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My Great Lengths Hair Extensions Experience




I am known for being very impatient with my hair. I'm lucky that I have really great, healthy hair but I get bored so incredibly easily. I grow it, I cut it.... but my goal and dream has always been to have really long locks. I had extensions earlier this year and although I loved them, the method of micro-loops wasn't the best for my hair type. When I was contacted by world renowned and celebrity favourite Great Lengths, I jumped at the chance to have keratin bonded extensions. I've had my extensions for just over two weeks now and although I'm still getting used to them, I thought I would share my initial experience with you all.

I had my extensions applied at Partners Paul Meekin in East Belfast. The award winning salon is well known for its amazing cut and colours. Kerry-Ann (pictured with me) does their extension work and has been applying Great Lengths for over 8 years. I felt very safe in her capable and knowledagble hands. My whole hair was coloured black to match colour 1 which is the deepest black the Great Lengths range do. My hair was at that awkward shoulder length after growing out my bob so Kerry-Ann opted to apply 40cm extensions to my hair that could be texturised and cut into in order to blend my own hair in. Application was easy as the extensions come pre-bonded allowing Kerry-Ann to simply lightly heat the bond and roll this into my own hair. I have 125 bonds in my hair which I am told is quite a lot but this is due to my own hair being so thick. I also have some extra bonds at the salon which I might get put in if I want it even thicker. On average, most people usually get between 75-100 bonds. My hair took just over 2 hours to apply which was very fast. Kerry-Ann then cut it. Many people are good at applying extensions but not many are great at cutting them! The cutting really made them blend into my hair and feel like my own hair. I was so impressed with the service at Partners and would highly recommend the salon- every one was very welcoming and friendly. The salon is really fun and easy going plus they have the coolest hair washing station ever. I suggest you go for a blow-dry just to experience it! Kerry-Ann curled my hair with GHDs and this stayed in for a few days. The joy of extensions is the hold- they really require much less maintenance than real hair! The hair is a stunning quality and easy to brush. I was kindly gifted the Great Lengths gift pack by the salon- they gave me the Great Lengths Daily Moisture Shampoo, Conditioner, Anti-Tap, leave in conditioner and brush. The brush is really outstanding- you can brush from root to tip like normal hair. 

A few days after having my extensions I travelled to America. I knew this would be the test of working with them away from my straighteners and blow-dryer! I tended to half dry them with the hairdryer then leave them to air dry. The fab thing about Great Lengths is that they adapt to your own hair type. As my hair is naturally curly, they move with that. In the very America picture above, they had been left to air dry and I loved the effect. It was really natural and I felt like a mermaid. I also absolutely adore them up- you cannot see the bonds at all due to Kerry-Ann's expert application. She leaves enough of your own hair out of bonds in order to be able to put it up in a sleek bun or ponytail.

I know this is only the start of my Great Lengths journey- I'm so excited to play with them over the next few months and I'm so excited for my hair to grow underneath! I've got them at a perfect time as I have my birthday and graduation coming up- princess hair at the ready.

Many thanks to Great Lengths and all at Partners for my amazing new locks. 

For more information on Great Lengths visit: www.greatlengthshair.co.uk

To book a consultation with Kerry-Ann at Partners ring or visit their website: 028 90 455444www.partnersbelfast.co.uk

*Although Great Lengths paid for my extensions, all opinions are my own

Falling in love with Boston





I'm so lucky that I get to visit amazing places. I have just returned from Boston after a 6 day tour with Belfast Community Gospel Choir. I adore travelling with the team as we get to see and experience things that normal tourists wouldn't get to. From singing in baptist churches to the State House, I fell in love. Boston has truly captured my heart and out of all the places I have visited in America, I felt so at home here. I would highly recommend it for a trip and I can't wait to go back on a holiday! 

New beauty brands at M&S




I'm not shy about my love of M&S. It's a brand I feature regularly. I love their clothes and I adore their food. I've been brought up on M&S and now it's a staple of my daily life. I've watched with great joy as their beauty department has grown. I love their own house brand, Autograph. Their eyeshadows and bronzer are some of my favoruites on the market. But now, the beauty department has expanded and features some of my favourite brands and some hard to find items. 

