How I organize my makeup

I like to be organised especially when it comes to my makeup because I have so much of it. I have often seen my mam trying to figure out if her makeup has expired or not.  At some stage I saw organisation posts online about makeup expiration where there were several mentions of writing the date on tape or directly on the product. I thought the tape was a pretty good idea and I’ve been organising my makeup this way ever since.

Without further ado – here’s how I organize my makeup:

When I buy a new product the first thing I do is write down the month I opened the product. Then I read the “date once opened icon” and count when the product will be out of date. For example, I opened this Revolution eye shadow palette in June 2018. The expiry date says 12 months so therefore the product will be out of date in June 2019.

I have these square pieces of paper that come in handy for things like this. I write “Ex Date/Exp date: June 2019 etc. “on the piece of paper and then cut it out.

I tape the piece of paper onto the back of the product. So it looks like this.

I check my makeup products each month to check if anything is out of date. When a product reaches its expiry date I just look at the date and toss it in the bin.

I hope you liked this post and as always, thanks for reading x

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald – book review

Synopsis

Sara has never left Sweden but at the age of 28 she decides it’s time. She cashes in her savings, packs a suitcase full of books and sets off for Broken Wheel, Iowa, a town where she knows nobody.

Sara quickly realises that Broken Wheel is in desperate need of some adventure, a dose of self-help and perhaps some romance, too. In short, this is a town in need of a bookshop.

With a little help from the locals, Sara sets up Broken Wheel’s first bookstore. The shop might be a little quirky, but then again, so is Sara. And as Broken Wheel’s story begins to take shape, there are some surprises in store for Sara too…

Overall plot

Sara Lindquist, a young Swedish woman, arrives in Broken Wheel to meet an older woman (Amy Harris) she has been exchanging books and letters with. Unfortunately, the woman she has come to meet has passed away and Sara finds herself living in the woman’s house, visited by people she has never met and gradually learns about Amy’s life.

Sara begins to get to know the people of Broken Wheel and becomes friends with Tom, John, George, Grace, Jen, Caroline, Josh, Andy and Carl – all(apart from Josh and Carl) of whom knew Amy Harris.

All of the characters may be living in or nearby Broken Wheel but each of them live completely different lives.

Characters such as recovering alcoholics, characters of different races, Christians, housewives, gay and bisexual characters and relatives of Amy Harris are all introduced to the reader.

Review

What an amazing book! This book had all the feels. It made me laugh at times and cry towards the end of the novel. This book is a timeless read. The author focused on real-life issues which many can relate to. We got to learn more about each of the characters as the novel progressed. The characters of Broken Wheel were incredibly portrayed by the author. The writing makes you feel as if you are a resident of Broken Wheel yourself.

The relationships and romance in the book seemed real, not cliché like. Not only romantic love was mentioned but the love between family, friends, and residents of the small town and of course, couples.

The relationships endured troubles, doubts and heartaches, just like in reality, but in the end the relationships survived because of love, romantic or otherwise.

Conclusion

The readers of broken wheel recommend was a really enjoyable read. Every character had a story to tell and each were unique, just like all of the books in Sara’s bookstore.

A novel filled with love, friendship and how a small town come together and support one another while also following the journey of a young woman from Sweden, the readers of broken wheel recommend is a must read.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The readers of broken wheel recommend is one of the books from my charity shop mini book haul.

Thinking of dyeing your hair red? Read this first

Note: Note: I am not a hairdresser. These tips are based on my own red hair. My mother dyes my hair because she has been dyeing her own hair for years. If you are considering dying your hair red seek the help of a professional first.

Here’s everything you need to know before becoming a redhead

You may need to dye your hair a few times to get it to the shade you want

  • Depending on the red hair dye you buy(Schwarzkopf, Garnier, Loreal paris etc) there will be many shades of red in store. Your hair may not turn out like the model on the hair dye box.

If your hair is a dark colour, the first time you dye your hair it won’t be red right away

  • My natural hair colour is a kind of dark brown so when I first dyed my hair it looked different but not really red. The more times I dyed it it gradually became redder.

