Saturday, 24 June 2017

Giving A Helping Hand

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Something I haven't really talked about before on my blog is volunteering. This year, I did a lot more volunteering than I have had any other year and I have enjoyed it. I thought I'd share with you what I did and what I thought of it.

I might as well start off with all the things I did in school as I did quite a few. In September, I joined the Youth SVP (Saint Vincent de Paul) in my school. We had a huge committee, unfortunately I didn't get any of the jobs like chairperson, PRO, treasurer or secretary etc, but it didn't bother me a whole pile. We met biweekly discussing fundraising ideas and how to make the school a better place for everyone. I enjoyed the experience of trying to be creative and thinking up of things to do. We did a lot of fundraising with a food and clothes collection, a Christmas Jumper Day where everyone had to donate €2 and we organised a St. Patrick's Day Dance for the elderly. There was a showcase in May where I had to write a song about a summary of the year and I suppose that was my time to shine. I loved preforming it except that I forgot one of the lines and just kept smiling.

I also was a part of the Library Team in my school, the library was closed as long as I could remember being in the school, whenever you would look in through the window all you could see was a mess. I started helping out in January when I found out one of my friends, Katie, had been helping all year. We did a book donation drive to get in new books as there was a lot of Goosebumps and Enid Blyton books that had been in this library way before some of us where born. Trying to put the books in alphabetical order was probably the hardest and it ended up we only got the senior section done as it took so much time. I enjoyed coming in during lunch every day and chilling with people of like minds when it comes to books and reading. Hopefully, I will help out next year trying to encourage others to come to the library.

The last thing and by far my favourite was helping out with two Speech and Drama classes. This actually came accidentally as I did my Certificate of Speech and Drama in TY and I wanted to do the Associates Degree but my lovely teacher persuaded me against it as it is a whole pile of work with a written and practical exam in Griffith College Dublin and I'm glad she did as I wouldn't have been able to do it. I helped out with 2 classes on a Monday from 4:20-6:00. I enjoyed working with these kids so much and I miss their little smiley faces when I would come through the door after walking down from my bus stop. It brightened up my Mondays and helped me get through my classes. I also got to see these kids develop. There was one girl who wouldn't talk at all for the first two months, I hadn't heard her ever speak but during the year she changed so much, now she is confident enough to talk and even talked to me sometimes.

My Speech and Drama told my Mam a couple of years ago that I would make the perfect Speech and Drama teacher and I never understood why she said that until now as I experienced what it would be like and I love it.

I think the volunteering that I did this year has helped me get through one of the worst school years I have ever had. It's kept me focused while distracting me for a while. I enjoyed all the groups I was a part of and I am going to miss all of them next year.

Have you done any volunteering before?

Thanks for being awesome,


Saturday, 17 June 2017

New In Beauty

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It's been a while since I have shown you what new beauty bits I have bought. As usual, I didn't splurge on makeup, I like picking up a few bits and pieces but nothing overly expensive.


Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer in 10 Porcellain
I have heard a lot about this concealer from the Blogging world and when I heard Ailbhe from The Red Brunette talk about it on Snapchat, I knew I needed to get it. As a pale person, it can be very hard for me to find a concealer that suits me. This is everything I thought it would be, it's full coverage covers dark circles, spots and the lot and it is a good match for my skin. So far I can't fault it except I've used so much of it already.


Essence Make Me Brow in Soft Browny Brows
This is another thing I bought as I heard a lot about it from the Blogging world. It was intriguing as it was being compared to the much loved Benefit Gimme Brow. I've never used a tinted brow gel before and this one has blown my mind. It makes my brows look decent in 10 seconds for a more natural look and if I want to go for more of a bold look I can put it over a brow pomade.
It doesn't wear off or come off in your hand as you scratch your face. The only thing is I find that too much product comes out so I have to scrape the spoolie off the sides of the tube.


Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette
I picked up this palette after wanting a new one to play with as even though I love my Too Faced palette, I wanted another palette to experiment with and use the 2 to make more looks. I was originally going to get the Iconic 1 but I realised this one had a better and different selection of shadows.


I love using this in combo with my Chocolate Bar palette. There is a lot of fallout with this eye shadows so much so that if I am using them I apply my base afterwards. They last pretty well on my eyes around 6-8 hours which is much better compared to my Sleek one.


