Sunday, 29 December 2013

Hansel & Gretel Blogger Event

A few weekends ago, I was very lucky to be invited along to Hansel and Gretel Blogger Event by 
Scottish Ballet and Blythswood Square. When I read the email I knew it was a day not to be missed.

The day began at 11am at Blythswood Square where we were greeted with a Woodcutters Wife Cocktail then shown a short 'making-of' video of Hansel & Gretel in the fabulous Screening Room. After the screening, we were treated to a special Hansel and Gretel Afternoon Tea and met two of the cast members, Constance Devernay and Chris Harrison for a Q&A and had a glimpse at some of the costumes. If that wasn't enough, we pampered with lovely hand and arm massages by the therapists from the Spa.




Once we finished our Afternoon Tea we were whisked off to Theatre Royal (with a bag of sweeties & drinks tokens in hand) to watch the matinee performance of Hansel & Gretel. The performance was best part of the day. As Hansel & Gretel is one of my favourite childhood stories I couldn't wait to see the set and the costumes. It did not disappoint, it was set in an enchanted forest with dancing raven's in sparkly jackets, a fairy and an evil witch. What more do you need! It was a fabulous day and just what I needed to get me in the festive spirit.









Hansel & Gretel can be seen at the following:

GLASGOW
10 - 28 December 2013
Theatre Royal
Box Office 0844 871 7673

EDINBURGH
8 - 11 January 2014
Festival Theatre
Box Office 0131 529 6000

ABERDEEN
15 - 18 January 2014
His Majesty's Theatre
Box Office 01224 641122
INVERNESS
22 - 25 January 2014
Eden Court
Box Office 01463 234 234
NEWCASTLE
29 January - 1 February 2014
Theatre Royal
Box Office 08448 11 21 21

BELFAST
5 - 8 February 2014
Grand Opera House
Box Office 028 9024 1919
The Hansel & Gretel Afternoon Tea is available at Blythswood Square until the 31st January 2014 for £22 per person



Friday, 13 December 2013

The Bloggers Christmas Party

On Tuesday night, I went along to the Bloggers Christmas Party organised by Paula and Scott. The party was held in October (previously November) in Princes Square and the dress code for the night was Christmas jumpers.

I attended the party with my usual blogging buddies Jennifer, Eilidh, Naomi, Lyn, Genna and Kayleigh. I was having such a great time chatting with the girls I only took one picture at the event.


Genna, Eilidh and Me

We were treated to a drink on arrival and goodies bags filled with lots of amazing products. Paula and Scott also arranged a raffle with all proceeds being donated to the Rucksack Project. There were some amazing prizes such as Afternoon Tea at the Corinthian, a meal for four at Blythswood Square Hotel, a Lush Set and many more. A secret Santa was also arranged with us each bringing a gift to put into a box for everyone to pick one at the end. I picked out a notebook and a candle which I loved (thank you secret Santa).

Goodie Bags

Secret Santa Gift

All in all it was a great night and Paula and Scott did a great job organising it. Can't wait to the next event guys.

Christmas Party Survival Kit

Last week, I was pleasantly surprised to receive this lovely gift from the St Enoch Centre. If you are a regular reader of my blog you will see they have recently given me the opportunity to contribute to their magazine and try out a 3D body scanner. Both have been such great opportunities and given me great blog material.




My lovely gift came in 2 boxes which contained a Christmas Party Survival Kit. What a fab idea!!!

The first box contained products to get you Christmas party ready and included a Kate Moss for Rimmel London Lasting Lipstick, a Topshop Nail Varnish in Heart of Gold, a Gold Bracelet from Dorothy Perkins, Scholl Party Feet Invisible Heel Shields and Fake Eyelashes from Claire's Accessories.





The second box for the morning after the Christmas Party, contained treats to bring you back to life after a late night. These included an Eye Mask from Claire's Accessories, Peppermint Foot Rescue from The Body Shop, All in One Cheek Colour in Bubblegum from The Body Shop and an Alternative Mince Pie from Hotel Chocolat. I have my Christmas night out this weekend so all of these items will come in very handy.




Big thanks to The St Enoch Centre and The Big Partnership for this fabulous Christmas gift.

