Tuesday, July 31, 2012

When Friends Drift Apart & Friendship Ends...

...what do you do?

Have you ever been pushed aside by someone you thought was a great friend? I know friends drift apart all the time, and it genuinely upsets me. I've drift away from friends in the past, and I guess it was both our faults for not keeping in contact somehow. But what do you do when you keep in contact with a friend, then they start ignoring you, pushing you away? It's not nice, I'll tell you that much.

I was one of the few people that this friend could trust, tell anything to. It was someone I told things to...we talked a lot, I was always there. I know I've never done/said a thing to hurt or upset them, I'm not like that...yet they're just ignoring me. I've tried to keep contact with this friend, but they ignore it. So I can safely say, I'm not to blame in this situation. I've asked for an explanation, which has also been ignored. I have seriously tried, time and time again, to talk to this friend, yet it goes unnoticed. I'm done. 

It's quite sad, because I don't have many friends. So the friends that I do have, I tend to hold them close to my heart and always be there for them. I know I'm a good friend.

My question is...how do you know when a friendship is actually over? How long should you try to salvage the friendship? There's only so much you can do, but when is enough? A month? A year? You could say we've both changed, which is true, but we only talked normally maybe a two months ago. I still care for and I still love this friend to bits, but I'm not sure where to go from here. One thing's for sure though...

"False friends are worse than open enemies"

What do you do when a friendship ends?

Monday, July 30, 2012

My Week In Pictures

1. I've wanted a red with white polka dot mug for AGES!
2. This made me giggle...
3. Prince sitting on my laptop, hahaha!
4. Gorgeous new shoes 
5. Sonic the Hedgehog Classic Collection for Nintendo DS
6. Lemsip for my flu :(
7. Skittles...for my flu...
8. Tannnnnnn!
9. Moon...looks like cheese!
10. Prince loves the sun
11. Making rice krispie cakes
12. Neon pink nails :)

50 things...

1. What time did you get up this morning?
7am to feed the cat, then move to the spare bed...my fiancé's snoring is so loud! I went back to sleep and woke up properly at around 10am
2. How do you like your steak?
Well done. If there's any pink, nu-uh, I ain't eating that!
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Cabin In The Woods
4. What is your favorite TV show?
There's a few; Home & Away, Snog Marry Avoid, Family Guy...
5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Hmmn...Somewhere in the US
6. What did you have for breakfast?
Tea & toast
7. What is your favorite cuisine?
8. What foods do you dislike? or rather don't prefer?
Most veg...brussel sprouts. Eughhh

9. Favorite place to eat?
Captain Americas

10. Favorite dressing?
1000 Island, or just salad cream
11. What kind of vehicle do you drive?
I don't yet...but we have a BMW
12. What are your favorite clothes?
Bootcut jeans, wedges and a cute top.
13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
Half full...most of the time, hahaha!
15. Where would you want to retire?
16. Favorite time of day?
Night time, between 9pm-12am
17. Where were you born?
Dublin, Ireland
18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
None! If I had to choose...rugby
22. People watcher?
Hahahaha no
23. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Night person, definitely
24. Do you have any pets?
A cat named Prince
25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
Unfortunately not :(
26. What did you want to be when you were little?
I can't remember lol
27. What is your best childhood memory?
playing an electronic block game thing with my dad, family camp, watching shooting stars
28. Are you a cat or dog person?
29. Are you married?
30. Always wear your seat belt?
31. Been in a car accident?
32. Any pet peeves?
Too many to name...mainly the whole mascara thing with models wearing falsies in the advert. UGH!
33. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
34. Favorite Flower?
35. Favorite ice cream?
Plain old vanilla ;) or Vienetta. YUUUM
36. Favorite fast food restaurant?
McDonalds, always
37. How many times did you fail your driver's test?
Haven't done it yet!
38. From whom did you get your last email?
Checking now...Twitter. I got mentioned, woop!
39. What store would you max out your credit card?
New Look.
40. Do anything spontaneous lately?
Not really haha
41. Like your job?
I don't work right now :(
42. Broccoli?
43. What was your favorite vacation?
Haven't been on one...well, I've been camping in Wales...haha
44. Last person you went out to dinner with?
My fiancé
45. What are you listening to right now?
Eminem - Like Toy Soldiers
46. What is your favorite color?
47. How many tattoos do you have?
48. What do you like to do when nobody else is around?
Pamper myself and listen to some music
49. Favorite Movie?
Titanic, Mean Girls, The Notebook...there's quite a few
50. Coffee drinker?
The odd time!

