Monday, 29 September 2014

Karen Millen Glossybox....

Ever so often, Glossybox likes to release limited edition boxes as part of their subscription service.This month was a limited edition box and it was the turn of Karen Millen to design a box.

Model Co. More Brows Fibre Gel in light/medium
L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Masque
Skin Pep Brightening Enzyme & Acid Peel Peeling gel
Skin Pep Dark Circle Eraser
Nails Inc Westminster Bridge Matte Top Coat
Origins Anti-Aging Power Serum

I think that this month's box was actually quite a good box. There was a good mix of products to suit. Although I'm not a massive fan of Nails Inc. (What?) as I find that the polishes chip pretty easily on my nails, I still think that it's a good box. I love Origins (FYI their face masks are incredible) so was really pleased to see something from them in there. I also am looking forward to using the brow gel which I think could be a potential dupe for Benefit Gimme Brow.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Under the Microscope: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Nudist

Bourjois' product releases over the past year or so have been, quite simply, incredible. One of their more recent releases is the release of the Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick. Available in a range of 8 bold shades, these lipsticks aim to be long-lasting with an added bonus of a velvet touch.

Overall, I am not one for bold shades. However, with Autumn/Winter fast approaching and bold shades becoming more prominent, I decided to venture to the dark side and picked up one in the shade Nudist.

Nudist is, what I would describe, as a gorgeous berry pink which is probably the most subtle shade in that range. I opted for this shade as I think that it would be the perfect first foray into bolder lips. 

Now I can't say that I agree with the claim that it lasts for 24 hours, but compared to some other lipsticks,it does last even after eating and drinking. What I do really love about this product is the finish of it. Yes, it is slightly wet when you apply it but give it a few minutes and it turns into the most beautiful velvet finish. Lovely. 

Have you tried anything from this range?

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Ten things to tell my student self...

With Freshers week kicking off all around the country, I thought it was time to share my 'Ten things to tell my student self'. For those who don't know, I studied Zoology at the University of Aberdeen and I can wholeheartedly say it was the best 4* years of my life!

Let's go! 

001) Yes, you're a stationery addict but do you really need to take all that stationery to uni? Leave some in the shops...
002) Learn that Tequila is a boomerang and will always come back to bite you on the ass. You should have particularly learnt your lesson after that incident involving tequila and a severely wrecked ankle :/
003) Remember that week in January of 4th year where every single important piece of degree work was due in? Well you should have planned ahead much better to avoid staying in the 24hr building for a week and only leaving at 6am daily to get some sleep.
004) Do a proper food shop with better food choices once in a while. Supernoodles and Sausage rolls do not comprehend a healthy diet.
005) Use your holidays wisely to gain some valuable work experience.Retail not included.
006) Don't think too much about how other people see you and don't try to change yourself.
007) That thesis/practical project report you did in 4th year? Well....don't do a complicated design. Simplicity is key. Oh to be able to re-do this...
008) Use reading weeks productively academic-wise - there are only so many times in one week that your bedroom can be cleaned/re-arranged.
009) Break your chocomilk addiction by not always buying one between every 2 hour lecture in the Zoology building. Should probably apply this to my current lifestyle and attempt to break my Starbucks habit...
010) Stop buying rubbish - you're only going to have to get rid of it when you move after uni.

And there you have it: my ten things that I would tell my student self.

What would you tell your student self? 

*Most undergraduate degrees in Scotland are 4 years long :)

Sunday, 7 September 2014

June/July/August favourites...

June, like most months, passed in a bit of a blur: BBQs, day trips and planning exciting renovation projects filled my days. Aside from all the exciting things, there were a few not-so-great moments but as they say you can't dwell on the bad, you have to focus on the good (or something like that!).
July, on the other hand, was spent living the majority of the time out of a suitcase (for good reasons which will be revealed soon!). In addition, I also attended the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow which was insanely good. So good! Oh, and I also spent some time with my two favourite Golden boys where I seem to have spent most days out in the garden hosing muck (even in torrential rain) off of Alfie. He is literally a mucky pup! The boy is happiest with a ball and a bog.
August was pretty much like June - passed too fast. It was pretty much a case of getting back to normal (whatever normal is!). I also turned a year older and spent a wonderful weekend up in Cullen with my closest friends for a double birthday celebration.

