Bingo Bango.

Every once in a while I get a sense of nostalgia or awe when I look at a photo. Its amazing how one photo can capture one moment, and these memoirs can be kept forever. Some pictures are just so beautiful, some really inspire me, and some just make me smile.

I just want to say thank you to all my followers who have clicked that little follow button. It amazes me that there are people out there that are actually interested in what I have to say. Thank you all so so much. I wish I could hug you all in person! Hopefully someday i'll get to.
Aoif xx

Very Berry.

I think one of the best things about going out for a girlie night is getting ready. Sad but true. Us girls relish in the thought of getting dressed up for a night out on the tooown. Well I do anyway. I actually love it. :)

I went to
Copan last night, which is a new bar located in South Dublin. Needless to say, it was absolutely jammers and quite reminiscent of a sardine tin. Eugh. I lost all my friends almost immediately, and I could barely breathe, so myself and my lovely boyfriend, who had popped along, decided to make our getaway. We ended up going to a smaller quieter bar called Toast, where we had a chat and a few drinkies :)
We headed home at about 2am, as he had to be up earlies to collect his gorgeous daughter Ella. The one thing I was not looking forward to was removing the amount of makeup on my face, but my skin thanked me for it this morning :)

Although I missed out on €5 cocktails and a good natter with the girls, I am hangover free, and still have money in my bank account! At least some good came out of it!

Haha I don't actually pose like this, my sister was taking the pic and told me to :P

The Alligator Ring makes its debut! :)

Top - Topshop
Hareems - Topshop
Shoes - Kurt Geiger (:P)
Necklace - Topshop
Ring - Asos

MAC Creme Matifiant
MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW15
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer in NW15
Rimmel Silky Loose Powder
Sephora Sculpting Disk
MAC Mocha Blush

Estee Lauder Stay in Place Eyeshadow Base
Revlon Matte Shadow in Rich Sable for Brows

MAC Thunder eyeshadow (inner corner)
MAC Sketch eyeshadow (Lid)
Urban Decay Zero eyeshadow (outer corner)
Barry M Liquid Liner
Clinique Eye Kohl in Noir
Maybelline Colossal Mascara
ELF Falsies

No. 7 Lipliner in Nude
MAC Patisserie Lipstick
Barry M Lipwand in Baby Pink

Aussie Dual Personality Volume Mousse to roots
Tresémme Heat Defence Protectant Spray
Umberto Gianinni Backcomb in a Bottle
Aussie Dual Personality Coloured Hair Protection Shine Serum on ends
Aussie Dual Personality Hi-Hold Hairspray

Thank you for reading and I hope youre all having a lovely weekend!!

Aoif x

New Purchases + What I Wore Today.

I literally cannot stop spending. I think I have a problem. Its ok though, because admitting it is the first step! Ah no, I received a nice sum of money in my bank account from last years Erasmus grant, in which I thought I had already fully received, but it seems that I hadn't! I thought I was seeing things when the bank statement came through the door!

Anyways, obviously with my newfound richness I purchased some new things in Topshop, Primark and MAC. I have decided that I am going to just buy 'grown up' makeup from now on and stop buying drugstore makeup unless it is something amazing. This sounds mad, but it always takes me ages to gather up a certain amount of money for something from MAC, Bobbi Brown or Make Up For Ever, because I always buy mass amounts of products from Boots instead, like foundations, powders and shadows. I have said for soooo long that I was on the lookout for a new, lovely, perfect, high-end foundation, but I went and bought Revlon PhotoReady and Bourjois Healthy Mix quite recently just for the craic. With that said, I am loving the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, which was quite surprising, but Im sure you've all heard about it by this stage, so I won't bore you with the details :) (But if you haven't heard about it, it really is lovely!)

Anyways! I finally bought MAC Studio Fix Fluid, after a lengthy chat with one of the girls in MAC, as there was a bit of a dispute over the Pro Longwear. She recommended the Studio Fix Fluid as she said it gave a heavier coverage, which I like :)
I also bought the Select Cover Up Concealer from MAC, which Im still undecided about at the moment, as its great for under eye circles but not so great for blemishes. But here are a few other things I bought.

I bought these shoes from Primark. I was a bit skeptical about them at first, as Im not really a fan of a wooden wedge, but when I saw they had been reduced from €21 to €5, I couldn't resist!

