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On November 1st Space NK's Christmas Gift With Purchase will launch, and as usual the minimum spend will be £250 to get it, so I thought I'd share some of the products that have made my shortlist to give you some inspiration - as if you were lacking any!

First up is the Dr Dennis Gross SpectraLite LED eye treatment. At £168 this is a pricey gadget but the results are supposed to be excellent - and visible within two weeks. I think I'm going to wait for a few more people to report back on this before taking the plunge but I'm always buying topical products and I think there's a lot to be said for treatments - so this has definitely peaked my interest, and the price point would give you a good chunk towards reaching the £250.

I've tried a few Sisley products now - they are pricey and I've been buying them when the GWP at Space NK has been on throughout this year - and so far they've been some of the best products I've tried. For my flight to New York next month I feel like I could definitely count upon the Sisley Express Flower Gel Masque to give my airplane skin the hydration it will be craving, plus it's clear so won't look too bizarre in flight. There's also the Sisley Botanical Detox which I'm super interested in; you use this product every night for a month as an intensive treatment and it boost the natural detoxification of skin cells and helps slow down the ageing process, as well as leaving the skin looking brighter, less tired and more hydrated. It's a lot of money but again it would go a long way towards achieving the £250 spend and so far I do have to say the handful of Sisley products I've had have been majorly impressive.

The Diptyque Christmas offerings this year are stunning, I actually haven't made it into a store to smell them in person yet but the packaging is so beautiful! There's the Dragon one which is blood orange, wood and cloves - so I imagine that will come through in a very traditional Christmassy scent; the Phoenix one is incense and myrrh with cinnamon which I think sounds beautiful and lastly the Unicorn one which is inspired by 'Frosted Forrest' and counts fir needles, wood and mint amongst it's notes - so I think this will be the cooler, more invigorating scent. Obviously candle offerings have to involve going into store but unless any of the scents are particularly offensive (which, since none of them are floral, I don't think will be an issue for me) I could happily have all three of these to display.

Speaking of scents the Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Massage Body Oil sounds very up my street. It's got arnica, ginger and black pepper in it, which should help stiff joints and ease muscle aches and pains, and I just feel in constant pain these days - so I'm pretty much willing to give anything a go!

I am a huge fan of the REN Sea Kelp and Magnesium range already so this travel set would be ideal for going to New York as it contains a body scrub, wash and lotion and the magnesium is supposed to be good for sore muscles as well, so after days of pavement pounding in NY - shopping definitely counts as cardio when you're covering Manhattan Island from top to bottom! - this would be very welcome, and I always need to do a full body scrub after being on a plane otherwise I just don't feel I've got the plane dirt away!

One of the other things I'll be doing post-plane is a whole load of masques getting thrown at my skin every night - and Patchology is a brand I haven't tried but am definitely interested in. This trio of masques is £18.00 and includes a resurfacing masque, an illuminating masque and a hydrating masque - and the resurfacing masque promises to be a very gently resurfacing one with no redness left behind - so perfect to put on then head out into the city. They all work within 5 minutes, so again ideal for using in the morning when we want to be out the door to start the day on holiday rather than sitting about waiting on our sheet masques to work!

Moving off of skincare and on to skin - the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops Set was on my Sephora wish list for buying in New York, but I'm really happy to see more and more of the value sets coming over to the UK. The swatches of these look beautiful and although they're tiny a little goes a long way with these products, so I think the 4 of these will definitely last!

The other set I've featured is from Nars and it's the Love Triangle set - which is an amazing price point at £20. It have a mini of the Hot Sand highlighting blush in it and a mini of the Rita Audacious lipstick. I already have the Hot Sands liquid illuminator and I really like it, so I'm sure I'll like the powder version; and I've picked up Rita and swatched it so many times - but I could never justify another red lipstick... till it came in mini!

The audacious lipstick formula really isn't my favourite, but the colours are absolutely beautiful and I'm building up a pretty extensive collection - the next one on my list is definitely Vera, which is a beautiful berry shade. Other Nars lip products that I have my eye on are one of the new Powermatte Lip Pigments in the shade Rock With You, which I fell in love with after seeing Sam Chapman use it in this video; and a Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the shade Mysterious Red. I have Cruella already and honestly just don't love it - I find it quite wet for something that's supposed to be matte, but I've heard that Mysterious Red is a bit more matte than Cruella, so I might give it a go!

