lets bake friday

Coconut Cookies 

hello everyone , so i know i have missed out on quite a few of these installments but i have been trying out different recipes and i only want to share with you guys what i feel truly is delicious. 


Ingredients 
3 cups of shredded coconut 
1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 tsp vanilla extract 
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 tbs almond milk


Method

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
2. Place all ingredients in a food processor
3. Shape the biscuits on lined baking sheet of paper
4. Bake in the oven @180 for 10-15 mins 
5. Allow cool down and serve 


Eat and enjoy 
<3

travel make up




Last weekend i headed down to Tralee for a couple of days for the Rose Of Tralee Festival . Apart from the random sputs of rain it was lovely . The atmosphere was so lovely and everyone from the community was so welcoming . There was just good spirits all round.
I apologize for the terrible quality photos but unfortunately my phone got damaged while away and i have sent it away to be repaired so i have been stuck with my dads old brick nokia and my first camera i was given a couple of years ago so as you can see quality not so fab :( but i will not let it deter me <3


Unfortunately i had planned on only bringing a BB cream but my skin decided to react quite bad and i was covered in lovely little red spots around my face . I needed to make sure my foundation lasted all day because i was travelling for 3 hours down there and probably wouldn't have access to a mirror for a while when i got there. I swear by Benefit Pore fessional , not only does it make sure my foundation stays put but it also neutralizes the redness of my spots before applying the foundation.

As you can understand Full coverage was needed so i opted for my old reliable Mac Pro Longwear foundation topped with Mac studio fix powder . No exaggeration but this literally lasted the whole day and considering i had quite a spotty face i didn't need to top it up .  
Just to add a little extra coverage on those bad ass spots i applied Benefits Erase Paste concealer just lightly dabbing onto the skin trying not to cause to much agitation on the spots . I also applied under my eyes to brighten them up and try to wake me up after my 6 o clock morning rise

.  Because i felt like my skin had so much
foundation , well more that i normally opt for i needed to add some colour with this amazing blush from sleek . i mentioned this product already in my favorites but i have just been loving it so much lately , its got this lovely gold shimmer in it that just adds the subtle shine to the cheeks .
Unfortunatly most of my spots where hanging around my mouth on my chin etc so i didn't want to wear to bold of a lipstick and draw attention to that area so this tinted lip balm was perfect it added a tint of colour without being to in your face and of course that all important moisture to prevent those dry lips .



Hmmmm ! if you take anything from this post let this be it . If you want to keep the amount of products you are bringing traveling on the moderate size then invest in this Soap and Glory Salon Powder. It has a bronzer shade and a highlighter and its amazing . Its subtle on the skin making it very natural looking and you can build up on the product.
Lastly is this tiny eyeshadow set from essence . I find essence eye shadows are brilliant there completely affordable and have strong pigmentation . I found this little ''palette'' in no 05 'to die for' great as a multitasker as it sufficed for my eyeshadow and my eyebrows . A good old natural smokey eye is perfect for a natural day look and can be transfered into a night look .


Egg Face mask

Lets all admit right now face masks are amazing , that one day a week is my chill and pamper night and i dang well look forward to it . But i have to be so careful when it comes to applying creams to my face sometimes my skin doesn't appreciate it and i have learnt the hard way . But everyone learns from their mistakes and i most certainly have learnt from mine . Instead of buying face masks in the shop and hoping my skin will enjoy them i have reverted to making my own .
If you suffer form scarring of spots like me or stubborn black heads like me then these ingredients need to be applied to your face !

 1 egg white
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon of honey 

  1. Mix together the egg white and lemon juice with a hand blender until it becomes frothy
  2. Add the 1/2 tsp of honey and stir well 
  3. Wash your face with warm water ! (open those pores )  Using clean hands apply the mask
  4. Keep the mask on 10 - 15 mins and scrub off with warm water 
This face mask makes my skin feel so soft and fresh and reduces the redness of my spots and scars. I apply the mask at night time and even the next morning my skin still feels as fresh and as awake as when i first applied the mask . The face mask is quite runny when you apply it to your face at first to have a towel wrapped around your shoulders so the ingredients don't stain your clothes. Make sure you measure the amount of lemon you put in because to mush makes the mixture to runny on you . 

