Saturday, 20 May 2017

REVIEW PS Pro Longwear Foundation

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I know I am very late to the bandwagon of Primark's PS Pro range but after I saw Chasing Ruby Chat do a first impressions on it I knew I had to try it out, click HERE to watch the video. If you know me or have ever seen a picture of me you may know that I am very pale and to find a foundation that won't make me look orange is harder than trying to defy gravity. It is so hard for me to find a foundation I was thinking of getting an Urban Decay one but thankfully there are a few foundations that are cheaper than that price point.

I bought mine in Primark in Newbridge as that's the best one nearest to me and that shade is 00 Porcelain. It claims to be a longwear mineralized foundation that contains SPF 15 and vitamin A & E, which are anti-ageing properties, and only cost €6. I love the packaging as it is minimalistic and feels expensive. It also has a pump which is necessary in a foundation and I hate when there isn't one.


I primed my face using Makeup Revolution Aqua Priming Base, I wanted to give this foundation a very fair test. I used a Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush to put the product all over my skin and a Real Techniques Buffing Brush to buff it into the skin. I noticed straight away that this is a full coverage foundation as it took a while to blend in and I needed to use very little concealer on my under eyes or around any redness on my skin. I used around a pump and a half which is usual for me. I applied powder over the foundation and did the rest of my makeup.



I loved how lightweight it felt on my face, it didn't feel like it was dragging my face down. Also, I loved the coverage, it was amazing and it evened out my skin tone and covered the majority of my redness. The only downside was that it caked a little after a couple hours of wear.

After 10 hours wear
After 10 hours, I noticed that it became a little shiny especially on my forehead and had slightly worn away on my cheeks as you can see the redness. I noticed it started to cake around my nose and chin, there could be a few reasons for this I didn't touch up my makeup during the day, I remember touching my face a lot or maybe the foundation just does that. It didn't oxidise on my face which is always a good thing as I don't want to get more orange throughout the day!

Overall, I really enjoyed using this foundation, it did a really good job and was an excellent affordable price. From the research I have done the PS Pro range is cruelty free which is amazing as I had a hard time trying to find a pale enough foundation for myself that was also cruelty free.

Have you tried any of the Primark's PS Pro range? What did you think of it?

Thanks for being awesome,


Saturday, 13 May 2017

People I Would Love To Meet

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A few weeks ago, I shared part of my long Travel Bucket List and today I am going to share with you some of the people I would love to meet. Of course, this is post could go on for days so I had to shorten it to 7 but in the future I might do a part two to this.

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Emma Blackery

Emma Blackery is a talented YouTuber and singer-songwriter She is so inspirational and just speaks the truth about life and all that goes on. I enjoy watching her videos especially when I am having a bad day as she is funny and completely down to earth. She has a show in Dublin at the end of the month but I can't go and I am devastated.

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Ailbhe Woods

Ailbhe is one of my blogging friends that also from Ireland. I don't remember exactly when I found her blog in late 2015 but it was a good while before I ever began talking to her via Twitter and Snapchat. She is such a wonderful person and I don't know how she keeps on top of everything between blogging, college and everything else. I am envious of her Snapchat, go follow her @ailbhe_woods, she does amazing GRWMs and has such interesting adventures. 

The DeFranco Family

I started watching The Philip DeFranco Show last Summer and I found out that his wife Lindsey does vlogs. I am normally not the person who watches vlogs but these are so cute. Their son Trey who is three is the cutest little fellow ever and Lindsey is pregnant with baby number two. I love how real they are with what's going on in their lives, if they don't want to vlog they don't and I respect that. If they ever come to Ireland for a show I will definitely be going.

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Guilianna McGinniss

Another one of my blogging pals, Guilianna is my first friend I ever made from blogging, I remember this as she was one of the first people to comment on my blog. Over the past two years, she has been amazing as a friend and as a fellow blogger. Her blog is awesome and makes Mondays a little less crappy for me as I know that when I go home I can read her most recent post. We have done 3 collabs together already. I would love to meet her but unfortunately we live a 7-hour flight away from each other but I hope in a few years time we might get to meet up.

