Saturday, 30 April 2016

Update | April Edition | Pale and Interesting

How're things? I'm very well but very tired. As I said recently, I'm planning to make these Update posts bimonthly. I've decided to upload them as well as my usual two posts a week.

Blogging news
This month I started a new schedule for blogging. Since the beginning of April I've stuck to a schedule of posts each Tuesday and Friday. I've found that it's a lot easier than I expected.

Having said that, I need to prewrite twelve posts for when I'm in the Gaeltacht and in America. Better get started!
I have plans for a more meaningful post/mini series on my blog. I'll have more on that as soon as possible. I'm so excited!

Life news
Summer is right around the corner and I'm very excited (only 75 days until America). I'm not looking forward to my Summer tests but they'll just make me enjoy summer that bit more.

I've given up biting my nails! The thought to stop was triggered by a blog post I read a week or two ago. I really related to the post and since reading the post I haven't even been tempted. Crazy, I know! I had tried everything to stop biting but, like sucking my thumb, suddenly the wish to bite my nails left me!

A few weeks ago, I noticed some new spots on my back. As I have to be extra careful about these things (remember my tumor?) I decided to go to the doctor. She told me that it was probably nothing but referred me to the dermatologist anyway.

While I was there, I wanted to ask her about this intense pain I've been experiencing in my knees. She gave them a prod and asked a few questions. She then diagnosed me with Patellofemoral Anterior Syndrome. It's no biggie but I have some exercises to do and I might go to physiotherapy.

I've been slightly MIA from the blog for the last few days. I'm sorry and I'll be sure to get back in the rhythm.

Thanks for reading!

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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Clisare - Influential Women | Pale and Interesting

It's fair to say that women have been written out of history time and time again.  I would like to think that we are moving on and have begun to appreciate and value women equally to men (we've still got a long way to go!).

We see successful women doing great things all over the world and it can be easy to forget that we have equally amazing women here in Ireland. Most of my biggest inspirations are Irish women.
Today, I wanted to write a post on a popular internet figure, Clare (aka Clisare).

Clare (brilliant name!) is a world famous Periscoper. She also has a YouTube channel and other social media platforms. She has grown a huge following on Periscope where she regularly updates her fans on her life happenings.

Her following stretches to all corners of the world. Despite her success, she is a very humble person. I was very lucky to have the opportunity to talk to her on Snapchat and she seems every bit as lovely as she is in her Periscopes.

Clare is opinionated and has a brilliant sense of humour - a great combination! She is politically and culturally aware and is very admirable for young girls like myself.

Her perseverance has paid off and she is now one of the most popular Periscopers among people my age (and older, I assume).

I've loved her YouTube channel for years and she always brings a smile to my face. In a society of dangerous distractions, Clare is a true beacon for us young 'uns.

You can find Clare on Periscope @clisare
Her YouTube is Clisare
Her Twitter is @clisare
Her Instagram is @clisare

Thanks for reading,
Clare x

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

40 Facts About Me | Pale and Interesting


I've had this blog for almost two years and I'm aware that you don't know too much about me. While I'm not quite ready to share my address and bank details, I have compiled this list of fun facts about me!

1. My name is Clare (spelled without an i - don't get it wrong).

2. I am 14 years old.

3. I play viola and dabble with the ukulele, sometimes.

4. I have never left the continent of Europe but will this summer.

5. Pasta is my favourite food.

6. Burnt orange and grey are my favourite colours.

7. I gave up sucking my thumb last Lent and never started again.

8. I have no extreme phobias but certain things give me the chills.

9. I'm getting a new room this summer and I can't wait to decorate it!

10. My hair changes colour seasonally. In Winter it's brown and as Summer approaches blonde highlights appear. By Summer it is a reddish shade!

11. I have very fair skin that burns easily.

12. Some day, I'd love to live in the countryside because I love the set sense of community but for now I'll stick to the city.

13. 13 is my lucky number.

14. I have no pets but I'd love a dog and/or a cat.

15. My star sign is a Pisces but fish is my least favourite food is fish.

16. I love Scrabble.

17. I've never mentioned this on my blog before but, almost 2 years ago I had a tumour removed from my arm.

18. My tumour was called Sebbie.

19. I took loads of pictures of Sebbie on the day of the operation but I can't find any of them.

20. When I graduate college, I hope to spend a year or so travelling.

21. I've only been to the dentist 3 times in my life.

22. I have four (first and second) cousins who are the same age as me. One is only ten days older.

23. I can curl my tongue and turn it sideways. Jealous?

24. I only have three cousins and only one living in Ireland.

25. I love babies.

26. Once my brother and I brought an injured bird back to health. We brought it into the house and my mother almost had a fit!

