Friday, 29 November 2013

Homemade/DIY Christmas Jumpers

Last year I decided to jump on the Christmas jumper bandwagon but I didn't want to have the same as anyone else so decided to make my own (not from scratch, i don't have that much time!).

Home Alone is my fave Christmas film so i decided to go down that route! I also made an Elf one!!

So here's what I needed:

Bought a bog standard jumper from the men's section in pennys
Felt in different colours from the fabric shop
Fabric glue - you can get this in Art and Hobby as well as fabric shops. 
Old White t shirt - you can substitute this with a pillow case, sheet, any white material basically.
Battery powered fairy lights
Transfer paper from Tesco.
Printed letters to use as stencils.
Picture of Kevin sourced online.
Pen or pencil to draw letters on the felt.
Scissors

So here's what I did:

1. I drew out the letters on the felt using the printed letters, and cut them all out. It is a good idea to do this back to front as if you use a dark maker you wont be able to see the outline.
2. Drew out a Christmas tree, you can use a stencil but i went free hand on it.
3. Print the picture on to the transfer paper (more detailed instructions are on the packet)
4. Iron the picture from the transfer paper to the white material.
5. Cut out the picture to shape required.
6. Lay out the letters and start gluing them on.
7. Use a heavy book and allow the letters to dry over night ideally.
8. Lay out the fairy lights where you need/want them and sew in to place. Don't forget to bring the battery pack on the inside of the jumper. I did this by making a small hole and dragging the lights through it. 
9. Sew Christmas tree in to place over the fairy lights, and using the scissors pierce some holes to pop the fairy lights out of.
10. Glue the photo in place. Again use a heavy book to set this in place. You can also sew it on if you prefer to do so.





And there are the finished products!! 

If you have made your own jumper I would love to have a nose at it!! Link me!

Có x

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Clear Skin - Something I thought I would never see!

My skin has been particularly bad over the past number of months, and tbh at 27 I thought I was over the worst of it. I have been sporting loads of angry red sore spots, clogged pores, and the general look of congestion.

With so many products available it is very easy to get lost and come out the other side not having a clue what will work for you. Caroline Hirons blog has really opened my eyes on how to look after my skin, and sure I thought I was doing a great job up to now (hahahahah)! 

I have been using foaming face washes for the last number of years, CH explains that these foaming face washes actually break down the armour of the skin making it the 'perfect breeding ground'. I was also avoiding oil as I thought this would just make the acne worse, but again CH explains how plant/natural oils are indeed good for the skin. Exfoliating was something I was avoiding as I had it in my head that I would just aggravate the skin and make it worse, CH tells us how to avoid those gritty exfoliants and use topical ones that contain glycolic and salicylic acid. Oh ye, you might also need a little supplement boost such as fish oils. Hydration was another hot topic on beauty blogs, your skin can be hydrated underneath its oily appearance.

So baring all the above in mind, and taking advice from the lovely ladies over on beaut.ie, the past two/three weeks (yes i know its a relatively short space of time) my skin has had a complete overhaul, and I can happily tell you with a mahoosive smile on my face that the skin on my face is nearly clear (touches wood x100 times). So here is what I have been doing/using to whip it in to shape:

Morning:
Cleanser: Úna Brennan Vit C Skin Renew Cleansing Oil - rub about a 50c piece size of oil all over face then rinse with hot face cloth.
Toner: Eau Precise
 (A friend I met through beaut.ie was incredibly generous in sending me a sample size of this to try before I forked out, the kindness of strangers is incredible) - I don't think this is readily available in Ireland so I will probably switch it for the Clarins Exfoliating Toner or Paulas Choice when I run out. 
Hydration: Hydralauron - use a pea sized amount of this and rub in all over face
Moisturiser: Olay Complete Defense SPF 15 - rubbing this all over face and on to neck


Evening:
Cleanser: (as soon as I get in the door from work) - Clinque Take off the Day Balm - use a small amount and massage in to face - wash off with hot face cloth.
Toner: same as above
Oil: Trilogy Rosehip Oil - three drops rubbed in to chin and cheeks -review here
Moisturiser: Bia Beauty Skin Superfood - review here

Everyday:
Fish Oil Tablet: Boots Omega 3 Fish Oil 1000mg
WATER WATER WATER: drink pints of the stuff!!! (be prepared to wee every 20mins!)

