Monday, 30 March 2015

Mens Clothing Wishlist


Todays post is something a little different! I recently made this board for one of my male friends who jokingly told me to make him a basket of clothes to buy, as when he buys he ends up looking "too hipster or old mannish." So, being a blogger I obviously saw it as a blog post opportunity and headed straight to ASOS, Abandon Ship and Amazon (just realised they're all A's!) to source a few items. Shopping for someone other than Scott was a tiny bit difficult as I know Scotts style inside out, but I chose a little bit of everything (hence the tank tops) to give plenty of options!

I think my favourite pieces from board are the dinosaur T-Shirt and the Aztec jumper on the bottom left. Oh, and the Breaking Bad/Jack Daniel's T-Shirt, obviously. When it comes to mens style, I really like band/independent brand gear - think Thunder Apparel - rather than massive brands or slogan tops. I was so happy with the selection of clothing from ASOS, a lot of it was really cheap and after browsing the categories I felt like I had enough that I didn't need to look anywhere else!

Do you help any of your opposite sex friends shop? Do you enjoy it? I thought it would be quite hard, but I ended up really enjoying it and apart from Slim Jeans and Chinos, my friend was pretty happy with it all!
Banana Beauty

Friday, 27 March 2015

High End Haul || NARS, Laura Mericer and Bobbi Brown

High End Haul

If you read my post about shopping in Glasgow last weekend (here), then you'll already know that I bought a few items from NARS and Laura Mercier for my kit. I also ordered two Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks online, so of course I had to write up a little post on my latest purchases!

NARS Foundation

As I said before, I opted for NARS Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc so that I can try it myself before buying it for my kit. I still have a tiny bit of tan on, so I'm not convinced it's going to be a match for my pale skin, but it matches pretty well at the moment. The coverage is lovely, I like a slightly thicker coverage so it's perfect for me. It has a natural radiant finish (slightly dewy) but has enough staying power than I don't feel the need to set it with a powder, even on my more oil prone areas. The only complaint I have is that there is no pump for this foundation and the lid is already a mess from pouring it onto my hand twice. I have heard that MAC Studio Fix's pump fits, so I think I'll investigate further into that!

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Moi wearing Sheer Glow and funky floating liner.
I wish I could have the same love for the samples of the All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation I was given, but to be honest I thought they were pretty shit. It's marketed as a "high coverage, natural finish with one drop" foundation with 16 hours wear. But when I put this on I was puzzled as to how I would cover my face with one drop. After dotting it all over my face and blending using a thick brush, putting more foundation onto the brush instead of my face and trying to use a beauty blender, I gave up and used Estee Lauder Double Wear on top. I don't even know what to say, surely I must of gotten a duff batch?!

NARS Foundation Colours

Laura Mercier

Moving on to Laura Mercier, I bought the Cashmere eyeshadow and Eye Bases in Cotton and Flax. These are all for my kit rather than using on myself, with Cashmere's soft mauve tone and matte finish making it a perfect crease colour for any bridal skintone. I decided not to clean the packaging for the photo as I wanted to show that it is quite a messy eyeshadow and really needs worked into the brush if you want to avoid droppage.

Laura Mercier Swatches

Cotton and Flax are cream eye bases that can be worn alone or as a base for eyeshadow. Bases help to neutralise any undertones on the eyelid and give eyeshadow something to stick to, so they're perfect for make ups that need to last all day! I want to expand this little collection and get Wheat and Linen, but I figured these were a good start as most of my clients are pasty wee souls like me. I mean, this is Aberdeen after all!

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks

The last items I treated myself to are the Bobbi Brown Beige and Rose Shimmer Bricks. I already have the Nectar Shimmer Brick and instantly fell in love, so I couldn't resist buying more! I still have a bit of an issue with how little product is in the packaging, but I know they'll last me for a long time so I can compromise! The Beige Shimmer brick has a golden glow when all the colours are mixed together and it's not as dark as I had imagined, meaning my pale skin can definitely get away with wearing it! Rose is quite similar to Nectar, but obviously has more of a pink tone as opposed to a peach tone. The Shimmer Bricks give a soft dewy finish rather than actual glittery shimmer which I love, I don't want anything too drastic!

