February Favourites!

Thursday, 27 February 2014

It's nearly the 1st of March! Ehh.... is it just me or is this year just flying by? It feels like christmas was only yesterday! Anyway, it's time for my favourites from this month. This is my favourite time of the month, I love seeing what products other bloggers are into! This month I've tried lots of new products and they're now on my long list of favourites.

1. Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara

I absolutely love this mascara! It lengthens my lashes really well. It has a smaller brush than the mascaras I usually use but I found it easier to apply with. It claims to strengthen and nourish lashes, promoting natural lash growth to create fuller looking lashes in 30 days. I haven't been using it daily for 30 days so, I haven't noticed any change with my lashes. But however, I have been asked a few times what mascara I was wearing when I wasn't wearing any so, maybe it has made my lashes look a little bit fuller. I really like the packaging as well, I think it looks elegant and luxurious making it look more expensive than it actually is. ;-)

2. Aussie Take The Heat 3 Minute Miracle

This deep conditioner helps protect against heat damage. This is so good for my hair as I style it using heat quite a lot. Since I started using this I've stopped feeling as guilty about using heat on my hair. It's made with jojoba-seed oil so, it smells divine! Not to mention, it's very affordable too. 

3. Soap and Glory Calm One Calm All Bubble Bath

 I love Soap & Glory products!  I think their products are so fun and I love the 50's style pictures that they use. Apart from their very attractive packaging and their cute names for their products, in my opinion,they have the best smelling products on the market. This bubble bath smells like bubble gum and warm vanilla. It smells so delicious that sometimes I want to drink it! ;-) I love taking a bath with this, it's very calming and soothing. Perfect for if you had a bad day! It's got a built in body lotion so, of course it leaves my skin feeling very soft!

4. Nivea Vanilla & Macadamia Lip Butter

This is the second Nivea lip butter that I've used. I had the caramel cream version and honestly I thought that Nivea couldn't do any better than that gorgeous caramel scent. I was very wrong! The vanilla version is so much better! I can't even begin to describe how amazing this stuff smells. It kind of reminds me of vanilla ice-cream. This lip butter is very moisturising. It works wonders for my chapped lips!

5. Seventeen Miracle Matte Concealer Stick

This concealer does a great job of covering any blemishes or imperfections that I have. I use it in the shade fair. I think this is a neat, handy little thing for popping it into my bag when I'm on the go. It doesn't dry out my skin and it lasts all day without a shine.

6. Baylis & Harding Beauticology Strawberry Swirl Shower Cream

This is the shower cream that I've been using this month and I love it! It smells gorgeous! I got this in a set of mini Baylis & Harding products for christmas. This is actually the first time that I've used this brand and I have to say I'm impressed. I might try some of their other products.

7. Divergent

Ahh.... my new love! When I read this book I could not put it down! It's such such an exciting and captivating book. There is so much suspense in it. I'd definitely recommend you to read it if you haven't already. I can't wait for the movie which is coming out soon!

Hope you enjoyed my favourites this month! You can read last month's favourites Here
Thanks for reading

Cliona x


What I Wore | Film Premiere Of 'Ride Along'

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

On Monday, I won a competition on twitter with Universal Ireland to go to the premiere of 'Ride Along' last night. Before the film, there was a pre-party in ThunderRoad Cafe, Temple Bar, where there was a buffet and a free bar! It was a great night!

The movie was hilarious! Kevin Hart is brilliant in it, he played his role very well. It was one of the funniest movies I've seen in ages! It's definitely worth a watch! It's in cinemas in Ireland on Friday.

My fancy ticket! :-)

Boots Haul

Monday, 24 February 2014

Yesterday I walked by Boots and there was a 3 for 2 offer on! Seriously, who can resist the Boots 3 for 2 offers? Not me anyway! I have no will power ;-) I'm really excited about my little purchases so, I thought I'd share them with you.

