POTW #8 | Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Soap & Glory The Breakfast Body Scrub
Soap & Glory The Breakfast Body Exfoliator review
Soap & Glory Breakfast Body Scrub Review

A new week means it's time to discuss details of a new favourite product and this week it's all about The Soap & Glory Breakfast Scrub. I picked this up a while ago in Boots in a 3 for 2 offer (of course! Who can resist?) as my usual favourite, Sugar Crush scrub was out of stock. Sugar Crush still remains my all time favourite due to that unbeatable scent (heaven in a tub, I tell ya) but this is definitely a close second.

You're probably sick of me talking about dry flaky patches at this stage but seriously they're the bane of my life. WHY MUST MY SKIN BE SO DRY?! Any product that makes my skin feel smooth and doesn't further dry out my skin is my hero. And that's exactly what this little scrub is, my hero. So long dry flaky skin and hello smooth skin.

Let's start off with the scent, here we have a lovely sweet (but not a sickly kind of sweet) sugary scent that smells a lot like maple syrup - Yum! It's packed with yummy ingredients such as oats, sugar, shea, organic cupuacu bio scrubs, bananas, almond and honey extracts so it's no wonder it smells good enough to eat. But don't eat it though! I'm not kidding, it says that on the tub..... Oh Soap & Glory, you do amuse me.

Consistency wise it's a lot grittier than the sugar crush but it's not as abrasive as other scrubs which suits my skin better because those type of scrubs tend to make my skin red and irritated after use. It's also a lot more thick and solid than sugar crush which is actually slightly on the runny side. Not as much falls off with this one and you only need a small bit to scrub the whole body. I use it twice a week in the shower before shaving as it gives a closer shave and leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft.

Have you tried this body scrub? What's your product of the week?

Cliona xx

Top 5 Autumn/Winter Fashion Essentials

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Autumn/Winter fashion essentials

The evenings are getting shorter, leaves are turning brown and starting to fall and the weather has become a little bit chillier recently. *Excited squeals* I absolutely adore Autumn/Winter fashion - Cosy boots, layering, big fluffy coats, cute scarves. You just can't beat it! I'd take wearing 5 layers of clothes over a light summer dress any day. So now that it's beginning to feel a lot like Autumn I thought I'd put together a little list of my top 5 A/W fashion essentials that I'll be sporting this year.

Furry gilet for autumn / winter
Topshop Gilets - Black  // Khaki // Blush // Cream

1. Furry Gilets
First up we have the cosy faux fur gilet which is loved by many celebs including Olivia Palermo, Millie Mackintosh and Kendall Jenner to name a few. It's perfect for the Autumn as the weather isn't freezing yet but we still need a little somethin' somethin' to keep us warm without getting the eskimo coats out. Pop on a nice shirt underneath it and add a pair of your favourite jeans and you'll have Olivia Palermo eating her heart out.
Would you believe not one single shop had any nice gilets on their websites? I was shocked as they're so on trend this season but you can always count on Topshop to have a nice gilet or two. Every year they have an incredible selection of them and they've impressed me again this year. They have so many styles and colours from black, to khaki to cream. I'm spoiled for choice. But want to know what the best thing about the furry gilet is? IT'S SO FLUFFY!!
2. Loafers & Plimsolls 
Plimsolls and loafers are THE shoes of the season! They are popping up everywhere and with every high street shop jumping on this band wagon it means that they're are plenty of different styles, colours and price tags to choose from. My personal favourites are the brown tassel loafers from River Island. I'd pair them with my ripped jeans and a printed shirt. I also love the coral pair from Zara - I think they would add a lovely pop of colour to an all grey outfit. If you're on a budget like myself then you'll be glad to hear that these are half the price of the River Island pair at €25.95!
Moving on to the plimsolls now and my favourite of the three are definitely the cow print Asos dockland plimsolls. One word. CUUUTE! Oh wait, more words ha! They're also really comfy. I got the tartan pair a while ago and they're honestly the comfiest things I've ever put my feet into. Stylish and comfortable? Yes please.

