Beauty Hit List: February & March 2017

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It’s been two whole months since my last Beauty Hit List and, since then, I’ve discovered (and re-discovered) plenty of new goodies to obsess over. Today we’ve got some new makeup releases, one of my long-time favourite scents, the Easter collection we’ve all been waiting for and a new beauty store to hit up!

So what are we waiting for? As Shania Twain would say, let’s go girls (and boys!)…

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GEN NUDE by bareMinerals

How do you like to go nude? At the office? The gym? Buying groceries? bareMinerals have a nude for every occasion with their new collection of GEN NUDE lip colours and are proving that nude shades don’t need to mean boring! With four dreamy formulas and 40 shades (!) to choose from, there’s never been a better time to go nude.

The Matte Liquid Lip colours are creamy and moisturising, while the Radiant Lipsticks are serving up “your lips, but better” coverage. 10 new Buttercream lipglosses are non-sticky and plumping and the Under Over lip liners can be worn on their own or to accentuate the perfect pout. My favourites from the collection have to be the Radiant Lipsticks, which feel super hydrating and add a slight shine (I’m wearing the shade XOX in this photo, if you want to see it on!).

Whether you’re into pink, peach, beige or mauve, bareMinerals have you covered. Nudes for days!

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Sugar Crush by Soap & Glory

Hands up if you got some Soap & Glory at Christmas time? Oh, who am I kidding? I love me some Soap and Glory all year round! My all-time favourite scent by Soap & Glory is Sugar Crush, a fresh kick of sherbet and citrus – so you can imagine my excitement when some of the brand’s classic products were recreated using my go-to fruity scent!

Over the last few months, I’ve been enjoying using Sugar Crush-scented Hand Food, Body Wash and Buttercream body butter. The dinky ones above came inside a Christmas gift set, which are perfect for stashing in your overnight bag for a burst of zing on the go!

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LUSH Spring 2017 Releases

One of my favourite things about LUSH are their seasonal collections. As well as REALLY knowing how to run with a theme, the exclusive products are packed with good-enough-to-eat ingredients and the LUSH Spring releases are no exception.

Covering Easter, Mother’s Day and the general joys of Springtime, this year’s products are an explosion of colour, creativity and cruelty-free fun! The Golden Egg bath bomb is back (phew!) to turn your bath into a glittering pool of toffee-scented bliss and there are plenty of gorgeous gifts to spoil your mama, your bestie or yourself. I just love the Chocolate Egg soap, which smells like vanilla, white chocolate and lemon.

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Superdrug Partick

If you’re Glasgow-based and want to pick up all your beauty essentials, you need to check out the shiny new Partick branch of Superdrug, which opened yesterday. Part of Crow Road retail park, this bright, modern unit is packed with everyone’s favourite brands plus Superdrug’s own-label products.

When I popped along to check it out, I was immediately drawn to the makeup section, which was packed with the store’s exclusive ranges like Makeup Revolution, MUA and Freedom. I also loved the Googly Eyes makeup bags, which are a super cute way to keep your handbag must-haves organised!

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It’s been an awesome couple of months for beauty – I think this time of year is always so great for new releases! I’m sure you guys have a few of your own favourites too, so be sure to tell me what I should be adding to my basket in the comments below or over on Twitter.

Love, glitter and googly eyes…

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This post contains some PR samples but all views, country music references and lipstick obsessions are mine 

The Glasgow Veggie Diaries: Crossing the Rubicon

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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.

Let’s get this out of the way: as some of you might already know, when it comes to spicy food I am a total wimp. I’m the gal that loves burritos, but only if I can cover them in sour cream, rendering them virtually unrecognisable! I’m also the gal that had claimed to dislike Indian cuisine – deeming it far too hot (and meaty!) for my taste. That is, until recently.

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When Crossing The Rubicon initially opened their doors on Great Western Road at the end of last year, I didn’t rush to go right away because I wasn’t sure if there would be much on their menu for me.

However, over the weeks that followed I heard AMAZING things about their modern street food-inspired take on classic Indian flavours. And since I always like to keep an open mind, Gary (a die-hard curry connoisseur!) and I went along to a special evening put on by The Glasgow Food Company to try out some of their vegetarian dishes…

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About Crossing the Rubicon

On the surface, it’s clear that Crossing the Rubicon are passionate about Indian tapas and craft beer, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find out that they are also about much more than that. Taking their brand name from the concept of taking risks in life, the menu is filled with a range of Eastern flavours from the likes of Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bangladesh and more.

Most of the dishes are smaller in portion, allowing guests to build their own feast, pick n’ mix their lunch or jump straight to pudding if they want to! Crossing the Rubicon’s relaxed approach to dining also aims to reduce food waste, and it’s refreshing to see a restaurant consider this issue.

