Monday, 29 December 2014

2015 New Year Resolutions

Hello my lovelies, I hope you all had the most amazing Christmas and spent it with family and friends. I had a wonderful time with my family and boyfriend and looking forward to a few years in Dublin for New Year. 

I seem to set New Years Resolutions each and every year. Do i meet them? In a word, no. I go down the usual route of lose weight, exercise so this year and for 2015 i thought i would document my resolutions. 

This year has been a bittersweet one. I met the man of my dreams who has well and truly made me believe in love again after serious heartbreak 2 years ago, however on the downside i lost my wonderful Dad to lung cancer a few weeks ago, the past month or so has been horrendous to say the least but i can only thank my wonderful friends and family for being so supportive as always. 
I saw this floating around instagram and its from Lauren Conrads blog from last year but i liked it and it really made me think about my resolutions and how i see myself in 2015. 

A bad habit i'm going to break...
To say i write a predominantly beauty based blog my skincare routing is pretty shocking. Im not as young as i was when i started this blog in 2009 and when youth was on my side, im in my mid-verging on late twenties now so should really start focussing on my skin and getting a set and proper skincare routine in place. That means less of the baby wipes when i cant be bothered ensuring i take off my make up every single night no matter how tired i am or how many glasses of prosecco have passed my lips. 

A destination I'd like to visit...
As i said, i am seeing in the New Year in Dublin, Im going away with the girls to Majorca in April and have a trip to Cuba booked in August with my lovely boyfriend. Destination wise, im pretty sure thats as far as its going to stretch for next year however i would love a city break. Maybe somewhere like Amsterdam or Rome. 

I'm going to work harder at...
For various reasons my blog has taken such a backseat the past couple of years. I seem to say it each and every year but i really want to put my all into my blog for 2015 and get into twitter and instagram a little more as i seem so out of reach with the wonderful blogging babes who i have made lovely friendships with. I intend to plan and schedule posts and be as active on here as i can be. 
Another one is trying to worry less and saying yes more!

A project Id like to finish...
Not a project so to speak but I want to do more for others in 2015. I want to volunteer, donate to charity and homeless shelters and help those that are more disadvantaged than i am. 

A class Id like to take...
Im already in the process of this one. When i say that i mean a facebook message has been sent out to my girlfriends asking if they want to take up a Zumba class we started a fair few years ago now, woops. So in the new year i will be donning my skintight nike leggings and getting my Zumba on! 

I'd like to spend more time doing...
The past few months have made me realise the importance of family, and i know full well that i dont see them enough or as much as i would like. So i want to begin by putting other people first, spending time with others and making some wonderful memories that will last forever.
Id also like to spend more time reading, cooking, baking and outdoors and having more monthly me time pampering myself.

A food i want to eat more of...
I already eat too much food as it is. Im changing this one to i need to eat less food! Im much much heavier than i want to be or even comfortable at so i want to get back on the slimming world wagon (how many times have you said this i hear you cry) and maybe even join a class this time? One of my good friends is a consultant so i might give it a go. Again, i need to plan my meals, write up my shopping lists and get properly organised for both work and home. 

I want to wear more...
Dresses, particularaly  in a smaller size! It pains me when i have to reach for a hanger in a bigger size. I used to absolutely live in dresses! Now theres not a day that doesnt go by when i dont have a pair of jeans on! 

What are your New Year resolutions?

Friday, 19 December 2014

Stocking Fillers By Burts Bees

This year Burts Bees have brought out some cute little christmas offerings in the form of the Hive Favourites in Beeswax* and also the Pomegranate version of A Bit Of Burts Bees*, both which i believe would make the perfect little stocking filler or secret santa! 
The Hive favourites in Beeswax contains a 25g Milk and Honey body lotion and also a beeswax lip balm and is available from Boots for £5.99 (With 3 for 2 currently across all gifts). The pomegranate A Bit of Burts Bees set contains a lemon butter cuticle cream, which by the way is one of my favourite products by Burts Bees, it smells lush, and also a replenishing lip balm with pomegranate oil, again retailing for £5.99.

The Burts Bees lip balms have quite a waxy texture to them, as you would expect but the pomegranate scent is definitely my new favourite. Quick and easy to use and perfect to throw into your handbag! 

You can view the whole range on the Burts Bees Website. 

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Online Codes and Discounts

With only a week to go, brands and stores are going wild with discounts and codes, so i thought i would gather them altogether for you and put them in one place so you could get your last minute christmas gifts sorted!

Free UK Priority delivery on all orders and receive 3 luxury travel size products when you spend £50.

Free delivery over £45 and save £10 on orders over £50 with code NLSTRETCH10 

Free delivery when you spend £30 and 25% off everything using code MERRY25

Extra 15% off local deals for the next 2 days using code PROMOLOC15

50% off Nail Varnish in Blizzard with code NAILS50 when you purchase another item. 