1.  Real Techniques Blush Brush

I was really excited to try the Real Techniques brushes as so many beauty bloggers have raved about them. I'm starting off with the blush brush. I've never worn blush before but it was next on my list of makeup products to try. Obviously I need a brush to apply it so, after eyeing these brushes up for a long time I finally decided to try them out. It was €12.99. Have you tried these brushes before? Which one should I try next?

2.  Rimmel 'I love lasting finish' nail polish

Next I went to the Rimmel counter and purchased this nail polish in the shade '200 Orange Your Life'. I absolutely love  Rimmel's range of nail polishes! They're my favourites! They wear well and they're very affordable. I think this one is a gorgeous colour for Spring. It costs €4.55.

3. Seventeen sculpting brow pencil

Whenever I go over to the Seventeen counter, I always end up buying loads of stuff! This is by far my favourite makeup brand. They're products are great, they don't irritate my skin or cause me to break out and they're affordable. I bought this product because I normally fill in my brows using a brow kit and I wanted to try something a bit different. It was only €3.69 so why not? ;-)

4. Seventeen BB balm

Another Seventeen product! (Surprise Surprise!) I'm not really a fan of foundation, I much prefer BB creams. It claims to improve skin in four weeks. My skin has been feeling quite rotten lately so, I hope this gives me good coverage whilst improving my skin at the same time. I got it in the shade light and it was €8.89.

5. Seventeen Blush & Glow

Last but not least, I got this blush in the shade 'In Bloom'. It costs €5.09. Like I said before, I've never used a blush before but I just want to be adventurous and try something new. I'm excited to try this product out!

Have you used any of these products before? If you have, let me know what you thought?

Thanks for reading!

Lots of love,
Cliona x

Friday Fashion Fix: A Week In My Style

Friday, 21 February 2014

Hi everyone!

For today's post I thought I would share my outfits of the week with you.
Here is what I wore:


Liebster Award .... Take 2!

Image: Google Images
Hi everyone!

Over the last few days I've been nominated for the liebster award four times! I was nominated by the lovely VictoriaStephanieKristen and Veronica and Emily. Thank you so much to everyone who nominated me! I was delighted to be nominated again and not just once but four times!! I started this blog almost a month ago and I already have over 130 followers on Bloglovin' and I have just over 1800 page views. I still can't believe that people actually read my blog posts and like them! Thank you to everyone who follows me and reads/comments on my posts. I am so grateful! 

I won't answer all of the questions (because I'd probably be typing non-stop for a few days!) ;-) But to show my appreciation to everyone who nominated me, I'm going to answer 5 questions from each person.

- You must link back to the person who nominated you. 
- You have state 11 facts about yourself 
- You have to answer the questions given to you. 
- You have to pick 11 nominees and create a set of 11 questions that they must answer. 
- You can't nominate the person that nominated you. 
- You have to tell the nominees that they have been nominated by you.

11 Random Facts:

1. I drink a lot of tea! (at least 4 cups a day)

2. I'm a really fussy eater. I stick to what I know!

3. I've read 9 books so far this year and it's not even the end of February!

4. My nickname is Clions.

5. I can quote way too many lines from FRIENDS!

6. I have 2 favourite colours. They are pink and blue.

7. My favourite Disney characters are Tinker bell and Minnie Mouse. 

8. I have a phobia of raw meat. It grosses me out! 

9. My nails have to be painted at all times. I hate looking at un-painted nails.

10. I hate Maths! Numbers are not my thing!

11. I'm addicted to my i-phone!

Victoria's Questions:

1. Any favourite youtubers?
There's so many youtubers that I love but my all time favourite is the Shaytards. I love their videos! Shay and Colette are hilarious and the kids are so cute! I also love Tyler Oakley and Grace Helbig. They're both so funny!! As for beauty gurus, I really like Ingrid Nilsen (missglamorazzi) and Tanya Burr.

