Monday, 22 December 2014

Netflix Stream Team December


Christmas is coming fast, but rather than throw together a list of Christmas related things to watch, I've decided to pick some TV shows that are available on Netflix chosen by myself and hubby that you might enjoy over your Christmas break. What we've done is taken into account that some people may get longer holidays than others. People working in retail don't get near as much time off as teachers, for example. So we've chosen shows that have a varying number of seasons. The thinking is that shows that have more seasons would suit people that are on longer holidays.

 1. "Bates Motel" (1 Season, 10 Episodes).



Bringing Alfred Hitchcock's classic "Psycho" up to date in a modern setting was never going to be easy, but this show pretty much pulls it off. Telling the tale of a young Norman Bates and his beloved Mother. Freddy Highmore plays Norman fantastically, recalling the nervous energy of Anthony Perkins in the original film, and Vera Farmiga steals the show as his mother.

2. "House of Cards" (2 Seasons, 13 Episodes Per Season).


Believe the hype. Netflix's own adaptation draws inspiration from both Michael Dobbs' novel and the 1990 TV adaptation by Dobbs and Andrew Davies. Kevin Spacey gives a fantastic turn as Francis Underwood, a charming but utterly ruthless Congressman. They say behind every good man is a greater woman, and in Francis' wife Claire (played by Robin Wright) we have a lady who is every bit his equal in her unwavering ambition. Brilliantly written and shot, this show is a treat.

3. "Sherlock" (2 Season, 3 Episodes Per Season).



Even though there's less episodes in this BBC adaptation, each episode clocks in at about 90 minutes each, The role that gave Benedict Cumberbatch his big break, it similar to "Bates Motel" whereby we have a modern version of classic stories. The sight of Sherlock using a phone may have come off as contrived, but it actually works. Cumberbatch's delivery of the rapid fire dialogue, and his chemistry with Martin Freeman as his beleaguered Watson, this one is well worth your time.

4. Scrubs (6 Seasons, Episodes Per Season Range From 22-25).



Just to lighten things up after all the drama from the shows listed above, "Scrubs" is the perfect antidote. Starring Zach Braff as a rookie doctor from his first day, this show brought equal part big laughs along with some serious moments along the way. As JD, Braff is surrounded by a cast of fantastic characters, from the perpetually angry Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) and JD's best friend Turk (Donald Faison). Netflix have the first six seasons and there isn't a bad episode in the bunch.

5. House (8 Seasons, Episodes Per Season Range From 16-24).


Hugh Laurie's "House" is a medical Sherlock Holmes for all intents and purposes. A grumpy genius with his own drug related issues, House is a fascinating character. He can go from likable to unlikable in the space of mere minutes, and the show managed to keep itself fresh by changing the cast around every few seasons unlike a lot of other shows which start to go stale after five or so seasons of the same faces. While there are a lot of episodes of this particular show, the pace is so fast that they absolutely fly by, and it's easy to get caught in the "just one more" trap.



*Disclaimer: I have become a member of the Netflix Stream Team and for this I received a complimentary subscription for one year & an Apple TV (Box). All opinions are my own, and I will be posting once a month in relation to Netflix Stream Team. Stay tuned........

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Irish Beauty Bloggers Secret Santa Extravaganza 2014 #IrishbbloggersSS2014


This was my first year to take part in the Irish Beauty Bloggers Secret Santa Extravaganza hosted by Aisling of Total Makeup Addict! I can't get over at how exciting the whole process was. Everyone that is taking part this year is using the hashtag #IrishbbloggersSS2014 and the teasers were brilliant.

The big reveal happened last weekend for me when I received the most loveliest of parcels which was extremely thought out which made it extra special for me. So you are probably all wondering who my Secret Santa is?.......My secret Santa is the wonderful Audrey from The Nail Affair! I can not thank Audrey enough for her generosity and the research she did to pick the perfect gifts for me.

I had the fun of shopping for Sharon from Behind Green Eyes and you can head over to see what I surprised her with!



