OOTD: Trenchcoat

It's coming into winter and I really wanted a long kind of coat I could throw over anything and I did find a few I liked but none of them fit me so it was very disappointing.

I got this 'nude' coloured trenchcoat sort of coat from Boohoo.com for about €45 with postage. It's beige coloured with pink undertones, it's really subtle and nice. I really love the look of the jacket but I was really disappointed with the warmth of it. It's really thin and not the best for the cold months. I just keep a hoodie underneath it so I can actually stay warm.

Also I somehow managed to delete all my photos from posts anyone have any ideas on how I can get them back??

OOTD: Monocrome Black & White

I think the majority of my clothes are black and white. I don't specifically go out and buy all white and black, I'm just always drawn to it. I'd love to be really adventurous but I think monochrome outfits look really elegant.

My top is a high necked black crop top from River Island for around €15. My skirt I borrowed off a friend from Bershka and my boots are from Primark and they were €22. I'm also wearing a daisy choker from Miss Selfridge but you can't really tell.

OOTD: Cosy Day

This outfit is a real chill casual one. It's something I'd wear on an everyday basis really. It's cosy and comfortable and nothing is over the top.

My top and cardigan are both from Primark (Pennys). I've no idea where my jeans are from because they're not really new, what a top blogger I am. My necklace is from New Look and my shoes are Puma Suedes I bought in JD Sports.

I used salt spray in my hair to create a casual beachy wave. It gives your hair more volume and texture and it's so simple too. It's one of my favourite styles to do as it's so easy and only takes a minute or two.

OOTD: Pinafore

I will eventually do outfit posts more regularly, in more detail and better quality, but for now that's not the case. I attended a birthday meal on Saturday and decided to be a casual dressy.

Never have I attempted to wear a pinafore before outside school. Even at that I haven't worn one since I was about ten, I saw this pinafore and just instantly wanted it and thought I could pull it off well.

I bought it in River Island a while back. My grey shirt is from Forever 21 and my much loved black boots are from Primark.

Lush Dragon's Egg Bath Bomb

It's been a long time since I had ventured into Lush. I have always said I wanted to try the 'Dragon's Egg' as it is the bathbomb I always say smells amazing, yet it's the one I never end up buying.

Dragon's egg retails at €3.95 and is worth every penny. The bath bomb smells of sherbert and citrus fruits, it's very sweet and relaxing. It comes shaped like a dragon's egg, hence the name in a white colour.

Once dropped into the bath it begins to fizz and spin around the bath. It seems too fizz for a very long time and is very entertaining as there's a lot in it. At first it just turns the bath a milky white colour like the outside of the bath bomb. Eventually little coloured jellys come out of it.

The woman in the shop told me as I was buying it that there was gold glitter in it and I was actually hesitant to believe her. Once the water reaches the middle of the bath bomb it turns orange and so does the bath. I was not expecting it at all. It also started making popping noises and gold glitter did come out. It left the bath a dark glittery orange shade, completely contrasted to what it started as.

This bath bomb is full of surprises and is the most interesting bath bomb I have tried before. If you haven't tried this before why not give it a go?

Maybelline the Falsies Mascara

I have heard so much amazing things about this product and I finally decided to buy it and test it out for myself. Now it's genuinely my favourite mascara ever.

Maybelline the Falsies Volum' Express retails at €11.99 in Boots. It comes in a relatively big tube and the brush is curved. The curve fits around the shape of my lashes like perfectly from top to bottom. It makes them look so much longer than they actually are. I normally wear eyeliner on my top lashes to make them look fuller but with this mascara I don't feel the need to do it. It doesn't clump your lashes even after two coats and is really good for keeping your lashes seperated and long.

I can't imagine I'm going to find a better mascara anytime soon but I am exteremely happy using this one anyway. It has definetly lived up to all it's hype and I completely understand people who say it's one of their favourite mascaras.

Anyone else have a similar opinion on this product?

Gaeltacht Blues

I went away for three weeks down to a gaeltacht and honestly it was one of the best times of my life. For those of you who don't know what a gaeltacht is, it's irish speaking parts of Ireland.

