Hashtag Roundup’s latest game – Throwback to the 80s

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On Saturday, the twitter game page, Hashtag Roundup, posted yet another hashtag game and this time, people tweeted using #The80sCalledAnd.

As we travel back in time, here are some of my favourite tweets referring to the best music decade…

Thanks for reading!

Note: This post is for entertainment purposes only.

Eurovision Song Contest 2019

The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is now upon us. This year’s competition will be set in Israel after last year’s winner Netta won over the public with her song TOY. Madonna will be performing in the song contest this year.

The Beginning of the Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision began in 1956 making it the longest-running annual international television contest. The Eurovision previously only included songs from European countries but Australia joined the competition in 2015.

Ireland have won the competition a total of seven times since the competition first aired. The international song contest is broadcast in several countries including America and China. It is also available to watch live on the Eurovision website.

Voting in the Eurovision

Each participating country picks a song to represent their country. Six countries are automatically pre-qualified for the Grand Final while the remaining countries perform in one of the two semi-finals. After all of the acts have performed, each country gives a set of points for example: 5 points to a particular country and 12 points to a different country.

Viewers can’t vote for their own country. Lastly, viewers points from all participating countries will be added up at the end and the winner of the competition is picked.

My Favourites

Here are my favourite songs from this year’s competition:

Switzerland: Luca Hänni – She Got Me

Italy: Mahmood – Soldi

Hungary: Joci Pápai – Az én apám

Spain: Miki – La Venda

The Netherlands: Duncan Laurence – Arcade

Slovenia: Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl – Sebi

Belgium: Eliot – Wake Up

Cyprus: Tamta – Replay

Estonia: Victor Crone – Storm

Ireland: Sarah McTernan – 22 ☘️

What are your favourite songs from this year’s competition? Let me know in the comments x

My Favourite Met Gala 2019 Looks

What is the Met Gala?

The Met Gala is an annual fundraising gala with a different theme chosen each year. All money fundraised goes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It was established in 1948 and has become one of the biggest fashion events of the year.

Met Gala 2019

This year’s Met Gala took place on the 6th May. The theme was Camp:Notes on Fashion. Invited guests wore their “campiest” looks.

Fashion

So to get to the main part of this post, here are my favourite fashion pieces from this year’s Met Gala…

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Lady Gaga

Nicki Minaj

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 06: Nicki Minaj attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for THR)
https://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2019/05/08/2019-met-gala-the-major-ones-we-missed/

Gemma Chan

Miley Cyrus

Saoirse Ronan

Regina Hall

Deepika Padukone

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 06: Deepika Padukone attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
http://time.com/5580692/deepika-padukone-at-met-gala-2019/

Dakota Johnson

Dua Lipa

Zendaya

Mindy Kaling

https://hellogiggles.com/news/celebs-who-went-blonde-unrecognizable-met-gala-2019/

Rita Ora

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (10225566im) Rita Ora Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Camp: Notes on Fashion, Arrivals, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA – 06 May 2019 Wearing Marc Jacobs
https://extra.ie/2019/05/07/entertainment/celebrity/rita-ora-dances-nude

Kate Moss

Gisele Bundchen

Taylor Hill

Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre

Elle Fanning

Solange Knowles

Met Gala 2019 Best dressed red carpets Outfits menswear womenswear best dressed Travis Scott Jared Leto Halsey Frank Ocean Awkwafina French Montana Solange Knowles Gwen Stefani Cardi B Harry Styles Alessandro Michele Florence Welch Anderson Paak Katy Perry Nicki Minaj Lady Gaga Kanye West Kim Kardashian Serena Williams Gigi Hadid Bella Hadid Michael B Jordan Emily Ratjakowski Benedict Cumberbatch Tommy Hilfiger Tom Ford Ezra Miller Winnie Harlow Pyer Moss Jeremy Scott Kylie Jenner Kendall Jenner Tessa Thompson Janelle Monae Donatella Versace Zendaya Dapper Dan Anna Wintour Naomi Campbell
https://hypebeast.com/2019/5/met-gala-2019-best-outfits

Kacey Musgraves

Sorry for the length of this post but there were so many looks I liked, I just had to include them all.

I hope you guys liked this post and thanks for reading x

How to add the Goodreads grid widget to your WordPress site (Tutorial)

Log in to your WordPress account and your Goodreads account

Go to your wordpress dashboard

Click customise

Click widgets

Click where you would like to place the grid widget. (I chose Blog Sidebar)

Click add a widget

Click custom HTML

Leave this page open and go to Goodreads

Click profile then click edit profile (next to your profile picture)

Click widgets

Scroll down until you see grid widget

There’s a little box saying Copy/paste this HTML into your Web site. Copy the code.

Go back to WordPress and copy the code into the content box

Click done and publish

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