Tuesday, 2 September 2014

{BareMinerals Boutique Glasgow}

Last week I had an appointment at the bareMinerals boutique at Buchanan Galleries for a make under and an opportunity to trial their new Serum Foundation, bareSkin.

The boutique itself is lovely and spacious. They are lucky to have a glass wall overlooking Buchanan Street that lets in lots of natural light, ideal for applying make-up. I've been in some department stores before, and you think you have a good colour match, but then you get out into daylight and it's a different story!

I was met by my Beauty Ambassador, Sarah - great name! ;-)  - and she talked me through the products. I've used BareMinerals before but as my skin deteriorated I felt that I needed more coverage than the loose powders and looked elsewhere for a liquid foundation. So I was keen to try out the new bareSkin serum foundation.

bareSkin has launched in the Glasgow boutique a month ahead of the rest of the country. It's available here until 4th September which is when the foundation will be available from bareMinerals stockists nationwide.

Sarah cleansed and moisturised my face before selecting three colours of bareSkin to try on me. We chose the most appropriate shade by doing a patch test on my jaw. My spotty chin was then covered up with concealer, my skin was primed and Sarah taught me the application technique of bareSkin as she applied the serum to half my face...shake, drop, buff:
  • Shake the bottle.
  • Squeeze 1-2 drops into the well of the Perfecting Face Brush.
  • Brush onto the skin in circular motions - do this lightly.
  • Add more drops to build up coverage.
Sarah made it look easy, and in theory it should be straightforward, but it's taking a wee bit of getting used to. I'm finding that I'm too heavy handed - I'm not used to applying foundation with a brush. Anyway, practice makes perfect as they say. I plan to do a YouTube video to show you all the look that was created for me, so watch this space. 

The new Bare Skin serum foundation has improved coverage than the loose powder foundations and yet the product genuinely feels so light on the skin - big thumbs up from me. The product has a coconut-derived base and it just feels lovely. I would say I have dry skin, and I'm not sure how people with oily skin would get on as it is oil-based; but it's advertised as being created for all skin types.

I was also super impressed with the colour match. Never before have I had such a good match with a foundation. There are 20 shades available and there should be a perfect match for everyone.

sans make-up

BareSkin applied to the left side of my face - you may not be able to see it from this small photo but there is a difference. My left cheek is less rosy, my skin tone is more even and the blemishes are covered. 

Tools of the trade

After the foundation was applied, the rest of my make-up was added. A powder to seal the foundation, then bronzer followed by blush. Mascara and brow pencil, lip pencil and lipgloss and I was all set and ready to go! I just love the lip colour.

The end result. I love it!

For your information, all the make-up that Sarah used is listed here:

Prior to my make-under I was unaware that BareMinerals had a skincare range. I had assumed it was only make-up. As you can see in the photo above, the skincare and the make-up are 'made for each other'. 

I've been using the Purifying Facial Cleanser (£15), Active Cell Renewal Night Serum (£39) and Purely Nourishing Normal to Dry Skin Moisturiser (£27) for nearly a week and already notice a difference in my skin.

That evening I went out for a run, and this was me when I got back in. The lighting isn't great, but I can assure you the make-up was still intact. Result! 

My goody bag! I was genuinely shocked to receive all this make-up in the post a few days after my visit to the boutique and I didn't for a moment think that I would be given all these products. I'm thrilled as I loved them all. Thank you so much BareMinerals.

I received a goody bag in exchange for an honest review. Opinions as always are my own.

Sunday, 31 August 2014


At the Foodies Festival in Edinburgh the other weekend, R & I signed up to Gousto

You choose the recipes (3 out of a selection of 10); they do the shopping and measure everything out; they deliver it for free and then you cook & enjoy the food using the recipe cards that come with the box.

Our first box arrived on Friday, and along with the food there's a reusable jute shopper and a ring binder to store your recipe cards. I've been extremely impressed with the service thus far. I had emailed a few questions about the delivery of my box and the responses from the team were very quick and helpful.

The first meal we chose to cook of the three recipes we selected was the Posh Burgers. They are served with rosemary chips, homemade tomato sauce, caramelised onions and basil oil. All of the ingredients came with the Gousto box aside from the olive oil, salt, pepper and sugar.

The kids and I loved our first dinner. It was great to get them involved in the preparation of the food too; the littlest and I followed the recipe card together to make the various components of the meal before we sat down as a family to enjoy it. And enjoy it we did!! Apparently it was the best dinner ever!

The goods that were sent were of a really good quality and it was all packaged in such a way that it could be left outside for a few hours if you missed your delivery (at the moment they can only offer slots that are 8am - 6pm).

The other meals we have this week in our box are turkey meatballs in coconut laksa and a spiced chicken mujaddara with lentils.

