Sunday, 28 June 2015

The Versatile Blogger Award

Reading a comment on Thursday evening telling me I'd been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award made my week! Thank you so much to Leonni for nominating me! You should definitely go check out her blog - I love it and I know you will too!

So the rules of this award are:
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Include a link to their blog
  • Write 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers to pass the award on to

My 7 random facts:
  1. In September I will start my final year of school before going to university if all goes well.
  2. At uni I hope to study International Business Management with Spanish.
  3. My favourite book and film series is The Hunger Games.
  4. I had been in 4 different continents by the time I turned 3 but haven't been outside of Europe since
  5. I have a cat called Angel and at the end of July I'm getting another kitten which we are calling Oscar. I'm so excited to get him!
  6. My favourite TV show at the minute is Once Upon a Time. It's sooo good!
  7. I'm a huge chocoholic. I don't think I can survive a day without eating something with even a tiny bit of chocolate in it!!!

My 15 nominees:
Thanks again to Leonni for nominating me! I can't wait to read everyone else's 7 facts! :)

- Caoimhe x

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Rimmel Fix and Perfect Primer | Review

I bought this primer way back in February and wrote briefly about it in my 'Boots Haul + Reviews' post. I had promised a more in-depth review of it in March so three months later I'm finally getting round to it! I wear this primer under my foundation most days and find that it makes it easier to apply my foundation and makes it last all day.

It claims to be a 5-in-1 product. It says that it smoothes, resurfaces, brightens, mattifies and protects the skin as well as prolonging foundation wear. The first thing I will say is that I agree that it smoothes, resurfaces, brightens and protects but I don't agree that it mattifies. It has a moisturising feel to it and I find it looks and feels more like a hydrating primer than a mattifying one. This is great for my dry skin because it allows my foundation to just glide on and look really smooth. I love how moisturised it makes my skin feel! But I wouldn't recommend it if you have oily skin. I could imagine it would do the opposite and make your foundation slide off so soon after applying it. 

I find that this primer is great at prolonging foundation wear. I apply it after moisturising, put on my foundation and put a small amount of powder on top to keep it in place and I find my make-up can last for ages. In fact, last week I had to go into school for an exam and wanted to put on a bit of foundation because my skin wasn't looking good at all. I used this under the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (which I previously wrote a review about here) and it stayed perfectly in place from about 7:30am to 10pm. That's a miracle!

Overall, the only remotely negative thing about this primer is, as I said, I don't find it mattifying so I wouldn't go for it if that's what you're looking for. I, personally, have been really pleased with this product. I find it leaves my skin feeling really moisturised, improves the look of my make-up and allows my foundation to last for long periods of time. Retailing at £6.99 in Boots, it's a total bargain!

Have you ever used this primer? :)

- Caoimhe x

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Top 5 Tunesday #11

Here are my 5 most listened-to songs of May...

1. Kiss Me - Lucy Hale

I love Lucy Hale and although I love all the Pretty Little Liars girls, she's my favourite. I always knew she was a singer as that was where she started her career, but I'd only ever heard one of her songs before and that was when she did pop music. I knew she'd released this album, but for some reason I'd just never got round to listening to it. But I finally did last month and it is so good! I just love the whole country vibe she has going on! 'Kiss Me' is definitely my favourite.

2. Brave, Honest, Beautiful - Fifth Harmony feat. Meghan Trainor

I love everything about this song! I love the empowering lyrics and message, the catchy tune and riff underneath and these girls' voices. It's such a feel-good song and a great one for getting up and dancing along to your heart's content!

3. Everybody Talks - Neon Trees

This song was out in 2012 so it's sort of an oldie but it's definitely a goodie! I love the whole rock vibe of the song and the lead singer, Tyler Glenn, has an amazing voice and he really showcases it in the chorus. 

4. I Really Like You - Carly Rae Jepsen

Or in other words: I Really Really Really Really Really Really Like You.

To be quite honest, I'm not a huge fan of this song. "Then why is it in your Top 5 Tunesday?" you may ask. Well, that's because it's probably the second catchiest song I've ever heard, behind All About That Bass, of course. This song was all over the radio throughout May and whether I liked it or not, it was constantly stuck in my head. Does anyone else get that where the only way you can get a song out of your head is by listening to it? Because I get that. Hence, it was my 4th most listened-to song of May.

