Beauty, Skincare

Current Skincare Routine

Hey All, Happy Monday!

After a few snow days I’m sure we are all dying to get back to normality today. One thing I enjoyed over the last few days was the lack of makeup I wore, my skin is better than ever lately. I obviously have some products I’ve been using the last few weeks to thank for that as well as some skincare treatments I’ve had done. Some of you may remember last year my skin went through an awful time, I was waking up everyday with a new breakout and my skincare routine at the time was no longer working for me. I made it my 2018 goal to take proper care of my skin, mainly because of the breakouts but because of how it made me feel. Day to day I tend to wear less makeup when my skin is good but I started wearing more makeup to cover up the breakouts and the marks and I knew that had to stop. I wanted to enjoy wearing makeup again. That’s when I decided to take a trip out to The Skin Boutique. I purchased the Image Post Treatment pack to trial the Image products before I committed myself to any full size products.

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After using the products for about a week I noticed I didn’t breakout at all, my skin was improving each day.  The pack cost €19.95 and is available to buy in The Skin Boutique.

My skin was in desperate need of a treatment, I had a lot of congestion under the skin that needed to be targeted and I knew the skincare wouldn’t be enough to sort it out. I booked in for a peel with Lisa and she suggested the “Signature Facelift VIP Peel” I had two peels done while using the skincare and I seen a huge improvement to the overall texture to my skin. The peels are €100 each using only Image products. While my skin looked and felt better I was still left with a lot of marking, especially on the right-hand side of my face from the breakouts. Lisa suggested a course of micro-needling with the Rejuvapen once the breakouts had stopped. I’ve had two sessions of micro-needling done to date and I’ve another session booked in 2 weeks time. The sessions are €200 each, I would highly recommend this treatment if your skin has been marked from acne or if you suffer with pigmentation. It has changed my skin completely! So many people ask is it sore, honestly it didn’t hurt at all as I was numbed prior to both sessions and the redness lasts for about 2 days afterwards.

While I was receiving the micro-needling I was stocking up on full size Image products each week off Lisa’s recommendation. I’ve become obsessed with my skincare again after seeing the results from sticking to it. I’ll list below what I’ve been using, but this will not suit everyone. I would highly recommend to go to a professional and get a skin consultation first before buying products.

Cleanser.

The Image Ormedic balancing facial cleanser worked so well for my skin after trying it out from the post-treatment pack that Lisa suggested I bought the full size. I love how it doubles up as a cleanser and toner so no need for two products. Great for getting that squeaky clean feeling. I use this morning and night time. It retails at €35 and can be bought here.

Daytime Moisturizer

daily matte moisturizer oil-free SPF 32 by Image Skincare

After I tried out the Prevention+ SPF 50 moisturizer I knew it was too heavy for my skin. I have oily skin so I went with the Daily Matte Oil Free SPF 32. It’s oil free so an ideal product for anyone who has oily skin that wants protection and hydration in one. It retails at €45.50 and you can buy here.

Night Time Moisturizer

 

Total Repair Creme by Image Skincare

I was a little nervous about using this product as it contains Retinol. Retinol is an active ingredient that helps with reducing fine lines, wrinkles, skin pigmentation, improves overall skin texture and tightens pores. Honestly, this Image Ageless Total Repair Creme is an absolute must have for me. I use it every second night as it’s too strong to be used every night. When you first start to use it your skin will breakout, a lot. Reason for that is retinol increases our cell turnover quicker than average. If you suffer with regular breakouts your skin is more than likely going to have some congestion under the skin waiting to come out in the form of a breakout and the retinol does this quicker for us. Basically your skin gets worse before it gets better. It plumps and hydrates the skin like no other moisturizer I have used as well as anti-aging factors. It is pricey but so worth it if your serious about having good skin. It retails at €78.00 and can be bought here.

Serum

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After the micro-needling session its completely normal for your skin to peel and flake off. My skin was so dehyrated I needed something to help with boosting the hydration back into my skin. After seeing this on Tara O’Farrell’s snapchat a good few times I decided to buy it and try it out for myself. I noticed a huge difference to the hydration in my skin just 3 days after using this serum. I alternate between this and the Ageless Total Repair Creme at night time. It retails at €19.95 and can be bought here.

Iluma Intense Lightening Serum by Image Skincare

I’m sure most of you are aware of the Iluma Intense Lightening serum from Image. I’ve seen reviews about how good this is but it was only until I started using this product myself I realized why. I use it every morning before my moisturizer and it gives my skin a gorgeous glow underneath. It brightens up the skin and soothes any redness. I used it morning and nighttime after my first micro-needling session and it helped calm down the redness. A little goes a long way with this serum. It retails at €51.50 and can be bought here.

