31 Dec 2015

2015 Beauty Favourites

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The past few days have been spent in a strange limbo where I don't really know what day of the week it is and can't remember what healthy food tastes like or the last time I got properly dressed to leave the house... This little period between Christmas and New Year is always a bit odd, but I decided to take a couple of days to just chill out and start preparing for the advent of 2016. In celebration of this "fresh start" I've decided to reflect on some of my favourite discoveries from the last year, starting with the beauty products I have loved unfalteringly since they came in to my life.

Let's start with the lashes. I was never a big falsies fan, but this year I started branching out in to wearing them for special occasions... or when I had the patience to put them on. After months of fiddling around I feel like I've finally perfected the application of false lashes - although I'm yet to tackle individuals... Back in September I picked up the "Fleur Loves" style from Fleur De Force's Eylure collaboration and since then they have been my lash of choice. They're subtle enough to wear on a daily basis if you so choose, which is aided by their lightweight nature and ease of application. I love the three quarter length as they fit my lid perfectly! I want to experiment with some more styles in the future but I feel like these will always be my fail safe choice.

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When Nars Sheer Glow was first introduced to my life back in August it was love at first sight, or application. Fast forward a few months and I still find myself reaching for it's natural finish on a regular basis. It's rare for me not to be yearning for pastures new when it comes to foundation, so I think that's a sure sign that this love was meant to last. If you're looking for a foundation that boasts long term lasting power and a buildable coverage then this guy is the one for you.

Although the Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Move was quite a recent addition to my life in the form of a prezzie from Lis, it has very quickly become a firm favourite of mine. My first "proper" dabble with Illamasqua's products has left me pretty impressed, with this super pigmented dusky rose shade being a perfect fit in my collection. Despite it being a gloss, the lasting power is really something to shout about.

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It's safe to say that Nuxe Reve de Miel has a somewhat cult status, which I didn't quite understand until I tried it out for myself. Whilst it's a little too rich to be a handbag hero, it's ability to soothe even the driest of lips has guaranteed it a place on my bedside table for the foreseeable future. This winter I've been plagued with horrifically dry lips that my usual products weren't even denting, so I'm really glad that I finally gave in to the hype and gave this a shot.

When the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette (which is currently on sale!) was first announced I wasn't too fussed, but after seeing countless reviews and swatches I decided I had to have it for myself. I spoke a bit more about it in this post but the jist of it is that the versatility of the shade range really caught my eye, and I've never looked back since. This is the palette I take with me if I'm going away as it allows for so many looks, whilst not having to compromise on quality or space!

Until this year I only owned one MAC eyeshadow, but this year my collection grew quite rapidly thanks to a couple of generous birthday presents and the decision to start my own Pro Palette. Since it joined my stash, I've been reaching for Phloof! nearly every day as the shimmery nude is super wearable.

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Another birthday gift, the MAC Satin Lipstick in Brave has been yet another firm favourite. Typical to me, it's another dusky rose shade with a semi-matte finish. It's that ever-clichéd "my lips but better" shade, making it ideal for an everyday face.

I first bought Soap & Glory's Archery Brow Pencil back in January (review here) and it's been my go to brow product ever since. I've been obsessed with the Supercat liner for nearly two years now and am yet to find anything as good, so it's no wonder that I feel the same about Archery. Honestly, I think you'd struggle to go wrong with any of the make up from Soap & Glory and I'm always recommending them to people!

The Eye of Horus mascara in Babylon Brown was an unexpected favourite but after winning it in a giveaway I was blown away by the quality. The plastic brush separates and lengthens my lashes like no other, and despite not usually going for a brown mascara I love the slightly less harsh look it gives my lashes. I'm toying with the idea of buying the black shade too, I love it that much.

What have your favourite products of the year been? Let me know in the comments!


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25 Dec 2015

Merry Christmas!

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And so, just like that, the big day is here. Wherever you are and whatever you're up to I hope you have a wonderful day! You'll most likely find me on the couch, nursing my inevitable food baby with a tub of Heroes and a game of Monopoly with my family.

Just remember, calories don't count today, so it's totally okay to eat just one more chocolate orange... and maybe another after that.

