Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Frizz Free Curls With John Frieda

John Frieda Dream Curls

Despite straightening my hair to within an inch of it's life as a teenager, I'm now more than happy to embrace my natural curls and waves. so when John Frieda got in touch to ask if I'd like to be part of their Curl Collective, I was immediately intrigued and excited to take part.

Having tried some of their Frizz Ease products in the past, namely the shampoo and conditioner, I was looking forward to seeing how the selection of products that I had been sent, dealt with my newly chopped locks.

John Frieda Frizz Ease

Since my last foray into the Frizz Ease range, everything has had a complete makeover and a couple of new products have been introduced to what is now called the Dream Curls line.

The shampoo and conditioner were as good as I had remembered, which was great. They clean and hydrate the hair without it feeling like your hair is laden with lots of product.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls

But what I was most excited about, when it came to the Dream Curls range, were the styling products.

To be totally honest, I rarely apply anything additional to my hair, other than the odd mist of hairspray, when it comes to styling products, so I was very eager to try some of these out.

Now that my hair is that bit shorter (it's collar bone length, as you will have seen if you saw/read the blog post where I met Charlotte Tilbury), my curls have hopped up, instead of being weighed down, like they are when my hair is longer. So having and using the Dream Curls styling products has made keeping those curls looking good and from falling, a reality and not a dream.

The mousse works as you would expect it to without leaving your hair feeling crispy or crunchy, like so many other hair mousses do. The calming cream is ideal for keeping real frizz at bay. The styling foam is perfect when it comes to air drying your hair. And the daily styling spray really has become a daily essential of mine. My hair feels silkier than ever and it looks so much more shinier than it normally does. I think I've found my dream haircare routine (pardon the pun) when it comes to keeping my natural curls looking and feeling great, as well as creating additional curls myself. However, I do really want to properly put the range to the test on curls like those created by the Lee Stafford Chopstick Styler. Can you tell that that's on my Christmas list this year? Hehe.

You'll find the John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls range at Boots, Superdrug, Feel Unique, Amazon and most supermarkets.

Does your hair get frizzy? Or what is your main concern when it comes to your hair? And have you tried either the Frizz Ease range or the John Frieda range more generally? If so, what were your thoughts?


Friday, 25 November 2016

What To Buy In The Black Friday/Cyber Weekend Sales & Every Code You Need

Best Black Friday/Cyber Weekend Deals UK

Unless you've been living under a rock this week or not ventured onto the High Street/opened your emails, 'tis the season to indulge in a spot of pre-Christmas shopping. And I'm here to share some of the biggest and best deals, savings and discount codes out there, ones you'll definitely want to take advantage of, as well as a few of my personal favourites.

New Look leopard print coat (was £49.99 now £37.49) | Fitbit Flex (was £79.99 now £39.99) | Little Miss Blogger mug (was £6.99 now £5.60) | Topshop velvet sandals (were £69 now £51.75) | Soap & Glory EXTRAVA-GLAM-ZA (was £50 now £25) | Kate Spade small Hayden bag (was £268 now £214.40) | Charlotte Tilbury Secret Salma Lipstick (was £23 now £20.70) | Barry M Liquid Luxe set (was £12 now £9) | Spectrum Brushes 10 piece essential set (was £39.99 now £27.99)

If you've wanted to try Spectrum's brushes, there's no better time than now as they're now less than £30 on Beauty Bay and how incredible does the Soap & Glory EXTRAVA-GLAM-ZA look?! And it's now only £25, as opposed to £50.

It's always a bonus when items you've had your eye on, namely this New Look coat, Topshop's dreamy velvet sandals and the good ol' FitBit go on sale. Where's my debit card?

And the fact that this stunning Kate Spade small Hayden bag is also on sale proves that it's not just random bits and bobs that you'll find in the sales. It's the kind of handbag that'll last you a lifetime and go with everything. Can you tell I'm obsessed with it?

