Sunday, 25 January 2015

Weekly Reflect | #20

Hello everyone! 

Well, it wasn't exactly the most thrilling of weeks for me as I'm still off sick but sure, what can you do! I'm sorry it lead to there being no new posts up last week but don't worry, normal posting will resume as of tomorrow! 

Here's this week's Weekly Reflect . . .

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just one of my cat mugs - yep, there's a collection building!

This week:


  • . . . the sickness continued. I had a few doctors appointments but really, there's nothing they could do other than tell me to rest. So I tried to, and this weeks photo is of my fluffy dressing gown & pink cat mug because it pretty much sums up the week! 
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    • . . . it was my lovely mums birthday on Wednesday!
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    • . . . I received some W7 goodies in the post! They're a cool budget makeup brand that have been on my radar for a while now so I was really excited when I found out they wanted to send me some things. Keep an eye out for reviews to come soon!
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    • . . . our electricity was cut off on Thursday from about 10am until 3pm. That meant no internet, no TV and no microwave so it was a bit unusual! It made me think though, imagine what life would be like without it all? Just a thought!


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    So that was my week! 
    How was yours?

    Thanks for reading,
    Maeve
    x

    Sunday, 18 January 2015

    Weekly Reflect | #19

    Hello everyone! 
    Well that week didn't turn out how I expected! 

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    I was off school all week due to feeling really ill. I started feeling a bit crappy on Friday of last week but brushed it off as I thought I'd get better in a day or two. Nope - so I went to the doctor on Thursday who took some blood tests which I'm still waiting for the results back on. Anyway, the reason I'm telling you is not to worry you or anything! I'm just letting you know I'm not sure how regular blog posts will be next week, which is something I'm really annoyed about because I was determined to stick to my posting schedule. But c'est la vie!

    Let's dwell on the more positive things in the week, shall we?


    This week:


    • . . . I had an orthodontist appointment on Monday which I'm very pleased to say was my last one, that is before I'll be getting my braces off! March 23rd is the big day and by that time I'll have had them on for just under a year and a half. I can't wait!
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      • . . . I took up knitting again! If you caught a glimpse of Friday's post you'll see I'm getting a little inspiration from Pinterest and have been enjoying trying to knit all week. It's coming along slowly but surely and I can't wait til I can knit that hedgehog! (see the post to find out what I'm on about!)

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      • . . . we had snow! More snow!


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      So that was my week! 
      How was yours?

      Thanks for reading,
      Maeve
      x

      Friday, 16 January 2015

      Learning to knit | Pin-spiration!

      Hello everyone!
      I have something a little different today but it's something I have a big interest in & hope to be able to share with you!

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      all images taken from pinterest (can be found on my Craft & DIY board linked below)

      I'm learning to knit! 
      Well, technically relearning as I used to do it a few years ago but I completely forgot how to. You may have seen on my Instagram I started on Monday night & have been practicing every night since. 

      It definitely takes a bit of getting used to but it's such a relaxing thing to do in the evenings while I'm watching TV. I still need to figure out getting my hands in the right position but I'm getting there! Hopefully when I master regular stitching I can move onto some more ambitious knits, like the ones I've found on Pinterest lately!


      Since I got the Pinterest app on my phone I've been pinning away like mad, especially on my Craft & DIY board! I can't wait to be able to knit like that and maybe even crochet too. How cute is that stag head? And that hedgehog?!

      I hope you enjoyed this wee post and maybe have been inspired to knit! Please feel free to share your Pinterest profiles and I definitely need to follow more of you on there.

      Can you knit/crochet?

      Thanks for reading,
      Maeve
      x

      Wednesday, 14 January 2015

      The Versatile Blogger Award

      Hello everyone!
      Not long ago, I was reading the comments on one of my blog posts only to find that I'd been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Lorilee! Now, I'd never heard of it before but I soon found out that the award recognises & applauds fellow bloggers on the quality and uniqueness of their blog - thanks Lorilee!

      the versatile blogger award

      So here's what happens if you're nominated . . . 

      1) Thank the person who nominated you.
      2) Pick 15 bloggers that you love & link to their blogs.
      3) Let those bloggers know & link them back to your post.
      4) Tell 7 things about yourself.

      And the bloggers I nominate are . . .

