Monday, 12 June 2017

Picturesques Kilmore Quay

I love Kilmore Quay, and it's our go-to place on the occasional Sunday. Kilmore Quay is a wonderful fishing Village just under 30 minutes outside of Wexford Town. I especially look forward to the Seafood Festival which takes place the first Thursday of July every year for 4 days!

Our first stop is always into Little Saltee Restaurant, and the food is always fantastic, it is situated just across from the marina. It really has that updated coastal interior feel to it, which brings the beach and brightness to its restaurant. Don't leave without trying their scrumptious array of ice creams!

There is a wonderful walk along the coast and hidden nooks to find along the way. A playground is just up from the Marina, and it's one of Lillibug's favourites plus it's free and well kept.

There is a wonderful selection of activities mostly centred around the sea from angling, sailing and snorkelling. You could also go and follow the Norman Way Heritage Trail (I'd highly recommend) which will bring you into Kilmore Quay.

Monday, 1 May 2017

MAC Haul & Review of Extra Dimension Blush Cheeky Bits

If you read my previous post about my trip to the Crowne Plaza in Blanchardstown, you will know that I couldn't bypass the shopping centre while there. I needed to replenish my MAC Studio Fix Fluid and one thing led to another!

I picked up my holy grail of foundations the Studio Fix fluid (€32) in NW13. This seems to be a love/hate foundation when I talk to others about it, but thankfully it performs really well for me still. I also love the fact that the shade is perfection for me, which I struggle with when it comes to other brands.

I picked up my first MAC lip pencil (€17.50) in the shade Dervish to go with my new favourite MAC lipstick Plumful! It's really creamy and lasts all day on me, I need to build this up with a few strokes but I'm loving it and it will go with a lot of lipsticks that I already have.

MAC Fix+ travel size (€10) is another repurchase and love the many uses this comes in handy for. From intensifying eyeshadow, giving a dewy complexion, or just to finish off and lock in place my makeup. Always a must for my makeup bag.

I then picked up MAC Extra Dimension Blush in the shade Cheeky Bits, it was expensive at €29.00 but I really love the formula of this. It's described as a hybrid of a cream because of its smoothness, the bendability of a liquid, and a powder finish. That all sounds like magic to me especially with the prismatic reflection to give a luminous finish.

The powder is firm in the pan and has no kick up of product and blends beautifully on the skin. It's a pinky coral shade that really changes with the light. I was worried it would show up the texture on my cheeks because of the milia under my skin as it looked frosty in the pan, but this wasn't the case once applied. It lasted fairly well giving me six hours before fading but that was with a light application. This can be built up for a stronger finish and can be used wet for extra intensity.

I can see myself adding more of these to the collection as they are now part of the permanent collection at MAC.

What do you think, would you be tempted?

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Birthday Getaway to the Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown

I wasn't planning on doing a review of the Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown at all, but mum and I were so happy with our choice of hotel I thought I'd let you all know. Excuse the lack of photos and bad lighting but I hope you get a feel for the hotel all the same.

April is the month for Birthdays in our family, mum at the beginning of the month and mine the end, so we needed a little weekend away especially when we realised the last time we were away just the two of us was seven years ago! That is shocking and as a result, we have promised ourselves to go away more together. We picked the Crowne Plaza because Mum had stayed there before with Dad for a conference and of course it was close to the amazing shopping centre. Also importantly I found it easy to get to off the M50 coming from Wexford.

The stand out about the hotel was the staff and the customer service they bring. Check-in was quick and help was offered with our luggage. Two huge beds in a bigger than expected room greeted us and we were in our element. The bathroom was a good size too with a shower and toiletries. Parking was free at the hotel which I love because this has become such a rarity these days, and parking at the shopping centre was also free (not that we parked over there as we were in walking distance). Housekeeping was super friendly too, making sure we had everything we needed and always had a hello when we passed them in the hall.

We ate in the Sanctuary Bar and the staff were the best ever! Mum and I both have food allergies (EpiPen always on standby) and they really went out of their way to make us at ease with our order with the maĆ®tre d' coming to double check about the allergies. They were all so friendly and the atmosphere was really great. The food was divine with service quick and portion size bigger than expected, so well worth the price.

After the stress of the last few months and years, this was a break we needed and we enjoyed ourselves. We definitely would go back again.

Yes, some shopping was done and I'm not sorry! I'll have a little MAC haul up soon.

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