31 May 2016

Summer Style with New Look

New Look Summer Occasion Hub | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
New Look Summer Occasion Hub | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

For me, Summer always seems to be jam packed full of places to go, people to see and parties to attend, which can be difficult on your bank balance if you like to buy a new dress for every occasion like me. This year I'm trying to be good and save my pennies by getting a bit more wear out of the hundreds of dresses I already own, or at least picking more "versatile" pieces when I inevitably go shopping.

This blue floral print wrap dress from New Look was challenging enough in that it's a style I never would have considering wearing, let alone styling for two different occasions, but for the purse friendly price of just £14.99 it felt like a sign. New Look's Occasion Hub is jam packed with outfit inspiration, beauty tips and style advice for those all important dates this summer - worth checking out if you're stuck for ideas! I've been hunting for a dress for Paddy's graduation and think this pale blue lace skater dress could be the one.

It's worth noting that I had to size down in this as I had originally ordered a size 12, but had to exchange it for a size 8 which even then was a little on the roomier side and required some stealthy safety pins to keep in place on a breezy day.

New Look Summer Occasion Hub | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
New Look Summer Occasion Hub | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
New Look Summer Occasion Hub | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
New Look Summer Occasion Hub | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

 Dress - New Look; Bag - New LookEarrings - New Look; Shoes - Dorothy Perkins


If you follow me over on Instagram then you might have seen this outfit before, as I wore it to a wedding down in Troon back at the start of May. I loved the feminine, floaty feel of the dress which made it ideal for hiding both the tops of my arms, which I'm not a huge fan of, and my food baby from the meal. It's perfectly suited for an evening of dancing, and when paired with my current favourite lace up heels from Dorothy Perkins it's a great pick for any summer party. I was absolutely delighted to be able to tell anyone who asked that it was an absolute steal from New Look, I don't think I'll ever get over how affordable it is!

New Look Summer Occasion Hub | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
New Look Summer Occasion Hub | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
New Look Summer Occasion Hub | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Dress - New Look; Jacket - Tommy Hilfiger (very, very old);
Bag - New Look (seen here); Sandals - New Look
Sunglasses - ASOS (similar)


I'd originally planned this outfit to be showcased on a day of sightseeing in New York, but on the day I'd intended to wear it the weather was threatening rain and thunder so it stayed packed away in my case. Annoyingly, it didn't actually end up raining so I probably could have got away with it! I'd picked up both the sunglasses and the sandals in a huge ASOS order I made just before going away and they ended up being the only items I kept! I keep referring to the sunglasses as my "sassy sunglasses" because they just make me feel a little bit fancier than my usual frames... I'm so cool.

Seeing as I didn't get to show this number off on the streets of New York, I think it's only fair that it gets to hit the streets of Glasgow this summer instead. I'll also be packing it for the holiday I'm planning on booking come October time, as the lightweight fabric will be perfect for exploring sunnier shores.

Are you an outfit repeater, or do you need to have a new frock for every occasion?
Let me know how you'd style this dress in the comments and check out New Look's Occasion Hub for more summer soiree style inspiration

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30 May 2016

New York Photo Diary Part One

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New York Travel Diary What To Do 2016 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

New York Travel Diary What To Do 2016 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

You know that way when you spend months building up these expectations of something in your head and then when it finally comes down to it you're left disappointed? Yeah, well New York was nothing like that.
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28 May 2016

Shopping Is My Cardio

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There's only one way to cure those post-holiday blues that sink in after a trip to New York, the shopping capital of the world, and that's more shopping. You'd think that after five days shopping to my heart's content I'd be sick of the sight of the high street, but the thought of Glasgow's first ever Style Mile Shopping Festival just fills me with excitement instead. I'm not a big fan of your standard music festival, but a festival dedicated to the art of shopping? Count me in!

I've been saying for years now that the shopping in Glasgow is some of the best you'll find in the UK, with Buchanan Street boasting huge names such as Michael Kors alongside our gorgeous House of Fraser and a multitude of shopping centres like Buchanan Galleries, Princes Square and the St. Enoch Centre to name just a few! With flagships, department stores and independent boutiques alike Glasgow is an absolute nirvana when it comes to getting your shopping fix.

Glasgow Style Mile Shopping Festival | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Glasgow Style Mile Shopping Festival | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

From the 25th-30th of May the Glasgow Style Mile Festival will be bringing a jam packed programme to the city centre, with events including styling sessions, makeup masterclasses with the incredible Jamie Genevieve, special discounts from some of our biggest retailers and plenty more. You can find out more about what's on during the festival here and where to snap up the best special offers here.

