Category: beauty

Loving What Makes You Different & Hair Care Routine

Heya! Hope you’re enjoying this hot Irish weather. God knows my hair’s volume is.

As part of my brand’s name is ‘Redhead’ I thought I’d share my current hair care routine. I’ve recently made the pledge to myself to take VERY good care of my hair which includes daily vitamins, eating healthy fats and washing it less. Obviously it’s not good to wash it everyday so I am currently washing it every other day and am gonna challenge myself to try every two days to keep more natural oils to keep it healthier. Brb, going to stock up on Baptiste dry shampoo. I’m hoping since I’m publishing this to an online audience maybe this will motivate me to achieve this and let you know how it goes…

I’m also showing you a girly summery OOTN I wore to an event I was invited to at Lunn’s Jewellers in Queen’s Arcade for David Yurman’s new collection. I had an amazing time! There’s more photos on my Instagram from it.

*Dress is from New Look over a month ago in the Belfast Donegall Place store. I can’t find it online, sorry 🙁 Bag is Charming Charlie

LEARNING TO LOVE WHAT MAKES YOU, YOU. 

It took a longgg time for me to accept these red locks. I hated them growing up and wanted to be blonde and have shiny silky hair that a brush could elegantly run through without getting awkwardly caught on vicious tangles. Princess Mia Thermopolis style! I dreamed of her transformation from frizzy big hair to smooth. So it took some years and a lot of products, some upsetting haircuts and heat styling tools but I really am at peace with my hair. I actually love it! It makes me stand out, which is why I chose the name ‘Redhead American’ for my blog. Those are two things I’m known for being since I moved to Ireland. It distinguishes me from the rest. Learn to love and embrace what makes you different!

CURRENT ROUTINE

I’m currently using Aveda’s ‘Be Curly’ set which I got at Christmas from my boyfriend’s sister which was super kind. Hence, this is not a sponsored or collaboration post. It’s natural ingredients are super gentle on the hair while defining and enhancing natural curls and it’s pretty great.

Smells good, works good, looks good = pleased Redhead.

I use a GHD hair dryer I’ve had since first year at Maynooth and it works brilliantly. Then brush out with a Tangle Teezer. These are actually game changers and really help my hair avoid damage that normal brushes usually offered and leave it softer.

Thennnn, if I’m feeling like I want more defined curls, I leave my hair the slightest bit damp after blowdrying and add in the Be Curly ‘Curl Enhancer’ serum. I usually always wear it down and let it do what it wants, only straightening fly-aways and my fringe/bangs. Occasionally I straighten it for a night out to change things up but I avoid putting a lot of heat on my hair. And for that I use a GHD again.

Before I go I’d like to mention my hair looks different from one day to the next. It’s honestly uncontrollable but this shampoo seems to give me the most steady results! This is definitely the shampoo I use the most.

And, voilà! That’s my hair.

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Taking Care of Your Skin Before & After Travel

I’m not alone here when I say airplanes do something to my skin. It totally dries mine out. The airplane is not the cleanest place so I apply my cream/moisturizer on my face before and after I fly. I also find when I’m traveling I use makeup wipes A LOT more…Which, yes, are not so good for your precious skin. If I’m in a time crunch or super tired I’ll reach for a makeup wipe or micellar water before I go to sleep. It’s better than sleeping with your makeup on.

It’s always important to look after your face and body! Especially around the holiday season it’s essential to take good care of your face to avoid pesky spots for pictures/nights out and have smooth skin to apply fake tan. Lucky me, I rarely break out which I’m super thankful for. I used to have horrible acne when I was around 13-15 years old. From there on I’ve just had occasional spots. Here are a few things I am currently doing/using before the holiday season where I’ll be flying to Boston and back to Ireland again.

1. Hydration before/after the flight is key. Drink loads of water. The air on the plane can seriously dry out your skin.

2. Moisturize after the skin is already clean and/or exfoliated. I like this one called Seaweed & Tea Tree Rescue Cream and it really does smell like tea tree oil (I love essential oils so that made me happy!) The ‘rescue’ part is actually a natural antiseptic! It’s made from Tea Tree essential oil and seaweed from Ireland. I actually had a couple of spots before I began using it and they cleared up in about two days. It can also be used for lots of skin irritations.

3. And don’t forget the rest of your body. I am currently using oil! A lot of people just stop at lotion/cream/moisturizer for their face. This one is brilliant and smells divine. It makes my skin feel really smooth on my upper arms. Something about the lavender in it makes using it relaxing. 

4. Eating well in general but…Antioxidants are a big one for making the skin glow. I get a lot of mine from blueberries in my smoothies. Overall, nutrients are important.

5. Vitamins. Regarding skin, A, B, C, E and K (yes, I put them in alphabetical order) are the best to make sure you’re getting enough of. I recently picked up a few different bottles at the health store in town for the winter time.

I loved trying Green Angel Skincare‘s products and had fun featuring them in this post. The cool thing about them is they are a local company based in Ireland. After reading up on their website, I was happy to see the founders were really passionate about skincare. They use a lot of Irish seaweed and natural ingredients containing vitamins and minerals perfect for replenishing the skin. They’d make excellent Christmas gifts!

 Take good care of your skin! Traveling is a time that can really wear it out. Also, shop local if and when you can.
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(Big thanks to Green Angel Skincare for sending me these products! The two featured were my favorites. Find more at http://www.greenangel.com. All opinions are my own.)