All of these products are available form retailers at The St Enoch Centre.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

St Tropez Gradual Tan Body Lotion

Last month, I was contacted by one of  my favourite brands (St Tropez) and asked to be part of their Blogger Beauty Panel. As you can imagine, I jumped at the chance as I'm always raving about how good their products are.

As part of the Blogger Beauty Panel, I was asked to check out their brand new website and write a review on a product they sent me.

I was sent the Gradual Tan Body Lotion which was a  product I had never used so it was great to try something new. My old faithful St Tropez product is their Self Tan Classic Lotion which I buy over and over again.




I used the Gradual Tan every other day for a week to get the best results. By the end of the week, I was very impressed. It had built up a gradual tan, leaving me with a natural healthy glow.

The untinted lotion went on like a body lotion and left my skin feeling and looking moisturised.  As the lotion contains Vitamin E there is no need to use an additional body moisturiser on your skin (which is great if you like your beauty routine to be low maintenance). After a few hours of applying, I began to notice my skin had a nice healthy glow and like other St Tropez products I have used, it was easy to apply and the results were streak free.  What I love most about St Tropez products is the colour works with the pigmentation of your skin which results in a more natural looking tan which is great for my pale skin. I used the light/medium but if you have darker skin I would recommend the medium/dark.

This is definitely a product I can see me re-purchasing and using on a regular basis.

St Tropez are offering 3 for 2 on all products until the 20th December.




Monday, 2 December 2013

The Best Christmas Jumpers

Looking for some Christmas jumper inspiration?

Look no further, here is my pick of the best ranging from £14 to £99




1. Matalan £14
2. New Look £27.99
3. Next £32
5. New Look £27.99
6. Ebay (Auction)




Sunday, 24 November 2013

New York

A few weeks ago, I finally got to visit one of my dream cities.


Financial District 


After the drama of missing our connecting flight and running through Amsterdam Airport like the McCallister's (Home Alone) we finally arrived in New York on the Monday night. After a long day we decided to go straight to bed and wake up fresh the next morning to explore NYC.

Day 1

We were staying in the Lower East Side of Manhattan so were able to walk to China Town and Little Italy within 10 minutes. As it was before 9am not many places were open so we had to walk to the Soho area where we found a great little place for breakfast.

Blueberry Pancakes


Once we finished breakfast, we walked down to the Financial District which took around 15 minutes from Soho. We checked out the new World Trade Centre buildings which were pretty spectacular.

World Trade Centre


From the Financial District it was only a short walk down to Battery Park where the ferry takes you to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The ticket was priced at $17 which included the ferry and the audio tour. The price didn't include entry to the Statue of Liberty but Ellis Island was free to enter.  Both were amazing to see and reminded of movie scenes in Splash and Hitch.

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Boat Trip

Statue of Liberty

Ellis Island

Ellis Island

In the afternoon we headed back up towards China Town and Little Italy. We had lovely lunch in one of the Italian restaurant's on Mulberry Street then to Toby's bar for Happy Hour where 2 beers and a cocktail cost $14! We also got free pizza which kept me quiet for a few minutes. We headed back down to Little Italy in the evening for some Mexican tapas which was amazing. Out of everywhere we ate in New York, Little Italy was my favourite for food.


China Town
Day 2

We went to see the Empire State Building then took a bus tour of the Upper East, West Side and Harlem. We got off the bus at times Square and walked down to Madison Square Gardens to see if we could get our hands on some tickets to see the New York Rangers who were playing the Pittsburgh Penguins that night. We were in luck, I got two tickets and they were $100 cheaper than I seen online before we had arrived.


Empire State Building

That afternoon while my man watched the football, I hit the shops. First stop was Victoria's Secret and while purchasing a few items the shop assistant informed me I could come back at 5 o'clock and have my photo take with Victoria's Secret supermodel Candice Swanepoel. I thought to myself, do I really want to stand next to a supermodel and have my photo taken? No thanks! Next I hit Macy's. I only got as far as the beauty floor and ended up with a make-over from one of the Laura Mercier make-up artists which resulted in me looking like a hooker. I did manage to get a few bargains though.

