Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Hit & Miss Products

Hit & Miss Products

| Hit & Miss Products! |

As a beauty enthusiast, I love trying out new products and sometimes I find products that are holy grail status but sometimes I try products that end up being lousy or not worth the money. Today I'll be sharing some products that have wowed me as well as a few products that get a thumbs down from me in the latest instalment of my hit & miss posts.

Hits:
The first product that made it onto the hit list is the Sunkissed Bronze & Contour palette*. I received this little palette about a year ago and I used it lots during the Autumn/Winter last year. However, during the Spring/Summer, my makeup collection got quite messy because I knew I was moving house and I completely forgot about the palette as it was hidden at the back of my drawer. I rediscovered this gem a few weeks ago and I forgot how much I loved it! Inside the palette, you'll find a warm matte bronzer, a petal pink blush as well as a radiant champagne highlighter. The powders blend easily and they look beautiful on the skin, especially the highlighter which adds a gorgeous radiant glow that's perfect for daytime makeup looks. 

I bought the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless foundation a few months ago and I wasn't blown away by it at first. However, I pulled it out of my drawer again and I've fallen in love with it! I would describe it as a full coverage foundation as it completely covered and concealed everything including spots. I only need to apply concealer under my eyes whenever I use this so I've been reaching for it on early mornings as it means I can skip concealing redness and spots on the face. It has a luminous finish, it feels light on the skin and it doesn't cling to my dry patches. I highly recommend this one! 

I've also been reaching for the Tanya Burr My Paradise eyeshadow quad a lot lately. The quad houses four easy-to-wear daytime shades to achieve a quick look. The shadows have subtle pigmentation so you can build the colour up gradually for a soft daytime look. 

Hit & Miss Products

Misses:
I love my Mac Mineralize Rich lipstick in Pure Pout as the neutral pink shade is the perfect everyday nude hue and the formula is creamy and moisturising. However, I wouldn't repurchase the lipstick and I wouldn't recommend it to people because I think it's over-priced for what you get. It's a little bit more moisturising than the creme-sheen formula but not by much so I'd say save yourself the extra €8 and just buy the creme-sheen formula instead as this formula is not worth the extra money in my opinion. 

The next product is a little controversial as most people love it; Benefit They're Real mascara was not worth the hype for me, unfortunately. I thought the spiky ball (it looks like a weapon used in The Hunger Games!) on the end of the wand was a bit gimmicky and it was often the cause of mascara ending up on my eyelid. It did give me good length and volume but I can get just as good results from a more budget-friendly mascara. I think it's over-priced and over-hyped, to be honest!

Another disappointing product is the NYX Professional Makeup jumbo eye pencil in Lavender. I loved the milk jumbo pencil so I wanted to try another shade and I thought the lavender one was so unique so I gave it a try. Lavender is a hard shade to get right and sadly NYX didn't get the formula of this particular shade right. It creased and faded noticeably after 2-3 hours of wear and after a few hours, my eye makeup looked like a complete mess. I tried lots of different things to make it work but unfortunately, I couldn't make it work for me in the end.

What products have you been loving or not loving recently?

Love,
Cliona xx

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

What I Wore On My 20th Birthday

Pink outfit of the day
Pink outfit of the day

| What I Wore On My Birthday! | 

My birthday is over for another year, I'm another year older and I've finally said goodbye to the teens as I turned 20 yesterday! It feels weird to be in my 20's now as I've been in the teenage bracket for so long. Can we hit a pause button for a few years? I don't think I'm ready to be a 'proper' adult yet, haha! It's become a birthday tradition of mine to head out onto the streets with a balloon or two to shoot my annual outfit post and for this year's look, I opted for a pink-themed outfit to match my balloons.

This year, I just had a chilled birthday. I took my niece to the park and we had a little afternoon treat followed by a takeaway at home with the rest of my family. There was a lot of pizza and cake consumed so I wanted to wear an outfit that was comfortable and casual but also kinda dressy. 

