Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tag | Sweater Weather

1. Favourite candle scent? ❤ I don't have a favourite Autumn scent yet, but I'll be getting a cinnamon or Christmas one soon.
2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? 
❤ You can never go wrong with tea, but hot chocolate is definitely the best drink during the cold months. Don't forget the mini marshmallows...mmm!
3. What's the best Autumn/fall memory you have? 
❤ I think it was the Halloween night where I went trick 'r treating with most of my brothers, and we came back with almost €100 and LOADS of sweeties. Brilliant!
4. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner? 
❤ I think the dark lips look for Autumn/fall is beautiful with neutral eyes. 
5. What do you want to be for Halloween? 
❤ I'm not dressing up this year as I'm not a huge fan of Halloween anymore. For a fancy dress after my mum's birthday party, I was a dead schoolgirl!
6. Favourite Thanksgiving food? 
❤ We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in Ireland, but I will say, I do think turkey is okay!
7. Hats or Scarves? 
❤ Scarves definitely! Although, I'll need both if our weather doesn't change soon!
8. Most worn sweater? 
❤ I think it might be my pretty grey one that has little sequins on it.
9. Favourite Autumn/fall nail polish? 
❤ ELF's Cranberry or Blues Brother Vol II, by Catrice. Anything dark colours are pretty for Autumn.
10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles? ❤ Leaf piles!!!
11. Skinny jeans or leggings?  Leggings or jeggings. They're so much more comfortable than 'stiff' jeans. And who likes putting on jeans on cold mornings? *shudder*
12. Combat boots or Uggs? 
❤ Again, Uggs are amazing in cold weather, but boots are cute too.
13. What's your #1 favourite thing about Autumn/fall? 
❤ I think the thing I like most is the fact that it's sweater weather, time for cuddles, toasty fires, candles and hot chocolate.


I tag you! Happy Halloween! 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

2013 | What's In My Bag?

I was tagged by the lovely Heather to do the 'What's In My Bag' tag. I've done this a few times, but this is just an updated one (even though I don't think it has changed much!) I love reading/watching these tags to see what everyone else carries around.

My bag itself is from Dunnes Stores and was a gift from my fiancé. I picked the bag out. If I let him pick one out, I'd LOVE to see what he'd come back with ;) This bag is faux leather, and cost €25 and I think it's an absolute steal at that price. I love it so much, it's probably my favourite bag I've ever owned. It came with a long handle/strap too, but I prefer it without it.


And...


 ...this is the junk I carry around in my bag!

❤  purse 
❤ passport
❤ scarf (I love scarves!)
❤ sunglasses
❤ mirror
❤ 2 body sprays
❤ anti-perspirant
❤ hair clip
❤ phone
❤ spare contact lenses
❤ pearl earrings
❤ bobby pins
❤ blotting tissue
❤ bracelet
❤ 3 pens (THREE. Why?!)
❤ chewing gum
❤ lip-liner
Solpadeine
❤ 7 lipsticks...seriously?
❤ 2 lipbalms
❤ mini Anais Anais Cacharel perfume

I usually have a small bottle of water too, even though it can really weigh down my bag! 

***

What's in YOUR bag?


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Currently


reading: the gorgeous Zoe's blog!
writing: this post.
listening to: I Won't Give Up, by Jason Mraz
thinking: that I should really get back to sorting out my clothes. Procrastination at it's best!
smelling: my orange juice when I literally just took a sip. Yummy!
wishing: for nice weather when we drive to see my family this week.
hoping: see 'wishing'!
wearing: pjs. Sunday evenings are made for chilling
loving: my cosy feet-warmer!
wanting: to put up my Christmas tree. Yes, I'm one of THOSE people!
needing to: sort out the rest of my clothes (but X-Factor is about to start)
feeling: excited for Friday!
clicking: the keyboard letters.

