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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

The Sting

On sunny mornings I’ll usually stand in my garden and breathe in the smells of the new Spring.
This morning, following this routine, I walked out into my garden and saw a huge bumble bee sitting on the garden table. I walked on, and then stopped in my tracks, stopped by some force of nature, and returned to where the bee was.
I instantly remembered about the time I wrote an article for local magazine, Local Women, for the Valentine’s edition. In my unconventional way I didn’t write about romance or love, well love in the traditional way. I actually wrote about how St Valentine is the patron saint of Bee Keeping also.  In the article I chat about how bees are integral to the existence of mankind. No bees, no pollination, No food. 

Albert Einstein once said “If the Bee disappears off the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years to live.’’

Upon remembering this reverence for the bee, I owed St Valentine, I had a duty.
So I looked. The Bee, not moving at all, was quite possibly dead. The cause of death? A mystery.
Standing in the dewy morning in my mis-matched pyjamas, and a child-like freckly face to match my child-like curiosity, I bent down and observed the situation in my Sherlock inspired inspection pose. I suddenly remembered that I heard somewhere that bees can become exhausted and to give them sugared water to revive them. With excited anticipation to see if the theory worked (my own little scientific experiment) I went into my kitchen, got sugar and some water and put it on a teaspoon. I went back out and sat the teaspoon down right in front of the bee. No movement.
I pushed the spoon further towards the bee and poured out some of the liquid onto the table. A tensed few seconds passed under my held breath.

There it was, the movement I had been scanning for.

The Bee, faded and slow, began to soak up the sweet water with what looked like a long straw and a little tongue bobbing in and out on the end of it. 

I had never been so close to a Bee before.
The Bee sucked at the sugar particles, and at that I remembered ‘Honey, we have honey’.
I ran back into the kitchen to retrieve the honey and brought it back out, put a dollop in front of the Bee and stared in amazement at how this bee reacted to the honey as if it were a drug he was in withdrawal from.

Not five minutes after giving the bee the honey, my close observance was interrupted with the instant buzzing of the bee. He moved, stretched his legs, tested his wings, and at that he flew off…
When the bee flew off I felt a sense of happiness that I was able to help this creature revive and continue its path in the course of nature.

It also made me think of something else. It made me think of people. It made me think of the people in my life who I’ve given my help, time and love, just as I had given to this Bee. And like the bee, they leave.
We have people in our lives, some come and stay and others go. This bee today, upon leaving me could have stung me, but it didn’t. Some people, upon leaving our lives, do sting us, without us previously never knowing that they could have such a poisonous sting.
Why, if we give love, the rich sugar and water of our lives to these people, do they hurt us and leave? Why do these people, on this Earth, stop by in our lives, take of us our resources, what they need and then just unexpectedly leave?
What do we do?
People who are stung and hurt are often left feeling foolish for investing so much time and love. They feel that they are empty because they’ve no longer the sweetness or vitality that they once had, because they shared it with someone who was no longer there.
What should we learn about such circumstances?

We need to learn that it’s not a shame to have dedicated your best self to another, it’s indicative of the kind and sweet soul that you are. The shame lies in the person who stung you.

Learn that just because we are stung, it’s not necessary to sting back. It’s more necessary to stay as the person you are, the giver of the sweet life that revives.

I’ve learned that upon feeling the pain and hurt from a sting, I found myself being revived by another sweet and pure soul who invested their time in me.

I’ve learned that I could never sting a person who revived me, because I know all I need is already in front of me.
I’ve learned to stay true to myself, and the right people will come into your life to stay.

Monday, 23 February 2015

VIDEO: Eyebrow Tips & Techniques

After being asked how I do my eyebrows, I wanted to show you step-by-step. Hopefully these are some tips and techniques on how to do your own eyebrows.
For this I used:
- Benefit 'BrowZings'
- Primark Pencil
- Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in 'Dark Brown'
- NYX Pencil in 'Milk'

Thanks so much for watching.


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

VIDEO: I'm Going To Australia!!

This week I'm going to Melbourne and I am so excited! Please share your tips for long haul travel in the comments below, and don't forget to subscribe.

Thanks so much for watching.


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Buff Day Spa, Dublin

Last weekend my boyfriend and I met in Dublin. We stayed in the luxurious Clyde Court hotel in Ballsbridge, which is my favourite area in Dublin. I just love the rustic charm of the architecture of the town houses and the old Irish atmosphere that the air seems to have preserved from the centuries before us.
My boyfriend always spoils me wherever we go, so I thought that this time I’d surprise him with a ‘Swedish Full Body’ massage on the Saturday morning at the Buff Day Spa. I chose the Buff Day Spa due to the reviews and personal recommendations.
So on the Saturday morning we arrived, quite late may I add due to the fact that we were full up from the beautiful breakfast we had at our hotel. It’s no secret that we love our food!!

