The Summer Switch Up

IMG_0758 IMG_0765 Yep, I said it. Summer. At last. Although the rainy weather in Ireland doesn’t quite show it, the calendar says that summer is here. Along with the change in season comes a change in your makeup bag. Warmer climates and longer days mean makeup has to work harder than before, all while looking natural and making you feel great.

There’s a few things that I do every year to switch up my makeup bag that make all the difference in how my makeup looks, lasts and feels.

  1. Primer – A good primer is the key to making your makeup last. Isa Dora Face Protect Primer has SPF 35, so it saves you from having to apply a separate sunblock. If you’re looking for a flawless base, Benefit Porefessional smooths out any pores and blemishes, leaving a blank canvas for foundation.
  2. Foundation – I’m a full coverage gal all year round, but in summer my foundation changes from heavy full coverage to light full coverage or a BB cream. I swap MAC Studio Fix for NARS Tinted Moisturiser or Bobbi Brown BB Cream, which gives the coverage of a foundation while providing SPF 35 and extra skincare benefits.
  3. Blush – Put away your powders, cream blush is your new best friend. It’s super easy to apply (you can just use your fingers) and gives a lovely healthy glow to the cheeks. I love MAC Lip & Cheek Colour in Keep It Loose.
  4. Contour – I love a good contour as much as Kim K does, but during the warmer months a full contour routine sometimes just isn’t necessary. Dust Benefit Hoola bronzer under the cheekbones, along the temples and around the outside of the face for a natural, bronzed look.
  5. Brows – This isn’t totally necessary, but if you can’t be seen without your brows filled in and arched, invest in a budge-proof brow gel. Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade stays in place all day long and won’t come off with just a swipe across your forehead.
  6. Eyeshadow – If the sun happens to rear its head, the last thing you want to be doing is blending your eyeshadow inside. Grab a cream eyeshadow, like Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze, and smear it all over the lid with your index finger. Use your middle finger to blend it out and voila, you’re good to go.
  7. Mascara – Hot days = sweaty faces, let’s not deny it. To avoid the panda-eye look, use a waterproof mascara such as Maybelline The Falsies. It’ll stay in place all day and won’t budge if you decide to go for a swim.

As for powder and lipstick, they remain pretty much the same. I love switching up my makeup for summer – everything is so much lighter, brighter and prettier. Although, that doesn’t mean I don’t bring my whole makeup kit with me for a two-week stay…

Top 10 Drugstore & High End Favourites

For someone who has drawers full of makeup and can’t leave Boots without at least one thing, choosing my top 10 drugstore products and top 10 high end products was quite a challenge. Have a watch and see my favourite products in my most recent YouTube videos! I hope you enjoy! <3

The Friday Five – Flowers, Food & Friends!

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Well, well, well – what a week it has been! Things have been pretty quiet around these parts over the past seven days but on the outside of WhatSheDoesNow, everything has been super busy! Let me fill you in with The Friday Five:

1. My amazing friend Emma hosted a brunch for myself and my bestie Jen this morning (see the first picture) and it was literally out of this world. I was so close to going home to get my blog camera and taking proper pictures! She made delicious spinach pancakes (yep, spinach!) and had all of the trimmings. It was so good to catch up and it was one of those “I’m so grateful to have these people in my life” moments.

2. I picked up a gorgeous bunch of peonies on Grafton Street on Tuesday and they have been one of my highlights of the week. They are so beautiful and I can’t stop taking photos of them! Plus, they smell so nice and the scent fills the room. One for every room, please.

3. Last night was the first ever Irish Beauty Blog Awards and I’m still in shock to say that I was nominated for Best Content, along with the biggest bloggers in Ireland. It was an amazing night in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland and was the biggest achievement of my blog to date! Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me and allowed me to come this far, it’s incredible! The dress I wore was from Oh My Love on ASOS (picture 3) and I loved it.

4. After a long six months, on Tuesday it was finally time for me to get a fresh set of extensions in. I’ve had Great Lengths three times, and while I loved them I thought I’d go for a change and try Gold Fever. The lovely Valerie in Cowboys and Angels applied them for me and did my colour and I’m so so happy with it.

5. Myself and my friend Jen have gotten into full summer body mode with our holiday less than two months away (eek!) and we’ve been going to the gym together and making a conscious effort to eat healthier. Staying motivated is so much easier when you’ve someone to go to the gym with! We went to Chopped in Fairview after one gym session, and I was so impressed. I got a delicious healthy(ish) brownie and smoothie, and Jen had a gorgeous salad and kale chips. We also went a bit mad in the supplement shop in the gym and are slowly making our way through all of the Quest bar flavours.

