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Since moving to London four years ago I have joined three gyms (Virgin Active, Iron Monger Row and Gymbox) and for the most part never went more than once a month.


In November I joined Gymbox and have finally found a gym that works for me! They have amazing classes that I actually look forward to going to on my lunch-break or after work.

Working out alone doesn’t really do it for me and I have finally come to the conclusion that I need classes to stay motivated. At Gymbox I’ve been going to Rave (a dance workout in the dark with glow sticks!), Bottom Line (squatting and toning class), Ghetto Zumba (dance). Spinning and Yoga. I even went to a Twerking class!

*Amazing classes!
*DJ plays in the gym
*Convenient location (close to my work)
*High standard showers and changing rooms.

*Fees- Gymbox is definitely on the higher end of things when it comes to gym fees (I got a corporate discount)
*Booking classes – some classes (particularly dance and yoga) get booked up so quickly and there are limited spaces

Other than going to the gym, I have been trying to eat healthier and get fitter. It’s not about losing weight, for me it’s about being healthy and feeling happy :)










What are your favorite gym classes or fitness tips?


Saturday Night Make-Up

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Doing makeup for a night out is always more fun than your standard daily routine (especially after you’ve hit the snooze button 3 times!). You get to use more products, try out colours that you don’t normally wear and just experiment!

I really like smokey brown/gold tone eyes with red lips – I never feel proper dressed up unless I have red lipstick on! I recently purchased Benefit’s World Famous Neutral kit which comes with 6 eyeshadows and some ‘how to’ guides to show you how to achieve different looks – really like this product.

I can’t stress how much I rate Guerlian’s mascara – definitely the best mascara I have ever tried (and I have used A LOT!). Same goes for Dior’s eyeliner pen, best on the market in my opinion – recently used a Bobbi Brown and Armani one, neither of which impressed me. The Armani one had a really hard nib that actually hurt my eyelids to use and created a rubbish looking line! Highly recommend Urban Decay’s setting spray too if you have an event and want your make up to last all night.

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I’ve put a list of the products I used to achieve this look – seems like quite a lot now that I have written it all down!

Would love to hear anyones suggestions on have products!

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  • Benefit The Porefessional Primer
  • Benefit That Gal brightening primer


  • Bobbi brown long-wear even finish in natural tan 4.25
  • MAC Full Coverage in NC35 (I use this over my normal foundation for a smooth finish for a nighttime look)
  • Bobbi Brown corrector in Light Bisque
  • Bobbi Brown concealer in Sand
  • Benefit powder The Porefessional
  • Benefit Sunbeam (cheekbones)
  • Benefit Highbeam (cheekbones and middle of forehead)

Blush/Bronzer/Highlight Powders:

  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar
  • Bobbi Brown blusher in Coral 3
  • Topshop bronzer in Mohawk
  • Topshop highlighter in Sunbeam


  • Benefit World Famous Neutrals
  • Dior Art Pen in 095 Catwalk Black
  • Urban Decay Zephyr (corner of eyes)
  • Urban Decay Space Cowboy (centre of eyelids)
  • Benefit High Brow
  • Benefit Brow kit in Medium
  • Guerlain mascara in Maxi Lash/Cils D’enfer 01 Noir


  • MAC liner in Trust in Red
  • Lancôme lipstick in Rouge Abolu 134 Idole
  • Charlotte Tulbury gloss in Red Vixen


  • Urban Decay All Nighter Make-Up Setting Spray

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Redken: Blonde Idol


Brassy hair is the bane of my life. I like my blonde to be as blonde as possible so am a big fan of anything that promises to tone up my locks between salon visits.

I recently bought a new conditioner from Redken called Blonde Idol. It promises to condition, strengthen and preserve tonality by cancelling out brassiness.


It is made up of two chambers that release a custom blend of colour-depositing and conditioning formulas that you can adjust depending on how brassy (or not!) you feel your hair is!