Twice a week:
Exfoliator: Paula's Choice 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant - use 20c piece amount and rub in to face and neck, leave on. (the same lady sent me a sample size of this, again thank you so much)
Face masks 1. :  Origins Out of Trouble - use this on the areas that need a bit of calming - rinse off with 
Face Mask 2. : No. 7 Pore Vacuum Mask - I use about three days before/after the Origins one - I don't peel this off like the instructions say, I cleanse off with a hot face cloth, then follow with toner and trilogy oil.

The one thing I am missing, and will be getting by the end of week is SPF. SPF 15 is just not strong enough for my pasty Irish skin!

Ok so that's its in a nutshell. It might seem pretty extensive but the effort is most defiantly worth it.

I will do individual posts on each of the products mentioned above in the coming few weeks, but if you do have any questions on them, leave a comment below and I will answer as best I can.

If you like having a nose at peoples skin care routines, be sure to check out beaut.ie where the lovely Laura shares her step by step. 

My next step is going to be a big change - giving up dairy. I have read so many articles on the negative effects dairy can have on the body/skin, I will update you as I go along. 




Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Bargin Stocking Fillers/Secret Santa ¦ Essence

All I want for Christmas is..... 

More stocking fillers/secret santa buys for you today, and they are guaranteed to not break the bank!! Essence are really on the ball with their collections, if you have not tried them before, get down to your local pharmacy or Penny's to give them a go!

Eyeshadow €2.49 - Falsies €3.09
Nail Sweets €2.49 - Hair bobble €1.59 
Snowflake topper €2.49 - Blush Stick €2.89 -Nail polish duo €3.49

I will defo be picking up the nail polishes, sparkles, sure how could ye go wrong!

Essence were kind enough to send me the nail sweets to try so keep an eye on my instagram (find me - coco_oscarwells) for pics! 

Có x

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Stocking Fillers with Catrice ¦ Budget Buys

If you are at a loss for stocking fillers that come in on budget then this lot 
might be right up your street! 
I have mentioned Catrice previously on the blog and I will defo be picking up 
a few bits of theirs (for myself!!) this Christmas! 
Quality of the products are defo not compromised with the purse friendly price tags!



Oh hello festive nails:
Catrice nail varnish's are my go to, the colours are always fantastic and have brill lasting power too!






For those eyes and brows:
This nude palette is a fantastic dupe for a certain raved about palette (you all know which one), and is great for taking your day look to night look for those after work drinks!

€5.49 & €4.49

We have all gone brow crazy (thanks Cara) and I can confirm that this little gem is a must have for all brow lovers, it is simply the biz!!! 


Mwah: 

Again I can confirm that these lip crayons are fantastic, I have one on my desk at all times and they give lots of colour as well as moisture and shine. Get the mistletoe at the ready!


€5.49


Arts Collection: 

Finally if you wanna try a little bit of everything this great compact comes in three different shades ranges. It includes 6 shadows, blush, highlighter and a black eyeliner!


Catrice is available in pharmacies nationwide, Dunnes and Pennys.

Happy Shopping/Self Gifting!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Christmas Gifts from Bia Beauty ¦ Buy Irish

I previously blogged here about Bia Beauty, another fantastic Irish company who have a fantastic array of gift sets this Christmas.

Bia Beauty, 100% Natural Products, are available to order online (with very reasonable delivery rates) and also in store in Avoca.  


Helping Hands €25 : Lemon Myrtle Handwash and Lemon Myrtle Lotion

Mother and Baby €45 : Eye Gel, Body Butter, and Baby Cream.

