Month: January 2015

Beauty Products I Couldn’t Live Without

Being a teenage girl, it can sometimes seem like my life revolves around makeup. There’s just something so satisfying about purchasing a new shade of lipstick or finding a mascara that does your long lashes justice, but it can definitely become a bad habit. I realised that my addiction to makeup was going a little too far when I decided I’d go without a week’s shopping to buy three MAC lipsticks. Yes three, and no not necessary. But when funds are running low and I can’t afford to splurge on new and exciting products, these are the things I couldn’t live without.

Foundation: All my life I’ve had skin that would give Snow White a run for her money, and when I was younger it was a real pain in the ass. When I was 13 and just starting off with makeup, finding foundation to match my skin tone was a nightmare, not to mention that I also had disastrous acne that nothing seemed to cover up. After years of searching and coming up with nothing, I discovered MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW10. It’s as white as white can be and is pretty much full coverage, so it’s perfect for my skin. At €31.50 it’s a little pricey, but a bottle of it lasts me about 6 months because I don’t have to use that much of it in one go. I’m a firm believer that with foundation, you really get what you pay for.

Concealer: Concealer was never really a big thing for me, but since coming to college I use it almost every day. Late night partying and 9am starts don’t exactly go well together, not to mention the return of the dreaded acne from my staple diet of pizza last semester. With all of this in mind, it was time for me to invest in a good quality concealer (after my trusty Catrice stuff fell off the balcony). I decided to try out MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer in NW15. The makeup artists in MAC here in Limerick are always very helpful, and advised me to go for this one because it’s as full coverage as you can get. They were right, this stuff is magic and covers up even the most awful breakouts. It costs €19.50 for a small tub but you only have to use a little bit, so I’m sure it will last me a while.

Blush: Ah, blush. Blush is something that I’m still on the lookout for, I just can’t ever seem to find one that suits my skin tone. Everything either looks too bright in contrast with my pale skin or too dark and looking like I’ve thrown a load of bronzer all over my cheeks, I just can’t seem to win. I’d like to find a pale peachy-pink suitable for my deathly pale look, so if anyone knows of any colours that they think would look nice, please let me know.

Highlighter: For highlighter I use MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle. I’m not a fan of liquid highlighter (such as Benefit’s High Beam) as I find they look kind of streaky on my face. Although this is from MAC’s Skin Finish range, I’m not exactly sure why anyone would cover their face in it because it’s really sparkly and pink, each to their own I guess! This highlighter isn’t too obvious or shiny, but gives a nice glow to my face. I got this as a gift, but I’m pretty sure MAC’s Skin Finish products like this are in and around €30.

Mascara: I’ve gone through so many mascara’s and after trying They’re Real by Benefit, it’s not something that I tend to splurge on anymore. My eyelashes are pretty long and thick as it is, and I find that a lot of Maybelline and Max Factor products work pretty well with them. Right now I’m using Max Factor’s Clump Defy by False Lash Effect, and after two coats it gives my lashes a really nice finish. I do have to reapply this once or twice a day though because after a while it doesn’t look as dramatic, but I only paid around €15 for this product so I’m more than happy to do it.

Eyeliner: Black liquid eyeliner is a staple in my makeup bag and I definitely couldn’t live without it, but it can be difficult to find a good one. Finding one that has a good brush and pigmentation, that doesn’t smudge throughout the day or go into your creases seemed to be almost impossible but eventually I found my perfect eyeliner: Isodora’s Colorful Eyeliner in black. This is so easy to apply, lasts all day and never smudges, and only costs around €12. It’s by far one of my favourite things in my makeup bag and I know I’ll never use another liquid eyeliner again!

Eyebrow Pencil: I dye my hair blonde but my hair is naturally a light brown colour, meaning my eyebrows are too. Finding an eyebrow pencil to match my brows without looking too harsh against both my pale skin and blonde hair has proven difficult, as every brand only seems to have three colours: blonde, dark brown and black. After searching far and wide I discovered MAC’S Eyebrow Crayon in Fling, which is a perfect dark blonde colour and keeps my eyebrows looking natural. The only thing about it though is that it costs €19.50 and doesn’t last very long, as it’s a twisty pencil that tends to snap quite a bit. I’m kind of hooked now though, so there’s no going back to Rimmel I’m afraid!