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So, how was the food? Well, firstly I was really pleased to see an easy-peasy ‘traffic light’ system on the menu. Dishes that were not spicy at all are denoted by a little green dot, super hot options were red (of course!) and the ones in the middle were amber. And there were plenty of green items to choose from, hooray!

On our first visit, we agreed that the roasted carrot and sweet potato korma was a firm favourite. There was something incredibly moreish about it, and we loved the sweet, buttery taste! We both ordered it when we went back to Crossing the Rubicon a couple of weeks later for lunch, but had it served in different ways – Gary had it as part of a hearty naan-wich, and I enjoyed it as a small dish served with chana chat, chapatti and basmati rice. Delicious!

Another non-spicy, vegetarian curry that I really enjoyed was the dhal makani, which was made with lentils and beans. The sauce was rich and a bit tomato-ey – flavoursome but not spicy, which was ideal for me.

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Sides are also very veggie-friendly, and the crispy onion pakora was probably my favourite of all the sides and light bites we tried. It’s the perfect bar snack if you aren’t in the mood for a proper meal too! Gary also reported that the vegetarian haggis pakora was very good. A few other sides we tried included the pickle tray, hot buttered chapatti, naan, raita and salad.

The chapatti is dangerously addictive, especially when dipped into the korma sauce – is there any other way to deal with leftover sauce?

Overall, the range of meat-free options at Crossing the Rubicon is really impressive. There’s 24 tasty vegetarian items on the menu before you even get to the desserts, and a good amount of vegan choices too. Coupled with the fact that you can choose how spicy (or mild!) you want to go, there really is something for everyone!

I’m already planning my next trip, partly because I need more of their korma and chapatti in my life and partly because there are so many dishes I still want to try that sound so tasty (like the baingan bharta – made with smoked aubergine, tomato, onions and peas).

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Our repeat visits to Crossing the Rubicon just go to show that you need to push yourself out of your foodie comfort zone once in a while to discover something really great. I never thought I’d ever catch myself daydreaming about curry but there you have it – I’m a changed woman!

You can find out more about Crossing the Rubicon, and check out their full menu here.

Have you visited Crossing the Rubicon yet? When was the last time you tried something outside of your foodie comfort zone?

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Ch-ch-changes! I’m Rebranding!

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It looks like it’s been a little quiet on the blog this week but, the truth is, there has been a LOT happening behind the scenes! I thought it would be a good idea to take five and share some details about what’s coming up – because even though I have said it on social media, there’s only so much you can fit into a tweet!

As a lot of you will know, I’ve been blogging under my current name for a long time – about seven years actually. And a LOT has changed since then in the world of digital media, but I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that! From writing under a pseudonym and never posting a photo of myself, to becoming my own personal brand, I never thought I’d see the day when a personal website and social media platforms would become such a big part of what I do.

When I first started Miss West End Girl it was anonymous – a fun girl-about-town alter ego that I came up with based on the neighbourhood I lived in at the time. But now most people just know me as Lynsay, the person behind the laptop (and let’s face it – the person parading around on Instagram looking daft a lot of the time) and I don’t feel as shy anymore. It’s a good thing, and I wanted to do something about it.

So, if you’ve seen my recent Instagram and Twitter posts, you will already know the news – and if you haven’t (see me after class!), here it is: I’m rebranding!

Over the next few weeks, my blog name is going to be changing from Miss West End Girl to Lynsay Loves and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve got someone really special working on a brand new logo and header for me and I already feel so much more connected to the new name! The new website (lynsayloves.com) will be ready for you to come and visit next month.

In the meantime, I will be writing here as usual and I’ve got some posts coming up next week that I’ve been really looking forward to sharing! And don’t worry, I won’t be leaving anything behind – all of my posts will be available to read on the new website (I’m a hoarder you guys!).

I’ve been asked if my content or style is going to change due to the rebranding and the answer to that is a big fat NO! I will still be sharing fun life and style posts about the things that make me feel happy and excited. You can expect me to talk about everything from food, to travel, interiors, shopping, beauty, personal style, local events, thoughts on life and much more. A change of name and blog redesign is enough of a switch-up for this gal!

My social media handles have changed from @misswestendgirl to @lynsayloves but if you’re already following me you don’t need to do anything – the name will just have switched over. Come say hi and let me know what you think of the rebrand!

I think that’s everything for now but I’ll be sharing more updates very soon and of course my new website launch! All that’s left to say is a big thank you for reading, for your patience and for your support! Making this kind of change is a pretty daunting task and so far so many of you have been really kind and encouraging, which makes it feel less scary! I hope you’ll stick around for the next chapter.

Here’s to taking leaps and moving forward,

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