Catalogues 247

Image borrowed from the Catalogue247 website.

One great thing about the internet – online shopping.  Don’t get me wrong, I love real-life shopping and spending the day in Glasgow (usually) wandering around the shops and spending ages in town but who has the time to do that every time they need a new dress or whatever?  Sometimes I prefer sitting in my pjs and getting all my shopping done from the comfort of my own home.

Catalogues247 is a site that helps make internet shopping loads easier by bringing various different catalogues onto the one site, which can be found here.  Catalogues make internet shopping even easier than it already is; they usually sell a variety of items from clothes to laptops and you can even open a credit account on those days when you're struggling before payday. 

While I'm on the subject of credit, I like that Catalogues247 have pages on their site explaining different types of payback systems that catalogues may use and what each type of system involves.  I wish more shops that offered credit would do this.  The more information a customer has, the easier it is to handle repayments and borrowing a responsible amount of credit. 

I think the great thing about ordering from catalogues is the delivery!  Sometimes its nice getting shopping sent to your door!  Picking it up from drop off points are all well and good but the lazy-bones inside me likes how easy catalogues are; many don't even charge for returns!  That is always good in my book because I'm an awkward between-sizes girl and I often order 2 sizes of the same item so when I have to pay for returns I grudge it!

My favorites among the Catalogues247 are Simply Be and Argos.

Simply Be
Everything you could possibly want is available on this website; from work-wear and party wear, to accessories, lingerie and shoes.  They even do makeup now too so I could literally kit myself out from head to toe and order everything from the one place - thanks Simply Be!
I love that they do a massive range of brands on here; Daisy perfume, MAC, Chanel,  Urban Decay etc.  I could easily spend a fortune on myself just on the perfumes and makeup alone.  The wide range of brands also makes Christmas and birthday shopping easy - I could probably buy the majority of my gifts on here.  And I could get them on credit!

Ok, this place needs no introduction!  Its my go-to place for most of my electrical items and if I need a last minute birthday gift for someone then I can always find something from them.  Argos is great for childrens toys too, I have loads of kids in my family so its really handy for me to buy their gifts from here rather than trail into town and search through toy shops.

The Catalogues 247 website is very simple to use (always a bonus) and they have a FAQ page if you need any more information about their services.  I love the idea of having loads of different catalogue companies all on the one website, anything that makes life simple gets my vote!  Catalogues247 don't charge for their services, nor do they hold any of your personal information.

What catalogue is your favourite?  Have I missed any hidden gems?

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Update on my Brazillian Blowdry

A lot of my twitter followers have been asking for updates on my Brazillian blowdry so I figured it was about time to do a wee update post!

Its been a few months since I got my blowdry done (also known as a keratin blowdry) and I absolutely love it!  It is by far the best £79 I have ever spent on my hair.  If you aren’t too sure what the blowdry is all about then have a look at my first post, here.

I don’t want to throw sweeping statements about but it *really* was life-changing for me.  Not win-the-lottery lifechanging, but my-life-is-much-easier-now sort of lifechanging.  I wish I’d went to that salon earlier!  If you read my earlier post you’ll know that I got a brazillian blowdry from another salon in Glasgow and I’d have been as well flushing my money down the toilet; it did nothing to my thick, naturally curly hair.

In the past few months, I have had such an easy ride when it comes to my hair.  Before my blowdry, my hair took an age to dry and it ended up in a frizzy unmanageable mess!  Now I can completely dry my hair in 10 minutes and it actually dries straight.  Even when I blast it dry, it still comes out looking ok.  In those few months I’ve only had to straighten my a handful of times.  A HANDFUL.  I am used to doing it once a day!  Or at least every time I wash and dry my hair.  The heat was really damaging my hair, not to mention taking up a lot of my time!  Now my hair feels super-soft and it is always sleek and straight.  I do still get the odd wave in my hair but I like that.  I only used straighteners a few times because id left my hair to dry naturally so the ends were a bit too wavy for me, and I was literally done in under a minute.

