Saturday, 24 June 2017

Giving A Helping Hand

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

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

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

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.

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.


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

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,