Saturday, 19 August 2017

A Face Full Of First Impressions

I've bought a lot of new makeup recently between being on holidays in Edinburgh and doing a little bit too much retail therapy at home. I've collected quite a few new things and I thought I would make a look out of some new things I got. Of course, I will be using some makeup I have had for a while. The full list of products will be at the bottom of this post.

Catrice Glam and Doll Curl and Volume Mascara

I was in need of a new mascara before I went on holidays and I heard Laura from Lauras Views raving about this mascara and for under €5 I decided to try it. I have naturally very droopy lashes and using this mascara and Laura's Lash Trick keeps my lashes curled all day. The wand is different to what I am used to as it is a bristly. The only thing I dislike about it is it smudges underneath my lashes within 5 hours which is frustrating bringing q-tips around.

Kiko Glow Fusion Powder Highlighter in 01

I went a little mad in Kiko when I was in Scotland but it was worth it. This highlighter is nice on pale skin and isn't glittery or patchy. Can I just say how pretty the packaging it, it feels like it cost more than £10. The swatch is very hard to see as it is so pale, like myself, but it is right above the writing.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I see why everyone and their dog raves about this beauty blender as I have fallen in love with it. I use this to blend in my concealer and it works amazingly giving a perfect airbrush finish. The only disadvantage is it soaks up some product and it has to be replaced every 6-12 months but for the way it applies foundation and concealer it is worth it.

Essence Make Me Brow in Browny Brows

After hearing that my beloved Essence Make Me Brow in Soft Browny Brows is being discontinued I decided to pick up two more and I decided to try the darker one to see if it is a good replacement. It has the exact same formula which is great but it is very dark. It is fine if I want to create a darker brow but I won't use it every day for a 'no makeup' makeup look.

Makeup Revolution Iconic Lights and Contour Pro Palette

I bought this in the Edinburgh Airport after I wanted to up my contour game and realised I had no contour shade that suited my pale complexion. I have used so far both highlighters, the white powder and the two lightest bronzers. The lightest one is perfect for contouring and doesn't look muddy on my face. The packaging is the hard cheap plastic but the products are good so far.

Kiko Lip Combo

I never had a matching lipstick and lip liner duo, so I got Kiko Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick in 117 and Kiko Creamy Colour Comfort Lip Liner in 306. Kiko has such beautiful packaging, I feel so cool clicking the top button to get the lipstick out. This is a bright orangey red and I love it as I am trying to get into more reds. It is a lipstick but lasts quite a while and only a little budges when I eat which I was surprised about as it is a lipstick. The lip liner helps a lot with the longevity of the lip colour but it dries out my lips a little, I'll need to put on some lip balm on beforehand.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

I bought this in the Duty Free in Dublin Airport as it was cheaper than getting the NYX one. I've noticed it has helped my eye makeup last a little longer but apart from that there are no huge improvements. It smells good and the spray dispenser actually does a good job. I don't plan on using this every day as it is expensive to repurchase it (unless I get it in the airport again).

Real Techniques Setting Brush

I bought this on a slight whim and it has worked out as I needed a highlighter brush, my fan brush just wasn't doing the trick any more. It applies the highlighter lightly and takes a few goes to get it up to the intensity that I want. I love how soft it and and how easy it is to clean. I love all the Real Techniques brushes I own and I think this one will be no different.

What's on my face

Makeup Revolution Aqua Priming Base
Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain
Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer in Porcellain
Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder in Transparent
Makeup Revolution Iconic Lights and Contour Pro Palette
first bronzer - Bronzer
third bronzer - Contour
Kiko Glow Fusion Powder Highlighter in 01
Giordani Gold Bronzing Pearls in Natural Peach
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Haute Chocolate - Outer third
White Chocolate - Inner third
Marzipan - Center of eye
Makeup Revolution Iconic Lights and Contour Pro Palette
third bronzer - Crease
fourth highlighter - Brow bone highlight
Catrice Glam and Doll Curl and Volume Mascara
Essence Make Me Brow in Browny Brows
NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade in Brunette

Kiko Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick in 117
Kiko Creamy Colour Comfort Lip Liner in 306

And so starts my spending ban as I've bought far too much makeup the past few weeks. I have challenged myself to spend less than €20 for the month of August.

