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OUTFIT OF THE DAY

I have finally fixed my mirror! Took this before it happened, though, so here’s my final elevator OOTD– I’m sure the neighbours will be delighted to hear it!

 ootd-18 Hat: Aldi
Jacket:
Vintage
Sweaterdress: Armani
Pants: Under Armour
Boots: UGG
Bag: Prada

Off to town in this, so I’m bundled up tightly! I love this fleece hat from Aldi: it’s ridiculously warm and cosy, and despite being fleece, it somehow manages to not give me static-y hat hair when I take it off, which makes it worth its weight in gold in my book.

If you were wondering, this sweaterdress is the same as my black one, bought at the same time in Harvey Nicks a couple of years ago. I wear this one less because I find the colour hard to match things with, but I didn’t fancy an all-black look today, so I brought this one out.

Do you ever buy multiples of the same item in different colours? Or in the same colour so you can rotate them and make them last longer? Or do you find there are just so many things out there that you love for it to make no sense for you to double up? Drop me a line and let me know!

-A-

PRODUCT EXPERIENCE: LA MARA FACE CREAM

If you’re a long-term reader of this blog, you’ll know I don’t generally post negative reviews; if I dislike something, I just don’t post about it. I make exceptions for things that cause severe pain and physical harm. What is this product? La Mara face cream.

I bought this back in March at Aldi, and never actually got around to trying it. Well, after my shower last night, I got a mad notion and decided to give it a go– but boy, I wish I hadn’t. I had said at the time that I was a little leery of it, and my suspicions were correct.

On application, it felt very thick and much heavier than I’d expected. I hate that, but I can put up with it if it’s going to do my skin a solid. As I continued to get ready, I noticed my face felt a little hot. That’s nothing new; plenty of masks and various other treatments have that effect, so I paid it no heed. Then I took a look in the mirror and noticed that I had wrinkles and lines in places I never had wrinkles and lines before: around my mouth and eyes and jaw. I was horrified– a moisturiser shouldn’t have that effect, surely?

Then my eyes fell on my hairline, and I’m not ashamed to tell you that I actually screamed.
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I’m 31 years old. In that time, I have put all manner of terrible shite on my face. I don’t have particularly sensitive skin, but I am prone to spots, so in an effort to beat them into submission, I’ve tried a lot of different things. Mustache bleach as a mask. Covering my whole face in eggs, and vinegar, and porridge (independently). Mud masks. Scrubs. Peels. Some of them have left my skin feeling a little worse for wear, but none of them had the same affect as this.

This stuff takes the cake. The only other thing which has had the same effect on my skin as this is several hours on the beach without sunscreen:

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Red, blotchy, hot, itchy… This hurt, and I also look like I’ve been jogging on the face of the sun.

I immediately tried to wash this stuff off, with limited success. Half a bottle of micellar water and ten cold flannels later, my skin had finally begun to cool down and was no longer the raw red of a baboon’s bum, but it took a full two hours for it to return to its normal Nezness.

I plastered on the Hydraluron, layered some Creme de la Mer over that, and covered it with Bio Oil. When I woke up this morning, both the wrinkles and redness had disappeared, although my skin feels far more dry, tight, and sore than it usually would, and I suspect I’m going to need another intensive moisturising treatment tonight to try and get it back to normal.

I usually say you can’t expect much from budget offerings, and I will forgive a cheap option a lot: limited pigmentation, shoddy quality packaging, limited impact, etc., but what I cannot forgive in any product is making my skin feel like hot sandpaper and giving me the countenance of a hitch-hiker who’s just come through Death Valley.

On the plus side, I guess it has drawn my awareness to the fact that I don’t apply my facecreams right to the root of my hair, which is something I should look at? Other than that, there are absolutely no positives to this product whatsoever, at any price. My recommendation is not to buy it– but then again, when it managed to give me sunburn, I would say that, wouldn’t I?

It’s possible I’m just allergic to it, but I’ve never had a reaction like this before to anything else, and I don’t have any known allergies, either. In any case, I’m not taking any chances: I won’t be passing this on to my family members (as I would usually do with beauty items that didn’t suit me).

What skincare horror stories do you have? Have you ever had a reaction like this one? Or have you tried this product and found it to be fine? Drop me a line and let me know!

-A-

BUDGET BEAUTY SHOPPING

I’ve heard good things about Aldi’s budget beauty offerings lately, so I decided to give them a go!

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Last summer I got really into juicing, and my skin, hair, and nails really benefited from it. I got lazy about juicing since Christmas, and my skin and nails have definitely been feeling the loss of all those wonderful vitamins and minerals, so it’s high time I got back on the wagon! My favourite place for fruits and veggies is Aldi, since I find their prices a bit more competitive than Tesco or Dunnes, and while their selection can sometimes be limited, my perishables seem to last a little longer before perishing– which is great for my lazy, non-driving ass who prefers to keep grocery store runs to a minimum.

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