Showing posts from June, 2013

#JuneBBC: Reflection

Wow what a month this has been and #JuneBBC has been an amazing to be part of. Now June has not been a good month for me it has been a disaster, between rushing our little one to the hospital who is okay now, my granny rushed to hospital and then me getting treatment for Hyperthyroidism and now quarantined for 3 weeks away from my little girl. Unfortunately I couldn't commit in the end to posts everyday (I could kick myself) but it wasn't meant to be. The posts I have done I really enjoyed doing and it has given me the incentive to keep going, I honestly didn't expect anyone to read my blog but I am amazed at the wonderful comments and the amount of pageviews.

I have made new friends and it has given me the confidence to chat to other bloggers and feel like I am becoming part of the community.  I have discovered some amazing blogs through #JuneBBC and have had some great conversations.

During a time of chaos #JuneBBC has given me something that was constant during this mo…

#JuneBBC Day 30: My Recent Empties

This is one I was planning on doing so I was really excited that it was last on the list for #JuneBBC. I have kept everything, some I loved some I didn't.

1. Benefit Foamingly Clean Facial Wash - Already Repurchased. Love it!
2. NYC Color Mosaic Face Powder - I thought I would buy this again but decided NO! This broke apart and only had half then to work with, so this got empty pretty quick. For review click here.
3. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream - I love love love this and can't wait to invest in the full size one!
4. Benefit POREfessional - i really like this for minimising pores but as a primer not so much I don't find that this holds my make-up at all.
5. Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub - I have repurchased this time and again but have promised myself that I will branch out the next time I visit Lush, I have spoken about this and how much I like it here
6. Aveeno Hand Cream - I really like this especially if I put gloves on an let it soak in.
7. Charity Hand & Body L…

#JuneBBC Day 4: What's In My Shower

Usually my products change month to month except for the ones that have the hearts on it. The ones with the hearts are my favourites that I repurchase once I run out and suit my hair and skin.
I was really disappointed to see that I have no Lush products which is a first for me but I haven't been to Dublin in so long, so that is going to change next month so really excited about that.
1. Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo which I have reviewed previously.
2. Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner, I don't use conditioner much due to it making my hair limp.
3. Sanctuary Foaming Shower Mousse which I also reviewed previously.
4. Sanctuary Body Scrub.
5. Sanctuary Body Wash.
6. Sanctuary Warming Micro-abrasion Polish which also I have reviewed, this is something I am just using so it doesn't go to waste but I won't be repurchasing.
7. Benefit Foamingly Clean Facial Wash which some of you might know Benefit is my favourite brand, you can see my collection here.
8. Sanctuary Creme Sou…

#JuneBBC Day 18: Favourite Makeup Brand

Well I do not need to think about this and neither do my family it is Benefit all the way! I absolutely love their products and their cute packaging their price makes me cry sometimes but what I have got has been worth it, and my family are great around Birthday and Christmas time (so thank you family x).

I have a lot of travel size products from Benefit which I find great as I am always on the go seeing family and I get annoyed bringing all the full size ones especially in the skincare which works wonders on my skin and I never miss a day of cleansing and moisturising. My two favourite products from their line would have to be They're Real Mascara and their Fine One One for cheek and lips and I have reviewed  both of these for you all.

I have been so excited about the launch of Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour primer but raging as I can't go get it for another 3 weeks (due to the fact that I am radio-active and have no car for 3 week). So if you have a review up for it I would l…

#JuneBBC Day 23: What Is My Face Worth

Unfortunately I haven't kept up with #JuneBBC but I am trying to catch up on few of them before it finishes Sunday night, so when I went down through the topics this one caught my eye. It is not something any of really think about when we put our make-up on and boy did I get a shock after counting this all up. Now what I use changes on a day to day basis so I decided to go with what I wore yesterday (no makeup on today) and go with that for the post.

Benefit POREfessional Primer €34.00 Benefit Fine One-One €34.00
Catrice Photo Finish 18hr Liquid Foundation €6.99
Catrice Prime and Fine Highlighting Powder for Luminous Glow €4.69
Max Factor Creme Puff Powder Compact Translucent €7.49


MUA Eyeshadow Palette in Glitterball €5.15
Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr in Pink Gold €6.45
Benefit They're Real Mascara €26.00


Vaseline Original Pure Petroleum Jelly (not pictured) €2.69

The Grand Total is....................€127.46

Okay now that was not as bad I thought it was goin…

Shine On Blogger Award

I was absolutely delighted to be nominated for the Shine On Blogger Award, and I have "Such A Silly Sausage..." to thank for this. Please Please check her blog out and also her 500 Movie Checklist which I know myself and my hubby would love to do.

