Saturday, 27 September 2014

Back to school/college wishlist

Hello Everyone,

So, It's that time of year again. Students around the globe trudge (somewhat reluctantly) back to their schools/colleges/universities. I start my course October 4th - yay! To help get myself in the mood for study (or at least try) I have been browsing the internet for some bits and bobs that will assist me in acing all my essays. Or perhaps just make my desk space look ADORABLE.

Button Spot Backpack- Cath Kidston  // brilliant for lugging all those books and folders.
Mr Men sticky notes- Paperchase // sticky notes are a SAVIOUR
Delete rubber/eraser- Paperchase // don't we all need a delete button sometimes?
Mike Wazowski bobblehead (eek!)- Amazon // if anything is going to cheer me up it's studious Mike.
Nautical stripe notebook - Paperchase // essential for all my jottings
Neon Arrow page markers - Paperchase // perfect for highlighting with style.

I really hope you've enjoyed this post, let me know what's on your study wishlist.

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Until the next post, Niamh xx

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Make up look // Autumn Warmth

Hello Everybody,

It's AUTUMN! Hooray! My favourite season is finally upon us and as I am so overly excited about all things autumnal I've decided to create an Autumn make up look for you today. This is a really soft wearable look ( I'm not whipping out the winged liner and red lipstick just yet) using a lot of warm earthy tones. Teaming a burgundy based eye with long lashes and innocently pink lips and cheeks, it's barely detectable but just subtly there. A make up look as warm and cosy as drinking piping hot chocolate in your favourite woolly jumper. Sounds good to me.

Products used:
- Maybelline Color Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate
- Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in 101
- Benefit They're Real Mascara
- Soap and Glory Solar powder bronzer
- Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1 Fair
- Bare Minerals 'Warmth'
- Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
- Soap and Glory Lid Stuff Palette in 'What's Nude'
- Bare Minerals Prime Time
- Soap and Glory Cheekmate cheek and lip stain
- No. 17 Clear Definition Mascara
- Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
- Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
Brushes used:
- Real Techniques Powder Brush
- Real Techniques Blush Brush
- Real Techniques Shading Brush
- Eco Tools Flat liner brush

I really hope you have enjoyed reading this post, let me know if you would wear this autumnal twist on an everyday make up look.

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(also, can I just point out 3 blog posts this week, bravo me!)

Until the next post, Niamh xx

Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Liebster Award

Hello everyone,

This is a long awaited post. I must have been nominated at least 5 or 6 times. I am of course talking about the Liebster award, which is a way for us smaller blogs to spread alittle love in the blogging community. Most recently I've been nominated by Amy (amyslittleworld) and Amy (atouchofpastels), so thank you girls.

I'm now going to go ahead and answer the questions created by Amy (amyslittleworld) as she was the most recent blogger to tag me, before making up some questions of my own. So - without further ado - let's get started!

1. Would you rather read a book or watch a DVD?
This is really tough because of course it depends on which book/DVD you're talking about. I think if it was a really good mystery then a book but anything less thrilling perhaps a DVD.

2. Scariest dream you've ever had?
I don't know about scariest but the most memorable dream I had was when I was about six and I still remember it very vividly now. I was in a big cave and the rat from Barbie's the Nutcracker had grown into a giant and had his mouth wide open and was encouraging me to step inside. My mum was selling balloons by the entrance and was also encouraging me to head on in. needless to say I had no intention of going in. That's what you get when you ask questions like that. It's a wonder nobody's locked me up and thrown away the key!

3. How did you start blogging and why?
I started blogging as a way to communicate with my Instagram followers and just anyone who would ask me for recommendations or fashion/beauty advice. I just googled 'how to start a blog' and up popped blogger and the rest, as you say, is history.

4. Where would be your dream place to move?
Probably London because it's just so exciting there and absolutely brimming with interesting people and places. Also, I was born in London so it really does feel like home. I like Paris too but I feel the language barrier might be a problem, non? 