For the big day, I decided to sport my new Penneys pink trousers for the first time, they were so soft and comfortable it felt like I was wearing pyjamas outside and the material is loose so they're ideal for an inevitable birthday food baby *insert winking emoji*

I paired the trousers with a white lace top (Similar here) that was a Zara sale find. Lace is a classic delicate piece and this top complemented the girly trousers for a feminine look. I was planning on wearing my new Zara boots with the outfit but I ended up opting for my pink runners from Penneys for extra comfort. 

I think this was my favourite birthday outfit so far and I've compiled a collage of the previous birthday outfit posts I've done since starting the blog below so let me know which year was your favourite!

Birthday outfit
Pink biker jacket outfit post
How to style pink trousers
Pink outfit details
Birthday outfit post
Birthday outfit posts
My 17th, 18th & 19th Birthdays!


What birthday outfit is your favourite?

Love,
Cliona xx


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Friday, 13 October 2017

Cosy Rituals To Brighten Up The A/W Evenings

Cosy Autumn evening routine

| Cosy Rituals To Brighten Up The A/W Evenings! |

The shorter evenings and the cold weather means there's always an excuse to have an abundance of cosy evenings. The simple pleasures like a steaming cup of tea, a fluffy dressing gown and a binge-worthy Netflix series are the perfect pick-me-ups after a long, tiring day. 

1)Cosy Clothes // 
My typical evening routine starts as soon as I've put on a cosy pair of pyjamas. For me, there's nothing better than hopping into some cosy clothes after a long day, especially when it's raining and miserable outside. I'm pretty sure I own more cosy pyjamas and loungewear than 'real' clothes as my pyjama drawer is currently bursting! I definitely don't need to add to my collection, however, I have my eye on these cute bunny slippers from Asos as well as a bunny print pyjama set that would match the slippers perfectly *insert emoji with love heart eyes*

My Top Cosy Pyjama Picks!



2) Vibrant Flowers //
We always have a bunch of vibrant flowers on our kitchen table and whenever I come home in the evenings my mood is instantly lifted. We usually pick a cheap bunch of flowers up in Tesco and it's an inexpensive way to brighten up the house. I always look forward to coming home and eating my dinner with some beautiful flowers in front of me. I used to struggle with eating dinner as a result of my anxiety and I would've usually just had a toasted bagel or something small like that, but now I eat a proper dinner most days and I think having a nice setup on the table has really helped change that.

Autumn evening routine

3) Cosy Candles & Blogging // 
Candles are an important part of my daily routine at this time of year as they create a cosy atmosphere and add a hint of magic to the house. A sweet delicious scent and the magical flickering glow from my favourite candles always inspires me to write a blog post or two. 

4) Netflix & A Warm Drink //
Once I've finished blogging for the evening I then move to the couch where I quickly sink into the squishy cushions and get snuggled up under a blanket with a hot cup of tea in hand and maybe a biscuit or two as well. I'm currently making my way through Designated Survivor and the interesting storyline, the unpredictable plot twists, as well as the exciting action had me hooked from the first episode.

5) Reading Hour //
I like to dedicate an hour or even just a half an hour to read a book. In my opinion, this is the best form of escapism and relaxation, and whenever I make an effort to read more I notice that I sleep better. I highly recommend the Goodreads app if you're trying to read more as you can set a goal of the number of books you want to read each year and track what you're reading. It's a great way to get motivated to read more and you can follow your friends/family to see what they're reading too! 


What are your favourite things to do in the evenings?

Love,
Cliona xx

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Adding Sparkle To My Autumn Makeup

Prima pressed glitters

| Adding Sparkle To My Autumn Makeup! |

With Halloween just around the corner and the festive period slowly creeping up on us, it's the perfect excuse to start adding some sparkle to your makeup bag! I've recently been trying out some swoon-worthy pressed glitter eyeshadows from Prima* which will add some magic to your makeup look.

