Sunday, 10 August 2014

A Peek At My Week


Hey! I thought I would try a new sort of post, showing a little peek in to my week of make up, beauty and fashion. A little bit of everything! 


Over the last week I have been trying to restore my skin to normal after it had a major freak-out the week before. I have no idea what caused my skin to majorly break out, I use so many different products it's some time hard to pin point exactly what causes breakouts. 

The first of my three skincare saviours has been Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads. These are soaked in a blend of ingredients, including glycolic acid which help exfoliate and brighten the skin. This has really helped my skin to renew and heal itself. Next I have been loving the Superdrug Tea Tree Cleanser & Toner. Obviously tea tree is great for breakouts, I have been sweeping this over my skin after cleansing & exfoliating to help get rid of any bacteria. It also contains aloe vera which really helps to calm the skin. Finally I have been wrapping up my skincare routine by using the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly by Indeed Labs. This is a new product from Indeed Labs and I love, love, love it. It has a unique pump which distributes just the right amount of product for your face. The gel is lightweight and feels refreshing on the skin. It sinks in so quickly yet provides intense hydration, leaving the skin moisturised, plump and healthy.


During the week on my way to work I have been stopping in to get a freshly made juice from the newest juice bar in Glasgow, the Juice Garden. They offer so many freshly made juices, smoothies, shot and fruit bowls. They are so yummy and they literally have a juice for everything. The one in the picture above was called Morning Juice and contained pineapple, apple and passion fruit. Defo makes the morning journey to work a little brighter!


I have had a busy few weeks at work so on Friday night it was good to head out for some dinner and cocktails for my best friends birthday. We headed to TGI Friday's which is great for a nice relaxed meal and it has plenty of yummy cocktails to offer. It's safe to say that Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris and Strawberry Caipiroskas are our faves. 

As it was a pretty casual dinner I just wore some black skinny jeans, a black top, some cobalt blue heels and a nice statement necklace. I also picked up some gorgeous false eyelashes from Superdrug that afternoon to wear. They were Ardell Chocolate Lashes, ones which I had never seen before. They have a mixture of brown and black lashes which gives very pretty effect!




One of my beauty highlights of the week was getting yet another lip product, but not any lip product.....a new Tom Ford lipstick!!! Eeeek! Adding to my little collection is the Tom Ford Lipstick in True Coral. Tom Ford lipsticks have to be one of the most luxurious lip products there is. True Coral is stunning red/coral which is so creamy and pigmented and the best thing is my lovely friend managed to get this for me on her (amazing) staff discount. I can't wait to wear this colour out!


Today is Sunday and I had lovely family lunch to go to. We made the drive to the Bridge Inn in Ratho which is not far from Edinburgh. This was such a pretty little restaurant perched on the banks of a canal, it was just a shame that it was absolutely pouring down with rain. That's Scotland for you! I thought I would share my outfit with you.


My mint green pleated top is from Topshop (I think they only have a cream version now). My floral scuba trousers are from Warehouse and my nude pointed heels are from Primark (I know! What a bargain, they also do them in black, cobalt blue, bright pink and orange). I curled my hair with my Remington Pearl Curling Wand and left my make up fairly simple and natural with a swipe of Bobbi Brown Pale Mauve lipstick.

As soon as I got home it was straight in to my pyjamas (as you can see from the first picture) and time to chill :)

Hope you all had a good week and are ready for the new week ahead!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Recent Purchases


Hi guys! So I am back today to share some of my recent purchases. I shop a lot. My friends and family always make fun of me for it. I even try to hide my shopping bags when arrive back from my lunch break at work. I am the office shopaholic. 

There is nothing I like more than buying make up and beauty products. I would much rather buy products than clothes and shoes. I love reading other bloggers posts on their recent purchases so I thought I would show you some of the things I have bought over the last few months.


Lip Lover is supposed to provide the comfort of a lip balm, the colour of a lip stick and the shine of a lip gloss and it really does do all three. I bought two of these (I can't find the other one at the moment but it was 313) after hearing LisaLisaD1 from YouTube talk about them. They are ultra moisturising, give nice colour pay off and give a gorgeous gloss to the lips without being sticky at all. I love the packaging and the easy doe foot applicator. 316 is a beautiful peachy pink and is great for chucking on and going.



