Period Party | Real Talk

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Hey guys,

So today we are going to talk a fairly taboo subject. I know you don’t want to but unfortunately it’s time we had a chat.

First I want to talk about the reason this topic has come up. Recently I was contacted by MyLadyBug. MyLadyBug is a subscription service which caters to your needs at the worst part of the month. Yeah we all know it’s the worst. Basically when you sign up for your subscription you choose what products you want to receive ie tampons or pads. You also get to choose what absorbency you want, so you can get some for the light days and some for heavy days. That’s not all you get though, you even get some chocolate and nice herbal teas to help you through the worst of it all. Best part of it all? It comes in an envelope with no discernible markings on it that fits through the letterbox. No one even needs to know what your getting. At the (almost) ripe old age of 23 I find that I still get very anxious when it comes to buying these kinds of things so it’s nice to have them appear at the house right when I need them (and with the bit of variety I need in the packs).

These are the very discreetly packaged pads

I have to say I have always had a pretty hard time dealing with my period. From the start it was never going to be good. Once at a doctor’s appointment my mum revealed to me that when I was a very young child I exhibited the symptoms of having a period, it was legit thought I was getting my period that young. Like I said… it was never gonna be an easy ride. I remember once I hit about 13/14 I was on edge about it. There nerves were killing me. More for the mortification of looking like a murder scene in public (yes that is how my mind worked).  When I was first shipped off to the Gaeltacht I went with a GIANT pack of pads in hand. Needless to say it did not happen while I was there. I can’t actually remember my first period. I am taking that as a good sign. It wasn’t embarrassing. I do vaguely remember just feeling a bit like “oh here we go, no more getting away with not having a period”. Because when I was young I was dying not to get one. I mean, who wants to have that, but to the socially anxious it is a bloody nightmare. As it turns out I didn’t have to deal with it yet, because it was at least a year until period number two and after that they were very sporadic. I would definitely say I was 16 if not a bit older before I started seeing them more regularly than every few months… an almost regular rhythm some might say. 

It was around this time I got crippling migraines. I was in 5th year so about 16. They were so bad that I would often miss school or have to be sent home sick. It took a very long time to figure out what was actually wrong with me. I was in college, I want to say second year of college, when the doctor told me I had “stage 4 neurotic migraines”. I don’t know if that is even a thing, basically I had an Estrogen intolerance which caused the migraines. Do you know how flipping inconvenient that is as a girl? I mean never mind that it’s like the female hormone but I was on the pill to sort my skin out which was full of Estrogen. Things had to change and I was put on a Progesterone only pill. For the first time in a long time I had no migraines, I also had no period though. It was one of the side effects of this new pill I was on and just happened to affect me. That didn’t really bother me bar the fact I was in a relationship at the time and getting a period every month is a nice little reassurance. I also had horrific mood swings although I’m beginning to think that might just be me and no effect of the pill.

When I broke up with that boyfriend I actually came off the pill. I got no migraines thank God. It took a long time for my period to come back though, it was 6 months if not more. I knew I wasn’t pregnant, but I kept the fact from everyone because I didn’t want anyone to think I was. When they came back my periods were horrifically painful and so heavy. It was almost unbearable. I did choose to deal with them though, rather than dealing with going back on the pill after my previous experiences.

I only went back on the pill when I got a new boyfriend, for obvious reasons. This new pill is actually a godsend. I get regular periods and they are just medium heaviness, standard pain, nothing as horrific as before. Just your usual cramps. Although when I had scarlet fever the antibiotic basically deactivated my pill and that one period was the worst ever. Needless to say I will be staying on this pill for the time being.

I will say to anyone young sweating it about their period. Don’t worry about it. It will all even itself out eventually and they get much easier to deal with. Just make sure you are never caught out. Always be prepared. Have some sort of protection in every handbag. I always used to keep some in the inside pocket of my school coat because the teachers never let us bring our bags to the loo. I still get so anxious when I am on my period but it helps knowing I have my emergency kit in my bag for any accidents (pants, wipes, pads). 

If you want to avail of your own subscription box from MyLadyBug you can use the link above and the code LYNNBLOG for 15% off. It’s perfect if the thought of buying pads or tampons makes you want to curl up and die. Hey if there is enough interest in me talking about periods I may do a YouTube video on it. If you have any questions please post them below and I will be more than happy to help.

Also thank you all so much for nominating my for The Blog Awards Ireland. I am delighted to have made the longlist. 

See you Wednesday for a post on my first Comic Con experience.

Have a great weekend,

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My New Glasses

*The product in this post was supplied by Specspost*

So I have been meaning to write this post for ages. The reason I haven’t written it is because I wanted to get a good photo of me wearing the glasses, but I have never gotten around to it so I am writing the post anyway.

This will be a short post as there is not a lot I have to say when it comes to the process of ordering from Specspost. To be honest the part that took longest was me getting back to them with my prescription as I forgot to get it (notice a trend here). When I contacted Specspost to let them know I was interested in trying some of their products they were very apologetic to me. They had a lot of people interested and whilst they would love to send me items it could be a good few days before I got them due to their backlog. I was astounded when they turned up at my door a before the end of the week.

