Autumn Beauty Bits

My autumn makeup routine is fairly different from my summer routine – where my summer routine was light, glowy and peachy, my autumn routine features darker shades and fuller coverage. It’s no longer the time to go around sporting BB cream and strobe highlighter – it’s time for the plum shades, berry lips and matte browns to be pulled out once again.

Starting off with the Wet N’ Wild Photofocus Foundation in Soft Ivory. During summer, my go-to foundation was the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation because of it’s super-light coverage, sheer-y glow and the fact that it had SPF 20 in it, which meant I didn’t have to apply sunscreen as well as foundation, but now it’s time for a fuller coverage foundation to be worn outdoors. I love this Wet N’ Wild foundation for everyday because of it’s medium coverage and slightly warmer shade than the Rimmel one. It has a spatula applicator, which I’m not the biggest fan of, but it does mean you can control how much product you can apply to your face – or you could ditch the spatula and just apply it straight to your hand/sponge/brush. I love how easy it is to blend out – I usually use my fingers to pat in foundation or concealer, but this formula is too runny for that so I use a beauty blender. I’ve mentioned before that is has a bad smell (similar to paint, which is not what you want for a foundation) but aside from that it’s quickly become one of my favourite foundations, especially to wear during the colder months.

Although in summer I would opt for a warm, almost blush-y contour shade, I now go for a cooler one that I apply in the hollows of my cheeks – contrary to summer when I would apply it all over my cheeks to give me a bit of colour. My current favourite is the NYX Professional Makeup Highlight and Contour Pro Palette (bit of a mouthful). It has eight shades which are described as “diverse” on the Boots website, and yes, the last three shades are too dark for me to contour with. I use the first shade on the second row, and apply is with my double ended stippling and buffing brush from Penney’s. I use the smaller end to apply the powder in little strokes, and the opposite brush to blend it out, to give me more of a pronounced contour.

Now, onto eyes – and I have a few products to talk about here! Starting off with the Makeup Revolution Re-loaded Iconic Fever palette. This palette has 15 gorgeous warm toned shades, perfect for autumn, which, if you know me, you’ll know I love! 10 of the 15 are matte while the rest are creamy buttery shimmers. The mattes don’t swatch the best but on the eyes they look incredible. I like how there is a shade for the inner corner, a transition shade and a “setting” shade, although it’s a little dark for me. This palette is suitable for every one: the shades are beautiful and it was only €4.99 which is cheap even for Makeup Revolution.

My next product is from Essence, which is a brand I actually haven’t talked about in a while on here! Essence are starting to produce some incredible products; I love their new Berry range and their Insta-Perfect foundation is my favourite. Today though, I’ll be talking about their Melted Chrome eyeshadow. These are single eyeshadows that they brought out last year, although I think they still sell them. They are described on the website as “looking reminiscent of melted metal” and there are six shades, I think. I have the coppery-gold one called 02 iconic and I absolutely love it. It is highly pigmented – one of my favourite drugstore eyeshadows ever! This colour is perfect for autumn because of its gorgeous shade and you can create so many looks from it. I’ve been complimented on it before, and asked what pigment I’m wearing when really it’s just an eyeshadow!

My last product is by Sleek Makeup and it’s the Matte Me lip cream in Cinnamon Spice. I got this in a gift set last Christmas and so I only have the mini but they do sell it inn the regular size – I wasn’t sure if it was a gift set special. It’s a dark brown-nude shade which I think is perfect for autumn. It has the same super creamy formula as the other ones, although it is very mattifying and dries very quickly.

Well, that’s the end of this post! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, I hope you enjoyed it!

Clodagh x

My Favourite Autumn Fashion Pieces

I think it’s safe to say that I, along with many others, absolutely LOVE autumn. Some people like it for the famous pumpkin spice lattes, some like it for the
transitioning from summer to winter and I personally love it for the layers of clothes and blankets involved. I love shades that are deemed “autumn-y” shades; burnt
orange, dark green and burgundy, which are some of my favourite colours for clothes. Don’t get me wrong, I love the bright colours of summer, but nothing beats
the autumn “aesthetic”!

