Monday, December 21, 2015

The Irish Beauty Bible - Xpose - The perfect stocking stuffer!

If you're looking for a fantastic stocking stuffer gift for the beauty lover in your life, then look no further than The Irish Beauty Bible brought to you by Xpose!  It's €4.95, is the perfect size to fit in your handbag and is literally jam packed full of beauty tips, tricks and amazing products.

Shameless plug alert!  I'm featured in the magazine along with four other fantastic bloggers and I think this whole experience has been a series of pinch me moments!  I remember driving out to the shoot with Emma and Orla and asking how is this our lives?  It's absolute madness that we're in a magazine and even more mad walking into a shop and saying to myself "I'm in that magazine there!"  And full disclosure, when I found the beauty bible in Easons on O'Connell Street and had that first flick through it, I got a bit emosh because it's pretty cool and weird but mostly cool to see your mush in something that's on shelves!  So yes, I bought two copies, then one more just in case!

Inside the magazine, each of us has a two page spread where we talk about some of our favourite products, give some blogging tips and talk about what it's really like being a beauty blogger!  Of the five of us, Rosie is the only full time blogger and the rest of us work full time and blog as a hobby.  My dream is to blog full time but until the bank starts taking lipstick as payment, I'll continue to work my ass off in my real job to pay my bills and work my ass off blogging to generate income in the hopes that my second job will become my first job.  I've had to turn down a good few things this year because of work, so I need to up my game big time and make it so that I work for myself!

Inside the magazine is Rosie Connolly who is so lovely and that day at the shoot was the first time we'd met, but thanks to Snapchat, I'd felt like I'd known her for years!  We found out we went to the same school, are northsiders through and through and I've loved watching her success explode this year.  It's really refreshing that despite being a proper business woman now, she doesn't take herself seriously at all and is just so down to earth.  We won't even mention the absolute adorable Harry and those cheeks that I need to squeeze just once!  Like any working mum, she struggles with the work/family balance and I love that she shares that with us, and that this is real life!

Regular readers will know that Emma Henderson is one of my oldest blogging friends and we've gotten to do some pretty cool things together!  I loving having blogger chats with her because she gets it and we often say that our normal friends just don't understand the blogging world sometimes, so we vent to each other when we're going through a rough patch!  She's great craic and I love being one of the blogging veterans with her!

Orla Richardson (or Orla from Makeup Over Mind as I call her all the time) is one of my favourite bloggers ever and she alone has caused me to buy so many products I don't need.  We have the best time going makeup shopping together and legitimately have the same experiences every time in that we always have a beauty wish list as long as our arms, we get ridiculously excited going into Space NK, Boots, Brown Thomas, the usual haunts.  We stand with the products we've been waiting to buy for weeks and months and then one of two things happen - either we enable each other and rationalise the completely unnecessary purchase to the point of no return, buy the product and then have buyer's remorse, or we stand there talking ourselves out of of the product, only to go home and be annoyed that we didn't buy it.  Every single time.  Will we ever learn Orla from Makeup Over Mind?!

Finally we have AJ Fitzsimons and while I only met her at the start of this year, I feel like we've been friends for ages!  AJ is one of the most chilled, easy going bloggers I've met in a long time and she knows her stuff.  Not just the beauty stuff, but she knows all things online marketing, social media, SEO, brand management and she inspires me to want to learn more about that aspect of blogging life.  She's a gorgeous bridie and I think we're going to be friends for life!

Finally, I couldn't do a blog post about The Beauty Bible without mentioning one of my favourite people ever, Ellen!  Look how gorge malorge she is!

Ellen is one of those women I want to be when I grow up!  She has it all.  A gorgeous family, an quickly expanding business (Waxperts obvs) and is a really wise, generous and hilarious bridie altogether.  We only met this year and I know I have a friend for life with her (and the rest of the bridies, but that's another blog post altogether!), so if you're thinking about starting up a business and want some real inspiration from someone who has legitimately created her own brand and products, then get the magazine!

I have to thank Aisling Keenan, Deputy Editor of Xpose Magazine for asking me if I wanted to take part in the feature and I'm not going to lie, when I first got the email, I totally had to read it twice to make sure she hadn't emailed me by mistake.  True story!  She helped me with my posing on the day because I just wanted to die of the squirts, as I'm used to being in charge of the camera, of how I look and pose at home and let me tell you this, trying to stand with your phone in your hand, having to have your face turned towards the camera but stay looking at your phone, all while trying to suck your stomach in and hide your double chin damn near killed me that day!  But it was the absolute best day ever and we had such good craic.  It'll take a lot to top that I tell ya!

And while this is sounding like the ultimate Oscar speech, I wanted to thank everyone on Snapchat who sent me photos of the magazine!  I screenshotted (screenshat?) them from pure disbelief that this is my actual life and so let me know if you see your photo in the collages below!

Let me know if you pick up the magazine!  Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to frame a copy to put it on The Wall Of Narcissism!


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