Fossil Q Dreamer Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Fossil Q Dreamer Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

What better time to put my favourite saying - "shopping is my cardio" - to the test? You may remember that a while back I was debating getting myself a fitness tracker however I never quite got round to it because it just didn't feel like a "fun" thing to buy and I was fed up of buying boring things, although since discovering the Fossil Q range of wearable technology it's been a different story.

For months now my phone had been my only way to roughly gauge how many steps I was doing a day, but seeing as it wasn't on my person at all times and probably not all that accurate I had no idea what my actual activity levels were like. Now that I have an activity tracker to wear on my wrist all day I can easily track the steps I fit in at work (a lot) and the steps from all of those sneaky trips to the fridge from my computer.

I hate that this matters to me so much, but my new Fossil Q Dreamer is a whole lot prettier than the standard FitBit type gadget. Rose gold is my favoured finish when it comes to jewellery, so the sleek copper finish of the tracker slots in to my collection with ease. The soft leather strap is comfortable enough to wear all day yet durable enough to withstand my usual daily wear and tear. I've already been eyeing up some of the interchangeable straps for when I fancy switching it up, which will help the Q Dreamer integrate in to my wardrobe seamlessly. It's no heavier than wearing a watch and you can even set it up to vibrate and light up in specific patterns to inform you of any notifications your phone has received whilst connected.

Fossil Q Dreamer Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Using the Fossil Q app I've been able to keep a tab on the number of steps per day and calories burned whilst wearing the tracker, as well as setting goals and taking part in the weekly "Curiosity Challenges" set by the app. I started out by setting a goal of 8,000 steps per day, but it ended up being a bit easier than I expected so I've upped this to 10,000 per day for more of a challenge.

Since welcoming the Fossil Q Dreamer in to my life I've suddenly become the kind of person who obsesses over "beating" my step goal on a daily basis. Having been hitting roughly 20-30,000 steps a day in New York I knew that there'd be just a slight dip in numbers on my return to Glasgow, but I was pretty surprised at just how slight that difference actually was.

A pretty relaxed shopping trip around my favourite city centre stores racked up over 11,500 steps and burned roughly 500 calories; which totally justifies my snack stops along the way. With so much choice when it comes to browsing the shops in Glasgow it's no wonder that the total distance was well over 10km. I definitely stand by my thinking that shopping does count as exercise, and a decent amount at that! Is it sad that I'm already excited to see how many steps I manage to rack up when it comes to Christmas shopping? Probably, yes...

You can check out the Fossil Q range in their St. Enoch Centre store and find out more about what's happening during the Glasgow Style Mile Festival here


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24 May 2016

The Charm Box Dainty Box + Giveaway!

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The Charm Box Jewellery Subscription Review Giveaway | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Coming home to see a parcel waiting for me is always exciting, so it's really no wonder that I love subscription boxes and am very guilty of ordering one as a little treat. I love discovering new boxes as I find them to be a brilliant way to get to know new companies, so I was thrilled to discover Glasgow based business The Charm Box and their selection of beautiful seasonal boxes with carefully curated pieces of jewellery delivered straight to your door.

You can choose from either a Statement Box or a Dainty Box based on your preference, or they have a selection of individual pieces you can pick and choose as you wish. I love the look of this geometric cage necklace, I'm such a sucker for geometric pieces! They have a great selection of jewellery available and I think you'd find something for every taste on their site - it's a really gorgeous collection.

The Charm Box Jewellery Subscription Review Giveaway | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
The Charm Box Jewellery Subscription Review Giveaway | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I was very kindly sent one of their Dainty Boxes to review which contains three beautiful sparkly pieces in rose gold hues which feeds my rose gold obsession perfectly. My box had a stunning circle necklace, a mixed metal lariat bracelet and a pair of earrings to match. I'd had my eye on a similar rose gold circle necklace from Michael Kors which retails at an eye watering £99, whereas this entire box is just £30. Needless to say I've been wearing the necklace nearly every day since this box arrived as it's the perfect hint of subtle sparkle in my favourite hue.

The pieces had been carefully wrapped in pretty paper and packaged up with lots of care, which makes this box a brilliant gift for a jewellery lover. £30 is an absolute bargain for three stunning pieces like these, and I can guarantee you'd most likely be paying a lot more to buy them separately elsewhere. I haven't seen many jewellery subscription boxes available in the UK - although I did find a cheese toastie subscription box while I was looking which is amazing - so The Charm Box is definitely one to check out if it's up your street.

