Mother's Day Gift Guide

Tuesday, 6 March 2018
Mother's day is fast approaching and if you are like me I leave everything to the last minute, so I have put together a little post full of different idea's of bits and bobs to get your mummy for her special day.

There are loads of different words for how we refer to our Mother. For me its mummy, I know a lot of others use mum, ma, mammy, momma. Whatever you use it is a lovely day to tell your mummy just how special they are to us.

I never really talk much about my family but my mummy is my rock she is always there for me, treats me like her princess and nothing is ever a bother to her. She doesn't get enough credit at all, she is the foundation to my family unit, she is what holds us all together and she is one of the strongest bravest woman I know, if I could ever be half the lady she is I will be doing well. But she isn't one for getting soppy or talking about her feelings so she would tell me to wise up and not be soft lol.

So below is different products I think any mummy would be happy to receive.

1. Butterfly Print Dressing Gown - ASDA

2. Field Day Fireside Candle - FIELD DAY

3. Blue Stripe Floral Embroidered Weekend Bag -RIVER ISLAND
4. Bellamianta Rapid Self Tanning Tinted Mouse Gift Set - BELLAMIANTA
5. Clinique Smart Indulgence Gift Set - BOOTS
6. Mother's Day Spoils - PRESTIGE FLOWERS
7. Pandora Mother's Day Bracelet - PANDORA
8. Mother's Day Pocket Collection - HOTEL CHOCOLAT
9. Harbour Scene Recipe Book - LAURA ASHLEY
10. Star Print Mule Slipper MARKS & SPENCER
So there we have it, I have tried to think a little outside the box and include items that you maybe wouldn't have thought off... I will treat my mummy to some new carpet slippers and money as she usually buys a Kipling purse and it would be a losing battle to try pick for her as she likes her own style, which is totally different to anything I would pick. I love bright colourful sparkly things and mummy hates that she likes everything black or dark.
Lots of Love..
Victoria xx

Benefit Badgal Bang Mascara Review

Tuesday, 20 February 2018
I am guessing that you will have seen something about this mascara already as the lead up to the launch was crazy. They had space woman dressed head to toe in pink suits in and around the country, loads of press pictures and basically a huge build up all to do with space.

I have to admit I thought the new product would be a collection or some base products for the face, because of their already much sought after mascara's this was the last thing I thought it would be.

However when they finally revealed this new mascara it made sense as to the whole space theme. In case you don't know this mascara took 4 years to get the formula right, it contains aero-particles which is one of the lightest known materials derived from space technology and it has a special 'slimpact' brush which is basically a super bendy wand with different sizes bristles.

The Badgal Bang mascara claims to be smudge proof, water resistant and also volumising . Along with this it contains ProVitamin B5 known to fuel thickness & strength.

As I was on the look out for a new mascara I decided to pick this up and give it a go, I have to admit I didn't really like any of Benefit's other mascara's but with the claims of fuller and thicker lashes I knew I had to try Badgal Bang.

The first thing I noticed about this mascara is the packaging , it is in a lovely matte tube with a bubbled top, it has a really high end feel. The mascara tube is actually really heavy and when you open and close it there is a little click so that you know it is closed fully. I really liked this as sometimes you can leave the top open a little and then air gets in and dries the product out.

So would this mascara live up to all the hype... the actual mascara is a lot runnier and thinner than I thought , I was thinking it would be a thicker constancy. The brush is fantastic it is nice and small and makes getting right into the root of the lash soo easy. The wand also gets thinner to thicker making getting into those corner lashes perfectly.

I noticed a big difference with just one application, I didn't need to dip in for more product to do my bottom lashes, there was more than enough on the wand. The mascara applies soo well because of the wand and also the constancy is so easy to work with. My lashes were a lot longer and definitely pitch black which I like.

It almost looked like I had applied some liner to my lash line as the mascara gets right into the root. If you don't like extremely black mascara you wont like this, they will hopefully bring out more colours in time.

