28 Apr 2016

10 Happy Things #8

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1. It's 20 days until I go to New York and get to have an emotional airport reunion with my best friend. I have so much to do, no idea what to wear and am already stressing about my first solo flight but I still wish it was happening tomorrow. SO MUCH EXCITEMENT.

2. I'm working a lot at the moment, which has taken some adjustment, but I still love my job. The people are so nice, which makes a massive difference, and I'm still not over it being a couple of minutes walk instead of a half hour drive. Plus more hours = more money for shopping, yeahhhhhh!

3. Last week I had to go in to hospital for a relatively minor procedure which I'd been quite stressed out about, but it really wasn't anywhere near as bad as I'd convinced myself it would be. It left me pretty tired, but a couple of days chilling out and trying not to worry has left me feeling refreshed.

4. Somehow, the planets seemed to align and I ended up with a whole weekend off. I can't remember the last time I had a full weekend of no work and being able to catch up on some much needed me time was a very welcome surprise.

5. I just finished my fifth time rewatching the entire eight seasons of House, aka my favourite TV show ever, so that always makes me smile. I'll never get tired of it! Now to move on to my next series - any recommendations?

6. I feel like my life has been all about food lately which is never a bad thing. I've been catching up with friends over cuppas, baking the perfect triple chocolate cookies, having afternoon tea with my mum and various delicious dinners for date nights - long may it continue!

7. Whilst not necessarily related to me, Paddy has just handed in his dissertation and is nearly finished his last semester of university. I'm so proud of him for all of his hard work, I know it'll pay off!

8. I can't believe it's nearly May, but that means it's one month closer to my birthday! I'm turning 21 at the end of July and I'm going to totally milk it, making it last at least a week if not more... I've started planning some celebrations already and it's making me very excited.

9. My wee cat wasn't well again last month, which was tough, but he pulled through and is back to his usual nonsense. For a cat of his advanced age, he's doing pretty well!

10. The sun has been making a couple of appearances over the past week or so and although it's not quite heatwave material yet, a sunny day always puts me in a good mood. Here's hoping it sticks around for a bit longer and the snow we saw earlier in the week is gone!
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27 Apr 2016

Zoeva Palettes: Mixed Metals & En Taupe

Zoeva Palettes Beauty Bay Review Mixed Metals En Taupe Swatches | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Zoeva Palettes Beauty Bay Review Mixed Metals En Taupe Swatches | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

If you read beauty blogs, it's hard to ignore the fact that Zoeva are a pretty well talked about brand. I'd been lusting after their beautiful make up brushes for a while (I mean, hello. ROSE GOLD!) but hadn't been all that bothered about the eyeshadow palettes, despite a whole lot of love in the blogosphere for them.

After one particularly busy day at work, just after payday, I was feeling a bit mopey and so I did what I usually do to cheer myself up - shopping. I'm loving liquid lipsticks at the moment and was checking out the range on offer at Beauty Bay when the Zoeva palettes caught my eye. Obviously, being me, I couldn't decide on just one, and so goes the story of how these palettes came to be in my life.

Zoeva Palettes Beauty Bay Review Mixed Metals En Taupe Swatches | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Zoeva Palettes Beauty Bay Review Mixed Metals En Taupe Swatches | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Zoeva Palettes Beauty Bay Review Mixed Metals En Taupe Swatches | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

En Taupe palette by Zoeva - £18 available here

The first palette that caught my eye was En Taupe, a selection of ten relatively neutral hues with hints of pinks and purples. I've been trying to bring more "colourful" neutrals in to my collection, if they're even a thing, so when I spotted these cute as can be - whilst still being wearable - shades I knew it had to be mine.

As you'd expect from any decent palette, there's a good mix of mattes and shimmers allowing for a variety of looks. These shades are quite muted, which I like because they're not intimidating for someone like me who shies away from bold eyeshadows. On the whole the texture of these is nothing short of incredible - they're buttery soft, blend like a dream and pack a fair amount of pigment. There a couple of stunning duochrome shadows in there too, like the beautiful soft pink "Handmade" which has a bold gold undertone. The shades do have a little bit of fall out in the palette however they are far from chalky.

