2018 Beauty Favourites

2018 was a weird year for me, you can read all about it here! Between finishing college and sorting my life out, I didn't really get a chance to play with as much makeup as I'd have liked to! I literally have a full drawer of unopened makeup that I've bought throughout the year but haven't managed to try yet. I did however get to play with a few things and here are my favourite finds of 2018!

Eyeshadow!

2018 was a year for eyeshadow palettes, every beauty guru from every corner of the internet launched there own palettes along with all the usual brands! Eyeshadow is one of my most favourite things about makeup so there is no complaining from me. I never understand why people seem to have an issue with bloggers/YouTubers coming out with their own makeup products but that's a whole other topic for another blog post! Anyway these are the few palettes that have found there way into my heart this year!

BPerfect StaceyMarie Carnival Palette
Everyone and their mother seemed to go mad for this palette when it launched, usually I avoid hyped products until the dust settles but I had high hopes as I had tried and adored the LMD palette by BPerfect last year. Thankfully I was right and the Carnival palette knocked every expectation I had out of the water. The eyeshadows are SO pigmented!!! They blend like a dream and there are so many wonderful versatile shades. It's definitely on the pricier side of things coming in at about €45 but if you catch it on sale,  I would recommend picking it up, especially if  you love makeup, you won't be disappointed.

Keilidh Mua x SoSu Palette
I must admit I was a little sceptical when this collab was announced, only because I really didn't rate the first So Su palette, but thankfully Keilidh and the SoSu team have knocked it out of the park!
This palette is honestly, amazing! Since I bought it about two months ago, I haven't used anything else! Without giving a full review on the palette, I love the versatility of the shades, they blend like a dream, the aesthetic & theme of the palette is fab, I love that it has a nice big mirror and the size of it is ideal for travelling! All in all, this is a wonderful palette and I love using it!

Jaclyn Hill Palette
I wanted this palette from the second Jaclyn announced it, but there was a lot of controversy around it at the time, so I held off on buying it until this year. Boy was I wrong to wait, this palette is unreal! While I definitely have a few gripes with the palette, overall I love it and the eyeshadows speak for themselves (not literally although that would amazing)The palette is so versatile and the colour payoff is amazing.

Tarte Mermaids Forever Palette
The second I saw this palette I was in love, the packaging is just on another level, even 6 months after buying this palette I still marvel at how pretty it is. But it's not just a pretty palette it's actually amazing quality too. The shimmer are stunning, so creamy and buttery, my favourites shimmer I've ever used I think. The mattes are great too, plenty of pigmentation and the blend really well. I was nervous to buy Tarte eyeshadows as I'd heard mixed reviews but this has been a great introduction to the brand and I'll definitely be buying more in the future!

Foundations


Along with eyeshadow, foundation is one of my favourite makeup items and realistically it's probably my favourite. I have relied on full coverage foundations for years to cover up my acne and make me feel more confident. The power of makeup is incredible and with the right foundation I feel amazing!

Seventeen Stay Time
I know, I know, you're probably all sick to death of me going on about the Seventeen Stay Time foundation, but it's my absolute holy grail and this year it left Ireland - I'm still devo six months on. I'm down to only four backups now! Anyway if they still sell it in your country, STOCK UP! Cannot recommend it enough!

Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick
This was a massive surprise to me this year. I had tried a few of the foundations from makeup revolution before and they were terrible!! They seemed to have relaunched the brand again in the last 18 months and the quality of their products have been getting so much better! I have a whole video dedicated to this foundation if you wanna watch that, click here! But overall, this foundation has great coverage, gives a beautiful glow, lasts all day and just looks lovely on the skin! Oh and did I mention it's only €6!!!

It Cosmetics CC Cream
I am a bargain babe at the best of times but when I went to America, I splashed out in Sephora and bought all around me. One of the things I picked up was the IT Cosmetics CC Cream and I am so happy that I did. I never expected a CC cream to have such amazing coverage. I have a very quick Instagram video showing the coverage HERE. It does cost a pretty penny at about €50 but if you have the budget, it is a beautiful CC Cream. It gives a beautiful glow, it's very long lasting and has amazing coverage - sure what more could you want?

