International Beauty Swap - Southern Glamourista



Amanda Mae - Southern Glamourista
So I was lucky enough to see on Twitter the greatest of ideas! 
A beauty swap thanks to Lola Star Hearts  and BBU Beauty Blogger Unite.

You had to let Lola know the sort of person you wanted to be buddied up with and also the location of them within the world.  I specified someone in the USA because I haven't been back there for years and I love all American beauty products.  Being new to the blogging world I also wanted someone who liked the same sorts of things as me and we could swap girly gifts and have a fab time.

Lola did me so proud when she paired me up with the beautiful Amanda Mae from Southern Glamourista (above) and that was it, we swapped details through Lola and then we emailed back and forth with what we were looking for to send each other and what colours suited us.
I have never met such a lovely girl as Amanda Mae, she is such a cutie and we have definitely hit it off!
Here's a little post about the things which I kindly received from Amanda Mae she really spoilt me rotten!

We are going to do another beauty swap towards the middle of November so that we can have an extra bumper package ready for Christmas!  I am beyond excited. 
You can read Amanda Mae's blog post on the items that I sent her by clicking 'Here'

Here's some of the amazing things which Amanda sent me

So many things all beautifully wrapped

Donut sticks by Little Debbie these lasted me all of an hour I ate them both!

A large amount of gorgeous polishes and Nail products and the Impress nails that I have been lusting after for ages!

One of the Wet N Wild eye-shadow compacts - amazing colours!

The cutest Slatkin and Co car air freshener - I have this in my car now and it smells divine


One of the Little Debbie Marshmallow crispies that was delicious!

The Slatkin and Co "Leaves" candle that I have been lusting after for years! YAY!

The cutest anti bac pocket pack cat holder and the beautiful smelling Jasmine hand sanitiser

The other Wet N Wild eye shadow compact in gorgeous greens, Bath and Body Works Paris body lotion set. EOS Lip balm, and a cute Tennessee key-chain - I really was spoilt rotten and I love everything which I received!
A HUGE thank you to my new friend Amanda Mae!

Looking for the right pair of Jeans? Then look no further than - Trilogy London!


Trilogy is London's premium denim specialist, founded in 2006, with one simple aim - to find everyone the perfect pair of jeans, in a friendly environment with expert help and advice.

In five, short years, Trilogy has grown to become more than just a denim specialist, but a destination store for top-to-toe styling. Described by Nylon as, "...the only great denim emporium in the UK incorporating a beautiful space, knowledgeable staff and an overwhelming selection of denim."

Vogue has voted it as one of the "Best Boutiques in Britain", for four years running, affirming their reputation as one of the UK's top fashion stores.

They now stock the hottest contemporary brands around, including Vince, Tucker and Elizabeth and James as well as great everyday basics from American Vintage and Splendid, there really is something for everyone.

Ther are Trilogy stores in four of London's most fashionable locations, Kensington, Marylebone, Chelsea, Hampstead and, most recently, Wimbledon, each with an ever-growing band of loyal customers.
They are proud to offer the same level of expert advice and customer service to the nation and worldwide online customers that they do to their in-store customers.

Once you become a Trilogy girl, you'll be instantly hooked!


Trilogy also have their own blog which has a great selection of photos of celebs wearing the brands that they stock you can check it out by clicking 'Here'

I am loving the zip detail on jeans this season so the styles I have picked out for you are inspired by the trend...

Brands which caught my eye -



£340 J Brand Brix Skinny 'Click Here' to view
The Brix mid rise skinny from J Brand is a super cool skinny similar to their popular Houlihan skinny cargo but with zip detailing on the front. Made from J Brand's famous power stretch fabric, the offer the perfect amount of hold and comfort to give a fantastic shape. Perfect for adding edge to an outfit and easy to wear in black. These jeans look great day or night. Try teaming with a chunky knit and flat boots for a cool day look, or a silk top, blazer and heels for a chic evening look.
901 Legging in Glory £195 'Click Here' to view
The 901 skinny from J Brand has the comfort and fit of a legging but the aesthetic of a jean. The 901 is a low rise fit in Glory a super cool coated denim in navy. Surface texture is a big trend to look out for this season and 901 Glory is one of the must haves!!


Paige 


Edgemont Skinny in British Racing Green £270 'Click Here' to view



Edgemont is the super cool skinny trouser from Paige and in British Racing Green is exclusively made for Trilogy stores. Zips are super on trend for this season and the Edgemont is a subtle and easy way to wear them. In beautifully soft twill these skinnies are super comfortable as well as cool and stylish. These jeans look effortlessly cool when teamed with a simple knit or jersey tee and glam up for an evening look with heels. 

Now I know that some of these jeans are rather pricey, but I know that a good pair of jeans does make your bum look better and in-turn make you feel a whole lot better!





Websites to Look Out for Volume 8 - Goodstead


Goodstead is a retail store and website located in Edinburgh.

Brands stocked at Goodstead (to name a few)- 

Finsk


I am really impressed by the brands stocked by Goodstead, they are varied and interesting and I really like the fact that they stock home-ware items too!

