Cosy Festive Favourites

Sunday, 16 December 2018

| Cosy Festive Favourites! |

One of my favourite things about the festive season is the cosy evenings spent snuggled under a fluffy blanket, watching a Christmas film beside the Christmas tree with a cup of tea or hot chocolate. For today's post, I've compiled my top 5 festive favourites for a cosy pamper evening.

Festive Beauty Treats

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Festive beauty products

| Festive Beauty Treats! |

December is already flying by too quickly and it'll be Christmas Day before we know it! But before the big day arrives, I'm gathering lots of festive beauty treats to get me into the festive spirit including some Christmassy red lipstick shades, a dreamy highlighter for a holiday glow and a sparkly rose gold clutch of luxe makeup brushes. 

Festive Vanity Table Decor

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

| Festive Vanity Table Decor! |

I'm dreaming of a sparkly Christmas and my new festive vanity table setup is making my festive dreams come true!

A Festive Red Lip From Charlotte Tilbury

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Charlotte Tilbury Screen Siren Review
Charlotte Tilbury Screen Siren

| A Festive Red Lip From Charlotte Tilbury! |

Now that it's finally December, it's officially the most wonderful time of the year and to celebrate I'm donning a festive red lip from Charlotte Tilbury! 

Christmas Gift Ideas: Beauty Treats

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

| Christmas Gift Ideas: Beauty Treats! |

All good things must come to an end and for today's post, I'm sharing my last gift guide of this year. This instalment is the ultimate guide for the beauty lovers in your life with lots of great value gift sets, dreamy perfume picks and swoon-worthy makeup!

A Charlotte Tilbury Makeover & The Cosmic Gift Shop

Sunday, 25 November 2018

| A Charlotte Tilbury Makeover & The Cosmic Gift Shop! |

Charlotte Tilbury is the dreamiest makeup brand and their Christmas gifting collection is always my favourite! I was kindly invited to see their new Christmas launches and to have a Tilbury Transformation last weekend at one of their counters. I had such a fun afternoon, learning about lots of their products and all the festive, glitzy products got me into the festive spirit! For today's post, I wanted to share the makeup look and a little gift guide of my top picks from their Cosmic Gift Shop. If you have any makeup lovers to buy for this Christmas then these products will certainly make their Christmas makeup dreams come true! 

Christmas Gift Ideas: Beauty Stocking Fillers

Friday, 16 November 2018

Stocking fillers gift ideas

| Christmas Gift Ideas: Beauty Stocking Fillers! |

Another day, another gift guide! For my second Christmas gifting post, I wanted to do a roundup of some of my favourite budget beauty finds (under €15) that would be ideal for secret Santa gifts, stocking fillers or sticking to a budget. I love Christmas but it can be such an expensive time so I like to stick to a budget at this time of year. I'm always on the hunt for a few affordable pressies and I'm so happy with the selection I've found this year. Without further ado, here are my top budget beauty picks!

Christmas Gift Ideas: Fashion & Lifestyle

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Fashion & Lifestyle

| Christmas Gift Ideas: Fashion & Lifestyle! |

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go. Shops and buildings are already adorned with twinkling lights and decorations, the Nutcracker and the Grinch are now showing in cinemas, and there's a flurry of people browsing the shops for the perfect gifts for loved ones. 

I'm so excited to be kicking off this year's festive themed content with a good ol' gift guide to (hopefully) inspire a few gift ideas if you're stuck for some or maybe you're keeping an eye out for some treats for yourself! Today's instalment of my 2018 Christmas gifting posts is filled with pretty jewellery picks, cosy Winter essentials and some homeware bits and bobs for the avid interior decorator in your life...

Three To Try From Hourglass

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

| Three To Try From Hourglass! |

Dreamy makeup treats are a girl's best friend and makeup doesn't get dreamier than Hourglass. I was treated to three new Hourglass products for my birthday last month and after putting them to the test for a few weeks, I want to share these gems in today's beauty roundup. Get ready to meet my new highlighter favourite, as well as a fab foundation and a sparkly, glitzy must-have!

