anti-haulI uploaded my first anti-haul over three months ago now and it went down a treat with you guys, so with a whole heap of new releases available since then, I thought I’d make this a series and continue on to part two.

While I’ve been pretty good with watching my beauty purchases, a last-minute summer panic meant that I’ve gone a bit overboard with clothes shopping, and have bought a few things that I know I won’t get the wear out of. But sure look, a gal’s gotta buy something – right? Hopefully I’ll have gotten my style spending under control by the next time I write one of these posts (fingers crossed), but for now, here’s six beauty products that I won’t be spending my hard-earned dolla on.

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BECCA x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette (€51)

When I heard that this palette was coming out, I was really intrigued and came *this* close to putting myself on the waiting list. Although I adore the packaging and think the colours look gorgeous, I’m ashamed to say that I’ve the Jaclyn Hill edition of this palette tucked away in a drawer somewhere. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m perfectly happy with just the one highlighter (for now – PS: it’s the Mary Lou Manizer).

The Vamp Stamp (€26)

Despite multiple (read: hundreds) of attempts over the years, I’ve never been able to do winged liner. I absolutely love how it looks and really wish I had the skill to do it, but I just can’t. The idea of The Vamp Stamp is great, but it’s an extra €20 for the eyeliner ink and brush, meaning the total cost is just short of €50. After reading a few reviews, it seems that The Vamp Stamp needs a certain level of skill and patience for it to work properly, and that to me seems like the same amount of effort of doing winged eyeliner in the first place.

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow (€26)

These liquid eyeshadows have been on every beauty-lover’s radar for the past few months, and I can see why. The liquid formula is a relatively new idea, the colours are gorgeous and they’re highly pigmented. However, aside from Christmas and New Years, I can’t see myself wearing this amount of glitter enough to get value for money. Whenever I use pigmented glitter on my eyes, it’s always just a small dab in the centre of my eyelid, and I’ve been preferring a matte look lately. Saying that, I think these are perfect for the bold makeup-lovers of the world (I salute you) and for a makeup artist to have in their kit.

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Huda Beauty 3D Highlight Palette (€45)

I know, I know, another highlighter kit – but bear with me. I came so, so close to buying this that the money was basically already out of my account. I really admire Huda and literally gasped when I saw the promotion shots of her wearing this highlighter. But, like most palettes, I just can’t see myself getting enough use out of all the shades. While I’ve no doubt that the pigmentation is amazing (Huda is a highlighter queen), I can never see myself wearing the bottom two shades. If she comes out with individual highlighters, however, I’ll be first on the waiting list.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette (€55)

As a huge Charlotte Tilbury fan, I was so excited to see this palette come out. But when I looked at it, I realised that I already had a version of every ‘step’ in my collection, and could see myself using extra products in favour of and addition to some of these, which I think pretty much defeats the purpose. For the gal-on-the-go or someone who travels frequently (which unfortunately I am not), I can imagine this would be a life-saver.

Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua (€42)

This is a cult product among the beauty world, and I’ve been tempted to buy it on more than one occasion, but thanks to my blemish-prone skin and my need for high-coverage, this foundation just wouldn’t work. After hearing so many rave reviews, I’d love to give it a try, but I know I’d end up spending more time covering my blemishes than I would applying the foundation in the first place. Clear-skin girls and those who don’t care about their blemishes showing, I’ll pass this one to you.


As I said in my first post, other people might absolutely love these products and swear by them, but I just don’t feel they fit into my current beauty routine and collection.

Let me know what you thought of this post, and if there are any products you’re anti-hauling!

Prices converted from cultbeauty.co.uk and beautybay.com.

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Gold-Fever-Extensions-before-and-afterOkay – bear with me. I know everyone and their granny talks about extensions, but I feel like I’ve something new to say.

First of all, I started getting extensions at the end of 2013, way back when extensions weren’t as common as they are now. I got a new set every six months up until May 2016, meaning I’ve had five sets over four years(this is my sixth). So I think I’ve had enough experience with extensions to really give a good review on them.

After six months of having Gold Fever extensions (and four sets directly one after another before that), in May 2016 I decided to give my hair a break and not get extensions in for a few months. I was terrified as to what my hair would look like after all of those years, but there wasn’t an ounce of damage done to it. My hair is quite fine and I’ve been dying it for years, but it was strong and healthy and I had no problem keeping it short for a few months.

However, after six months without the extensions, I decided to get them back in. I learned to love my hair without them, but I also learned that it was okay to love when they were in.

I met the lovely Katie Jane Goldin (joint CEO of Gold Fever) by chance at a work event and we got talking about extensions, and after telling her my ‘hair journey,’ I made an appointment in Ceira Lambert Hair Consultancy, Shankhill to get them in again.

