23 Dec 2016

5 Favourite Festive Films

10 Must Watch Christmas Films | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Christmas weekend is finally upon us and it's pretty safe to say that the weather is more than a tad frightful - particularly in Glasgow! Storm Barbara has come to visit just in time for Christmas, which makes the perfect excuse to curl up on the couch with a festive film or two. Although I'm working for the next two days (Christmas in retail, woohoo), I'm so excited to spend my evenings catching up with some of my favourite Christmas movies whilst all cosied up inside. I have a fair few films that I watch year in, year out, with a mix of Christmas classics and a few more recent releases too, and here are five of my favourites.

1. Love Actually

Each year, on Christmas Eve, I settle down in bed to watch Love Actually before going to sleep. I'm not quite sure how this little tradition of mine started, but I've been doing it for nearly 10 years now and don't see myself stopping anytime soon! It's a classic British Christmas with lots of dry humour and a stellar cast, plus there are so many different stories to follow that this emotional roller coaster is sure to suck you in. 

2. Nativity

Up until recently, I hadn't actually seen Nativity, but when I noticed it on Netflix I knew I had to give it a watch as my mum absolutely loves it. Much like Love Actually, Nativity is another typical feel-good Christmas film packed with British humour, which is clearly something that appeals to me! Watch as Martin Freeman puts his very own twist on the Nativity, with the pressure of a Hollywood visit on his shoulders, a slightly eccentric teaching assistant and a particularly enthusiastic class as the cast.
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3. Elf

I couldn't write this list and not include Elf. Will Ferrell stars as a larger than life elf in possibly one of the most quoted Christmas films about. It's both hilarious and heart-warming, making it a sure-fire way to get yourself feeling festive in time for the big day. I dare you not to sing along.
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4. It's A Wonderful Life

In Glasgow, it's a bit of a "thing" to go to the Glasgow Film Theatre and watch Christmas classics like It's A Wonderful Life on the silver screen. There's something about this timeless film that fills my heart with Christmas cheer, it's so sentimental and will quite possibly move you to tears. It's not one of those overly cheesy films that are super happy, but the tale of George realising the value his life has thanks to an angel is absolutely unmissable.

5. Arthur Christmas

Would it really be a round up of my favourite festive films if I didn't include at least one starring Hugh Laurie? Or his voice at least... The cast isn't the only reason I love Arthur Christmas, but it was the inclusion of Hugh Laurie that drew me to it in the first place so it's only right that I mention it! My family and I went to see this at the cinema a few years back now and it's one of those rare films that we all loved. This heart-warming tale of how Santa's son, Arthur, saves Christmas by making sure no one misses out is the perfect film to watch with all of the family. I cried, but I cry at anything and everything.
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What's your favourite festive film?

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16 Dec 2016

A Christmas Guide To Glasgow

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A Christmas Guide To Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
A Christmas Guide To Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
A Christmas Guide To Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

My love for the city of Glasgow is well known, and Christmas time in Glasgow is no different. The city really shows its best during the festive season and it makes a brilliant place to spend a day or even a weekend. I have so many recommendations of things to do in the city all year round, but after I had a festive day out with Glasgow Loves Christmas at the start of the season – which you can see in my first Vlogmas video – I thought I’d share a quick Christmas rundown of the best spots in the city.

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15 Dec 2016

Festive Fashion Picks - Cosy PJs

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Christmas PJs are a bit of a tradition for me. I mean, I do spend pretty much 90% of my existence in my pyjamas, so it's probably a bit obvious that I love them. As soon as the end of November hits I bring out the festive patterns and fleecy fabrics to match my cosy duvet and the overall Christmas vibe which I live for. It's perpetually cold at this time of year, so I'm claiming that as my excuse.

It doesn't help that the shops are absolutely jam packed with cosy PJs come Christmas time, meaning I can well and truly indulge my obsession! Each year I add at least one new pair of festive PJs to my collection, if not more, and this year I've got my eye on quite a few pieces in both the more "traditional" colour palette with lots of reds and a slightly icier selection too.