It can be quite messy to use so expect purple gloop to get all over the shower – can stain shower curtains too! I really like the formula and they fact that you can personalise the amount of toning you want. I like my hair as icy and blonde as possible so I have been using it on the higher settings (6 and 7 mainly). You leave it in for 3 minutes, although I tend to leave it in for about 5-7 mins. It hasn’t dramatically changed my hair but it definitely does make a difference and neutralises brassy tones.


Have you any recommendations for keeping blonde hair blonde?!


New piercing: tragus

I’ve been itching to get a new piercing for a while! Yesterday, being New Year’s Eve and all, I decided to take the plunge and just go for it.

I’m still home in Waterford so went to City Jewellers after settling on getting my tragus pierced. I got my belly button pierced years ago there so felt in safe hands.

The whole thing was over really quickly and didn’t hurt at all! Just a little pinch really. Even now, only a day later, it hasn’t caused me any bother and I was able to sleep fine – no issues of rolling over and waking up in pain! When I’ve gotten other piercings I remember being very aware of them afterwards and the area almost feeling hot/stingy for hours – this hasn’t been the case at all with this piercing, maybe it’s because the area is pretty much just cartilage!



As far as aftercare, it takes about 2-3 months for a tragus piercing to heal. I need to soak it in a saline solution 2 times a day and just be careful when washing my hair to make sure no shampoo gets in (and just keeping it clean!).

So far so good! Now I just want to get more ear piercings!



NYE lips


I can’t stop buying lipsticks! Send help.

I have a lot deep festive reds but have been looking for a lighter more orange based shade and adore this one from Lancôme. I wore it for the first time today and it has lasted hours! Really moisturising too!


Details: Lancôme Rouge Absolu in 134 Idole


NYE nails


Love this Dior bottle!

This is from Dior’s 2014 Holiday collection. Spotted it in the airport when coming home. They had a beautiful gold shade but it was sold out everywhere I checked.

Love this red shade – two coats and good to go!


Nail polish: Dior Vernis in 762 SHOCK
The gold is some shellac that I got done two weeks ago and haven’t taken off yet…!


Chubby Stick


… Chubby waistline, chubby stick. Chubby everything really, it is Christmas after all.

I’ve been wearing a lot of red lipstick lately but wanted to try something a bit more subtle (and moisturising – lipstick has been making my lips dry!).

I have been using Clinique’s Chubby Sticks for a while and love that they don’t dry out your lips. I recently got Roundest Berry which is a purple shade. Now normally I don’t wear anything too purple based as I think it makes me look like Beetlejuice… But this colour is actually really nice on! Not too dark but you can’t build up the intensity.




Just bought these from ASOS:


Over the knee tights + dinosaurs = LOVE.


Hello? Is anyone out there?


It’s been a while, blogging world.

In an attempt to blog more I have installed the WordPress app (yes I am a bit late to that party) in the hope it will allow me to get back into the swing of things and blog on the go…

My poor old laptop that I used to blog on, now lives under my bed and rarely comes out, unless I am doing online banking as my iPhone refuses to accept I now live in London and won’t let me download any UK apps (including HSBC banking!). As you can tell, me and technology have a tricky relationship.

I am now back in Ireland for a much needed break! And have gotten a new cat book (obviously) for Christmas…


More blogging to come… soon – promise!



I really love Stella McCartney’s ethos and products – faux leather is a major selling point for me.

None of Stella’s products are tested on animals so (aside from the price) you can have a guilt-free purchase.

These bags cost roughly the same as most leather designer bags… i.e. over £500.

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The above bag is £680 from Net-A-Porter. The gold chain trim is the show stopping factor for me. I do really like the look of this one… however I wish Mulberry would do faux leather options as I am still a sucker for their style over Stella’s. I have to admit that I love the Alexa, especially the fact that it is such an iconic bag (although I see at least two every day on my commute to work!). While I do think the Falabella (above) is a lovely bag – I am not quite sure if I would only be buying it for its faux leather qualities, as opposed to for its style.

About time more designers jumped on the faux leather bandwagon and make the market more competitive, I say!

What do you think? Does it matter to you if a bag is real or faux leather?






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