Silver, sand and sea

Hello and welcome to nicspicknmix, on the blog I am discussing my tips on how I wear my jewellery. I am petite and I normally like my jewellery to be the same. I wear jewellery to compliment my frame. I feel that this works best for me. Although, I know some people prefer the exact opposite and wear pieces that stand out, but then again this may work better for them.

That being said, what I select for the daytime compared to that at night time tends to differ quite dramatically. During the day I choose to wear jewellery that keeps my style simple and clean. I like to wear only one or two pieces which in my eyes, isn’t going over the top, unless I’m wearing a full set of course. If I have a full set at hand to match my outfit then I’m quite happy to wear a bit more than normal, it doesn’t hurt to stand out a bit after all, especially if everything co-ordinates. My daytime minimalist preferences stem from my tendency to wear jeans and a jumper. At night however, things are completely different. When I go out I like to be as dramatic as possible in line with the event that I’m off to. This is reflected in the jewellery I wear as well. For me, I think a lot of the style you wear comes down to the individual and their preference. The World would be a boring place if we lacked individuality and I think it should be embraced at every opportunity. Heidi & Co must have thought about this. They have three different brands, Smeidi, Libby May and Evy B with the products only produced on a limited run. This gives me the confidence that I won’t be on a night out and see everyone wearing the same as me.

As a blogger I am always experimenting and trying to up my style game. Sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t. Fashion for me is sometimes a bit of a learning curve, but it’s necessary to experiment especially when trying to find out what works well for yourself with the ever changing styles and trends. The one down side on this ever changing nature is of course the cost. It’s important to keep up with the times but there is no point in getting yourself into debt. I really am appreciative of being lucky enough to be a brand ambassador for Heidi & Co helping me keep creative and stylish.  Working in this team has been such an inspiring experience. Not only have I had the chance to meet other fantastic bloggers I have also been able to learn more about myself as a blogger.

Whilst browsing the latest jewellery from Heidi & Co I was drawn to the circle bracelet. I really liked the simple design and how delicate it appeared to be. I felt that this piece would be adaptable for using at many occasions from a day out exploring to a lovely romantic meal. I like exploring a lot and try to put a lot of thought into my outfit before the day. I visited Incholm Island near Edinburgh at the weekend and wore my new circle bracelet to compliment my daytime look, check it out below!

Double circle bracelet £18.99

The island is beautiful and I almost forgot I was only a short distance from Edinburgh. For such a small island there is surprisingly a lot to see. I explored the historic Abbey and remnants from the World War which was most interesting. If you are like myself and love learning about history I highly recommend this day trip. As long as you like travelling by boat that is, as this is the only way on to the island. You are given the freedom to explore as much or as little of this magnificent island as you like. The views are phenomenal and it made me think about what we have today thanks to the bravery of the soldiers.

Thank you for reading and please do check out Heidi & Co via the links below.

https://heidico.com/products/libby-may-double-circle-bracelet?utm_source=Nicole%20Abbott&utm_medium=Blog%20Post&utm_campaign=Libby%20May%20SS17

Heidi & co website

Hedi & Co Instagram

Much love

Nicole x

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The Vintage Beauty Box

Hello and welcome to nicspicknmix. On the blog today I will be writing about this little gem which has had a makeover and a new addition to the team. The vintage beauty box based in ST Andrews has been growing from strength to strength that the need for expansion was a must.

The Vintage Beauty Box is owned by Aileen ho has vast amounts of knowledge both as a professional make up artist and as a skin specialist. They specialise in customer satisfaction and will do everything to make you feel comfortable. The treatments that are available are tremendous they offer a wide selection from waxing to wedding make up. With the relaunch comes even more variety. They now offer vita liberate spray tan. I had never heard of this brand before but was intrigued to find out more. I don’t often spray tan due to being very pale and I’m not a fan of the tango look. Aileen recommended this brand to myself as it is designed to avoid the orange tint and that nasty I’ve just been tanned smell. So I’ll definitely be trying this tan out and share my before and after results with you. If this is right up your street Aileen currently has a great offer on, Tan Thursday any appointment made between 2pm-8pm will be discounted to £15 instead of £25! Just in time for the weekend prep. If tan isn’t your thing then why not opt for some nail treatments from their shiny new nail bar. They also offer make up applications and lessons at their glamorous make up stations. The Vintage Beauty Box loves students, in fact they have two days dedicated to them on a Mondays and Tuesdays where a discount of 10% is available.

