Saturday, 18 June 2016

DIY Facemasks with Vitacoco Coconut Oil



It's become an accepted part of life that you cannot move these days without hitting a tub of coconut oil. It's everywhere; in your food, your beauty products, even your dental care! Coconut oil properties are almost endless with anti-oxidant, anti-ageing, anti-fungal, ketogenic, sun-protecting and moisturising being just a few of them! Yes despite being high in calories and saturated fats (which we are demonising less these days) this wonderful beast can do everything!

There's a reason it's a meme. 

For a while now I've been using coconut oil in my hair, my cooking, and as a cleanser but the lovely folk at Vita Coco Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil  challenged myself and few others to create our own DIY Coconut Oil Facemasks.

Challenge accepted.



Now the recipe they sent to some was a lovely lime jobby. It would have left a zingy refreshing touch to your skin but I've have a hard slog over the past few days/weeks/months and my skin needed something a bit more... Healing. 

I opted initially for tumeric. A scary thought as I had visions of dyeing my face yellow and having to go into work the next day looking quite odd. Thankfully my heavy research told me that you only needed a tiny amount of tumeric to make use of its anti-inflammatory purposes (which in this face mask will help with redness and discolouration to even out my skin tone). 

During the mixing I decided I wanted some added "oompf" so I squeezed in a bit of raw honey, sadly not pictured but the brand I use is called Rowse and all of their honeys are raw. Mine had slightly crystallised which was great because as well as the antibacterial properties I was gaining an exfoliant! Double whammy ingredients for the win!

Practically speaking I would definitely recommend doing this one in the bath. Be naked. The coconut melts as soon as it comes in contact with your skin (Vita Coco itself is softer than other coconut oils I have used in the past and will melt quicker) so you need to be prepared for drippage, and with the tumeric you need to protect from staining... Nakedness in a large body of water is key. Football as your viewing choice while snapchatting your progress from the bath is optional (I'm weirdly drawn in to this years Euros).



And there you have it. My skin was in heaven after this and I'm definitely going to experiment with more DIY masks in the future. 

Ingredients
1 tbsp Vita Coco Coconut Oil
1 tbsp Raw honey 
1 pinch Tumeric

Method
Mix together and apply to face using a flat face/foundation brush. Do not add heat, the coconut oil will soften naturally as you work with it. 





Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Ready, Get Set, George?



Did you know George at Asda had a makeup range? I didn't.

I rarely pay to makeup displays in supermarkets because they usually stock the same old brands who I rarely wear and could probably cheaper elsewhere. I got the absolute shock of my life when I saw, abandoned on a shelf in the veg aisle, a bottle of George at Asda foundation. I was even more shocked when I saw the size of the range! There are at least 4 different foundations, all of the powder, contour/highlight, Nail, lip and eye products you can think of. They've even gone down the Makeup Revolution road and stuck in some unashamed dupes/copies. I bought one that you see swatched below. 


Their highlight & define is a an obvious rip off of Benefit High Beam and it does contain a really nice shimmer which lasts well. I also bought the Get Set mineral setting powder and The Tamer 2 in 1 lash and brow definer, both of which saw me through an all day wedding with minimal need for touch ups. Cant be bad to that for the £2 or £3 price tag! 


Another thing that caught my eye, although they didn't have my shades, was their version of the Bourgois fruit infused Healthy Mix which they call Super Boost. Given that I'm currently retrying Healthy Mix I might, if I like it, give the supermarket version a go!

So what do you think?
If you've tried the range already and have any suggestions please let me know your thoughts! 

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

My month in film: May

Each month I give you a run down of some of my favourite watches. The good, the bad, and the surprisingly OK. 


X-men: Apocalypse
As April was all about Captain America and the not Avengers Avengers movie, May was all about X-Men and the ever ridiculous time/continuity mash up. I had little hope for this instalment as I'm suffering from major Wolverine fatigue and each MCU movie just makes me wish all other studios would hand back their Marvel properties with a silent apology. Apocalypse, however, was actually really enjoyable. Oscar Issac proved why he's having a great couple of years and the new cast held their own. Even the very short Hugh Jackman appearance was perfectly judged. There were a few niggles in the plot (J-Law's complete disinterest throughout, for example) but nothing that destroyed my enjoyment of the film. 

There were no Marthas.


Bad Neighbours (1 & 2)
I went to see Bad Neighbours 2 on my own, in the cinema, in the middle of the day, to kill time. It was surprisingly enjoyable so when I had a chance I caught the first movie on Netflix. Seth Rogen plays Seth Rogen once again but it's nice to see Rose Byrne be a little bit gross and normal for once. 

Chefs Table Season 2
I could go in to all sorts of pretentious hyperbole about this series but at its most basic it showcases the art behind high end food and the chefs who create it. This is a series for the true food porn connoisseur and I was so excited to see a second series pop up for me to watch on Netflix!

The West Wing
Bank holiday weekends are a beautiful gift. Given that I have spent most of 2016 off work you'd think that I wouldn't enjoy them as much but I really do. I spent the second May holiday weekend watching the final series of The West Wing on Sky Atlantic and I'm tempted to go back and start the whole series over. It is genuinely my top 5 series of all time. Aaron Sorkin is a legend. 