5. Who are your idols?
Roald Dahl and Tim Burton. Creative Genius' - 'nuff said.

6. What are you most afraid of?
Not having a voice and people not seeing the real me.

7. Favourite film and TV show?
Flushed away is my favourite film and I think either Doctor Who or Sherlock is my favourite TV show. 

8. If you had the opportunity to change something about your self would you? If yes, why?
I don't think I would but if I had to, I would want to be less critical of myself.

9. Worst teacher you've ever had?
Oh there have been so many. Why, you could populate a country with the amount of awful teaching I've received. I can't name and shame but there have been so many, I can't possibly choose. Also how do you interpret 'worst'. As in worst personality? worst at teaching? worst at actually being sane? (oh yes, there have been some nutters)

10. What's your biggest pet peeve?
When people sneeze and cough and litter and don't listen. LIKE JUST GET A TISSUE AND PUT IT IN THE BIN AND BE NICE AND LISTEN TO OTHERS. (I can get quite het up, as you can see)

11. Summer or Winter?
Winter without a doubt. Fires. Christmas. Dark Lipsticks. Hot chocolate. Snuggly coats. need I say more?

Now I've answered my questions it's your turn!

1.If you could have any animal as a pet what would it be?
2. If you could be fluent in one other language what would it be?
3.What is your saddest memory?
4.What is your dream career?
5.What's your favourite hobby?
6.What quality do you admire in another person?
7.Favourite book?
8.If you could live in another era would you? if so which one?
9. If you could be a mermaid or a fairy which would you choose?
10.What's your idea of ultimate humiliation?
11.What makes you smile?

I nominate Liv,  Lucy, Coral and Char and of course anybody else who would like to answer these questions feel free to use me as your nominator! 

Last but not least, here are the rules-

-You must answer all 11 questions given by the person who nominated you.
-You must link back to the person who nominated you and display the award on your blog (there are a number of different styles if you just search 'Liebster Award' in Google images).
-After completing the questions, you must nominate 11 bloggers (I know I didn't but I think this rule is flexible!) with under 200 followers and give them 11 questions of your choice.
-You cannot nominate the person who nominated you!

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Until the next post, Niamh xx

Monday, 15 September 2014

City ventures and shoplifting fun | Scrapbook Snaps

Hello Everyone,

I'm going to do another Scrapbook Snaps post today. The last one was really popular and I enjoy adding a more casual slant to my lifestyle posts.

Today's pictures are coupled with an little anecdote from when I went into the city for rehearsals and the only bus was 4 hours beforehand (hooray for public transport) so I had a lot of time to kill. Firstly I went into Debenhams to go to the ladies where a tiny old man was wandering around looking for the exit. #totallynormal

I then came out and picked up some food for later on in M&S (grabbing the one remaining chicken sandwich) before heading down to Topshop.

I went into Topshop and wandered and gazed longingly at all the new collection and then spotted this gorgeous dress. (see picture) I had wanted to get this dress ages ago when it first came out for prom season but not having anywhere to wear it to and not having any money, I decided against the idea.

But..and it's a big but - this dress was the only one on the reduced rack. Reduced from a whopping €103 to €27! And it was in my size. So I decided to try it on - surely a little thing like that can't hurt?
Well that sealed it, I just had to get the dress. So, using a combination of my lunch money and bus fare, I bought it! Although at the time it probably wasn't the wisest decision, I am glad I bought it.

I then headed into the art gallery (oooh!) and wasted some time in there looking at some very unhappy regal portraits. To be fair there were some nice landscapes too. I then popped to Costa and scraped together tuppence for a peach lemonade. (it was roasting!)

