Monday, 21 September 2015

7th Heaven Blemish Mud

Today I'm coming at you with a review of the Montagne Jeunesse 7th Heaven Blemish Mud mask which is aimed at problem skin...

Lately I've been having trouble with breakouts, around my nose and chin in particular. I'm not generally someone who has a whole lot of trouble with blemish prone skin, but obviously, I'm in need of some help. I always find I get two applications from the sachets of MJ masks, and today was no different, so I went for a double whammy - a full face application, and then a concentrated extra application on my T-Zone, nose and chin. 

High in Aloe Vera, this mask claims to be deeply cleansing, purifying and soothing, but the big question is - does it stack up to the claims? 

This mask is incredible. My skin tingled when I had this applied and it left my skin feeling clean and baby soft. The second application on my nose really helped to calm the redness around my nostrils and overall, wasn't too irritating or drying... I feel like it really did draw out the impurities from my skin, and the dry, flaky skin on my left nostril has calmed noticeably. 

All in all, I'm glad I picked up this little sachet of goodness, and I'm going to recommend this to everyone!! 

As always, I followed up with my Nivea Serum Pearls and Q10 Moisturiser and my skin has never felt better!! 

This mask was €1.49 and I will absolutely repurchase it. You can almost always get this range on 3 for 2 in Boots. 

Let me know if you try this mask, 



Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Strange Style #1

Hi all!!

I am not a fashion blogger, we all know that much! I have posted OOTDs and I do occasionally compile wishlists which have clothing items in them, but for the majority, I'm a beauty and lifestyle blogger, and that's all!

However, there's something I do, which I'm sure you all do, too, and that is to have a mental list of things you want to buy for outfits you want to put together. And I have been slowly compiling those items. So, I'm going to start posting Strange Style pieces from time to time, and show you outfits I'm dying to try to emulate, in some form or other.

I have always, always, always had a place in my heart for the movie Dirty Dancing, and for the late, great Patrick Swayze. Swayze as Johnny Castle....YAS HUNTY!!! But I want to show some fabulous androgynous outfits inspired by Swayzes incredible character, Castle. So, with my two inspiration images below, I am going to run you through how I would make these work for the ladies!



So as you can see above, this outfit is missing the white blouse, as you can use any white blouse you have, tucked into a pair of high waisted jeans, roll up the sleeves and leave it unbuttoned to give a peek of the lace bralette. Pair this with black pointed boots, and you're done! 



For this next outfit, I'm taking inspiration from the scene where Johnny takes Baby to the forest to learn about balance in the lift she has to do for the final dance... Again, high waisted jeans, and a black blouse tucked in, with the collar unbuttoned is the groundwork for this outfit. Throw a leather jacket over the top, pair with some pointed boots as before, and you're golden, my darling!

What do you think of Patrick Swayze's character in Dirty Dancing?

Thursday, 3 September 2015

The Book Lovers TAG

Hi all! I'm coming to you today with the Book Lovers Tag!! I found the questions on Google, and I thought it would be a fun post for you all! I am going to answer the questions and then tag some lovely bloggers at the end to take up the gauntlet I'll be throwing down!! 

Do you have a specific place for reading?
Not really, I like to read in bed, and I like to read when I'm travelling. A long bus or train journey is probably my most productive reading time, but I can read anywhere. 

Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Preferably a bookmark, however, I have been known to use just about anything to mark my place in a book - from a piece of paper taken from a chewing gum packet, to a hair bobbin, to my phone if things are really bleak! 

Can you stop anywhere in a book or do you have to finish the chapter?
Generally, I can stop almost anywhere. I prefer to finish chapters, but I can stop and start as the need arises. It's usually between paragraphs, if I can help it. I wont continue beyond a paragraph if I wont be able to finish the next one. 

Music or TV while reading?
I can read with anything in the background, I just tune out. I like to have a record playing if I can, but any background noise will do. I guess that is because of my fear of silence. 

Do you eat or drink while reading?
Nothing beats a good book, a slice of cake and a hot cup of tea. I sometimes go to cafes alone to read and eat breakfast. 

One book at a time or several?
Usually several. I have a lot of books in various degrees of "in progress" but I have to admit that I'm more than a bit obsessed with biograhies and I like to read those one at a time so as not to confuse myself. Currently I'm reading "Chase Your Shadow" The Trials of Oscar Pistorious. It's gripping reading, and I don't want it to end, though it will soon, because I'm almost finished it!! 

Reading at home or elsewhere?
Anywhere at all! I don't mind! I like to read, I'm not fussy on the location. 

