Friday, 14 October 2016

Beauty: Girls Day Out 2016 Beauty Blogger Preview

It's been a few years since I last went to the Girls Day Out held in Glasgow's SECC, so when I was invited along to the Girls Day Out Beauty Blogger event to get a taste of this years Girls Day Out, I couldn't wait to go along and see how it had evolved over the past few years.

The event was held in the Metropolitan bar in Glasgow's Merchant City and who knew they had such a beautiful private function suite tucked away at the back (with the most awesome ceiling by the way).

Once we were all settled with a glass of fizz the event's manager, Julia Girvan told us what we could expect from the Girls Day Out this year and introduced four guest speakers, Sandra McClumpha the founder of Fake Bake, Ashleigh Anderson from F.A.C.E Semi- Permanent & Cosmetic Makeup Studio, Lauren Howden from Urban Decay and Marlene Lamont from Urban Hair and Beauty. Whilst listening to the guest speaker we tucked into a prosecco afternoon tea which is available at this years show by upgrading the ticket. 

 We were also treated to massages, hair demos the opportunity to check out the latest Urban Decay range and were given a goody bag full of Girls Day Out products.

So what can you expect if you visit this years Girls Day out? You can watch a fashion show showcasing the latest look, sip cocktails, shop the latest trends, be pampered, have a make-over, try some new products and do some Christmas shopping with the 200 Exhibitors including Oasis, Fake Bake, Debenhams, Benefit, Urban Deacy and Elizabeth Arden. 

The Girls Day out takes place over three days in December from Friday the 2nd to Sunday the 4th and readers of my blog can use this discount code GDO17A to receive 10% off the £16 ticket price if purchased before the end of October. Your ticket will also include a free Fake Bake Dolce Dreams Body Scrub or Body Whip worth £13.50 and two yummy cocktails. Or you can upgrade to the afternoon tea option for £24.95 or £29.95 with prosecco both include a goody bag worth £10, free Fake Bake Dolce Dreams Body Scrub or Body Whip worth £13.50, two yummy cocktails and of course a delcious afternoon tea which I can tell you is delicious. So what are waiting for girls, get your tickets booked here and I will see you there.

*The above discount code is affiliated.
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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Beauty: Kiko Milano Neo Noir Collection

A few weeks ago myself and Chantelle (The Girl in the Tartan Scarf) visited Kiko Milano on Glasgow's Buchanan Street to check out the new limited edition Neo Noir Collection.

The new collection with sophisticated black packaging designed by Ross Lovegrove is perfect for Autumn/Winter. With pale pink and berry tones for lips, soft browns and metalic eyeshadows, rose and coral blush for cheeks and bold nails with blue, grey and reds with light reflecting pigmants. The collection also includes foundation, contour kits, bronzer and mascara. 

At the store we were treated to cocktails, cupcakes and make overs and were also lucky enough to pick four items from the new collection to take home. I choose: 

Skin Modernist 2in1 Foundation and Concealer in Warm Rose 30 £18.90
This 2in1 foundation and concealer, available in five shades, creates a flawless long lasting look without it being too heavy on the skin. As well as creating a flawless look, this product also conceals imperfections and I have definitely found myself using less concealer which is a real time saver when I'm applying my make-up in the morning. 

Strobe and Sculpt Cream Contour Palette in Light to Medium £14.90 
This palette, available in two shades, includes a cream bronzer and highlighter and is very easy to apply. The bronzer helps to sculpt the face and the highlighter reflects the light from your face which helps to enhance your features. I'm not the best at countouring and sometimes think it can look like a bruise if applied wrong but this kit comes with a handy little guide which shows you where to apply the product so you can't really go wrong. It's also very natural and flattering when applied. 

Design Flower Enriched Blush in Sinuous Coral £12.90
This creamy blush comes in three shades and each blush contains two shades which can be used alone or by combining both. I picked the Sinuous Coral as it's a perfect shade for this time of year. You can apply a light shade for a more suitable look or build up the product for a more intense shade. I find this blush gave me a really nice natural flush and the colour stays put all day which is great as often find myself applying two separate colours to get the finish I like.