I never usually bother with glitters as they can require a lot of effort to apply and are normally quite messy to use as well. But the first thing I loved about these pressed glitters is the easy application. I've been applying them using my ring finger, packing the product onto the lid over some matte eyeshadows but they can also be applied straight to the naked eye and the best part is you don't need to use glue! There isn't any fallout so I was able to apply my foundation first and I was also able to apply my usual makeup in the morning for College, and then in the evening, I added some of the glitter eyeshadow to transform my look from day to night - An essential for party season! 

As you can see from the photo below, the glitters have a beautiful iridescent finish that glistens in the light. The staying power is excellent too as once they're on they don't budge until you remove them with a makeup remover and as well as that they're affordable, costing a mere £3.75! I received six shades in a beautiful silver palette* and I was really impressed with all of the shades and how well they performed. 

Prima Pressed Glitters
Prima pressed glitters review
Swatches L To R: Merry Berry // Hot Chocolate // Liquid Gold // Pink To Make The Boys Wink // Drama At The Disco // Starlight

The first shade I have is Merry Berry*, a vibrant red shade (perfect for Christmas!!), Hot Chocolate* is a bronzey chocolate brown, Liquid Gold* is a beautiful golden shade, Pink To Make The Boys Wink* is a light pink shade (my favourite one!), Drama At The Disco* is black with flecks of rainbow shimmer and last but not least is Starlight*, a gorgeous silver shade. 

For my pink eye look, I used my Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette for some matte pink shadows as well as my inner corner highlight. I decided to go for a spotlight eye and I applied the pink glitter to the centre of my eyes. It was so quick and easy to do!

What are your favourite glitter eyeshadows?

Love,
Cliona xx

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

An Autumnal Pair From The Body Shop

The Body Shop Vanilla Pumpkin Review

| An Autumnal Pair From The Body Shop! |

October seems to be whizzing by already and before we know it it'll be time for the spookiest day of the year! As we delve further into the month, the cold weather is starting to slowly creep upon us each day, and subsequentially, hydrating and enriching body-care products have become a staple in my beauty routine in order to prevent parched skin. 

Every year, The Body Shop creates amazing seasonal ranges and this year for Autumn/Halloween they've released some of their cult classics in a vanilla pumpkin scent. They've blended two quintessential autumn fragrances together, Madagascan vanilla and pumpkin, and added a dash of tonka bean, hazelnut, as well as maple syrup to create a rich indulgent scent that's reminiscent of homebaked Autumn treats.

Pumpkin is an acquired scent on its own as it's quite strong but the perfect blend of sweet and nutty fragrances in this range tones down the scent. The vanilla is the strongest note and as I rub the products onto my hands and body I can detect a whiff of pumpkin as well as maple syrup. The Body Shop always get scents right and if you like anything vanilla scented then you will definitely love this! 

The body shop vanilla pumpkin hand cream review

My hands always suffer from the harsh elements of Autumn/Winter so I've been loving the vanilla pumpkin hand cream* recently to banish dry patches and replenish my hands. The formula is non-greasy and sinks in quickly which means I can carry on with any tasks I'm doing straight after applying it instead of waiting for it to dry. For the first few days I was applying it twice a day but now I'm getting 24-hour hydration from it. It costs €6.50 and it would be a great stocking filler *wink wink*

Another hydrating hero I've been reaching for is the vanilla pumpkin body butter*. The formula of the body butters is much thicker and creamier compared to the lightweight gel texture of the hand creams. But the cream still dries very quickly and a little bit goes a long way so they usually don't run out quickly. I find the scent of the body butter lasts long and I can smell the delicious scent throughout the day. My skin can be quite sensitive at times, I'm not even able to use any of the Lush shower gels as they give me a reaction but I've used these body butters for years without any problems and this fragrance is no different.


Have you tried anything from the Vanilla Pumpkin range?
What's your favourite range from The Body Shop?

