Monday, 22 December 2014

Bamboo Boutiques Competition - Elikes

So last month Edinburgh Bloggers put together our first competition association with Bamboo Boutiques! After following the instructions Emma Philbin from Elikes was chosen by prize draw!

I was recently lucky enough to win a competition with Edinburgh Bloggers and Bamboo Boutique in Edinburgh for some amazing beauty treatments at their salon. I rarely win anything, or actually go out and get beauty treatments, so when I got the email, you pretty much needed to scrape me off the ceiling! My prize included a shellac manicure, eyelash extensions, a hair cut and style, and a facial. I think the only treatment I'd actually had before was the haircut, so I was so excited to try the rest out!
I arrived at the salon bright and early at 10am, still a bit sleepy despite my coffee stop, and was greeted by the bright and bubbly staff at Bamboo Boutique. The lovely Donna took me down to the room where I'd be getting my facial, and got me to relax (something I don't often get the chance to do!). The whole downstairs area is so relaxing, and the room was so soothing. The thick covers on the beauty bed had me almost nodding off within minutes! I was offered tea and water, with the greatest care taken to ensure my comfort during my time there.
I was getting an Agera acid peel. Not going to lie, that put the absolute fear in me. I had visions of myself walking out with a bright red face like Samantha did on Sex and the City. It was nothing like that thank goodness! A layer of vitamin C solution is applied to the skin, and Donna used my reaction to this to guage how many layers of the acid peel I should have. I was told to guage the discomfort on a scale of 1 to 5. It was around a 2, so we proceeded with the acid peel. It was a mixture of 3 types of acid, which stung a bit more, but it wasn't too bad. I like to think that means it's working! The peel penetrates deep into the skin to draw out impurities, and is good for sun damage and acne scarring. After just 1 layer, my skin was the best it has ever been! I don't think I've ever had skin so smooth in all my life! Donna even put some Bare Minerals make up on me so I didn't have to go out with a naked face.
Once Donna had worked her magic, Callie came in to do my eyelash extensions. She let me choose the length and curl I wanted, opting for a medium length D curl with a few long lashes at the ends. Now I don't know how she did it since my eyes were closed, but I know that the end result was amazing! She put cooling gel pads under my eyes, and took great care and precision in applying the lashes. I've got a terrible habit of forgetting to put mascara on, and with these beauties, I could forget as much as I wanted because my lashes looked amazing! I'd never had my lashes done before, but Callie explained everything thoroughly and kept me relaxed. I got full aftercare information too, which was a big help!
Next it was back upstairs for the lovely Sharon to sprinkle a little glitter on me! Well, my nails anyway! Shellac is another thing I've never had, and I was intrigued by it. SURELY I can't got more than 2 days without taking chunks of nail polish off?! Well with Shellac that's exactly what happened! A good few weeks of high shine, chip free gorgeousness! After spending what is probably too long trying to pick the colour I'm going to commit to for a few weeks, I settle on a nice coppery colour. Then change my mind just as she takes the brush out of the bottle and go for a dark purple! I'm given a glass of prosecco and a ferrero rochet, and I feel as though I should be on Made in Chelsea or something! I felt utterly pampered by this point, and as Sharon put the final touches of glitter on my nails, Bonnie was ready to get stuck into my mop!
I think this may have been the first time that a hair stylist has taken time to actually talk about my hair with me rather than saying "what am I doing to it? Okay, let's do it" She sat with me and asked what I liked about my hair, what I didn't like, how I usually styled it, how confident I was about styling it myself, which products I used and what I'd like my hair to be like. She asked me if I wanted to be relaxed or refreshed. I went for refreshed after feeling quite snoozy from my facial! She got me to smell 3 different oils and choose which I liked best, which turned out to be peppermint. She dropped some on my scalp and massaged it into my head and neck. The smell of the peppermint woke me up, and it was such a great way to start off a haircut! She washed my hair using Aveda products, and talked me through everything she was doing and everything she used. She used serum in my hair, then taught me how to do a salon blow dry, a lesson I really needed! She cut a few extra layers into my hair and generally tidied it up, then gave me the perfect curls that I love!
Here is the final result:
I felt amazing once the girls had finished with me. I'd gone from a bit dull to absolutely glowing in just a few hours! I've never felt so welcome in a salon, and Bamboo Boutique have set the bar extremely high for all future beauty treatments. Donna, Callie, Sharon and Bonnie are passionate about what they do, and that is clear to see. They are extremely talented, knowledgeable and professional, while still keeping an amazingly friendly atmosphere.
I honestly can't recommend Bamboo Boutique enough, and I will definitely be back!
Huge thanks to all at Bamboo Boutique, and to Edinburgh Bloggers for running the competition!
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Friday, 19 December 2014

COMPETITION! £60 Food voucher and bottle of Wine at Veritas!

