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 Then I read the “date once opened icon” and count when the product will be out of date.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 The expiry date says 12 months so therefore the product will be out of date in June 2019.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I check my makeup products each month to check if anything is out of date.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

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

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/

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

How I stay organised as a college student

I’ve always 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…

Quit Procrastinating

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.

Stationary

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

There is 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.

Stay hydrated

Water is really important. I drink 100ml water in college (2 small 500ml water bottles). It helps me stay focused and hydrated throughout the day.

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

Hello Spring!

“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…

·       Spring fashion                         

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.

·       Mood changes

According to https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/seasonal-affective-disorder-1-in-3-people-suffer-from-sad-9814164.html , research commissioned by The Weather Channel and YouGov, showed that 29 per cent of adults experience symptoms of SAD in Winter ranging from low energy levels, to low self-esteem and anxiety.

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 – app review

  screenshot from app

About OkCupid

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.

Keywords

  • 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.

  prompt section

To get the most out of your Okcupid account I recommend the following:

  • Pick 2-3 photos
  • No group photos
  • Upload clear photos
  • Be yourself

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.

Overall review

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 not lust.

My Favourite Golden Globes 2019 Looks

No copyright infringement is intended

The 76th 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…

Lupita Nyong’o

The actress looked fabulous in this purple beaded gown complete with silver statement earrings.

Regina King

The A Cinderella Story (2004) actress stunned in this pink sequin Alberta Ferretti dress.

Isla Fisher

The red head beauty from Confessions of a Shopaholic wore Monique Lhuillier.

Isla Fisher arrives at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

https://www.dailynews.com/2019/01/06/golden-globes-2019-red-carpet-fashion-see-photos-of-the-stars-best-and-worst-looks/


Thandie Newton

The actress stunned in this Michael Kors dress.

Penelope Cruz

The Assassination of Gianni Versace actress looked beautiful in this dress designed by Ralph & Russo Couture.

Janet Mock

Mock wore this stylish dress designed by fashion company Off-White

Kiki Layne

The star of 2018’s If Beale Street Could Talk wore Custom Dior.

Amy Poehler

The Parks and Recreation star wore Viktor and Rolf.

Alyssa Milano

The activist looked amazing in this Cristina Ottaviano gown complete with Yeprem jewellery.

Holly Taylor

The Canadian beauty wore a red satin Ines Di Santo gown with accessories also from Ines Di Santo.

Jeannie Mai

Mai wore a green gown for this year’s golden globes.

Giuliana Rancic

The E! News Co-Anchor looked stunning in a white Gucci gown.

Isan Elba

The golden globes 2019 Ambassador and daughter of actor Idris Elba wore this dress designed by Elie Saab.

Camilla Belle

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…

Ryan Seacrest

Seacrest looked smart in a custom Ryan Seacrest Distinction Collection suit and Givenchy shoes.

John Krasinski

One half of this year’s golden globes most adorable couple, Krasinski looked charming in a blue Brunello Cucinelli tux.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 06: John Krasinski attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/2019-golden-globes-red-carpet-best-dressed-men-1173632/item/james-van-der-beek-best-dressed-men-golden-globes-2019-1173673


Rami Malek

The bohemian rhapsody nominee wore a custom black Givenchy tux.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 06: Rami Malek attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/2019-golden-globes-red-carpet-best-dressed-men-1173632/item/james-van-der-beek-best-dressed-men-golden-globes-2019-1173673


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

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

Profile

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…

Results

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.

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

Conclusion

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