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Overcoming the Fear of Snapchat

Good Evening!

Something I wanted to talk about today on the blog was about Snapchat (@samanthalovesxo) and the fear of speaking to your camera. Before Sunday, I had never spoken on camera and I was so petrified of doing so because I thought that people would judge me – I think this is something everyone faces before they do something a bit out there and out of their comfort zone.

I follow so many bloggers on Snapchat and LOVE listening to what they have to say, see what they’re doing and looking at new products that they are using at the moment or outfits they are wearing – it gives me a bit of inspiration for what I want to buy and try out. I have thought for the past year or so that I would love to be able to speak on Snapchat like those I follow, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.

Before I got up the courage to speak, I wrote to a few of my favourite bloggers & Snapchatters such as Sinead from “Sinead De Blogger” (SC: sindebutleir) and Niamh from “Behind the Braids” (SC: niamhyxo) and asked for their advice on how they got the courage and confidence to do it. They both came back with such lovely comments, to say that if it is something I want to do, I should go for it. If your friends are true friends they won’t judge you and will encourage you and be happy for you. I also put a tweet out on twitter and so many lovely people such as the girls from Meaghers Pharmacy got back to me to encourage me – it definitely helped me!!

 

Before Posting a video of me speaking, I wanted to let my followers. mainly my friends, know that I was about to talk on camera. Then I decided to start with something simple, something that I could talk about rather than purely talking to the camera about whatever came into my head. I started with the amazing gift box that I got from Meaghers Pharmacy at BloggerConf. Firstly, I introduced myself, then went through each product that I got in my gift box. Although it was nerve wrecking, it really helped to have had the support from fellow bloggers beforehand.

After I spoke, I didn’t look at who had seen my story for ages! I rang one of my best friends as I was shaking with nerves and she reassured me to the point where I actually felt emotional!! haha It may sound crazy to some, but I wanted to do this for so long and the relief and sense of achievement I felt, over managing to do it was incredible. I then started receiving so many lovely messages from friends and followers to say well done, and that they were glad I had started – the feeling was amazing!!

I want to thank every single one of you who contacted me, it honestly made me smile harder than I had smiled in months!! I would encourage anyone who is reading this to do one thing that you have been meaning to do for the last while but have put it off because you are scared or worried about what others think. People will always judge you, they will always comment but in reality there are always going to be more people who think what you do is great, and the people closest to you will always support you if they are true friends!!

So please do one thing today or this week that you have been meaning to, you will feel so good after it I promise.

Samantha x

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Confessions of a Shopaholic: Recent Purchases

Happy Hump Day girls,

One thing I have come to realise lately, as I try and fit my clothes in my wardrobe, is that I am indeed a shopaholic. I have always loved a bit of shopping for certain nights out or events, but it has now gotten to the stage where I have more outfits than nights out! I thought I would share some of the pieces I have picked up so far for A/W with you all for some inpso!!
PS. Is it just me or are there so many nice pieces out there!
Pennys/Primark 

“The Pippa Dress”

 

Black Pleated Mid Skirt

 

Black Leather A-Line Skirt & Top

 

Boohoo
Over the Knee Boots – Click Here

 

ZARA

 

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POPLIN SHIRT
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River Island:
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My Night Time Skincare Routine

Happy Sunday everyone!

Today’s post is all about the skincare routine that I follow! Skincare is so important and something I have been getting into over the last year or so. I have never really had problematic skin, I get the odd blemish/spots around my time of the month or if I am eating really badly, but other than that I have clear skin which I am so thankful for.


My routine is quite quick and easy, I will bring you through it step by step!

Step 1: I remove my face makeup with the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. All you do is put the cleanser on a cotton pad and wipe your face clean. I love this stuff as it is so affordable and does the job! You can buy this in your local Pennys.

Step 2: I then move on to my eyes where I use the BRYT Skincare eyes and makeup remover. I had heard a lot about BRYT skincare over the past few weeks and follow a few bloggers who went to their event so I was quite excited to try this. I got it in McCabes pharmacy in Blanchardstown shopping center. It is excellent for sensitive skin so I really like using it on my eyes which can be quite sensitive at times.

