Friday, 31 October 2014

Playing With Leaves

Autumn outfit of the day
Blue smock dress
Fashion blogger style
casual fashion blogger outfit
autumn ankle boots

                          Dress - Zara
                           Hat - Asos
                         Boots - Penneys
                       Necklace - Mi Moneda

Hello everyone and happy Halloween! On Monday I brought my new camera on it's first little outing. I felt like a kid again with my new toy and I could even tell that my Mam was enjoying 'playing' with it. I'm so impressed with the quality and I don't even know how to use it properly! That just goes to show how good of a camera it is! I'm not gonna lie it's pretty complicated for someone who's only ever used a point-and-shoot and iPhone to take pictures. I've decided to shoot in semi-auto modes for the first few weeks until I get used to it and then I might fly solo and shoot in manual mode. I've been using the AV mode and I'm pretty happy with how bright and clear they are.

I might do a few photography tips posts and maybe share new things I've learnt along the way? But before getting into my DSLR, I was thinking of doing a post with tips for using a point-and-shoot? I found it impossible to find any helpful posts - They're all about using a DSLR! Would that be something that would interest you?

It's the Canon 1200d if anyone was wondering. A couple of people on Instagram were wondering if it's a good camera and I couldn't answer that question as I hadn't used it yet. But it's safe to say I love it (already)! And I love learning new things about it everyday - I even have a notebook to take down notes for it. Ha ha!

Outfit Details: I got the dress a couple of weeks ago on sale in Zara. I think it was nearly half price! Needless to say, I snapped that up in a heartbeat. The material is great quality and it's also really slouchy too making it super comfortable. As well as wearing it dressier like I have here, you could also throw on a pair of converse or plimsolls for a more casual feel. Versatility galore! The hat is also a new purchase, this time from Asos. I've wanted a floppy hat for so long but I could never find one that suited me. I decided to just throw caution to the wind and order this one from Asos and I'm so happy with it. It's the perfect size and shape - LOVE!

I hope you all have a fun-filled Halloween night! 

Stay safe!

Cliona xx


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

What's On The High Street // The Houndstooth Trend

Houndstooth Trend

Today is the day that a new series is launching here on Once a fortnight I'll be showing you my favourite bits and pieces from the High Street in my brand new 'what's on the high street' posts.

Today we're discussing all things houndstooth....

The houndstooth trend is absolutely huge this A/W! From street style, to magazines, to shop windows to Instagram/Pinterest pics you can pretty much find houndstooth everywhere. There's so many different colours, styles and it's on every form of clothing, accessories and even shoes.

Here's some of my absolute favourites -
First up is that gorgeous cape from Zara. I. Want. This would be such a staple for the A/W months - You could wear it with everything from jeans and a jumper underneath to a skirt and some knee-high boots or even a jumper dress, a pair of tights and some loafers. Another one I love is the coatigan from River Island. Pair that with some Uggs and you'll have yourself one cosy outfit for doing all your Christmas shopping *wink wink* And last but not least are the coat and gloves from Vero Moda. I love the little leather details on these. I think the contrast of the two different materials are so stylish looking. 

There's a bit of a monochrome theme going on here but you can't beat a bit of monochrome! It goes with absolutely everything and you can wear it during any season (well, in Ireland at least) so you'll definitely get your moneys worth. That's what I'm trying to tell myself about the cape ;-)

Do you like the houndstooth print?

