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It's been a looooooong Winter, but luckily there's been a load of great stuff added to Netflix since the start of the year to stave off the long, miserable evenings. So here's some of the stuff that the hubby and I have been watching, along with something the Lillibug has taken to as well.


This show is not just an American version of "Bake Off". It's a lot funnier for a start and the contestants are absolute amateurs, which means that the results of the challenges end up being unintentionally hilarious. That being said, the contestants themselves are in on the joke and none of them ever take the judges laughter personally. Each episode is only twenty minutes and there are only six episodes so you'll fly through it.


Based on the book "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan" by Kim Barker, this film stars Tina Fey as Kim Baker (just one of the number of changes from the original, true story) alongside Margot Robbie and Martin Freeman. I'm usually not a big comedy person, but this one grabbed my attention from the start and I really enjoyed the whole thing from start to finish. While is mostly comedy, there are some really good, serious moments in there too.   


This six-part documentary series will take you a bit of time to get through as each episode is roughly an hour but it's well worth investing the time in it. It tells the story of the Indian Guru, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, who sends his secretary Ma Anand Sheela to buy land in Oregan with the purpose of setting up a commune for followers of Bhagwan's religious beliefs. What starts off a small commune soon turns into a fully functioning town, to the dismay of the people that live in the surrounding area. What follows is a case of xenophobia, racism, illegal wiretapping, and biochemical attacks. If this was a work of fiction, people would be praising the character of Sheela for being such a great villain, even more so than Bhagwan. 


Another release from the partnership between Netflix and Dreamworks is a sequel series to last year's hit film "Boss Baby". Even though Lillibug hasn't seen the movie, she really got into this show really quickly and has watched every episode. From the bits and pieces I've seen, it's a lot of harmless fun and Lillibug really enjoys it.


*Disclaimer: I'm a member of the Netflix Stream Team and for this, I receive a complimentary subscription.  All opinions are my own.
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Meet Mademoiselle Azzaro, an eau de toilette that makes you dream of sitting at a Parisian cafe in springtime. The delicate powdery pink perfume is housed inside a faceted glass bottle and finished off with a satin bow brings the delicate Parisian and elegant feel to it.


The stand out of this perfume is it's floral and fruity bouquet which is delicate and pretty. It has top notes of Peach to give the fruity, sweet composition that is like velvet to the senses.  Seringa Flower comes through the top and heart notes and is known as the Jasmine of Poets, it is slightly fruity but has a floral bouquet to it. Iris Wood is the scent that I love when it comes through after it warms up on my skin. The Iris Wood comes from the root of the iris and contains rich unique notes, and it takes over three years to develop this. An interpretation of iris
wood was created and reconstituted for Mademoiselle Azzaro, using synthetic molecules to
give the perfume its white woody note and lively character.


Flirtatious and young, this perfume expresses a cheerful enjoyment of a Parisian life.

What is your perfume for springtime? 

*PR Samples contained within this post. Not sponsored
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The sun popped out today in Wexford and we took to the road and headed to the Wexford Wildfowl Reserve. I had my very excited 6-year-old with me, along with her first kite, so she was rearing to get out in the fresh air. The nature reserve is a great place for kids to explore, students to learn, and photographers to capture some magic.


The nature reserve is home to local and migrating birds which are attracted to the open fields, water channels and well-watered soils of the North Slobs. You can find depending on the time of year, geese, swans, ducks, waders. The North Slob is also a reserve for hares. During the year, foxes, and badgers also make it their home.


The Wildfowl Reserve is open daily and there is no charge. The 200-hectare reserve has a visitor centre with staff that are so friendly, and you will also find the 8-metre tall observation tower at the visitor centre.







We also made time to fly our kite on the beach which is just before the long entrance down to the reserve. Wexford was looking exceptionally beautiful today. I hope you enjoyed the photos!



Don't forget to check out my Instagram page for more photography - Ireland From My Door
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My eyes have taken a bit of battering over the last few years, which includes ageing but most of all the damage from a condition I have called Graves Disease. I have tried so many lotion and potions over the years and pretty much given up finding anything to help until recently. Two products arrived and I have noticed a huge difference in the skin under my eyes. Just to get back to the Graves Disease for a minute, the damage has happened due to my immune system targeting that area. It has caused my eyes to bulge, inflammation, pressure, sensitivity and a host more things. My eyes began to make me look older and in turn very self-conscious.


Long-term care around the eye area can provide great benefits, but finding the right products can be difficult for such a sensitive area. The skin around our eyes is ten times thinner than the skin on the rest of our face. With all the smiling, laughing, frowning, blinking we do our eyes can be the first place to show signs of ageing.


