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New purchases, repurchases and shopping the stash. March beauty faves.

I'm a creature of habit and when I find products I love I tend to stick with them for ages. In March I've tried to shake things up by raiding my stash and shopping for new and old favourites. Here are my 6 most used products in March. 
Benefit Rollerlash - after trying to search for something that matches rollerlash but is easier on the purse I gave in and just repurchased. Whilst it is amazing from the first use this is actually a mascara that gets better the older it is as the formula tightens up and really gives a Wow factor. Sleek Cleopatra Palette - although the temptation to move on to pinks and pastels for spring I will never stray far from my golds and Metallics. Although I don't wear makeup every day I keep the Cleopatra palette in my emergency kit as it is great for both a subtle highlight and for using as and eye shadow. Pixi By Petra Clear Brow Gel - it's very easy to get caught up in the wonderful world of Benefit Brow Products but other brands are holding …
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Where to eat in Northern Ireland featuring Browns Restaurants

This week has been a week of indulgence. I've been very lucky to spend time with friends and colleagues dining on some delicious eats and enjoying the good atmospheres and company in some of Northern Ireland's most popular and acclaimed restaurants. If I was the sort I would be sticking #blessed on everything. 
The week started in Ballyhackamore at Il Pirata, one of my favourite Belfast restaurants, for a quick lunch with one of my best friends before we dived in to a busy day shopping at Ikea. We started with a cocktail and shared sourdough with tapenade. I'm one of those people who hate olives but loves tapenade. Add garlic and anchovies to anything and I will love it. For main I had the duck ragu with spinach and gnocchi. I always end up getting some form of ragu in Il Pirata and they rarely disappoint. I will have to say that I prefer getting my gnocchi as a side rather than part of the main dish. It loses the slightly crunchy, buttery, garlicky wonderfullness in the sa…

Benito Brow Bar Belfast opens in Topshop Victoria Square

There's a new brow bar in Belfast and they are set to take the town by storm. Located on the ground floor of Topshop Victoria Square, in the accessories and make-up section, Benito Brow Bar promises to offer quick, professional service to Belfast's fashionistas.You may think it's a bit strange to have a brow bar in a clothes shop but Topshop's London branches have hosted nail and hair bars such as WAH Nails and BLEACH London. These brands have gone on to become huge successes across the UK's high streets with books and their own product lines on sale. Beauty and Fashion go hand in hand according to Topshop and brows are just the latest trend they are setting. I was lucky enough to spend an evening with the girls at Benito Belfast and along with a few other bloggers, received a demo of the Benito process and a cheeky cupcake. We were then all treated to a consultation and our own treatments. I went for just a simple threading as I'm already dark and I'm not …

Harry Potter the awesomely cheap eBay wand necklaces

I'm aware I've been on a bit of a Harry Potter kick recently. I seem to have opened a gate and the cute, very shoppable, stuff just keeps coming through! 

My latest find are these eBay Harry Potter Wand necklaces. A steal at just 2.79 each or 6.49 for the lot. 




Left to Right: Hermione | Harry | Voldemort | Dumbledore
For wear these are great; The chains provided are a good long length and sturdy too. The pendants themselves are weighty so you don't feel like it's going to snap in half when you lean against something. 
I've decided that rather than keep them as necklaces I'm going to get a frame and hang them them in my living room. I'm thinking an A5 size frame with the borders removed (I tried an A4 size I had spare and it was just too big). I may keep the display so that they are easily removable just in case I take a notion! I do tend to take notions. 
What do you think?

Is Eye Makeup Remover really essential? Nivea Double Effect review

Do you need eye makeup remover? Quickly ask yourself this and you will probably say no. For years I've been the same but as I get older and my eyes get tired easier I've been thinking that maybe I need to change. 
Last year I had a case of blocked eye ducts (that's a thing) which resulted in watery eyes, pain, swelling and, at its worst, light sensitivity. I went to my optician who advised applying a hot cloth and massaging the eyes in order to clear the blockage. Whilst the problem wasn't strictly related to my cleansing routine she advised that the risk of the blockages could be prevented by being a bit more… thorough. She was definitely being kind!
I had previously being using Micellar water for every day eye makeup removal, whilst effective at removing the large bulk of product I found that I needed to dig in and go over it a few times to fully remove mascara and liners. Micellar was not effective on gel or liquid liners so I moved on to alternating with The Balm …

Harry Potter and the family holiday to London!

I made a decision last year to travel more. That started off with my solo trip to Paris in the summer and followed up with a Harry Potter themed adventure in London last week with my brother. 

Having waited 16 months we were finally on our way to see Harry Potter And The Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre. We had a full week planned; trips to Camden to explore the markets, Leavesden to re-visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour and of course the two shows that make up The Cursed Child. 
Day One
We arrive at Gatwick and jump on the express at Crawley; my only regret is not booking our train tickets in advance to get the cheap prices. After dropping our bags off at the hotel we headed straight to Camden Market for a spot of shopping and a hot chocolate lunch at the infamous Chin Chin Labs. 
FYI: We were staying just off Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road at the Hotel St Giles, if you're looking for a ridiculously central location then I do recommend it as we were 2 minutes from the tube …