Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Dry Skin Routine

If you have read any of my previous posts regarding my skin or reviews of different face-based products, you will probably know that I suffer from combination skin which definitely leans more towards dry. My forehead can get slightly oily but the rest of my face is really dry. I used to find it difficult to deal with and felt that it made my skin look really bad, especially when I applied make-up and it clung to the flaky patches. However, now I follow a routine using some products which I feel have worked miracles for my dry skin so I decided to share it with you in case you are going through the same problem.

In the morning

I start my skin routine by cleansing using L'Oréal's Skin Perfection Soothing Gel-Cream Wash, which is especially for dry and sensitive skin, exactly what I need! I really like this cleanser because it leaves my skin feeling really clean and refreshed without stripping it of all the oils. Also, it's such a pretty shade of pink!

 After patting my face dry, I move on to toner. I use Simple's Kind To Skin Pore Minimising Cleansing Toner, which is again especially for sensitive skin. Although it's not specifically for dry skin I think it's a good product to use on dry skin because it is a gel product which dries on your skin. I like this product because it dries quickly and leaves my skin feeling really clarified whilst improving the look of my pores.

Then it's moisturiser time. I found the Eucerin Replenishing Face Cream, which is especially for dry skin, in Boots a few weeks ago and it's definitely the best moisturiser I've ever used. It really moisturises my skin and I feel it goes deep into my skin. It is absorbed quickly and is light so can be worn under make-up. I feel it has the perfect balance between moisturising and not making the skin feel greasy.

After applying the moisturiser, I wait about 5-10 minutes to allow my skin to fully absorb it and then apply my make-up.

In the evening

I begin my evening using the L'Oréal Skin Perfection Soothing Gel-Cream Wash again to remove my make-up. Sometimes I'll wash my face twice if I have been wearing quite a lot of make-up that day. I love that it leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed before bed. After that, I tone again using the Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Tone to smoothen out my skin.

The last thing I do before going to bed is apply night cream. A few weeks ago I started using Garnier's Moisture Restore Night Care Recovery Gel Cream (wow, that's a mouthful!) and it is honestly a lifesaver.Out of all the products I have been using for my dry skin, this one has made the most noticeable difference. I know the little tub looks tiny in the picture below and it is quite small but a little really does go a long way with this product! I rub it on my face in circular motions before going to bed. I'm really fussy and don't like going to bed with my face feeling oily and greasy because I'm always afraid in case the products rub off on my pillow and have absolutely no effect on my face, instead making my hair greasy! However within about 5 minutes of applying this gel, it feels like it's dried into my skin. When I put my face right under the light I can see this gel sitting on my face like a face mask and throughout the night it works its miracles, making my skin so soft and easy to manage in the morning. I would 100% recommend this if you suffer from dry skin.

What type of skin do you have? Are there any products you would recommend specifically for that type? :)

- Caoimhe x

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Top 5 Tunesday #9

I meant to have this post up last Tuesday as it was the first Tuesday of April but I was away and had no wifi so I couldn't get it together, never mind post it so I apologise for that. But sure better late than never!

So here are my top 5 most listened-to songs of March...

1. Pas De Deux - Dodie Clark

I'm sure many of you already know Dodie, or doddleoddle on YouTube. She is such a good singer-songwriter and plays the ukulele amazingly. I love watching her videos, musical ones and non-musical ones alike, because I love her personality as well as her voice.

I love everything about this song: the tune, the lyrics, Dodie's voice... It's just amazing. I love the storyline of the song and how inspirational it is to anyone going through something similar. I love how Dodie's has dealt with the theme so simply and not blown it up into something unrealistic.

I was addicted to this song the whole way through March!

2. Lay Me Down - Sam Smith

I have one thing to say about this song: ho-ly crap.

. I thought Sam Smith had an amazing voice after Stay With Me but after this I have no words. This song is really shows off his vocal range and I love the contrast in it between him singing strongly in the chorus and then softly in the 'youuu' bit.

