Payday Wishin’ | August

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One of my favourite posts to make are wishlists – who doesn’t love putting together a list of things they want to buy?! With payday just around the corner, I’ve gathered a few things together that I’d like to pick up when the big day comes around. With autumn on its way, I’m dying to pick up some new additions for my wardrobe, makeup bag and around the house.

Here’s what’s on the top of my list:

MAC Uninterrupted Pro Longwear Eyeshadow (image from Temptalia) – Since joining Snapchat (@whatshedoesnow), I’ve been totally addicted to watching bloggers’ and YouTubers’ snaps and videos. Rosie Connolly from Hearts, Heels and Handbags always has her makeup looking amazing, as as soon as she mentioned Uninterrupted, it went straight on my list. It looks like the perfect one-sweep eyeshadow for days when you don’t have time to use loads of different shades.

Urban Decay Riff Eyeshadow – Now I see them side by side, Riff and Uninterrupted look very similar. Riff is another shade I’ve heard some of my favourite bloggers talk about, so I think I’m going to have to pick this one up as well. It’s more on the brown side of things than Uninterrupted, so I don’t feel so bad for adding it to my collection!

Michael Kors Medium Jet Set Saffiano Travel Tote – The purchase I’m most excited about – a Michael Kors tote! A lot of people slag Michael Kors and have turned off the brand, but I love it. I got a Michael Kors bag nearly two years ago and I use it everyday. It still looks brand new and makes any outfit look put together. I’ve wanted the Jet Set Tote for ages, and after saving a bit up I’m going to bite the bullet this month. It’ll be perfect for carrying my laptop around and it fits much more than the bag I have. I’m going to go for the grey colour, as I think it’s really different and I’ve never seen anything like it.

Nouvelle Daily “Good Vibes Only” Print – I made a few different quote posters on canva.com this month and I love them. They look really pretty and it’s always nice to see an inspirational quote, but I’d love to have a good quality print. This one from Nouvelle Daily is one of my favourites, and would fit perfectly on my inspiration wall.

Topshop Grey Knitted Jumper – I really don’t need another grey jumper, but I love this one! It’s a really light knit and would be perfect for layering. I can see myself living in this all A/W.

Topshop Washed Black Ripped Leigh Jeans – They’ve been around a while, but I’m still loving ripped jeans. Topshop jeans are my absolute favourites, and Leighs are the most comfortable jeans I’ve ever worn. Again, I’ll wear these all the time, for nights out with heels or just during the day.

I’m pretty happy with my payday picks this month, but with so many nice things available in the shops at the moment, I doubt these will be the only things I’ll pick up! What’s on your payday wishlist?!

Boho OOTD in XPOSE Magazine!

IMG_5108 IMG_5118 IMG_4987IMG_5125 IMG_5142 IMG_5729 IMG_5733A few weeks ago when I was on holidays I was contacted by the lovely Claudia at XPOSE Magazine wondering whether I’d like to be featured in the “How We Wear It” section. To say I was excited is an understatement. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m totally obsessed with magazines, and XPOSE is one of my favourites.

The look this month is “boho”, so I had to style an outfit to suit the theme. Considering I was on holidays, I was a bit restricted with my choices but I was really happy when I came up with this combo. I think it’s a good thing that I was away, otherwise I probably would have went out and bought something!

I’m featured in this month’s September issue, which I was delighted about as the September issue is the big fashion issue. It’s on shelves now if you’d like to pick it up, which I’d really recommend as it’s a great read!

I thought I’d pop up a few extra photos that we took so you guys could see the full outfit, as well as my piece about the look:

“I absolutely love the boho look. It’s so easy to wear and is relaxed but put together at the same time. These printed trousers are from Penneys, and the cold-shoulder top is Topshop. A plain top makes printed trousers easier to wear, so the focus is on them. I think jewellery adds a lot to an outfit, so I layered some Alex and Ani bracelets and different rings. The tan bag and lace-up shoes are perfect for the relaxed vibe, while the Henna tattoo makes the look complete! I’ll be wearing this outfit all throughout Autumn.

