Perfect Gifts and Interiors, Glasgow

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So last week Glasgow gained a cool new store. Perfect Gifts and Interiors opened up on Stockwell street and I went along to their launch night to check it out.

I’ll just say right now that if you go, even with a few pounds in your purse, you will want to buy something and it will be something that you probably won’t find anywhere else in Glasgow.

No prizes for guessing what Perfect Gifts and Interiors sell, (gifts and interiors) but if you like modern, cute and funky products then you will really think that they are perfect. 

They are also quite inspiring, there are lots of gifts and interiors aimed at newly weds, new parents, people in new homes that are just right on mark and at the moment there are also many chic and unusual Christmas decorations and gifts. 

I took so many photos at the Perfect Gifts and Interiors launch night of cool products that caught my eye so I have just added them all below to give you an idea of the type of range you will find.

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There really are so many lovely products and gift ideas and I was lucky enough to take some home with me in a goody-bag. We also bought two items to give as Christmas gifts so obviously I think Perfect Gifts and Interiors is worth a visit when you are doing your Christmas shopping. You can see what I took home with me below:

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Inside the October Glossybox

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For October, Glossybox decided to run with a pop art theme and I’m glad they did. 

 

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How cool is the box? Last month’s Karen Millen box was gorgeous too, I’m starting to consider the boxes a product in their own right.

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I’m really happy with this box, 6 products and 4 of them are full size and I will use every one. My favourite product is the Yves Rocher perfume, it smells lovely and it attracted a few complimentary comments. The Ciate polish is cool as well, I have lots of nail polish  so usually when I get  a nail polish in a box I already have one in the same colour but I don’t have a green one (it looks blue in the pic but it’s green) so I’m glad to have it. It’s also a good Halloween colour and it fits the pop art theme :)

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Capital FM Event at Topshop

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On Tuesday I sauntered along to a Capital FM Event at Topshop in Glasgow with my boyfriend. I heard about the event through @brantastic_x (Paula) tweeting about it so thanks Paula. I wasn’t too sure what I was in for, I just knew the event was a night of discounts and goody-bags at Topshop and that Jennie Cook from Capital FM would be there. We had decided to go for dinner on Tuesday anyway so thought we would pop along and see if we could grab a bargain. We got there about there about 15 minutes before the doors opened and by the the time they opened there was a big queue. 20141014_185444When we walked through the doors, Jennie already a good playlist going and we were directed to the goody-bag table and handed our bags and then it was time to shop. 20141015_224250 20141015_224449We were also given cans of red bull but we drank those on the way home. I got a blush and a Topshop mag and my bf got a beanie and Topman mag. Not  bad wee freebies for just turning up to shop. Everything was discounted by 20% which was brilliant. I picked up a dress and spotted some really cool Halloween buys: 20141015_223900 I got this gorgeous Maxi-dress for only £8.00, it was already on sale AND I got the discount on it even though it was from the Miss Selfridge section.  20141014_19292020141014_192913 Topshop had a chic little Halloween section. I was going to buy this mask but they eye-shape  didn’t suit me :(  I thought the blood necklace was really cool, I might actually go back and get it when payday comes. On the night you could also get mini-makeovers, I wasn’t too bothered about this as I still had my work make up on but then I spotted something really cool and I just had to get it done: 20141014_201813 How cool are these glitter lips? I had been at work all day so the rest of me looks a bit ‘meh’ but I had to post a pic to show you these lips. There was quite a crowd around the bit where I was getting this done so I didn’t get a chance to actually see the pots of glitter that were being used and I can’t find them on the topshop website so if you want one you will have to visit a store. It will be worth the trip though. I loved these lips but they weren’t the best make up choice for going out for dinner so in the end we got a Chinese take-away on the way home. So all in all it was a good wee night :) Thanks for checking out my blog :)

Currys in the Kitchen Glasgow Blogger Bake-off

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On Sunday I went along to the Currys in the Kitchen Glasgow Blogger bake-off which was held at The Cookery School in the Jacobean Corsetry Building in Glasgow. The event was organised by Joe Blogs Network on behalf of Currys.