My obsession with nails over the year has blossomed as well as my collection, so I was stunned and over the moon to see the Ciaté Haute House set! The colours are amazing and super pigmented with just one coat. So you will definitely see some pictures of these going up over the coming weeks! There are 5 bottles inside and all the colours are beautiful and so so rich and intense.


The mug made me laugh out loud especially as I was hooked on Twisters when I was pregnant with Lillibug. I also collect mugs so this is definitely a welcomed addition to the mug family.


Physicians Formula is something I have been dying to try more of especially after trying out their powder and this made me jump for joy with it being a blush. I'm so excited to try this out!


Also I got three Benefit mini's from Audrey. Benefit is one of my favourite makeup brands because that's where my obsession with makeup first began so I was delighted to see these in the parcel. I'm loving both the lipgloss and the Lolli tint and have been using them since getting them. The "That Gal" face primer is one of my favourites so this little mini will be perfect for travel or just to pop in the bag.


Audrey was super sweet and I can't thank her enough for all the effort she went to picking out everything and getting it to me. The card (or as Lillibug would say an invitation) was lovely and personal. There was also chocolate coins which Lillibug took great pleasure in delving into so they didn't last long and she also sends a big gigantic thank you to Audrey!

Also a big thank you to Aisling for hosting a fun and exciting extravaganza and I'm definitely going to take part again next year, that is if Aisling can put up with us all again in 2015. If you want to see more reveals head over to twitter and use #IrishbbloggersSS2014 or check out Aisling's blog where she will have links to them all.

Merry Christmas everyone xx

Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas Memories (Seasonal Linky): This is my Highly Unorthodox Christmas Memory

Bring yourself back to the year 1990, this would have made me six years of age! This was also the year the Kellogg's Christmas Ad with the little blonde girl in the pink onesie was first broadcast. I remember it so well and so vividly, I remember the neighbours and family so excited about the ad because it was me in it (one such neighbour rang our doorbell at 8pm saying they just saw me on it)! There was no mistake it was me and I had the pink onesie.


Mum told me that the ad was filmed a year or two before and that we went to Ardmore Studios in Wicklow where I met the other two kids who were Canadian.

Growing up I loved telling friends and reminding family about my Christmas ad and I took great delight in this. I knew one day Mum and Dad would hand over the royalties (or so I believed) I used to ask is this why we always have Kellogg's Cornflakes in the house (according to mum yes, we got a lifetime supply and they are dads favourite too). 

Even when I met my husband in 2007 I shared this delightful bit of information with him and of course he told EVERYBODY! According to him it must also explain why Christmas is my favourite time of year. So without fail for every Christmas for seventeen years (yes a whole seventeen years) I went on oblivious to the fact the whole things was one big, fat, gigantic, elaborate, unorthodox Christmas lie. That is until after some research and a few questions I could not answer cropped up. The little girl in the ad was in fact played by twins Alexandra and Holly Stapley.

Also I can't blame my Dad for this lie I'm putting this all on my Mum, she told me she didn't want to break my heart and tell me the truth so she kept it up all that time. Dad would also be seen looking another way and never getting into the conversation. I should have twigged things sooner as it wasn't Dad telling everyone (like a proud parent would) it was me, and it would be Mum smiling and agreeing that it was. I was devastated when I found out, I felt like all my Christmases came tumbling down on me and I was left the fool. I soon got over that, and now I can have a good laugh about it. Every year since finding out I meet someone new to share my Unorthodox Christmas Lie Memory with, and now I've decided to share it with you.


This is part of the Seasonal Linky by Naomi of Dr. How's Science Wows. You can read more links over on her blog and you will be sure to have a great read of her blog too!


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Christmas Arts and Crafts with Lillibug

We are well and truly in the festive spirit right here in LilliWhiteRose HQ! Lillibug is super excited and comes into us every morning around 6am asking if Santa has been or if she can go see him on the choo choo (inspired by multiple viewings of "The Polar Express"). So I decided that maybe Lillibug would like to get creative with a few left over Christmas decoration and this is what we came up with.


What you will need:

1. Scissors
2. Pritt Stick
3. Pencil
4. Tissue Paper
5. Card/Paper (green and gold)
6. Baubles
7. Ribbon
8. Wrapping paper.