The last product isn't available online but I'm hoping Glasgow will have it in store - and it's the Becca Mineral Blush in the shade Songbird which is described as a peachy-pink but has a bronze-brown tone running through it that I think will be super flattering on my pale skin throughout the cooler months.

With NY on the horizon I'm aimign to spend as close to the qualifying amount as possible and not go crazy - because otherwise I'd just add all of the above to my basket - but stay tuned to my YouTube channel to see what I do go for!

Space NK Gift With Purchase Shopping List

31 October 2017


I officially go to New York 5 weeks today, which is both amazing but also terrifying - because I am still not prepared! Our plans for food and where we want to go are now pretty set, so it's now down to the 'What am I going to wear?!' and 'I need to get my hair done before we go!' type of prep.

I have a coat I can wear for going but I've mentioned this Monsoon one before and I still do love it. I've tried it on and it fits nicely but it's not to bulky for going in and out of shops and it would fit so well into my existing wardrobe too, as I'm a sucker for navy and red.

It's going to be cold while we're away (but Christmassy and beautiful, so I'm not complaining!) so high neck jumpers seem like a good idea and I love this bargainous but beautiful blue one. Scott has likened it to someone whose arms are in the process of transitioning into a werewolf whilst the rest of them stays human, but I think we can safely put that down to him having no concept of style! I love the colour and the sleeves have just enough 'winter is coming' about them to make me feel a bit Stark like! Next to it is this slightly less bargainous but hopefully amazing quality colour block jumper. I love the shade of green for Autumn/Winter and I think it'd look super chic whilst still being warm and cosy.

Speaking of jumpers, the green one on the bottom of the collage is actually from Prinstome who are a reliable company for fast t-shirt printing. Obviously going to New York at Christmas t-shirts maybe aren't the most practical item, but I feel like it would be so much fun to have matching themed hoodies for wearing on the plane - and this one looks super cosy. Two Scottish girls going to New York at Christmas time in their matching sweaters - I feel like its the start of a movie...

Lastly on the 'things to wear' front, if I was buying new boots for going it would be these gorgeous Huntsman boots from Ted and Muffy / Duo in the cherry red leather. I think they'd compliment my coat so well and they'd match the scarf I'm taking - which is the one I showed in this video back in January. I've had a few pairs of boots from this brand - back from when they were Duo through to Ted & Muffy and now they're back again and they are expensive, but they're very worth it - all of mine are still in great condition, despite being very well used!

Skincare wise we all know planes dehydrate your skin like crazy, and I feel like grabbing one of the Charlotte Tilbury dry sheet masks for using on our arrival night probably wouldn't hurt. I haven't tried this mask before but I've heard amazing things, and I have high hopes that it could sort of my post-plane skin!

Speaking of post plane skin, as well as dehydrating my skin the plane is also a breeding ground for germs and bacteria, which can led to break outs, especially on my oily skin. This LED Light Therapy mask from Neutrogena treats the skin with the blue light to kill the acne causing bacteria in the skin - which will be at a huge high after a plane journey, and the red light reduces inflammation in the skin. It's a bit of an investment, but I recently paid quite a lot for a facial that combined dermaplaning and the LED light treatment, so if I'm paying upfront to be able to treat myself at home I'm technically saving money - not that I'll be trying dermaplanning at home mind you!

Lastly, for keeping my oil in check I think I'll treat myself to these products from REN - the clarimatte toner and gel moisturiser, which both claim to balance oil on the skin and keep breakouts at bay. I've linked to these at M&S as, if I purchase them on November 9th, this would get me the minimum spend to buy the M&S beauty advent calendar, which, if they go with the same as last year, will be £35 if you spend £35. I've bought one advent calendar already this year so I'm not sure if I'll go for another one, but when I'm planning to buy these products anyway...

*Post in collaboration with Printsome. 
All items picked, opinions and love of themed clothing entirely my own*

NYC Prep!

27 October 2017

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You know I’m a fan of giving it away up front - if you’re looking for a good night out – book this show.

Before is started I was humming the iconic theme tune and Scott said ‘If they don’t use that I’m going to be so mad.’ I of course replied with ‘Don’t be daft, of course they’ll use it.’ He countered that point with something else we’d seen on stage that hadn’t used a few iconic bits from a film, and placed a seed of doubt in my head. I needn’t have worried, The Addams Family the musical might be a musical, and a different form, to the strips and films, but they pay homage to their relatives and the stage show opens with those 4 notes repeating, and a bodiless hand clicking along from through a letterbox.