I'm not going to write about what gaeltacht I went to just going to write about it in general. I stayed in an amazing house with three other girls, two of which are my best friends and one whom I'd never met before but we became very close over the three weeks. We had classes every morning. Sports, dance and music in the afternoon or another activity, then a ceili or activity in the night. There was always something to do and the people were so welcoming and I made such good friends there. We did some other activites like trips shopping and to the beach. My favourite was kayaking, where I got to try a double kayak for the first time and I really enjoyed it.

I've been home less than a week now and I'm already missing it so much. There's such a difference living in the country and coming back to the city. I always thought I loved the city a lot but I've come to realise how much I love the countryside and how pretty and peaceful it is.

I'm writing this post because I want to say if you are still able to go to a gaeltacht you 100% should go, it's an amazing experience and I regret not going when I was younger. It was such a good way to spend my summer and I've made some great memories too. If you live in Ireland and you've got the money, definetly consider going, you won't regret it!

Costa Strawberries and Cream Cooler

I'm surprised a post about Costa hasn't already made an appearance on my blog. I am a huge Costa lover, it has always been top of my list of favourite coffee shops. I feel like it's so much more underrated than it should be when it's just as good as Starbucks if not better.

I used to only ever buy tea and hot chocolates going to any coffee shop but I began to get really adventurous with trying different drinks out. I tried the 'Strawberries and Cream' cooler from Costa last year sometime and I instantly became obsessed with it. It tastes exactly like it's name and it's just the perfect amount of sweetness and fruitiness all in one. It's my favourite summer beverage because it's blended with ice and it's just super refreshing. I always get extra cream on top also just to make it even sweeter and most of the time you get a strawberry sauce on top with real strawberry bits in it.

If you're ever in costa you should give it a go.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

Seems like theres nothing but sequels and continuations of films out recently. 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' is a sequel to the 2011 film 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes.' If you loved the first film you will love this one too.

The film shows the collapse of human civilisation due to a deadly virus and in order for the humans to regain their power source they must gain access and rebuild a hydroelectric dam in the forest which is home to the apes. The apes threaten the humans if they trespass again, there will be a war. The humans manage to convince the ape leader, Caesar from the previous film to give them a few days to rebuild the dam and they promise to leave them alone after. But tensions remain between humans and apes and it becomes a battle to keep the peace.

I honestly enjoyed this film. I did begin to wonder at the start that it wasn't going to be any good but it was definitely worth a watch. It is very emotional and actually cried a lot. Watching it you won't know what side you're routing for, each side is just looking after and protecting their families. It really shows the meaning of a home and really makes you appreciate your family and home. Graphic wise it's done amazingly but that's what you'd expect these days anyway. The apes felt so real, alive and full of emotion, almost even better than the actors. The plot, characters and emotions in the film all were great and there's nothing bad for me to say about the film at all. The ending leaves the franchise with a lot they can do with it and I can't wait to see what else they do with it.

Did anyone else enjoy this film?

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Review

How to Train Your Dragon was such a cute film but when I heard they were making a sequel, I wasn't quite sure what they were going to do with it. So I obviously went to see it anyway having loved the first one. The first film finishes with the vikings and dragons living amongst each other and this is where the sequel picks of from. The film takes place five years after the first includes all the characters from the previous movie including everyones favourite dragon, Toothless. The film begins with Hiccup finding new islands with Toothless and they soon find that they have a new threat on their hands. They find themselves in the middle of a battle to protect the peace between dragons and vikings.

I thought the film was really good, I didn't feel bored at any moment during it. There were moments during it that had good twists to keep viewers interested. It was a happy, uplifting and fun film that is suitable for anyone. There were a few very emotional parts of the film that I didn't expect and they almost had me in tears. The film flows really well and is animated in 3D and looks well also. Toothless is my favourite character, he doesn't speak but I find myself laughing at his motions and movements. I really think this is a good film for not only kids but adults too, it's such a good family film. You leave the cinema feeling happy and cheery, so if your ever feeling down, go and see this film.

Has anyone else seen this and what do you think?

Maybelline Baby Lips Review

I am the worst person for having dry lips ever. I constantly have dry lips no matter what I do. My friend gave me a lend of her Maybelline 'Baby Lips' one day and it honestly has made such a huge difference! My lips feel moisturised and nourished when I apply this lip balm. Personally I find lip balms really useless to me and that's why I never bought 'Baby Lips' when they came out but I am glad that I have come to try them.