Catrice Prime & Fine Lightning Drops
I bought this on a whim, I was curious as I have a few foundations that are a little darker than my skin tone. I used it with my Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream and it worked fine. I haven't used the lightning drops very often due to not wearing much makeup but I have a few ideas what I could use it for other than lightning foundation for example: concealer, to highlight or an eye shadow primer. I'll give you an update on what I think about it when I try it out more.


Primark PS Face Masks
Primark has upped their game when it comes to makeup and beauty, the quality has improved so much. I remember buying a foundation brush a few years ago and it kept constantly shedding but now I have a fan brush and it is wonderful. Moving on, I picked up 3 masks, Brightening Pearl Sheet Mask, Plumping Vitamin E Sheet Mask and Purifying Peel Off Mask in Cucumber. I have tried out 2, Brightening Pearl Sheet Mask and the Peel Off Mask. I enjoyed using the sheet mask, I found it very relaxing after I had my Irish oral. I didn't find that it brightened my face but it made my face feel nice and smooth. I used the Peel Off Mask the day I finished my school exams, even though I was out sick for some of them, I was working towards them since Easter and I wanted to treat myself. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this mask at all, it didn't smell of cucumber and was a nightmare to peel off and pull at all my baby hairs.

What new additions have you got to your makeup collection?


Saturday, 10 June 2017

New Years Goals Update

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I did a post back in January telling you about some of my New Years Goals and I think it's time to do a much-needed update.

Do My Driving Test

Since January, I have finished my 12 mandatory lessons and I have booked my test, I haven't got a date yet but the earliest it will be is in July. I am doing additional lessons at the moment to prepare me for the test. There's still a lot of things I need to work at and iron out.

Upload 1 Video A Month On YouTube

I have been very consistent with uploading it may not be on the exact same day every month but I have uploaded 7 videos, 5 covers, 1 original song and 1 recap video when I was on my Gaisce trip in May. I am kinda getting a little bored of putting up covers, so I want to branch out a little. I am happy with my progress and I hope to upload more during the Summer.

Save €10 A Month

I have decided to get rid of this goal solely because I have a job now and 1/4 of my wages are going into savings which is more than €10 a month.

Do 5 Collabs

So far, I have done 2 collabs one with Ailbhe and a link up with Guilianna. I don't have any other plans for collabs yet but normally they happen pretty quickly anyways.

Learn How To Use My Camera Properly

You have permission to shame me but I still have no idea how my camera works. I know how to take a picture, zoom, view photos, record and put a timer on. All things you learn in the first 5 minutes of holding a camera. I hope to learn more about different functions during the Summer.

Read 12 Books

I am a good bit ahead of schedule, I am on my 8th book this year and I hope to read 7 books during the Summer so that's a total of 13. I have a huge pile of books that I look forward to get through. I have to finish Harry Potter and Throne of Glass series.

Use Instagram More Often

I have been very good at posting consistently since January. I normally post twice a week and I hope to keep that going throughout the Summer. I have really gotten into Instagram but I never had the time to have a good explore through it so I hope with me having some free time, I'll be able to.

Survive School

So far, so good I guess! This year was the absolute worst school year, I never had any time for myself and I am glad it is over. I was sick the week of my Summer exams, I ended up doing three at school and had to take home four. I don't think my results will be to great as I wasn't in exam mode and as I was sick I couldn't do any study.

Go to 2 College Open Days

I didn't go to any open days yet but I will definitely go in the second half of this year. I am still unsure about what I want to do. I would love to do Pharmacy but it's a lot of points, the course is supposed to be hard and I don't know will I be able for it. I also don't like the idea of going into something so specific as what happens if I don't like it? There's still so much I am so unsure about.

How are your goals going?