We have all heard of the famous Alien perfume from Thierry Mugler. It is a very strong and very recognisable fragrance. They have release a new fresher, lighter version for summer called Alien Eau Extraordinaire and after smelling a sample in a magazine I thought I would pick it up at duty free on my way home from Marbella. I am rubbish at describing scents so click the link above for more details on what the fragrance contains.


This body cream is AMAZING!! It contains glycol, salicylic and lactic acids which exfoliate and resurface the skin. It has a fresh citrus scent, I usually apply this at night and when I wake up in the morning my skin is unbelievable smooth. It really does smooth and brighten the skin. Also the salicylic acid in it is great for blemishes, razor bumps or ingrown hairs. I am in love with how amazing this makes my skin feel! I got mine from Boots.



This is another product that I am in love with. I really enjoy trying out lots of foundation but I must say that this has to be one of my all time favourites. I would definitely say it is very comparable if not a dupe for the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, and we all know how much I love that foundation. It is described as weightless and it truly is. You definitely do not feel as if you are wearing foundation when you apply this. So it must have light coverage then? Wrong! I was so surprised at how much coverage this gives (medium), with that being set it still looks natural and skin like. It contains light diffusing particles which help blur imperfections to give a flawless airbrushed finish. I usually set this foundation with a powder and I find it wears really nicely throughout the day, plus it has no SPF which means not white face with flash photography!



I bought this on a lunch time trip to John Lewis and was so ecstatic to see that they now stock James Read tanning products. I am a huge fan of his Sleep Tan Mask (click here for my review) so I wanted to try some of the body tanning products. I chose the mousse as I find them the easiest and most convenient to apply. Using a tanning mitt this applied beautifully, blending in well for a streak free finish. I left it on over night and washed it off the next day to reveal a very real looking tan. It wasn't super dark but gave a lovely sun kissed look as if you had spent a few days in the sun. 

Ps. I love, love, love the James Read Tan packaging!


The next of my recent purchases is a hair care product. This Biotin and Collagen Amplifying Lotion is packed full of biotin and nutrients to nourish, collagen to add volume and wheat protein to add strength and fullness to the hair. I apply two pumps of this to damp hair before blowdrying. The result is noticeably thicker and shiner hair. 



This is a body oil gel which is meant to be used as a moisturiser but I had read on Pinterest that it was amazing to use for shaving. The cocoa butter has the most gorgeous coconutty smell and as a moisturiser it leaves your skin silky smooth with a pretty shine. I used it for shaving by applying it all over my legs in the shower and then shaving as normal. It helped the razor glide over the skin and gave a really nice close shave and left my skin super moisturised and nourished afterwards. This Vaseline Gel Body Oil may just have revolutionised the way I shave forever! 


I had no idea that Palmer's had started making skincare products. With a nice little range of products I decided to try the exfoliating facial scrub. My current facial exfoliator is just too gentle for me and I feel like, really, it is doing nothing. This one has a little bit more grit to it but is still gentle enough to use on your face. After using this my skin was left so soft. I also like that you get a lot of product for your money.

I also picked up the Palmer's Purifying Mask. This contains cocoa butter and shea butter to nourish, kaolin to purify and almond oil to cleanse. This is a white clay which when applied to the skin feels so soothing and cooling (this would be great if you had angry breakouts). It begins to harden and set and after 10 minute you can just wash it off. One think that I noticed is unlike other clay masks that I have tried, when you wash this off it turns in to a sort of cream/oil which feels lovely and moisturising rather than dragging at the skin. My skin was left feeling fresh, cleansed and very soft.


Being such a Too Faced fan when I saw this new bronzing palette as part of their summer collection I had to have it. It contains three of their most popular bronzers, Chocolate Soleil (a matte bronzer), Sun Bunny (half matte bronzer, half shimmer bronzer) and Snow Bunny (a mixture of pink/bronze/highlight shades). I love that you can mix and match the bronzers to achieve lots of different looks. It also comes with a little kabuki brush which is actually really good quality. It is a summer must have.



