Saturday, 15 September 2018

Where Have I Been?đź’•

Firstly, hello. Secondly, welcome back. Yes, I know I promised a whole load of new exciting content over the summer, but as you’re all aware, that didn’t happen. Why? Life happens. Over the 4 and a half years I’ve been blogging, I’ve grown up and more important things have occurred, which means blogging has been put on the backbench, which when I think about it, it does break my heart a bit that I don’t have as much time for my passion. Anyways, here I am with an update as to where I’ve been and what I’m up to.

  1. College - I returned back to college three weeks ago now to return to photography, but at the next level. I may only be three weeks in, but we’ve had plenty of work issued already, and anyone who knows me know that I prioritise my education no matter what. If you aren’t already, then you can follow my photographic journey on Facebook and Instagram - just search “Jasmine Lawrie Photography” (yes, shameless self promo). However, the more I improve my photography and gain new skills, the better my photography will be for my blog, bringing it up a whole new level.
  2. Work - my least favourite four letter word. Over the summer, I did a lot of overtime because I wasn’t at college so my flexibility increased. Some weeks I spent more days in there than others, but still, it did take up a lot of time. Now I’m back to normality, I’m not working quite as much but it does take up my weekends, which were my ideal times for writing posts.
  3. Social life - when I started my blog, I was a whole load younger than I am now, and I didn’t have the same social life compared to now. I’m at an age where I’m enjoying going out with my friends whilst I can. As previously mentioned, I work at the weekend, so I have to try tie in plans with my friends too, some weekends it proves to be more difficult than others. 

At current, I’m at college Monday to Wednesday, Thursday is my dedicated “college work day”, work Friday and Saturday so Sunday is my only chill day. Sometimes on my free days, I lack the motivation to write any posts, and that’s totally normal - other bloggers have reassured me that it’s natural because they get some days where they feel like this too. Other times I have blog post ideas, but not got the photos to match up with it. Those who don’t blog don’t quite realise the amount of work that goes into it, and that’s why us bloggers may end up neglecting our blogs from time to time - not intentionally. 

I’m really hoping that my blog is producing some brilliant content throughout winter and Christmas, which means I’ll need to work on it loads. In saying that, it doesn’t mean that there won’t be content until then, of course I’ll try whenever I can, however if I don’t post, please be patient as I am only human.


To everyone still following me, thank you. I appreciate my loyal followers so much, as you are the reason my blog is where it is today. X

Monday, 3 September 2018

Facial Creams - What's The Difference?đź’•

Day cream, night cream, moisturisers and the list continues. What is what; what's the difference, do the formulas vary and in all honesty, is there any need for so many? For years, I used the same moisturiser, day and night, all year round, regardless of the season. Now that I've decided to branch out with my skincare and am more willing to try out new facial creams and moisturisers, I've discovered that really, there is a massive difference and each will act differently with your skin.

As you can see, I have three; a day moisturiser, a night moisturiser and a moisturising cream. Is there genuinely any need for all three? Yes. I went on a mad spree with the Superdrug Vitamin E Range earlier this year - I ordered things such as micellar water and facial scrubs - and in among the order was the night cream, and I picked up the other two moisturisers not long after. I opted for the same skincare range because that's what I tend to do anyways, and my skin tends to agree with it.

Vitamin E Radiance Face Cream || £2.99 - I'd say that this has the lightest, thinnest formula out of all three because it's a cream as opposed to a moisturiser. It's not water based and it's not thick either - it's your typical facial cream consistency. This cream I use in the mornings throughout Summer, because it's supposed to be warmer outside (or in Scotland, it's muggy), and you don't want something heavy that'll make your skin feel greasy, heavy or sweaty. I also use it in the morning because after you apply it, you're typically going to be busy, on the move etc, and therefore don't want something that feels sticky and will take an absolute age to be absorbed. As it's light, you can apply it and not need to worry about it drying before going ahead with your makeup. It's ideal for oily skin (which is myself), but I don't see any reasons why it couldn't work for dry/combined skin. As it's a radiance cream, it's supposed to make your skin look bright and healthy, so it's another reason to use it in the mornings.

