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Physical self-care is a thing I speak a lot about, I have built my blog around it and it's something that I have a great love for and can easily discuss with anyone who will listen. Mental self-care is always that little bit more difficult for most of us. We naturally like to appear that everything is peachy and we're handling it, but sometimes it's really okay to admit that we're not. Mental self-care is something that needs to be constant of course, but we're human and we slip up. We concentrate on other things and we forget to take care of ourselves.

For those times when I'm feeling down or can't seem to escape anxiety, whether it just be for a few days or a few months, there are some things I try to do to help ease it and make myself feel a little more grounded if I can.

There are situations that can plunge us into depressive states; whether it be a shitty job, a college course that's not what you thought it would be, or the people you surround yourself with that just aren't working for you anymore. I'm a strong believer in taking yourself out of situations that make you miserable. I mean, of course not everyone can say they skip to work every day and some things are just meant to be challenging - but if something is making you dread every day or making you cry when you shouldn't be crying, we have to agree that it can't be healthy.
Taking a step back, whether it be for a period of time or for good, is something I fully support. It gives you time to reflect, figure out why it made you feel this way, and what you can do to help yourself. 
Do not be ashamed to take a step back. It's not something to be embarrassed about and just shows that you have the strength to prioritise yourself over all.



primark, penneys, aw16, autumn, winter, press day

Last week I was invited along to Penneys HQ to have a sneak preview of their brand new AW16 collection. Now the thoughts of anything to do with Winter are enough to make me crawl up into a ball and start hibernation early this year, however, Penneys has given me hope in the form of fabulous coats and beautiful bags.

As always, the scene in the showroom was perfection. There was screen printing for everyone to try out and take home, delicious food, and incredibly well thought out and well put together displays.

The four main womenswear trends for AW are:

Winter Garden
Very lady-like chic with masculine vibes. Think vintage style prints with lots of layering, round neck tees under skimpy spaghetti strap dresses and full length masculine coats.

90's nostalgic goodness. Think sports luxe, classic trainers, fun-sized backpacks, slogan jerseys and oversized puffa jackets. Red, navy and white are the stand-out colours of this collection.



Maybe I'm just nosey, but as soon as I find a Blogger or Youtuber that I think I might like, I dig through their site to see if they have either a "50 Facts" or a "Q&A" post up, and basically decide whether or not I'm going to follow them based on how well I can relate to them from there. I have literally always done it. So this is why it's so baffling to me that I never even thought to do one of those posts on my own blog.

It took me forever but I finally thought of some, so please be as nosey as you wish and read my 50 facts below!

1. I'm 22, my birthday is September 28th 1993, making me a Libra.

2. I was born and raised in Dundalk which is in County Louth, Ireland, and I've been living in South Dublin now for a year and a half.

3. I live with my boyfriend/best friend, Matthew, we've been together for 3 years and 9 months now. 

4. We also live with our 10 month old kitten Willow - named after Alyson Hannigan's character in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

5. I have 3 younger sisters and a baby brother who is only 9 weeks old!



morphe 35o palette, review, kat von d, copper, limecrime, anastasia beverly hills, mac lightscapade

Copper eye looks are obviously massively popular at the minute, and if there is one product out there that emulates the trend, it's the Morphe 35O palette. I picked up the highly sought after staple a while back, and since then they have been some of my most used eyeshadows.

I am all about warm tones, personally I feel like cool tones can look a little odd on me, browns in particular, so this palette is like a dream come true. The possibilities are endless - I use it for every look from subtle brown smokey eyes, to all-out-drag sunset orange looks.

I ordered directly from the Morphe website which yes, is USA based and the postage costs almost as much as the palette, but considering the palette is only $22.99 it's still such a steal.
It contains 35 1" shadows in a mixture of shimmers and mattes. Morphe have actually released the stunning matte-only and shimmer-only versions of this palette if one is more up your street than the other.



uncommon goods, cinema lightbox, pyropet, kisa, homeware, haul,

It's no secret that since moving in to my little apartment just over a year ago, I have become a self-proclaimed homeware obsessive. I never thought I would be the type of girl to choose spending my spare cash on decorative bowls and house plants rather than on clothes and shoes, yet here we are.