Penneys Foundation
I'll hold my hands up and say that I've only been using this foundation since the beginning of December but it's made a great impression on me and its cheap as chips so I wanted to include it! It's from the Penney's beauty range that is cruelty free and vegan as far as I'm aware. It's called My Perfect Colour Velvet Finish Foundation. It has medium to full coverage, has SPF 30 and gives a lovely mattifying effect. If you're looking for a everyday affordable foundation that has good coverage, give this guy a go and let me know how you get on!

Rimmel Skin Perfecting Foundation
This is a strange one for me, I have never gotten on with Rimmel foundations, they've never suited me but I pulled out the Rimmel skin perfecting foundation one day randomly this year and it looked beautiful on my skin! I was so shocked. It's quite lightweight but gives very decent coverage, ideal for covering my scars when my skin isn't freaking out! I loved wearing this during the summer!

Concealers

When I got to America, the first makeup I went to was Tarte! I still can't cope with their products!! I picked up the Tarte Shape Tape because every YouTuber I've ever watched has raved about it at some point or another. I was skeptical that paying $30 would be worth it for a concealer. Let me put it this way, I'm going back to America this year and will STOCKING UP!!! I can't explain how amazing it is, I love the applicator, the product seems to last forever, you only need a tiny amount, the coverage is &&& honestly I could sit here and write all day about how much I love this concealer.

Onto a cheaper concealer and actually a concealer that many have said is a dupe for shape tape and that is the MUR Conceal & Define. While it's a very very similar product, it's not a dupe. It does give great coverage, handy package, great applicator but I go through so many tubes of it! I'd say I've gone through 3 tubes at this point and have about 4 backups ( I usually order it online when it's on sale). If shape tape is out of your budget this concealer is a fantastic alternative.

Mascaras & Eyeliner

This year I seemed to try loads of mascaras and eyeliner but was sadly disappointed with almost all of them. There really was only about two products that I liked - but boy are they good and but from Essence too! The Essence I heart Extreme waterproof volume mascara is amazing. It lifts my lashes, holds a curl, is jet black, doesn't flake and looks bomb - what more could you ask for? The Essence Liquid Ink is a tiny product but lasts ages! The brush is small enough to do detailed eyeliner but is very flexible and gives you lots of freedom without being messy. It's also jet black and lasts all day!


Lipsticks

I used to be such a big lipstick fan, I'd rarely come home from town without a new one, but this year I actually picked up very few! My biggest find and love this year was the colorpop liquid lipsticks, everyone seems to go about how amazing they are and I'm happy to confirm that they are correct - They're amazing! Very pigmented, great applicator, lasts longer than any other liquid lip I've tried before and they're comfortable on the lip! I'll definitely be buying more of them!


Contour, Blush & Highlight!






I decided to lump contour, blush and highlight altogether as there's only a few things I loved this year. Starting with bronzer/contour I have adored using the Elf contour palette. The bronzer is the perfect shade for me and the contour shade is just cool enough without being grey - perfect for my complexion. I bought this in America for about $5 and will be restocking again when I go to America this year as I've already hit pan! Love this product - cannot recommend it enough!

Blush is never a makeup item that excites me, just something that I always seem to pick up and have in my collection. Saying that though, I have enjoyed using the Elf blush palette, they aren't too powdery, have great pigmentation so you only need a small amount and it's very affordable!

My favourite highlighter this year without a doubt is the Colourpop 'Flexitarian' Super Shock cheek highlighter! It's simply stunning. Absolutely blinding if you want it to be but also if you use just a tiny amount, you can get a really nice glow. It's super small and handy for travelling. When you touch it, it feels like a cream but it dries down as a powder very quickly so it doesn't disrupt your foundation. It does have a fair amount of sparkle to it so if that's not your thing maybe stay clear but I love wearing this one nights out and all the time really!

