Saturday, 16 March 2019

Something Old, Something New

Today I've decided to go somewhere where I have never really gone before and that is a fashion post *insert dramatic music*. With coming to college I've become more adventurous with my clothes and my fashion sense as I suppose I can't wear the same thing seven days a week without washing something. I've also wanted to start doing the odd outfit post for the fun and to try and branch out in my content. I would like to thank my friend Richard from @richard_hogan_photography for taking these fab photos.

One of the things I wanted to do this year was to invest in a better quality wardrobe and try and consume less fast fashion. There are many reasons mainly due to financial and environmental reasons, ya girl is a broke college student. Of course, I will still shop in some fast fashion places but I hope to reduce how much I buy. It's the third month of the year and I haven't bought an item of clothing which I am really happy with, as being in Cork I am less than half an hour walk to any clothes shop. Hearing about how damaging fast fashion is to the environment shocks me to the core, it is one of the highest polluting industries in the world with all the waste and resources used to make these clothes. I see it as a win-win, I am trying to save some cash and do my bit for the environment.

With no new items coming into my wardrobe, I love trying new outfits with clothes that I would never pair together. Of course, it doesn't always turn out so well but so far I've had one semi-fail. I've enjoyed the challenge of trying to make new outfit combo's especially as we exit the Winter season and head into Spring.

If I do want to buy something, I will always check the quality and the price. I've kinda departed from spending €3 on a t-shirt that loses its shape after 4 washes. There are several questions I ask myself when I want to buy something, of course, I question quality.
Why am I buying it?- Is it just for the sake of buying something new?
Do I have something similar?- I don't need another denim dress.
Is the style one that will last?- I have noticed that neon is very on trend this year but I don't see it lasting too long. I don't mind having a few on-trend items but if half my wardrobe consists of them it's not good.
Going out fashion is probably the hardest to try and keep less fast fashion. I hate the idea of outfit repeats especially with 1001 photos being taken before you head out. It's easy to think to head to Penneys as you normally end up with alcohol spilt on your outfit, cigarette ash or burn holes or general tears. I am trying to calm the urge to want a brand new outfit with every night out with my friends. After some looking in my closet, I realise there are some things that I have never worn on a night out and once as I've worn everything a couple of times in different combos, I might pick up something new.

Jumper: Latham Street Fashion
Jeans: River Island
Shoes; Vans
Handbag: Penneys
Jewellery: Alex & Ani

Thanks for being awesome,

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Becoming a Skin Nerd

For Christmas, I received The Skin Nerd Book by Jennifer Rock and as a lover of everything skincare I was so excited to get my teeth into this book as my skincare is very lacking recently with a simple Cleanse- SPF/Moisturiser get up which is grand but my skin needs some more TLC. I've learned a lot from reading this book and I thought I would share with you want nuggets of wisdom I now know. Firstly I would say if you wanna learn more about skin and skin care, I 100% recommend this book to the moon and back. I read it twice just to make sure I didn't miss anything.

A Big No to Face Wipes and Micellar Water

I was never a huge user of face wipes myself as I found them very dehydrating. I learned further that they can irritate the skin. The Skin Nerd herself did a challenge of using face wipes every day for 14 days and the results were shocking. Also, most micellar water products are a no-no too due to them contain perfumes and fragrances that dehydrate the skin and the use of alcohol in products. I was surprised that some micellar water is as bad as wipes. I used them for a while in the past but now I will never go back to them.

Acid Exfoliators are better than Scrubs

I like everyone else loves a good gritty scrub like Don't Look At Me from Lush but I didn't know that they could cause micro-tears in the skin that makes skin more dehydrated. With gritty scrubs, you are more likely to over-exfoliate too which isn't good either while acid exfoliators are more gentle on the skin and don't cause the skin to become dehydrated. I was quite surprised when I found this out, I really thought that acid exfoliators would be the more harsh one. I hope to get a proper exfoliator once as my other one is used up.

Your Skin is an Organ

Everyone forgets this but your skin is like every organ in your body, you gotta take care of it. Like the way you shouldn't drink too much so you don't damage your liver, there are ways that we damage our skin, lack of water and nutrients, smoking and sun overexposure. I try to be more considerate for my skin but wearing SPF every day and treating it well by eating somewhat a good diet and drinking plenty of water.

Facial Mists are Important

Face mists add hydration, healing and soothing qualities to the skin during the day while you're out and about living your life. Your skin can't last 12-14 hours without a little moisturiser and face mists add that little kick without destroying. I have been using face mists for a while now and my favourite ones are Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe Herbs And Rosewater and Superdrug Vitamin E Hydrating Spray.

Skincare Takes 28 Days to Work

I always think that when I start using a new skincare product that it starts to work straight away but that's not the cause at all and when I was reading this book it made more sense why skincare doesn't just magically work the second you put it on. A layer of skin sheds every 28 days so if you are using a new product it would be affecting the bottom layers of your skin more than the top layer that we can see so over the 4 weeks you can get the full picture if a product is working or not.

Have you read The Skin Nerd? What did you learn from it?

Thanks for being awesome,

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Everyday College Makeup

Since coming to college I've developed an everyday makeup look that takes less than 20 minutes and works. Of course, I don't always wear makeup to college if I'm too tired to do it or wake up too late. Just to let you know not all these products are cruelty-free, I'm trying to use up the last of my non-cruelty free products but I will mark them with an *.

First I prime to skin with NYX Angel Veil Primer as my face needs to last for 10-12 hours between classes, labs and any evening adventures. Onto eyebrows, with an angled brush I use NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade in Brunette to shape my eyebrows and Essence Make Me Brow in Browny Brow to set them into place. This can take a while as my eyebrows are really twins, not sisters.
If I have the time and want to do an eye look, I start with NYX HD Eyeshadow Base and set it with White Chocolate from Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. With a small blending brush, I put Salted Caramel in my crease. I move onto Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance and with a flat eyeshadow brush, I patted Burned Orange on the outer third of my lid and then with my ring finger I put Primavera in the inner corner. I love adding a little highlight to the inner corner of my eye as I find it adds so much to a look. To make my eyes look bigger, I line my waterline with NYX Wonder Pencil in Light.
Now back to the base, with a beauty blender I buff Kiko Daily Protection BB Cream in Ivory into my skin. It gives a nice natural amount of coverage without it looking too caked with makeup. I use Catrice Liquid Camouflage in Porcellain to conceal under my eyes and any redness or spots that weren't covered by my BB cream. To give my face a little more life, I swirl the two lightest shades of Rimmel Sun Shimmer in Summer Passion* around my hairline, cheekbones and jawline. I gently put some Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso on the apples of my checks. Since I am a highlighter sort of gal, I go back into my Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette and with a small highlighter brush, I put Champagne Truffle on the high points of my face.
To keep my face put for 10 hours I spray Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater all other my face to lock it in. I find this is a much gentler everyday setting spray than using Urban Decays All Nighter.
To finish off I put on a few layers of Flormar Triple Action Mascara and put on a lipstick of some sort. This completely depends on what I'm wearing that day but today I wore Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored lining my lips with Kiko Creamy Colour Comfort Lip Liner in 306 Tangerine

What's your everyday makeup look?

Thanks for being awesome,