Tuesday, April 28, 2015

My Night Time Skin Care Routine

Since I started blogging a few years ago, I developed a real interest in skincare and it's a pretty good thing to be interested in since, as skincare guru Caroline Hirons always says, you only get one face! After suffering with bad skin through my teenage years, I finally feel like my skin is improving - this is mainly down to diet but I'm also really happy with my night time skin care routine at the moment so I thought I would share.
First, I take off my eye make up with Living Nature Gentle Make Up Remover. After recently having a slight reaction to what I was using previously, I found this make up remover which is fragrance and allergen free as well as being suitable for sensitive skin. It takes my mascara off with just one or two swipes and doesn't irritate my eyes in the slightest.

Sticking with the gentle theme, I've been using The Body Shop's Vitamin E Cream Cleanser for the last few months and I'll definitely be repurchasing. I work a small amount over my face to dissolve all my make up and then I remove it with a warm, damp flannel to reveal super soft skin. It's great for every day use and works well for those days you need a double cleanse.

 The Vitamin E Hydrating Toner compliments the cleanser and after I've soaked a cotton pad it, I run it all over my face to take away any remaining make up and prep my skin for moisturiser.
Next, I apply a pea size amount of MyChelle Fabulous Eye Cream under my eyes and gently pat it into the skin. I then use either No 7 Protect & Perfect Night Cream or L'occitane Precious Cream (sample size) over the rest of my face and Paw Paw moisturising balm to my lips and I'm ready for bed!

Once every 1-2 weeks I'll exfoliate with Alpha H Liquid Gold which is applied in a similar way to a toner and helps remove dead skin cells & repair the skin. For the times when my skin needs an extra boost over night I apply Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask and in the morning my skin is smooth & hydrated.

So that's my night time routine! As soon as it's done I'm ready for bed & out like a light :).


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Topolabamba Glasgow

I recently visited Topolabamba in Glasgow for the second time with my boyfriend. We loved it so much the first time that we knew we had to go back and although the menu has changed slightly, we weren't disappointed.
Their funky name comes from a region in Mexico called Topolabampo where the inspiration comes for their 'classic Mexican dishes and authentic street food'. The whole menu is made for sharing with the similar idea of tapas where you order a few dishes each and have a taste of everything!
This time around we went for the Barbacoa Beef &  the Char Roasted Vegetable Tacos which come in this cute little tortillas with loads of filling. We also had the Chicken Tinga Burrito which is definitely my new favourite! Last time we had coca cola ribs which were amazing but unfortunately they have been taken off the menu so we went for the Chipotle Honey Ribs which were just as delicious.
For sides we had the Salt & Chilli Pepper Fries which are so good and tried the Mexican Green Rice which also worked well with the tacos. For dessert I had Horchata Ice Cream which was nice and refreshing after all the Mexican food! My boyfriend had the Churros which are hot Mexican doughnuts that are lovely and warm with a cinnamon coating and a dollop of ice cream. The perfect way to end a great meal.

Although the dishes look small, I'm always comfortably full afterwards rather than bursting at the seams which is a good place to be! It's also really good value for money and I love the paper menus and little pencils which are a nice touch and add to the street food style, laid back vibe. The staff are friendly and helpful which is especially good if its your first visit as they offer recommendations on the best dishes.
Located at 89 St Vincent street in Glasgow, it's really handy if your looking to refuel mid shopping spree or having dinner & drinks with friends after work. The laid back feel makes everyone welcome and the food doesn't disappoint.
You can visit Topolabamba's website here to view the full menu. They are also on facebook, twitter & instagram so check them out :).   


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring Cleaning Your Wardrobe

7 Tough Love Commandments for Spring Cleaning Your Closet

A big spring clean in the wardrobe department probably isn't the top of most Scots priority list since we have pretty unpredictable weather. However, I like to give my wardrobe a good clear out every so often and if you have more room in your wardrobe, its the perfect excuse to go shopping!
Below are my top 5 tips I'll be using when cleaning out my wardrobe this spring.

1. Pull Everything Out - Whenever I only make half an effort to sort through my clothes & root through the rail I never manage to make a decision and end up at square one. What works best is to fully commit & take everything out of my wardrobe a bundle at a time until its empty. This way you can see exactly how many of the same top you have or find that dress you'd been looking for lurking at the back.

2. Organised chaos - I work my way through everything by sticking to a keep, maybe, chuck  system. The keep items or my staples such as jeans are usually in the keep bundle & go straight back into my wardrobe. The maybe bundle is for clothes that have been in there for over 6 months but I'm unsure as to what I would wear it with or if I've worn it to death & it might need chucked but I can't bare to part with it. The chuck bundle is pretty obvious - anything I don't want goes to charity.

3. Be Brutal - I use to find this really hard as I would hold onto clothes time & time again thinking I would get use out of them & I never did. If you haven't worn it in a year, chuck it out. No excuses!

4. Have a system - I use to have my wardrobe like a jumble sale with everything anywhere. Some people like to colour code their wardrobe, I like to organise it into similar items - all my trousers together, all my dresses together, and then tops etc. I find it stays neater for longer if I do this and its easy to see what I've got to plan my outfit.

