Lazy Day Guide ♡

hello hello!

Sorry I’ve been m.i.a for a bit, I’ve had a pretty full up week, and with school and everything time just sort of got away from me. but I’m back (and I’ve really missed blogging).

I’ve just got midterm holidays which means a week full of doing nothing (except blogging and binge watching netflix) which I’m very excited to do.

Anyways, today i’ve decided to go with the theme of doing absolutely nothing.
I’m a big fan of a lazy day here and there.
I’ve put together a little lazy day guide, a kind of “how-to” on relaxing and having the best lazy day ever. So if you’re in need of a day of a relaxation, or need some inspo for what to spend your Sunday doing, keep reading.

 

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Get Comfy

The most important step. There’s no comfort in a lazy day where your face is caked with makeup and you’re wearing your skinniest jeans. Choose your oldest sweatpants and some fluffy socks for the ultimate “Lazy Day” experience.

 

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Netflix

There’s so many great shows and movies on Netflix, that you’ll never run out of things to keep you entertained. Some of my favourites at the minute, are Gossip Girl, American Horror Story, How to get away with murder, and Black Mirror.

 

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Reading

If you don’t like reading, obviously this step isn’t for you, but I personally love a good book on a lazy day. It’s one of the things that relaxes me most in the world.

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Nice Scents

My top tip for nice scents is use them in your bath or shower. Scents that you love, can be super calming and it’s always nice to smell good. Lush has some incredible scents, so you’re bound to find one you like in there. I really like vanilla scents so I get a lot of use out of this little Vanilla Dee-Lite body lotion.

 

 

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Outfit Planning

If you find it difficult to be unproductive (which it can be sometimes) there’s always useful things you can do around the house that I find almost therapeutic, one being, outfit planning. This is fun, as well as relaxing. Just go through your wardrobe and pick out things that you think look good together. Also, if there’s anything you don’t wear anymore, or have grown out of, put it aside and you can give to it a friend or to charity. Cleaning out your wardrobe is like a breath of fresh air.

Other things that perfect a lazy day:

Music

Snacks

Looking through old photos

Sorting out your makeup

Online shopping

Arts and crafts

Painting your nails

 

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Fake Tan Routine!

 

My favourite fake tan is actually an Irish brand called “Cocoa Brown”. I’ve tried many tans in the past and I can honestly say I’ve has the best experiences with this one, by far. I don’t use fake tan on a daily or even weekly basis, as I don’t think it’s necessary for school or everyday life, but I do go out a weekend every now and then with my friends or go to a concert and want to be tanned and glammed to the max. So if you’re also a lover of the bronze, read on for tips on how to always get the most even, beautiful tan you can (please pardon the rhyme that was too tempting).

 

Shave!

A complete shave of the legs is necessary for an even tan. I recommend shaving the night before you apply the tan, as It gives your skin time to breathe, and if you put on tan right after shaving, it can settle into your pores and leave you looking like a spotty orange, which is not the desired affect at all.

 

Exfoliate!

Exfoliating your whole body is key. You want to take a luffa, or washcloth and exfoliate in circles around your body in the shower. For added, deeper exfoliation, use a gritty scrub, which will really get rid of any dead skin, and leave your skin smooth.

 

Moisturise!

Important! But like the steps above, it should be done the night before, so it can soak into your skin and leave you soft and ready for tanning the next day.

 

Clean tanning mit!

I use just a simple one from Pennys which I think is like 2 euro or something. Make sure your mit is clean and dry before applying the tan to it.
The cocoa brown tan I use, comes in a mousse formula, which I find very easy to buff around your body, especially difficult areas like your shoulders and knees. It settles into your skin really well and doesn’t make you look patchy or sticky at all.
To apply it, shake the bottle, and squirt some onto the mit. Then just buff quickly onto your skin, making sure to blend properly so there’s no streaks.

 

Some cocoa brown tans are wash-off ones, which you can leave on for however long you want (recommended 1 hour for a natural looking tan, 3 hours + for a darker glow).

And voila! Perfect, even looking tan every time. I hope this helped some if you’re new to fake tan or it scares you a little bit (the fear of looking like an oompa loompa is real). If you have any tan suggestions for me, leave it in the comments below.

