Monday, March 7, 2016

Fuschia Makeup Beauty Event At The Glenroyal Hotel

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Weekly Vlog #5: Stellar & No7, MiMind2016

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Discover Mozambique - The Road Less Travelled

Today's guest post is by Amy Goldsmith, a Melbourne based travel writer, is sharing one of her favorite travel destinations ever; Mozambique. So if you're on the hunt for travel inspiration read on.

Mozambique never was an item on my travel bucket list, but fortunately, by chance I got to visit this amazing country and it has not disappointed me. On the contrary, it has become one of my favorite destinations so far and the last year one of the best in my life. Not only I have had an amazing time, but also, I still feel the incurable nostalgia for the country’s vast coastline, dune-fringed beaches, fascinating surf spots, delicious food and incredibly kind people. If you decide to visit, you will see that the wonderful Mozambique has plenty to offer. 

Dreamy Beaches & Secluded Islands 

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Mozambique has the most picturesque beaches and the most pristine dive sites in the world. With its 2470 km (1500 miles) of coastline, it can match some of the most famous world destinations. Both giants of Mozambican tourism: Bazaruto Archipelago and Quirimbas Archipelago are equally astonishing in terms of natural beauty and marine life. Sparkly white sand, swaying palms, turquoise and azure waters, corals, great climate, even better waves… The nature is practically untouched by urban development, except for a few resorts, so we could rightfully say that Mozambique is a true escapist paradise. 

Unique African Culture 

Mozambique has rich history and culture. It is a unique country in African continent, because of different cultural influences. Namely, Mozambique is the home to a number of ethnic groups, speaking more than 40 different languages. Its culture developed by the influence of Swahili, Arab and Portugal. This is still especially visible in vibrant and diverse local cuisine and in interior design. Just look at Maputo, for instance. Its contrast between beautiful colonial Mediterranean architecture and harsh brutalist buildings is astounding. Most of the population practice na├»ve beliefs, and that is really interesting to see. 

National Parks & The Unforgettable Safari 

Mozambique is not your regular African safari destination, but it sure does have plenty to see, especially when it comes to underwater world. Combine the exploration of marine life with vast game parks such as Gorongosa and you will have yourself a perfect African holiday. Gorongosa National Park is an amazing site to observe elephants, lions, buffaloes, rhinos and hippos. Though animal numbers are pale compared to the years before the civil war, it is still a notable wildlife sanctuary. At Gorongosa I took some amazing sunrise pictures. Those are moments I will never forget! 

African Music & Crafts 

The northern regions of the country are famous for their fantastic artwork and crafts. Their work is mostly focused on traditional religious beliefs, struggle for independence from colonial rule and the civil war. Makondo sculptures are some of the finest I have ever seen. Mozambicans are also pretty talented for music, both traditional (marimba) and modern. The contemporary Mozambican music is somewhat alike to Calypso and Reggae. 

The Rising Star of Africa 

Despite its war-torn past, Mozambique is slowly but steadily getting on its feet and starting to attract many visitors. Although in its relative infancy, the tourism sector is developing rapidly and there is a clear effort to improve even more. Because it is equally as beautiful, but less developed and popular than its Indian Ocean counterparts, Mauritius and Seychelles, Mozambique is a true hidden gem of Africa, just waiting to be discovered.
I am so glad I had the chance to visit Mozambique while it is still undeveloped, unspoiled and untamed. I just cannot imagine its staggering nature covered in luxurious resorts. It is clear, however, that this outcome is very probable, so pack your bags and visit Mozambique now, while the prices are not hiked and the nature is not corrupt. I leave you with the words of the famous author Henning Mankell: “Go to Mozambique! As long as you don't expect to find flawless infrastructure, just go. Because this is a country where people have not quite grown accustomed to tourists. You still feel a genuineness that no longer exists in countries where tourism has been industrially developed.”
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About the author 
Amy Goldsmith is a business assistant from Melbourne. Her job allows her to travel a lot, which also happens to be one of her greatest passions. Find out more about her travels on Twitter
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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Face Of The Day (FOTD): Smashbox, No7, Benefit, Essence, Mac, Makeup Revolution


Apologies for the major overload of selfies I can explain! I did this makeup look for a party, hopped into my car all ready to go and then my car decided not to cooperate. I'm extremely lazy when it comes to makeup, so getting done up and then having no where to go is very annoying. Naturally I decided to make hay while the sun was shining...or something like that...take a ridiculous number of selfies and get a blog post out of it. TaaDaa!! Here's a list of the products I used, with links to where you can get them; 

No7 Stay Perfect Foundation Shade Cool Vanilla 
Essence Lip Liner No.12 Wish Me A Rose (Primark)
Essence XXXL shine lipgloss No.4 Rising Star (Primark)

So first up I started with No7 Early Defence Day Cream and Eye Cream. They're both designed for preventive treatment for early ageing so are perfect if you're looking for skincare in your 20s. They have SPF 15, are hydrating, light weight, easily absorbed, leaving no greasy residue that sits on your skin. No 7 skincare is always on 3 for 2 so it's perfect for stocking up on good quality, good priced skincare. Next up is primer, then I use No7 Stay Perfect Foundation in Cool Vanilla. It is a lightweight buildable medium coverage foundation with a natural satin finish. I get approximately 7 hours wear. It is medium consistency and thankfully the pump bottle doesn't clog. It retails for €20 but with those coupons that they constantly hand out you can get it for €16. Another plus is you can get the No7 match made service done in Boots in just a few minutes from one of their No7 advisers. I apply my foundation with a beauty blender from Primark, next up is concealer which I apply with the smaller end of the sponge. As I have oily combination skin I use powder afterwards. My contour, bronze, highlight, strobing, brows AND eyeshadow all come from the Smashbox #Shapematters palette I reviewed here.  It is literally the best palette to have in your collection I can't sing it's praises enough. For lips I coloured in my lips with an Essence lip liner and finished with Essence lipgloss. 