J.K. Rowling

Another wonderful lady, I adore J.K. Rowling's story of how she came up with the idea of Harry Potter when she was struggling both financially and mentally and she built this empire from the ground up. I love that she kept going to book publishers and didn't stop as she believed her creation was worth it. I have been in the same room as J.K. Rowling before, my school choir sang for her at Christmas time in 2015. I didn't realise it was her but I hope if I was to meet her again that I could say hello.

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Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres never fails to make me smile. She is a wonderfully positive and witty woman and I love how she came out as gay when it was dangerous to do so. She is an inspiration to everyone but especially the LGBT+ community. I don't know what I would do if I ever met her, to be honest I found probably cry.

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Jennifer Rock AKA The Skin Nerd

This wonderful hooman has taken Ireland by storm since the start of the year. I did a review of her product the Cleanse Off Mitt a while ago and it is a great for removing makeup. Her Snapchat is interesting and informative about everything skincare. I have learned so much from her story about the importance of feeding your skin from within.

Who would you like to meet? Please let me know

Thanks for being awesome,


Saturday, 6 May 2017

Empties #7

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It's been little while since I have done one of these, click HERE to see the last one, and I love sharing my beauty trash with you.

Nivea Lip Butter Original

This lip butter is amazing and I am so annoyed that Nivea is not a cruelty-free brand as I would buy several of these right now. I get chapped lips quite often, I used this as an overnight treatment and I would wake up with luscious lips which is great when you want to wear a liquid lipstick. I have been using the same tin for over a year so it lasted very well. I have another one on the go now it but it is a different flavour/scent.

Nivea Daily Essentials 2 in 1 Cleanser and Toner

I really enjoyed this product especially when I was tired at night and I didn't want to go through my whole makeup routine. Random enough the scent reminds me of my Barcelona trip last year, good times. I really enjoyed using this cleanser, it didn't dry my skin out or left my skin feeling tight which is always a good thing. It was simple to use to as you just squirted it out of the bottle and applied to the face.

Botanics All Bright Purifying Face Scrub

I have used up a good few tubes of this, maybe this was my third. I love using this, it feels so gentle on the skin but removes all the dead skin cells in the process. Another thing I love about it is that it doesn't contain plastic microbeads so that's not damaging the environment. I have already repurchased another but I am trying to use up another face scrub in the mean time.

Garnier Fresh Clarifying Face Wash

I've had this for about three years now and I have finally decided that it's time to get rid of it. I bought this originally thinking I had oily skin, which I don't have and never had, and after a month or two of use I find that my skin becomes dry and flaky. I have used half of it up and I'm not going to try to use the rest of it up as my skin doesn't like it and it is definitely out of date. If I had oily skin, I think I would have liked this product better as it strips the skin of the oils but doesn't make your skin feel tight. I will not be repurchasing this for obvious reasons.

Oriflame Feet Up Foot Cream

This was in my second last project pan, I have started doing them on my Insta now. I really enjoyed using this product when I would remember to apply it. I loved the smell if it which at first I was a tad weary of. It made my feet feel so nice and silky smooth. I miss using it but it is not on the Oriflame website so it might have been discontinued.

Lacura Hand and Nail Cream

This hand cream did nothing special, it did the job it was supposed to do and it didn't cost an arm and a leg to get it. I had another one of these in a previous empties and my opinion has not changed.

Quickies Nail Varnish Remover Pads

I have to throw these out as they dried up. I found them useless for taking off nail varnish and it took far to long for them to work in the first place. I think I ended up using them twice and then they were left aside. I don't normally wear nail varnish very often so I think if I wore nail varnish more often I would get more use out of them but I still think they dried out way to quickly for my liking.

Rimmel London Exaggerate Eye Liner 100% Black

I don't wear liquid eyeliner any more and I think the last time I wore this was in late 2015 so it is definitely time to say goodbye. I didn't really like the formula of this eyeliner as by the end of the day it would have transferred onto the top of my lid which is never a good look. I liked the brush though and I found it easy enough to apply but I have realised that cat eye eyeliner doesn't suit me as it makes my eyes look really small and it was so hard to get right.

