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Clóda Scanlon, 21, Irish Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger, UCC Student, Cork City.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

My Top 5 Foundations

Hey lovelies, happy Sunday!!

As you can tell from the title, this post is a run-through of my Top 5 Favourite Foundations.

So my love for these foundations is totally based on the fact that I have oily/combination skin which is acne & blackhead prone. So if you have a similar skin type, these foundations may suit you also!!

I've been dying to write this post for ages because I always want to learn about new makeup myself and these are my absolute trustees so I hope you will love them too!

Daytime Foundations

1. Catrice HD Liquid Coverage


The Catrice HD Liquid Coverage foundation is my absolute baaaaaaby!!! Like my ultimate fave foundation in the world.. It would be a daytime foundation as I only ever wear the lighter shade of 003. For people with spotty skin like me, I have to say it covers evvvverything without feeling overly heavy on the skin. It definitely lasts all day - I've often worn it for up to 20 hours and with powder top-ups it stays on!
 I've worn this foundation in all kinds of weather from rain to scorching heat in America and I just adore it. If you want an affordable but absolutely fantastic daytime foundation then this is my absolute No.1 that I recommend! I also love the fact that it is a dropper style foundation because you can decide how much you want to put on your brush.
And get this... It's €7.50!!!!! You can purchase it in Penneys and many other chemists! 

2. Flormar Perfect Coverage Foundation

The Flormar Perfect Coverage Foundation is my 2nd favourite daytime foundation. I tend to wear it when I have tan on because it is the darker of my everyday foundations. I went to a Flormar stand to find a lighter shade and found that there is very little options of shades available. But I do however mix it with my Catrice HD foundation as mentioned above when I want to acquire the perfect colour match to the shade of my tan ha!! Does anyone else ever do that? I'm always mixing my foundations!
I really like the fact that there is an SPF in the foundation and it is super longlasting!!
The coverage is also excellent and it is super affordable!


3. JOKO ALL in ONE

This foundation is one that was sent to me from a PR company. It is the only foundation I own that isn't specifically for oily skin/full coverage look. I find this foundation is more for a dewy & natural look. So on days where my skin is clearer or I want lighter coverage I will wear this foundation or mix it with my other ones. You can buy it here on Visage Beauty Store!


Nighttime Foundations

1. Urban Decay All Nighter


This is my absolute favourite foundation to wear on nights out or for occasions when I'm wearing tan! It literally does what it says on the tin - lasts all night. It's the only foundation I will wear on a night out, and I sinfully have fallen asleep with it on a few times and it has lasted quite well!!
The shades are stunning - I use shade 5 with tan. It feels so velvety on the skin and is completely full-coverage. It hides all redness of spots and just gives a flawless finish!
It has lasted me so long - nearly a year, so longevity for the price of €36 is impressive as it is only 30ml!! Can we also take a moment for how pretty the packaging is?? By far my prettiest foundation!


 2. MAC Studio Fix Fluid


 I'm sure at one point or another everyone has heard of the MAC Studio FIx foundation as it is famous for it's coverage and longevity on the skin. It certainly does give a flawless finish which is always important for nights out! It is however quite a heavy foundation - you can feel it sitting on the skin. Nonetheless it does it's job and will forever be one of my favourite nighttime coverage foundations!!


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So those are My Top 5 Foundations!! I'm always intrigued to see what other people with similar skin types like - so please let me know your fave foundations whether they are daytime, nighttime, drugstore or high end.
In fact I'm on the lookout for a new Nighttime foundation, so all recommendations are welcome!


*Disclaimer - all opinions are 100% honest and 100% my own opinions.

Clóda
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Thursday, 1 February 2018

I HAVE BIG NEWS!!!!

Hey everyone, sorry I missed last week's blog post - I had the craziest week!

But as you can tell from today's title - I have news!!!!

My Erasmus Location Revealed....

