Friday, 30 January 2015

Valentine's Gift Guide with St Enoch Centre and Emporio Armani Diamonds Perfume Giveaway

To celebrate Valentine's Day on the 14th of February I have a gift guide and Valentine's giveaway (in association with The St Enoch Center) to share with you. 

The St Enoch Centre is one of Glasgow's main shopping centers with big brands such as Debenhams, H&M, Folli Follie, Boots, and many more. It's a great place to go if you are looking for a special gift for a loved this Valentines day and today I'm going to share with some fabulous gift ideas.

I don't about you, but I'm not a huge fan when it comes to flowers and would much prefer a gift that would last a little bit longer so here are some great examples: 

The Strawberry Buttercream Yankee Candle from Yankee Scotland, £16,99 for the medium jar would make a lovely gift. The candle has a burn time of approximately 65-90 hours and smells like strawberry's & cream. Trust me boys, every girl loves a Yankee Candle. 

Perfume is always a popular gift on Valentines Day but choosing the right one can be tricky. This gorgeous scent from Emporio Armani is perfect for Valentines Day as the scent is inspired by the aroma of morning roses.  This pefume is £27.50 for a 30ml and can be purchased from The Perfume Shop in the St Enoch Centre or you can win this perfume for yourself or a your loved one by entering my competition at the bottom of the page.

Every girl loves a bit of jewellery so why not treat her to something special. Follo Follie's Love & Fortune Bracelet, £60 with a heart design is perfect and will look lovely with a little black dress on Valentines Day. Personally this is my favourite of the gifts. 

And last but not least, chocolates. You can never go wrong with a box of chocolates and Thorntons always has Valentines Day covered with a delicious selection of chocolates. These chocolates are from the Continental range and are priced at £20. The St Enoch Center is also the home to Hotel Chocolate if you are look for something that extra bit special.

The St Enoch Centre is open at the following times:

Monday to Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday 9am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm

I hope you liked my gift guide and don't forget to enter my competition by filling out the raffelcopter widget below.

Giveaway Rules
You will win 1 bottle of Emporio Armani Diamonds Perfume 30ml.
You must follow my blog via GFC or Bloglovin. 
You must be over 16 years old.
Giveaway will run from today until Midnight on Saturday the 14th of February.
Giveaway is open to UK Residents only.
Winner will be contacted on  Sunday the 15th February and will have 48  hours to respond, if no response, another winner will be chosen. 

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*All products have been gifted to me by the St Enoch Centre.

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Review: TanOrganic Self Tanning Oil

What is about a tan that makes us feel better about ourselves? Ever since Coco Chanel starting holidaying in the South of France, tans have been fashionable and I don't see that ever changing. 

Nowadays, there are so many self tanning products there is no need to damage your skin to achieve a golden glow and the latest one to hit the shelves is TanOrganic.

I can't help being slightly excited by this brand as it has so much going for it. TanOrganic is the worlds first Eco-certified self tanning brand containing 100% natural and organic ingredients and has already won numerous awards. 

I was sent the Self Tanning Oil* to try so let me tell a bit about it and how I got on with the product. 

TanOrganic, Self Tanning Oil contains a unique blend of plant oils including Borage seed oil, Argan oil and Orange peel oil. It also contains Aloe Vera which helps mosturise and prevent skin ageing. It contains no parabens, colours or fragrances which makes it suitable for all skin types. The Self Tanning oil leaves skin soft with a luxurious glowing tan.

Application is easy and streak free with no gloves required. It develops in 6-8 hours and lasts for days. Skin feels nourished and looks hydrated for the perfect fade.

So, does it do what it says does? The answer is yes. I tried this tanning oil on Saturday along with the tan eraser/exfoliater and got great results. 

I exfoliated my whole body using the tan eraser/exfoliater along with some body scrub and was super impressed how soft my skin felt. I didn't feel the need to moisturise before I applied the oil as the tan is oil based. I did however, apply a small amount of Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream on my dry areas (elbows, knees and ankles). 

I then began applying the oil and was amazed how easy it went on and how luxurious it felt. Although the oil has no colour, it was easy to see where I had applied it as it gave your skin a nice sheen. It was no effort at all and rubbed in really easy.  I didn't use gloves and had no stains on my hands at all. The only thing I would say is, the oil runs off your hands easier than a lotion and could end up on your carpet so I would recommend applying this in the bathroom. 

The next day I rinsed the excess off but noticed unlike other tan not a lot washed off. My tan had developed evenly, without streaks and with the pigmentation of my skin tone which looked really natural. I could have gone slightly darker with an extra application but was happy with my subtle glow. As I was only able to reach certain areas of my back, I was dreading how it would look but it looked like a natural tan line which I was really impressed with. I'm now on day 5 and my skin still feels soft and tan is gradually fading but without any patches which again looks really natural. 

I would highly recommend this and would happily purchase with my own money. A 100ml of the Self Tanning Oil costs £24.99.*

Have you tried Tan Organic?

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Staying in is the New Going Out!

