My Skin Care Routine

July 27, 2018
I have always been conscious of my skin. It is the farthest thing from perfect you can imagine. It was a real problem when I was growing up because I couldn't ever bring myself to go out without makeup on. I had it reasonably under control the last two years. I mean, it's not perfect but if I cba wearing makeup, I won't. Maybe that comes with age, I don't know but let's just say it wasn't a massive issue for me, most of the time.When I moved home a few weeks ago, however, it kind of flared up again. I don't know was it because I probably changed my diet or something but I was really not happy with it at all.

I never really stuck to a skin care routine. Like taking off my makeup, splashing my face with water, and wearing a face mask every single night (for probably three hours at a time, not even exaggerating) was about the height of it. But when it got bad again recently, I thought it was time to actually stick to a routine. I'm an adult now, I should act like one. Honestly, getting old isn't the problem, but looking old is a real fear of mine. Cannot cope with the sight of wrinkles and grey hairs. 

So, I thought I'd share my routine, because it actually has worked for me. It's nothing special and there's honestly nothing too fancy about it. It's pretty basic because I don't have the patience to be messing about with serums and oils and whatever else. It was trial and error and somehow I found something that makes my skin happy.

So in the evening, or just before I go to bed I've been removing my make up with either Garnier SkinActive Rose Water (if I don't have mascara/eye make up on) or Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water. I love using Micellar Water because it is so gentle on my skin and eyes.

After that I use the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control foam wash, which makes your skin feel SO clean. I honestly love this foaming wash. Then I take a cotton pad and give my face a quick wipe with witch hazel. My Mam always said that her mother used this and I can see why. I swear by witch hazel now. After I started using it my skin cleared up in like a week! It's so inexpensive too. I think this bottle was about five euro and I've had it almost three months so you can't really go wrong.

I'm addicted to face masks. I would wear one 24/7 if I could. I love the L'Oreal Pure Clay range but my favourite is the Detox mask (with the Glow one coming a close second). 

I was also sent some bits to try from a few months ago and I'm obsessed with this Tea Tree Ritual face mask* from Organique. It's probably the best face mask I've ever used. I use it about once a week, for 20 minutes and remove it with a micellar water soaked cotton pad and my skin looks amazing after it. It's so clear and feels unbelievably smooth. It leaves my skin looking brighter, clearer and fresher. This product is pricey but honestly, it's probably worth it for what its done for my skin. 

And finally I've been using this rose hip oil* from RoseHip Plus. If I'm being completely honest with you, I HATED this product at first. I broke out massively when I started using it and had to stop after only two days. I don't actually know if it was this, or that time of the month that caused me such skin probs. I do think the problem was down to me using waaaaay too much of this, because I heard that rose hip oil was really good for your skin so naturally I piled it on. Bad idea, in hindsight. 

After my skin calmed down again I started using this again at night time (I just use Simple Kind to Skin moisturiser in the morning) but I literally put a single drop for my whole face, and a drop on my lips, and I haven't had any problems so fingers crossed it stays that way because I really do like this oil (still not as much as the Clinique Revitalizing Treatment Oil though!).

As well as using the products above, as religiously as possible, I've also been trying to drink as much water as possible, and I've been drinking quite a large mug of green tea every night before bed, so that has probably been helping too because I'm convinced green tea is magic and fixes everything.

My skin isn't perfect but I'm actually quite happy with it, for a change. Obviously everyone's skin is different but these have worked for me. The best advice I can give is be patient, don't give up on something just because it doesn't work straight away and stick to a routine that works for you. 

Life is not a race.

July 19, 2018
Does anyone else ever feel like you're running of time to sort out your life? It feels like we are all in a rush to complete some end goal. It feels like everyone knows what they want to do and where they want to go in their life. Honestly fair play if you do know, but can any of us really know what we want to be doing in thirty years time at the age of twenty? I'm 21 and I feel like I've made so many decisions just because everyone else has been progressing at the 'socially accepted' rate.

I rushed into college even though I hadn't a notion what I really wanted to do. Like, at the age of 18, did I honestly think I wanted to study FRENCH, Geography and Children's Studies? Do I even like children? How would I even know that, I was literally a child then. Not only that, but I really wasn't mentally ready to leave the care of my Mammy then. I was on antidepressants and I was having panic attacks right, left and centre. I could barely make it through a day of school why the hell did I think I could go off to college? Still, I felt like I had to progress at the same rate as everyone else my age.

And the result of that? I was miserable in college. Yes, I absolutely loved the social aspect, and it probably helped me out a lot with my anxiety, but the academic part was not the one. I hated it and it left me feeling so stupid because I wasn't putting in any effort to my course, so naturally I fell behind in classes. I probably knew in first year that it wasn't for me but I stuck it out because I felt trapped. If I left college what would I do? What would people say? It honestly felt like my life would be over and I remember saying that I'd be stuck in Donegal for the rest of my life. Honestly, why the hell did I feel like that?

I'm about to tell you. It's because if you don't follow the same path as everyone else it feels like you're failing and you're not going to get anywhere. Take my sister for example. She is so good at Art and wants to do Design in college but when she first said she wanted to do it, everyone tried to convince her against it because who gets a job from doing Art??? But someone has to do it, and if that's what she wants to do, then she will make it work.

Anyway, after two years I left college and it was the scariest thing ever because I had no plan and at this stage, it feels, not only like you should have a plan, but it should already be in action. You should be on your way to the End Goal, even if you don't know what that end goal is.

I feel like there is so much pressure to always know what you're doing and always be working towards something and that, for me, feels like such a drag. People are constantly asking 'what are you doing now?' and you're nearly shamed if you're not doing anything, or if you don't know what you're doing.

I'm all for working towards a goal, if the end result is what you really want to do, but why work towards something that's just kindofwhatyouthinkyoumightwantbutyou'renotreallysure? Why commit to something you're not going to get anything from?

At the moment I'm living at home and I've just finished a nail tech course, and at the moment I absolutely love it. Just like for the past nine months I absolutely loved working in Penneys, but I'm thinking about leaving Donegal again and who's to say I'll still love doing nails in three months? Maybe I'll be doing something else, maybe I'll be doing nothing but I'm not worrying about it. I'm 21 and making commitments like that is boring.

Paddy's Day Inspired Looks With Pretty Little Thing

February 20, 2018
St. Patrick's Day is coming up in less than a month and it's one of my favourite days of the year. If you know me you'd know that I'd take any excuse to go out for a few drinks and going out means an excuse for a new outfit. Being an ex-student still living a student lifestyle with the bank balance to match, I know how hard it can be to step out in stunning new outfits every night so with the help of my favourite PrettyLittleThing I've put together some St. Patrick's inspired outfits that won't break the bank.

I paired these black scuba skinny trousers with this green tie front top because it's essential to wear green on St Patrick's Day. I've been really loving tie front tops recently so when I saw this I had to get it.

I also got this distressed oversized denim jacket to go with it and I'm obsessed. I've been wanting a black denim jacket so bad because it's so easy to pair with anything and I really love that this one is distressed as I think it adds an edge to my outfit.

For my second outfit I actually decided to steer away from green and instead I went for this snake print bandeau because obviously St Patrick banished all the snakes from Ireland. Yes, that actually was my thought process.

I paired it with these pink slim leg trousers and I think it looks really good. This is probably one of my favourite outfits I've worn. I'm obsessed with the trousers, and they're so comfy!

*Pretty Little Thing gifted me the items above however all thoughts and opinions are my own.