Macy's

My Purchases

We went to the Rangers game that night which I loved. I was hoping J Zay would be in the audience but we had to settle for Run DMC.

Madison Square Gardens
Day 3

We went to the famous Katz's Delicatessen for breakfast as it was only 5 minutes walk from our hotel. If you didn't already know, Katz's Delicatessen was where they filmed the very famous scene in the film When Harry Met Sally. It has also been in Donny Brasko and the TV programme Man v Food.  The wall is lined with pictures of famous folk who have visited the Deli. Surprise surprise I had pancakes for breakfast again and my man had their famous pastrami sandwich. This place is definitely worth a visit if you are in New York. The Deli can be found on 205 E Houston Street in the Lower East Side.

Katz's Delicatessen

Katz's Delicatessen

After breakfast I was on a mission to find Carrie Bradshaw's apartment. In the programme, Carrie's apartment is meant to be on the Upper East Side but it's a 5 bedroom house (worth $9.5) in Manhattan's West Village. When I looked up the address on the internet it said it was 64 Perry Street but it's actually the building next to no 64, you will recognise it was soon as you see it.  And of course I got my picture taken on the famous steps! While in the area, we discovered the amazing Chocolate Bar just off Perry Street which has won awards for it's chocolate. Definitely one of the best hot chocolates I have ever tasted! 


Carrie Bradshaw's Apartment


In the afternoon we checked out the Rockefeller Centre, Fifth Avenue, Trump Towers and Central Park. Central Park was amazing to walk round as there have been so many movies set there, you recognise just about every inch of the park. We finished off the day with dinner at Times Square and then back to our favourite wee bar (Toby's) on Mulberry Street.

Central Park

Times Square


Day 4

This was our last day but before heading to the airport we managed to fit a visit to the 9/11 memorial. They ask for a donation of $5- $10 and the signs ask for photo ID, however, we were not asked for it when we went in to the memorial site but I'd have it on you when visiting (just incase).

9/11 Memorial



Top Tips

- The subway is the cheapest and fastest way to get about the city. You can buy a subway card for $1 and top it up as you go. It costs $2.50 per journey (no matter how far you travel).

- Don't forget they add the tax and an 18% service charge on to the bill so be prepared to be pay about 30% more than the price you see on the menu.

- Tickets for sporting events etc. can be cheaper to buy in New York than online.

- Be careful when buying bus tour tickets. There are loads of company's competing and some are better are than others so do your research with them all before you purchase to make sure you get the best deal.

- Tours such as the Sex and the City tour can easily been done yourself. The internet tells you all the destinations it stops at and where they are.

- Cheapest and easiest way to get to and from the airport is using the Air Train and then the Subway. You will need to purchase a metro ticket ($1) and top up $5 for the Air Train and $2.50 for a Subway ride.






Saturday, 16 November 2013

Beauty Kitchen Workshop


A few Saturday's ago, on a wet and miserable afternoon, I headed along to Beauty Kitchen for the Beauty Kitchen Experience to make my own body scrub.  Beauty Kitchen, a Glasgow based company found in the Saltmarket area, hand make beauty products using only natural ingredients and ethical packaging. They also offer workshops where you can create your own product while learning about the ingredients that go into your product. The workshop lasted 2 hours and includes a hand treatment and refreshments.

I went along to the workshop with 3 lovely bloggers, Naomi, Kayleigh  and Lynne who I met at FABB Glasgow. We all made completely different scrubs which was interesting as I thought some of the ingredients we choose said something about each of our personality's.

Before we made our scrubs the aroma therapist talked us through the ingredients explaining the benefits of each one.

First up we choose our essential oil:

Spoil Me - Indulging and soothing

Refresh Me -  Cooling and tingling

Love Me - Uplifting

Chill Me - Relaxing and calming

Inspire Me - Vitalising and rejuvenating

Wake Me - Energising and uplifting

Arose Me - Sparkling and provocative

Next was our scrub base:

Brown Sugar - Best for sensitive skin and eczema suffers as it's gentler on the skin, also great healer for cuts and grazes.

Sea Salt - Best for acne suffers as its antibacterial, also rich in minerals and nutrients.

Epson Salt -  Great for detoxing and improving circulation, also packed full of nutrients.

