Wednesday, 31 July 2013

10 Day You Challenge ¦ Day Five - 6 places

So its day five (you can see the other days in my blog roll), and six places. I'm gonna show you some of the places I have lived, and then one place that I want to visit. 

1. Australia - I lived here for 9 months, it was full of ups and downs, more ups thank god and finished on a high with my little bro joining me for 5 weeks travelling. A lot of things happened in oz, and I feel I have defo become a better person for it. It seems so long ago now, went straight after college in 2008!

2. Thailand - A few of us spent nearly three weeks in Thailand island hopping on the way to Oz. It was an unbelievable place, I fell in love with it. We travelled from Bangkok to koh samui, koh phi phi, koh phangnan, Phuket. I loved every single minute of it, and can not wait to go back again in the near future. Oh and my hair was pink :)

3. Alaska - I spent three months in Anchorage on a voluntary programme in 2010. I went on my own and met some of the best people I have ever come across. The snow was amazing, the cold is a different cold than Ireland, there are moose everywhere, its stunningly green when the snow melts. There was tattoos on feet and arses (not my arse), piercings, drinking and a lot of messing.

4. Toronto - I spent about 2 1/2 weeks here with three of my best friends (who were on a working visa) on my way home from Alaska. These three know how to drink so to say it was a mad time is an understatement. I got to see Niagara, share a house with 13 mad people, and bring my mate to hospital after she got ran down by a go kart (she worked at a go kart track) which resulted in a broken ankle and stitches in her leg!!

5. London - I moved over to London with the aim of working at the games. I worked at the games and loved it. It was a once in a lifetime experience. Apart from the games London was SHITE. It is not for me, and not for the boy. But I'll look at the bright side, and that is the games.

6. Croatia - I really really want to go here next summer for a few weeks to do some island hopping with the boy.

So that's that, I'm sure you can gather by now that I have pretty itchy feet, but I really believe that travel is important to broaden your horizons and to meet new people. I know that money dictates  this for many people but set up a wee holiday fund, take a leap of faith and enjoy your life while you are alive!!

Thursday, 25 July 2013

10 Day You Challenge - Day Four - 7 Wants

Well jaysus this should be easy, seven wants, I can name about a gazillion off hand! I'm going to go for the shallow side of this and leave out things like 'world peace' and 'freedom for all'.

One - I want to live in my own place. I have been living with my parents since getting back from London and I am craving my own space, I get on great with them, but at 27 I want to live by myself again!

Two - I don't just want, I need these - new converse dainty in white! I love cons and these are next on the list for sure!

Three - I want to travel Asia, I would love to be able to afford to take three - six months off and travel through Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos etc etc.

via Google Images

Four - I want to get the tattoo on my back covered up, I had it done when I was 17 and it needs to be hidden now! Have a new one all sketched out so should be starting it soon. Sugar skull baby!! I will stick up the before and after!

Five - I want to learn how to snowboard, and eventually do that jumping out of a helicopter on to a mountain. Think its called heliboarding! 

Six - A VW Van to tour around Europe in. Like a proper old school one that I can do up myself.


Seven - Ray Ban Wayfarers have been a want of mine for about three years but I just never seem to have that spare 150 quid lying around!


There ye go, if I pick any of these up, or move out, or jump out of a heli, I'll be sure to let you know!!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Paese Primer for Oily Skin ¦ Review

I cant quiet remember which one of the lovely ladies on twitter recommended this to me (shout out is it was you), but boy am I glad they did. 

Paese Matte Make-Up Base promises to mattify, smooth the skin surface, and hiding large pores in preparation for foundation application.  Like any primer essentially this means that you should get longer out of your foundation,
Paese is silicon based and contains vitamin E which according to the 'experts' restores skins youthful appearance. 

image via

Personally all I need from a primer is that it allows me to get longer out of my makeup, meaning that it will not be sliding off my face come lunch time. Well I can assure you Paese does that in a nutshell. 

I apply a small amount to my face after moisturising and give it a couple of mins to settle before applying foundation. It feels really smooth on the face, and gives my skin a more even texture. 

I'm not really fussed about the presentation of products but I must say this product feels more expensive than its price tag in the glass bottle with pump. The pump makes it very easy to control the amount of product you need also. 

Really can not recommend this highly enough, so if you have oily to combination skin this is defo a winner.

Its available in 15ml over on Cloud 10 beauty for a bargain €8.95.


Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Its all coming together ¦ Life Update

Haven't done a 'me' piece in quiet a while so thought I would share with you all what has been going on.

Work wise: Don't get me wrong, I am very happy to have a job, and am more than aware that I am not the only commuting, but MY commute was so long I was getting to the stage that I was so unhappy, my days were devoted to working, and that is not the way I want to love my life. 

I leave my house @ 6.20am to get the train.
The train gets me to Dublin in time to get the Luas to Abbey Street.
I then get the bus @ 8.05am from Eden Quay to Clonshaugh.
Start work at 9am, leaving for work 2 1/2 hours early, vom!

I get a lift towards fairview most evenings which means I can dash for the bus to Connolly.
Hop on the luas at Bus Aras.
Catch the 6.10 train.
Get a lift from the station, back in the house @ 6.50pm.
So I finish at five and get home just before 7pm.

Total travel of 4 1/2 hours per day, or 22.5 hours per week.

So anyway, I got me a car, finally, after 9 hard months of saving, I am back on the road. Wednesday was the first day to drive up and I made it to work in a record time of 50 mins, I simply cannot express how excited I was to have an extra hour in the bed, its amazing, and more importantly I will have time for me in the evenings!!! 