They retail at €3.99 which is cheap and cheerful. I have bought 'Hydrate' and 'Cherry Me'. 'Hydrate' comes in blue packaging and comes out clear on your lips. While 'Cherry Me' comes in orange packaging and comes out a light shade of red on your lips. It also smells like cherries. They both contain SPF20 and do leave your lips feeling baby soft. For me I prefered 'Hydrate' as it was clear and it seemed to have a better effect on my lips, they never felt chapped or dry with it on and it really did feel hydrating. I currently have just finished the intire tube, which is rare for me to finish a lip balm. I really recommend this to people who have dehydrated lips or just want their lips to feel smooth and soft.

5 Seconds of Summer Album

Say hello to my new obsession! This band has been one I've had my eye on for a while and as soon as the album came out I was hooked. 5 Seconds of Summer is a pop punk/pop rock band from Australia. The band consists of four members, Ashton Irwin, Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood and Michael Clifford, all of which are amazingly talented and adorable.

Their first album '5 Seconds of Summer' was released on June 27 in Europe and I've had it constantly on replay since. The songs are very upbeat and features a lot of guitar and catchy tunes. The guitar in the songs isn't heavy and they are mainly pop with catchy lyrics based on life as a teenager. The lyrics aren't very deep and meaningful but are very easy to sing along to. I really like the songs as a few were co-written by Alex Gaskarth, a member of my favourite band, All Time Low who are also a pop punk band.

My favourite songs on the album are 'Voodoo Doll', 'Amnesia' and 'Good Girls.' 'Voodoo Doll' and 'Good Girls' are quite rocky with good catchy choruses and a good beat to them, I literally can't stop myself from singing along or breaking into a slight dance when I hear them. 'Ammesia' is the slowest and most heartfelt song on the album about remembering a past relationship and wishing you could 'wake up with amnesia' and forget it all. It's a very relatable song for me and sometimes it makes me want to cry but I love it a lot.

Other songs on the album are the songs that have been released like 'She Looks So Perfect' and 'Don't Stop' which I hear on the radio all the time and have proven to be popular. They are touring next year with their 'Rock Out With Your Socks Out' tour and I cannot wait to see them live!

I am expecting even bigger things for this band and if you haven't listened to them, what are you waiting for?

OOTD: Floral Shorts

I got these red, kind of orangey shorts with a white flower pattern on them the other day. I fell in love with them instantly. I originally thought it was a skirt but I muh prefer them as shorts. They're really flowy and super comfy to wear, They're just perfect for a really hot summers day! I got them in New Look in a sale for €14, I think they were originally €22.

My crop top is from Berska, for around €7.99 I think, I forgot to check the price tag before I put it on. And my boots are from Pennys (Primark) for €20 a good while ago so I doubt they still have them.

The girl beside me in the photo is my good friend Rachel who has kindly allowed me to put her on my blog. Also I'm sorry all my photos are bad quailty all of them have been taken on my phone due to the fact I've no laptop to upload photos to.

Transformers: Age of Extinction Review

I saw this film last weekend which confused me a little as I heard the release date was for the 10th of July. I heard a lot of negative reviews for this film which I tried to ignore but I didn't keep high hopes for it being any good.

Age of Extinction is the fourth Transformers film and is directed by Michael Bay as previous films and Steven Spielberg as the executive producer. The human cast of the film is entirely new and I really prefered these characters to previous characters in the franchise. The film includes the remaining Autobots and introduces the Dinobots.

The plot of the film is a little complicated and I feel as if there was way too much going on all at once. It felt like instead of having the usual one enemy, this movie had more than it needed. It felt like I was watching multiple movies at once. This may be due to the fact I managed to miss the first five minutes of the movie and may have missed something major at the start that would have eased my confusion.

I don't want to ruin the plot or spoil too much of the storyline for people who haven't seen it and want to. You don't need any prior knowledge of Transformers or the films to undersrand what is happening. As usual the effects and robots look amazing and are done brilliantly. The film definetly looks good! There seemed to be a lot of product placement in the film, maybe I just thought that but somethings just seemed too exaggerated not to be an advertisement. If you wanted to see dinosaurs in the film, I'm afraid you'll have to settle for the Dinobots who are introduced briefly. I was expecting there to be a lot of dinosaurs in the film which was a stupid expectation as it's a film about robots. There was one oe two humourous parts and elements to the film. My favourite robot is Bumblebee so I tend to laugh a lot at things he does and says anyway.

