I’m Trying, I really am.

Hey guys!

So I guess you could say I’ve been avoiding writing this for a long time now. I’m ashamed to even call myself a blogger these days as the last thing I seem to do is write any blogs. That’s right, it’s been NINE long months since I last sat down and put any effort whatsoever into writing one. I hate even admitting it as I am proud of what I do and I have loved blogging for so many years now. Whether it be reading or writing them it’s just one of those simple pleasures that always makes me happy.

So why the wait? Well to put my finger on exactly why it’s been so long would be next to impossible as it feels like a million little things put together, as well as just avoiding it. I can’t explain it but one month went to two and two went to three and before I new it I just felt utterly lost in the blogging world and community too. I’ve tried to keep up with events and networking and even though I’ve managed to do that somewhat, I just couldn’t muster up the energy to actually write anything.

I have gone through more in the last few months than I care to delve into. Since Harper (my daughter) has been born a year and a half ago my life has just been all kinds of hectic. I knew for sure my life would change and be busier than I could imagine but no one on this earth could have convinced me just how crazy it can be. Don’t get me wrong she’s an amazing child and I really don’t have much hassle with her but the day to day stuff just seems to bog me down into feeling a little trapped. It’s like I can’t get anything else done other than change her, feed her, wash her, entertain her, comfort her, love her and just be with her. I guess I need to take more time to really figure out how to multitask at being a mammy and an actual human being at the same time.

Unfortunately, I feel awkward even writing this, I suffer with that all too common word these days, depression. I handle it as best I can and I have more support than I could possibly want in my partner but he’s really the only person in this world who knows about it, until now. I’m in no way embarrassed about it I have just never felt the need to talk to multiple people about it as that never makes me feel better so what’s the point? Although I’ve been recommended on numerous occasions by my doctor to try medication, I choose not to. Not that there is any shame in doing so but my personal preference is to just handle it my own way and not to rely on a pill. Whether that’s right or wrong is still unknown to me.

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I have this way of putting things off and literally feeling like guilt could eat me alive at any moment. Even with that feeling I will continue to just avoid things and act like they’re not happening. It sounds so awful when I write it out but it’s something I need to address and putting it out there might actually make me accept it and try to change, rather than numbing my own brain with the guilt every time I don’t do what I want or should do.

The only reason I’m even writing this now is because I can feel”The cloud” coming. It’s how I refer to it when I feel like I’m getting into a spell of being down. I wish there was a better way to describe it but it wouldn’t really do it justice. I feel great some days and out of nowhere I’ll find myself over thinking and starting to feel a bit sad and then it’s like a cloud comes over me and it can lasts hours, days or even weeks sometimes making it impossible to feel any other way other than heavy. My whole body just feels like it weighs more, like I’m carrying around this dead weight that I cant shake. It sounds ridiculous I know but the times when I’m in a happy place I honestly do feel lighter physically as well as mentally.

I would love to keep going and explaining everything that I no has been the problem over the last while but I honestly don’t feel like going deep into my personal life will help me or anyone else for that matter. My main goal is getting serious about blogging again and taking the time out to do what I want and feel human again. I recently read a quote (from a teabag no less!) that said “Peace of mind comes piece by piece“. Nothing could describe how I feel better than that. Piece by piece I’m putting myself back together and striving to be better. No more excuses- I’m back!

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To every one of you across my social media accounts I’d like to say thank you for bearing with me all this time. My Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook still gets a great reaction from you and I always love receiving your messages. So thank you so much for hanging in there even when I thought I couldn’t do it any more!

 

Stay Classy

K.x

 

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Are you one of those people who have overly knotty hair? Are you constantly pulling and taring your hair after every wash? Well I have officially found the mother of all conditioners!

Hey guys!

 

  Normally hair products don’t excite me as much as makeup and nails would but I am seriously in love with this conditioner that I have been trying for the last month. It’s a strengthening conditioner that contains Goats Milk and Keratin and if you didn’t know already, keratin is great for the hair as it improves elasticity and minimises any breakage. The product in question is from the Polish brand ‘Ziaja’ which is really taking over pharmacy’s all over Ireland. They are a family owned business that focus on natural ingredients for their face, body and hair products. 
 
