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Danielle is an Irish mother of one (Lillibug) who, in 2013, decided to put the rare free time she gets into writing about her experiences as a mother. Shortly thereafter she expanded into the realm of beauty blogging and hasn't looked back since.
Happy New Year!!! This is my first post for 2018, and I hope you all had a great Christmas. I wanted to start the new year off with great hair, so trying out the Grow Gorgeous Full Bodied Volumising range was a treat. My hair is horrendously fine and thin, and I'm always trying out different products to add some volume or make it feel thicker. My hair has really suffered from my thyroid too with some hair loss along the way, so trying everything and failing has left my hair scraped up in a ponytail or under a hat.
Starting with the Grow Gorgeous™ full bodied volumising shampoo (€15.00) which is a very thick gel like shampoo that needs to be applied generously to soaking wet hair. You may need to work hard for a lather so I would recommend that your hair is drenched before applying it. You get 190mls which doesn't seem like a lot when you have to use so much of it, but I can't complain because the shampoo works for me especially along with the full-bodied volumising leave-in conditioner. Using volumising products can feel very drying, making not only your scalp feel dry and tight but your hair feeling course. I have greasy hair so I got away with this for a certain amount of time, but the conditioner does help.
I haven't used a leave-in conditioner in years but this is lovely and you use 3-4 pumps from root to tip. I was able to style my hair no problem and it didn't feel like I had left anything extra in my hair if you know what I mean (please tell me you do?). The conditioner has 120ml for €16 and is lasting way better than I anticipated.
The results have been fantastic for me, with me also having a change of heart to chopping my hair very short. I'm left with full bouncy hair, that has a lift at the roots, and with just a quick tussle with my fingers, I can oomph it up again during the day.
I also love the smell of this, as it has has a masculine smell of which I believe contains the signature Grow Gorgeous™ scent. Which are citrus top notes of orange blossom, and a hint of green fruit leading to an intense woody, amber and sandal, layered with a delicate floral, warm spice and musk.
Key ingredients are Pea Peptide proteins that act as a film-former to build up each strand for full luxuriously healthy looking hair. These proteins continue to work overtime, so hair never falls flat. Feather-light active micro-emulsion helps to repair and protect hair strands without adding weight or sacrificing volume.
So big thumbs up from me and to counteract the dryness I use a mask once or twice a week and I'll be sharing that with you later in the week! I have also found that this is available on the Boots website, so I'll be getting the shampoo again soon.
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I love a product that does more than what it says, and the Nia Intensive Scrub bar is no exception. It's quick and easy to use and comes in a solid form but packed with all the ingredients you need for a smooth moisturised skin. Coming in a €12.95 I think is very reasonable for this product and I wouldn't hesitate to purchase this myself once this one I was sent has run out. This isn't my first time to use products from Nia, I've purchased the Calendula and Orange Blossom Cleansing Balm Facial Cleansing Balm and the Oat and Avocado Facial Exfoliator both I really love.
My skin has really suffered over the last few months between rashes, bites and eczema, but I need not worry using the body exfoliator. The poppy seeds weren't harsh against my skin and really did gently exfoliate for a smooth finish. The coconut oil created a soft fluffy lather which surprised me no end as it's so solid you kind of wonder to yourself how you will get it to lather, but I need not have worried as it lathered up in seconds. It also contains cocoa butter to soften and moisturise. The coconut milk helps to nourish the skin. Together the coconut oil and milk help to bring essential nutrients and oils back to your skin.
The smell is gorgeous which contains sandalwood, rose, neroli and frankincense which gives an uplifting scent that lasts throughout the day. The packaging is simple with the bar wrapped in paper. The bar should be rinsed after use and put out to dry. So I've been putting mine back on the paper after use to dry. Big thumbs up here for the Nia Intensive Scrub.
This is a great option if you are wanting to use natural products that are also Irish made with 30 years of experience behind them.
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It's almost time to return to the world of "Stranger Things" on Netflix, with the second season coming tomorrow, October 27th!! Let's not pretend like we haven't watched each trailer a dozen times, and skip the need to preview this season. We know what's up, right?