Bitesize €9.95 : 10ml of Mellow Mandarin Moisturiser, Orange and Grapefruit Exfoliant and Cleanser, Skin Superfood, Stop the Clock Eye Gel

Feed your Skin €80 :  Mellow Mandarin Moisturiser, Orange and Grapefruit Exfoliant and Cleanser, Stop the Clock Eye Gel, Apple Blossom Body Butter, Detox Body Scrub.

Scrub your Skin €35 : Detox Body Scrub and Orange and Grapefruit Exfoliant and Cleanser

I think there is something for everyone here, and am super excited to pick up the Bitesize set myself as I am yet to try some of the products. 

Head over to Bia Beauty to read up more on each product mentioned above and be sure to sign up to their newsletter for special offers etc.




Monday, 18 November 2013

Pixy Natural Skincare : Giftsets under €20

With Christmas just around the corner, now is the time to get the ball rolling 
and get on top of those pressies.


Let me introduce you to Pixy Natural Beauty Products - natural handmade products made in Ireland with "no nasty parabens, no SLS, no ingredients made from animals and we don't test them on animals"



If you have a certain someone on the gift list that likes to look after their body and indulge in baths, scrubs, creams etc well have a goo at these fantastic gift sets all coming in at under €20.




Starting at the top and working clockwise we have:



Pixy Indulge Gift Box : Lavender Bath Bomb, Honeysuckle Soap  Lime Body Scrub Cubes, Relaxing Lavender Bath Salts



Pixy Pedi: cocoa-butter-drenched solid foot scrub and peppermint foot cream.



Pixy Enjoy Gift Box:  Bath Bomb,  Honeysuckle Soap  Lime Body Scrub Cubes Muscle Soothing Bath Salts.



Teddy & Bath Bomb: various colors depending on the bath bomb.



Mini Bath Bomb Set: five different bath bombs.



Pixy Tempting Gift Set: Scented heart-shaped gentle soap two mini bath bombs, a lip balm and lime body scrubs(that come in the shape of 4 hearts) Temptation has never looked so innocent!



FYI the lime cubes are fantastic at removing fake tan!



There is an array of products over on the Pixy site, they are super fast at shipping and its free on all orders over €10 in Ireland! You will also find a list of stockists nationwide that you can go in and have a browse!


Its nice to support our own so Buy Irish where possible!


Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Things you would like to tax...

I was listening to Hector this am and he was talking about things that we would like to tax. The things coming in were hilarious and I thought I would share with you the things I would like to tax, and hopefully you will tell me yours!!


1. People who don't use the correct lane on a roundabout...

2. People who use their phone while driving...

3. People who look you up and down as much as to say 'the hack of you'...

4. People who smoke right at the doors to any building...

5. People who talk at a concert instead of singing along like the rest of us...

Frustration

Ok so what you are probably gathering that the things I want to tax are the things that really annoy me!! I'd love to hear yours in the comments below!!

Có 

Ten Day You Challenge: Day 8 - Three Films


Uh oh its been a long time since I did this post, but better late than never I suppose!!

So three films, here goes:

1. Prisoners
This is a very recent flick, still in the cinema I'm sure. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman. It's a story of abduction, Hugh being the dad, and Jake the copper. Its probably one of the best crime thrillers I have seen in years. Go see it!!


2. Pitch Perfect
If you are having a bad day and need cheering up, Pitch Perfect is the way to go. 'Fat Amy' one of the main characters is hilarious as is the rest of the film. You don't need to use your brain, just sing a long and be happy!


3. Tarzan
This is probably my favourite Disney film. I love the story, the music and the animation. I'm a big child at heart. 


Friday, 11 October 2013

Sneak Peak @ the Bieber Collection for Essence

Essence are really fantastic at pleasing the masses with their 'on trend' collections at affordable prices, previous collections featured were Snow White and Twilight. 

The latest one to hit our shelves will be 'Beauty Beats' - girls on tour with Justin Bieber. 

Yes beliebers I did say JUSTIN BIEBER!