2. What's your dream job?
I would love to work in the fashion industry. I'd like to work for a fashion magazine. I think that would be cool.

3. What made you want to start a blog?
I started this blog because I wanted to share my experiences and thoughts with others and I wanted to connect with like-minded people. I love reading and writing and I'm enthusiastic about fashion and beauty, so I thought it would be cool to communicate with people with similar interests. I also want to inspire and help others. I struggle with anxiety and panic attacks and I hope to write some blogposts about them and I hope that I can help at least one person.

4. What's your favourite perfume?
At the moment my favourite perfume is Soap and Glory 'Mist You Madly'. I love the smell of this perfume and whenever I wear it, I always receive nice compliments.

5. Who would you most like to meet?

I would love to meet Olivia Palermo! She is my style icon! I love her!

Kristen and Veronica's Questions:

1. What is your favourite season and why?
I love the Autumn time! The colours of the leaves are beautiful and I love the sound of them crunching when you walk on them. I also love that the weather gets colder so that you can wear cosy cardigans but it's not too cold that you have to look like an eskimo  like in the winter ;-).

2. Favourite place to shop?
My favourite place to shop is definitely Zara! I'm always on their website lusting after their stuff!

3. What is the subject that mosts interests you in school?
I really like Irish! Most people hate it and complain about it but I actually think it's fun. It's a really cool language! ;-)

4. Diamonds or pearls?
Diamonds! I would love to own some one day (keep dreamin' Cliona!!) ;-)

5. What is your favourite colour of nail polish?
Normally, I love wearing pink, red and purple colours on my nails. My favourite nail polish at the moment is actually grey. Essie's 'Chinchilly' is my favourite.

Stephanie's Questions:

1. Describe what paradise is to you.
Lying on a beach in a hot country whilst reading a book and eating ice-cream! :-)

2. What's in your bag right now?
My diary, camera, chewing gum, wallet, tissues and my makeup bag.

3. Which places would you love to travel to?
Dubai, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Greece, Italy, Bora Bora.

4. One Quote you always live by.
I have two that I like to use when I'm feeling anxious:
-Carpe Diem!
-Everything is going to be ok!

5. What are your favourite drinks to order?
I always order hot chocolate! I love it! 

Emily's Questions:

1. What is your favourite film?
My favourite films is The Heat starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. It's easily one of the funniest film I've ever seen! I love anything that Melissa McCarthy is in! She's hilarious! Her and Jennifer Aniston are my favourite actresses.

2. Who was your first celebrity crush?
Zac Efron back in the high school musical days ;-)

3. What is your favourite food?
Pizza! I could eat pizza all day, every day!!

4. Favourite item of clothing you own?
My grey fur lined hoody. It's not the most stylish thing that I own but it's super cosy! (I love my cosiness) ;-)

5. Number one beauty product?
My number one beauty would definitely have to be my Collection lasting perfection concealer. I never leave the house without it! I love it!

I nominate:

NgoziGwenAbiSophie and Sherli

My questions:
1. What are your favourite magazines to read?
2. Who is your biggest style inspiration?
3. Where is your favourite place to go and why?
4. What was the best holiday you've been on?
5. What's your favourite beauty brand?
6. 5 products that you couldn't live without?
7. Describe your perfect Friday night?
8. What are your most worn clothing items?
9. Who is your favourite actor or actress?
10. Lip gloss or lipstick?
11. Why did you start a blog?

Thanks again to everyone who nominated me!
I hope you enjoyed this post!

Cliona x

OOTD! - Casual Saturday

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Today I didn't do that much. I'm re-doing my room at the moment, so, I spent most of the day sorting through drawers and clearing out stuff (exciting, I know!!) ;-). However, I did go out to my sister's house (I'm staying the night) so, I wanted to wear something nicer than my tracksuit! :-)

Here is what I wore:

Pink Jumper - Penneys (Primark)
Jeans - A-wear 
Runners - Penneys 
Necklace - Penneys 
Bracelets - Alex and Ani

Flashback Friday: Puppy Love

Friday, 14 February 2014

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Flashback Friday is back again! I hadn't planned on making this a series on my blog but I really enjoyed writing the first one and so I thought why not? You can read the last one Here.

