Friday, 28 August 2015

Summer Favourites 2015

I can't believe summer is over already! It absolutely flew in!!! Throughout the two and a half months I had off I discovered some things I loved - skincare products, make-up and books. So, in this post I'll share my summer favourites of 2015 with you.


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1. Simple Kind to Skin Protecting Moisture Cream

I have tried and tested a lot of moisturisers but this one is definitely not just my summer favourite but my all-time favourite! When you first apply it to your face it initially feels a bit greasy but it is quickly absorbed and to the touch it feels like you haven't applied anything as it's so light. It has improved the condition of my skin immensely and my skin is about 100 times less dry than it was before I started using this moisturiser.

Another thing I love about it and which made it perfect for summer is the fact that it contains SPF 30 and it's no lie! There were several times during the summer when I went out golfing with my sisters and cousins and they came in with bright red, sunburnt faces while I was totally protected!


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2. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

I won't spend too long talking about this because I know that pretty much everyone and their dog has heard of this product! I use this micellar water not only to remove my make-up but also if I just feel my skin needs revitalised when I'm not wearing make-up. It's one of those products that does exactly what it claims. It's definitely a must-have!



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3. Zoella Scrubbing Me Softly Smoothing Body Scrub

I was so excited when Zoe announced that she was releasing a new line of beauty products! The packaging of all the products in the Tutti Fruity range is adorable and they all smell so good! This scrub in particular stuck out for me because I'd never used a sugar scrub before and I was really pleased with the results! It feels so gentle on your skin when you apply it and so it is perfect for anyone with sensitive skin.

The thing that surprised me the most, however, was just how moisturised it left my skin feeling! Normally body scrubs can leave my skin feeling a bit dry and dull but this scrub was the complete opposite.


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4. Maybelline the Falsies Volume Express Mascara

I am totally loving this mascara at the minute! It makes my lashes look really long an thick. The way the actual brush part is shaped allows you to apply the mascara in such a way that your lashes can stay separated, making them look really natural. Another thing I love about it is that it is really buildable- you can make your lashes as long as you want!


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5. Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in the shade 'Simply Nude'

This was my go-to summer lipstick this year for a few reasons. Firstly, the colour is gorgeous! It's a really pretty baby pink, a perfect subtle colour for everyday wear. Secondly, it's such a creamy lipstick that it just glides on your lips so effortlessly and looks so good. The formula also means it leaves your lips feeling nice and moisturised. Thirdly, it has really good staying power. I find I rarely have to touch it up when I wear it which is great for summer when you would rather be having fun than worrying about your lipstick.


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6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I read quite a few books this summer but this one was my favourite. I'd heard quite a bit about it before I read it but didn't rush into reading it because it's not really the type of book I'd normally read. However, after hearing my mum, auntie and cousin talking about it I decided to give it a go.

At the beginning I found it a bit weird - I'd never read a book before where I didn't like a single character in it. But I kept reading and after about 50 pages I just could not put it down! It was such an interesting plot and the ending came as such a surprise to me! Apparently they're making a movie of it so I'll be looking forward to seeing it.


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What were your favourite summer products? Have you used any of my summer favourites or read The Girl on the Train? :)

- Caoimhe x

Friday, 21 August 2015

My Trip to Athlone

Ireland is full of pretty little towns and although I've lived in Ireland since I was 2, I actually haven't had the opportunity to explore many of them. So to celebrate my dad's 50th birthday last week, my family and I spent two days in Athlone, County Westmeath.


It took us the guts of 4 hours to get there so we didn't get to the hotel until about 4pm. After unpacking and getting settled we went swimming in the pool in the hotel. For dinner we went to a Thai restaurant called Kin Khao. In all honesty it was possibly the best meal out I've ever had! By the time we got organised we were starving when we got there but the service was so fast and the food was amazing. I had a prawn stir fry and I just never wanted to finish it! It was so good! If you ever find yourself in Athlone you have to try out Kin Khao!

The next day was my dad's birthday. We got up nice and early and after getting breakfast we made our way down to the docks on the River Shannon, the river that flows through Athlone. The boat travelled down the River Shannon to Lough Ree and then back again. It was really interesting to hear all about the history of Athlone and the scenery along the banks was beautiful.



