Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Hello everyone!

Firstly, how are we all?! And can we appreciate that it is less than one month until Christmas! I really need to get on with my Christmas shopping as I only have one thing bought so far, I initially said that I would start super early but I'm not the type to be very organised.. 

I have noticed in the last few months that I haven't done a monthly favourites, it just slipped my mind to be honest so today I am bringing to you a post about a number of things that I have been loving recently!

I've been wearing..
Ever since going to H&M in London at the end of August I feel a new love for H&M here in Ireland. It was never a shop I went into, always so cluttered and unorganised with last years stock still hanging around however in recent weeks I have found some gems that I am in love with. My favourite piece that I have picked up is this mustard thick knit jumper. It is just perfect for this time of year and I feel the need to wear it almost everyday to college as it's just so easy to throw on and as it has been freezing the last few weeks, it keeps me nice and warm. It is available in a few other colours too if mustard isn't your thing, I am so tempted to go back and get the grey one for myself!

I've been using..
..MAC Eyebrow pencil and Brow Gel
When I got my makeup done in MAC for the Debs the makeup artist used this pair on my eyebrows and I had to buy it afterwards. They provide quite a natural look, as I don't think very strong brows suit me, and they last all day which is perfect for going to university.  

I've been watching..
..Gossip Girl

Ever since my free month of Netflix ran out during the summer I had a gaping Gossip Girl shaped hole in my life (wow, slightly overdramatic). Since recently getting Netflix back I'm in my element and pretty much spend all of my free time watching it. I'm halfway through season 4 and it's SO GOOD so if you haven't watched it yet and are looking for a good girly show, watch it!

.. Love/ Hate
If you live outside Ireland you probably won't know what this is, but it's basically a drama based on gangland crime in Dublin. I don't want to spoil anything, but the series finale for season 5 aired a few weeks ago and it was shocking and just so good! I would watch this over Gossip Girl because to be honest it is the best thing that has come from Irish television. Each series is quite short too so you won't spend about 50 hours of your week spent on front of the TV!

I've been reading..
'The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt

So I have been reading this whopper 800 page novel for a few months now (thanks to university readings) and oh my it is brilliant. I am about halfway through and it is just such a sad but fabulously written book. It is about a young boy who's mother dies in an explosion in New York and we follow his story throughout the years afterwards. As I mentioned, I am only halfway through but I am hooked on it and I would recommend it if you have the time to read it.

I've been burning..
..Mahogany Teakwood candle by Bath and Body Works
It's pretty much my perfect candle. When I visited America in June this candle was at the top of my wish list however when I got there my parents insisted on me only getting one three wick candle as it would weigh down the bags however since arriving home they haven't stopped whining about why we didn't buy more of these... seriously guys?! It is literally the perfect smell, it's smells like Abercrombie! I'm using it sparingly at the moment as it is almost gone so I am scouring the internet looking for a reasonably priced replacement.. If I find one, be sure that I will let you all know!

What have you been loving recently?

My Skincare Routine & How I Cleared Up My Skin

Saturday, 15 November 2014

My Skincare Routine & How I Cleared Up My Skin

How are we all today?! Can you believe how close it is getting to Christmas? All of the shops are so Christmassy and it has really got me into the Christmas spirit, oh and has anyone else noticed that Sky Christmas has started back up? That is definitely something to be excited about! The one thing about this time of year is that it gets sooo cold which means I need to up my game when it comes to skincare..

Since June I really haven't been happy with my skin as I felt like I constantly had breakouts, which I never had before! I have normal to slightly oily skin and up to June I would only get the odd spot every once in a while, nothing major. I don't know what happened but my skin just took a turn for the worse and I always had spots on my forehead however in the last few weeks I have sorted out my problem!

Just a few weeks ago I bought the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (a recommendation from Lizzy) from Boots for about €10 with one muslin cloth included. I've been using it every morning and night by using one pump, messaging it into my skin and removing it with my muslin cloth soaked in hot water. Although it seems like a bit of a pain having to do this every morning, I assure you it's worth it! I think this has been the only reason my skin has cleared up. I used the Boots Traditional Glycerin and Rosewater as a toner for a while but it ran out so instead I just splash cold water on my face to close my pores after I cleanse.

For moisturiser I have been using the Simple Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser which I like  as it doesn't break me out however I want to branch out and try something new so if you have any moisturiser recommendations let me know!

I have to mention my trusty Sudocreme because whenever I break out I put a thin layer of this on my face and it clears it up in no time.

What is your favourite skincare product?!

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Maybelline Colour Drama Lipstick in Berry Much

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Maybelline Colour Drama Lipstick in Berry Much
So the time of year has come around again that it is perfectly acceptable to wear a bold berry or red lip all of the time so this Autumn/ Winter I'm going to take full advantage!

I have been wanting to jump on the whole lip pencil band wagon for a while now but I just couldn't bring myself to go to the Nars counter and break the bank just to try one. When I saw a these Maybelline dupes pop up in Boots I couldn't wait to try them. After reading a few blog posts about them, I decided I wanted the shade 'Berry Much' however it was nowhere to be found. I searched the Boots Irish website and several shops but I couldn't find it anywhere! So after a desperate few weeks I finally caved and bought it on Amazon. Shipping only took a few days, it was very quick to arrive so I'll leave all of the sellers info below.

Ramblings aside, let's talk about the lip pencil!

Lets start with the basics- it is very pigmented, quite long lasting (it even lasted a nandos meal which I was very surprised about) and it is a satin finish. Obviously as it isn't completely matte so it doesn't dry my lips out so much that I'm recovering for days (*cough cough* Ruby Woo) which is always a bonus!

Overall I'm very impressed with the Colour Drama Lipsticks, even though I can't compare them to some of the alternative high end products as I haven't tried them but if you're not willing to fork out €25 for a Nars Lip Pencil why not give these a go instead?!

You can find them at Boots, however I got mine here on Amazon.

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