I've really been trying to improve my nail art this year, and luckily I received a fair few new tools and polishes for Christmas so I've been spending my free time getting acquainted with them. If you're looking for some nail-spiration, maybe I can help you out...

Apologies for messy nails in advance, that's something I need to work on!

Barry M Metallic & Glitter



I have read mixed reviews on the metallic silver shade, some saying it applies streaky however I haven't had any problems with it and it only took one coat to be fully opaque - a nail lover's dream! I now want all the polishes from the Glitterati collection after viewing the swatches on Brit Nails over here. In fact, I think I just want the whole Barry M collection... A girl can dream.


SEVENTEEN Copper Pink Glitter




Obviously copper pink is the love of my life and I managed to pick up these two gorgeous polishes in a Boots deal (gotta love 'em) for not a bad price at all. The pink glitter is quite thick and could probably be used without a colour underneath but I love the combination of these two and will definitely be wearing them again.

I am also in love with the peel-off base coat from Miss Sporty - click here to read my review of it.


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That Summer Skirt



For this look, I was inspired by one of my favourite summer skirts which I debuted in Rome last year. I had always wanted a yellow nail polish (and not the cheap neon one from when I was 7) and luckily managed to find the perfect polish from Miss Sporty for just £1.99! As soon as I saw the Tropical Punch topcoat I was reminded of my skirt, and after adding a few dashes of silver with a nail art pen, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out for a fun summer design.




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Striping Patterns



This design was a bit messy for my liking, but this was because I used too thick a layer of polish and I'm looking forward to perfecting it next time (or the time after that...). I used to think striping tape could only be used to decorate the nail, but then I found this great tutorial which is pretty similar to my pictured nails where you paint over the stripe then lift it off to reveal the layer underneath. Great for straight lines if you're not the best at freehand.


I hope you've enjoyed having a wee sneak peek into my naily life (is that a pun?). I've just been out for dinner with only 8 fingers painted and no thumbs because they were messy and I didn't have time to repaint them - oops! Dad said maybe I'll start a new trend... I kinda doubt that one.

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What nail designs or polishes have you been loving lately? I think nail polish is an area where it's okay to want every single shade and texture in existence - if only I had the money to fulfil my dream. Please tell me I'm not alone in my addiction haha.

See you soon,

On My Nails Lately

My breakfast usually consists of half a banana and a glass of apple juice - not the most exciting recipe I'm sure you'll agree. Recently I've actually been skipping breakfast (the horror!) just so I could have an extra 15 minutes in bed - it really was that bad.
However, studies show blah blah blah that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, providing you with energy and nutrients to make your Monday less sucky and believe it or not: people who eat breakfast are (for the majority) slimmer than those who don't. Pretty snazzy eh.

After trying out a rather healthy, tasty and easy to make breakfast at my friend's house, I decided to share my new-found love for breakfast with you. What a coincidence when I discovered that we are in the midst of National Breakfast Week - perfect timing!

Greek Yoghurt, Granola and Nice Fruit

Unlike many breakfast cereals which are either dry and crunchy or soggy from milk, this lovely little dish has a mixture of textures. I also love the creaminess of the yoghurt, the honey-flavoured granola and the slightly more uncommon fruits I have used.

However the best bit surely is how unbelievably easy it is to make; you just throw all the ingredients together!

Ingredients

  • Greek Yoghurt (low or no fat versions are available)
  • Nature Valley Oats And Honey Granola
  • Mixture of fruit (I'm using blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, banana, pomegranate and grapes - but not all at once!)
  • Honey is optional but very necessary for me (I think I'm addicted)

Method

  1. Spoon yoghurt into a bowl
  2. Then add everything else
I think that's it... Yeah, it's that easy.



Doesn't that look yummy! Let me know how you get on if you try it and if you have any other easy breakfast recommendations!

Happy National Breakfast Week (click here for more info)!

National Breakfast Week for Lazy People

I do love Burns Night; revelling in our Scottish roots (and remembering Robert Burns of course) surrounded by family, local food and maybe a ceilidh or two. 'Haggis, neeps and tatties' is what's on the menu tonight accompanied by Irn Bru and a small whisky for the parents. Maybe my mum will even have made some tablet for afterwards (fingers crossed).

Of course, another part of Scottish heritage is the tartan pattern - well, the many patterns each representing specific clans and areas. The iconic mixture of these vertical and horizontal lines truly does stand for Scotland, although it is now recognised as a fashion trend around the globe. In order to pay tribute to Burns and my Scottish heritage, and as I am interested in studying fashion, I set up my very first photoshoot in beautiful Scottish scenery focusing on the plaid pattern the world has embraced.












