halloween things that I think lend themselves well to the concept.

Pumpkin Soup

I’m not one for being overly warm or cosy.  I hate the idea of fleece socks or pjs as I’m constantly boiling.  Those kind of things make me feel claustrophobic so for me candles and soup is about as toasty as I’m willing to go.  This pumpkin soup is lovely; it is healthy and low in fat.

You will need a pumpkin, a red pepper, an onion and some stock, chicken or vegetable, whichever works for you.

  1. Cut the pumpkin into segments like you would with a melon and roast it in the oven for about 15 minutes.  This will make it easier
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Aug 17, 2016 - Blog    Comments Off on Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016

Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have been shortlisted for Best Beauty Blog in the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards.

Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards Shortlist logo

It has been difficult keeping the blog going over the last while with working full-time, clinical placement, completing a part-time masters and life in general but it has been worth it.  Although I’m not always the most regular blogger it has been a hugely enjoyable experience sharing my views on beauty products, creating tutorials, transforming into Disney (and other) characters and having the odd rant.

Thank you so much to anyone and everyone that has ever taken the time to read one of my posts.  It means the world to me.

I am now looking for some more help please in the form of votes.  If you like what I do please consider voting for me in the shortlist.

You can vote for my blog below.

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Dec 11, 2015 - Blog    Comments Off on Penneys Spring Summer 2016

Penneys Spring Summer 2016

Last Thursday on an incredibly wet and dull day I made my way to Penneys HQ for a preview of their spring summer collection.  As wet and dreary as it was outside, we were instantly cheered up the minute we got in the door.  There was a lovely breakfast buffet to greet us upon arrival.  The staff were also there to offer a warm welcome.  They are seriously the nicest people and are really helpful and sweet.

The collection which will be launching in January has a couple of main elements.  There’s lots of gorgeous strong patterns as well as floaty floral boho pieces.  Finally there’s an emphasis on denim looks with both long and short skirts and dresses.

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Camp California – 70s style with bright and bold shades and denim.  There are plenty of beautiful 70s style accessories to match.

Road to Morocco – nomadic festival stlye.  Lots of textures, tassels and fringing.

Laundered and Humble – casual fashion staples and minimal prints.  There are plenty of denim skirts and dresses.

Sheer Romance – floaty and breezy bohemian day-wear.  The pieces are soft, sheer and beautiful.

One of my favourite items was the orange and brown zig zag skirt which will be €10.

orange skirt

The shoes are absolutely gorgeous with offerings in black and tan.  I loved the heels but I was really drawn to the gladiator style sandals.  I need the Disney bag in my life and I can’t wait to get it.

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disney bag

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Nov 13, 2015 - Blog    Comments Off on Travelling Light(ish)

Travelling Light(ish)

As great as it is to have a little break and get away for a few days, it can be a pain trying to pack cosmetic products (read necessities).  It is particularly hard when only carrying hand luggage and trying to stay below the liquid limit.  I recently went away and tried to pack lightly so here’s my guide to bringing as little as possible.

The first thing I packed was the Pippa palette from Blank Canvas Cosmetics.  Regular readers will know that I adore this palette.  Not only did it contain an array of gorgeous eyeshadows, it also has a bronzer, highlighter and blusher so I had almost everything I needed in one handy palette.  Sticking with the eyes, I can’t be without liner so I brought Winging It, again from Blank Canvas Cosmetics.  Finally I brought a mascara from Max Factor.


My current foundation of choice is MAC’s Pro Longwear Nourishing foundation.  The tube is 25mls, great for travelling but not so good for the wallet and general use.


Over the last six weeks or so I have been using Catrice’s Liquid Camouflage concealer.  It is great, covers all sorts of spots and blemishes and lasts all day.  It is 5 mls.

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Since it was Halloween I went with a bright orange lipstick from Flormar.  Provocative Orange is gorgeous and I paired it with Pumpkin lip liner from NYX.

flormar orange

I bought a set of travel pots in Penneys and put some of my usual potions in them.  My … Read the rest

Sep 21, 2015 - Blog    Comments Off on So…?


So…? reminds me of being 16.  I think my fragrance of choice those days was So….? Kiss Me.  I had the body spray in my school bag.  Over a week I go I attended a launch for some new fragrances and body sprays.  Although I had somewhat banished So…? to my teenage days I was curious to see what the brand had to offer and if it was something a much older me could get excited about.

Together with my blogging bestie Emma from Mastering your Makeup and Anita from Adorn.ie I attended a launch for the new collection in House on Leeson Street.  Upon arrival we were greeted by cupcakes and cocktails (which unfortunately I had to miss out on due to my gluten intolerance).  The new collection was well displayed and there was plenty to sample.

The So…? Couture collection consists of perfumes and body sprays and hosts New York, Rio, London and Paris.  I was drawn to Paris as my first sample and I wasn’t at all disappointed as it was really lovely.  Paris is fruity and has notes of plum and rose.  New York is more floral but also has a hint of peach.  London packs a lot of different elements with grapefruit, apricot, jasmine and violet.  Rio is like a tropical fruit bowl with pineapple, mango and melon.  Each bottle costs €5.99 and the body sprays are €1.99.

So collection

One of my favourite things in the launch was the Fresh-Tival range.  It consisted of three travel … Read the rest