Vitamin E Night Cream  || £2.99 - A cream that I've been using religiously since I bought it. It's my first time experiencing a night cream, so I wasn't too sure what to expect. One thing I can point out instantly is that it is significantly thicker than the previous cream, and that's because it's a night cream. The clue is in the title, a cream created to use in the evenings post skincare routine, as it is thicker - normally, you do your skincare routine before your bed, therefore it gives the cream the opportunity to sink into your skin and work wonders before waking up in the morning. I was worried that I'd find it too heavy for the humid nights we had throughout the Summer, but this didn't occur at all - it doesn't leave a greasy residue on your skin as it's all absorbed, and rather quickly too. I always worry about using thicker creams because I have oily skin, but it's a complete myth that if you have oily skin you should skip moisturiser - it does have an added bonus. It leaves my skin feeling extremely soft and looks healthy.

Vitamin E Day Cream || £2.99 - The last to join my collection, but doesn't receive any less care than the others. I hadn't ever tried a day cream before, as I used to just buy general face creams. I can tell you that this cream will be used a whole load more in the Winter - the consistency is definitely the thickest out of the lot. In the Winter, my skin can lack hydration and moisture, so I need to change my moisturiser and I know that this one will be ideal. I don't need to use a lot when applying as a small amount goes a long way - I think this is because how thick it is. I do feel it takes a little longer than the previous moisturisers to be absorbed by my skin, but nothing too ridiculous. It leaves my skin feeling extremely soft and hydrated, looks bright and healthy and smells great too.

The whole Vitamin E Range has the same distinct scent throughout - it kind of makes me think of an extremely light coconut scent without being coconut at the same time, it's hard to describe. Of course, every facial cream will vary from the above, but it's just a rough guide to the difference, especially within the Vitamin E range.

xx

Monday, 20 August 2018

A Much Loved Skincare Rangeđź’•

For months, I have been using the Superdrug Vitamin E Range religiously. I went on a mad online shopping spree and ordered numerous items that I had been wanting to try out, and they were on a buy one get the second half price deal. The range has been working wonders for my skin, however, my inner blogger enjoys trying out new products. I have read umpteen reviews about the Garnier skincare range which is infused with Rose Water, and whilst I saw them on deal in Superdrug, I snatched up a toner and cleanser.

Garnier Natural Rose Cleansing Milk || £3.49 (now £1.69) - Cleansers are something I never used for years in my skincare routine, and I still struggle to comprehend as to why. I've tried multiple different brands, all of which have varied drastically from each other - I've tried some which are thick, whilst others are extremely thin, on the watery side. This is quite a thin formula, but it's not overly watery - for a cleanser, it's probably on the correct balance. I love how smooth it leaves my skin feeling, and it looks clean and healthy too. After washing my face, I feel this is an extra step which I benefit from, and shouldn't have been skipping out for years! There's a floral scent, but nothing too overpowering or strong - it just smells clean and pleasant.


Garnier Natural Rose Water Toner || £3.49 (now £1.49) - I find toners vital for my oily skin, because it completes my cleansing routine, and closes my pores to prevent any further dirt entering my skin. Some I find work better than others - some feel like you've just swept a cotton pad with water on it all over your face, whilst others leave your skin feeling clean and tight (for those who use a good toner, you know what I mean). This one is definitely in my good books. I knew that rose water was beneficial for your skin, so I jumped onto trying this. I've found that I don't need to use a lot at all on a cotton pad, and my skin absorbs it pretty quickly too. It does have a floral scent, but it's not too harsh on my skin at all - and it's ideal for dry and sensitive skin too. I feel as though it really does tone my skin, and it works well with my skin too

I had high hopes for this range, and I can assure you, it didn't disappoint me. The toner and cleanser were the items I wanted to try most from the range, but whilst linking the products for this post, I see they do a moisturiser as well, so I'm tempted to complete the range. 

