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In This Week


1. Christmas time. 2. Face-time. 3. Random rissotto 4. Mushroom and cashew nut pasta.

Another weekly summary post with the date edited so it looks like it was a Sunday? Oh well, then. My parents were down on Sunday dropping off the rest of my stuff after their Australia/New Zealand/Singapore trip. I'm really glad to have (almost) everything now in Glasgow even if right this minute I am sitting in my bedroom with stuff scattered all around my bed. 

But at least the kitchen is sorted so I can start making a real mess of it again.

And my Christmas tree is up along with Jesus the bear. Yes, Jesus the Christmas bear. 

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Work Attire: H&M pleather & bows





A bit of a new mix up for my first outfit post since September! Firstly I took me and my camera, and my tripod (and a old holdall) to a near empty car park and snapped myself in public. Completely scary biscuits but after taking the last few outfit posts in my parents back garden I really feel as though a backdrop can really add to a picture. Some blogs do suit the plain white background but as my blog has a cream text area I feel that's why a non-white background works best.

Secondly the text on the photos. I took this idea from Sarah of yesandyes.org and whilst she isn't a fashion blogger (but still one of my favourite blogger EVAR!) it was a nice touch that allows a reader the chance to get info without digging right in. I am slightly in two minds as I'm scared it might distract from the outfit itself, but I have time to play with fonts to get it just right (the fonts don't match in the three photos above for experimental purposes.).

Thirdly, the prefix on the title is now "work attire" rather than how I looked. I was never sure how I felt about how i looked but kept it anyway almost two years later. Because I now mainly live in office suitable (but still fashionable - I think) clothing work type outfits are going to start popping up more often. So just as I categorise out my fancy dress outfits, I'm probably going to start doing so with my work outfits. Also because I don't know of any other blogger who posts their office clothes

What does everyone else think? I'd love some feedback.

Morag x
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Beauty Blogger tag



It's been a very long time since I've done any type of tag. The last few I've been tagged in have been repeats of previous tags so I left them out - but this one was different so decided to hit it up! Thank you to Hayley of Water Painted Dreams


Why did you start blogging and how long have you been blogging for?

I've actually began blogging in some sense of the word in 2004 back in the days of MSN Spaces, and since then I've had various blogs in the form of livejournal, myspace, vox and even my own domain name at one point. This particular blog was me being so inspired by other fashion/beauty bloggers and just deciding to grab the reigns. I had also woken up from a dream with my blog name so obviously I had to go ahead ;)

Whose blog did you fall in love with first?

Hard to say but two blogs I loved even before my uni days which still exist are gala darling and twentyfourcarat.net. Though it was more llymlrs, yes and yes, sofia's journal and charade that inspired me to start this current one.

Most important part about doing a blog post?

As I work in marketing I find it really difficult not to be a complete perfectionist about one single blog post. Even on my personal blog I'm treating it the same way I would treat it as if I was posting on my company's blog. That means spelling, always including a relevant photos plus make it detailed but not long winded. 

What kind of camera do you use?

My DLSR is a Nikon D3100 (out of focus blog photo *cough*) and of course my phone for instagrams which is a HTC Evo 3D.

What was the first blogosphere hyped product you bought and was it worth the hype?

Benefit Confessions of a Concealaholic, which was worth the hype but I have since boycotted Benefit because of their decision to enter China. Other than that I'll say the Snow Fairy shower gel. 

What are your 5 favourite things about blogging and being a beauty blogger?

1. The blogger meet-ups and some of the amazing lovelies I've met. We're like a different breed of people & I love how I can tweet and instagram whilst I'm with bloggers and they don't think I'm mental.
2. As I work in marketing it has been career boosting to say that I run a blog that is actually read by real people!
3. Getting really good recommendations from other beauty bloggers about good products. Rarely have I had a shit recommendation from a blogger (magazines on the other hand....).
4. Hearing someone say you've inspired them. It's a weird feeling but it's good to know you've touched someone's life in a good way through this medium. 
5. It's taboo to say this but I'm not going to lie - free stuff doesn't hurt. 

What have you learned from being a beauty blogger?

Sounds cheesy - but be yourself cause there are people out there who will take to the true you. I've always been a bit odd (veggie, almost vegan, boycott animal testing, feminist, use 30 products daily & document everything on the internet) but through blogging I've met people who are just like me. No offence IRL people...

Have you changed anything since becoming a beauty blogger?

I'm a lot more fashionable now! Should have seen me just two years ago...

What advice would you give to a blogger just starting out?

Be polite
Comment on other blogs
Work your blog up to a standard then advertise it
Be patient
Offer all the main subscription options

You're favourite eyeshadow palette?

