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. 


Monday, 5 September 2016

The Wedding Journal Show returns to Belfast (competition) *CLOSED*


Ladies and Gentlemen do I have an exciting opportunity for you and your wedding planning friends. We at FaeriWood.com have teamed up with The Wedding Journal to offer 5 pairs of tickets to this years show in Titanic Belfast.

No idea what the show is? Well here's what they say...

"The Wedding Journal Show returns to the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd October with an action packed all-new show!With over 300 of Northern Ireland’s top wedding suppliers and businesses under one roof, this really is a wedding show not to be missed.Couples will have the chance to Win a Honeymoon like a Celebrity at the show; a life-changing prize for anyone. The lucky winners will go on a once-in-a-lifetime luxury honeymoon to Scrub Island in the Caribbean. Visitors to the show can enter this incredible competition for free, with the winner being revealed during the exciting live final on the main stage on Sunday.Couples can celebrate their upcoming big day in style in the luxurious VIP Lounge where VIPs will be treated to a glass of bubby and a fabulous free Benefit goody bag.The renowned International Bridal Catwalk will run three times daily featuring the very latest wedding dresses, bridesmaids’ gowns, occasion wear and grooms wear from world-renowned designers and manufactures. Collections are modelled by a team of professional dancers who really know how to put on a show.Providing more fashion inspiration, the Bridal Boulevard is a unique shopping area where brides-to-be can view, try on and buy wedding dresses.  This stage will also host daily Benefit beauty masterclasses and hair tips from Lounge.Wedding Journal Show visitors will also have the opportunity to talk to wedding industry experts about every aspect of their wedding day, from venues and stationery, to cakes and cars, that all-important honeymoon and a lot more besides. At the Alternative Wedding Village couples will be introduced to some of Ireland’s most creative and quirky wedding suppliers. New for Autumn 2016, the Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Pavilion provides the perfect platform to plan that dream honeymoon or wedding abroad."
Opening times:  11am – 6pm Saturday 1st October. 11am – 6pm Sunday 2nd October. Save 25% with online tickets at WeddingJournalOnline.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

So if you or anyone you know want to attend this fabulous event then just comment below answering the following question:

In what venue will The Wedding Journal Show take place in Belfast this October 2016? 

The competition is open throughout Northern Ireland and Ireland. Winners must make their own way to the event. The draw will close and winners will be selected on the 25th September.

Faeriwood Kitchen: Two step Mango Icecream



If you have been following my blog for a while you'll know that I have had some serious issues with food. With the IBD diagnosis and serveral hospitalisations I had to scale back my diet in a major way. I have mostly been living on a very plain diet with no fruit, no veg, no fibre. At all. It's been a challenge given that I pretty much lived on a full fibre diet before. Gosh I miss lentils and beans. 

Thankfully a visit to the dietician this week came with the good news that instead of being placed on an even more restrictive completely liquid diet I was actually doing well enough to reintroduce fibre full foods back into my diet! Amazing. I still have to be careful and take it slowly but the thought of more variety than chicken, rice and toast was a delight. 
I celebrated by immediately going out and buying a fruit pot from the nearest shop. 

Speaking of fruit I had some frozen fruit in the freezer which had previously been off limits. I couldn't be bothered with a plain old smoothie (what it was actually bought for) so I started thinking. Banana based ice cream, commonly known as "nicecream" has been a popular trend and I have experimented with in the past, disasterously. Maybe it was time to retry. Plus I had mango and I've never disliked any thing flavoured with mango in my life!

This is exactly what the dietician meant... Right?

Like most things these days I snapchatted my progress and got a lot of interest so here it is. My recipe for Mango Icecream, if you can call it a recipe! 




Ingredients
2 cups frozen Bananas
2 cups frozen Mango
Honey & Vanilla - to taste

Optional Extras: condensed milk or store bought creme patisserie. 
Method
Step 1: blitz the ingredients in a food processor, you'll need to stir through once or twice to make sure it's all evenly processed. 

Step 2: decant into your storage tub and freeze for at least 4 hours before serving. 

No seriously that's it. 

The frozen fruit does go through a scary finely chopped stage but keep stabbing it down (technical term) and you'll get the required creamy texture. It takes a while (about 10 minutes in total) 

If adding the optional extras add these after you blitz the fruit fully and make sure they too are as cold as possible/frozen. Otherwise the temperature will drop too much and you'll end up with a chunky slimy mush. Nobody wants that!