Exfoliation

Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque by Image Skincare

Exfoliation is so important when it comes down to having good skin. Dead skin cells block products like serums and oils from penetrating down to the deeper layers of the skin so it’s essential to get rid of them regularly by exfoliating. Image Vital C is a brilliant product for exfoliating the skin and giving the skin a little boost of hydration. I use this product 3 times a week and it brightens my skin up so much every time I use it. I love that its a masque you can leave it on overnight if needed and it doesn’t over exfoliate the skin. It retails at €42 and can be bought here.

Eye cream

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex II 15ml

I picked up the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye cream in the Airport when we went to Paris back in November. I would have never been one to use an eye cream but I did start to notice some fine lines appearing the last few months particularly on the sides of my eyes so I wanted to invest in a good one. This is AMAZING. I always wake up the next day noticing less fine lines and my under eye area looks brighter and tighter. I’ve suffered with dark under eye circles as long as I can remember and since I started using this cream they’re less visible. It retails at €49.45 and can be bought here.

So that’s everything I have been using on my skin the last few weeks. A huge thank you to the girls out in The Skin Boutique for looking after me with treatments and skincare. I feel back to myself again and I’m feeling confident without the makeup. I have also made some changes to my diet and tried drinking more water regularly as I wasnt drinking enough. I found a shot of Apple Cider Vinegar diluted in warm water every morning also helped with my skin.

Hope you all enjoyed this post and thanks for reading,

Steph X

 

Beauty

Hair Care

Hey everyone, so I’ve decided to do a blogpost on the products that I use to keep my hair healthy and blonde. If you’re blonde you will know that it’s the hardest colour to maintain. I have literally dyed my hair every single colour and blonde is by far the hardest to keep healthy in my opinion but with saying that I’ve managed to keep my hair in good condition since I made the transition from brunette to blonde in the past 2 years.

Colour talk.

The most frequently asked question I get is “what colour do you get”? So basically I get a bleach tint and a P02 toner. What that is is an all over blonde tint using bleach and peroxide that is applied to my roots. The toner is then applied to my hair after the colour has been done. As you can imagine this can be quite damaging to the hair so it’s best to be done by a professional who knows what they’re doing. Amy Bejaoui, a Wella Master Colourist based in House of Colour Charlestown has been doing my hair at home since June last year and she is amazing I cannot recommend her enough.

Home Care.

When it comes to any hair colour the products you use at home are really the most important thing you can use to keep your hair in tip top condition. I wash my hair every 3-4 days, some weeks I’d leave it longer as over washing is bad for your hair. So here are my favourite products to use…

•Kevin Murphy Repair Me Wash

One of my favourite shampoos to use. It really does help repair the hair while leaving it super clean. I’m also a big fan of the Honey like consistency!

•Alfaparf Reparative ShampooThis is also a great shampoo to use to help keep hair in great condition. A little definitely goes a long way with this product.

•L’Oréal Silver Shampoo I absolutely love this silver shampoo. I’ve tried so many purple/silver shampoos and this is by far the best one I’ve used. It doesn’t leave your hair with a greyish hue in fact it cleans out any brassiness while leaving the blonde super fresh and clean. I generally use this every few washes.

•Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel Conditioner

Ok, so this product is a must have for blondes. Not only does it leave the hair super soft it’s blue tone works like a blue shampoo for the hair. You can leave this on for a few minutes and let the conditioner work like a treatment while it cleans out any brassiness. I’d prefer this product over a purple shampoo any day!

•Joico Blonde Life Brightening Conditioner

This is another great conditioner for blondes. It brightens and conditions while leaving the hair looking healthy. I love using this product and then spraying my hair with the Joico Blonde Life Brightening Veil, it gives the most amazing shine to blonde hair.

•Label M Protein Spray

I recently started using this product after my hairdresser gave it to me as a gift a few weeks ago and I love it. The protein spray has made a huge difference to the overall feel of my hair when blow drying it. It helps to keep my hair looking and feeling smoother. It also protects against any heat damage caused by my the hairdryer, ghd or wand aswell as any UV damage that can dry out blonde hair.

•Wella Oil Reflections I saved the best product till last. This oil is a must have. Not only does it smell amazing it gives the most amazing shine to all hair colours particularly blondes. I apply it to my hair while damp and blow dry as normal.

