09/02/2017

TK Maxx Beauty Buys

Usually when I go into TK Maxx I find nothing, the beauty always lets me down. They always have great pieces but they've been poked and prodded at so much that it is horrifically disgusting and theres no way I'd ever put any of it near my face. 
TK Maxx had a really good makeup section, they had a fair few untouched Too Faced products, I got a couple of the Too Faced Melted Metal Lipsticks. I got three shades from them: Melted Metallic Bunny; Melted Metallic Dream House & Melted Metallic Tu Tu. They cost like £5.99 each, and honestly I bought them not having a clue how they looked on the lips or anything. Like any rational beauty junkie I bought all the colours they had. Justifiable what with it being super cheap. 
As I was heading to the checkout I spotted this small mask section, and literally rifled through every single mask they had, making myself a fair sized pile of masks. I spotted a bunch of Tony Moly masks, I got all the ones that they had on offer and I'm really excited to see what they do for my skin, also what they smell like - that red wine one intrigues me. 
Last bunch of masks are all a bit random, the little piggy ones look really cool. The 3 step Blackhead mask looks like it could be really good. I dont think any of the masks cost more than £4, so its crazy good value. 

I'm not sure how much of this is available in other stores, but its always cool to know that these things can be there and if you keep your eye out you might be lucky enough to find them. 

06/02/2017

A Few Bits From London

After a day of sightseeing, my friend Gemma and I walked ourselves down to Oxford Street for a bit of retail therapy! 
Our first stop was to Selfridges, and I was genuinely like a little kid in a candy shop. I restrained myself so so so much and only got a few things - and only got a few things that we can't get easy access to in Glasgow. One of the first things I noticed was a bunch of skin care by Tonymoly. I've seen them online before but always decided against them as I'd not seen them in person before. I decided on a couple of TonyMoly products, the first one I decided on was the Egg Pore Nose Pack Package. I love a good pore strip - if they work then its a massive plus, the ones I last used did absolutely nothing and left me with such a red nose, I could have given Rudolf a run for his money! I've yet to use them, so I'll report back when I do get around to trying them out. Theres 7 in the pack, and they cost £6. Along with the pore strips I also got myself the TonyMoly Blackhead Steam Balm. This I have used, and I'm really impressed with it so far. You apply the product on your face, I just put it on the overly blackheady bits of my face leave it for a couple of minutes, then you just massage it in for a bit and when it turns into a white lather you just wash it off. It left my skin feeling hella soft and hella smooth. Your only meant to use this once or twice a week, I've so far used it two days in a row and I honestly feel like the darkest of the blackheads are gone. Trying just that one TonyMoly product has left me wanting to try so much more from TonyMoly and come payday I'm sure I'll be adding a few more products to my collection. The last thing I bought from Selfridges is a Zoeva Brush. I got the eye shadow brush 221 Luxe Soft Crease, I'm pretty sure I don't already have this one, and I absolutely adore my Zoeva eye brushes. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if I owned all their eye brushes by the end of the year.  
After leaving Selfridges, we went a wander down the street and wound up in Pandora. Gemma wanted to to get herself a London related charm, and I honestly didn't go in with plans of buying anything. On the little tray the guy showed Gemma there was such a lovely little travel related charm and I couldn't help myself. The newest addition to my bracelet is this lovely little world charm with the words "All Around the World" written on it, and a little gem in it too. It was £35, which I thought was a great price as I thought it might end up being more expensive! Trying to picture this was so bloody hard, so theres a link to it here if your interested. 
Moving on from Pandora we wandered in and out of stores, and then I saw the mothership. The Disney Store. The Oxford Street Disney Store is flipping huge! The upstairs section looked bigger than the whole of the Glasgow store! The Disney Store had some of the country related new releases, and y'know I just had to buy the little London Tsum Tsum set. I'm not sure if I'll take them out the little box they came in, if I do though I'll definitely keep the box. They were £10, which is maybe a bit expensive but they are cute and a nice wee souvenir. 
The last thing we did on our lovely shopping day was to go on a hunt for Laduree Macarons. I ADORE THESE. Gemma got a bunch of Hotel Chocolat things, shes chocolate mad, I saved myself for my beautiful macarons. We walked past this store twice, we must have been so tired cause once we found it we were sooo confused as to how we missed it. I bought a box of 12 and got a fair mix of flavours: Morello Cherry; Lemon; Chocolate; Rose Petal; Orange Blossom; Vanilla; Salted Caramel and Pistachio. I love me some Laduree Macarons, if only Glasgow had a store. 
Whats your favourite thing from this little haul? Have you tried any TonyMoly products, what ones do you recommend I buy next?  