      Katy // Marin // Sarah // Rebecca // Claire // Tanith // Amber // Rebecca // Becky // Claire // Hayley // Fee // Sorcha // Elle // Georgia

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      7 things about me . . .
      - Apparently when my mum went into labour with me, Emmerdale was just starting on TV and she remembers hearing the theme tune as she was getting ready to go. I guess I was born to love the show!
      - I currently have 3 cat mugs - that is, mugs that have cats on them. One is actually in the shape of a cat face.
      - I like cats and tea.
      - Odd numbers make me uncomfortable & seem incomplete to me!
      - I actually really, really like salads.
      - I set my alarm in the morning for half an hour earlier than I need to get up so I can have a 'mini lie-in'.

      Thank you once again to Lorilee for the nomination!

      Who are your favourite bloggers?

      Thanks for reading,
      Maeve
      x

      Monday, 12 January 2015

      My Everyday Makeup | Winter Edition!

      Hello everyone!
      You may remember a few months ago I blogged about my everyday makeup. It was back in September in fact and a few things have changed since then! I've switched a few things out in exchange for other products and I thought I'd tell you all about them.

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      I still opt for a very natural look for day to day wear, as for the most part I'm at school and not actually allowed to wear anything other than light foundation! Don't tell my principle, eh?


      The BASE

      I start out by placing some Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer on the key areas of my face to ensure I get all the coverage I want. I then take a small fluffy brush and blend slightly in a patting motion so as not to swipe it away but smooth it out.

      I then dab some L'Oreal Infallible Foundation on and with my angled foundation brush tap & blend that in seamlessly with the concealer. Blending is the key to a natural looking base so if that's what you want, make sure to really buff it in - even when you think you're done, blend some more!

      The FACE

      The MUA Blush Perfection Cream Blusher is a recent addition to my routine. I was really curious about cream blushes so picked up this one at the amazing price of just £2 (although it's currently on sale for just £1.30!). At first, I wasn't 100% sure how to apply it best but I've found pressing my fingers on and picking up some product then tapping it onto my cheekbones & apples before bringing in a brush to stipple/blend is how I like to. It's very possible to apply too much so I've found a light hand is needed!

      Another new product I picked up for £3 is the MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter. It was a very hyped up product when it came out but for some reason I resisted that - until now! At first I was actually fairly unimpressed by it's lack of pigmentation, until I realised the problem! With baked powders, the oil from your fingers when you swatch it creates a seal over the product rendering it useless! The solution? Scratching it! I soon realised that making scratches on the surface unleashing it's pigmentation again and now I love this highlighter! Sadly I only discovered this after these photos were taken but now it gives me a lovely glow which I've actually been complimented on a handful of times! I use the Real Techniques Contour brush to apply it on the tops of my cheeks, down my nose and on my brow bones. Wonder product!

      Rimmel's Clear Complexion Powder is an old favourite of mine and I just pat it over my T zone, chin & under eyes to really lock my foundation in place.


      The EYES

      Something I've carried on using since my Autumn everyday makeup is the Bellapierre Eyeliner. I was kindly gifted it by Lookfantastic and it's definitely become a staple for me! I simply use it to tightline my lashes (which takes a fair bit of practice!) and sometimes smudge a bit on the lid close to my lashes. What I love about this is that it really doesn't budge!

      I needed to replace my mascara recently and when I read Katie's post, Collection's Lengthening Mascara sounded like it could be the one for me! It actually reminds me of They're Real! (my all time fave) but at a fraction of the cost and only scrimps on a wee bit of the volume. Really impressed with this lime green packaged beauty!

      The LIPS

      It probably won't come as a surprise that the Carmex Cherry Lip Balm gets used multiple times a day! I've said it before but I'll say it again - this works to really moisturise your lips. Sometimes I'll just leave it at that, but more recently I've been adding a subtle colour over the top of it. The MUA Lipgloss is a really safe option as it's very 'my lips but glossier' and smells of toffee! If I'm going for something a tad bolder, I'll smudge on my Revlon Matte Balm in 'Elusive' or apply a teeny bit of Benefit's Posietint. Love 'em both!


      So there we have it - my updated everyday makeup. Hands up if you think I should do one for every season!

      Have you tried any of these products?

      Thanks for reading,
      Maeve
      x


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