Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Nystagmus awareness day


Today marks Nystagmus awareness day.
I have mentioned it a few times before on my blog but just in case you haven't heard of it yet, Nystagmus is an involuntary movement of the eyes, resulting in a great decrease in vision acuty.
It can be either present from birth or come on later in life, in my case it comes with the albinism "package".

Thursday, August 1, 2013

some OOTD's from my holidays

I was going to take photos of some of my latest clothes and accessories purchases but the weather said "no", so instead I'm going to show you some of my outfits from my recent visit home. Let's just get straight in there
new look yellow dress sandals summer 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

La Roche-Posay CICAPLAST BAUME B5 - review

La Roche-Posay CICAPLAST BAUME B5 40ml
40ml
RRP €7.50
Firstly I wish to apologise for the poor quality of the photos, unfortunately I am going t have to rely on my phone for the foreseeable future so, please bare with me.
Cicaplast is one of those super cult products you will find reviewed on most beauty blogs and that is the kind of items I am generally weary of.
I was very intrigued then when

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

2 of my fave NOTDs from lately

Before I went on my June holidays I was faced with the usual dilemma "what shall I do with my nails?!". Usually if I'm away for longer than a week I will bring products to do a new manicure while away.
This time though I knew I probably would have not wanted to spend time doing that but rather relaxing(or attempting to) and being with my friends. So I had to come up with an idea that would not bore me after a few days, and this is what my creativity gave birth to:

blue green turquoise emerald gradient ombre nails kikocosmetics  #385 & 17 cosmetics Catwalk Couture. modelsown Indian Ocean.  kikocosmetics 298.  essence cool breeze special effect topper 17 cosmetics double gloss topcoat #nailidea #nailideas  #nails #notd #nailart #irishbbloggers #bblogers #nailinspiration #seanails #gradientnails #ombre #gradient #ibbloggers #blue #turquoise #summer #summernails #albinism #instadaily

As a background canvas colour I used Colour Club "French tip", then with a cosmetic sponge I created the ombre effect using KIKO n. 385 and 17 Cosmetics "Catwalk Couture"(which I believe has been discontinued unfortunately). I often get asked

Friday, June 14, 2013

Summer days drifted away

The other day I went out looking for a pair of shorts for the summer and a new bikini for my upcoming little summer break at home.
Well....I didn't quite go to plan...
I came home with neither of those but with something else instead

Thursday, June 13, 2013

A couple of nail art beauties

Holy shamoly she is back!!!

If you know the reasons why I have gone awol from my blog, I apologise, if you don't, you really don't want/need to.
But I AM trying to bring things back to normal.

Anyway!
In the last few weeks I have reproduced(amongst others) a couple of nail creations which I am rather proud of considering my eye sight. Incidentally they have also been rather popular amongst shops assistants of every field as well.

For the first of the 2 I am showing today I used the following:

L-R: Barry M "Mint Green", KIKO #330, Colour Club "French Tip" and KIKO #385

And here are a couple of photos of the end result:

Monday, February 25, 2013

Cocoa Brown tan - photos & review


I know, I know....a fake tan in a pink bottle is the LAST thing you expected to see on my blog...
It is no secret that I'm not a fake tan-aholic for a long series of reasons but I just HAD to try this one!
What mainly did it for me was the amount of rave reviews it got from bloggers and customers. But also a contributing deciding factor were the person behind it and the ingredients.
The creator of this tan(and soon to come other products) is a lovely Irish beautician, Marissa Carter, who's been in the beauty industry for years, owns her own salon in county Dublin and is often involved in the media sharing her knowledge. She also very successfully en

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Barry M Textured Nail Paints in Ridley Road - review


When I saw the press release and photos of these sent to bloggers pre-sale, my eyes immediately screamed at me "get the mint!". Yellow isn't too flattering with my skin tone, I don't do pinks and the light blue was too obvious a choice for my blue obsession.
The other day I was in Boots buying some essentials when a force just pulled me to the Barry M display. Y'see I couldn't remember the actual sale date; I only recalled it was going to be available on their web site and in Superdrug on a certain date, and a few days later in Boots. (Dear brands that really is a little silly, different dates for different countries and different stores etc etc. It just creates confusion and frustration).
So when I didn't see these darlings on show I asked one of the ladies if she knew when I'd be able to buy them.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

100 subscribers giveaway


I hope you are all having a good week.
I have decided to do a little giveaway once I reach 100 subscribers(17 to go as I type this).
During my recent visits to Italy I picked up a few little beauty goodies which I will be putting up for grabs.
....maybe a couple nail polishes, maybe a couple of make-up items. They are products I have/use myself and you PROBABLY have seen featured on the blog already.
So, get subb'íng and sharing :-)

Thank you

Lil

Monday, February 11, 2013

Best dressed of the week-end: IFTAS, BAFTAs and Grammys

The past week-end was jam packed with glamorous award ceremonies with the Irish Film and Television Awards, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Grammys.

In this post I am going to feature what I deemed the best dressed.

ACTION!

IFTAs
- photos from RTE.ie -
Lorraine Keane

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac AR Intense review

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac AR Intense
Ladies with highly sensitive skin the world over: rejoice!

