24 Jun 2016

7 Reasons to Start a Blog

Reasons To Start A Blog | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Print by Mia Felce 

So often lately I've found myself telling someone that they should start a blog, resulting in me rambling for what probably feels like an age all about all of the reasons why blogging is so great and generally justifying my love for over-sharing my life on the internet. Honestly, I think blogging is such an amazing thing and can be totally underrated in just how useful it is, so here I am penning my usual "sales pitch" in to one handy blog post that I can now just send people for reference. Call it a time-saver of sorts, if you will.

Reasons To Start A Blog | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Reasons To Start A Blog | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
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Starting a blog is a kick ass way to build on your existing skills as well as learning some new ones too. I started my blog as a way to help me improve my writing, which I think it definitely has, but it's also taught me a whole lot more about photography, time management, networking and even a little bit of HTML on the side too. I've taught myself how SEO works, new ways to use Photoshop, video editing and presentation.

These new skills, as well as the encouragement and sense of achievement I get from growing my blog. have worked wonders when it comes to boosting my confidence. Even my friends have commented on how I've become a whole lot more self assured in the past few years and it's mostly down to my blog. Having people appreciate the work I put out there makes me feel like I'm doing something of value which in turn helps me get over those niggling feelings of self doubt.

Another confidence-booster from my blog comes in the form of the amazing people I've met through typing away on the internet for nearly six years. Having a blog has introduced me to some of my closest friends, and has helped me discover an amazing community of supportive and like-minded people. If I didn't blog, I wouldn't have made all of these friends, and that would suck.

I like to think of myself as a reasonably creative person, which is why it's important to me to have a creative outlet like a blog. Having somewhere to get all of my thoughts and feelings out helps to de-clutter my mind, whilst also letting me express myself through photos and words. I'm always telling my friends and family places they need to visit or products they need to try, so this blog is the perfect place to do that! I get to share the things I'm passionate about and that's something I value having in my life.

Reasons To Start A Blog | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Reasons To Start A Blog | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Okay, so, obviously the whole aspect of press samples, gifted products and experiences is going to appeal to the majority of people for quite clear reasons. I feel so lucky whenever I'm approached by brands and I still pinch myself when lovely little packages arrive at my door. One of my favourite things about blogging is discovering new brands on a daily basis, be it through my inbox or through reading other blogs. I'm a brand whore, I love trying new things and am a shopaholic to say the least, so finding all of these new and exciting products that I can try out for myself or restaurants to visit, places to see fills me with so much inspiration and general excitement.

Maybe not quite as exciting, but very important, is the fact that having a blog can look pretty damn awesome on a CV. You're essentially running your own little business - marketing, producing, networking, selling yourself - and those skills I mentioned earlier very often come in handy in the offline world too. Not only that, but having the motivation to keep up your own site shows off your determination and dedication to expanding your skill set too. Bloggers work hard, and it can be a real talking point in interviews too!

Finally, and this point maybe applies more to lifestyle blogs, but it's a great way to document your journey. I started this blog when I was just fifteen and boy have I grown since then! Having my blog alongside me on my slightly erratic path has given me a place to look back on how far I've come since high school and it serves as a constant reminder that I can do anything if I put my mind to it.

Reasons To Start A Blog | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I feel like I could witter on for days about why blogging is so amazing, but I should probably stop now. My blog helps me justify the amount of time I spend on the internet and my obsession with photographing my food, but it's also helped me become the person I am today. Ugh, I'm getting emotional. I'll leave now.

Why did you start your blog? If you have any advice for budding bloggers leave it in the comments below. Don't forget to enter my Rose Gold iPhone SE Giveaway too!

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22 Jun 2016

10 Happy Things #9

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1. I mentioned it in my latest post, but I'm just so excited about getting in to college. It sounds like the environment will suit me so much better than my last course and the modules just genuinely grab my attention. Social media, copy writing, consumer behaviour, digital imagery... yup. Right up my street!

2. In another education related point, my lovely boyfriend passed his degree and is now graduating with a 2:1. I'm so proud of him and really glad all of his hard work paid off! Obviously we've already had a couple of meals to celebrate, but there'll be yet another after his graduation ceremony next week too.

