Monday, 29 September 2014


Since hitting the big 30 last year, I really have become quite obsessed with skincare to keep my skin looking as young as possible. I like to think I look a few years younger than my 31 years of age, so when I was invited along to Elanic to have my skin assessed using their new Visia Complextion Analysis I was keen to go along and find out the results.

The Visia Complextion Analysis allows you to view your skin in microsopic detail to see how it looks on the outside but also the underlying damage that is not visable to the naked eye. It identifies problems such as, redness, wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage. Once it has taken an analysis it produces a personalised report. Here is a copy of my report below.

As I said previously, I like to think I look a few years younger than 31, well, wasn't I proved wrong. My skin age according to the analysis came out 10 years older than my real age! Shock horror, I know! On the positive side, the analysis showed that I have very few wrinkles but on the other hand I have a lot of underlying UV damage that is not visible to the naked eye. All those years of not protecting my skin properly in my late teens/early 20s have well and truly caught up with me. But fear not, the experts at Elanic were able to prescribe tailored products from the specialist skincare range Skinceuticals (if these products are good enough for Naomi Campbell and Gwyneth Paltrow them I'm willing to give them a try). 

Skinceuticals are an advanced skincare range born from years of scientific research. They work on three main philosophies: prevention, protection and correction. Based on my Visia Complextion Analysis I was prescribed 3 products to take home and use over the next 3 months. These were:

Phloretin CF - Prevent 

Phloretin CF provides a high level of protection against UV rays which helps prevent the skin from further skin damage.

Use once a day in the morning after cleansing.

Retexturing Activator - Correct

This serum is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of surface lines for a visibly smoother, more radiant looking skin. It works by targeting two mechanisms, exfoliation and hydration which help promote the skin's natural regeneration process. 

Use twice daily morning and night.

Retinol 0.3 - Correct

Retinol helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. A high factor sun protection must be worn when using this as part of your skincare regime. 

Use once or twice weekly in the evening and gradually increase to every other night.

Once I had my skin analysis and products prescribed, I spoke to the clinics Dermatologist which I found very informative. Rather than focusing on the cosmetic side of things, he focused more on the dangerous effects UV damage can have on your skin such as skin cancer. It really made me realise how important it is to protect your skin from UV damage as it could potentially be life threatening. For now on, I will make sure I lather myself in a high factor sun screen when I'm in the sun. 

I was also given the opportunity to experience Scotland's first ever Vectra XT system, a 3D imaging system that allows patients to visualise the results of cosmetic surgery. As this is not something I plan to do in the future I didn't try it. I did however have chat with the cosmetic surgeon who explained how it worked which I found interesting as I feel it will help people make better informed decisions when it comes to considering cosmetic surgery.  

I am due to go back to Elanic in December for a further Visia Complextion Analysis to discover the findings from using my prescribed products over the next 3 months. I'm praying for good results so I can knock a few years of my first skin analysis. I can honestly say that I'm already noticing my skin looks brighter and that's only after 2 weeks usage. So look out for follow up post to see how I get on. 

I would like to thank the staff at Elanic for my invaluable experience and advice and The Big Partnership for giving me the opportunity to visit Elanic. 

Sunday, 21 September 2014

A night with The Scottish Ballet

The past few weeks have been mega busy with blogger events so my apologies for the delay in this post. The week before last, The Scottish Ballet invited me to a night of witches, hysteria and tapas. The purpose of the night was to celebrate the world premiere of their brand new production, The Crucible double billed with Ten Poems. The Crucible based on Arthur Millers award winning play, tells the story of the Salem which trails of 1692. The Ballet also features 10 Dylan Thomas poems brought to life by dance.

The night began at the Glasgow Film Theater where we were treated to a screening of 90s teen film The Craft. Before The Craft we were shown an exclusive behind the scenes film of the making of the Crucible. Afterwards, we headed over to one of my favourite Glasgow venues, Blythswood Square Hotel where we spent the rest of evening sipping cocktails,  nibbling tapas and talking about the production with the lovely ladies (Ann, Christina and Miriam) from The Scottish Ballet. Thank you ladies for a lovely evening.

The Crucible previews in Glasgow on Thursday 25th September, further info and online booking can be found on their website.

Monday, 15 September 2014

The Glasgow Wedding Collective

A few weeks ago, Lisa from Palampo PR invited me along to the Glasgow Wedding Collective Press Launch at the Lighthouse in Glasgow. I know, I know, you might wonder why I was attending a Wedding Show when I'm not engaged (my boyfriend certainly did, lol) but you never know when you might need some ideas and something like this is great to share with my readers. The aim of the Glasgow Wedding Collective is "to handpick and bring together a selection of exciting independent and vintage wedding suppliers handpicked from throughout Scotland". 

On arrival, myself, Lynnie Bop and Glasgow Fashion Girl were greeted by Lisa and given lovely little tags to write on our blog names. We then entered the venue (which would be great for a wedding by the way) and were greeted with gin cocktails. There were lovely stalls set up with each supplier showcasing what they had to offer. First up was one of my favourites, The Three Sister's Bake. They had a great selection of savory snacks which somehow I forgot to take a picture of, sorry. If I was planning a wedding these girls would be the top of my list. We then had the Big Bear Bakery who had the most delicious cakes. I sampled quite a few and I can tell you they were all amazing. There was also a lovely selection of Vintage Wedding dresses which were later styled up by 4 guest bloggers Florals and Corals, Honey Pop Kisses, Bee Waits and Forever Yours Betty. My favourite stall was The Bygone Photobooth Company. This was a vintage style photobooth where you could choose from a number of vintage props and given a instant print to take away with you.

The Big Bear Bakery 
Vintage Wedding Dresses
The Bygone Photobooth Company
If you are planning a wedding or looking for ideas then I highly recommend heading along to The Glasgow Wedding Collective on Sunday the 28th September at the Lighthouse. Entrance is free and more details can be found on their website.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Debenhams A/W Press Show

I get quite excited about the thought of Autumn/Winter fashion so you can imagine my excitement when I was invited along to the Debenhams A/W Press Show last week. Held in one of my favorite Glasgow locations, Blythswood Square Hotel, we were given a preview of the Designers at Debenhams, Debenhams own brand and the latest beauty offerings. Not only that, we were treated to fabulous cocktails, canapes and manicures.

Of course, I was drawn to the glamorous evening gowns, sparkly shoes and handbags which would be great for the festive season. I was also drawn to Murad range which I'm dying to try (already on my Christmas wishlist). Another beauty brand that caught my eye was Elemis. Just look at the gorgeous packaging. I also spotted an Urban Decay, Naked Basics 2 pallet which was much the same as the first (a bit disappointing) and wait for it ladies....... a new Benefit advent calendar. I don't know about you, but I can't wait for all this to hit the stores!

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Oasis Bloggers Breakfast

Last Friday I was invited along to the Oasis Bloggers Breakfast at the Oasis store in Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow. The purpose of the breakfast was to introduce the new Flutter range. The Flutter collection is collaboration between Oasis and award winning ceramic designer Peter Ting. They have taken his iconic print inspired by the traditional Chinese flower bird and created a beautiful collection ranging from kimono's to printed trousers. 

Once we had been introduced to the collection and treated to a delicious breakfast, we were given time to shop the store before it officially opened, 15% off all items and a free gift. Thanks Oasis!!!  

Here are some of my favourite picks from the collection:

Have you got a favourite item from the collection?