What I’ve Been Loving | June

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While I’m not glad to say goodbye to June (it’s my birthday month), I was so excited for July to come. This month I’m finally heading on my holidays and I cannot wait. We booked our holiday at the beginning of January and I thought July would never come, but here it is!

In preparation for my holidays, this month I really tried to look after my skin and what I ate. That’s not to say that I didn’t consume a few pizzas and treats, but now I feel like I can prepare healthy foods and treats for myself so I don’t go off track during the week.

A few weeks ago I wrote about how I’ve been loving Get The Glow and Deliciously Ella, which I think are my two ultimate favourites of the month. At the start of every week I’ve been making soup, healthy chocolate treats and some kind of guilt free cookie or bar, which stops me from heading for the biscuit press every evening.

To look after my skin and prevent myself from looking half human half lizard when I step into the sun, I’ve been loving using Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub. This was recommended to me by my friend Jen and as soon as I smelt how gorgeous it was it went straight into my basket. It contains brown sugar, lime and almond oil, all of which exfoliate, freshen and smooth the skin. I use it before I get in the shower so the water doesn’t wash away half of the product before it even reaches my leg, as I find that dry exfoliating is much more effective. This gets every last trace of false tan off my body and  leaves everything looking and feeling soft!

After exfoliating, I’ve been slathering my body in Green Angel Argan Body Oil, which I got at the Irish Beauty Blog Awards. I’ve such dry legs and this oil is amazing as restoring moisture and making them feel soft. It smells gorgeous and doesn’t take long to soak in, which I love.

As for lips, Wet n Wild Bare It All lipstick and Clarins 05 Instant Light Lip Perfector have been my favourite combination of the month. Bare It All is an amazing dupe for MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Bare Again (my all time favourite lipstick), a gorgeous pink-nude, and the Lip Perfector is the nicest lipgloss I’ve ever tried. It’s non-sticky but gives a really nice sheen to the lips.

Years ago I used to be crazy about wearing earrings, but now I only ever wear them for special occasions or when I remember. That’s until I picked up these gorgeous earrings from Topshop for my uncle’s wedding and I haven’t stopped wearing them since. They’re so unusual because of the detail that comes from the back and they add something extra to a simple outfit.

My favourite scent of the month has been So…? Kiss MeI used to wear these fragrances years ago and it’s such a blast from the past to wear them again. I’m not very good at describing scents, but it’s fruity, floraly and sweet – which I love. The spray is so easy to carry around in my bag and the scent stays on my clothes all day.

I’ve spoken about my love for lace up shoes before, and these flats from Office are the newest in my collection. I’d been lusting after them for months when my boyfriend got them for me for my birthday, and I haven’t stopped wearing them since. They were a little uncomfortable at first but I’ve broken them in and now I can’t stop wearing them! They go with everything and are a nice addition to my usual jeans and tee uniform.

I hope that June was a wonderful month for everyone, and that July is even better! We’re in to the second half of 2015 now, so look back over your resolutions and make sure you give the rest of 2015 everything you have! x

Two Summer Bases

summer makeupNo matter what season, no matter how hot it is outside, whenever I wear makeup it’s always full coverage. Thanks to some pesky blemishes and redness, that’s always the case for me, although they don’t stop me from going makeup free when I feel like it.

For days that it’s too warm to wear a foundation, I always opt for a BB cream or tinted moisturiser instead.

I picked up Garnier BB cream for combination to oily skin a few weeks ago and I love it. My skin isn’t very oily, but buying a BB cream during the summer for oily skin is a good idea as it’s likely that your skin will be oilier because of the heat. The formula is quite liquid-y, but it isn’t very runny. (Does my great use of descriptive words give away that I’m studying journalism? Jokes!) It gives medium coverage with one application and is buildable, so I usually apply one layer, then another on top of my problem areas for better coverage. There’s no SPF in the formula, so be sure to put some suncream on underneath if you’re heading out into the sun! With a small bit of powder on top, the BB cream lasts nearly all day without any touch ups. It wears off evenly and doesn’t cling to any dry patches. I use the shade “light” and it’s a pretty good match.

