Sunday, 23 October 2016

My fall makeup routine


Hello lovie's, My post last week was quite a serious one so today, I thought I would show you my go to fall makeup look and the products I use to achieve this. I am a student so most of what I use is super affordable.


I loooveeee a bold lip, it can really change the look of an outfit and it's super easy to do. I am no makeup artist and so I keep it simple most of the time by  focusing on my lips rather than my eyes. This is a great tip for people starting off with makeup or while your still experimenting. This is my go  to fall makeup for day or night really !


Face

I have very dry skin so the only foundation that I find works for me is the MAC mineralize foundation. I have used this religiously for the past 6 years. It never fails me !! It is at the higher end of a student budget at 35 euro a bottle. However it does last maybe 4 to 6 months so really it's not that bad. Before I put this on I use Rimmel foundation primer. I discovered this holy grail about 2 years ago and I still use it every day. This is guaranteed to make your foundation last all day long.

For concealer I use Catrice pen in number 01. For my every day high lighter and bronzer is the balm palette.



Eyes

Recently I have been using penney's liquid eyeliner and I am amazed by how easy it is to use and it has such a professional finish. At only 1.50 it's an absolute bargain. For mascara I have been using benefits they're real mascara. I kind of love and loathe this product at the same time. It does make your lashes super long so I don't use this and fake lashes together. However it is very thick and hard on your lashes. So I am still undecided. For brows I decided to try another penney's favourite their eye brow pencil and again I was really surprised by how much I loved it !! another bargain at only 1.50



I don't generally use eye shadow  everyday but when I do I love the revolution makeup, beyond flawless palette. To me this pallet ha the best parts of all three naked pallets.





Lips

For lips it's exactly what I have mentioned above super simple and easy. In this picture I am wearing mac cherry lip liner and mac Russian red lipstick with mac Russian red lip gloss on top. If you want your lips to look fuller, put some highlighter of white eye shadow on your cupids bow and in the middle of your bottom lip before you put the lip gloss on.Try it it really works !!!!.


Monday, 17 October 2016

What to do if college isn't working ?

It's that time of the year about two weeks from deadline day. By that I mean the deadline for first year students to change course or drop out of college at no expense. So what do you do when college just isn't working for you ?  well thankfully I have a whole list of tips for you.

College can be quite different from what people expect. It could be because the course you choose isn't what you thought it would be, maybe the college you choose doesn't fit your needs or maybe college in general just isn't for you. I want to start by saying that by now at least 80% of first years will panic and have the days were they think I'm not able for this, college is too hard etc. That's not what this post is about, its's not about self doubt or your own capabilities. This post is for the people who genuinely don't feel like they want to continue in their course and probably have felt this way for a number of weeks.


Here are the steps that you should do if you feel like this, it doesn't have to be in this order and pick and choose the ones that suit you.



talk to someone

This is really important for many different reasons. Maybe there is something happening outside college that's affecting your college work, this can be getting you down and maybe all you need is some help and a bit of guidance and encouragement. If this sounds like you, you should talk to a friend, a parent, a guidance counsellor but perhaps the best person would be your college chaplaincy these are the people who are trained to help you with situations just like this, they are usually lovely generous people who really care about your well being. If you are a student in DIT kevin street your chaplain would be Fionnaula Walsh who is one of the nicest people you would ever meet. You can find her email and phone number on the DIT website.

 So many people feel that they are obligated to at least stick it out until January which can be a big mistake because you then you have to pay half the fees. Obviously each person and their situation is different what works for one person might not work for you. With this in mind any choice to stay or leave should not be made in haste, include your parents they might be able to advise you and support you. If you have questions about your particular course or weather you should be studying a different subject or course I would recommend talking to your year coordinator or a 2nd year student in your course or your desired course. These are the people most able to help with these questions. 2nd year students in particular are really helpful. They have been exactly where you are, probably feeling exactly the same way not too long ago. 