How was your week? Let me know in the comments below! Here’s to hoping next week is as good as this one!

5 Things to Put a Smile On Your Dial

Coffee and laptopWe all know the feeling – you’ve had a bad day, you car broke down and you got soaked on your way to work. Or maybe you feel great and you just want to add little things into your life to make your day better. There’s a few things that I do every week that pick my spirits up when I’m down, or lift my mood even higher if I’m feeling good.

Whether you’re up or down, try a few of these things to help to make your day as best as it can be.

  1. Get fresh flowers – Head down to your local market and get a cheap bunch of pretty flowers. Put them in a nice vase or split the bunch and scatter them in glasses around the house. They’ll make you feel good every time you see them (as well as being a potential Instagram pic).
  2. Use your favourite mug – It might be just me, but using my favourite mug always makes me smile a little. Even better, buy a new mug so you’ve two to choose from. Penneys do super cute cheap mugs, I’m starting to collect them all.
  3. Send someone a nice text – I love doing this. As cheesy as it is, I love texting my friends and family and telling them thank you for something they’ve done for me, or just to say that I’m so thankful to have them in my life. It makes me feel good to know that I’ve made someone else feel good.
  4. Get baking – The result doesn’t always turn out well, but I still really enjoy the process of baking. Flick through some cookbooks or look online to find a really nice (preferably chocolaty) recipe. If you want to bake without the guilt, I’d suggest going onto deliciouslyella.com. She has so many amazing recipes (like sweet potato brownies) that taste as good as the real thing and don’t leave you with a sugar hangover.
  5. Make a plan – I’m the kind of person who loves to be organized, so making plans is one of my favourite things to do. Writing down what you want to do or achieve, whether it be long or short term, is a sure fire way to get you excited and motivated.

Depending on the kind of person you are, you probably either love or hate these five things! But it’s all about finding what works for you. Next time you’re doing something, think to yourself “Is this making me happy?” If it is, then great – keep doing it! If not, try to change it so that it becomes something you enjoy, or find something else to do.

What are your favoruite things to do that make you happy? Let me know in the comments below!

How to Make Your Paycheck Last

IMG_0722It’s barely a week past payday and already you’re counting down the days until the end of the month. Sound familiar? Making your paycheck last at least 30 days isn’t always easy, especially when you’ve a habit to go shopping on the first day and splurge it all at once. Guilty.

However, there are a few things that you can do to make them dollar bills last a little longer, and not leave you rationing the pennies as the month draws to a close.

  1. Prepare your meals – I’d say if I looked at a breakdown of what I spend my money on, quite a large chunk would go towards coffees, smoothies, snacks and lunches. By bringing your lunch to work and having your morning coffee in a flask rather than a €3.50 Starbucks cup, your bank balance will be left looking a lot happier. Same applies to water – don’t buy it! Invest in a Bobble and fill it up throughout the day.
  2. Save all “want” shopping until the middle of the month – Do you really need a new dress for Friday night? What about the one you bought last month that’s still hanging unworn in the back of your wardrobe? I’ll be the first to admit that I can be a little blinded when I enter Topshop or find myself browsing ASOS at night. But try your absolute best to save all shopping trips and sprees until the end of the month. The shops won’t run out of clothes, and by then you’ll know what you truly want, and you won’t leave yourself broke for four weeks.
  3. Take out savings/bills as soon as you get paid – If you’re planning to save €50 a month for a holiday, then set up a direct debit so the money comes out of your bank account the day that you get paid. The same goes for bills and any money you owe. Set all direct debits to go out the day that you get paid, that way the money is gone before you even had it and whatever you’re left with is what you have to spend.
  4. Take out cash – “I don’t carry cash, sorry”, is one of the most used phrases in my dictionary. Now I’m not saying to carry hundreds of euro around in your purse, but it’s a well known fact that it’s a lot harder to hand over cash than it is to tap in your pin code for you card. Have a certain amount of money in your purse that you allow yourself to spend throughout the week.
  5. Do your research – This applies to clothes, food, petrol – everything. Before you buy anything, look around and make sure you’re getting the best deal. Bus cards are much cheaper to buy and top up than individual bus fares, look for coupon codes online and do your food shop in the most economically friendly places that you can. All those little ten and twenty per cents add up.
  6. Think twice – If you’re convinced that you need a new pair of black heels, look at home before you buy them to make sure that you have nothing similar already. Or if you see 10 things you like on Missguided, go through them and see which you love the most or really need. Go back 24 hours later, and if you can’t remember what you “loved” without looking at your wishlist, then you really don’t need to buy it.

