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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…

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What to buy in Sephora!

I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but there seems to be a whole heap of you going off to the States. Every single day I get scores of messages asking for recommendations on what people should buy in Sephora, Macys, Ulta and more! So I decided an updated USA shopping list was in order. Thankfully over the past few years there have been quite a number of brands arrive in Irish store, that were normally only available State side. However, there are still a few that elude us, so here are my must have items from Sephora and more! Anastasia Beverly Hills While we can…

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Brand Spotlight: L.O.V Cosmetics

Lov cosmetics

One of my favourite things as a beauty blogger is to find products that I really love but that seem to have gone under the radar.  I am very critical on beauty products, as I feel with so many on the market, we want to make sure that we are spending our hard-earned cash on products that deserve the spend. So when I find something good, that not only I like but that seem to have gone under the radar, it is like hitting blogger gold!! Over the past few weeks, I have been trailing a number of products from the brand L.O.V cosmetics. While I was trailing these products…

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Time Saving Products

It is a rare occasion that I have more than a few minutes to do my makeup in the morning. There are a number of reasons for this, with the main one being my love for an extra few minutes in bed! No matter if you’re a mother of 3 or someone just starting college. Everyone wants to shave a few minutes off their morning routine, so that they can have those extra few precious minutes in bed. To help you save time with your routine, I have picked out my favourite products to help you claw back a few minutes in your day! I will warn you. A lot…

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The Balm Even Steven Foundation

It takes a lot to impress me when it comes to foundations. I like a foundation to be long wearing, medium/full coverage and I want it to make my skin look as flawless as possible. In fact, if it could make me look 15 years younger, that would be an even bigger bonus!! You could say I have fairly high expectations from foundations. The latest release from The Balm, is the Even Steven whipped foundation. It is said to have a light airy texture. I am not going to lie, when I heard the word whipped, I had flashbacks of the horrific Maybelline Moose I wore while in college!! However, I…

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Travelling with a baby

When I booked my holidays I had visions of a laughing baby and daddy in the pool, while mammy sipped on a cocktail at the side of the pool reading her book. Family dinners where the baby would sleep peacefully in his buggy, while we chowed down on the local delicacies. Nothing could honestly have prepared me for what it is really like going on holidays with a baby! While away I had a number of messages from mammies asking me to give my insight into traveling with a baby. I am by no means an expert in the area, but if my tips of tricks can help even one…

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Mac Extra Dimension Blushers

When it comes to blushers, Mac is hands down my favourite brand. While I have other blushers that I like, I don’t think you can beat Mac when it comes to  longevity, colour payoff and shade section. The Extra Dimension blushers are the latest additions into the Mac blusher wardrobe. They had previously released this formula as part of limited edition collections before but finally they are no longer teasing us and they have given us 11 whopper shades to pick from. There are so many things to love about these blushers. Mac claim that their Extra Dimension blushers are a type of hybrid blusher. They say that the blend like…

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Blogger mail: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Ready for another round of blogger mail? I’ve tried quite a number of new bits over the past few weeks, some gems and some things that need to be left on the shelf. Pixi Vitamin wake up mist I absolutely love this stuff! In fact this is my second bottle, as once I was finished my press sample I went out and bought another bottle myself. I am obsessed! The Vitamin wake up mist is said to be a pick me up for your skin. It is supposed to act like a toner that hydrates your skin. It is quite scented so that might be for everyone  but I just…

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From one Mammy to another

Dear Mammy to be, Congratulations on your pregnancy! It really is such a special time for you and your family. It may not be the easiest time in your life, but every morning spent clinging to the toilet bowl, or night spent gulping Gaviscon is worth it for those little kicks that surprise you every single day. Your first pregnancy really is so special and at the same time, terrifying. Everything is so new. Everything is so unknown and yet every second should be savoured. I have tried to write this post about 20 times! Each time I get half way through, I end up pressing the delete button as…

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Hit, Miss and Maybe : Foundations

The hunt for the holy grail foundation is an on going battle for many women. With so many different foundations on the market it is hard knowing what will and won’t suit your skin. More so than with any other beauty product, what foundation works for one person, might be a nightmare for another. Which makes the hunt even harder, as recommendations don’t always work out! With that in mind, I think it is important to say that the misses that I have included in this post, while I really didn’t like them, they may be holy grail for others and vice versa for my hits.  I personally have combination…