Thursday, 19 December 2013

Pure by Phytocare Papaya Ointment...

Let's be honest, this weather has been completely unpredictable for Winter.One minute it is in the minus temperatures , then the next it is as warm as a spring day. Needless to say it has been playing havoc with my lips.

PURE Papaya Ointment Scottish Blogger Network

As part of the Scottish Blogger Network Christmas Collaboration, I was provided with Pure Papaya Ointment to review. Made out of entirely natural ingredients (with Papaya taking centre stage) and with no petrochemicals, this product  is a great source of nutrients and vitamins. As well as being a natural product, this product also has a multitude of uses -from use on dry,cracked lips to moisten and soften nipples while breastfeeding.

Quite simply, this product is amazing.It is super moisturising and I did notice an improvement in the appearance of my lips - much less of the crackle and more of the smooth. I actually gave my friend some to try out as well as I was really impressed with it and she said she enjoyed using it too. In addition to the above,I also noticed that it smelled incredible.

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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Beauty Kitchen - Natural Body Scrub Kit...

Beauty Kitchen is a brand which specialises in 100% natural beauty products. Having been introduced to them fairly recently at FABB Glasgow, I was excited to see them as part of the Scottish Blogger Network Christmas Collaboration.

Beauty Kitchen, Body Scrub Kit

Beauty Kitchen Body Scrub Kit

I was provided with the Love Me Body Scrub kit which contains everything you  require to make your own Body Scrub as well as instructions. It also contains a couple of little extras - a bath bomb and a packet of Wild Cornflower seeds to sow in your garden. Fabulous additional touches if you ask me.

Beauty Kitchen Natural Body Scrub kit


Now I have never made a body scrub in my life (or any other beauty/bath products come to think of it) so I was quite excited to try this out. For some reason, I had made it out in my mind that it would be difficult to do. I was wrong. It is really simple which means it would make a great present for anyone of any age who was interested in doing this.



Overall,I had a lot of fun making this kit and I would recommend that it would make a great gift for anyone with an interest in beauty products. It also comes beautifully packaged and perhaps what I think is the most important thing - it is 100% natural.

Love Me Body Scrub Kit is available online from Beauty Kitchen and retails for £19.95



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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

NSpa Cleansing Gel...

If I was to be asked what my favourite type of cleanser was, I would definitely say gel cleansers. I think I prefer that formula much more than any other type.

As part of the Scottish Blogger Network Christmas Collaboration, I was given NSpa melting gel cleanser to try out.


NSPA melting gel cleanser Scottish Blogger Network Christmas Collaboration


Now first thing you notice with this product is the smell. I wouldn't say that it was overpowering in a way that would make you not want to use it but quite the opposite. It has a familiar smell which I can't quite pinpoint (floral perhaps?) but it's lovely anyway.

As the name clearly states, it is a gel formula. It remains in this state until water is added where it turns into almost a milk-type formula which can be washed away.

I really enjoyed using this product and would definitely recommend it. It is simple to use and non-messy. Once applied (and consequently removed), it leaves your skin feeling super smooth and removes most make-up which gets in the way. 

NSpa melting gel cleanser retails for £6 and is available exclusively at Asda
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Thursday, 5 December 2013

Sunkissed instant self-tanning mousse...

With summer long past and winter months setting in, gone are the days of a natural tan. Unlike some, who are able to get away for some winter sun, most of us have to fake it.

As part of the Scottish Blogger Network Christmas Collaboration, I was given a bottle of Sunkissed Instant Self-tanning mousse in medium bronze* to try along with a mitt for application.

Sunkissed Instant Self Tanning Mousse Scottish Blogger Network

Now I am going to be honest and say I don't tan too often (I'm lazy!) and I seem to sport a pale,interesting look for 90% of the year. This is also partly due to the fact I worked in fashion retail for many years and spotted some, let's say, interesting results on my shifts. However, despite this, I do love the look of a golden tan so I was looking forward to trying out this product.