Edinburgh Bloggers have teamed up with foodie site Zomato to give away a date night!  You get to win a £60 food voucher plus a bottle of wine at the gorgeous Italian restaurant Veritas, a beautiful, authentic ristorante in Stockbridge. NOM NOM NOM!

All you need to do for a chance to win a romantic date night for two is tweet us your worst or best date experience and tag @EdinburghBlogg and @ZomatoUK in your tweet.

Terms and Conditions:
  • The winner will receive a £60 voucher for food plus a bottle of wine at Veritas, 24 Deanhaugh Street, Edinburgh
  • Entrants must tweet in accordance with instructions in the paragraph above
  • Entries received after 12:00 on Sunday 21st December 2014 will not be accepted
  • Winner will be chosen at random and announced after 17:00 on Sunday 21st December 2014
We can't wait to read what you come up with!!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

YUU Beauty Prepare for Christmas

Prepare for Christmas

Edinburgh Bloggers collaborated with NCPR  and brought together a Beauty event on the 20th November 2014.


There was two events on during that evening- YUU Beauty and their sister company Sobo Boutique. YUU Beauty - bespoke beauty and medi-spa style treatments.

YUU Beauty won the title of Best Beauty salon INNA Award 2014. Sobo Boutique - an exclusive Aveda hair and beauty salon. The newly opened salon offers art-like cut and colour techniques.

YUU Beauty

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Edinburgh Bloggers - @Sultana_malik @MissVickyViola @RahmanShakira @whatabbyloves @jodiyoung_ @kirstysnotebook @WardrobeConvos @JaneCurtain1

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Yuu Beauty Nov 2014_38Photo Credit: Gav Young
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Blogger Shakira Rahman Photo Credit: Gav Young

 .  Great acting from me and Shakira right? Photo Credit: Gav  Young         

Overall great atmosphere surrounded by professionals in the hair and beauty industry!

Photo Credits: Gav Young
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Thank you to all the lovely bloggers for attending!

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Blogger Of The Week: Cats and Vodka

It's the time again..
It's our 'Blogger Of The Week' interview. 

Every week we will interviewing some of our favourite Edinburgh based bloggers and giving you guys the chance to hear all about their passion and inspiration. 

This week we interviewed the wonderful Alex from Cats and Vodka  

Alex is beauty blogger who is based in good old Edinburgh. We just love her honestly in her reviews and her beauty tips are fantastic!

What inspired you to start blogging?

I wasn't inspired by any one thing to start blogging but mainly through not having a creative outlet. I missed having something to do that was totally mine and wasn't going to be graded by someone.My blog was for me to write and let off steam really.

Where do you get the inspiration for your posts?

I'll see something and it'll trigger a title or an image and thats it, I've got my idea and eventually it turns into a post.

What post are you most proud of?

Thats a toughie! I'd say definitely my Alex Vs Body Confidence post. It was a crazy personal post that I got so much good feedback on and people really related to it which was amazing.

What's the biggest tip you would give to someone starting out?

Enjoy what you're blogging about, if youre in it for the free stuff and the attention it just isn't going to work.

What do you do when you are not working on your blog?

When I'm not networking on my blog I'm usually thinking about my next post or what I could be doing on my blog haha

Can you recommend any blogs to check out?

Blogs I recommend: Fine and Dandy by Claire, gh0stparties, my pale skin and all my Edinburgh girls!

What do you love most about Edinburgh?

I love the feel of Edinburgh, the old buildings, the architecture, everything is beautiful.

Make sure you check out Alex's amazing blog over at:

and stay tuned for our next blogger of the week interview!


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Blogger Of The Week: Boldly Gold

It's time for another 'Blogger Of The Week' interview.

Every week we will be interviewing some of our favourite Edinburgh loving bloggers and giving you guys the chance to hear all about their passion!

This week we got to the interview the very talented Amy from Boldly Gold 

 Amy is DIY loving blogger who is currently based in Glasgow, but is originally from just outside of Edinburgh. From sewing to baking to awesome nail art. She has you covered on all things crafty.

What inspired you to start blogging?

I don’t know if I would say I was inspired to start, it was more out of necessity! I moved to Glasgow in July 2012 with my boyfriend because of work. I didn’t really know anyone in the city so in my spare time I would fiddle around with crafts and got really into it! I think I’ve had about 6 random blogs over the years, littering the internet, so there was always something in me that wanted to share what I was doing, and Boldly Gold was a natural progression of that. Thankfully this one has stuck it out!

Where do you get the inspiration for your posts?

