Newtown Cove

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When we were in Tramore over the weekend, we spent some time in Newtown Cove. If you’re down in that direction, this is a place that you have to visit. If you ever wanted to see just how gorgeous Ireland’s coastline and natural scenery is; this is a pretty good example.

The Cove is incredibly scenic with its high cliffs, rugged features and sparkling water. It’s a perfect spot for swimming, fishing and picnics — or just for a wander around! Even though we were there on a Saturday afternoon, it was still so calm and peaceful. Our visit to this place was a definite highlight of the weekend and I really want to return and spend an entire day there — can we go back to the start of summer?!

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Burger Bite

It may or may not be International Burger Day. Some say it’s today; some claim it was back in May. Either way; who needs an excuse to put together some mouth-watering meaty burgers?!

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My perfect combination goes something like this: bun; ketchup; steak burger; cheese; tomato; lettuce; bun. Buns must be fresh; ketchup should preferably be Heinz; an evenly cooked burger; thin slice of cheese; thin slice of tomato and iceberg lettuce. A girl has to have standards ;-).  Sides can range between spicy wedges, chunky chips, crispy fries or buttery corn on the cob — as long at the burger is up to scratch, I’m generally happy! Eaten in summer or winter, outside or indoors, at home or in a restaurant; you pretty much can’t go wrong. I’d love to know now: what does your ideal burger look like?

Time out in Tramore

We were in Waterford over the weekend or more specifically, in the seaside town of Tramore. This was a go-to destination every summer when I was growing up so it always brings back the best memories. In high season, it’s such a touristy place but that doesn’t make it any less charming or entertaining.

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There’s lots to do and we had so much fun hitting the beach, amusement park and casinos. There’s nothing like a traditional funfair to bring out your inner child, a run in to the Atlantic Ocean to wake you up or a little gambling to make you feel lucky (I didn’t win a single cent but there was a lurker hovering around me the whole time so I must have been close!).

We also spent some time in Newtown Cove but I’ll talk about that later in the week as the pictures are stunning and deserve a whole post of their own!

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Since this was like a mini-holiday for us, we seriously indulged (because calories obviously don’t count on holidays). Seaside towns have the best junk food — stodgy chips, decadent donuts, fluffy candy-floss, peppermint rock, the creamiest 99s…me and my sweet tooth were kind of in heaven!

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Before heading home, we just hung out on the promenade. We were really lucky because there just so happened to be a big fireworks display when we were there. It was a once-off event so it was a brilliant coincidence! So many people turned out for it and it was a great show — a perfect way to end the day :-).

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Fuschia Make-Up Haul

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I recently received a generous selection of products to review from Fuschia Make-Up. An award-winning Irish company with stockists around the country, I jumped at the opportunity to try this make-up out for myself. When the pack came in the post, I was so excited to see such a beautifully packaged range. I really enjoyed trying out all the various pieces and I look forward to wearing them again and again in the future. Read on for a breakdown of each product (but maybe make yourself a cup of coffee beforehand, there’s a lot to come!).

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Make Your Own Five Pan Palette: €40

I love the idea of creating your own palette of eyeshadows and Fuschia offer sixty colours to choose from. I was given neutral shades of beige and brown all of which have female names — Amanda, Lara, Lucy, Holly and Jane. These are pressed eyeshadows and easy to apply. The colours come out nicely and can be built upon for a more dramatic look. The palette itself is also really lovely — sleek and well-designed with a mirror within. I received an eyeshadow palette last Christmas so I know that these make great gifts (whether it’s for a friend, family member or yourself is up to you!).

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Brow Wax Kit: €15.50

Truth be told, I wasn’t entirely sure what this was at first! It turns out it’s a multi-functioning product to define and shape eyebrows. There’s a brown type of powder to use on the brows and then a creamy wax to keep everything in place. There’s also a little applicator brush and mirror within this compact — incredibly useful for when you’re on the go! My own eyebrows are naturally dark and — thanks to my beautician — they’re well-shaped too so I wouldn’t normally consider using something like this. However, when I tried it out, I could see why it’s such a popular product. Anyone who likes to emphasise their eyebrows will love this.

Eye Dust: €12.95

I received the Full Moon shade of this product and it’s pretty gorgeous. Golden-beige with a serious shimmer to it; this would easily suit all eye colours. Multi-purpose, it can be used dry or wet as a shadow or liner or even mixed with moisturiser. Definitely check out the other colours in this particular collection — they’re beautiful and I want to try them all!

