Saturday, 27 June 2015

Irish Beauty & Lifestyle Bloggers Inspire Meetup

This day last week we all descended on Cream Dreams on Wexford Quay for a mega meetup! It was long time in the pipeline getting the Irish Beauty & Lifestyle Bloggers Inspire members to have their first meetup, and in Wexford.
The group was started last year as a support network for bloggers with the aim of inspiring one another. With myself, Sara from Where is my mind? and Anita from Anita's Beauty Spot as admins we got to work at arranging the meetup. We had some amazing brands get involved and were so happy to support us. Both Sara & Anita were absolutely brilliant with getting things organised, both live in Kildare and Wicklow yet it was like they were here the whole time in Wexford with me.

So my front hall was lined up with goodie bags, prizes and treats galore it was a bit of a maze for a few days as everything came together.

We had an amazing time at Cream Dreams which is situated on Wexford Quay, and it has the most amazing Ice creams, toasties and coffee. It's my favourite place to go with Lillibug for a treat day so it was definitely the perfect setting for the meetup. The staff are so amazing in their and a big thank you to Sophie who was helping to look after us on the day, she was an absolute star!

We also had two beautiful hampers that were kindly given to us by Sam McCauley Chemist for our raffle. We raised €110 for the Cardiac Rehab Unit in Wexford General which was fantastic.

The wonderful and inspirational Niamh from Holos Skincare from Nature joined us to give a talk on how her business came to be and how she done it, it truly was an inspiring talk. Also Niamh gave us amazing samples for our goodie bags, and I'm sure there will be purchases made soon (cough cough).

The wonderful Dawn from the Benefit counter in Sam McCauley Redmond Square, also joined us for a talk and demo about Benefit's products. Lucky Eimear from Chirps from a little Red Hen got to have her makeup done by Dawn, and it was fab to see the products at work! Eimear looked just amazing. Dawn is who I go to for my makeup needs because she is just brilliant and so much fun to be around.

It was brilliant to meet our fellow bloggers and have an afternoon together, some I had the pleasure of meeting before, but I also got to meet so many more that I had only ever spoken to through social media.
The goodie bag was jam packed with yumminess thanks to Vita Coco and Popchips, so they came in handy for journey's home. Then there was so beautiful products that were new to me like the exfoliating glove and tanning mitt from Glove Your Body. Wet N Wild makeup, Ziaja, and the newly launched in Ireland Bioderma Micellar Solution! Sam McCauley also gave us a discount on the day for Benefit and 15% off a salon treat too, so I'm making a beeline for a facial. Netflix also gave us 3 goodie bags to giveaway of Orange is the New Black merchandise with 1 year free subscription and a yoga mat! We were all so lucky with the goodie bags, and prizes and we can't thank the companies enough.

A huge thank you to the members who travelled from near and far to the meetup it was an absolute delight to spend an afternoon with you and get to know you all better. I really hope it's not the last time we are all together!

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Monday, 15 June 2015

Fabulouz Tote Bags

I was recently contacted by the owner of Fabulouz Tote Bags, and within 24 hours she had the most amazing bag made up for me as well as a fairy door for Lillibug. I'm a sucker for things that are personalised but to have my blog name on it just makes it extra special too.

You know all those times you head to the shop for one thing but end up buying a whole load more, get to the counter and then the have no bag? Well since getting my Fabulouz Tote Bag I haven't forgotten to bring it once! I'm just delighted with it.

Cathryn (the owner) put so much thought into the art right down to me holding makeup, my blog name on the shopping bag I'm holding in the picture. Even a ladybug makes an appearance, it's so cute!

Fabulouz Tote Bags were also kind to give Lillibug her very own personalised fairy door. I said nothing to Lillibug and hid it in her room only to be greeted with squeals and shouts of "the fairies are here! The fairies are here!". This is also the only item we have with Lillibug's nickname on it, so it really is special.

A lot of detail was put into these gifts, right down to the colour of my glasses! This really could be a special gift to give anyone, from mum's, aunts, brides, bridesmaids, colleagues, teachers. Also the fairy doors are just adorable and a great gift to fuel the imagination of any child.

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Saturday, 13 June 2015

TK Maxx Haul

If you follow any of my social media accounts you may have noticed me shouting from the rooftops about TK Maxx coming to Wexford! I think it's wonderful to have a big store like TK Maxx in Wexford and something that is needed for the South end of the town. So when Mum called me and said "let's go have a look at the new store" and sure I couldn't say no.

The store is massive and felt really nice for a change to be able to wander down aisle with a buggy with such ease, and the atmosphere was fantastic in the store on the day. It really had me in a shopping mood. I picked up the following few bits but definitely can see myself going down a lot more.

I've being wanting to try something from Nip + Fab for the longest time now, and when I saw the Body Wash set reduced to €6.99 I just had to grab it.

I'm a big fan of Stila and when it said €3.99 each I was running to the tills. I got two liquid eyeliners, and a smudge crayon. Hopefully I will be mentioning these again in another post.

I'm obsessed when it comes to stationery, so it's a given that I was going to come out with some notebooks. I'm very forgettful so I'm really happy with the "To Do List and Weekly Planner". I got the little A6 notebook for my handbag for any idea that I get when out and about. They ranged from €3.99 to €5.99

Finally I picked up this adorable teacup and saucer for €8.99. I collect cups and mugs so this is another one for the growing collection. I really like that it came with the sucer and the zebra inside the cup is just too adorable.

So that's it for my TK Maxx haul, and I'm over the moon with my finds that I got in store. 

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

The Big Summer Event with Sam McCauley

I'm delighted to be able to bring the news to you all that this Friday the 12th of June my local Sam McCauley in Redmond Square, Wexford will be holding a Big Summer Event!