As much as I hate to admit it, this 19 year old Canadian is quiet catchy, and if I was a few years younger I no doubt would have an obsession!

So here is a preview of whats in the collection which is due to hit shops this month and next! 



I think this collection is fun and fresh and I reckon stands in Pennys will be ravaged by beliebers! I will def be grabbing the nail polishes, serious steal buy @ only €3.09!

Có 

Thursday, 26 September 2013

My Shopping Habits - SBBC Day 25

Over the past number of years I have defo become on online shopper rather than in store. Ebay is like heaven for me, I can find anything I like/need on it, and the prices are always affordable. I am a fiend of using the app on my phone late at night and coming across loads of trinkets, my Da even calls now saying 'another necklace from Hong Kong arrived'.

www.ebay.ie

Asos is another fave of mine online, it really is the bees knees for having up to date fashion, amazing sales, and covers pretty much everything from shoes, to bags, to makeup. It always has a really great mens section too which the boy quiet likes. Asos marketplace has great finds too.

www.asos.com
Etsy is something I have recently come across, and am enthralled by the amazingness of it all. Its full of handcrafted and one of a kind things which will capture your imagination. I will defo be picking up a few christmas presents this year. 

www.etsy.com
When I am not shopping online the shops I tend to frequent are:
Forever 21 - I usually do a haul here twice a year and have never ever left the store empty handed.

forever21.com

River Island - This is where I get my winter boots every year, they are not cheap but they are guaranteed to last.
riverisland.com

Zara - have the best jeans, the best parkas, and really just a great all rounder.
zara.com

Pennys/Primark - well there is not much to say here apart from bang on trend, value for money, and huge variety. I love this store. I get most of my work wear here, statement jewellery here, shoes, underwear, cocoa brown tan, catrice and essence makeup. 

OMG i wanna go shopping now!!!!

Có x

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

I wear my fave quote on my feet : SBBC Day 22

I have a huge grá for tattoos and I got one of my favorite quotes tattooed on my feet back in Alaska in 2010. The pain was horrendous, but I love them so it was worth it. These will forever remind me to not take any shit, stand up for myself, and stand up for my beliefs.


"If you stand for nothing.... You will fall for anything"




Blogging Advice - Not that I'm an expert : SBBC Day 21

I was a bit weary about writing this post cause I am my no means some blogging expert, but sure I'll go ahead and tell you a few things I have learned that will hopefully help someone who is new to blogging. 

Be yourself - what interests you? Your personality will shine through in your blog posts if you write as yourself. Reading 'reviews' that are samey samey is BORING! Also don't be afraid to diversify, your blog does not have to be just beauty, or just fashion, mixed blogs are fantastic to read. 

Interact with other bloggers - twitter is absolutely fantastic for getting to know other bloggers. You will be able to draw inspiration from these people and it will also give you a fantastic sense of community. 

Social Media - bloglovin, instagram, and twitter and fantastic for getting your blog out there!

Like how your blog looks - their is no 'set way' of how your blog should look, mess around with it as much as you like. There are fantastic tutorials online and it may take months but you will get the hang of html codes etc and get the hang of how to decorate your own space!




Do not expect anything - just cause you have reviewed a product, that doesn't mean that you are 'entitled' to free stuff off the company, the PR company and product itself owes you nothing. If you are in blogging for events and free stuff it will shine through and you probably wont be too successful.

Blog when you want to blog - you don't need to blog everyday in order to hold the interest of readers. If blog posts are forced this will be fairly obvious. You are better off writing when you feel like it and want to. Quality over quantity. 

Carry a notebook - you might find inspiration for a blog post at random moments so keep a not of these and you can come back to them whenever you need some inspiration!

I'm sure there are far more 'established' bloggers who will have wiser words for you, but these are my two cents for what they are worth.

Có 





10 products under a €10 - SBBC Day 20

Here are a few things that I love that cost me under a tenner:

This fab chain that i nabbed on ebay cost me €5.99 including postage. I love it, it really perks up a plain black outfit!


