About Me

Wednesday, 31 December 2014


Dress ~ Quiz at Debenhams Ireland
Leather Jacket ~ River Island
Heels ~ New Look
Chokers ~ ShopMoonChild
Lips ~ Wet N Wild 'Bare it all'

Happy New Year!

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Friday, 26 December 2014


Top ~ Quiz (at Debenhams)
Amelie Jeans ~ River Island
Choker ~ ShopMoonChild (http://shopmoonchild.bigcartel.com/ )

Foundation ~ Seventeen Stay Time in 'Porcelain' (let me know in a comment if you would like a review!)
Eyes ~ Penneys/Primark Pallet
Lips ~ Mix of Wet N Wild No. E903C 'Just Peachy' and Essence No. 58 'Dazzling Beige'

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Tuesday, 23 December 2014


Top ~ Next
Amelie Jeans ~ River Island 
Necklace ~ Penneys/Primark

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Saturday, 29 November 2014


Full outfit from Penneys/Primark except for tattoo choker from ShopMoonchild!

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Sunday, 23 November 2014


Blazer ~ New Look (old)
Scarf ~ Penneys/Primark
Jeggings ~ Penneys/Primark
Boots ~ River Island (old)
T-Shirt ~ H&M
Ring ~ Unknown
Leather Jacket ~ River Island
Lips ~ Wet N Wild 'Willow' Lipliner and 'Bare it All' Lipstick

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Saturday, 15 November 2014


Dress ~ New Look
Leather Jacket ~ River Island 
Boots ~ Clarks
Chokers ~ ShopMoonChild
Make-up ~ Collection Nude Eye Pallete and NYC Sun 2 Sun Bronzer

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Monday, 27 October 2014

Sunday, 19 October 2014


So this Halloween I really wanted to be a zombie, and after researching on YouTube I compiled together my look! This is how I am creating it, I am aware this is based on some videos done, so I will link them below for you guys to see a better version! My full look will be up next week at some point. Hope you can gain some inspiration, or just laugh at my transformation!

Emma Pickles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmXbSal_Z48
Pollyanne B: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgQevXR54pM

Step 1: I started off by applying my base. I mixed my regular Rimmel Match Perfection foundation in 100 Ivory with some white cream make-up I bought at a Halloween store. It is best to use as light a colour as possible that isn't pure white, you want to look dead but not too fake.

Step 2: I then began the process of contouring my face and neck to look more bony and sunken. I interchanged between using a dark red cream blush from a pallet and my Wet N Wild Cherry Bomb lipstick. Using a dark red colour is good to start with as it makes the skin look sore. Place this colour in all of the hollows in between the bones on your neck and above and below your collarbones. Also add it to the contours of your face; cheek bones, temples, nose, forehead, cupids bow etc. When contouring my cheekbones, I made sure to make it very prominent and brought it right down around my mouth. Of course add it generously around your eyes in the socket. Blend your work with a fluffier brush, but it does not need to be perfect.

Step 3: Next I took a dark brown eye shadow, pictured and highlighted above, and went over the work I just did. This creates the shadows you want, making you look dead. No need to be precise, I wasn't, just make sure you keep the bones quite white so that the stand out.

Step 4: At this point I filled in my eyebrows using that same dark eye shadow, but that is totally optional, I imagine zombies aren't too bothered about how their eyebrows look! I then went into the same areas again with an even darker brown shadow, just to give more depth to the shadows I was creating. I concentrated a lot more on my eyes with this colour, going right into my crease and creating bigger bags under my eyes. I made sure to get right into the inner corner, underneath where the nose meets the eyebrows, to make that really dark as that makes you look really tired and makes the look authentic.

Step 5: Time for some colour! I grabbed the dark purple/grey colour from the first pallet and went back in once again to my eyes, making them look bruised. You can also add this around your other contours too.

Step 6: Taking a red eye shadow, also from that pallet, I put this on my lids and lower lash-line, to make them look sore and sickly. I also used a pink lip liner on my waterline to make them look even more bloodshot.