Everyone seems to be obsessed with glow drops this year, I gave in and tried the Penneys glow drops and well, I'm converted! When I first apply it, I resemble the tin man but once the foundation goes on over top, I look so glowy and fresh! I picked them up on sale so I think it was only €1 so for that price and

Primers

I haven't really steered away from my Elf Primers that I loved in 2017 but the only one that caught my eye this year was the Penneys PS Beauty's Matte Primer. It's a silcone based primer, it's oil free and I haven't stopped using it since I bought it. It's a complete bargain at €4 too. I have quite textured skin thanks to over a decade of acne so using this as a primer gives me a smooth base for my foundation, I know some people don't believe in primers but I  really notice a difference when I use this.

Eyebrows

This year my beloved Brow Zings from Benefit finally ran out, I've been using it for a few years (definitely past the expiry date) but I hadn't replaced it because it's €34 and I know there are cheaper ones out there that do a similar job! So I was on a mission to find a dupe and I found something very very close and that it the eyebrow kit from ELF! I picked it up over in America and it was $3/4. I was delighted with myself. Now it's not an exact copy and if I'm being 100% honest I do still prefer the benefit product but with €30 in the difference, the Elf one is close enough! Since buying it in June, I haven't really used anything else and will definitely be repurchasing it when it runs out!

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2018

2018 seemed to last forever but fly by all at the same time. For me, this year was full of change and uncertainty. 2018 started with immense stress trying to submit the first draft of my thesis, I will never forget how tough that was. The next few months are a blur of finishing my Final Year Project, getting snow randomly in March thanks to Storm Ophelia and generally feeling very lost.


I've always been a planner, ever since I was a child. I would plan my outfits for the next day, plan what dinners I would have that week, plan my whole life out really. My plan was always, do well in school to get into university, do well in university and get a great job and the rest would fall into place. What I didn't account for however is that my mind would change about what I wanted and I never in a million years thought that I wouldn't have a plan for after college. So come April/May when I was finishing up with college and had no plan what so ever, it really REALLY threw me.

I like to think of myself as a glass half full kinda gal, I always try to find the silver lining and truly believe that everything will work out in the end. While I believe that everything will work out, the inbetween moments of doubt crippled me. In June myself and James headed away to America to go to Disneyland and Universal Studios, my dream holiday. I had saved up for a full year to be able to afford to travel after I finished college. A gift from me to me, for all the hard work over the previous five years. It was the most amazing holiday and I will never forget it! But when I came home, I had to face reality. I no longer had a plan, all throughout my life, my years, months and weeks were set out according to the academic calendar, every September I would be starting back at school/college, every December I would get a few weeks off for Christmas and every May/June I would have a few months off before it started all over again. But this time it was different, come September I knew I wouldn't have that routine anymore and I didn't have anything to replace it. I had a part time job but with so little hours, it would never have even covered the rent.


I thought life after college would resemble something from the movies where I would wear a fancy shirt and a long pencil skirt, go to a million job interviews and land my dream job. The reality was a greasy hunbun, pajamas all day everyday and wallowing in self doubt. After a few days of lazing around, I started applying to jobs and as luck would have it I got called for two interviews within a week, both scheduled for the same day! I headed up to Dublin for the first one, I was so nervous I could of been sick. I wanted the job so badly and to be honest, I thought I would have been perfect. But unfortunately nerves got the better of me and I make a complete balls of the interview. My mind went blank and that opportunity had been lost. I was completely devastated. I got the train home and prepped myself for the second interview, this one was over the phone so I felt a bit more comfortable. At that point I thought to myself, well it surely can't go as badly as the first one so let's just give it a go. And sure enough, it actually went really well. Within a day or two I got the job - YAY!!!

Even though I now had the beginnings of a plan, it was only a three month internship and I knew I would have to figure something more long-term out, but this bought me time. Getting this internship is definitely the highlight of my year, it has opened so many doors to me and I have learned so much! It also helped me focus on what industry I wanted to work in and start to help me carve my way into it. By August another opportunity came up, a chance to explore event management for a month too. I was able to extend my internship and go to Dublin for a month to learn.

The long term plan was that I would secure a full time position after my three (now four) month internship was complete. That unfortunately fell through. I was heartbroken if I'm honest. I was back to square one with no plan and all of my savings had been spent. This time though I had more experience on my side and I had learned a lot, mostly about myself.

