Friday, 25 April 2014

Beauty Ramblings

I hope you are well and feeling fine!  My skin these days has finally started looking radiant and smooth and youthful (can I say that? even though im 27 in a few weeks? *eiiieh*.  So I thought id have a little update on my skin routine and some new beauty products i’ve tried that have helped me love my skin again.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014


Friday was one of those days that i felt like i could take on the world! I had 13 hours sleep in me so i felt amazing for the first time in with 6-7 hours sleep and i feel yawny (if thats a word??).

Monday, 3 February 2014

Max factor 3in1 foundation: Review

So it was quite a busy month for me in January, which is why i haven't been posting much...where does the time go?  Usually i am unwinding from the hustle and bustle of the festive season and am pretty much a bore...i haven't even done that much sale grabbing (yes... i am ashamed).  There has been so much on and so much still to come so I am looking forward to 2014!!

I am always jumping back and forth between foundations, i love Estee lauder but it is quite on the pricey side so il switch them up a bit to make my absolute favourite ones last that little bit longer.  Here is my view on the Max Factor Face Finity 3 in 1 foundation...

Friday, 17 January 2014

Beauty secrets: Clear up your skin with Vitiman d!


Hey lovelies! I wanted to share my story with you all and i hope i can help anyone who suffers from bad skin, because well...i feel your pain!

The beginning of a positive result...

So we all know that acne in any form but especially adult acne is a real pain in the ass and we try everything possible to clear it up, like changing your diet to remove diary products, changing our skin routine 20 million times, not touching our face etc etc.  I will tell you i am now an expert in acne...yip i have truly tried everything under the sun(which will be very important in this story) and for 2 years there were times my skin cleared up but it came back again and again.

It really got me down, i felt paranoid and depressed i didnt enjoy putting my makeup on anymore. I tried all the above thst i said and more. I finally went to the doctors, i didnt go at first because every blog or piece i read everyone says the docotrs give you something and it works for a while but again comes crawling back.. so they gave me benyzol cream to apply at night for 5 weeks and it did help even from the first use.  While i was at the docs i asked for a pollycystic ovaries test and a vitiman D deficiancy test as i had read about the fact that obviously hormones are a big cause but also i realised when i go away on holiday my skin clears up.

Lightbulb moment!

I started researching this and found only a few but similar problems people where having all saying the exact same thing as me. I came across a link that said "how i cleared up my skin in 2 months this really works".  It was a girl saying she ended up getting vitiman D supplements after trying everything else and within 2 months her skin was nearly back to normal.

I got my tests back from the doc a week later and i was boarder line vitamin d deficient so i went to holland and barratt and got some vitiman d supplements in 1000iu/25ug as i needed at least that as we can get up to 5000iu from only 15 minutes in the sun.  Plus i didnt want to high a dose as you can toxify yourself if you do too much so do be careful.

This along with using dead sea black mud mask soap and a muslin cloth was beginning to look like a good combination.

The result

I am so over the moon with how this small tiny pill has helped my skin after nothing working for me...afterall we dont get much sun on this rainy little island plus u work then u come home so its pale city all the way.
I still have some scarring which is gradually getting better plus i had to learn not to squeeze (sometimes it just helps with the soreness) as it leaves scars SO DONT PICK!

I am not an expert and what works for me may not work for some people but if you are at a loss then do give this a try and let me know how it works for you!  Are there any other tips that worked for you? let me know in the comments!

Catriona x

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Winter Stripes

Hello beautiful people! I am soooooo cold right now.  We went to view a house today and where a little early so stopped off at one of Belfast's popular points Belfast Castle and i just can not get heat back into my body.  Its stunning, the view the grounds the castle itself but my dear frozen bum cheeks it was cold.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

2013 favourites

So its a new year and time for some new posts! I wanted to do a 2013 Favourites, i decided to only choose a few products because i would be here all day if i kept going! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas too, i had a fab time over in England with my fiancés family! We ended up doing a lot of travelling about going to Liverpool and Nottingham visiting more family, it was fun! If you haven't seen my Travel style tag you can here and see what i packed!