27. I learn German and Irish in school.

28. I had a blog before this one and sometimes I like to read it and laugh at my idiocy.

29. I love to debate.

30. When I was younger I my friends an I pretended I was pregnant and they held a baby shower for me.

31. I used to love acting and was a little drama queen.

32. I have taught myself to prefer dark chocolate to milk chocolate so that when I take it out no one asks me for any. Pure genius.

33. I have broken my thumb, baby finger, baby toe, radius (twice) and my collar bone. And I say 13 is my lucky number?

34. Keeping Up With The Kardashians has been my favourite show for years.

35. I can't cook to save my life.

36. I'm living with my granny at the moment and she doesn't have wifi. It has made blogging really stressful!

37. I have a pair of Timberlands which I love and have worn most days for the past year and a half.

38. English is my favourite, and best, subject in school.

39. My toes always crack and I hate it but can't help it!

40. Blogging is one of my favourite hobbies.

Those are some 40 facts about me.
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed!

Clare x

Friday, 15 April 2016

Liebster Award | Pale and Interesting


I'm staying with my aunt at the moment meaning that I can connect to the wifi, meaning that I can upload this post. I hope everyone is having a great Friday! I'm personally very proud of myself for sticking to my schedule!

Recently Lizz from Candidlyliz tagged me for the Lieber Award. She came up with some really top-notch questions and I couldn't wait to answer the questions in a post.

What inspired you begin blogging?
I began this blog almost two years ago after ending another blog. I started my first blog at the same time as my friend and we used to post only for each other. When we outgrew that blog I wanted to keep blogging because I love writing and I wanted to make friends from blogging. I still get a rush of excitement each time I press publish on a post!

What blogger do you look up to the most?
I personally get more inspiration from people I know than superstars that I don't know. For this reason I look up to, one of my best friends, Frances from Royally Rouge. Her blog is one of my favourites and I love her blogging work ethic. Whenever I'm having a bad day I head over to her blog and it puts me in a good mood. The fact that she can do that so well is what I look up to most.

What is your favourite childhood television series?
Childrens' TV in Ireland, when I was small, wass a mixture of American and British programs and a small hand full of Irish shows. My favourite childhood series was Bear in the Big Blue House. 

What would you say is the proudest moment in your life?
The moment that stands out as my proudest is probably when I performed with my orchestra in the Musikverein, a prestigious concert hall in Vienna, Austria. We performed in the Summa Cum Laude music festival in Austria and not only was it a huge honour but it was so much fun!

What did you want to be when you were a child?
When I was little I used to want to be a vet, like every other girl I knew. Unlike many of my friends, I was willing to get my hands dirty. Whenever I was asked about delivering offspring and putting down animals I would reply by saying "I'm willing to do anything if it will help the animal".

What about now? What do you aspire to be?
I'm not quite sure what I'd like to be but I do know that I would love to do something predominantly involving the English language. I'm also interested in doing law.I have a while to decide what route I want to take yet!

Outdoors or Indoors
I don't know if it's because the weather is getting better, as winter comes to an end, but recently I've wanted to spend a lot more time outdoors. This means that I've been dragging various family members on long walks. For when I can't find company for a walk, I've subscribed to the Google Play Music. I would say I'm an outdoors person.

What is your most embarrassing memory?
I tend to get myself into embarrassing situations very often which makes it difficult to remember many of them. For that reason I'll tell you about my most recent misfortune.
I come from a very religious family and we love to go to Mass at any chance we can get. We were at Mass last week, on Good Friday, when the priest asked everyone to line up and kiss the cross one-by-one. I instantly panicked because everyone was watching and I knew I would slip up. My heart was racing and I thought I was going to faint. As my turn approached I began to desperately contemplate what part of the cross I would kiss. As I stooped to kiss it, I banged my head and almost sent the priest flying. I could feel myself turn more red than Mars. At first, I thought nobody had seen my mishap but my friend leaned over to me and he asked "Is your head OK? That looked like a bad hit."

What is the reason behind your blog name?
I've mentioned this before but I'll say it again.
When I was younger and my friends started wearing fake tan to parties I used to get jealous because I was always the pasty white one in all the photos. My mum told me that I had a beautiful Irish complexion and that I was "Pale and Interesting". Since then, I've grown to love my paleness and, even though I stand out in every group picture like Casper the Friendly Ghost, I wouldn't want it any other way.

