Bumble – dating app review

  Image cropped from Bumble app

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.

About Bumble

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 using Facebook.

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)

bumble date
bumble bff
bumble bizz


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 boost.  Conversations are shown underneath.

match queue and conversations page

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 arranged.


  • 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 conversations.
  • 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.

My New Year Resolutions

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 their life.

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.
  • Travel somewhere new in Ireland

Blogmas#6 – Christmas Party Outfit Ideas

Whether you’re heading to an office Christmas party, a birthday party or just a night out on the town, here’s some Christmas party outfit inspo for you…

  1. Quiz – Towie gold and pink sequin stripe bodycon dress .  €24 from debenhams.ie. 

2. Quiz – Towie silver foil cowlneck bodycon dress. €24 from debenhams.ie

3. Black and Purple Stripe Sequin Bodysuit. €14.99 from New Look. *Special Offer

4. Multi leopard print long sleeve bodycon dress. €21 from Missguided. 

5. Bershka mirror high neck long sleeved top. €27.64 from Bershka. 

6. Lace Overlay Mini Dress. €24 from Forever 21. 

7. Striped-Trim Bodycon Dress. €19 from Forever 21. 

8. Dasher Burgundy Knit Christmas Jumper. €19.99 from Vavavoom.ie. 

9. Quarry Green Velvet Tiered Mini Dress. €34.99 from Vavavoom.ie. 

10. Venice Wine Cami Culotte Jumpsuit. €15 from Vavavoom.ie. 

Thank you guys for reading. Happy Shopping X

Blogmas#5 – Favourite Christmas Movies


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An essential part of the lead up to Christmas is the showing of countless Christmas movies on TV. Whether it’s a hallmark movie, a Disney film such as Frozen (who can forget kids from all over the world belting out Let it Go) or a classic such as It’s a Wonderful Life. So if you’re looking for something to watch over this festive season, have a look at my favourite Christmas movies… In no particular order

  1. How the Grinch stole Christmas(2000)

This movie is an adaptation of the children’s tale from Dr. Seuss. The green Grinch HATES Christmas with a passion and is determined to ruin it for all the citizens of Whoville.



2. Elf(2003)

Will Ferrell is brilliant taking on the role of Buddy the Elf in this festive comedy. Buddy has been raised with Elfs but when feels that he no longer fits in, Buddy goes to New York City in search of his biological father.



  1. The Polar Express(2004)

A young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole where he discovers friendship, bravery and that the magic of Christmas never fades if only you believe.



  1. Love Actually(2003)

Love Actually examines love in nine people’s lives in the lead up to Christmas Eve. A Christmas themed romantic comedy for all the hopeless romantics out there with a hint of drama.



  1. Home Alone(1990)

After the family rush to the airport for a family trip to Paris, Kevin McAllister is accidentally left behind. While he enjoys having the house to himself for a while, he later discovers that two thieves plan to rob the McAllister household and Kevin must to do what he can to protect it.



  1. Christmas with the Kranks(2004)

With their daughter Blair in another country, Luther and Nora Krank plan to go on a Caribbean cruise for the festive season but this doesn’t sit well with the residents on the street as they are determined to win a competition. The Kranks soon become social outcasts because of their lack of Christmas spirit.



  1. The Muppet Christmas Carol(1992)

The Muppets take over this Charles Dickens classic. Micheal Caine plays Ebenezer Scrooge and Kermit the Frog takes on the role of Bob Crachit. A really enjoyable festive film.



  1. Edward Scissorhands(1990)

The first collaboration between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. An inventor assembles a synthetic youth named Edward but when the inventor dies Edward is fit with long , scissor like extremities. He is taken in by Peg Boggs but not long after he finds himself drawn to her daughter Kim who is unfortunately dating the neighbourhood bully.



  1. Deck the halls(2006)

When new resident Danny arrives in his neighbourhood his big dream is to light up his house so it can be seen from space. This idea doesn’t go well with Steve who declares a war of one – upmanship with Danny.



  1. A Christmas Carol(2009)

Disney’s version of the Christmas classic starring Jim Carrey. The animation in this is incredible.



  1. Frozen(2013)

Let it gooooo, let it gooooo, . Ya that’s from this movie. When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna’s sister, Snow Queen Elsa , and break her icy spell.



12. The Santa Clause(1994)

Divorced dad Scott has custody of his son Charlie on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he’s dreaming, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Businessman Scott’s life is about to completely change…



Blogmas#4 – What does Christmas mean to me?