After a pit-stop for hot chocolates in a place called My Melody Restaurant (which does really good hot chocolates by the way!), we went to Athlone Castle. In 2012, the castle was renovated and now it is a state-of-the-art, multi-sensory visitor exhibition. It contains 8 rooms with each explaining a different part of Athlone's history in different ways. It was really interesting - I didn't realise before how culture-rich Athlone is!

View over Athlone from the castle
Then we got back in the car and drove to a nearby eco craft village called Ballinahown and walked around a few of the cute little shops. It's such a pretty village!



After that we drove to an old famous monastry called Clonmacnoise. We walked around the visitor centre, reading all about the history of the place, and then watched a movie telling the story of how the monastry was founded. Then we went outside to see the ruins of the place. I found it incredibly moving to walk around them and see the graves of the monks who had died there.


We then went back to the hotel for a quick swim. After getting ready we went to Hatter's Lane Bistro for my dad's birthday meal. They had a really wide menu from pasta to burgers to fajitas. I had the New York Style Burger which had cheese and bacon inside it. It was so delicious and it came with homemade chips which were probably the best chips I've ever had! We then ordered two sticky toffee puddings for dessert - one for me and my sister to share and the other for my brother and other sister to share. They were sooo good!

The next day after having breakfast and then watching the amazing Pretty Little Liars finale, we checked out of our hotel. We then drove to a walking trail called the Warren Point looped walk of Rindoon. Unfortunately, it's undergoing a bit of work so we had to take a different route from the normal one through many fields, a lot of mud and a few herds of sheep and cows and there was a moment when I saw my life flash before my eyes on the walk: we were walking through a herd of cows that were sitting down and they all started standing up and I thought they were going to start kicking and attacking us. It was so flipping scary so as soon as we were past them my sister Clare and I ran for our lives! My heart was pounding so fast!!! My mum said it was so funny and thinking back now I guess it was pretty funny!


Nonetheless, we were still able to enjoy the beautiful scenery and make the most of the lovely weather we had that day.


So after our traumatic cow experience, we hit the shops for a bit of retail therapy! There's a really good shopping centre in Athlone which has Topshop, River Island, H&M, Zara, Warehouse, Eason, M&S and so much more. After spending about an hour and a half there, we hit the road and made our way home again.

I had such a good few days in Athlone and I'd really recommend visiting it if you are ever near it or passing through it. It has so much more in it than I had been expecting and it has a really rich culture. It was so interesting to learn all about it. Plus, It's a great town for food - the two restaurants and all of the caf├ęs we were in were so good!

- Caoimhe x

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Top 5 Tunesday #13

Before I get into the content of this post I want to apologise for the lack of activity on my blog, Twitter and Instagram recently. My summer turned out busier than I had planned and so I hadn't pre-written any posts. On top of that I was away for nearly 3 weeks without wifi (yes, it was difficult but I pulled through!). But I'm back now with posts planned for up until the middle of September. Sorry again and thank you for sticking with me!

So here, two weeks overdue, are my 5 most listened-to songs of July...


1. Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon

This song is so catchy and it's such a good song too! I'd never heard of Walk the Moon before but I love hearing new stuff from new bands and I'm glad it has done so well for them.



2. Poison - Rita Ora

This song is really different from Rita Ora's previous releases but I love it! It's such a good song for belting out when you're home alone or in the shower!

I love the contrast between the relatively up-tempo verses and the slower choruses. It's a great song for Rita to show off her amazing voice!



3. We Know - Fifth Harmony

I was so happy when Fifth Harmony's album finally came out in the UK last month! I'd only heard a few of their songs so I was excited to hear more.

This song is definitely one of my favourites! I think it really shows off their amazing vocals and the harmonies in it are just so good!



4. She's Kinda Hot - 5 Seconds Of Summer

This is such a great song! It's quite a different sound from 5SOS's previous stuff but I really like it! It's made me really excited for their second album coming out in October!



5. Another World - The Vamps

As you may remember, I went to see The Vamps in April and it was such an amazing concert! I found that during July I had a random dose of post-concert depression and so listened to Meet The Vamps on repeat for about a week and I love this song in particular. Aah I so want to go see them again!!!



To see June's top 5, click here

- Caoimhe x

 

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