A bitta Belfast banter, eyooooo

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In Northern Ireland we have something called banter, hmmm how can I describe it? Is it me or do you find it hard to explain to others the meaning of words you so commonly use on a day to day basis.  It seems to be something you inherently pick up without any explanation as to what it means. Therefore I had to look it up lol – Banter is the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks.

Let me show you some of Ruby Bijou’s latest products, then I shall try to educate you in some Northern Irish lingo 🙂

This is actually my own ring, my lovely boyfriend Ryan bought me at the weekend.

My earrings . . .

My ring again . . .

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THESE OTHER PRODUCTS I AM GOING TO SHOW YOU ARE MOST DEFINITELY NORTHERN IRELAND APPROPRIATE, ESPECIALLY THE WEATHER.

An homage to the Big Fish along the Lagan in Belfast City Centre

Rain clouds, unfortunately very common in Northern Ireland, you can also get this in earring form, a little cloud with a raindrop.

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Or these cute little clouds .  . .

LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE – NORTHERN IRISH – BELFAST BANTER

So I told you what banter means, now let me give you some examples . . .

First off let’s try some Northern Irish, to pronounce Northern Ireland you say – Norn Irand

A – Ascared: Combination of the words afraid and scared. “I’m ascared of heights.”

B – Bake: Mouth/face. “Shut your bake”, “Look at the bake on her”

C – Catch yourself on!: An expression, translated as “Get a hold of yourself!”, “Wise up!”

D – Dander: Walk. “Lets go for a dander”

E – Eejit : An Idiot. “You are an eejit”

F – Faffin’: Messing around, acting an eejit. “Stop faffin’ around and do some work”

G – Geg: Laugh. “You’re a geg”

H- Hoak: Rummage. “That wee man hoaks through the bins”

I – Is your head cut?: Expression, meaning are you wise? “Why did you buy a chocolate fire guard, is your head cut?”

J – Jammie: Lucky. “That jammie sod just won the lottery”

K – Kex: Underwear. “I have to go a buy new kex for my honeymoon”

L – Lamps: Eyes. “I cried my lamps out”, “I got my lamps punched last night”

M – Melter: An annoying person who gets on your nerves. “That wee girl is a melter

N – Norn Iron: Slang/dialect. Northern Ireland. “I hope Norn Iron win the World Cup”

O – Oul: Old. “This pub is really oul”

P – Peelers: Police. “The peelers do my head in”

R – Ragein’: Angry, fuming. “£15 for a taxi, I was ragein’!”

S – Scundered: Embarrassed. “Look at yer man’s trousers, I’m scundered for ’em!”

T – Till: To. “Are you coming till the shops?”

W – What about ye?: Greeting. “How are you?”

Y – Yarn: Talk. “I had a good yarn with your Ma”

To try and think of some of the Northern Irish slang is a hard one, because apparently I’m posh or so I’m told lol

So, well, I cheated and got them from a website. To see the examples above and a load more click – http://www.inyourpocket.com/northern-ireland/belfast/How-till-spake-Norn-Iron-A-guide-to-local-phrases_70619f

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Zane xxx

new shoeeesss!

new shoeeesss!

A perfect day for crafting . . . Lots of rain and grey skies!! Yesterday I picked up a pair of pumps or maybe they are called loafers, the ones that look a bit like slippers. £4 in the sale section of Primark and I couldn’t resist a bargain, and an even bigger bargain it was because dad bought me them! 🙂 They were plain and boring though so today I customised. Do you like them? Shall I put up a blog to show you how to do it yourself?

Zane xxxx

#Fridayfinish

Tonight to top off a great day with friends and family I headed out with my friends Rachel and Sarah. I took them along to the opening of a new hair and beauty salon owned by a couple of my friends.

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The Courtyard Hair and Beauty is located in Comber, a gorgeous, new, unique, boutique style salon. I can’t wait to book in for an appointment and show you all this fab new place and of course review the treatment for you. All completely biased I promise, so keep a look out! In the mean time why not check out and like their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/TheCourtyardHairAndBeauty?ref=ts&fref=ts

And look what Sarah and I spotted when we were on a wee drive afterwards . . .

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A beautiful sunset over the marina 🙂

Off to bed now, night all

Zane xxxx

ooo how continental of you . . .

