Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Loving the Little Things

I sometimes find that in this day and age it can be quite difficult to live in the moment. We are constantly busy doing things, thinking about the things we have to do, stressing out about stuff... It gets to the point where we nearly forget what is around us in the present moment. I know that I personally find this difficult. As a student I'm constantly thinking about assignments I have due, exams I have coming up, and my extra-curricular commitments. Recently, however, I've been trying to make a conscious effort to be more mindful and to enjoy the little things. In order to do this, I have been keeping a written list of simple things that have made me genuinely happy by living in the moment over the past week. I wanted to share them with you guys to maybe encourage you to do the same and to spread a bit of positivity around :)

  • Getting into my bed when the sheets are freshly washed
  • Having a fry for breakfast
  • Waking up at 5am thinking it's 7am and realising I have another 2 hours of sleep
  • Walking through the colourful and crunchy leaves that have fallen off the trees
  • Being able to spend time with my friends
  • Getting a piece of work done after working on it for 2 weeks
  • Being able to sit and watch my favourite TV shows after getting my homework done
  • Having my granny and granda round to our house for dinner
  • Having a cup of tea when I get home from school
  • Getting complimented for hard work
  • Seeing Christmas adverts on TV 

What little things make you happy? :)

- Caoimhe x

Sunday, 15 November 2015

St.Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion | Review

The first thing that really stood out to me about this gradual tan was the packaging. It instantly caught my eye as it really stood out on the shelf among the rest of St. Tropez's black and white packaging, and I also think its a really good size of bottle: not too little but not too much.

Another thing I really like about it is how handy it is. After you have washed yourself in the shower, you turn the shower off and apply the tan in circular motions to your wet skin anywhere that you want to be tanned. Then you just have to wait 3 minutes before turning the shower back on and rinsing it off. I know some people don't like the thought of standing in your *ahem* birthday suit in the cold for 3 minutes but I honestly don't mind it because when you compare it to an instant tan or even a normal gradual tan, you have to wait quite a while for it to sink in. I think it's great that this works in just 3 minutes and it saved me so much time!

I also love the fact that it contains Sweet Almond Oil as it leaves your skin feeling so smooth and moisturised. I have dry skin but yet I'm so lazy when it comes to having to apply body lotion after showering. Because this is so moisturising it meant I could skip applying body lotion and my skin still felt so moisturised the whole day.

As far as its performance goes, I thought it was okay. It gives a nice glow but takes a while to actually build up colour. I didn't really see much of a difference until after about 5 uses. I have used St. Tropez's Everyday Gradual Tan before and found that it built up a nice colour after about 2 or 3 uses, much quicker than this In Shower tan. I think this tan would be better for during the summer when you want to have a nice glow everyday but not much colour. I don't think I would use it if I was going to a party or a wedding or anything like that where I would want a nice tan.

Overall, I do like this product. I like the convenience of it, the packaging, how it leaves my skin feeling, and I'd say it's a good tan to use if you're looking for just a little hint of colour and a nice glow. If you're looking for a tan that will give you a darker colour gradually, then I'd probably advise you more towards the St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan.

Have you tried this product? If so, did you like it?

- Caoimhe x

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Liebster Award 2

I would like to say a huge thank you to Hannah for nominating me for this award. She runs an amazing beauty, fashion, lifestyle and music blog. You should definitely go check it out! I have done this tag before but it was this time last year so I wanted to do it again.

The rules for this award are...

1. Post a link back to the blogger who nominated you. 
2. Answer the 10 questions that the person who nominated gave you.
3. Nominate 10 bloggers (or blogs).
4. Give your nominees a set of 10 new questions for them to answer.
5. Also don't forget to include the Liebster award sticker in your post.

Hannah's Questions...

1-Where is one country you'd like to travel to?
My answer for this question changes all the time as there are so many countries I want to visit! At the minute, I'd have to say the Netherlands. I really want to visit Amsterdam! It seems like a really vibrant city and it looks absolutely beautiful! I'd love to get to see it in real life!

