Friday, 9 December 2016

NYX Liquid Lipstick Review

So a couple of week ago I decided to treat myself to a couple of new lipsticks. I've had my eye on some NYX lippy shades for a while and this time I just thought i'd take the plunge and get a couple. I've never owned a liquid lipstick before nor have I owned anything from NYX so I was rather excited to try something new. I'm a bit late jumping on the bandwagon I'm aware but I wanted to share with you the things that I love and dislike about them.

This lip shade is from the Soft matte collection and is perfect for autumn and winter months due to its plummy berry shade. It looks lovely on the lips, when applying it goes on smoothly with no streaks. However it is a bit drying on the lips but out of the two it is the least drying, it also takes a while to dry completely. For me personally the negatives don't put me off that much because I absolutely adore this colour on me and I do love the product.

This lip shade is from the Liquid Suede collection and I know I'll be wearing this colour at any time of the year. I'd say this is a dupe for Velvet teddy as it looked quiet similar when I had it on my lips BUT I think I'm the only person that can't tell the difference between all nudes, they all look the same to me. But back to the product. I absolutely love this shade, as I'm a big nude lipstick fan, but this one is very drying, it doesn't feel very pleasent so I'm not a big fan. This one also takes a while to dry but even when it's dry to me it feels quiet sticky on the lips and that's a big factor to put me off. I'm not overly all that impressed with their suede collection so I don't think i'll be trying any more shades any time soon.

Out of the two, they're completely different shades and I absolutely adore both colours but Budapest has to be my favourite overall. I'm highly impressed with the Soft matte collection, I'd like to invest in some other colours because I've fallen in love already.

What was your favourite out of the two? Have you tried any of the NYX liquid lipsticks? Let me know your thoughts.

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Friday, 2 December 2016

Back to blogging (life update)

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Hey lovelies,

It's been a while since I last blogged so this is going to be a short chatty post just to let you know where I'm at now if any of you have an ounce of interest.

ANYWAY, the reason why I left without an explanation is because I moved up to Liverpool for University and just got caught up in everything, so much was going on and I found it hard to juggle multiple things about because there was meeting new people and getting to know them, easing myself into my new course, as well as adjusting this this new environment and living away from home with people I've just met for the first time. Let's just say I went through a roller coaster of emotions. I didn't 'party hard' neither, I'm basically already a granny at the age of 20, wow. 

In that short space of time, I found myself becoming more and more unhappy and feeling really low that I isolated myself and didn't really socialise as much as I should have done, hence why I didn't live up to the student life drinking the majority of the time. So I've taken myself away from the situation and decided to come back home and commute to uni instead, it just wasn't for me, not yet anyway. Moving back home has to be one of the best decisions I've ever made with regards putting my happiness first, if I'd have stayed it would have only got worse. However now I'm feeling miles better, I can't help but feel like I'm missing everyone and that I'm away from everything. Just wish there was a way to meet in the middle were i'm in a happy mental state but still get to stay close with all my friends and go out and all that jazz even if I am living at home. 

So yeah I'm back home, feel like i'm me again, finally returning to blogging but drowning in assignment after assignment, and no money creeping into my overdraft because I can't manage my money to save my life. 

Hope you're all well and have a lovely weekend, sending all my love x

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Friday, 2 September 2016

Why I'm Not Ready To Adult

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If you didn't already know in 2 weeks time I'm going to University. So that means in 2 weeks time I'll be moving out of my family home and moving in to Student accommodation with 5 other complete strangers that could be potential friends of mine. Now let me tell you I am absolute terrified and I'm absolutely not ready for this big step in life but when will I ever be ready? I think the best thing for me now is to just throw myself in the deep end learn how to deal with it basically. Change can be good right? So I thought considering 99% of my blog posts are lists that I would write, yes another list blog post on reasons why I'm not ready to become an Adult. 

1. I don't know how to manage money to save my life 

2. My mum still has to ring the doctors for me 

3. I can't get through the day unless I've slept in till past dinner time or I've had an afternoon nap

4. Never used a washing machine in my life 

5. I avoid cooking at all costs 

6. Somehow I still manage to miss my mouth and spill food down myself 

7. I still have to sleep with the landing light on 

8. I refuse to talk on the phone with strangers 

9. Cleaning? HAHAHA 

10. When I hear the word work/job I want to curl up into a ball 

Wish me look on my 'new beginning' cause I'm going to need it!

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Monday, 29 August 2016

3 Fears I Need To Work On

Hey my lovelies! 

