When it comes to budgeting, make-up is something I’ve never really skimped on as I’ve always been of the opinion that the more you spend, the better quality you get. However, I recently purchased three pieces of make-up from L’Oreal that may change my view on this whole subject. For the same price I would have spent on one Clinique foundation, I managed to pick up a foundation, primer and powder all from their Infallible make-up range, and it’s completely changed my view on budget brands.
I’ve always been someone who suffers with an oily t-zone and no matter what foundation I’ve used my make-up starts to show signs of slipping around mid-afternoon. I think this is something I will always have to deal with and there’s never going to be a miracle product that stops this happening, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well my make-up stayed in place considering how little I’d spent. It’s really opened my eyes to trying new products regardless of the price tag. I will most definitely be stocking up on replacements as soon as these products run out.
So, into another year, and already a month has passed and we’re almost into February. I’ve given up trying to figure out where the time goes, so instead I’m going to round up the month with a selection of my Instagram favourites. Take a look, if you’d like.
If you know me at all, then you’ll know that I’m usually taking photos on my phone whilst out and about, and that one of my favourite things to do is make those images look as pretty as I can before posting them on social media, or making them into a phonebook or scrapbook. I’ve downloaded a countless number of editing apps over the years and now use a handful to get just the right photos to tell the story I want. Here’s a little rundown of the ones I adore.
A Color Story – This is my newest download and has quickly became my favourite photo editing app. Although I had to purchase all of the filters I wanted, it’s still a bargain for everything you get and it’s well worth the investment. They have the perfect effect for every photo you could possibly want to take and I love it. Highly recommended.
VSCO Cam – This was my favourite app before A Color Story came along. It’s still high up on my list with its adjustments and small amount of free features. I used it mostly to change brightness, temperature, saturation, etc. and will likely still use it regularly for this purpose. Definitely one of my favourites.
Over – I use this for light filters, but mostly it’s for adding text and artwork, which I do on the most appropriate photos. I used it a lot around Christmas when I had fun with the Holidays artwork pack, but hope to keep going with it through this year. Some of the filters are also worth a look.
Afterlight – This has some gorgeous filters and light effects, as well as some really interesting shapes to add a little something different to your photos. I don’t use this as much now as I used to, but I certainly play around with it when I feel like a change from these other apps I’ve mentioned.
Party Party – This is less about the editing features and more about creating fun Photo Booth pictures. We used this a number of times when we were on our honeymoon and were playing around with lots of different shots, so I look forward to using it again when we’re looking to have some fun with photos.
I’ve always loved movies, from the Disney animation of my childhood, to the teen horrors of my older, but still before adult, stage and beyond. I’ll pretty much watch any kind of film, no matter who stars in it or what genre it belongs to, and I’m always pretty excited to see the movies that are nominated for the Oscars and whether or not they would’ve been my choices (not that I know too much on the subject). I’ve already managed to watch a few of the nominated titles, Mad Max: Fury Road, Joy and Inside Out, to name a few, but I’ve still got a list of the ones that I want to make time for over the next couple of weeks. Here’s a rundown.
An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
Room – starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers
After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.
Spotlight – starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
The Big Short – starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling
Four denizens of the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.
The Revenant – starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter
A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.
I’m lucky enough to be going to Dublin in March to attend the C2C Country Music Festival and one of the biggest reasons for me wanting to go was that Carrie Underwood is going to be performing. Hana and I went to London a couple of years ago to see her perform live and she was incredible so I’m excited to bring the husband along this time to experience this powerhouse in action. Her newest release is currently on repeat and Heartbeat is my absolute favourite.