Penneys is on an absolute roll right now! I literally never use pencils but how could I not buy these. There’s 10 in the pack. 5 different kinds in 4 different colours. I can’t remember the price but I know they were really really cheap. 

The 5 different slogans say:

  • I’m super busy
  • I love Monday
  • Is it Friday yet?
  • Working hard
  • The real boss

I have had to ban myself from even looking in the homeware section because I do not need more candles/lights/picture frames/ring plates etc…

What great deals have you found in Penneys/Primark?

I’m not sure the colour of these brushes is coming up as nice in this photo as they are in real life. They’re so pretty that I was not leaving without them. They were €8 and they’re from Penneys (Primark if you’re outside Ireland). 

Now I’m not saying much for how good they’ll be as brushes because I haven’t used them yet but I’ll give them a go this weekend and the seem nice and soft so far. 


They even come with this explanation for each brush and how to use them. 

Has anyone else tried them?

Mac

Hands up who hates cleaning their make-up brushes? Hands up who doesn’t do it as often as they should? I know the reasons I hate doing it are that it’s time-consuming, seems to damage my expensive brushes and if I’m being completely honest I don’t really suffer from skin break-outs which would be a big motivation to clean them. I also think people get caught up in the whole which product do I use for which brushes and it puts them off. I’ve tried some products that were way too harsh on my brushes and damaged them within a couple of washes. 

I keep it very simple and use Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and a silicon facial cleansing pad from Penneys (Primark). It’s a simple and cheap method and works really well. The shampoo is really gentle on your brushes and the cleansing pad is soft so cleans without damaging.

cleaning products

  1. Start off by running your brush under warm water.
  2. Add Johnson’s Baby Shampoo to the cleansing pad.
  3. Swirl brushes like the Mac 187 foundation brush above and other round shaped brushes on the pad and wipe flatter brushes from side to side so as not to damage the shape.
  4. Keep swirling or wiping until the shampoo foam turns white and has no residual product in it (foundation, eye shadow etc.) You may need to add some more shampoo for bigger brushes.
  5. Rinse the brush under warm water again to remove any shampoo.
  6. Gently squeeze any water out of the brush using a towel.
  7. Make sure the brush is reshaped in it’s original shape.
  8.  If it’s a flat brush, lie it on a flat surface. If it’s a round brush lie it on the edge of a flat surface so as not to create a flat shape on one side.

I’m definitely not an expert but I try to do it every couple of weeks. Realistically if I get it done once a month I’m happy enough. If you have oily skin or are prone to break-outs you should wash them more regularly. 

Do you have an cheap and cheerful beauty tips?

Keep it Simple Canvas

Love Foil Canvas

I found these wall canvases in Penneys for an absolute steal. I’ve been looking for the ‘Keep it Simple’ one for quite a while after I saw it on Primark’s Instagram feed. It was €8 and is now sitting with my ampersand on an IKEA shelf above my bed. The ‘Love’ one was €4. I’ve added it to my photo wall (also in my bedroom). When it comes to home decor I can’t think of a better colour scheme than black, white and gold.

My Bedroom

Reading… Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a J.K. Rowling). Book number 3 for Galbraith. I’m only about 60 pages in and it’s a little slow but I’m hoping it turns out as good as the first 2.

Watching… Rookie Blue. I’m almost finished the final season and I’m getting a bit emotional. My favourite characters are Nick and Oliver.

Listening to… Adele’s latest album. It’s not living up to 21 but it’s growing on me.

Pinning…hair pics and gender equality quotes. See, you can be girly and a feminist.

Trying… soaked porridge oats with natural yogurt and fruit for breakfast. It’s making a nice change and tastes quite nice.

Drinking… less alcohol than this time last year. Trying to cut down a bit on all things bad for me. Don’t ask about the diet coke!! Please.

Considering…a trip to Amsterdam in the summer.

Scrapping… I still have catching up to do with my Project Life album from 2015 (ahem, and 2014) but I created my cover page for 2016 last week and now I’m working on my January spread. Keeping on top of it this year, I swear…kinda…hopefully!

Enjoying… spending time in my bedroom. I’ve had trouble getting to sleep lately so I’ve been going up to my room earlier than normal and trying to relax for a while before it’s time to sleep. I love the brightness of my bedroom even at this time of year. Also, it’s kind of pathetic how much new cushions make me happy. (see the middle cushion above from Penneys)

Cooking…lots of turkey dishes. Burgers, meatballs, tacos.

Planning…blog posts for the next couple of months.

Hating… The really cold, miserable weather but I’m looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel.

Taking….the Ali Edwards’ One Little Word 2016 workshop.

Looking forward to…a great year ahead.

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The home department of Penneys (Primark) is on fire right now. I’m so happy with the things I managed to pick up this week. At the minute my bedroom is white with a bright yellow Billy bookcase from IKEA (which they no longer stock) and a turquoise bedside table (which you can find here) so I was delighted to find the photo frame with grey and turquoise in it. I plan to paint one of the white frames yellow so I’ll share it here when I do. The grey and white cushion with yellow writing matches perfectly too. Finally, I’m excited about the weekly planner and I cant wait to use it in my craft room. Lord knows I need to be more organised so I’m hoping a planner will help. I’m pretty excited about some of the stuff coming up from Penneys.