My Holiday Style Diary | Albufeira 2014

Saturday, 31 May 2014

My Holiday Beauty Essentials

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

I don't know about you, but when it comes to packing for my holidays I always find it hard to select just a few beauty products to bring with me. I always end up bringing way too much! I'd bring the kitchen sink if I could ;-) Narrowing it down is just so hard - I have too many nice products! But in the end I did manage to pick a few essentials (it only took me a few hours! Ha ha!) that I just HAD to bring along with me. And I thought I'd show you all what I brought.....


What I Wore! - Casual Rainy Day Outfit

Friday, 23 May 2014

A Review | VO5 Heat Protect Styling Spray + Smoothly Does It Curl Defining Mousse

Friday, 16 May 2014

Hello! So, I'm currently tanning it up in sunny Portugal! ;-) I can't wait to tell you all about my holiday when I come back but for now, I have two lovely hair styling products that I've been loving lately to share with you.

Baking // Cute Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Hi everyone! I hope you're all having a lovely Sunday :-). So as promised I have some yummy treats to share with you today ;-). I found a picture of  mini Victoria sponge cakes on Pinterest and I thought they were so cute. So I just HAD to make them and I was really impressed with them - They turned out so well and they went down well with my family! They were really quick and easy to do and of course, they tasted yummy too! And of course, I couldn't make something so delicious and not share them with you.

To make them:

These were probably the easiest thing I've ever made. All I had to do was bake some basic vanilla cupcakes, spread buttercream icing on half of them and jam on the other half and sandwich them together. Easy Peasy! 

I hope you liked this post! I know it was short (and sweet! See what I did there ;-) Ha ha!) but I just felt that this post didn't need much writing as pictures can speak a thousand words!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday evening :-)

Cliona xx

Outfit Of The Day | Leaf Printed Jeans

Saturday, 10 May 2014

I decided to do a quick outfit of the day post today. I quite liked my outfit and I thought maybe you lovely lot might like to see it? If you follow me on Instagram then you'll have probably already seen these jeans. I dug them up, out of my summer box and I fell in love with them all over again! These are probably my favourite pair of 'Summer jeans' that I own. I absolutely love the leaf print and the colours are to die for! I didn't wear them that much last summer because I bought them towards the end of August and I didn't really feel comfortable wearing them in the Autumn. I mean, it would have been fine to wear them in the Autumn, after all they have leaves on them! But for some reason I just prefer to wear darker clothes (comfort zone alert!) in the Autumn/ Winter.

(excuse the squinting in the middle picture - It was so bright! ;-) Ha ha!)  

Jeans - Zara 
Jumper - Penneys
Sandals - Penneys
Necklace - Mi Moneda 
Watch - Fossil
Sunglasses - Penneys

By the way, how strange was the weather today! One minute it was really nice and sunny and the next it was lashing rain! Although I didn't have to spend much time in it (thankfully!) because I was really busy today - Some of my family came over for a visit, I baked mini Victoria sponge cakes for them (I'll have a blog post up about those tomorrow, don't worry! Ha ha!) and I spent a large portion of my day writing up posts for when I'm away in Portugal next week. I'm so excited for it as I haven't been on a sun/ beach holiday in aaages! It should be good fun :-).

What did you get up to today? I hope you a had lovely saturday,  whatever you did! And I hope you liked my outfit :-). 

I'll be back tomorrow with another post. Bye for now! 

Cliona xx

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Fashion Favourites // The Skull Scarf

Thursday, 8 May 2014

I've been obsessed with wearing skull scarves lately! And it would be wrong to go through a fashion phase without blogging about it, am I right? ;-) First of all, I'm a scarfaholic (just putting that out there! Ha ha!) - I love them and I wear them the majority of the time. Whenever the weather starts to get a bit warmer I love swapping out my heavier scarves for lighter ones. I love wearing printed scarves as they just add a nice bit of detail to an outfit, there so stylish looking and they keep you cosy when it's a bit cool out.

The skull scarf is definitely my favourite type of patterned scarf. They were very popular a few years ago but now they are a classic piece to have in your wardrobe. As you can probably tell from the pictures below, that celeb's love them too. And no, these are NOT Alexander McQueen (In my dreams! Ha ha). The black one is from H&M and the grey one is from Penneys, would you believe? I love the material of them - they're so soft and lightweight! I had a look on Pinterest for some inspiration and I found lots of different ways to wear them. One way that I discovered, is pairing it with shorts which i never really thought of before, but it looked so nice that I think I might wear it on holidays. My favourite way to wear them at the moment is with jeans, a plain t-shirt and a leather jacket. A white one is next on my wish list! I'd also love a pink one too! The Alexander McQueen scarves range from €185 - €395 but you can get a very similar one (in my opinion anyway) in H&M for only €9.95. Bargain!!

Here is some of my scull scarf inspiration.....