Out of the two palettes I ordered, this is definitely the most wearable for me. I can see it getting a lot of use on a daily basis.

Zoeva Palettes Beauty Bay Review Mixed Metals En Taupe Swatches | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Zoeva Palettes Beauty Bay Review Mixed Metals En Taupe Swatches | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Zoeva Palettes Beauty Bay Review Mixed Metals En Taupe Swatches | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Mixed Metals palette by Zoeva - £18 available here

I may have just proclaimed my undying love for neutrals, but there was something about the Mixed Metals palette that I just could not ignore. You can probably see why, right? When first swatching these shades I was totally blown away not only by the insane level of pigmentation in these super creamy metallic shadows, but the stunning shades on offer too.

Surprisingly, I find these quite easy to wear! I think the fact that each shade has a perfect partner within the palette makes them a lot easier to work with, and I've really been enjoying putting together new looks. The shades are a bit more suited to an autumnal colour palette, but I find myself reaching for this palette more and more. I'm in love with each and every one of the ten shades and think it boasts a great variety. Neo Brass, the bold golden green, has to be one of my favourites in the palette and I think it really suits my skin tone and eye colour.

It's been a while since I've been so excited about an eyeshadow palette, but at £18 each I feel like these two are absolute steals when it comes to quality and value for money. Plus the packaging is just damn gorgeous!

Have you tried anything from Zoeva? I'd love to hear your recommendations!


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26 Apr 2016

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling - #SassyBooks April

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling - available here


I used to read the Harry Potter series from start to finish every summer, but for some reason it's been a good few years since I last undertook the task. When trying to decide on a book for the latest Sassy Books Blogger Book Club Hayley and I thought it would be a nice trip down memory lane to revisit one of our childhood favourites.

If you don't know what Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone is about - hi, where have you been for the past 19 years? - then I'll quickly sum it up for you. Harry is not-so-blissfully unaware of the fact that he is a bit of a celebrity in the wizarding world, or that a wizarding world even exists, so when a bumbling giant appears to rescue him from his miserable life with his aunt & uncle it all comes as a bit of a shock. The Philosopher's Stone follows Harry's first year at the infamous Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he faces some unexpected challenges with his new found friends and skills.

I loved diving back in to the world of Hogwarts, and re-reading The Philosopher's Stone just reminded me how much I love these books. They are so much better than the films, giving you a deeper understanding of the key characters, their relationships and the world itself. Plus, the books don't miss out KEY PLOT ELEMENTS like Peeves. Ugh, that will never not annoy me. Basically, what I'm trying to say is that if you haven't already read the books and you loved the films then you better hop to it. Meanwhile, I'm off to re-read the rest of the series and mope about the rest of the important things they missed in the movies. Then I'll re-watch the movies, obviously.

This is usually the part where we announce the next book for the book club, but after chatting Hayley and I have decided that we're going to take a little break for a while. Sassy Books seems to have lost momentum, and we both have a really busy month ahead, so it makes sense to take some time off whilst we figure out the future direction. Keep an eye on our Twitter for updates and be sure to check out the hashtag to see everyone else's reviews in the mean time!
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25 Apr 2016

Chiquito Glasgow Fort

Chiquito Glasgow Fort Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Chiquito Glasgow Fort Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Chiquito Glasgow Fort Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

If the awful situation ever arose where I had to pick just one cuisine to eat for the rest of my life, I think Mexican would probably be a good contender, alongside Italian, Thai, Chinese, Spanish... Let's just hope I never face this situation, because that is one tough decision. Although Glasgow has a fair few chain restaurants, we only have one Mexican chain and that's Chiquito, not that I'm complaining!

