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Sunday, 25 August 2013

Summer of 2013

Officially can't believe that is the weekend over again and it is also very near the end of August - where has this year gone?

This Summer has been a busy one, we are recently back from a great holiday away in Ibiza - have been back a fortnight but it feels like months.  Typically.  

July saw my youngest turn 4, spending his birthday in  a sling from a harmless game of 'let's swing you round and round' thus resulting in an elbow dislocation, Daddy felt absolutely awful but thankfully no broken bones.   My eldest turns 7 next week and there is a Superhero party in the planning - apparently I am to dress up too, hmmm.  

I am starting to feel old.  I feel as if they are growing up to soon. Must say I feel a little broody, annoyingly enough.  When the kids went back to school this week, there seemed to be a surge of expectant mothers in the playground, who have obviously bloomed over the last 8 weeks.  Also, my best friend is due in October so i'm getting excited about her little arrival.  I hope these feelings shake soon!  

Well with fine weather and fine dining, wine drinking and general sloppiness, my exercise regime went completely out the window - I was so motivated during May/June and was working really hard to get into shape, however July/August was a complete washout.  So, 4 days ago, I pulled my shorts on, put my trainers back on my feet and said hello to the old treadmill once more.  The hardest part was definitely just starting.  I slowly feel like I am getting my stride back.  

Blog wise, I have been suffering with writers block badly of late.  I am in need of some inspiration, so if you would like me to review anything - have any thing you would like me to share then please leave your requests in the comment section below.  I have been thinking of starting a You Tube again but will have to think it through properly. 

On the upside, my blog had a little makeover which I am pleased with - do you like it? 

A Scottish Lass turned 1, in the same week I reached over 200,000 page views so a huge thank you to all of you for your support.  It means a lot. 

How has your summer been?

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Thursday, 22 August 2013

Latest in Beauty - Editors Picks - August 2013

For a long, long time - every month I would eagerly await my beauty box.  Whether it be from Glossybox or most recently, Birchbox.  I would be excited to read everyone elses' spoilers before mine arrived.  Either hoping I'd get something different or hoping I'd get the same.  To be honest - I think I quite often received the booby box.  After a phase of not so great boxes, I decided to cancel my subscriptions.  However, this month I was browsing on the Latest in Beauty website (as I do regularly) and decided to treat myself to the 'Editor's Picks' box.   
Latest in Beauty Editors Picks Box August 2013
Latest in Beauty Editors Picks Box August 2013
Don't get me wrong, I can find these boxes to be quite repetitive but this month I was pleasantly pleased with what they were offering - a little box to pamper yourself and whats more they had a sale on.  Normally the LIB boxes are about £19.50 but this month they have a sale on and I got 10 items for £12.95!   Even without the sale though, you do get a lot of full sized products or at least, decent sample sizes. 
 I love the fact that with LIB you can make up your mind on the day, whether you want to go for one or not.  
This months box

NSpa (Nirvana Spa) Beauty Rituals - Melting Cleansing Gel - full size 
Melting cleansing gel - sounds lush

The Vintage Cosmetics Company - Shadow Brush
Who doesn't love a new makeup brush?

Yardley - English Rose Body Fragrance  full size
 My all time favourite body spray

Eve Lom Rescue Mask - good sized sample 
 Excited to try this

Mavala Nail Varnish - 385 Rouge Rubis 
A stunning ruby red varnish with sprinkles of glitter

Mirrenesse - Lip Gloss  
 Little disappointed I was sent a mauve shade, however you take what you get.  The formula is a little sticky. 

benefit they're Real Mascara - sample size 
I have quite a collection of these samples.  Not that I mind in the slightest, I love this particular product

Nicky Clarke - Instant Calmer - sample
Anything that claims to tame a mop is great in my book

Bellapierre Cosmetics - Mineral Eyeshadow in 'Celebration' 
This is a bronze shimmer powder and is extremely versatile 'mix this little gem with your favourite moisturiser, lip balm, or even a drop of water and it becomes an eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, bronzer, nail polish or whatever you want it to be'

AS London Candle 
Hand made and infused with essential oils, this smells fabulous.   

