It’s been a hot minute since I posted on here, as part of the typical cringey new year, new me b******t, I thought I would add a review on a fabulous weekend I had in Donegal and it is definitely one of Ireland’s hidden gems.

My 25th Birthday started with a surprise trip to Donegal, I hate to admit that even though Ireland is so beautiful I have seen so little of it so this trip was a great start of many more in my home country.

The drive from Donegal to Dublin was so picturesque when we headed near Donegal and through all of the smaller towns on the way. Once arrive we drove down some windy whimsical roads covered in trees and we reach a beautiful lake. Following the road I didn’t believe my eyes when we arrive at our destination a full blown castle.

Our home for the weekend was Lough Eske Castle and I couldn’t recommend it enough, from the food, the scenery the staff. The whole experience end to end was marvellous. The weekend was spend indulging in their cosy restaurant chatting away to all hours in the pub. The room we had was a beautiful suite the perfect way to relax in your robe and slippers. This was followed the next day spending the day in their 5 star spa… again spectacular.

The spa was one of the best I’ve been to in Ireland and we have some fancy ass spas. The spa in Lough Eske was nothing but luxury, so many options to choose from with 2 pools, sauna, rain shower, heated loungers and more. The treatments were phenomenal as well I got a full body massage which is my typical go to and I walked out feeling like I was on clouds.

That evening we went into Donegal town for dinner and it was the cutest little town with lots of restaurants which is nice for tourists who are staying for a few nights. The beaches are only a short drive away with Donegal being along the routes for the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland.

I highly recommend anyone coming to Ireland to add this to your list even for one evening if your travelling around our Emerald Isle. Lough Eske castle hotel’s Instagram can be found here.

Til next time

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The ultimate guide to the perfect girls weekend in London. I always love going to London for a girls trip being from Ireland, it’s close by and always lots of activity going on in the city. Hopefully this guide will give you some inspiration to plan the best weekend.

Let’s cut to the chase if your going on a girls trip its all about the bars & clubs. So let’s start there…

  1. 100 Wardorf Street
  2. Tonight Josephine
  3. Sketch
  4. Mahiki

Other places I would recommend for those Instagram worthy locations… Just go for the Gram!

  • Elan Cafe
  • Coppa Club
  • Madison Restaurant
  • Pogges & Cakes

What better way to recover from a night out and 100 pornstar martini’s later then some shopping. For this I would recommend hitting the main spots, Harrods, Covent Garden, … Go to them all.

Tourist spots:

I always think I seeing the London Eye is an enjoyable experience it’s quick, not that expensive and the views are amazing. It’s a great way to start a day of exploring this bustling city.

Next would be Buckingham palace, for a London first timer it is a must as the changing of the guards is something to see for sure.

I would recommend going to the restaurant Budda bar one Knightsbridge for the sheer fact the food is lovely but the decor is spectacular, the blossom trees definitely make for a great insta shot!

I could do a whole series on London alone but if there is anything you would like me to cover or go into more detail on comment below 🙂

Till next time

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This weekend Image was hosting a Beauty Festival in Dublin, the perfect excuse for a girly day out filled with catch-ups and cocktails. The biggest attraction of the weekend was an exclusive masterclass with Patrick Ta. Patrick was focusing on his iconic looks of red carpet glamour- glowing skin and a bold lip. Opportunities to see these artist spill there tips and tricks don’t come often so I took ALOT of notes. Im going to share with you all the tips he shared, the product list he used and some of his most used items.

Base: For the base Patrick started by wiping the face clean with a wet wipe. He loves La Mer products and is their brand amassador so this was followed by La Mer Soft Cream Moistiser and eyecream. The next step he primed the skin with an oil so the skin was fully hydrated and plump. However, if you have acne prone skin I would recommend using a oil as a primer. (The next steps was eyes but ill cover his tips for this in the next section.) Continuing on with the base, Patrick creamed contoured first, before foundation. His reasoning for this was to avoid overloading products on the skin and allow seamless blending of the different colours. This was closely followed by foundation, Patrick mixed two foundations together the key to this was one dewy foundation and one more long wearing foundation that would stick to the skin. His cockatil on the day was a mix of Armani Designer Lift and the Fenty Pro Filter Foundation. He used two concealers, first was Nars Radiant Creamy concelar in Vanilla followed by Mac 24hr Stay Concdealer. He let the concelars dry down a little before blending out. One product that he recommended everyone to have was the Becca colour correctors as he said for acne, scarring or pigmentation this product covered everything perfectly before putting on foundation. Following this he went back over the contour with the iconic Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate cream contour palette.

Now to set it all, he used a mixture of setting powers. This was a mixture of Givency setting powder and my holy grail Laura Mercer Translucent Powder. For bronzer he used Hoola by Benefit which he said he always carries around in his kit. Blush was Mac Warm Soul. One thing I liked about his masterclass was he used a mixture of high street and luxury makeup so it made it more relatable for products that we can actually try without breaking the bank!

