Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Kebabish Grill, Glasgow

kebabish grill glasgow
Me and my hubby are big foodie lovers and when he said a couple of weeks back, "Do you fancy lunch out?", me being me jumped at the chance. Also less dishes for me to do haha. My hubby recommended that we go to Kebabish Grill as he has been a few years back at a party and he really enjoyed the food so we decided to go as a family to see how the food was.

Kebabish is a family friendly restaurant with traditional desi style cooking  with traditional punjabi flavours. The restaurant has a takeaway option and they even have a function room in which you can host parties and so on. Very private, so the whole restaurant can't see :)
kebabish grill glasgow
Getting here was simple as its on Victoria Road which is near to Glasgow central. The parking isn't brilliant as we had to park on a side street, but it was near the restaurant. Once we got to the restaurant we got a table very quickly that was very spacious and easily accommodated us all. We got our menus and felt very welcome by the waiters while we decided what food and drinks to order.

 I decided to get Tarka Dall Special, lentils cooked along with a tarka(fried garlic, cumin seeds and other tasty spices that are poured in the actual pot with lentils) and a garlic/coriander naan with a Cola. My partner ordered Karela Gosht which is lamb cooked with fresh bitter gourd(weird green vegetable that is proven to fight cancer cells!), onion, tomatoes, garlic/ginger and a tandoori roti with an Irn Bru, his favourite drink. We also order the kids a chicken curry with rice ,chips and fruit shoots.
kebabish grill glasgow
The drinks, salad and sauces were served immediately and the food  came about 15 minutes later which was pretty fast. My portion of daal was very big and came in an extravagant bowl, it looked very nice especially with the fried onions on top with the coriander to garnish. My hubbys food came in a mini cauldron roughly the same size as mine and the kids meals were a decent size which was enough for them and a size they usually finish. The roti(chapatti) looked very nice but the coriander and garlic naan looked epic! and so damn delicious. 

My kids enjoyed their chicken curry and finished everything on their plates, they said it was mild and very tasty and would come back. I liked my daal with my naan but wow it was soooo spicy and to be honest I have had a few different daals from different places and this has been the spiciest! I will defiantly be getting milder next time but saying that it tasted nice and the naan made it so much nicer. My hubby wasn't 100% with his meal as he said it was a little bitter and portion wasn't to what he expected but you know it is a bitter dish so he can't complain much haha.

The price was ok, a little on the expensive side but we had a great meal out and would most likely come again in the future for sure. We would suggest a  little updating for the restaurant and the menus though, as some parts looked a touch dated. 
323-325 Victoria Road
Glasgow
G42 75A


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Monday, 14 August 2017

My Autumn Fragrance | Wish List

This year is going pretty fast at the moment isn't it? We are 8 months into 2017 and we are only 4 months away from 2018! The time really needs to slow down especially with the fact I recently turned 27 and I can't believe how fast the years have gone by. I know we have a little bit more of the summer to go but once the summer holidays end I always look forward to the autumn and winter and the things I love about the seasons to come are the snuggly clothes, hot chocolate and the shorter days! I really am not a fan of longer days apart from the fact I have more time to take blog photos haha.

As much as I love perfumes I don't have that many in my collection but I do have a few perfumes in mind which I would love to have and wear this autumn, a girl can dream can't she?
my autumn fragrance wish list
Clive Christian Cosmos Flower Feminine Edition // £350 
I know the price is quite expensive but wow the bottle on this is just divine! It has to be the one of the best bottle designs I have seen to date and the fragrance sounds so beautiful too. The fragrance is cosmos flower, bittersweet cocoa, sensual jasmine and sweet plum. All of these factors tell me this maybe an expensive product but the ingredients in Clive christians perfumes are rare and the bottles look like something you would want to keep forever, I can see why that these have been described as one of the  best perfumes for women

Lush Devil's Nightcap // £44 
I have tried a couple of different fragrances from Lush and they haven't let me down yet! They have a beautiful selection of fragrances to choose from and this one is described as 'Dark Glamour' on the lush website. This is from the set in stone collection and with a scent described as a walk through an ancient countryside with sea air in your lungs which sounds delightful. The 3 key notes in this are oakmoss absolute, oakwood absolute and orange flower absolute.

Paco Rabanne Black XS // From £28.95 
I used to have this perfume 5 years ago and I just loved the fragrance which is very fresh and fruity! I must warn you all though, this is a very strong perfume so only a little bit is required to last all day and smell lovely. This perfume is a mix of cranberry, pink pepper, violet, vanilla and so many other lovely sweet and bold scents!