Five Pink Beauty Favourites For A/W

Monday, 5 November 2018

Pink Beauty Favourites

| Five Pink Beauty Favourites! |

It's no secret that I'm a quintessential 'girly girl' and my love for pink knows no bounds. From my decor to my wardrobe to my beauty stash, I'm surrounded by pretty pink hues and for today's post, I want to share five of my current pink beauty favourites.

Cosy Autumn/Winter Wardrobe Essentials

Friday, 2 November 2018

| Cosy Autumn/Winter Wardrobe Essentials! |

As we're nearing the end of Autumn, the weather is starting to cool down and it's time to start planning my Winter wardrobe. It's been a long process but I feel like I've finally found my style this year and I've been feeling much happier and confident with what I've been wearing in recent months. I've fallen back in love with fashion and over the last few weeks, I've been adding some style basics to my wardrobe, including lots of cosy essentials for Winter.

Autumn Beauty Favourites

Friday, 26 October 2018

Autumn Beauty Favourites

| Autumn Beauty Favourites! |

There are so many reasons why I love Autumn and as a beauty lover, one of my favourite things about the season is the makeup. Berry lipsticks, copper, rust and burnt orange hues, as well as sparkly, iridescent eyeshadows can be found in my Autumn makeup bag. 

What I Wore On My 21st Birthday

Friday, 19 October 2018

What I wore on my 21st birthday
What I wore on my 21st birthday

| What I Wore On My 21st Birthday! |

On Sunday, I celebrated my 21st birthday and even though I ended up cancelling my plans because I wasn't feeling well enough, I still had the best day. I felt as elegant as a princess in my dress, I was completely spoiled by my family and we ate lots of cake and pizza. One of my birthday traditions, since I started my blog, is doing a birthday outfit shoot and I'm so excited to share this year's photos!

Planning My Birthday Beauty Routine

Sunday, 14 October 2018

| Planning My Birthday Beauty Routine! |

As you're reading this, it's my birthday and I'm 21 today! I'm so excited to have a magical day filled with yummy cake, pretty pink balloons, a lovely Italian dinner and to wear a beautiful beaded, tulle dress fit for a princess! You all know how much I love skincare and makeup so planning my birthday beauty routine was just as important as planning the celebrations *insert winking emoji* For today's special birthday post, I wanted to round up some of the pampering products and makeup I'm planning on using.

Autumnal Vanity Table Decor

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

| Autumnal Vanity Table Decor! |

A new season engenders a lot of change. In Autumn, the leaves change colour and fall to the ground leaving a crunchy mound on the footpaths, the weather becomes chillier, there's a smell of chimney smoke in the air and the evenings become darker. I love the beginning of a new season, especially Autumn (I am an Autumn baby after all!), and one of my favourite things to do is switch up the decor on my vanity table to mirror the changing of the seasons. And it's finally time to share my Autumnal set up in today's post! 

Four Lipsticks For Autumn

Sunday, 7 October 2018

| Four Lipsticks For Autumn! |

The world looks so beautiful at Autumn time with swirling vines of coloured foliage and there's something calm and peaceful about watching the annual dance of the falling leaves. As we get further into the Autumn season, I like to introduce some Autumnal makeup hues into my beauty routine, and for today's post, I'll be sharing four lipsticks that are perfect for this season.

Pink Parisian & Gossip Girl Inspired Style

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Pink Autumn Outfit
Pink Parisian Outfit

| Pink Parisian & Gossip Girl Inspired Style! |

My favourite fashion season has arrived! My wardrobe is brimming with cosy coats, cute skirts and dresses, snuggly scarves and a colourful selection of tights that are ready to come out of hibernation. For my first Autumn outfit post, I opted for a pink ensemble inspired by Parisian style and my style icon, Blair Waldorf. 

What's New In My Makeup Bag

Saturday, 22 September 2018

New in my makeup bag

| What's New In My Makeup Bag! |

During the Summer, I found myself stuck in a rut with my beauty routine so I decided to refresh my everyday makeup look and add a little magic back into my makeup bag with a few new treats. If you like a flawless, glowing complexion and low maintenance lip products then stay tuned for today's beauty roundup! 

