Friday, 22 February 2013

A-Z of C'est Moi!

I have just read this tag type of post on my fellow blogger friend Lisa's blog and really liked it so naturally I am here doing it!(I Love a good tag post!)I know she posted hers ages ago but I was stuck on 1 question for ages!
Basically I just fill in this A-Z questionnaire and that's it so please do do it and link it below! 

Addictions: Food. Seems pretty weird but as I'm trying to be healthy you have no idea how hard it has been to avoid huge portions of CARBS...
Bed size: Double(It's basically a big single bed)
Chore you hate:  Hoovering the stairs. I'm always stuck with that job.
Dogs or cats: Dogs. I hate my cat.
Essential start of your day: Catching up on Twitter.
Favorite colour: Pink.(surprise, surprise)
Gold or silver: Silver jewelry, gold to look at.
Height: 5'5"
Instruments you play (or have played): Piano(not anymore) & Guitar(very badly)
Jobs titles you've had: Nanny, Mystery Shopper, Beautician, Makeup Artist

Kids: Lucy Lou, 1.5. Yes I am talking about my Dog.. 
Live: Co. Dublin, Ireland
Mom’s name: Annmarie (not ann-marie, pronounced ann-marry)
Nickname: Ali, Ah-key and recently 'Al'. I don't like that one.
Overnight hospital stays: appart from when I was born? One, ugh let's never speak of it again!
Pet peeve:  People shaking their legs. 
Quote from a movie: "Hey, hey, hey how's my best Girlfriends!?"- Mean Girls. (probably not my fave but I love it all the same!)
Right or left handed: right handed
Siblings: 2 Brothers, 1 Sister

(do any of us look alike? ps stinger this is the only Christmas photo of the 4 of us and my older Brother's eye's are shut!)
Time you wake up: between 7:30 & 8 on college days and about 10 on day's I'm off.
Underwear: Dunnes Stores.
Vegetables you dislike: Celery. YUCK!
What makes you run late: Sleeping in. ie just lying in bed when I'm supposed to be up even though I'm awake..
X-rays you’ve had done: One on my ankle, wasn't broken just a really bad sprain. 
Yummy food you make: Healthy Pizza(made with Spelt flour!)
Zoo animal: I love looking at the giraffes and elephants cause their so darn big but I also go into a trance watching the penguin's... weird I know.

Make sure you do this tag and link it below!
Until next time,
Love and Kisses,
Alice x

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Catrice Waterproof Liquid Liner Review

I have been loving eyeliner recently and for the first time I am actually rotating between all different types- pencil, liquid, gel, powder.. I am getting great use out of all my makeup but of course I'm still trying new things out. This Catrice Cosmetics waterproof Liqud Liner is perfect for people starting out with liquid eye liner as it has a super fine but firm applicator (very important, I hate flimsy long brushes). 
The applicator brush(well it's more of a sponge-y type thing then a brush!) means you can do a very slim line and build it up to the thickness you want.
Here are 2 simple lines I did very quickly on my eyes to show you. I added some mascara for the pictures so imagine this with a little more makeup and keep in mind as well that I have very small eye space!

The liner dries super fast and stays put all day. It's waterproof so if you wear contacts like me and your eyes tend to water this is ideal. Also great for those seriously windy days we've been having of late , my makeup has run all over the place in recent days so waterproof is my new best friend.
Using a little bit of eye makeup remover on a cotton pad gets it all off quickly so none of that harsh rubbing at your eyes ladies! This eyeliner gets a thumbs up from me and with catrice products being so affordable you'd be crazy not pick one up for yourself! 

What are your guys favourite type of eyeliners? What's the best one you've tried- I want to know so leave it below in the comments.

Until next time,
I hope your all well and I'll talk to you soon,
Alice x


Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Working at the Justin Bieber concert with Essence Cosmetics

Well if you don't follow me on twitter or like my Facebook page you won't be in the know on the latest(amazing) happening's in my life.
Well I was lucky enough to be 'Head Makeup Artist' at the Justin Bieber concert working with Essence Cosmetics. 

