Glitter Eyes with Cult Classics at St Enoch

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen it comes to this year’s Autumn and Winter beauty looks, most of them leave me, well…a bit cold. Glossy, Vaseline-slicked skin? No thanks. Androgynous eyebrows? Not for me, my friend.

But sparkling glam rock-inspired eyes? NOW you’re speaking my language! Let’s just say that sequins practically flow through my veins and I’ve never met a tube of glitter that I didn’t like.

So when St Enoch Rewards recently asked me to create a makeup look based on one of the new season’s beauty trends, I agreed quicker than you can say Cosmic Dancer!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith the challenge well and truly accepted, I headed to St Enoch to pick out an arsenal of products to help me feel less blah and more Bowie. Armed with £100 and the new St Enoch Rewards app, I decided to head for some cult favourites at the centre’s beauty counters.

If you happened to be following along on my Instagram Stories, you’ll know that I made a beeline for The Body Shop. Any bold makeup look is all about that base (’bout that base…) so I made sure that the first item in my basket was their best-selling Instablur primer to help keep my face in place!

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Next up, I visited Urban Decay at Debenhams – AKA glitter heaven! Before I ran face-first into the pixie dust though, I picked out another primer product. The Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion has been a long-time favourite of mine and, as someone who used to think primers were a huge swindle, I just can’t believe the difference it makes, ensuring that eye makeup stays put.

After that, I chose one of the brand’s new Moondust eyeshadows in the shade Stargazer, which looks like liquified gold and is packed with iridescent sparkles. It was love at first sight!

Not satisfied with the metallic shimmer on my lids I spied Heavy Metal liquid eyeliner in Amp and decided to layer it over my usual eyeliner – can you REALLY ever have enough glitter? The answer is no, no you can’t.

While at Urban Decay I finished my look with some Naked Skin concealer to help correct dark circles and the Naked Illuminated powder to sweep over my cheeks.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt the checkouts, I scanned my St Enoch Rewards card and checked the app later that day to make sure that my points were adding up (they were!). Unlocking different “levels” of points means increased rewards like discounts and extra freebies – who doesn’t like to get more bang for their buck these days?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs you can see, it didn’t take too long until I was experimenting with my new products to create some glamtastic eye makeup! I just love any excuse to break out this kind of look and, even though it’s ideal for nights out and special events, I don’t think I’ll be able to resist sneaking this eyeshadow into my everyday makeup bag from time to time.

You can find out more about St Enoch Rewards here – be sure to pick up a swipe card at the centre on your next shopping trip.

So yay or no way: would you rock a metallic glittery eye? What are some of your favourite cult products?

Starry eyed,

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Thanks to St Enoch Rewards for encouraging my glitter addiction!

The Glasgow Veggie Diaries: Taste Buchanan

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New to The Glasgow Veggie Diaries? This series is where you’ll find me sharing the most awesome meat-free food options around town, so whether you or a member of your posse are vegetarian, feel free to use this as your official guide to who is doing it right!

You can also catch up with all of my previous Glasgow Veggie Diaries entries here.

This week, I’m sharing something a little bit different but it’s something completely new to Glasgow AND it’s exciting AND I’ve really enjoyed discovering it lately so I hope you like it too!

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If you haven’t heard of Taste Buchanan (created by the team at StreetDots) yet, let me bring you up to speed. Glasgow has a long-running love affair with independent street food – from pop-ups to festivals and everything in between, it’s pretty safe to say that foodies in our fair city love any opportunity to check out the newest vendors and sample their creations.

There’s only one thing though: street food events tend to be one-offs, meaning if you want to eat from your favourite gourmet pioneers, you need to be first in line at their latest event. Wah! Well, don’t worry because that’s where Taste Buchanan come in!

Taste Buchanan have taken the fun and independent concept of Glasgow’s street food scene and made it readily accessible to anyone that visits Buchanan Galleries every day. Not only that, but by having a roster of eight awesome local businesses, it gives vendors a chance to showcase their food and drink on a semi-permanent basis.

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I was keen to see the starting line up of Taste Buchanan (and how well the hub caters to vegetarian options, of course!) so last week I spent a very happy lunchtime checking out their eclectic mix of traders.

The first unit that caught my eye was Chompsky, as I’ve been a regular at their pop-ups for a while now and I always come away from their stalls completely smitten with their latest concoctions. At Taste Buchanan, you can find Chompsky serving up Asian-inspired steamed buns with fresh slaw, along with some kickass sides.

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I tried their vegan steamed bao bun, which was jam-packed with fresh mushrooms, spring onion, sesame seeds and pickled ginger.

I also ordered their sweet potato fries, which came drizzled in tasty sriracha mayo and served in a cone (ideal if you’re after a grab-n-go snack!) and an apple & mint iced green tea. Super refreshing!

Next up, I visited Nomad Pizza, who were lovely and chatty and enticed me in with the warm smell of freshly-baked pizzas. Never one to shy away from a slice (or a whole pizza!) I couldn’t resist trying their tenderstem broccoli, halloumi and sundried tomato one.

