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 Then I read the “date once opened icon” and count when the product will be out of date.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 The expiry date says 12 months so therefore the product will be out of date in June 2019.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I check my makeup products each month to check if anything is out of date.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
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
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.
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
violence is confirmed in a later scene at a doctor’s appointment.
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.
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
Later, Sarah attends dinner with friends as they talk about the woman she had seen earlier on the road.
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.
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.
after this event, Sarah begins to question if Chris is her son or if the young
boy in her house is an imposter.
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.
– 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”.
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.
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).
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
So for this week’s budget friendly post, I thought I’d try a few cheap makeup products from a local store – Lidl.
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.
fragrance free facial wipes for dry and sensitive skin
formulated to effectively cleanse dry and sensitive skin
removes oil, impurities and make-up even waterproof mascara
aloe vera soothes dry and sensitive skin and leaves it feeling cleansed and
fine honeycomb structure gives the wipes a silky-soft feeling
aloe vera, bisabolol and vitamin e, free from perfume, alcohol and colours
Cien eye make-up remover
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.
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.
months after opening
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
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
been quite an organised person. I usually get assignments done quickly and
handed in a few days before the due date. So I thought I’d share a few tips
with you on how I stay organised in college…
When you get
you’re assignment and you understand what you’re being asked to do, brainstorm
what to write about first, or if you’re like me, dive straight in. Either way,
start the assignment the day you get it so you can keep on track and keep
procrastination at bay.
Make good use of your notebooks, highlighters, folders etc. For example, I have several envelope folders for different things (1 folder only for assignments). Envelope folders are light and hold plenty of sheets. They’re cheap too. I got these ones for like €1 in a local bookshop.
Use free classes wisely
often a day when a teacher is out, there’s a meeting or the class has been
cancelled. While some students use their free classes for a lengthy chat about
the weekend, free classes could still be put to better use.
Take advantage of free classes by going to the library to study or finish an assignment. If it’s a nice day, you can also go outside and study in the fresh air.
Jot down important dates
Get yourself a notebook/make a bullet journal and jot down
all upcoming assignment due dates and exams.
Water is really important. I drink 100ml water in college (2
small 500ml water bottles). It helps me stay focused and hydrated throughout
Catch up on those Zzzzs
Sleep is important in staying focused throughout the college
day. I’ll admit I’m definitely not a morning person (more of a night owl) but I
still need enough sleep because I’m constantly busy in college. If I’m really
tired after I get home, I’ll go for a nap. Later on I usually go to bed around
11 but the time I go to bed depends on how tired I am.
So there’s my tips on staying organised as a college student.
I hope you guys liked this post and thanks for reading x
“No Winter lasts forever, No Spring skips it’s turn” – Hal Borland
It’s officially the start of Spring 2019! Winter clothes are either thrown out, donated or put out of sight while your wardrobe gets a spring makeover.
Spring is a wonderful time of year. Not only flowers bloom but trees grow once again. There are several other reasons why we should embrace Spring and here are a few…
Colourful clothing replaces big winter coats and winter warmers. For instance, cool colours such as a light blue or dark colours such as black or even grey are no longer used as bold, warm and clothing rich in colour like yellow, green and purple are added to our wardrobe.
· Longer days
During Winter, it usually gets dark around 5 o’clock but in Spring it’s still bright outside until around 9.
Spring can dramatically change people’s mood. Due to more sunshine, people tend to feel happier.
· Flowers, flowers, flowers
They bloom and begin to take over dreary landscapes therefore returning them to their pre-winter beauty.
· Warm weather
I don’t know about you guys but I hate the cold weather. In the Winter, I practically live in leggings, tights and knee high boots so it’s nice to change things up and wear more light, colourful clothing.
I hope you liked this post and thanks for reading x
OkCupid is an American-based, internationally operating
online dating, friendship, and social networking website that features
multiple-choice questions in order to match members. It is free to download
from google play. Signing up is easy by using either your email or Facebook.
Using the app
When you first open the app you are asked a series of questions (answer as many as you can as the matches you get are based on how you answered). Enter your gender, orientation and relationship. You can also enter your height and body type. Enter details about yourself E.g. Do you drink/smoke? Enter what you are looking for e.g. looking for men, within 100 miles, ages 18-26 for long-term dating.
