Summer in Berlin | Guest Post

Hi all, today I am sharing the second in my “How I Am Spending My Summer” Series.
Today’s post is from Jade Rebecca over at She has gone to Berlin to spend the summer with a friend. Have a look to see what she had to say.

On June 2nd I got on a plane and traveled to Berlin, Germany, embarking on a slightly terrifying summer adventure with one of my best friends. She had visited the previous summer and fell in love with the city. She lives in Scotland so we do not get to spend a lot of time together throughout the year and we had made plans to spend the summer together, so heading back to her favourite place was something I was ecstatic about.

I have had tons of changes in my life in the past few months, including some pretty big changes in the next year. I will be graduating university in September 2016 and to say I am terrified is an understatement. I realised that I had not comepletely embraced the ‘college’ experience and decided to do something crazy and fun this summer, travelling to Berlin for the summer was on that list. While it is not my final summer before I am out in the big bad world, I wanted to begin exploring the world.
While a J1 visa to the US was definitely on the cards, I decided I would much prefer to wait until I was 21 to embark on my USA adventure so I will be saving that for next summer.
Although two of the three ‘summer’ months have passed I still feel like there is tons of time to try something new or even travel somewhere new. It doesn’t have to be a flight away, explore your own country some more! While in Berlin I have learned a lot about myself and I feel like I have learned a pretty good amount about the German culture and people. In my final two weeks here I plan to visit several museums that I have been dying to see, German history is one of my favourites to learn about and I am excited to see more.

So far this summer we have mainly just explored the city, visited the Holocaust Memorial, seen the sights such as Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburger Tor etc. While it has been a summer for fun I have also been working a lot so it has not all been fun and games. It does not feel as much like a holiday as it had before in the beginning, it now feels more like I live here, which is strange because I have never felt that for a city other than Dublin. It has been amazing to explore a new country that I have not visited and it has been incredible to just live day by day here going through the paces.

 We are now into our final two weeks here and I have loved our time here but I am still excited to head home before I begin university for my third and final year. I miss my family and my dog, there are certain home comforts and Irish food I miss (lucozade, white pudding, red lemonade) but I am so grateful to have had the experience of living in Berlin for the summer, I don’t think I have ever travelled on so many trains until I arrived here. I have definitely fallen in love with the city and hope to visit it again after I leave!

Thanks for that Jade Rebecca and enjoy your last two weeks in Berlin.

Pop back on Sunday when I will be sharing one of my favourite base recipes which I often change and adapt. It is so quick and simple, it may change your life.

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M-Eyebrows | Beauty

I know ya’ll think the title of today’s post is genius.

There is nothing better than ending your bank holiday weekend with a cup of hot chocolate whilst writing a blog post. It was a good weekend too. I went to see the new Big Bang Comics store. I am a big fan of those lads and was delighted to see them move to a bigger unit. They needed it. I also went to see Antman AND Jurrasic World. Seriously good movies. Highly recommended.

Anyway, I just wanted to do a quick post on my eyebrows because I have gotten them done for the first time in a year and I feel like a new woman. I always go to Benefit’s Brow Bar in Arnotts in Dublin. I normally get a wax and tint. I go for the tint because there are days I might not wear make up, or when I am at the gym, and it is nice to have a bit of colour on my brows. One of the main reasons I consistently return to Benefit is because my natural brow shape is very similar to their signature brow arch so their process works well for me. Of course finding a brow artist is something that takes time and Benefit may not be the place to suit you so I recommend trying a few places and methods until you find one you are happy with,

I have also been using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade now I have tamed my brows. I have been trying to find a brand that does a pomade I could buy in Ireland and I had no luck. i had heard the ABH pomade was good though, if not a bit pricey. Elysian Brows on South William Street popped up in my searches as stocking the pomade so I went over to them for a chat and to get myself kitted out. I got the pomade in chocolate which is a medium to dark shade and also picked up the Anastasia Beverly Hills number 12 brush which is a dual ended eyebrow brush with an angled brush at one end and a spoolie at the other. Altogether I spent €55 on the two but I must say it is worth it. I have been using the product for almost two weeks and have barely made a dint in it and I use it every day. You need very little product as it gives a lot of coverage and also the brush is the perfect tool for application. An added bonus is that you can wash the brush and get a very long time out of it. Check out my before and after pictures below. You can check Elysian Brows out here.