Do your research

Before you go dropping out or switching courses make sure you know what you want. Make sure that the subject you thought you wanted isn't just in semester two. Like science is general for semester one and only gets specialised when you get into semester two. Making a big change from say business to science should be seriously thought out. That would be a big change are you sure you know what is involved exactly what kind of science etc. There are plenty of places you can find out this information. For students wishing to pursue a degree in science scienceATDIT is a dedicated Facebook page run by student ambassadors to help anyone with these kind of questions. Know exactly what you want when switching colleges do you want a college that is more practical or works on theory. Do you want a party college or small class sizes ( a bit of both is ideal) or maybe you want a college closer to home, do you want erasmus or work experience. I know this seems like a lot to take in but trust me once you figure this out it will make the next four years so much easier. 





what can you do instead of college

College is not for everyone and that doesn't mean your not smart or not capable but if you don't love what you do what's the point. You will dread going to class and honestly who want's that. If you really want a career you cant just walk into like accounting there are other options. Chartered accountants and places like this offer internships were you gain experience being paid to work in an accountants but do some night classes. After a few years you end up just as qualified as if you did it as a degree. Maybe you want to do a job that you don't actually need college for you just need experience so take time out work in a few different places till you figure it out. Another option although it technically still is college is to do a FETAC, basically its a level 6 course for a year or two with smaller class sizes and depending on the course you can sometimes go straight into your ideal job.


I hope that  you found atleast some benefit if what I have said and if you have anymore question feel free to email me at secretlifeoais@gmail.com. Good luck guys :)



Sunday, 9 October 2016

How to study at home



Its fallllll !!!! yay my favourite time of year. Get ready to see lots more fall fashion and makeup on this page. Fall is so exciting you have halloweeen and after that we have the big C ( its too early to say its name). How has college been so far? If your a first year student and have used some of my tips this year please let me now so I can see what works for you guys.


This post is all about studying from home maybe your sick, maybe you live far from college or maybe you slacked off a bit the first month don't worry there is still plenty of time to make up for it.


Studying from home can be  really hard but sometimes its the only option. I was really sick my first year in college and I missed a whole semester of classes. It took me a few weeks to really grasp learning from home. Some of my lectures put gaps in the notes which made using them for study virtually impossible and some lecturer's didn't put lectures online at all. So I came up with my own system for studying.


Notes
If my lecturers put up notes I would spend some time re-writing the notes myself in my own words. I still do this now that I can attend class. Being able to explain things in your own words means you understand the concept well.

If you've been to college classes you will see that although a lecturer may give out notes for the class their is also a lot they will improvise or add to the notes as the class goes on. Obviously if you can't attend class you may be missing out on some important information. Obviously the easiest thing to do is borrow notes from a friend but if that's not possible there are other things you can do. Also no one likes to constantly be giving there notes to someone who just couldn't be bothered to show up to class. Make sure to give something back when someone helps you out.


Youtube

Youtube is the single greatest invention in life, especially when you miss class. Once you have the name of the topic for example bonding in alkanes, you can then search this and watch lecturers from other countries teaching the same topic. This is great for two reasons, number one is you get to fill in the gaps in your knowledge and number two is you get to see the topic from a different perspective which is invaluable.


Chem guide and chem wiki

For those of you who aren't familiar with these two sites they are basically websites kind of like wikipedia but credible that will teach you chemistry topics in the shortest and simplest way possile. I love chemguide especailly whenever I am writting an assignment I will always use chemguide as a reference because it is credible and I know it will explain the topic clearly without adding background information I don't need.


Past Papers

If you've read any of my other posts you will know by now that I live by exam papers. If you can do an exam paper you will be able to do the test. Lecturers are creatures of habit and there are only so many questions they can ask. I usually start by writing out all the questions that appear on past papers for a single topic and then I try to fill in the answers by the 2 or third question you will see they don't change that much.


It will take a few days to get used to these changes but if you stick with them it will pay off. I hope this helps some people please let me know how you get on trying out these tips.