24 May 2017

Hey everyone! Hope your week is going well so far! Today I am coming to you with a good old classic. I don't think I've ever done a 'What's in my bag' in the entire 4 years I've been blogging - crazy! But when Zaful sent me this gorgeous backpack to review I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.
I'm completely in love with this bag and have been using it non-stop since it arrived in the post. My favourite thing about it is it can be used as a bag pack and a shoulder bag, and it looks great both ways. It's got plenty of room in it and would be perfect for going traveling.  I however, like to use it on my-day to day, going shopping etc and it's not too big or awkward for that either. I also love the colour because it goes with everything! The leather is super good quality and I would definitely order from Zaful again in the future. I literally want all of their bags. 

Anyway, lets dive right in and see what I've got when I empty the contents out on my bed...

Cath Kidson Notebook 

I always like to keep this notebook in my bag even though, if I am honest I never really write anything in it when I'm out - I mean, how could I? I'm just noticing I don't even have a pen in there haha silly me. I write little reminders in here and I use it for some blog post planning. I like to keep it for a little read through when I'm going out for a coffee or to jot down some ideas that pop to mind - need to sort out the pen situation!


Mum got me this purse from Debenhams for Christmas and I absolutely love it. It's not too big, not too small, nice and sturdy and, the real winner - it's rose gold! It also gives off some serious Ted Baker vibes but without the €90 price point.


Ohh how exciting, I carry a phone in my handbag! I think this is probably why I never did one of these posts before - they're a bit predictable! Anyways, Android girl over here! I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 and I love it. It's the best phone I've ever owned. The camera is unreal!

River Island Sun Glasses

I am one of those people who can't go anywhere without my sunglasses. If it's even a little bit bright out my eyes are watering. I love these ones from River Island. They're nothing too crazy - just your standard cat-eye sunnies. I'm surprised I have them this long without breaking them.

Zara Mauve Twilight Perfume

I like to keep one of my cheaper perfumes in my handbag for when I feel like I need a little spritz and this one from Zara is simply lovely. It's right up my streak. Seriously, next time you're in Zara check out their perfumes, they have a great selection and they come in a lot of different sizes which are all under €12.

MAC Modesty Lipstick

I got this lipstick the other day and as with all new MAC lipsticks I am obsessed. Why has it taken me so long to buy this one?! It's a fabulous nude shade. Literally my lips but better  perfect! What MAC lipstick should I buy next? C'mon, feed my addiction!

Lasting Perfection Concealer 

Absolute survival essential. When my make-up wears off and my pesky chin spots make an appearance it's great to know I can reach for my trusty concealer and all will be well in the world once again. Narcissistic much?

Miscellaneous Shit

So the stuff that really don't deserve a paragraph - Tampon, because who wants to be stuck without a tampon? That's every girls worst nightmare!  Vaseline, I don't know what's wrong with me but I have such dry lips lately and I literally could not leave the house without some vaseline. Mints, these 'Doublemints' are new to me and they are so yummy! I hate to be without a mint or a chewing gum for after eating. Gogo, hair tye (whatever you like to call it) this doesn't really need explaining does it?!

And there we have it, I've finally got a 'What's in my bag' post up on my blog. Does this mean I'm a real 'blogger' now? haha, never!

I'd like to thank Zaful for sending me this bag for review. If you haven't checked out their online store you can do so here.

 Sinéad x
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20 May 2017

Every day there seems to be someone complaining about Instagram. A couple of weeks ago there was the whole 'bot' scandal which I'm sure you all know about but I'm not here to talk about that! I'm here to talk about one of the other controversies about Instagram - how people, especially in the media, are always saying that Instagram does not portray real life, that it is completely fake. 

This annoys me SO much.

Once you are taking all of your own pictures and are not lying about where you are / what you're doing then yes, Instagram does 100% portray real life. It just happens to be, for most people, the absolute best parts of real life and what's so wrong about that? 

What's the problem with only sharing the best parts of life? Why not share the selfies you look your best in? Snap your new outfit? the flowers your boyfriend bought you? Your newly decorated bedroom? your holiday away? the wonderfully presented dinner out you had? and the gorgeous blue skies? Why the feck not?!

All of these things happened. They're all real. Just because you don't put up pictures of yourself with a hun-bun and mascara running down your face at 12am or share your dogs dinner of a pot noodle on there doesn't mean that what you do put on there isn't real. 

I get it, life isn't perfect and most people's Instagrams (especially bloggers) appear to show that it is. But I think everyone who uses the app should be old enough and wise enough to look at someones amazing life on Instagram and know that this isn't their whole life, this is just the best bits, this person has problems and flaws just like me. 

