Rod Stewart played to an audience of 24k at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny on June 25th 2016 and my friend was lucky enough to nab us some tickets to the show at a charity auction at work.

I won't lie it was my friend that was the Rod fan, but having heard that he put on a great show I was really looking forward to seeing him live and he certainly didn't disappoint.

The crowd rocked away for over 2 hours as Rod worked his way through all his hits and I was actually surprised at how many of his songs I knew.

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For me though the highlight of the night was his support, 'The Sisterhood', made up of Rod's daughter Ruby and Alyssa Bonagura. I think they're definitely ones to watch and their unique sound and great harmonies went down a storm with the crowd.

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After a high performance show by Rod and co the night ended with fireworks and chants of ole, ole.

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Rod Stewart at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny

The Coronas played King Johns Castle last Saturday April 30th and I was so excited that a friend of mine managed to grab some tickets for the gig. It literally sold out within an hour of going online.

They are the first act since The Frames back in 2004 to play at the castle. It's such a great venue and should definitely be used more often.

Much to the shock of some of my friends I wasn't hugely familiar with The Coronas music and only knew a handful of their songs, but all that has changed after seeing them live. Their energy and music is contagious and they are such down to earth nice guys.

I, "of course" brought my camera and snapped a few pics and also filmed some video. I think you can see from the video the energy they put into their performance. Definitely worth checking these guys out if you ever have the chance to see them live.

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The venue was so perfect and because only 2k tickets were sold everyone wasn't squashed and uncomfortable. Myself and my friends were delighted that we had our own little section and plenty of room.
I'm really hoping they plan on using this venue more for music events because I for one would go back in a heartbeat.

Playing support for The Coronas were The Academic who I'm pretty sure earned themselves a few new fans as well.

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A great night was had by all and the countdown begins to the next gig at the castle.

The Coronas At King John's Castle Limerick

The one thing people tend to ask me most is what products I use on my hair, so I thought it would be a good thing to do a blog post about.

These are my go to products which mostly stay the same and have done for quite a while now. Sometimes I add in a few more things (leave in conditioners/shine spray etc) but overall these are the things I have found that work for me.

For colouring I use Garnier Nutrisse. I have tried SO many hair colours over the years and this is the only one that works on my colour resistant greys. It also leaves my hair feeling healthy and conditioned.

I have a really fussy scalp so not all shampoos suit me (what a surprise). The shampoo brand that I've found works for me is the Aussie Brand. It doesn't matter which one I use in the range so I tend to switch it up every now and then and have, at one time or another, used them all. At the moment I'm using the Beach Mate Shampoo & Colour Mate Conditioner and I tend to buy them when they're on offer.

To protect my hair when heat styling I love the TRESemmé Heat Protector. As much as I love the Aussie Shampoo and Conditioners I didn't like their Heat Protector. I found it left my hair sticky and heavy. The TRESemmé one doesn't do that and I also find that it detangles my hair slightly as well! Always a plus when you have hair like mine that tangles so easily.

I go through phases of using Argan Oil and hair masks (either the Aussie 3min miracle or Frizz Ease) depending on the condition of my hair but I personally find it's more in the summer that my hair needs these, so at the moment I'm not using anything beyond my regular shampoo and conditioner.

They are my main products that I use everytime I wash my hair. I only wash my hair every 2/3 days. With the length and thickness of my hair I really couldn't be washing it everyday and it doesn't need washing every day as it's really only my fringe that gets anyway greasy after day 3. If my fringe has been recently cut I can actually get away with 3 days of good hair before I need to wash it.

Have you found any hair care products that you can't live without? I'd love to hear about them in the comments.  

My Essential Haircare Products

Here's a little peek at a few of the Christmas Card designs I came up with this year.
Everything I used to make my cards was using stash I already had or freebies I had gotten with magazines. I was determined NOT to buy anything because God knows I had enough in my stash without buying anymore.

I wanted to keep them simple so i used a kraft card base and the same basic design for all of them. I started by embossing some pearlescent white card with snowflakes, added a ribbon and then matted and layered that onto some coloured card. Using that as my base I then made a few different designs by adding die cut snowflakes (freebie from a magazine) and other various things I had in my stash.

I loved how they turned out and thought the combo of the kraft card and the pearlescent white card worked really well.

I also decided to decorate the envelopes using, you guessed it, a freebie stamp from a magazine.

Let me know what you think in the comments and let me know if you made any Christmas Cards.

2015 Christmas Cards

I was in Penney's (Primark to those of you in the UK) recently, and naturally couldn't leave without picking up a few bits. So I thought I'd share what I got.

There are some gorgeous things for Autumn in store at the moment and I really need to go back and pick up some more because this little haul consists of mainly shoes and PJs.

The only clothes items I picked up are these jumpers with faux blouses which are very popular at the moment. They come in a range of different colours at €12 each. I picked up the black and grey. The black one has a plain shirt and even though it doesn't show up very well in the pic the grey one has a polka dot blouse. I've already worn them and they wash SO well. They're practically dry coming out of the washing machine.

I'm pretty fussy when it comes to knitwear and don't waste my money on anything that's 100% acrylic anymore. I'm fed up of buying things that I truly love and then after one or two wears they go all bobbley. My advice: check the labels and if you see that it's 100 acrylic, put it back!

For obvious reasons (my love of owls) I HAD to pick up these pj's. I did need some new winter ones and when I saw these I knew they were the ones I had to have. I thought this set was cute and such good value. The top was €5 and Bottoms were €8.

