Tuesday, 16 July 2013

In the Pink

Many of us know the feeling, the dreaded hair rut; returning to your hairdresser time and time again and sticking with the same style year on year, great for a while, but many of us with time become bored seeking a hair change.

Simple no? Well not quite, changing your hair style can be daunting, I've always had blonde hair but occasionally dip my toe into bright hair coloured trends and add chunks of colour, I've had lilac, pink and a deeper violet, mainly through the fringe and sides, still I'd love to brave it and go for an all over wash of pink.

Last night Fearne Cotton posted pictures on twitter mid home hair-dying, dipping her toe into the pink hair trend Fearne is the latest in a long line of celebs to try this out and it couldn't be easier. We love Crazy Color and their wide range of shades, which are offered in a wide range of salons but also can be easily be used at home.

Fearne in the process of turning her locks a beautiful pastel pink.

All done, we love Fearne's pretty pastel locks, maybe we'll give it a try next?!

Photo credit; @Fearnecotton https://twitter.com/Fearnecotton

Crazy Color have a great guide on their website to using their fab hair colour and best of all, their hair colour is semi-permenant perfect if you're looking to freshen up your look for Summer.

Our favourite Crazy Color shades for summer are perfect for 'dip-dying', dying chunks/strands or for the bolder amongst as an all-over colour;

Candy Floss 


Bubblegum Blue

All shades and many more available from the Crazy Color website £4 per bottle http://www.crazycolor.co.uk/Shop/products/

Check out our Pinterest board 'Over the Rainbow' for hair colour inspo :) 

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

All About the Neon Pastels

The neon pastel oxymoron is all over fashion and beauty this summer. No longer does pastel have to be pale and neon be dramatic. This fun trend combines the softness of pastels and the brightness of neon, creating a modern look.

Neon pastel t-shirts are everywhere, from catwalks to the high street. Go affordable with Zara or splurge on one from Whistles. The light fabric and simple design makes it the perfect top for a warm sunny day. For a more subtle yet fashionable look, invest on some neon pastel heels and give your plain outfit an upgrade.

Limecrime’s nail polish range is the epitome of neon pastel fun. A perfect mixture of pastel and neon makes them the ultimate summer nail shades. Like it couldn’t get better, they also come packaged in adorable frosted glass bottles with a purple unicorn on the front. Cuteness overload or what?

We understand that not everyone is daring when it comes to their hair, however if you are looking to trying out something new this summer, neon pastel hair is the perfect pick. Depending on your hair colour, it might take you a few trips to the hair salon in order to achieve a true neon pastel shade but all the work will be worth it when you are standing out in a crowd.

Who doesn’t love playing with colourful makeup? You might not want to go as bold as the models on the picture but with some simple product you can create a wearable neon pastel look. Add a neon pastel shade on your inner corners for an open eye look or try out Stargazer’s coloured mascaras for a subtle pop of colour to your eyes.

Follow us on Pinterest for some more neon pastel inspiration:

Friday, 28 June 2013

Pick of the Bunch

Floral crowns are fast making an appearance in shops up and down the high-street from Topshop to Primark, everyone is wanting to be a part of the latest floral trend, but is this trend strictly limited to festival fashion? Or a look which can just as easily be worn out to dinner or for drinks? We've picked three of our favourite floral crowns and a few examples of celebrities in bloom, wearing floral crowns.

The Clementine floral crown garland from the Pixie Lott for Rock n Rose collection screams of the English countryside, a perfect option for those favouring a design which isn't predominantly made up of roses.
Clementine Floral Crown, Rock N'Rose £45

The Gardenhead Baby Daisy head band is the perfect band for anyone wanting to dip their toe into the trend, a pretty and subtle band of daisies from Urban Outfitters.

We love this bright Rock N' Rose floral crown which is exclusive, not 
for the faint-hearted, you'll certainly not be a wall flower wearing this.

