Friday, 16 September 2016


The Slieve Donard Resort and Spa in Newcastle Co.Down has been named Northern Ireland Hotel of the Year at a glittering awards ceremony in Belfast City Hall on 15th September.
Stars like actor, Jimmy Nesbitt, who picked up the prize for Celebrity of the Year, and golfing star Darren Clarke, were there to see the hotel win the accolade at the Ulster Tatler Awards.
Stephen Meldrum, General Manager at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this amazing award from the Ulster Tatler.  My whole team who ensure the smooth running of the hotel in every department is feeling very proud of themselves and we would like to thank the public and panel for bestowing this great honour on us.”
A shortlist in each category was compiled from votes cast by Ulster Tatler readers, with a panel of media and industry experts selecting the eventual winners who were presented with awards.
Mr Meldrum continued: “The Slieve Donard is synonymous with style, elegance and history and we work hard to ensure that when people visit the resort that we look after them all like the VIPs they are! This awards tells us that we have been getting it right and we will continue to strive for the best in everything that we do!”
Niall Burns, Operations Manager, Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, who was there to accept the award on behalf of the hotel.
I will be visiting the Slieve Donard later this year and am really looking forward to my stay. Have any of you been before? I would love to hear what you thought of the Hotel.
Lots of Love...
Victoria xx

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Limited Edition Artistry™ Pacific Lights Collection

Hello everyone... on the blog this time is a review of some stunning products from make up brand Artistry.

A couple of months ago I was very kindle sent out some bits from Artistry's Limited Edition Collection. I had never heard of this brand before, but was really looking forward to trying it out, as when I researched it, the brand looked very nice.

The collection is inspired by the natural beauty of the beach and fronted by global makeup artist Rick DiCecca.

The limited edition collection includes a sunkissed 3D face powder, a beautiful sunrise eyeshadow quad and 5 different shades of light up lip gloss, all in lovely summer colours.

I was gifted 2 of the 5 shades of light up lip gloss, the 3D face powder and also a stunning blush from a different collection.

The first thing I tried was the light up lip gloss. I was sent out Pink Grapefruit which is a lovely pinky colour and wild berry which is a more purple colour. The consistency of this product is just perfect, its not sticky on the lips, its not drying, its just a lovely high pigmented gloss. Usually lip glosses don't stay on my lips very long and I find that especially after eating or drinking they have vanished, however I was pleasantly surprised when I put the light up lip gloss to the test, they held up pretty well.

I love the colours available in the glosses, especially the blue and orange, I will be purchasing these in the future as I think they would be lovely to wear on nights out.

The light up brush is super handy and the fact their is a mirror on the side of the tube makes it so easy to re-apply on a night out or if you are somewhere with poor lighting.

Would I recommend the lip gloss... yes I definitely would!

Light up lip gloss in Wild Berry and Pink Grapefruit

Next up we have the 3D face powder, and I will admit I was a little scared when I first seen this product, I am super pale so bronzers usually don't work well on my skin, however this is now my go to product. I would actually go as far as say it is my favourite product of this year!!

Their are 5 different shades in the compact, ranging from pinks through to browns. This makes it suitable for all skin types, which I think is a big plus point!

The lighter shades can be used on their own as a highlight, however I like to sweep my brush over all 5 shades to give a subtle bronzed glow to my cheekbones. I have also used the face powders as eyeshadows and was super impressed at how well they blended. They are a lot nicer than some of my actual eyeshadows!!

If you only buy one bronzer/highlighting face powder this year, then I would definitely suggest trying the 3D face powder, as I don't know how anyone wont like it.

3D Face Powder

Finally I was gifted a lovely blush from Artistry, the shade I got was dusty mauve which was a deep dusky red. I love darker colours for my cheeks as I find light colours just make me look washed out.

Again this is a fantastic product, that blended soo well on my skin. A little goes a long way with this and the first time I used it my cheeks would have been visible from space, as I was a little heavy handed with my brush.

The blush is perfect for a day time or a night time look and teamed with the 3D face powder, you really have a winning combination.

Artistry Blush in Dusty Mauve

I am so glad I was given the chance to try products from Artistry, as I can firmly say it is now one of my favourite brands and I will be keeping an eye out for any more collections that are released.

Light up lip gloss, 3D Face Powder & Blush

If you have any questions on any of the products I mentioned please don't hesitate to get in contact and I will try my best to help you out. You can also check out other items from Artistry on their website.

Lots of Love..

Victoria xx