Eyes: I loved that he kept the eyes really simple and easy to follow. He simply used Hoola Bronzer as his transition shade and kept blending until it was literally seamless. He then used the glorious Pat McGrath Labs Mother-ship palette. I have to say the pigment, consistency and shine of the glitter shade in this palette was simply memorizing. For eyeliner he used a black eyeshadow and gently pushed along the lashline from the outer corner to the middle of the eye was the pupil starts. Mascara was Tom Ford to make the lashes dark and wispy. He used a comb to brush through the after to stop the clumply look occuring. For lashes he used Ardell Indiivudals lashes in the short size and layered them on the outer corner for a more lifted look. Patrick mention that he shops in Naimes and Donkey in Japan for his lashes. But for us, Boots & Superdrug sell Ardell so no need to buy that airplane ticket yet.

Brows: For brows he loves a soap brow to press the hairs against the skin and achieve that busy but natural look. He then used Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow to create hair like strokes. Followed by this he finished with a felt trip brown pen to make it more natural and realistic.

Lips: He is a perfectionsit about lip liner, he used Mac Cherry lip liner to carve out the lips, a lip brush to blend the colour into the lips followed by Fenty Beauty Lip Paint in Uncensored which is that iconic cherry red, which creates that plump full lip.

Glow: He set the face with two setting sprays, one dewy spray on the perimeters of the face and a matte spray in the centre. He dried the face with his Fan in ‘So Extra’. For highlight he used a product from his newly launched Patrick Ta Beauty which was a spray highlighter in a white gold shade called ‘Look at Her’. The glow from this was so shimmering but also made the skin looked wet and glossy. It is a MUST! No look is complete without body glow, a part of Patrick’s range is a glowing body oil which left the most beautiful sheen without overpowering the skin. The shades were ‘A Moment’ ‘A Vision’.

Product List: 

Prep oil

La met soft cream

Eye cream

Soft ochre

Armani and fenty

Mercier and givency powder

Eye gel patches skyn island m&s

Hoola bronzer

Shade and illuminated tom Ford .5

Pat McGrath pallets black gold packing

Does of colour palette friendcation desi

Contour before foundation

Nars radiant creamy concealer in Vanilla

Mac 24hr concelear

Becca corrector

Warm soul blush

Nude stick blush

Tom Ford mascara

Where to buy Patrick Ta Beauty: Patrick Beauty is sold on Net-a-porter and Sephora for us Irish girls.

Ok I admit the title of this post is total click-bait but now that your here. The paradise that I am referring to is non other than the spectacular Whitsunday Islands in Australia. I choose to stay in the luxourious Hamilton Island.

This post is going to be a one stop shop on everything Hamilton Island from getting there, making memories to leaving the island and coping with the holiday blues!

Getting There: As I was already in Sydney I flew to Hamilton Island via JetStar which was a breeze. Everything was made so easy for us, we had around a 2 hour flight. The great thing about Hamilton Island is that there is an airport on the island so you can fly direct. The views coming into the island were incredible, it literally was like something from a postcard. Jetstar has some great deals especially if you live in Australia and are interested in travelling to internal destinations.

Where to stay: Its safe to say Hamilton Island as some of the most breathtaking views I’ve ever seen. The hotels are spectacular to say the least. We stayed in the amazing Reef View Hotel, I could not recommend it more! No words would do this place justice, one of the main reasons I choose to stay here is that it had a Tourist Booking desk which was the main one for the island in our hotel. This made booking trips a lot easier for us. The island gets around in golf carts which you can rent across the road from the Reef View Hotel, which I recommend if you want to explore the island yourself. There is lots of accommodation options but another stand out hotel would be the Qualia resort which is a big fans of celebrities worldwide. I can see why the hotel and suites were beyond incredible!

The best spots for food & drink: As it is an Island there is a limit to the number of restaurants and bars available. That being said the variety was fantastic and we were never short of somewhere new to try. I’m going to recommend my top 5 places below:

  1. Tako: This is a Mexican restaurant in more tapas style but the food is mouthwatering good. The margaritas were also fantastic but I will not let that make me bias! The views are also lovely as a lot of the restaurants are on the marina so it nice to have a walk around after to take in the scenery.
  2. Marina Tavern: No booking is required for this place which is great. It has a relaxed atmosphere which is great as a lunch spot if you have kids.
  3. Romano’s This place is definitely a favourite on the island, a stunning Italian restaurant with waterfront views of the marina. I would definitely make a reservation for here.
  4. Bommie: This restaurant is located in the Yacht Club if you would like a night to dine in absolute luxury. The Yacht club is simply stunning.
  5. For Sunset drinks it has   to be One Tree Hill. This viewpoint gets the most spectacular view of the sunset across the island. There is a small bar on this viewpoint so grab a drink and enjoy. This was a big highlight for me for sure!

