DECIEM Arrives in Glasgow: 5 Things You Need to Know

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When it comes to beauty brands, Glasgow is a funny old town. Our high streets, shopping malls and department stores are bursting at the seams with cosmetics companies, yet we just can’t seem to get enough! House of Fraser’s beauty haul hall is a perfect example of this – it’s an Aladdin’s Cave of endless lotions and potions, but it’s always making room for new additions to its impressive line-up.

Standing out from the crowd can be tough when there are oh-so-many big names to choose from but, when DECIEM arrived in House of Fraser’s ground floor last week, beauty addicts all over town felt their spidey senses tingling and my Twitter feed was going at light speed!

But who are DECIEM, and why should you be excited about them coming to Glasgow? Here are 5 things to get you started…

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  1. DECIEM are an ‘abnormal’ beauty company in the BEST sense of the word! Growing rapidly in just 4 years (starting with just 2 employees, now they have over 120), DECIEM do a lot of things their own way – such as adopting a very hands-on approach to developing the 10+ brands under their company name and being committed to authenticity. If you tell them that they can’t do something, it just spurs them on to prove people wrong – and that’s a philosophy I can totally get behind.
  2. Their price points will surprise you. Six quid for the cult foundation that everyone is raving about? Now, that’s pretty damn fabulous. DECIEM believe that quality isn’t defined by a price tag, so you can pick up your shade (and, psst – they have 21 to choose from!) even if you’re a babe on a budget. DECIEM
  3. DECIEM have more then 10 unique brands under their belt – and they’re all cruelty-free. Taking on skincare, haircare, makeup, supplements, grooming and bodycare is ambitious enough as it is but making sure their practices are cruelty-free shows that DECIEM really are a brand that stick to their guns (and no, they don’t sell in mainland China either!).
  4. Instagram filter in a bottle? #YESPLEASE! DECIEM’s NIOD Photography Fluid was one of those products that beauty writers went bananas over when it was first released and it’s just as popular today. Smoothing, evening and brightening skin for that ‘photo ready’ look, it can be mixed with foundation or worn on its own.
  5. DECIEM’s Hand Chemistry hand cream has been THEE #1 seller at Boots every week. And I know Boots stock a ton of hand cream! Hand Chemistry is a multi-functional cream, targeting dryness, dark spots and signs of ageing. Like a fancy face cream but, y’know, for your paws! It flies off the shelves constantly, and now it’s in House of Fraser too – hooray!

You can find the new DECIEM concession in House of Fraser Buchanan Street; just next to Jo Malone. Will you be paying them a visit? And what sorts of things make YOUR spidey sense tingle?

A Postcard from LA

It’s been one month since we arrived back in Glasgow from our US road trip and I’m honestly still processing a lot of it! I can’t believe the distance we covered (about 4,000 miles – not including flights!), the things we seen (seven beautiful states!) and the places we visited. Mountains, deserts, towns, forests and cities – you name it, we probably went there!

We started our journey in California and, after a few days in Anaheim, spent four nights in LA. It was our first time visiting this awesome city and I really wanted to share a few highlights with you guys.

Here’s a postcard from LA…

Shopping

LA is ridiculously good for shopping and the mix of stores is perfect! We loved the indie streetwear, vintage treasure and high-end designer stores on Melrose, alongside specialist stores like Drake’s OVO and the adorable Pigmy Hippo Shoppe just a short walk away.

We stayed near The Grove which is a really nice outdoor shopping mall, filled with all the usual retailers like Sephora and Zara plus a really great farmer’s market. I had to be super strict with myself in LA, otherwise I’d have needed an extra suitcase!

Food

You’ll never be stuck for a bite to eat in LA and we noticed that tacos were the most popular dish (though we couldn’t get near the Mexican bars on Cinco de Mayo – too busy!). One of my favourite places we grabbed breakfast was Eggslut… so much so that I’ve been trying to recreate the sandwich I had ever since!

We also adored Cake Monkey, which came highly recommended by some of you over on Instagram. Amazing cakes and delicious coffee – it’s probably for the best that we discovered it on our last day in the city…

Sightseeing

In just a few days, we managed to squeeze in a lot of sightseeing. It was fun to tick the Hollywood Walk of Fame off of our list but, if you go, be prepared for it to be extremely crowded! Seeing the hand and foot prints outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre was like taking in a little bit of cinematic history and we also couldn’t resist going on a studio tour while we were in Tinsel Town – we chose the Warner Brothers tour and loved every minute!

The Griffith Observatory at the top of the Hollywood Hills has stunning views and is well worth the hike/Uber ride up there – especially on a clear day.

We also hit a couple of beaches for some laid-back, California vibes. Venice Beach was iconic and exactly how it looks in the movies and Santa Monica was perfect for people watching (and posing!).

Staying

While in LA, we stayed in Fairfax at The Farmer’s Daughter Hotel. I’m not going to mention too much about the hotel itself (there’s a separate review post in the works!), but the area itself was very well-located for shopping and food. Plus, you could see the Hollywood sign as soon as you stepped out of the door!

I think the best thing we found about spending time in LA is that you can really make it any kind of trip you want. If you want to take it easy, there are plenty of nice places and beaches to hang out at or, if you’d rather to be a tourist, there are plenty of activities to fill your day with too.

We left the city with lots of great memories but still hungry for a little bit more. I have a feeling we will be back in this babe of a town someday… watch this space! In the meantime, for more photos from our road trip, hop over to my Instagram and take a peek.

Have you ever visited LA? What are your favourite things to do in la la land?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Love,

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