I think the boho look is all in the detail, so add prints, patterns, accessories and warm colours for an easy-to-wear gorgeous outfit!”

As I sit at my desk in a long sleeve top, wooly jumper, leggings with a cup of tea and a candle lit, I can’t help but wish I was back in sunny Crete! By the way, while we were taking these photos a herd of goats appeared out of the bushes, it was hilarious!

Let me know if you guys picked up the issue, or snap me at whatshedoesnow!

My Favourite Photo Editing Apps

IMG_1131Where would we all be without a good filter? I’ve gone from loving over-edited X-Pro II photos with crazy frames and text to where I’m at now, simple editing that improves the picture without totally changing it. I love sitting down to edit a photo for Instagram, messing around with the brightness, saturation and sharpness until I’m happy with it.

Saying that, I’m more of a fan of editing objects than I am of editing myself. Apart from some exposure or brightness changes, I don’t use smoothing or any tools that would totally change my own appearance. I think if I did that, I’d never be happy with what I see in the mirror.

Anyway, bright, white photos are my favourites to take and to look at, and these few apps are my favourite for helping when the light just isn’t on my side.

Moldiv (free) – This isn’t an editing app as such, but it’s my favourite app for making collages. It leaves no watermark, unlike a lot of collage apps, and lets you choose how many photos you want in the frame, what size frame you’d like, as well as a couple of other things.

Picfx (€1.99) – I originally bought Picfx so I could add the bokeh effect to my pictures, but it also has loads of ready-made filters. It doesn’t allow you to control the brightness/saturation etc, but you can adjust the strength of the filter. You can layer different filters and have different effects like texture and scratches.  I’m sure there are a few apps that allow you do to the same thing for free, but Picfx is easy to use and I think it’s worth €1.99.

Afterlight (€0.99) – I think Afterlight is my favourite app out of them all. You’ve total control over brightness, contrast, exposure, saturation and other tools. There are also pre-made filters, different light effects and loads of different frames. You can turn the photo into different shapes and letters and add the white square frame that’s really popular.

VSCOcam (free) – In my opinion, VSCOcam and Afterlight are very similar. Again you’ve total control over different effects to apply to the picture and it comes with pre-made filters. The only difference is it doesn’t have the frame options.

Foto Filpper (free) – Does anyone else’s iPhone automatically flip photos around when you take them on your front camera? It’s so annoying! I use Foto Flipper to put them back to their original state.

Aviary (free) – I only recently downloaded Aviary and I love it. It has different frames, effects etc but my favourite thing about it is the “whiten” tool. I use this on white backgrounds and surfaces to brighten them so they look really sharp and pretty.

Considering most of these apps are free, if you’ve a blog, Instagram or just love taking photos, definitely give them a try. They’re really easy to use, and just a small touch to a photo can make the biggest difference.

Let me know if you try out any of these apps, or if you’ve any other favourites!

 

Beach Bag Essentials with Holland and Barrett

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For a girl who has shelves full of beauty products, never before have I tried some organic beauty bits. In fact, I’d never really thought of popping into Holland Barrett for holiday beauty essentials, but since trying these out over the past few weeks, I’ll definitely be going in for more than just quinoa and some vitamins.

It’s no secret that the sun can cause damage to our hair and skin, so it’s important to look after them while you’re lying in 30 degrees heat engrossed in a book (or five). I’ve been using these products for the past few weeks, and if I was lucky enough to have another holiday to go on, these would be going straight into my beach bag.

We all know about the importance and benefits of eating organic produce, but I’d never thought about how important it is to use organic products on our skin and body aswell. Not going to lie, at first I was quite sceptical about how well organic beauty products would work, but I was gladly proven wrong.

Between highlights, extensions, curling and being frazzled in the sun, my hair was in some major need of TLC. The Dr. Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Treatment Serum is packed full of nourishing ingredients like argan oil (it’s in the name sure), geranium oil, rosewood oil and orange fruit extract. I put this through the ends of my hair after the shower and it keeps the ends from being dry and frizzy, and in the morning to smooth any fly-away hairs from during the night. Only a tiny bit is needed, like with most hair serums, and it doesn’t leave my hair greasy. Sometimes if I’m wearing my hair in a plait I put a little extra in so my hair can soak up the oils and it leaves it feeling and looking super soft.

