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Posted on May 1, 2017

April favourites!!!

product review

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Hello everyone, I hope you’re all enjoying your long weekend! I spent Saturday afternoon filming a story time video for YouTube. I shared a story about the time I thought I kissed an American – don’t ask. Just reserve your judgment for after you’ve listened to my story *straight face emoji*

Today’s blog post is going to be less amusing as I will be giving you a roundup of my ultimate beauty faves over the past few weeks. But don’t worry. I might not have you in stitches, but at least I can help you achieve flawless skin this summer after these lil gems become part of your life :)

Differin Adapalene 0.1%, prescription only

differin

If you suffered from acne at any point in your life, then you would know how much of a nightmare it can be to find a cream to treat it or foundation to cover it. My nightmare has finally come to an end (for now) since my doctor prescribed me with Differin, a gentle retinoid drug that is quite aggressive in how it treats acne. I won’t go into too much detail of this product because I do plan on doing a full review for acne awareness month! But for the moment, take my word – this product is a holy grail for acne prone skin. The key with Differin is to USE IT PROPERLY – a pea size amount before bed will suffice. In the first week I overused it and it burnt the face off me, so make sure you follow the instructions. Do your research and speak to your doctor about getting a prescription as it did absolute wonders for my hormonal/cystic adult acne.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gelee Milk Cleanser, Boots, €10.99

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There is just something about a no rinse cleanser that I can’t seem to get enough of. This gel like cleanser combines “the lightness of a gel with the  efficacy of a make-up remover milk.” It has been my go-to makeup remover and cleanser after a night out – a few pumps on a cotton pad and voila, the makeup is gone! What I like the most about this product is that it works with the skin’s natural moisture system to restore, replenish and give it that healthy glow. It contains Hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin meaning your skin gets an extra boost with little to no effort! Other makeup removing products in this range worth trying are the Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser and and Hydro Boost Micellar Water both €10.99 in Boots.

Fruit of The Earth Aloe twin pack, Mc Cabes Pharmacy, €7.00

aloe vera

This lotion actually started off as my ‘gym lotion.’ For the non-gym goers out there, that simply means I bought it solely for using after a shower in the gym. The words aloe, natural, and skin-cooling stood out to me immediately and given the price, I thought I wouldn’t lose much if I didn’t get any benefits from it. Much to my surprise, this lotion now has a permanent place in both my gym bag and bedroom. The triple action formula always leaves my skin soft, smooth and nourished – all the properties it most definitely needs after my frequent sessions in the steam room!

Payot Huile Elixir* 100ml, selected salons

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If there’s one thing to know about me, it is this – I’m obsessed with scents. And I don’t just mean perfumes here. Scented candles, scented body oils, Febreeze (yes, I kid you not). So it wouldn’t take a genius to figure out why this multi-purpose oil stole my heart within seconds of using. It has quite a unique long lasting smell that reminds me of summer– it combines myrrh, amyris extracts, balsamic plants, vegetable oils, rice, hazelnut and almond. But of course, it does more than just smell nice. This dry oil repairs and nourishes both the hair and body. I’ve been using it at the ends of my hair or on my legs when I show off my pins! Given the weather forecast for this week, I’ll be doing a lot of that! )

Faux Mink Lash Extensions, Hush Lash Lounge* Naas, €120

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For my birthday in March, I treated myself with some false lashes. I have always been quite reluctant about getting false lashes for two main reasons: 1) my real lashes are naturally quite long and 2) false lashes tend to scare me. But I had been flirting with the idea of getting a lash lift the weeks prior to my birthday, so when I was gifted with a voucher to get lash extensions at Hush Lash Lounge, I took it as a sign that longer lashes were meant for me! Expert lash stylist Rachel Byrne was very understanding and accommodating after I expressed my concern for wanting to keep the extensions  as natural looking as possible. She recommended the baby doll look for me as it would open my eyes more.

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Not only am I impressed by the results of, but I also can’t get over the fact that they’ve lasted me so this long – five weeks later and I still have them. That is remarkable, especially for someone who practically lives in the steam room! My lash extensions were undeniably my ultimate beauty fave over the last couple of weeks as it made wearing makeup so much easier too . For more price listings have a look at the www.hushlashlounge.ie

Have you tried any of these products? Tweet me if you have! :)

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(*)These products or services were gifted to me by a PR company. However all views and opinions expressed are my own.

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Posted on March 6, 2015

Must-have beauty tools for the skincare obsessive

Beauty/ Skincare

MUST-HAVE BEAUTY TOOLS

This year, I’ve decided to revolutionise my beauty regime. I know, I know, it’s a big step for me – especially since I’m so used my own ways of doing things! But I guess there’s no harm in trying new things, and besides, “new year, new me,” right?

To kick things off, I’ve gotten myself a deep cleansing brush. ‘Waste of money,’ I hear some of you say, but it’s actually been doing a pretty good job considering how much (or how little) I ended up paying for it!

So for this post, I’ll be going through some of the beauty tools I’ve already started using as well as the ones I’m in the process of ordering. I will be getting most – if not all – of these products:

Konjac sponge

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Konjac sponges are all the rage in Japan! They’re made from vegetable fibers and mineral rich extracts. The one thing that really caught my eye about these guys is that you can get them in different colours to target different skin types. For instance, the black sponge gets it’s colour from bamboo charcoal and it’s great for oily skin or for those who are prone to breakouts, while the red sponge is your ticket if you have dry and sensitive skin! You can also get it in green, pink or the original white konjac sponge with no colour. They help you can cleanse, exfoliate and remove impurities from the skin. Since the konjac plant is 100% alkaline, using it on the face helps balance the PH level of the skin. The one thing that’s important to note about these bad boys is that they have a shelf life. Since konjac sponges aren’t  made from synthetic fibers, you’d probably have to bin it every 4 – 5 weeks, depending on how often you use it!

