Beauty Hit List: October & November 2017

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You guys, it’s officially winter, how the heck did that happen? Along with the drop in temperature, everything else has changed – my wardrobe, my choice of hot drinks and even my beauty habits. At this time of year, I’m living for makeup worthy of fun festive fiestas, cosy baths and skincare treats, how about you?

I thought it was about time I shared another Beauty Hit List, and my current favourite products are a true sign of the season. Let’s dive in, shall we?

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Advanced Night Repair by Estee Lauder

Earlier this month, I got a lovely introduction to one of Estee Lauder’s most iconic products over dinner at Ox and Finch with the team from Estee Lauder. According to a ton of articles, Advanced Night Repair serum is a top-selling repair serum but what does that mean and what does it do? Well, I’ve been using it along with my favourite moisturiser before bed for the last few weeks and I’ve noticed a big difference in my skin already! As well as feeling hydrated (so important during the colder months), I’ve also noticed my skin looking smoother and more even-toned. I’ll keep on using it and report back again soon!

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Orangutan Soap by LUSH

Usually at this time of year, I’m likely to be found knee-deep in LUSH’s Christmas products (after all, the Snow Fairy addiction is real, am I right?). However, on my recent visit to their Buchanan Street store, I walked past their festive bath bombs and picked up one of the limited edition Orangutan soaps. These little guys smell yummy (thanks to the orange and patchouli oils!), look adorable and all sales of the soap help conserve the wild Sumatran orangutans by restoring their native forests. There’s plenty of time for the Christmas range – in the meantime, I’ll be scrubbing up like King Louie.

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Pink Lemonade Bath Fizz by A Pony Called Steve 

Made in Scotland, cruelty-free and beautifully packaged, there’s a lot to love about new-to-me indie beauty company A Pony Called Steve! Their loose bath fizz smells oh-so-sweet and it’s perfect for making winter bath times a little less gloomy. When I’m feeling mega indulgent, I’ll throw a few big handfuls in and still have a lot left in the jar to play with next time…

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Meteor Storm & Fall in Love palettes and Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops by Barry M

Barry M have really pulled out all the stops this year! Their latest drop of eyeshadow palettes are seriously dreamy, with oodles of warm and cool tones to play with and create the ultimate Christmas party eye. My favourites are the Meteor Storm palette, which is packed with metallic shades, and the Fall in Love one, which has ten rich shadows that remind me of sunsets!

On top of that, Barry M have also released their Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops, which I’ve loved using lately. These work really well when buffed in with a brush and can be used to build as subtle or dynamic a look as you like.

So, this is what’s made it into my latest Beauty Hit List – but what about you? What are you loving at the moment and what should I try next?

 

 

 

This post contains some PR samples but all views and Jungle Book-inspired washing tips are mine.

Glasgow Southside Coffee Shops You Must Visit

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According to the little note in my planner, today is National Coffee Day – and yeah, I know, EVERY DAY IS COFFEE DAY around here! But I’m never one to turn away a bit of novelty, or an excuse to get in the spirit of things, so I thought it would be a brilliant opportunity to share some more fabulous local cafes with you guys!

If you’ve been hanging around here a while, you may remember this guide to my favourite places to grab a cup of the hot, dark stuff that I posted a while back. Since that post, there have been some new arrivals – and a couple in particular that I would love to talk about today.

So, in honour of National Coffee Day, here are two Glasgow Southside coffee shops to add to your must-visit list…

It All Started Here  |  75 Deanston Drive 

This speciality coffee shop opened in May this year, after previously popping up at different events, cafes and markets around town and getting tongues a-wagging. Their secret opening (or at least, I think it started as a secret…) was so popular that in just a few short months, It All Started Here has become a firm favourite with locals.

With an ever-changing line up of awesome guest roasts, home baking and light bites, there’s a lot to love about this cosy cafe. It’s only open on the weekends, but trust me when I say it’s worth waiting for all week!

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Southside Roasters  |  742 Pollokshaws Road 

Want to know how to catch my attention? Writing COFFEE in huge letters above your shop oughta do the trick! I couldn’t help but get excited about this place as I watched Southside Roasters get ready to open back in March. At the time, I didn’t know much, but I knew it involved coffee so I was already on board!

Along with some damn fine (and damn Instagrammable!) coffee, you’ll also find chocolate, sweet treats and a brunch-y type menu. This sunny, stylish coffee shop is just round the corner from Pot Luck, so you could hit up both in one day pretty easily and have a helluva time while doing so.

Having more Glasgow Southside coffee spots to choose from makes me very happy indeed – the more the merrier, I say! It All Started Here and Southside Roasters are two of my current favourites – any others I should add to my list?

 

Not Just Pretty Pictures: Coffee Table Books You Need in Your Life

We’re slipping into the time of year where I find staying at home an increasingly attractive option, despite the fact that I’m generally the type of person who prefers to be out and about. Over the last couple of years, I’ve spent a lot of time and energy creating a fun home space that I can both work and relax in – so it’s not exactly a bad thing that I want to spend more time here.

Coffee table books are a particular indulgence of mine – and Gary’s – and we’ve accumulated quite a collection since we started living together! And during the chillier, greyer Sundays, escaping into one of these big, beautiful books with a mug of something hot is one of my favourite ways to spend an hour.

Sometimes coffee table books can be all style and no substance though and, as much as I can appreciate that, I do still like to read something while I’m leafing through them!

I thought I’d share a few of my favourite titles that deliver both, in case you’re looking for something new to reach for on your next cosy day at home…

What I Love About Movies by Little White Lies is a collective celebration of films by some of the best in the business. From Ryan Gosling, to Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola and more, each answering the simple question (“What do you love about movies?”) in their own unique style alongside some gorgeous illustrations.

Did someone say Wes Anderson? The Grand Budapest Hotel by Matt Zoller Seitz is a comprehensive guide to one of Anderson’s most popular productions, filled with interviews, costume designs, research notes, a critical essay and much more. This pastel pink beauty is always sitting in our living room, ready to whisk us away to Wes’ world.

The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost is what you might expect from a book about one of TV’s most curious cult classics: it is not what it seems. This oversized, hardback title is actually a mystery novel in the format of a coffee table book – with the reader taking on the role of an FBI agent. The pages are peppered with photographs, transcripts and other evidence to digest. A must-have for any fan of the show!

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Finally, Places to Go, People to See by Kate Spade is one of my most recent additions and covers a topic close to my heart: travel! The vintage glamour of the jet-set meets inspirational quotes, travel tips (like what to buy if you ever find yourself in Buenos Aires and the BEST room service midnight snacks!) and oodles of vibrant photos. Warning: wanderlust is pretty much guaranteed with this one…

For me, these coffee table books tick all of the boxes: they look stylish when I display them around the flat, they’re filled with amazing content and have lush, eye-catching images to get lost in.

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What are YOUR favourite coffee table books? And other things to do while spending a day at home?