I was invited along to attend the relaunch of the beauty salon which was very exciting. The salon is situated in the heart of St Andrews which is a fantastic location. Parking is a little difficult but there is on street and other places nearby to park which means the salon is in walking distance. On arrival at the salon I was very impressed with the new layout. I was so excited to see all the new add ons and what the new beauty room would be like. They have still kept the very essence of the calming, clean and natural colourings as before which I am a fan of . The atmosphere is still very relaxing – in fact I felt relaxed just being there which was a lovely feeling. They now have two beauty rooms and a tan room which means more availability. I have attached images of the beauty rooms and tan room for you to get a feel of the set up. I will also include links to the websites and social media accounts so you can all check out the treatments .

Beauty room number 1

Tanning room- the door locks for privacy

Beauty room 2

I am really excited to see what else is in store for this beauty salon and look forward to booking myself in for treatments. Please do check them out.

Thank you Aileen for inviting me to the relaunch. The websites are here:

The Vintage Beauty Box website

The Vintage Beauty Box Facebook

The Vintage Beauty Box twitter

If you have any questions or need further information regarding the Vintage Beauty Box please do get in touch. I am more thank happy to help.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed reading about the relaunch.

Much love

Nicole x

Period charity project (Period Friendly Project)

Hello and welcome to nicspicknmix. Today I am introducing you all to something completely different to what I normally blog about.

I put myself forward to spread the word about an amazing charity project, which helps homeless women to overcome certain obstacles in their lives. The Simon Community Scotland charity helps over 500 women. They aim to help women to gain control of their lives and to be given emergency accommodation to keep them safe and off the street through their street team. The Simon Community Scotland along with the street team are now launching a Period Friendly programme to help these women to maintain their dignity, to show that there are people who care and services to both support and listen to them. We need to stand together and make a change as no woman or girl should ever have to be in the position to have to make a D.I.Y tampon or towel, wear the same pair of pants for days on end. No woman or girl should ever have to change behind a bin either! He Simon Community Scotland makes a good point that “the smallest bit of generosity can go a long, long way” and I couldn’t agree more’!

In order for this to happen and to give these women the help that they need, Simon Community Scotland are launching a brand new project on the 23rd August 2017 in Glasgow which has been called: Period Friendly Point (PFP). This is hoped to help homeless women to have ‘a period of dignity’.

So how exactly will this project work?
The Period Friendly Points are locations which are catered for the homeless. The project once it has grown overtime more organisations will hopefully be keen to help out. The PFP’s will have a display which will have free and easily accessible sanitary products, wipes, pants and disposable bags and information leaflets about the products. There will also be pregnancy tests and infection tests there to give women the peace of mind should these be required. Not only will there be products handed out but members of staff will be there to chat to should there be anything the women need to talk about.

Not only are they doing all of the above but the street team are to be handing out Period Friendly Pax which are discrete and compact bags for women who are sleeping rough. The bags include tampons, towels, pants, wipes and disposable bags. The perfect thing about these bags is they can be refilled by the street team or at the nearest PFP. There will also be information given in the bag about what this project is about and where they can go for help etc.

This project is a fantastic idea and one I am happy to be blogging about. Every woman experiences periods and we all know how expensive these products are to buy. Periods shouldn’t be seen as a topic that we don’t speak about instead we should be supporting one another through it like the Simon Community Scotland are setting out to do. Women should be empowering one another and by doing a small it it will make a huge difference to a woman or girl somewhere.

How can you help ?
It will cost the Simon Community around £15 for a five day supply which includes: 5 towels, 12 tampons, 3 pairs of pants, travel wipes, disposable bags and information. If you would like to donate please textPFPR28 to 70070 with the amount you would like to donate: £5 or £10.