These ingredients combined are suppose to ensure
  • Repairs damaged skin
  • Fights acne 
  • lightens scars and blemishes 
So if your skin falls under these categories defiantly give this face mask a go with a warm fire blazing and a nice warm cup of tea <3

Let me know how ye get on :)   
ridiculous pic of me to make you laugh

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What i eat in a day #cleaneating

hello mo chairde :)
 So some of ye may know i am studying human nutrition in college and i love it . Food is a big passion to me i would spend all day baking , experimenting with different ingredients and embarking new flavors for my taste buds to experience. I am also quite health conscious as i learnt that the hard way but thats another days post <3

Breakfast
For breakfast i had this amazing protein pancake to prepare myself for my morning workout . It tasted amazing and set me up for the day i added some banana to the side because unfortunately i have a sweet tooth. This breakfast lead me feeling stuffed and satisfied <3 i also had a cup of lemon tea to wash it down .
snack 
so after my workout out i was very peckish but i was about to begin to prepare my dinner so i had this little snack to tie me over. It was unsalted rice cake , bed of lettuce, with chicken and sprinkle of black pepper.

Dinner 
Dinner was this amazing salad bowl , it looks so pretty and colorful . It consisted of almost everything and was super filling, It had lettuce, spinach , red onion, cucumber, sweet corn , butternut squash, chicken , and some grated carrot that you cannot see 
Snack
around 5 o clock my tummy was rumbling again . Apple,  Banana and some green grapes my all time favorite fruits <3

evening lunck
I wasn't too hungry after that fruit bowl so i had this lovely light dish later on that evening because i new if i didn't eat something decent i would be picking at sugary sweets later on that night , or worse going to bed hungry which is a no no . Lettuce leaves again ( i needed to use up the lettuce it was beginning to go off ) scrambled egg with a dash of almond milk and a side of kiwi fruit.

During the day i like to keep hydrated so i drink up to 3-4 liters of water .

I hope ye enjoyed this post , personally i love reading this sort of blog posts on other blogs but maybe thats just be being nosy :)

hope ye are all having a lovely weekend :)
<3

"Everything happens for a reason"



Hello mo chairde , so it has come to the time of the year again where the dreaded leaving cert results are out . If you are not from Ireland the leaving cert is basically a state exam the determines your future - what degree you can study in college/university. But the problem is it does not determine your future, your happiness , your health . Your life is worth more than a piece of paper indicating you got an A in this or D in that  , these are just letters that signify one exam . The reason why i feel the need to right this post is because i was the girl who believed that if i didn't do well in this, if this paper showed results lower that what i needed, my life was basically over and i didn't know where to go form there.

And surprise , surprise that is exactly what happened ! I remember plain as it could be this time last year opening up that envelope and seeing what i thought my school years work out the window , i was an absolute failure and felt i should be ashamed of myself ! Nobody should ever have to feel like that ever but the problem is at the moment in certain schools and in mine is that adults , people who you turn to for advice for after school filled your head with "if you don't have a decent leaving cert, if you don't get the grades you need for your course then that's it, you need to build a bridge and live in a reality"  . In Ireland if you don't get the results you want you can either A) repeat the school year (which not a hope in hell i was doing and im going to explain that someday in a blog post) B) get your papers rechecked the following October C) move on and settle for something you don't want .

 Thankfully i have the most amazing friends <3 she comforted me and snaped me out of it . I wanted to study "Human Nutrition" in Dublin ( the only place at the moment that have this course ) but i failed maths  ( no college will accept you without maths ) so i thought the only place for me to go was back to school . Anyways rant over , the course was starting up in IT Sligo it had an exception for highter level maths grades (me ) and it was the exact same course . Woohoo!!

Ok back to the point of this post , i didn't get what i wanted i got something so much more ! Sligo was literally the best place for me its a nice town , I'm away from people who did no good in my life and i never thought that would happen , im surrounded by the most amazing people and i love them all , and im studying the course of my dreams . I have heard the stories form people who are studying in Dublin and tbh i couldn't handle that pressure !
"Everything happens for a reason" is a quote i am going to preach for the rest of my life because ever since this time last year i have never believed it more  , The truth is you may not get what you always want , and you may struggle to see the positives of certain events but trust that's how its meant to go just let life do its thing .

You know what the funny thing is ? I sent away my maths paper to get rechecked in October and i received it back the following Christmas with a pass, the exam boards marked me down 2 grades , those 2 grades would have given me enough to get into DIT but the thing is i probably wouldn't be as happy as i am today if i was there.  
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Get to Know Me Tag: 21 Questions

Hello mo chairde :) ( irish for friends )
So i have said it before and ill say it again i love reading other blog tags and finding new ones for me to do <3  I wanted this blog to have abit more of me in it a chance for this blog to become mine and not just another beauty , health blog so why not torture ye with 21 questions about me :)
I found this tag on nimblenote.blogspot.ie check her out <3

Image result for get to know me

     1.Are you named after any one?
No not that i can think off, my dad wanted to call me Ciara and my Mum wanted Grace i think this was the only battle my dad ever won !