I particularly love the beauty department in M&S Sprucefield as it's really large- it's like going into a Space NK store! M&S kindly allowed me to pop in and pick up some items from the new ranges to test out. I firstly picked up some items from the brand Pixi. This brand is a skincare favourite, especially for their iconic Glow Tonic. One swipe of this post cleanser, leaves the skin refreshed and renewed. It definitely has made my skin brighter. I also picked up the Pixi Glow Mud. This cleanser has a nice texture and leaves the skin feeling really clean. Pixi also have a range of makeup. As I am the queen of brows, I had to try out the Pixi Natural Brow Duo. I picked up the dark brown version and I am in love. One end is a waxy angled pencil and the other is a firm hold brow gel. I have used this everyday since I got it. Firmly, a favourite not only of this haul but of the year. 

Whilst I was in Sprucefield, I also noticed their giant wall of nail products. From Morgan Taylor to Nails Inc, I don't think there is a colour they don't have. I picked up the Nails Inc Kensington Caviar set as I was in need of a good base and top coat. I've been trying these out and they are fantastic- again another hero product of this haul.

A brand I was surprised to see in M&S was Barry M. It's a brand I've loved for years (and I own at lease 20 of their nail polishes!). It's such an affordable line but doesn't lack in quality. I picked up the Barry M Chisel Cheek Contour Kit after seeing Mary Greenwell use it in an M&S tutorial (see below!). The colours in this are excellent for a light/medium skin-tone. They are grey toned making it easy to contour and the handy packaging is a lot like the Urban Decay Naked Palette. I also picked up the Barry M Natural Glow Palette 2. This has lovely eyeshadow shades in it that can easily go from day to night. It also has a glowing cheek colour that is somewhere between a highlighter and a blush. The best bit about these two palettes is that they are £6.50 each. The contour palette in particular is so like many high end products I have tried- a definite must-try bargain.



And lastly, another new brand to M&S is Bourjois. I know and love this brand but I often get over-whelmed in the drugstore. The M&S edit is a little smaller. I picked up a Bourjois Rouge Editon Velvet in Nude-ist as I always hear Vivianna Does Makeup raving about them. They are a liquid lipstick with great staying power. This colour is very Kylie Jenner and I like the texture of it. It's great if you are like me and constantly drinking tea in work! I also picked up the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation. I think I was late to the party on this one and I now regret it as I LOVE it. It's a great everyday foundation- medium coverage, lovely texture and looks natural. If you love Laura Mercier Silk Creme, this is a must! 

M&S is definitely my new beauty spot to hit- looking forward to trying more of their brands (and definitely lots more from Pixi) over the coming months!

M&S Beauty is available in selected stores and online at http://www.marksandspencer.com/c/beauty 

My first taste of Galgorm





I had often heard people rave about Galgorm Resort and Spa. From weddings to the spa itself, it seemed everyone had managed to make a visit but me! After announcing their new extension that is coming in September (the rooms are huge suite with their own hot tub.....wow!), Galgorm Resort & Spa kindly invited me and That Belfast Mamma up to see what the fuss is all about.

Located about 30 minutes from Belfast, the drive to Galgorm is quick and easy. The resort itself is big but still very friendly. I kept joking with my mum that I felt like I was on a ranch! It has a very country and homey feel to it. Although luxurious, it's down to earth. We headed to the resort on a Friday over the July Bank Holiday weekend. We firstly headed to the spa. The spa is located downstairs and reminded me a lot of the spa in the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. The spa is absolutely huge. The changing rooms are great, as are the spa robes and slippers. From entering the spa to the minute we left, the service we received was fantastic. This was something that many of my readers had commented telling me prior to my visit- it's easy to see why the Galgorm has recently been awarded the Best Spa of the Year by Irish Tatler.

