Skincare Routine

I don't consider myself to have the greatest skin in the world, and it's always good to look after your skin regardless of if it's clear or not. I'm not the most interesting in my skincare routine but I'd consider myself to be simple, and easy. I don't spend much on skincare products as I feel like simple and easy is better than putting too much and too many heavy products on your skin everyday. 


I know removing your makeup with a  makeup wipe isn't the best way to remove your makeup, but I normally start removing my makeup with a makeup wipe to get rid of most of the product on my face. I use the Boots Essentials cleansing wipes as I find that makeup wipes are the one thing that my skin reacts to really badly with breakouts. Most other makeup wipes don't suit my skin and make it feel worse than normal, but with the Boots wipes I feel like they're so simple with not so harmful ingredients, yet I could be wrong. After wiping the most of the makeup off my face I cleanse my face deeper using the same brand Boots Essentials to cleanse and tone, using a cotton pad.

   


I use a variety of Lush products on my skin as well. If I don't use Lush's Let the Good Times Roll or Ultrabland to cleanse, I will put on their Cup O'Coffee face mask to cleanse my skin even more. I usually do this before a shower and give it about 15 minutes to settle before washing it off. I use the Lush Santa Baby lip scrub to get rid of the dead skin and smooth out my lips. When I first tried this lip scrub I thought it was a weird idea, but it definitely helps moisturize and keep your lips hydrated especially after a long day of wearing a lipstick or liquid lipstick. Also a few times a week I use a pore strip, the one I have at the moment is tea tree and witch hazel also from Boots, I will admit it's not the best one I've tried but it's one of the cheaper ones. I only use them when I find my skin is really bad, as they can hurt a little bit, I think I need to invest in some more products like this, if you've any suggestions feel free to let me know in the comments. 

It mightn't be that interesting to read skincare routines especially as mine is so simple, but I really love reading them so I thought I'd share mine. 
What does everyone else use in their skincare routine?

BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Palette | Review

I normally don't rush to buy products as soon as I see them, but I saw this palette on Instagram recently and I searched and ordered it straight away. It's the BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic palette, I love it so much as all the eye shadow shades are based and inspired by planets. If anyone knows me, they'll know that I love astrology and the stars, I'm so fascinated and intrigued by them, and this palette is just captures the sky so beautifully. I'm pretty sure this is the prettiest palette I own, in my opinion.


I've never tried any BH Cosmetic products before, but I'm always up for trying new brands. I don't tend to stick to the same things, unless they're amazing staples. As I've mentioned before, the palette is based off the planets and astrology. The cover of the palette isn't that exciting or amazing but it's what's on the inside that matters. Plus it's always a bonus when a palette comes with its own mirror, makes things so much easier, especially on the go. The palette contains eighteen shimmery eyeshadow shades, which makes sense as the sky and stars shine. I love how the shades fit their names so well, and that the palette contains a good variety of colours, all very wearable, some more for nights out than others. 

   

Some of my favourite shades are Milky Way, which is a lilac with light pink and white swirls throughout, it's literally so pretty. Also Asteroid and Mercury which are similarly mixed shades that are just so aesthetically pleasing, with various colours shooting through them. Meteor, Electra and Sun are my other favourites and ones I've probably worn the most. 


   

The quality and pay-off of these shadows is incredible, they're strongly pigmented, and very dramatic and shimmery, yet easily blend-able. They blend and come off the brush gently and easily, a little definitely goes a long way. They're both creamy and chalky, and just the right amount of shimmer. It's not crazy glittery, but the shimmer looks so cool under lights and when your eyes are closed, but it's not too intense for during the day. Although, some shades are more shimmery than others. I love the mix of pale and dark colours too, they go well together and it's prefect to bring for any occasion. 

Shades above are Sun, Jupiter, Prometheus, Aphrodite, Milky Way, and Cosmic.  

Shades above are Saturn, Venus, Meteor, Comet, Earth, and Neptune. 

Shades above are Mercury, Mars, Asteroid, Electra, Moon, and Pluto.

Overall, I love this palette, both to look at and to wear. I think if I were to design a palette, it would be something like this. I really love the theme and the colours that were chosen, plus the colours last a long time without smudging or fading, I'd highly recommend this palette.
What do you guys think of this palette? Have you tried it or any BH Cosmetics products before? 

