Tuesday, 21 August 2018

I think my phone is killing my brain - and this is why I need to turn it around

Hello everyone,

What's your biggest fear?

Mine? - Looking back on my life when I'm old and grey and full of sleep, and realising I haven't lived a full life that I'm proud of.
I know- That's really flipping deep.

Over the past month I've come to a realisation, that I definitely came to months ago but I denied myself of it for so long.
It's that I - like so many "youths" - am addicted to my phone.

Addiction isn't a word that I believe is associated with nice images or a happy lifestyle.
(To be honest, when I think of the word in question, I remember the episode of My Strange Addiction where the woman was addicted to eating bricks 😕. Luckily in my case, my stomach is most certainly brick free)

My Dad always says to my sister and I that "These days are the best of your lives" (Or something along those lines). Even though my father, like so many other parents, has departed this piece of wisdom onto me since I was very little, I never really thought or cared about it (soz dad :/).
But as much as I hate to admit it, he is correct.

Dudes, It stresses me out to think of all the precious time I spent this summer looking at an ungodly amount of "Bathing Suit Hauls 👙" on Youtube, that I could of spent with friends and family having absolutely great craic, that I will always fondly look back on.
Because in reality, will I honestly look back on the "Summer of '18" and say "I miss the days I spent ruining my posture on my bed looking at 65734 night time routines in succession"?
Errrr, I think not.

So what I'm trying to say is that. My time on this planet is precious and I'm not going to let my life be consumed by amounting FOMO due to embarrassing long insta explore page scrolls.
But PLEASE do not think I'm going cold turkey and deleting all forms of social media, because that is just plain stupidity, for me anyway.

Maybe when my mam used to say "Everything in Moderation", she meant more then just eating 5 Cadbury chocolate bars in one sitting....

So here's to a new chapter of my life, where I relish in the little thing and overall appreciate my life more -which I never take for granted anyway-  and perhaps I'll update you on my journey.

Thats's all folks, I have a lot more to say on this and I'll publish a few more posts on this topic- while I am feeling inspired :)
Have a wonderful rest of your day,
Niamh xoxo


Saturday, 28 July 2018

My top 5 places to explore in Amsterdam

Hey everyone!

I recently arrived back home from an amazing trip to Amsterdam. I did so much while I was there and thought I'd make a little guide to the places you should visit and a few extra tips. Tell me below, Have you ever travelled to the Netherlands?

 Heineken Experience

This made it onto my list as I was so unexpectedly surprised by this tourist attraction. I have been on something similar to this in Kilkenny at Smithwicks (which is also something I recommend doing). Not only do you get the hear about the history of the beer and how it is made but they have loads of fun games and photo opportunities, aswell as this really weird but awesome simulation thingy where you are a bottle (ok that actually sounds so stupid but it's AMAZING). You also get 2 beers with your admission at the bar. if you are over 18, or 2 soft drinks if you are underage.

 Canal Cruise

As everyone knows, Amsterdam is famous for it's canals. There are lots of different companies who do canal tours, I went on a Blue Boat cruise. I really enjoyed it, there was also an audio guide you could tune into, to hear facts about the places you passed by on the canal. It lasted about 70 minutes, which was the perfect length. It was so picturesque and should be experienced by everyone.

The Amsterdam Museum

I had never heard anyone talk about this before I happened to go into it, I really loved the layout of this musuem and I learned so much about the history of Amsterdam and how it came to be so unique and beautiful. This museum is a mix of an audio tour, videos, facts written on the walls and hands on learning. Not only is it a great museum, it has a beautiful courtyard along with a coffee shop, I recommend relaxing there afterwards. 

Rembrandt Square

This is one of my favourite places I visited. This is a really cute little square that is surrounded by restaurants and bars (which btw the restaurants are really good too). It has a monument in the middle of the square, which makes for great photo opportunities and a green space which is lovely to chill on after your meal. On a Sunday they also have a lovely art market to browse around. Overall the square has amazing vibes.