At the spa, I had the amazing VOYA treatment "The Taste of Galgorm". VOYA is an organic Irish brand that the spa stocks along with Aromatherapy Associates and my favourite tanning brand Vita Liberata. My therapist was a lovely girl called Zoe. She had such a calming personality. I find it hard to destress as I'm on the go all the time so this treatment was exactly what I needed. The blissful, head-to-toe ritual begins with a muscle melting back massage with warm organic body oil, followed by a nourishing dual action hair mask. This is then followed by a facial to add an immediate glow to the skin and brighten the eye area with the application of Laminaria eye compresses whilst a relaxing head massage helps to release upper body tension.This ritual is exclusive to Galgorm Resort & Spa and closes with the restorative ancient art of pressure point foot massage. It was the first time in my life I've ever fallen asleep during a treatment! My skin looked great after it but more than anything, I felt so de-stressed and calm!

After my treatment, I went for a swim and session with the sauna. The main spa is spacious and bright. Even though it was the holidays and it seemed busy, it didn't feel over-crowded as it's quite a large area. 

After showering (the showers have all Aromatherapy Associate products in them!) and blowdrying my hair, mum and I ventured to the well loved Gillies Restaurant for lunch. Mum had the gammon and I had the Salt and Chill chicken. The food was lovely and the portion were huge - I didn't need to eat for the rest of the day! Gillies is a fun, relaxed environment, again with that country lodge feeling.

I had a wonderful first visit to Galgorm Resort & Spa and look forward to returning when the new signature suites open in September.

The Taste of Galgorm treatment lasts 85 mins and costs Tuesday – Thursday £105 / Friday – Monday £125. For more information, see www.galgorm.com.

My Amsterdam style





Last week, I posted about the fabulous clothes in Warehouse that are perfect for city breaks and upcoming holidays. Warehouse were kind enough to let me pick some items to wear on my little break to Amsterdam. I knew the weather would be much the same as home- warmish with a chance of rain! Layers were essential so I opted for a peasant style shirt, £35 that seemed very traditionally Dutch with the pattern on it. This has sleeves to the elbow which is great for the weather and I loved the tie up detail on the chest. I layered The Duster Coat, £60 on top. This was the perfect "throw on" number and it kept me warm but not over-heated. I would highly recommend a duster jacket for this time of year- I know I'm going to get so much wear out of mine. Dark colours are also great for a city break- often you are on the go all day so any marks or spills won't be noticeable. I also wore the Girlfriend jeans, £40. I find it hard to find jeans to fit my big hips and long legs but these are perfect! They are so comfortable and I know they will look great with heels/sandals for night time. Finally, I opted to wear the Sporty Gladiator, £38 with my outfit. These are the MOST COMFORTABLE sandals ever. If you have narrow feet and small ankles, you need to invest. I walked the length of Amsterdam in these with no blisters or sore feet. I could not encourage you to buy these more if you are going on holiday- plus they look super chic with most outfits.

Thank you Warehouse for my outfit. Make sure to check out all of their new season drops at www.warehouse.co.uk

24 Hours in Amsterdam with KLM






















I had never been to Amsterdam before so when KLM offered me the chance to visit and try out their new Belfast City to Schiphol route, I was over-joyed. The flight times are great, the plane is lovely and the journey only takes 70 minutes. We flew business class which was a real treat- the seats are much larger and a full meal and drinks are served. It's as fast as a trip to London and it offers a cultural scene that I've never really felt before.

I am lucky that I've visited lots of lovely places in my life but I felt a different vibe in Amsterdam. It's a really easy going, no stress holiday destination. Although I was only there for a day, the city is compact enough that a long weekend would be perfect to see all of the sights. We stayed at the Citizen M Hotel at Schiphol airport. The train station in the airport meant it was only a train away into the city centre. The hotel was really cool- the rooms are small but feature a king-size bed and iPad operated media and lights. The room doesn't have a separate bathroom but instead has a little pod for the toilet and shower. It does feel a bit strange at first but you get used to it. It's great for people travelling alone but I imagine if you are with a friend, it might be a bit odd! However, by myself it was great fun and the huge bed was very comfortable and much needed after lots of running about. This would be a particularly great hotel if you were stopping over in Schipol for a flight further afield. The five minute walk to the airport made it much easier to get up the next day!