This is just a simple white nail polish. I think that plain white nails can look really nice for summer especially with a tan so I thought this little Mavala polish would come in handy.


This is a translucent mattifying powder. After hearing Essie Button talk about this in many of her YouTube videos I thought I would try it out. I really like this powder. This is usually the last step in my make up routine to set my make up. It helps mattify the skin but leaves a nice velvet finish instead of completely matte and one dimensional. It helps my make up stay in place and definitely controls my shine throughout the day. 


I wanted a peachy coral blush for summer so when I was at duty free I also picked up a MAC powder blush in Modern Mandarin. This looks very orange but once on this skin give a lovely peachy flush. It is a satin finish (my fave!) which leaves a very subtle glow to the cheeks. Usually I don't find MAC blushers to be very pigmented but this one has just the right amount of pigmentation. I think this is a great addition to my summer make up bag.


Wow that was a long post! I hope you found it interested and informative and make you have spotted some new products that you would like to try out. I would love to know what recent purchases you are loving so leave a comment down below!

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Clarins Colours of Brazil Summer Bronzing Compact


Hey, well it has been a minute!

This is my first post since April :O Sorry for my absence but sometimes as a blogger you just need to take some time out to regain some inspiration. Following a conversation with one of my best friends and fellow beauty blogger/professional make up artist Alice (from Alice Through The Beauty Glass) I decided I definitely didn't want to give up on my blog, so here I am with a new post :)

I recently bought the most gorgeous bronzer from Clarins. It is from their Colours of Brazil summer collection so, yes, that means that unfortunately it is limited edition. I must admit that I haven't been following the World Cup but I am definitely all for the beautiful Brazilian bronzed looked.


The Clarins Colours of Brazil Summer Bronzing Compact is so pretty. Firstly the compact is huge, much larger than your average bronzer. It has a mixture of matte colours along with a tiny hint of golden shimmer. When swirled together you get a lovely natural looking colour than gives a satin finish once on the skin.


I adore the packaging and the embossed print on the product itself. The good thing about this bronzer is that it is very natural and buildable. You can add a hint of tan or go all out bronzed goddess. 

I have been applying the bronzer all over my face and d├ęcolletage using the Vintage Cosmetic Company Large Powder Brush. I am in love with the brush. It is massive but fits the size of this compact perfectly. It is dense enough yet fluffy enough, giving the perfect finish; plus it is super soft.


As the weather heats up, I have been wearing a bronzed glowy make up look more and more. Lots of bronzer, a warm shimmering eyeshadow all over the lid, lashes and a nude glossy lip. Done.

My quick tips for applying bronzer are

- use a large fluffy powder brush
-apply to the areas that the sun would naturally hit such as forehead, cheeks, bridge of nose and chin
-for a more contoured look sweep over the face in a 3 shaped motion covering the temples, cheeks and jawline
-blend, blend, blend
-always start with a light touch and build up if necessary

I would love to hear your recommendations on the best products for a bronzed glow, so if you have any then leave a comment below :)




Monday, 14 April 2014

Currently on my nails: Kiko Famingo Pink


Today I thought I would share with you the nail polish I am currently wearing, Kiko Flamingo Pink (number 288). I ordered this shade after watching Barbara from ThePersianBabe's recent YouTube video. She was wearing the most gorgeous pink nail polish. It looked so pretty that I had to have it.

Despite owning several bright pink polishes, I have nothing quite like this pink. It is a bright, blue toned pink which I think would be so flattering with any skin tone. Sometimes pinks can be hard to get right but this colour stands out for all the right reasons.


I ordered this polish online from Kiko along with some other bits and pieces as we don't have a Kiko here in Scotland. The polish itself is really inexpensive at only £3.90 and the formula was really nice an opaque, taking only two coats to get the perfect finish.

I started with a coat of my beloved OPI Nail Envy and finished with a coat of Sally Hansen's Mega Shine Top Coat, which gives a sipper shiny finish.

Kiko have tonnes of other colours which I would love to try but since I can't see them in person I may have to resort to googling for swatches. They even sell the cutest little nail polish carry bag for travelling with. I love! 

If you are looking for a bright and flattering pink nail polish for spring/summer then definitely check out Kiko Flamingo Pink.