The thing I actually love most about Instagram is how I can use it as a place to store all my best moments and memories. I can create a gallery of my life that reminds me of the good stuff. When I'm having a shitty day I can go through my feed, look at all those happy moments and remember how lucky I am. When I'm not feeling too confident in my appearance I can see those selfies where my skin is glowing or I'm wearing a flattering outfit and be reminded that I'm actually not that bad, I ain't an ugly b**** after all! When my rooms a mess I can look at the pictures in which it is immaculate and be inspired to tidy it. Y'know what I mean? 

I just think that we as humans tend to focus a lot on the negatives in life. The reasons we are not happy, the things that suck in life. Why should we have to put these things on Instagram to remind us even more? We should be focusing on our blessings and I think Instagram really helps with that.

Why not create a gallery for yourself that reminds you of your favorite parts of your life because those things matter too, they should be at the forefront of your mind more than the bad stuff. Those things are REAL GOD DAMNIT. 

HA It feels so good to get that off my chest! Phew! After all that, if you would like to connect with me on Instagram you can do so right here!

Let me know in the comments what your thoughts on this topic are :)

Sinéad x
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Why I enjoy spending time alone

15 May 2017

Every now and again I like to spend a day with my own company and no one else's.

Does anyone else feel the same? Because it seems like going out on your own is seen as something that no one really enjoys doing. They only do it if they have to and that if we were all given the choice we would have a friend with us. Whenever I tell someone I'm going somewhere alone they ask if I want them to come to keep me company as if I should always need and want company. 

I guess this does make sense, humans are a social animal after all and of course having a chat and a laugh with a friend is something we all love doing. But is anyone else with me on loving going out and spending time on your own sometimes?

I find I have to have these days at least once a month, for my own sanity. They usually fall on a Sunday. 

My favourite thing to do is take myself into the city, Galway city that is. I like to wander around at my own pace, have a mooch 'round the shops, people watch and take myself for a coffee and some cake. 

My favourite thing about spending this time alone is that I'm not distracted by anyone. I get this time with myself and my own thoughts with no one to bother me. This sounds a bit creepy but I love how it allows me to really take in my surroundings. I notice things more when I'm alone. I notice how pretty a building is, I can watch people interact with each other and I see things I wouldn't normally see if I had to focus on having a conversation with someone. 
Also, I find having a day by myself incredibly freeing

If you think about it, most of us have commitments and we spend the week with others depending on us. I have to go to work Monday to Friday and all that time is given to other people. I obviously can't just do what I want during that time. 

That's why I think these days to myself are so important for my mind. They are the days I get to be completely free.

I get to drive in the car with the music as loud as I like and sing at the top of my lungs (which I admit to doing!) I get to go wherever I want. Walk the streets at my own pace and go into the same store like 3 times without someone getting impatient. I can sit in a coffee shop watching the world go by for as long as I want. I can go places for no reason and take as many pictures as I want.

I can do anything I like without having someone to answer to and to me, that is bliss. 
Why not dedicate some time just to you and no one else? after all, you are the only person you have to spend the rest of your life with so you may as well get to know yourself and enjoy your own company.

I would love to know what your thoughts on going out alone are. Do you prefer to have a friend with you or are you like me and find spending some time solo a necessity? Let me know in the comments. 

Sinéad x
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Escaping to the Mountains | Slieve Aughty

9 May 2017

Hey everyone! Last weekend I visited Slieve Auchty adventure centre and it was oh so beautiful and unique. Me being me took a tonne of photos of everything. I didn't have my big camera with me so these were all taken on my phone. I thought I would share them here with you as I haven't done a photo diary/adventure type post in the longest time. 

The adventure centre is located in East Co.Galway but the wooden houses, balconys and glorious blue skys made me feel like I was in Australia or somewhere cool like that. It is sorta in the middle of nowhere up a narrow road on a wooded mountain. Exactly my kinda place. I love getting away from everything and switching off from the world. It is such a peaceful place, all you could hear were the birds happily singing. 

The place has such a laidback hippy vibe. There's a camping site with fire pits, or you can stay in one of the gorgeous little houses. There are also rooms upstairs in the main building.

It's an eco-friendly resort so the entire menu in the restaurant uses food grown in their garden or locally sourced. Nearly everything in the place is handmade. We even watched some people making chairs outside. 

It was a bit like stepping back in time as everything was so rustic and old. Sure shiny modern furnishings are great and all but grungy old things have a certain charm about them too... I mean just look at the shop...
Throwing in a quick little OOTD! Top - Penneys (Primark), Jeans - River Island, Shoes - Marco Tozzi.
There are some lovely nature trails on the grounds of Slieve Aughty, a perfect way to pass an hour or two on a sunny afternoon. 