Enigma Lipstick in Typography Pink £11.90
The enigma lipstick comes in eight shades including pale pinks and reds which are my absolute favourite. The shade I went for is more of a nude/pink which is my perfect shade. It's very moisturing and helps to plump the lips (move over Kylie Jenner). 

*These product were given to me as a pr sample but these views are my own.

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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Beauty: SenSpa Pure Luxe Serum In Oil

I'm so late in posting this review but I find with a product such as serum, it takes longer to see the results so I wanted to use it for a long period of time before I shared my thoughts with you.  

If you aren't familiar with the brand, SenSpa is an award winning Thai spa in Hampshire and they have created a natural skin care range so you can take home the SenSpa experience. All of the products are chemical free and made with natural ingredients. The SenSpa Therapy skincare range launched back in June and I was sent the Pure Luxe Serum in Oil to try. 

This product combines both an oil and a serum and boosts radiance while fighting the first signs of aging. The serum contains gardenia which is rich in antioxidants, green microalgae know for firming the skin and vetiver which regenerates skin tissue. 

I often find a serum can be hard a product to review as it prevents ageing rather than reversing or covering the visible signs and the real results won't be visible until years later. However, I can say after using this product for a few months I have seen a real improvement in my skin. My main skin concerns are the lines on my forehead and dryness around my forehead and side of my nose. It has really helped to hydrate and plump my skin making my fine lines less visible and the skin around my nose and forehead has improved a lot resulting in my dry skin practically disappearing. It's such luxurious product to apply and it smells gorgeous plus, the packing is so pretty. 

The Pure Luxe Serum in Oil is a very affordable £14.99 and the range recently caught my eye in my local Waitrose so I can't wait to pick up something else to try. 

 Have you tried any SenSpa products?

*This product was sent to me to review but these are my own views.
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Fashion: Colour Elements

I like to think I know what colours suit me and had never really given it much thought to be honest, until I attended the Colour Elements blogger event in Castle Galleries.  The event opened my eyes to how important wearing the right colours can be.

"Colour Elements was created to empower you through colour to make your best clothing purchase". 

Wearing the wrong colours can really have a negative effect on how you look and feel and can even create shadows on your face making you look tired, so it's very important to get it right. Not only will wearing the right colours make you look good and feel better, it will also help the environment as a lot of unworn clothes end up in landfill.

At the event we were lucky enough to have a 10 minute consultation with Karen the director of Colour Elements and given our colour ID. There are four elements earth, fire, air and water and each person can be described by one of these elements or a combination of two depending on complexion, hair and eye colour. My elements are air : fire and according to the app I should be wearing colours such as:

I would say I'm wearing the right colours 70% of the time but have realised there are certain colours I really should be avoiding.

As well as a consultation, we were treated to delicious cocktails from Sugar Dumplin, delicious pizzas and snacks from Zizzi and pampered by The Body Shop, who also treated us to this awesome goodie bag.

Now I know my colour ID, Colour Elements email me weekly with outfit ideas with colours that suit me and links to where I can purchase these items.
 If you want to find out your element and save time when shopping you can do so via their website and download the app to see what colours suit your element. 

Thanks to everyone involved and making it a great event.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Fashion: St Enoch Rewards Card

When it comes to shopping I love being rewarded for a being a loyal customer. It definitely encourages me to return to the retailer time and time again. So you can imagine my excitement when The Big Partnership got in touch on behalf of St Enoch and challenged me to pack for a weekend away with £100 and the new St Enoch Rewards Card.   
You can use the St Enoch Rewards card by downloading the app on your smart phone or by picking up a card in the centre. I find the app easier to use as you can keep upto date with latest offers, check participating retailers and to check what level you are at. The reward card offers three levels and the higher the level, the better the rewards. By registering the card you will collect one point which starts you off on the bronze level giving you access to offers such as a 10% discount in Fossil and M&Co and a free Benefit make-up lesson in Debenhams.

Each time you continue to shop in the participating retailers spending £5 or more you will collect a point each time. To move on to the silver level you will require three points. Once you reach the silver level you will have access to more offers like 5% off in Hotel Chocolate, a free sample pack of The Body Shop's bestsellers and 15% discount in Fossil.

