Glasgow at Christmas

I love my city, I really do. Glasgow always has so much to offer, and even more so at this time of year. It has been absolutely brilliant finishing up work and getting to spend time with my nearest and dearest, catching up and getting ready for the festive celebrations. Oh, and not to mention the small detail of packing up my entire flat and moving out right between Christmas and Hogmanay (good one Ayden, I know) But hey, New Year equals a new start, right? Here's a run down of my favourite places I've been exploring on the run up to Christmas:

Glasgow On Ice


My old flatmate Claire and I had a little day in town at Glasgow On Ice thanks to simplyhealth, then for a semi healthy lunch at Wagamama afterwards. The Ice Skating is at George Square along with some fairground rides and stalls selling mulled wine and other delicious smelling Christmassy food and drink. Claire is a personal trainer who runs her own spin studio, and has always been very sporty so OF COURSE she took to the ice skating perfectly straight away. It took me on the other hand a few circles of the monument before I wasn't skidding about like Bambi. Ice Skating is a great way to stay active over the indulgent festive period, along with the likes of skiing and my favourite - snowboarding! Can't wait to get back on my board in the New Year, the mountains of Scotland are starting to look pretty snowy already.

Blitzedmas


Blitzed is a 1940's themed club night which happens every few months or so in Glasgow. The Christmas edition was at SWG3 so I took my friend Sally along who was up from London to visit. We went for the 'dolled up' ticket which included getting our hair done by the amazing Miss Dixiebelle's (who did my hair for Luisa's hen party last year) along with some mulled wine in a lovely VIP dressing room. Once we were ready, we headed downstairs to dance along to the swing band performing and get our photos taken in the Bygone Photobooth. Such a different and refreshing type of night out to go on, and it was great seeing everyone making a real effort with their outfits, makeup and hair.

Eden Beauty Garden


With so many parties and nights out to attend over Christmas and New Year, I decided to try out eyelash extensions for the very first time because I suck so much at putting fake eyelashes on! The picture above is with absolutely no mascara, just my own lashes plus the extensions. They are completely flawless and I want to keep them forever. Alas they only last around a month, depending on how well you take care of them. I've not been wearing any eyeliner or mascara, or rubbing my eyes like I usually do, and I have only noticed a few starting to fall out in the last couple of weeks. Being finished at work means I was able to get some super girly nails done too, and went for these red sparkly gel's. Extensions of course, my own nails are nowhere near as long or nicely shaped at this, but maybe one day! Both my lashes and nails were done at Eden Beauty Garden which has just opened inside Central Chambers. Slightly more pricey than most places in town, but I think the extra £10 or so is completely worth it. I've had so many beauty treatments done which are a slap dash job with no care taken at all. The girls at Eden take such pride in their work and it shows, because my nails and lashes are the nicest I've had and have lasted longer than I ever expected them to.

Heenatastic


You've probably seen traces of Heenatastic starting to appear across quite a few Scottish Blogs at the moment, and for very good reason! Sadia's work is amazing and when my friend Heather text a few weeks ago to say she was booking us in as a pre-christmas treat I was so excited! The first pictures are mine and Heather's henna the night it was done, and the third picture was taken by my gal Ashley today (patiently awaiting good news at the Apple Store as my iphone battery is dying a death) It took around 3 hours for both our hands to be finished, and I'm hoping it will last for the next few weeks. Definitely a wee something different that I would like to treat myself to every couple of months. I'm already looking up inspiration pictures for my next visit.

Bath St Tattoo Collective


It wouldn't be Christmas if I didn't treat myself to a new tattoo! But I guess I don't even need that excuse haha. Rizza Boo from Jolie Rouge in London was up at the newly opened Bath Street Tattoo Collective doing a few days as a guest tattooist, so I booked in with her as I have been following her work from ages. So so happy with how this one on my side turned out. I'm booked back in with Billy Hay in January to get my shins done which should be... fun? The shop is looking amazing and they have so many great artists working there! Would definitely recommend them all if you're in Glasgow and looking to get tattooed.

Loch Tay Highland Lodges


Getting away from the city for these final few pictures, me and the girls headed up to Killin for a couple of nights in one of the glamping domes at Loch Tay Highland Lodges. Our dome had a lovely wood burning stove, oil lamps, bean bags and a massive bed to keep us cosy while sleeping under a clear sky full of stars. This is Scotland in Winter though, so it was still pretty nippy! We spent our time eating, drinking, playing Disney monopoly, exploring, plus a day trip to Callendar for a look around the quaint little shops and an awesome pub lunch. I took some footage of the trip so hope to get a video up soon. It was the perfect chance to blow away the cobwebs and get my head together before the busy weeks ahead.