Special mentions: Game Of Thrones is still going strong. The series seems to have taken on a different format this year. Instead of a slow build through each episode to the "holy sh*t" endings they seem to be alternating the big action with every other episode. I'm still not sure it works as sometimes I'm left a little bit bored during the Inbetween episodes but I'm still gripped overall. If you haven't watched it yet... What is wrong with you?!

Things to avoid: save your mind and your time and DO NOT watch channel 4's Human Pups. I have never been so disturbed in my life... And I've seen a lot of weird stuff. 

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

May Catchup


I knew May was going to be a hectic month. I started back to work on the 9th and have been slowly building up my hours each week. Additionally I have been trying to get out at least once a week after work to try and get me used to long days again. This has involved a lot shopping and a lot of walking. I am broke and drained but I have pretty things and hope to show them off to you very soon. You know I like to be super thorough when I'm testing out new products. 

I'm not complaining though, it's been an excellent month. I was very privileged to be invited along to LUSH Belfast's first ever blogger event. On that day I squeezed in work, lunch with a friend, the cinema, the event itself and then a quick bite to eat in Five Guys Belfast afterwards. I'm exhausted just remembering it. 

I'm determined not to overdo it though. Especially with June promising to be a very busy and very adult month (I'm becoming a Fairy Godmother in less than two weeks!)

Tonight I'm heading for dinner at Deanes Love Fish to celebrate the launch of Lough Neagh Eel season with their #EelsAreTasty menu. Anyone who knows me knows I'm a huge seafood lover and Deanes is one of the ultimate restaurants in Belfast. 

I'm a tiddley bit excited. 

As always I have been documenting my adventures on snapchat. If you want a daily snoop of my rambles and my super adorable pet Mad Eye Meowdy. He's slowly becoming a superstar. Just save my snap code below! 













Monday, 16 May 2016

Didn't I Tell You? Makeup Revolution Salvation Lip Laquer


I've told you previously how much I've been loving Makeup Revolution recently. I've not come across a brand where I've like so many products with their ranges in a long time.

That being said when I applied Didn't I Tell You for the first time I was slightly taken aback. I was used to lip lacquers that were a super highly pigmented matte or velvet. Even the high shine lacquers in other brands I've tried (I'm looking at you Apocalips) were super pigmented. This offering was different to all of these, it actually felt much more like a soft gloss but without the icky stickiness that puts me off most lip glosses. 

Now that I look back I absolutely love it and it is perfect for this alarming beautful Spring we're having. Imagine these lips having a nice cider in the sun? All kinds of perfect. 




Thursday, 5 May 2016

Spring Cleaning Bathroom Style






It's spring and we all get the urge to make a few changes and clear out the winter cobwebs. For me my source of unhappiness was my bathroom. When I moved in 18 months ago I was given a few hand-me-down bathroom items but other than those I didn't make any cosmetic changes beyond stuffing it with my many many products. Given that I spend a lot of time there (hello bubble bath obsession) it was time for a change. I looked to a few sources for some Spring Cleaning Tips and I am really pleased with the results. My new bathroom is much fresher, looks a lot tidier and with just a few key changes is altogether a much more pleasant place to be. A good thing given that I spend so much time there!








Anyone else feel the urge to refresh their whole home now?

Monday, 2 May 2016

Can you contour a round face? Sleek Cream Contour Palette Review


If you pay attention you'll know I have an issue with contouring. It's not the technique itself, which until a few years ago was used mostly by drag queens to make their features more feminine. It's more the attitude that every single part of my body apparently needs to be sculpted to look more chiselled, more womanly. It's an unhealthy mind frame. I've seen people contour their face, lips, eyebrows, collarbones, abs, all sorts of ridiculous places. I've seen them use powders, creams and even fake tans all with the goal of making their features slimmer.

Because being round is wrong… right?

Well I have a round face and no amount of "contouring" is going to make it look like I suddenly have concaved cheeks but  there is still a way to use this technique to my advantage and still look like a normal person. No, you are not going to see any harsh "defined" lines on this look. Luckily I found the perfect set to achieve my subtle glow. The new Sleek Cream Contour Kit. 



Looking like pretty much every other cream contour kit on the market this range comes in three shades, light, medium, and dark. I, of course, chose the lightest shade and got it from Cloud10beauty.com with the aid of a cheeky 15% discount code. 

I was delighted when I swatched the palette that the creams themselves are quite sheer and not massively pigmented. Some people might think this is a negative point but for me this means that I don't have to worry about accidentally tangoing myself.



Of the 6 shades I use each one differently. I use the 3 lighter "highlight" shades to add a brightness to my foundation. They're not pigmented enough to use underneath as a colour correct or concealer and definitely are not pale enough to actually lighten or highlight my features. I don't mind this though because I'm super pale and the whole point here is to add tone. 
The 3 darker shades I use to create a sun-kissed glow. As I've said before I'm not going to delude myself into thinking I can create a hollow on my round chipmunk cheeks but I can make it look like I've been outside for more than an hour. 



I really like this kit. It's a great starting point for anyone who wants to practice the techniques of contouring and highlight without looking like they've rubbed dirt on their cheeks. I would recommend investing in a decent translucent setting powder alongside the kit however as they are super creamy and you will end up just wiping it all off if you don't.