So I've had 3 weeks off blogging and I thought it was time to make an appearance again (this is also an unplanned post). I've had some time to reflect on how I've been feeling and what's been causing me to feel like that an I've sussed it. I now just need to figure out a away how I can cope with all these emotions before I explode and stop worrying about stuff before it's even happened. I need to just chill the fuck out basically. So I saw a lovely girl called Kate create a post '5 Fears I Need To Work On' and I thought why not create my own version? This would be perfect for me right now and I've learnt by writing things down it really helps me. This post is purely for me but I hope you enjoy reading it. 

Before I start another blog post that has helped me MILLIONS recently is 'Things to Tell Yourself When You Overthink Everything' If you're a big over thinker like I am then you need to check this out. 

RIGHT. I'll get on with it then 

Fear of everyone leaving me
Now this may sound silly to some people but throughout my life people have left me willingly. I think it may have something to do with my dad because he's not around anymore. I'm moving out in a couple of weeks and for some reason it's like as if I've got in my head that my mums not going to be around anymore and I have to do everything all by my self with no support. I know it's silly but I can't help worrying. 

Fear of people not liking me 
I don't know what it is but I just want people to like me. I'm not a horrible person I've been described as caring and that I have a loving heart, I wouldn't go out of my way to upset anyone or hurt them, that's just not my thing. But you know them people that treat you like shit and walk all over you and decide they don't like you because you're an 'easy target' yeah. 

Fear of change 
This is the biggest one I need to work on asap. I've got some big changes in my life happening right now and I'm finding it so hard to accept this, it's out of my comfort zone. The change of moving away and going to University is supposed to be a positive thing but my brain is making it a negative thing and I'm feeling all kinds of things and acting in all kinds of different ways. Like I said before I just need to chill out and stop worrying. 

What fears do you need to work on?

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Friday, 26 August 2016

Self Care Tips

One of the most talked about topics as of late has been self-love. Everyone is preaching about it, and there are blog posts, YouTube videos, and articles flying left, right, and centre. So, what exactly is self-love, and why are we all going stark-raving mad over it? Well, that's what you're going to find out about today!

I'm going to be sharing 5 of my top tips with you in the hope that you will feel more educated, and also more positive about yourself, and who you are from now on. I mean, that's what we all want in an ideal world, right?

We all deserve a lil self-loving, but it's so incredibly hard to actually give it to ourselves. We often put others first, and we completely neglect our own needs, because we feel as though people would label as us 'selfish', or 'vain', when that isn't the case at all. We are 100% entitled to looking after our minds, and our bodies, because if we don't, then who else will? You only live once (yep, I'm afraid I'm using that well-known phrase that most people now hate - oops!), so you might as well make the most of it whilst you have the chance!

1. Have a pamper evening - Nothing screams me time more than a good ol' pamper evening. I'm a sucker for them myself, and it's now nearing towards the Autumn/Winter months, it makes perfect sense that you treat yourself once a week. Of course, you can have a pamper evening as often, or as sporadically as you want, but I would suggest having one at the end of every week, just to reflect, and then wind down, ready for a weekend away from school, college, or work! Ahh, I can almost feel the relaxation already. There are many different ways that you can choose to have a pamper evening, but I know that I've got a personal favourite that works, and so that's what I'm going to be sharing with you! I think I'm going to start having one every Friday night once school starts properly again (ugh, I can almost feel all the groans coming from behind the screen), just so that I can switch off, and forget about the week that has just passed. It also gives you something to look forward to, so it could work as a sort of motivational technique - who knows? The closer we get towards Autumn, and Winter, the colder the weather starts to get, which can only mean one thing - bath time! Finally, it's going to be socially acceptable for me to start having regular baths again. I honestly can't wait. Lush just keeps on calling my name recently, and I can definitely feel a splurge coming along. When I run my bath, I like to make sure it's either a really nice colour, or as bubbly as it can possibly be. Lush do all sorts of different oils, bath bombs, and bubble bars, so I'm sure you will be able to find just the one for you. I like to go for the calming scents when I'm having a pamper evening, so anything with lavender, or essential oils will do just fine for me. I then like to have a read, scroll through my phone, or just simply lay there, and soak (see what I did there?) in the atmosphere. You could light yourself some candles, and put them to the side, read a girly magazine, listen to some spa music, or simply just practise some breathing techniques. I then like to use a facemask, shave my legs, wash my body, and do all those sorts of things until I want to get out. I then usually have a hot chocolate with cream, and marshmallows, and some cookies, get into bed, watch some telly, read blogs, or do something else, and just chill in bed. Of course, I light a candle, and put my fairy lights on, but that's just obvious, right? Your pamper evening is your excuse to do whatever you want, and take time to focus on you. Maybe it would be a good idea to step away from social media during that time. You should practise some mindfulness instead, by using either the Calm, or the Headspace app. I'm sure you will begin to notice a considerable difference!

