March Favourites

So, I’ve been remiss with my blog whilst on holiday, however, I’m back now just in time to give you a run down on my March favourites.

My first fav is my Too Faced bronzer.  I treated myself to this at the beginning of the month and am in love with it. I picked the chocolate soleil which is a medium/deep matte colour.  It’s the perfect shade for my skin and every time I open it I smell it, well, it just smells heavenly!  So, if you haven’t got one or swatched one yet…go and try it.

 

The second thing is my Clarins honey lip balm.  The correct name for it is Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil…a mouthful!  But for the regular people its very similar to a lip balm.  I waited for this as they didn’t have it in stock at our local shop, problems of living in a small town!  Anyway, when I got to the airport they did have it there and….bonus, it was tax free!  (Only by £3 but not to be sniffed at, it was a glass of wine on holiday.  I flipping love this stuff.  I used it everyday.)  My lips are really prone to drying out which is super annoying but this stuff is just awesome.  It feels slightly tacky at first but then that feeling disappears and it stays on for a good while before having to reapply.  It’s really hydrating.  I have no chapped, flaky lips.  I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone that is always having problems with dry lips…it is the bomb in my humble opinion.  They do it in a choice of honey or raspberry, which are both lovely.

I got a teeny tiny sample of the Frat Boy blusher by The Balm in my birchbox and it is pink, it’s pigmented so a little goes a long way but I also have used that more than I care to admit this month.  Its a perfect pink for the Spring and I think I will be buying the full size version of this when I run out.

 

I also got some from acrylic drawers and a lipstick holder from Muji and Ebay as I was needing a little more storage.  I wasn’t sure if they would just become dust collectors but I really like them.  They are a super size to fit quite a bit in without taking over the room and they are sturdy.  Also stackable so will keep my eyes out for more of their products in future.

That is it for now as I haven’t tried everything I actually bought.  Have you got anything this month you fell in love with or really hated?

Shopping and Eating in Edinburgh

Are you ready to be persuaded to treat yourself and have a lovely day out somewhere you haven’t been before?  Perhaps after this you will.

I have to admit it is a rare occurrence to be able to say goodbye to children and responsibility for a day and indulge myself in some personal shopping and major perusal of everything and anything I fancy, without that ‘Can we go home now?’ and ‘I’m bored’.  If any of you have children you’ll know exactly where I’m coming from!

I of course had the regular request before I left early in the morning (funnily enough the only morning my daughters woke up without any windows being thrown open or lights turned on, the only day where I didn’t particularly care about them being up), so the  request, sorry I digress, was ‘bring me something back’.  I love having daughters but I think it must be across the board that when a mum leaves home for the day she still has to show how much she is thinking of her kids by bringing something back!

So I was up bright and early, so early I saw the sunrise which if you know me…well, let’s just say it never happens.  Got some great priced train tickets through the thetrainline.com which when booked in advance only cost £20.00 return.  Hit the tracks with a cappuccino in hand and a very good friend and we were off.   The journey was comfortable, fast and had lovely views…definitely a thumbs up for the Virgin trains.  Well done Richard.

The last time I visited Edinburgh was as a rather naive teenager and I have vague memories of eating mussels and drinking flaming zambucas.  No memories whatsoever of the architecture, monuments, shops ect…so I approached with a sense of excitement.

We arrived at 10.20am and promptly disembarked into a large train station, (this had twenty platforms which when you come from little old Kendal with two, it’s pretty impressive) and made our way up to the main street.  I’ll stand corrected on this but I think its called Edinburghs Golden Mile to the right and behind stands the very impressive Arthurs Seat and to the left Edinburgh castle.  I’m not to interested in architecture however I am a sucker for natural surrounding, landscapes and views, so I had a thought at how much I’d like to revisit and climb up Arthurs Seat.

Before I knew where I was we were off to Harvey Nicks…my good friend has visited before and was completely compos mentis on her last visit, which I fully appreciated.  I love the backdrop in Edinburgh from the main street but as you walk away and look further down the road you also can see the sea which is a fab view too and great that both are within reach in such small vicinity.

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Harvey Nicks

A lovely gentleman held the door open for us and we entered a veritable paradise to me, the beauty department.  Providing there are no snobby assistants they are a pleasure to look around.  They had a Mac Counter, Benefit, Space NK, Nars, Tom Ford, A Nail Bar (yes there are some ladies who drink champagne and have there nails done at 10.30ish in the morning!), Elemis and so on.  I swatched some Mac lipsticks and breathed in deeply without glancing at Tom Ford.  Think I’d have to be pulling in a little more money for that..or when the kids leave home, haha.  Over to Benefit, I did tell you I was after trying their Hoola  Bronzer and had been also told to try ‘They’re real’ mascara.  So I found a box where I can try a few of their products before buying full size products.