I’m no baker, in fact nothing kitchen related is my forte, so I was a bit nervous about going but I thought it would be fun all the same and it was :) There were a lot of bloggers there so it good day for meeting other Scottish bloggers.

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Once we had all arrived we split into teams of three to bake. I teamed up with Lynne and Paula who were both lovely, you can check out their blogs here and here. We tried our best but none of us were up-tight about creating masterpieces so we had a lot of fun.

20141012_120929Although we weren’t expecting to create masterpieces, the chef from The Cookery School, Danny McArdle  taught us well and demonstrated everything very clearly so I surprised myself by creating some cakes that I was actually proud to take home.

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Danny showed us how to bake scones, cupcakes, muffins and a Victoria sponge:

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Danny also gave us a great tip for adding filling to small cakes like cupcakes. Use a tooth pick to make a small hole in the cake and twist until you it is big enough to insert the filing using an icing bag.

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Toothpicks are also really handy when it comes to decorating too:

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When we weren’t baking we were eating, so I can’t tell you which part of the day was most fun. We got to eat one of our scones with some tea and then later we had lunch, I had a lovely soup which I scoffed before I thought to take a picture of it (blogger fail I know) and then we were offered raspberry panna cotta’s.

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After we had made all of our a bakes it was time to box them up: 

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I took a nice full box of cakes home as you can see. See that cupcake with the butterflies on it? I originally tried to make that a halloween cupcake which was topped with white chocolate and had the word ‘Boo’ written on it in milk chocolate but I messed it up quite a bit. This wasn’t too much of a problem as I just used a toothpick to swirl the 2 chocolates together to create a new design and hide my mistake. My top baking tip? Keep a toothpick handy.They can be used for everything from making it easier to fill cakes, decorating and disguising mistakes.

Once our cakes were boxed up it was time to find out who had won the competitions of the day (best baking tip in a tweet and best instagram pic)

Congratulations to the winners who won Kenwood Patissier Food Mixers

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The blogger on the left is Charlotte who was seated at the same table as me during lunch. She’s really nice and has a cool blog – coloursandcarousels 

The rest of us didn’t leave empty handed either, in addition to our bakes we also got to take home great goody-bags:

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I couldn’t believe we were all given Kenwood Kmix’s from Currys. Since I got that, a nice little recipe book and I learned a lot about baking on Sunday I’ll definately be spending this weekend in the kitchen :)

If you bake too or if like me you want to start and you want some funky kit then check out Currys kitch range at http://www.currys.co.uk/

Thanks to Joe Blogs Network, Currys and The Cookery School for a great day!

If you want to find out more about the day or read posts from some other bloggers who were there then check out #currysinthekitchen on twitter or visit  http://techtalk.currys.co.uk/cooking-home-appliances/bloggers-bake-off-the-cookery-school-glasgow/

 

 

Shut-Up and Take My Money – Halloween

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If I had the money I would decorate my house for Halloween weeks before the 31st of October the way other people decorate their houses in the lead up to Christmas.

Halloween is my thing.

If only all these things were mine too…

New Look £7.99

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asos £7.95ASOS £7.95

Asda £5.00

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Asos £30

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John Lewis £10.00

Pumpkin cake mold John Lewis £10.00

Dorothy Perkins £3.00

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John Lewis £8.00

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I really need those shoes in my life.

Anyway, no doubt I’ll find some more Halloween lust-haves throughout October so if that interests you then stop by the blog again soon. In fact I pretty much know that 90% of the blog from now on will be Halloween orientated so, if you like Halloween as much I do, I’ll see you soon. Feel free to comment and tell me if any of my picks  will be haunting your wishlist. They will definitely be spooking my bank balance. 

Thanks for checking out my blog :)

I’m dreaming of a Lush Christmas – Lush 2014 Christmas Range Event, Braehead

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I was one of the lucky bloggers who were invited to the Lush Braehead Christmas range unveiling event and I can tell you that Lush has you covered (in sparkles, glitter and amazing scents) this Christmas.

