Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Let's just go #2 Copenhagen

So I've been back from Copenhagen for over a week - meaning now is the perfect time to re-live my journey with pictures. Here are some of my favourite things about the city - I so recommend a trip there, read this then get booking a break! Oh, if only purse strings and diaries made things that easy......

1,2,3) Relaxing harbourside at Nyhaven - and trying local herb wines with lunch.
4,5,6,7,8,9) The Royal Cafe for 'smushi' Danish smorgasbrod's meet sushi and cake. It really does feel like living breathing art in here - and you can buy most of the things you see!
10) Bikes, bikes everywhere - 90% of Copenhagen's residents own one - which explains why the bike lanes are as busy as the roads.
11) Easy, breezy canal tours around the different boroughs - a must do!
12,13) Shopping! Copenhagen does it right -  Another Nue and OSV blew me away (especially when OSV's upmarket second hand buys can get you pieces from designers like Acne and DVF from around one hundred pounds). And finding Jeffrey Campbell shoes in my size was pretty wonderful.
14) Pop Rocks Daiquiris - remember popping candy?!
15) Meeting Louise - one of the Carlsberg factory's own horses
16,17) Design. In museums, in the street, everywhere.
18) H.C. Andersen - whose mark on the city is quite touching
19) Meeting the guards on a sunny morning march
20) The idyllic Rosenborg Slot - it's even got a moat!

Oh and.....a trip here is one thing I would want to share with my sister. I just need to convince her to go with me when I return - my mum and I missed her while we ran around Copenhagen, living it up.

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Saturday, 24 March 2012

Saying Hello to Benefit's new foundation: Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW!

Last week I was lucky enough to attend Benefit's first ever Glasgow blogger event, for the launch of their new Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW foundation. And after being introduced to the lovely Benefit team in the rather plush surroundings of Hugh's champagne bar in Frasers, Lisa Potter-Dixon (Benefit's chief UK make-up and trend artist) told us what makes this new product so WOW.

Following on from Benefit's Hello Flawless powder, this foundation packs a lot into one little bottle - with brightening and moisturising properties, vitamin C & E to prevent signs of aging, buildable coverage and SPF 25. All cool stuff for fair, freckly or dry skinned girls like myself. The insider tip on this is to apply Benefit's The Porefessional underneath - which will de-shine the T-Zone area and hide any open pores. Although I think some powder would probably do the trick if the budget wont stretch to both.

I loved getting the chance to meet other Glasgow bloggers at the event, and the great demonstrations from the Benefit team really got me on board with the product on the night. But what did I think when I got it home? give you an insight into the Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW experience, I have decided to take the plunge and show you my skin sans makeup for a little before/after action. Deep breaths!

So, here is me BEFORE Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW (note the freckles and redness):

And here is me AFTER Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW:

As you can see it's got a nice dewy finish and good coverage, which is a must have to keep that redness under wraps. In fact, as much as I want to sound cool and aloof - I also love how light, fresh and airy this product feels. I may even be going back for more after the bottle ends, so big thanks to the babes at Benefit for introducing it to me.

Oh and let's file this under Other Cool Things I Learned - but we were also given a little history of the brand in Glasgow, and apparently our Frasers was the first place to stock Benefit when it came to the UK 15 years ago. Check out these retro Benefit brochures - seeing the products that have stood the test of time is quite a testament to their popularity. Lemon-aid and Ooh La Lift are still available today!

Will you be trying Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW?

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Disclaimer: Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW was sent to me for review after attending a Benefit blogger event.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Some new things from Copenhagen

I'm just back from three wonderful days in Copenhagen, and there's lots to tell - but after two (totally worth it) 3am starts this week I am just too tired to do a blog post on the city any justice at the moment. I'll get one written tomorrow, but in the meantime here are some new things from my trip....taken in the sweet Glasgow sunshine on my return.

Like most places, Jeffrey Campbell shoes are BIG in Copenhagen right now.....except a little easier to find in the right colours and sizes than it is in the UK. Monki, of course, is a must do in Scandinavia - and the fabulous Magasin du Nord department store has a Paperchase! Which is great news for me, the stationery geek who is still sad about the loss of the store in Glasgow.

Things I don't want to share:
Jeffrey Campbell 'Lita' boots: Dope
Sunglasses, necklace, wooden rings: Monki
Notebooks: Paperchase
Decorative paper (for origami birds!): Tiger 

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Monday, 12 March 2012

Spring cinema dates in Zara, Zara, Zara

After a great weekend of laser quest, dodgems (yes, really), theatre shows and margaritas, I wasn't quite ready to let the good times go come Sunday night. So I threw on this outfit, booked tickets for The Artist, alerted the boy and off we went to The Grosvenor on Ashton Lane - Glasgow's cutest cinema.The whole thing was possibly a ploy to wear my new March buys, which celebrate everything that is Zara.