In November I decided to take on some freelance work until I got a full time position somewhere. I did not expect what happened next. Due to the contacts I had made at the internship, I was booked out with work, in fact since starting my own business I have been so lucky to be fully booked and I have even had to turn away work. I am so grateful.

There was lots of days in between all of the above that I want to remember like my graduation day, going to Indiependence with my friends, booking a trip to America for next year, my birthday, many nights out and lots more, but if I'm honest grad life took over this year and was the biggest thing in my life. I know this may sound strange but I really feel like I've grown up so much this year, I'm much stronger than I ever was, I'm much more confident and I'm much more chilled out about not being able to plan every single detail of my life.

I'm actually immensely proud of myself and all that I've overcome this year! At one point I thought 2018 was very grey, not great, not bad just...grey. But looking back now, I can see that I've changed a lot over the past 12 months, I've adapted and I'm a better person for it. I have no idea what is in store for 2019 and I'm actually ok with that.

Oh also, did I mention we repealed the 8th? Definitely one of the most important, historical and monumental things that has happened this year!

Erin X
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I'm Back Bitchesss!

It's been a while, I know!

I actually can't believe that it's October and that this is the first post I've wrote here all year!! When I started blogging, I posted every single day without fail! I could give you a hundred and one reasons as to why I stopped blogging, but here's just a few.


I stopped posting around July/August of 2017. I kinda just got bored of blogging and was enjoying YouTube so much more that I decided to just do YouTube until I found my grá for writing again. Over the last year there's been so much drama and negativity in the blogging industry especially here in Ireland. The word blogger became a dirty word and I was almost embarrassed to call myself one.

Everyone seems to talk about a lack of community nowadays and I can definitely see why. I've only been blogging for 4 years but in that time, the blogging landscape has changed big time. There are now soooo many people blogging and doing YouTube, it's become quite saturated. There are now lots of people that earn a full time living from blogging and personally I think it's amazing! I really don't understand why people begrudge bloggers earning money, but that's a longer and much deeper conversation that I'll talk about in another post maybe.

What I can say is that I have surrounded myself with smaller bloggers and influencers that I trust and genuinely enjoy their content and that's no shade on the top bloggers at all, sometimes I just can't relate to them! I much prefer watching someone chatting in their bedroom with disheveled hair about a bargain foundation than watching someone who always looks perfect with not even a hair out of place chat about the latest high end product that they got sent.  Again that might be a topic to discuss in more detail in another post.

Anyway I'm losing the run of myself!🙈 Basically what I was trying to say is that I feel like the blogging community is getting back on track and I'm loving it! It has rejuvenated me and inspired me to get back writing!

Another reason why I stopped was that I got busy. When I stopped blogging, I was heading into my final year in college and let me tell you that was a rollercoaster and a half! I think I've only just recovered from it! I didn't want to put myself under extra pressure to try and post blog posts as well as keep up in college, post on YouTube and on Instagram, especially as this is just my hobby! I'm very much an all or nothing type person so it kills me when I miss an upload, even though no one else cares but me!

Annnnnd I think that's kind of it actually 🤣! I stopped because I just wasn't feeling it, was busy and felt there was too much negativity there for a while! But I'm back bitches! I won't say that I am going to post whenever I feel like it and not care about numbers etc because in all honesty that's just not me. I like schedules and posting on time because it becomes part of my general routine and if I don't post on time then my routine is slightly out of order and stresses me out, basically I'm a control freak and I like schedules 🤣! I love looking at my analytics, I find them fascinating! I love trying to figure out why one post did well and another one didn't, I love watching my own progress and seeing how I can improve on things. I'm obsessed with google analytics, so much so that it's now part of what I do for a living! Oh yeah, I got a job after graduation! Delighted for myself tbh, my job entails social media and marketing within the wedding industry, I'm sorry but I don't think there's a more ideal job out there for me! 🤣 I'm so so happy doing what I'm doing and I took the summer off to get myself settled in and used to my new routine!