I'm not really an eyeshadow person tbh. 

The best beauty deal?

I'm going to steal Hayley's answer: "the £5 off No7 vouchers for sure!"

Make up regrets?

When I look back at my 13 year old self I think I look a bit chavvy lol. But no regrets - most people mess up make-up when they first start out. I still miss my scene days, so no regrets there..

Name your top 5 beauty brands?

1. Lush!!!!!
2. No7
3. Soap & Glory
4. Barry M
5. MeMeMe

Recommend your top 5 beauty products?

1. Lush Lemon Flutter nail butter
2. Soap & Glory body butter 
3. Zoya nail laquer.
4. Lush Herbalism face cleanser.
5. MeMeMe eyebrow tamer and highlighter duo.

Tag other bloggers to do this tag!
These babes who have recently followed!
Jenn
Courtney
Carlyn


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In This Week


1. Feeder!!!! 2.First long lie on a Saturday for ages! 3. New Lush goodies. 4. Free perfume. 5. Mushroom flatbread. 6. Sesame stir-fry.  

And what a week it's been! On Saturday night I was lucky enough to see one of my favourite bands ever live. It was Feeder - remember Buck Rogers circa 2001? Well, Feeder have went down in history as one of my favs and I have so many memories connected to so many of their songs. Hearing Just a Day live (and as the last song of the night) was pretty much breathtaking. I honestly thought I wouldn't make it as I was at my last person asking a girl from my work to go with me, but luckily she was a fan. 

And furthering on from my 22nd, which was just over a week ago now, on Thursday night I headed to Lush to spend my £30 gift voucher. I was there for a while but with the help of the forever helpful Lush staff I picked up the Big solid conditioner, Volcano footmask, Light Yellow skin corrector and Catastrophe Cosmetic face mask. I've tried all but one so far but right now I'm already feeling these will be positive reviews. 

Whilst in Lush trying out almost all the products (I get lost forever in there) the sales woman (who I'm certain was the manager) held me back after I had paid to gift me a free perfume. You may or may not know that Lush recently released some new perfumes, but you may not realise that they had been planning to release small pendant versions of the perfumes but had to pull them off the shelves because of leaking problems. The Lush store on Buchanan Street had bought some in before this and I got one of them for being a sweetheart to sales staff who had been having a 'weird day'. I was also wished a belated birthday and was told "you're so Lush" because of my glitter party! Moral of the story: be nice to sales staff.

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My Glitter themed birthday (and a how-to for you!)


1. Sparkly drinks. 2. Sparkly cupcakes. 3. Full sparkly outfit. 4. Sparkly Make-up. 5. Sparkly Primark boots!

Anyone who has known me say, all of one week, will know that I am rather large on themed parties. They will probably also know that I am a magpie when it comes to glitter, sparkles and other over the top girly things.

It was only a matter of time before I threw a glitter themed party.

When people first got their invites "what is a glitter party?" was a common question and I have to admit I wasn't really sure what a glitter party was either. I just really knew I wanted one. Google hadn't really hit up any results so I realised I was creating ideas from scratch.

In the end it was:

Everyone comes in glitter/sequins/matellics/something shimmery
Admittedly most of the boys came matte, but all my girls were there in glittery tops, shorts and belts. I like fancy dress, and I liked themes, so my birthdays always have dress codes.

Bought some Gladshlagger.
Which I looked for in about four different shops. I have only had it once in my life before and forgot how potent it was. I had bought all the nessary ingredients for glitter bombs (shot glasses, tumblr, goldshallger and energy drink) but pussied out after mixing it with just apple juice made me feel all wooooooaaaahhh.

Made sparkly (vegan) cupcakes.
Something else people usually pick up on quickly about me is that I love a cupcake. Not just that I like to eat them but also that I have oven gloves covered in them. So this was non-optional, even if it did mean I needed to kit out my new kitchen in less than a month ready for my birthday. I've been experimenting with egg replacer loads recently and the cake was all vegan - though I couldn't find soya double cream alternative in time (vegan Glaswegians help me out?) so the icing was cow-produced.

Yay! Glitter party! Now tell me about you outfit, fashion blogger!
My outfit was split between New Look and Primark, which both have some amazing glitter collections! New Look especially but as I had already picked up my gold bralet from Primark I had to work with that. My shirt and bralet along with the glittery boots are Primark. Whereas my skirt is New Look (where I took about five into the changing room!). Make-up wise I am wearing a fav glitter polish from Deborah Lippman and my eyelashes were brand new ones from No7.

Ideas I turned down:

Glitter pong
I quite like my landlord, and so far they like me.

