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Lifestyle: A Weekend in Dublin

 Last weekend I headed to Dublin for a weekend away with some of my lovely course friends from University. We seemed to spend a lot of our time moving from pub to pub (I developed a serious addiction to Bailey's coffee) but we managed to squeeze in quite a lot of culture. Dublin is a pretty expensive city but a lot of the tourist attractions are free, so it wasn't too difficult to enjoy ourselves whilst on a student budget. We took the overnight ferry which arrived in Dublin at 6am on the Friday morning. Slightly bleary-eyed, we headed straight to the nearest pub for a fry up. We had quite a lot of time to kill before we could check in to our hostel so we decided to visit Trinity College. The grounds are stunning and well worth a visit, particularly if it's a sunny day. After warming up with an Irish coffee, we went to Sweny's Pharmacy - featured in James Joyce's Ulysses. The pharmacy is now a bookshop and a great place to visit if you're a bit of a literature tourist or just fancy something a little different. We were welcomed in by the owners and treated to a Joyce reading and a few cups of tea, the perfect way for literature students to pass the time! We headed down to Temple Bar in the evening and spent the night at Turks Head. Our second day in Dublin was spent visiting the Museum of Modern Art and taking a tour around the Guinness Storehouse. I learnt to pull a pint of Guinness - if you need a master pourer I'm your girl! On the morning of our final day, we visited the Oscar Wilde statue and attempted to go to a few museums but since it was a Sunday a lot of them didn't open until 2pm, so we ended up going to the pub and having a few last pints of Guinness instead. In the afternoon we went to the Leprechaun Museum. It's aimed at kids (you're taken round by a 'storyteller' who tells you various tales from Irish folklore) but it's so much fun - there's a bit with loads of giant furniture that you can climb on and pretend to be Leprechaun-sized. After one last trip to the pub we hopped on the ferry home, arriving back in Leeds at 3.30am with sore livers and happy memories. Dublin is such a beautiful city and it's definitely possible to enjoy it on a limited budget, someone take me back!

Wanderlist: I Wish I Was Wearing... High End Vs High Street

High End Pastels

Fendi Sweater - £1,370
Stella McCartney Satin Wrap Skirt - £420
Michael Kors Tote Bag - £315
Jimmy Choo Agnes Pumps - £360

High Street Pastels
Topshop Fluffy Knit Jumper - £34.00
Topshop Satin Wrap Skirt - £40.00
Zara Shopper Bag - £19.99
Missguided Courts - £24.99

One of the things I love about fashion is seeing how the high street brands interpret the designer pieces. I can only dream about owning a pair of Jimmy Choos, but I love finding affordable alternatives for my favourite high end items. I've got a major thing for pairing a pale pink and white outfit with contrasting black accessories at the moment, I just think it's a nice alternative to monochrome. These outfits would be lovely for casual evening drinks or they could be dressed down with chunky ankle boots for a day time look when the spring weather kicks in.

I'm off to Dublin tonight so I should probably think about packing - hope everyone has a great weekend!

Lily Lolo Flawless Matte Finishing Powder

Hello! Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend - I've been hibernating a little bit and watching this video on repeat. I just really love Frozen. I'm meeting some friends at the pub this afternoon so I should probably stop being such a little sloth. 

I first came across Lily Lolo over the summer and it's a brand I've been really excited to try. I love that their products are free from parabens and other nasties so they don't clog up your skin and judging from their social media feeds, they just seem to really care about their customers.

Flawless Matte Finishing Powder - £13.49

My foundation has a fairly dewy finish so I need a finishing powder to set my makeup in place and to stop my skin from looking too shiny over the course of the day. I'm super pale (I'm talking Mac NC15 pale here) and I often find drugstore powders can be that little bit too dark for my skin, so I've been looking for a good translucent powder. Flawless matte is a great product if you have combination skin - it keeps any oily areas in check without drying out the rest of my skin or looking chalky. It gives a really nice, natural finish and it definitely makes my makeup last longer.

Sample Size Translucent Silk Finishing Powder - £1.49
Sample Size Mineral Shimmer in Stardust - £1.49

I love that Lily Lolo have sample sizes of their products available to purchase. I wish more companies did this, especially when you're ordering online. I wasn't sure if the flawless matte finishing powder would be too drying for my skin, so I initially ordered samples of the matte and the silk finish. I prefer the matte for everyday wear, but the silk is nice for an evening look. I was hoping to use the mineral shimmer as a highlighter but thanks to my pale skin it's a teeny bit too dark, so I've just been using it every now and then as a subtle bronzer instead.

I've been really impressed with Lily Lolo so far, I'll definitely have to try out a few more of their products soon.

Have a lovely Sunday! 

Soap & Glory Makeup Favourites

Hello! Pinch, punch, first of the month and all that stuff. I can't believe it's March already, February has just flown by. I popped into Boots the other day to pick up some makeup wipes, when I accidentally found myself at the Soap & Glory stand, falling victim to another one of Boots 3-for-2 offers. I definitely didn't need these products (although I'm justifying the mascara because the one I was using was terrible) but look how pretty they are! Next time I go in to town I'm going to need someone sensible to come and intervene. The worst part is I forgot to actually buy the makeup wipes, which were the only thing I really needed. Bad Jenny.

001. Hocus Focus Instant Visual Flaw Softening Illuminator - £11

Hocus Focus is basically a good night's sleep in a bottle. It has a lotion-like consistency which is great to apply after primer and before foundation. It smells really nice and it brightens up my skin making it look more healthy and 'awake'. I've been out a few times this week celebrating birthdays which has really taken it's toll on my skin, so this has been such a godsend.

002. Sexy Mother Pucker Super Colour Lip Plumping Gloss in 'Candy Gloss' - £9

This lip gloss is super zingy when you first apply it, but it definitely plumps up the appearance of your lips. It's relatively long-lasting and it doesn't make my lips all sticky like some other glosses. I picked this up in 'candy gloss' which is peach-pink toned with a bit of a shimmer. If you don't mind the tingly effect (I kind of like it, is that weird?) this is a really nice lip gloss. I also like the cheeky name, you've got to love a good pun.

003. Thick & Fast Flash Extensions Mascara - £10.50

This is a really nice volumising mascara. I'm fairly lucky in that my eyelashes are pretty long, but the wrong mascara can lead to me looking like I have spider legs glued to my eyes - not sassy. Thick & Fast creates great volume and length without looking clumpy or caked on. It's consistency doesn't turn flakey during the day and it's easy to remove at night without feeling like you're pulling half your lashes out!

 I think Soap & Glory products are so good, especially considering how cheap they are in comparison to their high-end counterparts. The packaging is always cute and I'm yet to be disappointed with a Soap & Glory purchase.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

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