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Makeup Tag

1. Do you apply your foundation with a brush, sponge, or fingers?
I find my eBay Beauty Blender is the best for applying liquid, and a fluffy kabuki brush for powder.
2. Do you apply your eyeshadow from light to dark? or dark to light?
Light to dark, I find it so much easier.
3. Do you prime your eyes?
Only if I'm applying eyeshadow, then of course, I always do.
4. Concealer first, or after foundation?
Foundation first, then concealer. I do this because, sometimes, my foundation will cover small blemishes without the need for concealer. I still conceal my dark circles though.
5. Go for manicures, or manicure yourself?
Do it myself! I wouldn't waste money getting them done professionally when I'm capable of doing them myself.
6. Exfoliate lips, face or both?
Both! Not with the same product though.
7. On average, how long does it take you to do your makeup?
Depends how long I have to get ready. I'm able to be makeup-presentable in 10 or 15 minutes, but if I had an hour, I could use the whole hour. For nights out, I give myself a few hours.
8. Do you wear makeup everyday and everywhere?
Not at all. I feel comfortable without makeup, but much more confident with makeup.
9. What release are you most excited about? (makeup)
Honestly, I don't buy the latest 'releases', I buy what I want, when I need it. However, if Benefit bring out another mascara like 'They're Real', I'll be all over it!
10. What’s your weakness? Shoes, purses, clothes, jewellery, eyeshadow, lipstick or other?
Clothes- a good pair of jeans!
11. Do you whiten your teeth?
I just use whitening toothpaste at the moment, but I'd like to try Crest strips sometime! I've tried this set where you put this gel into a mould that go on your teeth, then you have a blue light that you put over the top. It goes something like that. It didn't work!!
12. Wax eyebrows, or pluck?
I pluck them, it's just quicker and easier. Sometimes I wax them though, just rarely.
13. What do you use to contour?
I don't contour all the time, but when I do, I use an ELF bronzer.
14. False lashes, or natural?
Natural, but I do love falsies when I can be bothered to put them on.
15. Favourite makeup brand?
If I had to pick one...Rimmel!
16. Liquid eyeliner, pencil or gel?
The pencil I use is actually a gel liner, and it's amazing for the upper lashline and waterline. I love using liquid liner on the upper lashline too for winged liner.
17. Lipstick, lipgloss or chapstick?
I'm not a huge fan of lipgloss, but I do love lipstick. Obviously if I have dry lips, I'll go for chapstick. For everyday, I like to wear lipstick.
18. Pigments, pressed or cream eyeshadow?
Pressed. When I first got into makeup, I loved cream ones!
19. If you had to wear only one thing, excluding foundation; what would it be?
Concealer for my dark circles! Or mascara...hmm
20. Favourite colour?
For eyes, I love a neutral smoky eye, so browns. For lips, I think a nice pretty pink or nude is cute.
21. Favourite colour combination?
I can't choose between a dark smoky eye and nude lips, or a neutral smoky eye with pink or red lips.
22. Natural? or Dramatic? (eye makeup)
I wear quite natural eye makeup for my everyday look, but I do love a nice dramatic eye for nights out.
23. Do you care more for quality or name brand?
Quality, definitely. Why spend loads on a MAC product, when something from Rimmel does exactly the same?
24. Do you enjoy using face masks? If so, which ones?
I love them! I actually LOVE peel-off masks, and my favourite has to be one by Montagne Jeunesse, or my one by Avon
25. What is your current addiction? (example: lipsticks, eyeshadows, earrings..)
Foundation, I think. A nice, flawless complexion is brilliant.

❤ I tag YOU! 

Review | Rimmel 'Kate Moss' Lipstick - 113


I already have four lipsticks from the Kate Moss line, and I must say, I love them - reviews: 16, 101107 & 110. I'm a huge nude lipstick lover (I think I have 6), so you can imagine my excitement when I came across this beautiful lipstick on offer in my local pharmacy for just €2.50. I may or may not have squealed "quietly" to myself, even if an old man in the place thought I was possessed by some crazed lipstick-demon. I wanted to call him over and tell him to try the lipstick, but I don't think that would have worked out. He'll never understand. 


113 is a beautiful very light brown nude shade - perfect for teaming with a dark smoky eye, for a sexy, sultry look. It has a beautiful sheen to it, so it's not too glossy or matte. It doesn't make my lips dry out, but this could be because I always apply lip balm about 10 minutes before applying the lipstick. I think that's vital coming up to Winter anyway. The lipstick is quite sheer, so I tried it over 'Pink Blush', from the regular Rimmel makeup line.

The lipstick on it's own (I'm not sure what's up with this picture, it looks really dirty or something. I've tried to upload it THREE times and it's still the same!)

WITH 'Pink Blush' underneath (yay for normal pictures!)

I'm not sure if I'll purchase another one, but if it's still on offer when I'm in the pharmacy again, I'll pick it up. I love plum, berry and rusty-coloured eye looks around this time of year, so I think this lipstick would complement them perfectly.