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23 Dec 2015

Christmas Eve Essentials

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In stark contrast to previous years, where you would have found me yearning for Christmas from mid-November, I'm really struggling to believe that it's Christmas Eve tomorrow. A quick scroll through Twitter suggests that I'm not the only one, with many blaming it on the weather, but I'm blaming it on the fact that this year has sped past at lightning speed. How are we mere days from a brand new year when it feels like July was last week?! With Christmas Eve a few hours away I thought it was time to talk about how I like to spend that all important day. A last ditch attempt to feel festive, if you like.

My original plan for Christmas Eve was to spend the day working, then return home at a silly hour, run a long, roasting hot bubble bath with all the Lush, then snuggle up in a pile of blankets and pillows and fall asleep watching Christmas films. Life, however, had other plans and instead the dreaded Christmas Eve in retail shift is off the table, which isn't the worst thing to happen, but the bubble baths are also a no-go for me too. I'm considerably more devastated about the bubble bath, I'll have you know...

So, what's the new plan? Although the novelty of a duvet day has diminished considerably after nearly six weeks of every day being a duvet day, I'm going to have a duvet day! Armed with a plethora of suitably festive films such as Elf and Arthur Christmas, you'll be finding me tucked up under my big cosy duvet on the couch, spending the day in my cosy Christmas pyjamas and drinking mountains of hot chocolate topped with oodles of whipped cream and millions of mini marshmallows. My perpetually cold toes will be nice and toasty in my new slippers from Wynsors and I'll have my newest Christmas candle burning. I don't care if fairy lights slow down my WiFi, I'll be too busy in my makeshift twinkling grotto to even care. Apart from when I want to Instagram my stack of snacks, including homemade mince pies and as many Chocolate Oranges as I can stomach.

Once the festive films grow tiresome I'll switch over to YouTube for a while and catch up with the never ending stream of Vlogmas videos. Seeing how other people get excited for the holidays is a pretty good way to make me feel a bit more festive! If I ever manage to get ahead of my subscription feed, I'll maybe indulge in a spot of seasonal baking. Rocking around the kitchen with Smooth Christmas on the radio whilst making some sugar cookies is a wonderful way to see in the big day.

And after all of that, I'll tuck myself up in bed and watch Love Actually, like I do each and every year. Some things never change!

Are you feeling suitably festive at the moment, or are you a bit more of a Grinch like me? I'd love to hear how you're combating the Christmas Blues and how you like to spend your Christmas Eve!

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21 Dec 2015

The Full Monty Face & Body Brush by Magnitone London

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The Full Monty Face & Body Brush - Magnitone London

The benefit of a facial brush was always something that I struggled to understand, seeing them more as an oversized electric toothbrush than anything that would be remotely beneficial to my skin, but after months of reading rave review after rave review I finally bit the bullet and jumped on the bandwagon. The brush in particular that can be responsible for my conversion is The Full Monty by Magnitone London, a pretty little turquoise number that claims to clean; tone and boost circulation with it's exfoliating motion.

Unlike the Barefaced Facial Brush The Full Monty covers all the bases with five varying modes for face, body and feet. The brush comes with three interchangeable brush heads relating to each use, including a buffer for those dreaded dry heels. It's wireless, so totally portable, and a full charge typically lasts me roughly two weeks using it 1-2 times a day. The brush has a rubberised plastic finish which makes it entirely waterproof - so can be used in the shower - and it's so nice to hold. It may sound like such a strange thing to say but it's got a good weight to it and it just feels like it's a quality little gadget!

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For the past three weeks I've been using the Magnitone London Full Monty twice a day - once on the gentlest setting in the morning to clear out all the grime, and once on the strongest facial setting as the second part of my two step cleanse in the evening. The facial cycles last for a minute each, beeping every 20 seconds to notify you that it's time to move on to a new area. A minute seems like such a small amount of time, but when used properly it sure does make a difference. 

I find the Magnitone London Full Monty works best for me with a creamy cleanser such as the Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash from The Body Shop which was a bit of a switch for me. My old routine typically consisted of a balm or oil based cleanser to remove my makeup then an exfoliating cleanser to properly clean out my pores, but Magnitone recommend that you don't use an exfoliating product with the brush to avoid irritation. After cleansing, I go on to tone and moisturise as per usual and from the very first use it was obvious how much better my moisturiser was sinking in to the skin.

