50 Things That Make Me Happy (Part 1)

This week I’ve vowed to start the week off on a positive note in the hope that it will make for a better week than last week. If you read any of my blog posts last week, you’ll know that it was a bit of a tough one for me. I was stressed, I was down, and I was feeling quite overwhelmed by a lot of things going on in my life.

But, as I’m one for optimism and trying to look on the bright side, over the weekend I got thinking about all the things that make me happy. Positivity is an incredible thing really, the moment you start thinking about the good things in your life, the moment you realise there are so many more good things than bad.

As a result of these thoughts, I decided to write a list. This list is by no means exhaustive, there are hundreds upon thousands of things that make me happy every single day. But for the purposes of focusing on the positive, I wrote a list of fifty things that make me happy and decided to share them with you all.

They are in no particular order, and range from small things to big. Some may seem silly, some obvious, but either way, they have made me grateful once again for all the wonderful things in my life. The simplest things make us the happiest, and as the old saying goes, the best things in life are free

  • Sunny days
  • Walks on Dun Laoghaire Pier
  • Sing-songs and Irish music sessions
  • Champagne and all kinds of bubbles
  • My nieces
  • Having a good cry
  • Shopping
  • Curling up in bed early with a great book
  • My family
  • Dancing

 

  • Tea chats and catch ups with my girls
  • Pizza
  • Date nights with my hubby
  • TV Box Sets (in particular Grey’s Anatomy and Sex and the City)
  • Writing
  • New shoes, and old
  • Big open fires
  • Red wine
  • Sunbathing
  • My friends

 

  • Surprises (good obviously)
  • Going on holiday
  • Malteasers
  • Having a good political debate
  • Breakfast with my parents
  • 80’s music
  • Cosy slippers
  • Having my nails done
  • London trips with my family
  • Going to a small Irish pub for some craic agus ceoil

 

  • Girls nights out
  • Old photographs
  • Having a job that I love
  • Social media (is that really sad?!)
  • Cheese
  • Sunny Sunday drinks in beer gardens
  • A good concert / festival
  • Listening to my brother sing
  • Talking on the phone with friends
  • Candles

 

  • Listening to the rain when I don’t have to go outside
  • Driving
  • Laughing so much it hurts
  • Having a good rant
  • Getting my hair done
  • Buying new makeup
  • Fitting in to old clothes that are now too big for me (I need to get back to that)
  • My wedding video
  • Road trips
  • My hubby

 

Now that I’ve started I could keep going forever. Because really, life is pretty amazing. Yes some shitty things happen, yes we have bad days, and yes sometimes we wish we could crawl into a hole and never come out. But those times always pass.

So on that note, I hope you all have a great week. Here’s to a better one than last week anyway!

Sorcha x

 

Sunny Saturdays

 
Finally it’s starting to feel like summer is on its way to Dublin. While it’s still pretty cold outside, the sun has been shining for the past few days and that is just glorious.

I don’t know about you but the sun just puts me in such a good mood. I’m a summer baby, I was born in summer and I read once that the season you are born in is the season when you are at your best. And for me that’s so true.

As I mentioned the other day, I’ve had a pretty tough week, there’s been a lot going on recently and I’ve been pretty stressed out over the past few days but I’m hoping that now summer is finally on its way, I will go back to being my best.

I started back running this morning for the first time in a long time and though it was super tough, I felt so good afterwards. Your frame of mind has so much to do with how you feel every day and I need to just snap out of this rut I’ve been in and start getting back to myself. 

  
So for today I’m going to enjoy the sunshine and focus on all the good in my life. I hope the sun is shining where you are today, and I hope you’re having a lovely weekend.

Sorcha x

Fridaygram

Happy Friday everyone!

We made it, we got through the week… Sing hallelujah, sing it! (Some of you may know I tend to break out in song every now and then, so feel free to join in and sing along, or feel free to ignore!). I have to say, there was a point or two this week where I really couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, it was a tough week but I got here.

What’s more, I have a day off work today to go to a charity lunch with some of my friends. So what better way to start the weekend?!