Education wise: You have probably seen me mention that I would ideally love a career in the disability sector, but life being what it is has not allowed me to do this with the degree and experience I hold. 

Basically since getting home I have contacted any disability services I can think of to find out what exactly I need to be employed by them. This was frustrating to say the least as most of them are employing people through community education schemes, and I was told by one that my best option was to quit my job to go unemployed for 6 months to be eligible for an internship. 

The internship/job bridge scheme in this country in my opinion is a complete shambles. I think that I should be allowed to apply for internships regardless of my employment status. It sometimes feels that having a degree that I worked very hard for is worth f all in this country. 

So instead of quitting my job and sitting voluntarily on my arse for six months, I have been flat out researching part time/distance learning degrees, and I am very glad to say that this week I was offered a place on a part time social care degree course in NUI Galway. I am under no illusion that this is going to be an easy feat between working full time and studying over the next four years, financially  it will be a struggle, but I am determined to keep working at getting the career I want. To say that I am excited to get back in to college mode is an understatement.

So all in all I feel like things are starting to fall in to place a bit more, and now believe more than ever that hard work really does pay off. No one is going to come to you and hand you all the things you want in life. Get up off your arse and make positive changes yourself. If you have to struggle for a while so be it, its better than sitting back and accepting things the way they are. Get rid of the negative attitude and take some positive steps. 

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Frillseeker Launch @ The Vintage Cocktail Club

Sooooo I was lucky enough to attend the launch of the fantabulous Frillseeker website launch last Wednesday @ the very swanky Vintage Cocktail Club in Temple Bar.

Frillseeker is the brainchild of Kirstie McDermott who you will probably know from, and my oh my what a job she has made of this site.

via Frillseeker on Facebook
It is somewhere I visit every day as it reflects all the nice ‘frills’ I want to eventually own (in my dreams) and reflects Kirstie's hilarious personality.

It was great to meet some bloggers that I have only known through twitter up until now so Hi y’alll!!! 

The style was fantastic at this event and its such a breath of fresh air to see people express themselves through their clothing, rather than just blend in with the crowd.

The Vintage Cocktail Club Templebar = swoon! Soooo 1920's that it makes me want to time travel back to that era, take out my tap shoes and give em the old razzle dazzel!! Flux capacitor anyone?? It looks like the kinda place you would need a secret knock and handshake to get in to, but I'm pretty sure you don't! I will def be returning to sample their cocktails!!

via Google Images

So basically a huge well done to the lady behind Frillseeker (and the ruin of my bank balance) !

Oh and not forgetting to say mucho thanks for the goodie bags, reviews to follow as always.

If you have not visited, I urge you to head over and check out Frillseeker this instant!

10 Day You Challenge - Day Three - 8 Fears

This is the biggest one, bees and wasps terrify me beyond belief… I can’t put my finger on the exact reason as to why they scare the crap out of me, but the buzzing is enough to see me running/swotting like a crazy woman.

Open water – this fear is after easing a good lot since travelling around a bit, but I still wouldn’t be too confident about swimming out in the open sea for ages. I don’t like not knowing where the bottom is.

Sitting on the inside of a stranger on any form of public transport especially a plane – ye know those crazy people you see legging it to the plane, well I am one of them, I like to get on the plane @ the back and have the outside seat, I cannot and will not sit on the inside of a stranger, it scares the life out of me.

First dates – thank god this is no longer an issue as I am the worst first date ever, I get in to the sweats, feel sick with nerves, and jabber on. I never found first dates enjoyable, ever, they are horrible scary things!

Holding new born babies, they are so small and I’m scared of dropping them really, I know when I own one it will be different, but I don’t want to break anyone elses!!

Walking home alone at night time – I’m really not a fan of this, like anyone could jump out at you, it just makes me very anxious. 

 My house getting robbed – I would rather sit beside a stranger covered in bees in a glass bottom plane, than have someone rob our house again. I have never experienced fear like this in my life, I didn’t sleep for months after, I am still not too comfortable sleeping in my parents over night by myself.

Confrontation – not a fan, I don’t like arguing with anyone, if I have to confront anyone I get really worked up and usually end up with a tension headache. Id rather avoid at all costs. 

I'm sure there are a 1000 other things I have a fear of, do you share any of these with me??

You can also check out Day 1 and Day 2 if you like!

Monday, 8 July 2013

10 Day You Challenge - Day 2 - Nine Loves

Day 2 - Nine Loves

There is a whole lot of stuff I love but I have tried to narrow it down to these few random ones!

One : Reeses peanut butter cups – Since the bro came home from America with peanut butter m&m’s a few years I have been in love with all things peanut butter and chocolate with my fave being these bad boys. Nom!

Two: Biffy Clyro – I first saw these guys a few years back supporting Bloc Party and they blew my mind. I have been obsessed ever since, and got myself a biffy tattoo a couple of summers ago! Mon the Biff!!

Three: Jess – look at her face, what is not to love!

Four: Peeling sunburn – I dunno what it is about peeling burnt skin but it’s very satisfying!

Five: Giving presents – especially DIY ones. I like to think of myself as a somewhat creative person and I love giving pressies that have a lot of thought behind them!

Six: The boy – soppy I know but just look at him, what’s not to love! I was the happiest singleton in the world but then i came across him and everything changed for the better!

Seven: Listening to music at high volume singing my heart out when no one is around!! If you pass by the house on a sat morning you may see me jumping around like a lunatic.

Eight: The Curragh is one of my favorite places ever and I cannot imagine living to far from it.

Nine: Pancakes – if I had to live on one food substance for the rest of my days it would be pancakes. I make pretty awesome ones too!!

You can check out my day 1: ten secrets here if you like!

Link me your posts if you are doing this too :)