Saturday, 20 January 2018

Current Night Time Skincare Routine

It's been a while since I've shared my skincare routine and in the last 10 months. I am one of those people who once as I find something that works I'll use it until it stops doing what I want it to. Some products have changed and some have stayed for years. I am not one of those bloggers who spend loads of money on skincare, student life, but I like to find things that help my skin do its thing. I am sharing my nighttime routine as it is way more exciting than my morning one.

Firstly, I use my Cleanse Off Mitt or its Penneys dupe to remove any makeup from my skin then I go in with Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser for my second cleanse. I much prefer this cleanser compared to the others I've tried in the past. It smells amazing, like the whole range and my skin doesn't feel dry after using it. It is also a very affordable range with the cleanser only £5!

Next, I spritz Superdrug Vitamin E Hydrating Mist all over my face and let it soak in. Since it is still January and central heating is on full blast, I always like to make sure my skin is well moisturised. I use this spray during the day if my skin is feeling a little thirsty.

Onto the last Superdrug Vitamin E product I own, Moisture Boost Facial Serum. I use one pump all around my face but mainly focusing on my forehead and cheeks. I find that my skin feels much more plump and less dry when I use this.

I use coconut oil as my moisturiser, I find that my skin reacts to coconut oil very well when I use it and normally doesn't cause me any bother. I take a small amount and warm it up between my palms and massage it into my skin.

If my skin is having a bad day or a stressful day I usually pull out Lush's Grease Lightning Spot Treatment, I put a pump onto my hand and dot it around the pest and leave it overnight to work its magic. If the breakout isn't as bad I use La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, everyone and their dog has used this at some stage, I dab a small amount around my breakout area normally my chin.

I exfoliate once a week with Sukin Revitalising Facial Scrub. It doesn't make my skin feel raw or sensitive after using it and it smells amazing.

Onto a little pampering, I'm currently using Lush's Bunny Moon and Mask of Magnaminty. They aren't my holy grail ones but I enjoy using them. I also keep a stock of sheet masks and sachet masks for when I run out of Lush ones. Currently I have ones from Primark and Superdrug.

What's in you skincare routine?

Thanks for being awesome,

Saturday, 6 January 2018

New Years Goals 2018

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, New Year and everything in between. Today, I thought I would go through and set my goals for this year. I am only setting 5 goals this year due to the first six months are going to be absolutely crazy.

Quit Biting Them Nails!
Surprise, I am a nail biter and I hate it as I never have nice nails but it is so tempting. I normally do it when I am nervous or bored. I really hope to stop this horrible habit once and for all. Last year, I stopped doing it as much but now I feel that I want to stop. Will I be able for it? I better be.

Get Back Into Exercising
Due to this year being so stressful and not having enough hours in the day to get everything done I have become very lazy when it comes to exercising. I hope to get back into doing it on a regular basis after the Leaving Cert but in the mean time I would like to at least be more active than I was in the last part of last year.

Read 16 Books
For the past few years I have set myself reading goals and this year I hope to read 16 books which is one more from last year. Towards the end of last year I became really lazy towards reading and I want to challenge myself to read more.

Do My Driving Test
I failed my driving test last year and I hope to try again. I haven't driven since the test which was in September and I won't get back on the road until after my exams. Hopefully, I'll get to do it during the Summer.

More YouTube Videos
I have completely abandoned my YouTube channel and I hope to change that. I don't know will I get much done in the first part of the year, thanks Leaving Cert, but I have video ideas I hope to use, I will definitely be doing a video about going to Taylor Swift's concert in June, music related videos and I hope towards August to do a Leaving Cert advice series as I've already learned a lot from this horrible year.

Bullet Journal Again
I hope to get back into Bullet Journaling this year, I did some in 2016 and I liked it but I hated designing the spreads due to my sure laziness but now I really enjoy drawing and I find it really relaxing. I have ordered a notebook that is supposed to be very good for it, I should have it in the next few days. I will do a Bullet Journal flip through soon.