There is also an 'Enchanted Forest' which is kinda for the kiddies, or adults too if you believe in fairies! The little forest in inhabited by fairies, goblins and all things magical. There are little doors in the trees in to the different fairies houses. 

The forest was so cute. The attention to detail was pretty impressive. There was even a witches fort with a cauldron and everything. I didn't take a picture of that though - incase I would be cursed ;)
One of my favourite things in the forest was the wishing tree. Here you could write a little wish and attach it to the tree. I spent a good ten minutes reading some of the innocent wishes from little kids. 
All in all, it was such a lovely little getaway, without even getting away, I mean, I didn't even leave Galway! It didn't feel like that though. It felt like somewhere far away for so many reasons. 1. the weather was fabulous. 2. All the old rustic buildings made it feel like a different time and 3. the enchanted forest felt a bit like another world, It was kinda like I stepped in to Narnia for a little bit! In a good way!

Sinéad x
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The benefit of hindsight in love

20 Apr 2017

Today, I was clearing out my bedroom and I found a diary I had written in at the beginning of 2015. In it, I wrote about how I was still 'in love' with a guy I was briefly seeing the summer previous. Seriously guys, this literally made me laugh out loud at myself! How ridiculous. 

This sent me off on a little trip down memory lane, in particular I was thinking about my history with men. Now don't get me wrong I ain't no Taylor Swift, I could only manage to make 2 men be my boyfriend in my 24 years. But there was a couple of 'encounters' in between those relationships that I really started to think about because they were the ones that have almost taught me more going forward as a newly single girl who wants to start dating again soon-ish.

I started to think about how I behaved in these little relationships in between real relationships and guys, looking back now I honestly laugh at myself because at times I was pretty pathetic hah.

My problem is I fall 'in love' so quickly. When I really liked someone I became infatuated, I lived for their texts and dreamed of us becoming official like it would fix all of my problems. And when things would go south I would be devastated and apparently still 'In love' with them six months after they gave me the boot. 

I wore rose tinted glasses and thought those people were perfect.

But now, looking back, I can see that they were not. I can see all of their flaws and traits I wouldn't like and I can finally see why they weren't right for me. So who care's if they hurt me or just ghosted on me whilst I was 'in love' with them. Because really I wasn't, the times love really developed were the times the person didn't cause so much obsession and worry in the dating stages.

I have no regrets though, because now I know how to approach dating going forward. I know not to push things, if it is meant to be it will progress naturally. I know when to let go and move on and I here-by promise myself I will never hold on to a 'love' for some douche-bag I was seeing for two months six months prior!

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Spring Wishlist | Pink Long Dresses

17 Apr 2017

Hey Guys! So one of my favorite clothing websites Zaful has got in touch with me asking to create a Spring fashion wish list using products from their site. This season I am all about the dresses and Zaful have some gorgeous pink long dresses and floral wrap dresses which have really made me excited for the summer and some warmer weather.

It's funny because I've never usually been much of a dress  wearer but this year, as the evenings are getting longer and the Summer is quickly rolling in, I find myself browsing the dresses section of most websites. I'm really picturing myself in blush pink dresses with some brown sandals and a sun hat on my holidays this year and I am loving the selection Zaful have to choose from. They're all so feminine, soft with a strong summer festival vibe.

One of my absolute favourites is this loose printed dress. I adore the embroidery trend that's been huge these past few months and absolutely love the floral details on the shoulders of this piece. This is so girly and cute and I feel like it could be dressed up with a pair of heels or dressed down with a belt and some boots. You could even wear it in Autumn with some tights since it has long sleeves!

Another one of my favourites in the 'Pink long dresses' section is this stunning off the shoulder floral maxi dress This is quite a different vibe to the first as it is a real beach dress but I think it would be absolutely gorgeous for a sun holiday. I love the peachy colour, the pattern and the fact it's off the shoulder. Such a pretty flowy piece which has quite a boho vibe which I love!

If you're a lover of all things floral like me you will love their selection of floral wrap dresses. There's something about a wrap dress that I find so effortlessly pretty and sophisticated. I kind of wish I had a wedding or something coming up because I feel like they are perfect for such an occasion but I guess you could wear them more casually too, even just for a trip to the beach with a sun hat! you could even wear your bikini underneath.

Zaful has such an amazing selection of wrap dresses but the floral print wrap maxi dress is a show stopper to me. Like, damn...all I need is that models tan and I could be killing it this summer, oh and for the sun to make an appearance, that would help too (let's face it that might not happen here in Ireland!) Seriously though, I am obsessed with that gorgeous pink floral print against the white, it's just so class and summery.

