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Monday, 18 June 2018

The new Mr and Mrs O'Connor..


Happy Friday y'alllll.
Feels like every single time I come on here to do a post all I say is how long it has been since my last one, honestly I am a disaster at the minute- I never have a spare minute thats mainly why. Anyway, this time three weeks ago (wow!) we were all preparing for my beautiful big sister and soon to be brother in laws wedding day. We were tanned, groomed, plucked, waxed and hair scrubbed to an inch of our lives, sure just the usual week for me anyway heh? haha. 


After a family Chinese and a few cocktails we were all ready to go, we all stayed in our home house the night before the wedding, so we were all waiting patiently for Ciara to give us all our matching PJs so we could get changed into them- I mean we all knew we were going to get them haha. Our amazing daddy turned his back room (his man cave) into the wedding room before the big day, so we weren't getting ready in the kitchen or someones bedroom. It was amazing, painted all white with loads of mirrors and a station for both hair and make up, it was the icing on the cake for the big day! But we didn't expect what she had for us set up in the room, it was on lock down the whole day until we were allowed in, honestly our house is like 5 big kids half the time! 

When we went in, I honestly expected a pair of PJS and a dressing gown, but nope. Look at what the wee skitter had for us all, everything was so personalised and so well thought of right down to the bags. 
We all got matching PJS, slippers and the most beautiful Cath Kidston dressing gowns. We all got a bottle of our favourite perfumes, with the strongest deoderant with it too (I mean it was 20 degrees and our dresses were skin tight haha) our earrings and bracelet, a little bridesmaid clutch bag to keep our bits and bobs in after we set our flowers down, the cutest pocket mirror, and our lip sticks so we all had one the day of the wedding (we chose Liner in shade Whirl, Lipstick in Honey Love and then a little Clarins gloss over the top.) and then finished off with our own personalised cards that of course we all sat and cried for about an hour over, if I think of it enough I would cry now so lets change subject! 



Our make up artists was one of my favourites, the insanely talented Haley Mclean. The loveliest most down to earth girl who does exactly what you ask of her. Nothing is too much trouble and she knows each client spot on and what suits them exactly. 
Of course our hairdresser was the famous Benny from Benny @ Mcgills in Ballycastle, we wouldn't have dreamt about going anywhere else. He always delivers exactly what you want and more, Ciara's hair looked fab and he didn't leave until he was 100% with us all and how it looked, fixing us as we were putting our dresses on! Service level 100000 haha. The craic with these pair on the morning was fab and Ciara was so happy she picked them to be part of hers and Rory's big day!

I have had SO many questions about where the reception was held, it is 100% a little hidden gem. For those who maybe don't know its called Kilmore Country House Hotel, Glenariffe. Every single thing was perfect, the staff were amazing and it was planned to perfection from them. Not to mention the STUNNING views, and what a day we got for it! Click here to visit their Facebook page and message them to get any more details you need! 

I can't believe it is all over and done with, them pair are already home from Santorini and all the planning prepping and hen parties are all over and done with... well until this time next week when we do it all over again for our bestie Margie! 
Their wedding is in Drenagh House, Limavady so it will be just as stunning, the grounds in that place are amazing! 


What am I going to do when its all over and I have no more weddings or hen parties to help with? Sure like Rory said in his speech, we can become party planners if it doesn't work out.. Anyone need a party planner?! Nope? Ok all good.. Holiday timeeeee haha!


Thanks for reading, as always
Emma Jane x


Here is a few more photos from the day, I couldn't pick between them all! Cant wait to see the real ones soon- Angel Photography. 


        

Dancing photos are ALWAYS the best!!


Well almost as much as candids!



 
 
 How lucky was Ciara to have Fin and Margie as her Bridesmaids? BABES!



Ps how AMZING is my momma? OBSESSED with her!! 
Fascinator was made for her by the talented Sara from Red Thread as always! x
  
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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

WEEKEND ADVENTURES..

