While browsing the stalls at Dublin Comic Con this year I came across a unique handmade beauty company called Soap Pretty. I was delighted to hear that their products are cruelty free, vegan and made in Ireland.
What caught my eye was their spellbinding (pardon the pun!) branding. The two ladies who run Soap Pretty were dressed as Hogwarts students and their stall was set up as if it were a wizarding version of Lush!
I could picture them selling their lotions and potions on Diagon Alley!
Upon purchasing this product I will admit that I was somewhat put off by the size of the pot. It’s very small, like the little jam jars you get at a hotel breakfast. Although, I soon realised that the reason the pot was so small was because this product gives you a lot of bang for your buck! It’s incredibly rich and a little really does go a long way with this little one.
The product itself has a consistency similar to coconut oil, it melts like a soft butter when you warm it up with your fingers and is easy to apply to the skin. The healing ingredients that make up this product smell so good and are also very helpful for dry or irritated skin.
The list includes: Calendula oil, avocado oil, Vitamin E, hemp seed oil, lavender and tea tree essential oils. I will note that this product does smell mostly like lavender but to me that is a plus, as I adore the scent and also find it comforting when applying it to my skin. However, the scent does disappear and become very slight once you apply the product to your skin.
I have been using this product for over a month now and have barely created a dent in the jar, as you only need to use a very small amount when applying it. I have combination skin with some very dry patches, especially when I get out of the shower, my skin feels tight and sore. I usually use this product straight after a shower and it is very hydrating and leaves my skin feeling soothed and soft.
The product is compact and easy to use. Perfect to keep in your handbag!
It’s cruelty free, vegan and free of any nasty chemicals.
It smells amazing and makes my skin feel soothed and hydrated.
It’s perfect for anyone with dry or irritated skin, especially for eczema, acne, psoriasis, rashes, scrapes etc.
If you don’t like the scent of lavender, this may not be for you.
If I recall correctly, I paid €10 for this product at comic con. However, I cannot find this product on their website currently so I can’t confirm.
Just to note: I will absolutely be re-purchasing this when I run out!
As I mentioned previously this does not seem to be featured on their website currently but you can contact them on facebook for further details and browse their Etsy pagefor more amazing handmade products!
This week Hayley Williams announced that she and her band mates would no longer be playing the classic Paramore song ‘Misery Business’ during their live shows, due to the fact that she no longer agree’s with the lyrics she wrong when she was seventeen years old.
In this video I discuss my own personal thoughts and opinions as a fan of their music but I would love to hear what you think.
Feel free to leave a comment or tweet me @EllieJayden!
Let me start off this post by noting that Ireland is a very small place. So it always surprises me to be lucky enough to discover somewhere as special and unique as Victors Way. Not to mention, somewhere sacred and relatively unknown among much of the population. Alas, those who seek a place like Victors Way, will always find it.
Like most millennials, I often discover new things via social media. So when I found out about this strange and interesting place, I knew I had to go and experience it for myself. I drove for two hours to Co.Wicklow (and on the way I had a minor yet expensive car accident, lovely!) and was ready to bask in the serenity of the Indian sculptures and the beautiful Irish scenery.
Once we finally made it up the windy Wicklow mountains (my ears popped on the way up and my eyes were finally starting to dry after the sobbing I had done right after the car accident) where my partner and I met Victor, the delightfully eccentric gentleman who owns the park. We each paid €5 entry while Victor gave us some zany words of wisdom about life and then sent us on our way into the park.
My first impression of the twenty acre park was how serene it was even though there was quite a few people around. This could be due to the fact that it is not advised that you bring children or pets to this park. It is notthat type of park. This is a place for meditation and contemplation. The 2k Contemplation Path takes around one hour to complete and is abundant with sculptures, ponds, trees and seating spots.
When walking through the Contemplation Path we were met with an array of very intense looking statues that depicted the path to self-realization and enlightenment. Many of the sculptures are made out of bronze or black granite and were comissioned in both India and Pakistan as far as I am aware.
My favourite sculpture from the entire park is the (sadly) relatable Ferryman. He struggles through a bright green swampy stream where the grass is always greener on the other side. The story behind the Ferryman is that he is burnt out and no longer can enjoy his craft for what it once meant to him, he has lost sight of the shore.
One of the most interesting concepts that was encouraged along the walk, was something called Forest Bathing. The idea is that you can be regenerated by the nature that surrounds you by simply just being at one with it. You can read more about it on the Victor’s Way website.
I would suggest allowing yourself as much time as possible to soak in all the glorious details and words if wisdom that Victor’s Way has to offer. Wear comfy clothes and definitely give Forest Bathing a try. You will be amazed at the results! Victor’s Way is a truly unique place to experience and I would highly recommend it to fellow Irish people and tourists alike. It is rare to come across a gem such as this place.
Victor’s Way is open from April 14th to September 30th, every day from 12.30 to 18.00hrs.
You’ll find Victor’s Way on the Old Enniskerry Road, L1036, about 2 km north of Roundwood in Co Wicklow.
After a shocking episode of Celebrity Big Brother UK aired on TV this week, people across the UK & Worldwide were talking about the strange and manipulative behaviour displayed by actress Roxanne Pallett.
In this video I discuss the terrifying dangers of false accustations and how easily a minor incident can snowball out of control and be warped into something it’s not.
I am curious to here what you think. Let’s start an open dialogue!
Comment on the video or feel free to tweet me @EllieJayden
This week I collaborated with the amazing ReadyToGlare!
We discussed the dangers of promoting unhealthy lifestyle choices and the similarities between the this new wave of “body positivity” and the 90s fashion trend of promoting anorexic physiques on both the catwalks of fashion shows and magazines.
Check out ReadyToGlare’s video for further commentary:
Feel free to leave comments and let us know your thoughts!
Or you can tweet us @EllieJayden & @ReadytoglareYT
Today’s video is something a little different! I decided to try a new video format and do a voice-over video in a documentary style. Inspired by the subject of my video, Shane Dawson. Who is most well-known for is Docu-series videos, featuring Jeffree Star, Graveyardgirl & Tana Mongeau.
This video is a brief history of Shane Dawson’s rise to fame and how/why he is the Queen of YouTube. This video was made in honour of the ten year anniversary of when Shane and his family were fired from Jenny Craig for recording a YouTube video at work.
This is the story of how that day changed his entire life for the better in the end. It’s an inspirational story of how everything works out in the end. I really hope you enjoy this type of video. I had fun editing it!
Dia duit mo chairde! Conas atá tú? (Hello, friends! How are you?)
In this video I teach you how to pronounce some traditional Irish names.
Feel free to give it a try and tell me how many you got right (or wrong, haha). I have been thinking about doing more Irish related videos in the future, so if you enjoy this type of content I will continue to make it. Maybe I will do a video on how to pronounce Irish surnames next?