Current Netflix Faves

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Happy Wednesday!

You may have noticed over the past few weeks the Irish Student has been very quiet, unfortunately I have been ill and in the hospital. Fear no more, The IRISH STUDENT IS BACK! While being sick is terrible and so boring it meant I had more time to catch up on Netflix as there is nothing else to do while you are in hospital except sleep and watch Netflix!

Here are some of my faves on Netflix at the moment! These are in no particular order 🙂

Gilmore Girls

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Orange is the new black

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Narcos

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Riverdale

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Stranger Things

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Gossip Girl

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These are some of my current faves! If you have any recommendations please share them! 🙂

Irish Student

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De-stressing mid-week!

As you know I have recently started a pretty intense masters so getting a bit of down time is very rare. Taking some time out to de-stress and relax is something I am trying to focus on a lot more. There a few things I try to do all the time like eating a healthy balanced diet and going to the gym but I also try to do!

Here are some of my top things I try to do to unwind and de-stress! If you are in work or college these are some things you can try implement in to your weekly routine!

 


 

  1. Switch off from your college/work email and listen to come music 

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I love to switch my phone on to aeroplane mode and blast some music! I find it so relaxing and an easy way to just switch off. If you are in to dancing dance along. I definitely cannot sing or dance but that doesn’t stop me!

2. Have a bubble bath 

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Who doesn’t love having a bubble bath? I am a huge fan! A few candles, some bath bombs and you will be left feeling super relaxed! One of my favourite places to pick up some beautiful bath scents is Lush! You can smell it a mile away. If your body is feeling sore from the gym throw in some Epsom salts and you will feel instant relief.

3. Go for a walk 

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After a long day of work/college it really is hard to be motivated and go for a walk but once you get out in the fresh air you will instantly feel better. I try to take the dog to our local park or go down to the seafront. Walking by the sea is one of my favourite things to do, I find it so peaceful. At the weekends when I have more time I will do a bigger walk and of coffee stops are necessary after a weekend walk!

4. Netflix

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Over the last few weeks I have really enjoyed putting Netflix on and putting something on that is easy to watch! Some of my favourite things to watch on Netflix are Riverdale and Gossip Girl! So easy to watch! A cup of tea and some netflix after a long day is heaven! I often will throw on a face mask while watching Netflix.


These are just some things I have found really helpful over the last few weeks. The start of my masters was extremely stressful and the small things really do make a difference. Let me know if you have any other suggestions of how to de-stress or unwind!

Irish Student

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Starting a masters

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Happy Saturday guys.

Over the past few weeks you may have wondered where I have been? My latest blog post was all about applying for a masters/post-graduate course. This was deliberate as I was about to begin my journey and begin a new masters in Smurfit Business School which is why I have been MIA. I just finished week 3 of my new masters and while I am absolutely loving it, it has been a whirlwind.

About the masters. . .

The particular masters I am doing is called MSc. Marketing Practice, so essentially it is a marketing masters but with a practical element to it. All the work we do is for real clients. The interview process to get in to this particular masters was extremely intense so much so I didn’t think I got in. For this masters, there is two intakes, one in September and one in February so it is a rolling masters, basically it never ends. The first two weeks of the masters was ‘induction’ which was an intense two weeks. I have been describing it as Marketing boot camp to people as it seems to sum it up well.

After the two weeks of induction we joined with the September intake and will begin working on real projects. Now that Induction is over the blogs will be able to resume.

I just wanted to share a short blog with you to explain where I have been.

Irish Student

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Applying for a masters or post-graduate course!

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Are you finishing college this year and deciding which masters to apply for? Or not sure what you want to do when you are finished? It really is such a nerve wrecking decision and don’t worry I have been there. When I was in final year I was 90% sure of the masters I wanted to do; but I also wanted to be 100% sure. I decided to apply for a post-graduate course and gain some experience in the marketing field to help me get from 90% to 100%.


 Find the course you are interested in!

Take as much time as necessary to make sure the course is right for you! Book a campus tour or schedule a meeting with the course director, there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing that. This is your education that you are making an investment in so make sure the course is right for you.

 Look up the requirements for admission

Are there any particular requirements for the course you are applying too? For my digital marketing course you need 3+ years experience (I didn’t have this so had to write a personal statement and letter to the course director!) If you don’t understand any of the requirements call and ask!

 Take note of application deadlines

This is really important, make sure you are aware of the application deadlines! You don’t want to miss it and have to wait another year.

 Know the process

For my masters the application process was extremely daunting. It started with a personal statement and you could provide any additional information you felt necessary; For this I attached references from my work place and also from lecturer’s from my undergraduate degree. The more you provide the better, in my opinion.