There is another way that you can help, if you have have a couple of hours to spare a month or a week we’d welcome your help. What we need our P.F.Pals to do is:

Visit the period friendly points and restock their supplies

Collect and sort donations into Pax and refresher packs at our warehouse in Glasgow

Help raise funds and products to maintain the period friendly points and pax.

Support, promote and raise awareness of the issues homeless women experience.

Be a listening ear and a support to the women we reach out to.

I think you will agree that this is a fantastic project and one that is long overdue. I hope we can all do our bit to help and support to keep this project alive to help,our fellow sisters.

For more information please visit the web links below:

http://www.simonscotland.org/period-friendly

http://www.simonscotland.org/period-friendly

I would like to send a huge thank you to Kirstin and all the team at the Simon Community Scotland for all their hard work. I am honoured to be blogging about this project and I hope to help out more.

Thank you for reading and I hope you are able to help out in some way.

Much love

Nicole x

Charming Cherie Bumble

Hello and welcome to nicspicknmix . On the blog today I am delighted to introduce Cherie Bumble.

I am an avid gym goer and I like to keep both active and fit. I have always believed that going to the gym and wearing active clothing should be fun, comfortable yet still stylish. There are lots and lots of brands out there each having their own aims and having a go at being fashionable yet I still feel that they don't flatter my petite frame.

That is until I was introduced to Cherie Bumble. Cherie Bumble is based in the United Kingdom and specialises in luxury activewear which takes its inspiration from modern day fitness. Cherie Bumble offers on trend pieces which have many patterns, colours and technical fabrics to suit the fast pace of life. They aim to bring fashion-forward designs with a luxury touch at an affordable price. They thrive to meet the demands of fashion and fitness savvy women.

This brand is what myself and many other women have been looking for. I feel that Cherie knows exactly what is required of an active brand that actually does two things , keeps you from sweating and keeps you looking stylish. Cherie has great knowledge about what works for gym wear materials due to her partner being a professional footballer. I feel it is vital to have a sound understanding of this as you know what works and what doesn't work.

I believe it is so important to feel confident in your activewear and to be comfortable as well. Activewear needs to be flexible and adaptable as you never know what the weather can be like should you be outdoors. I find myself more than not wearing activewear be it lounging around the house or at the gym. I am always looking for activewear which can be worn at home and if I'm nipping to a shop without looking untidy- hence my admiration for Cherie Bumble. Wearing this brand made me realise how fantastic I felt and looked. I no longer needed to feel scruffy when out as these pieces are high end and eye catching.

Cherie Bumble has a good selection of styles to choose from . I like how the materials are all flexible and quick drying. This brand really can be used for any form of fitness which is very handy indeed. The designs are so cleverly put together and look well made. Any patterns that are on the pieces are so discrete which may suit some women who don't like much fuss on their clothing. The material is quite huggy but this is what you need whilst working out . This being said the pieces are a true fit so I opted for a bigger size than normal.

I was very lucky to have been sent a huge selection of fabulous activewear pieces. Which I adore. Firstly, the Bella jacket which costs £60.00. This jacket is an eye-catching blue colour with a black zip. There is an air vent on the back to allow for breath ability and movement. There are thumb holes which are fantastic for comfort and as I am petite I feel this helps me to fit the jacket better. I have also found that these protect my hands when I'm lifting weights. The material is very lightweight and flexible. It's very well designed and features two spacious pockets which I always look for. This jacket is so fashionable I often wear it out with a pair of jeans for everyday attire. I feel it is an all rounder.


Next up is the Veve vest which costs £30.00. The design includes reflective panels on both the front and back-great for being outside for safety. I found whilst working out in this vest I stayed cool and this was to do with the cleaver performance technology that Cherie uses. I honestly didn't sweat much at all and especially didn't have that horrible clingy sweat that sticks to you after working out.

I was also sent the Lucia leggings which cost £45.00. The leggings are very clingy so perhaps ordering a bigger size will be a good idea. These leggings also feature the reflective panels on. It's side pockets and have a waist band that folds over. I felt very comfortable wearing these leggings. They are made from top quality material which again kept m body cool. They were not see through at all – like some leggings can be. These products are all very well made and you can see and feel the quality.