With a family wedding and holiday on the horizon, I really need to start taking these tips seriously myself. There’s always next month, right?

Summer Haul ft. Penneys, Topshop & Zara

I’ve been shopping. Again. But at least I put it all to good use and made a YouTube video about what I bought, right? ;)

Over the past few weeks I’ve gathered a couple of things for the summer and my holidays – Have a watch and see what I bought in my second YouTube video, linked above!

Please like, subscribe and share, and let me know what you think in the comments below! <3

The Friday Five

Processed with MoldivAs I write this post I’m currently thousands of feet in the air travelling back from a quick trip to Lanzarote. While I was over there I had so many ideas for my blog and YouTube channel, and I decided that I wanted to start featuring more lifestyle posts.

Recap the Week was a feature that I put up every Sunday for a few months about what I’d been loving and what I was up to that week, but to be honest I found them really hard to write when I’d had a tough week, so I let them slack for a while.

For the minute, I’m going to dabble between The Friday Five and Recap the Week, depending on what I feel suits the week most. I want to be more honest with you guys and share if I’ve had a few down days, but it’s pretty hard to share that kind of thing with the internet.

Please let me know in the comments what you think of this idea, and if there’s anything in particular that you want to see! I’ve finished college for the summer, and while I’m still in work and as busy as ever, I’m really going to focus on WhatSheDoesNow, so expect plenty of new content and media. Even if I haven’t put up a post, I’m always thinking of new things to write about and new things so put on the blog, so I’m going to put those ideas to good use!

Ramble over – here’s this week’s Friday Five.

  1. Spending: A few days away – As I said, I’ve been in Lanzarote the past few days on a short holiday. For someone who is always on the go from the minute I wake up until the minute I go to sleep, it was well needed. Relaxing to me isn’t just laying about doing nothing, I’m too wired to do that! So I spent the few days reading magazines, books, editing my next video and writing blog posts. I truly believe that if you enjoy what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life!
  2. Getting: Back into books – I never make the time to read when I’m at home, but I can’t get on an airplane without having a good book to get absorbed into. I picked up the latest addition to the Confessions of a Shopaholic Series, Shopaholic to the Stars. I love the sporadic Becky Bloomwood, and her addiction to shopping is all too familiar to me. In fact, I was watching the Confessions of a Shopaholic film a few months ago and my dad said to me in all seriousness, “Jesus Amy, that’s you!” It was a really enjoyable book to read, and I was laughing out loud on the sun bed like a loon. I’m definitely going to try and read more when I get home!
  3. Starting: WhatSheDoesNow on YouTube – On Sunday, I put up my very first YouTube video on WhatSheDoesNow. I’ve been addicted to watching YouTube videos for years, favouring them over TV any day, so I finally decided to bite the bullet and do them myself. My fab friend Jen helped me to set up my first video and film it – she’s like the Steven Spielberg of YouTube! I’ll be uploading a video every Sunday, with hopefully more frequent videos in the future.
  4. Getting: Back on track – A few days in the sun is all I needed to make me realize that I want to be feeling (and looking) my best when I go on my two week holiday to Crete in July. For me, it’s all about having energy, confidence and being happy. I had a good read of the newest Cosmo Body issue (which is amazing) and it gave me so much motivation to get to where I want to be. I’m going to start planning my workouts and meals, and trying new meals and workouts to keep myself going. I’m running the Women’s Mini Marathon in a few weeks in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, so if that’s not enough to keep me going then I don’t know what is!
  5. Loving: Hello October Hello October was one of the first blogs I read when I entered this little world, and I was obsessed from the get-go. Suzie’s photography, outfits and overall amazing-ness makes her one of my favourite bloggers out there. Then there’s her YouTube channel, which is just on another level. Definitely check her out, if you haven’t already.

If you’ve made it until the end, go get a cup of tea and biscuit – you deserve it! What have you been up to this week? Let me know in the comments below!

SOSU by Suzanne Jackson Launch Night

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I’ve never been so excited about a nail varnish range until the day I got an email about the SOSU launch. So Sue Me is one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to blogging – she’s a normal Irish girl who has worked hard and achieved so much. With two books and a nail polish range of 25 colours under her Hermes belt, Suzanne Jackson knows a thing or two about blogging.

The launch party for the range was organised by Revolve PR and held in the amazing 10 Ormond Quay (although I may have gotten lost on the way and received many strange looks for having five-inch heels on).

Xpose, Rosanna Davidson and nearly every blogger in Ireland was there – it was an event to remember, for sure. I was so excited to get a picture with Suzanne herself, and vowed silently to focus 110% on my blog so maybe one day I could achieve what Suzanne has.

