Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Review: No7 Stay Perfect Foundation

A little while ago I said I was going to do a proper review on my new foundation, so here it is :)

For ages I was wearing a foundation that I did not like, it was just too orange and thick for my skin tone even though I bought the lightest shade available.

Anyway, I had heard good things about "No7 Stay Perfect" and saw a girl wearing it who was just as pale as I am. She was wearing the shade "calico".

My mum ended up treating me to this, it cost her just under nineteen euro, in Boots (obvs). I have to say it is just as good as the Avon foundation I used to get which I also looooved, until they stopped doing Avon products in Ireland.

Calico is the lightest shade and it looks so natural but still covers flaws (not that any of you lovely ladies have any flaws to cover!), it applies so nicely and doesn't feel thick and heavy like my previous foundation did.

It's perfect for everyday use if you like a subtle daytime foundation rather than a caked look. It also doesn't dry out your skin or make it all flakey, which can be an issue with my skin.

So glad my mum bought me this, I have finally found a reliable and lovable foundation again! That puts my mind at ease, yay for No7!


Sunday, 26 April 2015

Rant Of The Week: People

The main thing that has annoyed me this week was people. I'm not even going to get started on Jamelias comments on Loose Women, I will never sing Superstar on SingStar again..
The other person that annoyed me this week was some random old lady I met as I was getting on the bus. We were both queuing and as I got on first she turned to her husband and said "I'm trying to get on but this girl thinks it's perfectly okay for HER to skip the queue." Skip the queue? The mass of 3 people all beside each other you mean? You'd swear she was Kate Middleton in labour and I was fighting her for the Lindo wing. Anyway, I turned around and faced her and told her I was already in the queue before her...of course all she did was stare at the ground while her husband was all "oh we know you were, we know." Lad you might want to do something about that wife of yours, she's a feisty one. Not surprisingly, they got a seat (the bus was empty) and I could hear her bitching about me at the back while I was casually eating my raspberries and still having heart failure about standing up to her. The city life would toughen you up alright! Who am I? 

Friday, 24 April 2015

Interview with Alfie from Hudson Taylor

I am delighted to announce that a few days ago I was lucky enough to see Hudson Taylor in Dublin. For anyone who doesn't know who Hudson Taylor are, (of course you do though) they are Irish brothers, Harry and Alfie. Their debut album is called Singing for Strangers.
I approached Alfie and asked him if I could do a short interview with him for my blog and he was kind enough to agree.
Here is my interview with Alfie :)

Q: What inspired you to get into music? Have you always had the interest?
A: No not always, myself and Harry started playing music when I was 15 and Harry was 16. He had been playing music his whole life. I suppose what inspired us to do it full-time was just the enjoyment of it all, we enjoyed playing together and we really enjoyed writing songs and stuff like that, so that's just kinda what kept us going really.

Q: Are you really close? Or would you have your days where you kill each other like a normal sibling relationship?
A: We're really close. We feel so lucky to get along so well. We work really well together, we're best mates, like we're never alone in a situation, we're in the exact same boat. So, when it comes to working out a problem or anything like that, we're two people doing the exact same thing, rather than a solo act. We haven't killed each other in a long time, sometimes we bicker about food but that's only who gets the last crisp or something, you know.

Q: If you could go back, is there anything you would do differently?
A: Ah plenty of things but, no regrets. A lot of things just happen for a reason sometimes and it's all part of the journey, part of the, I dunno, the surprise of it all I suppose. It's all done now.

Q: How did you become so well known?
A: A collection of things. We started putting stuff up on YouTube, started doing a lot of busking, promoting ourselves on our own, signs when we were busking, all sorts of things. Just writing as many songs as possible and doing as many gigs as possible.


Oh, we love these guys! Check out their album Singing For Strangers :)

Monday, 20 April 2015

Rant Of The Week: Time To Move On From Hair Dye In Schools Being Frowned Upon?

When I was in school, many things annoyed me, but nothing annoyed me more than not being allowed to have the freedom to dye my hair. What does one do if they're the Kylie Jenner of the family but are told that's not okay and have to be Kendall? As over dramatic as it may sound to other people, that was not okay for me. I didn't want to be Kendall.

I remember being told I needed to dye my hair back a "normal" colour for the fear of what people would think of me if I walked into town in my school uniform. I was also told I would not be able to work in a bank if I had dyed hair. Lads, I'm too afraid to even ask for anything in a bank never mind work in one. That just isn't me.

While students were encouraged to practice sport and music, other interests were not seen as important enough to some people. I was never sporty, and I don't have a single note in my head. My mum went to my Pe parent-teaching meeting, said my name and he just laughed. THAT IS NO WORD OF A LIE. I was awful, I had fake sick notes coming out of my ears. I used to dread that class.

Despite all this, I always had a love for fashion and my own personal style. I could spend days on end just choosing outfits and deciding how to accessorise them. I would let classes pass by dreaming about what I'm going to wear the weekend.

In today's world, why is this not recognised? With the influence of fashion and celebrities in peoples lives today, why can't we express it? Why is this not seen as important as sport or music? If it's your passion and you want to spend your life doing it, you shouldn't be stopped during an important growing stage of your life.

You won't look silly in town, the only silly thing is that stereotyping.

You can wear your school uniform while sporting every colour under the sun and still make people proud of you. Life would be so boring if we were all the same.

The reason I am saying this is because I am dying my hair the weekend and I cannot waaait. Granny hair perhaps?


