Blogging Break

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

This has been a pretty hard decision to make, but I've decided to take a little break from blogging. Over the past few months I've noticed that I've started to lose the passionate drive that I used to have. In my opinion, my posts have lacked any real substance and have been mediocre at best.

As I'm sure many of you can relate to, the urge to succeed is so overwhelming at times, especially in such a competitive atmosphere that is blogging (or anything for that matter!). Recently, my focus had shifted from writing the best post I could write to getting as many followers as I could, which isn't the attitude I want to have with my blog.

So, instead of keeping on keeping on and turning my blog into something I really don't want it to be, I've decided to take some me time and focus on my life outside of cyber space. With the month that's in it, April seems like the perfect time to sit back and take a break and focus on myself, my goals and my happiness.

I just wanted to let you know that this isn't a permanent break and, in the words of Arnie; "I'll be back."

C, x

Sephora Haulin'

When Sephora recently announced that they shipped to the UK (with £10 shipping for orders £75 or more!), I was more than excited. Apart from Target, Sephora is my favourite place to stop when I visit the States as they have so much variety and, well, it's just bloody amazing (and trust me, the Sephora's around Europe don't compare to the Stateside ones!). Although there are a few brands that can't be shipped to the UK, the service is pretty amazing for products we can't get our hands on over here! My package arrived in less than a week and, to top it all off, you get three free samples when you order! Bargain! Now, come on Sephora, start shipping to Ireland!

There were so many products that I was dying to try, but unfortunately Bank of Chrissy was a bit low on funds, so here's what ended up in my basket:

// Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation and Brush
// Benefit The Porefessional
// Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse

Tarte's foundation was high up on my 'must try' wish list after reading so many amazing reviews online, and it doesn't disappoint! Expect a full review of all of these products in the near future, but, for  now: Tarte, you did good!

Have you bought anything from Sephora since they announced they ship to the UK?

C, x

Mother's Day Spa Trip

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Sunday was Mother's Day in Ireland (does anyone else think it's really strange that different countries have different dates for Mother's Day?!) and instead of buying my Mom makeup or a candle, I wanted to do something really special for her. Before I went on my J1 to California my Mom took me away to the spa for a weekend and it was so amazing. We've been trying to go back since, but spas are pretty pricey and never got the chance. So, I booked us in for some treatments for Mother's Day (because she's so worth it!).

I was planning on making it a surprise and tell her when I woke her up on Sunday morning, but I can't keep a secret to save my life and I told her weeks ago! So we woke up bright and early, had a healthy breakfast and hit the road to Carton House in Kildare. I haven't been to many spas (in fact, this might be the only one I've ever been to, but it's just gorgeous). We were given our robes and slippers and sent to the Relaxation Room to wait for our appointments. I booked us both in for 'Mini Retreats' which is a half an hour massage and a half an hour facial and it was fantastic.

After our treatments, my skin was absolutely glowing and I felt really relaxed. It really reminded me that I should go back more often! I always attempt to do an 'at home' facial but it just never works out the same as the real deal!

After our treatments and a nap in the relaxation room we went for a bit of lunch and shopping to finish off a perfect day!

How did you spend Mother's Day?

C, x

Motivational Monday #44

Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy Monday, beautiful people!! After a busy week in London for work I'm looking forward to spending this week at home and getting into a proper routine again! With tomorrow the first day of April, I'm feeling really optimistic! I love the start of a new month as it's kind of like a clean slate to play around with! My slate is definitely going to be full of healthy eating and exercising by the end of the month! Determined is now my middle name!

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I signed up for a month long fat loss challenge at a local gym! My month long challenge starts today and I have a pretty jam packed week full of classes, personal training sessions and 10k training ahead of me! Since I'm going to be so busy, I did a big meal prep for the week yesterday (You can see the photo I posted on Instagram here). This weeks meals are going to be chocked full of quinoa, beans, veggies and lots of other goodies to make sure I get enough nutrients since I'm going to be working out so often!!

I'm going to my first Boxercise class tonight and have my first personal training session on Saturday! I can't wait to start!!

Hope you all have a great week!

C, x

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