Beauty Hit List: February & March 2017

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It’s been two whole months since my last Beauty Hit List and, since then, I’ve discovered (and re-discovered) plenty of new goodies to obsess over. Today we’ve got some new makeup releases, one of my long-time favourite scents, the Easter collection we’ve all been waiting for and a new beauty store to hit up!

So what are we waiting for? As Shania Twain would say, let’s go girls (and boys!)…

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GEN NUDE by bareMinerals

How do you like to go nude? At the office? The gym? Buying groceries? bareMinerals have a nude for every occasion with their new collection of GEN NUDE lip colours and are proving that nude shades don’t need to mean boring! With four dreamy formulas and 40 shades (!) to choose from, there’s never been a better time to go nude.

The Matte Liquid Lip colours are creamy and moisturising, while the Radiant Lipsticks are serving up “your lips, but better” coverage. 10 new Buttercream lipglosses are non-sticky and plumping and the Under Over lip liners can be worn on their own or to accentuate the perfect pout. My favourites from the collection have to be the Radiant Lipsticks, which feel super hydrating and add a slight shine (I’m wearing the shade XOX in this photo, if you want to see it on!).

Whether you’re into pink, peach, beige or mauve, bareMinerals have you covered. Nudes for days!

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Sugar Crush by Soap & Glory

Hands up if you got some Soap & Glory at Christmas time? Oh, who am I kidding? I love me some Soap and Glory all year round! My all-time favourite scent by Soap & Glory is Sugar Crush, a fresh kick of sherbet and citrus – so you can imagine my excitement when some of the brand’s classic products were recreated using my go-to fruity scent!

Over the last few months, I’ve been enjoying using Sugar Crush-scented Hand Food, Body Wash and Buttercream body butter. The dinky ones above came inside a Christmas gift set, which are perfect for stashing in your overnight bag for a burst of zing on the go!

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LUSH Spring 2017 Releases

One of my favourite things about LUSH are their seasonal collections. As well as REALLY knowing how to run with a theme, the exclusive products are packed with good-enough-to-eat ingredients and the LUSH Spring releases are no exception.

Covering Easter, Mother’s Day and the general joys of Springtime, this year’s products are an explosion of colour, creativity and cruelty-free fun! The Golden Egg bath bomb is back (phew!) to turn your bath into a glittering pool of toffee-scented bliss and there are plenty of gorgeous gifts to spoil your mama, your bestie or yourself. I just love the Chocolate Egg soap, which smells like vanilla, white chocolate and lemon.

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Superdrug Partick

If you’re Glasgow-based and want to pick up all your beauty essentials, you need to check out the shiny new Partick branch of Superdrug, which opened yesterday. Part of Crow Road retail park, this bright, modern unit is packed with everyone’s favourite brands plus Superdrug’s own-label products.

When I popped along to check it out, I was immediately drawn to the makeup section, which was packed with the store’s exclusive ranges like Makeup Revolution, MUA and Freedom. I also loved the Googly Eyes makeup bags, which are a super cute way to keep your handbag must-haves organised!

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It’s been an awesome couple of months for beauty – I think this time of year is always so great for new releases! I’m sure you guys have a few of your own favourites too, so be sure to tell me what I should be adding to my basket in the comments below or over on Twitter.

Love, glitter and googly eyes…

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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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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 Bath, Body and Beyond Gifts for Pampering

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It’s a new week, which means it’s time for the second instalment of my ho-ho-holiday gift guide! Every Monday until Christmas I’ll be sharing my pick of the treats that we (or someone we know!) would love to wake up to under the tree.

Today, I’m talking bath, body and beyond – ideal for anyone who loves to indulge themselves and enjoys nothing more than soaking in the tub, slathering themselves in rich lotions and giving their locks some TLC! They’re also the perfect gifts for pampering someone special who deserves to be looked after.

With four fabulous brands to choose from, there’s everything you need to give someone a night of me-time…

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Foam & For-Tune by Soap & Glory

Singing in the shower (or the bath!) is actively encouraged with this magical musical tin from Soap and Glory’s Glitzmas collection. I don’t know many ladies that DON’T wish for Soap & Glory at Christmas time and, from this years extensive range, Foam & For-Tune is a super fun gift for anyone who loves their pamper time with a big ol’ slice of kitsch!

In typical Soap & Glory style, this is a very PINK and nicely packaged present, containing a host of miniature best-sellers including Clean on Me shower gel, The Scrub of Your Life body buffer, Sugar Crush body wash, body scrub & buttercream (best smell ever!), The Righteous Butter body butter and a pink shower puff. As if this little lot wasn’t enough to get into a lather over, the keepsake tin also sings! You can pick Foam & For-Tune up at Boots stores and online for £16.

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Christmas at Kiehl’s

Starbucks may have their red cups, but it’s when the red boxes and bows start to arrive at Kiehl’s that beauty lovers get REALLY excited. Specialising in all things skincare, Kiehl’s stay true to their prescriptive roots by offering a truly bespoke holiday gifting service to meet different needs and budgets.

Pre-made gifts are available in-store, some featuring this year’s exclusive Jeremyville Christmas packaging or, if you’re after something specific, you can create your own with the help of the Kiehl’s team. From hand creams to hair care (and so much more), there’s something really special about putting together a personalised package. All gifts are then wrapped in the store’s luxurious gift wrap (for free!) – giving you one less job to do later (just call them Santa’s Little Helpers, eh?!). Pop into Kiehl’s today to find out more!

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Lush Christmas 

Does it get more fun than Lush at Christmas? Every year I wonder if they can possibly come up with something new (and secretly hope that a few old favourites will return!), and each time I’m completely dazzled with seasonal soaps, glittering gifts and – oh yes – special edition smellies!

I love their brightly-packaged gift sets, which come in a whole range of shapes and sizes. The Ice Ice Baby gift (left) has your secret Santa all wrapped up, coming in at just under a tenner and containing a super fresh combo of Igloo soap and Snowman shower jelly. Best Wishes on the other hand (IN the other hand??) is pretty much a mini ‘best of’ Lush Christmas, with the Golden Wonder bath bomb, Ruby Red Slippers bubble bar and Snowcastle soap. Put it this way: if this set were to sing, it’d sound like Bing Crosby…

Lush’s Christmas range starts at just £2 and you can browse it here!

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Peace, Love, Pop by Paul Mitchell 

Paul Mitchell is bringing some comic-inspired style to Christmas stockings everywhere this year with their Peace, Love, Pop gift collection. Vibrant, playful and full of fun, there are 10 sets available to help cover every hair type and give your tresses a pop of style during party season!

From boosting colour, to hydrating and fighting frizz, Paul Mitchell are making it their mission to keep everyone feeling their very best at Christmas with these cruelty-free products. I love this SHINE set – designed to keep hair looking smooth and sleek with some of the brand’s popular Super Skinny hair treats. Each gift set sold from Peace, Love, Pop also supports BABY2BABY, which helps to provide children from low-income households with clothes, nappies and other necessities. The collection ranges from £20-40 and you can find out more online.

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I don’t know about you, but all of this talk of relaxing and pampering is making me want to hop into a frothy, bubbly bath! I hope that these picks help inspire you to spoil someone this Christmas – and be sure to let me know what your top gifts are for bath, body and beyond this year.

With love, bath bombs and red bows…

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