Monday, 8 December 2014

Festive Fancies: Nail Edition

In not sure if you've noticed but I'm really throwing myself into christmas this year. This has been very evident in my moonlighting work as a Nail Technician. Here are some recent examples of my work! 
These Winter Bridal nails feature a gorgeous vintage red over Hard Gel enhancements at a wearable length. 

We went full on glitter mani for this one. Nothing says Christmas like over the top sparkle!

Santa and Mistletoe accents over a true red. So cute!

Black and Gold fade to match my client's Christmas party outfit!

When searching for inspiration my client fell in love with a very similar look by The Nailasaurus (one of my all time fave Nail Bloggers) so we followed our hearts and came up with this homage. 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Christmas Jumpers under a Tenner ft Tesco, Asda, Peacocks & Karma Clothing

So over the past few years, in keeping with the modern day obsession of all things simultaneously cute, ugly, and nostalgic, we have seen the comeback of Christmas jumpers.

Like most people however I haven't been able to join in the fun because I simply couldn't justify the cost. However this year I was determined and I have compiled a list of my favourite jumpers. My only stipulation? They're all under a tenner!


1. F&F Embellished Pull Me from Tesco £7: First & foremost I've only seen this 50% offer online so I'm not sure you'd get it in store. I love it because I'm obsessed with grey and I do like a good pun. The embellishment is totally on trend too so that's another box ticked!
2. F&F Nice Baubles from Tesco £6: again, I'm pretty sure this only meets the criteria online at 50% off but it's super cute and super cheap! And black. There's not enough black at Christmas in my opinion. 
3. Black Rudolph from Karma Clothing £9.99: barely scraping it under £10 (RRP'd at £12) but that Rudolph is one cute wee critter! Sizes are limited though so get in fast!
4. Women's Novelty Sweater from Peacocks £8.40: Creatively titled as you can see but I love this nod to Santa/Mrs Clause. 
5. Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal from Ebay £7.99: I think this was the first jumper I remember seeing that really took the whole Christmas Jumper thing and made it cool. The only downside to this one is you can pretty much guarantee you're not buying from the original concept creator. 
6. Christmas Musical Ho Ho Ho Jumper from Asda £12: ok it's over £10. But it's musical, it's punny, and they donate a smal amount to Save The Children when you buy it. 

So that's my selection from a range of jumpers under £10-ish. I bought the F&F Pull Me as I really do love grey and it looks like a good length. Time will tell if I'm right!

 I'd recommend having a look at Tesco as they currently have loads at 50% discount! And you can avoid pesky postage by using the click & collect service and getting them delivered to your nearest store. 

Have you guys found any bargains that you too just have to share?

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Festive Gift Ideas with Emjoi Micro Pedi (Review Included)



Last week I told you about the Micro Mani and how to give yourself a gorgeously shiny manicure in just a few seconds. This week I'm taking care of your feet with the accompanying Micro Pedi also from Emjoi.


This 11 piece gift set is slicker in design than the mani set plus you get all the tools you would need for a full manicure/pedicure even down to the finishing cream moisturiser. 


Here you see it set up with the exfoliating roller to remove dry or excess skin. This is my favourite part of the process, with my feet being slightly ticklish it feels great and like you're getting a proper foot massage!

Also included in the gift set is a nail brush, a tiny little brush to clean out the skin dust (gross but necessary), toe separators, clippers and scissors to trim your nails, and a 5 piece set to shape, buff and shine your toe nails. This takes a bit of skill if, like myself, you're not that flexible but the end result is great! As I mentioned earlier you also get the moisturing cream. 


I absolutely love love LOVE this set! I ended up going out straight after I had finished my pedi (which took all of about 20 minutes start to finish) and felt like I was walking on air. Even a few weeks later as I approach the time for a touch up I can still see the results: Less hard skin and my nails are in better shape. 

I thoroughly recommend this product if you're not one for going to a salon. It's quick, easy, and you'll definitely get the use out it! 

Available at Gordon's Chemists for £39.95 in this gift set or on its own and also a available for men (without the manicure tools) at £34.95. See Www.gordonsdirect.com for details. 

Also, if you missed it, check out my review of the accompanying Electric Nail Polisher and get those loved ones Christmas Stockings filled!


This product was sent for review but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Festive Gift Ideas with Emjoi Micro Nail (Review included)

It's almost that time of year again and unless you're the most prepared person in the world you're probably just about thinking about presents for your friends & loved ones. Well I have a treat for you. 



The Emjoi Micro-Nail Electric Nail Polisher  promises a 2 week manicure in just a few seconds and it's really not far off the mark! 


The set up is simple. You get 4 rollers, a buffer and a shiner (2 of each) and you easily pop them on and off for use. Then after prepping your nails thoroughly you switch it on, glide the rollers across the nail and you're done. Sounds simple but in practice it takes a bit of getting used to. I tested it with my mum and we both found it took a few attempts to get used to the speed of the rollers without it shooting across the nail. But once we got the hang of it we found it as quick as advertised. 
Now, you should never use an abrasive on your nail for more than a few seconds (or else you risk damaging the layers of the nail) so I'd recommend practice with the smooth roller to get your technique sorted as you can use that as much as you like. 


