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Just when you convinced yourself that you don’t need another eyeshadow palette, Urban Decay comes along and release the Naked Heat – am I right? I was dead set on staying strong, appreciating the palette from afar and not caving in to the hype. Then I walked into the Urban Decay store on Grafton Street, saw it was in stock and before I knew it, I was walking out with a beautiful purple bag with the new palette inside. Oops.

With more eyeshadow palettes in my collection than nearly anything else, I was almost certain that I didn’t need this new release. But, of course, once I saw it in real life, everything changed.

If you’re in two minds between whether you need the palette or not, here’s 10 reasons why you should invest. Go on, you know you want to.

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  1. The shadows are hugely pigmented

    Seriously. I didn’t swatch any of the colours for this post, but you can see them here. I’m honestly shocked by how intense the colours are, and they’re way more pigmented than any other Naked Palette, in my opinion. A little goes a long way and they’re super easy to blend in, too.

  2. It’s great value for money

    At €47.50 it’s by no means cheap, but when the cost is broken down it works out at just €3.95. Talk about a bargain. Considering singular Urban Decay eyeshadows are €18 each, it’s basically a steal.

  3. Each colour is wearable

    Most palettes usually feature at least three or four colours I would never wear, but I’d happily wear each of these any day of the week. The deep purple (Ashes) is the colour I’d probably use least, but I’m going to make an effort to wear it smudged into my lashline and bottom lashes for a smoky look. Sorted.

  4. There are *so* many possible makeup looks

    Whether you’re a makeup artist, makeup novice and simply a makeup-lover, this palette was made for everyone to use. You can go for a simple look with just a bit of colour in the socket, or go full-out with a dramatic, burnt smokey eye. The world is your oyster.

  5. The colours are perfect for all-year round

    The mix of matte and shimmer means you can glam up the look and go full glitzy for a night out in winter (or just a regular Tuesday, if you like), and you can go soft and smoky in the summer (or, again, whenever you like). It’s really an all-rounder, this one. naked-heat-palette

  6.  The packaging is amazing

    *Heavy breathing* Seriously though, how gorgeous is the packaging?! It’s super sleek but sturdy, and has a mirror inside so it’s perfect for doing makeup on the go.

  7. It comes with a double-ended brush

    As well as the eyeshadows that work out at €3.95 each, for €47.50 you also get a double-ended brush. One end is perfect for packing on colour, and the other for blending it out. Or, if you prefer, you can pop your own favourite makeup brush in the slot instead.

  8. It’s totally different to all of the other Naked Palettes

    You might be still loyal to the original Naked Palette, but think of this as its older, sexier sister. That might be a bit of a strange comparison, but hopefully you catch my drift. While each Naked Palette has a mix of matte and shimmer, none of the colours compare to the ones that come in this.

  9. Warm-toned eyeshadow looks amazing on everyone

    Forget eye colour and skin tone, you just can’t go wrong with warm-toned eyeshadow. It makes the whites of your eyes pop, looks fab with dramatic, black lashes and there’s literally no wrong way to apply it.

  10. You deserve it, babe

    If you’ve your bills paid, food bought and buying this won’t leave you in debt, why the hell not? Life’s too short and we work too hard not to spend our money on things we enjoy. Also, Christmas is coming up soon, so if you don’t have the dolla to hand, you could ask for it as a gift or for your birthday. It would also work as a really good gift to give someone too.

I think it goes without saying, but this post isn’t sponsored by Urban Decay and I purchased this with my own dolla dolla. Urban Decay, if you wanna hit me up though, you know where to find me 😉

I hope you enjoyed this post and I apologise (but not really) for any impulse purchases that it ensues. Sure there’s worse things in life to spend money on than makeup, right?

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A What I Eat In A Day post has been a long time coming, so I’m *very* glad that I finally got around to doing one and not forgetting about my plans for the post before I’ve scoffed down my breakfast, which is what usually happens.

WIEIAD (I love a good abbreviation) posts and videos are some of my favourite things to read and watch because, I don’t know about you, but I’m forever looking for different ideas for things to make. As I mentioned beforeI found out a few months ago that I’m coeliac, so everything I eat is gluten free. I’ve pretty much adapted every version of what I used to eat to be GF, so my diet isn’t hugely different now than it was before.

When I took these photos last week, I was off work and it was my first *proper* lazy day in quite a while. I got up really late and literally didn’t leave the house once. It was glorious. I think it goes without saying, but some days I, like most people, eat better than others, and other days I eat worse and consume an entire bag of Tangfastics in one sitting. Some days I eat the entire contents of my press and have to restrain myself from eating chocolate chips from the baking cupboard, and other days I have a green smoothie. It’s called balance.

