My Skincare Routine

Happy Saturday Everyone,

So I’m going to let you all in on my skin care routine, it’s tried and tested  and it works for me. I would have pretty normal skin, however it can be prone to dryness occasionally, particularly if I’ve been wearing heavy make-up for a few days in a row. So without further ado, here’s my skin picks.

Cleanser 
For my cleanser I’ve been living off of Esteé Lauder’s Soft Clean Moisture Rich Foaming Cleanser. My mam is a big Esteé Lauder fan and she used to always get free samples of this whenever she bought something so I don’t actually need to buy cleansers very often but that suits me just fine as I really love this.

The formula is quite thick which I like as I’m not a fan of  very thin liquid cleansers but with this one I can massage it into my skin and see exactly what areas I have covered. I wash it off after a minute and it leaves my skin feeling truly clean and clear and it skill leaves my skin feeling fresh on days when I don’t have enough time to exfoliate. I’d really recommend this.

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Exfoliator 
Because I have skin that can be dry if I’m not careful it’s really important for me to exfoliate to make sure I great rid of all of the dryness and have soft skin. I haven’t been as lucky with exfoliators and have tried loads of different brands to find the right one. I’m don’t like exfoliators when I feel that their exfoliating beads don’t remove dead skin from the surface and on the other hand I don’t want to damage my skin with an exfoliator that’s too abrasive.

The exfoliator that I keep coming back to is the St. Ives Face Scrub, I’m currently using the Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub. I find that the exfoliating beads in this are just the right size and I can really feel the scrubbing action without causing irritation. The apricot smells is amazing and I think it’s a great face wash for the early mornings as it really helps to wake you up. When it’s washed off it leaves lovely, fresh looking skin and I see there’s a noticeable glow to my skin.

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Another amazing exfoliator is Benefit’s Honey Snap Out of It. Once again, it has an amazing sweet smell and you can feel it exfoliate the skin without being too rough. A bottle of this lasts absolutely ages, even when used frequently, I used to use it most days. Since I also liked using my other exfoliator I took a suggestion that I was given by a girl working at Benefit and I exfoliate my skin with this once a week but I apply it as a face mask. I squeeze some out, rub it into my skin in circular motions and then make sure that there is enough on my face so it can act like a mask. I leave this on for a few minutes and then wash it off with warm water. This also leaves my skin amazingly soft and glowing.

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Toner 
I am not really into expensive toners, I’ve actually had the Nivea Young Freshen Up Toner for years and when it runs out I will just buy a cheap one more than likely. I do like to spray some of this toner onto my face right after I exfoliate and then I normally brush my teeth to allow it some time to settle into my skin. This toner is very refreshing and it doesn’t leave any residue on my skin.

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Moisturiser 
As someone who can be prone to dry skin moisturising is key. I tend to use a lighter Moisturiser during the day to allow it to set in quickly and then I use a more heavy duty one at night.

For daytime I used Superdrug’s Simply Pure SPF 15 Sensitive Skin Face Lotion. It’s super cheap but it’s fine for keeping my skin soft and prepping it for make-up application. I also think it’s good that this face lotion has SPF 15 but on sunnier days I also apply sun screen to make sure I don’t burn and am protected from the sun.

At nighttime I use Astral, it’s totally affordable and is much thicker so I put it on at night and allow it to set in overnight.

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I also use Rituals Awareness Eye Treatment on my eye area. I lightly apply it with my ring finger and pat it gently into the area for extra protection for the sensitive skin around my eyes.

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Just as a side note if anyone is wondering what I use for make-up removal I use Balms Away Make-Up Remover by The Balm. I find it’s the best make-up remover I’ve used and it removes everything from liquid eyeliner to glitter eye make-up.

 So there we have it, my complete skincare routine, let me know if you’ve tried any of these products or are going to try any of them. As always like, comment and please share using the buttons below if you like my posts. Have a great Saturday.

Rósín

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Debs/Prom Make-Up and Fashion Tips

Greetings Friends :’)

So I know that proms and debs happen all year round but hopefully this guide can help some people when it comes to their special day. I’ll give you a guide to your make-up and my style definitely isn’t for everyone but I will give you tips for getting the best out of your formal attire.

