I promised myself last week that I was going to make the next post about something other than Covid-19 but what else is there right now?

POST PANDEMIC PLANS 

Things I want to do or do more of when this is all over:

  • More family photos. I have approximately one of us all together. 
  • A Sunday afternoon down the pub watching football.
  • Bottomless prosecco brunch in The Exchequer with the girls.
  • The obvious ones – nail appointment, hair appointment etc.
  • More exploring around Dublin. We’ve spent so much time at home since we bought the house which I’m grateful for because we were making it into a place we’re happy to spend all this time in. Now I’m looking forward to spending my weekends out of the house.
  • Go shopping for NON-ESSENTIALS. Let’s be honest, its a Penneys (Primark) and Ikea haul for me!
  • A cheeseburger and skinny fries from Bunsen. If you’re Irish, or visiting Ireland and haven’t had a Bunsen yet. Do yourself a favour. There are 6 in Dublin, 1 in Cork and 1 in Belfast. The Best Burgers.
  • Book that trip to New Orleans we’ve been talking about for the past couple of years. Hopefully in a 2021, post-Trump America.

One quick thing, am I the only one who is a bit worried that I’m going to be even more socially awkward when this is over?

Again, planning fills my cup. If it doesn’t fill yours, don’t do it.

LOCKDOWN LATEST

  • I’m worried about: The weather has been pretty damn good up until now, which has made this a whole lot better, but now we’re in for some rain this week and I’m interested to see how many meltdowns I have per day when that happens. Up until now I have been eating at least 1 meal a day out in our little garden. I’ve been working on outdoor projects and I’ve also been spoiled with the option to go for a walk whenever I choose, rather than trying to get one in between showers. Is this making anyone else nervous?
  • II’m reading: I’m almost finished ‘The Book of Life’, the 3rd book in The All Souls Trilogy. I think this has been my favourite of the 3.
  • I’m enjoying: The 100 Day Project is absolutely keeping me sane. At first I thought the timing was terrible because I wouldn’t have the access to supplies whenever I want them, but it’s been great because it has pushed me to work with what I’ve got or can get in the supermarket. It also puts structure on my day that doesn’t involve work, which is really helpful for me. It’s never too late to start your own project. Why not jump in? It can be anything, just do it for 100 days. Sounds simple eh?! The pictures above are 1-20 of my project – 100 Days of Paparali Projects. 
  • Online orders: I ordered some white masonry paint online for painting the wall out the back garden. It arrived today, just on time for all the rain!
  • I’m struggling with: Not seeing the very few people I like to spend time with and working from home. It’s getting harder, not easier.
  • Random supermarket purchases: This week, in the middle aisles of Aldi, I picked up – a new succulent (surprise, surprise), a highlighter (the make-up kind, not the marker kind) and some sanding blocks. Last week, I got an outdoor heater from Lidl. It was a big win and we sat out the back garden until 11pm.
  • I’m watching: We finished Season 3 of Narcos and plan to move onto Narcos: Mexico. We also re-watched Season 1 of After Life on Friday and then watched all of Season 2 on Sunday. I laughed and I cried.

How is lockdown going for you now and what do you plan to do when it’s over? Come & chat in the comments, slide into my DMs on Instagram or email me at ali@paparali.com

Anyway, that’s enough from me this week…catch ya next week…maybe!

Ali x

 


Penneys is on an absolute roll right now! I literally never use pencils but how could I not buy these. There’s 10 in the pack. 5 different kinds in 4 different colours. I can’t remember the price but I know they were really really cheap. 

The 5 different slogans say:

  • I’m super busy
  • I love Monday
  • Is it Friday yet?
  • Working hard
  • The real boss

I have had to ban myself from even looking in the homeware section because I do not need more candles/lights/picture frames/ring plates etc…

What great deals have you found in Penneys/Primark?

I’m not sure the colour of these brushes is coming up as nice in this photo as they are in real life. They’re so pretty that I was not leaving without them. They were €8 and they’re from Penneys (Primark if you’re outside Ireland). 

Now I’m not saying much for how good they’ll be as brushes because I haven’t used them yet but I’ll give them a go this weekend and the seem nice and soft so far. 


They even come with this explanation for each brush and how to use them. 

Has anyone else tried them?

