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Recently for a work event I had to stay at a Hotel in Edinburgh. Since it was for a work event I just wanted something at a good price near the venue I had to go to, and that was pretty much all I considered when looking for a place to stay.
When I got to my hotel it was so nice that it was almost a shame to go to my event. I just wanted to stay in and enjoy my hotel room. For me it is easily the most luxurious hotel I have ever stayed in, but it certainly wasn’t the most expensive. For the night the room was £59, or £69 with breakfast.
This is what my room looked like:
The En-suite was lovely too:
Seeing this amazing shower made me disappointed that I had turned up with freshly washed hair, I wanted so badly to properly try it out. The hotel did provide shower caps but I have quite long hair and I wouldn’t have had time to dry it if I got it wet. I checked the water pressure though and it was great. The shampoo, conditioner and body lotion provided were from The White Company.
The Excellent Little Touches
This little dress stand thing ( yeah I have no idea what it is actually called) was my favourite thing in the room and I want one at home. Unfortunately the straps of my dress for the night were silky and would slide off so I still had to use a coat-hanger.Yep, my room came with it’s own GHD’s, I wouldn’t have brought mine if I had known. I’m pretty sure all of the rooms had GHD’s because a colleague of mine also stayed the night there and she had some in her room too. Her room was a little different to mine but equally lovely.The TV was in the mirror.
So which hotel offers this gorgeous great-value room? That would be the Murrayfield House Hotel in Edinburgh. It is a stone’s throw away from Murrayfield stadium and really near to the city centre. I still can’t believe it was only £59 a night. I had breakfast (which was really nice too) so for me it was £69. I don’t have any reason to stay in Edinburgh again any time soon but I’m pretty sure I’ll find some excuse to stay here again.
So, if you are looking for a hotel in Edinburgh you know where to find a great one.
*This was not a sponsored post, I just stayed at this hotel and thought it was too nice not to share it with you.*
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I was recently sent one of OSMO’s 2014 gift packs and I would like to thank Laura at AJPR for sending this on to me to review.
I was able to chose which range I would like to try a product from and I chose to receive something from the shine range as currently I have a few hair products which claim to enhance or add shine that I have been using so I would be able to measure up how OSMO compares performance-wise.
Laura sent me the OSMO Shine gift pack:
When I opened my parcel to reveal this decent sized, heavy and glitzy box it did feel a bit like a present. I thought yeah,ok, hair care products maybe aren’t on the top of every girls wishlist, they’re not on top of mine, but I would be happy to receive this as a gift – I wouldn’t unwrap it and be disappointed, I’d be quite satisfied and curious to try the products out.
The contents of the Shine gift set are shown on the box as:
Blinding Shine Shampoo 350ml
Blinding Shine Conditioner 350ml
Blinding Shine Illuminating Finisher 125ml
So I was surprised when I opened the box to find the 3 above mentioned products plus a 4th product:
I felt what can only be described as ‘well chuffed’ at finding this bonus product, I love surprises! Now it has only this instant occurred to me that maybe this bonus surprise product isn’t in every box and it may in fact be a perk of being a blogger sent the box to review but, as the surprise was actually in the box, I think it is a genuine surprise product and and I give that a big thumbs up. ( The reason I subscribe to glossy box is because it’s basically a grown up lucky bag – surprises are always going to score high with me) EDIT: I have checked, my surprise was indeed a genuine surprise and not a blogger perk, which makes me wonder what surprises the other OSMO gift packs have.
The surprise product is called Wonder 10 and you spray it evenly over damp hair, leave-in and style as normal to :
- Repair dry and damaged hair
- Nourish and protect for radiant shine
- Provide thermal protection from styling tools
- Deliver soft, silky & more manageable results
- Colour Protect
- Create body and movement
- Detangle (incredibly apparently)
- Prevent static
- Condition (both natural and synthetic hair – so the bonus is a double bonus if you wear extensions)
- Smooth split ends and control frizz
Now Wonder 10 is the one product I haven’t used yet as this week has been more about dry shampoo and less about soft,silky manageable hair- because I have been rushed off my feet – but I’m trying it out after washing my hair tonight and will update this post tomorrow. Due to how well my other OSMO products have performed I have high hopes for this little wonder bottle. I can tell you right now that it smells amazing – i have no idea what it actually smells of but whatever it is I would genuinely wear as perfume.
