June Favourites!

Hey guys!

I’m so sorry I haven’t posted for a few days but I’ve been recovering from surgery and didn’t really have any energy but I’m back now for a few days at least – I’m going on holidays in a week and I won’t have any wi-fi so I mightn’t be able to post for a while ūüė¶ .

Anyways I know this is quite a late favourites but I’ve had it ready for a while so I said I’d post it! xx


It’s hard to believe that we’re already halfway through the year. June is one of my favourite months of the year. The days start to warm up, there’s no school, really long days, (and my birthday!) etc. There’s some things that I’ve rediscovered, some new things I’ve discovered and some things that I’ve just been loving especially this month. So this is my list of things I’ve been loving this month. Enjoy!

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Netflix

I think it’s safe to say that I’ve been slightly obsessed with Netflix recently. I’ve gotten on my summer holidays and have just been relaxing and watching a lot on Netflix. Even if I’m doing something else or cleaning I’ll just carry my iPad around the house with me playing my favourite shows in the background (that autoplay is a blessing and a curse!). A nice way to start the summer seen as the weather is crap! These next few shows are some of my favourites that I haven’t been able to stop watching during the month of June and I would definitely recommend to anyone who’s looking for a new show to binge watch¬†on Netflix!

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Downton Abbey

I just recently finished the last season of Downton Abbey. There’s five seasons but there is only 7 or 9 episodes per season although the episodes are quite long. Downton Abbey is quite different to the shows I normally watch. I normally watch all the typical teenage t.v. shows; The Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, PLL, Gossip Girl etc. but I’d heard a lot about this and I wanted to try it. It’s actually SO good though. I wasn’t sure what to expect but turns out their lives were actually surprisingly¬†scandalous back then!

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Gossip Girl

OK so when I finished Downton Abbey I wasn’t quite sure what to watch. Then I remembered that I’d been meaning to rewatch Gossip Girl. Yes, I’ve seen it already and seen the last season twice already, it is still my favourite show of all the ones I’ve watched (and there’s a lot to chose from!). So I’m watching it again and I’m not ashamed to admit that I started it 2 ¬Ĺ¬†days ago and I’m on season 2. Oops…

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PLL

NEW EPISODES EVERY WEDNESDAY

This kills me because all I want to do is binge watch the whole of season 7. I know if I want to do that I should probably just focus on Gossip Girl for a few weeks and wait for a few episodes to be released but I’m too impatient. I want to see it the second it comes out! Me and my friend actually face timed until about 4am the other night waiting for it to come out and then it didn’t come out until later that morning. Anyways S7E1 was great and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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Nike AirMax Theas

I got these about a year ago and I used to wear them all the time but then I got some superstars and I sort of forgot about them for a few months. I’ve recently pulled them out of my wardrobe and they are definitely my most worn shoes for the month of June. I have the black and white pair. They are so comfortable yet still look great. I think they sort of give off a sporty but still very fashionable vibe. Definitely recommend these if you’re looking for a comfortable pair of shoes that you can wear with anything.

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Topshop Joni Jeans

Can we just take a moment to appreciate Topshop Joni jeans. I have never come across a style of jean that fits so well, looks so good yet is still so, so comfortable. Topshop’s range of styles is amazing but Joni jeans are definitely my favourite. They also have so many different colours to choose from. I currently have 3 pairs; 2 in different shades of blue and most recently one in white. I love wearing these jeans and my favourite thing about them is that they actually stay up on you. Normally high-waisted jeans just fall down and don’t stay high waisted but these stay up all day.

http://www.soapandglory.com

Soap and Glory Archery Tint and Pencil

I talked about this in my everyday makeup must haves. This is probably my favourite brow product right now. Sometimes I’ll put the tint on in the night and in the morning all I have to do to my brows is comb them out and sometimes I’ll use it either as a base for filling them in or I’ll use it after I’ve filled them in and set them with brow gel to fill in any gaps that might be left. I definitely don’t use the pencil as much as I use the tint but that’s only because I don’t like using brow pencils. It is actually a good pencil though so if you like pencils definitely give it a try.