Don’t get me wrong, I love getting presents for Christmas but it’s not what Christmas is all about. For me, one of the best parts about Christmas is Christmas shopping for my family, picking out the perfect gift and then waiting to see their faces shine with happiness come Christmas Day.

Christmas time is about spending time with your family and friends. It’s about laughing together when the snow falls, having a snowball fight and making snow angels. At Christmas time, pictures don’t need to be taken as the memories of Christmas are cherished for life.

When Christmas comes around, magic enters every home, lovers kiss under mistletoe and holly wreaths are placed on front doors. However, the main thing that happens when Christmas comes around is I am reminded to be grateful. Grateful for my family, my home, my health. Christmas reminds me to be good to others, to think of those less fortunate than ourselves, to embrace the moment, to put the phones away for a while and to enjoy the magic of Christmas.

Blogmas#3 – Favourite Christmas Songs

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To get into the christmas spirit on this dreary monday, here’s a few of my favourite christmas songs to add to your playlist…

  • Fairytale of New York – The Pogues ft Kirsty MacColl
  • All I want for Christmas is you – Mariah Carey
  • Last Christmas – Wham!
  • One more sleep – Leona Lewis
  • Merry Christmas everyone – Shakin’ Stevens
  • All alone on Christmas – Darlene Love
  • Where are you Christmas – Faith Hill
  • Carol of the bells
  • Lost without you(from movie The Christmas Shepherd) – Jeff Toyne ft Melissa. R. Kaplan
  • The power of love – Frankie goes to hollywood
  • Do they know it’s Christmas? – Band Aid
  • Hold you near(for Christmas) – Emily Denton
  •  Christmas Lights – Coldplay

Blogmas#2 – What to buy for your secret santa

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So you had to pick a name from a hat and get that person a present for under a €10 and they can’t know it’s you and now you dunno what to get them because you’ve hardly ever talked to them apart from that one time … look you get the point you’re stuck for a present.

So before you get all panicky here’s a list of a few things you could buy for your secret santa:

  • Socks

Because who doesn’t love a pair of fluffy socks?

Burgundy Fluffy Penguin Sock - Black Friday

2 Pack Mink Heart and Stripe Fluffy Socks

2 Pack Mink Heart and Stripe Fluffy Socks

€6.99 from New Look –  https://www.newlook.com/row/womens/accessories/socks/2-pack-mink-heart-and-stripe-fluffy-socks/p/590799023?comp=Search


  • Makeup bag

To get your urban decay collection organised in some way.


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€4.00 Glliter lashes makeup bag from Primark.ie



Holographic Make Up Bag

€4 Holographic makeup bag from Primark.ie



  • Gloves

Because in this weather your hands will be like ice.

 €5.95 Board Angels Womens Leather Gloves Black







€10 Dare2B pink lineout touchscreen friendly glove from Debenhams

  • Travel book

For the person with wanderlust.


€9.31 Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019 by Lonely Planet from BookDepository.com



  • A desk pot

To give the office a bit of oomph.

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€6.22 Typo Disney Snow White desk pot from Asos



  • A mug – for the warm cup of tea or hot chocolate.

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€4.95 Eclectic Coffee Mug in Red from Carraig Donn 



  • For the lads


Black light me up Christmas tree socks

€4 Black light me up Christmas tree socks from River Island




€10 Brown card holder from River Island



And last but not least…

  • Chocolate

Buy a chocolate santa or a selection box from any store, pop it into a gift bag and voila, secret santa sorted.

Blogmas #1- Christmas

Picture Credit: Photo by Gary Spears from Pexels

Info summarised from https://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/  


It’s the 1st of December and Christmas is officially just around the corner. Christmas is still my favourite time of year and if by some miracle it snows, it makes it all the more festive. We all know Christmas to be the time of year people give and receive presents but what is it actually all about?

Christmas day takes place every year on the 25th December and according to Wikipedia, Christmas is generally recognised as an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.  It is generally celebrated by Christians and some non-Christians.

While religion is a significant part of Christmas, it is also seen as a cultural and commercial event. Many department stores such as John Lewis spend millions every year making the perfect Christmas advert. Shops such as Sainsbury’s and Tesco also advertise their festive products.

The cool thing about Christmas is that while it may be celebrating the same thing, different countries have their own way of marking the occasion. Here’s how Christmas is celebrated around the world…

  • Argentina – Houses are beautifully decorated with lights and wreaths of green, gold, red and white flowers. Red and white garlands are hung on the doors of houses. The main meal is eaten during the evening of Christmas Eve, often about 10pm or 11pm. Some popular dishes include roasted turkey, roasted pork (in northern Argentina, some people will have goat), stuffed tomatoes, salads and Christmas bread and puddings like ‘Pan Dulce’ and Panetone. At midnight, fireworks are set off. In Argentina, the main language spoken is Spanish (still called Castellano by Argentines), so Happy/Merry Christmas is ‘Feliz Navidad’.


