Don’t forget to fall in love with yourself

I’m always ranting on about how to love your body and cherish your flaws. And undoubtedly it’s easier said than done. You see people around you embracing their bodies but you continue to hide under that baggy jumper 🙁 .

Are there instructions on how to love yourself? Can I find a tutorial on YouTube? Unfortunately no, it’s not that simple (what in life is 😮 ). How do you love your body when you find it difficult to look in the mirror without getting anxious? Loving yourself does not happen over night, I wish it wasn’t but it’s a long, sometimes difficult process. It’s a lifelong journey. You’ve been criticising yourself for so long so you have to change that negative mindset. It’s waking up everyday and realising this is the one body you have. It’s wearing what makes you feel good and not what’s “on trend”. It’s not comparing yourself to anyone.

When I was at my lowest with body image I’d do anything to berate myself. Reminiscing it’s so sad that the only way I felt was to stick my fingers down my throat.

When I changed my perspective here are a few tips that helped me.

♥ Acceptance before love.
This seems mental right? But you’ve been hating, criticising and complaining about your body for so long you can’t just wake up and instantly love it. First, accept it. Personally, I hated my arms (and I still struggle with them today) so I wasn’t going to automatically start loving them. But I grew to accept them. I have big boobs so sometimes my arms can look chunky (or maybe it’s in my head). These are the only pair of arms I’m ever going to get so I better start accepting them and in time love them 🙂 .

♥ You’re not plastic.
I used to think why did I have such large open pores, why did I have cellulite on my bum, why did my tummy have little rolls when I sat down? Every little thing that I could criticise, I did. But I was comparing myself to airbrushed females in magazines, music videos and online. In reality, those girls didn’t even look like that. Stop trying to attain perfection, it’s tiresome and guaranteed you’ll lose a chunk of your life. Your lumps, bumps, scars and dimples are part of you.

♥ Negative people bring negative energy.
The people you spend your time with have an impact on how you view yourself. Yes we all go through dark patches and hard times but we don’t turn into a negative person because of this. To help ourselves be more positive we have to stop wasting time on people who bring us down. It’s not that we have to be around positive people 24/7 (because who is upbeat all the damn time 😛 ) but we need to be around people who make us feel good about ourselves. Love yourself enough to distance yourself from those who dim your light 😉 .

♥ Checking yourself will wreck yourself.
Constantly jumping on and off the scales will put you through mental anguish. I haven’t weighed myself in nearly
two years and I’m much happier for it. If you’re mood is affected by weighing yourself (which it shouldn’t be), get rid of it. If you do want to achieve a certain body, train for the feel good factor and not a number on the scale.

Never ever let anyone tell you that you have to look a certain way to love yourself. Stick a middle finger up to society’s idea of ‘perfection’. I’ve still a long way to go and an abundance of negative habits to unlearn, but self-love is a journey – and it’s a journey I’m glad I’m on ❤️

My Dermalogica facial @ Saffron Health & Beauty

I’m a skincare addict, I adore all things skin and get extremely excited when I add a new product to my routine (sad, ahem 😛 ). So undoubtedly, I was over the moon when the gorgeous Amanda invited me to try a Dermalogica skin treatment. I had extremely oily skin during the summer months and the Active-Moist moisturizer from the range saved me.

Walking into Saffron was like entering into a complete zen, away from the hustle and bustle. The relaxing environment added to my wonderful experience.

Now to the fun part 😉
Dermalogica facials can address :

♥ Skin breakouts

♥ Ageing skin

♥ Unbalanced skin-tone

♥ Pigmentation

I do facials,peels, exfoliation – everything at home but nothing beats going to a professional. This treatment is tailored to your individual skin needs. Amanda assessed my skin concerns and planned what it needed (which was an abundance of TLC).

The tranquility in the treatment room was surreal. Amanda talked me through each step of the treatment. I definitely was drifting in and out of sleep, I was that relaxed! There was a gorgeous facial massage towards the end of the treatment. I had blocked sinuses before this, and leaving Saffron even they felt relieved.

There was a deep cleanse, a facial steam, an exfoliation and a customized mask for my skin type. A refining masque was chosen for my skin to detoxify it. Not only that but EVERY blackhead was extracted from my skin (YOU CANNOT DO THIS AT HOME). The blackhead removal was a tedious task for poor Amanda. I had several really deep ones around my chin which I was delighted to say toodle-loo to.

