Benefit’s original Hoola Bronzing Powder is a probably one of the first bronzers I purchased and have re-purchased over the years so I’m sure you will understand my excitement about the latest products from the Hoola range – the Hoola Quickie Contour Stick and Hoola Lite.

Contouring is not my strong point so I love how easy to use and effective the Hoola Quickie Contour Stick is. For defined cheekbones and a sculpted face apply this beneath your cheek bones, on your forehead (just beneath your hairline) and along either side of your noise. It literately took me no time at all to apply this product. It was easy to bend and the results were natural and long lasting. Trust me, if you aren’t good at contouring this is the product for you.

I love that Benefit have launched a bronzer for us paler gals. Although I love the original Hoola Bronzing Powder (which is one of Benefit’s best sellers)  I am very fair skinned so I do have to be careful with how much I apply so I don’t end up looking too tantastic. I only really use bronzer in the Summer months when I have a bit more colour to my face but with Hoola Lite I will be able to use all year round.  It blends in super easy and leaves my skin with a lovely natural glow and if I want to go slightly darker all I need to do is apply a little more. I can also see this product becoming a best seller.

*These items were sent to me as a PR sample but this post contains my own views.

We don’t get much sun here in Scotland so my gorgeous new swimsuit from UK Swimwear will have to wait until my holiday to Lake Garda in July before it gets a proper outing. However that’s not stopped me planning my holiday wardrobe so I can share this gorgeous one piece with you guys.

I choose the Miraclesuit Must Have Barcelona Swimsuit in Electric Blue. I absolutely love the style of this swimsuit and was drawn to electric blue as soon as spotted it online. It’s strapless, which is great for avoiding tan lines but it also comes with straps which can be attached on to the swimsuit to give you more support if needed. Now the best thing about this swimsuit, it can make you look 10lbs lighter in 10 seconds as it is made to shape and firm the body by lifting your bust, shaping your bum and slimming your waist. Good news for me as I plan to stuff my face with pizza and pasta while holidaying in Italy.

This swimsuit will also be lovely to wear throughout the day. I can team it with my trusty vintage Levi cut offs, (that I take on holiday every year) my new sandals from New Look and my Love Moschino Sunglasess from Specsavers.  So if I need to go from poolside to lunch in a hurry this outfit is perfect.

If like me, you have been on the hunt for the perfect swimsuit or bikini for a while then UK Swimwear have a fabulous choice with brands such as Forever Unique, Freya, Gossard and many more. They have a huge range to choose from including accessories, beach bags and sun dresses so you certainly won’t stuck for choice.

*The swimsuit was sent to me as PR sample but this post contains my own views.

 

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 When it comes to applying make-up, for me it’s all about the base. As long as I have a good base I’m good to go. I’ve never really been one for big bold eyes or bright lips, I like the natural look.

The first thing I look for is a good primer so my make-up lasts as long as possible and then it’s all about the coverage. I like to minimize the appearance of the pores around my nose to and cover any imperfections on my face. Once I have done that the rest of my make-up application comes together really quickly.

Benefit’s The POREfessional face primer has been in my make-up bag since it hit the shelves. It provides such a a good base and feels velvety smooth on my skin. It minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines and creates a smooth base for the next stage of my make-up application. It also contains vitamin E to protect skin from free radicals which can age skin and I’m all for anything that helps to slow down the aging process.

 The POREfessional pore minimizing make-up is the latest launch in Benefit’s the POREfessional range. This lightweight formula covers imperfections and minimizes the appearance of pores without clogging them. It glides on and blends really easy with the little sponge (at the bottom of the tube). It also gives my skin a light coverage but I still feel I need to use my foundation or tinted moisturiser after this but it certainly gives me a more flawless base and less foundation is needed once I have applied this.

What are your favourite products to create the perfect base?

*These items were given to me as a pr sample but this post contains my on own views.

 

 
 

 

Today I’m taking you on a little Spring adventure around my city in collaboration with Boohoo.com 

I’m pretty biased but I think Glasgow is an amazing city. It’s got everything you could want from a big city, a buzzing music scene, trendy bars and restaurants, the best shopping outside of London, numerous museums and plenty of green space.

Last Saturday my sister and I had such a fun afternoon reminding our-self’s just how great a city Glasgow is. For our afternoon adventure I wore my new tropical print playsuit from Boohoo.com they have a great selection of playsuits and jumpsuits at the moment. The print on this playsuit is perfect for the Summer but until it gets a little warmer in Glasgow I teamed it with my black biker jacket, tights and ankle boots.

We started our afternoon with the Afternoon Tea Experience at Cup Tea Lounge where we were treated to a cake stand filled with savory bites, a selection of cakes and freshly baked scones. It also included unlimited pots of tea from their extensive tea menu with more teas than you can imagine. As I’m a bit of a tea jenny this was the most enjoyable part of the experience and I swear me and my sister must have drank about 10 cups of tea each. We got through 3 pots of teas trying the Chocolate Chilli Explotion, Masala Chai  and the Chocolate Orange & Black Pepper.

We then headed to The Lighthouse to take in the views at the top of the tower and to walk off our cakes and scones of course. The Lighthouse is Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture. It’s free admission and if you climb the Helical Staircase you will find the best view of the city at the top.

After climbing all those stairs we were a little thirsty so headed over to Gin71 to taste a few of the many types of Gins they have to offer. Gin71 has Glasgow’s largest selection of Gins, home made tonics and cocktails. They even offer Gin tasting sessions. The Gins come as doubles as standard so after a few Gins it was time to head home.

 *This is a collaborative post with Boohoo.com

 
 

A few weeks ago I went along to a Macrame workshop run by Oh So Hygge at Bakery 47 in the Southside of Glasgow.  I have know Kirsty from Oh So Hygge for a number of years and have always know her to be very talented and creative. I had never tried Macrame before so when Kirsty invited me along to one of her workshops I thought I would give it a try.

I will be honest, I thought I would be terrible at it and never thought for one minute that I could make a macrame plant hanger. I’m one of these people that no matter how many times you will show me something, I just don’t get it but after a couple of attempts and a lot of help and patience from Kirsty I managed it and I was surprised how relaxing I found macrame.

There are a number of different knots you can do to create various designs but I kept it simple using the square knot and alternating square knot to create my plant hanger.  You can see in the picture below my plant hanger beginning to take shape.

We stopped half way through the workshop for a cup of tea and tucked into these delicious cakes baked by Bakery 47 which included carrot cake, chocolate brownies and macrons. We even got to take home the left overs. Yummy.

Two hours later my plant hanger was finished. I don’t think I have ever been so proud lol.

Oh So Hygge have two more workshops coming up and still has a few tickets available, there is a workshop on Saturday the 22nd of April in Inverness, tickets can be purchased here and one on Sunday the 7th May in Edinburgh, tickets can be purchased here.

Due to high demand the above classes will be the last for now as Oh So Hygge is in high demand and busy working on orders from the online shop. You can see a few examples of Oh So Hygge’s creations below.

You can also catch Oh So Hygge at Tea Green Artisan markety at Kibble Palace at Glasgow Botanic Gardens on the 4th June from 10am – 5pm.