Monday, 12 June 2017

Easilocks Hair Extensions

Hi everyone,

You are all very welcome back to another blog post. I am very excited about this one as it involves working with a brand that I have never worked with before - Easilocks Hair Extensions!

So a quick re-cap over my journey with my hair! Personally, I have never worn, owned or bought hair extensions. When I was younger I very long hair and at the age of 20 I decided to cut it all off and have a 'long bob'. It was a huge decision to make but I quickly began to embrace the short hair lifestyle. Now, three years on I am at an in between stage of hair length with it being just past my shoulders.

The current situation
Although it is easy to manage the shorter cut, I do miss my longer locks!
My prayers were answered last week when the team at Green Cross Pharmacy in Killaloe, Co. Clare, contacted me about a promotional day that they were having in collaboration with Easilocks Hair Extensions. I jumped at the chance and well, here I am blogging about my experience.

I had always heard bloggers such as Joanne Larby and Rosanna Davidson talking about Easilocks and how amazing they were but I had never tried them myself.  Take a look:

Being fitted with Easilocks by Fee. The perfect match!

 I was fitted for a hair piece by the lovely Fee O' Donovan from the Blanchardstown Easilocks Team who was in Clare for the promotional day. When I took my first look in the mirror I was so shocked! In a good way though as it has been so long since I have had long hair - I was thrilled.
Fee is full of knowledge and experience with the brand and answered all of the questions she was asked with ease and certainty which made me feel more comfortable that I could use and take care of my own Easilocks.




Look at the length!
Easilocks have a huge range of colours available so you are sure to find extensions that match your hair colour perfectly. On the day, there were ladies with brunette, blonde, sandy/fair and pastel lilac hair that were all fitted for a piece - amazing! They are clip - in extensions which means you can pop them in and out whenever or wherever you please.

There are different pieces that you can buy depending on the style and look you are going for. The 'Superstar' piece which is essentially an entire head of extensions in one easy piece that you can clip in. you can also buy single side pieces, a fishtail braid, a sleek bun and a french braid hairband. There is so much choice at Easilocks that whether you prefer a subtle touch of length or volume or a noticeably fuller look, they have you covered. Prices start at just €15.95!

Green Cross Pharmacy in Killaloe have Easilocks Hair Extensions available now and the fabulous team are ready and waiting to help you find the perfect piece!

If you have any questions relating to the hair extensions, don't hesitate to comment on the post below or contact Fee O'Donovan directly through Instagram or Facebook.

Thanks for reading guys and have a great week!

Yours in fashion,

Leah

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