http://www.ulta.com

Maybelline Colour Tattoo

I absolutely LOVE these things. They are so pigmented, versatile and easy to apply. There is also a good shade range from blues and pinks to silvers and gold and more. These will not budge all day. They are waterproof and don’t even come off in the shower. They take a good eye makeup remover and lots of rubbing to remove but they’re worth it they look great and apply like a dream. My favourite shade is shade 35 – On and on Bronze.

http://www.asos.com

Benefit’s Watt’s Up

This is definitely my favourite highlighter right now. It gives a gorgeous bronzey champagne glow that looks amazing with a tan (real or in my case fake!). It applies really smoothly and looks great just blended in with your fingers. My favourite places to put this is on the tops of my cheekbones and on my eyelids.

http://www.cocoabrown.ie

Cocoa Brown One Hour Tan

The main thing I love about this tan is that it isn’t orange at all. It gives a really natural glow and can be used on the face as it doesn’t clog pores. After you apply it you leave it on for 1-3 hours depending on how dark you want it and then rinse it off. If it seems a bit light when you wash it off don’t worry, it continues developing after you wash it off so when you wake up, you’ll be nice and bronzed. Another thing I love about this tan is that when you apply it it has a colour so you can see where you’ve applied it and where you haven’t.

Banana Pancakes

I have a full post coming up about these but basically these are pancakes made from 2 ingredients: bananas and eggs. They are super simple and quick to make and gluten and dairy free. Not to mention a healthier alternative to normal pancakes. They don’t taste exactly like normal pancakes but for pancakes made from banana they’re pretty damn similar. Plus when they’re smothered in maple syrup or chocolate spread does it even matter?!

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Dominos

So obviously who doesn’t love Dominos but as I’ve been off gluten for the last few weeks I didn’t think I’d be able to have it. Turns out that they do have gluten-free pizza and it is not half bad. It’s delicious in fact. I definitely won’t feel like I’m missing out next time all my friends are ordering Dominos!

So they’re my top June favourites. Looking back at them I guess they’re pretty typical teenage favourites; Netflix, makeup and food. Oops…

Anyways thanks for reading this and as always be sure to leave and suggestions for future posts in the comments below.

Until next time…

Aisling x

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Gluten-free 2 Ingredient Pancakes // #4

I’ve recently tried going gluten-free as I was feeling very sick and a few years ago I was told to go off gluten for 6 weeks as I had a mild intolerance. So I’m trying it again and I’m about 4 weeks in. While it can be hard watching other people enjoying their pizza and pasta and biscuits etc. it’s becoming a lot easier to find gluten free options and I also find that I try more new things when I’m gluten free.

Anyways, these pancakes really excited me. So much so that I got up at 6:30am the other day – when I could have stayed in bed until 2 if I liked!! – before my family got up to make them a surprise breakfast of pancakes (although I do admit to maybe getting back into bed and watching 2 episodes of Gossip Girl after they left). Needless to say I was excited about these pancakes.

These have been gaining popularity online recently as they are gluten-free, dairy free and an overall healthier option than normal pancakes. And maybe you’ve all heard about these pancakes before, maybe they’re old news and I’m just late finding out about them but don’t burst my bubble.

So the only two ingredients you’re going to need for this pancake batter are bananas and eggs. The measurements couldn’t be simpler either. 2 eggs for every banana. These pancakes cook super fast too they only take 1 – 2 minutes each side. I would recommend making them small though as they can be slightly difficult to flip if you make them too big.

These measurements make in and around 8 small pancakes which is the perfect size for me but I eat a lot of breakfast so they might serve two in other cases. This mix can also be easily doubled, tripled, quadrupled etc. to feed a larger crowd.

Although you only need two ingredients to make these pancakes turn out great you can add in pretty much anything you want to customise these pancakes such as a tiny bit of baking powder for lighter pancakes, vanilla extract for some sweetness or cinnamon for a healthy kick of flavour and sweetness. Serve just like normal pancakes with your choice of toppings – some suggestions are: fruit and granola, maple syrup, chocolate spread – anything you like really.

