Yup, you read that right. Don’t get me wrong, I amn’t anti-Instagram, but recently I’ve found myself becoming more and more disheartened by the app I once loved – and judging by what I see on Twitter, a lot of people feel the same.

While Instagram was once a place we went to to share photos of what we were up to at that very moment, it has evolved into something that we take photos specifically for. Now, the app isn’t there to share photos we already have, it’s to share photos we solely took for Instagram. Does that make sense?

What I’m trying to say is, Instagram (generally) has become a place where we show the best version of ourselves, and that’s great. But it’s not so great when you’re scrolling through your feed every spare moment of the day, wondering why you’re not as pretty/successful/funny/*insert insecurity here* as whoever you follow.

We all know social media isn’t reality and it’s a highlight reel of people’s lives, but that doesn’t mean we still don’t compare ourselves, even if we don’t mean to. With this in mind, I’ve tried to take a step back from Instagram lately. I only follow accounts that inspire me/don’t make me feel like shit, and I try not to scroll for the sake of it, but instead when I actually want to. Shock horror. I’ve become less obsessed with taking the ‘perfect’ photo, but instead I try to take photos that like, despite whether they’re ‘Insta-ready’ or will get likes.

With that in mind, here’s 31 things you can do instead of going on Instagram when you’re bored…

  1. Read the book that’s been sitting on your bedside locker for months
  2. Read the magazine you bought when doing the food shopping two weeks ago
  3. Read that blog post you’ve always wanted to read
  4. Write a list of things you’re grateful for
  5. Do a facemask
  6. Have a bath
  7. Paint your nails
  8. Organise your makeup
  9. Organise your wardrobe
  10. Clear out your wardrobe
  11. Clean your room
  12. Clean the inside of the fridge (who does that regularly, anyway?)
  13. Text the family member/friend you haven’t seen in ages
  14. Go on a walk – even if it’s just down the road
  15. Make some muffins (or cookies… or both)
  16. Try out a new recipe for breakfast/lunch/dinner
  17. Prep your meals for the week
  18. Call a friend
  19. Write a letter telling someone how much they mean to you
  20. Reply to those emails that have been in your inbox for weeks
  21. Do some yoga or mindfulness (or just close your eyes for 10 minutes)
  22. Have a shower, exfoliate and shave like the goddess you are
  23. Clear out that drawer full of junk
  24. Get a nice cup of coffee and don’t take a photo of it
  25. Print out photos from your phone
  26. Start a scrapbook with old tickets and things you’ve hoarded
  27. Watch that documentary you’ve always wanted to watch
  28. Make a list of goals
  29. Make a list of things you’ve achieved
  30. Make a plan of action for that thing you’ve always wanted to do
  31. Eat some ice cream (why not?)

+ 1,000 other things that you enjoy! Let me know in the comments what else you’d add to the list!

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This is not a drill – Glossier products are FINALLY easily accessible in Ireland. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you’ll have seen me harping on about Glossier non-stop for literally the last week.

The brand launched UK shipping last Monday and, I’m not gonna lie, I woke up every hour during the night to check if the shipping had begun, and then waited up from 6am for it to launch. Seriously. Makeup/skincare addicts, please tell me you understand?

Glossier had previously been exclusive to the US and I’ve been pining over buying products for longer than I’d like to admit. So when they launched UK shipping, I knew I had to figure out a way to get the products to Ireland.

This is where An Post Address Pal comes in. Firstly, let me say this is not an ad (although I wish it was – hit me up, An Post.) I’d seen it advertised over the last few weeks, so last Monday I said I’d register so I’d have an address to get my Glossier order to.

I’ve always been wary of these alternative shipping methods because I thought they would be really complicated, but this was honestly so easy. So much so, that I registered from my phone while I was still in bed. You’ve to give card details and your address, and that’s pretty much it. Then an email lands in your inbox with your unique UK and US shipping address, and voila, it’s time to shop.

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When UK shipping finally launched on the website, I got a bit carried away and ordered quite a few things. However, I must say that I found the prices very reasonable and it’s free shipping over £25, so you can’t go wrong.

