Saturday, 26 May 2018

Living With Lose

On the 10th of April, seven days before my birthday, I had to say goodbye to my best friend. This best friend wasn't a being on two legs but a four-legged friend, my 14-year-old Golden Retriever Buster. It sucked, simple as but she had lived a happy healthy life apart from the last year where she had a lot of vet visits and was on lots of meds.
She was a family pet and arrived at my house a week before Christmas in 2003. I don't remember life without her. My Mam recalls me pointing to every dog related thing in supermarkets and saying we'll need that soon. I remember getting her though, she was in a rabbit cage in between my brother's and I's booster seats. We got her from a family friend who's dog just had puppies even though it wasn't really the right time to get a puppy, there was a newborn in the house, my parents still decided to get here. She grew up with us, from chewing the television aerial to some of our toys. She got into a strangers wedding photos when we were walking in a park. I don't know how they turned out or where they are. As the years went on, we brought here with us to relations houses so you could say she was a pretty well-travelled dog. She has been gone across the country and even went on the DART which was probably one of the funnier experiences.

I never realised how unusual it was to call a girl Buster but really we had the name picked before the dog. My brother and I picked the name from a storybook that we were obsessed with that contained the line 'Buster is getting old' but if you ask my Dad he'll say she was named after the band Busted.

When she passed it was the little things that really hurt. No barking at the door for food, no one to chase the neighbour's cat, no large dog mats in the kitchen and one less person to say goodnight to. We spent the evening watching old videotapes in hope that Buster was in a few. We found two and I've watched it 3 times since. It didn't happen at a great time, her passing, it was the start of the two weeks of my Irish and French orals and my Music practical. I didn't go to school at all the week after apart from going in on Thursday evening to do my Irish oral. The only advantage was I was away from the tension of the Irish oral.

I don't know will we get another dog, we have discussed it but we know now isn't the best time. I also don't have very much say in the matter as I'll be in college in September. I would love to get another dog down the line but for now, if I get to see anyone's dog at all it makes my day.

This was a first major loss as apart from my Grandad, who died when I was eight. I have never cried so much in my life. It's been so hard especially with exams coming up but at least I have an excuse if I don't get the points I wanted.

It's been so hard but it's gotten easier over time.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Lush Must Haves

I like to think that I am a bit of a Lushie and I have tried out many products over the past few years. I thought I would share with you some of my favourite Lush products that I will definitely repurchase when I run out. Just a word of warning, there is no bath products here as I don't personally like baths.

Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask
Since the middle of 2016, I have been obsessed with this face mask and I have bought at least 4 of them since. Don't Look At Me is an exfoliating mask that leaves my skin feeling so smooth. Thankfully, it doesn't leave your skin feeling stripped like other exfoliators. This is one of the only face masks that I tried from Lush that isn't too hard to rinse off, normally I spend nearly fifteen minutes trying to remove a face mask and my skin ends up a little annoyed. It has a wonderful citrus smell which I adore and it's blue! Who doesn't want to have a blue face for ten minutes! I feel like this mask can be used on any skin type except maybe sensitive due to it being extremely exfoliating.

No Drought Dry Shampoo
I don't know where I'd be without this as it keeps my hair looking normally on its more greasier days. I decided to get this after my hair started rejecting spray dry shampoo and I had heard this works wonders. Though it is quite an expensive dry shampoo at €10, compared to its €2/3 counterparts, it has lasted eight months with twice a week use and I am only half way through it. Of course, it is a little awkward and takes to put in, I normally put it into my hair the night before and takes me around ten minutes to get it done. The great thing is sometimes one application can last two days with a little top up.

Grease Lightning Spot Treatment
This is one of the first things I bought from Lush and is still one of my firm favourites. This is a great overnight treatment that helps shrink spots and reduce their redness. I found this great to put on the night before and in the morning that mountain on my face has turned into a hill. I love that Grease Lightning doesn't dry out the surrounding skin like other spot treatments and a little goes a long way.

Jason and the Argan Oil Shampoo Bar
The newest Lush product in my collection and I never thought I would ever try out any of the shampoo bars but here we are. One of my good friends bought Honey I Washed My Hair and raved about it. I was thinking of getting it but when I went into Lush I was recommended 'Jason and the Argan Oil'. I love this shampoo as it leaves my hair less wet when I wash it and I find it helps my hair seem less greasy on those day three or day 4 hair days. Also, I am obsessed with the scent and I love leaving it in my room so I can smell it. I have been using it for 2 months and there's only a small dip in it. It is wonderful for travelling as I just need to bring it in a tin compared to a bottle and it will be great when I go on holidays abroad.

What are your Lush must-haves?

Saturday, 5 May 2018

May Shop My Stash

Welcome to my first ever Shop My Stash post! I noticed that I usually use the same products over and over leaving some others to the side and forgetting completely about them. I started to Shop My Stash towards the start of the year and every month I pick new products to use. I thought I would share with you want I hope to use more in May.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze
I have had this eyeshadow since 2015, I had to check my old blog posts, so it is pretty old, to say the least. Thankfully nothing has changed regards to texture and smell so I will continue to use it. On and On Bronze is a beautiful copper eyeshadow that lasts nearly all day on my rather hooded eyelids. I think it is the perfect colour for Spring/Summer especially since we are coming into exam season and good weather always comes then.

Kiko Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick in 117 Papaya
This is one of my more newer items in my collection, I bought this in Edinburgh last year. I haven't worn it much over the past few months as it is such a bright red. I hope to get plenty of use out of it over the month. I find this lipstick quite interesting as though it is a lipstick, it has the lasting power of a liquid lipstick and doesn't fade at all, unless I'm eating! I love this lipstick as it really adds a lot to a simple makeup look and I really appreciate that when I want to have a simple makeup look that has a little sparkle in it.

Giordani Gold Bronzing Pearls in Natural Peach
I've been trying to change out my blush every month and I have been abandoning this one for some time now and I think it is now time to give it a chance. It's not even that it's a bad blush, I just forget about it and also it's those weird pearls too. I have to be very careful not to give myself clown cheeks when using this as it is really pigmented.

Collection Speedy Highlighter in Pearl Sheen
This is the first ever highlighter I ever bought and it has been left to the wayside ever since. I love how quick and simple it is to use and it is such a pretty highlighter for my skin tone. I keep forgetting to use this but when I do remember to use it, I've already put on powder. I think this will be perfect if we get any warm or nice weather in May as it is simple to use and lasts all day.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink in the Afternoon
This lipstick is apart of 'Products I Want To Use Up in 2018' mainly because it is three years old and it is probably the oldest lipstick in my collection. Recently, I started using it as a cream blush and I have fallen in love with it. The only problem with it is the same with the cream highlighter, I keep putting on powder.

Rimmel Soft Khol Kajal Eye Pencil in Black
Does anyone use eye pencils any more? I surely don't and I have this one sitting in my collection not doing a whole pile. I like to add products to my monthly 'Shop My Stash' that I normally don't use or don't have a use for. I normally don't wear khol black eyeliner as I have really small eyes and it normally smudges everywhere. Hopefully, I'll find a new and improved way of using it.

That's all that is in my May Shop My Stash.

Thanks for being awesome,