So on with the show......   The Rules of The Award:
Display the award logo on your blog.Link the award back to the person who nominated you by thanking them.State 7 things about yourselfNominate 15 other bloggers for this award, and let them know.
7 Things About Me:
1.  I was head hunted when I was 18 to be a model, I did a stint but it wasn't for me I prefer to be behind the camera. However it did give me a great boost to my confidence as I was extremely shy as a teenager.
2.  I wanted to be an Egyptologist and secretly I still do so maybe one day I will bite the bullet and go back to college and study for a whole new career! I did get to go to Egypt in 2007 and it was a dream come true.
3.  I am a big child at heart and could sit …

#JuneBBC Day 21: Favourite Nail Look/Art

I am the most useless person for nails, I cannot to them for love or money but love looking at peoples nail art and what colours and designs they are doing especially Behind Green Eyes she has the most beautiful nails design and only wish that I could replicate. So I decided tonight that I was going to make an attempt.

I love the constellation look so I bought MUA Nail Constellation in Gemini:

It doesn't help that I have a shake in my hand but I put some clear nail varnish on and sprinkled away to my hearts content. Patients is a virtue while waiting for this to set and I was glad I hung in there because this was the result:

If you have any tips for me please leave a comment and let me know, like how to keep the little constellations from falling off when I go to bed!?! I know I have a long way to go when it comes to doing my nails but I do think it's relaxing and I will persevere.

#JuneBBC Day 3: Favourite Hair Product

I am always looking for hair products that give my lifeless, dry, fine hair. I recently discovered Aussie Shampoo and I am raging with myself that I never ever tried it before.

I have recently reviewed Aussie Miracle Shampoo and I will not be without it now, my hair is so healthy, shiny and has some lift in it that I feel like there is a bounce in my step as well as my hair.

I am defiantly going to try more of these products in the future and would love to get their Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner next, oh and also their Frizz products my hair gets awfully frizzing in the summer.

I have had a few compliments on how my hair is looking now so obviously it's not just me, the results are there for everyone to notice.

You can check out the Aussie website to see their full range of products here.

#JuneBBC Day 21: Beauty Haul

This might be my only haul this month I will be in quarantine for two weeks after treatment for an Overactive Thyroid, I hope to do a blog post on the condition and the treatment I am going though when it starts next week.
Also I think I will use this as my #JuneBBC Day 21 due to the fact nails are not my forte, so hope you don't mind. Also check out Girlfridays Beauty Blog who is the brains behind #JuneBBC, and you will also find a list of others who are participating in #JuneBBC. So I hope you forgive me for going off topic. 
So to cheer myself up and to give myself some joy when in quarantine I bought:

VO5 Plump It Up Volumising  Spritz. (Super excited I have fine limp hair)MUA Eyeshadow Palette Glitterball.MUA BB All In One Beauty Balm in Light RoseMaybelline Color Tattoo 24hr in 65. Pink GoldCatrice Prime and Fine Highlighting Powder for Luminous Glow.Catrice All Around Mascara Waterproof in Blackest Black. So I think I have myself sorted for two weeks and I have held back on…

#JuneBBC Day 19: My Fashion/Style Icon

Straight away I thought of Grace Kelly, timeless style and beauty. 

I have always had a fascination for the life and style of Grace Kelly, I love reading everything I can about her. I would love to be able to incorporate her style into my own.
I can only dream!

Clothes Haul for Little One

I had a day trip yesterday so I stopped into Marks and Spencer and Mothercare to get some well needed clothes for our 18 month old girl.


Marks and Spencer:

Both had really great offers, and I just love the clothes they are great quality and a great fit that will last.

June Glossybox 2013

This is my fourth box and I have to say I was not impressed by this in the slightest, I am getting my next one free because I have enough glossydots, so that will be the decider when it arrives. Unfortunately my little one got hold of the box before i came back with the camera and I was greeted by this so I don't have a pretty picture of how it was presented in the box. I wasn't bowled over when I opened it anyway it was dark and dreary looking except for one product which I will talk about further down.

First up is the John Frieda Frizz Ease Original Serum:
I used this last Friday before I went to a function, and I ended up having to wash my hair again because my hair looked as if a balloon had been rubbed against it, so really disappointing. Also this had leaked all over the box and all the products had to be cleaned. Yuck!

Second: was the Monu Hydrating Moisturiser SPF 15 
I love anything with SPF in it because I like to protect my skin. Now I have only being using this a few …

#JuneBBC Day 16: Skincare Routine

I learnt from a young age from my Grandma how important skincare is, so from the age of 14 I have always cleansed and moisturised. Over the last few years I have found my own little routine that I have stuck to and it works for me.

