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Acne Daily Essentials Skincare

La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray || MagpieMagpieBlog

09/10/2018

Over the past year you’ll have noticed I’ve really gotten into my skincare! My focus is to start writing about it more and trying out more things too. I know a lot of people don’t see the point of toner, but I what they are on about. Toner for me is not just a mindless extra step. It’s a key part of my skincare routine. 

I’ve used a number of toners over the year, but none beat my beloved Serozinc. I had taken a break from it, but recently came back to it and I have to say I think I’m happy to stick with it for the foreseeable future. My skin just seems to love it. It’s so different to other toners as it’s a mist spray, which is so lovely, refreshing, and mild on the skin. The product is for people, like me, who suffer from oily skin, and is supposed to helps mattify. Which it does!

I’ve been on Minocycline (Ance Stuff) for a number of years now and my skin is still quite oily. I’m actually thinking of changing to something less permanent soon, so I’ll try keen you in the loop about that too.

There are a few other reasons, other than the obvious, why I love Serozinc so much. One of the main reasons is there is no need for cotton wool! I’m trying my hardest to cut down on unnecessary waste so this has been fantastic. I used to go through so much cotton wool a week. I thought it was going to be so hard to cut down on, but with this toner and my FaceHalo it’s been so easy.

I also found that the use of so much cotton wool on my skin would irritate it, so I’m seeing less redness when doing my skincare routine which is FAB!!! My usual skincare routine is as follows; remove make with my FaceHalo’s, cleanse with the Super Facialist Salicylic Acid wash, and tone as normal. Depending on what state my skin is in I might add a serum or oil or spot treatment. 

VIDEO of me spraying it on my face to follow

I’m sure there is lots of science behind why my skin loves it and why it works for me, but at the end of the day all I know is that it works and I feel so much more skin confident when I use it. It will definitely be a skincare staple of mine and I’ll definitely be buying multiples when they are on special in Boots. 

What toner have you been loving? And what skincare product could you not live without? Let me know in the comment section below.

Till next week,

Sarah xo

 

 
Beauty Mascara Soap & Glory

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast HD Mascara High Definition Collagen Coat || MagpieMagpie Blog

03/10/2018

I’ve been on the hunt for a new drugstore mascara, of course, didn’t know where to start. At the time it was just after Christmas and there were a few Christmas sets on sale. I’d been thinking of trying a few things from Soap & Glory so when I saw the set was on sale and there was a mascara and an eyeliner in it I was sold!

I ended up not trying the mascara for a few months because I’ve been trying to use up a product before moving onto the next. I’m still going strong with this! I hadn’t heard anything about the Soap & Glory mascara so didn’t know what to expect. As it was a gift set I couldn’t actually see what the wand would be like or the eyeliner, which was funny coz I can be SUPER fuzzy about them. I realise now I could have just gone down to the stand. 

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Basic Bitch Daily Essentials Hair Shampoo & Conditioner

Lee Stafford Sea Salt Shampoo & Conditioner || MagpieMagpie.ie

27/08/2018

We all need some basics in our cardinal and I’ve always said I’m keen to chat with you guys more about my “basic bitch” must haves, so here we go!

First off let me chat you through how I came across this brand. I was on the market for some new shampoo and had no idea where to start. After doing a bit of online research, I got totally overwhelmed by the info so off to Boots I went.

It wasn’t long after quickly scanning the shelves that I noticed chocolate, nothing else mind you, just the words chocolate. Sold!

Alas it was not meant to be as these products didn’t mix well with my hair and I have to say I was devo! So devo that I put it up on my insta stories.

A few hours later and the company got in touch offering to send me replacements, eh winning! I was shocked and so impressed by their genuine want to help me find the perfect products. After a few questions from the Lee Stafford team about my hair I was told a package would be on route.

It didn’t disappoint. My hair has oily roots and for some reason, hates cream products. I actually have a real thing about cream products in general, they just don’t do it for me. Obviously if they smell like chocolate I’ll be blinded by the want ha ha, but usually I steer clear.

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Beauty Festival Vibes Glitter Tribe Jersey CI

Reasons UK – Festival MakeUp Inspo || MagpieMagpie.ie

22/07/2018

Hello lovelies, so this weeks post is a bit different. It’s that time of year again so of course Reasons is on the agenda! This year is no different! As always the excitement is brewing with-in me and of course Pinterest is my go to and with the new changes they’ve put into place, I’ve fallen back in love.

Here’s a quick look at my top festival MakeUp Looks from Pinterest and why!

 

  1. The Sheer Glitter Under Eye:

This is actually tricker to replicate then I thought so bare in mind if you wanna try replicate this you will need time, and a few small makeup brushes. This look has definitely inspired this years Reasons UK MakeUp Look.