If you fancy treating yourself or your loved ones with some serious savings, you'll find every code you need below;

& Other Stories - 50% off selected items
Accessorize - 30% off selected items
All Saints - 30% off with the code CYBER
Amazon - different deals each day
ASOS - 20% off EVERYTHING with the code GOGOGO
Beauty Bay - 30% off lots of amazing brands and products
The Body Shop - 40% off EVERYTHING with the code 19805 (+ FREE delivery when you spend £5)
Boohoo - up to 50% off selected items (+ next day delivery for £1.99 with the code FRIDEL)
Boots - so many Black Friday deals on everything from fragrance to gift sets and electrical items
Charlotte Tilbury - an incredible magic offer each day
Cult Beauty £5 off £50 with code BLACK5 - £15 off £100 with code BLACK15 - £30 off £200 with code BLACK30
Debenhams - different deals each day + 10% off beauty and fragrance
Dorothy Perkins - 50% off selected items
Feel Unique - different offers each day + price matching competitors
FitFlop - up to 50% off selected items
H&M - up to 50% off shoes and accessories
House of Fraser - 50% off selected items + 10% off beauty and fragrance
John Lewis - price matching competitors on brands like Charlotte Tilbury, Olivia Burton and many more
Kate Spade New York (at House Of Fraser) - 20% off
Look Fantastic - at least 20% off with code LFBLACK on Black Friday and LFCYBER over the weekend
Marks & Spencer - up to 50% off selected items
Matalan - a whole page of Black Friday deals
Miss Selfridge - up to 50% off selected items (+ FREE delivery)
New Look - up to 50% off selected items
Office - 20% off EVERYTHING with the code WONDER (+ FREE delivery)
Peacocks - 20% off EVERYTHING/25% off EVERYTHING on Cyber Monday
River Island - different offers each day (+ a pretty massive sale)
Selfridges - between 10-20% off with the code SELFCCE
Sephora - gift sets from just $10
Stradivarius - 20% off EVERYTHING
Superdrug - up to 60% off + big savings on Zoella Beauty/Tanya Burr (+ extra money off if you're a Health & Beautycard holder)
Topshop - 50% off selected items (+ FREE delivery)
Truffle Shuffle - 20% off EVERYTHING with the code BLACKFRI
Urban Outfitters - 50% off selected items (+ £1 delivery)
Very - different deals each day (their Black Friday page is updated daily at 8am)
Wallis - up to 50% off
Whistles - 25% off selected lines

As someone who hasn't started their Christmas shopping yet, if you're the same, this could well be the perfect excuse to do so.

Have you bought anything in the Black Friday or Cyber Weekend sales? What do you think of my top picks? And have you started/finished your Christmas shopping yet?


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Planning My First Trip To New York

First trip to New York

To celebrate turning 25 next year, I've finally decided to do something that I've wanted to do for years now; I'm going to book my very first trip to New York.

Instead of waiting until I have a boyfriend (see my blog post on being forever single for more info) or until I can convince a friend to save up and take time off work to come with me, I've made the decision to go it alone. Even though I like to think of myself as an independent woman 'throw your hands up at me', I'm mainly used to family holidays and honestly, that's what has put me off booking a solo trip for quite some time. But on our last few trips, most of the travel logistics (searching for the cheapest flights, doing online check-in, securing theme park tickets, making sure we're at the airport/gate/rental car place on time, etc.) have been down to me. Staying at CitizenM Glasgow. last month, only reinforced this notion of solo travel being realistic. And I have to admit, I'm looking forward to doing what I want when I want, without having to wait on or consider others, as selfish as it sounds.

Ideally, I'm looking at the months of May or June of next year, as hopefully these months should offer a happy medium weather-wise. I'm also looking for as many tips as possible! Do I fly direct and save like crazy or do I go indirect and put the savings towards experiences when I'm there? Is 7 days too short or too long to spend in NY? Do I stay in or around Times Square since it's my first visit? Could I realistically do hand luggage only? Do I really need the New York CityPASS? These are all questions and I potentially have a whole lot more, that I'd be very grateful to get some advice on. So if you've been, know someone who has or read a great blog post/watched a brilliant YouTube video, I'd be forever grateful if you left your recommendations below or got in touch with me on Twitter.

I do have a general idea of what I'd like to see/do while I'm there, basically all the touristy stuff but I'd love to hear what else I should see, do, eat and marvel at in the Big Apple.

Have you ever visited New York? If so, can I have all your tips and advice please? Hehe. If not, is it on your 'to visit' list? And would you be interested in me blogging about my trip on my return?