Back in February Chiquito added some new dishes to their menu, with the delicious sounding Pina Colada Prawns and Spiced Coconut Chicken being just a couple of the mouthwatering additions. At the weekend I headed over to Glasgow Fort with my usual partner in crime, Paddy, to try out a few bits from the new menu after a spot of shopping (obviously). Despite it being a busy Saturday night we were seated straight away and left to work our way through the menus.

Chiquito Glasgow Fort Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Chiquito Glasgow Fort Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Chiquito Glasgow Fort Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I'm the kind of person who always checks out the menu before visiting a restaurant, regardless of if I've visited before or not, so after investigating the refreshed Chiquito menu I had my eye on a fair few things already. My indecisiveness is becoming a running theme here... oops. Anyway, being a big fan of tapas the Street Food selection was at the forefront of my mind, but choosing between the options was a bit of problem.

To start, we decided to do our usual and share a portion of the Fully Loaded Nachos topped with Spicy Chicken and it was an absolute winner for us. Paddy and I like to think that nachos are one of our specialities, and we can be very particular about how we like them, however we're both in firm agreement that the nachos from Chiquito are the best we've had outside of our own kitchens. That's a pretty impressive feat! The Fully Loaded Nachos are supposed to serve 2-4 people, but we demolished nearly the entire plate so I think it would be suited to three people at most, unless you have a very small appetite which we don't - you might have guessed.

Chiquito Glasgow Fort Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Chiquito Glasgow Fort Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Chiquito Glasgow Fort Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

For his main, Paddy chose to have the Southern Fried Chicken topped with Barbecue Pulled Pork which he thoroughly enjoyed. I managed to steal a little nibble and it was the perfect combination of tender meat packed full of flavour. It was a pretty substantial portion too, which is never a bad thing!

After lots of deliberation, as well as a few recommendations from our lovely waitress, I finally settled on my three choices from the Street Food selection. These plates come in at 3 for £12.95 or 6 for £23.95 but as they were on the smaller side I think you'd definitely need to consider having a starter or a side to accompany them. My choices ended up being the Pan Fried Chorizo, Crispy Chicken Tacos and the fried Halloumi Bites with a delicious cranberry salsa. The tacos weren't as flavourful as I would have liked, but the chorizo and the Halloumi bites were gorgeous! I think next time I'll try out the Whipped Feta & Honey, Sweet Chorizo Croquettes and the Tortilla Stack. I'd definitely recommend trying the new Street Food menu if you want to sample a few things at once, something I'm always up for.

As per usual, Chiquito didn't disappoint. I can't say I've ever had a bad experience at any of their restaurants and the friendly, attentive staff at their Glasgow Fort branch made it a real delight. Next time I'll be sure to make sure I'm not the designated driver so I can sample some of their extensive cocktail menu!

Have you tried out Chiquito before? Let me know what you thought in the comments! Check out the Chiquito website for more, and see what else is on offer at Glasgow Fort here


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16 Apr 2016

2016 Film & Television Favourites So Far

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At any given moment in time I'll have a list of films to watch and television shows to see nearly as long as I am tall (although I'm not that tall), so this year I've been making a conscious effort to make my way through more of them. I'm a binge watcher, I'll watch a series in a day and can happily spend hours staring at Netflix with some snacks at my disposal, so I often struggle to keep interest in series that I have to follow week by week, but there's been a few surprises this year.

Last year I didn't go to the cinema much, but this year I'm trying my best to change it. Going to the cinema is one of my favourite things to do and there was a point a couple of summers ago where I would be going to the cinema roughly four times a week - depending on what was on. I'm not quite back at that level just yet, but I have seen some really good films this year! My mum and I like to visit our local Showcase fairly regularly if we have a free day or evening, and thanks to her choices I've ended up seeing, and enjoying, a few films that I wouldn't have originally picked myself.

Film

My first film of the year was The Lady In The Van, a charming British comedy-drama focusing on - you guessed it - a lady in a van. I hadn't expected to like this film as I get quite stressed out and emotional when it comes to plots focusing on older people (yes, I am a wuss) but it was actually really good. Yes, I did cry, but that'll become a running theme here. It was heart-warming, but not sugar-coated, and Maggie Smith was brilliant as ever.

