Monday, 30 March 2015

Event: HD Brows Glasgow Launch

Last Tuesday I went along to opening of the new HD Brows Training Academy in Glasgow to check out the academy and experience a treatment. This is the first HD Brows Training Academy to open in Scotland Due to high demand for the brand. 

The HD experience includes tinting, waxing and threading with a highly trained HD Brow Stylist to give perfectly defined brows. The HD Brow stylists will assess your face shape and colouring before creating the perfect HD Brow. Some results have even been compared to a mini face lift as a good brow can transform your face and the treatment is loved by many celebrities for that reason.


We were greeted with a glass of fizz and some lovey cupcakes then shown round the training academy by Laura the Marketing Executive and then given the opportunity to experience the HD Brow treatment.



Unfortunately, I'm allergic to dye so was unable to have full experience but I was still very pleased with the results. My eyebrows were waxed and threaded and instead of dye the stylist used HD Brow Colour Fix which can be brushed on to your brows daily and removed at the end of the day. 



We were also treated to a fabulous goodie bag of HD Products and  Laura was kind enough to give me a HD Brow Colour Fix away with me to try. I'm already totally addicted to it and have been using everyday since the event.


If you are interested in training as a HD Brow Stylist or fancy the treatment you can find out more on their website.

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Lush Beauty School Party

Last week I was invited along to a Lush Beauty School Party at Lush Braehead. I had no idea Lush offered parties until last week. The Beauty School Party is great for birthdays, hen nights or even just an excuse for a bunch of friends to get together and pamper one another. At the party you learn how to make a face mask and how to pamper one another and can choose from hand and arm massages to facials. We were lucky enough to squeeze in all three. 

When we arrived we quickly introduced ourselves and our blogs and then Kristin talked us through the Easter range which included these cuties the Hoppity Poppity, the Bubblegrub and the Fluffy Egg



We then moved on to the fun bit and got stuck into making the Catastrophe Cosmetic face mask. This is a calming and moisturising mask made with blueberries, calamine, chamomile rose and almond oils. It suits most skin types which is one of the reasons we made this one at the party. 




Once we had made the facemasks we moved on to arm massages and then facials, although, most of us opted to carry out the facial on our arms (the armcial, see what I did there) as we were to vain to remove our makeup.

Image from @lushbraehead Instagram

We had a group photo before we left and treated to lovely goodie bags. Thanks again to the Lush girls for inviting me along, I had a lovely night.

Image from @lushbraehead Instagram


You can find out more information on Lush parties here.

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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Event: Debenhams SS15 Press Show

Last Thursday I attended the Debenhams SS15 Press Show at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow. The purpose of the show was to showcase the best of British design talent including designers Todd Lynn, Jenny Packham, Ben De Lisi, Betty Jackson, Jasper Conran, John Rocha, Matthew Williamson, Julien Macdonald, Partrick Grant and Henry Holland. 

On arrival we were treated to a glass of proseccco and canapes and were able to browse the new collection before the fashion show started. The collection included occasion/evening wear and wide range of accessories, lingerie and swimwear. It also included the latest make up, skin care and fragrances. 






My favourites from the show were this fabulous H! by Henry Holland milk carton bag (below) and the lingerie collections which included brands such as Ted Baker and Frost French. 



The fashion show showcased the lastest spring/summer trends including an Urban Safari scene which included stylish and glamours day wear from Todd Lynn, Julien Macdonald and John Rocha. It then moved on to swimwear which featured pieces by Matthew Williamson, Frost French and Debenhams own brand Gorgeous. Last but not least, was occasion and evening wear by Jenny Packham, Pearce II Fionda and Debenhams own brand Debut. 

The clothes featured in the fashion show have certainly put me in the mood for summer. If only it would get a little a warmer in Scotland.


Thanks to Debenhams PR girls for inviting me along I had a fabulous evening.

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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Travel: Tallinn

If you follow me on Instagram then you may have noticed my recent city break to Tallinn in Estonia.

When I told people I was going to Tallinn most of them had no idea where it was. Tallinn is Estonia's largest city and is situated in the North of Estonia across the water from Helsinki (Finland). The city is made up of the old and new town. The old town, a world heritage site, is one of the most beautiful cites I have ever visited. It was like something out of a fairy tale and you could easily spend hours wondering the cobbled streets even when it was -5.

Unfortunately, there are no direct flights to Tallinn from Scotland so we had to go via London. We flew from Glasgow to London and then London to Tallinn with easyJet but it was totally worth that extra flight.

We stayed in The Hotel St Peterborough  which is one of the best hotels I've ever stayed in. It was rated as a 4 star but I would say it was a 5 star hotel. The rooms were gorgeous, the food delicious and staff couldn't have been more helpful. I booked a a 5 night stay via ebookers as they offered the best rates.

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When we arrived that afternoon , my boyfriend found a Irish bar around the corner to watch the Celtic game and I had a massage at the hotel. The rest of our days were spent exploring the old town, drinking hot chocolates and eating out. We also went ice-skating, took a bus tour and a day trip to Helsinki.

As we visited in February, it was very quiet but I loved that because it felt like we had the city to ourself. We even had the whole ice rink to ourself. Our driver, that took us from the airport to the hotel told us it was not unusual for the temperature to drop to -25 in February but I loved walking about in the snow and luckily it never became that cold.
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Tallinn Old Town 
Tallinn Old Town
Tallinn Old Town from The Times we had View Point
Ice Skating 
The Times we had view point
Pikk Jalg (The oldest street in Tallinn)
The Times we had view point
Tallinn Old Town
Pikk Jalg 
Tallinn Old Town
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Kiekindekok
View of Old & New Town
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

As I mentioned above, we took a day trip to Helsinki. We bought our tickets the day before from a local travel agent and paid around £30 each (depending on the exchange rate at the time). We took the 7.30am boat which took 2 hours and returned on the 5.30pm and had plenty of time to wonder around the city. There was a tram line at the ferry terminal which took us directly into the city center for 2 euros. As you can see from the pictures it was pretty cold that day and the water had frozen over. 

Helsinki Harbour
Helsinki Harbour
Helsinki Cathedral 
Love Bridge 
If you are looking for a city break then I would highly recommend Tallinn. I would go back in heartbeat.

My Top Tips
  • Stay in the heart of the old town. I highly recommend the The St Petersbourg Hotel.
  • Compare hotel prices on ebookers, Travel Republic and Expedia to find the best rate and don't forget to click via Quidco or Topcashback to claim cashback on your booking as sometimes you can earn as much as £50 back.
  • If you are staying in the old town, I would recommend booking a transfer from the airport instead of attempting public transport as I couldn't see any trams/bus services that ran through the old town and you don't want to be dragging your suit case over those cobbles. We used Shuttle Direct and it only cost £20 return for the two of us. 
  • Take a day trip to Helsinki. For £30 return you can knock another country/city of your list.
  • Avoid Eating in the main square. Like most cities the food is more expensive and not always the best in the main square. Take a walk down the wee cobbled lanes to find the best places. 
  • Talk a walk up to the view points as you will get the best photo of the old city of Tallinn.
  • Two of my favourite hidden gems were Sinilind Cafe and Matilda Cafe

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