Nails | Models Own 'Bubblegum'

I was doing a little retail therapy online the other day, and I came across the most GORGEOUS pink I've ever seen. It's by Models Own, and it's called Bubblegum. It's a beautiful vibrant neon pink, and no matter how many pictures I took, the camera still wouldn't pick up the colours, but the pictures I took are as close as I can get. Trust me when I say, it's amazing!

Even the Models Own website doesn't match exactly, but it's an absolutely gorgeous colour.
It compliments my tan really well, and looks amazing against dark clothing for a pop of colour! 

Two coats of Bubblegum by Models Own

I'm slightly annoyed that the pictures don't match the polish perfectly, but I'm in loooove with it! It's definitely going to be my (rest of) Summer nail colour!

I can't comment on the longevity just yet (I only got it in the post this morning) but from my experience, Models Own polishes are hard wearing and last ages! And as usual, I'm loving the bottle! I find the nail polish packaging sleek and chic, and who doesn't like that?

I bought Bubblegum for €7 from Littlewoodsireland, with free delivery. I'm sure it's around the same price in Boots. If you're in the UK, it's £5 on the Models Own website and in Boots.

Get yours now :)

Review | Avon MagiX Face Perfector (SPF20)

I had wanted this for a while as my I tried sister-in-law's, and I liked it.
It was priced at around €13.50 in the Avon catalogue, so I waited until it came down in price. I wasn't waiting long as it was soon half price!

It's a face perfector/primer, which is supposed to eliminate shine and help your foundation stay on longer. It also claims to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. The white gel formula feels really soft on my skin, and dries quickly. I find that, when it dries, it has a slight powder feel to it, but it feels really nice.

I don't use a lot, just a dab on my forehead, cheeks and nose. I always moisturise before I use it as I have dry skin. I have to be careful with some products as they cling to dry patches, but this doesn't. Shine is eliminated, which is always a plus.

As for helping foundation to last longer, I find it does! And on our rare hot sunny days here in Ireland, my make-up stays and doesn't melt away.

I have some enlarged pores around my nose, and this reduces them a lot, I love it!

The product also contains SPF20, so I wore it to the beach the other day to test it out...and my face didn't burn at all (even if my arms did a little!) I love the smell, and I know that some people don't but I do.
As for the price, I guess it depends on where you live. I know on www.ebay.com you can get it for as little as $6, so shop around.

It's a little miracle worker, and I would highly recommend it...I will repurchase!

Friday, July 27, 2012

New Shoe Love | Rainbow Print Wedges ❤

Eeeeeeeeeeeeek. I'm in love with them!

I bought these gorgeous peep toe wedges on ASOS, and they were reduced from over €55, to less than €17...AMAZING! They're still on offer so get them while you sill can. They're the most comfortable wedges/heeled shoes I've ever owned. And I own a lot.
The wedge itself is rainbow print, and the beautiful grosgrain ribbon ties up your calf.
Heel Height: 11cm/4.3 inches
Platform Height: 4cm/1.5inches

Perfect! ❤

The pictures show more detail...

How b-e-a-utiful do they look? And the pictures don't even do them justice, they're just too amazing for words!

