September Loves


So my September loves this month are only a few but all super worthy. Let’s start from the left to right:

Neutrogena Visibly Renew Body Lotion – I have pretty much used only two body lotions this year Aveeno and Palmers so to change this up was gonna need one hell of a body lotion. Well, Neutrogena has done it. It’s a brilliant brand which I have a lot of love for anyway’s but this body lotion is meant to improve your skins elasticity when used for 10 days continuously. I have loved this, it doesn’t have a strong smell but melts into the skin and is I think quite perfect for this time of year when you’re looking for a bit more nourishment in your skin. Plus it comes with a pump – something I think all body lotions/creams should have. Just saying!!

Storm Flower by Cheryl – I took a bit of a punt on this and ordered it from Feel Unique as it was on offer for the 30ml and shower gel. It turns out it’s a lovely wee fragrance that I have been rocking for during the day. 

Beauty Blender Pro Sponge – So I finally gave in and bought this. After purchasing the Real Techniques version which is a lot cheaper I was getting so fed up of having to replace it every couple of months so I took the plunge. I am really pleased I did as I have been so pleased with it. I do feel sometimes you buy cheap you buy dear as the saying goes. This one case around £16 you can find it here.

Eveline Ultra-Moisturizing Lipstick Aqua Platinum in 436 – I bought this lippie when in Greece. I was in the middle of purchasing a lilo not even looking for make-up and then there was this stand of makeup by Eveline not a brand I was aware of (they are French by the way) I choose this lipstick and well it has been absolute love ever since. Like seriously in love so much so I have bought another one. This from the girl who rarely uses up one lipstick in two years. It’s a gorgeous summer slight shimmer colour but also perfect for autumn too. 

Revlon Lip Butter in Brown Sugar – Now that it’s that time of year when I start cracking out the plums and browns I have fallen back in love with this one. Again this one is almost finished so another one has been purchased.

Wet Brush Squirts – I loved the full-sized so was so chuffed to find they have brought out the baby size. What is not to love about this and the funky colour.

Other monthly loves: Calm the book and app, BBC Radio 2 Saturday afternoon show, Walking on Sunshine the movie, SPL, thinking of getting a pussy cat so the hunt has started again.

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Biggest Mascara Brush – Ever!!


So for me Too Faced products have been on point all year. This particular mascara was on that I really fancied getting my paws on. Size Queen has the biggest brush I have ever seen before. Don’t believe me have a look at the photo below.


The brush is the size of thumb – seriously!! Too Faced has given this mascara dual-helix brush and keratin-enhancing, curl setting formal to create a Queen Sized multi-dimensional lashes instantly.

It is a fab mascara that really gives wow lashes.


I got this mascara from Sephora thanks to my mama bear when she was in France. The only thing you need to keep a wee eye on is that because it has a massive brush be careful that you don’t get mascara on your eye lids. Other than that its pretty impressive!

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Antipodes: Aura Manuka Honey Mask


OK I want to take a moment to introduce you to the best face mask I have ever tried. Yes, ever tried. I am of course talking about Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask.

I have wanted to try firstly Antipodes and more specifically this face mask for the longest time. It has constantly been on my wish list but for one reason or another I just never got round to getting it until recently.

Now I wouldn’t normally recommend such an expensive item especially for a face mask and probably that was one of the main reasons as to why I put off getting this. I mean we are talking about £21.99 which is kinda insane for a face mask but in the blogging world unless you’ve been under a rock this product and company has been getting a lot of love. 

So what is it all about? Well, this is what they say:

“Cleanse deeply your skin and your spirit with this luscious face mask that leaves skin smoothed and intensively hydrated. Manuka honey Active 20+ has potent antibacterial properties to cleanse and help clear blemishes. Bring peace and balance to your aura with divine fragrances of vanilla pod and mandarin.”

And what does all that really mean?

Well, you are meant to put a thick layer of the cream onto clean skin twice a week. Leaving it on for 15 minutes. Nothing really new there but for me the difference was the feeling and look of my skin afterwards. I am not sure how to explain it other than my skin didn’t feel at all dry – complete bonus but my skin had a lovely healthy glow to it. 

I hadn’t expected to love this quite as much as I do and have moved it onto my big favourites list. Whilst it’s not cheap I  suspect the tube will last me quite some time so possible cost per usage might well make this much more affordable in the long run. However, the way it makes my skin feel and look is more than enough payoff for me. A firm staple in my bathroom for beauty products. How about you have you or will you try this? Is there anything else in the Antipodes range I should now try?

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Autumn to do list


Ok firstly can we just talk about how perfect this tree would be for a Christmas tree – yikes I said the C word. Ok lets move along shall we and hopefully nobody will notice:-)

I adore Autumn in all its colour and glory and wanted to share with you my top 10 fav things about Autumn/Fall.

  1. Walks around the Botanics or anywhere that is out in the open;
  2. Making soups and large pots of chilli to eat on cold days;
  3. Wrapping up in cosy sweaters, boots and tights – I love it all;
  4. De-cluttering the apartment;
  5. Happiness that Strictly returns to our screens;
  6. Cycling at the weekends, one of the best ways to see the changing colours of the leaves;
  7. Starting to drink my fav drink Chai Latte or as I like to call it ‘christmas in a cup’;
  8. Burning lovely autumn candles whilst drinking hot chocolate and being all curled up whilst reading a brilliant novel on a cold day;
  9. Movie marathons, revisiting old ones and discovering new ones;
  10. Cracking out the slow cooker – yum yum

So if your looking for me this season these are the things you’ll find me doing- happy days!

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An Afternoon at the Botanics Glasshouse

IMG_0386 I adore wandering around the Botanics in Edinburgh, it’s my local so you’d think I would have explored every single bit of it but I haven’t. So when a Sunday rolled around and it was a reasonable day I decided to pack a waterproof, camera and my exploring attitude and finally get myself into the Glasshouse in the Botanics.


I will warn you now this is a picture heavy post. There was just so much to take photos of. It was a pure visual feast and this was the first thing a row of chilli plants. 



I love this photo of all the bamboos. I hadn’t really taken into account that it would be tropical temperatures in the glasshouse so some photos you can see are not 100% clear like this one as my camera was steaming up. 


This looks so haunting but lovely at the same time. I think it would look extra special with twinkle lights:-)


Oh my lily pad loveliness. I adored this room and stayed here for quite sometime and as you can imagine too a lot of photos. Aren’t you glad I only put one in this post!

Then I moved onto the desert. God these cactus’ are huge, like bigger than me huge.


I couldn’t help but take this photo as it fascinated me and freaked me out in equal measures. It reminds me of those photos you get on social media around Halloween when the pumpkin looks like it’s throwing up. I know nice thought but this is what I think it would look like if a cactus was to throw up.



Venus Fly Trap which was photographed behind glass. And deemed dangerous!!


Some crazy beautiful looking plants.


IMG_0443 I had such a lovely Sunday afternoon and for the cost of £4.50 it is so very worth it. A lovely place to just contemplate life and chill out.

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