30 May 2014


Seeing McBusted again // eating churros with Hayley // Radio 1's Big Weekend
finishing first year // meeting E of E // visiting the Kelpies
course night out // the smallest kitten ever // seeing Katy Perry 3 times in 8 days
How weird is it that June basically means we're half way through the year? This has been a crazy busy month with loads of coursework due at the beginning, and exam in the middle then loads of gigs and social happenings at the end. Highlights included Katy Perry (x3) obvs, meeting a tiny kitten, moving home for summer. On Monday I'm off to Brighton for the week which I can't wait for, I've always wanted to go! We're spending a day in London too doing lots of touristy things - I'm so excited.

Playlist: This month I've been loving Icona Pop's album after seeing them support Katy Perry, so good!
Share the love: In May I've been loving Zoe's blog, she's had some really great content recently such as this post about Eurovision, this one about money & blogging and this incredibly useful one about job hunting in PR, social media etc.

Have a lovely weekend x

28 May 2014

BEAUTY: Avon Clearskin Pore Penetrating Black Mineral Mask

Avon Clearskin Pore Penetrating Black Mineral Mask (what a mouthful) - £5.00
I mentioned this little beauty back in my latest Avon "haul" and thought it was time that I shared my thoughts after a few weeks of use. Basically, I love it. I've been saying that a lot recently but as I've been limiting my purchases to things that I actually think I'll like it's only natural! This mask claims to leave skin "deeply cleansed, refreshed and matte" while also unblocking pores, and truth be told I think it really lives up to those claims.

I use this mask once or twice a week in the evenings, I apply it in the usual way then wait for it to turn grey (about 10-15 minutes) before using the little exfoliating face brush that came free with it and an old muslin cloth to remove it. I find that afterwards my skin doesn't look any different, but come morning it's blatantly obvious that my skin is clearer than before as well as feeling softer without excess oil. I tend to use this when my skin is looking a bit dull but if it's been quite irritated or I have a breakout I'll opt for something from Lush instead.

I've had this mask for nearly a month now and barely made a dent in the tube so it's definitely worth the money. When I eventually finish it I'll undoubtedly be repurchasing, it's a real staple in my skincare collection.

Have you tried this mask?


27 May 2014


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With such an abundance of sandals appearing on the high street at the moment it's difficult for me not to take notice. I'm really loving the whole chunky sandal thing as well as the ugly shoe trend that's been about for a while, in particular with cleated soles. I usually go for simple tan sandals from Primark so that it's not a big deal if they get ruined on holiday but this year I fancy something a bit more adventurous! Luckily for me there's plenty of gorgeous options available.

26 May 2014

MUSIC: Radio 1's Big Weekend at Glasgow Green

So yesterday was pretty damn amazing. I've tried to get tickets to Radio 1's Big Weekend for years now and thankfully the first year I actually managed was they year they were in Glasgow. I could ramble for hours about how much I loved it, seeing so many amazing artists in one day was just a great experience. Even with the horrible weather in the earlier parts of the day I still had an incredible time and watching Paolo Nutini & Katy Perry as the sun set was just surreal.

Highlights of the day for me included Chris Martin playing with Kings Of Leon, Sam Smith, Tinie Tempah, watching The 1975 from the ferris wheel, my amazing Oreo milkshake, Paolo Nutini and of course the one and only Katy Perry. I'm so gutted that I might not see her again for a while, three times in eight days just isn't quite enough.


23 May 2014

BEAUTY: Eucerin DermoPurifyer Cleanser First Impressions

Eucerin DermoPurifyer Cleanser* - Escentual
I don't know why, but lately my skin has been a total nightmare. I've gone from suffering from the occasional spot to having a constant army of redness all around my chin and cheeks, so when some Eucerin goodies from Escentual arrived in the post I had high hopes! Eucerin were originally a German company which I remember seeing when I was over there but aside from that I'd never really heard too much about them.

The DermoPurifyer cleanser is formulated especially for blemish prone skin an aims to gently cleanse and remove excess sebum while remaining soap & fragrance free. I've been using this cleanser for little over a week now and I'm absolutely stunned by the difference it's made to my skin. I've been using this alongside a sample of their moisturiser, my Simple toner and Lush's Grease Lightning spot treatment and it's worked really well to reduce my blemishes and just leave my skin feeling a lot more hydrated and nourished.