One of my biggest concerns about the Magnitone London Full Monty was it causing a "purging" period, where the impurities drawn out from the skin cause it to break out and seem worse before it gets better. I don't know if I was just lucky, but despite this being my first time using a cleansing brush I've not had any major issues. There's been a few tiny spots here and there, but I'm putting them down to hormones and my god damn awful diet at the moment. It was quite a pleasant surprise really!

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Three weeks on, I still feel like I'm in the "getting to know you" stage of my relationship with The Full Monty, but so far I'm really impressed. Whilst it's a bit of a splurge in terms of price, there is no denying the difference it's been making to my skin. Obviously the whole "not leaving the house for a month" thing means I've not really been wearing as much make up, but on the rare occasion I've been painting my face there's been a considerable difference in the way my base applies. 

Having had kind-of-alright skin for the past while - as in no major breakouts or oiliness - I can't say how much of a difference it would make in those areas, but for dry, dehydrated and somewhat lacklustre skin it's been a welcome addition to my line up. I did think that adding yet another step to my routine was unnecessary, but the ease of use and time required for the Full Monty honestly makes me feel like I can have my face done in half the time. Not only that, but it's brighter, tighter and soooooooo smooth. If you see me randomly stroking my face, this is why.

I feel like I need to make it clear that Magnitone London very kindly gifted me this brush to try out, and at first I was hesitant. Saying something so expensive is worth the money is a bold statement when I wasn't forking out my own cash, especially as I'd be reluctant to splash out so much of the little cash I have without thorough testing, but I can honestly say that after properly trying it out for myself I wholeheartedly think it is. Your skin tells a pretty in depth story as time goes on, so I think it's worth investing in when you can. I feel like I'm rambling, but also think it's worth highlighting. CLARITY, YO.

So thank you, Magnitone London, for showing me the light.

  
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19 Dec 2015

Saturday Share #15

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18 Dec 2015

10 Happy Things #6

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1. 2015 isn't quite ending on the high I had hoped, but it's a new year soon and as cliché as it may sound it's also a new start.

2. A couple of weeks ago Paddy turned 21 and I'm pretty grateful to spend another birthday with him. You may remember a while back I mentioned that I had booked him a surprise getaway in January, and when I told him we're off to Berlin he seemed pretty delighted!

3. Speaking of surprises, Paddy's gorgeous baby niece was born last weekend. A little early Christmas present, in the most beautiful form possible.


4. It's been decided that I'm not going to be fit for work until the new year, with it looking like mid-January at the earliest, and as gutted as I am about this little recovery hiccup I'm kind of glad I don't need to deal with Christmas in retail this year.


5. I've been lucky enough to meet some incredible people because of my blog, one of those being Lis who not only travelled over to spend a Friday evening eating pizza on my couch, but also sent me the most thoughtful little package of treats for Christmas.


6. A few weeks back I didn't think I would meet any of the little goals I'd set myself for 2015, but during the week I managed to scrape past the last one and it feels pretty good. At first I thought they were really unrealistic, but it gave me something to aim for and I actually achieved them.


7. After last year's reader survey turned out to be so useful I decided to put together a 2015 reader survey to get some feedback on my content from the past year. I've been overwhelmed by all of the responses and have lots of ideas to get cracking on. If you have a chance to fill it in that would be much appreciated.


8. Late on Wednesday night I trudged along to the cinema to see the midnight showing of the new Star Wars. I'm not a massive Star Wars fan, but I do really enjoy the films and seeing my first ever midnight showing was a pretty cool experience - even if I'm still catching up on the lost sleep!


9. There's only one week till Christmas! I love this time of year and although I haven't been able to go as crazy as I would like I'm really excited to give everyone their presents. Plus, it's a brilliant time of year for someone who enjoys food and TV as much as I do...


10. So whilst my health has been a bit of an issue these past few weeks, and recovering from my operation wasn't what I expected, I'm thankful for the fact that it could be so much worse. I'm lucky to have access to health care and an amazing support network around me.