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Do the Hoola kit, Benefit

This is a nifty little kit.  I think it was £28.50 but I had saved in order to splash the cash so in it I got five bits to try.  The Hoola bronzer in miniature, an all over the face bronzer in liquid formula, but a little goes a long way.  It’s  quite sheer but lovely for holiday which I will be going on soon.  A red Benebalm which is like a pigmented lipbalm, again great for holiday with a tan.  You only need a little to bring out the colour but will help prevent drying lips.  A small mascara, which I have not tried before and a neutral lip gloss.

 

 

We then proceeded to walk down George Street which runs parallel to the Main Street.  There are so many lovely shops that we popped in and out of, Jo Malone, The White Company, another Space NK, Kiehls, Anthroplogie, Paper Chase.  By this time we had many scents we were covered in and hands covered with creams and swatches.  We decided to stop and have a leisurely lunch at the first suitable place we saw, which happened to be Tigerlily.

I’ve included pictures here.  Inside I loved it,where we sat was a very pretty area in creams and limes with a long bar (always a necessity when without children although not best midday is my personal assesment) where they sold every whisky, wine and cocktail I’ve heard of.  The surrounding areas were a homey design but extravagant at the same time, plush booths with velvet material, plenty of beautiful glass lighting.  The kind of seats you would of fought to get in as a child…that’s what they reminded me of anyway.

I felt a ninny taking pictures in such an establishment so I took them from the internet.   We opted for a delicious salad, roasted butternut & beets with blue cheese, herb cous cous and toasted walnuts.  Quite frankly I loved this place and would be certainly persuaded to visit again and stay.  It’s very central, clean, lovely staff and food and by the looks of it on the internet, beautiful bedrooms too.  Definitely one for an anniversary list or just for a romantic getaway.  After a small glass of wine and a pint of water to wash it down I was in my happy place, very chilled and de-stressed.

From here we went literally round the corner onto the main street to all the major retailers and with the full merriment of someone who had drunk daytime wine I went and spent some money.  We were in and out clothes shops and Lush, which I love the smell of now thanks to being educated by my oldest daughter, whom I’m sure would bypass everything else and live in that shop.  I picked her up a golden egg and am still unsure whether that is a good idea due to the amount of glitter I managed to get on myself in the process.  Glitter and baths?  We shall see.th

I picked up some shoes, a skirt, jumpers (yes still feeling the desperate need to huddle in a jumper…bring on the sun!) and boots.  Very happy with my bargains, we finished around Jenners, which to anyone English is House of Fraser.  A beautiful old building..

 

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Jenners (House of Fraser)

And another beauty department, yeah me.  So I picked up a free 7 day trial foundation from YSL here which is from their Touche Eclat range.  Yes, I did eventually make a decision on that eye palette too and guess which I picked?! Urban Decays Smoky palette.  I’m in love with it.  I have a thing about grey eyeshadow at the moment and that’s what turned my head with the Nars palette but when I saw the smoky one there is at least three that are grey or pass for grey.  And as always the quality is creamy not powdery but just glides on.  Major treat of the day so I now have two.

So the greys are Slanted and Dagger but also Password comes out like a smoky grey.  Too much choice but no regrets at all.  Also I got the chocolate soleil bronzer from Too Faced and the Mascara from them, ‘Better than Sex’…I doubt it but lets give it a go.  I’m refraining from opening it at the moment as my Rollerlash is so good and the mascaras only have a limited shelf life anyway, but when I do I will let you know what I think.

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All spent up now with burning feet, that are not used to a full day shopping we headed for Jamies Restaurant for our dinner.  It is situated on George Street but in a very old building at the back so not the easiest place to find.  The inside is very flamboyant, decadent huge lights hanging,  deep burgundy velvet couches, hanging meats off the bar.  It was a beautiful setting but it lacked an atmosphere.  It may of been the time of day we went as we had reserved it for 5.15pm but still no one came whilst we were there.  To be honest, I wasn’t that impressed overall with the whole dinner.  The cocktail was delicious.  The meal was not for me.  I had a spinach and basil in Buckwheat pancakes with Smoked Mozzarella.  I am not fussy at all, I can virtually count on one hand the things I really do not like but I was disappointed.  The pudding however was rather moreish.  A sticky pavlova with blackberries and apple compote.

On a very full tummy we wobbled back to the train station to find it already waiting to take us home.  Time to say goodbye to this lovely city.  I will return but perhaps for a more educational purpose as there is a lot I would like to see.  But had a marvelous day and felt very spoilt on my way home as I contemplated once again living in the real world for at least two and a half weeks, because then I go on holiday.  Something else to look forward too.

Love Em x