Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Festive Gift Ideas & Bargain Alert: Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot



Every year it's a tough choice between Benefit and Soap & Glory for my favourite festive Gift Sets. Both are usually super cute with great range but this year I think Benefit have the edge with their Sweet Shoppe range. The tin cases have been designed to look like little houses, complete with removable roof for portability, so that when you collect them (and you WILL want to collect them) it looks like a little village. Amazing. 


My personal favourite amongst the Benefit range is Cheeky Sweet Spot. I picked it up last time I visited House Of Fraser and I'm in love. Not only is it packed with gorgeous blushes, the best bronzer ever, Hoola, & the now discontinued Bella Bamba but at £29.50 it's also a flippin bargain that's so ridiculous it actually made me do math. 

And then it made me make a spreadsheet to display the math because I couldn't believe just how great it was. 

Don't believe me? 


BAM £73.02!!! That's what you save when you pick up this beauty and its a saving I've thoroughly enjoyed making. 



Friday, 31 October 2014

Getting crafty with KARMA jewellery


This week I was invited to take part in a Jewellery making workshop in The Black Box by the folks at KARMA Jewellery

If you haven't heard of KARMA they are a Belfast based company who's ethos of uplifting and inspiring the recipients of their product also comes with the benefits of knowing you are helping the community when you make your purchase. 10% of all their sales goes to helping out local charities, all of which is detailed on their website. So when you make a purchase it's definitely good for your karma... 

Ok punning aside its a pretty great idea, it's been a few years since I went through my jewellery making phase so I jumped at the chance to join in and learn some new techniques. 







We started out with a bit of a "get to know you" session where we each recieved personalised gifts. Massively generous given that they were about to let us loose among their huge bead collection. After a quick demonstration on how to assemble the pieces we got stuck in. I don't think I've ever seen a room of Bloggers so still as we all sat in a zen-like concentration. It's definitely a peaceful hobby, until you spill your beads! Thankfully we had no major spills.





After we finished our own bangles the girls closed them off with their signature "Made In Belfast" charms and we all compared our diverse creations. 

This was such a lovely evening from KARMA and I really hope they start offering sessions like this to the public (it's a winning idea and the perfect girly hangout!) until then, however, you satiate your need at your nearest Argento store or online. Prices range from £15 to approx £50 for a themed stack and the choices are endless! 










Thursday, 30 October 2014

Luxury in Lurgan - the hidden gem that is Glenmore Manor




 What do you say when you get the chance for a sleepover with your FABB friends and the opportunity to relax after a long week in the Jucuzzi? Well you say "Absolutely!" and then pack half the house. Just in case. 


That's precisely what I did when myself and a few other Northern Irish FABB girls, Rosanna of Silver Brogues, Megan-Cáitlín of VENT-Threads, Ruth of Welcome to Willowlane and Carolyn of Forever Scarletwere offered the opportunity to try out Glenmore Manor in Lurgan. It's been over a year since our last blog sleepover and it's been a year too long! Now lets be honest with ourselves here you don't instantly think "glamour" when you think of Lurgan but you are instantly put at ease as you arrive. The house, tucked in just off the main road minutes from the train station, is surrounded by huge tree lines making it feel secluded and cosy. The lights emanating from the inside were warm & inviting. We couldn't wait to get in and make ourselves at home. 


This is not a B&B. Glenmore Manor is a traditionally decorated 18th Century piece of history and there are hints to it's past everywhere. When you go to Glenmore you have the whole house (Eddie the Cat included) to yourselves and it's yours for your stay, a luxurious home away from home with Owners Pat & Eileen nearby should you need anything. After a delicious Indian feast they put on for us we spent the evening nosying round the house, checking out the antiques, drinking wine, swapping stories, and spending probably way too much time in the Hot Tub. It was pretty perfect as fridays go. 

Myself & Megan enjoying our giant wine glasses by the pool





On Saturday before we returned to reality, we burnt ourselves some breakfast on the range and wandered the grounds for an impromptu Blogger photo shoot. As you do! We then said our goodbyes to Glenmore and headed home via a flat car battery for myself & Megan! 
















I really enjoyed our stay at Glenmore. Its perfect for girly weekends and family gatherings. You could even have the country house wedding you've always dreamed of and it's only 30 minutes outside of Belfast! 


Friday, 24 October 2014

Halloween spookfest.



Whilst I love Halloween I will admit I'm usually fairly lacidasical in my approach leaving everything to the last minute. This year however, I've been channeling the spirits in my nail work and am loving it.  
Above are some designs I was testing out (the fingerprint being a personal favourite) and below you'll see some Water tattoos I have purchased and some recent clients. 

I love these Walking Dead nails. Just the right amount of gory!


I definitely craved candy corn after finishing these. I wonder where in Belfast I could get some...