Primer has become a must-have item in my makeup bag ever since I started wearing the stuff almost five years ago. The other month I decided it was time to switch up my primer as my skin type had changed and I needed it to do different things. 

Revlon’s PhotoReady Pore Reducing Primer was suggested to me by a friend and I thought I’d do a review on it.

It's one of their two primers from their PhotoReady collection and will set you back £12.99 for 27ml. The product comes in a glass pump jar, which I like as it keeps the primer fresher and feels better on my face (compared to a primer out of a plastic tube). 

When applying the primer, a full pump will give you a pea-sized amount which is the perfect size for your whole face. But you can top it more if you wish. 

My first thoughts of the primer were that 1) it was pink and 2) it was much thicker than my previous primer (Nivea, Hydrating primer). I was a little hesitant at first to see how pink this would turn out but when it’s applied to the face, it spreads out and the pinkness creates a blurring effect, in other words, those “pore reducing” qualities. The primer creates a sort of film over the face, which is a little thicker than I'm used to. Having said that, my skin is still able to breathe.

As a primer, it does create a good protective barrier between my skin and my makeup. After applying the primer and leaving it to dry/ settle a little, it’s a little tacky but this helps to keep the foundation in place. Making my makeup last pretty much all day. The slight thickness of the primer means the protective barrier is harder to penetrate so you don’t have to worry about your makeup seeping through.

However, if you’re looking for that silicon feel -which I think I prefer- this product has a slight feel but it’s not a defining quality. Looking at the ingredients, it's a water-based primer. It has a light matte and pink tinted finish which may not be everyone’s cup of tea and I’m not sure it’s mine.

Overall, I’d say it’s a good primer. It’s an easy high street alternative for the higher end ones. I wouldn’t say I’m crazy about it, I’m more of a light coverage kind of girl and it’s a little heavy for me. But with that said, I can’t lie when I see a good product which this is.

Love, Aoife xo

Bath is a beautiful city! The whole city is a UNESCO world heritage site and is known for its natural hot springs and Georgian architecture. I wish I could've spent longer here as there's so much to do and explore! It's definitely my second favourite UK city after London. It's not really a place you can do in less than 24 hours but that said, I’ve compiled a mini-tour guide to my view of the city that you could do in 24/36 hours.

Where to go... Pulteney Bridge

Imagine a normal road with shops either side but with water flowing underneath. Pulteney Bridge is one of four bridges in the world to have shops running either side down the bridge. You can even stop off in one of the bakeries and watch the river flow beneath you.

Where to eat/ shop... Sally Lunn's

Pop into Sally Lunn’s for one of her famous buns! Freshly baked at 10am every day, Sally's buns are huge (couldn't resist) and are very similar to brioche. The quaint little tea shop is said to be in the oldest house in Bath and is usually packed with people. Whilst there is the option to sit in the tea shop, we chose to pick up a few buns from the museum shop to have later. 

Where to go… Roman Baths

The Roman baths are a must-see tourist attraction! Built on natural mineral-rich hot springs, the baths played a critical role in the city’s history and development. All the Roman architecture was still intact making it feel like you’d stepped back in time. Towards the end, you could sit next to the main bath which was so relaxing. Oh, and you get to try some of the hot spring water for yourself!

Where to eat… Boston Tea Party

This cafe is so cute! It’s bright inside and has a chilled vibe; perfect for a little rest from a day’s exploring. It’s abnormally long for a cafe but a great place to go with your laptop and do some work. I discovered this (not-so-little) gem just around the corner from the Fashion Museum. They have a lovely selection of cakes including gluten-free options.

Where to go… Fashion Museum

It wouldn't be a proper trip if I didn't look for anything fashion related and of course, I ended up in Bath's Fashion Museum. It's not that expensive to get in and the permanent exhibition, 'A History of Fashion in 100 Objects', takes you through different styles of clothing and how they were introduced. If you have time, do check it out as you may learn a few things.

Where to go… Royal Crescent 

Either during the day or evening, take a walk around the Circus and up through to the Royal Crescent. There is also a museum at no. 1 which you could pop into if you wanted. The famous semi-circle road looks out over the city providing breathtaking views and is a picture perfect place!

Where to eat… Hall & Wood House

We ended up spending two whole hours here just devouring their gorgeous food. The place is massive with 4 levels, including a rooftop terrace. The decor is gorgeous! The large skylight in the roof makes the place so bright inside. I definitely recommend their roasts. Pure Bliss!

