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After a week of horror Ariana Grande bravely announced that she was organising a benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester attack outside her concert.

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Once I heard this, before I had even thought I was looking up possible flights and hotels in Manchester for that night – less than a week away. I was initially a little bitapprehensive but I was not about to let evil scare me off from doing something.

Tickets sold out in six minutes and I was unable to get them initially but thankfully more tickets became available and I was lucky enough to land a pair of those, they weren’t cheap but were an increased donation ticket so I really felt that I was having a good impact on the overall benefit fund – albeit a drop in an ocean.

I secured tickets Friday evening and then had to find a travel companion, I decided my little cousin, who missed the London date of the concert would be the perfect choice. After I got the ok from her parents and her that she was in I booked the flights and then  had around 30hrs to prepare before I travelled.

Just before I left for the airport unfortunately terror struck once again in London. This followed with a “disagreement” with my mother as to whether or not I should still go. “We” decided that I would still go as planned.

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Our view – along with one happy little girl
My journey to the concert was three legged, Initially Waterford to Dublin, fly from Dublin to London and then drive from London to up to Manchester. After leaving home at 2:30am Saturday night I arrived in Manchester at around 1:30pm.

After getting some lunch we got into the Queue and discovered our tickets were VIP tickets, SCORE! Security was tight and the police presence was amazing and honestly I had never felt so safe in my whole life – the entire thing was so well planned.

Ariana Grande – Joined by the likes of Katy Perry and Coldplay among others commanded the stage with such a humble grace that I was crying from the outset, I realised she was there for the same reason as me and probably all of the others – Defiance.

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Song after song I got more emotional and my legs and back got more and more sore – by the end of the concert I was a mess and my back was basically broken.

Upon exiting the concert we found that the exit strategy had been just as well thought out as the rest of the night – we managed to get from our seats in the arena back to the car in around 20 minutes.

I went back to London with my family and by the time I finally got to bed i had been up and basically travelling for 23 hours.

I had Planned on going into London city on the remaining days but was too tired and had decided that my poor mammy had been through enough stress for one weekend.

I was so happy to have been in attendance and would have regretted it so much had I been fearful of what if.

If you didn’t manage to see the concert check it out!

If you want to donate to the We Love Manchester Fund click here!

Until Next Time.

Stephen 😛

Fun idea, Complement a stranger today - Just spread love and positive vibes - they are so needed in these times we live in.
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Baskets & Budgeting

Around this time of the month every month I find myself filling baskets online of clothes, Skincare stuff and other general tat that I probably don’t need.

Getting Paid monthly is not the most fun thing but I think budgeting becomes so important when your wages only comes in once every four weeks.. sometimes a little longer depending.

Anyway I like to keep it simple by just having a little exec sheet saved with my usual expenses, phone bill and the likes things that are regular and then once i know what I’m getting paid just pop that figure in, deduct your expenses and then you know what the balance is that is left over to spend.. this is always the figure that i am watching because if it isn’t enough i need to streamline my online baskets and thats never fun.. 😦

As I’m writing this post I currently have tonnes of  holiday clothes in an ASOS basket and a nice little boots basket full to the brim of skincare/grooming essentials. On top of that i have to pay for our flight to Budapest and start putting away some spending money all mixed in to the regular expenses.

Fingers crossed that this month my wages is like a phone number so that i can afford all the expenses and still buy my baskets..  If i can, expect a couple of haul posts –  Hopefully.

Thanks for reading,

Any tips on budgeting or how does getting paid monthly vs weekly affect you? let me know in the comments

Until Next Time,

Stephen 😀

 

Boots Haul – April 2017

 

A Little Brown box with pink tape can only mean one thing in my house! – A NEW BOOTS ORDER!

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I think I have mentioned before but I am one of Boots’ best customers. Im paid monthly (which is a terrible idea BTW) and I find myself on all online shopping sites filling baskets and then having to wait until payday.

On Payday my Boots basket is the first one to be ordered and when I woke up Tuesday morning I checked my balance and had my boots order enroute before I had even gotten out of bed! Also: best delivery time ever – the order was deliv20170426_170746_resizedered just over 24 hours later.

Anyway I went a little bit overboard to try and avoid paying delivery on this order and ended up with more items than I actually needed..OOPS 😛

So without further adieu my first Boots Haul:


 

Úna Brennan Superfacialist – Rose Hydrate Radiance Day Cream SPF15

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For the longest time I have been searching for a really good moisturiser that has a SPF.
And I have heard a lot about Úna Brennan Superfacialist products so when this on came up on the site I decided to go for it. It smells amazing and despite being €20.99 I think it will prove to be worth it! Also it smells so amazing..

€20.99 for 75ml – Available at Boots

 

Botanics Relaxing Lavender Body, Space and Pillow Spray

To be blatantly honest, the only reason this went in the basket was to get me over the threshold for free delivery, but somehow I don’t think I will regret adding it. The 20170426_171254_resizedamazing lavender scent from this makes me feel completely relaxed and the past two nights I have slept so well since spraying it over my bedclothes in the morning when
making the bed!

€6.49 for 100ml – Available at Boots

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Blemish Stick

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Im not sure how I feel about this and I will be sure to let you guys know once I actually start using it. The basis of this is that it comes in a lipstick type casing and you dab it onto blemishes and spots. I have had great experiences with the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel range previously so I have high hopes!

€3.49 for 3g – Available at Boots

NIVEA MEN Sensitive Cooling Shave Gel

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I hate facial hair. But the shaving cream I usually use is making my skin flare up so I

decided to try giving this a shot. Hopefully it will help in keeping my skin at bay.

€6.49 – Available at Boots

Oral B 3D White Luxe Perfection Toothpaste – 75ml

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Always need to keep those whites pearly. I love Oral B 3D toothpaste and it really makes my teeth feel so clean and fresh all day. This toothpaste is one I would really recommend paired with the luster tooth whitening kit also available from boots.

Toothpaste €6.49 Available from Boots

 

3 for 2 on Simple skincare

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Simple Kind To Skin Vital Vitamin Night Cream

I wanted to couple my new day cream with a good night cream and who could resist the boots 3 for 2?  I know the 3 for 2 offer is one of the pillars of boots range and I even know people who only shop in boots for the 3 for 2. Im hoping this cream will add to my skincare routine and help clear my face up.

€6.99 for 50ml – Available at Boots

Simple Kind To Skin Pore Minimising Toning Cleanser

When don’t you need a good reliable cleanser! And when in doubt simple is the “simple” choice.

€5.99 for 200ml – Available at Boots

Simple Kind To Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion

3 for 2 means you need 3 items so I read that this lotion should be applied before using the cleanser and then I had my basket over the threshold for free delivery – €50. OOPs.

Usually €5.49 – Available at Boots – Free under 3 for 2

 


 

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And that was my boots order for this month, even though I’ve only been using them for a few days I already love all of these products!

Thanks so much for reading, Until Next time,

Stephen 🙂