Sunday, 21 December 2014

Weekly Reflect | #15

Hello everyone! 
Are you ready for Christmas?
The festive feeling has finally kicked in! Only a few more sleeps to go . . .


This week:


  • . . . I was supposed to be in school until Wednesday but I had to take off sick with my second cold in the space of 3 weeks! I actually got a lot of Christmas prep done, including putting up the tree & tidying my pigsty of a bedroom. In between watching films like The Great Gatsby, of course.
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    • . . . my sister came home from uni for Christmas on Wednesday night!
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    • . . . I've been listening to Nicki Minaj's new album The Pinkprint ever since it came out on Monday. I'm beyond excited to be seeing her in April performing these amazing songs! As the cherry on the cake, I found a Nicki t-shirt in a charity shop yesterday! How's that for luck?
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    • . . . a few friends and I had a Christmas movie day yesterday! Well, Miracle on 34th Street was played in the background while we laughed, exchanged gifts & ate Domino's pizza. Damn, I'm gonna miss seeing these girls everyday when we leave school!


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    So that's how my week panned out! 
    How was yours?

    Thanks for reading,
    Maeve
    x

    Friday, 19 December 2014

    Doing your bit for Text Santa with The Hut

    Hello everyone!
    Christmas is the time for giving - to those we know as well as to those we don't.

    Just a quick post today to let you all know that Text Santa will be on ITV tonight! With special guests and sketches, including the dynamic duo Ant & Dec, it's sure to be a night of entertainment. 
    I also quickly want to say that this isn't sponsored, just something I'm passionate about.




    If you didn't know, Text Santa is a great appeal which aims to make as much money as possible for charities around the UK. What's different about it is that 100% of what you donate goes directly to charity.

    If you want to do your bit, you can text or phone to donate, or alternatively buy a jumper, t-shirt or onesie from The Hut. They have a range of different items which you can get yourself while donating to the cause. I don't know about you but I'm looking at that pink onesie! The Hut will donate 25% of the cost to Text Santa. In my opinion, they'd also make great gifts this Christmas - not only does your loved one get something new to wear, you've also made a donation on their behalf!

    I'll be tuning in to watch the show, will you?

    Thanks for reading,
    Maeve
    x

    Wednesday, 17 December 2014

    ❅ The Christmas Tag ❅

    Hello everyone!
    The big day is fast approaching and what better way to celebrate that than talk about all things Christmas!


    1. What is your favourite Christmas film?
    Oooh, now this one was always gonna be difficult! I remember when my brother, sister and I were all young and we would set out the Christmas videos (yep, that long ago!) on Christmas Eve and pick one to watch. It would usually be either Santa Clause The Movie or The Santa Clause, they're absolute classics in my eyes. I also love watching The Nightmare Before Christmas, it always feels like Christmas once I've watched that!

    2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?
    Yes! I love it when it snows on Christmas Day.

    3. Where do you usually spend the holidays?
    Always at home with my family - I think that's the best way to do it!

    4. What is your favourite Christmas song?
    You just can't beat a bit of Mariah or Michael Buble, now can you? If they collaborated for a Christmas song, oh my. I also loved this by Cast of Lions last year and it's what I'm listening to as we speak!


    5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
    Nope!

    6. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
    Well there's Rudolph of course . . . Dasher, Dancer, Donner, Blitzen, Comet, Cupid . . . that's all I got! Your turn to try.

    7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
    Wrapping presents to the sound of Michael Buble's Christmas album is a definite tradition, as is visiting my Granny on Christmas Eve. Another tradition we've always stuck to is on Christmas morning, we always had to check and see if the radiator's warm. The heating comes on at about 6 o'clock in our house so if the radiator's cold, we go back to bed. If it's warm, we can get up and check if Santa's been

    8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
    We had a real one a few years ago which was nice but we usually stick to our fake one and love it.

    9. What is your all-time favourite holiday food/sweet treat?
    Putting Christmas dinner itself aside, we do love some cheese & crackers in our house when it gets festive. Oh, and there's always the obligatory tin of sweets!

    10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
    Definitely giving! I try to be personal with my gifts and take a lot of care choosing and wrapping them. Getting presents is great too, but seeing someone appreciate what you got them is infinitely better!