     2.  When was the last time you cried ?
O god this is embarrassing but i watched "the longest ride" there the other day and yes a few tears where shed 

     3. Do you have kids ?
No i do not but hopefully some day in the far future

     4. If you were another person, would you be friends with yourself?
Am to be honest i don't think so I'm quite shy when i meet you at first but when i get to know you i eventually open up when i feel comfortable around you
   
     5. Do you use sarcasm a lot ?
Yes and No the part of the country I'm from its good to be sarcastic its seen as humor and banter but I'm terrible at it . Sarcasm is the lowest form of humor ! 

     6 .Will you ever bungee jump ?
It is defiantly something that is on my bucket list i hope some day i have the courage to do it 

     7. What's your favorite cereal?
To be honest Im not the biggest fan of cereal , im more a granola and museli kind of girl ( i know boring) 

     8. Whats the first thing you notice about people? 
ooooh ! probably their hair and sense of fashion i love seeing how some people pair their clothes because im so boring when it comes to clothes i like to play it safe

    9. What is your eye colour ?
They are a bluey green

   10. Scary movie or Happy endings?
Happy Endings !! Can't be dealing with scary shizz i literally wet my pants and can't sleep for a week 

   11. Favorite smells?
Because im away at university i come home at the weekends and to me nothing is more homely then walking into the house and having the smell of clothes , its my all time favorite smell , its home <3


   12. Summer or winter ?
Summer 100 % i don't like winter because of the dark evenings and mornings 

    13. Computer or TV ?
Computer barely watch TV anymore 

    14.What's the furthest you've been from home?
Family holiday to Bulgaria , it was beautiful and so HOT 

    15.Do you have any special talents?
No not really ,  i wish i had this amazing unusual talent

    16. Where were you born ?
Ireland 


    17. What are your hobbies?
Am i quite like running and lifting weights i would love to take it more seriously . I love to distress by drawing or baking its so relaxing 

    18. Do you have any pets?
I have a gorgeous little doggy called Bruno , he is a miniature jack russell terrior <3 




    19.Favorite movie?
oooh this is tough ! I have so many but i guess the one i always turn to if im having a bad day is Bridgit Jones Diary 

    20. Do you have any siblings ?
Nope i am an only child

    21. What do you want to be when you grow up ? 
God this is so sad but i want to be Happy , its such a simple word and should be something thats easily achieved but these days unfortunately its not and when you are happy nothing else in the word matters  

hope this post wasn't to boring and that you enjoyed it as much as i did writing it 
<3


Lets Bake Friday

Banana and Raspberry nicecream 

I hope wherever you guys are in the world you are getting better weather then us irish bumpkins at the moment , its been an absolute cloud burst and none stop rain every day so far . Its been abit of a downer because you can't go anywhere and I'm the kinda of person who likes getting fresh air i almost need it or im not myself for the rest of the day . So to cheer myself up i have been indulging into the most precious dessert ever . As some people say "i dress for the season not for the weather" I Eat for the season not for the weather and by that i mean Ice Cream ! well Nice Cream which is just as amazing BTW <3


Ingredients 
2 Frozen Bananas 
1/2 cup of raspberrys 
1-2 Tbs of almond milk ( depends on how runny you would like it )
Topping options 
Chia seed , My homemade Granola, Protein powder , sliced bananas or fruit of choice

Method 
  1. Freeze 2 bananas for a couple of hours , preferably the night before  
  2. In a food processor blend the frozen bananas and almond milk until they become thick like consistency (1-2 mins)
  3. Add in the 1/2 cup of raspberry's to the food processor with the banana mixture still in it 
  4. Blend for another few minutes until the raspberry's are broken down the mixture looks smooth and thick 
  5. Add your toppings and enjoy <3
  6.  side note ; Don't dig into it too fast like me and get brain freeze 
I enjoyed this lovely bowl for breakfast many mornings as well and has put me in such a good mood despite the weather <3

  

Prevent those split ends without having to go for the chop

 Hello lovelies so hair is a bit left field for me but over my years i have learnt what works and what  does not !. My hair is naturally a frizzy mess and i thank god every day for the invention for straighteners . Because my hair is so frizzy and curly when i go brush it there's a million and one knots in it and my hair breaks. My hair needs a chop from the scissors or else it starts to get super dry and extra frizzy (it just cant be tamed )
When i was in school i used to get my hair cut once a month because my hairdresser lived up the road but the problem was that yes it did need a trim but not that often , my hair use to never grow it stayed at the one length for years because every time a little bit would grow I would get it cut off.
When i started university last September i didn't have time to get it cut as often or wasn't that interested i was never really at home and its not every hairdresser i trust .
Ok so very long story cut short i now only get my hair cut every 6-8 months because i need the dead ends off and my hair is getting too long !! ( never did i think i would say that)
So here's a couple of tips and tricks to get longer phases of your hair not going under the scissors.

