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Catastrophe Cosmetic Review

Since my journey towards a minimalist lifestyle began, I have slowly but surely been getting through a lot of my beauty products. Recently, I eventually used up a few of my Lush products and realised that I could recycle the pots in-store and receive a free face mask in the process. Huzzah!

I had heard great things about the Catastrophe Cosmetic fresh face mask and was excited to try it out. The first thing I noticed about it was the sweet smell. It smells wonderful. So fresh & fruity! Blueberries are one of the main ingredients in this face mask and they give it a really nice scent, as well as a light blue colour. The main ingredients are talc, Irish moss, blueberries, glycerine and almond oil. This face mask is used to calm and soothe the skin when disaster/breakouts strike!

The blueberries act as a natural antioxidant and the face mask also contains a mixture of vitamins and minerals that soothe any inflammation, as well as acting as a mild antiseptic to help heal the skin. It is important to remember to keep your Lush face mask in the fridge, as this will help to preserve the natural ingredients and also creates a cooling effect when applied on to the skin.

Bliss! 

The fresh face masks only last a short period of time (approx 3-4 weeks) but you’ll get at least three uses out of each tub. A fun way to use it up, is to invite a friend around and have a pamper session! Make sure to apply the product generously to your face and neck, then sit back and relax.

Size & Price of Product:

This tub is 75g and retails at approx €8 or more, I believe.

Pro’s of the Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask:

  • It smells like heaven!
  • It feels lovely when applied on to the skin.
  • Reduces redness and soothes irritation.
  • Leaves me skin feeling fresh, clean & calm.

Con’s of the Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask:

  • The fresh face masks only last for a short period of time.

Are Lush products cruelty free?

Yes, they are 100% cruelty free!

Where can I buy this product?

At Lush stores nationwide!

How meditation is helping me overcome my anxiety.

If you’ve been a long time reader/viewer of mine, you know of my struggles with anxiety. To be honest, I can’t remember when my issues with anxiety arose. It may have developed in my teen years or maybe, it was always there? Lingering in the background like Pennywise the clown, waiting to scare the shit out of me at any given moment! As funny as it may sound, that’s actually quite an accurate description of what anxiety has felt like for me over the past few years. A scary, threatening entity that is always waiting to pounce.

I have read countless self-help books in order to learn the magical cure to ridding myself of this looming feeling. Nothing has worked for me, no matter how practical the advice. Not because the advice wasn’t helpful, but because I wasn’t open to receiving the information. That’s what anxiety does to us, it doesn’t let us see past our own fear.

Recently, I have discovered minimalism. Minimalism is a lifestyle that allows us to focus on the important aspects of our lives by ridding ourselves of the excess and zoning in on what is important to us. By using minimalism as a tool to de-clutter both my outer and inner space, I have been able to prioritise what my needs are. In doing this, I realised that I never gave my thinking mind a rest. It was constantly running like an engine getting ready to finally burn out. Instead of listening to my inner thoughts, I hid from them. I kept pushing them down further and further until they were muffled cries beneath the surface. But you know what happens to suppressed emotions? They take physical form, they infiltrate our bodies and kick us when we’re down, making us sick and run-down.

I noticed that by not dealing with my stress, I was making myself physically unwell. My immune system was shot,  I caught every bug and flu going, not to mention the fact that I was constantly tired and irritable. I was always snapping at my loved ones for no reason at all. The most ironic thing of all, was that I was completely blind to the fact that I was the one causing this anguish within myself. I blamed it on the bad weather, a shift in temperature or not using hand sanitizer at ever opportunity. I had became so used to feeling anxious, I had made it apart of my physical make up.

I decided to begin a journey to self discovery a long time ago, but only this year have I really taken it seriously. A part of that journey was to give meditation a try. I have used guided meditations in the past to help me sleep, but I had never used them purely to calm my mind during the day-time. It might not sound like there is much of a difference between those two instances but I can assure you, there is.

Since January of this year, I’ve been using the Calm meditation app (not sponsored, just FYI!) and it has allowed me to stay accountable and consistent with my practice. It tracks each meditation on a calendar and helps you to focus on specific areas of your life that need healing. There are guided meditations for all sorts of things, such as stress, anxiety, gratitude and self-love, to name but a few. I have discovered that sitting with my thoughts isn’t this big scary thing I’ve made it out to be, it’s actually very interesting. Meditation is teaching me to hear what my thinking-mind has to say and what it worries about. However, the most important part of my meditation practice comes in the form of what is known as, noting. In layman’s terms, noting is essentially the practice of simply acknowledging a thought and letting it pass by without judgement.

