Monday, 27 May 2013

hyrdation heroes

Embroylisse Lait-Crème Concentré, Origins Drink Up Intensive mask, Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa cleansing balm, Super Facialist by Una Brennan Rose Hydrate moisture mask, Indeed Labs Hydraluron.

Recently my skin has been attempting to punish me for exam season; late nights and early mornings, high stress levels and copious amounts of comfort eating have left my skin both inflamed and extremely dry. While I am nowhere near recovered as yet, the above products have at least aided in combatting the flaky patches which made successful foundation application near impossible.
The Emma Hardie cleansing balm is undoubtedly my favourite cleanser in my collection but until now I had been scrimping and using it more sparingly. Now it sees use daily and is perhaps my favourite part of my routine and it's really improved the overall appearance of my skin. Daily moisturising duties have been restricted to my two hydration heroes; Indeed Labs Hydraluron serum and Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré moisturiser. I find Hydraluron's intensive dose of hyaluronic acid has really helped tackle any breakouts as well as provide a much needed 'moisture boost'.
Treatment masks have been imperative to my routine of late and I've even been mixing my Origins mask with my night-cream some nights for even further hydration. So far I haven't been amazed by this Super Facialist 'moisture mask' but every little helps!
Since pairing this routine with an extra litre of water a day I'm on the road to recovery and hope to see better skin days soon. What are your hero products for dehydrated skin?


Wednesday, 22 May 2013


Now that I'm finished my exams and my summer holidays have started I'm free to do whatever I want, which is mostly watch Game of Thrones and play the Sims in my pyjamas, but it's also blogging. I'm truly excited to finally be able to devote more time to my blog and I hope you'll stick around for the summer to read my future ramblings!
Firstly, a quick face of the day showcasing the newest addition to my foundation sample collection, MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW10. I'm pleased with the shade but unfortunately the formulation is not for me, my skin is far too dehydrated at the moment to consider regular usage of this product. This style of makeup is one I've frequented in the last week; pin-up eyes inspired by this tutorial, high coverage foundation for my sins and a matte red lip.
I went to see the Great Gatsby last night which I had been simultaneously excited and nervous about for a long time. I was quite disappointed by it; Baz Lurhmann's style, although inarguably unique, is far from my favourite and I felt it made the timeless and classy story feel a little cheap. If you've seen it and loved or hated it please let me know! On another note, I'm devastated that I haven't yet seen a makeup tutorial for Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan on my YouTube feed, how pretty were her smokey eyes!
In other literary news, I recently placed a sizeable order on The Book Depository and I'm planning to use my time off to read some of the books I didn't have time for during the college semester. I think I might like to start writing here about some of the books I've read and loved - maybe not whole book reviews, just mentions so if that's something you would like, let me know! I might even propose a challenge to myself to get the entire order read before summer is finished!
What have you been up to in my absence? Any book, film or TV show recommendations? Have you been sitting exams too?

Sunday, 5 May 2013

red nails & me

l-r: OPI I'm Not Really A Waitress, Rimmel Rapid Ruby, Nails Inc Hampstead Heath, Barry M Raspberry, Barry M Bright Red.

Despite always admiring rich cherry hues I see on other people's nails, I have a slight issue with red nails on my own hands. Any deep ox-blood or burgundy shades are always winners for me but their brighter lighter counterparts just don't sit as sweet. There is something so glamorous about a bright red that I love but whenever I adorn my nails with one of my red hues it just resonates more granny than Gwen Stefani. When I was at school I loved a rich ruby red therefore have built up quite a collection over the years, most of which are still going strong. Rimmel's Rapid Ruby is a polish that has sat in my collection for about five years yet is still delivering formula-wise and possibly the closest to a more wearable burgundy in my collection of reds. When I painted my nails with it last week it lasted a day before I removed it, still unsure. The final verdict is no different, I simply cannot decide. Perhaps my all too-frequent use of red lipstick is preventing the red tones from sitting modern and chic on my nails.

What do you think of red nails? Pin-up girl glamour or too granny for you?

Thursday, 2 May 2013

wishlist #7

1. dress, Topshop.
2. denim jacket, Topshop.
3. Masterpiece hairspray, by Tigi Bed Head.
4. nail polish in Prepp'Hibiscus, by Bourjois.
5. sensual skin enhancer, Kevyn Aucoin.
6. Pepta-Bright, by Indeed Labs.

Just a few of the items which are gracing my never ending wishlist of the moment! I'm obsessed with this jacket from Topshop and I'm so tempted but it's a massive €88 here. Maybe as a post exam treat!

Unfortunately it's that time of year again and I'll be sitting exams for the next two weeks so apologies in advance if posting becomes a little sporadic. I know it's exam season so best of luck to anyone who's got assessment coming up.

What's on your wishlist and what do you think of my picks?