Time for a breather…| I waxed mine and my mum’s eyebrows!

Hi Guys!
Okay so after my super hectic week last week I am back and raring to go. Although I am going to be somewhat AWOL for the month of September as well because I will be away for a few days and stuff which is really breaking up the month. Cannot believe it is the 9th already. I have bought a few new beauty products though so I should be able to plump out the month with a few reviews of those amongst other things. I will have a post up in the next few days about my birthday and graduation but first I want to do a quick review which I have been putting off for the past few days!
The product I want to recommend to all of you is Veet Easywax Face Precision Wax and Care. Now from what I can tell from the Veet website this is a fairly new product but it is one I can see being very popular. I got it in Tesco and it was 33% off, I think I paid a little over €8 for it. Basically it is a double ended tube. One end has the wax and the other the after care cream. There are 20 reusable wax strips in the pack too. Now can I just say waxing terrifies me. I tried waxing my legs before and I was just having none of it although now I am getting used to getting my eyebrows done I might attempt it again. I have only had my eyebrows waxed twice in my life and the second time I did it myself using the Veet Easywax kit I am talking about here. The first time was in college when the Benefit Benebus visited UCD raising money for charity and eyebrow shaping was only €5, normally €16, and I dived in and got it done. The girls were brilliant and it was so painless and I would go back to Benefit in a heartbeat to get my eyebrows done again, only I am not in a position to spend that much on my eyebrows. Naturally when I saw the kit in Tesco and saw it did a few applications I thought I would give it a try as it suited my budget.

Okay so in the kit you get the double ended applicator, your 20 wax strips, and a thing that looks like an orange stick for doing your cuticles which I think was to section off bits of brow but I didn’t actually use it. I did both my mum and I’s eyebrows, but there was little shaping to be done as both our eyebrows have a natural shape, it was more just tidying up and getting some of mammy’s greys out! Basically you boil water, put it in a cup, leave the wax in for a minute, apply to eyebrow, and wax. If you are not sure how to wax there are detailed instructions in the package. 
Now I loved this product. Like it is so easy to use. It takes about 5 minutes to completely tidy up your brows and it is virtually painless. My mum and I have the most sensitive skin in the world and ours didn’t flare up at all, which was a joy because I have no time for that. The only qualm I have about the product is that it is a bit fiddly. Because I find you seem to need to keep the wax kind of hot so putting it back in the cup and that was awkward but I think that is more a system you need to establish yourself more than anything because the wax did stay hot enough to do my brows but I would have liked it at boiling point the whole time, I like my wax hot. I find it works more effective that way. I would also suggest that if you have never had your eyebrows waxed or shaped before get them done professionally first so that they have a nice shape and you experience the pain(not that there is much). I know when I tried to wax my legs the first time I hesitated terrified of the pain which was where the problems started. You are better going to someone professional who won’t hesitate, it’s not as bad as you think it would be. I would recommend going to benefit for your first shaping as the girls there are very nice and patient with wax virgins, while at the same time going for it and not letting you chicken out.
Until next time (:
Lynn xox
PS. Check my cousin’s blog out. She started it when she was in Switzerland and now just keeps it going and it is absolutely brilliant. She is a one of a kind sorta person and just makes you laugh.
http://homeiswherethelaughis.blogspot.ie/

The Future

Hey people of the internet.
I am sure most of you reading this have found my blog from my tumblr or from my twitter, so odds are you know me pretty well, or fairly well from following me. If you don’t know me then I shall give you the lowdown. As of June this year I have been a university graduate, well my graduation isn’t until September but you get the idea. Since that time I have found myself going through what I have called a quarter life crisis, quarter because I am not quite old enough to be going through a mid life one, feel free to use the phrase also. The reason I describe it as a quarter life crisis is simple. You know in movies the way the character is about to turn 40 and they feel they haven’t done anything with their life and they don’t know where they are going yadda, yadda, yadda. Moral of the story is they freak out, have a breakdown or do something drastic like dye their hair and go on the pull for young, single meat. Well that is what I am going through. 
I AM A TWENTY YEAR OLD COLLEGE GRADUATE WITH NO JOB AND NO PLANS FOR THE FUTURE.
There I’ve said it. This is the battle I have been dealing with ALL summer, more so since I was made redundant. There are so many things I want to do with my life but I couldn’t decide which I wanted to do or when or how I was going to afford it. So I sat down today and did some thinking. Well actually I was trying to get an admin job in a school, when I decided I definitely do want to pursue my original life plan, of being a primary school teacher. This led me to look up two courses. One online and one in the college I originally wanted to do my primary teaching degree in. Now the online one starts in September and March, and is done from the comfort of bed for like half of it, but it’s a €10,000 payment before the course even starts, it is two academic years long though. But I decided that wasn’t for me. So I have emailed my preferred college and am just waiting to hear back from them. Their H.Dip programme starts in January and carries on for 18 months. So this is my life plan; I am now embarking on a gap year, well gap year and a half, where I will save up for the course and hopefully make a dent in those student loans. Then come January 2015 I will be starting back in college to FINALLY qualify as a primary school teacher.
All I can say is now I have decided what I want to do I am CRAZY excited, and relieved. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and for the first time in a long time I am really looking forward to the future! And mainly to having a great year or so before I go back to college. I am about to start a TEFL course so expect to hear more about that and hopefully I will get to do some travelling!