The simple act of recognising our thoughts and not getting wrapped up in them, is quite transformative. In fact, it’s the opposite of anxious thought! Anxiety makes us over-think and over-analyse our thoughts to the point of exhaustion. Taking in to consideration that humans think up to 50,000 – 70,000 thoughts per day, that’s a heck of a lot of worrying to get through on a daily basis. By implementing mindfulness into our lives, we are giving ourselves a break from this chaotic way of thinking. Believe me, it isn’t always easy to do this but as the famous saying goes, practice makes perfect.

Meditation is something I would recommend to everyone. It is not something that only the most enlightened individuals can do, it is something everyone can practice and benefit from. Living in the modern world is not always easy, it can be overwhelming to say the least. Meditation gives us space to de-clutter our minds from what is going on in the physical world and helps us to regenerate feelings of calm, compassion and stillness. If we can begin to use meditation as a tool, it can be life-changing. If you think meditation is just some wishy-washey bull-crap, you’re not alone. However, science is on meditation’s side!

According to studies, research shows that after eight-weeks, it is possible to shrink the brain’s “flight or fight” response. If you would like more information on the benefits of mediation, Forbes recently posted a great article about 7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change the Brain.

In order to avail of the benefits of mediation, you don’t need to do anything fancy. Just start off small, even five minutes of meditation a day can do wonders for a person. I would suggest using an app to track your progress and help you ease yourself into a regular practice. Alternatively, there are thousands of wonderful guided and un-guided meditations on YouTube. My favourite meditation channel is The Honest Guys youtube channel, it’s full of beautiful, free meditations. There is something for everyone on their channel, I highly recommend it.

Meditation is helping me to understand my myself, listen to by body and not judge every single though that goes through my mind. Meditation is a rest period and a time heal. Honestly, I feel like I have discovered something that is so helpful, in some many ways, that I want to shout it from the rooftops so everyone else can know about it. Meditation is a practice, it takes time and time is our most precious gift. I think it is important to make time for ourselves no matter how busy our lives may be. Meditation is a way to give back to ourselves and to get to know ourselves as human beings. Like any new venture, the hardest part is getting started.

Once you open your mind to the prospect of mediation, it can be truly wonderful.

Warhol’s, Banksy’s & Robots!

This Tuesday, both my boyfriend & I traveled to Dublin, to feast our eyes on the Andy Warhol & Banky collections that were being displayed at Gormley’s Fine Art, on South Fredrick Street. I have actually witnessed a Banksy original when I was in Brighton a few years ago (It was the famous image of the police men kissing). His work is eye-opening and has really influenced me and many people I know. Warhol is also someone who’s work I admire. I love the bright colours he uses in his imagery and how he both mocks and enjoys pop culture in a humorous way.

The exhibition is completely free and is worth a look if you are a fan of  Banksy and/or Warhol. It also hosts artwork from other contemporary artists such as Bambi, Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst.

Afterwards, we walked over to the Science Gallery at Trinity College. I love popping in to see what cool and interesting exhibitions they have on. The most recent exhibition is called Humans Need Not Apply and speaks about the immense possibility of machine ruling man, in the future.

In the modern day world, our smart phones have almost become apart of our person and some of us even suffer from withdrawal when we are away from our phones for too long.

It begs the question, do we control technology or does technology control us?

One of my favourite aspects of the exhibition, was the Doppelgänger robot. Once you stood in front of the robot, it was able to mimic your actions and follow your bodily movements. It creates a strange connection between human and robot, much like the rest of the exhibits at the gallery. The most eerie aspect of the exhibition for me, was the talking typewriters.

The reason I found it so unnerving was because the typewriters were having a conversation all by themselves, without the need for a human controlling the situation. It makes you wonder, does our technology really need us tell it what to do? Or, does it already know what it wants to do/say?

The Science Gallery is a fantastic place to visit and is perfect for a family day out or as a way to broaden your thinking. A lot of the exhibits are interactive and allow you to get involved in the science behind the message they are designed to deliver. Check out Science Gallery for more info.

