Sunday, 4 December 2016

Lifestyle: This Weeks Adventures #2

Turns out, my life isn't exciting enough to have a "This Weeks Adventures" post every week but thankfully this week has involved a few exciting blog related events.

On Tuesday, I was invited along to Chiquitos at Soar at Intu Braehead to check out the Christmas Fiesta Sharing Boards. There were three to choose from, the Veggie Medley, the Texan Selection and the Merry Mexican. We went for the Merry Mexican which included all my favorite Mexican foods, chilli, paella, burritos and tacos and we completely cleared the board as it was absolutely delicious.

I also sampled a few of the festive cocktails.  The Glitterball which had edible glitter, tasted as good as it looked and the Winter Spiced Sangria was like a traditional sangria with a festive twist of Winter spices.

On Thursday, I went along to the Superdrug blogger event which was held in Glasgow's Argyle Street store.  The purpose of the event was to check out the Christmas range and beauty services which includes brow threading and lash extensions. We were also gifted a gift card so we could shop the store on the night. I picked up some must have products, one of which I've been dying to try for ages the B. Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz. We were also given a goodie packed full of Superdrug products so look out for some reviews. 

I ended the week putting up my Christmas tree. I absolutely love Christmas and I'm so excited the festive season has finally arrived. Next week I have a few festive events to attend so hopefully I will have some festive post for you. 
I hope you all had a great week. 
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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Beauty: Styling Products for the Perfect Blow Dry

I have really thick hair which can be such a chore to take care of. It takes me ages to blow dry and for this reason, I love products that will make this task easier while protecting it at the same time which is why I choose the above products to try. 

These products were sent to me from the lovely team at The Beauty Booth, an online store which stocks a vast range of best selling hair products from salon professional brands including Moroccan Oil, Redken, Neal & Wolf, Kerastase and many more.

This lightweight oil not only protects your hair while blow drying, it reduces the drying time, leaving your hair with a diamond-like hair shine. It also conditions, strengthens and leaves it feeling and looking soft. 

I wasn't convinced this was going to reduce the drying time but I was wrong. With only two pumps of this oil applied to my hair, it dried in the half the time leaving my hair so smooth and shinny. I actually love this and would say it's now one of my must have products. 

Another heat protection product but this one comes in a spray which protects your hair from heat up to 232 degrees. Packed full of Vitamins including, A, B6, B12, C and E, this can really help to repair damaged hair. 

When I used this, it left my hair feeling like silk and smelt gorgeous. I can really see it has improved the condition of my hair and made it more manageable.

After using both products for a month I can see they both have amazing benefits and I like to use them together for the perfect blow dry. The oil for time saving and an amazing shine and the spray for repairing and leaving my hair silky smooth. 

You can receive 10% off your first order at The Beauty Booth or if you are quick you might be able to catch their Black Friday offer of 20% off that end this weekend. 

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

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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Travel: The Cotswolds

Last week we packed up the car and set off on a little road trip to the Cotswolds. We picked Stow on the Wold as our base for exploring as it's close to loads of pretty towns and villages each only a 15/20 minute drive away.

We stayed in a lovely little hotel, The Sheep on Sheep Street which had recently been refurbished to a very high standard. We had a cosy little room on the top floor with the most beautiful bathroom. Honestly the hotel gave me serious interiors envy.

During our stay we managed to fit in quite a lot and I managed to visit all the places I planned and more.

Stow-on-the-Wold a pretty little market  town and one of the most well know is situated on an 800 foot hill next to a number of main roads, making it a great place to stay if you plan to do lots of exploring.  There is a market square surrounded by lots of lovely shops, tea rooms and cosy pubs. As you can imagine, the pubs had exposed brick walls and log fires making them super cosy this time of year. Our favourites were the Porch House (which is said to one of the oldest Inn's in England) The Sheep on Sheep Street (the hotel we stayed in) and The Kings Arms.

Moreton-in-Marsh is one of the main market towns in the area and lucky for us we visited on a Tuesday which is when they have a large market of upto 200 stalls. It also had lots of quaint tearooms and antique shops full of little gems.

Bourton-on-the-Water has been described as the 'Little Venice' of The Cotswolds as the town sits along a beautiful canal. It's one of the most popular with visitors and is so picturesque. I found the cutest little Christmas shop where I had to refrain myself from buying everything. 

Lower and Upper Slaughter are two separate villages and the prettiest in The Cotswolds. They are just how you imagine The Cotwolds to look. There is an old mill that sits along the river and the most romantic street in Britain, Copse road. The Slaughter's were my favourite of all the places we visited. It was absolutely beautiful and honestly, none of my pictures captured it's true beauty.  You really do have to see it for yourself.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Beauty: The Body Shop Christmas Range

As I'm such a sucker for anything Christmassy, I'm always excited to see the range The Body Shop launches every Christmas. This year they have come up with three new scents: Spiced Apple, Vanilla Chai and Frosted Berries.

