Mallzee Launch Party

Saturday, 28 September 2013
On Tuesday night I attended the launch party for Mallzee which is a new shopping app. Mallzee allows you to enter some of your favourite brands and preferences then it allows you to search through them all on the one app to find something you'd like. It's pretty cool(and free) so is worth a download! I met up with a few other bloggers for food beforehand so by the time we arrived the party had already started. We went to Bristo if you're interested. I ordered a teriyaki chicken burger and it was absolutely amazing. The alcohol was flowing, hello cocktails, and the music was in full swing.


Not long after we arrived Cally, the CEO of Mallzee, gave us a speech about how they'd come up with the app and where they want to go etc etc. It was actually a really funny and easy to listen to speech. They also showed us their new promo video for the app which I really liked. The event was hosted in one of the Edinburgh University buildings. Don't ask me which one because I'm really not good with directions in Edinburgh! However it was really nice and swanky. I actually felt quite out of place as there were so many 'fashionista' types. Never the less I was really flattered to be invited.


Ok. That's a pushable cake pop! How awesome is that? I took two. Not sure if that was allowed but I only had one cocktail so I'm sure that makes it ok. I wasn't actually hungry so I tried to take them home. Big mistake. The lids fell off in my pocket and the whole top layer of icing fell out into my pocket. I was quite gutted but my dog was very happy to be appointed the role of having to lick the pocket clean. Thank god it was my mac and cleaned up pretty easily! I had the carrot cake one pictured above and gave a lemon one to my sister. They were nice but not the best cake I've ever had.


See? Didn't I tell you it looked very swanky! They also had a tweet globe so tweets with the hashtag #mallzeefoundme were appearing on the globe. The atmosphere was really cool and I had a great time. Unfortunately I had to leave a little bit early to catch a half nine train but I would have loved to have stayed until the end of the event for a better mingle. Yesterday's blog post was an OOTD of what I wore to the event if you would like to see that then click here.





If you would like to find out more about Mallzee then check out their website. If you want to download it you can do so here on the app store. I was not paid to write about this.


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Things That Make Me Happy #50

Thursday, 26 September 2013

1. These angel food cup cakes look absolutely delicious and are beautifully presented. It feels like forever since I've done some baking. My oven gloves are itching to get to it.

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2. I love this little bit of nail art, the feather is so cute. It looks very easy. It's also on short nails. It seems that most nail art is done on talons and I can't stand it when my nails are long!

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3. I really like the mirrored effect of the vase in this picture. A nice little piece to brighten up a room.

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4. This is the Hungarian parliament building! Have you seen the Scottish one?! We sure as hell pulled the short straw there.

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5. I absolutely love the detailing on this dress. I think it's a wedding dress but it would look great for prom too. My prom has been booked(June 6th) and everyone is going a bit dress crazy. And by crazy I mean the fights have started already. It's going to be a long year.

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6. Inspirational quote of the week.

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7. This is just far too cute. I love babies in Halloween costumes.

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8. Now this looks like it might be a heart attack in a dish. Don't say that like it's a bad thing.

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9. I was in a restaurant on Tuesday with some other bloggers and they had bookshelf wallpaper. I want some bookshelf wall paper!

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10. Preach it Galileo.

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The £1.99 iPhone Case

Wednesday, 25 September 2013
As a few of you may have seen on twitter/instagram I recently became an iWanker joined the iPhone family. The contract I had on my Samsung Galaxy Ace had run out(and it was a piece of crap to begin with, so I decided to set myself up a contract for an iPhone 4. I know there's this whole hoo haa about the new iPhones coming out but to be honest I'm not a 'crazily attached to my phone' girl so I just went with the cheapest option. So far I'm loving it. I decided to hit up Ebay and look for some lovely phone cases to go along side it. The first one I ordered was this one in baby blue (no longer for sale).


I love love love it. I think it looks so cute and I really love the little love heart around the camera. The best thing about this is that it was only £1.99 including postage which only took two days. Also when they say that it's ultra thin, they really aren't messing around. It fits perfectly but you don't really feel like you're holding a phone in a case. It also came with a screen protector which is great because I'm terrified of scratching my screen!


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Week In Photos #50

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Nails / Winnie
New phone case / Work selfie

Just to start off with... how crazy is it that this is my 50th week in photos post? I mean I don't do them every week so I've definitely been doing them for over a year. At one point I need to sit down and read through all the old ones because I bet it would be really interesting! I love writing week in photos posts but often I just don't have enough photos. My old phone's battery had gone off so I wasn't really taking photos because 50% of the time my battery had died. My contract ran out and I now have a new shiny iPhone so I'm pledging to do these posts more often. I also have a few instavideos if you'd like to see them too!

Not much has really happened this week as I've mostly just been at school. I had a chemistry NAB on Thursday so I'd been studying a lot for that. It paid off and I got 18/20 for it. Super pleased. Since starting advanced highers I've really been feeling like I'm struggling. I got told by a lot of people that the jump from higher to advanced higher isn't as bad as going from standard grade to higher but I'm feeling the other way around. Especially maths. I missed 4 lessons whilst off with a throat infection and I still don't feel properly caught up.

