21 Sep 2017

Brand Focus: Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Cult Beauty Favourites | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Charlotte Tilbury Cult Beauty Favourites | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Charlotte Tilbury Cult Beauty Favourites | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I remember the days when Charlotte Tilbury burst onto the makeup scene well, I was enamoured with the beautiful Gatsby-esque packaging and the fact that I could technically have my name on my makeup from the very beginning. On a university trip to London, I crawled the Selfridges beauty hall in search of the counter and bought my very first taste of the brand - the iconic Pillow Talk Lip Cheat Liner - and from there I was hooked. That was nearly four years ago now, and up until the end of last year, that lip liner was the only product I ever owned from the brand. In the last year, however, my collection has multiplied and expanded like nobody's business, and now I own what feels like the majority of the product range.

In September, Charlotte Tilbury is the Cult Beauty Brand of the Month, celebrating the incredible range of products that makeup queen Charlotte has brought to the scene. To mark this, there's free shipping on all Charlotte Tilbury products, instead of the usual £40 minimum spend. I've already got my eye on a few new buys when payday rolls around to add to my growing collection, and if you're the same, then get comfy, because I've got a lot of recommendations coming up...

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19 Sep 2017

Life's a Pendulum

Glasgow Fashion Blog New Look Autumn 2017 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Glasgow Fashion Blog New Look Autumn 2017 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Glasgow Fashion Blog New Look Autumn 2017 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Playsuit - New Look; Jacket - Matalan (old); Bag - Zara (old)
Belt - ASOS; Shoes - Vans; Four Leaf Clover Necklace - Thomas Sabo
Initial Necklace - Kate Spade; Watch - Kate Spade

I swear I blinked and it's autumn. Last night I looked up from my laptop and it was dark at 7pm, this morning I had to don my onesie upon getting out of bed because it was just too damn cold not to, and on my bus journey into the city, the motorway was lined with trees on the cusp of turning orange. I love autumn, but it's taken me by surprise this year. I know I've been complaining about the distinctly non-summery weather for weeks, but that's nothing new in a country where it rains most days. Now that the dark evenings are creeping in and the television guide is full of gripping thrillers, it really feels like the seasons have switched.

As someone who enjoys staying in a whole lot more than going out, I welcome the thought of cosy evenings curled up on the couch with open arms. Although I hate being cold with a burning passion, and have already considered donning gloves for my commute, there's something that warms my heart when it comes to autumn. The fiery colour palette on my morning walk to the bus stop has me dreaming of big fluffy jumpers and huge cups of tea, and the pitch black nights create the perfect excuse to get tucked up in bed with a good book that little bit earlier.

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13 Sep 2017

Notonthehighstreet.com's Summer of Surprise

Not On The High Street Summer of Surprise Ella Jane Designs Personalised Stationery | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Not On The High Street Summer of Surprise Ella Jane Designs Personalised Stationery | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Not On The High Street Summer of Surprise Ella Jane Designs Personalised Stationery | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Not On The High Street Summer of Surprise Ella Jane Designs Personalised Stationery | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I adore giving gifts. As stressful as Christmas can be (yes, I did just mention the C word) there's something so special about seeing your loved ones' faces light up as they open the gift you spent an age searching for, knowing it would be perfect for them. Whenever I have a special occasion, or even a not-so-special occasion, to buy a gift for my first port of call is always Notonthehighstreet.com, which, if you've been living under a rock, is an absolute treasure trove of beautiful, unique gifts for every occasion. Hey, it doesn't even need to be a gift, I love picking up pretty little treats for myself on occasion too. No matter how fussy the recipient, you're pretty much guaranteed to find something special on Notonthehighstreet.com, plus you get to support smaller business too which is always a huge bonus for me.

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7 Sep 2017

5 Tips for Overcoming a Quarter Life Crisis

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Quarter Life Crisis | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Quarter Life Crisis | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Now that I'm back to commuting every morning I've started to work my way through the backlog of my favourite podcasts that I'd been saving up over the summer, and one, in particular, has been stuck in my mind ever since I first listened to it. The episode in question was from the first season of Let's Discuss and covered the concept of a quarter life crisis. I've been pretty open about my headspace as of late and had even jokingly referred to my current "wobble" as a quarter life crisis, but up until I listened to that episode I kind of thought it was just me. As soon as I saw the title, I knew I had to listen, and I spent the next half hour feeling an overwhelming sense of relief as I realised that I wasn't the only one struggling as a twentysomething faced with the prospect of adulthood.

