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NAF! Salon: Glasgow’s Quirky New Nail Salon 21.10.2015

There is no better definition of the phrase #GirlBoss than NAF! Salon founder Tammy Koslowski. This Glasgow lady set up her first, and still very successful, business DIY Nails; selling uniquely designed nail decals to jazz up manicures. The beauty world love the brand, and it sells on the likes of the ASOS site. She has a perfect Glasgow location




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Armani

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Bobbi Brown

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Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is best for dark hair, and uses pulses of laser light to destroy the hair follicle. It is a targeted treatment to the follicle, and after the initial course of up to eight treatments (to kill all stages of hair growth), results will last for years. You will experience pain at a low level, although a numbing cream will help. Laser hair removal is a safe treatment for any area of the body, and is the best long-term hair removal option available.
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Bonnie Bling

Graphic designer Mhairi Mackenzie set up her jewellery brand Bonnie Bling in 2011, and in such a short space of time, has managed to secure celebrity fans such as Lana Del Rey and Sir Elton John. In 2012, Bonnie Bling's range of iconic acrylic jewellery was nominated for Accessory Designer of The Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards. Her collections feature Scottish slang words and quirky objects such as traffic cones. Bonnie Bling is on sale at Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art, and prices average around £20.
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Timorous Beasties

Glasgow's very own interiors brand Timorous Beasties has become world-renowned. Timorous Beasties design beautiful and elaborate prints that they make into fabrics, cushions and wallpapers. From striking and colourful birds, to muted grey thistles, there are designs to suit all pattern tastes. Prices are not cheap, with some wallpapers selling at £210 per roll. Timourous Beasties have designed the London St.Pancras Eurostar Business Class Lounge as well as walls at the Art Institute of Chicago, so even if you can't afford to buy, their Glasgow showroom is an excellent source of inspiration.
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Beauty Kitchen

Beauty Kitchen in Glasgow's Saltmarket, has a passion for organic handmade cosmetics like no other. The husband and wife team behind it gave up their regular jobs so they could open it and work together. Everything is natural, kind to your skin and kind to the environment. They use recycled sterilised jars as packaging, and even keep their own bees to harvest their honey. They sell a range of products from body scrubs to bath melts scented to relax or revive, and all are individually priced at less than £15. If you don't want to simply purchase from their store, you can take part in a two-hour session for £40, where you will become the chef and make your own products to take home. It is such a fun and interesting experience, and is a great activity to do with friends.
Shopping Fit for a Prince (or Princess!)
Glasgow’s Princes Square is a must-shop-stop for the city’s most fashion conscious, stylish shoppers. Housed in an exquisitely restored listed building, the boutique mall is adorned with decorative Art Nouveau glass and metalwork designed by local artists and craftsmen. The mall frontage, which spans most of the bottom half of Buchanan Street, has impeccable attention to detail featuring a stunning aluminum trailing leaves installation from Glasgow School of Art graduates and world renowned textile and wallpaper designer Timorous Beasties. An intricate ironwork peacock overlooks the exterior, gifted to the mall in celebration of Glasgow’s 1990 City of Culture status.Prince's Street Glasgow
Glasgow Hearts Bling
Bonnie Bling is a design label with a Scottish twang. Set up by friends Mhairi Mackenzie and Sarah Richardson in 2010, the accessories brand, now run solely by Mhairi - who splits her time between Glasgow and the Isle of Bute - does a unique range in Perspex patter.
Glasgow Markets - Best Independant Markets
Being at the quirky/vintage end of the scale when it comes to style, I’m always on the lookout for places that are a little bit different where I can shop. Luckily, Glasgow is home to plenty of trendy and offbeat boutiques - but even these tend to stock the more established brands. If what you’re after is something truly one-of-a-kind, you’re better keeping an eye out for one of the city’s regular craft and vintage fairs. With something on somewhere in the city at least once a month, there are plenty of opportunities to pick up some gorgeous, handmade bargains. Everything from knitted superheroes to sweetie-themed jewellery - plus repurposed, genuine vintage homeware - is here.

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Best Nail Salons in Glasgow
Women have long been looking after their nails, but only recently has interest in it reached a whole new level. No longer are nails just painted to match your outfit - they have become fashion statements in their own right. Nowadays, nails say as much about a person as their clothes do. Glasgow is full of nail salons - but only a few offer a service that truly stand out above the rest.

Swoon Nails

City centre nail bar Swoon Nails has become rather an institution. It is the unofficial 'go-to' place for nail art. Swoon Nails' designs are award-winning and extravagant, so if you want to make a statement, this is the place to go. They specialise in Calgel (a soak-off, long-lasting gel polish) which you can have in a design of your choice, complete with glitter, crystals and stickers. The variety of colours is phenomenal, and the polish should remain intact for up to four weeks.
Pamper Yourself at Glasgow's Benefit Cosmetics Boutique
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Four Southside Style Treasure Troves
We all love unique fashion, and that's exactly what you'll find in one of Glasgow's most upmarket suburbs- East Renfrewshire in the city's Southside. Most consider it to be just a collection of smart middle class houses and expensive delicatessens - but this is where I grew up, and it is a fashion haven for a style magpie like me.
Introducing Ann Nugent
Ann is a thirty-something 'girl in the city' - that city being Glasgow, Scotland's 'other capital'. Ann's passion for her hometown is fuelled by the folks that reside in it (her fellow 'Weegies') - "their warmth, humour and love of a good blether," and its ever-changing face, "at once everything Scottish - gallus, gritty, and packed with raw pride - and then cosmopolitan, cultured and chic."
Introducing Laura Pearson-Smith
Laura is an experienced editor, journalist and blogger, specialising in fashion, beauty, luxury lifestyle and luxury travel. Her blog A Life With Frills is essentially a diary of a stylish life. Laura is also the founder and editor of luxury UK travel digital magazine Stylecation, and also blogs for the Huffington Post in their style and lifestyle categories. She's basically a content machine! To find out more about her, you can visit her official www.laurapearsonsmith.biz.
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