How to:

1. Make your frame by using the wrapping paper or any decorative christmassy paper you have and lay it on your tissue paper.

2. Draw a Christmas Tree on your green card and cut it out. Glue it to your tissue paper. For the bucket on the second picture we added silver paper.

3. Glue on your baubles

4. Draw a star on your gold paper and cut out.

5. Add a ribbon to the frame (we just put one on the top left corner).

6. We also had a snowman decoration left over from the tree so we glued that onto one of our pictures too. You could make one out of white paper or even out of white baubles and glue onto the tissue paper. 

TIP: If you use sticks at the back of the frame you can make a stand. You could then light a candle behind the picture and it will glow behind the tissue paper. Make sure to keep the candle a good distance from the picture as you don't want to start a fire!

Voila you are done!


With leftover wrapping paper or if you have some decorative card you could make a lovely photo frame too just like we did above! To make it sturdy we tore off the front page of a catalogue and used that as a base for it.

We hope you like our Christmas themed arts & crafts. This is a first for the blog, so all feedback welcomed. If you decided to try it out please tweet me a picture as I would love to see.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Lillibug: November Milestones and Favourites

My baby girl turned 3 last weekend and I still can't believe how fast those years have gone. She is full of fun, excitement, stubbornness and adventure.


We threw a little party for Lillibug and it was a great day for her to have family and friends around and she had an absolute ball of a time. I found the day very emotional and a lot of memories of the day she was born were stirred up inside me again.


I'm so proud of Lillibug and all her milestones over the last three years. Some recent milestones are:

1. She no longer uses her soother as of three weeks now.
2. She sleeps in her big girl bed and the cot has been put in the attic.


Some of Lillibug's Favourite things over the last month have been:



1. "The Polar Express": To be honest I'm surprised as I know some kids who actually were frightened by this movie when it first came out, but she is absolutely obsessed with it.

2. Role play: From pretending to be our Family Doctor, Princess or even a Pirate, Lilybug's imagination has taken off like a rocket.

3. Her imaginary friend called "The Baby": The Baby has no name or gender, but I have to make sure that "The Baby" is fed and watered and brought for walks along with Lillibug. The whole thing just makes me laugh, as it brings back memories of my childhood when I had an imaginary friend called Fiona!

Did you have an imaginary friend when you were a child or does your little one have one? Let me know in the comments below.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

The Christmas Tag

A big thank you to Samantha from All The Buzz for tagging me! Christmas is my favourite time of year and I hope my answers give some insight to how much I do.



1. What is your favourite Christmas movie/s?
Oh I have so many but my top ones that I watch every year without fail are:
White Christmas
Meet Me in St. Louise
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Elf
Home Alone
The Muppets Christmas Carol

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas eve or on Christmas morning?
On Christmas Eve I always got a present of pyjamas off my mum which is still a tradition that has carried on and Lillibug also gets pyjamas on Christmas Eve. Other than that we had to wait till Christmas morning, but only after the fire was lit and it was all cosy.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I have so many, but to this day there is one that really sticks out and that was the year I got my Blue Raleigh bike! I was 9 and for the life of me I could not figure out how Santa could possibly have brought it down the chimney. I'm still baffled!

4. Favourite Christmas food
I love the traditnal Christmas dinner, but it's the food we have on St. Stephens day that I really really look forward to because Dad literally fries everything, the turkey, the potatoes, the ham etc and I love it!

5. Favourite Christmas gift
Ah I can't answer that one at all, I've been very fortunate growing up and now as an adult. I've always been grateful for what I got, but also I never wanted for anything. I always say that Lillibug was my Christmas gift even if she was born 4 weeks before Christmas, so I'm going to say she was my greatest gift of all!

6. Favourite Christmas scent
The smell of a real Christmas tree.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
After mass it's time to sit down with a hot chocolate with marshmallows and then myself and mum stay up to all hours wrapping presents and chatting.

8. What tops your tree?
A star.

9. As a kid, what was the one extravagant gift you asked for but never got?
I always asked for a surprise and was fortunate that I never wanted for anything on Christmas morning.