I realise my brows may not have been entirely ‘on fleek’ today as I was in a rush, you can see them in better form on instagram, but you get an idea of the product anyway. I highly recommended. 

On Wednesday I will be working on judging the Health and Wellbeing category for Blog Awards Ireland so instead of a post from me I will be featuring my next “how I am spending my summer” piece from Jade Rebecca over at

Have a great week guys!
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Summer Is Coming! How I’m Going To Look After My Face In The Sun

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The weather is finally getting warmer, and I can start making plans for this summer’s garden parties. The great thing about the sun coming out is you have more daylight hours to get things done and you feel more energised to do them. The bad thing about the sun coming out is looking after my skin can be harder work than in the winter. I may have prevented all the lip chapping that usually happens in the winter, but I know the summer can cause just as much damage. 
Sunscreen is just one small part of protecting the skin from the effects of the heat and the sun. Drinking plenty of water is key to staying hydrated all year round. This year, I’m going to add some extra moisturiser to my bedtime routine to get my skin soft and supple, ready to bear the sun. My face is the area I’m most worried about. I don’t want red cheeks or nose from sun exposure!
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Starting from the top, my forehead is prone to being a little dry, so regular exfoliating takes those dead cells off. If I sweat, my makeup can clog into my eyebrows. Using a little chapstick (and I mean little), just above them prevents any colour leaking into them. Sunglasses are a must to stop frown lines in this area from squinting at the light. A lighter moisturiser around the T-zone also helps keep my skin more evenly hydrated.
Sunscreen in your eyes is incredibly painful. Make sure you have a high SPF eye shadow to avoid needing to get sunscreen anywhere near them. Some mascaras include sun protection too. Waterproof is the way to go in the summer if you’re by the pool. The bridge of my nose rarely burns in the sun, but I’ve seen some girls with painful peeling there. You can use zinc sticks or try a higher SPF in your base makeup.
With the delights of summer fast approaching, I want my smile to look fabulous. I have a great recipe for homemade lip scrub to keep sore lips at bay. Light pink glosses are great for the summer months too. The glossier, the better for me! But keep in mind you will regularly be applying SPF chapstick to avoid your lips suffering in the sun. A sticky gloss will be a problem here.
White teeth in summer are key to a perfect sunny smile. Internet pages like can offer lots of tips on how to whiten your teeth. If you are looking at consuming lots of frozen lollies to keep you cool, pop to your dentist. Ask her to check your teeth are in tip top shape, and ready to tackle those cold treats.
The sun is great for making our skin look gorgeous, with lovely, natural tans. The trouble is you can never be too careful. Every burn can be very harmful to your health, and prolonged, unprotected exposure to the sun can even cause cancer. Invest in a good hat, top up the sun cream, and keep cool to make the most of this summer.  

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Scarlet Fever

Hi guys!!
I know I said I was hoping to get into a new posting schedule and then didn’t because guess what, I was sick, as usual. But this time I was legitimately sick as opposed to just feeling under the weather. I had to go to the doctors TWICE and was on antibiotics and the such. Told you, legit sick!
One thing is for sure. I wouldn’t wish scarlet fever on anyone. It was not a fun experience. It started at the weekend with a scratchy throat, I get a lot of sore throats so I didn’t think too much of it and I had been out that weekend to celebrate being made permanent in work so I just assumed that was what it was from… I went to work on the Monday and I took flu tablets and ate Strepsils all day. The Tuesday I had a tutorial for my QFA exam and that was HORRID. I couldn’t focus, my throat was on fire, I was in a sweat and I couldn’t keep my own head up! This was even while I was taking two types of tablet, I couldn’t stomach anything either. I literally went home and went to bed. When I say home I went to Danny’s because no one was in my house and he was off work so he could look after me. Needless to say I was no fun to be around. Danny got annoyed because I slept the whole time, this was basically how the rest of the illness went, and then when it came to going home I couldn’t even stand. Getting home was such an ordeal. The next day I woke up at five am and I knew there would be no working for me. I rang work sick and then promptly arranged an emergency doctors appointment. Normally I would have just hoped to feel better but seeing as this was days after being made permanent I didn’t want to risk anything so I went to the doctors to clear all bases. This was fine bar being so weak and thinking I was going to die in the doctors. He said I had a throat infection, told me to take a week off work and prescribed me some antibiotics. The antibiotics were horrible to take though, you have to take them on an empty stomach either an hour before eating or two hours after eating. You never realise how much of a luxury being able to eat is until you have to eat at very specific times. 

