Gorgeous Blog Readers

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

Hi doll,

Happy new year from me to you. I hope 2013 was a good year and a memorable one and 2014 will be better.

Lots of Love

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Bring on the New Year

Merry Christmas from 'Make up Is a Girls Best Friend'

My Year 2013 in Pictures!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Pinterest - Gift Ideas

Hey doll,

I've been like a busy elf this morning pinning some great gift ideas I found on the Next and M&S site :)

Check out my gift ideas here. I will be pinning more so feel free to follow the board :)

More ramblings in the new year

Merry Christmas and Bring on 2014!!

Lots of Love

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Blogger on a break!!

Hey dolls,

So as you may have noticed my blogging has been very lacking in recent months and I am kick starting my blog again in January with some posts I have been planning to do for ages!!

Watch this space...

Lots of Love

Monday, October 21, 2013

Time for Change - My Hair

Hey Dolls,

That time has come again when I'm mad to make a big change with my hair. I need to colour my hair soon and I have a big party coming up shortly after Christmas so I was looking for some opinions here:

Ariana Grande
Option 1 - Mahogany Red

I had dark red hair back in September 2011 and would love to go back to that colour. I home dyed it myself using L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss in 550 Mahogany.

I loved my hair when it was all dry and styled but it faded after 1 week! After 3 weeks my hair was like 3 different shades of red/brown/orange. I was not impressed. I would recommend the colour but maybe not L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss, you can see my original review of this hair product here.

I love this colour because it's not too bright a red tone and it's really really nice. I do need a change, my hair has been brown with ombre ends for over a year now (I'm finding it hard to dye over the L'Oreal Preference Wild Ombre No. 2).

What do you think?

Audrina Patridge
Option 2 - Brown with a subtle highlight through

I've chosen Audrina's hair colour as option 2 because my hair is currently brown, and I'm between 2 mind's if I want to stray from what colour my hair is already. I like that it looks like she has a subtle lowlight/highlight through her hair. I guess the shininess of her hair also sucked me into choosing this shade.

Lily Aldridge
Option 3 - Balayage

I've had ombre'd hair before but my BFF who colours my hair said I should try balayage. It will colour my hair without it being all one shade.

I love Lily Aldridge's hair, I think I'd go with a lighter shade for the roots because her shade is very dark but I love this look and the colour of the ends of her hair.

I'm not sure what colour to dye my hair but I need to have a decision by Thursday so I can get it done at the weekend :) Any comments would be helpful, I can never decide!!

Lots of Love

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Where has the time gone?!

Hey Dolls, 

So received an anon comment and when researching I noticed I haven't blogged since July 30th!! Where has the time gone :( will definitely do a post this weekend! I know I always say I will but I miss blogging and I mean it! Lots to update on and do so must get catching up :)

Lots of Love

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Simon Jersey: Facebook Competition

Our friends at Simon Jersey are running a competition on their Facebook page to win £200 to spend on professional hair and beauty equipment at Ellisons! We thought it would be right up your street – you can enter here: http://on.fb.me/13drcJM

Monday, July 22, 2013

Frustrated... Short & 'Sweet'

Hey dolls,

Just a quick post to air my frustration...

So I'm still in the process of looking for work near my boyfriend so we can finally move in together! This isn't exactly how I pictured moving in with someone for the first time!! #boyfriend #nextstep

I've more all my makeup to his house now so will do a Talia Costellano inspired post over the weekend and a birthday haul :) you can view pics of some of my birthday presents if not all on Instagram (username: lushblush21). #upcomingposts

It's been a pretty sad week with all the people passing away... Cory Monteith, Talia Costellano (@Taliajoy18) and my childhood hairdresser who was buried today! #RIP

I've decided to start buying more high end makeup brands but will need to hold off a little while before I buy anything new! #expensive #highendmakeup 

I'm currently taking part in Project Weightloss, a 12 week program which helps in overall weight loss and nutrition! The workouts are twice a week and so intense!! Must keep motivated, it's hard hen your muscles ache :( I'm not buying any new clothes until I lose a dress size or more weight because its a bit annoying how full my wardrobe is with trying to lose weight!! #weightloss #projectweightloss

I'm mad saving for Florida atm too so Christmas will be a tight one I'd say! I'm considering getting a second job part time for a few months coming up to Christmas.#Florida

That's it for now!