I was looking through old photos today and I stumbled across this one of my dog, Piper Rae, when she was only 8 weeks old! She looks so tiny in this picture! She's almost two years old now and it's hard to believe she was ever that small.

I remember the day we brought her home so well. It was so exciting! There were 13 dogs at the breeder's house and it took us over an hour to decide which one to take home. They were all so cute and they smelled of baby powder! In the end, Piper gave my Mam her paw and we knew that we had to take her home. It was love at first sight! :-)

She was such a mischievous little puppy! She used to take our socks out of the laundry basket and run off with them. She LOVED socks! She used to chew everything and she'd destroy our shoes! The whole summer was just chaotic, running around after her ;-)

She's still quite naughty to this day but I think it would be very boring if she behaved herself ;-)

Today Piper is my valentine ;-)

That's it for now, Ill talk to you soon! Lots of love to you all!

♥ ♥

Cliona x

Sanctuary Spa Obsession!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Lately I've been loving the brand Sanctuary Spa Covent Garden. It's actually become quite an obsession. ;-)
I have really sensitive skin, so, it gets dry and irritated easily. I often find it hard to get products that work well for my skin without irritating it. In December I tried Sanctuary Spa products for the first time and I was delighted that they didn't irritate my skin. 

Here is my little collection of their products and my opinions on them :-)

First up is, the fresh-faced purifying wash and the radiance exfoliator. I talked about this cleanser in my January Favourites blogpost. I've tried so many cleansers before and none of them were as nice as this one. I love the radiance exfoliator because it gently exfoliates my skin and leaves it looking more radiant. What I found with other facial scrubs was that they would dry-out my skin but this one doesn't do that at all. It smells amazing too! I think it's important for products to smell nice especially facial products, because who wants to put products that smell gross on their face? Not me! ;-) I've made the mistake of buying products that smell horrible too many times!

Next is the moisture rich foot butter and the pumice foot scrub. My feet used to get really dry before I started using this moisturiser. It's quick-absorbing, which I love and it leaves my feet feeling really soft. This scrub is very cooling and refreshing, I think it will be lovely in the summertime. ( If the weather in Ireland decided to be hot for once!) ;-)  It definitely  leaves my skin feeling much smoother. It has tea tree and lavender in it, so it smells really good!

And last but not least are my two favourites, the body wash and body lotion. I love this body wash, it has a gorgeous scent that fills the whole bathroom. It also has beads in it, which made me think at first that it was going to be harsh on my skin but it was actually the exact opposite, the beads are moisturising. Which makes my skin feel silky and soft. The body lotion hydrates my skin really well and I don't find it greasy at all. It smells of ginger and I think it's a really relaxing scent. I use it at night time because it always makes me sleepy ;-) It's perfect if your having a relaxing pamper evening.

Let me know in the comments if you've tried any of these products before and what you thought of them. I'd love to hear from you!

Cliona x

Insta Diary #1

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Hi everyone! I hope you're all having a lovely week so far.

For today's post I thought I'd share some of my favourite Instagram pictures with you. I'm absolutely addicted to Instagram! It's by far my favourite app on my phone. :-)

I hope you like my pictures! Thanks for reading!

Cliona x

Liebster Award

Monday, 10 February 2014

Hi everyone! So, yesterday I was nominated for the liebster award by Remi at One Sequin At A Time. Huge thanks to Remi for nominating me, I appreciate it so much! The liebster award is a way to discover new blogs with less than 200 followers. I think this is great idea and I'm delighted to take part in it.