I'm currently sitting at the silver level and working my way towards the gold which requires 20 more points. Once the gold level is unlocked you will unlock offers such as 20% off in Fossil and £10 off a £25 spend in The Body Shop.

Some of the offers are on for a limited period of time so keeping checking the app for the most upto date offers.

I used my rewards card while shopping for essentials for a weekend away and was able to benefit from some of the offers while collecting points in some of the participating retailers Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins and The Body Shop.

When packing for a weekend away I like to pack a capsule wardrobe with basic staples that can take me from day to night. The first thing I went for was comfortable but stylish shoes as my weekend away would most likely be a city break and involve a lot of walking and sightseeing. So I picked these black flats (£20) from the Topshop concession in Debenhams. My next item, a good pair of jeans and these skinny jeans (£26) from Dorothy Perkins are perfect. They are such a nice fit and can be dressed down in the day or dressed up with a nice cami top and statement jewellery at night and I went for this Topshop leather jacket (£48) for the same reason.

I then went into The Body Shop for this facial mist (£9) as it's one of my travel must haves for keeping my skin hydrated especially if I'm flying. While I was in The Body Shop I was able to benefit from one of the rewards on the St Enoch reward card and picked up a sample pack of their best sellers which will certainly come in handy on a weekend away.

*Thanks to St Enoch and The Big Partnership for providing me with £100 gift card to purchase these items.

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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Fashion: Jeans for Genes

With Jeans for Genes coming up next month I thought I would tell you a little bit about the charity and show you this years fabulous charity t-shirt.  

Jeans for Genes day which takes on the 23rd September, raises money for Genetic Disorders UK. Genetic Disorders UK aims to transform the lives of children with genetic disorders and funds raised will go to the vital care and support they urgently need.

There are between 4,000 and 6,000 diagnosed genetic disorders and it is estimated that one in 25 children is affected by a genetic disorder which is more than 30,000 babies and children being diagnosed in the UK each year. 

To raise money the charity is encouraging people to wear jeans on Jeans for Genes day and make a donation. You can also support the charity by wearing one of the t-shirts which has designed by Katherine Garbutt, a student at Glasgow School of Art. You can see me below wearing my t-shirt. The t-shirt is available to buy online for £20.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Beauty: Kiko Skincare

After trying and loving KIKO make-up I couldn't wait to try their skincare range. What I love about KIKO is the high quality and affordable prices. In fact, you might be interested to know that KIKO products are made in a factory in Italy that also produces products for high end brands Burberry and Charlotte Tilbury. So I'm sure you can imagine, standards are high.

I was recently sent some Kiko skincare to try and I'm pleased to tell you, it did not disappoint.

Hydra Pro Glow £20.90

This brightening moisturiser contains sunscreen (to help prevent skin aging) and skin plumping hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid helps skin to retain water which results in skin looking more plump and fines lines appear reduced. The product also contains ACTIGLOW which helps stimulate the production of collagen. The results are long lasting leaving skin feeling and looking hydrated and glowing.

I found this to be very cooling and hydrating when I applied to my skin. It did give my skin an instant glow but I found by the time I put primer over it my glow had faded. However, I mixed a little with my foundation and that worked a treat. Although my glow didn't last all day the hydration did so overall I did really like this product.

Shine Refine Spot £12.90

This anti blemish treatment contains salicylic acid which reduces swelling, redness and unclogs pores. It instantly soothes the effected area and gradually clears the skin.

I suffer from bad skin around my chin at times and this did help. I felt this product did exactly what it claimed to do: it instantly smoothed the area, calmed down the redness and helped heal the blemish a lot quicker than normal.

Pure Clean Powder £7.90

This powder transforms into an foaming exfoliating cleanser upon contact with water. It cleanses the skin leaving it feeling clean, smooth and soft.

This was favourite of all three. I will admit, when I first tipped the powder into my hands I didn't have high hopes for this product but when I added a bit of water, worked into a foam and applied all over my face I was quicky impressed. It removed every trace of make-up including my eye make-up and left my skin feeling really clean and so soft. It's also really convenient for traveling as it's so compact. I've been using this everyday for a good few months now and I've still got loads left. I will definitely repurchase this.

Have you tried KIKO Skincare?

*These products were sent to me as a PR sample.

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