A Letter to 2018 Me...

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Dear 2018 Me,

Remember you are strong.
Bring that strength with you into this New Year. Take 2018 with both hand and steer it to where you want to go.



You found a love for exploring.
I'm pretty sure you have what's called Wanderlust.
Feed it please.!

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Christmas Cocktails With Lo | Jack Frost

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The countdown is on - Its ONE week til CHRISTMAS.!!!
Queue festive cocktails...

What you need:
1 Measure of Pineapple Juice
1/2 Measure of Blue Curacao
1/2 Measure of Light Rum
1/2 Measure of Cream of Coconut
1 Slices of Pineapple
4 Ice Cubes

Severes 1

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12 Days of Christmas Jumpers

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Weather your heading to the office party, the 12 pubs (good luck.!) OR your going all out and wearing a christmas jumper everyday of the week rolling up to xmas here's some of my favorite Christmas jumpers of 2017

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10 Movies That You NEED to Watch This Christmas

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My favorite part of the holidays is to curl up in front of the fire (with a glass of mulled wine) and watch some Christmas movies, here's a list of my ultimate Xmas faves that you need to watch this year.!

1. Home Alone

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Kris Kindle Gift Ideas For Her | €30 or Under

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So you picked her name out of the hat and have no idea what to get her. 
I put together a list of items from Meaghers Pharamacy that Im sure she'd love to find under the tree this year - best part is that there all €30 or under and everything is linked below.!

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Cheat Sheet

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I got you covered for all your Black Friday - Cyber Monday shopping needs.!


Here's the cheat sheet:

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Lets Get Organised | New Years Prep

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So the Christmas adverts are on TV now so I thought that it was now acceptable to start posting some Christmas and New Years posts.! #SorryNotSorry

Last week Pippa O'Connor launched her new lifestyle collection and in there she had some fabulous planners and it got me thinking about how much I love stationary and in particular notebooks.! (Wow that sounds kinda sad when I read that back.! lol)

So queue a whole post showing you my fave planners for all our New Year needs.!

Pippa Planners:
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Fortune Teller | Halloween Makeup

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Its nearly Halloween.! *eeek* 

Today's Halloween look is one for all my gals who don't keep a stock of Halloween makeup in their drawers.! I put this look together with what I could find in my makeup bag because sometimes its a little unrealistic to go out and spend a pretty penny on colourful face paint and fake blood.


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Mermaid Gone Rogue | Get The Look

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I love Halloween.!
Its the one time of the year were you can really go all out and get creative with our makeup.

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1st EVER Vlog | Washington DC

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Back in August I went to America with my sister for two weeks - our first stop was Washington DC and well here's what I got up to.!

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Worth Your Coin? | Fenty Beauty

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Fenty Beauty is the new kid on the makeup block.!

All I've done since it's release is watch EVERY video review on YouTube - so after a lot of research I decided that it was high time that I tried it myself.!

I got my order from Harvey Nichols - But what did I get?

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Hot or Not? | Hot Fire Final Thoughts

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So we've seen my first impressions post where I swatched SoSueMe or Suzanne Jackson's new eye shadow pallet Hot Fire...


So after using the pallet for a while I put together a little video sharing my thoughts and a little tutorial using the pallet.

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The Girl in the Green Jacket | 1 Outfit 2 Looks

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Last week I went on a mini (well debatable) shopping spree on Missguided and one of my favorite purchases was this green jacket - I mean Im actually in love.!

Its the perfect  staple piece for you autumn wardrobe, I've paired with with with a pair of jeans - that are fast turning into my favorite pair of jeans, there so comfy and a white print tee.

I can see myself reaching for this jacket a lot this season - as you'll soon see.!

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Hot Fire | First Impressions & Swatches

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The long awaited Hot Fire eye shadow pallet by Suzanne Jackson (SoSueMe) was released this week and I got my hands on it this morning from Goldens Pharmacy (lol do I ever leave that place empty handed.!).



