The festive season for me means glitter. TONS of glitter. Probably too much glitter. You can never have too much glitter!

As my dress for New Year's Eve (post up on the 1st) is silver sequins almost all over, I have been brainstorming some makeup ideas after investing in a silver glitter eyeliner. This is what I came up with:

Tonight's experiment went fairly well and I couldn't have done it without these few pretty amazing products:



I'm still deciding on a final look for tomorrow so I have found similar ideas on Pinterest and decided to show you my favourites. Hopefully you will be inspired too!




If you're more into smokey eyes, which I usually am, you may like this glitter version better than the other ideas:



I'd love to know what looks you are planning to try for New Year's Eve! Any Pinterest boards I should take a look at? Hope you have a Happy New Year whatever you will be doing!

A Touch of Glitter and Then Lots More

I have read so many Liebster Award posts and always wondered when my time would come! Thanks to Karin from Balloon's Life for the nomination, I can finally take part!

The Rules:

  • answer the 11 questions that the person that nominated you gave you.
  • list 11 facts about yourself.
  • nominate 11 bloggers with followers under 200
  • give your nominees 11 questions to answer.
I know the rules can vary but these are the ones I was tagged with. You can find my 11 facts in my very first vlog on YouTube or at the bottom of this post!

Questions:


  1. What was your last meal?
    My last proper meal was leftover carrot and artichoke soup made by my mum for Christmas, although I may have just had a binge on chocolate tree decorations...
  2. Harry Potter or Twilight?
    Harry Potter is definitely my favourite, although I've only seen the movies. I have listened to Stephen Fry reading the first few audio tapes however! I'll admit it, I was a bit of a Twihard but I was 11 when it came out so you can't really blame me, can you? And yes, I did have a Robert Pattinson calendar but I have visited Harry Potter World in London so I think that shows where my true dedication lies.
  3. If you would recommend one book, what would it be?
    Before I Die by Jenny Downham - it has a similar frame to The Fault In Our Stars (vaguely), but I definitely prefer it. It will make you cry more, I promise (also see the film adaptation Now Is Good with Dakota Fanning).
  4. With who would you spend your last day on earth?
    You can never just pick one, can you? It would be amazing to spend it with everyone who makes me smile, but that's quite a lot of people and teddy bears for one day, isn't it?
  5. Do you fold or crumple your toilet paper?
    Always fold. Four sheets, fold in half then half again. That's how you do it, no arguments. Waste not want not and all that.
  6. What is one thing in the past that you wish you wouldn't do?
    I think I used to care too much about what other people thought of me, which made me feel insecure about being myself. Now I try and live without negative thinking and it really has made a difference in terms of stress levels and just my general happiness as well as my confidence!
    Oh and it would've been good if I hadn't bit my nails either.
  7. What do you want from Santa this year?
    Oops, bit late! I wasn't sure what I wanted at all, but received plenty of chocolate and other goodies from Lush, Yankee Candle and Benefit to make me one incredibly happy girl!
  8. Who do you read the most, from blogging community?
    Ka(5)thleen, Cera, Midnight Violets, Charlotte Dougall as well as all the Scottish bloggers who post on our Facebook group - they are a very talented bunch! Check out our collaborative Pinterest board here for updates on all our posts :). I have also enjoyed reading the bloggers I have tagged for this award (see below)!
  9. If you could have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? (and I mean, ONE!)
    Oh darn it, I really do love food. Just yesterday I was having a conversation with someone about how I would swither over spending £20 on a top but then I'd spend the same amount on chocolate or other tasty foods without any hesitation! So it's a pick between pasta and chocolate but I'll go for Dominos Twisted Chocolate Doughballs because I really don't think I could live without chocolate.
  10. What is something you're really scared to do?
    Publish the vlog that is accompanying this post! I think everyone finds vlogging nerve-racking (at first anyway!)
  11. Where are you writing this blogpost?
    On my sofa in Edinburgh, Scotland!
And now, for the moment we've all been waiting for, my very first vlog including 11 (hopefully interesting!) facts about myself!


Hope you liked my first vlog!

I have selected 11 bloggers on Bloglovin with less than 200 followers to tag as the rules state:


  1. Pixie from The Beauty of Femininity
  2. Emily from Ahem, It's Emme
  3. Liz from Elle B Beauty
  4. Wendy from XO, Beauty Addict
  5. Cera from Cera K
  6. Hannah from Hannah, Dolled Up
  7. Ashley from Satin Milk
  8. Sam from That Sam Life
  9. Chelsea from Chelsea Loves
  10. Emily from Emily's Beauty Thoughts
  11. Emily from The Perks of Being Emily

I would love to read your posts so please let me know if you do the tag!