Firstly my Erasmus location was supposed to be announced yesterday.
 So I waited by the phone all day, constantly refreshing my email, checking the notice board in the Italian Department etc.
The whole day passed - not an email in sight so my hopes of finding out yesterday were completely shattered and I gave up looking at the phone.

Then last night I was walking home, headphones in, spotify on full blast - you know yourself. And my phone vibrated. (Bare in mind it was 3 minutes to midnight hahah they were cutting it so fine).
 It was an email with the subject of "Italian Erasmus Placements 2018".. 

Well my heart never beat so fast.

 So here I was, stood still in the freezing cold in the middle of College Road trying to open my email, and BAM - no signal!!! Like what were the chances?
Oh my god I was freaking out pacing up and down the road like a crazy person trying to get signal. 

Eventually it loaded and I was so scared to actually look at it..
Like if it wasn't Rome I was gonna cry.
And if it was Rome I was also gonna cry..
(Earlier that day I  happened to look at my phone at 11:11 and wished with everything I had that I would get my place in Rome)

So I opened the email, absolutely shaking, found my name on the list and ran my hand along the screen to find which university I got. I legit screamed on the street.
I FRICKIN GOT ROOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

The shock of my life!! I envisioned it so much and so often and it actually by some chance came true - I got my dream city!!
I'm going to be spending a year living and studying in the incredible city of Roma and I truly couldn't be more excited!!!

^^ Picture credit: taken by my fab friend Ciara - check out her blog www.ciaraswalsh.com


I just can't believe it. In September I'll be heading off on the most exciting year of my life in my dream city, my No.1 choice.. I'm just so so so thrilled. I really can't express my excitement right now!

I've been talking about it so much and everyone has been asking me for updates. Even a girl in the student centre earlier told me she followed me on Instagram and asked if I had found out my Erasmus location yet (what a sweetheart) and she made my day!!

Starting now I cannot waaaaaaait to share my Erasmus journey with you all - from blog posts, video diary's, travels around mainland Europe, countless aesthetically pleasing Instagram posts, waaaay too much consumption of pizza and gelato!! It's so exciting..

And I get to celebrate tonight cos I'm going to Arts Ball!!

So that's it.. That's my amazing Thursday update!!
Sending you all good luck if you're waiting to hear placement and Erasmus offers soon!

Have the best weekend!!!
Clóda :) X  
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Sunday, 21 January 2018

24 hrs in Galway



Hey everyone, I don't know what it was about this week, but it felt like it was never going to end!
Perhaps it's because I'm back to college and have a bit of routine in my life again!!

But anyways I'm back again with my new weekly blog post! I'm really excited to finally have a structure to the blog and bring weekly content!
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So as you can tell from the title, this is a short Travel Diary - 24 hours in Galway city. I hadn't met up with my blogger besties in a while and Ciara was home from Italy for Christmas so it was the perfect excuse to have a girly getaway!!
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Nox Hotel 

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A few months ago, I was kindly invited to have dinner and a stay for 2 in the Nox Hotel Galway. I finally had the excuse to head up to Galway for the day so decided it was perfect timing to stay!
Myself and my friend Ailbhe from The Red Brunette headed up for the night (and typically arrived by bus during Storm Eleanor hahah)!!
It was a hilarious start to the trip but we were never happier to step foot inside the cosy hotel!









As you can see from the photos, the decor in the reception area is absolutely stunning and so  luxurious! We were lucky enough to arrive when their Christmas decorations were still up! I mean is that not the Christmas tree of dreams?!!! (heart eyes!!)









When we arrived to the room, we were spoiled with the loveliest goodies! A box of pyjamas, Lily O Brien chocolates, luxury sleeping masks, and a 'dreams' notebook. Such a lovely and thoughtful welcome!



The room was gorgeous. So modern, funky, clean and spacious! You can't tell from the photo but we stayed in a huuuuge king size bed! Like we could easily have fit another 2 people in there hahah! Such a comfy sleep!




