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THE FOUR BEAUTY PRODUCTS I COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT

13 Sep 2017

Hey ho everyone! Happy hump day! I Hope your week is going swimmingly. So we all know that beauty posts are definitely not my forté I just don't purchase enough make-up to feature it regularly. That's not to say I don't love it though, I just stick to things I love and don't see the point in buying a million and one different contour kits to try, if I already have one I love, y'know? So I thought I would write a little post about some of those favourite staple products. 

Benefit Brow Zings 

No word of a lie, this thing is as important to me in my day to day life as like, water and oxygen. No seriously, as sad as this may be, I don't think I could leave the house without some of this on, even if I have no other make-up on. You may be wondering why so because if you've seen a photo of me you will know that I have a decent set of eyebrows naturally but they have so many bald spots, are uneven and the shape just isn't great. Brow Zing to the rescue! I use the wax side to make an outline of my brows and to fill in the gaps, I then go through my brows with the powder side for a natural finish. This is no doubt my most cherished item of make-up. 

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Not someone talking about this God damn concealer again...yup! What can I say, this has just got to make the list of products I couldn't live without. There's not too much to say about this because I'm sure most of you have tried it out but my under eye dark circles are one of my biggest insecurities so I could marry whoever created this magic potion for sorting me out!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Over the years I have tried so many mascaras both drugstore and high street, I liked a lot of them but there was none I could say 'you're the one for life' to. There was something lacking in all of them. Then I met 'Better than sex' and I haven't wasted any money on a shitty mascara since. This does everything I want a mascara to do, lengthens, thickens and doesn't clump! It feels so sturdy and luxurious too which is a plus. 

The Balm Highlite n' ConTour palette

I have been keeping my eyes out for a good contour palette ever since it first became a trend, but for some reason I kept avoiding buying a good one. I'm not sure why. Then when I was in Debenhams one day this one by The Balm really caught my eye. The packaging is so cute and creative, it's a concert theme with all the shades named after hertz and decibels. I hadn't heard this being raved about before but my heart said to chance it, even though it was almost €40. Boy am I glad I took the risk. I use the bottom left shade to contour and it's perfect for me, super natural and not orange or dirty looking. I sweep the top right matte highlighter over my cheek bones and forehead and follow with a little bit of the top left (which is a stunning sparkly highlighter) I also use the blush every single day. So basically this covers all my face powders and it's got a great big mirror which is always a bonus.  

There we have it! My top 4 holy grail / could not live without beauty products. If you were thinking about buying any of these products before - do it! *no pressure*

What are you most coveted beauty products? Do you prefer to keep trying different things or are you like me and stick to what you like? I would love to hear from you in the comments!

Sinéad x
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FIFTY REASONS TO SMILE

25 Aug 2017

I've seen these kinds of posts doing the rounds in the blogging community lately and I've really enjoyed reading them. They always made me feel so positive as I realised all the little things we should be grateful for. It's so easy to get bogged down on what we're not happy with, it's so important to remember all the good things, so I thought I would create my own list of 50 every day things that make me super happy, here they are in no particular order!
  1. Coffee in the morning
  2. My dogs Nicky and Lily
  3. My new baby niece Leah
  4. My other 3 niblings 
  5. My car, I love it
  6. I'm saving lots of money
  7. Getting new make-up
  8. I'm in love with my city - Galway
  9. My room, newly decorated
  10. Food, where would I begin.
  11. Interiors, I could look at them forever
  12. Empowering quotes
  13. The internet
  14. True and loyal friends
  15. The sky, in all it's beautiful forms
  16. The green countryside surrounding me
  17. Eating home grown potatoes everyday
  18. Ed Sheerans music
  19. blogging
  20. Cute and funny phone cases
  21. New pjs
  22. Lovely perfumes
  23. Boys who make you swoon
  24. Candles and diffusers
  25. Taking photos and saving memories
  26. My bed
  27. Hot showers
  28. Face masks
  29. Work banter
  30. Warm days in summer
  31. Rain against the window
  32. Penneys! 
  33. Hot water bottles during your period
  34. Buying handbags
  35. Visitors to your house
  36. Ice cream
  37. Road trips
  38. Being healthy
  39. Going to the seaside
  40. The best moments of my life are still to come
  41. Cuddles and kisses
  42. Kind and mannerly people
  43. Being young
  44. Hurling and Galway being in the All-Ireland final
  45. Uplifting movies
  46. Feeling loved
  47. Being free
  48. The smell of cut grass
  49. Discovering new places
  50. Long walks with the doggies

What makes you smile? Why not make a list of everything in a blog post too!
Sinéad
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HOW I THINK IT HELPS TO BE AN INTROVERT WHEN BLOGGING

10 Aug 2017

Blogging seems like a very 'out-there' thing to do. You are literally presenting yourself and your life on the internet for all to see. One might think that you would have to be an extremely outgoing, chatty and extroverted person to take up such a hobby/career. In fact, it might be a little difficult for some people to understand why those who are more reserved would ever enjoy such a thing.

I have found that being an introvert actually has many benefits when blogging.