Definitely recommended, it's such a perfect colour! Well done, Kate! (and Rimmel)

Tag | Common White Girl

 1. Favorite Starbucks drink?
I've never actually had Starbucks. I don't there's even one in my city.
2. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
It can take from ten minutes to an hour. It depends how much time I actually have to get ready. although, if I'm going out, I give myself a couple of hours and I use them wisely!
3. How many selfies do you take on a daily basis?
I take them everyday, but a couple of times a week. If I'm feeling really pretty, I go all out and take quite a few!
 4. How many IG followers and pics do you have?
I currently have 355 followers and, wait for it... 1367 photos. Eek!
5. Do you ever say “LOL” or “OMG” out loud?
Every so often as a joke, but it's usually sarcastic, haha.
6. Do you wear the same clothing item more than once?
Of course. It would be a waste not to!
7. Are you racist?
Not at all.
8. How many tweets do you have?
25,943. Good grief! In saying that though, I've been on twitter about five years, and I went through a few phases of being obsessed with it!
9. Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr?
Instagram anyday!
10. What do you spend most of your time doing?
Cleaning my house, watching YouTube videos.
11. Who are your favorite YouTubers?
I have loads! RhaeaEstelle, Shaaanxo, laurenbeautyy, hailedabear, leflooftv, jlovesmac1, zoella280390...and there's more!

12. How often do you do your nails?

Every 3-4 days usually.
13. Are you a shopaholic?
Definitely, and not proud of it!

14. How many times have you watched Mean Girls?
Honestly, probably 20. I still love it...your mom's chest hair, that is! Haha
15. Do you own a lot of clothes?
Too much, but I'm slowly sorting it all out.
16. Do you take pictures of your food before you eat it?
Sometimes, especially if I'm out for dinner.

17. Do you wear makeup everyday?
Not everyday, but I'm going to start trying to because I have so much to use!
18. What are your average grades in school?
Bs I think.
19. How do you usually style your hair?
Comb it through after the shower, blowdry it and I'm good to go! It usually goes into a nice little wave, and I love it. I rarely use straighteners/curlers on my hair anymore.
20. Do you always look presentable?

If I'm going somewhere nice, I'll make the effort, but obviously not if I'm lounging around at home!



Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Ins & Outs

❤ INS 

Autumn & sweater weather
I like the sun, I don't love it. So I'm happy to have Autumn weather back. Dry days with a bit of a sun, and a little breeze. I don't ask for much, do I? I'm LOVING sweater weather. Cooler days means we can break out the jumpers for a cosy feel and cute look.

Reading
There's nothing quite like snuggling down into a comfortable bed or sofa with a good book, a cup of tea and a little snack...bliss!

Hearing people's good news
I love when people have good news for me, I get excited with them and share in their joy. It's very heartwarming, and I also love sharing my good news with people.

GTA V
I can't help it. I love Grand Theft Auto, always have, always will. There are few things I like more than stealing a beautiful car, and driving around. Like a maniac, I might add. Thank God it's just a game, right?

Cats
My two cheer me up all the time, just stroll over and sit in my lap for snuggles. And...we brought a stray kitty to an animal resource place the other day. They'll neuter her and find her a new home. Second cat we've saved this year, yay!

Tea
Tea is good at any time of the day/year. Mmm!


❤ OUTS 

Spiders
Seriously, will they ever just...go? I hate them with a passion. They're so sly and they run across the room and scare me!

Staining a top you love
I stained one of my favourite blue t-shirts recently with hair dye. It's only a 'lounging around the house' t-shirt but I love it.

Awful customer service
Littlewoods, Vodafone...argh, they make me want to pull my hair out.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Tag | Our Relationship

 I was tagged by the lovely Heather to do the 'Our Relationship' tag. Basically, I have to answer some questions about my relationship with my fiancé. Afterwards, I will tag a couple of other ladies who have a boyfriend/fiancé/husband, to do this tag. Here we go...


1. How old is your fiancé? He has just turned 28!

2. When is the monthsary? It's on the 28th of every month.

3. Do you guys fight? Are you happy with him? Of course we fight, most couples do. I think it's healthy because you're laying our true feelings and thoughts out there. We're both different people and we agree and disagree on different things. We always make up after a fight or argument, because we love each other too much to let something silly break us up.

4. Do you live together? Do your parents know? We do live together, have done for around five or six years now. Honestly, I'd be a bit worried if my parents didn't know! Of course they do.

5. Where do you live/where are you from? The first time we lived together, it was in the city. We're now living in a small town in West Cork.

6. How long have you been together? Seven years this month...ah!!

7. What do people say about you guys? A few times, we've heard 'I didn't think it would last this long!' (not sure whether to take that as a compliment or not!). We've also heard 'cutest couple ever'. And probably the best, which was 'you're perfect for each other, you belong together'.

8. Are you planning on having children together? We are currently trying to conceive, so fingers crossed for some good news soon! 