So I've decided to take a trip through time to see what would have been big in popular culture on Halloween of 1984, when "Stranger Things 2" is set.
Sitting pretty on top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the States for the third straight week was the Stevie Wonder classic "I Just Called to Say I Love You".
Stevie Wonder - I Just Called To Say I Love You - YouTube
Meanwhile, here in Ireland, Wham! were on their own three-week run of topping the chart with their hit single "Freedom".
Wham! - Freedom (Official Video) - YouTube
The number one movie in the United States on Halloween weekend in 1984 was the film that really launched the careers of Arnold Schwartzenegger and director James Cameron, "The Terminator". This film is as much a horror as it is a sci-fi, so it's not completely out of place here!
The biggest hits of the year include: "Ghostbusters", "Gremlins", "The Karate Kid", and "Beverly Hills Cop".
Peter Straub and Stephen King teamed up to bring us "The Talisman" which was topping the New York Times Bestseller list at this time, and would continue to do so until the end of the year! Interestingly, it tells the story of characters who are able to move from our universe into an alternate one. Coincidence??
There's something very familiar about the font used for Stephen King's name too!
In World News:
Indira Gandhi, the 3rd Prime Minister of India, was assassinated at 9:20 a.m. on 31 October 1984, at her Safdarjung Road, New Delhi residence. She was killed by two of her Sikh bodyguards, Satwant Singh and Beant Singh, in the aftermath of Operation Blue Star, the Indian Army's June 1984 assault on the Golden Temple in Amritsar which left the Sikh temple heavily damaged. This act resulted in Anti-Sikh riots break out, leaving 10,000 to 20,000 Sikhs dead in Delhi and surrounding areas with majority populations of Hindus. Rajiv Gandhi becomes Prime Minister of India.
If you are going to watch "Stranger Things 2" tomorrow enjoy it and don't forget to stock up on the popcorn!
*Disclaimer: I'm a member of the Netflix Stream Team and for this, I receive a complimentary subscription. All opinions are my own.
Hi, I'm back, and yes I know it has been awhile. I took a big break there which was truly needed for a few months, but now I'm itching to get back to writing and reviewing. I didn't give up on makeup during my time off and came across some gems along the way. I was sent some Sigma products and I have to say I'm impressed. It's a brand that went under my radar for awhile but now that I've had the opportunity to discover their products I will be bringing you my thoughts over the coming weeks.
Autumn is here and that usually means I have red lipstick out and ready to be worn. The Sigma Power Stick in the shade Bloody-Good was completely new to me and one that I have been enjoying.
The formula is creamy and glides straight on without catching or sinking into lines. You won't find any parabens, sulphates, phthalates, mineral oil, casein in the formula either. I believe there are six shades to choose from, with a mix of vivid and neutral colours. The pigmentation is super impressive, with no skipping or patchiness to be seen anywhere with this particular shade.
The tomato red shade is a lovely warm, orange/red, which I think is perfect for this time of year. The colour is bright and vivid especially on my pale skin, so it's not for the timid.
I also want to touch on the packaging which has a magnetic closure which I love, and it also has a bit of weight in the bullet which adds to it feeling like a luxury lipstick. The price is around €22.95 here in Ireland which is a step above MAC, which is the only thing I feel conflicted over even when I take into consideration that Sigma have 3.2g & MAC 3g. Overall I really love the shade of this particular lipstick and the comfort of it. It's creamy, matte, and pigmentated, what's not to love!
Fun Facts about Sigma Creators: Simone Oliveira Xavier and her husband, Rene Xavier Filho founded the company in their basement in 2008. Oliveira holds a PhD in infectious diseases and was a veterinarian. Not only that but she also holds two patents involving swine medicine!
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A few weeks ago I came across the "Wellness" section of Kilkenny Shop and thought it was a fantastic idea. They have everything from candles, skincare, books, from wonderful Irish brands. I was sent this lovely Dublin Herbalist set from Kilkenny Shop to celebrate! The Kilkenny shop has really brought together a great selection to the Wellness department with a range of natural skincare, and beauty products to which help towards feeding and nourishing the skin and help towards your well-being.