Hope you're all having a great Burns Night! Doing anything special?
Also what do you think of my first photoshoot?

Tartan Tribute

Luckily for me, I have just started season 3 of Gossip Girl, so still have a fair few episodes to go. However, if you have finished your favourite series or are looking for a new film or TV program to watch, check out what is next up on my Netflix list - you may just find a new favourite!

Gossip Girl


It's a classic Netflix series - after being nagged by all my friends to watch Gossip Girl, I finally caved in and haven't been disappointed. The drama in the lives of these rich kids of New York is insane but makes for an incredibly addictive watch. Unfortunately the identity of Gossip Girl was revealed to me recently (you don't find out till the last episode) but after crying it off (I'm not even joking) I decided it was worth watching the rest - for Chuck xoxo. PLEASE just watch it now!!

Orange is the New Black


Created specifically for Netflix, Orange is the New Black is one of the most refreshing series I have watched. The subject of a women's prison is unique for a drama comedy, and with every episode you grow to love the perhaps stereotypical, slightly over-exaggerated characters; even though a fair few are murderers. Word of warning: don't watch with your prude parents - trust me.

Lucky Dip


  1. Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind: After loving Jim Carrey as Count Olaf in A Series of Unfortunate Events, I set out to watch other films where he stars but unfortunately not many are on Netflix. This film about experimental memory surgery has peaked my interest (I love when films include peculiar situations in real life time) and is next on my Carrey list.
  2. 50/50: This film was recommended to me although the subject matter does seem very controversial for my tastes. I do however enjoy finding out what other people are interested in and why, so I am determined to at least start watching this film which is a comedy about cancer? It sounds sick but we'll see how it goes I suppose...
  3. Clueless: If I'm honest, I just really want to watch this after seeing the music video for Fancy by Iggy Azalea - I love her so much!

Ben Stiller


  1. Meet the Fockers: Ben Stiller is another favourite actor of mine. I fell in love with his performing after watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (please watch it now) and since have been on a quest to watch all his films! Which is why I also want to watch...
  2. Zoolander: With Zoolander 2 on its way, I feel I need to watch the first one ASAP because I've heard so much positive feedback from friends and it sounds like the sort of feel-good comedy I'd love to watch to get away from the wet and windy weather outside. Popcorn, anyone?


Rom Coms


  1. In Your Eyes: I do love a good rom com. This is a story about two strangers who can see what the other sees... Sounds confusing but I'm interested to see how this is portrayed in film and if the concept comes across less complex than it sounds at first!
  2. Like Crazy: I'm currently just over halfway through this film about a long-distance relationship between an American man and a British woman. After stupidly deciding to ignore her Visa, the woman is not allowed to return to the US on her next visit. It was her own fault to be fair. However, the movie has some arty transitional time pieces that have reignited my love for making short films of my own - maybe one will appear on my YouTube sometime...
  3. 10 Rules for Sleeping Around: This film has either one or two star ratings from what I have read but that is what drew me to it. Sometimes I like to watch films that have been written off as trash to see whether I agree or not and to work out why it has been so badly received. The title isn't the most promising but I have a feeling it will be... interesting, let's say.

Finally...

The above are what I plan on watching soon, however when I do finish Gossip Girl I'm tempted to start Pretty Little Liars as the friend who recommended this to me (Emily) was also the one who started my obsession with Gossip Girl, describing PLL as "creepy, addictive, mysterious and enticing". Hopefully it won't be too creepy for my tastes. I also need to watch Mean Girls which isn't on Netflix!! My final pick is Bratz: The Movie - I still have the PS2 games and loved playing with the dolls when I was younger, thus I have a duty to watch the film (any excuse will do really)!

What films/series are on your to-watch list? Any Netflix recommendations - anything except horror is welcome!



*all images sourced from Netflix

Finished Another Netflix Series?

I have tried a fair few face masks in my time, but for my mild acne and oily/combination skin, LUSH's Cupcake (£6.50/75g) has to be my favourite. The best bit? It smells like chocolate!

"Rhassoul mud, which is highly absorbent, works with cocoa powder to draw out all the dirt and impurities and give a deep cleanse. Fresh mint stimulates and tones the skin, whilst linseed and cocoa butter soften and moisturise. Smooth a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes."

