13 Apr 2017

5 Podcasts for Bloggers

Podcasts for bloggers Instagram motivation creative living entrepeneurs | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Podcasts for bloggers Instagram motivation creative living entrepeneurs | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

So, I did a thing. I bought a new phone.

Obviously, my usual buyer's remorse kicked in as soon as I walked out of the shop, but let's be honest, I kind of needed it. My old phone was on its last legs and my contract wasn't due for renewal until August. I was trying to wait, but with each passing day, my phone grew slower and slower, taking it upon itself to reset every half hour or so and freeze for hours at a time. So here we are, I've returned to the dark side and I bought a beautiful rose gold iPhone 7 Plus with my own hard earned money because I deserve pretty things.

At least that's what I tell myself, anyway.

Okay, back to the original point of this post. Ever since I bought my new phone I've been well and truly sucked back into the world of podcasts, as they have this certain knack of making my early morning bus journeys feel a little bit more productive than they did when I just stared out of the window listening to the Mamma Mia soundtrack. I've always loved podcasts, it all started with Serial a few years ago, but for some reason, I'd fallen away from it as I'd never found a great way to listen to them on my old Android phone. Podcasts are wonderful things and can take many forms, some teach me new things, some inspire me to kick start that new project, some tell me stories of fictional words with terrifying news broadcasts (hello Welcome To Night Vale) and others lull me to sleep with soothing voices. There's a whole world of podcasts out there, just waiting to be listened to, and I intend to make my way through as many as possible.
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11 Apr 2017

Farmacy Skin Savior Kit

Farmacy Skin Savior Review Cult Beauty | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Farmacy Skin Savior Review Cult Beauty | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Farmacy Skin Savior Review Cult Beauty | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Is anyone else ever totally sucked in by super sleek packaging? Yeah, me too. There's something about the combination of crisp white pots with wooden lids that caught my eye when I first discovered Farmacy, and even though I hadn't heard of the brand before discovering them through Cult Beauty I was eager to try their products out for myself. Founded in New York, Farmacy utilise a combination of naturally derived ingredients which are then activated in their lab situated less than three hours from where they are grown. It's quite a cool concept really, and there's an interesting video about it on their website. I love how they bring together traditional methods with new technology, and the attention to detail they show is really clearly evidenced by their products.

Farmacy grow their own ingredients and endeavour to have the freshest and most potent materials in order to boost the benefits found in their products. Echinacea is a key ingredient in their range as it's packed full of antioxidants that work wonders when it comes to protecting your skin. They don't test on animals, either, which is always good to see.

The Skin Savior kit contains four of Farmacy's best selling products and is a brilliant introduction to the range. The small sample sizes are perfect to trial these popular products and absolutely brilliant for travelling. Despite being smaller sizes, each product still has the beautiful packaging that you'll find across the range, and the set comes packaged in a small metallic tray which is perfect for storing your skincare on your dresser. Or using as a photo prop, in this case!

Farmacy Skin Savior Review Cult Beauty | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Farmacy Skin Savior Review Cult Beauty | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Farmacy Skin Savior Review Cult Beauty | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Farmacy Skin Savior Review Cult Beauty | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I love the nourishing, healing effect that honey has on my skin, so I was really excited to try out the Honey Potion hydration mask. This warming mask transforms from a syrupy gel into a soothing cream when massaged into the face, and has a gentle warming sensation that feels super luxurious. The mask suits all skin types but is particularly useful for those with very dry or dehydrated skin like mine, as the blend of honey, propolis and Farmacy's signature echinacea works wonders for rejuvenating tired complexions whilst restoring the skin to a nourished, soothed state.

I love using this in the bath as the soothing warming sensation is reminiscent of spa treatments, making it the perfect treat for a proper pamper. My skin is a little sensitive after use and can look quite red which I'm putting down to the warmth, but after completing my whole routine there's a noticeable glow. My favourite thing about this mask, however, is the fact that it does a brilliant job of hydrating my dry skin without being too heavy and causing breakouts. In fact, having been using this range for a few weeks now, my skin has remained clearer than ever, which I'm putting down to the inclusion of naturally antibacterial honey.

The full size of the face mask retails for a slightly eye-watering £51.00, however, it does contain over ten times as much product as the sample pot included in this kit. I've been using this mask two to three times a week for the last three weeks and have over half of the small pot left so I imagine I'd get a lot of use out of the full size.

