Every new season marks extensive new product releases in the beauty world, as we gear ourselves up for altering our look to suit the changing trends and weather conditions. Spring is an exciting time of the year for beauty, as we ditch the darker shades of the Winter months and introduce a lot more colour and life into our routine. I want to take you through some of my favourite latest and upcoming Spring 2015 beauty product releases, so you can get them firmly at the top of your shopping list.
Good birthday presents can be hard to find, especially if it is for someone who is difficult to buy for. I’ve picked some of my favourite gifts from independent Glasgow brands, that women of all ages will adore to receive on their special day.
Monthly beauty subscription boxes have taken the world by storm. Each month, you get a surprise box of full-size and sample products; giving you a chance to try out things you might not have thought of before. Contents range from makeup, to skincare, perfume, haircare and nail products. This is a guide to the best beauty subscription box services in the UK- there really is something for all tastes and budgets
Every Bride to-be should have her very own fab four on speed dial – her dressmaker; make up artist, hairdresser and photographer.
Put down the heart-shaped box of chocolates and step away from that saucy chemise (please!), this Valentine’s day why not treat your other half to a little luxury with a bespoke Valentine’s package from PURE Spa – Glasgow’s most contemporary and chic city-centre retreat.
Independent Avon Sales Leader, Michelle Duncan, like many others in the UK is inspiring women up and down the country to keep up with the latest trends. Here, Michelle provides her top tips for staying on trend in 2015...What are the main catwalk trends for SS15?This year, I’ve noticed that fashion catwalk trends boast full-on patterns and dense fl
Cold winter days mean roaring fires, back-to-back box sets and a never-ending supplying of hot chocolate. But, although staying warm and dry might be the name of the game as the temperature drops, Britain’s leading eye expert warns the winter months can wreak havoc with our eyes.“Despite what you might think, eye problems often occur more in Janua
Over two levels, Blythswood Square Spa is a veritable wonderland of spa experiences all conducive to the ultimate in de-stressing, detoxifying and pampering the mind, body and soul.
The trend for having weddings with unique themes in unique locations is high, and Glasgow has plenty to offer when it comes to unusual wedding venues. If you aren’t into having your ceremony in traditional Glasgow wedding venues such as churches and registry offices, this guide will be right up your street. All of the places I’ve featured have lice
The most important date of the year for shopaholics is 26th December, as that means it's sale time. Shops across Glasgow have great sales every year, and you can pick up some amazing bargains; so take that Christmas cash, and hit my top picks- they'll make you feel you're in retail heaven.Luxury jewellery store Dower & Hall [http://www.dowerandhall
If you are going to a party on New Year's Eve, you should know that it's tradition to kiss someone at midnight. For this you'll want a perfect lip look that's long-lasting and eye-catching. New Year celebrations are all about going all out, and trying bolder and sparklier looks than you would normally. I want to share with you my lip makeup tutoria
It’s no surprise therefore that the city has been crowned the best shopping destination outside of London, and with an extensive range of late-night shopping opportunities every night of the week Glasgow is the place to get your Christmas shop-on this festive season.
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When the winter season hits the UK, the nights get dark and cold very early. It’s important to keep your home and yourself warm and comfortable. Winter is in fact my favourite season, as it’s a time for me to get snuggled up at home and have some ‘me time’. I want to share with you my favourite ways to shut out the cold winter nights and get cosy i
It’s that time of year again where everyone is trying to find that perfect gift for their loved ones. If you are stuck for inspiration for the women in your life, you need to keep reading. Whether you have presents to buy for a woman, but know nothing about fashion, or if you just don’t know what you want to ask for from Santa for yourself, this is
Glasgow is a stylish city, and our bloggers are no different. Forget London, Paris, New York and Milan, Glasgow’s got it going on, and the five bloggers below all showcase their vastly different daily looks to inspire their readers to push the boundaries or try something different. From high-end brands, to quirky back-street student designers, this
Get Inked: a guide to getting a timeless tattoo in GlasgowWhen the government-backed employment advice service Acas published its first guidance on tattoos in the workplace [http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4998] a couple of months back, the only surprise was that it had taken them so long. With around one in five British adults now spor
You have 24 hours in Glasgow and want to jam in as much eating, drinking, sightseeing and shopping as possible? Look no further than our guide to everything you need to do to spend a great 24 hours in Glasgow with recommendations from local bloggers.