Project Pan
I did a project pan back in 2016 as a blog series but it wasn't a success, I was getting less views on it and I wasn't very motivated to use the products up in the very short allotted time. This time around I'm giving myself a year to use up 8 products and I'll update you on Snapchat, @totally_ro or on the 6 month goals update. I hope to add a couple more items to this project as time goes on but for the mean time I will be focusing on:
Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Powder
Osiris Avisé Deep Cleansing Wipes
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo
Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink in the Afternoon
Revlon Colour Burst Balm in Honey
Herbal Essence Ignite My Colour Dry Shampoo
Soap & Glory Total Drama Clean Makeup Remover

I feel like everyone has a goal of saving money and for the past 2 years I made them and stuck to them saving over €700 between the two years. I hope to save at least €120 again this year and I have a jar that I am collecting €1 and 50c coins and hopefully over time they will add up.

From now until the 23rd June I will be posting every two weeks due to such a huge work load, thanks Leaving Cert. I will still be putting as much effort into the posts, but they just won't be a regular. I will be sharing an old post each week on Snapchat and Twitter if you miss me too much.

What are your goals this year?

Saturday, 30 December 2017

A Look Back

It's the second last day of 2017, am I excited? Not really. Am I bored? No. Have I eaten absolutely everything around me for the past week? HELL YEAH! 2017 has been a challenging year for me, the Leaving Cert isn't all sunshine and rainbows but it isn't all that bad either. I'm nearly finished my secondary education and I'm nearly at the finishing line, I can see it. I love doing these round up posts at the end of Summer and the end of the year as I like to focus on the more positive side of the last 365 days and have something to look back to in a couple of years time to see what I did in 2017.

By far one of the highlights of my year was going to Edinburgh for 5 days in July and I enjoyed it so much. I've come to realise I'm more of a city break person than a sun holiday person. I recorded my adventures and have a video of it on my YouTube channel.

So, over the year my YouTube channel has changed a lot, I do more than just music on it and also I changed my name to match my blog. Even though I don't upload as regularly, I enjoy making the videos especially Rain which was quite an artsy piece. I unfortunately didn't upload every month but I have posted 13 videos which I am very happy with.

I've read quite a bit this year surprisingly and bet my goal of 12 books by reading 16, which is one more from last year. I read:
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Foster by Claire Keegan
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling
Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Nowhere's Child by Kari Rosvall
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Asking For It by Louise O'Neill
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Fully Functioning Human Almost by Melanie Murphy
Carrie by Stephen King
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

I've started The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel but I haven't finished it yet so I don't think it counts.

College Open Day Banter
One of the highlights in the second half of the year was going to two college open days, UL and UCC. I was thinking of going to UCD, but I was sick the day of the open day so, I decided against it. The definite highlight was meeting Ailbhe Woods from The Red Brunette, I already talked about this in a previous post but it made the experience more enjoyable as I had someone I knew to show me around.

Some of my New Years Goals
Apart from the few I've talked about already in this post, I only accomplished some of my New Years Goals and I don't mind as looking at them now, they weren't idealistic. I saved €500 this year, and I am so happy with that, I have put this money towards my car fund.

Speaking of cars, I failed my driving test this year. I was so nervous and everything that could go wrong went wrong. Looking back I'm glad I didn't get it, I haven't driven since due to the expense of insurance and having very little time. I hope to reapply to do my test after my Leaving Cert.

Turning 18
So, I'm now legally an adult which is pretty weird to say but it is true. I am able to vote in the next election and referendum and I will vote, I don't see the point in having the ability of voting and not using it. Apart from that, nothing has really changed, I used to think 18 was this magical coming of age where you have your life together and in reality that's a big fat nope.

Silver Gaisce
I've completed my Silver Gaisce, and I am so proud, I haven't sent away the forms yet, but I am finished done and dusted. I enjoyed everything I was doing and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip away, it was a lovely escape from school for 3 days and it was nice to see my bed by the end of it.

Blog Related
Normally I don't talk about my stats but this year has been  unusual year, my blog overall stats have been like a roller-coaster this year up and down each month to the next. It can be discouraging but I've liked the majority of content I've put up this year. What really has accelerated is my Snapchat, though I don't have that many followers I find myself snapping more and more, and I enjoy it so much as it's easier to do than YouTube. Once as I get some free time and the days aren't as dark I hope to get back into recording a couple of YouTube videos.

One of my proudest moments this year is getting the Bronze in Best Lifestyle Blog in Blog Awards Ireland. It was an absolute honour to be recognised for my work and not by the amount of views I get. I entered it originally thinking I wouldn't get even shortlisted nevermind a finalist

How's your year been?

Thanks for being awesome,