Have you tried these products?

xx

Monday, 13 August 2018

Lee Stafford Cactus Crushđź’•*

If you've been reading my blog for a while, then you'll know that I'm a massive fan of Lee Stafford. Their products never fail to disappoint me, both in terms of quality and scents, so any time an email lands in my inbox from their PR, I get rather excited. I was emailed about the new Lee Stafford Cactus range*, which I said yes to because the idea of cactus really intrigued me. And, to say the less, it hasn't let me down once again.

Lee Stafford Cactus Crush Shampoo* || £7.99 - I adore this shampoo, as does my hair. I don't need to use too much because it lathers so well, leaving me with a rich lather of bubbles. After using, my hair just feels a whole load fresher and super clean, even if it hasn't been washed in a few days. The scent is absolutely beautiful as well. It's quite hard to describe, but it smells fruity and fresh. I adore this, and used in conjunction with the rest of the range, it leaves my hair in lush condition.

Lee Stafford Cactus Crush Conditioner* || £7.99 - I won't deny it, but I can be lazy when it comes to washing hair. 2 in 1 shampoos are a life saver, but have you ever taken the time to use actual shampoo, followed by conditioner? Because, trust me, the difference is evidently clear. It has the same scent as the shampoo, and the two used together are like the dream team. I don't find I need to use a massive amount of conditioner, and when I wash it out, I don't miss any excess. It leaves my hair silky and shiny, and I can't begin to explain how smooth it leaves my hair.

 Lee Stafford Cactus Crush Mucho Moisture Mask* || £8.99 - Lee Stafford hair masks are, without a doubt, one of the best on the market, so I knew this wouldn't be a let down. I try to use the mask at least once a week to keep my hair in tip-top condition, and tend to leave it on for just over 5 minutes. It's a thicker formula than the conditioner, and if you're after a quick way to provide your hair with some hydration, this is the mask to use. Sometimes when I brush my hair after washing, it can be quite tuggy, however, I don't find it half as challenging to run a brush through my hair.

Lee Stafford Cactus Crush Dazzle Drops* || £8.49 - Hair oils aren't something I usually use in my hair because I'm afraid that it'll make it greasy, and I can never judge how much to use because I don't want to soak my hair in it either. I use between 4-5 pumps, and rub it through the ends of my hair, ensuring to avoid the roots of my hair and focusing on the ends instead. Typically, I blow-dry my hair, and when it finally dries, my hair feels super soft - sometimes after drying it can feel quite dry - but it's almost as if this saves my hair.

So, the cactus range hasn't disappointed. It's pink, smells good and the products are amazing, what else could you ask for?

xx

Monday, 16 July 2018

Testing Eylure Brow Productsđź’•*

Brows these days are rather important to some individuals. To me, I'm not crazy on them - sometimes when I do my makeup I don't bother doing them and I'll happily leave them undone to leave the house - but every so often, when I want to make an effort, I'll do them. I haven't quite found my holy grail product yet, so I'm willing to try anything out! WhenFalseEyelashes.co.uk got in touch, asking if I wanted to try out some brow products from Eylure, I was intrigued as they specialise in eyelashes, so I said yes. And here's the verdict.

Eylure Brow Paint* || Mid-Brown || £8.95 - I won't lie, this product baffled me at first because of the applicator. I had previously tried concealers of a similar manner in terms of applicator, so I was a bit scared to try this out - especially with it being a brow paint, and I am pretty clumsy. On my first use, I found myself twisting the bottom part of the pen for ages before any product came out, then boom - loads appeared at once. It sure doesn't lack pigmentation that's for sure. As it's the first time I've ever used a product quite like this, I found it difficult to work with, however I know the more I use it, the easier the application will be. I did feel that my brows looked too dark and I initially thought it's because the shade was too dark for me, but now I believe I just used too much product. A light and steady hand is necessary with this product!



