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What's In My Makeup Bag - Linky

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I'm so excited to share "What's in my Makeup Bag?" part of the link up with Sara from Where is my mind?. I haven't done a post like this since...let's just say a long time.

First off I love this Benefit Makeup bag that I have and it's perfect for all that I need. I love how it opens up to so I'm not fishing around blindly trying to find what I need.




For my foundation I use the MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 in the shade NW13 & I think I could go a shade lighter but I'm hoping that the sun might come out soon. For my contour (I use the term lightly as that's how light I go) I'm using the NYX Powder Blush in the shade Taupe, this works perfect on my pale skin for contouring it also has a slight purplish undertone to it. This is really great for building the colour as well so works for me to chisel those cheekbones. For concealer I'm going between Wet n Wild CoverAll & Benefit Fakeup. I save the Benefit Fakeup  for when my under eyes…

What's In My Bag - Linky

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Dove Deeply Nourishing Body Wash

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I'm back now after a little break, sometimes breaks can be good and today we are off to a good start with a great budget friendly body wash.

The dove scientists have been busy of late bringing us a great body wash that does all the mositurising when we shower. This one has been a winner in our shower, so much so that hubby has being using it too.
As you all know if you read my blog regularly I'm always looking for ways to speed up my mornings and this is one of those products that helps me cut out moisturising separately and then waiting for it to soak in before getting dressed.
It smells lovely and fresh, and my skin is left feeling like it got it's daily moisture. I didn't notice a huge difference at first with my skin but after a about two weeks I noticed that my skin was actually feeling much better especially around my upper arms where I have eczema, and I'm putting it down to the Dove Deeply Nourishing body wash because it has been the only thing new that I …

Netflix: Family

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This month on Netflix sees the arrival of new a comedy show. "Grace and Frankie" centres around two women who find themselves sharing the same patch after their husbands leave them. For each other. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star as the title characters, and do a great job in the roles. Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston as their husbands are equally good. This isn't the first time Fonda and Waterston have shared the screen in recent years, as both were on the fantastic "The Newsroom".

This show brought up the topic of "family". The more I thought about it, the more I realised that in terms of movies, the word "family" has a few different uses. You have family movies; movies for everyone in the house to enjoy. You can have movies about families, and you can have families of movies, such as all the Marvel films that have come out in recent years. 
I've decided to take a look at some examples of each, all streaming now on Netflix in the UK an…

Summer Beauty Essentials

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It's that time of year again (I hope, it's hard to know with Irish weather), and it's time to get the sandals out, the sunscreen, the spring colours and dare I say insect bites!

During the summer months I wear very little makeup, I like to keep things minimal, but there are some things I can't go without.

1. Riemann P20 Sun Protection Factor 30 200ml (€32.99). This is a firm favourite of mine and has been since one of my best friends and I bought this at the airport before flying off on holidays in 2008. I never burn wearing this and it makes my skin look brilliant because it's an oil. It dries in super quick and offers once a day (10 hour) protection. I do tend to pop it on twice though for extra safety and this is just habit. It now comes with a new spray action so big thumbs up for that.

2. Emoji Micro Pedi Nano (€39.95). My feet have been in hiding since last summer so they weren't the prettiest, but with the Micro Pedi Nano that has changed and I'm re…

Blogging Community and Friendships

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This May I am coming up to 2 years of blogging. I am often asked about the friendships I've made through blogging and how if it's possible. 


At first I was very dubious about meeting people that I only spoke to over the internet, but when a meetup came about in Dublin by a well known Irish brand I decided that it would make the perfect opportunity to finally meet some bloggers face to face. Once my confidence grew I ended up going to more meetups and discovering that the lovely bloggers were open and such lovely and inspiring people.



I have made some amazing friends over the last two years, friends that even if I gave up blogging tomorrow we would still have that friendship. Not only do we have blogging in common we also have other loves and passions that we don't talk about in the public forum. It's always great to meet new people and learn from each others experiences. I've also found it great for Lillibug because now she has also made friends too. The community…

Bioline Jatò Review

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I was delighted to recently be sent some products from Italian skincare company Bioline Jatò. This family run business have many years of experience in skincare having been established in 1979. 

I received the Soothing Serum with Aloe Vera (€35.98), Bilberry Hydrating Cream (€53.20) and Bilberry Refreshing Gel Mask (€40.90) from the Vintage 79 Sweet Relief line which is for sensitive, easily irritated, dehydrated skin. It also reduced redness. 
The Sweet Relief products contain Hydro-Soothing Complex (Black Bilberry, Hamamelis, Aloe Vera, Enteromorpha Compressa) which, per the company, ‘makes skin more resistant to external aggressions, providing comfort and freshness.’ It is a statement which I agree with completely. 
The serum is a lovely light gel consistency.  I applied a pea sized amount of the serum morning and evening and it is recommended to apply extra to any areas that would be more sensitive and for me that would be my cheeks. The aloe vera is soothing and it absorbs well. It …

Darkness Into Light 2015

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2am Saturday morning saw me getting out of bed and getting kitted out for Darkness into Light 2015.  A 5km walk/run in aid of Pieta House and supported by Electric Ireland. This is my second year to take part. I hadn't registered this year as I wasn't well and was going to sit it out, but I couldn't get it out of my head. I knew I had to do it again.

It was nearing time to go when Lillibug heard me getting my stuff and she came out with "doggy" (her favourite teddy) and asks "where are you off to?". She didn't believe me when I said I was going to bed, so I decided to take a chance and bring Lillibug so we could do it together because she is my light and brings me from the dark. I've battled with depression and last year was the toughest for me so doing the walk, meant even more this year.


We made our way to Enniscorthy to an amazing but tranquil atmosphere. It was amazing to see so many young kids and teenagers taking part and everyone talking…

Evening Skincare Routine

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Hope you all enjoyed my recent Morning Skincare Routine, and without further ado here is my evening routine!

I like products in the evening that I can relax and take my time with. 

You may have seen me talk about the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser (€28) in my morning routine. I love this cleanser so much I like to use it twice in a day!

Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub (€31.00). This is my luxury scrub which, if I don't do it in my morning routine, then I will use in the evening. Most scrubs can make my skin feel like it's getting zapped of moisture, but this is a whole new experience. My skin glows after using this too.

I really love the Nivea Q10 Plus Eye Cream (€11.79). I have awful bags under my eyes in the mornings but this has really helped, as well as adding moisture back into that area.

My moisturiser of choice without a doubt is The Cream Nourishing Face Cream by The Pink Cow Brand (€49.95), I can not rave about enough. Yes it's on the pricey side, but …

A to Z of Me Tag

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Big thank you to Rod over at Modern Dad Pages for tagging me to this. It took me ages to actually do this because I think I am the most uninteresting person! So hopefully you might learn something about me from this, and if you don't drop off to sleep before reaching Z then fair play to you!

A - When talking I can get very animated so be careful of swinging hand.
B - I'm blogging 2 years at the end of this month and it has very much become a part of me.
C - I can be very clumsy, this comes with having fibromyalgia, so I have a tendency to fall or bump into things.
D - My name is Danielle, which means God is my Judge. I also started off this blog using Lilliwhiterose as a pseudonym but that went out the window about a year ago.
E - I can get over excited about the littlest of thing, I'm just a big child at heart.
F - I am a loyal friend and would do anything for my friends. 
G - Grateful for the amazing family and friends that I have in my life.
H - When I believe in something I ca…