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LUSH bath time with Sparkly Pumpkin and Cinders

I shall call this my Cinderella bath experience. A gloomy start with a magical finish involving a transforming gold pumpkin! I didn't start this post with a fairytale theme in mind but gosh now that I've noticed it I'm going to have to stick to it aren't I? Rude not to!
It's rare that a lush bath bomb disappoints but it is with sadness in my heart that I report that Cinders is not your friend. This pretty little orange cinnamon bomb went off with a rather weak fizzle. Maybe I just got a dodgy batch?



The day was saved by Sparkly Pumpkin. A citrusy bubble bar rather than a bomb I basically had to start over in order to truly let the bubbles shine. But shine they did and bath time was saved. A happy ending for all and Cinderella finally got to go the ball!


NI Coffee Fest: a well stewed analysis

It's been a few weeks since the inaugural Coffee Festival in Belfast and like a good cup of joe I've had time to steep and mull it over.

There were some good elements and some not so good elements, as with all festivals that are starting out. The Sunday crowd was abound with rumours of horrific Saturday queues and disorganisation. We saw none of that although it makes me worry that next year everyone is just going to show up Sunday instead and expect it to be the "good" day. 
My choice picks of the day were, unsurpringly, the food vendors rather than the coffee vendors. Doughzy Donuts  and Neary Nogs were there offering their sweet goodies. I've bumped into these guys at a fair few festivals now and they always bring in a crowd. New (to me) vendor was Indie Fude, an online store for all things Irish and Artisan. It has your Bacon Jams, your chilli oils, all the preserves and home made syrups you can think of. They even have a Chocolate Fudge Fondue which just so…