Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Skin Matters: Teenage Skin in My 20's - update!

At the start of January, I gave you a run down of what I have been using on my skin to help prevent breakouts and existing acne, check it out here

In this post I spoke about how I was going to take the Minocin tablets (prescribed acne medication) properly this time. I started them on Tuesday 8th Jan. That Friday I was hit with one of the worst migraines I have ever had, and was so sick I couldn’t take them for the rest of the weekend. I was terrified they were the cause of the migraines  so I stopped taking them. I have since been to the doctor about my migraines, I will do a detailed post,  and she assures me the minocin isn’t the cause. However with the new tablets I am on, I would rather not take a whole concoction of tablets hence leaving the Minocin to one side for the minute.
Since I haven’t been taking acne tabs I am even stricter with my skin routine and have noticed a good improvement, especially with the spots on my shoulders and back. This is no doubt a combination of duac cream, and a better hormonal balance. While there is still a lot of room for improvement, I am feeling good in myself, and my clothes which is a pretty big thing for me.

My poor face is not feeling so fresh this week, but it is completely my own fault. I was out last Saturday night and never washed my makeup off. (stop tutting your heads at me, I know I’m a bad person). If I can offer you one word of advice as an acne sufferer, wash or cleanse every trace of makeup off your skin before you go to sleep. I don’t care how drunk or tired you are, WASH YOUR FACE. My poor skin is very angry with me at the moment with a few huge ones around my jaw line. So once again I implore you to wash or cleanse away your makeup before you go to bed.

I plan on trying a few bits from the La Roche Posay range in the next few weeks such as nutrise and effeclar, to up my game in acne fighting as such, so I will let you know how I get on with what I buy. I am also using a new cleansing mud from pixy.ie which I will review shortly.

One more thing before I let you all go, over on CherrySue Doin’ the Do , there is a pro-active skincare (ye know the one every celeb in America advertises for) trial going on, check it out here. I used this product whilst in America and defo noticed results from it. There products contain similar ingredients to the duac so are really great for targeting acne and producing results. I do have one warning, DO NOT USE fancy face cloths, pjs or your 'mothers best' towels whilst using this product, it bleaches them something unreal, same as with the Duac. Sue found out the hard way!

If your suffering from what is typically know as teenage skin, let me know what products you are using etc.

Có x

The A-Z of Me...

I saw this post over on Lisa’s blog http://scatterbrainedblogging.blogspot.ie and thought today, the day I turn 27, was a good day to share a few bits of pieces of me with you!

Addictions: Bearded men (I have one of my own now though)
Bed size: Queen
Chore you hate: picking up plates after people
Dogs or cats: Dogs dogs dogs dogs (to the theme of two and a half men in my strange mind)
Essential start of your day: Cuppa tae
The Power of Tea!
Favourite colour: Purple
Gold or silver: Gold, but not yellow gold, more the bronzey, white and rose gold kind.
Height: 5' 3"
Instruments you play (or have played): Piano (what a waste of my poor parents money)
Jobs titles you've had: waitress, operation line, admin, sub teacher, individual support, sales assistant, bartender, fleet team member, gym instructor!
Kids: Hell No… Someday though
Live: Ireland
Mom’s name: My MOM is my MA and her name is Carmel
Overnight hospital stays: 2, once for a biopsy on my throat, the 2nd for my tonsils out.
Pet peeve: People having loud phone conversations on commuter trains/buses
Quote from a movie: "if you’re a bird, im a bird”
Right or left handed: Right handed
Siblings: 1 brother, Rob,  he is very similar to Ross from Friends so much so my mother called him Ross by ‘mistake’ once
Time you wake up: 05:45am Monday to Friday… VOMIT
Wake up & be awesome- Solid words to live by.
Underwear: Always
Vegetables you dislike: String beans… ugh
What makes you run late: Doing my makeup
X-rays you’ve had done: Ankle a couple of times, and loads of chest xrays getting tested for TB
Yummy food you make: Peanut Butter Thai Curry
Zoo animal: Penguins, always a penguin.

If you have an a-z show me please cause I’m super nosey!!

Friday, 15 February 2013

Wedding First Dance Songs #2

Thought I would share with you all a few more wedding 'appropriate' first dance songs. These would not necessarily be my first dance song but each to their own and all that jazz, i will still sing along and cry :) !

Bon Jovi - Always

Lonestar - Amazed

Aerosmith - Don't wanna miss a thing

Oasis - Wonderwall

Bon Iver - Skinny Love

Let me know what your first dance would or will be!

Có x

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games - Get Involved.

Bit of a different post today, but it’s something I feel excited about so thought I would share with the rest of you.

As you prob know I worked at the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012 and it was probably the best job I’ve ever had, met the best people, gained good experience and it’s once in a lifetime experience.

I am really eager to get involved with any other games that are close to home, and for that reason I’m looking forward to 2014 Commonwealth games which are taking place
 in Glasgow, 23rd July – 3rd August.

sourced: fawndoo.com

The closing date is fast approaching for volunteer applications, so I hereby encourage you to log on to the site below and register your interest in becoming a volunteer. It will be an amazing experience if you are someone that is interested in sports and 
want to meet new people!!

If any of my London 2012 friends are reading this I’m assuming you have already filled yours out??? If not, move your arses!! Only 2 weeks to go!!

There are also paid opportunities if you want to get involved in the events industry.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Oh hello shine free face: Revlon Colorstay 24hrs

Revlon Colorstay 24hrs - Review
Oily/Combination Skin

So as always I am looking for something that will keep my shiney face at bay, and get me through the day without having to blot, powder, etc etc. My go to daily foundation is Lancome Teint Miracle or Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 hrs which I have ranted and raved about here and here, but over the past couple of weeks I have found that I havent been getting the whole day out of it like I used to, which is probably to do with the change in the weather.

I had read loads about Revlon color stay for oily/combination skin so decided to give it a go. 

Revlon claim that this foundation 'wears for up to 24 hours' and 
'flawless look, lightweight feel'.

  • Never have I had as good a color match as this one. The color range is quiet good with the two lightest shades coming in pinky and yellowy. I opted for the more yellowly one and picked up shade no. 150 'buff'.  I went extremely pale over the winter and this color is just as snow white as I am.
  • I 100% agree with the feel of this foundation being lightweight, I do not feel it on my skin at all, but yet I am getting quiet adequate coverage with it.
  • It is completely not transfer on my skin, and I am getting through the whole working day (7am - 7pm) without having to top up. I dont know about the 24 hour jazz as I would never have it on that long. 
  • Value for money @ €17.80 this is a great buy. 
  • Smells really nice too! 

  • It doesnt have a pump so I find the amount I use a little hard to control.
  • I am going to need some sort of color correcting primer, or perhaps just build it up more as I can still see my little red cheeks when I have it on.
I LOVE this foundation. I have wore it everyday since buying and have not been disappointed. I have been applying it with my real techniques buffing brush, and topping with Catrice Prime & Fine loose translucent powder (which I will also review), and apart from the bit of redness on my cheeks I would say I am achieving the flawless look Revlon are speaking about. The pros definately outweigh the cons in this instance.

Bravo Revlon, Bravo!!!!

Any of you lovely readers a fan of this product??

Có x