I did enjoy the film, however it felt extremely long. It's longer than the other films of the franchise and you can definitely feel it. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it was shorter and they cut some unnecessary parts out. I may just be a little cynical but it was very visually pleasing and I will watch it again someday.

Has anyone else seen this film yet and what did you think?

Topshop Lip Markers

I have never bought any make up from Topshop before despite it being my favourite clothing store. The make up from the shop always looks so pretty but I just never buy any for some reason. I recently bought two lip markers there though to try because I really liked the colours and they were on sale. I bought the shades 'berry' and 'parade.' Berry is a deep red colour and Parade looks similar on the packaging, it's a lighter shade of red but comes out a little more orange.

They are best applied with a base of some sort of lip balm as the colour tends to stick to places where your lips may be dryer. The colour after applying os fabulous! My favourite is Berry as dark red lips are something I adore and are perfect for a night out. The colour lasts literally all day, and it's hard to get off if you need to but I like that it's long lasting. You might need to top up but it looks just as well without doing so. I haven't used them too much but I do think the only concern with these is that they will dry out and I think it's not going to last too long. Other than that, I really like how they come out and how they look on!

In the swatch berry is on the left and parade is on the right.

Rimmel London Wake Me Up foundation & concealer

I'm extremely bad at trying new foundations as I always just have a fear that I won't like the way they feel. I'm a very fussy person with everything so no surprises there. I recently read a few blog posts raving about the Rimmel London Wake Me Up foundation and concealer, it gets great reviews and I've heard it's perfect for summer.

I purchased the Wake Me Up concealer in the shade 010 Ivory for €6.99 and the foundation in the shade 103 true ivory for €10.99 both from Boots. I honestly fell in love with them as soon as I tried them both. They both give such a good coverage and are so easy to apply. The foundation is so easy to blend out and blending it is probably my favourite part of applying make up at the moment. I'm quite pale and this shade matches my skin perfectly and gives my skin a glow. It has SPF 15 as well which is a good benefit. This foundation is perfect for summer as it is so light and doesn't need to be applied in great quantities to have a great effect.

I'm definitely going to repurchase these when I run out and it's my go to foundation and concealer of the summer.

Has anyone else tried these products and what do you think?

Lush Creamy Candy Bubble Bar

This bubble bar smells so sweet and delicious. It smells like cotton candy to me with a hint of roses. You may be able to tell I'm bad with describing scents. I'm a sucker for anything in lush that smells sweet.

You simply crumple this bubble bar under your running bath water and let it do its thing. Since I only usually use half of bubble bars like this one at a time I don't think I get the full effect of bubbles, but I still find it amazing. It leaves your skin feeling so mosturised and soft as it contains almond and cocoa butter.

Carrauntoohill Climb Adventure

Two weeks ago I travelled down to Kerry with my parents to climb the highest point in Ireland, Carrauntoohill in the Macgillycuddys Reeks. It's highest point is about 1,040 meters I believe. I have never climbed any kind of mountain before let alone one of this scale and even though I knew it would be tough I really wanted to do it.

On Saturday morning we met up with a guide who was going to help us climb because it was safer and also was good to be told some history of the area too on the hike. We climed with a group of nine people including the guide. We began to hike around 9am and after the first hour of walking on mainly flat land, I was already pretty tired. We slowly began to climb up more vertically. At some stages we had to climb up almost vertical walls of rocks with no safety gear. Even though there was not much chance of falling, someone who is somewhat scared of heights like me would be terrified, which was the case. I managed to subside my fears and just not look down when I got freaked out.

We stopped for about ten minutes half way up and we pretty much all were feeling the strain and I had already run out of water. We continued our journey by travelling up the Heavenly Gates which was a nice route to take in my opinion, it wasn't too hard. The last twenty minutes going up to the very top was the worst no doubt. I genuinely didn't think I'd make it up. It was so warm out and I just had no energy left but I managed to struggle my way all the way to the top eventually. It took around four hours to reach the top.

