Testing Pound Land Makeup!


A little bit of a different post today, for me anyway. I recently watched some YouTube videos of people testing out primark/ other cheap makeup brands so I decided to go for the cheapest of the cheap, Poundland! A small disclaimer before we begin, I ain’t a makeup artist and I’m definitely no beauty guru so I am actually pretty impressed with the results I got!

Ok, so I’m going to review each product first and then the images of the finished look will be at the end of the post. Let’s go…




I was pleasantly surprised by some of the products I used on my face. Notably, the concealer was a lot better than I expected. The foundation actually made me look airbrushed and didn’t oxidise or go orange, even on my really pale skin! The contour wasn’t amazing, but it would be good for someone just starting out as it’s so affordable. Plus it comes in a set with the blush which I was cautious not too use too much of, but added a pretty pink touch. 

The highlighter, unfortunately, let the side down here. I really wanted to love it but, ultimately, I just couldn’t tell it was there. It added a slight shimmer but nothing worth raving about. The brushes were also a bit rubbish, but for a set of 6 for £1 they were great value for someone just starting out experimenting with makeup! 

Eyes and Lips



The stand out product of all of the ones I tried was BY FAR the eyeshadow stick! It provided a gorgeous bronze shimmer that I was just so impressed with. The shadow that I used for my crease also surprised me. It’s amazingly pigmented and a small tap covered my whole crease!

The mascara was ok. Not awful, not amazing. It was just as I expected to be honest, a cheap brush and a cheap, but buildable formula. Again, ideal for someone experimenting with makeup for the first time. 

The lipgloss looked ok, but the formula was really sticky. It looked like glue coming out of the pot when I tried to apply it, not amazing and I probably won’t use it again. 
The Finished Look

Overall Review

I’ll be honest, I’m pleasantly surprised with the look I managed to create with these products. I love the eye products in particular and will definitely be using them time and time again. The concealer was also pretty stand out, and I’d use the foundation again if I ran out and needed a quick fix! I won’t be using the brushes or highlight again, but hey, they were only £1 so I’m not too fussed!
Thank you for reading this post, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!


H x


Favourites ✨

It’s that time of the season where I share everything I’ve been loving so far! And this post does not disappoint, I’ve been loving so many different things this season!

Let’s get straight to it because there’s quite a bit to get through…

Lancôme Juicy Shakers

I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. A Lip oil with a slight pigment, these are so nourishing and look great too! My lips have seriously been thanking me for using these and I don’t think I’ll be forgetting about these any time soon. 

Fab Little Bag*

As well as being super cute, these are super functional. These are little biogradable bags which make tampon disposal a little easier. I love using these when I visit my friends houses as I can dispose of my tampon without being embarrassed and without flushing it down the loo! Fab invention. 

NYX Doll Eye Mascara

This mascara is just gorgeous and it’s quickly becoming my favourite. It’s so affordable and so much better than ones that I’ve tried of a higher price bracket. I’m in love with it!

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle body lotion

This smells AMAZING! Plus it has a little shimmer so, as well as the normal nourishing that body lotions do, this makes me shimmery and smell amazing too! 10/10 from me!

Elegant Touch Nails*

So I recently became an elegant touch insider which is just so amazing and I am really enjoying being on the programme! They’ve sent me 4 different sets of nails this month and above are my favourite 2! I love these nails because they’re a fraction of the price of acrylics, you can change them up more often and they don’t ruin your nails nowhere near as much as actual acrylics!
Micheal Kors Watch

I got this watch from my boyfriend for Christmas and, let’s be honest I’m not a massive watch fan, but I love this. With a rose gold and crystal theme this watch simply couldn’t be more perfect, and I’m so happy I received it!

Marc Jacobs- Honey

I recently rediscovered my love for this perfume after receiving it for Christmas! Marc Jacobs’ perfumes always come in the cutest packaging, but the smell of this one just screams spring to me!

Benefit They’re Real! Double the Lip

A fairly new product from benefit, but one I have been really enjoying lately! This is basically a lipstick and lip liner in one and it’s perfect for when you want a quick lip look, or if you’re rubbish at applying lip liner like me! 

Models Own Polishes- Chrome and Glitter!

I’ve been loving these polishes for so long now, every time I go to paint my nails i’m enticed by the chromes! And they look oh so gorgeous with the glitter layered over! 

