Friday, 30 August 2013

Ireland Part 1 - Journey, Gurteen, Derrylahan.

I went to Ireland for a week this August with my family, to our house in Mayo. My Granddad comes from Derrylahan, Mayo and since I was a just a few months old we have been going over there. My parents bought their own house over there in Gurteen, Mayo, sixteen years ago, just a fifteen minute drive from my Granddads house. This year, my parents, my sister Hannah, her partner Dave and their son Caleb, my brother Liam and his girlfriend Jo, my sister Louise and her boyfriend Craig and I went over. Safe to say we had a house full!

The journey consists of driving from Birmingham to Holyhead in Wales, a boat trip of three and a half hours and another drive, from Dublin to Mayo. All in all, it takes about thirteen hours.

Having dinner on the boat, i had to get some Tayto crisps!

This is my parents house in Ireland, a three bedroom bungalow, built in the fifties I believe.
I apologise for the picture being a bit rubbishy, I was only able to get a photo of the house without cars in front of it when I was in the car myself.
Up until a couple of years ago, our closest neighbour was a twenty minute walk away, a family bought the land beside ours and have built a house on it, so we now have neighbours and they have sheep!

The day after we arrived, we went up to my Granddads house to check on it, he is usually in Ireland around the same time as us and we go up to see him, but this year he went earlier in the summer. Despite the house being empty, it would be weird to not have gone up there.

The house was built in the early 1900's and was originally just a three room house, which my Granddad, his parents and seven brothers and sister shared! Could you imagine living like that now?
After my great-granddparents died, the house wasn't used very much and became a bit of a wreck, however my father and his brothers went out and repaired it. It's now got three bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, dining room and bathroom.

There was once several houses dotted along the lane, however as people died or moved away the houses were abandoned and left to ruin. The house pictured above is the only other 'house' left on the lane, other than my Granddads. It's been empty for about twenty years. I love hearing about the History of the area and what life used to be like back then, because it's such a drastic contrast to how things are now and it makes me feel incredibly lucky.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation - 210 Sandy Beige

After using Maybelline dream matte mousse and not loving it, I decided to try Maybelline Fit Me Foundation. I got 210 - Sandy beige, which I've found to be a fair bit darker than the usual colour I go for, but as I bought it online, I hadn't been able to check it matched and judging from swatches online I thought it would be alright. Luckily, once I put powder over it to set my make up, it doesn't look as dark and the only comments I've had is that it look a little bit tanned, so I'm pretty happy with it really.

If you have oily skin, I wouldn't suggest this, however I think it's great for normal/dry skin, which is what I have. The coverage is great, with the dream matte mousse, it never properly covered up the redness of my cheeks, but this does a great job! The only negative comment I can make is that the bottle doesn't have a pump, meaning I have to pour it onto my hand before application, so it can be a bit messy and I always worry I'll pour too much out and waste some!
It's RRP is £7.99, which I would be willing to pay for the product, however on Fragrance Direct it's just £4.50, so I'll stick to purchasing it from there.

Thursday, 22 August 2013


Photo courtesy of my sister

Today, I'm setting off on a 12 hour/350 mile journey to Mayo,Ireland. It takes so long because we drive and get the ferry over. My family have been going to Ireland every year since I was just a baby. I haven't been over since I was thirteen, but this year all my family are going over, as it's more than likely the last chance we will have to all be there, due to uni, jobs etc. I'm really looking forward to it and there will be a blogpost about it once I'm back and have the photos sorted.

See you in a week bloggers!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Pretty Please #11

I've started thinking about Autumn clothing and how to spend my student loan when I get it in October. I've been wanting some more boots, because I wear my doc martens pretty much everyday, so I want something a little different and I love the studs on these ones. Black jeans are a staple piece for Autumn/Winter and I would love a new watch! River Island have some lovely ones, for a good price...I had to come to terms with the fact I can't afford a Marc Jacobs watch.

New Look Boots / Miss Selfridge Shirt / New Look Jeans / River Island Watch
New Look Shirt / Topshop Beanie

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Week In Pictures #33: Learn from your mistakes

Had a pretty sweet week. I spent the early hours of Monday morning baking a cake, which I have been told by many people, tasted amazing. Considering a career as a baker now, haha. Met up with friends in the pub on Thursday and also had a night out in town for a friends birthday on Friday, so I'm going to try and be really healthy this week to make it up to my body.

1. Bored. 2. Baked a cake for my mothers birthday. 3. Got rid of the ombre.
4. Healthy breakfast. 5. Drunk in the pub. 6. Bored, again.

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Thursday, 15 August 2013

Calvin Klein Delicious Luxury Creme Lipstick 'Delightful'

One can never have too many lipsticks and I'm currently working on increasing my collection. After the majority of my make up running out around the same time, does that happen to anyone else? I was straight onto Fragrance Direct to order some items and a lipstick (or 2) just happened to appear in my basket.
Yet another pink lipstick 'Calvin Klein Delightful' has become part of my collection and it's currently neck and neck between this or this one, which I desperately need to replace, being my favourite colour lipstick.

Taken in natural light.

The colour is quite a bold pink, perfect for a night out, but not too bold that it isn't wearable on a day to day basis. It had a slight glossy finish and it feels moisturising, which is huge plus in my books as I often suffer from dry lips. The lipstick does need reapplying from time to time in order to top up the colour, but I find that with the majority of lipsticks anyway, due to eating and drinking taking some of the colour away. At just £1.99, I would definitely invest in more from Calvin Klein. This is my third lipstick from CK and I haven't been disappointed in quality or colour yet!