A/W Fashion - capes

3. Capes
Ah the cape. We have a bit of a love/hate relationship going on at the moment. They look amazing - so elegant and chic - but I can't find one that doesn't drown me. They're a great piece to layer with too. Think of the cosiness! You could pair it with a jumper and scarf for a cosy casual look or pair it with a plain shirt and fitted skirt for a more smart, feminine look. If I ever manage to find one that fits nicely then I'd pair it with my denim skinnies, ankle boots and an oversized floppy hat. 
My favourite of the bunch is definitely the Zara cape. I love how versatile it is - it could go with black, cream, tan, white, denim, the list is endless! I'm partial to a bit of monochrome so I also have my eye on the Topshop one in the bottom righthand corner. Which is your fave?

4. The Duffle Coat
Every year I go on a hunt for the perfect duffle coat but I never ever find one that I like. Things are different this year though as duffle coats seem to be more popular this A/W which means there's a lot more choice. Yay for that! I WILL find the perfect one after all! 
I've spotted a few so far that I've taken a shining to with the check one from River Island being my favourite. It would go with everything from jeans and shirts to jumpers and skirts and not mention it looks très cosy. Next we have Zara's offerings and I'm am so in love with the buckle detailing on these coats. I think it adds a nice bit of detail to the coat and that fur hood. Cosy Alert.
P.S. Penneys have really similar duffle coats with buckle details in at the moment too and for a fraction of the price. They're only €30! *Runs to Penneys and buys all the colours* Ssh don't tell Zara! He he!

A/W 2014 tartan & check fashion trend

5. Tartan / Check
It wouldn't be Autumn fashion without some gorgeous tartan and check prints, now would it? It's a great way of adding a statement to your outfit and if you're not really into prints there's lots of paired back versions of this print to choose from. Take that Warehouse drop-waist dress for instance - It's a safe way to incorporate some print into your wardrobe. And you'll be sporting not one but two trends with this bad boy as the drop-waist is huge this season.
My personal favourite from this selection is the River Island cape. Again you'll be right on trend with this number as it's two trends rolled into one. My favourite thing about this is the faux fur trim collar. I have a weakness when it comes to faux fur. I looove it.

What are your A/W fashion essentials? Will you be wearing any of these trends?

Cliona xx

Introducing A New Skincare Brand | Bielenda

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Bielenda skincare products for combination skin

I'm always telling you how much I love skincare products and so it should come as no surprise to you that's exactly what I'm going to be talking about today. Back in July I received an email asking if I would like to try some skincare samples and I would have been off my rocker to say no. I have a weakness when it comes to skincare after all. I wasn't really sure what these products were going to be like as I've never heard anything about the brand before but I was pleasantly surprised by them. From an exfoliating cleanser to a moisturising mask here's what I've been putting on my mug for the past few months.

Bielenda Cucumber & Lime 3 in 1 Wash Gel* - The Bielenda 3 in 1 face wash is a cosmopolitan 2010 Beauty award winning product and it's easy to see why. This is a 3 in 1 product meaning that you can use it as a cleanser, scrub or serum. But I only used it two ways - scrub and cleanser. It has a gel like consistency and contains small granules which gently exfoliate the skin. My skin is quite sensitive so sometimes the granules in exfoliators can irritate my skin leaving it red but I didn't have that problem at all. Yay for that! I always remove my makeup with micellar water before I cleanse but I always seem to miss bits and with some cleansers I'm still left with makeup on my cotton pad after toning but not with this. Every trace of makeup is gone like it should be! It also washes off really easily compared to other scrub cleansers I've used. I've said it before but I'll say it again, I hate having annoying granule remains after I've washed off the cleanser! Bane of my life but I'm so glad that this wasn't an issue. My skin felt and looked a lot cleaner since adding this to my routine and it was also smoother making makeup application easier. It contains vitamin E so it didn't dry out my skin in the slightest and it also contains salicylic acid helping to fight against breakouts.
Price wise we're talking €5.60 so it's really affordable and I'd even go as far as saying that it's as good as the Origins Ginzeng Refreshing Scrub Cleanser (more on that in a few weeks). Great value for money.

Cucumber & Lime Mattifying Tonic* - This toner has a lovely fresh cucumber & lime scent which was really refreshing on the skin. It's been heavenly to use on early mornings. The scent kind of reminds me of the Garnier Fresh essentials range but I think I prefer this one to be honest as the Bielenda range smells a lot more natural and fresh whereas the Garnier range smells quite artificial and perfume-like. As well as smelling lovely, this toner was also so hydrating, I normally experience a little bit of tightness after toning but this actually left my skin feeling incredibly hydrated but yet it still dried up white heads too. Incredible. The price for this one is €5.50.

