Wrapping Up For Winter

Wrapping Up For Winter

Yesterday was Hurricane Ophelia but thankfully we were safe enough and I actually spent more time than I would like to admit (hours!) watching John Lennon documentaries on Youtube. Today there is a stillness in the air but no doubt Winter is on it's way and it's definitely chilly.  

As it gets colder these are a few recent additions to my Winter wardrobe that I am loving at the moment! 

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With Winter coats and jackets I always go for as many neutral tones as possible, gray, white, black, beige, so that individual items will all work well with whatever else I may have. I had been looking for a jacket that would smarten up jeans and keep me super cozy and I loved the funnel neckline on this as soon as I saw it. It comes up to the top of your neck once zipped up and so you don't need a scarf with it. It is so warm, yet also feminine and smart. 

I am always looking for failsafe pieces and these these black faux leather leggings tick every box. They have a leather look to the front, and lycra and stretch on the back which will maintain their shape. I find a lot of leggings go baggy and look frumpy, however with these that won't be an issue. I will wear these with a chunky knit jumper and flats or something more dressy and heels for going out! 

I was also looking for a shoe that I could wear out with jeans, and skirts that was glamorous but comfortable and I loved these. The neutral grey means they would effortlessly work with black, navy and also lighter jeans. They are high, yet not too high and have ankle support which having learnt the hard way is just essential for a night out! 

Now that Winter is well and truly here I will have all of these in high rotation. We have also just booked out Girl's Christmas lunch which I am so excited about. As times get busier we mainly meet at weddings and hen's but our Christmas dinner is almost sacred at this stage, and thankfully booked! 

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Hope you are all safe and sound after yesterday and keeping wrapped up! 

Lots of love, 

 
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Choosing The Right Camera

Choosing The Right Camera

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When it comes to blogging there are no barriers to entry. Anyone can buy a domain and start writing their thoughts on what they love, or despise or feel the need to share! There aren't too many costs involved to begin.

Initially I used to take photos on my phone when I blogged very sporadically, maybe once a month at the start. Gradually as I started falling in love with it and went to more events I realised that a lot of the bloggers I looked up to were using professional cameras to get really gorgeous images. It can sound naive but with most cameras starting at about €500 it's not likely you'll have one just hanging around. 

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As my blog got busier I knew it was time to invest. I made an initial mistake in following a recommendation, that was possibly an ad, and bought the Canon G1X Mark 2. It's a great camera but honestly it was too big to carry around and too heavy for vlogging. I had only looked at it online, not actively played with it in person. It didn't suit me or my needs at all.  The settings were complex and as an inexperienced user I kept it in Auto most of the time.

I used it for about 2 years but given I am over halfway though my first year full-time blogging I felt it was time to invest in the right camera for me. I spent hours online and also popped into Currys PC World to get some honest facts from one of the camera experts there. 

What are the most popular cameras for fashion bloggers and why?

The Canon EOS M3 has excellent video quality 1080p full HD, an excellent standard kit lens 18mm to 55mm, vary angle screen. You can change the lens which is really important and you can add an external microphone. It syncs with your phone over Wifi. The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark 2 has a flip screen and is super compact so great on the move and for fashion week. 

The Canon 200D is also a great option, small and light, great kit lens, very compact for a DSLR, it has a vari angle screen, touch screen, excellent video capabilities, option to change lenses, bespoke macro mode and others auto settings, eg landscape and portrait, great interactive guidance on the screen when selecting a mode.

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For Vlogging what do you recommend, can one camera do it all? 

Again the Powershot G7X M2 is the best to go for when vlogging. Top quality video capabilities and it fits in the palm of your hand so no messing with additional lenses.  Any bridge cameras are useful, more powerful than compact cameras and no bulky lenses.

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What are some settings and tips for food or close up beauty photography?

AV mode is ideal , higher aperture will keep things in focus, lower aperture will allow more control over what you want in focus or out of focus , this will give the blurred affect. Ideally use a tripod if possible and macro lens for close ups. G7x MII has a low lens aperture setting and a bespoke macro setting.

Do you need a separate lens for that blurred background in fashion photography?

