The ULTIMATE dupe to sigma brushes?

The answer? Jessup. The last few months I have heard bits and pieces about a new cheaper brand of brushes. The Jessup brushes are sold on eBay and are usually distributed from countries like China. My brushes came from Hong Kong.

The brushes come in a protective case so they aren’t damaged! I bought the Pro Jessup Cosmetics Foundation Blending Brush Kabuki Makeup Tool Set Kit (mouthful right?). They are available in nine different colours and instead of opting for the usual black brush I choose a deep purple.

I believe brushes have a big impact on how your make up turns out. With a good brush you’re guaranteed a good finish ! Below I did a comparison between the  Jessup and Sigma brushes!

F80 Flat Kabuki Sigma Price $24


F82 Round Kabuki Sigma Price $24


F84 Angled Kabuki Sigma Price $24
F86 Tapered Kabuki Sigma Price $24
F88 Flat Angled Kabuki Sigma Price $24


E30 Pencil Sigma Price $14


E25 Blending Sigma Price $14


E40 Tapered Blending Sigma Price $16


E70 Medium Angeled Shading $14


E59 Wide Shade Sigma Price $16

The brushes were dense and although they picked up product it didn’t sink into the brush which was great because you don’t waste foundation or any other make up products. My favourite for applying foundation has to be the  flat kabuki and the tapered kabuki is a dream to use with a cream contour! Altogether the Sigma brushes add up to $194 which converts to €176. However the Jessup price is $13 and shipping was only $2.97 which converts roughly to €14.55! I really think this is a steal compared to other Sigma and Real Techniques brushes!

I’ve left the link below for anyone who is interested in purchasing! The only fault really is how long it takes to get here. The seller advertises 10-15 days so you’ll definitely be in for a long wait. I’m sure you can find another seller on eBay that would be faster but I think my seller was good because she emailed me to tell me when they were shipped and they arrived the time she said they would 🙂

So there you have it, my new favourite brushes!
Until next Wednesday,
Caitríona xo

**Disclaimer the sigma brush prices are correct according to their website : Also this is not a sponsored post 🙂 **

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Penneys Haul May 2015

If you’ve read my blog before you’ll know that I love Penneys. I love reading other peoples posts and I have a habit of looking at Penneys or Primark hauls on Youtube. So without further ado these are some of the pieces I have picked up over the last month!


First things first I’m the realest (sorry). I’m heading on holiday to Florida in a months time so I picked up these cute t-shirts for during the day.



Red Striped Top €6


Life’s A Beach €6


Grey Cami €3


Disney Princess Top €8


I really can’t wait to wear this princess top in Disneyland 🙂



The P.S I LOVE YOU brand have released new skin care products. I picked up a few of them to try them out. I really like the nose strips and I have yet to try out the eye mask.

Pore Strips €1.50
Eye Patches €1.50

Macadamia Oil Hask Hair Mask

Macadamia Oil €2


In-between visits to the hairdresser  I love using hair masks. I know when I’m getting split ends I love using them because they make my hair soft and shiny!

Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water
Cleanser €4.50

I  have heard of this product so much over the last few months that I had to give it a go myself. It’s a water based cleanser so you don’t have to wash your face after. I can see what everyone is raving about! This had quickly become one of my favourite skin care products and this is the second bottle I have bought.


My favourite item on the haul has to be this neon pink clear make up bag. It’ll be so handy for travelling 🙂

Make up bag €4

I have become obsessed with pearls. Not only have I become obsessed with pearls but penney’s have too (lucky me)! So when I saw these pearls I had to pick them up such a bargain 🙂

Pearl Earrings €1.50
So there we have it my first Penney’s haul! If you would like to see more of these kind of posts let me know on Facebook or Twitter!
Until next time,
Caitríona xo
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The Student Shopping Survival Guide.

As Dolly Parton once said “it takes a lot of money to look this good” maybe thats not quite right oh what is it? look this cheap? Whatever, all I know is that is really does take a lot of money to look good. Student life for most students is trying to decide what to spend money on. Battle of the food vs night out with the gals begins.

I LOVE shopping and I take any chance to run to the nearest Penneys, H&M or River Island. Unfortunately, when I get to the shops reality hits. Do I really want to spend €35 on a colour block top? The Answer NO, but will I, probably.

So, these are my student shopping survival guide tips. Remember stay savvy.