However, it totally is its own thing – the characters are different interpretations to those that Scott and I know and love from the Anjelica Huston and Christina Ricci films. It wasn’t like seeing a second rate version of those films on stage – and really, with a cast as stellar as this one, how could it ever have been? Carrie Hope Fletcher always gives a phenomenal performance and this was no different, I was blown away again and again by her voice, but I also was awed by Cameron Blakely as Gomez. Gomez and Fester are the heart of this show, and what heart they are. Scott Paige, understudy for Les Dennis, was performing the role of Fester the night and he was phenomenal. His version of Uncle Fester was a bit like if the Uncle Fester we’re familiar with got together with Varys from Game of Thrones and had a baby – it was fantastic. I’m going again tomorrow and Scott’s performance is one of the main things I’m looking forward to. Well, that, and Lurch – but I don’t want to say too much there (get it?!) and spoil it for you.

If you’re an Addams Family fan you won’t be disappointed by this hilarious, quirky show that so cleverly captures all of the elements of the family we know and love whilst showing them in a new light, with a new story. If you’re unfamiliar with the Addams Family (I would have written ‘If you’re not an Addams Family fan, but, like, surely there’s no one in the world who would fall into that camp?!) then this show is an amazing introduction to the family that’s kooky, spooky and altogether ooky…


It’s Friday the 13th of Halloween month – treat yourselfto some tickets!

The Addams Family Musical, King's Theatre, Glasgow.

13 October 2017



Isle of Skye Candle Company - Sleep Sensations 3 Wick Candle


After receiving an Isle of Skye Sleep Sensations Votive candle as part of an event run by People Make Glasgow for the Style Mile Fest last year I've been a fan of these candles, recommending them to everyone and anyone. Looking for a clean burning candle? I've got you covered.

It occurred to me that, despite telling everyone I know IRL, I had never actually shared a proper blog post dedicated to these candles, so when I did a stock up last month I decided to photograph them and finally share the details.

The company was started in 2006 by James, who worked alone until 2009 - which is incredible! Imagine starting and running your own company by yourself for that long - what an inspiring story... You can read more about the company here; but the history aside let's talk about the products themselves.

The candles are made with high quality soya wax, which means they burn more cleanly and the wax used burns at a lower temperature, which means that the fragrances are not burnt off and you actually get a much better scent payoff from these candles than with others. That scent payoff is certainly there with both of the three wick candles I've shown in this post, they truly fill the room and strongly enough that they (there's not really a delicate way to put this...) cover the smell that somehow seems to linger even after Sansa's litter tray has been cleaned out.

The Juniper scent is very fresh but still relaxing and I've been burning that one downstairs, but the Sleep Sensations one has been firmly in my bedroom and it definitely helps to calm me down at night. There is lavender in the Sleep Sensations formula, and I'm not usually a huge fan of lavender scents, and it's mixed with tea tree and grapefruit, again neither of which I particularly like, but somehow mixed together these three just work. It make my room smell like a spa, which is what I'm all about and definitely creates an ambiance that makes me want to unwind and go to sleep.

Since Sansa is still a young cat I can't leave candles burning unattended (yes, I know you're not meant to anyway, but let's just not pretend we don't walk out of rooms with candles burning in them!) so I can't do what I previously would, which is put the candle on then go into the bathroom and shower/wash my face/faff about before coming back to my bedroom, by then usually filled with scent, and finish off my skincare and settle into bed; but even though I don't light this candle till I go into my room the three wick sends out such a good scent so quickly that I hardly notice the slight hold up in my routine.

As for the air freshener, which I went for in the Ginger & Nutmeg scent, it's been giving out plenty of scent to fill the car. The website says these last up to three weeks and it's now been in our car for around 4, and still seems to be going strong! For £2.50 I'm very impressed and will be purchasing another one! We don't eat in the car generally so there's not any smell to mask, so not sure how they'd hold up against a McDonalds drive through, but if the Juniper vs Sansa's Litter Tray throwdown is anything to go by, I'm fairly sure these would outdo any cheeseburgers.

Next on my list is the Winter Warmer scent, and if you'd like to have a sniff at these then you can check out the store list here - or if you don't have a physical store near you then the stockists are here.



Isle of Skye Candle Company

10 October 2017

Pinch punch first of the month! It's October and it's officially well into Autumn, and I couldn't be happier because I love Autumn/Winter dressing, the rich colours, the heavier fabrics - it all gets me so excited, but with a New York trip and a DLP trip early next year I can't really afford to go crazy on what I'm buying without a plan - so I've picked out some bits and pieces that either work together or with my existing wardrobe (or both!) to make sure that when I'm buying things for my favourite seasons I'm not wasting money!

