Thursday, 16 October 2014

Starting a Skincare Routine | ARK Skincare

Hello everyone!

Let's talk skincare.


At what age should you start to get serious about skincare?

As a 17 year old, the idea of a skincare routine is something I'm gradually starting to develop. I think that really, the sooner you bring one into your daily life the better as your skin will definitely thank you when you're older. As ARK Skincare say, "it's never too early to protect yourself from damage caused by the Sun and environmental factors with powerful antioxidants."

So where do you start?

It's quite easy to get confused about all the steps and which order you're supposed to go about conducting them in and I think that's why a lot of us don't bother with a skincare routine. Me, I used to keep it to a simple wash and moisturise for my slightly drier skin, not thinking about the benefits other products could do because it was all just too much hassle. Sound familiar?

I began experimenting with face masks and exfoliators but still didn't really have a set routine. I started thinking more seriously when the additions of micellar and toner water came into my life and from that point onwards, I was determined to keep up with a regular skincare regime.


What do ARK Skincare offer?

ARK contacted me and offered to send me one of their Age Aware Discovery Collections, to which I of course said yes, what with my newfound interest for all things skincare. The cool thing about ARK is that they gear their products around age groups - Teens to Early 30's are in the Age Prepare category, Mid 30s to 50 are the Age Maintain ladies and the Age Repair products are for those aged 50 and beyond.

I trialled and tested the Age Prepare kit for around a month and now I'm here to pass on my thoughts to you!

What you get:


Four mini sized 30ml tubes - a cleanser, exfoliator, moisturiser and a masque, all housed in a gorgeous wee travel bag. I don't know about you but I kinda love collecting little bags like this so it'll definitely come in handy even when the products are all used up! The packaging is very uniform and classy in all monochrome, so you really feel like you're applying luxury to your skin when you use them. At £28 it does cost a pretty penny but seeing as it's coming up to Christmas time, (yep, I said the 'c' word in October!) I think this would be great for gifting. Possibly even self-gifting!

Here's the order I like to use them in . . .

CLEANSER

I start off with the cleanser in the morning to rid my face of any nasties straight away. This product has a scent I can't quite put my finger on, but I think it's pretty universal in terms of age and gender. I'm not sure how the Age Maintain and Repair stuff smells so I can't say if it's the same or not. What I like about this is that it thoroughly cleanses without being too stripping or astringent, a must for my sensitive skin.

EXFOLIATOR

Next up, I go ahead and exfoliate to really polish and smooth my skin and honestly, this has got to be one of the best exfoliators I've used! It's made up of little exfoliating particles (not sure what they are, but they seem very natural) submerged in a creamy lotion. This ensures that dry skin isn't dried out any further and aids with the smoothing process. I'll usually follow this step by my trusty Simple toner which is packed with vitamins to calm down any rogue pores or blemishes and is something along with the exfoliator I've grown to absolutely love.

MOISTURISER

As I've mentioned, I have dry skin and so moisturiser is the one thing I most definitely can't skip. For a product labelled moisturiser, this one kind of let me down in the moisture stakes. Don't get me wrong, it's not useless, but it just doesn't compare to the Simple one I love and adore. Maybe my standards are too high, but on me, this kind of just sits on the skin rather than fully sinking in. I do think it could be more useful to someone with oilier skin, but for me, not a huge hit.

MASQUE

I do love a good face mask if you didn't know, so I was really excited to try out ARK's take on one. I've been using this about twice a week at night, on Sundays and at some point midweek for that little skin perk up we all need, especially coming into the Autumn and Winter. It applies creamy and thick yet dries down quite sheer and not heavy at all. You can really tell it's done it's job by the 'airbrush effect' you get once you've left it on for ten minutes then soaked it off. Love this!





I hope this has given you a little insight into how I've built my skincare routine up and how you can do the same really easily with this kit. I can definitely notice a difference in the appearance and feel of my skin which I know is down to these products and using them regularly.  It's a shame about the moisturiser but the other three products I'll definitely miss once they've run out! The exfoliator in particular, I can see that being a repurchase in the full size as it's very nearly all gone!

What's your skincare routine?
Have you ever tried ARK Skincare before?


Thanks for reading,
Maeve
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♫ Would I lie to you baby, would I lie to you? 

No, I wouldn't. The ARK Skincare Discovery Collection was sent to me but all opinions are honest and my own.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Weekly Reflect | #8

Hello everyone!

Looking back on it, I had a lovely week! I got lots of work done and even managed to fit in some fun things too. Wanna hear what I got up to?


These paints weren't mine but my friends. I couldn't pass up to opportunity to photograph them though, so beautiful!

This week:


  • . . . I started learning Mandarin! My school recently got a Chinese assistant who's offering once a week, non exam lessons for beginners and they started this week. It's very different to any other language I've learnt before, a little complicated but really interesting so far. Can you speak any foreign languages?
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  • . . . I've been doing lots of art work. I've been drawing and painting hands which are more tricky than they look but I've been really enjoying spending most of my free periods in the art room at school. What kind of art do you like?
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  • . . . I watched the final of The Great British Bake Off and was really pleased with the winner! I was routing for Martha or Chetna to win but when it came down to it, I really believe Nancy deserved to win. What have you been watching on TV?
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  • . . . I went to see Ed Sheeran! Thursday night was the night I'd been counting down the days to for months and it's hard to believe it's over and done with now. This was the second time I'd seen Ed and he didn't disappoint. We were super close to the stage, only about 10 people from the front which made it for the most spectacular night. Saint Raymond was his support band who were actually really good, and he brought a guy from Snow Patrol out to sing Chasing Cars with him during the show. Can't wait for his next tour, I don't wanna miss it! Who's been your favourite singer to see live?


