LUSH Christmas 2014

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Until moving earlier this year.. it had been around 5 years since I had a bath (showering, of course)!!

 I know a lot of people in the blogging community are HUGE +LUSH fans!

And although I watched many a video or read blog posts on the latest offerings of bath products, it just wasn't an option for me to buy any fun bath products and I tended not to look at what was available in store on that side. For me, it was about the skincare and the moisturisers.

But HUZZAH! I have now moved and I have a bath!
I am excited about this with the cold weather approaching, but then again... it's just another area to start spending money on that I didn't before!
I love Lush, apart from being all natural goodness and having amazing company ethics (they never test on animals, or associate with companies who do).. the products are just great fun!
Nothing like bright colours, fizzing and glitter to make a grown woman feel like a child again!
Tell me what is not to love about a good bath bomb!
We were so lucky to be invited into store and to be shown the new Halloween/Christmas collection.
The bath area still being new to me I was just in awe of all the colours and effects they were showing!
I was amazed at how genuinely enthusiastic all the staff are, and how much their love of the products comes through when they talk. I have no idea how they remember specific ingredients of the products!
Whether you are planning to give any Lush products as gifts this Christmas, or for yourself..
These are a must!
I have so many on my list now to buy.
Are there any you would recommend to a newbie like me?

Mallzee - The Personal Shopping App

Thursday, 16 October 2014

I have taken a little break from blogging this year due to recently buying my own property #skint , moving.. then generally life just getting in the way
It's hard work pretending to be a grown up!

But I am easing myself back into this blogging malarky and my haven't things changed!

There have been a couple of emails floating about recently that I really wanted to share some more information on with you.

So, I have been in contact with the lovely ladies at Mallzee for a while now, and i'll give you a little rundown on Mallzee if you don't already know!

Shopping App

Think of Mallzee like Tinder.. for shopping, not men (or women)

Ok not really, but this really is a great shopping app!

With all your favourite brands in one place (Topshop, River Island, Urban Outfitters, Adidas, Forever 21 and SO many more) you can search them all to your hearts content. Whether it be clothes, accessories, sportswear or shoes!

With a quick swipe to say either yes or no (like Tinder, geddit?) you can move on to the next item!

You can save your favourite brands, you can get alerts as to when items go on sale, you can save your style feeds if you are looking to put an outfit together.
You can also follow the links through to the brand website to purchase.
It really is that simple, and so handy!
It saves clogging up the photo album on my phone or the numerous notes reminding me of things I like.
I am a HUGELY indecisive shopper.

I've been telling people all about it the past week (i'm a little bit of a pusher) and friends have since downloaded the app and now agree how great it is.

Even my boyfriend is interested, which says a lot!
Especially with Christmas approaching, the fact that I can save style feeds or share items, it could really help him with present buying :)

Which I think we both appreciate (Thanks Mallzee!)

All we need to do is get the word out there, use the app and share the experience!

In helping achieve this Mallzee are offering a great prize courtesy of  and London College of Fashion

-An iPad air for blogging on the go
-A Canon wireless printer, to print all your beautiful images
-A blogging short course at the world-renowned London College of Fashion, where you’ll learn (from industry pros) about how to develop your blog’s effectiveness
-£250 to spend on your favourite brand through Mallzee
competition details are here and closes Monday 20th October


Sunday, 12 October 2014

I was recently contacted by Currys about a competition they are running

I actually really liked the idea because it got me and my boyfriend thinking.. debating, and overall agreeing on what our answer would be!

The competition is for a home cinema soundsystem ( ) for these cold nights (not so far) ahead of us where you just want to cuddle up with a blanket, and if you are like me.. light some candles, and watch some nonsense on tv!

So, the question was - and I would love to know your answers! Because there were so many that we loved-

What is your favourite movie soundtrack?

Simple! Until you start to think about it!

There are SO many great soundtracks out there.. but, I had to go with a classic...
a film where children.. everyone knows the film, or of the film and the words to at least one song!

We know the characters, the outfits are synonymous with the film which we still try to replicate...FYI I had my disco pants on last night! And the songs are pretty flipping' great!

Grease is the word!

Sandy and Danny

I also can't deny, that I have always.. and probably will always be lusting after Danny Zuko!

No brainer, sorry Peter!

The deadline for this competition is 12/10/14 and all you have to do is answer this question, and send a tweet of your entry to @CurrysPCWorld using the hashtag #CurrysMovieNight

Rimmel Moisture Renew - Funtime Fuchsia 320

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

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Rimmel funtime fuchsia 320 lipstick

Back to lipsticks.

Nothing new then!

I bought this before Christmas and I thought ooh.. it's a bright one, save this for nights out when i'm feeling a little daring!

But for some reason, don't have a clue why.. I decided to put it on one morning before work. And i've worn it every day since.

That is really rare for me!

Now i'm sure you are aware by now that I love Rimmel lipsticks? No?
I'll link back to a couple of posts.. :)

Number 1Number 2Number 3

This colour is Funtime Fuchsia - 320. It is that gorgeous purple/pink colour (which appears a bit more pink on me unless I layer it on). Fuchsia is one of my favourite colours as a whole, but not one I would often choose to wear.

The Rimmel Moisture Renew lipsticks are bloomin' amazing to begin with!

I 'suffer' from dry lips, cold climates up here in Aberdeen, so I really need something moisturising!
And as a day to day lipstick, these are fantastic!
I can put this on in the (horribly early) morning, and it lasts a good 4/5 hours, even after copious amounts of tea and my lips aren't left feeling chapped!

I have blotted this colour slightly in the above picture as I don't like it to look too bright for work, but this is also the shade I was wearing in the post below for a brighter pink.