Step 7: Now it is time for the black! I added it all around my eye, concentrating on that inner corner area. Top up the red after this step if you need to, as I found the black diminished the affect of that. Make sure to blend everything together here to make it look like it is your skin and not sitting on top of it.

Step 8: Something I loved from the tutorials I linked was adding in some veins. I used the same red colours from the start with a small angled brush to draw in small jagged lines in random places on my face. They need to be quite faint, so make sure to be light handed or tap them a little with your finger to blend them out. At this point I added some mascara to my eyes also, since I was going for a Zombie Girl. Smudging it onto your eyes would add some texture too, I think I will add this on the night.

Step 9: Now I was looking pretty creepy, I moved onto the lips. This is important as zombies are eating brains so your lips need to be chapped, bruised and bloody. Make sure your lips are paled out by your base. I used my Cherry Bomb from before and added it to the centre of my lips, using a lip brush to put it into the lines of my lips so they look dry. I then used the purple/grey colour again and dabbed it on and around my lips to make them bruised.

Step 10: Now for the best bit, the blood! I added some fake blood to the sides of my mouth and to random places around my face. Use a brush to splatter it if you can. Then you are done with the make-up!

For the costume, I wanted to go for a schoolgirl/cheerleader vibe. I bought a plain white t-shirt and ripped some holes and put some random colours I used on my face all over it to make it dirty. I wrote Sucker across it as a Charli XCX reference! I added a blue skater skirt for that school look. I will be ripping up some old black tights and wearing black heeled boots. Blood will be added to the shirt and I will be contouring and paling the rest of my skin also.

I also did a bite on my arm, as someone had to bite me for me to become a zombie! I created this by:

  • Adding a yellow eye shadow all over the area, then a green one inside of this.
  • I put the purple I used earlier more in the centre where the bite will be.
  • I used the dark red to make a circle of teeth marks.
  • Blood will be added in the centre and around the wound.
This is a way to do it without liquid latex or Special FX if that's not your thing!
I threw my hair messily into pigtails with some scrunches and that's my costume complete!

Let me know of you liked this tutorial type post and if you would like to see another one before Halloween! Also, comment below what you are planning to dress up as this year?


Monday, 13 October 2014


Flannel ~ New Look (old)
Top ~ H&M
Jeans ~ River Island
Boots ~ Clarks Shoes
Tattoo Choker ~ ShopMoonchild
Silver Choker ~ Penneys/Primark
Lipstick ~ Seventeen Stay Pout Lipstick in 'Just a Fling'

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Thursday, 25 September 2014


"the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes."

That is the definition of feminism. This week, many people across the world, both male and female, were struck by Emma Watson's profound speech at the UN for the launch of the #HeForShe campaign. I am never the type to express my opinion for the world to see like this, but I felt a responsibility to do so here.

All my life, all of our lives, we have lived in a world where men and women have been expected to conform to certain stereotypes, so as to feel 'normal' and be accepted. In the past decade, there has been a movement to stop this, particularly by feminists. For some reason, which I cannot understand, stating that you are a feminist has become a very taboo thing to say. The lack of understanding people have of what that means has led to distaste, and a spread of negative energy. The fear people have of change, or being themselves as a result of spending their whole life in a bubble, has caused us to stay static and not move forward to a better place. We as a human race, live on a beautiful planet which we take advantage of and destroy. We also destroy each other in war. On top of that, we confine ourselves to boundaries.

I won't spew that I love freely and am my whole self at all times, I am not. I am a victim of this culture, along with everyone else. 

Emma's speech was profound in the sense that it came from a place of understanding and knowledge. And also, compassion for the fact that none of this is easy, but that it is time for change. 

I am aware that there is bigger problems than equality, such as war in the Middle East and climate change, but we must start somewhere. If we can all accept each other for who we are, we may be able to work together better to change the world.

If you haven't heard Emma's speech yet, I highly recommend you do, no matter what your opinion is. 

Hope you all have a great day!

Friday, 19 September 2014


Jumper ~ GAP
Leggings ~ New Look
Boots ~ River Island (old)
Chokers ~ ShopMoonchild

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014


I thought it might be interesting to take quick pictures everyday for my first week in college to show what I like to wear to class! The quality isn't great as they were taken on-the-go, so please excuse that. I like to be comfy but still feel good about myself, so here is what I wore!

