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MY SUNDAY MORNING BEAUTY ROUTINE

30 Jul 2017

Why specifically Sunday I hear you ask? Well, every Sunday morning I dedicate to looking after myself 'beauty' wise and I do all my weekly routines. This is probably my favourite time of the week; A nice slow morning where I don't have to rush and can just pamper myself while sipping on a cuppa, ah lovely. I thought I would share with you my little weekly routine. 
EXFOLIATE MY BODY 
I don't exfoliate my body every day. I usually do it around twice a week. Always on a Sunday morning while in the shower. I really love to us the Soap and Glory 'Scrub of your life' this leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft especially my legs which can tend to get a little rough. This prepares them for shaving as well.

USE A HAIR MASK
Every Sunday morning I like to indulge in a hair mask whilst in the shower. This is a relatively new addition to my routine so I haven't tried very many hair treatments, if you know any good ones - let me know! I'm currently using Vo5 'give me moisture' which does make my hair feel so silky and shiny.

USE A FACE MASK
I definitely enjoy this more than once a week but I always do it on a Sunday morning. I'm currently in love with the Boots Tea tree and witch hazel peel off mask. It's so refreshing to use, leaves your skin so soft and I definitely am not getting as many breakouts as I used to since I started using this. It's super affordable too. 

SHAVE LEGS
I'm not sure how often is the norm for this and maybe it's gross I only do it once a week? I don't know! But my legs are rarely out so there's no need for me to do it more often. I also find it such a chore. The skin on my legs are so sensitive so I use an aloe vera shaving gel which helps a bit. I still get cuts though so let me know if there is anything you would recommend to combat this!
APPLY FAKE TAN 
This is something I only bother with in the summer and not necessarily every Sunday, only if I'm feelin' it really and lately I have been loving being a little browner. Cocoa Brown all the way for me! I use the 1hr tan mouse on a Sunday morning and usually apply the Gentle Bronze throughout the week to top it up.

WASH MAKE UP BRUSHES 
It's gotta be done! So I make sure to never forget to do this on a Sunday morning. I scrub them with some Real Techniques brush cleanser and it does the job fairly well. Sorry they look so grubby in the pic, I really should have taken it after I cleaned them! haha.

FILE NAILS AND APPLY NAIL HARDENER
On a Sunday morning I also try to set aside some time to sort out my nails. My nails are a nightmare and I usually ignore them throughout the week. So on Sundays I try to 'fix' them up a bit. Whether that be paint them or just file them and apply some nail hardener as my nails are so brittle!

So there we have it, my Sunday morning beauty routine. I'm clearly at my freshest on a Sunday afternoon and it's all downhill from there throughout the week then haha!

Do you like to set aside some time on any day to focus on your 'upkeep' let me know what your routine is in the comments!

Sinéad x
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10 TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE CLOTHES SHOPPING

22 Jul 2017

So y'know me, I love a bit of clothes shopping. I'm almost a bit scared to admit that I go shopping almost every weekend, now don't get me wrong, I don't necessarily buy something every weekend! haha. I do have a process that helps me make the right decisions when I'm shopping because lets face it - money doesn't grow on trees! I thought I'd create a little list of my 10 tips for effective clothes shopping - things that will help you make good decisons and not waste money. I hope you find this helpful!

SHOP WHEN YOU LOOK YOUR BEST 
It's always a good idea to go shopping when you're having a good hair day and you're not feeling bloated or sluggish. This way, when you're trying on items in the dressing room you won't be distracted by your not so pleasant reflection in the mirror and the clothes will look their best.

TAKE YOUR TIME, DON'T RUSH
Give yourself plenty of time for your shopping trips. Browse around and make sure you're getting the best of what's on offer. If you're in a rush you're more likely to pick up any old rubbish and never wear it!

TAKE A FRIEND
Sometimes it's so hard to decide whether you like something or not, we've all been there, humming and hawing in the dressing room not feeling too sure. This is where a second opinion can come in very handy.

THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE IN YOUR WARDROBE
This is a very important one in my opinion. Whenever I'm shopping I always keep in mind what I already own when I'm considering buying something. I ask myself - 'Does this suit my current style?' and 'Will this match with other items in my wardrobe?'

IS IT A SEASONAL PIECE?
When I'm buying something in summer I always consider whether or not it can be worn in winter too and how I could layer it. If it's something really expensive it definitely helps if it can be worn any time of the year so it's something to consider.

FORGET THE SIZE ON THE TAG 
Try not to get too bogged down by the number on the tag, just focus on how the clothes fit you. So what if you have to buy something 2 sizes bigger than your usual size. Sizing is all over the place anyway and they totally depend on the shop and fit of the clothes. 

THINK ABOUT THE PRICE/WEAR RATIO
This will help you see if you will be getting value for money. If you're getting jeans that cost €150 but you know you will wear them like 2 times a week then they are probably worth it. But if you're going for a top that you can probably only wear a couple of hot days in the summer and it's €40, maybe it's not quite worth it. 