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So that was how my last seven days panned out! 
How was your week?

Thanks for reading,
Maeve
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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

My new Personal Planner | + GIVEAWAY!


Hello everyone!

I'm a notebook person. 

If you don't know what you mean by that, I'll explain . . . I'm the type of person who is always writing lists and jotting things down into the various notebooks I like to collect. While this has it's benefits, (lots of pretty notebooks) it can sometimes leave me a bit all over the place, especially if I'm trying to find something I wrote down and can't remember which one it's in.

When Personal Planner popped an email over my way offering me a gift card, it was like my prayers had been answered. I've been getting a bit more dedicated to my blog and a planner specifically for blogging was the ideal way to get myself organised.


I went for a medium sized planner which I LOVE. It really is just the right size for my handbag if I'm out and about blogging in the library, which seems to be a regular occurrence these days seeing as my laptop is broken!

The best thing is that they're fully customisable, everything from the cover to the page layouts, meaning you can really make the whole thing your own. 


Not only do you get the planner itself but also a clip in ruler, clear plastic pocket and a very handy elastic to keep your pages together or mark a page.

If you're lucky enough to be invited to blog events and press days, there's the overview at the back so you'll never miss a date!


Liking the sound of this?

How would you like to win one?

Yep, that's right! I'm so excited to be holding a giveaway, I've always wanted to be able to give a little something back to you guys for being so lovely. 



The DETAILS

- You will win a gift voucher to use on the Personal Planner website to use on a planner of any size - it's completely up to you!

- Personal Planner ship worldwide, so yes, this is an international giveaway!




How do you get organised?

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Good luck!

Thanks for reading,
Maeve
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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Beauty Products I Wish Existed

Hello everyone!

A lot of the time my thoughts are filled with cats, cats and more cats but sometimes I do wonder about beauty products. Being a beauty blogger, they do cross my mind from time to time y'know. I often think to myself, "Why hasn't someone invented ____ before?" and I've realised this thought occurs quite a lot. Then I thought I should probably write these products down and here I am, pitching them to you Dragon's Den style! Well not really, but here are the beauty products I wish existed and am quite frankly baffled why they don't.



Fake Pale

I'm pale and I like to embrace that. 
Fake tan has never really appealed to me - it seems like a lot of hassle and the streaks and patchiness have always put me off. Not to mention the fact that any kind of orange would look odd next to my ghostly face so I just never bothered. I dabbled with Sally Hansen's Airbrush legs for a bit but really that was only because I wanted an even skin tone for my legs, not to add any colour. 
My idea is fake pale. It does what it says on the tin, evens out your paleness and calms down any redness you may have. I know I have. It's a bit annoying there's no such thing for us Casper's but fingers crossed some genius will invent it for us soon!

Bottom Lash Curlers

I did a bit of research to see if these were available. Apparently Sephora did them but I can't find them, only a bunch of bad reviews so I'm guessing they got discontinued. 
I curl my top lashes everyday - it's gotten to the point it feels wrong if I ever forget to - and can't help but wonder if curling my bottom lashes would make a difference. Bottom lash curlers aren't a product I need, but they are one I'd be damn curious to try, wouldn't you? 

Mark Resistant Foundation

Glasses wearers will know my problem when I say 'glasses marks'. It wouldn't be so much of a problem if I was wearing my glasses all day but I only need them for seeing in the distance. When I take them off, I'm left with two marks near my nose where my foundation has rubbed off as a result of my glasses sitting on them! It's the same with sunglasses, I've been that person on a few occassions where I don't take them off indoors and you know why? Because of the glasses marks!
Beauty industry, I put it to you, please make a foundation that is resistant to such marks and for the sake of human kind, make it affordable.

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Phew, I feel like I've just got a lot off my chest. 
I'm sure if I put my mind to it could think of more but I'll just leave it at three for now. 

Are there any other 'things I wish existed' posts you'd like to see?
Clothing items, everyday things, gadgets? I could get to thinking and make this a series!

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Can you think of any beauty products you wish existed?

Thanks for reading,
Maeve
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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Weekly Reflect | #7

Hello everyone!

What a week - the UK nearly lost Scotland! I'm not Scottish nor am I politically minded but I think it's a good thing the majority voted 'no'. No matter what outcome you would've preferred, I think it's really cool that we got to live through this important moment in history. It's the kind of thing my children will ask me about when I'm older, and that to me is exciting.



This week:


  • . . . I'm back in the swing of things regarding school work again and the homework is gradually building up. I know I'll probably miss school when I leave at the end of this year but right now I can't wait to!
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  • . . . Very sadly, a teacher in my school passed away this week as well as a boy in my class' dad. You could feel everybody's mood was down throughout the week and I went to the funeral which was really emotional. I found Lily's post on coping with death extremely thought-provoking and poignant this week.
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  • . . . On a lighter note, we went out for dinner last night to wish my sister farewell as she's left to go back to uni again today. I had biancaneve pizza then peach melba three ways for dessert, both of which were absolutely delicious. I will of course miss my sister when she's away, but getting the bedroom we share all to myself is a benefit!
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  • . . . Something lovely about this week was the collaging I did in art. We have to make a notebook and I had a great time filling in my background with different magazine ripped images. I also went into The Works and picked up some crafty bits and bobs to add to it. Notebooking is such a nice way to spend time getting creative!


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So that was how my last seven days panned out! 
How was your week?

Thanks for reading,
Maeve
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