Boots Haul ft. NYX, Collection & More

As I said in my previous Primark Haul I was in Dublin during the week and I was in SERIOUS need of some new make up bits. So I went to Boots and bought a little more than what I needed. We all make mistakes haha. Anyway here are all the bits I bought in Boots. By the way, if you live in Swords you NEED to go to the Pavillions Shopping Centre because the Boots there has a MASSIVE NYX stand now. It was like heaven.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick: I kind of thought I was more brave than I actually am regarding lipstick when I bought this shade ('sway'). I don't think I will ever ever wear this but it's such a cool colour and I wish I could pull it off, but I can't.

NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade: I'VE FINALLY FOUND THE PERFECT SHADE FOR MY EYEBROWS. I was going to get the shade 'espresso' but Dearbhla convinced me that I needed the darkest colour and it's perfect!

Rimmel #InstaFlawless: I have actually used this a few times already and I love it so much! It evens out your skin tine and gives it a dewy finish. I haven't used it on it's own yet but it gives off such a nice glow that I definitely think I will!

Rimmel Royal Blush: HOW DO YOU USE CREAM BLUSHES? I can't seem to get the hang of this just yet. I love the shade but it doesn't seem to sit right on my skin. Please help me.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder: I forgot how much I love this powder. I feel like it gives coverage as well as setting everything in place. I don't know why I ever stopped buying it.

Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation: I've had this foundation so many times before and I still love it. I love Collection because it is so inexpensive and the quality is very good. 

Collection Precision Contouring: I had absolutely nothing to contour with for about 3 weeks and it was heartbreaking. I bought this little contour stick because I've never used anything like it before. We'll see how it goes.

Collection Contour Kit Highlight & Sculpt: Absolutely love love love the highlight in this kit! The bronzer side is the perfect shade of contour for me YAY.

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer: Everyone knows I LIVE for Soap & Glory. This concealer is absolutely amazing which is no surprise. I remember we used it on one of the boys in Uni and he was like 'wtf???!!' it worked so well for him! I love it so much I can't even explain. 

Sleek Highlighting Palette (Precious Metals): Can we just take a minute TO CRY AT HOW BEAUTIFUL THIS IS??? I don't think I'll ever find anything as beautiful as this and I don't care. I'm obsessed with this. It's stunning.

Very Small Pennys Haul

I was in Dublin for two days during the week (hence my absence on my blog) and of course, I went shopping. My favourite place to shop when I visit Dublin is the Pavillions in Swords because it's not as busy as going into the city, it's nearby my aunt's house and it has every shop I could possibly want. The Pennys/Primark in the Pavillions is a lot bigger than the one we have at home and I always pick up bits here that nobody else seems to have (which is weird because it's Pennys). 

Sadly, I didn't actually buy that much this time, possibly because I spent sosososo much in Boots *cry* but I thought I'd share them anyway!

As soon as I saw this skirt I fell IN LOVE. Pennys are KILLING it with their button down A-line skirts at the mo which makes me so incredibly happy because they are my favourite thing to wear! And this colour! I am so excited to wear this skirt this Autumn because it is absolutely beautiful. I did buy a size 12 because that was the smallest size left and I was too in love with it not to buy it so it is preeeettty big on me (I'm a size 8-10) but I can work with it, I hope!

Everyone knows I'm a huge choker fan. I probably wear one every day and I own way more chokers than I could ever possibly need but when I saw this one I knew I needed just one more. It's the most beautiful thing I have ever seen and is a lot more elegant than you average choker. I literally want to wear this every where, AND it was only €5!!!!

Pennys candles are so fab because they smell yummy but are so inexpensive. I got Vanilla scent and Moroccan Oasis which are two scents I wouldn't usually go for (I normally like more fresh scents) but I thought they were comforting scents. Does that make sense? They make my room feel warm and cosy and they were both under €1 each. You would be silly not to pick up a few.

(P.S does anyone else find it really hard to write hauls? Like what are you meant to say? Also did anyone notice that the title of this blog post rhymes 'cos I'm so proud of it and you should be too. Props to me)

My Bucket List REVISITED | What I Want To Do Before I'm 25

Over a year ago I wrote a blog post talking about what I wanted to achieve before I turned 25 and although I'm still 6 years away from my deadline I thought it might be nice to revisit some of my goals to see how far I've come. (Read my Bucket List here).  Looking back at this post I am SO beyond pleased with myself with how far I've come in just over a year.

Start University in Galway:

I've just finished my first year in NUI Galway and I am incredibly happy in my course and with the people and met. I got through the most horrible year of my life AKA the Leaving Cert, I got my results and the points I needed and I am now doing the course of my dreams. I am so happy. I can't wait to start second year in September. 

Visit the Eiffel Tower:

After I wrote my bucket list last year my plans were to visit Paris for the first time ever and it was amazing! Although I didn't go up the Eiffel Tower (too many people aka anxiety) I did love just walking around it and sitting watching people. Paris, in general, was so beautiful and I would 100% go back again (please someone take me?) 

Continue learning and speaking en Francais:

One of the subjects I do as part of my BA Connect in college is French so yes, I have continued to learn and speak French but now, one year on, I absolutely despise the language and I wish I could drop it. I can't. 

Meet some blogging friends:

This one has still yet to happen but Niamh, Aisling, Jennie and I have been discussing meeting up which I am SO excited about because all we seem to do is talk on WhatsApp. I can't wait to finally meet these girls (and hear their accents!).