What I like about the service is that there is no commitment, no fee and no lock-in. So I've received my first box but put my account on hold whilst I trial it. I can then decide when and if I want to rejoin. It's also encouraging me to get creative in my kitchen. I've been a bit rubbish lately at cooking from scratch. One other great thing about the box is that the herbs and spices come in the correct quantities which is ideal for me with my teeny tiny kitchen and lack of storage space.

There are four types of weekly box available (correct at time of publishing from Gousto website here):

Meat box for 2 people, £34.99 per week
Meat box for 4 people, £49.99 per week
Veggie box for 2 people, £33.99 per week
Veggie box for 4 people, £47.99 per week

If you'd like to give it a try, you can use the code SARAH10366 for £20 off your first order.

This is not a sponsored post, it was genuinely something I wanted to try for myself and I purchased my first box myself. However, all customers are rewarded £15 off their next box for each friend that signs up. So thank you very much if you do give it a go as I'll get a discount as well as you :-)

Saturday, 30 August 2014

{Striking Mums with Kate on Thin Ice}

Grooving Mums is back... it's been revamped and is now under the name 'Striking Mums'.

Why Striking Mums you ask? Head on over to Kate's post here to find out more.

This is a linky for mum's that are "yearning for the you of yesteryear" and feel it's "time to shake things up a bit"! Are there changes you want to make in your life? Then this is the linky for you! Each week Kate will post something inspirational and ask us all to get involved too.

I joined Grooving Mums way back in September 2011 when I was going through an exceptionally rough patch. The weekly linky helped me focus myself on some goals and as the weeks went by my confidence and self esteem took leaps and bounds.

This week's Striking Mum challenge is to share a blog post about what you want to achieve - anything that will make you feel better.

My main aim is to lose weight and get back to the size I was at the end of 2011, which was 11 stone and a comfortable size 10.

My weight has crept up and up and I'm now at the heaviest I've been in 3 years... 12 stone 8 lbs and a size 12/14. I'm angry at myself for letting things slip and my motivation to get back to the lighter me is at an all time high. I was unable to get into my 'fat jeans'. This is not good :-/

I've been trying to run at least twice a week and this along with some healthy eating should help me towards my goal immensely.

Hopefully with the support of the Striking Mums I can keep up the good work and get into a better routine, one that includes exercise and healthy eating!

So tell me, what are your goals?

Keep on running!

Friday, 29 August 2014

{Love The Little Things}

I'm on time this week with  my 'Love The Little Things' post with But Why Mummy Why?

Here's this week's chat...


My favourite blog post this week is from Lynsay, Miss West End Girl. Her post on '29 Life Lessons I Learned by 29' was a timely reminder to take stock of the important things in life and some other valuable advice like "glitter makes everything better". Couldn't agree more!


R & I watched 'Machine Gun Preacher' this week. I found it very gory in parts but also very inspirational. I really enjoy movies that are based on true stories. I would love to go to Africa and help build a school. Something that I can perhaps think about once my kids are a bit older.


I've been getting the kids geared up for winter. Isn't this the most adorable wee monster hat by Jiglz and it's so cute with her new waterproof all-in-one.


My kids are big talkers. They are constantly telling me stories about this, that and the next thing. I love that they are so confident in themselves and are happy talking with other children and grown ups about their life and our antics. My son's stories of late involve his brothers (shhh, they're pretend!) and all the shenanigans they get up to. Important stuff, you know, like fighting droids, or helping Batman. His imagination is unreal!  


Our first Gousto box arrived today (you pick the recipes, they send the food and then you cook it - more on this in another post) and I made these posh burgers with the littlest. They are served on caramelised onions with rosemary chips, homemade tomato sauce and basil oil. A big hit with both myself and the kids. Mmmmmm!!

And Lastly...

After my failed attempt to get a 'Glasgow Mummy' bottle of coke at BritMums, look what I received in the post! Yay! Thank you Coca Cola.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

{Monkeying Around in Aberdeenshire}

Last weekend R & I hit the road; we were headed north to Ballater in Aberdeenshire for a weekend with my sister Ali, her boyfriend Robin and a few of their friends.

We had an amazing time & lots of laughs. On Friday we ate chilli & rice followed by Cards Against Humanity & wine around the fire. On Saturday we cycled to Dinnet & back (about 14 miles) then had a browse round the local shops before heading back to the house for BBQ, cheese & wine tasting and more card games. On Sunday I'm amazed I wasn't hungover. Surprisingly I actually felt not too bad! Anyway, we left Ballater & drove to Crathes as we were booked for a session at Go Ape.