Which reminds me! Have you guys seen the hilarious vine that a Sam Smith fan made about how Sam sneezes? It's hilarious! You can click here to watch it :D

3. Irreplaceable - Beyoncé

There's a story behind why I listened to this song a lot throughout March...

In Business class in school during March we were studying final accounts. My teacher pointed out to us that a lot of the time, tables that feature financial data are read to the left and then he went "you know like Beyoncé says 'to the left, to the left, everything you own in the box to the left.'" Well I got so excited by 2006 Beyoncé music that I went home that same day and added that song to my Spotify playlist of favourite songs. I'd completely forgotten how much I loved it and have been listening to it so much.

Also, ever since my teacher made that reference, I haven't messed up reading accounts. Linking songs and lyrics with certain things is a really good tactic for remembering them!

4. Bloodstream - Ed Sheeran and Rudimental

I wrote about Bloodstream in my Top 5 Tunesday #4 in November after having seen so I won't say too much more about it other than I love this version with Rudimental. Obviously, I love Ed Sheeran and all of his music but I know there are people who don't like acoustic-type music and I think by teaming up Rudimental, Ed Sheeran has made his music appealing to so many more people. Go Ed!

5. I Would - One Direction
Of course I have a One Direction song in my top 5 of March. After hearing the news about Zayn I went back to the really early One Direction songs and 'I Would' is definitely one of my favourites.

On the topic of Zayn, I really admire him for being brave enough to take that huge step of leaving One Direction and wish him all the best for the future.

To see last month's top 5, click here

Have you been loving any of these songs recently? :)

- Caoimhe x

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Friday, 10 April 2015

Senna Voluptulash Mascara | Review

Senna is an American brand which I hadn't actually heard of until a few months ago. I was getting a makeup lesson from a makeup artist and she recommended a few Senna products to me and so I got some for Christmas, one of them being this mascara.

The first thing I noticed about this mascara was the wand. It's definitely the longest mascara wand I've ever used and this can be both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I find it easier to wriggle the brush around which is how I like to apply my mascara. But a curse because, personally, when I put on my mascara, I like to rest my hand on the top of my cheek for support. You can't really do this with this mascara due to the wand's length.

Another thing that stuck out to me was the shape of the actual brush bit of the wand. Rather than being straight or in the shape that eyelashes are, it's like 5 spheres, side by side. At first I wasn't sure about the shape of it but I have to say now that I do really like it. It is able to reach and coat all my lashes with a good layer of mascara.

Onto the actual product itself. This mascara is designed specifically to give volume to the lashes and I do feel it does this. It doesn't give a whole of volume on the first coat but it's definitely buildable and you can get your lashes looking so good after a few layers.

(Please ignore the sunburn on my nose and the fact that I took the first picture from a really bad angle hahaha, it's the first time I've ever done swatch-type pictures as you can probably tell haha)

I like the formula of the mascara because it's not clumpy at all. I feel that it makes my lashes look long but also separates them, giving them that fluttery look. Also, it means I can wear it to school because with one coat, my lashes are longer but also look pretty natural. My teachers don't suspect a thing! ;D

When I am applying this mascara, I normally begin by curling my lashes with my Models Own Eyelash Curlers, pumping my lashes 5 or 6 times. Then, I apply one layer to my top lashes, wriggling the brush just ever so slightly. Leaving that to dry, I move onto my bottom lashes and use a side-to-side motion to apply it. Once I am happy with my bottom lashes, I go back to the top and apply another layer, focusing mostly on the ends of my lashes. If I'm happy then I'll leave it at that or if I want them longer I'll wait a few minutes and then apply another layer.

Overall, I really like this product. Although the mascara wand is quite long which can sometimes create problems for me, it's definitely volumising, it's not clumpy and it's long-lasting. It retails at $22.00 from the Senna website but is currently sold out so keep your eye out for it being restocked if you're interested. I definitely think it's worth it!

- Caoimhe x


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