Leather Jacket ~ River Island
Tee ~ Penneys/Primark
Jeans ~ River Island
Chokers ~ ShopMoonchild

Tee ~ H&M
Jeans ~ River Island
Choker ~ ShopMoonchild


Tee ~ Penneys/Primark
Tee ~ Unknown
Jeans ~ River Island
Scarf ~ Penneys/Primark (old)

Tee ~ H&M
Hoodie ~ Penneys/Primark (old)

If you liked this please let me know in the comments! Peace & love.

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Saturday, 6 September 2014


Top ~ New Look
Jeans ~ River Island
Leather Jacket ~ River Island
Shoes ~ New Look
Chokers ~ Shop Moonchild
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014


Writing this post has been something I considered from the moment I decided to start a blog. My experience with anxiety and how I have and am coping with it has shaped me as a person in my development years. Before I begin discussing my experience I want to add a little disclaimer; I am in no way an expert on anxiety or panic attacks and I don’t claim to be. All I know is my experience and the small experience I have had with other people’s problems with it. The reason for me writing this is that I know how much reading posts about anxiety helped me through the years (especially Zoella!) and I would like to share in the hope that it might help someone else.

My journey to date

To start off I want to explain my journey. I would say I have had anxiety for around 5/6 years now, but it has definitely always been a part of me. I was a very nervous and anxious child, and very panicky. The real issues started around the time that I started my 2nd year in secondary school (not sure the equivalent in other countries!). I started to be fearful of social situations all of a sudden. The thought of speaking to someone I did not know scared me to death. Now this may sound normal to you for shy people, but it got to a point of me refusing to do things, go places, making excuses of being sick or lying consistently to get out of events that involved social interaction. I also became very depressed at this time, unsure as to why this was all happening to me and developing serious insecurities about myself. As I went on through secondary school, I managed to pull myself out of this a little on my own, only for the anxiety/panic attacks to begin. The first time I ever had a panic attack was during an art exam. I had been very nervous in the lead up to it, and half way through, my chest tightened up, I found it hard to breathe, and I felt like I wasn’t in my own body. I felt like every other student in the exam hall could see me panicking. The world was speeding by me but I was stuck.  I instantly put my hand up and went to the bathroom and cried, shaking horribly. After a few minutes I managed to calm myself down and go back and finish my exam, shakily. I think I handled it very well, considering. Since then they have come and go, and I have found that certain situations flare it up. Mostly stressful situations, or crowded public places. I have had many an attack going for my bus home from college in Dublin in the last two years! There was a period of sustained attacks for me right after I finished school, brought on by the great change that was occurring. This affected me greatly and it took me a long time to recover also.

Dealing with anxiety and attacks

In terms of how learning to cope, it is different for every person, I think. I tend to like to get to fresh air, away from other people, and just take a few minutes to concentrate on my breathing and getting it back to normal. I also find in times of stress, listening to music or relaxation sessions on my iPhone really helps to keep my anxiety at bay and prevent attacks as much as possible. Recently I have been struggling quite a bit, worrying about going into my final year of college unsure of my future and doing this blog has been an escape for me! It’s all about finding what makes you comfortable and calm. Another thing I have been trying to do in the last year is push myself out of my comfort zone. I have taught myself that some of those things I thought were scary were actually fun! I would encourage anyone to do this, even if it’s something small like wearing something you thought people wouldn’t like that you love! You will feel all the better for it and may find you are stronger than you thought.

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In case anyone is wondering, I have never been on any medication and only seen a doctor about it once. I don’t believe that medication would work for me, but it seems to for others so I see no problem with it. I have quite an addictive personality and I could become reliant on it very quickly, considering how often I am anxious.


I also want to discuss being embarrassed or ashamed of having anxiety or panic attacks. I have been, and still am quite reluctant to tell people I have it. I know in my heart that people may not understand but they will not judge when they are close to me but I think it is something I haven’t fully come to terms with yet. There are some close friends of mine that have no idea I deal with this. Writing this post is a big step in that part of my journey to acceptance.

