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Searching For Matte Perfection But Not A Nude

You may have noticed that I have not taken to the Matte Nude Lip trend. Don't get me wrong, I've considered it but I remember stealing my mums nude lipsticks in the 90s and beyond a long and continued obsession with gold lipstick I've never felt the need to revisit the travesty of that decades fashions. This may change! It will probably be around the same time that Kylie Jenner receives a personality. You never know! In the mean time my nude lips will stay moist and creamy.

That doesn't mean that I don't still love a good matte lip. In fact I absolutely love matte makeup. It just has to be bright and colourful. It started with my purchase of the original Velveteen by Lime Crime (Back in the days before we discovered their dodgy ethics). My Velveteen has long since been lost (RIP) but the love is still there. I have tried most of the high street knock offs and none of them compare although some come close! 
Left to right: Sleek Pout Paint | Makeup Revolution Salvat…

My month in film (and Netflix)

Hi guys! So I lost track of this series very quickly but for good reason. I've been blasting through a few series and building up a serious "to watch" list for my time in hospital next month. I'm gonna be in for at least a week so I figure I'll need some good easy to watch stuff. Send your recommendations on a self addressed envelope, please! 
So let's get stuck in...
The Search For General TsoIn the UK we don't really have General TSO's Chicken, the sweet and spicy dish that is apparently ubiquitous in Chinese-American food culture. This documentary searches for the origins of the dish and why it is just so dearly loved in a country where only 1% of the population are actually Chinese. 
TEDTalks: Love, No matter what TEDTalks are only a few minutes long so it's easy to blast through them. Unfortunately Netflix were pulling their entire catalog of TEDTalks so I didn't have the chance to get through more than just this one series. They are all on Y…

My Week In Films

So here is a quick introduction to this new feature. For a while now I have wanted to introduce my love of film and television in to this blog. I mean, heck, I have a degree in it so I might as well put it to some good use. So I shall be sharing updates and very quick reviews of my weekly media consumption. They won't always be the most highbrow or the latest releases but they will most definitely give you a deeper insight in to my psyche. 
Enjoy. 

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Deadpool
I can't even describe how perfectly spot on this movie is. I usually walk out of non "Marvel Studio" Marvel movies wishing the makers would just give up and hand the rights back to Disney (*cough*spiderman*cough* and Kevin Feige. Not this one. You will never look at unicorns the same way. 
Django Unchained I recently saw The Hateful 8 and it put me in the mood to watch Django again. Low and behold, after a night of desperately searching online, I get an email fro…

Happy Faeriwood Birthday Giveaway!

This week marks the 3rd anniversary of our re-launch as Faeriwood.com from our old life as Bex's Fashion Tips. It seems like an absolute lifetime since we made the switch and so much has changed since then in both Michelle and my lives. 
To mark the occasion I thought I'd celebrate with a little giveaway with some of my favourite brands and products I have reviewed on the blog or featured on social media. 
So what are the prizes?! Well I went a bit mad.


A £20 Voucher kindly donated by Ground Espressoavailable to redeem in any of their stores



A gorgeous scented candle, again donated, by Filthy Velvet in the scent Hot Mama. 


Neary NogsArtisan Chocolate Rebel Fudgery. Your choice of the above Chai, Espresso, or Irish Cream flavours. 

Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream from Burts Bees


La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+. 


Senna CosmeticsStardust highlighting powder duo & Sparkling Lip Lacquer. 


Ciaté Pillow Fight Paint Pot

and finally Soap & GlorySugar Crush Body Wash, Body Buttercream, …

An Ode to Micellar Water

It took me a long time to get in to Micellar Water. It suffered the misfortunes of my old storage system which meant it was buried in the bottom of a box somewhere and never saw daylight plus I was too wrapped up in my Laura Mercier Cleasing Oil (now discontinued) too go digging. Since reorganising and finally having it at my finger tips I am absolutely loving Micellars as either a 'No Make Up Day' cleanse or as part of a multi-step cleanse when I've got the slap on. 
I'd even go as far to say as it could replace traditional cream based cleansers for me, although I'll never stray too far from my La Roche PosayCleansingMilk as a make up remover. That stuff is just pure lushness on my face. 
The two Micellars that I have been using are the B-Pure Micellar Water from Superdrug and The Nivea Sensitive 3 In 1 Micellar Cleansing Water. I have also recently purchased a Garnier Micellar Water which I noticed has heavy designs on resembling the Iconic Bioderma, which start…

An Old School Pedi with Sally Hansen and Soap & Glory

Feet Feet are not something I talk about often, I don't have a phobia of them like some people but I'm still not overly keen on spending a lot of time fussing over them. For over a year now I've been using the Emjoi Micro-Pedito look after my tootsies and it's been doing a grand job. A quick buzz over with the exfoliating rollers and a slap of the foot cream once or twice a month leaves them feeling lush. 
That was until I handed it over to my mum in the new year. With all my various trips in and out of hospital she has been doing a f*ck-tonne (scientific term) of running about after me and I felt she needed it way more than I did. Trust me if I could send her on a weekly spa to The Merchant or Galgorm I would. I'm so grateful to have her. 
Alas this has left my own footsies without their monthly treat so it was time to raid the stash and kick it Old School. I knew I would be able to rustle up the perfect pedicure. 

I found the Sally Hansen Pedicure Files in Poundl…

The art of bingeing

The way we watch television and film at home has changed massively over the past decade and the art of Boxsetting has gone from the niche past time of die hard videophiles to a standard weekend activity often shared with family and friends and debated voraciously on social media. "Oh you watched a whole 14 hour series this weekend? Brilliant, lets analyse every detail!"The joy of having a lot of down time at the minute is the ability to unashamedly dive in to the depths of Netflix and binge to my hearts content.
So here's a bit of a bumper post on what I've been watching and what I've been loving. I will be updating you all with more in the future and if you have any suggestions they are greatly welcomed!
1. Making A Murderer Getting this one out of the way early. Yes I've watched it. Yes I'm completely frustrated and addicted to it. Yes I'm pretty sure I could litigate the case 100 times better than Steven Avery's many lawyers. Yes you should absolu…

The Pure Luxury Collection from Eloquence Beauty

When I was given the opportunity to try out the Pure Luxury Collection from Eloquence Beauty I had a good long look at the ingredients before I said yes. I've become quite fussy about what I put on my skin these days and will quite happily say no to something that isn't going to be suitable. Now don't get me wrong, I'm no Caroline Hirons. I wouldn't dare to say I'm an expert in cosmetology or chemical composition of skincare products but after years of blogging and obsessing over what I'm putting on my face I know what to look out for and I know what works for my Sahara dry skin.

The first thing I spotted was HyaluronicAcid. Sold! But I kept on looking. The second thing I spotted, and the main selling point of the brand, was the Sacha Inci Oil. A quick research told me that this was a new Protein rich Omega stuffed Peruvian wonder oil, very similar to the much loved Argan Oil which I also use quite regularly. Lastly, and this wasn't about the ingredie…