Tuesday, December 31, 2013

new year, new me?


Hello!
Oh yes. New Year's Eve. 
The time for all that 'new year, new me' bullshit rubbish. 
Well want to know something? I personally love all of the 'new year, new me' rubbish!
I think it's perfect for someone like me - someone who enjoys making lists and goals and daydreaming...

 I didn't actually make any new year's resolutions last year or at least none that I can remember so I thought it'd be fun to write some up for 2014!

♥  Manage my time better - I wasted a lot of 2013. Instead of being productive I watched like 10 episodes of One Tree Hill & spent an embarrassing amount of time on the internet. It's easier said than done but I hope to be productive and get things done in the new year. 

♥ Do my best in my GCSE's - It's kind of scary how close GCSE's are now. Really scary. I did rubbish in my mocks because I started studying the morning of the exam... what. Sometimes I hate me. Anyway, I'd love to get mainly A's in my GCSE's and this would require me to work. So I'm planning to go down to the library after school twice a week because this really helps me. 

♥ Keep blogging - I do love my little blog ^.^ It's so fun to have and I love reading everyone else's! In 2014 I always want to be one step ahead - so have a post typed up and then I can schedule it for during the week. Also I hope to post at least once a week. 

♥ Get another ear piercing - On a slightly different note I really want another ear piercing. I have two lobe piercings at the minute so maybe I'll get a third (but only in one ear 'cause I think three lobe piercings in both ears would look... messy.) Also, maybe, possibly... get a belly button piercing?! I've always liked them but what's your thoughts?

♥ 'Experiment' with my style - Oh god that phrase sounds so cringy but all I really mean by it is to wear what I want to wear and to take inspiration from anywhere and everywhere. In 2013 I was really interested in make-up (and I still am, obviously!) so I spent pretty much all of my money on it. This coming year I want to spend more of my money on clothes.

♥ Start my driving lessons - woooohoooo I'm so excited to finally be able to drive. I turn seventeen in August which is perfect 'cause I can start my lessons during the summer. I've never actually driven a car before (unless you count sitting on my dad's knee when I was five steering the wheel... which I don't) so I might be rubbish and the chances of me having my license by this time next year are slim but who knows?!

♥ Save money - I want to have three jars to put money in - one for a new laptop, one for future travelling and one for a shopping trip at the end of next year. I guess I should also start saving for uni too?

♥ Grow out my hair - In April/May I chopped off my hair. Or, you know, if you don't want to sound quite as dramatic I cut my hair up to my shoulders. And ... I miss my long hair :( It has grown out quite a bit since then but, please don't ask me why, I've actually been tempted to cut it again. Up to my ears. And like that would SO not suit me. I'm kinda impulsive though and once I have an idea in my head... well it's happening. BUT I can't get my hair cut up to my ears - that would look so bad. So my resolution? To resist temptation. I also want to dye my hair that cool, faded pink/peach colour but my school definitely wouldn't allow it - boooooooooo. Maybe light brown/blonde instead?

♥ Smile more often & be positive - A nice cheesy one to round it all off. I like to think I'm a happy person as I genuinely am pleased with the small things in life - pizza, the carrie diaries, a new lipstick, shopping days etc. But I can still improve. I spend a lot of time complaining about silly things - school, the weather, my hair. So yeah, in 2014 I just want to be more carefree and positive!

And that's all of them!
Let's see how long I can keep these for... I'm betting two weeks tops. Actually no that's still unrealistic. 
Tell me your new year's resolutions below - have you got any the same as me? 

Also I hope you have a fun new year's eve - mine's going to be pretty boring I suspect. Sitting around a TV, watching the fireworks in London wishing I was there... 
On a positive note (see what I'm doing! I'm being positive!) there is going to be yummy food in the house - pizza, chips and loads of sweets. So I'm happy.

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

the 'what I got for christmas' post

 I am back with the infamous 'What I got for Christmas' post!
People either love it or hate it but I really wanted to put mine up after enjoying everyone else's.
I'm going to spare you the long introduction (just read last year's one for that) but obviously I am not bragging at all and I'm pleased as punch with everything I was given.
So here is a little look at what I got this Christmas...