 
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14 Dec 2015

Colours & Carousels 2015 Reader Survey

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With a new year in sight, I figured it was time to get my head in the game and watch High School Musical and start planning the type of content I'd like to see in 2016. Last year I decided to ask you all to fill out a reader survey which ended up being a lot more useful than I had ever expected, so this year I decided to do the same.

The survey consists of ten basic questions that will help me find out a little bit more about you and what you think of Colours & Carousels, as well as any suggestions you might have to help me on my way. It's entirely anonymous and your honest feedback is very much appreciated.

Much like last year I'll also be putting together a post to summarise the responses and talk about my rough plans for the year, so if you have anything that you'd like me to respond to in that post then be sure to leave it in the comment section at the end before the end of the year!

Thanks so much for sticking by me this year, I'm looking forward to the next already :)


  
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10 Dec 2015

Stocking Stuffers Under £15

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I'm struggling to come to terms with the fact that it's only two weeks until Christmas Eve. Despite sitting writing this post wearing a suitably festive jumper, wrapped up in a Christmassy blanket listening to Katy Perry cover White Christmas it still feels like the day itself is so far away... This is basically my way of admitting that I still have a lot of shopping to do.

I'm trying not to go overboard with Christmas presents this year as I'm on a bit of a tight budget, so I've been trying to find cute little things that are both useful and purse friendly, as well as being something that will make the recipient smile instead of lying unused.

I think it's hard to go wrong with pretty pieces of jewellery like this Delicate Leaf Open Cuff Bracelet from Accessorize. Their collection of bracelets has something to suit any taste, making it one of my first stops when it comes to buying gifts. Designer watches seem to be increasingly popular Christmas gifts, but for someone as clumsy as me this metallic strap watch from New Look is a much better option. I have smashed so many watches in my life that I'd be too scared to wear anything too expensive on a daily basis!

As someone who has smashed a fair few mugs in the past few weeks I am a firm believer in the philosophy of there being no such thing as too many mugs. I LOVE MUGS. These days, a cute mug is worth a thousand Instagram likes, and isn't that all that really matters? Well no, but that doesn't stop me adding to my collection. I bought the Little Miss Blogger mug for myself earlier in the week and if the Instagram comments are anything to go by it's going to be pretty popular amongst the blogosphere this Christmas. I can just imagine the Alphabet Spotty Mug making my usual cup of tea feel ever so fancy, with it's pretty gold edging and handle, whilst the Cath Kidston Travel Mug is a must have for caffeine addicts on the go.

Beauty gift sets are great for little Christmas gifts and personally I tend to opt for ones that let me try products I usually can't afford, like this cute little Clarins Cupcake, or sets that offer something a little bit different such as this adorable Beauticology Bath Set which is housed in a cute little bubble bath!

Slightly different, but still beauty related, is this pineapple scented detangling brush. Being the owner of very thick, unruly curls I struggle to understand the hype surrounding Tangle Teezer style brushes as I don't find them durable enough... but add in a pineapple scent and I'm all yours. Another product that leans a bit more on the novelty side is the Garfield wash bag which I just couldn't ignore. Garfield is my spirit animal, okay?

I feel like I never stop talking about candles. I'm not sorry. Candles are brilliant. There are so many amazing scents on offer these days that it can be a struggle to choose just one but I decided to share the pomegranate and passionfruit candle from New Look's recently revamped home range. It looks so much more expensive than it is, which is always a bonus, and having had a sniff in store I can confirm it is as delicious as it sounds.

As per usual, I've saved the best till last. Sausage Dog Slippers - need I say more? In all honesty, I had intended this post to be £10 and under until I saw these slippers. That's how much I love them.

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9 Dec 2015

Glasgow Loves Christmas - Win Tickets to Glasgow On Ice!

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Christmas in Glasgow is one of my favourite times of the year. We may be misconceived as "a dump" or "depressing" - according to Google AutoFill that is - but in reality Glasgow is such a friendly, cultured city that I for one am really proud to call my home. Like most cities it can get a tad busy at this time of year but in my opinion it just adds to the atmosphere! There's so much on in the city at the moment and it makes for a really great festive day out. You can see a little bit more of what I got up to on a trip to the city in my first Vlogmas video.