I spotted this leopard shirt on another blog recently and HAD to have it. It was obviously meant to be, as there was only one left in my size when I went to collect it. 

The clutch is a whole different story, a sad love story about the bag I couldn't afford and walked away from. Only to stealthily return on the way home from work the next day to hunt it down. It's quite pricey, but pure quality - and I think I will love it forever. Case closed Mr Bank Man. It's a bit odd how I'm suddenly obsessed with everything in Zara actually. Are the collections getting better, or am I getting older and can only now appreciate the quality? Answers on a postcard please!

Putting clothes aside for one minute, The Artist was one of the most beautiful films I've seen in a long time, and I'm so glad I got to catch it while it's still on the big screen. I now kinda want to turn back the clocks and become a silent movie star with Travis as my dancing dog sidekick. But even though that won't work for a long list of reasons, the film was definitely worth an outing in my new favourite spring outfit. Oh man, just typing the words 'spring outfit' feels so good - look no rain in these pictures, and a warmish, blue skied evening! 

Are you loving Zara right now?

Things I don't want to share:
Leopard shirt & studded clutch bag: Zara
Shorts: H&M
Watch: Michael Kors
Ring: Kurt Geiger
Lipstick: Crosswires by Mac

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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Wednesday's Child

A random conversation at work today led me to remember that horrible rhyme which says that the day of every child's birth is a way to identify wonderful future characteristics...except poor Wednesday's child - who is full of woe. Obviously I'm only moaning about it because I was born on a Wednesday - but 'woe' is just not a word I'd use to describe myself. Annoyingly optimistic is probably closer.

Anyway - this jersey Topshop midi dress reminds me of woeful sorts, as it's kind of goth/ least in my opinion. Which is why I tried my hardest not to smile and teamed it with a spiked necklace and leopard print wedges. And wore it on a Wednesday night. 

Maybe it's the universe trying to make me conform to that stupid rhyme.  Or maybe I'm just over thinking things. Either way, here is how I wore my new midi dress, which I never thought I'd suit, but had to buy after spying someone wearing it at a gig (it was cool on, and I have a long standing love affair with grey T-shirts). Turns out it looks okay! Even if it is a bit grungier than my normal outfits.

Have you been wearing anything a bit different from your usual recently?

Things I don't want to share:
Midi dress: Topshop
Necklace: Miss Selfridge
Shoes: H&M
Watch: Michael Kors

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Thursday, 1 March 2012

It's a lush, Lush life: Bubblegum lip scrub and Ceridwen's Cauldron

It's amazing how cheerful staff, scented products and ethical brand values (printed on nice poems on bags) can make you like the world again. I found this out earlier this week, after a bad case of the Monday blues. What do you do when it's raining, you feel down and you have a boring train journey of grumpy commuters ahead of you? Lush, Lush, Lush.

In my five minute dash around the store before they shut at six, I managed to pick up the Bubblegum sugar lip scrub I'd been wanting to try for months, and a product I'd not heard of - the intriguing (by name and nature) Ceridwen's Cauldron. Here's what I thought:

Bubblegum lip scrub: Hands up who loves Lush's Snow Fairy shower gel? If it were not for the fact that I was sitting in my living room alone, I'd be waving my hand furiously in the air. It's a big favourite at Lush, and I know many people stock up at Christmas because it's limited edition. Why am I telling you this? Because the bubblegum lip scrub smells much the same as Snow Fairy, except you can take the experience further by tasting it. I imagine most Lush product labels urge you not to eat them - but this is made of sugar, so a little taste can't hurt (just don't get carried away). This smoothed any trace of chaps, made my lips perfectly smooth and smelled great. Great for wintery days, when you fear your lipstick's going to look all wrong on dry lips. I did find it a bit pricey at five pounds - but having now tried it and realised it will last for ages I don't grudge paying that for it.

Ceridwen's Cauldren: The best bath I have ever had, by far - and I liked the fact that it's creation was inspired by beautifying spells in Welsh mythology. Infused with cocoa butter, sandalwood and jasmine, you run the bath melt (still in it's bag) under the tap - I tied it to the tap to get it lathering properly. Once the product has melted, you're left with lovely bag of oats and wild flowers designed to use as a cloth and sooth the skin. The cocoa butter made the bath water feel instantly moisturising and the smell of wild flowers gave me sweet, sweet dreams after a stressful day. Definitely a good shout to help relax any restless sleepers out there.

And yes, the chirpy staff member wishing me a better week than my Monday, the one pound charity pot of cocoa butter and poem on the bag did win my smile back....even before I got to test the products. Lush is my tip for mad moods - just don't come back to me when you've ran up a credit card bill on face masks.

What lush products cheer you up?

Things I don't want to share:
Bubble gum lip scrub: Lush, £4.95
Ceridwen's Cauldren bath melt: Lush, £3.99

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