If you'd like a review of any of these products just let me know!
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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Weekly Vlogging #4: Kildare Village, Deliciously Ella & Dun Laoghaire

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS palette: Review

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Boots Of My Dreams, UGG Australia

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Weekly Vlogging #3: Baking & birthday celebrations

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Banana Bread Recipe

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Why Visit Wonderful Queensland, Australia


Today, Roxana, a Sydney based travel writer, is sharing some of the countless reasons to visit Queensland Australia. So if you're looking for travel inspiration for the holiday of a lifetime or you're relocating to Australia keep reading. 

Queensland, the state located on north-east of Australia should definitely find its place on your travel bucket list. Rich with glorious landscapes, cities bursting with life and 300 sunny days a year, this state is a true Aussie’s treasure. Deservedly called, The Sunshine State, it can please any traveler, from the one searching for a spiritual retreat, to the one looking for wild parties. Now, we could just tell you to type “Queensland, Australia” in your browser, look at the images, and that would probably be enough to convince you to visit. Still, there is much more beauty beyond photos of this astonishing destination, so we will tell you the story, instead.

The Out-of-This-World Islands
Where else in the world could you see islands inhabited with more than 400 species of coral reef? Whitsunday Islands (74 continental islands), discovered by Captain James Cook, offer everything from luxury resorts to a true desert island experience. On the other hand, Lady Elliot Island, is a tiny territory you can walk through in 45 minutes, but you will be amazed every single one of those minutes. And do not forget about the must-see-before you die – Great Barrier Reef.


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The Unnaturally Amazing Nature
Not just the islands, practically everything you can see in The Sunshine State is photo-worthy (no-filters-needed). The Golden Beaches of the Sunshine Coast are luring you to spend your entire life there, while Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park is admirable with its ancient rainforests. Untouched by human influence, Cobbold Gorge and Mossman Gorge, are the perfect outback regions for adventurists. Green pastures of Atherton Tablelands are the perfect place to experience Aussie’s rural spirit. 


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The Friendliness, Tolerance and Love
The people of Queensland are kind, helpful and friendly. That significantly reflects to the entire atmosphere in the state. The varieties we can see there are simply sublime. In Brisbane, for instance, you can buy Vietnamese food from immigrants who came in Australia in the 1970’s and made it their home. You can familiarize with cultures of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. Oh, not to mention the phenomenal time you can have if you visit some of the great gay bars and clubs in Brisbane or perhaps a gay friendly resort


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The Vivid Cities
The capital and the biggest city of Queensland, Brisbane, has got everything you need for a great vacation – ideal climate, friendly locals, variety of places for going out in the night (pubs, clubs, restaurants, cocktail bars, etc.), koala sanctuary, beaches and great view from Mount Coot-tha. If you want to travel back in time, make sure you visit Cairns, former miners’ settlement, and today’s tropical getaway. Gold Coast, Warwick and all the other cities also have so much to offer. 



Heaven for Your Taste Buds
Queensland is the heaven for a foodista. Not only because everything you can try is delicious, but because there is so much varieties in local cuisine which would impress everyone. Seafood is, of course, somewhat a signature food, but you can find everything from Vietnamese to Thai dishes. Native macadamia nuts can be found in almost every dish, from ice-cream to salads. As for the drinks, wine is sublime, but you must also try local beer and rum.


Queensland Is Adventureland
There is no need going as far to Africa to have an adventure of a lifetime; Queensland will be sufficient. You can experience the fascinating Aboriginal culture by visiting Cape York and seeing indigenous rock art paintings. The Kuranda scenic rail journey will blow you away with its forested mountains, stunning waterfalls and death-defying bridges. The turtle swimming, diving, snorkelling and surfing and visiting (or participating in) Audi Hamilton Island Regatta are just some of the available activities.
Hopefully, we have answered all of your “whys”. There is no more need for questions, it is time for packing your bags. 

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 Roxana is a Sydney based travel enthusiast with a passion for  writing. She loves fashion and has an eye for anything visually  appealing and aesthetical. She is all about the healthy lifestyle,  loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. You can find her articles  on HighStyleLife and StyleByAsia.
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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Weekly Vlogging #2: New clothes & healthy recipes

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Weekly Vlogging #1: Food haul & recipes

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

10 Netflix Documentaries to Entertain, Educate & Inspire - Part 1

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Friday, January 8, 2016

The Mountains Are Calling

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2015: Highlights, Lessons & Goals for 2016

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Winter Essentials from Mary Grant

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