Thursday, August 29, 2013

Primark A/W 2013 Sneak Peek!

Having spotted a few A/W collection online I thought I'd pick out just a few key pieces that I just might have to pick up for the new fashion season. I love my bargain buys, while I do splurge on the higher end stuff from time to time, I like nothing better than a accessible trend and Primark/Penny's allows us recessionistas to do just that!
I can't pass up an bag like this with a chain like that. These types of bags are amazing for everyday, or heading out on walks where you just need some cash and your phone. Light weight and still stylish. Come to me!

What can I say, I'm a sucker for a statement necklace as you well know by now. Costume Jewellery is fab in my book and what better way to experiment with styles than with stunning budget buys like this for under £10

Timeless Wardrobe Alert! The Mac never goes out of style and for shorties like me this cropped version is just perfection! I love the coloring and the contrast buttons as well as the sleeve details

Now I know you're seeing the fringe and wondering if I've fallen down, but no. I'm not a massive fan of fringe but here it seems more understated and less yeeehaw you know? So that's a plus. Besides, my hunt for flat stylish boots is never ending so there's also that!!

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Diet Coke with Belfast Fashion Week Design Awards - Last call!

 Anyone that knows me knows that I have a bit of a @DietCoke addiction. You see, I'm a weird Irish person in that I hate tea, I hate coffee (though, love the smell) and generally avoid hot drinks in general if I can help it (Starbucks hot choc in winter not withstanding of course). So my drink of choice is either ice water or forever faithful, Diet Coke. So, when I heard on twitter for the BFW peeps about the Diet Coke Design award and all that it offered the winner I felt the need to share it with you guys. Basically,  The Diet Coke Design Award is in conjunction with Belfast FASHIONWEEK and is back for 2013 and there’s only a short space of time left to enter! 

This year, in celebration of Diet Coke’s 30th anniversary, they're looking for entrants to design a unique garment inspired by the past 30 years of fashion i.e. ‘80s, ‘90s or ‘00s. Three shortlisted finalists will have their design created by Una Rodden and each will be showcased on the A/W Belfast FASHIONWEEK catwalk.


 The winning design will be announced at Fashionweek by a team of judges with the winner receiving a place on a highly coveted fashion course at the London School of Fashion including flights and accommodation as well as a photoshoot with fashion photographer Khara Pringle. 

To enter, download an application form and competition brief from

 I think this is a fantastic opportunity for the creative genius running around that could benefit massively from this. I unfortunately can't draw a straight line, but I could write you a book if you'd like? For those of you that can design and are looking for a challenge, you have until Sep13th to enter! So get cracking!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Questions via LellieMoi: The Liebster Award

I only saw these a few days ago because I'm fail. It was part of the The Liebster Award requirements to get to know your fellow bloggers better!

Her questions and my answers are as follows -

1 What was your first makeup purchase?
I think it was from Avon when I was 12? My mum was an Avon lady for years, so I think it's also where I caught the bug of wanting to experiment with more makeup and try and test as many things as possible!

2 Have you found your Holy Grail foundation?

I think I might have. Highstreet would be @Bourjoisuk Healthy Mix or HM serum. Higher end is a toss between +Clarins  everlasting foundation and +Lancome USA Teint Idole Ultra.

3 What country would you like to settle down in?

Probably here, I think. All in all I love Ireland and I'd like to grow old here, but that's a long time coming and I'd like to explore as much of the world before I get too old to do so!  
4 Are you a shoes or handbags girl?
Oh handbags all the way. Since I have issues with my knees, it means that wearing heels is almost a complete no-no in my world, so over the years Ive gotten totally addicted to buying bags. I've started to get more sensible though, saving up for some nicer higher end ones rather than having a dozen cheapy cheap ones.

5 Do you take your makeup off every night?

99percent of the time I do but there are times when I just pass out tired. But otherwise I try my best to cleanse if I don't tone, and slap on some night cream! I don't want to be aiding genetics and getting old skin faster than I need to! 

6 Do you see yourself blogging in 10 years time?

Oh, probably! I've been doing it in one way or another since I was about 19 so I'll probably be still web-addicted at some point in the future! 

Thanks for the question and the nomination

Saturday, August 24, 2013

FABB PJ Party : Malone Lodge Hotel Editon.

Hi guys!

So in the spirit of attempting to evolve the blog from static product reviews - which are great and something I love and will continue to do. But, I want to spread my wings, and my writing a little wider. What better way to do that than to tell you all about my first #FABB experience. You know us FABB girls right? It's a Northern Ireland based blogger network of sorts where a mishmash of ladies (so far anyway!) meet up and blog about it. I've already done a little blog post with all the ladies blog links if  you're interested it's here.

My first #FABB experience was, well, fab! The lovely Anna from The Malone Lodge Hotel a beyond chic converted Victorian Townhouse -  invited us for a blogger sleepover of sorts to celebrate the fact that the hotel has undergone something of a facelift with lots of upgrades and changes.

Having made the 'I can't drive' trip to Belfast - consisting of a car, and two buses mind you to get there from where I live currently - I was beyond pleased to be greeted by warm and welcoming hotel staff and this big babe of a room. 