sorry for the unoriginal photo 

  • Don't wash your hair everyday invest in some dry shampoo . If you wash it every day your washing out all the natural oils and contribute to your hair becoming dry.
  • Don't brush your hair when its wet after a wash this causes breakage. If you need to give it a brush , brush your hair before you wash it or put in some conditioner and then run a tangle teezer through it softly 
  • This brings me on to my next point , pick your hairbrush wisely Tangle Teezer's really are the best . Their short, flexible brushes guide through knots which allow for minimal damage.
  • It you want soft sleeky hair after a wash put in some conditioner after you shampoo and leave it in for half an hour (this works amazing )
  • Another product that many people are becoming aware off is the multi purpose coconut oil . I take out a couple of spoon fulls heat it up in my hands and rub it into my hair and leave it over night ( miracle worker) 
  • Ok bare with me on this one because it works . For the last rinse wash your hair in cold water,it stings but holy god hello shine !
  • Change up that diet : include foods such as protein (eggs,chicken, dairy products ,), vitamin c foods ( blueberries , broccoli , sweet potatoes , kiwis , oranges ) , omega 3 fatty acids (salmon, and other oily fish also avocados and pumpkin seeds) , vitamin A (carrots , sweet potatoe) , vitamin E which is basically your almond nuts etc.
  • Last but not least try and cut back on the heat applied to your hair . But if you like me and that seems impossible then when applying an hot iron to you hair don't go to close to the root as this is where hair grows and try not the go to close to the ends .


Hope these helpful tips work , if you have any please let me know :)

<3

Monthly Favorites: July


Ahhh! i cant believe its the end of July all ready . Where is time going ? Hope everyone had a lovely month and is enjoying the summer break, hopefully the weather will soon realize its summer not winter yet :)  As a blogger i love reading through other blogs monthly favorites and decided to give it a wack myself so here i go :) 

L'oreal infallible 24 hour matte, real techniques foundation brush 
Ok so firstly i have to talk about this foundation. I'm not a lover of drugstore foundations i do like to buy and try but most of the time I'm disappointed with the foundations .Unfortunately I'm the kinda girl that feels you get what you pay for when it comes to foundation. But this product has changed my mind . I have seen many reviews on this foundation and was tempted to try it but i wasn't pushed on wasting my money on it because 90 % of the time I'm disappointed with the foundations . There was a three for two offer going on in boots and felt 'feck' it ill give it a go . Best decision ever !
I'm starting to reach towards this foundation quicker than my Mac . This foundation is my perfect colour which is a miracle for me , until this foundation i have never been able to get the correct shade in any foundation its either to pale or to dark compared to my neck . I also like this product because it truly is a matte finish i feel with alot of drugstore foundations and sometimes high street they can be very dewy and shiny on my skin and because i have oily skin it just leads to an all round disaster. You can also build up  on this product as heavy or light as you need and it still gives you full coverage and stays on the skin for hours on end . 
Next up is the real techniques foundation brush but the thing is i use it as a contour brush. I find the angle of this brush gives me great precision and accuracy. :)

Soap and Glory sugar crush body scrub, a lemon
I love all the soap and glory products (shocker ) but this month i have really been loving the body scrub sugar crush besides the point that it smells absolutely amazing <3  its a really good exfoliator. With summer season amongst use the fake tan has been floating around as well and so i need a good exfoliator at hand. I don't like exfoliator's that are too ruff on the skin and try not to use exfoliating gloves to often as i find them sore on my skin especially around delicate areas like my neck. So this bad boy has been perfect for me. Obviously it depends on how much you put onto your skin and how hard you scrub , how much tan comes off etc . Personally i have been loving this product this month.
This wouldn't be a monthly favourites for me if i didn't have some sort of food mentioned in it . I have just been using lemons with everything lately , on my food , in my water even on my face :) 
I have dedicated a whole blog post to lemon water and I'm still loving it <3

Sleek blush , Soap and glory highlighter glow all out 
So with stropping making its way into the make up world i needed to find myself a decent highlighter and the one at the moment that im loving is Soap and Glorys glow all out . I really like this product is subtle on the skin . It gives me a nice, light pink glow on my cheeks without it looking to obvious. It leaves a fresh , dewy look which is perfect for me. You only need a little bit to give you that perfect glow.
Ok so lastly i have been loving Sleek blush in rose gold . Oh my god its such a stunning colour , its perfect for the summer months . The gold pigment in it gives a lovely shimmer to the blush. The blush itself isn't to pigmented so its quite light on the skin but is still noticeable . I have been loving this blush because it adds to that natural summer look with shine to the face with a pop of colour :)

What products have you been loving this month ? 
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