Monday, 20 March 2017

Lifestyle: Hetty & Betty Gifts & Home Accessories


If you are anything like me and have a love for pretty home accessories you will love Hetty and Betty. Hetty and Betty is an online shop that sell a range of gifts for all occasions and beautiful home accessories.

Founder Louis, had the idea to start to Hetty and Betty after her friends told her how long it took them to find the perfect gift when Louis was expecting her second child. This inspired Louis to launch Hetty and Betty where all items are handpicked so you can find the perfect gift without searching for hours.

Hetty and Betty sent me some items to share with my readers including this cute little picture frame (£4.99) and lovely wooden Mother sign (currently on sale for £5.99) both would make a lovely gift for Mother's Day which is on Sunday in-case you've forgot or a lovely birthday gift for your Mum.


As well as gifts for her, you can find a selection of gifts for the man in your life and this wooden bottle opener (£12.99) with a tray to catch the bottle tops has well and truly been claimed by my other half for his man room.

There is so much more over on Hetty & Betty so head over, take a look and use my discount code LOMAR17 to receive 10% off your order.


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

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Beauty: Benefit BrowMobile


It's not everyday you get an eyebrow treatment in the back of a pink 4x4 but that's what happened last week when the Benefit BrowMobile was in town.  Benefit are on a mission to transforn the nations brows and for the next three months the BrowMobile will be touring the country wowing people's brows. The BrowMobile is kitted out with eveything you will find at one of their brow bars including the most experience brow experts.  If you head over to the Benefit Facebook page you can find out who you can win a visit from the BrowMobile.

I love getting the Benefit Brow treatment. I'm allergic to eyebrow dye so unfortunatly I can't go for the tint - just the wax but the great thing is, there are so many products I can use instead of the tint. If you read my last review on Benefit brow products you may remember I spoke about KaBrow which is what I use to add a bit of colour and fullness to my brow but there are also some amazing products to help maintain your perfect brow. 



This contains keratin and soy protiens which will help the brows to look thicker and fuller. When I first wrote about the product on my blog I hadn't used it for long enough to see the results but after using on a daily basis for the past nine month I can honestly say my brows do look thicker and fuller. I use it every morning, it's great just to shape your brows or to prep them for adding a product such as Ka Brow. It also last for ages, I'm still using the same one I got last July but I think its nearly finished so I'm so pleased to have another one to start using. 

This is one of the very few products in the range I hadn't tried until the other day and I love it. This clear gel shapes and tames brows holding them in place for 24 hours. This can be worn alone to help shape them or over your brow product to make it last all day.

What are your favourite brow products? 

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


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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Fashion: Statement Boots

Spring may be approaching but it still feels very much like Winter here in Glasgow and I always feel stuck in a style rut this time of year. I have exhausted my Winter wardrobe and I'm sick of the sight of my Winter clothes but it's still too cold to invest in any new Spring/Summer pieces. So what do you buy? A pair of statement boots of course.  They will update your look while still keeping you warm and as we have such terrible Summers here in Scotland I'm sure these will be worn in the Summer as well as Spring.

I spotted these beautiful *blue ruffel shoe boots at the Next perfect shoe event a few weeks ago. Myself and group of other local bloggers were lucky enough to be invited along to find our perfect pair of shoes at Next's, Braehead store where they have a huge shoe department.

Next really have upped their game this season as there are so many beautiful pairs to choose from. From this seasons must have loafer to the embroidered trend, there really is something for everyone. And the best thing about Next - the quality and affordability. You can check the full shoe range here.

Now lets talk about these amazing embroidered boots from New Look. I have been loving the embroidered trend for a while now and as I'm unsure how long it will be around I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a pair of embroidered boots but New Look shoes are so affordable and always have the most up to date styles so if they go out of style next season, at least you haven't spend a fortune.

How do you update your Spring/Summer wardrobe?

*These boots were given to me as PR sample
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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.