Monday, 31 December 2012

Products I've used up #2

This is a bit of an epic 'Products I've used up' as I normally film these for my Youtube channel but I had so many failed attempts trying to film this one so I decided to blog it instead.

Soap & Glory 'Clean on me'
Soap & Glory 'Hair Supply'
Soap & Glory 'Clean Girls Body Wash'
Superdrug Coconut & Sweet Almond Conditioner
The Body Shop Chocolate body butter
Mac Prep & Prime Skin base visage
Johnson's Day Cream
Charles Worthington Damage Protection Conditioner

Tresemme 24 Hour Body Conditioner
Good Things Bright Eyes Cream
Natural Collection Face Power in Cool x2
Soap & Glory 'The Righteous Butter'
Soap & Glory 'Flake Away'
Witch Hazel stick concealer in Natural
Caudalie  SOS Thirst Quenching Serum

Soap & Glory 'The Breakfast Scrub'
Ayuuri Sandalwood Body Wash
Baylis & Harding Moonlight lavender body wash
Coconut Milk & Lime Shower Cream
La Prairie Eye Cream
The Body Shop White Musk Body Lotion
Clarins Extra Firming Body Cream

Johnson's baby wipes
Sainsbury's Cotton pads
Superdrug Cotton pads
Matey Mermaid Bubble bath

Have you used any of these products before?

Oh,before I forget, I would just like to say a Happy New Year and all the best for 2013 to each and every single one of you that reads my little space on the internet. Without your support, I do not think I would still be blogging 2 years on from when I first posted. Thank you :).

Also stay tuned for 2013 as I have big plans for Teacups & Buttondrops :).

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Goals 2013

2012 brought with it, amongst other things, a goal list for myself. When I initially typed a list of things to achieve at the beginning of 2012, I seriously had doubts about whether I would  keep it up-to-date without it disappearing into the Abyss. In the end, I did manage to keep it (fairly) up-to-date.

Therefore, I have decided in 2013 to do another list to both challenge myself and to make my life a bit more exciting.

2013 Goals:

001)Find a permanent job
002)Take part in a charity event: Race for Life, Moonwalk etc
003)Decorate Bedroom
004)Decorate Hallway
005)Minimise clutter in flat
006)Print out 100 photographs from my own work
007)Complete 3 sketches/drawings
008)Make more of an effort to be self-sufficient (making own bread, jam etc)
009)Read Life of Pi
010)Watch The Notebook (I'm probably the only person on the planet who hasn't seen it)
011)Go to Edinburgh Castle (I've lived 30 mins away for 16 years and I have never been....)
012)Save £500 - I am the world's worst person for saving....It goes something like 'ooooh that lipstick is pretty...I don't have one in that colour'
013)Watch 'The Seven Year Itch' and coincidentally watch all Marilyn Monroe films I can find
014)Climb a hill/mountain - 'Ben Ahee' anyone?
015)Make a Cheesecake
016)Finish building my flat-pack camera which is currently sitting on a stool
017)Build my pin-hole camera
018)Grow some window herbs to use in cooking
019)Host 2 dinner parties
020)Go home to my parents house to gut out my old bedroom...
021)Go on 2 photography adventures with photography-mad friends....

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Sunday, 30 December 2012

Highlights 2012

Harris Hawk
Harris Hawk

2012 has been a year of ups and downs. There has been some great moments coupled with some really downright, awful ones.Sometimes there is nothing else to do but to ride out the storm and wait until calm is restored.

Here are some of my personal 2012 highlights:

Flying a selection of birds of prey with my dad
Watching Elton John perform at the Falkirk Stadium
Becoming a fabulette for 'The Modern Girls Guide'
Discovering Zumba
Managing to avoid drinking fizzy drinks where possible
Finding a new job (although temporary) after a few months of unemployment
Making Peppermint Bark for the first time
Discovering new artists to listen to
Attending my first blog event at the Academy of Make-up,Glasgow
Being featured on Internacionale's Facebook page a few times
Being asked to style a Team GB scarf for Next
Going on mini adventures with friends
Getting engrossed in the Olympics and Paralympics
Hitting almost 100 gfc followers
Liking Christmas pudding again after 20+ years
Seeing the 'Hollywood Costume' exhibition at the Victoria & Albert museum, London. Particular favourite costumes include Judy Garland's Dorothy dress, Marilyn Monroe's 'Seven year itch' dress and also Kate Winslet's boarding dress in 'Titanic'.