Next week I might be going to a blogging event(although train schedules are really working against me) and the Edinburgh University open day(after missing the last one because of a throat infection. So hopefully should have a lot to write about.

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Review: Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave In Conditoner

Saturday, 21 September 2013
Over the last couple of weeks I've noticed that my hair has gotten a lot more dried out which results in tangling and knotting a lot more. Then I realised that after my last deep conditioning treatment ran out I never bothered to replace it and have just been using a regular conditioner. I think it's just been the lack of upkeep that's kind of ruined my hair. I've given myself a bit of a kick up the bum and have started looking after my hair a lot more. One of the things that I pulled out of my collection was this the Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave In Conditoner.


I've been reaching for this a lot more recently. The only reason I hadn't before was out of plain laziness. You spray a little bit of this into wet hair and then brush through before drying. It has the same sent as my favourite hair product ever, Aussie 3 Minute Miracle, so this was a major plus for me. It's not really a scent I'm good at describing but it's kinda sweet and kinda minty at the same time. Just trust me: it's amazing. I've found that this has really softened my hair and makes it very smooth, bye bye frizz. I have curly hair and it makes my ringlets a lot more defined. I also found that it reduces the drying time of my hair, bonus! One of my main irks with leave in products is the feeling of a greasy residue and I'm glad to report that I didn't experience that with this. All in all I find this to be a great product and I've found that it's really improved the quality of my hair lately. 


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Things That Make Me Happy #49

Thursday, 19 September 2013

1. It's been far too long since I had an ice cream cookie sandwich.

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2. I love this rainbow nail art.

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3. This looks like the perfect city room.

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4. Looking at photos of Scotland makes me swell with a bit of national pride.

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5. I love this outfit.

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6. Inspirational quote of the week.

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7. So excited for autumn.

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8. This pasta looks delicious.

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9. Looking forward to autumn knits.

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10. I love recycled palette decor.

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Recipe: Coconut Loaf

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Today I'm sharing a really old family recipe. I have no idea where this came from, just that everyone on my mum's side of the family seems to know about it. It's absolutely delicious and very easy! To me this is a very homey recipe and I just find it so comforting. It will also make your house smell AMAZING. This recipe is enough for 1 loaf but I'd recommend doubling it as you can store it in tinfoil and it keeps quite well.



Ingredients:
2 cups self raising flour
2 cups sugar
2 cups dessicated coconut
2 eggs
4 tablespoons of milk


Method:
1) Pre heat oven to gas mark 4.
2) Combine all dry ingredients.
3) Add eggs and stir.
4) Add the milk bit by bit, you might more than 4 tablespoons.
5) Cook for 1 hour.
6) Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a bit.
7) Cut into slices roughly half an inch thick.
8) Best served warm with lots of butter.


Please let me know if you make this! Sorry for the bad photo quality. I'm so much more of a night baker. If this is the first post you're reading on my blog believe me, the photos are normally better.



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Review: ELF Studio Matte Lip Colour

Monday, 16 September 2013

Hello everyone. I was kindly sent a few Studio Matte Lip Colours from ELF for review purposes and they're now my new favourite lip products. I've had my eye on these for ages so I literally squealed with excitement when I found out they would be sending some my way. The matte lip colours are basically lipsticks in the form of a lip pencil, I find them a lot easier to apply than normal lipsticks as it allows you to be more precise. I wouldn't say they're 100% matte as they do have a little bit of a shine. I like this as it means they aren't as drying as a fully matte lipstick but if that's the effect you're looking for then these maybe aren't the products for you.

 

I really like how long lasting these lipsticks are. I can wear them for about 5 hours with eating and drinking and they still look great. With the exception of Rich Red they barely even transfer onto glasses. They apply very smoothly and feel really creamy and soft. I also really like that they twist up meaning that you don't have to sharpen them. One thing that really bugs me about the packaging though is that if you twist it down past the way it is in the photo above it breaks and won't twist back up. It's really easily fixed but I've broken mine quite a few times by accident! All in all though I think that for £4.50 you're getting a really great product. Plus if you like the ELF Facebook  you'll see they often have discount codes/free shipping so you can bag yourself a bargain.


Nearly Nude isn't really a colour I'm a big fan of. I think it looks a bit 'foundation lips' on me but that might just because I'm so pale. It might look a lot nicer on different skin tones. That being said the application was perhaps the smoothest out of all of them and it did last a long time.


Rich Red is a classic, beautiful red lip. Whilst in this swatch it looks a bit sheer, I never actually noticed that until I took a photo and zoomed in. It looks great when it's not up close. Unless people are going to be scrutinising your lipstick with a magnifying glass, I would really recommend this as an affordable red lipstick. Or if people are going to be scrutinising your lipstick with a magnifying glass, it would make a great lip liner.


For me Coral was my favourite out of the three I was sent. It's a gorgeous colour and not something I would usually go for myself. I'm so glad they sent me this as it pushed me to go out of my comfort zone a little bit and I've found a new love. I've worn this nearly every day since I got it and I've gotten so many compliments. I'm so annoyed that I discovered my love for this colour just as summer ends!