The Charm Box Jewellery Subscription Review Giveaway | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
The Charm Box Jewellery Subscription Review Giveaway | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
The Charm Box Jewellery Subscription Review Giveaway | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

The Charm Box have very kindly given me the opportunity to host a giveaway for a lucky reader to win one of their gorgeous Statement Boxes which houses three beautifully bold pieces to add to your jewellery collection. Find out how to enter below!

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23 May 2016

Endless Appetizers at TGI Fridays

TGI Fridays Endless Appetizers Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
TGI Fridays Endless Appetizers Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Back when Paddy & I first started seeing each other, which is nearly six years ago now... phew, our usual haunt was always TGI Fridays. On one of our very first "proper" dates I defied that so called rule not to eat too much on a first date and ordered one of the biggest burgers on the menu - which has since been discontinued much to our dismay - and devoured it in it's entirety. Since then we've kept up our habits of being regular visitors to TGI Fridays if we're ever stuck for dinner inspiration, and because of this we've managed to make our way through most of the menu. One thing stays the same on every visit, however, and that is the fact that we always order at least one portion of mozzarella dippers... but sometimes it's three.

You can imagine my delight, then, when TGI Fridays announced the launch of their Endless Appetizers in Glasgow, with mozzarella dippers being included in the selection to choose from. For £9.99 per person you can have unlimited refills of one appetizer, or £11.99 per person to switch up your choices on each round it's a great way to line your stomach whilst getting well and truly stuck in to the cocktail menu, as I soon discovered on my most recent trip!

TGI Fridays Endless Appetizers Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
TGI Fridays Endless Appetizers Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
TGI Fridays Endless Appetizers Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

For our first round we decided to start of nice and easy with a portion of Mozzarella Dippers and some of the mouthwatering Chicken & Bacon Taquito Bites. The Dippers were beautiful, as always, but the Taquito Bites were a real surprise for me! I'd spotted them on the menu on one of my many previous visits but hadn't got round to trying them out for myself yet, and I'm so annoyed that I've been missing out on them for so long. These tiny little mouthfuls are packed full of filling and flavour, making them a real highlight of the menu for me.

True to form, I started out the night with one of the big Frozen Raspberry Daiquiri's which was an excellent starting point. Fresh, tangy & super fruity - it wouldn't go amiss whilst sitting by a pool when visiting sunnier shores! Our lovely waitress Maria was super clued up when it came to recommending both food and cocktails, which her suggestion of the Raspberry Daiquiri proved!

TGI Fridays Endless Appetizers Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
TGI Fridays Endless Appetizers Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
TGI Fridays Endless Appetizers Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Round two saw me opt for a surprisingly huge portion of Double Layered Nachos with Blackened Chicken, which left me absolutely stuffed. I'd had nachos in TGIs before so knew I was in for a treat, but I was totally blown away by the size of the portion which was piled high with gooey cheese and the only guacamole I actually like. So tasty, but seriously filling.

Paddy's choice was the Pulled Pork Loaded Potato Skins which turned out to be the only disappointing choice of the evening. We found the "Loaded" Potato Skins to be severely lacking in terms of filling, but they were tasty all the same.

My second cocktail choice was one of my firm favourites, a June Bug. It's a totally tropical delight that reminds me of childhood sweeties and far-away lands, it's my go to drink in TGIs and I've ended up getting a few of my friends hooked on them too. Always a winner in my eyes!

TGI Fridays Endless Appetizers Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
TGI Fridays Endless Appetizers Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
TGI Fridays Endless Appetizers Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I had gone in to TGIs that evening expecting to be chowing my way through plate after plate of scrummy starters, but the huge serving of nachos threw me off my game meaning I struggled to finish a final portion of Mozzarella Dippers which we ordered as a final hope. I'd been hoping to try the Bruschetta and the Chicken Wings too, whilst Paddy had his eye on the Pulled Pork Sundae (yes!) so we'll just need to go back and try defeat the menu once again.

I rounded off the meal with a final cocktail - a Hurricane - whilst Paddy had another Staropramen to washs it all down. We left feeling defeated with very full bellies, determined to visit again to try more. The set up is perfect for a casual get together at the bar, where you can spend the night nattering and nibbling away.