Himalayan Salt -  Best for dry skin and considered the most pure salt in the world, containing 84 minerals including calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium.

Final ingredient was the herbs:

Rose Petals - Skin softener

Sage - Antibacterial

Marigolds - Cleanser

Heather buds - Soothes & relieves aches and pains

Seaweed - De-stressor

Sting and Nettle - Comforting and calming

Cranberry - Rich in anti-oxidants

Rosemary - Skin healer

Bitter Orange - Enhances breaks down of cellulite

To make my scrub I choose:

Arouse me essential oil, Himalayan salts and rose petals.


The Ingredients
Hard at Work
The Finished Product

To get the best out of a body scrub make sure you start from your feet, moving up towards your heart in circulation motions. This will help improve circulation, reduce the appearance of cellulite as well as smoothing skin.

*The Beauty Kitchen Experience 2 hour experience costs £40 but this was gifted to me in my goody bag at FABB Glasgow.





Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Paul Mitchell Blogger Event

Last Wednesday I headed along to Glasgow's Malmasion Hotel with my new blogger pals to attend a Paul Mitchell blogger event. The purpose of the event was for the brand to showcase their Christmas gift selection. When we arrived we were greeted by the brand representative, Sarah and enjoyed cocktails, mini burgers and chips. After getting to know some of the other bloggers, Sarah told us about the brand and talked us through the gift guide.
Scottish born Paul Mitchell founded the cruelty free, salon professional brand in the 1980s.  The brand now sells worldwide, offering over 150 different products.
The Christmas gift guide offers a wide range of gifts from as little as £8.50 to £70. One of the gift sets that really stood out to me was the Tea Tree Plant Me range £27.50. The range comes in 3 Tea Tree flavours Tea Tree, Lavender Mint and Lemon Sage. Each set contains shampoo, conditioner and either (depending on set) gel, body bar or body wash. The wrapping around the gift set is made from seeded paper and will grow into daisy's. Love it!!! Paul Mitchell even offers a range for pets with the Santa Paws gift set £15.
Before we left, Sarah let us choose a gift set take away with us. With me being a blondie, I went for It's Always A Blonde Moment which included shampoo, conditioner and dramatic repair (£36). I also picked up a gift set from the men's range for my man. He would kill me for saying this, but he owns more hair products than me so I knew he would appreciate the Mitch Clean Sweep Cocktail set (£20).
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For more information on the products and Salon Stockists see website
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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Beauty Advent Calendars 2013

I'm not going to lie, I am 30 years old and I still love an advent calendar!! What could be better than a calendar full of chocolate............ a calendar full of beauty products!! I already have my name on the list for the Benefit beauty advent calendar. For one day only (the 2nd November) these will be on sale in Debenhams for £50. The Benefit girl told me they were exclusive to Debenhams, with only 50 available in selected stores and the contents are worth £130. I don't want to spoil the surprise of what it contains so here is wee peak of what the calendar looks like.


Benefit

If you are looking for a less expensive beauty advent calendar then check out Boots Beauty Advent Calendar. For £30 you will find a selection of miniature and full- sized products from Boots favourite beauty brands.

Boots

And if you fancy splurging then check out Selfridges Christmas advent calendar. For £84 you will find luxury brands such as Viktor & Rolf, Yves Saint Laurent, Kiehl's, Armani and LancĂ´me. I would love this one but it's slightly out of my budget. I am still trying to justify spending £50 on the Benefit calendar.

Selfridges


Will you be buying a beauty advent calendar this year?



Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Magazine Beauty Feature

A few months ago I was asked to provide a full page beauty feature in the Autumn/Winter magazine for the St Enoch Centre. As this was such a great opportunity I jumped at the chance.

I was given a budget to purchase the products and wrote a step by step guide on how to re-create the look. I was then provided with a professional photographer to take a before and after photo for the magazine. I have to admit, I was absolutely dreading having my photo taken without my make-up on but the picture wasn't as bad as I expected.