Go to Japan (for x amount of months):

This has obviously not happened yet, but it is currently in the works. I am hoping (emphasis on 'hoping') to spend next summer in Japan, possibly working in a summer camp. If not, I will 100% be spending some time in Japan when I'm finished college, in 3 years...

Overcome my anxiety:

While I still struggle every day with my anxiety, OCD and Trichotillomania I feel like I've come a very, very long way in coping and dealing with it in a much better way than before. I have put on weight and I am no longer unhealthily thin. I am now down to 5mg of Lexapro and I am hoping to come off my meds by the end of this year. I am pushing myself to do more and more things that are outside my comfort zone. I am in no way close to being free from my mental illness BUT I am a lot happier and healthier. 

I don't think it would be appropriate to discuss the healthy, happy relationship in this blog post seeing as I had that but not anymore. 

So that's my update. I have done a lot more than what I thought I would this soon. If you've done a bucket list on your blog leave the link in the comments below! 

Bad Mental Health Days & Update

I've been wanting to do a 'Life Update' post for a while but I always find them hard to do because 1. I don't know if anyone actually cares what I'm getting up to or how I'm feeling, and 2. I feel silly talking about these minuscule things. However, today I woke up and knew immediately I was going to have a bad day. Usually I wake up, boil the kettle and start into my to-do list. I get tonnes of blogging done, catch up on my emails and plan posts for the next few days. As I said, that's what usually happens. Bad mental health days usually start off the same but they feel different somehow , almost heavy, dark, like I'm being held back by a strong force. My heart feels heavy and to be completely honest, I just can't be bothered with anything. Today was one of those days. I woke up with this heaviness, boiled the kettle and looked about the kitchen for something to eat. I had a banana. To be honest, I don't know why I'm telling you this. I tried to sit down and blog today but the words didn't seem to flow. It feels stupid talking about a lipstick or what I'm wearing when I feel so awful. I have a list of blog posts to write and not one of them seems to work. I have so many emails to reply to but what's the point? I was going to bake but that seems like it would take too much effort. That's why I thought I would write this, it's not exactly an update but I guess it's an update on where my mental health is at. 

I know my blog is usually a happy place with beauty bits and what not, and usually when I feel like this I won't blog but why shouldn't I? I talk a lot about mental health on this blog but most of it is to do with recovery and today I realised I'm not recovered. Yes, I am dealing with my anxiety. I can go to the shop with little worry now. I can go a few hours without pulling out my hair. i'm coming off my medication. Despite all this however, I'm not recovered and why should I act like everything is perfect? Recovery isn't about being instantly 'normal'. It's a journey, and a tough one at that. I have good days but I also have bad days where all I want to do is stay in bed watching Netflix and cuddling up with Chester, and that's okay. I would rather do that than risk my mental health, pushing myself to do things I don't feel well enough for and possibly have a breakdown. 

Maybe it's because I've been home alone a lot recently. Maybe it's because I feel like my father wants nothing to do with me and I don't know why. Maybe it's because I miss my friends from college. Maybe it's because I feel like my blog will never be good enough. Maybe it's none of these things or maybe it's all of these things. Maybe I need to stop trying to understand my bad mental health days and instead just let myself have one. I am entitled to be sad for a day, just like everyone else. 

I know this post is rather pointless and uninteresting and probably pretty depressing but I felt like I wanted to share a bad day on my blog. Usually I'm the happiest gal going. I'm annoying and chatty and motivated and friendly, but on a bad mental health day I'm none of these things and that's okay. It's okay to be sad as long as you're ready and willing to pick yourself up again and fight to overcome your illness because you deserve to be happy. I deserve to be happy. 

Inglot Freedom System Palette

Recently my best friend gave me my birthday present (my birthday was in December but anyway) and what she got me was the Inglot Freedom System Palette with four single Inglot eye shadows (and an Inglot make up lesson which I can't wait for but I'll talk about that at some other time). I've been using the palette non-stop recently because the shades she got for me speak to my soul and I'm obsessed. Today I thought I would talk about the palette as I've never really tried anything from Inglot before for whatever reason (seriously remind me why I don't own every Inglot eye shadow because I've been missing out!)

So basically the Freedom System palette gives you a chance to create your own palette, which can often be expensive but considering I got the four slot palette, costing €8 and four shadows, each costing between €6 and €8, my palette cost a total of €36 which isn't bad at all considering the size and quality of the shadows themselves.

So the four shadows she got for me were: 

Freedom Eye Shadow 430 (Gold)

Freedom System Rainbow Eye Shadow 116

The palette itself is magnetic which I love, as the shadows slot in easily and you don't have to worry about them falling out and breaking. The palette is compact and easily stored. There's something satisfying about it being a square shape. Is that just me? 

I don't have the black shade swatched, or in the actual palette as my sister was using it
The shadows themselves are extremely pigmented and easy to blend. They are quite smooth and there's is literally no fall out whatsoever which is amazing, and really hard to come by, especially with darker shades like 306 and 117. 

I've been using 430 and 116 so much. I absolutely love golden shades as they really bring out the green in my eyes and I think 116 is the perfect base/transition shade. I haven't used the black shade AS MUCH because I find black doesn't really suit me (it brings back horrible memories from my 'emo' phase where I wore black on my lid and under my eye). 

I can't talk highly enough of these shadows. I love love love them. For anyone who hasn't tried out Inglot's eye shadows I seriously recommend them. They are such high quality with such an affordable price tag!