Tuesday, 29 April 2014

The Bucketlist

Hi guys! I've hit sort of a writer's block with make-up and beauty blogs as I have had so much to fund for the Summer, that I haven't had much to spend on beauty products. So I thought, like last week, I'd do sort of another lifestyle blog this week. I hope you like it. :) 
I am the type of person who wants to do everything and see everything, very adventure orientated, that I would be here for 27 years telling ye what I want to do in life! So I stuck to a list of 30. The first thing on my bucketlist is so broad! Keep in mind that that in itself includes about 100 other things I want to see and do, to shorten the list. Here we go! :) 

  1. Travel the World
  2. Ziplining
  3. Dirtbiking 
  4. Skydiving
  5. Bungee jumping
  6. Skiing 
  7. Diving
  8. Own a snake
  9. Be truly happy
  10. Have my own late night, live music coffee shop
  11. Get up the guts to blog about something very personal
  12. Depending on the headlines, go to Download or Sonisphere
  13. Go to Burning Man
  14. Go nightclubbing till dawn, preferably somewhere abroad
  15. Gorge walking
  16. Swim with sharks
  17. Design my own house with a Tim Burton interior
  18. Go on safari
  19. Swim at the top of Victoria Falls
  20. Go to pole dancing classes
  21. Meet at least one member from Slipknot
  22. See Slipknot, Rammstein and System Of A Down live
  23. Go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  24. Meet an actor from Harry Potter or Game of Thrones
  25. Go on a camel ride
  26. Stay overnight in a haunted place or castle
  27. Visit Johnny Cash's grave
  28. Get some sort of certificate in make-up
  29. Go skinny dipping
  30. Crowdsurf
I'm not asking for much am I? Haha. What's the main things on your own bucketlist? Let me know below! 
Thanks for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Perfect Sundays - Glenbarrow

Hi all! I hope you're all doing well and had a great, chocolate filled Easter! Two Sundays ago, I had one of those Sundays that seemed so perfect and lovely and I thought I'd share what I did with you guys and a few photos I took! I went to a gorgeous place in Clonaslee, Co.Laois, a 20 minute drive where I live, Glenbarrow. Near the Slieve Bloom mountains in the middle of Ireland.

I took the perfect opportunity to get snapping and the place is so absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. As a nature lover, I completely fell in love with the place! When we got to Glenbarrow, we took one of the many walking trails Glenbarrow offers and it was a lovely, peaceful 40 minute walk there and 40 minutes back.

We were surrounded by fantastic tall trees, wonderful flora and fauna and one of the main attractions to Glenbarrow-  the waterfalls. I felt so in my element, as I was surrounded by nature. Though a walking trail was designed for walkers, it seemed so untouched by man. I felt peaceful and calm. I really didn't want to leave! If you were ever visiting the midlands in Ireland, I would highly recommend a visit to Glenbarrow.

It was really a perfect way to spend a Sunday and a lovely change to the norm. As an avid traveller to be, someone who is dying to explore the world around her, I have to say, it's exciting to explore your own back yard! I adore nature, walking and exploring, this was the perfect place for me to be. I can't wait to go back!

What's your favourite way to spend a Sunday? Let me know below. :)
Thanks for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Catrice Absolute Nude Palette

Hi guys! I hope you are all doing well. :) Today, I'll be writing a review on the Catrice Absolute Nude palette. I've mentioned a few times about wanting to improve my eye make-up skills. I thought I would buy a cheap eye shadow palette to practice with before I shell out for a Nars or Naked palette. The Absolute Nude palette has six lovely nude shades in a range of browns and beiges.

The shades range from a matte, metallic and a slight shimmer effect. The shadows have a pretty good pigment, but the two lightest shades certainly could be built up upon so it's not too subtle. I love how long lasting the shadows are and I was surprised they lasted so long, considering the price. There is a great variety of looks you can create with this palette, which will suit both day and night. I divide the six shades into three pairs of two and the first shade of the three is usually lighter and the second shade darker. I use the darker shades for night time and the lighter shades for during the day. Using all three, I put the lightest shade on my lid, the medium shade on the crease and the darkest shade on the brow bone. I also use the darkest shade on the palette to fill in and shape my eyebrows, It gives a lovely shape without any fallout and lasts all day.

The shadows are really easy to work with as they blend so well, which I love. The packaging is really nice and sleek and compact, so you could easily take it around in an overnight bag, without worrying about the shadows smashing. I was so happy with the shades I had to practice with for the really small price of €5.49! They really are good quality shadows for the price and I would recommend them for anyone that wants to practice and improve upon their eye make-up skills. I was really impressed by this palette and I would buy eye make-up again from the Catrice range! 9/10.