 We were gifted by a rather lovely bedtime onesie from BANK fashion - Navy and Neon Pink (they read my mind!) thank you very much for what I'm sure will become my winter bedtime staple!

The spacious bathroom was filled with Pinken goodies to try

The girls and I met up for a cocktail or two before we were shown to our rooms. I was sharing with the lovely Leslie from LellieMoi, check our her blog - her bag addiction rivals my own! I was fawning over her Balenciaga as we chatted away into the wee hours - in our accidental matching jammies might I add!  A hilarious coincidence considering before last night we'd never met in person! 

There was four (er seven?) in the bed and the little one said...roll over!

Getting a brief history on the hotel! Love to hear of a family run business still going strong!

Audrey has her own hallway, she greets you with her chicness on the way to the loos!

The Remains of the Day: A period piece from the original townhouse to which part of the new edition was converted. This room is used primarily for wedding photos with a window and a nod to the past. I loved the details.

Knife&Fork - apt name and such wonderful service! Their food is really top notch! Have the french toast for breakie!

Drink up in Macklin's Bar! Just off the entrance to the MLH

The welcome to our little underground den of pampering!

Food food and more food!

And cake with ice-cream, seriously it was amazing

Some of the girls opted for Medi Spa treatments!

More cake! This time via CakesByJames in Belfast. Sweet!
While there were some WIFI woes - not a great thing to happen to a bunch of net addicted bloggers - all in all it was well worth the trek, meeting new peeps (and old friends for dinner too Hi Claire ;) and getting to explore a piece of chic Belfast business. A business that's family run at the core so it gives it a more personal feel made obvious by their choice in staff. They were so friendly genuinely so, and could not do enough to make your stay as comfortable and as pleasant as possible. A big thanks to Anna, Gareth, Carla and all the girls for their time and effort. If you're ever in the area and looking for a modern boutique hotel in the leafy and lovely Eglantine Avenue,(close to the Lisburn Road and the city centre and of course Queen's University) then I'd strongly rec' this for you, it's treat!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Blogity bits and bobs!

Hey Peeps,

Just a few random things relating to the blog - firstly a few of the #FABB girls have nominated me for the Liebester Award and as such they leave questions for each of their nominees to answer - basically to get to know everyone a little bit better! And I've been nominated for the @BlogAwardsIreland in the Beauty & Fashion category which is sweet as anything, so thank you! I have no such ideas that I'll even get shortlisted but this is pretty cool in itself as I never find myself on any of these lists or anything!

First up, from the lovely Bex over at  Bexberry we have her questions:

Q1: Why did you start your blog

A1: I started this over on Tumblr a little while ago now, basically as somewhere to file away my obsession with beauty, makeup, fashion and all things just a little bit glam. A couple of years later, I have a fully blown Tumblr addiction. So then I decided to try and tidy things up a little more by doing reviews of things I've stumbled upon over on another platform, and here's where I ended up!

Q2: How long have you been blogging, and what do you think makes a good blog?

I used to have a LiveJournal which was more personal rants and rambles more than specifically aimed ones like on here, so all in all about six or so years. Beauty blogging since 2010 though. A good blog is one that's from a real p.o.v and it's real thoughts not ones you know are paid for (and you know, you know?) I think a good blog is a place that gives you something you can relate to but also aspire to if that makes sense.

Q3: What is one beauty product you won't leave the house without?

Tough one! I'd say at this point a great moisturizer!

Q4: What is your must have fashion staple?
Scarves! I love scarves, I must own at least 30 at this point. They jazz up even the most boring of outfits and since this is Ireland we get use of thin, thick and snood ones almost all year around. If not that then a statement necklace for the same reasons!

Q5: Where are you from?
Born in Dublin, Raised in bouncing between Derry and Donegal. :)

Q6: If someone where to give you a gift card to ANY store, which store would it be?

Hmmm. Anywhere at all? Chanel! Or Mulberry. On a more realistic scale, somewhere like +Debenhams  or @SpaceNK to feed the bblog addictions of course lol!

Q7: What is your holy grail beauty product/s?
Oh God! I would say +BourjoisUK Healthy Mix is one that never fails to do what it says on the tin and I've raved about it a lot. Another is +mac makeup Prep&Prime for primer, and #Chanel Coco Rouge Shine for every day lippie (fave shade is 'boy) I'll stop there or we'll be here all night!

Q8: What makes you laugh until you a.cry or b.snort?

Most things to be honest, I'm terrible at keeping my emotions in check! I cry at tv shows at the drop of a hat, and I laugh myself sick at stupid things like cat gifs or Billy Connolly on the regular.

Q9: What is your guilty pleasure?
Nothing that gives you pleasure should make you feel guilty ;) But again, being the geek that I am most things I love tend to get side-eyed by the 'normal' folks in my life. I love sci-fi tv shows or shows like Supernatural and Trueblood... Of course I watch for the plot alone and not at ALL the hot men... ahem. No of course not.

Q10: If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Is Teleporting a superpower? If not, that'd be handy. I hate traveling anywhere. I love getting there but hate the travel aspect of having to get there lol!