3. Speaking of celebrations, and Paddy, as of tomorrow we've been together for six years which I think is quite impressive. We're both working so are saving the celebrations for the weekend, but I can't wait to spend some time together to commemorate our achievements in putting up with each other for so long.

4. It's a little over a month until my birthday which is always exciting! This year I'm turning 21 and so to celebrate I'm having a little shin dig with my nearest and dearest. Any excuse for a shiny new dress, eh?

5. My bank account has been feeling a tad fragile after shopping in New York, so I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived home to find a letter saying one of my children's savings bonds had matured and so was being deposited in to my account. Even though I'm sticking most of it in to my savings, it takes the pressure off a bit!

6. Thanks to the aforementioned windfall I'm finally going to upgrade my little TV in my room to something a bit smarter (i.e. with Netflix) and whilst I know it will probably result in a few more duvet days than usual, I'm already buzzing about all of the TV I can watch from bed after having a broken TV for a few years now. Priorities.

7. I've been spending a lot of time recently out of the house *gasp*, but it's been so fun catching up with new and old friends over coffees and cocktails and cheeseburgers. I feel like I've been letting myself have a bit more me time which was very much needed, so it's making all the difference.

8. This might go over the majority of people's heads, but I'm finally at my fifth generation on my Sims legacy and it's the furthest I've ever managed to get a family. I've not got the best attention span when it comes to my Sims families so I've been challenging myself and it's been surprisingly fun! *geek moment over*

9. If you follow my YouTube channel then you'll know that I'm partial to a little weekly vlog now and again, so I've decided to post weekly vlogs again in July. I love putting vlogs together and I've already got a few ideas for them, plus July is shaping up to be an exciting month - mostly thanks to my birthday.

10. I've been  totally feeling my content lately. That's a totally weird sentence for me to write, but I'm genuinely really happy with what I've been working on recently and feel like I've really got my groove back. I'd struggled on and off with motivation since back before Christmas, but I think it's well and truly back and is very "me". Does that even make sense... who knows.

What's been making you smile lately?

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20 Jun 2016

Take me to the feeling

New Look Midi Dress Kate Spade Bag River Island Heeled Sandals | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
New Look Midi Dress Kate Spade Bag River Island Heeled Sandals | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
New Look Midi Dress Kate Spade Bag River Island Heeled Sandals | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
New Look Midi Dress Kate Spade Bag River Island Heeled Sandals | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
New Look Midi Dress Kate Spade Bag River Island Heeled Sandals | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
New Look Midi Dress Kate Spade Bag River Island Heeled Sandals | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
New Look Midi Dress Kate Spade Bag River Island Heeled Sandals | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

 Dress - New Look; Jacket - Tommy Hilfiger (old)
Bag - Kate Spade; Shoes - River Island

If you listen to what the magazines say, I should avoid midi dresses as they don't flatter my "petite frame", but who are the magazines to dictate what I wear? To be fair, I'm not wholly convinced midi dresses do suit me, but right now I really really really like them. I can show a little bit of leg without flashing my knickers, and I think they actually look quite chic with very little effort on my part. My current "thing" is documenting the evolution of my wardrobe as I try to find my style, so obviously I'm blogging this outfit because it made me feel sassy as hell. I don't care if they "flatter my frame" or not, midi dresses are going to be a staple part of my wardrobe this summer.

Much like my last outfit post I made the most of the fact that I was spending my Saturday evening catching up with some of my lovely blogging ladies over cheeseburgers and cocktails by getting Hayley to grab a few outfit snaps for me on our way to Tiki Bar with Lis & Morag when we found a little spot of greenery in Glasgow's city centre. It did smell a bit suspect though, which explains the half grimace, half giggle I've got going on in the photos. Got to love the Glasgow sights on a Saturday night...

So, a spot of news. After finding out I didn't get back in to university a few weeks ago I had kind of pushed my disappointment to the back of mind, focusing on my trip to New York instead. A few days after I got back I had a little bit of a stressful moment where I found myself feeling like my life was going nowhere, and after spending a few hours browsing college courses I found one that actually sounded like a dream come true, so I applied. Trying desperately not to get my hopes up I didn't shout about it *too* much, but a few days ago I found out that I had been offered a place, so in September I'll be starting at a college in Glasgow to study Advertising & Public Relations. I'm bursting with excitement about it and can't wait to get started, the modules sound right up my street, but I'm a tiny bit nervous about being a fresher all over again. Finding out that I got in was a huge weight off my shoulders and I feel like I've been on cloud nine ever since.