If your not such a big fan of pink maybe this navy floral v-neck maxi dress is more up your street. This one is a little more risque as the slit is further up and the dark colour makes it a little sexier than the white one. I could definitely see myself wearing this one on a night out on the the town during the summer months. Once again Zaful haven't failed with another gorgeous pattern, them lilac colours are just FAB!

Browsing through Zaful's dresses has made me fall in love with floral, maxis and wrap dresses. I'm definitely going to try to work up the confident to step outside my comfort zone and wear something similar this Spring/Summer. Who says you need to be tall for long dresses?!

 If you haven't checked out Zaful before you definitely should. It's got an amazing selection of all kinds of clothing and accessories at really affordable prices and shipping is free on orders over $30! Check out their social media for updates - Instagram, Twitter & Facebook.

Sinéad x
 *this is a sponsored post which has been compensated*

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I'm back | I've been struggling with life

2 Apr 2017

Hello everyone! Remember me? I can't believe I haven't written a blog post since the beginning of February. Truth being told I simply haven't felt inspired to. If I'm honest I haven't been feeling too inspired in many aspects of my life over the past couple of months. Life has been pretty tough for me since we last spoke.

One thing that has been a bit shitty is that my boyfriend and I broke up at the end of January. No regrets, I know it's the right decision for me and that he isn't the one, I deserve a lot better. But knowing all this makes the fact that I still feel sad about it now, in April, even worse. I just can't seem to shift the feeling of being let down. Every day I'm seeing friends glorious relationships online and wondering why my boyfriend couldn't have treated me the way theirs treat them. It makes me wonder what is wrong with me and why wasn't I deserving of being loved that way. 

Being single also has me feeling so lonely these past few months. I'm someone who loves being in a relationship. I enjoy having that one companion to confide in, do things and go places with. I hate not having 'a person'. The past couple of weeks I've been jumping on Tinder trying to find someone to fill that emptiness. I know it's not the best idea and that I should try to be happy on my own, and that I don't need a man blah blah blah. I'm pretty angry with myself for feeling like I need a man to be happy but you can't change the way you feel! 

As if my pathetic love life wasn't enough my work life has been in the dumps too. I'm not doing what I went to university for and so I feel like a failure and like I wasted time studying. I hate talking about this because I always try to stay positive and just be glad I have a job but if I'm to be brutally honest I really don't enjoy my job. It's not that it's too hard or the people I work with aren't mostly lovely. The problem is that it tires me out so much. I have no energy what so ever after 9 hours in work. This sucks because it means I don't have the energy to do anything I enjoy when I come home. I just get up, go to work, come home and plonk on the sofa until bed time. This is the reason I haven't been blogging, I just have nothing left in me after work. It stresses me out and fatigues me so much. 

Not doing anything but working and sleeping has me feeling so empty and unfulfilled. Most days I don't have the energy to do the things I love like going for a walk, taking photos, painting or blogging and hence I don't feel like me. I just feel like a robot. 

Last Thursday in work I felt so exhausted and stressed out by the end of the day that I had a panic attack and couldn't stop crying I had to go home an hour early. The only time I feel relaxed and like 'me' is at the weekend. I got some WellWoman supplements today and I'm hoping they will help me out with my energy problem because I really don't know what to do. 

I'm just so scared and anxious at the moment about my future because I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing with my life or where it is going. 

I'm sorry for the extremely moany post, a terrible re-introduction to blogging I know but writting is my therapy and this has helped clear my thoughts for me a little bit. 

If you have any advice for me I would really appreciate it! if you don't, maybe just let me know that I'm not the only one who is struggling with life, I think I need that reminder. 

Hopefully I sort my health and energy out and I feel motivated to blog a little more because blogging really is something I love and miss in my life. And I miss chatting to you guys!
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Ways to show your love

8 Feb 2017

In my last post I talked about the importance of appreciating and celebrating love and I encouraged you all to do just that this month. I also spurred you on to put in a little extra effort into showing your loved ones your feelings this month. So in this post I thought I would share some simple ways to show your love without having to make too grand of a gesture. Remember, I'm not focusing solely on romantic love, I'm thinking about all kinds off love!

Engage in activities they like

Even if you absolutely hate the activities. Be selfless and think about their enjoyment. Some personal examples of this for me would be going to watch soccer games with my boyfiend. I find watching paint dry more exciting but he is a Man U super fan and when he wants to go to the pub to watch a match I oblige because I know how happy it makes him, and that makes me happy. Another example is going to Bingo with my mother, I find this even more of a snooze fest than soccer but when my auntie can't go with her, I provide her the company because I know how much she enjoys it.

Be present with them

I don't know about you but I am terrible for being in another world when I am with people, that world usually being Instagram! So I am trying really hard to put my phone down, or not bring it with me when I'm going to visit my sister and her family. I want to be there to play with my nieces and nephew, to talk to, and to listen, properly listen.