Gorgeous paisley prints, metallics and artwork brought the room to life! I love how each room has a different theme or vibe! And although I'm not a coffee drinker, there are Espresso machines in each room which I'm guessing is quite the luxury for coffee lovers!






The fab view from our room! (with Storm Eleanor in full swing)

Dinner & Drinks in Fork Restaurant




So on top of the invitation to stay the night in the Nox Hotel we were kindly treated to dinner & cocktails in their stunning Fork Restaurant!
 And my god was it incredible! I ordered the Confit Duck Leg and to say it was divine was an understatement!! I would nearly take the bus back up to Galway just to eat there again!! And don't even get me started on the Elderflower Gin & Tonic - wow wow wow!!
I cannot recommend Fork Restaurant enough. The service was impeccable and the staff were so helpful and friendly!
If you want to take a gander at the delish menus available, you can check them out here.


It was fair to say after that dinner that we were in the definition of a food coma!!
The next morning we filled up on a yummy continental brekkie ahead of our day with the girls!


I just want to take a moment to say how much I recommend Nox Hotel if you're ever looking for accommodation in Galway. From the amazing decor, the unbelievable food, incredible service and seriously affordable prices - I know exactly where I'll be staying the next time I'm in the city!
A special thanks to Nox also for inviting me and Ailbhe to stay! We loved every minute of our stay!

(*Disclaimer - I was invited to a complimentary stay to review the hotel but all views and thoughts in this blog post are my own)




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A day spent with my blogger gals <3



Sooo, the No.1 reason we came to Galway for the day - to catch up with our blogger besties!
These girls are absolutely incredible bloggers and are such amazing friends!!



When I am with these gorgeous girlies I can 100% be myself. I can talk to them about ambitions, hopes and dreams without feeling stupid because I know the support and belief we have in each other. Everything from blogging chats to life chats, I don't know where I would be without them.
And on top of that we motivate each other so much! You have no idea how excited we get when we shoot together and put our creative brains together.
(Until our mystery tour to Italy hehe)
I would highly recommend checking out all of their fantastic blogs:
Sho Style
The Red Brunette
Ciara S Walsh



Hot Chocolates in 56 Central.. (I was delighted that they had an almond milk option)








As you can tell we had a full-on photo shoot that day (because Galway is so ridiculously Instagrammable)! We even ticked another location off the bucket list by getting a snap with the famous Galway Wings mural!!!






We finished off  the best day of catchups and shooting in the stunning Tribeton just off Eyre Square. Apparently it's an old warehouse turned bar & restaurant! Stunning interiors, a great menu and most importantly the tastiest cocktails - the ideal situation!! Would highly recommend!



So as you can see it was a jam-packed, relaxed but fun 24 hours in Galway!
There's always something to do in this amazing city.
Stroll the streets of buskers, eat in the most aesthetic restaurants and just enjoy everything Galway has to offer!

I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe even visit some of these places if you travel to Galway. I would love to hear your thoughts on these kind of travel posts within Ireland, so let me know if it is something you would like to see more of.

Have a great week!!
Until next time,
Clóda X

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Monday, 8 January 2018

Oh Hey There 2018!


Happy New Year everyone! I love the New Year to have that excuse to get motivated, get on track and beat the Christmas blues! I've never sat down at the beginning of a year and set goals for myself or physically wrote down my hopes and plans for the year ahead.

Taking inspiration from some of my favourite bloggers like Erika Fox and Ciara Walsh I've decided to not only write down my goals but to also share them with all of you!

Only in the past few months from joining the AIESEC society on campus and being the head of the Marketing team I've learned the importance and results gained from goal setting.
If I write something down - pen to paper or typing here in a blog post I'm far more likely to achieve my goals!
Another thing which I've been watching videos on and reading up about is the Law of Attraction. (Here's a great video about it : click here). That if you visualise something that you want in your life so often and so deeply, and work hard enough to make that happen, it will manifest itself into reality! And ever since I began to apply that idea into my life, I've been doing little things to make sure they happen. So here I am writing down my goals/plans for all aspects of my life in 2018, and this post will be a constant reminder to myself of how much I have achieved and how much I have left to do.

