Oh, Boy! Kiehl’s Mickey Mouse Holiday Collection

Kiehl's Mickey Mouse holiday collection

Call me biased, but I think that the latest face of Kiehl’s has to be my favourite yet! No, I’m not talking about McConaughey – though he IS doing a pretty fabulous job helping Kiehl’s support Autism Speaks (well, alright, alright, alright…) – I’m talking about Mickey Mouse!

That’s right, Kiehl’s and Disney have teamed up to give some of my very favourite skincare products a Mickey makeover; just in time for the holidays. Oh, boy! I was very excited to see that the new-look Creme de Corps was dropping at Kiehl’s Glasgow and couldn’t wait to pop into the Buchanan Street store for a sneaky peek…

Kiehl's Mickey Mouse holiday collection

Creme de Corps is one of my (and Gary’s!) most-used products and we usually splash out on the 500ml size so that we don’t fight over the bottle! This hand and body butter is super nourishing with a light, creamy fragrance – ideal for keeping dry skin hydrated and smooth, especially at this time of year.

Now that our favourite Disney star is adorning the packaging, we can’t wait to add a new bottle to our bathroom shelf!

Kiehl's Mickey Mouse holiday collection

Other items in the Kiehl’s Mickey Mouse holiday collection will include Richly Hydrating Hand Cream, special edition hydration and facial cleansing gift sets, lip balms, a tub of grapefruit-scented whipped Creme de Corps body butter, an advent calendar (!!) and more. As part of Kiehl’s ongoing dedication to giving back, the sales of these products will also help people in need (check out this article for more details!).

Collaborating with a top luxury skincare brand AND raising money for a good cause? Not bad for a 94-year old mouse!

Kiehl's Mickey Mouse holiday collection

Special bottles of Creme de Corps from Kiehl’s Mickey Mouse holiday collection are available in-store now, with more products releasing very soon. Will you be adding them to your letter to Santa this year?

The Return of the Blogger Sleepover

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Take six gals in their nightwear, add a seriously gorgeous hotel and throw in some tasty treats, pampering and crafts and, well…you have the return of the mack blogger sleepover my friends! Actually, make that the return of the #grandcentralsleepover because it’s not a real gathering unless it has a hashtag, am I right?

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Some of you might remember that we enjoyed a pyjama party last year in Glasgow’s luxurious Grand Central Hotel to kick off the holiday season. We were super excited to be invited back again this year (TO THE DAY!) to do it all over again!

As soon as Laura, Ayden, Lori, Lisa & Sami and I checked into our rooms and changed into our pyjamas, we met up in our main room to begin the evening of festivities. The room was decorated with a pretty Christmas tree sprinkled with faux frost and brightly coloured baubles – just the thing to get us into the seasonal spirit!

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blogger sleepover

What’s a girly sleepover without some beauty fun? Luckily, Frenchie from Grease wasn’t around to pierce anyone’s ears but we DID have the lovely Emma from Benefit at House of Fraser to give us a round of brow treatments! I was absolutely thrilled with my eyebrows afterwards, which were tinted and waxed using the same techniques you’d find at the Benefit Boutique in store.

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Next up, we took our make up off in one Clean Sweep to try out some face masks by Soap & Glory and did our best Mrs Doubtfire impressions (“hellooooo dear!”) – while the masks worked their magic. I tried the No Clogs Allowed clay mask, which has a warm sensation on the skin as it cleanses. I felt fresh as a daisy afterwards! DIY gel manicures were also on the agenda thanks to Sensational’s nifty polish to gel transformer kit and tools from Brushworks. Sami gave herself some ruby red nails to rival Rudolph’s nose!

All this pampering was bound to have us peckish and, right on cue, a delicious buffet from Grand Central Hotel’s Tempus restaurant arrived at the door!

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The spread was utterly delicious and we had just about enough room left to nibble some candy and popcorn (and Poshcorn!) while having a catch up. The run up to Christmas can get so hectic, it was lovely just to relax in our PJ’s and chat.

We were kept hydrated with a selection of drinks from the likes of Botonique, Rejuvenation Water, 6Somewhere, Naturelly and Virtue Drinks before moving onto our next activity: making our own Christmas tree decorations!

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We had lots of Hobbycraft materials to play with including pom noms, glitter, stickers and paint. I was so pleased with my first attempt that I made a second one (and I’m happy to report that a few weeks later both have held up perfectly!).

