Dec 2, 2013 - Blog    Comments Off on Removing Make-Up

Removing Make-Up

Removing make-up can be a very boring chore and we’re all guilty of cutting corners.  It happens to the best of us, we’re tired and reach for the make-up wipes or we wash our face in the shower.  Neglecting to remove make-up correctly can cause all sorts of problems for our skin.  It causes blackheads, enlarged and blocked pores and breakouts.  The skin looks dull and tired.

When taking off your make-up, make sure that your hands are clean.  There is no point trying to cleanse your face with grubby hands.  Place some eye make-up remover onto a cotton pad.  Hold the pad over your eye lid and gently place down for a couple of seconds.  This will remove the majority of your make-up and will eliminate the need to aggressively rub the area.  You can then wipe the area with fresh remover soaked pad.  Fold over a pad and place it under your bottom lashes.  Close your eye and use a remover on a cotton bud to rub along your eyelashes.  This will take off any mascara that is left.

Moving to the face, squeeze cleanser into your palms.  Rub the cleanser gently onto your face and give yourself a mini massage.  Repeat this as often as necessary and use cotton pads to remove the cream and make-up.  At this point you can place the cleanser directly onto cotton pads to continue cleaning your face.

I personally don’t use toner as I have dry and sensitive skin, but if … Read the rest

Nov 29, 2013 - Blog    Comments Off on The Easy Guide to Cleaning Make-Up Brushes

The Easy Guide to Cleaning Make-Up Brushes

I cannot stress enough how important clean make-up brushes are.  Unclean brushes can cause breakouts, clogged and enlarged pores and the general spreading of dirt.  It is not enough to simply give your brush an odd clean with a make-up wipe.

There are lots of products on the market that promise to give you spotless germ free brushes.  These products come with a nice price tag.  My advice is to use baby shampoo.  It will give you a great clean, your brushes will be soft and they will smell lovely.  Using baby shampoo also means that your skin won’t come in contact with any harsh chemicals that may be present in some of the cleaning products.

Squeeze some baby shampoo onto the palm of your hand.  Use a little bit of cold / lukewarm water and swirl the tip of the brush into the mix.  Make sure that the water is not hot as this will melt the glue holding the brush together.  At this point, you will notice that make-up will start to come away from the brush.  Repeat as many times as necessary.  When rinsing, gently squeeze any excess shampoo from the brush.  Re-shape your brushes if needs be after rinsing them.  You will need to make sure that your brushes are dried on a flat surface.  Leaving them upright may result in the glue being softened.

For professional use, make-up brushes need to be thoroughly cleaned after every use.  For personal use, brushes should be shampooed once … Read the rest

Nov 29, 2013 - Blog    Comments Off on Costa Christmas

Costa Christmas

Given my grá for Christmas cups, the lovely folks from Costa Coffee invited me to a bloggers’ evening hosted in their College Green premises.  The event was held downstairs and the usual seated area had been transformed into a lovely Christmassy atmosphere.  The room was decorated with straw and fairly lights and I felt like I was in a coffee scented manger in Bethlehem.

Costa Christmas cups

Costa Christmas cups

Upon arrival guests were serenaded by the wonderfully talented Evan Walsh.  Once I took my seat, I was treated to a black forest hot chocolate.  This is the most luxurious hot chocolate imaginable.  Chocolate, cream, black cherries, more chocolate, I could go on.  A banquet of festive nibbles was beautifully presented in our manger and we were free to sample as many as we wanted.  Of course, I made a pig of myself, it would have been rude not to.  I tried the chocolate yule log which was delightful.  It was a moist chocolate sponge with a chocolate cream topping, covered in, yep you guessed it, more chocolate.  My favourite treat of the night, however, was the gingerbread muffin with a golden syrup centre and toffee icing.  I hate ginger, I hate its taste and its smell but this muffin was delicious.  It tasted of Christmas.  I don’t think I ever want to eat anything but the gingerbread muffin again.

Costa cakes

Costa cakes

I think I probably outstayed my welcome as I was reluctant to leave the cosy atmosphere.  The staff were friendly and … Read the rest

Nov 23, 2013 - Blog    Comments Off on La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repair Balm

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repair Balm

Simply put, I love this product. It feels good, it is a miracle repair balm, it has a non-greasy finish, it isn’t too expensive and it lasts for ages.

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repair Balm

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repair Balm

I use this product as a moisturiser, primer, hand cream, lip balm and night cream. I have quite sensitive, dry and de-hydrated skin with red patchy scales on my cheeks. My skin can get quite hot and burn. All the most desirable skin qualities, I know! Cicaplast Baume B5 helps with the redness and burning. This is primarily the reason that I tried it. I’m amazed at the results. My skin still gets hot but it isn’t visible under my make-up. Previously, the red would burn through my foundation.

I have found that my dry patches feel smoother, less tight and aren’t as noticeable. Overall, my skin is in a better condition and I have fallen head over heels for this product. This balm is definitely a must have, particularly with our recent wintery weather.

Cicaplast Baume B5 retails at approximately €12.50 for 100mls.… Read the rest

Nov 23, 2013 - Blog    Comments Off on 5 Steps to Better Skin

5 Steps to Better Skin

At 28, I’m convinced I’m developing jowls and I’m well on the way to resembling the droopy face of Deputy Dog. My frown lines have well and truly settled and I have the remains of a dried up lake mapped on my forehead. My sulk lines, yes, they are a real thing are embedded into the skin beside my lips. The worst thing is, it will only get worse. How did this happen? Yesterday I was 18 and pitying those in their old age of 30. I was never going to age. I didn’t need to take care of my skin. So here I am, not recognising myself and feeling undecided as to whether I’m to blame, or my skin is to blame for letting me down. From talking to my friends, I’m not alone. We all feel the same way. Dare I say, some of it is also in our imagination? We constantly imagine that we look dreadful. Whether bad skin is a reality or a matter of paranoia, there are a few simple steps that we can follow to brighten our skin, if not at least trick ourselves into thinking we have re-found our glowing youth.

1. Water: I hate it. I hate consuming fluids full stop. I’m probably de-hydrated, perhaps I’ve always been. I feel like I’m drowning my stomach and throat when I drink water and I’ve convinced myself that I suffer with water cramps (?) as a result. I’m currently trying to overcome my own … Read the rest