Sunday, December 30, 2012

Hi Girlies,

If you cant follow the page on blogspot, here's the link to my Facebook page. Just hit the "like" button on the page, and everytime I post it'll come up on your Facebook newsfeed, so you can read to your hearts content.

 (Oh, the wonder of modern technology!!!  )

There is so much coming up In January, including, but not limited to;

- New Year Real-solutions -  How to make resoluations that you REALLY can achieve

- Detox Diva's - A guide to detoxifying after the Christmas season

- Spring Summer 2013 fashion trends to watch out for.

- Shop your shape, not your size.

If there are any other idea's, post them on the page or send me a message, I'd love to hear from you.

Have a wonderful New Year everyone :)

Le Grá,



Friday, December 21, 2012

Know your Sale rights


     <3              I LOVE SALES!!!               <3

I had to get that out there, and now that the Christmas shopping is finally completed, I can now focus on the sales. My own particular strategy is to BUY EVERYTHING, but it can often end in heartbreak,especially when the size 6 red sparkly platform heels fall apart on the first night, and after you  spending €60 on them, typical. Suddenly, you have a flashback of the sign at the counter:

The bane of all sale-aholics
So what can you do? Try to salvage them with some superglue and popsicle sticks, or fight for your right to sparkle?

This sign is created to prevent the return of sale goods, NOT for faulty items. Yes, you cannot return return items if you have a change of mind, but if the product is damages through no fault of yours, you are entitled to bring it back.

Bottom line is: If a product is faulty, you are intitled to bring it back, sale or no sale.

Under the Consumer Act of 1990, if a product is faulty, consumers are entitled to the 3 "R"'s; repair, refund, or replacement.

Which of these 3 is between you and the retailer. They may insist on a repair, especially if it's an eletrical product, but if the same fault happens a second time, then you are entitled to a replacement.

Let the explain in more detail:

So, when you are shopping the sales this year, know your rights (and the correct shoe size) or it could all end in tears.....

Le Grá,



Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Santa baby-liss!

Dear Santa,  I promise I have been a good girl this year. I have cleansed, toned and moisturised daily, I use a hair masque once a week, and I even bought a very expensive eye-cream. Plase forgive me leaving my make-up one after a night out once or twice, and using straighteners on damp hair, I really, truly am sorry.


This year all I want is the Babyliss Hot Air Big Hair Styler, let me explain why.....

- It has this big rotating barrel, with brushes that catch the hair and turn it while drying, like hairdresses do when they give you that b-e-au-tiful blowdry.

- It can spin two ways, so you can turn under, or flick out, and do both sides of your head.

- The hot air blows out of the barrel, and seals in the style.

- It comes in two different sizes, for longer hair, or shorter hair

PLUS, it can stop me using straighteners as much, and using lots of product to get a little bit of volume.

Please Santa, if you don't believe me, here is some evidence;

Holly's video is great, and she really explains how to use it properly

Also, Santa, I promise to do a review here when I use it first. I have left out some biscuuits, milk and a carrot for Rudolph, all are organic and yummy!

Thank You Santa :)

Le Grá,


Friday, December 14, 2012

40 Ways to Tie a Scarf :)

With the Mid-Winter weather, we have plenty of reasons to don the scarf, whether it's a pretty silk, or a chunky knit, they are a girls best friend in Winter!

This entry is so self-explanatory, I'm not even going to try explain it!


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Le Grá,


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Winter drab :( to Winter FAB :)

Oil...the bane of most of our lives, if it's not causing spots on our skin, it's making our hair greasy enough to fry chips in , AND we have to pay a King's random to fill our tanks to heat our house! It's no wonder we hate the stuff!

But during the winter is the time we need oil the most, and not just for the radiators. Harsh winter winds, and constantly going from cold, to hot to "OMG its freeezing"really takes it's toll on our body and beauty, here's how oil can help you go from Winter Drab to Winter FAB :)

From this:

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During the winter we get dry, flaky patches on our face, dull complexions, cracked or dry , and brittle hair, but there are certain oils we can use to restore moisture to those parts that need it most!


Rosehip oil is fantastic anti-oxidant for the face.
This is a product of the rosehip plant, and although you may think that to put oil on your face is direculous, in the winter its a great saver. It has natural anti-oxidants, and moisturises and even can improve the tone of your skin! Don't believe me? Go to the link below to see the Irish company Trilogys claims. It's been independently tested and passed with flying colours. If Rosehip is not for you, try Argan oil coconut or even almond oil. They have been used for years on hands, aces, and scars. And for all you Mummies-to-be, its supposed to be even better than Bio-oil on those stretch marks!