 Step 3: Next I use one of two Lancome products! First is the Lancome Advanced Genifique – Youth Activating Concentrate! I absolutely love this product as you really feel it soaking into your skin and it is super smooth afterwards. The other product is the one I would use more often, the Hydra Zen Masque – Anti Stress Moisturising Overnight Serum. This serum is so refreshing on the skin, and really calms down any redness that I generally have on my face. Debenhams department store has great deals on at the moment on Lancome products!

Step 4: Eye creams are so important! I use mine so much that I have actually ran out of it and need to repurchase asap! I normally use the no.7 Protect & Perfect eye cream. I use eye cream to help prevent any unwanted lines which I am bound to get from smiling and laughing so much, but also I feel that it helps with tired and dark circles. You can pick up this in your local boots store!

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As you can see, I don’t use too many products – mainly because I am lazy and like to be quick!! If you have any recommendations for products that you use let me know, I love trying new products!

Samantha xo

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Cocoa Brown Review: Kind Shampoo and Conditioner

Happy Monday girls.

Firstly, I feel like we should all take a moment to praise Cocoa Brown.

Ok, now I can start this blog post.

Background
I have a sensitive scalp which means that the majority of shampoos and conditioners that I try will give me dandruff. Not only is it very irritating and itchy on your scalp but it is ridiculously embarrassing when you are basically shedding from your head in work or when you’re out. I also have coloured hair – naturally I am quite dark but I currently have blonde highlights which can cause my hair to be dryer than usual.

Let the praise commence!
When I first heard about the Kind range from Cocoa Brown I was very excited, but of course I wasn’t sure if it would work for me. I read reviews online from some of my favourite bloggers such as Fashionaid, sineaddeblogger and of course the Cocoa Brown girls (Marissa, Stephanie and Kate) and finally decided that I would give it a try. I bought mine for €3 each in Primark, along with another bottle of the one hour tan and tried them that night.

First impressions where it smells amazing, I need my shampoo and conditioner to smell nice as I love having the freshly washed scent in my hair after a shower. The second thing I look for is the lather in the product. I have quite thick hair so I hate when I have to use a large amount of product to get a good wash, but with the kind range I only needed a small amount (big plus, and a cost saver!!) Third thing is obvious, the after effect. When I dried my hair it was super smooth, and it was very well conditioned. I was delighted!!

I have to hand it to Cocoa Brown, so far each product I have tried I can’t say a bad thing about it. The golden goddess oil (click here for my review) literally is my best friend for nights out, along with their tan (1 hour tan and the Night Day tan). I am so excited to see what new products they have in store for the future as I know that I get true value for money!

Wearing Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess Oil and Cocoa Brown Night Day Tan

Samantha x

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Eating out in Dublin city

Hey Girls!

I actually wrote this blog post last month but completely forgot to post it, but as it is about Dublin City, I feel that it will always be relevant!
Last month, I took a day off work during the week as my mam and younger sister had the day off and we wanted to take advantage of one of the last summery days we would have and headed into Dublin. I love Dublin City, and really don’t get to visit as much as I would like to so I was quite excited to go in for the day.
We started off our day with some shopping on O’Connell street and then walked up to Grand Canal to a little restaurant called Herbstreet – the food was divine and it has a great view too. The food is really reasonably priced and Delicious, We then took a few pictures near the Bord Gais and walked off our food on the way to Grafton street. I love Grafton street – it is always so lively and I love the busking on the streets! We again did a spot of shopping – couldn’t help ourselves – and then went for cocktails in Cafe en Seine. 
For anyone who has not been to Cafe en Seine, I would definitely recommend it, the atmosphere there is great and the interiors are amazing. I have included some pictures below! After our cocktails we popped into L’audree – I have an obsession with macaroons – and then headed to Salamanca, which mam highly recommended. I had never tried a tapas bar before, but I am obsessed already. I ordered from the early board menu, which was about €17for three tapas dishe. I chose chicken paella, potato skins with caramalised onions and bacon, and then also the chicken with creamy white wine sauce. Each dish was scrumptious and I already cannot wait to go back and eat their again!

It was a great day out and would highly recommend all of the above places we visitied for food and drinks!
Herbstreet

 Cafe en Seine

L’audree

Salamanca

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