Sunday, 13 November 2016

The Look Fantastic #LFSparkle Beauty Box

Now that it's officially Winter (it was snowing here in Scotland this week), I feel like it's okay to finally get properly excited about all things Christmas without universal chants of 'IT'S TOO EARLY!' being shouted at you. And this month's Look Fantastic beauty box has anticipated that festive shift with their #LFSparkle box.

Straight away the sparkle theme became clearly apparent as I pulled out the glittery Look Fantastic nail file from the box. A nice touch for the Christmas party season. Then I spotted the Look Good Feel Better angled blending brush and got even more excited to delve into this month's offerings. The brush is such great quality and it really nestles into the eye socket well too. Next I uncovered two brilliant hair products, one of which I'd been dying to try. The L'Oreal Mythic Oil is as good as I'd hoped it would be and the Sebastian Professional Volupt spray is ideal for adding much needed volume to my roots, particularly over the holidays.

You'll also find a makeup item in this month's box and it's one that I think will work well for many different skin tones and colours. I'll definitely need to check out some more of Model Co's offerings after trying this.

And last but not least you'll find two products, both of which are ideal for the colder months. Monu's Soothing Touch Recovery Balm feels so lovely and hydrating on the skin, whilst the Bloom And Blossom Revitalising Foot And Leg Spray will certainly be coming with me the next time I travel. If you're visiting relatives this Christmas, be it by bus, plane, train, ferry or car, this spray is designed specifically to boost your circulation and leave you with a pleasant fragrance, one that's not always around on public transport.

Don't forget that you also get the latest copy of Elle magazine with each Look Fantastic beauty box, which is such a great deal. It also saves me buying it separately now.

I think a beauty box like this one would make for a great Christmas gift, especially if you know the person you're buying for is a fan of all things beauty or trying out new brands and products. You could even gift them a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription, if you're feeling particularly generous this holiday season.

What do you think of the #LFSparkle beauty box? Have you tried any of the products in this month's box? If so, what do you think of them? And are you starting to get excited for Christmas now?


Friday, 11 November 2016

Disney Springs

Disney Springs Princess

When I was last in Orlando, back in 2014, Downtown Disney, as it was known then, was undergoing some major renovations. As we don't make it a point to visit the Disney parks anymore, I was particularly excited to spend a day at the newly revamped Disney Springs, as it's now known and boy, was it good!

I didn't let the fact that I wasn't going to any of the Disney parks this year discourage me from wearing my best Minnie Mouse get-up. I brought my Minnie ears all the way with me from the UK and paired them with the absolute dream of a jumpsuit that is this one from Topshop. I think I did Minnie proud and got several compliments, mainly in the Kate Spade store where they kept saying how 'Kate Spade' I looked, which I can only take as one of the greatest things that's ever been said about me.

So let's take a trip to Disney Springs;

Disney Springs Shopping

Straight away Disney Springs was almost unrecognisable. We parked in the new lemon parking lot, which made it so much easier to get straight to the heart of Disney Springs, than it did when we last visited. Last time we had to park at the entrance next to the House Of Blues, which admittedly was a bit of trek away from World Of Disney, for example.

Even though it looked completely different, it was nice to be greeted by the familiar sight of one of Walt Disney World's most iconic sights; the Characters In Flight balloon.

After spending a few minutes simply marveling at all things new and exciting, I made a beeline for my favourite Disney Store in the entire world, aptly named World Of Disney.

Disney Springs Christmas Decorations

World Of Disney truly is a little huge slice of heaven for any Disney fan. There's literally everything you could ever want or imagine, Disney-wise, under one roof.

I could have taken a million and one photos, like I almost very nearly did but I did have a bit of a plan of action in place as I knew I'd get a little distracted, like I did in the Christmas section right here. I came away with several treats for myself and a good few Christmas presents for friends and family before meeting back up with my Mum, who also went a little crazy buying all things Marie related, to capture a moment or two.

Disney Springs World Of Disney

Outside World Of Disney you'll find two of my favourite Disney princesses; Aurora and Cinderella and as you can see, I made sure to get my photo taken with both. These really are a perfect photo opp, regardless of your age.

Disney Springs Sephora

Disney Springs has certainly cemented itself as a major shopping destination in Orlando, Florida with many of the biggest brands having stores there. And unlike at some of the other malls, they feel very much like boutiques instead of a traditional store at the mall. You'll find stores like Anthropologie, Kipling, Levi's, MAC Cosmetics, Pandora, UNIQLO and Zara and then you'll find two stores that I couldn't quite contain my excitement about.