  • Armenia – Some Armenians fast (don’t eat anything) in the week before Christmas. The Christmas Eve meal is called khetum ‘Խթում’. Santa Claus Gaghant Baba / Kaghand Papa traditionally comes on New Year’s Eve (December 31st) because Christmas Day itself is thought of as more of a religious holiday in Armenia. At the beginning of December, a big Christmas tree (Tonatsar) is put up in Republic Square in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Favorited and traditional Holiday foods in Armenia include Anooshaboor (Armenian Christmas Pudding), Khozee bood (glazed ham) and dried fruits.


  • Australia – Australians also decorate their houses with bunches of ‘Christmas Bush’, a native Australian tree with small green leaves and cream coloured flowers. In each State capital city there is a large Carols by Candlelight service. Famous Australian singers like John Farnham, Anthony Warlow, Niki Webster and many more help to sing the carols. These carol services, held in different cities, are broadcast on TV across Australia.


  • Austria – Christmas in Austria really starts around 4.00pm on Christmas Eve (‘Heilige Abend’) when the tree is lit for the first time and people come to sing carols around the tree. The most famous carol is Silent Night (‘Stille Nacht’), which was written in Austria in 1818. In Austria, St Nicholas is often accompanied by the Krampus, he is a big horned monster clothed in rags and carries chains. He’s meant to punish children who have been bad! Every year, Austria’s capital city, Vienna, holds a world famous classical music concert ‘NeuJahrsKonzert’ which takes place during the morning of New Year’s day.


  • China – In China, only about one percent of people are Christians. In China, Santa is known as ‘Sheng dan lao ren. People give apples on Christmas Eve because in Chinese Christmas Eve is called “Ping’an Ye” (平安夜), meaning peaceful or quiet evening, which has been translated from the carol ‘Silent Night’.


  • Croatia – In Croatia, preparations for Christmas start on 25th November which is St Catherine’s day. On St Nicholas’s Eve (5th), children clean their shoes/boots and leave them on the window. They hope that St Nicholas will leave them chocolates and small presents in their boot. There’s an old Croatian tradition that young men give their girlfriends a decorated apple at Christmas. The main Christmas Day is often turkey, goose or duck. A popular side dish is sarma (cabbage rolls filled with minced pork meat).


  • Czech Republic – Ježíšek ‘Little Jesus’ (the Czech version of Christkindl) brings presents during the Christmas Eve dinner and leaves them under the Christmas Tree. Czech children have their dinner in a different room from where the tree is located. When they hear the bell ring (usually after the children have finished eating their main meal but when they are still at the table), that means that Ježíšek had been and has left their presents under the tree. The presents are normally opened right after dinner.


  • Germany – Christmas Trees are very important in Germany. They were first used in Germany during the late Middle Ages. If there are young children in the house, the trees are usually secretly decorated by the mother of the family. Christmas Eve is the main day when Germans exchange presents with their families. Germany is well known for its Christmas Markets where all sorts of Christmas foods and decorations are sold.


  • Ireland – Christmas lasts from Christmas Eve to the feast of Epiphany on January 6th. The day after Christmas Day, St. Stephen’s Day (known as Boxing Day in the UK and some other countries), is also very important in Ireland. Like in the UK, football matches and horse racing meetings are traditionally held on St. Stephen’s Day. One very old tradition is the Wren Boys Procession that takes place on St. Stephen’s Day.


  • Italy – The city of Naples in Italy is world famous for its cribs and crib making. Naples is also the home to the largest crib scene in the world, which has over 600 objects on it. One old Italian custom is that children go out Carol singing and playing songs on shepherd’s pipes, wearing shepherds sandals and hats. On Christmas day ‘Babbo Natale’ (Santa Claus) might bring them some small gifts, but the main day for present giving is on Epiphany.


  • Poland – Christmas Eve is a very important and busy day in Poland. Traditionally it was a day of fasting and abstinence (not eating anything) and meat is not normally allowed to be eaten in any form. On the table there are 12 dishes – they are meant to give you good luck for the next 12 months. Carp is often the main dish of the meal.


  • Trinidad and Tobago – The radio stations play Trinidadian Christmas carols and songs as well as traditional and contemporary carols from the USA. The traditional Trinibagonian Christmas meal include apples and grapes, sorrel, ponche-de-creme (a version of egg nog), ham, turkey, homemade bread, ginger beer, pastelles (a version of tamales) and local wine. Trinidadian Christmas fruitcake is traditional and is eaten in most homes.