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Graze Box #2

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Hello everyone! You all seemed to really enjoy my first Graze Box post so I thought I'd do another one to show you what I got in my latest post. A few people used my code from my last post so I was able to get £1 off this box and donate £1 to the Graze school of farming in Africa, thank you so much if that was you! I will leave my code at the bottom of the post too! I've really enjoyed my Graze Boxes so far. I feel like I'm getting a lot more from them than I have other monthly subscription boxes for less money.


So what was in my second box?

Chocolate Orange - A mix of of chocolate orange raisins, orange infused raisins, jumbo raisins and chocolate buttons. I really loved this. They weren't kidding when they said it tastes just like a chocolate orange. There was a lot in this tub and I found it to be really filling which is just what you want from a healthy snack! It's also one of your five a day. I marked this as a 'love' on the graze menu!

Toffee Apple - Toffee sauce with dried apple slices. A lot of people had told me that this was their favourite snack from Graze so I was quite excited to find this in my box. Oh. My. God. I can totally understand why everyone likes this so much. It is amaaazing. So delicious. I honestly can't believe there are only 68 calories in a tub because it tastes like it should be very bad for you! I have also marked this as a 'love' on Graze.

Light Lemon & Poppy Slice - I'm a bit on the fence about this. It comes with a tea bag which is a really good idea but I don't drink tea so it wasn't that great for me. Plus the tea bag takes up a lot of the room so the cake is tiny. I ate it in three bites! Whilst it was really tasty, I didn't find it filling at all and felt hungry quite soon after. I've binned this because I was a bit disappointed and don't really want another one.

Very Nori-sh - Japanese seaweed rice crackers. Seaweed is either a hit or miss but I'm a pretty big fan so I really enjoyed eating these. The rice crackers are so crunchy so I find them a lot more satisfying than a bag of crisps. I liked these on the Graze website.

If you would like a free Graze box then please use my code: L35ZXP5D. It will get you a free Graze box and gets me a £1 off my next box so I would really appreciate it. You need to sign up but if you want you can just cancel after you get the box. I would really recommend trying something from Graze as they perk up my Monday's.

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Share The Love #2

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Hello everyone. Today I've got another share the love post for you so that I can showcase another 3 of my favourite blogs.


Firstly a blog I've been following for quite a while now, Becky Bedbug, which is written by the lovely Becky. What I really like about Becky's posts are the wide variety. She has a great mix of beauty and lifestyle posts: everything from book reviews to posts about lipsticks. I also love her advice posts, especially the 5 tips for offering advertising post as I've been thinking about offering advertising recently. I also follow Becky on Twitter and she is very active during the #bbloggers chats and I love talking to her. Please go share the love over on Becky Bedbug.



Fifi Mcgee is a relatively new blog but one of my favourites. If my blog had been as good as Fifi's when it just started I would cry with happiness! My favourite posts on Fifi McGee are definitely the baking posts as it's more of a lifestyle blog. Just look at these chocolate and raspberry brownies, how great is the photography?! I still can't believe Fifi's only been blogging since June, her blog looks so professional. I think she'll go really far! Please head over to Fifi McGee and share the love as she deserves so many more followers(plus she also is Caitlin Moran's doppelgänger!).


And last but not least, The Little Things, written by the charming Louise. Louise is planning to move to Edinburgh once she has graduated which is awesome, I hope we can meet up when she does. The Little Things is another mixed blog but with a focus on fashion. I really love the outfits that Louise comes up with. I always really admire how effortlessly fashion bloggers pull off amazing outfits, I could never do that! I especially love this outfit post featuring a lovely kimono.
Louise has also updated her blog layout recently and it looks gorgeous so please go have a look!

Do you follow any of these blogs? What blogs are your favourites?


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FOTD - Vamp Lip

Friday, 13 September 2013

Hello everyone. I thought I'd do a little post to show you what I wore to a party last weekend. I've combined my a/w every day make up with another favourite of mine - the vamp lip!

I started off by applying a thin line of eyeliner using MUA's Liquid Liner and applying a few coats of the No7 Extreme Length Mascara. I wanted to keep my eyes quite plain as I wanted the the lips to be the main focus. After filling in my eyebrows with the dark matte brown from the Sleek Storm Palette, I mattified my face with the 17 Miracle Matte Powder in Natural Fair. I may be a terrible beauty blogger for admitting this but I don't wear foundation! Then I applied some Benefit Benetint to my cheeks and contoured with the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer. To finish of the look I lined my lips with the Rimmel Lip Liner in Black Tulip and applied one of my favourite lipsticks Mac's Dubonnet. Ah, autumn, I'm so glad you're here.

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Things That Make Me Happy #48

Thursday, 12 September 2013

1. This cinnamon roll needs reposting just because it looks so damn beautiful.

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2. This rocks.

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3. I really want a clothes rack but I have no where to put one.

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4. I've always wanted to go to London.

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5. Perfect autumn outfit.

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6. Inspirational quote of the week.

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7. I feel this way about autumn too.

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8. Awwww.

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9. Chocolate peanut butter cup brownies. Yes please.

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10. As much as it sounds like a weird combination pineapple and chocolate tastes amazing.

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