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Aug. 14.

Tested Thursday: Dream Dots

dreamdots-thI am usually quite lucky in not having to deal with spots too often, but when I do get them, they tend to be quite ugly and noticeable. This happened a couple of weeks ago, and it was recommended that I try Dream Dots, a spot treatment patch that you place on the spot overnight. Well, I have been trying them, and it’s time to discuss how I got on.

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First of all, what are they? Well, the Dream Dots website tells us that:

“A dream dot is a unique wafer thin spot and breakout cross-linked hydro matrix patch containing gel forming agents in an adhesive compound, laminated onto a flexible 100% waterproof outer layer. In contact with the spot, the DreamDot absorbs the exudates and excess fluid and then swell, forming a gel, which is held within the structure of the hydro matrix.”

So, in simple terms, the DreamDot provides a clean, hygienic environment, suited to the healing of the skin, while helping to draw out excess fluids and gunk that is caught in the pore, and helps the spot to heal quicker. Sounds good so far!

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In the pack you get 24 Dream Dots, and an instructional leaflet. which gives simple instructions for their use, along with more on how spots form and how the Dream Dots work. You essentially cleanse and dry the spot, apply the Dream Dot, leave it overnight, and repeat for 3-4 days. What could be simpler than that?

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Now, seeing as I got a spot on my forehead over the weekend, I have been trying these out this week, applying them before I go to bed. Giving them a good 10 hours each night to do their job, they have been removed each morning, before repeating. I’ve used them for 3 nights so far, and I think I can answer as to whether they work or not? The answer is, they do work. After each use, the spot, which was at first, quite red, angry and annoying, appeared reduced, more calm and comfortable. While it has not completely disappeared at this stage, it is almost at the point of being not noticeable, and, with a little foundation, is completely indistinguishable. I really can’t argue with that.

The only downside I had with them was in their application. While the backing paper is very efficiently sized for the dots, I did have a little difficulty, once half of the paper was removed and the Dream Dot applied, in removing the other half of the paper from the dot, without removing the dream dot from the skin too. I got around this by pinning down the dot as I started to peel the second half of the dot away. It can look a little fiddly and awkward, but it is manageable. It is only a small complaint though, on an otherwise great product!

Have you tried Dream Dots? What other spot fighting methods do you recommend? Please share them in the comments!

Robyn

Dream Dots cost €14.95 for a pack of 24, and are available from the Dream Dots website. A sample was provided for review.

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May. 12.

Manicure Monday: Acrylic Stars

thHappy new week everyone! I hope the weather isn’t getting everyone down and that it picks up soon. Go away rain, it’s meant to be summer time now! Unfortunately I don’t have a new mani for you today. Last week while shaving I managed to jump the razor onto one of my nails and take a chunk out of it. OUCH! It’s healing well though, and I’ll be good to go for next week. Fortunately though I do still have something to show you! These acrylic overlays with stars.

I got these done at the end of September last year, as a departure from my usual DIY polish, or 2 week mani, which I tend to prefer. I had seen though, a manicurist whose work I had admired for a while was looking for people to practice on, and volunteered.

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We had discussed what we would do with my nails, and as she was super impressed with the length of my own nails, we didn’t bother with extensions on my fingers, just overlaying the natural nail with acrylic. We did do short extensions on the thumbs though, just to even out the length. Then came the thoughts of  what to do with them. Feeling slightly adventurous I said to have fun with them, but nothing too crazy. I then sat back and let her get to work.

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And these were the results. I love the way how the mix of white, black, positive and negative stars work together without needing to be a riot of colour. The glitter layer underneath adds a hint of sparkle, and the crystals add a nice accent on the ring finger (though they did eventually start disappearing)

They were also extremely hard wearing. Having been done on the 26th of September, they were still going strong at the start of November, even if they were showing signs of wear and were growing out.

Would I have something like that again? Yes. Is it something I would go for often? No. I think something like this should be an every so often treat, and I would appreciate it more by not having it done all the time. Besides, as a polish magpie, I have so many polishes to play with too!

These were done by Annya Slufirski of Annya Studio in Tallaght. See more of her work on her Facebook page.

Robyn

What do you think? Would you go for nails like this, or are they a bit too out there for you?

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Before, featuring hairy caterpillar eye adornment!
Apr. 10.

Tested Thursday: Eyebrow Threading at Shavata Brow Studio, Dundrum

tt-shavatathI’ve been neglecting my brows.  I know, I’m awful and will hand back my beauty blogger card for such a heinous crime in a moment. They haven’t been touched since October. I’ve had other things to be dealing with though, and my eyebrows dropped on the list of priorities. My hair is still on the to-do list, but that’s another story. I did, however, rectify the brow problem today at the Shavata Brow Studio in Harvey Nichols, Dundrum.

For those of you not in the know, eyebrow threading, or any kid of threading, involves removing the hair follicle using a fine cotton thread. Like tweezing it pulls out the hair  from the follicle, so none is left behind. Unlike tweezing, it removes short lines of hairs at once, so it is quicker, and professionals can be very accurate with it, allowing them to shape your brows with the thread. It is not pain free, there is some level of discomfort involved, but it is short lived and in no way unbearable.

Before, featuring hairy caterpillar eye adornment!

Before, featuring hairy caterpillar eye adornment!

I was fortunate that even though I was a walk up client someone was immediately available, and after a brief discussion on how I wanted it to look, I took off my glasses, sat back and let her get on with it.

A little while later, we were done with the thread, and after tweezing away a couple of stray hairs, and applying a little soothing gel I was pronounced good to go.

After, with nicely structured, healthy looking brows

After, with nicely structured, healthy looking brows

What do you think? I believe it has made a real improvement. It hasn’t really thinned out the brows, they still look nice and full, but they look so much more structured, like I actually care about them. They no longer look like one hairy caterpillar sittinng on top of my eyes, so I think that’s a win.

Eyebrow threading at Shavata costs €20, and with their loyalty card, after every 5, you get your 6th free.

What’s your preferred method of eyebrow shaping? Are you a DIY kind of girl? Where do you go to get yours done, and how often? Let me know in the comments.

Robyn

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