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Glasgow Loves Christmas | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Glasgow Loves Christmas | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Glasgow Loves Christmas | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Glasgow Loves Christmas | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Glasgow Loves Christmas | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

At Christmas time George Square is the heart of Glasgow's festivities, being home to one my favourite things about this time of year - Glasgow On Ice. I'm not the best ice skater, but stumbling about an ice rink in the middle of the city with my friends just makes me feel so festive! Unfortunately due to my operation a few weeks ago I'm not quite fit to ice skate just yet, but I did post about it last year and I'm desperately hoping I'll be able to get on the rink before it shuts at New Year. Luckily for you, however, this means that I've got two tickets for Glasgow On Ice to giveaway! Keep reading to find out how to win...

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If you know me, then you will know that shopping is my cardio. Shopping in Glasgow is pretty under rated at times, but as a frequenter of the Style Mile I can guarantee you won't be disappointed. Like any city it's a bit crazy in the run up to Christmas, but with pretty much any shop you need right in the city centre it's the ideal place to get your shopping over and done with! I for one don't really like online shopping, especially at this time of year when the weather can cause all sorts of delivery issues, so you'll find me doing my shopping in the city centre. Plus, if you fancy a snack - like I always do - then there's the Christmas Market outside the St. Enoch Centre that boasts food from all over the world! The Dutch Pancakes are droolworthy.

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Glasgow Loves Christmas | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

As per usual, it wouldn't be a post by me if it didn't include some food, right?! Going out for dinner is very high up in my list of favourite things to do all year round, but there's something about seeing everywhere decked out for Christmas and packed full of people enjoying a festive night out that makes me want to go out for dinner pretty much every night.

The Trading House is a relatively new addition the Glasgow eating scene, but nestled between Buchanan Street and George Square it's the perfect place to hide from the hustle and bustle whilst grabbing a bite... and maybe a cocktail or two. Having visited for cocktails a couple of times I would thoroughly recommend the delicious Raspberry Amaretto Sour, or if you're looking for something a bit less merry then the mocktails are definitely worth shouting about. The Raspberry, Grape & Elderflower is on another level. Food wise, it's got a really great selection for everyone, with the Baked Camembert being a big highlight for me.

For a look at what else is on in the city, as well as reading Santa's very own blog, check out the Glasgow Loves Christmas website. If you're after more inspiration when it comes to what to do in Glasgow then check out my Pinterest board for ideas.

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4 Dec 2015

Christmas Pamper Wishlist

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As a beauty lover on a budget Christmas is the perfect time to top up my collection without breaking the bank, as I'm sure many fellow bloggers can appreciate. Not everyone is as clued up as a beauty blogger when it comes to Christmas pamper treats, so I thought I'd share a few of my fail safe bath & body gift ideas for the beauty lover in your life.

When it comes to bath time I have a pretty set routine that never fails to leave me feeling chilled, such as running a roasting hot bath packed to the brim with bubbles. One thing that will never change about my evening routine on any given night is my love for changing in to my pyjamas (preferably after they've been left on the radiator) and when I spotted this slogan night shirt from New Look it was a near instantaneous addition to my wishlist. It completely sums me up, and looks like it would be great to throw on with some cosy slippers and my big fluffy dressing gown.

Another part of my pamper routine that won't be changing in a hurry is my candle obsession. To be fair, I usually have candles burning all day long, but I do keep a few purely for stress busting at bath time. I think the offerings from Flamingo Candles are such great value for money, with an incredibly powerful scent and a long burn time. The Rose & Marshmallow scent is one of my all time favourites, but I think that Blackcurrant High Tea and the festive Cinnamon Sticks scents both sound gorgeous too.

Electrical goods are maybe not the most bath friendly gift, but one thing I most definitely need this Christmas is a new hairdryer. I've heard wonderful things about the GHD Air, and whilst the price tag makes me cringe a little a good hairdryer is apparently worth the investment for taming unruly curls like mine. 