On our short trip we visited the Van Gogh Museum and went on a canal tour. The Van Gogh museum was very cool. The building is really modern and we used a multimedia tour (a bit like an iPod) to work around the paintings at our leisure. We had a short time here but you could really spend all day looking around. I loved getting to see The Sunflowers in real life (much bigger than imagined!) but I feel in love with the painting Almond Blossom. It looked so modern and like something that was almost digitally printed. Following the tour of the museum, we walked the short distance to go on a canal tour. This really was the best way to see Amsterdam. The hour and half tour explained all of the history of the city, passing famous landmarks including the Anne Frank house, Nemo Museum and numerous concert halls. This was really enjoyable and I loved standing out at the back deck of the boat to take pictures.

In the evening we dined in Brassie Harkema, close to Dam Square. This was enjoyable and a lovely building to sit in- spacious and airy. At night, we all explored Amsterdam. Sadly it was too late to shop but I did spy some gorgeous boutiques and brands that aren't often seen here in Northern Ireland. There were also many cheese shops that kept me laughing- the Dutch do really love their food! We ended the night with a Nutella waffle- waffles and crepes are served almost on every street which is great if you have a sweet tooth like me!

On my way back through Schipol, I stopped off at my favourite Victoria's Secret to pick up some bits and pieces. There were lots of great stores in the airport including H&M and Mexx. I could have spent hours buying stuff!

Overall, it was a lovely trip and the new Belfast City to Schipol route offers not only the opportunity for a great city break but the opportunity to travel further afield when used as a connection point.

Thank you so much KLM for a lovely trip.

KLM offers a daily flight  from George Best Belfast City Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and more than 200 worldwide destinations. Return fares in economy start from £79 including all taxes and fees. For more information and to book, visit www.klm.com

City break style at Warehouse



Tie Waist Shirt Dress, £46, Peep Toe Ankle Boot, £65 and D Frame Sunglasses, £14
Abstract Leaf Wide Leg Trouser, £42
Embroidered Smock Top, £35 
Embroidered Smock Top, £35 and Mini Duffle Bag, £24
Gypsy Angel Sleeved Top, £18
Gypsy Angel Sleeved Top, £18 & The Duster Coat, £60
Crepe Cold Shoulder Top, £24
Aztec Print V Neck Top, £38Girlfriend Jeans, £40

Gypsy Frill Top, £30
Sporty Gladiator, £38

Warehouse is a shop I've loved for years. And now they have a stunning store, it's easier than ever to get your hands on their new season drops. The store itself is small but packed with goodies. The fitting rooms are fantastic- big, spacious and room for your mum/boyfriend/best friend to sit on the comfy sofas whilst you spend hours trying on the latest trends. Warehouse is a very diverse shop- I feel my mum could wear many of the items I've picked out too. 

I am going on an exciting trip in a few days. It's a very quick city break. City break style to me is laid back, easy and involves clothes that don't crease easily! I feel like the staple of city break style is a good pair of jeans. I have loved Warehouse jeans since I was a teenager. They are great for my long legs, fit my big bum and don't stretch when they are washed. I loved the Girlfriend pair but the classic black Powerhold Skinny were fantastic on. I find their jeans very slimming- they aren't too low on the waist and have great fabric. They also go from a size 6-18 which is great to see from a hughstreet retailer. If jeans aren't your thing, they offer a huge range of trousers. I loved the wide leg variety, many of which come with a matching jacket or waist-coat if you want to tap into the co-ord trend. 

As you can see, I tried on lots of different tops but I was particularly taken by the gypsy top trend. I thought these would be very unflattering but rather the opposite. I am quite self conscious of my chest and instead of emphasising it, the top covered and minimised the area. I think hen packing for a city break, a few great tops that will take you from day to night plus fab jeans are all you need. 

