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

New Look £7.99

asos £8ASOS £8.00

John Lewis 2 £10.00John Lewis £10.00

asos £7.95ASOS £7.95

Asda £5.00

ASDA £5.00

Asos £30

ASOS £30.00

John Lewis £10.00

Pumpkin cake mold John Lewis £10.00

Dorothy Perkins £3.00

Dorothy Perkins £3.00

superdrug £5.30Superdrug £5.30

John Lewis £8.00

John Lewis £8.00

asos £25

ASOS £25.00

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. 

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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20141003_183157_4 Father Christmas Bath Bomb

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20141003_182249 20141003_182302 Golden Wonder Bath Bomb

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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.

Selfridges beauty advent calendar

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 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 🙂

12 Problems you have when you are a fashion or beauty blogger

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Pretty sure I can’t be the only blogger to face these problems.

1. You get frustrated using bloglovin’ because, while it is great for reading blogs from lots of different platforms, trying to leave a comment on it is a nightmare, which ID to use? Which one works? Why can’t I just have a bloglovin’ ID? My wordpress ID doesn’t work. ARRGHG!

2. You can remember other bloggers usernames or blog addresses but when a blogger friends you on Facebook or follows you on twitter using their actual name you have no idea who they are.

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3. You decide to review a product but oh wait someone you follow reviewed that yesterday.

4. Oh wow you just found out X,Y,Z, what a great thing to blog about! Tough, the rest of the world found out yesterday…and they blogged about it.

5. You would love a personal photographer for your OOTD posts but would never actually hire one. Boyfriend /Flatmate/self timer will just have to do.

6. There are too. many. social networks. How are you supposed to post on your blog, Instagram, tweet, post on facebook, upload to tumblr, post to google cirlcles etc. all in one day, nevermind interact with other bloggers across all of those platforms.

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7. No one told you that blogging is a full time hobby.  Somewhere between work, your social life and mundane stuff like getting your washing done and buying groceries you have to find the time for the most time consuming hobby ever.

8. Your laptop is ALWAYS on.

9. You freak out about what to wear to blogger events because you are a blogger and you are supposed to look cool, fashionable, unique and edgy but you are also a scaredy-cat who is afraid of drawing too much attention to themselves.

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10. You face the whole should I wear makeup/ style my hair dilemma before attending an event where you will get your hair and/or make up done.

11. You want to post your make up and fashion looks/outfits but are scared about putting pictures of yourself on the internet.

12 When you are away from your laptop you have a million ideas for blog posts and inspiration is everywhere. The minute you switch on your computer – tumbleweed.

Let me know if you experience these problems too or if you experience any other problems as a blogger.

Thanks for checking out my blog 🙂

Inside the July 2014 Glossybox

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Just a quick post today to show you what I received inside my July Glossybox.

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Toast of the Town Photography Workshop

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So on Saturday I was lucky enough to attend the Toast of the Town photography workshop hosted by Millennium Hotel in George Square ( a gorgeous hotel, see for yourself at http://www.millenniumhotels.co.uk/millenniumglasgow ) in partnership with Joes Bloggers and Dreghorn Photography.

The workshop was very useful and I learned how to properly use the ISO and shutter speed settings on my camera. I also learned the most important rule of photography – NEVER USE AUTO! 

We learned the basics about ISO and Shutter speed and then we got to practice with our cameras to reinforce what we had learned.

I am so glad that I learned about how to use my camera’s shutter speed settings because now I can go from this:

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20140712_131028We also learned how to pick the right background for portrait photos. My partner for background exercises was the lovely Laura from http://www.lifeasanhourglass.com/  and here are some of the images I took of her :

20140712_12373720140712_124116Then it was time to break for lunch.

20140712_132738I had a haggis bon bon, a mini burger and a venison sausage hotdog. I have never tried venison before but I was very impressed with the venison sausage, it was a little tough but tasted great. There were also gorgeous looking desserts on offer but I was too full to go and get one.

After lunch we visited George Square, Royal Exchange Square and Buchanan Street and were let loose to put our lessons into practice and take interesting photos.

I spent most of my time experimenting with what I had learned about ISO and shutter speed so I took a lot of rubbish photos but there were some that I liked:

Photos from George Square

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Photos from Royal Exchange Square

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Photo from Buchanan Street

20140712_150527At the end of the workshop I was given a nice goody-bag by Millennium Hotels which contained, among other things, a camera cleaning kit which will be very useful 🙂

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To see the pictures taken by other bloggers  during the workshop checkout #toastofthetown on twitter.

Thank you to Millennium Hotels, Joe’s Bloggers and Dreghorn Photography for a great workshop, I learned a lot!

Thanks for checking out my blog 🙂

 

Sleeping Beauty Salon Blogger Event

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On Tuesday evening I made my way to Edinburgh to attend a blogger event at Sleeping Beauty Salon. I was so impressed by the salon, it’s services and it’s staff that, although I don’t live in Edinburgh,  I am planning on travelling there to visit the salon again and get some more treatments.

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Upon arrival at the Salon I was greeted with cocktails and cupcakes.20140708_184043 20140708_184015

and handed a pleasantly  heavy goody bag (the contents of which were amazing)20140708_215701
Then I was told that the Salon was offering us lucky bloggers a variety of free treatments including:

  • Eyebrow threading and waxing
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Shellac Manicures
  • Application of Nouveau Lashes from the Millie Mackintosh range

AND we could have as many treatments as we liked!

While I decided which treatments I would like to get I explored the salon and took some pics of it’s lovely decor and products:

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I then decided to have a manicure 

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This shade is called ‘sugar spice’ and it is from Shellac’s own polish range.

I also had some Nouveau Lashes applied, I chose the City lashes from the Millie Mackintosh range and I was really happy with how natural they looked.

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When I got home I opened my goody bag and was far from disappointed.

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I have already used some of the products that I received so look out for some reviews coming soon.

I received a voucher for a Hot Lava Shell Massage so I will definitely be visiting Sleeping Beauty Salon soon for that and I’m having some issues with my skin at the moment so I am thinking of booking a facial also – so look out for reviews of those treatments.

Sleeping Beauty Salon has a membership system  which for a fixed price of £550.00 for a year or £275.00 for 6 months entitles you to £50.00 worth of treatments every month. Members also receive significant discounts on all treatments and the salon also has a point based loyalty system. It’s easy to see why the chain has won so many awards.

You can find Sleeping Beauty Salons in Edinburgh, Inverness and Lerwick, to find your nearest salon go to  www.sleepingbeautysalon.com

I would like to thank Kelly at AJ PR for inviting me to this event and all the staff at Sleeping Beauty Salon for being so welcoming and friendly and for hosting this great event. 

Thanks for checking out my blog 🙂

Fire at ASOS Warehouse forces them to take their website down for unknown period

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Sad news folks 😦

ASOS warehouse caught fire last night. Fortunately no one was hurt but they have, understandably, taken asos.com down until they can assess the damage.

When you visit the website you will be greeted by the following message:

ASOS Fire

 

 

ASOS is my favourite online store because they have great products and they provide great service to their customers. I hope the company recovers from this tragedy soon.