Monday, 9 February 2015

Love is in the air, give the gift of Argento

Hey chums,

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen a picture last week, of a package I received from fashion jewellery brand, Argento.




In the past Argento have sent me an odd bit of jewellery here and there, but I nearly fell over when I opened the box and saw all that was inside!! After spoiling me with handmade Belgian Irish chocolates from Chez Emily,  fake tan from celeb favourite and Northern Ireland's own, Vita Liberata Phenomonal 2-3 week tan, A 55 min aromatherapy massage from the spa at The Merchant Belfast (holy crap!! Much EXCITE!), the cutest ever little sheep soap called Love Ewe (haha get it!!??)  from Scents Cosmetics and a super cute purple selfie stick (hey! don't judge, they're great for nights out and blog pics!) I finally got to the coveted grey Argento box, and what did I find inside?! A gorgeous August Woods rose gold necklace! It's perfect to wear with jumpers in the winter months, and I just know it will look gorgeous in the summer with vest tops or lower cut tops. I LOVE it!




So naturally, I took a wee nosey over at the Argento website, it would have been rude not too.... I was initially looking for the link to this necklace so I could share it with you guys, but I kinda got a litttttle distracted :s whoops!

So here are my pics for the gift list!





 
 


Soooo there's a lot haha! I could have picked a ton more, there is just so much good stuff!!

There's a whole section on Argento.co.uk dedicated to Valentines day, and I believe they're running a promotion, that if you spend over £125 you get a free heart shaped jewellery box!

AND! The are offering 20% off your next order! Wahoo! Just enter LOVE20 at checkout!

What do you think of my picks? I'm LOVING the pick Thomas Sabo Rose Quartz ring!!!


Do you have any big plans for Valentines Day? My lovely Beau is working so I'll be flying solo this year!

Speak soon

Bex
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Monday, 19 January 2015

My Botox experience

Hey guys,

So today's topic, is likely to be a little controversial. I know a lot of people are anti cosmetic procedures, and that's totally cool, it's your life and you're free to do what you like. Luckily, I am also free to do what I like as well, so it all works out swell :)

Anyway, I am a frowner, I always have been, when I'm working, watching TV, driving, reading, anything that involves concentration, and you can guarantee I'm frowning. Now, I am only 29, so wrinkles/fine lines, aren't a huge issue for me, meaning that most people actually think I am younger than I am (SCORE!), BUT, due to my excessive frowning, I had a canyon on a wrinkle between my brows.




I am told by my friends and family, that it's no big deal, it's not that bad etc. etc. but I have been very conscious of it for the last couple of years and have been tempted by Botox on many occasions. I felt that it aged my face if it wasn't disguised with make up, and basically, I hated it and wanted it gone!

Cue my visit to AM Aesthetics Belfast, in the spirit of honesty, I will tell you, that Alex has been a long time client of mine, this helped me make my decision to go with AM Aesthetics, as I know and trust Alex. Anywho, I popped along for a consultation, and I had a chat with Alex about my issues with my frown line and how I would like it to look, Alex talked me through the product, Azzulure, how it worked and what I could expect over the coming weeks and months.

A week later, I returned for my treatment. So the first thing everyone asks, did it hurt? Honestly, no. The injection right on the frown line area didn't hurt at all, I didn't even feel it, the ones slight above my eyes, were.... uncomfortable, I wouldn't call them painful at all, but I felt it, if that makes sense.



For the next 4 hours, you must sit upright, for the following 24 hours, you need to do some slight 'excersizes' (which is just raising your brow a few times).


                                      (You can see the 3 red dots where the injections where)

It takes 2 weeks for the Azzalure to take full effect, so whilst you do see some slight changed in the first 3 or 4 days, it takes the full 2 weeks to see the real result. So two weeks later, I was back to the mirror! So the number 2 question I have had since my treatment, can you move your face? The answer is, absolutely yes! I can lift my brows, and I can still frown, slightly. Obviously, the movement is much more restricted as the muscle is frozen now, but I can still make normal expressions and people are genuinely surprised when I tell them, as it is extremely natural.

So this is me now, I have just taken these pictures a few minutes ago, one I am frowning and the other I am raising my eyebrows.




Needless to say, I am over the moon with the results, it's been about 2 months since my treatment, it should last around 4 months, and I will definitely be touching it up when the time comes!!

