YARDBIRD.

31.5.15



'Yard Burger.'

'Dead Man's Swerve.'
If you know me (or just see my usual hangover tweets) it won't come as a surprise that I love a little bit of fried chicken. Mostly in the form of a take-away but sometimes it's super satisfying to go out for some tasty grub. With burger joints popping up all over the show I was looking for one with a bit of a twist! Enter Yardbird. Since it opened last year I've been desperate to go, and the chance finally came last week!

The deep-south inspired eatery offers all things chicken (obviously) including wings, burgers served in brioche buns and good old chicken pieces.  Although it was a super tough decision with the amazing range of burgers, I opted for the 'Dead Man's Swerve' . Tasty chicken pieces covered in hot buffalo sauces with pickles. In all honesty the pickles weren't for me so I did pick some of them off (oops!) but the burger was incredible! The sauce is not for the faint-hearted, it was majorly spicy but that's my kinda burger so I loved it. The sides range from chips to cauliflower cheer and even friend banana! We played it safe with the the 'Salt 'n' peppa 'chips 'n' gravy' and the 'Maple Bacon Onion Rings' which may be one of the tastiest things I've ever eaten. Imagine an onion ring, wrapped in bacon and then drenched with maple syrup. Oh my god.

My favourite part of the meal was that the burger was served with a lollipop shoved in the top! The perfect after dinner treat without being too heavy on the tummy. Although the size of the restaurant was quite small I loved the homely feel it gave to the place, there was only a few members of staff on but this made the place feel even more personal. Excellent service and amazing food means it won't be too long before I'm back! Aisling. xo

Body Shop Sundays: Lightening Touch.

24.5.15




When a good dupe comes your way I think it's every bloggers duty to share it with the world. Working where I do I get to work with some amazing products and as soon as I saw this one, I knew it looked familiar. Lightening Touch is a light diffusing liquid concealer that helps to mask any under-eye shadows and imperfections and to me, it's a pretty bang-on dupe for the infamous YSL's Touche Éclat. 

Of the 3 concealers The Body Shop offers, Lightening Touch is probably my favourite. The liquid formula means it's incredibly versatile, and it's the one product I'll always reach for to try inject some life under my eyes! In my opinion it's more a brightening concealer so I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who needs to cover bad blemishes or spots, but don't worry there's some high coverage products to cover that base!

Lightening Touch comes with me wherever I go. The shade I use is 03, which has the perfect warm tones to balance out any blue shadowy areas under the eyes, and at only £14 it's a complete bargain! Another staple for everyones make-up bag in my opinion! Aisling. xo

Thrust & Disobey: Illamasqua.

19.5.15




Only Illamasqua could have names for their blushes like this, am I right? When it comes to cheeks I am very much a rosy pink kinda gal but, you know what I'm like when I see something purple.. Illamasqua blushes have always been a soft spot of mine.. along with every other item they sell. But these two are my current favourites.

Disobey was the first Illamasqua blush I ever got and it's been repurchased time and time again since. It's a gorgeous matte biscuity brown that gives a subtle contour that can be built upon if you like a more chiseled cheekbone. I also like to pop some of this through my eye socket on those 'no make-up' days. It's a natural toned shade that easily blends to give an effortless definition with a little something more.

Now for Thrust. I ordered this blush online and I got a bit of a shock. Described as a 'matte deep magenta pink' there is no doubt in my mind that Thrust is purple. In saying this, when applied with a light hand it gives a simple yet stunning flushed shade. If you fancy going for a dramatic glow it can be layered but I think with this colour, less is definitely more.

Matte blushes will forever be my favourite and these two aren't moving from the top of my list for a long time. The buttery texture means they go on like a dream and amazing pigmentation means you definitely get your money's worth! Would you ever venture to purple blush? Aisling. xo

London Escapades & Mini Haul!

14.5.15







Ello ello! It does feel weird to be writing on here again.. Now and then I feel myself quite unmotivated to blog and recently I've been feeling that in quite a big way. After bagging myself a bit of a promotion in work I was feeling a bit in out of my depth, but now I've decided it's time to put pen to paper once more! (Or fingers to keyboard if you will.)

There's no denying that when you work in The Body Shop, there are certain perks to the job. Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to London to work at some of the Beauty Truth's events in conjunction with Elle, Cosmopolitan, Red and Good Housekeeping. I was embarrassingly excited. But that was mostly because my blogging idol and the most hilarious woman ever Caroline Hirons was going to be there. My first event was titled 'Ultimate Beauty Truths' and welcomed an amazing panel of experts there to guide us with all things skincare. As you can imagine I was in heaven and even managed to pick up some tips and tricks myself! (Hint: Two-step cleansing and layering night time skincare are Caroline's most important tips! You're welcome.) I also worked a breakfast event in conjunction with Red entitled 'Get up & Go!' This event was a real confidence boost with a fabulous motivational speaker there to empower all us amazing women.

Before my train back North I decided I had to do some shopping of the beauty blogger kind, which mainly involved visiting MAC and the incredible new Lush on Oxford Street. I was in my element and the service was first class as you'd expect. The new shop is so inviting and there's so much to see and do! My personal favourite was testing out the amazing bath bombs in the many sinks upstairs. So.. what did I buy?












Well since everyone and their dogs is after that 'Kylie Jenner' pout of late, I obviously decided to hop on the bandwagon and I treated myself to a matte lipstick in 'Velvet Teddy' and lip liner in 'Spice.' I'm seriously betraying my old faithful purple lip but they just look so amazing on! And then I ventured to Lush. I did buy a bit more than intended but the smells and exclusive products just overwhelmed me. We'll start with the more mundane products first and that includes two shower gels and a soap. I'm a sucker for a neutral fragrance (thank you eczema) so I went for 'It's Raining Men' which is a delish honey and rose oil shower cream. I then decided I wanted to smell like a Polo so chose 'Dirty Springwash', a menthol and spearmint shower gel. I also picked up an exfoliating soap that smells a little bit like 'Snow Fairy' - my favourite scent, called 'The Mechanic.'

Sticking with the mint theme I then treated myself to the 'Intergalactic' bath bomb, minty and based on Guardians of the Galaxy. So me, being a complete Marvel nerd had to buy it. I also treated my flatmate to the 'Cyanide Pill' as she's a fan of woody and lemon smells. (And I'm lovely.) Finally in Lush I repurchased my favourite lipscrub in 'Popcorn' and something from the updated make-up collection.. Unsurprisingly a purple lipstick in 'Dare.' I can't wait to put this to the test as I'm always on the look out for cruelty free make-up!

So that's me, I was only in London for 24 hours but I sure made the most of it. Bravo if you've read this whole post. It was a chatty one! Aisling. xo