1. Unidays


Unidays is every students haven. It has discount codes for hundreds of shops. All you have to do is sign up and register what college you attend! Unfortunately you can only get one code a day 🙁 However, shop close to midnight and you’ll have a new code soon after!

2. Depop

Depop is amazing for selling your unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories. I heard when about the app when I saw fellow bloggers using it. It’s a great way to sell clothes that you wanted to return but lost the receipt or even christmas presents that don’t fit (cheeky I know)

I love scanning through the app when I have a few €€€. You can download the app free from the app store!

My depop name is @meiscait <3

Mine ^  (don’t judge the photo)

3. Student Card

Every student owns a student card. Use it. It gets you discounts everywhere and they really come in handy.

4. Vintage Markets

Since I commute between Dublin (home) and Galway (college). I decided to share the two vintage markets I know.

Dublin Flea Market


I was lucky enough to find this gem when my dad had a stand selling bikes here. I would go around on my ‘break’ and find little purses and t-shirts that were homemade or one off. I really loved the idea of finding one off pieces and I wasn’t paying a fortune for it. The flea market is on the last Sunday of every month. Even if you just go once you’ll be sure to find something.


Galway – Flea Style Market


I saw the Galway flea style market on Facebook. I trolled through the Facebook page first and what I saw I really like. They keep the page updated regularly and do give aways. They also post some of the quirky items they sell. I’d recommend checking this place out! Check out dates on their Facebook page!


5. Become a Hawk.


Hawk  ^

Not literally but do follow your favourite shops on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Then, when they are offering 20% discounts you can snap them up straight away.

Remember kids, stay savvy.
Best of luck,
Caitríona out -mic drop-  xo
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How to recreate those Metball looks!

Watching and waiting for the Met Gala has become an annual ritual for me. The two reasons I love it are the themes which inspire so many crazy outfits and celebrities perspective on said theme! This years theme was ‘China through the looking glass’. I felt that many celebrities didn’t follow the theme but for those who did, they definitely stood out.

Looking at some of the outfits I decided to recreate them and make them a little more wearable. So, if you’re looking to create these Met Gala looks, look no further.

1. Emma Roberts

Emma wore a lovely emerald green dress and I found this gorgeous dress on Asos! Both dresses are quite simialar in colour and material!
2. Emily Ratajkowski


This look is super tasteful! I love the length and the white makes Emily really stand out from other Metball looks!  This AX Paris dress is featured on the rocketdoll website!

3.  Kim K


Not everyones favourite look of the night but you have to appreciate the beading and sequence that is on the work dress. Something that I was looking for in the recreate dress. This Needle and Thread dress is beautiful. Similar to the MB dress it has intricate beading and sequence!

4.  Cara Delevingne

As usual Cara always stands out. Not following the crowd Cara decided to rock a jumpsuit with a daring cherry blossom which tied into the theme. I have to admire the girl for her bravery!

5. Rihanna

This dress is really capturing everyone’s attention and Rihanna is one of few women that could pull off such a bold look. I LOVE the colour! Rihanna was one of the few celebrities that actually choose a Chinese designer and in the asian countries the colour yellow is associated with royalty.  Move over queen bey. This Asos dress really captures the colour!

6. Rosie Huntington-Whitely

Rosie stunned in a nude gown! I found a similar nude dress with lace detailed trim on for a whopping €27! Such a steal.

7.  Selena Gomez



Last but not least my favourite look of the night was definitely Selena Gomez. She looked stunning in a white figure hugging gown! I had serious trouble trying to find a dress that was up to standard and did it justice. I found this little gem, a BCBG Max Azaria dress on Asos!


What was your favourite Metball look? Let me know down below in the comment!
Let me know if you liked this post!
Until next time,
Cait xo



Now I know that ballin’ is usually used in the context of basketball but I thought I’d change things up and use it for what I like to call ballin!

Reaching the end of the academic year the Acadamh have a ball to celebrate! So all of us Acadamh students get to dress up and celebrate in style! Since debs season is fast approaching I thought I’d share with you my OOTN!

I bought my dress in coast in Dubai and my shoes are  from New Look! I bought the shoes two years ago they aren’t available anymore so I will post similar options below.

So, without further ado….




Earrings – Penneys


Dress –

Similar Shoes –


Earrings – Penneys €3

If you would like to see more outfit posts please let me know down below in the comments!
Happy reading,
Caitríona xo


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