Get yours here!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Review | St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse (pics, tips) ❤

The first time I bought this fake tan, I wasn't expecting a lot. After all, it's only around £2.99 a bottle from Primark, making it one of the cheapest tans out there. However, this is my THIRD bottle (and I've had it ages!)...so I think it's safe to say that I love it! It gives a gorgeous golden tan, no streaks, no fuss.

I've tried quite a few fake tans; Piz Buin, Sally Hansen, Garnier and St Tropez. But St Moriz wins, hands down! It's been compared to St Tropez many times, and it's said to be the 'cheaper version'. St Tropez retails for a whopping £30 a bottle, whereas St Moriz is less than £3. Total bargain!

Yesterday, it rained non-stop ALL DAY, so I thought I'd bring Summer to myself, and do my tan!


Before I tanned, I showered and shaved my underarms and legs, exfoliated gently, and applied a gorgeous body butter, paying particular attention to my knees, elbows, ankles and areas where I have psoriasis (usually upper arm). After an hour of allowing the body butter to sink in properly, I applied my tan using a tan mitt for my body, and a make-up sponge for my face.

Before: My leg

Before: My arm

My leg, TWO minutes after application


After applying the tan, you must wait 4-6 hours before showering. I waited 6 hours and showered at almost 3am, dried my hair and fell into bed. I couldn't really have a proper look at the tan as there wasn't natural light at 3am...haha


And the final results, this morning.

After: My leg

After: My leg

After: My arm

 After: My legs

 After: My arm


Application: goes on to the skin so smoothly, blends like a dream! So easy to apply, even over knees and elbows. The pump applicator is brilliant; 1-2 pumps is enough for each arm. ONE pump for your face should suffice.
Colour: gives a gorgeous golden tan with no streaks, tan looks natural, even as it fades.
Scent: like most fake tans, it has a slight biscuit smell, but that really doesn't bother me.
Longevity: I find my tan lasts around 3-5 days then starts to fade evenly.

Some little tips:
 If you want a darker tan, you can reapply in 3 days.
If you want a 'mid' tan, reapply in 5 days.

❤ If you have blonde/light hair, you may want to apply a THIN layer of Vaseline along the hairline (this is optional.) If you have dark hair, you don't need to worry about this step.

❤ If you suffer from eczema/psoriasis/other dry skin conditions, pay particular attention, when moisturising, to the affected areas. If your skin is dry, the tan may cling to the dry patches, making it look patchy. Moisturise WELL!

❤ After applying tan, stay naked (ooooh!) for as long as possible, to give the tan time to dry properly.

In the days after tanning, when you shower, exfoliate very gently and afterwards, use a body oil/body butter to help maintain the tan for longer. Some people choose to use a gradual tan moisturiser to keep the tan for much longer.

❤ If you don't like the 'biscuit' smell, you can apply a scented moisturiser.


Overall, I LOVE this tan. I'm going to do my tan more often; it gives me so much more confidence and makes me happier, and who doesn't want that? :)

If you haven't tried this tan yet, you should get your hands on it and soon! It's so amazing, and at that price, how can you say no? No sun damage, perfect tan and cheap as chips! Gorgeous, even colour and confidence for £2.99? YES, PLEASE! 


Wednesday, July 25, 2012


I hit 20,000 views, and 90 followers!! Ah I just did a little squeal. I will have a giveaway at 100 followers!


Thank YOU!

Face Of The Day | July 23rd

My make-up for July 23rd - we just ran some errands and went for lunch. I rarely wear make-up anymore, I really want to get back into it! My make-up was pretty simple...winged liner, red lips.
This is the make-up I used...

Avon MagiX Face Perfector
Maybelline SuperStay 24hr concealer in light
Avon Ideal Flawless foundation in light pink
ELF Pressed Powder in Porcelain
Catrice Limited Edition Bohemia Definition Bronzer
Rimmel blush in Autumn Catwalk
Avon eyeshadow quad in Sequins & Shine
Catrice eyebrow kit
Chit Chat highlighter
Avon Perfect Eyebrow pencil in Dark Brown
Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in Fatal Red


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Girl Crush of the Week | Jessica-Jane Clement

Isn't she gorgeous?!

