Product Review; Whiter Teeth at Home

Hey Guys,

So it’s Monday yet again and I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today’s post is about getting whiter teeth at home and of course on a budget!

I am a fanatic about teeth and I am on a mission to improve mine where possible. I am quite self conscious about my own teeth. You may have noticed I don’t always do a big ‘open mouthed’ smile in pictures. This is because I dislike my teeth A LOT. I am in the process of getting invisalign and I will be doing upcoming posts on my own personal experience with them, so watch this space.

As I am currently awaiting my moulds, I don’t think it’s appropriate to get my teeth whitened professionally, as soon they are going to be covered by the retainer. I do however want my teeth as white as they can be for the time being. I find a lot of ‘whitening’ toothpastes don’t actually work. To be honest I don’t think it’s possible to fully achieve the Hollywood smile from at home products especially if you’re a coffee addict like myself. I have however come across a tooth paste that has made my teeth significantly whiter and I would highly recommend it:

Beverly Hills Formula Perfect White

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The only place that I can find this product is Superdrug. I go to the one in The Square, Tallaght. The toothpaste costs about €6.00 but it’s the only toothpaste that has made a real difference without being too abrasive. I have sensitive teeth but it hasn’t impacted me in that aspect at all. It’s great for anyone who doesn’t want to splash out on professional whitening but still wants brighter teeth.

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Be warned the toothpaste comes out black as it contains charcoal to aid in the whitening process. This is normal, don’t feel like there is something wrong with yours!

I hope you’re all having a fabulous Monday and have kicked off the week with a positive attitude 🙂

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

Top 20 under €20

Hey Guys,

Seeing as it’s January and the majority associate this with  being a bit of an anti climax after Christmas and the New Year, I have decided to do a post that is budget friendly and will help cure those January Blues. Most people’s purse strings are a little tighter at this time of year, unless you are one of a lucky few, so it’s always nice to find items that won’t break the bank. Some say not to shop when you’re not feeling the richest, I say be smart about your shopping. A little ‘pick me up’ that won’t hurt the bank balance too much, can be considered a necessity in  my eyes 😉 So here are my Top 20 items that are under €20!

Top 20 Under €20

Turtle Neck €20.00 River Island

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Messenger bag €19.99 Zara

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Rimmed Sunglasses €13.00 River Island

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€19.99 H&M

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€16.50 Forever21

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Image 1 of ASOS Bead Through Stud Earrings

€11.43 ASOS

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Image 3 of New Look Kool Black Patent Flat Loafer Shoes

€18.47 ASOS

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White Blazer €19.50 Missguided

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€17.99 Newlook

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€19.99 H&M

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Skater Dress €16.50 Forever 21

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€14.99 Bershka

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€17.00 Primark

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€18.20 Missguided

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Image 1 of MIXED FABRIC BLOUSE WITH FRONT DETAIL from Zara

Blouse €19.99 Zara

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€14.00 Boohoo

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€17.99 Newlook

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€12.70 Topshop

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€19.50 Missguided

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€14.99 Bershka

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So there you go ladies, proof that you can justify your shopping addiction in January. Happy Shopping 🙂

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

Protect Your Skin Against Winter

Hey Guys,

At the moment the weather here in Ireland is starting to get colder and I have a feeling January is going to be a seriously cold month! This Winter weather can be quite tough on your skin. From the brisk, frosty weather to the harsh wind, our skin really does have to withstand a lot throughout this time. That’s not even including the heating that we are now constantly facing; whether it’s at home, in the office or even in shopping centres and restaurants. Our skin is literally going from one extreme to another. So in order to prevent your skin from getting dried out and over sensitive from the above factors I’ve compiled a list of the best methods to protect your skin throughout the colder months.

Change to Gentle Products: Skin can be more sensitive throughout the colder months and so strong products that are usually fine, can end up irritating it. I have sensitive skin anyway so I look for gentle products all the time. I think swapping a regular toner for a softer alternative can make a huge difference when skin is under added pressure. Instead of using toner, I have now introduced Rosewater and Witch-hazel and I love it. It’s really gentle and doesn’t leave skin feeling raw. The witch hazel also helps prevent breakouts on the skin, which of course is a huge plus! It is available in Boots at the pharmacy counter and it is approx. €4.00.