Eyeshadow: I’ve never really been a big fan of eyeshadow because I’m unbelievably bad at doing a good smokey eye, and I usually only use minimal eye colour because I go crazy with my lips. Over Christmas I got the Naked 2 Palette, which comes in handy for every day looks as well as more dramatic night time wear. It has the perfect range of browns, bronzes and golds for my minimal eye makeup look and at €45 it’s not a bad price to pay for the various colours you get.

Lip liner: I’m obsessed with accentuating my lips and from gold to black, my lips could end up any colour. However my favourite lip liner that I wear almost every day is Soar by MAC. It’s the perfect nudey-pink colour, and works well even without a lipstick on top. Although I usually cover my whole lips in Soar and follow up with MAC’s Faux lipstick, more often than not I wear it by itself and it always looks natural and pretty. It costs around €15 but lasts a long time.

Lipstick: I have so many MAC lipstick’s that I adore at this stage, but my all time favourite is Heroine. It’s a bright violet colour that contrasts so much with my pale skin, and really makes my green eyes pop. I’m completely in love with it and although it’s a bit of a crazy colour, I wear it during the day quite a bit. I usually wear it with MAC’s Magenta lip liner, and it’s a matte finish (my favourite) so I only have to reapply once or twice a day. I’m nearly out of it now, but will definitely be repurchasing. This colour cost me €19.50

Weight loss – an obsession gone too far?

Weight loss – an obsession gone too far?

College life isn’t always easy, and trying to balance lectures with socialising, exercising, eating healthily and other commitments can be tough. It seems like in the end that something always gets forgotten, and for me and many other students, it was healthy eating that got the boot. It’s all too easy to throw on a packet of noodles or order a pizza when you’re too busy to cook or hungover from the night before. For the majority of us this can lead to a little extra meat on our bones, some more than others. But how big of an affect does this weight gain have on us, and why is it such a big deal?

It’s when you jump two dress sizes from a slender size 8 that you begin to question these things, after your body undergoes a change. But one thing that never seems to change, is the media’s portrayal of the “perfect body”. After I gained weight I seemed to be more aware of the obsession the media have with how big or small celebrities are. The front pages of magazines are either covered with unflattering photos of stars who have gained a few pounds, or praising them for their drastic weight loss and new size 6 figure.

With images and headlines like this on the front page, women and young girls are forced to see the harsh reality of what society expects of us today. Having a bit of a belly, wobbly thighs or chubby cheeks is deemed unacceptable, which is all too much to live up to. We’re all different and beautiful in our own way, and some of us are naturally bigger or smaller than others. We shouldn’t feel that we have to conform to the ridiculous expectations of losing a tonne of weight and being a tiny size.

In October last year, popular lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret released a new range of underwear under the name “The Perfect Body” which was advertised all over America. This campaign received plenty of backlash however, because the models featured on the advertisement and their “perfect bodies” consisted of a group of women who were all the same. Tall, skinny, and no bigger than a size 6. According to The Journal, women and men everywhere signed a petition, requesting that the company “apologise for and amend the irresponsible marketing” of the bra range, and there’s no wonder. This advertisement would have been viewed by young girls who’d look at it and think that being tall and thin is the only way you can be perfect, which couldn’t be much more wrong. Your body is beautiful no matter what your shape or size.

It’s rare that a day goes by without seeing a headline on the front of a magazine about somebody’s fluctuating weight, and it sometimes ends up overruling other important topics that should be covered. Radio presenter Jameela Jamil was the first female presenter on BBC Radio 1’s Official Chart Show, raking in over 200,000 viewers. This was huge, and Jameela was left infuriated when the media decided to report on her weight instead of her achievement. Giving an inspirational speech on body confidence, Jameela bravely said: “Pardon me if will always wobble just a little bit when I walk. Pardon me if I want the daughter I may have one day to grow up wanting a good heart, a good mind, and a good life – and not a f**king thigh gap.” Issues like this can leave us wondering, why is there such an obsession with weight above all else? Why is a woman’s weight deemed the most important and interesting thing about her life?