Following on from the application process you would be called for the group interview stage; if you were successful you would complete an online personality test, numerical test and a literacy test. If you got through all of those obstacles you would then be called for a one on one interview. The whole process was extremely nerve wrecking and daunting but I somehow survived.

Each course will have various processes to get in so make sure you find out what you will need to do after the initial application.

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 Money, Money, Money!

MONEY! The thing us Irish people don’t like to discuss to often. I strongly feel education is an investment that will stand to you so while the masters I am doing is extremely expensive; I see it as an investment. Before you accept your place, take some time to look at your financial situation. Calculate the cost of the course itself and then you will need to see if you can work during the course/masters or if you need to save to take a year out of employment. The course itself may be 10,000 but you may require an additional 10,000 to survive the year. AIB do some great student loans with low interest rates so there is various options out there to get you through college.

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Graduation!

 

Tomorrow, I start my Masters in Smurfit. I still don’t know if I am excited or nervous but it is the start of a new adventure for the Irish Student. Last year I did a post-graduate course in Digital Marketing and then during that I started the application process for my Masters. Any questions about applying for different courses ask away! It is quite a daunting process so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Irish Student

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Skin Care On A Budget

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Thursday, Hope everyone is having a great week. Hard to believe yesterday was the 1st of February? Where did January go. Each month brings new goals and exciting adventures. For the Irish Student the last week has been a whirl wind of emotions. As you may have seen on social media I finished up my full time role in BFree foods, I found this extremely difficult after a year and a half working there; but not to worry I will still be working there part time! On Monday I will start my Masters in Smurfit which is also quite daunting in itself. With all these emotions and such a busy week my skin hasn’t been the best but over the past few months I have really found skin care products that work for me. In the past I have tried multiple potions and lotions in order in find a product that would suit my skin, from expensive to average price I couldn’t seem to find ‘the one’ until recently. Over the past few months I have found 4 products that I absolutely love. I am a firm believer in investing in skin care products. Your skin is like the front door to your house or shop, you always want it looking it’s best, same applies to your skin we all want it looking fresh and youthful.

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Image Clear Cell Cleanser

This one is definitely on the pricier side. I think its about 35 euro a bottle. I invested in this when my skin was at it’s worst. I just couldn’t seem to shift my spots and my skin had got quite oily. I found a clinic that did the Image Skin Care range and got a free skin consultation and this was recommended to me. Within 1-2 weeks I began to notice a huge difference. My skin actually felt clean and fresh after using this. I still use this twice a day, morning and evening.

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Image Oil Free Matte Moisturiser with SPF

When I got the consultation they recommended I get a moisturiser with SPF. I have always heard people talk about how important having a moisturiser and foundation with SPF is vital for your skin but to be honest I never took much notice until they explained the importance of it to me during my consultation. This moisturiser is oil free which really suits my skin. The Clear Cell cleanser can make your skin dry so having a good moisturiser is key. Again, this is slightly pricier but the bottles are a decent size and last a while. I would always prefer paying a bit more for a skin care range that will work. The price of this product is around 35euro also.

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Garnier Pure Active Gel 

I found this a month or so before I started using the Image skincare range. I picked it up in Superdrug for about 5euro so it is cheap as chips. I absolutely love to this. It did help clear my spots but just not to the same extend as the Image Cleanser did. I keep one of these cleansers in my gym bag for after a workout or a tennis match and I also keep one in my shower at home. It has Salicylic acid which is apparently great for getting rid of spots. It really does make your skin feel super clean and after using it for months and months I can definitely say it works for my skin.

 

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Cetaphil

My local pharmacy actually recommended this cleaner to me a while ago. It is really affordable and I found it really hydrating after I was travelling a lot and had such dry skin and I also found it helpful when I was suffering from oily skin. It is really gentle on the skin and is fragrance free which is great for my sensitive skin.

These are my favourite skin care products at the moment. While they vary in price I definitely don’t regret investing in the Image skin care as it really has cleared my skin. Have you used any of these products? 🙂 Or do you have any recommendations for me, share below!

Irish Student

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Time To Get Organised!

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Happy Tuesday everyone!

As most of you will know on Monday I will be starting my Masters (GULP!). I have just finished up my full time job to return to college to do a masters. The masters I have decided to do is very full on so I need to make sure I am extremely organised. My job was also a busy one so I always needed to ensure I was on top of things as well. These are some top tips I found helped me stay organised.

1. Always use a planner/Agenda

I ALWAYS use a planner! It is such an easy simple way to keep track of your appointments, meetings and your to-do list! It ensures you get everything done. I always make sure to invest in a pretty planner and make I am happy with the layout of the inside.  Shop around for a nice planner.

