The following articles were authored by Helena

NOTW: Pink & Patterned

This is a design I did a few weeks ago. I used Models Own Blush Pink topped with Indian Ocean for a bit of shine, and then stamped my pattern on top. It was nice and quick to do and I loved the result!NOTW: Pink & Patterned NOTW: Pink & Patterned

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Primavera Bath Oil

I love a hot bubble bath to relax but recently have been trying out the Primevera Bath Oil in Ginger & Lime. Before I tried the Aromatherapy Associates Mini Bath and Shower Oils a couple of years ago now, I had convinced myself that I didn’t like bath oils and never went near them. I still don’t like all bath oils but the Primevera Bath Oil is just as good as the Arometherapy Associates version. It smells so good that it makes up for the lack of bubbles and I love that you don’t need to use moisturiser as it is really hydrating. And it leaves your skin scented for a few hours afterwards.Primavera Bath Oil

You can buy the bath oil here for £15 for 100ml. There are also other flavours if Ginger & Lime isn’t your cup of tea. I think the price is really good considering that the Aromatherapy Associates bath oils costs £39 for 55ml and would definitely recommend it.

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MuLondon White Chocolate Elbow, Knee & Heel Cream

First things first – this smells amazing! The MuLondon White Chocoalte Elbow, Knee & Heel Cream is based on shea butter and also includes jojoba oil and coconut butter. It is really great for keeping elbows soft and helping with cracked skin on heels. Cocoa extracts and bourbon vanilla are used to fragrance the cream naturally and it doesn’t contain any mineral oils, parabens, silicones or other man-made chemicals. The cream costs £19 for 60ml and is a really luxurious product that works brilliantly!MuLondon White Chocolate Elbow Balm MuLondon White Chocolate Elbow Balm

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Mark Hill MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan Oil

I have heard great things about Moroccan argan oil and have been been wanting to try it out for a while now but just never got round to it.  The Mark Hill MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan Oil is actually not just argan oil but is a blend of 14 essential oils and plant extracts. Mark Hill MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan Oil Mark Hill MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan OilA small drop is enough for your whole head as it is really concentrated – the first time I used it I made the mistake of putting too much onto my hair so ended up looking more than a little greasy! I can’t decide whether or not I like this product. Some days it seems to work brilliantly and gives my hair a glossy, frizz free shine, but other days it seems to dry out the ends and make my hair really static. I have no idea why this is happening! I think that there must be an exact right amount that you need to apply and some mornings I must be using too little meaning it doesn’t really help my ends. I plan to try the pure Moroccan Oil to see whether that is any better but in the meantime I will make do with the Mark Hill version. The major upside to the Mark Hill oil is that it is around half the price of the pure Moroccan Oil!

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NOTW: Textured Pastels

I love using flocking powder to give my nails an unusual effect. It also makes it quite a lot quicker to do my nails as I don’t have to wait for nail polish to fully dry. However, I have been finding that the lighter colour powders look a lot messier around the edges of my nails than the darker ones. I love the colour on my nails this week but wish they were a bit tidier!NOTW - Pastel flocking powder NOTW - Pastel flocking powder

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Go Ape

Last weekend I visited Go Ape with a group of friends. The Go Ape site nearest to Aberdeen is in Crathes Castle, about 40 minutes drive from town.  After signing in at the centre and reading the rules of the course, our harnesses were fitted and we spent around half hour with our instructor Dave who showed us how to use the clips attached to our harnesses so that we would be safe on the course. We all climbed on to the practice course to make sure we could work the equipment and were then allowed onto the actual course. Go Ape Crathes CastleGo Ape Crathes CastleGo Ape Crathes Castle Go Ape Crathes CastleGo Ape Crathes CastleThe course was made up of a series of ladders to climb up into the trees, rope bridges, tunnels, Tarzan swings and zip wires. There were instructors watching from the ground but we were able to go at our own speed around the course which was good as I was able to take lots of photos without holding anyone up! The Tarzan swings and zip wires were a bit daunting as you have to just step off a platform into nothing (obviously you are still attached to the wire…) but it was brilliant fun! I’d love to go again and I think it is a great day out for all ages! There are Go Ape centres dotted round the UK in 29 locations  and it costs around £30 for the treetop adventure.

We went to Crathes Castle a couple of hours early to have a look around the castle first so here are a couple of photos….Crathes Castle Crathes Castle

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The Country Candle Company

The Country Candle Company are based in Wiltshire, England where they create beautifully scented and packaged candles. I have two of their candles from the Celebrations collection. The Country Candle Company The Country Candle CompanyThe Tonka Bean and Vanilla one is my favourite – it also has hints of cinnamon and clove so is a gorgeous Christmas candle without being overly Christmassy, if you know what I mean! The Black Pomegrannate scent is also lovely – it is fruity and reminds me of summer. I think the packaging is really cute and am suprised at how good these candles are as they are so reasonably priced – just £5.99 for a candle that burns for around 20 hours. The Country Candle Company have lots of collections on their website, all well priced and with pretty packaging – I have a long list of ones I want to try next!

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Front Cover Mini Lipstick

Front Cover Mini Lipsticks are the perfect size for me as I have never finished a whole tube of lipstick. I’m not good at remembering to apply it throughout the day and only put it on a couple of mornings a week. Seeing as the tube was pretty small and the price is low (just £4), I thought I would try a colour I would never usually go for if I was buying a full sized tube. Front Cover Mini LipstickFront Cover Mini Lipstick Strawberry Glaze is a really bright pink which I do like but am not convinced it really suits me! I’ve been wearing it on top of lip balm to tone down the colour a bit! I’ve noticed that because there is no shimmer to the lipstick, it shows up any flaws like dry skin on my lips. I’m glad I’ve tried the colour and think the range is a great way to try out new colours without committing to a full sized tube.

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Instagram Round Up #17

Instagram1. New flowers for the balcony
2. Lime, cardamom and pistachio cupcakes
3. Homemade chocolate birthday cake
4. Amazing sunrise!
5. Lovely weather and a bright blue sea
6. Trying out some metallic polishes
7. Sculpture on the beach at Stonehaven
8. Went to a fab cupcake cafe!
9. Holo glitter polish

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Lime & Cardamom Cupcakes

A few weeks ago I made a batch of cardamom, lime and pistachio cupcakes. I used this recipe and they were really delicious and quite unique! The only change I made was to make lime buttercream for the topping which I did by mixing 250g of icing sugar into 75g unsalted butter and then grating in the zest of 1 lime. What do you think?Cardamom, lime, pistachio cupcakes Cardamom, lime, pistachio cupcakes

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