Lastly I also received the Jaguar jacket in black which costs £60.00. There is also a loose hood which is very handy for the Scottish weather I often face whilst out running. I also am a huge fan of the reflective panel on the back. This jacket is very stylish and goes with anything so it's great to match with other Cherie Bumble pieces.

I understand that this activewear brand is quite pricey but believe me when I say it's worth every penny. They use up to date cooling technology which helps a lot. The pieces as I've mentioned are very fashionable and unlike any other brand out there and are designed with women in mind. I am so glad to have been introduced to Cherie Bumble. Why not us my discount code NICOLE10 to gain 10% off your order.

Cherie Bumble website
Cherie Bumble Instagram
Cherie Bumble twitter

I would urge you all you gym bunnies and activewear lovers to check this brand out. Plenty to choose from and there really isn't another fashion cautious women specialises brand out there.

Thank you Cherie for sending these pieces to me and to be given this opportunity of working with you. I hope to work with you again soon.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you enjoy Cherie Bumble as much as I do.

Much love
Nicole x

Rosamund of Scotland

Hello and welcome to nicspicnmix, on the blog today I am introducing Rosamund of Scotland to you all.

Rosamund of Scotland is a new Scottish design brand for women using sustainability sourced textiles. Rosamund's designs are quirky, original, beautifully crafted and luxurious. Rosamund of Scotland is a family run fashion brand. In fact it is a mother and daughter team behind the brand- Girl power indeed! The whole process is carried out in their workshop. From sketching to creating the finished piece. The materials used are of top quality.

This brand is so unique and very different to any I have worked with before and I love how creative the pieces are. They certainly do stand out. It is a brand where you can tell who made it straight away- which is fantastic. I really enjoy fun and unusual designs. It fits in really well with my motto of experimenting and pushing boundaries with fashion. There really is not another brand like Rosamund of Scotland which is exciting. I am waiting eagerly to see what they design next.

I am so fortunate to have a bespoke dress designed for myself from the Love letter collection. With the dress being made to measure it makes it more special as it's designed to fit you only. The dress compliments my shape very well. It has an elegant style to it. The cream material compliments my skin tone which surprised me as this is not a colour I usually wear. The dress is so comfortable to wear and it makes me feel like a 1950's pin up girl.


Dress costs £130.00

Dress also comes with matching clutch. Price £48.00

The company have been getting a lot of attention from the media which is great and very exciting for a local company. The team behind the brand are so passionate and hard working that I am so pleased that they are getting the recognition that they truly deserve . No one realises how much time and effort that goes into creating and maintaining a business until you start one yourself. I enjoy reading about what they are up to next and what fashion show they are taking part in – maybe one day I could walk in their designs!

I honestly can't recommend this brand enough- I could rave about them all day and still have only touched the surface. Please check them out . They are so different and I can guarantee you'll fall in love with them and their designs. The company are one to look out for.

Thank you to Rosamund of Scotland for giving me this opportunity. I am forever grateful and I hope to work with you again.

Please check out their websites below:

Rosamund of Scotland Facebook
Rosamund of Scotland website
Rosamund of Scotland Instagram

If you do purchase a design please let me see you wearing them as I'd love to see your outfits.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I hope you enjoyed learning about Rosamund of Scotland.

Much love

Nicole

Blogger Recognition Award

Hello and welcome to nicspicknmix. I am so excited to share with you all that I was nominated for the blogger recognition award. This is my first award and I am so pleased to have been nominated . It actually means so much to me and shows that my blog is being enjoyed and read by people. It has encouraged me me to keep blogging and to push even harder.

How did I get the award?
I was nominated by Sophie Buchan of the blog trafottoz . She specialises in reviewing films, TV and restaurants in Glasgow (her hometown) and sometimes whilst abroad. I would like to thank Sophie for taking the time to read my blog and for believing that my blog was worth the award. I am over the moon.

How did I get into blogging?
I started of working in the fashion industry as a model and an actress. I have always had an interest in fashion and would experiment styling my own outfits and found that I really had an eye for it. I enjoyed seeing and wearing the different outfits on shoots and felt that I could express myself creatively through both fashion and make up. I have always been a creative person and felt by blogging this would allow me to keep being creative and hopefully inspire others through my work. Being petite has always brought barriers my way, be it getting trousers/ dresses etc to fit properly or being too small for certain modelling agencies. I wanted to stay working in the fashion industry and through blogging I feel I am able to achieve my dreams.