When I first heard that both Sephora and Kate Spade New York would be opening stand alone stores at Disney Springs I kind of lost my shit. I may or may not have done some serious damage in Sephora that day...

Who'd like to see a Sephora haul at some point in the not so distant future?

Kate Spade New York x Minnie Mouse at Disney Springs

And whilst we're talking of haul posts, I'm definitely going to be doing one thanks to the sheer amount of Kate Spade stuff I bought in the States!

I was SO tempted to indulge in at least one piece from the Kate Spade New York x Minnie Mouse collection but something even more exciting caught my eye moments later. All I can say is that it involves a cat. You might have even seen a glimpse of it on my Instagram when I was there.

If you'd like to see a full blog post on my shopping experience at Kate Spade New York Disney Springs, let me know as I definitely got a bit snap happy in there.

Disney Springs Sprinkles Cupcake ATM

Despite this brilliant move towards incorporating more shopping, you simply can't miss some of the incredible restaurants, venues and special places that Disney Springs has to offer. And this now includes SPRINKLES!

For years I've been living vicariously through anyone who'd visited on Instagram but this year I finally got to experience it for myself. I even got the chance to get one from their cupcake ATM!

It was all very exciting, as you might be able to tell from what I've written and my rather eager face above. That exciting that I completely forgot to take a snap of my actual cupcake but I can confirm that it was just as good as I'd hoped it would be.

Disney Springs Travel Guide

The last time we visited, as I mentioned above, Disney Springs was a bit of a building site. A Disneyfied building site albeit but a building site all the same. So we never ventured too far at the time. This visit I got a chance to really explore and there really was something incredibly special to behold around every corner. I spent a solid ten minutes just taking in this lovely expanse of blue water, all whilst trying to savour every bite of my Sprinkles cupcake.

There were some grey clouds, as you might be able to see but thankfully it stayed dry and sunny the whole time that we were there that day.

What to do at Disney Springs

I also loved discovering this fantastic amphicar area. I even got to see someone driving(?)/sailing(?) one out onto the lake, which was something to behold. It also made my Dad smile like a Cheshire cat. As you may remember, if you read my LEGOLAND Florida blog post, my Dad isn't the easiest to please when it comes to this sort of stuff but he absolutely loved his day at Disney Springs. The last time we were there he basically moaned non-stop about how far we had to walk to get to World Of Disney and at how many people were there but this time he had an amazing time and even did some shopping too. Quite a turnaround, eh Disney?

Disney Springs Hidden Mickey

In addition to all that, you'll also spy some hidden Mickeys, like this one, which is always a fun thing to do on Disney property.

What do you think of Disney Springs? Would you ever like to visit one day? Are you looking forward to my haul posts? Have you ever had a Sprinkles cupcake? And would you like to see a blog post dedicated entirely to my Kate Spade New York shopping experience?


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Forever Single

Forever Single

Even though I've shared my IBS story with you on here (with plans to delve into this topic a bit further soon), this certainly feels like my most personal and open blog post. For the first time in my adult life, I've been feeling a way I never have before when it comes to my single status and lack of any real romantic relationship; unhappy.

Up until now, I've never had a serious boyfriend, something that has never really bothered me until very recently and for some reason I just can't shake the feeling. When I was a teenager, I honestly was like an 80 year old trapped inside the body of a 14 year old (I much preferred staying in with a good film or a book, a yummy takeaway and my pyjamas on or going to the movies with my friends, instead of drinking litres of cider in our local park or getting all dressed up in Tammy's (who else remember's that shop?!) finest to go to the 'unders' clubs) and even now that's pretty true. But as a teenager I certainly didn't feel ready to even contemplate the thought of dating someone. When a boy declared that he 'fancied' me, my response was to go beetroot and overthink everything. Surely this was some kind of Ashton Kutcher-style Punk'd practical joke at my expense, I would think. I wasn't confident in my own skin either and got worked up about the way I looked. It probably took until the age of eighteen/nineteen before I began to own who I was and how I looked but by this time I was at University. The idea of a one night stand just wasn't how I wanted to be treated and I still felt uneasy with the idea of hooking up with some random stranger. As a result, I was still single bar the odd 'date' that never really went anywhere. But now something feels different. I want someone else to share the good things with.