I think I'm coming to the end of this quarter life crisis rollercoaster ride, and recognising that this was exactly what was happening to me was a huge step forward in seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Looking back at the year, I'm not surprised that this has consumed me in the way it has, and the wonder of hindsight has highlighted some pretty obvious causes as to this bump in the road. Obviously, the main issues this year for me have been health-related, as well as the loss of my childhood pet and coming to terms with my boyfriend and my best friend moving to a different country. Not together, I should add. Outside of that, however, 2017 should have been the year that I graduated. If I had stayed at university, I would have completed my degree in Fashion Management this year, and I would have been joining my friends to toss our caps at our graduation ceremony instead of watching it unfold through snaps on Facebook.

Seeing the people I went to school with, the people I met when I first moved away to university and even virtual strangers celebrate the start of the rest of their lives stirred up a lot of emotions within me, which when you add everything else into the mix, creates a recipe for disaster. As my 22nd birthday approached I was an emotional wreck, to say the least, my moods were volatile, I'd spend my evenings sobbing and my anxiety was sky high.

Now, I'm easing myself back to a place that feels a lot more like "me". Instead of dreading the future, I'm excited to see what it holds for me, and I know that just because my path has diverged from what I pictured for myself it doesn't mean I've failed. My quarter life crisis is fading, and I feel much more able to cope with whatever life throws in my way. Hopefully, that will be a winning lottery ticket, but based on my current run of luck it seems unlikely...

Me, being me, a chronic oversharer, I thought that I'd share a few of the things that have helped me overcome my quarter life crisis and have left me feeling ready to tackle the road ahead. Obviously, different things work for different people, so I'd take what I say with a pinch of salt, but even if this post shows just one person that it's not just them who feels a bit lost in their twenties, then I'll be happy.

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5 Sep 2017

I hate the headlines and the weather

Student Fashion Blog Glasgow How To Style Dungarees| Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Student Fashion Blog Glasgow How To Style Dungarees| Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Student Fashion Blog Glasgow How To Style Dungarees| Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Student Fashion Blog Glasgow How To Style Dungarees| Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Top - New Look (old); Dungarees - Boohoo; Belt - ASOS;
Trainers - New Balance; Earrings - Lovisa;
Initial Disc Necklace - Kate Spade
Four Leaf Clover Necklace - Thomas Sabo

You know when a line in a song just speaks to you instantly? Yeah, that's how I felt about this line from Lorde's Perfect Places as soon as I heard it. I think we can all agree that the headlines leave a lot to be desired at the moment, and the Glasgow weather seems to have taken a particularly wintery turn since the start of September. I swear August went by in a flash, and just like that we're creeping closer and closer to the end of the year. I know that it's *technically* not autumn until the end of September, but summer in Scotland has definitely been and gone.

I like this time of year though, even though it's always pretty hectic, because it brings the "fresh start" feeling that I always associate with the start of a new term and the changing of the seasons. I'm back at college now, unfortunately, and the first week back has been a bit of a struggle. My classes seem interesting enough, but the workload already feels intense and the pressure is on. Coupled with the fact that my stamina is shot after being in an accident in August, it's been tough going! It's nice to have a bit of routine back in my life, however, and I know that once I get settled back into my old habits it'll be smooth sailing.

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1 Sep 2017

Merumaya Treatment Toner with Vitamin C

Merumaya Treatment Toner Vitamin C Review Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Merumaya Treatment Toner Vitamin C Review Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I've given up on any hopes of a last minute dash of summer weather and I'm well and truly ready for autumn now. It doesn't help that the delightful Scottish weather has seen me putting the heating on more than once throughout the last month, and I've started adding more knitwear to my shopping list already. With autumn, however, comes the peak of my annual struggle with dry skin. Colder weather, radiators and wind chill all seem to leave my skin parched for the latter part of the year, so it's at this time of year that you'll find me desperately searching for skin care to soothe and nourish, as well as the perfect pair of touchscreen gloves, because cold hands are just no fun.

Merumaya has been on my radar for a while now and having fallen in love with their Retinol Resurfacing Treatment at the start of the year I knew I could count on their products to keep my skin in check for the changing season. I started using the Treatment Toner back in July and although first impressions were great, it wasn't until I stopped using it that I realised just how much of an impact it was having. I pretty much abandoned my skin care routine in the days after my accident as I was in far too much pain to do anything other than mope, and I've spent the past few weeks trying to get my skin back to its best as a result.