Also I have gotten in touch with people to write about their experiences since finishing college, I am calling it ‘The Summer I Graduated” so expect to see those posts appearing in the next while.

x


Justin Timberlake

Hey Guys!
So good oul Justin Timberlake is playing in Dublin on the 10th of July and my friend is bringing me. I haven’t paid her back for the ticket yet so until then it’s still a treat!

I love Justin Timberlake, ever since them n*sync days, so I am particularly excited to sing Cry Me a River and all his other songs along with him. 

The gig is in the Phoenix Park, and obviously open air. The only open air gig I have ever been to was the UCD Ball in 2012. It rained. I got wet.
So for JT I am wearing wellies. I got a pair for going to the Wicklow Mountains for field work for college so it means I can use them again. Although they look a bit wrecked because I have left them out in the garden so I may jazz them up a bit first.
As for the rest of my outfit. I am going naked… nah I kid I kid. I actually got this really cute dress from Vero Moda and I am going to wear that with it. I absolutely love the dress and it looks unreal on. Vero Moda have an amazing sale on, as do Vila, and both can be found in the Inspire section on the first floor of Clerys Department Store. Like I am talking stuff under €20. But it is flying out fast. They have some of the A/W ’13 Vero Moda stuff in too and it looks AMAZING.
xo Dublin Girl

Tuesday!

Hey Guys!
So it’s my second day in a row writing on this. Yay, Somewhat getting into a trend. It only takes 21 days to make or break a habit so I am already doing well with getting into the habit.
In my last post I mentioned three things I was going to write about at a later date and I haven’t forgotten, don’t worry.
Just to recap these things were my hobbies, the end of my relationship and finishing university. The University one may take a while as I am trying to get some friends to talk about their experiences and I am really lazy and keep forgetting, but keep an eye out it will come up bit by bit as I get pieces in!
Another thing I mentioned in yesterdays post was questions. I invited you to email me with any questions on my email for the blog (dublingirlblog@gmail.com), and I was VERY pleasantly suprised to open my inbox to see an email today. In honor of that I am going to write a quick post answering the questions I got in the email. I was quite enthusiastic about answering these questions as I am on dating sites since I became single and I get alot of messages from American guys asking similar questions.
First of all I want to thank Alicia for her email. She found the blog on a post on tumblr, check hers out here. Alicia is 18 and graduating high school and is planning on coming on a working holiday to Dublin and asked me a few questions which I will now attempt to answer as best I can 😀
1. Do you have any tips for solo females traveling in Dublin?
Being honest, this was probably the hardest question for me to answer. I have never travelled anywhere on my own and I don’t really have much experience on the topic. However I do have alot of experience of being in Dublin and traversing the city alone. One thing I will say, Dublin can be a TERRIFYING city. I’ve been to other cities, example London, and I thought it was perfect and lacking the terrors the Dublin streets sometimes have. I have since been informed that London is quite as dangerous as Dublin just I had rose coloured glasses on as I was holidaying there and missed out on it. 
Obviously if you are working in Ireland you will be making friends and all your nights out will be with them so you shouldn’t have to travel alone too often but when you do all I recommend you do is maybe do as I do. I always walk as if I know where I am going. And I very rarely travel alone. But when I do I always have my phone ready just in case I need to make a quick call.
Make sure you never carry too much cash on you and have your phone insured as there has been an increase in pick pockets. And if you are getting a taxi, take their number and let someone know what taxi you are in or else use the hailo app. That app is a godsend. Believe me.
2. How’s the public transportation?

Public transport is actually not too bad. While I hate having to get it, as most people do, it’s actually not too bad a system. We have bus services running around the city, as well as the DART, which goes through the city centre but essentially brings you along the seafront, from one side of the city to the other. It’s a train essentially. We also have the LUAS, which is like a tram. This brings you from the city centre to Saggart/Tallaght and then the other line brings you way out on the southside of the city, I’m not actually sure where but the LUAS is the quickest way to Dundrum Town Centre and for travelling between the various tourist attractions/bus and train terminals in the city.
I’m not sure about the price of public transport, when compared to other cities, but the majority of one way fares seem to cost in and around €2.
One thing I will advise you invest in is a Leap Card. The leap card is a card you top up and can use on all forms of public transport. With it fares are that little bit cheaper and it means you don’t have to search for change in advance 🙂
3. Do Irish folk feel any which way about Canadians? How about black people? (I’m half black and I’m pretty sure it isn’t going to be a problem but you never know)

This was another one I wasn’t too sure about answering. I went to university and obviously there you meet all sorts of people from different countries and the likes  and I have no problems with people of any race or anything and as far as I am aware the majority of Ireland is the same. Dublin is such a diverse city, there are so many people of different races and cultures living here and I really don’t think you would experience any problems. Like I really would be very shocked if you did. We are a friendly sort of people no doubt and you will have no bother settling in and making friends. Give it a week and it will be like you have always lived here!
4. How is the cost of living?