I bought Patisserie Lipstick and Mocha Blush from MAC. One of the girls in MAC applied these onto my face and I was quite happy with the result so I purchased :)

I bought these tops in Topshop, I love the berry coloured one :)
I plan to wear it out tomorrow night with my new Topshop Hareems and Kurt Geigers. :)

I got these items in the sale in Topshop. The earrings were €1.50 each and the mirror necklace was €3.50. Cute! :)
I actually purchased these yesterday and when I got home realised they weren't in the bag! Gutted. Had to go back this morning and luckily the same sales assistant was working and remembered me! So all was resolved! :)

MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW15
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer in NW15
Rimmel Silky Loose Powder
Sephora Sculpting Disk

Benefit Coralista Blush
MAC Mocha Blush

Estee Lauder Stay in Place Eyeshadow Base
Barry M Dazzledusts in Tan, Copper and Chocolate (Love this combo!)
Barry M Liquid Liner
Clinique Eye Kohl in Noir
Maybelline Colossal Mascara

MAC Patisserie Lipstick
MAC Underage Lipglass

Top - H&M
Cardi - Primark
Trousers - Asos
Necklace - Asos

Going out for cocktails tomorrow with my girlies so will post an outfit update then! Thank you for reading! Lovage :)
Aoif x

Sista Blista.

Hello lovelies.

Today I attended my baby cousins Christening. Just wanted to show you how I did my makeup. :)
Do you think my sister and I look alike?!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 51 Light Vanilla
Revlon Silky Loose Powder
Benefit Coralista Blush
Sephora Sculpting Disk

Barry M Dazzledusts in Tan, Copper and Chocolate
Clinique Kohl in Noir
Barry M Liquid Liner
Maybelline Colossal Mascara
ELF Falsies

MAC Politely Pink
Barry M Limited Edition Baby Pink Lip Wand

Im dying at the mo, have such a bad cold! Have no clue where it came from! :(
Hope to get better soon! Hope you're all having a lovely weekend :)

Aoif x

New Purchases

Hello lovelies! Just thought i'd share some of my new purchases with you all. :)
These are some things I have accumulated over the past few weeks, as I have availed of the sales in both New Look and on :)

Trousers from New Look - Im obsessed with trousers like these. God knows why! These were €10!

Peter Pan Collar Tunic from New Look (Mine actually has a leopard print collar!)

Ball Embellished Collar Top - Asos

Long Sleeve Frill Top in Black - Asos

Long Sleeve Frill Top in Camel - Asos

Rimmel Silky Loose Powder

Bird Detail Blouse - New Look

Wool Touch Peg Trousers in Camel - Asos

Bare Escentuals Mineral Foundation - Light

Trilogy Everything Balm
Thats it! Im vlogging today so will post it as soon as its done!
Thanks for reading!
Aoif :) x

Beauty Wishlist

Today I started a new job. It was exhilarating and exciting, mainly because the last two jobs I have had have not been real jobs persay, but more like work experience. It was fun really.

I can finally put my degree to use in some way. I am in my final year of a BA in Culinary Arts, and although I am a trained chef, I don't really see myself working in kitchens. Coming home every night with chef hat hair and smelling like a frying pan is not my cup of tea. Not to mention the stress of it all.

I wanted a nice part time job in retail, to see me through until the summer at least, and was trés excited to be offered a job in the lovely Cocoa Atelier, a smart and fabulous chocolate shop in Dublin. It was food related after all, and I relished at being offered to taste the varieties of decadent chocolates and pretty macaroons that were on sale.

The worst part though, is that I have become a mad woman, scrounging and searching for potential beauty and fashion purchases. My first pay check will be the death of me.

Some of these items I have wanted for a while, and so I decided I need to stop procrastinating and buy them once and for all!
From Top Left:
Trilogy Rosehip Oil - Organic and natural, I've heard great things about this oil. It smoothes skin, reduces appearance of wrinkles, improves skin moisture levels and leaves skin looking radiant. It also contains Omega 3,6 and 9 essential fatty acids to restore skin to its optimum health. Sounds lovely really.

Smashbox PhotoFinish Primer - Is this the best primer out there? I have never tried it, but have heard amazing things about it. Have to have it like.

YSL Boheme Libertine Spring 2010 Pink Celebration Highlighting Powder - Apart from the fact it would add a touch of Spring English Rose to any dull harsh winter cheeks, it has a frilly dress design etched onto it. Adorable or what.