Eylure Precision Brow Crayon* || Mid-Brown || £5.90 - I'm used to brow pencils, so I could easily fill my brows in with this. It's the same shade as the brow paint, but I feel that this looks a lot lighter in my brows - perhaps this is just the different formulas, which will alter the opacity. At first, I felt that it looked ashy in my brows for some weird reason, but I couldn't see it the next time I used it. I like that on one end is the product, which twists up so no sharpeners needed, and a spoolie on the other side to brush your brows. I'd say it appears on the natural side, as it leaves them full but not overdone. It helps to give them shape and frame your face without being too overpowering.

I must say, I have really liked these products. Considering Eylure are mainly known for their eyelash products, I feel that they have successfully conquered brow products and have created some fantastic products that aren't overly expensive either. Shoutout to Eylure!

xx 

*PR Samples

Monday, 9 July 2018

A Hair Favouriteđź’•

Dry shampoo can be a tricky one. Either it works wonders, or it leaves your hair in an absolute riot whereby it doesn't fit it's purpose. Some dry shampoos have made my hair looks greasier than before I used the product, have made my hair go pure white and just won't blend. Everyone always raves about Batiste. I knew it was a reliable product because I had heard lots of good reviews about it from blogs and YouTube. I had been using Lee Stafford ones but once they ran out, I gave into the hype and I bought a tin of Batiste.

Well strictly speaking, it wasn't quite like that. I was needing some dry shampoo, and whilst in Asda, went to the haircare aisle. Batiste was on sale, so instantly was drawn towards it. I noticed how many different scents they had available! The pretty, bright packaging caught my eye, and I ended up choosing the Cherry version. The scent sure didn't disappoint. It says that it's "fruity and cheeky cherry", and it's ever so fresh, and gives your hair that quick and instant refresh it requires. It also provides you with volume too, making your hair easier to work with.

One tin did last me a good few months as well, which I was impressed at. I don't like to use it too frequently just in case I dry my scalp out. I'd say that I maybe use it, on average, 1-2 times a week, depending on how desperately I need to use it. After I had finished the tin, whilst in Bodycare, I picked another one up, which was significantly cheaper. I didn't think anything of it because I thought "aw, it's just because it's Bodycare and they sell things at a discounted price". One I got home, I noticed that not all the writing was in English. The product is pretty much the same, however, I feel that it is a bit more powder based than the other one.

All over,I haven't been let down by Batiste. I feel their dry shampoos are ideal for those who simply don't have the time, or can't be bothered, to wash their hair on a specific morning, or are looking for an easy way to create volume. These products tend to be on offer in Superdrug, and at the moment, the 200ml can is £2.99, and beautycard members can save up to 1/3 on certain Batiste products - so what are you waiting for? Get in there!

xx

Monday, 2 July 2018

Intimidating Lip Coloursđź’•

Every season, I change up my makeup. In terms of lipsticks, I tend to go for brighter colours in the Spring and Summer, and keep my dark, vampy colours for Autumn and Winter. A few years ago, I went mad buying different lipsticks - almost every time I went shopping I bought something new - so now I'm left with a collection, full of some whacky colours, which I am quite afraid of. My aim for Summer this year is to experiment more with bright, bold colours, and make them work.

Lancome Matte Shaker in Yummy Pink || £20 || Read more here - You might recall the craze over these little lip colours. First, it was their original juicy shakers. Then, they launched their matte shakers. To say the least, I was right on that bandwagon. And I'm glad I did. Their matte shakers, in my opinion, are by far better than the juicy shakers. The pigment is much bolder, the colour selection is better and the formulation works better. I own two; a red one, and a pink one (as photographed). It's quite a bright, bubblegum pink, which I am intimidated by. As I'm so pale, I'm afraid that it won't compliment my skintone, and that it would wash me out a bit. 

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Lipstick in Heroine || £9.99 || Read more here - When Maybelline sent over their matte ink range, I think they purposely chose all of their "out there" shades for me. Out of the four, I do think this one scares me most. Not only because it's orange, but because of it's vibrancy. I'd say these are liquid lipsticks, and I find them tricky to work with purely because I haven't a lot of experience in wearing them. The pigmentation is uber strong, so I find I need to be very precise in applying them. Orange isn't a colour I ever really wear, but to me, it's a beautiful colour and just signifies Summer to me.

