Back to school/uni/college Tag...

Friday, 31 August 2012

Well hello there,

So I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and do the whole 'Back to school/uni/college tag' I've seen it all over but read Kirstie from Coffee and Cakes' post the other day and decided to follow suit... I properly start second year on Tuesday though I enrolled on Wednesday, quite exciting I guess...

1. What grade/year of college are you going into?
I'm going into second year of my BA Media and Communications.

2. What are you excited and/or nervous for this year?
It sounds ridiculous, but I can't wait to get another year over and done with and be closer to living and working in London after I've finished studying... though I'm really looking forward to my option this year which is Journalism.

3. What's your favorite part of getting ready for back to school? 
Stocking up on pretty stationary is a must for me, I am loving my butterfly notebook I bought from Accessorize as well as the pack of Stabilo fineliners I got half price in Sainsburys :)

4. What grade were you in when you first started wearing makeup to school? 
When I first started wearing 'proper' makeup everyday probably second year, though only like mascara, lipbalm and concealer. I've used lipbalm for as long as I can remember though my favourite is 'whipstick' from Lush.

5. Where or from whom do you like getting inspiration for back to school trends & styles?
I work in retail and so I'm surrounded with the current styles and trends, I usually prefer a fairly 'grown-up'/sophisticated look, and have been told by many of the Mum's at my 10 year old brother's primary school that I am the most glamourous 19 year old they've ever seen, which makes me giggle. I take a lot of inspiration from the fashion weeks in terms of colours, but mostly I dress for my shape rather than to what is the current 'fashion'. I love youtube and reading blogs for seeing how other 'normal' people are interpreting current trends too.

6. What are your favorite upcoming "back to school"/fall trends for this year? 
I absolutely love the colour burgundy which is a really prominent colour this Autumn, I just ordered a lovely jumper from ASOS today which I will be wearing often to college. I am also on the hunt for a new pair of winter boots any suggestions are warmly welcomed :) My other favourite Autumn trend is accessorizing collars, I have loved wearing shirts for a few years now and am loving jazzing them up with collar chains and looking forward to ordering some collar tips too!

7. Where do you like to go shopping for back to school supplies?
For pretty stationary I really like Accessorize and Paperchase, for basics I have recently started loving Muji for high quality basics, I bought lots of pens from Sainsburys half price last week as well.

8. What are your favorite stores to go back to school shopping? 
I don't necessarily do a 'back to school' new wardrobe, but I love Monsoon as the clothes are cut really well (it helps working there too ;) ) Primark for basics, Debenhams for the Designers ranges, and vintage... A mish-mash really :) 

9. Will you be carrying a backpack or a purse to school this year? Which do you prefer?
I plan to buy the Mari tote from my recent post, for college and will also be using a backpack my Dad bought me which fits my laptop in it, not the most stylish but practical...

10. What are 3 non-beauty essentials you HAVE to carry in your backpack/purse? 
My planner, my glasses (or else I'd be blind) and nibbles usually Graze punnets, as I get dizzy (and sometimes faint) if I haven't eaten much and need to always be prepared; when I was down in London I went to watch Horse guards Parade and nearly fainted, as I hadn't eaten much breakfast, we had to leave and missed it :( guttting!!

11. What are 3 beauty essentials that you HAVE to carry in you backpack/purse? 
Hand sanitiser, I'm currently using a lovely cupcake scented one :) whichever lip colour I'm wearing that day and a mini tin of Lush charity pot.

12. What are your go-to hair products for this year, and what is your go to hair style? 
I just bought a new bottle of Morrocan oil which I used religiously while living in Australia, and look forward to using it again. Though I love the Aussie colour range, and Lush I love Juicy shampoo :) the combination keeps my hair shiny and blonde.

13. What are your go-to makeup products for this year and what is your go-to makeup look for school?
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW foundation in 'Believe in Me' and 'They're Real' mascara also by Benefit, and my Body Shop brows palette, I don't leave the house without using it! My brows are so light that without it, I look like I don't have any eyebrows, and look rather odd...

14. What are your go-to clothing items for back to school, and what accessories to you plan to rock this year? 
Slouchy jumpers, skinny jeans, blouses, my waxed barbour jacket, high waisted skirts with thick tights, my pink Dr Martens (and the new pair I plan to buy ;) ).

