Beauty | December Product Empties & Quick Reviews

I'm on a mission these days to try and clear out my stash a bit, y'know, to make way for the new items I received at Christmas and possibly a few new sale items too.  I have SO many half full items on my shelves that I need to learn to either dump, finish or give to my mother.  My bathroom cabinet is overflowing (oooops)

Lifestyle | What I Got For Christmas 2015

In great blogger tradition I thought I should share with you what I received for Christmas this year.  It's only polite, really, ain't it?!  I mean, we're all here to nosey at each others bits and bobs, so Christmas really is just the perfect time to share.
Of course, this post is purely for those, like myself that are super nosey and perhaps are looking for tips for things to pick up in the sales rather than this being a boosty "look at all my stuff" post.
Usually at Christmas my two best friends and I got a little OTT on each other but this year we decided to book a trip to Barcelona instead of buying gifts, so I'm super excited about that.  The items I received in these photos came from my other half, both sides of family, work colleagues and I was also involved in three secret santas this year.

What I got for Christmas 2015

My Perfect Christmas Eve Routine


It's true, it's true!  I am a complete Christmas nut!!

Well, I'm not mental, mental but I do ADORE this time of year.  The scents, the smiles - everything is just magical!

Beauty | Festive Nails - My Top Five

What's the easiest way to add a bit of bling to your outfit this time of year?  NAILS!!!

Now I'm no manicurist, I'm a messy girl - every time I paint my stumpy little broken nails I ruin them within 10 minutes but still, I love a good quality glitzy polish around Christmas time.

Lifestyle | Stocking Fillers Below £10.00: New Look Edition

Everyone loves a little Stocking Filler - right?
I've been picking up a few extra bits and bobs recently for friends and I seem to have fallen in love with New Look again - have you seen some of the things they have this season?  WOW.
Here's my top picks of their Stocking Fillers all £10.00 or less - BARGAIN!

I'm ALL over that middle row- YES!

Beauty | Must Haves For Christmas 2015

So I've spent far too long pouring over gift guide after gift guide - dreaming of the pretty things that I might be lucky enough to find hiding under my Christmas tree this year.
It's been a tough job to narrow down my choices but here lays my beauty wishlist for Christmas 2015.
Christmas Beauty Must Haves

Beauty | Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Review


I have a bit of a love/ hate relationship with primers. I love to buy them - my skin HATES them!

At £26.50 this Clarins product was a bit of a punt for me. I tested it at an event and loved the effect it had on my hand so jumped in feet first and bought myself TWO tubs as there was a GWP offer on (who doesn't love GWPs?!).

Lifestyle | The Best Christmas Movies Ever?!

Ho Ho Ho!!!  I currently feel like a giant ball of festive cheer!! 
I'm a HUGE fan of Christmas, I've been prepping ALL year and it's almost, ALMOST time to get the fluffy PJs on and fill my face with mince pies!!
There is nothing I love more at this time of year than watching ALL the Christmas TV specials, tacky straight to TV movies and getting all cosy on the sofa.  Sheer bliss!!
I've pulled together a list of my favourite Christmas movies - the ones I may or may not have been watching for the last two months - but the ones I'll just never get bored of.
The all time favourites!


Beauty | Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate Review

A few months ago I had a "beauty bloggers made me buy it" moment and indulged myself with a visit to my local Kiehls store in Belfast City Centre.
On the day I had a full skincare assessment (post here) and decided to treat myself to a few items but the one thing I KNEW that I wanted to buy on the day was the Midnight Recovery Concentrate as I've seen so many bloggers rave about it.

Beauty | Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner

Is it completely obvious yet that I am an eyeliner addict?  'Cos I'll admit it, I am!

I never have and I don't think I ever will grow out of love with the thick black eyeliner look.  It's just very "me"

A Very Disney Christmas Wishlist

I started my Christmas shopping very early this year and I think I'm actually almost sorted...I know, I know, I'm sure you all HATE me for saying that but I have NEVER been this organised before. 

So I've spent the last few days pulling together bits and bobs I think I may have to treat myself to now - y'know as a reward for all my hard work, of course.

I may be in my thirties but I'll always be young at heart.  I don't think I'll ever not be a Disney fanatic.

Local | Tiger Opens First Store in NI


Lifestyle | Keeping Motivated - My Gym Playlists

It's been a long time since I've shared or spoken about anything related to music but I've been spending a lot more time rediscovering old gems and building new playlists recently since I've been heading back to the gym to get my wobbly bits in check.