Example of the compatibility of you and a match based on how you both answered questions
On the bottom of the screen there are five icons, double
take, discovery, likes, conversations and profile. Like Tinder, swipe left if
you’re not interested and swipe right if you are interested. If you like
someone before you’ve matched you can also send an intro.
Double take – On this page your potential matches are shown. The percentage in the corner means compatibility (how you both answered questions). Age, name, where they are from and picture(s) are also shown. To view their profile, tap their picture.
Discovery – search potential matches
Likes – who you like. (To view who likes you, you must upgrade to premium (A – List).
Conversations – shows matches across the top and messages underneath
Profile – shows your profile
Topics – personalize matches
From your profile, you can upgrade to boost by (Get Boost
Option). On your profile you can view or update (my profile, my ideal person
and account settings)
To sign out, tap account settings, scroll down and tap sign
out. (Your name will be shown next to it).
On your profile, you have the option of writing a self-summary. You can also write about your aspirations (to choose a prompt tap the arrow at the side), talent, traits, needs, hobbies, moments, secrets and dating.
To get the most out of your Okcupid account I recommend the
Pick 2-3 photos
No group photos
Upload clear photos
Is the upgrade worth it?
I tried out A-List for about two weeks and it doesn’t make
much of a difference. You are still seeing the same amount of people. If you
are trying to increase your chances of getting a date by upgrading, it would
most likely be a waste of time. Continue scrolling left or right and keep your
money in your account.
In a month, I matched with only 8 people on OkCupid but in saying that 44 people liked me. Out of the 8 matches, 5 guys never messaged and 3 guys did message me. That’s 3 conversations in the whole month. All of the guys stated that they were looking for relationships.
OkCupid is a smart, easy to use app however it can seem
quite old- fashioned compared to other dating apps. The fact that you are only
shown very few people a day is a little frustrating. There are a few fake
profiles present but very little. OkCupid doesn’t have the whole “hook-up
culture” thing going on. In fact, it has hardly anyone on the app looking for
casual relationships or hook-ups. Many of the people on OkCupid are genuinely
looking for a relationship. All in all, OkCupid is a good app to try
considering that it’s free, easy to use and focuses on matching people for love
Annual Golden Globe Awards hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg was recently
broadcast on TV. While it was a good night for several series and movies taking
home a golden globe, the highlight was the fashion. Here are some of my
favourite outfits from this year’s Golden Globe Awards…
The actress looked fabulous in this purple beaded gown complete with silver statement earrings.
The A Cinderella Story (2004) actress stunned in this pink sequin Alberta Ferretti dress.
The red head beauty from Confessions of a Shopaholic wore Monique Lhuillier.
The actress stunned in this Michael Kors dress.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace actress looked beautiful in this dress designed by Ralph & Russo Couture.
Mock wore this stylish dress designed by fashion company Off-White
The star of 2018’s If Beale Street Could Talk wore Custom Dior.
The Parks and Recreation star wore Viktor and Rolf.
The activist looked amazing in this Cristina Ottaviano gown complete with Yeprem jewellery.
The Canadian beauty wore a red satin Ines Di Santo gown with accessories also from Ines Di Santo.
Mai wore a green gown for this year’s golden globes.
The E! News Co-Anchor looked stunning in a white Gucci gown.
The golden globes 2019 Ambassador and daughter of actor Idris Elba wore this dress designed by Elie Saab.
The star of when a stranger calls (2006) wore a royal blue gown by Jason Wu.
Jamie Lee Curtis
The star of the hit horror movie Halloween looked stunning in a white dress with a glittering accent.
Let’s not forget about the suits…
Seacrest looked smart in a custom Ryan Seacrest Distinction Collection suit and Givenchy shoes.
One half of this year’s golden globes most adorable couple, Krasinski looked charming in a blue Brunello Cucinelli tux.
The bohemian rhapsody nominee wore a custom black Givenchy tux.
So those are my favourite looks from this year’s
Golden Globe Awards. I hope you liked
this post and thank you for reading x
While there are three modes in the bumble app, the one I will be reviewing in this post is bumble date. I may review the other modes at a later stage.