Every time you wash your hair, it’ll “bleed”

  • Bleed refers to the red colour stripping out of your hair

You’ll need to dye your hair every 4-6 weeks to keep the shade bright

  • Red hair colour is the hardest of all hair colours to maintain. Every time you wash your hair the colour will fade so in order to keep the colour you’ll need to dye your hair every month or so.

Use shampoos and conditioners specifically for coloured hair

For example check out some of shampoos and conditioners in Boots: https://www.boots.ie/search/shampoo+coloured

Wash your hair maximum of twice a week

  • If you can bare washing your hair in cold water it’ll help with the “bleeding”.

Research red hair dye and your skintone

  • Bright reds may not suit light skin tones so be careful which red hair dye you use
  • You can always search Google or Pinterest to get some red hair inspiration

Here you can find some red hair dyes available in Sam McCauleys: https://www.sammccauley.com/catalogsearch/result/index/?p=2&q=red+hair+dye

Charity Shop book haul

I recently visited my local charity shop and discovered they had some great books up for sale at great prices! The deal was 3 books for €5. I bought 3 books in my last charity shop haul post which you can view here:

  1. Educated
  2. The Greatcoat
  3. Rebecca
  4. To all the boys I’ve loved before
  5. P.S I still love you

This time around I bought 5 books. ( I know its only two more books than my last charity shop book haul but still, that’s 5 more books added to the never ending to-read pile)

Educated by Tara Westover


Tara Westover and her family grew up preparing for the End of Days but, according to the government, she didn’t exist. She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in hospitals.

As she grew older, her father became more radical and her brother more violent. At sixteen, Tara knew she had to leave home. In doing so she discovered both the transformative power of education, and the price she had to pay for it.

I remember seeing Educated listed as one of last years to-read books. It’s fairly recent and I don’t usually go for these kind of books. And yes it’s pretty cool me and the author have the same first name.

The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore

It is the winter of 1952, and Isabel Carey is struggling to adjust to the realities of married life in Yorkshire. Isolated and lonely, she is also intensely cold. And her husband – a doctor – is rarely home.

And then one night she discovers an old RAF greatcoat in the back of the cupboard. She puts it on her bed for warmth- and is startled by a knock at her window.

Outside is a young man. A pilot. And he wants to come in …

When I read the synopsis for The Greatcoat, I knew I had to buy it. Plus it’s by Hammer and being a horror fanatic, how could I resist?

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Working as a lady’s companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Her future looks bleak until, on a trip to France, she meets Max de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding housekeeper, Mrs Danvers …

I haven’t seen the film Rebecca but I have often heard my mam saying how it’s easily one of the best horror movies she’s seen. I read the synopsis and loved how creepy the plot sounded and was anxious to know how the book turned out. Who knows? It may become one of my favourite horror books.

The all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han

Lara Jean Song keeps love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her – one for every boy she’s ever loved. She can say anything she wants, because the letters are for her eyes only. Until the day they’re sent out.

I really wanted to read To all the boys I’ve loved before after seeing the Netflix adaptation. I was delighted to get 2 books from the trilogy and look forward to reading them.

P.S I still love you by Jenny Han

I’m not going to write the synopsis for this one incase I spoil the first book for those who haven’t read it. P.S I still love you is the sequel to the first book, to all the boys I’ve loved before.

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Mental Health Around the World

450 million people worldwide suffer from mental health issues. Wikipedia state that “mental health is a level of psychological well-being or an absence of mental illness – the state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioural adjustment”.

Different types of mental health problems include anxiety and panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder and eating disorders.

By looking at mental health throughout the world, we can see how countries deal with mental health problems. So is there still a social stigma attached to mental health issues? Read on to learn more…

Ireland

In Ireland, 1 in 4 people suffer from MH. Depression affects around 1 in 12 of the Irish population.

Some 18.5 % of the population was recorded as having a MH disorder in 2016. Ireland has one of the highest rates of MH illness in Europe. It ranked joint 3rd out of 36 countries that were surveyed.

Out of 1000 Irish residents surveyed, 48% of Irish people admit that they should make more time to talk about their mental health.

England

1 in 4 people are affected in the UK. 67% of people are more comfortable talking about their Mental Health than 5 years ago. However, the NHS are struggling to cope with rising demand for MH care. Around 8% of the UK population are suffering from some form of depression.