Well this blog post is already waayy too long for a simple recipe so let’s get on with it!

Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

1 ripe banana

2 large eggs

Method:

  1. Cut the banana into slice into a bowl a mash up with a fork until there are no big lumps left. If you want a really smooth mixture, you can use an electric whisk for this.
  2. Whisk your eggs in a separate bowl then add it into the banana and mix together.
  3. Pour a small bit of an oil of your choice into a pan and let it heat up. When it is hot enough put a small amount of mixture into the pan. I use 2-3 tablespoons. Remember to keep them relatively small so they’re easy to flip.
  4. After 1-2 minutes or when the bottoms has browned slightly, gently flip the pancake and let it cook for a further 1-2 minutes on this side.
  5. Plate up and serve with your choice of toppings. Enjoy!

 

So that’s how to make my new obsession. My favourite way to serve them is in a big pancake tower with maple syrup drizzling down the sides. Yum! I hope you enjoyed this post and as always leave any tips or suggestions for future blog posts in the comments below.

Until later,

Aisling x

Everyday Makeup Must Haves // #3

Hey guys,

I’m so sorry I haven’t posted in a while but I’ve been very busy with exams and school etc.

Anyways, these are my makeup must haves for a natural face or for using in a more intense look.

 

Base

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For a natural BB cream I love the Benefit Big Easy Multi Balancing Complexion Perfector.¬†I use shade 01 with my natural colour or 03 with tan on. This has a liquid to powder formula but doesn’t look cakey at all and has SPF 35 which is great for summer.

http://www.bourjois.co.uk                      uk.rimmellondon.com

For foundation I like the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation or the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation when I have tan on.

Concealer

http://www.maybelline.com             http://www.boots.com

The Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Eraser Eye concealer is really great for covering up dark circles plus the sponge is really fun to apply with! For covering up blemishes the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is a good option.

Powder

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The only powder I ever use is the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder. It’s great at setting your base and keeping you matte all day.

Bronzer

    

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I have two must have bronzers. The first is the Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer. One of the things I love about it is how versatile it is. You can contour with it, use a big brush to gently bronze the face, build it up to a very strong bronze or I also love using it as an eyeshadow in my crease for a natural look.

The second is the Smashbox Contour Kit¬†which also comes with a great contour brush. It has a contour and bronze and a highlight shade. I don’t use the highlight shade much but the conour shade is great for contouring your cheekbones and the bronze shade is great for giving a sunkissed glow all over the face.

Highlight

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Recently I’ve been so in love with Benefit Watt’s Up! Face Highlighter. It gives a gorgeous bronzy champagne glow to the tops of the cheekbones and also looks gorgeous when a little bit is put on the center of the lids.

If you’re looking for a really strong, pigmented highlight, then the Sleek Highlighter Palette in Solstice¬†is for you. I have the palette in the shade Solstice which has gorgeous pink and white tones. These look so good under the browbone and in the inner corners as well as on the cheekbones.

Eyes

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Urban Decay’s Naked palettes are SO good. They are the most pigmented eyeshadows I’ve ever tried and all the palettes have such a great range of shades for everyday looks or for more intense looks. My favourite one is the Urban Decay NAKED 2 Eyeshadow Palette. I especially love the shades Half-Baked and YDK for the lid and Tease for the crease.

 

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I also love the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots or for an excellent drugstore dupe the Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadow. The MAC shade Camel Coat is a nice natural shade and the Maybelline shade And On Bronze is gorgeous for all over the lid.

Mascara

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The¬†Benefit They’re Real Mascara¬†adds so much volume and length it’s unreal. It also lasts all day and doesn’t budge.

For a great drugstore mascara Soap & Glory’s Thick & Fast High-Definition Collagen-Coat Mascara ¬†adds loads of volume.

