Teenage Skincare Routine ♡

I don’t have the best skin, so I’m definitely not claiming to be an expect about skincare and how to get perfect skin, because mine is far from perfect. This is just a little routine of what I do nightly to my face. I’ve included pictures of all the products below and if you want any more information about any of them, ask in the comments.

I start by taking off any makeup I had on during the day. To do this I use to Garnier Micellar water on a cotton pad. It says that you don’t need to rinse this off your face but I do it anyway. Then I wash my face with warm water.

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Next comes toner. I’ve used this one for years and it’s basically just a mixture of Witchhazel and Rosewater which is excellent for drying up spots and it smells really good too. I put that on a cotton pad and put it all over my face.

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After that I use a spot cream on any blemishes I have. I use a cream called Duac which I find really good, but you can use any spot treatment that works for you. I put a tiny bit of that directly on any spots and let it dry in.

After that’s dried in I use a Simple moisturiser. I have quite sensitive skin and moisturisers that are too heavy, can make me break out. Simple is really soft and light. I put that all over again.

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I like to do a face mask once a week if I can. This one is my favourite and it’s the Mask of Magnaminty from Lush. Everyone raves about this mask and I know why now because it’s amazing.

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It’s possibly one of my favourite smells ever and it makes my skin feel so smooth and hydrated.

Apply a layer of it all over your face and leave it for about 10-15 minutes. Then wash it off with warm water and voila. I highly highly recommend this mask for anyone who has slightly oily or acne prone skin.

Thats basically it! My other tips for keeping your skin as clear as possible is drinking lots of water, trying to avoid touching your face at all and ALWAYS remove your makeup before you go to bed. Other than that, being a teenager usually comes with a little bit of acne. It’s totally normal to get a few spots here and there and it’s not the end of the world. Just take care of your skin and wait out the pesky teenage skin days.

Let me know some of your skin tips! See you soon,

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Cute Bedroom/Homeware Accessories ♡

Hi everyone!

Sorry I had a little break this week, I’ve just been really busy with school and some other things. Anyways, I went to Pennys yesterday and had a look in their homeware section. I absolutely love finding little things to put in my bedroom, or little decorations for around the house. I found some really cute ones yesterday, so I thought I’d write up a little bit about how I’ve used them, and how to make your bedroom look more put together.

 

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This is my windowsill. I’ve decorated it with candles and some tiny fake plants which I think add colour and just make it look really cool.

 

I got these little plants in Pennys for only €2 each.

 

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I got this candle too, which smells amazing. It’s Clementine and Honey scented but Pennys have such a huge range of candles. I’m a candle addict, but I’m quite fussy when it comes to smells, theres a lot I don’t like. This one is light but sweet and it’s delicious.

 

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This is my bookshelf, and I like to display my books like this, so you can see them all. I think bookshelves always look nice in a room. I think I got my one from Ikea. The “A” candle I got from Asda, and they came in every letter.

 

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There’s something nice too, about displaying music. I think it makes a room more personalised. Here are just some CD’s that I have displayed on my bookshelf.

 

There are so many ways you can add colour and character to your room. Some other things that I love are fairy lights, photos of family and friends, a bulletin board which you can stick things onto, like old concert tickets or to-do lists.

I’d also like to apologise for the crappiness of these photos, I wasn’t able to take any before it got dark, so I had to make do with the flash. I hope you all have a lovely Sunday and a good week. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you’re up to!

 

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Soft and Simple Eyeshadow Look ♡

Happy Sunday everyone 🙂

This is the very first makeup tutorial I’ve done and I’m WELL aware that it’s not perfect or professional in any way. However, if you like it and you’d like to see more tutorials like it, comment below and let me know!

I used my Morphe 35T palette for this look, and these shades are the ones I used.

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To prime my eyes, I used a cream concealer all over the lid and above my brows. I blended that all in with a beauty blender and then set it with powder.

First I took the two taupey brown shades (left) and put them in my crease. Blend them really well so as not to leave any harsh marks.

Then I took the orangey gold colour (bottom) and applied that over the other two crease colours. Blend again.

Then I took the light pinky toned sparkle shadow and applied that all over my eyelid. Taking the NYX jumbo eye pencil in the shade Milk (which is just plain white) I spread that all over my lid. This is just a base to make my pigment stick better. I used my NYX pigment  in “Diamonds” all over my lid. I finished it with some straight winged liner and the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara! And Voila!

