Over the past year my skin has became incredibly sensitive. With this, I jumped at the chance to visit Destination Skin based in the House of Fraser, Belfast. I wanted to ask the beauty experts some questions regarding specific ingredients that I should be using, reasons behind my skin sensitivity, certain areas of my skin and what brands they would recommend.
For a while now, I have suffered from Malia around my cheekbones and more recently I’ve developed Keratosis Pilaris lumps under my eyes. When I first went in the lovely, Suzanne explained to me the process she would be taking, what treatments I would be receiving and what products/ingredients she would recommend.
I was very lucky to receive two luxurious skin treatments, a Vitamin C peel and a little Microdermabrasion clean up. After a quick cleanse of the skin, Suzanne started the Vitamin C peel that was honestly such a strong and deep clean. It worked through a few layers of my skin and I have to say, the burning sensation (which is completely normal) was a testament. After the peel, it was time for the Microdermabrasion treatment that is basically a non-invasive procedure that uses exfoliating material like crystals or diamond flakes and a machine based suction to gently lift up the skin during exfoliation. This was like a vacuum on my skin and sucked up every inch of dead skin, it was a little uncomfortable at first but it soon settled. I think it just takes a little getting use to.
Once both procedures were complete, Suzanne talked my through any areas of my skin that I should concentrate on and therefore which ingredients/products I should use. It was advised that I base my skincare routine around Hydrochloric Acid as my skin was a little dehydrated. Any gel/foam based products were recommended along with Salicylic Acid for my sensitive skin. It was explained to me that because I had been using thick heavy cream that were very rich, my skin couldn’t deal with it so it was reacting and causing breakouts and Malia. Since the treatments, I have switched up my skincare and based my products around the key ingredients and I genuinely have noticed an improvement which I’m delighted about.
A few week’s ago, I was invited back down this time to view the new Young Blood Cosmetics and their latest mineral collection at Destination Skin. With a variety of foundations, mineral powders, concealers and primers, each product is made with delicate ingredients that are skin friendly and suited to each skin type. The mineral setting powder is a personal favourite of mine as it is formulated from rich starch, corn starch and minerals and there is no talc in it (unlike other setting powders).
I was matched up for the foundation and when wearing it I couldn’t help but notice how natural it was. During my consultation, I did have a lovely little break out that had been playing havoc with my skin prior, so I wanted to see how the foundation worked against sensitive skin. It was definitely like wearing a second skin with a soft matte finish. It was a light to medium coverage finish that in my opinion was buildable to suit your personal preference. I still needed concealer to target my under eye area and any imperfections. One thing I will say is that I feel like this foundation is best suited for normal to dry skin types as it moved around on my oily skin quite a bit even after I set it with powder. I’ll continue to test it out to see if it settles as the feel of the foundation is lovely, I genuinely don’t feel like I’m wearing any make up which I love. It is still early days so I’ll be sure to keep all of you updated on my thoughts of it over on my Instagram in a few week’s.
Thank you to Jennie and Suzanne for inviting me down and taking such good care of me.
Autumn is well and truly in full swing and the time to bust out the coat has arrived. I often find shopping for the perfect style, colour and print difficult as not all of them look flattering. I got this aztec coat last year from Marks and Spencer after seeing the fab Fearne Cotton wearing it.
It’s pretty light weight yet holds the heat like you wouldn’t believe. The silk lining keeps me nice and warm while the bold print does all of the talking. It’s by far one of my favourite pieces from my wardrobe and I wear it constantly during the autumn/winter season.
I paired it with my new favourite Zara top and torn boyfriend jeans from Topshop. I kept all accessories and make up to a minimum as there is a lot going on with this look. Sometimes I just love laying off the jewellery and focusing on the clothes themselves. By the way, how cute is the pink pom pom?! I’m really into them at the minute. I love mixing and matching them with various bags.
I’ve had these tan cut out ankle boots for a few year’s now and rarely wear them. Every time I get them out I tell myself that I need to wear them more (another strange trait of mine) and I’ll make sure I do this season. They are a really comfortable shoe to wear as the heel isn’t that high and they are so easy to style, I loved pairing them with my jeans.
Happy Friday, lovelies! Hope you all have a great weekend, I’ll be spending mine indulging in some retail therapy!
For a while now I’ve been busy brainstorming new ways to combine my love of fashion and beauty in just one post. I usually featured them in separate segments (unless it’s my Instagram post) however I’ve decided to create a new category called, Monthly Favourites. It’s basically a collection of my favourite style and beauty products/pieces that I have loved within that month. I will also throw some photography into the mix just to add a little flavour to it. I’m hoping to save the images for my Monthly Favourites feature as I don’t want to confuse them with my Instagram post. Hope this all doesn’t sound too confusing.
So… today is my first feature for the month of September. Over the last four week’s I have snapped up some beauty/make up products along with new pretty fashion pieces. As it is my first feature, for this month only I’m going to include some other things I’ve been enjoying during August so if you follow me a few shots will be familiar. Next month I’ll have completely fresh images. I’m excited to branch out with all of you lovelies by my side. I only hope you enjoy this post as much as I have. This month was very make up heavy for me, I just couldn’t resist treating myself to some new products for Autumn. I can tell you that they were all worth every penny (saying this makes me feel better for upsetting my bank account).
