My Week On Instagram 

I’m kick starting this week on such a high! I feel extremely humble to have received such heartwarming responses after my Chronic Anxiety post. I never in a million years thought I would have had so many incredible people contact me so I just want to say thank you. I’ve also got my little chipmunk (my nephew) visiting for the week so I’m absolutely thrilled. He has such an adorable personality and he’s getting bigger by the day. I’m waiting for him to waken up so we can watch Miffy and get some cuddles.

During the week I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of a very special delivery. I treated myself to my first ever Self Portrait piece. I’ve always adored the brand as cutwork styles are my favourite. I just think they add such a unique edge to a look and the quality is excellent. I have shared a sneak preview but in the coming week’s I’ll share the entire look in a feature.

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My Week On Instagram 

This has been a very refreshing week. I’m enjoying some quiet time in the countryside, I’ve also received an exciting invitation and just yesterday I found out that I came runner up in an Argento competition. Not a bad way to start the week! Today’s Instagram post is heavily dominated by delicious food (naturally), beautiful spring walks and of course, makeup. I’ve ordered a huge haul from various brand’s so be prepared for some makeup overload!
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Once Upon A Time…

PJ’s, bath products and perfume are always my most favourite things to buy. If I’m gifted with them for Christmas I get so excited and always look forward to having a pamper day. I was very kindly sent this Alien by Thierry Mugler luxury gift set and it immediately reminded me so much of a story book (hence the title). It is every inch luxurious and such a great gift for that special someone during the festive season.

For those of you who are new to the Thierry Mugler series and in particular Alien, the perfume comes alive in a faceted bottle (60ml) inspired by an amethyst and reminiscent of a precious jewel. The bottle is refillable and that’s what I find most attractive to it, a smart money saving tip. One thing I will say is that Alien has a strong scent to it. If you prefer light and sweet fragrances, then I wouldn’t suggest this perfume for you. The main ingredients used are Amber and Wood. Other floral notes include Sambac Jasmine, Cashmeran Wood and White Amber.

Also included in the set is a radiant shower gel and lotion (both 100ml). I always enjoy getting these as they are great for when I’m travelling. Without sounding too fussy, I prefer using my own shower gel and lotion when I’m staying overnight. Sometimes hotel products can dry out and irritate my skin. Plus the 100ml is the correct allowance for boarding planes. I’ve previously worn the summer edition of Alien so I can’t wait to indulge in the original scent and these beautiful lotions, a gorgeous treat just in time for Christmas!

I hope this post helps some of you when it comes to gift ideas. If your friend, family member or girlfriend is a perfume fanatic like myself, then I would definitely suggest treating them to this luxurious set.

Nx

Debenhams relaunch at Foyleside, Derry

During the month, I had the absolute pleasure of indulging in a very glamorous road trip to County Derry to attend the relaunching of Debenhams at Foyleside Shopping Centre. Myself and my plus one, Christine from Dolls House Journal spent the evening browsing the beauty department and getting some VIP details from various counters such as: Benefit, Urban Decay and Clinque.

On our way up to Derry myself, Christine and fellow FABBers, Katrina, Rosanne and Bex had a good old gossip with Vicki who was in charge of the event. A quick munch on some Pringles and Haribo and we arrived at the beautiful store. We first made our way to the restaurant that over looked the Foyle River and sipped sweetly on some Prosecco. After catching up with Laura from Debenhams, Scotland we made our way to the highly anticipated beauty floor. My eyes lit up as we can down the escalator, I was like a little girl on Christmas morning. It was hard not to make a run for every counter!

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Our first counter was the lovely Benefit gals. I am a huge fan of the brand, I have worked with them over the year’s, I even get my eyebrows done by them here in Belfast. We were given an in dept brow tutorial on how to achieve the perfect brow shape and arch. Next was a lesson how how to create the much sought after winged liner look using the They’re Real liner in purple accompanied by the jet blue mascara. The funniest part of the evening had to be in their new treatment room where you can have ALL SORTS of waxing. Us girls got a little carried away and giddy when it came to talking treatments, very mature of us! (That comment is aimed at you, Ms. Doran).

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The next port of call was Clinque where we had a run through of their skincare products. We also had a sneak preview of their new electronic face contour and sculpt. (sssssssssh!) Coming up for release very soon, this product is perfect for those of you who enjoy a little at home pampering in between facials. The girl on the counter also give me a little demonstration on the electronic face scrub (their version of the Clarisonic). It was pretty impressive how soft and smooth my skin felt afterwards. Used on just one hand (so I could feel the difference) she also showed me how it effected the application of creams.

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Urban Decay was the final stop of the beauty counter tour and here we played around with the products and watched a quick 10 minute tutorial on how to create a flawless look. The crazed Smoky palette was also on display, it was the first time I got to see it in person. It is a gorgeous palette although I’m more of a warm toned girl when it comes to my eyehshadows. The brand is has such an edgy vibe and the products are so rich in pigment, I found it hard to concentrate as I was like a magpie looking at all of the fabulous make up.

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It was pandamoanium once the tour ended as we were all very kindly gifted with a gift voucher to spend in store. I had a good idea of what I wanted to get with mine and I also paid a sneaky visit over to the MAC counter where I invested in one of their new Electric Cool eyeshadows. With my voucher I also bought the Urban Decay All Nighter Make Up Setting Spray and one of their new revolution lipsticks in the shade, Venom.

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(Photo credit: Katrina Doran.)

It was honestly such an amazing evening and I’m very thankful to Vicki, and Laura for inviting me along And spoiling us all rotten. I definitely need to take strip back to Derry to explore the city more.

Nx

My Week On Instagram ❤

So it has been a little while since I last blogged, sorry for the lack of posts but I wasn’t well for a few week’s. I’m thankfully now on the mend and very excited (as always) to get back to writing. I’ve spent most of the weekend drafting up some fashion and beauty features for all of you to enjoy. For today, I’m going to kick start things with some Instagram love. I’ve gathered a collection of my favourite shots that I’ve uploaded to my account over the past week.

I still managed to enjoy some online shopping (as you do) and I can’t wait to start experimenting with some of my new purchases. I finally jumped on the Zoeva hype and treated myself to the Rose Gold Complete Eye Set Vol.2 and their highly pigmented Coco Blend eyeshadow palette. The brushes are incredibly soft and the palette is one of dreams. Such warm and buttery shades that are perfect for creating a subtle or dramatic smoky eye. I also managed to get the must sought after Kathleen Lights quartz palette that she created with ColourPop Cosmetics. My man friend bought it for me when he was in America and I absolutely love it. I’m a HUGE fan of her You Tube channel and now I’m the proud owner of her palette. (Keep in mind, this product can only be purchased and shipped within USA).

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How have you all been keeping?! I hope you’re enjoying summer and hopefully indulging in some holiday sunshine. See you all in my next post!

Nx