Over the past few months, I’ve gathered some new favourite clothes that I think are so perfect for autumn!

– My first piece is this grey turtleneck that I bought in Penney’s when their new autumn range came out a month or so ago. I had been looking for a turtlenceck for
ages and when I saw this one I thought it was perfect. They had an amazing range of coulours and styles, but I decided on the plain grey turtleneck as I thought it
would go with more outfits better. It’s really soft and so comfortable to wear and was only €8! Similar (no matter how hard I looked, I could not find the original one on the Penney’s site even though I found the same one in different colours)

– My next item is one I’ve worn so many times over the past few weeks and it is this green jumper. I found this in a charity shop and it’s actually a men’s jumper but
I actually don’t mind how oversized it is. It’s also the comfiest thing ever and I hate having to take it off. I love the colour – I feel like it will go amazing
with a black skirt or jeans and boots. Similar.

– Yes, another jumper – what can I say, it’s jumper weather! This jumper is one that used to be my mum’s but it shrunk in the wash and so she gave it to me. It’s 100%
as comfy as the last one, if not more, and it’s also this beautiful orange shade that I think is perfect for autumn. I love the sleeve on it; it has a sort of Dolman
shape to it and the ends of the sleeves are more fitted and tight. It’s by a brand called Style London but honestly I don’t know if they sell it anymore, so I will
try and find a similar one to link. Similar shape.

– Moving on from tops, this skirt is so cute and I love it! I bought this in Penney’s last December for Christmas and I actually haven’t worn in since. It’s this black
wrap-around skirt which is made of faux leather. I think this would look so fashionable with a plain top, maybe a turtleneck, and boots. Similar.

– My next piece is actually one that I bought during the summer (I think I bought it in May when I was in Dublin), but it would definitely work during autumn too. It’s
this denim dunagree-style pinafore dress that I think is really pretty and fashionable. I wore this with the afore-mentioned grey turtleneck during the summer and I
can confirm these dresses work better with a more fitted top than with a loose t-shirt – it just looks nicer than with a baggy top. This I also bought in Penney’s (I
think I’m addicted) and I think it was €15. Similar.

– My last, but not least, item of clothing is this oversized navy blazer from Zara. I’m afraid to say it’s not in stock anymore as my aunt gave this to me but
nevertheless it is still a very classy garment. I love how chic this is and the preppy, college-y vibe I get from it – I just love blazers in general! This one is more
tailored than my other ones and I love the oversized part as I feel it’s easier to style when it’s bigger because it’s kin of the main point of the outfit. I found a
similar one that I’ve linked here: Similar.

Well, that is all today! As always, I hope you enjoyed this post and that it gave you a little autumn inspiration.

Clodagh x

Summer Beauty – My Everyday Natural Glowy Makeup Look

Summer has arrived and I could not be more happy. Summer is by far my favourite season – I love the heat, the trips to the beach, the amazing summer clothes and especially the glowy makeup looks that come into fashion around June and July.

I love creating makeup looks and being really extra, but I also love no-makeup makeup looks. In the summer, I don’t wear a lot of makeup – at least not heavy makeup. When I wear makeup, I wear powder products and tend to go really natural. So in today’s post I wanted to walk you through my summer makeup routine and my favourite products for summer.

Base:

It’s really important to use a moisturiser/primer before applying your makeup anyway, but during hot weather, make sure to use a primer that has SPF in it to protect your skin from the sun (in fact, this is something you should be doing all the time anyway). I use moisturiser before I apply foundation, and I like to mix mine with highlighter to give myself a really glowy base.

When it comes to my actual makeup base, I don’t like to use foundation or heavy products. I might use a concealer for my blemishes but usually I won’t go over that. Something I need to invest in is a tinted BB cream for the summer as I can wear that instead of a foundation if the weather is very hot. It’s lighter than foundation and is more like moisturiser but with some pigment added.