10 Things I Want To Do This Autumn

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

10 Things I Want To Do This Autumn

| 10 Things I Want To Do This Autumn! |

The sunny season is drawing to a close and it's time to welcome the darker evenings, the golden leaves and the crisp Autumn weather. I've compiled my seasonal to-do list for the new season that's upon us so grab a cuppa and a biscuit because today's post is a cosy one!

New Beauty Launches You Need To Know About

Friday, 3 August 2018

New beauty launches Summer 2018

| New Beauty Launches You Need To Know About! |

#ChristmasInJuly season kicked off last month with a few brands showing sneak peeks of this year's Christmas product launches. However, as much as I'd love to talk about Christmas, it's even too early for me so let's chat about some of the new in beauty for Summer instead. Get comfy and grab a cuppa or maybe some ice cream if it's too hot and let's see what new beauty launches are hot off the press!

My Favourite Soap & Glory Products

Sunday, 22 July 2018

My favourite Soap & Glory products

| My Favourite Soap & Glory Products! |

I love a wide range of beauty brands but when it comes to bath and body products I'm loyal to just a handful of brands. My number one brand for all my bodycare needs is Soap & Glory as they have a great selection of products with fun packaging and amazing scents! For today's post, I want to round up my favourite products from the brand...

A Quick Morning Beauty Routine

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

quick morning beauty routine

| A Quick Morning Beauty Routine! |

Gone are the days when I used to sit at my vanity table for hours applying my makeup. In the last year or so I feel like I've finally curated my makeup routine and found a few looks that are quick and easy to achieve. For today's post, I wanted to round up my top products that are quick and effortless to use and will have you out the door in a flash.

Recent Empty Products

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

| Recent Empty Products! |

It's time for another empties post and I might've let my empties build up for a bit too long since my last post so grab a cuppa because we have lots of products to chat about today!

Beauty Picks For A Sunny Day

Friday, 6 July 2018

Beauty essentials for a sunny day

| Beauty Picks For A Sunny Day! |

It's been a good Summer so far in Ireland with blue skies, sunshine and heatwaves being a regular occurrence. I wasn't expecting these high temperatures and melting sun so I spent a few days in June getting my wardrobe and beauty stash properly equipped for this sizzling weather. Without further ado, here are five of my essentials for a hot Summer's day!

A New Brow Favourite

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Eylure Fleur De Force Brow Define Review

| A New Brow Favourite! |

June Beauty & Lifestyle Favourites

Monday, 2 July 2018

June Beauty & Lifestyle Favourites

| June Beauty & Lifestyle Favourites! |

June has been a lovely month filled with sunshine and sizzling temperatures! These recent lazy, hazy, crazy days of Summer required some heat-proof beauty essentials, some Summer reading material and some new Summery clothing items from the bargainous sales that kicked off during the month. Keep on reading to find out what beauty and lifestyle things I loved in June!

What I Bought From Glossier

Saturday, 16 June 2018

My first Glossier haul

| What I Bought From Glossier! |

Glossier has finally launched their Irish website so I'm now able to purchase the products I've been coveting for over a year! Yay! I'm sure you've all heard of the brand before but their approach to beauty is right up my street as they embrace dewy, healthy skin and minimal makeup. I was so excited to share what I bought with you but I haven't gotten a chance to try any of the products (except for one!) so this post will just be an initial 'what I bought' and I'll share my full thoughts on the products in a future post. 

A Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Menu For Summer

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Charlotte Tilbury summer makeup look

| A Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Menu For Summer! |

My Summer makeup routine follows a similar pattern every year: Minimal foundation, a glowing, radiant complexion, a bronzey cream eyeshadow and a nude lip. Recently, I've been using some new Charlotte Tilbury products to help me achieve my quick and easy, glowing, bronzed makeup look for Summer.

Four Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks To Try

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks

| Four Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks To Try! |

Lipsticks are one of my many weaknesses when it comes to makeup as I love having a variety of shades, finishes and formulas to choose from depending on the occasion. Charlotte Tilbury is one of my favourite brands for lipsticks not only for the luxurious, pretty packaging that looks beautiful perched on top of my vanity table but also for their incredible formulas and shade range. And that brings me on to today's blog post topic, four Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks you need to try!