Friday, 11 April 2014

Pretty In Pink- Sleek Makeup


I should be banned from leaving my office at lunch time because every time I do go out I home back with a handful of new products and much less money! On a recent lunch time shopping trip I popped in to Superdrug and came out with two new Sleek products.

I am a huge fan of Sleek as I think the quality and pigmentation of their products are fantastic and at such a reasonable price.

I only had one blush from Sleek, Pixie Pink which is a matte bright pink. I spotted the Blush by 3 palettes which contain three blushers, two powder and one cream formula. The Pink Lemonade palette really caught my eye. I am a girly girl so the array of sweet pinks appealed to me greatly, so much so I had to have it.


It contains a baby pink powder, a rosy cream and a rose gold powder. Sleek do a blush called Rose Gold which have wanted for a while and on first glance I thought the blush on the far right was Rose Gold. It turns out it isn't but it is very similar.

The two powder shades are so highly pigmented and contain a finely milled shimmer which gives a beautiful glow to the cheeks meaning you don't even need to apply a highlighter. It isn't glittery at all, it is more of a sheen than anything.

The cream blush is again really pigmented, completely matte and blends out really nicely to leave almost a stained finish. I love all three colours and to me the darker pink powder is very reminiscent of Nars Orgasm blush and the lighter pink of MAC's Dainty Mineralized Blush.

This is a really handy compact palette with a great mirror. At only £9.99 I would say this was such a bargain.


The other product I bought was the Matte Me Ultra Smooth Matte Lip Cream in Petal. This is a matte finish liquid lipstick. I thought the colour of this one was so pretty and wearable. This lip product is very similar to the NYX Matte Lip Creams which I love. I am a huge fan of a matte lip and Petal just glides on to the lips leaving a very velvety soft finish.


This is perfect is the perfect everyday pink and I have been loving wearing it to work or on days where I don't want full on make up. Again this product is only £4.99 which I think is a great price. There is also some seriously gorgeous brighter shades which would look equally as amazing.


If you spent over £10 on Sleek products then you received a cute little black Sleek make up bag which was nice. I love having little zip pouches for travelling or carrying in my handbag. 

These pretty pink products definitely are very spring appropriate I think and no doubt I will be wearing them lots. I might have to do a face of the day soon to show you the products in use :)


Monday, 7 April 2014

Spring Scents


Now that spring is officially here it's time to change up my skincare, make up and perfumes. I'm leaving my heavy sultry perfumes of winter behind and have purchases so new fresh girly ones which are perfect for spring time. 

The first scent I want to talk about is Vera Wang Princess. This has long been one of my favourite perfumes simply because it is the epitome of the type of scents that I like. Sweet, fruity and girly. I love that one spritz of perfume can bring back so many memories and feelings and for me, Vera Wang Princess, brings back lots of happy ones. This contains pink guava as well as a mixture of waterlily, apple, mandarin meringue, and golden apricot skin, dark chocolate, amber, musk, and vanilla. 

I just love the heart shaped bottle and soft lilac colour of this perfume. As I ran out of this perfume around this time last year my mum and dad were kind enough to bring me home a bottle of this from their recent holiday.


The next scent I added to my spring collection is a newbie for me. I am a creature of habit when it comes to fragrance and usually stick to the same four or five perfumes that I have loved forever. Whilst browsing the beauty section of John Lewis on my lunch break I happened to smell Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh and was really drawn to it. It was different from the usual fragrances I go for in that it was a lot cleaner and fresher. 

A week or so later I decided to order the purse spray & refill set from Escentuals. This little set was the perfect size to let me try it out and it was a great prices as well at just over £25. I adore miniature products, I think they are just too cute so when this Marc Jacobs set arrived I so in love. The little bottle was gorgeous with the big daisy, the perfect size for my hand bag yet you still get a decent amount of perfume (25ml). It also came with a 15ml refill and the most adorable gold funnel to help you decant it.

I don't like the original Marc Jacobs Daisy but Eau So Fresh I do like. It is very clean and fresh smelling with a hint of fruitiness/sweetness. In a way it reminds me of a cross between parma violet & refresher sweeties. This scent contains wild rose, apple blossom, violet, raspberry, grapefruit, pear, plum, cedar wood and musk. This as become a staple in my handbag.