(photo above from https://www.facebook.com/bangortimes)

AT LAST! We finally have a lovely sunny day, which out of the shade I could even say is quite warm! I’m just home from a wee coffee date with my friend Nicky, down in Café Nero in Bangor. After a coffee boost and a lovely wee scone we decided to venture down toward the McKee clock and to have a nosey around the Continental Market, which I had heard was down by the sea front.

I had heard here was a market down at the Sunken Gardens I think they call it now (new, revamped Bangor apparently) but when I seen it advertised on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/bangortimes, I realised it was actually like the one that arrives every Christmas in Belfast up at City Hall, not just a tiny market of local sellers. Not that I’m saying the local seller market isn’t good, but I have been down a few times before. When I realised it was the Continental Market I wanted to go down to and have a nosey . . .

There are many of the usual friendly faces and stalls you find up at the Continental Market at City Hall, such as those selling . . .

– Macaroons

– Dutch Pancakes

– Bratwurts and Currywurts

– Fudges

– Mixed Sweets

– Wooden Carvings

– Chocolate Waffles

– Kangaroo Burgers

There are loads! How about I just show you? I took a picture of each stall, so have a wee look . . .

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I hope I have tempted you to head to Bangor this weekend before the Continental Market leaves on Sunday. P.S. There is also a BEER TENT!

Photo: The award winning Continental Market is coming back to Bangor from Thursday 16 May to Sunday 19 May.</p><br /><br />
<p>Come along and join in the fun and food!

TO KEEP UP TO DATE WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING ON BANGOR GET ON FACEBOOK AND LIKE https://www.facebook.com/bangortimes

Zane xxxx

Please Return Your Seats to an Upright Position . . .

Last week I told you all I had started reading Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’Porter. Well I had it read within two days, it most definitely could have been one if I had had the time. By the way for me this is a big thing, anyone who knows me knows that I am not really one for reading, I’m not a big reader and used to dread it because I always struggled.

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I really loved Paper Aeroplanes! I felt that I could relate to the characters and each of them reminded me of some of the people I myself went to school with.

The story is set in Guernsey and centers around two girls aged 15, both in the same class but in different circles of friends. However this soon changes but as the girls have to keep their friendship a secret in school they start passing notes to each other in class in the form of paper aeroplanes. You quickly come to create a bond with the girls the more you find out about their stories. The book deals with matters of love, loss, grief, sex, puberty and daily drama all from the perspectives of a teenager, so completely different from any usual ‘grown up’ books. At some points I was shocked, at others I laughed my head off and then at times I was nearly in tears.

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‘With graphic content and some scenes of a sexual nature, PAPER AEROPLANES is a gritty, poignant, often laugh-out-loud funny and powerful novel. It is an unforgettable snapshot of small-town adolescence and the heart-stopping power of female friendship.’
PAPER AEROPLANES – DAWN O’PORTER

I would most definitely recommend this book, for those out of those turbulent teenage years as a reminder of how serious things that may seem silly to us now once were. Every girl will be able to relate to at least one issue in the book and most likely think, flip that was me, and laugh. Or even to a teenager who I’m sure would think it’s a story of their own life! Oh how things change as you get older and leave school and experience the ups and downs of life.

This made me think, if you could write a note to your 15 year old self, what would you say?

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What would your paper aeroplane say? Would you give any spoilers?

Zane xxxx

To buy this book . . .

AMAZON – Paperback £4.15 – Kindle – £3.74 – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paper-Aeroplanes-Dawn-OPorter/dp/1471400360/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368650670&sr=8-1&keywords=dawn+porter+paper+aeroplanes

THE BOOK DEPOSITORY – Paperback £5.53 (free worldwide delivery) – http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9781471400360?redirected=true&gclid=CMLnl5H9mLcCFU3KtAodFl8Ang

PLAY.COM – Paperback – £5.03 – http://www.play.com/Books/Books/4-/40742230/Paper-Aeroplanes/Product.html

WATERSTONES – Paperback £5.99 – http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/dawn+o27porter/paper+aeroplanes/9604594/?gclid=CKyF1ZT9mLcCFdDJtAodRHAAjg

KOBO – £4.19 – http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Title/book-skru3i8UPEmzPzP77pFhlA/page1.html?utm_source=productlistings&utm_medium=g&utm_campaign=title-Paper+Aeroplanes&gclid=CI2Snrn9mLcCFUzHtAodPkEAHg

GLOSSYBOX Follow up Review

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Last month I reviewed the majority of the items in my GLOSSYBOX, however there were two items I was leaving to try out in Amsterdam.  They were SUNSENSE Daily Face SPF and SLEEK Makeup Blush.