Free express delivery when you spend £50 

Free delivery on all orders and 10% off with code CLOUDEXC10

Up to 60% off in the sale and free next day delivery with code TICKTOCK until 3pm

Jack Wills essential weekend bag half price at £32 and No7 the Ultimate Collection now only £37 instead of £75. 

15% off orders over £120 using code ESCENTUAL15, 10% off orders over £70 using code ESCENTUAL10. Free delivery.

£30 off when you spend £150 using code GIFT30. 

Save £6 when you spend £60 with code EXCITED60, save £4 when you spend £40 with code EXCITED40.

Free worldwide shipping on all orders over £75

20% off with code PARTY20

Free standard delivery 

£10 off when you spend £50 on fragrance using code SCENT50. Free delivery.

I will keep updating this post with anymore codes or bargains that i find. Happy Shopping!

L'Occitane Arlesienne Eau De Toilette

Hello lovelies,

Over the years ive made it no secret on this blog that i absolutely love L'Occitane fragranaces (and most of their products pretty much!) and their newest addition is no different. 

The Arlesienne range is the newest collection to hit the L'Occitane shelves which includes a fragrance, shower cream, candle, hand cream amongst many more products.
I am a sucker for sweet smelling floral fragrances and with the three floral notes of Arlesienne being Saffron Flower, Rose and Violet, I was sold from the off! It has top notes of saffron and mandarin, heart notes of rose and lily and sandalwood, violet and tonka bean as base notes. 'The Arl├ęsienne fragrance evokes the woman of Arles - full of mystery, beauty and grace'. 

The bottle is simple, yet elegant. A clear glass bottle with the name scrolled down the front and flowers engraved down the back and a gold lid. The packaging is pink and floral, which fits in with the theme and collection. The fragrance itself, is light, fresh and floral which is long lasting and a pale shade of pink.

The Arlesienne fragrance retails for £39 for 75ml and is available from the L'Occitane Website here.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O' Blushes

Hello ladies, another make up post for you today! 

I have really got on the make up christmas offerings this year! This is the first set i purchased and its the Box O' Blushes by Benefit. For me, one of my favourite products from Benefit are there box o blushes and over the years i have had various different shades. Currently I only own one which is Bella Bamba and that is on its last legs! I saw this and fell in love, pretty typical Sinead to be honest! 
For £29.50 this gift set contains 6 of Benefits most famous blushes inculding Dandelion, Hoola, Bella Bamba, Coralista, Sugarbomb and Rockateur as well as Watts Up Highlighter. Size wise the blushes range from 4-6g with 1.5g of Watts Up highlighter which is most definitely more than half the size of a full size blush that retails for £23.50.

My favourite shade has to be Coralista, I seem to have forgotten how much i actually love this blush, its just the most perfect shimmery coral shade. I am thrilled that they included a bronzing shade in with this kit too as i find it pretty much covers all bases, especially with the cream highlighter too. 
I personally love the packaging, its in a sweetshop shaped tin which i'm sure would be reusable once the products have finished. 

I purchased this set from Feel Unique for £29.50, however they now seem to have sold out, fingers crossed you can pick one up from your Benefit Counter! 

Do you manage to snaffle one of these sets?

Saturday, 13 December 2014

NARS Christmas Offerings From SpaceNK

I do love NARS. Its up there with one of my favourite make up brands. Their Sheer Glow foundation is my all time favourite out of any foundation i've tried, so much so i don't feel the need to try another one ever again, extreme? Maybe. 
The holiday gift sets that NARS bring out around the festive season are in my opinion out of this world and beat MAC and any other make up brand offerings. I scoped out the Space NK website as they sometimes have NARS christmas gifts that are exclusive to them and literally could not take my eyes off the Virtual Domination Cheek Palette. I mulled this over and ummed and arred about it for a fair few days before finally purchasing and boy am i so glad i did! In the past i've missed out on stunning NARS cheek palettes that i knew this time i just couldn't pass this one up! For £45, this palette contains 3 blush shades in Final Cut, Deep Throat and Sex Fantasy, Laguna Bronzing Powder and also Miss Liberty Highlighting blush. The best thing being that i don't own any of these shades, score! The combined retail of this palette is £117 so quite a bargain if i do say so myself, lets just call it an early Christmas present to me from me. I love the packaging, its a far cry from the rubbery black packaging that NARS use for their blushes and bronzers and in a white, plastic compact which i must admit i definitely prefer. You get 4.5g of product of each of the blushes and 10g of the bronzer, which correct me if i'm wrong i'm sure is full size.
Onto the next NARS purchase and this is the set that out of the two i would have left behind, which would have been the worst mistake ever! To me the Digital World Pencil Set had my name written all over it. The colours all looked wearable, i knew that i would not let any of the shades go to waste and for £32 for 5 travel size pencils, I knew that it was quite the bargain. I must admit, the colours don't last too long and they do fade quite easily so a top up is required, but they feel soft and creamy on the lips, have a good colour pay off and are just quite dreamy. The shades included are Torres Del Paine, Descanso and Yu which are all satin lip pencils and also Iberico and Cruella which are velvet matte pencils. The only one i am yet to try is the dark pink, the others are beautiful.