The Dublin Herbalists is one of the Irish brands found in the Wellness department, and I can see why. With carefully sourced ingredients and use of natural oils, your skin is being fed only the best. I found using the 5 steps a very relaxing experience and one that I really spent time in enjoying.
The set contains an Every Day Cleansing gel, that unblocks pores, removes dirt, and makeup. It contains jojoba oil which is a natural moisturising property.
Exfoliating Cleansing Gel that looks so good that you would want to eat it! This was lovely and gentle on my skin so I could use it every day if I wanted to.
Restorative Gel Face Mask felt very refreshing and soothing on my skin and I loved leaving it on for a full hour to really get the full effect. The lavender wasn't overpowering and the results were great, my skin felt renewed, to be honest.
You will also get a Refreshing Facial Toner that lifts, tones, and brightens your skin and it absorbed really fast. You apply by spraying on to a cotton pad and then sweep across your face.
The Rejuvenating Face Cream is a lovely addition to the set, which felt thick at first but after five minutes of this sinking in my skin feels great.
Overall using the 5 step facial really made me feel like I had my own spa at home and gave me some time out from the rushing around. The products are beautifully presented in little jars (they remind me of jam jars), they smell and look edible too and you wouldn't think twice if you saw these in a kitchen. The textures of each product feel rich but also feel like they would suit any skin type. I don't often find products that suit all but I really felt that with these. The set gives you a taster of what you can get from the Dublin Herbalists and without a doubt, this set will be making its way into a shopping basket either for me or as a gift for someone. The set will provide you with roughly 6 complete facials.
Wellness comes in many different forms, it depends on what the person needs, it may not mean you are free from illness but it goes beyond that. It can be the littlest of things that bring a positive outlook or a feeling of positivity that can contribute to your over all well-being. It could be taking five minutes out of your day to meditate or an hour to do a facial or read a book. For me taking a little bit of time out just to myself helps my mental health, so in turn, it brings me satisfaction and happiness to know I'm looking after myself.
"Kilkenny is home to Ireland’s largest collection of Irish designers, and the company has been synonymous with promoting the finest in Irish design for over 50 years. Kilkenny currently has 15 stores nationwide. Or visit www.kilkennyshop.com/wellness and receive free shipping on orders over €49."
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If you follow my social media accounts you will know from my over sharing of holiday photos that mum and I went to Agios Nikolaos in Crete! We had the best time ever on our first holiday abroad! The packing was great craic, with my mum losing the will to live with my packing skills, she just left me to it in the end including packing her case. I really didn't want to bring too much, I just wanted the bare necessities as I don't wear that much makeup when I'm melting in the sun, my skin just does not like it. Now, I did bring some makeup with me and if you want to see a post on the makeup I brought (other than what's in the post here), just let me know. In this post, I'll be talking about the essentials I'd never leave behind, these are the products that come with me or are part of any trip I make now.
*1. Uriage Eau Thermale Rich Water Cream was popped into the fridge on arrival to our destination along with their Thermale water just to amp up the refreshing feeling of using it nice and cool. We used the thermal water so much we left it behind empty so it's not pictured. The moisturiser was so comfortable to wear and gave my skin radiance. My skin usually shrivels up like a prune in such intense heat but this delivered with moisturiser and left my skin feeling so soft and nourished. At first, I didn't think it was going to do the job as it didn't feel rich or heavy, so it worked out perfectly in the heat.
2. Nima Brushes The Girls on Tour starter set of 5 brushes, was the best set of brushes I've ever owned! It includes 7 of their best selling brushes all with shorter handles and comes in its own travel case. The quality is fantastic and the brushes make applying makeup so easy. This was a lovely birthday present I got this year from my in laws, and now I'm dying to try more from the brand. I was able to pop this into my cabin luggage without it taking up much space. It beats bring a bunch of big cumbersome brushes, that also take longer to wash when you just want to enjoy some holiday time. The quality of the bristle, as well as the barrel and handles, are brilliant and the pop of colour makes them stand out.