Cherry lip balm
Cherry lip balm review

'Sensual Cherry' Lip Butter* - This was probably my least favourite of the bunch. As a girl who suffers from dry lips all year long no matter what the weather outside is like, a lip balm is always a necessity so I was excited to try it. It provided instant moisture rather than deeply nourishing my lips. It tastes yum and has a lovely sweet - without being overbearingly sweet - cherry scent. It's very pigmented so it's not one of those 'slick on and go without having to worry about how it looks' kind of lip balms. I'm more of a clear lip balm kind of gal to be honest. I like to take the lazy route. Ha! It has a thin, buttery formula that's quite slippery so it makes applying it a little messy. It does make my lips soft and smooth and adds a lovely bit of colour but I just wish it was a little more nourishing. That one costs €2.99.

Cucumber & Lime Deep Cleansing Face Mask

Cucumber & Lime Deep Cleansing Face Mask* - Ingredients include green clay to draw out impurities and toxins from the skin, vitamin B3 for exfoliation and salicylic acid which also exfoliates helping the skin to fight breakouts. It has a thick creamy consistency that is easy to apply and easy to wash off. I applied a thin layer all over my face and washed it off after 10 minutes. My skin looked a lot cleaner and decongested and it also helped reduce the size of my spots. My skin did feel a little tight afterwards so I followed up with the moisturising mask.........

Hydrating and Moisturising Face Mask Review

Cucumber & Lime Intensively Moisturising Face Mask* - For this one I applied a thin layer and instead of washing it off I let it absorb. This was my first time to use a mask that absorbs (I normally use wash off ones) and so I thought it was going to take ages to absorb but it was surprisingly quick. It sinks into the skin within seconds and I was left with (no exaggeration) baby soft skin. I even spent a few minutes stroking my face it was that soft. I suffer from dry flaky patches quite a lot but after two uses they were no more. It has quite a thin runny consistency so I wasn't expecting it to be that hydrating or moisturising but I was proven wrong. They used the word 'intensively' wisely. I applied it at night before my regular moisturiser twice a week and I got about 7/8 uses out of it which I was shocked by as it's a really small sachet. A little bit truly does go a long way.
Both masks come together in a little sachet and it only costs €2.50 for both! I think that's such good value especially as I got so much use out of the moisturising mask. I would definitely repurchase both of these because they both work so well and leave my skin feeling amazing.

Overall I'm a huge fan of the cleanser, toner and the two masks and would definitely purchase them. The lip butter wasn't really for me but if you're into tinted lip balms then you might just like it. Packaging wise, there not the prettiest so they didn't see much of my dressing table but it's what's on the inside that counts and I can safely say that they were great quality, didn't irritate my skin, gave some lovely results and they're super affordable too. They can be purchased from

Do you like the look of these products? What skincare products have you been using recently? I'm always open to suggestions when it comes to skincare ;-)

Cliona xx

* This post contains PR samples - but my review is 100% honest as always :-)

Some Exciting News And How Blogging Has Affected Me

Friday, 19 September 2014

Blog awards Ireland

Today was the day that the Blog Awards Ireland announced the finalists for this year's awards. As I opened up my laptop this afternoon there was an immense amount of butterflies in my stomach. I was pretty sure that I wouldn't make it but lo and behold there was my blog written in pink letters underneath 'Best Youth Blog'. It was a very proud moment and I feel so blessed to be on that list with so many other amazing Irish bloggers. There really is so much talent in this country and I'm so happy to be apart of the #irishbloggers community.

Just a word of warning, this is where things get soppy folks.

 When I started this blog I hadn't any intentions or expectations for it. I had no idea what the content was going to be about or what I wanted the design to look like etc. The main reason why I started this blog was because I had been out of school for nearly two years due to anxiety and I felt like I didn't really have a purpose in life any more. I didn't leave the house very much, I didn't see my friends, I didn't have any hobbies and I was just feeling very down. I've always believed that happiness is a choice and I've always tried to choose to be happy but at the end of last year I wasn't happy at all. So one night I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and to do something productive and worthwhile. The idea that stood out to me the most was starting a blog and then....... was born.

Writing for my blog, my readers and the blogging community have brought so much happiness into my life in the last few months. Blogging has also made me believe in myself and it's made me determined to get better and go back to school. All you lovely bloggers inspire me and motivate me everyday..... so thank you! K, I'll stop now. Ha ha!

