Change, Nostalgia and unleashing my inner Carrie Bradshaw

Have you ever had one of those moods where all you want to do is write, but have no clue what you actually want to write about?

I know my previous posts have mainly been beauty related, and although that is one of my biggest interests, I don’t want this blog to become a strictly beauty blog. I don’t want this blog to just merge with a sea of other beauty bloggers, I want to be different. I think what I am liking so far about blogging is the freedom to put out there anything that I like. So with that freedom comes this post.

*Deep Breath*

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*exhales*

The past few weeks have proved to be a weird time for me. I think with the upcoming anniversary of my arrival in Australia 3 years ago, could be part of the reason for this uneasy time of year for me. I think I have come along way since I first arrived in Australia. I was only fifteen and weeks from turning sixteen when I moved to Australia and it honestly was one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through. It’s strange to think that I haven’t seen my family and friends in almost three years. There’s a sense of excitement when thinking of the next time I will get to see them but also a hint of sadness knowing that I will have a taste of what life used to be like, only to have to once again leave.

Every time I think of all the things that I missed out on when leaving Ireland, I have to remind myself of all the positive things that have happened to me as a result of emigrating. I have met so many amazing people and have experienced places and things beyond imaginable for someone of my age. So with the tinge of sadness that comes with the memory of leaving Ireland, a place that I feel really shaped me as a person, change really does make you who you are meant to be.

I’m about to start my second semester of University and I’m actually looking forward to it. With last semester being my first semester ever at University, I felt a bit out of my depth and constantly doubted my abilities. Now that I have received my end of semester exam results and I have passed all my classes so far, my confidence levels have definitely received a well-deserved boost! I’m kind of looking forward to having some sort of routine again. This last month off has allowed me to de-stress and relax but know I think I’m ready to go back, which I never imagined myself saying.

I bought myself a new laptop today as only having a desktop computer began to become frustrating when I needed to be free from my house but needed to commit myself to doing assignments on the computer. I’m feeling very Carrie Bradshaw-esque now, ready for writing in coffee shops and breaking free from my current routine. If anything Carrie Bradshaw stands as one of the many reasons I wanted to start a blog. Although her life is fictional and incredibly glamorized, it’s almost innate for any sex and the city fan to some how want to emulate the life of Carrie Bradshaw in their own way.

Also I got 1975 tickets today and I may be slightly freaking out but I have to save my excitement for next January 😦

So that’s it for this very random and very spontaneous post, I hope you have a lovely day.

All the Love.

Shannon
xoxo

JULY BEAUTY BUYS!

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Yesterday I went to repurchase my holy grail foundation, Estee Lauder Double Wear (my shade is desert beige) and shock horror, I ended up buying more than I actually needed 😉

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So I guess I should start with the reason why I went shopping, my foundation. This stuff is unbelievable. I genuinely can’t imagine myself ever changing my foundation this foundation lasts all day long, especially because I live in a hot climate country like Australia, having a foundation that lasts all day is essential if you want to avoid your makeup melting right off your face.

I also picked up a new primer, the shiseido glow enhancing primer with SPF 15. I’ve heard alot about this primer and decided I’d try it out. I thought that this might work well for me as my foundation is very matte, i feel this might help create a more dewy, natural look on the skin.

Skincare wise I picked up two things from priceline, I got the formula 10.0.6 pores be pure skin clarifying mud mask and the garnier micellar clensing wipes. The mud mask is an old favourite of mine that I like to pick up when I feel like my face needs abit of TLC and it always brings some brightness back into my skin and leaves my skin feeling sift and refreshed. The garnier micellar wipes is a new discovery for me, I’ve tried the micellar clensing water before which I did enjoy using but found I used it up quite quickly so I didn’t bother repurchasing it. When I saw the wipe version of the micellar cleansing water, the lazy girl within me put it straight in my basket to try out and I have to the wipes are amazing! I used one last night to remove my makeup and the wipes itself as so soft and smooth and aren’t harsh on the skin what so ever, so far so good with this product.

the last few products that I purchased are fairly basic. I got a new lipliner from the maybeline colour sensational range in the shade 20 Nude, perfect colour for everyday use and I thought this shade would go really well with my MAC Velvet teddy lipstick. I also repurchased my favourite black eyeliner by essence and I also bought a new can of the V05 Volume and lift hairspray. The final product i bought was a new nail varnish by rimmel in the shade Instyle Coral and I adore this colour so bright and colourful without being over the top.

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So those are my July beauty purchases so far, I hope enjoyed this post and if you want to know any further information on any of the products please feel free to ask in the comments!

Have a lovely day!

All the Love,

Shannon

xoxo

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JUNE FAVOURITES!

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I cannot believe that June is already over,this year seems to be flying by so fast! This month I’ve found myself discovering new products that I have slightly fallen in love with, but I’ve also found myself using products that I bought months ago and have now only started using this past month.

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1- Victoria Secret Ultra-moisturising hand and body cream in Secret Escape-

Quite the lengthy title but none the less this stuff is amazing! I bought this when I went to Melbourne in March and if I’m being honest I mainly bought this because I had always heard about VS but never got the chance to go an actual store, so on my first visit I didn’t want to leave empty-handed! I kind of put this on the back burner after I got back from Melbourne, but I found myself reaching for this a lot more this month. The scent is very fresh and floral without being too over powering. The body cream itself dries quickly and doesn’t leave your skin feeling sticky after applying, perfect for people like me who aren’t really into body creams.