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My Friend Gladys | Mani Monday

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Happy Monday Dolls.!

We haven't had much nail talk around here lately so here's my latest nail related video...



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My Shopping Experience | Taylor & Rose

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This week Ciara O Doherty launched her new brand Taylor & Rose. I am a huge fan of Ciara and have been following both her blog & YouTube for quite some time now. When she revealed that her new brand was all about hair couture I was ecstatic - there really was a gap in the market for this and Im so happy she filled it with crowns.!

Through the years my Instagram has heavily featured Queen Quotes, I'm all out standing tall and wearing that invisible crown - I guess now it doesn't need to be invisible anyone.!

Chin Up or the Crown Slips

Don't worry I'm not going to be walking down the street with a crown - Im not that extra....
But if you are a bride to be, wear this by itself or with a veil - that is a day where you can be as extra as you want.! Why not go regal and throw on a stunning crown? I would.! 

And like me if your a single pringle and dont have that excuse well heres a great one - these would make a sunning decoration in your beauty room - And a killer insta pic.! You could also whip it out for Halloween or be a Disney princess in you PJs.! Really its just a question of why isn't there a crown in your jewellery collection?!

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What's In My Bag? | YouTube

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So this time I mean business.! 
YouTube your about to get a frequent upload from me.!!

So this is one of my fave videos to watch - I don't know why I guess I'm nosy (don't lie we all love a good whats in my bag.!).


Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE.!

xoxo
L
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Lancome Bi-Facil | Review

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So we all know how much I love mascara - if you dont? lol you really shouldn't be here.!

I love to lash on LOTS of the stuff.!! But I hate taking it off with a passion.! 
I'm about to say that dirty word thats frowned upon in the beauty world - makeup wipes.! But thats what I used (this is definitely a 'do as I say & not as I do' scenario) can I save myself by saying I used those eye makeup remover wipes?? Nope, didn't think so *the shame*

Anyway I used wipes for a long time to take off my eye makeup and let me tell you it was at a price - it stung the f**k out of my eyes & I always found that around my eyes were left looking super red.

But let me tell you I have found the answer to all my problems - and its Lancome's Bi Facil.!!

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Get to Know Me & My YouTube

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Welcome back everyone.!

I know its been way to quite here on FN&M but thats just because I've been spending some time over on my YouTube channel.


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You Hit Like a B*tch | OOTD

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Life can be real hard sometimes - my sister always says its tough at the top, which is true, but sometimes it can just be plain out tough. There's always gonna be a few pages, no, chapters in our lives that we just might not want read allowed. They can be real hard to read just to ourselves too. They'll provoke anger, tears, disbelief - the list goes on for quite a while.

But I guess these are the chapters of the story that shapes the main characters lives. Our lives. And changes us forever.

For me? I realised that I'm stronger than I once thought. I now look at my future with the mindset and determination to make it a f**kin good read.

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Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask | Review

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This week Golden's Pharmacy kindly gave me some products to try out one of which was this Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask.

So this is the first mineral mask that Vichy have brought out and its designed to give a hydration boost to calm down thirsty and uncomfortable skin. 

I work in a clean room environment, so my skin experiences a lot of different air pressures through out the day which leaves it quite dry & with the weather we've been experiencing lately I was really looking forward to using this mask - my skin could use a hydration boost.!


The ingredients & the benefits to your skin

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Summer Daze | OOTD

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The sun FINALLY arrived.!!
We've had a amazing couple of days here in Ireland - lets be honest it was well overdue.! And I've been out soaking up the Vitamin D while it lasts - I pray it lasts.!!

It reached up to 22° here (that may not be a lot for of some of you reading, but here? that's worth a celebration!) so outfit wise something light that I could layer was key. I picked up this dress last week (read my Penneys Hun Haul here) and where would I be without one of my demin jackets?! - this recent find is from Diesel Ireland. I kept the rest real simple but added this stunner of a choker from New Look.