Fashion:

  • Try on your dress frequently: A lot of people tend to buy their dresses  months in advance and as formal dresses tend to be a lot more form fitting it’s a good idea to try your dress on every now and again to see if it still fits perfectly. By doing this you can see if  you need to watch what you eat coming up to the big day or if you need the dress taken in, I’d also advise that you have a full test run of the entire outfit maybe a week before the day to ensure that everything looks right together and to see if any last minute adjustments need to be made.
  •  Break your shoes in beforehand: There is nothing wrong with buying a fancy new pair of high heels for  a special event, there is something wrong with being in pain all night because your shoes haven’t been broken in. My tip would be to wear your shoes in little by little, I wore mine every few days for a good few weeks and started at about 15 minutes and continually increased the time I spent in them. While doing this I would suggest that you try and walk as normally as possible and do everyday activities, I did tidying and housework in mine! You  don’t want to walk slowly and elegantly and convince yourself that you are able to handle your shoes then find that you can’t take two steps when the big day rolls around when you are face with slopes and uneven surfaces! My Debs shoes were about 6 inches high with a thick platform but I still needed to get used to them and this definitely paid off.
  • You can have style and function: Just because something is nice doesn’t mean it is necessarily the most suitable for the job and you  can still have something that looks nice and  serves a function. I had a clutch bag for both of the debs I went to but I made sure that this clutch bag was big enough to fit my flat shoes, camera, phone and all of my make-up for touch-ups.
  • Don’t be afraid to get crafty: If you are in anyway handy it can save you a lot of money to be crafty. My clutch was initially a handbag with a long white strap but I thought it looked cheap so I simply cut it off and it looked much nicer. Instead of buying an expensive shawl I bought a few meters of material from Guiney’s or a fabric shop and my aunt made my shawl which saved me a lot of money and it ensured that I had exactly the shawl I wanted, my aunt also  made my underskirt which puffed out my dress and it meant that I didn’t need to spend €50 buying a premade one. Being gifted with a needle and thread also helps out at you making you outfit more comfortable on the night.  My aunt sewed my shawl with a stitch to the sleeve of my dress and it meant that I didn’t have to be fixing my shawl for the night.
  • Looking Fabulous doesn’t need to break the bank: Although you are going to a formal occasion you don’t need  to spend hundreds or thousands in order to look nice and occasion appropriate.  I went to a Debs in 5th Year and 6th year I got a €7 bag from Penney’s and used it for both, I wore the same shoes to both and my flat shoes I took with me were from Penney’s. I would also suggest that you keep an eye out in shops, I found my black and white fascinator while looking for my shoes and I got it for €5 down from €30  because it was last season’s stock. Both of my Debs dresses were from EBay and both came in at under €50 with shipping. There is a lot to be saidbrowsing bargains and having a bit of a D.I.Y. attitude.

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Make-Up 

  • Practice, Practice, Practice: Whether you are doing your own make-up or getting it done professionally it is important to have a test run, make sure you are exactly sure about what you want to do and it’ll guarantee the best results possible on the day.
  • Bring make-up for touch ups: Pretty self-explanatory. You don’t need to bring your entire make-up bag with you but just a lipgloss or lipstick and maybe some pressed powder and a little pocket mirror.
  • Take your time, don’t panic: You definitely need to give yourself time to get everything right, don’t leave everything until the last minute or you may run out of  time. It took me three attempts to get my eyelashes on in 6th year so always give yourself time to fix any disasters that may occur.
  • Keep it simple: Simple doesn’t need to mean boring. Think about colours suit you, golds and neutrals suit most skin tones but with liquid eyeliner and false lashes it’s very easy to make a statement, be careful if you plan on using bright colours, it’s good to have a classic look and have something that’s quite timeless as purple statement lips may not be in vogue when you look back in 20 years (this is rich coming from the girl who went to both of her Debs with pink hair).

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So I hope you found these tips helpful, so if  you have your Debs/Prom coming up remember to bring a camera, takes loads of pictures, dance a load and have a great night! Please comment, like and especially share using the buttons below, thanks for reading, now I’ll leave you with a cheesy tune that’s always played at proms.

Róisín