On the high-end side of the scale is NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser. Tinted moisturisers are great because you can build as much or as little coverage as you like. One layer and another on my problem areas (the same as the BB cream) usually does it for me. I love the finish of this tinted moisturiser – it leaves your skin looking fresh and awake, even if you don’t feel it! I use the shade “Finland” and it’s perfect, I just add some bronzer on top when I’ve false tan on! The fact that this tinted moisturiser has SPF 30 in it gives it a slight advantage over the BB cream for me as it saves you that extra step!

Both products are great choices for a summer base as they not only provide coverage but they also hydrate and treat the skin. I use the Real Techniques Buffing Brush to apply for a flawless finish and add a little bit of MAC Studio Finish concealer where I need it.

I don’t think I’ll be throwing away my Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation anytime soon, but these two beauties are firm contenders for the summer months!

What’s your favourite summer base?

GIVEAWAY! – Thomas Sabo Karma Beads Shopper

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Long time, no giveaway – am I right?! Thanks to the lovely ladies at Revolve PR, I’m giving away one of these gorgeous Thomas Sabo Karma Beads Shopper bags!

If you know me, you’ll know that I’m all about positivity and karma – so this bag suits WhatSheDoesNow so much! Perfect for travelling, shopping or day-to-day use, this bag will take you wherever you want to go!

To be in with a chance to win this gorgeous Thomas Sabo bag worth €98, simply:

1. Subscribe to whatshedoesnow.com via email on the side of this page (be sure to confirm your subscription after you subscribe!)>>>>>

2. Comment your favourite inspirational quote on this post, along with your email address!

The closing date is Monday 13th July, so get entering!

Good luck! <3 xx

 

Healthy Eating Made Easy

Healthy cookbooks

After hearing about Get The Glow and Deliciously Ella nearly everywhere I went for a solid two weeks, I finally decided to add the books to my Amazon basket and make an order. It was near impossible to go on Instagram, Twitter or YouTube without someone mentioning either of the books, so I knew I had to give them a try.

I try my best to eat relatively healthy as it is (although I’m partial to an M&S cookie… or five) but no matter what I’m always sniffling with a cold and am ready to hit the hay by 6pm. Unlike a lot of other “health” cookbooks, Ella and Madeline encourage and promote foods that nourish and feed your body and soul – which is exactly what I need.

I was sceptical of both books at first, presuming they’d tell me that I need a specific grain that can only be found in the Alps between 12pm and 3pm when the sun is at a specific point in the sky, but nearly all of the ingredients in both books are easily accessible and relatively cheap. I did have to go to my local health food store to get tahini, almond butter and coconut oil, but a lot of supermarkets stock these products nowadays.

I stocked up on nuts, quinoa, fruits and veggies and throughout the past few weeks have tried several recipes which I’ve loved. My NutriBullet is so handy to use for the recipes as it can chop nuts and blend everything together easily. I tried Ella’s Simple Oat Cookies which actually were simple to make and enjoyed snacking on them all week long. I’m going to add dark chocolate chips to them next time, though. A gal’s gotta have some chocolate in her life.

I also tried Madeline’s Quinoa Bread, which I was so excited to make. However, there was an error in the recipe that wasn’t corrected, so when I used quinoa instead of quinoa flakes to make the bread the whole thing fell apart and had to be thrown into the bin. I wasn’t too impressed at the waste of money, time and ingredients but I read that using quinoa flakes is totally worth it, so I’m going to give that a try.

My ultimate favourite recipe that I’ve tried so far is Madeline’s Raw Chocolate Brownies. The recipe calls for medjool dates, which can be quite expensive, so I used regular dates and the recipe turned out perfectly. The brownies were soft, gooey, chocolatey and sweet and stopped me from craving chocolate all week long.

Both books are full of information and are really interesting and beneficial to read. Get The Glow includes a six week programme and the recipes are divided into breakfast, snacks etc. Deliciously Ella is divided into fruit, vegetables, grains etc, which makes it harder to browse for specific meals, but I just use sticky notes to mark the pages that I like so they’re easy to find.

So, if you’re looking to try out a few new healthy recipes or to find out more information about different foods and what they do to your body, I’d really recommend picking both books up. They compliment each other really well and although they both promote the same thing, both books are quite different.