Q11: Can you name all of the Dwarfs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? NO CHEATING!!
Erm. Dopy, Doc, Sleepy, Grumpy... errrrrm... Bashful... Sneezy? And I can't remember the rest! Oops!

Thanks hun! Fun questions!!!

Then from Sweet Carolyn (bad pun? good song? good pun, bad song? who knows!) over at ForeverScarlett we have her questions! 

  1. Best book you’ve read recently?
Grace Coddington's Memoir. I've been fascinated by her for years and was so glad to read more about her from her own pov. She's a legend with a heart and that's amazing.  I write more than I read and hope to some day work up the nerve to publish!
  1. Beauty product you can’t live without?
  1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
 Everywhere! But, failing that I'd love to explore Western Europe a little more, bit by bit hopefully I will and failing that, Hawaii. I've no idea why other than it looks like paradise on earth!
  1. Favourite item in your wardrobe?
 Ooooh tricky. For winter it's my red military coat and for 'summer' or that part of the year where we see a bit of the sun it's my Tory Birch tan sandals.
  1. Why did you first start blogging?
 On and off on various different platforms for a long time now, nerdgirl that I am. But beauty blogging on here not even a year, and before that EIC was on tumblr since 2010 I believe!
  1. Favourite style icon?
 I have a few modern ones ranging from Lauren Conrad (never gets it wrong - also hair cape envy!) Olivia Palermo - Even though I'm not sure what exactly she 'does' for a living other than wear clothes and get coffee, but what a life! lol! I love mostly finding bloggers that do their own touch on trends and work it in a wearable way, it makes it much more real than the rakes down the runway.
  1. Best tip for blogging success?
 I wish I knew! Haha! No, I have no idea, some blogs that I see are super basic and a little boring but somehow have a zillion followers and people are obsessed, but then ones I see that are a little different and quirky and real hardly have any so it's really hard to know! 

Best fashion/beauty advice you ever received? 

Your eyebrows are sisters not twins and to find a good tailor for someone as short as me it will be so necessary.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
 I hope to be back living in a city of some kind, no idea where the tide will take me but I like city life since I am a country girl raised lol, other than that hopefully in a job I like doing that I'm good at making a somewhat decent living and traveling a little more than I do now! You know, nothing bad but who knows! Gimme that crystal ball!

Best concert you’ve ever been to?

A friend and I did Mumford&Sons last Christmas VIP in Belfast. It was utterly amazeballs. 

Favourite TV character?

Oooh gurl, we could be here all day! lol! *Puts on nerdgirl hat*

Great Questions!!! xoxo 

 From one my fave Derry Redheads I also have these from The Red Dutchess!

 1. What's your favourite quote and why?
Be who you are because those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter!

2. If you think you were alive in a past live, who were you?

I think this all the time actually. Mostly it's feelings I get in old places and things like that, it's probably dumb as hell but it's a strong feeling constantly! I have no idea who I was, I'd like to think I was someone that did something good and looked fab in her corset while doing so but knowing my luck I was probably some unfortunate housemaid or something lol!

3. What matters most to you in this world, be it a value, principle or possession?
That's a complicated one! We all have different values and place different value on different things based on our principle beliefs or ideals so... I'd argue value and principle of things would rate higher than the possession of them because ultimately true possession isn't really possible long term. <--How much of an ejit do I sound right now?! ;) #ramble 

4. If stranded on an Island with 5 famous people who would they be, and why?
Tom Hanks for his raft buildings skills, Alexander Skarsgard for his ... everything. An Olympic rower of some kind lol, Bear Grylls so he could teach us to survive if Tom's building skills fail us, annnd someone like Gordon Ramsay for the lawls.

5. What's your best physical feature and best trait as a person?
Hmm. I'll go with the boobs, sure why not lol. And as for a trait, I don't know I think I try to be a decent person, and I like helping people and working hard to do that. So maybe that? That or my non stop sarcasm skills, forever getting me into bother!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Vichy Essentielles Foaming Facial Cleanser Review!

The hunt for the perfect skincare routine continues, it's a hunt that may never end, but it's fun to search right? This month I've been dipping my toes in the #Vichy #skincare pool, having heard amazing things about this brand I decided it was time to give it a go. I started with the Essentielles Foaming Facial Cleanser. Since I'm looking to save time during the week where my skincare routine is concerned the idea of a foaming face wash that breaks down the majority of my makeup on the first application sounded good.

They say -  Essentielles, with rose polyphenol, glycerin,Vichy Thermal Spa Water. It protects, hydrates and soothes your skin to give you that healthy and radiant glow!
It's Paraben-free (yay), hypoallergenic and previously tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control before marketed. The rose element teamed with the other ingredients give it a soothing quality that I love and is somewhat hard to achieve in drugstore/high street available skincare, so this was pleasing to say the least. I've been using it for a little over six weeks as the first step in my week night routine and I really like that it's a time saver that leaves my skin soft without much reaction from my sensitive skin. It's also made me want to try out the rest of the Essentielles range to see if I have as good an experience with those items as I had with this.
You can pick up Vichy products online & at most pharmacies!