Not necessarily.   Higher end lenses will have a lower aperture setting but will be expensive.The  blurred effect can be achieved on fixed lenses. For the blurred affect (shallow depth-of-field), set the camera to AV mode and change the aperture, for example f/1.8 on the G7x MII, which is a very low aperture for a fixed lens and which will blur out the background, subject will be in focus and sharp.

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What did I choose?!

In the end the right camera for me was the one I was actually going to use. After learning more and handling all the options I really liked the G7 mainly because of the size and also the lack of complicated settings and too many buttons. I still admire those who can use big DSLR cameras and I know the image produced is superb. But I have made the right decision for me. The G7 is light and compact and I take it everywhere. Also without a big lens sticking out . Down the line issues like not being able to add a mic to it or change the lens will present themselves but I know for a quick photo shoot or a vlog this is the right camera for me. 

If I can advise anyone anything it is to go into a camera store and hold and play around with the cameras and also think about what it is that you will be using it for. If you will be mainly just doing tutorials or shooting at home a bigger DSLR model might be easy but if you are out and about and want something smaller, keep the practical side of things in mind. 

Having had a great camera I never used, versus having one I now always have in my bag, I know that downsizing was the right idea. I've a lot to learn but I think even just using it day-to-day will be so helpful! 

I hope this was useful for you! 

Love, 

 
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Images by Ollie Ali. 

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Exploring Inchydoney

Exploring Inchydoney

There are some places that you go, and you immediately feel at home, or continuously associate happy memories with. For us Cork never fails. One of our first weekends away was spent there in Cork city but this time round we wanted to get a little closer to West Cork. 

We chose to stay in Inchydoney as I love being by the sea. A weekend away usually includes a little indulgence and I think it's so important to have something to counteract that. Andrew is more of a gym-goer whereas I love walks outside and immediately when I saw how it is literally on the beach I knew it would be lovely. We really enjoyed our weekend and lots of you were asking for my recommendations so here is all the info:


Where We Ate:

As we were staying in the hotel we had breakfast there every morning but I have to commend the service. I eat a plant-based diet which means traditional fry up and dairy foods are out. Oftentimes I find myself sticking to tea and toast which is fine but the hotel staff asked me on the first morning was there anything they could get me that I would like. I asked for avocado and they ordered it in. It's the simple things that make a place stand out and I was so impressed. We also ate in their Gulfstream restaurant another night and it was really special. I always notice acoustics in restaurants and in the Gulfstream even though it was busy you could hear each other and it would be perfect for a special family meal. 

We cycled into Clonakilty and stopped at the first cafe we came to which turned out to be incredible. Lettercollum Kitchen project is an artisan food store and also a great spot for lunch or a really good coffee and homemade treat. 

We went out for dinner to The Farm where they actually had a whole vegan menu which was incredible. They had dairy free butter to go with the bread and a choice of starters, mains and desserts which doesn't always happen. My main course in particular was so delicious and we shared a selection of sorbets to finish. 

On our last day we popped into Baking Emporium which is one of the nicest bakeries I have ever seen. It literally smelled amazing in there and the staff were so friendly and chatty. It doesn't open on a Sunday but make sure to give it a visit and save some space for their incredible breads and pastries. 


Time to Chill ? 

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With the beach right in front even if you have fifteen minutes to spare you can squeeze in a stroll. There are benches and vantage points that take you right onto the rocks which is breathtaking. You feel like you are on the edge of the earth with the crashing waves and it's quite intense and very loud but amazing. If you want epic photos here is the place to get them!

The spa is lovely and the pool has lots of massaging jets but be careful how you time it. They have designated time periods for children in the morning and the afternoon so if you want to peacefully chill, time it correctly. On the other hand this will be a relief if you want to bring your toddler swimming as it's welcomed. 


What I Wore

Coat -> Here.  Jeans -> Here.  Boots -> Here

Coat -> Here.  Jeans -> Here.  Boots -> Here

Weekends like this are mostly spent in tracksuit bottoms and runners but I like to have a nice smart casual outfit and a dress for dinner one evening. It's hard to believe it's winter coat weather already but there is an undeniable chill in the air. It can be really hard to resist a black coat but I went for this camel number instead this year. I love it so much and even if I am in black jeans it brightens the whole look up. I also got this very cute hat which was a lifesaver when I really didn't want to wash my hair. I wore the navy dress,  picked up in Monsoon in Grafton street just before we left, the night we went to The Farm and it's really comfortable but I think the lace detail on the back gives it a bit of glamour. 