Thursday, 1 September 2016

My Month In Film: August

Each month I take you through what I've been watching and enjoying in film & television. August has been an interesting month.


Suicide Squad

By now you've either seen Suicide Squad or read one of the many dissections of the films. It's bad. It's really bad. It's misleadingly bad because it has some pretty good moments. Very Gifable which is as damning a fate as I could possibly think of. 
Suicide squad is the epitome of style of substance. It is a film made up of slow motion sequences and montages set to a fairly decent but also vapid soundtrack. The songs are great but there's nothing clever about them. The shots are great but there's nothing clever about them. The story is... Yeah that's about as many positives as I can find for the film. 
If you want a full analysis then please ask me as I'm willing to talk for hours on the subject of how bad this movie was. 
To sum it up it's a confusingly vapid piece of crap with a few redeeming qualities but not enough to save it and call it a pleasing experience. And I'm really easy pleased!!


Tallulah 
Ellen Paige and Alison Janney? Say no more. I was delighted that this movie went straight to Netflix as I've been following their progress through production and various film festivals via both the lead actress' tweets. 
It's your typical "free spirit meets stuffy introvert and both learn a little from each other" movie but it has some great moments, great acting, and child kidnapping. Standard. 


The Olympics
I've had a very sporty summer when it comes to TV and I must say I think this has been the year I've been converted to sport of TV. The Olympics for me is all about Gymnastics. I'll dip in and out of other sports but Gymnastics always gets priority. This year I discovered the martial arts which makes sense given my recent exploration of MMA. Speaking of which, MMA definitely needs to be an Olympic sport! Can you imagine?!


UFC 202
Ok so I can't mention MMA without talking about UFC 202 (remember when I said I had a really sporty summer?). It was amazing! I've not watched that many full card nights but this was definitely my favourite and of course I feel that the best result was the Conor McGregor win. Superb! 


War Dogs
I really wasn't sure what to expect with War Dogs but as soon as I heard it was a "true" story (heavy on the air quotes until I get confirmation from the real people) I wanted to see it. It's basically Wolf of Wallstreet without DiCaprio, Scorsese and a Lamborghini. Drugs, meteoric rises to wealth by young twenty somethings, unlikely hot wives: all present and accounted for. 
It's really good fun. 

Notable mention this month should probably go to White House Down (I'm a secret Channing Tatum junkie) for being great fun. Dishonerable mention should go to The Matrix sequels... THEYRE SO BAD! I've never actually brought myself to watch them before but holy crap they stink more than a fresh steaming cat poop. Wow. Poor Keanu. 

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Finding focus


I've worn glasses since I was a teenager, or should I say, I've had glasses since I was a teenager. Unfortunately the allure of geek chic and sexy librarian hadn't quite kicked in the early 2000s; couple that with the fact they never quite fixed my blurriness, they were abandoned. 

Last week I decided it was time for a new pair. The headaches, irritated eyes and double vision had to stop! 

Off to Specsavers!

I've tried a few opticians over the years, both big name and independent. None of them put me at ease as the girls of my local branch of Specsavers did. I booked my appointment online which is an absolute dream of a process and once I was there I was seen within minutes. A few quick tests later I had all the answers to my problems, a cure for the irritation (blocked glands are a terrible thing) and the promise of my new glasses within an hour. AN HOUR! I've always had to wait weeks in the past, this was definitely an improvement. 

As for the glasses themselves we went through the various options and I loved how brutally honest they were about what did or didn't suit my face. I'll never be a cat eyed girl but I did find the right size and shape to flatter. I'd love to say I can afford the latest designer frames but alas I cannot so I popped over to the Specsavers brand range which in my honest opinion? Aren't that much different to their designer counterparts. 

My first choice was the Ravello tortoishell wayfarer frames. I'm obsessed with tortoishell glasses and I like a good large frame to look out of. In short: I love them!
I will most likely wear these frames more often so I chose to give them the anti-glare coating. An absolute must if you're going to be sat in front a screen pretty much 12 hours a day (work/blogging/social... It takes its toll on our poor wee peepers).




My second choice was Taluta Frames which are a deep brown with a fab orange reverse! They really make my blue eyes pop and the soft butterfly frame is really flattering to my face shape. These ones came in at £69 so we're technically my "free" pair. 




It's odd how much of a difference proper glasses make. Everything is in HD (or 4K as I have been corrected). 

It's good to step back and get a bit of focus.