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17 Jun 2016

ASOS Summer Edit

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BLUSH LIFE

Much like my ASOS Spring Edit, I'm still loving blush and neutral tones as we move in to summer. As someone who lives pretty much predominantly in grey, black or white there's something appealing about the new neutral and it's ability to be both subtle and fresh. Pared with white, cream, tan and obviously grey I think there'll be a lot of this colour working it's way in to my wardrobe throughout the season and probably across the rest of the year too.



COLOUR CRUSH

At the other end of the scale, however, I'm also trying to step outside of my comfort zone and introduce a bit more colour in to my wardrobe. I'm really loving bold brick reds, fiery oranges and sunshine yellows to brighten up my typically dull colour palette. How pretty are the red lace up pointed flats? I think they could pep up even the most boring of ensembles. Bold brights have got me dreaming of wandering around little beach towns on some lovely sunny island, sipping on cocktails and grabbing dinner by the sea.


ASOS Summer Edit 2016  | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

MINIMAL MONOCHROME

And finally, in a return to more typical programming, the monochrome. In summer my near-exclusively black wardrobe isn't necessarily the most appropriate - despite the history of miserable summers in Scotland - so I think that moving in to more white-based pieces is an easier way for me to brighten up my standard outfit choices. I'm determined to find the perfect pair of culottes this year, which recent shopping trips have proved to be one hell of a task, but I know they must be out there some where. Cropped trousers for a short-arse who's been "blessed" in the hip department - where art thou? 



What styles are you loving this summer? Are you trying anything new?
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15 Jun 2016

12 Must Have Apps For Bloggers + iPhone Giveaway!

Must Have Apps For Blogging Bloggers 2016 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Despite my love of a good ol' notebook, there are quite a few apps that I find myself relying on when it comes to keeping up with my blog on the go. I'm the kind of girl who has both a paper and a digital copy of my calendar and I love having everything at my fingertips no matter where I am. For me, it makes my life a lot easier and helps me keep my busy mind under control.

These days you can get apps for everything, I even have an app that shows me when and where lightning strikes around the world and an app that helps me earn vouchers by counting my steps, so you're kind of spoilt for choice when it comes to most tasks. I tend to have a few options for each on both my phone and my iPad, so I switch between different apps depending on what I'm needing at the time. Here are a few that I keep returning to time after time, which are becoming pretty indispensable in my routine...

Must Have Apps For Blogging Bloggers 2016 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Browser


It may sound silly to be mentioning a web browser first, especially as smartphones all come with their own built in browsers, but the cross-platform functionality of Chrome is something I find other browsers struggle to beat. I use my Google account for most things - my calendar, my email... my blog! - so being able to sign in to the one account on my phone, iPad, desktop and laptop in order to access all of my bookmarks, saved accounts and history is a real time saver for me. If I'm reading something on my phone and want to switch over to my computer to finish reading then it's a total breeze, or vice versa.

File-Sharing


In a similar manner, I think I'd struggle without a decent cloud-based file sharing app such as Google Drive or my current favourite, Dropbox. If I want to access files across any of my devices all I need to do is pop it in a certain folder and hey presto, it's there! Dropbox came in so handy for me when I was working across two computers and also makes uploading my blog photos to Instagram a dream.

Analytics


I have a strange fascination with the stats side of my blog, I love seeing how certain things impact my views or engagement, so I like to be able to access these within a couple of taps if I'm not at my computer. The Google Analytics app is a lot easier to understand in comparison to the web based system, which is ideal if you're not familiar or comfortable with it, however I also love a free app called Simply Stats which uses your Analytics account to show key figures at a glance.

Must Have Apps For Blogging Bloggers 2016 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Photo Editing


Over the past few years I have trialled and tested possibly hundreds of photo editing apps, from the big names everyone raves about to random discoveries on the App Store that I hoped would be hidden gems. I think I've finally curated the perfect set of photo editing apps that suit me to a tee, but knowing me I'll be downloading something new to try next week...