In January last year, The Journal reported that according to a survey, a quarter of Irish women said they had parts of their bodies that they didn’t want their partners to see or touch. Statistics like this are frightening, but there’s no wonder when we’re constantly reminded of the “perfect body” and what we should all aspire to look like. But it’s not only the media that are guilty of putting this image in our heads, social media is partly responsible too. Tumblr, which is a blog site, has thousands of teenage users, and some are becoming more and more obsessed with being unhealthily thin. Many of them obsess over having a “thigh gap”, where slender legs in which feet are together, do not touch. Many young girls go to extreme effects to get this “desirable” feature, something that can be the cause of illnesses such as anorexia and bulimia. Many girls are naturally thin and have this gap, but for others it can become an unhealthy obsession.

With all these images and ideas being portrayed to young girls, it’s obviously going to have an effect on some of them. According to the Eating Disorder Resource Centre of Ireland, children as young as five are displaying signs of poor body image – and some seven and eight year olds have developed eating disorders. These habits can continue on into their teenage years, and soon becomes something that seems almost impossible for those affected to overcome.

With this recent obsession with weight loss, it’s important to remember that a number on a weighing scales doesn’t define who you are. You do not have to conform to a certain shape or size to be acceptable, and we’re all unique. It’s all about being confident and loving who you are, and there’s always going to be somebody who’d give anything to have a figure like yours.

“Just get over it.”

I’ve suffered from anxiety for my whole life now. It can be tough and it’s a complete inconvenience at times, but it’s something that I’ve had to learn to accept and deal with. But one thing that really bugs me is people that don’t think anxiety is a real illness. People who tell me to “just stop worrying”, to “calm down” and worst of all, to “just get over it”. Obviously, if I could do that then I wouldn’t be in this position. These are possibly the worst things you can say to a person with anxiety or a person who’s in distress during a panic attack, it just makes them feel ten times worse about their lack of control about the situation.

Anxiety isn’t something that I can just get rid of, and although I have my good days and bad days, I’ve accepted that it’s probably going to be a part of my life forever. From the age of seven I remember fretting constantly over little things, obsessing over what could go wrong, making myself sick with worry. These feelings were so normal to me that I didn’t even realise that I had a problem. I thought everyone was like this, that everyone spent all their time and energy stressing about the outcome of everything they said or did. Does it sound like I could “just get over it”?

It was only when I turned 16 that I realised anxiety was an actual illness. It was when I started going out for the night with my friends, and almost every night I’d end up getting myself up in a heap and having a panic attack. The fact that this happened regularly made me even more anxious about going out, I was so afraid of people looking at me and seeing me freak out. Before I’d leave the house I’d go through every single bad thing that could happen to me if I went out, and I was on the verge of a panic attack before I’d stepped foot outside the front door. I wanted more than anything to be able to enjoy my night anxiety-free, and have fun like everybody else. Does it sound like I could “just get over it”?

The same thing happened in school. I’ve always missed a lot of school because of medical issues, and this would leave me in constant fear of falling behind, of missing something important, of failing. So much to the point that I was scared to go back to school after taking a few days off, I was petrified that I wouldn’t understand what was going on, and would start having a panic attack in the classroom. Does it sound like I could “just get over it”?

This fear was made even worse around the time of my Irish and French oral exams. I started having a panic attack during an assembly in the hall, and had to leave the room before it got worse. I didn’t want anyone to see, because I knew they wouldn’t understand what was going on. But of course they did see, and what followed was a group of lads taking the piss out of me and mimicking me having a panic attack. I can honestly say that I’ve never felt so degraded or mortified in my life. I was constantly accused of “attention seeking” with my panic attacks and to anyone who suspects that I say, a big fuck you. I go out of my way to go somewhere private and calm myself down when I’m having a panic attack, away from everyone except maybe a close friend who understands and can help. Sorry if my panic attacks offend you or take your mind off your own life for a couple of seconds, but I can guarantee you that the last thing I want is for you to notice me. Does it sound like I could “just get over it”?