Morning time is about cleansing my skin with Benefit Foamingly Clean Facial Wash it's really gentle on my sensitive skin and then twice a week I use (at the moment) Sanctuary Warming Micro Abrasion Polish which I reviewed before. I then moisturise with Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream which I love.

Then for night time I cleanse and moisturise all over again with the same products. 

I know I know how boring but this is what works for my dry sensitive skin.

The Liebster Award

A big big thank you to Aoife from A Little Infinity who tagged me in The Liebster Award Tag, I got very excited and can't believe anyone would ask me to do it, so once again THANK YOU!

The basic premise is that a relatively unknown blogger is nominated by another new-ish blogger (defined as one with less than 200 followers), and they answer 11 questions before tagging 11 other bloggers to answer 11 different questions. Complicated or what!?! Also I found out that Liebster is German for "beloved"

1. Why did you start blogging?

I gave up work to be a stay at home mum but quickly noticed my brain was going to mush and needed something to keep my brain in gear. My husband for a full year kept going on about how I should blog about being a mammy to our little one and our experience plus I love make-up, fashion and going on my laptop. So I finally gave in and so happy that I have.

2. Where did your blog name come from?

It's a mix of my daughters name, my husbands birthplace …

#JuneBBC Day 15: Favourite Online Shop

When I saw that this was the Topic for day 15 the first online shop that came to mind was ASOS, I absolutely love shopping on ASOS.

I discovered ASOS about 5 years ago and have bought many things from them over the years, from make-up, clothes, shoes and accessories. I especially loved shopping from their maternity line, as where I live there wasn't much of a selection and when there was it was obscenely expensive to buy, so ASOS were my life savers then. I also got my wedding bag from them!

I'm extra excited at the moment because you can now buy from the Primark range so this will be interesting to see what's on offer.

The extra bonus' for me is that you can shop within the Euro prices and has free worldwide shipping! What is not to love about that.

ASOS are the UK's largest independent online fashion and beauty retailer and have over 60,000 brands and their own label products.

#JuneBBC Day 14: Favourite Mascara

My holy grail of mascara would have to be Benefit's They're Real! Mascara. I have read mixed reviews on this but for me this is my must have.

I have long eyelashes but can't be seen as the tips are really blonde and with this jet black mascara they look so much longer, separated, and curled! The other bonus is it lasts all day and it's not clumpy that's an extra tick!

How To Apply:
You hold the wand horizontally and wiggle your brush from side to side this gives you volume, length and lift. Then you turn it vertically and stroke upwards to curl and separate.

The Brush:

I like the slim brush and it helps get the hard to reach corners with it's custom domed tip. It's a plastic brush and not sure if that's to everyone's taste.

Does It Work:

Without a doubt it works for me and I love the effect.

Overall Verdict:

I will buy this again and I have to say it is on the pricey side, but I just have to have it again. I would love to see this formula made as water…

MooGoo Who? Review

MooGoo is an Australian Company that make a natural range of skincare products for people who suffer from skin and scalp problems.

It was my mum who discovered this on a recent trip away, and thinking of both me and the little one with our skin problems bought this for us. I do have a habit of using my little ones products I suppose that comes hand in hand with being a mammy and always in a rush, these amazingly are for adults and kids woohoo!
MooGoo products originate from a cream used in dairy farms to repair the skin on cows udders, not sure how that made me feel when I read it for a second then I just burst out laughing with all the quirkiness of this company.
The Products:
"The no gimmick ingredient stampede", Edible oils, paraffin oil free, pH balanced, and recyclable packaging.
MooGoo Full Cream Moisturiser:

This can be used on face and body and can be used on all the family, definitely a bonus in my eyes. The first thing you notice about these products is the packaging …

Why No 24hr Pharmacies In Ireland?

This week I have discovered the importance of making sure the medicine cabinet is stocked. It all kicked off here Thursday night when our little one got a really high temperature and looked so unwell that we rang Care Doc (for those of you who may not be from here, Care Doc is an out of hours emergency family doctor).

When you ring Care Doc you talk to the receptionist who takes down the details and passes it on to a nurse. The nurse then rings you back to access the patient and if the patient would need to come in and see the doctor.

So at 8.45pm we got in the car and down to the surgery and met the doctor who diagnosed our little one with a virus. We were told to give Calpol and Nurofen rotating which one every four hours. Great so off we went home to discover no Nurofen, okay we will use the Calpol till we get to the pharmacy in the morning, unfortunetly our little one got sicker as the night wore on and had to ring Care Doc again.

