Friday, 24 February 2017

Beauty: BareMinerals GEN NUDE Range


I feel like bareMinerals have just launched my ideal lip range - GEN NUDE. GEN NUDE comes in 4 state of the art formulas in 40 bespoke shades ranging from beige, pink, peach and mauve shades. The 4 different formulas are the radiant lipstick, buttercream lipgloss, matte liquid lipcolor and under over lip liner.

The radiant lipstick comes in 15 shades, providing medium coverage with a moisturising creamy texture. The buttercream lipgloss comes in 10 shades and this non sticky formula gives a  sheer to medium coverage while providing moisture, leaving lips looking plump. The matte liquid lipcolor also comes in 10 shades and provides long lasting, full coverage while moisturising the lips. Last but not least is the under over lip liner in 5 shades which is designed to be used under or over your lip product.  This creamy formula provides a velvety finish.

I was invited along to the GEN NUDE Taxi recently for a bespoke appointment to be colour matched for the new range and these were shades that were chosen for me.


I absolutely love the shades, they are just what I would go for as the colours are so wearable and complement my pale complexion. Each product gives a different finish.

The matte liquid lipcolour was my favourite, unlike some matte lip products I have tried this doesn't make my lips look dry and cracked. The creamy texture glides on leaving my lips feeling and looking moisturised, the formula then dried on lips leaving a really nice matte coverage.

The buttercream lipgloss gives somewhere in between the finish of a lipstick and a hit of lip gloss. It's much less sticky than most glosses and I avoided my hair sticking to my lipgloss when a gust wind came along. That's a big plus in my book. It made my lips look very plump and moisturised with a nice shine and it's super easy to apply.

The radiant lipstick just glided on and looked very natural but I was able to build up if I needed more colour. The texture was so creamy and mositurising on my lips.

 Prices range from £14 to £18 and you can check out the full collection here.

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

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Lifestyle: Byron Calvin Haggis Burger

When it comes to gourmet burger restaurants we are spoilt for choice here in Glasgow but the one place that has caught my eye and I've been dying to visit since it opened is Byron Burgers


I was lucky enough to be invited along and brought my friend Shauna (and fellow burger lover) to try the Calvin Haggis burger that's exclusive to Scottish restaurants (Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow) for this week only - Monday the 23rd to Sunday the 29th January to celebrate Burns Night. 

This delicious burger was created by one of the Glasgow waiters Hayley who entered the bunnovater competition. Hayley's creation won the competition and they were so impressed they decided to put Hayley's creation - the Calvin Haggis burger on the menu for Burns Night. 

The Calvin Haggis burger is made up of a 6oz burger, haggis, bacon and onion relish, a tattie scone, American cheese, dry cure bacon, a fried egg, blanched white onions finished off with Byron sauce. 

The Calvin Haggis really is quite a mouthful and not what I would usually go for (I'm a plain old cheese burger kinda girl) but I thought I would be brave and try something different. I was pleasantly surprised how tasty the combination was. The haggis compliments the beef burger while the tattie scone acts like a sponge soaking up all the juices and flavour. My absolute favourite bit was when I placed the burger bun on top of the burger, pressed down on it and burst the runny egg. Let me tell you, it was pure egg porn.


As well as the Calvin Haggis we also had a side of mac and cheese and sweet potato fries (totally kidding ourselves that we were picking the healthier version of fries) and a Reese's freakshake which was to die for. We were both stuffed by the time the freakshake came but we gave it a good go. The freakshake is a milkshake stacked high with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate and caramel sauce, a huge slab of chocolate brownie, Reece's peanut butter cups and crushed honeycomb. 

Before we left our waiter was kinda enough to put a doggy bag together of our left overs which I demolished for my lunch the following day. And it's true what they say, food tastes even better the next day. 
*This meal was given to me in return for this review but these views are my own. 

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Lifestyle: New Year Fitness Goals with St Enoch

I have to admit, throughout most of December I barely stepped foot in the gym, my main excuse being the weather. I find it so hard to drag myself out of bed for an early morning Metafit class or leave my cosy sofa for an evening Pilates class when it's cold and dark outside.

Like most people over the festive period, I have eaten my weight in chocolate and cheese and drank far too much but now we are into a New Year it's time to start getting back into an exercise routine and eating healthy.  I was delighted when St Enoch got in touch and challenged me to find the ultimate workout outfit/accessory. I thought this would be the perfect motivation to get me back to the gym and set some New Year goals so here they are:

Go to gym at least three times a week
I aimed to do this last year but if I'm honest, there were very few times I made it to the gym three times in one week. This year, I aim to be strict with myself and for me, new gym clothes are the perfect motivation. JD Sports have a great range and this is where I picked up this grey Adidas top so I can look stylish while sweating away in metafit. I also spotted this Adidas zip top which will keep me warm when walking to and from the gym so no more excuses about the cold mornings/nights.



