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My current Top 5 Concealers

Concealer is an absolute must for me. Having no thyroid, work, family and blog can lead to a busy schedule. A full nights sleep is a luxury but sure that is what concealer is for! As I am getting a little older than I would like to admit, the skin underneath my eyes is getting a little bit creppy and lined. I can’t get away with the same concealers that I wore when I was younger. I need a concealer that not only covers the dark circles, but stays in place without settling in my lines and making me look ancient. To help with your search I have put together…

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Skin Republic Face masks – My top picks

While this is a sponsored post with Skin Republic, that in no way influences my opinion on the products. Having used some of these masks for a good while now I was delighted to collaborate with them to tell you all about what they have to offer.   2017/2018 really saw the sheet mask have it’s time in the spotlight. With so many on the market it can be hard to figure out what  face masks your skin will benefit from. For today’s post I have teamed up with Skin Republic to showcase a number of their masks that I have trialed over the last number of weeks and some I have…

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Empties and near empty products

It says a lot about a product when a beauty blogger finishes it! I get so many products to try, that I don’t always get a chance to finish stuff off before I have moved onto the next item that needs reviewing. If I finished every product I used before I started another, I would have no content for the blog! However, there are some that over time, I have come to the end of and I have decided to put them into a post. As a little something different, I am including a readers section too. I am going to include some products that people on my Instagram have…

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What you need from Moogoo Ireland

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Moogoo. I have raved about Moogoo on my blog and social media for a long time now . They hold such a special place in my heart because they have quite literally saved me on so many occasions and I am not the only one they have done this for.  All you have to do is a quick google and you will find reams upon reams of people saying how has cured their eczema , acne marks or even cradle cap. Have a read here of how it has helped others. It can however be hard to know what to…

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Back to school wardrobe

September marks a new beginning for so many. For me, January is all doom and gloom, new diets and credit card bills. I love September because it gives me the fresh start without all of the new year new me malarky. September is not only my favourite time of year for fresh starts but I adore Autumn Winter fashion and with a new school year starting, I am ready for an injection of some new bits into my wardrobe. Scarves, ballerina pumps and cardigan sales are kept afloat by the Irish teachers and before anyone thinks I am mocking, I have plenty of these in my wardrobe too!! Classrooms are cold and…

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I was recently invited down to Galway to sample some of what the city has to offer. I absolutely love Galway and have never had a bad time there. It has such a buzz about it and when the sun shines, it is like a little bit of magic is in the air. A few weeks ago myself and my husband got a rare night away to enjoy what Galway had on offer. Throughout the day, there were appointments set up for me to meet different businesses in the Galway area to see what was on offer. Anti Wrinkle Galway My first meeting of the day was with Martin from…

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Mini Haul in The Loop Duty Free

Buying makeup in the duty-free doesn’t count as spending! Or at least that is what I always tell myself. I tend to buy my makeup either online, or when someone is travelling through the duty-free, as it makes sense because it is cheaper. When going on holidays recently, I had planned on having a leisurely browse around duty-free and pick myself up a few items that I didn’t already have. I actually love doing this and genuinely look forward to getting to the airport so I can have a mooch.  However, I had a two-year old with me! Conor decided that Dublin Airport Duty Free was where he would become the next…

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Products for glowing skin

At this time of year, I tend to shy away from the heavier matte foundations and try to embrace my inner glow. Since that natural inner glow is a little lacking at the moment, I have to fake it! It has taken me a long time to find products that will give a beautiful “natural” glow but while away recently, I realised that I had hit on what I believe to be the perfect combination. Or at least the perfect combination for now! Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter Myself and the flawless filter didn’t always get on. Originally I bought the Flawless filter in shade two and if I am honest,…

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IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC cream

With IT Cosmetics launching in Boots UK, it is only a matter of time before it reaches Irish shores. With that in mind, I thought I would tell you about It Cosmetic’s cult product, the Your Skin But Better CC cream. The Your Skin But Better CC cream has been raved about by bloggers for a number of years now. It is a colour correcting product. CC creams are said to help even out discolouration in your skin. It will help with redness, dullness and sallowness and will help neutralise any discolouration while letting the natural look of your skin come through! Shade Range: The shade range in the CC cream…

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8 books for summer reading and few to avoid!

Ready for a few page turning recommendations for summer reading? When it comes to books, I like something easy to read yet engaging. The genres I read, vary I could pick up a mindless chicklit book one week and the next it would be a gruesome murder mystery. Lately I have leaned a lot towards a “who did it” type book. For the purpose of this blog post, I have picked 8 of my most recent enjoyable reads and a few that I just didn’t like!! If you’re looking for bloggers who regularly post book reviews, I highly recommend Sharon from Behind Green eyes and Chloe from Nurse Fancy pants. Both…

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5 new eyeshadow palettes

                                             This post has some but not all, PR samples and affiliate links.  I used to feel guilty about buying eyeshadow palettes as I really have so many.Now I realise life is too short and why should I deprive myself of the things I love? Over the past few weeks / months a several new palettes have come into my life. I have put them through their paces and there have been surprises, both good and bad! Bperfect LMD palette There was a lot of hype surrounding this palette when it first launched…

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My current favourite hair care products

                                             This post contains some but not all affiliate links and press samples. Good hair doesn’t just happen. It can take time, a little bit fo effort but above all it takes good products! I have very picky when it comes to hair care products. I like my products to do an amazing job with very little effort from me! With that in mind I have picked out my favourite product for luscious locks! Pureology shampoo  I have harped on about this shampoo for coming on two years now.…