- text and image from LUSH

To find out if this is the face mask for you or not, read out my short but sweet review.


Why it's fab (other than the name of course)

  • Leaves skin feeling cleansed without drying it out
  • Visibly calms and soothes acne
  • Skin feels smoother
  • A little goes a long way so multiple usages (so far I'm at 5 and half is left!)
  • Cooling on skin due to being refrigerated
  • Perfect for girly sleepovers where you watch Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging and binge on Dominos and chocolate
  • I found my skin was less oily the days after using the product - for once I could skip powder on my T-zone!
  • It smells like chocolate. 'Nuff said.


Why it's not so fab

  • Don't expect your acne to be gone overnight - it's gentle but kind to skin and still effective.
  • As it needs to be refrigerated, you need to use it up pretty quickly before the expiry date.
  • Can make a bit of a mess when removing - my sink was covered in brown puddles after removing with a face cloth but luckily the colour rinsed away easily

Overall...

The advantages definitely outweigh the few inconveniences and I will definitely be repurchasing this mask for when I want to pamper myself, have a chocolate craving or if my skin has turned a little icky with breakouts and the usual teenage skin issues! It's perfect for refreshing you while cleansing the skin without drying it out and the amount of uses you get for the price (£6.50/75g) is pretty good, despite the not-so-long shelf life.

Buy it here.

Have you tried Cupcake? What's your favourite LUSH face mask? I'd love to try some more of the range!

LUSH Cupcake Fresh Face Mask Review

I know it's only January, but I can't wait for spring to make its appearance (and then summer). Recently I have received a few emails about Spring 2015 trends and so asked my friend Dana to help me create some trend-inspired outfits. We each brainstormed a daytime and a night outfit and added our favourite trend-heavy pieces to our Pinterest boards. Find mine here and Dana's over here.
This is when I know it's spring!

To add a little fun competition, the aim was to create outfits containing as many trends as possible while not looking too over the top or ridiculous. I sometimes think trends are overrated - I'll wear what I want thank you very much - however it's interesting to see how everyone interprets them differently and they can be a good starting point if you're feeling a little uninspired when the next season comes.


Dana's Day Spring 2015 Trendy Outfit

Dana: So according to Vogue and other well established fashion magazines, denim is going to be a
strong trend this coming Spring. I love it. The look I put together combines this forth coming
denim trend with the new ‘in’ colour, khaki. The over fitted open shirt and the long khaki
blouse are from ASOS and I chose to pair them with a pair of denim high waisted shorts from River
Island and the unique Miista khaki boots. I think these two trends balance out nicely!


Dana's Night Spring 2015 Trendy Outfit


Dana: For the night outfit, I had to take the black approach (not spring­-like I know!) but I did take
advantage of a few more upcoming spring trends: leather, lace, disco platforms and metallics. The leather look skirt, tight lace top and chunky gold necklace are from River Island and perfectly match the disco platforms from ASOS whilst the necklace adds a touch of colour and glamour.

Highlighted Trends

  • Denim
  • Khaki
  • Leather
  • Lace
  • Disco platforms
  • Metallics
  • Elongated silhouettes
  • Boho
Favourite trend for Spring 2015? Definitely lace and also pastels.
Least favourite trend for Spring 2015? Caged sandals.


Mairi's Day Spring 2015 Trendy Outfit


Mairi: Spring for me is all about embracing pastels and light colours after a dark and dreary winter. What better way to practice this than with white? I've been loving these iridescent flatforms which fit in with the disco platform trend and I cannot resist a bit of lace - I'm in love with this skirt. The top has a lovely mesh neckline which is becoming more popular and the embellished bodice is gorgeous with a vintage feel. I was worried I was packing too many bold pieces into one look which is why I finished off with this simple but pretty white denim jacket which gives off a very chic vibe.


Mairi's Night Spring 2015 Trendy Outfit


Mairi: I adore this floaty, floral, off-shoulder dress due to the breezy boho feel. It's perfect for spring, however I was worried it was a bit casual for night so I used accessories to dress it up. How shiny are these shoes?! The metallic look makes them irresistible to a glitter lover like myself yet I like how the brown balances out the glitz so it doesn't look tacky. It also fits in with the boho vibe.

This clutch is obviously way out of my price range, I wouldn't even pay £160 for a bag but I think it goes perfectly with the overall look and the fringing is sooo pretty. Finally, I chose this subtle flower crown to add a pop of spring colour and fun.