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What to Wear | Wedding Guest

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We're coming into wedding season so that mad rush to find the perfect dress is on.! 

It can be so hard to find a dress no matter your shape - so here's 80 (yes 80) dresses that I'm loving and are perfect wedding guest dresses

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Penneys Hun | Haul

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As I mention in my previous Penneys (*Primark) Haul that the one in Ballina is the business.!
Anytime I hit Ballina my bank account cries! But as I like to justify it - you'd pay more for less somewhere else.!

Penneys is just full of lovely bits a the minute ladies. I didn't wander into the jewellery section this time as I was too busy going in & out to the changing rooms (that 8 item limit is a nuisance.!) Honestly I was close to bringing the whole shop with me at one point.!

I restrained myself - kinda - here's what I got...

€6
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Powder 'n' Pout | Review

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When Powder 'n' Pout sent me three of their brushes to try I was delighted & I loved them so much that I had to get on here and let know you all about them.

But first a little about them;
 Powder 'n' Pout is a well established hair, makeup & nail salon in Carndonagh Co. Donegal run by Aisling Cunningham. With years of experience in the industry working with some of the best brands Aisling decided to create her own superior quality makeup brushes. To quote Aisling "Powder 'n' Pout makeup brushes will let you define your look, whatever it is, whatever the occasion." And their super affordable too.!

I have to say that the Powder 'n' Pout packaging it just incredible, Aisling has paid so much attention to detail. I absolutely the fact that the design runs into the inside of the box, you just don't see that much detail on packaging anywhere else - extra pints to you Aisling.!


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Cocktails with Lo | Woo-Woo

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Happy Bank Holiday Weekend my loves.!!!
Here's another one of my fave cocktail recipes to kick start your Saturday night.!

What you need:
cracked ice
4 measures of cranberry juice
2 measures of vodka
2 measures of peach schnapps

Serves 1
Photo from esraroise.com

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Steal Her Style | Kim Kardashian

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I've always loved Kim's style, shes never afraid to push boundaries and look good doing it.!
This was by far one of my fave outfits so far. Some of you may be thinking what on earth am I on?! That these Balenciaga silver boots are mad - but I f**kin love them.!

Credit: billboard.com

Kim has also been seen wearing these boots with a sheer metallic dress.

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Charcoal Masks | Worth The Pain?

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Two weeks ago Golden Pharmacy kindly gifted me with a bag of goodies.!
One of which was a charcoal mask that Ive been dying to try (check out my Golden Pharmacy faves here). Ive seen so many videos of people doing these masks even the DIY versions and their reactions are painful. 

So I wanted to see for myself was it worth the pain?


With this mask there are two steps - Cleanse & Peel.!
  
I loved the fact that this one came with its own cleaner so there was no fuss juggling all the bottles of cleaners and mitts etc to the sink.! And for such a compact sashay they fairly pack in the product. There was plenty of both cleanser and the mask itself for me and my sister to have a go at it.

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Beauty Must Haves | Golden's Pharmacy

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 Hello lovelys.!

I was looking through Golden's Pharmacy and found some great gems that I wanted to share with you, so here are my Beauty Must Haves  (my shopping list for the next time Im in town.!)  from Golden's Pharmacy in Westport:

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  I have tried and tested the Cleanse Off Mitt & you need it in your makeup bag - removes all makeup with no fuss just water.! More details on my Beauty Review here. I was really happy to see that Golden's stock it as I found it was like gold dust when I went looking.!


Im really trying to get fit for summer (arent we all?!) blog post all about that coming soon.! So Im really interged about all these detox teas.. I love green teas anyway so this Miss Fit Skinny Tea sounds really interesting plus its also on sale at the minute.

Ive heard great reviews about Spotlight Teeth Whitening Strips - god knows I could do with them.! So Im eager to see if these work...

As for lashes? Im always looking to try out more.! ...have you seen my logo?!