And hopefully you can take something from this post whether it's motivation to work harder at a passion, inspiration to start something new or even to set goals for yourself to make sure 2018 will be a great year!

College



This semester I have less hours in college, so I really want to use the spare time effectively to better my grades. 
  • I want to do at least 15-20 mins of extra Italian study each day. I am going on Erasmus in Italy for a year from September, so I really want to make sure my language is improving immensely before I go over there.
  • This semester I only have 3 modules in Sociology which is my Major so I want to try and make sure I attend as much hours of lectures and tutorials as possible.
  • I also want to be better with my time management and prepare assignments on time and not be running across campus in sweats trying to hand them in with 5 minutes to spare haha! We will have to see about this goal though because I work best when the pressure is on hahah
  • I want to continue working hard in my roles in the 2 societies I am a part of on campus - Marketing in the AIESEC society and Committee Member on the Fashion Society.

Health & Wellbeing


Living the college lifestyle has taken it's toll on me in the last few months. Drinking, very little exercise and such a crappy diet. I want some of that to change this year - not only do I want to do it for health reasons but I also want to have a positive body image heading over to Italy.
  • I want to exercise every single day, even if it's literally only a 10 minute walk, a plank and some squats.. I would like that to be the very minimum that I do each day.
  • I hope to go to the gym/do some cardio at least 3-4 times per week
  • I want to drink way more water. My water intake went way down in the last few months. I would be happy if I drank at least 2 litres a day!
  • I want to eat cleaner and leaner this year! As I said my diet has just been chronic in the last while so I really want to eat good food and feel good.
  • I really want to be extra conscious when I'm hungover that I don't do the dog on it with chicken rolls, fizzy drinks and what not just cos I'm lazy haha.
  • With regards to mental health, I'm quite a happy/positive person but I want to make sure it continues this way and look after my mind this year. I want to start going to free Mindfulness classes on campus, use the Headspace app more and do things I love during downtime!

Travel


For the first half of the year I need to save save saveeeee for my Erasmus so I can't see myself doing many foreign trips - bar a trip I have organised to go to Prague with the girls in March. But I still want to bring travel content to my channels because I love to discover new places! I'm thinking I can bring affordable travel content about places I visit in Ireland? For example, next week's blog post will be "24 hours in Galway".
But nonetheless, I have created a bucket list of where I hope to visit in Ireland and where I hope to travel to once I am living in Italy.
- Giant's Causeway, Co. Antrim.
- Climb an Irish mountain.
-Cork travel guide...
-Prague, Czech Republic.
-Rome, Italy (where I'm hoping to study next year. Pray I get a place there!!)
-Anghiari, Italy. (This little hilltop town is the reason I fell in love with Italy. When I was younger we went on a family holiday to this stunning town in Tuscany and it's a dream of mine to return again)
- Venice, Italy.
- Austria.
- Greece.
- Amsterdam.

*I don't expect that I will get to visit all of the above destinations but a girl can dream eh? :)


Personal Goals


So these are nothing to do with anything and are just getting thrown loosely under the branch of my 'Personal Goals' for 2018!

  • I really want this year to be the year that I begin driving! I have only done a few lessons ever, my provisional license has expired twice now, and I feel so behind all my friends. So I really want to complete all my lessons, pass my test and treat myself to a road trip.
  • I don't read books. I just never got into them, could never finish them. I always got bored, began to daydream or it just took too long. But tbh if I ever want to improve my writing skills and my critical thought, I've figured I need to get some books under my sleeve. I am setting myself the totally realistic goal of reading only FOUR books this year - one per season hahaha! I'm thinking books about fashion, motivation and photography. If anyone has any recommendations hit me up!
  • This year I want to get less paranoid about stuff and stop worrying about situations which I cannot control. I want to be more free, let be what will be, but also fight for what I believe in and what I want!
  • And lastly I want to work hard this summer, get a job, save money and be able to go to Italy carefree, money in hand and ready to have the best year of my life!!