Glasgow’s beauty bloggers are some of the best in the UK (if I do say so myself), and they look at the cosmetics and skincare world from such varied perspectives. I (with my blog A Life With Frills am proud to be part of such a talented group, so I wanted to share my favourite Glasgow beauty bloggers with you. Blogging is fast taking over from prin
I have been getting my brows waxed and tinted by Benefit Cosmetics at their many department store brow bars for over a decade, and I’d never consider going anywhere else. Their procedure for waxing brows is unique, and once you’ve walked away with your own Benefit brow arch, you’ll return again and again. They ‘map’ your brows (i.e. mark out where
Costume parties are becoming more and more common - not just at Halloween, but all year round. Nowadays, a bed sheet with holes cut out for eyes just doesn't cut it anymore. Costumes are getting increasingly elaborate and intelligent, so Ive picked out my favourite stores for fancy dress in Glasgow. Now you have no excuse not to win those best cost
Fashion trends change every season, which means continuous wardrobe updates to keep you on-trend. There are so many basic pieces however that can be worn throughout the entire year, so updating your wardrobe needn't be a costly exercise. The smart way to do it is to just snap up a few pieces in the season's key trends to mix and match with items yo
When making the decision to go for a haircut or colour treatment, we want to make sure that the person wielding the scissors or the peroxide has a trusted pair of hands. Glasgow has some pretty impressive award-winning hairdressers, and I’ve put together a guide to my favourites.Most Coveted Hair Appointments - Taylor FergusonHands-down the most co
There's a common misconception that a discount store means low quality. This is certainly not the case with some of my favourite Glasgow shops. They sell some of the country's best beauty brands at bargain prices, last season's designer handbags for less than half price and gorgeous shabby chic interiors for the change from last night's takeaway. O
A French Manicure is an iconic nail look. It makes nails appear clean, groomed and attractive. This style of manicure is believed to have been created in Paris for style-conscious women in the 1930s. It’s an ideal look for those who change their outfits constantly, or who may have nail polish restrictions at work, as the French Manicure goes with everything and makes your hands appear clean and well looked after.
Teeth whitening services have dramatically increased in popularity as people attempt to get teeth the same shade as their favourite celebrity. If you have ever wondered how to get white teeth, read my guide to the best teeth whitening Glasgow services.
Glasgow based textile designers Anna Thorn and Iain Macdonald have found their happy ever after. The pair, who established Naromode in 2012 following internships in London’s fashion houses (Iain at fashion royalty Alexander McQueen no less), have garnered popularity on the Scottish fashion scene with their intricate illustrative sketchbook-styled
To celebrate local merchants, Groupon will soon award spas and salons (and other businesses) all over the world with ‘Local Stars’. We asked our Glasgow bloggers to name their personal local stars, here's their top picks:
When in search of a luxurious Glasgow spa, most people head first to the large hotels in the city, often overlooking the smaller and more secluded day spas that are tucked away. 15 Royal Terrace Day Spa Glasgow is hidden away in a leafy street that borders Kelvingrove Park, and offers a plethora of treatments and edible treats. I spent a thoroughly enjoyable morning there recently, and so had to share this gem of a find with you.
Clothes don’t get more cutting edge-cool than those delivered by Glasgow’s most exciting brand Abandon Ship Apparel. Mixing clean, eye-catching designs and statement prints with contemporary cultural reference points, Glasgow-born directors Richard Davies and Duncan Sweeney have created collection after collection of iconic streetwear inspired de
Frasers Glasgow, officially called House of Fraser, is home to high-end fashion, beauty and homeware brands - many of which are exclusive to Frasers. If you are fashion shopping in Glasgow, this department store is a must visit as there are many clothing labels that you just can’t get anywhere else in the city.
One of the UK's top brands of luxury candles has its base in Glasgow. Shearer Candles is family-run and a celebrity favourite, with so much to offer.