At the moment I love Canva, which is ideal for creating graphics or adding text to images, who also have a great website that I'd really recommend checking out. For creating collages I used to use PicStitch, but have since progressed on to Instagram's own app - Layout - which is super easy to use and has lots of collage options.

My actual editing and filters tend to come from Photoshop Express and Afterlight, or from Instagram's surprisingly impressive built in editing options. Afterlight is the only app I have ever paid for and I think it's definitely worth it for the dreamy filters and light leaks! I've used Photoshop on desktop since my early teens so using it on my phone was a no brainer, it's perfect for high quality, professional touches. The app isn't as in depth as the desktop programme, but it still packs a punch.

Social


I mentioned in this post about my blogging routine that I'd made the decision to upgrade to the Awesome plan on Buffer, and I'm still so glad I did it. The Buffer app is available regardless of your plan, and it's ideal for adding a few updates to your schedule on the go. Gone are the days of me being out of the house and realising I'd forgotten to schedule tweets for the day, instead I just open the app and either tap out a couple of quick updates for my feed or re-schedule any of the updates I've made previously. It's great for sharing older blog posts, and also has built in analytics so you can see how successful your updates have been in promoting your blog.

Outside of the bog-standard social network apps, there are a couple that have made a real difference to being able to keep on top of my blog on the go and those are the Facebook Page Manager and YouTube Creator Studio. Both are made with creators in mind, so if you want to keep an eye on how your accounts are performing at a glance then you need these.


Must Have Apps For Blogging Bloggers 2016 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

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The lovely folk over at Three are giving you lucky people the chance to win a 16gb Rose Gold iPhone SE for all of your on-the-go internet desires. I'm not going to lie, I'm stupidly jealous of whoever wins it, as it's a bit of an Instagram-lover's dream! Check out the Rafflecopter widget below to find out how to enter.

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13 Jun 2016

Songs For Dad

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There's rarely a moment when my dads in the house and doesn't have some sort of music playing, if it's singing along in the kitchen whilst he's making us dinner on a Saturday night or blocking out my mum and I watching Coronation Street by catching up on his favourite radio shows. My dad is the kind of person who, within seconds of a song starting, can tell you exactly what it is, who it's by and the year it was released. He has a never ending back catalogue in his brain, which is always beneficial for the pub quiz!

Music is always something I'll associate with my dad and when I was younger I could always rely on him to have the latest CDs for me to "borrow". Our music tastes aren't identical, but they are similar, and they do share in the fact they are a slightly eclectic collection of artists and genres. When it comes to occasions like Father's Day, birthdays and Christmas my first port of call when shopping for my dad is always HMV, between having the best high street selection of music alongside their books, DVDs and the selection of pop culture merch it's nearly a one stop shop for shopping for my dad. If only they stocked Jagermeister, then I'd be sorted!


With that in mind, here are some of the songs that will always remind me of my dad and the artists that I know are a safe choice when picking up presents...

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes - Home; the first gig I went to with my dad was Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes and so hearing their music will always remind me of when we went to see them together and they were surprisingly preachy.

Big Country - In a Big Country; there has been many an occasion where this song will come on the radio and as soon as my dad hears it it'll be up full blast. Him and my mum have been to see Big Country quite a few times so hearing In A Big Country or Fields of Fire will always make me think of them.

Bob Marley - Three Little Birds; for some reason most people seem to be quite surprised when I tell them my dad's a reggae fan, although to be fair I was surprised at first too, but he is. I could've picked one of the many reggae covers of current hits that I've discovered through him and Culture Clash but instead I went for a classic reminder that every little thing is going to be alright...

The Clash - Rock the Casbah; I don't actually know why this song reminds me of my dad, probably because I know he's a fan of The Clash, but it always has. It seems to make its way in to most of my playlists for some reason or another, it just makes me want to dance when I hear it!

The Killers - Spaceman; when I first discovered The Killers it was through my dad and his CD collection. I bought him a couple of them myself, but he was the instigator in my discovery of the band which I still love and for some strange reason I have a memory stuck in my head of sitting parked in his car in Manchester listening to their album Day & Age trying to figure out what the Spaceman lyrics actually meant... Yet I couldn't tell you what I did last week - the things you remember, eh?!

