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15 Things I Love About Autumn/Winter

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Autumn and Winter are my two favourite
seasons and here's a list of 15 things I love
about them.........


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Recently I was having a browse through all of my old content to find some inspiration and if you read my blog post about finding inspiration as a blogger then you'll know that this is something I like to do  regularly to improve my blog and also to remember why I started and where I was a year ago. A post I came across that I wrote around this time last year was 5 reasons why October is my favourite month, and I thought I'd do something similar this year. Autumn and Winter are my two favourite seasons and now that it's beginning to look a lot like Autumn {You know what tune to sing that in ;-)} I thought I'd explore the reasons why I love Autumn so much.

1. Autumn tv - all of the good tv shows return and there's just something cosier about watching tv in the A/W. Hands up if you're already excited for I'm A Celeb, Get Me Out Of Here!

2. 'Sweater weather' & layers - my favourite fashion season! Fluffy jumpers, ankle boots and cosy layers!

3. Yummy candles

4. Cosy evenings by the fire

5. The holiday season - Get out your pumpkins and start playing your Christmas music playlist! Oh and it's my birthday in October too ;-)

6. Twinkling lights

7. Crunchy leaves, chilly days & maybe even a snowflake or two - I much prefer the colder weather; Give me walking on crunchy leaves over sitting in the sun any day!

8. Beautiful colours - All of the orange, yellow, golden and red tones! Love it!

9. Yummy bakes and hot chocolate

10. Golden sunsets

11. The smell of chimney smoke

12. Bubble baths

13.  The makeup - gold eyes and a berry lip anyone? ;-)

14. Fireworks

15. Cool brisk walks


What are favourite things about Autumn/Winter?

Love,
Cliona xx

6 Hydrating Skincare Products For A/W

Monday, 28 September 2015

A/W is creeping up on us and often the harsh weather
 takes a toll on our skin. Today I'll be sharing 6 products
that will help battle the dry/dehydrated skin we often 
suffer from during the colder months.....

Dry/Dehydrated skincare

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The most important thing for my skin especially in the winter months is to ensure that I'm not using a cleanser that's in anyway drying or stripping. My favourite type of cleansers that I find very hydrating are milk and oil cleansers. My first cleansing favourite is the Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser. Not only does it remove the last traces of makeup and leaves your skin feeling clean as a whistle but it also leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft and plump. A brilliant one to use for the Winter months. Another cleansing favourite is an oil-based one this time and it's from the SuperFacialist Vitamin C range. 

Next up we have the Superfacialist Rose Hydrate Moisture Mask (review) and this is an amazing treatment for severely dry skin. My dry flaky patches instantly vanish and I'm always left with silky soft skin. It also helps with my foundation application because whenever I use this it just glides on and it sits better on my skin. It's also gentle on my sensitive skin. Lovely stuff! I love toners and they're a staple in my skincare routine but over the years I've had my fair share of bad ones that completely dried out my skin. But my skincare game changed last year when I discovered The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner (review). A gentle toner that provides hydration leaving the skin feeling soft and supple. Need I say more? 

And lastly we have my favourite part of my skincare routine: moisturiser and serum. For my moisturiser I love using the Eucerin Dry Skin Replenishing Face Cream. This contains 5% urea which apparently is a natural moisturising ingredient - it's also a product of deamination in the liver which is then converted to urine {I'm doing Leaving Cert Biology ;-)}..... but let's just ignore that little fact *Awkward silence* A rich creamy moisturiser that leaves the skin feeling soft and supple without leaving a greasy residue. This was my first time to try a Eucerin product and I'm extremely impressed with the quality for the price - Amazing! I'll definitely be trying more from the brand. For my serum I love using the Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Booster. This contains hyaluronic acid which is a great ingredient for adding hydration to the skin. This serum works alongside your moisturiser to help retain the moisture in your skin leaving it feeling soft and hydrated all day every day. It's superb!

Watch out dry skin because with these products in my routine my skin will be feeling soft as a baby's bum!

What are your favourite skincare products for the A/W months?

Love,
Cliona xx



Weekend Reading: The Selection Series

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Divergent meets Gossip Girl in these young adult
dystopian/romance novels and today I have all the
details on the glamorous gripping trilogy that is
'The Selection' ...........

The Selection by Keira Cass

Grey Fedora

Friday, 25 September 2015

The hat obsession continues with 
this Autumnal grey fedora........