If you're considering getting botox, I can highly recommend Alex at AM Aesthetics, if you're not in Northern Ireland, I suggest you do some research in to aestheticians in your area, ask to see their work, recommendations, etc. Do remember, you are having an injection in your face, you want to make sure they know exactly what they're doing!

If you do want to get in touch with Alex, you can see her prices and details on her website - http://am-aesthetics.co.uk/

So what do you guys think? Would you have Botox? Have you already had it? What was your experience?

Speak soon

Bex
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Friday, 28 November 2014

Legends of the North; Titanic, Game of Thrones and more!

Hey Chums!

I had the COOLEST experience last week, me and the other half went on the Ultimate Titanic Tour.
What is the Ultimate Titanic Tour I hear you ask? It's an AMAZING tour run by Legends of the North, and I'm gunna tell ya all about it, so put your feet up, grab a cuppa, and let's get cracking!

Here’s the breakdown - Harland & Wolff Drawing Rooms, Titanic Slipways, The SS Nomadic*, Titanic’s Dock & Pump-House, Titanic Belfast Visitor Attraction*, Lunch Stop. * Additional to the regular tour. 

At 10am, there was a knock on our door, and we were greeted by the lovely Colin, (one of the founding brothers), you are collected from your door (within Belfast) be that at your home or hotel and chauffeured around in a big cosy and comfy Mercedes van Taxi Cab to see the various attractions on the tour. 

The first point I want to talk to you about, is Colin. Colin is a scholar and a gent! He is just the loveliest guy, and he is so so passionate about the Titanic, Northern Ireland and all it’s history. There was not a single question that we had that Colin didn’t know the answer too. His passion and energy was contagious, and we had such a laugh and a great time with him. 



The amazing thing about the Ultimate Titanic Tour, is that you’re given access to parts of Titanic’s history that the public normally don’t get to see! Such as the Titanic Drawing rooms which Colin has the keys to, and it was incredible. The drawing rooms are in slight disrepair, but are still so incredibly beautiful, the detail in the architecture in the rooms is stunning, with all the ornate plaster still intact, it’s as if they just got up and left. Some of the original drawing desks in the Harland & Wolff executive offices are still there, the desks where all the important decisions where made on all the White Star Line ships.  There are plans to turn the drawing rooms in to event rooms with a boutique hotel, I really REALLY hope they raise enough money to make this happen, because the plans look incredible! Imagine having your wedding reception in the Titanic Drawing Rooms!!





It was also surprising how much of an impact it made on us, just being in those rooms, imagining all the people bustling around tweaking the designs, seeing the original staircases and fire places, and the telegraph room, where the first word came that there was trouble at sea! It’s so incredible to be able to immerse yourself that kind of history. We are so lucky!!

Next, it was on to The Titanic Pumphouse and Slipways,  it was so cool being able to see where Titanic had it’s final fittings, and also it gives you a better perspective of just how HUGE Titanic was, it was one heck of a ship!!  Colin has a fab big folder he carries with him, full of awesome photographs from when Titanic was being built, which makes everything that much more real. He is full of little stories and details that you simply won’t hear on any other tour, he is without a doubt one of the leading experts in the world on Titanic history, not to mention a lovely guy.





I don’t want to give too much away, and it’s so hard to describe an experience, but I can not recommend it highly enough!

The Ultimate Titanic Tour costs £100 for 4 people (£25 per person), this is a total bargain, seriously, you get driven around, Colins expensive knowledge and passion, access to exclusive locations and your lunch at the pump house cafe to top it all off! (the food was DELICIOUS, and all homemade!)

Legends of the North is a company based in Northern Ireland and founded by two brothers, they do loads of cool tours, including an 8 hour tour of Game of Thrones attractions around NI (Drive-past of Titanic Studios – where GOT is filmed, Ballintoy Harbour, Larrybane, Murlough Bay, Giant’s Causeway, The Dark Hedges) perfect Christmas present for a big Game of Thrones fan! AGiants Causeway tour (Carrickfergus, Castle Antrim Coast, Carrick-a- Rede Rope Bridge, Bushmills Distillery, Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle), a tour of Derry (Refreshment stop at the Beech Hill Hotel – basecamp for American GIs in WWII, Walking tour of Derry’s historic walls by the City Tours company, Lunch stop in Derry, Amelia Earhart’s landing site) AH guys! Did you know that Amelia Earhart landed in our very own Northern Ireland!! How cool is that?! 