Now let's not get things confused here, I'm certainly NOT a gym bunny, but I've come to terms with the fact it’s just one of those things that’s got to be done and I think the one thing that will keep me motivated has to be a good playlist.  My music taste is varied to say the least, I listen to everything and anything but my heart and soul lies firmly in the metal camp.  Throw in some standard GaGa, a bit of Hip Hop and a dash of musical theatre and I'll just keep pounding that treadmill with what may resemble half a smile on my face.

I know the world of beauty blogging doesn't really go hand in hand with extreme metal but both hold a huge place in my heart and I thought I'd take the opportunity to share a  couple of playlists that keep me going.  

Beauty | 2015 Advent Calendars - Top Picks

You've all realised that I'm OBSESSED with Christmas by now, yes?

So to continue on that theme I've pulled together my top picks of the amazing beauty advent calendars for all budgets that I've been drooling over recently.

Will you be indulging in a beauty advent calendar?


Hair | Lush No Drought - Dry Shampoo

Lush Dry Shampoo Lush No Drought Eyelinerflicks

Having red hair takes a lot of upkeep, I've been a redhead now for over 7 years now and it can be hard work!  

Lifestyle | Wednesday Wishlist - Wilko Winter Range

I'm not even going to apologise for this.  I'm already planning the "big day". 
No, I don't mean a wedding, CHRISTMAS, of course!
I'm a complete child at heart, I've never grown out of the magic and atmosphere of this time of year.  I think there are few things better in life than getting the home ready for the Christmas season, stocking up on all the foodie goodies and spending hours wrapping gifts just the way you want them.
I am a complete sucker for Christmas.
And as such, I've spent HOURS recently pouring over multiple websites, drooling over their winter ranges and one site stood out for me.
Not just for range but for value too, Wilko are killing it this season and I love it.
I just wish, wish, wish we had some stores here in Northern Ireland that I could go lose hours in. 
I've already placed one order online and I'm trying my best to resist placing another this week but here's my top picks of the new Wilko winter range.

Beauty | Seventeen Easy On The Eye Pallette


It's no secret that I'm a bit of a lazy sod when it comes to doing my everyday make up, I like those extra ten minutes under my duvet in the mornings y'see, especially since it's so dark in the mornings these days too.   

Boots Star Gift | Laura Ashley

Quick heads up guys, if you're a lover of bargains, beauty bits and pretty things - this week's BOOTS STAR GIFT may be right up your street.
Available here

Lucky Dip Club | October 2015

Y'know when you completely lose track of what day it is?  Yea, that's where I'm at right now.

It's almost the end of October and that means my new LUCKY DIP CLUB subscription box arrived today! 

I'm still trying to find the new "thing" for me.  Beauty boxes have left me a little underwhelmed and last month I tested out both the LUCKY DIP CLUB and THE MELT CROWD subscription boxes and enjoyed both - you can check out my thoughts here and here.

The theme of the October LUCKY DIP CLUB box is one that really made me smile.  As soon as I opened the box I just HAD to snap a few photos to share with you all so please forgive the terrible lighting but....


LUCKY DIP CLUB | OCTOBER 2015 EyelinerFlicks

Food | Acton & Sons, Belfast Launch


Last night I popped along to the launch of Acton & Sons restaurant - Situated on Brunswick Street, in the heart of Belfast's Linen quarter.
Previously known as Olios - a restaurant I frequently visited in the past as it was ideal for pre-theatre or a tasty lunch while working in the City Centre and had the best scampi in town; the new Acton & Sons offers comfort food and all-day brasserie classics, served in the newly refurbished, stylish surroundings.

Prepping For Christmas | The Internet Gift Store

I love a good all-rounder.  Y'know, somewhere I can get a bit of everything in one place, I'm a lazy girl - I like to get all my bits and bobs in one big shop:

A department store, a supermarket and recently I also discovered The Internet Gift Store!

Initially when I discovered The Internet Gift store I was searching for a birthday gift for my sister-in-law and I was just astounded at the sheer range of their products.  I expected gift sets, wrapping paper etc but The Internet Gift Store actually stock items like bedding, kitchen gadgets and even fitness equipment.

To celebrate the launch of their new Christmas gifts The Internet Gift Store kindly let me chose a product from their new range and as much as I wanted to be cheeky and nab something for myself, I thought this would be a great opportunity to get started on my Christmas shopping.

That's right guys, I said the "C" word!

First on my list was my mother-in-law.  My other half's family do quite a low key Christmas, so token gifts are key here! 