The LIB Collections for August are still currently up for grabs - you can view them here if you want further information.  
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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

China Glaze Nail Varnish in Dance Baby and Techno

These are definitely the girliest colour/combinations in my collection at the moment.  Such fun on their own or paired together.  I bought the pink shade 'Dance Baby' from Beauty Chamber weeks ago and Kerry popped in the sparkly glitter top coat 'Techno' as a surprise. 
 If you are familiar with the China Glaze collection, 'Dance Baby' is very similar to 'Bottoms Up. which are both gorgeous shades of pink.  I found the formula really workable and non tacky.  One coat of this was actually enough for me but if you prefer two then go for it but it really wasn't needed.  When reviewing this product I found a complete dupe in my collection, China Glaze 'Dance Baby' is almost identical to Essie 'Cascade Cool', though with Cascade Cool you definitely need more than one coat, I find it a thinner formula than that of the China Glaze.  Please note I have not photographed my own nails because they are in a state of disgrace just now - I suffer from bitemynailsitis.  
I don't own many glitter top coats as wear them very rarely.  This is down to the fact that they are always so difficult to remove!  A real pest when you are in a hurry.  However, I have remedied this by buying a bottle of pure acetone - I actually bought to help soak my gels off - a little of pure acetone on a cotton wool pad will remove the glitter coat instantaneously.  'Techno' is definitely a great top coat with it's dazzling shine and different sized pieces of glitter it is really gorgeous.  A glitter top coat always brings an added boost for a night out, or even if you want to cheer yourself up. 
I am really impressed with China Glaze as a brand.  The lacquers include hardeners and this helps the longevity of your manicure.   They retail for £8.95 which I am willing to pay no questions asked.  I do not mind splurging out a bit when it comes to good quality varnish.    
When linking this up with Beauty Chamber online I noticed they currently have a sale on certain shades!  
What you waiting for...? 
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Saturday, 17 August 2013

YSL Top Secret BB Cream Review - Part 2.

YSL BB Cream
I first reviewed this product back in June, and I thought that it deserved a little update.  This has been my most used summer product of 2013.  After reading a lot of the hype around the Dior BB Cream, I went out and bought it, yes it is great however, YSL Top Secrets is still better.    

I wore this in Ibiza everyday it contains a factor 25 so it was just brilliant and it gave me the utmost skin confidence, covered all my blemishes.  I love this product so much that I actually feel myself reaching out for this instead of my usual foundation.    If you missed my previous review, I have added it below.  

Let me firstly start by saying that this cream is very expensive, retailing at £38.00 per 40ml tube, definitely the top end of what many would be willing to spend on a BB Cream.  However, if you can afford to splurge out and treat yourself, this is definitely the cream to go for.  I have had mine for quite a while now so apologise that some of the writing on the packaging has started to fade.  

As the name quite clearly suggests - this is an all-in-one cream, meaning it is multi-purpose. YSL BB cream can be used to colour correct, moisturise, can be used before foundation or as a foundation.  

I personally adore the YSL Touche Éclat Foundation and now have found a place in my heart for the BB Cream.  The BB Cream is a lot lighter than the foundation which is ideal for these sunny days we have been having - albeit rare in Scotland. It will give you a light to medium coverage (as it is build able) compared to the foundation which would probably give you  more of a med/full coverage.  

The YSL BB Cream will disguise imperfections such as redness and give you a radiant glow. This can be used with a setting powder if you prefer but I quite like it on it's own as I personally prefer more of a dewy look.  

 In the picture above I am wearing the YSL BB Cream, concealer, blusher, highlighter, eyeshadow, lipstick and mascara.  If I didn't know better I'd say it looked like I was wearing foundation, when in fact I'm not - It is the power of the YSL BB Cream alone.  

This feels so much better than a foundation for during the nicer weather, I feel it adapts so much better to the weather than my normal foundation. It contains SPF25 which is a real bonus.  

YSL BB Cream is suitable for all skin types.  It comes in 3 different shades, Clear, Medium & Dark.  The shade I am wearing is Clear so if you are of a paler complexion I would go for this - and it is non orange ;-)

What is your favourite BB Cream? - By the way I must add that I was not a BB lover before trying this out. 

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Thursday, 15 August 2013

Sigma Extended Wear Eyeliner Kit - Review

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Sigma have recently released nine new eyeliner shades that are absolutely stunning!  They have cleverly decided to sell them - not only individually, but as part of three, three piece kits - Neutral, Warm and Cool.    

