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
Enjoying: Twirl Orange
I love a Twirl and I think they’re super underrated, now they’ve gotten an upgrade with the limited edition Orange Twirl. If you love Terry’s Chocolate Orange you’ll be obsessed with this one!
Using: Cera Ve Cleanser
I’ve been trying to get better at double cleansing over the past few months, which means trying out a few different combinations of cleansers until I find two I love. So far on my quest, I have fallen in love with Cera Ve Foaming Cleanser. It’s gentle on the skin, but removes even tough makeup. It’s for oily and sensitive skin, and as a sensitive sally, it’s such a relief for me to not have any issues with a new skincare product.
You only need a little and as you massage it onto your skin it turns into soft foam which you can lather all over your face. Celebs and makeup artists are obsessed with Cera Ve and I can totally see why, it’s such a good brand for such an affordable price! Get it here.
Embracing: The outdoors
Yes it’s getting colder, and yes it’s getting darker in the evenings, but I’m using this as the perfect opportunity to embrace cosy walks while we still can. I met two of my best friends for a walk in Howth in Dublin over the weekend, and it was exactly what I needed. The bright but cold fresh air, good company (and some chips at the end of our walk!) was good for the soul. If you’re feeling down in the dumps at the moment, try and get out for some fresh air. I used to roll my eyes and my mom for saying this.
Reading: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird
I usually like to read something nice and easy before going to bed, nothing too exciting that’s going to keep me awake, but not too boring that I’ll be tempted to flick through Instagram instead. I thought The Two Lives of Lydia Bird would be perfect, but instead, it just has my eyes watering up so much that I can’t even read it. It tells the story of Lydia, whose fiancé died in a car accident, and somehow she can continue her life with him while she sleeps. I know, it sounds a bit ridiculous, but it’s a great read. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would, if you’re in the mood for a story that’s a bit sad but good enough to keep going with, this is one for you.
Watching: All the Halloween movies
I love, love, LOVE this time of year. So I’m spending the month in front of the tele and watching my favourite autumnal/spooky/scary movies (we’ve our own list of spooky films to check out right here). From You’ve Got Mail (an autumnal classic) and Hocus Pocus to The Haunting Of Bly Manor series and I’m patiently waiting for the remake of The Witches. Exciting times.
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Doing: Recycling with Back to MAC
One of the beauty world’s most well-known secrets is Back to MAC, and I LOVE it. In case you don’t know, you can collect your MAC empties and once you have six full-sized empty products, bring them back to MAC and get a free lipstick in return. Amazing, right? I did this at the weekend and got a brand new Velvet Teddy just as my other one ran out. Ideal.
Adele Miner, Staff Writer
I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but this year I’ve rediscovered my love for art and painting and have been putting that love to good use. Now, I’m no artiste, as you can see from my canvas painting above, it would hardly take a creative genius to make it, but I’ve certainly been enjoying the process of creating things that I enjoy and displaying them around my room. I mostly take inspiration from pictures I see on Instagram, and I change them up to give them my own personal twist.
Using: Olaplex No.3
A month or so ago I wrote a piece on Stellar.ie about the hair care products that Margot Robbie swears by. And like the easily influenced gal that I am, I ended up buying one of the products! So I’ve been using the Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector once a week since it arrived and I love it! I naturally have quite fair hair, but I dye it blonder about once a year to give it some movement, so that means that my hair can be quite dry.
The Olaplex treatment helps to strengthen the bonds of my hair, and since using it I’ve noticed a real difference to the overall health of my hair. Avoiding heat treatments and washing my hair as little as possible also helps to keep it in good condition too – so for all you blondes out there I wouldn’t definitely recommend giving Olaplex a go, next up I’ll be trying their shampoo and conditioner I think!
Following: David Attenborough
I’ve been a huge fan of Sir David Attenborough since I was a teenager. I’ve watched all of his documentaries multiple times at this stage, and there’s nothing like his soothing voice to lull me into a calm state. So when I saw he had joined Instagram (at 94-years-old!!) I couldn’t hit the follow button quick enough. On his page, David speaks about his time here on planet Earth, what it means to him, the changes he has witnessed in his own lifetime, and what we, the younger generations can do to ensure that life continues on in the right way.
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I haven’t yet had a chance to watch his new Netflix documentary – David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet but I’m certain that it will be filled with all of the inspiring charism that Sir David brings to everything he has ever done. I can’t imagine it will be an easy watch, but I do know that it’s necessary. I myself try my best to do my bit to help out the planet, by recycling, shopping second hand when and where I can, cutting down on waste, etc, but of course, there are many ways that I can always improve so I’m happy to take on board any advice Sir David might have because let’s be real he’s certainly been around a lot longer than me!