Brows

 

    

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Soap & Glory’s Archery Brow Tint and Pencil¬†is great for making your brows look fuller but still natural. The tint side lasts for ages and my favourite thing to do is to use it in the evening and when I wake up my brows are nice and full.

The Maybelline Master Brow Pro Palette Kit¬†is also great for filling in your brows and keeping them in place with the wax. I don’t use the highlight as it doesn’t really show up on my skin but the other two products in the palette are great.

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To set my brows I love to use either the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara or the Benefit Gimme Brow Eyebrow Gel. These are both great products that keep your brows set in place and looking neat all day.

Lips

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For a natural lip I love the Clinique Chubby Stick in the shade Curvy Candy (which I couldn’t find to link as it comes in a set). This shade just gives a nice your lips but better look. I also love the¬†Lancome Juicy Shaker. My favourite shade is shade 283 Berry in Love.

 

Brushes

This is a list of my most used brushes:

Real Techniques Core Collection

Real Techniques Powder Brush

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Bold Metals Collection by Real Techniques 301 Flat Contour

Real Techniques Starter Set

MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush

MAC 129 Short Handle Powder/Blush Brush

MAC 252 Large Shader Brush

MAC 266 Small Angle Brush

MAC 204 Lash Brush (for brows)

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed. Stay tuned for lots of interesting things coming up and leave any suggestions for future posts below. I might do a few non-beauty posts soon aswell to mix it up a little!

Until next time,

Aisling x

Fashion & Beauty Haul ~ Wexford & London // #2

I have recently been on two amazing trips: one to Wexford two weeks ago with some of my best friends and one to London just last weekend. While I was on these trips I did a bit of shopping – quite a lot of shopping actually ūüôā – and decided to show you what I got. Most of the things I got are clothes but I also picked up a couple of makeup bits. Most of the things are also from London because I had other things planned in Wexford.

I have put in links to the things you can buy online and that I could find so I hope you find that helpful.

I’ll start with Wexford and then move onto London…

First we went to New Look where we spent about an hour in the changing rooms trying on like 50 things each! I ended up getting two tops.

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The first top is just this simple white ribbed cropped tank top. This is such a great top as it can be worn with literally anything from jeans to a skirt and it can be dressed up or down.

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The second top I got is this orangey-pinky loose fitting t-shirt. I love wearing this tucked into high waisted jeans rolled up at the ankles to  give a little bit of a vintage vibe.

We also went to Penneys where I picked up a couple of nice things for summer.


This romper has some really nice little details on it like the little drawstring at the front which looks like rope and the design at the top.

I got another romper and this one is a strapless one and I’ll just wear it over a bikini on holidays. I tho got it was really nice because it’s quite see through so you’ll be able to see your bikini under it and I love the crochet details around it. I think these kind of rompersare so handy for when you’re walking to the pool or beach or going to the poolside bar.

Sometimes I find that Penneys bikinis can be a bit hit and miss but this one is a great find it fits perfectly and looks great on.

So that’s all the stuff I got in Wexford. Next up is London!

On the first day I went to Westfield shopping centre which is an amazing, absolute ¬†HUGE shopping centre. This is what I got there…

One of the first shops we went to was Topshop. Topshop is one of my absolute favourite shops. I know it can be a little pricey but you really do get what you’re paying for in terms of quality, fit etc.

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First of all I got a pair of the Joni high waisted jeans. These are my favourite jeans ever; they fit like a glove and are super soft and stretchy. This picture doesn’t really show the true colour but it is a gorgeous bluey greyish shade that I thought was really unique.


Front

 Back
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Excuse the wrinkles in this (it was rolled up in a suitcase) but I think this might be my favourite purchase in this haul.
I love all the little holes in this that give a sort of crocheted effect. It’s slightly cropped and just sits so beautifully. This also looks gorgeous with bright blue high waisted jeans.



The colour of this hoodie is just stunning. I find that sometimes more oversized hoodies can just look way too big on me but this one fits perfectly.