After reading all of your storage posts I have been inspired to do an overhaul on my room (as I cant see myself leaving my mams for a while). This acrylic heart shaped storage cost me €5.69 including postage on ebay.

These pots of deliciousness are €1.50 (approx) which you might think is a little expensive for a yogurt, but these glass pots double as as candle holders, desk tidys, lipliner/eyeliner holders, and loads of other storage type things!

Meet Jess - my gorgeous border collie. I picked up her fab bandanna collar on ebay for €6. She looks lovely don't ya think!!

I have a new love for eyeshadow since discovering Maybelline Color Tattoo's. They are fab (I will do a more in dept review) and retail at €7.49

Best matte base primer you will use. If you have oilyish skin you need this Paese primer in your life. Its about €7/€8 on cloud10beauty.com 

I have spoken over and over about the fantastic quality of the Kate for Rimmel lippies, they are €6.99 and flipping amazing.

Dotting tools are all over ebay and if you love nail art you need to grab some. I got a set of five for about €4 including postage.  

Keeping with nail varnish, i really don't think you can go wrong with Catrice. Cheap cheerful and long lasting.
via catrice website
 If you love the caviar manicure but don't want to fork out for Ciate, grab these great little jars for about €3 on ebay. They are soooo pretty!

Monday, 23 September 2013

Hot Waxing - Whats it all about?

Most of us ladies have experienced waxing in some way shape or form, and to be honest the general consensus is that you leave your dignity at the door and accept the fact that it is going to hurt like hell.

Well today I'm going to tell you what to expect if you are going for your first wax, and secondly my recommendation for hot wax vs strip wax. So lets begin....

If you've never had your hoo haa waxed it is nice to know what to expect when going to the beauticians. There are loads of different 'styles' of bikini waxing available so its good to have some idea what you want going in: 
1. Bikini = the sides, 
2. Extended bikini = further in toward the middle, 
3. Californian = thick landing strip, kinda like a thong line, 
4. Brazilian = underneath waxed and thin landing strip, 
5. Hollywood = ALL gone!
For no.1 and no.2 you will usually keep your knicks on, and just have to remove your trousers, you can also ask for disposable knicks if you like. Any of the other you need to know that you will be nakey from the waist down. As this can be quiet daunting it is important to find a beauticians you are comfortable with or that has been recommended. Also you need to remember that these ladies are professionals, they see hoo haa's every day of the week so yours is no different, just relax.




I would like to take this opportunity to HIGHLY recommend Sharon's Urban Escape (S.U.E) in Newbridge Co. Kildare. S.U.E is located on the backstreet of Newbridge and really lives up to its name by screaming luxury when you walk in the door. It really is hard to believe you have just walked in from a busy town as you can hear nothing but relaxing music, smell lovely candles and basically a over all sense of calm. I had never met Sharon before my first appointment there last year so naturally I was a little nervous going in for my waxing, but from the minute I walked in Sharon was so nice, and explained EVERYTHING, I knew I was in good hands. Sharon had years of experience managing a beauticians before opening her own place, and this really shows in her level of professionalism. Sharon offers a customer loyalty scheme with a couple of various things including waxing. For example she will remind you every 6 weeks via text to return for your waxing, and on your sixth occasion it will be free! 

In relation to the pain factor of waxing, since getting mine done in S.U.E there has been little to no pain, and this is down to the use of Lycon Hot Wax, and of course Sharon knowing what she is doing! Lycon hot wax is different from regular wax as it is a much higher temperature (which can take a little getting used to) and instead of using a strip to remove the wax, hot wax essentially sets/hardens on the area and then pulled off directly.

If you have been contemplating waxing for a while have a chat with your mates and look for good recommendations  Similarly if you are thinking of returning to waxing after a bad experience also get some good recommendations and look for hot wax! If you are in the Kildare area, make an appointment with Sharon, you really cant go wrong! Pssstt... if you are @ Kildare Village shopping, treat yourself on the way home as S.U.E is only a stones throw away!