In terms of of jackets, I loved The Duster Coat. It was light but still gave some warm- perfect for this time of year at home and away! Comfy shoes are always needed on a city break and the Sporty Gladiator sandals are the comfiest summer shoe ever. They have a trainer sole so they are squishy and like a hug for you feet- essential for all the walking required around your city of choice. I also loved the Peep Toe Ankle Boot as a more dressy alternative. These have a block heel and again, are very comfortable. 

Warehouse also have lots of dress shirt dresses in at the minute. Again, these are fantastic for a city break as they can be worn over jeans for day and with bare legs for night time. As for bags, I fell in love with the mini duffle bag that was still big enough for your phone, camera and phone whilst touring about your favourite city.

What do you think of the city style pieces I've picked out? Let me know below or by tweeting me @GemmaLEBond.

Thanks Warehouse Victoria Square for having me into the store! 

The perfect cleanser for the girl on the go



Sometimes I only have time to wash my door and run out the door. I seem to spend a lot of time doing my makeup on the go at the minute (foundation, blusher, mascara-done!) so I get great joy when I get to wash my face in the morning and again at night.

I have been using Tropic Smoothing Cleanser, £15* for a few weeks in the morning and again at night. I honestly didn't think I was going to like it. It seemed very similar to Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish which I used to like but not love. Cleanse and Polish never fully removed my eye makeup and I always had to go back in with an oil. However, I was so wrong. This product is fantastic- removes all makeup (including tough eye makeup) in a gentle manner and then is rinsed with warm water and the bamboo cloth provided. It feels thicker than a lotion but less than a balm. Two pumps is enough to cover my whole face and the cloth lightly exfoliates the skin. This has been an absolute pleasure to use and reminds me a lot of my favourite Yon-Ka that retails for more than twice the price of the Tropic Smoothing Cleanser. I would highly recommend this for all skin types and best of all, it's all natural! Previously when I have used all natural products, they have irritated my sensitive skin but this has made my skin feel clean, nourished and I feel like my skin texture generally looks a bit better. I follow my cleanser with Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute Light* which moisturises and mattifies and I also stick a bit of Bliss Fabulips Balm on my lips so they don't dry out. This makes for a perfect base for makeup but also, a hydrated and clean face for bed.

I absolutely love the Tropic Smoothing Cleanser and for £15, I think it's great value for money.

If you would like to purchase the cleanser visit: www.facebook.com/tropicskincarebygillian or if you would like to know more about the brand, feel free to drop local Tropic Ambassador Gillian a message on her Facebook: www.facebook.com/tropicskincarebygillian

Many thanks to Gillian & Nikki for my cleanser!

*PR Sample

Celebrating KLM coming to Belfast


Pictured with fellow bloggers Els from My Feet Are Meant to Roam  and Jess from The Gap Year Guru

I sometimes pinch myself with the things I get up to with my blog. I love flying and enjoy nothing more than a long haul flight were I can switch off my phone. When KLM invited me on a special flight around Belfast on a 1930s Dakota D3 plane, I was so excited (and admittedly, a little nervous). The experience was a beautiful one and it's a memory I will take with me for the rest of my days. This was all in celebration of KLM coming to Belfast City Airport. Their flights to Amsterdam start on the 18th May. This makes Amsterdam not only perfect (and handy) for a weekend away, but a great airport for further international travel. I've yet to visit Amsterdam so I feel it's now next on my 'go to' list!

Thank you KLM for an amazing experience. See www.klm.com for more information on flights. 

Why I love Charcoal Essential Therapy and their honest approach to beauty


I've been going to beauty salons since I was 10 years old. This was the age my mother first took me to get my brows looked after and for a file and paint. I know 10 years old is CRAZY young but hey, it was back in the day. In the 13 years since, I'd estimate that I've been to at least 50 different salons. That's a lot of people having different opinions on what the best products are. For me (and I'm sure many of you reading this), it comes to the point where beauty treatments are more of a necessity than a luxury. Making sure my eyebrows don't meet in the middle is definitely in the best interest of the general public.

