Wednesday, 29 May 2013


On Sunday, I went to the INAA Scottish Hair & Beauty Awards at the kind invitation of the lovely Alison Jameson Consultants. The awards are organised by I Need An Appointment (the online salon appointment booking site).

I was invited to join the Press table at the event (as I am also Editor of Twinkle Style & Travel Magazine); alongside PR Alison Jameson; Sarah from Scottish Beauty Blog; Laura & Gill from STV; Bev from The Daily Record; The Scottish Sun; and Dawn from blog Dawniepopsies.

I had a great time at the awards honouring Scotland’s hair and beauty salon talent. We had a delicious 4-course dinner, and were entertained by a Take That tribute band, and DJ Jodie Harsh.

I’ve popped a list of the award winners below; so you know where to go when you next need a pamper:

Best Female Hair Stylist: Donna Richards – Partners Hair & Beauty, Broughty Ferry

Best Male Hair Stylist: James Roberts – James Roberts Hair Design & Beauty

Expert Hair Colourist: Jill Aitchison – Medusa, Edinburgh

Expert Hair Extensionist: David Ferry – Gary Thompson Hair, Glasgow

Best Barber: Boom Barbers, Edinburgh

Best Hair Salon: James Hughes, Glasgow

Expert Beauty Therapist: Laura Taylor – The Secret Beauty Garden, Edinburgh

Expert Cosmetic Therapist: Jacquie Partridge –Dermal Clinic, Edinburgh

Expert Make up Artist: Victoria Elwen – Spoilt at Smiths, Gretna Green

Expert Nail Technician: Christina Pert – Bespoke, Aberdeen

Expert Massage Therapist: Fiona Norval – Eden Hair & Beauty, Arbroath

Best Beauty Salon: The Greenrooms, Dundee

Best Spa/Day Spa: Spa in the City, Glasgow

Best Nail Bar: Manhattan Nails, Glasgow

Best Cosmetic Dentist: Art of Dentistry, Prestwick

Expert Tanning Specialist: Deborah Clark - Deborah’s Beauty in the City, Glasgow

Best Salon Design: Rainbow Room International, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow

Best Website: Craig Andrew Hairdressing, Glasgow

Young Talent Award: Christie Sanders - Austen Thomson, Edinburgh

Icon Award: Charlie Miller, Edinburgh


imageEveryone know’s Benefit’s Benetint- a red liquid tint for cheeks and lips. The Balm’s Stainiac works on the same principle; but with a doe-foot applicator instead of Benefit’s brush.


When The Balm put the word ‘stain’ in the product title, they certainly meant it. The tint is super long-lasting and you need soap/cleanser to remove it. I’m in love, as it gives my lips and cheeks a natural perk-up that lasts ALL day.

I’ve been a fan of Benefit’s Benetint too; but The Balm’s Stainiac just lasts much longer at much cheaper a price, so I have a new favourite.

The Balm’s Stainiac is available for £11.99 from Find Me A Gift.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013



I adore huge statement rings, and I fell in love with this Ashiana Circle Cutwork Gold Ring in Green (£36) when Aliya.J London boutique asked me to choose a piece of jewellery.

Gold is my base colour; I don’t wear Silver except on very rare occasions. This is 22 carat Gold plated. The big green stone is gorgeous. I wear a lot of green eyeshadow, so it’s a great match.


The ring is really good quality, and the craftsmanship is delicate yet sturdy. It’s resizeable too; so none of that pesky ring size measuring business.


I wore it out for lunch the other day with simple black nail polish. It was a fabulous way to add a touch of glamour to a casual outfit.

Monday, 20 May 2013


I reviewed Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution a while ago; which was my first experience of these miracle waters. I love La Roche Posay’s Eau Thermale Spring Water Spray, so when I spotted their micellar solution in Boots, I just had to try it.

To recap on the micellar water phenomenon; they are soap and alcohol free. The solution is made of oil particles in water; but done in a clever way so that they don’t separate. They are roughly 80% water and 20% oil, and are designed to cleanse and tone at the same time, and remove all make-up. They are a great quick way to remove make-up, especially after a night out.

This La Roche Posay one (£11.50 for 200ml from Boots) is made from their famous thermal spring water, and is supposed to balance the pH levels of your skin too. I like it; but would prefer it doesn’t have a fragrance like it does. It does everything it says on the tin well; but doesn’t leave my skin feeling as fresh as Bioderma does. Maybe nobody can take their crown?

What other micellar solutions have you tried?

Sunday, 19 May 2013


I’m loving Cult Beauty this week. Their range of brands and products is great, and there is free delivery when you spend over £50; which is easy to reach with just two or three items in your basket.

I bought a few things from them this month; and I thought i’d share my favourites with you in case you feel like a little spending spree too!

Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Bath & Shower Oil, £39, is a perfect antidote to tough times to give you inner resolve and a calm head. I had a little tester bottle of this, and just had to have the full size. A percentage of the profits go to charity too- link.

blinc Kiss Me Mascara, £18.50, coats your lashes in little tubes and is completely waterproof and smudge-proof. To remove you gently slide the tubes off when cleansing. What’s great is that there is no clumping of lashes together- they are all beautifully separated- link.

