Tuesday, 28 July 2015


2015 has been the best year ever for great fashion, and the Gladiator sandal is one trend i am loving at the minute.

This is one trend that we can actually thank Kardashians for.

I love the way you can dress these up or down, and they are available in heel style for a more fashion forward look or flat form for a more comfortable and relaxed feel to a look.

I have scoured the net and found my favourite styles, i went for the first ones from Asos i just love them.

Get Shopping quick as this trend is selling out fast!!!!

Asos far away sandals Shop Here

Asos Fentiman knee gladiator sandals Shop Here

Asos flo suede tie leg sandals Shop Here

Zara Gladiator sandals Shop Here

Zara Roman Sandals Shop Here

Mango strap cord sandals Shop Here

Missguided flat lace up sandals Shop Here

Missguided heeled gladiator sandals Shop Here

Thanks For Reading,
Love Cathryn XXXX

Monday, 27 July 2015


As you all know in our goodie bags at the Irishblbinspire event in Cream Dreams in Wexford the wonderful Niamh from Holos Skincare gave us some samples.

In my bag was a sample of the body oil, after a long week I ran myself a long hot bath and decided to try out the body oil, it smelled amazing and when I woke the next morning I could still smell it on me.
I decided to look up the Holos website and see what other products they made.

This is Niamh Hogan  from Enniscorthy, Niamh is the owner of Holos Skincare. 
She has been a practicing Aromatherapist and Natural Health Professional since 2003.
It is Niamh's clinical experience and passion for Essential oils and natural lifestyles that led to the creation of these products.
Holos products are made with Essential oils, they are natural and holistic and hand crafted in County Wexford.
It's great to find an amazing local brand in your own town.
Be sure to check out www.holos.ie for more Information.

I have extremely dry skin, especially my hands they are prone to drying out really bad, and I was on the lookout for something new to try as they get so dry around my knuckles they actually crack and bleed.
decided to pop into only natural in Wexford as I spotted on Holos Website that they are stockists of the products and try out the tester sample, leave it on and go shopping for a couple of hours and see how it fairs out on my skin.
I was surprised that after a few hours shopping my hands still felt moist and the hand cream smelt great, I said I'd pop back in and get a tub and try it for a couple of weeks.

After using it for a couple of days I was quiet impressed so I decided to pop back in and pick up a few more bits as I generally like all my skincare products to be from the same brand.
So I picked up the Face Cream and the Anti Ageing Facial Oil and said I'd give them a go too.
tried those and was so impressed I went out the next day and bought the Good Night Rich Night Cream as well, the night cream smells so calming and relaxing.

The above is the Holos Good Night Rich Night Cream, this is actually my favourite product from the range, I massage this onto my face every night before bed.
A little goes an awful long way with this face cream as it is very rich and moisturising.
This cream has the most amazing smell ever, a really tranqil and relaxing smell.
This scent would be amazing as a pillow mist (Hint Hint Niamh)

I use the Holos Face cream daily and find it leaves my skin really well hydrated, i also use the Holos Anti-Ageing Facial Oil and i find that after use my skin feels and looks radiant and feeling soft.

Here's some pics of my hands before using the hand cream, they are not as bad now as we are in the Summer Months but they get really bad in the Winter months.
My knuckles are bleeding and very sore to bend.

My hand is starting to clear up just two days into using the hand cream

Very dry palms

Dry skin in between my fingers

The Holos Hand Cream has been my savior over the last few weeks, my hands are well moisturised and hydrated and i no longer have bad cracked knuckles.
I always make sure i have a pot to hand and apply the cream first thing in the morning and before bed and always reapply after washing my hands.
Pics of my hands now and I have added a video to show you how much they have changed from using Holos hand cream in just a few weeks.
Pics and video were taken at the window for natural light so you can really see the difference.
I dont exactually have model hands so i appolagise for that.
For anypne else like me who suffers with really dry skin i would definately recommend Holos Hand cream you wont be disappointed.

Tanning using Holos Face Cream and Clarins Golden Glow Booster 

I discovered that these two work amazing together the Holos face cream and Clarins golden glow booster. 
The best thing about this combination is there is no false tan smell at all.
The Clarins golden glow booster is designed to work with your regular moisturiser to give you a golden glow, that gradually builds in colour.
I find the Holos face cream works best with it as it's such a rich face cream and has great coverage with just a few drops.
How it works: add three drops of Clarins golden glow booster to your moisturiser, mix together and apply to the face. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
Clarins also do the golden glow booster for the body.

To purchase:

Holos Website

Holos Hand Cream.... Buy Here
Holos Anti-Ageing Facial Oil.... Buy Here
Holos Blossoms Body Oil.... Buy Here
Holos Face Cream.... Buy Here
Holos Good Night Night Cream.... Buy Here

Thanks For Reading,
Love Cathryn XXXX

Friday, 24 July 2015


Thank you so much Everyone that Entered the Competition for the Blue Lokai Bracelet.
Keep an eye on the page i have a new competition starting later for some amazing skincare products.

The Winner is............................................

Congratulations Leoni Wildes.
Email whatkatelovesblog@gmail.com to Claim your Prize.

Thursday, 23 July 2015


How to stop make up sliding off your face in the heat:
try a make up setting spray, they work because the contain ingredients that form a light film over your base, lipstick and blush to seal them.
my favourite is Clarins Fix Make up.

How to keep down the costs of mobile calls from abroad:
Turn off data roaming and updates in your phones settings menu.
Some providers charge you to receive and listen to voicemails so be aware of this, check with your network before you fly.
Use the free wifi service in your hotel and local bars etc for skype and facetime.
Buy a local sim card, it will mean a new number but it will be much cheaper.

Alarmingly 80% of burglars use social media to find empty houses.
So resist the temptation to post a selfie from the airport and wait until you get home to upload pictures and videos.

Take a tote with you:
A Tote bag will save you valuable suitcase space.
Use it as your in flight holdall.

Wash off instant tanners give you a fab golden glow without that nasty tan smell or the dreaded tango effect.

Don't get caught without cash, always let your bank know you are going abroad, to avoid your card being frozen if you tend to continiously use your card to pay.

If you holiday within the EU. make sure you carry your EHIC card it will give you access to state provided health care at a reduced cost.

Duty Free: did you know you can order your duty free items in the airport and collect it on return so you don't have to carry it everywhere with you.

Don't forget your travel iron, nothing as bad as creased clothes.

Check your Passport:
Did you know that you need to have a six month validity on your passport to travel to some destinations, including Turkey, Brazil, Jamaica and Malaysia.
Better off to check before you leave.

Don't forget top rub a line of sunscreen down the parting of your hair, backs of your ears and back of neck, these areas sometimes get overlooked and can be very sore when burnt.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015


Sometimes the best treats are made from the simplest ingredients.
I love the old fashioned style rhubarb pies, really thick and full of filling, half sweet and half sour from the rhubarb.
This recipe is quick and easy and has minimal ingredients.


225g Plain Flour
125g Margarine
150ml Cold Water
Around 12 Sticks of Rhubarb.
Sugar to Sweeten
Icing Sugar to dust


Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Sieve flour into your bowl.
Chop up your margarine into cubes and rub into the flour.
Add sufficient water to make into a soft dough.
Put onto a lightly floured board and kneed lightly.
Seperate into two halves, One for the bottom and one for the top.
Roll out and add chopped up rhubarb.
Add sugar to sweeten.
Pop into the oven for 35 Minutes.

Lightly dust with icing sugar, allow to cool and serve.


Thanks for reading,
Love Cathryn XXXX.