I’ve just finished one bottle and I can safely say I won’t be trying any others (probably ever). My entire life my hair has just developed random knots that take ages to get out and it really irritates me. I have tried countless things over the years to stop this but nothing has worked.. until now. One day after using this I didn’t even have to brush my hair which is crazy, my fingers just ran right through it. I can honestly say my hair needs far less brushing on a daily basis and has such a smooth and straight look now right after drying it. 
It only costs €2.99 for 200ml which really is a steal as conditioner lasts that little bit longer than shampoo’s do. The one slight negative thing I do find about this product is definitely the smell. It not a bad one at all but there’s no real fragrance about it. It’s more of a strong soapy smell. It doesn’t affect your hair in any way though as whatever shampoo you use will mask the soap smell.
My hair is not in bad condition by any means but it was definitely more on the dry and dull side the last few years. I was stuck in a rut of tying it up into a ponytail and forgetting it was even there. This product seems to have really brought it back to life and I feel like it looks healthier altogether.
Do yourselves a favour and give this conditioner a go as I just know you won’t regret it. I am overly impressed and happy to have found a solid conditioner that really looks after my hair.
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Stay Classy

 

K.x

 

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Love Island sexism scandal

Hey guys,

I’m bringing you this next blog in the form of a rant as I couldn’t be more annoyed right now. If you’re a fan of Love Island like myself, you will have seen that a few days ago Zara Holland went on a date with the new guy, Alex. Fast forward a few hours and they ended up having sex, notice how I said “they” and haven’t singled either of them out.

Now since that night Zara has expressed deep regret for what happened as she wasn’t as interested in Alex as she was someone else in the house. She expressed her worry to the girls in the episode that followed saying “I’m just scared I’ll be judged” and apparently, she has been.

Even though the girls have been nothing but nice to her face and have said that they’ve probably done worse, when her back is turned it’s a different story. Kady after calling her names like “idiot” and “stupid” then confided to her partner Scott that Zara would “play the victim” now that it was done. Two of the other contestants, Olivia and Malin, went right in on her making statements like “The public feel sorry for her, after she opened her legs?” and “She’s elegant, apparently not” all comments that are just totally uncalled for.

What also angered me was Olivia having the audacity to say “Miss GB fucks on the first date, are you sure?”. It was as if she was glad that the whole world could now see she was some sort of slag. Now if you have been watching you will have seen that Olivia had sex in the house too, and wasn’t even took on a single date herself so who is she to judge? Not only that but she woke FOUR people up out of their sleep just to spread the word, talk about hoping people would judge her for it.

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Anyway, the whole reason I’m writing this is because a statement has been released that Zara will now be stripped of her Miss Great Britain title (and she hasn’t even been told yet). This is simply outrageous to me! Her title being took away because she had sex? I understand it was because it happened on television but it’s not like they aired it happening. They went further to say “We wholly understand that everyone makes mistakes, but Zara, as an ambassador for Miss Great Britain, simply did not uphold the responsibility expected of the title.”

After researching other title holders who have been stripped it seems a pattern of sexism is emerging.

  • Helen Morgan 1974 – Forced to resign her Miss World title after the news of her being an unmarried mother to an 18 month old broke.
  • Nicki Lane 1999 – Had to resign her Miss Great Britain title when it emerged she was a single mother of a six year old son.
  • Marie Hughes 2012 – Stripped of her Miss Ireland title after it was discovered she was 25 years old and not 21, making her too old to compete.
  • Jai Dara Latto 2016 – Stripped of her Miss Transgender UK after footage of her in boxer shorts emerged therefore making her “not transgender enough”.

It is clear that sexism is a serious problem when it comes to the pageant world. Women are being judged for having families and having sex, two of the most normal things in the world. We have come too far historically to condone such bulls*it! Excuse the language (not very lady like eh?) but I am just upset for Zara and the fact she’s being made feel like she is any less than the other girls, all of who have had sex with men in the house too!

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Where is Alex’s punishment? Why isn’t he being called names and made fun of? He’s just a lad I suppose, and boys will be boys after all. Even Caroline Flack who presents the show tweeted about the news saying:

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Cara hit the nail on the head when she said “Sex is sex, it’s no big deal really”. The other contestants would do well to take on her attitude about it. I wish there was something we could do for Zara but unfortunately, what’s done is done. Her title is gone.