Highlighted Trends

  • Disco platforms
  • Lace
  • Mesh
  • Denim
  • Florals
  • Off-shoulder
  • Boho
  • Metallics
  • Fringing
  • Leather
  • Fringing
Favourite trend for Spring 2015? I'm excited to wear more lace and monochrome (love grey!)
Least favourite trend for Spring 2015? Culottes.

Remember if you'd like to see more of our picks, you can check out Dana's Pinterest board and mine over here. And if you're wondering where we found these trends - you can thank Fashionising and Marie Claire.

What is your opinion on trends and which are your favourites and least favourites for spring 2015?


Spring 2015 Trendy Outfits

I probably have a stitch right now. My hair's a mess because the wind is unbelievably wild and I can feel the rain spying on me to see how much I would loathe a cold shower (a lot).

It's dark, cold, windy and wet. That's the problem with New Year's Resolutions - they come mid-winter. Getting fit is terribly hard to do when jogging is the first thing on your list and just the thought of stepping outside makes you shudder, nevermind actually doing exercise.

However, I'd like to write this to prove to you all that it is possible to run (or walk fast) in these inconvenient weather conditions. I'm doing it right now, running into the wind because I go a circular route and being terrified that a tree is going to fall on me and my friend. But we're doing it - together. Throw in a threw lunges and squats (for those bubble butt dreams) when we're under shelter and we're good to go (maybe good is a tad extreme).

To all my fellow joggers (beginners or otherwise) out there: I believe in you!

It's raining?

Wear a baggy kagoul, a balaclava, an umbrella hat for goodness sake!


Worried your hair will get messed up?

I don't care! You'll probably shower once you're back anyway. If not, have you heard of these crazy things called hats?!


Aww are you tired? Had a long day?

Guess what, fresh air wakens you up. Nice try though.


You're sore from last time?

No pain, no gain. No excuses.


(Unless you're craving chocolate, I may let you off under special circumstances like that. Tweet me for permission if you're unsure.)

Although I am trying to encourage everyone (and myself) to stick to your goals, don't beat yourself up over missing a session or two (or three). Just try your best from then on and try not to slip back into old habits.

Also, my jogging friend (Emily from smileforem) and I are signing up for the Colour Me Rad 5K run in Edinburgh on the 9th May - it would be fantastic to see you there! Basically you wear white and then get colour bombs thrown at you and finish the race as a human rainbow - I can't wait!


Good luck fellow joggers!

How have you been coping with your fitness/jogging goals this year?

Just Let Me Catch My Breath...

If you read my blog, you'll know I have an obsession for anything glittery (or if you read my bio). There's just something about all those sparkles that makes me feel fuzzy inside! Anyway...
The problem with wearing glitter on your nails, as I'm sure we all know, is the effort and time it takes to scrub it away with nail polish remover. But don't worry any longer - for miracles do exist!!

Let me introduce Miss Sporty's Peel Off Base Coat, retailing at a bargain £2.29!

Source: Miss Sporty

This type of base coat is pretty self-explanatory and I'm so glad it exists - it's just fabulous. Previously I had only seen it available from more expensive brands such as OPI and Etude House, so I was super excited to see more affordable brands create this magic stuff. My first encounter was with MUA's base coat, and I was incredibly disappointed - let's not even go there.

After reading this helpful post by The Nailasaurus, I decided to try out Miss Sporty's take on the trend and I was pleasantly surprised.


Initially, I was reminded of the PVA glue we used to use at primary school for creating fridge-worthy masterpieces and the like. The benefit of the polish initially showing up as white is that it's easy to see where you have applied the product which helps you cover all nail area.

Within as little as two minutes the polish dried clear and I was impressed by how smooth the surface seemed. I decided to indulge my love of glitter and spend some of my wages from my Christmas temp job on new nail polish - how exciting!


I'm hoping to do a post soon with all the nail polishes I bought so look out for that before February.

I only witnessed one chip/peeling in the first day and I found that if an edge did start to lift, I could easily smooth them down again with my finger. But if you're someone who picks their nail polish, there is no hope for you I'm sorry haha.

When I did want to remove the polish, I simply used my other nails to peel off the layers - usually in one go and my nail was completely clean underneath and not dry or damaged. It was a momentous occasion! As long as you don't go over the edge of the base coat with normal nail polish, your nails will  be clean after removal.

Overall?