Exams were hell for me, not just because of my anxiety, but because of people’s petty comments. I got to go first in my oral exams, skipping maybe a handful of people and majority of them didn’t mind at all. But there’s always a few that bang on about “special treatment” and how I was “overreacting”. Well sorry if it seems that way, but guess how many panic attacks I had in two oral exams? Five. Obviously, I wouldn’t just sabotage my exams that I worked so hard for like that for the craic and to get some attention off people who don’t even care about me. Does it sound like I could “just get over it”?

Me being me, I didn’t want to cause any more disruption. I didn’t want people gossiping about me and my drama skills, you know, because I was overreacting about the whole anxiety thing. So I asked for a separate room to do my written exams in for my Leaving Cert. I did it so that if I had a panic attack during an exam, I wouldn’t be interrupting other people in the room, and be accused of jeopardising their exams. But still, people talked about it and I was accused of having special treatment all over again. I don’t know how having a room by myself was going to be of any extra benefit to my exams, but you’d swear it was. Well I worked my ass off studying for the whole year, and didn’t end up getting my first preference at the end of the day because of my anxiety. Does it sound like I could “just get over it”?

I’m not writing this blog post out of anger for what has happened in the past. I’m writing it because I want people to be aware of what a person with anxiety goes through, before they decide to judge them. Before they decide to talk shit about them, make presumptions, and possibly make the said person’s anxiety even worse. My anxiety is a hell of a lot better since I got to college, and it’s made my life a lot easier. I’m happier and it shows in day to day things, I can now go to lectures without feeling like I’m falling behind and failing, and I have a lot more fun when I go out.

I’m so open about my anxiety because I want people to understand how hard it can be, or at least to try. Being a little more accepting to somebody with anxiety could just make it a little easier for them to deal with it themselves. I want everyone who reads this blog post to take one thing from it; a person who suffers from anxiety can’t just get over it.

“Are you the Twitter girl?”

“Are you the Twitter girl?”

Five words that are without a doubt said to me every time I go out in Limerick, and to say I find it odd would be the understatement of the century. I’m going to start this blog post by explaining this “Twitter girl” craic, because half of you reading this are probably a little confused right now, obviously enough.

When I started sixth year in September 2013, I decided to make a Twitter page called 2014LeavingCert that I could use to rant about my hatred for the leaving cert, and find others who felt the same way. I never really thought much of making it, and didn’t think it would end up anywhere near as popular as it did. As the weeks went by more people started to follow the page, and at its most I had almost 5000 followers. I was baffled at the amount of people who followed me, not only that, but the amount of people who interacted with me.

I made some really good friends just from something as simple as creating a Twitter account, and for every negative comment I got I received 100 positive ones. The positive messages were especially rampant when I received my results, and was really unhappy. All these people sent me messages with advice and support, and I really couldn’t be have been more thankful. It was so lovely knowing that people cared, and realised that I’d worked hard.

033When it was all said and done and I was officially finished with all things leaving cert related, I figured that the page would be forgotten. Right? Wrong. I remember the first night I moved into my apartment, and me and a housemate went to meet our neighbours. The first thing one of them said to me was “You’re the Twitter girl!” and that’s where it started.031

I really didn’t think anyone would recognise me. Sure, I’d posted a few pictures of myself on the account but I didn’t think that anyone had taken any notice. Any time I’d go out in Limerick, I’d get at least 3 or 4 people coming up to me asking me was I the “Leaving cert Twitter girl” and having a chat with me. Usually I’ve had a few drinks, so the conversation might be a bit blurry but I remember one night a girl telling me that she was heartbroken when I didn’t get the course I wanted, because I deserved it more than anyone. It was so sweet!