Once again the nurse rang and explained about our …

#JuneBBC Day 9: Most Recent Beauty Buy

After a disastrous start with Sanctuary's Skincare range I decided to give it another go with a different product, so a few days ago I got their Warming Microbrasion Polish....

What It Does:

It gives an intense thermal polish to refine and soothe the skin. This combines intense warming to help open pores and stimulate circulation while the fine polish of marine earth with natural koalin help detoxify.

This in turn leave skin feeling smooth, refined and give a youthful look.

Does it Work:

Yes & No:  I did notice a difference in my complexion and loved how smooth it looked also my pores were reduced so that was a big check of the list.

Unfortunately I was disappointed in the thermal side of things there was only a little tingle of heat for half a sec then gone so it just felt like any other exfoliate that I have tried so it didn't feel like an intense warming sensation for a deep clean. I have used products like this before that have that "thermal sensation" just li…

#JuneBBC Day 8: Beauty Wishlist

I would need to win the lotto to buy all that is on my beauty wishlist but have decided to narrow it down to my top 5 on the list :-)

1. Benefit Feelin' Dandy Lip & Cheek Kit €35.00:
I have been lusting after this after testing it out at the Benefit Counter at Sam McCauley's Wexford. Hoping next month it will be on the dressing table :-) It has Deluxe posietint sample, Deluxehigh beamsample, dandelion, ultra plushdandelion lip gloss.

2. Clarisonic Mia €159.06:

I've heard mixed reviews on this but would love to try it out but could never justify spending that amount of money on it. It is meant to cleanse the skin and reduce pores, helps mimimise wrinkles.

3. Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette €42.00:

This eyeshadow palette is filled with 12 pigment-rich, taupe and greige neutral eyeshadows, including FIVE EXCLUSIVE NEW shades. I can't wait to make a trip to Dublin to get this :-) I have read so many reviews on this and people just seem to love it.
4. Shiseido Facial C…

#JuneBBC Day 7: Favourite Lip Product

I have missed out on the first few #JuneBBC which has been brought to you bygirlfridays beauty blog so check her out and read some of her amazing posts, also follow the hashtag #JuneBBC on twitter. 

Now for today it's all about Lip products, so for me this is going to very short and sweet! 

The Look I Like:

I am very much for the natural look when it comes to my lips, for one simple reason.... I have never ever found a lipstick or gloss to suit me.

Lip Product:

So to keep my lips in tip top condition I use two products, one which is always in my handbag is Vaseline (which i discover a new use for it every week) it gives a nice sheen to my lips and keeps them subtle.

Second is Lush's Mint Julips Lip Scrub, which clears away the dead skin and it leave them moisturised and smooth and the smell and taste of Mint Julips is divine it's like mint choc chip ice-cream on a summers day. Yum! I also love the little jar it comes in so cute and seems to last a long time which is great for…

Afraid of the Dreaded Bath, Update:

I recently told you all about my little one and her fear of the Dreaded Bath. I am delighted to announce I have an update.

Every two to three nights I would turn on the dreaded immersion (and always forget to turn it off) and off I go and run a little bath for my little one, and like clockwork my little one knew exactly what I was up to and would start hiding and running through the house away from the bathroom. If we tried to bring her close she would cry so hard she would nearly make herself sick and would be shaking with fear. As I said before we had no idea how this had begun, we had no accidents no traumatic hot baths to frighten her nothing of note that would give her this uncontrollable fear. 
I didn't want to push it as I know what it's like to have a fear or phobia and didn't want to completely put her off for the rest of her life.
How It Unfolded:
So last night I went through the same motions except I wasn't holding out much hope, so I was completely at ease a…

Lidl Nappies Vs Big Brands

Where to start with the nappies....... Well I suppose it all began when we had our first baby in 2011, obviously nappies were on top of the list to buy so off I went down to our local Tesco. I was shocked by all the different brands and didn't know what to look at, it was a whole aisle dedicated to them. So I stuck with what I know a *big brand! I went with the *big brand as obviously all their advertising on telly had sunk in and all the mammies I knew were using them so that's how I chose.

As the months started to go by and the nappies were coming fast and furious I noticed they were taking a big chunk out of our weekly budget, so after 10 months of hundreds of nappies (seemed like millions at the beginning) I had enough.

I do my weekly shop in Lidl and noticed the amount of mammies going for Lidl's own brand Toujours Nappies, so I sparked up conversation with one of them. How long have you been using them? oh for months now. Do they leak? No never. Are they a good fit? …