If there is one thing I have noticed about the blogging community is that the vast majority of bloggers seem to be more introverted than extroverted. Which kinda makes sense, its creative nature and its focus on 'the self' means it's a hobby that suits us introverts. Blogging means spending a lot of time alone and I sure do love a little alone time to unwind.

There's nothing to say that introverts don't have loads of friends and a gleaming social life but sometimes we don't open up as easily as our more extroverted friends, I know I definitely don't. So I enjoy having an outlet to let out my thoughts and feelings when in the real world, I would just rather stay quiet. 

On that note, introverts tend to be more in touch with their emotions. We reflect until we can understand our feelings and figure out what we can learn from them. Blogging is such a useful tool to help me do this. 

I've heard that introverts don't really enjoy small-talk, this would definitely be the case for me - I'm so awkward making small talk. It's when I get into a more in-depth conversation about real subjects, that I become a little more interesting and talkative. So getting to be all deep and meaningful and get into those juicy topics on the blog is something I really enjoy doing. 

Another good quality that comes along with being introverted is we are pretty self-sufficient, we know that we can manage things on our own which is fairly important if one wants to set up their own self-run online blog and hopes for it to be semi-successful!

Introverts are also meant to be really observant. We notice changes in the world around us, we take it all in. Even if it's just a new fashion trend or some phenomenon emerging in modern culture, this means we may have fresh and interesting things to write about.

So yeah, in theory, blogging does seem like a very extroverted activity. But I, a proud introvert can vouch for the fact that our characteristics are actually really beneficial for what it requires to be a blogger!

What are your thoughts on this topic? Are you intorverted or extroverted and how to you think that affects you when blogging? Would you agree that blogging is a surprisingly perfect hobby for introverts?

Sinéad x
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MY SUNDAY MORNING BEAUTY ROUTINE

30 Jul 2017

Why specifically Sunday I hear you ask? Well, every Sunday morning I dedicate to looking after myself 'beauty' wise and I do all my weekly routines. This is probably my favourite time of the week; A nice slow morning where I don't have to rush and can just pamper myself while sipping on a cuppa, ah lovely. I thought I would share with you my little weekly routine. 
EXFOLIATE MY BODY 
I don't exfoliate my body every day. I usually do it around twice a week. Always on a Sunday morning while in the shower. I really love to us the Soap and Glory 'Scrub of your life' this leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft especially my legs which can tend to get a little rough. This prepares them for shaving as well.

USE A HAIR MASK
Every Sunday morning I like to indulge in a hair mask whilst in the shower. This is a relatively new addition to my routine so I haven't tried very many hair treatments, if you know any good ones - let me know! I'm currently using Vo5 'give me moisture' which does make my hair feel so silky and shiny.

USE A FACE MASK
I definitely enjoy this more than once a week but I always do it on a Sunday morning. I'm currently in love with the Boots Tea tree and witch hazel peel off mask. It's so refreshing to use, leaves your skin so soft and I definitely am not getting as many breakouts as I used to since I started using this. It's super affordable too. 

SHAVE LEGS
I'm not sure how often is the norm for this and maybe it's gross I only do it once a week? I don't know! But my legs are rarely out so there's no need for me to do it more often. I also find it such a chore. The skin on my legs are so sensitive so I use an aloe vera shaving gel which helps a bit. I still get cuts though so let me know if there is anything you would recommend to combat this!
APPLY FAKE TAN 
This is something I only bother with in the summer and not necessarily every Sunday, only if I'm feelin' it really and lately I have been loving being a little browner. Cocoa Brown all the way for me! I use the 1hr tan mouse on a Sunday morning and usually apply the Gentle Bronze throughout the week to top it up.

WASH MAKE UP BRUSHES 
It's gotta be done! So I make sure to never forget to do this on a Sunday morning. I scrub them with some Real Techniques brush cleanser and it does the job fairly well. Sorry they look so grubby in the pic, I really should have taken it after I cleaned them! haha.

FILE NAILS AND APPLY NAIL HARDENER
On a Sunday morning I also try to set aside some time to sort out my nails. My nails are a nightmare and I usually ignore them throughout the week. So on Sundays I try to 'fix' them up a bit. Whether that be paint them or just file them and apply some nail hardener as my nails are so brittle!

So there we have it, my Sunday morning beauty routine. I'm clearly at my freshest on a Sunday afternoon and it's all downhill from there throughout the week then haha!

Do you like to set aside some time on any day to focus on your 'upkeep' let me know what your routine is in the comments!

Sinéad x
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10 TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE CLOTHES SHOPPING

22 Jul 2017

So y'know me, I love a bit of clothes shopping. I'm almost a bit scared to admit that I go shopping almost every weekend, now don't get me wrong, I don't necessarily buy something every weekend! haha. I do have a process that helps me make the right decisions when I'm shopping because lets face it - money doesn't grow on trees! I thought I'd create a little list of my 10 tips for effective clothes shopping - things that will help you make good decisons and not waste money. I hope you find this helpful!

