Travel

| Travel | South Uist ~ Outer Hebrides…

My first piece in my travel collection. How exciting!! I thought I would start with one close to my heart. So where else, but my childhood home.

 

 

I was super fortunate to grow up in a beautiful, friendly, safe and small Island on the edge of Scotland, way up in the North West. It is not the easiest of places to get to, in fact you are probably cheaper to fly away somewhere nice and hot for the weekend than I am to fly back home. Heartbreaking.

I’m not being biased when I say this, but I honestly believe that if you are a fan of Scotland and all the natural beauty it contains a trip through the Western Isles is a must! I managed within the first year of being with my boyfriend to take him a tour of each island contained in the Western Isles bar one. But this will be rectified in next summers visit home!!

Island life is a completely different way of living than most are used to. Its very slow paced and stress free. But it definitely is something special!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there you have it! Only a small seletion of pictures from the gorgeous Island I call home…

 

Have you ever visited a Scottish Island? Or are there any you plan to visit in future?

 

Shona Marie xo

 

 

 

 

Lifestyle

| Lifestyle | ASOS ~ Autumnal Wishlist

Ahh the cosy months are here! So I thought I would do a short and sweet post on my current ASOS autumnal clothing wishlist, in the hopes that some may appear in my cupboard over the coming months…

 

| London Rebel Peep Toe Sandal Boots | £35

 

| Vero Moda Deep Vee Back Jumper | £28

 

| Missguided Girls Do It Better Slogan T-shirt | £15

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| Miss Selfridge Petite Balloon Sleeve Jumper| £32.00

 

| ASOS Chunky Cardigan In Fluffy Rib | £30

 

| New Look Knitted Crop Jumper | £19.99

 

Knitwear everywhere! My absolute favourite thing about this time of year, who doesn’t love an oversized jumper?!

Another favourite thing of mine about autumn is the fact it’s boot season! I would happily live in boots. And this year I’m all about the grey boot.

 

What are your favourite things about Autumn?

 

Shona Marie xo

 

Item links:

http://m.asos.com/london-rebel/london-rebel-peep-toe-sandal-boots

http://m.asos.com/vero-moda/vero-moda-deep-vee-back-jumper

http://m.asos.com/missguided/missguided-girls-do-it-better-slogan-t-shirt

http://m.asos.com/miss-selfridge-petite/miss-selfridge-petite-balloon-sleeve-jumper

http://m.asos.com/asos-petite/asos-petite-chunky-cardigan-in-fluffy-rib

http://m.asos.com/new-look/new-look-knitted-crop-jumper

Beauty

| Beauty | MAC Collection…

MAC is a major love of mine! If I could walk in and out with a new lipstick each week, I happily would!! Ugh can you imagine it!

 

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My love began back in the Christmas of 2012 when one of my best friends gifted me with my very first MAC lippy. It was Lush Life from the mineral rich collection, and yes, I have repurchased it! This is my one and only mineral rich lipstick in my collection, only because I prefer a Matte lip but these are perfect for when you’re just needing that bit of hydration and can’t cope with a full on matte.

 

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In my MAC collection I currently have 9 lipsticks. I know, not a lot for a self confessed addict. But this is due to many facts; one being some haven’t quite survived to the dreaded bag check after a boozy night out, another being the rule of binning lipsticks after 2 years (anyone actually do this? Doubtful), or just the fact that I’m currently going through a phase of being ridiculously tight with my money ~ the joys of saving for my first home!

And here we have it, the anticipated wait…

 

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| Lush Life | Mineral Rich |

 

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| Heroine | Matte |

 

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| REBEL | Satin |

 

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| All Fired Up | Matte |

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| Twig | Matte |

 

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| Up The Amp | Amplified Creme |

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| Ruby Woo | Retro Matte |

 

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| Stone | Matte |

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| Tropic Tonic | Matte |

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And there you have it! My current babies…

There are so many classics missing from this collection. I would love to add Velvet Teddy, Whirl and Honey Love into the mix. But for now I think I’m happy with my little nine.

I would love to hear which MAC lipsticks are your current faves?

Shona Marie xo

 

Beauty

| Beauty | August Favourites…

Are we seriously into the last four months of the year already?! SO so many changes this year, but excited to see what the rest of it holds as the winter months are a definite favourite of mine!

Anyways here is a short and sweet post of a few of my go to beauty products from the last month. SPOILER ALERT ~ only one of these products is a recent purchase of mine, I like my comforts.