What advice would I give to bloggers?
Please don’t go into blogging if your only wanting to be famous or receive “freebies”. There are lots and lots of bloggers out there and some have been working hard for years and only now have they got to where they have aimed for through hard work and dedication. Blogging requires time,patience,a creative eye and determination amongst many more requirements.
You need to stand out from the crowd. Never copy other bloggers as that’s not going to help you anyway shape or form. Do lots of research on what’s current. I’m. It saying that being old school/vintage isn’t great but keeping up to date in your blogging area is crucial.
Don’t ever give up!

I am now required to nominate ten other bloggers who I feel deserve this award. It’s always really hard to choose by chosen bloggers are as follows:
1) Carly Philips : hicarlymarie
2) No serendipity: stylishmaze
3) Chr Marcel:kostantin
4) Cassidy Slockett : cassidysadventures
5) Wasifa Ahmad Hasan : sifascorner.
6) Curtis Roscoe : curtisluke
7) Media Verna Bector: hoppingfeet
8) Ellis Ellis : blackellis
9) Chanette Bing: chanettebing
10) Stephanie Omogun: melaninwonder

Here is What You Need to do now:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated and provide the link to the post you created.

Thank you for reading. I hope you are looking forward to seeing and reading what I have coming soon. Lots of exciting things coming.

Much love
Nicole xx

Black Sheep Leggings

Hello and welcome to my blog. On the blog, today I am featuring Black Sheep Leggings.

This brand is a new one to me and I always enjoy meeting and working with brands that are not well known as it’s important to promote and support independent companies as well as bigger and more known ones.

Black sheep leggings originate from Canada. They take pride on quality and customer service. Black sheep leggings offer a varied range of clothing and apparel but specialise in leggings. Their clothing is of a high standard and is purchased from all over the world which allows them to cater for all shapes and sizes. They have a motto “fitting in is out”. They are a new, fun and an outgoing company that offer more than just great products. They also allow for reps to come on board and start their own business under the black sheep brand. The reps are offered great support throughout the process and this can be seen from the great reviews they have received.

 

I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity of working with this company through collabor8. Black sheep leggings agreed to work with me which I was over the moon about and couldn’t wait to get started with our collaboration.

What attracted me to this brand was exactly as they said- new, fun and outgoing. I like to step out of “boxes” and push my fashion sense and be a little quirky now and again. I love the fact that their leggings can be dressed up or down. I felt that I would wear them for sports or for when I go for walks as they are super comfy yet stylish too. As my collaboration was with the leggings side of the company this is the area I am focusing on.

On their website, everything is clearly set out into section which is very handy. Sizes are marked out and identified by styles too. The leggings are all as described and very easy to swipe through. I like how all the information that you need is right there in front of you rather than having to search through different areas of the website or even having to email the company directly and awaiting a response.

The leggings are made from stretchy material and they are so soft. They fit like a glove and are very flexible to move in. As I have previously mentioned I do love the versatility of these leggings; perfect for lounging at home, going to the gym or to wear on a night out. These leggings are not plain or dull on no! There are numerous styles to choose from. If you like bright colours, you’ll be a fan, if you are big on patterns then you’ll be in for a treat or if you prefer more subtle colours then you are sorted. What I am hinting at is that there is a good selection to choose from. And at good prices of $25.00 plus shipping costs.

I chose to wear my leggings with bright pink Nike trainers and a pink active wear hoodie as I was going for a walk around Dunnottar Castle. I wanted to be comfy yet still have style. I felt that my outfit complimented one another well- I felt great in it anyway! The leggings kept me warm yet still allowed my legs to breathe which was important. They never felt tight at all or that they looked loose as some leggings I have owned have done in the past. I am impressed with this company and I hope you all check them out. If you do buy a pair, please tag me in your picture so I can see how you styled yours.

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I would like to thank Black Sheep leggings for giving me the opportunity of working with you and for getting to experience this fantastic brand. I now know where to buy top quality and fashionable leggings from.