Three Summer Outfits

Friday, 8 June 2018

Three Summer Outfits

| Three Summer Outfits! |

Last week I took a few days off from blogging and Instagram as I spent the week doing fun Summery things with my Mam, my sisters and my nieces. We went to a few nice places in Dublin and we also spent a night in the Killashee House Hotel in Naas where we treated ourselves to a little trip to their hydrotherapy pool - it was bliss! During the week, I took the opportunity to take a few photos of some of my favourite Summer outfits to share with you in today's post.

Beauty Products I've Discovered In 2018 So Far

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Mid-year beauty favourites 2018

| Beauty Products I've Discovered In 2018 So Far! |

Last year I wrote a post about my favourite beauty products I discovered in the first half of 2017 and seeing as the first half of 2018 is almost over, I thought I'd round up the beauty products I've discovered so far this year.

May Beauty & Lifestyle Favourites

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

May beauty & lifestyle favourites

| May Beauty & Lifestyle Favourites! |

We're approaching the halfway point of the year already and I don't need to tell you how quickly these past few months have whizzed by! May was a lovely month for me filled with some cosy self-care essentials as well as an exciting parcel from my favourite brand. Stay tuned to read about my May favourites...

Three New Haircare Favourites

Monday, 28 May 2018

| Three New Haircare Favourites! |

I've always been lazy with my haircare routine, as long as it was washed, brushed, a quick blast of the blow-dryer and maybe the odd hair mask then I was happy enough. However, recently I felt the urge to up my haircare game and I wanted to develop a proper styling routine, so I treated myself to some new haircare products from Umberto Giannini.

An Easy Statement Makeup Look

Saturday, 26 May 2018

| An Easy Statement Makeup Look! |

You all know by now that my favourite type of makeup looks are quick and easy ones. And seeing as it's the weekend I thought I'd share one of my favourite quick and easy statement makeup looks that's perfect for the weekend! 

1) The Base:
My hormonal acne usually flares up when my anxiety is bad and I'm currently suffering from the worst acne I've ever had *insert crying emoji* Normally I wear light to medium bases regardless of whether I have a breakout or not but for a look like this I prefer to wear a fuller coverage base. I opted for the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation as it feels lightweight on the skin but I can build up the coverage and it's one of the best foundations in my collection for smoothing over any texture from my acne.

2) The Complexion:
I always wear subtle bronzers and blushers because I think the 'barely-there' look suits me. I applied the Luminous Bronze Light Bronzer from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 Palette. This adds a subtle luminous bronzey glow to the skin and it's a great shade for fair skin.

Another complexion favourite that I used in this makeup routine was the Nars Luster Blush. The peachy apricot shade adds a subtle wash of colour and radiance to the cheeks.

My highlighter of choice was the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand and this has become my favourite highlighter in recent months. The product melts into the skin, providing a luminous dewy glow that looks natural and makes my complexion look healthy.

Kat Von D Hexagram review

3) The Eyes:
For my statement eyeshadow looks, I usually opt for sparkly and shimmery offerings and for this look I was inspired by one of Estée Lalonde's recent videos where Katie Jane Hughes did her makeup. In the video, she used a bronze cream eyeshadow all over the lid and applied a silver glittery shadow on the centre of the lid. To create my version of the look, I applied the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On And On Bronze all over the lid, followed by the Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Diamond Dust on the centre of the lids. And lastly, I used a little bit of Mac Cork eyeshadow in the outer corners because I felt that the Maybelline eyeshadow needed a matte shadow to help blend it out a bit better. 

4) The Lips:
The easiest way to add a statement to any makeup look is by adding a bright, colourful lipstick shade and I opted for a new favourite, Kat Von D Studded Kiss Creme Lipstick in Hexagram*. The rich red hue complements the silver glitter and whilst the formula of the lipstick is matte, it still feels comfortable on the lips, it applies smoothly, without tugging the lips and it doesn't transfer as much as some of my other coloured lipsticks.