Maybelline Vivids Color Sensation in Hot Plum || Discontinued || Read more here - I used to love this lipstick, and now I don't ever reach for it. Purple lipstick I used to love, I alternated between this one and an MUA one. Now, you're lucky if I even wear a nude lipstick some days. I remember being obsessed with how easy these are to apply, they just glide on because they're so creamy, and no need to worry about them smudging. It does have the tendency to fade whilst eating or drinking, but what lipstick doesn't? Sometimes, I used to walk about the place with this being the only makeup on. It was truly loved, and I need to remember how much I adored it to get me back into using it again.

Makeup Revolution Lipstick in  || £1 - I love the variety of lipsticks that Makeup Revolution (MUR) sell, and because of their cheap price tags, it means you can experiment to your hearts content, and won't have splashed the cash out on something you might hate. I have some absolute die-hard favourites from MUR, then others are just random shades I fancied trying, which is exactly what the above lipstick is. It's a coral shade, with a hint of pink and a bit of red, unusual and different to the Maybelline lipstick from earlier. This lipstick is really creamy, so could possibly melt in the tube and smudge a bit whilst on your lips. To me, this is a holiday lipstick. I don't know what it is, but I think of abroad when I look at it. With the current heatwave here in Scotland, I think now might be an ideal time to give it a bash.

Those four are my main scares when it comes to lipstick. Trust me, I do have more, but these ones top the charts. 

xx

Monday, 25 June 2018

MUA - An Overlooked Brand?đź’•

There's no denying that I love bargain makeup. Highend brands don't really appeal to me because I know that I can buy products that work the exact same way as drugstore makeup. One brand I have loved for years, and one which really got me into makeup, is MUA. It's a brand that I always fall back on every so often. For my base, I'm not too fussy - a concealer and powder, and I'm good to go.

MUA Hide and Concealer Stick in Ivory || £1 - For some reason, I never used to use stick concealers, I always opted for cream concealers instead. Then, I bought a stick concealer because I was going on holidays and had to limit my liquids (I carry hand luggage), and since then, I've never looked back. I find that stick concealers do get a lot of negative reviews, but I quite like this one. I have the shade fair (which is the palest colour) and it works adequately - it's creamy, blends well and has quite good coverage. For the price, I cannot really complain about the concealer, because it serves its purpose. The only downfall is that it melts quite easily in the packaging. When I took it on holidays, I had to keep it in the fridge because the heat was melting it. Otherwise, it's a concealer that I have repurchased many times.

MUA Pressed Powder in Translucent || £1 - Powder is crucial for me, because I have such oily skin, I want to not only keep the oils at bay, but also my makeup in tact. I've tried numerous powders over the years, and some have made me look oily, some haven't done what they claim they will do. I knew that I loved the concealer, so therefore, the powder couldn't be too bad for £1. Some powders which are on the lower price scale can be quite chalky, however, I haven't actually experienced that with this one. It sets my makeup in place, doesn't settle into any line beneath my eyes (which aren't even visible without makeup, and only appear when some makeup set terribly) and for the price, is quite decent.


Once again, MUA haven't let me down. It's a brand that I know I could pick up anything from and it won't be a disappointment. People often overlook such a brand because of their minuscule price tags, but for me, I adore them.

xx

Monday, 18 June 2018

Amsterdam Fashionđź’•

Typically, I'm not into fashion. Sure, I own quite a lot of clothes, but I'm quite plain when it comes to style. I'm a comfort over fashion sort of gal. After seeing the outfits that the girls were going wearing whilst in Amsterdam, I decided it was time to up my game, and actually pure together some "cute" outfits - in other words, outfits with some thought and consideration.

