September 12, 2014


To be honest, there was no way I could talk about this shampoo without sounding like one of those pop up scams. This shampoo has DEFINITELY made my hair grow faster. I've had countless conversations with new and old friends about how shiny and long and healthy my hair has gotten. And all I've done is change my shampoo. It's not even THAT expensive - I bought the shampoo and conditioner in boots for about €20, so compared to some designer ranges out there, this set won't break the bank. And it truly does work. My hair is longer. I'd recommend this to anyone. 
I think the brand is Ogx, and it's their 'Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco' range, which claims to soften, strengthen and add shine to your locks. I can't rave enough about it. I've never been this please with a shampoo, and I feel so lame for loving a product a much as I love this. They're not even paying me to write this - although, Ogx, if you're reading this and want to pay me, that's totally fine. 

I don't do that many beauty posts on here anymore, so I thought instead of doing a totally professional and educated hair product review (or, not) I'd add in another little shout out to my favourite mascara of the moment. The Maybelline Falsies Volume Express mascara is fantastic. You can see below how my tiny, basically non-existent eyelashes (on the right on) are transformed into something else entirely. To be fair, that was a couple of layers of the mascara, but as another drugstore/highstreet/read: not expensive product, it's not bad at all. I won't be splashing out for that YSL one everyone likes so much when this one is so great!
To sum up: these two products are good, use them if you want to. Apologies for the creepy eye photo. My eyebrows look dreadful - need to fix that. 
I'll have that delayed London travel post for you soon (maybe). 
Hope you're all well! And do tell me about all the beauty products you use that WOW ACTUALLY WORK!!! MIRACLE CREAMS! BERRIES THAT MAKE YOU LOSE A STONE IN A WEEK!! Comment below with all your recommendations for me! :)

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September 5, 2014

Galway and Excuses

I've had this post about my little trip to Galway in my drafts for weeks now. I haven't properly had a chance, with work and travelling to London to sit down and edit it till now. I'm sick. This is what it's come to. Me at home, tissues and lemsip at the ready, the only spare time I have to write blog posts. I need to figure out time management and where I'm going SO WRONG. I'm also pretty sure days are shorter than we think, has anyone actually looked into this 24 hour thing? So anyway, here's my extremely delayed Galway post. APOLS. 

I have been to Galway as a child a couple of times, but had very little memories of the place so I was excited to rediscover the city!
Galway is full of life and it was buzzing with street performers, tourists and locals. The atmosphere was great, something I hadn't really felt was missing from Dublin, but now acknowledge on a daily basis. It feels like you've been there before and like every person on the street is your friend.
While wandering the streets, checking out the university and cathedral we happened upon Charlie Byrnes bookshop; one of the best shops I have ever set foot in! The somewhat organised chaos of shelves and shelves full of every book imaginable makes this place an experience! I could have spent hours getting lost amongst the new and old books here! 
We went out that night to Roisin Dubh - one of Galways well known bars! They were having a silent disco on and with tequila lining the stomachs we danced to our hearts content and ended the night in Supermacs, famous for their RAG week crowds.
When I first arrived I was a bit annoyed that we had just missed the arts festival but there is so much to see and do that I wasn't disappointed! I know the word 'vibe' is thrown about a lot these days with little to no meaning associated with it, but if good vibes are a thing, Galway sure has them. 
I don't know if I could live in the city, it is very small - we had seen basically all of it walking around in half an day, but I'm dying to go back again now! I loved it! And I'm jealous of everyone going to university there, the campus is very hogwarts-esque! 
I've also now been SHORTLISTED for the Irish Blog Awards, which is AMAZING. Shout out to any judges who may be reading this, hiya! Now I feel even guiltier for not having posted in a while!
So apologies for my absence again, there really isn't much that I've been doing to make up for it. I'll do another post on London too - so keep your eyes peeled for that!
Hope you're all well. 

August 15, 2014

Blog Love #02: Handful of Fashion

Erika Bowes is one of my favourite bloggers out there. Her wardrobe is perfect., her face is even better and I love her smart, blunt personality too. She comes across as strongly opinionated answering questions on Tumblr but seems so much sweeter and maybe even shy in person. This 'Cyberstar' video is a great introduction to her and her Tumblr blog, (but this is from a good while ago.) - I just love her accent!
Her style is really versatile and  in her blog posts she rocks looks from layered grunge outfits, in an over-sized vintage coat to simplistic minimalism. I love that you never know what to expect with her - she recently dyed her hair a stunning grey colour! Who knew that granny-chic could look that cool?