One of the real highlights of the year so far for me has to be Deadpool, which I ended up seeing in the cinema twice in one week... oops! If you've watched it, you'll probably understand why. It's the perfect alternative superhero film, with all of the classic elements that you'd expect from any Marvel film, delivered in a slightly sassier format. I love that it continually poked fun at itself, it was a laugh a minute and Ryan Reynolds stole the show. I knew I loved him for a reason!

Although technically released in 2015, I didn't get round to watching The Big Short until just a couple of weeks ago. Having seen all of the fuss that had been made over it come awards season with a host of nominations to its name I knew I had to give it a watch, if not for the stellar cast alone. When the 2005 U.S. Housing Crisis was at it's peak, I was still in primary school, so it was actually really interesting to see just what had happened and why it happened explained in a way that was easy for me to wrap my head around - with the help of a few celebrity cameos. It's tongue in cheek, but not to the point of ridicule, and a really enjoyable watch. Think a slightly calmer version of The Wolf of Wall Street, with Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Steve Carell.

On my most recent trip to my local Showcase Glasgow I ended up seeing the newly released Eddie The Eagle, which definitely wouldn't have been my first choice, but it was my mum's. Although I was aware of Eddie The Eagle, I wasn't around when his story first unfolded, so had no idea what to expect. Much to my surprise, I was met with an endearing tale of determination and spirit which had me desperate to see what happened. Obviously I cried, but my god it was just so emotional. Even if you don't think it's your cup of tea, I wouldn't write it off just yet!


Television

It just wouldn't be me without some mention of Hugh Laurie, but luckily I'm not just limited to my fifth annual re-watch of House M.D. which is currently nearing it's end, with his latest television appearance The Night Manager debuting on screens back in February. Hugh Laurie played a high powered arms dealer who isn't afraid to use any means to get what he wants. It was a fairly different role for him, but perfectly paired with Tom Hiddleston's part of the former British soldier tasked with infiltrating his inner circle. It's a slow starter, taking it's time to set the scene, but the drama soon kicks off and will leave you wondering who you can really trust. It's worth watching for the cinematography alone, seriously stunning.

The second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt only had it's debut on Netflix yesterday, but I love it already. Kimmy's endearing enthusiasm for life in New York City after spending 15 years in a cult always makes me smile, with a bit of help from Tina Fey's incredible writing. It's sassy in the best kind of way, making it so easy to watch. 

When the third season of House of Cards was released last year I binged the entire series in one day, leaving me waiting for an entire year before having anything new to watch - big mistake. This time round I've been trying to take my time with it, which isn't easy considering just how gripping it is. It's dark, and will probably leave you shouting at the screen. The show is unendingly clever, with new tensions appearing in each episode. The latest season is no different to it's predecessors and despite veering towards a soap style drama at stages, it still manages to be an absolutely thrilling watch.

What have you enjoyed watching so far this year, and what are you excited to see in the coming months? Let me know in the comments!

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13 Apr 2016

Spring Box of Lame + 5 Reasons To Buy From That Lame Company

Think Positive Gold Foil Print That Lame Company Spring Box of Lame Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

That Lame Company Spring Box of Lame Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

That Lame Company Spring Box of Lame Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

If you haven't already heard of That Lame Company, where have you been?! You must be new here at least, because it's no secret that I absolutely love them. Since first being introduced to them through their original Box of Lame last summer it's been difficult to resist spending all of my pennies on the site, having since bought both the Winter Box of Lame and the Spring Box of Lame too.

As soon as I saw their tweets about the upcoming Spring box, I knew I had to have it. As always, it certainly didn't disappoint! I think this is probably their best box yet, totally jam packed with gorgeous high quality products that wouldn't look out of place in the likes of Paperchase.

