This will be my last post of 2014. I am taking a break from blogging over the Christmas but I will be back in 2015. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for reading and following. I also want to thank you for your kind comments throughout the year, it means so much to get positive feedback and the lovely compliments are always welcome.






Real Techniques Brushes

A few weeks ago I told you about the Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush. I picked up three Real Techniques brushes that day because Boots were having a 3 for 2 and it was my first time buy any Real Techniques so I figured I needed to pick up a few in the interest of a thorough investigation of what the brand has to offer. I have to say I haven’t been disappointed, I love all three brushes and am now hooked on the brand and have a list of other brushes I want. I wonder when they will be 3 for 2 in Boots again.

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The Retractable Bronzer brush is densely packed with synthetic Taklon bristles. It is a duo fibre brush that even though densely packed still has a bit of movement. The bristles feel soft and silky on the skin so it’s lovely to use. Since I am a total rebel, I haven’t been using it to apply bronzer like a conformist, oh no, I’ve been using it to apply liquid foundation. It’s brilliant! I think I like it more than my MAC 187. It certainly sheds a lot less than my MAC brushes, in fact it hasn’t shedded at all yet and hopefully it won’t ever shed. (Those little black hairs all over my cream dresser drive me nuts.) The Retractable Bronzer Brush blends my foundation in easily and seamlessly. The large size makes foundation application quick. Obviously you could use this with powder products as well, since that was its intended purpose, and it would work well with mineral powder foundations. It would also be good for cream bronzers like the Chanel Soleil Tan. So it is quite a versatile brush for €15.99.

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The fact that this is retractable with a lid to cover it means that I can put it in a makeup bag and it won’t cover the inside the bag with my foundation, more importantly, it won’t get dirty from all the other products that transfer onto the inside of a makeup bag. So it’s far more hygienic and won’t be picking up as much germs and bacteria as regular brushes. Admit it, when was the last time you washed out your makeup bag or brush roll? This is a brilliant brush for travelling but I’m still using it lots at home, although maybe now would be a good time to make himself take me away for the weekend. The quality is really good so I will probably pick up the Retractable Kabuki brush as well.

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Have you tried any of the Real Techniques Retractable Brushes? Are there any other Real Techniques brushes you would recommend?


I do have a few new products to review but somehow I don’t think too many of you will take the time to read blog posts today. I have a funny feeling most of you will be heading out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and reading will be the last thing on your mind. So instead of a proper beauty or skincare post I thought now would be an appropriate time to  share with you a few pictures from one of my favourite places, Croagh Patrick.


This little collage was taken on Saturday, which as you can see was a beautiful day. The rest of the pictures below were taken oven the many times I have climbed the reek over the past few years.

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Have a great St. Patrick’s Day everyone, wherever you are.



Happy New Year everyone! Since this is the first post of 2014, I’ll keep it simple to ease us all back into it. For some of you it’s the first day back at work or school, while others, like me had to start back to work last Thursday but this is the first Monday. For me that means back to healthy eating after two weeks of food and junk debauchery. It’s also my first day back at the gym; I haven’t done any exercise since the Thursday before Christmas and I feel very stiff and sluggish because of it. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to not go that long without doing some form of exercise any more. I’ve built exercise into my working day and usually go to the gym or for a run straight from work, so when I’m off work I tend to not do any exercise. From now on I will at least go for a short jog, cycle or brisk walk or even do some yoga a few times a week when I am off work. I prefer to get outside for a run or cycle but when it’s cold out I retreat indoors to the comfort of the gym. I also find my body benefits greatly from a couple of weight training sessions a week. This year I am hoping to improve on my running and cycling speeds so wish me luck because I’ll need it.
My other resolution is to be more positive and open to new experiences and opportunities. Sometimes when someone suggests going somewhere different or trying something new or even something that I have tied a long time ago and didn’t like, I straight away so no, I’m not doing that or I’m not going there. This year I will try to just give it a go, you never know it might be great and if it’s not, chalk it up to experience and move on to the next adventure.
I’ll leave you with a few pictures from the Holidays. I love seeing A Week in Pictures posts over on Fluff and Fripperies so here are a few pictures of my own:

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Top, L-R: Christmas day outfit, St Stephen’s night, outfit for sales shopping in Galway, top bought in sales, New Year’s night and New Year’s day.

Bottom, L-R: Newbridge Silverware Christmas tree ornaments, and a slice of chocolate cake because I love chocolate cake, it may be a while before I eat cake again.

Don’t worry if you want a closer look at some of the clothes above because I will be showing you most of them in future posts. How was your Christmas and New Year? Feel free to share any of your resolutions in the comments.


The party season is in full swing and I for one am certainly getting giddy. Most of us are winding down at work and looking forward to some time off. Christmas is a time for spending with family and friends, not glued to your computer. I don’t expect many of you will be spending much time reading blogs so I am going to take two weeks off. I will be back on the 6th of January, hopefully recharged and even better. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for reading, following and commenting on my posts. It really means a lot. The blog has been growing steadily over the year and I am learning a lot along the way and hopefully you see the improvement.

I also want to send you all my warmest and most sincere wishes for a Merry Christmas, and I hope you all have a happy and healthy New Year!

With all that said I leave you with some festive pictures, you might notice I have a bit of a thing for reindeers.

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Merry Christmas!

The Obligatory Introduction

So what can I say about me, as little as possible preferably. I should tell you that I’m not a trained beautician or stylist, nor am I necessarily beautiful or stylish. However, I like beauty products and fashion and I try (try being the operative word). I may not always get it right, but at least I make an effort. I buy lots (too much) so I might as well write about it so readers can use my experiences to decide what to try or skip for themselves.

I’m a bit of an easy sell. I often buy into the hype around new make up and skin care products. I want to believe that there is a miracle in a jar, however, the reality is usually far from. So hopefully my experiences and opinions can save you from spending on products that just don’t live up to the hype.

I also have a love/hate relationship with the gym. Don’t worry I wont bang on about it, but may refer to it now and again. I’ve have found that when I can’t be arsed the best thing to do is sign up for some local challenges (adventure race or 10k fun run) and pay for it. That way the money spent motivates me to get out training and get my moneys worth. This year’s ambitions are a half marathon and a local annual adventure race.

I live in a small town on the west coast of Ireland. I especially love handbags and shoes (they always fit no matter how good or bad you have been). I’m usually fairly quiet so I doubt my post will be long winded. I suppose anything else about me can be revealed as we go along. I’m starting this blog as a hobby, so be kind as I’m learning as I go.