Before I left for my surgery in October, I was under  an enormous amount of stress and I was well aware of the fact the surgery, the waiting for the results was going to bring even more strain and that would have played havoc on my skin. So I made it my ONE mission to  find a proper, good product that would help me keep all that in check.
As an heaven sent a couple of weeks before I left I was given the chance to try this product for free and I somersaulted to the chance!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

New layout

Ta Dah !!!!

Here it is, a new layout! I'm still going to fiddle with it (...oooeeerr!) for a few days, but it's mainly done.

WShat do you guys think?
All suggestions accepted

Lil

Monday, January 28, 2013

Primark/Penneys Spring/Summer picks

Here are my picks from the new upcoming Primark/Penneys collection


Saturday, January 26, 2013

A few NOTD's and a top coat obsession

Here follow a few of my fave NOTD's from the last while that I haven't shared with you yet.

This was an ombre effect created with China Glaze "Rich & Famous" as a base and then merging that with KIKO n. 295. I used a cosmetics sponge to achieve the gradient. The ring finger features a layer of Rimmel matte top coat, the other nails have a coat of Models Own Indian Ocean.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Birthday makeover at Inglot

Last Wednesdays was my Birthday and seeing as I haven't exactly had a great last few months, I decided to treat myself with a little make up fest.
I went for Inglot as I'm forever drooling over the photos of their makeovers, celebrity looks and themed weeks.
The lovely Kayleigh at their counter in the Jervis Shopping Centre looked after me and this is what we came up with. I apologise in advance for the horrible lighting but it was an horrendously dark and wet day with barely any actual light.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

it's Limp-along with good news

... Yep, that's how some friends have affectionately temporarily re-labelled me. Charming or what?!

It has now been 4 weeks since surgery and only last week I got the results of the tests performed on the tissue they removed from my left foot: I got the all clear! It's just that my moles, like the rest of my body, feel the need to perform uniquely and appear dangerous when they actually aren't. But as they say "better safe than sorry".

I am still walking with one crutch which frustrates me greatly, and although the wound is healing faster than expected, I still have quite a while to go before I can go back to running, long walks and heels. I have worn nothing but flat pumps and I'm honestly getting bored of them.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The night before the morning after

...No, sorry to disappoint you guys, but this ain't a new "50 shades of Lil" style segment on the blog. Interesting and entertaining as it would be.
I'm in my bed back in Italy, and it's 3am. Very few hours away from surgery.
I'm surprisingly very calm and strangely soothed.
I'm not worried. I'm not stressing. I'm not agitated. I'm not upset.
In my head I keep thinking that this'll turn out to be nothing but just a little meaningless nuisance. One of those episodes that is there on the path of life, to give you a little kick in the you-know-what, to remind you that you could be in a much worse situation.
I also have the utmost faith in my doctors, no matter what the outcome.
There is one little aspect though that's going to be bugging me : the fact I won't be able to walk properly nor long distance, for a few weeks.
I'm not entirely certain of what it'll be like, will I require walking with crutches for long?
I remember from the first surgery 11 years ago how frustrating it was to use them! They drove me up the wall and I ended up sticking to them for only half the advised amount of time.
I'm a walker, i used to be a running champion, for crying out loud! Tuesday alone I went on a 10k walk at the sea side.
I am grabbing this opportunity to thank anyone who's taken the time to send me messages over the last 6 weeks. GRAZIE!
I shall, of course, keep you lot posted .

Sunday, October 7, 2012

NOTD: KIKO n. 362 + Rimmel matte finish

As I have already mentioned, I went on a bit of a nail polish spree when I was home last month. This is one of the beauties I picked up, n. 362 Poppy Red  with Rimmel matte top coat and Angelica multi colour glitter, on the thumbs and ring fingers.


Monday, October 1, 2012

Unimportant, indispensable details

Thankfully I am a different person to the one I thought I was when they found my first melanoma, 11 years ago. Mainly because I didn't know what was going to happen.

But now I have that magic power of hindsight and that's what helped me keep it together and not lose it whilst I was going through all those tests a few weeks ago.

The morning of every day I was facing some test or appointment, I found myself obsessively fixating on my looks: what I wore, make up, accessories and hair.
One might say "you're going to hospital, for crying out loud! should you not be worrying about something else?!". Instead, I didn't.

Layla Cosmetics - Ceramic Effect polish n. 64

As I mentioned in my post before I left, I was going to spoil myself a little whilst I was away.
I especially went "ä smidge" mad  in the nail polish department. It has to be noted though that half of the purchases are presents for friends/other fellow bloggers, or I will be giving away on here, and yes it will be for everyone, all over the globe.
One of the brands I was looking forward to checking out was Layla Cosmetics, an 100% Italian brand, and in particular their polishes. Unfortunately, as Murphy's law persecuted me for the whole stay, when I had a chance to visit a local beauty supply that stocks them, they were low in stock(for pretty much every other brand too...) so I didn't really have much choice. I will make sure to go back next month.

This is one of their goodies I managed to pick up: it's n. 64 from the Ceramic Effect range. Their web site presents the range as: "perfectly smooth nails in one motion. A nail polish with a professional finish. It doesn't require a base.".