I'll be fitting in one more post before the year is out, and in the meantime I hope December is treating you all well ♥

Say you'll remember me

Good afternoon m'dears. I'll leave this to be short and sweet and let you watch my first vlog in over a year instead. Lots of ehm's and tripping over my words - sorry! Please be gentle, it was so bloody nerve wracking! It's also quite a long one, hopefully as I get better and less rambly I could cut it down to half the time. Products I mention in the video are all listed below. Hope you enjoy, and if it wasn't too awkward to watch then I'd definitely be up for filming more :)













Sweater Weather

Good evening my dears. Woke up today feeling relieved but also a bit sad at the fact yesterday was the last day of my BBC job. It's been a hectic few months and now I can fully embrace unemployment until my next gig in January. I've got lots of catching up with family and friends to do, and some nice things planned for the coming weeks so I look forward to sharing them with you. YAY to a social life again! The early starts mean I still wake up early on my days off, so last weekend before a nice lunch with my Gran Liz I was able to indulge in taking a bit of time to get ready and do my hair and makeup properly (as opposed to looking a bit dishevelled during the week) and try out my new makeup from Bare Minerals, which I got after my make-under with them at the Glasgow Buchanan Galleries Boutique.


So, here's my all star line up! From top to bottom, and left to right:

Touch Up Veil in Light, Ready Bronzer in Skinny Dip, Ready Blush in The Tease, Prime Time in Light, Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Rebel, Marvelous Moxie Lipliner in Empowered, Stroke Of Light Eye Brightener, Bare Skin Serum Foundation in Bare Natural, Lash Domination in Intense Black, Perfecting Face Brush, and Purely Nourishing Moisturiser


Here is all of the above on my wee face. I've had a less than satisfactory experience with Bare Minerals in the past with their pressed powder foundation, which seemed to cling to my skin in a scaly fashion and in ALL the wrong places. So I was a bit nervous about trying out their first liquid (well, serum!) foundation. But all my worries were over nothing and I was pleasantly surprised with how down right brilliant it is. Second round of nerves came when applying the foundation myself with the special brush, but it was actually pretty easy. You only need a few drops and you're able to build it up to a heavier coverage if you were going on a night out for example, without it feeling or looking cakey. If I had to describe this combination of the primer, foundation and powder in one word it would be silky. The sort of face touching 'oooooh' silky.


This little group is taking permanent residence in my day to day makeup bag at the moment, with the addition of a black Estee Lauder gel eyeliner and my Benefit Browzings kit. It is literally all I need and is condensed enough to carry about with me on the move. I'd like to give special mention to the moisturiser which is really nourishing and my skin literally drinks it up! Also, the lipliner. It's the perfect colour to wear on a daily basis that I can even have on it's own blended into the rest of my lips. If you want to know any more specifics of each of the products just hit me up on twitter (@hellorogue) and I can tell you more. What suits my skin might not suit yours, but right now I'd like to thank Bare Minerals for eliminating my worried preconceptions and giving me a quick and easy daily winter makeup routine. HIGH FIVE.


Taking these photos make me realise that I majorly need a tripod, or someone to take outfit pictures for me! Myspace selfies are hard to do with a heavy SLR camera haha. So I apologise for that but hope you get the general idea. Now that I'm off work for a month and can actually plan out nice outfits each day I would love to do more outfit posts, if you'd like to see them of course?


Last friday I treated my Gran to lunch at Hutchesons in Glasgow (if you haven't been yet, go, it's amaze!) and we had their set lunch menu. It's in the old National Trust building on Ingram Street and the interior is absolutely beautiful. I decided to go for a bit of double denim for a chilly day in town, with my loveheart shirt from Primark, fur lined denim jacket from Spartoo, and leopard print shoulder bag also from Spartoo. Black AA Disco pants not pictured because seriously, I mean it when I say I need someone to take my outfit photos haha. I have been wearing my personalised name necklace from Punky Pins all day, every day! Having quite an unusual name it's always been hard to get personalised items straight off the shelf (take me back to being sad in the pencil case aisle at Tesco the week before going back to school) I had a few name necklaces from Punky Pins in my late teens and was pleased to see they are still going strong. They are one of the few online jewellery places I've bought from who have good prices and their necklaces don't turn your neck green after 5 minutes. Winning.

With today being my first day off I managed to stay rather productive. I went to Bath Street Tattoo Collective to get a new tattoo from the lovely Rizza Boo who was doing a guest spot there (you can have a nosy on my instagram @hellorogue) then met a friend for coffee and managed to finish off my Christmas shopping. Tomorrow I am going Ice Skating at George Square and for lunch with my old flatmate, then going to the Biffy Clyro gig at night. Some other bits and pieces I've got to look forward to over the next few weeks are Blitzed next Saturday (which is a 1940's themed club night) a few nights away at a wigwam with the girls on the Sunday, and a screening of The Wizard Of Oz with Jelly and Gin the following Thursday 18th. It's the last of a few films they are showing (the other is Gremlins on the 11th) and it basically consists of eating and drinking bite sized food and cocktails along with the film, and Mr Wolf signals throughout the screening when you are to do so. Wizard of Oz is one of my all time favourite films, so safe to say I am excited and extremely intrigued is an understatement! I've never been to or heard of another event quite like it. Tickets are still on sale for pretty much all I have mentioned above (apart from Biffy Clyro, boooo) so let me know fellow Glasgow people if I will be seeing any of you there. December, you are an absolute gem already ♥