Having never tried a facial brush before I didn't quite see what all the fuss was about, but after the Magnitone Full Monty was introduced in to my routine a couple of weeks ago I don't know why I ever doubted it. A 4-in-1 cleanser, toner, buffer and exfoliator it has worked wonders on my drier out winter skin and I cannot stop raving about it! It's waterproof, so great for in the shower or bath, and the wireless USB charging cradle makes it so easy to travel with. Pricey, but entirely worth it.

Soap & Glory just consistently win at Christmas smellies, don't they? Year after year I find myself fawning over their gift sets, and this year is no different. Sugar Crush is my absolute favourite scent from the range, so the Get A Smooth On kit is right up my street, but I'm also struggling to resist the adorable packaging of the Poptastic gift set - how cute is that case?!

It wouldn't be Christmas without an appearance from Lush, and I have a few firm favourites worth mentioning. In my opinion, pamper nights are nothing without bubbles, so the Pink Flamingo, Magic Wand and Magic Of Christmas bubble wands are definitely on my Christmas list this year. I've been obsessed with The Comforter shower cream since it was released earlier in the year and certainly wouldn't mind adding one of the bigger bottles to my stash, and Dream Cream is a Winter skin saviour in my eyes.

What beauty buys are on your Christmas list this year?

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3 Dec 2015

10 Things You Learn After Abdominal Surgery


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1. Your abdominal muscles account for so many seemingly insignificant movements and functions. Want to roll over ever so slightly in bed? Yup, that's going to hurt. Need to cough? Yeah, that'll hurt too. Don't even think about trying to sit up - that will really hurt.

2. It is in fact possible to get bored of Netflix. In the past two weeks I have made my way through the best offerings from both Netflix and Now TV's catalogues, as well as a hell of a lot from BBC iPlayer and 4OD. I feel like a pop culture goddess, I'm up to date on all the hit shows (well a few of them...) and I'm actually starting to get sick of the sight of "Next episode in 5, 4, 3...".

3. There will come a time when you yearn for proper food. Pigging out on biscuits, crisps, cakes and chocolate all day is pretty fun at first, but the novelty soon wears off. I never thought I'd see the day where I actually craved fruit. Ugh. I'm also craving pizza though, so I know I haven't changed that much.

4. Staying in bed all day is all fun and games when you're avoiding your responsibilities, but when it's literally all you can do then it is the most boring task on the planet. Cabin fever is a real thing people, and it is not helped by gazing wistfully out of the window all day.

5. No matter how many bottles of antibacterial hand sanitiser you make your way through you'll still probably pick up an infection. It's soul destroying adding another ailment to the ridiculously long list, but it's also pretty common for this type of surgery.

6. You know how food serving suggestions are usually just silly guidelines? Yeah, I'm going to eat that full family size six cheese pizza by myself thank you very much. Well, recovery times are kind of like that too. What works for one person might not work for another, and even if you've had the same procedure before your recovery can be an entirely different kettle of fish the second time around.

7. If you pride yourself on your ability to do more than three sit ups without giving up and tucking in to a bowl of ice cream, then you're in for a shock. Since my surgery my stamina has plummeted, and in the first few days I found it exhausting just to send a text. I'm slowly building my strength back up, but I still find it difficult to hold a heavy cup of tea for too long. Yeah, I'm pretty weak.

8. Nurses are incredible creatures who put up with the most awful things in order to help other people. If it hadn't been for some really lovely nurses both in the hospital and at my doctor's surgery I don't know where I'd be. Sure, a particularly gruesome appointment involving forceps and some rather stingy antiseptic may have scarred me for life, but there is no denying that they are absolute saints. Shout out to them for putting up with my squeamishness and giving me extra chocolate biscuits when I needed them most.

9. Surgery and the recovery can take it's toll on your mental health. It's lonely, debilitating and all round upsetting to struggle with usually simple tasks, but you need to learn to look after yourself. Making the most of your rest time to read those books you've been meaning to pick up for months, eat all the unhealthy food with slightly less guilt and waste your days in a pillow fort works wonders. Self care all the way.

10. Times like these really help to highlight the people who really care, and the people who maybe aren't quite worth your time. I realised that I have the most incredible support network in the form of my family. boyfriend, friends and other bloggers who I now call friends. I honestly don't know where I'd be without them keeping my spirits up and helping me out. They mean the world to me, and I'm forever grateful.