Saturday, 3 June 2017

The April and May Edition

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So, another two months have flown by and now I am just starting my Summer holidays, whoop whoop! It's been a long and hard school year and I am looking forward to relaxing and taking it easy for the next three months. I am going to do something slightly different in this post as I want to try out something different, instead of having favourites, I would like to do a recap of the month with things I did, things I've watched, books I've read and things I am liking. It is not a huge difference but it is a little tweak! Here is what I have been doing the past two months

Things I've Been Watching


13 Reasons Why
I think everyone and their dog has watched this show and if you haven't it is based on a novel of the same name by Jay Asher where the main character Hannah Baker kills herself and leaves 13 tapes addressed to different people about what they did to her and that's what led to her dying. This show is not for the faint-hearted and please don't watch it if you are under the age of 15, I know you mightn't care because I am just a girl typing this but this show deals with a lot and its 18s for a reason. I really enjoyed the show, I loved the plot and all the characters especially Clay.


Beauty and The Beast
I haven't watched the original in ages but a spur of the moment decision in Galway City found my cousin and I with two tickets to see the remake of Beauty and The Beast. It was beautiful and I loved all the characters especially Lafou and Mrs. Potts. I think Emma Watson did a wonderful job at portraying Belle. I was on the verge of tears during the majority of the movie and the music is great and I have another playlist with some of it in it.


French Films
Other the Easter I got a loan of some French films that my French teacher has. She kindly gave me 5 and I only got to watch 4. I really enjoyed watching them as there are very unusual compared to Hollywood movies, they're quite abstract and slightly weird at times. My favourite was definitely SuperCondriaque, the plot is very bizarre but is hilarious all the same. It is about an acute hypochondria, who with the help of his doctor, tries to find love and as a predictable ending he ends up with the doctor's sister.


Sherlock
I know I am late to this one and I see why everyone talks about it as it is so good. If you haven't watched Sherlock before it is a modern twist on the classic story of Sherlock Holmes played by the great Benedict Cumberbatch. I have watched Season 1 and 2 and they are both amazing and I look forward to watching the next 2. Even though there are only 3 episodes in each season, each episode is 90 minutes long. It may seem like a long time but you get sucked in at the start and then spat out at the end thinking that you sat down to watch it 30 minutes ago.

Memories I've Made


My 18th
So, I'm now an adult I guess! If you haven't read my birthday post where I did my first ever outfit shot and talked about things I have accomplished in the past 18 years of existence on this planet. It still seems hard to believe that I am 18, it is such an imaginary milestone. I remember when I was younger thinking it was such a big deal and now it's not. I really enjoyed my birthday though, I went out to dinner with some of my friends and I really enjoyed the night.


Gaisce Hike
Last week, I went on a 3 day adventure journey as part of my silver Gaisce award that I am doing. For anyone that doesn't know what Gaisce is, it is the Irish version of The Duke of Edinburgh Award. I did various activities from rock climbing, bog running, canoeing, hiking, orienteering and bivy making. I enjoyed the few days as it was a break away from school coming up to the end of year exams and also the group of girls I was with were lovely.

Books I've Read


Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
I finally got this book finished and it took me a month to do so. This is the second book in the Throne of Glass series. I found this book slow to start but after a while you get sucked into it and there are many plot twists. Anything you thought about characters before reading this book completely changes.


Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
This is the third book in the Throne of Glass series, I found this book slightly different to the other two. Firstly it has a completely different setting to Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight and there are 3 storylines going on at the one time. I really enjoyed reading this as you get to see a completely different side to Celaena.


Nowhere's Child by Kari Rosvall
I picked this book up at my school library on a whim as I read the back and it seemed very interesting. I normally don't venture towards non-fiction but this interested me as it is about World War Two. The author talks about her life and how she never knew what happened to her from being born until she was adopted by her parents and it wasn't until she was 64 she found out that she was part of Hitler's Spring of Life programme to create an Aryan race. I read this in 2 days which is not usual for me, I found it is interesting I didn't want to put it down at all.


YouTube

I've put out 4 videos this past 2 months, one an original song about turning 18, 2 covers Mercy by Shawn Mendes and Nothing Without You by Emma Blackery and a recap video of my Gaisce hike.

What are your favourites this month?

Thanks for being awesome,


Friday, 2 June 2017

This Summer Reading List

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So this is the last part of my The Summer series and its all about books I want to read. I have a huge stack of books that I haven't had a chance to read yet but now is my chance. Some of these books featured in another post on books I want to read awhile back. I want to read eight books during the Summer, to some this may seem like nothing and for some this may seem like a lot and to me I'm in the middle ground. I hope to get the majority of these read but if I don't get the last one read before the end of the Summer I'm not going to be upset over it. As you can probably tell, the majority of my list is Harry Potter or Sarah J. Maas related.