The final scent I thought I would mention is a surprising one. It is a scent from NSpa which is a brand exclusive to Asda. The NSpa Orient Fragrance is the perfect night time spring scent. It contains lily, vanilla, musk and mandarin which creates a lovely sweet and subtly sexy fragrance. The warmth from the vanilla makes it ideal for night time yet the floral and fruity notes keep it fresh for spring. The packaging is very Jo Malone and at only £8 you can't go wrong with this scent. 

I think it would be great for taking keeping in a handbag as you wouldn't be too worried about loosing it as it is so inexpensive. It also means you could top up your scent throughout the day without worry about using up really expensive perfumes. The Orient perfume would also be great to layer with.


Now that I have my spring scents in check, time to move on to my make up. I'm excited to start wearing some pretty spring/summer colours so look out for some new spring make up posts coming up.

What is your go to spring scent? I would love to hear all your recommendations!

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Pink to Make the Boys Wink: Kate Spade Accessories


So a week of being at home struck down with the flu, feeling terrible and sorry for myself could only culminate in one thing....a lot of online shopping. Aching, coughing, shivering, spluttering and sneezing had left me feeling awful. Having not worn any make up or clothing other than my jammies all week, I knew a make up or clothing haul just wasn't going to cut it; there was only one thing for it...accessories.

Whilst perusing Shopbop I decided to check out the Kate Spade products. I love Kate Spade as a brand but here in the UK it is much harder to get hold off. One click and I was transported out of my sick bed into accessory heaven! So many pretty things!

As I'm sure many of us do, I made my little imaginary shopping bag, all click happy, but once I got to the check out I thought twice. This happened for a few days in a row until I had a weak moment (I'm blaming all the flu medicine, personally!) and actually went through with it. Oops.

Here is what I got....


Shopbop has some amazing iPhone cases and Kate Spade knows how to do a damn good one. I was torn between this Kate Spade Floral iPhone 5 Case or a Dita Von Frustenberg one but in the end the bright, pretty colours of this one won. I love the colours, the acrylic finish and the the gold foil Kate Spade detail at the bottom. You can feel that it is a higher quality than most other phone cases and on the inside it says 'Live Colorfully' which I think is a nice touch. I'm obsessed with it! 


The next item was a bit of a splurge. I ordered the Kate Spade Gramercy Bracelet Watch in Bougainvillea Pink. I entirely blame Makeup by Tiffany D for the purchase. I remember watching her Christmas video where she talked about her Kate Spade watch with the bright pink face (it's a slightly different model) and I feel in love with it. The way she explained why she loved it just made me want it in my life. When I saw this one on Shopbop I decided to get it. I love the bright pink and gold together and think this would be really pretty with a simple black dress or jeans and simple top. It is also a good size, not too small but not to big and chunky. 
Plus it was significantly cheaper than buying Kate Spade watches here in the UK!


Finally I got the Kate Spade Small Square Stud Earrings in Flo Pink. You can kind of tell I was on a pink kick, can't you?! Of course I simply got these because I thought they would look so cute with the watch! The bright fluroscent pink looks really pretty with the gold casing and I think these would look amazing with a tan. They are slightly larger than normal studs which makes them perfect for nights out as they are more eye catching. 

I honestly cannot fault Shopbop at all and in fact I was extremely impressed with the service they offer. I placed my order on Tuesday and it arrives two days later on Thursday, all the way from the US to Scotland, that is impressive! Items I order from here don't even come that fast. The shipping is free and I opted for the prices to include any potential duties and customs charges so I didn't need to pay anything extra when they arrived at my door. Thank you Shopbop! 

I'm a little bit in love with my new Kate Spade accessories and now I want everything from her collection. She has such fun, vibrant and girly products. These bright pinks are perfect for spring and summer and definitely helped cheer me up from feeling so unwell!


ps. the little pouch/purse in the picture if from Accessorize. Cute, isn't it?!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Too Faced La Creme Colour Drenching Lip Cream in Juicy Melons


Hey everyone!