On the second night of taking my medication I stayed in Danny’s house because he was off the next day and could look after me again. That night was probably the worst night Danny and I spent together. Danny couldn’t sleep because of the noise I was making as I was asleep (I couldn’t breathe properly) and I was burning to the touch so it wasn’t nice to lie beside me. It got so bad that when he was still awake at 5am he went to sleep on the sofa. The next morning I woke up and I looked sunburnt. Scarlet fever had arrived. It was straight back to the doctors where he confirmed my fears and doubled my penicillin dose. This started working right away and within days I was better and back to work. Thank god, I was so sick I couldn’t even watch Netflix. Do you know how horrible that is? It’s really horrible. I was just on a cycle of sleep and take drugs. 
When I went back to work I was still on the antibiotics and I am not sure how wise that was. I would get sleepy after every dose of tablets and I just felt tired and not too with it all the time. But it was so nice to be able to get up and go to work each day. A huge side effect of my antibiotic was that it rendered my pill ineffective. That’s not too big a deal until it came to getting my period and it was the worse it has ever been. That was one of the things the doctor said to me, that if I took my prescription for 11 days it would still be in my system 11 days later, which it is. I’m feeling better every day but my tummy still feels in a bad way from the drugs etc.
I wish I could have written you all a post where I tell you how I dealt with being so sick but the truth is I didn’t deal with it. I just let it take it’s course and put up with it.
Have a great Sunday!
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The Importance of Date Nights

This is something  I genuinely wonder about on a day to day basis… How do relationships survive without date nights? Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying my relationship would fall apart if Danny and I stopped going out and having days where we get out and do things. But I really could see our relationship being a lot less enjoyable if that were to happen. I’m not saying we go on mad, over the top, extravagant day trips or activity days. But we do try to get out of the house and on the weekends we are rarely in the house. We might just do something simple like go for a walk or on a trip to browse a market, nothing very expensive.

Whilst I work a good job and Danny earns enough to survive renting a place to live, we aren’t exactly extremely well off. We manage though, without depriving ourselves of the things we like and at the weekend we allow ourselves our little luxuries. One of the tricks that allow us to afford this is being clever with money during the week.

Every Monday is Game of Thrones and Super Mario night. Danny will come over to mine to watch the newest Game of Thrones episode and play the Wii. On these days I would normally make dinner and we would get some junk food in. Either that or we would order in Dominos Pizza. The Dominos near my house is brilliant. The staff are friendly and helpful and always willing to honour the 50% off online offers. Unfortunately this was not the case with Danny’s local Dominos so we had to stop ordering from there.

We would normally see each other again later in the week, you can’t keep us apart, and again one of us would buy and make dinner as part of our weekly shop.

Then our weekend is all our own with minimal watching of the pennies.

Another great thing is that my local cinema only charges €6 to see any movie on a Wednesday, whilst we haven’t availed of this offer yet, it makes for a much cheaper cinema date, especially with so many good movies hitting the big screen over summer.

I think the thing that means Danny and I work is having our Game of Thrones night, which is something to look forward to every week, as well as making sure to get out of the house at the weekend. These are the things that stop relationships getting stale and monotonous. It’s when relationships get stale and monotonous that fights happen. Being able to talk to each other about anything helps too of course.

So this weekend, whether your relationship is exciting as anything or running a bit stale, get dolled up and go for dinner, or pack a picnic and go to the park. Do something that is not mundane and is not part of your normal routine. If you do, let me know how you get on in the comments. Also what do you do with your better half for date night? Comment below! 
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Busy, busy

I have been working in my new job for two months now and I still haven’t gotten used to the routine of it all. The getting up early and everything is no problem it’s just the evenings. I am not using them the way I should. Really need to start making a better effort to use them for something because I really am finding myself falling behind on the blog and my YouTube but I have decided that from tomorrow that is all stopping and I am getting back into being a productive peach.