Cliona xx


Monday, 27 October 2014

POTW #12 | The Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub Edition

Lush bubblegum lip scrub
Lush bubblegum lip scrub

You wouldn't even know it's Autumn with those stormy winds we've been having. You can feel the winter slowly creeping in but according to my lips it's well and truly winter. Yep, you guessed it, dry and flaky is what I'm dealin' with. Oh the joys. Because my lips are drier than the Sahara dessert I'm stocking up on every dry skin saviour I can get my paws on. That leads me on to my latest love, which you may remember I was lusting after in my Birthday wish list. My sister did very well as this little pot of magic is keeping my lips looking very lushious (nope, that's not a spelling mistake. That's just me making a bad joke! Lols)

The Lush Bubblegum lip scrub is really easy to use - After you've rubbed it onto your lips you can just simply lick it off or if like me you're not really a sugary sweet fan then you can wipe it off with a wet muslin cloth. Skin loving ingredients include caster sugar which gently exfoliates to reveal smooth, flake free lips and organic jojoba oil to moisturise making them feel oh so soft. And it does all that without leaving a greasy residue and don't even get me started on the smell - A sweet sugary scent of strawberry bubblegum. Mmmm. It brought me back to the days when I used to have an endless amount of Hubba Bubbas stashed in my coat pockets. Ah to be a kid again.

 I use this twice a week and my lips are ready to take on the cold, oh and not forgetting how much easier it is to apply lipstick. Lush bubblegum lip scrub, you've stolen my heart *Imagine the heart eye emoji here*

What are your favourite products for beating dry lips?

Cliona xx


Sunday, 26 October 2014

The Finished Products Pile

Skincare empties

My pile of finished product seems have to gotten a bit out of hand.... That's what happens when you're too lazy to photograph them. Oops! But lesson well and truly learned. Anyway, let's gooo......

Let's just ignore the fact that the skincare hoarding is getting a bit out of hand..... Firstly, we have my favourite makeup remover, Garnier Micellar Water (review here). This beauty must-have removes makeup quickly and easily, is kind to sensitive skin and is a whole lot cheaper than it's twin Bioderma. 

Next up we have two offerings from Sanctuary Spa: The Fresh-Faced Purifying Wash and the Pore Refining Toner. I really enjoyed using the cleanser; It removes makeup really well, is gentle, leaves the skin feeling clean and fresh and has a lovely scent but the only downside is, it's a little drying so it's not ideal for during the colder months when my skin is oh so dry. The Pore Refining Toner leaves the skin feeling fresh, comes in a spray bottle for instant refreshment and there's no tight feeling at all.

La Roche Posay have some great quality products that are a fraction of the price of high end skincare. Take the blogger favourite, Effaclar Duo+ or as I like to call it the miracle worker. Whenever I use this I always get less breakouts and it helps fade blemish marks. My skin also looks a lot clearer and my pores look smaller too. I've heard quite a few bad reviews of this so that's something to keep in mind if you are thinking of purchasing it. The other two LRP offerings are both from the Toleriane range: Toleriane Riche soothing protective cream and Toleriane Dermo-cleanser. I didn't like the moisturiser all that much as it left a greasy residue on my skin but the cleanser is really calming so it's lovely to use when I have breakouts or eczema.

Avene is another French pharmacy brand and the products I've been loving from them are, Hydrance Optimale light hydrating cream and their Soothing Hydrating Serum. The moisturiser feels so light on the skin making it a great moisturiser for the Summer and the serum leaves skin feeling soft and plump. Both of these products are very gentle and non-irritating. Both get a big thumbs up from me.


I was quite sad to say goodbye to the Dove Purely Pampering body cream. As the name would suggest it's deeply moisturising resulting in super soft skin and it's quite possibly the quickest drying moisturiser in all the land. If you're on the hunt for a new body moisturiser then I'd highly recommend heading down the Dove aisle next time you're in Boots. Aw Sugar Crush, another little gem I'm sad to have to throw away *Sad face* This pot of joy will not only scrub away dead skin cells and any unwanted bumps leaving skin smooth as a baby's bum but it's also quite moisturising probably due to the almond oil. 

Living with dry skin can be a nightmare sometimes, no forget that, make that ALLL THHE TIIME. So I'm always beyond happy when I find a product that actually works at nourishing thirsty skin. I love e45 but it's quite greasy making it less than ideal for during the day use. Ain't nobody got time for waiting around for hand cream to dry so that's where this Boots Hand and Nail Cream for dry skin comes in. It has a thick formula that deeply nourishes my lámha (the Irish for hands) and also absorbs pretty quickly without leaving a slimy residue. 

