Insta Lately


  • Every once in a while, I love getting my nails done by a professional. Shellac always gives such a nice finish and it lasts a couple of weeks too.
  • The Costa Christmas menu is my absolute favourite! This coconut and white chocolate snowball with a passion-fruit and mallow centre was almost too pretty to eat!
  • I’m really eager to start printing out more photos and this gorgeous album in Paperchase will be the perfect place to store all our memories!
  • Good old Penney’s! I recently picked up this super cute and fuzzy pink hot water bottle…along with about a dozen other things!
  • Also in Penney’s, I found this trio of mini Zoella fizz bars. I tried one of them earlier this year and they make a nice addition to any bath.
  • So simple but so good — chicken goujons with Southwest sauce.
  • The new Next bags are the prettiest shade of rose gold/copper.
  • One of my all-time favourite ways to relax: curling up with a glossy magazine and a big bar of chocolate.
  • More Costa — I might just be addicted…!

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara

Sometimes I forget that make-up has an expiry date. It’s only every once in a while when I’m applying a product that I’ll wonder, when did I actually get this…?! Apparently mascara is the worst culprit for breeding bacteria and it’s recommended that you replace yours every 3-6 months. I have a small pile of mascaras on my dresser and since I couldn’t even guess which one I’d purchased last, I decided to invest in a brand new one.


I picked up Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde in the shade ultra black. For autumn/winter, it has a limited edition kaleidoscopic design. I initially thought this print was on the actual tube but it’s actually just a wrap. I have to say that I’m not overly impressed with this packaging as it started to peel off fairly quickly. Underneath the wrap, it’s just metallic which is perfectly fine although a little plain in comparison.


Fortunately, the product itself is much better. The wand has a combination of straight and spherical bristles to help curl and define lashes. It only takes one coat to see results — lashes become thicker, darker and more voluminous in an instant. It takes a little while to set so you do have to watch out for smudges afterwards but it does last really well. I apply it in the morning and it almost looks virtually the same by evening time. I’ve been using this nearly every day for around three weeks now and I really like it. It retails at around €14 and I picked mine up as part of a 3 for 2 Boots promotion (always a good excuse to treat yourself to a few products!).


Checking In!

It feels like forever since I last posted but in reality, it’s only been just a little over a week. I suppose after doing Blogtober last month (where I posted every day for the month of October), I got in to the habit of blogging much more regularly than normal! That definitely hasn’t been an option these last couple of weeks. Things have been a bit hectic…but in a good way! I’m so happy to say that I have gone back to work! I got offered a full-time job at the start of this month. As you may know, I had only been able to get work as a temp or an intern since graduating three years ago so I’m really excited about this new change! It’s all a bit mad now but I’m slowly getting in to a new routine which means I can go back to blogging more consistently too…so watch this space! :-)


Sunday Storm

Today felt like a proper winter’s day. I could hear the wind and rain before I even opened my eyes and then when I had to go out later in the morning, it was even worse than I imagined. It was such a relief to finally come home and be safe and cosy indoors again! I have to admit that I do kind of like days like these (every once in a while!) because they’re a good excuse to curl up on the sofa with your loved one(s) and just watch films with lots of treats and hot drinks.

Speaking of treats…my latest favourite would have to be these Fox’s Caramel Caffè Waffles. Thin crispy waffles filled with caramel, they’re perfect with coffee but also go well with tea/hot chocolate. You just pop one on your cup and the heat from the drink creates this gorgeous warm gooey centre. I’ve had these before in coffee shops but never realised they stocked them in supermarkets too so I’m delighted with this little discovery! They make for such a lovely treat and I think they would be great to have on standby for unexpected guests — that is, of course, if I don’t get to them first! ;-)


Clinique Pop Lip Colour & Primer

I don’t buy nearly as many magazines as I used to but I’ve been a regular reader of Glamour for a long time now. I always pick up a copy every month and when I saw what they had planned for the December issue, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!

First off, the cover star is one of my favourite Youtubers Tanya Burr (if you missed it, I reviewed her debut book upon its release earlier this year!). Secondly, every issue comes with a beautiful miniature Clinique product.


Choose from the High Impact mascara, Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion or two different shades of their Pop Lip Colour and Primer. I initially went with the lipstick in the colour Nude Pop…then the next day, I went back and picked up another copy to get the other shade Cherry Pop too!


They’re both so different but equally beautiful. Nude Pop is a pink-toned neutral shade. Think “your lips but better”, it gives a pretty hint of colour and subtle sheen. Then you have Cherry Pop which is pretty much the complete opposite! It’s as vibrant as it sounds — a bright red that will be particularly perfect for the Christmas season.



These leave lips feeling soft and moisturised. The primer in them helps to smooth and define and prevents the colour from bleeding. After application, there’s no drying out or sticky feeling and I can generally get 4 – 6 hours wear. The packaging is so gorgeous too; compact, stylish and sleek.


If I had to choose only one, I’d lean towards Nude Pop. I just feel I’d get more wear out of that one but really; I’m glad to have them both! Glamour retails here at about €3.30 (£2 in the U.K.) and for what you get in return, it’s well worth picking up a copy or two!

Happy Halloween!

We had been considering going out this weekend but eventually decided against it. I’ve been a little under the weather these past few days so I’m more than happy to have a cosy night in with L, some drinks and a whole lot of sweets. However you’re spending your Halloween, I hope you all have a good one!snapchatpumpkin

Evil Queen Cocktail

Only one more sleep ’til Halloween! I love this time of year and I’ve been happily getting in to the spirit of things for a while now. Earlier this week, I shared my Wicked Witch cupcakes. These were partly inspired by Once Upon A Time, our current Netflix addiction! The show has also inspired me to make this cocktail based on one of my favourite characters, the evil queen Regina.


I wanted a drink that would reflect her darkness and I also couldn’t resist adding in some apple juice to tie in with the whole theme! The result is a deeply coloured cocktail with hints of purple throughout. The flavour is fantastic too, subtly sweet with a little bite — perfect for any day of the year but especially appropriate for Halloween!


For one cocktail, I shook together (in a clean jam jar!) one part vodka, one part blue Curacao, one part apple juice and two parts cranberry juice over ice. As the queen famously demanded Snow White’s heart, I used a mould tray to make some heart-shaped ice. Although not pictured, I actually added a drop of red food colouring in to some of the ice pieces to give them a bloodier feel!



For a little something extra, I also decided to add a sugar rim before pouring out the drinks. I mixed a drop of blue and red food colouring in with a spoon of sugar and spread it on a plate. Next I used a damp paper towel to moisten the rims of the glasses and then I twisted the top of each glass in the sugar until they were evenly coated. It’s a simple touch but so effective too! Whether you’re staying in or going out this Halloween, an Evil Queen cocktail (or two) at home will definitely get your night off to a great start!