Kat Von D 'Sinner'  eau de parfum // from £18 
I have been a big fan of Kat Von D for years now and when her makeup line came out I was super duper excited to give her products a try and I haven't been disappointed by any of her products yet. Her perfume range has recently been released in 'sinner' and 'Saint' and I just love the look of both but would love to try sinner first. Sinner is described as spicy and has key ingredients of patchouli, wood and cinnamon.

Joan Collins I Am Woman eau de parfum // from £12 
I have been a fan of Joan since I watched Dynasty a few years back now, I love her style and I admire her a lot for all the charity work she has done. I won a makeup compact from Joan Collins Beauty a few months back and I was vey impressed with the quality of the makeup and the compact so it is only fitting for me to want to try her perfume. This perfume is described as an oriental and has a mixture of key ingredients from floral to zesty such as orange zest, jasmine and cedar wood.

What fragrances are on your wish list?

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

August Glossybox 2017 | Review

august glossybox 2017
august glossybox
I just love the fact that this months Glossybox came on my birthday! What are the chances of that eh? Anyway's onto this months box, it looks pretty amazing with its baby blue colour and fab writing on it which says on the box "Girls just wanna have sun" Even though I am defiantly a more autumn person because for some reason the weather in Glasgow tends to be better during September and October, not to mention I am a big fan of Halloween.

Inside this months box they are 3 full size products which is a very nice and pleasant surprise as usually a lot of the time you get subscription boxes you usually get one and the rest samples. 6 products were in this months box and they all look fab for first impressions.
august glossybox 2017 review
SPORTFX - Time Out Face Mist - Fix RRP / £5.99 Full-Size
This mist was designed for gym goers as something that can take the heat. This is a replacement for primer as its applied before applying makeup and can also be put over makeup to refresh as it has menthol essence which has a cooling effect. I have yet to try this yet but will be trying it in the upcoming weeks once I join the gym again when my kids go back to school.

MODELLAUNCHER - Safari Sun Bronzer RRP / £16.50 Full-Size
This has to be my most favourite product in the box! The bronzer itself has the most amazing cheetah patten on it and to be honest it looks amazing, the photo doesn't do this bronzer justice. This is talc free and mineral-enriched so it looks great on the skin as it does in the pan. It can be used cheek bones, the bridge of your nose and also on the forehead and chin.

VALQUER - Ice Hair Mask, Total Repair RRP / £14.99 Sample 
I just love the scent of this hair mask, I can't wait to give this a try on my hair. This is perfect for using once or twice a week as it contains macadamia oil which helps hydrate and tame hair. I hope this works well for my hair as it is a bit dry at the moment.

BATISTE 2in1 Dry Shampoo & Conditioner Vanilla & Passionflower RRP £4.49 Sample
I don't usually use dry shampoos as they leave my scalp feeling a little sore so I use them rarely. This one is a 2in1 product acting as shampoo and a conditioner.

RODIAL Suede Lips RRP £22 Full-Size
This contains hydrating vitamin E which is just perfect for the summer, this is a berry shade which looks very nice but I am unsure at how often Il use it because I like red lipsticks.

Do you get any subscription boxes?

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

3INA | The Best Sellers

Hi Flamingos, I hope you are all well?
Following June's post on 3INAS UV Collection they kindly sent me their bestsellers to try out and see what I thought of the collection and me being such a makeup addict I just couldn't wait to give all these products a try and see how well they worked for me and how many looks I could create with them and of course how long they last too.

The bestsellers are 3INA's most coveted cult favourites and they were #votedbyyou which is fab because it makes it easier to find the products that everyone loves and to try them out for ourselves. In the bestsellers list they have a variety of different products from primers to lipsticks, I was kindly sent an cream eyeshadow, liquid lipstick and a highlighter.
3INA the best sellers
So whats in the Bestsellers?
  • The Pen Eyeliner ( £7.95 ) - Paraben Free, Vegan and Cruelty Free 
  • The Automatic Eye Pencil ( £6.95 ) - Paraben Free and Cruelty Free
  • The Eyebrow Pencil 102 ( £6.50 ) - Paraben Free, Cruelty Free and Vegan
  • The Lip Pencil With Applicator 503  ( £6.50 ) - Paraben Free and Cruelty Free
  • The Cream Eyeshadow 312 / 313 ( £8.95 ) - A Sell Out! Paraben Free and Cruelty Free
  • The Longwear Lipstick 500/ 503 / 505 ( each / £7.95 ) - Paraben Free and Cruelty Free
  • The Volume/Definition Mascara (each / £8.50) - Paraben Free and Cruelty Free
  • The Highlighter 201 ( £10.95 ) - A Sell Out! Paraben Free, Cruelty Free and Vegan 
  • The Blush 103  ( £9.95 ) - Paraben Free, Cruelty Free and Vegan
  • The Gel Look Top Coat ( £5.95 ) - Paraben Free, Cruelty Free and Vegan
  • The Matte & Smooth Primer ( £12.95 ) - Paraben Free, Cruelty Free and Vegan 
  • The Lip Primer ( £6.95 ) - Paraben Free, Cruelty Free and Vegan