Autumn tartan outfit
casual autumn knitwear ootd

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My daily style consists of cosy and comfortable outfits, and it doesn't get much cosier or more comfortable than this outfit. Wearing a lighter wash of jeans is a nice way to brighten up outfits in the midst of the darker Autumn weather. I've been loving this cream pair from Zara recently as they go well paired with Autumnal hues such as burgundy, red and grey, and they also have some interesting zip detailing which I love. For this look I decided to go for a red and grey theme and I had a little play around with some patterns. I centered the whole outfit around this jumper that I got for my birthday last year. It has a beautiful soft cotton material with a little piece of tartan silk material at the end, as well as that it has some gorgeous stud details on the shoulder. This jumper has a lot of details and different textures that you don't even need to accessorise it, but you know much I love my acccesories so I went for a red patterened scarf that contrasted the tartan print nicely, and a grey fedora to finsih off the look.

autumn grey fedora ootd
Primark grey fedora hat
Casual grey & red outfit
How to style cream jeans
grey fedora hat outfit

What's your favourite Autumn fashion piece?

Love,
Cliona xx


7 Deadly Sins Of Beauty

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Today I'm spilling all my beauty secrets through
 the 'seven deadly sins of beauty' tag.........

seven deadly sins of beauty tag

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1. Greed ~ What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?


I love a good bargain and I have copious amounts of bargain beauty buys. The most inexpensive product I own is the Rimmel Scandal Eyes kohl liner. I have a couple of these in a few different colours as they're my favourite kohl liners to use. I have the usual black and brown but my favourite is the nude version - perfect for achieving 'the minimal makeup look'. I also love how incredibly soft and creamy the textures of these liners are. You can't go wrong for €4.99! If you read my Mac haul post then you'll know that I picked up a large Mac pro palette and while the initial price isn't too bad as you fill it up gradually, but by the time it's full it will have to come to a whopping €150! And that's not even including the price of the palette itself! It's certainly steep but Mac eyeshadows are worth every penny in my opinion. 


2. Wrath ~ What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with? What product has been the hardest to get?

I don't really have a love/hate relationship with too many products; I either love it or I hate it. However one product that I didn't like for a good few months after I'd bought it was the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat foundation. As you can imagine I was heartbroken as I didn't pay all that money just for it to look pretty in the bottle, but after I purchased the Blank Canvas f20 brush I decided to give this foundation another go. With this brush the foundation applied like a dream and it looked flawless on the skin. 

As for a product that was hard to get; that would definitely be the La Roche Posay Serozinc. This wasn't available in Ireland for the longest time and after eyeing it up for about a year, it was finally brought to Ireland. This was the definitely worth the wait and it deserves all the hype it gets. It's brilliant for controlling breakouts, it's refreshing and cooling, and it doesn't dry out the skin. I love it and it was worth the wait!


3. Gluttony ~ What are your most delicious beauty products?

This is a hard one as I have a lot of delicious products that are good enough to eat. Makeup wise my Mac lipstick is my favourite scent as it smells like vanilla cupcakes - this lipstick makes me want to bake all the time! Another great makeup product with a gorgeous scent is the Bourjois Healthy Mix which has a lovely fruity scent. As for delicious skincare, the award would easily go to the Origins GinZing Moisturiser (review). The gorgeous tangy orange scent reminds me of jaffa cakes and it's always very tempting to dip my finger in for a taste.

4. Sloth ~ What beauty products do you neglect due to laziness?

That's an easy one! Most definitely moisturising *insert monkey with his hands over his mouth emoji* I don't know what it is about moisturising but it just seems to be so easy to skip. A product that I like to use is the Nivea In Shower Body Moisturisers. This is a lazy girl's dream as they're no faffing about, spending ages rubbing in moisturiser and having to wait for it to dry. You just simply slather it on whilst in the shower, wash it off and you're good to go!

5. Pride ~ What beauty products give you the most self-confidence? 


My makeup routine on a whole gives me confidence but if I were to pick just one product that gives me the most confidence it would probably be a good brow product. My whole mood depends on whether I'm having a good or bad brow day. Plus when you're eyebrows are on fleek you can conquer the world ;-) My current favourite is the Soap & Glory Brow Archery - it gives a really natural look which is perfect for my everyday makeup bag and it comes with a little brush at the end to tame those little unruly hairs! 