I can definitely feel a massive difference in my hair!  It is soft, sleek and much easier to manage. It has definitely helped my hair grow longer and keep it healthy.  As many of you know, I used to get extensions bonded into my hair every 3 months but my hair is almost at the extension-length now so I’ve stopped getting them in.  I needed to give my hair and my bank balance a wee break from all the bonds! 

One thing I’ve heard people complain about is the volume of their hair once they’ve had brazillian blow-dries.  I know some girls who find their hair flat and oily-looking but this hasn’t been a problem with me.  I think the key is finding a good shampoo that agrees with your hair!  To maintain a brazillian blow dry you must use sulphate free shampoo and I have worked my way through loads of brands during the years and they are a hit or a miss.  Some made my hair oily and some made my hair dry.  Just keep going through them until you find one that suits you!

I will 100% get this treatment done again and again, I couldn’t live without it now.  I’d recommend it to anyone who finds it hard / time consuming to manage their hair.  I will say again though, please go to a decent salon!

Body Shop Body Butter Haul

As a Valentines gift I got 4 of these beautiful body butters from The Body Shop and I love them all <3  my boyfriend knew I had finished my current tub so he stocked me up with butter to last me till summer!

He got me strawberry (my long term fave), mango, satsuma, and apricot. 

My favourite for many years.  I will always pick strawberry gift sets because I love the smell. However, satsuma has knocked strawberry to second place!  The strawberry fragrance is reasonably strong and lasts for hours on the skin.  

My new ultimate favourite!  I love it because out of the 4, it has the strongest scent by far.  I can smell it for ages on my skin and it smells so fresh! 

Pink Grapefruit
I like this one but it doesn't remind me of grapefuit, I don't know why!  It smells lovely though and I like the pink colour of the cream - definitely the girliest body butter I've ever used.

This is a great butter.  The scent is nice and it lingers on the skin for ages afterwards.

I love them all!  I moisturise every day and these keep my skin soft and hydrated.

Atholl Palace Hotel Review

My boyfriend treated me to an overnight at Atholl Palace for Valentines Day, he spoils me!  We went on the 6th February for their special Valentines night and it was amazing from start to finish.

Atholl Palace Hotel is situated in Perthshire and is a 4 star hotel.  We got a mid-price room and I honestly felt like a Queen!  A hungry Queen... But we'll get to that part later!

We arrived in the afternoon, check in is from 4pm onwards.  I wish it was a little earlier but I suppose that's not a big deal.  The reception staff were lovely and sorted us out with our room quickly and politely.  The foyer area won me over straight away because there was platters of chocolate covered strawberries everywhere, always a bonus!

Our room was on the first floor and it honestly took my breath away when I walked in!  My boyfriend had asked the hotel to sprinkle rose petals over our bed and in the bath, what a beautiful surprise!  I thought that only happened in movies!  He had also asked for chocolates to be sat on our bed too.  How sweet!  We had a room at the front of the hotel with beautiful views overlooking the hills; I could have looked out the window for hours. 

Our bedroom had a 4 poster bed (at the boyfriends request) because I've always wanted one but sadly my bedroom isn't big enough!  It was like sleeping on a big cosy, fluffy cloud.  The TV was basic channels which didn't bother me but I know it might put some people off.  The room had plenty of storage space but we didn't really use it because we were only there for one night.  The room provided a trouser press and I think irons were available on request, plus they had a little hairdryer. 

The bathroom was massive and basic toiletries were provided for.  The bath was huge and i felt so pampered lying in my bubble bath that night surrounded in rose petals!  One massive let down was the atrocious shower.  My boyfriend tried to wash his hair in the morning and the shower wasn't strong enough to rinse his hair!  He had to fill the sink and finish his hair there.  Now, if he can't even do his hair in the shower then my long hair wouldn't stand a chance.  I'm so glad I just tied my hair back in the bath!  You'd think for more than £200 a night they could afford a decent shower!

Every inch of our room was spotless, not a bit of dust in sight.  I always love staying in clean venues!  As well as being a beautiful room, it was nice and quiet too.  We had neighbours really close to us but we didn't hear them at all.  The whole hotel was beautiful; full of old paintings, antique furniture and 100% extravagance!