What are your favourite products for creating a quick and easy statement makeup look?

Cliona xx

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How To Style Your Dressing Table For Each Season

Thursday, 24 May 2018

how to style your dressing table for each season

| How To Style Your Dressing Table For Each Season! |

My vanity table is the focal point of my bedroom and I love rearranging the setup every now and then to give it a refresh. It's quite a plain dressing table so one of my favourite things to do to spruce it up is to style it for each season, and for today's post, I want to share my top tips for dressing your vanity table seasonally.

I buy all of my garlands and flowers for the table in Meadows & Byrne but I'm sure there's similar stuff available in other homeware shops like Home Sense etc. Spring and Summer are similar seasons in terms of flowers and bright colours, and it's a lot harder to discern them from each other so I decided to keep the same setup for both seasons. As well as the statement flowers and sparkly garlands, I also like to add practical things to my table such as makeup brushes and I also like to display some of my products in little pots because I like the 'lived in / organised mess' vibes.

How to style your dressing table for each season

  1. Florals Everywhere: For the Spring/ Summer seasons I wanted my table to resemble a Spring orchard, filled to the brim with delicate cherry blossoms and soft pink hues. To achieve this I displayed some faux cherry blossoms dangling down in front of the mirror and I also placed a long stem of pink flowers on the side of my vanity too.
  2.  Summer-themed Beauty Products: This tip applies to Autumn and Winter too but a simple way to refresh your vanity for the Summer would be to add any summer-themed products like floral perfumes, any citrus scented products or any limited edition summer collections you have in your beauty collection like Zoella's Jelly & Gelato range from last year or the Tom Ford Soleil or Clarins Summer ranges they release  every year for example. 
How to style your dressing table for each season

  1. Rich Autumnal Hues: My goal in Autumn is for my dressing table to be emblazoned in quintessential hues traditionally associated with Autumn. Think blood reds, rich burgundies, rust /coppers and even oranges or yellows.
  2. Candles: Adding Autumnal candles, preferably ones that have a red, purple or burgundy coloured wax like the Yankee Candle Cinamon Stick or Home Sweet Home candles. I had the 'Autumn' candle from Bath & Body Works which has a copper lid with a leaf engraved on it so it was perfect. 
  3. Fairy Lights or Garlands: Fairy lights and autumnal garlands can be found in abundance, scattered around shops, cafes /restaurants etc. during Autumn time so I like to incorporate that into my dressing table as soon as Autumn arrives. For last year's setup I had copper fairy lights draped along the mirror but this year I think I'll hunt down an Autumn garland for the mirror instead. 
How to style your dressing table for each season
How to style your dressing table for each season

  1. Add SparkleI wanted something extravagant and sparkly for Winter and Christmastime, and I think I managed to achieve a setup that looked festive but that also worked in January and February too to brighten up the dreariest months of the year by adding the sparkly garland, the big feather and leaf decoration.
  2. Pinecones: Pinecones are great props for a vanity table for both the Autumn and Winter months as they're usually associated with the chilly seasons of the year. My pinecones have gold spray paint on them too, making them even more festive for Christmas.
  3. Gold: Adding gold trinkets to your vanity will instantly give it a Christmassy vibe, especially if you use baubles, snowflakes etc. 
  4. Christmassy Details: What set my Winter setup vs my Christmas setup apart was the little additions of Christmas decorations. For example, I filled my little bowl with gold baubles at Christmas but in January I replaced them with some beauty products. I also had some Christmas Yankee Candles on the table and one of those candles was sitting on top of a gold snowflake. 
Which seasonal setup is your favourite?

Cliona xx

My Current Bodycare Routine

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

New Beauty Launches You Need To Know About

Sunday, 20 May 2018

New beauty launches

| New Beauty Launches You Need To Know About! |

It's that time again where I trawl through the overwhelming 'new in' sections of the best beauty websites such as Cult Beauty, Brown Thomas, Debenhams and Space NK. The beauty industry is abuzz with the abundance of new releases popping up on the market at the moment and I've selected my top picks of the bunch to round up in today's blog post.

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