Love,
Cliona xx


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Friday, 6 October 2017

Autumnal Lipstick & Nail Polish Favourites

Autumn Lipsticks & Nail Polishes

| Autumnal Lipstick & Nail Polish Favourites! |

Another instalment of my Autumn makeup favourites is coming your way today and this time it's all about the lips and tips. Expect to find an abundance of rich burgundy hues, some deep nudes as well as a pop of red in my stash of autumnal lipstick and nail polish favourites.

An Autumn favourite that I wait patiently all year to crack out is my trusty Rimmel 107 lipstick, a deep burgundy colour with red undertones. I would describe it as the epitome of Autumn and the creamy matte formula lasts quite well whilst feeling comfortable on the lips. I usually pair this in the classic way with glistening gold eyeshadow for all the cosy Autumnal vibes.

If you're in a daring mood then Nars Cruella is another bold option for Autumn. The pencil applicator allows for precise application, avoiding any red smudges around the lips, and the matte formula is long-lasting and doesn't bleed. 

During Autumn I tend to reach for deeper nude hues, Silk Rose by Rosie for Autograph being one of my favourites. The dark rosy nude shade complements a burgundy or copper eye look and the cream-sheen formula feels lightweight and hydrating on the lips. 

Another nude favourite that has stood the test of time in my makeup collection is the Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in Elusive, a pretty rose pink shade. The cool-toned hue is perfect for the colder weather and the minty scent smells delicious! However, this won't be in my makeup bag this year because after swatching the lipstick I found a tiny speck of mould on it so I had to throw it out *insert crying emoji* This is what happens when you're a lipstick hoarder, haha!

I'll also be reaching for a new favourite this season, the Fatal Muse liquid matte lipstick in no.730 Confession* from L.O.V Cosmetics. This liquid lipstick provides great staying power without compromising on comfort as the velvety, mousse-like formula is non-drying much like the NYX soft matte lip creams. 

Autumn lipsticks
Lipstick Swatches L to R: Nars Cruella // Rosie for Autograph Silk Rose // Rimmel 107 // Revlon Elusive // L.O.V Cosmetics Confession

My first nail polish favourite is a muted nude option; Essie Eternal Optimist is a gorgeous nude pink shade but the deeper rosy undertones make it the perfect Autumn nude shade. 

In Stitches is a little bit more festive for the cosy season as the reddish-brown shade mirrors the brown leaves flitting down from the trees.

Chinchilly is a cool grey hue to match the grey clouds and rainy weather! As you can imagine the shade is quite dull so to perk it up I usually add a sparkly accent nail. The polish is opaque in two coats and lasts a few days before the first signs of chipping.

It's Genius is my favourite Autumn shade! Not only is it a rich burgundy hue but it also has tiny flecks of shimmer in it which adds a little bit of detail to the nails. 

What are your favourite Autumnal lipsticks and nail polishes?

Love,
Cliona xx

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Everyday Makeup Menu; The Autumn Edition

Autumn college makeup routine

| Everyday Makeup Menu; The Autumn Edition! |

Having a quick makeup routine is a vital component to surviving early mornings *wink wink* and over the years I've managed to cut my getting ready time in half. Applying my makeup was always the longest part of my morning routine but using these quick and easy products allows me to get ready in a few minutes.

My makeup routine begins with one of my favourite budget foundations, L'Oreal True Match. I always gravitate towards foundations that have a satin finish on an everyday basis as they make my skin look healthy and rejuvenated. This budget gem provides exactly that and the formula is quick and easy to blend, speeding up my makeup routine.

Concealer is a must-have on early mornings and the Seventeen Skin Wow concealer has been residing in my makeup bag recently. The creamy, moisturising formula is perfect for my dry skin, the finish is dewy, adding luminosity to my dark under-eye area and once the concealer is set with powder it lasts for hours.

I couldn't go a day without bronzer, it has the ability to transform my complexion from looking ghostly to looking healthy by adding some warmth to the face. For everyday wear, I usually reach for my Becca Sunlit bronzer as it looks subtle which is perfect for my College makeup look.