The Valentines package included a 3 course dinner and a live band afterwards. I was so disappointed when the menu only had 3 main meals but none of them were vegetarian.  I felt too embarrassed to ask for a different meal (staff were running about mad trying to serve people) so I just ordered the steak and gave it to Kas.  I had crusty, dried in mash and veggies for dinner.  Not exactly fit for a Queen... I'm glad Kas and I took some crisps with us for the drive home!  Staff gave us loads of free wine but we didn't drink much of it because we're vodka drinkers haha!  The live band was great and I definitely enjoyed listening to their covers of all my favourite love songs.  

Overall, I adored my night away and I felt so spoilt!  Kas was so sweet to take me overnight and it made my Valentines presents to him seem rubbish in comparison!  The shower and the meal did spoil it though, which is such a shame!  We had a great night despite this and would even consider it as a wedding venue - if they put on a decent menu!  If you want to feel like royalty for a night then you should 100% visit Atholl Palace Hotel.

Update on Napoli

A lot of my Twitter followers love when I post stories and pictures about Napoli so I think I'll post more about her on here. The first post about here is located here if you want to read!

I've had her since August now so she'll be about 7 months old, my girl is growing up fast! She was the runt of the litter when I got her, literally half the size of her sisters. Since i brought her home, she has doubled in size and outgrown 2 cages! She's now living in a cage designed for indoor rabbits of Guinea Pigs. This cage is about 1 meter long and half a meter wide. She's the most spoilt hammy I know! I rearrange her cage once a week to keep her little mind stimulated by her surroundings. Hammys can get bored very easily; people think little animals are stupid / don't need toys etc but they really do need constant stimulation or they'll get depressed. I hate seeing hamsters in tiny cages with only a bed and a wheel, it's like us being stuck in a tiny bedroom all day.

Napoli is such a happy, sweet natured little hamster. She never bites and is always jumping on my hand for attention. She loves running about mad in her ball and playing in her little play pen. She's worked out how to get over the play pen walls and open the panels apart so I have to watch her like a hawk when she's in it. Other things that make her happy include: lettuce leaves, monkey nuts, toilet roll tubes and digging.

She's honestly the cutest little thing! I love her so much, she makes me smile every day.

Rio UV Nail Extensions Kit Review

Today I am talking about my new nail equipment, the Rio UV Nail Extensions kit* which is available to buy from  The Beauty expert website stock a whole range of Rio products, which you can see here.

As you all know I love having polished, pretty looking nails.  I love having long, healthy nails and covering them in a lovely polish or drawing a cute design on them.   You also might know that I am a scientist and spend half of my life wearing latex gloves and as a result my nails are weak and brittle. For over two years now, I keep my nails covered in gel polish or have extensions on.  This nail extension kit gives the best of both worlds; i can add extensions (giving length and strength) while my natural nail grows underneath.

This nail set allows me to cut out the faff of going to the nail salon; it feels great being able to do my nail extensions at home!  The kit itself comes with a U.V lamp, clear UV gel, 100 natural extension tips, finishing wipe, grit file, sanding block, nail slicer, cuticle pusher, nail glue, application brush and step-by-step DVD . The nail glue had leaked a little in the box but it is easy to buy in beauty shops.

In one of the pictures above, you can see how my nails look with natural extensions on and examples of how they look polished.   I love wearing polish over extensions because it is almost un-chipable and it lasts for around 2 weeks.   I find that my infills need done at around 2 weeks, when my natural nail grows in.

The kit itself is good quality and I will definitely use it a lot.  I pay between £20 and £30 for a set of extensions plus polish, then £10 every 2 weeks for an infill...  This isn't cheap longterm!  This little set cuts out all of that money, and costs less than 3 sets of nails, what a bargain!  I know not everyone spends a lot on their nails but this one-off payment is definitely worth it to have beautiful nails all the time.  When I have my nails done I feel more put-together and I just feel better all round to be honest.

If you haven't had nail extensions before or are unsure how to do them, there is a step by step DVD guide with the Rio Extensions set.  They explain it much better than I ever could!  I will say though; it can be tricky doing your own nails at first but once you master it, you will love it!   I love my Rio Set and I'm really glad I can give myself extension manis from now on.