Shimmer Brick Swatches

Have you tried any of these products? Are there any other products from these brands you'd recommend?

Banana Beauty

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

A Ginger in Glasgow || Lunch At The Social

The Social Glasgow

After shopping for an hour or two with Erin (here) on my trip to Glasgow, we decided to grab something to eat. Our dinner was kindly booked my Erin's mum for 5pm, but we managed to get it pushed forward to save us starving ourselves for any longer than needed. 

The Social Glasgow

The Social is nice and central to Buchanan Street, in the Royal Exchange Square. The restaurant itself is really nice, with a large bar in the centre, surrounded by tables. We were seated in one of the back corners in a nice big booth and as we had a deal, our waitress explained everything that was in the deal. Each item in said deal - 2 courses and a cocktail for £12 - was clearly marked on the menu and there was plenty to choose from, even for veggies like myself! I went for Nachos as a starter and good ol' Mac and Cheese as my main, with a fruity cocktail called "Solero." Erin went for Stuffed Peppers as a starter and Spaghetti Meatballs as a main, with a Cosmopolitan cocktail.

The Social Glasgow

When our starters arrived, Erin's was clearly a tiny portion compared to mine, with her peppers being about the size of cherry tomato's. My nachos were a decent size, but had been topped with chilli, so I pointed out to the waitress who had taken them out that it had been the normal vegetarian nachos I had ordered. The waitress apologised, but at the same time the one who had taken our order came over and was pretty pissy about the situation. Instead of being even the tiniest bit polite about it, she simply said "but you didn't specify it was the veggie ones" even though on the menu it clearly stated that chilli was an extra topping and also not in the deal we had. When we pointed this out, she simply replied again that I should have specified I didn't want chilli on it. The second waitress quickly interjected with another apology and went back to the kitchen to get new nachos. The whole situation put a bit of a downer on the rest of the meal, as we were both pretty shocked at her attitude and sheer rudeness and whenever she came over we found ourselves falling into silence until she left. 

The Social Glasgow

It didn't take long for the Nachos to arrive again and it was still a hearty portion. The tortilla chips were lovely, they had a soft, almost pastry like texture rather than a lot of restaurants that seem to have rather obviously pre made chips. Once we finished our starters, it didn't take long for the mains to arrive, which were both a hearty portion. The Mac and Cheese was really creamy and had a little bit of a kick to it. I wolfed it down pretty quickly as I'm an absolute hoover, but as soon as I finished I felt stuffed.

We both felt extremely sleepy after our meal, so we headed out to get a coffee before making our way back to Erins. The rest of our night was spent watching TV and snacking, lying comfortably on the sofa with her dog curled up at our feet. Perfect!

Have you ever eaten at The Social? What did you think? Where else would you recommend for food in Glasgow? 

Banana Beauty

Monday, 23 March 2015

A Ginger (Or Two) In Glasgow || NARS and Laura Mercier

I've been to Glasgow three times this month, but the first time was for Scott's bands gig and the second a wedding, so I decided to take the opportunity of a week off to go back down for a bit of shopping. Erin is from Greenock and was home for the weekend which made it even better, so her mum kindly booked us lunch at The Social as well!

The main reason I wanted to take a trip to Glasgow is to scope out NARS and Laura Mercier before the wedding trial I'm doing later this week. I've had my eye on NARS Sheer Glow for a long while now (link) so I decided to treat myself with the usual promise of using it in my kit. Erin met me from the train station and we made a beeline to House Of Fraser. NARS and Laura Mercier just so happened to have their counters right next to each other (although maybe too close, there was no room for more than one person to browse at a time) so I didn't have to waste any time. 

There was no one at the Laura Mercier counter when we first went over so I started looking at NARS. After 5 minutes of browsing and annoying the staff with millions of awkward questions, I decided on Mont Blanc for the shade of Sheer Glow. I think it's a little too dark for my skin (I have tan on from the wedding so couldn't really try it out), but the lighter shade Siberia looked far too yellow, even though it is meant to be neutral toned. I also wanted to try the All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is it sounded good for bridal, but Mont Blanc was out of stock. The counter staff were extremely generous and gave me samples of Fiji and Deauville to try out instead, which made me a happy bunny.