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Stay Classy

 

K. x

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Lycon waxing at Sam McCauleys

Hey lovelies!

This week I’m excited to share my experience with you of my time in Sam McCauleys Spa in Waterford. I guess I’ll start by saying Lycon waxing is the treatment I decided to go with. I had never heard of Lycon waxing before this treatment as it is relatively knew and restricted in where you can receive it. It seems only one other place in Waterford currently offers this service.

It’s a type of wax that uses natural ingredients which I absolutely love and can remove hair as short as 1mm. It also claimed to be relatively pain free so I knew I just had to try it as waxing has always been a sore experience for me.

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On arrival I was pleasantly surprised by the salon. It was absolutely immaculate and the girls behind the counter all had a big smile on their faces. I was offered a glass of water and asked to fill out a consultation form. After completing it I was directed to the room.

There was soft music playing quietly and the atmosphere was instantly relaxing. I’m usually a chatterbox when left alone with someone I don’t know because I get awkward in the silence but I didn’t feel the need to talk every 5 seconds as I was so calm.

First up was my legs and Janet applied a lovely warm wax. Now, even though this treatment claims to be close to painless, I would disagree. I felt the very same as I would in other waxes but in saying that, it wasn’t unbearable. It was just like a sting every time she pulled the strip but that’s to be expected when pulling hundreds of hairs from your legs!

Next up was the one I was so nervous about. I had never gotten a bikini wax before so I didn’t know what to expect. I have to say I couldn’t be happier I bit the bullet and did it. I was made to feel very comfortable and it didn’t get any way awkward. A different type of Lycon wax was applied to the bikini area because of its delicacy. It doesn’t require strips as the wax itself goes hard and is then pulled like a strip would be. The best thing about this was I genuinely didn’t think it hurt. In the lower areas it was a little pinch but the majority of it was pain free. How could you pass that up?

Once all the waxing was done Janet applied a soothing Aloe Vera cream and went through the after-care with me like when to shower and exfoliate etc. All in all I was delighted with how everything went. I will definitely be going there for wax treatments in the future. With over 28 stores nationwide there’s plenty of choice to get booking!

Waxing Prices are as follows:

Eyebrow €8.95

Lip Wax €8.95

Chin Wax €8.95

Lip & Chin Wax €16.50

Under Arm €12.50

Arm Wax €19.50

Bikini Line from €13.95

Half Leg €19.95

Half Leg & Bikini from €27.95

Full Leg €29.95

Full Leg & Bikini from €36.95

Californian Advanced (High Cut) €25.00

Californian Advanced & Full Leg €45.00

Brazilian Advanced (Landing Strip) €45.00

Brazilian Advanced & Full Leg €65.00

Hollywood Advanced (Total) €60.00

Hollywood Advanced & Full Leg €80.00

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Stay Classy

 

K. x

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Declaré Cleansing Milk

*Disclaimer

I am not an endorser of this brand or product and I have not been paid to write this. The following text is all my own opinions and is 100% honest.  

Hey guys,

I have been just dying to share this new product with you all. I’ve been using it for over 2 months now and it certainly does not disappoint! As most of you know, before reviewing skincare items you need to be patient. What works for you the first week might disagree with you the next. I think it’s been long enough now and I just can’t wait to spread the word.

So the item in question is the Cleaning milk by Declaré. They are a Swedish company and their products are designed specifically for people with sensitive skin. Now I don’t particularly have sensitive skin myself but I definitely have combination skin. My T-Zone tends to get oily whereas my cheeks and forehead can get flaky and dry. More often lately though, I have found my skin to be unbearably dry and I have been in search for something that will help as my normal skincare routine isn’t doing the trick any more.

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As I said above, I’ve been using the Declaré cleansing milk for about 2 months now and I’m questioning how I ever lived without it. My skin definitely has more moisture and it’s staying soft for days. Wearing makeup kind of varies for me. Some weeks I’ll wear it everyday and others I will only wear it once or twice. It really depends on where I have to go etc. so the best thing about this product for me is that I don’t need to use it daily to see results. When I do use it my skin stays soft up until the next time I use it and that’s no exaggeration.