 

Signing off,

 

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How to: Take care of your hair

Hello!

How is all of your Autumn season going? Good I hope!
Today I thought I’d maybe do a little guide on how to take care of your hair properly.
I’ve got incredibly thick hair and I’ve been adding blonde highlights to my naturally mousy brown hair since I was about 14. These two things combined can lead to the ends becoming quite dry and frizzy at times.
In this post I thought I’d give you some tips on how I take care of my hair.

 

Don’t over wash!

I usually wash my hair 3-4 times a week. Usually on a Sunday night (before school on Monday), a Tuesday, a Thursday and again on a Friday if I really need to, or I’m going out and I want freshly washed hair. So basically to shorten that, every other day lol.
Washing your hair too much can actually do the opposite to good, and dry it out.

 

Don’t over heat!

I tend to stay away from hairdryers and straightners most days. My hair is naturally wavy and sometimes frizzy so I don’t blow-dry it. I prefer to let it dry itself. As for straighteners and curlers etc, overuse of these do damage to your hair, so do your hair a favour and take a break! If you’re likely to use a straightener every day, give it a rest and try to use it maybe twice or 3 times a week tops.

Coconut oil.

A lifesaver. I will get to the other oil i use in a moment but for now, coconut oil is the bomb. After hearing all the raving about it I decided to go out and pick up a tub myself. I admittedly was skeptical putting such a thick, oily substance in my hair, thinking it was definitely going to weigh it down and make it greasy but it didn’t!
The oil practically melts on your hands so I basically just take a good blob of it and work it through my dry hair, from about the middle section to the ends. Stay away from the roots to avoid looking greasy. Leave the oil on for as long as you want, I find the longer the better.
Then just wash it out in the shower! It made my hair feel amazing.

If you needed another reason, coconut oil is usually only about €3 and lasts months.

Argan oil.

This helps with the frizzys. Just run a tiny bit thorough the ends of your hair after you wash it and it tames the frizz every time.

 

Regular trims

It’s a good idea to have your hair trimmed by a hairdresser about every 3 months or so. I personally suffer from that “i don’t want to go to the hairdresser because I want to keep my hair long” syndrome that so many of us do. However, i’ve learned that having your hair trimmed regularly can actually help it grow much faster! Who would’ve thought.

 

Eat Healthily

This one, although it sounds irrelevant, is super important. Eating properly is crucial to give your hair the right amount of vitamins it needs to grow and be strong. Eat a balanced diet and include lots of Vitamin C, which strengthens hair. Vitamin C can be found in fresh fruit like oranges and other citrus fruits like grapefruits or lemons.

How to: clean your makeup brushes!

Good evening!

I hope all your days have been lovely. Yesterday I was looking at my makeup brushes with mild disgust that I hadn’t washed them in a little over 2 weeks. I decided that I’d make a blog post, describing how I clean my makeup brushes. Here you go!

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Why cleaning your brushes is essential!

  1. For the obvious one, it’s gross not to. Every time your brush touches your face, it collects bacteria, dead skin and excess makeup. Then, you leave it there in your drawer to fester and create more bacteria while it waits to be used again. Gross right?
  2. Blending your eyeshadow with dirty brushes is a nightmare we have all lived. Trying to blend a pretty pink eyeshadow with a brush that’s full of black eyeshadow… So annoying.
  3. If you suffer from acne (or just have teenage skin like I do) cleaning your brushes should happen nearly once every week. Using a brush (or sponge) on your face, and then not cleaning it, can lead to spots spreading across your face and nobody wants that.
  4. It’s easy! And I’m about to show you why…

 

How to…

Collect your makeup brushes and dampen them all under warm water.

I like to use baby shampoo to wash my brushes but I’ve heard of people using lot’s of different cleaners including antibacterial soap. You can buy special brush cleaners but honestly I don’t think any of them can do anything better that just regular old shampoo and water.

Pump a little bit of the shampoo onto the palm of your hand and use your hand as a platform for washing. Swirl the brush against your hand let the old makeup rinse off. Be sure to give it a good rinse when you’ve finished. That’s it!

I hope you learned something from this. If you did, and I inspired you to go wash your brushes let me know below!

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look how clean!

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Signing off,

alana x