Mac

Hands up who hates cleaning their make-up brushes? Hands up who doesn’t do it as often as they should? I know the reasons I hate doing it are that it’s time-consuming, seems to damage my expensive brushes and if I’m being completely honest I don’t really suffer from skin break-outs which would be a big motivation to clean them. I also think people get caught up in the whole which product do I use for which brushes and it puts them off. I’ve tried some products that were way too harsh on my brushes and damaged them within a couple of washes. 

I keep it very simple and use Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and a silicon facial cleansing pad from Penneys (Primark). It’s a simple and cheap method and works really well. The shampoo is really gentle on your brushes and the cleansing pad is soft so cleans without damaging.

cleaning products

  1. Start off by running your brush under warm water.
  2. Add Johnson’s Baby Shampoo to the cleansing pad.
  3. Swirl brushes like the Mac 187 foundation brush above and other round shaped brushes on the pad and wipe flatter brushes from side to side so as not to damage the shape.
  4. Keep swirling or wiping until the shampoo foam turns white and has no residual product in it (foundation, eye shadow etc.) You may need to add some more shampoo for bigger brushes.
  5. Rinse the brush under warm water again to remove any shampoo.
  6. Gently squeeze any water out of the brush using a towel.
  7. Make sure the brush is reshaped in it’s original shape.
  8.  If it’s a flat brush, lie it on a flat surface. If it’s a round brush lie it on the edge of a flat surface so as not to create a flat shape on one side.

I’m definitely not an expert but I try to do it every couple of weeks. Realistically if I get it done once a month I’m happy enough. If you have oily skin or are prone to break-outs you should wash them more regularly. 

Do you have an cheap and cheerful beauty tips?

Keep it Simple Canvas

Love Foil Canvas

I found these wall canvases in Penneys for an absolute steal. I’ve been looking for the ‘Keep it Simple’ one for quite a while after I saw it on Primark’s Instagram feed. It was €8 and is now sitting with my ampersand on an IKEA shelf above my bed. The ‘Love’ one was €4. I’ve added it to my photo wall (also in my bedroom). When it comes to home decor I can’t think of a better colour scheme than black, white and gold.

My Bedroom

Reading… Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a J.K. Rowling). Book number 3 for Galbraith. I’m only about 60 pages in and it’s a little slow but I’m hoping it turns out as good as the first 2.

Watching… Rookie Blue. I’m almost finished the final season and I’m getting a bit emotional. My favourite characters are Nick and Oliver.

Listening to… Adele’s latest album. It’s not living up to 21 but it’s growing on me.

Pinning…hair pics and gender equality quotes. See, you can be girly and a feminist.

Trying… soaked porridge oats with natural yogurt and fruit for breakfast. It’s making a nice change and tastes quite nice.

Drinking… less alcohol than this time last year. Trying to cut down a bit on all things bad for me. Don’t ask about the diet coke!! Please.

Considering…a trip to Amsterdam in the summer.

Scrapping… I still have catching up to do with my Project Life album from 2015 (ahem, and 2014) but I created my cover page for 2016 last week and now I’m working on my January spread. Keeping on top of it this year, I swear…kinda…hopefully!

Enjoying… spending time in my bedroom. I’ve had trouble getting to sleep lately so I’ve been going up to my room earlier than normal and trying to relax for a while before it’s time to sleep. I love the brightness of my bedroom even at this time of year. Also, it’s kind of pathetic how much new cushions make me happy. (see the middle cushion above from Penneys)

Cooking…lots of turkey dishes. Burgers, meatballs, tacos.

Planning…blog posts for the next couple of months.

Hating… The really cold, miserable weather but I’m looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel.

Taking….the Ali Edwards’ One Little Word 2016 workshop.

Looking forward to…a great year ahead.

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The home department of Penneys (Primark) is on fire right now. I’m so happy with the things I managed to pick up this week. At the minute my bedroom is white with a bright yellow Billy bookcase from IKEA (which they no longer stock) and a turquoise bedside table (which you can find here) so I was delighted to find the photo frame with grey and turquoise in it. I plan to paint one of the white frames yellow so I’ll share it here when I do. The grey and white cushion with yellow writing matches perfectly too. Finally, I’m excited about the weekly planner and I cant wait to use it in my craft room. Lord knows I need to be more organised so I’m hoping a planner will help. I’m pretty excited about some of the stuff coming up from Penneys.