What do you think of the colour? Do you have any of these in a colour you'd recommend? 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Day trip to Worcester

Last week myself and my three friends Emily, Ed and Josh took a trip to Worcester. Starting last year, when we're all back from uni for the holidays, we take trips to places in the Midlands for a day out. 

Once in Worcester, we walked to the river, intending to have lunch in a little pub that is along side it, well once we saw the prices on the menu, that plan went out the window!

After sitting by the river for a bit, we went to see the Cathedral...
 ...where me and Josh decided that parts of it looked like Hogwarts, which we were quite impressed with.

Afterwards, we walked back into the middle of town to eat. We came across Bytheways cafe and it was the smoothies that made us go in.
 After lunch we went to the Museum and Art Gallery

 And naturally ended the day with a trip to the pub. I just can't say no to a vodka lemonade.

Is there anywhere in the midlands that you'd recommend taking a trip to?

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Week In Pictures #32: Take what you need now, honey

Had quite a relaxed week, spent time with my sister as always and babysat my nephew from 7am - 2pm on Tuesday, which absolutely killed me yet I'm doing it again this week? Saw friends and had a night out in town, which of course resulted in my spending the next day in bed.

1. Jumper and Jeans in August. 2. Nail Wraps. 3. Babysitting my nephew, forced to colour in.
4. My pup with the ducks in the park. 5. Elle. 6. Trip to Worcester.
7. Lunch. 8. New make up. 9. Watercolour painting.

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Friday, 9 August 2013

Avon Nail Art Design Strips

I've probably mentioned this before, but nail varnish is not my friend! It only lasts a few hours, if that, before chipping, but that's not even the worst part. My nails must be extra sensitive to the chemicals in nail varnish as after wearing it for only a short amount of time, my nails become very weak and split. Because of this I've been looking into alternatives, which led me to nail wraps and to my luck, before I got round to buying any, I was given two packs of Avon Nail Art Design Strips from an Avon rep in my area.

The nail wraps were really simple to put on and there is a how to guide that comes in the set which is useful if you've never used nail wraps before. These only lasted on my nails for about 18 hours before they began peeling off, which is quite disappointing, however it's still longer than nail varnish lasts on my nails and they aren't damaging at all. At £4.50 a set, personally I wouldn't buy these, due to them not lasting long enough for it to be worth the price and there are a multitude of nail wraps on eBay for much cheaper. I'll definitely used nail wraps again, even if they don't last a long time, they would be perfect for a night out or particular event.

Have you used nail wraps? What did you think?

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Banana and Oat Bites

 A few days ago, I was bored and hungry, so I thought what better time that to try out a recipe I've never used before? I came across a Banana and Oatmeal Cookies recipe, it's Vegan/Vegetarian friendly and with just two ingredients needed, very simple.
All you need is:
1 Banana
1/2 cup of Oats

Chop up the banana into slices.

Mash the banana and oats until combined.

Take teaspoon size portions and roll into a ball shape.

Place onto a greased baking tray. I used Vitalite Dairy Free Spread , which is available in most supermarkets, to make sure I kept the recipe Vegan. Of course if you're not vegan, you can use dairy butter. 

Place into the oven at 180° for fifteen minutes.
Once cooked place into a cooling tray, but you can eat them warm, like I did with a couple...

They're particularly lovely with a bit of jam.

These are great to have as snacks or to have a bowl for breakfast. It means you can make up a batch whenever you have time and keep them for the morning if like myself you rarely make time to have breakfast.

There is approximately just 160 calories in this batch, meaning just 13/14 calories per piece!

The recipe is versatile and in the future I want to try making them with raisins/almonds/coconut.

Let me know if you have a go at making these and what you think of them.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Week In Pictures #31: I'll see you on the flip side

Started my week by redecorating my bedroom, it feels so much fresher and lighter in here now and ended the week attending my Aunts wedding which was lovely and a night out in uprawr.

1. Sanding is my least favourite thing. 2. Newly Painted Bedroom. 3. Missed wearing my leather jacket.
4. Geordie Shore and Vogue. 5. BBQ and Cider. 6. Ducklings in the park.
 Wedding Outfit. 8. Weekend wounds. 9. Tea and Elle.

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Friday, 2 August 2013

Nicky Clarke Desired Ceramic Tong

I'm going to a wedding on Saturday (this first wedding I'll have been too since I was about seven), so I've been trying to decide how to have my hair. I always wear my hair straight, as it's just easier for me to do, but I thought as it's a wedding I should try something a bit different. My mother went out the other day to buy straighteners, yet somehow came back with curling tongs. Not that I'm complaining as she's now given them to me and I've been meaning to get some for so long!
The tongs in question are Nicky Clarke Desired Ceramic Tong and are £22.99

I split my hair into eight sections, curled them and then brushed my hair through and I'm pretty happy with the results, I'll just make sure I do it neater for the actual wedding! I think these tongs would be great for those with long, thick hair like myself, as it took me not even twenty minutes to curl my hair, which is brilliant considering it took me nearly an hour with the curling tongs I used before this. I would definitely recommend this product, as I'm really impressed after my first use and they're less that £25!