Monday, 16 May 2016

Didn't I Tell You? Makeup Revolution Salvation Lip Laquer


I've told you previously how much I've been loving Makeup Revolution recently. I've not come across a brand where I've like so many products with their ranges in a long time.

That being said when I applied Didn't I Tell You for the first time I was slightly taken aback. I was used to lip lacquers that were a super highly pigmented matte or velvet. Even the high shine lacquers in other brands I've tried (I'm looking at you Apocalips) were super pigmented. This offering was different to all of these, it actually felt much more like a soft gloss but without the icky stickiness that puts me off most lip glosses. 

Now that I look back I absolutely love it and it is perfect for this alarming beautful Spring we're having. Imagine these lips having a nice cider in the sun? All kinds of perfect. 




Thursday, 5 May 2016

Spring Cleaning Bathroom Style






It's spring and we all get the urge to make a few changes and clear out the winter cobwebs. For me my source of unhappiness was my bathroom. When I moved in 18 months ago I was given a few hand-me-down bathroom items but other than those I didn't make any cosmetic changes beyond stuffing it with my many many products. Given that I spend a lot of time there (hello bubble bath obsession) it was time for a change. I looked to a few sources for some Spring Cleaning Tips and I am really pleased with the results. My new bathroom is much fresher, looks a lot tidier and with just a few key changes is altogether a much more pleasant place to be. A good thing given that I spend so much time there!








Anyone else feel the urge to refresh their whole home now?

Monday, 2 May 2016

Can you contour a round face? Sleek Cream Contour Palette Review


If you pay attention you'll know I have an issue with contouring. It's not the technique itself, which until a few years ago was used mostly by drag queens to make their features more feminine. It's more the attitude that every single part of my body apparently needs to be sculpted to look more chiselled, more womanly. It's an unhealthy mind frame. I've seen people contour their face, lips, eyebrows, collarbones, abs, all sorts of ridiculous places. I've seen them use powders, creams and even fake tans all with the goal of making their features slimmer.

Because being round is wrong… right?

Well I have a round face and no amount of "contouring" is going to make it look like I suddenly have concaved cheeks but  there is still a way to use this technique to my advantage and still look like a normal person. No, you are not going to see any harsh "defined" lines on this look. Luckily I found the perfect set to achieve my subtle glow. The new Sleek Cream Contour Kit. 



Looking like pretty much every other cream contour kit on the market this range comes in three shades, light, medium, and dark. I, of course, chose the lightest shade and got it from Cloud10beauty.com with the aid of a cheeky 15% discount code. 

I was delighted when I swatched the palette that the creams themselves are quite sheer and not massively pigmented. Some people might think this is a negative point but for me this means that I don't have to worry about accidentally tangoing myself.



Of the 6 shades I use each one differently. I use the 3 lighter "highlight" shades to add a brightness to my foundation. They're not pigmented enough to use underneath as a colour correct or concealer and definitely are not pale enough to actually lighten or highlight my features. I don't mind this though because I'm super pale and the whole point here is to add tone. 
The 3 darker shades I use to create a sun-kissed glow. As I've said before I'm not going to delude myself into thinking I can create a hollow on my round chipmunk cheeks but I can make it look like I've been outside for more than an hour. 



I really like this kit. It's a great starting point for anyone who wants to practice the techniques of contouring and highlight without looking like they've rubbed dirt on their cheeks. I would recommend investing in a decent translucent setting powder alongside the kit however as they are super creamy and you will end up just wiping it all off if you don't. 



Sunday, 1 May 2016

My Month In Film: April


Sing Street 
I saw Sing Street going in knowing relatively little about the plot or the background. I knew that it by the same team who made Once, the now iconic Irish musical which has produced a stage show in both The West End and Broadway. And I knew that it was set in the 80s. I wasn't a fan of Once if I'm honest but that didn't deter me, neither did the girl at the ticket office telling us that it was subtitled. It was Irish, that made sense. I don't know what surprised me more, that the film was hilarious and brilliant or that there was not a pick of Irish language in the whole thing. Not even a Slainte! I don't where the confusion in the ticket office happened but I really hope it didn't put anyone off because they really missed out on a wonderful, feelgood film. 

Harry Potter
I spent a lot of early April watching Harry Potter on repeat. My NowTV trial was due to be cancelled and nothing else on the movie channels was grabbing me beyond the dedicated Harry Potter channel. I have so remorse about this. I love those movies; even the crappy early ones. 