As it's only been a week, I'm planning on posting a full review later next month to properly judge how it's worked for my skin but it's safe to say that I'm impressed so far. Considering the size of this bottle and how little product needed for each use I'd say it's a total bargain at just £9, so if it continues to work wonders it will be a definite repurchase alongside some other bits and bobs from the brand.

Have you tried anything from Eucerin before?


22 May 2014

RECIPE: Nutella & Banana Loaf

4 mashed bananas (mostly yellow with some brown spots works best)
200g plain flour
140g caster sugar
1 and 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs
A large dollop (technical term) of Nutella
Splash of vanilla essence

A while back I won a couple of books in Hayley's give away, one of which was a Nutella cook book full of delicious recipes using the glorious spread that is Nutella. A massive benefit of using Nutella (for me) is that my brother can't eat it due to a mild nut allergy which means aaaaall the more for me (it may seem petty but this is just how it works in my house, he eats everything in sight).

Now, while I love the taste of bananas I absolutely despise the texture. Banana bread on the other hand is a completely different story and I could eat it all day long - so good! I've not made it for a while so had forgotten just how easy it is, all you really have to do is combine all of the ingredients and mix well before pouring in to a greased loaf tin and then baking! I had mine in the oven at 180c for about half an hour before turning it down to 140c for another half an hour to make sure I had a lovely golden crust but didn't over bake the inside.

This loaf has gone down an absolute treat in my house, in fact I don't think it's lasted more than three days! I'd love to know how you get on if you decide to make this, and if you have any other fun Nutella based recipes send them my way. x

21 May 2014

MUSIC: McBusted, Katy Perry and interviewing E of E

If you follow me on Twitter you'll probably have seen my constant tweets about my perfect weekend, but sometimes 140 characters just isn't enough to fully share what went on! I mentioned last Friday that I was off to the McBusted gig (again) to interview their support band E of E for our student magazine, but I really didn't expect to have such a great day.

It was my first time interviewing anyone, let alone a pretty successful band, so I was a bit nervous but I think it went really well - the guys were absolutely lovely and it was so great to meet them! Hopefully I'll get to do some more in the future. I'll share a bit more of their interview & set review when it's published for Radar but I can sum it up in one word: fantastic. I was incredibly grateful just to get press tickets for such an amazing gig but finding out that they were front row was even more astounding. Both E of E & McBusted provided a great night's entertainment, I'm hoping I'll get to see both again.

On Saturday & Sunday I was at the Hydro yet again to see the absolutely gorgeous babe that is Katy Perry. If you've been about for a while you'll know that Katy Perry is my ultimate woman crush and I just plain ol' adore her so I was pretty chuffed to have tickets for both of her Glasgow nights on the Prismatic tour (I really hope she comes back for more!). On the Sunday I was lucky enough to be in the Reflection Section so spent my night singing at her feet - she totally looked me in the eye and I had a major fan girl freak out. As per usual she put on an amazing show and I'm so glad I got to witness it first-hand. I've been listening to the set list ever since. She was also supported by Icona Pop who were pretty good themselves, I had a fab time screaming my heart out to "I Love It", it was my summer tune last year so has a lot of good memories attached. I'm getting to see Katy again next Sunday at Radio 1's Big Weekend which is set to be a decent day, I'm considering vlogging bits but I'm not sure! I now want to dye my hair pink, drop out of uni and follow Katy around the world. Ah.


20 May 2014


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So summer is on it's way, and while I'm not going on a beach holiday (yet) I still can't help but notice the latest swimwear offerings. I'm not too fussy about my style of swimwear as I tend to just look for pretty patterns which I think is apparent in my choices... Topshop have some great patterns about at the moment but I've actually just discovered Biba's range of swimwear and daaaamn it's pretty (see the print of number 8, gorgeous!).

Are you going anywhere nice this summer?