Here's the before and below you can see a few snaps of my mum using the buffer.



We found anchoring the finger with our thumbs gave more control when using the roller. 



And the results are plain to see. The nails are lovely and shiny! 

This is exactly the kind of item I'd love to find as a wee stocking filler. Is it going to replace my 4-way buffer permanently? Probably not. It's gadgety, fun and effective so It's definitely a winner in my book!

Available at Gordon's Chemists and currently on offer at £29.95. 

*this product was sent for review but all opinions are my own*

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Super Sunday: Bex's last Sunday as a Belfast resident

I love living in Belfast. It's something that given the notorious history, and sometimes present, of this City that I tend to forget. But the time has come for me to take a break from small city life and move back home for a while. Home being Antrim; a mere 30 minutes away. 

So being my last Sunday as a city dweller I decided to make the most of it. I got my  Blanket Cape on and off I went. 


My first point of call was Ground Espresso in Waterstones. I'd heard a lot about this up & coming local chain and really wanted to sample their wares. 


And I certainly did sample. Between myself and my friend Sarah we got through a Chocolate Orange hot chocolate, a Snowball steamer made of Coconut, White Chocolate syrup and soya milk (to make me feel better about myself) a Warm Chocolate Brownie and the best Bacon & Cream Cheese Bagel I've had in years! No joke. Also if you haven't had Sukí Tea before then their Belfast Brew is a classic and delightful.
 


Between catching up with Sarah, and just generally chilling on the Internet, I ended up spending about 3 hours and it flew in! The staff were lovely and didn't mind me taking up a sofa in the middle of an extremely busy Sunday. I'll definitely be back there!



 
After Ground I went for a dander round my favourite shops. Partly just for some aimless wandering through town but also to window shop some things I want for my new place. 


I could actually buy everything in Avoca. Never has a place made me lust after doorknobs so frequently. It's safe to say all of these will probably end up being purchased at some point. 


Continuing the kitschy cuteness in Cath Kidston & Paperchase. I think this owl clock is perfect. 


The first Christmas jumper I've worn since I was 5 from H&M. I kinda loved it. And the famous Blanket Cape from Next. So comfy!

I finished the day by meeting up with some more friends and heading for a less glam KFC and to the cinema to see Mockingjay Part 1. All in all a great wee day. And the perfect way to say goodbye-ish to Belfast. I'll be back for work on Monday morning ;)



Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Festive Gift Ideas & Bargain Alert: Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot



Every year it's a tough choice between Benefit and Soap & Glory for my favourite festive Gift Sets. Both are usually super cute with great range but this year I think Benefit have the edge with their Sweet Shoppe range. The tin cases have been designed to look like little houses, complete with removable roof for portability, so that when you collect them (and you WILL want to collect them) it looks like a little village. Amazing. 


My personal favourite amongst the Benefit range is Cheeky Sweet Spot. I picked it up last time I visited House Of Fraser and I'm in love. Not only is it packed with gorgeous blushes, the best bronzer ever, Hoola, & the now discontinued Bella Bamba but at £29.50 it's also a flippin bargain that's so ridiculous it actually made me do math. 

And then it made me make a spreadsheet to display the math because I couldn't believe just how great it was. 

Don't believe me? 


BAM £73.02!!! That's what you save when you pick up this beauty and its a saving I've thoroughly enjoyed making. 



Friday, 31 October 2014

Getting crafty with KARMA jewellery


This week I was invited to take part in a Jewellery making workshop in The Black Box by the folks at KARMA Jewellery

If you haven't heard of KARMA they are a Belfast based company who's ethos of uplifting and inspiring the recipients of their product also comes with the benefits of knowing you are helping the community when you make your purchase. 10% of all their sales goes to helping out local charities, all of which is detailed on their website. So when you make a purchase it's definitely good for your karma... 

Ok punning aside its a pretty great idea, it's been a few years since I went through my jewellery making phase so I jumped at the chance to join in and learn some new techniques. 







We started out with a bit of a "get to know you" session where we each recieved personalised gifts. Massively generous given that they were about to let us loose among their huge bead collection. After a quick demonstration on how to assemble the pieces we got stuck in. I don't think I've ever seen a room of Bloggers so still as we all sat in a zen-like concentration. It's definitely a peaceful hobby, until you spill your beads! Thankfully we had no major spills.





After we finished our own bangles the girls closed them off with their signature "Made In Belfast" charms and we all compared our diverse creations. 

This was such a lovely evening from KARMA and I really hope they start offering sessions like this to the public (it's a winning idea and the perfect girly hangout!) until then, however, you satiate your need at your nearest Argento store or online. Prices range from £15 to approx £50 for a themed stack and the choices are endless!