Welcome to the Team KISS list. We know that after weeks and weeks of lockdown, you’re probably getting a bit bored, frustrated even, and that’s totally understandable. Especially now that another, strict lockdown is on the horizon, we’re all thinking of ways to keep ourselves busy.
Team KISS is sharing some of our favourite things we’ve done/watched/used in the last week to give you some inspo and help you to get to know us better.
Megan Roantree, Editor
Watching: Dash & Lily
I’m not usually one to embrace Christmas in November, but this year I think I can make an exception. The cute trailer for Dash & Lily had me hooked straight away and I sat down to watch it over the weekend. It follows two teens who interact through a notebook that Lily leaves in a bookstore, Dash, who hates Christmas, has to go to events, carry out tasks and just have fun in order to get to know Lily better before they ever even meet. I thought it was fun, sweet and the perfect escapism right now. You can watch all 8 episodes on Netflix now.
Using: An electric toothbrush
Okay so I know this doesn’t sound super glam but I think there is such an emphasis on having nice white teeth and there are millions of teeth whitening products on the market, but sometimes we need to go back to basics and just make sure we have the basic hygiene down! I’ve been using Oral-B’s Genius X and my teeth feel like I’ve gotten them professionally cleaned. It’s not cheap, but defo worth it! Might be worth asking Santa very nicely for! Check it out here.
I had some peanuts and some mini marshmallows in my cupboard and decided to get creative over the weekend and make some cookies. I used this recipe and just chucked in the peanuts and marshmallows at the end and mixed it all up, and they were DELISH! My whole house was thrilled with my treats!
Amie Edmonds, Staff Writer
Using: the Happy Scalp Brush
Global Beauty’s Happy Scalp Brush came in the post for me recently, and since I started using it, I’ve become fully obsessed. It’s basically a round brush with little rubber spikes that can be used on both wet and dry hair for a whole number of different things. I tend to suffer from psoriasis on my scalp, and when I style my hair I usually use a lot of product too – just because it’s so thick and it doesn’t really do what it’s told, as well as hair treatments and bits before I wash my hair. So the Happy Scalp Brush is literally ideal for me.
You can use it on dry hair to exfoliate your scalp, as well as using it for a head massage (which is gorge). Then on wet hair, you can use it to really get your hair treatment products into your hair so the solution goes right into your scalp and isn’t absorbed by your fingers.
It’s fab! Check it out here.
Loving: Jamie Genevieve’s Vieve Essential Collection
I’ve always been a massive Jamie Genevieve fan, so when she announced that she was bringing out her very own makeup brand I was only delighted. I was lucky enough to get sent some of her bits before checking out her virtual launch – and I am fully obsessed. Altogether, there’s a gorgeous palette, three highlighters and a selection of lipsticks and liners.
Out of the full collection, I was convinced that the palette would be my favourite, and while it’s absolutely stunning, I think the highlighter has to come out top for me. It leaves a gorgeous glow on the skin without being too intense, and it can be built up easily too. Plus, rather than having to turn your face to the side to actually see the highlight, you can see the impact of it looking straight on.
The eyeshadows themselves are super pigmented and blend like a dream, while the lipsticks and liners feel fab on and don’t leave any lipsticks marks on your cup either. So it’s a win-win!
Doing: DIY brow tinting
It seems all I’m talking about this week is beauty bits, but this is the first time that I’ve tinted my own eyebrows at home and I am fully obsessed. I ordered an Eylure brow tinting kit from Boots and although I was a little nervy, it couldn’t have been easier.
I slapped on some Vaseline around my eyebrows just to stop any accidental staining, then I mixed the two ingredients together and popped it on my brows for literally eight minutes before wiping it off with micellar water. Especially now that I’m not wearing makeup every day so I’m not filling in my brows, it’s great to have a bit of structure and colour to them each and every day. Check out the kit right here.
Adele Miner, Staff Writer
I’m not a vegetarian, and although I have the utmost respect for vegans, for me personally I don’t think going vegan would be the right lifestyle choice for now. But, for the past while I have been making a conscious effort to cut down on my meat consumption. I like to call myself flexitarian, as while 80% of the meals I cook for myself are plant-based, I don’t mind eating meat out of convenience, for example, if I’m cooking for my family or if someone else is cooking for me.
For ethical reasons I feel so much better cutting down on the meat I consume, plus there are so many great veggie options out there which still mean I can get my protein intake and don’t feel like I’m compromising on my food. The Linda McCartney sausage rolls are particularly delish if you’re on the look-out for veggie food options.
Enjoying: Nail Art
I’ve always loved doing my nails, if you look through any childhood photos of me you’ll see me smiling with bright coloured nails. I went to a catholic all-girls secondary school and so wasn’t allowed to wear any nail varnish for the six years that I was there – which was tough!
But, now that I’m a big girl and can wear whatever varnish I want I go mad with it. The last few weeks I’ve been saving lots of nails inspo to a folder on Instagram and I plan on giving them all a go over the next while. I’m even thinking about ordering a nail art kit because I’m just that dedicated to it.
Watching: Festive Movies
Since lockdown 2.0 hit, myself and my brother who I live with have made a plan to watch one festive movie a week, because well, there’s not much else to do, is there? But, when I say festive, I don’t necessarily mean it’s Christmas films from here on in. We, of course, began with some lightly spooky Halloween movies, like Halloweentown and Hocus Pocus (which was my first time watching it btw).
We’re buffering the next couple of weeks with some normal movies without any themes because I’m severely against premature Christmas celebrations. For me, Christmas prep may begin in December, November should be left well alone! But once the 1st of December hits it’ll be a Home Alone and Elf bonanza in the Miner household.