Dress - Monsoon. 


Places of Interest

It's a really sweet little town and we really enjoyed cycling around - the hotel had bikes you could pay €10 to use for the day. There was a particularly good health food store called The Olive Branch that I really liked and nearby there is a monument to Tojo the Monkey. I told this story on my Instagram but basically he was a monkey that was brought over on a fighter jet that had to crash land in 1943. Due to the change in climate he died really quickly and the whole town grieved him and gave him a traditional Irish wake. Lastly one of the most charming shops I've ever seen Finer Details makes custom invitations and has all the chic party decorations you could ever want. I got some amazing birthday cake candles that are made of sparklers that I am so excited to use. The owner was there and her invitations and prints are stunning. Definitely one to check out. 


We had such a lovely time and it was sad as always checking out. There was something so incredibly comfortable and welcoming about Inchydoney. They seemed to cater to everything and we are already dreaming of coming back and hiding away in their cozy movie room. They also had a snooker room and a kids playroom so on rainy days there's so much to enjoy. 

Till next time! 

Lots of love, 

 
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All my clothing shown is from Monsoon. 

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For more information on Inchydoney see >here< 

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My Travel Beauty Essentials

My Travel Beauty Essentials

I am not one of those jet-setters who may as well live in Dublin airport, but I do go away often enough, usually with work, and have events to attend where I need to look fresh. There is nothing like an early start, a noisy stressful airport, followed by a meeting or presentation where you have to look your best to truly test your products! 

Most of the time I will just take carry on and all of these listed below are 100ml or under but when I went to fashion week and shot these pictures I had flown with Aer Lingus and checked in a 20 kilo bag, not entirely full of cosmetics. 

These are my tried and tested travel beauty essentials and why I love them: 

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Body Products

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The Yonka Phyto Bain is probably my favourites of all the body products in the range. It's universal and it's almost medicinal. 

When you think of a luxurious bubble bath it looks glamorous but it's not doing anything other than look nice. What separates Photo Bain is the healing and highly concentrated balance of a near magical combination of Indian chestnut, cypress and rosemary, sage and helichrise oils which are vitalizing mixed with petitgrain and lavender oils which are relaxing and balancing. If you are unsure regarding what to give a friend who is pregnant or has just given birth this would be my number 1 suggestion. It is free of parabens and 88% natural and suitable for those who are breastfeeding also. 

You only need a tiny amount and it feels luxurious, and non-drying on your skin but most importantly the scent is incredible. I've stayed in musty hotel rooms and this uplifts the space, soothes muscles and genuinely revives me. Those red eye flights and all the irritation and fatigue that goes with it disappear after a 15 minute soak in this. It's also 100ml so you can sneak it past the security. I follow this with the body lotion. There is a larger version of this that is 200 ml but I love that they also have a travel version which I took with me this time. 

Scent is very personal but I am veering more towards natural fresh perfumes. Since being introduced to the Jo Loves range early on I have been a huge supporter. If you are looking for a good holiday read her autobiography is brilliant. This bottle Red Truffle 21 is a special scent as it was one of the test sample bottles given out when the company was in it's infancy. The book is about bravery and facing the challenges life throws at us and as I was going to London very much by myself I wanted to bring this with me. I'm a deep thinker and quite emotionally connected to the integrity of products and this is special bottle. The smell is quite rich yet incredibly fresh. 


Skincare

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With my skincare as you know I am an ambassador for Yonka Skincare and I genuinely love the brand and the results I am getting from the products. I now have a routine and I stick to it religiously. I have skin that can look very dull and is also prone to irritation, redness and the odd spot - just when you don't want it! Leading up to my wedding I met with one of the therapists and she recommended I use the Hydra number 1 serum and moisturiser on my wedding day and in the lead up to it to get my skin hydrated but not over whelmed. Because of sensitivity I have to make changes gradually but honestly now I never want to change from these two. It's hard to explain but if I put an oil straight onto my face it seems to just sit on top of it, whereas these have a moisture that actually penetrates, and my make up looks fresh on top of it. 