Another product to perk up my complexion during the dreary A/W months is my Hourglass blush in Diffused Heat. This vibrant coral pink hue adds subtle radiance to my cheeks which helps beat lacklustre skin that normally arises during the colder seasons. 

One can never have enough radiance in my opinion so I also like to sweep some of The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer onto the cheekbones and on the brow bone for some extra glow. 

Essence brushes

Good quality makeup needs a good set of tools to apply it with and I've been trying out some new launches from Essence. The brand is one of my top budget brands and they always release swoon-worthy limited edition collections. For their latest trend edition, they've released an abundance of beautiful brushes. I've been using the blush & draping brush* for applying a pop of blush to my cheeks. The round shape of the brush is ideal for precision blush application and it's also great for applying powder under the eyes. I've also been loving the contouring brush* to apply a subtle contour for everyday wear using my Charlotte Tilbury palette. Both of the brushes feel very soft and luxurious, and I can't believe they're only €4.10 each! *Runs to Penneys to buy the rest of the collection*

For the eyes, I usually opt for eyeshadows that can be worn on their own for a quick and effortless look. Matte browns are ideal for blending out all over the eye to add some definition and recently I've been reaching for my Urban Decay Ultimate Basics palette. This all-matte palette has some great shades in it that can be worn alone and the formula is easy to blend, meaning I can have my eyeshadow applied in 30 seconds. 

To finish off my eyes, I apply a little bit of the L'Oreal Paradise mascara, the Soap & Glory Brow Archery pencil to fill in my brows and finally I complete the look with Mac Brave lipstick.


What are your everyday makeup essentials?

Love,
Cliona xx


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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Testing L.O.V Products

L.O.V Makeup Review

| Testing L.O.V Products! |

My favourite thing about blogging is discovering new brands and one that has come onto my radar in the last few months is L.O.V Cosmetics. The brand offers good quality products with an affordable price tag. Lots of people have been raving about the brand recently and it's easy to see why! From a dreamy liquid highlighter to an Autumnal nail polish hue to a long-wearing liquid lipstick, here are a few products I've been trialling from L.O.V Cosmetics. 

My favourite product from the range is the LOVglow highlighting drops in No. 20 Sunlight Glow*, a golden champagne hue that provides a natural dewy finish to the skin. It doesn't contain any sparkle in it so it's an ideal product for my everyday makeup bag! This liquid highlighter is housed in swoon-worthy gold packaging and it comes with a pipette dispenser which makes it easy to dispense the right amount of product. I've been applying it different ways from mixing a few drops into a matte or satin foundation to add radiance to my complexion, as well as dabbing a small amount onto my cheekbones, cupid's bow and down the centre of my nose to achieve that lit-from-within glow. It can also be worn underneath a powder highlighter to make it pop even more, making it ideal for transitioning your makeup from day to night - A handy one to have come party season at the end of the year!

My next favourite from the brand is their lip affair colour & care lip pencil in no. 502* which is a classic "my lips but better" nude shade that compliments most nude lipstick hues. It comes with a lip brush on the other end that's handy for blending lip liner and lipstick together for a seamless finish. The longevity is the most impressive component of the liner as it lasted for the majority of the day. I've been pairing it with the liquid lipstick from the brand (more on that in a minute!) as well as my favourite everyday lipstick - Mac Modesty - for College days. I usually apply the liner all over my lips and then apply Modesty on top. The lipstick isn't very long-lasting due to the cream-sheen formula but as the lipstick wore off, the liner was still there so I don't have to worry about topping up my lipstick in the middle of lectures.  

Another great lip discovery from the brand is their Fatal Muse liquid matte lipstick in no.730 Confession*. If you're a fan of the soft matte lip creams from NYX then you'll love this! Similarly to the NYX version, the velvety formula and mousse-like texture makes it comfortable to wear and non-drying. The lipstick lasted very well on me, it would usually start to break down after about 6 hours but it faded evenly so I got away with not reapplying it as I'm usually home by then. Although the lip liner isn't a perfect match for the lipstick shade, I was still able to pair the two together because the liner shade is so close to my natural lip colour. They're a great long-lasting duo that will remain in my makeup bag for the foreseeable future! 

