Today I had to go into my university to pick up a couple of books from the library and to get my student leap card (I would recommend them to any student in Dublin). On my way home, I popped into Easons as I needed notebooks for this years lectures. I had decided to not buy much stationary this year as a few pens is all I need.
However when I walked into the store and saw that all the back to school pen sets were half price, that minimalist plan leaped out of the store. I went a tiny bit crazy and bought a lot of pretty pens. So I said to myself, why not write a post on it for my University series? This is my second post for this series and I’m so excited to share with all of you what I bought!!!
One of the most important thing that I bought was a five set of A5 refill pads for €5.99. I probably could have gone for the better quality paper but I feel at the end of the day, paper is paper. Why pay 8.99 for three expensive refill pads when I can get five for cheaper? I also bought a three set A5 of hardback copies as seen in the above picture. I really like using these A5 sized copies for taking notes during lectures as their small size makes them easy to transport between lectures.
Now onto the more interesting items- pretty coloured pens! Scroll on down to see what pens I bought!!
Did anyone else buy nice stationary recently? Let me know in the comments!!
The other day, I arrived home from London. I was only there for four days and three nights but it was an amazing holiday. I honestly wish I was still there. I’m a huge city girl, and I loved the buzz that I felt around London. Ever since I first visited London when I was thirteen, I have loved the city. My family decided to visit because I just finished my exams so it was a bit of a treat for me. It’s kind of bitter sweet, thinking about the holiday now because it flew by so quickly, and I already wish to go back. I decided to make some posts about what I did while I was there.
Day one of my London trip began at 3.a.m. in the morning. Despite the early hour, I felt wide awake and fully prepared to take on the day. The excitement from the fact that I was going on holiday gave me all the energy that I needed. The only drawback was security. For some reason, going through security machines in both the airport or shops always makes me extremely nervous. I don’t know why as I have never stolen anything nor do I own dangerous items. I brought no liquids with me on my carry on to be completely safe. I also made sure not to wear any metal on my person. Once through security, it was maybe 4.30.a.m. We had gotten through the check-in part of the terminal very quickly and security was also very quick to get through. I then headed with my family to get some breakfast which was stressful. Anyone who has been in terminal 2 of Dublin airport will know that the layout is terrible in the food court – especially when it’s busy. It’s long and narrow making it hard to actually access some of the food. Much to our dismay, by the time we got through the long queue, our food was cold. By the time we were finished, it was 5.30 a.m. and suddenly, our flight was having it’s final boarding.
We had to rush to the place where our plane was taking off from and finally got on. It was odd that we boarded so early. Then it actually took about 45 minutes to lift off. At 6.30, we had arrived in Gatwick airport. I soon learnt the hard way why packing light is vital when travelling. We got a train to London Bridge train station. There I had my first black taxi experience. I don’t know how Londoners feel about them, but I am obsessed with the traditional London taxi’s. Irish Taxi’s are just normal cars and really boring at the best of times! We were staying near Borough Market- although we never actually had time to visit the market place itself- in the Borough area. We went and had a proper English breakfast in a lovely, authentic breakfast cafe, called Terry’s Cafe. The food there was actually the nicest food I’ve had in a while, but it was really the decorations that I loved the most. From old pictures of London to wireless radios and old boxing gloves, I felt like I had traveled into the past while I was eating Brunch.
After eating the best breakfast of my life, I headed to the Imperial War Museum, which was amazing. For a free tourist attraction, it had a lot of exhibitions. It had old war tanks and old world war 2 uniforms. From Bomber jets to Victoria Cross medalists, the museum told the story of different people who lived during different wars, both in the past and more recently. They had exhibitions on life for a London family during the Second world war, which I loved. It’s one thing to know the facts about the war, it’s a different thing to discover the way it effected the people who lived during the history we casually learn in school. I then got an ice cream while my sister bought about ten key rings from the gift shop.
It wasn’t until two o’clock did we get to check into our apartment that we were staying at. I was exhausted at this stage, and the thought of going anywhere else was looking very doubtful. However, later on in the evening, we boarded a bus – which was exciting because it was the first time I had ever been on a red bus which is such an icon for London in the eyes of a foreigner. Getting the bus to Kings Cross station, I achieved what every child dreams of- going to Platform 9 and three quarters! I lined up for about an hour but it was so worth it. My sister and I donned the red and gold Gryfindor scarves and got our photo taken. I nearly went for a Slytherin scarf to annoy the attendant who had a clear disdain for the house. Once I had purchased my picture, I bought some house pencil and a box of Berty Botts sweets.