The Nuxe Anti-Ageing Eye Contour Nuxellence (€38) is what I use first thing in the morning when I get up and generally most of the evenings. It has a natural self-adjusting shade to tackle my dark circles and it illuminates the under eyes wonderfully. It contains Passionflower to help with inflammation and Hyaluronic Acid to help with the signs of ageing and add hydration. I'm left with a smooth undereye area that looks fresher and illuminated. The applicator is a dream especially if you leave it in the fridge and the massaging movement really helps with the puffiness and decongestion in the area. There is a fragrance in this but I've had no issues with it, but it is something just to note for anyone with super sensitive eyes. I've also noticed that my makeup applies smoothly, so no more creasing concealer to contend with.


Next up is the Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Moisturizing Reviving Eye Mask (€33), a cooling cream that feels like a gel and can be left on overnight to revive tired looking eyes. It can also be used for a quick ten-minute boost to bring radiance back but I do prefer to use this as an intense overnight mask. I wake up with my eyes less puffy and red.


It contains Organic Kalanchoe—also known as “Leaf of Life”—is a resilient succulent plant from Madagascar it boosts the skin's natural hydration leaving the area plumped, hydrated and radiant. It also has Horse chestnut escin which helps to reduce the look of dark circles. Irish moss extracts comforts and soothes. Eyes appear and feel softer, less tired. It's worth noting that this also contains a fragrance and if your eyes are at all sensitive I would recommend trying a sample first if you can.


Using a cream specially targeted for your sensitive under eye area is more beneficial than using your standard face cream which can be too harsh and the ingredients too potent for the area. Also, well-packaged eye creams are much better when not in jars due to finger dipping into jars which can harbour bacteria.



*PR Samples contained within this post. Not sponsored
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I haven't really delved into Primark PS makeup range over since it's inception, as it never really piqued my interest or make me excited. That all changed recently with the new collection from Primark inspired by Korean makeup and skincare called K-Pop. First off I couldn't miss the cute packaging, the colours, and of course the price. The Korean style of makeup for fresh and dewy skin is right up my street, with the use of soft pinks and shimmering pastel colours. I believe there are 12 pieces to this collection which include cushion blush, primer, palettes, and lipsticks to name a few.


I started off with the Bubble Blush (€5.00) a soft pink and highly pigmented cushion blusher. Easy on the application as I looked like a clown the first time I tried this! My prefered way of applying this is with a stippling brush rather than using the makeup sponge included. This last longer than my foundation so I was pretty delighted with the results. It left me with a dewy yet natural finish when using the shade Sugar Rush on my complexion. It also has a handy little mirror in it which I wasn't expecting given the price.






The After Glow liquid highlighter in the safe Brightside (€3.00) was a nice glistening pink highlighter. I was afraid this would contain some heavy glitter, but that wasn't the case and I enjoyed wearing this for the most part. It lasted about four hours on me and I just dabbed a little on using my finger because I felt like applying it that way gave me more control over it.


Jelly Belle lipstick jelly lipstick (€2.00) in the shade Pink Laces gave a wash of colour to the lips and felt hydrating to a degree. It reminded me of juicy watermelon! It barely lasted on my lips and I had to keep reapplying and the shade made my teeth look a little yellow.


Last on my list was the K-pop Eye Candy eyeliner in the shade dreams. There was also a candy pink to choose but I thought the pastel blue with open my eyes to look wide awake and make my blue eyes pop. Thankfully it didn't make my eyes look stark like a pure white can do, and you can't go wrong with the price. I'll continue to use this and keep it in rotation with a few more favourites I have.

I'm happy with the finished looks I have created with these products especially the cushion blush and the highlighter. I can see myself checking out more from this collection and enjoying the fresh and dewy finishes to bring a more natural everyday look.



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 Today turned out to be one of the nicest days of the year, and not wanting to let it go to waste we took to the road. We ended up down at St. Helen's Bay beach and cliff walk; a wonderful sandy beach with little nooks when the tide is in. It was nice to see the sun shining and get to expereice our first real day on the beach this year. We may live in the Sunny South East but the last few months have been so bleak, making this the longest winter I can remember in years!

I remembered to take the camera and got a few nice shots along our walk and I hope you enjoy.






If you are lucky enough to be there at the right time, you can lose yourself in watching the boats come into the Europort in Rosslare Harbour, and if it's a nice day don't forget the picnic!