Surprise them

Most people love surprises, so why not do something nice for them? This can be anything from cooking them their favourite food. Buying them something thoughtful or even just bringing home their favourite magazine from the shop. It's the little things that really show people you love them. 

Do chores for them

Every now and again, do things for them that they hate doing. Sometimes when I'm at my boyfriends house I clean the kitchen because it isn't his favourite job, also because I can't bear to see it get any grosser sometimes ha! Help your mum with the ironing, or cut the grass for your dad. Just doing little things when you can shows them you care.

Be generous with compliments

It is so easy to get in to a habit of complaining about irritating things your loved ones do or point out their flaws every now and again. We often forget to give them compliments, presuming they already know. Well, they don't! Tell your friend  just how much you love their new haircut, thank your mum for being so caring and tell your boyfriend how proud of him you are. 

So they are just 5 simple ways to show your love. 5 things I am definitely trying to do more. There are of course a million other ways to show your love and I would love to hear your favourite ways in the comments section below. Sending love to you!

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Celebrate Love in February

5 Feb 2017

Happy February everyone! So it is officially the month of 'love', when the card company's make a mint and we either feel the pressure to show our significant other how much we love them or feel kinda shitty for being single for the 3rd Valentines day in a row. There are definitely a lot of negatives to this time of year if you let it affect you but at the same time, I can't help but love it. 

In today's world there is so much hate. You can't turn on the news or even open Facebook without hearing about the hate one human has committed to another in some form. Whether it be war, abuse, or neglect, hate gets so much air time. 

So why not take this one month of the year to focus on love? I'm not talking solely about love for a partner, which V-day seems to focus on. That is only one kind of love. There are SO many kinds of loves to be celebrated. 

This month I challenge you to look out for love everyday. 

When you're walking down the street look at the way a mother protectively holds their child's hand as they cross the road.
Watch the way a grown man helps his elderly mother do her grocery shopping.
Notice the teenage girls in hysterics laughing with each other over silly things.
See the way lovers link their arms.
Watch how the guys order their 'too drunk friend' a taxi home on a night out.
In the park, notice the way the man embraces his Labrador when he brings him back the stick.

Look at it, take it in and let it fill you with faith in humanity.

Love is everywhere. It so often goes ignored. Rarely making the news or given much attention, love is seen as the mundane. 

I think otherwise though. To me, love is far from mundane. Love is the least mundane of all emotions. Love is like a raging fire in your heart that sets your soul alight. To me, love is what makes life worth living. Without it, their would be little meaning. Love is the only thing that has the power to fix all pain and all hate. 

So whatever you think about Valentine's day, try to celebrate love this month. Look for it around you and appreciate its beauty. Think about the people in your life you love and put a little extra effort into showing them, because as a wise man named John Lennon once said...
 "Love, love, love. All you need is love. Love is all you need"
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I don't want to turn 24

31 Jan 2017

So the thing is it's my birthday Thursday February 2nd. I am turning 24 years old and this is the first birthday in my life that I kind of don't want to happen. 

Every other age, I was excited to turn. Of course, as it is for most people when they're young, every new age as a kid was very welcomed and I felt more and more grown up as the numbers increased. Above any age I remember, I was SO excited to turn 16. Partly because I was kind of addicted to 'My Super Sweet 16' at the time and it just seemed like the coolest age, I was a proper teenager then. 

Since then I have been more or less welcoming of every age I turned, they were all cool and still young, none of them really worried me. But this year is different because now I am suddenly entering my mid-twenties and that freaks me out SO F*CKING much. 

I look at famous and the most beautiful people like Kendall Jenner or Gigi Hadid and they are mostly all younger than me. This kind of makes me feel like I have passed my prime, that it's all down hill from here. 

Also, I feel a terrible sense of fear that I am not where I should be at this age. Seriously, I keep thinking that I should be engaged, have an amazing career and living in my own place by now. But I have none of those things... I am still living with my parents! Time is going by so fast and I fear I am going to be 30 and still where I am today. I feel so much pressure. Like I got to hurry on and figure my life out. It's pretty darn scary. 

Honestly, these pressures have been playing on my mind this week so much and I've been wishing I was 18 again so I could kind of 'start over' and get to where I 'should' be at 24. 

Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves because of a number? I'm trying to convince myself that it doesn't matter what age I am, I can still achieve everything I want to. I'm reminding myself that 24 is still young, I have time, time I plan to use more wisely going forward because as I get older I realise how quickly it flies by.

Have you ever felt this way on your birthday? Also, all the 'you're still young!' comments in the world would be very welcomed and reassuring, haha!