I have been really busy though this week. My lack of being online and posting wasn’t due to me sitting at home, on my arse, doing nothing. I was actually out and about at events socialising and shtuff. 
Thursday evening was the first of my nights out. I headed out to the party they were having to celebrate their success, which is much deserved. I spent the night hanging out with fellow blogger and YouTuber Hannah, the lads from Shifts and a few other friends. I must say the girls know how to throw a party, they provided food and drinks and gave away some killer prizes and goodie bags. The perks of the night though had to be the photobooth and mini cupcakes, I NEED the recipe for that icing. Thanks so much to for inviting me and showing us all such a fab night. I can’t see where they take the site in the future. For those of you that don’t know, and how could you not, is ‘The website for Irish women” and is a great place to get your celeb goss and beauty fix. They always keep their twitter and app updated so you are never out of touch. Don’t worry though guys, they also have for the men.

Then on Saturday my delectably accented friend Danny and I went to see the Raglans perform. The lovely folks over at MCD hooked me up with some guestlist spots and CD’s and I must say it was fab to see the lads take center stage at their album launch show. I love how modest they all were right down to them admitting that it was the first time they had ever left the stage during a set then come back to belt out the last few tunes. It was also lovely to see all their parents there at the front of stage giving it socks. I always find that Raglans gigs have a real homely, friendly feel to them and last night was no different. I haven’t seen the lads play in a while and the difference in their stage presence and how they present themselves has improved tenfold since I last saw them live. Good job boys. 

I wrapped up my weekend by going to see my favourite arrangement of organs, aka my best friend Ciara who was home from Belfast for a night. The only downside to the weekend was that I missed the Kate’s Party album launch because it was at the same time as Raglans but I will definitely be catching their next show.

That’s about all I got up to. Going to be staying in for the next few weeks if I’m being honest. London is only a few weeks away and I want to keep all my money and energy for it. I can’t wait.
I have a couple of reviews coming up on the blog over the next week or two. Don’t forget you can enter to win a copy of Raglans album here. The competition ends a week from today.

Here are a few pictures from the weekend for you. Have a lovely Mummy’s day folks. 
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Next of Kin | Raglans | Heroes in Hiding

Hey Guys!
I will admit I have been super crappy at posting and keeping up with all my projects lately. I’ve been so ill and when I overcome one thing another two things pop up. For example as soon as I started getting over my chest infection I ended up in bed in agony having drank too much water and putting my shoulder out. I suck so much I know. Hopefully the next few days will see me firmly back on my feet and able to make up for my lack of productivity over the weekend. 
I was originally going to post two posts today but due to not being able to do much with my shoulder and only writing this one at 6pm I have pushed the second post until tomorrow. It is a rather motivating post though so I think it will be good for a Monday. I will try have it up as early as possible tomorrow morning for those of you who need a wee kickstart to your day.
Today’s post is going to be a musical one because I haven’t posted about music in a while and the Irish music scene is blowing up with loads of the lads I know getting shit done. 


A friend of mine was playing a gig with his band last night. The gig was for some college project thing and someone had asked them to play. It was a fairly small gig with a few heavy local bands. Now I don’t really like heavy or hardcore music, my favourite band is McFly like, but I do love going to gigs and listening to live music and of course supporting all our homegrown talent so I tottered along anyway. I had already been warned that I was going to hate the bands playing so tbh I wasn’t expecting a lot from the gig. No offence to the Next of Kin lads but I knowing it was only their second or so gig, I had very low hopes for it. 
BOY was I WRONG! Those lads killed it. You would have no idea that the band was only in it’s infant stages. To kick off they opened with the ever brilliant Sabotage and from the minute those first few bars of music reverberated through the club I was hooked and it was evident everyone else was from the bopping along. The lads owned that stage from the word go and their energy didn’t let up until the last bars of their original song [Mercy] faded out. The lads belted out 6 songs with all their power and only two were covers. Normally when I go to see bands and they are only new I rarely like their originals, many bands seem to struggle to master writing their own stuff but these guys didn’t falter at all. Their own songs were definitely as good as if not better than the Cancer Bats songs they covered. The four boys are about to go into the studio to record their debut ep and take it from me. The minute they walk out the door with that CD in their hands they will not stop. Enjoy your rest while you can boys because you’re on the way to the top. The lads openly admit to loving Irish hardcore band Wounds and talk about how much they would love to open for them, well I think Wounds should definitely watch their back because these lads could definitely steal the hardcore crown from them! The venue was small but I never saw that floor as packed as when the boys took to the stage.
Did I mention their average age is 19, I know, that’s what I said.


