Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I Style My Joanna McGillivray

Joanna McGillivray is a Glasgow born designer creating premium womenswear. She set UK bloggers a challenge a few months back to pick a favourite item from her AW13 range and style it. It was a challenge indeed as all of the pieces are beautiful but in the end the 100% leather Maya Tank stood out. The burgundy colour is perfect for taking you through this season and can be dressed up or down for a casual lunch date or a night out.
'I style my Maya Tank with silk chino trousers, ankle strap heels, Vivienne Westwood scarf and chain mail bracelet.'

Silk Chino Trousers in Forest House Of Frasers
Sienna Animal Print Ankle Strap Pointy Heels boohoo.com
Vivienne Westwood Orb Scarf Selfridges
Chain Mail Shimmer Bracelet Georgia Wiseman
Love the Maya Tank as much as me? Joanne is showcasing her SS14 collection on the 6th of November! Register here for tickets https://joannemcgillivray.eventbrite.co.uk/ or send her a tweet (@JoanneMcGStudio) telling her what your favourite piece is from the AW13 collection.

Monday, October 28, 2013

October Empties

I haven't done any empties post since April and because quite a few of my products seemed to run out at the same time, I thought I would do one for October.

Avon Care Light Moisture Refreshing Face Cream - I purchased this just before summer when my day time moisturiser ran out. It was good for that time of year because it has a light gel texture and contains cucumber and green tea which really soothes the skin. It absorbed into the skin quickly without leaving any tackiness meaning I could apply my make up straight away. It lasted me around 4 months and I think I paid about £3 for it (product is no longer available). I like a thicker moisturiser for the winter with more hydrating properties and I don't think this would be suitable but definitely a good summer one if your on a budget.
Repurchase? Yes
Charles Worthington Takeaways Heat Protection Spray - This has been in my drawer for ages and I recently rediscovered it and thought I would give it a go. I originally bought it to take on holiday and help protect my hair from the sun but use it at home on wet hair to protect it from heated styling ie hairdryer and straighteners. It also claims to 'transform hairs manageability and shine'. Although my hair is fairly thin I do tend to get tangles once I come out of the shower and I expected this to make it easier when drying my hair. However, I didn't notice any difference on the condition or manageability of my hair and I was pretty disappointed that it seemed to make no difference. I continued to use it for the heat protection aspect but would prefer to purchase something that will protect my hair as well as having additional properties that actually work.
Repurchase? No
Soap and Glory Flake Away Body Polish - Most bloggers love Soap and Glory and I am no exception. I love the retro packaging and the smell of all their products. I was given this body polish as part of a gift around Christmas time last year. I had a few other products on the go so didn't properly start using it until the start of this year and I've used it regularly ever since. If you are looking for a mild scrub then I would say this is the one for you. It contains sea salt and sugar which exfoliate any dead skin cells and also contains shea butter and sweet almond oil which nourishes the skin and leaves it feeling so soft! It has a really nice scent which lingers long after you've left the shower and I think £7.50 is a great price for the 300ml tub.
Repurchase? Yes
Avon Blemish Clearing 3 in 1 - I purchased this at the same time as the moisturiser about 4 months ago. It claims to be a cleanser, scrub and mask all in one. I first used it as a cleanser which I found ok but it left my skin feeling dry and stripped. I then tried is as a mask where you are instructed to leave it on for 3 minutes. I think I had it on for 30 seconds and I felt like it was burning my skin. I know initially with some masks it can feel tingly and warm but this just felt very uncomfortable and I removed it straight away. I have used it on and off over the last few months as a scrub but I don't leave it on my skin for longer than a few seconds. Although I have sensitive skin, the product is blemish clearing which yes means it may have some powerful ingredients but as it's treating blemished skin it shouldn't be too harsh on delicate areas.
Repurchase? No
Batiste Dry Shampoo Clean and Classic Original - What did we do before dry shampoo? I have been pretty bad for washing my hair every day lately but I've managed to cut it down to every two days with this bad boy. Gives my roots an instant refresh without weighing it down and allows for easier styling. As I have blonde hair the white powder residue that initially lightens the hair isn't an issue for me but I can see how irritating that could be for people with dark hair. At the Fabb event I attended recently (link here) I was introduced to a brand called Girlz Only which do their own dry shampoo and I think it could give Batiste a run for it's money!
Repurchase? Yes
What products have you used up this month? Any that you would recommend?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse

At the FABB Glasgow event a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to receive beautiful pink package from Cocoa Brown Tan. I had a night out last week and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to road test it! I was initially quite apprehensive because fake tan and I just don't get on. Ever. I don't wear fake tan very regularly so it's usually the last thing I think about before a night out when I realise that I'm getting my legs out but would prefer it if they didn't glow in the dark! I've tried a variety of formulas and brands but apart from Palmers Natural Bronze Body Lotion, I've not had much success so far.