My 11 questions:


  1. What was your favourite or most peculiar Christmas present?
  2. Long or short hair?
  3. If you could visit anywhere (no limitations), where would it be and why?
  4. What's the weather like where you are right now?
  5. Favourite picture from 2014?
  6. What is one of your pet peeves?
  7. Favourite nail colour?
  8. What fashion trend do you want to get rid of for 2015?
  9. Milk, white or dark chocolate?
  10. Any exciting plans for the coming weeks?
  11. What are your top three goals for 2015, blogging-related or otherwise?
Thanks for reading and I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year! I just bought my dress for New Year's Eve and can't wait to share it with you!

Liebster Award + First Vlog

It's just over an hour till it's officially Christmas, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to write my last holiday post for this year *tear*.

Big thanks to my blogging friend Ka(5)thleen for nominating me for this tag - she recently posted an amazing Wicked makeup tutorial which is definitely worth a read.


 1. When does Christmas start for you?

I'm the sort of person who doesn't get excited for most things until they are actually happening, so although I enjoy a carol or two around mid-December, Christmas officially begins at the 1 week countdown.

2. What is one Christmas movie you have to watch?

I have a confession. I haven't seen a lot of famous Christmas movies - including Home Alone and The Grinch! I do however thoroughly enjoy Elf and every year my family and I sit down to watch The Muppets Christmas Carol - a Lowe tradition it seems.

3. Do you bake or buy a Christmas cake?

Confession time again: I buy my Christmas cake! Oh, the horror. To be honest, I am not the biggest fan of the fruity substance. Instead I prefer the desserts made by either my aunt or mum at the dinner table! Chocolate bread and butter pudding? Homemade chocolate ice cream?! Yes please!! (the chocolate thing is a favourite of mine)

4. When do you put up your Christmas tree?

Our (artificial) Christmas tree is usually resurrected each year around the 6/7th of December and then taken down on the 6/7th of January.

5. Do you have a real or fake Christmas tree?

I love my tree because it is an explosion of colour and memories from all the homemade decorations made by my sister and I as well as souvenirs from family holidays and gifts from relatives, such as these cute knitted figures made by my granny.



6. When do you start playing Christmas music?

This year I haven't actually played any myself, only listened to other people's or when I have been working. I'm sure you can understand why I'm already rather sick of the same old songs after hearing them blasted for four hours straight at 6.30am. Although I am fond of Sam Smith's "Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas".

7. Do you use the same Christmas decorations every year or buy new ones?

We have used a variety of decorations for many years, including tinsel in gold, red, silver and green strung up all over the walls and round the stair banisters as well as many groups of soft toy reindeers and snowmen! Now I'm all excited!

8. How do you spend Christmas Eve?

Well, right now I'm writing up this blog post. This morning I got a haircut, I worked at Next from 2-6pm and then I exchanged Christmas presents with all my friends! A family tradition on Christmas Eve is to have a takeaway curry from our favourite Indian for dinner - with Shloer accompanying of course. I'm pretty sure it's one of my favourite parts of the year.


9. Advent calendar or no advent calendar?

I always have an advent calendar but an old knitted one with felt pockets which my mum places sweeties in wrapped in tin foil. Cute eh.

10. Do you leave a snack out for Santa and his reindeer?

We used to leave out mince pies and milk for Santa as well as a carrot or two for the reindeer. However we then discovered that Santa prefers Irn Bru to milk (thanks to dad for that info) so began to leave that out instead ;).

11. How does Santa get into your house?

You'd have to ask him, I suppose!

12. Mince pies, yay or nay?

I used to dislike mince pies but now I LOVE them!! Especially with a Costa latte on a cold wintery day. Now I want one. Meh,

My Christmas tree!

13. Snowballs, egg nog or mulled wine?

I like snow for about a day, but then once it goes all icy and slushy I just hide in my house till spring haha. Mulled wine is pretty amazing though and I've never had egg nog because the name of it has put me off! Maybe I'll try it this year...

14. What scents remind you of Christmas?

Unfortunately I'm not much of a candle person, but I absolutely adore cinammon scents for Christmas. Also, I have been loving using the Body Shop's Glazed Apple products and highly recommend them for anyone who loves sweet smells!