I went out to the salon on December 30th after previously visiting to get my colour matched, and sat with anticipation as piece by piece, I got ‘my’ hair back. The process takes quite a few hours depending on how many pieces you’re getting in, but I had no issue at all sitting in the salon, especially with Netflix, magazines and tea and coffee literally at my fingertips.

It might sound silly, but my long hair has really become a part of my identity. It’s more than just extensions for me, it’s a part of confidence, who I am, and, being honest, my outfit.

While I learned to love my short hair for those six months that I had the extensions out, I also learned that I love it even more when it’s longer and thicker. I’ve learned that I’ll never naturally grow long, thick hair (still crossing my fingers, though) and that’s ok. Just because they’re extensions doesn’t mean they’re any less part of who I am.

I’m coming to the end of the six months of having these Gold Fever extensions in (six months is the recommended maximum amount of time you have a set) and I already know that I’ll 100% be getting a brand new set in in June.

I’ve included photos throughout this post of my hair over the past six months, from a week after I got the extensions in (the silver dress) to just two weeks ago (the pink top and white jeans)! In each collage, the length of time I’ve had them in moves from left to right.

In all of the years that I’ve had them, I’ve never had a single issue with caring or looking after the extensions. Contrary to popular belief, they’re pretty low maintenance. I always use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to protect my colour and the bonds (Pureology Strength Cure is my favourite), I blow-dry them after washing as that is when the hair and bond is weakest, and I sleep with them in a low ponytail or plait, like I usually would anyway. That’s it. I can curl, straighten them, get my roots done and ultimately carry on as if it’s my ‘own’ hair.

Of course, hair sheds every single day and it’s no different with extensions. However, after six months of having them in, they don’t look stringy or straggly and still look as good as new, in my opinion. The keratin bond that is used to secure them to the hair is so thin and tiny, you can hardly notice it, especially during the first few months when it’s closest to the scalp.

I feel like extensions have come so far in the past few years, from huge clumpy bonds that resulted in the wearer becoming bald, to these tiny bonds that don’t damage the hair and are practically invisible. While high quality extensions like Gold Fever can work out to be expensive, depending on the length and number of pieces you get, I think it’s 110% worth it because of what they do to your confidence, nevermind the fact that you literally wear them 24/7 for six whole months.

I’m so glad that I’ve finally come to the realisation that it’s totally okay to love wearing extensions. Although I wish my own hair could be as long and beautiful as it is with extensions, I’m grateful that it’s possible to get these done every six months and feel like a million dollars whenever I get them in. Even if my skin is bad (which it is more often than not lately) or I hate my outfit, I can always depend on my hair to make me feel good.

As you can see, I’ve included photos of my hair over the past six months to show how well the extensions have lasted. If you’ve any questions at all, please let me know and I’ll definitely get back to you in the comments!

These Gold Fever extensions were very kindly supplied by Katie Jane Goldin and applied by the gorgeous girls in Ceira Lambert in exchange for a blog post but, as I mentioned above, I had five sets in previous to this – so I’ve paid more more than I’d like to think about over the years to feed my extension obsession. Rest assured, my reviews are always honest and I’d never recommend something I don’t truly love!

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It seems like only a few months ago I was on here writing about turning 21, but earlier this week I celebrated my 22nd birthday! As I write this, I’m on the train to Killarney with my boyfriend for the last of my birthday celebrations – and there has been many!

On Sunday night I went out with a group of friends and my heart honestly felt so full seeing everyone together, as it’s not often that we get the entire group in one place. We danced and drank (and danced some more), and somehow I managed to wake up on Monday morning hangover-free – success!

On Tuesday (my actual birthday) I took a trip into town with my dad to have a look around for a birthday present. I had nothing in particular in mind, but after a stroll around Brown Thomas on Grafton Street I laid eyes on the Gucci Marmont bag. Oh Lord. I’ve never owned anything so luxurious in my entire life, but as soon as I put the bag on my shoulder I just knew it was the one for me. For anyone who isn’t a fan of handbags, you probably think I sound insane but hopefully some people reading this will understand where I’m coming from!

I’m not going to talk anymore about the bag on here as I filmed an unboxing video with all of the details, which I’ve included below! I’m so excited to get so much use out of the bag and I’m sure I’ll feature it on here more than a few times!

This year has had plenty of ups and downs so far (maybe a few more downs than ups), but something tells me that the rest of the year is going to make up for it.

Thanks for sticking around on these parts throughout the past year, as I know content has been a bit sparse. To be honest, I find it very hard to write a blog post when my heart isn’t 100% in it as I feel like I’m lying to you – and I never want to do that. It’s my mission for the rest of this year to get back into a steady stream of blog posts (every Monday, possibly?), but for now, make sure you follow me on Instagram (linked on the top of the home page) and Snapchat @whatshedoesnow (code to the right).