Cocoa Brown was created by Marissa Carter and the product has achieved great success in Ireland. It is now available nationwide in Superdrug for only £7.99!
I am pleased to say that Cocoa Brown tan is very user friendly and different from many fake tanning products I have tried in the past. The tan comes out as a light mousse which is so easy to work into the skin with a mitt and is also very buildable. It dries really quickly meaning I can get dressed without worrying it will transfer onto my clothes or bed sheets if your applying at night. The scent is one of the first things I notice too since it doesn't smell of digestive biscuits! The mousse has a lovely floral smell which makes such a difference and I think it goes well with the gorgeous pink packaging.

It is perfect for people like me who don't wear fake tan often and are just whacking some on before a night out because its pretty much fool proof and develops a light tan in just one hour. For a deeper tan, the product can be left on for up to three hours and then it will stop developing meaning your not going to go out looking like snow white and end the night looking like something from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Although I have pretty light skin, I left the tan on for three hours as the first hour didn't make too much difference to my legs.
Here are the before and after shots which really don't do the tan (or my legs lol!) justice:

I found using the Cocoa Brown Tan enjoyable which is not a word I would associate with fake tan normally. It's just such a hassle and usually results in total disaster before a night out but not any more! The tan is meant to fade evenly but I was also given Cocoa Brown's 'Tough Stuff' which is a body scrub to help prepare the skin before tanning and to get rid of any old tan which may have out stayed its welcome. Seems like they have got it all covered!
You can find Cocoa Brown on twitter, Facebook and on their website.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

In Love With Fashion Wish List

In Love With Fashion began as a family brand in 2003 and have gone from strength to strength. Their girly style has even been spotted on a variety of celebrities including Katy Perry, Fearne Cotton and The Saturdays. Every time I have a look on their website I always find something I love and I thought I would share a few items that have caught my eye recently.
I have been trying to steer away from black recently as I seem to have a lot of it in my wardrobe. The cobalt colour caught my eye straight away and the jumpsuit looks so comfortable. I think it could look great with a statement gold necklace or red belt and some killer heels for a Christmas night out. It comes in four other colours and its safe to say I would like one of each!
The weather has turned up here in Scotland and we are definitely heading for winter. This jumper looks super cosy and perfect for keeping warm. It's great for layering - throw it on top of a skater dress, shirt or simply wear it with jeans and your favourite boots.
I don't usually like this type of flocked print but I actually love this skirt and prefer it in the teal colour to the black. Again, I think it is so versatile. For a casual day look I would wear it with a loose tshirt, tights and a leather jacket. For night time, a white shiffon top, black blazer, bare legs and black heels. I seriously love this!
I spotted this bad boy a few months ago but unfortunately they didn't have my size. It's just a fun tshirt that you can throw on with a skirt, disco pants or high waisted trousers.
I don't have anything like this in my wardrobe and I think the colour stands out without being in your face. The off the shoulder style makes it great for a night out and the In Love With Fashion team have named it the new LBD!
Good boots are a necessity in the winter and the cut out style are bang on trend this season. I think these would work really well with the red knit jumper and a pair of jeans or teamed with some thick tights and a midi dress. I love the buckles and the heel is just right. Be quick - they are almost sold out!
All of these items are quite simple but very versatile and good for layering over the winter months! If you are a student you can receive 15% off In Love With Fashion with your unidays card. 
What items are on your wish list at the moment?

Friday, October 11, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2013

As many of you will know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I thought I would do a post on some products that you can pick up to help raise money as well as hopefully inspiring you to organise a fundraiser, wear pink for the day or simply have a chat to someone about breast cancer and generate awareness.
 Aveda Pink Ribbon Hand Relief (£19 with £2 going to Breast Cancer Research)
Elemis Think Pink Beauty Heroes Kit (£36.50 and the company pledge to donate £10,000 to Breast
Cancer Care) 
Boux Avenue Dressing Gown (£38 donating £1 for every pink item that you buy)
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (£25 with £5 going to Breast Cancer Research)
Tangle Teezer Penelope Pink (£12.25 with 20% of RRP going to Breast Cancer Care)
All the products look great and they are an effective way to raise money for further research but the main goal isn't just to raise money. It is to create awareness and generate a talking point amongst women. Lets face it - we all love a chin wag so why not host your own pamper evening with your friends/neighbours/colleagues and help make the subject less of a taboo? Or host a Come Dine with Me style evening and ask your guests for a £5 donation? If the signs of breast cancer are picked up early enough, it can mean a much more positive outcome but often we can bury our head in the sand and pretend that it will just go away. This is why I think Breast Cancer Awareness month is so important because its an opportunity to gets us all talking about it and gives us a wake up call that we need. I found these facts from the Breast Cancer Care website:
  • 1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • Nearly 12,000 people die from breast cancer in the UK every year.
  • Breast cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer in women in the UK, after lung cancer.
There is more information on what to look out for here and more ways to raise money here. This is just three ways on which the money donated makes a difference:
£2 pays for a headscarf set, helping to boost the confidence of a woman who has lost her hair as a result of her breast cancer treatment.
£52 pays for a personal appointment with our HeadStrong service to help women cope with the distress of hair loss from cancer treatment.
£132 pays to connect someone going through breast cancer with a trained volunteer who has had a similar experience to them and can provide one-to-one support and reassurance.
It is clear the money raised can make such a difference. If you simply want to donate money straight to Breast Cancer Care you can do so here and don't forget to give your boobs some T(ouch)L(ook)C(heck) this month!

