Wednesday, 21 September 2016

These Boots | Boohoo

Clockwise from top 

Lena Laser Cut, £35, Black | Claire Cylinder Heel, £28, Black | Tilly Zip Trim, £30, BlackClaire Cylinder Heel, £28, White | Faye Block Heel, £28, Nude | Macy Clear Heel Thigh High, £40, Grey

Being mid September, I've had to come to terms with the fact that summer is definitely over, and it's time to say say 'bye bye' to sandals and pumps. Next month the clocks go back, and although that means an extra hour in bed, it also means that dark mornings are glooming, and morning make up applications are near impossible. Ultimately preparing myself for nippy mornings and the cold winter air, I've browsed Boohoo's latest boots section and reached a new highscore for items on my wishlist! My favourite have to be the Claire heels in black (top right). Last year I searched endlessly for a pair of above ankle boots after spotting Samantha Maria (beautycrush) in a pair, but they seem to be more mainstream this year. It's time to keep those toes cosy!


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Só Soy

As cliché as it sounds, the idea to create my own candles came to me in a dream (well, more of a duvet-day nap to be honest). I remember thinking, wow - this is something I could really do. Being a lover of scented candles, and always having an interest in design, I've created Só Soy.

'Só' is the Gaelic (Irish) word for 'Luxury', and being on the North Coast of Northern Ireland, I thought that adding a little bit of Irish character was a must. The candles I create are hand poured on the Causeway Road and only a short walk from the actual Giant's Causeway stones. The whole process happens in my kitchen at home, much to the dismay of my parents.

Before buying supplies for my candles, I researched different waxes and made the decision to use soy. Even though I've burned plenty of candles in my time, I was oblivous to the benefits of using soy wax over the typical paraffin wax that you'll find in most well known brands.

Soy wax is a relatively new product discovered in 1991, and is made from soya beans - 100% natural, renewable, and friendly to the environment. Paraffin wax however, is a bi-product of the refinery process for petroleum oil and essentially just a cheap waste product. Soy wax has a low melting point and can burn up to twice as long as paraffin wax, giving you more burn for your buck. As it's biodegradable and has a lower melting point, any spills are easy to clean. It's also made from vegetable oil, which is non toxic and gives a clean burn. Compared to paraffin, it gives off up to 90% less soot.

As well as using soy wax, I've also picked wicks made from unbleached cotton and linen threading, giving a cleaner, longer lasting burn. The first scent is 'Lemongrass, Lime & Ginger Root' - a sensual fragrance that my other half likes to describe as "smelling like a spa". I'm excited to release new fragrances and sizes, especially on the lead up to winter. Currently, Só Soy candles are exclusively available to buy on Etsy, and shipping is worldwide. To keep up to date with new fragrances, follow the official Instagram and Facebook pages.

For safety information and candle burning tips visit the FAQ section of the Só Soy shop,


Thursday, 14 July 2016

The Perfect Summer Shoe feat. JD Williams

From the Sandal Footwear collection at JD Williams
If you live in the UK, you're probably far too familiar with our typical British weather, and living in Northern Ireland, I like to use the term 'summer' quite loosely. Don't get me wrong - we recently had our fair share of sunshine, but it's quickly turned back to the dull, cloudy days that we're so unfortunately used to.

I've recently teamed up with JD Williams, to bring you the perfect summer shoe. Opting for an open toe, these sandals will take you from day to night, and from sunshine to shade! It's no surprise that they're a best seller. You can browse the full range of summer suited sandals here at JD Williams.

From the Sandal Footwear collection at JD Williams

I first gave these a trial run during an 8 hour shift at work, and to my surprise I didn't have to opt for my trusty handbag 'backup shoes'. The low chunky heel, gives enough height with comfort, as does the elasticated ankle strap. I also recently wore these to my friend's graduation, and it was nice to be able to walk in a pair of heels for once.

In this blog post I've attempted to showcase how versatile this shoe is for summer, and styled some outfits for different occasions. Pick up your Sole Diva Block Heel Sandals here for only £25, and they'll be sure to take you from smart to casual. I've opted for snake skin because I'm a sucker for anything animal-esque, but they're also available in magenta or silver.

Drinks with the girls
Drinks with the girls

Summer Wedding
Summer wedding

Impromptu BBQ
Impromptu BBQ


Monday, 14 March 2016

Benefit Must Haves

All work no play means I've slacked on the blogging recently, but I've been inspired by a few Benefit pieces to get back at it. Although I'd bought this (now sold out) set at Christmas time, all of the makeup items mentioned in this post, are available for individual purchase. The 'Get Your Party On' kit retailed at £39.50 and is worth an incredible £81.50 - the best percentage saved from all of the limited edition tins that were on sale. Items in the tin include, 'Hoola' bronzing powder, 'Gimme brow' in medium/deep, 'High Beam' highlighter (which is already a strong favourite of mine), and the award winning 'They're Real!' mascara.

Two of the products from this kit have managed to creep their way into my everyday makeup bag - the 'Hoola' bronzing powder and the 'They're Real!' mascara - both award winning products. 'Hoola' is one of the very few bronzers on the market that doesn't contain red or orange pigment, giving a natural finish. It's matte colour also makes it perfect for day time - no sparkle or shine! 'Hoola' can also double up as an eyeshadow if you're in a hurry - pop it in your crease for an easy go-to eye look!

Unfortunately I wasn't blessed with naturally full lashes, so it's not often that I'll find a mascara I'm really impressed by. 'They're Real!' is one of the very few ones I've tried that actually makes a difference and makes me go 'wow', so it's no surprise that it's was the UK's best selling mascara in 2015. If you don't believe me, get your hands on one.

Sadly, I can't find any of these sets online as I'm sure they're long sold out. I watched them fly out of my local Benefit store within days, but I'd recommend investing in some single Benefit pieces. I'm dying to get my hands on their new liquid bronzer!

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