In 2006, there were a total of 31 million antidepressant drug prescriptions prescribed. In 2016, there were 65 million antidepressant drug prescriptions prescribed in the UK.

In terms of stigma within England, 9 in 10 people who have had MH problems report that they have suffered stigma and discrimination. https://www.bbc.com/news/health-41125009

Italy

In 2014, 2.6 million people were suffering from depression in Italy. Depression was the most common mental illness in Italy between 2005 and 2013. Over 2.8 million people aged 15 and over suffered from chronic depression in 2015.

France

Around 3 million people in France suffer from a serious mental illness.

America

44 million American adults have a MH condition. 8.7% of youths (over 2 million) suffer from severe depression. 56.4 % received no treatment. Anxiety is the most common mental health problem in America and affects 40 million adults ages 18 +.

Latvia

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in Latvia. Almost 90% of depressed Latvians don’t seek treatment. Only 10% seek treatment for depression. In 2018, Latvian students displayed a higher prevalence of anxiety, depressive and physical symptoms.

Denmark

Despite being named one of the happiest countries in the world, 13.2% of adults have MH issues in Denmark. 19% of women and 13% of men receive treatment for anxiety while 16% of women and only 9% of men receive treatment for depression.

Philippines

People with a mental illness in developing countries such as the Philippines are often seen as dangerous and aggressive. In 2004, there were over 4.5 million cases of depression. Latest reports show that 3.3 million people suffer from depressive disorder while 3.1 million suffer from anxiety. There are only 2 mental health workers per 100,000 population.

Australia

In 2007, anxiety disorders such as panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder were the most common mental health issues in Australia affecting 14% of people. Around $9 billion was spent on mental health related services in 2015-2016. 1 in 5 Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year.

So from this post you can see that there still seems to be a stigma surrounding mental health. However, you can also see from this post that if you suffer from a mental health issue you are certainly NOT alone. People from Ireland all the way over to Australia suffer from a mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

I hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for reading x

5 ways employers can help employees with mental health issues

Listen to any concerns/questions they may have

If an employee has any questions or just needs to talk about their mental health (e.g they have been feeling overly stressed or anxious lately), listen attentively and try to come up with a solution to the problem so that they can continue to concentrate on their work.

Regularly check in with them

Make an appointment or organize a quick meeting and let employees know about looking after their health (E.g powerpoint on how to reduce stress ).

Organize mental health events in the workplace (E.g coffee morning )

Get the whole workplace to come together for a coffee morning in aid of a mental health charity such as Pieta House or Mental Health Ireland. Employees can chat with others, drink tea/coffee and eat scones in aid of a charity of their choice. Also don’t forget to donate!

Time off

Employees should be entitled to some time off due to intense anxiety/other mental health issue. The employer can request a doctor’s certificate or otherwise and note the number of working days missed. It is imperative that employees are in good health in order to work to their full potential.

Ensure workplace is safe and friendly

Employers should make sure that no bullying is taking place in the workplace. In the event that an employer is notified that bullying may be taking place, it is their responsibility that the matter is quickly dealt with.

Mental Health Playlist

Songs for when you’re struggling with your mental health

  • X Ambassadors – Unsteady
  • Coldplay – Fix you
  • Christina Perri – The lonely
  • Nickelback – Lullaby
  • Yuna – Mermaid
  • Bebe Rexha – I’m a mess
  • Sia – Titanium
  • Coldplay – Lost
  • Goo goo dolls – Iris
  • Sia – Breathe me
  • Imagine Dragons – Demons
  • Jeremy Zucker – All the kids are depressed
  • Troye Sivan – Happy Little Pill
  • Professor Green – Lullaby
  • Skrribbz – They said I’d never make it
  • The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony

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The Hole in the Ground – movie review

Movie Information

Director: Lee Cronin

Music composed byStephen McKeon

Producers:Conor BarryJohn Keville

Screenplay:Lee CroninStephen Shields

Genre: Thriller/Horror

Cast: Seana Kerslake, James Cosmo, Eoin Macken, Kati Outinen

Movie Information and Synopsis from Google

Synopsis

One night, Sarah’s young son disappears into the woods behind their rural home. When he returns, he looks the same, but his behaviour grows increasingly disturbing. Sarah begins to believe that the boy who returned may not be her son at all.