You might think Jessica-Jane looks familiar...and it's probably because she's a model! She also appears in a TV show, 'The Real Hustle'. She's just perfect, and she's been my girl crush for a long time!

7 Products I Couldn't Live Without | Random

Things I couldn't live without, obviously apart from family, friends & my fiancé...

Family photo collage (made by a family friend)
My little man, Prince
Contact lenses!
Canon Powershot SX130IS

I tag YOU!

7 Products I Couldn't Live Without | Beauty

~ 6 make-up products & 1 perfume ~

I probably could live without these, but I'd rather live with them!

Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick - Pink Blush
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour foundation - True Ivory
Chanel No 5
Maybelline SuperStay 24H concealer - light
Benefit BAD gal lash mascara
Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Eyeliner - Intense Black
ELF eyelash curler

Pictures of Prince ♥

Just a small collage of pictures of my gorgeous little man 

Isn't he cute?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Dupe of the Day #3: MAC 217 blending brush


I remember the day I bought my MAC 217 blending brush...wow, was I excited! I think I paid €17 for it, which was steep, but it's MAC so it's to be expected. 
However...I have found a dupe! I bought this brush set on eBay months ago, and I love it. When I paid for it, it was on sale. That meant it was less than €2 (free p&p), so I bought a couple of sets.
I've bought three sets in total, but at the start, I wasn't expecting much from such cheap brushes. But they blew me away; the quality, how they worked...they haven't shed at all, they're not scratchy, and they WORK.


First of all, here is my MAC 217 (writing's totally faded!)...

 Here's the dupe...

And together...

I actually can't believe how great the cheap brush is. It does exactly the same as the MAC 217, but the brush head is slightly bigger, which I think is better. The only 'bad' thing (which isn't even bad), is that the dupe has a smaller handle than the MAC. It's still very easy to control and hold, but some people may prefer the longer handle. It doesn't bother me though. It blends easily and doesn't collect colour at all. PLUS, it doesn't shed! I'm going to buy more sets to build up my brush collection a bit, because I don't have that many brushes. 

The whole (amazing) brush set is a fraction of the cost of one MAC brush. Some people will be happier with the MAC brush (maybe because it's the most expensive) but honestly, I'd choose the cheaper version. It's seriously amazing, I can't even tell you how much I love it.

Random Photo Tag

I came across this post on another blog. I wasn't tagged, but I wanted to do it anyway!

Go to the fourth file in your pictures, then the fourth image. Explain the image.

Here's mine...

Webcam picture! I had just painted my nails as mushrooms from Super Mario. I think this is definitely one of my favourite nails art designs! I've done it a couple of times since. Love it, so bright & colourful.

I tag YOU!

Dyeing My Little Brother's Hair Blue

When I had my hair blue, my little brother Russell (15), loved it. I promised him that I would dye his hair blue when he was on his Summer holidays from school...so I did!

This is my hair when it was blue...


The products we used were:
Jerome Russell BBlonde Hair Lightener (permanent) - best bleach ever!
LaRiche Directions Hair Colour in Atlantic Blue (semi-permanent)

Excuse the crap pictures, they were all taken at night, except the last one!

 Before...a medium brown

 After the bleach...he looked like Eminem! Notice the teeny bit of brown that didn't get any bleach on it, hahaha!

 With the blue dye on his hair

 After...at night, no flash

The next day in natural light, no flash. Amazing! :)

He's thrilled with it, heehee.

Review | 'Balance Me' Wonder Eye Cream

 'Balance Me' Wonder Eye Cream

This little 7ml tube (worth £11) came free with Glamour magazine, and I was keen to try it. I love the packaging, it's so simple and easy to just throw in your bag or for travelling. I had never heard of Balance Me, but I done my research and found that it's all natural, and paraben and sulphate free.