The Rules:
1. You must link back to the person who nominated you.
2. You must answer the 11 questions given by the person who nominated you.
3. You pick 11 nominees with under 200 followers to answer your questions.
4. You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.
5. You must tell the nominees that they have been nominated by you.

Remi's Questions:

1. What item of clothing do you wear too much?
My red printed scarf from awear. I wear it almost everyday! I have loads of other scarves (I've been obsessed with printed scarves since I was 12!) but I just love to wear that one. It's a gorgeous colour and it's so soft. I love it :-)

2. What item of clothing was a waste of money?
Last year, I bought a shirt that cost over €50 and I only wore it once. OOPS!

3.  If you could only buy from one clothing shop for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
This is a hard question because I have so many favourites. But I'd pick Zara. I love their clothes and I always look forward to see their new stock.

4. What is your best beauty/fashion bargain?
My best beauty bargain is St Ives Apricot facial scrub. This is one of my favourite exfoliators. I love how it leaves my skin feeling so smooth.

5. If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
 It'd have to be something comfy and casual. A cosy jumper, jeans and a pair of converse.

6. What's your 'go to' perfume?
Japanese Cherry Blossom from The Body Shop.

7. Other than blogging, what do you get up to in your spare time?
I love reading, baking and shopping ( LOTS of shopping!!). I love taking my dog for a walk and I also mind my niece and nephew, which is always so much fun :-)

8. Are you a trainer or a shoe girl?
I love both but I'd say I'm a trainer girl because I do love to wear my converse a lot.

9. If you could only buy from one makeup brand, which would you go for?

10. What are your 5 beauty essentials?
1. Rimmel 'Lash Accelerator' mascara
2. Seventeen 'Stay Time' concealer
3. Batiste dry shampoo
4. Rimmel '60 seconds' nail polish
5. Nivea lip butter

11. If you had all the money in the world, what fashion item would you buy?
 I'd buy rose gold Michael Kors watch. (the most expensive one they have! Ha ha!) :-)

My Questions:

1. If you could own all the clothes in a celebrity's wardrobe, whose would it be?
2. How would you describe your everyday style?
3. What 3 beauty products could you not live without?
4. What blogs do you love to read?
5. What are your favourite things to do to relax?
6. What is your favourite social networking site?
7. What is your favourite skincare brand?
8. If you could visit anywhere in the world for free, where would you go?
9. What shade of lipstick or nail polish do you wear the most?
10. Your favourite candle scent?
11. Why did you decide to start a blog?

My Nominations:

1. Emsypickle
2. Georgia
3. Rebekah
4. Alice
5. Hazel
6. Mia-Rae
7. Laura
8. Beth
9. Emma
10. Deanna
11. Grace

Cliona x

Valentine's Baking

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Today I really fancied baking something and because Valentine's Day is coming up, I decided to make some love heart brownies and Valentine's chocolate bark.

I love baking! I always find it relaxing and fun. I've never made chocolate bark before but I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Here are some pictures of what I made:

Valentine's Chocolate Bark

To make this I:

* Melted milk chocolate and put it in the fridge to harden.
* Melted white chocolate and poured in some red food colouring and strawberry essence.
* I put the white choc on top of the milk choc and put some pink smarties and sprinkles on top.
* I placed it back in the fridge to harden.

And it's done! It's so easy to make and it's really nice! 
My sister always makes a lovely peppermint one at christmas time with candy canes. It's yummy! :-)

Love Heart Brownies

For these, I just used this brownie recipe. I used a heart shaped cutter to make the love heart shapes and I used chocolate buttercream icing and marshmallows and sprinkles to decorate them. 

Yum! :-)

Thanks for reading!

Cliona x

Friday Fashion Fix: Shopping OOTD

Friday, 7 February 2014

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! Today I went shopping in town with my sisters. Here is what I wore:

- White Shirt from Zara.
I love the feel of this shirt, it's so soft.

- Grey Cardigan from Penneys (Primark).
 I love this dark grey colour, it's lovely for the winter time and it's super cosy as well!