When I was first introduced to Uncommon Goods I was like a kid in a sweet shop. I spent hours browsing through their site which is filled with the most unique stand-out pieces, with everything from furniture to jewellery.

They are a Brooklynn, New York based company who specialise in "unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people" and about one-third of their entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials.

 I ordered two pieces, this Cinema Lightbox* and this Pyropet Candle*.

I spotted the Lightbox in a few of my favourite Youtuber's and Blogger's videos and posts recently and just thought it would make a really unusual touch in decorating for holidays, events or parties. It comes with a ton of letters, numbers and symbols and is battery powered - although it looks fab lit up or not!

If you haven't heard of Pyropets, please, look up pictures ASAP. They are essentially adorable animal shaped, pastel coloured candles, that when lit reveal a gnarly metal skeleton of the animal beneath the wax, which you can then keep as a totally new ornament. I love this idea. I chose Kisa, which is of course a cat. I actually already own a Pyropet Kisa in pink which I picked up in Urban Outfitters about two years ago. However, I have never had the heart to burn it because I actually love how it looks as a cat candle. So I picked up the grey one from Uncommon Goods so I have one to keep and one to burn!



Anyone from a top makeup artist, to a simple enthusiast like me, can tell you that when it comes to makeup - your tools are key. You can have the best pieces from the best brands, but you really won't get the most out of them without some great brushes to apply them with.
So I thought I would show you my little collection! I think I have gathered a good base of brushes over the years. I have most of what some would call "the basics" and although I will still always have a wishlist the length of my arm, I'm happy with what I have!

I had a brush clear-out not too long ago to get rid of any haggard, loose or shedding pieces, but some of these brushes are still 6 years old and going strong!

Zoeva - The Complete Set - €115
My most recent purchase. Well, gift, Matt got them for me for Christmas just gone! I had been drooling over this set for almost a year before actually getting it - it's just a fantastic base set. I definitely believe that every brush collection needs a set or kit with all the basics included, and then you can build your own bits up from there. This is a brilliant starting point, and very reasonably priced considering the amount of brushes you get and the quality.
This kit contains 15 brushes for both face and eyes, 4 of which are natural/synthetic mixes, whilst the rest are all either vegan synthetic or vegan taklon hairs. The handles of the face brushes are also almost travel sized as they're so short, they barely peak out of the top of my brush holders!
These brushes are sturdy and obviously very well made, I can really see them lasting me years. My favourites from this set have to be the 104, 227 and the 317.



acne story, skincare routine, garnier, murad, image, skin ceuticals, lush, glamglow, oily skin, irish beauty

My skincare routine is a post that I have wanted to write up since I first started my blog. However, I have also purposely put it off until now because up until a few months ago it was something that I was still really battling with. Skin care is something that everyone has to trial and find exactly what works for them, but with problem skin this can unfortunately take years. As I suffer with acne and persistently oily skin, this is something that I have been trying to get right for so long. My acne is hormonal, and not a single other person in my family has anything less than perfect skin, so my journey with it and trying to find what works and what doesn't has been a damn difficult one! If you don't want to read the story of my skin that's cool, just skip ahead to the products under the picture below!

So lets start with a bit of background info; I first started showing signs of acne when I was about 11/12 years old, making this ongoing for about 11 years now. It started with some congestion on my forehead and over the next few years grew into acne of my face, chest, back, arms and thighs, with areas of painful cystic acne. It was horrific during bad spells, and because it started when I was so young there wasn't a whole lot I could do about it apart from dabbing a bit of witch hazel on it. It wasn't uncommon for me to come home after school with spots of blood all over my uniform shirt from blemishes on my back and shoulders. It was such a kick to my confidence at an already awkward age.

It was probably at it's worst on my body when I was 15. My chest was absolutely covered in huge cystic blemishes which spread around the tops of my arms to my shoulders, making it impossible to wear bras or anything that wasn't baggy t-shirts for a lot of the time. This is when my Doctor put me on the contraceptive pill Dianette, which although isn't advised for long term use, worked wonders. This pill is often prescribed to people suffering from acne as an alternative to anti-biotics or other medications. It took about 4 months to start working, but once it did my acne almost completely cleared up.