Merumaya Treatment Toner Vitamin C Review Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Merumaya Treatment Toner Vitamin C Review Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

The toner is packaged in classic Merumaya style, a relatively plain bottle with sleek branding. I do find myself getting it mixed up with my eye makeup remover from Merumaya quite regularly, as it is so similar to their typical packaging, so it could have been handy if it was slightly more distinguishable. Otherwise, it is very aesthetically pleasing, with clean, crisp type and not a gimmick in sight. It feels fresh, if a bottle really can feel fresh? I love that it has a push cap, as I always use my toners with cotton pads and feel like I'm wasting product with spray bottles. Personal preference, obviously, but it sways me nonetheless.

Merumaya's Treatment Toner is packed full of fancy sounding ingredients, including pheohydrane which comes from algae and helps with the softening and moisturising of the skin. Natural Betaine is found naturally in your hair and skin, again helping to balance the moisture levels in the skin cells and protecting them from environmental stresses like the sun. This toner uses a special form of Vitamin C, which only activates upon coming into contact with your skin. Vitamin C is one of my favourite skincare ingredients, as it's brilliant for brightening. Another one of my favourite ingredients is hyaluronic acid, and this toner contains Sodium Hyaluronate which is a salt form that boasts a smaller molecule size in order to easily penetrate the skin. This helps to boost hydration levels in the skin, as well as having plumping and firming properties. All in all, quite a lineup!

The host of ingredients involved promise hydration, moisture and brightening which are some of my main skin concerns, so I really felt like this toner was made for me. As mentioned previously, I didn't really notice just how much of an impact this was having on my skin until I stopped using it, but as soon as I restarted it the benefits became crystal clear.

Merumaya Treatment Toner Vitamin C Review Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

The formula is slightly scented, with a light floral aroma that I really like. I feel like I say this every time I review something these days, as I know that as much as I like scented products they can be a real bug bear for other people, so it is a point worth considering if you're not a fan. It is a really light aroma and does fade quite quickly. I use this on a cotton pad and apply in upwards motions over my face after double cleansing, before I apply my moisturiser, morning and night. Unlike many other toners I've tried, this doesn't leave my skin feeling tight or irritated, instead, it feels refreshed and nourished.

Having used this for well over a month now I've noticed a considerable difference to how my skin is coping with the shift in weather. Normally, I'd be plagued with dry patches and a dull complexion at this time of year, but instead, I have smooth, supple skin. An unexpected benefit, for me, is that my cheeks seem to be less red and as a result I'm using less concealer and foundation to create a flawless base.

At £16.50 it is at the upper end of my preferred skin care budget, but I do feel that investing a little bit more in skincare is worthwhile, for me at least. I find toners to make a real difference to my skin, particularly when it comes to my dry patches, and this is a great alternative to the Roger and Gallet Beauty Vinegar which is a firm favourite for me, coming in slightly cheaper. The Merumaya Treatment Toner has been a real saviour for the changing seasons and has been key in helping my skin through this awkward transitional period. I'm no longer fearing the winter months, and know that I'll be able to keep my skin in check whilst also enjoying the warmth of central heating.


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30 Aug 2017

My Start of Term Stationery Essentials

Back To Uni College School Student Stationery Essentials Kate Spade Rooi | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Back To Uni College School Student Stationery Essentials Kate Spade Rooi | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Back To Uni College School Student Stationery Essentials Kate Spade Rooi | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Back To Uni College School Student Stationery Essentials Kate Spade Rooi | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Back To Uni College School Student Stationery Essentials Kate Spade Rooi | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I definitely bought more than enough stationery to last me for the duration of my degree last year, but I'm not one to pass up an excuse to buy more. Not only does the start of a new academic year call for a new wardrobe, it also calls for a supermarket sweep style run around the likes of Paperchase to pick up the "essentials" for the year ahead. I think I've been quite reserved in my stationery shopping this year, having finally figured out what I actually need as I enter my fourth year of further education, but I probably don't really need half as much as I think I do in the first place. I'm a sucker for a "back to school" marketing campaign, what can I say?!