DAYWEAR


I'm pretty guilty of buying up lots of dresses and going out things, but not a lot of day to day clothing - but this year I am definitely going to try and be better! The first jumper, with the swans on it, is from Oasis and was merchandised in store with the tartan skirt I've placed underneath it in this collage. it's very cutsey and I think it'll go nicely with my Ted & Muffy boots from last year, and ultimately I'm aiming to buy things that will slot in and work with my existing wardrobe.

Speaking of my existing wardrobe, the green Kate Spade handbag that I showed in this haul is one of my favourite bags - it's the perfect size to be roomy enough to hold things without being so big it ends up weighing a tonne, and green is my favourite colour so I'm on a mission to add a little more of it into my wardrobe. This green skirt is cord, which is a good material for going into the colder months as it is slightly warmer. The dress next to it would also be good for a layering piece in winter and it comes in both green and burgundy - which are basically my two favourite colours. They're logng enough to be able to wear to work with tights and a shirt underneath, but i'd wear them on the weekend too - so I think I'd get loads of wear from them both.

Given the amount of navy I wear the striped navy and red jumper would fit easily into my wardrobe to wear with jeans and boots through the colder months, an easy, no thought required combination. There's also the grey jumper with the embellishment on it, I'm not sure if the material could potential be an irritant to my eczema, but I think it's beautiful and well worth going in to store to check out. I didn't include this green jumper in the collage, because I'm not sure if it might be too high necked for my large chested figure, but it's that same gorgeous green shade that I love, so again I'll be heading into store to try it on! 

The last skirt is this gorgeous one from Warehouse, which again I think would go with a lot of my existing wardrobe. It's styled in store with a red jumper that has a slight puff sleeve, which I don't think would hugely flatter me, so I'll be on the lookout for other red jumpers with normal sleeves, but I think in the meantime it would match my own navy jumper, and again the swan print one.

Lastly these culottes from Zara are gorgeous, the cropped length probably isn't ideal for winter but I think they'd be lovely for work with a plain top. I recently bought these ones from River Island but in a navy colour, rather than the cream, and I love them, so another pair would be a welcome addition to my wardrobe, and I love the colour of these Zara ones!

OUTERWEAR AND ACCESSORIES

 This navy and red military coat from Monsoon would fit perfectly into my existing wardrobe, and looks like it'll be warm without being too cumbersome. This green blazer, which I admit I'd be a bit stretched to class as outerwear is beautiful and again is another green piece to bring in to my wardrobe. I think it'd be perfect to throw on over jeans and jumpers to jazz it all up a bit, or even over plain dresses. I could always go the whole hog and buy the matching green trousers,

Jewellery wise I initially saw this pearl necklace when we were in London, it's shown on the website as a choker, but when I saw it in the store it wasn't styled as a choker. What initially put me off was that you just tie it around your neck, it doesn't have a clasp and it's pretty overpriced for what is just a basic piece of costume jewellery , but to be honest I haven't stopped thinking about it. It's mainly the necklace I want, but the matching earrings are super pretty too, and pearls are always timeless.

Shoes wise, these flat red ones are perfect for every day wear, the straps make them a little bit more interesting than a basic shoe but they're still casual enough for wearing with jeans and the striped jumper in the first collage.

The orange heels are such a classic shape but with that more interesting colour that I think they could jazz up a lot of outfits - they would match with my navy items to bring a pop of colour and orange tones in well with the burgundy and bottle green elements I'm trying to up in my wardrobe. They're satin so completely inappropriate but when have I ever let that affect my decisions (rolls eyes!)

Lats but not least these burgundy shoes with their straps and chunky, block heel are ideal for every day - they'll be super comfortable for walking around in and I think I'll get a tonne of wear from them.

CHRISTMAS PARTY

It wouldn't be an Autumn/Winter fashion wishlist without some party outfits for festive season. Dolce & Gabbana are pretty much my favourite designers - my instagram favourites collection is basically just their images and Elie Saab's - and these black and gold embellished shoes are just such a classic example of their maximalist approach to dressing. They're kind of hideous, in a wonderful way, and I love them. I thin this year I'd wear them with this classic black 50s skirt, and this black and gold velvet embroidered jacket from Zara, teamed with the black and gold headband I showed in this haul last winter.