The view was absolutely stunning. It was such a lovely day but we could only really get a view of the mountains peaking over the clouds. I think it was an amazing view, and just showed how high up we were up. We began to descend shortly after a lunch break and I managed to fall three times being caught by strangers each time. We thought we would be descending down the Devil's ladder, which is the most common tourist route but we began to travel up the neighbouring mountain before we went downwards. At this point we all lacked energy and motivation and wanted to go home. We all managed to complete the hike and come back down to flat ground.

It was a huge struggle for me to climb but it was so worth the view and being able to say I have done it. I rested for a good few days after and had a lot of sunburn but I think it was worth it. I'm sorry the pictures are kind of bad quality, they were taken on my phone.

Lush May Day Bath Ballistic

Lush is one of my all time favourite shops to visit, purely as I am in love with all the products and scents.  A blog post about Lush was one I definitely needed to write.

The lush product that I have most recently tried was the 'May Day' badger bath ballistic. This is a bath bomb in the shape of a badger, which is adorable. It has a prominent smell of liquorice and is quite sweet but not that strong. I was not instantly drawn to this product as liquorice is not a scent that I am normally drawn to but after a lovely conversation with the lady in the store about what the proceeds of the product went to, I knew I had to buy one. The proceeds go towards anti-cull projects in the UK. I had no idea what this was until I was kindly informed. I also had to look it up to make sure I knew what the projects were for.

The bath bomb itself is simple and even though it has a few black patches, it fizzes out completely white. I found the smell to be quite subtle which was nice but the bath bomb was a little boring as it was a little colourless. It left the bath in a misty white fog. The surprise of it was a little message that came out of it as the bath bomb fizzed away. The message read 'Keep those badgers alive' which I thought was very cute.

Last time I was in Lush these bath bombs were still in stock but I don't think they'll be there much longer so buy one while you can and help the badgers too!

X-Men: Days of Future Past movie review

This has been a movie I've been dying to see since I first heard it was coming out. I'm a huge lover of the Marvel Universe so obviously the X-Men are no exception to this. I didn't manage to see it in the first week it came out unfortunately but I have still managed to see it. Needless to say, it did not disappoint me!

The title clearly suggests that this film is about time travel, which a lot of films seem to be about, like another recent film starring Tom Cruise  'Edge of Tomorrow.'  Days of Future Past features Woverine going back in time to the 1970's to prevent a new weapons system that threatens the mutants and also humanity itself being created. The plot itself is quite simple yet it can be found to be quite confusing at times, as time travel is. There is not as much huge actions scenes in it as I had anticipated yet there is just enough action to keep the audience excited to see what happens next. The graphics and visuals of the film are obviously fantastic, and there is a lot of humor to be found also. Which is an added bonus in these type of films.

The cast was absolutely amazing, I don't think a better cast could have been chosen. I might be a little biased saying that as many of my favourite actors/actresses star in it. It features Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Evan Peters. Most of these actors have previously played these roles and I feel that they are the right choices for it. Evan Peters role as Quicksilver that was introduced was definitely a good choice in my opinion and his main scene in slow motion was undeniably my favourite scene from the movie and definitely the most humorous.

Overall, the film lives up to the standard of the X-Men films, which is pretty high. Even if you haven't seen the previous films, this film will still make sense and you don't need much background information to understand what is happening. The film also gives Marvel new space to expand on the X-Men films which is a good thing for fans. If you haven't already seen this film, I suggest going to see it before it goes out of the theatres.

Hello Everyone!

   "New year, new me" has been a phrase I've constantly heard over the past week. There's nothing wrong with saying it, it's just so over used and not many people actually take action on their words.
   Although I have not been using this phrase or any like it, I have decided to make changes in my life this year and take alot more chances than I'm used to. Obviously nothing dramatic, just a few small things, which could lead to greater opportunities in the future.
  I've wanted to start a blog for sometime now and I don't see any better time to start one than now. Although I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing yet, I'm willing to give it a go and see what happens. I'm not too sure how to use this either and also have no idea if I'm doing this right. It'll probably take me a long time to get used to things. If I am doing something wrong, please do not hestitate to tell me.

If anyone has any useful advice or tips to share with me that would be great!