Thanks for being awesome,

Saturday, 12 August 2017

I'm A Jobless Student Again

On the 2nd of August I quit my job working in a cafe and I feel 100% better about it. It may seem weird but that job was dragging me down and making me into this unhappy and miserable person. Everything suffered, my blog, my happiness, my hobbies and I always felt anxious. I only had this job for 4 months which isn't a whole pile of time but it felt like years. I thought I would share the reasons behind quitting my jobs and the few reasons I stuck it out for so long.

Crappy wages and crappy hours
As an 18-year old, I was only €6.50 an hour which is an under-age wage which McDonalds don't even give their same aged employees. I wasn't getting many hours either, during the June and July I was getting around 0-2 days a week and the earliest I would start was 11am and I would finish at 6pm or whenever we finished cleaning up.

An even crappier boss
At first I thought she was just hard on me because I was new, and she wanted to push me to preform at my best but really she was just a bully picking at stupid things like not washing or cleaning things fast enough even though there was plenty of delft that was ready to be used. If she asked you to do something she would never call your name or even look at you which personally I thought I wasn't being spoken to. She also never learned my name even though there were 2 other Róisíns, both who left, working there. I would check the roster and check if she was working the days I was and if she was I just hoped she went home early, or she would be in a good mood, that rarely happened. She hated me and I always got the sense from her that she thought I did things to annoy her but that was never the case.

Not finishing at a specific time
I never knew what time I would be finished at due to tidying up at the end of the day takes a different amount of time due to the amount of staff present and when the last customer was served. I could be finished at 6pm or one time we didn't get out the door until 7:45pm.

Feeling stupid, useless and unhappy
I felt like I was a dysfunctional robot as I kept doing things wrong but I was never shown how to do it right. Nevertheless, I still got in trouble. I felt like crying most days as I normally try to do my best but that was never good enough. I have smiled more the past week and a half than I have the past 4 months.

No training or shown how to do things
This stems from the last reason but I never got trained or shown how to do things. On the first day I was thrown a dish cloth and told to start drying stuff and put them back in their place. I didn't know where anything went, so I put some things in wrong places by accident.

I stopped doing things I loved
I lost interest in blogging but I ploughed through as I presumed it was just a little writers block. I haven't picked up my guitar or ukulele since around 2 months ago. I haven't done anything really musically. I lost interest in my YouTube channel. I didn't want to read and I would prefer to watch Netflix as I could escape from my head without thinking too much.

I felt anxious a lot
I get anxious, that's just who I am but I was getting anxious over stupid little things that I never did before. I was anxious going to work, thinking about work, waiting for the roster to go up, it never ended.

The reasons I stayed for so long are pretty few, the money and the girls I worked with. It was nice having that money going into my account each week that I could spend on whatever I wanted. I could pay for Netflix (I'm still going to keep it) and if I saw something in the shops I could buy it without worrying about if I'll have enough money to do something else. The girls I worked with were lovely, they were friendly, great to chat with and always helped you out if needed. There was one girl who always cheered me up when I was feeling down and I am going to miss her a lot.

There were too many reasons to quit and with a meltdown during having dinner with my family I realised I needed to get out of this quick and I did and I am happy.

I know this is a little more serious that I usually write but I wanted to share my experience. If you are dealing with something similar please try to get out of it or talk to someone. Nobody needs to be this unhappy. I will always respond if you contact me.

Thanks for being awesome,

Saturday, 5 August 2017

My Travels: Edinburgh

During the last week of July I went to Edinburgh for 5 days and it was a lovely break to explore somewhere new. I had never been to Scotland before but I definitely want to go back, maybe next time during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It was a family holiday and we stayed with my uncle who runs an AirBnB near the Royal Mile. The accommodation was amazing and so central to everywhere in Edinburgh city. I have a video up on my YouTube channel of everything I got up to, click HERE.

Once as we got off the tram and dropped our luggage at the apartment, we headed up the Arthur's Seat as you can see it was an absolutely beautiful day and the views are out of this world. We ended up not going up to Arthur's Seat as we were all tired from travelling, but we went up a hill nearby that had an amazing view.

We went to this cool park which I completely forget the name of but it had yet another beautiful view and had this cool architecture which of course we needed to get a dramatic picture up there. A few little tips for going to Edinburgh 1. Bring comfy shoes, I brought my new Adidas Superstars, and they worked a treat. 2. Bring a rain jacket, the weather is as unpredictable as the Irish weather. 3. Reusable bags, have one in your bag at all times as if you want to go shopping you'll have to pay 10p for a bag and let's be real nobody wants to pay it.