The Balance Me website, says:

Our three-in-one naturally active eye cream is rich but not heavy and absorbs beautifully. We’ve blended Roman chamomile and skin-brightening lemon, cucumber oil and witch hazel with super hydrating hyaluronic acid, anti-oxidant spruce knot, softening and smoothing virgin coconut, rosehip and carrot oils, all to help brighten and smooth the delicate skin around your eyes.
Lightly pat and smooth around the eye area twice daily after applying our moisture-rich face cream or balancing fluid moisturiser.


I say:

This product is fantastic! I've been using it since the day I got it (over a week ago). It smells good, and you only need a tiny bit of cream for each eye. I have a couple of fine lines under my eyes, and this has helped to reduce them. I have dark circles too and this has definitely helped to lighten them, yay! I've been using it in the morning and at night, for over a week now and it's working already, which is amazing! Hopefully the longer I use it, the more youthful I'll look ;)

The 7ml tube is worth £11, and a 10ml tube retails for £14. It's worth it, and I will repurchase if I can get my hands on it. Definitely recommended, and I think it's one of Glamour's best freebies yet!

Free gift with Glamour magazine

I went out to buy Glamour (over a week ago), and I was pleased to see that it came with a little free gift.

There was a choice of FOUR products, all by 'Balance Me', a natural skincare brand.
- Pure Skin Face Wash (worth £11)
- Wonder Eye Cream (worth £11)
- Balancing Face Moisturiser (worth £11)
- Rose Otto Intensive Lip Salve (worth £12)

Worth a whopping £45 in total! I chose the Wonder Eye Cream, as I have loads of lip balms, moisturises and face washes! I only have one other under eye cream, so I was keen to try this. 

Review coming soon...

Product Empties #1

I love when I use a product up; I have a lot of half-full (and new!) products in my bathroom, so it's quite a relief when I use one up. I was sorting through everything the other day, and I really do have a lot. I am now on a spending ban until I use up some of the products I have...which will take a while!

Products I've used up:

Boots Simply Sensitive Cleansing Lotion (was £2.79, now £1.39)
Removes all traces of face make-up, and leaves my skin feeling fresh, cleansed and refreshed. Brilliant for my dry, sensitive skin too, and an amazing price too.

Johnson's Daily Essentials 24hour Moisturising Day Cream - dry skin (£4.07)
This moisturiser was my favourite for so long (until I found my current one...then I used both, switching between). I went through 3 or 4 tubs of this. It's amazing, and one tub lasts for ages. I used it ten minutes before I applied my makeup, as a base. It didn't feel greasy or heavy on my skin either.

TRESemme Thermal Recovery Conditioner (£4.05)
Possibly the best conditioner I've ever used...and I've used a lot! It smells amazing, lasts for ages and leave my hair feeling silky, soft and really easy to manage and style. I really need to repurchase this, it's worth every penny/cent!

Gorgeous by Gok [Wan] body wash (part of a set)
Absolutely gorgeous! Leaves a lingering scent on my skin, which I can't even describe. The only word I CAN use to describe it is...heavenly! It's simply gorgeous and so soft on my skin. After using it, my skin feels silky and, as the name suggests, gorgeous!

Impulse True Love body fragrance (was £1.99, now £0.99)
Yum, yum, yummmmmm!

Simple Kind To Eyes eye make-up remover (£3.39)
Removes all eye make-up so easily, even waterproof mascara. Doesn't hurt or sting if it comes in contact with your eyeball (which is always the case with me!)

Boots Smooth Care Facial Wax Strips (£4.49)
I think all of us girls are prone to a little hair on the upper lip...I know I am! Once a month, I use these strips on my upper lip, and between my brows. All hairs are removed, it's not painful at all, and results last ages! To heat up the wax, I just blow my hairdryer on the strip for a few seconds. Much better/easier than rubbing the strip between your palms!


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