Impulse Romantic Spark Body Fragrance

My 15 year old self was obsessed with these sprays probably because they smelt ok and were pretty cheap. I have several more to get through and this one smelt grand, it's not as bad as the Hint of Musk one. I'm not going to purchase this again, the smell was ok but it never lasted a great amount of time, I would prefer to get a more expensive perfume if that means I don't have to reapply it every 15 minutes.


Herbal Essence Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo 

This is one of my holy grail dry shampoos, it works well with my hair and doesn't leave you with those white spray marks. I love the scent of it too so that's a double whammy but why Herbal Essence do you test on animals? I have tried to find some cruelty-free alternatives but the one I am using at the moment is nothing compared to this. I eventually might have to repurchase this if I can't find a decent cruelty-free alternative.

V05 Ultimate Hold Hairspray

Another thing I have had for years, I remember buying this before I went on a French Exchange 3 years ago. I loved the size of it as I kept it in my toiletry bag as a just in case. It was a nice hairspray, light mist, didn't get sticky or make hair clump together. There was nothing special about it either, it was just a mediocre hairspray.

Have you tried out any of these product? Do you have any empties?

Thanks for being awesome,


Saturday, 29 April 2017

How I Blog: Blog Snaps

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I find it so interesting seeing how different Bloggers do their blog post process from start to finish and I thought I would share how I take my blog photos as it has changed a lot since I did a post about it last year, click HERE. I normally bulk take photos which has been a great time saver as I don't have time to take photos every weekend. I also like to take my Insta pics with my blog posts photos as well. I have really gotten into Instagram since the start of the year and I have been posting twice a week. I took a break at the start of the month as school and life was getting all a bit too much.

Shooting

My background is usually my desk Alex/Linnmon, which I got from Ikea. I have to clear a quarter of it off to have enough area to take photos without anything poking out at the side. I sometimes use my floor as a background too if I want a more rustic vibe.


I grab my laptop and look at the post I am taking photos for, gather up all the items I want to show like and props. I have a prop box that has a few things in it that I don't like keeping around my room like boxes and SD Cards but everything else is somewhere in my room.


After I've gathered everything, I lay everything out and start taking shots with my Canon Powershot SX420 IS, normally I have to take around 10 to make sure I get one just right. I repeat this until I have all photos taken. This takes me around an hour to do. I always end up rearranging things and messing around with angles etc. I know my blog photography isn't magnificent but it has definitely come a long from this time a year ago.

Editing


Now onto my least favourite part and that is editing. I don't know why but I hate doing it so much but I love the end product. I go through all the photos and look for the best ones and slowly whittle down the 100 photos I take to around 15. I use PicMonkey to edit them usual just brightness, contrast, crop and saturation. If I need to put graphics over the photo I will use Canva, even though PicMonkey has that function, Canva has a centring function which is so helpful when trying to get the text smack bang in the middle. I normally save them as a PNG and I don't remember why I don't put it as a JPG but I do recall when I did work experience in a graphic design place they went on about the difference of PNG and JPG files.


The next part is to upload them to Blogger and that's pretty easy. For my Insta pics, I do everything like with a blog photos except I crop it to the traditional Instagram square. I schedule them on Hootsuite which isn't my favourite Instagram scheduler ever but it works.

How do you edit your photos? I would love to know.

Thanks for being awesome,


Saturday, 22 April 2017

Electric Eighteen

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If you haven't been watching my social media or following me on Snapchat, @totally_ro, you mightn't have noticed it was my birthday on Monday. I am now 18 which feels weird to say as I have grown up to believe this is a huge milestone but it just feels like any other day. I had a lovely day, I spent the majority of it just chilling at home but in the evening I went out to dinner with some of my friends. I know this isn't the usual 18th birthday celebrations where everyone goes out to get absolutely wasted but I didn't want that, I just want to have a few friends over and talk and eat together.