So once we arrived we were greeted by the most pleasant staff. I was summoned to the ladies’ changing room where I was given my own locker which contained a beautiful fluffy bathroom, chic little sandals and the loveliest little gesture in the form of a little square chocolate, which I ate of course despite barely being able to stand since my breakfast. This girl forgets everything else when chocolate is within reach, and don’t tell me I’m the only one.



After I filled out my ‘Client Consultation Form’, in which I was asked about my preferred ‘Massage Pressure’ and my hopes for my treatment, I was then ushered into the ‘Emerald Room’ which, to me, was a relaxing and soothing sanctuary.  My masseuse was the lovely Claire, and she asked me a few questions regarding how I was feeling in terms of how tensed and stressed I had been feeling over the last week. I had told her I was feeling more stressed than usual due to a recent bereavement. From that Claire went and created a mixture of essential oils that was suited to my needs which we had discussed.  

When I was ready for my massage Claire asked me to take three deep breaths of the essential oil mixture. I felt instantly relaxed. Claire began with my legs and feet, worked up onto my back and shoulders (where I had the most tension) and down my arms and hands. For that hour I was in heaven as Claire worked out the knots and uptight muscles in my shoulders, back and legs. I then turned around and had a warm eye mask laid on me whilst Claire worked on the front side of my legs, arms and shoulders.

After the most blissful experience I was then offered to relax more in the ‘Tranquillity Room’, this was a low lit room with soothing music, and a water feature that had the most relaxing sound of trickling water. The room also hosted a few relaxation beds, bean bags and corner seating.
After I enjoyed taking full advantage of the Tranquillity room I then went back into the Ladies’ changing room where I had full access to the amenities, and I even got the chance to do my hair and have a little look around whilst my boyfriend was still getting his massage.


What Stephen has to say about his experience…

“Calming from the moment I stepped in, whether it was the receptionist, masseuse or other employees. Although I didn't know what to expect, I was talked through the process and made to feel comfortable. The actual massage was perfect, knowing the areas that needed attention with the soothing sounds of music in my ear. I was in a delirious state of relaxation after, as my body felt reset."

 The Buff Day Spa also provides excellent 'Christmas Warm Up' packages for which include:

-30mins Back Massage

-Buff Express Facial

-Mineral Salt Scrub

-25 Euro Gift Voucher

-Glass of Champagne


Other than massages the Buff Day Spa also offer Dermalogica Facials, Image Peels, Body Treatments, Maternity Treatments, Manicures & Pedicures and Beauty Services.







To take advantage of these offers call The Buff Day Spa on:

Telephone: 353 1 677 4624

Facebook- The Buff Day Spa



Call in- 

52 South King St (Beside the Gaiety Theatre)
Dublin 2, Ireland


Thank you so much to Eileen, Claire and Aoife for their hospitality and utmost care and service during our visit to The Buff Day Spa. We can’t wait to get back there again for some more pampering, and you know you should too. 

Friday, 3 October 2014

Autumn Makeup

I'm writing this post as an ode to autumn, via my makeup. Whilst I love autumn, I must admit that I'm excited to get away to the sun tomorrow. (Keep an eye out for more travel posts). 

Yet, whilst I'm in the process of packing summer clothes, I can't deny that I'm embracing Autumn colours, especially since it's the perfect season if I, a redhead, decided I wanted to camouflage for some...weird...reason, anyway.  I love makeup, and I've always watched my Mama, aunt and sister put on their makeup since a very young age. 
I'm not a makeup artist, but I know what suits me the most in terms of colour and look, so here's how I change my makeup to cohere with the colours that autumn brings us.

I love maroon, burgundy colours combined with my staple neutrals, and of course, my black eye liner. I also chose to have a pinkish nude lipstick and a little lip gloss. 

Products used:

Foundation: Revlon's 24 Hr Stay in 'Sand Beige'
Concealer- Collection in 'Fair'
Bronzer/ Contouring- Mac's 'Gingerly'
Blush- NYX in 'Mocha'
Eyebrows- Benefit 'Brow Zings' eyebrow palette
Eyeshadow- Using 'ELF'S Little Black Beauty Book in 'Warm'
Shimmer-Soap and Glory's 'Hocus Pocus'
Mascara- NYX 'Fly with me' 
Lips- NYX 'Strawberry Daquiri' matte lipstick

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Justine McEleney- Miss Earth 2014 N.I finalist

"The earth laughs in flowers." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Standing at 5’’10 you’d be only one of many who thinks that this Derry girl, Justine McEleney, is a mythical Goddess whose beauty can only be of immortal descent. The fact is that you can’t get more down to Earth than this girl, literally.
Having graced many magazine covers, both locally and internationally and walked just as many catwalks. Justine is now showing that her beauty is more than just skin deep.
Justine is a Miss Earth UK and Ireland 2014 finalist and hopes to follow in the footsteps of her ‘home girls’ (I’m being literal here again) Gemma Walker- Miss Earth NI 2008 titleholder, Kayleigh O’Reilly- Miss Earth NI 2009 titleholder, and Ciara Walker, (Yes Sister of Gemma)- Miss Earth NI 2012. What can I say, Derry was at the front of the line when God was giving out the Brains and Beauty. 