Now to clear some things up I wasn't Justin's makeup artist and no, I didn't meet him(so sad!). Essence had a booth at the concert where anyone could get a mini makeover, get their picture taken with a Justin Bieber cut out and whatever product was used in their make over was given to them courtesy of Essence. 
It was fast pace and great fun, I think we did about 1,000 people over the 2 nights which is just crazy! You can see all of the photo's on Essence Ireland's facebook page here. The hype and atmosphere was great as all of Justin's fans got more excited for him on stage, It was wonderful to just be apart of it all. 
All the promo girls, myself and 'The Biebs'
On the second day I arrived earlier then the previous day and did 3 of the 'meet & greet' winners(so jealous!) makeup which was nice as I got to spend more time with each of the girls and give them their 'concert look' for meeting with Justin. Two of the winners didn't actually know they had won so when we did tell them they wouldn't have to settle for the card board cut out it was all worth it, they were so happy and so deserving of it. I am really happy that they were the ones that won it as they were such lovely girls and huge fans of the man himself(I saw two girls wondering around when Justin was on stage the first night, when I asked why they weren't watching they told me they didn't like him-they had just come because they won tickets..)
I got to see about 20 minutes of the concert and from what I saw he was pretty good, the crowd loved him anyway! The stage actual show was put together really well with all of the lights and pre filmed bits. I heard pretty much the whole of the concert the first day which was great fun I was dancing around and singing all of his songs... bitta' fan girling really! 
It was such an amazing experience and I am so unbelievably thankful to Essence and Rave Communications for this amazing opportunity. I have lot's of essence goodies that I can't wait to do a giveaway/competition on but I need to figure a few things out first!

There will probably be a lot about essence on the blog for a while only because I am so excited about the brand at the moment, doing that many 'mini-makeovers' made me pretty familiar with a lot of the products which in turn made me love a lot of them!

Until next time
I hope you're all well and I'll talk to you soon,
Alice x
Cheeky pic of him in action! 

Friday, 15 February 2013

Pancake Thursday!

Before you all run to panic stations do not worry I did have pancakes on Tuesday. My Mum made lovely savory crepes for dinner and Belgium chocolate pancakes for desert but my sister was not home so didn't get any, because of this she decided to make American style pancakes for the 2 of us on Thursday!

I woke up to see she had the batter complete(perfect for me- no cleaning up!) so we proceeded to cook the yummy goodness. I love this part especially the American style as they are much easier so control(none of this spreading around the pan business)
Before we knew it, it was eating time!
We didn't feel like making Mum's Belgium chocolate sauce so we settled for lemon and sugar as well as the maple syrup I brought back from Canada.
This was my first helping (the butter gives such a nice flavour, sweet & savory if you will)
I had about 5 pancakes(naughty!) rotating between lemon & sugar and maple syrup & butter and they were divine! Kept me full until dinner too(it was a late breakfast so more of a 'brunch')

So there is my second day of pancake eating in 1 week(but surely one must have both kinds!?)
As for the recipe I'm pretty sure my sister just googled 'American style pancake recipie' I know that it did include sugar in the recipe but seeing as we were adding enough sugar after the cooking process she chose to leave it out.

Until next time I hope you're all well and I'll talk to you soon!
Alice x
ps Did you all indulge this pancake Tuesday week?

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Valentine's Day- Stop Moaning!

Today is the day of the year all single people dread. Valentines Day.
But you see that's the thing it is the one day single people don't look forward to but that's it. People do celebrate it but I am yet to see even one sappy Fcebook status or tweet and I have friends who are in relationships, engaged or married. 
Every second status seems to be like 'ugh I hate valentines day' or one that I liked this morning

'Yes roses ar red, dey wer red yesterday nd dey'll still b red 2moro so shut up!!'

I am single and I get annoyed sometimes walking around seeing loved up couples everywhere I go but this isn't just a one day thing it's every time I'm out and about(it's not really jealousy though I'm just not a huge fan of PDA!)

I'm not going to go on about how I'm so sad I don't have a boyfriend blah blah blah because yes sometimes I do wish I was in a relationship but then I'm like 'meh, effort' 
My point is Valentines day is just filled with single people moaning.. and of course lots of businesses jumping on board but who can blame them if they can get some extra business go for it!

So there is my little post on my thoughts of Valentines Day.. Be mine? lol(interpret that as you will- Lot's of Love or Laugh out Loud)


Alice x

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Shrove Tuesday & Lush

Today I received an email from Lush tittled 'SHROVE TUESDAY: Shower Your Body with Lemon and Sugar'. I was intrigued as I'm a Catholic and kinda take these things seriously(the eating of the pancakes included) so I read on and thought I'd share with you all the products that they are promoting in the essence of shrove Tuesday.

So first we have Lemony Flutter cuticle butter (€9.45  for 50g). 
This is as it says a moisturiser for your cuticles but can be used for more then just your nails. It can help soften hard skin on places like your elbows, hands(we all know how i am with my dry hands!) and feet. Lemon juice is rich in vitamins so this and a mix of some lovely oils are basically what do all the softening. I haven't tried this but it sounds like it would smell amazing if anything else!