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One of the big things on my list this year is a new onesie, as my beloved Dorothy Perkins number has seen much better days after over two years of wear. I love this fluffy cream onesie, but I've also seen a few others that have caught my eye! I'd also quite like a new dressing gown (despite owning far too many as it is) and I'm loving the fur trimmed trend that seems to be hitting the shops this year.

Those fancy mermaid blanket things have been all over social media for weeks now and it feels like just about every shop has their own version this year. There are even Christmas versions! As someone who spends a lot of time chilling on the couch in a pile of blankets, I can't help but be drawn to them. I'm not a huge mermaid fan, but they're still hella cute.

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DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE PAIR OF CHRISTMAS PJS?

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8 Dec 2016

Tipple Box: A Curated Cocktail Experience

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Tipple Box Review Alcohol Cocktail Subscription Box | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Tipple Box Review Alcohol Cocktail Subscription Box | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

As soon as I'm handed a drinks menu, I always flip straight to the cocktail section. I'm one of those people who likes their alcoholic drinks to not really taste like alcohol, so I always prefer a pretty cocktail. Don't get me wrong, I'm also partial to a glass of wine with my dinner, a raspberry gin or a sneaky wee vodka on my rare nights out, but I can't resist the lure of a cocktail.

As well as cocktails, I also love parcels. Between online shopping & subscription boxes, I get a fair few parcels and coming home to lots of boxes to open is always a treat! My two loves have been combined in the shape of the Tipple Box, a lovingly curated selection of craft spirits and mixers all picked with the perfect cocktail in mind. I rarely make cocktails in the house, because although our cabinet is pretty well stocked with spirits, I never really have the rest of the ingredients to match! Now I just need to pick up some fancy glasses to drink them from...
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5 Dec 2016

One-Stop Christmas Shop at Ideal World

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Christmas Shop Ideal World TV Ideas | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Christmas Shop Ideal World TV Ideas | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

As that annoying Sainsburys advert says, the best gift this Christmas is time. I always feel like I'm running out of time these days, particularly with the busy festive period in full swing, so I'm all for saving time where I can. Although I usually love hitting the shops I've just not been feeling it this year, it just feels busier and more stressful than ever which is not what I need right now. Instead, I'm all about the one-stop shop, where I can get the bulk of my Christmas shopping done in one easy peasy place without having to worry about making all these different orders and keeping track of them. I'll maybe pick up a few stocking fillers out and about, but thanks to the wonderful world of the internet my Christmas shopping is pretty much done and dusted!

One of these aforementioned one-stop shops is Ideal World, the TV shopping channel that is an absolute treasure trove for shoppers. I've raved about their beauty selection before, but now I've delved even deeper to what's on offer I think I'm a little bit hooked. With toys, gadgets, fashion and homewares aplenty there is definitely something for everyone from Ideal World this Christmas. There's even an activity tracker for pets if that's your sort of thing...
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2 Dec 2016

Festive Fashion Picks - Christmas Jumpers

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I'm going to hold my hand up and say that my Christmas jumpers have been making a couple of appearances pre-December, but I have a feeling I'm not the only one! Now that December is here (can you believe it?!) I feel like it's a little more justifiable, and I'm already looking at adding some more to my Christmas wardrobe. I've already treated myself to a little Spiced Girls themed number from Boohoo which was an absolute steal and makes me giggle every time I see it, but true to my shopaholic self I've been eyeing up a few more with both pop culture references and in a more traditional style. I do love a wee pop culture reference!


I have to say that the British high street has definitely upped its game when it comes to sassy Christmas jumpers this year, and it's no longer a task and a half to find something both funny and festive. Is it wrong to buy them all? Probably...