When it comes to jumpers I think you really can’t beat topshop.

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Pull & Bear have some gorgeous summer clothes in. I got this nice little skirt that I just thought would be handy for holidays.

Find the infinity eyeshadow here
Find the colour sphere here
Then I went to Kiko and got 2 green eye shadows just so I could expirement a bit more because most of my eye shadows are very neutral colours.

The one on the left is the infinity eyeshadow in the shade 262, mat green and the one on the right is the colour sphere eyeshadow is the shade 23, Emerald Green.

On the second day we popped into Brandy Melville which I love.


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I’ve seen so many people wearing these bralettes and I am in love with the back. This would look gorgeous under a tank top with holes in the sides or tops with back cutouts.

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I love the shape of this top. It hangs loosely and is just the slightest bit cropped. These t-shirts are so handy as you can wear them with anything and everything.

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These hats have been becoming so popular recently. I think just throwing on one will immediately make your outfit look so much more fashionable.

On the their day we had great fun shopping on Oxford Street.

Primark had lots of lovely summer clothes in

I am obsessed with high waisted shorts for wearing with crop tops in summer. I like the length of these as they’re short but not actually showing your bum. I love the zip and button details too.


This cropped tank top looks gorgeous with a pair of denim shorts and its a nice length as its slightly longer than a lot of other cropped tank tops.


These shorts actually remind me of the flowy shorts from Brandy Melville. I’ve been loving tie-dye patterns recently and that mixed with the nice flowy look of these shorts is perfect.


Sometimes I find that the fit of Primark tops isn’t the best but one sits beautifully and the blue-grey tones are lovely.

I’ve never been a huge H&M fan but the H&M on Oxford Street was amazing. I am in love with their new Coachella range aswell.


I love the low sides on this top and I think it would look great with the Brandy Melville bralettes underneath. The fringe detailing at the bottom is also lovely.



These types of sleeves have been so in recently and I think this is a slightly different take take on it with the holes being more in the sleeves instead of on the shoulders.

These next few pieces are from the H&M Coachella range which is absolutely gorgeous and so unique.

  
I was walking out of the fitting rooms when I saw this and just had to get it. There is just something so different and unique about it.


I absolutely love the colours in this. They are so vibrant and there are so many patterns in it. It would be a lovely pop of colour to an outfit.


At the back of this romper you have the option to have a bit of an opening or keep it closed and I think the Brandy Melville bralette looks gorgeous with it open or the top above looks nice too as the colours are the same.

*unfortunately I couldn’t find any of these items to link them

There was a few things I had had my eye on for a while in Boots so I decided to pick up a few things.

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I’ve wanted to try the cream contour trend for a while now so I excited to try out this palette from Sleek.


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I’ve seen a lot of people using these beautiful highlighter palettes from Sleek aswell. I love packing on the highlight on top of my cheekbones and under my browbones and can’t wait to try this out.

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I picked up two Real Techniques brushes as they were buy one get one half price. I got the stippling brush which blends foundation in flawlessly and the concealer brush which is great for blending in concealer in tricky to get areas and under the eyes.


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In the airport I picked up this Lanc√īme juicy shaker in the shade Berry in Love. This goes on like a dream and the shade is so beautiful.

So I think that is all that I got. I hope you enjoyed as I spent a long time on it and maybe got some ideas from this post. Please like and comment what I can do to improve as I am very new at blogging and would like to improve!

Love

Aisling x

 

 

Introduction :)) // #1

Hey guys ūüėĹ

As you’ve probably already guessed, my name is Aisling and I’ve decided to start a blog. I’ve always been interested in what bloggers and YouTubers do and I guess I just wanted to try it out and see what it was like!

Some of my main interests are things like fashion, beauty, hair etc. so that is probably what you will find most of on this blog but I will hopefully throw in the odd lifestyle/food or things like that post.

So I think that’s it I just wanted to introduce myself before I started posting about other things. I look forward to posting and writing about things I love and finding out about other bloggers aswell!

 

Love

Aisling x