Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

2014 highlights

The new year is creeping up on us rather quickly. This year has just flown by but it has been a pretty good one and for that I am very grateful. Before it's time to count down and sing 'Auld Lang Syne' once again,  I thought I'd take a look back at my year and share a few of my favourite things to happen to me this year......

Starting a blog
2014 has been my favourite year purely because it was the year I finally started a blog. I won't say too much about my blogging journey as I have my first blogiversary coming up so I'll save all the soppy details for then. But what I will say is, it's been the best decision I've ever made. A couple of months ago I wrote about how blogging has affected me and I still feel the exact same way. I can't wait for more blogging fun to continue in 2015!

Blog Awards Ireland Finalist
Not only did I start up a blog but actually made it to the final stage of the Blog Awards Ireland. I never in a million years thought my blog would have been good enough to even get onto the long list let alone the finals! I hmmed and I ahhed about entering, I had even filled out the form but was backing out at the last minute but then I just thought 'what the heck' and sent it. As soppy as it sounds, I've never been more grateful for anything in my life.

Anxiety achievements
2014 was a big year for me in terms of overcoming my anxiety. Prior to this year I had been out of school for about a year and a half. But that all changed in September when I started attending classes again. It was tough at first, I had a few panic attacks but now I'm thoroughly enjoying going to school. At the moment I'm doing 10 classes a week but I hope to extend that in the new year. I've also been getting out a lot more, sometimes it's to a busy shopping centre but sometimes it's just for a little walk around our estate but every time I go out is a huge accomplishment for me.

Making Memories
Last December there was a new addition to the family - my niece Elsie. It's been so much fun watching her grow up this year - she's changed so much! - and making lots of memories. I also got an SLR camera this year so I've been snapping lots of pictures for her to look at when she's older.

A trip to Portugal
During the summer my Mam and I took a trip to Portugal. It was such a fun and relaxing holiday. We mostly spent the holiday at the beach or by the pool - We badly needed to relax and unwind. We also went to some beautiful restaurants and cafes and I kid you not when I say I had the BEST chocolate cake ever! Portugal, you have da best food! I also documented all the outfits I wore in this style diary post.

I'm happy with how my blog has progressed this year and cannot wait to see what next year brings! If you have any suggestions or posts you would like to see then please do let me know as I'm always looking for ways to improve my blog. I'd love to be able to post more often and step outside my comfort zone next year. 2015, I'm ready for you!

I'd like to wish you all a happy new year!

 And remember to follow your dreams in 2015 as you never know what could happen :-)

What have been your 2014 highlights? And what are your 2015 goals?

Cliona xx

Have A Holly Jolly Christmas

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry christmas message

'Tis the night before christmas and all the presents are wrapped and under the tree, the christmas clothes are laid out, hot chocolates have been made, the christmas pjs are on and Home Alone is waiting to be played. That's what Christmas Eve looks like in our house. I'm so excited to spend the day with my family and see them open their presents tomorrow! Oh and eat my bodyweight in food ;-)

I just wanted to say a quick thank you for following my blog this year - I'm so grateful! And I wanted to wish you a very merry Christmas!

I'll be back on the 26th for the last outfit post of 2014. 

See you then!

Cliona xx

POTW {14} - The Body Shop Vitamin E Toner

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

The body shop vitamin e toner

Winter is by far my favourite season of all but my skin would most certainly disagree. It may be holly and jolly around but my skin has been feeling very miserable due to the harsh cold weather. Lately I've been drawn to any skincare product with the word 'hydrating' on it like magpies are drawn to shiny things. So with that in mind, today's little 'hydrating' gem comes from the Body Shop....

The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner is a clear thick liquid that is alcohol free. It's very rare to find an alcohol free toner but I'm so glad I did as it means that the toner doesn't dry out my skin or cause any tightness like normal toners do. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and supple. I apply a small bit onto a cotton wool pad after using my ginzing cleanser. A small bit really goes a long way with this and I find that if you use too much it leaves a sticky residue. Not good. Moving onto the scent, and this was something that I wasn't really too keen on. I thought it had quite a strong scent so initially I thought it would be rather harsh on my sensitive skin. But it was quite the opposite - It was very gentle! The packaging is simple but still very pretty with a pink bottle and easy to use cap (oh so important, am I right ;-))

This toner would be ideal for all skin types but it would be particularly great for dry and dehydrated skin types as it leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated instead of dry and tight.

It's a little bit more expensive than the usual toner - €10.95 - but so worth it just for the fact that it doesn't make my skin feel tight.

I'm quite sad writing this post as it's the last 'product of the week' post for 2014 :-( What do you think of these posts? Do you like them? Or should I start a different beauty series for 2015? I'd love to hear your opinion! 