Sunday, 19 April 2015

Home Is Where The Heart Is

This blog post is a bit out of the blue, but I felt it was appropriate for this chapter of my life.

I have always been a home bird, even when I was younger I used to hate the thought of even going on sleepovers (with the gossip and junk food obsessed lady I am, that's weird I know). I don't know what it is, I just always felt a sense of insecurity and upset when I was away from home. 

When I used to hear the phrase "home is where the heart is" I always used to think that meant home was home. My house, my bed, my family, everything physical belonging to me in the security blanket that I grew up in. 

However, as I am getting older, I have a whole new perspective on the phrase. Yes, I still think home is where the heart is, yes I am still a home bird at heart, and yes I still get homesick. But, as cheesy as it sounds, what if your heart isn't just in one place, but spread around many places? 

What if your heart is longing to spend a whole day in Starbucks writing while the world goes by? What if your heart is dreaming of starting a new adventure in Australia? What if your heart is simply lying in bed on a Sunday with your boyfriend watching your favourite tv show together? Then you are lucky enough to know home is where the heart is but your heart is desperate for adventure. 

Of course my house will always be my home, but we need to be brave enough and build many homes with new people and new experiences. Your home will always be there, but you won't be. So make the most of your life and don't let fear hold you back. 

"A ship is safe in harbour, but that is not what a ship was built for." - William H Shedd. 


Sunday, 12 April 2015

Rant Of The Week: 5 beauty blunders that need to stop

Now I know I'm no Mila Kunis but seriously, what is happening to natural good looks? I hadn't seen my boyfriend for a week and in that time I bought a lighter, more natural foundation and the first thing he said to me when we were reunited was "You don't have any makeup on do you? Did you always look like that?" Alright babes I don't sweat Estée Lauder double wear.

I love my makeup and fashion but there's some things that we just need to take a step back from...

1. Contouring gone wrong
Contouring started as a great trend but now its just gotten to the stage where girls are completely unrecognisable. You don't even look feminine anymore, are you trying to be Kim or Kanye?



2. Eyebrows
You're naturally blonde, those jet black caterpillars aren't fooling anybody.



3. Double boob
When girls wear bras that are too small for them to try and push their boobs up to their chin and they end up with that freaky fat spilling double boob thing. "I'm a D I swear" start blooding buying that size to control them then! Why are they looking at me...



4. When girls can't walk in heels
Okay I am completely guilty of this too, but its such a shame. Killer bod, outfit on point, but shes strutting her stuff like a newborn deer after 4 shots of tequila.



5. The Ross Geller teeth with the Ross Geller tan
When girls have so much tan on that it causes their teeth to become illuminous and light up the dancefloor. Some serious electricity saver I'm tellin ya.



Please god don't let me have a daughter until Kim K and Geordie Shore have long gone out of fashion,,,

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Beauty on a budget: Plumping powder- €22 vs €4

As a huge SoSueMe fan I'm always keeping up with her posts and envy her gorgeous hair :) I saw one today about how she uses Kevin.Murphy powder puff volumising powder for adding volume to her hair since she has had it cut. It costs €22 and looks like a fab product!

However, if you're like me and need beauty on a budget I would highly recommend my favourite hair product, Batiste plumping powder :) it only costs €4 and is available in Penneys. I can't live without it and it does exactly what the €22 one does :) I always go on about this product because I cannot stress enough how good it is. 

"Thanks hun, Penneys!" 


Saturday, 4 April 2015

Rant Of The Week: Why Don't I Have Granny Hair?

Guys, there is no love story more beautiful than that of my hair and I, so needless to say, I am too excited about the latest trend to take over heads worldwide: Granny Hair.

 I think it is such a gorgeous look and am devastated that I just have balayage in my hair (that is sooo 2014). Very tempted to persuade my hairdresser, my mum Nicky to let me dye my hair grey. Unfortunately, I can't carry around the Valencia filter with me on a daily basis so don't know if I would quite look like those grey haired beauties on Instagram, but worth a try, right? 

Why is this only becoming a thing now? Is it bad that I'm praying I'll naturally start turning grey soon? Will I have to wait until I'm sixty to be a part of the granny hair trend? Will my grandchildren even let me Instagram selfies at that age? #instanan
Yeah, it isn't looking likely, but then again neither are the chances of anyone actually wanting to marry and have children with me..ah here, the stress of thinking about all this would nearly cause my hair to turn grey by itself!

Move over Kylie Jenner blue, I'm all about that grey! Stressful thoughts or bleach and ash toner welcome xx 



Friday, 3 April 2015

Powder, Thongs And Perfect Shopping

Hey guys!

I went up to Dublin this week for a few days so decided to share with you some of the things that I bought. I only spent around 30 euro altogether on shopping and was delighted.

have been wanting to try the Cinderella Essence range out and finally bought something! I chose the Highlighter Powder because it looked so lovely and shimmery. I was right, at less than five euro you can't go wrong. Mac who? 


I couldn't resist these Looney Tunes thongs in Penneys. They were €3.50 for a pack of 3 and look how cute they are! 
I also bought several strap tops in Penneys because they always seem to go missing from my wardrobe. They were all reduced to €1.90. 


I found the coolest crop top EVER in Forever 21. I'm a huge Disney fan and have so much princess stuff, it's very rare that you see stuff dedicated to the Disney villains. So how could I possibly leave this? It was an absolute steal, only €12.50 :) 


Hope you enjoyed this, happy shopping! Xx