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If you would like to check Black sheep leggings out for yourself, please use the following links:

Black Sheep Leggings Website

Black Sheep Leggings Facebook

Black Sheep Leggings Instagram

Black Sheep Leggings Twitter

 

I would like to thank you for reading and your continued support. As always if you would like to collaborate or have any feedback please do get in contact with me via my social media channels which are linked on my “ABOUT” page.

Much Love

Nicole x

Liz Earle

Hello and welcome to the blog. Today I am to be discussing one Skin Care brand that is a national treasure. This brand is none other than that of Liz Earle.

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My Liz Earle must haves

 

 

Liz Earle is a British beauty brand which was founded by friends Liz and Kim in 1995. Liz Earle originated from The Isle of Wight. Liz Earle is a daily beauty routine that uses natural and the best ingredients that nature must offer. Liz Earle pushes the importance of living well to help your skin to be at its best. They do stress that beauty is from deep within but from research with lots of women has revealed that having healthy and happy skin boosts our confidence and self-esteem.

It is important to add that this beauty brand is not expensive and is a great way to pamper yourself and give your skin the nutrients that it requires without breaking the bank. Not only does this brand do skin care products but the range has expanded and now includes body care, hair care and make up – so there will be something within the range that you will absolutely adore. As I have mentioned previously about the brand using only the best ingredients but these ingredients are active which is why the products work straight away. This brand caters for all skin types and ages which is great. They also have products that are just for men- no need for the men in your life to steal your products! Everyone of their products are fuss free which is beneficial since many of us live busy and sometimes complicated lives so at least our skin care regime doesn’t add to that.

Liz Earle has eight key factors which are very important to them: ingredients, responsible sourcing, our environment, animal testing- Liz Earle doesn’t test their products on animals at all. They are certified under the Humane Cosmetic Standard by Cruelty Free International. I strongly agree with their beliefs as in this day and age we surely have better ways to test our products rather than putting animals through unnecessary pain and suffering.  They also take this a step further and do not use any animal ingredients in their products. They do however, use animal friendly ingredients such as beeswax and manuka honey. One other important aspect to mention is that all their products are suitable for vegetarians. They use plant oils, extracts and preservatives -some formulas are completely free from preservatives all together whereas others have very little. Lastly, the packaging is very important, Liz Earle uses packaging that doesn’t damage our environment. Another great aspect of this company not only do they produce natural ingredients but they want to nourish our planet too.

As I have mentioned, Liz Earle likes to have a fuss-free skin care range and uses naturally active botanicals to leave your skin looking and feeling healthy. I am going to be taking you through a few of my skin care must have.

 

I was introduced to this brand back in July 2016. Previously to this I had never heard of this brand before and I am quite picky when it comes to my skin due to having sensitive skin and eczema. I was getting pretty fed up with the skin care regime that I had so was keen to try something new. Liz Earle offer complimentary treatments in stores that sell the brand. I feel that this is great service to offer as some people like myself are happier to try before they buy. I opted to have a facial. The Liz Earle employee made me to feel very relaxed and took a genuine interest in both myself and my skin. They went through the process with me and explained what would happen and what product to use when and what ones were suitable for my skin etc. I was given the full works of cleanse, tone and moisturiser.  The products were very light and did not cause any irritation in fact I felt a difference straight away with my skin. I could see a difference which was unbelievable. My skin was very smooth and felt so clean.

The product that caught my attention due to it be very different to anything I have used before was the cleanse and polish Hot Cloth cleanser. The awards that this product has won speaks for its results. This product has won one hundred and twenty-five to date and is still winning more! It has been described as the foundations to fabulous skin and the preparation for the next step in your beauty regime. Beauty experts from around the world love this product and I personally can see why. So, what is in this miracle product I hear you asking me? This product consists of cocoa butter to soften, smooth and moisturise, rosemary, chamomile and eucalyptus to tone, sooth and purify. This product is suitable for all skin types. The cleanse and polish is a cream based formula which deeply cleanses to instantly remove daily grime, pollutants and make-up. This product is also great for removing fake tan. It is like a cloth eraser- it’s like the ultimate cloth defeating stubborn dirt super hero! After use your skin feels very comfortable, balanced and exceptionally clean. Your skin doesn’t feel that horrible tight and dry way that you get from other harsher face washes nor did mine have any redness. I was really impressed with the pure-cotton cloth that is used to exfoliate your skin. This technique lifts away dead skin cells to reveal smoother, clearer and bright-looking skin. It’s very easy to use you massage the cleanser onto your face and neck- no water is required at this stage, you then rinse the cloth under hand-hot water, rinse then wipe off the cream. It is that simple. The next step involves instant boost skin tonic.

