18 May 2017

National Smile Month: Reasons To Smile with Janina Ultra White

Janina Ultra White National Smile Month Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Janina Ultra White National Smile Month Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

This post was produced in collaboration with Janina Ultra White

These days, barely a week passes without some sort of "national holiday" plastered all over social media, and whilst "National Candied Orange Peel Day" is all well and good (it's a real thing, look it up!) it's not really the kind of thing that I personally observe. National Smile Month, however, is right up my street. Running from May 15th to June 15th, National Smile Month is a celebration of all things oral health. My teeth are probably my favourite feature, as I've been blessed with nice straight teeth that have given me minimal fuss in the past, but like most people, I've always wished they were that little bit whiter. Years of tea-staining have taken their toll, and as a result, they're not quite the pearly whites I'd like them to be.

Step in Janina Ultra White with their range of non-abrasive whitening products, using fruit enzymes to whiten the teeth without causing any damage to the protective enamel. I've been using the activated charcoal toothpaste twice a day and within just under two weeks of use, I'm already noticing a difference to my tea-stained teeth. I'd never used whitening trays before, as I found that I struggled to wear them comfortably, but the Janina pre-filled trays are designed to be soft and flexible with your comfort in mind. I like to pop these in when I'm in the shower and having used them three times now I'm excited to see how my teeth look after finishing the set. I will admit though, these make me drool like crazy, hence using them in the shower. Attractive, right?

To top off my whitening routine, I've been testing out the Instant White Teeth Whitening Spray, which is designed to be used on the go with no need for water or a toothbrush. I replaced the breath freshening spray that I usually carry in my handbag with this and I think it's made a real difference in how my teeth look and feel throughout the day. It's ideal for little top ups on the go, such as before important meetings or after a coffee. Between these three products, I think I'm pretty well equipped to keep my teeth looking healthy whilst I'm working towards a whiter glow. The best thing is that they've been brilliant for my sensitive teeth, and unlike other whitening products I've tried they don't leave my teeth feeling stripped or sore in my quest for pearly whites.

It's been a while since I shared one of my happy things posts, nearly a year in fact. I find that searching out the good in life really helps during tough times, and so, in celebration of my newly glowing grin, here are just a few reasons that I'll be flashing a smile this month...
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16 May 2017

The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Mask

The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng Rice Mask Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng Rice Mask Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I'm rarely a loyal customer, which is probably a business' nightmare, but it's not always due to a disappointing product or service, in fact, it's more often than not just because I am continually obsessed with trying new things. As much as this could be attributed to my love of blogging and the need to test new products to create new content, I think it's just in my nature, so when I find myself returning to a brand on numerous occasions I know it's truly love. One brand in particular that I know I can rely on is The Body Shop, my love for which has been instilled from an early age thanks to my mum's fondness for their products. Whatever my skincare concern, be it the chronic dryness that plagues me all year round, hormonal breakouts, a dull complexion or just a spot of bath time pampering, I know that I can turn to The Body Shop to cater to my needs.

I have a lot of favourite products from The Body Shop, but the one I'm currently ever so desperate to share is the Chinese Ginseng and Rice Mask that was released last year. £16 will buy you a rather reasonably sized pot of this goodness, which is even better considering that my first pot lasted me nearly a full year despite twice weekly use. I have a plethora of face masks in my collection, so I hadn't been planning on replacing it until those were emptied, but after a few short weeks without using this mask I knew I had to have it back in my life, and here we are.
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10 May 2017

Marc Jacobs Daisy Kiss Eau de Toilette Review

Marc Jacobs Daisy Kiss Perfume Review Fragrance Direct | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Marc Jacobs Daisy Kiss Perfume Review Fragrance Direct | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

For years I always saved my nice perfumes for those ever elusive "special occasions", until one day I just stopped. Saving things for best is all well and good, but what if that perfect moment never comes? I'd much rather treat myself to a little splash of sunshine in the form of my favourite fragrances on a daily basis. A good perfume can boost my confidence, it makes me feel put together, and I just like smelling nice! As a result, I've ended up tearing through my perfume collection a lot faster than usual, but instead of wallowing in despair I'm taking it as an opportunity to try out some new scents.

If my previous perfume choices are anything to go by, it's clear that I'm drawn to sweet, sugary scents with the odd hint of florals or warm vanilla. I love a hint of citrus, but musky, spicy scents aren't really my cup of tea. I've always loved Marc Jacobs perfume, with the super cute bottles being a huge bonus and the fruity, creamy scents being a welcome addition to my growing collection.
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4 May 2017

Tempus at Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

Tempus Grand Central Hotel Glasgow Review Food Blogger | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Tempus Grand Central Hotel Glasgow Review Food Blogger | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Mondays can be tough, right? Particularly the first Monday back in class after a three week long Easter break, so what better night to indulge in a slap-up meal at one of Glasgow's most revered hotels. That's exactly how my blogging partner-in-crime Lis and I spent last Monday night, with a trip to Tempus Restaurant at Grand Central Hotel. Having never stayed in the hotel, I was yet to set foot inside Tempus prior to that night. However, my high school leaver's dinner actually took place in The Grand Room and, unsurprisingly where I'm concerned, the food was a highlight of the evening.

With that in mind, I had high expectations as to what Tempus would have in store for us on an unseasonably cold Monday night. I had been expecting to find a quiet restaurant, with it being a Monday night, but instead, the huge restaurant was nearly full. Despite having a few large, lively groups in, the atmosphere was still rather intimate, making it the perfect place to catch up and enjoy a bite. Tempus offer various deals throughout the week, with a theatre menu running in the evenings alongside tempting steak offers that are perfect for a mid-week pick me up. With that in mind, it's easy to see why the restaurant was in fact so busy on a night that is typically quiet elsewhere.

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2 May 2017

Recently Reading: April

April Recently Reading Book Blogger  | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
April Recently Reading Book Blogger  | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I go through phases with reading where I find myself reading four or five books in a week, then don't pick anything up for ages. March was a really good month for reading for me, but it kind of dwindled in April because I was just so busy watching NCIS with college deadlines. April as a month seems to have passed at lightning speed, I was only just getting used to it and suddenly it's May already?!

Anyway, since my last reading update I've managed to squeeze in some really good books - and some not-so-good ones too - so I thought I'd post a little update on what I've loved and loathed book-wise. As always, I keep track of what I'm reading over on Goodreads so be sure to add me as a friend to see what's next on my pile. I set myself a slightly under-ambitious challenge of reading 20 books this year and I'm already 12 books in, so I think I'll manage to reach 20 in no time. Plus, I have a 12-day trip planned (I loved Croatia so much when I visited last year that I'm heading back again in June!) which is sure to be spent reading by the pool.

I like a mix of genres in my reading material, with thrillers being one of my favourites. That's pretty noticeable in this month's selection as I seem to have been going through a bit of a thriller binge, which is a far cry from my self-help/getting my life in order phase from the end of last year. I've had to force myself to take a step away from the self-help books as they weren't helping my dwindling mental health, instead, I chose to focus on getting lost in fictional worlds.
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