I tag:

 Charlotte - Confessions of a Small Town Girl (congratulations on being a newlywed! 
 Emma-Louise - Fallen Angel to Yummy Mummy
 Amanda - Amanda's Blog
 Bex - Futures


Sunday, October 06, 2013

Currently


reading: a pregnancy forum! Even though I'm not pregnant yet...
writing: this blogpost!
listening to: my fiancé playing GTA V.
thinking: about starting a ttc (trying to conceive) blog, but I'm really not sure.
smelling: my freshly washed hair. Mmm, Aussie three-minute miracle.
wishing: I had McDonald's right now!
hoping: to be baking a little bun in the oven soon!
wearing: jeans and an off the shoulder top.
loving: autumn!
wanting: see 'hoping'!
needing to: make dinner.
feeling: excited that I'm going to see my family soon!
clicking: the keyboard letters

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Tag | Everyday Life

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight? -- It's kind of wavy, but much more straight than curly.
2. What is your natural hair color? -- Mousey brown.
3. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon? -- Myself... I'll never pay to get my hair dyed! Bleached, but not dyed.
4. How often do you wash your hair? -- Every other day. I have to because it gets greasy quite quickly.
5. Do you wear the same style every day or change it? -- Usually the same most days.
6. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon? -- Again, I'll never pay to get my nails done! I love nail polish and nail art myself, so I do my own.
7. How often to you change your nail polish? -- Every 3-4 days.
8. Do you polish your toes in the winter, too or just in the summer? -- All year round. I don't like having my nails not painted.
9. How long does it take to put on your makeup? -- I can be ready in 10 minutes if I need to, but I can take an hour, depending on where I'm going and how long I have to get ready!
10. What do you do first? Face or eyes? -- Depends. Usually face, but I'll do my eyes first if I'll be wearing dark eyeshadows. I HATE fall-out.
11. Do you "collect" makeup or just buy what you need when you need it? -- Oh god, I was such a hoarder, but I've gotten much better!
12. How often do you wear false eyelashes? -- Rarely. Sometimes for a night out or a little mini photoshoot with myself.
13. Do you do a full face of makeup every day? -- no way!
14. Do you wear makeup when you are home alone (or with family)? -- Sometimes, but I don't feel the need to. It's only to make myself feel better.
15. Will you leave the house without makeup? -- All the time!
16. How many HG products do you have? -- I think maybe 4 or 5.
17. How often do you wash your makeup brushes? -- Once a week, even if I only wear makeup once that week. They're actually due to be washed tonight :) if I use them for 2-3 days in a row, I'll spot clean in the meantime.
18. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you are getting dressed? -- Usually the night before, especially if I'm going somewhere. 
19. How often do you change your handbag? -- Not very often, only if I really need a change.
20. What time do you get up & go to sleep? -- I try to get up around 9.30/10.00, and I go to bed at ridiculous hours, like 1 or 2 am.
21. How often & when do you workout? -- Not very often anymore unfortunately, but I keep telling myself I'll get back into it.
22. Left-handed or Right-handed? -- Right!
23. How tall are you? -- Around 5'1 or 5'2.
24. Do you speak a foreign language? -- Nope.
25. How many pets do you have? -- Two cats; Prince and Jess.
26. How often do you clean your house? -- I give it a good clean weekly, but I clean everyday.
27. What is your favorite color? -- Pastel pink!
28. What is your favorite beauty/fashion magazine? -- I don't read them very often, but I think Glamour is good.
29. Do you swear? -- Too much!

Review | Rimmel 'ScandalEyes Retro Glam' Mascara


 I bought this mascara about a month ago - I have been meaning to review it as I haven't blogged in over two months (sorry!). Obviously the review didn't happen then, so here we are. I've loved the other ScandalEyes mascaras from Rimmel, and when I bought this one, it was the introductory price of around €4.95. RRP is around €6.95.

I love the brush - it's an '8' shape, and the small end means it's easy to wiggle to the tiny lashes in the corners. Before applying the mascara, I curl my lashes. I apply 1-2 coats of the mascara, and it never gets clumpy for me. It lengthens my lashes, and I find it lasts all day. I had no flaking or smudging, which was amazing. I hate getting home from a long day to find that my mascara has flaked onto my cheeks, but that didn't happen with this. I love how black the mascara is too, it can be made dramatic if needed with loads of coats. The drying time is very good; it doesn't take too long, which is great because you don't find yourself sitting there with your eyes half-open/half-closed waiting for them to dry...

...or is that just me?

I would definitely recommend this mascara, it's so worth the price (about €6.95). I will repurchase when I run out, because it's one of the best mascaras I've tried so far.

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