Like I said before, I prefer to use powder products as they sit lightly on the skin and don’t feel heavy. So I use a light blush on the apples of my cheeks. I then like to use highlighter – obviously! I don’t have a specific favourite at the moment, but I like not-so-blinding ones that I can wear everyday just naturally (for example, the Catrice Cosmetics High Glow highlighter which is only around five euros).

The next thing I like to apply is contour. This isn’t a big step for me as I’m not a big fan of heavy contouring which seems to be the trend nowadays! I prefer to use a very light shade to contour with as I am extremely pale and if I use too much or a shade that is too dark for me I end up looking like a clown! I know during the summer people like to use a darker shade to bronze with as most people get tanned but I don’t so I stick the same one every day.

Eyes:

I don’t wear a big colourful eye look with lots of shades everyday. In fact, most days I don’t wear any eyeshadow at all. The most I will do is put some highlighter on my eyelids and in my inner corner to brighten my eyes.

I then apply a – waterproof – mascara. I hate clumpy mascara’s and only like ones that make my lashes look longer but not too obvious that I’m wearing mascara.

Lips:

My favourite lip product to wear is lip balm – at the moment I love tinted Vaseline. It keeps my lips nice and moist because during the summer they usually go dry and horribly cracked.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, I hope you enjoyed it!

Clodagh xo

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50+ Blog Post Ideas for When You’re Stuck (Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle and More!)

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all doing well 🙂 a couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about how to get out of a rut and in today’s post I will be sharing 50+ blog post ideas for you when you’re stuck.

Lifestyle / Various Blog Niches

• Day in my life

• Back to school advice (or advice on anything)

• Q&A

• Favourite TV show/Review on a new TV show

• Favourite movie/Review on a new movie

• Favourite books/Review on a new book

• Favourite magazine

• A tag post

• Bucket list

• Favourite bloggers/blog posts

• Favourite artists/songs/albums

• Share a recipe

• Gift guide

Fashion

• Talk about a fashion trend

• Review celebrities’ outfits

• Pick a garment and how to style it

• Wardrobe essentials

• Favourite go-to outfit(s)

• Talk about a brand

• Gift guide

• Holiday look book

Beauty

• Everyday makeup routine

• Favourite products

• Makeup wish list

• How you store your makeup

• Review a product

• Compare two products

• Talk about a favourite brand

• Talk about a trend

• Skincare routine

• Share a makeup look

• Recreate a famous makeup look

• DIY makeup

• Gift guide

• Talk about your makeup collection (eyeshadows, lipstick, etc.)

Productivity / Positivity

• Focus on clea rooms/how to clean a room easily

• Tips for revising

• Productive morning routine

• Productivity essentials

• Tips for remaining positive

Blogging / Instagram

• Top Instagrammers/bloggers

• How to find inspiration for Instagram

• How to get out of a rut

• Instagram theme ideas

• Blogging essentials

• Interview a fellow blogger

• How to increase engagement on your blog/Instagram

• Blog post ideas when you’re in a rut

Other

• Do a collab with someone

• Write about an experience in your life

• Monthly favourites

• Write about a holiday you went on

• The story behind your blog

• Start a new series on your blog

• Just ramble on

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, I hope you enjoyed it!

Clodagh xo

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My Summer Resolutions 2019

Hello everybody! I hope you’re doing well ❤ if you didn’t know already, I have my exams coming up, which means summer holidays! (by the time this post goes up I might have holidays already!) I will have three months off school and needless to say, I am looking for something to do during that time that is free or will not cost a lot because I am not made of money!Blogging is definitely my main hobby, and it makes me happy and is creative, but over the summer I want to start trying new hobbies.

Getting fit (& self image).

This is my main resolution for the summer. My body isn’t something I’m proud of at the best of times. For starters, I want to get fit and lose some weight. I’m going to go swimming everyday, go for walks and start cycling. Obviously, my weight is a personal issue I struggle with and I want to change that. I’m also hoping to start eating way more healthier – ditch the sugary foods and focus on fruit, veg and foods high in protein. I might make a food planner for all my meals in the day (would this be a post you would be interested in?)I also really need to clear my skin. What with the stress from exams, makeup, lack of water, lack of rest and God knows what else, my skin has been all over the place and that needs to change! I’m going to drink way more water (I don’t drink enough water), get enough rest, stick to my skincare routine and hopefully clean my skin up by the end of the summer.

