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Posted on November 29, 2019

Start the festive season with the Drogheda Christmas Festival!!!

12 Dates of Crimbo

The Late Late Toy Show is on tonight which means the countdown to Christmas has officially begun. While most people get excited around this time of year, I’ve often found the lead up to Christmas to be unnecessarily stressful.

Between the lengthy shopping queues, overcrowded roads and the general anxiety of getting a potentially insensitive gag gift, my blood pressure tends to rise a little more than usual around December.

To top it all off, it gets increasingly difficult to find the time to plan a proper date night thanks to all the Christmas-themed party invites.

As such, I have decided to compile a list of some of the most fun festive date night ideas to alleviate some of the tension around Christmas for anyone else who shares my sentiments. I have tried and tested nearly all of these at this stage and can confidently say that they’re worth every penny. 

Everyday for the next 12 days, I will be sharing a date night idea for my series ‘12 Dates of Crimbo’ so you’ll have one less thing to worry about 🙂

Without further ado, here is date 1 of my 12 Dates of Crimbo series:

Drogheda Christmas Festival

Anyone who has ever heard me speaking would tell you that they would never guess that Drogheda is my home town. Well, I hate to break it to you, but it most certainly is.

Drogheda is where I was bred (even if I do enunciate my words) and that is why I am recommending kicking off the festive season by going to the Drogheda Christmas Festival that will be taking place between December 6th – 8th. 

This family-friendly event will see Mr. & Mrs. Claus making an appearance in front of a beautiful display of lights on St. Peter’s Church, West Street where visitors will also get the chance to enjoy a Christmas market of over 50 of the highest quality craft and food exhibitions.

Drogheda Christmas Festival

The promenade at the D Hotel and Scotch Hall Shopping Centre will see a stunning vintage carousel and an outdoor cinema where couples will be able to snuggle up to watch some of the best Christmas films.

The event also promises live music & entertainment in the midst of a mini Christmas village as well as a monster bingo with plenty of prizes up for grabs.

The one thing that really stood out to me is the idea of having a toasted marshmallows stand in a Winter Wonderland setting. If that isn’t enough to entice you, then I don’t know what is! 🙂

For more details about the Drogheda Christmas Festival and what exhibitors to expect, be sure to check out the Drogheda Life

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Posted on December 23, 2014

Makeup tips for the party season


party perfect makeup

When I think of makeup for Christmas or New Year’s Eve, the first thought that comes to mind is glitter: lots and lots of glitter. It’s glamorous, it’s feminine, but most of all, it stands out! If you’re along the same line of thought, then you will appreciate these tips.

Here are some makeup tips that will help you look even more glamorous over the party season – before the drinking, that is.

Tip #1: Stand out lips

red lips

Nothing catches the eye more than a red lip. A pop of red instantly adds something special to your look without going over the top. To make sure you get longevity from your red lips, apply lip liner beforehand and use a lip brush to apply the lipstick.


  1. Line your lips with a red liner and then colour them in.
  2. Use a lip brush to apply the lipstick.
  3. Blot lips a couple of times and then add more lipstick.
  4. Use a concealer around the lips to tidy up around the edges.

Tip #2: Highlighted cheeks

highlighter for cheeks

When it comes to party makeup, highlighting is definitely the name of the game. But rather than using your regular highlighter, get a fine silver/bronze glitter (depending on your skin tone) and apply it on your cheekbones. This alone, will get you into the festive spirit!


  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Dip your finger into the fine glitter and use it on the highest part of your cheekbone.
  3. Lightly blend it in so it doesn’t look too harsh.
  4. Go over it with a highlighting brush.

Tip #3: Glittery eyes

glitter eyes

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Glittery eyes will make you the belle of the ball! Use a vivid loose eye shadow colour on the lids of your eyes to make them stand out. Silver or gold colours absolutely scream party season! When applying your loose shadow, be sure to apply eye primer first!


  1. Apply eye shadow primer.
  2. Put some loose powder on a mixing tray/the lid of the container.
  3. Dip brush into the shadow and tap off any excess product.
  4. Pat the shadow on the eyelid.
  5. Build the colour gradually.