That is my experience with anxiety, I hope that this made sense to someone and helped you out. Anxiety is a condition that seems to be coming to light more often now which is great as people are becoming more educated and I think it has helped me to express to others that it is something I deal with. If anyone has any questions or advice for others from their experience with themselves or others, please comment down below! Also if anyone would like me to write a post on depression/suicidal thoughts, please let me know. If anybody who reads this feels they need someone to talk to; message me, DM me on twitter, anonymous message me on Tumblr, whatever you like! I would be happy to help anyone in any way I can.

Shout out to my boyfriends blog http://aaronbyday.blog.com/ ! He will be posting about his experience with depression and anxiety very soon. Keep an eye out for it as his thoughts may help you!

Peace and love people!


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Thursday, 28 August 2014


Jumper ~ New Look (old)
Jeans ~ River Island
Jewellery ~ Unknown

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Liebster Award!

Hi everyone! So I got nominated by two fellow bloggers (Amanda at Made of Codes and Nikki at Chibi Chic )At first I was tentative to do this post, but after a little research I decided why not join in and help out some fellow bloggers!

Of course, a big thank you to the girls for the nomination and make sure you head over and read their blogs, they are fantatstic!

So the rules of the Liebster Award are:

  1. List eleven facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the eleven questions given to you by the blogger who has nominated you.
  3. Write eleven brand new questions.
  4. Nominate eleven other bloggers who have under 200 followers to answer your set ofquestions. 
  5. Then let your nominees know that they have been nominated by linking them to your post.

Although I was nominated by two blogs, only one seemed to have a set of questions so I will answer those!

11 Facts About Me:

1.     I am a Harry Potter fanatic, the books and the movies. Its really unbelievable how much I know and get offended by people who don’t like it!

2.     More obsessions, Game of Thrones is life.

3.     I have waaaaay too many Breaking Bad t-shirts.

4.     I am about to start my last year of a 3 year course and still have no idea what I want to do with my life.

5.     I hate tea and coffee, hot chocolate is the only hot drink I like. (Excuse me, I love)

6.     I live for Autumn/Winter simply for frosty mornings and the excuse to layer clothing, but I live in Ireland so unfortunately all it does is rain.

7.     I am an incredibly picky eater, but I love any type of Chinese food.

8.     Christmas is my favourite holiday.

9.     I am an extremely messy person, but very obsessive compulsive about somethings, like having books straight and neat.

10.  Paramore is my favourite band, no one else comes close in my mind. I have seen them live 3 times.

11.  Purple is my favourite colour, but I barely ever wear it.

11 questions from Amanda:
1. If you could live in any country in the future, where do you see yourself living?
Probably the US. I have never been and I am obsessed with New York and LA and plan to visit in my lifetime, living there would be even cooler.
2. Where was the last place you went on holiday?
Cork City right here in Ireland. It was a quick city break but very relaxing. I blogged about it! (shameless self plug)

3. What is your favourite film?
Now that’s a hard question! I would probably say Good Will Hunting right now, with Robin Williams fresh in my mind (R.I.P), but the Shawshank Redemption is a movie I absolutely adore also. Bronson starring Tom Hardy is a favourite too.

4. What is the best thing about yourself?
That’s tricky, probably my sense of organisation. I am messy in terms of cleaniness, but I always have my week planned out and when to get things done. I am never late for an assignment. It’s a good trait to have, I feel.

5. What was the last book you read?
The first Game of Thrones book. Currently reading the second and loving it!

6. Who is your favourite fashion designer?
Mmm again a hard question. I am more interested in street style than fashion designers, but I like Saint Laurent.

7. What is your HG (Holy Grail) beauty product?
Definitely the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in number 1, Fair. I can’t function without this product, I use it every single day.

8. Why did you decide to start a blog?
I spent years reading other peoples blogs and taking inspiration from them. I felt I had built up my own style and was comfortable with it and enjoy writing about it, so why not share that with other people! I definitely do it because I find it fun, not for a career.

9. Shorts or skirts?
Skirts! Never find shorts that I feel 100% comfortable in for some reason. And I don’t care how nice they are, if I am not comfortable, they are not for me!