I find it weird to think that I am 18, I still feel a day over 12. I can do more than ever, I can buy a lottery ticket, get married, vote, give blood, use a sunbed, make a will and change your name. I know I will probably not do some of these things for a while but it's nice to know that I can do them whenever I want.

As I am writing this post, I am wondering should I do a 'What I have learned in 18 years' but to be honest I feel like it would be similar to everyone else's, I enjoy reading them but to write my own I will wait another year or two. Right now I am confused about a lot of things, what will I do in college? Where will I go for college? What do I want to do for the rest of my life? Should I bother dating? What should I change my name to? Where do I want to travel? Am I taking care of myself?


I have thought about it for a while and I am going to share 18 things I have done in my 18 years of existence.

1. I have been to 9 countries

I have been fortunate enough to be able to do so many places and some of them multiple times, I have been to America twice, France four times, England/Wales three times, Northern Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and Tenerife, I hope to travel more in the future especially exploring the rest of Europe and all state of America. I enjoy being able to see another culture and completely immerse myself in it.

2. I got over my fear of flying

For 3 or 4 years, I refused to go on a flight anywhere, it got to the point where my Dad told me to 'cop on, you can't stay in Ireland forever'. I remember the first time going to London and crying the whole way over and back as I was so uncomfortable on the plane. I wasn't scared of flying it was the turbulence that set me off and being in such a confined space. I am still a little anxious going on flights but now I am not in floods of tears.


3. I performed in front of 500 people 

I feel like this is an accomplishment in itself as for a lot of people, including myself it can be very hard to get in front of a group of people and do a presentation or perform.

4. I found hobbies I'm good at and love

I had so many pastimes over the years that didn't last, ballet, swimming, camoige, hip hop, trad music and scouts but even though all those failed I found some that I truly enjoy acting, reading and playing my guitar, piano and ukulele. 

5. I have a Certificate in Speech & Drama

I just have to do one more exam to become a Speech & Drama teacher, I don't know when I will do it because it is a huge amount of work and there's two exams for the next degree. I am proud that I got this far as the Cert was challenging.

6. I accepted my Dyslexia

When I first found out I was dyslexic, I didn't want to accept it or tell anyone, I was embarrassed about it for a good 4 years until I turned 13 and realised it wasn't a big deal.


7. My imagination has stayed strong

Thankfully, I still have the imagination of an eight year old. I love that I can escape into a different world or think up of weird and wonderful essay ideas for English.

8. I can drive... kinda!

I say kinda as the majority of my friends refuse to get in the car if I am at the wheel. I love that I am able to drive, I am still only a learner but I have booked my test and hopefully things will go well.

9. I created this corner of the internet

Two years ago, I created this little space and I have loved it ever since. I love that I can write sometime from the comfort of my own desk and people all around the world can read it.

10. I learned to try make something good out of a bad situation

This might sound crazy but I like crazy. It is so easy to think of the negative side of things when something goes wrong, we all do it. I have learned to make a situation better by normally joking about it. A few months ago, I did awful in a maths test, 22% to be exact, I was annoyed at first but then I realised it wasn't all bad. I didn't get an NG and it was only one test. I joke about things to make them seem less serious and meaningful.


11. I became a little bookworm

I developed a love for reading has stayed with me. Of course, I am not one of those people who can get a book read in a day but I enjoy sitting down with a good book.


12. I wrote a song about the Junior Cert and it went slightly viral

Since I uploaded this video on YouTube I can't bring myself around to watching it again. I look awful in it, I am in a local primary school at a guitar lesson and my guitar teacher was recording it. Though I won't watch it, I am proud of it I never thought it would get over 100 views never mind 3,000! This is what started my YouTube channel.

13. I volunteered

I've always done an odd bit of volunteering here and there for clubs that I was involved with but for the past two years I did volunteering for things that I wasn't involved with already. For my Bronze Gaisce, I volunteered in a local charity shop, I didn't enjoy it for much but I am glad I did it. For Silver Gaisce, I helped out my Speech and Drama teacher for the year with two of her classes. I thought I wouldn't enjoy it at all but I actually miss it dearly and I hope to do a blog post about it in the future.