Endless Appetizers is currently exclusive to the Glasgow restaurants on Buchanan Street, Silverburn, Braehead and at Glasgow Fort for now - find out more about it here.

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19 May 2016

My Blogging Process

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I think everyone has a different way of working when it comes to blogging. We know what works for us and what doesn't, and after nearly six years of rambling away on Colours & Carousels I think I've got my routine pretty much nailed. I'd love to be able to say that I'm super organised and write my posts weeks in advance, but that's more often than not just not true! I like to think I've got myself in to a good little routine now, it works well for me and I thought I'd share my process.

The best place to start with is probably planning my content and coming up with ideas, which is where my Google Calendar comes in handy. I use my Google calendar to plan just about everything in my life, and whilst I do write all of my posts down in my blogging planner I find it so much easier to have everything in one place that I can access on my computer and on my phone if I need it. Using the calendar I can plan out posts around my shifts, social events and any upcoming holidays which makes it so much easier to figure out my time! I have separate calendars for my personal events, work rota, blog posts, YouTube videos, blogger events and any important Twitter chats which I can view all together or individually - it makes such a difference.

I tend to start planning my posts about a month in advance, but this is just a general outline to try and get some ideas flowing and a lot of the time I don't stick to it. I'm often juggling my posts about right up until the last minute as I'm pretty indecisive! To start planning my content I think about the posts that I really want to write and spread them across the month, as well as any reviews that are due, then using these as an outline I start to fill in the gaps. I like to have a variety each week, so I try to steer clear from having two food posts in the same week, two similar beauty reviews, multiple wishlists, etc, etc.

My Blogging Process How To Write A Blog | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Once I know what I want to post I make a list of all the photos I need to take and start working my way through it whenever I have a spare moment. Obviously I can't always take some pictures as far in advance as I'd like, for example restaurant reviews or events, but I try my best to keep on top of things and take pictures in bulk when I can. I usually edit my photos as and when I need them, but if I find myself with a rare free moment I'll start narrowing down the shots I want to use and clearing out those ever-so-annoying but inevitable blurry photos where the lighting just isn't quite right or I don't like the composition. This can take a while, because I'm prone to taking waaaaay too many photos.

It might sound weird, but when it comes to writing my posts I approach them in the same way I would start an essay. I start with all the basic stuff, setting up my page and sorting out my tags, permalink & search description whilst making sure the layout is the way I want it. Then, I'll pop a quick heading for each paragraph or section in so that I have a basic structure to start with, for example this post started out as being "INTRO", "PLANNING", "PHOTOGRAPHY", "WRITING", "SOCIAL" and "CONCLUSION" so that I stay on track. I have a bit of a tendency to go off on a tangent, so starting out this way helps me cover all of the points I want to make. I find it so much easier to write this way, it helps keep my train of thought under control!

Once I've got my basic structure sorted I'll start filling out my sections and weirdly I usually start with my conclusion. I think it's because I add my photos and my original headings from top to bottom, so when I'm ready to start writing I'm at the bottom of the page. Again, I think having my end point in mind when writing helps me stay on track. I try to add my links as I go along, or else I would forget, so when it's all finished I give it a quick proof read, preview the post to check it flows okay out of the editor then hit publish.

My Blogging Process How To Write A Blog | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

After a post is published I start scheduling a few social updates, usually just Twitter and Facebook. I used to use Tweetdeck for Twitter but it felt like such a chore, so I upgraded to the Awesome plan on Buffer and it's honestly made such a big difference to me! I use the built in scheduler on Facebook to share a link to my post when it's published too, and when I get a chance to I'll share my post in a few Facebook groups that I think would find it useful!

To try and keep my scheduling as effortless as possible I keep a Google document with a list of my recent post links as well as my usual social media links, so I can just copy and paste straight from the one page instead of faffing about opening all my old posts. I'm trying to get a good mix of older posts and links to my other social networks in alongside sharing new posts on Twitter at the moment, so I try to keep my most popular post links handy.

So there we have it, that's my blogging process! Do you have a specific way you like to write your posts or any tips for brainstorming, scheduling or photography? Let me know in the comments below!


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18 May 2016

New York Bound

New York Bound Travel Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

As this (clearly scheduled) post goes live I'll be about two hours in to my journey across the ocean to New York City. I've got total butterflies writing this post, I can't quite believe it's happening and I'm kind of amazed that the person who gets nervous getting on the bus is making a roughly 13 hour long journey to an entirely new continent solo. In a few hours I'll be reunited with my best friend who moved out to the States at the start of the year, and together we'll be exploring a city I've always dreamed about visiting. So much excitement!