Sinéad x
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January Favourites

28 Jan 2017

Hey everyone! Can you believe we have come to the end of the first month of 2017? Christmas only feels like yesterday. This month I have been loving so many things. I had Christmas presents and vouchers to buy things with so I had no shortage of favourites to choose from! I have been enjoying so many new things this month and I'm dying to share with you all, so let's get crackin'

Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze

I'm not a massive fake tan user but when I seen a Cocoa Brown gift set on sale for just €10 in my local pharmacy I couldn't let it pass. I thought it would definitely come in handy at some stage when I'm feeling a little pasty. I started applying this body moisturiser/gradual tanner after my shower in the morning and I was pleasantly surprised! These is super light and moisturising, soaks in quickly, smells lovely and develops a lovely natural glow. After just my first day using it the 'blue' (don't laugh, I'm Irish!) out of my skin was gone and I had a lovely natural streak free glow. It's just so fab. Easy to use and mess free! Now I can look sun-kissed with minimum effort, yay!

Make-Up Revolution Ultra 32 Shade Eye Shadow Palette

I got this palette as part of a Christmas pressie from my cousins and I was super chuffed with it! I've never tried this brand before but was often curious about it. This palette has such a great range of colours from browns to burgundies, all so wearable. This are pretty inexpensive but for the price they have great pigmentation and staying power, especially if using a primer. Would totally recommend if you're on the look out for a good all-round budget palette.  

Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion

Oh god, I didn't realise how much of a difference eye shadow primers could make until I bought this little beauty (just look at the packaging!) This has been around a long time and is a best-seller so I'm sure most of you know how great it is! I could never justify spending €21 on something that you can't really see but man was I wrong, this makes all my eye shadows look and last so much better. Plus it will last ages so it's definitely worth it I reckon. 

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Another little gem that's been around for a long time and that so many people seem to be a fan of is Estée Lauders Double Wear Foundation. I had heard so many great things about this foundations coverage and longevity so when I had a Debenhams voucher it was the perfect opportunity to give it a go. I haven't used this all that much yet as I prefer a lighter foundation for every day and I am saving this for nights out and special occasions. But from what I have used of it, I love it! It literally makes you look airbrushed and flawless. It's so great to have this to whip out when I'm really feeling I need the extra coverage or I want glam myself right up for a night out.

Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life

I have been using this body scrub in the shower all month and I am loving it. I have really dry skin on my legs which are so sensitive and get cut really easily (tmi soz!) but since I started using this they have improved so much. I think it's scrubbing off all that pesky dry skin and revealing some nice smooth pins! Happy days!

Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum

Ohhh god, probably my most favourite favourite of the month, I am IN LOVE with this scent. I received this for Christmas in a set with a body lotion. I've been wearing it all month and have been feeling like such a girl boss with it. I'm terrible at describing smells but to me this is kind of floral. very sophisticated and womanly (not girly) I've gotten so many compliments from people saying I smell nice so I think that says it all!

Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eye Shadow 

So I bought this little cream eye shadow on a total whim as I was looking for something sparkly to spice up my work Christmas party make-up look. I've never heard of these before or anything but I really love this. I got the shade 'crystal' which is a white shimmer. It's perfect for the inner corner of the eyes to brighten them up and add a little sparkle. The creamy formation means they're easily applied and blended with your finger. I've been popping this on so much this month, no matter what eye shadow I have on this always gives it a little something extra!

I would love to hear in the comments what you have discovered and have been loving throughout January. Is there something I should check out in February? Also, let me know if you have tried any of these products too and what your experiences with them have been. Hope you all have an amazing weekend! I'll be chattin' to ye real soon!

Sinéad x

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Being Lonely Together

19 Jan 2017

Loneliness is a peculiar emotion. It can creep in at anytime. It doesn't matter if you have been feeling fine 10 minutes ago or that you are surrounded by people and definitely not alone. 

It's an emotion I have experienced a lot of in the past. When I reflect on my days in university the most prominent feeling I remember is loneliness. But there was a reason for it, I was terribly isolated, spending most of my days alone and God I am so happy my life has moved on from there.

Since then, the feeling has definitely lessened. Nowadays, I rarely feel lonely. I'm constantly surrounded by people in work and there is nearly always someone to talk to there. At home, I have my mum, dad and my brother, plus my nieces and nephew who add a lot of welcomed noise and company to my life when they come 'round. 

But these last couple of days, I have been feeling incredibly lonely again, but this time I don't know why. I feel alone in my body, like I wish someone could come inside my head and hug me from the inside. That sounds very weird, but y'know what I'm saying? Like, no ones company is enough, no one can connect with me enough, no one can truly see things from my point of view or feel what I can feel. Like no one is else is me, or in my shoes and no one ever will be. 
What is perhaps worse than the loneliness is not understanding the reason for it. I have no reason to feel this way. I have a great mum who is always full of chat, I am surrounded by people and friends every day, and I have my boyfriend who is my 'person' who is always there for me. So why do I feel this emptiness inside?

