Health & Wellbeing, Health & Wellbeing

Beauty from the Inside out: Breakfast for beauty

In the interest of promoting beauty from the inside diet cannot be ignored. I decided to start with Breakfast beacuse, well, I just love breakfast. I would happily eat breakfast foods at every meal time. I found this recipe last year in Carol Vorderman’s detox book. It’s great for those trying to loose some weight before Summer or for those of you after a morning detox. I love it  because it’s nutritionally balanced and provides lots of beauty benefits.

The ingredients in this breakfast really fill you up but they also promote healthy looking skin. Oats are rich in soluble fibre which improves digestion and encourages clear skin (it also lowers cholesterol). Oats contain magnesium and zinc, necessary for skin healing and immunity. They provide slow release energy leaving you fuller for longer. When I have porridge for breakfast I eat less rubbish during the day. The almonds and the seeds provide essential fatty acids. These balance hormones and will help alleviate any hormonal breakouts.

Banana porridge with honey:(makes 4 servings)

  • 175g Rolled Porridge Oats
  • 250ml of Soya, rice, sesame or almond milk – Cows milk is a no no for a detox breakfast
  • 250ml Water Continue Reading
Aging, DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Skin Care

Make your own Fruit Enzyme Mask

It’s been a while since I posted a DIY skincare piece so I thought it was high time to share the recipe for a mask I have been making lately. This mask is full of AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) which naturally exfoliate the skin leaving you skin supple and smooth.

What you need:

2 sliced strawberries

30g chopped apple
1 teaspoon of honey
2 tablespoons plain yoghurt
2 teaspoons of cosmetic clay (Health shop,some chemists, cheap online)

    It’s best to use organic fruit where possible to avoid covering your face in pesticide. Blend the honey, yoghurt and fruit until the mixture is smooth. Add in the clay until the mixture forms a paste. Cleanse your face and neck then apply the mask. For best results leave the mask on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and your done! I usually follow with a home made toner and then my moisturiser.

    Health & Wellbeing

    Beauty from the inside: The effects of Vitamin C on the skin

    I love this series of Beauty from the inside posts. Today I’m looking at the effect Vitamin C has on the skin. Vitamin C is the building block of collagen, the protein that gives the skin elasticity, structure and tone. It also protects the skin from free-radical damage which can lead to disease and on a smaller scale, free radical damage to the skin.

    Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, this means that our bodies don’t store it. We need to get enough vitamin C from our diet.  Vitamin C is necessary for the growth and repair of tissue. It is essential for healing wounds so if like me you are trying to get rid of that lingering pimple mark, get the juicer going.

    Vitamin C can be found in:

    • Kiwi (Highest), oranges, mango, papaya, lemons, limes, grapefruits, papaya…
    • Broccoli
    • Peppers
    • Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries etc
    • Tomatoes

    I have on occasion resorted to ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) supplement. According to researchers many of us are mildly deficient in it since our bodies can’t sythesise or store it. When I feel a cold coming on I always get a breakout, this tells me that my immunity is low. My immunity, or often lack there of, has a very obvious effect on my skin, epic breakouts. As a result I try to boost my immunity as best I can; exercise, balanced diet, water, sleep and plenty of vitamin C from my diet.

    Lips, Make-Up 101 Series, Tutorials

    Tips for making your lip colour last

    I hate long lasting lipsticks. They’re too drying for me and I never like the finish. If you’re interested in some ways to keep your lip colour on without resorting to long lasting formulas (that often don’t last long at all) here are a few tips:

    • Use pencil on top of lipstick. The wax acts like a barrier. Just make sure you blend away the line. I never use a freshly sharpened pencil for this, a rounded one works best.
    • Blot a little powder on top to keep the lipstick in place for longer. Less is more in this instance. I like to use a little blush instead of powder for added colour depth. On occasion I have used an eyeshadow.
    • Press lip colour into the lips using your finger. This creates a stained satin effect.
    • Completely fill in the lips using a  lip pencil that is the same colour as your lips. This acts as a base and ensures lipstick stays put for longer. I use Continue Reading
    M.A.C, Reviews

    My Favourite Eye Liner

    I have quite a few eyeliners in my make-up collection. I have gel, liquid, cake and kohls. I go through phases of them and at the moment I’m using pencil liners to beat the band. One in particular has become a firm favourite, MAC Powerpoint in Engraved.

