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A Look Back On 2017 & My Hopes For 2018

7 January 2018

Hello hello hello! It feels like years since I last sat down to write a blog post, didn't that Christmas break seem to go on forever (in the best way possible of course)?! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Years, spent with the people you love the most because that's really what it's all about isn't it?

Today I thought I'd kick 2018 off with a look back on the year just gone and what I hope this coming year has in store. It wasn't until I was planning this post that I realised at the start of 2017 I'd actually written a post called 'What I Want Achieve This Year', and I'm happy to say I achieved just about everything I wanted to, so let's look back on 2017 shall we?


One of my main goals for 2017 was to travel as much as I could and I ended up visiting Amsterdam, Bruges, Murcia, Disneyland Paris and Belfast as well as lots of other staycation type breaks here in Ireland! My boyfriend and I decided that instead of getting birthday and Christmas presents, we'd go on trips instead because memories and experiences are much more valuable and it's worked out really well. If you'd like to see more of my travels, hotel reviews and places to eat in the cities we've been to, check out my travel section here.

Finding My Footing With Blogging

Even though I've been 'properly' blogging since September 2014, I'd always struggled to find my place with the whole thing. A lot of the time in the past I'd write blog posts that I knew would be popular rather than posts that I had a genuine interest and love for. I changed that in 2017 and started writing think pieces that I'm very proud of on topics like feminism, education and fast fashion (which you can find here). I've always had a love for writing and doing this has really helped me to fall back in love with blogging and remember why I started.

Stepping Outside Of My Comfort Zone

I was given some incredible opportunities in 2017, one of them being a trip to Disneyland Paris with Penneys. Whilst it was the trip of a lifetime, I have to admit that I was very very nervous the few weeks leading up to that weekend. I was worried that I wouldn't get the content I needed, or the content I would get wouldn't be good enough etc. Just silly worries that were totally irrational but we all have our comfort zone and that trip was definitely outside of mine. If you've read my post on the trip, or seen all of my Instagram posts, you'll know I had the best weekend of my life and so in 2018 I'm going to keep pushing myself out of my comfort zone because it's always worth it.

Juggling Blogging & College

I don't want to sound like a moan, but blogging takes up a lot more time than people realise. In 2017 I found it a little harder to juggle blogging and college, especially since I'm now in my final year of college. It was hard to prioritise sometimes, especially since I was trying to give blogging as much attention as I could. I was very lucky to work with some of my favourite brands last year and also graduate from my ordinary degree and continue onto my honours degree, so here's to the juggling act continuing in 2018!

All in all, 2017 was a great year for me and it's one I'll always look back on fondly. With that being said, I don't think anyone can say 2017 was easy. There were so many unthinkable tragedies and innocent lives lost over the past year that while 2017 was a great year for me personally, it was definitely bittersweet. One of the strongest memories that I'll probably always keep with me about 2017 was waking up on so many mornings to terrible, stomach dropping news. My main hope for the coming year is that there won't be half as much mindless violence and acts of terror, because I think the world has had more than it's fair share.

The Year Ahead

So what are my hopes for 2018? Well I'd obviously like to be as happy and as healthy as I was in 2017, but there are a few specific goals I want to achieve and hopes I have for the new year.

1. Keep creating content that I'm proud of.

I want to keep up what I started in 2017 and continue writing posts about topics that I love and want to share with people. 2018 might also be the year I give the whole Youtube thing a go, and I'm very excited for all of the ideas I have to come to life.

2. See even more of the world. 

I think travel is always going to be my favourite thing in life. I absolutely love exploring new places and learning all about different cultures. We've already booked a trip to Prague in March and I have a whole list of other countries and cities I'd love to go to, so I can't wait! I'm also going to be working on creating more travel themed blog posts since you all loved my packing tips and travel recommendations last year.

3. Work with brands I love. 

Just like the list I've written of all the places I want to travel to this year, I've also got a list of brands I'd love to work with. I'm very fortunate that my blog has allowed me to collaborate with some of my favourite brands/companies and in 2018 I want to continue creating the same authentic content. It's very important to me that I only ever work with brands that I genuinely love and that I don't take on irrelevant collaborations purely for the financial gain. Of course I don't expect to work with every single brand on my list, but it's good to have dreams to aim for right?