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the blog, you’ll see that I posted a couple of reviews this week, I’ve been busy testing out some products all while recovering from the madness and fun that was my dear friend Lucy’s hen party last weekend.

As usual, I’ve shared it all on my Instagram, but in case you missed it, then here’s a look back at what I got up to this week:

Friday 

One of my favourite things to do is to while away an hour or two on Pinterest looking up quotes, photos and pretty pictures, and while doing just that last week, I came across this. I feel it conveys exactly just how I feel about Fridays, wouldn’t you agree?!

Saturday 

As mentioned above, last Saturday we danced the day and night away at my friend Lucy’s hen party. Lucy is a big WHAM fan, so the theme was Club Tropicana. This is a photo of me and one of my besties, Fiona. We donned our summer outfits, and loving a good prop, did not take our Hawaiian lei or oversized sunglasses off for the entire night.

Sunday 

As I was nursing a hangover, the most I could share on Sunday was this picture of my nails because I just love this colour. It is CND Shellac in Decadence, and I got them done in my favourite salon, Mimi’s Beauty Room in Sandymount, Dublin. The girls are just the best in the business, and recently won Best Beautician’s at the IMAGE Magazine Business of Beauty (BOB) awards. If you’re a Dubliner you should definitely go check them out.

Monday
I took this snap of some of the products I’ve currently been using and putting to the test to give you all a sneak preview on what I’m up to. The palette is Catrice’s new Sand Nude palette and I’ll be posting a review on it soon so watch this space if you’re interested in seeing what it’s like.

Tuesday
This print from my friend Julie’s wedding the other week is so cute, I just love it. Great detail inspiration for anyone planning a wedding currently. 
I also shared this picture of my owl slouchy socks. I think they are so cute, and look, it was just one of those days that called for socks, the couch and some trashy TV!

Wednesday 

I had a bit of a bad day on Wednesday, well all week was a bit of a bad week. I’ve been feeling down, stressed and a bit overwhelmed. In times like this my mind tends to wander, I suppose it’s a form of escapism really. And this week my mind wandered to travel, and adventure, and wanting a little bit more out of life. This picture represents that desire.


I also shared this photo of my charcoal smokey eye which is the makeup look I created for the wedding last week. Using my current favourite eyeshadow palette, the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette, I used soft greys and browns to create the look.

Thursday
I have got the dreamers disease… Yes, yes I do. I shared this picture that I made using Word Swag, one of my favourite apps because it resonates with me on so many levels. I’ve always been a dreamer, and a romantic, and often tend to get lost in my dreaming. 
I also shared this picture of Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream. My review went live yesterday morning so if you haven’t already checked it out then you can have a read here.

Today

Before I get ready to go to the Charity Lunch that I’m off to today, I have a few bits to do. These TOMS flats are so comfortable and a great casual flat option for when you’re on the go. The sun also made an appearance this morning which is always a bonus!

So on that note, I’ll leave you for the day and hope you all have a great weekend. Don’t forget to come follow me on Instagram if you’re not already.

Sorcha x

Review: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a sneak peak post on some of the beauty products I’ve been trying out and putting to the test over the last while. One of those products was the now infamous, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, which I had been dying to try for ages. And the fact that I got it as a gift from my mama made it all the more exciting!

I have read many reviews about this Magic Cream over the past year or so, some good, some not so good, so as you can imagine I was really interested to see what it was like.

 

For those of you that don’t know about Magic Cream, apparently it’s been a secret weapon of Charlotte Tilbury’s for years now. She used to concoct it herself and apply it on models back stage at every fashion week and fashion shoot she worked on, and it’s basically become a cult phenomenon in the makeup world.

So naturally when she was bringing out a beauty and makeup collection, she decided to bottle up her magic cream and share its wonders with us all. Sound a little over dramatic? That’s what I thought when reading this on the Charlotte Tilbury website. But who am I to judge, I do love a bit of drama every now and then!

 

Anyway, I’ve been using this for about a month now and yes, I do really like it.  The texture is thick and deliciously creamy, without being sticky or making your skin feel caked. It is absorbed so easily by the skin, does not sit on the skin’s surface, and leaves your face with a wonderful dewy glow after application.