14. I stayed in a different country without my family for a week

This mightn't sound huge but when I was 15, it was pretty big for me. Up until then I had stayed away from home for a few days but not in a different country. I did a French exchange when I was in 2nd year and it taught me a lot. My French improved a little but I learned a lot of other things life related.

15. I have developed a love for France, the French language and their culture

I want to live in France at some stage in my life and try to perfect my French. I do French in school and I love it but I would love to be able to speak it fluently. I love the French culture and how different it is to the Irish culture.

16. I went to a Taylor Swift concert

It's been nearly two years since my going to my first concert and I am still in awe about it. It was one of the highlights of 2015 for me by far. Even though, I haven't been listening to her music as much I still love listening to it from time to time. I hope she has a new album on the horizons.

17. I developed a love for musicals, plays and anything on stage

Since a young age I remember going to musicals, plays and pantomimes and falling in love with all that goes on behind the scenes of a production. I started preforming on stage at the age of 5 in my first ballet show, The Tales of Beatrice Potter and ever since I have enjoyed every second on stage.

18. I learned how to be independent

Being a middle child (the forgotten one), I learned quickly how to be independent and do things myself. Now I think I may be too independent as I don't always ask for help when I need it.

As you know, I never do fashion posts or show what I am wearing but I really love this outfit and I wanted to share it with you. Also, shout out to my brother for taking the pics of me in my garden, I needed someone so he did it. I know the shots aren't overly amazing but this is my first one and my brother doesn't have the best photography skills.

Top- Penneys/Primark
Jeans- Penneys/Primark
Shoes- River Island (Last Year)
Bracelet- Thomas Sabo
Necklace- Primark/Penneys

What are you proud of doing?

Thanks for being awesome,



Saturday, 15 April 2017

Study Smart Not Hard

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I don't think anyone likes studying spending hours and hours trying to get information to stick inside your brain, doing all-nighters to try to get it all done but there's no point in doing that at all. I think there is this thing installed in our brains that the more study we do the better we will do. This is not always the case because if you spend 3 hours studying but you were on your phone while doing it, you might do as well as someone who spent an hour studying with no distractions. See where I'm coming from? So here's a few things that I have learned over the past few years that help me to study smart, not hard!

Study Topics For 20 Minutes

You stop getting information after 20 minutes of a topic or you may start to drift like I do sometimes. Study a topic for 20 minutes and move on to any other subject. After 1 hour of studying I like to take a break for 20 minutes to relax, walk around, get a drink or something to eat. I find this works very well for me as I only have to focus on something for a certain time and leave it.

Have Some Sort Of A Schedule

I remember in first trying to make a timetable to study during the week but it would always fail within the first few days as I made it very unrealistic. I still make myself a schedule but it is more of a to do list, I write up everything I want to study and then as I do them I tick them off.

I love planning out what I am going to study for the week on Saturday or Sunday and it only takes 10 minutes. It prevents me procrastinating during the week or trying to figure out what I am going to study and makes sure I have studied something from each subject. I use this planner that I made myself and I find it so helpful. I write in something each day, I mightn't get them done on that day but I normally get it completed by the end of the week and if that doesn't happen, it goes into the next week.

Flashcards Are Your Friend

I find flashcards amazing to quickly summarise that hard chapter in Biology or for languages. I love using flashcards to have all the terms for a chapter or quotes. I normally keep them very plain using just blue and red pen and sometimes green.


For French, I use them to learn verbs. On one side I write the infinitive and translation and on the other side I write the present, past and future in the I, we and they form. This helps me a lot to learn verbs and be able to switch tenses easily.

Summarise Chapters

This is probably the tip I stick most to and that is chapter summaries. I get an A4 refill page and split it in half. I try to fit everything that is important in the chapter on this page from definitions to diagrams. At the end I have one page summaries that I can go back and study without having to go near the book. It saves a lot of time and effort as I know what exactly I need to learn.