Outfit One
I was wanting something casual yet comfortable (as usual) for flying out. I definitely don't give my tartan trousers the credit that they deserve, so I opted for them (pic below gives a better idea of them!) Because they are so striking, I had to pair it with a plain top. I found this black, knotted front tee in Primark for a bargain of £4, and it's great because it just goes with everything - let me know if they have a white one because I'd love one! It is a bit out my comfort zone as it is cropped and I don't tend to like wearing cropped clothing items. Although it was a city break as opposed to a girls summer holiday in a beach resort, I still brought my sunglasses because the weather was meant to be scorching (and it was!), so I wore my New Look sunglasses on my head, purely so I wouldn't forget them!

Aren't these trousers just lush? I adore them, and they were only £13 from Primark. They're incredibly soft, and not to mention comfortable too. I paired my outfit with my new favourite shoes - Primark's replica of vans. They're pretty similar to the authentic ones, but cost a fraction of the price tag - I got them for a steal at £6! They literally go with everything, and I didn't have any trouble breaking into them whatsoever; they genuinely fit my feet like a pair of gloves.

Outfit Two
Us Scots really take advantage of a bit of sun - if it's above 14 degrees and the suns out, then it's what we call "taps aff" weather, which basically translates to "it's bloody roasting let's find the summer clothes, and the guys walk about topless". So, I totally made the most of the warm weather whilst in Dam. I had previously ordered some new skirts off of Forever 21 as I'm always wearing trousers and wanted to switch it up a little bit. I am in love with this adorable blue denim skirt. It's such a soft denim material, which reminds me of cotton in a way. The buttons up the front really complete the skirt in my opinion. As for the top, it's one which my mum stumbled upon in the New Look sale for me. The sleeves are super pretty and the material is so light which meant I wasn't melting half as badly as it's quite flowy. 

Again, I wore my Primark shoes, and sunglasses, but this time I had an extra two accessories - I had borrowed a small bag from my sister to carry my essentials in, and of course, my camera - is it really me if I don't have my camera?

In the evenings, I wore my navy harrington jacket, which I got from eBay. I did bring my khaki denim jacket, but the harrington one just went better with my outfits, and it had a pocket in the inside for my phone too! 

xx

Monday, 11 June 2018

Travel Diaries || Amsterdamđź’•

My list of places I want to visit is forever growing. And the only way to be able to start ticking everywhere off is by actually travelling. Amsterdam is a place I have wanted to visit for absolutely ages now. It always just seemed like a beautiful place full of excitement. A few months back, my friends and I went ahead and booked our flights and accommodation. It was official - I was going to Amsterdam!

We flew out on 5th June, and the flight was just over an hour. We were staying in a hostel in Sloterdijk, so got a train out to what we thought was Amsterdam Centraal - we accidentally got onto Rotterdam Centraal instead, but thankfully it wasn't an express train and we got off at Amsterdaam Central. Once we finally found our accomodation, we hopped on a train back to Amsterdaam Central.

NIGHT ONE

I was mesmerised and star-struck by the architecture surrounding me - to the point I was probably annoying the girls because I was stopping every two minutes to take a picture. I knew from pictures online that Amsterdam was a beautiful city, but boy, it's more beautiful than it looks.

The canals were just unreal. Both evenings I was in Amsterdam, we ended up sitting alongside the canals for a short time period, chilling, chatting and people watching - it was so relaxing. They were heavily-populated with people sitting at the sides, walking past and the amount of boats that went by was unreal. I was desperate to go on a boat tour down the canals but we simply didn't have enough time - but I know that when I return (it's a must!), I'll be paying for a canal tour. Mark my words.

This building isn't your stereotypical building in Amsterdam, but I liked it's quirkiness. I found it whilst waiting on the girls, who had popped in to buy churros, so I made the most of it whilst on this specific street - by the way, the churros were good, I ended up eating Becca's leftovers whilst chilling at the canals!

We spent the whole of the first evening exploring the place. At 10pm, we opted to visit the sex museum - of course, it was a total laugh. I'll spare you of the photos of the museum, but honestly, if you go to Amsterdam, visit it - it's only 5 euros entry and it's some laugh!

