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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5 Hopes for 2017

2 Jan 2017

Hey everyone! HAPPY NEW YEAR! I can't believe it's 2017. It sounds like such a futuristic year but it's hear it, upon us. I hate the idea of  'new year, new me' because that ain't ever happening. My old habits ain't going to change just because the calander does! But I do love this time of year because it is the ultimate fresh start, a time to think about what it is you would like to happen over the next 12 months. So I thought I would of course jump on the bandwagon and share a little list of what I hope for in 2017.

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