My first day in London was long yet amazing. Looking back on it, I wish I could be in a time-loop and do it all over again! But there is no stopping time. I love family holidays because I love getting to spend time with my parents and my two little sisters.
To me, a makeup look is never complete without a touch of lipstick. Lipstick is the soul of makeup and can turn a frown upside down. Makeup has always been a great way for me to express myself and show another artistic part of me that may not be shown otherwise. When it comes to lipsticks, I have very little nude shades. All of my lipsticks are either bright in your face reds, or cool purples, or bright pinks. So when my parents asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I decided to research the best nude lipstick for my skin tone. I have a cool skin tone and I’m very pale, so I had to find the correct colour that would flatter me best.
It seemed that everywhere I looked, people were raving about one particular Mac lipstick; Velvet Teddy. I liked the name so I decided to research more into this lipstick since it seemed to be a very popular and almost cliché lipstick amongst the beauty gurus of youtube. I found out that it was a matte lipstick with an almost velvety finish and based on the excellent reviews that it go on different websites, I decided to ask for it for my birthday.
Upon receiving it on my birthday, I quickly fell in love with the nude lipstick and I have been told by many people that the shade really suits me. I feel great when I wear. While it is matte, it is not as dry as other matte lipsticks that I have from Mac like Ruby Woo – although Ruby Woo has a different formula and is a different intended finish so they shouldn’t be compared- and it applies very easily. It takes me mere seconds to apply it which is handy because I am often in a rush when leaving the house. The formula is very smooth and doesn’t dry out my lips which is a huge relief. It usually lasts throughout my entire day out so I tend to leave it at home rather than bring it with me when I am out and about.
I love the colour of this lipstick and I love how it’s a cute muted mauve colour with pink undertones. I am not the type of person who would usually be comfortable in a brown-based lipstick like this one, but I am very comfortable in this lipstick. I don’t use a lip pencil with this lipstick as I don’t feel the need for it. I would definitely buy this lipstick again and I would recommend it to all of my friends if they were looking for a brown/nude lipstick. Overall, it’d give it a rating of five stars out of five because it is amazing.
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While some people may like to call themselves ‘sun gods‘ or sun goddesses‘, other people like myself, tend to either be one of the two following colours during the summer; Porcelain ghost white or lobster red. Living in Ireland, this summer had been quite cloudy, unfortunately, meaning that I have yet to tan. Until last week when the sun actually came out for once and decided to grace Ireland with heat. Crowds rushed to the beaches to try and get that golden tan that the media seems to love. I’m quite a sceptic of the sun and I fear getting burnt, so I tend to cover myself in the highest coverage sun lotion possible and then use after-sun afterwards. This worked for me for the majority of the weather. Until one cloudy day when I managed to get burnt on my arm and my chest. Now, I had quite protective clothes on and sun lotion- even though it was not sunny out- but somehow I managed to get burnt.
Fearing the worst, once I realised I was burnt I quickly tried to ease the burning and prevent future peeling of my sore skin. I was successful. Keep on reading down below for how I managed to look after my skin.
The first step of healing burnt skin is to cool the skin down. This can be done quite easily but it may take a long time. For those who have time, a long soak in a bath of cold water could do for this bit. But I did not have such time. I have a busy day and I had to do things as I cooled down my skin. So instead, I got a couple of washcloths and wet them before placing them onto my burnt skin. This action would give me instant relief, but it would only help for a while so I had to keep on putting them and taking them off. I also took some painkillers to help with the pain as it felt like my skin was on fire.
The next step was moisturising the skin. This step is very important as it locks water into the skin and helps to prevent dehydration. I would recommend either natural yoghurt or Aloe Vera gel for this step. Both are very cooling to the skin. Unfortunately, I had neither of these at home so I had to resort to other tactics. Instead, I used an Aveeno fragrance-free ‘Daily Moisturising Lotion’ before applying the Vaseline ‘Spray and Go body moisturiser’ over the Aveeno one. This moisturiser by Vaseline has Aloe Vera in it and really helped the healing process.