My classes started back yesterday and as much as I appreciate the return to a routine, the 9 am starts are killing me slowly already. My first semester modules all seem pretty interesting, though, and I have two days off a week which is always a bonus. This is my last year at college, but I'm about to start applying to universities for the second half of my degree, which is a tad scary. No pressure, y'know. I think I know where I want to go so here's hoping I actually get in. I'm trying to start as I mean to go on, with lots of organisation and keeping on top of my notes, but we'll just have to see how long that lasts...
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28 Aug 2017

Why I Don't Like the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Urban Decay Naked Heat Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Urban Decay Naked Heat Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Are you sick of hearing about the newest addition to the Urban Decay Naked family, Naked Heat, yet? Considering that half of my Twitter feed has been reviewing it, I wouldn't be surprised if you are. I absolutely love Urban Decay and they're one of the brands that I've been a fan of since the beginning, so I tend to get caught up in the inevitable flurry of social media excitement whenever they announce a new release. The previous addition, Naked Smoky, is my ultimate favourite palette (which they've announced that they're discontinuing and have thus broken my heart) so I was really looking forward to seeing what they'd bring out next.

When Naked Heat was first announced I wasn't all that fussed, if anything I was a little bit disappointed. Warm shades do not suit my Casper The Ghost complexion, and as soon as I saw it I was having flashbacks to the time I tried to wear an orangey-red eyeshadow to school and spent the day being asked if I had an eye infection. Ugh, high school. Anyway, failing teenage experimentation aside, I just wasn't sold on Naked Heat at first glance. The first run of preorders came and went, with the palette selling out in minutes, but my bank card stayed firmly put in my purse. Then, one day, I opened the door the the familiar pink packet that I associate with Urban Decay, and there it was. The Naked Heat palette. All for me. Yup, I was part of that blanket send out, and I was kind of shocked to be included, to be honest.

If you hadn't already guessed, I wasn't really planning on buying this palette, but when I opened it and saw the beautiful, buttery shades in real life I thought it was going to prove my doubts wrong.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Urban Decay Naked Heat Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Urban Decay Naked Heat Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Naked Heat has the classic Naked palette packaging, a long, slim palette with a range of 12 matte and shimmer shades alongside a double ended brush. In a similar vein to Naked Smoky, the palette is housed in a sturdy plastic casing with a magnetic closure. I love that it has a huge mirror in the top, which makes it handy to take out and about. It is quite chunky but it's not obscenely huge, which also helps on the portability factor. I'm not a huge fan of the design on the top, which is supposedly created to look like the view of a sunset through blinds, or some other random imagery like that, but it is in keeping with the overall aesthetics of the shade range.

Like other Urban Decay eyeshadows, the actual formula is a real strength of this palette. I find Urban Decay shadows to be some of the best, as they're creamy and blendable but definitely not lacking in pigment. Some of the matte shades can be a tad dusty, but nothing more than I'd expect from matte shadows in the first place. I know I can rely on Urban Decay formulas, and Naked Heat is no different.

But even that beautiful formula doesn't detract from the fact that I just do not like this palette. Why? The shades. I'm not into warm eyes, they do not suit me no matter how hard I try, and instead of feeling like a sultry Olsen sister I instead end up looking like I have a nasty case of conjunctivitis. I thought I could make this work, but for me, the shades in this palette are all way too warm. I don't think there's enough variety in the underlying tones and colours here, which is fair enough as it's obviously intended to be a warm palette, but I would have loved to see some deep golds in there too. I think if it had included some gold shades it would have been much more wearable for me.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Urban Decay Naked Heat Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I feel like I'm one of the only people who isn't raving about this palette, I mean even Naked-hater Lis has been loving Naked Heat, but it just wasn't meant to be for me. Hey, I was never going to love everything that Urban Decay brings out, so me not liking one of their numerous palettes isn't the end of the world. I am still planning on picking up some of the earlier palettes, because the original Naked palette has been calling my name for a while now and I'm not one to resist temptation when it comes to beauty products.

Not to fear though, I have passed this palette on to my friend Katie who also writes a blog sometimes and is my go-to gal when it comes to chatting makeup. I know that she'll treat it like it was her first born child, so it's in safe hands. She also posts her bangin' makeup looks on Instagram on the regular so go follow her if makeup is your cup of tea. She better bloody read this post and see how nice I'm being.

So yeah, despite the hype, Naked Heat was not for me. The quality is top notch, as to be expected from Urban Decay, but the shades simply did not float my boat. If you do enjoy a warm toned eye, then it is definitely worth checking out, because it's hard to judge based on pictures alone.