Decking the flat in glitter
As above.

Playing Mariah Carey Glitter on the background
Why did I even think this?

Lots and lots of glitter love!

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Review: Lush Jungle Solid Conditioner




Usually whilst I'm in Lush picking up some of my regular products (which we should all know by now is near half my products) I'll pick up an extra product just to try out. These tend to be lower priced products that usually just help me make up the full value of whatever pound note I'm paying with. The Jungle Solid Conditioner was one of these. I chose it because the forever travelling (and amazing!) Sarah von had mentioned that solid shampoos/conditioners are great for when on the move and I wasn't long home from Africa and though 'damn wouldn't it have been handy to have already sourced out the best solid shampoos and conditioners sooner'. Along that lines.

Whilst I did buy it with an intention of just 'trying it out' I was very surprised to discover it was quite the gem and it became my general conditioner until it ran out very recently. My hair is naturally fairly oily and I use henna to dye it so my hair doesn't suffer terrible dry ends (despite it length) however it can get very tuggy and I found a few strokes of this in the shower helped sort that out.

This was my first time using a solid conditioner as opposed to a liquid one and it was something to get used to. When I first got in the shower I imagined I'd rub it between my palms and it would lather up into a light cream. Not quite. I had been using it for a few weeks before I realised that the more effective creamy bits lie inside not towards the more outside layers which have been exposed to the elements. My advice is to cut it in half and use the inner layers to do your hair instead of rubbing the thing along your ends (which I originally did).

Overall, I really liked this product. Admittedly it won't become my every day conditioner because it's not as luxurious and is damn harder to use than its bottled counterparts! However for a situation where I might decide to go hike it out in a developing country, jet off for a weekend with just hand luggage and need to keep my liquids to the pesky allowances or finally get around to checking "go to a festival" off my bucket list, then by all means a re-purchsing situation may be on the cards!

(And by 'may be' I mean that I am planning to experiment with more solid hair products in preparation for these moments)

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Fancy Dress: Maleficient



And it's up! The Halloween costume that got me so many hearts on Instagram, Likes on Facebook and compliments from drunk people. The date will be edited to make it appear as if it was put up in November but for those of you already following you'll know how late the true date is!

It may not be a particularly big secret that I love fancy dress and plan my costumes for Halloween/Eurovision/my themed birthday months before it happens. Though I'll admit with the moving across the country situation this idea came a bit late to me and I had to pray the costume arrived in time. But I really think this may go down as a favourite (and I've dressed up as Katy Perry, a Ghostbuster and even a Crayola crayon!).

As for the make-up, the green face paint was Smiffy's (though I'll admit I have no idea if they are a cruelty-free company) which I found among the countless 'goth shops' along Queen Street in Glasgow. I also wore Urban Decay Babydoll lashes which truthfully I found a bitch to apply as they wouldn't bend to the shape of my eye easily. This was the first UD product I've ever used so I don't want to bad mouth it - but it really has put me off the eyelash range (and there has since been the whole being bought over by L'Oreal fiasco). The eyeshadow was also the first time I used my Blink + Go eyeshadow and blush kit which I received in a Glossybox ages ago, and was very impressed by. I only ever use coloured eyeshadow for fancy dress purposes but I found this really pigmented and lasted all night. 

And where did I wear this amazing costume? Because I'm now in a full-time job and many of my other friends have similar grown-up commitments Gillian threw a pre-Halloween weekend bash at hers in Edinburgh so I toddled along there for a night of hand-made cupcakes and bowls of punch. Followed by a night at Potterow. (Fun blogger fact - did you know me and Gillian have known each other since we were nine? You do now!). 


Lots of Sleeping Beauty love ;)

Morag x
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In This Week End of Hiatus Special Edition



1. Birthday outfit. 2. New essentials. 3. New onesie. 4. Tattoo design. 5. Halloween time. 6. Shopping.

And I am back! After a hiatus full of packing, moving and packing some more I am now in my new flat which got internet yesterday. My weeks have also been busy with my new job, Halloween, exploring Glasgow and also celebrating my 22nd which fell yesterday. I've been a busy girl but it has been a very good type of busy and I'm feeling really happy about things right now and I am loving my new start in Glasgow. 

I'm still feeling sensitive from my birthday celebrations last night (which were glitter themed btw!) and have to get sleep before I be a gown up and head off to start another 9-5 week, so I'm gonna make this quick. I'm also starving haha. But I'm sure all details will be filled in in due course. I'm so excited about re-entering the blogging world and my mind has been buzzing with post ideas whilst I was internet free. 

And that new onesie? Wearing it right now in my nice large purple bedroom. Loving lyf 2k12!

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