Friday, 12 September 2014

Girly chats in Avoca


So girls - we're back!
Firstly we are so very sorry about the lack of posts over summer. It has been a summer of dreaming and  envisioning what's next for BE. while separately juggling new and exciting changes in our personal lives, (which we have each explained below).

Holly: 'I got engaged to my amazing other half Aaron (ahhh!) and have been dreaming up the big day and beyond with him.. (I also asked Emily to be one of bridesmaids, so we have a fun year ahead!) My counselling training has also recently taken a step up, currently looking for a placement for this year and it's proving more difficult than anticipated but I'm excited about getting some real experience as a counsellor! Both of us have also been working our butts off to promote our workshops among youth groups and potentially schools.. & it's starting to pay off! We will soon get more busy in this area, but we loove the work involved - a chance to really get alongside younger girls and give a fresh perspective on beauty and how to value themselves"

  Emily: "To hear two of my closest friends Holly and Aaron got engaged just made my summer and it's keeping Holly happily busy!My summers been pretty much up and down really. Due to my dads job as a minister, our family moved home from a place in the countryside called Castlederg, to a place near Belfast, leaving behind some amazing family friends who will stay with us for a long time! Over the last two years I have been living as a student in Belfast anyway so it wasn't the biggest change for me, but more so for my younger sisters starting new schools etc. Nevertheless it's been hard and straining at times, but hey we made it! And everyone is happy! My final year of my degree is about to begin, and I went through a stage of reluctancy to go back, but I really just want to work hard and within a year I will have a degree!"

A few months back our good friend Dave from "Dave Bradshaw Photography" had to sadly stop shooting for us as he got bogged down with so much other work! So because of this we felt it was a natural time to hit the pause button and go back to the drawing board. 
As you might have already seen we have started offering workshops on beauty, fashion & identity for young girls among youth groups/schools. Ever since our first workshop we have become so passionate about working with women on their unique identities and facing the pressures from the media and fashion industries, getting in touch with reality and re-defining beauty. (go read our 'vision & values' page for more!)

We want our blog to reflect our vision and passion in this area as much as our workshops. 
So expect to see more on this throughout our posts. 

Each month for the next while we will pick a new theme for our posts. The weekly posts will alternate. Some will focus on the theme and others will be on outfits/beauty products/our lives lately & much more for some inspiration! 

We also hope to feature some of our very much loved friends. We want to feature real girls who help define true beauty in what they do, what they believe in and what they are passionate about. 

So this monday we met in one of our regular spots Avoca, in Belfast and chatted to our hearts content and here's what we wore: 

Jacket - Zara, Shirt - H&M, Jeans - Topshop, Boots - Next, Scarf - (stolen from my dad!) 

Jeans - Topshop, White shirt - Sheinside, Pink Bomber Jacket & Shoes - Primark, Stripe crop - New Look 

Now for this months theme?

Make-upless beauty is our theme this month. Ever since the 'no make-up selfie' trend hit Facebook we've been thinking a lot about facial beauty without make-up. 
We definitely believe in make-upless beauty. 
We obviously enjoy having fun with make-up and trying out new products, but we will both admit to hiding behind it sometimes and relying on it to feel beautiful. This is something we recognise in ourselves and we believe it's worth discovering our beauty without it. 
We each have flaws that we like to cover up but we want to begin accepting them more and loving them & believing in our unique beauty despite our worries. 
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and we all display beauty in different ways and to different people. 
Make-up or no make-up. 

Beauty cannot be defined or put in a box. (and make-up definitely doesn't define it!)

Each individual can bring a new facet to the definition of beautiful. 
In our own ways we can project beauty. 

more on this next week (including a cheeky no make-up selfie!)

Love E&H 

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Temple Spa - 'Your body is living a temple'

So who hasn't heard of Temple Spa yet? 
If you haven't seriously get on it. 
It. is. incredible.  

"Your body is a living temple, honour it, enjoy your life and live it to the full"
is their 'ethos'. 
As much as I am a fighter for inner wellbeing, I am also passionate about expressing this on the outside - the most obvious being in my style.
I think its important to look after yourself as a whole, whether that's taking a look at the inside (who you are, your character, your heart) or looking after your physicality (body, skincare, style). 
To appreciate all elements of who you are and allowing them to connect. 
That's beautiful. 

Not so long ago I hosted a 'Temple Spa Facial Class' with some friends. 
Well 'hosted' is a pretty fancy word - 
basically my boyfriends mum, Pauline (who knows just about everything to do with make-up, aroma therapy and skin care) is a Temple Spa 'consultant' and through her I was able to gather some friends and experience the spa treatment.
We got introduced to the Temple Spa products & its ethos
We were taken step by step through the facial process - which you give to yourself with the help of the consultant. (I was overjoyed by the concept of a free facial!)
We learned what skin type and regime best suited us 
all the while munching on strawberries and sipping our Prosecco.
(what more could a girl ask for?)

Thats basically how Temple Spa work, its all about getting the spa experience anywhere. 
They have their own top notch spas across the U.K, are sold in Harrods, Selfridges and boutique hotels - but with their products and daily regimes you get the spa goodness every day. 

Temple Spa have got skin care down to a tee. 
While using their products I instantly notice the difference and uniqueness. 
It nourishes like no other, it smells totally divine & its all natural ingredients.

(They are also inspired by the Mediterranean, and the couple who began Temple Spa were driven by a curiosity of the amazing skin of women who lived there and they often use traditional ingredients and techniques taken from them)
Im happy with the thought of potential 'mediterranean skin' - Definitely. 

Heres a little quote taken from their website to give you a little taster of the vision they have - "Inspired by the ancient word 'temple', which describes the body as a sacred place and a precious house; and 'spa, which is a space for health, beauty and relaxation and conjures up a sense of absolute comfort and joy. Uniting these words together, our hope is that Temple Spa becomes a metaphor for looking after skin, body and soul. Your space, your spa."
And their products reflect this to it's full. 

So as you can imagine by the end of the class we were all itching to order some products, the most popular being "Lovely Day" Bronzing Gel (below) which can be used on face and body.
 It can be mixed with your make-up/daily moisturiser or blended on top of makeup. 
It contains a specific formula to allow blending and layering. 
It looks natural, never looks orange and most of all it doesn't smell - perfection. 

Purchasing a Temple Spa daily skin regime costs around £65, including cleanser, toner and moisturiser. It will last up to 6 months (£10 a month is not bad!) 
And yea, I know the pricing seems a bit expensive for any students/young people out there at first, but for high end skin care it is actually quite affordable.
I've realised it is more than worth it, especially when you compare the hassle of hunting for good skin care at the chemists - no more 'trial and error'. 
I can't imagine my skin routine without it anymore! Honestly.

It's benefits reach all ages - (Myself and other friends often share products with our mums) 
Needless to say thats just a snippet of whats in store, they have a massive range of products with a wealth of explanation about each item, different regimes for different skin types and lots of tips including a 'problem and solution' section on their website. 
If you do anything after reading this, visit the website you won't be disappointed! 

Anyone can arrange a class or purchase a product, you just need to get in touch with a consultant. 
Contact us at and we can get you in touch with Pauline. 

So ladies be inspired - your body is a living temple.

Love H.