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 https://edgyandelegant.wordpress.com/.
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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.
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 www.enibas.com
or have a look at the range in the Kilkenny Shop. You can also find them on twitter
They 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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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