When it comes to dressing our children, we often put more effort in that we do with ourselves - spending more money and taking more time to put together coordinating outfits. Indeed, shopping for baby clothes has become one of the major joys of pregnancy. These are my favourite clothes shops in Glasgow to buy baby clothes for friends, or stylish childrenswear for when their little rascals get bigger.
To be Scottish, you don't have to be 'ginger', but this year you're likely to be crowned most fashionable if you are, according to Cian Condy, stylist to the stars at Glasgow's leading colour salon, Rainbow Room International."Copper is cool" laughs the trendy twenty-something stylist. "It'll turn heads and take you right through summer to autumn,
Make-up counters aren’t just for spending money. Sales assistants are desperate to make you love their products, so there are always free professional make-up makeovers and free make-up samples up for grabs. Not only do they give you the chance to try a new product, you learn application techniques from the professional Glasgow make-up artists that work there too.
The best makeup brand counter to try a new foundation is Giorgio Armani in House of Fraser. Tell one of the sales staff that you are interested in a new foundation, that you have heard theirs are a good choice and that you are keen to try one. If you are wearing make-up already, you’ll also get a free cleanse with their high quality products to remove it before they then apply the foundation and some primer. Tell the assistant that you would like to think about it and see how it wears, and she’ll dispense some foundation from the bottle and put it in a little branded pot for you to take home. You’ll get at least another two applications from this.
There is nothing worse than having been out working all day and having to go on an impromptu night out without any make-up with you to touch up your face. If you are looking rather worse for wear, pop into the Bobbi Brown counter, also in Glasgow’s House of Fraser department store. Asking to try their mineral foundation and their blusher is a great way to get your base looking flawless again. Their trained make-up artist sales staff will apply it and teach you the best tips. You can then swatch their lipsticks and eye shadows on your hand before dabbing onto your own lips and lids.
There are many ways to remove unwanted hair, and Glasgow’s salons and clinics offer them all. Laser hair removal in Glasgow is much sought after, as is waxing and electrolysis. I’m going to take you through the options available and where best to go to get that baby-smooth skin (for a while, anyway!).
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.
The most stylish things to do in Glasgow are within what’s known as the ‘style mile’- an area that stretches from Buchanan Street to Glasgow’s Merchant City. Here you’ll find the majority of the designer fashion stores in Glasgow, the best restaurants and some exquisite architecture to explore as you wander around. You can easily spend an entire day exploring here - but make sure your wallet is full as you’re going to need it! Most places are luxurious and with that, comes high prices.
Over the past few years, many new fashion designers have emerged from Scotland, winning awards, world praise and selling in Glasgow's prestigious boutiques. I wanted to share with you some of my favourite brands in Glasgow, so prepare to make some extra space in your wardrobe!
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.
Interior design has fast become just as important a way of self-expression as fashion - vast amounts of money are being spent on classic pieces and seasonal trends. The homeware and interiors industry is big business - catering to those who like their homes to be stylish and representative of who they are. In Glasgow there are many unique stores that stock some stunning pieces from UK and International designers. These are great places to find original items for your home.
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.
For the bride dreaming of designer, Glasgow bridal designer Susanne Christyne
makes the best wedding dresses for those who crave couture. Her designs rival any celebrity wedding dresses seen on TV from Kate Middleton to Katie Price (well - maybe not quite so extravagant!). Her studio is based in George Square in the heart of the city centre, and Susanne gives each bride her full attention. If you want the dress of your dreams created just for you, this is the place to go.
When it comes to your skin, it's important to know what you are putting on it. Natural beauty products contain no artificial fragrances, chemicals or sulphates - just ingredients found naturally. This makes them kinder to your skin and the environment, and also beneficial to your body. Products, like these can be surprisingly difficult to find however - so i've put together a guide to my trusted in favourites in Glasgow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Granny Would Be Proud
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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.
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.
Situated in House of Fraser, Glasgow's luxury department store, is a little piece of girly heaven- Scotland's first Benefit Cosmetics Boutique. Now, we are all used to seeing Benefit counters everywhere from Boots to Debenhams; but the boutique concept turns shopping for Benefit Cosmetics into a day-spa experience. Their famous Brow Bar services are still on offer, where you can get the ultimate coveted eyebrow shape- the Benefit Brow Arch. This, with an eyebrow tint, is my staple look.
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.
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."
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.