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This tonic is non-drying and revitalises, soothes and brightens the skin. This product is so gentle and is also alcohol free. It also adds a layer of moisture to the skin. All that is required are two cotton wool pads and then sweep over the face and neck. If using cotton wool isn’t for you then there is the spritz spray version which you can spray directly onto the face. With the spritz spray you are also able to use this whenever you need it. It can even be used to cool you down. This is the option that I use. Again, this product is suitable for all skin types. I like how light and non-greasy this product is. It also smells so good.

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The last step is the moisturiser which has two choices: Skin repair or Super skin. For those of us who need more moisture or have aging skin then it is recommended to use superskin. I use skin repair as my skin can get oily therefore I don’t want heavy products that will clog my pores and cause more oil production. It is here to highlight that this cream comes in different skin type formulas E.G Normal /combination. Therefore, with this moisturiser it is full of naturally active avocado and borage plant oils which work alongside your skins essential oils and it also contains vitamin E. Which is really helpful in replacing moisture. From using this moisturiser, I don’t feel that my skin is every dry or too greasy. It sinks into my skin brilliantly and not just sitting on the surface. By following these three daily essentials day and night you and your skin will feel great.

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I have only touched the tip of the iceberg with all that Liz Earle has to offer but please do have a look for yourselves. There are so many helpful products that you will be spoilt for choice.

I have found more confidence in my skin and it’s all down to my new skincare regime. It has taken me years to find products that work for my skin and I am glad that I have.

 

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If you have any questions or need advice regarding the range, please do not hesitate to get in contact with myself. I can easily pass you on to the Liz Earle team.

 

I would like to thank  Liz Earle for kindly sending out products and allowing me to promote this unique and effective brand.

Thank you for reading and I hope you have enjoyed learning about this brand. I would appreciate any feedback and comments.

Liz Earle Homepage

Liz Earle Facebook Page

Liz Earle Twitter

Liz Earle Instagram

Overgate Shopping Centre: Instagram Takeover

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Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I am talking about my time taking over the Instagram account of the Overgate Shopping Centre in Dundee.

When it comes to blogging there are so many opportunities which keeps it so exciting. As the saying goes every day is a school day – especially with blogging. When I was asked if I would be interested to do a Christmas gift idea take over on their Instagram account, I was over the moon!

The Overgate Shopping Centre in Dundee is one of the coolest places for shopping and even although we only have a small selection of shops we certainly do have a good variety. The Overgate is the only single-sided shopping centre in Europe- that is quite remarkable! The Overgate Shopping Centre hasn’t always looked the way that we see it today due to the rebuild which took place from 1998 to 2000.

The Christmas period is a very stressful yet fun time of year. Shopping for presents for your loved ones is so exciting yet it can be very tiresome too. I always laugh when people say that they prefer shopping for themselves as they know what they like. It is a true saying and one that many can relate too. I often find myself becoming stuck in a rut when it comes to ideas for presents for loved ones and will go for the safest options instead of trying out new gift ideas. So when I was asked to give gift ideas I thought this will be a great challenge for me and to push me out of my comfort zone which is a refreshing thing to do from time to time.

When the day arrived I was so eager to get started. I honestly felt so excited and happy to be doing something different with my blogging. On arrival at the Overgate Centre I signed into their account on Instagram and firstly introduced myself, who I was and what I was to be doing today. It felt funny being on someone else’s account as I am so used to my own layout and contacts. Yet it was a challenge that I was happy to overcome and showed to me that I can be flexible and adaptable. The shopping centre was very busy with customers searching for the perfect gifts for their loved ones and there was a great buzz about the place.