Tip #4: Falsies

false lashes

I’m not a huge fan of false lashes, but I couldn’t think of a more suitable time to wear them than now! If you take only one thing from this article, let it be this: make sure you measure the length of your false lashes before applying them. There’s nothing worse than seeing someone with their eyelashes hanging off them – not classy at all!


  1. Measure the length of the lashes and cut the ends to fit your eye shape.
  2. Apply adhesive glue and let it set for 10 seconds.
  3. Aim to apply the lash to the base of your natural lash line.
  4. Use a cotton bud to press it down properly.
  5. Finish up with some mascara.

Tip #5: Stay on spray

setting spray

When your makeup is all well and done, spritz some setting spray onto your face. This will help your makeup stay put so you dont’ have to spend half your night in the ladies toilet doing top ups!


  1. Shake the bottle of setting spray and then spray some on a piece of tissue.
  2. Close your eyes and hold the bottle about 6 inches away from your face.
  3. Spritz twice and then lightly pat with tissue.

Hope you found these tips useful! If you have any tips for party makeup, feel free to tweet me @FilomenaKaguako 🙂

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Posted on November 22, 2014

Christmas Blog Party 2014



Over the past couple of weeks, myself and my buddy Nirina joined forces with Aoibhe Devlin of The Secret Obsession Blog to plan a little festive party for our fellow blogger friends – there are just so many of us out there!

After a lot of venue hunting and trying to get the right sponsors for the event, it finally took place on Thursday 20th November in the upstairs lounge of The Opium on Wexford Street, Dublin.

We were absolutely spoilt for whole night: they treated us with a lovely selection of dessert platters and there wasn’t a single blogger who wasn’t holding a glass of wine in their hand – not that I’m encouraging alcoholism here or anything, but their wine just tasted so good!

al  dessert

As well as that, we got a very generous sponsorship from the KOH Coconut team and OKF Ireland, who kindly shared with us some very interesting flavours of their coconut water as well as their infamous aloe vera water – it is absolutely to die for!

Some other sponsors included reputable brands such as Cocoa Brown, Dream Dots for Spots, Sizers, Beverly Hills Formula, Nivea and Popchips. The girls were very lucky to each go home with a goodie bag filled with products from all these brands so I’m really looking forward to getting some feedback from them.


  • Dream Dots Dream Dots for Spots 
  • Beverly Hills Formula Perfect White Black Toothpaste
  • Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser, Invisible Deodorant, Fruity Shine Cherry Lip balm
  • Sizers Orange & Purple
  • Cocoa Brown iPhone Case
  • Koh Coconut Coconut Water & Pineapple and Coconut Water & Mango
  • Aloe Vera King Natural  drink
  • Popchips Original and Sour Cream & Onion

The fun didn’t end there! There was also a spot prize for one lucky blogger and the gorgeous Agata of Style Gamblers, who is still very new to the blogging scene, went home with the prize for the best dressed. She looked as festive as ever and I’m really glad she – and the rest of the clan – made such an effort for the event!

Thanks for everyone who attended the #XmasBlogParty, it was so lovely to meet all the bloggers and I hope we’ll be seeing more of each other from here on out! Here’s a list of the beautiful girls who attended. Feel free to send me links to your Instagram ladies (I guess I wasn’t as organised as I looked ha!)

Aoibhe DevlinThe Secret Obsession

Zita KellyZee-railed

Nirina PlunkettKiller Fashion

Lorna DuffyFashion Boss

Jessika BanaghanChaos Wearing Lipgloss

Amy O’SullivanThe Secret Obsession

Megan DalyBlondes Love Cupcakes

Agata & VeronikaStyle Gamblers

NadineThe Parma Violet

Katie Brennan Okaybee


Again, a huge thank you to the brands that got on board for this event, it honestly wouldn’t have been the same without your contribution, we really appreciate it. Be sure to #XmasBlogParty on Twitter to get a better look at all the fun that was had!

koh sponsors shoesizersdream dots for spots 2cocoabrownbeverlypop chipsnivniv

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