2. Focus on the positives about yourself - It's far too often that we talk, and think negatively about ourselves as individuals. We are our worst critics, but if we don't make a conscious effort to change that, then it will always remain that way. It's important to think about the things that make us who we are, and the things that make us unique, whether they're physical, or in terms of our personality. Sticking up post-note reminders around your mirror, or in a place that you will see them regularly may really help them to stay in your brain, and then you will be able to think about them much more often, so eventually, the negative thoughts won't seem as overwhelming, or obvious. Maybe you have beautiful, big eyes that you always get complimented on? What about your sense of humour, and how you have the ability to make everyone in the room laugh at any given moment? You could have a really kind, generous heart to the point where you are always there for your friends, and family, if ever they need you. Think about it. I want you to write down at least 6 things on some post-it notes. 6 is your minimum amount, but hopefully you can think of even more!

3. Write things down - It may sound quite pointless, but writing things down really can help you so much if you're struggling with practising self-love. Write down your thoughts, and feelings in a private place. For those of you who keep a diary, this may be easier for you, but even if you don't, you can just make notes on your phone, or on your laptop! You can be as honest as you want without anybody else knowing, and that's the beauty of it. If you're having a bad day, write about it. You can always delete it, or burn the paper afterwards. It may help you to rationalise your thoughts, and then you will begin to realise what's bothering you, and you can work out ways to target them. Write down what's bothering you, and then also try to come up with a solution, if you can. You never know, it could become a regular thing, and before you know it, you might start keeping a diary if this tip works out!

4. Take care of your body - As I mentioned in the introduction, we often neglect our bodies, because we are too busy putting others first, and taking care of them, rather than ourselves. We only get one body - that's a given. However, we have the choice to look after it, and nourish it, or take no notice of it, and neglect it. I know that I'd rather look after my body, and nourish it, so that's exactly what I'm going to try, and do from now on. Rather than picking up that chocolate bar, because it's right in front of you, take some time out of your day to prepare yourself a fresh fruit salad. Instead of eating pancakes with chocolate spread, lemon, and sugar on them, and then downing a chocolate milkshake (please don't judge me), why don't you opt for a bowl of fruit, and yogurt with a glass of milk, or water instead? That's what I'm doing. It's all about making a conscious effort to improve things for the better. It's your body, and it's your job to look after it, and treat it well. It needs to last you a lifetime! Try getting out some more. The fresh air will do you good, and you will be getting exercise too. I know I sound so cliché right now, but it's so important, and so true. Keep hydrated, and make the right decisions by putting nutritious goods into your body. Have unhealthy foods in moderation, but don't overdo it, and don't have smaller portions of healthy foods. That's never a good thing!

5. Set small goals each day to achieve the things that you want - This is honestly such a key thing to do. If you ever want to get anywhere in life, then you have to start small, with the basics. It's all about those baby steps, otherwise you will end up leaping too far, and getting no-where. For example, if you want to own your own café one day, then you have to start off at home. Try baking the most simple of recipes, and then try them in bigger proportions, then for your friends, and family, then more complex ideas, and so on. As you make progress, and develop, then you will be able to work your way up, and you will feel self-love as a result of all the effort, and hard work. Feeling pride is such an amazing thing, and if you set yourself small goals each day, then you will be able to feel that pride much more often, and the results will be visible!

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Dublin Photo Diary

My name is Róisín (pronounced Row-ShIan) but you can call me Ró (Row). I am a 17 year old lifestyle and beauty Blogger who lives in an island called Ireland. My blog is

Last week, I was in Dublin for a few days (you may have known if you follow me on Snapchat totally_ro). I love the city life, especially being able to walk to different places to the shop, bus etc. etc.. Here are a few photos from my stay in Dublin.

I love the Botanic Gardens, I haven't been there in a 4 years. It is such a wonderful place to walk around and it you're like me, someone who loves taking photos, there are a lot of amazing photo opportunities there, as you can see from all the photos.

This is the place to go this year because of the commemorations of 1916, the most famous Irish rebellion. I am not a history nerd but I loved how we were told about the history of the prison and how if you had money and power prison wasn't that bad as you could pay your way out of it. The prison itself was eery and interesting.