DON'T GO SHOPPING WHEN YOUR EMOTIONAL
I have made this mistake before - going shopping when you're feeling a bit sad. It feels like retail therapy and you end up buying a load of crap you don't need just to make you feel a bit better. 

BUY PIECES YOU REALLY LOVE EVEN IF YOU DON'T NEED THEM RIGHT NOW
If you see a gorgeous fancy dress that you're totally in love with but you have no occasion for - buy it! chances are an occasion will come up and you won't be able to find anything you like. 

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF 2 FOR 1 OFFERS
Especially for basics. A lot of stores do offers on basic tees etc. So why not take advantage of them even if you did only want one white tee, that khaki one will no doubt come in handy at some stage.

Are you a careful shopper like me or are you someone who goes with the flow more? Let me know in the comments! Also, Is there anything else that would be helpful to consider whilst clothes shopping?

Sinéad x
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DON'T LET THE GHOSTERS BRING YOU DOWN

19 Jul 2017

Ah Ghosting. Ghosting, if you have no idea what it means, is a modern term for the phenomenon of a guy/girl completely disappearing on you at the early stages of dating despite seeming interested. The fact that they had to make a term for this tells me it's not all that uncommon. Chances are you or someone you know has been ghosted. I sure have and let me tell ya, it is HORRIBLE. 

Here's my story - I met a guy on Tinder. He was such a lovely lad (seemingly) and we stayed up until all hours Whats App-ing each other. The conversations were great and deep and we got on so well over text. We told each other we were into each other and he was SO keen, like dying to see me in real life kinda keen. He was gorgeous so I was over the moon and so excited to meet him. 

After a week of texting, we went on a date. We went to a creperie where we got some tea and some pancakes to share. When we first met he was quiet, seemed kinda nervous. He soon came out of himself though and he was so lovely and charismatic. We sat in the creperie for 2hrs talking about everything and anything. I was so lost in the conversation I didn't notice anything going on around me or even know what time it was. It was without a doubt a great date and he seemed like he enjoyed it too. 

When it was over he walked me to the car, told me he enjoyed our chats and we parted ways.  My heart was bursting for this man. I was smitten. He was perfect and he was Gemini which is harmonious with Aquarius. This could be the one I secretly thought to myself!

I never heard from him again.

 I texted him two days later. That God damn read receipt haunts me. It's just a horrific feeling to think a guy really liked you until he met you and then got turned off. For a couple of days I felt so down about myself. I wondered what I did wrong. What is wrong with me? Do I not look as good as my pictures. Am I really boring to talk to? All of these destructive thoughts kept going around in my head and it hurt so much, it still kinda does which is ridiculous because I didn't even get to know this guy very well, we were only on one date.  I feel like I was a disappointment to him because he was so clearly excited to meet me. 

The fact that not everyone can like you is one that is really hard to face. No matter how lovely you are I guess sometimes people don't feel a spark for you, even if you do for them. I'm starting to realise that it doesn't mean there is anything wrong with me and it doesn't mean I won't find a guy who does like me. I'm trying hard not to take it personally. If I think about it for too long it drives me a bit crazy. I'm trying to stay positive and not let it hurt my self-esteem. Onwards and upwards!

Guys and gals out there, don't ghost people! Just tell them how you feel. I would much rather if this guy straight out told me he didn't want to take things any further instead of tormenting myself waiting for a reply for days on end and checking if he's online or not. I know, I know, I'm pathetic! hahaha.

Have you experienced being ghosted? it sucks right?!

Sinéad 
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COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS

16 Jul 2017

Lately, I have found myself comparing myself to others a lot. There is nothing worse than that feeling of other people doing better than you, or being at a stage in their life where you want to be but are so far from. As unattractive as it may be it can make jealousy rage within you and I honestly believe jealousy is one of the worst emotions. It can destroy your self-esteem. This is something I hate to admit I've been really struggling. 

You see, I look at the people I grew up with doing amazingly in their careers. Moving into lovely places with their boyfriends and going on lush holidays and I feel so far behind. I'm not even sure what I want my career to be, I can't hold on to any man and I don't remember what it feels like to be on holiday. It just makes me feel so bad about myself. Like I am not good enough and also angry at myself for not achieving the things everyone else seems to have. 

I know my feelings are senseless, I've read hundreds of quotes along the lines of  'comparison is the thief of all joy' on Pinterest and they all make me feel momentarily better but I just can't seem to shake this feeling. 

I even deleted my Snapchat in a bid to stop exposing myself to other peoples lives. That seemed to be a very triggering app. But I hate how I had to do that. I don't want to cut myself off from people, I don't want to be a horrible jealous person. I try not to be, I tell everyone how happy I am for them, because I genuinely am but deep down I'm wondering why nothing is happening for me. I don't know what I will be like when my friends are getting married and having babies (my dream!) and I'm still probably single with my biological clock ticking away.

Wow what a negative post from me, but hey, I thought I would share these feelings as it kinda helps to write them down and maybe some of you guys feel the same and can empathise with me. 

Let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions on how to focus on your own life without worrying about where everyone else is at!

Sinéad
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