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Screenplay

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

There are also a few books I would like to get but I know I won't get them finished and I want to keep this list as near to realistic as possible.

Doing It by Hannah Witton

How To Be A Bawse by Lily Singh

Fully Functioning Human (almost) by Melanie Murphy

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

What do you plan to read during the Summer?

Thanks for being awesome,


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

This Summer TV and Movies List

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Welcome to the second installment of this little mini series and today I am going to be sharing with you what shows and movies I want to watch during the Summer. This year is the first time I have ever had Netflix, my Dad has refused to pay for it but now I can afford to get it myself. If you have any suggestions of good shows, movies or documentaries on Netflix please tell me as I love taking suggestions. I don't want to spend my whole Summer watching stuff so I can't include everything that I want to watch.

American Horror Story Hotel

I have watched season 1-4 of AHS two years ago and I fell in love but I haven't gone near the show since as I wanted to be able to binge watch a season or two. I have heard a lot about Hotel but I look forward to falling back into the crazy world of AHS.

Orange Is The New Black

I watched part of the first season last year and I really enjoyed it but this time I hope to watch all of it. I've heard such good things about seasons 1,2 and 4. Also, season 5 is coming out pretty soon so I'll have 5 seasons to watch.

Making a Murderer

This was all the rage last year but with me Netflixless I couldn't do much. I love an auld murder mystery and that's exactly what this is.

Once Upon A Time

My brother raves about this show and is totally obsessed and keeps telling me to get into it. All I know is that it is about all the different fairy tale/ Disney characters that all live in the same universe. It sounds interesting.

RuPauls Drag Race

I have watched this show on a few occasions and I love it. I am normally not someone who will sit down to watch a reality TV show except this one. It is haven't heard of it, it's a drag queen competition where the drag queens have to do different challenges to try to not get eliminated.

Sherlock Season 3

I watched and really enjoyed Sherlock season 1 and 2 and I can't wait to get my teeth into season 3. I love how different Sherlock is to different TV shows, I feel like the creators did this on purpose as Sherlock is a very unusual character as the episodes are an hour and a half long.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

I loved Guardians of the Galaxy and when I heard that there was a sequel I was so happy. I haven't gotten to see it yet, it didn't suit me to go see it in cinema when it came out but I hope it will be released on DVD or something during the Summer so I can see Baby Groot once again.

Despicable Me 3

I know I am one of the biggest children ever but I just want to see it. The original came out when I was 11 and I really enjoyed the movie. I didn't really bother watching the spin off Minions because I had gone out of the yellow stage when it came out. The trailer looks really good so I have high hopes for this film and I hope it stays like that.

This list is going to keep me busy!

What's on your TV and movie list at the moment?

Thanks for being awesome,


Monday, 29 May 2017

This Summer Bucket List

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I know it's weird to see me on a Monday but I had a brain wave at the start of the month to do this and here I am. I want to make a bucket list this Summer and all the things I want to do, normally I do one but I never share it but I thought I would share it with you. There will be two other posts this week one will be all the books I want to read and the other one is about all the shows and movies I want to watch.

Save €300 For Car

I have over €700 saved for my car and during the Summer I hope to get up to €1000 this Summer. That may sound a lot but since I have a job it might make it easier. To break that down I hope to save €25 a week which doesn't seem as daunting. I know I won't get the car this year but I hope I can get it in the next year or two.

Scrapbooking

My scrapbook is in good need of an update as I haven't updated it since last Summer and I have loads of things stuck in the back that I need to put into it. I really enjoy scrapbooking but I find it hard to find the time and I always forget to print off photos.


Camp NaNoWriMo

I hope to do Camp NaNoWriMo this year again. If you haven't heard of Camp NaNoWriMo, it is a challenge you do in July to write a story and it can be as long as you like, last year mine was around 10,000 words. I hope to do it again as I know I won't be able to do it in November with school and all. I really enjoyed it last year and I hope my story will be better this time around.

YouTube

I hope to upload at least twice a month during the holidays and maybe get a head start on organising videos from September to December as I won't have as much time come September, yay Leaving Cert!