Lip balm wise this one by Alpha-H is lovely and tastes of mint and genuinely works when your lips are sore and chapped. Lastly and sadly an area I don't give enough attention is my neck. I went to a press day to meet Emma Hardie and she demonstrated how to use this product. It has an amazing massaging head on it which she showed us to use to drain all the puffiness from your face. It's lovely and cooling and a great addition especially if you're taking an early flight and want your skin to look it's best. 

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I always bring some sort of oil as I use it on my nails or even smoothing down the ends of my hair when it's really dry or for facial massage if I have a few extra minutes in the evening. With my skincare I am all about layering products on and you can see in a recent make up tutorial >here< how I prep my skin before applying any make up. I love this Botanics oil as it's 100% organic and really concentrated. 

I also always take a light facial SPF and this one by Bare Minerals is so fine and light. A little goes a very long way and it's also SPF 50. 


Supplements

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For the most part I try to eat a diet full of fresh homemade food as much as possible. Obviously when travelling that's not possible so I need to make sure I am topped up nutritionally. Most importably I bring a probiotic with me to keep my good bacteria balanced and also I take effervescent vitamin C which helps ward off any colds and flu. At nighttime I tend to get weirdly restless in hotel rooms or if I am sleeping in a different environment and I find that taking some magnesium in a glass of water really helps to calm me. These vitamin c tablets don't contain any extra sugar which I like. 

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Hopefully I will be off somewhere lovely soon. I've you've any other products you love to take away with you let me know in the comments below!

Lots of love, 

 
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Getting Cozy This Autumn*

Getting Cozy This Autumn*

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I really don't want to be that person who says it first but I think Autumn is well and truly on it's way. This year I didn't feel like we had much of a Summer and I'm pretty thankful I didn't buy  many Summer pieces. Winter in Ireland is a failsafe time to shop. Whatever you choose to buy will be in high rotation. My style is kind of always the same. I like really strong basics and whether things are a bit more expensive, or a great sale find, I rarely stray from this. 

Nothing feels more comfortable than a gorgeous cozy jumper and when I saw this a few months back at a Penney's press day I knew I would be investing in it. I love knitwear but it can be extremely expensive. Thankfully this piece is a very reasonable and what I love about it is the proportions are perfect. Being tall I always notice when a brand scrimps on that tiny bit of extra length but those details are all here. You can wear it a little off the shoulder or else the V-neck comes down low which I loved. It keep it a little more glam! 

Photographing this during London fashion week there was a bit of a warm spell and I went for bare legs but this whole look could be warmed up by simply adding tights. Lastly can we take a moment to admire these shoes! They are incredible. They've a low enough heel which I like for practical reasons. Silver is also so universal and should you choose to pick these up they will be in high rotation in your wardrobe I am sure! 

I also loved super soft grey jumper and a metallic silver. The silver is very reminiscent of the Spice Girls!  As I am looking outside right now the rain is pouring down. Winter is definitely on it's way bit hopefully with some cozy knitwear you can be stylishly prepared! 

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Hope you're all set for a lovely weekend! 

Lots of love, 

 
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Jumper - €16. Faux leather stud skirt - €14. Silver shoes -€16 in Penney's stores nationwide now. 

Shot by Ollie Ali at London Fashion Week. 

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*Thank you to Penney's for collaborating with me on piece.

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Natural Make Up Favourites

Natural Make Up Favourites

When it comes to make up nowadays I find myself wanting to use more natural products. I'm still results driven but I would prefer as little toxicity as possible going onto my skin. 

This is my current favourite natural make up routine. Just two products aren't completely natural and all are cruelty free. 