Wow that was a whole load of soppiness right there ha! But I hope you enjoyed it anyway, I know it was kind of different but I'll see you tomorrow for my usual skincare rambles ;-) Have a great weekend lovelies <3

Cliona xx

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POTW #7 | Burt's Bees Mango Lip Balm

Monday, 15 September 2014

Burt's Bees Nourishing Lip Balm
Burt's Bees Mango Lip Balm

Monday again. Where does the weekend go, eh? Another week has flown past us and with it brings another instalment of 'product of the week'. Apologies for not having one up last week but I have Gone Girl to blame for that. I spent the majority of last Monday reading as I got to a really exciting part and I just couldn't for the life of me put it down. But fear not because we're back on schedule again and this week's stand out product is Burt's Bees Nourishing lip balm with mango butter.

Lip balms are always an essential part of my makeup routine. I will never apply lipstick or lipgloss without a lip balm underneath. For me, it's like going out without any underwear on - Ok, maybe not quite that dramatic but still it's essential and I think everyone should have one good lip balm in their makeup bags at all times.

I tried the Burt's bees beeswax lip balm years ago and I wasn't really a fan. I wasn't keen on the tingly sensation and since then I've never really found myself gravitating towards their lip balms. One day whilst browsing the aisles of Boots I had a tough decision to make between the Lanolips lip ointment and the Burt's Bees lip balm, you can probably guess which one I went for. My wallet would not have been happy with the alternative option.

It has a smooth buttery formula that glides onto the lips easily. It's a tiny bit greasy but nothing too major - I've used worse! Scent wise, we're talking a delicious sweet, tropical, fruity scent - Yum, yum! - and it comes in a twistable tube that is easy to use and not to mention it's the perfect size for my handbag. Excellent. What I love most about this lip balm is that it's made with 100% natural ingredients - No nasties in sight! Another good thing about this is it's quite long lasting. More often than not lip balms have to be applied a couple of times throughout the day but not with this one - Once at night and again in the morning and I'm good to go. Smooth, soft and hydrated lips is what I'm left with and I couldn't ask for more from a lip balm. Love it.

And there we have it, this week's 'product of the week'. I hope you all had a lovely Monday and enjoy the rest of your week!

What product have you been reaching for the most this week?

Cliona xx

The Haircare Routine

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Haircare routine - vo5 hair products

After a long and busy week, the weekend is finally here. Hands up who's excited? I know I am! Lie-ins, staying up late, watching movies, long breakfasts and lots of time to blog. What's not to love? If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that I recently picked up the ever-so-loved Garnier ultimate blends shampoo and conditioner but before I switch over to them I thought I'd share the current haircare products that have been keeping my locks in tip-top condition these past few months.

My Style | The Knitted Waistcoat

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Knitted waistcoat

The August Favourites

Saturday, 6 September 2014

After a two month hiatus the monthly favourites are back and ready for action. I wasn't really feeling inspired to write monthly favourites posts in the last few months but this month I got my mojo back. I'll tell you one thing though, choosing just a few products was a very hard task as I was loving so much this past month. I could have easily included about twenty products in this post! Okay, slight exaggeration but still, I could have included quite a few more but I managed to narrow it down to eight. From makeup bases to a pretty pink blush to some dehydrated skin essentials here are my monthly favourites.....

This month my skin has not been in the best of conditions; hello spots! Because of this I have been reaching for The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream. This does a great job of evening out my skin tone and covering the few red patches I have on my cheeks and around my nose. As much as I love this, I would have to disagree with the 'flawless' part as you do still need concealer to cover up spots. Although it doesn't completely cover spots (which was what i was expecting from it. Maybe my expectations were a bit too high. ha!) it is good for blemished skin as it contains tea tree oil which is good for clearing up spots. It's safe to say that I did notice my skin had a lot less breakouts when I switched my other BB cream for this. It has quite a thick creamy texture but it still feels really light on the skin. It gives a light coverage and the staying power is quite good too. I love it and I'd definitely recommend it for any girls who have blemish prone skin.