Blog goals/plans for 2018


Of course, last but certainly not least - here are my aspirations for my blog this year! I really want to up my game and productivity in every sense of my blog. I have so many ideas and 2018 will be the year that I believe in my potential as a blogger and finally bring some consistency and structure. 

(1) Blog Content


  • With the less hours in college this semester, spending a summer at home and beginning a new adventure in another country, I want my blog content to be so much more consistent. In fact I have never brought consistency to the blog and now I'm finally making it happen. I want to schedule and post at least one blog post per week. If I have inspiration for more then I will write more, but for now this is looking super achievable.
  • I need to realise that my blog posts don't always have to be really lengthy ones (although once I start typing I struggle to stop haha).
  • I want to continue my content to be mainly fashion styling posts, chatty posts, lifestyle and some travel content & product reviews.
  • I want to review each month to see what worked, what you all engaged with and enjoyed the most etc so I can continue to produce content that ye want to see!
  • I have also decided with my fellow UCC blogger gal Ailbhe to schedule a time slot each week for outfit shooting and I think having this much consistency is going to bring much more and much better content!

(2) Vlogging/YouTube


  • I want to get better at speaking on snapchat. I shy away from it at the best of times but for now I'll work myself up and try to speak to the camera at least one day a week. (we'll see how it goes)
  • I say it all the time but never actually do it. I really want to dip into YouTube this year. It won't be as regular as blog posts but I have some ideas up my sleeve that I think could be really cool!
  • I really want to do more collabs with fellow bloggers/vloggers this year. I want to make a conscious effort to support, engage and follow fellow Irish bloggers I love.
  • I would love to get into fashion related YouTube like try-on hauls but also some lookbooks.
  • I also want to come up with a few series' which are my own and are authentic eg the move to Italy.

(3) Blogging Bucket List 2018


(You'll be glad to know this is the final section)
  • In 2017 I grew just over 1000 followers on Instagram and was so chuffed with myself. Sitting at over 8k followers now, I would hope to reach a following of 10k on Instagram before 2019!
  • I know this is a touchy subject for some people, but I want to make more money from the blog this year. So far I've only ever done one sponsored post on Instagram with a brand which I have used and loved since I was a teenager. I am blogging for 3 years now and a goal of mine is to start making some money on the content I create and the things I love. Of course I would only ever say yes to opportunities that I know will suit me, suit my blog, go with my content and that I think my following will also enjoy! There are so many opportunities and collabs I have turned down purely because they are simply not for me! With the hours put into shooting looks, writing posts, managing social media, planning themes/aesthetics for Instagram and many more things that I love doing as a blogger, it would be so rewarding to get some sponsored collaborations in 2018!
  • I want to up my content/photography skills majorly this year. I feel like I'm getting better and better all the time. I want to improve my flatlay shots!
  • I want to continue to increase my traffic to the blog. I would love if I had more regular readers - real organic amazing followers who engage with and support me. That is the dream. That is why I continue to do what I do. When I get messages from young girls telling me how a blog post of mine inspired them or encouraged them, it makes this all worth while!
  • And lastly but not least I want to really truly believe in myself and my potential as a blogger this year. I feel like I've never fully went for it because of that little voice in my head telling me I shouldn't, or wondering what people will say or having a fear of pushing myself. When really it can only get better!


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I hope you all have an incredible year. 
It's a clean slate. 
It's time to try something new.
Time to improve.
Time to push yourself.
Time to believe in yourself.
Time to make it happen.
2018 is your year!


Clóda x
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