(EDIT: I have now tried Wonder 10 and I agree that it conditions, controls frizz and static, and detangles very well. My hair does also feel silky. Body and movement is a hard thing for me to measure as I have thick hair so it’s always full of ‘body’. Likewise colour protect, nourishment, thermal protection, repairing dryness and damage I can’t really comment on – my hair is my natural colour so no protection is needed (what is colour protection anyway? preventing fade?) The easiest thing for me to say is that my hair feels and looks good so as far as I’m concerned Wonder 10 is delivering results.)
I did find time somehow to try the shampoo and conditioner, maybe because I put them straight on my bathroom shelf when I got them – I was happy because they are not run-of-the-mill and look quite decorative in my bathroom:
I have a stupidly tiny amount of storage space in my bathroom so I always have products on the window sill and littered around the bath so I really really like it when something actually looks good on display. It makes my bathroom feel tidier so the OSMO bottles get top marks for how they look, that shelf wasn’t so great to look at when Head and Shoulders was up there.
I also think they look like expensive products hair dressers would use so you might be surprised when I tell you that the price for my whole shine gift-set is around £14 (most places have it for £14ish but I did manage to find it online at fragrancedirect.co.uk and loopyhair.com for under a tenner.) I only did a quick search so if you find any good deals let me know because I am now an OSMO fan.
Part of the reason I’m a fan is because their products do what they say on their bottles and these products made my hair shine. The Shampoo did all of the stuff that I would expect and gave my hair a noticable shine (I did take pictures as I was planning to compare results with my Vo5 Nourish my Shine shampoo but trying to show a difference in shine was asking a bit much of camera)
The shampoo made my hair nice and shiny. Curiously it smells like an aftershave or cologne which is unusual for a women’s shampoo, but quite cool. My hair smells quite nice when I use it, it just doesn’t smell of something generic like strawberries.
The conditioner didn’t really have much of a scent to speak of which is no issue for me – not really any need for both of the products to smell. It conditions well and leaves my hair very soft.
My hero product is the Blinding Shine Illuminating Finisher. I actually used this without having used the Blinding Shine Shampoo or Conditioner as I wanted to see how well it worked on its own. It works amazingly. Anyone who uses GHD’s straighteners will understand this next part, you know when you have nice freshly washed hair and then you use your GHD and instantly your hair is all shiny-shiny? The illuminating finisher is just that in a bottle – spray and be dazzled – instant shine. If you use too much you are in danger of going from shiny to greasy – I know because I enjoyed spraying my magic shine bottle a little too much until my hair looked like it hadn’t been washed in a week but if you have enough restraint not to get carried away then you will love the Blinding Shine Illuminating Finisher. I didn’t notice a sent until I sprayed some on my hand just now to tell you guys – if you sniff it it smells medicated but I don’t actually smell anything when I am just spraying it on my hair. It’s also not sticky or heavy in the slightest so it’s a pretty perfect product. The Wonder 10 is also not sticky – I just tried it on my hand.
Well that’s all I have to say about OSMO for tonight – if you pop back tomorrow night I’ll update this post let you know how I got on with Wonder10.
Lastly- Would I buy this gift set? Yes, without hesitation.
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Recently I got to go along to a Mary Kay Press Event in Glasgow. It was at the gorgeous Blythswood Hotel in a nice little bar which we had all to ourselves for the event. We got to wander around and try the products placed on tables around the room and ask the Mary Kay staff everything from how the brand began to what their latest products were. Below are some images that give just a hint of the range that Mary Kay has to offer. There is also some interesting information about the brand at the bottom of this post.
After wandering around trying things from the tables Make-up artist Lynne Mills from EyeCandy Professional Make-up gave me a nice little make over. I was grateful for this as I had only found out about the event that day (thanks Amy!) and had come straight from work so I wasn’t exactly feeling or looking glamourous.
After my makeover I got to put together my own palette and I chose some of the products which Lynne had used on me. This made the choice a little easier – there was so much to choose from. Here is a pic of me (looking particularly frumpy) but I’m pleased with my make over from Lynne and happy to show off my own custom palette. There are better images of it below.My palette wasn’t the only thing that I got to take home with me, Mary Kay were very generous.