I hope my guide encourages you to visit Bath if you haven't already been. It really is a beautiful place!

Love, Aoife x

Apologies for the weird tints in the pictures. They're not very Spring-like or vibrant - something was wrong with my camera xxx
When the first signs of Spring appear, I get this giddy excitement bubbling inside because Summer is just around the corner. The days are starting to warm up, the suns decided to shine it’s warm rays down on us and everyone’s mood starts to lift.

One of the things I hate about winter is that everything is so dark and gloomy. For the entirety of the four-month season, your mood is down and your wardrobe becomes a sad state of three trusty jumpers you know are going to keep you warm from the blizzard outside.

When Spring starts to appear with the longer and brighter days, you can start introducing new brighter colours into your outfits building up to your Summer wardrobe.

This Spring, wear lighter colours and softer materials to channel the new brighter season. Hit up the pastels and use blush colours to add a little life back into your wardrobe. Floral is always on trend for Spring so don’t be afraid to dip in and out. 

Another big trend for this Spring is Denim and you’ve probably seen it everywhere in the shops. So whether you're rocking some mom jeans or a creative colourful pastel piece, grab yourself a little denim to play with this season.

One of the things I love doing at the beginning of each season is buying a few items that set off my wardrobe. This time around I picked up a pair of high waisted vintage cut ripped jeans (a bit of a mouthful) from H&M. They're gorgeous and a complete 180 from the look I usually go for but Spring is a new season and you can adapt your style to the new season’s settings. 

I also picked up this cute wrap crop top from Forever 21. The material is so soft and I love the cream colour with light blue strips, I think it really channels the essence of spring. It's quite a light material so I think paired with the jeans and some flats will work on a lovely warm spring day. 

Lastly, like I mentioned earlier, Spring is a mood lifter and an easy way to instantly brighten any mood (I find) is to have a bright colour on your nails. One of my favourite pastel shades is Barry M's Cashmere. It’s a subtle pink, not too dark or too pink; the perfect shade. It also reminds me of blossom which is one of my favourite things about Spring!

What do you to get ready for Spring?

Love, Aoife xo

P.S- Sorry for the unexpected hiatus, uni has just consumed my mind for the last month with deadlines but I hope to get back to regular posts soon. Stay tuned! x

What's the weirdest way of cleaning your beauty blender that you can think of? I'm pretty sure using a microwave is going to be on a list somewhere. The other day, I was browsing the internet as you do and I came across an article on Cosmopolitan of a new beauty hack which I felt needed testing. This is the third beauty hack test I've done and you can read the others here (shaving your legs with conditioner) and here (Korean nail bracelet). They were both really fun to do and I've been on the hunt for more hacks ever since.

You may have seen it buzzing around on social media or know what I'm talking about but for those who don't, there is apparently a new beauty hack for cleaning your beauty blender by putting it in the microwave. 


A few beige marks here and there. The lumpy bits are just wet btw.
During this experiment, I probably paid more attention to my beauty blender than I’ve ever done before. I have a bit of a guilty confession; I've never washed my beauty blender before. I know it's gross and you're probably picturing a very dirty sponge but it's not that dirty and I'm washing it now. It had a lot of foundation and concealer marks and my once vibrant orange blender had turned into a faded beige sponge.


Following the Cosmo article, I added a little bit of Fairy liquid to a mug and filled it up halfway with cold water. I *metaphorically* kissed my Beauty Blender goodbye and dropped it into the mug, placing it in the microwave for a minute.

As I watched it spin around, I realised how weird the whole thing is. The only use my microwave fulfils is heating up food; so when it pinged the first time, I was expecting something delicious and edible to come out. Not a mug of dirty water with a semi-clean orange sponge floating in the middle.

Since the first attempt didn't work successfully but you could see a lot of colouring had come out. I tried it for the second time after changing the water and when it pinged the second time, you could visibly see a difference. 


As I'm a little impatient, I reached for my kitchen tongs to retrieve my blender since the water was really hot. I waited for the blender to cool down before I gave it another squeeze and a little rinse. The sponge had a few permanent stains from what I assume is just mascara/ eyeliner but apart from that, the sponge was almost as vibrant as the day I bought it. Well... almost.

I've used the blender since the experiment and it works just as well. Although, I have noticed it's lost its firmness so it might be time to buy a new one. 

With that said, the beauty hack is a PASS but I'm not sure if I'll be running to the microwave with my beauty blender again any time soon. It seems is bizarre putting something that's not food in a microwave.

