Sunday, 26 February 2017

My Top 5 Beauty Products Under €5

Hi everyone,

You're all very welcome back to the latest blog where I am going to share with you my top beauty/makeup products under €5! I love these sort of blogs and videos and since I have tried and tested many items throughout the years (along with being an avid bargain hunter), I thought I would share my favourite bargain beauty buys!

I am sure that some of you will agree with me in saying that I love when someone compliments a nail colour, lipstick shade or even perfume that I have on and I can reply with 'oh that was only a fiver in Boots' or 'that lipstick is so cheap' and then sharing your gem of a product with someone.

Now, there are plenty of products that I love but these are the Top 5 that I thought would be of interest to most people. Here we go!

Number One: Garnier Moisture Bomb Face Masks
Where: Boots How much? €1.38

These face masks are literally like a shot of hydration for your skin. I use 1-2 per week and have absolutely noticed a difference in my skin since using them. It comes out in the form of a white face mask with two holes for your eyes, one for your nose and one for your mouth so beware- you will look crazy with it on! Leave it on for 10-12 minutes, peel it off and rub in the excess moisture with a cotton pad or simply wash it off and that's it! I cannot recommend these face masks enough and at €1.38, you cannot go wrong.

Number Two: Flormar Spider Lash Mascara
Where: Pharmacies Nationwide   How much? €4.95

This mascara is a recent purchase and I haven't stopped using it since I bought it. Flormar is relatively new on the Irish market but it has fabulous makeup at reasonable prices so I would definitely look into what pharmacies stock it nearby as there are really good products available. This mascara was bought on a whim as I recently ran out of one and picked up the first one I saw. Luckily, it has turned out to be amazing. My lashes are long but naturally very straight and thin. So with this mascara, volume is added at the root of the lash which instantly lifts the eye creates the wide eye effect. Don't be scared by the name of it though. 'Spider lash' can remind you of horrible past experiences with mascara but I promise this is not the case! 10 out of 10 from me!

Number Three:
Botanics Radiance Balm
Where: Boots  How much? €3.50

I have spoken about this product before and people will know that I am a huge of this balm. It doubles as a primer and an illuminator used before you apply foundation for a subtle glow and instant brightening effect. It is very handy for those days where you are tired and it is visible on the skin. Mix some of this balm into your moisturizer or foundation and watch it glow! Love!

Number Four:  Catrice Highlighter
Where: Penneys and Pharmacies Nationwide    €4.89 (approx.)

For those who aren't familiar with highlighters and want to try one but don't want to bare the expense, Catrice have an amazing highlighter that will be perfect for you! This illuminating highlighter is buildable which means you can apply a light layer that will be noticeable but subtle at the same time and then add another layer or two for evening/night time for that gorgeous glow. I apply this with a fan brush from the Body Shop but beauty blenders and regular powder brushes will work a treat too!

Number Five: Penneys Jumbo Crayon Lipliner in Nude
Where: Penneys  How much? €1.50

This is a favourite with many people and a lot of my friends use this too and swear by it! It is also available in a thin applicator but I prefer the jumbo crayon as it is easier to use as a lippie. This nude colour is perfect for wearing by itself, as a liner with a lighter lipstick or for when you are creating an ombré lip. It is an all rounder and I think everyone should have one in their makeup bags!

There you have it! Some of my favourite bargain beauty products that never fail me!
I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading!

Leah x

Saturday, 11 February 2017

My Trip to Vincents

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to another blog post from Ireland! The New Zealand adventure has come to an end-for now- I really can't wait to go back sometime in the near future. It was truly an amazing trip that I will never forget.

Since coming home I have started a new job and continued with new and exciting blogging oppurtunities. One of which was an invitation into the new St. Vincent de Paul charity store in Ennis, Co. Clare. SVP have been located in Ennis for years but they moved premises last month to a brand new, modern and spacious location. I was delighted to be asked to help with the official launch of the store a few weeks ago and wanted to share with you all what exactly it looks like, what you can buy and why it is so important to support local, charity shops.

Located in the centre of town, Vincents is in the perfect location for daily or weekly shoppers to pop in and have a browse. I did exactly this last week and was so impressed at the beautiful and bright new building. The inside is well-layed out and each section i.e, ladies, kids, homewares, books, music and accessories are all clearly labelled to ensure easy navigation around the shop and to let you know what is on offer.

I was so impressed at the stock that was available. I picked up a brand new denim jacket from H&M for just €2.50- ridiculously good value! I also picked up some books to add to my ever-growing library at home.  As donations are dropped off every day, you never know what you might come across and so it is well worth a little trip in to see what is on offer. The best thing about it? The money you pay goes towards the SVP charity which is such a worthy cause and well known throughout Ireland.

My advice? Take the time on your next shopping trip to pay a visit to the SVP store, or any charity shop nearby, as you may come across an absolute gem (like my denim jacket) for yourself or someone you know! It is well worth it!

Have a great weekend everyone,
Leah x

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Cape Kidnappers, Beaches and a Gannet Colony!

 Hi everyone,

Greetings from a very hot Havelock North! Yesterday reached 32 degrees which was the hottest day I have experienced here so far. Apparently it is freezing at home and temperatures have gone to minus 1 and 2? Such a vast difference!

 In today's post I will be sharing my trip to Cape Kidnappers with you all. Last Sunday, we packed up and headed to the Cape for the day and it has been one of my favourite places so far. Cape Kidnappers is a prestigious golf course in New Zealand that includes a course, lodges, owner's residences, a kiwi tour, private beach and a huge farm located on a cliff edge some twenty five minutes from where I am staying.