 

The ingredients contain all the goods such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Rose Hip Oil and an anti-aging skin booster BioNymph Peptide Complex, which is said to plump up and transform the skin in an instant. It also has SPF 15 to protect the skin which is always a winner in my book.

But here’s where my questioning comes in. I have read several blog reviews that say the Magic Cream is great as a primer, but not so great as a moisturiser, and I didn’t really get that. Surely a moisturiser is a moisturiser? But I get it now, it is so like a primer, a really good primer. Your makeup looks incredible when you apply it over the cream, and the staying power is really brilliant.

 

When I compare it to my current everyday moisturiser, Dr. Obagi’s Daily Power Defense, I don’t think it quite cuts the mustard for me however. If you’ve read any of my skin care posts, you’ll know I’m totally obsessed with Obagi Skincare, but I’m always on the lookout for, and interested in, other brands and options too. And although I do really like this product, I just wanted a little bit more from it as a moisturiser.

I recently discussed this with a makeup artist friend of mine after trying it out to see what she thought, being much more of an expert than I am, and she agreed. She doesn’t rate it as a moisturiser but uses it all the time on clients as a primer. And hers is definitely an opinion I value when it comes to all things beauty.

In saying all of that, I’m certainly going to keep using the one I have. This is one of those weird conflicts where you really like something, but just don’t know if you love it enough to consistently spend the money on it.

So I’m left kind of feeling confused on this one.

At €90 you would probably want to really love this to purchase, so if you’re looking for a great primer and can afford the hefty price tag then I say go for it. But I’m still not sure you’ll want to replace your current moisturiser with it.

Have you tried Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream? I’d love to hear your thoughts if you have. Because from what I can tell, there are a lot of mixed feelings out there on this one.

Sorcha x

Life Is An Awfully Big Adventure

Yesterday I found my mind drifting, dreaming of sunnier places, new adventures and well, a whole lot more than the mundane ins and outs of every day life. Is it just me, or does anyone else go through times like this?

What I’m beginning to learn about myself is that in times of stress, my initial instinct is just to get away from it all. Anyone can tell you that’s the classic fight or flee reaction that your body has to stress, we all experience it at some point, but for me I think it’s just a little bit more than that.

I often wonder what more life has to offer. And this is not a new development, I have thought like this for as long as I can remember. It’s why I’m so drawn to meditation and positivity and books like The Secret which tell us that there is so much more. I’ve always been searching for more.

Maybe that’s partly the reason Dave and I are going to spend as much of this year as possible travelling to new places, seeing new things, going on new adventures. I have this urge to escape, and experience, and relish, and soak up all the wonderful things the world has to offer.Life is serious so much of the time and I’m at that point where I’m thinking about really settling down. I have a great life, an incredible family, amazing friends, and a wonderful hubby. And I am so grateful for them all, I’d love to take them all on adventures with me!

In so many ways adventure means getting away and doing something new, but when I think about it, really think about it, isn’t all of life just one big adventure? Adventure is found in a variety of experiences; it is travel, it is new and strange places, but it is also wild nights out and cosy nights in, it is change, it is challenges, it is joyous occasions, events and happenings, it is sadness and loss, it is small victories and big; it is life.

Maybe it’s just the grey skies and dull weather making me get lost in my thoughts, maybe it’s just that I’m tired.


Either way, I’m learning that no matter what age I am or what stage of life I’m at, I will always long for adventure, travel and discovery. And I will always make time to search for, and find more.

And maybe that’s not a bad thing.

Sorcha x

Catrice Lippy Love

Many of you may have heard of Catrice Cosmetics before, but I’m afraid I’m a little late to the party on this one. While I have obviously heard of Catrice, I have to admit I had never tried any of their products before now so wasn’t very familiar with the brand.

So, when I recently was sent some of their new SS16 products to try out, I was excited to see what the range was like. I started by researching the company and the brand, and was happy to discover a lot of positive reviews about their products from other bloggers.