Anywho, here’s my very basic (but satisfying) WIEIAD from my day off – I hope you enjoy!

Brunch / Snack 1    

Brunch – Oh baby, I dreamed about eating this breakfast for about five days. I’m calling it ‘brunch’ because I didn’t get up until 1pm, and it filled me up so much that I didn’t have to make a lunch. I had two slices of BFree Oat Bread (my GF saviour), GF sausages, streaky bacon (my love) and a boiled egg with a huge glass of orange juice. If only every breakfast could be as good.

Snack 1 – I love snacks and I love rice cakes. They’re the easiest GF snack (except for fruit, but I’ll always choose rice cakes first), and putting Nutella on top makes them taste like a biscuit. Kinda. I also had a coconut milk coffee from my Nespresso machine because I’ve accidentally become addicted to coffee and can’t go a day without it. Oops.

Snack 2 / Dinner

Snack 2 – A day-long Netflix binge of Suits requires popcorn, it’s the law, okay? I use the kernels that you pop yourself in the microwave so there’s no oil or nasties in them. I use a special bowl from Lidl to pop them, but you can order similar ones on Amazon. I put lots of salt on top (and try not to think of what it does to my arteries) and had a big ol’ cuppa tea too.

Dinner – I’m all about quick and easy dinners. And by that I mean *actually* quick and easy dinners, ones that involve no preparation whatsoever. On this day I had a BFree Chia Seed and Quinoa wrap, mince with spices, onion, peppers, salsa, cheese and lettuce. Yum. And it takes less than 20 minutes to make.


This might seem like a little or a lot of food, but either way it’s what I ate that day. Ideally, I’d eat pancakes and Crunchies and drink G&Ts every day (and some days I do), but unfortunately that’s not good for my health (or my temperamental skin).

Also, I’m aware that there’s hardly any fruit/veg in this WIEIAD, but I’m just keepin’ it real.

Let me know what you thought of this post, but please be nice if you think I’ve got the worst diet in the world – I’m trying my best! It’s surprisingly scary sharing your entire diet with the internet, don’t cha know.

If there are any GF meals or snacks you love, please let me know in the comments below, and if you enjoyed this post maybe I can make it a regular thing 😉

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how to practice self care

Self care, self love, me-time – whatever you call it, it all comes down to the same thing: looking after yourself. We’ve all heard about how important it is, especially with the crazy world of social media we’re absorbed in everyday, but a lot of people (I know I certainly don’t) don’t have hours of their day to give away to just focusing on themselves.

But it doesn’t have to be so hard. 

Over the past few months, I’ve learned how to make time for self care every single day. Some days might have more time than others, like today where I’ve spent the entire day watching Suits, and other days it might just be five minutes spent reading a magazine.

Whether you feel like you need it or not, everyone needs a lil self care to keep going every day. Even better, once you get into the habit, it becomes something to look forward to.

After becoming somewhat of  self care junkie, I though I’d share five ways to practice it every single day. You might only have time for one, or some days you might do all five (the dream), but either way they’re sure to make every day even a little bit easier.

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1. Have a *insert favourite non-alcoholic drink here*

Coffee. My favourite word in the morning. I’ve gotten into the habit of buying a coffee halfway through the morning every day, and every day it gives me something to look forward to. I love taking a few minutes to step away from my desk, chat to the barista at the coffee counter and return to my computer with a creamy coconut milk cappuccino.

Although buying a coffee every day isn’t always possible, I try to bring my lunch with me to work during the week so I can afford the luxury of my morning coffee. Maybe your favourite healthy drink is water and lemon (I salute you), green tea or a smoothie, (fizzy drinks aren’t the best thing to drink daily, unfortunately), but whatever it is, finding the time to have it every day means that no matter what is going on, there’s always that little bit of routine.

2. Read your favourite blogs/websites/magazines

How often do you say ‘I’ll read that later,’ or ‘I wish I had the time to read this’? I know I used to say it all the time, but now I make the effort to bookmark things I want to read and use a few spare minutes during my day to catch up on blogs, articles and features I’m interested in. Bonus points if they make you feel good after reading them.

3. Listen to a podcast

I’m a little bit addicted to podcasts at the minute. Whether I’m getting the bus to work or tidying up at home, listening to podcasts stops me from mindlessly scrolling through my phone and helps me to switch off. I wrote about my favourite ones here, so have a read if you’re looking for recommendations.