A long time ago an ex boyfriend introduced me to a band his friend was in. That band was Raglans. Since then there has been numerous gigs, a line up change, a Late Late Show performance and now we see them having released their debut album, Raglans, which is sitting pretty at number 3. Next week is their album launch in The Academy. I always thought these lads would go places and they are definitely proving me right. You can get the album here, Digging Holes and Down have and always been my favourite tracks by the lads but the other 9 tracks are definite belters. The lads certainly know how to make some feel good music. I really think you should all have a chance to hear this amazing band and to do so I am giving away a copy of the album. Just check out the widget at the end of this post and if I haven’t convinced you to check them out yet then check out Digging Holes.


A good friend of mine has been the drummer in Heroes in Hiding as long as I’ve known him which is a fairly long time at this stage. It’s been a while, three years to be exact, but the boys have released a brand new tune called Hush and it’s gotten me very excited. Along with Raglans they are definitely your soundtrack for all your summer road trips. You can get their EP for free here. I present to you, Hush.
See you all tomorrow and don’t forget to check the giveaway widget out below! 
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A Change of Pace

A lot has been happening in my life lately and I thought it was time to update you all. 
First let me say that a lot of what I say in this post will be very vague, not because I intend to keep my life shrouded in secrecy, but because some of it is a sensitive nature and to be honest it’s not really anyone’s business and knowing (or not knowing) specific details will have no impact on anyone’s life. 
Second. A lot of what is going on is quite big to me. Whilst it may seem small and unimportant in the grand scheme of things or in comparison to your life, it is huge to me and is going to have a huge impact on my life, so I would regard it as important.
I have taken a new career path in life. It is an adult job with a career path which means I can progress within the company. While I will not be working in retail anymore my work will still be customer based but working in a customer service environment. Without saying too much the company has recently been acquired by another, making it a huge multinational company. While the company is still attempting to carry out it’s normal day to day functions, a lot of what they are doing is based around the migrations of various different arms of companies together under this larger companies name. That is where I come in. For the time being I am based in a separate office to the main office and am working on a project involving, what the company has called, Data Migration Cleansing. This basically just means moving data from one system to another and making sure it is correct in order to make the transition as smooth as possible. 
This job presents HUGE opportunities for me. It is a job with regular hours and a salary. Gone are the variable hours that retail often gave to me. I now know where I stand and can budget and plan accordingly. I also know how long my contract lasts for. This means that I can budget and allow for holidays and trips away and either learning to drive or moving out. Unfortunately I cannot do both but by the looks of things I will be looking into moving into a place in the city centre as that is where I will be based in a few months. I lived away from home about two years ago and moving home killed me. Nothing compares to having your own place and independence and I can’t wait to have that again.
I guess that is the message I would like you all to take from today’s blog post. Embrace new experiences and embrace change. Too long did I shy away and let experiences pass me by. I don’t regret it now but I do sometimes wonder if I would have been happier had I done things differently. I have decided to stop wondering and start doing and a lot of that involves embracing new things and putting myself out of my comfort zone.
I’d love to know any changes you guys have made and any times you have stepped outside of your comfort zone. How did stepping outside your comfort zone make you feel? Was it a positive or negative experience.
I also want to let you in on a little snack I just had and LOVED.
These bad boys.
I was just picking at a pack as I wrote my post and they are so tasty and filling. Handy to have as a little snack and as they are Tesco own brand stock they are super affordable. I need to find more snacks like this to have at my desk.
Have a good week.
Lynn Jo xox

PS. If you haven’t had a chance to look at my latest YouTube video please check it out here.