When the temperature starts to rise as the seasons change - albeit only slightly in Scotland - I find myself reaching for facial mists more often and the Farmacy Skin Dew Hydrating Essence Mist has been a welcome addition to my collection. This can be used as a toner, setting spray or as a refreshing mist throughout the day. I use this as a toner mostly, but I also pop it in my handbag in case I get a bit flushed when I'm on the go. It is beautifully refreshing, and isn't tacky like some facial mists can be, however, I'd be reluctant to repurchase the full size of this at £38.00 as it hasn't blown me away for the price. Despite having a moisturising effect on my skin, it's not really the kind of thing I desperately need to add into my skincare routine and instead prefer to use a more brightening toner such as the Roger & Gallet Beauty Vinegar. If you do like a facial mist, though, I think this could be worth trying out as part of this set - particularly as the rest of the products are brilliant.

Farmacy Skin Savior Review Cult Beauty | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Farmacy Skin Savior Review Cult Beauty | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Farmacy Skin Savior Review Cult Beauty | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

The Honey Savior skin repair salve was hailed one of 2016's best beauty products by Refinery 29, and I can absolutely see why. As I've mentioned before, I have particularly dry skin, and I've been struggling with eczema on my eyelids and around my lips recently. The salve contains no sulphates or parabens, instead containing a mix of castor oil, sunflower oil, honey extracts, canola oil, Royal Jelly and honey. This combination is a serious skincare wonder, instantly soothing stressed out skin and is one of the best products I've found for calming down my dry, flaky patches. Despite its super thick, balm-like consistency, it leaves no residue and sinks into the skin like a dream. The full size of this comes in at £32.00 and I'm definitely going to be repurchasing it to help keep my eczema under control.

Finally, I've saved the best for last. Although the Honey Savior really blew me away, the main highlight of the Skin Savior kit has to be the Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm. This balm is like a mini-facial in a pot and is by far one of the best moisturising treatments I've found. Yup, ever. At first I was a little reluctant to slather a heavy balm all over my face and feared weeks of breakouts and blockages, but instead, I've been left with plump, glowing skin that feels super hydrated. My skin tone looks more even and my foundation is applying like a dream thanks to the disappearance of my dry patches.

Although it's called a balm, when you apply the product to your face it instantly melts into an oil like consistency which is then massaged into the skin and left to sink in overnight. Much like the Honey Potion, a little goes a long way with this, and I think that paying £42.00 for the full-size jar is a bargain. Honestly, nothing I've tried before really compares to this. It's soothing, nourishing, hydrating and gives a gorgeous glow without being too heavy for the skin. It's probably not one for those with oily skin, but if you think your skin could do with some more moisture then this is definitely one to try out. I can't remember the last time I was this impressed with a skin care product.

Farmacy Skin Savior Review Cult Beauty | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

(sneaky bonus shots of Clyde playing assistant photographer/stylist)

Although I wasn't entirely blown away by the Skin Dew, I think the rest of the products in this set really make up for it. It's the perfect introduction to the brand, and I can't wait to try more of their range. Cult Beauty also stock another set called the Perennial Picks Skincare Discovery Set, which contains an exfoliator, a serum and a moisturiser alongside the Sleep Tight balm so I think I'll give that a try next. Farmacy is not a cheap brand by any means, but skincare is an area I like to invest in as I think it makes the most difference for me. Plus, the packaging is just gorgeous, which is always a bonus for me. It's been a really long time since I fell so hard for a new skincare brand so I'm really excited to see what Farmacy has in store in the future.


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5 Apr 2017

My Blogging Toolkit

Blogging Toolkit Essentials Technology Kit | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Blogging Toolkit Essentials Technology Kit | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

This post was produced in collaboration with Caseable

I like to think that after six and a half years I've pretty much nailed my "blogging toolkit", as I've amassed quite a selection of cameras, computers, books and more all in the name of blogging. You don't need the latest and greatest kit to start a blog, all you need is a computer and some words, but having settled into a pretty standard routine I've come to be reliant on a handful of things that make my life a lot easier.

It can be easy to get swept up in the desire to have the newest camera or a fancy laptop, but a lot of the time there is a reason why that camera is around everyone's neck or why a certain book keeps popping up in flatlays. I know what features and gadgets suit my blogging life, and more often than not those same functions will appeal to most other bloggers too.

I'm very guilty of buying things just because they look pretty, and as you may already know I'm an absolute sucker for Kate Spade, but I also put a lot of research into my purchases because I like to get the most for my hard earned money. I get a lot of buyer's guilt and used to feel ridiculously guilty about spending £20 for a fortnight's food shopping when I was convinced I could have done it in £10, but at the same time I also feel quite strongly that I work hard for my money, so what I choose to spend it on is up to me. If I'd rather spend it on a new lens for my camera than the contents of Topshop, that's my choice! Although, I'd quite happily spend it on both given the chance...
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