Another dry skin saviour comes in the form of Nivea's Vanilla and Macadamia lip butter. Not only does it smell delicious but it works a treat for dry lips. Very moisturising with no added grease. Lovely stuff.

Moving on to the only makeup item, Catrice All Round mascara in ultra black will add amazing volume and length to your lashes in just two coats. Not only that, it also adds a lovely curl to the lashes. Who needs an eyelash curler when you've got this mascara? Life just got a whole lot easier people!

What products have you finished recently?

Cliona xx


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Ten Books Tag!

Top Ten Books Tag

Ah there's nothing I love more than sitting down with a cuppa, a biscuit (or five) with my feet up, a pair of cosy socks and a good book, especially in the cold winter months. Doesn't that sound dreamy?  Too bad I have to wash my hair and do some homework after this. I love books, I've always loved them so you can imagine my excitement when I was tagged by my lovely friend Kate to do this ten books tag.

What's it all about? All you have to do is make a list of ten books that had the greatest impact on you.

1. Under The Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon-Mckenna
2. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield
3. Paper Towns by John Green
4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
5. Divergent by Veronica Roth
6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
7. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
8. Looking For Alaska by John Green
9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I kind of cheated by listing nine instead of ten but I couldn't for the life of me think of a tenth one. Although mind you, I'll probably think of five more as soon as I hit publish. That's always the way, isn't it? *sighs*

I was originally going to write a bit about each book but I think I'd probably be here all night so I'll just mention a few here in these two paragraphs. First up are two of my favourite books from my childhood: Ballet Shoes and Under The Hawthorn Tree. The latter is about three siblings who travel a very long way to find their Aunt's house after their mother and father go missing during the Irish famine. The story is sad and gripping and it's a great way for kids to learn a bit about the Irish Famine. Ballet shoes is about three sisters and their training at the Children's Academy of Dancing and Stage Training. I still have it sitting proudly on my dresser as that beautiful cover adds a girly touch.

As you can probably tell, I'm just a tad obsessed with John Green. Ha! The Fault In Our Stars is definitely my favourite book of his so far and I'm sure you all know what that's about. It was only the biggest hyped up book/movie of the year! I also loved Paper Towns and I'm super excited to see my girl crush Cara Delevingne play the role of Margo in the upcoming movie adaptation. Gone Girl was another 2014 read and it's not the type of book I'd usually go for (it's kinda weird because I can watch thriller movies no problem but the thought of reading a thriller has always scared me!) but I thoroughly enjoyed it. When Nick's wife, Amy goes missing we're kept on the edge of our seats as all the evidence unfolds and points to Nick. But was it really him or was it someone else? You'll have to read the book or go see the movie to find out ;-)

I tag my lovely friend Aoife!

What are your favourite books? 

Cliona xx


Monday, 20 October 2014

POTW #11 | Garnier Ultimate Blends The Sleek Restorer

Garnier Ultimate Blends Sleek Restorer Shampoo and Conditioner

Welcome back to another instalment of 'product of the week' (read in the x factor voice over) Does anyone else love that voice? It never fails to amuse me. This week it's all about some lovely hair treats. These products are also very hyped up so we have a big question to answer this evening, did they live up to the hype? Let's find out.....

First of all, I was really impressed with the amount of different types they have, each catering for all different hair types. They have one to suit everyone from the marvellous transformer (for dull, dry hair) to the nourishing repairer (dry, damaged hair), the colour illuminator (for those coloured locks), the shine revitaliser (normal hair) to the silky smoother (for split ends).  I went for the 'sleek restorer' as my hair is quite dry and frizzy.

I was most impressed with how much the shampoo lathered and it only needed a little to do so. Amazing. I love me a foamy shampoo! As for ingredients, the two main ones are coconut oil and cocoa butter and I can thank them for my deeply nourished and soft locks. I can also thank them for that delicious smell they leave in my hair. Mmm COCONUTS.