European Eagle Owl
European Eagle Owl

Academy of Make-up,Glasgow
Academy of Make-up event

Castle Fraser
Castle Fraser Adventures

What has been the highlights of 2012 for you?

Also, I received an iPad for Christmas so I have been pinning on my Pinterest and tumblring like a mad woman over the last week or so. You can find the links on the left hand side of the blog if you wish to follow me :)

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Monday, 17 December 2012

Comfortably rocking....

It's official.The Christmas countdown is well and truly on. With just over a week to go until the big day, it seems that it has crept up faster than you can say 'Alakazam'. In effect, I'm glad I have the majority of my wrapping out the way and my shopping finished. It means that I can enjoy the busy week of festivities that I have planned with friends which culminates with a glorious 5am start on Saturday morning to go home along with trying to weave my way in and out of the Glasgow Christmas shoppers (I'm predicting a fair few men).

Anyway, despite my Christmas intro, this isn't a Christmas post. It's actually an outfit post which was meant to go up on Friday until my laptop decided to freeze and then consequently delete everything I had already written. Fun times.

So this is what I wore to work on Friday:

Cardigan - Internacionale (about 2 years old)
Led Zeppelin t-shirt -New Look (4 years old)
Jersey skirt - Primark £6
Tights - Primark £3.50

Bracelets - Internacionale & Topshop

My usual technique of pulling together an outfit is to throw on random combinations (and consequently throw them onto my bed afterwards). This is one combination I like - it is comfortable, cosy and a bit girly. The Led Zeppelin t-shirt is about 4 years old but at the moment there are so many places on the High Street that are stocking similar items, so you are bound to find something similar.

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Monday, 10 December 2012

Glossy Box November 2012 (and a small thank-you)....

Well it's safe to say that my Glossy Box has had a bit of a journey this month....and to be honest I didn't think I would get it (thanks to Hermes 'Spectacular' delivery service).

This month's theme was Stocking Fillers - potential ideas for those near and dear to you for the upcoming festive season. I must admit this month's theme appealed to me greatly as I always struggle to buy for certain members of the family.

Glossy Box November 2012

What was in it:
Dr Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm
Burberry Body Eau de Parfum
Alison Claire Natural Beauty Mango Body Butter (smells good enough to eat!)
Nails Inc Caviar Top Coat
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

What I thought:
Overall, I really liked this months box. I thought the product range was great and along with brands I have already tried, there are also brands I have not tried. My favourite item would be the body butter as it seriously smells so good! I must also mention that the Burberry perfume surprised me as the sample provided is in a little glass bottle.

What do you think of this month's box? What products did you receive?

Glossy Box is £12.95 (inc £2.95 p&p) and is available from

As mentioned in the title, I do have a small thank you to make and that is to the Glossy Box team, in particular Kayleigh. When my original box went missing (or more to the point I think it was stolen), I contacted them and they were really helpful. Thank You :)

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Sunday, 9 December 2012

November favourites...

It's been a while since I've done a favourites post on here and to be honest, I don't know why I stopped as I love these posts.

November brought a lot of new favourites with products that I perhaps bought and then didn't try them out straight away.

Garnier 3 in 1 scrub

Garnier Pure 3 in 1 wash/scrub/mask:
I use this product most days in the shower. It is a white clay based product which leaves skin feeling remarkably smooth. I'm not sure if it is this product or my new toner, but my skin has been looking so much better recently.

MUA Heaven and Earth palette

MUA Heaven and Earth eyeshadow palette:
I used this product most days during November. It is a great palette with a variation of neutral shades which are perfect for everyday wear. I recently reviewed this product which you can find here .

MAC Dollymix

MAC Blush in Dollymix:
This is another product that I have been wearing a lot.It appears quite bright in the pan so is best applied with a light hand. However, it is a gorgeous colour once on and it is perfect to brighten up the winter months.

Real Techniques Blusher Brush

Real Techniques Blusher Brush:
This is certainly one of my favourite brushes that I own. It is really soft and the rounded edges make it perfect for applying blusher.

Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp

Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Mascara:
This is one of those products that I have to thank Glossy Box for. If they hadn't provided a sample size, then I wouldn't have loved it so much to buy the full size. It truly is a great product what with the biggest brush you have ever seen along with providing lots of volume on the eyes.