I let the first application dry and then added a second... it have to say my lashes did get a little clumped.. which personally I don't mind but they were almost spidery, if you like your lashes all fanned out then I don't think you would like this mascara.

You probably could layer it up even more but two layers had my lashes full of volume and length that I didn't try anymore.

Finally the mascara claims to have 36 hour wear, I decided to put this to the test and slept in my mascara!! Yes I know how bad this is but I really wanted to test Benefit's claims out . The mascara actually held up really well, there was little to no smudging and it didn't go flaky at all. At the end of the 36 hours my eyes did feel disguising and scratchy but I think any mascara would do this after the amount of time.

Overall I was extremely impressed with the Badgal Bang mascara, I have had lots of people compliment my lashes asking if they were false and also saying how long they were. I am blessed to have naturally curly lashes but if you curled them and applied this mascara I think it would be stunning.

You can get this mascara in loads of different shops and also online at the minute, if you are on the lookout for a mascara with noticeable results I would 100% recommend you pick it up.

Lots of Love...

Victoria xx

Powder 'n' Pout Make-Up Brushes

Monday, 29 January 2018
When I think back to when I was younger my makeup brushes were limited... I basically used my fingers for foundation, puff pads for powder and everything else was applied with a sponge applicator! Skip forward to now and make up brushes are one of the most important parts of any look!

If you think of a builder he can only do as good of a job as his tools allow, much like applying make up, you can only get that perfect blend with a good brush.

I have always heard of Powder 'n' Pout but never tried any of their brushes so when I got a delivery just before Christmas, I was one very happy girl. I am a little bit addicted to make up brushes and always trying new ones so I was looking forward to see how these would compare to some of my favourites.

I was very kindly gifted 3 different brushes. The Fluffy Blender (P310), The Duo Crease (P245) and The Duo Tapered Powder (P210) This was a good mix to get a feel for the brand.

The Fluffy Blender (P310)

This brush is made of natural sable hair, with wooden handles featuring a double crimped nickle-plated brass ferrule. It is the perfect shape to get flawless blending and also because of its precise shape it is soo good at getting into to outer 'v'. The brush itself is super soft and the bristles are the perfect length. A lot of my other blending brushes have shorter bristles and this leads to me leaning harder, this brush made blending soo easy.

It is also a good length , you can hold it at the end to apply very little pressure. This is fast becoming one of my favourite brushes and I keep going back to it. 

The Duo Crease (P245)

This brush is made with duo fibre technology, much like the fluffy blender it has a wooden handle featuring a double crimped nickle-plated brass ferrule. The duo fibre is basically instead of one type of bristle it is made with two, this makes blending a dream and it picks up just the right amount of product. Unlike a lot of my other eye brushes this is a super soft teardrop shape, which gets right up into the crease and makes applying different colours effortless.

Again the brush size is nice and long so easy to grip and feels nice and luxurious. You can also use this brush with liquids such as concealer.

The Duo Tapered Powder (P210)

This brush is again made with duo fibre technology, wooden handle and the same ferrule. I love the size of this brush, as it is big enough to sweep over the face but not that big that it makes doing your make up clumsy. Unlike the name suggests you can use it on a lot of different products not just powder. I used it with my foundation and the finish it gave was stunning. Because of the duo fibre's it doesn't overload the brush, so you don't have to worry about having to much product on your skin.

I also used the brush to apply my face powder and then cleaned it off to try applying my blusher, again it picked up just the right amount of product and gave a lovely sweep of colour to the face.

Out of all 3 brushes the Duo Tapered Powder is probably my favourite as it can be used with so many different products and it just gives my skin a lovely glow as it doesn't plaster the foundation on.

If you are on the look out for new brushes, I definitely would recommend trying Powder 'n' Pout. They have a full collection of brushes available on their website, which you can find HERE.

I have my eye on at least another 5 brushes so when I purchase them and try them out I will let you know what I think of them, but I am guessing I will love them just as much as I love these 3.