 

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| NAKED HEAT PALETTE | URBAN DECAY |

 

Love Love Love!! There are mixed reviews out there about this palette. Mainly that people think there should be a wee gold number thrown in, but personally I don’t! For me it is perfection just the way it is. This is my first ever Urban Decay palette, I’ve never understood the hype until now. As soon as I saw Naked Heat advertised I knew I needed it! Like actually NEEDED!! It is literally me in a palette. The warm Autumnal colours, the perfect transitioning shades. A mix of shades perfect for a day wear look or a stronger evening eye look. Ideal.

 

 

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| TATTOO LINER | KAT VON D |

 

My newest purchase on the list. This is an eyeliner I didn’t realise I needed until I tried it for the first time a couple of weeks ago. My birthday passed in early July and as a gift from my Uncle and Auntie I was given a couple of Debenhams vouchers ~ can’t go wrong there! And on my endless list of beauty products I’ve been craving to add to my collection, right up near the top, was of course the Tattoo Liner. I’ve heard fab reviews and add that to the fact my budget friendly eyeliner was just about to give up the ghost, so, what better reason to give it a go?

For someone whose makeup regime must contain eye liner you would think I should have the application down to a tee. Nope. I’m useless. But! In comes this beauty of an eye liner! Honestly I’ve never found it as easy! The sharpness of the nib paired with its easy glide equals the smoothest eyeliner look I could wish for! Sharp…

 

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| HYDRA GENIUS ALOE WATER | L’OREAL PARIS |

 

Wow just wow! I have a feeling this will never leave my favourites. It has fast become an indispensable of mine. I have major skin struggles, I hate it. My skin is a combination type that is also pretty sensitive. So considering the oil levels, putting on a daily moisturizer is a thought, talk about a shiny moon face! On top of that cream moisturizer are basically off-limits, for some strange reason they just don’t absorb well on my skin and will start clump and roll off after a couple of minutes of applying. The Hydra Genius is such a refreshing product for me! And that’s the best word to describe it! REFRESHING! It’s such a natural and cool feeling formula and I am in LOVE.

 

 

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| CURVE SOFT CURL TONG | GHD |

 

Hair is not a strong point for me. Makeup, yes, I can get by. Hair is a dread. Getting ready for an occasion I usually prefer to book a hair app as I’m actually useless. Personally I hate hate hate flat hair. And I hardly ever choose to wear my hair straight but my issue was always that I can’t curl my hair using only straighteners. So I decided to invest in these beauties…

And what a fab decision!

After the initial getting over the length of time needed to hold them on my hair, (hate hate using heat on my hair) they were super easy to use! And can create different styled curls. Perfect.

 

 

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I would love to hear what your current beauty faves are! Or even just any recommendations of products I should try aka add to that never-ending list of wants…

 

Shona Marie xo

 

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Food

| Food | Six By Nico…

Saturday 12th August

 

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Today we ventured out towards Finnieston to finally experience the greatness that is SIX BY NICO. This is not your regular restaurant with its seasonal menu, no, Six by Nico has a themed menu which lasts 6 weeks and is then gone and replaced with a completely new theme all over again! Fab, right?!

 

And we had the pleasure of trying ROUTE 66

 

CHICAGO

CRISP TART | TRAPANESE PESTO | GOATS CHEESE | OLIVE TAPENADE

 

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GREAT PLAINS

BUFFALO MOZZARELLA | TOMATO ESSENCE | BASIL OIL

 

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AMERICAN DINER

CHICKPEA PANCAKE | MAPLE SYRUP MAYONNAISE | GUANCIALE

 

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TEXAS

24 HOUR BARBECUE BRISKET | CHILLI BON BON | SWEETCORN PUREE

 

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NEW MEXICO

SEA BREAM TACO | GUACAMOLE | PICKLED CHILLI | LIME

 

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CALIFORNIA

LEMON TART | ORANGE ESPUMA | RED WINE SORBET

 

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My favourite dish from the 6 course taster menu has got to be TEXAS, it tasted unreal. From the 24 hour barbecue brisket to the chilli bon bon there was nothing I could fault on the plate.

NEW MEXICO was my other half’s preferred dish. Being  made up of a combination of everything he loves most all in one dish it was a clear winner for him.

Super excited to find out the next theme for the menu, I’m sure we will be back!!

 

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Shona Marie xo