Phew, that was a lot to get in and I barely scrapped the surface! I really encourage you to take a look at the Legends of the North website and their fab tours!!

Are you a Titanic fan? How about Game of Thrones

Speak soon!


Rebecca

Saturday, 25 October 2014

NEXT Launch next day delivery to Northern Ireland

Hey Chums,

Fab news for NEXT fans in Northern Ireland, they have launched next day delivery on orders before 10pm. Now those of us that are internet (addict) shoppers, ahem, definitely not me, will know how dang annoying it is when you want something in a hurry, but can never be sure when it's going to arrive. Meanwhile, our British family are all enjoying their treats the next day, well, no longer!!

Myself with Avril from Schoolgate style and Aoife from Bellamalone.com

I headed along to the launch breakfast last week to see what the down low was, they put on quite the spread, complete with mini bacon buddies, ulster fry's and cereal jars. I can tell you, the bacon buddies were AMAZING!



They also had a fab team from Jason Shankey on the Lisburn road, giving manicures and eyebrow waxing, which was quite a treat for a few of the gals!

Adorning the tables, mannequins and rails, were some the coming A/W collections, including *SQUEE* Christmas stuff!! Ahhhhh I LOVEEEEE CHRISTMAS, so I was SUPER excited!! (can you tell?)



I fell in LOVE with these bloody ADORABLE stag head salt and pepper shakers, a total bargain at £6, I must have these in my life!!!














The clothes, obviously, were gorgeous, but I must admit, it was the children's range that really caught my eye, so many gorgeous dresses, coast and jumpers! Here's the lovely stylist Jamie Russell posing with a duplicate of his jacket in a mini me version! lol!


Finally, I got the chance to catch up with some blogging lovelies as we ate our bacon buddies, perused the clothing and drank fresh orange juice.

Myself with Nic from Strawberry blonde beauty, Aoife from Bella Malone and Bex from Faeriwood

Do you shop at Next? Will you be taking advantage of the next day delivery?

I've got my eye on a flannel nightshirt.....

Speak soon

Bex
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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Argento Belfast Relaunch - Jewels and Macaroons!

Hey guys!

If you follow me on YouTube, you may notice I have uploaded a get ready with me video for a recent Argento event I went to!

I thought I would give you a bit of a rundown on the event and what the whole shebang was about!



Argento is fairly well known brand, they're know for their gorgeous jewellery, and as the main stockists for the Pandora charm bracelets. They have had a pretty big store in Belfast for a few years now, and have gone on to open another 43 stores UK wide,  but they have recently gone under a major overhaul and subsequent relaunch at the Belfast flagship store, and it's a beauty!


I've shopped in the Argento Belfast store a fair few times over the years, I've always been a big fan of their affordable jewellery and have bought a few Thomas Sabo charm pieces as gifts over the years, so I was familiar with the old layout of the store, which was pretty dark and a laid out across what seemed to be three different units.
As you can see from above, the change in layout and decor is amazing, it is so bright, so fresh, everything is easy to see and to get too and looks gorgeous. I had a quick chat with Pete Boyle, the company founder, who told me they had to go through a lot of hard work to get the floating ceilings removed to achieve the breathtaking floor to ceiling decor.
It really is hard to explain how bright and airy the store feels now, it really was a joy to be in. All the jewellery was clearly displayed in glass cases that were also lit.










I also bumped in to fellow bloggers Niamh Kelly and Aoife Malone (pictured here with my lovely boyfriend <3 p="">


Argento were super SUPER kind to us, and whilst giving us a tour of the store, feeding us macaroons and tasty drinks they also gifted us with a gorgeous piece of jewellery (you can see Niamh and Aoife wearing the necklaces they chose in the pic above)


Personally, I was on a rose gold kick, and was choosing between both of these gorgeous pieces....  can you guess which one I picked?


Which one do you think is in the infamous Argento grey box????




Did you guess right? I chose the gorgeouuusssss Argento Rose Gold Arabesque Disc Necklace

Are you a fan of Argento? Have you stopped  by the new store in Belfast yet? If not, I really recommend you do, even to have a nosey at all the on trend statement necklaces they have! (Displayed across a wall!)