I cannot work it out, but I am trying to take comfort in the fact that this is just a feeling, probably caused by chemicals in my body - there doesn't need to be a reason for it. Also there's a quote from a movie that I find so helpful whenever I feel this way. It's from 'P.S I Love You' and it goes a little something like this...
"The thing to remember is if we're all alone, then we're all together in that too"
I love this quote because it reminds me that I'm never truly alone. There are 7 billion people in the world, out there living their lives. Each and every one of them has most likely felt lonely at some point. People are feeling the way I feel right now, and I take comfort in that fact. The knowledge of that is like that hug from the inside that I need. 

So whenever you feel lonely and isolated and like you don't have anyone who can ever truly know what it feels like to be you. Just remember that sometimes, I feel like that too. And we are together in that. 

Sinéad x
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My Week in Square Photos | Jan 09-15

16 Jan 2017

Week 2 of 2017 is done and dusted. It was a slow easy going one for me, as I was off work all week. I didn't do anything too exciting but it was nice to just take things at my own pace, and have a little freedom. Days off call for breakfast in bed, so the above picture was a regular scene this week. I ate this in my lovely warm bed while the snow fell outside, so much better than having to face out in to the freezing cold when it's still dark! I am so going to miss these days off next week!
I was totally in love with this new shirt I got in Dorothy Perkins so I uploaded not 1, but 2 selfies of it! #noshame. I haven't worn shirts in an age though so I felt kinda sophisticated hehe. They all seem to be so long but this one is the perfect length, I love it! 

I was also trying out my new foundation this week, the Estee Lauder Double-wear. I heard such great things about it and it really is pretty great, flawless and so long lasting!
One of the great things about being off work is having more time to plan my outfits and even take a flat-lay of it haha. Really trying to up my Instagram game as you can see. I don't usually wear pink but I'm obsessed with this knit, from Dorothy Perkins (that shop is killin' it for me!) once again.

Another selfie, what is going on?! I guess that new foundation made me a whole lot more confident haha. This is me all wrapped up for the first snow day of the season, when I say snow day - it didn't even whiten the ground, but was baltic. Those layers were so necessary.
Friday evening prep for a fun weekend. This Make-Up Revolution palette is my absolute go-to because it has all the colours I would ever need! You can't get in the mood for the weekend without a little bit of highlight for #datglow and pumping out some LittleMix. Anyone else love those girls?

A little selection of some books I want to read. Well, I have just finished 'The Sky is Everywhere'  (review coming soon!) and I have read 'The Fault in Our Stars' when I got it first but the rest are on my to-read list! Have you read any of these?
On Saturday, the boyfriend and I went on a little road trip into the 'wild west' haha. Seriously though, I love taking a trip in to Connemara, I didn't get any pictures to do it justice as I was being in the moment. But it is stunning, with tall mountains looming over gorgeous lakes. Nothing but rushes and stone walls. We went for miles without seeing a house, it was the perfect escape.

On our way home we stopped off in one of the towns along the coast in Connemara called Spiddal. We went in to a hotel for dinner and I got the most delicious teriyaki salmon with vegetable noodle stir-fry. If I could have this every day I totally would.

So there we have it, my week through my Instagram photos. I am officially addicted to Instagram guys, there are so many accounts I adore (which I should do a post about!) and I honestly don't know how they do it. I'm so bad at establishing a theme, but whatever, I still love it! 

I hope you all have a fantastic week whatever it is you're up to! Catch you back here on Thursday for a new post.

Sinéad x
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Quote of the Month | January

14 Jan 2017

As we all know January is the time for new beginnings. So many of us bloggers have shared posts about all the things we want to achieve in 2017 and when it comes down to it all we want is to be a better, happier person. With a new year comes a clean slate and we tend to feel like we can let go of what has been holding us back and start over in 2017. I am all for this idea. I love the new year for exactly that reason and I myself have shared my 5 hopes for 2017 earlier this month! However, I was scrolling through Pinterest quotes the other day (who else loves them?!) and I came across the quote
"Nothing in nature blooms all year, so don't expect yourself to"
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My 'Me Time' Routine

12 Jan 2017

If like me you spend 8+ hours a day in work you will know how much you need to relax and unwind when you've come home from the daily grind. When I come home all I want to do is chill out and de-stress. 'Me time' is my favourite time of the day.. how selfish does that sound?! haha.  But I do think it is so important to take this time whenever possible. It's essential to switch off and clear your mind if you want to have a good nights sleep and be ready for the following day. 

