Benefit spray tan – review

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Benefit Cosmetics is a well-known makeup brand – but did you know it offers a lot more than just makeup?! For the past four months i’ve been working at the Benefit Boutique within House of Fraser, Glasgow, on a temp contract. It is the only boutique in Scotland which makes it extra special… it even has a champagne bar! 

You can book in to have your eyebrows waxed and tinted, creating the infamous ‘Benefit Brow’ which is tailored to suit each individual’s face shape. All the brow girls are lovely and always do an amazing job. There are quite a few counters which have brow bars (im sure you have heard of them or probably been to one!) but the boutique in Frasers has a body waxing room and also a room for spray tanning! Now, I am a gal who LOVES being tanned and I was so impressed with the Benefit spray tan I had to share my experience with you.

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The tanning formula they use is Vita Liberata and it is non-toxic, organic & moisturising. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about as I had only used gradual tan before. So, I booked in for a full body tan with the same girl who does my eyebrows – Emma. 

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I wish I had taken a ‘before’ photo – i’m a wee bronzed goddess! You can opt for a light, medium or dark tan. The one I got was medium and it was perfect for my skin-tone. Emma is a perfectionist. From brow shaping to body waxing and tans, she does every job so well. It dries in seconds which I was very impressed with! When I washed it off, the morning after I got it done, I had no horrible streaks. It was pretty much flawless all over. Even my hands looked good! These tans tend to last for about a week; just keep your skin nice and moisturised.

I always think that I look much healthier when I have a tan. I don’t like being orange but it’s nice having a little glow, especially in winter! I’m already looking forward to my next one. Have you ever had a spray tan at Benefit before? Let me know in the comments! 

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girl talk

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back in 2014 when i started this blog i wrote in my ‘about me’ section that this would be a place that i talk about everything i love – a place where i can rant and express all my emotions along with unique fashion/beauty content that people (hopefully) find interesting. But recently I’ve had a real lack of motivation, i’ve been very down and have let this effect my passion for writing and doing what i love!

It’s about time i get back to my normal self and to do that i need to get all these feels off my chest so hwfg…

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Sometimes relationships can become mentally draining and if that’s the case it is definitely time to get out. Break-ups are never easy; but they can be the best thing for you, especially if you are feeling like this. At the start of the year myself and my long-term bf split up. It took me some time to come to terms with it. Everything that i was used to changed, a normal day was no longer normal – or what i had been used to for the past 5 years. Someone i spoke to daily, i no longer could and that was tough! 

Everyone told me ‘just keep yourself busy’ or ‘focus on yourself now’ which is good advice but defo easier said than done. So if you’re in this position and a mad over-thinker like me, heres my advice to get you through…

DO NOT social media stalk – the dreaded ‘omg hes followed a girl on insta’ its gonna happen so why annoy yourself by looking?! im guilty of this.. and the first time you see something you don’t like it reaaally hurts, so give it up! chances are you’ve followed some guys anyway

bff therapy sessions (in the pub) – getting drunk with your friends is essential, any time you can, have fun! just don’t text your ex … 

love yo’self – the worst thing you can do is start comparing yourself to other girls. you know you’re fabulous, don’t doubt yourself

chat to new people – i used to love swiping through my friends tinder, so when i got it for real i was like ‘this is pretty weird’ … but it can be fun. go on a few dates! boys like to be funny, so getting chat that makes you smile even when you’re feeling like shit is always good 

it seriously does get easier – everyday, just keep going : )

 

Amy xxx

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Health, Beauty & Fashion Inspiration

Millie Mackintosh – MADE 

I was given this book for my birthday, mainly because of my love for Millie Mac, but it has been so helpful and interesting – a book you can always refer back to, open at any page and be inspired! 

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Nosey Frenchie wanted in on the action!

Whether you love Made in Chelsea or not, if you are interested in fashion you will know of Millie Mackintosh and her incredible sense of style. I was so happy to get my hands on her hardback book which went on sale last September. It’s split in to four sections: style, beauty, food and fitness. Each one contains tips and ideas based on her own experience. Maybe it’s just because I’m nosey and love knowing people’s routines, or because I love Millie but I have found her book so interesting and helpful too! There is everything from her fake tan routine and what to wear to a festival, to tasty recipes and “Skinny Bitch Collective” workouts. Still not intrigued? Here are my top 5 tips I have gained from this book…

TOP 5 TIPS

– Mix some facial toner with water and freeze in an ice-cube tray. The combination helps to dry out and soothe spots if you get a nasty break out.

– A gel-filled eye mask blocks out light and combats baggy eyes.

– Going on a dinner date? If the lighting is likely to be low, wear a necklace that brightens your skin. 

– Sunnies are a MUST for festivals. The sun may not shine but you’ve gotta hide that hangover. 

– Avocado, honey & oil make a cheap, moisturising and strengthening hair mask. 

 

This book is a saviour if you’re ever in need of some style/beauty/fitness inspiration. Have you read it before?? Let me know in the comments!

 

Amy x

London City Break Essentials

On Friday, I am going to London for the weekend! I’ve only been once before, in 2013 I went to Fashion Week for a few days with uni, but I haven’t done any of the touristy things before. We fly down on Friday and home on Sunday, so lots of time for activities!