Sleek Rose Gold Blush

Sleek Blush in Rose Gold:
This product is like gold dust - I don't know how many months I strived to get my hands on this before I managed to get the final one in the store.The blush itself is a gorgeous peachy colour scattered with lots of gold.It looks gorgeous on and is one which I have been alternating with my MAC Dollymix.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?

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Friday, 7 December 2012

Stripes and Rust

It's safe to say December is in full swing what with the temperatures dropping and the arrival of snow in  most parts. I've been keeping myself wrapped up which has meant I haven't always looked my best what with super ugly walking boots and a thick coat. Classy look with smart work clothes.

However, today at work was casual Friday so, as every Friday, I spent ages picking my outfit and came up with today's combination:

Cardigan - Primark
Top - New Look
Trousers - Internacionale

Moustache ring - Internacionale

Bunny necklace - H&M

I particularly like the combination of the rust cardigan with the black & white. It makes the outfit slightly more interesting. 

What do you think?

NB: I'm not pregnant as it may look....stripes do funny things.You should see how many pics I ended up taking...

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Sunday, 2 December 2012

The Fashion Shwap....

We all have those clothes which we've bought with the intention of wearing and never have done. We've all done a spring clean and made a promise to ourselves that we will make an effort to wear those hidden clothes and we never do. It's simple to say that unworn, beautiful clothes are gathering dust.

So what has this got to do with the price of cheese? Well, I want to introduce you to 'The Fashion Shwap'.

'The Fashion Shwap' is a brand new (and slightly genius) retail concept which encompasses exchanging the old for the new. If you have something to swap, and are successful, you will receive store credits to purchase something else that you like - either something else that has been shwapped or something from brands such as Rare and Love. It is a perfect way to update your wardrobe.

Some shwappables - some gems to be found!

So how does it work? Very simply, you fill in a form with details of the item. The shwap team will then make you an offer which you can either accept or decline. If you decide to accept the offer, then the team will send you a prepaid postage bag which you send back to them. Once the goods have been received by the team, they will photograph them and pop them onto the site. Simples.

Well....What are you waiting for? Get Shwapping! I'm off to give my wardrobe a long awaited clean out....

Visit 'The Fashion Shwap'
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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

MUA - Heaven & Earth palette

MUA is one of those brands which just keeps on surprising. Initially it doesn't look like the products will be all that great with the relatively cheap price tag. However, in reality, these products are simply amazing. In particular, this Heaven & Earth eyeshadow palette is the bee's knees (actually I think it's a good dupe for the Urban Decay Naked palettes).

MUA Heaven & Earth palette

MUA Heaven & Earth palette
Shades as they are laid out in the palette

There are 12 shades overall in this palette - all neutral,earthy tones which are perfect for everyday use. There are also many possible colour combinations as well which means you will not get bored. Generally the eyeshadows perform well -the colour pay off is superb and there is literally no fall-out.

MUA Heaven & Earth palette

MUA Heaven & Earth palette is £4 and available from most Superdrugs or online at

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Monday, 26 November 2012

Instagram #13

Freak burst of snow/Matey/Prawn stir fry/OOTN/Starbucks/Bobby Dazzler/
Package/New camera book/Casual Friday/Bubbles/Rihanna/Jemima/
Doggy walking/Arm candy/FOTD/Coastal walk/Gunny/Right spelling/
Filmed a video/WIWTW/More coast/Bath time/LOTR/Nachos/
Person/OOTD/Moomin hair/Pink nails/OOTD

Seriously, how is it almost December already? Normally I don't get panicked about Xmas shopping but this year....well. Although I think my panicking comes down to the fact that I will have to do mine when it's ridiculously busy as I now work Monday-Friday (which does have its perks right enough)

Anyway due to my new work pattern, I have been enjoying life to the full with lots of nights out, dinners and occasional crafty nights in amongst other things. It's a refreshing change from working in retail and now having one routine with set days off instead of 5 days out of 7. It's safe to say that I now know what the 'Friday feeling' feels like...
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Monday, 19 November 2012

Ring-a-ding-ding - Jewellery Haul

So a few weeks ago, I popped into the new Internacionale store in Aberdeen which had recently re-opened after a couple of months absence in the city. I had heard some good things about the new store since it had re-opened from a few people who used to work with the company so I thought it was time I paid a visit.

Here is what I (eventually) picked up:

Bit of a theme going on here...

Have you bought anything from Internacionale recently?