I still had very bad pain in my arm by the end of the day and after complaining to a close of mine, she recommended that I soak two green tea bags in cold water for 5-10 seconds before dabbing them over my arm for ten minutes to cool the skin and help it. It’s an old Indian healing recipe, and I’m pretty sure it worked. I didn’t have any more pain in my arm since I tried that. Anything I did was drink plenty of water as it is very easy to become dehydrated after coming sunburnt so that was important to me too.
I hope this post was helpful for those who have gotten sunburnt, thanks for reading!
So after nearly a year of no posting, I have finally decided to come back and try my best to get back into my blog. I feel the blog itself needs a bit of a revamping but I will be able to get onto doing that later on. One thing that has not changed in the last ten months or so is my obsession with beauty and skincare. I adore both of them. I often feel that my makeup clogs up my pores however when I wear a lot of it and I always loved to remedy that. My skin is very important to me, and I like to think that if I look after it when I’m young, I will set up good habits for later on in life.
It is for that reason that I bought the Soap and Glory as it is a deep pore detox mask. I had honestly never read reviews on this product before I bought it but after the first time I used it, I fell deeply in love with it. One of the coolest thing about this mask however is that it’s a self heating mask. And it also changes colour from the original green colour to a light colour. Now this mask is for people with Oily or combination skin, the latter is what I have.
So how do I use it ? Well, I simply dab a bit onto my face when it’s dry before I wet my fingers and rub it in. The water on my fingers trigger the self heat and makes the colour change from green to blue. Then, after about five minutes, I wash it off with a warm, wet washcloth. I would really recommend this product to everyone I know as not only does it unclog my pores, it also leaves my face feeling very soft as well.
Usually in Boots Ireland, the product costs €15.99 but at the moment, there is a sale on selected Soap and Glory products meaning it is only €11.99 right now. In the UK boots, it is usually £11.50.
Thank you all for reading, and until next time, xx.
I’m the type of girl who LOVES ( hence the upper case letters) to cook in my spare time. There’s nothing better than making your own food and knowing exactly what is in it. I love to try new recipes and I hope to share ones that I find and like every now and again with my followers. Recently I’ve been thinking about Spanish style omelette’s. I would not be a huge fan of omelette’s because I find them quite plain a lot of the time but I decided to try and make a healthy omelette that had a lot of taste. Basically what I made was an omelette with lots of vegetables and potatoes added to it. I love eating fruit but I would not be a big vegetable eater. I like sweet things like a lot of people do. As you can see below I used two tomatoes, an onion, a pepper , two potatoes, cheese, cashew nuts and three eggs. I was going to add some ham as well but I ended up forgetting to put it in so this recipe is okay for lacto vegetarians to make and eat. I used no salt or seasoning in this recipe and with all of the different tastes the ingredients offer, I didn’t need them anyway.
A couple handfuls of Cashew nuts.
This recipe is very easy to make. You start off by chopping up all pf the vegetables, grating the cheese and then you fry the potato chunks until they are a golden colour. Once you have that done, you add the diced onions and sauté them for five minutes. Next you add your tomatoes and peppers. It’s all very simple and you don’t have to wait a long time to put them all in. Lastly you throw your cashew nuts into the pan and let them fry.
Next you get your eggs ready. Crack your eggs into a separate jug and add your cheese in. Then throw all of your vegetables in as well, once it’s all mixed in, pour the mixture into a saucepan and allow it to cook until the mixture has no gooiness left.
Hello beauties 🙂
So I haven’t really been that active recently. Mainly because school has left me so tired that the only thing I can think of is homework and sleep. But now it’s nearly October and the main thing I’m thinking about is Halloween which might just be my favourite holiday. It’s tied with Christmas and I can’t pick between the two. Both are pretty awesome. Once a week starting next week I’ll be posting Halloween Tutorials which I’m so excited for because dressing up and becoming someone else is one of the best things about Halloween. I can barely hold my thoughts in right because I can’t wait to do them.
Now, onto the actual review. The product that I am reviewing today is the soft kohl kajal eye liner pencil in the shade 07 Pure white ( I did not know that white can be pure but okay 😉 by Rimmel London. I am not a big eye liner wearer type of person. I can only really apply pencils like this but when I was testing this out, I had never used the colour white before. I do like this one as it’s very easy to apply. The only problem I had with it is that it would not be easy to smoothen out. It’s like chalk. It’s long lasting though so that’s a good thing. I mostly would use it on my water line but my friend used it for under her eyebrows which was great too. I do like this pencil but it’s a little bit too hard for my liking.