Read out loud or silently?  
Silently. Though I do read aloud when it's asked of me. 

Do you read ahead or skip pages?
Christ, no! I read the whole book in the right order. I'll skip bits if I'm rereading, but not the first time round. 

Breaking the Spine or keeping it like new?
Broken spine, well worn in, mmmm!!! 

Do you write in your books?
Nope, and I think anyone who does is committing a mortal sin! 

Now for the tagging, my favorite part!

I tag, Kayliegh, Aoife, Chloe, and Colette!!

I hope you liked this tag, let me know some of your favorite books in the comments!!



Tuesday, 1 September 2015

August Favorites

It's that time of the month again!! Favorites time!! 

This month I have quite a few favorites, so lets get into it! 

First and foremost, I want to gush about my new kitten, Paolo. He's a rescue kitty, not rescued by me, but we have adopted eachother, and he's in his forever home! My cousin found him in an awful state on the road near where we live, and stopped the car to bring him home. I met Paolo two weeks later and fell in love. Not only did I fall in love, but so did my mother, and so it was decided that we would re-home him, since he was causing upset in my cousins house because of their resident Tomcat, Oisin. He's a little ball of fluff, who thinks he's big, and likes to let on that he's a fearless killer, when in fact he loves to sleep between my shoulder and side of my head in my bed. Paolo has his own Instagram account, @paolo_puss - go give him a follow! 

I want to rave about my Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation. I wear this in work, almost every day, and I'm a tiny bit in love! It's got great coverage, it lasts well, doesn't get shiny and doesn't oxidize on the skin. I find it lightweight, easy to buff into the skin, and coupled with a light powder, it's full coverage with no caking! 

I'm in the lightest shade, 010 Light Porcelain. You can pick it up in any Boots for €7.99, so affordable for every day wear!

Next I want to give honorable mentions to my Alcon Pure Moist 30 Day Contact Lenses, which I have been in love with! I am a big fan of weird frames, and yet I find myself wearing lenses absolutely every day, recently! They're super comfortable, promising 16 hours of wear. I know it's bad, but I have, on occasion slept in my lenses and they've still felt good the next morning! You can get these at your local opticians! 

I've been reading Chase Your Shadow: The Trial of Oscar Pistorious, and I feel the need to give this a serious plug! No matter what you think of the man, this book is an unfailing, unbiased look at the trial and eventual conviction of Pistorious for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp. This book is quite dense and heavy, part biography, part journalistic reporting, but it's an incredible read. 10/10 would read again! 

I picked up my copy in Vibes and Scribes, in Cork City for €10.99! 

This month I have been insanely obsessed with Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, particularly Honey, a light, very wearable nude pink shade, and Romantic, a very easy to wear red. I almost always wear Honey in work, as it's very natural and can be applied without a mirror. I wore Romantic to a wake and funeral, and it wasn't too "done" or too "OTT" for the funeral. 

These balm stains are €10.99 in Boots and are currently on offer for 2 for €14. 

Next up, I want to wax lyrical about my trip to Cork! I got to see my oldest friend, spend some time with her, make new friends, and we had a brilliant time! We ate the most amazing chickpea curry with vegan tabbuleh, perused great book stores, made friends with a record store owner and generally just enjoyed everything the city has to offer! I even bumped into an archery friend on our way to lunch one day! Cork is everything I adore, and more. Great food, great people, great record stores and always my happy place. 

I've been listening to a lot of records that I picked up on my trip to Cork, but two I want to mention are No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom, and Woven Skull's Lair Of The Glowing Bantling , I am all about Gwen Stefani at the moment, and nothing makes me happier than putting on my makeup for a night out, listening to Spiderwebs (which I've left below for you to wrap your ears around!), Just a Girl and the classic, Don't Speak! I will be giving a full review and telling the story of how I came to possess the first copy of Lair of The Glowing Bantling later on this month, so stick around for that!! 

I've been watching a lot of YouTube lately, but I want to give special mentions to my new favorite Vlogger, Mike Falzone! Mike is a stand up comic, who makes the most amazing videos for YouTube, has a great podcast series, and is generally a pretty cool dude! I'm gonna leave some of my favorite videos here for you to get you started! 

So there you have some of my favorite things this month! 

September promises to be a great month for favorites, with multiple adventures happening - The NPA Ploughing 2015, Dylan Moran in Vicar St, hazelnut picking with the bezzo, and plenty more, as well as plenty of scope for new products to weasel their way into my heart!

Have you been loving anything this month? 
Let me know in the comments!