All it takes is a quick scroll through Facebook to really make the situation feel a hundred times worse. Remember that boy you used to have a crush on in high school; engaged. The girl you used to walk to school with in the morning; married and just had a baby (on purpose, I might add, still a crazy thought). The girl you sat next to in English; just moved in with her boyfriend of six years. Even though I haven't seen most of these people in about eight years now, since leaving school, for some reason that shit hurts. Even if just for a second, it hurts and I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe it's because somehow I feel like I'm missing out. But on the other hand, the notion of something like Tinder just fills me with dread. I know a good number of people who've met their current partner/that special someone on some kind of dating site/app but I just worry that all I'll find is the kind of guys I actively avoided during high school and Uni. All I'm really looking for is the exact opposite. Or to quote Hannah Horvath from Girls;

'I just want someone who wants to hang out all the time and thinks I'm the best person in the world and wants to have sex with only me'.

Okay so maybe not all the time and I'm pretty sure there are people out there in the world doing better things than I am but you get the gist. I mean surely that's not too much to ask for, is it?

Would you like to see me share more personal posts like these or little insights into my life outside the blog? Is anyone else in a similar situation? And does anyone know an eligible bachelor who might quite like to take me out on a date? Kinda joking there but also kinda not. Let me know what you think and how do you feel when you take a scroll through Facebook these days?


Sunday, 6 November 2016

The Winter Coat Edit

Winter Coats 2016

Miss Selfridge green suede coat | BIBA leopard faux fur coat | River Island RI Studio coat | New Look khaki coat | Monsoon navy coat | Oasis off white coat | Marks & Spencer Archive by Alexa coat | Whistles faux fur coat

As I sit here, in about five different layers of clothing, still absolutely freezing, I think it's safe to say it's well and truly Winter now. Have you started to notice that a light jacket or hoodie just won't cut it outside anymore? I came to that realisation when I made the somewhat silly decision to go out in an unlined bomber jacket yesterday. To say I was cold would be a massive understatement! So over the past 24 hours or so I've spent most of my time scouring the net for my dream Winter coat and I'm pleased to say, I think I've found it!

I've just placed a New Look order to buy the khaki coat. I absolutely adore the colour and the fact that it's longer than the normal coats I go for at this time of year. Since they have 25% off many of their Winter coats at the moment, including this one and there's a 25% off discount code with Look Magazine this week, it would be almost rude not to place an order.

Have you bought your Winter coat for this year yet? If so, which one did you go for? What do you think of the coats I've picked out? And do you have a particular style that you go for each year when it comes to your Winter coat (leopard print, faux fur, longline, military inspired, etc. etc.)?


Friday, 4 November 2016


LEGOLAND Florida Travel Tips

Despite countless trips to Orlando, Florida over the past fifteen years, one theme park had eluded me, until now; LEGOLAND Florida.

So this year, we made a point of expanding our horizons when it came to the Floridian theme parks and put LEGOLAND Florida right to the top of our to-do list, as a result. Once we found out that it was located in Winter Haven, an area we'd always wanted to explore and that it was only about half an hour's drive from the villa we were staying at, the decision was made.

So let's take a trip to LEGOLAND Florida;

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

CitizenM Glasgow

CitizenM Glasgow Review

Last week I packed an overnight bag and headed to Citizen M Glasgow for a bit of a staycation in Glasgow City Centre. I was very kindly invited along to share my honest thoughts, as always, so I picked a particularly packed day to use the hotel as my base and as a place to relax and unwind in the evening.

Along with a hundred and one errands, which included going to the Post Office, collecting online orders and generally making a start on my Christmas shopping, I also had two blogger events to attend. The first, a Charlotte Tilbury makeup masterclass, which I've went into more detail about in this post because well honestly I was a little snap happy at that specific event, for good reasons. The second, which was later in the day, was the Specsavers Scottish press show, which I'll go into further detail about below.

Having my room at the CitizenM that day was an absolute lifesaver as it meant that I didn't have to carry lots of heavy bags and online shopping orders around with me all day and I could stop off at the CitizenM between the two events to refresh and break up the day a little bit.

So let's take a trip to my home away from home for the day; CitizenM Glasgow;
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