So what now? My plan is to post a couple of times a month, even though I love lists and schedules, I don't really have one for the blog at the minute (I'm sure that'll change soon). I want my blog to support everything else that I do, so if I try a new product but it's not really worthy of a full dedicated YouTube video, I'll post about it here or if there's a product that I'm talking about on Instagram but I've loads to say on it, too much for a caption, then it'll be wrote about here!

So yeah, we're back on track! I'm so excited about my blog again for the first time in ages and I'm excited to back writing again, I actually really missed it! If there's anything in particular that you'd like to see here, please do let me know in the comments! If you want to catch up with me daily, then head over to Instagram, that's where I'm most active!

Chat soon,
Erin x 

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Looking back at 2017

So here I am, New Year's Eve in my Christmas pajamas and Marauders dressing gown in bed. James is downstairs ordering in a takeaway. We were supposed to be getting all dolled up and hitting the town tonight but I've the first draft of my thesis due in two days and to be honest I'm far too stressed about it to give up my evening as well as spend half the day tomorrow recovering. Also I'm fighting off a head cold, I've been working all day and I'm just wrecked! Instead of celebrating the end of 2017 tonight, I'll celebrate it next week with my bestie Anne-Marie when we've handed in our theses and have some time to relax.

I have tried writing more on my thesis tonight, honestly I have but I cant help reflecting on the past 12 months. I'm awful sentimental and genuinely love reflecting on the past, so New Years is usually one of my most favourite times of year. Over the last week or so I've seen so many people reflecting on 2017 and sharing their favourite moments and I've felt a little envious that I haven't had time to do the same. So instead of doing my thesis I'm taking an hour or so out to reflect.

I've seen so many people online, bashing 2017 and willing it to be over as soon as possible. While there were some pretty crappy things that have happened worldwide like Trump and all the terrorist attacks, for me 2017 was actually quite good. I seen a thread on twitter the other day and the moral of the thread was basically saying not to compare your year to anyone else's, some years in your life are for travelling, some years are for your career, so years are for education, family, personal growth etc. So just because your friend traveled a lot this year and you didn't, that doesn't make your year any less great or doesn't mean you aren't progressing through life in the right order or quick enough. 2017 for me was definitely all about education and to a lesser degree all about personal growth. From January to May, I had without a doubt the toughest semester in college I've ever had, I've never done so many late nights and early mornings trying to get assignments done and solid works, OMG, my solid works module still makes me shiver even just thinking about it! Even though it was one of the crappiest semesters, I had countless breakdowns, was constantly stressed and exhausted and had every moment of my life scheduled to make sure I could fit everything in, I actually came out with really good grades, probably the best semester in terms of grades, that I've had in a long time. I'm still so proud of myself for getting through that semester!


Sorry we arrived late and intoxicated, promise we'll behave at the next one Anne-Marie x

Always my best friend x


Moving into the summer, looking back I can see that was more about personal growth, I moved house, started a new job and put all of my energy into taking care of myself physically and mentally. I lost a stone, grew in confidence and spent my days doing what I love, YouTube, social media and a few blog posts for good measure. August was a super busy month, James graduated, which was absolutely amazing, we went to a graduation ball with all our college friends, followed up by going to my Aunty Vera's wedding in September and another wedding the week after and by the time all that was over I was well and truly in my final year of college.

  




 






My last third of the year was again all about education. This semester is very different to last semester though. This year it all feels far more serious and there's a lot less deadlines but there's more expected from you. I'd basically only 2-3 days of college and everything else was up to me. It's been stressful but sure look, there was lots of fun throughout to distract me, like going to Oktoberfest, going out for my Birthday and lots of other random nights in between out too.