Formal Embroidery | Outfit

I've been loving the embroidery trend over the past month and I've not bought anything until last week. I'd been eye'ing up clothes from Topshop and Penneys and wondering what to buy, they're both on point with their trend game. Shirts with embroidered pieces are elegant and formal, putting a flair on a plain old shirt and making both you and your outfit look more stylish and refined. The shirt in my photos is from Primark (Penneys) and I love how cute the flower pattern is, and how the pastel pink colour works so well with the white. 

 

For this slightly formal and gentle look I wore my favourite coat of all time. It's a beige sort of trench coat style that's not too long or too short, with a pretty fluffy collar and a belt to tighten and close it. I fell in love with it and I think it's the cutest coat that I own, except it's not too good for the rainy weather. It's from Miss Selfridge and they honestly have the cutest jackets at the moment I'd recommend taking a look before they sell out of winter style coats. To make the shirt less formal I paired it with a pair of Nike runners instead of boots to give a more relaxed and casual vibe. 

   



Has anyone got any embroidered pieces at the moment? What do you think of the trend?

Cozy Night In With Netflix

While the weather is still so frosty and days at Uni feel so long, when you get home everyday all you want to do is curl up at home in bed, watching your favourite Netflix show with a bunch of snacks. Instead of opting for a wild night out some times you have to treat yourself a little extra to that ultimate cozy night in. In this post I'm going to share what I do for my cozy nights in with a good film or show, inspired by the wonderful Adore Me, after all you can't have the perfect cozy night in without the comfiest and most beautiful attire to make you feel comfortable and also great about yourself.


   

For my cozy night in, there are a few essentials I need. Firstly I get the snacks prepared to watch Netflix. I usually eat the general choice of popcorn, yum, or chocolate. If my boyfriend is around we normally share a Ben and Jerry's ice cream tub between us (Phish Food or Chocolate Fudge brownie are the ultimate treat), although it's not a healthy choice, you have to treat yourself. The obvious beverage choice would be a hot chocolate also, which always goes well with cold nights.

Next, there is the choice of movies or TV shows to chill and watch, which is a hard decision. Currently I've been obsessed with Gilmore Girls, on Netflix. If anyone's not heard of Gilmore Girls you should check it out, it's a series surrounding a mother Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter Rory from the 2000's. It's so addictive and I would recommend it to anyone, I've already gotten my friends obsessed too. The other perfect choices are Netflix original series like Stranger Things, which I would rewatch over and over, and also the new series A Series of Unfortunate Events which I have started.

To make the cozy night in complete you need the prefect slumber wear, PJ's or cute underwear. Depending on your mood and vibe your choice of clothing can be varied. I was inspired by some of the products and images from Adore Me for my cozy night in ideals. They have a wonderful range of lingerie and sleepwear that would be perfect for my perfect night in, and I love some of the pieces on their website, they look like the perfect pieces to complete your Netflix cozy night in. The below images are the images that inspired me for this cozy night in post and also what I imagine for my own night in, just look how pretty. 

   

My favourite pieces from the website is this Primrose black slip which looks super cozy, breathable and comfortable, for those super lazy days. Also the Margaery PJ set which looks stretchy and soft and perfect for lounging around the house all cozy. I would recommend checking the Adore Me website out, they'll have items suitable for everyone's individual styles and lounge wear tastes!


For my cozy nights recently, I've been choosing some comfy Disney PJ's, very suitable for Disney films. Also any cute lingerie doesn't go amiss, the Tommy Hilfiger one above is my favourite to wear at the moment. I've been having way too many Netflix cozy days lately, I'd love to hear what everyone else does for their cozy nights, especially as Valentines day is coming up.
What does everyone else like to do on their chill or cozy nights in?

Current Favourites | January 2017

I've been meaning to do favourite posts for so long. I've had multiple photos shot to post, but they're long overdue and not relevant to the months they're from anymore. I thought I'd do a little recap on the things I've been meaning to post as they're still my favourites and they don't need to be confined in a certain month. So I'll most likely be doing current favourites in the future unless I can stick with keeping up monthly. 


Zoella Beauty - My first favourites come from the Zoella beauty range. The first product is the Zoella Candy Cream Softening Body Lotion. I love this body lotion, it doesn't have a very strong smell, but it quite sweet and very soothing. The part I love the most about this bod lotion is the little microbeads in the lotion. The beads aren't made of plastic like most face wash ones, but are made of a more moisturizing substance prefect for blending into dry skin. The second Zoella product is the Kissy Missy lip balm. I'm not a huge fan of lip balm as I find them messy and not great to use. This lip balm is a little tinted and moisturizing at the same time, it reminds me of the Maybelline Baby Lips Cherry Me. I use a lot of lip products in the colder months and I've been reaching for lip balms a lot. 