Overall Plot

Sarah and her son Chris move to a deserted woodland area. The single mother and her son have a close bond. Early on, it is hinted that Sarah may have been at the hands of domestic violence from Chris’s dad and seems to be upset when Chris asks or talks about him. “Why did we move here without him? It’s not that simple sweetie. “

The domestic violence is confirmed in a later scene at a doctor’s appointment.

A potentially fatal crash scene is shown in the first few minutes and both main characters are unhurt. A woman with a long white dress and a black cloak walks barefoot along the road while Sarah tries to figure out why she’s in the middle of the road in the first place. The woman continues to whisper to herself seemingly unaware that Sarah is trying to talk to her.

Sarah and her son return home. Chris asks about his dad before running off into the woods as Sarah chases after him. Sarah sees the hole in the ground. Chris stands behind her.

Later, Sarah attends dinner with friends as they talk about the woman she had seen earlier on the road.

Sarah hears a noise in the night and goes downstairs to see that the door is open. She goes out to find Chris who has disappeared and proceeds to call the police only for Chris to show up minutes later.

She gets sleeping tablets from the doctor. Around half an hour into the film, the woman is seen yet again. The woman’s husband comes outside to introduce himself. The woman begins to glare strangely at Chris who is seated in the passenger seat. The woman bangs her head on the window and repeatedly shouts he’s not your son. A frightened Sarah returns home with Chris.

Shortly after this event, Sarah begins to question if Chris is her son or if the young boy in her house is an imposter.

 Review

This movie was giving off Blair witch project and case 39 vibes. Some would say it even has a similar plot to the changeling. There was great acting from Seana Kerslake in this. After starring in various comedic roles (A date for mad Mary and can’t cope, won’t cope), I was surprised to see her star in a horror film. A talented Irish actress.

This mother – child horror plot has been done many times already. Emily and Lilith in “Case 39” and Christine challenging the authorities in “Changeling” had a very similar plot to “The Hole in the Ground”.

While the film was chilling at times, the unoriginal plot made it seem like the Irish Changeling. The film had its good moments with some creepy scenes. The first half of the film was well done and kept the audience entertained. However, shortly after the plot began to fall into a hole of its own as the movie had no direction and even I was confused as to what exactly was going on.

Conclusion

I’m glad the Irish have begun to take on horror movies. As a debut Irish horror, I would have to say the director Lee Cronin did pretty well. The cinematography was very well done and suited the film perfectly with the chilling atmosphere all the while keeping the colour palette the same throughout. Extra points for keeping the film bright throughout (I hate watching horrors where it’s dark the whole film and you can’t see a thing).

Yes, the plot was unoriginal but up until the final parts of the film, it was a fairly creepy Irish horror. Sadly, I was disappointed with the ending as instead of feeling pleased, I was very confused by the film’s conclusion. A good Irish horror debut.

Scare factor: 2

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

You can watch the trailer for The Hole in the Ground here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mj18aFsAT1E

If you would like to check out other horror movies click here: http://lifeisanadventure.ie/2018/08/09/my-favourite-horror-films/

My Anxiety Handbook by Sue Knowles, Bridie Gallagher and Phoebe McEwen – book review

Synopsis

For 12 to 18-year-olds with anxiety, this anxiety survival guide will help you learn to recognise and manage symptoms and overcome your biggest worries. This book helps you understand the ins and outs of your own anxiety, and challenge the difficult patterns you may get into.

Co-written with a college student who has experienced anxiety herself, it is a relatable and straightforward guide. As well as providing tried-and-tested advice and exercises that are proven to reduce feelings of anxiety, it includes recovery stories from young people who have managed their symptoms successfully. It includes chapters on sleep, exams and transitions.

Overall Plot

“My Anxiety Handbook” is the first self-help book I’ve read this month. I flicked through the book briefly in the library and it seemed like a straightforward, easy to read self-help book. There was a lot of text throughout the chapters which was thankfully broken up by various illustrations. The first few chapters focused mainly on what anxiety is, how one gets anxiety and ways to tackle anxiety.