 

 

 

And that’s it! If you want to get yourself a Morphe palette heres the link to their website…

https://www.morphebrushes.com/search?type=product&q=35+T+palette

Have a lovely week

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Mini NYX makeup haul

Hey everyone!

Last week I went to Dublin with my mom and my sister on a little post Christmas shopping trip, to try and grab some of what was left of the sales. Liffey Valley, the shopping centre we went to, recently got an NYX counter, which is full of gorgeous NYX products. NYX is one of my favourite makeup brands, even though my nearest shop that stocks NYX is minuscule compared to this huge counter. I managed to narrow down my purchases and I came out with 4 things.
I thought I’d leave this post a few days so I could try out the products and give a really detailed and honest review of them. So here you go!

 

 

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Pore Filler primer

I was so confused by this product. I expected a much creamier, moisturiser like consistency, like most primers are, but this is so weird! It’s got an almost chalky/satiny like feel to it. I focused it mainly on the centre of my face, where my pores are most visible and I love the way it made my foundation look. I also think my makeup stays on way longer because of this. If you have slightly oily skin like I do, I would recommend highly, however it is VERY mattifying so if you have dry skin you might not like this.

 

 

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Liquid Suede Lipstick- 03 Sandstorm

I walked out of the shop with 30 swatches on my hand trying to find the perfect colour and I got damn near close to it with this one. I love this colour so much. I’d heard good things about the Liquid Suede lipsticks. They go on really nicely, and dry matte which I love. They don’t dry out your lips and are super easy to apply.

 

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the NYX Wonderstick

This is so cool. I’m not a huge fan of cream contour but I tried this out anyway and it’s so easy to blend and it comes out really nice. If anything, I like it apply it underneath my powder contour and it makes it look really nice. The other side of the stick, is a cream highlighter stick, which isn’t very pigmented but the contour side makes up for it.

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Pigment- Diamonds

I couldn’t help myself with this one! I have had a bit of a love affair with glitter recently (refer to Glitterbug> https://alanathropology.wordpress.com/2016/11/02/glitter-bug/ ). This shade is like a white/silver colour and its shimmery and sparkly and all things beautiful. I want all the colours now!

 

Have you tried any amazing NYX products? Let me know what they are!

 

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My Favourite Beauty Youtubers

Hi lovely people!

I was blown away by the support on my previous post, about the lessons 2016 taught me. Nothing makes me happier than feeling like I’ve connected with someone through something I’ve written or said.

So thank you for that 🙂 a big cyber hug.

 

Anyways, over the Christmas Holidays I’ve been watching a lot of makeup tutorials. I feel like the more videos I watch of people contouring and highlighting their face the better it will make me at doing my own.
So I decided to give some of my faves a shoutout, and let more people know how fantastic they are. If you’re looking for tips or advice about anything beauty related you’ll surely find it on these fabulous people’s channels.
Just a disclaimer, this list isn’t in order of best to worst. I love them all.

 

James Charles
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James is a 17 year old self taught makeup artist who makes the most beautiful videos in which he creates looks a makeup lover could only dream of doing. He’s extremely talented and only a few months ago he became the first ever male Covergirl. I’ve been following him for a while and I was super proud of him when I heard of his huge achievement. He’s magnificent, go check him out.

 

Carli Bybel
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If you watch any makeup tutorials at all, you’ve probably heard of her already. Carli is gorgeous and her makeup looks have me swooning every time.

 

Zoella
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It’s not really a secret how much I love Zoe and all she does, but her beauty videos are so helpful too. There are so many things in my makeup drawer that I’ve been convinced to buy because I’ve seen it in one of her favourites videos. She’s the queen of Youtube in my opinion.

 

Tanya Burr
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All of Tanya’s videos are so lovely to watch but her beauty videos are especially nice. There’s something about her voice that is so nice to listen to and I find her videos so relaxing. She’s such a beauty too.
Lauren Curtis
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Her makeup tutorials have actually taught me so much. Just thank you Lauren Curtis.

Sophia Mitchell
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A shoutout to an Irish youtuber! Although she doesn’t need it, she’s blowing up all on her own. And no surprise because her makeup tutorials are really fab.
Claudia Sulewski
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I know majority of Claudia’s videos aren’t makeup videos but I just love love love her channel. You can tell she really puts effort into editing her videos. Her tutorials are really great.
That’s it! Let me know some of your favourite beauty youtubers are in the comments below.
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Things I learned in 2016…

2016 was a year that was both really shit and really important at the same time.