6. Lust ~ What products are you currently lusting after?


We could be here all night talking about my long wish list - seriously, it's never-ending! But I'll narrow it down to just two things (harder task than it sounds, haha!). First up I've been eyeing up another Mac lipstick as I've the caught obsession bug after trying my first one a few months ago. These are going onto my Christmas list so let's hope Santa is good to me this year *wink wink* I've even asked my sister to pick up 'Creme Cup' in duty free becuase she went away on holidays last week. I think I was more excited for her to go to duty free than she was to be going away, haha! Next up on my wish list is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette - I've been eyeing it up for ages so I might just have to stick it onto my birthday wish list ;-)


7. Envy ~ What items would you most like to receive as a gift?


I've wanted a Jo Malone perfume for years but at the moment I just don't have the budget for it. Maybe one day though - my wedding or a big birthday possibly? I would also love the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette but with it costing €65 there's no way I can justify spending that amount of money on myself for just one palette. But if it were to make it's way wrapped up in a box under my christmas tree then I would be elated with happiness! Keep on dreaming Cliona ;-)

What are your 'seven deadly sins of beauty'?

Love,
Cliona xx

Autumn Shades

Saturday, 19 September 2015

It's the season of burnt orange, mustard
and burgundy hues. And today I'm 
chatting about all things burnt orange.......

Burnt orange H&M skirt
How to wear burnt orange
Autumn fashion blogger style

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Once Autumn sets in the orange, yellow and burgundy hues start to pop up everywhere. A shade that never goes out of style for the Autumn months is burnt orange, but it's particularly huge this year along with rust. This is a colour that I have fallen head over heels in love with and you'll be sick of seeing this colour pop up on my blog ;-) I've never actually owned any burnt orange clothes before but when I saw this amazing skirt in H&M I just couldn't resist taking it home with me - especially when it was reduced from €40 down to €15! The quality is insane; it has a very thick, heavy material and it feels incredibly soft too. I also love that it's a bit different from the usual skater skirt because it's more flared out and it's got a couple of creases running through it - which I love because it adds texture to the skirt. 

I decided to pair it with a classic white button up shirt as you just can't go wrong with them! They're so versatile as they can be worn with everything and they add a little bit of sophistication to an outfit. I also threw on my leopard print scarf as it has little hints of orange which I thought complimented the skirt nicely. For shoes, I went for an Autumn staple: Chelsea boots. Every year I always treat myself to a new pair of boots and since I haven't owned a pair of Chelsea boots in a few years I thought it was time I added a pair to my shoe-drobe. But the boots weren't the only new thing I picked up recently as everything in this outfit is new except for the scarf because I may have had a "little" splurge at the start of the month *insert monkey with his hands over his mouth emoji*

White shirt & leopard print scarf
Casual autumn outfit
Casual autumn style
H&M chelsea boots


What's your favourite shade to wear in the Autumn?

Love,
Cliona xx

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My Current Everyday Makeup Routine

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Applying my makeup in the morning is
my favourite time of the day - I find it so
therapeutic - and here are the products that
have been living on my face recently.......

Everyday makeup routine

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For my base I always start off with my favourite foundation: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat. It has a medium but buildable coverage which I love because I can apply a light layer for everyday wear and achieve the 'no makeup' makeup look but I can also build it up to provide more coverage for my outfit shoots. It photographs well and it also provides a lovely glow to the skin. Next, I apply my concealer. I've been loving the Nars Radiant Creamy concealer paired with the 17 Stay Time concealer. I usually set my base with a powder but I just ran out of my loyal Rimmel Stay Matte powder and the one I'm currently using isn't very good - it does an alright job but it's not worth mentioning on my blog.

I'm not a huge contouring fan and most of the time I leave this step out of my daily makeup routine but recently I've been loving the L'oreal Glam Bronze. This is the perfect contouring shade for me and it has a smooth texture which is easy to blend. For my cheeks I always apply Benefit Dandelion (review). It's a gorgeous light soft pink shade with a bit of shimmer running through it. It provides a beautiful natural glow to the skin and it makes me look perkier and healthier - a great one for early mornings!

My favourite part of my makeup routine is my brows and recently I've been enjoying Soap & Glory's Brow Archery. I'll have a full review of that coming in the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled for that one, but for now I'll say that it's completely changed my brow game! Did someone say brows on fleek? ;-) For my daily eyeshadow I like something that I can just quickly throw on with one swipe - I never have the time to faff about with four different eyeshadows and a couple of different blending brushes. Recently I've been loving wearing the shade 'Toasted' from the Naked Palette all over my lid, it's a beautiful pink colour that looks so pretty with my blue eyes. If I've time I like to pop on a bit of brown liner and I've been loving the Maybelline Master Drama kohl liner. To achieve long fluttery lashes I've been using the Rimmel Lash Accelerator and Wet n Wild Mega Length mascara. To finish off my makeup I apply Mac 'Modesty' lipstick - a lovely mauve nude shade with a smooth creamy formula. And that vanilla scent; Love!