Crash Course

Do you ever just not want to study and watch YouTube videos, this is the best of both worlds. It is a YouTube channel set up by the lovely vlogbrothers, Hank and John Green, it started back in 2015 and currently has nearly 700 videos. I love using for Biology and Chemistry especially when I don't know the topic very well. I find them so interesting and I don't realise that I am actually learning stuff.


I hope you find my study tips useful. What are your study tips?

Thanks for being awesome,


Saturday, 8 April 2017

Why I Think Abortion Should Be Legalised In Ireland

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I have recognised that this is a large can of worms I am opening but I feel like I should give you my opinion on this matter. I don't care if you are pro-choice or pro-life but please be aware when you are making comments or arguing with someone that has a different opinion to you. Words do hurt and it happened to me when I tweeted something and I got a nasty reply. Please be conscious of other people's feelings and try not to be nasty with each other, we need to fill this world with love not hate.

As you have probably guessed from this I am pro-choice, I believe women should be able to have the option of abortion if they need it. Personally, I probably wouldn't do it myself but I don't think it should be illegal. In Ireland, it is illegal to have an abortion and if you are convicted you can get put in jail for up to 14 years, that's more than for rape!

More Jobs

For many years now since the recession started, there has been a huge emphasis on employment and new employment opportunities coming to Ireland. If abortion was to be legalised, there would be new jobs which is never a bad thing.

11 Women A Week Go To The UK

I hate when people say 'we are saving so many lives by abortion being illegal' and that's not true at all. 11 women a week, nearly 600 women a year go over seas to the UK to have an abortion. It is daunting going to a different country because you can't get a treatment in your own country. Last August, two women used Twitter to share their experience of travelling over to England to get an abortion. As you can imagine, this is the Internet and they got huge backlash for it but I believe it highlights what women went through to get a safe abortion

For Women's Health

In 2012, Salvita Halappanavar died due to a septic miscarriage that she couldn't terminate. She would be alive today if she had the option to terminate the already stillborn baby. Shouldn't a person that is already alive matter more than someone that isn't.

Also regarding to mental health, what happens if someone becomes emotionally unstable due to a pregnancy and might take her life as she mightn't be able to take care of the child or survive the pregnancy. Why are you so worried about the unborn child that you completely forget about the carrier and let her life be destroyed.

Less Risk Involved

Unsafe abortions do happen and they aren't pretty. More times than not it can put the person in even more danger. When people are restricted they are more likely to try and get the job done by going to unsafe and unqualified 'clinics' that may cause more harm than good. If abortion was available, it would be safe and women wouldn't have to endanger themselves in the process.

There Needs To Be Options

It is like drinking tea or coffee, you can choose to drink both, one or the other and if you don't want it you don't have to have it. If you need an abortion go have one but if that is not your thing then don't, simple as. It's not a one way conveyor belt where everyone has to make the same choices, you do you and whatever that is as long as you are happy and safe go for it.

Not All Cases Are The Same

All cases are different and no one decides to have an abortion for the bants and the LOLs. It is a serious thing to think about and obviously women who want one have a very good reason if it's due to rape, incest, fetal abnormalities, financial issues, drug addiction, health issues, the list goes on.

I know this is a heavy topic but it needs to be talked about. If you want anymore information check out Repeal Chain and Strike 4 Repeal.

Thanks for being awesome,


Saturday, 1 April 2017

The February and March Edition

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It only feels like 4 weeks ago since I had uploaded my last edition, time flies when you are having fun! Here are some of the things I have been doing and loving the past few weeks

Dirty Dancing

My Mam got tickets to Dirty Dancing for Christmas and she asked me if I wanted to go and I of course said yes as I would take any excuse to go to the Bord Gais Theatre and I hadn't seen Dirty Dancing at all. This musical was amazing, I loved the set, the costumes, the dancers and the songs. They even did the iconic lake scene which was hilarious as they had a projection of the lake. The sound track is amazing and I have added a few to my Spotify playlist.