Charlie Wilson's War
Phillip Seymour Hoffman. That is all it took to sell me on this film. Yes, Tom Hanks. Yes, Julia Roberts. Yes, a myriad of other worthy film selling names and yes a fab story and a brilliant script.  But YES to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Im still in mourning. This is worth a watch. 



Star Wars: The Force Awakens
I wish I could say I chose the Dark Side or Light Side when buying the latest Star Wars release but alas I don't have a BluRay player so I was stuck with the crappy DVD edition. Fun Fact: despite being a life long fan of the franchise this is the only Star Wars DVD I've bought because I refuse to give credence to those monstrous re-mastered editions that George Lucas refuses to undo. Bring back the originals! Or even the 1997 versions which wasn't as bad. 

Game of Thrones
Season 6 Episode 1 dropped at the end of the month and it was a typically quiet episode. Enough to keep us watching and set up the series' main stories but not too much to leave us spent after the first episode. Some will like it, others won't. I've learnt to save judgement until I've seen the series in full. 


Captain America Civil War
This is the big one of the month. Everyone knows that I'm a huge Marvel fan so I've been waiting impatiently for the next instalment in the ever growing MCU (Marvel Comic Universe) and it didn't disappoint. The Russo brothers wowed us with the previous instalment of Captain America and their ability to create a strong political thriller in a huge overarching story the had repercussions throughout the universe. They pick up where they left off in their fight against "the man" with Civil War but this film has a much lighter, more comedic, feel than its predecessor. At times the jokes feel relentless in amongst the action but it never detracts and the new additions to the cast are a welcome refresh to a familiar line up. I know that I'll go and see this again. I always try to see Marvel movies in all the various dimensions (2D, 3D, imaxx) because that's the kind of person I am. 

Special mentions this month go to Damages and The Americans. Both series are a few years old now but I'm playing catch up slowly. I never saw more than series 1 when Damages first aired and unfortunately The Americans hasn't shown over here on non-premium channels. I guess Cold War Americana conspiracies just don't interest the BBC or Channel 4. 

See you next month for May's edition!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Rimmel Lasting Finish Contour Liner in Tiramisu


I know. Another close up of my facial features. This is part of an ongoing effort to demonstrate the makeup I'm wearing and testing out on a daily basis, in detail. This may mean that you start seeing some not entirely glowing reviews from me; something I've tried to avoid. I don't like being a negative nancy but I feel that in the spirit of honesty it is important to showcase my dislikes on the blog and not just on my social media which is where I've voiced those opinions in the past. 

This of course allows me to offer a lot more content. Im quite fussy and I'm hoping that my stamina lasts. 

Today is not a negative review though. It is a happy one! A lot is made of the Rimmel Lasting Touch lip pencils and rightly so. They are lovely. I picked up the colour Tiramisu because I have at least 8 lipsticks that will match this pencil. I do love a pinky brown nude. 

My one issue with these pencils is that they are sold as contour pencils rather than the lip liner that they really are. Why does every last feature on our bodies have to be contoured?! I love beauty and makeup but it is a frightening trend within the industry that everything has to be contoured to perfect. Perfection culture is damaging our perception of our natural selves and it's so upsetting to see young girls falling for it because of 18 year old celebrities who've never had to do their own makeup, much less a proper days work, say that they should be contoured and have lip fillers. It grinds my gears. 

But that is a WHOLE other blog. These are lip liners and should be used as such. Besides... It's not actually dark enough to make any form of contouring stand out and I am super pale.  


Above you'll see the pencil on its own. As mentioned previously, it's a lovely pinky toned soft brown which blends just right to my inner lip colour. Below you'll see it with paired with two Inglot lipsticks. Inglot 216 on the top lip and 226 on the bottom lip. They are almost identical to each other except that 216 contains a subtle shimmer giving it a frost finish rather than 226's cream finish. I have also paired it with a Diego Dalla Palma lipstick I shall be talking about in an upcoming post. Stay tuned for that. 


If you watch my social media you will have seen this lip a lot. In fact it's quite handy that I'm posting about this match today as the new Inglot Belfast store is opening this weekend (Saturday 30th April 2016) and I've just reminded myself that I need repurchase a new 226, as well as a few other Inglot goodies. Well it would be rude not to!