That Lame Company Spring Box of Lame Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

That Lame Company Spring Box of Lame Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

That Lame Company Spring Box of Lame Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

That Lame Company Spring Box of Lame Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

So what makes this Box of Lame so great, I hear your cry? Well, I think the photos show off just how many fantastic products were in this box! I am a stationery addict so a new stash of pretty notebooks and desk pads will always make me happy, especially when they're as pretty as these. You can never have enough notebooks in my opinion and I absolutely love the Gold Confetti Notebook which is ring bound, much to my delight as it's definitely my preferred style. I'm also obsessed with the matching Essential Notes pad and Just A Lil Reminder post it notes which will be getting plenty of use.

Not only that, they also included some gorgeous little art prints which now sit happily above my computer as a reminder of happy thoughts. I'd been hoping that the Without A Little Darkness print would be included in this box ever since seeing a sneak peek on Twitter, and I have to say it's even more beautiful in person. There's something about the depth of the blue colour that I just love!

I was really excited to see the weekly meal planner notepad included in this box as it's the kind of thing I'd been wanting to buy for a while now. I'm really not great when it comes to figuring out my meals for the week and usually leave it till the last minute, meaning I'm too tired to do anything other than stick an oven pizza on, so I'm hoping that this will help me stay on track in the future.

That Lame Company team up with some third party designers for each box, which I think is such a lovely touch and helps introduce me to new designers too! This month they teamed up with Wrapped By Alice, Plum Bowtique, Aloha Lola Cards, Holly Illustrates, Life's Big Canvas and Cousins Collective, who all stock some amazing pieces. I am obsessed with the Moody Cat Pin from Cousins Collective... for obvious reasons.

That Lame Company Spring Box of Lame Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

That Lame Company Spring Box of Lame Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

That Lame Company Spring Box of Lame Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

As if you need any more excuses to head over and check out the shop, here are five reasons why you need to check out That Lame Company...

  1. You're supporting a small business - and doesn't that make you feel good? Chloe & Charlie run their business together in their spare time whilst working full time. It's obvious that they work pretty damn hard on That Lame Company and I really admire their determination!
  2. They care about their customers - as mentioned above, they work so hard on their products and really care about the quality they provide. From sneak peeks on their social media accounts it's clear for all to see that they place so much pride in their work and are always grinding away behind the scenes making sure everything is perfect!
  3. The value for money is incredible - seriously, how often do you get so much stuff for so few pennies? I don't know how they do it, but the variety and standard of products sold on the shop always blows me away when you consider how much you pay for it. The Spring Box of Lame cost just £21 and was jam packed with so many amazing pieces!
  4. You won't find their products anywhere else - I think that explains it, right? I've had so many people ask me where my list pads or notebooks are from, or emails asking where I got that cute postcard and the answer is always That Lame Company.
  5. IT'S ALL SO PRETTY UGH - and isn't that just what you want?

See more from That Lame Company on their site - let me know what your favourite product is in the comments!

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12 Apr 2016

High Definition Brows & Beauty

High Definition Brows Beauty Glasgow Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

High Definition Brows Beauty Glasgow Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

High Definition Brows Beauty Glasgow Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Ever since my first HD Brows experience at Yuu Beauty Glasgow back in October I'd been hooked on the multi-pronged approach to taming unruly brows. I go through phases of loving my brows, as well as considerably longer phases of hating them. I feel like brows are the one thing I can't quite nail when it comes to my daily face, as they so often end up looking like they don't even belong together.

Much to my delight, High Definition have a training academy in Glasgow meaning that I can have my beloved HD Brows at a discounted price! A dream come true for someone who really needs to get their shopping habits under control. A couple of weeks ago I headed along to see the Glasgow Training Academy for myself as they were celebrating their first birthday and I was delighted to see that the HD Brows experience is all about quality and safety from the get go.

After my first time experiencing the High Definition make up, and having tried the Vamp Eyeshadow Palette by High Definition, I was really keen to try out some more of their beauty range. Having had my make up done with their products previously, I knew that the products would boast the same quality that the brand clearly strive to achieve with their treatments.