Victoria's Secret Fragrance Mist - The last time I was in London I picked these two body mists up, as we don't have Victoria's Secret in Ireland (except there's one coming soon wooo!) so I can't get these products easily. They all smell so good, but I couldn't buy much due to carry on restrictions. I bought them in Pure Seduction and Aqua Kiss. Pure Seduction smells so sweet and dark while Aqua Kiss is fresh and light. I'm trying to make them last as long as they can as I love them so much and have to wait til the new store opens in Dublin to buy some more. 

Les Miserables - I went to see Les Miserables in the Queen's theater in October, and it's like my favourite musical of all time, it was like a dream come through. Also it's been so long I don't know whether to blog about my London trip and review of Les Mis, but if you're interested let me know. I bought this bracelet at the show and it's adorable and it's very special to me, and reminds me of such a good trip and time. I need to see this musical live again soon - I love it so much. 

La La Land Soundtrack - I recently posted a review of La La Land on my blog, and I'm still obsessed with the soundtrack even after a month of viewing it. The soundtrack has a wide variety of high energy dance sequences and sad sappy love songs, perfect for every mood. If I'm in a bad mood or need something to bop to Another Day of Sun is such a perfect dance, strut your stuff down the road song. City of Stars is my favourite, it's a duet that's just so beautiful. Lovely Night is also a perfect song to duet with a friend or boyfriend with, even you can convince them. The jazz and piano solos are soothing and everything about the soundtrack is perfect, there's definitely something for everyone. 

Has anyone ever tried any of these things before? What have you been loving recently?

Zoeva Caramel Melange | Review and Swatches

If you know me then you'll know one of my favourite brands for eyeshadow is Zoeva. They're super affordable, great quality and available in beautiful shades. I've been loving this palette Caramel Melange all month and it's so pretty, it contains a mix of shimmer and matte shades, some neutral and brighter colours. I'm loving this and I'm hoping you'll love it too, this hopefully isn't the only Zoeva palette review I'll do in the next month or so. 


   

As far as I'm aware you can only order these palettes online, I bought them on the Zoeva website. They're so affordable, coming from the broke student. I knew I was going to love this palette as I'd already loved the Cocoa Blends palette from them. I could honestly just look at the packaging and shades all day. The packaging on this palette is dark brown with a gold block design, it's very similar to the Cocoa Blends one that I mix them up from time to time. 

It contains the shades, Wax Paper, Universal Delight, Aftertaste, Alchemy, Start Soft, and Finish Sensual, which are matte shadows. Also 182degrees, Liquid Center, Almost Burnt, and Edible Gem, which are shimmers. There's a mix of neutral colours and more vibrant ones. There's white, a variety of browns, reds, golds and purples. My most worn shades are Start Soft and Liquid Center. Start Soft is a brown shade with deeper red undertones and Liquid Center is a lighter brown shade with gold tones, which contain glitter, these shades go so well together. Two of my favourite shades, and the ones that make the palette stand out are Almost Burnt and Aftertaste. Almost Burnt is a deep pure gold which I love, it's so pigmented and leaves a great colour and shimmer. Aftertaste is the most beautiful vibrant red I've seen, it's slightly pink and brown which makes it still natural enough on the eyes. 


The swatches above are with and without flash in the order  Wax Paper, Universal Delight, Aftertaste, 182degrees, Liquid Center, Alchemy, Start Soft, Finish Sensual, Almost Burnt, and Edible Gem.

These shadows have really good pigmentation and colour payoff. They're all just such pretty shades and look so perfect altogether. Has anyone ever tried this palette or any other Zoeva products?

Current Film Reviews

Over the past month or so the movie scene has been buzzing with new productions, all of which I've been dying to see. There's been so much good things on that I'd thought I'd review and recommend the films that I've seen recently. Some of these films may or may not still be in the cinema, depending on where you live and the cinema. If you're a movie fan like myself then I hope you enjoy this post.