I'd definitely recommend Miss Sporty's take on the peel-off trend if, like me, you're a fan of glitter nail polishes but really hate the effort in taking them off with nail polish remover. I may even use the coat for non-glitter polishes if I only want to wear a design for a day or two, as it is much quicker to remove than using regular nail polish remover. However, it's durability isn't the best, but what can you expect from an easy-to-remove product? For the price, I'd say it's a must-have for your collection.

Have you tried Miss Sporty's peel-off base coat or another brand's? Is it just me that loathed MUA's?


P.S. check out my last post featuring my second vlog about New Year's Resolutions if you haven't already and follow me on Bloglovin or by email if you'd like to read more!

Miss Sporty Peel Off Base Coat Review

New Year's Resolutions have never played a huge part in my life, but last year I decided to change that and I'm glad I did. I thought about my goals for the future and created Resolutions focusing on these.

I think reflecting at any time of the year, January or July, is a great way to evaluate how you're doing and to work out how you can shape your future and aim for the direction you want to go.

Thus (great word), to help me pick Resolutions for 2015, I used the list I compiled in 2014 to review my year and see how well I did in following my goals. I felt a video would be the best way to express my thoughts and opinions, so enjoy!



I filmed this on the 3rd and since then I'm proud to say I have completed more of my daily journal. I really feel I've achieved something when it's all up to date, so here's a wee peak.



Finally, I'd like to put my Resolutions from the video down in writing, just so I don't forget.

1. Stay Positive

Why be negative? That's what I say to myself any time I start to feel down or pessimistic. There really are no benefits, so try not to let the little (or big) things get you down too much.

2. Get Fit

My goal isn't to lose weight or anything too extreme, I'd just like to improve my overall fitness levels to lead a healthier lifestyle. Although a bubble butt wouldn't be too bad I suppose.

3. Learn to Cook

As I said in the video, my cooking skills don't extend far past not burning toast. If I am going to move out for university, I really need to know more than that. Starting now. Maybe I'll post some easy recipes on the blog?

4. Become More Independent

Overall, I think this is the year where I need to improve my independence. Leaving school is going to be a massive change but it's one I'm really looking forward to. I just found out I will definitely be going to university (thanks to an unconditional offer from Napier - haven't found out my other offers yet though!) so I need to embrace my inner domestic goddess by September at the latest. I'll also be turning 18 in November and I have just booked my first driving lesson - bring it on 2015.

5. Be ambitious

This is one of the most important mantras to me. I always aim to try my best in whatever I do and to never give up. I have no doubt 2015 will be a challenging year, but sometimes I like a challenge. Life would be so dull without challenges.



My goals for the blog are to keep consistent with my posts, be more creative with my content and to collaborate with other bloggers and vloggers. I'd also love to continue vlogging.

If you'd like to collaborate with me, get in touch!

I hope you have enjoyed my ramblings about New Year's Resolutions, it feels good to finally have them sorted. I'm really looking forward to the year ahead. What are your goals for 2015? I wish you all the best!

Until next time,

New Year's Resolutions: Then and Now

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fantastic Hogmanay and celebrated in style.

I enjoyed a night with some of my closest friends, Buck's Fizz and Spotify. There was a dog as well - pretty perfect party I must say. As it was a festive occasion, I decided to get dressed up in sequins, my new kimono from the New Look sale and my heeled boots.


Dress: New Look
Kimono: New Look (£10 in the sale!)
Boots: DUO


When I first saw this dress I was a little unsure as it is quite bold for me with all the sequins, but after trying it on I knew I had to get it.



I love how the shape clings to my body but without being too revealing - there's not much to show off anyway haha. Most of all, I love how it reflects the light on all the individual sequins, I can't stop staring at at it!




Forgetting the sales were on, I visited New Look on Princes St on the 28th and was surprised at the quality of the items left - I thought they would be sold out from Boxing Day sales! This pastel floral kimono had been reduced to £10 from around £25 - I can't wait to take it on holiday next summer!


And as I don't own many high heels, my DUO Boots (kindly gifted to me at a bloggers' event) were the perfect pair of shoes for a night of dancing without falling over. I was extremely happy when I realised they match my dress.

Shoutout to my sister for taking photographs of my outfit outside while it was still light - and apologies for no makeup haha! If you do like my makeup, you can check out a very similar eye makeup look I did over here.




My crew

What did you get up to for the New Year and what did you wear? Any good sale buys? I might post the rest of my purchases in another post/vlog but we'll see. I wish you all a very happy 2015!

See you soon,

Sequins, Kimonos and Heels, Oh My!

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