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.
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
BPerfect Clientele Palette. I literally haven’t worn makeup since lockdown began, other than the odd bit of mascara or concealer, so when I had plans to meet my friends for a socially distant catch up on Saturday evening, I decided to reintroduce makeup into my life. I went for something fun, since I actually had the time and was actually excited about it. So I used my BPerfect x Jah Makeup Artist Clientele Palette for the first time in ages. The colours are rich and fun, but none of the colours are so wild that they won’t be used. My personal faves are the colours Minx, Luxe and Date Night.
@black_andirish on Instagram. If you are a white person, you have something called white privilege. Which means that you have not faced discrimination, lacked representation, or faces abuse because of the colour of your skin. This is why it’s important to inform and educate yourself about the many people around us. Which is why the ‘black and Irish’ account is great. This was set up to highlight and celebrate the struggles and successes of the Black Irish community. I’d highly recommend you follow.
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Cadbury Dairy Milk Daim! Do you ever just find a great bar of chocolate that you actually get excited about. It’s not exactly new, but if you’re a big fan of a classic Dairy Milk as well as Daim bars, you’ll know why this is so good. Little pieces of golden Daim in a milk choc bar. Plus it comes in the big share size bars so you won’t actually mind sharing with your siblings or parents… go on, be nice!
Amie Edmonds, Staff Writer
Queer Eye! I’ve been binging the new season of it on Netflix and it’s literally everything I need right now. I’ve always loved Queer Eye, it’s the kind of show you can put on and know that you’ll be in a better mood even halfway through an episode. So when I saw that season five had finally landed, I was DELIGHTED. There is literally nothing like seeing how the Fab Five work their magic, and just how happy the person they’re working with is at the end. It’s the kind of uplifting tv show that everyone needs right now.
Like everyone else who is trying to do better, I’ve been educating myself more on the BLM movement. Between podcasts, social media, articles, videos, you name it. It can be really difficult watching/listening because it’s so heartbreaking that people have to go through this, so it’s not exactly easy to do. But I’m very privileged that I have the option to learn about racism, rather than experience it, so I think it’s really important that we are continuously learning and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
Spice bags (but healthy). At the weekend, we tried out a homemade spice bag and I think I’m fully converted. We tried homemade spice bags before, but rather than making the batter for the chicken from scratch, we just did the chips and bought chicken. But this time, everything was done from scratch and it was even nicer than some spice bags that I’ve bought before. Definitely worth a try, and it takes up a bit of time if you’re bored too. SO good.
Adele Miner, Staff Writer
I ordered Emma Dabiri’s ‘Don’t Touch My Hair‘ with a big book order a few weeks ago, and I suppose now is the best possible time for me to start reading it. The book explores black hair and why it matters, Emma is half Irish and details her experience growing up in a mostly-white country, along with an analysis on the history, culture, and politics of black hair. I’m trying to take my time with this book and allow every single word to sink in, it’s both powerful and thought-provoking and has opened my eyes to the privilege I have that, I’m ashamed to admit, was never even aware of. I know the importance of not only supporting the Black Lives Matters movement right now but forever, and I’m very happy to dedicate myself to constantly learning and evolving for the rest of my life.
Prints! I recently changed around the layout of my bedroom thanks to lockdown boredom and I’m seeing it in a totally different light. I know how important it is to support small local businesses, especially at this time, so I’ve been ordering some prints from various Irish illustrators. The Harry Styles one by Laura Duffy below will probably be taking front and centre once it arrives and I hang them.
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Dr. Martens! I know it’s not exactly the perfect weather for chunky boots, but I live in my Jadons in the Autumn and Winter and since lockdown began I haven’t worn them at all, so on my walks and meeting friends in the park I’ve decided to start wearing them again to get my feet used to them (Doc owners will know the struggle). I’ve been having fun playing around with different styles, I’ve worn them with midi dresses and shorts and I think they bring an edge to any outfit.
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