I’ve been searching the internet for posts about what to pack for city breaks, and London in particular, but not much has came up. I always do this before going places because I hate packing. It’s always interesting, and somewhat comforting, reading other people’s views on essentials for a trip. I know what I need to take, but there’s so much I want to take  – that I probs don’t need! So, I’m writing this for people like me, who search for posts like this. 

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These are six “essential” things based on what I have taken on previous trips and what I think I will need for London…

1. Camera. Yep, I’m gonna be a typical tourist and snap away! I recently bought a Canon camera which I’ve been using for blogging. I’m excited to take lots of photos!

2. Mom Jeans. These are super comfy and great for a city break, easy to dress up or down. Especially good for London in February as I assume it’s going to be quite cold!

3. Layers. It can be hard to pack a stylish and compact wardrobe suitable for the weather. Neutral coloured cardigans or jumpers are easy to add to an outfit if you’re needing some extra warmth. (A blouse or shirt is a good idea too as they look good with or without the addition of a jumper)

4. Leather Boots. Heeled boots are great as they can be worn day and night. I’ll probably take trainers too, but it’s good to keep your options open! I’m not really a high-heels gal so I’ll wear boots out at night. These ones are from River Island.

5. Backpack. I just think a backpack would make life easier when walking about shops etc. This leather backpack is from Urban Outfitters, I use it all the time and would say it’s the perfect size.

6. Lipstick. Maybe this isn’t an essential item, but I’d certainly be lost without it! Down-sizing my makeup bag for a trip away means ditching my bigger eyeshadow palettes, so I make up for it with a dark lip – this is Whirl, a darker nude.

I hope you found this post useful if you’re struggling to pack for a weekend away! Apart from the obvious, let me know if there’s anything else I might need. Thanks for reading!

 

Amy x

Lazy Snow Day & Bar Soba

This is how my Sunday went. I woke up about 10am, ate some left over Indian curry, then watched Workaholics while getting ready. Callum and I had decided to go to Glasgow for a look about the shops, and have some lunch and drinks. I got a quick photo of the view from his house with the snow, before heading for the train. Don’t let the pretty photo deceive you – the only good thing about snow was when you could get a day off of school from it! Yes, it can be pretty to look at for as long as it stays fluffy and white but it soon changes in to slush and is ruining everyones shoes!

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Urban Outfitters is always my favourite shop to visit. Their Home and Gift section has lots of lovely things just now – I spent ages looking at the books and journals too! If you are starting back at Uni/College you should check out their Ohh Deer range for some notebooks etc, they have so many cute and quirky designs!

We then went to the Lighthouse for some lunch, then next door to Bar Soba for drinks. I am now regretting not just going to Bar Soba for lunch as their Katsu Curry is amazing!

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We were in Soba for a while, such a nice place for a drink! I hadn’t even heard of it until last year as it’s quite hidden, down a little lane. If you haven’t been before, you have to go and try their cocktails!

Hope you’ve had a relaxed Sunday! This is a bit of a lazy post but I didn’t have anything exciting planned; so thought I would just blog about my day.

Amy x

Meet Rossi

On Sunday my family brought home our newest little addition… Rossi the Frenchie!

We had spoken for a while about getting another dog, but instead of a Boxer again, we wanted a smaller dog. We decided on a French Bulldog as, apart from being super cute, they are very friendly and make great companion dogs. When we went to see him we instantly fell in love! The next day we brought him home.

He was all wrapped up on his journey home with us…

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He loves his new bed and toys… especially his fluffy hedgehog!

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Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetChoosing a name was very difficult as we have only had girl dogs before and we couldn’t all agree on a name. This was until Rossi was mentioned and we all loved it – after the motorbike racer Valentino Rossi!

He has settled in great and is being treated like a little celebrity. So many people want to come see him and he’s already had lots of visitors! Im so happy to have a little dog in the family again! If you follow me on instagram, I’m sure you will be kept up-to-date with lots of pictures of him!

Amy x

Thoughts for 2016…

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The start of a new year.

2015 was so much fun, but went by very, very quickly.. I don’t want years to keep going by this fast! It does not seem like last January I wrote a self-motivational post about the year ahead; and here I am again, writing about what is to come in 2016. Lots of amazing memories were made in 2015. I started January with a fashion internship, learning all about online retail and social media marketing. I went on lots of trips and holidays to places including: Dublin, Inverness, Alton Towers, Lanzarote and my first girls holiday to Nerja. I turned 21, had loads of nights out, bought my own car (Volkswagen Beetle ♡) and also decided to take my blog more seriously, posting at least once a week. BUT along with all the happy memories, there were bound to be some sad times.. I am still not over my little dog dying, and don’t think I will be for a while. Just have to stay positive! : )

I am determined for this year to be a good one, just like 2015, with more good times than bad. It will be a big year for change – I will graduate from uni in July and hopefully find a job I love, doing something creative. Like last year, I have made some goals, instead of resolutions, to keep me motivated.

-Improve my blog. I love writing it, so definitely need to make some more time for it. I would like to do better with it in terms of the number of views and also quality of content.

-Keep a written journal. Just for myself to look back on, it’s a nice thing to have and also gives me somewhere to vent my emotions!

-Save money. I want to buy a camera and also go on a few holidays, so for everything I want to do I need to save, save, save!

-Get a puppy. It won’t make me get over losing Belle, but will certainly help the situation. I miss having a little friend about the house!

These are just some of the things I hope to do or achieve this year, but I’m sure I’ll keep you all updated along the way. Have you set yourself any goals for 2016? Let me know in the comments!

Amy x