Saturday, 1 April 2017

OOTD // Mother's Day

Hey everyone! This post is a little late but I just thought I'd share some pictures of Mother's Day from last week. Me and my family went out to celebrate my amazing mum and nana (how gorgeous are they both??) by taking them out for a meal. I had a really lovely day and the weather was beautiful so afterwards we just sat outside and chilled. 
I thought I might as well take advantage of the good weather while it was there so I wore my denim skirt and got out my white pasty legs (made me a bit paranoid, but I'm trying to embrace my pale skin!)
Here are a few pictures Sunday:

 Blouse - Topshop
Skirt - Topshop
Bag -Vintage
Shoes - Converse

xo, Orlagh

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Sukin Skincare // First Impressions

Hi everyone!

I thought I'd do a review/ first impressions type thingy on the blog today considering I haven't done one in so long! 
I want to do a more in depth review of the products as I really appreciate reviews like this when I'm looking to buy a product but I'm not too sure if it'll be right for me.
I recently seen that my local boots had introduced a new skincare brand called 'Sukin' which immediately got my attention. It had nice, simple packaging and claimed to be very natural, which I am all about. I think it's important to use natural products on your skin considering it's such a sensitive organ - I hate the thought of putting loads of chemicals on my skin! 

I'd been recommended the brand by a friend too but considering the fact that I hadn't tried the brand before or read any reviews, I just picked up two products.
The two products that I picked up were:
1) Sukin Oil Balancing Purifying Gel Cleanser
2) Sukin Oil Balancing Mattifying Facial Moisturizer

What I immediately liked about the range was that they had different ranges within to suit every skin type. I have quite oily/combination skin, which is why I went for the two oil balancing products, but they have really great stuff for sensitive skin too!

Just by looking at the packaging I could tell that it was a really great brand, as it claimed to be cruelty free, paraben free, vegan and all that other good stuff. After purchasing I decided to do a little more research on the brand, and here's what they're website says:

 “Skincare that doesn’t cost the earth” is our tagline which reflects our affordable price positioning and also touches on Sukin’s natural formulations and earth friendly brand ethos,” explains Simon. “These elements have resonated well with our customers.”
Sukin continue to maintain a strong stance on the environment and sustainability and have been certified as 100% Carbon Neutral, Cruelty Free, and Vegan for many years now, with all formulations being biodegradable and grey water safe in addition.
I don't know about you, but all that sounds pretty great to me! So after doing a bit of research, I was really eager to see what they were like, and here are my first impressions.
Smell: A little weird. I have this thing in my head with anything that has charcoal in it, I can't pin down what the smell is like, but it always kind of bothers me for some reason. Maybe its licorice? I don't know. It's not too strong, and I never let the smell of a skincare product put me off anyway.
The cleanser comes out as a gel, but once you start rubbing it into the skin it turns nice and foamy, which I'm sure is why it's good for absorbing excess oil.

Skin afterwards:
My skin felt really clean and refreshed after using this. It got rid of any excess oil without drying out my skin, which is a big problem I find with many 'mattifying' or 'oil-balancing' products.
Final review:
After using this for a week, I do really like it. There aren't any phenomenal instant results, (is there ever really?) but it does the job! I'd give it a solid 8.5/10

Amazing. Not too scented, it reminds me of the smell of the fancy skincare they use at the spa, which I am all about.
I don't know how to explain it, but when it comes out its sort of foamy/spongy, but just feels like a normal moisturizer once you apply it. What I would say is that you definitely don't need a whole pump as it's always too much! I little goes a long way with this stuff, which I guess is good because the product will last longer.

Skin afterwards:
Sinks in really nicely. What I love about this is that unlike other mattifying moisturizers, you're skin actually feels smooth and hydrated, rather than tight and flakey which I find happens with other moisturizers for oily skin. It keeps my skin oil free but makes it all soft and smooth. I'm a little majorly in love with this stuff.
Final review:
Does exactly what I want it to do, after trying so many products I've finally found the perfect moisturizer for oily skin! 10/10

So overall, I'm really impressed with these products. The moisturizer was the real winner for me, but cleansers are never really life changing anyway, and I really like this one. I'd definitely recommend giving this brand a try! Here's a few links to websites where you can get them in the UK:
Hopefully some of you found this review useful! Also if you have time I'd really appreciate it if you subscribed to my youtube channel so you can see more of my creative content! I'd also love to get to 200 subscribers as I hate being on an odd number hahaha! Thank you!
xo, Orlagh


