Playing With Leaves

Friday, 31 October 2014

Autumn outfit of the day

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

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Houndstooth Trend

POTW #12 | The Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub Edition

Monday, 27 October 2014

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

The Finished Products Pile

Sunday, 26 October 2014

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

Ten Books Tag!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Top Ten Books Tag

POTW #11 | Garnier Ultimate Blends The Sleek Restorer

Monday, 20 October 2014

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.....

Birthday Style

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Autumn floral skirt and lace top

POTW #10 // The Wet Brush

Monday, 13 October 2014

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 hairbrush 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?

My 100th Post: 4 Blogs I love To Read

Thursday, 9 October 2014

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

A Birthday Wish List

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

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

POTW #9 | Nivea Micellar Water

Sunday, 5 October 2014

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

September's Favourite Beauty Bits!

Friday, 3 October 2014

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

Blogtober #1 // Why October Is My Favourite Month

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

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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