19 May 2014

LIFE: My Five Favourite Free Fashion Apps

Free Fashion Apps

Mr Nutcase custom phone case
Phone case* - Mr Nutcase
I'm quite an app-aholic, I'm rarely off my phone and constantly browsing my varying social networks and other apps. Seeing as I've just got a fantastic new custom phone case from Mr Nutcase I thought I'd take the opportunity to show off some of my favourite free fashion apps for my iPhone that is now being hugged by the gorgeous Hugh Laurie.

If you've ever wanted your own personal shopper at your beck and call then this is the app for you. Boasting products from top brands such as ASOS, Urban Outfitters and Miss Selfridge this nifty little app sifts through millions of products finding pieces that are perfect additions for your wardrobe.
Closet+ is an app that the more organised fashionistas will love – think Cher Horowitz’s amazing computer based wardrobe system… but in your phone. Just snap some photos of the contents of your wardrobe then you can plan your outfits in the palm of your hand!
Even the most stylish people get a bit stuck for inspiration sometimes, and this is where Today I'm Wearing comes in handy. Hundreds of people upload what they’re wearing every day and is a one stop shop for wardrobe ideas – you can even upload your own outfits too!
Have you seen someone wearing the most gorgeous shoes ever and you can’t find them anywhere? All you need to do is upload a picture to The Hunt and someone will do all the work for you. It’s perfect for when you find those envy-inducing outfits on Tumblr with no details of where to buy, chances are someone else is looking for it too.
If you want to keep up with what’s new on the catwalk, Style.com has what you need. Filled with tons of content from the latest shows including reports, videos and street style it’s a one stop shop for a fashion lover. 

What are your favourite apps, fashion or otherwise?


18 May 2014

FOOD: Bread Meats Bread

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bread meats bread glasgow

bread meats bread glasgow

Bread Meats Bread has been about for a while now, and mentioned plenty of times I'm sure! Being bang in the city centre makes it a fantastic place for a quick bite to eat, especially when the food is so good and the price is so low.

On Friday afternoon after interviewing E of E and before reviewing their set supporting McBusted (more on this later in the week!) my friend and I had an hour or so to kill so decided to grab some scran and headed straight for Bread Meats Bread. I've visited a couple of times before but Geraldine hadn't been yet so we thought it was a good shout!

Every time I've visited Bread Meats Bread I've wanted to try their Porchetta and every time I've been they've not had any left. Which sucks. However this time the lovely waitress offered to substitute the sliced pork for pulled pork (I'm not complaining!) and it was absolutely delicious. On the side I decided to go for the caramelised sweet potato fries which were heaven but I was absolutely stuffed and couldn't quite bring myself to finish them all! Geraldine had a classic beef burger with the plain sweet potato fries which looked so yummy and based on her reaction was just as delicious as my pork.

The place itself is quite small but has a fantastic atmosphere and speedy service. We had to wait for about 10 minutes to get a table however this wasn't an issue for us with it being expected at dinner time on a Friday. Overall our meal (including drinks and chips) only cost us a tenner each which is a total bargain for the quality of food you're getting.

Basically - if you're looking for great quality, low prices and a nice atmosphere you will not be disappointed if you head to Bread Meats Bread.


16 May 2014

FOOD: Fruitbroo Juicy Iced Tea

Fruitbroo Juicy Iced Tea review
Fruitbroo Juicy Iced Tea* - available online now & in Sainsbury's as of July
(use discount code "ICEDHALFPRICE" for 50% off online!)
I was introduced to Fruitbroo back in November of last year and my mum & I have been a bit hooked on their hot drinks ever since. Much to my delight they're now releasing a range of ice teas too - perfect for me seeing as it's all I seem to drink during the slightly warmer months.

I've been trying out the Elderflower & Lime and Peach, Pear & Honey flavours for the past week and it's officially love. They're so simple to mix as all you have to do is add water and some ice and you're good to go. The flavours are a bit more exciting than your standard squash options and they offer the perfect amount of refreshment on a warm day. The Elderflower & Lime flavour is my current favourite as it has the perfect amount of "tang" from the lime which is balanced out by the elderflower. Luckily for me, one bottle makes a whole four litres of tea so will last me a decent period of time.