Here's some brands which caught my eye - 

YMC

YMC or "You Must Create" was formed in London in 1995 by Fraser Moss and Jimmy Collins with a focus on stylish and functional clothing.
The focus of the women’s YMC clothing is creating functional, distinctive and wearable fashion that has longevity.
The acronym "YMC" holds its roots in the words of renowned industrial designer, Raymond Loewy, who is widely regarded as having designed modern America.
The women’s YMC collection finds a fine balance between contemporary fashion created with high quality fabrics and subtle modern detailing, each piece is both current and timeless with the same stroke.
If you are a fan of the YMC clothing, you may like to take a look at the men’s YMC clothing range, for a matching outfit for your partner!
Browse the full women’s YMC collection by clicking 'Here'


I really like the simplicity of this lace top its £87.50 but I think it looks timeless and elegant.  You can find it by clicking 'Here'

APC Clothing

Designer Jean Touitou launched Parisian brand A.P.C. in 1986.
Offering minimalist, effortlessly cool urban designs, APC stands out as timelessly cool.
Touitou's designs go against the curve - The vogue was for ostentatious maximal fashion yet APC is a label that offered minimalist, effortlessly cool urban staples.
A.P.C feature sleek, no-nonsense designs and their denim is a favourite of most, including the influential Sartorialist APC- "Atelier de Production et de Crèation" (The production and creation of clothing).
Its no-nonsense name is symbolic of the label's clean-cut, minimalist approach to design, which the brand applies to wardrobe staples with incredible results. The obsessive emphasis placed in fabric selection and cut are the hallmarks of the brand.
It's this understated approach and emphasis on fabric and cut that sets a standard from season to season.
APC pieces have no age or style boundaries. Preferring a more precise and thoughtful approach to life, Touitou ensures the longevity of the brand as well as its clothing.
Our APC collection includes APC men’s and APC women’s.
Browse the full APC collection by Clicking 'Here'


I really like this APC Merino Sailor Peach Pullover. Virgin wool pullover with three mother of pearl buttons on the shoulder. Simple and chic! You can find this top by clicking 'Here' Its priced at £67.50.

Fjallraven

Named after the Swedish for 'arctic fox', Fjallraven was started in the early 60s by 14 year old Ake Nordin who was on the search for the ultimate school bag. Nordin stated that "the whole idea behind Fjällräven is to offer functional equipment for more comfortable trips into the outdoors."
The early fabric that was once the starting point for all Fjallraven clothing has gradually been refined over time and has now become known as G-1000.
A hard-wearing poly-cotton, it is almost completely waterproof and highly dirt-repellent thanks to their environmentally friendly beeswax coating.
Fjallraven continue to find innovative, smart solutions to making nature more accessible by improving material, decreasing weight and increasing the freedom of movement in their clothing and equipment.
If you like our Fjallraven collection, you may also be interested their fantastic Folk Clothing collection.
Browse their full Fjallraven range by clicking 'Here'


Wood Summer Sweat in Sand by Fjall Raven 
Lighter weight, Classic fitting long-sleeve V-Neck sweater in comfortable wool/cotton blend. Ribbed hem and sleeve cuffs with G-1000 detail in the V-neck. 80% cotton, 20% wool This sweater is smart and also effortless and will look great with jeans or for the office.  You can find this sweater by clicking 'Here' for £47.50


I hope you enjoyed this post - I do love finding new brands and websites which I have never heard of before!

Let me know what you think of Goodstead.

Claire

x






YouTube tag - The Blindfolded make up challenge Part 2


So here is the second video in the blindfolded make up challenge for you all to enjoy!

I cannot believe the amount of foundation the my friend Robyn put on my face.. I have never been so scared LOL

Thanks for watching and don't forget to let me know what other YouTube tags I should be doing!


My Canada Trips - Great Bespoke Package Holidays








So after browsing the inter-web again and lusting after holidays I came across MyCanadaTrips, offering some of the most exciting and stunning holidays to Canada! 
All their Canada holidays, hotels, Alaska cruises and tours have been specially selected and handpicked to offer the best quality and value with the assurance of full financial protection. 
Meaning you can enjoy a Canadian holiday with confidence.




All Canada Holidays booked through my Canada trips are bespoke, tailor made to your personal requirements. They invite you to browse their individual holiday components for the combination of your choice.

The Rocky Mountaineer - experience the Canadian Rockies on board the world famous train

Canada Tour and Stay - The Rocky Mountaineer combined with stays in Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Vancouver

Canada Coach Tours - All coach tours, or combine coach and train

Alaska Cruises - an unforgettable addition to your holiday experience

Canada Self Drive Tours - tours from 3-18 days

Multi-Centre - Combine any or all of the above for your ideal holiday!

I have never been to Canada but my brother was posted over their when he was in the army and always wrote to us, sending photos of how beautiful it is so I have always been intrigued!

When my brother was out there he sent us a picture of a shopping mall that had its own fun fare built into it, now if that doesn't make you want to visit I don't know what will! LOL



Canada looks so clean and peaceful, I could imagine going over their and walking loads and just relieving the everyday stresses of work in London.