PRICE:£6.99 – £11, Amazon

Comedone extractor (blackhead extractor)

comedone extractore for blackheads

This metal tool is used to unclog blocked pores.You can get ones that have a single loop on one end as well as the ones that have a loop on either end to accommodate for bigger pores. Usually, licensed estheticians and dermatologist use this tool. But in this day and age, it is available for the general public to buy either online or in their local pharmacy. When you’re using one of these guys, you have to be very careful about how much pressure you apply; too little and it won’t work, but too much and you could be left with scarring! The best way to do it with minimal scarring is to follow these two steps:

  1. Disinfect the blackhead extractor with rubbing alcohol and then warm your skin with a cloth or a steamer to open up the pores.
  2. Gently press down on the blackhead with the tool and if the blackhead doesn’t come out, leave it alone and try again another time!

PRICE: £2.99 – £10.99, Amazon

Deep facial cleansing brush

3d cleansing brush

A lot people think it’s enough to use their finger tips, a good cleanser and a few splashes of water to clean their face. However, it doesn’t always do the job properly, especially after spending the day wearing a full face of makeup! A deep cleansing brush gets right into your pores to get rid of all the dirt and oil your skin builds up during the day. It gives the skin an extra glow – not to mention that squeaky clean feeling! There are so many available in the market today so you really do have a lot to choose from. The one I recently bought is called the ELISHACOY 3D spin cleaner. It is a battery operated machine that comes with two different speeds. What I liked the most about it is the fact that it comes with two different brushes; a normal one for the entire face and blackhead brush for targeted areas.

PRICE: $43.08, Wishtrend

Face steamer

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Face steamers have been out for quite some time now, but it seems as though they are being forgotten about with all the other revolutionary systems that are coming out. It’s quite unfortunate because facial steaming does absolute wonders to the skin’s complexion. It stimulates blood circulation, which increases nutrients and oxygen to the skin, giving it a rosier and more youthful glow. Although it has it’s many benefits, it’s important to limit it to only one steam a week – just like exfoliating, you don’t want to over do it, otherwise it will have a negative effect on your skin.

PRICE: £15.99 – £60+ on Amazon 

Derma roller

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This guy looks a bit scarier than the other products, and at first glance, you probably wouldn’t guess that it’s a beauty tool at all. However, this micro needle roller is a salon-level skin treatment that can be used at home for skin problems such as hyperpigmentation, cellulite, stretch marks and acne. It works by creating miniature punctures in the skin and pushing the pores open for a while. The body then releases growth factors that stimulate the production of collagen, the stuff that keeps your skin looking fresh and plump. You can get different sized needles to target different problems, but if you are just starting off, it’s always better to go for the smallest needle!

PRICE: £6.00 – £20+ on Amazon

Hope you found this post useful! First triers, please note: if you have any severe skin conditions, be sure to consult your doctor before trying any of these tools at home! Good luck! :)

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What are your breakouts telling you?

Skincare

face mapping

Your skin is a very good indicator of what’s going on inside your body. Usually, when someone has breakouts on repeated areas, it could be a sign that something more is happening internally.

While genes have a huge impact on whether or not someone is or will be prone to acne, there’s no harm in learning a bit about face mapping and finding out what your spots could be trying to tell you.

Forehead acne

Breakouts around the forehead could mean that you don’t get enough sleep, you eat a lot of sugary foods and are generally under a lot of stress.

Suggestions: Go to bed earlier and try to find a regular sleeping pattern. If you can, do some light exercise (about 20 – 30 minutes a day) to help you have a sounder sleep. Practice some meditation to help you feel calmer and cut down on sugar foods.

Between the brows

This could mean that you consume more alcohol than you should and that you have a few too many late night snacks – uh oh!

Suggestions: Cut down on the booze and smoke – you’ve probably been told that a million times before! Avoid late night snacks and include lighter foods in your diet.

Left cheek

Acne on your lower left cheek could be a sign of poor dental health, while left cheek acne in general could mean that you sleep on that side of your face a lot.

Suggestions: Be sure to take good care of your teeth and floss regularly. Practice good hygiene by changing your pillows and duvet covers every few days.  It’s also a good idea to avoid overeating – particularly junk food.

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Right cheek

Again, acne on your lower right cheek could be a sign of poor dental health. Break outs on your right cheek in general could mean you sleep on that side of your face.

Suggestions: Be sure to take good care of your teeth and floss regularly. Practice good hygiene by changing your pillows and duvet covers every few days.  Make sure you clean your mobile phone as well, all those late night calls could play a role in this too.

Temples

This could mean that you eat a lot of processed foods and not enough fruit and vegetables.

Suggestions: Avoid eating too much junk food and try to eat more foods that have a high water content. i.e. cucumbers and celery. It’s also a good idea to practice better hygiene by not having your hair in your face.

Lips

Lip acne could be a sign that you eat a lot of spicy foods and not enough fiber. It could also be an indication that you’re using the wrong toothpaste too!

Suggestions: Cut down on the Mexican and get some more fiber into your system! Also,  switch your toothpaste and try using something without fluoride for a while. This might or mightn’t make a difference, but sure give it a try!

Chin and jaw line

Breakouts around this area of your face are usually linked to hormones.

Suggestions: Take more omega-3’s to help regulate your hormones, and if you can, get checked out for any hormone imbalances. Avoid eating before going to bed and try to reduce stress as much as possible.

It is important to remember that this is just a general guideline and it may not be the case for everyone. While diet changes and topical treatments won’t help you get rid of acne completely, they can help you regulate it! No matter what you think is causing your breakouts, be sure to drink a lot of water!

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