I amsterdam sign/Rijksmuseum

This is another lovely area in Amsterdam which is filled with great museums, such as the Van Gogh, Diamond, Modern art and the infamous Rijksmuseum. This area makes a great place to chill out and eat an ice cream or waffle, due to the different stands and carts around and all the greenspace. You can also hear amazing musicians play and you walk under/ through the Rijks museum. Oh! I nearly forgot, this is also where you can take that staple pic beside the I amsterdam sign.

Other things you should know before travelling to Amsterdam

One of the best things you can do while in Amsterdam is purchase an I amsterdam city card, when you buy this you can use unlimited trams and buses, get free admission to lots of musuems and discounts on other things, such as The Heineken Experience or your bill at Wagamamas. Also if you do get this card, don't forget the tap on and off the tram, if not your card will not longer work!

Amsterdam has a really good selection of places to eat which cater to most dietary requirements, my favourite place I ate in was Toastable, which do the most delectable 3 layer sandwiches that will change your life (My fav is the Californication).

You really should try and walk as much as you can to soak up the culture and beautiful architecture, try and even schedule a chunk of time just to walk around and see what you find!
Other great places to visit are the handbag museum, the Van Loon house, the Tulip museum, Anne Frank's Hiding House and Jardaan.

That's all for today's post! Do you think I left anything out? Tell me below. I hope you all enjoyed this post and if you are headed to Amsterdam, Safe Travels :D Thanks for reading!

Niamh xoxo


Wednesday, 18 July 2018

CYO brand review

Hey everyone!

Today's post is one I have been working on for quite a while and something I'm excited to share with you. It's a brand review on CYO cosmetics, which is a fairly new brand to hit Boots. In the past month I have acquired 5 products that I want to share my thoughts on today. Oh before I forget I have set up an Instagram for my blog, you can find it @essentiallyniamh on there :)

Matte-Attack (matte and blur primer)

This clear silicon textured primer retails for €6.50, it has no pigment as is very similar to other primers I have used, like Barry M's one. It does a good job of blurring the look of large pores and doesn't leave your skin looking shiny. I like to use this even without foundation and it does increase the longevity of my face products, it gets a thumbs up from me!

Meet your Matte (matte face powder)

As I was researching a bit about the brand I saw that their slogan is 'Be a makeup maverick', which kind of spooks me as it instantly reminded me of Logan Paul, which I'm sure is not what they were going for haha Anyways, this powder retails for €5.00, which is very reasonable. It comes in 4 shades and its a light powder to seal in your cream face products and doesn't leave your face looking cakey. I like it and would repurchase.

Shade to Last (lip and cheek stain)

This product comes in two shades 'Stop out', the one I purchased and is more red toned of the two and 'Here all day', which is quite an interesting nearly illuminious pink shade. 'Stop out' is very comparable to Benetint, which is a lovely product. It is a great shade which can be built up for a more dramatic look or sheered out for a more natural look. I prefer to wear this on my lips and I can confirm it does last a very long time, €6.50.

Take the Threeway (shadow, liner and mascara)

This product really grabbed my attention when I first saw the stand in Boots. It is a three in one product which is priced at €9.00. My favourite bit about this is the mascara which is really nice. The eye liner does its job and the shadow is very messy but very pretty when applied to the inner corners of your eyes. I recommend this product for people who do their makeup on the go or if you ravel with your makeup. Overall it's a little gimicky but I do like the product. I have the shade 'Don't kill my vibe' and it's the only one I have seen in Boots but on the website it is available in what seems to be a nude shade called 'Play it Nice'.

The mascara on my lashes (check my insta for a shadow swatch!)

Sweeping Statement (metallic eye stick)

This product is my absolute favourite thing I have bought from CYO. It is a creamy eye shadow stick which comes in four shades and retails for €6.00. The shade I use every time I do my makeup to open up my eyes is called 'Clowning Around', it is a very bright silvery taupe and really helps to make your eyes look bright and wide. You can see a swatch of it on my saved insta stories! It is a really easy to use product that lasts well on the eyes and I can't wait for them to release more shades!

My overall opinion on CYO is that they have really good quality products that won't break the bank and most importantly are against animal testing! If you are hesitant on buying any of their products I'd definitely say to go for it and try some of their stuff. That's all for today, tell me in the comments if you have tried any CYO products!