DAY ONE

We set an alarm for 7 with the intention of getting up to get ready, but we all lay in bed, contemplating getting up but none of us had the energy. Miraculously, we were up, ready and out of the hostel by 9am - five of us somehow managed to get ready in this one tiny hostel room! For breakfast, we nipped to the local Spar, where I bought two croissants - way to my heart.

After we got the train to Amsterdaam Central, we jumped onto a tram - first things first on the agenda is find the bench from The Fault in Our Stars. Unfortunately, it wasn't the original bench, because someone had previously stolen it, but it was still a lovely place.


Next, we ran along to the I AM STERDAM sign. This location was mobbed - I underestimated how busy it would be! We spent quite a while here taking cute candids and group photos - what else would you expect from a group of gals?!

I had to take a panorama on my phone to fit the whole of the sign in because I struggled using my phone on normal camera!

The beautiful views at the sign.

Next stop - FOOD! Nicole had seen a cafe called Ree7 on Instagram, and to say the least, their milkshakes looked insane. Naturally, we just had to visit. Oh, and can we take a minute to appreciate how photogenic the milkshakes look? (iPhone 7 camera quality lol)

I had the strawberry milkshake, as did Nicole. Becca and Amy had a chocolate milkshake which looked equally as scrumptious, and Emma had a hot chocolate, which presentation wise, looked pretty delicious for a hot chocolate! We were 5 happy girls.

Amy had seen a place online which was recommended and it had glow in the dark mini golf. Whilst some of us hadn't ever played mini golf, we knew it'd be a laugh nonetheless. It was so much fun, and no, I didn't win!!

Earlier in the day, we had booked to go to the Ice Bar - we couldn't go to Amsterdam and not to go to the Ice Bar!! I didn't know what to quite expect, but it was uber cool (pun intended). We had 2 coins to use inside the ice bar for 2 drinks, and then another coin to use for a third drink in the bar itself. The experience itself was great and I highly recommend visiting if you're in Amsterdam.


Pit stop before shopping - food. Every corner you look, there's a food stall of some sort. Earlier in the day, Becca and Emma had a hot dog, and from that moment onwards, I craved a hot dog. So, to satisfy ones needs, I bought myself a large hot dog. And it was bloody amazing.


NIGHT TWO

After some shopping, we went back to the hostel to get ready before going out. We went to kfc, before going and sitting at the canals again, reminiscing about our day and general girly chat. We were waiting until the sun had set to start wandering around the Red Light District. I won't give too much away but wow, it was such a different way of life compared to here in Scotland! It was so interesting.


But of course, all good things come to an end. The following morning, we made our way to the airport via train (I obviously nipped into Spar to buy more croissants because honestly, I haven't tried any quite as amazing!) before waiting in the airport to come home. We flew home, not half as excited as we were flying out, but at the same time, we were glad to land back in Glasgow!

Amsterdam is a place which I cannot rave about enough. I feel as though since I've returned home, I've spoke about nothing else - but it was just amazing. It was an experience which I adored every minute of, and the girls made it all the more memorable. I cannot wait for my next adventure!

xx

Monday, 4 June 2018

Being Love Struckđź’•

Firstly, hello! I am here and I have finally returned. I haven't posted since the start of May, and it feels weird - it feels weird to be blogging again, but a good sort of weird! I intend on spending a lot of time working on BAB over the Summer to make it the best it can be! And secondly, thankyou to those who supported me throughout my blogging break.

Not only was it my blog's birthday in April, but it was also my own birthday. And it isn't a birthday (or Christmas) if you don't get a bottle of perfume/aftershave, am I right? This year, my parents got me the Vera Wang Lovestruck Floral Rush perfume - I already have the original Lovestruck perfume, as well as previously owning the Princess and Rock Princess perfumes in the past, so I knew that this wouldn't be a let down. With the aesthetically pleasing packaging and bright colours, I knew it was going to be loved very dearly.