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Maybelline Volume Express Falsies Mascara

Hey guys!
As you may know from previous posts, I'm quite a natural girl on the make up front. I like to keep it simple but I always, always have a swipe of mascara over my lashes. I am fair haired so without mascara my lashes are invisible and my eyes look smaller.  I also have quite straight lashes so I usually curl them with eye lash curlers and look for mascaras that are lengthening as well as adding volume. Maybelline's Falsies Mascara has been around for a while now and after Nikki from The Magpie In Her reminded me of it I started seeing it every where and so took this as a sign that I should really buy it (easily persuaded)!

I have tried Maybelline's Colossal mascara before and liked it but I prefer the curved brush on the falsies mascara as it's easy to control and reduced the amount of mascara I end up getting behind my lashes!

This is with just one coat of the mascara and I was so pleased with it the first time I tried it. I'm not sure they look as good as false eyelashes and the photo doesn't completely do it justice but they certainly look longer and my lashes are more defined. The curved brush also helps the mascara go on easily with no clumps. I love the look of all the Maybelline mascaras - bright and fun! This one is around £7.99 and is available from most drug stores and supermarkets.

Leave a comment below and let me know what mascara you've been loving recently!

Sunday, October 06, 2013

FABB Event Glasgow 2013


Since getting my blogging mojo back, I have not only been working on lots of blog posts but also looking closer to home and finding some home grown talent. Twitter has become my best friend for finding some great Scottish bloggers and brands but my latest find, FABB Events, was definitely my best yet. Run by bloggers for bloggers, Tor and Ray organise events up and down the country where fashion and beauty bloggers can meet each other as well as finding out about some lovely brands that come along too.
I found Fabb events just in the nick of time as they hosted an event right here in Scotland! I had a brilliant day speaking to a few bloggers and finding out about lots of different brands. It's so lovely to spend an afternoon with like minded people who are part of the blogging world. It can sometimes feel like all the fun stuff happens down south but actually there are lots of things happening locally. This was my first blogger event but definitely won't be my last! I went along with my cousins (The Magpie in Her) but don't hesitate to go along to an event yourself as everyone is so friendly.
The brands at the event were very generous so I have lots of goodies to play with! A review of these will follow soon. A big thank you to Fabb Events and all the lovely brands that came along with lots of enthusiasm! It was a fabb day!

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Friday, October 04, 2013

Riri Hearts Mac Autumn Collection: Initial Reaction

Hey guys!
Rihanna and Mac have joined forces again to create a fall collection which was released at the Mac counters yesterday! This is the second collection the Barbados babe has created with Mac and from the promo photos of the 20 piece collaboration, it definitely looks promising. I'm hoping to go and have a nosey at the collection at some point over the next few days so for now all I can do is admire the packaging. These are a few photos Rihanna posted on her instagram (badgalriri)
Initially, I love the pink and rose gold outer packaging I think its really pretty and the gold casing of the lipstick with the pink writing is great too. However, I think the products look slightly cheap once out of the packaging. The pink 'R' doesn't look as good on the eye shadow palettes where it has a clear lid. I think some of the products look quite gimmicky and would appeal to a younger audience. Having said that, Rihanna does appeal to a wide age group and the actual product inside looks really wearable. Her Cocoa eye shadow quad (£33) in particular caught my eye as it contains some great warm tones, perfect for autumn. All the products look highly pigmented as expected from Mac so I will be interested to see how they swatch in person.
From the summer collection, the Riri woo lipstick sold out in 3 hours so its no surprise that many of the products from the fall collection have already sold out online. The collection is limited edition and will be available from the 3rd to the 30th of October. Between the collaborations with River Island and Mac, Rihanna must feel like the only girl in the world (had to get it in there!).

Have you tried any of the products? Is there any that catch your eye?

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

A Trip To London

Hi guys!
My best friend and I booked a little trip to London when Mcfly announced they were doing 4 dates at the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate their ten year anniversary. It might not be too obvious on here but I have loved Mcfly since the start and as cheesy as it sounds, they have been the soundtrack to my life for the majority of my teenage years and into my twenteens! We decided to stay a few extra nights and make the most of our trip so we also booked up to see Wicked the musical. The talent in that show is incredible, particularly Louise Dearman who plays Elphaba. I highly recommend! Mcfly were of course their standard amazing selves with a few cheeky special guests. Anyway, less of the babbling! Here are a few snaps from our trip...

My pink case / Kirsty and I / Beautiful RAH
Mcfly killing it / McBusted!! / My fav necklace at the moment
Big Ben / Flying Friendly Squirrels / Wicked