5. River Flows In You - Yiruma

As I mentioned in my May Round-Up, I'm in the middle of my AS exams and obviously exam time can be very stressful. One thing I find really relaxes me is classical music.

I know some people hate classical music but I have a particular interest in it due to the fact that I play the violin. This is my favourite classical piece at the moment and it was my favourite the whole way through May. I just love the sound of the piano and think the melody of this piece is beautiful!

To see last April's top 5, click here
- Caoimhe x

Monday, 1 June 2015

May Round-Up

May started off well in that it started off with a bank holiday weekend. I went up to my holiday house for the 3 days I had off. Like I said my March Round-Up, my holiday house is one place where I can totally relax. I just love it up there.

The following weekend, the 9th, was my orchestra concert. My friend, Hannah, and I started orchestra together when we were 10 and moved up to the senior version when we were 14. We've performed in 2 concerts a year since we were 10, so this concert was our 14th. We both felt so proud and amazed, quite frankly, when we counted it up!

The concert itself was great! I always love our conductor's choice of pieces because she always picks a good variety. In this concert we played one movement from Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, Ashokan Farewell (which is such a beautiful piece), the theme tune from E.T. and YMCA. It was so funny to see the audience doing all the actions to YMCA after a bit of encouragement from our conductor!

The following day, my family went out for dinner to celebrate my auntie's 61st birthday and my grandparents' 62nd wedding anniversary. (Imagine being married for 62 years - what an incredible thing!) It was such a pleasant afternoon and the food was delicious! Just look at the chocolate fudge cake I had!!!

The Sunday after that, the 17th, was my friend's 17th birthday but we celebrated on the Saturday instead. Seven of us went out for dinner to a really nice all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet and then went back to my other friend's house. We had our own mini disco and ate lots of sweets!

That following Monday I had my first A-Level exam. It was my AS Spanish Oral which I had been so nervous for. But the examiner was lovely and put us right at ease! I think it went okay so fingers crossed!

The following Tuesday I had my French oral. I had prepared for it the exact same way I had prepared for Spanish but unfortunately it didn't go as well as Spanish had. I don't know if it was my nerves or what, but my grammar was all over the place and I made some really stupid mistakes. The examiner asked my about my family and I meant to say "Je m'entends bien avec mes sœurs et mon frère" as in "I get on well with my sisters and brother" but instead I said, "Je m'entends bien avec mes sœurs et mon fils" so, yeah, I have a son who I get on well with. I came home quite upset about it but after a pretty motivational pep talk from my mum and I'm trying not to dwell too much on it. It's done and there's nothing I can do now - thinking about it will only make it worse. At least, speaking is the weakest part of my French and I still have the listening, reading and writing to do so hopefully I can pick up more marks there.

It went up from there, though. The next day was my birthday which I wrote about in my last post. Unfortunately my mum and dad had to work and my siblings were at school so I did have to study a bit but it's okay because I'm having a party after my exams. (It'll all be worth it in the end!) In the evening my mum and dad took me out for dinner to my favourite Italian restaurant and when we went home we had a little party with cake and balloons. I had such a lovely night!

On Saturday my family and I went to the Irish Open held at the Royal County Down Golf Club. One thing that a lot of people don't know about me is that I play golf, but it's sort of a family thing. My granda took it up around the time he was in university. When he got married and had children, he taught my granny, my dad and my aunties and uncles to play. My dad taught my mum, my sisters, my brother and I and my auntie and uncles who are married with children taught their children. In fact, one of my aunties actually met her husband through golf!

A lot of people have the idea that golf is boring, unfashionable and pointless. But see once you get into it, you learn that it's the complete opposite! The amount of skill and precision you need to play it well is crazy and it's so interesting both to play and to watch. Unfortunately some of my favourite golfers like Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia hadn't made the cut and so I didn't get to see them yesterday. But I did get to see some of my other favourites, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Rickie Fowler. It's a really cool experience getting to see them in person after watching them so many times on TV!

I hope everyone had a good May!

- Caoimhe x


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