Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ARE YOU A HOMEBIRD? WITH TEA TOWELS LIKE THIS, I CERTAINLY AM


A little while ago I somehow stumbled across a site by the name of HOMEBIRD.IE, a real treasure trove of "OOH, THAT'S LOVELY!" provoking homewares and "OH MY GOD...LOOK!" inciting novelties.

I think at the time I was trying to avoid buying yet more housey kind of stuff so had to pack  the memories of Morrissey tea towels and petrol blue vintage inspired telephones into the back of my mind.

 It was a sad day let me tell you.

Well, thanks to a poster displayed in our local Chinese takeaway recently, I was not only reminded of this fantastic company but I also learned just how local a company it is. Homebird.ie, like myself, also call Co. Cavan home which makes me love it even more and so I decided in doing a post like this I could kill two birds with one stone; show you some fabulous things that I would definitely love in my home and highlight a great, and extremely local-in-a-good-way Irish company. WIN/WIN.

Some of my favourite items on Homebird are fairly random I have to admit but when you're trying to add some personality and life to a home, we all know it's the small things that make all the difference.


Scrabble Magnets.

JUST THINK OF THE FILTH YOU COULD WRITE WITH THESE.

Or you could leave love notes and shopping reminders if that's more your thing but bear in mind that points wise at least, KNOBS will always beat SUGAR.


Whilst we're on the subject of knobs, I'm sure by now we've all heard Kirstie Allsopp and her crafty crew talk about rejuvenating a piece of furniture with a lick of paint and new handles.
 As I type this, I realise you might think I'm implying Kirstie is a knob, I'm certainly not.
I LOVE KIRSTIE ALLSOPP and the knobs I'm actually referring to are these beauts....
These knobs are literally as cute as a button and come in a variety of gorgeous colours to suit any decor.
Homebird has a great range of other designs which are equally as appealing and would be a relatively cheap and straightforward way to jazz up any old drawers or cupboards that could do with a bit of  facelift.


Now this next pick is a serious WOW...
Can you imagine her (she's definitely a 'her' I reckon and probably called Betty) sitting on your side table in the hallway? How elegant would you feel ordering your pizza on that?!
Such a gorgeous colour and such a classic design.


What's so lovely about this site is the fact that it's not only somewhere to go to indulge yourself but there are also so many gift worthy items too.

Despite never having been, my Grandma has a bit of a love affair with Ireland; I think it all started with John Wayne and that horse drawn cart and is sustained to this very day by postcards from me, a Boyzone Best Of and her Riverdance DVD.

She would LOVE this gorgeous Irish Dancers Apron...



...almost as much as I would LOVE this...


A MORRISSEY TEA TOWEL.

ABLOODYMORRISSEYTEATOWEL.



I'm far too impressed with this to ever let it anywhere near my plates; I would quite happily frame this and hang it in my kitchen.


See what I mean about a treasure trove?

As if I needed another reason to be excited about C*r*s*m*s, I just can't wait to order some gifts from this wonderful company and the fact that delivery is free within Ireland on purchases over 40euro, and to the UK on orders over 50euro, means I can buy for family and friends on both sides of the Irish Sea.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

UNCOMPLIMENTARY COMPLIMENTS


I'm going to try my best to not be overly harsh here because I realise that often, people's hearts really are in the right place.

I mean, really, they're actually waaaay off and the resulting compliments and comments are nothing but slightly backhanded insults but they genuinely think they are getting it right. If only they'd THINK for a second about the whys and hows of what's coming out of their mouth, they'd soon realise what's really going on. 

In my case, it's usually thinly veiled resentment/disappointment at the size of my body, the amount of pressure that body puts on the earth beneath my feet and what these people think that says about me.
 Simple as.

 I'm sure you'll have had your own experiences which may be similar or completely different, but either way, there's no doubting that we've all been on the receiving end of a non-complimentary compliment and unsolicitied comments here or there which really do give more away than intended.


To me: "Oooh, you're doing well on that diet! You're starting to look great...."
To my boyfriend "You'd better watch out, in a few weeks all the boys'll be after her"

Right, a coupla things.

I appreciate you're trying to be kind here but seriously?! Yes, I am jutting out my jaw, head cocked, eyes wide.

I'm STARTING to look great?!
 Just how shit did I look last week? And I hate to think what you thought of me the week before. Also, I am not sufficiently cock hungry so as to leave my beloved boyfriend of 12 years just because my body got a bit smaller, and if I was I'd start replying to those Randomers on Instagram who seem to be rather taken with the way I look right now.
Yeah, they really are THAT weird. Yes, it must be some kind of a fetish thing.
No...no, I don't think they are all black. No. No. NO.