030My favourite moment however, was when a guy came over and did the Twitter girl thing, and then he was like “Can I buy you a shot?” and I just laughed. Where was he going ASKING if he could buy me a shot, of course he could! It’s mad and it’s happened on more than one occasion, but I won’t be complaining about free drinks. Something weird that people do though is asking me can they take a picture with me. I just don’t understand it, like why are they asking? It’s not like I’m going to say no, I’m a regular person, just take the picture!032

So there you have it, my shock at actually being recognised from a Twitter account. It’s weird and it’s funny, but it always lights up my night when people do it. It makes me realise that maybe I did make an impact on people’s lives, and hopefully helped them through the toughness that is the Leaving Cert. Although it’s always odd when you meet somebody at a party and their first words are “I know who you are”, I wouldn’t have it any other way!

“Can I have a pint of Journalism, please?”

Journalism and New Media – the course I’m currently studying, and loving every minute of here in UL. If any of you followed either my personal or leaving cert page on Twitter last year, you’ll know fine well that this was most definitely not what I wanted. I was adamant that I wanted to study Midwifery, and I was crushed when I was only a measly few points short. But what I never publicised was my love of writing. It’s always been something that I’ve enjoyed and that people have told me I’m good at. One occasion in particular I remember my teacher in third class telling my Mum that I would write a book some day, and it’s something that’s always stuck with me. 065066

So why did I put it so low down on my CAO form? Well if I’m honest, it was because of the influence of other people. I was always told that it’s hard to get a job in journalism, that it’s a rubbish job and the pay is crap. But if you really think about it, people say that about every job these days. I believe that if you enjoy what you do you’ll never work a day of your life, and that’s what I’m doing. I worked unbelievably hard to get Midwifery but I know I got this course for a reason, it was definitely meant for me.

But I didn’t get offered this course on round one, round two or round three. No, I had to wait until I was six weeks into New Media and English (which no, is not like Journalism at all) before I got offered this course, because some dope corrected my English paper wrong for my leaving cert and I didn’t reach the requirement of a B3. We pay a huge amount to get our papers corrected, only for an apparent group of monkeys to do so. It still angers me that I spent six weeks in a different course because of this, but anyways. Naturally when I was offered Journalism, I was a little hesitant to take it because of the amount of work I’d missed, but I decided to go for it. This was possibly the best decision I’ve ever made regarding my education!068

I get a lot of questions about my course from people hoping to do it next year, so I’m going to talk about what the course entails for a little bit. I did five modules last semester; Journalistic Writing, Sub-Editing and Design, Cultural Studies (which is changing to Introduction to Social Media this semester) and my two electives, Law and English. I love the Journalistic Writing module, it’s just learning the basics about writing and interviewing, skills you need as a journalist. Sub-Editing and Design is a lot of work on the Macbooks, where we learn how to design newspaper layouts as well as basic grammar correction. Cultural Studies was eh, very broad, I don’t even know how I’d describe it. I like English as an elective but I’m not a big fan of Law, it’s just really difficult and I don’t think I have the brain for it. 99% of the time I love my course, and prefer it to New Media and English by a mile. It’s a lot more hands on and focuses more on practical work. 067

Of course, coming into the course six weeks in I was really worried about making new friends. I figured that everyone would already have their friend groups, and with there only being 30 in the course I was pretty nervous. But I’ve made some amazing friends in Journalism, and we have some great nights out together, which is where the title for this blog came from. The night we did 12 pubs, and everyone got… Drunk. We all get along pretty well and this makes the course even better, knowing you can go into your Friday lectures nursing a hangover with a couple of friends in the exact same position!

As for the workload associated with the course, I wouldn’t say it’s that bad. We have a lot of continuous assessment exams which work out in our favour around exam time. This semester I only had two exams to do which took a lot of weight off my shoulders. The course itself isn’t difficult if you’re interested in it, but we are expected to do a lot of work outside of it. It’s up to you to get your portfolio up to scratch and try and get things published, which can take a lot of time, effort and motivation. When you have to transcribe a fifteen minute interview which ends up at over 1000 words, only to use about three quotes from it, the frustration is real. But it’s so worth it seeing your article published somewhere, a little moment of pride.070069

So what’s in stall in the future for me? I could work in either print, radio or broadcast journalism and I’m not really sure which one I’d prefer. Of course I’m not expected to know, I’m only in first year, but I’m a perfectionist who likes to have everything planned out. I love writing, but have recently done work experience with Midwest Radio for a week, and loved it. I could definitely see myself being a radio presenter in the future! But I’d love to try out broadcast journalism too, I mean who wouldn’t like to work on television? As I said, I don’t know what I want to do yet, but I’ll go wherever the wind takes me. Whatever happens, happens for a reason, and that’s what brought me on my journey to journalism.