2- Rimmel match perfection concealer in 010 Ivory-

I bought this on whim early on in June as I never really was overly into concealers as I find my foundation (Estee Lauder Double Wear) to be pretty high coverage even when I’m having a bad skin day. I decided to go for this concealer as I was interested to start highlighting underneath my eyes with a liquid concealer. I just choose the lightest shade they have available in the range and it definitely exceeded my expectations. The consistency is quick thick but as soon as you blend it in it feels very light and doesn’t sit heavy under the eyes. It comes with a brush applicator very similar to the YSL touche eclat, just minus the luxe packaging.

3– Maybeline super stay 7 day nail polish in 635 Surreal-

This is another product that I purchased months ago that I have found myself reaching for once again this month. I think this is my favourite nail polish that I have ever tried! The label does not lie, this stuff lasts for the full 7 days without chipping, and this is coming from someone who never does a base coat or top coat after applying nail polish. Also the colour is beautiful mix of purple and blue tones and is perfect for both summer and winter seasons as it’s not too bright or too dark.

4- Maybeline colour tattoo in Tough as Taupe-

This colour is the perfect transition shade for a smokey eye or perfect on its own when paired with a champagne/gold shadow. One word of warning when using this product is blend, blend, blend! I found that if i didn’t blend this colour enough it can create a harsh line in the crease, so take those extra few seconds to blend this product out and you should have no issues!

5- MAC lipstick in Velvet Teddy-

I don’t think I’ve ever loved a lipstick as much as I love this one. It’s my perfect lipstick, for one its matte which is my go to kind of lipstick, the colour itself is what I can only describe as a nude/brown/orange/kylie jenner kind of shade. This colour seems to go with any type of eye look that I do and is basically the new love of my life (not even exaggerating…)

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Since you can’t see the colour in the main picture..

6- Too Faced chocolate soleil matte bronzing powder

After being slightly disappointed by how quickly my Nars Laguna bronzer ran out, I decided that I was going to try out another bronzer. After watching a Lily Pebbles video I saw her use the Too Faced milk chocolate bronzer and loved how it looked on her so I decided i was going to check it out. After looking at the milk chocolate bronzer I thought it looked a little too light for me so I decided to get the shade up. I really do love this bronzer and it is definitely a slightly cheaper alternative to Nars Laguna. Although I think i still do prefer the Nars Bronzer, the too faced chocolate soleil definitely makes me use less product on a day-to-day basis.

7-L’Occitane hand cream in Rose-

This is a slightly unusual product for me to love, as for one I’m not a huge lover of rose scents and also I’m terrible at actually using up any type of hand cream. The scent of this hand cream definitely has a rose scent but it’s not over powering at all and smells like it has other floral scents mixed into it also. I keep tis beside my bed and apply it whenever I’m near and my hands are grateful for this!

That’s all my favourites for the month of June, Here’s hoping that July will be filled with nothing but good things.

All the love,

Shannon

xoxo

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21 QUESTIONS ABOUT ME!

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I decided for my first ever ‘official’ blog post, I would start off with something simple to get to know me a bit better.

I found these questions on tumblr ( just search 21 questions tag and you should find it straight away)

1: Are you named after someone?

My mom found my name when she was watching the movie ‘Far and Away’ with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Although she wasn’t a fan of the movie (and Tom Cruise’s brutal attempt at an irish accent) she liked the name of Nicole Kidman’s character in the movie which was Shannon.

2: When was the last time you cried?

It was definitely not too long ago and was probably over something stupid.

3: Do you have kids?

Nope!

4: If you were another person would you be friends with you?

I hope I would be… does that sound self-centered?

5: Do you use sarcasm alot?

No.

*sarcasm*

6: Would you ever bungee jump?

If it was a spontaneous decision then maybe, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to go and do a bungee jump!

7:Favourite cereal?

It has to be the rare occasion that I have Coco Pops.

8:What is the first thing you notice about people?

I’m not sure, I’m just going to say the general face area!?

9: Eye Colour?

Brown

10: Scary movies or happy ending?

Happy endings all day every day! Rom-Com is the main genre of films that i watch!

11: Favourite smells?

Chance Eau Fraiche by Chanel, I could drown myself in that perfume!

12: Summer or Winter?

Winter all the way! Can’t beat winter clothing and cosy nights in!

13: Computer or television?

definitely computer, my computer basically acts as my television anyways.

14: What’s the furthest place you’ve been from home?

Well I still consider Ireland home but I live in Australia now, so does Australia count?

15: Any special talents?

I can whistle quite well…. is that even special?

16: Where were you born?

I was born in Frankfurt, Germany.

17: Hobbies?

This blog…. 😉

Concerts, the occasional scrapbooking session just the usual..

18: Any Pets?

Yes I Have a springer spaniel called Ruby!

19: Favourite movie?

That’s really hard for me…probably The great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio, Notting hill, Bridget Jones or any Richard Curtis movie really.

20: Do you have any siblings?

Nope it’s just me and my parents.

21: Future job? 

Hopefully doing something in the PR industry or maybe starting my own business (whatever that might be!)

Hope you enjoyed this post and got to know me a little bit better

All the love,

Shannon

xoxo

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The beginning.

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Hello there,

After multiple failed attempts of starting a blog and actually committing to it, here I am, starting a new blog.

For years the idea of blogging has always appealed to me, but I always found that initial stages of starting a blog difficult. Trying to find my writing style, what I actually want to write about and actually putting in the effort to creating the blog always proved to become too difficult for me, resulting in me to abandon the blog within a 24 hour time frame.

So now I’m back with a surge of newly found motivation ready to start this blog that I’ve had in my head for so long and actually make it a reality.

I’ve decided to commit to adding at least 3 to 4 posts a week just to get the ball rolling.

Please look out for posts coming very soon

All the love

Shannon

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