My cousin Eimear (I know she is going to read this so hello you!) gave me such an amazing Christmas present - a huge soap&glory set. It's called the Yule Monty gift set and I am so in love with it. It came with Hand Food, Heel Genius, Peaches & Clean Cleanser, The Righteous Butter, Sugar Crush Body Wash, The Scrub Of Your Life, Butter Yourself Body Lotion, Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss AND Thick & Fast Mascara. 
I don't think I will need to buy anything from soap&glory in 2014!
She also bought me one of those mahoosive galaxy bars but it was gone long before I took these photos...

My godmother's present was so thoughtful - not to sound cliche but it's very 'me'.
She got me the Rookie Yearbook One and it is beautiful. I know it is weird to call a book beautiful but this is the exception. If you don't know what Rookie is, it is an online magazine for teenage girls and the yearbook is basically a collection of articles from the website from that year.
I absolutely love Betty Crocker baking mixes (I blogged about one here.) They are so easy to make and taste so good. So I was really pleased when I unwrapped my presents to find a Betty Crocker brownie mix & a brownie maker - so cute!


We do secret santa in my family and my little sister got me for the second year in a row. And, just like last christmas, she bought me five Lush things! I got the Christmas Eve bubble bar, the Christmas Penguin bubble bar and So White, Twilight & Cinders which are bath bombs. Why is everything from Lush so pretty?
I am really looking forward to using them soon.


My big present this year was a canon EOS 600D. It is such an amazing camera and I love it a whole lot!
The mittens, scarf and boots are from River Island as far as I am aware and they are lovely.
 I asked for the Rookie Yearbook Two & I am really happy I got it - with both of the Rookie yearbooks I have so much reading to do.
I have used the macadamia oil shampoo & conditioner already and they have left my hair very silky and smooth.
If you read my christmas day 2013 post then you'd know I watched We're The Millers on Christmas morning - and I found it laugh-out-loud funny. I also got the One Direction This Is Us movie and I am totally tempted to re-watch it now. It makes me extremely excited for May (I'm going to see them in Croke Park wooohooo)
Oh and I do gymnastics so that explains the glittery pink leotard.

I am so happy with everything I was given & I am extremely grateful too.
I know Christmas isn't about the presents but they make it that little bit better.
Let me know what you got for Christmas and if you did a 'what I got for christmas' post then leave a link to it below...

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P.S I'm sorry for my awful vocabulary in this post! I'm sure you are sick to death of the phrase 'I love it!' or 'I'm in love with it!' or exclamation marks in general.

P.P.S Thank you Santa. You da bestest. 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

my christmas day 2013

my cat looking grumpy in his new lair

Hello!
Merry Boxing Day?!
Today has been so lovely and lazy - I'm still not out of my pj's and all I've done is eat copious amounts of food, watch YouTube videos, read blogs and I'm planning to put on the One Direction movie after this. A pretty successful day, I think.
Anyway I thought I'd share with you what I got up to yesterday.
I woke up at 6am when my little sister came jumping into my bedroom & although I only had 4 hours of sleep I was still excited. It took all of five minutes for everyone to unwrap their presents - those five minutes were the best ever though.
Like always, santa was too kind and I'm so happy with everything I was given! I got the canon 600d and I spent all day, snapping away. I'm hoping to do a 'what I got for christmas' post soon if that's something you'd like to see.
Sadly my mum had to work & she left at 6:30am which sucked. I spent an hour or so 'playing' with my presents & then I went back to bed and watched we're the millers on my laptop. It's a pretty funny movie.
We had our christmas dinner today since my dad is an awful cook (he'll deny it) and my mum makes it every year. So yesterday, since she was working, we just had steak and chips which sounds boring but was quite delicious!
After lunch we played the game of life (one of my favourite board games because it reminds me of sims) and we went to my granny's house for a while. When my mum got home from work we all sat round and watched as she unwrapped her presents - side note: that's always awkward isn't it? people watching you as you open your gifts. No? Is that just me? - and then we watched the father ted christmas special because my dad got the box set from my sister!
I ended the night by eating a big tub of ben & jerry's cookie dough ice-cream and fell asleep in the middle of watching midnight in paris.

I really enjoyed christmas this year & I'm loving the break from school and stress.
I am not looking forward to these lazy, pajama days ending Emoji

So, how was your christmas?
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Friday, December 20, 2013

secret santa with my friends

Hello!
This is my first Christmas post of the year, I think, which is exciting for me! It's so hard to believe Christmas is in five days... 
One of my favourite things about Christmas is buying presents - and I'm not going to lie, receiving them is pretty great too. My friends and I decided to do Secret Santa (a.k.a Kris Kringle) this year and I thought it would be fun to show you what I gave. 