L.O.V highlighting drops review
L.O.V makeup review

Most days I'm rushing to head out the door so I need quick and convenient products in my everyday makeup bag. Enter the LOV Iconyx eyeshadow palette* which contains five satin eyeshadows. The three neutral shades look beautiful swiped onto the lid on their own and it creates a simple look in a few seconds - Perfect for those early morning starts! The formula of the eyeshadows are silky soft and they have good pigmentation. The shades include a deep forest green, a paler green hue, a white highlight shade, a deep champagne nude and a chocolate brown. 

I've also been testing out their Eyettraction Magnetic Loose Eyeshadow in no. 560 Metallure*. This eyeshadow has an interesting and unique formula that I've never come across before. It has a very soft texture and it can be worn wet or dry but in my opinion, this particular shade looks better when applied with a wet brush. Using a wet brush to apply it creates the most beautiful foil effect! I would describe the shade as a dark silvery grey with deep purple undertones. I think it looks beautiful paired with matte purple shades to create a vampy look that's perfect for the A/W months! 

The RoyaLiner eyeliner pen in no. 110 Grey Allure* can also be found in my makeup bag at the moment. The dark slate grey shade is something a bit different and it's nice for everyday wear as it's not as intense as a black eyeliner. The eyeliner has been holding up well during the day, no smudging or fading and it looked the exact same when I went to take it off in the evening as it did when I first applied it in the morning. The fine nib makes it easy to create the perfect line along the top lash line as well as creating a flick that we all know and love!

And last but not least, the LOVinity long-lasting nail lacquer in no. 210 Alluring Amethyst* has been my nail polish of choice recently. The rich burgundy shade is a quintessential Autumn hue and the flat wide brush allows for a smooth and easy application. The formula is non-streaky and I could get away with one coat but two coats makes the shade richer and more vibrant. 

Have you tried any products from this brand?

Love,
Cliona xx

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

50 Shades Of Autumn

Autumn Outfit
Autumn outfit

| 50 Shades Of Autumn! |

The evenings are slowly becoming darker each day, there's a slight chill in the air and the leaves are starting their annual ritual of turning into sprightly colours. Autumn is almost in full swing so it's time to start putting the Summery dresses back into hibernation and gathering our Autumnal pieces in preparation for the new season ahead. This season the biggest trend I've spotted is colour, so for today's post, I'll be chatting about the colours that are 'hot' at the moment.

1) Mustard:
It looks like mustard is set to be bigger than burgundy this year as it's already dominating the high street stores. Recently I picked up this mustard embroidered top in Zara and I allowed it to be the centrepiece of the outfit by pairing it with classic black jeans, black boots, and a black floppy hat. 

2) Forest Green:
Another hue that I'm getting on board with this A/W is forest green. This daringly bold shade is something I would've avoided in recent years in fear of resembling Shrek or The Hulk but with a vast array of forest green items to choose from on the high street, it's planted a seed in my mind to change my opinion of the colour. The hue is going to be hard to avoid and I'm slowly introducing it into my wardrobe. The mustard blouse has vines of forest green swirled into the embroidery detail and it's a great way to try the colour before fully embracing it.

3) Red:  
The blouse is also infused with another popular shade for A/W 2017 - Red, a classic shade that has certainly stood the test of time. To pick up the red detail on the blouse I decided to throw on my new red fringed jacket from Zara and paired with the blouse, they're the perfect duo for making a statement during the Autumn period.

Autumn outfit
Autumn outfit
Autumn outfit
Autumn outfit

What are your favourite Autumnal hues to wear?

Love,
Cliona xx

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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Eyeshadow Palettes I've Been Loving Recently

Favourite eyeshadow palettes

| Eyeshadow Palettes I've Been Loving Recently!  |

We all have a guilty pleasure or a weakness in life. For some, it may be drinking five cups of coffee a day, for others it may be watching back to back episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, some might go into Penneys/Primark for one thing and come out with five bags full of stuff (I'm definitely guilty of that one!). But for me, my biggest weakness is collecting eyeshadow palettes. I often go through phases of favouring a select few palettes and today I'm sharing the three that are currently on rotation in my makeup bag.