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I simply squeeze it out on to my hand and in circular motions rub it all around my face while my makeup is still on (excluding the eye area of course). I leave it sit for roughly 5-10 minutes and proceed to take it off with a Miscellar water and a cotton pad. I instantly feel the results as soon as my makeup is off it’s amazing. I always use a moisturiser straight after to further soften out my face and keep the moisture in.

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Overall I’m super impressed with this product. I’m going as far as to say it’s my new Holy Grail skincare must-have! I could not recommend it enough. I can’t way to try more of this brands products, I’ll keep you updated. Try it out for yourself and see do you notice as big a difference as I have.

 

Stay Classy

 

K.x

 

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Dear Friend

Dear Friend,

I have went over and over in my head about how to show you just how grateful I am to have you in my life but nothing seems to work. It all sounds meaningless when just said casually or even with a few drinks in us. So I’ve decided to write this to thank you for everything that we have been through this far.

For the sleepless nights, countless laughs, silly fights and everything in between. You have been there since before we even knew who we were. Just two kids anxious to be introduced to each other as we were both convinced we might not get along. How wrong were we?

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I honestly don’t laugh with anyone the way I do with you. It’s one of the greatest things about having a best friend. The ability to look at rain fall and find something funny about it. Not a single other person I call friend can do that to me. It’s just one of the many reasons I feel so at ease with you. I also think it goes without saying that you are one of the most creative people I have ever met. Once you get something in your head you just roll with it and I love that about you. Remember the time you made an elephant out of blue tack? Who even thinks of this stuff?! I just know you’re going to go far!

 

 

It’s scary and amazing at the same time, to realise how old we’re getting and seeing how our futures are staring to take shape. You’ve gone and done the one thing I would never have the courage to do. You are solely dependant on yourself. You pay your own bills, cook your own food, look after your own house, sleep in your own bed at night. I have always needed somebody there which I’m aware is a terrible weakness of mine. Not you though, you are such a strong person and while I’m so proud of that, I also envy you slightly.

 

 

Although we have been closer on and off throughout the years you have always been my person. Not once have you ever turned me away when I needed you, even when I haven’t been a good friend myself. Don’t think I have just put them times in the past. They’re firmly at the forefront of my mind so as that I won’t ever make those mistakes again. Now this might all seem slightly cheesy but honestly I’m aware I haven’t always had your back and for that I’m truly sorry.

 

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Seeing how proud your parents are of you at your 21st party was something I was glad to witness as I could see you getting a little too drunk to see it yourself. They have done an incredible job in raising you Pamela Hoban but I’ll have to give you some of the credit too I suppose. I hope you see how far you have come, these last few years especially.

 

I love you with all my heart and I can’t wait to see what the rest of our futures hold for us. Happy 21st birthday girlfriend. I’m sure we’ll soon cheers to that (again)!

 

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Stay Classy

 

K. x

 

 

 

Making a huge decision

Hey guys!

This is probably the most nervous I have ever been writing a blog post. I have dabbled in wanting to be a vegetarian for a few months now but felt it hard to make the commitment. On St. Patricks Day, 17th of March, I finally made the decision that it was the right step for me.

I guess my biggest reason for this would be the cruelty to animals. Millions of animals every year are killed all around the world in such horrible conditions and for what? For us to serve on our dinner plates? It doesn’t make much sense to me. They live out their lives in absolute misery and are then slaughtered once we deem them ready to eat. It is quite literally unbelievable.

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No one can say for sure why but after doing some research, I found that humans possibly started eating meat as a way to survive. Surely humans have evolved enough to not rely on killing animals for food when we don’t need them to survive. All the fats and nutrients that we get from meat can be got from natural foods thus making the decision to eat meat much more cruel.

Now, I have only made the decision so I hope you don’t find me preaching to you all as I know vegetarians have a bad track record for that already. I thought it myself for a long time. Even watching come dine with me I used to think “Why do vegetarians even go on this? They ruin it for everybody having to make different meals”. Since then I have took such a huge step in broadening my mind on the subject. I’ve done so much research and have now done a complete 360 as they say. Choosing to not eat meat is for humane reasons among others so I can now see just how ignorant my thought process was.

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Another great reason to make the decision is it’s seriously destroying our planet!

  • Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide per year
  • Livestock is responsible for 65% of all human related emissions of nitrous oxide which stays in the atmosphere for 15o years.
  • Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day.
  • Animal agriculture water consumption ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons annually.

The facts are endless and can be found easily. You can find the ones above along with others here.

There are so many others reasons to choose to become a vegetarian.

  • Cruelty to animals
  • The environment
  • Your health (Acne, Gum disease, Arthritis, Food poisoning, etc.)
  • Live longer (Plant based diets help to aid this)
  • 40% less likely to develop Cancer

The list could go on and on really. The only person who knows I have made this decision so far is my boyfriend, Aaron. I’m definitely a little apprehensive to have the conversation with people once this goes out there as not everyone respects it. Certain people who won’t agree with what you’re doing will only love to tell you the bad parts and ask questions like “But where will you get your protein?” Although that one is easy! I’m not just doing it I have researched it all and know what I need to do to live healthy and get my nutrients.

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I’d just like to address the actual eating too. I have already made the step of cutting out cows milk. It is one thing that genuinely disgusts me and I’ve always questioned. No other species in the entire planet consumes the milk of another species, only humans. Bit weird no? Cows milk has also been linked to so many health problems such as Autism, Schizophrenia, Diabetes, Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis and so many others. I now drink soy milk which has fewer calories, less saturated fats, less sodium and less sugar but it has just as much calcium and protein! Not only that but it tastes so much nicer. Even if you aren’t vegetarian I seriously recommend trying Soy Milk instead of Cows as the health benefits are amazing.

Things like Lasagne, Chilli Con Carne, Curry and most of your favourite dishes can be made just as nice. You aren’t cutting out all of your favourite meals you’re just swapping ingredients. Instead of chicken or beef use carrots, onions, peppers etc. It really is a delicious diet to have, everything is so much more tasty and not dominated by greasy meat.

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Signing off on this blog is so hard as I could really talk a lot more about it. I’ll just stop by saying I hope you enjoyed the read and if you have any questions at all please feel free to drop me a message. If you’re considering it yourself I’d recommend reading up first and knowing what you’re getting yourself into. Being prepared is so important. I’ll be following up soon about how I plan to further my support of cruelty free living so until then I’ll leave you with this.

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Stay Classy

K. x

 

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Ps Range Vs. Garnier Eye Makeup Remover

Hey guys!

This week I’m back with a review I think you’ll love. I’m going to be comparing two eye makeup removers from quality to price and everything in between. First up is the;

PS. Love Your Skin Eye Makeup Remover

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As most of you know, the PS range is exclusive to Penney’s. They have been taking the beauty world by storm recently with their quality lipsticks, lipliners and many other products rivalling the likes of MAC and other big name brands. I picked this one up from the skincare range as soon as I seen it priced for just €2. It comes in a circular bottle with a screw cap, is oil based and holds 125ml. Unfortunately, my experience with this has not been great. I honestly think it might be one of the worst eye makeup removers I have used.

I gave it a shake and then applied it to cotton wool and held gently to my eyelid for 5-10 seconds before wiping away. When I did so it felt like sandpaper was being rubbed across my face! I also had to use a lot of product to remove even the slightest bit of makeup. I use so many PS products so I was a little shocked to hate it so quickly.

I decided it couldn’t be that bad and had to give it another few go’s. With heavy eye looks, with soft everyday eye looks, waterproof and normal mascaras, everything. The verdict was the same every time, it actually hurt. I also noticed on the bottle that it had a warning reading “Avoid contact with eyes. If product gets into the eyes rinse well with water immediately”. Now call me crazy but isn’t that what it’s for? The eyes? I understand it shouldn’t go directly into your eye and all but to me putting a product to my eyes that says avoid contact with eyes seems ridiculous. The eyes are so delicate that this really put me off once and for all.

So all in all I’d give this product a huge thumbs down. It’s not worth the €2 in all honesty. Put that towards one of their lipliners instead and you won’t be disappointed!

Garnier Express 2 in 1 Eye Makeup Remover

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Unlike the PS range Garnier products are stocked in many places including most pharmacies, shopping centres and my favourite place to pick it up, Boots. This is priced just under €4.50, is oil based and also holds 125ml. I love the that the lid is a pop open one just for handiness sake. My experience with this product has been a lot more positive. For the price especially, it has to be up there with some of my favourites.