Start sewing.

This has been on my resolutions list for the longest time! I quite like sewing but I am terrible at it and just need to practice. I’m hoping to start being able to sew clothes by the end of the year – is that too ambitious? Clothes nowadays are so expensive and it would be great if I was able to make them myself and save money. It’s so satisfying to create something from scratch and being able to use it!

Make the most of every day.

Three months is such a long time and over that time, I want to get things done. I know that at the end of the summer the time will have flown and I probably won’t have gotten half of the things on my resolution list finished. Time really flies when you’re having fun – so I’m going to make the most of that time and use it well.

BUJO.

I recently started in my bullet journal (I got it months ago for my birthday but never used it until now). I want to use it to track all my habits, moods, goals and sleep. It’s such a fun, creative way to relax and rewind after a long day and I already love working on it!

Working on my blog.

In case you haven’t noticed, my blog has been all over the place. I’m in a rut – I can never be motivated to keep writing. When it comes to my blog, I’m a perfectionist, and if something doesn’t feel right, I won’t be able to write or create new posts. During the summer – or during the first month, anyway – I’m hoping to work on my blog and make it better.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, I hope you enjoyed it!

Clodagh xo

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The BB Interviews – @therayofsunshineblog

@therayofsunshineblog

Hello everyone! I hope you’re doing well 🙂 Today I’m back with another Blogger Babble interview and this time it’s with Raquel from The Ray of Sunshine Blog.

1. First, please introduce yourself and your blog.

Hey there! My name is Raquel and my blog is therayofsunshineblog.org. I’m 14 (almost 15) years old, and I absolutely love my blog!

2. What do you blog about?

I blog about everything relating to enjoying and bettering your life! Productivity, habits, cleanliness, etc. I also love to write about blogging and being a girlboss!! Lots of stuff really haha.

3. When did you start your blog?

I’ve had my blog for a year last March!

4. Why did you start your blog?

I actually started a blog as a school project!! Crazy right?? The blog I started then was nothing like the one I have now though! My blog has been slowly transitioning to what it is now over the past year, but I switched to WordPress in October, and have really come into my niche and become proud of my content in the past few months.

5. What do you love most about blogging?

Oooh so many things!! I love having something to work on and be proud of, in other words being a girl boss! I love the blogging community, connecting with other bloggers, feeling and giving the love! I also loveeeee feeling rewarded for my hard work, like when people read my blog posts.

6. Do your friends and family know about your blog?

They do!! Since it was a school project, everyone at my school knows about it. I don’t love that, but it doesn’t come up much with my friends or my family. Sometimes I’m a little embarrassed because loads of people from my school follow me, but it’s not the end of the world. My best friend is so supportive, she has a YouTube channel, so she understands and is interested in content creation.

7. What are your goals and hopes for your blog for this year?

I have a few! I really want to fall into a continuous and efficient schedule for my blog and Instagram, this has really been a struggle for me in the past! I also want to try and grow my Instagram and feel happy with it!! Finally, I want to explore how Pinterest can help my blog 🙂

8. Are there any brands or campaigns you would love to work with?

This is another goal of mine in 2019! I would love the opportunity to work with some brands! I genuinely don’t know which brands specifically i would want to work with, but definitely a brand or product related to my blog theme: productivity, girl boss, and bettering your life. I know that’s not a specific answer, but I’m not sure yet! I really want to focus on growing my blog and Instagram some more before reaching out to a brand.

9. What is your favourite platform connected to your blog?

Ooh I love Instagram! I get the opportunity to connect with you all and feel inspired by other content creators! So lovely 😊 I also look forward to exploring Pinterest some more.