Light Up Limerick’s Bridges

Light Up Limerick’s Bridges

This is an article that I wrote, which didn’t end up being published anywhere. However, I want to post it somewhere anyways to raise awareness about the developments in lighting up Limerick’s bridges, and this is an article that I worked really hard on.

Schoolgirl Katie Whelan has been left in absolute amazement after the Council have given her permission to “light up Limerick’s bridges”. The 18-year-old, who had a dream over the Christmas break about her cousin Lisa, who tragically died by suicide three years ago, which gave her the idea for this project, said that she couldn’t believe that she got a straight up yes so quickly. She said, “I thought it was going to drag out a couple of weeks and that they’d have to think about it, but I have the full support of the Limerick City Council so it’s absolutely amazing.”

Katie, who is a Leaving Cert student at Ard Scoil Mhuire, came up with the idea to light up Limerick’s bridges with positive quotes such as “It’s a bad day, not a bad life”, after she dreamed that Lisa saw the bridge light up before she jumped, and ended up stepping back. But despite the tragic circumstances that gave her the idea, Katie does not want the project to be focus solely on the prevention of suicide: “I don’t want it aimed just at suicide prevention. This is to boost the whole city. If you’re having a bad day and pass something that’s really positive and uplifting, hopefully it will make a change to people who aren’t even contemplating taking their life.”

Katie is working closely with the Council to make this happen, and they’re hoping to have Thomond Bridge finished before March. Because this is something that’s never been done before, the boxes will have to be specifically made before which will take both time and money, and the cost is looking to be between €1000-€1500.

With her exams coming up, Katie has a lot of work to juggle but says that local Councillor Daniel Butler is taking a lot of the weight off her shoulders. She’s determined to get things done, and said “Now that I have a definite yes, my sights are set on what I want to get done. I’ve got my family behind me and my school is completely behind me as well.”

Daniel Butler, City West Limerick Councillor, said that he was delighted to help Katie get the green light for this campaign. He said, “We went into the meeting together aiming high, and left on a high. Katie is an incredible young Limerick woman and I hope the people of Limerick, especially young people, get behind her campaign now as we move on to the next stage. I can assure her I will be working hard for to see this through to fruition.”

With a donation site in the works, Katie will be looking for donations to see the project through. Although she knows that money is tight, she said that she would be grateful for anyone who can help out financially, “I’m looking for local businesses, the people of Limerick, and anybody else who can to donate.”

With the Council and the public behind her, it looks like Thomond Bridge will be lit up as soon as possible, and will hopefully be followed by the rest of the bridges in Limerick.



I was browsing through my followed blogs today and came across the TMI Tag, which I’ve actually never seen before. I have some time on my hands so I said I’d give it a go.

There are a good few questions, so let’s get to it!

1. What are you wearing? A giant JLS hoodie from when I was like twelve, teamed with pyjama bottoms. Lovely!

2. Ever been in love? No, I don’t think so anyways. I’m too young for that crap!

3. Ever had a terrible breakup? Nope, any relationship I’ve ended hasn’t really been that dramatic, it just happened.

4. How tall are you? 5’2, I’m tiny.

5. How much do you weigh? Too much at the minute haha. Ah no, I gained a lot of weight in college but it’s been dropping off me since I’ve come home because I haven’t been eating takeaways or drinking.

6. Any tattoos? Not yet. I have the money saved up for one, and I’ve wanted it for about a year now, but I just want to make sure 100% that I like the design before I get it done.