10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
Christmas to me will always be about family and friends and the best part is just us all together.


I would love to tag:

Aisling from Total Makeup Addict
Kathleen from Squidgy Moments
Gráinne from Hope from a Butterfly

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Competition Time with Netflix: 1 Year Free Subscription & "All Hail King Julien" Premiere Tickets!

This Competition is now closed & winner has been contacted.

I'm delighted to bring this amazing prize to you, my readers!


Win tickets for a family of four to see "All Hail King Julien" on Sunday, 14 December at the Odeon Cinema at The Point Village at 12.30pm. On the day you will get the chance to party, dance and see how King Julien went from prince to king of the party!

You will also win a 1 year free subscription to Netflix! 

"King Julien is here to party, and no one can stop him from ruling with an iron fist ... in the air, wavin' like he just doesn't care!   All Hail King Julien brings the wild world of Madagascar to a totally original, totally hilarious and totally insane television series in which the king takes on the craziest adventures the jungle has to offer"

All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me your funniest party story or what your kids like to watch on telly. Simple! The winner will be announced Saturday 6th of December. This is open to the Republic of Ireland only, and only over 18's can enter.

*Disclaimer: I have become a member of the Netflix Stream Team and for this I received a complimentary subscription for one year & an Apple TV (Box). All opinions are my own, and I will be posting once a month in relation to Netflix Stream Team. Stay tuned........




Monday, 1 December 2014

November Favourites: Beauty, Skincare & Random

Hi Everyone, so sorry for the lack of posts lately but I'm back now and hoping to get back to two posts a week again. I thought it might be nice to start off with my November favourites.

Beauty & Skincare

1. British Beauty Blogger Dream Box 2  (£21.95 sold out) was packed full of amazing goodies and even though I've had it a week I'm still working my way through it, but my goodness there is so many amazing products in it. I really think that Jane and Latest in Beauty are a winning team when it comes the Dream box and will always pick these boxes over any other ones!

2. Trilogy Everything Balm (€16.95) is a beautiful solid oil that melts on contact. I use this mostly at night time as part of my skincare routine. I get really dry skin and this has been a little saviour for times of need. It really is gorgeous used on the cuticles and nails as well. 

3. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 (€12.50) has been my friend the last few days after having a reaction to Lillibug's new moisturiser. I got what can only be described as a burn like reaction both on my hands and cheeks. Thankfully this little wonder from La Roche-Posay has been quickly healing the problem. 

4. Micro Nail (€49.99) is such a nifty little gadget and I love it! Definitely one for the Christmas list. I love the smoothness and shine this brings to my nails and they look super healthy when I use the Micro Nail. Check out my before and after pictures to see how this works!

5. Holos Floral Toner (€15.20) is without a doubt my all time favourite toner and this is my second bottle! If you are long time readers you will know that I am a major fan of the skincare range and you can read a full review here.

6. Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara (€9.99) is a beautiful affordable mascara. It gives separation, length and volume. I don't usually get on very well with mascaras that have fibres in them as they irritate my eyes but this one hasn't annoyed my eyes at all. 

7. Eylure Defining and Shading Brow Crayon in Dark Brown (€10). I haven't used a brow pencil in so long that I wasn't sure I would like this at all, but I have been favouring this over my beloved Benefit Gimme Brows for the month of November and can see myself buying another one of these pencils to have as back up for when I run out. The waxy crayon consistency are fabulous and it doesn't budge all day. Also the Dark Brown was a great colour match.

Randoms

8. Christmas Duvet from Heatons (Double €20). The bedroom needed some Christmas cheer so I picked this gorgeous duvet up in Heatons and of course it had to go on the bed straight away!

So what do you think of my November favourites? Have you tried any of the products before? As always let me know in the comments section below because I love hearing your feedback.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Review: Sonya Aloe Nourishing Serum & Aloe Deep Moisturising Cream



I was recently sent some products from the Sonya Skin Care line by Forever Living to review. 
First up is Aloe Nourishing Serum (44.74) with White Tea extract. This is a very generous sized product for a serum at 118ml. 