Anyway, whilst I'm away there'll be a few posts going up, but in case you fancy keeping up with my American adventure whilst it happens I thought I'd share everywhere else you can find me in the world of social media...

Twitter - I'm very guilty of live-tweeting my life, so I'll most likely be sharing all of my excitement over on Twitter. If you enjoy excellent use of Hugh Laurie GIFs, then this is the place to follow me.

Facebook - I don't use my Facebook page all that much because I find the algorithm infuriating, but if you enjoy having blog updates in your Facebook feed then this is the one for you. I occasionally post little extra snippets of what I'm up to on here, as well as all of my Instagram photos and blog posts!

Instagram - I'm pretty certain that Instagram is going to be getting a lot of use whilst I'm gone, so make sure you click that follow button to see all my holiday snaps. Expect plenty of food, the typical tourist sights and sneak peeks at my shopping hauls...



Snapchat - I haven't quite decided how I feel about Snapchat yet, sometimes I love it and sometimes I just can't be bothered, but I think that my story will mostly likely be full of updates of my journey and what we're up to in the city, as well as any cute animals I see because DUH. My username is "dougallpants", and if you want me to add you back then leave your username in the comments!

YouTube - Travel videos are some of my favourites to film, so true to form I will be vlogging my trip to New York. I'm really excited to share this experience so be sure to subscribe so you don't miss out! Like I'd let that happen, anyway...

Otherwise, I'll just see you when I'm back! 

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17 May 2016

May Beauty Additions

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Before I sat down to write this post I felt like I hadn't really bought much in the way of beauty recently, but as I wandered round the house gathering up all of my latest purchases I realised that in reality I had plenty to chat about. Whilst I didn't have any huge beauty hauls this month, I had a fair few little purchases here and there (as always) and so have accumulated quite a collection of newness, with some hits and some misses. I've been revisiting some old favourites, trying out some raved about brands and indulging a few impulsive shopping urges which all in all has resulted in quite a considerable post!

New Beauty Releases May | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
New Beauty Releases May | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
New Beauty Releases May | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

When buying my beautiful Zoeva Palettes from Beauty Bay I decided to treat myself to a new brush whilst I was browsing and came across the Morphe M330 Blending Crease Brush for an absolute steal at £4.75. Having never tried anything from Morphe I didn't really know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the quality is far higher than the purse-friendly price would suggest. It's a little fluffier than I had expected, meaning it gives a more diffused effect, but the tapered tip allows me to blend right in to those hard to reach spots like the inner corner.

My first venture in to Antipodes products begins with the Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser which has helped to clear out a few pesky breakouts caused by a combination of a not-so-great primer and a pile of stress. It's slightly drying on my skin at times, but it's gentle anti-oxidant packed formula has made a real difference in brightening my typically dull complexion. Plus, it smells delicious which is a massive bonus for me! I'm really impressed with Antipodes so far and have got my eye on the Avocado and Rosehip Facial Oil to try out next.

Speaking of facial oils, I've returned to an old favourite in the form of the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil from The Body Shop. I've hailed it a skincare saviour in the past, so when the aforementioned breakout left my skin desperate for some TLC I decided to pick up a new bottle. It's just as perfect as I remembered, incredibly nourishing and soothing, and a little goes a long way with just one drop being the perfect amount for my whole face.

Since the harsh Winter weather has pretty much gone for now, and my usual lip balms have been far too heavy for the surprisingly warm weather at the moment. I've been loving this handy little tube of Palmer's Cocoa Butter Lip Balm which is perfect for keeping in my bag so I can use it on the go. At only £1.89 I was surprised by how well it works, and think it'll definitely be a staple in my collection from here on.

New Beauty Releases May | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
New Beauty Releases May | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
New Beauty Releases May | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Having been treating myself to a semi-regular manicure for the past few months I hadn't thought to pick up any nail polish for a while now, but as I haven't had as much time as I'd like in order to go get my nails done I ended up picking up a couple of new colours from Barry M. I decided on "Pit Stop" from the Speedy fast dry range, which is a lilac-grey, and "Coconut" from the Gelly Hi Shine collection, a creamy off-white. I'm really impressed with "Pit Stop" but find that "Coconut" discolours quite easily, turning in to a slightly yellow shade which isn't the most flattering!