This product is in the form of a mousse which in my opinion is generally much easier to work with. It comes in a large bottle (200ml) with a pump at the top and it smells amazing (it truly does!).  After using this product,I have found that it is easy to work with, and for someone who is not a frequent user of tan, completely user-friendly. The colour was pretty build-able too which is great as you can vary how deep you want your tan.

Sunkissed Instant Self Tanning Mousse Scottish Blogger Network
Day 1 (after application)

Sunkissed Instant Self-tanning mousse Scottish Blogger Network
Day 3 (after showers etc)

As you can see the tan fades slowly which is great.Even now, sitting here a couple of days after taking the last picture, there is still a noticeable difference between my tanned areas (my legs) and areas that aren't.

Overall, I enjoyed using this product. It has definitely encouraged me to try fake tan more often as I found the process so easy and surprisingly enjoyable.

Sunkissed Instant Self-Tanning mousse* retails for £4.99 and is available online here



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Saturday, 23 November 2013

FABB events Glasgow...

FABB event Glasgow, cupcakes, Teacups & Buttondrops

Early mornings are usually my worst nightmare...unless I have got somewhere exciting to be. A month or so ago, I rolled out of bed at 5.30am and set off down to Glasgow for FABB Glasgow. FABB events are events for bloggers run by a couple of amazing bloggers - Tor and Ray. So far, they have had events in Leeds,Manchester, Newcastle and now Glasgow.

Once I was down in Glasgow, I met up with one of my friends for a short while and I had the most amazing pancake,ice-cream and maple syrup in The Willow Tearooms. Afterwards, I hot-footed it across to Merchant City Square where I met up with Laura, Kirsty and Laura (who had also travelled from Aberdeen) as well as Rachel.

This event was held upstairs in Fanelli's in Merchant City Square. Having resided with my parents for the best part of 17 years in a town around 20 minutes away, I had never ventured into this area of Glasgow until now.With plenty of food/drink choices and stunning interior, Merchant City Square is definitely worthy of a visit.

FABB Glasgow Teacups & Buttondrops

FABB events Glasgow, Cocoa Brown, Teacups & ButtondropsFABB Glasgow, Lush lip scrub santa, Teacups & Buttondrops

FABB Glasgow, Lush, Teacups & Buttondrops

At this event, there was not only the opportunity to meet other Scottish bloggers but also to talk to brands that you may not have experienced before.In fact, I think there was only one brand I had previously heard of at the event and that was Lush which generally I love anyway. I didn't purchase anything from them at the time,although I must say the Buchanan Street girls certainly convinced me to give some of the limited edition Christmas goodies a go at some point especially the Santa lip scrub.

FABB events Glasgow, Teacups & Buttondrops, Beauty Kitchen


One of the brands which did strike a particular chord with me was Beauty Kitchen. As someone who is a fan of natural based products (skincare particularly), I was pretty taken with them as their products are 100% natural. They also source products from local sources as much as possible as well as using pre-cycled and recycled packaging.A great idea if you ask me.

Despite the extremely early start and almost missing my bus on the way home (I literally had a minute to spare thanks to Glasgow traffic!), I had a brilliant time at the event and it was definitely worth travelling down for.

Thank you to both Tor & Ray for organising FABB Glasgow!
















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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer...

If there is one product which would be an everyday essential for any beauty lover, then  it would have to be concealer. As someone who tries to look as fresh-faced as possible without having huge dark circles under my eyes, a concealer definitely tops my list and it's safe to say, over the years, I have tried many brands.

Amazing Cosmetics Amazing concealer celebrity Drew Barrymore Gossip Girl
Amazing Concealer £19.50 *

Recently, I was sent a concealer by Amazing Cosmetics aptly named Amazing Concealer. This is a concealer which is loved by celebrities and celebrity make-up artists alike and has been used on many top TV shows such as Gossip Girl and Glee. This product can be used on any sort of imperfection/skin issues,big or small, for example blemishes, dark circles and rosacea. One of the selling points of this concealer is the unique blend of the formula which is key to its performance. It also comes in a 10 different shades (my shade is Fair Golden) which means making a perfect match to your skin tone couldn't be easier.