Lots of love

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Happy Birthday to Meeeee!!

It's my 24th Birthday today :) (feeling old)

I will have FOTD/FOTN posts and a haul of presses (won't be too much) coming soon! I have a night out planned for Saturday so it's like my unofficial birthday as I'm working today and have a gym class tonight that I can't miss so technically Saturday will be my unofficial 'birthday'. hehe

Lots of Love

Friday, June 21, 2013

My Irish Family Gathering

Hey Dolls,

Long time no blog!! So in recent weeks I've been pretty busy every weekend between nights out, trying to get my boyfriends house in order (before moving) and my dad's Irish Gathering.

So 2013 is the year of the Irish Gathering (see here for more information about Irish Gathering). My dad and 2 of his cousins all turn the big 5.0. this year so wanted to gather the family together to celebrate. 

The Williams Irish Gathering began on 7th June. We had unreal weather, it was 21+ degrees! Half of our relatives from the UK came over early on Friday morning. I had to work Friday so joined them later down in Kinsale. I got there at around 5pm because I got stuck behind a tractor (common in Ireland during good weather days).

So when I arrived I was pretty baked as you can imagine being stuck in a car for an hour behind a slow tractor in the heat and wearing work clothes. So when I arrived I got changed into a yellow vest top from Penneys (Primark), jeggings, tan/brown sandals from Penneys (Primark) and threw my hair up and I'm makeup free.

Outfit Day 1

Me and Daniel (boyfriend) on Day 1
So I unpacked a little when I first got there as Friday was a very stressful day I needed to relax and somehow slightly unpacking kind of helped! So I unpacked my shoes (which I forgot at home and my sister had to go get for me!!). I brought 7 pairs of shoes with me for 2 days (how ridiculous)! Starting left to right:
Green mint sandals, brown/tan sandals, pink glitter stud sandals (all from Penneys), pink studded flats from New Look, Studded ankle boots from Kelly Brooks collection in New Look, Red heels from New Look, and my puma trainers.

Fresh faced
After sorting out my room etc. we went out to join the family. We just chilled out the front of the houses we were staying in. My brother, boyfriend, dad's cousins and my uncle all kicked around a football while us ladies chilled in the sun with a beverage (mine was Bacardi Breezer whil the others had wine). We stayed in the accommodation for our dinner. That night dad and my uncle brought out the guitars and had an ole sing song. I was pretty wrecked so didn't stay up too late.

Day 2 I woke up a bit fresher than I felt on Friday. I wasn't sure what the plan for the day was because I heard some people wanted to head for the beach and some wanted to head for the Rugby match in a pub. So my OOTM (outfit of the morning) was this purple and pinkish red flowery top with dark jean shorts. I wore my pink sandals with this outift.

My FOTD consists of my most used products:
Urban Decay Naked Palette (buck in the crease) and Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette (flow on the lid), Rimmel Brown Pencil, Smashbox full exposure mascara, Benefit Hervana blush and lipgloss I can't remember :(

We went to the beach (can't help but think of Nicki Minaj when the beach is mentioned ;)). Half of us went to the beach the other half went to the pub to watch a rugby match. Below you can see what I wore to the beach... a black swimsuit from penneys (which wasn't flattering to my lady friends on top) but it has support so sucked it all in a little ;)

Below are a few random pics from Inchidonny beach :)

Snow white nose hehe

Me and Daniel - I'm looking kind of topless but as you can see I had bad tan lines from work so needed to have no straps to get rid of them! (it didn't work)

My older sissy chilling on the beach :)

My younger (but taller) bro chilling in his blue tshirt next to my sister's boyfriend

Me and mom rocking some skin to get a bit of colour!

