Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Take Note...

Hi everyone,

Having previously tried (and loved) Makeup brand Note Cosmetics, I was eager to try more of the range. It was just my luck that it had arrived to the first Killarney stockists in Kennellys Pharmacy (Haven). I bought a few products and Kennellys kindly gave me a few more to try.

One thing that strikes me about Note is how expensive the packaging looks. It has similarities to higher priced makeup brands such as MAC and Inglot but at a fraction of the price. I've had a lot of questions recently regarding what to buy in the range so below I've reviewed what I've used so far. You can also check out my previous blogpost on more of the products here.

Detox Foundation:
I absolutely adore this! I wore it for the first time last Friday and my partner commented that my skin looked amazing and my makeup never looked as good. He's seen me with makeup on many times so I had to laugh that he commented, I'll take it as a compliment either way (I think..). My skin would be combination and this really suited it. It's a full coverage foundation but I found that it's buildable so it depends how you apply it. When I first applied it I used a foundation brush and a beauty blender which lasted me all night and looked the best on me. A couple of days later I used just the beauty blender which looked too much and heavy on my skin personally so I'd advise use the brush and if you want to pack more coverage into certain areas use the beauty blender or just for blending more for that airbrush finish. It comes in 8 shades ranging from paler to darker to suit everyone. I got shade 03 Medium Beige. The price is €13.95, sure where would you be going!


Luminous Silk Compact Powder:
I chose shade 03 again and it comes in 8 overall shades. This is the perfect product to have in your handbag if you want to touch up as it comes with a powder puff and has a mirror. It can be worn alone or over your foundation to set it (i used it particularly on my T-zone over my foundation). I made the mistake of using it all over my foundation last Sunday and it was too much for me so I'd used it sparingly unless you want full coverage all over. This retails at €9.95.

Terracotta Powder:
This comes in 4 shades and I got shade 01 Stardust. I used it as a highlighter on my cheek bones and
Cupid's bow however if you really love a Glow you could use it all over your cheeks. I did find less is more with this though as the pigment can be deceiving. When I had applied it indoors I thought it
wasn't showing on my skin so I overly applied it and got a bit of a scare when I looked in the car  mirror. Retails at €9.95.

Full Coverage Liquid Concealer:
Fantastic coverage and hid my dark circles. It comes in 4 shades, I got shade 02 Beige and it's €4.95

 Ultra Black Liner:
I usually do liner and a flick in my makeup looks so a liquid liner is a staple in my makeup bag. The brush can take a little getting used to but I find if you have your arm leaning on a table when you're applying it, it can help control your line. It's a really dark black which I love for that smokey look and   retails at €6.95.

Deep Black Mascara:
This was the only product I wasn't 100% gone on but that's just a personal reason as I found the brush didn't suit my lashes. I love that false lashe effect and they do have one in their range however it was sold out at the time. It retails at €8.95.

Rich Colour Lipstick:
The lip range is by far my favourite of their range, they are unreal! These retail at €4.95, yes that's the price and not a typing error! The pigment is amazing and they are so creamy. I got two shades 01 and 05 which was my favourite as I found 01 way too pale for my skin tone.


Luminous Silk Mono Eyeshadow:
I tried two shades browns in 07 and 08. They come in 18 individual shades and retail at €6.95. 07 would suit many people and they are easy to blend.


Makeup Look:

Full product list is listed on my Facebook page 

Thanks for reading, let me know if there's more in the range you've tried that you'd recommend. Aifric x


Friday, 5 May 2017

Dear River...

Dear River,

You turned 2 today. How did that happen? This past year has honestly flown by, more so than the first year.

As I look back, I think about how far we have come and how we have come to here. I found the first year quite hard as a new mom and adapting to so many changes. You were born in London, 2 weeks overdue and you still had no intention of coming into the world so I ended up having an emergency c-section. As scary as it was, thankfully all was well.

Excitedly, We brought you home shortly afterwards and You cried and cried and didn't sleep but I had prepared myself for that. However, Mentally and physically no matter how much you 'prepare' yourself, it is so overwhelming becoming a parent when you are fighting sleep, all of your senses are suddenly heightened so each time you would cry I would almost jump out of my skin.

However, you were so beautiful and everything and more than I had imagined.

We soon discovered that you had Colic which explained so much crying as you were uncomfortable with trapped wind. I began getting quite anxious in the first couple of weeks, I found it hard to be on my own with you because you cried so much, I felt like I wasn't doing things right as you didn't sleep or settle and I was exhausted. Your dad had to work so it was just me and you in our tiny flat in London. The Emotions I felt were so up and down and it was incredibly lonely in those few hours I was on my own during the day.

I had so much love and fear all of a sudden that it can be quite overwhelming to grasp and so much responsibility to get your head around. I was your mom and would do anything in my power to
protect you.
My emotions were also quite raw from having such a bad experience with the birth and aftercare, I would cry at the thought of it when I looked back. I was quite traumatised from the whole experience. As my pregnancy was, luckily, the smoothest, I wasn't expecting to get such a shock when it came to the birth.

My body was going to know what to do, right? At least that's what I'd been told. 

I decided to go back to Ireland awhile later so I had Family with me to help with you which I really needed. I just wanted my own mom all of a sudden and she was so helpful as was Gary, my stepmom, my brothers and sisters, all of my family in general and those few close friends that have seen me at my lowest and also at my best. I needed them all like I had never needed them as much before.

I was so naive before you were born thinking I'd be back home in a few months to 'visit', that I'd be able to do it all on my own, how wrong I was. After being home for awhile and going back and forth to London, I soon realised it wasn't what I expected at the beginning of motherhood. I had pictured us in London as our life was there, or so I thought, but one thing I learned from becoming a mom was, it was no longer just me to think of, you were now my priority and no matter how much you plan things they don't always work out the way you thought.

Moving our whole life back to Ireland was really hard, as in my eyes I hadn't planned on ever moving back but it was definitely much easier having family around to help. You loved having so much company too as you have such a social personality.

Looking back, I'm not sure that the quality of life would of been as good in London as it is here for a busy little boy like you are. Full of laughter and mischief you have reached so many milestones in these first two years. You shuffled on your bum and hopped so fast for months and months and boy were you fast!! I always knew you were going to talk before you walked. Your vocabulary amazes me daily with your new words. The first name you said (and it wasn't an easy one!) was your uncle 'Naoise' which you said so clearly and proudly.

You are a real little boy who loves his cars, buses, trucks and tractors. You've just started to distinguish between the different 'me me's' which means beep beep for cars. Everything has been a
me me until the past month and now all of a sudden you are roaring out the window at the truck or bus.

You took your time with walking but you weren't walking long when you were practically running shortly afterwards. Once you grasp something you're like a rocket and there's no stopping you. You've got such determination and courage.
Sleeping has thankfully become much better, I'm lucky that you tell me when it's time for your bottle and to go to bed. You just know at the same time every night when it's your time. I really can't get over how my little boy has gotten so grown up and independent.

I am still learning everyday as a mom and I'm so lucky to have you teach me new things all the time.

Since you turned one the time has truly flown by, to think that I have a toddler I can't believe it. As I'm writing this and looking back at how far we have come together as a family, it is awakening.
I look forward to learning so much more about you and about myself, as your mom that I am so proud to be.

Happy Birthday Pooks,
We all Love you xxx

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