Monday, 24 October 2016

My Thai Swedish Hot Oil Massage Bliss and how you can get it

Here's the thing: I love massages. I love getting them. I love giving them (I'm excellent at giving them actually). I love em. There's just something about lying face down and getting smacked about a bit that… wait… actually I stand by that, it's great.

Here's the other thing: I can't afford all the massages my body craves! I'm not an inspo blogger, I don't have a tonne of money to throw about and live the glam life. I don't even have the money to pretend I live the glam life. I'm the girl who took a year long nail course and became a qualified nail technician because I couldn't justify spending £40 on a manicure but I could justify £200 on a life long skill. 

I like my value for money. 

This is why the Northern Ireland based Ohh Social is the perfect app for me. It's all about the value for money and it's all about the price per use. So what is it?

Essentially it's a Buy One Get One Free app for restaurants, coffee shops, bars, beauty salons, cinemas, hotels, gyms, activity parks, kids activities... Pretty much everything you can think of it you wanted to treat yourself or the family. You pay an annual fee and BAM the world (of Belfast) is your oyster. You even get a little counter of how much you've saved!

If you're looking for a recommendation of what to pick first? Go for the Swedish hot oil massage at Thai Orchid. You will NOT regret it! The girls are lovely, the atmosphere is very zen; you will glide out after your time is up. 

*the app and the massage were gifted to me by various parties however all opinions are my own. 

Thursday, 13 October 2016

No Halloween Costume Needed

It's become an accepted norm that once December 1st comes around the nations will don their snowflake print leggings and their novelty jumpers but so far the other seasons are lacking in their effort. Yes, Halloween is famous as being the single greatest costume day of the year but I need October to step and represent in the seasonal apparel game. 

Thankfully retailers have heard my inner goth cry and have come up with some seriously cute Halloween inspired items. For those who love a slogan tee you have every variation of saying that could possibly be made by rhyming witch with bitch and if you don't say every one of with Emma Roberts' attitude then you need to watch season 3 of American Horror Story immediately!  

Dressing with the seasons is clearly big money but it doesn't have to cost the world. Here are my choices of how to get into the Halloween spirit all under £30. 

Starting with my favourites because I can! I actually bought the first two dresses and I'm serrrrriously considering the last one!

New Look
I need the Batkitty so much. I just need it!

The jumper is a cutout so not only will you be giving serious teeth you'll be giving good boob too... That makes me happy. 

Pretty Little Things
I'm 100% not in the Pretty Little Things demographic but that dress has skeleton hands on the ass and boobs. I'm weirdly pleased by this blatant objectification. 

Monday, 10 October 2016

A lesson in coffee from Ground Espresso

If you were to ask me for a recommendation where to go for coffee, good coffee, then I would say Ground Espresso. I reviewed their Sprucefield store earlier this year and last year I went with Sarah to their Waterstones branch for a coffee lesson. It was my first step to properly enjoying coffee without needing to fill it full of chocolate, caramel, and sugar. I'm a bit of a heathen in that sense.

Recently we were offered the chance to try out their next level of coffee education. We learned what cupping is, how to break the crust (something I'd never heard of in my life!); we learned how to tell the different methods of roasting, different methods of brewing the coffee, and the many variations in how each process affects the final taste. 
We eventually narrowed down our preferences so that in the future we know what to look for when choosing types of coffee to make sure we really enjoy it. 

Kris, the Waterstones manager, is brimming with enthusiasm for these tiny little beans and it's definitely infectious. He's a great tutor and I recommend grabbing him for a chat if you find yourself nearby. Whether you're a coffee heathen like myself, a caffeine addict like Sarah, or just a keen enthusiast the folks at Ground will take care of your needs for sure. No pretention. Just really good coffee. 

Our Sarah likes to watch her coffee intensely. 

Thursday, 6 October 2016

My month in film: September

Hello folk! As you know by now I take a moment at the start of each month to tell you what I've been watching and what I thought of it. September was no different except in that it just seemed to drag. Maybe that was the wifi problems I've been having recently. Thankfully I still managed to get some good choices in and I sorted out new internet for October so I'll be in full streaming form once again! 

Stranger Things
Ok, so this was a "let's see what the fuss is about" watch. This series is so hyped it's unbelievable! It is a great show but I was slightly disappointed and this was 100% down to spoilers and social media commentary. With that in mind I'm not to going to say much more about its because Stranger Things is best watched when you know nothing about it. That didn't work out for me this time but I'll making sure for season 2 I get in quickly so that it doesn't happen again. 

The Get Down
Unlike Stranger Things I literally knew nothing about The Get Down going except that it was from Baz Luhrmann, my favourite film maker. Set in the 70s exploring the rise of hip hop, the fall of disco and the ghettoisation of New York. 
It opens with some serious clichés and the themes of using music to find fame and escape reality are well used but The Get Down does it really well and tells a story that not many of us know. 

Sausage Party
Seth Rogen and chums once again give us pure filth on screen and it's brilliant. Set in a supermarket during Fourth of July weekend Sausage Party asks the big questions and the really dirty questions. With a song about coitus and an evil roided up douche (an actual douche) and a wonderful message of togetherness you'll either be peeing your pants laughing or cringing at the crudeness. I wasn't cringing...

