Tuesday, 29 October 2013

BEAUTY REVIEW: TOO FACED A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS PALETTE

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I fell in love with this palette as soon as I saw it. It’s not available in the UK as it’s exclusive to Sephora in North America. Mine was bought last week from the Boston store (along with lots of other goodies that you’ll see soon) by my kind Mother.


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imageWhen I finally got my hands on it, I was amazed by how big it is. It is a large rectangular palette which comes in a gorgeous make-up bag; both featuring the exclusive chevron print from US celebrity interior designer Mary McDonald.


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The contents of the palette, and the Lip Injection Color Bomb and Better Than Sex Mascara that comes with it, were handpicked by Too Faced Co-Founder and Creative Director Jerrod Blandino. So you can be assured that only the best made the cut.


The colours are stunning (there’s a mixture of matte, shimmer and glitter), a dream to blend with and highly pigmented; but i’ll let the swatches do the talking; even although, unfortunately, the lighter shades do not pick up well on camera.


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If you are lucky enough to get the chance to get your hands on one of these limited edition palettes ($56 plus tax), do it without hesitation.

Friday, 25 October 2013

LUSH CHRISTMAS WISHLIST




Earlier this month, at the FABB Glasgow blogger event, Lush Cosmetics were on hand to introduce us to their Christmas range. Their Christmas products are always the highlight of the festive season, and luckily i’ve got a nice big bath and shower to enjoy them in. Next week i’m planning on stocking up on these Lush goodies that I discovered at the event.

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Luxury Lush Pud, £3.40 each- These bath bombs have a Lavender scent (my favourite) and release pretty colours into the water.

Snow Fairy Shower Gel, £3.50 for 100g- This now cult product has a candy-sweet scent, and a girly pink colour. It’s their No.1 Christmas seller.

Snow Fairy Sparkle Bar, £4.95 each- This smells of the much-loved Snow Fairy Shower Gel; but in massage bar form. It’s glittery and full of moisturising shea butter to leave your skin super-soft after a shower.

Star Light, Star Bright, £3.30 each- I had a feel of this at the event, and ended up covered in glitter. This shea butter bath melt is packed with the stuff. Use it before a Christmas party for sparkly skin that rivals the North Star.

Golden Wonder Bath Bomb, £3.50 each- Who doesn’t want a golden present under their tree? It releases lots of little gold stars into your bath, and smells of champagne. Lets get the party started!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

IN LOVE WITH: MY NEW OWL SLIPPER BOOTS

Winter is starting to get its grip on the country, and I really feel the chill.


Getting new slippers, pyjamas, candles and hot water bottles is my favourite thing about this time of year- fresh new things to get cosy with.


           


How cute are these, my new Knitted Owl Slipper Booties from Find Me A Gift (£19.99)?! They are nice and bright, have a little animal on them and are so soft and warm with their fleecy insides- perfection!


They have grip soles too, and one size fits feet 4-7.

WHAT I'M EATING: T.G.I FRIDAYS & THE HOPE GLASGOW

Last week I attended two food and drink events in Glasgow (so not good for my diet). One was the launch of new bar/restaurant The Hope on Waterloo Street, and the other was the launch of some new cocktails at the legendary T.G.I Fridays.




The architecture in The Hope is stunning, and the Victorian style decor is very fitting to the surroundings. The menu, by Maclay Inns, features a selection of hot hearty dishes like BBQ Pulled Pork (this was delicious) and lighter sharing platters such as prosciutto with mozzarella and tomato. They serve cocktails and a good selection of beers too; so it’s an ideal place to grab a drink and some food- especially as it’s right next door to Central Station.




Over at T.G.I Fridays, they have launched the first in a line of new cocktails. Out of the new arrivals, my favourite was the very sweet Red Velvet. It contains Malibu, Bacardi Superior Rum, raspberry liqueor, fresh raspberries, lime and gomme, and is finished with foam. You have to try it.


I also got to try some of the food from T.G.I Fridays’ menu. I’ve been many times but have never been brave enough to order any of the Jack Daniels marinated items in-case I didn’t like them; but the Jack Daniels Sesame Chicken Skewers are my new favourite. They have an amazing smokey flavour, and I could eat a whole bucket of them.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

STATIONERY WISHLIST

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I love pretty stationery; and if it’s fashion themed, all the better. I’m going to go on a stationary haul soon, and this is my current wishlist…


I love these ‘bee friendly’ notecards from Ten and Sixpence (£8.00). The play on words is sweet, and I love sending little handwritten notes.


A4 notebooks are great for desktop scribbling. I love these cute heart print Silvine hardback ones from Paperstone (£12.55 for 6).


Post-Its are a must, and why get boring yellow ones when you can get these good-enough-to-eat cupcake ones at Paperchase (£5.00).


The stationery at Katy & June is gorgeous. They have a fantastic range of sticky tape. I love this kaleidoscope print set (£7.95), as it’s perfect for Christmas present wrapping.


Stickers are a necessity. I put them on everything, as a lovely sticker brightens up someone’s day. These bunny ones from Sticker Stack (£2.00) are adorable.


Do you like any of these?

MY FIRST TIME TAG

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I’ve never really done a tag-style post before; but i’ve been really enjoying watching this one on You Tube, so thought i’d make it into a post for you guys to find out more about me. I’ve only picked a few of the questions so it is not absurdly long.


What was your FIRST job?