Me and lover boy :)

My outfit for leaving the beach (dip hem top from penneys and shorts from Inspire in New Look).

When we got back from the beach we were in panic mode to get showered/changed for dinner. We went to Jim Edwards Seafood Restaurant in Kinsale. I wasn't impressed it was a seafood restaurant because I'm not a huge fan of food from the sea so I got a steak and it was delicious! Everyone enjoyed their food and after we headed to a pub up the road for some drinks. We played pool in the pub with our english cousins and everyone chatted into the late/early hours.

My top is from dunnes stores (in Ireland) and I wore jeggings and my tan sandals.
Me and my Dad (picture taken by 8 year old on an iPhone)

My boyfriend and I left the pub around 11pm to go pack for the road back to Limerick as I had my 10km Pink Ribbon Walk in Killaloe on Sunday 9th June. I will be doing a post on the walk very soon so watch this space. I will link it here and post link on twitter once it is complete!

Thanks for reading :)

Lots of Love

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Quick update

Hey dolls,

If you don't follow my twitter (@lushblush21) here's a quick update... I'm going to Kinsale for the weekend for my dads Irish Gathering! I will have OOTD/OOTN looks and FOTD/FOTN posts next week! I'm also doing the Pink Ribbon Walk in Killaloe, Tipperary on Sunday so will have a post coming soon on that too :) yay for blogging...

Happy Almost Friday :)

Lots of Love

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

FOTD - blast from the past

Hey dolls,

All eye make up in these is from my Urban Decay Naked palette. I normally forget to put something other than carmex lip balm on my lips but I like a nude lipgloss or nude lipstick to add something to the look.

My current fave lip products are:

Rimmel Apocalips in Nude Eclipse - it goes on really easy, smells a bit weird but looks so nice and isn't too sticky.

Rimmel Stay Glossy in Endless Night - such a nice brown shade, nice shimmery gloss and not too sticky.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight (700).

Heading to a gig in Dublin City

Trying out my new Bourjois Sweet Kiss Naturel Lipstick

Day out shopping

Another shopping day
I'm currently lusting after some Smashbox products and now thats it's available in Boots its easier to buy :) 

Bring on some better quality make up... if the Irish weather isn't so horrible tomorrow I might run into the city for a quick shop!! ;-) Watch this space!

Lots of Love

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Drama Queen: Not Leaving the Blog World!!

Hey dolls,

I know I recently posted I was leaving the blogging world but in reality I think I was having a self pity party! I see other bloggers getting lots of comments/feedback/attention on their blogs but I do know they put in a lot more work than I do so I got jealous!! Also, I haven't blogged properly in so long because around this time last week (so a year ago) my boyfriend asked me to move in and I still haven't! Not because I don't want to, not ready or don't love him.... I haven't moved in because he lives an hour away in Limerick and I work in Cork so I couldn't move in until I got my driving licence (which I now have since March 14th), and I'm working here in Cork so can't move yet... nothing would make me happier than living with him and seeing him everyday and I know it sounds like excuse after excuse but it's a lot easier to judge than be in the situation!

So loooong story short I'm still blogging but it's just on hold!! I will post but not on a regular basis just yet until I sort my confusing life out!!

Thank you all for understanding.

Thank you @milkymoles for your lovely comment on my previous post :) xx

Lots of Love

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Is this the end :-(

I think I may be leaving the blogging world! I will still have Facebook, twitter, Instagram and Pinterest :)

I think I've lost my passion for blogging... Whether its all the spam comments I get, lack of enthusiasm, lack of finance to keep up with demand for new products/looks, lack of interesting posts, lack of readers...

This isn't goodbye just yet but I've a bit of thinking to do...

With the whole moving, not moving, loads of time but no time lifestyle I currently live its tough to find the time and drive to blog at the mo.

Lots of Love

Monday, March 11, 2013

How do you do it?