Each set contains 3 eyeliners and an exclusive Sigma brush (the brush in each kit differs).  

A little while ago, Julie from Cocktail Cosmetics very kindly sent me a kit to review.  
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The kit I received was 'Neutral' which contains the shades Boost, Balance and Enlighten.  Julie made a great choice in sending me this pack as the shades are absolutely ideal for me.  I am very fond of a neutral eye.  
 Boost is a rich creamy Black and is the only matte in the pack.  
 Enlighten is a gorgeous gold with a metallic finish, brightens any eye and looks amazing placed under a black wing.  
Balance - My favourite in the pack, as with Enlighten has a metallic effect and is milky brown in colour.  I have been using this on my lower lash line religiously since the kit arrived on my doorstep.
These are long lasting eyeliners and literally stay on the eye all day.  The formula is so creamy, it glides on with ease.  
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The Sigma brush that I received was the Smudge E21 which is great.  It gets right in amongst the lower lash line and creates a great smokey effect.  
The kits, Neutral, Warm and Cool all cost £29.95 and include a brush however, if you find this a little pricy you can purchase each individually for £8.95.  This is perfect for mixing and matching your favourite shades.

I would love to try Declare, Flirt and Electrify, they look amazing!  Cocktail Cosmetics also sell a range of Sigma brushes which may also take your fancy.  
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*two swatch images were taken from the Cocktail Cosmetics website the other photographs are all my own

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

MAC Powder Blush in Honey Jasmine

MAC Powder Blush in Honey Jasmine
MAC Powder Blush in Honey Jasmine
MAC Powder Blush in Honey Jasmine

MAC Powder Blush in Honey Jasmine was one of three Limited Edition blushes released in the MAC 'All About Orange Collection' earlier in the summer (Honey Jasmine, Royal Sunset and Immortal Flower).    I have been meaning to do a review on this for a while now.  From this collection I also got my hands on a satin sheen lipstick limited edtion - Sushi Kiss which I have reviewed previously.

This is the only MAC blush in my collection and I have to say I don't own another like it.  This is a medium orange shade.   With a satin finish, it is free from shimmer.  I was quite dubious about this shade on arrival as I normally prefer the softer, pinker, coral tones but Honey Jasmine proved to be quite natural looking on my skin.  

Honey Jasmine is true to the product colour and it is build-able, wear as much or as little as you like. It isn't at all powdery and doesn't cling to your pores.  Though I have to admit I did find it a little dry.  

All in all a great product, however in saying this, I kind of wish I had just gone for Royal Sunset which has more pinkier/coral hues.   I have only worn Honey Jasmine once or twice and I don't see me reaching out for it in the future unfortunately.  

I have read a lot of rave reviews about it - but for me I do prefer pinks for my cheeks. 

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Monday, 12 August 2013

Wet n Wild 'Coloricon Eyeshadow Collection' - Petal Pusher

Today I am reviewing a product that I have actually owned for sometime now and it has become one of my favourite palettes.  It is from the highly sought over brand  'Wet n Wild' and forms part of their Coloricon range this one is 'Petal Pusher'.  
Image of Wet n Wild Coloricon Collection Petal Pusher
Image of Wet n Wild Coloricon Collection Petal Pusher
The 'Petal Pusher' palette contains 8 highly pigmented colours that are perfect for day or night.   It is an extremely girly palette as the name suggests, and it is split into two columns which contain different shades of purple.  
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The left hand column (above) contains your cooler shades of purple whereas the left column (below), is home to your bolder tones.  Each shade blessed with the tiniest hint of shimmer. 
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The quality of this product compares with that of the UK MUA brand - of which I am also a huge fan.  For an inexpensive brand it really is quite impressive.  I love the embossment on each pan, a great  'how to' guide for application.  

A couple of tiny things let this palette down -

Packaging: Like the MUA eyeshadows, the packaging isn't fancy and a little flimsy, however for the price, you can't be surprised.  If it were to get a tiny knock, or if you drop it the shadows will crumble so please bear this in mind and be extra careful.  There is nothing more disappointing when you drop one of your favourite palettes and literally smash it to pieces.  

Secondly, totally down to personal preference,  it would have been nice if this palette had one or two matte shades.  

All in all value for money, a very pleasant product. 