Smooth, shiny and frizz free hair is my end result every time and it's cut down the need for straightening. It gives a gorgeous sleek look without weighing the hair down and it lasts for days - I haven't used an oil or serum since I've started using these! I've also noticed that I get a lot longer between washes with this which means only one thing, yep, this shampoo is a lazy girl's dream. Another thing I bloomin' love about these is they feel so luxurious, like a high end shampoo and conditioner. Simply beautiful. And not forgetting the best part, they're paraben free.

If you have dry, frizzy hair and are looking for a shampoo and conditioner to nourish the hair and help tame flyways then I would definitely recommend giving these a go. They give brilliant results and they're a great price for the quality and amount of product you get. They definitely deserve the hype. Next on my wish list is the Sleek Restorer 1 minute treatment.

Right, I'll love you and leave you. I'm off to eat some of the white chocolate fudge I made in HomeEc today *drools* and watch Corrie. Will they find Peter guilty? Don don don.....

Have you tried anything from the new Garnier Ultimate Blends range? What is your favourite shampoo and conditioner?

Cliona xx

- For more info on the Garnier Ultimate Blends Sleek Restorer range click here

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Birthday Style

Autumn floral skirt and lace top
Zara floral skater skirt
Lace top and floral skirt
Lace top
Mi Moneda Carpe Diem rose gold Necklace
Autumn florals and brown ankle boots

Top: Zara // Skirt: Zara // Boots: Penneys // Necklace: Mi Moneda 

First of all, how gorgeous is that sunset? There's just something about the sun in A/W that I love more than the summer. I also love when there's a chill in the air to go along with it - Easily my favourite type of weather! On Sunday I headed to 37 Dawson Street for brunch with my family as an early birthday celebration. But before my birthday, I wanted to pick up a nice new outfit so on Saturday I went on a little shopping spree and treated myself to few new bits. I may have had a bit of a Blair Waldorf moment as I walked away with a mass amount of shopping bags #sorrynotsorry. I knew that I wanted to wear a skirt and top combo so when I saw this gorgeous floral skirt, I knew it was meant to be. It was most definitely meant to be when I spotted this pretty lace top hanging on the rails as I'm obsessed with lace! It was just icing on top of the cake when it matched the skirt perfectly. I can definitely see myself wearing this outfit a lot this Autumn.

37 Dawson Street is such a cool place. I'm devastated that I have no pictures to show you because I forgot my camera and Apple were still fixing my phone (Long story! I may have gone a bit stir-crazy without a phone for a week!). The food was divine! - I had pancakes and a hot chocolate. Mmm. The staff in there are so nice and they were doting over my niece and nephew. They were both so cute! My nephew has changed so much since my last birthday - he was pulling my hand along and making me run up and down the restaurant and he kept calling Elsie, Elsa ha! - and it was my first birthday with Elsie so that was exciting!

I also wanted to say thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday yesterday. I've never felt more loved in my life! I had a lovely relaxed day filled with lots of presents, cake, family and more cake. I still have a food coma but that's not going to stop me from having another slice of delicious chocolate cake this evening. GET IN MA BELLY.

Do you like my birthday outfit? Have you treated yourself to anything recently?

Cliona xx


Monday, 13 October 2014

POTW #10 // The Wet Brush

Product of the week - wet brush
The Wet Brush Review

Another Monday, another new product. Although we're kind of bending the rules of 'product of the week' as a hair brush probably doesn't count as a product as such but none-the-less it's what I've been loving this week. Let's crack on with the details, shall we?

The Wet Brush* has thin flexible bristles that are designed to brush through tangles in wet hair without damaging the hair. As someone who has very thick, tangly hair (in other words the hair of a 5 year old), I've struggled to find a good brush that won't damage wet, brittle hair but will still get all the knots out without having to reef the hair out of my head with a comb. A couple of years ago I started using the famous Tangle Teezer and it was the best thing my wet hair has ever seen..... until it met the Wet Brush that is.

