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.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Lifestyle: Silverburn Summer Food Fest

At the weekend I headed along to Silverburn Shopping Centre for dinner at Bella Italia as part of the Summer Food Fest. For the Summer Food Fest many of Silverburns restaurants and eateries were giving out free food samples over the weekend so customers could get a taste of what they have to offer.

I was treated to some delicious Italian food in Bella Italia and went for the Pollo Formaggi, a four cheese sauce with chicken and pancetta with a crispy top baked in the oven. I'm sure you can see from the picture it was delicious.

As part of the Summer Food Festival, Silverburn are offering some great offers and discounts until the 14th of August via the the Silverburn PLUS app. The Silverburn PLUS app can be downloaded for free via the APP store on ISO or Google Play on Andriod phones and is really easy to use.

Some of the offers include kids eat for free in Bella Italia and Frankie and Benny's (until 14th August) and 25% off in Zizzi and Prezzo (until the 15th August).

To benefit from these offers you will need to register once you have downloaded the Silverburn PLUS app and tap on Eat at the bottom of app and it will bring up the latest food offers, select the one you want, show it to your waiter or waitress and scan the QR code. 

The Silverburn PLUS app also has some fantastic competitions running at the moment including a competition to win a years worth of Wagamama! So what are you waiting for download the Silverburn PLUS app today. 

* Thank you to Silverburn and McFrank PR for inviting me along to enjoy the Summer Food Festival.
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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Travel: River Cruise Capsule Wardobe

If you read my last post about my tour on the Caribbean Princess then I'm sure you will know why I now have cruising on my mind. And if you are regular reader of my blog, you may have noticed I love a city break which got me thinking, why not combine the two. When thinking about this type of cruise, Viking River Cruise's with Bolsover Cruise Club came to mind as I remember seeing one of the Viking River Cruise ships on the Danube when I was in Bupdapet.

With Viking Cruises, the destination is the most important part of the trip and passengers can take advantage of late night departures and over night stays giving you more time to explore each destination. I love the sound of this as I always imagined you would have a short time at each destination but not with Viking River Cruise's. Another thing that caught my eye when reading about Viking River Cruises, the casual dress code. This means you could go from day to night and not have to pack a suitcase full of fancy clothes packing a capsule wardrobe instead. These would would be my river cruise essentials.

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Espadrilles, £24.99 Aldo / Brenton Top, £26 Boden / Shorts, £28 Topshop /  Dress, £45, Miss Selfridge / Bioderma SPF 30 Mist £9 / Dolce & Gabbana Sunglasses, £120 House of Fraser / Jumpsuit, £45, Miss Selfridge / Travel Journal, £7.99 Marco Polo / Sandals, £45, Aldo, / Bag, £220, Micheal Kors
  Bolsover Cruise Club offer a number of cruise destinations including the Carribean, Mediterranean, Canary Islands and the Norwegian Fords with numerous cruise lines such as P&O, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line and Celebrity Cruises and currently have some fantastic deals. 
*This is a collaborative post. 
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Friday, 22 July 2016

Travel: Tour on the Caribbean Princess

It's not everyday you get invited on a cruise ship for lunch but that's exactly what happened a few weeks ago when the Caribbean Princess was docked in Greenock as part of her UK tour. Myself, an other blogger and a small group of media (some of who go on holiday for a living and write about it, not jealous at all) were given a tour of ship and treated to lunch, not my usual Friday you can imagine. 

That morning, I looked out my best nautical outfit (yes I was the only person who dressed for the occasion lol) and jumped on the train to Greenock for an afternoon on the ship. When I stepped off the train the sun was shining but it is Scotland and by the time I had arrived at the dock it was pouring of rain which was not ideal for photos. So I'm sure you will have already guessed the picture above is not one taken while in Greenock but one the PR kindly sent me.

The ship was sailing to full capacity (3600 passengers) but honestly, you would find it hard to believe when walking about. The passengers were either on day trips, or the size of ship made it look like there was hardly anyone on board. As the ship was full, we never got a look at a cabin which I was really hoping to see but I do have a picture of one I can show you. 

The tour started off in the main piazza and the first thing that caught my eye was the shops selling luxury goods such as handbags, watches and perfumes and the International Cafe which is open 24 hours a day. We then moved on to where the entertainment takes place and were shown the theatre, casino, numerous bars and two night clubs. The ship even has its own little wedding chapel where guests can get married.

If the passengers are looking for a more relaxing way to spend time on board there is a spa, gym and the movies under the stars which is a huge screen on the deck above the pool area where passengers can lie on the loungers and watch movies under the night sky, sounds amazing doesn't it?  

For lunch we went for the buffet in the Horizon Court however if the passengers are looking for something a little more fancy there is a great choice. There are three main dinning rooms, Sabatini's, an Italian restaurant, Crown Grill which serves steak and seafood and Vines, a wine and seafood bar. For something more casual there is the International Cafe serving coffee, snacks and desserts, Cafe Ciribe another buffet, Trident Grill which serves hamburgers and hot dogs and if the passengers are looking for a sweet treat they have Scoops the ice cream sundae bar.

Just before our tour ended we were lucky enough to visit the bridge and meet one of the senior watchmen who told us a little bit about what it was like to sail the ship. I will let you into a little secret, most of it is done by a computerised system worth 3 million dollars!

My afternoon on the Caribbean Princess has certainly put me in the mood for cruising.

Thanks to the PR team at Princess Cruises for inviting me on board for the afternoon.
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