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If you’re a Pixar fan, I have no doubt that the idea of broccoli on a pizza reminded of you of a certain scene from Inside Out, but trust me on this: broccoli on a pizza totally WORKS.

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I was also really impressed at how quickly Nomad were whipping up fresh pizzas in their state-of-the-art oven, and before I know it I was face-deep in cheese and veggies (AKA heaven!).

Also currently at Taste Buchanan, you can find Surf Dogs with a range of fully-loaded Brooklyn-inspired hot dogs. They have vegetarian and vegan options available too, so I will definitely be back to investigate soon.

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The kitcsh picnic benches and ‘grass’ at Taste Buchanan make it the ideal place to stop for a relaxed bite to eat, and it feels like a million miles from the mall food court that stood in its place not so long ago.

If you’re hitting Buchanan Galleries at brunch time, I’d look no further than Union Waffles, who had a mouth-watering menu of sweet and savoury varieties. Their goat’s cheese, roasted butternut squash, spinach & pine nuts waffle sounds like true #brunchgoals and dessert fiends should also make a beeline for their S’mores waffle. Union Waffles are also serving amazing locally-roasted coffee from the likes of Thomson’s Coffee, making them your first stop when you have a busy day of shopping ahead!

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Other than waffles, the sweet treats available include scoops of Equi’s ice cream and show-stopping cupcakes from Designer Cakes by Paige. Next time I visit, I’ll be saving room for one of Paige’s cute-as-a-button cake push pops because I need buttercream and sponge on a stick in my life, pronto.

The current stars in Taste Buchanan’s show will be there for about 8-10 weeks, before a brand new selection of local vendors take their place. The way I see it, this gives us plenty of time to try each one at least once, and remember what makes street food so special (spoiler alert: it’s not just about delicious food, it’s about community too).

You can find Taste Buchanan on the top floor of Buchanan Galleries in the city centre so let me know if you make it along and what food you try!

Also…have you tried broccoli on a pizza before?

Love,

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Friday Hi-Fives: Birthday Fun, Blogger Shop & Bosley!

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Happy Friday, you gorgeous creature! The last time we were hi-fiving, it was the evening before I was due to go and pick up our little kitten and to say I was excited is a slight understatement! SO…he’s home, his name is Bosley (or #exoticbosley if you fancy some Insta-stalking) and he is settling in just nicely. You can expect to see more of him around here, but in the meantime let me fill you in on what else has been going on…

Last week it was my birthday and I gave myself permission to take a few days off and R-E-L-A-X because if you can’t do your own thing on your birthday, when can you? I got utterly spoiled with some gorgeous gifts and time with friends and family – I’m feeling like a very lucky girl indeed.

After going out on Thursday AND Friday night, I decided that I needed some TLC, so on Saturday I arranged to go and get my first ever lash lift by Melissa AKA The Beauty Business at Pixie Hair & Beauty (the same salon I went to for some awesome makeup earlier this year!). I’ll be giving you guys more details on what was involved and how it went really soon, I promise! Afterwards I headed to Three Little Birds Spa on Great Western Road for a deluxe (and uber-sparkly) pedicure before heading back home.

On Sunday we held our first ever Scottish Blogger Shop at Hillhead Bookclub, which was a LOT of fun! We were really grateful that so many of you decided to come down and hang out with us for the day, and it was amazing to meet so many lovely new people. Here’s to the next one, eh?

This week, I went along to the House Of Fraser AW16 press dinner and got to know their new in-house lifestyle brand, Maison de Nimes. With a really relaxed, Californian vibe and some cute palm leaf patterned dresses, I’d say that the label is going to be a big hit! The next night, it was time for some more birthday celebrations, so to get in the mood I visited the all-new MAC counter at House Of Fraser and had my makeup done by one of the MUA’s. I loved my vintage-inspired look and headed out for dinner with Lori, Laura and Ayden feeling like a shiny new penny.

I’m ready for the weekend, how about you?

This week, I’m hi-fiving because…

…I checked out the new Taste Buchanan street food hub at Buchanan Galleries and my tastebuds were VERY grateful! With a range of savoury and sweet options under one roof, the hardest part was picking what to eat first!

…this weekend ISOLATED HEROES have brought the glitz and glamour of Vegas to an exclusive two-day pop-up over at Southblock. I’ll be heading down over the weekend to get my sequin fix, see you there?

…did you know that you can drink beer and change the world for the better? Check out the work that Brewgooder are doing and prepare to be impressed! I don’t drink beer myself but I couldn’t help but feel inspired by this one.

…if you’re in town tomorrow and love a bit of vintage fashion, my beautiful friend Casci will be sharing her (vast!) knowledge of 1940s Glaswegian style over at Tenement House as part of their WWII weekend activities.

…and if you’re in Edinburgh, this is your last chance to visit Urban Reivers’ pop-up in George Street and shop the fabulous local talent they are showcasing.

Well, I plan to make the very most of the next three days with Gary and Bosley so I hope you have a magical long weekend and I’ll see you next week!

Love,

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