It literally glides through the hair and gets rid of knots in just one or two goes rather than having to vigorously brush the knot several times. A lot of people said that it was great for dry hair too but personally I would have to disagree. Like I said before, my hair is thick and gets quite tangly and whenever I used this on dry hair it pulled at my hair a lot more than the Tangle Teezer. It probably depends on the hair type but if you have a similar problem to me then I would recommend using the Tangle Teezer on dry hair. 

The differences between the Wet Brush and the Tangle Teezer are: 
1. The Wet Brush has a handle! Gone are the days of my hair brush slipping out of my hands every two seconds. Hands up if you've been there before!

2. The Wet Brush has only a small amount of bristles which are a lot more flexible and long whereas the Tangle Teezer has a lot more bristles and they're shorter too. 

3. The Wet Brush has ball tip bristles which perform a gentle massaging action that stimulates hair follicles. They feel so nice on the hair.

4. In my opinion the Wet Brush is better suited for use on wet hair and the Tangle Teezer for dry hair.

The Tangle Teezer still remains my favourite to use on a daily basis and for when I'm styling it but the wet Brush is my new companion for after a shower. They're both rather dear at around €15 but so worth it in my book. With the use of both of these bad boys, tangles won't know what's hit them!

See you on Wednesday for a birthday outfit of the day!

Have you tried this brush? What's your favourite hair brush?

Cliona xx

*This post contains a PR sample but all opinions are my own and my review is 100% honest as always :-)


Thursday, 9 October 2014

My 100th Post: 4 Blogs I love To Read

Hey would you look at that.... We're over a week into Blogtober and I've actually stuck to it! Who knew, eh? And what a way to celebrate as today is a very special day indeed. Today marks the day of my 100th post. Wow, can you believe it?! 100 blog posts later and I'm still here rambling away and let me tell you something, I'm loving every minute of it. Blogging has been a great outlet for me and I've met some wonderful people and discovered lots of amazing blogs since starting my blog. To celebrate my 100th blog post I thought I would share some of those amazing people and their blogs with you. So without further ado heres the low down of 4 of my favourite blogs.....

Kate's Perks -
Kate and I have been friends for a good few months now and I love her to pieces. She's the most kindest, down to earth person I've met and I love chatting to her. I also love reading her blog, her posts are so enjoyable and well-written. If you do one thing today go check out her 'Time To Talk' series. She discusses some really important topics and they're beyond helpful. I'm so glad that we met each other from blogging - Easily the best thing about starting my blog!

Barrel Of Secrets -
Another lovely Irish blogger who I'm so glad to call a friend, Aoife. If it's a lifestyle blog that your after then head over to Aoife's lovely blog - there you'll find lots of fashion wish lists, little life rambles which crack me up sometimes, and even some baking/cooking posts - Mmm! I can always count on her blog to cheer me up after a long day. She's such a lovely person and I love having the chats with her.

Mascara & Maltesers -
If you're ever looking for a new mascara then Annabel is your girl. As well as the best mascara recommendations, she also posts lots of wonderful reviews and makeup tips. She's an enabler if I ever did see one! I also loved her little 'Playing Tourist' series where she visited lots of castles and I was seriously impressed with how much information she knew about each place! And don't even get me started on her beautiful pictures - Clean, white and crisp! So beautiful. I could read her blog for hours upon hours and not get bored. Love love love it!

Fashion Fake -
I had been following Lana on Twitter for ages but it was only recently I discovered how amazing her blog was. I've completely fallen in love with it #newobsessionalert. Her outfit posts are my absolute favourite as her style is amazing and really relatable. Lots of lovely Autumn/Winter fashion inspiration right there!

What are your favourite blogs to read?

 Cliona xx


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

A Birthday Wish List

Birthday beauty and fashion wish list

The countdown for my birthday has officially begun. Only 7 more days! Yippee! Seeing as there's not long left to wait, I thought it would be appropriate to put a little wish list together of a few things that I have my eye on. 

