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Get the look with Kiss Products

Nails and Lashes are big business in 2017; whether you're wearing naturalistic enhancements or going for the full blown fake look, there is no doubt in my mind that you've tried them. Whilst I am a lash novice - pictured to the left is one of my few successful attempts applying them myself - it is well documented that I love my nails. What started as a childhood love of experimenting with colours moved in to an exploration of nail art on this blog and eventually resulted in going back to college to gain my NVQ in Nail Technology and working part time as a nail technician up until last year. 

I love nails.

I particularly love Kiss Nails and imPress Manicures. Every time I wear them I get a tonne of compliments. When glued the nails last ages - my maximum is three weeks - and if you choose to wear the stickers, I love that each set comes with both options for you to choose, you will get a full night without worrying about damage to your natural nail. They come in a huge range of s…
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The Ordinary by The Abnormal Beauty Company (or how I dipped my toe in to Deciem)

The Ordinary by the Abnormal Beauty Company; If you haven't heard about this cult brand yet then you might not know they are hot shit right now and with their parent company, Deciem, being bought up by Estée Lauder they're only going to get bigger.   The internet has been a buzz for months now with beauty gurus far and wide raving about these high end products for low end prices. I couldn't believe it myself when I saw that there wasn't a product in the range that cost more than 8.00 quid! 

So I joined the cult. I have to say that I was really impressed by the counter staff in House Of Fraser Belfast, they were friendly, knowledgeable and able to point me in the direction of the products I needed with just a short chat about my skin. I bought the Hyaluronic Acid 2% and the Niacinimide 10% Serums. If you have no idea what these mean then basically the Hyaluronic is for hydration and, whilst The Ordinary say that Niacinimide combats blemishes, I would actually say that the…

The Body Shop Lightening Drops and Cailyn BB Fluid Touch Compact Review

In theory BB Creams should be a holy grail product for me; Beauty Balm formulas are famous for being a one-stop shop in base products allowing you to swap out your separate serum, moisturiser, primer, foundation, and sunscreens in favour of just one squeeze. As someone who is dry and UV sensitive they should be the perfect foundation for pale skin too, yes? No. 

In the western world, since they hit the market, BB Creams have been sold as a summer product. This means that they are tinted darker so as to compensate for summer tans. Finding a shade that matches my Lilly white ass is difficult enough without companies assuming that I'm bronzing up for the summer! For instance the Cailyn BB Fluid Touch, is AMAZING. Unlike other BB creams that I have tried it is creamy, the Cailyn cream is glowy, it lasts all day and it doesn't oxidise leaving my skin feeling parched at the end of the day but the shade I'm wearing in the swatches featured in this post (the bottom being the true c…

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…

White Chocolate Apricot Bread and Butter Pudding

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 …