High Definition Brows Beauty Glasgow Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

High Definition Brows Beauty Glasgow Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

The High Definition Illuminator had really impressed me when I'd used it before, however it wasn't until I was able to use it on a daily basis that I realised just how beautiful a product it really is. Lightweight, soft and blendable, this gorgeous Illuminator brings a real glow to the skin, without looking too harsh or glittery. It's the perfect highlighter, and the slightly peachy tone really helps to give a wash of healthy colour to my pale skin.

If you're going to try one product from the High Definition range then it has to be this. Beautiful doesn't even begin to describe it! There can be a fair bit of fall out from the pan, which is something I've noticed across most of the range, however the product is far from chalky and applies like a dream.

High Definition Brows Beauty Glasgow Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Having revolutionised eyebrow treatments it comes as no surprise that High Definition offer a great range of brow products, with one of my favourites being the High Definition Browtec in Foxy. I've tried a lot of brow pencils in my time, but none have impressed me quite like this.

Whilst the shade is a little dark for me at the moment, this ultra-precise creamy pencil allows for super fine strokes so as to mimic real hair as closely as possible. Unlike other pencils I've tried, the waxy formula manages to hold the shape without being oily, meaning it can last all day without touch ups. It's so easy to use, and a light hand means you can control the level of pigment transferred on to your skin.

High Definition Brows Beauty Glasgow Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

High Definition Brows Beauty Glasgow Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I'd never seen much appeal in a foundation palette, seeing as I'm about as pale as can be, but surprisingly the High Definition Powder Foundation Pro Palette has not one, but two shades that suit me at my palest. I doubt I'll ever be tan enough to use the bottom three shades, outside of possible contouring, but I can see the top three getting plenty of use. The compact nature of this palette means it'll be great for travelling with, especially if you're aiming to get a tan!

At the moment the coverage isn't as high as I find myself needing, however come summer I know that a lightweight powder formula will be a godsend. So far, I've been using this to add a bit of extra coverage and disguise the redness on my cheeks whilst setting my foundation at the same time and I absolutely love how light the formula feels on my skin! Similar to the Illuminator, this palette does have an issue with fall out, but it's something you'll find with most powder based products anyway.


Have you ever tried anything from the High Definition beauty range?


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9 Apr 2016

Saturday Share #25

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8 Apr 2016

Contouring with Crown Brush

Crown Brush Contour Kit Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Crown Brush Contour Kit Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Crown Brush Contour Kit Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

As the proud owner of a baby face, I've always been intrigued by contouring. Surely being able to carve a bit of definition out of my chubby cheeks with a bit of make up is nothing short of magic, right? Despite my intrigue, I'm yet to properly get the hang of the art of contouring and when faced with the Crown Brush Contouring Pack I was left feeling a tiny bit intimidated by the realm of shades in front of me.

My previous contouring experience comes in the form of a powder contour and highlight duo that was difficult to go wrong with, so the thought of switching to a cream formula was a tad daunting. At first I decided just to go in all guns blazing and give it my best shot without looking in to how to use it properly, and whilst it didn't go well it wasn't the worst attempt. A few YouTube tutorials later I was ready to give it another go, this time armed with a whole lot more information on how to make the most of it.

Crown Brush Contour Kit Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog


The 10 shade concealer palette itself houses a range of ten shades with varying undertones, meaning it can be used for concealing blemishes as well as using the darked shades to sculpt and define. Whilst the shade range covers a lot of bases and seems like it would work well for most skin tones the lighter shades aren't quite pale enough for my ghostly complexion. This is to be expected when you're as pale as I am, and just means that I can't go for the lighter concealer to highlight but can still use it to cover imperfections.

The cream to powder formula of the concealers applies super creamy, making it a dream to blend in to the skin. I started out using the palette to contour after foundation but I find that it works a whole lot better when used before instead. Having a range of shades to hand means I can make my contour as defined or as soft as I'd like, which is really useful for creating a range of looks. It's quite high coverage, meaning the darker shades do require a fair bit of blending, but as previously mentioned they blend well to leave a flawless finish.

