Makeup Wishlist

Monday, 21 March 2016

Over the near two years that I've been loving and discovering makeup, I've made a good number of purchases. It is a rare occassion that I go into Boots and Superdrug and come out empty-handed. When I was in Manchester at the start of March, I realised that drugstore brands on this side of the pond didn't have anything that really excited me at the moment. High-end brands are coming out with or already have drool-worthy products that make me salivate and just want to touch. Naturally, since they are pricey, I can't just grab them all and run but it's always nice to look, right?

VLOG || St. Patrick's Day in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland

Friday, 18 March 2016

I did something new this year for St. Patrick's Day. I vlogged it. I didn't vlog in the sense that I talked to the camera as I walked around. I'm not that brave to properly vlog in public just yet. I just decided to film the St. Patrick's Day parade in Downpatrick and have some Irish-ish music playing in the background. I go every year to the parade with my Mum where we like to sit on the wall on Irish Street (how fitting) and watch as the groups go by. 

The parade is always led by 'St. Patrick' himself with a couple of Irish wolfhounds for company. They can be seen in the video after the title. 

Downpatrick is named after the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. According to the story of St. Patrick, his body was placed on a cart pulled by an ox. Wherever that ox stopped was going to be the burial place. That place was one of the highest hills in Downpatrick, where the Down Cathedral now stands. The grave and the Cathedral can be seen from any town in the town, especially when it's lit up in green on the week that March 17th happens to fall on. The grave is marked with a large stone which is adorned with daffodils every year on St. Patrick's Day when a Mass is held in the Cathedral that morning. The stone slab was made from granite from the nearby Mourne Mountains that can be seen from the hill There is a plaque beside the grave telling of the legend of St. Patrick.

Saint Patrick was born in Britain. At sixteen he was captured and taken to Ireland where he was sold into slavery. He escaped to France but one night in a dream he heard the voice of the Irish calling him back .How Patrick answered that call and brought Christianity to Ireland is one of the most splendid chapters in our history. 
According to tradition, the remains of Saint Patrick with those of Saint Brigid and Saint Columba who is also known as Columcille, were reinterred on this site by John de Courcy in the 12th Century thus fulfilling the prophecy that the three Saints would be buried in the same place. 

In ancient times, the Gaelic name for the area was Rath Celtair, named after the mythological warrior, Celtchar. Centuries later it was later changed to Dún Pádraig, taking it's named from dún (meaning fort which once dominated the area) before being anglicised to Downpatrick. 

There you go, a brief history lesson. Hands up who learnt anything. 

See my blog post from St. Patrick's Day 2015 here. I wore the same outfit as last year (except for wearing jeans instead of black jeans) and my makeup was from this tutorial

TUTORIAL || St. Patrick's Day Makeup Look

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

As promised on Monday, here is the wearable look for St. Patrick's Day - TOMORROW. I'm very excited for tomorrow because I get to watch the parade in the town named after Saint Patrick and the place of his burial. Hopefully, it won't be too cold because I sit on a stone wall.

Whatever you get up to, have a fabulous time and remember, it's all about the craic.

Sláinte agus táinte.

TUTORIAL || Leprechaun Queen [St. Patrick's Week]

Monday, 14 March 2016

A new video on Monday? What? Welcome to my first special for this week which is a makeup tutorial for what I have dubbed the Leprechaun Queen. As you probably know, or may not if you're new to my blog (welcome or should I say céad mile fáilte), I am Irish. I was born, raised and living in Ireland (specifically Northern Ireland but I still count myself as Irish). On Thursday it will be St. Patrick's Day and so I thought it would be fun to do a couple of looks inspired by St. Patrick and Ireland. I'm starting everything off with this look that I came up with a few months ago. 

It is inspired by the quintessential Irish leprechaun colours, green and gold, and decided to make it a bit regal looking and make it one for a queen. I don't think leprechauns have queens, but it's my blog and I can do what I want, haha. A more wearable one will be posted on Wednesday in time for St. Patrick's Day. I'll be wearing it to the St. Patrick's Day parade here.

I hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day if you are celebrating. I will be going to the parade in town which is the burial place of St. Patrick so it's very special here. Please, please, remember that if you are using the nickname of Patrick, that you spell it 'Paddy'. A lot of people tend to spell it 'Patty' which is the feminine version. Or just say 'Patrick'. 


Manchester Haul || Selfridges Makeup & Technology

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Last week my brother and I went to Manchester to see Manchester United v Watford at Old Trafford. As much as I was looking forward to the match, being reunited with the intu Trafford Centre was what kept me going through stressful shifts and pressured production performances. Last year, my eyes were opened to the glory that is the Trafford Centre and it did not disappoint this year. This year, I ventured into the Selfridges nestled in the middle of the centre. 

February Favourites || 2016

Monday, 7 March 2016

February was a  hectic month. My Dad was in the hospital for over a month. I was in final rehearsals and production week for an amateur production of 'Annie'. Plus, I was working at the same time. It was tiring and I barely had time to do anything but eat and sleep. Because of all that, my favourites this month will be rather sparse compared to other months. But I have a few so, let's get into it. 

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