The nail varnish range itself is gorgeous, with a shade to suit everyone. The packaging is gorgeous, and the colour gives a gel finish without UV light. I got the shade Sunset Kiss in my goodie bag, which is a gorgeous orange shade, and I couldn’t resist picking up I Do and This Is Paradise when I spotted the range in Penneys last week.

Something tells me that this won’t be the last venture that Sue carries out…

 

April Favourites – YouTube Video!!

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I did my April favourites a little differently this month – in a YouTube video! Please like, subscribe and share! Let me know in the comments below what you think – I’d love to hear!

I’ve decided to finally start making YouTube videos because I’ve been watching them for so long and have finally (kind of) gotten the confidence to do them myself. I’m hoping to upload every Sunday, so stay tuned for makeup, beauty, fashion and beauty videos – as well as everything else!

I hope you enjoy! <3

The Girl Behind the Blog

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Seeming as WhatSheDoesNow is growing and getting older, I thought I’d share some facts about me with you guys so you can get to know the girl behind the blog a bit better! I just grabbed a few questions from Google, although some were a bit weird :’) I hope you enjoy!

  1. Full name - Amy Rose Morgan Mulvaney
  2. Date of birth – 6th June 1995
  3. From – Dublin, Ireland
  4. Height – 5 foot 7 (and a half)
  5. Siblings – Nope, I’m an only child!
  6. Studying – Journalism
  7. Dream job – WhatSheDoesNow as a full time career, magazine editor, writer, columnist
  8. Relationship status – I’ve a boyfriend of 3 and a half years :)
  9. Name 3 things that are physically close to you – Right now there’s my laptop, phone and camera
  10. What’s the weather like right now? It’s Ireland – it’s sunny, rainy, cloudy and windy all at once!
  11. Do you drive? Yep, I’m learning to drive with the hope of getting my full license soon!
  12. What time did you wake up this morning? 9 – that’s early for me :’)
  13. Have you ever been to a different country? Yes, quite a few!
  14. Do you like sushi? I’ve only tried it once, but I didn’t like it.
  15. Do you wear contacts or glasses? No, although I love how glasses look!
  16. Do you color your hair? I get blonde highlights every few months and Great Lengths extensions every six months. 
  17. When was the last time you cried? Yesterday, I’m such a crier!
  18. What is your eye color? Blue
  19. Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke? Not at all
  20. What was favourite subject at school? English
  21. What is your favourite drink? Tea – I’m obsessed!
  22. What is your favourite song at the moment? See You Again, Wiz Khalifa and Hold Back the River, James Bay
  23. What is your favourite food? I’ve such a sweet tooth – I love anything with chocolate in it!
  24. What is the last thing you bought? Cosmo Body and U magazine, I’m a magazine fanatic.
  25. Favourite book of all time? I recently read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and it was amazing. 
  26. Do you have any pets? I’ve one dog, Bella. She’s a Cavalier King Charles and is currerntly snoozing behind me on the couch.
  27. Favourite Perfume? Thierry Mugler Alien
  28. Favourite Holiday? New York with my dad in 2012 or Lanzarote and London with my boyfriend, best friend and her boyfriend last year.
  29. Do you speak any other language? I can speak Irish and a bit of French.
  30. What is your favourite shop? I love Topshop, but Missguided is my favourite online store
  31. Favourite restaurant? Pacino’s on Suffolk Street in town, it’s like a piece of Italy in Dublin!
  32. Favourite Blog? I can’t just choose one! I love Hello October, Vivianna Does Makeup and Lily Pebbles.
  33. Favourite Movie? Any cartoon – Despicable Me, Finding Nemo and Up are some of my faves! 
  34. Favourite TV show? Modern Family – it’s the best thing on tv!
  35. What phone do you have? I’ve a gold iPhone 5s
  36. Can you cook? I’d like to say that I can, but my boyfriend tells me otherwise!
  37. What quote/phrase do you live your life by? Argh there are so many! I love “Storms make trees take deeper roots” and “what’s for you won’t pass you”, but I just have so many!
  38. What are you afraid of? I’m afraid of everything :’) I still hate the dark, and I think I always will.
  39. What did you want to be when you were little? I remember saying that I wanted to be a comedienne, but I’ve nearly always wanted to work in magazines
  40. What are your pet peeves? I have so many pet peeves :’) I hate when there are lights turned on and it’s bright outside, when people tap their foot or pick their nails, people who walk slowly… I’m very easily agitated haha!

So that’s a bit about me! Please let me know in the comments what you thought of this post, and if there are any other questions you’d like me to answer!