My absolute favourite oil for hair is
SUNFLOWER OIL, yep, the oil you put in your chip frier (disclamier; DO NOT use the oil from your frier, it will then smell like chips!!!) I do this regularly as I suffer from the dreaded winter hair frizz. When your hair is dry, comb the warm oil through it, until your head and all your hair is covered, wrap your head and hair with cling film, and throw on your towel like a turban. Yes, you can be Princess Jasmine if you like.....wait a half an hour and then wash with normal shampoo twice. The clingfilm seals the heat in from your head, and the towel keeps it hot and clean! I do this about twice a month, (or when I can find the time)
, and the next day your hair is a little greasier, but it will be super soft and shiny after the second wash. If you want to really go the whole hog, you can also add a few drops of Morrocan Oil  when your hair is wet, it helps seal in moisture and prevent the dreaded fuzzball effect. (Penneys do a Morroccan oil, and you can get it in most pharmacies)
You can go and buy the Vo5 oils for €4.99, or buy a whole bottle of sunflower oil for €2, beauty and a bargain, you gotta love it!



I have tried plenty of different lotions and potions for body moisturising, but I keep returning to my Johnsons and Johnsons Baby Oil, it really does do the trick. Especially after shaving your legs, or just to return a little moisture to your skin, it works a treat..
They have scnted ones now, with Aloe Vera, (green bottle) in a gel with Shea and Cocoa Butter (brown), even a bedtime version with camomile to help you sleep..... this is a must have for dry skin, and it's not just for babies!
If you would like a more adult version, try Boots Pampering Dry Skin Body Oil, or Nivea Q10 Plus Firming Body Oil, available in all major pharmacies.
So there it is, oil is our winter friend, it helps hydrate and rejuvenate our face, hair and skin!
Don't forget, if there's anything you would like me to write about, send it in :)
Le Grá,
Loving today ; My new Bare Minerals foundation in Golden Fair
Leaving today; Dolly shoes...someone find me my UGG boots....bbbrrrr

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Work hard, party harder in dresses from Wexford Boutiques

The party season has arrived, and if you are like me you are still running around looking for a party dress, for your work do, Stephen's Day or New Years!

- Fed up waiting for that online dress, only to find out it looks like a piece of old elephants skin? 
- Can't face the long drive in traffic to another town or city?

Super Hero - Female Royalty Free Stock Vector Art Illustration
"Never fear F.A.S.H is here"
Never fear F.A.S.H is here, with your "Work hard, party harder dresses" and even better, they are all available right here in Wexford!

GOSSIP, on the main street have some fantastic, bang on trend looks this party season, starting with this wet look, mesh front peplum dress for only €29! A budget day bargain!

Photo: Peplum dress €29
It hits major trends, such as the leather look, and the peplum! Another hit is the Zebra front panel dress, as the front panel can make you seem smaller on the torso, while it adds the the length of your legs, and who wouldn't want that?

Photo: Zebra Print Dress €25€25

And if these dresses don't tickle your fashion buds then just head over to their facebook page, and have a look at other options available :)
Just ask Adrian and is great staff for their help, they won't say no, I promise :)

The Loft, in North Main Street, have also recently added to their Christmas Party dresses album, as seen here on their Facebook page

My "Fab 4" are €89.95 each, and well worth the price, hitting the "embellishment" nail on the head:)

The Loft carries lots af beautiful accessories and shoes to compliment any outfit, and Marie and her staff are always willing to lend a helping hand :)

There are lots of different styles available in all shops in Wexford, so avoid assaulting the postman for a long awaited package on the morning of the party, shop in Wexford boutiques for that "party hard" dress this season :)
Postman in a hurry delivering package isolated on white Stock Photo - 7501764

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Boyfriend Brontannas :)

Yes it’s that time of year again, tonight is the Late Late Toy Show and tomorrow is the first of December, so the C-word ban is officially lifted!


So now we start to worry about presents, yes, we can worry about which beauty voucher to pamper our Mam with, or whether to buy Old Spice for Dad, again, but the big worry this time of year is…

The Boyfriend Bronntanas!

This is a worry for anyone with a boyfriend. They come in the form of:

-          Have a spent too little / too much

-          Am I putting too much / not enough effort into thought, and the best one……

-          What do I get the boy that has EVERYTHING?

So, unlike other websites you might see, I am not going to list presents that are available, but merely give a

“Girl Guide to Boyfriend Bronntanas”

1.       Consider how long you have been together, a few months or a few years…..

It does make a difference, especially on money to spend and effort to put in. Don’t frighten him off your two month relationship with a trip to Tiffanys in New York *hint, hint*

2.       How much CAN you spend?

Don’t start sharpening the knife for you poor piggy bank just yet. A really thought out gift is better than an expensive one that shows no thought is in it.