I was recently invited to Charcoal Essential Therapy on the Blacks Road to discover what they were all about. I instantly fell in love. Firstly, the salon is just off the motorway, has a private entrance behind the garage (excellent for when you have just had your waxing done and don't want to run into your ex-boyfriend/cousin's best friend etc) and it's easy and free to park. All bonuses before I even get into the salon. The salon is up one flight of stairs and is all based on one level. The salon is airy but not intimidating. The simple decor and private rooms make it easy to feel relaxed in the environment. On my first visit to Charcoal, I had my nails done. They use Cuccio products in the salon which are all very high quality. I opted for a grey gel polish by the brand but prior to putting this on my nails, they also put two layers of base gel down. This means the colour lasts even longer (the picture above is of my nails 2 weeks after getting it done and they are still perfect!). On my first trip to the salon, Monica looked after me. She was lovely and we had a great laugh whilst she was doing my nails. I also met the owner Roberta on my visit. She was so kind and gave me some of their best loved products to try out. 

My favourites of these products are pictured above. Firstly, their own brand of lip-balms are fab. The simple packaging makes it easy to throw in your handbag and the gorgeous white chocolate scent definitely encourages me to use it! There were also little samples of the Cuccio Butter in my goodie bag. I had used this years ago and honestly had forgotten how much I love it. I am very strange about scents of body creams but I love all of the Cuccio scents. The cream is so nourishing and I've been using this little tube as a hand cream. Roberta also put in an HD Brows pencil for me to try. The salon do HD Brows and also sell all of their retail products. I was a fan of their brow powder and the pencil is almost a powder in stick format. Therefore I love it and it's  my new favourite. It also has a sharpener on the end making it perfect for girls on the go. I use the shade Vamp and it's a strong brown. The only way it could be improved was if it had a spoolie on the end. Then it would be PERFECT! Lastly, Waxperts Ingrown Hair Pads. They do what they say on the label. Great for dark girls like me who are prone to them but also make a great exfoliator because they contain lots of salicylic acid. 

I loved Charcoal so much that the following week, I went back for a pedicure. When I was there having my nails done I saw the pedicure seat. It's a high back massage chair with the foot spa built it. I knew I needed to have a go! My pedicure by Roberta was so fantastic, again using all Cuccio products. I particularly liked the scrub which made my feet feel super soft. It would be a great one to buy for any avid fake tan users. Roberta also sorted out my brows when I was there (wax and tint) and so many people have commented on them since. They are a natural shape and very dark meaning I have little to do to them!

Charcoal Essential Therapy is honestly one of the best salons I've ever been to. They are well known for their waxing treatments and I can't wait to go back and try these out. Thank you to Roberta and Monica for looking after me.

For more information, visit their websiteFacebook or call 028 90 611403 to book. 

Selfie Destruction


Over the past four years of my blogging career (I owned a semi-successful student blog before That Belfast Girl), I've become fairly used to taking pictures of myself. Selfies, have always been a love of mine. I have so many from hilarious nights out and of fun birthdays. But I also have a wide array of me with numerous products on my face. I'm not a model, nor would I ever want to be but often to show the product off best, I need to show it on my actual face. 

There's a misconception that bloggers are very confident. I speak only for myself when I say that I've always had self-confidence issues. I need so much reassurance about things and most of all, with the way I look. I'm sure there's a string of issues behind it but I don't ever remember looking at a picture of myself and thinking "I look fab". Like most women, I hide my insecurities fairly well but there comes a point when they seem to mount on you and you start to worry. If you saw my post 'Lip drama' from last week, you will have witnessed one such occasion. Over the past six months I've increasingly seen my self-confidence go from low to rock bottom. I've spent hours looking up skin treatments, semi-permanent makeup, cosmetic fillers and even invasive cosmetic procedures. I do put this down to constantly thinking I'm not good enough for my reader, to post a picture for thousands of people to see. But like I said before, I'm not a model. I'm a normal girl who loves lipstick as much as she loves pizza and ice-cream. 

