I feel like bareMinerals have just launched my ideal lip range – GEN NUDE. GEN NUDE comes in 4 state of the art formulas in 40 bespoke shades ranging from beige, pink, peach and mauve shades. The 4 different formulas are the radiant lipstick, buttercream lipgloss, matte liquid lipcolor and under over lip liner.

The radiant lipstick comes in 15 shades, providing medium coverage with a moisturising creamy texture. The buttercream lipgloss comes in 10 shades and this non sticky formula gives a  sheer to medium coverage while providing moisture, leaving lips looking plump. The matte liquid lipcolor also comes in 10 shades and provides long lasting, full coverage while moisturising the lips. Last but not least is the under over lip liner in 5 shades which is designed to be used under or over your lip product.  This creamy formula provides a velvety finish.

I was invited along to the GEN NUDE Taxi recently for a bespoke appointment to be colour matched for the new range and these were shades that were chosen for me.

I absolutely love the shades, they are just what I would go for as the colours are so wearable and complement my pale complexion. Each product gives a different finish.

The matte liquid lipcolour was my favourite, unlike some matte lip products I have tried this doesn’t make my lips look dry and cracked. The creamy texture glides on leaving my lips feeling and looking moisturised, the formula then dried on lips leaving a really nice matte coverage.

The buttercream lipgloss gives somewhere in between the finish of a lipstick and a hit of lip gloss. It’s much less sticky than most glosses and I avoided my hair sticking to my lipgloss when a gust wind came along. That’s a big plus in my book. It made my lips look very plump and moisturised with a nice shine and it’s super easy to apply.

The radiant lipstick just glided on and looked very natural but I was able to build up if I needed more colour. The texture was so creamy and mositurising on my lips.

 Prices range from £14 to £18 and you can check out the full collection here.

*These items were given to me as a PR sample but these are my own views. 

Last week before the madness of Christmas begun, I was invited along to The Village Hotel for the Village Spa Christmas Blogger Event. The purpose of the event was to check out the beautiful spa and experience a treatment. 

The Village Hotel is conveniently located in Glasgow’s Pacific Quay right behind the BBC building which is an ideal place to stay if you are visiting the city for a concert at the Hydro or even a girly weekend of shopping. The spa is very popular for girly weekends away and I can see why due to the location and relaxing atmosphere in spa. 
The Village Hotel has 18 hotels located across the country which offer day breaks and overnight packages combining a spa treatment, use of the leisure facilities and dinner. In the spa they offer a wide range of treatments including facials, waxing, manicures and massages. The treatments are carried out using the high quality products from brands such as ESPA, St Tropez and Jessica. 

When I arrived at the Village Spa I was greeted by the lovely Ella and treated to fizz and canapes. I met the rest of the team who were also lovely and we had a chat about the spa and the treatment I was going to have. I opted for the De-stress Back Massage and Light Legs which is described as: a relaxing and de-stressing back massage to target and release areas of tension plus an invigorating leg and foot treatment including a massage that will leave you feeling like you are walking on air.

I had been looking forward to the treatment since I received the invitation and felt it was the perfect time to be pampered as I had spent most of December runnung around doing Christmas shopping, attending Christmas parties, nights outs and blog events so this was the perfect way to relax. 

My treatment was carried out by Alisa who made me feel at ease as soon as I entered the treatment room. The treatment itself was absolute bliss. I was so relaxed the for the full hour of the treatment and didn’t want it to end, in fact, I could have easily fallen asleep. Ailsa started the treatment with a back massage and then moved on to the leg and foot treatment. The leg treatment also included a body scrub followed by a leg massage which left my skin feeling so soft.  At the end of treatment Ailsa explained that the following day I might feel a bit tender but I felt amazing the next day and all the tension in my muscles were relieved. 

 

Before I left, I was given a huge bag of goodies including: St Tropez, ESPA, Jessica and High Definition Beauty, all of which can be purchased at Spa. I can’t wait to have a pamper night and try all my new products. 

If you fancy treating yourself to a treatment at the Village Spa you have until the 31st January to use my code LINSAY25 to receive 25% off your first online booking at www.village-hotels.com/spa

Thanks again to The Village Spa for inviting me along to a fantastic event. I had such a great night and can’t wait to visit the Spa again. 

If you have left your Christmas shopping until the very last minute or just have a couple of stocking fillers to pick up then I have some great suggestions for you.