We arrived at the historic Crathes Castle with plenty of time to spare, so we had a bite to eat in the cafe before heading to the Go Ape reception to sign in. The Go Ape Tree Top Adventure is advertised as one of the best days out in Aberdeen so we were keen to check it out. If you haven't heard of it before, Go Ape takes you on a forest adventure where you enjoy 2-3 hours in the trees taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of other obstacles and crossings. You have to be over 10 years old, over 1.4m tall and under 130kg to participate.

There are three tree top adventure courses in Scotland. Aberfoyle in Stirlingshire which has two of Britain's longest zip wires. Glentress Forest near Peebles which has the highest zip wire in the country and Crathes Castle which features the skateboard zip wire.

We had a thorough safety briefing before we got started and my heart was racing as we were accompanied down to the first obstacle. The first part of the course is only a metre or so above the ground, just to give you a taster of what's to come and let you practice using the equipment. I however slipped on the first step up on the rope ladder and screamed a bit. How was I going to cope in the tree tops?! Much laughter ensued from the queue behind me!

Safety is obviously so important and there are warning signs etc at each platform with clear instructions

Well, I made it round the whole course in 2 hours and there was only one section that I couldn't manage but it's my own fault for choosing the 'extreme' route rather than the easy one!

I had anticipated it to be heart racing/adrenaline packed the whole way through which it wasn't, but it was certainly a decent workout (my arms ached the next day) and I did properly freak out in a couple of parts that were definitely a bit nervy. The final tarzan swing was epic... as you'll see from the videos we took. And you'll also spot my epic fail......(apologies in advance for the swearwords, it wasn't me!).

Despite having a great time, we felt the price was perhaps a bit steep for the experience (I wish now that we'd gone to one of the other Scottish sites with the longer zip wires). It's £30 for Gorillas (over 18 years) and £24 for Baboons (10-17 years), which meant it would have cost us £120 for the 4 of us. However, I've organised a 10% discount at all Scottish sites if you quote the code GLMUM10. This code is valid until 30th November 2014 and excludes Saturdays and corporate events.

I tried to mount the Go Ape monkey at the end for #mymonkeyselfie but I failed miserably! 

So, what do you think? Have you tried Go Ape before? I reckon it would be good fun for a corporate team building exercise!

We had a complimentary experience of Go Ape for four in exchange for an honest review. Opinions as always are my own.

Monday, 25 August 2014

{Love The Little Things}

Joining in again with But Why Mummy Why's weekly blog hop 'love the little things' which is this week hosted by the beautiful Let's Talk Mommy.


This week I have been trying to catch up on my favourite blogs, and I loved this post by @dawniepopsies on Fast Love. I do believe like Dawn that 'you can't rush something you want to last forever' and it's for this reason that I waited 11 months to say the L-word to R.


My screams as I flew through the trees at Go Ape, Crathes this weekend. Watch this space for the review!


I've been watching Sherlock on Netflix and have been really enjoying it.


This morning I jumped on the scales to find that I was 12 stone 6 lbs. This is the heaviest I've been in what must be nearly 3 years. Eek! It's a proper wake-up call and I need to wise up with the eating and exercise. Thankfully I've been getting back into my running, although progress is somewhat slow. But I've done two runs this week and I also was out for a cycle at the weekend too.


The littlest and I made a lamb tagine. It was yum!

And Lastly...

I was at my aunt & uncle's holiday home this weekend with my sister, our partners and a few friends. We had a blast, and it's back to Glasgow and reality with a bump. I'm hoping to put together a vlog with some of our antics, but in the meantime here are a few pics:

My sister organised a red wine & cheese tasting - each person brought a bottle with them

Out for a cycle

Aw :-)

Thursday, 21 August 2014

{Review - The Body Shop Coconut Hand Cream}

It looks like summer is over here in Glasgow. We've had some amount of wind & rain these last few days & I've even had my central heating back on! We seem to have skipped right past autumn & winter is well on its way!!

I however am prolonging that summer feeling for as long as possible with this gorgeous coconut hand cream from The Body Shop at Glasgow Fort.

It smells divine & the texture is spot on. It's not too runny, but it's not too thick either if that makes sense, and it rubs in really quickly without leaving your hands greasy as I've found with some hand creams. 

I've grown up with The Body Shop and since I was a girl I've loved their products & packaging. My mum used to use the cucumber toner & carrot moisturiser and I have fond memories of collecting the smaller sized bottles with my sister. We had so many different ones it was unbelievable & they all smelled so amazing. I also think one of my first perfumes was The Body Shop White Musk. I could spend ages browsing in The Body Shop!

Anyway, I digress! I love that scents can bring back vivid memories & the smell of coconut just reminds me of holidays & fun times. This hand cream is definitely a winner :)

Coconut Hand Cream, 30mL  |   Price £3.50

I was gifted a 30mL tube of coconut hand cream from The Body Shop at Glasgow Fort for the purpose of this review. Opinions as always are honest & are my own.