You can buy and create your own custom Mary Kay palette. I still have space in mine and I’m thinking that I will include some brushes and maybe some of my own make-up like eye-liner. Compact Pro (Empty) Palette : £12.50
I tried to pick my favourite product from my Mary Kay haul and I just couldn’t, everything I’ve tried is really good, but I have 3 products which I love and that I am already using everyday. The skinvigorate brush is one of them. To use it you wet your face, apply a cleanser ( I recently converted to cream cleansers and now there is no going back) I’ve used this brush with the Mary Kay Timewise 3-in-1 cleanser(more about that below) and with my own Elemis cleanser and it works great with both. I’m continuing to use it with the Elemis one just now as I like to use all of a product before moving on to the next one. I’ve used it morning and night for 3 days and I’m already much happier with my skin. Anyway back to how use it: wet your face and the brush, apply cleanser and then use the brush in a circular motion for 15 seconds on each area of your face (forehead, nose, cheeks and chin – don’t use it too close to your eyes where the skin is delicate) The brush has a pleasantly odd sensation which I find quite relaxing. I find a light touch works best as, if you apply too much pressure it can feel a bit like the brush is dragging your skin but if you hold it lightly enough it gently buffs and polishes your skin and leaves it looking and feeling great. It even comes with batteries included and a replacement brush head (it’s recommended that you change the brush head every 3 months so I will have to pick up some more of those.) The only negative thing I have to say about the brush is that I had to wrestle a little bit to take the bottom of the brush off. I did eventually manage to take it off myself (to insert the batteries)- I’m not sure If my own model was particularly stiff or if it is the same story with all of the brushes but either way it is really not much of an issue and the excellent results are well worth this small hassle. Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush: £35.00
My second love is this Mary Kay mascara, I actually got one of these in a Glossybox a while back and hadn’t tried it yet ( I told you a like to finish a product before moving on to the next) Anyway I have tried this now and I LOVE it. The finished result is amazing. I’ll need to do a separate post on good mascaras because I have a few that I like but I think this one might be number one.
Lash Love Mascara: £16:00
Beauty Blotter Oil Absorbing Tissues: £5.50 Translucent Powder: £18.00 Nail Lacquer: £9.00 The cleanser above is a good choice particularly if you want a cleanser which also exfoliates as it contains little exfoliation beads which do a very good job. This will be a weekend cleanser for me as I can be quite rushed in the morning and when I have used exfoliating cleansers like this in the past I end up finding/feeling exfoliation beads when I am doing my make-up for work, apparently I never manage to wash them all off. I will treat my skin to this on weekends when I have time to make sure it is all properly washed off and it will make a nice little addition to my routine.
Timewise 3-in-1 Cleanser: £20.00This eye make-up remover is my 3rd love. It takes my make-up off effortlessly and works so well that instead of waiting for my Simple eye make-up remover to run out I have just ditched it as I think the Mary Kay one works much better.
Oil-Free Make-Up Remover: £13.00
After trying their products I’m impressed with Mary Kay and know I will make future purchases from them. If you want to purchase Mary Kay products too there are a few ways to do this, Mary Kay has 3 million beauty consultants worldwide in over 35 countries. The beauty consultants offer a try before you buy service and let’s face it buying make-up without trying it before hand is just a gamble and the reason why I have so many full bottles of foundation gathering dust.
Speaking of foundation, Mary Kay cater to all ethnicities and age groups with all of their cosmetic and skin care products so you should be able to find exactly what you need and stop adding to your dust gathering collection of bottles and tubes.
To find out who is your nearest Mary Kay beauty consultant or to buy Mary Kay products online visit www.markykay.co.uk, now is a good time visit as I spotted some free gift offers today.
Thank you to the team at Mary Kay for all of my great products and answering all of my questions ( the start-up story was particularly interesting, if you want to know the story it’s on the Mary Kay website along with details of how you can become a Mary Kay consultant – they get a 40% discount by the way)
Thanks also to Lauren at Pure PR for letting me attend at short notice and to Lynne for my make over.
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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.
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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For October, Glossybox decided to run with a pop art theme and I’m glad they did.
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.
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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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. When 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. We 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: 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. 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: 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 :)
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.
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.
Although 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.
Image courtesy of Joe Blogs Network
Danny showed us how to bake scones, cupcakes, muffins and a Victoria sponge:
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.
Toothpicks are also really handy when it comes to decorating too:
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.
After we had made all of our a bakes it was time to box them up:
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
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:
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/
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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
Pumpkin cake mold John Lewis £10.00
Dorothy Perkins £3.00
John Lewis £8.00
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.
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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.
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.
In fact, there is a lush product for every occasion… even Bonfire Night.
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:And 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:
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:
The Christmas Hedgehog Bubble Bar
Snow Angel Bath Melt
Holly Golightly Bubble Bar
After bath bombs we were shown all of the new shower gels:
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:
Then, after a quick hand and arm massage using the massage bars below, we had time for a spot of shopping.
The one thing I couldn’t leave the store without buying?
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:
So which lush product will be at the top of my Christmas wishlist? Well I saved the best until last:
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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