Hey everyone, hope your Tuesday was as good as mine! I was back to work today, but nevertheless I had such a productive day getting caught up with everything from the weekend and trying to make a start on everything for the next few weeks with the wedding being so SOON! Cannot cope that this time 11 days my sister will be marriedddd!

Anyway, enough of me blabbering on about weddings as usual! At the weekend Ryan and I took ourselves off on a little road trip, so adventurous getting aren't we haha we packed a bag and hit the road first thing (well 11am but I mean that is first thing for me!).
I knew we were going to end up in Dublin/Kildare direction anyway, as I wanted to get to Kildare Village before the private sale ended that evening, so that's exactly where we ended up!


A load of you guys have asked me about the hotel we stayed in at the weekend so thought I would pop a little info up about it for you and how I found out about it and the deal we got.
So because we had nowhere planned to stay I simply went onto booking.com and typed in Kildare, as I normally would when I'm staying somewhere. It has always just been so handy and because I use it so much I now get the genius prices too which usually work out even cheaper- hoorayyy!
I found the Killashee Hotel on there and fell in love with it, it was like a mini castle. So so pretty in every way... except for the price - it was over £100 for just the room on its own, with no breakfast, in a standard size room - for a Sunday night might I add. So I popped on over to the Killashee Hotel website and had a look at their offers, sometimes it is cheaper than booking.com and then sometimes it works out dearer too!

We ended up getting a superior room, with a three course dinner that evening in their lovely bistro and then breakfast the following morning too... all for €150 which worked out at £130ish with the exchange rate! How amazing is that? I couldn't believe it, so needless to say I booked straight away haha


When we arrived after shopping our little socks off at 7.30pm the staff were beyond lovely, they upgraded us to the junior suite for free as it wasn't in use that evening! I LOVE when hotels do that! If you don't ask, you don't get!
It was such an old fashioned hotel with the decor of the rooms, but at the same time was modern with the bistro and the lobby of the hotel!


The three course dinner that was included in our stay was a separate menu and usually when it is included in your stay the menu doesn't have that great of a choice or else is really plain, I am such a fussy eater so it is maybe just me! But the menu was fab, I had goats cheese cheesecake to start and ohhhh my god it was delicious! Just the perfect amount, sometimes they give you too much and you get sick of it, and sometimes it isn't enough to fill you haha. Here's me with the plain eating again - I got the burger for main, but it was so good! I know some will say how can you go wrong with a burger, butttt let me tell you you can! It was proper meat, none of that processed stuff, and the best bit IT HAD PICKLE IN IT. Obsessed with pickle in burgers sorry haha then creme brûlée to finish off, oh and maybe a few cocktails and gin mixed in with that too!



It was that cosy and homely, we were tucked up in bed with a drink watching MOTD by 11pm and I wouldn't have had it any other way - remember I said I we were getting so adventurous? Good one Emma haha #oldies
Honestly would stay here again, the staff, the food and the location were amazing.
They have spa and wellness centre too, we didn't have time to visit that which I really wish we did but hey, just an excuse for another visit right?


Thanks for reading, as always
Emma Jane x



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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

TAKE NOTE..



Evening girlies! Hope everyone has had a fabulous week so far, I certainly have anyway despite it STILL being freeeezing!
Last week I was sent some lovely Note products by the even lovelier Olivia at The Publicity loft. I had only ever seen this product on Instagram a couple of times but I had heard a good few people raving about them, it was one of those things where you get distracted by something or someone else and kind of forget about it, then it pops up again and your like 'oh yea that I meant to get some of that!' Butttt never the less I finally got my hands on it and was jumping at the chance to try it out, especially because I wasn't expecting the parcel to arrive in the first place!

Before I get into it I really want to state, like I do in every review I post, this isn't paid, it isn't sponsored and I wasn't give these products to tell you to buy them. This is 100% my honest opinion and if I personally didn't like something then I certainly wouldn't be telling you guys to go and spend your hard earned money on it!

Ok now all that is out of the way, here we go. 
In my beaut wee parcel I was sent the mattifying extreme wear foundation, full coverage liquid concealer, ultra rich colour lip pencil and a mattmoist lipgloss.