One of the trips which really caught my eye was the my Canada tours "land tour" section click 'Here' for more information.  This is where you can call them and they will tailor make a holiday to your requirements.  You can choose from these options -


All of the above look extremely exciting and I would love to go even just one!



Have you been to Canada before?

YouTube Tag - The Blindfolded Make-Up challenge Part 1

A random post for you today but one that I have been looking forward to sharing with you all!

Here is 'Part One' of the blindfolded make-up challenge.

I brought my friend Robyn into filming this as we both thought it would be hilarious to video and it was!

I hope you enjoy this post and the video... what other YouTube tags am I missing out on??  There are so many and this is my first tag video.  (and it won't be my last)


I thought I did well with the eye-liner flick!??
This is how I did Robyn's Make up

The aftermath of the make-up challenge!


Tune in to my YouTube channel for the next video and let me know if we made you laugh as much as laughed filming this. :-D

Looking for a great package holiday? Then take a look at - Cruise Kings



 Cruise Kings have been selling cruise holidays since 1983 and have a real passion for cruising and commitment to providing exceptional customer service.

At Cruise Kings they believe that booking your cruise should be a stress-free and pleasurable experience. Their staff are trained to know all there is to know about Cruising Holidays and can offer first-hand knowledge on tipping, dress codes, cabin types, shore excursions, dining options and much more.

All their holidays are ABTA and ATOL protected so that you can book with total confidence and peace of mind knowing that your holiday is protected.

Now I have never been on a cruise - but a friend has used Cruise Kings and has told me that they are a great company to deal with.


 Cruisekings.co.uk is an independent cruise specialist.

Their passion and commitment is staff lead, which I think is a great accolade to the companies passion and success.


At Cruisekings they have made a great effort to ensure that all the pricing data is correct, they are constantly updating their website with new offers, cruise late availabilities.
 

Website Pricing

I really like how clearly set out the website is, as prices that are displayed in the search results are just guide prices, which may not include all applicable supplements. 

Cruise Kings have ensured that all customers are aware of pricing changes and they seem like a great team of people to deal with!



Holidays which caught my eye 

Miami to the Bahamas 

Miami to the Bahamas £229 per person under the cruise and stay option
Click 'Here' for more information 

Cruise Ship: Norwegian Sky
Departure date: 2nd Nov 2012
Duration: 3 nights
Destination: Caribbean

Departing from Miami to Nassau in the Bahamas for a 3 night stay this sounds like bliss to me!

The ship offers - Pool, casino, take your pick from 10 on-board dining choices, celebrate in any of the ships 11 bars.


San Diego to Hawaii

Another holiday which caught my eye was the15 Night Hawaii Cruise £1872 per person under the destination option 

Click 'Here' for more information

Cruise Ship: Century
Departure date: 5th Oct 2012
Duration: 15 nights
Destination: Hawaii

Departing from San Diego California for 15 nights 

Here's the itinerary for the trip - 
  
PortArrivalDeparture
San Diego, California
All sun, sea, surf and city cool, San Diego is a jewel on the Californian coast. Meet bamboo-chewing panda bears at the world-famous San Diego Zoo, get splashed by a killer whale at Sea World and explore the historic Gaslamp Quarter.
-5th Oct 2012 17:00
At Sea6th Oct 2012 00:00
At Sea7th Oct 2012 00:00
At Sea8th Oct 2012 00:00
At Sea9th Oct 2012 00:00
At Sea10th Oct 2012 00:00
Honolulu
Find beach paradise in Honolulu, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. With its city skyline and natural beauty, delight in pure sandy shores like the famous Waikiki Beach, stunning sunsets, lush tropical colours and distinctive culture.
11th Oct 2012 07:0011th Oct 2012 23:59
Lahaina, Maui, United States12th Oct 2012 08:0012th Oct 2012 00:00
Lahaina, Maui, United States13th Oct 2012 00:0013th Oct 2012 18:00
Hilo
Looking down on a gorgeous bay, the city of Hilo is a totally tropical destination overflowing with exotic flora. Close to the huge volcanoes of Mauna Lea and Mauna Kea, this is the place to explore Hawaii's explosive side.
14th Oct 2012 08:0014th Oct 2012 16:00
At Sea15th Oct 2012 00:00
At Sea16th Oct 2012 00:00
At Sea17th Oct 2012 00:00
At Sea18th Oct 2012 00:00
Ensenada, Mexico
For pure sun, sea and sand, Ensenada can't be beaten. This happy resort town on the Baja Peninsula is the place to dine on local seafood, shop for silver jewellery and try local wine in the Bodegas de Santo Tomas winery.
19th Oct 2012 19:0019th Oct 2012 23:59
San Diego, California
All sun, sea, surf and city cool, San Diego is a jewel on the Californian coast. Meet bamboo-chewing panda bears at the world-famous San Diego Zoo, get splashed by a killer whale at Sea World and explore the historic Gaslamp Quarter






Now if I had a spare £2000 I would be on this cruise in  a heart beat!  Who wouldn't want to sail away to the Hawaii for 15 nights??  

I hope you enjoyed this post?  I really enjoy finding great websites which have fantastic reviews and offer amazing service.

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