    Engraved is a jet black. Powerpoints are easy to sharpen and are the perfect texture;  not too soft and not too hard, like baby bear’s porridge, it’s just right. I have loved Urban Decay 24/7 liners in the past but I find it annoying that I need to sharpen after every single use. The best thing about Engraved is that it’s waterproof.

    Since it’s waterproof MAC cannot say it’s safe for the waterline but I used it on my waterline anyway. I have super sensitive eyes that water in response to many things, this liner is not one of those things. I have yet to find a liner that lasts all day on your waterline but this one has come close.

    Engraved has become an old reliable for me. I think I’ll have a look to see what other shades MAC sell.

    What’s your favourite eyeliner?

    Fashion & Accessories

    Outfit of the day… Sunny day in Dublin

    It’s a sunny day in Dublin (this almost never happens) so I settles on a skirt today…

    1. Accessorize 2. Zara 3.Zara 4. Penneys 5. Zara 6.Penneys

    I picked up this skirt in Zara the other day. It was about €25 as far as a I can remember. The belt comes with it. I find it very hard to find a skirt that’s the right length for me. I’m small so most knee length skirts come half way down my shin, not a good look. This skirt may be more of a mini on someone taller. Ah, to be taller…

    Both bracelets are from Penneys (Primark). I like Penneys for accessories, I have it on good authority that they have the same stockist as some big high street players.

    I love this flats, they go with everything. My only regret is not buying a second pair. I will wear these until they fall apart!

    What are you wearing today?

    General

    iia Net Visionary Award Win, thanks to you all!!!

    I need to say a  huge thank you to all of you that took the time to vote, leave me lovely comments and tweet me. Thanks to your support I won an iia Net Visionary Award last night for Makeup & Beauty.

    Left to right: Maeve Kneafsey, IIA Chair; me; Keith Mahon, Ireland.com – category sponsor; Ray Walsh, Enterprise Ireland – headline sponsor.

    It was a great night and a huge honour. I met tonnes of lovely people, photos to follow :)

    Congratulations to all the other finalists and winners!

    Le grá,

    Amy

     

    Perfume / Fragrance

    Body Mists: The new edge to White Musk

    I have a new fondness for body spritzers. I have built myself a little collection of body sprays, mainly from Victoria Secret.  I tend to spritz them on my clothes even if I’m wearing perfume. I know that doesn’t make sense but I love nice smells. On occasion I have even used a body lotion version of a perfume with an edt and a body spray, all clashing but yummy!

    I was sorting through my sprays this morning when I came across one that I love at the moment. We all have a nostalgic fragrance that trigger memories. As a child, like so many of you, I used to cover myself in The Body Shop white musk fragrance oil. I loved it. I was in there recently and picked up the tester to reminisce. Although I enjoyed a trip down memory lane it isn’t a fragrance I could wear now. Enter White Musk Breeze.

    I have the Cooling Body Mist of White Musk Breeze. It’s a much more modern take on white musk. The musk is very subtle, it’s a much fresher, sparkley version of the cult fragrance. The notes feature lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, plum, peach, leafy green, elemi, rose, jasmine, lily of the valley, aquatic notes, ylang ylang, tagette, carnation, white musk, cedar wood, patchouli and touch of vanilla.

    It scent doesn’t last  that long on my skin but I haven’t tried a body spray that does. The best part for me is the cooling effect on the skin. I look forward to using this on holiday this Summer. I think I might have a look at the edt next time I’m in there.