She's a craft lover, keen gardener and high-end brand enthusiast.  So when I dropped eyes on the Orla Kiely secateurs* I just knew they would be perfect for her.

INTERNET GIFT STORE Orla Kiely Secateurs eyelinerflicks blog

Lifestyle | Rediscovering Old Favourites : TV

Rediscovering Old Favourites TV Shows Eyelinerflicks Blog
Recently I've found a gaping hole in my TV induced joy.  Since PLL has gone for it's break and GBBO with Paul's eyelashes have left my screen I've been searching for a replacement to fill the void. 

Beauty | ELF Are Back In The UK !

ELF Are back in the UK   Eyelinerflicks
Hold onto your reasonable priced hats, ladies.  ELF are back in the UK!! 

Lush Haul

LUSH HAUL Eyelinerflicks Oct 2015

It's no secret that I love a LUSH bathtime treat, I've mentioned it many times already so this week when I was in the City at a training course for work, I made sure to take some time on my lunch break to have a quick trip into LUSH Belfast and pick up some treats.

The Melt Crowd | October 2015

As I mentioned previously, I've been hunting out some new subscription boxes recently, last week I received the Lucky Dip Club (post here) and this week The Melt Crowd October box by Flamingo Candles dropped onto my office desk.

I work in quite a small office and we do love it when the postie brings us packages so we all gathered around to see what was included in this months' box.

As this was my first ever Melt Crowd box, I received a free melt burner in my pack and it came well wrapped in a larger box - I had actually forgotten about this perk so I did get a little confused when it first arrived.


Lifestyle | Currently Loving #5

OK, So this week has been pretty damn awesome and I figured what better way to catch up with everyone than to do a bit of a catch up post.


Shop Local | Filthy Velvet, Scandles with Attitude

It's time, guys!  Now is the time to step back from the mass produced, over priced jars and embrace something new and sexy!

Lucky Dip Club | September 2015

Over the last year I have become tired of beauty subscription boxes - I found that I was receiving the same items over and over again.  I have enough mascara to see me through the next few years!  So I have been looking elsewhere for something a little bit different and I discovered the Lucky Dip Club.

A box of super cute accessories and handmade items that includes a personalised item each month seems right up my street. 

I really enjoy having subscription boxes delivered to work, since I am the post lady, I'm able to nab all my parcels as they arrive and it really brightens up a dull day when something arrives that I've completely forgotten about.

So imagine my joy when this month's cutie box arrived on my desk just in time for my birthday!


Lifestyle | Must Watch 80'S Movies - NETFLIX Edition

What's better than curling up on the sofa at this time of year with a GIANT cuppa tea or hot chocolate and indulging in some feel good movies?
Nothing, that's what!
Well actually, you could invite the girls round and all watch a bit of cheese together, that's pretty fun too.
I am a real 80's child, I love big hair, lairy clothing and good whack of (Jon) Bon Jovi thrown in for a laugh.
When I get a night to myself or with the girls there is nothing I love more than indulging in a bit of cheese from the 80's and today I thought I'd share some of my favourite 80's movies with you.  These are all currently available on NETFLIX too if you felt the need to have a full in depth marathon and hide for a few hours.
So stick your hair in a side ponytail, stock up on sherbet dips and pour yourself a babysham things are about to get cheesy.

Beauty | Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Kit

I won't lie, contouring has always been a bit scary for me, I'm a super pale girl.  I wear ALL the pale foundations with a bit of bright blush and I'm good to go but when this SEVENTEEN Define & Conquer Contour Kit* popped through my door I couldn't help but be intrigued.

Lifestyle | It's Officially Autumn, Really!

Apparently 23rd September marks the official start to Autumn.  Or Fall, if you're from further afield.
And I cannot contain my joy! 

Beauty | Clarins GWP Offer at House of Fraser

If you read my post on the recent event running at House of Fraser (here) you'll see they have some amazing deals on at the moment.  The one deal that I was super excited to take advantage of had to be from Clarins.
As well as being included in the #BeautyConfidential event where you get £10 off one of your favourite items when you buy one of their favourites; Clarins are also giving away one of their best gift with purchase offers I have seen in a long time.
Until 19th September when you purchase two or more Clarins products (one of which must be skincare), you’ll receive an amazing trio of Clarins products as a GWP. 
I'm usually all about the cosmetics but after a quick demonstration of the new Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch* I instantly snapped it up.  Actually, that's a lie, I snapped up TWO!
And with that, I then was eligible for the GWP.  Ohh happy days.  It's so wonderful I couldn't not share it with you all.