Next of course was Edinburgh Castle. Unfortunately, the good weather didn't last for very long as Tuesday was very overcast but it didn't rain. Edinburgh Castle has another great view of the city, if you get a good day, we could see most of the city but the pictures were dark and dreary. If you are thinking of going to the Castle I would recommend booking your tickets online as it saves you the time for queuing which can be really long. We did the quick guided tour which was so interesting and didn't bore me completely which was a miracle. The best thing about them is that they are free and start every 15 minutes.

After the castle, we walked down the hill to the Botanic Gardens which was beautiful. I enjoyed spending the afternoon strolling around the beautiful grounds.

We did a bus tour of the city which I liked I guess but it wasn't my favourite thing. Also, we did the Edinburgh Dungeons which was good but I personally wouldn't go back to do it as it just wasn't my cup of tea but the rest of my family enjoyed it.

Of course visiting the Sherlock Holmes statue was mandatory due to my recent obsession of the TV series Sherlock.

It wouldn't be a trip to Edinburgh if you don't go to The Elephant House where JK Rowling wrote some of Harry Potter. We passed this multiple times but there was always a queue out the door, so we never dared to go in but one evening we got in and it was amazing. I enjoyed the Harry Potter atmosphere with the bathroom graffitied with Harry Potter stuff, the ceiling is full of it too. The drawers at the tables are full of fan letters to JK Rowling and from her table, the view of Edinburgh Castle looks like Hogwarts. Another place where JK wrote some of Harry Potter is Spoon though in 1997 it was a pub, they till have the original windows. The food was delicious too.

The National Museum of Scotland is also a good spot to go if you have an hour or two to spare. It is huge and has numerous exhibitions of anything under the sun, technology, animal planet and fashion. I didn't get to look in the fashion section as we ran out of time and had to go.

I, off course, did a little shopping in Kiko, Superdrug and Primark which you'll see popping up in the next few blog posts.

If you are into illusions, which I totally am, I recommend Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions. I didn't take any photos her due to illusions are hard to photography right but I have a little section in my video, sorry for another cheeky plug, it'll give you a great idea of what's in store there.

On the last evening we went on a walk in Princes Street Gardens which was a 2-minute walk from where we were staying. It was nice taking everything at a slow pace and watch the city life go by.  It was a nice way to end the city break just enjoying what this city had to offer.

Make sure to check out my YouTube video of my trip.

Have you gone anywhere nice recently.

Thanks for being awesome,

Saturday, 29 July 2017

10 Things You Mightn't Know About Me

I have been blogging for over 2 and a half years but there is still a some things that you may not know about me and I thought I would share them with you. I love reading these posts as you get to know the person behind the blog a little better.

I am ambidextrous
For a while when I was younger, I used to be able to write with both hands but then the leftie life chose me, I still do a lot with my right hand as I find it really hard to use a left-handed scissors. I use both hands to chop stuff and peel vegetables. I play a right-handed guitar and ukulele.

I have had 3 hair colours
I haven't dyed my hair before so you may be a little confused about how that was possible. Well I was born with jet black hair, around 2 years old I was blond and when I was 4 my hair was brown and it has stayed like that for the last 14 years.

I am a middle child
Yes, I am the forgotten one of the family and I think that's the reason why I am so talkative and outgoing as if I wasn't I'd be forgotten about. I have an older brother who is 359 days older than me, so we are Irish twins and my younger brother is 4 years younger than me.

I have many failed hobbies
Since I was 4, I have been involved in so many different things but the majority of them failed. I did ballet, gaelic football, camogie, trad music, swimming, art, computers, scouts, speech and drama, youth theatre, classical piano lessons, guitar lessons and kickboxing. Some of these I still do but the rest I haven't done in years.

I can read upside down
Sounds slightly mad but I can read well enough upside. I don't know if it is a dyslexic thing or is it just a random trait.

I want to get a pug
Since the age of 10 I've wanted a pug. My mam isn't impressed with the idea as she thinks they are ugly but I hope to get one when I have my own place.

I want to live in London, France and America
I have been to London twice and France 5 times and I want to go back to live in both places for maybe a year or two. I also would love to go to America for a year too, I'm not to sure where though maybe somewhere not too hot.