02/02/2017

London In Photos

Recently I came back from my first visit to the Capital, and I can say for sure I'll definitely be returning again this year! London was brilliant, and I think visiting somewhere where everyones first language was English made it so much easier. Don't get me wrong, I love travelling to places further a field - but not being able to speak much of any language (English sometimes included) makes it a little more difficult. London was just so effortless and I walked everywhere, its such an easily walked city, next time I'll use the Tube so I can spend full days exploring areas in and around London, but that for another time. Lets get onto the pictures of what I saw whilst in London! 
When we arrived to our hotel - the Premier Inn near the London Eye - we were too early for check in, so we dumped our bags and went exploring! We saw Big Ben and Parliament for the first time, and then we walked down the Thames towards the Tower of London. We made a detour and passed into see St Pauls Cathedral, but unfortunately couldn't get into visit as it closed to visitors at 11? 
We still spent time in the area though, undeterred, and walked through the gardens before heading on wards! Walking further down the river we found another little cathedral - this one was open and decided may as well go in for a bit. It was right next to the Borough Market, lucky for my tummy! I'd seen these crazy good looking doughnuts on instagram and when I found the stall I couldn't help myself. I got a hazelnut stuffed one and oh lordy was it good!
The stall sold so many delicious looking breads and if we'd had a little flat to stay in I'd have definitely got us some for dinner! 

We then got to the Tower of London, I love me some history and walking around and being able to read all about the Tower way back when really appealed to me. The Crown Jewels were so impressive, but I honestly think they're missing out on a real opportunity. I mean how many of you would pay to wear a mock version of the crown? Cause I know I would! To have a picture with a crown on, ah every girls dream. Does anyone know why the Queens Guard is wearing grey? Is it to do with the seasons, just thought they always wore red. 
Since we had yet to check in we decided at this point to head back, not before stopping off though at Shakespeare's Globe for a picture, it would have been so cool to see a play here but Othello didn't start till February and that's the one Gemma and I read together in school! 
After checking in, we decided to just chill out for a couple hours before getting ready to find dinner and to make our way to the Apollo Victoria to see Wicked!!!!!!!! 
Wicked was absolutely amazing, Gemma has seen it twice now. Once in London and once in New York and she plans to see it again in Edinburgh when it tours. I'd gladly pay to see it again, I near enough cried while watching it and I had goosebumps all over me. It gave me chills! The cast were amazing, and just thinking of it makes me smile. 
On the walk home after the show ended we took a slight detour and wandered around Buckingham Palace and then towards Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square. 
After a well needed sleep, we started the new day with sushi. Living the life guys. We followed up our sushi brunch with dessert. Instagram had been a haven for me finding all sorts of amazing looking foods, Yolkin had relocated to somewhere that was kind of on our way that morning so we popped in and both got one of their yummy macaron icecreams! 
They have different flavours every week, the one I tried was Apple Crumble, and boy oh boy was it good! It was absolutely freezing in London, but that didn't stop us wolfing down our ice creams! 
The rest of the day was spent walking from place to place, as we didn't have much time to see everything we'd planned. 
First stop was a little time spent in the British Museum, as lovely as it was, I feel bad saying that its not my favourite museum I've ever been to and I definitely think the Kelvingrove Art Galleries is better. 
The British Museum was followed by a magical trip to Kingscross where we picked out house and snapped a few pictures, I decided to buy the ones we got, and honestly it was definitely for the £20 for 3 prints and digital copies. 
Moving on we found ourselves in Camden and strolled around the Markets for a good while. Gemma bought some bits from the stalls inside and I bought myself yet more food. The Halloumi fries from Oli Baba's were heavenly, I love halloumi cheese, and turning them into fries was the best idea ever. 
We then found ourselves in Chin Chin getting ourselves one of their insanely rich hot chocolates with the torched mallow on top. The mallow tasted like I died and went to heaven, and the hot chocolate was so rich, it was the perfect size and at around £4 I think the value was pretty good too! 
We tried to get into Madame Toussands but unfortunately they weren't open to the public for some reason. Since it was after dinner time we decided to call it quits and walked home via Oxford Street for some shopping. I went a wee bit mad in Selfridges - but I was still v v v restraint. Theres going to be a haul post up soon though from that, so keep an eye out if your interested in what I got! 
When we got back to the hotel, we decided to order pizza to our room. We just chilled out and ate our very yummy pizza whilst watching TV, and then packed our bags as the following day was home time. Boo. 
Final day was an early start and a walk to Buckingham Palace. We saw the changing of the Guard which was cool, went to 10 Downing Street and then took some v touristy pictures with my Instax. As we had to get the bus around 4, we went back to the hotel got a drink and some food. We had an absolute disaster with National Express, our bus came but the driver was so rude and left without us, leaving us in a panic and having to get an Uber. We got to the airport with like 10 mins to spare. V V V stressful. All in all though, London was amazing! I'd go back in a heartbeat - although next time I'll just get the train from the airport. 
I've already got itchy feet and I wanna get my next getaway booked! Who knows where I'll end up going next...