These chapters were fairly straight forward and the authors gave a good explanation of anxiety that the reader can easily understand. There were some great tips and tricks throughout the book on how to tackle anxiety (going for a walk, meditation, good night’s sleep etc.) all of which are mentioned quite a lot in many anxiety based books.

Opinion

Maybe it is because I’ve read many anxiety/depression books in the past and I’ve gained a deep understanding of anxiety but I felt as though much information that was mentioned in the book I knew already. Chapters such as school, college and exam stress, discussed tips for exams all of which I have seen in various books such as this one.

However, I quite liked the “Tackling Worries” chapter. I might even give the worry box idea a go as it sounds quite interesting. I also like the addition of personal experiences throughout the book. I felt like I could relate to what some of the students spoke about and how they are managing their anxiety. The personal experience sections covered many different events that caused anxiety for students such as bullying, stress, feeling out of place etc. The students were of different ages, some in their early teens, and some in their early to late 20s.

Conclusion

This was a nice informative self-help book. Unfortunately, to me I felt that I had heard a lot of the information before whether by books, films, guest speakers etc. Only some of the information was new to me. While I could relate to some of the students stories about their struggle with anxiety, in my opinion this book is much more geared at early teens (ages 14-17).

If you haven’t read an anxiety book before or you would like to learn more about it then I would highly recommend this book as it gives great tips on how to reduce feelings of anxiety. I would rate “My anxiety handbook” 3 stars.

Mini beauty haul – Lidl

So for this week’s budget friendly post, I thought I’d try a few cheap makeup products from a local store – Lidl.

About

 According to Wikipedia, Lidl (full name – Lidl Stiftung & Co.KG) is a global discount supermarket chain. It was founded by Josef Schwarz. Lidl’s headquarters are located in Neckarsulm, Germany.

There was a low stock of makeup in my local store but I still bought three products from the selection. I’m assuming that they will have new health and beauty stock in spring or summer so I’ll be sure to test those out when those items are in stock. Lidl’s health and beauty products are branded Cien.

Cien sensitive facial wipes for dry and sensitive skin (fragrance free)

The first item I picked up was this pack of 25 facial wipes specifically for sensitive skin. While I wouldn’t use these all the time (I use a facial wash in the morning), these wipes do come in handy particularly if you are travelling or just to cleanse your face during the day.

About product

Cien fragrance free facial wipes for dry and sensitive skin

  • Specially formulated to effectively cleanse dry and sensitive skin
  • Gently removes oil, impurities and make-up even waterproof mascara
  • Natural aloe vera soothes dry and sensitive skin and leaves it feeling cleansed and refreshed
  • Their fine honeycomb structure gives the wipes a silky-soft feeling
  • With aloe vera, bisabolol and vitamin e, free from perfume, alcohol and colours
  • Dermatologically tested

Price: €0.45

Cien eye make-up remover

The second item I picked up was this eye make-up remover. I used to use Nivea’s eye make-up remover until it started to irritate my eyes and I then discovered that Lidl had a similar product. I always use this to take off my eye make-up, and considering the price I would highly recommend this eye make-up remover.

About product
  • Dermatologically and Ophthalmologically tested
  • Double effect for all skin types. Removes waterproof mascara
  • Cien Double Effect Make-Up Remover with lotus flower gently cleanses the delicate eye area and thoroughly removes even waterproof mascara without leaving a greasy residue. Fragrance free.

Expiry: 12 months after opening

Weight: 100ml

Price: €1.19

Cien lip-gloss

The final product I bought was one of the Cien lip-glosses. There was a red lip-gloss available in store but red doesn’t really suit my skin tone so I bought the pink lip-gloss. The shade is No.13 Rich Magenta. For only €2 this lip-gloss is an absolute bargain! It’s a fairly light lip-gloss and gives a nice glossy shine.

Expiry: 12 months after opening

Weight: 10ml

Price: €1.99

So there’s just a few products from the Lidl beauty range. The products are really nice however, some can be a hit and miss (the lipsticks aren’t that great). Lidl definitely have some great beauty bargains available so why not take a look the next time you’re in a nearby store?💄 Anyway, I’ll definitely have to try out the other lip-glosses, I’m already obsessed with the pink. 😄 I hope you liked this post and thanks for reading x