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Sunday, 18 November 2012

MAC Fanfare

I am in love with MAC lipsticks - they are creamy, they smell nice, they come in a variety of different finishes and a have huge, colour selection which I can guarantee even the pickiest lipstick lover will find a shade they love.

MAC Fanfare is one of my newer lipstick shades to my collection. It is a gorgeous, neutral pink which is perfect for during the day. It would suit most people as it is so wearable. Generally speaking, I tend to shy away from shades that are brighter than what I normally wear. However, Fanfare is slightly brighter than what I'm used to and you know what....I really like it.

MAC Fanfare lipstick

MAC Fanfare lipstick

MAC Fanfare lipstick

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Monday, 12 November 2012

Leaving the hustle & bustle behind...

Sometimes you have to leave the city life behind for a day to explore the world outside. A couple of weeks ago, my friends and I did just that and headed to Castle Fraser which is just outside Aberdeen. It was a perfect autumn day - sunny but with a crisp, autumnal feel.

Castle Fraser from the viewpoint

Resident friendly cat

Top half of castle

Secret garden

Hi there!

Some heads on sticks for Halloween

Wild bunny

Have you been on any adventures recently?

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Thursday, 8 November 2012

MAC Haul

I'll admit I've been a bit out of the loop recently. I'm so caught up in my new job as well as enjoying the free weekends that I now have, that I've hardly had time to even switch on a computer, never mind blog.

Anyway, I'm back with lots of ideas for posts so to start with I am posting a MAC Haul.

MAC, Haul, Lipstick, Fanfare, Brave, Dollymix

MAC is one of those brands which I tend to buy if I fancy a little treat, although in the last year since I started buying it, I have acquired a little pile. I think my favourite item are the lipsticks as they are really nice and they smell lovely too.

The items which I am featuring here were purchased around a month ago from the MAC store in Glasgow Airport. After subjecting my mum to an extended hand swatching session, I finally decided to come away with these products:

MAC, Haul, Lipstick, Fanfare, Brave, Dollymix
L-R: Brave, Dollymix, Fanfare


MAC, Haul, Lipstick, Fanfare, Brave, Dollymix
Top-Bottom: Brave, Fanfare, Dollymix

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Launching: Nail That!

I want you image

Image courtesy of google

It's safe to say I am a daydreamer. I constantly have ideas running through my head. One of these has become much more than an idea in the past few months and is now ready to be launched. So without further ado, I want to introduce you to Nail that!

Nail that! is a nail blogging community where the main aim is for people to be inspired by others with anything to do with nails. So whether you have created an amazing nail design, a tutorial on the perfect manicure or even a nail varnish that has really floated your boat, I'm looking for you!

I'm welcoming submissions from everyone - it doesn't matter if you are a blogger with a million followers or a blogger with none. The most important thing is that you want to be part of a nail community which helps to inspire others by contributing post content.

So... if you are interested in becoming part of nail blogging community and submitting post content, then head over to Nail that! and click on the submissions page for more information.

On a side note, this blog (Teacups) will remain as it is and will still be updated as much as I can.

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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Goal update #6

Recently, I've had a few things going my way for once (Fingers crossed that I've not put a turn on that) and life is generally good. I've managed to find a temporary position work-wise and I've also managed to keep up with my gym routine (although I ache all over today from the last two days). I've also been spending some time doing crafts as well as reading lots.

So my goal list pretty much looks like this now:

2012 goals

001) Aim higher in my career completed 8/10/12

002) Go to the gym at least 3 times per week completed 8/10/12

003) Launch creative project 1 completed 10/03/12 - visit

004) Launch creative project 2

005) Watch Trainspotting completed 10/03/12

006) Get my first tattoo

007) Decorate my bedroom

008) Paint my hallway

009) Visit home more often to see my parents completed 15/5/12

010) Be less materialistic  completed 22/8/12

011) See much more of my friends  completed 3/7/12

012) Run/jog/walk Race for life

013) Read the Hunger Games - completed 17/04/12

014) Read the Virgin Suicides  completed 3/7/12

015) Re-tune my drawing skills ie re-learn to draw (I seem to have left my ability behind in school) - in progress 17/04/12

016) Participate in p52 @

017) Shoot more rolls of film (target: 10 rolls) - in progress 10/03/12

018) Film some videos for YouTube (target: 5 videos) - completed 10/03/12

019) Learn to use my sewing machine

020) Print out much more of my photography

021) Read The Picture of Dorian Gray completed 22/8/12

022)Write some creative pieces (target: 3 pieces)