Don’t get me started on dry skin. I think the heat (and lack of moisturiser) on holidays literally sucked away every bit of moisture I had in my skin. My legs were so dry that they were actually sore, and I’m pretty sure I shed a whole layer of skin (TMI? sorry). I’ve used pure aloe vera on sunburn before, but had never thought of using it to treat dry skin. The Dr. Organic Aloe Vera Skin Lotion, that also contains cocoa and shea butter, ticked all of the boxes for me. It’s soothing, hydrating and moisturising and turned my dry skin around in a couple of days. It smells really fresh, and the formula soaks into the skin within a few minutes. I hate moisturisers that are really thick, sticky and gloopy, but this is really smooth and means I don’t have to jump around trying to let moisturiser dry in before I get dressed.

Now here’s a product that I didn’t even know existed – organic suncream! Who knew?! The Aloe Pura Organic Aloe Vera Sun Lotion SPF 25 is similar to the Aloe Vera Skin Lotion, but also offers protection from the sun. I’m terrified of getting sun burnt on holidays and am constantly covering myself in suncream, but I find some SPFs very chemically and stripping on the skin. Because this suncream has aloe vera and different oils in it, it’s non-drying on the skin and keeps it hydrated, even in the heat. The product itself is white and quite thick, but sinks in after rubbing.

Finally, I tried the Lavera Organic Self-Tanning LotionI’ve tried mousse tans, liquid tans, shimmer tans, at-home spray tans, but never an organic tan. Like all of the products, it smells so nice! Really fruity and fresh – not the usual biscuit tan smell! It’s a gradual tanner that develops over night for a light, natural glow. It contains macadamia and sunflower oil too, which leaves skin feeling super soft. To keep my pastiness at bay during the week, this tan is perfect as it leaves your skin looking like you’ve just been on holidays, without being too dark.

I know this is a pretty long post but I just had so much to say about these products! It feels so good to be using organic products on my skin, and I’m dying to pop in to Holland and Barrett to try out some more. Whether you’re heading on holidays or having a staycation, these four are definitely worth trying out.

The Friday Five

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Happy Friday everyone! I love reading lifestyle/roundup posts so I thought I’d have a little catch up over here today. We’re nearly two weeks home from holidays now *cries* so I’m getting back into the swing of things and pretty much haven’t stopped all week. Here’s what I’ve being buying, doing and loving!

1. Earlier this week I did a bit of shopping to try and find an outfit to wear to the launch of Dublin Fashion Festival. I found it really hard to find something that I loved, but eventually I picked up a boho top from Topshop and gorgeous red shoes that were half price in Zara! You can see my full outfit on my Instagram feed to the right >>>
I also picked up a new set of acrylic drawers from Muji and some gorgeous flowers. Pretty flowers make me so happy, it’s ridiculous!

2. Wednesday night was the launch of Dublin Fashion Festival in City Hall and it was such a great event. I felt so inspired surrounded by so many amazing people, and the fashion show made me so excited for Autumn, with loads of fur, suede and prints.

3. As part of getting back into the swing of things, I made an order from bodyfirst.ie. I ordered a pre-workout supplement, Quest bars, chicken seasoning and a shaker. I’ll keep you posted with how I get on!

4. This week I re-joined Snapchat so I could keep up-to-date with all of my favourite bloggers and YouTubers! Some of my favourites are cartermarissa, LaurasViews, rosemarymaccabe and rosieconxxx. My name is whatshedoesnow if you want to add me!

5. I was a bit #feelingspendy this week, and ordered the 2016 planner from abeautifulmess.com. It was definitely an impulse purchase (I ordered it when I was half asleep) but it’s so gorgeous and comes with emoji stickers! If that’s not reason enough to buy it then I don’t know what is.

