Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette: The Review

28 December 2012

I was selected to review the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette for the Debenhams Beauty Club VIP Panel earlier in the month, and received this along with a couple of other Urban Decay goodies - including a full size Eye Primer Potion which I'd ran out of! Definitely a lovely pre-Christmas treat! I thought I'd post my review on to my blog so you guys can see what I think of it. I know a lot of you are keen on purchasing it as an addition to the existing shimmery Naked palettes, according to the chatter on Twitter!

Lipstick On Your Collar

27 December 2012

Lipstick On Your Collar - Connie Francis

Hi everyone,

I don't know about you, but applying a slick of lipstick in the morning after getting dressed helps to stick that smile back on my face and feel ready to take on the day. At 21, I also think it makes me feel like a proper mature lady! (Ahem, if only for a split-second..)

As we fall into bitterly cold mid-winter, I thought I'd compile some reviews of the lipsticks and lip butters I've been reaching for most days to give my pale skin a bit of a boost and/or my lips a surge of moisture..

Christmas Day

26 December 2012

Hey everyone!

Hope you've all had a lovely Christmas full of family, friends, food & general merriment! I'm sure you're all like me and probably watched incredibly bad Christmas telly whilst demolishing your chocolate supplies.. at least I hope so!

Thought I'd put some photos up from Christmas Eve & Christmas Day..

A Very Festive Christmas Tag

21 December 2012

Hello everyone,

Thought I'd join in with the Christmas tag I spotted on Sophie's blog and answer all the festive questions with my own wee spin on them. It would be interesting to hear everyone else's festive traditions & memories!

The German Market, Edinburgh

1. What is your favourite thing about Christmas?
I love waking up early on Christmas morning - without fail, coming downstairs to put the Christmas tree lights on and sitting and waiting for my family to get ready. We open our presents fairly early in our house (naughty). I love the smells drifting out of the kitchen all around Christmas; they always evoke such powerful memories of being young and excitable. I also love the feeling of being all cosy and together as a family on the day.

2. What is your favourite make up look for the festive season?
I tend to pare it down and stick to just concealer (Collection Lasting Perfection) and a few other bits (e.g. Benefit High Beam and Posie Tint) in the winter months anyway. Especially now I've gone obsessive about skin-care! My only kind of "look" would probably involve a berry-stained lip (Kate Moss for Rimmel Lipstick in #107) and a little bit of gold eyeshadow (L'Oreal in Pure Gold).

3. Real tree or fake tree?
We had real trees 'til about 5 years ago when my mum got sick of having to hoover up the needles falling off haha. Our fake one looks a lot better and is easier to maintain & decorate. I do miss going with my dad to collect the tree when we used to live more in the countryside though.

4. Giving presents or receiving presents?
Truthfully, I absolutely love love love giving presents. I dunno what it is but I try and build a knack at getting people just the right thing. Takes a lot of thought and care, and I just love the process of wrapping it all up pretty at the end!

5. Do you open presents christmas morning or evening?
Christmas morning!

6. Handmade christmas cards or bought?
I wish I had the artistic ability to make cards that I actually would be proud to give to people, but unfortunately I buy them. Hey, don't blame a girl for preferring Paperchase..

7. What is your favourite christmas film?
Elf is definitely high up there, obviously! I would say also The Snowman purely on a nostalgic basis, Muppets Christmas Carol, Love Actually and Miracle on 34th Street.

8. What's your favourite christmas food?
Pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce & mince pies straight out the oven. Er, hopefully not all at once but who knows...

9. What's your favourite christmas song?
Driving Home For Christmas ahaha. Gotta love a bit of Chris Rea. I also love The Waitresses' Christmas Wrapping & the She & Him Christmas album too.

10. What's your favourite christmas memory?
Definitely waking up in the morning and feeling like something magical had just changed in the house. Also, pretending to be asleep when my mum tried to creep in and fill my stocking. Later on she just left it outside my door haha.

What are your favourite Christmassy memories and traditions? Drop me a comment and keep the tag going :)


Dahlia: 'Win The Perfect Party Dress'

4 December 2012

Hey everyone,

As I regularly post about Dahlia on the blog, I thought I'd let everyone know about their new 'Win the Perfect Party Dress' Christmas campaign on the Dahlia Facebook page. Definitely the best way of winning one of their lovely dresses every week!

I actually caught a glimpse of the collar of this red & gold dress on Olivia's blog and have been waiting for it to come online! Very sparkly and ladylike all at once..

A Winter Playlist

3 December 2012

Vogue Paris Dec 2012
Hey guys,

I haven't published a playlist for a while on here; probably since last year!? But music is always on my mind, so I thought I'd compile a wee list of the tunes which are floating my boat right now. My taste has always been a mish-mash after surrounding myself with people who have verrrry different tastes and attending a lot of festivals in my teens. Recently, my boyfriend has been trying to hijack my Spotify by sticking German punk bands and Balkan Beat Box in my Ultimate playlist.. so basically, it's a MESS..

Grab yourself a cuppa, cosy up (preferably in onesie) and get the tunes going!

N.b: Apologies if the page is slow to load!

Birthday Bumps

1 December 2012

Ahhh, hi! I've had a really good week, which has made up for the stress of the weeks before that! Last Friday night I was out celebrating my 21st with friends and then spent the Sunday with family & my boy.

So here's a wee run-down of how it all went down, with a bit of help from Instagram..

Little tea party with the family / Butternut squash houmous with toasted flatbread @ Amicus Apple. SO GOOD / Gifts ♥ / Cooked roast duck in a honey glaze with spiced cabbage after seeing it in Company Mag, nom / Hollaback Girl cocktail @ Amicus Apple / 21st balloon @ Vittoria / Tea partying / Volcano Blast @ Lola Lo