Have you tried anything in the Wet n Wild range - What are your favourites?  photo ScreenShot2013-08-12at235156_zps8740a682.png

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Thursday, 8 August 2013

Gorgeous Rings

As well as, some may say, 'an unhealthy' makeup habit, I also have a bit of a trinket fetish.  I'm not talking expensive gems, but dress jewellery.  If you didn't find me in Boots whilst out shopping you would definitely know to go to Accessorise. 
Bangles are my favourite but rings come a very close second.  Whilst scouring the internet I came across Online Rings - they have a huge range of unique dress rings for a very reasonable price.  Their designs are gorgeous, quirky and cater to all tastes.  
I was very lucky to be sent these a few weeks ago, I took them on my holiday to Ibiza and wore them most evenings.  They are gorgeous.  I like girly bits and pieces so these definitely fit right into my collection.  
They come with adjustable sizing so will fit any finger, so there's no worry before you buy whether they will fit or not.  
I love the fact that they can be dressed up or kept casual.  
If you are into your trinkets too, this is definitely the website for you.Visit online rings now by clicking here.  Or, if you like send them a Tweet@OnlineRings1
Do you have a trinket collection?  Share your posts, I love reading them so I can 'ooooo and aaaaa' to myself. 

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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

'Mini' MAC Haul

I would like to share with you my recent MAC Haul, I was meant to be on a no spend after my holiday but having ziltch will power  - that lasted all of 5 minutes.  

The new 'blacker and black' formula, I cannot wait to give this a try. It is packaged in a very sleek tube with the MAC logo delicately embossed on the lower part of the body.  The wand is a great length and the head is nice and flexible for easier application.  

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish £22
This is a gorgeous frosty finished blush - beautiful for highlighting the cheeks and brow bone.  There are tiny hints of glitter throughout the product and the marbled effect is stunning.  The Mineralize Skin Finish comes in a wide range of shades ranging from the more translucent through to a more bronze tone.  These are powder not cream.  

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick £15.50
I am loving the MAC Sheen Supreme lipsticks at the moment they are so creamy and the colours are very rich.  I purchased 'Full Speed' at a Duty Free counter earlier in the month and I would describe it as 'baby pink meets disco'!     Well, the other evening,  a gorgeous little Magpie told me that there were Limited Edition Colours in this range -   urge to buy one got the better of me and I went for 'Pleasurefruit', which is a slightly darker, more neon pink than Full Speed, I can't wait to swatch it.  

I will review these individually in full but thought you may like a little sneak peak.  

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Sunday, 4 August 2013

Ibiza 2013

Hola lovelies.  I have just returned from relaxing family break in Ibiza and it was wonderful.  I'd like to thank all of the Guest Bloggers that kept 'A Scottish Lass' ticking over in my absence and I hope you enjoyed reading their posts as much as I did.

We were in Ibiza for 11 nights - I thought that it may be a bit too long but it was just perfect.  7 nights is normally too rushed as you need a few days to settle in before you can truly relax.  We stayed at the Sirenis Club Aura Hotel just outside San Antonio and I couldn't have asked for anywhere better.  The location was beautiful and the sunsets - magnificent.  I thought i'd share with you some of my favourite snaps of the holiday.
We visited a Hippy Market - I was in my element and treated myself to some gorgeous trinkets for bargain prices. While we were there the Market was celebrating its 40th Anniversary so there was a lot of entertainment going on was a great day out.
I got a scare when the 'statue' moved, I obviously had one too many Corona that day as I was oblivious until that point that it was a man sprayed silver - well, scream - not the word.
I have been tempted to get a tattoo for a while so I tried out a Henna design, It was supposed to last 3 weeks but alas, a week on and it has completely gone! Never mind..
As previously mentioned the Ibiza Sunsets were amazing.  I heard the Sunrises were pretty spectacular too, however, it was safe to say I didn't witness any of those. 
Hubby and I are partial to the odd cocktail - but for €9 per cocktail we didn't hang around in there very long.   Instead we found a quaint local bar selling litre jugs of sangria for only €8.... hic!!
The Colada Girl and Daiquiri Boy.
One too many!
The view from our hotel room was lovely - I frequently sat out side watching the yachts sail by, talking of Yachts - Naomi Campbell was visiting the island when I was there - her Yacht was sleek silver - beautiful!
All in all a great time had by all.  But it is always good to be home - Cheers!

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