At the moment the range is only available to buy from Fruitbroo's online shop but they will be sold in Sainsbury's as of July - right on time for a hopefully hot summer! If you fancy trying these (and I seriously recommend that you do) you can get them for half price from the Fruitbroo store using the discount code "ICEDHALFPRICE".

Slightly off topic, but I have some pretty major news that I couldn't quite resist sharing... Today I'm heading to the McBusted concert at the Hydro (again) but this time I'm interviewing the support band E of E for the student magazine! I can't quite believe it to be honest, it's such an amazing opportunity and I am incredibly grateful. Hopefully this will be the first of many interviews. Also I'm going to see Katy Perry on Saturday & Sunday so it's going to be a pretty awesome weekend all round!

Have a lovely weekend.


14 May 2014

BEAUTY: Superdrug Naturally Radiant Micro Polish

Naturally Radiant Brightening Micro Polish - Superdrug £4.99 
I picked this up on a total whim, I was feeling a bit down and it was half price. I'm definitely an emotional shopper and a firm believer in retail therapy but with a small budget it's not always possible. I had a spare £2.50 kicking around in my purse and thought it couldn't hurt to try something new.

My main complaint with my skin is that it can be quite dry in certain patches and dull, possibly down to my bad circulation, so this kind of thing claims to cover all the bases. It's not overly harsh on the skin but does make a noticeable difference to my dry patches. After using this polish my skin feels considerably smoother but slightly tingly which is probably due to the abrasive particles. My skin isn't particularly sensitive so I wouldn't recommend using this if you do have sensitive skin - it actually warns against using it on the back if that's an issue for you.

As I mentioned I think the dullness of my skin is mostly due to my circulation issues so when I use this product I massage it in to my skin with a little exfoliating brush that I got free with an Avon order. This seems to make a clear difference to my circulation but I doubt it's a necessary step - using a muslin cloth would probably be just as effective.

I wouldn't say it's a "holy grail" product for me but I have noticed a bit of a difference in my skin over the past couple of weeks. It could just be a case of needing continued use to really reap the benefits so I will carry on including it in my daily routine until it's finished!

I've not really tried much else from Superdrug's own range as I was never very impressed with their B. product line however after doing a bit of research (i.e. reading blogs) I quite fancy the look of a few things from their Vitamin E range and will definitely be picking some up if it's ever on half price! If you have any recommendations, as usual, I'd love to hear them.


13 May 2014


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I mentioned in yesterday's post that I was on the hunt for the perfect kimono - black with lace panelled shoulders and fringing - but sadly I am still struggling to find such a piece. While hunting, these are some others that caught my eye. So much prettiness.

If you do so happen to see my dream kimono on your travels, please let me know. x

12 May 2014

OOTD: We are us not you

Playsuit - IKRUSH*
Boots - New Look (915)
I'm not too sure why, but recently I've been avoiding playsuits like the plague. It wasn't entirely intentional, I just couldn't find anything nice that fitted my damn awkward proportions properly! Step in this incredibly affordable little number from IKRUSH and my love has been reignited. It's such a flattering fit and the print is just gorgeous, it reminds me of that Primark tea dress from last year that everyone and their mum was in love with. It's a tiny bit on the short side, as am I, but with really thick tights you don't quite need to worry as much about flashing your pants at passers by in the street. I'm already planning more outfits with this, I'm intending on wearing it to Radio 1's Big Weekend at the end of the month but I just need to find the perfect black kimono - with fringing obviously. Based on the recent weather I'll probably be wearing it with welly boots but that's kind of a given in Scotland. Hurry up summer!

Today I handed in my final bit of coursework for first year, YAY! My last exam is tomorrow afternoon and then I'm freeeeeeee. I'm going on a night out with the girls from my course to celebrate, and I'm thinking I might wear this then too - who knows? Anyway, as of tomorrow evening I am free from coursework for another 4-ish months (wow) and I for one cannot wait.


9 May 2014

FOOD: Burgers, Beer & Banter at WEST

Yesterday evening my boyfriend & I headed over to WEST for a wee date night, I'd never been before but he had and had loved it. We actually managed to grab some tickets for their comedy night for a mere £5 on Itison the week before so it made sense to grab a bite to eat there beforehand!