I kept up-to-date with when my order was being shipped on the Glossier website, then I got an email from An Post when it had arrived at my UK address, telling me it was on the way to Ireland. Now, this is where there was a bit of a hiccup. Despite making just one order and having one tracking number on the Glossier website, I received five emails from An Post saying my order was on the way to my Irish address. At first I panicked, thinking I’d been charged five times by Glossier, but it turns out that Glossier shipped my order in five different packages, meaning I got charged five times by Address Pal instead of once. *face palm*

I was a bit annoyed at Glossier for the extra costs, because I ended up being charged €30 by Address Pal for the five parcels, rather than €5.99 for the one order I placed. Saying that, the order I made was pretty big, but it definitely could have fit in one larger box, rather than wasting five smaller ones.

Anywho, I was so excited for the products to come that I got over the extra charge pretty quickly, and because I ordered so much this time, I won’t ever be ordering that much again.

The shipping time was pretty quick, with three parcels arriving on Saturday (five days after I made the order) and the other two arriving today (one week after I made the order).

Despite the extra charges, I’m so glad to finally have my hands on some Glossier products! It’s so handy to know that it’s easy to get products from the UK and the US now (and I got a little card in the post with my two addresses on it) without having to pay an extortionate amount for shipping.

A haul and first impressions of my Glossier order is coming shortly, so stay tuned for that! And let me know in the comments what your favourite Glossier products are, I’d love to hear!

PS if you do make an order, here’s a referral code that gives you 10% off while giving me £10 store credit 😉 

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Ah Penneys, you’ve done it again.

Penneys (or Primark, as most people know it as) has really upped its makeup game recently, with everything from foundations to eyelashes and makeup brushes available. I love taking a stroll through the beauty aisles to see what weird and wonderful things they have in stock, and a few weeks ago I found this.

Thankfully, it’s not some pro makeup artist tool that’s really difficult to use, but it’s a foundation scraper. As in, a magical device that allows you to scrape every last bit of foundation out of the bottle.

I bought this because a) I was running a bit low on funds and couldn’t afford to buy a new NARS foundation and b) it caught my eye. Buying another, cheaper foundation wasn’t an option because none of them suit my skin, so that’s where this handy little thing, costing only €1.50, came in handy.

After trying to get a drop of foundation out of the bottle for days and having no success, as soon as I used this it’s as if I almost had a brand new bottle. I thought I’d get maybe four or five extra uses as a result of it, but I ended up getting a whole extra two weeks worth of foundation. Seriously. Considering the foundation itself is €43, literally every drop of that stuff is like gold.

Because of the spatula and the bendy bit towards the end, there’s no part of even the most awkward shaped bottles that can’t be reached.

It actually makes me sad to think of all of the foundation I’ve thrown away over the years just because I couldn’t reach it </3 As I said, I picked this up a few weeks ago but I saw them only recently in store, so I’d recommend picking one up while you can!

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Okay, I could definitely live without these products – but I’d really rather not.

As I’ve said before, I’m really trying to cut back on my makeup collection and I buy nowhere nearly as many products as I used to. I’ve learned what products I really love – and what products I really don’t. Admittedly, a lot of my products are high-end, but my skin just doesn’t react well with budget products, although I do love trying them out from time to time.

Anywho, these are the products that I’ve re-purchased countless times and the ones I continue to use every single day, despite having quite a few *ahem* other options in my makeup drawers.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation – I’ve wasted so much money over the years trying different foundations, although this is the one I always come back to. It’s the perfect day time foundation and gives amazing coverage, despite the name. It’s pricey at €43,  but I find that the bottle lasts a long time and it’s so worth the price tag. My shade is Mont Blanc and it’s the best match I’ve ever had for a foundation. Love love love.

Catrice Camouflage Cream Concealer – I’ve mentioned this a couple of times now, but it’s honestly the best concealer for spots and blemishes that I’ve ever tried. It covers even the worst spots in just one dab and doesn’t budge all day. The best part is it doesn’t cost more than €4, which is such a steal for such a good product.

Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara – This is another pricey product (€30), but it works better than any mascara I’ve ever tried. Literally every time I wear it I get asked if I’m wearing false eyelashes – it’s that good. It gives amazing volume and length and although it isn’t waterproof, it never runs when I cry (I’m a softie, don’t ya know).

Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Pencil – This pencil changed my eyebrow life. Seriously. I’ve thin, fair eyebrows, but this pencil totally transforms them in less than two minutes. It has a pencil at one end and a gel at the other, so you don’t have to faff around with loads of different products and you can spend the morning doing more important things (aka drinking coffee).

MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Doe – I used to be a lipstick fiend, but since I bought this last year I’ve only bought one other lipstick because I’ve literally no need to buy other lipsticks anymore – this is The One. It’s creamy, pigmented and the perfect nude/pink colour. Next time you’re at a MAC counter, swatch this. You won’t regret it.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer – I was never a bronzer-lover until I tried this. It’s quite a light shade that adds just a hint of colour to the face without being too overpowering, but you can still see it there, if that makes sense. I use it in the crease of my eye on days when I don’t use eyeshadow and it transforms my otherwise ghost-like face to a slightly less pale ghost.


I wrote about how my relationship with makeup has changed since I developed acne earlier this year in this post, and I love how just a few products can totally boost my confidence.

Let me know your desert island essentials in the comments below, I’d love to hear!

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Although I’ve been working since I was 16 (my first job was in Penneys), I didn’t start working full-time until I finished college in May 2016. Because I started working so young (by my own choice – I wanted my own money so I could buy clothes and books #priorities), I’ve always had a really strong work ethic.

It’s only when I was thinking a few days ago about finishing college a year and a half ago that I realised I’ve been working full-time ever since. Does that make me an official adult now? Also, where did all of my money go? Surely I couldn’t have spent it all on food and clothes… (Spoiler: I did)

Working full-time is very different to working part-time, as you might already know, but I thought I’d share with you a few things I’ve learnt over the last 17/18ish months.

Planning is key

I’m still struggling with this one, but in order to successfully do things outside of work, planning is essential. I sit down at the start of every week and plan what evenings I’m going to see my friends/boyfriend/family, what days I’ll (try to) go to the gym, when I want blog posts to go live. Sometimes life gets in the way and my plan doesn’t work, but it’s handy to have an idea of how I’m going to spend my week, instead of coming home and binging on Netlix – although I still do that too.

Meal prep is amazing… but not always possible

Oh I wish I could be one of those amazing people who plans and prepares their meals for the week at the weekend. 99 per cent of the time, this isn’t me. Yet when I do get the time to meal prep, I absolutely love it. Sometimes it’s just writing down what we’ll have for dinner Monday-Friday, other times it’s making a batch of soup and granola bars to snack on at the start of the week, and some days it’s managing to throw two slices of bread into my handbag so I’ve something to eat for lunch. Having something ready to eat makes life so much easier (and healthier), so I’m really going to try to up my meal prep game and make it part of my routine. Who’s with me?

Make the most of your commute

Whether your commute is 20 minutes or an hour long, doing something worthwhile during that time makes all the difference. Some days I use that time to send emails I never got a chance to reply to, texting a friend I haven’t spoken to in ages, making appointments I’ve been dreading or listening to a podcast (these are my favourites). I find that it really helps to actually use my time before work so that I feel like I’ve achieved something before I even sit at my desk.

Doing a job you love is so important

Considering full-time employment generally means you’ll be in the office 40+ hours a week, it’s hugely important that you love what you do. I’m so grateful that I love working in the industry that I do, and it makes it so much easier to get up in the morning when I know I’ll be spending the day doing something I really enjoy. I know it’s not always possible to be in a job you love, so if you’re in that position keep looking and training for a job in the field you want to work in and you’ll get there eventually.


I feel very adult-like writing this, but I really do love working full-time. I was so excited to finish college and get into the industry, and it really hasn’t let me down. The last year and a half has absolutely flown by – I’m so excited to see where the next few months are going to take me! [PS: Having a full-time salary is v dangerous for my online shopping habit, but I don’t plan on cutting back any time soon.]

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