Is your dad big on music like mine? Let me know his favourite tunes in the comments!

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10 Jun 2016

The Watch Wishlist

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I'd never been a big watch person in the past, but last year something clicked within me and I suddenly felt lost if I didn't have a watch on my wrist at all times. I ended up picking up a Daniel Wellington which was a pretty classic style, tan stap and white face, but it broke a few weeks ago and I just never bothered replacing it. Now, I'm getting a bit fed up of not having a watch on hand when I can't use my phone as an alternative, and so here we are.

Looking at the watches I've had my eye on, I have a pretty clear taste when it comes to watches. Lots of rose gold and pastel tones, usually on the smaller side and typically plain faced. I also seem to have expensive tase, with a fair few Kate Spade numbers on my list... what can I say, I just love Kate Spade!

Yesterday was payday, so I think I might just have to get myself a little treat and pick up one of these, but I can't decide which! Let's be honest though, it'll probably be Kate Spade. It's always Kate Spade.


What style of watch do you prefer? If you've seen any gorgeous watches lately let me know in the comments - always on the look out for recommendations!

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8 Jun 2016

I've got that sunshine in my pocket

Hotter Shoes Kate Spade UK Summer 2016 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Hotter Shoes Kate Spade UK Summer 2016 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Hotter Shoes Kate Spade UK Summer 2016 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Hotter Shoes Kate Spade UK Summer 2016 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Hotter Shoes Kate Spade UK Summer 2016 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Hotter Shoes Kate Spade UK Summer 2016 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Hotter Shoes Kate Spade UK Summer 2016 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

 Top - M&Co; Jeans - New Look; Shoes - Hotter UK;
Sunglasses - H&M (old); Bag & Purse - Kate Spade (US colourway)

In all honesty, I don't consider myself a fashion blogger. Despite this blog starting out as a "fashion" blog, I'd never really call myself all that fashionable. For years I spent hours putting together these outfits to photograph, that I'd wear to make myself seem cooler, but were never really me. The issue is, I'm not quite sure what my style actually is and lately I've been spending most mornings standing in front of my wardrobe wondering why on earth I bought half of it. Call it a crisis of confidence, if you will. It probably stems from me not being 100% comfortable with my appearance at the moment (hey roots) and feeling like I'm carrying a fair bit of extra weight, especially in my face, but I'm working on it.

Tangent aside, what I'm basically trying to say that my blog will always be more of a reflection of my own personal style as opposed to being a fashion blog, and I'm trying to show off the outfits I actually wear and love instead of what I think is "in". Apologies in advance for the boring yet inevitable parade of very similar outfits whilst I try and settle in to my own style... as well as a fair few wishlists and ASOS orders too.

I was heading out for dinner with some of my favourite blogging ladies - notably Lis, Ellis, Lynsey & Roisin - at the weekend so obviously grabbed the opportunity to have Lis snap a few outfit photos for me. Having been on my feet at work all day I was a bit tired, and a little bit sunburnt thanks to Scotland's surprising run of gorgeous weather, so I went down the colour co-ordination route once again matching an old pair of mint sunglasses with my new lace up shoes from Hotter. Working on my feet has made me painfully aware (literally) of how much damage cheap flat shoes do to my poor feet, so having a decent pair to wear out and about has made a world of difference. Plus the beautiful mint colour is a little bit more summer friendly than my go-to grey Adidas Gazelles! This gypsy style top from M&Co is perfect for disguising a burger induced food baby, plus I love that it can be worn off the shoulder.

I think this is the first time that my darling new Kate Spade bag has featured on my blog since it's debut on my YouTube channel, so say hello to my biggest purchase for a while! It's the Cedar Street  Small Hayden and you can get this colourway from Bloomingdales or directly from Kate Spade in the US, but I can't find it on the UK site. I think my purse is a newer version of this style, and it looks like the colour is the exact same. Is it wrong to be totally smitten with a handbag? I'm obsessed with Kate Spade as a brand so I'm absolutely delighted to finally own a couple of pieces for myself. Still have a wishlist the length of my arm though...