WEST is an independent beer brewery located just off of Glasgow Green in the Templeton building - just next to the People's Palace - so it's within walking distance of the city centre. If you were in Glasgow last night you'll know that the weather was absolutely miserable so we hopped in a taxi from Central Station to avoid as much of the downpour as possible. The place has such a lovely atmosphere, it's warm and welcoming whilst not feeling like a "pub" if that makes any sense. They also allow dogs in which is a plus for me because I love creepily watching other people's cute dogs...

I have to admit I'm not a fan of beer so maybe a beer brewery would seem like an odd choice for me, however having sampled the WEST beers I can confirm that they are a lot easier on my tastebuds but they're still not for me. My boyfriend likes beer and he likes it so I guess it's good, right? I stuck to cider for the night as it's a pretty safe choice for me.

The German roots of WEST are pretty apparent in their menu (which you can see here) with lots of meaty options as well as my favourite pasta ever - spätzle! As I starter I had reibekuchken which are essentially crispy potato scones served with a little pot of apple sauce whereas Paddy went for cheesy garlic bread, both were delicious. Despite being tempted by the spätzle I was in the mood for a burger so opted for a classic cheeseburger and chips with yummy garlic mayo on the side. Paddy also had a burger but he had cheese, bacon and haggis on his - also good! Whilst the food was not the most aesthetically pleasing it tasted absolutely amazing, the portions were massive and it wasn't overly expensive. For our two courses (I wish it was three but I was stuffed!) and drinks it came to £36 which is really good.

After dinner we headed in to the Comedy Night not really knowing what to expect, but for a fiver it wasn't like it'd be a big loss if it was rubbish. Luckily it was absolutely hilarious! The three comedians and the compere were all fantastic guys with great material, by the end of the night my cheeks and sides hurt from laughing so much. If you fancy checking any of them out - and I think you should - you can find them on Twitter here: Jamie Dalgleish, Robin Grainger, Liam Withnail and Billy Kirkwood. We're definitely planning on going back and we're also hoping to visit The Stand too at some point.

Overall it was a fantastic night out and I would definitely recommend visiting WEST for a bite to eat or one of their events - they do tours of the brewery too!


8 May 2014

RECIPE: Baked Polenta Fries

Approx 500g polenta (you could buy some ready made like this or use the recipe here to make from a packet like I did, next time I'm definitely buying it ready made)
Mixed Herbs
Olive Oil
Grated Parmesan Cheese

Ever since I went to try out the lunch menu at Pizza Express I haven't been able to stop thinking about their polenta fries. Sadly, between coursework and studying I've not had a chance to visit again to get some more so instead I thought I would try my hand at making some myself!

They're actually super simple to make, even more so if you buy the polenta ready made which I would wholeheartedly recommend. The texture of the polenta I made from the packet wasn't too great so next time I'll be buying a packet from Tesco! Once you have a big chunk of polenta just slice it in to "fries" and lay out on a lined baking tray. Before putting them in the oven brush them with olive oil and add a sprinkling of mixed herbs & cheese (not essential but definitely make them a lot more flavourful). Bake them in the oven at around 200 degrees celsius for 30 - 40 minutes or until crispy looking and golden brown. You can enjoy them as they are, or a marinara sauce makes a great accompaniment!

Let me know if you make them, I'd love to know how you get on!


7 May 2014

BEAUTY: Paul Mitchell Express Dry Hairspray & Dry Shampoo

Paul Mitchell Express Dry Stay Strong hair spray*
Paul Mitchell Express Dry Dry Wash dry shampoo*
Last week the lovely folk at Paul Mitchell were hosting an event in Glasgow, but sadly I was stuck in my university library in Aberdeen. Luckily for me they were kind enough to send me the products that they were trying out so that I wasn't missing out too much!