Drink more water
I do opt for water over fizzy drinks and fruit juices but I don't think I drink enough of it on a daily basis so I bought myself this funky water bottle from H&M to keep me hydrated though out the day. I figured I would drink more if I had a large bottle in front of me. It's practical and very instagramable - what more could a girl want. 

Improve my running
I've never been much of a runner but I would love to be able to run for a decent amount of time and maybe even attempt to run a 10k. I don't think I push myself hard enough so this year I'm going to be to do just that with the help of these Nike running shoes from JD Sports.


Move Around More
Having a desk job means I don't move around as much as I would like but I'm going to make a point of going out for lunch time walks and taking the four flights of stairs up to my office everyday. My new Fitbit Flex from Debenhams (on sale for £55 in store) will motivate me to do this, especially when I see how many steps I have taken and how many calories I have worked off every day. I have set a goal of 12,000 steps and so far I have reached this so I might up it  ever so slightly and beat it everyday.

Get 8 Hours Sleep Every Night
I have a terrible habit of falling asleep on the sofa in the evening while watching tv. I then wake up around 11pm to get myself ready for bed and find myself wide awake when I'm actually in bed. Some mornings it can be a real struggle to get out of bed which is why I'm determined to improve my sleeping pattern by going to bed when I feel tired instead of napping on the sofa. Another use my Fitbit Flex as it tracks my sleeping pattern telling me how long I have slept for, when I'm restless and when I've woken up from my sleep. I'm hoping this will encourage me go to bed when I feel tired and get a better nights sleep. 


If you are looking for some new workout gear, St Enoch has great range from the affordable range at H&M to the new stylish Lorna James range in Debenhams or be on trend with the latest Ivy Park range in JD sports. There really is something for everyone and don't forgot to swipe your St Enoch Rewards card while shopping to benefit from some fantastic offers.

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 on the bronze level, each time you shop in the participating retailers spending £5 or more you will collect a point. To move on to the silver level you will require three points and a further 25 point to reach the gold level giving you access to  more offers. I'm currently on the silver level which gives me access to offers such as: a 10% discount in Fossil, a sample goodie bag plus a free make over from The Body Shop and a free Benefit make-up lesson in Debenhams.

What are your New Year goals?

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

Friday, 30 December 2016

Beauty: Village Spa Experience

Last week before the madness of Christmas begun, I was invited along to The Village Hotel for the Village Spa Christmas Blogger Event. The purpose of the event was to check out the beautiful spa and experience a treatment. 

The Village Hotel is conveniently located in Glasgow's Pacific Quay right behind the BBC building which is an ideal place to stay if you are visiting the city for a concert at the Hydro or even a girly weekend of shopping. The spa is very popular for girly weekends away and I can see why due to the location and relaxing atmosphere in spa. 

The Village Hotel has 18 hotels located across the country which offer day breaks and overnight packages combining a spa treatment, use of the leisure facilities and dinner. In the spa they offer a wide range of treatments including facials, waxing, manicures and massages. The treatments are carried out using the high quality products from brands such as ESPA, St Tropez and Jessica. 

When I arrived at the Village Spa I was greeted by the lovely Ella and treated to fizz and canapes. I met the rest of the team who were also lovely and we had a chat about the spa and the treatment I was going to have. I opted for the De-stress Back Massage and Light Legs which is described as: a relaxing and de-stressing back massage to target and release areas of tension plus an invigorating leg and foot treatment including a massage that will leave you feeling like you are walking on air.





I had been looking forward to the treatment since I received the invitation and felt it was the perfect time to be pampered as I had spent most of December runnung around doing Christmas shopping, attending Christmas parties, nights outs and blog events so this was the perfect way to relax. 

My treatment was carried out by Alisa who made me feel at ease as soon as I entered the treatment room. The treatment itself was absolute bliss. I was so relaxed the for the full hour of the treatment and didn't want it to end, in fact, I could have easily fallen asleep. Ailsa started the treatment with a back massage and then moved on to the leg and foot treatment. The leg treatment also included a body scrub followed by a leg massage which left my skin feeling so soft.  At the end of treatment Ailsa explained that the following day I might feel a bit tender but I felt amazing the next day and all the tension in my muscles were relieved. 

 
Before I left, I was given a huge bag of goodies including: St Tropez, ESPA, Jessica and High Definition Beauty, all of which can be purchased at Spa. I can't wait to have a pamper night and try all my new products. 

If you fancy treating yourself to a treatment at the Village Spa you have until the 31st January to use my code LINSAY25 to receive 25% off your first online booking at www.village-hotels.com/spa

Thanks again to The Village Spa for inviting me along to a fantastic event. I had such a great night and can't wait to visit the Spa again. 