I was/am huge The Black Eyed Peas fan
From the age of 7/8 I loved The Black Eyed Peas. I still do and have some of their best tunes on my current playlist. My brother has the albums from Elepunk up to The Beginning. My favourite song still is Where is the Love? because as I am getting older and noticing what goes on in this world I question where the love is sometimes. I had planned at the age of 9 that when I was old enough I would go see them in Oxegen, if you are Irish you may remember this notorious festival in Punchestown Racecourse in Kildare that was around from 2001-2011 and then stopped due to 'no funding'.

I sang for JK Rowling!
I think I may have mentioned this before but not in too much detail. Yes I sang for JK Rowling with my school choir on Christmas Eve 2015. It was an amazing experience and I didn't even know it was her until a few weeks after when someone finally coped it. I think I was too focused on the words on the sheet to actually recognise her.

I have never done an all nighter
I value my sleep a little too much to ever do an all nighter. I think the closest I ever got was to 5am but I was so tired I decided to go to bed. Even when I was younger I didn't bother trying to do an all nighter at sleepovers as I knew I wouldn't last.

I hope you have learned a little more about me.

Thanks for being awesome,

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Empties #8

I have a lot of empties that I collected since the last one and I thought I would share with you some of my beauty trash.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo 
This is a cult favourite among the majority of the internet and I love it too. Of course, it is not as good as Lush's Grease Lightning as that just gets rid of all my spots when they are at their worst. I was without Grease Lightning for a while and Effaclar Duo did a good job. Now I use it to help calm down redness near spots and to get rid of the last bumpy bits of breakouts. I already have another one on the go and I love using it daily.

Natural Collection Lash Care Mascara in Clear
I didn't use this as a mascara and more as a cheap brow gel as at the time my funds were going a tad bit low. It was grand as a brow gel but it wasn't outstanding. It kept my brows in place but I had to fully brush through the product into my brows or it would be crispy and that's not good! I wouldn't repurchase this again as I found a much better brow gel that works wonders, Essence Make Me Brow.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
This was the first makeup product I ever got and my Mam bought it for me when I was 13. It is a nice BB cream but it is 2/3 shades darker than my natural Caspar the friendly ghost skin. It gave a nice natural coverage and had a nice SPF in it which is perfect for when Ireland actually gets some nice weather. I wouldn't buy this again as it wasn't the right shade for my skin and Maybelline is not cruelty free.

Ultra Pure Witch Hazel Soothing Lotion
I used this as a toner and I enjoyed how refreshing it was and it helped to keep face demons at bay. I noticed after using it for a week or two that it dried out my face and made it feel dehydrated and tight so I decided to dilute it down with water, half and half. This helped hugely and stopped my skin from feeling tight. I would repurchase this again but not for a while as there are other toners I want to try out.

Botanics Hydrating All Bright Night Cream
Firstly, this smells amazing! I would buy this scent as a perfume if it was available. This is a nice moisturiser, I used it at night as it said on the tub and it was too heavy to wear during the day under makeup. This cream wasn't a deep moisturiser and I have normal/dry skin so it didn't help any of my dry and flaky areas of my face. I talked about how much I loved this in a previous empties but my skin has changed a lot since then. I wouldn't repurchase this again.

Spoilt Rotten Vanilla Body Butter
I received this in a Christmas set 4 years ago and I think it may have gone a little bad since getting it and using it. This was a very thick body butter and would take 10-20 minutes to soak in to my skin and left me feeling a little sticky which doesn't bother me too much. This body butter left my skin feeling soft and it had a nice vanilla fragrance that lingered for a couple of hours but wasn't overpowering. I wouldn't repurchase this again as it was so thick and took a long time to soak into my skin.

Boots Simply Sensitive Protecting Day Moisturiser
I like this product so much that I have another one on the go already. This has a light texture which is great for a day moisturiser and sinks in quickly, it also has an SPF of 15 which is very important to wear every day. For anyone that doesn't like a moisturiser that smells like sun cream, I'm afraid you may not like this one as it contains that chemical smell. I don't mind it too much though.

Lee Stafford Coco Loco Coconut Dry Shampoo
I already told you about this awful dry shampoo in recent post. This did not work for my hair at all. It got rid of some grease from my hair but left this greasy shine which was nearly worse. I had to use a lot of product to get my hair to look semi normal. I will not be repurchasing this product ever.