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25 Aug 2017

Back To College Fashion Edit

Student Style Back To College Uni Wishlist | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog


Unfortunately, my summer is pretty much over, and second year officially starts next week. As excited as I am to have some routine (and my student loan) back in my life again, I'm kind of dreading the prospect of rush hour traffic, 9 am classes and the looming university application process. I haven't done anywhere near as much as I wanted to do this summer and I feel like this year is going way too fast already, so the fact that it's now nearly September and my final year of college is about to start has sent me into a bit of an existential crisis. This time next year I'll hopefully be going into my third year at university, so that is both cool and worrying.

Anyway, minor breakdown about the passing of time aside, a new year calls for a new wardrobe in my books, so here we are. I like a pretty laid back style for classes, with comfy trousers and slouchy tees being my favoured pieces, but I also like to bring in a bit of sass sometimes with lil' denim skirts and fun sleeves. I think I've got my "student style" pretty much nailed now, I know what I like and what I can be bothered pulling on for those early morning lectures.

Last year, I discovered my hidden love for trousers, in a big way. I'm still on that trouser hype, but I think I've got pretty much all of the bases covered in my collection now so I'm trying to buy fewer pairs this season. We'll see how long that lasts, though. I couldn't resist the Clueless-esque yellow check trousers from Urban Outfitters because I will always want to dress like Cher, and they feel like a slightly more subtle way of showing my obsession than a full on two piece skirt suit.

A new obsession, however, is my dungarees. I've wanted a pair forever and I finally found the perfect pair that fit like a dream (more on them soon, I promise) so I'm wearing them most days. There's something about dungarees that make me feel sassy, and all I want in life is to feel sassy, okay. Since buying my dungarees, though, I've realised just how few tops I have that work with either them or just my jeans. Plus, I replaced my crumbling old drawers with some shiny new ones and swiftly realised that I had a drawer and a half free to fill with tops, so that's the main category on my shopping hit list at the moment.


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With Scotland being Scotland, knitwear and jackets always have to come quite high up my shopping list, no matter what the season. I feel like I've barely seen the sun in Scotland this year and bar a couple of nice weeks back in May the weather has been pretty rubbish. I have visions of myself kicking about in huge cosy cardigans with my cool dungarees, so I'm on the hunt for the perfect oversized knit to add to my wardrobe. Jacket wise, I don't have too many sensible jackets outside of my trusty leather biker and my little yellow raincoat, so I'm tempted to pick up a new denim jacket and a couple of winter-appropriate coats, too.

I basically live in trainers and they're the perfect choice for casual days at college, which has led to me eyeing up some cute new kicks for the new year. I have finally replaced my beloved Adidas Gazelles after nearly three years of just about daily wear, and as hard as it's been to say goodbye to the shoes that have come along on so many adventures with me, they were looking pretty tired. There was no way they would last another Scottish winter, not with the holes that I'd worn in the sole! I've replaced them with a pair of grey New Balance trainers instead, which I know I'll be getting plenty of wear out of.

Unsurprisingly, grey is one of my favourite colours for clothes, so a lot of my wardrobe revolves around it. I've been introducing a little bit more colour, but not too much of course, mostly in the form of graphic tees or pops of pink. I'm not afraid to say that I bloody love "millennial pink", as much as I hate the name, so there's a lot of that popping up in my wishlist too.

Really though, I'm mostly waiting for the regular 20% student discount at ASOS to start again, so that I can fill up my basket with some lil' treats on the regular. Someone should really take my bank card away from me, but I guess that even after dropping out of my fashion management course, my inner fashion student will never leave me. Or maybe I just love shopping, idk.


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23 Aug 2017

Lovisa Jewellery at Buchanan Galleries

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Lovisa UK Buchanan Galleries Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Lovisa UK Buchanan Galleries Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Lovisa UK Buchanan Galleries Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

You know how sometimes, you come across a new brand or a new product, and you just can't stop shouting about it? I mean, that's basically why I started this blog, to share the discoveries that I think are worth shouting about, and Lovisa is one of those. I'd never heard of Lovisa before seeing the new store open in Glasgow's Buchanan Galleries and as soon as I spotted it I knew it was going to become a firm favourite. There's been a lot of new openings in Glasgow this summer, but this one has to be one of my favourites so far.