Amazing Cosmetics Amazing concealer celebrity Drew Barrymore Gossip Girl


I have to say with all my heart, that I truly love this product. It is great at concealing dark circles which is what it is designed for. One slight issue that I had with it was that I found it slightly too sticky for my liking. However, this is probably also one of the reasons that makes it a great product as it doesn't come off easily like other concealers. In addition to the above, I also had a issue with the packaging as with this product you do not need to use much at all - a little pinhead is sufficient enough to use.  Therefore,with this product being in a tube, it is all too easy to squeeze out and use too much product. If I was to change the packaging, I think a small tub would be sufficient enough.

Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer retails at £29.50 (15m) or £19.50 (6ml) and is available from Marks & Spencers or online.
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Thursday, 31 October 2013

A wee place by the sea...

As you may have seen in my recent post here, I recently spent a weekend up in Cullen. Cullen is probably one of the most beautiful fishing towns in North East Scotland (Yes, I am slightly bias!) and has many,many years of fishing history behind it. From painted cottages to the landmark viaducts which engulf the Seatown, Cullen is a place where memories are made and, I have to admit, plenty of ice-cream & the infamous Cullen Skink soup (£3 a tin in the supermarkets.....say whaaaaat!) is eaten.

With my Dad being a Cullen 'loon' ( or boy for those not familiar with Doric),  we have always spent many a holiday here and we are lucky enough to have a fishing cottage to escape to.

Our cottage has been recently renovated and is almost near completion for holiday letting. Therefore, I thought I would show you a little of the cottage as it is at the moment (excuse the mess!).So sit down, buckle up as I take you on a whistle-stop tour of the cottage:

Cullen, holiday, cottage
Wet room/Shower room - ideal if you've just come back from the beach

Cullen, holiday, cottage
Fully fitted kitchen - Dad's mess!

Cullen, holiday, cottage
New living room - it was originally my Granny's 'best room'

Cullen, holiday, cottage
Dining room (with new fireplace) - used to be my Granny's living room 

Cullen, holiday, cottage
Up the stairs we go...

Cullen, holiday, cottage
Bedroom 1&3 (both have the same layout) - my mess this time!

Cullen, holiday, cottage
Bedroom 2

Cullen, holiday, cottage
Bathroom

If I'm honest, I think my parents have done a pretty good job of it. Now I just need to sort the website....


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Sunday, 27 October 2013

Autumn love...


The shift from Summer to Autumn is definitely one of my favourite times of year. I love being tucked up warm inside while listening to the rain beat down on the window panes. I also love the guilt-free feeling of staying inside during the day as well as savouring the taste of freshly made homemade soup. It is also this time of year that I experiment with cooking, baking and crafting.

So in honour of my favourite time of year, I thought I would share with you some of my autumn favourites:

001)Curling up with a good book and getting lost for hours, days even.
002)Hot chocolate - either with all the trimmings or without
003)TV - everything at this time of year is usually decent
004)Pamper evenings - usually on a Sunday
005)Log burning stove - I don't have one in my flat but my parents have one in their kitchen. Best.thing.ever.
006)Blogging - I always seem to find myself with much more free time to blog as well as time to read and discover new ones at this time of year.

What are your favourite Autumn things?

I have now randomly picked a winner for my recent giveaway and the winner is..........Katie McCann. Congratulations! I will be firing an email across to you very soon :) x
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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Driftwood

Working Monday to Friday means that I finally have weekends free to do as I please. This weekend I decided to stroll on up and join my dad and the dogs in Cullen (seeing as my Mum was off sunning herself in either Spain or Portugal - I have no idea which!).