After the treatment my skin was instantly glowing not to mention how relaxed I felt. I was shocked at the results I got from one facial so I can’t wait to see my skin after my next one.

It was brilliant to get a list of recommendations for my skin from Amanda. Sometimes we’re trying a concoction of products on our face but we don’t really know our skin type. Or am I just talking about myself here ?! 😛

My skin is six days post facial and it is still luminous (I’m going makeup free most days which is significant for me). A few little bumps appeared on my chin but that was just the congestion coming from the lower layer of my skin.

This is way more than a facial, it’s a skin treatment. I recommend anyone who is experiencing problems with their skin to check the range of facials that are offered by Saffron. Beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin 🙂 .

NeoStrata Redness Neutralizing Serum

As Irish people we are ‘blessed’ to have skin so sensitive that it reacts even if you look at us sideways 😛 . In all seriousness, the majority of Irish people have extremely sensitive skin so it is imperative that we care for it and use the correct products.
During winter my skin can get extremely sensitive causing it to look flushed. Yes, a green concealer or full coverage foundation will hide any redness, but that’s just masking it. This serum treats the skin from the lower layers to the surface, so we can say see ya to those rosy cheeks 🙂 . Not only does it reduce redness and target rosacea, it also has anti aging properties. I’m on the wrong side of 21 so I’ll take all the help I can get to remain looking fresh-faced! This serum does exactly that. After application my skin looks plump, glowing and redness free.

I applied two pumps of this serum morning and evening before my moisturizer. It dries into the skin almost instantly which is perfect especially when you have people to see and things to do 😉 .

All NeoStrata products are based on genuine research, which I find so interesting AND no one is going to argue with scientific evidence. The serum contains PHAs which improve the skin barrier and keep it moisturized. Based on the research, this serum promised that after two weeks my skin would have a more even tone and any inflammation/redness would be reduced. Once again, NeoStrata needs to take a bow as the results were delivered in less than two weeks.

The Redness Neutralizing Serum is 44.95EURO and a list of stockists can be found on www.neostrata.ie .

AYU brush set – REVIEW!

Everyone knows that a flawless makeup application is reliant on the tools – BRUSHES! These brushes from AYU will definitely assist in an impeccable appearance 🙂 .

AYU is an Irish company that specializes in makeup brushes. The company is owned by the amazing makeup artist Suzanne O’Neill (who I am utterly obsessed with on snapchat 🙂 ) and her sister Laura. Suzanne is a pro in the industry so she knows what works and what doesn’t – hence the amazing brushes.

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I have been using the brushes daily since I received them. I have the travel set which contains five staple brushes – I could complete my entire makeup routine just using these five gems. The travel set is extremely convenient, just pop the pouch in your bag and go 🙂 .

AYU Blush/Contour brush 

When I first started contouring, I looked like I was going to a fancy dress party as a red Indian 🙁 this was purely because I didn’t have the right brushes. Thankfully, this has changed somewhat 🙂 . This brush makes contouring extremely easy. It applies the product perfectly in the hollows of the cheeks. With a brush like this we have no excuse not to have cheekbones like Kim K 😉 .

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AYU Blender brush

Blending brushes dominate my makeup bag – personally, I think you can never have enough of these. This AYU blender is phenomenal, it fits perfectly into the eye socket and blends the eye makeup beautifully. I have used this with powder to set under my eyes and it also worked like a dream. Now you can see why I adore blending brushes – flexibility!!!!!!!

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AYU Buffer brush

I love full coverage and this brush creates just that! I use it with the Cailyn HD Foundation and it leaves a flawless finish. I use it everyday and it has definitely changed me from a flat foundation brush devotee. I like how it can create an unblemished finish with powder, cream AND liquid products – once again, multi-purpose 😉 .

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AYU Eyeliner brush

I use this beauty to apply my gel eye-liner on both my water-line and lash-line. The sharp angle provides a sharp finish so I don’t result in looking like a raccoon. This brush is so small so it isn’t tricky to work with – it will suit pros and novices alike.