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They also have you covered for Halloween with a really cool chic little range that you will be both excited and reluctant to use. Excited because these products smell amazing, reluctant because the look so cute that you might be tempted to use them as ornaments rather than bathing products. 

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In fact, there is a lush product for every occasion… even Bonfire Night.

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 But let’s get back to Christmas and the launch event, I’ll start at the beginning- when I first walked into Lush Braehead I was directed to the treat table:20141003_175841And then I had 5 minutes or so to wander around the store and take pictures of anything that took my fancy before the event started:

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Once all of the bloggers had arrived we had a fun little ice-breaker event where we introduced ourselves and our blogs and told everyone our favourite thing about Christmas (my favourite Christmas thing is surprises but food was a very big theme with a lot of the other bloggers) We were then split into 3 groups and my group visited the Christmas bath bombs, melts and bubble bars first:

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 The Christmas Hedgehog Bubble Bar

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Snow Angel Bath Melt

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Dashing Santa

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Holly Golightly Bubble Bar

After bath bombs we were shown all of the new shower gels:

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 There a few more including Snow Fairy but my camera was low on battery at this point so I had to save some for the soaps. Don’t worry, the link to the Full Lush Christmas Range is at the bottom of this post.

 We were then shown the amazing and eye-catching array of Christmas soaps:

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 Reindeer Rock

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 Baked Alaska

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Fairy Ring

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Snowcake

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Yog Nog

Then, after a quick hand and arm massage using the massage bars below, we had time for a spot of shopping.

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The one thing I couldn’t leave the store without buying?

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This reindeer rock soap smells wonderful, it’s made from a dried lingonberry infusion that I just love the smell of so much. I think it has beaten rock star soap to be my new favourite.

Thanks to the team at Lush Braehead providing us lucky bloggers with goody-bags the reindeer rock soap wasn’t the only product that I took home with me:

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Thanks Lush!

So which lush product will be at the top of my Christmas wishlist? Well I saved the best until last:

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The Lush 12 Days of Christmas Book is definitely at the top of my list!

This post has just been a snapshot of the lush Christmas range, they are bursting to the seems with new products and I couldn’t fit them all in but luckily the lush website can. Go discover all the amazing Lush Christmas products at https://www.lush.co.uk/products/christmas or pop into your local Lush store.

Want to keep up to date with all the latest Lush Braehead happenings? It’s easy, just visit them at: 

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Thanks for checking out my blog :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s here, the Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar 2014 is officially on sale

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If you have £85.00 to spend on an advent calendar full of luxury beauty and fragrance miniatures then the advent calendar below is for you.

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The calendar contains:

  • Yves Saint Laurent Opium EDT Mini 7.5ml
  • Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser 15ml
  • Lancome Renergie Multi-Lift Day Cream 15ml
  • Lancome Douceur Galateis 50ml
  • Shu Uemura Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil
  • Lancome La Vie est Belle EDP 4ml
  • Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream 7ml
  • Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Creator 7ml
  • Giorgio Armani Armani Code Femme 3ml
  • Lancome Le Rouge Absoul Bx Mini 06
  • Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara 2ml
  • Emporio Armani Diamonds Rose Mini 5ml
  • Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate Mini
  • Lancome Hypnose Mascara 2ml
  • Yves Saint Laurent Khol Black
  • Lancome Genifique Eye Pearl 5ml
  • Urban Decay Anti-Ageing Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  • Lancome Visionnaire Serum 7ml
  • Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Miniature 7ml
  • Lancome Bi-Facil Eye Make-Up Remover 30ml
  • Lancome Lip Lover 337 Mini
  • Lancome Genifique Serum 7ml
  • Lancome Lip Lover 355 Mini
  • Kiehls Crème de Corps 30ml

 It won’t take long to sell out so if you want one head over to selfridges.com 

If blowing £85.00 on an advent calendar isn’t your thing but you like the idea of beauty advent calendars then stop by the blog regularly, there are still quite a few calendars to launch and tell you where and when they go on sale.