So anyway, here are my favourites for last year, and ok most where actually Christmas presents (im sorry for cheating a little) but i actually they are my favourite things at the minute!

1. Rihanna Perfume- This was a gift and has vanilla in it so i was sold right kind of smells like chanel so its like designer perfume only a lot cheaper!

2. Smashbox Halo long wear blush, In Bloom- This is a loose blusher and is a gorgeous colour for the cheeks, it has that perfect rosey glow and does last!

3. Smashbox photo finish Primer- this was recommended to me by a friend and i went in to try it i fell in love, it is like a gel but once you rub it in it is so silky smooth and keeps my makeup sitting perfect all day and smells good too, i would recommend this product if you are looking for a good primer!

4. Barry M Raspberry nail paint- I LOVE this colour! it is the ultimate red berry nail paint and with be nice any time of year but i loved it for i got the last one Woohoo!

5. Becca shimmering skin perfector- I love contouring and highlighting i think it is as great trick and really enhances and hides your worst and best features, this highlighter is beautiful and just give the right amount of shimmer for under my makeup! i apply it to middle of my forehead and along my nose and under my eyes!

6. Max Factor 3 in 1 foundation- This is like a more on a budget version of Estee Lauder double wear foundation, it stays on pretty well i must say dahling...coz you can still be fancy you know!? I wear it to work so i dont go through my double wear as quick and the shades are nice aswell they don't have too much to choose from but i think you would easy find one to suit your skin!

7. Creamy coconut moisturiser M&S- I always use my tinted moisturiser but sometimes if i want to give it a break and rock the pale look and this smells good and feels good...just all of the above!

i wanted to add a few extras of what i love at the minute, i got these post cards for Christmas and they are all vintage and recent covers of Vogue! i was so pleased to be given these as a gift, i picked out my favourites and put them in a frame to hang on our living room wall.

I just through in the little handwarmer because, well its just cute!

Hope you enjoyed these favourites! tell me if you have tried any of these products in the comments!

Love you all!

Catriona x

Friday, 3 January 2014

New year new me

Pictures: Pinterest

2013 is officially over, i have to say i learned a lot in the last year.  I always make my resolution to be that of some inner serenity and try to be a better person to get to know myself more.  I don't know if a lot of you are like me but sometimes i don't feel like i really know who i am and i am constantly searching.  I think 2013 was the year for that...offcourse i am still discovering and learning new things every day we don't ever stop, but i feel that little bit more comfortable and confident with the person and woman i am.

I have made some amazing memory's!

Going to Amsterdam in March was one of the many places i want to see in this beautiful world! i enjoyed every minute of it and got to experience another culture and see some amazing places!
Seeing Beyoncé was just surreal i have always wanted to see her live and i finally did, she is my all time biggest inspiration as a woman and she makes some damn good music too!

I got to go on a few holidays last year which, i truly appreciate because well money is a luxury wouldnt you agree?... including 2 weeks in the sun in Olu Deniz (which hel0ed make me feel refeshed and like a new person) and going on many trips around our little island which is one of my favourite things.  Ireland is a stunning place with some beautiful people and is truly underestimated!

Giving it another go on my blog, it could come down to the fact that like i said i didnt know who i was or what i wanted to really talk about or share with who ever came across my blabbering ha! But its something i really enjoy doing and only if i had more time to give it my full attention i would be posting every day...but really blogging is an amazing thing and i want to thank everyone who takes the time to read and comment for all the love and support! It makes me smile when i read everyones lovely thoughts and so many compliments! so THANK YOU!

The first official blog post for Lipstick and Polkadots will be up tomorrow so stay tuned!

I hope you had a great new year and i look forward to reading all your comments and your blog posts for whats to come!

Catriona x