  • United Kingdom – The decorating of the tree is usually a family occasion, with everyone helping. Most villages, towns and cities are decorated with Christmas lights over Christmas. Often a famous person switches them on. Children write letters to Father Christmas/Santa listing their requests, but sometimes instead of putting them in the post, the letters are tossed into the fireplace. The draught carries the letters up the chimney and Father Christmas/Santa reads the smoke. Dessert is usually Christmas Cake.


So there’s just a few countries (couldn’t go through them all) and how they celebrate Christmas. If you feel I left anything out please comment below as I love learning about different cultures.

Happy Blogmas X

Songs for single pringles

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It is true that sometimes being single can make you feel fed up and lonely and dating the wrong people make you feel like you’re better off being single than with some jackass.  But here’s the thing, while being single can be frustrating for some people, it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you. Being single means that you’re strong and wise and you won’t settle for less than you deserve.

Being single also gives you time to focus on yourself and to iron out any issues you may have going on in your life. Besides if you’re not happy by yourself you won’t be happy with another person. Whether you’re happy on your own or waiting for love to find you, here’s a playlist of songs for single people to remind you to be confident within yourself.

  • Beyonce – Single ladies
  • Cee lo green – Forget you
  • Britney Spears – Stronger
  • Elliott Yamin – Wait for you
  • Katy Perry – Roar
  • Taylor Swift – Shake it off
  • Demi Lovato – Confident
  • Cyndi Lauper – Girls just wanna have fun
  • Katy Perry – Part of me
  • Nelly Furtado – I’m like a bird
  • Fifth Harmony – That’s my girl
  • Jason Derulo – Ridin’ solo
  • Clean bandit – Solo
  • Chaka Khan – I’m every woman
  • Shania Twain – Man I feel like a woman
  • Spice Girls – Wannabe
  • Iggy Azalea – Fancy
  • Cardi B – Be Careful
  • Kygo – It ain’t me
  • Matoma – Lonely
  • Sza – Supermodel

To all the boys I’ve blocked before

I haven’t had to block many people in my life. I would always have a fairly good enough reason to block someone whether by phone number or on social media. The few people who I have blocked were quite similar and I guess this is my way of explaining why you (the people I’ve blocked) were blocked and how you can hopefully learn from it.

Dear all the boys I’ve blocked before,

I blocked you for a reason. I gave you a chance, I was friendly but you were out to gain attention, you were out to annoy someone. You asked for a video call at 2 in the morning and when I declined you kept on ringing. I had only spoken to you within five minutes. You were blocked.

You said that you loved me, that you have never met a woman like me. I was gullible and wasn’t listening to my conscience. You mentioned marriage time and time again. My health gradually deteriorated. All you did was lie. All you thought of was advantage. You didn’t care. But I did so you were blocked.

You didn’t even know me. You saw some selfies I put on snapchat. I was fully clothed but you asked was I a slut. You called me a bitch then proceeded to say I was a princess. You were just plain creepy. You were all once again blocked.

You. You were different. I actually met you in person. I thought you were different but you lied to me, time and time again. First about your height then you wanted me to change what I wore, how I dressed. You said it didn’t suit me. You disrespected women, including me. You insulted others several times and you didn’t even care. I called you out on the things you did but you said I was being selfish and arrogant.

I left but you decided to call me at 4, 5 and 6 in the morning even though you knew I had college at 7. Once, I was wrecked and I answered. You said you were sorry. You said you would make it up to me but you never did. I only knew you a little over 3 weeks and already you had shown your true colours. I blocked your phone number but you called using your friend’s phone.

I blocked you on Facebook but you messaged me using a different account. You sent several paragraphs. You wanted me to unblock your number but I knew if I did you would continue to try and control me and I would never escape your grasp. So I blocked you.

All of you wanted someone who you could use or try to manipulate. But I’m not a stupid girl. I knew you weren’t genuine, I choose to overlook it but eventually I could see through your lies.

When you block someone it’s usually because you don’t want to hear from them, you don’t want to listen to their lies, you want to move on and that’s what I’m doing. Moving on. Moving on from lies, disrespect and narcissism but most importantly I’m moving on from you.

I hope you take into account what I have mentioned. You can always change for the better, you can become a better person every day. You need to see how you treat others. So now you know why u’ve been blocked. Maybe you can learn from your actions or then again… maybe not.

Yours sincerely,

The girl who blocked you