5. Retail therapy - After all we're making room so we can buy more, right? Once I have a good clear out I feel like I can take a look at my staples and tweak them slightly for the season. Finding a top or dress you completely forgot about can be like trying it on for the first time again (or a 'what was I thinking moment'!) but it's also just nice to refresh your wardrobe and have some fresh, new clothes to brighten up even the dullest days.

Are you planning a spring clean? Do you have any tips?
Now to tackle the shoes...


Tuesday, April 07, 2015

My Everyday Makeup

I really enjoy reading posts or watching videos on everyday make up looks as I'm nosey and like to see what products other people use so I thought I would do a post on my own daily war paint.

To start I apply L'Oreal Studio Secrets Primer all over my face with my fingers. I find the heat from my hands helps to blend the primer into my skin and applying a primer helps the rest of my make up last longer. Staying up late watching countless youtube videos means I need a little brightening under the eye to look more awake! Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer in Light does the job & the sponge makes for easy application onto the delicate eye area.

For foundation I have recently been trying out Maxfactor All Day Flawless 3 in 1 foundation in Light Ivory and applying with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. It's the perfect shade for my fair skin and although it has good coverage and a matt finish, it's light and doesn't feel cakey.

The foundation does a pretty good job at covering most of the blemishes but for the days where I need a little extra coverage, I use Collection's Last Perfection Concealer in 'Fair'. As you can tell by the rubbed off writing and slightly worse for wear tube, I use this almost every day. Loads of bloggers rave about this product and it really does the job.

Next up is blusher. I have been using Benefit's 'Hervana' for years and as its not super pigmented it gives a subtle flush which is great for every day use. I then apply Seventeen's 'Skin Wow! 3 Way Highlighter' to the back of my hand and dab a few dots onto the top of my cheek bone and blend with my fingers. It does give the skin a subtle shimmer and glow but I only use a little as you don't want to go OTT and end up looking like a glitter ball on a Monday morning in the office!

Brows have grown in popularity over the last year and its something that I've only started to do recently. Again, the the writing has rubbed off but I'm sure the crayon is from L'Oreal and it's the shade blonde. As my eyebrows are so fair I like to define them slightly with this crayon and then brush through with the spoolie on my Maybelline Lash Shape Brow Pencil.

Depending on how I'm feeling, sometimes I apply eye shadow & sometimes I don't. It really comes down to time in the morning but if I do, its always from my Soap & Glory Limited Edition Perfect Ten pallet which I received for Christmas & love. Its got such great shades for all eyes but I particularly think the brown/gold tones suit blue eyes like mine. I tend to go for 'Minky' or 'Taupe Cat' & apply it with my Real Techniques Shading Brush before curling my lashes & applying a few coats of Soap & Glory's 'Thick & Fast' mascara and ta da! I'm done and rushing out the door!

As you can see I keep it pretty natural for my every day look. What is you're one every day makeup essential? Let me know in the comments below!


Thursday, April 02, 2015

The Spring Tag

I love spring. Mainly for the usual reasons - Easter eggs, lighter nights, lambs frolicking around the fields & spring cleaning (what do you mean you don't like spring cleaning?!). Today on my blog I thought I would do the Spring tag so here goes...

1 . What three colours remind you of Spring?Yellow, green & white - I'm thinking daffodils & those Easter bonnets my mum crafted for me when I was little!

 2. What is the first thing you add to your Spring wardrobe?
This year I am looking for a bright blazer to add a pop of colour and cheer up my wardrobe. Although the nights are lighter, there's still a chill in the air so a blazer rather than a heavy winter jacket is perfect. I like this Coral one from New Look.

3. What is the first item that you ditch from your wardrobe to make it more Spring-like?
The Scottish weather can be pretty unpredictable so I don't tend to ditch much between seasons but I do like to have a spring clean and be quite brutal - if I've not worn it in 6 months to a year its out.

4. What are your ultimate nude and bright lipsticks?
For nudes I love Burberry Lip Mist in Copper and Revlon 'Crème Brulee'. For a bight lip Rimmel Apocalips 'Stellar'.

5. What is your signature Spring fragrance?
For Spring I think something light like Chanel 'Chance' or 'Darling' By Kylie Minogue.

6. What do you add or drop from your skin care routine?
My night time skin care routine usually stays the same but I would probably swap my day time moisturising cream for a lighter one or an oil.

7. Do you change your hair up in Spring?
Not normally - the only thing I might do is go for a trim and get rid of any split ends!

8. Are there any exciting beauty releases that you can’t wait for?
I think it may have been released now but Burberry Kisses - I already have my eye on a few of the colours including 'Rose Pink' which is a lovely shade for spring.

9. What are your three favourite nail colours for Spring?
I recently received OPI 'A good man-darin is' in my Pink Parcel box and it's a lovely orange for spring. You can't go far wrong with a nude like Essie 'Ballet Slippers' and add a little sparkle on top with Rimmel 'Glitter Bomb'.

10. Who do I tag?
Nikki (Frowstyle)
Kirsty (Tiny baby socks)
Erin (Erin's Choice)