Arran Aromatics has recently went through a re-brand and have relaunched as Arran Sense of Scotland. They have renamed their entire product range (apart from After the Rain so don’t panic if you are a fan of this popular range) and come up with sleek new packaging.

I went along to the relaunch in Buchanan Galleries to find out more about the new range. They have a wide range of gift sets and stocking fillers to choose from. And if you are really stuck, believe me, you can’t go wrong with a candle.

One of my favourite places for stocking fillers is Lush. Everyone loves to find a Lush Bath Bomb in their stocking. From it’s hugely popular Snow Fairy range to festive bubble bars there is something for everyone.  I was lucky enough to spend a fun filled evening in their Sauchiehall Street store last week where we were able to check out the Christmas range and make our own bubble bars. I love pretty much everything in Lush but here are my top picks for stocking fillers which are all under £10.

Little Snow Fairy Gift Set £9.95

Father Christmas Bath Bomb £3.75

Santasaurous Re-useable Bubble Bar £5.95

 

 

Most of us use lots of lotions and potions to look after our skin and prevent aging on the outside but aside from exercising, eating healthy and drinking plenty of water have you thought of additional ways to help prevent aging from the inside?
The experts at Seven Seas have researched the benefit of marine oils for over 70 years and have identified 7 vital needs for woman and combined them together to develop Perfect7

Perfect7 is a combination of Natural Source Marine Oil with Omega 3, including vital multivitamins and minerals which helps your body’s cells to absorb nutrients as you grow older.  Research has shown Perfect7 can help to support the following:

1. Skin & Nails – Zinc contributes to the maintenance of normal skin and nails
2. Hair – Biotin contributes to the maintenance of normal hair
3. Energy – Magnesium contributes to energy yielding metabolism
4. Brain – DHA contributes to normal brain function
5. Vision – Vitamin B2 contributes to maintenance of normal vision
6. Heart – EPA & DHA contribute to the normal function of the heart†
7. Hormonal Activity – Vitamin B6 helps to regulate hormonal activity

I was sent a month’s supply to try and I can already see and feel some of the benefits.

Before taking  Perfect7 I would find myself having a nap in front of the tv most evenings but the past few weeks I’ve definitely found myself to be more alert in the evening and feel my energy levels are higher.  Even my boyfriend has commented how I haven’t been falling asleep on the sofa as much recently so I do feel the Perfect7 is having a postive effect on my energy levels and brain.  My skin has also show positive effects, it’s less dry and more hydrated.

Like most anti aging products, I believe they are designed to prevent and not reverse the signs of aging so in order to benefit from all of the above I do believe the Pefect7 would have to taken for a longer period of time for your body to benefit from all 7. Overall, I have been impressed with how much better they have made me feel and improved my skin texture and would happily spend my own money on this product after trying a sample.

*This product was sent to me as PR sample but these are my own views.

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I have really thick hair which can be such a chore to take care of. It takes me ages to blow dry and for this reason, I love products that will make this task easier while protecting it at the same time which is why I choose the above products to try. 
These products were sent to me from the lovely team at The Beauty Booth, an online store which stocks a vast range of best selling hair products from salon professional brands including Moroccan Oil, Redken, Neal & Wolf, Kerastase and many more.

This lightweight oil not only protects your hair while blow drying, it reduces the drying time, leaving your hair with a diamond-like hair shine. It also conditions, strengthens and leaves it feeling and looking soft. 
I wasn’t convinced this was going to reduce the drying time but I was wrong. With only two pumps of this oil applied to my hair, it dried in the half the time leaving my hair so smooth and shinny. I actually love this and would say it’s now one of my must have products. 

Another heat protection product but this one comes in a spray which protects your hair from heat up to 232 degrees. Packed full of Vitamins including, A, B6, B12, C and E, this can really help to repair damaged hair. 

When I used this, it left my hair feeling like silk and smelt gorgeous. I can really see it has improved the condition of my hair and made it more manageable.

After using both products for a month I can see they both have amazing benefits and I like to use them together for the perfect blow dry. The oil for time saving and an amazing shine and the spray for repairing and leaving my hair silky smooth. 
You can receive 10% off your first order at The Beauty Booth or if you are quick you might be able to catch their Black Friday offer of 20% off that end this weekend. 

*These products were sent to me as a PR sample but these views are my own.

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