19 Apr 2018

My Hydration Heroes

Best Skincare Products for Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Best Skincare Products for Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Best Skincare Products for Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I wish it was summer already.

I mean, it's not like it would make that much of a difference to the weather in Glasgow, but I can at least dream of sunshine - right? The thing is, sunshine works wonders for my skin. What doesn't work wonders for my skin is the central heating still needing to be switched on in April. My skin has struggled with this bitterly cold winter that seems like it's never going to end, and I feel like I've tried everything under the sun.

Over the past few weeks, however, I've found some absolute gems that are stealing the show. Some are a little on the pricey side, but I've also found some complete and utter bargains that I am seriously impressed by. Hopefully, this lineup will be enough to see me through to the better weather - and some will definitely be staying in my stash through the summer, too.

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18 Apr 2018

A Weekend in Manchester

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How To Spend a Weekend in Manchester | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
How To Spend a Weekend in Manchester | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Growing up, I spent many a weekend in Manchester. If you didn't already know, I was born in Manchester, and a huge chunk of my family still live there, so we spent a lot of time visiting them. Nowadays, we don't quite make it down as often, what with work and life getting in the way, but when The Courteeners announced a date at the Manchester Arena for the anniversary of their debut album - St Jude - it seemed like a good excuse for a trip back down. Or up, in Paddy's case.

We'd originally planned on just staying the Saturday night, as it was a pretty busy weekend in Manchester with the derby and the marathon both taking place and finding a hotel was proving to be a bit of a struggle. We changed our mind at the last minute, however, and decided to meet in Manchester on the Friday night so that we could spend a bit more time in the city.

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12 Apr 2018

Bibimbap Glasgow

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Bibimbap Glasgow Review Menu | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Bibimbap Glasgow Review Menu | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

The New Kid on the Block

The Glasgow food scene is looking pretty great right now, with some brilliant new restaurants popping up on all sides of the city. One of the newest additions to our collection of excellent eateries is Bibimbap, boasting a menu inspired by Korean comfort food and full of classic, flavourful dishes. Having opened at the end of February, Bibimbap has already received rave reviews from many of my favourite foodies in the know, so I was pretty excited to try it out for myself last week.

I headed along to the city centre restaurant - which occupies the unit once home to Riverhill on West Nile Street, last Thursday evening to catch up with Lindsey over some good food. It was pretty busy when we arrived, about 6pm, and has been full of happy faces whenever I've walked by since.

I'd never heard of Bibimbap's namesake dish until earlier this year when my mum ended up making it from one of those recipe kit subscription boxes, and funnily enough, the restaurant announced it's opening that very same week. It felt like a strange coincidence, but after devouring my mum's version of the classic Korean dish I had high hopes for visiting the restaurant itself.

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5 Apr 2018

5 Goals for Spring

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Spring Goals Glasgow Blogger | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Apparently, it's spring now.


Although a quick peek at the snow falling outside my window says otherwise. It was going so well - the daylight hours were getting longer, daffodils were starting to appear and the sun was trying it's very best to shine - but now the snow is back, and I'm bloody freezing. Maybe one day I'll be able to start a blog post without talking about the weather, but today is not that day.

Anyway, when the first of April rolled around I was more than ready for a fresh month, and a new quarter of the year, to begin. 2018 has been a pretty good year - especially in comparison to last year - but the end of March was really difficult and it kind of floored me. I took a couple of weeks to pull my thoughts together and recharge, so now I'm feeling a lot more like myself again and have started to get back into the swing of things once again.

With that in mind, I wanted to do a bit of forward thinking about what I want to achieve in the next quarter of the year and set some goals for the season ahead. I like setting myself goals, because they give me some much-needed direction and focus, as well as giving me something to look back on and benchmark my progress against.
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3 Apr 2018

72 Hours in Barcelona

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3 Days in Barcelona Budget | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
3 Days in Barcelona Budget | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
3 Days in Barcelona Budget | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I take my camera nearly everywhere with me.

Just not to Barcelona, apparently.

In a bizarre twist of fate, I somehow managed to remember my charger and a spare lens - which I usually forget to bring - just not the most important part of the equation. I realised halfway into my journey down to Prestwick Airport, by which stage it was waaaaay too late to turn back and right my wrongs.

I suppose it's lucky that just a couple of weeks earlier I'd treated myself to an early upgrade and picked up a brand new iPhone, with a supposedly better camera than my last phone, that was just dying to be tested out. It's also lucky that I'd taken the world's smallest handbag away with me, which barely fit my camera in, to begin with, so would have been an absolute nightmare to deal with in a city that is notorious for its pickpockets.

And you know what? I think it stood up to the challenge pretty well. I was able to capture a few more spontaneous moments, whipping my phone out in a flash instead of lining up the shot meticulously with my camera, and I felt a lot more "free" as a result. Looking at the photos now that I'm home, I don't feel like they're really lacking at all. In fact, I think at times the iPhone captured colour much better than my camera would have - which is ideal in a vibrant city like Barcelona.

But you can be the judge of that, because here are lots of photos from my trip to Barcelona. I would have posted these weeks ago, but I'm in denial that my one holiday of the year is over already, and have not been emotionally stable enough to write this post.
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