It's only been cold for a few days but my lips are already suffering. They have become even more dry and chapped than ever before. I ran out of my beloved Burt's Bees lip balm this week and the one that I'm using now is not very good. So I thought I'd pop two items on to my wish list to help sort out my poor lips. The first thing I have my eye on is the famous Lush Bubble gum lip scrub to get rid of all that dry flakiness I've been getting. I've heard so many great things about it and it looks lush (get it? *wink wink*). The next product that I would love to get my mitts on is another beauty blogger classic, the Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm. This is supposedly the best lip balm out there, so I have high hopes for it!

If you read my top 5 Autumn/Winter fashion essentials post then you'll know how much I want a blanket cape/wrap. I love this black and white one from New Look - you can't go wrong with a bit of black and white! I think it would look lovely with a belt and my black floppy hat (can't wait to show you that in an outfit post. It's so PRETTY!). I'm also loving that beige hat from River Island. I spotted it the other day and I'm now obsessed with having a beige hat in my wardrobe. Speaking of hats, I'm also loving other accessories like scarves (I love me a scarf!), jewellery and sunglasses at the moment. I know the summer has well and truly gone at this stage but you still need a good pair of sunglasses in your winter wardrobe. Who else loves those sunny but crisp days? These rose gold aviators would be perfect for those type of days.

It wouldn't be right if I didn't have any skincare items on my wish list and there's not one but two that I have my eye on. I could do a whole post dedicated to all the skincare products that I would like but I managed to narrow it down to two (harder task than it sounds). The first one is an oldie but a goodie and it's La Roche Posay's famous Effaclar Duo+ . This stuff is amazing, it helps keep spots at bay and fades blemish marks! It ran out a few weeks ago and my skin hasn't been in great condition since. Effaclar Duo+ I need you in my life! The next product, Superfacialist by Una Brennan Rose moisture mask, is a new one but I think it would be a lovely winter mask and you know how dry my skin gets so this sounds just perfect. I've wanted to try her range of products for ages so I would be really happy if I got one of her products. Family, take note! Ha ha!

I also threw in some Real Techniques makeup brushes as you can never have too many brushes, am I right? I use their blush, powder and expert face brush on a daily basis and I love them. I've had my eye on the core collection for ages and I'm especially keen to try out the buffing and contour brushes.

What's on your wish list? And is there anything I need to add to mine? ;-)

Cliona xx


Sunday, 5 October 2014

POTW #9 | Nivea Micellar Water

Nivea Micellar Water for sensitive skin

It's been a whole month since I've dedicated a 'product of the week' post to a skincare product. You all know how much I love the Garnier Micellar water (post here) so you can imagine my disappointment when it ran out and they didn't have it in stock in my local Boots. There may have been tears. I decided to just get over it and pick a different one as I'm extremely anti face wipes so there was no way it was coming to that. Without further ado, let's see if this micellar water was as good as my beloved Garnier one......

First up is the packaging and obviously the first big difference I noticed between this and the Garnier version is it's a lot smaller. There's 200ml of product in this bottle whereas you get a whopping 400ml in the Garnier micellar water. I was really disappointed as I only got a couple of weeks out of Nivea's version whereas I got a few months use from Garnier's. One point goes to Garnier. The next thing is the cap, some micellar waters have really large holes which results in a lot of product coming out. There wasn't really much of a difference between them in that aspect. Just the right amount comes out of both of them. A point each.

So, how well did it remove makeup? I wasn't really impressed with how this removed my makeup to be honest. It was just average at removing my face makeup, I wasn't blown away - it took longer and more cotton pads than Garnier's one though. As for eye makeup, it took a good bit of elbow grease to get it all off. I didn't really mind that too much as I only wear mascara to school but it was a pain when I wore eyeshadow and eyeliner. We're talking 10 cotton wool pads and about 20 mins later.... Garnier gets that point.