It’s amazing how much a good exfoliator can do for our skin or how much it can ruin our skin. I find that some can be too much for my skin so I’m always very cautious when buying new exfoliator. The first question I always ask myself is how other girls with skin like mine react to the product. I also never really know what products to get for my combination skin. Most products for combo skin often are also for oily skin which makes me worry how the dry bits of my skin will react to the product. Now, I no longer have to worry about that. Ever since I tried a sample of the Body Shop’s Pore Cleansing Facial Exfoliator – which is made of seaweed like the clay mask made by them – I’ve found that this exfoliator really helps both the dry parts of my skin and the oily parts too. It’s ideal and easy to use.
It is supposed to cleanse pores and soften skin. On the back of the packaging, they recommend that you apply a little bit to wet skin and then wash off with warm water. Now, to start my review, I’ll be looking at the ingredients evaluating them. Like in a lot of products, the names of the ingredients are very long and unknown to me, so I had to research them all and see if any of them are harmful. I found nothing too alarming but I did notice a couple of the ingredients in the product are known for irritating skin. Examples of that would be Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Acrylates Copolymer, Glycol and lots more. This product has a lot of ingredients that can really irritate your skin. This product has never irritated my skin but I would recommend that anyone with sensitive skin might want to stay away from this product just to be safe. Not to worry though, the body shop have plenty of different exfoliator’s and one that is good for sensitive skin is their Aloe Gentle Exfoliator , which is known to be great for sensitive skin.
The first things I have to say about the actual product is that I adore it so much. It’s a brilliant scrub and it really leaves my skin lovely and smooth without it being too harsh or drying. The smell is very refreshing and I love the seaweed smell to it. It just smells so good. This really helps remove dead skin, excess oil and impurities. It does not dehydrate the skin but I do need to put on moisturizer after using it. It comes in a tube that you squeeze which is very hygienic and convenient for easy use. I found that once I started using this product, I’d never switch back to my old one due to the results that I got with this one. I have no complaints about this scrub and will be buying it again when it runs out.
As you could probably tell by the title, on thursdays, I’ll be doing lipstick reviews. Since today is the first Thursday that I’m doing this, I decided to review a lipstick that I’ve have had forever. It’s the Estee Lauder Double Wear lipstick in the shade Stay Mauve. I have a bit of a love hate relationship with this lipstick if I’m to be honest and I’ll explain why below.
Lets start the good aspects of this lipstick. I love the colour firstly. It’s a deep berry pink colour that I find is perfect for the colder months of the year and will match my wardrobe brilliantly for the next couple of months. It’s a satin lipstick and is very easy to apply. One coat is enough to get a lovely finish. The colour is perfect for girls with cooler skin tones. It’s texture is very creamy and soft. I also find it’s very long wearing. The packaging of the lipstick is very chic and pretty.
The only problem that I have with this lipstick is that it seems to go everywhere and I much prefer Captive by Mac which I find to be better value. Overall I do like this lipstick, it’s just not my favourite.
I mentioned in my post on Monday, that this week, I am focusing on skin care products and I did not lie, today, here is a review of Foamingly Clean facial wash by Benefit. Words cannot describe how much I adore this product. To go along with their fantastic makeup range, their skin care range does not disappoint. I first tried out their skin range about two years ago when I bought their bag of mini skin products and I loved Foamingly clean from the first time I used it. Due to it’s effect on my skin, I decided that the full sized product would be a good investment and I was not wrong.
One of the main things that I love about this product is that it leaves my skin so clean and refreshed. It also doesn’t leave any residue at all either. I love how soft my skin is after I use this product. True to it’s name, the product feels like foam when applied to the skin. This cleanser has a lovely smell which is of cucumbers. I find that everytime I use this product, it always leaves my skin extremely soft and it really clears my skin up. Also, a little bit goes a long way so this product should last me for a long time. The product itself is very large too.
The one bad thing that I can say about this product is it’s packaging. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very pretty and appealing to the eyes but it has no pump. No pump!!! The bottle is quite hard to squeeze the product out too which is another bad thing about the packaging. I do like the colour and feel of it, but it isn’t the most ideal when it comes to being practical for easy use.
This product like all other Benefit products is quite pricey. It cost me twenty five euro but I have yet to regret buying it. I am quite cautious when it comes to buying different products that are a little bit more expensive than others. I would recommend this product for anyone looking for a great cleanser.