15. How do you spend Christmas day?

First off, I get up around 8 - not too early and not too late. Christmas breakfast for me is usually a poppadom from my curry the night before - a very special treat! Then I open my presents with my family before having a Christmas bath and getting all dressed up before heading to my aunt's house where more of my family meet up for Christmas dinner and a new peculiar game every year! I can't wait till tomorrow!



As it is so close to Christmas, I'd like to tag anyone who has a few spare hours or can't sleep due to excitement! Merry Christmas to everyone and I have an exciting surprise for after the holiday...

Christmas Traditions Tag

Okay, so I'm pretty sure we all know Christmas is only three days away. As a Christmas temp at Next, I have very mixed feelings for the Boxing Day sales and I haven't even finished my Christmas shopping yet. And I'm absolutely sick of Christmas carols. But, you should always take the time to relax and have a breather.

Hopefully at least one of these (rather cringeworthy) Christmas cracker type jokes will make you crack a smile. Crack(er) a smile - geddit? Yeah, expect that level of quality throughout.

What do you call a man in a hedge?
Russell

What do you call a man on a mountain?
Cliff
Knock knock.
Who's there?
Britney Spears
Britney Spears who?
Knock knock.
Who's there?
Oops, I did it again...
Who invented the knock knock joke?
I don't know but he won a No-bell prize.
Why did the scarecrow win an award?
Because he was outstanding in his field.
What does Miley Cyrus eat for Christmas dinner?
Twerkey

What do you call a sheep with no legs?
A cloud.
What did one snowman say to the other?
Do you smell carrots?
What do you call a donkey with three legs?
A wonkey.
What do you call a donkey with three legs and one eye?
A winky wonkey.
A jockey got knocked off his horse by a Christmas pudding, bath bombs, candles and yule logs. How did it affect him?
He felt very hampered.

They are all shocking, I know. Just remember Christmas is supposed to be a fun holiday and not one that totally stresses you out over which variant of Cookie-scented candle your 6 year old niece will prefer! Try to have as much fun as possible!

And we all know 'the best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear' - however these jokes should work pretty well too!

Merry Christmas and thanks for reading! Do you have any jokes I can share with my family on the day?

Destressing Christmas Cracker Jokes

As Christmas is now under a week away (!!!), I know many of us are brainstorming outfits and looks for the special day and of course all the parties around it.

Red lips are a perfect party choice for a bold look. It gives the illusion of loads of effort and thought, but this look is actually pretty simple to do. And the curls only took me 10 minutes to complete - great for people who love lie ins (who doesn't?)!










So what's on my face?

Face:

Eyes:
Source: Benefit


Brows:


Lips:

The concealer on the lips is a trick I recently learned in order to allow your lip product's true colour to show and not be affected by your natural hue. Perfect for red lips. Lipcote is another helpful tool for a bold colour all night long - it never lets me down!

Do you use any of these products? If you'd like to learn more about any of them, let me know and I may write a wee review! I love them all so much!

Hair

If you'd like to mirror my curls, all you need to do is follow this tutorial at Kouture Kiss. The method is basically to put your hair up in a high ponytail, split into a few sections and curl away from your face. It makes my thick hair so easy to manage and in just 10 minutes for me which is truly outstanding if you know how slow I am at everything!

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If you'd like to see the first part of this post, which was about my outfit and wearing shorts in winter - you can read it here!

P.S. only 6 days till Christmas!!!

Easy Red Lips and Curls Look

Helloooo!

I arrived back from my school trip to Hamburg just last Friday and it went so fast but I had such a fantastic time. Staying with an incredibly kind German family, I got to explore a country I have always wanted to visit and managed to practice out some of my German speaking skills!


The Christmas decorations were beautiful and the architecture was amazing. Not to mention the actually-German German Christmas Markets! I would go back in an instant.

Here a few of my favourite photos from the trip, and I'll hopefully be making a short video or two but I wouldn't expect that anytime soon (school sucks eh) - I'll keep you updated.














My lovely host, Laura

I had such a blast thanks to an amazing group of Germans, French and Scottish like myself. Sadly this is my last trip abroad with school but it has fuelled my enthusiasm to travel in the future and I can't wait to explore more amazing places.

Oh and if you're interested in listening to some German music, may I recommend: Marteria, Drunken Masters, Casper, Cro, Prinz Pi and Kollegah? I have really weird music taste haha!

