31 July 2012

Fitz Bitz CatchUp #1

Dia daoibh!

Hope you're all well. Just wanted to write a quick update post (Fitz Bitz). As you may have noticed, as of late my post have been..... irregular (to say the least!) Apologies for this. My laptop is dying a slow death (you can see a pic below!) and unfortunately for my pocket I will have  to purchase a new one. Fingers crossed this will be happening soon! When I do get sorted with my new equipment I'm hoping to get into a scheduled/regualar blogging routine. Perhaps a new post every 2-3 days. Once I get doing it it will be great, it's just getting started that's the hard part. Same goes for other things in my life such as saving, dieting etc. I'm sure most of you know what I mean.

I also aim to be quite regular with my You Tube Channel, hoping to upload every Thursday. Fingers crossed this all goes to plan!!

Other than that I'm going to show you some snaps of my life over the past while. Here we go!

I was very happy to be asked to write for RSVP Magazine Online. Here is a pic of my piece. HERE it is live  on their website.

Holidays in Donegal
I climbed Europe's Highest Sea Cliffs - Slieve League..... It was tough to say the least!! We visited Donegal Town, Letterkenny, Killybegs, Dungloe and many more places around Donegal. It was a fabulous break away :)
The most beautiful sunset I have ever seen - Narin, Co. Donegal.

Boat Ride from Sliabh Liag Boat Trips. We weren't lucky enough to see much wildlife like dolphins but it was a beautiful experience nonetheless.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may be aware that I LOVE snapping pics of my food! Here are some nommy treats!
 And finally here are some randomers!

Here are a few of my latest videos:


Hope everyone is doing well. Fingers crossed I get blogging and vlogging more regularly!

Slán

24 July 2012

Prep before you pucker

 Dia daoibh!

I'm very happy to announce that the below post that I wrote was featured in RSVP Magazine Website HERE :)


Think Lips. Think perhaps Angelina Jolie lips. I’m sure she doesn’t just lather on the lipstick or lip-gloss without prepping. No matter the size or plumpness of your lips, they will look 100 times better if you have prepped before applying your fav colour. Scrubs and plumpers are all well and good, but what your lips really need to look the beez kneez is for them to be well moisturised. Enter Lip Balms!! Here are a few for you to consider.

Product
The Handmade Soap Company Lip Balm



About
It’s not just soaps that the Irish brand The Handmade Soap Company makes. They produce a whole range of 100% natural skin/ body products, including lip balms. Here I have the 'Au Natural with Rosehip Oil' and ‘Calendula & Orange’ ones. I expected the former to be rose scented but I was wrong. I guess that's what they meant by "au natural" as this baby was unscented. It was mega hard to get any product onto my finger to use. Swirling my finger simply did not suffice so I ended up having to scoop bits up with my nail... ick! I much prefer the Calendula & Orange flavour. Although this too is a bit hard to work with, it seems to have slight little bits in it which smooth out onto the lips and the orange scent is scrummy.  It also comes in a Choco Mint Scent.
Packaging
As you can see it's in a little metal tin (smaller than a Vaseline tin) but because it contains natural oils, more goodness is packed in so I wouldn't let the size put you off. If you’re one for natural ingredients, these ones may be for you.
Price
€4.50 from thehandmadesoapcompany.ie
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Product
Eau Thermale Avène Cold Cream Lip cream

About
Avène is a French Skincare brand highly focused and centered around Avène Thermal Spring Water and its soothing properties. It works. It's as simple as that.  After some harsh weather a few months ago, my lips were left cracked, very tight, dry and flaky looking. It took 2-3 days for my lips to go from that to almost back to normal. When I applied the lip cream there was immediate relief. It's not sticky in the least. It has quite a smooth almost creamy consistency. It has a slight scent. I would describe it as having a..... baby smell! Yano, like baby wipes, baby powder, that kind of smell! It's thick and colour-less. Rarely has a product worked this fast for me when they are so dehydrated so I was genuinely surprised at the quick results
Packaging
Very simple and clean looking, squeezy tube, hygienic packaging.
Price
It retails at €10.17 for 15ml. It is on the pricier side, but personally when it comes to my lips aching for some relief, I would be willing to spend that! It should be available in various pharmacies in Ireland but if there is a Unicare near you, have a look there first.
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Product
Carmex Moisture Plus

About
Carmex is a cult classic and adored by many (including me!) Some ingredients worth noting in their newest balm are vitamin E and aloe so it will help to nourish and moisturise lips, along with SPF15. As you can see, this one has a pinky/peach colour. I have to say I'm not crazy about the smell. It does have a peachy smell, but to me personally it's a bit sickley. It has a very slight tingle like the original formulations but much milder. It's very moisturising and adds shine and a small tint to the lips. I wasn't entirely blown away mainly because I was a bit disappointed with the smell. It's always nice to see a brand branching out and trying new things though, so thumbs up to Carmex for that!
Packaging
The packaging of these products has completely changed from the usual yellow and red to a sleeker looking nudish/silver tube. This new stick is much thinner and has a slant applicator
Price
Carmex Moisture Plus is widely available throughout Ireland from all leading pharmacies and selected grocery outlets for the RRP of €5.98
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Product
Vaseline Lip Therapy with Cocoa Butter

About
This does smell gorg!! I find Vaseline Lip Therapy an “ok” product. It adds moisture to the lips but doesn’t hydrate them; more so just acts as a barrier to the cold weather or heat. Meh! That’s about it really, cheap and cheerful and easy to source if you’re stuck!
Packaging
Same as all the others, small, metal tin which you swirl on your finger to apply.
Price
For €1.99 in pharmacies and shops nationwide, it’s a steal and worth it if you’re stuck on those harsh cold days.
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Slán!