I hope you've enjoyed getting a little insight into my back to college plans, etc... I'm off to bed now as I'm super tired after another long day and it's my birthday tomorrow!! :) Can't believe I'll be 20!

Till next time,


With flowing locks of golden hair...

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Well hello there,

Review # 1 Aussie Miracle Colour Insurance Leave-in-Conditioner

I don't know about everyone else but for me my hair is such a big part of my identity, it sounds silly really but being blonde is all I've ever known and I can't imagine not being blonde to be honest. My hair is a bit like a security blanket, I change my makeup and my styles of clothes but the one constant for me despite being styled in different ways is always being blonde. So it's no surprise with such an attachment to my blondeness that I use products designed to keep it that way; I've used many different 'Blonde boosting' shampoos and conditioners and sprays, but have found that one of the best ways for me personally to keep my hair looking wonderfully shiny and blonde is with the amazing 'Aussie Miracle Colour Insurance Leave-in-Conditioner'. 

My hair has been varying lengths over the years but is currently pretty long, and of course with long hair come tangles... people often remark how jealous they are that my hair grows so fast, though don't be jealous really it's a burden as my 'roots' grow through much quicker, can't have it all I guess. Though my hair is naturally fairly light I began dying it when I was 16 using Nice 'n' Easy, I have since used various at home dye kits, but these days find I can achieve the best overall look by paying a bit more and getting my hair done at the hairdressers. My hairdresser is Frances Hunter in Stirling, which has actually just been voted the 'Scottish Hair Salon of the Year 2012' I've been going there since returning home from Australia last year and always love my hair after Nicola (my hairdresser) has cut and coloured it. 

The Aussie leave in conditioner not only smells great it works a treat, it's my favourite ever hair product, there I said it (best not go back on what I've said now...) For those who haven't tried it and are wondering why it's so great, I shall quote from the bottle;

"Our unique formula with Australian Wild Peach extract and a dash of Avocado oil, not only helps protect coloured hair, but also helps detangle and leaves it vibrant and manageable- oh and it smells great too nd because coloured hair tends to dry out in the sun, it's great for the beach. By the way if you're reading this on the beach, we're jealous. It's raining here."

As far as I'm concerned it does what it says on the 'tin' I spray this all over my hair after I've washed and conditioned it (using either Lush Daddyo or I Love Juicy shampoo then the Aussie colour miracle conditioner) and then fight with my hair to get all the 'tugs' out... just kidding though as when using this brushing my hair is so much easier! Yay a solution, it probably doesn't help that I'm not much of a hair brusher in face I avoid brushing my hair as much as possible, so for those dreaded moments this is a godsend. I love this product and will continue to use it until I find something which is better... this could be pretty tricky though as at such a great price and so easily available for me its a definite winner!

So anyways I'm off to bed, I have enrollment for second year at college tomorrow and then I'm heading through to Edinburgh for an early birthday night out :) got to love extended opening hours till 5am ;) 
Till next time,


p.s I really need to stop blogging late at night... as I end up taking the pictures in the dark and rushed, rookie errors!!

Sitting waiting wishing...

Monday, 27 August 2012

Well hello there, 

Things I'd love but probably don't need... (The end of August/birthday in a few days edition)

So it's no secret that I love shopping, in any form actually; online, shopping centres, charity shops, vintage, markets, if its a type of shopping I probably enjoy it (except B&Q or Homebase... not really my cup of tea, though last time I was in B&Q with my Grandparents I managed to have a laugh mucking around with giant lengths of tubing... so mature) but anyways after a little online browsing, I've compiled a list of things I am currently lusting after. Some of which you can't even buy yet... 

I didn't realise until yesterday that I don't actually own any 'real' nude lipsticks... I was personally classing MAC 'Please Me' as a nude (still am a little) but was thinking though not necessarily a nude that this would be a lovely addition to my lipstick collection. Especially as I don't own any Topshop makeup and have heard it's lovely.

Secondly... Accessorize Mari tote £38
I actually work in Accessorize but have decided this will be my next big splurge! I love this bag so much, I wasn't hugely keen on it at first but it has really grown on me, it's a great size and will be perfect for going to and from college and will even fit my laptop inside. I don't have much else to say really as I'm definitely planning to purchase this :)

Third... Benefit How to Look the Best at Everything Light £24.50 (not yet released)
how to look the best at everything - light
Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW foundation is my all time favourite foundation, I love the coverage the consistency, everything about this foundation for me is perfect! I have wanted to try the 'boi-ing' concealers from Benefit for a while as well as the Hello Gorgeous powder more regularly so this kit is perfect, I can't wait for it to be released.