Now this is an interesting one. The cost of living is a strange one! I currently live at home with my parents but I have moved out before so I do have some experience of having to live off my own means. The most expensive part about living in Dublin, I’d say, is the rent. It all depends on where you are living, who with, etc. I’d nearly say you could expect to pay upwards of €500 a month for your rent. After that though it gets easier. Bills are fairly manageable as most companies here let you bundle your tv/phone/broadband together and once you aren’t leaving electrical things constantly on, you should manage okay. One thing my mum does and I’d recommend nearly everyone do this, is pays something off her bills every week (my dad gets paid weekly but do it every month if possible) this way when her bills come in she is always in credit. Also make sure and always ring in any meter readings. Never let the company bill you based on the estimate. For your cell phone, all the companies are competitive and offer great deals, for example, one network gives you unlimited texts to all other networks when you top up €5 every month.
Food is fairly cheap in our super markets as well. Tesco is brilliant, with reasonably priced foods. But Aldi and Lidl are also really crucial for food that is inexpensive. Food will be the least expensive part of living here I would say!
For clothes and stuff then you won’t be stuck either. We have Forever 21 and everything or then we have Pennys where you can get clothes for next to nothing! Like overall the cost of living in Ireland isn’t too bad in my opinion. But that is from me living off very little money, If you are of more expensive tastes I don’t know how you will get on!


I hope I answered all your questions, to some extent, Alicia.
And enjoy your time here. You really will make friends for life.


And guys I’ve loads more posts coming your way, but if there is anything you want to see just drop me an email.


xo Dublin Girl

PS. Can’t for the life of me figure out why some of this is highlighted in white… eep sorry about that.

2013

Hey Guys!!
I know I know I’ve done it again. I slipped out of posting on this. I am terrible I really am. Especially as this is something I actually want to do. Don’t worry though, I am like this with everything regardless of what it is or how much I actually want to do it. No matter what it is I just can’t commit to it. I suck big time I know. 
I am the same with hobbies. I go through hobbies the way people go through pairs of shoes. My shoes last long than the hobbies I attempt to pick up! You name it I have tried it! Though I have finally zoned in on two of these many hobbies and hope to do something with them but more about that in another post, provided I commit to this enough to get to another post. 
So I suppose I best update you on what is going on in my life, especially as I haven’t posted since like, November 2012.
Well let’s start with the biggest thing I have done this year.

I FINISHED UNIVERSITY.

I know, I know. I too am shocked that I managed to stick with that for three years. Though let’s be fair, at times you couldn’t really call me committed to it. But I did it. I am going to be graduating in September with a 2:2, a second class honors degree, lower class, in Geography and Irish Studies. I am officially a Bachelor of Arts. If anyone wants to give me a job in either of those disciplines that would be nice. I definitely will do a post looking back on college over the next few days, so keep an eye out for that. Also if you want me to answer any questions or anything like that regarding to university do indeed email me (details in the side bar). I am hoping to get a few people to write guest posts about college over the next while in order to enlighten you on a number of different aspects of our university journey.

There is only one other significant thing that has happened to me this year.

I DUMPED MY BOYFRIEND.
I wish I could say it was mutual and on good terms but of course it wasn’t. This is also something I will come back to at a later time as I am sure you are all dying to hear about it. But again now is not the time for that.
As a result of the breakup though I have gotten myself in check. I have lost weight, gotten back into taking care of myself, and I am glad that I came to my senses and ended that because that relationship was just not healthy in the slightest!

Well that’s all for now. I have downloaded the blogger app and everything so I am determined to keep up with this. I’ll even start jotting down my ideas for blog posts so that I’m not relying on my brain to remember because let’s be fair. That never works on my part.

And guys I can’t stress this enough. Get in touch with me via email. I mean it. Any questions you have, advice you need, shit if there is something you want to write about let me know and it can be arranged. I want to give you, the readers, what you want 🙂
dublingirlblog@gmail.com

xo Dublin Girl

So I’ve altered my blog a little bitty.

Alongside my normal fun posts about cocktails and life stuff but now I’ve decided to focus alot more on my home city of DUBLIN.
I’m one of the very few people staying at home in Ireland over summer, everyone else is going on their J1 (summer working holiday) to the states and stuff and I would imagine alot of blogs are going to be focusing on that so I have decided to focus on what’s going on here to make up for what other people are not reporting so I would hope you still bear with me and stick with me while I try this out.

xo Dublin Girl.