We put everyone's name into a hat and I got my friend Eleanor (who has a YouTube and a blog that you should definitely check out!) I was really happy about that because I knew exactly what to buy her.
We're quite similar in the fact we both love girly things (like make-up and stuff, not you know, those girly things. Tampons and pads. I mean I don't know any girl who actually enjoys pads - I really should close this bracket now...)
Anyway that made it easier to buy the little things - I know she likes LUSH so I bought her the Magic Wand bubble bar and the pug socks in Accessorize were too cute to ignore.
She has always loved Baby Lips in the colour Cherry Me but has had terrible luck with it! I think she's broke/lost three of them at this stage... fourth time lucky?
Oh and I bought her a cup of sweets from Sainsbury's because, well, sweets are delicious.
The big present, as you can see, was a Dan and Phil T-shirt. Eleanor is obsessed with them and it just seemed pretty perfect. I had it planned from the start (delivery took a while) and luckily she loved it! Yay!


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Doesn't she suit it so much?!

Did any of you do secret santa this year? 
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Saturday, December 07, 2013

new blog design & little update

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not my photo (sadly!) - found on we heart it

So I finally got a new blog design! 

I've wanted to get a blog 'makeover' for ages now because I wasn't fussed on my old one and I was getting serious blog envy when I saw other people's beautiful blogs.
(I'm a sucker for pretty things.)
Anyway I'm definitely not talented enough when it comes to html, designing and all that jazz so I needed to get professional help!
It took me a while to decide who to go to but when I found Floracrest Designs I was so happy - lovely designs for such a good price. You should check it out, for sure!

With a change in the look of this little webpage I feel a lot more motivated to post.
BUT there is a reason why I haven't posted in over a month - and no it's not because I didn't like my blog design!
I think I explained before but my camera broke just before Halloween and I was kind of stuck.
"Should I buy an okay, decent camera OR wait and get a really great one for Christmas?"
I decided on the latter and I'm currently lusting after the Canon 600D. So hopefully (fingers, toes and eyes crossed) I'll have it in my hands on December 25th.
I may have a few photos saved on my laptop ready to be used in posts which I can put up between now and Christmas so keep your eyes peeled for that!

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In other news I have GCSE mock exams from Monday until the 20th of December (I know, kill me now please) so I can't be as active on here as I'd like to be but I will try my very best to write up a post or two (recent purchases, lush bath bomb review...) when I have time or take a study break. Which would require me to study. Ha.

I should get back to my P.E Controlled Assessment. Only I would leave a 90 page assignment until the weekend before it's due... Send help. And chocolate. And a plane to New York. Please?

But in all seriousness what do you think of the new blog design? 

I've missed you guys!


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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

taylor swift's perfumes

If you're a regular reader (thank you!) then you probably know I love Taylor Swift quite a lot.

But here's the thing - you don't need to be a fan of Taylor to buy her perfume trio.
Unlike the One Direction perfume, for example, Wonderstruck, Wonderstruck Enchanted and Taylor by Taylor Swift aren't a gimmick. (I'm actually a 1D fan myself and I have their perfume Our Moment but I think it's a little bit tacky, sorry guys! It smells good though, which is the whole point.)

 Wonderstruck in particular (probably since it was the first released) has been reviewed and raved about in a lot of magazines & I think for a celebrity perfume it has done extremely well.

All of these perfumes have been featured on my blog before in various posts but what's one more?


First of all LOOK AT THE BOTTLES - definitely the kind of thing you want displayed in your bedroom. Very pretty and I love the vintage look of Taylor by Taylor Swift (I kind of wish it was called something else though like Starlight - one her songs, used in the advert - cause it's such a typical celebrity thing, calling your perfume after you.)

I should probably warn you all now I am terrible at describing scents - but you can laugh at my attempt!


Wonderstruck is quite a fruity, floral scent.
 For all you perfume lovers out there the tops notes are raspberry, dewberry, freesia and apple blossom. I think it's perfect for the Spring/Summer time (although honestly I wear it every season!)
I got Wonderstruck for my 15th birthday and I still have plenty of it left - the 50ml has lasted ages.