Cliona xx

What's On The High Street // Top 5 Capes

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Top 5 capes
1. River Island Cape - €45 // 2. Asos Cape - €35.72 // 3. Asos Multi Stripe Cape - €35.72 // 4. Asos Check Cape - €35.72 // 5. Oasis Faux Fur Collar Cape - €37

Product Of The Week: Origins GinZing Mascara

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Origins ginzing mascara review

Oh hello 'product of the week', it's been a while. I was feeling a little uninspired by my beauty posts recently and so decided to take a little break from them and just write about fashion for a while. It was just what I need as I feel recharged and ready to talk about all things beauty once again. I've had a long think about my content and in the past, my content wasn't very balanced. So I've decided 2015 is the year where they'll be a balance between fashion and beauty posts with a lifestyle post thrown in every now and again. I'll be talking a little bit more about this in an upcoming post. But for now, here's what I love about the Origins GinZing Brightening Mascara...

I've been a fan of Origins skincare products for a while but I never thought they had a good makeup range. I got this for free with my ginzing cleanser and moisturiser (Review here) so wasn't really expecting it to be good but oh how wrong I was. It has a fat bristle brush that grabs every single lash. The only downside to this is it's harder to get into those inner corners. But I can get by that because it lengthens my lashes like no other. It also separates and lifts the lashes giving them great definition. There's been no smudging and it doesn't flake either. Splendid. It's a great everyday mascara giving a very natural look. Just one coat gives an amazing result but I always add another layer 'cause why not?   ;-) It's a true black colour and is really easy to remove.

If you're looking for an everyday mascara that lengthens and separates then this mascara is the one for you!

What mascara have you been loving recently?

Cliona xx

Christmas Is In The Air

Saturday, 13 December 2014

A Christmas Beauty Wish List

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Christmas beauty wish list
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Good morning! Christmas is fast approaching and the Christmas shopping chaos is in full swing. Every year I always treat myself to a little something as soon as all my Christmas shopping is done. I'm nearly done buying for my family so it's time to start thinking about what I'm going to splurge on this year. 

As I mentioned earlier the shops are manic at this stage so online shopping is the way to go in my opinion. A few months ago I discovered a great online shop called Unineed. They're a fashion and beauty retailer based in Glasgow that stock a wide variety of my favourite High End Brands such as Benefit, Clarins, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel as well as the Budget brands like Revlon, Maybelline and L'oreal. But wait, that's not the best part - They sell all of these amazing brands at discount prices. Did I hear someone say bargain alert?  So, this morning I've picked out some of my fave bits from their website and share them here on my blog. Let's just hope Santa is reading this ;-)

The Makeup: First up, is the highly coveted Clinique Chubby Stick. I love these style of lip crayons - I've tried the Revlon, Sephora and Bourjois versions and loved them so the Clinique version would be very welcome to my stash. Another lip product I've had my eye on is the gorgeous YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick. That packaging! Wow. 
Next on the makeup wish list is Benefit's Erase Paste and YSL Touche Eclat. I have pretty bad dark under-eye circles at the moment and both of these sound amazing! And lastly is the Maybelline Volum' Express One By One mascara. I use lots of Maybelline products everyday but one thing I've never tried from them is their mascaras. I've never heard a bad thing about their mascaras so I must get my hands on one. 

The Fragrance: Unineed have so much choice when it comes to perfumes! This Marc Jacobs perfume smells amazing and the packaging is so cute. WANT!

The Skincare: I'm torn between two cleansers - Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel and Clinique's Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. I love French Pharmacy brands but one I'm yet to try is Nuxe. My hands have been so dry lately and their Reve de Miel Hand & Nail Cream sounds lovely.

What's on your Christmas wish list? 
And are you treating yourself to anything this Christmas?

Cliona xx

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Obsessed With Floppy Hats

Friday, 5 December 2014

Floppy Hat

A Cosy Winter's Night {ToyShow Traditions}

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Pamper products
Pamper evening
primark pyjamas
Bambi pjs

The last Friday of November is always a special one here in Ireland as The Late Late Toy Show is on. For those outside Ireland, it's basically a show where kids showcase the best toys by explaining how they work to the host, Ryan Tubridy and children perform. It's quite funny sometimes and it's always a cosy and magical affair for both kids and adults ;-) I remember the days when I used to have my notebook and pen out and I'd jot down all the must have toys that I was going to ask santa for like it was yesterday. Oh to be a kid again. We also have some treats - Hot chocolate (of course. Best winter drink!) and we opened up our first box of Christmas chocolates, Heroes. This is always our first tradition of the season and it always gets me in the festive mood.

I also had a mini pamper session with some of my favourite products. What would a cosy night be without a little pampering ;-) I also had a little read of my book. At the moment I'm reading An Abundance Of Katherines by John Green but to be honest it's not great. For some reason it's really hard to read and there's not much going on. It's such a shame because I loved his other books.

Oh, and not forgetting my new pyjamas from Penneys! How cute is this Bambi pair? You can't beat a new pair of pjs!

What are your cosy night essentials? And what gets you into the festive spirit?

Cliona xx

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