When I grow up, I want to be a disco ball.

So basically for year now I've been scouring ebay for my dream boots. What are my dream boots you ask? Well I wanted them from Topshop when they first went on sale, but they sold out in my size and also I couldn't afford them at the time. They have been going on ebay 2nd hand for £130, which I also can't afford. So imagine my joy when I won a worn once pair for £45 at the weekend. I love them. I LOVE THEM (if you get what that last bit is in reference you win at life).

So basically, I fully intend to spend the rest of my days prancing around and being a human disco ball. I'm pretty excited about it.

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Jacket - River Island
Dress - Primark
Boots - Topshop via ebay
Bag - Topshop
Locket - Disney Couture

The jacket is also new, and something I am loving. Can you tell I have just completely given up on summer and jumped right into A/W wear? I spotted this jacket in River Island but they didn't have it in my size, was about to buy it online then remembered ASOS sometimes sell RI stock and hurrah it was there! So I got cheaper delivery and 10% Student Discount through Unidays. The bag is also new, bought with a voucher I won. The strap on it broke but I got my dad to fix it, it's rather badass.

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Anyway, I'm off to sparkle and be fabulous (jk, really I am off to watch Homeland and eat some peanut butter brownies I baked). xo


The Lily Pink Bakery

The reason posts have been a bit far and few between lately! Running The Lily Pink Bakery is taking up all of my time, not that I am complaing! :D

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Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes! If you like these photos, please "like" my page on facebook.

In a New York minute everything can change...

I can't believe I'm about to do this, but in the name of trying to represent reality I'm about to post a photo of me with no make up on. None whatsoever. I'm fed up of being expected to wear make up all the time when I don't want to. I love make up, I do, but I want to have the choice of whether or not I can be bothered putting it on just to go get some milk from the shop.

I was sent some of the NYC cosmetics range to try out approximately one million years ago, and am only now getting around to doing my review. I remember really loving NYC make up when I was a teenager and seeing it stocked on the shelves in American super stores. It's now appeared across the pond and you can check out the full range in Superdrug and Gordon's Chemists.

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So here is my naked face. I've always struggled with acne and breakouts, and was totally fed up still having spots at the age of 24. Nothing at all seemed to work, no creams, no washes. Nothing. I've finally found some solution in the form of Dianette. Now that my skin is a bit clearer, I have way more fun putting on make up where as before I'd run and hide. I also often go out now with no make up on without much of a thought, which I guess is a combination of me having slightly clearer skin and also not giving a damn. Anyway, on to the make up!


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For the eyeliner flick I used the NYC High Definition Eyeliner Pen. I find eyeliner markers really good for getting a precise shape and point to the end, but I'm still to find one that's black enough for my liking and doesn't smudge. This pen helped me give great shape but it's still too light for me. I like mega black, crazy cat lady cat eye liner - so people who wear slightly more subdued eye make up might love this one.

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(I'd filled in my eyebrows by this stage)

I went over the black liner with the NYC Liquid Eyeliner which comes with a brush tip. The colour was much darker, and went on really nicely. The only problem I found was that it took quite a long time to dry which can be annoying if you're impatient like me. The brush was really easy to use, I've always avoided these kinds of liners before because I thought they'd be fussy.

I used the Sky Rise mascara, I was sent both Sky Rise and Show Time. I much preferred Sky Rise, I never use mascaras with thin brushes since discovering Benefit Bad Gal and then discovering that the pink tube of Models Own mascara is a complete dupe for it, but this skinny brush worked really well at giving good curl.

After putting on my liner I applied some of NYC's All Day Long foundation in shade Classic Ivory. I have a real problem finding foundations pale enough - but this actually did the job. At first I hated this foundation, I found it way too thin to cover my blotches and scars but after a few goes I realised it is actually build able and with an extra layer it transforms into a really lovely, light dewy foundation with pretty decent coverage. Also it's only £3.99 and I don't think you can argue with that!

Next I applied the, frankly quite wonderful, 16hour Lip Stain Pen in 503 Unstoppable Red. I'd actually bought two of these pens before and really liked them. I use a Max Factor pen sometimes but find it very intense and the tip not pointed enough. These have a really nice pointed tip, rich colour and they smell delicious. I'm not sure about the 16 hour thing, but I never expect cosmetics to last that long so it was hardly a bad point. I now have 4 of these pens and love them, they're so handy, much less fussy than lipstick and only cost £3.99.

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Overall I'd rate the NYC range very highly, I'm not particularly skilled at applying make up, and I don't like to spend too much money on something I might never use. All of the NYC products retail at under £5, the liquid liner was only £2.49 which is a complete bargain. I hope this was okay and not too long winded, I'm really no make up expert but I love playing around with it! Although I was sent these items, I wasn't paid or even asked to do a review of them, and have since purchased many NYC products because I really do think they're great. Anyway, thanks for reading! x

Jess' Tea Shop


Apron

Now that I'm a full time baker, I think my obsession with cute aprons is something I can justify. I can't be stopped, if I see a really cute apron I have to have it - even if nobody really needs 10 aprons. When Jess offered to send me one of her handmade aprons in my company colours, I couldn't say no. The cupcake is a POCKET people, how awesome is that?

Jess runs Jess' Tea Shop, where she makes ridiculously sweet little aprons, teddies, tea towels, tea pot cosies and more. She's also a cupcake baker like me and often shares her lovely recipes.

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I know, I know...I think I almost gave my mum a heart attack whenever she overheard me saying this before and i'll probably do the same to my Granny who is in here 80s and reads my blog (hi Granny!) but...I don't know if I own an iron, okay? I don't know, there's probably one in the depths of the cupboards somewhere but I'd have to be prised away from my tumble dryer before I ever go in search of it. Domestic Goddess I am not.

I love my apron, Jess is very nifty with her sewing machine and to have it made in my colours was such a lovely touch. Check out some of the other cute things she makes below. Jess' blog can be found here, and do make sure to check out her online store!





The Homes of Donegal


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2 days off work, a beautiful guest house, memories of my childhood family holidays, some horse riding and lots of tea = Perfect.