NYX Lingerie (shade embellishment) 

This lip product was all over my Insta feed not too long ago and I was dying to try it but every time I went to buy it it had sold out. I eventually got my hands on it and I can definitely say it was worth the wait! Plus this shade is super gorgeous 😍. 

Light-up mirror/jewellery box from Debenhams

I received this for Christmas and I just absolutely adore it! It’s just so pretty and handy and there’s lots of room to store my makeup too. So in love with this product! 
And that’s all for now! I mean, I realise I’m saying that’s all but this is like my longest favourites post ever, oops. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading!


H x 
*product was sent to me as a PR Sample. For more information, see my post entitled ‘Disclaimer’.  

A Wedding Planner’s Advice for Planning the Perfect Wedding

So, a bit of a different post today, but one I am so excited to share with you all! Recently I was contacted by the lovely James of iProspect.com who put me in touch with a wedding planner. The wedding planner, Elaine, agreed to do an interview for my blog answering questions on the ‘perfect wedding’. So, without further-a-do, let’s get on to the interview…

Key:       Me     Elaine

Hi there! Thank you so much for agreeing to work on this post with me. I’m beginning to plan my wedding at the end of the year so, if it’s ok with you, I would like to ask you a few questions about planning the ‘perfect wedding’.

First of all, could you please introduce yourself?

My name is Elaine Ryan and I am the Wedding Coordinator for Clayton Hotel Limerick for the last 5 years.

Perfect! Let’s get on with the questions..

Do you think there’s such thing as the ‘perfect’ wedding?

Perfection is hard to put into words however perfection is also seen from the eyes of the bride and groom you are working with and their idea of perfect if different to the next bride and groom too – we strive for perfection each and every time.

That’s great that all of your weddings are so personalised! When do you think is the best time of year for a wedding? Does the time of year matter?

The time of the year does not matter. In Ireland we can’t predict weather etc. Its what the couple wants. Spring and Winter we love with our twinkly city lights shining through our floor to ceiling windows.

That does sound amazing, I love twinkly lights! Do you prefer themed weddings or more relaxed ones?

This depends on the couples vision for their big day. We love a challenge!


Ooh that’s good to know! Do you think outdoor weddings are a good idea?

Abroad yes – in Ireland a little tricky and one must always have a bag up plan and a back up generator!


Yes, that is a good point! How many guests would you say is a good amount?

This is completely up to the happy couple – there is no such thing as a good amount, it’s  your day so have as many and as less as you want.


Fair enough! Finally, what are your 5 top tips for planning the perfect wedding?


  1. Delegation is key! Don’t be afraid as the bride or groom to assign people tasks
  2. Plan ahead and keep a schedule to keep you on track
  3. Remember, it will all fall into place so try not to stress
  4. Book Clayton Hotel Limerick J (haha!)
  5. Finally – remember to enjoy the lead up to your big day so that you can look back at the experience and smile


They’re all great points, and I’ll definitely keep them in mind when I start planning! Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview today, you’ve given me some brilliant answers!

That’s the end of today’s post. If you like the venue Elaine was describing, you can visit them HERE.

Thank you so much for reading, and let me know your idea of the ‘perfect wedding’ in the comments!


H x

Why doesn’t the fashion world cater for me?

Hello there! 

Today I just wanted to talk to you a little about something that’s really bothering me. So, I have a pretty big chest size (36 G) and a size 10 waist, my body is just completely out of proportion. And, as you can probably understand from this, finding clothes that fit me properly is an absolute nightmare. 

I often end up buying clothes that are way too big for me just so that they fit my bust, or I have to deal with the horrible tightness around my bust if an item of clothing fits me everywhere else. Not only is this upsetting, it’s pretty confidence destroying. 

To be honest, I do like my body. I’m comfortable in it most of the time and I like that I’m a little out of proportion, it’s what makes me me. But I don’t like the clothing situation, not at all. 

When I bring this up to people, their suggestions mainly revolve around having a boob reduction. I’m not gonna lie, I find that so so so offensive. Why on earth should I have to change my body? I like my body! I voiced these opinions on twitter and was flooded with other women who have the same issues, so why can’t a clothing brand cater for us? They cater for different sizes, but not different shapes. 