As per the directions I used 3 pumps for face, neck and décolleté, it has a beautiful silky texture and is so nice to apply and felt soothing on my skin. It also smells absolutely divine. 
I followed that with Aloe Deep Moisturizing Cream (€30.49). This contains Pine Bark extract which has antioxidant properties and helps to combat free radicals. I loved that this came with a little spatula for hygienic application. One generous scoop was more than enough and again the texture of this product was lovely. 
I used these both day and night for the last few weeks and really liked them. My make up went on beautifully over them as well and my skin felt hydrated all day. 
My skin can be sensitive and breakout with some products but I'm glad to say it didn't as I really enjoyed using these. It's also the time of the year when central heating is back on and cosy fires are lit which always dehydrates skin even more and these certainly helped mine a lot. 
I would love to hear if anyone has used these products and what you thought. 
 Until next time! 
 Eileen x
Kindly sent to me by the Direct Selling Association of Ireland. They provide information & support for direct selling in Ireland and promote direct selling in the home.

Friday, 14 November 2014

#GreatHair with Mane 'n Tail Mobile Salon Tour

Who can say no to wanting #GreatHair? Not me!


I won a competition on Sam McCauleys Facebook page last week to have a makeover! Well you can imagine my excitement when I found out, and magnify that by 100! I never get the chance to get glammed up or get pampered and except for an odd half inch trim whenever I remember (which has been twice) I never do anything with my hair.

Celebrity hair stylist Leonard Daly was absolutely fantastic and really listened to the problems I have been having with my hair over the last year and gave me loads of tips and tricks. Leonard explained about the products and what they can do for me. Just a little background for you all, my hair is dry and damaged and because I haven't dyed it in over a year I can kind of pretend that I'm going for the balayage look. I was very intrigued by the Mane 'n Tail products, especially as my mum is their biggest fan and I can see why now. 

The shampoo that was used was from the Herbal Gro Essentials range and, oh my goodness, the gorgeous scent was a winner for me straight away that I went back and bought it the next day! The conditioner was the Gentle Replenishing Conditioner which my mum has so I have to admit I took some of hers to try out (shhhhhh). The Detangler was also used which also helps with the look of split ends. Now as you can imagine I was in total heaven at this stage but I do believe the Hair Strengthener was used too. Leonard did my hair into a 40's style (my fave era of films and amazing screen icons). I loved it so much and can't thank Leonard and Mane 'n Tail for the look that I never thought achievable in my hair, but with some pin curls left to set while I got my makeup done it turned out amazing.


A few things I noticed straight off with Mane 'n Tail is that I didn't feel like I had loads of product in my hair. It didn't feel heavy and there was no feeling of residue from the products used. Usually my day 2 hair looks a bit grubby that I would be reaching for the dry shampoo but I didn't have to for once and I am putting it down to Mane 'n Tail. So now that I have purchased a few of the products I'm hoping to get back to you with an in depth review in a few weeks and also get my mums thoughts on them too and why she has been a big fan for a few years now. 

To compliment the 40's hairstyle the wonderful Leanne from Clinique in Sam McCauleys went the same route with the makeup. Who knew I would love a red lip?! The foundation was perfectly  matched to my skin and some contouring was used. Leanne also used my fave cheek pop blush but this time in ginger pop (added to Christmas list). I also got a lesson on how to do a cat flick which I have been practicing all week and I'm nearly there with it.

So after an amazing afternoon of getting this wonderful makeover I had a date night with hubby and I felt a million dollar. Thank you to everyone on the day as it truly was a great experience.

Mane 'n Tail are currently travelling around the country to help us all out with our hair no matter if it is short, long, curly, or just hopeless hair like mine. You just pop in give a few details on your hair and bingo they can tell you exactly what products you need to use on your hair. You can also enter their #GreatHair competition online here to win prizes but also get recommendations on their products and receive free samples in the post.



Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Fisher Price Laugh and Learn, Smart Stages, Crawl Around Car.

