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Yes, the Kardashians have now launched their own make up range – it was only a matter of time eh? I have to say I was skeptical when I first heard it, yet another celebrity launch *yawn* but I have to say once I heard about the Kardazzle Palettes I was eager to get a closer look.

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As part of the range, each of the three sisters, Kim, Kourtney and Khloe has designed her own palette which allows us to recreate their individual looks. Each palette contains eight eye shadows, a blusher, a bronzer and a highlighter and retails at €16.95.

For the past week, I’ve been trying out Kourtney’s Kardazzle and at first, I was surprised at the size of the palette which is not much bigger than a credit card but it’s neatness allows it to be carried easily in a small handbag for nights out or day long event such as weddings where top ups are always needed.

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The appearance of the palette left me a little disappointed – the plastic printed casing certainly doesn’t have a luxury feel to it such as the Urban Decay Naked Palette but it is about half the price I suppose! So what does it look like inside then?

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ImageThe top row of eyeshadows are matt and the first two quite pale so would be suitable for highlighting the lid and brow bone. While the two colours on the top right give a much better colour pay off and can be used all over the lid for a neutral, everyday look.

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The bottom row of shadows are full of sparkle and really rich colours which can be combined to give a create a more smokey, evening look . They are easy to work with and I didn’t find much fall out from them. The two shades on the right could also be used as highlighters.

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The blush, highlighter & bronzer are all contained in a pull out tray underneath the shadows. As you can see from the swatches, the blush is a rosy pink shade which is complimented by the creamy highlighter, this looks a lot whiter in the palette than it does when applied – both items need to be blended well. The bronzer however, is a rather muddy brown and I would suggest a light hand when using this to avoid a dirty face!

Overall, this palette is very good value for money and I will certainly continue to use it for daytime looks.

Other items from the current range include Kim’s Au Natural Lip Set which looks interesting, a Mascara Quartet and the Shebang Eye Transformation Kit which range from €17.95 to €26.95 and can be purchased from Cloud10 Beauty right now!

* This item was kindly received as a PR sample

I’ve treated myself to some new running/fitness clothes over the last few weeks – I needed to replace a few well worn items and also, due to the fact that I’ve lost over 2 stone in the past 9 months or so, some stuff doesn’t fit me anymore.

My first purchases came from Lifestyle Sports where I picked up a few bits that were part of their sale:

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Under Armour Water Resistant Storm Hoodie: I haven’t had a chance to test out it’s water resisting properties as of yet but am intrigued. This is very cosy if a little big in the fit, I bought a size small but think an extra small may have been a better option.

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Nike Pro Compression Hyperwarm Crewneck: This is a great base layer which I will most likely wear until it falls apart as I’m an avid fan. I usually find Nike clothing pretty true to size and this top is no different, a perfect fit.

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Nike Slim Fit Long Sleeve Cover Up: I LOVE this top so much – not only is it made from breathable dri-fit material but it is so comfortable and warm. In fact, my grá for it made me purchase a second one, this time in blue! Of course, I couldn’t just buy one thing especially as there is free delivery over €50 (any excuse) so I also picked up these tights which I haven’t gotten a chance to wear yet:

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Adidas Response 3/4 Tights: I’m not a huge fan of Adidas gear as a rule as I find it doesn’t seem to suit my shape but a friend recommended these to me. As I said, I haven’t worn these yet but did try them on and find the size small is a little big but hopefully tied tightly, they won’t slip down builders bum style!

My sister alerted me to the fact that Lidl were doing a fitness range this week so I popped in on Monday with the hope of picking up a kettle bell but I was too late, they were gone. I did however, pick up the last 2 pairs of 3/4 tights for the bargain price for €7.99 each and have to say size wise (I got extra small), they are perfect!

All images: Lifestyle Sports


Popped out today to pick up a nice, warming soup and as I joined the queue of hungry lunchers at the local butcher’s deli counter, I couldn’t help but notice that almost everyone was choosing meat of some sort in their sandwich/wrap/roll/salad. Personally, I couldn’t give a monkey’s uncle what anyone eats on Ash Wednesday or any other day of the year but it got me thinking about how in some ways, we have certainly changed as a society over the past decade or two.

When I was a child, nobody would have even dreamed of eating meat on the first day of Lent but today, nobody seemed to give it a second thought!

However, when it comes to other issues such as the legalisation of abortion in certain cases which would have saved the lives of women such as Savita Halappanavar, Ireland is still a society of old.


Recently I managed to grow my nails a little beyond the stumps they usually are and decided to celebrate by getting a 2 week manicure. I’ve previously tried Gelish, OPI Axxium and Shellac, none of which lasted more than a week on my nails without chipping and/or peeling off. At first, I suspected that perhaps the nail technician may not have been the best as I tried Shellac and Gelish at the same salon however, I ventured to another place for the OPI manicure and even tested Shellac again but no luck.

A colleague went to a salon close to work that offered Gel-Lac 2 week formula and was very impressed with both the longevity of the manicure and the selection of shades available so I decided to try it for myself and have to say I’m very happy – so happy in fact, that I’m going back tomorrow for a soak off and colour change!

So here are my nails on day 1:

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And here are my nails today, day 18:

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As you can see, besides quite a lot of nail growth, my manicure is still perfect and all for only €20 including a little nail art on my ring fingers – hopefully, I’ll be just as satisfied after tomorrow’s appointment.