What are your daily makeup products?

Love,
Cliona xx




3 Autumnal Candles

Monday, 14 September 2015

Cosy Autumn evenings aren't complete
without a scented candle or two.........

3 Autumnal Candles
3 Autumn scented candles

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I love candles all throughout the year but there's something about autumnal scents that instantly makes me feel cosy. I tend to ditch my light, fresh, floral scents that I love during the Spring/Summer months for warm, nutty, indulgent scents for the Autumn.

My first favourite is from Penneys and it's their salted caramel candle. This smells just like my salted caramel cupcakes *drools* It's a sweet and warm scent that fills the whole house and makes it smell like home baking. I was quite surprised at this little candle because the scent is not only delicious but it also smells luxurious and expensive, and you could easily mistake it for a more expensive brand like Yankee Candle except this little gem only cost around €3 - bargain alert!

Speaking of Yankee candles, that brings me onto my next two favourites. First up is their 'Wild Fig' candle. A gorgeous rich fruity scent that will leave your house smelling delicious for hours. This is the first large jar I've ever owned from Yankee Candle and I'm so impressed with how long it's lasting - I can't imagine it ever running out ;-) I also love the deep purple colour of the wax, it's perfect for adding a touch of autumn to your home decor!

The next Yankee candle favourite is their 'Home Sweet Home' candle. Infused with cinnamon, baking spices and a hint of tea this scent is like Autumn in a jar. It also resembles a (dare I say it) Christmas scent, that's definitely due to the cinnamon. The cinnamon was the most dominant of the ingredients and it takes a few hours for the scent of the spices to draw through. It's a true warm autumnal scent perfect for cold rainy evenings. Love!

Autumn candle review

What are your favourite Autumnal candles?

Love,
Cliona xx

The Blanket Cape

Friday, 11 September 2015

The blanket cape... the trend that has made wearing 
a blanket in public socially acceptable.......

Blanket cape outfit

Recent Haircare Favourites

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

I've been trialling some new haircare
products recently and here's the low-
down of three of my favourites.........


I've Been Shortlisted For The Blog Awards!

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Some exciting news.....

Black & white fashion photography

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Just a quick little post from me today as I'm swimming in the depths of homework/study. Oh the joys *insert crying emoji* But I'm not complaining because my mood has been a lot better these last few weeks and being back at school hasn't bothered me as much as I thought it would. My mood went from happy to ecstatic when I received an email letting me know that my blog had been shortlisted for two categories in The Blog Awards Ireland. You might remember {read this post to refresh your minds ;-)} that last year I was a finalist in the 'Best Youth Blog' category and it was the second best moment of my blogging journey {my first being, meeting some lovely Irish bloggers in person which you can read about in this post}. This year I've not only been shortlisted for 'Best Youth Blog' again but I've also made it onto the 'Best Fashion Blog' category as well! 

Last year the winners were selected by judges but this year the voting has been made public. I probably don't even need to say how much it would mean to me to be a finalist as you probably already know what blogging means to me but..... spoiler alert... it would mean the absolute world to me! Blogging is my world after all, I put my heart and soul into it and I never stop thinking about it. Anyway I'll stop with the rambling before I need to get the tissues out but I just wanted to say thank you so much to everyone who reads my blog or supports it in any way. 

Oh, and if you'd like to vote for my blog you can do so here: Best Fashion Blog and Best Youth Blog. Thank you!

Thanks for following along with my blog for the past year and a half!
It brings so much happiness into my life!

Love,
Cliona xx


3 Tv Shows I've Been Loving Lately

Monday, 7 September 2015

From baking to Batman to vampires,
here are three tv shows I'm currently
obsessing over.........

3 favourite tv shows blog


1. The Great British Bake Off: Ah, GBBO, Autumn tv at its finest. There's just something about it that makes me feel oh-so-cosy. I'm sure this show needs no introduction as it's a household favourite across the whole of Britain and Ireland. But each week there's a new theme and each baker is given three challenges from the signature bake to the technical challenge to the show-stopper. It's a feel good tv show but be warned your mouth will be left drooling and it will give you an irresistible urge to bake.... 