Obviously I was most looking forward to trying the foundation. As a make up artist I LOVE trying out new foundations, seeing how they last, how they go on, how well they blend, how they smell (this is a big one for me- the main reason I don't use MAC foundations!) all the usual stuff we all do with a new foundation.
First of all the packaging- simple, sleek and you can see how much you have used. Some foundations are covered up and you never know when you are running low and that bugs me so much! AND there is a pump!
Ok this might be a weird one to some people but the smell of foundations is SO important to me! I use it every single day, some just once yes, but sometimes up to ten times a day so I want them to smell nice, isn't that much of a request is it?! This smells like a cleanser or else baby wipes- it is so fresh and then in my head it automatically makes it lighter haha. MAC Studio Fix smells like paint to me, so I HATE putting it on my face for that one reason, all I can think of is how heavy feels to me!
It blends so so easy and has really good coverage for one layer. I always double up on my layers however if I don't think the coverage is enough for me personally from just one layer.
Staying power- 9/10. I might have (most deffo did) fell asleep with this on me one evening and it was STILL on me the next morning, disgusting I KNOW! I genuinely didn't do this on purpose as falling asleep with make up on is my pet hate but I mean if that isn't a test of staying power I don't know what is! The only thing I would say is around my nose and chin it started to go a little dry and flakey, my skin has been super dry the past while however so that might be as to why. Other than that, I really would't have any faults with this foundation at all. It really does give that 'instagram flawless face'!
Shop here £10.95



Concealer- again I really like the packaging, just simple and you know what it is. The applicator is like most concealers these days and is the one I personally find the easiest to use as it goes onto the skin really smoothly. It is nice and light, and has good enough coverage but you need to work super fast. I would only apply it to the area I am going to work on straight away, I wouldn't apply it everywhere and then work my way around my face. I use it under my eyes and again like my foundation I like it to be super full coverage so I just apply a double layer and it works. And no it doesn't look caked on me either, it is so light so it never feels or looks like that on me or clients!
Shop here £3.95



Lip liner- OK LIFE CHANGING-THE END. Basically that is all haha. It doesn't budge, like does not move! I was sent shade rose 02 and I mean it is so perfect for me anyway because I love nudes/browns. I wore it all day to work and out for dinner a couple of times and it doesn't come off hardly at all. Okay, a tiny teeny bit in the middle of the lips but apart from that none at all and the colour doesn't fade either, super pigmented. Hands down my favourite lip liner (except rimmel cappuccino because I can't live without it ok) to date!
Shop here £3.95


Lip gloss- packaging of this reminds me of the sleek lip glosses every time I see it, but I still like them all the same, wouldn't put me off buying them. You can see what the colour is without having to look at the bottom of the packaging which I like, saves me 0.0002 seconds haha.
I was sent the shade 407-NOTISMI which is this deep rich reddy/pink colour which is absolutely beautiful, but just the complete opposite of me. I would never in my life wear a red lipstick or gloss, I just always get so scared and feel I don't suit a red lip so I never ever try it on myself. So this can't be reviewed fully by me because well, I basically haven't tried it for myself. Howeverrrr my sister Ciara wore it out for her home hen party last Saturday night and she loved it, it comes out super glossy but wears as a matt, it isn't super matt however so it really doesn't dry out your lips like most do and again it smells great- even I could tell this. The pigmentation is great, you need the TINIEST bit and it covers so much but it really does smudge so you need to be very careful when wearing this, drink with a straw and absolutely no kissing haha
Shop here £5.95






I've linked everything I was sent under each review but you can see what other products they have on their website here. Such a brilliant brand for unreal prices, treat yourself!!
Anyway that wasn't meant to be this long, Im off to Galgorm Spa tomorrow for a little treat so follow my snaps because as always i'll be snapping away like a goodn' well that is if my fingers don't fall off with the cold, wish me luck!! (emmajanemooney)


Thanks for reading as always, have a good weekend 
Emma Jane x

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