3. This Works in Transit Camera Close-up was my multi tasker, it moisturises, primes, and can be used in the non-traditional sense like a mask. I have dry skin and would literally lash this on, it doesn't leave a film on the skin and preps my skin for my makeup. I use this mostly as a primer because it locks everything in place and my skin looks unbelievably smooth and my goodness this kept my makeup in place in the intense heat. I also found this to be really soothing on the skin. Perfect for oily skin but also good for drier skin but you will feel like you have to use more of it.
4. Bumble & Bumble Surf Infusion was my hair hero while away. I will admit I make very little effort with my hair on holidays, my hair is on the wavy side but for some extra help with my waves, this was brilliant. It is a salt and oil infusion and it is one of the best I've tried, this is pricey which is the kicker! I got my perfect tousled waves that didn't feel dry and it didn't look dull at all which I will put down to the oil.
5. Ziptek (cetirizine), well I got a nasty bite while away and it came close to the EpiPen getting used but the antihistamine did the trick. NEVER EVER will I leave home without them again, I'm still suffering from the bite weeks later.
6. Mitchum Powder Fresh Deodorant Stick, I don't think I really need to explain this one much. I don't like aerosol cans (and to use them as little as possible) so I love a deodorant in solid form and this one has always been a winner for me. Also, it was needed in the extreme heat while away!
*7. Shiseido Sports BB with SPF 50+ was something I popped along with me for mum to try. Mum, however, wouldn't give up her Shiseido synchro glow foundation, but I got a bit of colour and got away with trying the medium shade towards the end of the holiday. I was seriously impressed by the BB, it provided coverage, lasting power and the super important SPF. I have touched on the technology Shiseido use for their WetForce on the blog previously, but just for a little recap..... the sunscreen’s UV protection veil becomes more effective when the applied area is exposed to water or perspiration for 30 minutes. The BB cream is very liquidy when it comes out but you got to move fast to apply and blend it in. Once on you won't have to worry about it, this stuff does not budge. It is ideal for anyone into the gym, watersports, or sweaty sticky sun holidays! You know you have the protection and coverage, it is a genius hybrid of a product. This also contains a contouring powders that makes your skin look sculpted and healthy the stronger the sunlight it is under (it truly did that). When first applied it may look a little heavy but give it a few minutes and it just all settles.
8. No holiday is complete without Riemann P20. This is the only sun protection I ever use, it's the only one that can keep me from getting burnt and I love the new spray bottle. It's not in the main picture because I used it all up while away. I love how it nourishes my skin and leaves a lovely sheen as well, making me look healthier than I actually am. For me, this is worth the money and I never regret using it.
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*Disclaimer: I'm a member of the Netflix Stream Team and for this, I receive a complimentary subscription. All opinions are my own, and I will be posting once a month in relation to Netflix Stream Team.
The show that captured the imagination of so many last year is coming back!!! I'm really looking forward to Stranger Things 2 coming 27th of October and just in time for Halloween. We are heading back to Hawkins, Indiana to see a bigger yet even more sinister entity that is coming after to those who survived. Now I'm left with so many questions as to what awaits us and will the past catch up?! The fist season had so many easter eggs to some of our favourite 80's films and I really hope that will be the case the second time around and have that true retro feel to it.
We know from season one that MK Ultra the covert operation conducted by the CIA came to Hawkins in 1953, could they possibly be still be doing their experiments, or has their past experiments come back to haunt them?! FUN FACT: MK Ultra was an actual operation by the CIA!
On November the 6th 1983, Will Byers vanishes and ends up in the Upside Down an alternative world and held there by the horrifying monster Demongorgan. We see Will rescued by the end of season 1 but we can only imagine the lasting effect that could have had on him and will he be able to integrate back into the friendship he once had. Will he be the Will they all knew before?
November 8th, 1983, Barbara vanishes but we do find out that she was killed by the monster in season 1. But when you consider we're dealing with alternative universes could we possibly see this character make a reappearance?!
Stranger Things 2 | Super Bowl 2017 Ad | Netflix - YouTube
Will you be tuning in for season two? Let me know what you are hoping to see in season 2!