"That dress is LOVELY!  It's SO slimming and I bet you're glad of the sleeves"

Thanks for saying my dress is nice, I really do appreciate it but why does this need to be followed by explaining that the reason you like it is because it makes my body look less like what it actually is. Also, I'm only ever "glad of" sleeves if they're especially pretty, it's particularly chilly or I know you're staring at my arms with disgust.
These sleeves are plain and it isn't cold today so GO FIGURE.


"I'd hate for my school friend/ex boyfriend etc to see me now, wouldn't you?"

I'm perfectly aware of what you're trying to imply (i.e I let myself go and should be embarrassed) but after feeling this way for a long time, when I hear people say it now I feel more sad and angry for THEM, than myself. I've been in touch with old friends recently online, and not one them has told me I look shite and they'd hate to be seen in public with me so no, I'd like to think I wouldn't mind them seeing me IRL. In fact, the day I actually do meet up with them will be a great one.

What's the most uncomplimentary compliment anyone's offered you?!
Lets share (and giggle at other people's stupidity) together.

Friday, August 22, 2014

CURRENT TOP 5 EYE PRODUCTS


Some of my favourite beauty posts to read are about eye make up; whether it be a 'HOW TO' of a simple neutral look or a review of a gloriously colourful palette, I think the fact that I'm quite a novice when it comes to my eyes makes any help, or information, I can get all the more attractive. 

Over the past few months I've experimented a bit with the goal of finding a few staple products and methods that suit me and I've definitely found some that I not only really enjoy using but also give really nice results. None of them are hugely expensive or particularly fancy but they've made such a difference to my routine and my confidence really hits a high when I get it just right.


SCANDAL EYES EYE SHADOW CRAYONS by RIMMEL, 
BOOTLEG BROWN and BLUFFING

I bought these when they were on offer in Boots a while ago and am totally in love with them; they're the perfect product for someone, like me, who loves really shimmery lids but is afraid of using loose powder for fear of the dreaded fallout. The skin around my eyes is often quite dark anyway so I'm totally averse to anything that may end up making me self conscious.



I tend to cover my whole lid in the lighter of the two colours and the darker one on the outer quarter, then blend them together slightly where the two shades meet. I absolutely love the brightness they add to my eyes and using both of them really looks lovely. They're so easy to use it's unbelievable (no need for precision here) and even after they're blended, the colours remain bright. They're chunky pencils with plenty of product for your money.


24 HR COLOUR TATTOO by MAYBELLINE, 
ON AND ON BRONZE and PINK GOLD


These must have appeared on pretty much every beauty blog at some point but again the fact that these two are both creamy and metallic puts them in my top 5. 

I tend to use them like the ScandalEyes pencils (either one of them all over and another darker shade on the outer corner) but they're equally as lush all over the lid and if you blend them into the skin, they act as a great base for other colours be they creams, or powder products.

There's a great range of colours available but I stick with the bronze as it really suits my blue eyes and the Pink Gold is such a pretty shade I just had to have it too. Again, there is SO MUCH actual product in each pot.



THEY'RE REAL by BENEFIT

This is without doubt THE BEST MASCARA I have ever used and I'm already dreading the day my current supply runs out. I'm lucky to have naturally long eyelashes but this stuff really does live up to its promises. It makes my lashes look even longer and thicker and so really opens up my eyes and finishes off any eye look beautifully. It can be a bit of a bugger to get off but anything oily'll remove it or I've been using the Garnier micellar water on it recently to great success too.



SCANDAL EYES LINER by RIMMEL

You may notice that I'm a bit of a Rimmel fan.
 I always make a beeline for their stand because I'm pretty much guaranteed to find something I fancy and for a good price too; sometimes the fact that I'm not paying megabucks means I'm more likely to try something new; that's pretty much how I ended up with this liner.


It has a felt tip type nib which can be used at two different angles to create either a thin, or slightly thicker line. It does take me a bit of going back and forward with it sometimes to get as black a line as I like but for the price, and the ease of application, that's no biggie. 


MAKE YOUR OWN PALETTE by FUSCHIA MAKE UP

Fuschia will be a brand that most Irish readers will be familiar with and they very kindly sent me this palette to try out. The colours in this set are exactly the kind of tones I would have chosen myself, always favouring a natural/neutral eye with a touch of shimmer and the fact that there's a variety of shades means I have really had the opportunity to try out different combinations. 

(I can't tell you which specific colours are in this set because I don't really know but do have a look at selection on  the Fuschia site for yourself.)


The shadows themselves seem to be good quality and sit nicely on the lid, and whilst I always have issues with longevity anyway (until I find the perfect primer, I fear I always will) these colours don't seem any better or worse than other brands I have tried.



I think my heart will always lie with the cream type products purely for their ease of use but this palette is very quickly becoming a favourite alternative, in fact I'm tempted to try another MYO palette in the future but with more adventurous colours next time! 

Do you have a GO TO set of eye products you know you can always rely on?!
I'd love to know what you recommend.

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