Tours that I would recommend: I’m that person who enjoys their spare time researching every inch of a destination and scouting the best tours possible. If your like me hopefully this part of the post will help you narrow down your search and see which tours suit you best! 

  1. Great Barrier Reef: There are endless tours for the Great Barrier Reef so I would research well for this one. As I have such a passion for Scuba Diving I choose a tour which was prominently diving. Diving in the Great Barrier Reef was such a dream moment for me, its been on my bucket list for as long as I could remember! I also went snorkeling as you can see more sea life higher up sometimes so I wanted to experience both.
  2. Whitehaven beach: This is another must, I love booking tours where im out all day on a catamaran soaking in my surroundings and being by the water. That’s my ideal day! I found a tour that did snorkeling on Chalkies Beach which is right around the corner from Whitehaven. The coral on Chalkies was great and we got to see some great sea life. A Turtle came swimming beside me and it was a moment I’ll never forget. Our tour included was a wine and dine option so at this point we had lunch and a few beers on the boat while we dried off. Then off to see Whitehaven beach! This was just like it is in the pictures pure white 100% silica sand that melted when you touched it and crystal blue water completely transparent.
  3. If you had some extra disposable money for tours I would recommend a helicopter ride to the Heart Reef. I didn’t have time to do this but it looks incredible so I thought it would be good here to include as an option.
  4. Hill Inlet: The infamous Hill Inlet is another must. The views of this is incredible and such a pinch me moment. The sand changes with the current depending on the season so no patterns are ever the same. It is such a unique experience!

Overall, Hamilton Island was a dream destination of mine and being there I couldn’t recommend it more! If you are heading to the Whitsundays islands and have any questions comment below as I would love to hear your thoughts 🙂 Read my guide to Sydney here.

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For as long as I can remember I dreamt about seeing Australia, the white beaches, endless sunshine and exotic animals. What isn’t there to love?!

Last October I travelled from Dublin to Australia for a month and I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences of my life. I would of stayed longer if I could!

I’m going to do a couple of posts on Australia just so I can give you the full lowdown in a digestible way rather than one long post. This post is going to be how to choose what to do and see. If you have specific posts you would like to see comment below 🙂

Getting there: I was extremely lucky when booking these flights as we got a pretty good deal! The universe was on our side to say the least I’ve always wanted to see Sydney but worried that I wouldn’t be able to afford it. I found a flight deal on e-dreams for €1000 which entailed a stop over for 2 hours in Abu Dhabi with Etihad which was an easy process from beginning to end. Its so important to have a comfortable flight for this long of a journey so I would spend the money on an airline you want. Check out my in flight essentials post to make you comfortable for any long haul journey here. 

Where to stay: This was hard for me to decide did I want to stay in the incredible hustle and bustle of Sydney city or did I want to stay by the beach. Safe to say I chose the beach, I stayed in Bondi right beside the beachfront. I luckily found an amazing Airbnb for such a good price so definitely look around the area don’t be put off by the hotel prices! It is important to note that from Bondi to the city say the opera house is around an hour on the bus and about 35mins by train. However, the balance between beach and city was phenomenal, seeing the work life balance so level there.

The must see’s:

I’m going to break this into bullet points and link off to their websites. Thank me later!

  • Taronga zoo: this zoo is probably the most extravagant zoo I’ve ever been to in my life. I never really like going to zoos but this zoo is on its own island and the animals are cared for so well. You have to get a ferry from the opera house to it, then a cable car up the Mountain to the top of the zoo entrance. I got a tour from a zookeeper and it was such a memorable experience. If you have kids, this is a must.
  • Opera house:  The Opera House is an obvious but essential to do. People travel across the world including myself to see this incredible iconic building. I recommend going for drinks in the opera house bar underneath.
  • Watson bay boutique hotel:  This venue is a must. The Watson Bay is such a great location, there isn’t anything to like. Great food, great music and great views. I recommend coming here for some quick bites in their beach club and have a few cocktails while watching the sunset. Great Instagram Spot. Thank me for your new followers later.
  • Bondi beach: The infamous Bondi Beach- it’s worth the hype. There is lots to do cool restaurants, bars and cafes. There is also the Coogee to Bondi coastal walk   which I would highly recommend because it is a great way to see the other towns especially if you are restricted with time. There is also the Icebergs Club which is great to use their pool and they have a lovely restaurant to grab a lunch time snack.
  • The Rocks:  This was a highlight for me, personally. I thought it was so unique in terms of architecture as it was right beside the Opera House. There is lots of cool bars, restaurants, markets and boutiques.

Costings:

This aspect varies from person to person but for me I spent less that €1000 for a month which is good for my track record. There’s easy ways to cut costs, simply get an Airbnb which will allow you to eat meals there, get the bus /train over taxis, buy alcohol in the shop rather in restaurant and have drinks at home. Easy but effective ways to save costs.

I’m going to do some other posts around Australia but comment below any suggestions!

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