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Lifestyle London Travel

London Baby Yeah!!! || MagpieMagpie Travels

03/06/2018

48 Hours in London

As a little surprise for Jarek I decided to book us a little mini break to London. We lived in London years ago but never really got to enjoy it as our work-life balance was horrendous.

The trip was for Jarek’s 33rd Birthday so I thought it would be cute to book it for his 33 1/3 birthday, there is actually an online calculator you can use to figure this out which I thought was quite cool.

I decided to book most all our excursions though 365 Tickets which is actually based in Jersey, it was super quick and easy but you need to be organised! Its best to have a plan and know what dates/times you wanna do things! And the hotel I chose was the Ambassadors Bloomsbury which is located in Euston, a great central location.

I actually don’t enjoy traveling. I love exploring new places and experiencing new cultures, but hate the packing and the getting there. I get very anxious and just don’t enjoy that bit of the journey. This is why I decided to get a late flight on Friday night and stay over at the Bloc Hotel in Gatwick.

It just meant I had time to adjust and would be ready to tackle our first day in London no problem.

The hotel itself is a bit basic. Tiny rooms, very odd bathroom layout, techy, and not very cozy. This didn’t bother me too much as we were just there to sleep. Usually I’d stay at the Premier Inn, but the price of the Bloc Hotel was better and it was something a little bit different.

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We popped over to Cafe Nero (it’s just outside the hotel) and got a quick bite, then off to the Gatwick Express. If I can I always try to get my train tickets at the south terminal coz they have a desk there where you can actually speak to someone. We got a return ticket and off we went.

Breakfast

We arrived at London Victoria and made our way to the tube. We still had our Oyster Cards and I was sure I had some mula on mine so we went straight through. I hadn’t been on the tube in years but it was like riding a bike. We were at Euston station in no time.

Finding the hotel wasn’t too hard but no one seemed to know where it was and we had no WiFi. London has tourist maps all over the place and I have to say they are a GOD send. We used them a number of times! We got to the hotel, left our bags, I decided to change coz it was a scorcher of a day, and off we went to our first destination, Borough Market.

Hotel

We used our oyster cards for getting around, and I made sure to get one of those little tube maps! I love them. I think we spent about £20 getting around just incase you were wondering.

I love me a good market and Jarek loves food so I thought this would be the perfect first spot to have a little wonder about until we could check into our hotel. There was a little fridge in our hotel room so the plan was to stock up, order some bubbles and have a little hotel picnic that night. We decided to have a super chill rest of the day and just enjoy the hotel room and bath! It was so lovely! And exactly what a romantic mini break is all about!

The next day was a busy one, we had lots to pack in! Our first stop was Hay’s Galleria to do a bit of pottering about before we headed to The Shard.

We had a little wonder, took some photos and had an early lunch before heading over to The View From The Shard. I’d booked it for one which was a bit late to be honest, Euston (where we were staying) was the perfect location for the tube and getting around, but I didn’t know how good it would be when I’d booked it so we had a bit of a late start to the day. If I was booking all over again I’d have actually booked the Shard twice, once early about 11 maybe and once later in the night so we could seen the lights and maybe have a few more cocktails! I’d highly recommend The View From The Shard and will for sure be going again! 

Next was The Tower Of London. It’s on the other side so of course we took our chance to check out Tower Bridge too. We really enjoyed The Tower Of London, there was so much to see and do! We both agreed that we could have spent the whole day there exploring, but unfortunately my itinerary didn’t allow that ha ha! I loved seeing the crown jewels and we both really enjoyed the armory, they also had staff dressed up and acting out different scenarios which if we were there all day we could have really enjoyed.

As it was Sunday I thought it might be nice to catch the last mass at St Pauls Cathedral. it’s a Christian faith church just incase you were wondering. I’m not very religious, but its a once in a blue moon opportunity so we thought it might be nice.

The architecture and decore of the Cathedral is just stunning. The next time I’m in London I will be getting a ticket for the whole thing and really exploring. The mass was very nice, but we were so shattered we said we’d head back to the hotel for a nap and a spruce up, then hit Covent Garden for a cocktail. This was the only part of the trip I hadn’t organised, and what a fail!! We ended up just wondering about like idiots and then decided to give up get the bus home (we got a bus right outside the hotel pretty much straight to CG), thankfully on the way back we happened to come across The Delaunay and popped in for a last min cocktail.

