5 Ways to Make a College Room Feel Like Home.

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This time two years ago I was starting my first year in NUIG aka National University of Ireland Galway and I really had no clue what to bring. Two years on, I’m going into my third year of college and I have picked up some tips and tricks on the way. Often enough college accommodation can be bleak and basic. So, for the freshers who are embarking on your first year of college or the returning students, here are some of my tips and tricks on how to make your college accommodation feel like home!

1. Candles

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I source link LOVE candles. They smell amazing and for the most part they cost very little. I picked up these candles in ikea. Candles can be placed anywhere and come in different sizes to suit any room. I really like the candles pictured above because they look unique.

2. Pictures

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http://visitsvartadalen.nu/?saxarokese=lagligt-att-best%C3%A4lla-Sildenafil-Citrate-p%C3%A5-n%C3%A4tet&85e=a7 What better way to remind you of home then having your nearest and dearest on display. I love hanging up pictures on the wall to remind me of fun and good times. However, you can’t always hang thing up on the wall because it can be damaged. So buy some quirky frames and pop your pictures inside. You can place them on your bedside table or on your desk.

http://pialadunia.es/?espikoleto=citas-celebres-de-hombres-ilustres&b45=aa Tiger have some great frames I’ve linked the website below so you can find the nearest shop!

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3. Colourful Duvet Covers

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Penneys have a great homeware section so I’m always picking up affordable duvet sets. Buying bright colours makes the room brighter. Your bed is usually the main focus of the room so why not make it stand out. The duvet set above is from Penneys last year homeware collection!

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4. Cushions

 

 

Another thing to add to your bed is cushions. They come in all shapes and sizes and can really add personality to your room. I love pugs so I’m fond of my pug cushion! The cushions above are all from Penneys and I have picked them up over the years so I doubt they’re still in stock!

 

5. Fairy Lights

 

 

 Fairy lights are not for everyone but I think they can add to a room. These bad boys are from ikea and I wrap them around my bed!
 
I thought I’d give you an example of it all together! My room last room last year 🙂

Until my next post,

happy reading & tea drinking,
Caitríona x







THE 10 BEST BLOGGERS ON INSTAGRAM.

I thought I’d share the ten best bloggers that I have found on Instagram. If you’re looking for current, fashion forward and funny Instagrams look no further I have them all in one place!
So in no particular order here are my favourite gals on Instagram.
I have been watching lily on Youtube for a good while. Her style and love for photography shines on her instagram.

 

If you recognise Courtney it’s because she is one of Ireland’s hottest stylist. She does writes a column and does bit on television. I love her behind the scenes photo shoots!
I started following The Pharmers Journal recently enough and every time I look at her insta I get hungry. She posts amazing pictures of food as well as beauty bits.
I really like Marieta’s aesthetic when it comes to taking pictures. She posts daily about her life and her love of selfies 🙂

 

Probably one of my faves of the group is Iris. This girls selfies are ridiculously on point! Teach me?
Emma posts about her beauty buys, her blog and her cute cat! What more do you want?
Leanne always has the next beauty trend. To keep up to date, hit the follow button!
Jade’s Berlin snaps made me travel hungry. Follow her for best book buys, food snaps and her blog updates <3
Lauren’s down to earth posts make her Instagram relatable. Her make up skills keep getting better and better every post.
Last but not least is Sarah. Her OOTD/OOTN posts are amazing. If you’re looking for a current fashion insta look no further!
So there you have it! Are you already following any of these Instagrams?
If so let me know in the comments!
Until next time,
Cait xoxo

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!

Clothing

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 🙂

 

Beauty

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.

Accessories

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
P.S Are you following me on Facebook , Instagram or Twitter ?

April Wishlist 2015

 

 

1.  Coco Earrings

I have been looking for these earrings since I saw Rihanna wearing them. I love how it’s a twist on a classic look. I can’t wait to get these earrings and I’ll be buying them from Irish website Glitz and Pieces. For €13 they’re a steal!

http://glitznpieces.ie/product/coco-earrings/

2. Colour block cami

Monochrome is one of those trends that never seems to completely disappear. I love this tank top from River Island because  it is one of those tops that you could turn from a day to a night look.  For €25 you could look trés chic.

http://eu.riverisland.com/women/tops/cami–sleeveless-tops/white-colour-block-square-neck-cami-662126