It’s just frustrating me so much that when I bring this up to people they seem to think that I’m being awkward by not wanting to have a major operation to permanently alter my body and leave me unable to breastfeed. Why would I want that? Just because a dress doesn’t fit me I should change my whole body?

To be honest, I’m just disgusted. I would love to find a brand that caters for all shapes- and actually does- not just says they do. 

I don’t want to change my body shape, I want society and clothing brands and fashion to accept me and my shape and cater for me. 

Thanks for reading,

H x

5 Steps To Help Grow Your Instagram

Ok, so small disclaimer. I am no instagram guru. I don’t even have 1,000 followers and I’m nowhere near ‘#instafamous’. But, my instagram has improved drastically these last few months. In the space of less than a week, my engagement quadroupled and all I did was a few minor things. So, I thought I’d write this post for those who, like me, are struggling to find an insta-flow and need a little bit of help.

  1. Take it off of private

Seems obvious, but my instagram was on private until very recently. This was simply because instagram introduced a new feature that links your facebook and instagram accounts automatically, meaning people I didn’t necessarily want to find my instagram or blog were. This was literally my worst nightmare and after several failed attempts at unlinking them, I gave up and put it on private. However, earlier this year I found a little hack to stop the linkage happening. This leads onto my next point…

2. Change your account to a business account

This was the only way that I could find to stop my insta linking with my personal facebook. To change to a business account, you simply click to change in settings and link it to a facebook page. I made my facebook page specifically for this reason, it has no likes or posts, but it works perfectly and now my brother’s girlfriend’s cat’s mother isn’t finding me (metaphorically of course).

3. Try and produce a theme

And by theme, I don’t mean a rigid theme that your feed must abide by, I just mean a general feel to your insta. For example, I like to brighten my images and then whitewash them to produce a sense of style. This helps people get to know your style and grows your following if people like what they see!

4. Use Hashtags

But not just your average #f4f, #tbt or #potd. Be creative! A good method is to see what accounts similar to yours but with bigger engagement and following numbers are using.

5. Join an instagram pod

This isn’t some weird cult, instagram pods are groups of bloggers/influencers who post in the pod when they’ve posted on insta and everyone in the pod goes and likes/comments on their picture. This helps traffic immensely, plus you can make some great friends from it!

And that’s the end of today’s post. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and, if you’re feeling super nice, you can follow my instagram here!

Thanks for reading.


H x

What To Do When You’re Having A Down Day

Hello there!

Today’s post is all about how to get yourself out of a slum. Down days are something I often have for an array of reasons and sometimes for no reason at all. They tend to limit my productivity which is annoying and inconvenient, so I’ve started to find ways in which I can cheer myself up a little and perform my daily tasks. I hope these help you too!

  1. Go For A Walk.

The phrase that has become infamous on twitter. Walks don’t solve everything. They don’t eradicate mental health issues or miraculously cure diseases, but they can help to clear your head and make you feel a little calmer. Exercise in general helps me a lot when I’m feeling down, so I always push myself to go for a little walk if I feel up to it. 

2. Eat A Healthy Meal. 

Now, I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a health advocate. Nor am I clued up as to the science of healthy food. But what I do know is that when I’m having a down day, all I want to do is eat rubbish. Not literally, metaphorically of course. But this often leads me to feeling so so so much worse. Sometimes your body does need junk food, but healthy food can also make you feel just as good. Try the healthy food first. If all else fails, you can still have the bar of dairy milk in your cupboard!

3. Have a little nap

No more than 20 minutes, that’s my ultimate rule!! Naps often help me when I’m feeling super down. If I have a 20 minute nap, I often can wake up and almost begin the day again. I swear by them!

4. Make Yourself A Nice Hot Drink

Although I do love a good old Yorkshire tea or a cup of coffee, I find that green teas really give me the boost I need when I’m not feeling great. Plus they’re a healthier option, win win!

Or you could have a little hot chocolate 😏

5. If all else fails, Take A Break. 

We all need a little break every once and a while. If you really cannot get yourself out of a slum, stick your pj’s on, grab the Ben and jerrys and spend the day watching Netflix. It’s not shameful, and we all need it sometimes. 

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. 


H x 

What’s In My Uni Bag?

Hello there! I’ve never done one of these types of post before, but I have a pretty good system for packing my uni bag at the moment so I thought I would share it.

In my uni bag I have: 

  • My purse- obviously for buying things like food!

