Wednesday, 30 January 2013

BEAUTY REVIEW: SOAP & GLORY WONDERFILL 3D ACTION AMAZING WRINKLE FILLER

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I both like and slightly dislike this product from Soap & Glory at the same time. What I dislike about it is its texture and how it makes my skin feel. It’s difficult to describe- it’s not greasy; but your skin really feels there is a layer of something on it that is almost slippery smooth. It’s not a product I would apply to a lot of areas on my face at once as I think it would feel too strange; and luckily as i’m only 28 and wrinkle-free, I don’t have to.

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What I love about the product on the other hand is its effect on the tired sleep lines and creases under my eyes of a morning. I can’t test its effect on wrinkles elsewhere; but it does wonders to my under-eye area, and really smooths (with its SUPERBLUR™ Line-Disguising Spheres) and plumps it (with its Collagen); removing bags and lines. This makes my make-up look much better, and in turn, makes me happy.

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I’ve bought this product a few times, so I am obviously prepared to put up with its odd texture due to its excellent results. I would love to see how it fairs on an older lady. Have you tried it?

Soap & Glory Wonderfill is available for £11 from Boots.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

BEAUTY REVIEW: BLISS LEMON & SAGE BODY BUTTER


This body butter from Bliss smells zesty and reviving. It’s a great moisturiser for normal skin and dry skin on elbows etc, and doesn’t feel greasy like a lot of body creams do. Plus, it’s easily absorbed and doesn’t leave a lot of residue. The tube says it is great for massage, and is used in the famous Bliss Spas. I haven’t tried it in a massage yet; but I have with other body butters and always feel covered in excess product by the time it’s finished. As this one from Bliss is absorbed by the skin so easily, I think it would be great in a massage.






It contains Coconut Oil (a skin-softening moisturiser), Sodium Hyaluronate (which attracts moisture to the skin) and Vitamins A & E (which protect the skin from damage from the environment, and makes the skin smoother). After applying, it leaves your skin with a lovely sheen and feeling perfectly soft. 


Bliss Super-Sized Lemon & Sage Body Butter is available for £30.70 from feelunique.com.

Monday, 28 January 2013








IN LOVE WITH: CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA LOVE ME HEART SUEDE PUMPS…


These Charlotte Olympia shoes just make me swoon. They are so sweet; and quite simply, I NEED a pair now.


£990 from Net-a-Porter
















LOOKING FORWARD TO: OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL…


I know i’ve told you all already how excited I am about the release of Oz The Great and Powerful on 8th March; but when I got these new character images sent to me today I just had to share them with you. Michelle Williams looks amazing as Glinda, and I think we are going to be copying her look well into the Summer.



Oz (James Franco)- Oscar Diggs, aka Oz, is a small-time magician who takes his magic act on the road as part of a traveling circus in the Midwest. A man with dubious ethics, Oz is a handsome, charming charlatan who is skilled at smooth-talking his way out of problems. When he is hurled into the magical Land of Oz, Oscar faces a fight-or-flight dilemma that holds the fate of a kingdom in the balance, forcing him to decide what kind of man he truly is before it is too late.


Theodora (Mila Kunis)- Theodora is a beautiful, naïve witch who is protected by her powerful sister Evanora. Theodora only wants peace to come to the Land of Oz and truly believes that a prophesied wizard will arrive someday to restore order.


Evanora (Rachel Weisz)- A witch to be feared, Evanora is Theodora’s over-protective sister. With her penetrating gaze, she exudes a powerful presence and has positioned herself as the royal advisor and protector of Emerald City.


Glinda (Michelle Williams)- Glinda is a good witch who rules over a peaceful kingdom of simple, kind folk.  Beautiful Glinda is not only a compassionate and benevolent witch, but also a fierce protector of her people.  Though Glinda sees through Oz’s façade early on, she knows genuine goodness lies within and helps Oz achieve his true destiny.