Without a doubt I’m inspired by other craft bloggers. The minute I see someone creating something wonderful my brain goes into overdrive thinking about my next project!

What post are you most proud of?

Definitely the clothes I’ve made so far. I’m still astounded that they are even wearable! 

What's the biggest tip you would give to someone starting out?

Don’t underestimate the importance of photos, especially when you’re showing something handmade! You don’t need a fancy camera to take brilliant blog photos but good lighting really helps. Taking photos in natural daylight makes all the difference and don’t be afraid to put them through an editing program. Pic Monkey is a great, free website that has lots of editing tools available and it’s really easy to use.

What do you do when you are not working on your blog?

I’m going steady with my Netflix account.

Can you recommend any blogs to check out?

The world of blogging is so diverse now that there is something for everyone! Some of my favourites creative ones are Dolly Clackett, Iheart Organising, and Live Love DIY.

What do you love most about Edinburgh?

I think Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the world! My favourite thing though is that it’s steeped in history. Is there another city in the world that can boast as many famous inventors and murderers in equal measures? Where else can you enjoy a drink above a tomb of plague victims? Gruesome but glorious.

Make sure you check out Amy's wonderful blog over at:

and stay tuned our next blogger of the week interview!


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Blogger Of The Week: Elegance Lies

It's time for our 'Blogger Of The Week' interview.
In case you missed last week...

 (make sure you check it out here)

Each week we will be interviewing our favourite Edinburgh based bloggers. Getting to hear all about their passion.

This week we interviewed the ever so stylish Agita from

Agita is a gorgeous Latvian fashion blogger who is studying Fashion Technology. 
Her pictures, as you can see above, are just flawless!

What inspired you to start blogging?

I had always been interested to write, but wanted to try something different than my notebook, so elegance lies started of as me just putting down my ramblings about a very typical teenagers life. It didn't really have any point at the start, because I started when I was 16, but later on it turned into a fashion blog as that was the course that my life took.

Where do you get the inspiration for your posts?

It is going to sound cheesy, but mostly get inspired from life. If it is relevant, I blog about it. I could never be that blogger who puts on a special outfit, just for those 30 minutes of shooting, it needs to be for an event, or just for university, it has to be useful, otherwise I would feel like a cheat. Also, I think it is very easy to tell if that blog post came to life by itself or was forced just because you NEED a new blog post. And, of course, I like to take a peek in other people's blogs, it is always interesting to see what kind of ideas others have come up with.

What post are you most proud of?

It's hard to tell, there have been so many blog posts on elegance lies during 5 yearss, but one of them the most definitely has to be my rant of a blog post "Why I don't feel like blogging anymore?". It was on that point after a few work experiences in fashion sector in Latvia before I went to university here, and I was so disappointed by what I had experienced. The chaos and "fakeness" of fashion back home had me so depressed I didn't want to do anything fashion related any more, so I kind of exploded through a blog post and many people hated me for blogging something so true and harsh(had a few hate comments) and a lot of people liked it for the fact that someone finally said what most of the people were thinking. So, I have to be the most proud about that one, because it definitely gave me some "ballsyness" points

What's the biggest tip you would give to someone starting out?

Enjoy it. Once you start out you can literally blog whatever comes to your mind, explore every possible direction, whether that is writing diy blog posts or street style, or who wore it better blog posts. Once you develop a certain amount of followers you kind of know the thing they like to read and can kind of burn yourself with very strong minded blog posts, as someone will almost always not like your opinion. I wish I could go back to that starting point where my teenage sarcasm had no filter, it was way easier to blog back then.

What do you do when you are not working on your blog?

My blog is actually one of the things I try to squeeze in between all the other things I do. As I am a fashion technology student and work on my off days for a tailor in Edinburgh, I don't really have a single day of the week off, but currently my life goes around new design and sewing projects, also sketching, either on illustrator or actual paper, and somewhere between that I try to squeeze in some photography. It is a huge creative bubble I live in outside my blog and by the time I will get to my Christmas holidays, I can bet I will be a creative carrot, drained of any ideas.

Can you recommend any blogs to check out?

I am not very good in sourcing new bloggers as I am just a bit lazy for that, but I really like as her outfit blog posts are always interestingly put together.

What do you love most about Edinburgh?

I am a very visual person and I have been passionate about photography every since i first got my hands on a camera when I was 12, and Edinburgh is literally the most photogenic city I have ever been to. It doesn't matter if it rains, snows or is extremely sunny, Edinburgh always mesmerises me, and even with my 3rd year being here, I still always look outside the window when I am in the public transport or car, rather than read a book, because it is so beautiful.

Make sure you check out Agita's fabulous blog

and stay tuned for out next blogger of the week interview!