Whilst I've made my way round the majority of Lush's bath and skincare range, I'm yet to try all that much from the haircare. On a recent visit to stock up on bubble bars I noticed the Sunny Day detangling spray which claims to beat static and counteract the frizziness that I experience on a daily basis. I thought this would be perfect for my trip to New York (tomorrow!) to help keep my hair under control in the humid climate. 

I've been on a bit of a liquid lipstick kick recently, so I decided to pick up a new brand and settled on a Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte in the shade "Serenity", a dusty rose with warm undertones. I've been raving about this lipstick to anyone who will listen, it's just incredible. Lightweight and long lasting, you can slick this on in the morning and last all day with little need to reapply. Unlike many matte lipsticks, this isn't drying in the slightest and leaves your lips in brilliant condition. I could quite happily wear this every day! Definitely going to be picking up some more shades.

New Beauty Releases May | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

What's new in your beauty stash this month? If you have any recommendations of bits to try then let me know in the comments!

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13 May 2016

New York Bucket List

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All photos by Lis because she's the best

It's only five days until I head off on my big New York adventure, where I'll be flying across the ocean to be reunited with my best friend Geraldine who's been living in the States since the start of the year. I'm overflowing with excitement right now, as I'm sure you can imagine, and spending a week in the Big Apple pretending we're in Gossip Girl is all I can think about.

With that in mind, I've been making a bit of a "bucket list" of the things I want to do in New York. It's a fairly substantial list, that might take a few trips to fully complete, but I doubt I'll be tired of the city after just one visit. Is it sad that I'm already hoping to go again next year?

New York Bucket List | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

True to form, I'm hoping to tick off some very typically tourist-like activities whilst I'm in the city. I want to take a ride in a yellow taxi, singing Big Yellow Taxi in my head whilst I do so, I want to visit Times Square at night just to witness the hustle and bustle for myself, I want to snap a photo of the Flat Iron Building which will obviously end up on my Instagram and I want to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge - which as we're staying in Brooklyn will most likely happen. I also want to go boating in Central Park, see the Alice in Wonderland Statue, take photos at the bridge where Chuck & Blair got married and just generally marvel at this huge green space in the middle of a sprawling city.

Obviously, I want to head up to Top Of The Rock and ideally The Empire State Building as well. I'd love to go to Ground Zero and take it all in for myself, I want to go to Ellis Island and take the ferry past the Statue of Liberty. Also on my list of things to see is Grand Central Station, because it seems awesome, and I'd also love to see a show on Broadway if we can nab some cheap last minute tickets.

I think New York is going to be a pretty indulgent week when it comes to food, which is no suprise given my love for eating. I want to stuff my face with pizza slices and pancakes, I want to eat lunch on the steps at the Met, and I want to buy at least one hot dog from a street cart. I want to visit Levain and eat a cookie the size of my head and pick up some sweets at Dylan's Candy Bar. I wouldn't mind brunch at the Starlight Diner or cupcakes from a Magnolia Bakery either...

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It wouldn't be a New York Bucket List without some shopping thrown in for good measure, and boy do I plan to shop. I don't think we'll manage a trip to the outlets this year, but hopefully I'll tick them off on a future visit. Otherwise, I'm excited to finally witness the wonders of Sephora with my very own eyes, as well as an obligatory trip to Ricky's too. I can't wait to see the iconic department stores like Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Barneys and Saks. I dream about wandering down Fifth Avenue and exploring cute little boutiques scattered about the city, and most of all I'm excited to finally treat myself to a little something (or maybe a few somethings...) from Kate Spade. Hey, it's a birthday present to me, from me!

Other things I'd love to do include walking the High Line, watch the sunset from a rooftop terrace, explore Prospect Park in Brooklyn, walk through the McGraw-Hill Waterfall Tunnel, spot some tiny street doors and wander down Pomander Walk. My head is bursting with things I want to do and see, photos I want to snap and experiences I want to share with my BFF. Ahhh, five days has never felt so long!

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So that's just a *few* things I'd love to do in the city that never sleeps, but there's probably a few that I've forgotten. I still can't quite wrap my head around the fact that I'm heading to the USA in just a few days! Stay tuned for the whole host of blog posts I'm sure will emerge after I return, travel posts are some of my favourites to write so I'm looking forward to them already. Fingers crossed I manage to tick off a fair few things from my list!

If you have any recommendations, reviews, posts or videos about things to do and see in New York City then please send them my way - I'd love to add some more things to my list!

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