Do you have any seemingly irrational fears?
I'm not sure if this fits the bill but I'll mention it anyway. I love horror movies and I love the thrill they give but whenever a child is introduced in the movie I instantly regret picking it. I don't know why but I hate to see the children being slaughtered/possessed.

If you could live inside any world, book or TV show which would be?
I guess Harry Potter would be the correct answer for this question but I would choose Skippy Dies. Not because I want to live in a boy's boarding school but because it's a life very close to mine (minus the drugs). It's set in a secondary school in Dublin, as am I.

I would like to thank Elizabeth for tagging me to answer these great questions.

Here are my 11 questions :
What is the scariest experience of your life?

What is your favourite thing to do when you're sad?

What is, in your opinion, is the most understated makeup brand?

What is your favourite book?

Have you ever had a near death experience?

What is one thing you can't leave the house without?

What's your favourite hot beverage?

If you were given a billion euro to spend to make the world a better place, what would you do?

What's your go-to pizza topping?

What's your top S/S wardrobe staple?

What's your favourite quote and why?

I nominate everyone reading this to do the tag!

Thanks for reading!
Clare x

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

NYX Contour and Highlight Pro Palette Review | Pale and Interesting


I'm constantly on the hunt for an inexpensive contour palette. When I saw this beauty my jaw dropped as it is everything I look for in a palette! After some persuasion from my friend, I decided to bite the bullet and buy it.

It cost €25 which seems like a hefty price tag but when you break it down each powder costs little over €3! There are eight shades in the palette; four highlighting shades and four contouring shades.
The palette is very convenient for travelling as all of the shades can be removed from the palette and refills are available.

The Break-Down

Ice Queen is a shimmery white shade that gives an iridescent glow to the skin. It can distribute unevenly at times and if too much is applied it can look glittery. Having said that, it looks great when dusted lightly.

Soft Light is a very light matte nude shade. I've been using it to set my makeup as I forgot to bring a powder on holiday with me. It matches my skin tone perfectly but would be great as a highlighter for those with darker skin tones.

Cream is a matte yellow powder. It can be used under the eyes to brighten them up. I have used it and it doesn't look too yellow but this shade is a lot more vibrant than most banana highlighters I have seen. For that reason it may look a little strange under your eyes.

Nectar is a darker slightly shimmery champagne shade. It is too dark for my skin tone but would look gorgeous on darker complexions.

Tan is a warm toned shade that's great for bronzing. It is a brick red shade that would compliment darker skin tones very well.

Toffee is a cool toned slightly lighter shade than Contour 1. It is good for bronzing but I prefer to blend it into my hairline to contour my forehead. I also use it to define my jawline.

Sculpt is by far my favourite shade in the palette and it suits my skin perfectly. I use it to contour my cheekbones and nose and it looks great. It is very easy to use looks great on the skin. The shade 
Sculpt is very similar to Taupe by NYX but Blank is slightly darker.

Hollow is a dark brown shade. This shade is for those with a darker skin tone and I imagine would look stunning. Sadly it is a bit too dark for me. I noticed that this shade is slightly creamier than the rest of the shades and is beautiful to work with!

Final Words

All in all, this is a brilliant, very versatile palette. It has all the shades I would need for a highlight and contour palette. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an inexpensive contour and highlight palette. I will certainly be purchasing the refills when the time comes.

You can purchase the NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette at Boots here.

Thanks for reading! 

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Friday, 8 April 2016

March Favourites | Pale and Interesting


The month of March is my birthday month and since my birthday I've gone on the odd shopping spree. I've discovered some great beauty products, fashion items and miscellaneous things in the process. I realised that I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share my favourites.

As always, I'll begin with my beauty favourites for this month.

MAC Lipstick - Amorous
MAC lipsticks are my absolute favourite and I was so glad to add another to my collection. When I was selecting a lipstick I decided I want to be a bit adventurous and chose a darker lipstick than usual. Amorous is a dark browny-plum shade. It would be a great shade for autumn/winter and is the perfect low-key vampy lipstick. It's a very wearable shade and looks great with loads of different eye looks.  This means that you can wear it as a statement with a subtle eye look or with a strong eye look to compliment it. It has a long enough wear-time and doesn't cling to dry parts of your lips.

NYX Highlight and Contour Kit
I got this palette at McCabes Pharmacy for €25. There are four highlight shades and four contour shades. €25 may seem like a big investment but when you break it down, the powders works out as a little more than €3. This palette has a great range of contour shades. The highlight powders each have a use that is very important.

Next I'll show you my one and only fashion favourite for this month.