This week, some sort of light bulb went off in my head. Why was I doing this to myself? If I already have low confidence, why would I think that all of these physical things would change how I feel in my heart? Would my face, if it was perfect and flawless make me any happier? And I know the answer is no. If you are reading this and are one of the many amazing readers that constantly gives me support and compliments, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Women need to do that more. But what about when I'm wearing sweats, I have third day hair, I'm on my period and I've no makeup on? No one is going to tell me how fab I am then because let's be honest, I'm not looking so hot. So I have decided I'm going to tell myself how fab I am. Life is too bloody short. I'm fab because I'm on my third degree. I'm fab because I've made a business out of something I love. 

Selfie culture has really started to disturb me and I see some of my friend's kids who post Instagram selfies of themselves. I wonder do they look at my selfies of me made up to the nines and think that is what they have to look like? I've put a picture of me as a little girl on this post because I think back to being a kid. You thought you were fabulous, not really because people told you, just because you knew you were. You had a big world to explore and a 10p mix up made your day. I look at my little girl self and she looks so happy and beautiful because I wasn't concerned about what I looked like or more importantly, what people thought of what I looked like. 

So from now on, I want to embrace who I am and not worry so much about the stupid perfect selfie. When you see a selfie, remember it can be edited. Remember that all photos can be photoshopped- even if it's just on a blog and not in an issue of Vogue. 

I will finish with this. I recently told my friend's daughter if you look fab, you feel fab. I then realised it's really the other way around. You need to feel fab on the inside about yourself and outwardly, people will recognise the confidence and pride you have of your achievements and abilities, not just of your physical appearance. 

I'm on a path to build my confidence once and for all and I'd love you all to join with me on it. Join the conversation at #SelfieDestruction on Twitter @GemmaLEBond or Facebook www.facebook.com/thatbelfastgirlblog

3 Great Cleansers for Sensitive Skin


Sensitive skin can be the biggest nightmare when looking for skincare products. I've spent more money than I care to admit on ridiculously expensive cleansers, drugstore cleansers and everything in between. Ultimately, it has taken me years to find cleansers that make my skin feel clean and not stripped out or dry. I have used all of these cleansers in combination with each other (double cleansing) and they all work well. I would recommend to anyone to invest in skincare and buy drugstore makeup (if there had to be a toss up!). Makeup is only as good as the skin you put it on!


Jurlique Rose Moisture Cleanser, £18.50
Don't let the "foaming" by line fool you on this product. The ultra creamy product smells divine and leaves skin feeling soft. A small amount is all that is required. I was super impressed by the consistency of this product and the anti-oxidant ingredients really help to make it a great cleanser. The whole Jurlique line is very impressive as is the brand's history- it's all created on a biodynamic farm in Southern Australia. This is a great cleanser for both day and night.
Best for: dry and sensitive skin


Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, £28
Oskia is a brand, like Jurlique, that I have truly fallen in love with. This cleanser comes in a pump (extra marks just for this) and is dispersed in a thick, orange gel form. The super-powered cleanser includes Vitamins A, C and E and pumpkin enzyeme (hence the colour!). Like all Oksia skincare, the natural ingredients including their special MSM complex make this cleanser a hero products. I prefer to keep this cleanser for night time as it's quite rich. I would occasionally use it in the morning if my skin was very dehydrated or I had a late (*gin induced*) night.
Best for: tired skin



Yon-Ka Lait Nettoyant, £29.50
Since having a Yon-Ka facial with Deborah Harper in 2014, I have not put this down. I'm on my second bottle- always a good sign of how much I like something! As with the other two brands featured, Yon-Ka uses natural ingredients to maximise skin care benefits. I love this cleanser as it can be used on the eyes too. The milk texture leaves the skin super silky. I apply it to damp skin and remove with a warm flannel. Often I will use this as my makeup remover and use one of the other cleansers to make sure my skin is as clean as possible.
Best for: lazy girls, if you travel a lot

Let me know what your favourite cleanser is below or by tweeting me @GemmaLEBond. 


*All of these products were sent to me as PR samples but this is no way influences or shapes my opinion of them