 Spiced Apple, my favourite of all three is enriched with apple fruit extract from the Italian Alps.  To give it that Christmas armoa, the scent also includes cinnamon and orange and smells as good as freshly baked apple pie straight from the oven. 

Vanilla Chai enriched with vanilla extract from Madagascar is a sightly more subtle scent. Warmed with cardamon and star anise for a rich Christmas scent that smells good enough to drink. 
Frosted Berries smells the freshest in the Christmas range. It's enriched with cranberry seed oil from North America, fresh berries, white flowers, praline and vanilla
 As well as the three new Christmas scents The Body Shop have launched three advent calendars containing some Body Shop favourites. Prices start from £60 to £99 however the contents inside have a value of much more.
Have you purchased any of the Christmas range? 

*Some of the items were given to me as PR samples.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Lifestyle: This week's adventures #1

I've decided to try something new on my blog and post about what I've been up to every week. Here's hoping every week is as fun filled as this one or I will have nothing to write about.

The past week or so has been filled with lots of exciting blog events.  First up, Specsavers Scottish press show which was held in Bo Concept, a really cool Danish furniture store.  I wrote a post for them way back in February so go check it out here if you want to know more. 
When I arrived at the press show, the window had been designed by Claire Barclay. Isn't it cool? I had such a fun evening. I sipped prosecco while being treated to a hand and arm massage followed by a manicure. I even found a pair of the golden glasses that had been hidden in the store and won a £150 Specsavers voucher. This means I can treat myself to a pair of the frames I was eyeing up (see what I did there lol).

After the Specsavers press show, I headed to Buchanan Galleries to meet my blogging buddie, Chantelle where we went to bareMinerals to check out the Christmas range and to be colour matched for the new barePRO product. Look out for some product reviews on the blog soon.

On Tuesday, I popped in to House of Fraser to see the lovely Benefit girls for a Benefit Brow Treatment. I love that the girls conceal the area after the treatment so I don't have to walk about with my brow area looking red. I also had a chance to see some of the lovely Christmas sets that had just arrived in store.

 The following evening, myself and Chantelle grabbed a Starbucks and went along to the Bodyshop's VIP shopping evening. We were able to check out the Christmas sets and the advent calendar's while sipping fizz and treated to hand and arm massages. I purchased some of the new Christmas range and was also gifted some in a goodie bag. The spiced apple was my favourite as it smells good enough to eat.

On Thursday night, I went to Shearers Candles to check out the new store (they have moved to a bigger store upstairs in Princes Square). The shop was filled with their Christmas stock and looked so pretty and Christmassy. It has put me right in the mood, even if it's only the start of November.

As well as events I enjoyed some Autumn walks. I'm sure you can tell from my Instagram I'm Autumn obsessed. 

This week, I'm off to the Cotswolds so join me over on Instagram to follow my adventures and look out for a blog post.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Travel: Crystal Ski - Get More Winter

Photo credit Crystal Ski Holidays

 I have always wanted to go on a ski holiday, just one problem though, I can't ski. So when Crystal Ski Holidays invited me along to Snow Factor at Soar for some fun on the slopes I jumped at the chance. As I had never skied before I was given the opportunity to have a 90 minute lesson.

Crystal Ski holidays are mountain ski holiday specialists and all staff are skiers or boarders themselves so they know everything there is to know to help you book your perfect ski holiday. With 130 resorts to choose from and Crystal Ski staff on resort all season you know you will be in safe hands. They also offer some fantastic deals ranging from self catering to full board and the option to include equipment and ski passes. 

Back to my night at Snow Factor, we all met in the Bavarian themed Bar Varia and were treated to a Bavarian Buffet before hitting the slopes. We then got all kitted out in our snow gear which Snow Factor provided and I had a 90 minute lesson with Nicola who was so patient with me as I was a bit rubbish at first. 

Skiing was a lot harder than I expected, the hardest part for me was trying to walk in the snow. To begin with, we got a feel for our ski's, moving around and learning the correct posture and balance. I thought I had good balance aswell but I did end up falling over a couple of times. We then gradually made our way up the slope going a little further each time and learned the snow plow and how to control the speed. I think I would need quite a few more lessons before I could actually hit the slopes but this was such a great opportunity to get a feel for it. 

After the lesson we went back to Bar Varia for a well earned drink and chat. It was such a great night and big thanks Kirsty from Crystal ski for inviting me and being such a great host.

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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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