And 5 hours later…….��happy new hair day
She is currently studying fashion at university and it really has been so interesting to follow the development of her style over the past year or so since I've discovered her. She has matured a lot and it's clear that she knows what suits her, and what's on trend and how to take both into consideration. 
Both her Blogspot and her Tumblr are so inspiring! I love her food and lifestyle posts too, her healthy meals and strong opinions are great too - she seems like such a great individual, and someone who really knows who she is. If you don't know who she is already I highly recommend checking out her various social media accounts, her Instagram is also one of my favorites! And keep your eyes peeled for that face, Erika is going places. 

Hope you're all keeping well! I'll be back with a post about my little trip to Galway soon. But check out my Instagram if you want to see what I got up to before then!
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August 12, 2014

100 things I like about Dublin (Part 3) // The Food Edition

So it's been a while since I've written Part 2 of my Love for Dublin series. I don't know why but I'm finding it harder than I thought to think of 100 specific little things I like about this city. You wouldn't guess I've been living here 22 years, would you? I thought I'd narrow things down and make Part 3 about places to eat. I do love eating, and I eat here a lot. So I thought I'd make this edition of the tag/series/whatever this is a list of my favourite restaurants and cafes.
If this is all new to you, you can read Part 1 and see my reasonings behind this tag by clicking here!

021: Boojum - The past few years have seen a surge in the number of Burrito restaurants in Dublin. I don't know why, I guess us dubliners must love Mexican food, but I'm not complaining. There's been a lot of talk about which of these is the best establishment and I (having tried an abundance of our burrito bars, you could call me an expert) can safely say Boojum is my favourite. I work just around the corner from it and have had to restrain myself from going in for a Burrito bowl for lunch everyday. 

022: Foam - Cafe and art gallery combined, a visit to Foam is an experience. The meals I've had there weren't AMAZING, I'm not going to lie to you but they have a huge selection of teas and cakes that are very good. You really want to sit in here all day and stare at all the kitschy tack that's all wonderfully strung together. They have changed up their menu, so I will try some more food stuffs and get back to y'all on that. But go and have some San Pellegrino Lemonade and enjoy the colours. 

023: The Greenery - this is my local brunch spot (my new favourite meal) that does THE BEST scrambled eggs and salmon. Great food, good atmosphere and close to my own home! If you're ever in the Dublin 4 area you must pop in. I love a good suburb restaurant. 

024: KC peaches - To help with my major indesiciveness problem, KC peaches' salad and hot food bar is ideal as I can pick and choose what I want. Amazing chocolate brownies are definitely a plus - I feel like I basically lived here for a short period in my 3rd year of college.

025: Eddie Rockets - If you're Irish you'll definitely know, and probably have enjoyed our own American diner experience. Eddie's is fast food, but great fast food. Their Malts and Milkshakes are so amazing, and the music they play just adds to the experience. If you're ever in the mood to pretend like you're in Grease but you're low on cash and in Ireland just throw on a leather jacket and go here.
026: Captain Americas - Nachos. Cheap cocktails. Done.

027: Hatch & Sons - This is a relatively new find of mine, only having gone for the first time a couple of months ago. It's always a plus to find a really fantastic Irish restaurant and Hatch & Sons is just that. Their Irish fry is beautifully presented and a classic, but they also do sandwiches in Blaas, a Wicklow soft bread roll that are amazing and the perfect size. Situated opposite Stephens Green, it's centrally located and not too expensive at all!

028: Blazing salads - Just off Wicklow street this tiny little take-away does amazing, healthy, vegan food. They have both hot and cold salads and soups. If you're looking for somewhere quick to grab and go this place is perfect! They also sell their own recipe books that I'm dying to have a look at!

029: Herb Street - I'm sorry, I'm going to talk about brunch again. Herb Street's breakfasts are the most amazing things. The french toast and pancakes are so fluffy and thick, my mouth is watering just looking at that picture below. You can find this lovely spot at Grand Canal, near the Bord Gais theatre, which is slowly becoming one of my favourite places in Dublin on a sunny day. Sit outside here on a Sunday morning, grab a freshly squeezed orange juice, and watch the world pass by.
Basically all of these photos are from my instagram @eleanorcos

030: Jo Burger - Another classic Dublin restaurant with really great Irish food, is this Burger joint. They have a great selection of craft beer, but it's the lemonade you need to try, along with the sweet potato fries! And nothing beats a good burger. 

That's it! I'm no restaurant reviewer, or foodie (ew. That word.) but we all need to eat. Eat or die. That's the new motto. So if you're from Dublin, or coming to Dublin, or in Dublin right now, maybe try these places if you haven't been able to get your hands on a guide book where the writers actually know what they're talking about!
I'm off to Galway now for two days so I'll hopefully do some fun things, take photos and be able to share them with you. I might just get drunk with friends, who knows. 
Intrigue just posted the interview I did with Clare Lyons, so if you like photography, or art, or me, or interviews or reading you should click here - THANKS.

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