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.
I’m certainly not the only one who feels like I missed out on summer this year with everyone going on, so I’m trying to make the most of September. I forgot what a fabulous time of year September can be in terms of bright, warm days. So I’m trying to go on lots of walks, cycles and just sit outside and read when it’s sunny. This weekend I had a stunning picnic in the park by my house, with lots of savoury and sweet goodies. It was the perfect day and something I’d usually only do in June and July.
Using: Seoulista Magic Cleanse pads
I have to admit, up until about two years ago, I only really used makeup wipes to take off my makeup. And while they are great for a quick wipe when you’re on the go or staying somewhere else, or to get off stubborn eye-makeup, they’re probably not the best for every single night. So I’ve been trying various alternatives over the last while. This includes the CleanseOff Mitt, which I LOVE! And some soft face towels and a good cleanser. This week I found a new firm favourite in the Seoulista Magic Cleanse pads.
They’re thick soft spongy remover pads, about the size of your palm. They have a rough-textured side for tough stubborn makeup, and a softer smoother side for a more gentle wipe. They come in a pack of three and you can use each pad 200 times! You just stick them in the washing mashing or hand wash them to keep them clean. They’re about 20 euro and the pack of three will last you over a year if you look after them. For me, they’ve been perfect for double cleansing. I use balm all over my face to remove all my makeup, then wipe it with the textured side. Then wash away and clean with a more gentle product before wiping away with the softer side of the pad. Feels like a total pamper sesh in the comfort of your own bathroom.
Watching: Secret Society of Second-Born Royals
I was lucky enough to get a preview of this new Disney movie, for the purpose on an interview with the cast (stay tuned for that!) and it’s so much fun. It stars Niles Fitch, who you might know from This Is Us, Peyton Elizabeth Lee from Andi Mack and Skylar Astin from Pitch Perfect as well as loads of other great actors. It follows Sam, a rebellious princess second in line to the throne of Illyria.
She discovers that she has superpowers and belongs to a secret society in which second born royals are trained to use their superpowers to save the world! It’s out on Disney+ on September 25th!
Amie Edmonds, Staff Writer.
Using: Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask
Hands down, this face mask is second to none. It’s my favourite face mask of all time. It’s inspired by the “cold plunge” part of a Scandinavian sauna cycle, this cooling clay mask detoxifies, controls oil and reduces the look of pores. Plus, it’s full of antioxidants to soothe, mattify and refine pores. Then, once you add water, the mask turns into a foaming lather, that sweeps away excess oil and impurities. Simply stunning, *chef’s kiss*. Also, the colour is amazing, you feel extremely boujie when wearing this.
Treating myself to: Pre-ordered books
If there’s something I have almost too much of, it’s clothes. And makeup too, but let’s not go there. Usually, when I’m treating myself to something, it falls under either clothes or beauty. Now that I’m running out of space, and I don’t really have anywhere to wear either to, it doesn’t feel like as much of a treat. So, I pre-ordered two new books that I can get stuck into. Ghosts by Dolly Alderton and Home Stretch by Graham Norton are both due to be released in October, and I’m so looking forward to getting my hands on them. I’ve read A Keeper by Graham Norton, and Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton and loved them both, so I’m counting down the days.
Listening to: I’m Grand Mam podcast
Recently I’ve found that I’m quite picky with podcasts, I think it’s because I tune out easily so I need something that will really grab my attention. Cue, I’m Grand Mam podcast. I’ve never laughed out loud listening to a podcast so much, it’s gone straight to the top of my podcast list. PJ and Kevin are two lads from Cork who moved to London, and began their podcast just last year. Their new season launched just last week, and because I only began listening recently, I have LOADS to catch up on and I’m delighted.
Adele Miner, Staff Writer.
Reading: As much as possible!
I set myself a Good Reads goal of 20 books this year. While I know that that isn’t a huge amount in comparison to other people who are reading 50-100 a year, I’ve been seriously slacking in recent years when it comes to reading so I atleast wanted to set a target of a solid number for 2020. When I made the goal, little did I know that I would be spending so much time indoors! Although this year has been a mess for so many people for so many reasons, one good thing to have come out of it is that it has given me time to read more!
I’m currently 6 books ahead of schedule, so I’m confident that I can go beyond my target for the year come December. I’ve just finished reading My Dark Vanessa, which is a fictional book exploring the subject of abuse, both sexual and emotional and paedophilia. I found it so gripping and is one of the few five-star reads I’ve read this year. I’ve now moved on to Woman In The Window by A.J Finn and 80 pages in, it seems pretty promising. I’ve started sharing the books I read over on my Instagram, so if you’re a fellow book worm and are interested in more in-depth reviews, don’t be shy in giving me a follow over there, I won’t mind!
Shopping: Second Hand
As you’re probably well aware, last week marked the beginning of ‘Second Hand September’, a month where you shop only second-hand products. I’m a huge fan of charity/thrift shopping regardless, but I’ve been making even more of an effort lately to pop into my local charity shop or have a scroll on Depop if I’m in need of something.
Last week I found this super cute strawberry jug, which came with a plate and bowl, for just €10, and I popped some baby’s breath into it to show it off in my bedroom. You find the best one-of-a-kind pieces when you shop second hand, and I love to think of the journey each item has been on – does that make me sound mad? Call me mushy, but I love the idea of giving an old product a new home, a lot of items in my wardrobe have been thrifted from places all over the world when I was traveling, and it makes me happy to think of the life these little clothes have led to end up with me here in Dublin.
Watching: Get Organized With The Home Edit
Surprise, surprise, I like organisation! If you knew me in real life, hearing that I’m currently obsessed with Netflix’s ‘Get Organized With The Home Edit’ wouldn’t be a big surprise to you. I like everything around me to be neat, tidy, and in order, so watching Clea and Joanna organise people’s homes, and in turn, their lives, is my dream. It also feeds into my other area of interest, which is seeing inside celebrities homes, so yeah, safe to say I’ve binged the whole series in one sitting.