As you all know by now, I’m a lipstick girl, I just love a good lippy. To give you some context if you’re not a regular reader, one of my friends asked me over the weekend how many lipsticks I now own, and honestly, I couldn’t even answer her! I have no idea, I may have to do a count someday soon…

Anyway, it should come as no surprise then that the first thing I tried out from the collection was their new Don’t Worry Be Berry (160) lipstick shade. This shade is the latest edition to their Ultimate Stay range which now has twelve shades in total.

Reds and berries are particular colour favourites of mine, and this shade is exactly what it says it is, Berry. I swatched it on my hand initially to test the pigment, and had to contain the inner squeal of excitement when I discovered it was highly pigmented and had a soft satin matte finish. Everything I love in a lipstick really.

Obviously the next step was to test it out on my lips and again I wasn’t disappointed. The application was very smooth and even, and although matte in finish, was not at all drying on my lips. Even when put to the test with my morning breakfast and coffee fix, it managed to outlast it all. Not only that, but the amount of compliments I’ve gotten every time I’ve worn it has been amazing. So it would appear that everyone else is loving this just as much as I am.

Everything about this is right up my street. The colour, the packaging, the texture, the longevity. I simply loved it. And the fact that I then discovered it has a €5.49 price tag made me want to bust out my happy dance!


If you’re interested in trying this out, you can find Catrice in McCabes Pharmacies. I already have my eye on two other shades, Plum and Base and Looks Like Coral. I can’t wait to get my hands on these so I’ll keep you posted when I do.

I’ve also just started trialling their new Sand Nudes eyeshadow palette and if their lipstick is anything to go by, we’ll be on to a winner here. Keep your eyes peeled for that post which will be coming next week.

Have you tried Catrice products? If so, I want to know what your favs are!

Sorcha x

What I Wore – Wedding

As you know, this day last week I was at my friend Julie’s wedding in the beautiful Borris House in Co. Carlow. I promised last week to share a post on my outfit and make up look for the day, and not one to go back on my word, here it is!

I decided on a black pleated ZARA dress for the occasion, it is an illusion dress that from afar looks like a skirt and top. The top half is like a crepe material, with the skirt part pleated. This dress is so comfortable and easy to wear, and as I’ve put on a few pounds since my wedding (eeek), I wanted to feel comfortable in what I was wearing.

I bought this dress last winter and have already worn it to another wedding. You can never go wrong with a black dress, and there is always so many ways to make it look different with shoes and accessories.

I paired the dress with an oversize neckpiece from Betty and Biddy, a cream, gold and black threaded clutch also from ZARA and black Kurt Geiger pointed court shoes that have a gold trim at the tip.
For my makeup, I wanted a dramatic eye to compliment my dress so I went with soft, face makeup and then turned to my go-to eyeshadow palette of the moment, the UD Gwen Stefani palette, I created a coal smokey eye.

Using shade Blonde as a base, I applied this all over my eyes to start. I then applied a generous amount of shade Serious which is a lovely, rich dark grey colour to my eyelids and my inner eye socket. This was followed by mixing and blending shades Anaheim and Zone with the dark grey to soften the charcoal look slightly, whilst also keeping a dramatic effect. It’s all about blend, blend, blend here.

On the lower part of my eye under my waterline, I also applied shade Serious to enhance the look, then added black kohl eyeliner pencil to my waterline. I finished off the look by drawing a thick line of eyeliner on my upper eyelids and applying a generous amount of my Benefit ‘They’re Real’ mascara.

A dust of my MAC Soft and Gentle mineralise highlight power and some Benefit Coralista blush on my cheeks and I was ready to go! I kept my lips very nude with just a light application of my MAC Revved Up lip pencil.

Once I was ready, we set on our way, dressed and curlers in my hair (because obviously I never take them out until the last possible second!). Unfortunately I somehow didn’t manage to get a full outfit look without my curlers in, but you get the general idea.

Hope you all have a great weekend. I’m going to partying away at my lovely friend Lucy’s hen party – as I’m sure you can tell, it’s all hens and weddings at the moment!

Sorcha x