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Wonderstruck Enchanted is a vanilla, floral scent (if that makes sense? I told you I'm not gifted when it comes to describing perfumes!) It's like a more autumn/winter appropriate Wonderstruck & is perfect for the evening. To me it's a 'cosy' scent. I do like the word 'cosy'. Probably one of my favourite words. I also like feeling cosy. Getting sidetracked... 
 The top notes are passion fruit, wild berries and poppy.
It lasts a little longer than Wonderstuck.

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Taylor by Taylor Swift is very sweet and vanilla-y but also mature and sophisticated. I know that sounds kind of contradictory because sweet screams 'childish' and 'immature' to me but I think if you smelt it you'd understand! The words 'musky' and 'romantic' come to mind.
Top notes are lychee (whatever that is..), magnolia petals and tangerine. Initially when I sprayed my first spritz of it I was like 'wow that's overpowering and sweet' but it quickly became my favourite out of the three and I've actually gotten quite a few compliments (woo!) when I wear it.
It's probably the most unique scent & I like the way the bottle mixes the retro pattern with the 50's style pearls and crystal stopper.
 I'm down to my last drop sadly but I'm going to repurchase it at some point or, better yet, put it on my Christmas list.
It definitely has the best longevity - lasting about 4-5 hours.

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From the scents to the packaging I think they are all pretty perfect...
AND my room smells so good now after writing this!



Have you smelt any of Taylor's perfumes? 
Got a favourite? 

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

lovely little things


I've been loving a few little things lately and I really want to share them with you!
It's not much, just a few small things that have made my October much more enjoyable.

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I buy Glamour magazine every month but this time I especially needed wanted it in my life when I discovered Taylor was on the cover. If you're new around here you'll quickly learn that I LOVE Taylor Swift!

She looks so amazing in the photo-shoot (she actually changed her twitter icon to one of the photos which she doesn't do often!) and her interview was great too.
 Sorry to those of you who aren't such a fan of Taylor's - I'll stop raving about her now!

If you haven't already bought the November issue of Glamour you should while you still can (I really love the 'Hey, It's OK...' feature!)

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Maybelline Baby Lips - they've been reviewed on pretty much every beauty blog, right?
They are the 'thing' in the blogging world right now (or maybe I'm a little late!)
Some people love them while others hate them & I have mixed feelings.

You see I bought Pink Punch a few weeks ago but I rarely use it. This is because it's not very moisturising and if your lips are chapped it'll cling to the dry parts. Then you're left looking like you've experimented with make-up made for a seven year old (you know those lipsticks I'm talking about? Where it looks like you've put crayon on your lips?)
I mean it's not always like this - if your lips aren't chapped it'll look pretty - but Pink Punch is definitely overrated for me.

The only lip-balm from the collection that makes the hype -almost- worth it is Cherry Me.
Last April my mum bought me it while she was in Florida as Baby Lips wasn't available in the UK and I had seen them in so many american magazines & loved the packaging!

Unlike Pink Punch, Cherry Me is very moisturising and it gives a really lovely, subtle red tint to your lips.
So perfect for everyday wear and school!

I've actually bought three Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me since April which sounds obsessive but most of them are Christmas presents - Do you understand my love for this £2.99 lip product? It's a lot a love haha!

I honestly reach for mine daily.

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EEEEE I'm so excited to tell you guys about my watch!
So a few weeks ago I was contacted by Born Pretty Store to see if I wanted to choose a watch & mention it on my blog.
At first I was a little bit worried - What if I don't like the watch very much?  I'd never lie about something here on Niamh's Dream - The way I see it is if you lie about a product what's the point in even having a blog?

But I didn't need to worry because since it's arrived it has been on my wrist all. the. time.
As you can see it's a bracelet-style watch which is pretty unique, non?
 I got a lot of compliments in school about it and I now know what to get one of my friends *cough cough* Rebecca for Christmas (Which on the subject of Christmas who else is super excited?!)

There is two 'adjustable clips' so it will fit most people's wrists.
The Born Pretty Store is really cheap and this watch is no exception - it's under £10!
But if you want to pay even less you can use a 10% discount code on the bracelet watch I have - NIAMHC10

(Remember it's in capital letters!)

The watch comes in loads of different colours and I think it's quite autumnal with the little leaf charm!

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So that's everything - it's nice to acknowledge the small things that make your day/week/month a bit better!

I'll see you next week,

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