- Green Jeans from Zara.
These jeans are great to wear in the winter with boots and in the summer with a pair of sandals. They are really comfortable on.

- Brown Boots from Pavers.
These boots have a fur lining inside them, they're so cosy! A winter wardrobe essential. They are very comfortable to wear as well.

- Mi Moneda Chain.
I'm obsessed with Mi Moneda! They have beautiful jewellery.

Having fun in Forever 21, trying on sunglasses! ;-)

Hope you like my outfit. Have a lovely weekend!


My handbag essentials

Thursday, 6 February 2014

I was going through my bag and organising it today, so I thought I would do a quick little blog post showing you what I have in it. I couldn't believe the amount of junk that I had accumulated over the past few weeks! There was old receipts, coins, vouchers, empty wrappers all living at the bottom of my bag! I'm not going to show that in this blog post though (because that would be embarrassing) ;-)

So, here is the bag that I'm using at the moment. I got it in New Look. It's not very exciting but I love it anyway. It's the perfect size for the amount of stuff I carry around everyday and it has a long strap for around the shoulder, which I find really handy.

'Every bag has a unique story'

Here's the contents of my bag from left to right:
  • Pink Filofax
  • Book - 'Revenge Wears Prada' by Lauren Weisberger. I always bring a book every where I go because there is nothing worse than when you have to wait for someone or on a bus, train etc. and you've nothing to do.
  • My notebook and Minnie Mouse pen
  • My purse
  • Camera
  • Hairbrush - Tangle Teaser. This brush is great, I'd highly recommend it if your hair gets really tangled all the time (like mine) I also find that it makes my hair feel soft after I use it.
  • Soap and Glory Mist You Madly Fragrant Body Spray
  • Dove Hand Cream 
  • Panda Gloves from Penneys (primark) 
  • Nivea Caramel Cream Lip Butter 
  • Hair clips
  • Chewing gum
  • Keys
  • Iphone and earphones
  • Hand sanitiser from Bath and Body Works. I looove their hand sanitisers! They smell amazing! I have a rather large collection ;-)
  • Sephora lip gloss
  • Catrice mascara
  • And last but not least, is seventeen concealer.
So, those are my daily handbag essentials! What are yours?
Thank you so much for reading and I'll talk to you next time!

Lots of love, 
Cliona x

January Favourites

Sunday, 2 February 2014

It's the beginning of a new month and it's spring! Yay!! In January, I had fun trying loads of new products. Here are my favourite ones:

1. Seventeen Pressed powder
I love this pressed powder, it leaves my skin looking flawless. It comes in two shades, "Nicely Natural" and "Delicate Beige". I have "Nicely Natural". The packaging is neat and compact, so it's great for when I'm on the go.

2. Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser
My skin is really dry, especially in the cold, winter months. So, this product is great, it leaves my skin feeling very soft. It also saves time in the mornings. I don't need to spend time that I don't have rubbing in moisturiser anymore. I can just put this on in the shower, rinse off and I'm good to put on my clothes and go!

3. Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub
I use this to exfoliate my body once a week. It leaves my skin feeling very smooth. It smells amazing too, when I use this, my whole bathroom is filled with a gorgeous scent of lime .

4. Sanctuary Spa Covent Garden Fresh-Faced Purifying Wash
I use this cleanser once in the morning and at night. It's a foaming cleanser, so, it's really gentle on the skin. It removes dirt and makeup leaving my skin fresh and soft. It has extracts of witch hazel, chamomile and cucumber in it, so it smells really good.

5. H&M Matte Metallic and Essie nail polish
The H&M Matte Metallic nail polish is in the shade "Purple Metallic" and the Essie nail polish shade is "it's genius". Both of these colours are gorgeous on and they last a while without chipping too.

What were your favourite products this month?
As always, thanks for reading! :-)

Lots of love,
Cliona x

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