    11. What's the best Christmas gift you've ever received?
    Back in the day, I once got a toy pedal tractor and it was amazing. Yep, I used to want to be a farmer so that was a fabulous present. My dolls house was a favourite too. Fast forward to this year, Santa kindly got me a ticket to see Nicki Minaj live and I'm pretty thrilled about that!

    12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
    Christmas in New York sounds dreamy, doesn't it?

    13. Are you a pro-present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
    I have to say I actually do enjoy wrapping! I wouldn't stay I'm a pro but I do try!

    14. Most memorable holiday moment?
    I'm actually struggling to think of one in particular there's been so many! My parents always went out of their way to make Christmas extra special which is something I can't wait to emulate when I have children.

    15. What made you realise the truth about Santa?
    When I got to secondary school, some other children planted the idea in my head. I refused to believe but then the day came when my dad and older sister told me.

    16. Do you make New Year's Resolutions? Do you stick to them?
    I always try to and they last for about two weeks. For the upcoming year though, I have a bunch of blogging resolutions I'm really hoping to stick to. I'll be posting about them soon enough!

    17. What makes the holidays special for you?
    Being with my family. My sister will be coming home from uni tonight so we'll all be reunited and it doesn't get much more special than that.

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    Well now I feel festive! 
    I hope this got you in the Christmas mood, let's all share Christmas memories & traditions in the comments!

    I tag:
    Georgia
    Jess
    Becky

    Thanks for reading,
    Maeve
    x

    Monday, 15 December 2014

    Starting a MAC Pro Eyeshadow x15 Palette

    Hello everyone!
    MAC.
    Quite possibly the most talked about makeup brand.
    If you don't own something from MAC, there's bound to be something on your wishlist at least.




    Throughout the time I've been watching Youtube videos and reading blogs, there’s always been common theme and that’s MAC Cosmetics. Despite only owning a handful of products from the brand, I could probably recite their lipstick shades like the alphabet. Okay, slight exaggeration, but y'know, I can recognise a fair bunch of them!

    After hearing so much about their eyeshadows and having always had a huge love for anything customisable, I decided to treat myself and start a Pro x15 Palette back in January.

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    Now, you’re all smart human beings and you’ll be able to tell that January was quite a few months ago . . . and that there’s only one shadow in the palette!

    Individual MAC eyeshadows are £10 each and I can’t justify splashing out on them all the time. That said, I do feel kinda bad for leaving just the one without any friends. It set me back 30 of my well earned pounds on the packaging alone – very unlike me to spend like that, but I see it as an investment.




    The shade I own is Blanc Type which I thought to be the ideal starter shade. It's matte and milky cream in colour so can easily be worn all over the lid as a base or as a non-shimmer highlight. I love using it with my cheaper eyeshadows to prolong their wear time!



    What are my plans for the rest of the palette?

    Well, I'd quite like to fill the top row with a graduation from Blanc Type all the way to a dark brown. That would be my neutral row, leaving room for slightly more adventurous colours on the other two.

     Coppers, purples, deep greens and rosy pinks - those are the shades I like to use most often.
    If you're a MAC fanatic and know your shades, I'd love it if you could recommend me some!


    I think if it's within your budget, a MAC Palette would make the most amazing gift - you could start it off and leave the rest up to your loved one's imagination!


    Thanks for reading,
    Maeve
    x

    Sunday, 14 December 2014

    Weekly Reflect | #14

    Hello everyone! 
    The temperature has been well and truly dropping just recently but I'm putting my Christmas tree up today so it's all good!
    So what happened this week?


    we lit our fire for the first time this Winter!

    This week:


    • . . . I got the results of my mock A-Levels. I didn't do as bad as I thought I was going to do but I still need to do a lot of work if I want to do well. Serious revision begins over the Christmas holidays!
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      • . . . on Tuesday, I had really positive day for some unknown reason. I woke up bright and happy and didn't let anything get me down, even though there were a few opportunites which could have. I was just in a really positive mood and tried to share it with everyone I encountered that day. Do you ever get random days like these?
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      • . . . I've been thinking up New Year's Resolutions!
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      • . . . last but not least - in fact probably the most exciting thing that happened this week - I got my ticket to see Nicki Minaj! She announced her European tour on Monday night (maybe that's why I was so happy the next day), tickets went on sale Friday and I very luckily got one for her Belfast date! She's my all time favourite and it still hasn't sunk in that I'll be going to see her perform in real, actual life. Roll on April!


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      So that was my week! 
      How was yours?

      Thanks for reading,
      Maeve
      x