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Miss Pergrine's Home For Peculiar Children

I thought the trailer spoiled the movie but boy was I wrong. The film and book is based on a boy Jake, played by my bae Asa Butterfield, who grew up listening to his grandfathers crazy stories about Miss Pergrine. Jake comes home one day to find his grandfather dead and becomes more determined to go to Wales and find the home for peculiar children. His parents, who think he is mentally unstable after the death of his grandfather, agrees and his father, played by Chris O'Dowd, goes with him. This isn't the tip of the ice berg for this movie.

I want to read the book but I have heard that the movie had been heavily changed and it is hard to know will the other books be adapted into a movie.

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Swallows & Amazons

This is such a cute movie! It is movie based on a really old book from 1930. This is a children's film but the plot is so interesting. The film is about the Walker children who go on holidays to the north of the UK and get permission from their mother to go camping on a nearby lake. Of course, things don't go to plan, the food basket ends up getting flung over board. After a few hours, they realise they aren't the only ones on this island and the Swallows (Walker children) and Amazons (Blacketts sisters) fight over who should own the land. Of course this isn't the whole story, there is a brilliant subplot that I won't even talk about as I don't want to give any of it away.

Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle

I have been waiting since around March of last year to get my hands on the next book and the last book in this series. I have enjoyed so much reading this as I find I can escape so easily into this book. I love how easy it is to read, it is a nice change from Harry Potter which I had read before that. I have done a review on the first two books Vendetta and Inferno. This is the third books following the life of Sophie Gracewell who gets in the crash fire between two warring families. Of course there is some boy drama as Falcone family who she gets close with there are five brothers, five! It isn't glossed over with romance while the whole world is burning down.

Cleanse Off Mitt

I have already mentioned this in two posts, in a review and my skincare routine. I'm not going to say much about it as I addressed my thoughts in last weeks post. I really enjoy using it as it removes all my makeup and it is so satisfying seeing all the makeup you were wearing on this cloth.

Real Techniqus Buffing Brush

I have had this brush for over two years so it is not new to me but I have been using it in a new way. I have been using it to put on my foundation and I have noticed a huge different compared to using the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I find that using this brush makes my foundation look more natural on the skin without losing coverage. The only thing is I hate cleaning it as it takes so damn long because I use it nearly every day and the product just builds up in it.

My YouTube Channel

I have uploaded 2 new videos in the past few weeks Viva La Vida Cover and Say You Won't Let Go Cover. I have been finding it hard to find the time to put up new video but so far I am managing.

What are your current favourites?

Thanks for being awesome,


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Cleanse Off Mitt Review

Hey!
This is one of my new additions to my skincare routine and I said in last weeks post, click HERE, that I would review the Cleanse Off Mitt. This mitt is created by Jennifer Rock aka The Skin Nerd from theskinnerd.ie who is a renowned beauty therapist. It is very similar to The Makeup Eraser but it is less than half the price, €4.99 compared to €18 approx. It claims to contain no chemicals and can remove up to 95% of your makeup like any other cleanser.

What attracted me to buy it was that I had my eye on The Makeup Eraser but I could only purchase it off Amazon US and I didn't want to get hit with expensive shipping as well as a sneaky customs fee. I wanted to find a more economic and environmentally friendly way to remove makeup that wasn't going to break the bank. I purchased this in a local pharmacy over a month ago.


How You Use It

Place under running water until completely saturated. Use as a facecloth and go around gently in circler motions around your face.
Wash with hand soap or in washing machine.


My Experience

At first, I was applying too much pressure when removing my makeup which cased my skin to go red but after 1 or 2 uses I realised my mistake and changed tactics. I didn't realise that you needed to apply very little pressure to remove makeup as I thought the more pressure the easier it is to remove makeup but that was not the case.

After use, I hand wash the cloth with whatever soap is at the sink. This takes me about 5 minutes to do as mascara is hard to remove from it. I then leave it on my radiator in my room to dry for the next use. I put it in the washing machine once a month to give it a deep clean and get rid of any stains.

This cloth has become a main staple in my skincare routine and I don't use anything else to remove my makeup. For the price, it works amazingly and the makeup comes out of the cloth very easily. I love how cost effective and environmentally friendly they are.