SHOP WHEN YOU LOOK YOUR BEST 
It's always a good idea to go shopping when you're having a good hair day and you're not feeling bloated or sluggish. This way, when you're trying on items in the dressing room you won't be distracted by your not so pleasant reflection in the mirror and the clothes will look their best.

TAKE YOUR TIME, DON'T RUSH
Give yourself plenty of time for your shopping trips. Browse around and make sure you're getting the best of what's on offer. If you're in a rush you're more likely to pick up any old rubbish and never wear it!

TAKE A FRIEND
Sometimes it's so hard to decide whether you like something or not, we've all been there, humming and hawing in the dressing room not feeling too sure. This is where a second opinion can come in very handy.

THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE IN YOUR WARDROBE
This is a very important one in my opinion. Whenever I'm shopping I always keep in mind what I already own when I'm considering buying something. I ask myself - 'Does this suit my current style?' and 'Will this match with other items in my wardrobe?'

IS IT A SEASONAL PIECE?
When I'm buying something in summer I always consider whether or not it can be worn in winter too and how I could layer it. If it's something really expensive it definitely helps if it can be worn any time of the year so it's something to consider.

FORGET THE SIZE ON THE TAG 
Try not to get too bogged down by the number on the tag, just focus on how the clothes fit you. So what if you have to buy something 2 sizes bigger than your usual size. Sizing is all over the place anyway and they totally depend on the shop and fit of the clothes. 

THINK ABOUT THE PRICE/WEAR RATIO
This will help you see if you will be getting value for money. If you're getting jeans that cost €150 but you know you will wear them like 2 times a week then they are probably worth it. But if you're going for a top that you can probably only wear a couple of hot days in the summer and it's €40, maybe it's not quite worth it. 

DON'T GO SHOPPING WHEN YOUR EMOTIONAL
I have made this mistake before - going shopping when you're feeling a bit sad. It feels like retail therapy and you end up buying a load of crap you don't need just to make you feel a bit better. 

BUY PIECES YOU REALLY LOVE EVEN IF YOU DON'T NEED THEM RIGHT NOW
If you see a gorgeous fancy dress that you're totally in love with but you have no occasion for - buy it! chances are an occasion will come up and you won't be able to find anything you like. 

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF 2 FOR 1 OFFERS
Especially for basics. A lot of stores do offers on basic tees etc. So why not take advantage of them even if you did only want one white tee, that khaki one will no doubt come in handy at some stage.

Are you a careful shopper like me or are you someone who goes with the flow more? Let me know in the comments! Also, Is there anything else that would be helpful to consider whilst clothes shopping?

Sinéad x
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DON'T LET THE GHOSTERS BRING YOU DOWN

19 Jul 2017

Ah Ghosting. Ghosting, if you have no idea what it means, is a modern term for the phenomenon of a guy/girl completely disappearing on you at the early stages of dating despite seeming interested. The fact that they had to make a term for this tells me it's not all that uncommon. Chances are you or someone you know has been ghosted. I sure have and let me tell ya, it is HORRIBLE. 

Here's my story - I met a guy on Tinder. He was such a lovely lad (seemingly) and we stayed up until all hours Whats App-ing each other. The conversations were great and deep and we got on so well over text. We told each other we were into each other and he was SO keen, like dying to see me in real life kinda keen. He was gorgeous so I was over the moon and so excited to meet him. 

After a week of texting, we went on a date. We went to a creperie where we got some tea and some pancakes to share. When we first met he was quiet, seemed kinda nervous. He soon came out of himself though and he was so lovely and charismatic. We sat in the creperie for 2hrs talking about everything and anything. I was so lost in the conversation I didn't notice anything going on around me or even know what time it was. It was without a doubt a great date and he seemed like he enjoyed it too. 

When it was over he walked me to the car, told me he enjoyed our chats and we parted ways.  My heart was bursting for this man. I was smitten. He was perfect and he was Gemini which is harmonious with Aquarius. This could be the one I secretly thought to myself!

I never heard from him again.

 I texted him two days later. That God damn read receipt haunts me. It's just a horrific feeling to think a guy really liked you until he met you and then got turned off. For a couple of days I felt so down about myself. I wondered what I did wrong. What is wrong with me? Do I not look as good as my pictures. Am I really boring to talk to? All of these destructive thoughts kept going around in my head and it hurt so much, it still kinda does which is ridiculous because I didn't even get to know this guy very well, we were only on one date.  I feel like I was a disappointment to him because he was so clearly excited to meet me. 

The fact that not everyone can like you is one that is really hard to face. No matter how lovely you are I guess sometimes people don't feel a spark for you, even if you do for them. I'm starting to realise that it doesn't mean there is anything wrong with me and it doesn't mean I won't find a guy who does like me. I'm trying hard not to take it personally. If I think about it for too long it drives me a bit crazy. I'm trying to stay positive and not let it hurt my self-esteem. Onwards and upwards!

Guys and gals out there, don't ghost people! Just tell them how you feel. I would much rather if this guy straight out told me he didn't want to take things any further instead of tormenting myself waiting for a reply for days on end and checking if he's online or not. I know, I know, I'm pathetic! hahaha.

Have you experienced being ghosted? it sucks right?!

Sinéad 
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