I hope that everyone had a great week and enjoys the weekend! x x

3 Easy, Healthy Recipes I LOVE

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Although I really fell off the healthy eating bandwagon while I was on holidays (who doesn’t?!), before I went away I tried my best to exercise and to eat well most of the time. For me, when it comes to healthy eating, it needs to be easy and quick, with simple ingredients and steps.

These three recipes have been my go-to over the past few weeks and I’m dying to start making them again this week! I usually make the three of them on a Sunday or Monday and they have me set and prepared for the whole week. So grab a pen and paper and write down these delicious recipes, you’ll be running to Tesco by the end of it!

Breakfast // Lily Pebbles Granola

I made this granola as soon as Lily put her recipe video up and I haven’t stopped eating it since! I always have porridge for breakfast so a bit of this sprinkled on top gives it a nice bit of crunch, and because you’ve made it yourself you know there’s no added sugar or nasties! I pop this in a mason jar and it lasts ages.

LILY’S RECIPE

Ingredients:
1 Cup of Almonds
1 and 1/2 half cup of Jumbo Oats
1/3 cup of maple syrup
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of coconut oil

– Pre-heat oven to 180c
– Ground the almonds so they still have a crunch
– Combine the cinnamon, coconut oil and maple syrup in a pan
– Add the liquid to the oats and almonds
– Lay onto baking tray and put into oven
– Take out after approx. 20 mins (15 was enough for me!) when golden brown and smelling good
– Let cool and break up if needed

Lunch // Irish Healthy Gal Soup

Niamh (@irishhealthygal on Instagram) always posts delicious recipes on her Instagram page and there hasn’t been one recipe that I haven’t loved. I’ve made this soup 101 times – once you try home-made soup you’ll never go back to shop-bought versions. It’s full of veggies and goodness and is super easy to make. I divide the soup into plastic containers (4 big servings) and bring it to work or pop them in the freezer if I don’t eat them all.

NIAMH’S RECIPE

Ingredients:
2 red peppers
2 medium onions
3 garlic cloves
1 veg stock cube
Baby spinach
2 tins chopped tomatoes
Basil
Salt and pepper
Frylight

– Cut the peppers in half and deseed. Coat them in Frylight and put into the oven at 180 degrees  until brown and roasted
– In a large pot sprayed with Frylight, add your diced onion and garlic and stir until soft
– Add in basil and as much spinach as you like (I put loads in because it shrinks in the heat)
– Add the roasted red peppers, 2 tins of chopped tomatoes and season with salt and pepper
– Add in the stock cube with boiling water and leave to simmer for 15/20 mins
– Blend and serve!

Snack // Sally’s Baking Addiction Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

There was a time when I made these cookies twice a week. I ate them throughout the day, for breakfast, as a snack, with tea, with lunch and they’d never last longer than three days in the house. They are so delicious and easy to make, and taste like they’re a cheat meal when they’re really not. Sally’s Baking Addiction has been my favourite baking site for years, she has so many amazing recipes and her photography is amazing – definitely check it out!

SALLY’S RECIPE

Ingredients:

190g quick oats (not jumbo oats)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
250g of any nut butter (I use peanut)
82g maple syrup or honey
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
60g dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

– Preheat oven to 160 degrees. Line large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
– Combine all of the ingredients into a large bowl.  Mix until all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
– Each cookie will be 3 Tablespoons of dough.  Drop this amount onto prepared cookie sheet and slightly flatten the tops into desired thickness.
– Bake for 15 minutes until edges are very slightly brown. Don’t bake any longer or the cookies will taste dry. Allow to cool on the cookie sheets completely. Cookies stay fresh at room temperature for 1 week.

Let me know if you try any of these recipes or if you have any healthy recipes that you love!

These recipes are not my own and are linked back to their original source.

GeneO+ 4in1 Super Facial at Lipstick Beauty Clinic

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A few weeks ago I was kindly asked by the lovely Margo at Lipstick Beauty Marino if I would like to try out the new GeneO+ 4in1 Super Facial. I had a look online for some information about it, and I was so impressed with what the treatment offers. The facial exfoliates the skin, infuses it with nutrients, oxygenates the skin, as well as tightening and contouring it.