Obviously, I had to include a few more traditional festive favourites, of which there are plenty around! With Fairisle prints and sequins abundant, it's unlikely that you'll be stuck for options when it comes to cosy Christmas jumpers for this festive season - the only issue will be deciding which one to wear on the day itself. I'm feeling the Xmas & Chill loungewear set in the morning, followed by a swift change in to something with a bit of sparkle for the day, then a cosy classic for an evening curled up in front of the telly.

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30 Nov 2016

Iberica Glasgow

Iberica Glasgow Spanish Tapas Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Iberica Glasgow Spanish Tapas Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Iberica Glasgow Spanish Tapas Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Iberica Glasgow Spanish Tapas Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Iberica Glasgow Spanish Tapas Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Iberica Glasgow Spanish Tapas Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I'm an indecisive person when it comes to food, so I love nothing more than tucking into a tapas menu where I can try lots of dishes. Glasgow has a decent selection of tapas restaurants for every cuisine and I've slowly been making my way round them all. I'd heard so much about Iberica from bloggers and friends alike in England, so when they finally opened a Glasgow restaurant I was desperate to give it a try.

Located on St Vincent Street, Iberica is joining a host of city centre restaurants that are perfect for a post-work catch up or an evening of indulgence. Offering authentic Spanish cuisine in a sophisticated setting, you'd hope that the quality of the food reflected the beautiful decor - and it does. I was kindly invited along last week to be treated to an evening of wining and dining with a host of other bloggers in Iberica's private dining room. Unsurprisingly, after 13 courses of mouthwatering tapas and a little bit too much of their delicious wine, I was ready to roll home!

Iberica Glasgow Spanish Tapas Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Iberica Glasgow Spanish Tapas Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Iberica Glasgow Spanish Tapas Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Iberica Glasgow Spanish Tapas Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Iberica Glasgow Spanish Tapas Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

We started off our evening with a selection of their vegetarian tapas, including asparagus toast with manchego, onion and truffle oil, roasted aubergine, pumpkin salad with goats cheese and a pear and blue cheese salad. I'm not an aubergine fan, however, the rest of the selection was absolutely fantastic. Asparagus isn't something I would normally choose from a menu, but it was perfectly cooked and the combination of manchego cheese and onion cemented its high rating for me.

As we moved on to the meat dishes we started with one of my go-to tapas favourites - croquettes. Stuffed with gooey cheese and flavourful serrano ham these did not disappoint and were one of my highlights of the night. Another highlight, which came highly recommended, were the fried chorizo lollipops served with pear alioli. The crispy batter paired with the mouthwatering meat alone were beautiful enough, but that pear alioli was something else. The perfect hint of sweetness to compliment the smoky chorizo flavour!

Iberica Glasgow Spanish Tapas Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Iberica Glasgow Spanish Tapas Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Iberica Glasgow Spanish Tapas Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Iberica Glasgow Spanish Tapas Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Iberica Glasgow Spanish Tapas Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

At this point, I didn't think it could get any better, but then the beef cheek carpaccio was served. Topped with sweet potato crisps, truffle potato puree and tartare sauce this plate was a real favourite for the whole table thanks to the perfect mix of flavours and textures. This dish is often in high demand, and I can see why! The carpaccio was followed by pork sliders, which were served in brioche buns with a pickled Piparra pepper (try saying that drunk) in little bite-sized portions. I expected to love these, but I found them to be a little bit boring in comparison to the rest of the menu. They were delicious, but just not as flavourful as some of the other options.

I'm not a huge fish fan, and draw the line at tuna, calamari or fish and chips, so I skipped the fishier dishes but after being encouraged by Fionn I braved the octopus and was pleasantly surprised. Although the little suckers really freaked me out, the smoky flavour was a real treat and is something I'd eat again... if the suckers were cut off.

Iberica Glasgow Spanish Tapas Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Iberica Glasgow Spanish Tapas Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Iberica Glasgow Spanish Tapas Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

We topped off the evening with some more meaty dishes, including venison meatballs and a marinated smoked pork. Alongside those we were also served a beautifully rich Oxtail sandwich which was yet another peak of the selection. The meat was incredibly tender and packed full of flavour, to the point that I'm drooling just thinking about it. That's not all, however, because another treat arrived in the form of Pluma pork from the charcoal oven. Cooked medium rare and seasoned to perfection I've been dreaming about it ever since. I'd never thought to cook pork medium rare but it was absolutely mouthwatering.