Lots of Love..

Victoria xx

 **I was kindly sent these brushes as a PR gift, however ALL opinions and words are my own.

Sumita Centre Stage Volumising Mascara

Wednesday, 10 January 2018
You know that question people always ask.. 'If you were stuck on an island with just one beauty product what would you have?'

Well for me its mascara.

I love how it opens the eye up, makes the eye stand out and just draws attention to the eyes. My favourite part of the body is eyes so you can see why I love mascara.

I am blessed to have naturally long and curly lashes so I never need to curl them but I look for a mascara that lifts my lashes and holds them in place. I look for a mascara that adds volume and doesn't clump my lashes all together.

When I got my hands on the Sumita Centre Stage Mascara I read what its supposed to do and couldn't wait to try it out. It claims to "increase the appearance of lash volume by 330 percent - creating strikingly thick, sexy lashes." It also claims to "instantly gives lashes intense volume and length, in just one coat to create strikingly thick and sexy lashes."

I had my hopes high as I tried it on one eye... so would this mascara live up to what it claimed.... well the answer is a big fat YES!

With one coat my lashes were soo full and long, they actually looked like false eyelashes. As for 330 percent more volume I would have to agree my lashes fanned out beautifully.

I tried the mascara a couple more times as I don't like to just give a opinion based on one try. Each time the mascara applied soo easy, it has a large wand with a soft fibre bristle. This is my favourite type of wand as I hate the plastic ones as I feel there isn't enough movement with them.

I think you can see from the photos just how good this mascara is, if you are on the look out for a mascara that adds volume and length this is definitely one to try.

Lots of Love..

Victoria xx

*This is not a paid or sponsored post. I was however sent the item as a PR drop. ALL opinions are my own.

Peter Pan at the Grand Opera House Belfast

Thursday, 4 January 2018
So that's Christmas over for another year, I don't know about you but we are a family full of traditions. We always open our presents at a certain time, we always sit in the same place, go in the same order etc... and one of my favourite traditions is doing the Christmas Pantomime at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.

If you have never heard of the Pantomime before, every year it is a different story with dancers, singers, actors/actresses and the one and only May McFettridge, who is always centre stage with her over the top costumes and some cheeky jokes. There is also a celebrity character this year the celebrity was Claire King from Corrie, other years have seen Chico (x-factor), Gareth Gates (singer) and Faye Tozer (Steps Singer).

The story this year was Peter Pan... the little boy who never wanted to grow up. Not many people will know but I love Tinkerbell, it all started one night I was out in a club and a man in the toilets commented on how I was just like Tinkerbell and I was a little fairy! My brother of course found this hilarious as I am not small or fairy like! The thought of me flying made him laugh till the tears were tripping him!

Soo.. for years I have collected Tinkerbell any time I see her and always get gifts which relate to this from my brother.

Now on to the play itself!!

As always my brother books early for the year ahead so this Christmas I received tickets for next Christmas's Panto which is Jack and the beanstalk. Because of this we always have really good seats up at the front :)

We got to our seats and the Panto quickly got underway. It started with Wendy laying in Bed and then Peter Pan came flying in. I was really impressed as you couldn't see the wire so to a child he really was flying. I may have believed it too for a second!! Peter was dressed in a little green outfit and looked just like the movie.

The story then continues and we meet Tinkerbell who is a beautiful woman dressed all in white with fairy wings and Roller boots so it looks like she is zooming across the stage, another very clever trick!

Then Peter takes Wendy and two little boys to Neverland where they meet Liger Lily and the Lost boys and girls. All the costumes and stage props are fantastic the children are all dressed to fit in with Tiger Lily.

We then meet May and her better half who have came to work on the ship... they aren't really part of the story but rather a filler between scene changes. I really like this as you are kept entertained during the whole show. In the second half however they then become characters in the story.