Born in Australia back in 2010, Lovisa takes inspiration from high street and high-end style to bring on trend jewellery to their customers. Stocking everything from rings and necklaces to watches and hair accessories, they have a stunning range of both understated and bold pieces that are bound to suit anyone and everyone. They actually have stores in 12 countries around the world, having recently expanded into the UK, but the Buchanan Galleries store is their only Scottish venture. Glasgow is definitely the style capital of Scotland in my eyes, so it's no wonder that global fashion brands flock here.

Their Glasgow opening couldn't have come at a better time, really, as I threw away nearly my entire jewellery collection to start afresh. I don't wear a lot of jewellery, mostly because I don't have a lot of jewellery, and in the past, I'd found myself favouring very similar pieces that weren't particularly versatile so didn't get a lot of wear as a result. I have my favourites, like my lucky clover necklace and my beloved Pandora bracelet, which obviously stayed due to their sentimental value, but apart from those two and a handful of other token pieces, everything went.
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21 Aug 2017

New in from Revlon

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Insta Fix Blush Highlight Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Insta Fix Blush Highlight Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Insta Fix Blush Highlight Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Insta Fix Blush Highlight Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

When I say new in, I mean new in my collection, at least. Revlon is one of the few drugstore brands that I hadn't really had much of an experience with, but now I'm kicking myself for missing out on their products for all of these years. I hadn't originally been planning a full, dedicated post on these products, instead intending to feature them in a roundup or currently testing post, but I was so surprised by how much I love them I figured they deserved it. It's been a little while since I felt so excited about new makeup, and when you find yourself reaching for the same products day after day you just know that they're worth shouting about.

I've always seen Revlon as being at the slightly more expensive end of drugstore brands, which is probably one of the main reasons I'd never tried much from them before. To be fair, though, the prices are pretty in keeping with other brands in stores now, so that does seem like a bit of a misconception on my part. In saying that, though, I do feel like the packaging for their products is reflective of this image, with plenty of simple yet sleek shapes and nothing too "gimmicky". It feels a bit more sophisticated than some of the other brands on offer in the likes of Boots and Superdrug, which is always a nice touch.
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18 Aug 2017

VII

Student Fashion Blog Glasgow New Look Lovisa Buchanan Galleries | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Student Fashion Blog Glasgow New Look Lovisa Buchanan Galleries | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Student Fashion Blog Glasgow New Look Lovisa Buchanan Galleries | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Student Fashion Blog Glasgow New Look Lovisa Buchanan Galleries | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Top - New Look; Jeans - Dorothy Perkins; Shoes - Adidas
Rings & Earrings - Lovisa

Would you believe it if I told you that this blog was seven years old? I swear it feels like I was celebrating six years just yesterday, but here we are. I never imagined, all those years ago, that setting up this blog from the comfort of my teenage bedroom would lead to this. By this, I mean a hobby that I've actually managed to stick to for a long period of time, that isn't playing The Sims. A place where I spill my thoughts and feelings out on to a page for the world to see, on a regular basis. Something that has brought new friends and experiences into my life, and cemented my passions for writing, photography and all things digital. This little spot, where I ramble and rave about the things I love, has changed my life in ways I never could have dreamed of back when I was 15.

So that's why, in celebration of seven years, I'm actually posting two outfits in one week. A very rare occurrence these days, but when I said that I wanted them to be a more regular feature again, I meant it. It helps that I've also rediscovered my online shopping addiction, meaning there have been a fair few new additions to my wardrobe. This top, for example, which caught my eye when browsing New Look's new in section and instantly made its way into my basket. I'm not sure why, because it's not really what I would expect from my typical style, but I'm kind of in love with it. It's easy to wear, with cute floral details and a feminine frill to add a bit of interest, but the cut helps hide my eternal food baby and it also looks banging with a pair of classic black jeans. Basically, it ticks all my boxes, although it does crease like a bitch.

In a change from the norm, I'm not wearing my standard jewellery uniform of my four-leaf clover necklace and Pandora bracelet, and it's all because of Lovisa. Lovisa opened in Buchanan Galleries a few weeks back and I can't walk past it without paying a visit. Not only do they have those earrings (that everyone and their gran has) in a whole rainbow of colours, they also have a gorgeous mix of stunning statement pieces, daintier styles and plenty of rose gold - exactly what I like in my jewellery. It's a veritable treasure trove, and I'm planning a whole post about the shop next week, but I couldn't resist pairing these bold red earrings with this top because they make me feel sassy as hell, and that's what I'm all about these days.
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