Hey dolls,

I think at the tender age of 23 and half I'm having a mid life crisis! I can't stand this bloody recession! I know everyone feels the same! I'm just so sick of everything! My job is temporary (yes I'm lucky to have a job) but at the same time I'm working my ass off to give myself the best chance of maybe being offer something or even for future jobs elsewhere!

Apart from me having a temp job that's not paying too great for all the growing responsibility I'm getting, my boyfriends contract is ending soon too! S as you can imagine finance is pretty tight!

With finance tight, we can't go on our dream holiday to Florida, we can't move onto 'plan B', defo no ring on my finger for a few years (even though I would do without if the question came up)!

My blogging is lack due to no finance to buy the latest products to haul/review! :(

So I'm no where near a happy girl ATM :(

Anyone have any advice on how I can get a better paying job in Limerick, get a car, my dream holiday, a ring and question during the holiday and move onto plan B which requires savings!!

Having a bad day :( rant over!

Lots of love xx

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Blogger Update

Hey dolls,

I must be the worst blogger in the world! I think I blogged twice in 2013 so far! The year is flying by! My laptop is finally fixed so once I get it back this weekend I will have a few reviews based on some new products I got recently.

Hope to be back blogging next week!

Lots of Love

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Two Year Anniversary

Hey dolls,

Today is my 2 year anniversary with my boyfriend! We met online on a site called Plenty of Fish (pof) in June 2010. We first met in person on 21-07-2010 in a shopping centre in Cork. Since then we were friends until the 9th January 2011 when he finally realised a feelings for me and officially asked me to be his girlfriend on 22-01-2011. Since then I've been the happiest lady around! We are such a funny couple if anyone was watching us on hidden camera they'd think what the f***?!?!?! Lol. We have tickle wars, always end up accidentally hurting each other and always have movie nights :) some might the we're crazy ;)

I love him so so much and I'm so glad our relationship has worked out for the best! At the beginning I wasn't sure if he'd ever admit to liking me even though I knew from the beginning he liked me, he just needed to catch up ;)

Now 2 and a half years since we first met we're crazy madly deeply in love and loving life together. Hopefully this year I will be living with him full time and not just n weekends.

Cheesy! ;)

Any questions about meeting someone online? Don't be afraid to ask! Not that I'm a pro!

Lots of Love

Home vs Abroad Weddings

Wow I guess I never really thought how hard it was to get married until I researched online at the costs in Ireland of getting married!

I know two couples currently engaged, one couple for some time now, the other newly engaged! This got me thinking who would be walking down the aisle first! The couple engaged longer have been together more than 6 years, the newly engaged couple are together over a year! There are children involved in both couples so this would put a strain n trying to save to finance a wedding!

I just read its about €21,000 to get married in Cork and Limerick in 2013! One of my favourite bloggers (Anna Saccone) and YouTube couple (Anna and husband Jonathan) got married in Italy in 2011 with a budget if 10,000 (approx 60 guests).

Would I like to get married abroad? Well before I saw Anna and Jonathan's gorgeous wedding I never considered it before (it was always my sisters thing to do) and then I saw the cost difference!

Getting married abroad:
*gorgeous views
*weather is amazing
*nearest and dearest family and friends attend
*lovely photos of the day
*its different
*Honeymoon and ceremony can double as one
*outside ceremony and reception option

*guests would need to take time off work for few days
*heat could be too much
*super organisation required
*language barriers

Getting married in home soil (Ireland):
*get married near home
*traditional wedding
*more guests can attend (after party ceremony)
*most guests invited can attend
*less hassle
*easier to organise

*bad weather
*hard to get a nice photo background
*stuck with hotel venue
*potential gatecrashers

Funny thing about making a pro's and con's list for weddings abroad and weddings at home I'd probably have my wedding at home because I'm a huge home bird when it comes to anything, I'd love the traditional side, couldn't depend on my closest friends and family having the finances to travel abroad for a wedding and I would need to be hands on when organising and that wouldn't be possible when booking abroad because it'd be all email and phone but can't see what's getting done until its too late!