Then the fun began. I did a little fashion show with Danny trying on all my various pairs of glasses. However, as is normal when you shop online, not all of the pairs were to my liking. However there was one pair I just fell head over heels with. So I posted my 4 pairs of glasses back to the Team at Specspost and told them which pair I wanted and that I would get my prescription and be in touch. It took me about two weeks to get my prescription but when I did I got my glasses in less than a week.

That is probably my favourite feature of Specspost. That they do home trails where you let them know which pairs you would like to try, you pay a fully refundable deposit and then they send the glasses out to your house. You choose which pairs you want and send them back, within ten days you should have the glasses with your prescription in them back on your desk.

I also find Specspost great for getting a few spare pairs of glasses to have at home.

Here are the pair I chose, which I live in at work:

They are the “Pink Retro Cats Eye” model and can be found here.

What do you guys think of buying glasses online? I am thinking of getting my sunglasses for the year from the site. Opinions? Would you home trial the glasses or would you buy and hope for the best OR would you stick to going to a high street store? 

Until next time.
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My Favourite Setting Powder

*The product mentioned in this post was supplied by Escentual*

 A long time ago I started a wonderful partnership with a company called Escentual. A girl called Emma who worked for Escentual would often send me new products to try. As a make up loving girl this was my dream. I LOVE seeing Emma’s name pop up in my inbox knowing I am about to get a lovely treat.

One treat Emma sent me however has stuck with me for the longest time. Whilst I have adored all the products I have been sent, there have been none that I have used constantly or for more than a few weeks.

That was until I received the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder. I was nervous about using this product at first and I think the main reason I gave it a try was my MAC setting powder was running low and I wanted to make it last so I thought I would use this new powder on alternate days. 

Now I use it daily and would not dream of using any other powder.

For those who don’t know Dermablend is a range of products aimed at those with skin imperfections, something I have made no secret of having. Whilst the powder is recommended for use with the Dermablend foundation Escentual and I agree that it can be used with any foundation and still received the desired effect.

What effect is that you might ask. Well first off it has a matte finish. Ideal when you have a nice shine to your skin as I do. 

The powder is translucent meaning it doesn’t change the colour of your foundation, so you can use it no matter what colour you are wearing.

It doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, something I am always fearful of with new make up.

It lasts, like ages. Both in the tub AND on your face. I sometimes forget to take my make up off before the gym, afterwards when my eyeliner is down my face my base still looks flawless. That and the pot has lasted me months and I am only half way through, and yes I use it EVERYDAY.

If you are in the market for a new setting powder I would definitely give Escentual a look and try it out. Especially with the (hopefully) warmer weather coming in if you want a light, natural looking, shine free setting powder.

There I am wearing the product itself. I’ve had some horrible spots on my chin for months which you can’t even see with the coverage the product provides.

Chat soon!
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La Roche Posay Rosaliac CC Creme | Review

It’s been a well known fact that lately I have been having a lot of trouble with my skin. Between spots and my complexion it’s the one thing I have yet to find a viable solution for. I spend a fortune on skincare and foundations and still have yet to settle for one I like. To be honest I’m sure ya’ll are sick of me talking about it. 
The lovely people over at Escentual got in touch with me recently to try out and review a product on their behalf. Quite a few companies have been in contact with me lately and not amounted to much so I was quite afraid this could turn out to be the same. I have to say the lovely Emma was a pleasure to deal with. Everything was arranged in such a quick efficient manner and I had the product within days. 
I just realised I haven’t mentioned what product they hooked me up with (bar in the title) but I was really damn excited to try it out. I use La Roche Posay products when I can, they are the only products that really improve my skin, or have any effect on it to be honest. I have tried pretty much everything but never a CC creme. They have such high promises, cover and correct is a pretty big promise, and one I fear that can’t be kept. This particular CC creme is from the Rosaliac range of La Roche Posay products though. 

For those of you who don’t know Rosaliac is La Roche Posay’s range of products which combat redness in your skin. Because my skin is so sensitive my cheeks are nearly always ROARING red. Especially after I cleanse my face. This has become a bit of a problem for me because I have yet to find a foundation that combats the redness without being utterly caked on to my face. I like being able to see my freckles but no make up that lets that happen camouflages the redness of my skin. The Rosaliac CC creme comes in a universal shade and whilst that may seem a bit daunting or like an empty promise it seems to be just that. I put the product on my skin and it looked SO good. It gave me the coverage I needed to hide any redness but it was so light and natural that you could still see my freckles and it looked like I had very little make up on. This isn’t a look I thought I would go for but I have been wearing it to work and such and it has been so nice. That and my face has felt make up free and the air could get at it which was even better. 

Throughout the course of trying this product I had a few events/nights out on so I did want more coverage than the CC creme  offered me. On these occasions I used the creme as a base for my make up. Although they say the creme should replace your skincare/foundation I found that it worked just as well as a base. It really is an ideal dual product. Especially as you use so little when applying it. You would get AGES out of the bottle. And the best bit, because it is La Roche Posay it doesn’t affect my sensitive skin at all. PERFECT!!

I want to say a big thank you to Emma over at Escentual for sorting me out with this product. As great as it was to get involved and review something for a company, it was so nice to get to review (and keep) a product that works for my skin and actually helps me on my quest to find the perfect foundation.
Escentual is a one stop shop for all your beauty needs, you can check them out HERE!

Wearing the CC creme with some powder on top.

My next post is going to be up tomorrow and is on my Easter Beauty Box that I got from the lovely Helena 😀 

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