Tuesday, 31 May 2016

SUMMER HOLIDAY BUNDLE GIVEAWAY

Summer Giveaway

My blog giveaway for the month of June is a bumper bundle of summer holiday beauty and lifestyle goodies. It's worth over £230 and all you need to do to enter is to follow the Rafflecopter instructions below.

Friday, 27 May 2016

MAY 2016 BEAUTY, FASHION & LIFESTYLE FAVOURITES

May Monthly Favourites

This month I've combined my usual two monthly favourites posts into one as I didn't feel that I had enough products for a seperate beauty one and fashion & lifestyle one. Hope you don't mind and I'm sure things will be back to normal for June. You all know the products I've loved and hated during the month from my reviews, so I try to make my monthly favourites about products I've been using all month that I haven't featured elsewhere yet - so that you have something new to read.

FACE MASK FRIDAY: PETER THOMAS ROTH CUCUMBER GEL MASK

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask

I love this mask so much and it's perfect for summer. It's cooling, soothing and very hydrating. You just need to look at it and you'll want to smother your face in it on a hot day.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

UPCYCLING SCRAP LEATHER

Upcycled Leather Pouch

Last week I was invited to a leather work taster workshop at The Edinburgh Remakery that was all about learning basic leather work skills and how to re-purpose old scrap bits of leather. I made this cute little makeup pouch and I wanted to share the tutorial with you.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

PAUL MITCHELL MARULA OIL HAIRCARE

Paul Mitchell Marula Oil

Paul Mitchell is one of the most respected names in haircare and I've been trying their MarulaOil range over the last few weeks. There's a shampoo, conditioner, hair mask and hair oil (plus some styling products that I haven't tried) that all contain Marula Oil - the powerful oil that's quickly overtaking Argan.

Monday, 23 May 2016

SUMMER DATE NIGHT AT HOME IDEAS

Garden Barbeque

I've been enjoying the new Rekorderlig cider cocktail cans so much recently, and they have been the drink of choice for my husband and I's date nights at home. Rekorderlig asked me to share with you how I've been enjoying these drinks, so I thought that rounding up my summer date night at home ideas would be an inspiring way to do it.

ELIZABETH ARDEN SUNSET BRONZE COLLECTION

Elizabeth Arden Sunset Bronze Collection

I am completely in love with this year's summer makeup collection from Elizabeth Arden. Everyone raves about their Eight Hour Cream, but I think that their makeup offerings are often overlooked and I don't understand why - their products are always great quality and in beautiful packaging.

Friday, 20 May 2016

FACE MASK FRIDAY: BOSCIA TSUBAKI OIL DEEP HYDRATION HYDROGEL MASK

Boscia Tsubaki Oil Deep Hydration Hydrogel Mask

This week's Face Mask Friday post is a review of the Boscia Tsubaki Oil Deep Hydration Hydrogel Mask. It's a gel mask that you apply like a sheet mask to deliver a burst of hydration to the skin.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

FUDGE URBAN HAIR STYLING PRODUCTS FOR SUMMER

Fudge Urban hair styling products

At the moment, these Fudge Urban products are the only ones I am using to style my hair. They have the most incredible summer-inspired scents, so are perfect for the new season. They are really getting me in the mood for proper hot days.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

LUNCH WITH ALBERT ROUX OBE

Laura Pearson-Smith with Albert Roux

Crossbasket Castle Exterior

Last week I was invited for a press lunch with Albert Roux OBE at his restaurant at Crossbasket Castle just outside Glasgow in Scotland. However, I didn't realise just how small and intimate an affair it was going to be - there were just two other journalists dining with us. I was sat next to Albert, and the chance to have proper time with this culinary genius (who is now in his 80s) over a near two and a half-hour lunch was a 'money can't buy' experience.

EYEKO EYE MAKEUP HAUL


I wanted to share with you my thoughts on a selection of Eyeko eye makeup products that I've been trying - from mascara and eyeliner to brow groomers. I am finally mastering eyeliner application, which is so exciting for me!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

URBAN DECAY ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS COLLECTION


Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Collection

If you haven't seen this collection yet, where have you been?! It has been all over the internet lately, and rightly so, as it's stunning. Urban Decay have created this collection in partnership with Disney to mark the release of Tim Burton's Alice Through The Looking Glass; the sequel to his 2010 hit Alice In Wonderland. I wanted to share my review of the palette and the five lipsticks in this collection with you.

Monday, 16 May 2016

LOOK FANTASTIC MAY BEAUTY BOX

Look Fantastic May 2016 Beauty Box

Once again I'm bringing you a review of this month's Look Fantastic Beauty Box* (from £11.25 per month). The May 2016 box is a good one, but I think some subscribers may feel there is too much of the same product inside- it does have a couple too many face moisturisers in there, but the Wet Brush will definitely be its saving grace and will stop too many complaints.

TRYING A DIET COKE DETOX



Drinking Diet Coke

I have drunk excessive amounts of Diet Coke since I discovered how much I liked it during my final years at university. For a while before that, it was Lucozade- so I’ve always soothed myself with the fact that my fizzy drink addiction could be much worse. As well as tasting nice and being refreshing, I also associate Diet Coke with being comforting- an ice-cold glass of it, to me, is like being enveloped in a hug.