    Do you use body sprays?

    Fashion & Accessories, General

    New coat – Roadtested in Howth

    I have always had a variety of coats in my wardrobe but last year I had to do a major clear-out. Nothing in my press fit me anymore and as result every coat that was even a tiny bit too big went to the charity shop. Replacing my clothes was an expensive pleasure but basics took priority. When it reached Spring and my winter coat was too warm I realised that I had no Spring coat. As we in Ireland know, we often need a light coat in Summer. On Anna’s recommendation I wanted a navy mac. Every one I tried on was too wide on the shoulder or too long (the petite ranges out there are deplorable!). I finally found this one in Diesel.

    I spent the afternoon in Howth and a coat is nearly always required in Howth thanks to the wind. The mac cost €80 and I picked mine up in the Blanchardstown centre. Ignore the walking boots, I was trudging through sludge.

     

    Nail Polish/Care, Reviews, Swatches

    Collection 2000 Lilac Ice

    Collection 2000 Maxiflex large nail  polishes are on offer in Boots (buy 2 for €6). So of course whilst picking up a prescription I needed to get some. I have tried some of their smaller nail polishes and although I loved the colour range I wasn’t overly impressed with the consistency. I assumed that the larger and dearer ones would be better quality.

    One of the shades I picked up was Lilac Ice. It looks exactly how it sounds, a frosty lilac shade. It’s a very pretty colour and the consistency of mine is a little better than the small bottles. It dries to a smooth finish which is good, I hate the feel of gritty nails.

     

    It says on the bottle that it’s designed to last 5 days, too good to be true? Yes. This polish needs a top coat as it started to chip at the tips after a day or so. I applied two coats in this picture…

     

     

    They are definitely not amazing quality but they’re cheap and I do love the colour. I would buy another shade just for the colour fun. When I pass the pretty colours I just can’t resist. Must…stay…strong.

    Collection 2000 polishes are  a little hit and miss for me. The other shade I bought was also Maxiflex but was thicker and harder to apply. A little consistency would go a long way.

    Have you tried any Collection 2000 polishes? What is you favourite polish at the moment?

    Celebrity Style/Makeup, General

    Celebrity Makeup of the week: Sienna Miller

    I have always admired Sienna Miller’s style but I have never really noticed her makeup…til now. I saw this picture of her at the Met Gala with a nice bit of arm candy, Jude Law (despite his shenanigans Sienna, I approve wholeheartedly) haha

    Her make-up is reminiscent of Bridget Bardot. I had to know what products the artist used to create this look. I will also list substitutes  that will work just as well.

    Lips: Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Mythic. MAC Creme de Nude is a good alternative or Boots Natural Collection Rose Petal (or Sorbet). Basically a nude lipstick with pink tones that is not lighter than your skintone.

    Eyes: Chanel Intense Eye Pencil in Marine was drawn heavily on upper lash line. For eyeshadow, Chanel Quadra in Bleu Celeste Continue Reading

    Reviews, Tanning Products

    Academie Bronz’Express: The results

    If you read my last post you know that I was doing some late night tanning with Academie Bronze’Express. You can have a read of that post to see what my initial thoughts were based on packaging, consistency and scent.

    Now for the results:

    • The lovely scent that was there on application disappeared in the first hour. It was replaced by an extremely subtle scent of fake tan, probably undetectable by most.
    • It dried instantly. Now I know St Moriz and St Tropez mousse dry fast but this is unbelievable. This means you have to work fast which is fine for tan application pro’s but maybe not so great for beginners.
    • It added colour right away so you could apply it in the day time if the scent didn’t bother you and have a hint of tan right away.
    • As I mentioned in last nights post I exfoliated like a mad woman the night previous to application so I had no problems with the tan bonding to dry skin. There are some tans that are more forgiving if you have not exfoliated. This is not one of Continue Reading