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AYU Pro Blender brush 

This is another brush with extensive uses 🙂 . I use it to apply shadow directly to my lid, but it can also be used for blending and crease application. I especially love it for days when I’m in a rush (everyday) just to sweep a colour over my lid. Practical and pretty 🙂 .

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These brushes are brilliant quality and extremely affordable. I’s also great to be supporting Irish brands in the beauty world. I’d definitely recommend having a snoop 🙂 .

 

 

 

Pampering at Pello with Aveda

My mum and I were invited to indulge in an Aveda Botanical hair treatment last Friday. I could not have imagined my weekend beginning better!
Pello is one of Ireland’s prestige Aveda salons, that carry an extensive range of these gorgeous paraben free products.
Before discussing my luxurious treatment I am going to talk about the background of Aveda products. These products are second to none! All Aveda products are derived from natural ingredients (even the hair colour is 96% natural). It is so enlightening to know that these products are completely natural as opposed to all the  chemicals we smother our body in. The herbal scent that the Aveda products have is unique. Aveda are major advocates for the protection of our environment. The mission at Aveda is to be respectful of our surroundings while also making clients feel beautiful inside and out! To celebrate Aveda Earth Month, the staff at Pello along with their clients will be participating in a 6K on May 2nd. All contributions from the fundraiser will go towards Aveda Earth Month. This 6K walk reflects the average distance that females and children walk daily in developing countries in the search for clean water 😔. This is an amazing cause and guaranteed to be an exciting day for all.
Now on to the fun part 😉 .The treatment is applied to my hair and immediately I am overwhelmed by the relaxing aroma that came from the concoction. The moisturizing tonic which is composed of pomegranate removes excess product from the scalp while adding life back into my dry locks. The technique which massages the treatment into the hair is phenomenal. I had a hot towel applied on three different intervals during the process.
While the treatment absorbed into my hair, I received an amazing hand massage using Aveda products. Admittedly, each time I visit Pello, I am falling more in love with this complimentary treatment. It is definitely the icing on the cake 😊 . The herbal tonic was then rinsed from my hair and I received a gorgeous curly blow-dry. My hair was gleaming with luminosity and looked extremely healthy.
There we were relaxed, pampered and with glowing hair ready to take on the weekend!
The service at Pello Hair is really delivered with a smile. I have never encountered such a friendly team. Every time I visit the salon I receive princess treatment. I have used and abused my hair in the past and now thanks to Aveda products and the team at Pello it is finally coming back into order. If you hair is lacking that oomph I definitely recommend this treatment. You will leave feeling like Rapunzel!

Cleaning my babies!

Cleaning makeup brushes is one of those tedious tasks I dread. I tend to leave all my brushes until my entire collection resemble the colours of the rainbow! I attempt to give a brisk wash after each use with Freedom ‘Brush Cleanser’. This product is extremely affordable (£5.00 from Superdrug) and convenient, but nothing beats the ritual of deep cleansing brushes (especially when MAC ‘Rule’ is your faithful daily colour 😕 ).

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Freedom ‘Pro Studio antibacterial Brush Shower’

I have been searching for varying cleansing methods that do not leave any residue of product on my beloved babies <3 . After many experimental trials (and foundation stained towels) I think I have the perfect combination.

  • Coconut oil – this product is a gem, I honestly use it for everything from cooking to skincare.
  • Baby shampoo
  • Exfoliating glove

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Step One

I first melt the coconut oil into a liquid by heating it for a few seconds in the microwave. Then, I massage the oil into the bristles of the brush to break down the product. The coconut oil will also condition the brush fibers.

Step Two

Once the makeup brushes are covered in oil, I then add one – two drops of baby shampoo. I add this to rinse out any excess product. Baby shampoo is the best option as it is extremely gentle. I use warm water to make a lather.

Step Three

Pop the exfoliating mitt on one hand and massage the brush around in circular motions. The rough texture of the mitt will ensure no product will be left. RINSE THOROUGHLY! I find this method with the exfoliating mitt is extremely convenient as opposed to using just hands. *Tip* always, always, always have the brush facing down during the cleansing process. If water gets into the ferrule the glue may be softened and the brush head could detach 🙁 .

Step Four

Then, place the brushes on a towel placed on a flat surface and let them dry for 24 hours. Brushes will get damaged if they are placed facing up in a brush holder before they are fully dry.