What are your thoughts on the hack? Yay or Nay?

Love, Aoife x

It is currently one of the most prestigious events in the fashion calendar; London Fashion Week. All over the city are catwalks, talks and special events as part of the one-week festival held in the capital. So it’s the perfect time to take advantage of connections and become a part of it! (In other words, a lot of googling to find open-to-the-public type events).

In celebration of Mulberry’s Spring/ Summer ’18 collection launch, they had taken over Spencer House in central London for the weekend (17-18 Feb) to host ‘Beyond Heritage’. From what I found online, they had a quite a few workshops and presentations over the weekend including talks from Stylists and presentations on how to style the new collection with Vogue.

It was a beautiful sunny day, like a preview to summer, and I went along with my close friend Saskia. We were welcomed into a gorgeous stately home and led through the house, out to the back, where Mulberry had completely taken over the back garden. There was a gorgeous giant pink wall with flowers that ran from one end to another. It was beautiful and we made sure to take lots of pictures!

After being ushered into a room, we sat down on those benches; the ones you only see during fashion week. Around the room on the other side were mannequins wearing the Spring/ Summer collection. All the pieces were bright and beautiful, capturing the essence of Summer. And there were quite a few pieces I could see myself wearing.

They had a talk on with LA born stylist duo Brit + Kara, from Elkin and editorial direction Hannah Almassi from Who What Wear UK. It was really interesting to find out more about the world of styling and I picked up a few styling tips from them too!

They highlighted at the beginning there’s a misconception that styling is a glamorous job when it’s actually harder than it looks and there’s added pressure as you become in charge of someone’s image, their brand.

They made comparisons between LA style and British style, exclaiming “you’re too cool for us!” Pointing out how trends don’t really work that well in the UK as every girl is individual and has her own unique style of dressing whether it be classic, punk, posh etc. In Britain, we have a lot of timeless pieces in our wardrobe whereas, in LA, it’s more based on trends.

After the talk, we had the chance to look around the house, which was stunning! In one of the rooms upstairs, they had a few ladies who make some of the bags for Mulberry and I got the chance to ask a few questions I always wanted to know.

It was a very eventful morning and I spent the rest of the day, hanging out my friends. Being a part of the LFW festivities was really fun and an absolute dream. I’m off to the London Fashion Week Festival next weekend, so it’s not over yet!

Love, Aoife x

Looking good is something that is important to all of us. It’s the way others view us and it impacts on the way we see ourselves too. I like to think that I always look some level of presentable when I leave my house in the morning. When you look good, you feel good and that’s all we really want out of life. Right?

The other day I was chatting with my friend about the key to looking good. We each raised a few points and agreed with a lot of them. It inspired me to write a little blog post about it. So here are my tips and tricks on how to make sure you’re always looking good:

#1 Wardrobe. Having a good wardrobe is key! When you own a wardrobe full of lovely clothes, you’ll find that even when you decide to “chuck” something on, you’ll look good every time. And if you only take one thing away from this post remember it’s about having good foundations. Once you have that, everything slots into place. (I have a post coming out soon with some wardrobe essentials so stay tuned for that!)

#2 Confidence. Everything nowadays comes down to confidence and it has a right to. Confidence is the one thing that has the power to change everything. You have to feel confident in the clothes you wear in order to look good. Remember it isn’t the clothes that wear you, YOU wear the clothes. So feel confident in them and own it!

#3 Make Subtle Changes. This is more of a way to upgrade your outfit which in turn keeps you looking good. Switch up your look by making subtle changes, it can instantly change an outfit and look a million times better. Add a thin belt to a dress or tuck in the front of your shirt/ jumper and it’ll make the biggest difference, trust me. The shirt trick is a great way for jumpers to look less frumpy and it flatters every body shape, too. I’m always doing this!

#4 Contrast. I love a little contrast in everyday life; it brings so much to the situation and this case, the outfit. When I get ready, I usually have one item that’s fitted and another which is looser. This helps to round the outfit and saves you from looking too much of one thing, arriving at a nice balance. Skinny jeans and a loose shirt is a good combo, especially if you tuck in the front of the shirt. You can use contrast with your shoes, going for a structured shoe with a loose outfit etc. And even with your bag, choosing an unlined tote to go with a structured outfit.

So those are just a few of my tips and tricks to always looking good. I’ll post a part 2 in the coming weeks. Feel free to leave your own tips and tricks in the comments below.

Love, Aoife xx