4. Develop healthy habits that will stick. 

In 2017 I developed a real love for going to the gym regularly. It helped keep me sane during very stressful weeks in college and I loved seeing my body getting stronger. This year I want to keep that regular exercise up, but also develop healthy eating habits to match. Right now I don't eat the healthiest diet, and I'm also not the best at cooking, so this year I want to work on that and finally be the complete picture of health.

5. Graduate college and (finally) get out into the big bad world.

I have just one semester left in college and to say I'm excited to be finished would be an understatement. I've had so many people say to me that college is way easier than having a job and to be honest I don't know what they studied but I definitely won't miss the 60+ hours a week that I put into my college work. I'm very much ready to be done and dusted with it all and while at the moment I haven't a clue what my exact plan is for after I graduate, I'm still very excited to get stuck into whatever comes my way.

Here's to the year ahead. I have to say I'm very excited for it all, even though I haven't a clue what it may hold! I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you've got any hopes or goals for 2018, I'd love to hear them.

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How Many Coats Is Too Many Coats?

18 December 2017

I am a coat addict. There, I said it. I just can't help myself. All I want to do is buy coats, I mean can you blame me when it's so cold at the moment?! I'm sure a lot of you are the same. You go into a shop and instantly you're drawn to the rails of coats and jackets even though you've got enough at home to open your own shop...

There are so many gorgeous styles on the high street at the moment, from the teddy bear coats, to the aviator jackets, is it any wonder we love them? In the winter I love to wear a statement coat or jacket with a comfy/casual outfit underneath. It's simple and practical because thanks to all of these faux fur coats that are so on trend right now, you'll be kept as snug as a bug.

Since I love coats and jackets so much, I've obviously compiled quite a long wish-list so today I thought I'd share them with you, just in case you're on the hunt for the perfect winter warmer!

I think my particular favourites from this post have to be the jackets featured below. I especially love the red aviator jacket from River Island which is currently on sale (like I needed any convincing)! The studded biker jacket from Pretty Little Thing is another steal at just €21 and of course that gorgeous aviator jacket from Missguided with the deep green faux fur lining is just too fab.

Are you a fellow coat addict? What's your favourite style of coat or jacket? I hope you enjoyed this post and if you were on the lookout for some shopping inspiration, I hope it helped!
Thanks so much for reading.
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My Top Picks From Penneys Beauty

27 November 2017

It's no secret that Penneys beauty products are not only cheap as chips, but also amazing quality and in the last few months especially they've brought out some products and ranges that rival lots of our favourite make-up brands. Some of my favourite beauty products that I use on a day to day basis are from Penneys and today I wanted to share with you the products from Penneys that we all need in our make-up bags.

Black Friday Deals & Codes 2017

22 November 2017

Black Friday is here again and it seems to be bigger than ever this year! This post will include all of the codes and discounts I can find and I'll do my best to keep it as up to date as possible. Happy shopping!

The Most Magical Weekend - Primark X Disney

19 November 2017

Last weekend I went on the trip of a lifetime with Penneys/Primark to Disneyland Paris * and to be honest, even a week later, it all still feels like a dream! When I started Penneys To Prada back in 2014, never in a million years did I think I'd be going on a trip like this with my absolute favourite brand. 

The Best Of Beauty Under €20

16 November 2017

Since you all loved my previous 'The Best Of Beauty Under €10' post so much, I thought I'd do a follow-up and share my favourite products under €20! Granted a beauty product that costs €16 isn't as much of a bargain as one that costs €7, but it's still cheap enough in the grand scheme of beauty, isn't it?

Some of my most loved beauty products fall into this price category so I can't wait to share them with you!

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink in Pioneer

This product has to go first because it's a new addition to my beauty drawers and I just NEED to tell you all about it. If you're looking for the perfect red that makes your teeth look whiter, stays on all damn day (even through eating a burger) AND doesn't make your lips feel like a crusty mess, then the new Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks are a necessity. I also wear this in the shade 'Lover' which is a gorgeous pinky nude.

The Body Shop Lightening Shade Adjusting Drops 

You might have seen me previously mention The Body Shop's Darkening Drops in my 'New In Beauty #5' post, but since it's now winter and I've returned to being Ghost Girl, I definitely don't need any help darkening my foundation! These lightening drops have been a god send for me because I'm so pale that even the lightest shades of foundation still look a little warm on my skin. These are super simple to use, you just blend them into your foundation and voilà, no more orange face/white neck!