When I'm with my parents, 90% of my time is spent either cuddling or playing with dogs as its something I really do miss. I also like to subject them to the camera an awful lot (although Alfie is always ready for a photo opportunity - I swear he is a blogger in disguise).








As I arrived in Cullen straight after work on Friday, we had a sneaky chipper for dinner (White pudding supper for me and a red pudding supper [a Scottish thing which is bizarrely only in the NE of Scotland - central belt they have no idea what you mean] for my Dad). After that it was pretty much an evening of tv and dog cuddling.

Saturday pretty much started the same way as Friday ended. However on Saturday, my dad wanted to take a trip to the graveyard as he has been researching our family tree. As far as I remember, he has managed to trace back to about 1700's. While he was in the graveyard, as it was cold and I was ill, I stayed in the car and got a bit silly with my camera - well what's a girl to do when there is no signal and only an iPhone?Not much really....



Once my dad had navigated his way back to the car, we headed on up to Baxters for a cup of tea and for one of their infamous pancakes. If you're not familiar with Baxters, they are a family run business originating in Fochabers in the NE of Scotland. They sell soups, jams and various other wonderful things all around the world. For me, Baxters is somewhere we used to visit when I was little. I have fond memories of going there for pancakes with my granny and at one point, from what I can remember, they used to do factory tours (I don't know if they still do or not).

 








Pancake demolition complete, it was time to head back to the cottage. On our way back, we went for a drive through some of the smaller fishing villages. One of the villages which we drove through was Findochty.




Once back in Cullen at our cottage, it was time to warm up from the torrential rain with a cup of tea and to spend the remainder of the time relaxing.


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Monday, 14 October 2013

Pure Spa...

Trying to juggle full-time work and blogging can be a bit of a balancing act and so sometimes it is nice to take a side step and unwind.

Last Wednesday,myself and a few other bloggers attended an event at Pure Spa in Aberdeen. This was a chance for us to experience just some of the popular treatments on offer.

Pure Spa Aberdeen Union Square

After snacking on some food and catching up with the other lovely bloggers, we each randomly pulled out a spa treatment from a bag.  The treatments on offer were: a Thai Bundle massage, a relaxing massage, a deep tissue massage, a hot stone massage and a facial. My treatment which I picked out was a facial. I had never had a facial previously so this was a new venture for me.

Pure Spa Aberdeen Union Square

Pure Spa Aberdeen Union Square

Pure Spa Aberdeen Union Square

Pure Spa Aberdeen Union Square

Pure Spa Aberdeen Union Square

Pure Spa Aberdeen Union Square


Pure Spa Aberdeen Union Square

Pure Spa Aberdeen Union Square

Pure Spa Aberdeen Union Square


For someone who has never had a facial before, I must say that it was definitely a lovely experience.  Before I had my facial, I was initially having some issues with my skin in the form of blemishes in certain areas. However, afterwards my facial, these areas had cleared up wonderfully. My therapist, Hayley, was lovely to talk to and also recommended a couple of Elemis products - Herbal Lavender Repair mask (£28) and SOS Emergency Cream (£51).

Before treatments, we were split into two groups and while one group had the treatment, the other group was treated to a file and polish using some fabulous Leighton Denny products. As I was in the first group for treatments, after de-robing and returning to the front of the spa, it was time for nails.

Pure Spa Aberdeen Union Square

Pure Spa Aberdeen Union Square

Pure Spa Aberdeen Union Square


With Leighton Denny nail varnishes, there are so many gorgeous colours that it is almost impossible to decide on one. However, as my usual nail style is bright and usually with some form of glitter, I decided to opt for a dark colour and went with the shade 'No Comment'.

'No comment' is a gorgeous dark shade.  Depending on how much light you have, it is one of those colours that changes in the light. I must say that after it was applied to my nails, I fell in love with it even more. Even more, this stayed on for about a week without any major damage. Win!

Thank you to Pure Spa Aberdeen for organising another lovely event - I'm already planning on trying to make it a monthly thing :).



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