Have you tried out the Cleanse Off Mitt?

Thanks for being awesome,


Saturday, 18 March 2017

My Spring Skincare Routine

Hey!
I shared my skincare routine last year, click HERE, you could also click HERE for a really old one. My routine has changed a bit since so I thought I would share with you an updated current skincare routine. I have normal/dry skin which I feel is quite easy to manage. I don't have acne but I do get a few break outs every so often. Some of these products, I have been using for a while and loving and others not so much.

Garnier Fresh Clarifying Wash

I have had this for years, over 2 years to be exact. I use a pea sized amount and apply to wet skin and go around in curricular motions on my skin up until to foams and I rinse with loak warm water. I have to be careful as sometimes this can make my skin very dry and uncomfortable.

Cleanse Off Mitt

This has been my newest addition to my skincare routine, I will be have a review of this up next week. I completely saturate this cloth under warm water and using circler motions go around my face removing my makeup. I then have to wash it with some hand soap and let dry for the next use.

Coconut Oil

Sometimes, I have stubborn eye makeup that doesn't want to leave my face and I gently rub a small amount of coconut oil around my eyes and using the Cleanse Off Mitt to remove the excess.

UltraPure Witch Hazel Soothing Lotion

I keep this in a spray bottle and spray two to three squirts of this on my face and tap it in. I find it so refreshing on my face and it restores a little moisture. I have it diluted with a small amount of water as I found it too strong on my face without diluting it.

Boots Simply Sensitive Protecting Day Moisturiser

I use this during the day as it isn't hugely moisturising and it contains SPF. I know that might sound crazy wearing SPF in Ireland but it doesn't matter if it is sunny or not everyone should be wearing it. I want to take care of my skin properly so that it will look good as I get older.

Botanics All Bright Hydrating Night Cream

At night, I apply a thicker moisturiser to make sure my skin stays hydrated and not flaky. I have been using this for a good while, maybe a year, and this is my second or third tub of it. I take a small dollop and rub gently into the skin. A little goes a long way with this moisturiser and it smells amazing.

Lush Grease Lightning Spot Treatment

When my spots come out to play, I use a pump or two and dab it on top of the demon. This is my second bottle and I love this stuff. I had to go without it for a while as I wasn't up in Dublin to repurchase it and I missed it so much. Just overnight after one application, the spot is much smaller and less red. I use this at night as it doesn't look great when the treatment shrivels up on your face.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo

Every Blogger and YouTuber at this stage has talked about this. Effaclar Duo and Grease Lightning are my ultimate spot killing team, Grease Lightning reduces the size of the spot and Effaclar Duo prevents them from coming back. I apply this in the morning as it sits well under makeup and sometimes at night if I am not using Grease Lighting.

Dr Paw Paw Original Palm

I like to apply this after I have applied everything to the rest of my face. I use this as a light lip balm that I leave to soak in for a few minutes as I read a book or go on my iPod.

Nivea Lip Butter

I apply this right before I go to sleep and most of the time I wake up the next morning with some of it still on my lips. If you have chapped lips I would highly recommend this as it moisturises and nourishes the lips. It is also great for when you have a cold and your nose it sore from blowing it.

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Exfoliating Face Scrub

I exfoliate twice a week. I do it while I'm in the shower as the whole scrub gets removed and I hate when there's a few beads left on my face afterwards. I get a dollop of exfoliator and using gentle circler motion, I buff it into the skin for about a minute and then I rinse off. I don't really like this product but I am trying to use it up so I can get onto using products I prefer.

This is a link up hosted by one of my blogger friends Guilianna, click the image above to check out everyone else's posts.

On a completely different topic, as you have probably noticed my blog has gotten a face lift. I have had my old blog design for a year and a half and I wanted something new and excited. The lovely Abigail (aka Morning) designed this whole layout for me. I love love love it and I cannot thank her enough, if you want to check out her blog click HERE or her design website click HERE.

What's in your current skincare routine?

Thanks for being awesome,