When I popped down to Margo’s salon in Marino, Dublin, I was made to feel at home straight away and I was super excited to try the facial myself. I got the NeoBright treatment, which lightens, nourishes and rejuvenates the skin.

The facial involves a thick pen-like tool which has a rotating round pad at the end – this is called GeneO+. I was really relaxed lying on the salon bed and felt like I could nod off! A protective gel is applied before the treatment begins, which is really soothing on the skin.

Firstly, GeneO+ exfoliates the upper layer of the skin to remove dead skin cells and prepare it to receive active nutrients. The soft pad wears down to become more coarse, but it’s still gentle and pain free on the skin. I looked at my skin after this part of the facial and already couldn’t believe how it looked. I was so tired going into the salon but my skin was smooth, radiant and plump after the first treatment.

Next, through Capsugen, GeneO+ cleanses the skin and infuses it with nutrient-rich formulas. Inspired by natural hot springs, GeneO+ oxygenates the skin by producing tiny little CO2 bubbles which are absorbed into the skin.

Finally, radiofrequency,  which heats the skin from within, is used to produce collagen formation and to tighten collagen fibres in the skin.

The treatment lasted about an hour and I genuinely was so impressed with the results. For someone who suffers with breakouts, pigmentation and dullness, I never thought I could see my skin look so good. I truly can’t remember my skin looking so well. My skin is glowing, bright and even. My entire face is so soft and plump, and any redness/pigmentation that I had is greatly reduced.

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Before and after! (please excuse my egg head)

I was really worried that the facial would bring up loads of spots in my skin, but I shouldn’t have worried at all. In fact, I’ve actually had less breakouts than I usually would.

Nearly a week after the facial, my skin still looks as good as it did the day I got the treatment done. I feel so much more confident without makeup, and can’t stop looking at how bright and clear my skin is! It’s genuinely like I have a new face :’)

Instead of the NeoBright treatment, which I got, there’s also the NeoRevive formula that focuses on anti-ageing and rejuvenating the skin, so there’s something for everyone.

Margo is so lovely and professional, I couldn’t have enjoyed the treatment more. The facial costs €125, which I know sounds steep, but when you break it down – it’s a really great deal. You get 4 treatments in 1, with immediate results. As I said, I’ve genuinely never seen my skin look so good, and I think that’s priceless.

A course of 6 treatments is recommended for the best results, but if you have a special occasion or want to treat yourself, then just one is perfect! Margo is doing a special offer at the moment for 6 treatments at €700, meaning you save €50.

Lipstick Beauty Clinic is located in Marino, easily accessed by the 123 bus. Margo also offers LYCON waxing, which is practically painless. A huge thank you to Margo for giving me the opportunity to try this out, I am so happy to now have skin that I can proudly show, without always hiding it under makeup!

Check out the Lipstick Beauty Clinic website, FaceBook page, or call 01-8339922. 

Brand to Watch – FLORMAR

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A few weeks ago I attended the launch of Ireland’s newest drugstore brand, Flormar. As far as launches go, this one got me very excited.

Everything from the brand is under €13, which is incredible, and even better, the products are amazing! Myself and my lovely friend Cathy from MentallyBeautiful swatched everything we could see and we were so impressed with every single product.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been trying out some goodies that we got at the launch and already they’ve taken a firm place in my makeup stash!

My favourite product that I tried is the Bronzing Powder (€9.95). This bronzer is huge – it’s way bigger than the palm of my hand and comes with a massive mirror inside, which is so handy for throwing into your handbag. The shade Gorgeous Bronze is a lovely matte brown that isn’t at all orange or red, so it’s perfect for bronzing and contouring. I brought this on holidays with me and it gave such a nice warm colour to my skin.

The Illuminating Primer (€9.95) is infused with green tea and acai, which have amazing benefits for the skin. It doesn’t have the horrible silicone, thick, sticky feel and gives skin a smooth base for makeup. It sinks in straight away and while it’s illuminating, it doesn’t make the skin shiny or oily looking. It simply brightens the skin and makes it the perfect canvas for makeup.