Twitter Chats

I want to start getting back into doing weekly Twitter chats, I found during this school year, I didn't have time and if I did I wasn't in the mood to do one or there wasn't one on. I hope to do one at least once a week as I love finding new bloggers and chatting to the ones I already know.

Organise!

By the end of the Summer, I want to all my blog posts and YouTube videos planned until Christmas and up to October started. I'm afraid that come September I mightn't be able to blog regularly which is horrible to think about as I have been blogging for over two years. I also want to plan what I am going to do regarding my corner of the Internet when it comes to exam season.

Play More Music

This year my guitar has been left at the sidelines of my life which is unusual as I have been playing it for 3 years and I used to practice every day. I want to get back into this habit as I found it stress relieving and it's nice to get really into a song.

What do you want to do this Summer?

Thanks for being awesome,


Saturday, 27 May 2017

10 Things I Can't Live Without

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I feel like there are some times people can't live without excluding food, water and shelter. It's one of those topics that you have to think about a lot and see if it was gone would you truly miss it. I found it difficult to make this list but stuck with it and kept thinking. What I love about these sorts of posts is that everyone is different and the things I have in mine, you mightn't have in yours.

My Dog

I have spoken about my dog a few times here but nothing huge. My dog's name is Buster and she is a golden retriever. I have had her since I was 4 years old so I don't really remember much of the world without her. She is my best friend and I know that she doesn't have as many days left on this planet as she used to. She is such a gentle and friendly dog and I love her to absolute pieces.

My Guitar

The guitar I have right now isn't my first one but it still means a lot to me. I got it for Christmas two years ago and I named in Spark, I like naming my guitars my other one was called Squirtle. I don't have much time to play it like I used to. I remember in third year every day after I finished my homework I would have a twenty minute jamming session but now I normally play on the weekends. I also write a lot of music which is quite therapeutic.

Music

I don't know where I would be without music, a lot of bus trips would be very boring without it. I have loved music since I was really young, both playing it and listening to it, I find it relaxing and can really take me out of a bad mood. 

Books

Books, little worlds printed on pages, I love escaping into a different world of Harry Potter, Celaena Sardothien or the many other characters that are within books. I enjoy reading after a long day and I find it so relaxing and wonderful.

Notebooks

I have many notebooks, some have ideas for blog posts, short stories, school related stuff and to do lists. I love being able to write words onto these blank pages and make something interesting even if it is just a to do list. There is nothing nicer than find a really cute notebook in a shop and buying it for the sole purpose of writing in it and using it as a prop for blog and Instagram pictures.

My iPod

This is my mini assistant, I do the majority of my social media on it and anything else. I even used to use it to take blog pictures. Without it I would have to spend a lot more time sitting at my laptop while with my iPod I can take it on the go. I watch YouTube on it too which helps to relax me after a long day.

My Skincare Routine

Without my skincare products, my skin wouldn't be the way it is now. I never had really bad acne but the occasional breakout comes and goes. I enjoy taking care of my skin and treating it to hydrating moisturisers and face masks.

Makeup

I really enjoy using makeup, I love the creativity that's involved and how it can enhance the features you already love about yourself. Without makeup, I don't think I would be as creative or have burned a big hole in my pocket from buying new things. I love experimenting with looks especially eyeshadow as I have only gotten into using it in the past year or so. I don't think I would be as confident if I didn't have makeup as a simple bit of concealer can change everything.

Travelling

I love travelling, I have been to a few countries but I hope to go to a lot more in the future. It would be horrible to imagine what life would be like if we weren't allowed to go to different countries, people with the travelling bug like me would have a pretty hard time. My travel bucket list keeps expanding, my most recent edition is Chernobyl. It may sound like an unusual place to go but it has been opened to tourists since 2011 to go on a tour inside the exclusion zone and this is something I am very interested in but I know some people think I am crazy.

Education

Without an education, I wouldn't be able to read or write or even sit here and construct this blog post, I wouldn't know about radioactivity or be able to learn another language. Sometimes, I take my education for granted which is such a first world problem when over 50 million children can't attend school for some reason or another. I wouldn't be able to learn about over countries and want to visit them one day.

Is there anything you can't live without?

Thanks for being awesome,


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

Hey!
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,