WHAT I'M EATING: CHINATOWN GLASGOW



This is the best Chinese restaurant that I have ever experienced, and i’ve been coming here for ten years; often weekly.


What I find surprising is that if you were to ask a lot of Glaswegians, they wouldn’t know that we had a Chinatown. Granted, it’s not a city within a city like London or Manchester’s versions- it’s a small shopping arcade with a bakery and supermarket, a fishmongers, and a restaurant- but it is something that you are really missing out on if you haven’t visited.


A good way to to judge a Chinese restaurant is by the number of Chinese people who eat there. If you go here on a Sunday afternoon it is packed to the rafter’s with Glasgow’s Chinese population having a family get-together over authentic cuisine.




Chicken Satay Skewers is my favourite Chinese main course dish, and I won’t eat it anywhere else but here. I have never found a match (or even a contender) for their Satay Sauce.




Having Dim Sum here at Chinatown Glasgow is my favourite way to spend an afternoon. For those who don’t know, it’s like tapas- lots of small dumplings of assorted fillings and cooked in a variety of ways.




Some of my favourites are Har Kau (Steamed King Prawn Dumplings), Sieu Mai (Steamed Pork & Crab Dumplings), King Prawn Cheung Fung (Steamed Thick Rice Noodle Filled With King Prawns), and Pork & Vegetable Dumpling (Deep Fried Sweet Pastry Filled With Pork & Vegetables).




Chinatown Glasgow also do an amazing fresh Young Chow Fried Rice (Fried Rice With Peas, Prawns, Pork & Chicken) to go alongside.




Post-lunch always involves a trip to the Chinese bakery in the Chinatown arcade. It makes its cakes in-house and they are weird, wonderful and delicious. My favourite is the Buttercream Sponge. 




You have simply got to visit Chinatown Glasgow if you are a fan of Chinese cooking.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

BEAUTY REVIEW: MARGARET DABBS EXFOLIATING FOOT MOUSSE

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I love to have soft smooth feet; but after years of wearing very non sensible shoes, that doesn’t come easily. I’ve tried some Margaret Dabbs products in the past and liked them, so I was keen to try her Exfoliating Foot Mousse to see if it worked. I’m not one for pumice stones or anything like that.


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The exfoliating mousse itself doesn’t smell all that great; but that’s fine as it’s only going on your feet, and when it’s rinsed off it leaves a nice buttery scent. It has a course texture, and is designed to be rubbed into wet feet and rinsed off with warm water, so applying it in the bath with your foot on your knee is perfect. 


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When you rinse the product off, your feet feel very fresh and smooth; and that smoothness lasts. I’ve been using it every day for a week now, and it’s made a real difference to my feet


Margaret Dabbs Exfoliating Foot Mousse is available from www.margaretdabbs.co.uk for £15.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

BEAUTY REVIEW: BENEFIT COSMETICS FINE ONE ONE

Last night I went to the Edinburgh launch of Benefit Cosmetics' newest product Fine One One. It's not available to buy until Saturday 26th January, so I couldn't wait to play with mine when I got home from the event.


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The launch took place at Hard Rock Cafe, and we were treated to lots of their delicious French Martinis; plus miniature cheeseburgers, chocolate brownies and key lime pies. Benefit Cosmetics were on hand to demonstrate how to apply Fine One One, and the effects that can be gained; and it really did look like a wonder product.



There are three colours in the sheer brightening stick- champagne, watermelon and coral; giving you colour and highlighter in one. It’s designed to be used on both cheeks and lips.



When I got home, I had a go myself with the help of the handy tips booklet that comes with the product. Above i’ve swatched the three colours seperated, and then blended. My favourite ways to use Fine One One are to just use the champagne end of the stick on it’s own straight down my nose from the middle of my forehead, as it creates a nice highlight and elongates my features. When applying to my cheeks, I like to use Fine One One to give me a nice pop of colour, so I sweep the stick from the apple of my cheek to my temple (placing the champagne highlighter shade at the top), blend with my finger in a circular motion, and build up the colour until I am happy.


