Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Girl Behind The Screen

-    I actually wear glasses pretty much all of the time. My eyesight isn't bad, but I was born with a squint in my left eye which resulted in me having two surgeries on my eyes before the age of 3. 

-    My worst subject throughout the whole time at school was English (despite that being my highest grade in IB - typical!) because I am a logical person. I like rules and things that can be explained. Maths was so much simpler for me because you are given a rule and you follow it - none of this free-styling shenanigans. 

-    I HATE being scared - I will not watch scary movies, read scary books or go to scary halloween events. Don't believe me? The last time I went to the London Dungeons I cried my eyes out (I was about 17 years old - I'm never growing out of it!)

-    This article sums up my life (and explains the title of my travel blog)

-    I am in no way, shape or form a party girl. Yeah, I like to let loose every once in a while (who doesn't?) but I am much more of a homebody and prefer a night snuggled up in bed with a Terry's Chocolate Orange and a good movie to hitting up a nightclub or bar.

-    My first and last names are Scottish - just like my father's side of the family.

-    I am an extreme perfectionist and am often far too hard on myself, but it's something that I can't seem to grow out of. I end up getting ridiculously stressed over things that don't actually matter  in the long run because I want to do well, no matter the circumstances. 

-     I have four tattoos and six piercings (but have had eight) - bet you wouldn't have guessed that!

-     The thing that I want most in my life is to be a mother - I can't think of anything more fulfilling and I absolutely cannot wait for it (but not just yet!)
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

What I've Been Loving #32

NARS Blush in Sin (£22.50):
Doesn't this shade just scream 'WINTER' to you? No? Only me then. Well, this gives your cheeks that lovely 'I've just walked a mile in the snow so I'm a tad flushed' kinda look - and I'm diggin' it. The deep plum shade mixed with a slight golden shimmer also has a very 'festive' feeling about it that I simply cannot refuse. It might be a bit early for me to be counting down to Christmas, but my cheeks are still representing! 

The Korres Lip Butters have always been a favourite of mine, and Jasmine just happens to be in the current rotation. They're really nourishing, gorgeously scented and super light on the lips which makes them my perfect 'day-time' lip balm. Another flavour worth mentioning is 'Wild Rose' which has a lovely deep red tint for if you want to rock a berry look whilst still keeping topped up on moisture! 

It's getting colder, so naturally I am already as pale as a ghost. Despite trying to embrace my natural paleness, this shade of white is far more sickly looking than chic = No bueno. So after having a good ol' rummage through my stash, I rediscovered this beauty from a Summer collection a year or so back. A gorgeous glow that isn't too intense for the palest amongst society, and gets me looking a lot more healthy and alive in a jiffy. 

I've been after a legit pair of Tweezerman tweezers for years, but the price tag has always had me running in the opposite direction. However, a recent stroke of bad luck (or perhaps good?) saw BOTH my pairs of tweezers go on an unauthorised walk, never to return. So, there I was - slightly annoyed and bushy-browed - and simply couldn't wait another minute for my other tweezers to show their face, so I toddled on down to Boots and finally took the plunge. Needless to day, these are definitely as good as everyone says and are therefore certainly worth the higher price point. Whats more, they come with a promised free lifetime worth of sharpening, so the twenty or so quid feels much less painful when these bad boys are potentially with me for life (as long as they don't go wandering off like their predecessors...) 

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Friday, October 17, 2014

A/W Prep: Mentality

Even though I find the ever-shortening days and the nippy winds more delightful that anything else, not everyone handles the changing of the seasons as well. To conclude my A/W Prep mini series, I thought I'd touch on the subject of preparing yourself mentally for the colder months, as we've already covered how to look after your body. Without further ado, here are some tips and a few things to look out for as the leaves begin to change colour and the electric blankets are being whipped out...

- Let's face it, for the majority of us this time of year is one of our busiest. Some of us are heading back to school/university, and for those who are finished with (higher) education, work becomes busier and that carefree summer attitude seems like a distant memory. We need to get out of holiday mode and get back into gear, and a great way to do that is to indulge in new stationary, a pretty new diary or a new work bag. Little things that get you excited about getting back to work will make the whole transition that much easier.

- Keep an eye out for signs SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is a type of depression that tends to occur at the same time each year - usually during the winter - and is incredibly common. I'm obviously not a doctor, but having a history of mental illness I can definitely relate, so if I can be of any help, please do send me a message. It's important to be aware of conditions like this and familiarise yourself with how to handle them - whether it's something that you suffer from, or if it affects someone close to you. If you'd like more information on SAD, click here

- Use this 'new start' feeling to get going! Now is a great time to get stuck into a new hobby, to get exercising on a regular basis *again*, or kicking off your healthier eating plan. I'm always at the gym at this time of year because I get carried away with starting a new year at university, so it's almost like a new years resolution for me!

- Remember to get outside to get some fresh air and take in a few rays (when you can!) Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, and we get most of our vitamin D from exposure to sunlight. Avoiding cabin fever is also key to keep you feeling happy and motivated, even when it's miserable outside, so try and get out at least once a day - even if it's to pop to the corner shop to buy some milk. Trust me, it'll make all the difference and you'll feel all the better for it - both physically and mentally.

Do you have any tips for surviving the winter months? Let me know!
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Shades of Berry

There's nothing more I like than a berry lip during the colder months, and Bourjois has some amazing shades to offer in some of my all-time favourite formulas. The Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Lipstick in '08 Grand Cru' and the Colour Boost Glossy Finish Lipstick in '06 Plum Russian' are my two picks for gorgeous berry pouts to liven up these drizzly, ever-darkening days, and I've certainly been getting good use out of them. I must confess, despite what I originally thought - I've been wearing the Colour Boost Glossy Finish Lipstick nonstop as the finish is simply gorgeous and really comfortable, and the colour is to-die-for, but not too intense for the daytime. The Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Lipstick on the other hand has been my go-to full on bold lip as the finish of it is simply unbeatable for me. I've expressed my love for Bourjois' answer to matte liquid lipsticks in this post - and the shade '08 Grand Cru' is no exception. Have you been sporting any berry shades? What have been your favourites? Let me know in the comments!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

A Wedding in Paradise

In my last post I mentioned that my weekend was going to be spent on the gorgeous Balearic Island of Ibiza to celebrate the wedding of my gorgeous cousin Lucy to her (now) husband Chris. As a sun lover, Lucy was determined to have her wedding somewhere warm and sunny - rather than our rather dreary and wet homeland. So it was decided - we were all to fly out to the sunny isle off of one of my favourite countries - España! Now I know that these photos aren't the greatest of quality, but they were all taken on my iPhone so I'm fairly impressed, and to be honest they get the mood across. They bride and setting were absolutely stunning - despite what you might think Ibiza was amazingly beautiful and very typically Spanish - mainly because we stayed on the other side of the island from the 'party zone'! I don't really have much else to say apart from Congratulations to the newlyweds and I hope you guys enjoy the photos that I managed to sneak in! 

Isobel x
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