Thursday, 22 December 2016

Beauty: Last Minute Gift Ideas

If you have left your Christmas shopping until the very last minute or just have a couple of stocking fillers to pick up then I have some great suggestions for you.

Arran Aromatics has recently went through a re-brand and have relaunched as Arran Sense of Scotland. They have renamed their entire product range (apart from After the Rain so don't panic if you are a fan of this popular range) and come up with sleek new packaging.

I went along to the relaunch in Buchanan Galleries to find out more about the new range. They have a wide range of gift sets and stocking fillers to choose from. And if you are really stuck, believe me, you can't go wrong with a candle. 


One of my favourite places for stocking fillers is Lush. Everyone loves to find a Lush Bath Bomb in their stocking. From it's hugely popular Snow Fairy range to festive bubble bars there is something for everyone.  I was lucky enough to spend a fun filled evening in their Sauchiehall Street store last week where we were able to check out the Christmas range and make our own bubble bars. I love pretty much everything in Lush but here are my top picks for stocking fillers which are all under £10.

Little Snow Fairy Gift Set £9.95


Father Christmas Bath Bomb £3.75


Santasaurous Re-useable Bubble Bar £5.95


 

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Beauty: Seven Seas Perfect7 Woman

Most of us use lots of lotions and potions to look after our skin and prevent aging on the outside but aside from exercising, eating healthy and drinking plenty of water have you thought of additional ways to help prevent aging from the inside? 

The experts at Seven Seas have researched the benefit of marine oils for over 70 years and have identified 7 vital needs for woman and combined them together to develop Perfect7

Perfect7 is a combination of Natural Source Marine Oil with Omega 3, including vital multivitamins and minerals which helps your body's cells to absorb nutrients as you grow older.  Research has shown Perfect7 can help to support the following:

1. Skin & Nails - Zinc contributes to the maintenance of normal skin and nails
2. Hair - Biotin contributes to the maintenance of normal hair
3. Energy - Magnesium contributes to energy yielding metabolism
4. Brain - DHA contributes to normal brain function
5. Vision - Vitamin B2 contributes to maintenance of normal vision
6. Heart - EPA & DHA contribute to the normal function of the heart†
7. Hormonal Activity - Vitamin B6 helps to regulate hormonal activity

I was sent a month's supply to try and I can already see and feel some of the benefits. 

Before taking  Perfect7 I would find myself having a nap in front of the tv most evenings but the past few weeks I've definitely found myself to be more alert in the evening and feel my energy levels are higher.  Even my boyfriend has commented how I haven't been falling asleep on the sofa as much recently so I do feel the Perfect7 is having a postive effect on my energy levels and brain.  My skin has also show positive effects, it's less dry and more hydrated. 

Like most anti aging products, I believe they are designed to prevent and not reverse the signs of aging so in order to benefit from all of the above I do believe the Pefect7 would have to taken for a longer period of time for your body to benefit from all 7. Overall, I have been impressed with how much better they have made me feel and improved my skin texture and would happily spend my own money on this product after trying a sample. 

*This product was sent to me as PR sample but these are my own views.


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Monday, 12 December 2016

Lifestyle: Pick 'n' Melt Christmas Gift Pack

 
One of the first things I do when I get home in the evening is light a few candles as I love to create a cosy atmosphere and fill the house with my favourite scents. So when I heard about Pick 'n' Melt, I couldn't wait to try their products.
 
As well as candles, I'm a big lover of wax melts as I think they give off a stronger scent when melting on my wax warmer.

Pick 'n' Melt have over 250 scents to choose from and each little bag is made up of 6 small cubes (1cm x 1cm x 1cm) and can form 100s of different combinations. I was sent the Christmas gift pack to try which includes, a Wax Warmer and 16 melt bags which are made up of 2 packets of 8 different Christmas scents: Christmas Time, Christmas Spice, Robin Red Breast, Mistletoe & Wine, Cocoa & Log Fire, Frankensense & Myrrh, Snow and Festive Tree. 
 
 
I used a packet (6 cubes) on the wax warmer at a time (they suggest using 6 -12 cubes) but honestly, 6 cubes is enough.  I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly the little cubes filled the room with the most wonderful Christmas scent. I have since warmed the melts 3/4 times until my tea light burns out and they have retained their scent which is really impressive. 
 
Once I'm finished with the wax melt, I let it set and then pop the top of the wax warmer in the freezer over night. When I remove the following morning I gently press around the edge with a knife the wax just pops right out leaving zero mess so you can use your next melt.

If you know any candle lovers this set would make such a lovely Christmas gift or would be a lovely gift for yourself on the run up to Christmas and at only £12, it's such good value for money as there are enough scents to fill your home with a festive scent until the New Year.
 
*This set was sent to me as pr sample but these are my own views. 
 
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