•Olaplex

As I previously mentioned blonde hair is the hardest hair colour to keep looking healthy, but with good hair care at home and regular hair treatments that can be achieved not forgetting having a good hairdresser. Olaplex is one of the best hair treatments out there. I use this before I’m due to get my colour done as it prevents my hair from snapping off and throughout also. It’s quite pricey but definitely worth it. I leave this in my hair overnight too 👌🏻

So there you have it, my go to hair products I use to keep my hair looking and feeling healthy while staying blonde! Hope you enjoyed ❤️

Stephanie x

Beauty

Brush Picks Part 2

So I am back with Part 2 on this Black Friday! Since Monday Blank Canvas have launched their 30% off discount code. I’ll be mentioning a few of them here aswell as some other of my faves.

In the last blog post I kept it about all the base brushes, if you haven’t read it just yet I’ll pop it here Brush Picks Part 1. I’m going to dedicate this one to my all time favourite eye brushes, liner brushes and brow brushes. Your eyes can dramatically change a makeup look so what brushes you use is vital in helping you to create one. As a working Makeup artist these are my tools for my work so quality is a must aswell as affordability.

EYES.

TOP TIP… If you want a seemless blend make sure your brush is clean, a dirty brush will never give you the blended look you’re hoping to achieve and that goes with every makeup brush.

Zoeva 227 Luxe Soft Definer

This brush helps create the most blended smokey eye you could imagine. The brush hairs are a mixture of natural and synthetic hair. I use this brush for my transition shade or to smoke out any harsh edges as it does it so well. Because of the shape of this fluffy brush it can also be used to create even a defined eye look! it retails at €10.50.

ZOEVA 221 Luxe Soft Crease

Zoeva 221 Luxe Soft Crease

Another fab brush from Zoeva. This blends eyeshadow beautifully! Its super fluffy and it’s soft hairs allow for a gorgeous finish to any eye look, especially transition shades. It retails for €10.50.

Makeup Brush 6SS

Inglot 6SS

If you don’t own this brush by now BUY IT!! I bought my first one of these a few months back after hearing such good things about it and I was delighted with it. The large head allows for a super soft eye look in seconds. This is a brush I would definitely use on a everyday basis. It retails at a pricey €20 but oh so worth it!

E01 ROUND EYE BLENDING BRUSH | DefaultBlank Canvas E01 Round Eye Blending Brush

I always recommend that if you’re not comfortable with doing your eye makeup go for a smaller brush. Reason being is you will have more control over where the placement of the eyeshadow goes. This brush from Blank Canvas is perfect for creating a smokey eye but without the fear factor of making a mess. It’s small but definitely blends away any harsh edges with ease. It retails at €8 but is now reduced to €5.60.

Blank Canvas E08

The E08 is a must for applying eyeshadow to the lid or for smudging out the under eye shadow. I like to use this brush for applying a darker shadow all over the lid for a more pigmented look and using a fluffy brush to blend out any harsh edges. It retails at €7 but reduced to €4.90.

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I love this brush as it has so many uses! I use this for applying highlighter to certain parts of the eye for e.g. brow bone and inner tear duct etc.. It’s also great for applying glitters to the eye because of the size and flat head it precisely applies it. Another use for it is for deepening the outer corner of the eye while still allowing for a soft look. It retails at €7 but reduced to €4.90.

E37 PENCIL (Vegan Friendly) | DefaultBlank Canvas E37 Pencil

Pencil brushes are a must for creating that super smokey under eye look. I would be lost without this one from Blank Canvas. The hairs are dense but super soft so you can still achieve that soft blown out look. It’s a good one for smoking out the upper lash line aswell. Retailing at €7 now reduced to €4.90.

Makeup Brush 31T

Inglot 31T

The best liner brush I have tried so far from Inglot. I use this for all my makeovers aswell as my own makeup and it is the dream for creating the perfect flick. The tip allows for a smooth application of gel liner for the flick and the rest of the brush defines the eye.

It washes amazingly and lasts so well. I also use this brush for applying brow gel to my brows. Double the benefits! It retails at €14.

So there you have it my top picks for Eyes! I have hyperlinked all the brush names to the websites where you can purchase and using the Black Friday discount codes available online to get them at a reduced price!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Steph Xx

Beauty

Brush Picks Part 1

Happy Monday everyone! I’m back with another blog post this week and I’ve decided to do one all about brushes. If you don’t know by now but the key to a flawless finish to any makeup look is good clean brushes so I am all about quality over quantity when it comes to finding the right ones. There is an array of brush brands out there to choose from at the moment so it can be a little overwhelming trying to decide on a brand firstly and secondly what type so I hope this post helps some of you out. I have broken this post into two parts, the first part being all about the base. Keep an eye out for Part 2 which will be all about eyes and brows.

Foundation.

So lets start with the basics shall we! We all love a good flawless base wether it be sheer, medium or if you’re like me full coverage, I know basic or what… I have tried so many foundation brushes over the years but lately I stick to these 3 and I’ll explain why.