The Eyeshadow Palette (€9.95) in Nude Dudes has the exact same, if not better, pigmentation than MAC eyeshadows. The five matte shades are absolutely gorgeous and there are so many different looks that you can create with the palette. It’s my new favourite everyday eyeshadow palette – I’m dying to pick up a few more!

Not a colour I’d usually go for, the Revolution Lipstick (€6.95) in Provocative Orange, is definitely a way to make a statement! It’s hydrating, smooth and long-lasting. To make it last as long as possible, apply a layer, blot your lips and apply another layer – it’ll last all night!

Another out-there colour for me, the Long Wearing Lip Gloss (€5.95) in Backstage, is not for the faint hearted. It’s super pigmented for a lipgloss and sidenote: smells amazing. The vibrant, shimmery purple is fun and loud, but can be sheered out if you don’t want it to be too bright.

One of my favourite nail varnish colours is turquoise, and this Jelly Look Nail Enamel in Turquoise Green ticks all the boxes. The thick brush means you only need three strokes to cover your nail, and just one application gives great colour payoff. It’s super shiny and lasted three days on me (with no under coat or top coat) without chipping.

At the launch I spied a BB cream, CC cream and a gorgeous highlight that I’m dying to get my hands on too! Flormar is currently launching in pharmacies around Ireland, so keep an eye out and run to a counter if you see one – I know I will!

A Waterproof Foundation?!

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I’m a huge fan of waterproof mascara, seeming as I’m such a crier and I’d have mascara running down my face everyday if I didn’t wear it. But waterproof foundation? Now that’s a whole other story.

I’m not sure what it was, but something about the MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation spoke to me. I haven’t used a MAC foundation in about a year, but am a huge fan of the Pro Longwear Concealer, and with my holidays coming up I said I’d pick it up in Dublin Airport.

This one sentence will tell you how much I love this foundation – I used this every night on holidays and didn’t use my all-time favourite, NARS Sheer Glow, once. And we all know how much I love Sheer Glow.

A lot of people said that they went a shade lighter in this foundation as it oxidised on their face, but after trying a few different shades I found that my usual, NW20, was perfect. In some MAC foundations I can only wear NW20 with tan, but this foundation suits me with or without a tan – woo!

As for the formula, it’s liquid but not runny. I love the tube packaging, so it’s easy to control how much product you’d like to use. A blob the size of my baby fingernail covers my whole face, and the coverage is incredible. Just one application with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush covers pretty much everything, from sunburn (oops) to spots, scarring and redness. I then use half of the amount again on my problem areas to make sure they’re fully covered. For the first time ever with a foundation, I don’t feel the need to use concealer with this. It gives a gorgeous satin finish and doesn’t feel or look cakey at all.

As for the “waterproof” claim, I wore this to the beach and on nights out in 30+ degree heat and it didn’t budge. It didn’t break up on my skin or stick to dry patches, and a little bit of powder on my T-zone kept me from getting shiny. It’s as if the formula repelled water.

The foundation was really easy to remove and broke down quickly with my Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel.

Moral of the story: I’m a huge fan of this foundation! You get 25ml for €36.50, and while the tube looks small I can see this lasting me quite a long time. No matter what skin type you have, I think this one’s a winner. If you’ve dry skin, prepping with a moisturising primer should stop it from clinging to dry spots, while oily skin might just need a little bit of mattifying primer and some powder, if anything at all.

I never thought I’d say this, but move over NARS Sheer Glow…

The Low-Down 

  • Medium-high buildable coverage
  • Liquid formula
  • Satin finish
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Long lasting
  • Waterproof!
  • €36.50

What’s In My Carry On Bag

This morning I came home from my two week holiday in Crete. I’d such an incredible time and (mostly) stayed away from everything WhatSheDoesNow related. Before I went away I published a “What’s In My Carry On Bag” video on YouTube that I didn’t promote anywhere, so it pretty much went unseen. Oops.

Here’s everything that I felt was necessary for a 4.5 hour flight, when I mostly just ended up playing Fruit Ninja on my iPad. Oh well! I hope you enjoy <3 x