Monday, 29 July 2013

Good Things - Deep Pore Anti Blemish Lotion

Hi guys!
The lovely Suzie over at Wizard Publicity recently sent me out a "sample" of Good Things Deep Pore Anti Blemish Lotion. Now I say "sample" because it was a full size bottle I received which I was delighted with! When I first received this I was really excited to use it and at first sniff it smelt so fresh... Really summery.
The brand Good Things was created by Alice Hart-Davis who designed the skin care range to make the most of young skin. Alice's philosophy is the young skin needs to be kept clean, exfoliated and hydrated. All of her products are free from mineral oils, parabens, sodium lareth and have not been tested on animals!
So the actual product it self… I've been using it for just under a month now and it's become a part of my daily beauty regime. It's a 2 in 1 cleanser and toner which helps to unclog pores without stripping your skin of natural oils. I've been using this morning and night and I've noticed my skin looks a lot brighter and areas which are prone to nasty blemishes and blackheads have been cleared significantly. Now it takes a lot for me to venture outside my house without a full face of make up, but after using this I feel a lot more confident flashing my natural skin tone!
And the best part it's quite cheap, €6.99 for a 200ml bottle. And the smallest bit goes a long way. AND there no need to wash it off, just apply with a cotton pad and let it dry!
I'm in love with this product and it'll definitely be a part of my everyday essentials and I'm going to try pick up a Good Things moisturiser. I'd highly recommend you to test it out!
Have you tried any Good Things products? What do you think about the brand?
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Wedding Time

Hi all!
I've become a terrible blogger and I'll admit that. I have some posts which have been in the works for a few weeks now but I promise they'll be up soon enough!
So, I'm literally in the door from Kerry (which is in the south west of Ireland) and I'm absolutely cream crackered! I was at my cousin Phils wedding, who's the first nephew in the family to get married. It was emotional at times but a great day was had by all. I drove down on Thursday which was actually great fun. We stopped off in Moneygall which is the "Ancestral Home of President Obama"... We had time to spare since my parents left a good 2 hours after us. We then stopped off for a bit of grub in Adare which is in Limerick. We finally arrived in Kerry and met the rest of the family. It's about a 3 and a half hour journey and I only got lost when I came into Killarney itself. 
On the way home was a different story though. I got lost coming out of Killarney and ended up driving through Cork, which added another 45mins onto the trip. We stopped off in Laois on the way home, which is a county I absolutely adore! 
I just wanted to share some pictures of the wedding and my trip that I took along the way. I have a lot more on my camera but laziness has taken over and I'm not bothered digging out my laptop!
Our stop off  in Moneygall
The groom and grooms men!
Guess which lady is my mammy!
The detail
My make-up for the day
I had such a fantastic few days away and it was great to spend some time with my family and have a laugh. 
Have you ever been to Kerry? If you haven't and you live in Ireland you need to get down there it's beautiful!
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Monday, 15 July 2013

Nip+Fab Dry Leg Fix

Apologies for disappearing for awhile but again I've been extremely hectic. So, one of the good things about working in convenience store is that sometimes the lads keep the samples off magazines for you! I'm one of few girls left in the store so I basically get first choice! This doesn't happen very often but when it does its fantastic.
So one of the freebies I got recently was Nip+Fab Dry Leg Fix and I already love Nip+Fab products. I'm going to admit something I'm quite ashamed of, I barely shave my legs or moisturise them or do anything really with them...mainly because they're hidden under a pair of tights or leggings! I don't get dry legs but sometimes the stubble gets a bit irritating and itchy. 
This product smells fantastic and it worked really well in stopping that irritating itch. And Nip+Fab products are usually quite cheap which is a huge bonus. I've been using this Dry Leg Fix for the past week and I actually feel more comfortable about getting my legs out more. They look more moisturised and feel a lot better. Overall it's a fantastic product and I'll defo be popping this on my beauty buy list!
What do you think of Nip+Fab products? Have you tried their Dry Leg Fix?