*Have courage and be kind*

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lifestyle-blogI’ve long abandoned doing monthly favourites posts because I found them a bit repetitive, so in favour of that is this listicle style that’s a bit more random. I’m not gonna lie, if I was to list my number one favourite for the past few months, it would definitely be Netflix, but for the sake of not sounding like the Netflix addict that I am, I’ve added in a few other non-tv related things.

I’m so excited that it’s coming in to the summer months now, meaning my birthday is only a few weeks away! This time last year I also started my ‘new’ job, which I suppose isn’t so new anymore! Rambling aside, here’s 10 things I’ve been loving lately, from food to Netflix with a bit of beauty thrown in there too.

1 – Essential oil diffuser

I bought an essential oil diffuser by the recommendation of Laura’s Views, and after using it for the past few months I don’t know how I lived without it. My favourite scent is a mixture of lavender and rosemary and I love turning it on in the evening before I go to bed to make my room smell like a spa. As strange as it might sound, I find the noise that it makes and the changing colours really relaxing, which is great when I feel a bit stressed out. This is the diffuser I bought, and these are the oils.

2 – Yoga

I mentioned in a previous post that I started doing yoga about 9 weeks ago now and I’m absolutely loving it. I look forward to it every single week and love putting my phone down for an hour and just concentrating on the different movements (and trying not to fall over.) Although I still can’t touch my toes, hopefully I’ll be able to soon!

3 – Women’s Health magazine

I’m aware that by this stage I sound like I might be a health-guru (or trying to be), but honestly I’ve just really enjoyed focusing on my well-being over the past few months. I’ve always loved magazines, and have religiously bought Women’s Health for about six months now. Each issue is full of really interesting content from food to fitness to mental health. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a new magazine to read.

4 – Netflix

After years of using Netflix mostly for movies, I’ve recently become a full-on series addict and am constantly looking for new things to watch. I hate scary/intense series, so everything I watch is always light-hearted and gives a nice escape for a few days hours. Grace & Frankie, Love, Girlboss and You, Me, Her are some of my recent favourites.

5 – Indy Power’s blueberry banana bread

In my last post I spoke about recently being diagnosed with coeliac disease, so I’ve been trying out lots of gluten-free recipes. Last week I came across Indy Power’s recipe for blueberry banana bread and it’s *delicious*. It’s so sweet and moist, but contains no ‘bad’ sugars or ingredients. I’m hoping to make one weekly to replace my cravings for chocolate in the evenings!

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6 – Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara

Let’s get straight to the point: I think this could be the best mascara I’ve ever used. And I’ve used a *lot* of mascaras in my time. Since I started using the Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara, I’ve gotten so many questions from people asking me if I’m wearing false lashes. It lifts, thickens and curls my lashes without smudging all day long. This has even stayed in place after I’ve shed a few tears, and it doesn’t claim to be waterproof. It’s easy to apply, easy to remove and all-round amazing.

7 – From the Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl podcast

Yup, something else yoga-related. I’d never listened to a podcast until I started tuning in to this one, and I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on the joy of listening to a podcast for so long. This podcast only started a few weeks ago, so I’m up to date with all of the episodes and I’ve really enjoyed each one. They’re inspiring, relaxing and informative all in one go, and I love how I can listen to them literally at any time. If you’ve any podcasts you love, please let me know in the comments!

8 – Indian food

*drools* When it came to takeaways, I always opted for Chinese until I went to an Indian restaurant with my friends around six months ago – and on that day everything changed. I often (understatement) order from our local Indian takeaway (Bombay Pantry), but Medina on Mary St, Dublin, reigns as the best Indian I’ve ever had. It’s incredibly cheap, but so delicious and a lot of the food is gluten-free – woohoo! If you’re around Dublin, you have to go in and pay it a visit, you won’t regret it.

9 – Gin and tonic

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned my love of gin and tonic before but, hey, what’s the harm in doing it again? Give me a Hendrick’s gin in a fish bowl glass with a bit of ice and a slice of lime (no cucumber) any day and I’ll be happy.

10 – Converse

After wearing my last pair of Converse literally to shreds, I’ve finally picked up a new pair and I can’t stop wearing them. They’re the perfect ‘casual’ shoe for any time of year and literally go with everything. I always get the white leather pair so they’re easy to clean, and they keep my feet dry when it rains (my mam would be so proud of my sensible shoe choices!)


…And that’s everything I’ve been loving! Congratulations if you’ve made it this far, you deserve a cup of tea (or a G&T). Let me know in the comments what you think of my recent favourites and what you’ve been loving, I’d love to hear!

*It doesn’t matter that she fell apart, it was how she put herself back together*

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A life update post is well overdue, am I right? I’ve no idea when I last shared what’s going on in my life, but a lot has changed in the last 12 months. I finished and graduated from college, I started working full time in a job I love, I went to LA, Vegas and San Diego during the summer – and that’s not even half of it. PS: Notice that I’ve only listed positive things – there was a whole lot of negative stuff too, but that’s for another day.