Ah, i'm in love.

Are there any Rimmel colours I should buy next?

Long Time, No See..

Thursday, 23 January 2014

UK beauty blogger

First off, I apologise for the lack of posts over the past month..and the silly face :)
My new account was hacked (although I don't think they did anything too bad apart from sign me up for lots of junk mail!) and my purse was stolen on my birthday..(which I did get back thankfully - minus the cash). My personal space felt a little invaded, and I really just cut myself off from the outside world for a little while.

ANYHOO... I was sent these glasses from Vision Direct FAR too long ago (very sorry).. I am one of those horribly annoying people who don't need glasses, I have perfect vision.. but you always want what you can't have.. and for me, that has always been glasses!

I am the only person in my family without.. I used to try and trick the optician into thinking my eyesight was terrible when I was younger, to no avail! I was fooling absolutely no one!
So the option to have some frames.. was just too tempting for my inner child!

They sell such a variety of frames (I never looked for anything fancy but there are lots of brands!) and contact lenses, including coloured lenses which I think are really cool.. I would love a deep blue, or sky blue pair because my eyes are a little dull in colour.. but I am far too scared of sticking things in my eyes, or not getting them out!

Has anyone else tried coloured lenses?
I love to see the change it makes!

Romantic Memories..

Monday, 20 January 2014

I was contacted by National Holidays about their Valentine Blogger Competition to win the chance of a long weekend away to the Claymore Hotel by Loch Lomond.
All you have to do is share your most romantic moment.
I thought this would be a lovely idea, as I can't even remember the last time we had a getaway! I suspect 4 years ago? Which seems absurd! Now i'm not saying we haven't been anywhere :) we have been on holiday, but it has been a long time since we just packed up and got away from the routine of our everyday life to enjoy each others company.

laurenrhiannon Valentines day

(One of my favourite pictures, our second or third date out to visit Crathes Castle on a sunny day.. when we were caught in a horrible downpour and sheltering under a tree which is why I look so greasy and I horribly needed my roots done haha)
I have been with my boyfriend for 7 years now. I was never a flowers (but always chocolates) kinda gal, so I think a little romance got lost along the way.. at least I think he got off lightly haha!
I find romance is such a personal thing, and something that means nothing to one person.. or may be a regular thing for you, may mean the world to someone else!

When I met my boyfriend, neither of us were looking for anything long term and really hadn't expected much of it.. I was due to move to Edinburgh a month later for a course so I thought there may be a couple of dates to make my heart flutter and then we would move along.

I should say we also met just before Christmas, a significantly bad one that year.. and as he lived an hour or so away, we only met twice in the month or so before I left so it was a very textual (not rude) relationship. But he courted away and although I think we were both coy and shy it became serious quite quickly.. despite the fact we rarely saw each other.

I did move to Edinburgh, and I still expected things to fizzle out as I wouldn't be home often but he surpassed my expectations (seriously surpassed) and made the 3 hour journey down to see me one night every week. Because we were both studying and he worked part time we could only spend a few hours together before he made the 3 hour journey back home. He kept this up for a full year until he finished his course and he made the big move to Edinburgh to be with me.

Then I made the big move back to Aberdeen with him.

Although there have been lots of ups and downs over the years, this remains one of my fondest memories of our relationship and I never took it for granted.
We may not have done anything special.. but the money, the time and the effort spent just to enjoy a cinema trip or a meal out still means a heck of a lot to me and reminds me how much we've been through to get to this point. Ach, sometimes I love a good lovey dovey gush! I don't think I do it enough :)

What are your most romantic memories?
I would love to hear them!

PURE Papaya Ointment

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Pure Papaya Ointment

My penultimate SBN Christmas post :)

I apologise that this post is late. I have had a nightmare few days getting home for Christmas! This morning we were up bright and early for our 7.50am flight, which got us home... circled above the airport for half an hour then took us back to Inverness! Ahhh! Trust there to be a lightning storm directly above the airport JUST as we are about to land! So we had to go back, refuel.. eat some breakfast and after 4 hours, eventually made it back to our destination!

Enough of my Christmas woes though! Today we have PURE Papaya Ointment £9.99. I was so excited to try this, I have heard so much about Paw Paw balms and ointments (all good). I fortunately do not have many of the problems in which they claim the ointment is good for (nursing nipples, chafing, tattoo aftercare) so I have been using this for chapped lips and on any dry patches of skin.

' In addition to papaya, or pawpaw, ingredients include soothing calendula, shea butter, jojoba oil, macadamia oil, styrax benzoin resin, silica, beeswax and vitamin E.'

Ok, back to my woes... I am SO weak I really struggle to squeeze this out of the tube! It is very thick, which is great because that makes me think - super moisturising! But I do find it difficult to squeeze out.. as I said, I am weak! So this could just be me! Let me know haha.

I get really dry lips in the colder weather and when I put any thick moisturiser or cream on it tends to coat my lips rather than sink in, and this has still happened with this product which is why I tend to use it in my nightly routine. This does not mean it doesn't work or that I dislike it, it is moisturising and my lips do feel soft but it does leave a white film on my lips which I would obviously prefer to remove before any face to face interaction!

I have also been using this for dry areas of skin. I am lucky in that I don't often get these.. but again with the colder weather I do get the odd breakout on my cheeks and arms so I have been applying a little bit of the Papaya Ointment to the problem areas and leaving it overnight and it really helps! I can still feel slight dry areas on my skin but they are not noticeable (except to touch). My worry was that by adding makeup to the dry patches it would make them more visible and possibly worse, so I am really happy that this has not been the case and that it has improved the issue!

What are your thoughts?