It’s a great way to get colour and highlighter in one. Fine One One will retail at £23.50 online at www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk and in all Benefit retail concessions, so go get one from Saturday!

Monday, 21 January 2013

WHAT I'M EATING: AFTERNOON TEA AT HILTON GLASGOW'S TI LOUNGE...

Last week I was invited along to the Hilton Glasgow to have afternoon tea in their new Ti Lounge. ‘Ti’ is Gaelic for tea.

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One of my obsessions is Alice In Wonderland, so I could hardly contain my delight when presented with the most fabulously quirky and beautiful selection of cakes, sandwiches and ‘Drink Me’ potion that is their Mad Hatter’s Tea Party afternoon tea (£17 per head).

I am a bit of an afternoon tea-aholic; having had more that I could possibly count. The afternoon teas served at the Ti Lounge are the best value that I have ever seen. In the past I have paid upwards of £30 per head for similar selections.

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Some of my favourites from the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party tea were the divine white chocolate covered strawberries (not often found in afternoon teas), the moreish banana cake, and the dainty smoked salmon & cream cheese sandwiches.

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If Alice In Wonderland isn’t your bag, the Ti Lounge also do a Confessions of a Chocaholic tea at £15 per head which includes a selection of the same cakes; but instead of sandwiches you get a fondue pot of amazing hot melted bitter chocolate, that counteracts the sweetness of the marshmallows and dipping fruit that come alongside it perfectly.

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There is also a Classic Afternoon Tea available (£14 per head), which includes the cakes, sandwiches and some classic extras such as miniature pancakes.

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The tea selection from Twinings ranges from the classics to some more interesting infusions, and it’s unlimited. You can also add a glass of champagne to all afternoon tea menus for an additional £9.50 per head. I was suitably stuffed after my visit; but can’t wait to find some time to pop back for more!

Sunday, 20 January 2013





IN LOVE WITH: MCM FIRST LADY MEDIUM TOTE BAG ON BAG SERVANT…


I adore both this and Bag Servant. It’s a site that allows you to shop for basically any handbag worth having. You can search by price bracket or specifics such as colour, and find listings from retailers such as Net-a-Porter and Harrods. All handbags; but in one place! This pink tote from German label MCM (£615) at Harrods is definitely on my wish list.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

BEAUTY REVIEW: PURITY FACIAL EXFOLIATOR


I love this product. It leaves my skin feeling deeply cleansed, very smooth and very fresh.




Purity Facial Exfoliator is an organic scentless product. It does ‘what it says on the tin’ without any fancy smells or extravagant packaging, and it does it very well indeed.




It’s a deep pore cleansing blend of coconut shell (the exfoliator) with coconut oil, sweet almond oil and aloe vera (the moisturiser and cleanser). It does feel quite greasy when you are applying it to your dampened face (due to the oils present in it); but your skin could not feel more deeply cleansed or fresh when it’s removed with a bit of warm water.


Purity Facial Exfoliator is available for £5.99 from www.purityorganicskincare.co.uk.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

IN LOVE WITH: OXYGEN BOUTIQUE...

I’m loving online independent fashion boutique Oxygen Boutique at the moment, as it stocks lots of my favourite brands all in one convenient place.


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One of my favourite pieces on sale at the moment is this turquoise Daisy Jewellery friendship bracelet, which can be bought here for £85.


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I also love these spiky Jeffrey Campbell Ledesma shoes, which can be bought here for £140; and this amazing House of Harlow Marley Rasta snake clutch in olive (perfect for the S/S13 snake print trend) which can be bought here for £170.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013












IN LOVE WITH: MOU LONDON…


I adore Mou London's new S/S13 campaign. The retro-inspired images are stunning, and manage to convey Mou's comfortable Winter sheepskin and felt boots as both elegant and casual. Oh how I want to be the girl in the photos!

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