I was contacted by Fisher Price who were looking to send some of their products to parenting bloggers, and because of the great reputation they have built up with their products over the years, I gladly accepted. This was a "blind date" situation as I didn't know what I'd be getting!


Needless to say, when I saw the huge box that arrived at the door I was taken aback. When we opened it we found the Laugh and Learn, Smart Stages, Crawl Around Car. When Lillibug saw the picture on the front of the box, she got very excited. She absolutely loves pretending to drive so this was right up her street.


Once hubby & uncle Brian got the little bit of assembly done, I admit I was a bit worried it really doesn't take two to put this together. As she is nearly 3 years old, I thought that maybe Lillibug would be to big to get anything out of this toy, but I was wrong. When she first sat into it and turned the keys and the engine sound effect come on she was in her element. Her friends make a beeline towards the car too whenever they arrive over.


There's a number of "driving" sounds here when you beep the horn or push the acceleration lever. There's also a "GPS" which tells little ones where they're going next, be it the farm or the zoo, complete with animal sounds.

But it's not just bells and whistles. On the side of the doors there are activities too. On one door there is a hole where you can put plastic balls in and they go down a little ramp, and on the other side there is are shape sorting pieces.


There are three development stages, and the car makes different sounds for each one. From 6-12 months the focus is on basic words. From 12-18 months it goes into colours and shapes and from 18 months on your little one (if they're anything like ours) will be singing along to the tunes and making animal sounds when prompted!

So even though Lillibug got this at an advanced age, she is still getting plenty from this. For a child of six month though, the benefits would be great. It's stationary so a child learning to stand could use it for support with no danger of it falling over.. It would also encourage them to sit up when pretending to drive. I definitely think this would be a great investment piece for your baby or toddler and possibly a great gift from Santa this year. You will also need batteries so don't forget them!

Smyths Toy Store Currently have the Crawl Around Car for €77.99 reduced from €84,99


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Going Beyond Cleansing with Spongellé!

We are all after perfect healthy looking skin but with everything this can be hard to maintain. I know myself with a toddler running around the house that there are times I forget to moisturise, times I forget to exfoliate, and times where I just have to run in and out of the shower and hope that I still don't look like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards.


These products were first introduced in 2003 and are 100% USA made, but they are finally making their way over to our shores! Each buffer has it's own one of a kind fragrance created solely for Spongellé.

Since becoming a Mammy I'm always after products that can be used both on me and Lillibug or products that are super quick to use, but where is the luxury in that?! This is where Spongellé comes in. "Oh what's that" I hear you say? Well I was kindly sent two products from Spongellé one is the Anti-Cellulite Body Toning Buffer and the second the Pedi-Buffer.

The sponges are infused shower gels and all the goodness that we love for our skin. So no more faffing about in the shower with wet bottles and dropping them on your toes!

Shower time has now become a little pamper session for me but without all the time that usually goes into it. Just soak these sponges and release the lather.


The buffers helps moisturise, protect, rejuvenate and I have to say it does exactly what it says it will do.

The Anti-Cellulite Body Toning Buffer (€14) sponge feels so luxurious. You use the soft side to cleanse and moisturise your skin then flip over to use the textured side for a deep lipo-massage. My skin loved this and when you get out of the shower you can feel this tingle (in a good way) on your skin where it feels like the blood is getting circulating where you buffed. This will last for 25+ washes and I definitely got the + out of it! The fragrance is Passion Fruit-Yuzu Aromatherapy and once this releases not only will you smell fab but so will your bathroom.

Pedi-Buffer Cleanse, Detoxify, Buff, Soften (€12), it claims to do a lot and it lives up to those claims. My feet are super soft after using this purple buffer. I will admit I don't look after my feet like I should, but this is so quick and easy that now I have no excuse. The scent from the Pedi-Buffer was my favourite which smells like Summer Lilac-Verbana Infusion. This should last 20+ washes.

I think these would make a great present. Money wise, when I sat down to think about I think these are definitely well priced, especially when I consider how much I spend on a shower gels, exfoliators and any other added extras for the shower.

Keep an eye out for Spongellé Ireland as they introduce more of the range to our shores.