Don't forget to check out my Instagram page for more photography - Ireland From My Door




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I'm back!!! I know I'm not writing much the last while and I have also been missing from Instagram which is a shocker. Spending time away from it all was a much-needed break. It can very overwhelming trying to keep up with it all and sometimes I feel like I've lost a bit of spark when it comes to blogging. However, the last few months I have found a great joy in taking photos around Wexford, and last October I finally plucked up the courage to set an Instagram account especially for it which you can find here if you fancy a look. My love of photography goes right back to when I was a very young child and playing around with my dad's Polaroid camera. 

Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford

Gate Lodge of Rathaspeck Manor, Co. Wexford
Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

River Slaney, Ferrycarraig, Co. Wexford

River Slaney, Ferrycarraig, Co. Wexford


Wexford Quay



"Solstice" by artist Rowan Gillespie
Wexford County Council

I'm sure you can tell from the photos I have shared here, the majority are taken in Wexford and I hope you can see the beauty of this wonderful county through them. I hope to mix it up more during the summer months and share more from around the country along with some history behind each pictured captured.

My blog is always going to have beauty but my blog is a way of sharing my other interests and I need to find that spark again, so I hope you enjoyed this and come back for more. Don't forget to check out Ireland From My Door on Instagram for more details on these pictures.





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World Book Day is upon us once again, and while I don't want to take anyone away from their books, I thought that it would be nice to have something to suggest to you when you take a break from your reading, or if you don't partake in the occasional book, maybe one of the films below will spark your interest. 

Netflix has something for everyone this World Book Day, kids and adults alike, and whether you're into the classics, modern thrillers, horror, or classics for the kids, you'll surely find something that tickles your fancy.

Stephen King:






















The undisputed king (no pun intended) of horror is well represented by some classic adaptations of his work, as well as some Netflix originals that arrived late last year. Brian De Palma's version of "Carrie" (1976) has never been bettered despite numerous attempts (including a 2002 remake and a sequel in 1999 - which are also both available on Netflix). Rob Reiner's "Misery", which won one of its stars, Kathy Bates, a rare academy award for a performance in a horror film, remains an all-time classic King adaptation. Specific scenes and scenarios have become part of everyday life. Whenever someone says "I'm your number one fan" in a mock-sinister voice, that's Misery. 

"Gerald's Game" and "1922" were released straight to Netflix in the shadow of the cinema release of "It" but both are very worthy films in their own right. "Gerald's Game" draws a terrific performance from Carla Gugino who carries the film through all it's unusual, and sometimes horrific, twists and turns. "1922" is more of a dark, introspective drama, about a father who commits a terrible act in what he feels is in the best interest of his son, only to find himself haunted by it. Thomas Jane seems to do his best work in movies based on King books (like "The Mist") and he's fantastic in this too.

Stieg Larsson:






















From Friday the 2nd of March, when the first adaptation of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" starring Noomi Rapace is added to Netflix, it will mean that all four movie adaptations will be available to stream for the first time. This series is made up of the three original Swedish versions which were all released in 2009 and David Fincher's version which was released in 2011. 

Roald Dahl:




















This pair of films perfectly captures both sides of what makes Roald Dahl's books so special. One shows his ability to create a sense of wonder, and the other, his irreverent sense of humour. "The BFG", directed by Steven Spielberg, is a big special effects extravaganza but only works if the relationship between Sophie and the BFG is believable, which it is in this film. "Fantastic Mr. Fox" from Wes Anderson is a stop-motion animation film that was a painstaking process for all involved but is a lot of fun even if some of the jokes might go over the kid's heads.

Classics:






















In terms of classics of the past, and some more modern ones, Netflix has you covered as well. Based on Harper Lee's seminal work, the film version of "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a classic in every sense. Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" adaptation pulls together an all-star cast in Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant in a film which earned Emma Thompson an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Another film that was nominated in that category is Stephen Frear's "Philomena", based on the true story of a woman whose son was taken from her in a convent laundry in 1950's Ireland. It features excellent performances from both Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. Lastly, and probably the toughest of the bunch, is the film version of John Boyne's book "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" which tells the story of two boys from completely different walks of life who bond despite being on the opposite sides of a concentration camp fence. 

All these films, and more films based on books like "Gone Baby Gone", "Matilda", "The Road", and "Howard's End", are available to stream and download right now on Netflix UK and Ireland. 

*Disclaimer: I'm a member of the Netflix Stream Team and for this, I receive a complimentary subscription.  All opinions are my own.
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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.


*PR Samples contained within this post. Not sponsored
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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.

This post contains PR Samples. This post is not sponsored

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