After that, we all piled onto the oversized bed and watched some TV before calling it a night… or so we thought! Turns out we were all still up chatting and messaging each other for an extra couple of hours after that. We were pretty sure by the time we fell asleep that Lori was being followed by a celebrity ghost but I guess you had to be there to really understand the level of heebie jeebies involved!

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There was just enough time for us to grab breakfast in the morning before we headed our separate ways. Does it really get any better than a hotel buffet breakfast? To me, they are one of the best parts of any hotel stay and it was great to finish up our get-together over eggs and coffee.

This year’s blogger sleepover was so much fun, and the BEST way to celebrate another year of blogging (and another year of being friends with this bunch!). Our Laura (AKA the #grandorganiser) truly outdid herself by co-ordinating such a wonderful event! Same time next year, ladies?

Here’s to staying up way too late, sugar highs and face mask selfies…

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The #grandcentralsleepover couldn’t have been made possible without Grand Central Hotel being such amazing hosts (again!!). We also had some fabulous brands to help make the event a success – all of which are mentioned and / or linked above!  

2016 Lifestyle Gifts for Foodies, Homebodies & Magpies

2016 lifestyle gifts

Can you guys believe that there’s 2 weeks to go until Christmas? If you haven’t finished your shopping yet, don’t sweat it – I’m here with the third edition of my gift guide to give you a helping hand! And if you haven’t caught up with my previous two instalments, you can read up on the best makeup sets here, and catch my bath, body and beyond extravaganza here.

Today, I’m sharing some of the finest 2016 lifestyle gifts for the foodies, homebodies and magpies in our lives. If you know someone who loves to get creative in the kitchen, fill their home with stylish pieces or just can’t say no to a statement accessory (ahem! Guilty as charged), then read on…

2016 lifestyle gifts

Smoked Diamonds Candle from Shearer Candles

Shearer Candles have so many scents to choose from that it can be difficult to pick just one out! What I love about this Smoked Diamonds candle is that not only does it smell AMAZING, but the mirrored packaging is also stunning – making it a great stocking filler for anyone that has moved home lately, or simply likes to have something pretty to keep on their desk.

Smoked Diamonds’ scent is described as a ‘blend of playful florals, sensual musks and sweet cocoa’ and is part of the latest collection from Shearer Candles, who make all of their products here in Glasgow. You can pick up the small (£10) or larger version (£15) of Smoked Diamonds online or in store.

2016 lifestyle gifts

Tatty Devine Home 

When Tatty Devine release something new, you better believe that I sit up and pay attention – but when one of my favourite jewellery brands announced that they were launching a line of accessories and homeware? Well, let’s just say that I was very excited!

Expect bold and playful designs in bright colours and even a sprinkling of glitter. What’s also awesome about the collection is how affordable it is, with prices ranging between £9.99 and £29.99, making the pieces ideal for treating your girl gang. This Soda Pop coin purse (£14.99) is guaranteed to make looking for loose change much more fun! Find out more online.

2016 lifestyle gifts

Frosty Garland & Yum Yum Club at Ulster Weavers 

Know someone who is the ultimate domestic goddess? Show your hostess with the mostess some love with the festive Frosty Garland range from Ulster Weavers. The bold robin and wreath designs on items such as tea towels, aprons and oven gloves are in vivid shades of blue and fuchsia – guaranteed to bring a touch of festive cheer to any kitchen.

Also at Ulster Weavers this season are Santa’s Cookie Jars by the Yum Yum Club. These are packed with almost everything needed (minus an egg and some butter) to make some baked delights, including a handy recipe. All of the ingredients have already been measured, making this an ideal gift if you know anyone who bakes with little ones. Explore Ulster Weavers’ winter wonderland here.

2016 lifestyle gifts

Bold, Fun Timepieces by Swatch 

If you were a child of the eighties or nineties, it’s likely that you will have grown up with the Swiss-designed Swatch Watches. Now, more than 30 years after the brand was born, they are still drawing inspiration from art and fashion to create their colourful collections.

From 1980s electro pop nostalgia, to more luxurious metal bracelet designs, there are seemingly endless pieces to choose from – making this a one-stop shop for gift inspiration when it comes to your most fashion-forward friends. Prices start at £32 and you can shop all current Swatch watches online, as well as visiting your local store.

2016 lifestyle gifts

I hope you’ve been enjoying my 2016 gift guides so far – I sure have loved sharing them. Would you be tempted to keep any of these picks for yourself? And be sure to let me know what else you’ve been popping in your shopping basket this season!

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