I was starting to think I'm getting old and boring but apparently staying in is the new going out. Especially during these winter months I can't think of anything better than getting home from work, taking my make-up off, getting my jammies on and snuggling up on the sofa with a good film and a hot chocolate.  

The thought of going out in the wind, rain and snow with bare legs and high heels and waiting ages for a taxi home is not as appealing during these winter months so unless it's some sort of special occasion you will find me at home in lounging gear watching The Voice on a Saturday night.

Looks like I'm not alone. Michelle Keegan and Abbey Clancy also look like the are fan of staying in with their sweats on. 

Michelle Keegan Instagram "Saturday night chill night"

Abbey Clancy Instagram 

I have even found myself shopping for lounging gear rather than going out gear lately and this is coming from a girl who used to go out 3 nights a week in my early 20s and would shop for new outfit every time! Here are some of my favourite picks:


My 10 favourtie things to do while staying in:

1. Blogging
2. Internet shopping
3. Watching TV/boxsets/films
4. Reading glossy magazines
5. Baking cupcakes
6. Drinking tea/hot chocolates
7. Planning my next holiday
8. Comping
9. DIY Facials
10. Manicures

What do you prefer staying in or going out?

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

My Top eBay Tips

If like me, you have spent the majority of your life spending your wages on clothes then you won't want to part with them without getting a little something back. eBay is a great way of getting rid of your unwanted items while making some cash at the same time. I've been a eBay seller for years and many of my friends often ask me for tips, so I thought I would write a post about it. Even if you are not an eBay newbie, you might find some of my tips useful.   

If you don't wear/use it sell it
Have a wardrobe clear out and if you haven't worn it in a long time, (over a year I would say) then sell it. 

Buy first 
Buy first to build up your feedback rating. This way you will look more trustworthy to buyers wanting to purchase items from you. Buying will also help you learn how the bidding system works. 

Watch items 
Search and watch similar items to the ones you are planning to sell. This will give you an idea of what price they well sell for and you can set a realistic starting price.  

Take advantage of the 20 free listings a month
eBay allows you to list 20 items a month for free. After that, each item costs 35p to list. eBay will take a 10% final value fee of the overall sale (including the postage). If you have more than 20 items to sell, I would wait until the next month to list to avoid the listing fees. 

Look out for additional free listings
As well as your 20 free listings a month, from time to time eBay will let you list upto 100 items for free. Look out for emails for eBay where you can accept the offer and start listing for free. 

Put as much information in the title as possible 
This will allow more buyers to find your item. So if you are listing a black dress for example, make sure you list the brand, colour, style and size in the title e.g 'Topshop, Black, Bodycon Dress, Size 10'. This is far more likely to be found than just 'black dress'.

Describe your item accurately
Describe your item in detail and include any defects the item has. That way you avoid buyers complaining about the item, leaving bad feedback or wanting a refund. If your item does have a defect then reflect that in the price and make sure you state that in your description. I tend to only sell items that are in good condition but if it does have the slightest mark or scratch I will disclose this in my description.   

Take good pictures 
Try and take pictures in the day light as the quality will be far better. I have noticed my items are more likely to sell when I have taken my pictures in the day as it make the items look much better. It also gives a more accurate picture of the item as certain lighting can make the colour look different. 

End auctions at the right time 
Most people will bid on items in the evening so make sure when listing the item the auction ends in the evening. If you are listing in the day, you can pay a small fee to pick the time you want the auction to end but to avoid extra fees, make sure you list your items in the evening so they end at the same time. The best time to end your auction is Sunday and Wednesday evening around 9pm (apparently this is a popular time for bidders). 

Check postage charges
Before listing the item make sure you know how much it will cost to post the item so you are not left out of pocket. You can do this by checking the sizes and weight of the postage on the Royal Mail website. Make sure you measure the thickness of your parcels correctly as there is a £2 difference between a large letter and a small parcel. If I fold an item a certain way e.g. small tops I can fit them in to a large letter size and keep my postage low. 

Don't overcharge on postage to make more profit
No one is going to pay £6 postage for a 2nd hand top so make sure you are accurate with your postage it also helps your feedback rating when buyers are leaving feedback. 

Offer postage discounts on multiple items 
Buyers may be more likely to purchase more than 1 of your items if you offer to combine the postage at a discount. 

Re-use packaging for posting your items
Whenever I order anything online or receive jiffy bags in the post, I keep them and re-use them to post my sold eBay items. This will save you money and help to keep postage low which will attract more buyers. 

Post your items within 2/3 working days of receiving payment
Again, this is good for your feedback rating and buyers are more likely to purchase from you. 

Always ask for a proof of postage when posting
If an item goes missing in the post and you have a proof of postage you will be able to prove to the buyer you have posted the item.

Set up a separate bank account for the money you make on eBay
Selling your unwanted items is not going to make you rich but it can be a good way to save up for something like a holiday. Save it all up over several months rather than it disappearing into your current account, you will be surprised how much you can earn.

Do you have any eBay tips?

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