Rococo Nail Apparel Gold Leaf, £35, come in the most amazingly stylish boxes; which makes them the perfect gift. Gold Leaf is the ultimate luxurious polish, and a little of it goes a long way in terms of sparkle factor!- link.

Saturday, 18 May 2013


I’ve been restyling my bedroom the past few months, and have done a couple of posts here about my ongoing inspiration of beauty storage ideas and unique stylish touches; so now that i’m making some progress, I thought i’d share some photos of the shabby chic look I am going for.

Monday, 13 May 2013



I fell in love with e.l.f’s Corrective Concealer Erase & Conceal palette (£3.75) when it greatly helped my own skin discolourations- redness left behind from teenage acne, and dark circles under my eyes from tiredness; but when I got one for my Mum, and tried it on her extremely dark eye circles from eye condition medication, I saw just how good it was.

It’s such a handy palette that will cover all your correcting concealer needs. It contains four shades- yellow to hide dark circles, pink to brighten the inner and outer corners of your eyes, green to counteract redness and blemishes, and blue to blur orange hues such as tan lines/fake-tan mistakes. You can use the little brush that comes with it, or just use your fingers. You’ll need to blend the edges in well.


All you then need is a flesh-coloured concealer of your choice to put over the top of the colour. Here, I have used my Mum’s Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair (£5.99). She’s never going to get rid of the dark circles completely as they are so pronounced; but parts of them have gone, the shade has changed, and the eye area is brighter.

I truly think this e.l.f palette should be a staple in everyone’s make-up bags. It’s such amazing value too!

Sunday, 12 May 2013


imageIt’s the BAFTA Television Awards tomorrow night, and it gave me the idea of sharing with you what TV i’m loving at the moment. 

imageThe Middle is my go-to comedy sitcom when i’m feeling down or just needing comfort. It’s a US show that airs on Sky channels over here, and is a remake of sorts of Malcolm In The Middle. This time with much better actors and characters. It follows the ordinary middle-class American Heck family, and the comedy of their daily lives- their young son talks to himself and is a loner; their daughter is an uncool geek, and their son is the dumb football jock who has no luck with the ladies. It’s a funny, laugh-out-loud show about family love and the comfort of home life, and I can watch the same episode again and again.

imageI’m a soap lover. I NEVER miss an episode of Neighbours, Coronation St or Eastenders. I look forward to what I call ‘soap nights’- Mondays and Fridays when there is double Coronation St with Eastenders in between; and I love my afternoon dose of Neighbours. Working from home most of the time means I can enjoy this TV regularity, and I love it. Continuing Dramas are the ultimate escapism. I love to know what is coming up, so websites like Digital Spy and magazines like Inside Soap are my godsend.

imageThe Intern & The Apprentice make me scream at the TV. One thing i’ve always prided myself on is my business sense. I’ve always been self-employed/freelance and managed my own career in the media; and have had to solve some super-size and delicate problems for people and companies on jobs along the way. Oh the stories… I love watching how other people badly handle situations on these shows, and I love getting a peek inside different industries. The Intern on Channel 4 puts 3 newbies to the test each week in a skilled profession to see if they can jump ahead to a high-level job; and BBC’s The Apprentice sees 12 ‘entrepreneurs’ compete in business tasks to win an investment from Alan Sugar.

imageI love Channel 4’s Made In Chelsea. Not for the ‘reality’ of it obviously; but for the style, shopping and travel that I love, and for a part of London that I love. I like the nice things in life; so I relate to it.

top photo credit: Funky64 ( via photopin cc

Friday, 10 May 2013


I adore this product for my…boys look away now please…’time-of-the-month’ spot breakouts, as it dries them up and shrinks them over night.

I use it at night after cleansing as a toner. It removes any excess product or oil left after cleansing, and helps to kill bacteria with its Tea Tree and Witch Hazel extracts. It’s most important ingredient however, is the Salicylic acid. This is what fights the spots due to its anti-inflammatory effects. It does dry my skin out; but when I have a breakout that’s what I need, so I don’t put any moisturiser on afterwards. This is another reason I use it at night before bed.

It does smell very strong; but not that unpleasant. I’m excited to try the other products in the Clear Cell range now, as this one works so well.

You can buy online from Face The Future for £31 with free delivery.

Sunday, 5 May 2013


I have long been a of Espa products ever since my Mum and I spent a 3-night break at the luxury Cameron House on Loch Lomond when I was around 15. Espa was their signature spa range then, and I enjoyed plenty of treatments, and got addicted to their relaxing scents.

This Relaxing Salt Scrub contains two sachets, and I found you could get two to three uses out of each, so for £7.15, this is exceptional value for a luxury brand.

It describes itself as “a calming sea salt scrub”, and it is very calming. I used it when changing my anti-depressants, and it helped last thing at night to calm me down in preparation for sleep. The sea salt texture is very course, so rub it gently on your skin. The salt will exfoliate, and the essential oils in the sachet of lavender, rosemary, bay and sweet almond oil will calm your mind, relax muscles and hydrate your skin.

My skin felt so soft and was highly scented afterwards- perfect for carrying the smell into bed and drifting off to sleep.

2 x 50g sachets cost £7.15 from

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