A Beautiful Heart.

We stock a jewelry brand in work called Enibas. It is one of our Irish jewelry ranges and I have so much love for it. On my first day my manager told me the story of the brand. It was set up by a lady called Sabine. Enibas is Sabine backwards don’t you know. Sabine loves everything Irish, the culture and the land. She met her husband here whilst hiking through Ireland and now she is here to stay.
I can’t quite pin point why I love the brand so much but it seems to be a mixture of different things. One being what the brand stands for. I majored in Irish Studies so I have a deep love for Irish culture and all that comes with it. These beautiful pieces stand for so much and represent so much of Ireland that I would be proud to wear it. I also love their simple design. These are beautiful pieces that are simple and have no airs and flairs to them. Just what you want in a jewelry piece, especially one you might wear from day to day. 
I have wanted a bracelet from Enibas since I started in the Kilkenny Shop. But the other day I saw a set of rings in the cabinet and I just had to have them. 
Look how fabulous they are. They are so simple and delicate yet so beautiful. They are made of silver, gold and diamond and retail on the Enibas website at €193.
If you are looking to treat yourself or get a present for someone else I would recommend you check out or have a look at the range in the Kilkenny Shop. You can also find them on twitter and facebookThey are beautiful Irish jewelry pieces that have a lovely message behind them. I have met Sabine herself when she has been in our store and she really is the nicest person. If you were looking to commission a piece she would love to hear from you.
Lynn Jo x
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McFly & Only Rivals New Singles | New Music

If you read my blog and don’t realise I love McFly then something is seriously wrong with you. No Offence. I’m not the obsessed fan I was when I was 14 but I did travel to London to see them and I do go on about them a bit. But they are really good at what they do and I don’t think they get the recognition they deserve.
Their new album, which remains unnamed unless they are calling it album 6, is out at the end of November.
They have a single out before then called ‘Love is on the Radio’. This is the EP Version of the single and contains two versions of the title track and a recording of the ‘McFly Musical’ which Tom performed at their tenth anniversary shows. This EP is out on 24th November according to iTunes (it had been said it was out November 2nd by the lads so not sure about that) and costs $2.99, it’s not showing me a euro price.
Today I saw a Facebook update announcing a single that is being released in line with the EP. Again it features ‘Love is on the Radio’ but this one is called the ‘Silent Aggression Mix’. It features the song sung by Dougie and will cost you $1.29.
‘Love is on the Radio’ has quite a country feel, there is a good bit of mouth organ in there. But it still sounds like McFly. They appear to have gone back to their roots and this song is a lot more reminiscent in it’s sound, and lyrics, of their first few albums. Catchy and upbeat it has been getting a lot of radio play and could definitely be the lads next big hit.

The ‘Silent Aggression Mix’ featuring Dougie Poynter’s dulcet tones is a slightly more pop punk sounding, upbeat single. I have always loved McFly, they’ve been my favourite band for ten years but every other band I like is more at the pop punk  and rock end of the scale. Heck my favourite club night in Dublin is Lockdown which is Dublin’s pop punk night. So as you may guess this version of the track is much more to my tastes. It’s also slightly faster and more upbeat than the original, something I love. However I’m glad this was not the official single version because it wouldn’t quite sound like McFly then.

Here is their lyric video for the new single and the links to pre both the EP and single:
Only Rivals, an Irish band previously known as Homestar Runner, have released their new single and it is on sale TODAY.
Borders is the first single from the band since they reformed and is exactly the type of song we have come to expect and love from the boys. They have been firm favourites on the Irish gig scene and I know I’m not the only one who can’t wait to see where they go now. The only way is up for these lads. They are definitely my favourite home grown band at the moment and are some of the sexiest feckers Irish mammies have produced. Get a load of the drummer, PHWOAR.
The single is only 99cent to buy so why not support some Irish music instead of whatever you’d spend that 99cent on. Bar of chocolate maybe? In this instance they are so much better for you than that Wispa.
Check out their video and I’ve provided you all with a link to download the tune:
My next post will be online on Wednesday and I will be telling you how I got on with my first Real Techniques brush.
All my love,
Lynn Jo xox