An everyday makeup bag staple for me, come rain or shine, is the Too Faced Sweet Peach eyeshadow palette. It's one of the most versatile eyeshadow palettes on the market as the softer hues such as pink, champagne and a pale gold all work well for the Spring/Summer months but it also contains deeper colours like purples, green, bronze and browns that are typically associated with the colder seasons. Some of the shades are ideal for creating a quick everyday look, which I've been favouring recently for my college makeup look.

My next pick will come as no surprise to you! The Urban Decay Naked Heat palette has been my top choice for the transitional period and the rich red-toned, copper, brown and purple hues have been tiding me over until the appropriate time came to crack out my favourite Autumnal eyeshadows

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette receives a lot of high praise within the beauty industry and with good reason! Inside the soft velvet packaging, you'll find a whole host of warm neutral shades alongside some vivid pink hues. The majority of the shades are subtle and wearable but by including a few pops of colour, the palette encourages me to step out of my comfort zone every now and then. 

What eyeshadow palettes are you loving at the moment?

Love,
Cliona xx


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Friday, 22 September 2017

New Homeware Pieces

Bedside table decor
Ikea Hemnes Vanity Table

| New Homeware Pieces! |

We recently moved house and for the first time in years, we had the option to have it unfurnished so it was exciting buying new bits to make the house feel like a home. For a long time, it was difficult to find stylish homeware pieces that were affordable in Ireland, but in the last few years, the search has been made easier with new shops like Sostrene Grene and Homesense arriving at our shores. For today's post, I'm excited to share some of our new homeware additions and where we bought them. 

1) Ikea //
Ikea is a great place for buying basics like furniture as well as other cute little trinkets for around the home. A lot of their furniture is plain white so there's always the option of doing a little DIY job with some paint or spray paint, and whenever I see people doing this, their piece of furniture always looks way more expensive! I had always dreamed of owning a vanity table but some of them cost a crazy amount of money! I decided to get the Ikea Hemnes Vanity Table a few years ago and I've added some copper trinkets and a little Autumnal bouquet to spruce up the plain table and add a luxurious element. Someday I might paint it and spray paint the drawer handles too!

2) Sostrene Grene //
This is a new shop in Ireland which offers affordable Scandinavian homeware. Their stock is always innovative and unique, and the shop is the epitome of stylish homeware with a budget price tag. I picked up my new bedside table from them and it only cost €55, and considering the Ikea Hemnes bedside table is €50, the price for such a decorative piece is very reasonable! Another budget-friendly piece of furniture we managed to nab was the pink console table and I think this was just over €30. The lamp and the circular box on the console table are also from Sostrene Grene and they both complement the piece. 

Home decor on a budget
Home decor on a budget

3) Homesense //
Homesense is a hot topic at the moment as everyone and their granny is shopping there, and I can easily see why! They have a wide range of stylish pieces from furniture to prints/wall art to cushions to lamps, and their seasonal stock is swoon-worthy. It's like an Autumnal and Halloween wonderland in there at the moment! On my recent trip, I picked up their paperwhite vanilla candle for only €3.99! Their shelves of candles are like my own little Disneyland and I'll definitely be heading back to pick up some of the pumpkin scented candles in October.

4) Meadows & Byrne //
Meadows & Byrne is actually a fairly pricey shop but we always manage to find a few hidden bargains and pieces that are on sale. We got our kitchen table here which was very reasonably priced as well as a TV unit that was reduced! I also picked up a little Autumnal bouquet for my vase on the vanity table and the two pieces together came to €7 - I think it adds a cosy Autumn aura to my entire room and it was such a cheap way to add a statement to the area.


Have you bought any new homeware pieces recently?

Love,
Cliona xx

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