I'd love to have a photo booth, popcorn stand, cupcakes and old sweet stand at my Irish wedding! Lol. Guess I have to get engaged before planning a wedding! I couldn't imagine the stress!

If your planning your wedding and blogging about it post a link below! :)

Lots of Love

Thursday, January 3, 2013

My 2013 Resolutions!

Hey dolls,

So another year over and a new one just beginning! 2012 was a bit of a strange year for me... seems to be all a blur of work - which sucks because no one wants to look back at the last year of their life and think 'hmm.. what did I do last year? Oh, I worked!'.

Highlights of 2012:
I hit the all important one year anniversary with my boyfriend
My goddaughters christening
Saw my boyfriend really happy at a Feeder gig
Went to London twice for business
Went to my first wedding that wasn't a relative
My best friend's '21st again'
My goddaughter turned 1
Dublin for Christmas (tradition)

So ya, a lot of goods but at the same time I would love to have done more!! I finally decided on my 2013 resolutions. In the past few weeks of the holidays I've been struggling - with what I don't know! I usually love shopping but just didn't have the drive for it - I think it was the money situation! And then there's working through the holidays and not taking any time off... and I've just been feeling sad I didn't do more in 2012 and wanted to achieve more!

So onto my resolutions:

Move In With My Boyfriend
I had this resolution last year for 2012 and it is my number 1 resolution for 2013. I live in Cork and my boyfriend in Limerick. He lives alone so I prefer to go to him rather he come to me because I live at home with my parents still and like to get away. I'm 23 and feel it is time to get out from under my parent's wing and be independent for once in my life! And obviously I love my boyfriend very much and feel it's time for us to take the next step.
Drink More Water
Probably one of the most common resolutions people take on and few succeed. I took on this resolution last year and failed miserably. I drink way too much fizzy drinks aka Diet Coke. I want to drink more water because it will help detox my body and obviously there are a lot of good side effects to water that I don't need to go into.
Banish Bingo Wings
I'm on a mission to banish my dreaded bingo wings! They have names: John and Jim-bob!! I am desperate to tone my arms and banish these horrible flabby things. My arms are my biggest problem and always wreck my confidence :-( I've looked at plastic surgery but the scaring is pretty bad if it happens and I couldn't take the risk.

No Marraige / Engagement Talk
Ok so, Yes I'm one of those girls that knows what she wants and can't stop hinting / talking about it!! So my resolution for 2013 is to stop talking about it - because for any girl like me who brings it up to their boyfriend/partner and they don't quite react or respond like they'd like it's hurtful! But the hurt comes from my constant inability to not stop talking about it! So I'm not going to bring it up because it will happen when it happens!! :-)
Run The Fat Off
Treadmills are my favourite gym equipment. I love using them more than other products. I want to buy a treadmill instead of a gym membership because a membership at the moment isn't on the cards with the travel I do and I'm very self-conscious at my current weight and I perspire a lot. So exercising in the privacy of my own home seems perfect to me. Also I want to lose weight and living in Ireland walks aren't the ideal exercise choice.
Get Healthy
I know even the skinniest of people I know aren't fit so I won't be aiming for that. I want to get healthy. I'm currently 6 stone overweight for my healthy BMI and body. With Sudden Adult Death Syndrome on the rise, and all the health issues that come with being overweight at my age I need to step it up and exercise!

Baby On The Brain
I want to start getting my body, mind and life ready for a baby! It's not my resolution to have one in 2013 but I want to be healthy. I don't want to get pregnant while at my current weight. I want to have a healthy body for a baby to grow. It is important for me and my boyfriend that I'm healthy before anything remotely close to pregnancy is on the cards. Some people may think I'm crazy because I'm only 23 and I'm not married but everyone has their own opinion!!

My 2012 resolutions here.

Have you posted your 2013 resolutions or seen an interesting resolution post? Why not tweet me a link @lushblush21

Lots of Love