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Matcha Madness: The Body Shop Matcha Tea Face Mask Review

My name is Bex and I am a mask addict! I love masks. Cream, clay, mud, peeling, sheet, cellulose, nourishing... you name it and I love it! I recently spent an evening with the amazing staff from The Body Shop Belfast learning about all their key products and celebrating their cruelty free status and at the end of the night I was very kindly gifted their Japanese Matcha Tea pollution clearing mask - I was delighted! 

We all know that the world has gone Matcha crazy but beyond an occasional frappe from a well known coffee house my main experiences have been with Matcha flavour cakes from my local asian supermarket. They are seriously amazing and the lightest sponge I've ever eaten but it doesn't exactly scream "good for you".

Thankfully, apart from being seriously tasty Matcha is ridiculously good for you. Traditionally brewed as a simple green tea it is packed full of antioxidants - 10 times the amount in normal green teas as you are consuming the precious ground up lea…
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5 reasons to visit the new and improved Galgorm Resort and Spa

In Northern Ireland there are maybe a handful of places that come to mind when you talk about true luxury and I am very grateful that the best of the best of those is right on my doorstep. I am talking, of course, about Galgorm Resort & Spa
Coming from Antrim, the Galgorm was the place to be. I've been to several weddings there, I even went to my 6th form formal there - I guess the younguns would call it Prom now, eh? But in all these years of living literally twenty minutes away I have never had the chance to enjoy their infamous spa facilities. All that changed when I was invited to attend the launch of the newly refurbished Spa at Galgorm.  What I didn't realise was that not only would we be getting to SEE the new facilities we were also getting the chance to TRY them! I think you can imagine my face when I realised that I was throughly unprepared, without a swimsuit; but did that stop me? Not a jot!

So as you read through the rest of this article I want you to be keenly…

Battle of the pale bronzers: Benefit Hoola Lite vs Wet 'n Wild Reserve Your Cabana

Have I ever mentioned to you that I am pale?  Well of course I havementioned many times over the history of Faeriwood that I've been pigmentally challenged my whole life and - despite flirting with tanning every now and again -  I wholly embrace the pale. I have, however, always been a bronzing queen when it comes to my makeup. Whether I am using cream products or powders I always have felt healthier with a bit of a glow but I hate the orangey-ness of most bronzing products! It’s a catch-22 when deciding which one is more important.  For years I have been loyal to two products. Nars Multiple for a cream face (read here why I don’t believe in the term contouring for chubby cheeks) and Benefit Hoola for a powder face. Both are quite dark so they are used often but sparingly. This is why I was delighted when two new products designed for pale skin came on to the market. 

Wet N’ Wild Coloricon Reserve your Cabana*

Reserve Your Cabana is the best budget beauty bronzer for pale skin. Key word…

Faeriwood Film Review: Atomic Blonde

The opening credits roll:

"In November 1989, after 28 years, the Berlin Wall came down and the Cold War ended.

THIS IS NOT THAT STORY."
As a toddler, a few years before the fall of the Berlin Wall I lived in Germany. I know I've been to Berlin but I can't remember it. I do, however, look back fondly on my childhood in Germany - what little of it I do remember - during the late 80s and early 90s. Why am I telling you this? Well my last film review turned in to an epic love letter to my best friends as I drew parallels between my life and the lives I was watching on screen. 
THIS IS NOT THAT STORY.
See what I did there? 
Atomic Blonde instantly identifies itself as a subversive storyline. We're introduced to the iconic timeline but we know that story we're about to see has nothing do with it; despite being a story about spies in Cold War Berlin. The graffiti graphics. The killer soundtrack full of original 80s hits and modern cover versions. The many many pairs of le…

The importance of Girls Night

It's a Monday night and I'm sitting next to my one of my best friends in the cinema, watching the hilarious Girls Trip movie,and I haven't stopped laughing. Girls Trip is about a bunch of friends - Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish - coming together after a long time apart, reconnecting with each other, reliving the good old days and coming to realisations about their relationships and futures during a wild weekend in New Orleans. All I can think of that this movie sums up my relationship with my girls. I am here to admit that I am one of those annoying people that found my soul mates as a teenager and have been lucky enough to grow and love with the greatest women in the world but it hasn't always been that way. 

We have laughed together, loved together, drank and thrown up together, and we have been absolutely outrageously foul mouthed together - one of my highlights of the film was that the women had filthy chats that we could actual…

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…

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…