Earlier this year, when I was moaning about not having the glamorous summer that all my friends seemed to be having, my friend said this to me;
“Maybe this summer wasn’t what you wanted, but maybe it was what you needed”.
I think the same goes for 2016. While I look back on it and see the negatives, the lack of progression and the rocky moments, I have to remind myself that everything happens for a reason, and while right now the reason might not be clear, it will be eventually.
In 2016, I learned a lot of things.

 

1. Not everyone is your friend
Having friends is an amazing thing. Especially when you have friends that you’re as close to as I am with my best friends. I don’t know who I am without them in my life. I think because I trust them so much, it’s hard for me to believe that anyone else is anything other than completely genuine. This year taught me that sometimes, people are fake, and aren’t nice and theres not really anything you can do about it except move on.

2. How to survive in a workplace
I got my first job this year, as a waitress in a local restaurant. It was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done walking in there on my first day. But I did it and I’m proud of myself for that. Surviving as a young person in a workplace environment can be hard. Everyone seems so much older and more experienced than you. The confidence needed to succeed really just comes with time. Everything is trial and error and its okay to mess up.

 

3. The value of money

I worked in the restaurant for most of the summer and earned a steady wage every weekend. When I stopped working there, the lack of cash flow was devastating. I still miss the money that I used to have, which has made me even better at money management and finding bargains.

 

 

4. That comfort zones sometimes need to be stepped over
I did a lot of things this year that put me way outside my comfort zone. Some of the things, I wouldn’t have dreamed of doing the year before, but they ended up being the things I remember the most.

 

5. That hard work pays off

Putting in work at things that you really want to succeed with, does pay off. Who woulda thought???

 

6. You can wear WHATEVER you like
I love fashion so much. It’s something I’ve always found comfort in. But for a lot of my life, I’ve had the mindset a lot of girls do, that I “can’t” wear a certain outfit or piece of clothing because my body isn’t right for it. I’ve got a very small frame, and often look too short and lost in many items that I love. I was so tired of hearing my friends say, “oh i could never wear that!”. So I started reminding myself, that fashion has no rules. You can wear whatever you like. I promise, if you start doing this tomorrow, you will feel so much better about whatever you wear.

 

7. Appreciate the little things
This is a lesson we all need, every now and then. In 2016, I did this a lot. Whether it’s a song, a really soft jumper, a phone call from a friend, a movie, a new TV show, a blog WHATEVER. Find little things that make you happy.

 

8. Blogging is as fun as it looks
I started my blog in late August and I remember how terrified I was to click “create blog”. I don’t know what scared me so much. I didn’t make a blog, so everyone would read it. I’ve actually only told one person in my real life about this blog. I made the blog so I would have somewhere to write about things I love. Somewhere to invest my time and energy. Making my blog was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I know it’s not some big blog with loads of followers, but it’s mine and I love it and I appreciate every like, follow and comment more than I can explain.

 

9. Sometimes you need to drink tea and watch gossip girl and other times you need to do tequila shots with your best friend. Its all about balance.

 

10. To start looking at my mistakes as lessons and start living the kind of life I want to live.

 

To recap on point 8, I never did get to thank you before new years, for an amazing few months. alanathropology has been my secret little corner of the internet for nearly 5 months. That baffles me as it feels like only yesterday I did my first blogpost (although I had no clue what I was doing). Thank you so much for always saying such sweet things and liking all my posts. I feel like 2017 is going to be a good year for blogging. Happy new year!

 

 

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SoSueMe Highlighter Kit Review

Hey Everyone!
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

So for Christmas, my legend of a little sister gave me the SoSueMe Highlighter Kit. If you live under a rock in the blogging world, and you don’t know who SoSueMe is, her name is Suzanne Jackson, and she’s an Irish blogger turned beauty extraordinaire who’s recently come out with a contour kit, a line of false lashes and most recently, a highlight palette.

This palette had six gorgeous shimmering highlights. They all have names that melt my heart, “Moon Sparkle” and “Unicorn dust” make my innermost girly girl squeal. Their pigmentation is just as squeal-worthy. I did some swatches just to show you how they look on skin.

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I used a mixture of moon sparkle and shooting star on my face, last sunday night and I honestly loved them just as much as I expected to. It made my cheekbones look defined and glowing, and it was noticeable in pictures too.

To conclude, this palette is worth every penny (thanks sis) and if you’re on the lookout for a palette with highlight shades to suit your every makeup look, then look no further.

Thanks Suzanne! x

 

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