Beauty

The one where I admit to shaving my face and how I do it…

You may be asking why on earth you’d shave your face?! Why would you add something else to your already ridiculously long beauty regime?

Shaving your face does not only remove your hair so make up doesn’t cling to it, it can also act as an exfoliant to get rid of dead skin cells which can help brighten your complexion. It makes your makeup go on smoother, beauty products absorb better and pores appear smaller.

There are many rumours about getting rid of hair on your face and some people swear that by shaving/waxing/epilating your hair that it’ll grown back thicker, darker and more noticeable.

I completely disagree. I have been removing the hair on my face for quite a few years now and when it grows back it is just as noticeable as it was before the first time I removed it. However, I do have fine blonde hairs so it may not be as noticeable as other people’s.

Currently I don’t have a favourite facial hair removal method. Wax is my go to when I have the time and need to be hair free for longer. Shaving is my go to for a quick touch ups and epilating is only when I’m feeling super brave!

This time I’m dedicating the blog to shaving. While I have used the disposable shavers commonly used for legs before, I find them hard to contour to the shapes of my face and so it ends up in friction burns and cuts. So I usually use the eyebrow razors, I find mine in a local shop for 3 for €1 so they’re not expensive and you can usually find them in most beauty shops or you can definitely find them online. Something to be aware of is that they can also come in various different sizes, I find the bigger sizes better for removing my side burns but the smaller sizes better for removing the hair under and around my eyebrows.

To start I cover my face with some kind of cream or oil to ensure the razor isn’t pulling on my skin. Currently I use pure petroleum jelly I got in a big tub from a poundshop.

Angle the razor almost flat against your face and use downward strokes with the hair growth. Wipe any excess onto a piece of tissue.

I then use the razor in an opposite direction with the hair growth to make sure it is completely hairless. You may need to stretch the skin in hard to reach areas.

And that’s pretty much it! It shouldn’t leave your skin too red, I usually just use an unscented moisturiser or an anti-septic cream afterwards and the skin is back to normal in a few hours. I would recommend doing this at night before bed just to make sure any redness has gone.

I also find the electric shavers specifically designed for sensitive areas like your face and bikini line are good for removing the hair, I find I get just as much of a close shave as using wax. However like all shaving as hair is not being removed from the root of the follicle so it will grow back faster. If you’d like me to do a review on the one I use, let me know in the comments.

If you’ve tried this out, let me know in the comments!

Beauty

My at home Derma roller review- my expectations

I’ve recently ordered a derma roller and while I impatiently wait for it to arrive I thought I’d jot down a few thoughts of my expectations so I can compare it to my actual results at a later date.

A derma roller is lots of little needles attached to a tube which is then rolled in different directions across your face. The needles create micro tears in your skin which prompts your body to pump collagen to the affected areas and thus repairs the damaged area. This is usually offered by salons (also called microneedling) but it is also quite easy to buy one online to do it at home.

Derma rolling is said to improve acne, skin tone and wrinkles. While I am lucky enough to not have to worry about wrinkles just yet, I am interested in getting a more even skin tone and reducing my spots. I generally have clear skin with some slight redness and hormonal/ stress acne.

I didn’t want to invest in a really expensive derma roller if it would not work for me so I paid around £5 for mine from amazon.

I chose the needle size of 0.5mm, (there is lots of information around about needle size so I won’t go into too much detail) but I chose this size as the 0.25mm is recommended to help products sink into the skin more (which I thought would not give me the results I want) and 0.75mm can cause pinpoint bleeding (which I thought may be too damaging to my skin as it is usually clear). Also 0.5mm can be used more frequently to recreate the effects of a larger needle size.

I am planning on using the derma roller weekly (on a Friday) and documenting my results on here.

If you’ve ever tried derma rolling either at home or in a salon, please let me know your experiences in the comments below.

Lifestyle

Diy windowsill herb garden

While the prime summer growing season has slowly come to an end, it’s not too late to start an indoor herb garden on your windowsill.

What you’ll need:

– Indoor varieties of herbs (I chose Basil and Parsley)

– Plastic container

– Potting soil

– Drip tray

Method: For the plastic containers I used an empty bottle and, using a push pin, created several small holes in the bottom for drainage. Next I filled the container with some potting soil (I got the expanding style from Poundland which was £1 for 14 Litres) and inserted the plants. My Mum kindly donated the herbs to me but you can find pre planted varieties at supermarkets or garden centers. Finally I placed the containers in some glass-cut pudding bowls which I found at a chairty shop (these were repurposed from our wedding) and filled with water. The drip trays allow the plants to access water when they want, which prevents over watering and produces better herbs.

Let me know how you get on in the comments below!

Nails

Harry Potter nail stamping manicure

I thought I’d make a quick post to show off my new Harry Potter nail stamping plates from hehe.

I bought these from Amazon a couple of weeks ago and have been playing around with them and I am very impressed! they came in a mixed bundle and were delivered in just a couple of days.

I used a plain brown nail varnish from Poundland and a black Konad stamping polish for the stamping. My clear nail stamper was used to place the images.

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Harry Potter inspired nail stamping

For the images I used hehe plates 0331, 032 and 035. Luke had to explain a couple of the images to me that I didn’t recognise!

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Hehe plates 031, 032 and 035

Let me know what you think in the comments, and show me your Harry Potter inspired nails!

Wedding

Our diy picnic themed wedding breakfast

I absolutely loved the relaxed feel of my wedding day. There was no pressure and everything just seemed to flow easily and I’m pretty sure that is due to our choice of having a picnic themed wedding breakfast.

While not everyone was thrilled with our choice and tried to make us pick something more “conventional”, we stuck to our guns and I’m so glad we did. Picnics were something that we both enjoyed doing and it was personal, relaxed and best of all it was original, unique and was really inexpensive.

After we had decided on the picnic theme, I scoured pinterest for some ideas. Immediately sitting on the floor was vetoed (although not by me) and we merged our favourite ideas and ended up with this…

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I am so proud of how it turned out. I spent hours scouring ebay and free sites to find enough picnic baskets and I spent even more hours wandering around shops searching for gingham table runners  but all of it was worth it in the end.  Continue reading “Our diy picnic themed wedding breakfast”

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We’ve moved to Germany!

So, while I had grand plans of writing on this blog every day when I first created this blog, but practically with just 2 months to the wedding it just didn’t happen. However now, we’ve been in Germany 2 weeks today(!) and things are settling down so I have more time to dedicate to this blog. Expect some travel posts, wedding recaps, crafty diy and some general observations of German life in future posts!