Ru Pauls Drag Race: All Stars 2
I love Ru Paul. I've loved since her many 90s teenage sitcom cameos (Sabrina The Teenage Witch ring a bell?). Drag race is her real legacy. In the latest episode she claims she is a marketing genius for taking an underground gay scene and making it a mainstream phenomenon. She's right however I am getting a little tired of hearing Yaaaaaas everywhere though. I liked it when it was a little less mainstream and I'm not ashamed to admit that. 

The Great British Bakeoff
Every episode of Bakeoff this year is a ticking clock to when Channel 4 will inevitably ruin the series. Although the show runners aren't helping themselves with all these random themed weeks. Batter week was bad enough but botanical week? Lads, no. 
I'm still loving it though. 

Monday, 26 September 2016

5 Autumn/Winter must have shades from Sleek Lip VIP

For a while Sleek Cosmetics have been the ones to beat for quality products with great pigmentation at great prices. Other brands may hit one or two of these points but in my opinion Sleek consistently hits them all. 

In the past I've been a fan of their Pout Paint and their Matte Me lip laquers but oddly enough I've never dipped in to their actual lipsticks! More fool me. 

I received this set of Sleek Lip VIP semi matte lipsticks at the Sleek Blogger Brunch I attended a few weeks ago (here's where I plug my snapchat again) those of watching my @Faeribex snaps will have seen what a fab day it was.  

First impressions are positive. The colours are bang on trend for the upcoming Autumn/Winter seasons and there's a nice mix of girly, vampy, vintage and just plain gorgeous. 
They apply feeling creamy and set to that semi matte finish slightly paler than when first applied. 
For a full days wear I reapplied 3 or 4 times. Mealtimes will definitely do damage but I've yet to find a lip product where this isn't an issue!

Unsurprisingly Private Booth, a peachy nude, is my favourite although I have been wearing Show Off quite a bit because HIYA vampire chic. It's been fully getting me settled in to Autumn. Alas I don't think I'll get much wear out of Flaunt It but it is stunning. A bold orange reminiscent of MAC Vegas Volt (which I also own).
It may clash with my hair but sometimes you just got to break the rules in order to show off the pretty.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Japanese Vitamin C Essence Masks from Kosé Cosmeport

If you think of Sheet Masks you think of pretty, individually wrapped masks with a sense of luxury; and sometimes a quirky animal face printed onto it. Sheet masks, which can be quite pricey, are a treat. Even the cheap ones costing £1 or £2 per mask can add up if you're using them regularly enough. Surely there has to be a better way?

This is where Kose Clear Turn Essence Face Mask comes in. It's a tub of 30 masks for about £12 and each mask is dispensed like a wet wipe. It's brilliant!

These masks aren't here to be stockpiled and kept for special occasions. They're here to be used. 

But are they any good?

Well? Sort of. Unlike their expensive counterparts these aren't the 'juiciest' of masks (you know what I mean) so you don't get a tonne of extra serum. 

You do get a quick boost of moisture but this isn't a mind blowing skin changing kind of moisture. This is the kind that just shows you have taken a little extra care with your routine. Plus you get the pleasure of sitting back and chilling out for ten to fifteen minutes which is just lovely. 

Does it actually bleach your skin?

No! Yes it's does have that scary "turn white" label and yes Vitamin C is useful for healing UV damage so theoretically it should be good to even out your skin tone but I don't think any of the ingredients are potent enough to actually change your colouring. 
That being said I have noticed reduced redness, however this could also be down to the improved routine itself rather than any bleaching ingredients. Asian skin care can often promote skin bleaching effects to a culture where lighter skin is seen as a benefit but I think this is a case where they're getting ripped off and our fair skin can rest safe in the knowledge that we won't turn translucent over night. 

Friday, 9 September 2016

The perfect autumn palette from Blank Canvas

Here's the thing. Ask me a year ago and couldn't have told you who Blank Canvas Cosmetics were. I don't know how but they had completely escaped my radar. Fast forward to 6 months ago and I'm obsessed, I blame this purely on Snapchat.

With the rise of the Snapchat MUA (the latest breed of influencer, someone who works by doing tutorials and demoing products almost purely on Snapchat) came an introduction to new brands and new products. It's been a blessing and curse (my bank balance has taken a hard hit). 

One of the products I saw being raved about was the frequently sold out Master Series Palette One, or Master Palette for short. It is a beauty in the box. I very fussy about palettes and don't often like to buy without seeing in person but I caught a glimpse of it in real life during the Irish Beauty Show and I was sold. Unfortunately it was also sold out. 

Fast forward again four months and I finally managed to get my claws on it. Oh my, she really is a beauty isn't she?

But is it any good? 
The palette does have its negatives. Yes the colours are dreamy, the shadows apply like a dream and are easily workable but they're not hugely pigmented and there is quite a bit of fall out. 

Another disappointment was the ingredients, I do not expect to pay nearly €35 (£29) for a talc based product. Not when I can buy the same from Make Up Revoltion for a third of the price. 

But I do love this palette and there are positives. A contributing factor to the price would be the double ended Blank Canvas E40/E41 brush (retailing separately around €10).
Those wanting to dip their brush into the red eyeshadow trend need only look to Carmin. Those looking for a truly nude eye can look at either Brazen, Strut or Core (depending on skin tone). Finally, there is not a bad colour in the palette. All can be mixed and used in various combinations to create different looks and none of them will look ridiculous beside each other. The palette is one of the most cohesive palettes I've come across in a long time.