3INA the best sellers
I can honestly say I was never a fan of cream eyeshadows until I tried this one! This one is so damn versatile, it can be used on the eyelids or even on the cheekbones as a quick fix highlighter! This cream eyeshadow was shortlisted in the Sunday times style beauty awards 2017 and I can honestly see why because it so shimmery and long lasting. I applied this with my finger as it was easier to do than my eyeshadow brushes, it didn't need any primer or anything because it was pigmented enough as it was which is a good thing. 

3INA Eyeshadow
This highlighter has been so popular that it was sold out for months and only recently has come back in stock, I feel really lucky that they actually sent me this. This highlighter gives a flashbulb glow with lots of shimmer and glow, I love how golden this looks on my cheek bones! I also love to use this on my arches of my brows and my cupids bow. 
3INA Highligher
This lipstick is one of 14 shades and I am so glad they sent me a red lipstick because red has to be my number one favourite lipstick shade. These lipsticks make up to 8% of 3INA's sales and I can see why and I will explain why. I have used this lipstick 3 times so far ( miracle for me because I'm usually changing lipsticks more haha) and honestly it's so easy to apply with the applicator! it gets into all the grooves of the lips perfectly and the pigmentation is just WOW! Its vibrant shade which is surely going to stand out in the crowd. 
3INA Lipstick

To see all of the best sellers range please check out the 3INA website which has lots of the favourites and also lots of other makeup too! 

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Birchbox August | Review

Hi Flamingos, I hope you are all well?
I am not going to lie, last month I was almost sure I was going to cancel my Birchbox  last month because I thought they were too many samples but once I seen the theme of Augusts box I completely changed my mind and the name of this months box is "Mermaid Vibes" which is just fabulous isn't it? This months contents are apparently inspired by mystical mermaids with they're sparkly and shimmery look and in turn makes them perfect summer beauty goals and I can see why with all the mermaids I have seen in movies and read about in books. 

This months box has a gorgeous design which is exactly like an enchanted mermaids tail and not only that it also doubles up as a drawer so can be reused as something else, I use my old boxes for storing my makeup and my hair pins. 
birchbox mermaid vibes review
So whats in the box?
Spectrum Collections
A05 Brush from either Glam Clam or Bomb Shell RRP £59.99 for brush set

I just love spectrum brushes and I can never have too many makeup brushes so this is a very welcome edition to my collection. This brush can be used for a variety of different uses from makeup setting powder, bronzer or your favourite highlighter! I will be using it as a highlighter brush I am sure.


LOC
One and Done Shadow Stick in out of your shell or rock steady RRP £8 FULL SIZE

I dont usually uses eyeshadow sticks because I just love to use my  makeup brushes but I have tried this and its lovely and shimmery and pigmented. This can be used as an eyeshadow or an eyeliner.

Number 4
Sugar Texturizing Spray RRP £20 SAMPLE
I have not heard of this brand before but I am optimistic to giving this a try. This spray is meant to give your hair a bit of oomph without the crunch so you can have loose and shiny waves which is fab as my hair is naturally wavy. 

NUXE 
Huile Prodigieuse OR Multi-Usage Dry Oil Shimmer From £20 SAMPLE
This has an amazing amount of 6 essential oils and with vitamin E, its just the perfect treat for your skin with a lovely golden shimmer. I have tried this a couple of times so far and I just love the smell, it can also be used on body, face and hair.

Whish 
Renewing Mud Mask RRP £29 SAMPLE
Face masks are everywhere at the moment as they are very popular and rightly so because they are such a treat for the skin. This mask exfoliates the skin and it brightens and purifies the skin with fruit enzymes. I can't wait to try this on my Instagram stories, follow me on Instagram to see that.

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What is your favourite subscription box?