Our flight was about four the next day so I had decided to embarrass the anxiety and had book the London Eye for first thing in the morning. It was crazy busy so get in quick if you can. We had to queue to get our tickets and time was stressing me out so we decided to upgrade our ticket and skip the, now massive, queue. It was a very good decision. I think if I was to book this trip again, I’d skip the London Eye and do the Shard twice, but thats just me!

Then a mad dash back to the hotel and off to the airport, we traveled through Gatwick so of course we had to have an early dinner at Jamies! Had to be done ha ha .

I’d taken loads of photos so I hope they give a real feel for what each area was like! I’ve also added in a couple of videos witch I touch would give a better idea of crowds and noise ( this can set off my anxiety sometimes).

BOROUGH MARKET

 

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Lifestyle Mental Health Podcasts

Five Podcasts you need to listen to!

17/04/2018

I was recently given an iPhone by my sister, thanks Gilly. I’m actually not a huge fan of iPhones but my Samsung is getting old so the battery life isn’t great. Anyway long story short I’m starting to see the benifits of them!

I’ve been finding it hard to shut off so tended to listen to music but as my phone would power down quite quick I started using the iPhone more and more.

One day I remembered that Anna  & Lily, a couple of my favourite YouTubers, had a pod cast and got so excited about the fact that I could listen. Welcome the addition of podcasts and number one on my hit list.

1. At Home With…

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I love watching Anna and Lily so I already feel like I have a connection. I was interested to see how they would translate to a podcast. It worked! It’s funny coz I love watching Anna a tiny bit more then Lily, but I thought Lily was great in the podcast! Its funny how that happens!

I enjoyed their guests too! I liked the idea of getting to know inside peoples home too! My favourite episode was Kate Johnsons, I follow her on everything so I was keen to hear her chatting in a casual friend zone.  

Once this podcast was over there was a small hole in my life. I was at a bit of a loss as to what to listen to. Then it got me. Narcissism. This personality trait has been in my life, my whole life , but last year I was ripped apart by it. Because of my own personality I tend to attract narcissistic people and I fall into the same traps over and over again. Research is a great way to get insight and some perspective. Enter my next podcast:

2. Understanding Today’s Narcissist.

UnderstandingTodaysNarcissist

This podcast is a bit heavy and hard going sometimes so unless you’re your actually interested in learning about how to deal with these types of people I’m not sure you’d be too interested in listening. I do think it’s important to know what types of people are out there, but I’m also a true believer in ignorance is bliss! I’ve found it super helpful and insightful. How Christine talks through each stage and traits, really breaks it down. She made it so simple to understand! Her podcast started in 2017 so there are quite a few to get stuck into. It does get SUPER heavy though so, enter my next podcast.

3. Estee Lalonde – The Heart Of It.

EsteeLalonde

Who doesn’t love a bit of Estee?! I was very pleased with myself when I remembered she had a Podcast. I started listening to this around the time of my birthday. It was exactly what I needed! I found it so empowering and uplifting. She talks about her anxiety, beauty, feminism and much more.

I found her honest conversations a pleasure to listen to. If you haven’t listened already you must! You won’t regret it! 

I have no idea how I came across my next Podcast, but I’m glad I did. If you are anything like me you will love. Enter my next Podcast.

4. Self-Helpless .

Self-HelpLess

This is a great one for making you realise that you might be wired, but its ok, we all are. Its great because there are so many of them they kinda chat over each other so it kinda feels like you are listening on a conversation that your not really apart of, but then are. Not sure that makes sense but if you listen you’ll know what I mean! 

They talk about everything, boob jobs, boyfriends, self-help books and much much more! If you are looking for a manic girly chat podcast this is the one for you!!  

After listening to these I was left thinking, “I wonder if there are any Irish people doing blogs, I’d love to hear a voice from home”. Enter my next Podcast.

4. The Furniture Crush.

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How I found this Podcast was a gift from God himself (or herself). I’ve been following Joanne (Kyle Lane) on instagram for ages so when it popped up that she was starting a podcast I was like WHHAAAAT. I couldn’t wait! I think I may have harassed her a teeny tiny bit so I’d know exactly when her first ever podcast was going up!

I was so excited! It came at the best time ever. I have furniture project in mind and I was in dire need of hearing a friendly Irish voice. See, I told you, sent from GOD!!!!

If you are into furniture, it’s a no brainer, subscribe. If you wanna do a bit of home DIY, it’s a no brainer, subscribe. Her Podcast is pretty new so at the moment there are only two but I’m LOVING them!! I’m super excited to paint my piece of furniture. I’m even now on the hunt for some chairs!

Do you follow any podcasts? Any you think I’d like? I’ve kinda become obsessed with PodCasts so leave a comment below with what are listening too!

Till next week

Sarah xo