My first time in a work environment was when I was 15 and did work experience (mandatory in my school) in an estate agents. I did the binding on the brochures mostly; but they were very nice. My first paid job was in a jewellers in my last year of school. I lasted 6 shifts before quitting. I was rubbish. Customers kept shouting at me as I took a long time finding what they needed. Once I couldn’t find the correct instruction booklet to go with a new watch, and the customer was getting angry; so in the end I just shoved any old instruction guide in. Another time a customer bought a fairly cheap 9ct gold pendant. When I went to the stock room there was only one left but the chain was tangled. I was scared of getting shouted at by them, so I just put the pendant on another chain- a more expensive one. My work ethic was faaaabulous.


Who was the FIRST person you text today?


I’ve only sent one text today, and it was to my husband asking him to record Keeping Up With The Kardashians. I was in the next room…yes, I do that.


Who was your FIRST grade teacher?


My Primary One teacher was Mrs Brown. Rather worryingly, I met her on the train the other month (two decades later) and she could tell me my old address, and that my Nana took me to nursery and where. I had 30 in my class- multiple that by twenty years, and you may have an idea of the type of memorable child I was. Suddenly the stories of me throwing yogurts down supermarket aisles were starting to make sense…


What was the FIRST concert you ever went to?


PJ & Duncan. Oh yes, “everybody rumble”!


What was the FIRST movie you remember seeing?


The Rescuers. I ran out crying. I bet you are wishing I was your kid.



Photo Credit: WarmSleepy via photopin cc

Thursday, 17 October 2013

ON A DIET: OZERI DIGITAL TOUCH SENSITIVE KITCHEN SCALES

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As you may have seen on Twitter, I am on a diet. I was considering the 5:2 Diet; but am now just on a simple calorie-controlled diet- counting calories to make sure what goes in is less than what goes out. I’ve been on it for two weeks now, and have lost 5lbs so far; so it seems to be working. It’s not really a hardship either as there’s no food I can’t eat, in moderation.

The weight of what you are eating is key to a diet like this. I got some Ozeri Digital Touch Sensitive Kitchen Scales (currently on sale for just £12.95 from £29.99, Amazon) and have been weighing everything from butter to potatoes to pasta. I was absolutely astounded at the amount of calories I had been taking in with hidden foods like butter when I was just slathering it on. It was scary!

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These new scales have been a god-send for my diet, as I could never have judged the correct amounts by myself. They look so sleek too, and thin- like a tablet, and are really simple to operate. If you are thinking of starting a diet, kitchen scales are definitely the most crucial ingredient.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

A BLOGGER COMPETITION THAT'S MAKING ME MAD!

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At an event recently, a brand new local shopping app announced a blogger competition to be named ‘Scotland’s Top Blogger’ and to also get an iPad Mini.


Immediately I was outraged for several reasons. What right has this new brand on the scene with no klout handing out a title like that based on who writes the best post about them? Yes, the entry criteria is a post about them…smell of a cheap way to get publicity, good reviews and backlinks anyone? An iPad Mini is nothing in expenditure compared to what advertising in these blogger’s blogs would cost them. Oh, and when they announce the winner, the wee blogger is going to be so excited they’ll post about it (and thus them) again. Not to mention tweeting about it to all and sundry. Who’s betting there’s a ‘cool’ branded badge announcing your new status for your sidebar too! Lucky you.



Let’s face it, the winner is no more ‘Scotland’s Top Blogger’ than I am a Best Actress Oscar Winner just because I bought myself one of those little plastic statuettes at Disney World.



This competition makes a joke of a blogger’s time and skill, and of our motivation for blogging. Don’t waste your time.



To enter you have to write a post about Mallzee. This is one- pick me, pick me, pick me…


Photo Credit: Scott Beale via photopin cc

Friday, 4 October 2013

BEAUTY REVIEW: COSMOPOLITAN BLEND PERFECTION SPONGE

The key to every good make-up look is a flawless and natural base, and it’s what I consider to be the most important stage of my make-up routine.




I have always used foundation brushes or my fingers to apply foundation; but when I had a little bit of money left on an Amazon giftcard, I saw this and thought i’d give it a go. I’d read so many reviews about the Real Techniques versions.



I just absolutely love this Cosmopolitan Blend Perfection Sponge. It does its job of creating an "airbrush finish" perfectly. To use it, put some foundation on the back of your hand, dab in the sponge then apply to your face in a stippling motion. It makes applying foundation really quick, as it is so much easier to blend than using a brush or your fingers. The pointed end helps you get into the more difficult places around your nose and eyes.




If you haven’t tried applying your liquid base with one of these sponges before, you really need to. The Cosmopolitan Blend Perfection Sponge is available on Amazon for £4.95.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

MY TRIP TO DISNEY ON ICE

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Last week, at the kind invitation of Beattie Communications, I took some of my family to the opening night in Glasgow of Disney On Ice’s new show Dare To Dream. I’m a super Disney geek as i’m sure you know by now, and this show was centred around the princesses so I was in girly heaven too.


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We had fantastic seats to view the show and the astonishing aerial acrobatic work. I was amazed at just how slick and polished the performances were- proper Walt Disney World standard. It’s great entertainment for both Disney and ice-skating fans alike, as those performers sure can bust some moves!


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It’s on a full UK tour until January, so make sure to catch it if this is your bag.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

BEAUTY REVIEW: NYX MOSAIC POWDER IN HIGHLIGHTER



I have a bit of a thing for highlighting and illuminating powders at the moment (one can never have too many, right?), and the latest one I have added to my collection is the NYX Mosaic Powder in Highlighter.





I was a bit surprised by the size of the pan- more eyeshadow than face powder dimensions. It looks pretty though, and the product is great.


         



I apply it all over my face with a kabuki brush after finishing the rest of my base. It helps to set everything, and adds a subtle and healthy glow.


I got mine for £7.95 from Amazon. Will you be picking this up too?

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