I'm forever on the hunt for a decent hairspray as not many manage to stand up to the task of holding my mane in place. The Stay Strong hairspray from the Express Dry range does a pretty good job of this, taming my flyaways and holding my curls in place all day long with minimal drooping. It doesn't leave my hair feeling crunchy and brushes out easily come bed time, which is a big plus for someone who hates brushing her hair. As the name would suggest, this hairspray dries nearly the second it touches my hair, this is yet another massive bonus for me as sometimes I find a hairspray can be too "wet" and undo my hard work on my hair style (on the days I actually bother). It's also really great for holding my eyebrows in place too, I like to spray a little bit on a spoolie then brush it through my brows to ensure they stay put all day.

I'm not so keen on the dry shampoo however as I felt it did very little for me. Dry shampoo is an essential for me and I have a variety of cans that I use for a multitude of reasons - from covering my roots to adding volume on my just washed hair. This shampoo actually felt a lot more wet on application in comparison to my usual Batiste or Girls Only choices however like the hairspray it did dry really quickly. It applies transparent so you don't need to worry about the dreaded grey roots however I didn't see much of a difference in the oiliness of my hair. It'd probably be okay on day old hair but I prefer something a bit more matte as I think my hair looks a bit weird without it. I'm probably just being ridiculously fussy but it just didn't quite tick all of my boxes!

What are your favourite Paul Mitchell products? I'd love some recommendations!


6 May 2014

OOTD: We can stay together till hell starts to freeze

Dress - Cameo Rose @ New Look
Boots - New Look
Oooh look at that, it's an outfit post! First off, let's just ignore the state of my room okay? I've just moved back from university and got a new wardrobe (well, rail) so there are bags all over my floor... I promise it will be nice and tidy soon, mum! I have to go back up to Aberdeen on Saturday to get the rest of my stuff from my flat and then I'm staying for an exam and a night out on Tuesday. After that I'm home for the summer which is pretty crazy. I've got a busy few weeks ahead and I can't wait for some of the amazing things that will be happening (like seeing Katy Perry three times in the space of eight days...).

Anyway, I stumbled across this dress in the sale section of New Look at Braehead after a little trip to Ikea with my mum on Sunday. It's actually an XS but it still looks absolutely gigantic on me, I can't quite tell if it looks like it's meant to be this way or if people will just think I'm incapable of choosing clothes that fit correctly. My boots were also a sale purchase from New Look quite a few years ago, they were reduced from £70 to £35 and they're real leather. I did actually lose these for a while but I recently rediscovered them so they've been making many appearances. I wore this yesterday for a wee day trip to see The Kelpies with my mum and dad and I can safely say that this dress is so comfortable and ideal for hiding my many food babies.

Much to my dismay, my camera battery has died and the charger is in one of the few bags that are still in Aberdeen. I think I have enough photos to get me through to next week blog post wise but if things get a bit quiet over here that is my excuse. After this week I'll basically be blogging full time and I can't wait to be able to spend my time writing and reading!

Have a lovely week. x

5 May 2014

BEAUTY: Mini Avon Haul

One of my friends has recently become an Avon rep so my mum and I found ourselves with an Avon catalogue to flip through for the first time in a while (we usually buy online or through eBay). We only ordered a few things and these three were my choices - I had ordered a hair refresher type thing but it was out of stock.

I decided to try out the new gel finish polishes in the shade Crème Brulee which as the name suggests is a lovely creamy nude. The consistency is similar to the Barry M Gelly polishes but so far it's lasted a fair bit longer in terms of chipping. At the moment these are half price as an introductory offer so if you fancy picking some up I'd go for it sooner rather than later.

I'm not usually one for a vampy lip but I decided to give the Color Trend "Lasting Smile" Lip Paint in the shade Nocturnal a go as it was in the sale. It seemed a bit more purple in the catalogue so I was quite surprised when it turned out to be a deep burgundy shade (it's a lot deeper than the picture suggests). It applies easily and is really creamy. The wear time is decent but not fantastic, you'd definitely need a top up or two throughout the day but the lighter colours may not have this issue. I'm still working up the guts to wear this out but one day I will!

My final choice was a Black Mineral Mask which I haven't got around to trying yet, but if it lives up to its claims of leaving skin cleansed, unblocked and matte I'm sure I'll love it. I also got a little face brush free with this which I'm looking forward to using too. I'll probably do a full review on this at some point in the future.

What are your favourites from Avon?
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