3.       What does he like?
       Whether he’s GAA mad or all about video games, you need to know something he is interested in. I suggest making a list of all the things he likes to do, or maybe places he has talked about, food he likes. A brain map of sorts,  let’s pretend I’m seeing Ryan Gosling (a girl can dream!)


As I was daydreaming about Ryan, and making up all the things he supposedly likes, I had plenty of ideas about what to get him, make for him, do for him.

Can you think of any for me?

1.       Trip to Belfast with one of his favourite foods thrown in, Sushi for example.
2.     Make his favorite food 9 a voucher for a Greek Night, he gets to be Caesar or get my drift...toga toga )and buy him Bruce Springsteen tickets.

2.       Tickets to a Metallica concert, or a tribute band, if they’re not playing somewhere soon, and an overnight stay.

3.       A new football jersey/hoodie, and a cd. (A safe option, I know, but sometimes the best)

Now, you are probably thinking, these are useless, MY boyfriend would not like any of these presents!



Because  YOU know your boyfriend and if you use these steps, and a little creativity, you should be able to come up with a present that he will love, and love you for!

If all else fails, here are some tips to get you through:

TIP 1: I always have more than one present, even if it’s only small. It can redeem you if you make a mistake….believe me 

TIP 2: You can spice it up a bit by putting in a “Personal Voucher Book”, a very easy thing to print up on a computer (just don’t let anyone else find it), and you can make that as “ahem” personal as you like, plus it costs nothing.

TIP 3: Make it personal, vouchers on their own are generally not a good idea, they are too vague. (Yes, we know he likes clothes)


I think that’s it girlies, so sit back and enjoy the tradition of the Late Late Toy Show, knowing that your Boyfriend Brontannas is in the bag J
If you have any questions or comments, drop me a mail, or post them below :)

Le Grá,


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mascara Mayhem!

This week its all about my peepers, that's right, it's time for a new mascara. The old one is as dry as Mose's sandal, so off I pop for a new one....easy right? Oh no, mascara mayhem ensues.....

So I am part of the long lash brigade. I have ones like a cow on hair hormones or once someone told me they were like Miss Piggys (honest to God, didn't know if it was a compliment or an insult!)

You can see what I mean, but therein lies the problem...which mascara makes my peepers pop?

I have tried most cult brands, and I have come to the conclusion that it's all in the WAND.

Here are the usual different types in picture :

Starting from left to right:
1. "The General"  - suitable for long lashes looking for volume
2. "The Sleek Chic" - smaller bristles to really seperate thick lashes
3. "The Undecided" - has both comb and bristles for you to decide which is right
4. "The Comb" - most suitable for  short lashes as it really gets to the root of the eyelash and lifts from there.

There has been a new development from Benefit in the shape of the "They're Real" mascara. I have tried it, but I'm not sure it's worth the price :(

Yes, as you can see the ingenius little head on the top of the wand does help to seperate the lashes, but the brush itself is a little wimpy in bristle size, and just does not seperate my lashes enough itself.
our #1 mascara
So to end the sad story, I did what most women do when in a crisis, I went back to my old favourite show stealer:

Volum' Express&#174; The Colossal Washable Mascara

An excellent choice for my long lash type, no clumps, good brush and it stays put even when it's not waterproof.


When your applying your mascara, brush down from the eyelash to towrds the eye once first, then up twice to make sure you cover all hairs :)


Loving today: My Chanel Au Fraiche perfume,

Leaving today : Cold and early mornings

What's your favorite mascara, let me know here :)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Making old clothes feel new, and the "10 to 2" syndrome :)

Hello everyone!

Yes, I quit blogging, just after my first one, but just like the Vamp look and leather skirts I'm back with a bang! So lets get started, today were talking waving the style wand and making the old new and fresh.

I had my usual meltdown on a Saturday night before going out....I've nothing new to wear! BUT  creativity rules:

1. Statement necklacel a big look this year, I took and old long necklace I used to wear with quite big baubles on it, and DOUBLED it on my neck (compliments rolled in!)

2. Black tights, shoes and t-shirt with a statement skirt: YES, I had an old tulip skirt I used to wear a few years ago, put a black blazer with studs ontop and hey presto

IT FELT NEW!! (will try post pics later :) )

Looked similar but it was much fresher! Hurrah for keeping stuff you don't wear anymore :) Horders unite

Now for the men:

My tip today: How to avoid being the "TEN TO 2" girl:

A guy is chatting you up at ten to 2, you like him, he likes big deal if you go home with him right?

WRONG, this is what I call the "ten to 2" syndrome, all men have had it at some stage of their lives, they just want someone to go home with and its the end of the night.

Let him take your number, and he will text you if he's interested! If not, you have lost nothing and stayed away from the dreaded "Stride of Pride" aka Walk of Shame :(

Lovin today : Fatty food and roaring fire
Leaving today: Tangles in my hair :(

Slan :)