I think so many people forget to do this, though. A lot of us come home from work and spend the evening on the go. Whether it's going out and socialising, exercising or staying home making dinner and looking after children, it can be one thing after the other until we scrounge into bed. This is pretty understandable as life can be hectic and there often isn't enough hours in the day. 

However, I have found out through experience that constant go-go-go is NOT good for you. It burns you out eventually. After a week of not taking a minute for myself I am virtually dead by Friday and waste the weekend away trying to get myself back to life so to speak... just to do it all over again! 

Now, I make sure to take at least 2 evenings every week to have time to unwind. That means no going to visit my boyfriend, no cleaning or chores, generally just no activities that involve me not being lazy! haha.

My Routine

So what does this 'Me Time' involve you may ask? Well, I'm going to share my own little routine now :)

The first thing I do to start unwinding is hop in the Shower. Not a bath? I hear you ask, I actually don't really like baths, believe it or not, they make me feel weak and I don't have anywhere to rest my head! I love to use my favourite shower products which are all Soap and Glory. I smother my body in the 'Righteous Butter' when I get out and I adore the scent and how luxurious it feels. 

I then get into the comfiest clothes I own; usually fluffy pj's or my onesie. 

Next, is skin care. There's nothing I love more than removing the remnants of make-up and get that face all clean and fresh. I use Garnier Micellar water and Simple skincare. I then like to use my Body Shop honey and oat face mask. I chillax while I let it soak into my favourite TV show (Home & Away) or Youtube playing in the background...

When I'm all cleaned up I make myself some Peppermint tea I'm obsessed with this tea, it's just relaxation in a cup if you ask me! It's actually a fact that it relaxes your body and mind. Just what I need after a long day! 
After I'm finished watching my shows or Youtube this is when I like to Read Blogs. I am a huge fan of so many blogs at the moment. There are loads of inspiring women out there, I need to do a post about them someday. If I'm not reading blogs I'm reading Books. Either one helps me to switch off and escape my own mind for a while, they really help me forget my own worries and foes of the day. I will be sharing the books I'm reading in January later on in the month so watch out for that ;)

All the time, while I am relaxing I am usually cuddling my dogs. It may sound odd to some but being with them is the ultimate destresser. I think it's because I have company (I don't like being alone too long) but I don't have to talk to them. I am such a crazy dog lady if that's a thing!

Finally, when reading my book has made me sleepy enough I get into my bed, on my warm electric blanket, feeling so zen and ready for a perfect nights sleep. 

I would love for you to let me know in the comments what it is you do to relax and unwind at the end of the day? If you're someone who rarely puts time aside for some 'me time' I hope this post inspires you, just a little bit to do so! As L'Oreal says... because you're worth it ;)  

Sinéad x
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My Week in Square Photos | Jan 02 - 08

9 Jan 2017

Hey, guys! Happy Monday, I hope you're not suffering from the Monday blues too badly or anything. I'm just working today and am off the rest of the week so I certainly am not, hehe, I'm sure that helps if you are, not! 

I hope you've all had a great first week to 2017 and are starting the year off as you mean to go on. I have promised myself to work harder on my blog this year and so far I am, and I am really enjoying it! I have all my blog posts planned for this month and I have a lot of them written and scheduled, it feels so good to be this organised! I really hope I can stick to it because I would love to see where I could talk my blog this year if I put in my best effort. If by the end of 2017 I had a nice sized and more importantly, engaged audience due to some good content I would be beyond happy. That's all I really want from blogging, a little community of friends. 
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Getting Back with an EX | Is it a good idea?

7 Jan 2017

First off I want to say that I don't have the answer to the above question, because there is no answer. Every situation is unique but I just felt like sharing my thoughts and experiences on the matter. If you've been following me on my blog and social media closely this year you might remember me being all heartbroken and glum back in June when my 1 year long relationship ended. You may have then seen the same guy back in insta selfies with me in September! Awks. Haha. 
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Simple ways to feel beautiful

5 Jan 2017

"Nothing can dim the light that shines from within"

Looking and feeling good is something that has always been important to me. I know that sounds a little vein but I'm just your typical girl who loves make-up, nice clothes and all the things that make you feel great about yourself. Being nicely 'put together' just makes me feel so much more confident in myself and there ain't nothing wrong with that! 

Living a busy life where I have to work for 9 hours most days can make it a little bit more challenging to keep myself looking and feeling great on a day to day basis. If I didn't put in the effort I would most likely feel like a tired old slob and that's never good! So I have created a list of the simple things I do to help me feel more radiant, alive, confident and beautiful on the inside and out.
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