My green bomber jacket from Topshop worked wonders for me during my festival season and it is continuing to stay strong throughout the Autumn period. It traps the heat like you wouldn’t believe and it is so easy to style. I have such a weak spot for quirky watches and my fab burgundy Cora wooden watch from JORD is definitely a must have for this season. I love the pearl face and Swarovski detailing is absolutely magnificent. Speaking of quirky, sometimes bringing your look back to basics can feel so fresh and chic, I love doing this as it gives me a fab opportunity to play around with my accessories. I always opt for a slogan bag (you can shop it here) so that it keeps my style looking edgy and fun. Every so often I just adore branching out with my look and trying a new style – enter my fab new culottes from Zara. They are so incredibly comfortable to wear and I can’t help but feel so ladylike in them. Us bloggers love indulging in some Chanel Boy dupe handbags (also from Zara) and Adidas, Superstars – a cliché yet chic look!
Now onto the sweet stuff! I was a little late jumping on the Zoeva bandwagon therefore I had to treat myself to their Coco Blend eyeshadow palette and new Rose Gold Vol.2 Eye Brush set. The pigmentation is an absolute dream and the brushes make it a joy to blend. Over the past few months, I have been quite strict with my skincare routine. I recently started using a Vitamin E Facial Mist from The Body Shop and I am obsessed with it. The mist is so refreshing and kind to my skin, I’ve noticed a great improvement. It was such a big month for me make up wise, I may have over shopped just a tad. I had been trying to get my hands on the Burgundy Times Nine eyeshadow palette from MAC and last weekend it finally became mine! Of course I had to include some Christian Louboutin and Charlotte Tilbury into today’s feature for some high end goodness.
Capturing special moments is a favourite hobby of mine and I could spend endless hours travelling the world doing so. Whether it is snapping that iconic landmark, a breathtaking sunset or music moments at Hozier, I just love it. When you’re having a blue day there is no better feeling than looking back at amazing adventures and reminiscing about those heart warming times. I actually captured this fantastic sunrise the other day when I was getting ready to go to work. It’s hard to believe that such beauty is at your own doorstep.
I would really appreciate some feedback from you and if you would like to see anything else featured, please feel free to contact me. Hope you’re all having a great day.
For the past year now I have been obsessed with watching fashion and beauty videos on You Tube. I one day would love to start up my own channel and hopefully have a more interactive connection with my readers. Until then, I will live this goal vicariously through my favourite ladies.
These talented and entertaining girls have made such a strong name for themselves across the web. They have created their own make up lines with various make up brands, travelled the world with other bloggers and turned what they do into an amazing career.
Probably one of the most successful You Tube channels, Jaclyn has over two million subscribers tuning in each week. Her outrageous and vibrant personality isn’t for everyone but I find her massively entertaining. She is an incredible make up artist who lives in Florida, and she can create pretty much any look. She loves a strong smoky eye and can pose in front of a camera like it’s no ones business. Jaclyn also collaborated with Becca Cosmetics to created a stunning highlighter called, Champagne Pop. You can read my post on it here.
UK blogger, Victoria has really came into the limelight for her blog and You Tube channel within the past two years. She is a lover of tattoos, colourful hair and designer brands. Until recently she had purple ombre hair but she has opted for a more muted grey for Autumn. Her style also features on her channel and she creates look books along with haul videos.
This Irish beauty has been busy living it up at NYFW last week as she was giving the opportunity to attend some shows curiosity of Tresemme. Her channel is growing stronger every day and her make up looks are so pretty. I could spend hours just watching her create different looks. The Aussie based beauty is definitely one of my favourites and I actually think she was the first ever You Tube channel I started watching.
A classic English girl, Anna is that girl next door. She comes across as a bit of a good girl with a very natural look. She is best friends with Lily Pebbles and the two often collaborate together on their channels and more recently have held some workshops at Space NK. She features a mixture of drugstore and high end products on her channel and creates very soft and sweet looks.
This quirky Latino from Miami is one of the funniest girls around who actually has no idea just how hilarious she is. Her story is quite inspirational, she is 23 years old and is married to a military man so she lives on base. She has such beautiful porcelain skin and she enjoys the drugstore products overall so she is perfect for those of you who like to shop on a budget. I was lucky enough to get my hands on her quartz shadow palette that she created with Colour Pop Cosmetics. It is so beautifully pigmented and I can’t wait to use it this season.
Within the next year I really want to get into the swing of starting up my own channel. It’s definitely on my bucket list but I’m just not sure how the Belfast accent will sound on camera. Haha!
I just thought that I would keep you updated with the latest goings on. Last night I spent a beautiful evening with the lovely girls from Next at the incredibly chic restaurant, Shu. It’s located on the Lisburn Road and is one of the most renound establishments in Belfast. The intimate setting was perfect for an evening of fine dining, catching up and of course, talking all things Next. Myself and other press professionals were wined and dined and treated like royalty. The food was unbelievable and the company was hilarious. Perfect way to kick start the weekend if you ask me.
Now. Back to the post. I’ve recently been opting for very Autumn appropriate looks. I love going back to basics and keeping things simple and relating to whichever season we are in. I was dying to wear my stripe culottes that I recently purchased along with my khaki green cami top and cream duster coat. I paired all of this with my trusty Carvela gladiator wedges as always. I’ve recently went back to a more chic and neutral palette when it comes to my outfits, I just love wearing a more simplistic look with various details combined. It was such a comfortable outfit to wear that required very little styling especially when it came to accessories.
I don’t know about any of you but I have such a Friday feeling today! I’m so happy it’s the weekend, I just want to relax instead of going out. Maybe I’m getting old! Haha.