I haven't shopped properly at Topshop in ages, partly due to being pretty tall and much as I love the Tall range it's often fairly limited... Though this is so lovely, it's basic but looks so cosy and comfy and is a definite perfect jumper for Autumn/Winter, I think it would be lovely layered over a nice shirt with my favourite collar chain (stud type thingys... from Topshop incidentally) and some skinnies and my patent pink Dr Martens... In fact I'm sold, I really want this ;)

Paperchase is one of my favourite shops ever! I have a list pages and pages long of the things I'd love to buy from there, but these are so adorable! Studying would be much more fun with these little cuties... 

Anthropologie is one of those shops in which I could literally spend hundreds of pounds, everything in there is just so beautiful and exactly the kind of things I love... typical as it's pretty expensive too, such is life. My love affair with Anthropologie began when my friend Susan gave me this mug anyone who comes to my house notices it and asks where its from, I love it so much, I really want to buy another 5 to have a set but sadly can't justify £50! But still a girl can dream I love this beautiful whimsical bedding, with the floral pattern and vibrant colours...maybe one day.

Well I shall have to stop myself or else I'll find even more things I 'love' and hopelessly lust after more, I hope you've enjoyed reading about my shameless love of shopping and have had a lovely day.

Till next time,


Just the essentials then... ;)

Sunday, 26 August 2012

  Well hello there,

So today is Sunday and Sunday for me means working; gone are the days when Sunday was the 'day of rest' for me. I work in retail to pay my way through studying, though I'm very lucky in that I enjoy my part-time job working at Accessorize, but regardless I'm pretty shattered today and decided I'd do a 'What's in my bag' post, as I think it really shows a lot about a person... 

I always have a bulging bag, always heavy and pretty much equipped for any situation. I'm the kind of person who'd carry a lighter despite not being a smoker, and I always carry a bottle opener (a bit random really). I used to have a lot of bags though I only have around 5 or 6 large bags, and maybe 8 smaller ones these days, though I have a funny feeling I do have more... The handbag I am currently using is from 'Red or Dead' I've had it for about 5 years now, I received it as a Christmas present from 'Santa' and have always gotten many compliments about it, I think it's quite unusual and I especially love the matroshka doll charms on it though the smaller one fell off :( the list of 'what's in my bag' is fairly vast, and that's not even including the makeup bag contents which I will list in a later post.


                                                            The Contents of my bag...

  1. Bulging full purse... and sadly not money, receipts, loyalty cards, ID, the usual.
  2. My glasses, in their case. 
  3. Headphones
  4. Planner and pen
  5. Headphones
  6. Box of plasters (I am pretty clumsy/accident prone)
  7. Packet of tissues
  8. A random matroshka doll charm, was originally on the bag
  9. A New Zealand bottle cap bottle opener
  10. Mini lint roller
  11. A handful of boiled 'Fox's' sweeties
  12. Chewing gum
  13. 'I am DIVA' mirror
  14. Little tin for holding 'bits and pieces'
  15. House keys
  16. and Make up bag.
  17. Almost forgot these... a random pair of silver earrings.
As you can probably see I don't travel light, on a night out; I always take a smaller purse (my 'party purse' as I like to call it) a little mirror, my camera (which is currently broken) :( , my phone (absent from the picture as was taking the picture) a few wee makeup bits and pieces and my house keys, though usually I end up taking some random other bits and bobs out too. 

I hope you've all had a lovely Sunday, I've spent the last few hours searching places to go on holiday next Summer with my friend Sam :) Croatia anyone? Anybody else already thinking of next Summer after the pretty much non-existent one we've just had. But first we're headed to Amsterdam in November, for which I'll definitely need to travel light... eeek! Well I best be heading to bed, as I'm on 'school run' duty tomorrow for my ten year old brother, then heading to work,before picking him up from school (ever dutiful daughter).
Till next time,


The quest for perfect skin...