Impulse True Love Body Spray
You wouldn't think an eighteen year old would still have this? Well I do and I am glad I have gone onto bigger and better things than this scent. It isn't that bad but whenever I sprayed it, it would bring me back to a family holiday to France when I was 13. The scent never really lasted that long and I felt that I had to constantly reapply it and so for those reasons I wouldn't repurchase it.

Radox Feel Pampered With Shea Butter and Ginger Shower Cream
I normally don't show shower gels as I normally use the one that's in my shower but I got this last year as a hamper from a place I was doing work experience in. This smelt amazing but the scent never lasted for long and it wasn't that moisturising which it claimed it did. I enjoyed using it for its smell though but I wouldn't repurchase it again.

What's in you beauty trash?

Thanks for being awesome,

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Dublin Haul

Last week I stayed with my cousin for a few days, and we did a tad bit of shopping. I normally don't do hauls as it takes me ages to collect enough items but I purchased a nice few things. I thought I would buy a lot of clothes but that was not the case at all!

The first place I went to was Lush on Grafton Street which if you know me I love. I wasn't there since Christmas so I needed to stock up a little. There are 2 Lushs in Dublin but I much prefer the Grafton Street one as I find it has a better layout and the employees are nicer there.

No Drought Dry Shampoo
I had this on my list for ages as I am finding that less spray dry shampoos work for me and I decided I would try this powder one as there are very few on the market. It smells like lemonade! It was a little pricey compared to other dry shampoos, €10.25 to be exact, but I think it may take me longer to get through the bottle. I have tried it out once with a little help with another dry shampoo and they both worked well together. I will give you an update on how I am getting on with it.

Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask
This face mask has to be my all time favourite Lush mask and I've tried quite a few, 9 to be exact! The last time I was in Lush it was out of stock and this time I picked up one of the last in the place. It is very exfoliating and leaves my skin feeling smooth and fresh. Also, the smell is divine, if you like citrus then you'll love this.

I got 2 samples as well, Ro's Argan Body Conditioner and Ultrabland Cleanser, as I heard great things about both of them and one of them has my name in it but I knew I didn't have the money or the space in my suitcase to bring them back!

Next stop was Jervis Shopping Centre to Forever 21!

Floral Open-Shoulder Dress
I am normally not a dress person at all but when my cousin suggested for me to try it on I fell in love. It is a beautiful dress that is mid thigh length, perfect for any Summer event. I love for it can be dressed up or down, with a pair of cropped jeans it would be perfect for everyday where if it is a little on the cool side and by itself for a party or if it decides to get warm again in Ireland, please.

Last but by the means least Primark on Mary Street which is 3 floors of all things Primark.

PS The Come Clean Cloths
I was very curious about these as they look identical to The Makeup Eraser and my Cleanse Off Mitt was in need of replacing. It's a fleece material and very soft and takes off makeup amazingly with just water. I've been using one this week as I left my Cleanse Off Mitt in Dublin. So far, I like it but I'd love to do an in depth comparison of the 2 cloths.

Coral Powerbank
I did not intend to buy this at all but it was only €9 and I knew it would be handy to have when I am in Edinburgh and my phone or my iPod is low on battery. I love the colour of this powerbank, it is so vibrant. This battery is 4000 MAH which means it can charge my iPod nearly 4 times and my phone twice. I bought this on a complete whim and should have really checked the specs of my iPod and phone but I don't regret buying it.

Duo Lash Adhesive in Clear
I bought individual lashes a few months back but the glue dried out completely so I couldn't use them. I haven't tried this out yet but I have heard that this is a very good eyelash glue and it stays put for ages.

Sultry Fake Lashes
I haven't tried strip eyelashes before and I thought it would be best to start off with cheap ones to see if I like them. I got these as I have heard a few people talk about the Primark fake eyelash range and these seemed the most interesting.

Hydrating Avocado Sheet Mask
I tried out one of Primark's sheet masks before and I wanted to try out this avocado one as I love me some avocado. I like to keep the sheet masks for between the Lush face masks as I can't always go and get a new fresh face mask. I hope this one smells like avocado then I'll be pretty happy.

Have you bought anything nice recently? Let me know.

Thanks for being awesome,