At first I went to a few shops that I don’t normally go into, I thought this was a good idea as it would push me to try new things. I was pleasantly surprised and found so many possible gift ideas. I thought it would be a good idea to post a few of my favourite ideas up as not to overdo things and make people to feel overwhelmed. I made sure that I had a mixture of ideas for him/her and for the kids. I tried to take into account different price limits and to remember that different ages will be looking at what I posted up.

I really did enjoy visiting the shops and trying to come up with unusual gift ideas as well as the safer options too. There were a few customers who wondered what I was up to and kept watching me taking images of things which kept things interesting. As I posted my ideas on the Instagram page it was amazing to see how powerful the use of social media actually is. My posts were not up for long before there were “likes” and comments which was so inspiring and made me glad that my ideas were being accepted and hopefully, they were helping some people to find ideas of their own. I wanted to show that it is really the thought that counts instead of how much money you spend. After all, I feel we do get caught up in thinking that we need to spend so much on one another rather, than simply enjoying special moments together.

I have included some of the gift ideas that I came up with below:

 

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I would like to thank Metta for her continued support and for allowing me this fantastic opportunity. I look forward to working with her and the Overgate on future campaigns and projects.

Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you enjoyed reading. Please do get in touch/leave comments/share my posts .

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Nicole x

 

Little Black Dress Event 

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I will be sharing my experience of being invited to one of Scotlands most exclusive fashion events. 

When the founder of the Scottish Style Awards contacted me personally to attend this event I was over the moon. My face had the biggest smile on it and I couldn’t stop smiling for days.

The Little Black Dress  event was also adding even more sophistication with the presence of MoËt and Chandon and Cambord. All the pieces that were shown at the event were from high street retailers and some boutiques. It’s always so enjoyable to see so many interpretations of how the little Black Dress can be portrayed and especially very fitting for the party season upon us. The event had so many beautiful pieces that I can guarantee there would be an outfit for everyone and plenty inspiration for those of us requiring some.  

The Little Black Dress Event was hosted at the very Chique Corinthian Club in Glasgow. This venue really did set the scene for a fantastic evening. The staff were very attentive and so professional the whole evening . There were no problems whatsoever. They were making sure that all the guests had received the glass of  Moët champagne on arrival and kept us topped up with all the tasty items of food. The room was very well decorated and the lighting was spot on for the fashion show. The layout of both tables and rows of seating was great and made sure that everyone was able to see the outfits without any difficulty. Plenty of room and time  to move around and do some socialising which with a room full of women is always a plus! 


Susie Cormack Bruce did a great job of being our hostess for the evening and kept us all wanting to see more. She spoke very well and you were able to hear what she was saying perfectly. I felt that she had great control of timings and of the evening as a whole.  I would like to express my warm praises to her.

The champagne from Moët was just devine and I must say that I really did enjoy it. Thank you Moët for being involved with the event and keeping us ladies watered. Not only did we receive champagne but we were also the first event in Scotland to be given the exclusive reveal of the Flamingo French Martini which was very enjoyable. The glass is very unique and stands out . The top is almost oval in shape with the handle then the circular stand.it certainly went down a treat. Again, thank you Chambord for this exclusive experience.




The fashion  and the show was amazing. I got there early to gain a front row seat so I could see the dresses and outfits up close. We were seeing pieces from John Lewis, Ted Baker, French connection, phase eight, whistles, coast, Reiss, Lipsy, Wish, Next, Zara and even a vintage section with dresses from those involved in the event. The catwalk show flowed very well from each section and brand. I liked having the projection overhead so you could relate it back to where the dresses were from. I honestly had so many favourites and really liked how the pieces were styled for the Autumn Winter 2016. I have attached a few images from the show so you get a feel for what was available. What I learned from this fashion show is that the Little Black Dress doesn’t necessarily have to be black. 


All in all I had a brilliant evening and felt so privileged to have been invited to such a stylish and well organised event. I do hope to attend again. 

I would like to thank Mary for inviting me and I hope we can work together again in the future. 

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I hope you too enjoyed reading it. Any questions or comments please do feel free to get in contact. 
Websites

Scottish style awards website
Moët website
The Corinthian Club
Chambord website