Lip Pencil: €12.95

I don’t normally use a lip pencil but I still found this easy to work with. It’s soft and creamy and I like that it can be used to keep your lipstick in place.

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Lipstick Vamp: €13.50

As the name suggests, this is a dark and sultry shade. I’ve never had a single product in this colour before as I always thought it would be too dramatic for me. However, when I tried this, I actually loved the result! It’s so perfect for autumn and looks rich and simply beautiful. I can’t wait to wear this on a night out!

Lip Lacquer Party Girl: €16.50 (full-size)

This is a fun and fabulous shade of pink. However, as much as I love this colour, it unfortunately doesn’t really suit my complexion. I’ve seen it on other girls though and it looks great on them so don’t rule it out!

Lip Lacquer Love Affair: €16.50 (full-size)

This is a purple-brown puce shade. I really like this one as it suits me much more — in fact, I think this particular colour would work for most skin tones. These lacquers consist of crushed lipstick and gloss combined so you can get intensely-coloured lustrous lips in an instant.

Highlighter Candle Glow Pearly Pink: €25 (full-size)

With its delicate colour and creamy consistency, this is a lovely product to use. I mixed mine with some foundation for a glowing complexion. It can also be used on its own for brows and cheekbones.

Primer: €22 (full-size)

Saving the best for last — I love this stuff! It comes as a clear gel and warms as you apply it to the skin. It just glides on and leaves your face soft and silky smooth.  It creates a perfect base for your foundation and helps to keep it in place for longer wear. If I had to choose a favourite product from the whole haul, this primer would be it!

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Please note: As stated above, this make-up was sent to me for consideration. All opinions are my own and one hundred per cent honest. A list of stockists of Fuschia Make-Up can be found here.

Last of the Summer Days

There are only a few days left in the month now and I just can’t believe how quickly this summer has passed. Admittedly this season hasn’t been overly exciting for me (hunting for a new job and then being sick for several weeks isn’t a whole lot of fun!). Nevertheless there have been some good moments and I’ll be making the effort over the next week to ensure there will be a few more!

To start; we’re heading to the beach tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to the sea, sand and (hopefully) some sun. Have a great weekend :-).

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Silver Linings

As much as I admire intricate nail designs, I’ve yet to try any myself. One day I’ll give it a go but for now, I’m keeping things simple.

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If you don’t want to stick with the traditional manicure, it can be easy enough to achieve an alternative look. I’m a big fan of different coloured tips layered over a single block shade. For this, I started by applying a clear base followed by two coats of Rimmel Salon Pro Seduce. Once dry, I then dabbed the tips of my nails with Nails Inc. Silver Soho.

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Since I was doing this freehand; I was never expecting neat lines. As it turns out, I actually quite like the wavy results. The rich purple and cool silver also work well together and make for an interesting contrast. I love the fact that you can mix old colours from your collection for a fun and different look. This is easy to do and easy to wear — even if you were to only do one accent nail on each hand, it would still look good. Nail art at its simplest!

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Parrot Bay: Passionfruit Caipirinha & Mojito

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Weekends are always the perfect time to indulge and I can never say no to a nice cocktail! Mostly in the name of research (ahem), I decided to do a little taste test of Parrot Bay’s frozen versions of a Passionfruit Caipirinha and Mojito. I figured it was about time I tried these newer flavours as I’ve already had the others in this range which include Berry Daiquiri, Citrus Daiquiri and Pina Colada

These drinks come in liquid pouches which you freeze for 8 hours. This time around, I left mine in for around eight and a half hours and it took about ten minutes for them to become slushy enough to serve. If you’re feeling impatient, you can run them under warm water so they’ll defrost faster. Squeeze the drinks in to individual glasses and they’re ready to drink. Any small chunks of ice can be broken up with a swizzle stick or teaspoon. 

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These drinks are basically summer in a glass. They’re fun and easy, bright and colourful. Passionfruit Caipirinha has a sweet, smooth and exotic flavour while Mojito has more of a fresh and zesty taste to it. 

These cost around €2.50 each and both have a 4.7% alcohol content. To enjoy these at their best, a bit of planning and patience is required. If these are still quite solid when you’re squeezing them out, it can get a bit messy. Be prepared to wait for a bit and — as a word of advice — if it does spill, clean it up immediately! I accidentally splashed some of the Passionfruit Caipirinha on our kitchen table and spent a good five minutes trying to remove the attractive bright orange stain the next morning. Other than that, frozen cocktails are pretty much always a winner and these are no exception. Serve with some fresh fruit on an umbrella and enjoy!

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