 
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1 Dec 2015

Dancing through the fire

Scottish Fashion Blogger Primark Dress | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Scottish Fashion Blogger Primark Dress | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Scottish Fashion Blogger Primark Dress | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Scottish Fashion Blogger Primark Dress | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Dress - Primark // Hat - Primark // Boots - New Look (old)
Necklaces - Not On The High Street (similar) & Thomas Sabo

I'm pretty sure that this post breaks my longest spell of not posting in quite a while. It was completely unintentional, as always, because I was just a tiny bit too optimistic about my operation recovery time and only planned for a week of not being able to update. Unfortunately for me, this was not the case, and two weeks later I'm still struggling through. 

Obviously these photos were taken before I became bed bound, and when the weather was a little bit less miserable. If you watched my October Haul then you may recognise this dress which cost just £10 from the Primark concession in the Trafford Centre Selfridges. It was love at first sight for this dress, but I had serious buyer's regret when I got it home. Despite having tried it on in store, I was convinced it totally didn't suit me and it was left sitting in the carrier bag for a few weeks before I eventually decided to give it another go. We've still not quite rekindled our initial spark, but I am wearing it more and more often now.

Being stuck in bed for so long has been incredibly frustrating for me, as much as I love Netflix I also love writing and shopping and baking and generally getting out of the house. I've been going a little bit stir crazy and not being able to do the things I love has been getting me down a bit. The operation itself went relatively well and apart from a nasty infection I picked up last week there haven't been any major complications, it's just been slow. In all honesty, it's been so much more difficult than I remember my last operation being which has really taken it's toll on me.

Whilst I'm still not quite back to my usual sassy self, I am feeling a bit more able to sit at this computer and tap away at the keys for a little while. It feels so natural to be back here, like nothing ever happened.

What have you been up to recently? Let me live vicariously through you! Plus, any television recommendations are very much appreciated - I think I'm going to run out of things to watch any day now...
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21 Nov 2015

Saturday Share #14

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20 Nov 2015

Thoughts On Travelling Solo

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Going it alone isn't something I'm a often fan of. As much as I love my own space to hide out in my room and relax, having to be out in the "real world" alone fills me with dread, so I was slightly surprised by my decision to visit Liverpool by myself.

When the day itself rolled around I was pretty nervous. I could cope with the travelling part, I love nothing more than getting stuck in to a good book or watching the world zoom by on the train, but what about when I got there? What if I couldn't find the hotel? Would they understand my accent? Would I understand their accent?!

Well, I did get lost on the way to the hotel, but Google Maps was my saviour. The locals that I interacted with seemed to be able to understand my accent perfectly well, and I remembered why I love the Liverpool accent so much.

I loved the freedom of being able to choose what time I got up (early), what I wanted to spend the day doing, what attractions I wanted to visit and what time I wanted to head to bed (again early), but I'm still not sure I love solo adventures.

Having time to myself - to indulge in whatever I saw fit and at my own pace - was amazing. I hadn't quite realised how much it was needed! However I found myself wishing I could share my experiences with someone, that I had a partner in crime to run around the city like mad with and have a giggle at just how much that tour guide looked like someone in a TV show I like.

For me though, the real issue was food. I've never really thought twice about seeing people eat alone, but when it came down to it I just couldn't face the thought of people watching as I ordered the cheesiest thing on the menu, or the servers asking me if I was waiting on someone. I thought this would be fine for me - as it's not like me to let something get in the way of me & food - but instead I yearned for someone to debate the menu with, or someone to order chips that I could steal. It seems like such a trivial thing, but despite my love for eating out, eating out alone is definitely not for me.

So, after giving it a go I think I've come to the conclusion that maybe day trips are the way forward. Or maybe I should just plan ahead and make sure I have company for all meals? Who knows. At least I tried it out, that's more than I ever thought I would do!

Why does food always rule my life?!
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18 Nov 2015

Massive Tiger Haul

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Tiger Stores Haul | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I am the kind of person who is totally sucked in by cute-yet-mostly-impractical things, so shops like Tiger are a total Aladdin's Cave for me. When I was invited in to check out the Glasgow store recently I was overwhelmed with excitement for Christmas and ended up coming away with a bag full of festive bits and bobs, as well as some adorable homewares and a surprisingly durable umbrella.