The story continues and we then meet captain Hook and a lovely Mermaid, the costumes are really what makes the story pop, everything is so glitzy and emphasises the characters. You learn the story of why Hook and Peter pan don't like each other and finally before the interval there is a very scary large crocodile! If you were a child you really would think that everything is real, there are no wires or body parts etc on display everything looks soo realistic.

After a short 15 min interval its back into the second half... the story then comes to an end with hook getting captured and Wendy going back to her own land.

I really look forward to going to the Pantomime every year, as it is always packed full of amazing acting, local jokes, crude jokes, fantastic pyrotechnics, good music and costumes that make me feel like a little girl again.

The Panto runs from the start of December to the first or second week in January and you can get tickets at different prices based on seating, times of the day and groups etc.

If you have never went and would like to start a new tradition around Christmas time with you and family/kids I cannot recommend checking out the Grand Opera House's Pantomime enough.

Lots Of Love...

Victoria xx

Christmas Present Idea's For Last Minute Shoppers

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

I have just checked and there is 11 days till Christmas ... Yip you read that correct.. 11 DAYS!!

How did it roll around soo quick, if feels like just yesterday was summer, but if your like me and you leave things a little late I  have put together some ideas below.

Christmas can be such a stressful time especially if people don't tell us what they would like. My dad is the worst one year he asked for paint brushes ... so there is me looking stupid asking for paint brushes with no idea of size or anything, or the year he asking for a fishing rod... again that was an embarrassing conversation as I had no idea what I was after.

I have included a lot of Northern Ireland / Ireland companies as I think it is soo important to help smaller local businesses at this time of year.

1.  Field Day Candle - Field Day Ireland
2. LMD Master Palette - BPerfect Cosmetics 
3. The Man in the Moon Gift Tin - Lush
4. Love Your Skin Hand and Body Gift Set - Holos
5. Barber Pro Men's Skin Revival Mask Set - Beauty Belle
6. Grey Knitted Mule - Next
7. Oral B Electric Toothbrush - Argos
8. Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette - Urban Decay
9. Pink Bunny Mule Slippers - New Look
 10. Breezy Day Wallet - Story Horse
So there we have it... I have tried to think outside the box for you as its soo easy to get the typical common presents and sometimes its nice to open something different and get an extra special surprise.  
Lots of Love...
Victoria xx

Plus Size Christmas Clothing

Monday, 27 November 2017
Christmas is coming and being a plus size girl it can be hard to feel festive as we can't just go to the likes of Primark or Tesco for a nice novelty jumper. Instead Christmas clothes are usually really over priced and don't look overly festive. A lot of stores stock up to around a size 18/20 but a lot of us plus size lovelies are above that.
However this year I am soo glad to say companies have made some really nice plus size pieces... I have my eye on so many nice items... what I also have found is, companies are now making plus size t-shirts, leggings , pyjamas etc... Finally all us bigger ladies can feel festive in everything we wear :)
Below I have picked out my favourite 10 items from various different shops :)
Simply Be
Christmas Puppy Jumper
Yours Clothing
Black Sequin Embellished Fine Knit Christmas Novelty Jumper
Black Prosecco Sequin Jumper
Simply Be
Christmas Candy Leggings
Simply Be
Elf Christmas Legging Set
Yours Clothing
Black & Multi Christmas Gingerbread Man Longline Swing Top
Navy Blue Robin Print Glitter T-Shirt
Simply Be
Robin Mistletoe T-Shirt
Yours Clothing
Black & Red "Puddy Cat" Christmas Pudding Print Pyjama Set
Simply Be
French Bulldog Santa Pocket T-Shirt
So there we have it... as you can see this year the plus size clothing is fab... so many nice prints and designs. What is your favourite?
Ooh and since it is Christmas I couldn't not include this -
Yours Clothing
Red Christmas Santa Skater Dress With Faux Fur Trim
Hope you all enjoyed my top Christmas picks.
Lots of Love..
Victoria xx