Thanks for checking out my blog :)

Visiting Hair by JFK

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A few days ago I attended a blogger/student event at Hair by JFK in Edinburgh. I took my friend Roxanna with me and we were both glad that we went along, it was a fun night. 

When we arrived we were whisked downstairs for some wine, cake-pops and sushi.

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While having some nibbles we were told about all of the treatments that we were generously being offered; manicures, fringe trims, hair styling(French braids etc) and makeovers by a professional make-up artist.

The first ‘station’ I came across was the nail station:

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One look at all of those sparkly colours and I decided that I was getting my nails done.  The lovely Katie Jane did my nails for me, she was very quick and friendly and I was very happy with the finished result. 

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Four full days later and my nails still look perfect. What’s more they look like I’ve actually had them had them done, not like I’ve done them myself. I’ve not had many manicures but sometimes when I do get one I think it doesn’t look any better than something I could do at home but Katie tidied my cuticles and applied the polish flawlessy with the tiniest gap between the polish and the edge of my nails. If you are in Edinburgh and you would like to get your nails done then I really couldn’t recommend Katie enough.

While my nails were drying I met Connor the extremely photogenic hairdresser:

20140924_190429He was nice enough to give me a much needed fringe trim, I got my hair cut a few weeks ago (you can read my review here) and it’s the first time in years that I’ve had a fringe. It grew so quickly that I had already resorted to clipping it back and I had heard that some hairdressers won’t give you a fringe trim unless you are a regular (shocking I know) so I was really at a loss for what to do with it. Lucky for me and for anyone else out there with a fringe, Hair by JFK has:

20140924_193050The Bang Bar! A dedicated service for getting your fringe cut. Jump in for 5 minutes and walk out with a tidy fringe! On Fridays it’s free! Well sort of, Hair by JFK would like you to make a donation to The Edinburgh Dog and Cat home, donate whatever you can and you can walk out with a freshly cut fringe and a warm and fuzzy feeling from doing your good deed for the day.

Oh and by the way, you can even take your dog with you to get your hair cut. Seriously-it’s a dog friendly salon, there was a dog there when I was there. How cool is that? 20140924_193149Not only did Connor give my fringe it’s much needed trim, he thought that, seeing as I was already in the chair, he would throw a few curls into my hair for me. Thanks Connor :)

After my hair and nails had been done I had my first chance to get a good look at the salon while Roxanna was getting her make-up done.

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It is a very very cool salon.

The Hair by JKF logo is a zebra with a green mohawk and their philosophy is ‘Hair styling for the individual’ so I spotted a few zebras and several inspiring and unusual hair style ideas:

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With amazing styles like those above all around the salon, I wasn’t too surprised to find this either:

20140924_194442Once Roxanna was done getting her make-up done it was my turn:

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We were both glammed up and ready for our big night out at…McDonalds! Well, it was a school night and I had work in the morning, and it was the nearest place to the train station that was open…and I love McDonalds.

My night didn’t quite end there though, when I got home I opened my JFK goody-bag to find:

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How amazing is the calendar? That is the image that goes with September, it’s a dog/hairdressing calendar all the way through – told you they like dogs. Thank you very much to the team at Hair by JFK for the lovely treatments, the cool goody-bag and for being so friendly and welcoming. I’m sorry we were the last ones to leave!

Thank you also to Kelly at AJPR for inviting me along :)

For anyone who wants to know (that should be everyone who gets their hair cut in Edinburgh) you can find Hair by JFK at:

P.S If you are a student then your really should go check Hair by JFK out – they have their own student card and loyalty scheme with loads of discounts available.

Thanks for checking out my blog :)

 

So the first Beauty Advent Calendar to go on sale in 2014 is….

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I love Christmas. I love advent calendars. I love cosmetics. I love surprises.

So beauty advent calendars really are Christmas in a box to me. Fortunately the wait is over  and the first beauty advent calendar  of 2014 (that I know of) is now officially on sale!

 So what is it and where can you buy it?

It’s…The Ciate Mini Mani Manor Nail Polish Advent Calendar!