River Island Handbag
A couple of weeks ago I got my hands on this bag. I absolutely love it. It is a rectangular, black bag and is quite big, but not quite as big as my last one. It has enough room for everything I need compliments each outfit. If you want to read more about this bag I have a post on it going up next Friday


And now to my Miscellaneous favourites of the month.

Primark Brush Holder
Recently Primark/Penneys released a gorgeous brush holder. They come in a black or pink shade. I chose the black one and it is so uselful. I've seen brush holders like this on eBay and Amazon so I was delighted when I found it in store! This is obviously great for travelling but when you're not travelling you can use it to store your brushes. It is so convenient and only costs €4!

Midsomer Murders
I've never spoken about a tv show on this blog before but since I discovered Midsomer Murders I have become hooked! Every Sunday and Tuesday I look forward to a two hour episode that evening! If you don't know, Midsomer Murders follows the lives of a Detective Inspector and his assistant. They live in a sleepy village called Causton where they get more than their fair share of murders.
This is such a gripping, exciting show and I recommend you to have a watch whenever you've got a bit of spare time.

These are my favourite things from this month and if you enjoyed please let me know and I'll do more Favourites posts.

Thank you for reading!
Clare x

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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Yu-Be Cream - The Cream That Saved My Skin | Pale and Interesting


I am so excited to sit down and write this post because I have been itching to for the last few days. I wasn't able to post anything because I was away on holidays down the country where there is no wifi.

If you follow my Twitter , you will know that my skin has really been acting up lately. The area around my forehead, nose and mouth was cracked and flaking. You're welcome for the imagery.

Nothing I did would help calm it for more than five minutes. Trust me I had tried, what felt like, every trick in the book. Nothing was working! Then my aunt offered me a cream that she had bought a few weeks ago. I will admit, I had little hope left for this little tube.

I was so astounded by this little cream as it healed my dryness in two nights! It's called the Yu-Be Cream and it was invented by a Japanese pharmacist about sixty years ago.

I find that in Winter I need a more heavy duty moisturiser to keep my skin hydrated and this fits the bill perfectly.

I only used a pea sized amount but it healed my skin completely. It smells the same as Carmex but the scent recedes very soon after you apply it. It is recommended that you wash your face with warm water before applying for optimum results.

I would only use it before bed as it has a slightly medicinal scent (which I love). When you wake up in the morning your skin is plump and there is no greasy residue on your face. It takes about 15-20 minutes for it to sink into your skin and might not be appropriate for morning use.

This not only left my dry patches feeling hydrated but it also made my skin feel silky soft. I can honestly say that my skin has never felt smoother! I have so much to thank this product for! It is an absolute godsend! I will repurchase this when I run out and again and again!

This post was quite short for the reason that I needed to tell you about it. I just couldn't keep the secret any longer!

I hope this post helped you!

Thanks for reading,

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Friday, 1 April 2016

Pale Person Problems Pt. 2 | Pale and Interesting


Almost a year ago I wrote a post, that was very well received, about Pale Person Problems. I am now a year older and wiser and have decided it's time for a second installment.

I apologise for not posting anything last week but I was away on holidays and there was no wifi (despite what I was expecting). You'll be glad to know that I am increasing the number of posts per week to two. I hope to post every Tuesday and Friday.

With that said, let's discuss Pale Person Problems!

The first thing I've noticed is that my friends always want to sit in direct sunlight, miles away from any trees. They also want to walk on the sunny side of the road and not the shaded side. This makes my skin crawl, and burn.

Each time the sun moves you must move your beach towel /deckchair into the shade again.
The required "summer colours" that you must wear wash you out and make you look like an eejit while all your other friends look great in them.

In every group photo you starkly contrast your friends and look like Caspar the Friendly Ghost wandered in to they're Wezz shot. After it is taken, everyone laughs at you for sticking out like a sore thumb.

Sometimes when you take a picture with your friends your face doesn't show up in the picture and it just badly reflects the light. Tell me I'm not the only one!

Flash photography is also a nightmare!

You have a drawer filled with foundations that are far too dark for your skin tone. The worst bit is you could have spent the money on one high end foundation that actually matched you instead of wasting it all on drugstore foundations.

Having said that, cheap makeup is a no-no. Everyone might rave about the foundation that only costs €3 but you'll never know how good it is because it only comes in three shades; Medium, Light Medium and Dark Medium.

And, don't even buy Light Medium on the off-chance it might be light enough - of course it won't be light enough!

When ever you become embarrassed that is very obvious to those around you as you turn a deep red colour. The same happens when you attempt any exercise, even if you are very physically adept.

I hope you enjoyed this post as I really enjoy writing these!

To all of my pale girls, keep your Factor 1000 close...

You don't have to leave the house this summer!


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