Have you come across these before? Is it something you would love for those early morning showers before work? Let me know in the comments below.

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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Autumn/Winter Boots for Lillibug & Me!

It's that time again, when the sandals are stored away for another year, and we have to cover up our feet from the mud and rain! 


Lillibug goes through shoes like I go through hot dinners. I shouldn't complain she is healthy and growing but my goodness toddler shoes cost an arm and a leg! Lillibug is also nearly three so knows what she likes and what she likes to wear, so the red Dr. Martens (€55.00) were what she made a bee line for in Little Piggys Wexford. I have to say I do love them and brought me right back to teenage years when I used to have a pair. She is getting great wear out of them already and loves nothing more than putting them on to go splashing in the puddles outside. The cushion in these make walking a dream for our active toddler too.


Of course I also needed something for the colder months but decided I didn't want the bother of looking for a boot to fit over my calves so went with these lovely heeled brogues from Clarks. They set me back €75.00 but I never regret buying Clarks as they last a lifetime. I love the deep burgundy leather on these shoes, and of course the block heel is great for me because I can actually walk in these. These are called the Ciera Pier and I bought them in Shaws for €75.00.


What is your Autumn/Winter style?


Friday, 24 October 2014

Nail Care Routine That Got My Nails Into Shape

A couple of months back my nails got in really bad condition, mostly because of my health and the medication I was on. They were dry, brittle, peeling and breaking! I usually have long nails as I've never liked them short. So if you follow me on Twitter you might have seen me looking for recommendations of products I could use and any tips, and loads came in so thank you to everyone for the recommendations.


So I've been trying some old and some new products to see if I could  get my nails back in shape but I banned nail polish up until a few weeks ago.


Three products really stood out to me and after 8 weeks my nails are starting to get back in shape.

The first product that really helped is the Trilogy Everything Balm (€16.95) a solid oil that melts once warmed on your skin. I rubbed this oil in generously while massaging my hands, nails and cuticles and I think this has really helped. The Balm is a  great all rounder which I use on both myself and Lillibug for various skin complaints.

Second and is easily now my favourite hand cream by far is the Elemis Pro-collagen Hand & Nail Cream (€34.55 so expensive but absolutely gorgeous). The smell reminds me of orange peel and it's lovely. It can feel a little chalky just as it finishes absorbing but my goodness the difference I can see after using this is amazing.


So after using those two products everyday the difference was outstanding but my nails still looked a little dull. Then the Micro Nail (€49.99) came into my life which gave me the shiniest prettiest nails. I'm pretty skeptical when it comes to gadgets but I'm so grateful this was sent to me to try out! The below picture doesn't even do my nails justice after using the Micro Nail. My nails are super smooth and super shiny, it looks like I'm wearing clear nail varnish it is that good. Using this just finished my nails off perfectly.


Can you see the difference? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments section below!



Thursday, 23 October 2014

Forever Living Aloe Vera Gelly

The Direct Selling Association of Ireland sent me a few goodies to try and I've have been having great fun trying out everything. Some of the products are new to me and some I have heard of, or have tried out before. Today I thought I would tell you about the Aloe Vera Gelly (€16.08) from Forever Living. It has been one of my favourite items from this bunch.


We (Lillibug and I) have been mostly using this on our eczema. The colder weather is making it a little worse but find that using the Aloe Vera Gelly has given us great relief and find that it is really soothing. The gelly is a clear gel and applies lovely on the skin, and the minute you put it on it feels cool and soothing. This product has been fantastic for Lillibug's nappy rash too and I'm favouring this over another one we usually use. 

I'm definitely going to stock up on more of this product. I love the packaging too. The fact that it's not a tub means all you have to do is squeeze a bit out. No mess, no fuss. The Aloe Vera Gelly is a great all rounder for the whole family and can be used for so many skin complaints:

Nappy Rash
Allergies
Stings
Ulcers
Burns 
and so much more!

Have you tried this? Tell me what you would use it for in the comments below!


Kindly sent to me by the Direct Selling Association of Ireland. They provide information & support for direct selling in Ireland and promote direct selling in the home.

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