You will be spoilt for choice with demos, makeovers, manicures, and facials. Here is just a taster of what is in store for you:

*GlamGlow Facials
 Makeup Lessons
*Mini Makeover with Benefit, Clarins, Stila, Vichy and more
*Essie Manicures (my favourite)
*Hair Demo
*Taste testing with Powergreens & Smoothies with Udos Oil.
*Blood Pressure Check
*Weight Test

The event will be starting 10am and running till 7pm, and you can ring Sam McCauley to book in for your manicure, facials, and makeover by ringing 053 912 2422. When I heard about the event I booked in straight away with Clarins for a makeover and a manicure with Essie. I can't wait, and hope now that the hubby will bring me out Friday night!

There will be a visiting makeup artists from Stila at 3pm till 7pm and make sure to check out the Windows are the Eyes palettes (I love their eyeshadows).

If you aren't familiar with the brands inside you can find Benefit (which I could nearly call my second home), Clinique, Clarins, and Estée Lauder to name a few. Sam McCauley also have some of my favourite budget brands, NYC, Rimmel, NYX. So you really are spoilt for choice.

Representatives from Ren, TanOrganic, Rimmel, The Body Shop, and many more will be there on the day, so make sure to check them out and find out more about the products that you have always wondered about.

You will receive a free gift with purchase with the cosmetic houses inside Sam McCauley, so get yourself down there and treat yourself.

This will certainly be a great day and as with any of the Sam McCauley events there will be a really great buzz in the store as always.

There will be spot prizes and raffles on the day as well as the first 30 customers to come with an event leaflet will receive a goodie bag worth €50!!

There will be an exclusive launch of the brand new Chanel perfume, now that's got me excited!

This really is an event not to be missed!

 Keep an eye out on their social media for more info!

Thursday, 4 June 2015

On a Bicycle Built for Two

So after a brief stint with a balance bike, Lillibug has moved on up to a bike with stabilisers! Not just any bike but a bicycle built for two, who are the two? Lillibug and one of her many friends of course.

I really felt the balance bike was a waste of money for Lillibug but that's another story. Lillibug is absolutely over the moon with her new bike now and wants to go everywhere on it. We were helped out in Halfords (Wexford) who had the bike made in just a couple of hours.

Before I said anything to Lillibug she had a helmet picked out and on her head before I could blink, so that really is a good start. I was a menace as a child for not wearing my helmet and paid the price for that on many occasion (I hang my head in shame).

Of all things, Lillibug just loves to wear her helmet at any chance she gets, even when sleeping in the car!

I can see plenty of fun this summer with the bike and so far we've enjoyed riding it in our cul-de-sac and down on the picturesque quay of Wexford. Hoping if the weather is nice this weekend to bring her down to Johnstown Castle for a wander around the gardens and bring the bike along.

Don't worry I didn't leave Lillibug in that uncomfortable position in the picture above!

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

May Favourites 2015

May went by so fast that it seemed to happen in a blink of an eye, so I'm here with my May Favourites to show you all.

First up are my Skechers Flex Appeal Obvious Choice Lace Ups (€84.00) in Periwinkle/Pink. These were €84 and I treated myself to them for my birthday which was at the end of April. These runners have a memory foam sole which make walking/jogging/running such a comfort. By far these are the best I have ever put on my feet.

Stila Windows are the Eyes Palette (Spirit) (€39.00) This palette has been my go to for eye shadows all month, I love the shades, the texture and the packaging. This palette gets a huge thumbs up from me!

NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer (€9.00 I think) is a creamy salmon colour that really does have full coverage. I've being loving using this on a few scars I got from an allergic reaction to a face mask I had. NYX has really become on of my favourite pharmacy brands and always seem to find myself at their stand.

For my birthday I was really lucky to have gotten Rose Gold GHD Hair Straighteners V Styler (€149.00)! These have made all the difference to my hair, so my hair is sleeker, less frizzy and not breaking anymore. I never thought I would recommend something so expensive but these are just the best! This came with a lovely pouch that rolls up into the heat mat and it has touches of the rose gold finish.

Finally I've been loving the TRESemmé Perfectly Undone Waves Creating Foam (€7.49). If like me you have very fine hair that doesn't hold a curl? Then this could be for you! This is infused with sea kelp to help create natural looking waves, or what I like to do it is use my GHD for some curls and the Wave creating Foam really helps to hold the curls for me.

So that's it for this month, I don't usually do monthly faves every month so we will have to see what June brings. If you like to see me talk about the above products check out the video below and also find out what Nicole from Beauty, Lifestyle, Ramblings with Nicholle is loving too!

Monday, 1 June 2015

What's In My Handbag - Linky

I'm back again and this time I've joined up to Sara's Linky where I show "What's In My Handbag". I cheated a little and decided to clean out the rubbish that was cluttering it, it was just too much to show!

I'm loving this bag I picked up from Penneys for I think €11. I just wanted something big that I could throw in the car and not worry about.  Also I had to add my little minion keyring as just looking a boring black bag would completely do my head in! I needed to add a bit of character to it.

I like to be able to look in my bag and see everything at a glance so on the whole it generally is very organised.

So let's delve in and see what's inside.

What you are seeing today is always in my bag, other bits that tend to get thrown in are thing belong to Lillibug depending on the day so decided not to show them.

I absolutley love this tablet bag that I won on Twitter with Quintessential. It fits my kindle, my blog notebook, my diary and my other little bag that contains receipts, bills etc.

I can't go anywhere with out my trusty purse that my dad bought me and my little owl card wallet that Lillibug got me for my birthday.

Some essentials that I need are my medications, shopping bag, keys, and a hard zip up case for my charger.

Finally my beauty essentials for on the go touch ups and to freshen up.

Don't forget to join in the linky with me and Sara!

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