 

 

 


  






I learned quite a lot this year about myself. I've learned that it's ok to love your selfies, it's not vain or self centered. I spent years hating my skin, my teeth, my nose, my forehead my tummy, pretty much everything physically about myself. Even though I'm a bit heavier on the scales these days, my skin still has it's flare ups and my teeth,nose and forehead haven't changed I now actually like how I look. Maybe it's because I'm getting older and a little more mature (at the ripe old age of 23 haha) but I've learned how important it is to love yourself. I've also trained myself (to a certain degree) to stop talking shit about myself in my head. If I try on a dress that isn't flattering, instead of saying something awful about myself, I simply say 'nope not for me' and smile. It may sound silly but I'm honestly so much happier in myself these days because of it and don't get me wrong I still have my off days (don't we all) but they are few and far between thank god.

As well as learning about myself I've also learned more about others. I decided quite early in the year when I was super busy that I'd only be putting time and energy into the friendships and friends that were willing to do the same for me and valued my friendship as much as I valued theirs. I definitely have put quality as a main priority over quantity and I'm much happier for it.  I've also learned to accept how my different friendships have changed over the last few years and for the first time I'm actually ok with them changing.

Reflecting on 2017 there's lots of little things I'm proud of. This year my mental health has been the best it's been in probably five or six years, I've recognized some of the triggers to my anxiety and can now stop them in their tracks, I've had the least amount of panic attacks this year than all my years in college and as I said above, I like myself again which is a major win in my opinion. Aside from that, I got to do a lot of fun things this year, I was invited onto the Xpose Beauty Bus and even got a bit of airtime on TV3, I was invited to Pennys HQ to see their Spring Summer '18 collection, I got to go to two weddings, I went to a fancy ball, successfully documented my whole year on my monthly vlog series, I did my friend's makeup for her graduation, went to my first Hen party, went to the spa with my mam, attended my besties first art show and loads of other fun things.

Along with the good can also come the bad, this year I moved house twice which was so stressful, did no travelling as I've been broke AF, done a million stressful assignments and exams, dealt with family illnesses but thankfully this year the good has far outweighed the bad.

I have the deadliest friends!


I feel like 2017 was my last safe year for a while and what I mean by that is next year everything will change. This was the last year that I could kind of predict what would happen. From January to December I'd be here in Limerick in college, whatever little bumps I had along the way, I knew I'd end up here in Limerick in college. In 2018 I'll graduate (fingers crossed) and will have to make my way out into the big bad world and try to find a new normal. Where will it take me, I've genuinely no idea and to be honest that thought absolutely terrifies me. Will I be looking back at 2018 in Limerick? Dublin? London? New York? Back with my parents? Who knows! But this year, this year was safe.



Thank you 2017! x

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Let's Catch Up!

SO I accidentally took like 3 months away from blogging! It wasn't intentional, it just naturally happened. This is my third year blogging and this year was the year I blogged the least. A lot of it had to do with my lifestyle but I also kinda fell out of love with writing.

Let's start at the start, at the beginning of the year I was so excited, as I always am for a fresh start, a new year. I had a list of resolutions and was hell bent on achieving them. Then college came about and slapped me in the face, mega hard!!! From February to May, I was under constant pressure, so many assignments, so much stress (I documented it all in my monthly vlogs if you're interested!). I honestly just didn't have the time or inclination to sit down and write. I was keeping up with my YouTube channel and loving that so much more, I was posting at least 2 videos a week and updating all my social media too. I did manage the odd blog post here and there but found I was only forcing myself to blog.



Once summer rolled around and the stress of college had faded away, I had lots of time on my hands. To be totally honest, I just wasn't inspired to sit down and write. I had lots of ideas, still have about 10 posts in drafts but my heart wasn't in it and I felt it showed. I became far more interested in my YouTube channel and posting on social media so I let myself go with that and slowly but surely I stopped blogging altogether.

So now we're in October, I've moved house (twice but that's a story for another day), I've started my final year in college (which is kicking my ass already), I've a part time job and I kinda want to start writing again. I feel really inspired and want to go back to where it all began, right here on this little site. Being honest, I have no clue how often I'll be able to post on here but for the first time in a long time, I don't feel pressured or forced into writing on here, I feel excited, really bloody excited!

If you didn't already know, I do a monthly vlogging series where I essentially vlog my entire month and stick all together into one video! Those videos will give you more of an insight into what I've been up to and how I was feeling so far this year! I feel really positive about being back on here and can't wait to get stuck in!