Friday, 13 May 2016

FACE MASK FRIDAY: KARUNA HYDRATNG+ FACE MASK

Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask

Happy Friday! It's time for another face mask review from me, and this week it's the Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask ($8 from Sephora). It's designed to be used by those with dry, dull, dehydrated and sensitive skin.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

HOW TO COOK THE PERFECT STEAK


A good steak is usually a meat lovers favourite food, but they can be so difficult to cook to perfection - mine always end up burnt on the outside. Jamie Oliver's Executive Chef Steve Pooley from his restaurant Barbecoa has shared his tips with you below and I hope they help you next time it's your turn in the kitchen...

3 SKIN PERFECTING PRIMERS WORTH TRYING

Skin Perfecting Primers

I've been trying out a variety of primers recently that have skin perfecting qualities- delivering intense hydration, blurring pores and correcting tonal inconsistencies- and I wanted to share a few of them with you that I think are worth trying if you suffer with certain skin issues.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

GLOWY SUMMER MAKEUP HOW-TO WITH KAT MCSWEIN MUA

summer makeup look

Earlier this week I headed along to The Academy of Makeup Scotland to watch a SS16 makeup seminar with top commercial makeup artist Kat McSwein, who is also a tutor at the academy. She took us through how to create a glowy summer makeup look, gave her application tips and tricks and shared her favourite products. I feverishly wrote everything down and captured lots of images to share with you.

Monday, 9 May 2016

DIEGO DALLA PALMA SPRING SUMMER 2016 COLLECTION

diego dalla palma spring summer 2016 collection

I wanted to share with you my thoughts on some of the key pieces from the diego dalla palma SS16 collection. The collection from this Italian makeup brand is inspired by the women of St. Tropez, and while I love some of the pieces, I also dislike others.

Friday, 6 May 2016

SUMMER 2016 DESIGNER FASHION WISHLIST

I am so excited for summer and the warmer days, so I'm thinking about all of the fashion pieces I want. I'm really into things that are bright and colourful at the moment, and if they have pompoms or tassels on them, all the better. I wanted to share my summer 2016 designer fashion wishlist with you so that it might inspire you with what to get spendy on...

Summer 2016 Colourful Fashion


FACE MASK FRIDAY: 111SKIN MESO INFUSION HYALURONIC ACID & VITAMIN C MICRO MASK

111SKIN Meso Infusion Mirco Mask

111SKIN is a luxury skincare brand by Dr Yannis Alexandrides of Harley Street. The new 111SKIN Meso Infusion Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin C Mirco Mask* (£100 for 4-pack from SpaceNK) is really unique. It's an at-home alternative to clinical Meso Therapy (the injection of Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C straight into the skin with needles) and it's basically as close as you can get to the expensive treatment without going into a clinic.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

LIGHTSTIM FOR WRINKLES

LightStim For Wrinkles

Oh man, I don't even know where to start with this review- in fact, I've put off writing it for months. The reason is that I never write about products that I completely don't like- there usually has to be something good about them for me to feature them. However, as this device is incredibly expensive and since I trialled it with my Mum so carefully for 8 weeks, I thought it was worth sharing it with you to stop you wasting your money.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

DIY OMBRE GLITTER MERMAID MIRROR

DIY Ombre Glitter Mermaid Mirror

Last month I got sent the first edition of the Glittery Hands craft subscription box* (£15 per month- but 20% off your first box before June 1st 2016 with code GLITTER12) and it was mermaid themed. It inspired me to create this ombre glitter mermaid mirror for my bathroom by upcycling an old boring wooden one that I had lying around. This is definitely a project for kitsch and glitter lovers everywhere!

2 NEW MASCARAS & A LASH PRIMER YOU NEED

Mascaras

Avon and Smashbox have both released fantastic new mascaras, so I wanted to share them with you along with Smashbox's new lash primer.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

NO.7 LIFT & LUMINATE TRIPLE ACTION SERUM

No.7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum

I am obsessed with this new serum and I've been using it religiously for a month now. The No.7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum (£27 from Boots) has so many skincare benefits and I've been over-the-moon with the results that I've been getting from it.

BOBBI BROWN BEACH NUDES COLLECTION

Bobbi Brown Beach Nudes Collection

Bobbi Brown's summer collection Beach Nudes* is stunning and contains everything you need for a glowy sun-kissed look. There are two matte bronzers in the collection, three sheer shimmering lipsticks and three eyeshadow quads that contain a mix of matte, sparkle and shimmer shades. I've been trying out some key pieces from the collection.

Monday, 2 May 2016

MODELLING WITH ULTIMO

Ultimo Blogger Style Challenge
House of Fraser Photoshoot Outfits

Haha, no I haven't become a lingerie model, but I was invited by Ultimo and House of Fraser to take part in a blogger style challenge shoot. Ultimo were one of the original pioneers of the underwear as outerwear fashion trend, so they challenged us to create our own outfits to be photographed in.

SOAP & GLORY MAKEUP GIVEAWAY

Soap & Glory Makeup

Happy May everyone! My latest giveaway is a selection of Soap & Glory makeup. One winner will win all of the above products- a Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss in Doughnut (£9), a Kick Ass All Is Calm Anti-Redness Concealer (£8), an Archery Volu-Boost Brow Fibre Gel in Blonde Luck (£8), a Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick 3D Volume Lip Shine in Pinkfetti, and a Sexy Mother Pucker Matte Lip 3D Colour & Sculpt in Choccoberry (£3.50).
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