By the time I had decided what to get from NARS, Laura Mercier had staff members kicking about, as well as a few customers. It took a bit of a while to get in to the counter to look at everything, but once I'd had a play about I decided on Flax and Cotton Eye Base (I want Wheat and Linen next time), Cashmere eyeshadow and Starlight Loose Powder. Unfortunately Starlight was out of stock and although I was offered Candlelight, I just found it to be too shimmery. 

In all honesty, I was a bit disappointed by the counters! The NARS counter needed maintained, especially the lip pencils which were dirty and needed sharpened. The Laura Mercier counter was just so packed in that it was hard to look at anything if someone was already standing in front of the make up. Maybe I'm just being fussy, but I'd expect more from such high class brands?

This post has gotten a little long, so I'll leave lunch at The Social for next time! Check back on Wednesday to hear about the service (hint, it wasn't that good!)

Have you ever shopped at either of these brands? What did you think? If you have any product recommendations, let me know!

Banana Beauty


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

MOTD: Dotted Liner

Dotted Eyeliner

I love looking at make up trends, especially on Instagram. One trend that keeps popping up is eyeliner. Not just any old eyeliner, obviously! There’s disconnected liner, floating liner, coloured liner, multiple winger liner…the list goes on. One of my favourite liner trends has to be the Mascara liner. Using the top of the mascara wand, you dot on liner and create a flick. It gives the perfect, messy yet bang on trend look, that from a distance doesn’t make you look crazy!
Haute and Naughty Mascara

I used MAC’s Haute + Naughty Mascara as it has a really fine point to the wand, perfect for dotting on the liner. I started with the flick, closing my eye and creating a liner going upwards towards the end of my brow. I then thickened the line and start dotting the wand gently along the lash line. I just keep adding to the liner until I’m happy with the shape and thickness. All that was left to do after that was tight lining my upper lash line and adding mascara!
Dotted Eyeliner
Dotted Eyeliner
Nice eyelash glue, yumm!

What do you think of this look? Would you wear it?

Banana Beauty

Monday, 16 March 2015

Glowing Skin For Sick Days

Dewy Glowy Skin

Having a chest infection for over three months now is really starting to take it's toll. I keep starting to get better, only to have days when I feel extremely tired, stuffy and generally depressed. It's also taken a huge toll on my skin. I finally started to fix my dry patches and get a nice flawless finish, only to start getting spots around my chin and across my forehead as well as a general lacklustre and dreaded dryness (again).

I start off in the morning by using a cleansing oil with an exfoliating pad, to lightly scrub away some of the dryness. I then use my night time moisturiser on my face and neck to prep my skin for the day. I give it a few minutes to sink in as I brush my teeth, before applying a moisturising (key word, huh?) serum/primer, to give my skin an extra boost and keep my make up on longer. As it's a serum, it's super light and doesn't weigh down my skin. For my base, I use a super dewy, light coverage foundation and mix it with a liquid concealer for a little more coverage and oil control on my T-zone. I set the foundation with a dusting of powder to stop it from looking too wet and to help make it last all day.

As I'm super pale, any foundation tends to make my skin look extremely flat, so I love to sculpt my face with a darker colour to add more definition. I either use a cool toned beige blusher/eyeshadow for a more matte finish, or a compact BB cream when I want something softer and more glowy. Since my skin lacks lustre, I've been opting for the BB compact to keep up with the dewy theme. I start by sculpting my cheekbones, blending up onto my temples and adding more colour onto the sides of my forehead. I add a few sweeps along my jawline and down the sides of my nose, making sure it's nicely blended to avoid the muddy look.
Dewy Glowy Skin

As you can probably guess, I stick to a cream blusher when my illness takes more of a toll on my skin. I've been using the Sleek Blush By Three (here) softly blended on the apples of the cheeks as well as up along my cheekbones.

I definitely prefer a dewy finish for when I'm feeling a little under the weather and I do tend to get compliments on how healthy my skin looks! As I did originally have oily skin, I tend to see a little of this coming back near the end of the day, so I top up the powder when the dewy finish starts to get too wet looking!

What are your tips for looking tip top when you're ill? Share them below!   

Banana Beauty
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