  • My pencil case
  • A spare pen- separate from my pencil case just in case I forget it, wouldn’t want to sit through an hour lecture unable to take any notes whatsoever!
  • A pack of mints- sometimes I forget to eat and get a bit shaky, these help up my sugar level quickly or maybe even help rid of my coffee breath! 
  • Student ID- another essential
  • A book- in case I get bored or get a spare minute to read. 
  • My Academic planner- for writing down any work/assessment dates. 
  • A lip balm- to rid of chapped lips! (Or a Lancôme Juicy Shaker!)

  • A bottle of water- got to stay hydrated, especially when going to the library! 
  • Fab Little Bag!* For discreet tampon disposal!

As always,
Thanks for reading!
H X 

Engagement Party Photo Diary 💍

So today I’ve just got a few pics from my engagement party to share with you all. I didn’t take nowhere near as many as I hoped, so this post is out of my normal scheduling just to give you a few so you can see what it was like. Our theme was white and grey/silver. My dress was from river island, my shoes from public desire and my bag from Dorothy Perkins. Although, to be honest, I don’t think there’s one pic where you can see them all, oops. Anywhere, here ya go!

In town afterwards..
The best selfie we got, so you’ll have to excuse Z’s friend in the background!
From Newlook
From Asos… (we put this on the bar!)
Frame from B&M
From Wilko!
Print from Slay My Print
Vase from Wilko
Candle and holder from B&M
Print from Slay My Print
Candle and holder from B&M. All slate from Wilko.

‘Getting married at 21 is like leaving the party at 9pm’- A Response

‘Getting married at 21 is like leaving the party at 9pm’

Or like getting to love and adore someone for even longer than anyone else and getting to be happy and secure with them whilst still being able to do everything you wish. Exploring the world with someone who makes you love yourself. Establishing a love for yourself from a younger age. Learning loyalty and how to reason with someone. Learning how to have a relationship and how to set boundaries and consider another person. Learning how to put someone else’s wants and needs and wishes on to your own list and doing everything you’ve ever wanted to do together. 

This started out as a tweet, but very quickly and easily became a blog post.  I’ve been with my boyfriend for 5 years, which is longer than a lot of people are together before they are married and, even though my adult life is just beginning, I know I want nothing more than to spend every moment possible with him. He just makes everything better. He makes my smile a bit bigger, my laugh a bit louder and my heart a bit warmer. I couldn’t imagine my life without him. I say it so often, but he saved me. He loved me when I couldn’t love myself and when I was too lost to find the way on my own. And for that I will be eternally grateful. 

I’m not saying that being with someone like this is for everyone, but just because it isn’t for you doesn’t mean that it isn’t for somebody else. Relationships aren’t for everyone, but just because you like to be seeing a different person every day doesn’t mean that some people cannot only want one. I wouldn’t have my life and my relationship any other way, but that’s just me. 

And this post was written in a tweet, copied into WordPress and scheduled at 1am because I saw something that annoyed me. I guess you can tell I’m passionate about this. 

Don’t paste your personal likes, dislikes, wants, needs, wishes and feelings on to another person. It is perfectly acceptable to be 40, single and loving life, just as it is to be 18, married and loving life. Please realise that people are allowed to be different. 

Thanks for reading,

Hope I didn’t go too mushy on you there,

H X 

20 Things To Do Before I’m 20!

So I actually turn 19 tomorrow! To be honest, I’m not looking forward to 19 and I’m definitely not looking forward to 20. So, even though it’s a year away, I thought I would set myself some goals (well 20 of them) to lessen the blow of not being a teenager any more a little. Let’s goooooooo

  1. At least be planning moving in with my boyfriend
  2.  Visit Greece
  3. Carry out random acts of kindness 
  4. Do more giveaways
  5. Grow my Insta
  6. Go on a few weekends away
  7. Visit a spa (I’ve never been to one!)
  8. Improve my blog snap!
  9. Work with some more amazing companies!
  10. Go to a blogger event 
  11. Do more voluntary work
  12. Save some money!
  13. Start planning our wedding
  14. Continue creating content I love
  15. Buy a decent handbag (seriously)
  16. Visit Iceland
  17. Take more risks
  18. Say ‘yes’ more
  19. Plan my time better
  20. Be happy

And that’s it! Some of these goals are small and some are big but all are important to me. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I’ll see you on Sunday!


H x