The Daily Face: Cruelty Free Edition

Girls with glasses

Happy Tuesday darlings! It's been a wee bit longer than I'd hoped since my last blog post, but island life up in Shetland is treating me well and we are halfway through the shoot now. Only 10 more days and I'll be reunited with my furbabies and Pete. The anxiety has been rearing its ugly head a tad more than usual, but I'm lucky to be surrounded by a great team on this job who have been looking out for me and we've been having a really nice time together. Exploring all over Shetland (it is insanely beautiful, with scenery and white beaches to take your breath away) along with eating/drinking our body weight in seafood and Shetland Reel Gin. We've got this weekend off, so I'm hoping to take a wildlife boat trip on Saturday to spy a closer look at Puffins, Seals and Otters, and then Sunday I've got another horse riding trek booked. You can follow my adventures over on Instagram (click here) and I'm thinking of doing a travel post about Shetland once I'm home. It really is an absolutely stunning place! Anyways, it recently dawned on me that although I mention cruelty free makeup all the time on here, I've never done a full 'daily face' type post. So, here's a rundown of my absolute favourite cruelty free brands which I use on my face every single day.

There ain't no party like a doggy birthday party

Dog Cake Smash

I have been desperate to write this post ever since the weekend that (you heard it right) Sheri and I threw a joint first birthday party for Bronson and Olive! That's me just settled in to my new home in Shetland for the next month as we're filming a part of the show up here, so I've finally got time to sit down and share the pups fun filled day at Vet Creche. I'm missing my furry babies and Pete tonnes already, but the photos from the party put the BIGGEST smile on my face. You'll see exactly why...

Come gather in my lungs, Scottish wind

Exploring Scotland

I'm pretty sure by now that most of you are well aware of my love for Scotland and how easy it is to explore the great outdoors here, generally less than an hours drive outside of Glasgow. Well that's exactly what myself, Lynsay and Lori did a few weekends ago. We've all been super busy this year, with work, house renovations and general life goings on, so a little girly weekend away was just what we all needed. We hopped in the car to Gourock, got a ferry over to Dunoon, and after just an hour of leaving home we had arrived at our Argyll Holidays cabin in Hunters Quay.

The Duchess Of Argyle

Mexican Sunday Lunch

In the grand scheme of weekends, there's really nothing I enjoy more than a bit of Sunday brunchin'. Especially when it means a bit of quality time with my better half! Pete just launched his new business Black Pine Coffee in Perth a month ago (within Badlands Barber) and this week they've just opened a new Glasgow store on Great Western Road too. So we've both been pretty busy, and until recently I didn't tend to venture west of the city as much as I should. I'll definitely be exploring it more now Pete's shop is over there. The west end is such a hustling and bustling part of Glasgow, with food and drink establishments certainly being the areas forte, especially in Finnieston (already home to some stellar eateries such as Ox and Finch, Porter & Rye, The Finneston, and Crabshakk) It looks like there's a new gal in town too, and she goes by the name of The Duchess Of Argyle.

Laser Hair Removal with Therapie

Laser Hair Removal review

Hair removal isn't for everyone. Some people do, and some people don't - whatever floats your boat my darlings! Personally, body hair doesn't bother me in the slightest but I am a fan of de-fuzzing myself and I still remember the first time back in high school when I begged my Mum to let me shave my legs. Fast forward 15 years later and it's something which is part of my daily routine. I am far too scared of waxing to get it done on a regular basis, my eyebrows are pretty much the only area I can endure. Last summer I started dabbling in a little bit of home IPL, which gave great results initially but it slowed down after a few months and I felt like it was making no difference whatsoever. So, when I heard that Therapie had recently opened a brand new clinic in Glasgow city centre, I knew it was the perfect time to up the ante in time for my Ibiza holiday with the girls this summer.

Toronto

CN Tower

After our 4 nights in New York, me and Pete jumped on a flight to Canada to visit my best friend Leah, who moved out there to live and work last year. I was so bloody excited to see her, and looking forward to the buzz of a new city and new places to explore. We thought NY was cold... well damn, Toronto was even colder. But completely outweighed by the warm fuzzy feeling inside being reunited with my bestie and getting to see where she has set up a new home. Here's my quick(ish) guide to how we spent 3 days in Toronto in Winter.

Precious Metals

Guy Tang Metallics

I knew it wouldn't be long before a change of hair colour was on the cards. I grew bored of having dark roots pretty quickly. Isn't it funny how the grass is always greener on the other side (or, blonder, in my case!) when it comes to hair. When it's short, I want it long, When I have a sweeping side fringe, I want my micro fringe cut back in. One thing I knew for sure since hearing that Guy Tang & Kenra's metallic colour collection was landing in Glasgow (in the one and only BLOW) is that I definitely wanted a piece of the action.

New York City

Times Square

Oh heeeey you guys. Sorry, it's been a while! I had the most amazing time in New York and Toronto with Pete, but now it's back to normality with an almighty thud. We arrived into Glasgow at 9am two weeks ago on Saturday, and I started my current telly job (what felt like a quick blink/literally 5 minutes later) at 8am on the Monday. A bit of jet lag along with adjusting to a new routine and being back at work left me feeling pretty zombified last week. So that's me just starting to feel kinda normal again, albeit still kinda tired. And cold! Man, the snow has hit Glasgow this week and it is so damn cold. Not as cold as our North American adventure mind you. I could quite easily write an essay on our travels, but I thought I'd keep it short and sweet with a hit list of some of the favourite places we visited in each city. First stop, New York!

A Bronson update - 6 months on

Bronson

It's hard to believe it's been over 6 whole months since I brought this little squishy baby home with me. I remember (at that exact moment above) being handed Bronson for the first time, and thinking shit... what have I done?! He was so tiny, and it was the first time I'd ever owned a dog before. Even growing up we only really had cats, fish and guinea pigs in the family, so this was a whole new territory for me. Pete was away on tour with his band that week, so my friend Ashley took the drive up to Dundee with me for moral support, and was able to capture some really lovely pictures of our first day together.