They both claim to be suitable for sensitive skin but I would have to disagree with Nivea. Almost every time I used it I got an awful stinging sensation under my eyes. Not cool. Garnier didn't irritate or sting my skin at all so another point goes to them. Another claim Nivea made that I would have to disagree with is, that it doesn't dry out the skin. Sorry Nivea, but it did dry out my skin ever so slightly. Yet again Garnier gets the point.

So, not a great review from me today but I'd thought I'd still mention it as it was my most used product this week and there wasn't anything new I was loving. If you're thinking of purchasing a micellar water then I would save yourself some time and just pay the extra €2 for Garnier's micellar water as it really is worth it. This has just run out and I'm so glad to have the Garnier version back in my life. I feel like there has been a big hole in my life for the last few weeks. Garnier micellar water, you are my one true love!

Do you like micellar waters too? And what's your favourite makeup remover?

Hope you have a great week!

Cliona xx


Friday, 3 October 2014

September's Favourite Beauty Bits!

Origins ginzing moisturiser and burt's bees mango lip balm

It's day two of #Blogtober and today I'll be doing a run through of 6 beauty products that I was loving throughout september. I've been loving everything from a dewy foundation to a lovely liquid lipstick to a natural everyday mascara, a body butter to combat dry skin and of course you wouldn't be logged on to if there wasn't a skincare product thrown in there too. I'm rather excited for this favourites post because some of my ALL TIME favourite products are featured.

First up we have my favourite product of the month: Origins GinZing Energy-boosting moisturiser. My skin has become quite dull looking recently so I've been reaching for the ginzing moisturiser a lot. Having both oily and dry skin makes finding a moisturiser a really hard task but I've finally found one that is just perfect for my skin. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated and it looks so bright and full of life - Early mornings in yo' face! It also absorbs quickly and doesn't leave a greasy film. Oh and it smells likes jaffa cakes. Love is the word! Like what you hear? Well, I have a full review of the GinZing family coming up in a few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

As if having dry skin isn't enough I also have really dry, chapped lips all year round so a good lip balm is an essential for me. I've been loving the Burt's Bees Nourishing Lip Balm this month. It provides long lasting hydration, is made with 100% natural ingredients and has a sweet tropical scent. I even mentioned in a 'product of the week' post as I love it so much.

L'oreal mascara, rimmel apocalips luna & Nars sheer glow mont blanc

Next up is the ol' makeup favourites and the first product that I've been reaching for is L'oreal's Telescopic Clean Definition mascara. The wand is really thin so it's easy to apply to the inner and outer corners, it doesn't clump (although it is starting to clump now as it's extremely old! Oops!) and it coats every single lash. It's a bit pricey at nearly €17 so I probably wouldn't repurchase it for that reason but it's a nice mascara none-the-less.

Moving on to a more affordable product: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Laquer in 'Luna'. I love the whole Apocalips range due to the fact that they're as pigmented as a lipstick but give a lovely glossy finish like a lipgloss. I've been using the shade 'Luna', a warm peach colour that is perfect for everyday wear as it's quite neutral looking once applied to the lips. It applies smoothly and even though it's a liquid lipstick I find them really easy to apply. If you're not a gloss fan then they also have a matte range too.

I treated myself to the Nars Sheer Glow foundation back in August but it only became a part of my daily makeup routine in September. I should've started using this sooner as it's honestly so lovely. It definitely deserves all the hype it gets. I don't want to say too much about it because I want to save it for another post but here's what I will say: It's a medium to full coverage foundation with a satin matte finish, doesn't cling to dry patches and feels weightless on the skin - Which is very important as I hate the feel of foundation. This suits me so well as it honestly doesn't feel like you have anything on. Perfect.

Soap & Glory daily smooth body butter

I won't bore you too much with this as I've already spoken about it in detail in a 'product of the week' post but basically it's a really thick body lotion that leaves my skin feeling so soft, it dries quickly and doesn't leave a greasy residue. It's a part of their 'Mist You Madly' range and it smells gorgeous due to the bergamot, blackcurrant, magnolia, freesia, vanilla, musk, rose hip seed oil and cocoa butter ingredients. Lovely.