Có x



Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Mane n Tail Anti Dandruff ¦ Review

You might remember I reviewed Mane 'n Tail colour protect shampoo and conditioner a few months ago (here) and pretty much hated it, much to my own disappointment, so when I was approached to give the anti dandruff one a shot, I explained that I had not gotten on with the colour one and was a little reluctant. So many people LOVE this brand and I was still disappointed that I didn't so I decided to give it a shot.

When it comes to anti dandruff shampoos they generally strip your colour but Mane n Tail tell us that this shampoo and conditioner in fact helps to protect colour treated hair, as well as leaving hair shiny and silky. To stop itching and flaking mane and tail have combined olive oil and 1% Combines nourishing olive oil to strengthen Pyrithione Zinc. 



So lets get down to the nitty gritty did this stuff do the job. I don't have a huge problem with dandruff so I cant vouch for the power of snow free shoulders but I can vouch for how different, in a good way, this was compared to the colour protect version. 

I can get suds in my hair effortlessly, I feel like I am getting a really good wash and even before applying conditioner I could def get a brush through my hair. 

The conditioner is really nice too, not too heavy at all, and only a little bit is needed therefore you will get yonks out of your bottle. I feel like my hair looks a lot healthier than it had been looking, and my colour definitely has not faded since using this shampoo.

The RRP is €13.95 each for these bad boys!

So all in all GREAT JOB Mane n Tail. I really enjoyed using these two products, and am so glad I get the hype now!!

*pr sample received gratefully

MAC Stuido Fix Foundation ¦ Review - SBBC Day 17

Wow cant believe we are half way through September already, have discovered some great new blogs through the #SBBC on twitter, so go on and have a goo if your looking for new reading material, and if you have no idea what SBBC is, have a goo here!

So its day 17 and I'm gonna talk about a product I just don't get all the hype about: MAC Studio Fix Foundation.

I know so many people that swear by MAC foundation, its all over the blogosphere, there is generally no escaping it, and well lets just say it was like world peace had been reached with the cries of joy when they released lighter shades to suit us pasty lot.

I decided to jump on the bandwagon a month or two ago as I always have issues with getting light enough foundation. I picked up Studio Fix Foundation in shade NW10. 


via macoscmetics.com


Lets start off on a positive note with the shade, its fantastic, plain and simple, it looks fantastic and really does match my skin tone, it also has a nice distinctive smell that doesn't transfer to skin.

Ok well that's really all I have to say in the positive category unfortunately. Le Sigh!

The lasting power is SHOCKING, it looks great on my face for a half hour tops then starts to what only can be described as melting off. It sinks in to my pores (even though I always wear primer and have tried a few different ones). By lunch time I look shocking. 

I am soo soo disappointed because I have shelled out €36 euros on something that is essentially useless to me know. I have been trying to make the most out of it by mixing with my other foundations to lighten them but it still feels like such a disappointment and I just don't get what the hype is all about with this foundation.

Maybe it is just my skin type so please do give it a go and see if it works for you rather than going on my words alone.

I love most other MAC products and find their counter staff absolutely fantastic, so it pains me to give this review. 

Note to self: Get samples before buying full bottle of foundation next time. 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Wish list - SBBC Day 15

Wish list SBBC




Here are a few bits and bobs I am hoping to pick up before the end of the year, nothing too extravagent, so should be manageable.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Eye Candy - Day 15 SBBC


So its sunday and we could all do with a good look a few fine things!

As you have prob guessed from my profile, and pics of my boy I LOVE hairy bearded tatooed men. So here a few that make me weak at the knees.
 
Charlie Hunnam... (Actor - Sons of Anarchy)


Billy Huxley... (Model)


Simon Neil... (Biffy Clyro)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dtsg9Q0gbr0/UIELrUXV_7I/AAAAAAAAAGI/GHb0ep91G38/s1600/ooofft.jpg

Tom Hardy... (Actor)