(These images are taken from google images)

What do you think of scull scarves? Would you wear them? 

Cliona xx

April Non-Beauty Favourites + My New Blog Design!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Hi all! I hope you had a lovely bank holiday weekend. I know I enjoyed having an extra day to have a lie in ;-). My weekend consisted of buying the last bits for our holiday in a weeks time and a lot of relaxing (after all, that's what bank holiday weekends are for! Haha!). For today's post (And it's a long one! I'd grab a cup of tea if I were you. Haha!) I wanted to share the second half of my April favourites.  I loved way too many things to fit them all into one post and I didn't want to leave anything out so, I decided to do two separate posts.

But before I get started, I need to tell you about my little blog makeover! Ever since I set up my blog I've hated the layout. I'd spent so much time faffing about with it and I just wasn't happy with it. So I asked my brother-in-law to help me out because I'm not that good when it comes to computers and I just couldn't for the life of me figure out all the 'techie' stuff! Haha! I think he did an incredible job! It looks great - it's much more organised and neat looking. I liked the grey background but I didn't feel it truly represented my personality. I'm a true girly girl so naturally, I love anything pink and I thought having a pink background would be more suited to my blog. However, the pink backgrounds on blogger aren't that nice but I found a really pretty peach colour and I fell in love with it so, I decided to go for that. I also wanted to add a touch of mint green as I've been loving that colour lately (you can probably tell from the banner on the picture above ;-). That was actually a complete coincidence that it matches my social buttons as I edited these pictures before my blog makeover. Haha!).

Overall I'm really pleased with it although I don't think it will ever be perfect (I'm sure all bloggers can relate to this feeling!). Huge thanks to my brother-in-law, Andy for putting up with my un-decisiveness and fussiness ;-) and making my blog look beautiful! Let me know what you guys think of it! I hope you like it too! :-)


I'd never seen either of these movies before would you believe? I'd wanted to see Frozen for ages but I just never got a chance to. But this month I got my act together and finally sat down to watch it. And all I can say is, that it's amaaazing! It's without a doubt the best children's film I've seen in ages and it's my new favourite Disney film! It's such a feel-good movie, the music is amazing and it's also really funny. Seriously, Olaf has to be the funniest character ever! "I'm Olaf and I like warm hugs" ;-) (I couldn't resist quoting that! Haha!)
 I wasn't actually that pushed to see Silver Linings Playbook if I'm honest. I'm not sure why but I guess, again I just didn't get a chance to see it and then all the hype died down so I wasn't that bothered to watch it. But boy was I missing out big time! I don't really want to say too much about it in case anyone hasn't seen it but I will say that it's an excellent movie! It's an incredible story, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper were phenomenal and Robert De Niro's character was hilarious!
They're both definitely worth a watch! I'm actually sick of missing out on great movies so I'm making a promise to myself that the next time an amazing, award-winning movie comes out I will NOT be late to the party! You can hold me to that ;-).

Tv Show!

At the start of April, I finished watching Gossip Girl and I actually didn't know what to do with myself! I was honestly lost without it!! Haha! After a while of trying to find a good replacement I came across Suits on Netflix and it looked decent so I gave it a go. It's a funny drama about two lawyers working in a firm in New York City. They are literally like two peas in a pod! ;-) Of course, it's nothing compared to Gossip Girl (I don't think I'll ever find anything as good :-( ) but I'd recommend giving it a watch. It's really funny!


If you read my latest outfit post, then you will recognise these beauties ;-). They were my go to accessories of the month! Statement necklaces and round sunglasses are my current obsession in general at the moment and I have a feeling that they're going to be my summer staple! Recently I've been reaching for this necklace a lot. I love it - It's so versatile and I can wear it with nearly anything because the colours are quite neutral (apart from the hint of red). I've been wearing it on a daily basis with a plain t-shirt and jeans. I love this look - the necklace really spruces up an otherwise boring outfit but it still remains casual. These sunglasses were my best purchase I think. ;-) First of all they were only €2! Bargain!! And second they look gorgeous on and they're very trendy. By the end of the summer I'll probably have a drawer full of round sunglasses! Ha ha!

 Yummy treats!

Because it was Easter last month, I couldn't NOT include an easter egg in this post! So here it is, my gorgeous cadbury's flake egg. Cadbury's eggs are definitely the best! My all time favourite is the flake one of course! ;-) I get it every year! As you can probably see I devoured the egg but I still have some flake bars left because I'm savouring them because once they're gone then it means Easter is truly over for another year! (Even though technically easter is over whether I finish my egg or not but for me it doesn't feel like it's over until all of my eggs are gone. Ha ha!). Have any of you still got some of your Easter eggs stashed away? ;-)


And last but not least I read two books in April. The first one I read was a self help book called When Panic Attacks. This was a very different reading experience for me as I normally stick to fiction or beauty/fashion books. I wasn't really sure if I would like it but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. It really opened up my eyes and helped me learn more about anxiety. It also asks you to take part in exercises and activities which I found to be really helpful. There was also stories about people's experiences which I found quite comforting as it's good to know that I'm not the only one suffering from anxiety.
I went back to my comfort zone with a really good fiction book called Looking For Alaska by John Green. I have one word to describe this book - Wow! It was captivating, funny, emotional and very relatable. It obviously isn't as good as TFIOS but it's not too far from it. I actually only started reading John Green's books recently and I just keep thinking to myself "why hasn't his books been in my life before?!". They're just so good! Will Grayson, Will Grayson is next on my list to read. Have you got any book recommendations? I'm always on the look out for a good book!