You can only buy it from Selfridges or from  www.selfridges.com , it is £49.00 and while I won’t be buying one myself because I have more nail polish than I can store, it really is an amazing little item and it will sell out FAST. So if you want one then you should hotfoot it over there.

Here is what the calendar looks like :

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They are currently still in stock :)

There are 3 different variations of the calendar and from what I can tell it is a lucky dip as to which variation you will receive.

Wondering what the next beauty advent calendar to go on sale will be?

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I’ll let you know soon.

Thanks for checking out my blog :)

Trying out Alison Stewart Hairdressing

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So last week I went along to the Alison Stewart Hairdressing Salon in Kirkcaldy and was treated to a free (for review) cut and blow-dry with a head massage thrown in.

Leaving my house I looked like this:

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Obviously it had been a while since my last haircut and I was ready for a change so I walked into Alison Stewart feeling excited about how I would look when I walked out.

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The Salon looks impressive outside and inside it is stylish, bright and modern. I knew just from the decor that I would be treated well here. Clearly a lot of thought went into the layout and design of the salon to make it inviting to customers.

Just to the left of reception was an incredibly well stocked display of the professional products that you can buy from the Alison Stewart salon.

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The salon floor was laid out in an attractive half-moon shape. I really liked this minimal look, hair dressing salons are always busy bustling places but this clean no fuss look promoted a more relaxed atmosphere.20140816_123759

 This coupled with the relaxing effect of my head massage had me feeling comfortable, calm and not nervous at all about getting all my hair chopped off.20140816_113945

I was very surprised when I realised it had taken an hour and a half for me to get my hair done. The relaxing setting and comfy chair meant that I wasn’t counting down the minutes until I could leave. I only felt like I was there for 30 minutes or so all in. My boyfriend/photographer for the day probably felt differently about the passage of time but the staff made him feel very welcome and we were both asked a couple of times if we would like tea or coffee etc.

My stylist, Mairi, used the below products from the Kerastase range on my hair. I can honestly say my hair was the softest I have ever felt it, even two days after getting it cut, so I might invest in some Kerastase products to use at home. As a bonus they smell great as well as working wonders.  Mairi used Nectar Thermique on my hair, a leave-in nourishing cream for use with heat-styling and Nectar Ultime with Imperial Tea Extract – this is actually a beautifying oil aimed at colour-treated hair and my hair has no colour in it, I just leave it natural – but Mairi had already worked a few wonders by this point and I was very happy with the end result so I would use this again.20140816_120131

 For my new look I decided to get a fringe and lots of layers, and Mairi delivered:

20140816_123718After my haircut I explored the Salon (told you I didn’t feel like I had been there long)  and found a chic beauty area for nail and beauty treatments:20140816_124113There were also gorgeous treatment rooms with showers! This is the first salon I have been to that has showers.Showers are obviously perfect for washing off massage oil and leg wax so all beauty salons should have them. I was really impressed with this. 20140816_12415120140816_124258Overall I really loved my experience at Alison Stewart, I was treated like a VIP and I’m certain that is the way that they aim to treat all of their customers. Not only did Mairi give me a great cut (exactly what I wanted) but she talked me through each step in caring for and styling my new do and gave me a booklet with personalised recommendations for hair care products to take away with me.

Even though I would have to drive for an hour I would definitely go back. The service and results are well worth the travel time. I was lucky enough to receive my cut and blow-dry for free but for anyone wondering, the cost for my cut & blow-dry, head massage and styling products used was around £53.00 – not bad for a new do, some pampering and a lesson in hair-care all from a Salon Director.

There are currently 2 Alison Stewart Hairdressing Salons, one in Kirkcaldy and one in Glenrothes so if you live nearby you should definitely pop in for a trim and experience the Alison Stewart Treatment.

To find out more about Alison Stewart Hairdressing visit www.alisonstewart.co.uk 

I would like to say Thank You to Alison Stewart and Mairi for inviting me to the salon, treating me well and giving me a great new look. I would also like to thank Kelly Jones at AJPR for making this opportunity available to me.

 Thanks for checking out my blog :)

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