4. Make a nice meal

‘You are what you eat’ is a saying for a reason. Make meals you enjoy whenever you can so no matter how much of a crazy day you’ve had, there’s something healthy and filling in the fridge that will take no more than 10 minutes to put together. It’s not always possible to have homemade meals all day every day, but having at least one a day is a good place to start.

5. Treat yo’self

Self care doesn’t have to mean spending money, but there’s no harm in it once in a while, if you feel like it. I’ve gotten into the habit of getting my nails done every three weeks and, although it takes a chunk of time out of my day, I adore how they look when they’re done and that I don’t have to think about them for another while. You could even do a manicure or pedicure at home, do a full body exfoliation or a face mask. Go wild.

There’s literally millions of ways to practice self care and there’s no right or wrong, it’s just about finding out what works for you.

Let me know in the comments what you think about self care and what your favourite ways to do it are, I’d love to hear!

*Take time to make your soul happy*

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If you follow me on Instagram (linked at the top of the homepage), you might have noticed that I’ve gotten into posting more outfit photos lately. Funnily enough, I started this website as a fashion blog, but it ended up being more focused on beauty and lifestyle. However, in the last few months I really feel like I’ve found my ‘style’ and what works for me. I’m always going to be a t-shirt and jeans kinda gal, but I’m trying a few new things so every outfit doesn’t look the same.

I think it goes without saying that I’m a high street gal through and through (oh, to be able to shop for clothes in Brown Thomas), and love picking up affordable pieces that I love every few weeks. As you’ll see from my outfits in Berlin, ASOS and Topshop are pretty much my two favourite stores, although I can never resist picking up a few things when I’m in Penneys.

For a long time, I was way too self-conscious to post any outfit photos on my blog or Instagram. I’d end up taking the photo and feeling horrible about myself when it didn’t turn out how I thought it would and deleting it completely. I’m glad that I’m not so harsh on myself anymore. I certainly don’t love every photo I take (or even most of them, for that matter), but I’m happy to find one that I feel half-decent in and post it. It helps that my boyfriend (who is always roped in to take my photos) has the patience of a saint and, bless him, has learned how I like photos to look. I’ll never be 110% happy with a picture, but I think that’s what blogging is all about. It’s real life and real people, and I’m totally okay with that.

On that note, when we took a trip to Berlin last week, I managed to get a few iPhone photos of some of my outfits. Although I have my DSLR, I find it so much easier to take a quick photo on my iPhone without all of the fuss of a big camera. I must admit that I did a lot bit of shopping before we went, and picked up a few things over there too.

Okat, no more rambling, I promise, onto the outfits…

Outfit #1

If there’s one outfit that sums up my style, it’s this one. We were walking around the city for the day and doing a bit of shopping, so I wanted to be comfortable (as always). I wear this River Island suede jacket nearly every day. I wasn’t so sure about it when I first bought it, but I’m so glad I did. It goes with nearly everything and isn’t too light or too heavy – it’s just right.

As it was quite humid, I wore a light button-down cami from Topshop underneath. I’m loving red and polka dots lately, so this ticks all of the boxes. I’m also slightly obsessed with the River Island Molly jeans. I was always a huge fan of Topshop’s Jamie and Leigh jeans, but I think I prefer these more. They’re so comfortable and stretchy, and wash really well too. As usual, I wore my white leather Converse and black Michael Kors cross-body bag.

Outfit #2

I think this is my favourite outfit from the entire trip. I wore this when we went to the East Side Gallery and it was super comfortable for all of the walking. My trusty Converse and suede jacket make an appearance again, while I picked up the printed t-shirt in Topshop the day before. I’d had my eye on it for a while, so I’m glad I finally picked it up. A gal can never have too many t-shirts, right? The charcoal denim skirt from ASOS has been one of my favourite buys of the summer. I’m usually not a fan of skirts, but I find this one so easy to wear – although chub-rub is inevitable after wearing it for a few hours.

[PS: The unsightly marks on my shins are from when I got extraordinarily badly sunburnt about three weeks ago. Never, ever will I let that happen again – it was the worst burn of my life.]

Outfit #3

It was near impossible to get a half-decent photo of this dress, so this is what we’re going to have to go with. I wore this on our last night when we were going out for dinner and a few drinks. I ordered it on Mango through ASOS and, despite being unsure of how it would fit, I love it. It’s light, airy and fits like a glove. The blue and polka-dot combination is adorable, too. The sandals are from Penneys and they go with pretty much every summer outfit.