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Rethink your Moisturizer: I know that people often say that too much moisture can cause spots and breakouts. While this can be the case, skin requires higher levels of moisture during colder periods. In order to prevent any breakouts, think about changing your moisturizer as opposed to over moisturising. One that works well in Spring and Summer may not be sufficient for the harsher Winter months. If your moisturizer is not giving you nivea1what you need, you may find your skin getting dryer. This often leads to people over moisturizing which then causes the breakouts. Instead switch to a stronger oil based option. Always look for ‘non-clogging’ alternatives to avoid pores being well obviously being clogged. Night creams are generally a good option as they create a protective layer around your skin.

Nivea is always one of my favourites as it is so soft and gentle. There are a number of different Nivea moisturizers and night creams IMG_0318available. Have a look at what is the most suitable for your own particular skin type. These products can be picked up in the majority of retailers such as Boots, Debenhams and Tesco, Dunnes etc. Prices vary between €5.00 and €10.00 and it always lasts ages! I also use the Nivea Cleansing Milk as it soothes skin whilst removing the makeup. It costs €6.99 in the majority of retailers too.

 

Avoid hot water on the face: This is true for all year around but particularly relevant for Winter. I am guilty of letting the warm eater hit my face in the shower but I am trying to avoid it now. Warm water dries out your skin and this combined with the false heat also drying it out, will strip essential oils will from your skin. It is also recommended that you apply moisturizer on face and body within two minutes of your shower and it is the most effective time to lock in the moisture.

Add in Oils & Milk: This one is more so for your body as opposed to your face but who doesn’t want soft,Product Image For Grapeseed Massage Base Oil supple skin all year round?! Add in some Olive or Grape seed oil to your shower  as it will help re-hydrate skin. Check out health food stores for these oils, Holland & Barrett stock them for €4.49. Alternatively  pop into your fridge and grab some whole milk to add to your shower. It will have the same effect and leave your skin feeling super soft.

As always the products and methods listed above won’t break the bank. They are all quite reasonable and can be done on a budget as we are not all millionaires who can splash out on expensive beauty products and procedures.

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

Lip Balm Review

Hey Guys,

As you know I love testing out new products and I love, love, LOVE finding a bargain product that actually works great. Who doesn’t want to find something that doesn’t cost a bomb and makes you look and in turn feel good?! Well today’s post is about a new  lip crayon that I’ve been wearing the last few days. It had a lovely finish to it and it made my lips feel really soft and moisturised, which is essential during the Winter months.

I applied this lip crayon the other day before I left for Christmas shopping: IMG_0122 (1)IMG_0126

I only reapplied it once (after food) other than that it survived almost 6 hours, even after grabbing a coffee. Note the lack of smiling and tired eyes after 6 hours of battling through the crowds!

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The good news: the Pure Shine Colour Lip Balm is only €5.00 from Catrice. The colour I wore was 030 Don’t Just Think Pink. I’m not usually a ‘pink’ kind of girl, but I really liked this colour! There are a range of different colours to choose from too though if this one doesn’t float your boat.

 

For such a good price, you can’t really go wrong!

Until Next time My Loves

Z x

 

 

Winter Wish List

Hey Guys,

As always I’ve been shopping online (for Christmas presents I swear!) and I have been oggling over some of the new pieces currently available from my favourite retailers. As always there is a mixture in the price range, meaning they are definitely on my Winter Wish List for this week. They are perfect for your Santa List, wink wink, nudge nudge!

Top 5 on this week’s Winter Wish List:

€60.00 River Island

Image 1 of KG by Kurt Geiger Black Beau Heeled Shoes

€157.57 KG by Kurt Geiger

Image 3 of FUR CLUTCH from Zara

€25.95 Zara

€45.00 Miss Selfridge

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€29.99 Newlook

I’m will be keeping an eye on the latest additions to the highstreet each week and keeping you guys updated in terms of what I am falling in love with 🙂

Happy Shopping My Loves

Z x