So I'm back today with a lip product review. In my last Collective Haul I spoke about the Too Face La Creme Colour Drenching Lip Cream in Marshmallow Bunny. At the time I was undecided on whether to get the one or Juicy Melons. Having gone for Marshmallow Bunny last time I decided to go ahead and get Juicy Melons as it had been on my mind ever since and that's when I know I really like something.

Juicy Melons is a beautiful coral colour. I love corals for spring and summer time. I adore the formula of these lip creams. They are described as having "rich creamy colour, drenched with powerful lip conditioners".  This description couldn't be any more spot on. They are so soft and creamy that they glide on the lips perfectly. The formula is very moisturising and leaves your lips feeling smooth and nourished.


Juicy Melons is very pigmented and the creamy formula leaves a pretty sheen to the lips. The formula is similar if not creamier then the Tom Ford Lipsticks and feels just as luxurious.

As with all Too Faced products the packaging is so pretty and the lipstick bullet itself is a sleek and brushed gold.  Definitely one you wouldn't mind whipping out your bag for touch ups!


At £18 these lipsticks aren't cheap however I think the quality is comparable to higher end brands such as Chanel, YSL and Tom Ford.  I have been loving wearing this colour with a soft neutral eye. I have a powder blue blouse which looks amazing paired with this lip colour as well.

What lip colours having you been loving coming in to Spring?

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Sephora UK Delivery


Last week I watched one of Vivianna Does Makeup's YouTube videos. It was a Sephora Haul and when she mentioned that Sephora now deliver to the UK I nearly fell off my seat. Yes, I may be a later comer to this news but as soon as she enlightened me I just had to pause her video and go online shopping! I love Sephora, it is the beauty mecca and as we don't have one here in Scotland, let alone the UK, I always visit one when I can abroad. Well, within 10 minutes of finding out this news I had placed my Sephora order and was beyond excited to received it. Here is what I got...


First on my list was the Glam Glow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment. Ever since hearing the American girls rave about this months ago I have been dying to try this face mask but it is unfortunately not yet out here in the UK. I have the Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment which I love so am so excited to try this hydrating mask. Although I don't have dry skin, it can get dehydrated (there is a difference!) often. You better believe I will be chillaxing with this on tonight. I will let you know how I find it! 


Secondly I stocked up on my Holy Grail foundation, the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation. I first tried this out last summer and it was hands down the best foundation I had ever tried, knocking my previous favourite, Armani Luminous Silk, off the top spot. You can read my full review here. I got the shade 125 which is perfect for my colouring. I am currently using L'Oreal True Match foundation, which I like so I will use that first then crack this bad boy open.


I also decided to get the new Clinique Cheek Pop in Berry Pop. I know these are literally just out here in the UK but I couldn't wait for them to hit store this Friday and went ahead and order one. There blushes are so adorable with an embossed flower design. They are bright pops of colour and have a gorgeous satin finish to them rather than being matte or glittery. I couldn't decided between Berry Pop and Plum Pop but decided on Berry Pop after hearing LisaLisaD1 talk about how pretty it was in one of her YouTube videos. Only from swatching this blush I can say that it is pigmented but not overly so therefore you can build it up as required. I'm sure this will be one of my summer beauty staples.



Finally I ordered the Tarte Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush. I recently purchased the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder and needed a really good buffing brush to use it will. This brush is perfect as it is so densely packed. This brush was designed to be used with the Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation Powder, which I would also like to try out. I will give this a go tomorrow and see how it works out. It feels incrediably soft on the skin from first impressions.


I signed up for the Sephora Beauty Insider which is a loyalty scheme which awards points for every dollar that you spend. You then get to choose a free gift with your points. I chose a mini Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara which is a handy size my handbag. I also got to choose 3 further samples.


If you spend over £75 then there is a flat shipping rate of £10 which includes all delivery and customs charges. I placed my order last Wednesday and it arrived today so that was exactly a week which isn't too bad coming from the US. I was also able to track it all the way here which was handy. Overall I was really impressed with the Sephora UK delivery service and would definitely shop online again, however perfumes and some other brands cannot be shipped to the UK, I found this out when I tried to order some Jose Maran products.

I think my make up addiction is about to get a whole lot worse thanks to Sephora!

What would be on your Sephora shopping list?

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