Outfit #4

For our last day, the denim skirt and Converse made an appearance again. I bough my 14538th stripy t-shirt in Brandy Melville over there and I love how soft and oversized it is. I popped on a silver buckle belt from ASOS, sunglasses from Penneys, got my third cappuccino of the day and we were good to go.

I’ll link everything that I can in the shiny new shop section of WhatSheDoesNow, so pop over there if there’s anything you’d like to have a gander at. I really hope you enjoyed this kind of post. It’s something different, and I’m by no means a professional fashion blogger but, hey, there’s nothin’ wrong with that!

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I never understood the concept of podcasts up until a couple of months ago. I always associated them with sport, serious discussions and business. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Since then,  listening to podcasts has quickly become one of my favourite things to do. They make my commute to and from work enjoyable, they stop me from constantly scrolling through my phone when I’m getting ready or cleaning because I’m so concentrated on listening, and at the end of every episode I always feel content, inspired and like I’ve learned something.

My personal preferences for podcasts are beauty, wellness and lifestyle – and I’ve come to discover so many more in those genres that I want to listen to. I might sound crazy, but I had no idea how to download or listen to a podcast at first. The ‘podcasts’ app on my phone was hidden away in a folder of apps I never used, but now it’s one of the most used things on my phone.

You can download different apps to listen to podcasts, but I find the iPhone version easiest because it’s already there. I haven’t figured out how to stop podcasts I’m subscribed to automatically downloading on my phone (it’s forever running out of memory) so I always delete the downloads or pause the download so I listen to it with my mobile data or on wifi. I’ve notifications for when the podcasts I’m subscribed to come out, and add them to my ‘up next’ playlist so there’s forever a podcast ready to go.

With that in mind, here are five podcasts that I’m totally obsessed with – and I hope you will be too!

The Balanced Blonde // Soul on Fire

The Balanced Blonde was the first podcast I listened to, and I’m so, so glad I came across it. As I mentioned previously, I’ve taken up yoga and am really trying to live a more wellness-focussed life (although I’ve still a long way to go.) There was already more than 30 episodes available to listen to when I subscribed, so I’ve been working my way through each of them and there hasn’t been one that I don’t love. Jordan, the brains behind TBB, invites a guest on every week to talk about wellness, health, food, fitness, how to set your soul on fire and achieve your goals, as well as hearing about the guest’s journey to being in the job/position that they’re in today. I don’t think my description is doing it justice, but please listen yourself and you’ll understand what I mean. My favourite episode so far is #6, so maybe start with that one! Listen here.

When? Wednesdays Length? 1 hour +

Hey, it’s OK

Glamour has long been my favourite magazine, so there’s no surprise that I fell in love with its podcast. Hosted by Editor in Chief Jo Elvin, each week a celebrity guest features to chat about everything and anything. From Graham Norton to Daisy Lowe to Pixiwoo, every week is totally different but equally brilliant. It’ll make you think, laugh and want to be bessies with Jo. With 42 episodes already available, there’s a lot of catching up to do. Listen here.

When? Mondays. Length? 40 minutes.

From the Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl

Ok, bear with me. Even if you’re not interested in yoga in the slightest, I can almost guarantee that you’ll adore this podcast. Rachel Brathen (a.k.a Yoga Girl) has 2.1m followers on Instagram and, in short, is an absolute inspiration. Each episode is incredibly honest and uplifting, with topics ranging from health to manifesting abundance to overcoming adversity. If you’ve been through a tough time recently or at all in your life, this podcast is sure to give you something to think about, and it might even change your life. Bold statement, I know, but trust me. Episode #3 is a good place to start. Listen here.

When? Fridays. Length? 1 hour

The Melissa Ambrosini Show

I’m a huge fan of Melissa’s book Mastering Your Mean Girl, and her podcast is just as badass. The self-help guru talks about achieving your goals, how to make money doing what you love, how to believe in yourself and how to live your best life. There’s 30 episodes available, and you’re sure to find at least one that stands out to you. Melissa is all about positivity and how to live a meaningful, healthy life, which I think is something most of us want. Listen here.

When? Wednesdays. Length? 1 hour +

At Home With…

Lily Pebbles and Anna Newton (The Anna Edit) are two of my all-time favourite bloggers and YouTubers, so when I heard they were coming out with a podcast I was so excited. Each week, Anna and Lily visit their guest’s home to get a snoop around where they live and discuss their lives and the industry they work in. This podcast always leaves me smiling, and I genuinely feel like I’m sitting in on the conversation when I’m listening. If you love beauty blogs, makeup, skincare and the beauty/lifestyle/fashion industry, this is the podcast for you. Listen here.

When? Wednesdays. Length? 45 minutes.

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