Justine is visually encompassing with her elegance and beautiful full lips that makes even Angelina Jolie look average. When she speaks, lo, and behold!  She holds your attention even more because never could you think that such intelligence can match such beauty, but with Justine, it does. As an advocate for many prevalent social issues, Justine takes part in debates, delivers speeches and takes part in many events in order to raise money for charity.
She’s a paragon of society, this is why she is the right girl to represent N.I in the Miss Earth pageant.

Let me tell you a little about the Miss Earth Pageant, if you don’t already know. (How could you not!?)

Producers of the Miss Earth pageant saw potential in how beauty can bring light upon our global and environmental issues. They scooped up the opportunity to work with beautiful AND intelligent women in order to bring beautiful order to ecological chaos. The national winners (hopefully Justine) get jetted off to the Philippines where in the run up to the final they are evaluated on every event and activity they take part in, their prolificacy in environmental awareness and knowledge and their own personal thoughts. 

Miss Gemma Walker, Miss Earth N.I 2008

During the live finals, the sixteen semi-finalists will be announced, and thereafter compete in the swimsuit round. The top eight scorers will have interview and evening gown competition components. The four highest scorers will continue with the last competition – the final interview.
In the final interview, all four finalists will answer one environmental question, the candidates will be assessed based on the judge’s over-all impression on the candidate to determine the final ranking.

Miss Kayleigh O'Reilly- Miss Earth N.I 2009

The winner is then brought into her new reign as the spokesperson for the Miss Earth Foundation as begins her busy year of representing, campaigning, clean ups, appearances, to name but a few. 

Ciara Walker- Miss Earth N.I 2012

This is all done whilst wearing the beautiful Miss Earth crown where the flower in the centre of the crown represents Mother Earth, as inspired by the statement of an American poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson's "The earth laughs in flowers." 

 The Miss Earth Crown

 The crown needs a beautiful girl to wear it, and the Earth needs a strong, independent and driven young woman that stands forward and speaks up for it and others when they, themselves, can’t. Of course, this is why Justine has my utmost admiration and support.

So, how about heading on over to the Miss Earth UK Facebook Page  and Website - for more information on the event and on what Justine has to say herself.  Let’s show our girl and our Mother Earth the support they need and deserve. 

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Festive Eyes

I love experimenting with makeup, and I love changing my makeup to suit my mood, a theme and the season. Now that it's Christmas time I'm loving experimenting with metallic eyes. In the photos I show how a metallic eye can be so versatile by using different colours of lipstick for those glamorous nights out. By keeping my eyes the same, yet changing the colour of my lips, I was able to create various romantic, gothic and classic looks. Have a look and let me know which is your favourite look. 

Metallic Eye

 1st Look
I decided to use a soft pink lip for a romantic and feminine look perfect for Christmas day.

2nd Look
With the red lips I created a vampish look, this would be perfect for a girls' night out.


                              3rd Look
Using a dark purple I swayed with a slight gothic look,another ideal look for a chic Christmas party.

                                        4th Look
Using a hot pink colour I created a very fun and edgy look, perfect for NYE


                                 5th Look
If you're not into wearing dramatic lip colours why not go for a neutral colour that can be worn during the day and night.

All the makeup I've used is a mix of drugstore and highstreet makeup. If you've any questions please contact me at

Thank you for reading!

C x

Monday, 9 September 2013

Royal Red

I was invited to my friend's Daddy's wedding evening (that was a mouthful) and since it was the very last day of August I didn't want anything too summery, although by that stage I was feeling very nostalgic for summer. I was missing the long evenings, the last ounces of heat and the smell of BBQ's not to mention the ample opportunities where I got to wear liberating summer outfits. However, on the last day of August I wanted to prepare myself, and my wardrobe, for the coming months that would be filled with deep tones of red, burnt orange and gold. Therefore I took inspiration from the awe-inspiring A/W 13 collection from Dolce &Gabanna, a collection worthy of dressing the Tudors with it's religious iconography and effigies. Whilst my budget does not reach the vincity of Dolce & Gabanna, it didn't mean I couldn't adapt their style.My dress was a deep red velvet with gold embroidered lace which I wore with simple black peep toe shoes and a classic Chanel bag, and a curly, but relaxed hairstyle, never outshining the dress.

Dolce and Gabanna Inspiration

Myself before the Evening do

Friends: Nadine, who wore a gorgeous deep purple dress, was Bridesmaid, and Sarah, who wore a gorgeous 'Virgos Lounge' dress.

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