023) Comment on many more blogs - completed 3/7/12

024) Read The Scarlet Letter - completed 17/04/12

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Friday, 5 October 2012

Instagram #12

Bins, bins everywhere/Arm candy/Oreo cupcake/Chocolates/Oops/current fav outfit/
Deserted/Sunrise/New duvet set/Another sunrise/Leather bus seats/IKEA/
Teapot lamp/Another current fav/Rubber stuff/Cocktail/Tea post/Sushi/
Like crime? Read MacBride/ Stripes/Cute tearoom/Cupcakes/Female Batman/Ratties/
Omelette/Floral/Homegrown grapes/Friend's amazing carrot cake/Too many dvds/ Gecko/
Cross-stitch/Morning/More tearoom/Alfie being 'Bog Dog'/Yum/Kindle time

Now that Autumn is in full swing, I have been enjoying cosy nights in armed with a large mug of tea, a good book or a cross-stitch (Granny much?). I think when Autumn creeps in, I like to step away from the laptop sometimes and enjoy the simple life before the internet, which is why, unless scheduled, there has not been much regular posting or youtube action.

What do you enjoy once Autumn kicks in?

PS:I honestly need to start doing these Instagram posts much more often - I've had to omit a fair few pictures this time. 

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Friday, 28 September 2012

Leaving on a jet plane...

One of the perks of being at home, however briefly :)

I'm off to England for a few days to spend time with family so I won't be posting until I'm back :). 
Until then xx
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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Soap & Glory Lid Stuff eyeshadow - What's nude

Eyeshadow is one of my daily essentials. Over time I have built up quite a collection, which mainly consists of neutral shades. I was already a fan of the Soap & Glory make-up range so I was looking forward to trying out their eyeshadows.

Soap & Glory, Lid Stuff, eyeshadow,what's nude,make-up

Soap & Glory, Lid Stuff, eyeshadow,what's nude,make-up

What the product claims to do:
"4 shades of fabulous flawless - finish, superior super colour. 8 hour wear eyeshadow (that won't flake, won't fade and won't crease). Brush shades on sheer - then blend or build in layers for bigger, bolder lid colour.
- amazing, intense second-skin like colour finish, matte or metallic.
- superior creamy payoff - from a powder
- 8 hour wear"

What I thought:
This product is probably one of my most used make-up products that I own. The 4 shades (Vanilla, Pink T, Mudhoney & Aubersheen) are gorgeous and are individual enough to create 4 different looks. Although they are also really nice when you blend them together. The consistency of the shadows is fairly chalky, which in general I'm not overly keen on, but with these I found that this makes them much easier to blend together. With regards to staying power, I would say that these eyeshadows easily last for 8 hours.

Soap & Glory lid stuff retails for £10 and is available from Boots.

Have you ever tried any of Soap & Glory's make-up range?
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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Teacups & Buttondrops turns 2!!

Edinburgh Panda :)

Believe it or not, Teacups & Buttondrops is officially 2 today.

2 years ago, I sat down and wrote my first post and 2 years later I'm still here. Since I began, I have learnt so much about blogging - from tweaking HTML to what makes a good read. I've also been fortunate enough to meet some lovely bloggers and also to interact with others through their own blogs and on twitter.

In essence, I guess what I want to say is Thank You for the past 2 years. Every comment that has been left or everyone that follows has always put a smile on my face. Thank you :)

Now if you dare, here are some blasts from the past:




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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Glossy Box September 2012

Glossy Box September 2012

Another month, another Glossy Box. This time it's a limited edition box designed by up and coming illustrator Maggie Li. I must admit the box is probably one of the prettiest I have seen and it fits perfect with my taste. The theme of this box was rising stars.

Glossy Box September 2012

Glossy Box September 2012

What was in it:

Lady Gaga - Fame fragrance sample
Rodial - Glamoxy Snake Serum & 5 Minute Facial
Balance Me - Wonder Eye Cream
Vichy - Idealia Day Care Cream
Maghrabian - Hair Oil

What I thought:
I wouldn't say that this was one of my favourite boxes apart from the design. There was one product which, on first impressions, I liked and that was the Lady Gaga fragrance sample (so nice!). The others were products I didn't really feel for upon first impression. However, I have only received them, so my opinions may change :).

Glossy Box is £12.95 (inc £2.95 p&p) and is available from

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