If i had to choose a favourite? I'm not sure i could! They are both as equally stunning and great value for money. I'm sure it depends on if you are a cheek or lip girl. Me personally? both!

Space NK are also offering free delivery and gift wrap on all orders! Treat yourself, its christmas!

Friday, 12 December 2014

Clarins Ever Matte Powder and Bronzing Duo

Happy Friday!

Clarins is always a brand i have loved the look of from afar but never divulged and purchased or tried any of the pieces myself. Recently, I received the Clarins Ever Matte powder in shade 01 transparent light and also the Bronzing Duo also in 01 light from Escentual. 

Let me first talk a little about Escentual, Escentual is a website that i have used many many times. Their customer service is great, they offer free UK delivery on orders over £30, every order i have ever had comes with samples and a escentual nail file and the prices are extremely competitive and i usually find much cheaper than elsewhere hence why i keep going back time and time again. They stock many skincare, fragrance and beauty brands from Dior, Michael Kors, Too Faced, YSL etc and many french skincare brands such as Bioderma and Caudalie, as you can see i cant rave about them enough! 
Back to the two items in question. I fancied a new face powder, I was at the stage in make up life when my concealer, powder and foundation all needed replacing at the same time, and its an expensive business. However, as much as it is my holy grail and i have repurchased it more times than i have fingers, the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural was just not cutting it for me anymore and left me looking a shiny mess a lot of the time, although im not sure if my skintone is changing to slightly more oily, but anyway that's another story! I eyed up the Clarins Ever Matte mineral powder and the gold packaging, i must admit had my sold. It looked so shiny and pretty! The compact had a mirror, there was 10g of product and it looked like something i would definitely get along with. Needless to say i wasnt wrong. This is such a lightweight powder, that is matte and true to its word keeps shine at bay, winner. I believe the RRP is £27, but the wonderful Escentual have it on offer for £23.75 and it comes in 4 shades.
Onto the bronzer, I was in need of a new bronzer as my most recent one dropped and smashed into a million tiny pieces all over my cream carper (sob!) Keeping in line with the Clarins theme, i opted for the bronzing duo, again in the fancy packaging, in the shade 01 light as i have fair skin. As far as bronzers go this one builds up nicely without looking cakey and gives a nice glow and hint of colour. Its a duo so slightlty darker on one side however i swirl my brush around both. The retail price is £28 but Escentual have done it again and sell it for £24.60 for 10g of product

Two words: Clarins Convert! Thank you Escentual for introducing me into the lovely world!

Have you tried Clarins before? If so, whats your go to product? 

Blogging Tips: Buying a Domain Name

Hello lovelies,

I thought i would do a little series of blog posts on blogger tips, such as buying a domain name and choosing a blog name. The first one up is buying a domain name.

I have been writing for just over 5 years now (how time flies when youre having fun!) for the first year or so i kept with, it didnt take me long however to decide that i wanted my own domain name and that i wanted to buy my own .com and after a year of non stop blogging i went ahead and purchased myself one. 
It sounds like such a scary thought getting yourself out there on the big world wide web but honestly buying your own domain name is such a simple process. Of course you need to decide on your blog name first, that's going to come in another blog post. But for me, it was simple, i already had my blog name that i had been using for a year and i didn't want to go back on that. I was committed and didn't want to change it, i wanted to stick with that for my domain! There are millions of websites on the internet these days, so you need to have something original and unique that doesn't already have a URL which can be tricky business. 

What i didn't know about buying my own domain name was just how inexpensive it was, you sign up for a year (with some companies a minimum of two years) for around £10 a year, which i thought was incredible and swayed my decision to buy my own domain further. 

There are many websites in the UK and worldwide that you can now purchase a domain through. For me, i went straight through blogger and purchased mine through there as i thought it was the simple and easy option, however in hindsight there are many other websites that offer this service and i would have probably shopped around a little more, so to speak, if i was purchasing another domain. 

I came across the 34SP Website that offers many domain types such as or com for as little as £10 per year for a minimum of two years. The website is easy to navigate which is also a bonus and right at the top there is a search bar for you to type a key word into and all the available domains and the prices will come up. Already have a domain? No problem, you can transfer yours over to 34SP for free and best of all they are based in the UK with 98% of customers recommending their services. They have also been named one of the Top 50 Most Reliable Web Hosts which is definitely something to consider when purchasing your own domain. 

One of the best things i ever did regarding my blog was purchasing my own domain name, i guarantee you wont regret it! 
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