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

August Primark Haul

Hi Lovelies, I hope you are all well? 
Summer has been a bit rubbish this year in the UK hasn't it? I thought it would have been nicer weather this year but nope.. Lots of rain and wind as usual haha. I haven't bought much summer clothes at all this year, I just bought things that I am going to wear all year round and also school uniforms and stuff like that for the kids, because they are going back to school in just over a week. I can't believe how fast the summer holidays have gone!

Primark has been one of my favourite places to go for clothes, shoes and home decor for a fair number of years now ( now that I think about it maybe 10 years) and I would have to say most of my wardrobe is Primark clothes and I am happy with that. 
august primark haul
What I bought 
2 T-shirt Bras £10 - I haven't bought a good bra in ages so I thought it was about time that I got some new ones. I got these two simple bras that are in the DD range and the selection of bras may not be big but they are a good price and I hope they work wonders on my chest because most of my bras don't fit so well at all. 

Flamingo LED Lights £6 - I just had to have these! They are going to look amazing on my dressing table and also in the background in future blog posts! I am so glad I spotted them and can't wait to give them a whirl in future blog posts and youtube videos.

Def Leppard Nighty £7 - I just love all of the classic rock bands; the graphics that they all had were just epic not forgetting how brilliant the music is though. I think the pink compliments the design of this nighty, can't wait to try it on.

august primark haul
Bubble Bee Shoes £8 - The absolute bargain of the century has to be these shoes! As soon as I seen these in the shop I knew fine well I needed them and put them straight in my basket. They look to a few designers at the moment so I couldn't resist getting these. My name means honey bee so these will match me perfectly.


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Saturday, 5 August 2017

NYX Cosmetics Glitter and Primer | Review

Hi Lovelies, I hope you are all well? 
As many of my readers might remember I went to wedding recently and I wanted a look that I don't always go for but I have always wanted to try out and that is something  sparkly and glittery * UNICORN VIBES" of course. Glitter shadows are something I haven't tried out since the Barry M loose pot shadows I used to have when I was 19 and that was a fair few years ago now to say to least and to think back on it, they weren't my favourite because they had so much darn fallout! For the wedding I wanted something that would sparkle perfectly but also a product to keep the look in place and that is why I got this combo from NYX Cosmetics at my local NYX counter in Silverburn, Glasgow.

I first heard of NYX Cosmetics when I watched the first season of RuPauls Drag Race in which NYX Cosmetics was the main cosmetic used on that season. I have tried a fair few products since I heard of them and I have tried a variety of different products and pretty much love most of them but I wanted to give the glitter primer and glitter a whirl, to see how well they worked. 
NYX Cosmetics Glitter primer review
The Glitter Primer + Glitter  
This comes in a very nice chrome box and the product itself comes in a tube the primer comes in is also chrome. The nozzle is similar to other skincare products such as eye creams in which you squeeze to get the desired amount of product you want to use.

For each eye I used a squeeze amount of each eye and the texture was rather nice to say the least! It is very smooth, like a combination of a deep moisturiser and foundation. I applied this with my fingers as I found it much easier for me to do and applying the shadow by putting small amounts on my eyeshadow brush as a time then dabbing it onto eyelids till you get the desired look you want. I did it about 3 times to get a bold glitter shadow look.

Using these products was so much easier and cleaner than I was expecting and did not have as much  fallout as I was expecting. I really wish I bought more glitters because I am wanting to wear more glitter shadows now because they look amazing!
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NYX Cosmetics glitter primer review
I was extremely impressed with how long the combination of these products lasted! I put these on in the early afternoon and was at the wedding till well past midnight and my makeup still looked perfect and in place even though it was a very hot day that day and the fact I was dancing too. I will be posting about the wedding in the near future so keep a look out for that.

Removing the glitter shadow was so much easier than I expected too and it came off with my usual makeup remover which is miccelar water. I had a little bit of sparkle on my face the next day but nothing major comparing to what I was expecting.
nyx cosmetics glitter and primer
My Thoughts 
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I am so glad I bought both of these products and I will 100% buy them again in the future. Its my birthday in a few days time so I will be getting more of the glitters to create another amazing eye makeup look. I love how long this lasts and the selection of glitters they have in the collection too.

I would recommend this to anyone who loves glitter or for anyone who wants to try something out thats different from their usual routine. I love the fact that you can use both products on your eyelids and also on your body too! I can't wait to give that a try!!
NYX Cosmetics glitter
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Price and Where to buy? 
You can get both of these products at a NYX counter which is at some boots and you can also get them online in the boots online shop and also the NYX Cosmetics online shop too. The primer costs £8 and the glitters cost £5.50 each, so yes a little on the expensive side but they work which is the main thing for me.  

Do you like glittery makeup? 

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