My New Years Resolutions

I’m not usually a fan of New Years Resolutions, and the “new year, new me!” crap is usually something I roll my eyes at. But lately I’m trying to be a little more positive, and I think having some goals to focus on in the new year might not be so bad after all. Even if some of these only last a week or two, all I can do is try!

1. Get my writing published017

This is a pretty obvious goal for somebody doing a course like Journalism, but I’m hoping to get a lot more work published in 2015. In October I had an interview published in the Irish Sun which was huge for me, but afterwards I got a little lazy on the writing front. I’ve had a few articles published with College Times, but this year I’m hoping to write for An Focal (UL’s newspaper) and I’m going to be working as a contributor with Campus.ie too. I’m hopefully doing work experience with a radio station in January, and hope to get some type of work experience on the broadcast journalism front during the Summer.

2. Exercise more016

This is one I’ve already started but I’m adamant that I’m going to keep it up in the new year. I love jogging and I’m getting back into yoga too, attempting to squeeze in 30 minutes of exercise every day (which is a lot for a girl who used to do absolutely nothing). I want to make sure I keep this up when I go back to Limerick, so I plan on trying out some of the fitness classes like Pilates, Mind Body Fusion and Total Body Workout. I don’t want to exercise solely for the purpose of losing weight though; I always find that I’m in a better mood after a run and can better handle the challenges life throws my way.

3. Learn to cook018

This one is a must, because after surviving on pasta and takeaways for the last few months my body pretty much hates me. If I can learn to cook 5 or 6 healthy meals I’ll be more than happy, I just need to find some easy, healthy recipes that will be manageable when I have an inconvenient college timetable on my hands. If any of you have any suggestions, please leave a comment, because frankly I don’t even know where to start!

4. Don’t let boys be mean to me014

Recently I’ve been letting my tough gal persona slip and consequently my feelings have been getting hurt. Things that boys would say (or the fact that they’d say nothing at all) would really get on my nerves and it was all starting to make me feel a little down. In 2015 I vow not to have feelings for anyone, and can somebody hold me to that please? I’m gonna enjoy being free and single and all that crap. No more letting boys walk all over me, and certainly no more going back to people who have hurt me in the past. Time to be sassy and classy and a little smart-assy.

5. Be happy026

Most importantly of all, in 2015 I vow to be happy. It’s not that I haven’t been happy this year, in fact it’s been an amazing few months for me, but I want to carry this through to the new year. Looking after my mental health is something that’s important to me as a sufferer of anxiety, and going almost 2 months without a panic attack is something I’m proud to have achieved. This year I’m going to make sure that I do all the things and see all the people that make me happy, and get rid of those who don’t. I’m hoping I make all the right choices for myself, and learn a thing or two from my mistakes along the way.

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MAC Lipstick Collection

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Faux (2)

Faux is an every-day nude colour that’s become extremely popular lately along with the likes of Brave and Twig, which have made a name for themselves as the “Kylie Jenner” lipstick. It can be hard to find a pinky-beige that suits your skin tone, because even slight variations can look off depending on how pale or dark you are. I have the skin of Snow White (NW10 to be exact), and find that Faux suits me perfectly. I like to team it with MAC’s Soar lip liner (another popular colour) and with just one application I get about 5 hours out of the lipstick. It’s a Satin finish so it’s not at all drying on the lips, making it the perfect every-day colour.


Fresh Moroccan (3)

This is a shimmery cinnamon-red that’s perfect for the festive season. It’s an almost glittery lipstick with specks of gold, and looks fabulous on green-eyed girls (or boys). It’s a Frost finish so the staying power isn’t great, but then again I’m yet to use it with a lipliner. I can usually get about 2 or 3 hours out of it, but what annoys me is even when the colour wears off (say, after you’ve eaten) you’re left with glitter all over your lips so you need to reapply straight away or risk looking like a fairy of some sort. Apart from this minor fault, Fresh Moroccan is definitely one of my favourites and if it was in a Matte finish I’d wear it all the time.