Unfortunately, I had to run off before dessert was served so I missed out on the delicious sounding caramelised rice pudding and churros, but I will most definitely be back for more. I need to have that beef carpaccio again as soon as possible!

You can find Iberica at 140 St Vincent Street or check out their website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for more

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28 Nov 2016

Switching Off

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I grew up with a computer, and for as long as I can remember I've had some sort of "internet presence". My love for my computer started off with The Sims, which I still love well over a decade later, and progressed on to classic games like Catz and Dogz before I discovered the internet. I remember the days where you couldn't use the internet and the phone at the same time, so I was often chucked off Yahoo messenger so that my mum could phone a family member or so that my gran could get through. I was part of the MSN generation, and although I was a little bit too young for Myspace I had Bebo, Piczo, Tumblr, the works. I had a fantastic MSN Space (does anyone else remember those?!) and I spent many an hour creating Bebo skins in exchange for the much coveted red "luv" hearts or putting together top notch celebrity edits for my Piczo page. I wasted more money than I care to admit on Habbo Hotel and Runescape, as well as developing a pretty bad-ass knack for sledging on Club Penguin. I mean, I even started properly talking to my now-boyfriend of nearly seven years on MSN!

What I'm saying is, the internet has always been a pretty pivotal part of my life, so it's maybe only natural that I've ended up here with this blog which is now just as big a part of my life as my Sims addiction. The downside of that, though, and one of the only ones, is that I struggle to switch off. Particularly so because I blog about my life. I live, breathe and sleep internet. I dream about flatlays and memes and viral Vines. The internet has incited a burning passion for digital marketing and social media, which I'm hoping to build a career in at some point, but it's also given me this strange inability to do nothing.

I love lazing in my bed, but no matter how hard I try I can never last more than an hour without grabbing my phone to scroll through Instagram. I'm nearly always on Twitter and people have always commented on how much I post across my various social networks. I'm relatively well versed in internet lingo, I can tell you the latest social media trends and crazes (can the mannequin challenge just end now or what?) but it's not without its detrimental impact. Living in this new connected world brings about so many strange situations that just wouldn't have happened before the advent of the internet. Social media can make you feel empowered, but it can also make you feel insecure. I value the ability to be connected with those I love in a few quick taps, but I can't help wonder what I'd be like if it wasn't for the internet.

Would I have read more books? Would I have actually learned all those skills I intended to? What would my friendship circle be like? How would I entertain myself without Netflix? What would I fill my evenings and weekends with if not blogging? Would my life be empty without cat videos?

To be honest, I hope I never find out. I know I'm hopelessly addicted to the internet, but that isn't always a bad thing! I've been making a more conscious effort to take a step back from social media recently, and whilst it has worked to an extent, I end up missing it. What's wrong with enjoying spending time on the internet, or wanting to be connected with what's going on in the world? Sometimes I consider going cold turkey and having a full on digital detox, but I know it would never happen. I'm part of the internet generation, and I'm glad I am. I bet those people who used to tell me I tweet too much never imagined I could create a career out of my internet obsession, but here we are!

How would you define your relationship with the internet?

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25 Nov 2016

John Frieda Dream Curls

John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Range Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Range Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Range Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I've always been proud of my hair and think that my curls are one of my defining features. Of course, there will be days where I wish I had hair that required no effort to tame, but now that I've taken the time to learn what my hair loves and loathes it's become a whole lot easier to control. Being so proud of my hair made it even more difficult to come to terms with my alopecia diagnosis, and for months I was convinced that my hair just looked awful no matter what I did. Now that I've realised that wasn't always the case, I've finally been able to regain some confidence surrounding my hair. Obviously, it helps that it's now growing back in again, but part of it is down to figuring out the best routine for my hair too.