This jacquard skirt is gorgeous, and I think it would do really well for those Christmas drinks and dinners that aren't full parties but that I want to be a little bit more dressed up for - I could wear it with a plain jumper and flat shoes or even trainers to dress it down, or dress it up a little bit more, so it's something that would fit right into my wardrobe.

The brocade boots are similar - they could be dressed up or dressed down. Paired with a midi dress they'd be perfect for the after work festivities, not OTT but with that little bit of effort, but throw on with jeans and a blazer and it's just a standard smart casual outfit, regardless of the season.

Lastly these bow heels are one of the most perfectly festive items ever, and I'm hoping they might go with my red Kate Spade bow backed dress I showed here. Even if they're not quite the right shade of red for that dress I wear a lot of red anyway, and I know these would get used.


So that's it, the things I'm considering adding to my Autumn/Winter 2017 wardrobe. The only wardrobe update I haven't included is a new handbag - and that's mainly because I don't really need one, but if I was investing it would be in the Dolce & Gabbana Sicily bag in red - not sure if I'd go medium or large though...

Autumn Winter 2017 Wishlist

1 October 2017


Mind that time I was blogging every day in September? Yeah... To be fair this will be my 19th post in the 24 days of September that we've had, which is more blogging than I've ever done in a month - so I think we can claim this month as a victory.

Although my Scot Food Fort content is now done, the Scottish theme continues on with this beautiful gift set that I was given by The Scottish Fine Soaps Co. It really couldn't be more welcome as, although I've ended up taking a few days off without posting, posting as much as I have done this month alongside working full time and filming and editing for my YouTube channel I feel absolutely exhausted, and very much ready to book in for a spa weekend somewhere. As it so happens, with my New York trip in December and my Paris trip for February needing to be paid off before I go to NY, a spa weekend is not financially on the cards for me until after Christmas - so I needed to improvise.

I say improvise, because using these products did not feel at all like a compromise. 

The Sea Kelp scent is beautiful and luxurious, and incredibly spa like. I have been loving the Ren Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium range but given the cheapest product I've used from that range is the £20.00 body wash and the entire contents of this set come in at £12.50 - including being presented in the beautiful box - the Sea Kelp range from The Scottish Fine Soaps Co. is a much more affordable way to get that kelp experience.

But let's talk about the contents of the set; for your £12.50 you get a solid bar of Soap (40g), a Body Wash (75ml), Body Butter (75ml) and a Hand and Nail Cream (75ml) all with the same Sea Kelp fragrance, obviously.

The body wash is absolutely beautiful - you do get a little bit of a lather off of it for those of you who really cannot be without a lather, but it's not a huge foamer which, for me, means it's not drying my skin out. The soap lathers as much as you make it, but as you'd expect from a company built on their soaps, again it's not drying. Although I'm saying these things don't strip the skin, don't interpret that as they're heavy and super nourishing - these are lightweight, refreshing products to use, you feel uplifted after using them, not ready for bed.

The leave on products are again lightweight, but they are nourishing. The body butter when sold on it's own can come in the tube (the full size is 200ml) or a gorgeous glass jar, but I think the tube presentation is making sure I don't slather on too much, the way I might do with the jar, and my skin is absorbing it pretty much straight away. For me the phrase 'body butter' usually automatically equates to 'standing naked in the bathroom for 15 minutes trying to wait for it to sink in' (which, when it's winter in Scotland, no one is up for, let's be honest!) but this one is a non traditional body body that absorbs quickly, feels lightweight yet nourishing and that I feel like I can use in the morning or before I need to be somewhere without it being a risk, time factor wise. 

The hand and nail cream is pretty fast absorbing as well, and I think I'm going to take it in and keep it on my desk in work as the scent is so nice and uplifting that it'll probably help with that 3pm slump we all hit in the afternoon (I say we all because I'm hoping it's not just me who can only stare at a computer for so long before her eyes start to glaze over!) but it's not going to leave me with greasy hands for when I do go back to my mouse or keyboard.

We're in the run up to Christmas and I think this gift set is an ideal present for pretty much anyone who likes to relax and enjoys a touch of luxury - I think I'll be treating myself to the Sea Kelp Bath Essence next, and because it is a very clean, fresh scent I think it's quite a unisex set. Being fairly attracted to manly sets, I'm also pretty interested in the Thistle and Black Pepper range (there's a muscle soak that I really want) and the Manhattan Soap In A Tin - just in case anyone's reading this that's starting to think about what they'd like to get me! 

The Scottish Fine Soaps Company

24 September 2017

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