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

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