You can see everything I got in my haul video, but let's just say that I'm already planning a return visit once I'm well enough! The crafty pieces and Christmas decorations are making me so excited to get a bit creative and I've got a few DIY ideas up my sleeve. It's been a while since I felt inspired to be more creative in a non-digital format, so I'm looking forward to it.

As well as my ribbons and glittery accessories I picked up a couple of little stocking fillers that were too cheap to resist. I love getting little extras for people's presents and being on a budget, Tiger has been a total saviour so far this year.

I actually can't explain enough how grateful I am to Tiger for inviting me in to explore the new stock in store, it was a pretty surreal moment getting to work with one of my favourite shops! You can find your closest Tiger Store here and be sure to check back for some crafty Christmas fun in the coming weeks.

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16 Nov 2015

After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Moveit Video Lookbook Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Moveit Video Lookbook Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Moveit Video Lookbook Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Moveit Video Lookbook Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Moveit Video Lookbook Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Moveit Video Lookbook Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Moveit Video Lookbook Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Moveit Video Lookbook Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Jacket - Sainsbury's / T-shirt - Primark / Skirt - H&M
Necklace - Claire Barclay Draws / Bag - Warehouse

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to take part in a project that I'd been admiring on YouTube called moveit, a "Humans Of New York"-esque lookbook that focused on showcasing real people and their style. I was pretty excited about taking part, and now that my video is live I'm totally amazed by how it turned out!

This little textured jacket from Sainsbury's Tu Clothing range has been so easy to throw on for those rare occasions when I actually leave my house. It's the perfect mix between casual and dressy, making it my go to on the days that it isn't raining - which are sadly few and far between at the moment! The weather has taken a total turn recently and it's horrible. I've been in full on hibernation mode - with plenty of snacks of course - and only leaving the house when really necessary.

In a way, I guess it's kind of lucky that I'm going in for surgery tomorrow! It's the perfect excuse to lie in bed doing nothing but watch Netflix and snooze the days away. I don't talk about my health too much on my blog, maybe I will in the future, but I'm really hoping this surgery will be kind of life changing. It sounds odd to say, but it would just be nice to feel a bit more normal. I've got some content scheduled so it won't be completely quiet on here whilst I'm recuperating, but I'm going to try stay away from the temptation of whiling away the hours on my laptop in favour of some proper rest and relaxation.

I'm not going to pretend I'm not scared about tomorrow. I think surgery will always be a worrying thing, but I'm trying my very best to see the silver linings. I'm lucky that this is an option for me, and although I've been waiting such a long time for proper answers or actions, it's happening now. It just goes to show that things do get better!

I'll see you on the flipside ;)

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Photos by Boya Shen

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14 Nov 2015

Saturday Share #13

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13 Nov 2015

A/W at River Island (PLUS £100 GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!)


Each time the weather changes I'm taken aback by how unprepared my wardrobe is and I can't help wonder why this keeps happening every single season. I live in the second wettest city in the UK (wheeeeeey Cardiff!) yet do not own a single jacket with a hood, and seriously lack decent every day footwear. Despite all of this, I'd still much rather spend my hard earned pennies on a kick-ass pair of heeled boots and ankle grazing dungarees. It's a hard habit to break, but pretty will usually win over practical for me.

As per usual, I have a wishlist that is probably longer than I am tall but with Christmas looming it's making buyer's remorse all that more apparent. Why am I spending £50 on random copper pots and frilly socks when I should be buying presents and saving for my secret January trip?! Oh well, I'll probably just do it anyway.

One shop that I always find myself frequenting - particularly in A/W - is River Island. Their buying team must be mind readers, because they always seem to know what I want! River Island are launching a new store at Glasgow Fort this weekend and there's lots going on to celebrate. With so many great pieces in at the moment alongside a massive childrenswear department and a range of bags that I've been swooning over, I'm really excited to be able to offer a whopping £100 gift card to one lucky winner. That's clothes shopping, without the guilt!


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