2-What's at the top of your bucket list?
It's linked to the first question but it's to go back and visit Adelaide, Australia, the place I was born. I live in Ireland now but my parents were there as my dad had a placement to complete his training as a doctor. We left when I was about a year and a half so I don't remember any of it, unfortunately! I really want to go back someday and see the street where I lived and other things that I used to see nearly every day for the first year and a half of my life.

3-What are your favourite clothes shops?
H&M, New Look, Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins

4-If you could bring someone back from the dead, who would it be and why?
I'd bring back my mum's sister who died in a traffic accident when she was just 18. My mum was only 11 at the time so I never got to meet her. I would have loved to have been able to meet her and have her as my auntie as I have heard so many amazing things about her.

5-If you could live in a book, TV show or movie, what would it be?
It would have to be Friends! I would LOVE to be a part of that friendship group, like imagine how amazing that would be?!

6-Which three items would you take if you got stranded on a desert island?
Probably my phone so I could call my family and friends, my camera so I could take nice pictures of wherever I am, and then I'm torn between my iPod and a book! I think I'll say a book and then I could listen to music on my phone so have it double as an iPod.

7-What's the best concert/festival that you've ever been to?
For me it was definitely the Vamps concert I went to in April. I had waited to long to finally be able to see them and I was definitely not disappointed! They put on such an amazing and energetic show and I just never ever wanted it to end! I've got tickets to see them again in March and I CAN'T WAIT!!!

8-Who is your favourite music artist?
The Vamps are my absolutes faves but I also love Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran.

9-What's the best thing that's happened to you this year?
This is such a hard question! I don't think I could narrow it down to just one best thing! It'd definitely be between my work experience in Madrid in January, our school musical and my school formal. (You can read more about all 3 of these things in the links I've provided :) )

10-Why did you decide to create your blog?
I read a lot of blogs before I started and they really inspired me. As I love writing and all things beauty and fashion related, I thought "Hey, why don't I give this a go?" and here I am.

I nominate...


My questions to you..

1. What is your favourite animal?
2. What is your favourite place that you have visited?
3. What is your favourite song at the minute?
4. Who is your celebrity crush?
5. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
6. Do you have any bad habits?
7. What do you like to do to relax?
8. What is your favourite smell?
9. What is your favourite social networking site?
10. Have you ever met a celebrity? If not, who would you like to meet?

Thanks again to Hannah for nominating me! I really enjoyed writing this post and I hope it gave you the opportunity to learn a bit more about me. I can't wait to read my nominees' answers to my questions!

- Caoimhe x

Friday, 6 November 2015

Skincare Wishlist

In terms of skincare, I am prone to be quite lazy. I skip steps in my routine that I know I really shouldn't and I don't drink nearly as much water as I should. These factors, along with the stress of school and all that it entails, have left my skin a little bit worse for wear to say the least. It is in desperate need of some TLC and over the past week or so I've been researching products that would be good for my skin and the situation it's in. (hey, that rhymes!) So, here is my skincare wishlist...

1. Pixi Glow Tonic

I have heard so much about this liquid exfoliator and everything I've heard has been so positive! I think liquid exfoliator is an amazing invention - it does the job of a normal exfoliating scrub, removing dead cells, but is so soft on your skin. I'd say this product would be great for sensitive skin and I really want to give it a go. I also love the packaging of this product. The pink and green go so nicely together! Also, considering the amazing reviews it gets I think £18 is a pretty good price!

2. No7 Calm Skin Redness-Relief Gel

Because my skin is quite sensitive, it can be prone to irritation and redness and it's something I get a bit self-conscious about sometimes. Normally I use my foundation to cover it because obviously the whole point of foundation is to give you an even-coloured base. But to be quite honest, ain't nobody got time fo' dat! There are times when I want to just get up and leave the house with no make-up on but I don't feel confident because of redness on my chin and cheeks. I want to try this product from Boots to see if it will, in fact, calm my skin.