0.20 - Yonka Lotion & Hydra Number 1 - http://fave.co/2w1IhzG 

0.30 Tata Harper illuminating Eye Cream http://fave.co/2vsIqIF 

.39 Botanics Radiance Balm  http://fave.co/2w1kqjj 

.44 Yonka Creme Teinte http://www.yonka.ie/product/creme-teintee

.56 Emma Hardie Lip Balm http://fave.co/2vswZAR  

1.00 Bare Minerals Performance Wear Shade 07http://fave.co/2vsCvU0 

1.20 Colour Caramel Shade 31 http://couleurcaramel.ie/perfect-complexion-concealer/ 

1.59 Benecos Coffee and Cream palette http://fave.co/2w0Y0yE 

2.20 Blank Canvas E30 http://fave.co/2vsy1wJ 

2.36 Charlotte Tilbury Eye Cheat http://fave.co/2vsnAJm 

2.53 Bella Pierre Mineral Foundation in Ivory http://fave.co/2w1s8u2 

3.18 Using Eco Tools Eye Enhancing Duo http://fave.co/2w0UqVd 

4.34 Benecos Rose Quartz  http://fave.co/2vsfQHr 

4.50 Face 2 Gel Liner http://fave.co/2vsxta7 

5.10 Bare Minerals Lash Domination http://fave.co/2vs9Crc 

5.24 Bella Pierre Mineral Blush in Dessert Rose http://fave.co/2vshtop 

5.34 Cailyn Triple Highlighter Palette http://fave.co/2tpU5Mn 

6.12 Dr Paw Paw Balm http://fave.co/2vs4jIg 

6.16 Bella Pierre Lip Cream - Incognito   http://fave.co/2w0ZuJe

Let me know how you get on if you try this look out?!

Lots of love,

 
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Simple Tips To Detox Your Life & Home*

Simple Tips To Detox Your Life & Home*

About a month after our wedding I was asked to review the Fiona Lamb Healthy Mind Healthy Body Hypnotherapy Course  It is a 6 week self-hypnosis programme designed to cover all areas and change your relationship with food, exercise and your body. Apparently you will become calmer, more at ease and more in control of your life and to be honest even I'm surprised at how effective it was. 

I started listening to it when I went to bed over two months ago. Fiona's voice is very soothing and I fell asleep quickly so I can't recall the exact words she says but it definitely helped me nod off quicker. Initially I didn't notice much of a difference except that I felt I was sleeping more soundly but now retrospectively I can see so much has changed over the course. 

Week 1 prepares your mind for the process. Week 2 is an emotional detox designed to identify and prevent any emotional eating episodes. Week 3 deals with sugar cravings and healthier food choices. In Week 4 it focuses on getting full quicker. Week 5 builds fitness and exercise motivation and Week 6 is based around confidence. I feel it's been hugely effective overall. I feel back in my body if that makes sense and much more connected to my work and focused. 

 Here is how I got on and the things I felt really helped me to detox and move forward:


Do A Wardrobe Review

By the second week I happened upon the Marie Kondo Book - The Life Changing Magic of tidying Up. I had wanted to read this book so many times before but had never done so. I was halfway through when I was already filling bags and clearing shelves of things I had held onto for no reason in particular. Marie has very specific ways she suggests and basically everything must have a place and also 'Spark Joy' when you hold it. I went through my wardrobe and was so surprised by how much I was holding onto. I had countless pieces tucked away because I had picked them up in a sale, and years on never worn. I spent few hours on a Sunday going through it all and it really freshened up the atmosphere in the room. 


Reduce Single Use Plastics

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By the third week I had watched A Plastic Ocean and to be honest I was shocked. It's upsetting but also encouraging. Now I am so much more conscious to minimise single-use plastics. I don't drink a lot of coffee but I was given a Keep Cup and now I take it everywhere I go. Some places even give you a discount for using it. In the course of a week I realised I had saved 6 take away cups and cumulatively I know that will add up. I've stopped taking straws for drinks and am reading labels on all my food products now. It's a small but important way to make a difference. 


Focus on Doing What Makes You Happy

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By the fifth week inspired by better sleep and subliminal messages telling me to enjoy exercise I had returned to my spinning classes. In the lead up to the wedding I was going about three times a week and felt amazing. Post-wedding I didn't slip back into the routine but I think that I just needed something to wake me up. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed that post-workout feeling and how de-stressed I would feel after it. I love classes as they push me so much further than I would on my own. Even in London on a quick trip over Andrew and I went to Barry's Bootcamp and worked out for two of the days we were there. Normally I am the kind of person who comes home from a weekend away feeling full and bloated from eating out, however with the workouts squeezed in I felt great coming back. I'll never be someone who loves going to the gym but I know I need to prioritize it for the after-effects. 


Contribute to a Meaningful Cause

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Enable Ireland is an incredible organisation and TK Maxx Give Up Clothes for Good is Ireland’s biggest and longest running clothing and homeware donation collection. Since 1997, TK Maxx has raised €2.5 million for Enable Ireland and collected over 130,000 bags of unwanted clothing, accessories and homeware items, providing support services to over 15,000 children and young people with disabilities across Ireland.