I’m so aware of how social media makes it look like everyone’s lives are perfect, and I never want to give the impression that mine is perfect 100% of the time. Being honest, sometimes it’s not even perfect 20% of the time.

I think I could write an entire book on what has happened in the last year (maybe I will some day), but for now I’ll just update you on (some of) what’s happened in the last three months.

Grab a cup of tea (and an Easter egg) and settle down, this is gonna be a long ‘un…

Totally overhauling my diet

I haven’t shared this anywhere on social media yet, but just under one month ago I found out that I have coeliac disease. I didn’t know anything at all about coeliac disease before I was diagnosed, so here’s a quick definition from the Coeliac Society of Ireland, incase you don’t either: “Coeliac disease is an auto-immune condition, in which the affected individual reacts abnormally to the ingestion of gluten and other cereal proteins.” Long story short, I can no longer eat any gluten whatsoever.

I found out that I’m coeliac when I went to my doctor after having huge swelling and pains in my stomach for about five months. It took me so long to get treated because I couldn’t put my finger on what was causing the reaction as it didn’t happen regularly, just once in a while. After getting a blood test, colonoscopy and gastroscopy (which weren’t pleasant), I was found to be coeliac and told to go on a gluten-free diet immediately.

While obviously it’s not ideal news to receive, I’m so glad that it’s something that can be treated by just changing my diet. I don’t have to take medication and my life isn’t hugely affected negatively, so I’m really grateful for that. It does mean, however, I had to cut out a lot of food that I really like, including bread, cereal, biscuits, cakes, pasta, beer, pizza, chocolate… the list goes on. Thankfully, there are  gluten-free substitutes for each of these foods, all of which (seriously, all) I’ve already tried and tested and don’t taste hugely different to their original versions.

Although it can take months to see the full effects of going gluten free, in the past four weeks I’ve experienced little to no stomach pain. In the next few months, hopefully my gut will go back to normal, my skin might clear up and hopefully my (very low) energy levels and even my mood might improve.

Let me know if you’d like more information on being coeliac in Ireland and going gluten free, I’ve already learned so much and tried so many new products.

Taking up (and committing to) yoga

I think that learning that I’m coeliac really gave me the push to really improve my life. In the last few months there has been a lot of room for improvement (understatement of the year), so I thought that while I’m overhauling my diet, I might as well overhaul a few other aspects of my life too, and that lead me to take up yoga.

I’ve wanted to take up yoga for a couple of years, but I suppose it wasn’t the right time to start until now. I started yoga the week I found out I was coeliac and have gone once a week ever since, so I’ve done about five classes. I go to the Yoga Lounge in Raheny after hearing rave reviews and I truly and honestly love it. I’m not very flexible and I’m not the best at every move, but that’s not what it’s about. I love rolling out my yoga mat, breathing in the incense and knowing that for the next hour I’ll just be spending time on myself. No phone calls, emails, texts or thinking and worrying about things I’ve to do – just focusing on the class and breathing deeply.

To someone who hasn’t done yoga before, you might think that I sound absolutely mad, but don’t diss it until you try it. I’ve signed up to do a further 10 classes and intend to make it something that’s permanently a part of my life. I think it’s important that everyone has something outside of work and your social circle to enjoy doing for you, and that’s what yoga has become for me.

Depending on myself

A major thing I’ve learned over the past several months is that I really have to depend on myself for my own happiness. It can be easy to put all of your happiness onto other people (maybe without realising it), so when things go wrong with them, it all comes crashing down. Obviously it’s impossible to depend solely on yourself and never turn to another person for happiness, but what I mean is knowing how to make yourself happy on your own.

I’m not sure if what I’m saying makes total sense or is coming across in the way that I want to, so I’ll give a few examples. Plan and organise to make your favourite dinners during the week instead of being disappointed by what’s in the fridge, go on a walk to the beach by yourself if no one else is free instead of sitting at home wishing you had something to do, paint your walls yourself instead of waiting for someone to do it with you. These are all trivial examples, but I hope you get what I mean.

Ultimately, I’m learning to depend on myself to do what I want, to be independent, to be happy, to do things for myself and not let other people’s negativity seep into my own life. I think (and hope!) if you’re in a similar situation, you’ll totally understand what I mean.

While I only started making these three changes a few weeks ago and still have a long way to go, I’m really excited to see where they’ll take me in the coming months and years. Making the changes definitely hasn’t been easy, and it has taken me a long time to realise what changes I had to make, but I’m glad that I’m slowly but surely getting there.

It’s a little bit scary and a little bit more exciting, but life would be boring otherwise.

Please let me know your thoughts on this post in the comments and if you’re making any life changes, I’d love to hear!

*the sun will rise and we will try again*
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