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How to dress for a big bust

Boobs! The bane of so many women lives. Most of us either have too much and want less. Or don’t have enough and want more! Either way, dress to suit your own shape can be hard work at times. Especially if you have a large bust. Dressing big boobs isn’t as hard as you might think. Once you stick to a few guidelines, picking out clothes to suit your chest size is a lot easier. However, remember rules are also made to be broken! Buy a good Bra When it comes to bras for big busts, you need to invest. As lovely as it would be to run into Penneys…

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Álainn Customisable organiser, compatible with Ikea Alex drawers

There is something very satisfying looking at a drawer full of perfectly organised makeup! For a long time, I have found myself using the same few products, over and over again because I simply couldn’t see what I had in my drawers. My makeup storage situation was a disaster! They say out of frustration comes the best ideas. My frustration led to the first seeds of an idea last year, that has now grown into the launch of my first product. The Álainn customisable organiser. I wanted to create something that suited lots of different organisational needs. Instead of making a drawer organiser that had one set lay out, the…

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Urban Decay Drop Shot Mix In Oil

I have spoken about this product a lot on my social media over the past few weeks. As a lot of my social media disappears after 24 hours, I thought the Urban Decay Drop shot Mix in Oil deserves a blog post of its own. Ladies and gentlemen ( yes there are a few gentlemen ) let me introduce you to what I consider to be my game changing product. The Urban Decay Drop shot mix in facial oil, is an oil that you mix in with your foundation to help add give your skin a dewy, radiant glow without leaving it feeling oily. Sounds too good to be true right?…

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10 Midi dresses for Spring

Whether you like it or not, the midi dress seems to be everywhere right now. I’m personally a massive fan, as I find them ultra flattering and very forgiving for the most part. With plenty of patterns, shapes and materials to pick from, there really is a midi dress to suit everyone. To help you pick the perfect dress, I have picked out my favourite 10 dresses to suit every shape. I have ordered a number of these myself, as when I find a style to suit my shape, I go all in. Just a little FYI, this post has some ( but not all ) affiliate links but it…

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Disappointing Products

As a beauty blogger, I try a lot of products every year. There are of course going to be some I love and some that miss the mark. Not every single new release can be amazing and wonderful. However, it is worth noting that sometimes, things that don’t work for me, might be holy grail for another and vice versa. With that in mind, I have gone through all of the products I tried and tested this year and I have picked out my most disappointing products. Victoria Beckham Highlighter I had such high hopes for this highlighter. I lusted after it from the moment I saw it and was…

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Family break in Kilkenny

Before we had a baby, we were quite accustomed to a weekend away. I love nothing more than lazying in a hotel on a Saturday afternoon, stuffed to the gills after an epic hotel breakfast. Or spending the evening discovering local bars in a new town or city in Ireland. However, since having Conor, weekends like this stopped for what I thought were obvious reasons. I have often seen friends and family pack up the car to head to a hotel with their kids for a weekend and I could never understand it! To me weekend breaks consisted of gin, meals out and lie ins. However, I was so wrong. As…

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Best Beauty Products 2017

Ready for my top picks for 2017? Apart from two products, I have only included items that I tried for the first time in 2017. There were lots that came close to making the cut but the products below were 100% my top picks from last year.a                                                   Shampoo Winner: L’oreal Pureology. There are so many things I love about this shampoo. First off it is sulphate free which is a must for me. As I wear Gold Fever hair extensions, I must use a sulphate…

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The Ugly Truth

Opinion: a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter * To the reader, blogging looks like a glamour whirlwind of events, photo opportunities and press drops. Yes, bloggers get products for consideration, attend events and are even jetted away on press trips. I have been lucky to do all three and this year in particular, I have been very fortunate to experience some really once in a lifetime opportunities. For some, what was once a hobby, has fast become a career and for the most part, blogging has changed how we source our information on cosmetics, food, fashion and so much more. However, there is one…

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Brand Spotlight: Cailyn Ireland Cosmetics

This is a sponsored post with Cailyn cosmetics Ireland. Although this is a collaboration, my opinions are 100% my own and are in no way tainted Over the past few months, I have tried out a lot of Cailyn Ireland cosmetic products, to see what my stand out products where. While there were lots that I liked, including the blusher and small eyeshadow palette, I decided to write about my top 5 products in more detail for this collaboration. I have tried out all these products under a multitude of conditions. I have applied them all using different brushes and I really put them to the test to see how they wore. You can…

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Black Friday / Cyber weekend codes 2017

I don’t know about you but I am just not able to face the shopping centres. They are already busy with Christmas shoppers!! Thank god for cyber weekend!! Each image will take you to the relevant site. To make your shopping a little bit easier I have put together as many discount codes as I can find. I will add to this as the weekend progresses. This post contains some affiliate links. They don’t cost you anything extra but I make a very small amount from them xx Beauty Beauty Bay 30% off almost everything!!! Cloud 10 Beauty: 20% Off everything with Black20 The Body Shop: 30% off In Store Friday only…

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The Beautiful Truth Beauty and baby experience

I’m sure when people heard I was doing an event, there were a lot of eye rolls and people saying “not another workshop.” But there is a reason behind why I decide to put on my very own event. When you have children, there is a wealth of information about everything to do with them. But nobody tells you about what will happen to you! What happens to your hair, skin, body and how for so many, when you have a child, you lose a lot of yourself! For a lot, because we become extremely time poor when we have kids, many find it easier to give up the glam life…

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MAM baby products review

This is a sponsored post with MAM baby. Although this is sponsored all views are 100% my own and are in no way tainted.  A few months ago I received a range of products from MAM baby to try out with my little boy. Like most babies he knowns his own mind and is very quick to push something aside when he doesn’t like it. He is far more ruthless at reviewing products that I am!! Together we have really put these products through their paces. As we were already bottle feeding when the products arrived, most of the products we have tried out are gear towards that. However, Mam also…