Then something that I know I would like is the Popcorn lip scrub (€6.75).
I have tried lip scrubs from lush in the past and loved them. You basically massage some of the product on your lips, wipe away and you're left with soft lips! It's as simple as that! I get chapped lips all the time(hence why I stay away from matte lippy's a lot) so this is a game changer for me, it's reminded me to go in and pick up a new one, so maybe I'll try this new popcorn flavour, I wonder if it really does taste like popcorn..

The final thing I'm going to talk about is this cream eye shadow from the emotional brilliance range 'Lifted' (€17.95)
Now this is well very yellow and although I'm trying to be more daring with colour and trying to step outside my comfort zone a little this seems a little much for me. I'll have to go in and have a little swatch though before I write it off completely! 

So there are some products from Lush inspired by the lemon and sugar that will fill everyone's homes this Tuesday. Are you interested in any of the products I've spoken about? Be sure to check Lush's website to see all of their lovely things.

Happy Thursday!
Love and Kisses,
Alice x

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

VO5 Heat Defence Spray review

 I was in the market over  a year ago now for a heat protection spray for my hair when it is dry. I had no problem finding products for when my  hair was wet or damp but what about when I was to put the straighteners to my dry hair?

My friend Claire introduced me to this beauty VO5 Smoothly Does it Tame & Shine & Spray. It also says on the can that it is a heat defence. Perfect. Originally you were not able to buy this in Tesco; just Boots but on my last trip to Tesco I saw it and nearly cried...

So basically you just spray this in each section of dry hair before you put heat to it so if you're curling, straightening or even crimping spray some of this puppy on the gruaig first. 
It smells absolutely lovely none of that awful hairspray bizzznizzzz.

My hair has definitely been protected as I have few split ends and my hair is growing. This is a big deal for me as my hair has hardly grown in about 5 years but i n the last year it has just got so long(by my standards) 

This spray is also supposed to give a sleek, shine and frizz free finish. Now to be honest I haven't really noticed because it wasn't what I bought this for but one of my best Friends uses it after she styles her hair and says it does just that!

So there you have it! This is my holy grail of a hair product, it's featured in a favourites video and will definitely be in my hair care routine post/video(when i eventually do it..) It costs I want to say under the €5 mark but I can't actually remember! You all need this in your hair routine so get to tesco or boots STAT!

Until next time,
Love & kisses,
Alice x

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Human+Kind Hand, Elbow & Foot Cream Review

Human + Kind are slowly becoming very popular with me. At the Dublin Blogger meet up in the summer we all got a goodie bag which included the Human + Kind day and night cream. I never did a review but I loved it. So when I was asked if I wanted to check out the hand, elbow and foot cream I was like ye-ha! It would normally cost €7.95.

First let's talk about how cute the packaging is! I love the matte feel that their products have and then for this one to be hot pink!? Perfect! This 50ml size is perfect to pop in your handbag to use on the go which is exactly what I did.

The smell is really luxurious. At a first impression I said it smelled of lavender but then I looked on the back. No lavender here folks! I do think that smell came from a mix of the cocoa, Shea butter and then their is some sort of rose ingredient. But anyway all together it smells like a rich creamy lavender to me. Does that makes sense?

Now does it actually work? Well during the winter my hands get extremely dry a mix of the cold weather and the radiators heat; my hands just get all coarse and just not very nice basically.
A few applocations of this and my hands were soft so yes it works all right! The only thing I noticed was that when I didn't use it for about a week my hands were back being dry. I don't know if this is the case with all hand creams or just this one but that was my expereice anyway with it.

I didn't actually try this on my elbows because honestly my elbows don't need it and I didn't try it on my feet either simply because it didn't occur to me! I do as I said keep it in my hand bag so I would forget I had it  until I went looking for it if you get me?

Any time I'm sent something to review I usually ask a few friend and/or my Mum and Sister so have a try. This time I gave my 2 best friends a squeeze and they adored it! Now every time I see them they ask for it or if I take it out to use myself their hands just appear in front of me. I even had one of my guy friends try it he didn't say much but he seemed to like it(I think the smell and appearance of it wasn't masculine enough for  him! ha ha)

So there are my thoughts, this is half gone now but I will definitely purchase when it's all gone. A+ from me!
Here is a link to the website on a list of where you can pick up any Human+Kind products 

Until Next Time,
Love & Kisses,
Alice x