#BeautyConfidential Event at House of Fraser

Food | Meal Planning For A Busy Lifestyle

My life is a bit mental.  As I previously mentioned, I work both full time and part time.  I get one day off a week.  I live with my partner, have 2 dogs, spend time with friends and try to stay as healthy as I can so I find the only way to function properly is to plan my time.

Plan Plan Plan.

Weekly meal planning is one way I find things work for us.  If we didn't plan, I'm pretty damn sure I would spend a ton on take-aways as I tend to be really tired and lazy when I get home from work at 6pm.
Meal Planning for A Busy Lifestyle eyelinerflicks blog

Skincare | The Body Shop Top 5

My Top Five : The Body Shop EyelinerFlicks

I've found myself rediscovering brands recently that I had forgotten about for a good few years and lately I have refound my love for The Body Shop.

I'm currently testing out a few of their newer products but I have 5 items I can firmly say are my favourites right now;

Beauty | Too Faced Candlelight Highlighter

Too Faced Candlelight Highlighter Eyelinerflicks
Too Faced Candlelight Highlighter Eyelinerflicks
Too Faced Candlelight Highlighter Eyelinerflicks

Lush | The Rough With The Smooth Body Scrub

LUSH: The Rough With The Smooth Body Scrub eyelinerflicks
There are few things in life I love more than a good scrub!!  It's a well documented fact that I over scrub my face, I've been using exfoliating products on my noggin for over 15 years but I always forget to give my body a once over.
Most women would be shocked to hear it but I don't tend to exfoliate my body all that often, I'm not a regular fake tan lover or skimpy outfit wearer so it's a step I miss in my routine more often than not.
But while on a recent trip to LUSH Belfast I was intrigued.  While perusing their new range of summer products I got to play with this body scrub and was instantly sold!
The Rough With The Smooth is a body scrub bar, something that I think I can really get on board with.  I've shyed away from body scrubs in the past as I think they can get mess.  I drop them all over the place and more product would end up down the plug hole than on my body but this body scrub bar is extremely handy.
Made with a mixture of granulated sugar, black pepper oil, vanilla and murumaru butter this little bar of happiness has recently become a favourite in my shower and bathtime routine.
The Rough With The Smooth does exactly what you'd expect with a name like that.  The sugar exfoliates all the evil little bumps away and moisturises the skin to leave you feeling silky soft and smelling like a goddess.
Oh and the scent!!  Let's not forget the scent!  It took me a few moments to figure this one out but I'm sure other LUSH fans would get it right away.  This little bar smells exactly like Lord Of Misrule and it's simply divine.  The scent lasts fairly well on the skin too without being overpowering which really is ideal.
The thing I enjoyed most about The Rough With The Smooth?!  Using it on my pins!  I have been absolutely loving using this product as an aid to shaving my legs.  I've never been a fan of shaving mousse or the likes but I've found using this scrub bar on my legs amazing.  It lathers up a fair bit while exfoliating if you get it wet enough.
But at the same time, get it too wet for too long and you won't have this item for long.  it does get a little squidgy if you leave it in water for too long but I think that's to be expected, it is made of sugar after all.  I keep mine in a small soap dish on a shelf in the bathroom to allow it to dry out between uses.
For the bargain price of £5.95 I think I'll make a point of repurchasing this when the time comes. 
Have you tried this one?  If not, give it a bash and let me know how you like it.
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Beauty | Brow's That! by Seventeen

BEAUTY: Brow's That! by Seventeen EyelinerFlicks
BEAUTY: Brow's That! by Seventeen EyelinerFlicks

Lifestyle | 10 Things That Turn A Bad Day Into A Good Day

10 Things That Turn A Bad Day Into A Good Day eyelinerflicks

There's no denying I struggle with serious mood swings!  I'm sure we all do!  Those days when everything just gets ontop of you or things just don't go your way but I've put together a list of 10 things that make me smile.

Hair | 3 Steps To Happy Hair

EyelinerFlicks Tony and Guy shampoo Happy Hair

That's right, it's another hair product post!
Since I've been growing my hair longer recently I've been trialling lots of new shampoos, thickening products, lotions and serums - you can read my most recent hair care post here.

Food | The Easiest Muffin Recipe Ever?!

Eyelinerflicks Super easy chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

Do you ever get those days where you want to be all domestic goddess fabulous and knock something out super quick but make it look like you've been slaving over the cooker for hours? 

Of course you do.