Likewise with the Drops of Glow from The Body Shop, they're so easy to use, but they give you a gorgeous glow to the skin making it look like you've had a nice 10 hour sleep. I will often put a few drops of each of these into my foundation and it gives me a flawless base.

L'Oreal Paris Paradise Mascara

Two of the most frequent questions I get asked are "Are you wearing false eyelashes?" and "What mascara do you wear?". I am very lucky to have thick, long eyelashes, but recently those questions have become even more frequent and it's definitely because of this mascara. In the past I've used Too Faced's Better Than Sex mascara and Urban Decay's Perversion mascara and I have to say this one from L'Oreal Paris seriously gives them a run for their money. 

L'Oreal Paris Paradise Brow Pomade

Another product from the new Paradise collection is the brow pomade. It seems like every brand has released their own brow pomade in the last few months but I was only ever impressed with Benefit's ka-BROW until I tried this one from L'Oreal. The thing I love about this brow pomade is that it's so easy to work into your brows and it comes in a good range of shades so you won't be stuck with eyebrows that are the total wrong colour for you.

L.O.V Cosmetics The GLOWrious Bronzing & Highlighting Palette

I'll be honest and say there hasn't been a product from L.O.V Cosmetics that I haven't loved. They seem to get everything just right and this bronzing and highlighting palette is no different. It costs just under €16 which I think for three powders is brilliant. I like quite a subtle, natural make-up look and this palette helps my skin look glowy and enhanced without looking like I've put much effort into it at all. The soft illuminator powder in particular is incredible and this palette is nice and compact too so it's easy to pop in your handbag.

Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray

Technically this is just over the €20 limit but it's too amazing not to include in this post. Whenever I curl my hair I spray this throughout the curls instead of a standard hairspray and the volume and hold it gives is incredible! It also smells amazing too.  I picked mine up in Lloyds Hair, who have an incredible range of haircare products but you can also find it online too. It's currently out of stock on FeelUnqiue (here) but a few other online stores like (here) and BeautyFeatures (here) have it in stock.

Vichy Micellar Solution

I used to be a die-hard fan of the Garnier Micellar water, it's nice and cheap and comes in a huge bottle, but that was until I tried Vichy's own micellar water. I find this one is much softer on the skin and breaks down my eye make-up a lot better than the Garnier one and at just €14 it's not too much more expensive.

Iconic Bronze Tanning Lotion in Medium

If you follow me on Snapchat you'll know I LOVE my Bellamianta tan, especially their new Crystal Clear formula (more on that soon) but it can be a little pricier than you might like, so that's where Iconic Bronze saves the day! It's only €12 and you can pick it up online or in Penneys and it gives a gorgeous, natural colour. There are two things I love the most about this tan, the first being it's so easy to apply, and the second being that it wears off like a dream.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Nuit

I first mentioned this moisturiser back in 2016 in this post and I recently unearthed a backup bottle I had in a drawer and fell in love with it all over again. This is a great moisturiser to use at night if your skin is acting up, or if you have sensitive skin in general and I've noticed a visible difference in my skin since using it again. I've just found it on the McCabes Pharamacy's website for a few euro cheaper than most other sites, happy days!

Garnier 3 in 1 Nourishing Honey Botanical Balm 

Personally for me, any product that is 3 in 1 is instantly a bargain, I mean it's one product that has three different uses, how could you not get pulled in?! This botanical balm from Garnier can be used as a day moisturiser, a night moisturiser and a mask. I love using it as a day moisturiser because it's lovely and nourishing and really plumps up my skin, and I also love using it as a mask if my skin feels a little tried and dry. It's a rather large size too so it's lasting a long time and I just love products that are good value for money.

What are your favourite beauty products under €20? Have you used any of the products included in this post? I hope you enjoyed this beauty ramble, thanks so much for reading!

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5 Ways To Keep Your Winter Wardrobe From Looking Dull & Boring *

31 October 2017

The winter months can drag on a bit can't they? In winter it's easy to want to just hibernate until spring, slip into dark, dull clothing and just give up on your outfits all together. Believe me, I've done it! A few years ago I only wore shades of black and grey for about three months straight, and I wouldn't touch any bright colours at all. 

Today I've teamed up with my favourite shop, Penneys, to share some of my tips for keeping your winter wardrobe from looking dark, dull and boring! This entire outfit is from Penneys and cost under €110 so livening up your winter wardrobe doesn't have to break the bank either.