View from afar

We had a very bumpy journey to get to the beach as it was mainly downhill through rough, rocky terrain that is not travelled upon frequently. However I have no complaints about the journey as the views were spectacular all the way down as well as the beach itself!

This is a private beach that members/residents of the course can use so, for the first time ever, we had the entire beach to ourselves which was very cool! Although temperatures were not as high as they are now, it was still a beautiful day and as the pictures illustrate, blue skies all round!

My attire for the day:

White and blue chic

And now I introduce you to a Gannet Colony! To be honest, I did not know too much about these
birds until I saw them myself. 

Literally hundreds of them all gathered along this coastal edge as well as on the large rocks that are detached from the mainland. It was strange walking up to them as there were so many and they absolutely stank! haha In the Summertime, they gather and colonise here in the Cape which is a major tourist attraction.

This weekend we are going on a road trip to three new towns on the islands. Taupo, Rotorua and Tauranga which I am so excited for!

Hoping you are all having a great week!

Leah x

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Red Woods and Waterfalls

Hi everyone,

Happy Saturday! I hope you all have a great weekend after the first week back to work after the Christmas holidays!

I am officially one week in New Zealand which I find hard to believe. Time is absolutely flying by but I am enjoying every minute. In such a short amount of time we have travelled quite a bit and seen many beautiful places that I am thrilled about. I really want to fit in as much as I can in the time that I have especially as this was such a last minute trip. Usually I would be very organised and have picked the places I want to see well in advance but this time around is different-very different!

I am liking this last minute adventure though as each day is completely new and I don't know what to expect. Sometimes this can lead to the best of memories....

Today I am writing about two places I visited in the last 48 hours that I really want to share with you all.  Two separate mountainous, hiking areas called Red Woods and Tangoio Walkway. If you follow me on Snapchat you will have seen snaps of these two places in the last few days! The pictures really do not do them justice as to how unique and beautiful they are but it is the best way that I can share them with you.

First up, the Red Woods:

It took us about 20 minutes to drive to this woodland and we did a mid length trek that lasted 50 minutes. Steep hills, sharp edges and tall red wood trees filled this wooded area and luckily, we had an excellent day weatherise. Here are just a few pictures of the Red Woods:

Red Woods

Red Wood Lookout

 Today (Saturday) we drove to Tangoio Walkway which is around 35 minutes away from Havelock North. Again, we were lucky with the weather in that it reached 26 degrees! We really felt it once we reached the top though haha


Slightly different to the Red Woods in that it was far steeper and felt like more of a climb. 20 minutes in we reached a 'mini' waterfall which was glorious but very cold!

Taking five

After taking in the scenery here we continued on for about half an hour to reach the Tangoio Waterfall which was the main reason I wanted to come here:

View from the top

I have to admit, New Zealand feels a lot like Ireland. That may sound strange as it is on the opposite side of the world but there is a homely feel to it. The one major difference is of course the weather! If Ireland had weather like this at all then the two countries would be even more similar.
The people are friendly and there is a very laid back and relaxed way of life everywhere you go- bliss!

Have a great weekend!

Leah x

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Exploring New Zealand

Good afternoon from sunny New Zealand! 

I am almost over my jet lag although I still find myself yawning at 1 and 2 o clock in the day! Five days into the trip and I have done and seen a whole lot which I am very thankful for! I am staying in Havelock North which is located on the East Coast of the North Island and a one hour plane journey from Auckland. It is very close to the beach (pictured below) which is just perfect!

Ocean Beach

We visited Ocean Beach on New Year's Day and I have to say it was strange going to the beach in Summer clothes on NYD as I am so used to cold and Wintery evenings at home. Nonetheless, I ventured out there for the evening and it was fabulous, as you can see: 

Standard sand picture!

We also visited The Strawberry Patch which is, as the name suggests, a field of strawberries that you can pick. There is also an ice-cream shop and mini cafe who use the produce grown in the strawberry fields. The patches stretched back quite far and there plenty to choose from:

Once you filled your bucket, it was weighed and you payed for your produce as well as getting a freshly made strawberry ice-cream- that are delicious! 
Delighted with life!
On Wednesday I took a trip to Birdwoods which is a cute cafe come restaurant styled place which also has an old-fashioned sweet shop and a huge back garden used to seat guests.The owners live next door to the establishment so we really were sitting in their back garden! The weather was beautiful the day I went here so I tested the ice tea which was bliss in the heat!

Owner's garden and seating area for guests

The cutest sweetshop 


This is just a taster of what was available inside the cute little house!
Weather wise we are very lucky despite an overcast day yesterday (Tuesday). Blue skies and temperatures between 25-30 degrees each day are what we deal with!

Getting over the jet-lag has not been as difficult as I had initially thought. I drank plenty of water throughout the journey from Ireland and continue to do so here which has definitely helped. The first three nights here I had to drag myself out in the evenings until 8pm before going to bed and did not nap during the day. If I had it would have been harder to fall asleep at night and I would not get a full nights sleep either. I have also been excising most days with runs in the local park and nature trails as well as swims in the Village Pool.

So far so good! I hope you enjoyed these little update post and reading up on the different things that I have been doing!
For daily updates and an extra glimpse at NZ be sure to follow me on Snapchat which is styleah. 
Until next time,
Leah x