I love Kilmore Quay, and it's our go-to place on the occasional Sunday. Kilmore Quay is a wonderful fishing Village just under 30 minutes outside of Wexford Town. I especially look forward to the Seafood Festival which takes place the first Thursday of July every year for 4 days!
Our first stop is always into Little Saltee Restaurant, and the food is always fantastic, it is situated just across from the marina. It really has that updated coastal interior feel to it, which brings the beach and brightness to its restaurant. Don't leave without trying their scrumptious array of ice creams!
There is a wonderful walk along the coast and hidden nooks to find along the way. A playground is just up from the Marina, and it's one of Lillibug's favourites plus it's free and well kept.
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There is a wonderful selection of activities mostly centred around the sea from angling, sailing and snorkelling. You could also go and follow the Norman Way Heritage Trail (I'd highly recommend) which will bring you into Kilmore Quay.
If you read my previous post about my trip to the Crowne Plaza in Blanchardstown, you will know that I couldn't bypass the shopping centre while there. I needed to replenish my MAC Studio Fix Fluid and one thing led to another!
I picked up my holy grail of foundations the Studio Fix fluid (€32) in NW13. This seems to be a love/hate foundation when I talk to others about it, but thankfully it performs really well for me still. I also love the fact that the shade is perfection for me, which I struggle with when it comes to other brands.
I picked up my first MAC lip pencil (€17.50) in the shade Dervish to go with my new favourite MAC lipstick Plumful! It's really creamy and lasts all day on me, I need to build this up with a few strokes but I'm loving it and it will go with a lot of lipsticks that I already have.
MAC Fix+ travel size (€10) is another repurchase and love the many uses this comes in handy for. From intensifying eyeshadow, giving a dewy complexion, or just to finish off and lock in place my makeup. Always a must for my makeup bag.
I then picked up MAC Extra Dimension Blush in the shade Cheeky Bits, it was expensive at €29.00 but I really love the formula of this. It's described as a hybrid of a cream because of its smoothness, the bendability of a liquid, and a powder finish. That all sounds like magic to me especially with the prismatic reflection to give a luminous finish.
The powder is firm in the pan and has no kick up of product and blends beautifully on the skin. It's a pinky coral shade that really changes with the light. I was worried it would show up the texture on my cheeks because of the milia under my skin as it looked frosty in the pan, but this wasn't the case once applied. It lasted fairly well giving me six hours before fading but that was with a light application. This can be built up for a stronger finish and can be used wet for extra intensity.
I can see myself adding more of these to the collection as they are now part of the permanent collection at MAC.
I wasn't planning on doing a review of the Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown at all, but mum and I were so happy with our choice of hotel I thought I'd let you all know. Excuse the lack of photos and bad lighting but I hope you get a feel for the hotel all the same.
April is the month for Birthdays in our family, mum at the beginning of the month and mine the end, so we needed a little weekend away especially when we realised the last time we were away just the two of us was seven years ago! That is shocking and as a result, we have promised ourselves to go away more together. We picked the Crowne Plaza because Mum had stayed there before with Dad for a conference and of course it was close to the amazing shopping centre. Also importantly I found it easy to get to off the M50 coming from Wexford.
The stand out about the hotel was the staff and the customer service they bring. Check-in was quick and help was offered with our luggage. Two huge beds in a bigger than expected room greeted us and we were in our element. The bathroom was a good size too with a shower and toiletries. Parking was free at the hotel which I love because this has become such a rarity these days, and parking at the shopping centre was also free (not that we parked over there as we were in walking distance). Housekeeping was super friendly too, making sure we had everything we needed and always had a hello when we passed them in the hall.
We ate in the Sanctuary Bar and the staff were the best ever! Mum and I both have food allergies (EpiPen always on standby) and they really went out of their way to make us at ease with our order with the maître d' coming to double check about the allergies. They were all so friendly and the atmosphere was really great. The food was divine with service quick and portion size bigger than expected, so well worth the price.
After the stress of the last few months and years, this was a break we needed and we enjoyed ourselves. We definitely would go back again.
Yes, some shopping was done and I'm not sorry! I'll have a little MAC haul up soon.
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