2. The Originals: If you're a fan of The Vampire Diaries then you're sure to love this. The original vampire clan that are infamous and are known to be revenge-seeking brutal villains but in this show we see a different side to them and I even like Klaus who is the ultimate villain in The Vampire Diaries. Although trouble still follows them around like a bad smell; Wars between witches, werewolves and vampires are a regular occurrence and all hell breaks loose in the city with the return of the originals. It's action packed, that's for sure! This isn't my favourite tv show to be honest, I don't get particularly excited to watch it and I don't ever find myself wanting to binge watch either. I started it in June and I'm only three episodes into the second season so that's saying a lot considering I watched all five seasons of PLL in about two months! 

3. Gotham: Based on Batman this show is set in a corrupt Gotham city where detective Jim Gordon and his partner Harvey Bullock solve villainous cases. Jim is honest and ethical and he won't be pushed around by corrupt politicians and gang leaders. It's quite different from anything I've watched before but I'm really enjoying it. It's exciting and gruesome, as well as funny, which I love in a tv show. Definitely worth a watch and you'll love it if you're a Batman fan.

What are you currently watching?

Love,
Cliona xx


Transitioning Outfit

Friday, 4 September 2015

Now that September has arrived it's 
time to ditch the shorts and t-shirts 
and start wearing transitioning outfits...

Autumn Transitioning ootd

5 Favourites From August

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

5 of my favourite products from 
the month of August.....

Beauty blogger monthly favourites
Soap & Glory Orangasm review

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August has ended and it's time to do what bloggers do best; round up our favourite beauty bits from the previous month. It's been a while since a monthly favourites post has featured on clionahill.com but we're back and August was a cracker of a month beauty wise.

The first favourite will come as no surprise because I've mentioned it quite a few times on my blog over the last few months. I am of course talking about the Soap and Glory Orangasm body wash. For a creamy wash that lathers well and smells citrusy look no further! There's always 3 for 2 offers on Soap & Glory products so I usually stock up on their body washes as they work out at a much better value than your average supermarket shower gel. Speaking of 3 for 2 offers, there's currently one happening on all S&G products in Boots *runs to Boots as fast as lightening*

My standout skincare product this month has been La Roche Posay Serozinc toner. As I explained in my recent skincare favourites post, it's a zinc sulphate solution that's designed to reduce shine and mattify the skin. It's aimed at oily-blemish prone skin but my skin is dry and sensitive, as well as being prone to blemishes. Since I've incorporated this into my routine I've been getting less breakouts and the overall texture of my skin has improved. It's the only non-hydrating toner that I've used that isn't drying or stripping. Love it!

My first makeup favourite was the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation. This has a light to medium coverage which is perfect for everyday wear and it provides a gorgeous healthy glow to the skin. It has a sweet fruity scent which I found odd as I've never come across a foundation with that type of scent before, but hey, as long as it doesn't smell like Mac foundations then it's all good ;-) It also feels light on the skin, blends easily and it doesn't accentuate any of my dry patches. It's a definitive makeup bag must-have in my opinion!

Another makeup companion last month was my Mac lipstick in 'Modesty'. For those of you that read my Mac haul will know that this has not left my lips since I purchased it. An everyday wearable muted neutral pink shade that goes with all makeup looks from subtle to dramatic. It has smooth a creamy texture which applies like a dream and it provides a slight sheen to the lips. This is my first Mac lipstick and I'm officially hooked - My sister is off to America so I've asked her to pick up a few in duty free and my 18th birthday is coming up in October so I may or may not be asking for a few then ;-)

My last favourite is some Blank Canvas Cosmetics brushes. Irish beauty bloggers rave about these brushes constantly and I don't know why it's taken me so long to try them. I love all of my Real Techniques brushes and I always remain loyal to them but recently I decided it was time to step out of my makeup brush comfort zone and try something new. The first brush I picked up was the F20 which is a flat buffer brush. It blends foundation in seamlessly and it gives an almost airbrushed effect. It definitely has improved the performance of most of my foundations and it only cost a mere €14.99! This is the best foundation brush I've ever used and it's hot pink *insert heart eye emoji* I also picked up the F04 angled brush which is perfect for contouring but I also like to use it for blush. Lastly, I got the E26 which is a fluffy tapered blending brush that blends eyeshadow effortlessly. Move over Real Techniques because I have a new favourite brand for brushes!

Blank Canvas brushes review
La Roche Posay Serozinc review

Further Reading:


What products were you loving in August?

Love,
Cliona xx




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