I had two bags of clothing that I am so happy to see go to such a good cause and I would love to encourage you to donate any unwanted clothing, accessories or homeware in any TK Maxx store and nominate a friend, colleague or family member to do the same.

For more information on the TK Maxx Give Up Clothes For Good Campaign see
>here< 

I am now really enjoying the benefits of a clearer wardrobe and that lovely peace of mind knowing that however small, every donation matters. Happy de-cluttering! 

Lots of love, 

 
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For more information on the TK Maxx Give Up Clothes For Good Campaign see >here<

Images - Johnny McMillan. 

*Thank you to TK Maxx for collaborating on this post with me. 

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My Tips for Perfecting Natural Make Up*

My Tips for Perfecting Natural Make Up*

I am just back from London Fashion week and I truly loved every second of it all. I was backstage at some of the most incredible shows to include Rouland Mouret, Topshop, David Koma, Emilia Wickstead and Paul Costelloe and I was riveted by all the make up artists. When it comes to make up techniques whilst I appreciate 'Instagram makeup' and all of those steps and contours I will always be drawn to keeping things fresher and more minimal on my face. 

I like my make up to look like myself but just a bit more polished. That said a 'no make-up' look requires some technique and in my experience keeping things very clean between the lines is essential. 

There are a few products I keep on my dressing table and use every day whether I am doing a quick 10 minute job before I rush out the door, or taking a little longer for a night out. As a lover of all things naturally effective I am a big fan Botanics Skincare. The products I am chatting about here are all from the All Bright range which contain Hibiscus, the plant that make you glow. Hibiscus has skin brightening properties and is a natural radiance enhancer using exfoliating flower acids, found on the Hibiscus seed-pods. Sustainably sourced, the flowers are handpicked, creating jobs for those living in a co-operative in Burkina Faso, Western Africa. Range from €4.49 for the Wipes to €9.99 for the Radiance Balm they are accessible and effective. 

My current favourites and tips are: 

Start With A Clean Base

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I always find no matter how well I cleanse my skin in the evening, in the morning there is always a teeny bit of eyeliner or mascara around my eyes. Mascara formulations nowadays are quite intense and whilst it's great that they don't budge throughout the day, they need really effective cleansing. A tiny bit of mascara under your eyes enhances shadows so running a Q-tip dipped in Botanics All Bright Eye Make Up Remover along my lash line and into the corner near the tear duct of my eyes is an essential step for bright eyes. I'm always amazed at how much comes off so definitely give it it try. 

What I love about this is not only is it cost-effective, it's also filled with natural extracts and soothing enough to use near the inner corner of my eyes. 


Prep And Prime Your Skin

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Initially I thought primers were a way of companies making you feel you needed to buy more and more products. That said now that I am a little older and also far more interested in make-up and product application, it's a step I don't leave out. I apply a little of this Botanics Radiance Balm, warmed between my hands, all over my face and neck. Even if I just have 30 seconds I try and massage it in and decrease tension around my eyes and forehead. I get a little furrow between my eyebrows when I've spent too long looking at my computer or phone screen and I find just taking a few moments to smooth out the area really helps reduce the line. 

This Radiance Balm is also light reflective and has a translucent pearl finish when you apply it. You could wear it alone but I feel it sets the scene for your base looking light and glowy. It's currently priced at €9.99 and you can get a second one for half price and the 50 ml will last you quite a long time depending on your usage. I also apply a little of it with a beauty blender onto my collar bones for a really natural looking highlight. 


Apply Eyeliner With Caution

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My next tip is one I have learnt the hard way. Honestly I blame the videos where people just effortlessly glide liner across their eyes leaving perfect little flicks at the end. The easier someone makes it look, the more talented they are. My advice for applying eyeliner is: have your pencil well sharpened and also warmed up so it applies easily to avoid dragging it back and forth across your eye. With liquid eyeliner run the brush along the back of your hand to make sure there isn't any excess which will drip onto your eye area or smudge and lastly have a q-tip with a tiny bit of All Bright Eye Make Up Remover to hand to tidy up any mistakes. Lastly take your time. In the grand scheme of things taking an extra minute or two isn't going to see you delayed. 


