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Pixi Double Cleanse and Glow Mud Cleanser Review

So here it is, my first post written on my new laptop. I have to say it feels good to be writing on a proper keyboard, although my trusty iPhone has done me well the past few years. It has been a busy few weeks in Faeriwood HQ. I've been super busy in work and with a few family and social events I'll be honest and say that I've ended up a bit run down. Shock horror Bex isn't feeling well! Ah well shit happens and it's good to take a break, right? Ok so I haven't got the 'taking a break' part down yet but I'm trying. I'm gonna try. I'll maybe try. 
*Fails dismally* Oh Bex...

So on to the reason for today's post. Pixi by Petra is the beauty brand that revels in their cult following. With high profile and well respected ambassadors like Caroline Hirons putting their names to the products the public are lapping them up off the shelves and stores are clambering to get them on to their shelves! Previously in Belfast we were only able to get a li…
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I'm standing in the showers of the Ulster Rugby Team and wondering to myself how did I get here? This is not what I expected when I pulled up to the impressive Kingspan Stadium this morning. 
I was at Kingspan for a trade show; a cake trade show! My favourite kind. Andrew Ingredients are an all Ireland baking supplier and they had kindly invited me down to check out the show, sample a few a goodies and take a tour of the stadium while we were there. This is how I find myself surrounded by the surprisingly faint musky smell of 22 sweaty rugby blokes while my companions took selfies in the changing rooms. It was surreal but it was a fantastic surprise. 




The show itself was a treasure trove of culinary delights. From Brazilian Pao de Queijo (cheesy rolls) to chocolate muffins, fresh doughnuts, to traditional soft baps (or rolls if you're not from Northern Ireland). They even had sugar free offerings such as Madeira and a whole table full of Gluten Free treats that would have made m…

My first Facial - yes it was a dermalogica one!

You would think that for somebody as openly keen on skincare that I would have had a facial before now. Yet this is just the latest seemingly normal adult experience that I seem to have skipped whilst growing up; things always got in the way. I finally bit the bullet and booked a dermalogica facial and entered the salon full of excitement. Dermalogica is the best isn't it? That's what they say. Therefore it had to be Dermalogica. I fill out the pre-assessment forms and handed them over stifling an urge to just shout "Do whatever you want, just fix me!" I smile instead and follow her in to the treatment room. 
There are flamingoes everywhere. That makes sense, this place is called Flamingo Beauty after all.  It somehow perfectly borders kitsch and class and instantly I feel relaxed. My therapist, Rachael, explains how the treatment will work and leaves me to strip down as far as I want and climb in to the bed. It's heated. I may very well fall asleep here. 
She retu…

5 reasons to visit Glenarm Castle Tulip Festival this bank holiday Monday

If you're looking for something to do with the family this bank holiday Monday it could be very tempting to take a trip up to the beach along with hoards of others who have had the same idea. However if you want to something different this weekend I have a plan for you. The 11th annual Glenarm Tulip Festival has everything to make a great day out and take advantage of, hopefully, great weather! Here are my 5 reasons to visit Glenarm Castle this weekend!

The Castle

There are only a few select times during the year that Glenarm Castle opens its doors to the public. If you are lucky enough to be there on these days you will see centuries of history from the Earls of Antrim, beautiful portraits, stunning statues and artifacts, and you might even bump in to her ladyship herself!



The Garden Trail


A short twenty minutes will take you around the walled garden trail. You not only get to see the pristine landscaping - something I'm a bit of a geek over - you'll see all the farm animals …

Étude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack review

It will come as no surprise that I have been trying out some new skin care. Skin care, and keeping my skin hydrated, is my eternal struggle. As we enter the summer this problem multiplies. My skin does not agree with heat. Air conditioning dries me out, I get heat rashes everywhere, and I am UV sensitive due to a mix of medications and being pale AF so sun worshipping is just not an option; And so I bathe in everything that promises moisturising and reparative properties.
Case in point this Étude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack I found in TK Maxx. Using black tea this gel mask also contains 'moisture capsule bubbles' which you can burst and mix in before applying to your face for what is apparently an extra burst of moisture. It's all neatly packaged up to look like a cup of bubble tea which is a popular drink all over in Asia and makes sense given that this is a Chinese brand (despite their French name)
The ingredients listed are a bit of a muddle but I've managed to pic…

Trend spotting with Quiz Fairhill Ballymena

If you read my post on the discounts involved in Ballymena Means Fashion you'll know that Saturday 8th April is going to be an epic day of shopping and treats for everyone. As part of my coverage of the event I was invited down to Fairhill Shopping Centre in Ballymena (hi) to visit Quiz and see the latest trends that will displayed in tomorrow's fashion show. 
I met the lovely Nikita, who I'd like to thank Up-front for hosting me and showing me round the store, she picked out that pinks, ruffles and embroidered denim are the big trends that they are stocking. 





Please excuse the changing room lighting but how cute are these jeans?!? I remember rocking a very similar pair a cool *cough*twenty*cough* years ago in the late nineties and I thought I was the bee's knees. Guess what? I still do!


I really love this cinched top with necklace detail in both the white and the pink but I decided that the pink was my favourite. Partly because it was the totally on trend colour but also…