The notes in this perfume are rather interesting and exotic, and are as follow: top notes of sparkling champagne accord, pink pepper and apricot blossom. Heart notes of pink passion flower, marigold and white freesia. Dry notes of cashmere woods, sheer musk and white amber. Together, they combine to create a beautiful, Summer-infused scent. It is described as being a "flower bouquet in a bottle", which is sure is accurate and representative of the perfume. It's a light, fresh and fruity perfume which I have been loving lately, especially throughout the month of May, also known as Scotland's Summer of 2018 when the sun was shining. 

It's a perfume which I personally like wearing. I love the original lovestruck, so I knew that this couldn't be a disappointment - Vera Wang perfumes are created with a whole lot of care and love. I received this as a gift, and I know that it is worthwhile buying it for someone.

Have you tried this Lovestruck perfume? 

xx

Monday, 7 May 2018

Rediscovering An Old Favouriteđź’•

Who remembers the days where we were all OBSESSED with Soap and Glory? Or was it just me who was crazy for their pretty packaging and scrumptious scents? Either way, Soap and Glory was my absolute go-to brand, I wouldn't use any other body products apart from S&G; my shelf was full of their products, I was inundated with them as gifts and I took full advantage of their 3 for 2 deals. Since then, I've got kind of lazy with the body products department - exfoliating and moisturising have kind of gone out the window for me. For my birthday, I was gifted with four miniature S&G products and it really took me back to one of my first loves.

Clean On Me Shower Gel || Miniature (75ml) £3, Full Size £6.30 (500ml) || I cannot even begin to tell you how many bottles, full size and miniature, I have been through. I completely forgot how much I adore this. The scent is S&G's signature scent, which I am a fan of. The formula is rich and creamy, I would also say that it's quite thick in comparison to some body washes I've used in the past. It lathers up well and creates a lot of bubbles. I've found that you don't need a large amount either as a small amount goes a long way. The miniature lasts longer than you'd think, but the full size lasts forever, and it's ever so convenient that it comes with a pump too.

Hand Food || Miniature £2.50 (50ml), Full Size £5.50 (125ml) || I don't tend to like hand creams because I hate the greasiness, but I find that this is probably one of the few exceptions. I like the humorous name this hand cream has, because essentially, it is food for your hands haha. Anyways, jokes aside, this hand cream has the same scent as the shower gel above, and it's one which lasts on your skin for hours after applying. It's not overly thick but it's not a watery formula either, but it's not greasy at all and my skin absorbs it almost instantly. I find that using every day keeps my hands silky smooth, and if I need to use it out the blue, it works wonders - dry, cracked hands be gone!

The Scrub Of Your Life || Full Size £7 (200ml) || I've tried numerous body scrubs, but this one is by far my favourite. It's not harsh on the skin yet it's still effective as it leaves my skin feeling well exfoliated, clean and soft. Once again, it has the same scent as the rest of the range. As this scrub is so gentle on the skin, it means that people who have dry, sensitive skin would be able to use this without needing to worry about the scrub being too harsh on the skin. Much like the shower gel, I don't really need a lot of product, which means it lasts longer, and when I use it, I'd say I try to use it at least once a week.

The Righteous Butter || Miniature £3 (50ml), Full Size £10 (300ml) || Hands down, this is the best body butter on the market. Like the shower gel, I've been through umpteen tubs of this and not once have I been let down by it. It's thick and creamy but my skin drinks this up like there's no tomorrow - there's nothing worse than a body butter or lotion that takes forever to dry into your skin. Especially in Winter, I use this religiously because I want to protect my pins from going dry, and this works perfectly. It's even perfect to use in the Spring and Summer because you don't need to wait around for it to dry. I know people who suffer from very dry skin who use this and swear by it - it is a dry skin formula - but for those who don't have dry skin (ie me), then it can still be your best friend. 

Once again, S&G haven't disappointed. I'm sure that this has definitely thrown me back to my S&G days and my love have returned.

xx
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