So basically, I'm back bitches! 

Erin X 
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Influencers That Actually Influence Me

I'm not a big fan of the term influencers and I don't think I'm the only one! I personally don't like it because I think it cheapens what bloggers actually do and represent. We're not (most of us) walking advertisements that try to trick or pressure or 'influence' people into buying things. I really do wish there was another name but for the moment bloggers and the like are being called influencers so I guess I'll have to get over that. I've been following bloggers, YouTubers and digital media peeps for the guts of five years now. I've said before on here, that I follow an insane amount of people across all my social media and following a crazy amount of people results in a crazy amount of recommendations. Here's a little list of influencers that ACTUALLY influence me...




Jen aka TooDollyMakeup : I've known Jen for years now at this point and she's such a lovely genuine person. She's inspired me so much, every time she snapchats at 2am saying she's just finished filming and then she's up bright and early for work, I'm in awe. Her determination and dedication is outstanding. In terms of influencing, seeing her work so damn hard and seeing it all pay off for her actually has made me work that little bit harder and made me believe in myself that little bit more.


Karen aka Lovely Girlie Bits : Karen was actually one of the first Irish bloggers I ever came across online. Immediately I warmed to her bubbly personality and humour and I was only delighted to find out when I eventually met her that she's so freaking nice too!! I love that Karen shares a mixture of high end and affordable makeup on her blog, perfect for my student budget. Her photography skills are on another level! Her work ethic is also very inspiring! When I go onto Karen's blog I know that I'm going to get complete honesty as well as a few laughs (I just loves the way her mind works sometimes). I've actually gone out and spent money many times based on what she's recommended. I've also not purchased things thanks to her recommendations and saved myself a few bob.


Sinead aka The Beautiful Truth : I am such a big fan of Sinead's blog, have been since the minute I clicked on her website ! I've met her in person a few times now and she's always been so lovely to me.  I admire Sinead so much, of all bloggers and influencers she's the one I trust the most! I love that there's just no bullshit with her and whenever I see a disappointing products video pop up in my subscription box, I always watch it immediately. I've bought so many things on her recommendation and if I'm unsure of a product, I'll usually check her blog to see if she's reviewed it, before I buy it!


Aisling aka Dramatic Mac : I look up to Aisling so much! I've seen her YouTube channel grow so much over the last few years and honestly it's just amazing to watch! I love seeing the hard work that goes into growing her channel. Not a lot of influencers show that side, but I'm glad she does because it makes me up my own YouTube game. I'm no where near her success but watching her succeed makes me feel like if I keep working hard, one day it'll all pay off! I've yet to actually meet Aisling, but I'm certain it will happen at some stage and I can't wait to actually meet her.


There's a quick list of people who influence me in one way or another on a regular basis. There's so many more people I could mention and maybe I will do a follow up post, but for now there's four 'influencers' that ACTUALLY influence me! Tell me, who influences you? 
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Summer Goals & Plans

How is it July already? This year is flying by and so is the summer! I have loads that I want achieve this summer and although we're halfway through the summer I'm only getting a chance to write this now as I've been working six days a weeks for most of June! Anyway I have so much going on inside my head and so much I want to achieve before I head into my final year of college in September so here goes...