I'm off to curl up on the couch, have a cup of tea and watch Gossip Girl. It's just what this miserable night calls for. What are your plans for tonight?

And what were your September favourites?

Cliona xx


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Blogtober #1 // Why October Is My Favourite Month

Hello October, it's so lovely to see you. Since my favourite month is finally upon us I thought I would share my joy for October by blogging every second day this month. I won't lie, it will be a challenge but I'm looking forward to putting myself to the test. I ask that all fingers and toes are crossed for me. Seriously, I'll need all the luck in the world. There's a reason why I avoid all those photo a day challenges on Instagram and it's because I'm not good at sticking to commitments. But I'm determined to do it even it's it's just a short and sweet post (that'll be a nice change for you! You won't have to put up with my long rambles. Ha! Secretly, you love them.*wink wink*). Although in saying that I did stick to the 100 happy days challenge over on my Instagram (I missed one or two days, but don't tell anyone), so you never know.

To kick start Blogtober I thought I would do a nice little post sharing 6 reasons why I love October so much.

1. Cosy Clothes
September is always an awkward month to dress for as one minute the sun is blazing down on us and the next it's lashing rain and as cold as the north pole. But once the 1st of october rolls around it starts to get a lot chillier so we can officially take out our cosy jackets, fluffy jumpers and maybe even a wooly hat or two. Oh how I love layering! *Excited squeal* I even wrote a post about my top 5 A/W essentials a few days ago so check that out if you'd like to see what kind of things I'll be wearing for the Autumn/Winter season.

2. It's My Birthday And I'll Party If I Want To
Eek! It's my birthday month! This year I'll be turning the big 1-7. I can now drive and I think I'm going to start some lessons soon enough. I'm also only a year away from being 18. Oh wow, that scares me a little bit. I don't want to be an adult! I'm not ready for the responsibilities, I tell ya. Anyway, I'm not an adult just yet and that's certainly showing at the moment as I have not shut up about my birthday in the last few days. *Quotes the cat in the hat* I'M SO EXCITED!!The countdown has officially begun. 13 DAYS PEOPLE! There's no chance of anyone in my family forgetting as I keep reminding them every 5 minutes. See, I told you I wasn't ready to be an adult.

3. Mid-Term Break
As much as I love school it's nice to have a break every now and again. The October mid-term is probably my favourite break of the school year. I just love the coziness - I always have lots of pj days, hot chocolate, read books, watch movies and just chill. I love the christmas break too but it's just so busy and I'm always on the go whereas this one I have lots of time to relax and do cozy things. I do love a bit of coziness.

4. Halloween! 
Although Halloween isn't my favourite holiday, it is the last holiday before Christmas. Once Halloween is over it's acceptable to start getting excited. "It's beginning to look a lot like christmas". Come the first of November I'll be blasting the christmas tunes and maybe even watch a cheeky little film too. Anyone up for a bit of Elf and some hot chocolate?

5. Autumn Leaves Are Falling
Ahh probably my favourite thing about October (yes, even more than my birthday), is the leaves start to fall. I know that some have already started to fall but it's not until October when there's big huge piles of them everywhere and they turn to a gorgeous brown. It's so pretty! Griffith Avenue is probably my favourite place in the Autumn. So. Many. Leaves. And don't even get me started on that crunchy noise they make. Eeep! It's the best sound ever!

6. Dark Chilly Evenings
For this one you're probably thinking 'what?', but just hear me out. There's nothing I love more than putting some fluffy socks and two hoodies on, and curling up on the couch with a hot drink and maybe the fire on. Oh so cozy. You couldn't possibly do that if it was bright and warm out, now could you? So, cold wintery nights let's be havin' you!

Hope you're all having a lovely evening and I'll see you Friday! Hopefully ;-)

What's your favourite month and why? And are you looking forward to anything in October?

Happy Blogtober!

Cliona xx

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