This one is also adorable. Top €8 and bottoms also €8.

I have a slight scarf addiction and it's getting a little out of control but this fab scarf for €6 was just too good to resist. It's literally the size of a blanket and is so snug and warm. I've already worn it on a few occasions and it will definitely be getting plenty of use this winter. I may have to pick up a few more in some other colours {blush}.

These shoes were just too gorgeous to resist. I love the fact that they have a chunky heel (which I'm sorry is difficult to see in the pic) but I wanted a pair of dressy high heels that didn't have a really skinny heel. These fit the bill perfectly and at €20.00 were also easy on the pocket.

This style of shoe is very poplar at the moment so I grabbed a pair when I spotted my size. They cost €7.

These are super light but I fell in love with the colour and for €5 they ended up getting thrown into my basket.

I picked up a couple of homeware items. The little mini drawer set that I thought might come in handy in my craft room or maybe even to alter was €8 and the cushion covers were £3.50 each.

Last but not least I picked up this cute watch. It's more for the summer but I loved the colour and style of it and at €7 it was super affordable.

Autumn Penney's / Primark Haul

Because I love looking at other people's Monthly Favourites posts/videos so much I thought I'd start putting up my Monthly Favourites. And while in an ideal world I'd like to have started this at the beginning of the year,  life isn't perfect, so here I am starting this off with my August favourites.

I'm gonna mix it up a bit and include EVERYTHING. So I'll be including beauty, lifestyle, craft, food, music and movie faves and anything else that tickles my fancy. Sometimes there may be more of one that there is of another.
I'm so excited, so let's get started...........

Let's start with beauty. This first one has been a favourite for quite a while now, so much so that I just repurchased it for the third time (which is practically unheard of for me). It's the Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara (Boots €9.49), it's top of my beauty faves this month.

I've found myself reaching for the Maybelline Baby Lips Balm (Boots €3.99) in peach more and more this month for when I want a bit of colour but don't want to wear lipstick. This does the job perfectly while also keeping my lips moisturised. I also love the smell of it.

Versace Vanitas Perfume (Amazon £25.66) has been my everyday perfume for the last while. I first got a sample of this in a Glossy Box ages ago and fell in love with it immediately. At the time it was only available from Harrods in London and when I looked it up on their website the postage cost nearly as much as the perfume so it just didn't seem logical to purchase it. Time went by and while browsing through the winter sale on the Debenhams website 12 months ago 3 guesses what I spotted. I took it as a sign and purchased this little beauty and haven't regretted it since. At first I kept it for evening and special occasion wear but when I used up my regular everyday perfume I started using this one as my daily scent.

I love using the Simple Eye Make-up Remover Wipes but they're a little bit on the pricey side. These Tesco Eye Make-Up Remover Pads (Tesco €1.99) are exactly same. They're unscented, the same size, have a textured side to make sure they remove any stubborn eye make-up and they're gentle enough for contact lens wearers.
At €1.99 they're a fraction of the cost of the Simple ones. Also being pads and not a liquid means they're ideal for packing for any holidays.

The last while I've been using this Maybelline Eyebrow Mascara (Boots €7.49 ) on my brows. I've never liked how brow powders or pencils look on my brows but this brow mascara is so easy to use, looks so natural and is the perfect match for my brows that I can't see myself ever using anything else.

I had been eyeing up this Mitchem Cream Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant (Tescos €6.99) in my local Tescos for quite a while but thought that the €6.99 price tag was a bit much so I skipped buying it. And then I saw Fleur De Force mention it on You Tube and she said how good it was. She has never led me astray with products before so I took her word for it and popped it in my basket the next time I was in shopping. I'm happy to say I haven't regretted my purchase. It does everything it says and is definitely my favourite to use now.

 Bookwise I've been reading On The Water's Edge By Sara Gruen (AmazonUK, AmazonUS ). If the authors name is familiar to you it maybe because she is also the author of Water for Elephants that was later made into a movie starring Robert Pattinson & Reese Witherspoon.

My final favourite of the month is a food favourite and it's this Kelkin Popcorn (Tesco €2.79). You're probably saying it's just popcorn, what's so special about that? Well let me tell you..... This popcorn comes in sachets that are suitable for one. I LOVE this because I love snacking on popcorn when I feel like a salty snack. But if I use the ordinary sachets it makes WAY too much and I can't help but eat it all because I love popcorn that much! Also I prefer the popcorn that you pop yourself because the smell of it just makes it all the more appetising to me, so these smaller sachets are just perfect!

So there you have it. That's what I've been loving this month. Let me know what you've been loving in the comments below.

August Favourites

I've been meaning to do a 'What's in my Make-Up' Bag for the longest time. I love being nosey and seeing what other people keep in their bags so here's what I have in mine at the moment.......

What's In My Make-Up Bag

My neighbour asked me last minute to make a Halloween card for her to send to her 
grandkids in America.
She had tried various shops around town but had no luck in finding one.
Of course I agreed but then I ran into the little problem of not actually having ANY Halloween card making supplies and not having anytime to purchase any either. 
I'm quite happy with how it turned out and the more important thing is so was my neighbour.

Halloween Owl Card

I was anxious to try the Hydra-Calm Cleansing Gel and Hydra-Calm Global Protection Day Cream by Ren. I had tried the Ren Beauty Balm and liked it a lot but wanted to give the sensitive skin range a go.

REVIEW: Ren Cleansing Gel & Day Cream

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