I then strolled back to Debenhams with my now very heavy bag ( I should really invest in a rucksack) before going to rehearsals. That was where the real fun began. So I walked into Debenhams, as one does, and set off the security alarms. I thought nothing of it and reassured myself that I am not a thief and therefore have nothing to worry about. I then walked into the beauty section where they had cunningly put another set of alarms (WOOP WOOP WOOP - that's the alarm btw.) I convinced myself their must be something wrong with the alarm and walked back through it, setting it off again. I was slightly panicked at this point so decided the best option was to get out ASAP. So I strode back out the entrance, setting off another set of alarms, and quickly off into the crowd, looking impossibly guilty. Not only was this a huge inconvenience, it made absolutely no sense! And the evil glares from passers by! I might as well of had 'shoplifter' tattooed on my forehead.

When I finally got home after an hour wait in the bus station surrounded by dodgy youths, and another hour and a half bus ride home, I opened my bag to reveal a big fat security tag left on my dress.

I just like to thank Topshop for an eventful and publicly humiliating time all thanks to your dozy cashier.

Nice view from the bus at least!

I really hope you have enjoyed this post, would you have done the same?!

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Until the next post, Niamh xx

Saturday, 6 September 2014

High End Splurges

Hello Everyone,

Recently I have splurged on some high end products. Oops. I don't usually buy a lot of high end products. As much as I'd love to, they always come with a high end price tag and can be quite tricky to source. So I slink back to Boots and find a drug-store alternative, until now. I have yet to do a blog post focusing on purely high end products so I have decided today to share my high end splurges with you. So we can all share in the luxuriousness of this very post. (or give my purse a breather at least)

Naked Skin by Urban Decay
I had done quite a bit of research into this foundation. My L'Oréal true match was sticking to my dry patches and had begun oxidising (which when you're pale, is a complete DISASTER). My BB cream wasn't cutting it either. So I began the hunt for a new foundation. I wanted medium coverage, not so light that it might as well not be there but not cakey and heavy either. I was essentially looking for a good, solid everyday foundation. I was also looking for something a bit more skin-friendly as I was concerned that all the chemicals in my other foundations were leading to break outs. A natural finish, very pale shade and easy to blend. Nothing else would do. So I scoured the internet and compiled all the reviews to reach one verdict - Naked Skin was the one for me. I strode into Brown Thomas, batting away the 'Do you want me to colour match you?' (never again) 'Do you need a powder/eye-shadow/lip gloss with that?' and managed to walk out with Urban Decay's Naked Skin in the shade 0.5 . I have only used this once so far, so I will save my thoughts for a proper review once I have analysed its pros and cons.

Bare Minerals Prime Time
I had bought the Bare Minerals starter kit last year, mainly for the foundation and it included a sample version of Bare Minerals Prime Time. Hands down the best primer I have ever used. I had 3 hours of sweaty rehearsal, lunch, shopping, a full show and nothing budged. So as I was saving this sample for special cases only, I decided to go out and buy its cheaper rival the Body Shop's InstaBlur primer. Unfortunately, I am not a fan of this primer. I might as well be putting Bonjela on my face (that's what it feels like). It does very little and you need lots to cover your whole face. That was the deal breaker, I caved in and bought the 30ml Prime Time. Good-bye melting make up!

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
I bought this at a Spa day when I was in Ediburgh. Ooh Niamh, I didn't know you went on Spa Days! Well, I don't but this was a one off opportunity - to have my privacy completely and utterly invaded. I ate lunch in the Hotel bar wearing nothing but a dressing gown - need I say more? Anyway, after the treatments and healthy special spa lunch and plenty of whale noises I decided to have a browse of the skincare stand. After reading lots of reviews online about how terrible I am for using (dun dun dunnn) make-up wipes, I decided to treat my skin to a cleansing balm. Claiming to remove all make up and daily grime as well as boost your skin with everything that is good in the world. AND it smelt of geraniums and yummy things. As it happened I had completely run out of make up remover (preparation is key) and needed some anyway. I strolled out the main entrance (fully clothed now of course) swinging my Elemis bag at passers by, convinced I would wake up with a whole new face. It doesn't exactly do that but it does smell nice.

I really hope you have enjoyed this post, let me know if you've splurged on anything recently.

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