Thursday, 9 March 2017

February Outfits

Hello! I feel like a broken record going on once again but... I'm sorry with how lacking the blog posts have been recently. But in actual fact, I shouldn't really be apologizing, should I? I made this blog for me, not for anyone else, so I'm just going to post whenever I feel like it. I sort of want to take a different approach to my blog, paying more attention to lifestyle and issues that are affecting/influencing me. I want to be more candid and just write what I'm feeling at that present moment in time, almost like a diary or journal-type thingy.
And.. now I'm rambling. Basically the reason I'm making this post is because I had the intention of making a youtube video showing all these outfits that I wore during February, but half of the footage got deleted (stupid mistake I made which I will be sure not to do again) so I had to try and make it work with the two outfits I had left. I turned it into a sort of day-night girly-edgy type lookbook - I had to improvise! So if you wanna check that out feel free:

Here are all the outfits, along with what I got up to during February (probably the most I've been out of the house to actually wear nice clothes)

Look One: Sight-seeing

I wore this outfit when I travelled to Bristol for a university interview (which I got an offer for!!) We arrived the day before so had the full day to explore the city. I wanted to go for something comfortable, so this outfit was perfect!

  Top - New Look
Trousers - New Look
Necklace - H&M
Earrings - from markets

Look Two: Cinema Date

I don't really go to the cinema too often but I really wanted to see Split, and it was a really good film.

Jumper - Primarl
Jeans - Levis
Shoes - Converse
Earrings - Depop

Look Three: Birthday Breakfast

So I recently just turned 18, which honestly terrifies me because I am now classified as an adult which I am 110% not ready for, but I had an amazing celebration for it so that makes it slightly better. Over the weekend we done loads of different things but on Sunday we went for breakfast at my favourite place along the quay so it had really pretty views.

 Blouse - Topshop
Trousers - Topshop
Shoes - Adidas
Bag - vintage
Earrings - ASOS

Look Four: Night Out
The week after my birthday it was actually one of my friends birthdays too so we went out to celebrate. I hadn't been out in about 10 years so it was fun to get out again! I had this outfit bought a good while before so I was excited to get the chance to wear it.

Top - Topshop
Skirt - Oasis
Heels - New Look
Bag - New Look
Jewellery - Pandora

So that's basically what I got up to last month and what I wore! I'd really appreciate it if you subscribed to my youtube channel as that's where I now put most of my creative content!
xo, Orlagh

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

New Year's Resolutions

I've already made a youtube video about this idea but I just thought I'd write a blog post as well because sometimes it's easier to get your thoughts down in writing.

2016 was an amazing year - probably the best year of my life. I done so many fun things and finally started doing things that made me happy rather than trying to please other people. I started worrying less about silly things and started living more in the present rather than focusing on things that had happened in the past, or worrying about the future (a major part of anxiety).

I mentioned in the video that it was the first year I just stopped waiting around for 'tomorrow' or 'next week' and just started as soon as I could. I saved for a camera by doing endless amounts of online surveys, sold clothes and kept any money I was given - and it paid off! I had wanted a camera for so long and to finally have one made me so happy. I took loads of pictures in 2016 and I'm so glad I now have the memories to look back on. All i'm trying to say is that if you really want something, you can make it happen. I can't remember where I heard this but ever since I did it has really stuck with me - 'you create your own reality'.

Although 2016 was an amazing year, it also had its downfalls. I've talked a little about having anxiety as last year was when it really got bad, and controlled me 24/7. I never realized just how bad it was until I came out the other end of it. Every single second of every day was spent worrying about the most minuscule of details. When I came to the realization that something needed to be done, I started going to the school councillor which helped an unbelievable amount. She taught me techniques to get rid of a panic attack before it takes over, but most importantly it gave me a time to vent out everything I was feeling, and really helped put things into perspective. I still have my bad days, but overall, I am really proud of how well I've managed it.

Rather than setting myself resolutions that I feel I have to stick to, I'd rather set goals of things I would like to achieve, as I think it's a bit more realistic. Here are my 2017 goals:
  • Go on more walks and spend more time outdoors in general
  • Explore more of Ireland
  • Do more yoga and learn about spirituality and mindfulness
  • Read more
  • Stop using my phone as a security blanket at social events and live more in the present
  • Take even more pictures
What are your goals for 2017? Let me know! And also, I'd really appreciate if you subscribed to my youtube channel as I would love for it to grow more in 2017! I have a lot of fun video ideas!

xo, Orlagh


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Formal 2016

Hey everyone! I had my school formal this weekend and had a really good time so I thought I'd post some of the pictures so I have this to look back on. I had a formal last year too so I was really looking forward to it to get made up, wear a fancy dress and have loads of fun with my friends again. Unfortunately I didn't bring my camera with me so I don't really have any of my own pictures from when we got to our venue, but I've added some pictures that my friends took as well.

Hair and Makeup: Hair @ Karens
Dress: Tokyo Boutique, Letterkenny
Clutch bag: New Look

xo, Orlagh
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