  • First and foremost, my weight! This won't be news to any of you who follow me on snapchat and I've mentioned it in passing in previous blog posts. For the most part of 2017 I've been exceptionally busy, which I hate saying because it sounds like an excuse. But it's been my reality. Now that I have about 8 weeks of summer holidays left, I have a lot of time to exercise and prepare really good healthy meals. I've a good bit of weight to shift but I'm fully motivated as I've two weddings in September! 
  • I need to learn to drive! I've been putting it off for years but now it's becoming increasingly frustrating so enough is enough and I'm forcing myself to do some lessons! 
  • I really want to save as much money as I possibly can because I'm planning a trip to Florida next summer as a little treat to myself for finishing college. But that trip will cost a bucket load of money so I really need to start saving! I've worked out a little plan and if all goes well I should be able to afford it comfortably but I do need to be quite strict on myself! 
  • I want to get a headstart on my FYP (Final Year Project) for college. Even though it's summertime and I should be relaxing and enjoying the time off, I can't help but stress about next year already. So I do want to have a solid plan and idea on what my FYP will be and hopefully get going on it before I go back to college. Some of my lecturers have recommended we start during the summer as it will ensure we get a good grade so I'm definitely taking their advice on board. 
  • I want to get back being consistent on here, my YouTube channel and all my social media. I love blogging and making videos, creating instagram pictures and everything that comes along with it so I really want to give it my all this summer and make content that I'm really proud of!
  • Memories! I want to create loads of memories this summer, as most of you will know, I do a monthly vlog series in which I capture my entire month in one vlog. I want July and August to be bursting with memories of friends and family so that I can cherish them forever!
So there you have it! My plan for summer, learn to drive, save some money, do some research, lose some weight, create some great content and most of all have fun!!

Erin X
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Sleek Solstice Palette Review

When this beauty launched, it had the whole beauty world in a frenzy. I had seen the Sleek Solstice palette all over social media, but never got my hands on it until the lovely Breda from O Meara's Pharmacy gifted it to me. I was ecstatic! But did it live up to all the hype? Well...



I don't think I've ever fallen in love with a product so quickly before. The packaging looks so luxurious. It's a small plastic golden palette, perfect to pop in your makeup bag. Inside you've got a big mirror, four highlighting shades, one cream and three powder and a small brush (which let's face it, no one ever uses, it still baffles me that companies put these little brushes in).



The highlighter shades themselves are...
Ecliptic - A luxiourious cream highlighter
Hemisphere - A purple toned highlighter
Subsolar - A golden blinding highlighter, perfect for my pale girls!
Equinox - A rose gold, orange toned highlighter

Here's some swatches...



And there you have it! I actually cannot fault this highlighting palette, if you want a soft glow or a blinding highlight, this palette has it all. The packaging looks high end and is actually practical. The shades are such good quality. They feel silky smooth and are insanely pigmented! It costs around €14.49 and is fully worth it in my opinion!

Erin X 
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Double Cleanse Pixi X Caroline Hirons

In the last few years, I've become a skincare junkie! I'm always trying to better my skincare, having suffered with acne for over 10 years, I'm very selective in the skincare I use. I've followed Caroline Hirons for a while too, she's a skincare genius and when I heard that she was teaming up with Pixi, a raved about skincare brand, I knew I had to try whatever she was making. She created a double cleanse product. I'm a big fan of double cleansing so I was thrilled to see this is what she was creating.




For anyone who is unaware of what double cleansing actually is, it's essentially cleaning your skin twice. For example, if I was to remove my makeup with either an oil cleanser or a micellar water, that would be my first cleanse.The first cleanse is to remove SPF, moisturiser from the morning, makeup etc. Then I would go ahead and cleanse my skin a second time with maybe a foam or cream cleanser. The second cleanse is to actually clean the skin.

So overall my thoughts on the product, the packaging is really nice, the tub is divided into two halves in a ying yang design. Half of the tub is a hard balm that when applied to the face or hands, melts almost immediately and the other half a cleansing cream. The balm/oil is really nice, it doesn't feel greasy, doesn't leave any residue and it removes my makeup really well. It doesn't budge my Inglot 77 gel liner, but not much does. The cream cleanser is lovely too. It's a little heavier than you'd expect but I really like it.

It does what it says on the tin, or rather, lovely packaging, but I'm not sure I'll repurchase it. I ordered it from Beauty Bay for €30.95. I found I went through it really quickly, especially the balm half. I actually used the cream cleanser half as my morning cleanser too and both halves ran out, pretty much at the same time. I reckon, you'd probably get about 6 - 8 weeks with this, depending on how much balm you need to remove your makeup. I like that it's a very simple product, it's not complicated. It's unscented and it's good for your skin. And while I like the product, I just don't love it, I can't put my finger on it, so I'm not sure I'd repurchase. However, if you need a cleanser that is very simple and has good ingredients then this is definitely worth checking out!

Erin X
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