My next two makeup favourites are both from the Rimmel counter and they are the Wake Me Up concealer and the Stay Matte powder. I use the concealer under my eyes to conceal my dark circles and to brighten up the eye area. I find that it blends well and it doesn't crease. I also use this on it's own when I don't fancy wearing the BB cream as it's fantastic at covering the redness around my nose and on my cheeks. As for the powder, it keeps shine at bay for a good 5-6 hours, it feels light on the skin and it's cheap as chips too. Win, win, and win.

I won't bore the socks off you by harping on about my love for Benefit's Dandelion Blush as I have spoken about it before but basically it's just a beautiful light pink blush which I am very much in love with. (Full post here incase you're interested)

At this stage you know me and my skincare. One word. Obsessed. So naturally it would be wrong of me to not include at least one skincare product in my monthly favourites. Well, I've done even better than that today because I have TWO skincare products to share with you. First up is, Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Booster. This is a hydrating serum which contains hyraluronic acid which helps to lock in the skin's moisture. It absorbs into the skin instantly and leaves it feeling hydrated and plump. It also makes my skin look a lot more radiant and I even noticed that it helped fade some of my blemish marks too. It's just brilliant! Sadly, it's nearly all gone and at €32.50 a tube it doesn't come cheap *cue the sad violin music* I also talked about this in one of my 'product of the week' posts if you're interested.

The next skincare product was not only an August favourite but it was a firm favourite for the majority of the summer especially during the heat waves. Normally I don't buy such gimmicky things as at the end of the day it's just water in a can but however my skin was slightly irritated due to my eczema flaring up so I bought lots of gentle, soothing products to try to help calm it down. And it did just that. No more red, sore, itchy, irritated skin. It's also worth mentioning that it hydrates the skin. Using this along with Hydraluron has been keeping my skin hydrated and lovely.

For hand and nail products I've been using the Nivea Smooth Nourishing hand cream which I mentioned in a previous 'product of the week' post and the Seventeen Gel Colour nail polish in 'Razberrito'. I won't say too much about either product as I've reviewed the hand cream before and I'd like to review the nail polish in the next few weeks. The nail polish is a gorgeous coral colour and it's chip resistant too. I'm excited to share more on that soon.

There's an outfit post coming your way tomorrow so stay tuned for that! I know I said that Friday would be my day for posting outfit pictures but Sunday seems to have become the day for them instead. Ah well, I'm just gonna roll with it!

Goodnight and see you tomorrow!

What products have you been loving this month? 

Cliona xx

POTW | Soap & Glory The Daily Smooth Body Butter

Monday, 1 September 2014

Soap & Glory The Daily Smooth Body Butter

Hello and happy September! I embraced the first day of September by heading out to Malahide Castle to take some outfit pictures and my 9-month-old niece even makes a little appearance. I can't wait to share those with you, she's just too cute! They should be up on the blog sometime this week but for now, I have another 'product of the week' post to share with you. You know the drill by now, every week I pick my most used product and I share my thoughts on it.....

In the last few weeks, my skin has become incredibly dry so in an attempt to sort out that problem I thought I would give this a go as it claims to be "an amazingly-effective dry skin formula". So did it live up to it's claim? It certainly did. This thick creamy formula instantly hydrated my skin and banished any dry, flaky patches that I had - especially on my elbows and knees, they've never been softer! Soap & Glory describe it as being a body butter but I personally wouldn't describe it as that, it's more like a body lotion with a bit of a thicker formula in my opinion. None-the-less it still gets the job done and leaves my skin feeling soft and supple. Oh, and it dries rather quickly as well. Lovely stuff.

This body moisturiser is apart of their 'mist you madly' range. I'm a big fan of the scent and I even have all of the other products from the range - I love it that much. The famous 'mist you madly' scent contains notes of bergamot, blackcurrant, magnolia, freesia, vanilla and musk. As if the scent wasn't beautiful enough they've even thrown in some rosehip seed oil and cocoa butter to make this scent even more yum-tastic. I can safely say I was not left disappointed by the scent of this. It has such a lovely sweet, floral scent but beware this is not for the faint-hearted as it is quite strong and some might even find it a bit overpowering. Not for me though, I could sniff this gorgeous scent all day long and in fact, I never go a day without spritzing the 'mist you madly' perfume.

Do I even need to discuss the packaging? You all know that I just adore Soap & Glory's cute, girly packaging. And this product is certainly no exception - cute, girly and a touch of pink. Beautiful.

Have you tried this body moisturiser? What product have you been loving this week?

Cliona xx

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