Wikipedia describe Bumble as a location-based social and dating application that facilitates communication between interested users but with one key difference, women message first.
Bumble is free to download from the google play store. You
can create an account using Facebook or your phone number. For the purpose of this review, I signed up
Bumble have three modes in the one app, bumble date (for
dating obvs), bumble bff (for finding new friends) and bumble Bizz (grow a
network/business with local people)
Creating a profile is easy, just add a few photos of
yourself, enter if you’re active, your star sign, if you drink, what you are
looking for etc. Your profile picture and your age will automatically be taken
from Facebook. Your location will also be used to suggest matches nearby.
On the main page, your first match will appear. Their
picture(s), name, age, and location will also be shown. Swipe left (not
interested), swipe right (interested).
The person icon in the left corner takes you to your profile. Your picture, edit profile, contact and FAQ and bumble coins are shown on this page. The gear icon on the left takes you to the setting page.
Here you can use snooze mode, set advanced date filters, who you are interested in, age and edit notification settings. At the bottom of this page, you can log out.
Go back to main page. Click the message icon in the corner
and you are taken to the match and conversation page. Your matches are shown at
the top. To see who likes you in the match queue, you must upgrade to bumble
If you match with someone, you (female) have 24 hours to
message first. After you make the first move, the recipient then has 24 hours
to respond or the match disappears. In a same- sex relationship, either person
can message first and the recipient must again respond or the match disappears.
My review of Bumble date
I was unable to upgrade to boost due to the fact it had an offer of €20 euro but when I went to pay they wanted to charge me nearly €80! Anyway I continued to use the free version and here is how I got on…
In a month, I had gotten approximately 15 matches. 13
answered so the other matches disappeared after 24 hours. I unmatched with two
guys due to one guy being inappropriate and the other just wanted snapchat
names. So out of 11 guys…
27% wanted my snapchat
22% conversations out of a possible 50 matches
36% were students
19% continued conversation after day 1
81% did not continue conversation after day 1
27% were looking for a relationship
27% didn’t state what they were looking for
18% wanted something casual
27% said they didn’t know what they were looking for yet
I did not meet up with anyone from this app. No dates were
The app is well – designed. It gives the
appearance of a beehive which I liked. The use of colours white and yellow in
the app was really cool.
I like how the woman has to message first. I’m
usually shy to text and in a way this app boosted my confidence in making a
move and saying hey.
It’s easy to text and you can like a message
using the heart icon in the corner.
I like how you can send gifs in the
It’s easy to set up and create a profile.
Bumble have a great support team and they get
back to you fairly quickly.
The location was a big no for me. I hated how it showed my exact town instead of the district like Cork etc. It made me feel uneasy at times. When I contacted them about it they said there was nothing they could do and it goes by your phones location.
The payment for bumble boost seriously needs to be sorted out. I was lucky I spotted the €80 at the bottom of the screen before I entered my credit card!
There should be a filter for the location. I live in Munster and it was showing me potential matches from Dundalk and Dublin which are way too far away.
Bumble is a well- designed app that challenges society and it’s stereotypes. The fact that women text first is a nice modern idea. The majority of people on the app want something casual or they don’t know. There are very few people on the app who are looking for a relationship.
For a while, I enjoyed using the app but it soon seemed like just another dating app in the market. Unfortunately, it looks like the app may be headed into the hook-up culture reputation.
The idea of the name bumble and the beehive appearance is really well done. The biggest problem with the app was the location. I think that if the location was fixed then it would much better. For now, the location problem is bothersome.
It’s that time of year again. Gym memberships, throwing out
all the selection boxes and trying to perfect the task of writing 2019 instead
of 2018. A new year resolution is something that many people do come first of
January but what exactly is a new year resolution? According to Wikipedia, a New
Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but
also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an
undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve
I have a few things I’d like to accomplish/change in 2019 so
without further ado, here are a few of my 2019 new year resolutions:
Become healthier – During Christmas my diet just
went out the window so I plan to go back on it for the new year
Exercise – Get my fitness routine back on track
Grow and post more on Instagram
Blog – To write more blog posts and engage more
on my social media platforms
Dating – I’m going to try and wait for the right
person to come along while in the meantime being more productive and keeping
busy by focusing on college and my blog.