Clean Up As You Go

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I use the back of my left hand as a mini palette when I am applying make up. It warms the product and therefore it's easy when am mixing things to get the consistency I want. After applying my base I also leave a tiny bit of concealer on there to tidy things up at the end but most importantly when I apply things like eyeliner or use my fingers to smudge darker eye colours I always have All Bright facial wipes to hand to clean my fingers quickly and avoid any transfer somewhere I don't want it to go. Whilst wipes get very mixed reactions from the skincare community, that's only when they are used directly on your face. I just use these for my hands and not only do they effortlessly remove any product, they also don't leave my hands oily, or dehydrated. 

Definitely if you have ever made the mistake of smudging eyeshadow or gloss from your fingers somewhere you don't want it, these are a great thing to have on your dressing table to keep things clean and fresh and avoid any unwanted make up mistakes! 


I really hope you find these little tips helpful! Let me know if you've any more I should add to my routine?

Love, 

 
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Botanics is available exclusively at Boots stores nationwide and at www.boots.ie 

Follow #ThePlantOne online to see & share the love! 

*This post is created in collaboration with Boots Botanics. 

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My Tips For Embracing Colour*

My Tips For Embracing Colour*

With London Fashion week on the horizon I was so excited to wear some really special new season pieces. I saw this suit in the Penneys Look book and I knew it was special. What I didn't anticipate was just how gorgeous it would be in real life! 

Both September and fashion week feel like a transitionary time and I felt ready to be a little bit bolder with my style choices. Normally I shy away from colour but I knew I needed a change and this suit was just the ticket.  The trousers are so well cut and look great with a white shirt and heels. That said for a really confident look wearing it as a full suit is something I am definitely going to be embracing! 

Here are a few tips if you're thinking of picking something bright and gorgeous up! 


Get the Shade Right

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With red there are degrees that veer more towards coral and orange. This is pure fire engine red and such a perfect shade for cooler Irish skin tones. Trying on the jacket is easy to do and the most important thing to notice is if it's uplifting your skin tone. That said if you feel red is a little draining, read on for how to get around that... 


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Keep Things Minimal Underneath

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With a well fitted suit you don't want anything creating bulk underneath it. It's all about letting the tailoring hang well. With this in mind for evening there is nothing more glamourous than going for lingerie, some tape and little else but as this was shot in the day between running to shows I needed something with a little more coverage and support. I chose this nude body with black embroidered detail easily. Honestly it was so beautiful it literally shone from the shelves. With nude and black tones it's universal piece and would work so well with a black pair of jeans also.  

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Keep Footwear Neutral

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A classic pair of nude shoes is a complete essential. With such a bright piece it's important not to let anything detract from the main colour. A simple clutch bag with just the essentials would be all that's needed. I loved these sandals as with the thicker heel and the ankle strap there is good support and the glitter on the heel adds a little bit of sparkle.

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Embrace a Bit of Tan 

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As mentioned in the first point certain colours can initially drain you, especially pastels. Whilst I love my pale skin, I really like having a tan and when I tried this suit on initially I felt it would work better with a bit of a glow. I'm no at home tanning expert so I booked into Anu Beauty for a spray tan just before heading to London and I was delighted with the subtle tan and I felt more confident. 

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Own It 

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One thing about wearing head to toe red is that if you're used to wearing muted colours and a lot of black it will feel different. You will attract more attention and my advice is own it. Stand proud and tall and embrace all the positive vibes a colour like this naturally gives you! 


I am absolutely in love with this suit and looking forward to wearing the jacket with jeans and both pieces separately. No doubt this will fly off the shelves but let me know if you pick it up! 

Lots of love,

 
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Bodysuitsuit €13. Shoes €16. Trousers - €16 (£13 UK) & Jacket €25 (£20) available in Penneys Stores nationwide from the 4th October. 


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Photography - Sarah Blake shot at Lancaster House. 

*Thank you to Penneys for collaborating with me on this post. 

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Curried Lentils

Curried Lentils

I'm always looking for easy filling main courses and lentils are not only extremely reasonable, gram for gram they contain more protein than beef. They can be very bland by themselves but when I was experimenting one evening I made this in fifteen minutes with cupboard staples and honestly I love it now. I've made it for dinner parties and it goes down so well. You can bulk cook this and it also tastes nice cold if you want to take it for a packed lunch. 

Curried Lentils

Let me know if you make these ? 

Lots of love,