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried any recipes from the books or blogs, or if you have any healthy-treats suggestions! x

Vichy Aqualia Thermale Serum Video!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by one of the biggest skincare brands in the world, Vichy, to film a review of one of my favourite skincare products, Aqualia Thermale serum.

The finished video went live today, and I just couldn’t believe I was seeing myself being associated with such an amazing brand!

I meant every word I said in the video – I absolutely adore this product and would recommend it to anyone! It has become an essential part of my skincare routine and leaves my skin hydrated like nothing else I’ve ever used. It doesn’t leave your skin sticky or leave a film on the skin, it sinks in straight away and leaves your skin feeling smooth and plump!

Pop over and give the video a watch if you’d like to see it :)

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Finally – The Benefit Roller Lash Post

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At last – I’m finally sitting down to write about Benefit Roller Lash Mascara. The blogosphere was full of reviews of this product when it first came out, and while I loved it, I took my time to finally have my say on it.

First of all, I got my hands on this when a sample size came free with Elle magazine. Now that’s a good freebie if I’ve ever seen one. Amazed by how good a sample sized product was, just a few weeks ago I got the full sized version for my birthday (thanks Jen!)

If you watch my YouTube videos, you’ll know that I am totally obsessed with this mascara. The plastic, bristly wand is something that I used to fear (thanks, They’re Real) but now I’m hooked. The wand grabs every single lash and lifts it upwards. My eyelashes stick straight out, so I always use a lash curler beforehand, but the combination of this mascara and a lash curler results in full, curly, volumised lashes.

Just one coat does the trick, but for the full effect (literally) I always go for two. Like most mascaras, the formula gets better over time but it’s still a great mascara from the get-go. It doesn’t crumble or flake off during the day, and comes off easily with micellar water.

The formula isn’t waterproof, but I’ve put it to the test of wearing it straight from work to the gym and it lasted all day. Too much on your bottom lashes means it’ll rub and smudge easily, but if you use a tiny amount you should be okay.

If you’re considering picking Roller Lash up, I 100% recommend it. It’s worth every bit of hype that’s been created around it and it’s made a very firm place for itself in my makeup bag.

GRWM – Summer Skincare & Makeup Routine

Another week, another YouTube video! This week I filmed my summer skincare and makeup routine.

And let me tell you, editing this wasn’t easy. When I saw my skin and how tired I looked I wasn’t going to put this video live, but after some thought I figured I’d share it anyway. I’m just a normal girl who has breakouts, gets tired and who’s hair doesn’t always look great. I plan on keeping up with my blog and YouTube videos as far into the future as I can see, and I want to be 100% honest with you guys throughout it all.

So grab a cuppa and have a watch! Please subscribe if you’d like to see more videos and leave me a comment on what you thought! x

Currently Loving | GlamGlow SuperMud

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Oh baby, this is a good one. GlamGlow SuperMud had been on my wishlist for a very long time, but as soon as I saw Laura from My Makeup Perspective rave about it, it went straight into my basket on Cloud10Beauty.

At €51, it’s a pretty big price to pay for a face mask, but after using it for the past couple of weeks I can safely say that it’s totally worth it. To save myself from rambling on, here’s what I love about it:

  1. It brightens and evens the skin
  2.  It un-clogs and minimises pores
  3. It reduces redness and soothes blemishes
  4. It can be used as a spot treatment on its own, or as an entire face mask
  5. Only a thin layer is needed for the mask to work
  6. Using the mask for 20 minutes once a week made a huge difference to my skin
  7. It doesn’t leave the skin feeling dry or tight after using it
  8. It’s easy to remove

Although it’s a pretty small tub at 34g, a little goes a long way and using a flat foundation brush to apply the mask makes sure that you’re getting the most you can out of the product. The colour of the mask changes as you leave it on, drawing out impurities from the skin. Afterwards, my skin feels fresh, smooth and blemishes look less irritated. I have combination skin with frequent breakouts (unfortunately) and SuperMud has really improved the appearance of my skin.

Since I bought it, there’s not one week that has gone by that I haven’t used it. It’s such a luxurious mask to use and I can see and feel the benefits immediately.

