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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.

Who Cares About Age? NOT ME!

19 October 2017

Age is a weird thing isn't it? Every year your age goes up, this number that's supposed to define where you are in life. When you're 15 you're in school, in the middle of all the teenage drama. When you're 25 you're out in the adult world, probably at the start of your career.

When I was younger I used to always want to be older. I remember being 16 and counting down the days until I turned 18 and now I'd kind of like if time could slow down just a little. The idea for this blog post was brought on by my 22nd birthday a few weeks ago. For some reason 22 sounds really old to me, and I was stressing out because I have all of these things I want to accomplish by 25 until I realised I was being completely ridiculous. 

Our age shouldn't set any limitations on what we can and can't do and there shouldn't be certain goals we have to hit by the time we reach 25, 30, or 50. All the time I hear women who are older than me saying they can't do this, or wear that because they're "too old" and I say there's no such bloody thing. Your age is simply just a number and you shouldn't let it define you. A brilliant example of this would be my Mum, who has definitely inspired the way I think about age. She's got just as much "get up and go" as I do and when we went surfing recently she wasn't the one who gave up after 45 minutes, I was!

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On the flip side, when I turned 22 I had so many people telling me that I'm "so young" and that I've "done so much for someone who's only 22" which of course is a lovely thing to hear, but just because I'm 22 doesn't mean I can't work as hard as a 30 year old and achieve whatever I set my mind to. 

I came across a brilliant quote the other day that perfectly describes how I feel about age, so I thought I'd share it with you:

"I hope you aren't held back because of a number and that you don't rush into things because it feels like time is slipping by. I hope you do what's right for you. Hold on, slow down and breathe in. Your age is your age but more importantly your life is your life. Don't change your journey so that it matches someone else's. We need to walk different paths so the whole world can be explored. Revel in the differences and enjoy where you are in this moment."

If you don't want kids by 25 and to be married by 30 like your cousin Sarah, don't stress it, you don't have to! Like I mentioned above, I had this list of things I wanted to have done by the time I'm 25, like starting my career, moving to a city etc but I've realised now that if I get to 25 and I'm back in college studying a completely different degree, that's fine. That's just how my life is supposed to go.

If there's one thing I've learnt, it's that the Abraham Lincoln quote "it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years" isn't as cheesy as it sounds. I may only be 22 but I've had more than a few hard life lessons thrown at me and I guess that's probably why I find myself having to put on a fake smile when people say I'm "so young" and why I'm such a cynical old git at times!

This quote also rings true when you look at really successful young people. I always think it's so funny to see headlines like "You'll Never Believe How Young This Tech Millionaire Is", as if a 21 year old almost shouldn't be able to be successful purely because he's "only" 21. A brilliant example of this is Nick D'Aloisio who sold his app Summly to Yahoo for a reported 30 million dollars back in 2013 when he was 17. If you google him, all of the articles will refer to him as a 'schoolboy', which of course he was, but how is that relevant? Surely he's a 'computer genius' above anything else, no?

Outfit Details

T-shirt - River Island (currently on sale) / Checked Trousers - Penneys (similar here) / Jacket - Mango (similar here) / Bag - Penneys / Watch - Daniel Wellington / Sunglasses - RayBan / Stan Smiths - ASOS

I guess the main point I'm trying to get at with all this rambling is that you can do whatever the hell you want, and the age you are can't control that. Your life is your life, it's up to you, not your age to decide what you do with it.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on age and if you feel the same way about it as I do, or if you disagree completely, I'd love to hear that too! Feel free to leave a comment here, on Facebook or on Instagram and we can have a chat.

Thanks so much for reading!

The Best of Beauty Under €10

Beauty products have always been a vice for me. I can never resist a bargain and the 3 for 2 offers in Boots would always pull me in and I'd find myself heading home with a big bag full of nail polishes I definitely didn't need. 

While it'd be lovely to be able to afford €40 foundations, and skincare that costs an arm and a leg, I find some of the cheaper beauty products work just as well, so today I want to share with you my 10 best beauty products that all cost under €10!