Thank you all for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Make-Up Academy Brushes!

Hi guys, happy Tuesday! How are you all doing today? Today, I want to write about the online make-up and tools shop, Make-Up Academy's lovely brushes. Before I went and bought these brushes, I went looking for a blog post on the brushes. To my surprise, I couldn't really find any! Which surprised me, as alot of beauty bloggers do love these brushes, so I thought I would do a review on them myself. :)

In the past, I have been more than content to use whatever applicator came with my make-up, but in the past while, I've really been wanting to improve upon my make-up skills, especially with my eye make-up, so I thought I would invest in some nice, pretty, proper brushes!
 I got five brushes: an eyeshadow brush, an eye contour brush, an eye blending and shadow brush, a concealer brush and a stippling brush. I use the eyeshadow brush to apply shadow to the lid of my eye, the contour brush to apply a darker colour to the crease of my eye, the blending and shadow brush to well, blend (quel surprise), the concealer brush to apply concealer under my eyes and on the odd blemish, and the stippling brush to add a polished finish to my foundation, remove any streaks and to apply blush/highlighter. I know a stippling brush is best used to apply foundation, but I am so used to using my trusty Eco Tools foundation brush. Maybe over time I'll get used to a stippling brush for foundation.

I was so impressed with the look and touch of these brushes, considering they are so cheap! The paintwork on the handles are lovely and shiny and has a really nice professional look about them. The brushes themselves and lovely and so so soft, yet sturdy and firm. I was worried if they'd shed quickly, but I've been using these brushes for a week now, and I can already tell they're going to last me a long time. The quality is fantastic and they are really well made. I've mentioned in one or two posts before that I have wanted to improve on my eye make-up skills and the three eye brushes have really helped with that! It's given me alot more confidence to experiment with eye make-up and my skills in applying it have improved, and I enjoy doing it now!
The price of the brushes are absolutely amazing! You can't hope for more inexpensive brushes for quality so good. Everything on the site is cheap as chips, and I really cannot wait to try more off the website as soon as I can! The five brushes plus delivery came up to £15.78 or €18.89, amazing! They also do the odd deals and discounts and free delivery with orders of €30. The delivery took seven days, which wasn't so bad, but I am very impatient, haha. If you want to get anything off the MUA website go here: http://www.muastore.co.uk/ :)

Thank you all for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

My Style Inspirations

Hello everyone, How are you all doing today? Today I thought I would write a bit on who I consider to be my style inspirations. I love fashion, so I was really excited to write this up! I should say before I get into it, that I never copy or try to mimic anyone else's style, or try to dress like them head to toe. What I like in clothes comes from my own choices, but the people I mention in this I take some tips and ideas, such as colour, fit, what to wear with what, embellishments, patterns and fabrics. So let's get into it!

The Malfoy family.

Probably an odd choice to some and not an obvious style inspiration, but I love how Harry Potter's pure blood wizard family dress. I especially love how formal their style is and their clothes are mainly black and they fit the actors to amazingly well. They look classic and fabulous. If I could get away with walking around with a cane with a snake head on it, I would! 

Frances Bean Cobain.

Only child of Nirvana singer, Kurt Cobain, and visual artist and model, Frances Bean Cobain. I love everything about Frances' style. Her fashion sense is unique and quirky. Her style mixes everything from the 90's, gothic, graphic tees and street style. She's an absolutely gorgeous person and her make-up and hair always look so well done, yet effortless. I love it! 

Dita Von Teese.

Dita Von Teese, burlesque dancer, model, designer, and entrepreneur. This woman is.my.queen. I just absolutely adore her so much. She has influenced my love of rockabilly clothes and wearing formal clothes as casual wear. I have never seen Dita dress casually, and I love that. She clearly takes so much pride in her appearance and always looks flawless. Dita is always making the Best Dressed lists and many of her clothes features amazing corsets. As I have naturally dark hair, and very pale skin, I look up to Dita alot for make-up and style inspiration. She is perfection. 

Leanne Woodfull.

Dublin blogger and one of Ireland's best known bloggers, Leanne Woodfull. She is by far, my favorite blogger ever. She is the reason I got the guts to start blogging and take better care of my appearance. I adore her style so much. It mixes together the 90's, the 50's, rockabilly, retro and has described her style as ''Courtney Love meets Morticia Addams''. Leanne has such a unique and out there style, which she makes look very wearable. Check out her blog here. :) http://thunderandthreads.blogspot.ie/

Thank you all for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful evening. :)
Who are your style inspirations?
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)