10. Who is your style icon?
I have quite a few that I adore. Charli XCX, Sky Ferriera, Rihanna, Alexa Chung, I could go on forever!

11. What's your favourite perfume?
Miss Dior Cherrie, hands down. The smell just never gets old, it’s my signature scent.

My 7 Nominees:
  1. Steph Skates ~ http://stephskates.blogspot.ie/
  2. EvelinaT ~ http://evelinaat.blogspot.ie/
  3. Char Hennessy ~ http://chartakes.wordpress.com/
  4. Style with Veni ~ http://stylewithveni.blogspot.ie/
  5. Rachel Soetens ~ http://rachxso.blogspot.ie/
  6. Molly ~ http://fashionlinen.blogspot.ie/
  7. Sunaina Kapoor ~ http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/12458599
I have only done 7 as I wanted to link blogs I actually liked and ones that hadn't done the Liebster awards yet!

My 11 Questions:
  1. Favourite drugstore brand of makeup?
  2. Favourite autumn/fall makeup?
  3. What is your natural hair colour?
  4. Which do you prefer; Natural makeup or full coverage?
  5. Favourite quote?
  6. Biggest pet peeve?
  7. Biggest fear?
  8. Which do you prefer to do: sing as loud as you can or dance all night long?
  9. What is one thing that never fails to make you smile?
  10. Bath or shower?
  11. Drugstore makeup or high end?
So there you go! Hope you enjoyed this and learned a little about me!

Sunday, 24 August 2014


All items from New Look. (just a coincidence!)
Base ~ Mix of Rimmel Match Perfection in 100 Ivory and Rimmel Lasting Finish in 400 Natural Beige.
Eye Shadows ~ (Mostly) Collection Work the Colour Nude Eye Pallete
Lip ~ Seventeen Stay Pout Lipstick in Just a Fling
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014


Last weekend I visited, with my parents, one of my favourite places in Ireland, Cork City. We took a four day trip, arriving on Thursday and departing on Sunday, as a quick family holiday at the end of the summer. I thought it might be helpful to blog about what I know about visiting there and it might be helpful to some of you who are considering visiting it!
What I love about Cork City is the compactness. Everything you need is right there in the centre; shopping, food, drinks etc. Not only that, but it is a stunning city and well worth a visit.

It being my third time to visit and stay in this city, I feel I have a good enough knowledge of the city to talk about it. This time I was there, I stayed in the Ambassador Hotel, around a 10 minute walk from the city centre. The hotel was beautiful, the service great but very standard in terms of food. We usually went into the city for our meals which we ideally wouldn’t have done every time. If finding cool places to eat is your thing, then it’s a great hotel to stay in. Also bear in mind that the hotel is up on the hill, anyone who has been to Cork will know what I mean, and walking back up if you are not very fit may be a struggle. Another good hotel we stayed in before is the Jury’s Inn, which is right on the quays and perfect for access to the city.

To change things up a bit, we drove to Cobh village on the Friday of our stay. It was my first time there, and luckily the sun was shining so I could see exactly how beautiful it is! We spent a good few hours just wandering around the vibrant village and taking in the view of the sea. It is definitely a must see, the view of Spike Island and the water is gorgeous! We also took a walk to the Titanic Memorial Garden which was very small and peaceful, but the perfect place to take in that scenery.  We took a drive to Blarney also on the Saturday morning, but decided against taking the tour as the weather wasn’t great.

The other days of our break we mostly filled with shopping! I love shopping in Cork as St. Patricks Street and the side streets off it are full of great stores we all know and love, such as H&M, New Look, River Island, GAP, Marks and Spencers, Dunnes Stores etc.  I came back with quite the haul (much to my bank cards’ dismay!).

If you are an Irish gal like me, you know the importance of finding a good pub on holidays! We have been visiting Larry Tompkins’ Sports Pub ever since we started going to Cork and it is great for watching sporting events and just relaxing and having a pint.
Overall, Cork City is a great spot for a quick city break with the option of taking a trip to neighbouring sea side villages to take in the beauty of the Irish coastline. I would definitely recommend it and I am sure I will be back down there again!