Friday, 5 July 2013

Budget Powder Brush

Hi all!
It's been such a hectic week for me, I've hardly had a chance to think! I'm working 5 days which is a bonus but trying to organise holidays and weddings and squeezing time in for himself and herself its fairly tough! I've some bad news, my first ever car made its last journey yesterday and I'm not going to lie but it was actually really sad (I know I'm such a loser)… Marty has literally been my escape route over the past three years!
But the good news is, I got a new(ish) car. I say newish because my sister actually got a new car and I took her old one, which came at the perfect time because I could feel Marty really struggling the past few weeks! 
So, this post isn't just about Marty the Micra, it's basically all about a new powder brush I picked up last week (I wanted to use it for bronzer though). 
I really needed a brush that I didn't mind destroying, but it needed to be a budget buy. I picked one up for €1.50 in Penneys/ Primark and I thought it was really cute and loved that it could just sit on my dresser…and its pink so would fit into my decor perfectly! I honestly didn't expect it to be perfect or the best make-up brush I have, but this kind of took the piss to be honest. It was fairly rough when I first felt it and when I used it I noticed there were pick strands everywhere! When I looked closely at the top of the brush I noticed that it was literally shedding… a ridiculous amount! I kind of thought it would be a once off so ran it over my hand a few times and sort of tried to remove the loose strands… it just kept shedding though.
I'm so glad I didn't pay any more than €1.50 for it though and I think I've learnt my lesson about buying cheap brushes. From now on I'll be picking up more expensive brushes, that will last longer than a few minutes!
Have you tried any of the Penneys/ Primark make-up brushes? What brushes would you recommend on a budget?
Dawn xXx

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Willow&Clo New Sound Wave Collection

Hello ladies!
As anyone that really knows me, knows that I have an obsession with jewellery. I love all types really, and I usually wear quite chunky accessories on nights out. However, for everyday wear I usually choose more delicate pieces. I am however very basic with these and wear the same pieces on a day-to-day basis. Most of my jewellery I wear everyday has a particular meaning to me, and these comprise of my Claddagh ring and my Thomas Sabo or Newbridge charm bracelet.
I was recently notified of the new Sound Wave collection from Willow&Clo and instantly fell in love. The whole concept behind these is that they are secret messages engraved on delicate and beautiful discs, so only you know what these sound waves mean...clever right?! I've compiled a small mood board of my favourite pieces from the collection, and to be honest it was difficult to choose only three. With these I've also included what each sound wave means.

Willow&Clo Mood Board

The first piece I choose was a delicate bracelet with a simple engraving saying "Strength", simple and cute. This is on sales for €99
The second piece from the collection which I loved was an open circle necklace which is engraved with the sound wave "Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you will land amongst the Stars". I love that this was an open circle and sort of reminded me of a ring on a necklace. This retails for €125.
The final piece I selected was a double disc necklace, which is engraved with the sound wave "Carpe Diem" which means "seize the day". I've always loved this saying, and someone which I know has this tattooed down their side, which I think is pretty awesome. This piece retails for €149. Although these a quite expensive, they are definitely something which would mean a lot to someone and would always be held quite dearly.
This led me to think, if I could choose one sound wave to have engraved on a piece, what would it be?! After throwing out lots of ideas to himself, I eventually realised I would want a piece that is completely unique to me, yet would still relate back to most people. I chose one word... Perseverance. I originally thought choosing one word would be a bit silly, you know when people get those Chinese symbols tattooed onto them that mean hope, love, peace, strength and dancer (yes I know someone who has that tattoo) and I didn't want this, but when I chose this word I thought it was perfect. 
This all come from the fact that I was telling my boyfriend I want something to show that life is shit at times, but you have to keep pushing through all the shit to get to the rainbow...cheesy I know, but the past year has really shown me how persistence is so important within your life. There were so many times throughout this year that I could have just given up, and not put in 100% to everything I do, but I didn't. Perseverance and hard-work is why I am where I am today, and why I will be where I want to be in the future. Basically the entire meaning behind this is that you should never give up. Life will always throw you a few curve balls, but get back on your feet and deal with it. Perseverance is why I finished this year with the results I strived for, and that's why I chose this meaning. Some people may not fully understand my choice, but I have grown to love it. 
If you could choose one word or sentence to have engraved in sound waves what would you pick?! What do you think about the new collection from Willow&Clo?!