My Primary Teaching Journey with Hibernia College

hi everyone, I have been so bad at blogging this past year! I have been super busy but I am back with a little life update and some news about how things will be changing on laurenaalice.com

So a little life update for those of you who don’t know, I have begun my masters programme in primary teaching with Hibernia College. It has been a busy six months but I am enjoying every moment of it. It has been a big change moving to online learning and learning at masters level but I think  I have adjusted now!

On my blog I now have a new section called ‘The Classroom Edit’. This section is going to look at my journey into the classroom. I will share my advice, tips and tricks and just a general chit chat about all things teaching! I hope you like this new section.

I am also planning to do more lifestyle posts so if i go travelling or any organisation and life tips.

I am going to get back into beauty and make up but I have so many other passions now and I really hope you will enjoy all the new content coming your way!

If there is anything you want to see let me know in the comments! Id love to hear.

L x

Too Faced Blueberry Swirl

Today I was feeling a little more adventurous and decided to use the gorgeous blueberry swirl colour from the Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar palette.

The top of my eyes is the usual peanut butter and truffle combo with bon bon as my shimmery colour.

The bottom is where the drama happens with the gorgeous blueberry swirl colour which is buffed out with ingot 332 eye shadow.

What do you think of this look?

I filmed it so it will be up on my youtube by the end of the weekend. Make sure you are subscribed so you can see it.

 

Halo Smokey Eye using MAC Club


 

Today I was inspired by Samantha from Batalash Beauty. She did I look similar to this on her youtube channel and I thought I would do my take on it.

For my eyes I used my favourite transition colour Too Faced Peanut Butter, To deepen my crease I used MAC Swiss Chocolate. I blended until my arms hurt with a MAC 217 and a Blank Canvas E26 brush! My ride or die brushes!

In the centre of my lids I used MAC Club (how pretty is it!) with a wet Blank Canvas E24 brush. I pressed this colour into my lid and then i just gentle buffed out the edges using the same brush is wiggling motions at the edge!

To further deepen the outside corner I used Too Faced Truffle a gorgeous deep brown and then I went back in with the brush I used to buff out peanut butter to blend all the shades together. To really make the centre pop I added a bit more MAC club.

To finish off I smoked some Peanut butter onto the lower lash line and applied Benefit Roller Lash Mascara.

What do you think of this eye look?

Its still neutral and warm but I think the pop of green/brown in the centre is gorgeous! MAC Club is a duo chrome eyeshadow so in some lights is looks green and in other brown!

If you recreate this or want me to do any other make up looks tweet me/snap me @laurenaalice

Top Tips to be Organised and Productive in College

College Organisation

 

Although I have always been pretty organised, to the point I like to organise everyone around me! I thought I would share some of my tips to help you in life and more importantly in college.

 

  1. Attitude: Nothing beats a positive attitude. I know it can be hard sometimes but it makes such a difference when you need to tackle something such as those chores or a college assignment.
  2. Planner: Get yourself a planner (I use a filofax) It will keep you so organised and the prettier the better.
  3. Use your planner: There is not point having one if you are not going to use it . Do you want to see a planner blog post next? Comment below!
  4. To Do List: I write these on a hourly, daily, weekly basis! I am obsessed and I have a rule that if I write it down I have to do it. To Do lists just keep you focused.
  5. Sundays: Before the week starts I like to sit down and plan my week see whats coming up, what I want to achieve. You can be as quick or slow at this as you like. When I know what I have to do for the week it focuses me and I don’t have to check my planner as much.
  6. Make an Assignment List: I do this at the start of every semesters at the end  of week one when you know what assignments are due and when. I just open a word document and write out all my assignment and when they are due and then I re-orgainse them into date order. I also put tick boxes along the side! Nothing better than ticking off tasks!
  7. Morning Routine: Try to get up at the same time every morning even on the weekends. I try to get up between 6:30/7.
  8. Yoga: I have always loved yoga but now that I am practicing it everyday. I have noticed such a huge difference in myself! and not just the fact I can now touch my toes without screaming! Yoga not only stretches out your body, it relaxes you by just giving you some me time! I can’t imagine my mornings without it now!
  9. Figure out your most productive time: I know that I get nothing done between 3-5. I just have no focus at this time so I tend to do more “doing” tasks such as cleaning my room or relaxing. Its only two hours out of your day so I wouldn’t stress if you know you don’t work at this time. My most productive time is 8-11am and 6:30-9:30pm. I tend to do most of my college work during these hours
  10. Clean Desk Clean Mind: I am a huge believer in having a clean clutter free desk, I clean it after every task by putting these away just 5 minutes of doing this makes a huge difference.

Those are my ten tips. I hope you enjoy this type of blogpost and it comes in useful. Tweet me @laurenaalice if you liked it and want to see more! You can also tweet me your tips because I love to hear them! I know this is a little different to normal but I love these type of blog posts.

 

Happy Sunday x

 

Some Tapas at The Olive Tree

Monkish Tempura
Patas Bravas

 

Last weekend, I went on a girlie date to an amazing tapas restaurant in Waterford. The Olive Tree opened last year and I have only been there once before.

The Olive Tree is a tapas restaurant so the idea is that you select 2 to 3 dishes per person and you can share them. I love this style of dining as you get to try loads of different things.

We went for the prawns in garlic oil, bruschetta which we could have done with more of we were so hungry! Monkfish tempura which is amazing. My favourite thing on the whole menu and patas bravas which is potatoes in a tomotoe sauce.

The food was all really nice. I would highly recommend you give this place a go and to end it with some yummy churros which we devoured so fast I never got a picture!

The Olive Tree’s Website