If you’re thinking of picking up SuperMud, I’d 100% recommend it. Even though it’s expensive, the amount of uses and results you get from it make it worth every penny.

Watch Laura’s video here to find out more information and to see her apply the mask.

Better Than the Naked Palette?

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I know that’s a really bold title, but bare with me. I’ve been on the hunt for this Blank Canvas neutral eyeshadow palette since before Christmas, and I just picked it up a few weeks ago. That’s a long time to wait for something! But, boy was it worth it.

There are so many amazing things I have to say about this palette, so I’m not going to faff around;

  1. It was only €10.95
  2. Delivery only took a few days (I ordered from Cloud10Beauty)
  3. It came wrapped really well in bubble wrap
  4. There are 28 gorgeous matte and shimmer shades
  5. Each shade is really pigmented, buttery and easy to blend
  6. There’s a colour for every single eye look that you could ever want to make
  7. It’s perfect for travelling

This palette has taken over from my much-loved Naked palette, and has been sitting proudly on my dresser for the past few weeks. There are so many matte, shimmer, cool and warm shades that are perfect for a natural look during the day or something more dramatic at night.

If you’re looking to buy a new makeup palette, whether you’re a makeup newbie or if you’ve more makeup than you’d like to admit, this one deserves a place in your collection. It’s currently out of stock at the minute (I’m sorry!) but put your email down for a notification when it comes back into stock. I can’t rave about it enough, and am so excited to try more products from Blank Canvas!

*This post wasn’t sponsored by Cloud10 or Blank Canvas, and this product wasn’t sent out to me – I just really love it!*

What I’ve Been Loving | May

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We’re officially into the second half of 2015 – how did that happen?! Although it’s June 1st, it feels nothing like summer as rain is currently pouring down outside and I’m trying to prepare myself to venture out in it for the Women’s Mini Marathon. Wish me luck!

I found a few beauty gems during May that I haven’t stopped using all month, but I also have a few non-beauty favourites. I watched the entire Grace and Frankie series on Netflix in two days. Two days! It’s such a funny, heart-warming programme and I already can’t wait for season two.

If you haven’t noticed, my Instagram feed (@whatshedoesnow) and almost every photo on my blog has had peonies in the background. They are my favourite flower of all time, and I’m raging that this bunch are on their last legs!

This month I got a new set of extensions applied. After having three sets of Great Lengths, I thought I’d give Gold Fever extensions a try. I’m loving them so far, and there’s been minimal shedding and fall out! If you want a full post on them, just let me know!

Earlier in the month I attended the Irish Beauty Blog Awards, where I was nominated for Best Content. It was such an honour to be nominated among Ireland’s greatest bloggers, and it was such a great night!

Ramble over – on to beauty favourites!

Earlier in the month I made a Cloud10Beauty order, where I picked up Glam Glow Super Mud mask and Blank Canvas 28 Neutral Eyeshadow palette. I’ll have a full review of both products up during the week, so I won’t say too much apart from that both products are amazing. The Glam Glow mask has made such a difference to my skin, and the Blank Canvas palette has taken over from my Naked palettes – and that says a lot!

Lush Tea Tree Toner Water has been one of my favourite steps in my skincare routine this month. It’s so refreshing and is really cooling on the skin, and I think it really helps to calm and treat any blemishes that I have.

Vichy Aqualia Thermale Serum has been a staple in my skincare routine this month. Just one pump makes my skin feel so hydrated, plump and smooth – I can’t be without it!

A couple of week’s ago I was at the SOSU by Suzanne Jackson launch party, and got Colab Tokyo Dry Shampoo in my goodie bag. I’d heard mixed reviews about this, so I was a bit apprehensive when I first tried it but I absolutely love it! It makes my hair feel and look fresh, plus it smells incredible. Every time I use it I get wafts of the scent throughout the day and it’s so so nice. I’ll definitely be purchasing the full bottle of it!

Speaking of SOSU, I tried the nail polish in This is Paradise. It’s just a gorgeous turquoise/blue shade that looks great with a tan, I’ll be wearing it all throughout summer!

How was the month of May for you? Let me know in the comments below! x