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Cocktails with Lo | Cosmopolitan

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FN&M is here to help you get your Saturday night started with a new series.! Ill be sharing some of my favorite cocktail recipes every week so be sure to subscribe so you dont miss out.!

This week I'm kicking it off with the classic Cosmopolitan
Image from pinterest

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Mirror Mirror | ManiMonday

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Happy Monday my loves.!

Just wanted to share a set of infills that I done for my sister two weeks ago for my last day of training. If you want to know more about the gel nail course check out the last ManiMonday here.!

I loved playing with chrome and nail hugs and cant wait to create more beautiful nails like these again. I absolutely love this colour 'French Mink' from the ManiQ collection at YoungNails & I'm obsessed with the mirror shine of that fabulous chrome feature nail.!

 *insert nail porn below*

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Pay Day Must Haves | WishList

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Happy Pay Day.!

River Island has up to 70% off a the minute... Here's whats in my basket

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Kisses From Cupid | WishList

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Happy Single Awareness Day.!

Today is a day of love - so treat yourself to something nice. 
Here's my Missguided picks...

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Grammy Glam | Red Carpet Review

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As well as the BAFTA's the 59th Annual Grammy Awards also took place last night.
Among the big winners were:

Drake
Beyonce
The Chainsmokers
Twenty One Pilots
& Adele who came home with 5 awards.!

But enough of that... here's what they wore 

*Queue La La Land Glam*
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BAFTA Awards | Red Carpet Review

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The 70th British Academy Awards took place last night and many stars took to the red carpet to show off their style. Here's some of my favorite looks from last night...

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Young Nails Education | ManiMonday

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I am pleased, excited & proud to say that Im officially a Gel Nail Technician.!
*confetti canons* 


This is something that I wanted to do for so so long and my obsession with nails is REAL - Im called Fake Nails & Mascara for gods sake.! So last year I told myself that I as finally going to stop watching from the side lines and enroll.!

I didn't know where to even begin when it came to choosing a course but after a lot of research (Check out Anna's Attires & Antics in dept review here.!) I decided that Young Nails Education Mayo was the only place for me.! 

The Young Nails Beginner Gel Technician Course is completed over 4 weeks - 3 Sundays with a break in the middle to complete case studies and you get a kit with everything you need to create fabulous sets from home. This course teaches you everything from the anatomy of the nail, how to sculpt the perfect smile line to chrome nails.! 

I cannot tell you how much fun I had doing the course.


I learned so much over the last few weeks and thats all down to the fabulous Helen, she goes above and beyond for her students - answering our questions day & night.! I truly learned from the best.!

If your thinking about a career in gel nails and want to know more about the course please leave a comment below or contact Helen on the Young Nails Training & Education Mayo Facebook page.!


I cannot wait to start this new chapter.! 
Keep an eye out on my facebook & insta for details regarding bookings.!

xoxo
L

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Interview With A Blogger | I Come Undone

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I am a huge fan of Sarah Hanrahan of I Come Undone, I absolutely love her style.! Any time I scroll through her insta or blog posts I wish by double tapping her outfits that they would magically appear in my wardrobe. So I was thrilled when I asked her if I could interview her for my blog that she was more than happy to help.! Here's how it went...

Do you see what I mean about fashion inspo?! Follow Sarah on Instagram: @i_come_undone

We'll start off with an easy one ...tea or coffee?
Coffee in the AM, tea in the PM!

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Golden Globe Awards | Red Carpet Review

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The Golden Globe Awards took place last night and as always La La Land didn't disappoint on the red carpet. 
Here are some of my favorites...

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2017...

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Happy New Year Everyone.!
Its been a while since we last caught up but thats all gonna change - yes 2017 is the year that FN&M goes on a well oiled long anticipated schedule.! I thought that our first post of the year should be light and motivational (if not for you for me anyway.!) I always think that if you write something down on paper - or in my case here - that you commit to making it happen. Last year I posted my resolutions *insert flash back here* but this year I decided to just write a list of the things I wanted to achieve in 2017.

Here's what I have so far...

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