I hope you enjoyed my April non-beauty favourites. What were your non-beauty favourites for the month of April?

As always, thanks for reading!

Cliona xx

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Monthly Beauty Favourites // The April Edition!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Happy first day of Summer! I hope you all had a nice day in spite of the weather being so atrocious (first day of summer? Yeah right!).  Today I'm going to be talking about the beauty products that I was loving in April.... Enjoy!

Aussie Mega shampoo and Mega Instant conditioner 
First of all I just have to say, that in my opinion Aussie has the best haircare products on the market. I had been looking for a great shampoo and conditioner for years and I could never find anything that did my hair any favours! UNTIL...... I started using this brand last year. If you haven't tried any of their products before then you need to ASAP!

Every now and again I swap my normal shampoo for a clarifying one as there's nothing worse than product build up. I've never tried the 'Mega' range before but after using them for a couple of weeks I was really impressed. They did a great job of giving my hair a much needed deep clean and got rid of all that horrible product build up. I also noticed that my hair looked a little bit shinier after I started using them. It claims to leave your hair feeling extra soft but I didn't notice my hair feeling any softer to be honest! But overall I think they're both great products.

VO5 heat protect styling spray
Another hair product I've been loving is this heat protectant. The only reason I picked this up was because it was so so cheap with it only being €4.79! This had big shoes to fill as my previous heat protectant (toni & guy prep heat protection mist) was amaaazing!  But I was actually really impressed with it! I won't say anything else about it as I'm going to be doing a full review on it along with another VO5 product. So, keep your eyes peeled for that! ;-)

Boots Hand & Nail Cream
I was absolutely delighted with this hand cream! My hands were so dry before I discovered this product. I honestly didn't think it would be great because it's only a cheap aul thing but I was pleasantly surprised! It moisturised my hands without leaving them feeling greasy and it also helped improve the patches of eczema that I had. It has a very light fragrance and there is also a non-fragrant version so, if you're not a fan of strong smelling hand creams then this would be perfect for you.  I use it every night before I go to bed and the next day my hands are left feeling so smooth and soft. And it only cost €1.79! It's definitely one of my best bargain beauty buys!

Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear concealer
Unlike the rest of the products I've talked about so far, this is an old favourite of mine. I've been using it everyday this past month (hence the worn off writing! Ha ha!) so I thought it deserved a mention. This is by far my favourite concealer - it blends easily, covers blemishes, redness and dark circles really well and it lasts all day (about 9-10 hours with powder). Although, I wouldn't recommend it if you have dry skin (I have combination skin) as I find it sometimes brings out my dry patches. It has a thick, creamy consistency and it's a high coverage concealer, so I find it great to wear without any foundation or BB cream/tinted moisturiser. I absolutely love it and I always repurchase it.

Real Techniques powder brush
This brush is excellent - it picks up the perfect amount of powder so, I can apply my powder with one quick sweep on my face. It's extremely soft and fluffy and non of the bristles shed. It washes easily and dries quickly (Come to think of it, I find that with all of the RT brushes which makes my life a whole lot easier! Ha ha!). I think it's a great brush and I'd highly recommend it!

Rimmel I Love Lasting Finish nail polish in 200 'orange your life'
This has been my go to nail polish this month! It's a really pretty orange colour but it's not too orange (if that makes any sense! Ha ha!). It's actually the nail polish that I'm wearing in this picture but I didn't show it to you properly because it was chipped and that's embarrassing!! Ha ha! Rimmel nail polishes are my favourites - they wear well and they're very affordable. That's all I'll say about this as I've done a full review on (Rimmel nail polishes) before. 

Bourjois Color Boost lip crayon in 'Peach on the beach'
These lip crayons are amazing! I'd highly recommend them if you haven't tried them before. They are so moisturising, glossy, well pigmented and they smell gorgeous too. They also have an SPF 10 so, I'll definitely be bringing these away on holiday with me in two weeks! If you're going to buy one of these then go for the shade 'Peach on the beach'. It's a gorgeous peachy pink colour and it's perfect for Spring/ Summer.

Have you tried any of these products before? What did you think of them?
What were your beauty favourites for the month of April?

Cliona x

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