7. Any piercings? At the minute I have eight. Three lobe piercings, helix, nose, septum, tongue and belly button.

8. OTP? Oohh definitely Spoby. Spencer and Toby, from Pretty Little Liars.

9. Favorite show? At the minute I’m rewatching Pretty Little Liars, so probably that. I love Orange Is The New Black too though!

10. Favorite bands? I like Walking On Cars, Paramore, Blink-182, The 1975 and Tonight Alive.

11. Something you miss? Right now I’m missing all my guys and gals in Limerick. We’ve all been texting like mad over the last few days and I’m so excited to see them again!

12. Favorite song? Hmm probably Robbers by The 1975.

13. How old are you? I’m 18 since the 25th of August.

14. Zodiac sign? Virgo

15. Quality you look for in a partner? I don’t know what I’m looking for in a partner because I’m not currently looking for one. All I’d want is somebody capable of treating me right, I suppose.

16. Favourite Quote? “Do not wait until conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes conditions perfect.” It motivates me to actually get things started.

17. Favorite actor? Lucy Hale, she’s just fabulous in every way possible.

18. Favorite color? Purple.

19. Loud or soft music? It depends on my mood. Probably somewhere in the middle majority of the time.

20. Where do you go when you’re sad? To a friend. I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by people who always knows how to cheer me up, whether I’m in Limerick or at home in Mayo. My friends are just amazing, I don’t know what I’d do without them.

21. How long does it take you to shower? About 15 minutes

22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? I always need at least 45 minutes because I’m so slow in the morning, I just cannot function properly.

23. Ever been in a physical fight? Nope, I’m a classy lady haha.

24. Turn on? Well it seems that I’m always attracted to boys who treat me like dirt, which isn’t exactly a good thing.

25. Turn off? Clinginess. It drives me crazy.

26. The reason I joined [WordPress]? I’m studying Journalism so a blog is necessary, but I had one before I started college which I used to post about Leaving Cert related topics.

27. Fears? I’m always afraid of not being good enough.

28. Last thing that made you cry? I can’t remember the last time I cried from being upset, so it was probably just over something funny that one of my friends has said. Emma’s reduced me to tears from laughing a couple of times, and that’s just through Facebook messages!

29. Last time you said you loved someone? I said it to Holly lastnight when she was drunk hahaha

30. Meaning behind your username? I can’t actually remember, it just kind of sounded cool I think.

31. Last book you read? Oh God I can’t even remember, it’s been so long since I’ve read a book. I really need to make more time to read though, it’s something I love to do.

32. The book you’re currently reading? Nothing currently.

33. Last show you watched? I watched an episode of Teen Mom 2 this morning, it’s my guilty pleasure.

34. Last person you talked to? I’m currently talking to Laura Enright, who’s a contestant on The Voice that I’m going to be interviewing. She seems to be a lovely girl and I can’t wait to see her audition tomorrow!

35. The relationship between you and the last person you texted? The last person I text was Michelle, who’s one of my best friends.

36. Favorite food? At the minute it’s scrambled eggs, I’m a little bit addicted.

37. Place you want to visit? I’d love to go back to New York again sometime, it’s beautiful.

38. Last place you were? I can’t even remember when the last time I left my house was, I’ve been such a hermit since I got home for the holidays!

39. Do you have a crush? The word crush just made me laugh. Not really.

40. Last time you kissed someone? About a week ago

41. Last time you were insulted? A few days ago, my little brother told me that I was “a little chubby” when I came home from college haha

42. Favorite flavor of sweet? Cherry, yum!

43. What instruments do you play? I don’t play any, I’m so talentless!

44. Favorite piece of jewelery? Probably my nose ring, although my piercing always ends up infected when I wear it.

45. Last sport you played? Uhh, God only knows.

46. Last song you sang? This is embarrassing, but Love Criminal by Magalie. It’s ridiculously catchy.

47. Favorite chat up line? HA. If anyone uses a chat up line on me, they get ignored.

48. Have you ever used it? Ermmmmmm, nope.

49. Last time you hung out with anyone? I don’t even know, oh my God this has made me realise what a recluse I am!

50. Who should answer these questions next? Anyone who like me, has too much time on their hands.