Russian Red (4)

I just got this lipstick as a Christmas present and it’s safe to say that I’m madly in love. I’ve been looking for the perfect red colour for a long time; not too bright, dark or neon, with great staying power, and Russian Red is exactly that. It’s a Matte finish which is my favourite, and stays on your lips for hours on end. I could easily get 6 hours out of this lipstick, and you don’t need a lip liner underneath as the staying power is great and it’s a solid, opaque colour. I like to line my lips for extra definition though, and Cherry by MAC compliments Russian Red perfectly.


Smoked Purple (5)

Smoked Purple is a deep plum, almost black lip colour that looks beautiful on darker skin tones. I’m not entirely sure but I think it may have blueish undertones, as it doesn’t make your teeth look yellow at all. I’m a lover of purple lipstick and needed a dark colour to add to my collection, so obviously when I seen that Smoked Purple was a Matte finish it was the obvious choice for me. It’s not a colour I wear often, and I usually only wear it at night as it’s very in your face, but when I do I team it with MAC’s Night Moth lip liner. People complain that Matte finishes dry out their lips and with my other Matte lipsticks I don’t find that it does, but for some reason Smoked Purple seems different. It’s a little more drying and I have to pull it across my lips to get coverage, but it lasts at least 6 hours so it’s worth the hassle.


Heroine (6 and other picture)

This is my all time favourite lip colour. It’s one of MAC’s more popular colours, and it’s not hard to see why. Although the bright violet colour can seem intimidating at first, it’s very easy to wear and suits almost everyone. It’s quite an extreme colour, but it’s my go-to every-day lipstick when I’m feeling like looking a little different. It looks great with minimal eye makeup and really makes your eye colour pop, which I love. It’s a Matte finish, and when teamed with MAC’S Magenta it lasts me 5 hours. I’m nearly out of this colour unfortunately, but I’ll most definitely be purchasing it again.


Bronze Shimmer (1)

Although this isn’t a colour that I wear often, it’s one I adore. This lipstick is quite a quirky golden-bronze, and I very rarely see anyone trying to pull this type of colour off. I bought this because it had been a while since I’d gotten a lip colour that was unique and different, and I wanted to try something new. It’s a hard one to get used to seeing on yourself, but it looks gorgeous with a brown smokey eye. It’s a Frost finish so it’s slightly shimmery, and the coverage isn’t as good as I’d like it to be. I don’t wear this as much as I’d like to because I don’t have a lip liner to go with it yet, but once I purchase MAC’s Cork I’ll be wearing it a lot more often. It’s one of those colours that you really need to use a lip liner with, as the staying power isn’t great (maybe 2-3 hours) and you can’t get much definition with it.


Saint Germain (8)

Saint Germain is a colour that I’ve had my eye on for a long time, and my best friend bought it for me this Christmas. It’s a candyfloss-pink with blueish undertones, and would look fabulous on tanned skin. It’s my first Amplified finish and I’m not exactly sure how I feel about it. I love the glossy look it provides, but it’s a little annoying having to reapply in three layers to get opaque coverage every time I take a drink or eat. I’m yet to buy a lip liner for this (if anyone knows of one that would go well with it, please let me know!) but I’m sure I’ll love it and wear it a lot more often once I do. I got so many compliments on my makeup the one night I wore this, and I really like how it can dramatically change up your look.


Viva Glam Nicki (7)

This is a bright, Barbie-pink that looks beautiful on blondes. It’s not too out there or in-your-face, and could easily be worn every day to spice up your look a little bit. It’s a Satin finish so it lasts 4 hours when teamed with lip liner, and is really girly and pretty. It’s a good colour for somebody who wants a bright and different colour, but doesn’t want to go too wild. This is definitely one I’ll purchase again when I run out, and all proceeds go to charity so you don’t even need to feel bad about splashing out.