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SUNSENSE Daily Face SPF

This was actually one Ryan tried out.  He would tend to burn quicker than I would so we decided that he would be the tester for this product.  The first day in Amsterdam was deceiving, it wasn’t that sunny, or so we thought, but Ryan did  burn a little on his face.  This taught him a lesson and he made sure to apply some of the Daily Face SPF every morning before we headed out.

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Ryan’s review – The Daily Face SPF had no smell, which was good, it was light in texture and soaked well into the skin, a little like a moisturiser.  He would give it a 4 star **** rating and would most definitely use it again.  He said it seems like it would be good for proper holiday use, but we didn’t get the chance to use it for like 20 – 30 degree heat.

I suppose that means we shall have to go on a ‘proper’ holiday in the sun just to test it out! I’m all for that! 🙂 

SLEEK Makeup Blush

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I too was going to do my testing and reviewing in Amsterdam on the Sleek Makeup blush I received in my GLOSSYBOX.

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So I decided I would just use this blusher with my finger as I couldn’t be bothered to find a blusher brush to bring with me.  I tried out this blusher the first couple of days but I didn’t like the colour, I found it a bit to pink for my skin tone.  I also tend to be in a rush when I’m doing my makeup in the mornings, I rarely can be bothered to wait for my foundation to be completely dry before applying my blusher and mascara.  The mascara of course, it doesn’t matter if my foundation is dry or not but as for the blusher the SLEEK Makeup Blush really didn’t work well as it stuck to the damp foundation and didn’t spread well.  I think this is why I prefer my cream blusher as it can easily be blended into the damp foundation.

So in my case I would give it 3 stars *** as it’s a good product and a nice colour, it just doesn’t work well for me.

WHERE CAN I BUY THE PRODUCTS?

I told you last time that I would give you the links to buy the products in April’s GLOSSYBOX . . .

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SUNSENSE Daily Face SPF

PHARMACY FIX – £11.99 – http://www.pharmacyfix.co.uk/product/SunSense-Daily-Face-Spf-50-Invisible-Tint-Finish?gclid=CLzo6rL1k7cCFQbHtAod_wIApA

JOHN LEWIS – £18.50 – http://www.johnlewis.com/sunsense-daily-face-sunscreen-spf50-invisible-tint-finish-75g/p121411?kpid=230970172&s_kenid=6603e273-746c-e649-fafd-00001a7c722b&s_kwcid=ppc_pla&tmad=c&tmcampid=73

CRAWFORD HEALTHCARE – £18.50 – http://www.crawfordhealthcare.com/product/daily-face

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YVES ROCHER FRANCE So Ellxir Purple Yves Rocher Eau de Parfum

YVES ROCHER – £22.00http://www.yves-rocher.co.uk/control/product/~category_id=3025/~product_id=76247?shopId=BAN&cm_mmc=ban-_-0415UK-_-PAR-_-glo

EBAY – around £26.00http://compare.ebay.co.uk/like/161020106911?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar&_lwgsi=y&cbt=y&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=63&ff19=0

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NIP + FAB Dry Skin Fix Body Butter – Mango Smoothie

NIP + FAB –  £2.95 – http://www.nipandfab.com/shop/body/mini_mango_smoothie_body_butter/43?gclid=COLPgvn6k7cCFSXItAodjSgAiw

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ESSIE Nail Lacquer – canyon coral

BOOTS – £7.99 – http://www.boots.com/en/Essie-Store-Locator_1299481

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SLEEK MAKEUP Blush in Pixie Pink

BEAUTIFEYE – £4.99 – http://www.beautifeye.co.uk/sleek-makeup-blush-pixie-pink-detail?gclid=CKy4k4b8k7cCFWXJtAodU3QAxg

Zane xxxx

SUMMER NEON NAILS

SUMMER NEON NAILS

This morning I went to get my nails done by my friend Lesley-Ann at La Nails. I let Lesley-Ann loose on my nails, telling her to go for it and do whatever she wanted. She decided to use the neon colours, bang on trend for this Summer. Alongside the neon colours she used a netting/mesh effect, which I think looks FAB! Check out my thumb nail, doesn’t it look like a mermaid’s tail?

Zane xxxx