Have you been to Germany before? Any recommendations for my next travels? Malta is on my list for 2015 summer holidays!


Back from Hamburg

At home, I use an abundance of skincare products from cleansers to toners as well as lotions and face masks. Unfortunately, as much as I would like to, I can't fit all of my lovelies inside a suitcase for travel.

The decision of which to take is extremely hard, but I managed to pick out my top 5 products. Non surprisingly, the majority of these ended up focused for acne which I have mildly, however the toner is great for all skin types.


5 Travel Skincare Essentials for Acne


  1. Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash | £4.94
    Shock horror: I don't tend to use a face wash, just a splash of cold water and my toner first thing in the morning. But when I do use a cleanser, usually in summer when my skin is oilier, I love the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit wash - it definitely does improve my acne and it's PINK! Perfect for a sunny holiday, but I'd skip it for a colder venture (such as Hamburg where I am right now - how exciting!)
  2. DIY Rose Water and Witch Hazel Toner
    Using Ickle Bockle's superb travel bottles, I create my own toner; a mixture of rose water and witch hazel, both very kind to the skin. Witch hazel is an acclaimed acne treatment which is gentle yet effective while rose water helps to brighten and refresh - a combination I love. My other favourite toner is LUSH's Tea Tree Water but is a little more expensive than my homemade concoction.


  3. Nivea Soft Tube | £2.49
    Moisturiser is a must for acne ridden skin and especially if you are travelling to a cold location. Nivea has an excellent sized travel tube of 75ml for just £2.49 for face, hands and body. I like to use oils for my skin when at home, so the added jojoba oil is perfect for me and you can't go wrong with a bit of vitamin E, can you?
  4. Johnson's Face Care Makeup Be Gone Clear Skin Wipes | £3.29
    With no alcohol and plenty of skin-loving minerals, these acne-specific face wipes are definitely my favourite. They leave my skin feeling totally clean and not dried out which is a problem I have had in the past. I prefer to use the Oil Cleansing Method at home, but when I'm feeling lazy (a lot of the time) or am travelling, I swear by these face wipes.
  5. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion | £3
    A recent addition to my skincare routine but I have been impressed so far. The lotion comes in a handy sized tube for travelling and leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh. I use this after removing makeup at night but you can also use it after moisturiser in the morning as it is supposed to provide an anti-shine effect, a bit like a primer. Tea tree oil is one of my favourite anti-acne ingredients and the Body Shop Tea Tree range has only positive reviews from me.

So those are my top 5 travel skincare essentials for acne - what are yours?

Hamburg has been fantastic so far, it has similarities with Edinburgh but also many differences! And the Christmas decorations and markets are just wonderful! Today I went swimming near the Baltic Sea (near - not in thankfully).I have been taking lots of photographs and even a few videos so will hopefully be able to share some of those when I return. But I don't wanna go home!

Thanks for reading,

5 Travel Skincare Essentials for Acne

Who doesn't love a cute cupcake now and again (and again and again...)? I get so excited when I discover a café focused specifically on a dessert, such as the Cupcake Cafe Bar in West Lothian.


Don't they look amazing!! So many different flavours and equally delicious!

Invited to the beautiful rural location for a family birthday, I created a (somewhat) cupcake-inspired outfit and used the easy 10 minute hair curling technique which I'll be posting about later this week.



This is the first playsuit I've bought and I love the detailing and metal decoration. I found it in a small boutique in Mallorca this summer for around 17 euros - not bad!

The pretty pink blazer was another sneaky find, this time on Depop for roughly £15 (including P&P) but I'm unsure of the original brand as I don't recognise the name on the label and Google didn't either!



I made sure to wear my thick tights (500 denier!) as winter has definitely arrived in Scotland and my £6 beige wedge boots to tie all the light colours together.



Some of my lovely family. Such fun.

We were also fortunate enough to have a giant cupcake birthday cake made by a friend of the family and this was also scrumptious!



I definitely recommend checking out the Cupcake Cafe Bar if you are close by. Its rural location creates an idyllic setting with large glass windows showcasing the beautiful surroundings.



Have you been to The Cupcake Cafe Bar? And what do you think of my outfit?

Note: I will be on a school trip to Hamburg from 7-12th but posts will be up so hopefully everything will go to plan! Apologies if I'm a bit quiet on social media etc. I'm going to try some vlogging so fingers crossed for that.

And I still need to buy Christmas presents... oops...

OOTD: Cupcake Chic

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