Blank Canvas F20

This foundation brush is a must have if you want your makeup to look flawless in seconds! It quickly buffs your makeup in for you while doing all the hard work. The flat head also works as a buffer, I gently press the brush into areas where I want more coverage. Its super soft and washes really well. I have about 4 of these in my kit as I just love using it! Blank Canvas have designed this with 3 different colour handles so there is a colour to suit everyone too! It retails at €14.99 or if you wanted to save some cash and buy a double pack for €20.00 I,ve linked it above simply click on the brush title.

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AYU Buffer Brush

This is another favourite of mine. I discovered the AYU brushes when Aimee Connolly gifted me with her set at the launch of Sculpted The Academy a few months ago. I have been hooked on the buffer brush ever since. It literally gives the most flawless finish while allowing your foundation to keep its coverage all thanks to the densely packed fibres. It’s a really good one for mineral foundation I find too, but it works just as good with liquid or creams. It retails at €13.50 and is available online or in selected pharmacies.

Zoeva 112 Face Curve

This is the holy grail when it comes to flat foundation brushes. I adore this for a full coverage finish. It allows the foundation to gently move around the face using the curve tip on top and its super soft! Its unlike any other flat foundation brush I’ve tried. It washes amazingly too. It retails at €16.00 and is available online, Arnotts Department Store or Brown Thomas.

Concealer.

A concealer brush is without a doubt the best buy you will ever make for your makeup. Trust me. So with that being said here are my faves.

Blank Canvas E36 Large Concealer

This brush is fab. I love how it applies concealer especially to the under eye area. Its super soft so it blends the product beautifully leaving a super flawless finish. I also love that it doubles up as an eyeshadow brush! The brush quality is really good for the price and it washes really well! I have mine over a year now and it’s still like new. It retails at €8.00.

142 Concealer and Buffer Brush

Zoeva 142 Concealer Buffer Brush

Another concealer brush must have! This brush is more rounded in comparison to the blank canvas one. It’s brilliant for buffing in liquid concealer to the under eye area and on the face for extra needed coverage. It retails at €10.13  but it’s currently reduced on Beauty Bay for €8.10.

Powder.

So now that we have the base covered lets talk powder brushes. I am all about setting your base as it helps the rest of your makeup to sit on so much better. If you’re a pressed, loose or mineral powder gal here are my faves.

E3 Elite II Precision Pointed Powder Brush

Morphe E3 Elite II Precision Pointed Powder Brush

This powder brush is brush goals!! Its my go-to powder brush. I love the tapered head design for setting every part of the face with such accuracy. It’s SUPER soft, like unbelievably soft and it gives the nicest finish with most powders. I use this with a pressed powder mainly. It retails at €21.91 normally on Beauty Bay but right now its reduced to €11 absolute BARGAIN!!

Blank Canvas Dimension Series F39

Another powder brush must have from Blank Canvas. This is a large dome powder brush ideal for setting the whole face aswell as the under eye area. The synthetic fibres help to make this brush super soft and easy to clean. It retails at €14.99 on the Blank Canvas website.

Contour, Highlight & Blush.

The hardest components in every makeup look to achieve is contour, highlight and blush but having the right brush to apply each is essential for doing just that. I used to never wear blusher but as the years went on and I found the right brushes to help me apply it I’ve fallen in love with it. Contour has become the most popular makeup trend over the last few years but it’s not going anywhere yet! It’s all in the brushes when it comes to a super soft & natural contoured look. As for highlighter, how much you want to be seen from space depends on the application.

Blank Canvas F15

The blank canvas F15 is a favourite of mine for contouring. It’s a small tapered tip brush which makes it ideal for sculpting the face. What I love about this brush is the versatility and ability to create a soft natural contoured look or by holding the brush hairs a little tighter a more defined contoured look. It retails at €15.01.

127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush

Zoeva 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush

This is the most gorgeous blusher brush I have ever owned. The angle of this brush allows for a natural finish to any powder blush. The hairs are made from high quailty natural synthetic hair blend so as you can imagine it’s so soft! It retails at €14.63 but is now reduced to €11.70 on Beauty Bay.

Blank Canvas F28 Fluffy Powder Contour Brush

This brush is described as a contour brush but I absolutely love using this for highlighter! The soft pony hair fibres make this brush amazing for applying highlighter to all parts of the face. It allows you to create a subtle highlighted look or an intense one whichever your preference. It retails at €9.00.

So that’s it for Part 1 everyone, I hope you all enjoyed the post! With it being Black Friday this week be sure to check out Blank Canvas Cosmetics for their amazing discounts on their website aswell as Beauty Bay that has 30% off too!

Happy Shopping,

Steph X