Beauty Favourites

Urban Decay Naked Palette:
Urban Decay are perhaps the master of creating neutral palettes, this one being their first foray.I have been using this palette a lot over the past month as it is the perfect neutral palette for day or night. My favourite combination has been Naked on the lid, Virgin in the inner corner and either Dark Horse or Smog in the outer corner/crease.

Benefit Pore Professional:
Sometimes when a product is over-hyped, I get suspicious about how good it actually is. This is one of those products. However, after testing out this product for a bit, I have to admit, I LOVE it! I love it so much that,not only has it made it into my monthly favourites, it now has full-size status in my make-up collection.

Marc Jacobs Honey Perfume:
Marc Jacobs perfume is nothing new to me as I have a few already. So naturally, when my Dad went over to America, I asked him to pick me up the rollerball version of Honey. Honey is described as a 'sunny delicious floral - energetic and alluring, with a sparkling golden touch. The perfect mix of brightness and warmth.' Top notes are Pear and Juicy Mandarin; Middle notes are Orange Blossom, Peach Nectar, Apricot and Honeysuckle; Base notes are Honey, Golden Vanilla and Smooth Woods. I really have enjoyed using this perfume the past month as to put it bluntly: it smells amazing! The rollerball concept makes it perfect for using on the go.

Soap & Glory Hocus Focus:
Illuminators/highlighters have not been an essential of my make-up bag for all that long. However, I think that may be changing as I have come across this little beauty by Soap & Glory. Hocus Focus is a liquid highlighter which is easily blendable into any base (I alternate between foundation, BB cream and CC cream). Once applied,the finished look is a gorgeous, dewy complexion which I have been loving the past month.

Loreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water:
Bioderma started it all and now the High Street is jumping on the bandwagon. I picked up the Loreal Micellar Water in Boots one day as something new to try. I really like it and unlike any other make-up remover, it removes make-up without having to drag across the skin. In addition,it also doesn't feel like make-up remover - it feels just like using water.

Random Favourites:

Moleskine Diary:
I am not afraid to admit that I am not always the most organised person in the world. However recently, when I have been in an organising mood, I have been turning to my new best friend - my trusty Moleskine. Yes, moleskines are a wee bit pricey for a small diary but I have been using this soooo much since I got it. Honestly, I don't know what I would do without it now.

Orange is the New Black:
I have been loving this show. Admittedly, I wasn't too keen at first but once I got into it, I got a bit hooked. I've finished it now, so I will have to wait patiently like everyone else for the new season. It's not often that I watch things when the cool kids watch them - I'm usually about 2 years behind the cool kids! 

Kirstie's fill your house for free:
I am a bit of an interior junkie. I lose hours to Pinterest simply in the home decor section and I am always wishing I had a larger house for more DIY projects. So naturally, I love a good interior show and I have been watching this program avidly for inspiration.  

Friday, 5 September 2014



Remember me? No? That's not surprising considering I've not blogged in a ridiculous amount of time.  Life has been, what shall we say, crazy in one form or the other which has left me very little time to be creative. From living out of a suitcase for a month to heading to the Commonwealth Games as well as spending quality time with friends and family including a trip to the vets with Mr Fluffles (pictured above with his crazy nails) to get his nails trimmed (oh that was an experience I won't forget!) I've been pretty much AWOL.

Blog-wise, by taking an unintentional break I have been able to reflect what is important to both myself and my blog. Quite simply, before the break, I was lost. I got so caught up in what everyone else was doing/posting that I lost my own vision for my blog. Now that I have a clear head, the creative process cogs are starting to turn once again and I now feel like my blog will once again be a reflection of my true self. Besides finding my vision again, I am also thinking about the technical side of my blog. There are aspects I do still love like my logo but others are so-so or just plain pants.In addition, I am currently trying to decide if to switch to Wordpress or not as I feel blogger is just not cutting it anymore. Any othe r Wordpress users able to help a girl out?