Here's the video of my make up for those of you interested


Speak soon lovelies

Rebecca
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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Turn your normal nail polish in to gel polish!

Hi Chums!

As I'm sure you are all aware, I have a rather sizeable nail polish collection. HERE. Ahem, yeah, it's a problem.
However, as I work full time as a make up artist, I am constantly getting alcohol on my hands, meaning a normal manicure will only last a day or two before chipping. So I have started having my nails done with gel polish, meaning that my rather large collection is sitting unloved and unused!

A few weeks ago, a fellow make up artist and friend Bethan, told me she had heard of a product you could mix with normal nail polish, and it would create a gel polish. I took to Google straight away and found the very thing!

Mega Mix Nails





What is Mega Mix
Mega Mix is part of a three step  universal gel system consisting of a  brush on base coat "Amazing Base"  a pot of clear pure gel ( no solvents) mixing gel "Mega Mix" and " Amazin Glaze" the ultimate shine top coat.

I bought the pot kit for £30 (ouch, I know) and patiently* awaited it's arrival  (*impatiently)

I gave it a crack with Essie Ballet Slippers and a 36watt UV lamp I picked up from eBay (here)





















Awful pictures I know, I do apologise!

Guys, I think it actually works!! I was kinda prepared to return it and call it a gimmick, but I'm 3 days in, my nails are still shiney and no chips!!

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I did use an extra product to help me along, I used a dehydrating fluid that dries and cleans the nails, I used the ASP prep and clean dehydrant


£30 is a bit steep I know, but totally worth it for me as I was paying for gel manicures every 2 weeks, and now I can do my own with all my lovely nail polishes!!

So what do you think of Mega Mix? Is this something you think you might try?

Speak soon!

Bex
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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

DIY Brush Cleaner

Hi Chums,

As I’m sure you all know by now, I am a working makeup artist, in turn, that means I use my brushes a lot, on a lot of different people, so I face two issues on a day to day basis.

1. Sanitizing my brushes so I’m not passing on any germs from one client to the next

2. Getting product off brushes so they’re clean to use for another client and won’t muddy any products I want to use

Over the years I have built a fairly substantial brush collection, so I am lucky that if I only have one or two clients, I can use completely separate brushes on each of them, however, if I am working on a large bridal party/shoot/show etc. I sometimes have to use the same brushes more than once.

This is where I need my spot brush cleaner. Most make up brands make one, and they come in a handy spray bottle that’s great to carry in your kit, spray on some bed roll, tissue or a towel and wipe off your brushes. As they contain alcohol, this kills 99% of germies and will remove most of the product from your brush. (Darker pigments are much much harder to shift and may take a few goes, and if they’re used on a white bristle brush, it will not remove the staining)

Makeup Brushes

Needless to say, I go through brush cleaner like it’s going out of fashion, and at £8 - £30 a bottle, it get’s pretty pricey, so I decided I would try and make a brush cleaner of my own!

What you will need:

Isopropyl Alcohol – at least 70%, the higher the better! (easily and cheaply bought on eBay, can also be found in some chemists, but is a lot more expensive)

isopropyl_alcohol

A gentle shampoo (I use baby shampoo)

johnson-and-johnson-baby-shampoo

Filtered water (It must be filtered/distilled)

distilled-water

dish washing liquid

Fairy Liquid

A container of some sort (a jar/bottle or spray bottle work great)

DIY brush cleaner

A measuring jug

Measuring Jug

A spoon (for stirring)

OPTIONAL: – An essential oil of your choosing, this will help it smell good and condition your brushes (I go with lavender as not many people are allergic to it and it smells good!)

Lavender Oil

So here is what you do.

Grab your jug and pour in 2 cups of your distilled water

Add 1 cup of Isopropyl Alcohol (I use 91%)

Mix in 1 tablespoon of dish washing liquid

Mix in 1 tablespoon of baby shampoo

Add a few drops of your chosen oil, really, just until the alcohol smell isn’t as strong

This will also help kill any bacteria you may transfer if you suffer from acne or breakouts.

 

Mix it all up, get a dirty brush and give it a test, if you feel it isn’t cleaning enough, add a splash more alcohol and voile! You have your own makeup brush cleaner at a fraction of the cost! I usually fill up one big bottle and then pour some in to a small spray bottle I can take with me.

 

Let me know what you think!

 

Speak soon

 

Bex

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