Monday, 25 April 2016

6 Game of Thrones locations you can visit in a day


If you don't know that I'm a massive Game of Thrones fan then where have you been? I'm a huge fan of the show and although I haven't read all of them, I would say that I am a fan of the books too. I just made a very conscious decision not to finish them until after the show because it is moving faster. Last year myself and Sarah went to a Game Of Thrones Banquet in The Cuan in Strangford. The whole evening was built around a menu derived from the books and we got lots of stories about actors who had stayed in the hotel whilst filming in the nearby castle. One thing you realise when you start visiting Game Of Thrones locations in Northern Ireland is just how many castles we have here. Its rather a lot.

Ever since then I've been begging Sarah to take me out on a location hunt. Given that everywhere in Northern Ireland is pretty much a two hour drive from where I live, its criminal that I don't get out to see the sights more often. This weekend was our day. We decided to visit as many locations as we could in one day and conveniently enough we didn't have to stray from my home county of Antrim.


Shane's Castle 

This is home territory for me. I live five minutes from Shane's Castle, spent my childhood summers camping here as a Girl Guide, and come every year for the Irish Game Fair to snoop on the food stalls. I've never been able to explore it the way we did this weekend though because its usually all fenced off during public open days. It was wonderful to finally get down to the waters edge and see the castle keep from below. I can't even begin to explain how amazing it was to sneak on to the working set (fully ignoring the keep out signs on the broken fence) and down in to the crypt. This set has been home to many different scenes and locations in the series but when I was there I didn't care about any of that, I was just loving the ability to explore the ancient ruins themselves. 












Moneyglass Castle 

Another Castle but alas this was our biggest fail of the trip. We drove round the whole estate trying to get a close up view of the castle without actually trespassing on private property (I don't mind wandering in through a broken gate of an abandoned castle but I draw the line at a locked one with a working farmhouse sat beside it). Still, we enjoyed the picturesque drive towards Toome so all was not lost. Moneyglass is another working set so fully expect to see it pop up during the upcoming season 6.



game of thones locations moneyglass castle
Image via TheSarahStory.com
The Dark Hedges

One of Nothern Irelands most iconic views even before the series filmed there and really made it famous. The Dark Hedges set the scene for The Kings Road in the series. Much like the series they've had a troublesome winter with a few of the trees being blown over by the winds and a major SNAFU by the road service when they accidentally re-tarmacked and drew lines on the road! Thankfully the lines were removed and the view is once again undisturbed by modern eye-sores. Unless you happen to be one of those people who parks in the middle of the road and blocks everyone else's view.



Sarah getting mighty upset at some hapless tourists spoiling our view

Ballintoy Harbour

Those watching my Snapchat will have seen my blonde moment as a briefly called this Port Ballintoy. I corrected myself quickly though and then took a stroll across the harbour bay. Ballintoy is one of the "Official" tour locations so you can often see people dressed up in cosplay and heading off to recreate their favourite scenes (and pretend to be Alfie Allen coming home to the Iron Islands). It is also a beautiful place by itself, popular with locals to go and grab a sausage bap and watch the sun rise. It also has some spectacular caves.







Larrybane 

Just up the road from Ballintoy is Larrybane. Lets be honest with ourselves, Larrybane is a quarry. It's not the most exciting place in the world when it's not acting as a huge settlement in the show. Mostly it is used as overspill for the nearby Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, which is a popular tourist attraction for those crazy enough to walk across a shakey old rope bridge without safety nets over a whacking great big chasm... did I ever mention I don't like heights or bridges? If you venture beyond the cliffs, however, you will get a lovely view of the ocean and even see a few of those very familiar Iron Islands from a different angle.




Murlough Bay

Of all the locations we saw on this day, Murlough Bay was easily in my top two and thoroughly worth the extremely hairy drive down the very very steep hill. Although it is possible to drive the last league of the journey we actually decided to park up and walk along the road to the bay itself. It is a stunning area and completely remote. I couldn't believe it when we reached the bay and found that there are actually two tiny houses there. People live with this amazing view everyday! I was extremely jealous and shall be keeping an eye out on Airbnb... just in case.
Fans of the show will note that Murlough bay is actually home to two different locations within the show. Renly Baratheon's Camp was filmed in a field at the top of the hill but the worthy site is Slavers Bay which you see here. Totally worth the screams you will inevitably scream as you descent.






The lovely Sarah
Stay tuned for more locations as we are going to make an effort to see as many as we can. Prizes for those who can get us on to working sets!