10. What inspires you when you blog?

Other bloggers!! I love browsing other blogs for ideas, and watching other gals be boss babes. It gets me so motivated when I surround myself with positive girlboss influence. Whether that is following amazing and productive bloggers on Instagram, reading blogs similar to mine, or browsing girlboss pins on Pinterest.

11. What challenges do you face as a blogger?

Although it may not seem like it, staying motivated and organized has always been a struggle for me. I constantly will leave Instagram for a few days because I am disorganized, I’ll miss an upload, I won’t write a blog post for a little while, etc. school definitely gets in the way and I can see this improving over the summer! This also goes back to my goals, which one of them was developing a consistent schedule, which will really help me out. I love my blog,, but it’s overwhelming! I really need to nail down a schedule that makes me happy 🙂

Raquel’s blog: therayofsunshineblog.org

Raquel’s Instagram: @therayofsunshineblog

Thank you so much for participating in this, Raquel! I’ve linked her blog and Instagram so be sure to check then out.

Remember, if you want to be featured, all you have to do is use the #thebbinterviews and support my blog. Until next time!

Clodagh 🙂

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How To Have A Productive Start to The Day

Hello everyone!

If you read my Life Update post, you’ll know that my blog is getting a brand new makeover and one of the themes I’m focusing on now is productivity. I really want to start being more productive and positive in life and blogging about it is definitely one way to do it!

In today’s post, I will be telling you how I have a productive morning routine. This is really for during the summer or if get up early/work from home, because I know I could not do these in the morning before school!

1. Get up early 

Obviously, this is an important because how can you have a productive day without getting up early? I feel like getting up late, and especially rushing through your morning, is the worst thing you can do because you will feel tired, stressed and out of routine all day long – at least I do, anyway!

‘Getting up early’ doesn’t have to be drastically early – on a school day I get up at around 7:45 and am (usually) ready by 8:20, which gives me a little over half an hour to get ready, but if you want to get more done in the morning before whatever you will be doing in the morning, give yourself as much time as you need.

2. Open your curtains and make your bed 

This one sounds slightly weird, I know, but hear me out. I always try to open my curtains and make my bed (on the weekends at least) because if your room is dark and messy in the morning, you will be tempted to just go back to bed. By opening your curtains and letting the light in on the mornings, your room will instantly feel cleaner, lighter and as a result, you will feel more productive! (Hopefully anyway)

I like making my bed because when my bed is tidy and neat, with all blankets and cushions in place, it makes my room look just a bit cleaner which makes me feel motivated to start the day. 

3. Get dressed  

Obviously, you’re going to get dressed, but the trick is to get dressed immediately. The longer you stay in your cosy, warm pajamas, the harder it will be to change out of them – trust me, I know! 

You don’t even need to wear fancy, uncomfortable clothes – change into simple, comfy clothes that you can work in. Even leggings and a t-shirt will do. Being comfy is a must as you won’t achieve much wearing clothes you don’t feel right in. 

4. Keep makeup to a minimum 

This one is entirely optional, of course. To me, sitting down in the morning and putting a load of makeup on is pointless when I want to have a productive day. Personally, I’ll feel way better with fresh, clear skin as opposed to a face full of makeup. 

As well as that, wearing makeup is probably the biggest reason for spots on skin so not wearing it will significantly improve your skin. 

5. Eat a healthy breakfast 

Breakfast is, as we all know, the most important meal of the day. If we don’t eat it, we’ll have fasted until we next eat, roughly nine hours in total without eating. So eating breakfast is a must, as is a healthy breakfast. 

Eating a healthy breakfast isn’t hard – my advice would be to stay away from sugary cereals, toast (specifically white bread and toppings like jam and honey) and fried food. Instead, try focusing on fruit, yogurt, eggs and oats. If you would like me to do a post on healthy breakfast recipes, please let me know!

6. Plan your day 

I love this one! Planning your day is really helpful if you want to get a lot done. I tend to use a to-do list, usually on my phone, to sort out what things I want to get done and when I’ve finished them. It helps to keep track of what you need to complete and all in all is extremely helpful. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, I hope you enjoyed! Look out for more positivity and productivity posts as well ❤

Clodagh xo

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