The Products I Used


Chanel CC Cream, £41, Debenhams / Urban Decay Naked Basics Eye Shadow Palette, £20, / Debenhams St Tropez Skin Illuminator, £12,Debenhams / Illamasque Cream Blusher in Devour, £18, Debenhams / Benefit Fake Up Concealer, £18.50, Boots / Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara, £10.99 Boots /L'Oreal Brow Artist in Blonde, £5.99, Boots / Batiste Dry Shampoo, Wild, £2.99 Boots / Extra Virgin Minerals, Loose Powder Foundation in Golden Beige, £15, The Body Shop / Strawberry Eau De Toilette, £8.50, The Body Shop / Clear Flavoured Lip Gloss in mint, £7, The Body Shop

Before and After

Before
 
After
How I Created the Look

Base
For my base, I used Chanel CC Cream.  I applied a small amount using my fingertips to blend in.  I then applied Extra Virgin Minerals, Loose Powder Foundation with a brush to smooth out my complexion.  I concealed my under eye area with Benefit Fake Up Concealer and to finish off, I applied St Tropez Skin Illuminator to my cheekbones for luminous skin.

Eyes
I kept my eyes neutral with the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette. Using an eyeshadow brush I applied a light eyeshadow all over the eyelid, up to my eyebrow then a slightly darker shade along the crease and the socket of the eye.  I used an angled brush and the black eyeshadow to draw along the lash line and below my lower lashes.  I finished off my eyes by applying a few coats of Max Factor False Lash Effect, Waterproof Mascara to my lashes.

Brows
To define my brows I used L'Oreal Super Liner Brow Artist. This 3 in 1 pencil can be used in 3 ways. I used the coloured pencil to draw and intensify, the brush to shape the arch and the wax to fix my brow.

Cheeks/Lips
To finish off the look I used Illamasque Cream Blusher in Devour on both my lips and cheeks. I applied a small amount and blended with my fingertips then applied clear lip gloss along my lips for a glossy finish.

Hair
My hair was styled by Regis salon and to add extra volume I sprayed Batiste Dry Shampoo (£2.99 Boots) to my roots and massaged in with my fingertips.


The Magazine Page


A copy of the magazine is free in the St Enoch Centre and it also features a competition to win all the products I picked to create the look.
 
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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

FABB Glasgow

On Saturday afternoon I attended FABB Glasgow which is an event that brings bloggers and brands together. FABB Events is organised by two bloggers Tor and Ray. I almost never went to the event as I was unsure about going alone but after seeing many fellow bloggers tweeting about attending the event, I purchased a ticket and arranged to meet a group of bloggers in Central Station.

The event was held in Italian restaurant Fanelli's in Merchant Square which was a fantastic venue as it was held upstairs over looking the square. There were many brands at the event who had set up tables with their latest products and then talked us through them. I think I left with a goodie bag from just about every table. We were well and truly spoilt. I browsed the tables, talked to brands and fellow bloggers, stuffed my face with cupcakes and had nails done by the very talented Tammy from DIY Nails.

There were a few brands in particular that stood out to me and they were Cocoa Brown and Beauty Kitchen. Cocoa Brown is the No1 selling tan in Ireland and is really starting to take off in the UK. I have wanted to try this tan for ages so was very excited to see them at the event and very happy to take home a goodie bag full of products. Beauty Kitchen a Glasgow based company in the Merchant City, sells freshly handmade products made from 100% natural ingredients. We were treated to goodie bag that contained Himalayan Salt & Honey Body Scrub, (which is amazing btw) a fizz bomb and a voucher to for the 2 hour beauty experience session where we can learn how to make our own beauty product.

Other brands at the event were Lush, Mallzee, Appointed, Crystal Clear and The Pokey Hat.

As well as having an opportunity to be introduced to these brands I met bloggers whose blogs I already read and discovered some new blogs to read. These were:

Maisy MeowGlasgow Fashion GirlFabuglossLynnie Bop, Behind These Closed EyesScott Nothing To Do With You, and Frocks and Fairycakes

FABB Cupcakes

Goodie Bags

DIY Nails

Beauty Kitchen

FABB Glasgow

DIY Nails
It was a great afternoon and I really hope more events like this come to Glasgow. My favourite part of the day was meeting fellow bloggers.

Feel free to leave links to your FABB Glasgow post as I would love to read them all.