3.  Baby Blue Skirt

I love this baby blue skirt that I found on Asos. The colour is really summery and bright! The skirt is €38.35

http://www.asos.com/River-Island/River-Island-Jacquard-Mini-Skirt/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4933772&cid=2639&sh=0&pge=1&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Blue&totalstyles=651&gridsize=3

4.  Urban Decay Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm

As the summer approaches I like wearing beauty balms instead of foundation every day. The balm has SPF 20 in it so it’ll protect your skin from the sun and protect me from getting too many freckles!!! You can add it to your foundation to make it more dewy. I’m looking forward to trying it out! You can find in any Debenhams shop with an Urban Decay stand for €30

http://www.debenhams.ie/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10052_10001_123932900599<1

5.  PS Love This – Brush Cleaner

A friend of mine told me about this brush cleaner and I’m ridiculously excited to try it. Two things majorly stand out, number one the price and number two the quality. For such a cheap price if it doesn’t live to the hype it won’t break the bank! It’s really important to clean your brushes as your brush picks up bacteria, oil and dirt! Cleaning your brushes can prevent breakouts, pink eye and viral infections that can do serious permanent damage!

This brush cleaner is available in Penneys/Primark for €2 !

6.  Chaos and the Calm – James Bay

I REALLY like the song Hold Back The River, so much so that I have it playing on my Spotify on repeat. I’m going to buy the album soon enough and knowing me I’ll be addicted soon enough.

So that’s my April Wish List guys! If you buy any of these products let me know if you like them by tagging me on instagram @yabighamya !
Until next time,
Cait xo
P.S  Have you seen my Dubai Diary?

 

Wish List for March 2015

Hi guys so this is my first ever wish list on the blog. I really like reading other peoples wish lists  so I decided to add this feature to mine.

I’ll post things that I’ve spotted over a month at a time.  I’ll be posting things like make-up, hair accessories/products, jewellery, books, albums and miscellaneous bits and pieces.

So without further ado here is my March Wish List!

1. No7 Skin Illuminator

I got my hands on some No7 vouchers for my birthday, so the next time I’m in Boots I’ll be picking up this little gem. I’ve heard so many great things about this illuminator and coming into the summer months I love the dewy look!

2.  Contour Powder / Blush Palette

I’ve heard so many good things about this product and when I saw it in action on Exposé, I decided I needed to add it to my makeup collection. I like the fact the palette includes blushes as well as contour powders because it makes it more compact. 

3. MAC Living Legend – Lipstick

I’m a big fan of red lipsticks. I’m a big believer that a red lip can lift your make up! I saw this colour on one of my favourite MUA’s BuffandBlend !
You can find these lipstick in any MAC or Brown Thomas Shop around Ireland!
 Link to buff and Blend’s Facebook  page   https://www.facebook.com/BuffandBlend?fref=ts

4.  Smash box Oil Free Primer

I’m jetting off on my holidays in a few weeks time so I’m looking for make up that lasts in the heat! I’ve read a ton of good reviews about this primer. So I cant wait to test out  this primer in the desert!

5. Ribba Picture Ledge

I’m always looking for ways to make my room more organised. I love my ever-growing  nail polish  collection but I never found a good way of putting them on display, until now. 
While browsing on the ikea website (bad habit), I spotted these guys! I know that they’re picture ledges, but I think they could work as a nail polish display! 

6. ASOS Chunky Cat Eye Sunglasses

 

I love sunglasses! They can instantly change your outfit! So I really want to add these bad boys to my collection! 
You can find them here:
If you guys buy any of the items on my wish list, please let me know by tagging me on Instagram @yabighamya!
Until next time,
Cait xo

Ten Instagram Accounts you NEED to be following.

 

1. @dublindiaries Hometown and fave city. This account captures the best places and parts of Dublin, making me very homesick.
2. @bfa_nyc A cool collection of photographs capturing celebs,models and artists behind the scenes. something you wouldn’t see in OK!
   

 

3. @caradelevingne Probably the most loved model of 2013. Give her a follow she has interesting snaps.
 4. @nastygal One of my favourite fashion brands, if you aren’t following them you’re missing out.

 

5. @nasagoddard Because lets face it space is cool.
6. Hello Mr. President. @barackobama
7. @jamesfrancotv you guys don’t need a reason, it’s James Franco.
8. @kyliejenner the underrated Kardashian. Her on trend Instagram can give you some inspo.
9. @zooeydeschanel Who doesn’t love her quirkiness.
10. Because I’m cheeky, @yabighamya .
Giz a follow
Peace xo