Saturday, 26 August 2017

Summer Roundup 2017

Next week I am back to school for my final year and instead of moping about this I thought I would share with you a roundup of all the things I did during my holidays. This is my third year to do one, if you would like to read the previous two click HERE and HERE. Before my holidays started I did a bucket list everything I wanted to do.

Reading Material

I read 5 books, I am delighted with that as most of them were fairly thick and I went through phases of reading. I have hit my book challenge target of 12 books already which I am pumped about. I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Asking For It by Louise O'Neill, The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas and I am currently reading Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. I didn't get all the books I intended on reading read but I got a good bit through the list.

TV And Movies

Netflix has been my main obsession recently and I will take about my favourite shows in a future post. I completely watched Orange is the New Black and Sherlock. I am currently watching How I Met Your Mother, RuPaul's Drag Race, American Horror Story Hotel and Riverdale. Movies wise, I went to see Despicable Me 3 and Baby Driver in cinema, Despicable Me 3 was watchable but I loved Baby Driver. I watched from the comfort of my own home White Chicks, a classic, Legally Blonde, RV and Maid in Manhattan.

YouTube Relaunch

I was getting sick of doing all music related stuff, so I decided to give it a little makeover and relaunch it, I even named it Totally Ró too. Don't worry though, I won't be moving over to YouTube and forgetting about my blog. My blog comes first and YouTube comes second. I have enjoyed making videos especially my Edinburgh one.


Speaking of Edinburgh, I loved Edinburgh. It is such a beautiful city with loads to do. There's not many places, apart from London, that I would go back to but Edinburgh is definitely going to be revisited. Next time I hope to go during Fringe comedy festival, it will be much busier there but I have done a lot of the touristy bits, so I can just avoid them. A lot of Irish comedians go to Fringe as it is the place where you will make or break in the comedy industry.

Money Saved

I saved €300 for my car, so I have €1000 saved so far. I hope to get another grand saved before I start looking into cars, I think €2000 would be a good budget. I am glad with my progress as it has just taken me over a year to save that up. 

Snap Snap

I am loving Snapchat recently, cheeky plug @totally_ro or my snapcode is at the bottom of my sidebar. My snapscore has doubled since May as I have been constantly snapping every day and chatting about everything under the sun. I show what I am doing and where I am going. I will miss snapping every day when school returns as I won't have as much time to do it.


I updated my scrapbook finally with 12 new pages. I love scrapbooking, there's something peaceful about it. Mine isn't the prettiest one but I love it to pieces as it has a lot of adventures in it from the past year.

Exam Attendant

You may or may not know but I was an exam attendant during the Junior and Leaving Cert exams in June. It may sound weird but I really enjoyed it and had an absolute blast with my other classmates doing it. The pay was great and going down town, which we are not allowed to do during the year, was fun as we chilled in the playground as we were such big children.

What have you gotten up to during your Summer holidays?

Thanks for being awesome,

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,