So as it is oil based I gave it a good shake before use and applied it to a cotton pad. Like the previous remover, I held gently to my eye for 5-10 seconds and then wiped away. I found with this product wiping wasn’t even that necessary. Most of your makeup comes away by just letting it soak which is amazing. It means less lashes coming away on your cotton pad and it’s also much more gentle on your eye. I’d like to point out that with this remover a little goes a long way so don’t overload your cotton pad. I made that mistake first and had a flood of oil go into my eye (woops)!

I have used this remover for weeks now so it’s safe to say it has broke down everything including Inglot’s waterproof eyeliner (and we all know how stubborn that is). There were no warnings with this bottle and is “Ophthalmologically” tested. I had no idea what this was but I had a look in to it and it’s basically a specialist dealing with surgical and medical eye conditions so the fact it’s approved by an expert is a bonus.

Overall this product gets a huge thumbs up from me. It works like a dream, is gentle on the eyes and is reasonably priced. What more could you ask for?

 

Stay Classy

K. x

 

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Bashing Beauty Bloggers

Hey guys!

This weeks blog is going to be a little different than most. With so much negativity surrounding bloggers lately and I would like to have my say, but what’s new?

First off I want to know why people feel the need to put us beauty bloggers down for sharing information about all sorts of products that we love. I see so many statuses, tweets and other comments like “She thinks she’s a makeup artist” and “She only did a 2 week course and she thinks she knows everything” etc. I for one blog mostly about beauty and guess what? I have no certificate whatsoever to say I am in any way qualified to do makeup. What is your point? I must have missed the book they handed out about who has the right to talk about what.

Seriously, there are so many different genres of blogs ranging from beauty, lifestyle, food, fashion, sport and I could go on. When a foodie posts on their blog about how to eat well etc, they don’t get people saying “You’re not even a chef”. Likewise when I see fashion blogs people don’t seem to question their qualifications or put them down for sharing their tips. I’m not saying they don’t get their fair share of negativity but it just seems to me that lately beauty bloggers are catching a lot of the slack.

I myself, have only been blogging since November and already I can feel the bitchiness of some “friends” and people I know. At another time in my life I would have cared but these days I just don’t have time for it. Ask anyone who knows me well and they’ll tell you how shy a person I am but ever since I found the confidence to set up my page and start blogging I haven’t looked back. I’m a new person altogether and I mean that in every sense.

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If these people spent half their time doing what they love themselves and stopped talking about others for one minute they might actually be happier. Think about it for a second;

While you’re talking about us “Fake MUA’s” and getting great fun out of putting people down, we’re staying up late at night and doing all sorts of research on products, writing out blog posts that people want to see, updating all our followers on Snapchat about how we’ve changed up certain things about our makeup routine, taking the best pictures possible for Instagram and Facebook, basically doing all the things we love for other people to benefit off. So what you love to do is hate us when what we love to do is help you if possible. It’s quite sad when you think about it really.

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If you have EVER considered setting up a blog and have been too scared of what people will think or that you won’t get followers then PLEASE listen to me now. You SHOULD NOT give a single care (I’ll keep it PG) about what others might think. It’s hard to understand that when you’re still in the frame of mind where you can’t help but care but honestly, you need to try if you think it’s for you!

I would also just like to say that I have never in my life felt so supported as I have when I joined the blogging world. There is at least 40 of us in a group on Facebook in Waterford alone who like, comment, share and give all sorts of advice whenever it’s needed. I knew no one in the group when I joined but it has quickly become my go-to. I’ve also met some really nice girls through Snapchatting too and even though I might never meet some of them in person, I feel such a bond with them already that they will definitely stay close friends of mine.

Lastly, I would like to start a bit of a trend of positivity by promoting a few of the girls who have been nothing but kind to me since I started blogging, baring in mind they don’t even know me. They have treated me better than my own friends have saw fit and I’m extremely grateful. I will link their Facebooks below as you can find all the rest of their social media’s through that. If you need a push to start that blog you have wanted to for a long time then write to myself or any of these girls and I guarantee you you’ll be given some friendly advice.

I can’t add many more without overloading you but these are some of my favourite girls to interact with. Unbeknownst to yourselves girls, you all keep me doing this. I appreciate the love and advice you have shown be in the last few months. I would ask you all follow suit and show someone who has inspired and helped you to keep going just how much they have meant to you over the last while.