Easy Peasy 🙂 

Now that the brushes are squeaky clean the face painting process can commence again!

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My Golden Goddess Products

I am a tan goddess. A golden (ahem dark) glow is my trademark! I am always on the scope for the ‘perfect tan’ so I am constantly experimenting. I would have a natural base tan throughout the year, but I always like to enhance it. I decided to compile a list of my holy grail tanning products, especially as we enter into those sunnier days.

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse (Dark)

I believe this product is a total revolution to the beauty market. I apply a blob of the mousse to my tanning mitt and begin the tanning procedure. It is so easy to work with and dries instantly. My skin is always a gorgeous golden shade when I apply it. There is  no chance that this tan can be applied streaky due to the rich tinted colour. What I adore most about this tan, is that you can pop into the shower after one hour – this is particularly convenient if you have impromptu plans. Even after you shower it off after the hour, the tan continues to develop for a further three hours – amazing!!!! I get an abundance of full body applications from one bottle, so it is extremely purse-friendly (€7.95). Also, the striking pink packaging is fab! This is a stunning product for both the tan novice and tan expert.

Vita Liberata NKD SKN Tinted Tan Mousse (Dark)

I applied this tan a little haphazardly on the first application. I think this was because of the terrifying dark shade that comes out of the bottle. Similar to Cocoa Brown, this tan develops in one hour. I think this is a desirable characteristic in a tanning product. The two day tanning regime pre a night out is now obsolete 😕 . This tan faded beautifully minus the patchiness and skin peeling tendencies that the majority of tans have. Also, this tan is completely odorless, always a plus not smelling like Chinese food 🙂 . Despite my apprehension, the tan didn’t leave me looking mahogany, it developed into a beautiful golden glow. This tan can be purchased for €15.00 but the bottle has numerous full body applications.

Garnier Ambre Solaire Self-tanning dry body mist

This tan is trial and error as it is transparent going on the skin but once you master the technique it’s extremely easy to work with. I loved the convenience of this tan. I could apply it and be cuddled in my bed five minutes later as the tan dries instantly. This tan provides a subtle glow if you like an attractive glimmer. The fruity smell of this tan also awakens my memories of summer 🙂 . This tan does take 6+ hours to develop so I would recommend applying it before bed.

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Chanel Soleil Indentité ‘Golden’

This is honestly one of the nicest facial self-tanners I have used ever! I use this in the shade ‘Golden’. I just apply it like a facial moisturizer and within a few hours a gorgeous  glow develops. The properties of this facial tan are phenomenal. It is so hydrating that I don’t even apply my normal moisturizer underneath (I always apply a serum though as tan is drying). I would usually apply two applications to get my desired colour. I apply the white cream to my face with a clean foundation brush. This comes with a hefty price tag of €37, but it is worth it. If you are searching for a natural facial tan with skin benefits, I can assure you this is it!

St.Tropez Anti-Ageing Gradual Tan

I adore this facial tan. It doesn’t leave my face feeling dehydrated like the majority of facial tans do. It is an extremely light colour so I would suggest layering the tan until you reach the desired colour. It provides a healthy glow, which people will definitely notice. This may be reliant on the anti-aging ingredients, as the skin appears firmer and plumped. I switch between this facial tan and the Chanel.

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Victoria Secret Rockin’ Body Leg Shine

This is my faithful comrade for summer days and nights out. It is a roll on product that provides the skin with a gorgeous luminosity. Even when I apply it, I feel like a VS angel ready to hit the runway 🙂 . I apply it to all areas of my body, especially if I want them to glow. It blurs any nasty imperfections. Also, the packaging will look amazing sitting on your dressing table (YES, I am sad like that 😉 ).  Unfortunately, this little gem does have a dark side 🙁 . DO NOT WEAR WHITE! Don’t look at white, don’t touch white, don’t even think about white! This will turn any white garment into a streaky mess. It is messy, but personally I think it’s totally worth it.

Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess

This is a perfect addition to your tanning routine as it is extremely versatile. It can be used with or without a base tan, it can be applied to a large area with a tanning mitt and it can be used as a highlighter on the face. It dries quickly and won’t leave those undesirable streaks on clothes. I would be quite tanned naturally throughout the year so I use this treasure religiously when I’m flaunting any skin to enhance my glow!

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