Coco Chanel Perfume 'Coco' - This perfume to me, is the epitome of feminity. Its scent encapsulates everything that is womanly, sexy, warm and beautiful. That and it reminds me of Paris.

MAC Pro Longwear Foundation - Not long ago I did a post asking for Foundation help. I wanted a trusty foundation that would last, and although this foundation was recommended to me, I went out and bought Revlons Photoready instead. I thought I liked it, but it doesnt last. I will have Pro Longwear soon enough! You'll see!
Benefit Bella Bamba Blush - Its the newest edition to the Benefit box o powders family. It has been described as a watermelon colour which just screams summer, juiciness, and warmth.

Inglot Gel Liner - Sick of liquid liner to be honest, and I had heard that this is better that MACs fluidline. We'll see.

Body Shop Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream - To be honest, Im a sucker for all of the Body Shops Vitamin E products. The smell gets me everytime. Who wouldn't want to fall asleep dreaming with this slathered all over their face?! Heaven.

Makeup Forever Flash Palette - This is amazing. It can be used for so many things. Its not a necessity, but I would still love it all the same.

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm - I had this before and its gorgeous. It is applied after moisturiser and before foundation to even out complexion and leave skin looking radiant. It can also be used as a face mask!

Inglot Freedom System Eyeshadow Palettes - Inglot have a system whereby you choose whatever 10 shadows you want, and they will pop them into a handy little magnetic palette for you. You can buy 5 or even 2 as well, and its not just limited to shadows. Lipsticks, concealers, and brow gels are all available. Inglot eyeshadows are MORE pigmented that MAC shadows, and cheaper :)

Thats all for now, I hope you are all having a nice weekend :)
Aoif x

New Years Babbling & My 2010 Faves

I never make New Years Resolutions, purely down to the fact that I know I will never stick to them, because I am a sham like that. There are a few things I know that I DO want to do though, but Im not one to make a resolution. Because in a few days it will probably change. Because Im indecisive like that.

I added in a bit of a list of my favourites from 2010 at the end. I hope you all had an amazing New Years! Mine consisted of playing charades and getting sloshed with my boyfriend and parents. He was in work late and so couldn't make it out pubbing on time so we thought we'd have a quiet one in mine and ring in the new year that way. It was quite lovely really, the only thing was, watching all the fireworks from London on Sky News made me wish I was anywhere else but Dublin.

Any other Irish girlies reading will be all too familiar how this country has hit a huge downturn, and most of us feel like there is nothing left for us here.
It made me feel like I should be out experiencing places like London on NYE and not sitting in watching it on television. I think being in my final year of university has dampened my spirits. The past year was very hard in many ways for me. I feel like I am getting old. (21?! Old?!) There is just so much I want to experience, and I guess Im a bit fed up of doing the same old things. Knowing that i'll close a huge chapter of my life this year is so daunting. Its like, hello, wake up, real life starts NOW!

In terms of changes for the new year, Im not going to say 'I want to eat more fruit and vegetables' and 'drink more water', because surprisingly, I find that I do look after myself that way. I love being healthy and hydrated! Weirdo I know.
Finishing my dissertation in feb and getting my BA degree will be a huge weight off. Hopefully I'll do well. (if I stop procrastinating!)

I definitely want to travel. I want to experience places like Thailand, Cambodia, New Zealand, Tokyo.. Experiencing different walks of life and different foods and cultures is so exhilarating for me. I get such a rush out of it. Life is about the adventure. And I want to go and be free and experience as much as I can while I can. I don't know if that is a possiblility this year. There is an offer on the table, but its such a big commitment right now, because I'd be leaving so much behind.

I may also have an opportunity to work with a really well established chef here in Ireland, but it means packing up and moving to a different county. I'd have nowhere to live either, and Id be on my own, so I don't know what will happen with that.

One thing I want to do which is totally generic resolution is excercise more. Having done Karate for nearly 10 years, I gave it up, and since then, I just miss being fit. I love the rush you get out of exercising.

There are obviously more things I want to do but I wont continue to bore you with the details!
Onto something more upbeat.

Beauty Faves of 2010

Sephora Sculpting Disk

Benefit Coralista Blush

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation

Barry M Dazzledusts

Les Floressances Creme Lift Visage Face Cream

Umberto Giannini Backcomb in a Bottle

Barry M Lip Wands

Kate Moss Perfume

I really loved using these products in 2010 and would recommend them to everyone.
I hope you all have a lovely monday :)