I've mostly been working since I got back from New York, as well as sleeping a lot, but I have a few spare days coming up over the next couple of weeks as well as some very exciting plans. The lovely sunny weather is supposed to break this week, but it's been fun whilst it lasted! Eating my breakfast in the garden and just generally spending lots of time out in the fresh air has been a much welcome change to usual programming, so hopefully the rest of the summer follows a similar-ish pattern. Maybe I'll get a tan for once!

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6 Jun 2016

Simple Summer Glow with Natural Collection

Cheap Drugstore Make Up Natural Collection summer | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Cheap Drugstore Make Up Natural Collection summer | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Despite my love of a good ol' beauty bargain, I hadn't had much experience with Natural Collection until I decided to pick up a blusher on a whim back in March. At the time I picked up the shade Peach Melba which is a very natural, subtle glow and the slightly warm tone suits my skin like a dream. It adds the perfect wash of colour to my cheeks and really helps bring a bit of life back to my pale skin, so at a mere £1.99 I was hooked. Since then I've started building up quite the stash of pieces from Natural Collection in an attempt to investigate the brand more, and so far I'm liking what I've found...

Cheap Drugstore Make Up Natural Collection summer | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Cheap Drugstore Make Up Natural Collection summer | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

As a pale girl I'm always painfully aware of the lack of cool-enough-for-a-ghost tones from the more affordable drugstore base products, usually having to spend a little bit more to properly match my skin shade, so I was a little bit worried about the Pressed Powder in "Warm", especially after seeing how warm toned the tiny little shade image was on the Boots website. Luckily, it's actually a pretty decent match for my skin and the slight shimmer means that it removes excess shine without making the skin look flat or dull.

I had similar concerns about the Tinted Moisturiser, however these were a little bit more founded. The lightest shade, "natural", is a bit too dark for my current skin tone but not by much. I usually find tinted moisturisers to be a bit too washy to play any useful part in my make up collection, but I've been using this for a weightless base for the duration of the surprisingly warm weather we've been having and it's been ideal for those days where the air-con just isn't cutting it, or breaks entirely. Despite being super light and fresh on the skin, it still provides a decent bit of coverage which is ideal for my good skin days. Just a shame about the lack of shades available, but for £1.99 I think I can let it slide...

Cheap Drugstore Make Up Natural Collection summer | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I've already raved about the blushers in this post, but I was really glad to discover that my love for Peach Melba wasn't just a fluke. Since trying the Blushed Cheeks in "Pink Cloud" I've come to realise that maybe I *can* pull off pink blusher after all. I've been taking tentative steps in to the world of blusher over the past few months as it's a product that my naturally rosy cheeks had me practically running away from in previous days, but knowing that I can get a decent blusher for less than £2 has me itching to stock up on new shades to try.

Bronzer is another thing I tend to steer clear of unless I'm on sunnier shores, especially those packed with shimmer, but I'm kind of surprised by how much I like the Suntint Bronzing Powder in Golden Glow. A massive factor in this is how creamy and blendable it is, making it super easy to apply and work in to the skin. I'm still finding the shimmer very intimidating as it certainly packs a punch. I think it would be perfect for a summer special occasion when I'm feeling a little bit more like a bronzed goddess as opposed to ghoulishly pasty...

At just £1.99 each it's hard to deny these are absolutely beauty bargains! Check out more from Natural Collection at Boots and let me know your favourite recent drugstore discovery in the comments too!


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3 Jun 2016

My In-Flight Carry On Essentials

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In Flight Long Haul Beauty Travel Essentials Radley Backpack | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Travelling is an art form in itself, and it can take a lot of experience to perfect. I think I'm quite lucky in the fact that I love travelling - especially by air - and I think that I've finally nailed the perfect carry on to keep me going for longer flights.
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1 Jun 2016

New York Photo Diary Part Two


In case you hadn't already realised, I like to ramble a lot. I also love writing travel posts, so it's no wonder that what I had intended to be one standard post has turned in to two mega posts and a video too... I'm not even sorry. Check out my New York Photo Diary Part One to see what we got up to on the first half of our trip, before getting stuck in to the second!
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