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Nia Calendula and Orange Blossom Cleansing Balm Review

A good cleanser is hard to find, especially when you have sensitive skin. I have tried many different types of cleansers over the years, but this is the first time I have ever used a cleansing balm. The Calendula and Orange Blossom Cleansing Balm by Nia, has quickly become one of my beauty routine staples. I came across this little gem at the Irish Beauty Blog Awards.

It was apart of the goodie bag I received at the event and I was pleasantly surprised to see that Nia was in fact an Irish brand! You’ll also be delighted to know, they are natural & cruelty free.

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The product itself is creamy and has barely any scent. To use it, I apply a small amount to my face by allowing some of the balm to melt between my hands, by rubbing them together. Then, I massage the product in to my skin and wipe away the excess with damp towel or face cloth. It leaves my skin feeling clean, soft and hydrated. I would highly recommend this product to anyone with sensitive skin, as it is so gentle to use. Sometimes, cleansers can strip away a lot of our naturals oils from our skin but this balm leaves my skin feeling calm and invigorated.

Size & Price of Product:

This tub is 100ml and costs €19.95. It comes with a face cloth and a small wooden scoop.

Pro’s of the Calendula and Orange Blossom Cleansing Balm:

  • It’s soft and gentle on the skin.
  • It melts away makeup and dirt easily.
  • It makes my skin feel silky & soft after I use it.
  • The tub is a decent size and is lasting me ages, even with daily usage.

Con’s of the Calendula and Orange Blossom Cleansing Balm:

  • To be honest, I have no complaints!

Are Nia products cruelty free?

Yes, absolutely and are completely natural!

Where can I buy this product?

You can purchase it on the Nia website or from stockists nationwide!

XO

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Erika Jayne is helping me to discover my inner goddess!

I’m not sure if you know this about me but, I really enjoy reality television.

One of my favourite reality TV stars is Erika Girardi AKA Erika Jayne. Who features on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. At first glance, people are usually too quick to judge Erika. Lumping her in with other reality stars and assuming she has nothing of interest to say.

They couldn’t be more wrong.

Erika Jayne is the fabulous alter-ego and stage persona of Erika Girardi. She’s a Mom, a singer and a all-round entertainer, who exudes confidence and a youthful playfulness. Erika acknowledges that as people, we are layered, we are many different things, to ourselves and others, all at once.

In a recent interview with Nylon, she stated, “No one is one way all the time. No one is buttoned up all the time and no one is wild all the time. There are different parts to your personality, different layers – and that’s really what Erika Jayne is, another layer to a human being.”

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Source: Nylon

Watching Erika on RHOBH has made me realize how important it is first and foremost, to be true to ourselves and secondly, to live a unapologetically authentic life. What I love about Erika, is that she doesn’t give a sh*t what other people think about her. This is made very clear in her popular, hit single How Many F**ks? and in her take-no-crap attitude.

I think it’s clear by now, that Erika Jayne represents something for me. She represents the opportunity to embrace self-love, instead of running away from it in fear of coming across as vain. She once said “I want to represent freedom; the courage to be yourself and to know you are perfect just the way you were meant to be.” Self-love is defined as regard for one’s own well-being and happiness. I think Erika sets a precedent for importance of feeling good about oneself, standing up for yourself and becoming the best version of you that you can be.

It might sound somewhat superficial, but when I listen to Erika’s music I often imagine myself being the most confident me I can be. I imagine myself in full-glam, wearing something fabulous and feeling great. The type of music that makes you feel confident and sexy, is referred to as mood music. It makes you feel something, it creates an experience, not unlike positive self-talk or developing a confidence habit.

I often use her music and the music of other, similar artists, to do this. I look at it the same way I look at my other self-care practices, such as yoga or meditation. It creates a mind/body connection and it helps me see myself in a more positive light. It allows me to understand that I can evoke the same feeling about myself at anytime, if need or want to.

This is not to say that Erika or I think that self-confidence should only come from what we see on the outside, quite the contrary. It’s incredibly important to work on how you feel on the inside. However, I do think that the two can go hand-in-hand sometimes. I think the author Roald Dahl said it best when he said “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” 

If by any chance Erika Jayne ever happens to read this, I would like to say…

YASSS KWEEN, I LOVE YOU! SLAYYYYYYYYY!

And also, thank you. Thank you for helping me explore my own inner Erika Jayne.

It’s liberating!

Check out Erika Jayne on Instagram, YouTube & Twitter.

XO