 (You will find that I tend not to take photos at the cinema but I probably should for blog purposes, bad blogger right here.)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
You might have read my review of The Force Awakens last year (but most likely not), in which I stated I'm not a huge Star Wars fan. It's not that I don't like it, I just haven't seen the orignals and haven't gotten into it. I much preferred this film to last years, even though this film didn't get as much hype. I thought the story was much better and they weren't trying as hard to reach out to their old audience, it felt more natural and just flowed so much better. The plot was enjoyable and even though I don't know much Star Wars knowledge, it had a good variety for old and new fans. The only thing I disliked was most of the cast. I'm not sure if it was the actors themselves or just the two deminsional vibe off most of the characters. It was very hard to like the main protagonist Jyn or any of the other main characters, except the usual funny robot new to the film K-2SO and Mads Mikkelson's character. I don't think I'd watch it again but it is a good action film with a little bit for everyone in it at the same time.

A Monster Calls
This film actually stars the same main actress as Rogue One,  Felicity Jones, I'm not the biggest fan of her but I did enjoy her in this. This film is something I could picture myself writing or imagining up. It's centered around a young boy, Connor O'Malley, played by Louis McDougal, who preformed a beautiful performance, who struggles dealing with his mothers illness so he creates a monster who tells him stories which are comforting and help him deal. This film is visually stunning, the film contains parts of animation done in water colour while the monster tells his stories and they have such vibrant and beautiful works in the scenes. Other than the visuals and the artwork, the film is very heartwarming and emotional which tugs on every emotion and heart string. It was a lot sadder than I originally thought it would be but it's also very adorable at the same time, I would recommend this to anyone.

 Sully: Miracle on the Hudson
If you're not sure what this film is about, it's about a real life event you may remember from 2009,  when a plane landed in the river Hudson with all passengers and crew surviving. You can read about it here, as I thought it was so interesting after watching the film that I read multiple articles on it, although you mightn't be as interested as me. The film focuses on the crash and trial of the pilot Sully, after the events. If you're not a big fan of flying, you might want to stay away from this, as some scenes had me so tense and anxious, even though I know everyone survived. It's an emotional roller coaster throughout and you really feel like you know the captian by the end of it, it also has it's humorous moments to break the anxiety. If you like more thriller films with high tension give this a watch, it's a little more like a documentary than an actual film but it's very intriguing and also informative.

Moana
This is yet another Disney film I feel like has gone under the radar. If you haven't seen this and it's still on in a cinema near you, definitely go to see it. It's such a feel good film. It's set in Polynesia with Moana, who is to be the village chief and not allowed to leave the Island in which she inhabits due to her duty and family, yet she longs to be out on the ocean and explore. Yet there is a darker element to the film, and Moana is chosen to go on a journey with the Demi-God Maui to save the Island from destruction. The thing that makes this film better is the music within it. In classic Disney Princess style Moana has her own solo songs with other amazing songs created for the film. It has everything you'd expect from a Disney film, which in my eyes is perfect, and Moana definitely fights against the usual female/princess stereotype that Disney used to produce which I really like. I feel like they're always adapting and heading in the right direction with their morals, movies and characters. It's very emotional, funny and beautiful. I would highly recommend.

La La Land
This is my favourite film I've seen in a long time. Also it must be a pretty good film to be nominated for 11 Oscars. This is probably the first non animated musical I've seen in the theaters and it just warmed my heart so much. First of all the visuals in this film are stunning, there's a strong use of vivid colours, and all the actors clothes are perfectly designed and themed to fit the settings. The music was beautiful, with a really beautiful blend of slow ballads and high energy action dance acts. Also not to mention Ryan Goslings beautiful piano playing, which he learned for the film. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are perfect together, and have great on screen chemistry. The way the film is shot in single takes is also so intriguing and the story line was heart warming and heart breaking simultaneously, there were lots of tears. I've been singing the songs from this and Moana for the past month. I knew instantly I was going to love this film, even if you're not into musicals you should check it out for the music and visuals.  

Passengers
This was one of my least favourite films I've seen recently. The film is set in space, where people are frozen on board a spaceship to wake up on an other planet in hundreds of years time to live there instead of earth. Yet the ship runs into turbulence which contributes to one pod opening before reaching the planet. This character played by Chris Pratt lives alone on the ship until he wakes up Aurora, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who I wasn't really a big fan of in this film. The film is a little bit boring in places but also a little tense. I didn't really like the pair together and probably would've liked the film with a different cast. I normally like sci-fi and space films but this film felt very confined and limited. It was a good concept but I felt like it was too long and too uninteresting at times, especially in the middle.