Friday, 24 August 2012

Well hello there,

Clear skin for me has been a constant battle and when I first read about Liz Earle 'Cleanse and Polish' I didn't quite believe the hype, and thought it too good to be true, how wrong I was! I bought the 50ml starter kit in the Liz Earle store in Sloane Square, when I was in London last week. My friend Chris and I went in and first impressions of the overall brand were pretty amazing, I mean the store in itself is so clean and crisp, it was just lovely. I made a beeline for the products in search of the '50ml starter kit' big enough to get enough use to know if it would work for me, yet small enough that I wouldn't feel like I was wasting my money if it didn't. And I am happy to announce that it worked! I am unlucky enough to have both extremely sensitive and acne prone skin, this makes finding skincare products a nightmare, strangely makeup isn't as much of a problem.
                               My beloved Liz Earle 'Cleanse and Polish-Hot Cloth Cleanser' :)                          
                          (Terrible Iphone picture... quick upload just to break up the text a little)

Though this hasn't always been the case, makeup used to be a major problem for me;one story my Mum often regails involves a tinkerbell makeup set and me ending up with a face swollen up like a bright red balloon, lovely. So after many major allergic reactions in my childhood, I am pretty careful about what I do and don't put on my face, I often stick to Lush 'Ultrabland' for my face as it's really gentle and amazing for taking off my makeup. Though lately I've been finding it's a little too thick for everyday use and I wanted to try a new cleanser (as I wouldn't necessarily class Ultrabland as a cleanser) hence trying 'Cleanse and Polish' and despite having only been using it for a week I can safely say my skin has never felt or looked so good! (YAY!)

                                I still love this for really stubborn mascara! Lush 'Ultrabland'

When I was younger I had pretty bad acne, I hated it and took pretty strong medicine and used medicated gel treatment for it, sure it cleared it up, but it also ruined my skin, drying it out and leaving it in a worse state than before... great. When I left school in 2010 I spent my summer in rainy Scotland then as soon as I'd turned 18 packed my bags and headed off for a year in sunny Melbourne, Australia (6 months worth of acne medication in tow). I began to wean myself off my medication cutting down from 2 tablets twice a day to only using one once a day, the good weather and climate also helped and my skin was soon looking and feeling great, and so I decided that strong acne medication was no longer for me.
I now compensate by having a fairly rigid skincare regime, I cleanse morning and night, tone (sometimes...) and moisturize, I take my makeup off before bed and every few weeks I use a Lush face mask and toner tab. My top tip for spots; treat them, but don't use harsh chemicals! I have found in my case products like Clearasil have made things a hundred times worse, my favourite spot treatment is Lush 'Grease Lightning'.

Some people are lucky to have clear skin, sadly I am not, though I don't suffer from frequent spots these days I do have pretty bad acne scarring which I am fairly self conscious of.  I am finding that with a rigid skincare routine and good quality (gentle) skincare my skin can look pretty good, in fact this week using a combination of my Liz Earle and Lush products, I have hardly had to use any foundation at all; success!! Day 2 in the blogosphere and I have confessed all about my trials and tribulations in achieving clear skin, I am planning to do a review of my 'Cleanse and Polish' in the near future as well as showing my skin care routine in depth. I hope I haven't rambled on too much (the horrors of having teenage spotty skin!) and that you have enjoyed reading,

Till next time,


Products mentioned:
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Lush Ultrabland
Lush Grease Lightning

New girl on the blog...

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Well hello there, (A wee instagram picture from earlier today to introduce myself and also let you know why I'm writing my blog...)

I'm Iona, I am 19 (twenty next week though! eeek) and after 2 previous failed blogging attempts I decided this time I would blog about something I really love and what do I love you might ask? Well fashion and beauty of course, it's official I'm obsessed from trialing the new crazes to cult classics and everything in between. I am a second year student, studying Media and Communications and decided with what I'm studying I'd be silly not to blog about what I love! I've spent countless hours reading beauty and fashion blogs of others and decided it was a time I had a go. :)

Now this isn't my first attempt at blogging I've previously had both travel and food blogs, though my current student income doesn't quite accommodate for regular travelling and my new healthy eating plan doesn't quite fit around baking... So what better way to channel my journalistic tendencies than writing a new beauty blog, fresh from freezing Scotland.

I'm aiming to do a bit of the usual OOTD's, reviews, hauls, etc along with some new pieces that have been whirring about in my head for a while. And this time, I will post regularly and will stick it out!

Anyways have a good un' and hope you enjoyed reading (at least I hope someone's reading... otherwise I'll force my Mum to read it! :P )