Crown Brush Contour Kit Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

When it comes to blending, you need the right tools. Luckily the Contouring Pack comes with three brushes that are perfect for this - as you'd expect! Alongside the concealer palette comes the C436 Mini Duo Diber Blender, the SS032 Pointed Blender and the SS001 Deluxe Large Oval Foundation brush.

From a brand called Crown Brush you'd expect good brushes, and that's what you get. Make up brushes are one of my "things" right now and I've been collecting new brushes left. right and centre. Despite their purse friendly prices these brushes are some of the best I've tried recently with the Pointed Blender becoming a firm favourite. Each of these brushes has a sturdy wooden handle and don't shed their bristles with use or cleaning.

Now that I've tried some of their range for myself and seen how great value for money they are I'm already making a list for my next order. The C441 Pro Blending Crease brush is veeeeeery highly review and a supposed dupe for my beloved MAC 217 but at a fraction of the price, so I imagine that will be making it's way in to my collection come pay day...

How do you feel about contouring - confused or in control?
Check out the rest of the range from Crown Brush on their website


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7 Apr 2016

Glasgow Burgerthon: Ketchup

Ketchup Glasgow Burgerthon Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Ketchup Glasgow Burgerthon Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

If I could spend my life writing about burgers, I would. The Glasgow Burgerthon just goes to show how much I love burgers. Even just uploading these photos had me drooling all over my phone whilst texting Paddy to arrange our next burger date...

For our fifth venue we decided to pay a visit to Ketchup in the west end, who claim to be Glasgow's "original and best burger joint". Located on Ashton Lane, it can be a pretty popular place at peak times, but when we visited early on a Monday night it was on the quieter side. We got seated straight away, but it did take a while for our order to be taken which was a bit disappointing considering how quiet it was.

Ketchup Glasgow Burgerthon Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Ketchup Glasgow Burgerthon Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

There's no denying the variety available on the Ketchup menu, with burgers to suit most tastes. We both opted for choices from the chicken burger section, but swapped for beef patties instead. My choice was The Italian Job with onion garlic alioli, sauteed sweet peppers, parmesan and Napoli sauce topped with a crispy fried mozzarella wheel which was packed with flavour. Paddy decided to go for the Flying Scotsman, which as the name suggests is topped with haggis, bacon and peppercorn sauce.

Whilst we both liked our burgers, we thought that the patties were a bit too big and not as juicy as we usually like. That is our personal preference though, obviously! I do love the selection available and really want to try some more of their amazing sounding combinations after trying The Italian Job - the Goat's Cheese burger sounds so good!

As far as sides go, there's the pretty standard line up of chips with various toppings including chilli beef, as well as chicken wings and a few cheesy options too. True to form, I had to order some mozzarella balls which I really enjoyed. Paddy wasn't a fan of them being battered as opposed to breaded, but I liked the lighter texture. The chips were fairly bog standard, but I'm keen to try some of their "Disco Fries" with gravy and melted cheese - basically one of my favourite combinations!

Ketchup Glasgow Burgerthon Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Ketchup Glasgow Burgerthon Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Overall I'd say that Ketchup fared pretty well in comparison to some of the previous venues, but I don't think that it'll be the best. I enjoyed the burger but it wasn't as good as it could be. Value for money was decent and the staff were lovely, so that's always a good thing! Plus, they serve milkshakes which always wins points for me. Ultimately, if you're not a burger fan, then Ketchup isn't for you, but if you love a decent burger like me then it's worth checking out for the variety alone.

(I did score it four for variety though, because I'm 99% certain the menu used to be a lot bigger...)

She thought: Quality of burger 3, Variety available 4, Atmosphere & service 4, Value for money 3
He thought: Quality of burger 2, Variety available 4, Atmosphere & service 2.5, Value for money 3

Overall Ketchup scored 25 out of a possible 40

Check out the rest of the Glasgow Burgerthon to see how it compares

Ketchup is located at 44 Ashton Lane, Glasgow

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