I've loved John Frieda haircare since my early teens and it's been my go-to brand for frizz fighting products ever since I first discovered their Frizz Ease range. It's been featured on my blog many times, such as my tips for fighting frizz, my haircare heroes and my bulk beauty buys (old post alert!), so when I was invited to be part of their Curl Collective and try out some more from the newly revamped range with super sleek packaging I was very keen to get involved.
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24 Nov 2016

Roger & Gallet Le Soin Aura Mirabilis

Rogert and Gallet Le Soin Aura Mirabilis Review Beauty Vinegar Legendary Cream | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Rogert and Gallet Le Soin Aura Mirabilis Review Beauty Vinegar Legendary Cream | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Rogert and Gallet Le Soin Aura Mirabilis Review Beauty Vinegar Legendary Cream | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Oh look, another post about skincare, what a surprise... Well, I did say in my last skincare review that I go a bit over the top with new skincare at this time of year, so you were warned. Before know, I'd only really known Roger & Gallet for their fragrance range, but since being introduced to their new Le Soin Aura Mirabilis collection I've realised there's so much more to their offerings.

The Aura Mirabilis range consists of four products and was inspired by a powerful natural remedy brewed by monks nearly 300 years ago which was loved by royals of years gone by. There are eighteen distilled plants incorporated in to the range in order to detoxify, refine, restore and renew the skin. There's a creamy cleansing mask to prep the skin and remove all traces of the day, an intriguing sounding Beauty Vinegar to tone (hint: this is my favourite), a reviving double extract for an extra shot of botanical goodness and finally a quenching moisturiser to finish it all off.

Rogert and Gallet Le Soin Aura Mirabilis Review Beauty Vinegar Legendary Cream | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Rogert and Gallet Le Soin Aura Mirabilis Review Beauty Vinegar Legendary Cream | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Rogert and Gallet Le Soin Aura Mirabilis Review Beauty Vinegar Legendary Cream | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I've been testing out a couple of products from the range and I have to say that I'm pretty impressed so far. It's been a few days short of a month since I introduced them into my routine and I've already seen noticeable results despite the harsh winter weather taking its toll.

I was really surprised by how much I love the Legendary Cream, as it seemed like it would be far too heavy for my fussy skin. It's got a really rich texture, but thanks to the formula's gel-cream combination it doesn't overload my skin or cause me to break out. It sinks in beautifully and leaves my skin feeling hydrated, refreshed and happy. As you'd expect from a company renowned for their fragrances, it smells beautiful, but it is quite strong. It won't last, though, as the scent fades quickly and there's no oily residue left either. I feel like I've finally found a cream hydrating enough to get my dry skin through winter without breaking out!

I'd heard a lot about the Beauty Vinegar before trying it out, as it's been featured in numerous beauty columns and blogs alike, so I was really excited to see if it lived up to the hype. It's essentially a toner, being used after cleansing to remove any stubborn makeup or impurities from the skin before moving on to moisturising. It does have quite a strong scent, which is so unusual and I really love it, but it wouldn't be to everyone's tastes as it is a little sharp. It's worth it, though, because the Beauty Vinegar blows all other toners out of the water. It's so refreshing on the skin and you can actually feel it working.

Rogert and Gallet Le Soin Aura Mirabilis Review Beauty Vinegar Legendary Cream | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Rogert and Gallet Le Soin Aura Mirabilis Review Beauty Vinegar Legendary Cream | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

After just a few weeks of using these two, my skin is looking so much better. It's brighter, softer and smoother. I honestly wasn't expecting such great results from them, but now I can't stop raving about them! My makeup is applying so much better, and I find myself wearing less as my skin just looks generally clearer. I definitely want to try out the Double Extract and the Cleansing Mask after seeing how well the other products from the range work for me. If you have dry skin that doesn't like anything overly rich or heavy, then you need this range in your life.

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