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Taking Time

I don't know about you guys, but I don't believe in New Years resolutions, I find the whole 'New Year, New Me' thing to be quite a bit of waffle. I think if you want to change, do it now, don't wait for the new year yano? However, in light of 2016 I've made myself a few personal goals and one of those goals was to start sitting back and taking time for myself. I get stressed quite easily and over the last few months I've struggled really badly with anxiety and many many sleepless nights.
I've made it a goal to reconnect with myself, learn to relax more, focus on myself and take time out.
For me taking time out is turning off my phone, and all devices and just sitting back and reading a book or taking a Lush bath. I find that as a society we're always ~wired on, and as a self confessed social media addict, I find I spend a lot of time seeing how everyone else is living their lives and forgetting to focus on my own.
Right now I'm just trying to figure out who I am, what I want from life, do I want to continue with my studies, do I want to move abroad? All those lovely things that come with being in your 20s I spose.
My 2016 Goals are :
1. Listen to music more. Yes, more. Music has this way of transporting you into another world, pop your earphones in and close out the world.

Sometimes I just sit back and listen to various playlists on Spotify. Right now I'm loving Selena Gomez's new album 'Revival'. I'm surprised by how much I love it, my favourite track from the album is definitely 'Good for You'. I'm also still pretty much obsessed with Halsey 'Badlands', there isn't one bad song on the album, they're all perfection. I'm still pretty bummed that she isn't coming to Ireland on tour. I've been keeping my fingers firmly crossed that this will change tho. A recent discovery this month is the girlband Hinds. I've been listening to them on Spotify for the last few days and they have a really interesting sound. They also have incredible personal style.

2. Start Yoga - I've started doing 40mins of Yoga a day. I honestly didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I am. I originally started with a 20mins video by Adriene from 'Yoga With Adriene' on youtube but switched to the 40mins beginner one as I found the 20mins just went so fast. I find doing Yoga allows me to get out of my head for a while and focus on being there in the moment.
3. Blog more - in the last couple of months I've really neglected my blog. I didn't mean to, but in the grand scheme of things it just fell to the side. For 2016 I want to blog more regularly and maybe attend more blog events.
4. Travel more - even if it's just in Ireland. I was in Penneys the other day and this woman made a comment about how crazy she thought it was that some Polish people had never been to Auschwitz and it made me think about all the places in Ireland that I haven't been to yet people travel from all over the world to see them.
5. Focus on myself, for myself, by myself.
It's crazy to think 2015 went so fast, and as much as I want 2016 to be fun and exciting, I think, at the end of the day, I just want it to be full of good memories with my friends and family. Do any of you guys have goals or ambitions for 2016?


The Overdue Lush Haul

lush haul ireland
I don't know about you guys, but lately I have been overly obsessed with Lush. It seems like every time I go onto the website there's something new that catches my eye and a couple of minutes later I'm flying through the online checkout with five or six products that I probably didn't even need to begin with but somehow justified it by saying 'Treat Yo Self' to myself to make it okay. If you can't treat yo self every now and then, well then really having a job is pointless.....or so I keep telling myself. I have a slight shopping problem, we're aware.
lush the comforter blog
lush frozen bath bomb
Over the past few months I've picked up various new (and old) products from Lush. I used to be very anti ordering Lush online because the shipping was grossly expensive to Ireland and then I just got over myself and said it's worth it. I blame Lucy (Lucyy Writes) for my burgeoning obsession with Lush, she always has great reviews on her blog.
But anyway, yes, I made a cheeky online order a while ago and this is what I ordered :
  • The Experimenter - originally an Oxford Street exclusive and majorly popular on instagram, this stunning bath bomb is like a psychedelic kaleidoscope in your bath. It's made up of all these fun playful colors and just looks incredible swirling around your bath. I threw the whole thing into the bath and watched as the water exploded with various colors and shimmer. It smells incredible, but there is one major downside - the colors don't last in the bath and when the bomb stops fizzing you're left with really grey, depressing murky colored water. But the initial explosion of color is definitely a reason to repurchase this. It leaves your skin super soft too.
  • The Comforter Shower Gel - inspired by the ever so popular bubble bar of the same name, 'The Comforter' shower gel is in danger of replacing 'Snow Fairy' as my favourite Lush shower gel. This smells exactly like the bubble bar to me, some people have commented that they smell nothing alike but I disagree. It smells fruity and sweet and if you're a girly girl like me, you will love the scent this leaves not only on your skin, but wafting through your house post shower.
  • Don't Look at Me Face Mask - I have a whole review on this coming soon, but for now, lets just say that this is hands down my favorite Lush mask of the moment.
  • Frozen Bath Bomb - inspired by the movie 'Frozen' - duh. Definitely not my favourite Lush bath bomb. I honestly expected more. Especially since it's inspired by a kids movie, I thought it would be more fun and childish but really it was a bit meh. It turns your bath water an icy blue shade with swirls of white foam, similar to that of the color scheme of the actual movie. The actual scent of the bath bomb is kind of citrusy and just very fresh. Obviously inspired by an icy cold spring morning. Not a bath bomb I would repurchase, but you definitely get value for your euro as this bomb is massive.
Have any of you tried these? What did you think? Personally I'm a sucker for the face mask but you'll have to wait for my review to find out why ;)