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Stay Classy

 

K. x 

 

 

Blathnaid Murphy Masterclass

Hey guys!

This week I’m going to be letting you all in on the tips and tricks I learned in the amazing Blathnaid Murphy’s masterclass on Sunday. First off I just want to say it was the best €50 I have ever spent and I’m not even exaggerating. I have been to masterclasses before and this is the first one where I feel I have walked away with a lot more knowledge then I walked in with. It’s also the first one I have wrote a blog post about which says a lot too.

Blathnaid put us all at ease as soon as she walked in, introducing herself and chatting about what to expect from her masterclass and asking if there was anything in particular we would like to see/know. If you have been to any before you will know that some tend to be a little awkward but not this one. She stayed interacting the whole way through and the atmosphere was one of comfort.

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She completed two different looks and I took a total of 8 pages of notes which is crazy! So I’m going to bullet point different tips and tricks for you to make it an easy read. First up, some of her tips:

Tips

  • After you have applied primer, wipe the excess product off the brush with tissue and then use the same brush to buff it in to your skin again so as not to leave too much product behind.
  • When doing your eyes, never put a shimmery colour over a matte colour as the shimmer is meant to reflect light.
  • Never rub glue on to the eye before using a pigment, always press it on gently.
  • Duo glue is better to use for sticking pigments on the eyes as Duraline is oil based it will eventually come off. Always clean brushes straight after using glue.
  • If you’re one of those people who have very watery eyes, go for a bold lip and stick to something simple on the eye.
  • If your eye makeup brushes become tacky from forgetting to clean eyelash glue off them straight away, a small amount of nail varnish remover takes that away.
  • To make your matte foundation in to a dewy one, add some Duraline.
  • Do not curve your eyeliner, drag it out straight instead.
  • When blending out black eyeshadow, never do so on it’s own. Always mix with another colour for the best effect. (Can’t wait to try this!)
  • Synthetic brushes are better to use with cream products and natural brushes are better for powder products.
  • For all you makeup artists: Do not do a cut crease on a hooded eye, it will not look right! Instead, opt for making the illusion of a cut crease as it will look better.
  • When applying eyelashes look down at the ground but with eyes open. This stops your eye from sometimes getting stuck together.
  • When cutting your fake eyelashes to suit your eye size, always cut from the the inside.
  • When getting colour matched for foundation in a shop, walk around for 5-10 minutes after it’s done before deciding it’s right as it can sometimes become darker when it oxidises.

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Tricks

  • Do your eye makeup first so as to avoid fallout on your face. When you are done your eyes you can then use a baby wipe to clean your face before starting foundation.
  • After setting your eye primer with powder and touch to feel if smooth before starting.
  • Never use a fluffy brush to put on pigments.
  • When doing your eyeliner keep going in with small strokes at a time and build up to the flick you want.
  • If you’re putting glitter on your eyes, place a tissue underneath and hold it while your patting it on so as that it lands on the tissue and not your face. (picture to follow)
  • Stretching your skin outwards helps with blending eyeshadow.
  • Use tiny amount of primer otherwise your makeup will start to slide off as the primer can sometimes form a coating.
  • Only use powder contour for very pale skin as all cream contour are an orange based colour making it look to heavy.
  • If you don’t have eyebrows or very little, use a gel product to create the illusion of hairs.

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I know there’s a lot of information in this so try not to be overwhelmed with it all. There’s some really great advice that I think should be put to use so don’t be afraid to refer back to it when you’re trying something new or even take a screenshot to make your life easier! Here are the two finished looks:

 

If you get a chance to go to attend one of Blathnaid’s masterclasses I would highly recommend you go for it. Being there is a lot better then reading about it and I honestly feel more confident in my ability. I can’t wait to try out these looks on myself.

Lastly, thank you so much to Blathnaid for being such a welcoming host! It’s always refreshing to meet people you admire on social media only to realise they’re exactly how they present themselves on it. She was just as kind, funny and stunning and I wish her all the best for the future. You have yourself a fan for life! See you next time.

 

Stay Classy

K. x

 

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Mammy & Nail Technician with a passion for all things beauty related.