3. Quick Fix Facials Mega Moisture Gel Mask

My skin sometimes feel like the Sahara Desert, it is that dry. At the minute I am using the Simple Kind to Skin Protecting Moisture Cream which I talked about in my 'Summer Favourites' and it is definitely helping. I love treating myself to a face mask every now and then and I've used the Quick Fix Facials Anti-Blemish Mud Mask before and I found it really improved the look and feel of my skin. I want to try this one for dry and thirsty skin to see if it will help at all. Also, on a side note, isn't the pink of the tube just such a pretty colour?!

Have you used any of these products? :)

- Caoimhe x

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Thursday, 5 November 2015

October Round-Up

October was a hell of a busy month for me and I want to take this opportunity to apologise for the lack of activity on my blog during this time. I literally had no free time! I'm back now though, and my next two months are significantly quieter than the last two so I'll have a lot of posts going up from now on. So on that note, here's what I got up to in October...

This was taken near my holiday house. Isn't it just beautiful?!
The first thing I had to concentrate on was my UCAS form, which was due in with my school on the 5th of October. I found writing my personal statement quite stressful and it must have taken at least 50 drafts but I got it done thankfully! At the moment, my form is in school as my teachers have to check over it and add references and whatnot, so it'll be sent off in the next two or three weeks. Scary stuff!

As well as that, I was studying for my driving theory test which I sat in the middle of October. Even though it is easy to repeat, it was so scary going in and sitting it! I was so sure I'd failed but I passed! Yay! The next step now is my practical test! Ahhh! I've covered everything I need to in my lessons so my instructor has started doing mock tests with me. Hopefully I'll be able to book my test soon enough then...

The next thing I had to focus on was finishing up a volunteering award I have been working on for the past year. It required me to carry out 20 weeks of volunteering for an hour in my church and 20 in my local community. I found the whole experience really rewarding and I'm really glad I did it. I have my record card all signed up and sent away now so I'll receive my certificate in a few months.

After that came our school musical, Beauty and the Beast, in which I was a member of the chorus. We started rehearsals at the very end of August and did the show in the third week of October, which I thought was a great achievement in itself. I have to say there were times when I was doubting it'd be ready in time but we definitely pulled it off! In total we performed six shows and they were all so much fun - all the hard work we had put in over the previous 7 weeks definitely payed off! I really enjoyed being a part of the show as I love singing and dancing, but I think the thing I enjoyed most was meeting so many new people and the whole cast really gelling together. It was like we created a tiny community within the community of our school! Despite all the hours I had to give up and hard work I had to put in, I was sad when it was all over!

One of my best friends, Olivia, and I at the after-party :)
The day after the last show was my year's formal, or prom as you may call it. It was such a great night! I decided to go with my friend, Charlie, as we have known each other our whole lives and I wanted to go with someone who I knew I'd have fun with. To start off with, all of my friends and I went to my friend Hannah's house, where we got our photos taken in our dresses with our hair and make-up and all done, and then got a party bus to the hotel where the meal was being held. During the meal you could go out and get professional photos taken. Charlie and I did and they turned out so well, I'm really happy with them and can't wait to receive the actual physical copies! After the meal everybody hit the dance floor and had a good ol' boogie. I loved the music the DJ played because there was a bit of everything from the Cha Cha Slide to Grease! He even played 'Be Our Guest' at the request of the people who had been in the musical!!! At midnight, we got on buses that brought us to a club where the after-formal was being held. There was a bit more boogieing (is that a word?) went on until the club was nearly closing up. I ended up rolling into bed at 4am but I don't regret it at all as I had such a brilliant night!!!

Charlie and I :)
At Hannah's house :)
Olivia and I (again!) :)
The next day, my family and I went up to our holiday house for half-term. I spent the week playing golf, catching up on work I'd missed from being out of class for the musical, and, of course, catching up on some well-deserved sleep. It was exactly what I needed as now I feel caught up on everything and feel ready to take on whatever the next months throw at me!

If that's not relaxing, I don't know what is!!!

I hope you all had a great October and enjoyed Halloween! :)

- Caoimhe x

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