Review: Oculus

Oculus is one of many “haunted house horrors” that have become popular in the last few years, following the success of films such as Paranormal Activity.
This film is a story of two siblings, Tim and Kaylie Russell, who believe that an evil antique mirror was the cause of the death of their parents eleven years ago. Eager to get rid of this evil force that destroyed their childhood, once Tim is released from a psychiatric ward the siblings decide to attempt to “kill it” by destroying the mirror.
While the film starts off on an interesting note with a new and fresh storyline that grabs a hold of your attention, as it progresses I found that I was losing interest quicker and quicker. The film regularly switches between present time and the incident that happened eleven years ago, which can get confusing. As well as that, there are pieces of the film where the mirror gets Tim and Kaylie to “see what it wants them to see”, and they end up outside watching themselves inside about to be killed. This is confusing enough as it is, but to add to this, they aren’t sure if they’re really the people inside or outside. Scenes like this were just frustrating and a lot of it was structured badly, to the point where I’d completely lost interest 3/4 of the way through the film.
The ending of Oculus was also disappointing. It was sudden and slightly predictable, but it did give an opportunity for sequels in the future. If there was a sequel, I’d definitely be open to watching it because I think the storyline here is pretty good. However the confusing structure ruined it for me, and I really didn’t feel like it was scary enough for it’s haunted house type genre.
Rating: 2/5

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Small Town Girl, City World

If you know me from Twitter or Facebook, you’ll know that I come from a small town on the coast of Mayo. Because of this, a lot of people ask me why I chose to study here in UL; a five hour journey home isn’t the most encouraging thing in the world. As well as that, practically nobody from my hometown came here. I had planned on coming here alone, until one of my best friends fell in love with the place too (it was hard not to when I was talking about it 24/7!)

It was around this time last year when I decided that Limerick was the place for me. A friend of mine from Kerry was planning on studying here, and hearing her sing UL’s praises all the time I decided to look into it myself. I’d been researching it for all of two hours when I decided; UL was going from 5th on my CAO form to 1st. I hadn’t even been to an open day but right away I knew that Limerick was the place for me. The campus was gorgeous, the accommodation was cosy and convenient, and most importantly of all it would be a fresh start for me.

A lot of leaving cert students based their choice of college on two things; closeness to home and where their friends were going. I, however, rebelled against this norm. I’m a pretty independent person, so living far away from home wasn’t a huge issue for me. I thought I’d still manage to come home every weekend, but unfortunately it’s way too tiring. By the time I get home on a Friday night, all I want is to sleep, and I end up snoozing for half of Saturday after being reunited with my bed. Although it’s tough only getting to see my family every three weeks (hi Dad, I know you’re reading this), it’s something I’ve had to get used to. Home sickness really hit me around week six, but with Christmas to look forward to now, I’m feeling a lot better.

When I came to Limerick I literally knew of around three people coming here. Yes, three. But for some reason this really didn’t bother me, if anything it made it more appealing! I wanted college to be a fresh start, where nobody knew me and I could finally be myself. In the first few weeks I made so many amazing new friends, something I don’t think I’d have been bothered doing if I’d come here equipped with all my friends from home as a safety blanket. Of course not having these friends here is lonely at times, and I can easily end up spending €20 credit in one go ringing them for the gossip, but it’s made me appreciate them a lot more. I now realise who my true friends are by noticing who’s actually bothered to stay in contact with me, and I appreciate the time I do get to spend with them a lot more.

Living in the city has been a breath of fresh air for me. I’m not somebody who likes to follow the crowd, which can easily be seen by my piercings and love of weird coloured lipstick. When you live in a small area it can be difficult to be yourself, for constant fear of being judged. I’ve found that in Limerick people are more open to differences, and are willing to accept you for who you are as long as you’re a good person. This is one of my favourite things about the place, it’s nice not having to constantly worry about what people think of you. There’s no “what will the neighbours say?” here because well, they probably don’t even know your name.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, college has been the best experience of my life so far. I love my course and I’ve made some life long friends, something that might not have happened if I’d gone to another university. I’m grateful for every day I get to spend here, and although it’s different from living in a small town, I wouldn’t have it any other way.