2. Make a to-do list. 

This is something I do everyday in work! You have to learn to prioritise activities to ensure the most important things get done first. Look at the deadlines and this will help you make your list.

3. Pick your outfit the night before.

This really saves me so much time in the morning. I take my clothes out of the wardrobe and hang them up near my bed so in the morning I just shower and my clothes are already picked. I now get panicked if I forget to pick my clothes!

4. Set time limits to tasks!

It took me so long to actually implement this task in to my work day. I would spent copious amounts of time replying to emails especially on a  Monday morning. Now I give tasks a time limit. For example Monday morning I will allocate 30 minutes to prioritise urgent emails and to reply, once 30 minutes is up I will move on to the next urgent task on my list! The rest of the emails can be answered throughout the day.

These are some of the organisation tips that work for me! Let me know if they work for you.

Irish Student

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Get To Know Me Tag!

Recently I have noticed lots of people doing the #gettoknowme tag and these are the kind of posts I also love to read! I love to get to know a blogger that bit better. (WHO DOESN’T?) The Get to know me tag is 25 questions which will help you get to know me a bit better!

So here we go!

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1. Describe yourself in 3 words? 

Funny, Loving and Ambitious!

2. What was favourite subject at school?: 

My Favourite Subject was Home-economics! I absolutely loved it! A close second would definitely have to be Spanish!

3. What is your favorite drink?:

Tough one! I love Coffee and Coke Zero! But I definitely don’t think I could cope without Coffee so I will go with Coffee.

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4. What is your favorite song at the moment?:

It’s not a new song but I absolutely love Shawn Mendes- treat you better! It is like Car pool Karaoke if it comes on the radio while I am driving!

5. What is your favorite food?: 

Definitely Asian Food! Love SABA or Neon, anything with a nice kick to it!

6. What is the last thing you bought?:

Jeans in the sale in Zara, 9.99! Absolutely love a good bargain!

7. Favorite book to read? 

I love to read motivational books. The most recent one I read is #Girlboss  by Sophia girl Amoruso and it is on my favourites list! Highly recommend it.

8. Favorite Color?:

Favourite colour for clothes is definitely black! I love Black clothes (not in a gothic way) but I always end up wearing dark clothes! As a colour, I’d say Yellow! Such a happy colour!

9. Do you have any pets?: 

YES! I have a little Bichon Frise Called Oscar! You will often see Oscar on my snapchat story and on my Instagram. Everyone meet Oscar!

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10. Favorite Perfume?:

Coco by Chanel! This is my favourite perfume of all time. Very pricey but it was my Nanny’s perfume and I always loved it! Its a really nice reminder of her and a feel good smell for me.

11. Favorite Holiday?:

My favourite Holiday of all time has to be when my family took a huge holiday to the states. We visited LA, San Diego, San Francisco and New York! It was such a fun trip.

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12. What do you work as?

I will be returning to college in 2 weeks (AHHHHH!) to do a Masters in Marketing but I currently work in Marketing and do freelance digital/marketing also.

13. Where was your last holiday too?

My last trip was to Amsterdam! Myself and my boyfriend spent New Years in Amsterdam which was very exciting. You can check out my blog about Amsterdam if you are thinking of visiting.

14. Do you speak any other language?:

Si, Hablo Espanol!

15. How many siblings do you have?:

I have one sister, Katie! An absolutely beautiful sister, inside and out!

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16. What is your favorite shop?:

Zara! You can always find great ideas in Zara and the quality is almost always brilliant.

17. Favorite Hobby? 

One of my favourite things to do in my spare time besides seeing my friends/family is to play Tennis! I LOVE it! I could play tennis all day and often when I am meant to be working out you will find me on the tennis court instead! I play 3-4 times a week.

18. When was the last time you cried?:

Last night! I was watching a sad movie and of course I cried! Always cry at movies.

19. Favorite Blog?:

I follow so many blogs but one of my Favourites if Kate Kelly’s Blog Pure Irish Sugar!

20. Favorite thing to watch?

Netflix! I don’t really watch too much TV but I will always flick Netflix on when I head to bed. I started watching a new series called The Shooter and it is so good! Can’t wait for this week’s episode to come out!

21. What is your star sign? 

Gemini!

22. PC or Mac?:

Mac! Apple everything in my life! Don’t think I could ever switch!

23. What phone do you have?:

Iphone 6+

24. How tall are you?:

5’3 🙂

25. Can you cook?

Yes! I like cooking wouldn’t say I absolutely love it but I do enjoy it!

I hope you learnt a bit more about me but if you didn’t feel free to ask me your questions in the comments below!

Irish Student

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