Can you tell I like weird poses?

This musical was amazing, hilarious and way better than the movie. The costumes, props, staging and actors were all incredible. I loved the music but I hadn't heard of it before.


Since we had brought 2 dogs with us (my own dog Buster and my cousin's dog Ruby), we had to walk them every day. One of the days we went to Marley Park, it is this huge park beside the motorway. I was surprised to see a little forest in the middles of it.

Since I was only a 5 minute walk from the cinema, I decided to go twice. I am a huge child at heart and I ended up going to see Finding Dory and The BFG, I loved both of them but I enjoyed Finding Dory a little more.

I had a wonderful and relaxing time in Dublin.

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Friday, 19 August 2016

How To Cope On A Bad Day

We all have bad days.
Every single one of us has been caught beneath that charcoal-toned cloud, hopelessly following us around, creating a glass-half-empty attitude in which we find the smallest, most normal actions sending us into a whirl of annoyance and frustration that no amount of motivational quotes can drag us out from.  Some of us experience light drizzle, others find themselves drenched in the downpour.
But here’s something we all need to remember, and something I often try to remind myself: Even in our darkest hours: although the clouds may be blocking the sun, the sun still exists, and it WILL come out again.
There are endless reasons and components to someone struggling; from something as typical as ‘waking up on the wrong side of the bed’ to more serious cases of anxiety and depression, and when you feel like that the last thing you need is someone telling you how to be happy! So, I’m not here to tell you how to be happy… I am here to share some tips and tricks that have helped me, and I hope that in some way, they can help you too.

1. Headphones & Long Walks
When you feel like you’ve hit rock bottom, more often than not the only thing you want to do is just lay in bed, put the covers over your head and stay there, just praying that the feeling will go away in time. It’s so easy to tell someone to get up and do something proactive if you don’t understand how they’re feeling, but if you can muster up the energy you can change your whole outlook. The best thing you can possibly do is motivate yourself to get up, get dressed, grab a bottle of water, throw in my headphones and take some time out in the fresh air. Science shows that you really should stop and smell the roses, as the many scents from surrounding flowers and trees can decrease stress and promote relaxation.
Pick yourself a good song, one that uplifts you, even if for only three minutes. My bad day song is ‘Send Me on my Way’ by Rusted Root, always a winner!

2. Pen to Paper
For years and years I kept a diary, I found it the most effective way of releasing all of my thoughts and fears, without having to worry about what people would think or say. If you don’t want to talk to anyone about your problems, then it’s a really positive alternative to bottling things up. Sometimes, you’ll find yourself writing pages and pages, just to look at it, tear it up and dispose of it. This is fine! The most important thing is that you’ve addressed some of the issues that have been bringing you down.

3. Digital Detox
It’s a fairly common routine nowadays to wake up, grab your phone and scroll through social media. For some people, it’s an imperative start to their day, part of my job involves being highly active on social media, so the first thing I do is check what is going on in the world of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. However, I don’t know about you, but too often I find myself fixated on the lives of other people, comparing myself to others and beating myself up about my lack of success, money and ability to draw on the perfect eyebrows.
Social media is a fantastic hub, there’s no denying that, but sometimes we just need to take a little break. A bad day can be dramatically improved just by putting our heads out the window and experiencing the real world.

4. Long Hugs & Friends
We all have that one person that we go to in a crisis, whether it’s a family member or a best friend. Sometimes, all we need is a big cup of tea, a long cuddle and someone to tell us that they are there for us, and are listening. Surrounding yourself with positive people is a wonderful way of increasing your own positivity and making that half-empty glass just the tiniest bit fuller. There are so many clichés about a problem shared being a problem halved, but it is true. Talking is so important. 

5. Be Kind to Yourself
It’s so easy to say isn’t it? ‘Be kind to yourself’. But how can you, when it feels like your whole world is tumbling down and you’re blaming yourself for its collapse?  Well, you can start by stopping beating yourself up! Start by making a small difference, whether your accomplishments at the moment come in the form of tidying your desk at work, or just managing to get dressed, every achievement is noteworthy. Listen to people when they try and lend you support, even if you don’t want to hear it, you deserve to hear kind words. Most importantly, remember back to a time you felt like this before, and then remember back to a time when you felt amazingly happy – you managed to get yourself into that position before, believe in yourself that you can do it again, even if it only means, for now, popping up an umbrella and letting it catch some of that rain.

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