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Pixie Lott modelling one of the Pixie Lott for Rock n Rose floral crowns,
Georgia crown £55. 

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Lana Del Rey is well known for sporting large floral crowns and headbands, here she is from
the front cover of Video Games, wearing a multi coloured arrangement.

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Alexa Chung choose a simple arrangement made from
fresh flowers earlier this year, simple and pretty.

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Keira Knightly favoured a simple floral band in red which
compliments her hair and looks pretty worn with her hair up.
So what's your verdict on the floral crown trend? Will you be trying it out or admiring from afar?

Thursday, 27 June 2013

IMATS London 2013, The Ultimate Beauty Lover Heaven

Imagine two full days of everything makeup and beauty related… That was IMATS London 2013!
Thousands of beauty addicts attended this year’s London International Makeup Artist Trade Show at the Olympia National Hall Kensington and were in awe at the work of talented makeup artists and the different products being offered.

Attendees browsed through hundreds of makeup stands like NARS, Makeup Forever, Crown Brushes and much more that were an average 50% off.

In addition to being beauty-shopping heaven, talks and workshops were offered by renowned makeup artists, like MAC’s Director of Artistry for UK and Ireland Terry Barber and famous Youtubers like Vivianna from ViviannaDoesMakeup and Ruth Crilly from AModelRecommends.

Through the workshops and chats, makeup enthusiasts like me, were given an insight into the rich world of beauty and had the opportunity to learn from masters in the field.

The highlight of my day was the NARS counter offering 60% off all items. Granted they only had a selected assortment, you could still find many cult favorites like Albatross highlighter and limited edition eye shadows palettes. I was clearly not the only one obsessing over NARS’ goodies considering I had to wait over an hour in line to pay; but it was all worth it! I got 5 NARS products for just under £50. Score!

I am so thankful for travelling all the day from Scotland to London to experience this year’s London IMATS. It was my first IMATS but definitely not my last.
The International Makeup Artist Trade Show travels through many different cities including New York, Sydney, obviously London and others.

Check out their official website for details and dates for future shows and start planning your trip to the next IMATS.

Monday, 24 June 2013

INAA Scottish Hair & Beauty Awards 2013

Sometime I truly believe that I am a rubbish girl. I don’t like jewellery, I hate chick flicks and I literally have the one pair of trusty black heels that I wear to pretty much every single night out. But then I get an invitation to attend The Scottish Hair & Beauty Awards at the Glasgow Hilton and I let out a girly shrill scream that can probably be heard all the way to Inverness. My mind goes into overdrive about what dress I am going to wear and how I am going to do my hair. And that’s when I know that actually, I’m as girly as they come….

The night in question? Absolutely amazing. The 3rd annual awards were held on Sunday May 26th and the organisers INAA.com spared no expense in making the black tie event a night to remember. Amongst some of the top names in the Scottish hair and beauty industry we were joined by celebs such as Lauren Goodger, River City Girl turned movie star Laura McMonagle and DJ Jodie Harsh even spun a few tunes at the end.

During dinner we were treated to some seriously fun entertainment. Not only did Bea from Bumble & Bumble take us through an amazing ‘how to’ for big hair but designer Marc Ross put on an incredible fashion show showcasing not only his own collection but some from up and coming Scottish designer Rebeka Torres as well. The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra band were the perfect background for enjoying our food while tribute act ‘Could it be Take That’ got everyone in the party mood for later.

After dinner we settled down for the real reason we were there.

19 categories.

40,000 online votes (not including the paper ones).

A judging panel of the best in the business….

Clyde 1 DJ Romeo and DJ, presenter & stylist Josie Smith took us through the winners and they are all listed below. There’s something for everyone in Scotland and these people don’t win these awards for nothing. So if you are as girly as I am turning out to be (oops) then I strongly suggest you check some of these guys out properly:

Hall of Fame: Jacqueline Brown of Jacquies Beauty, Dumfries
Best Female Hair Stylist: Donna Richards of Partners Hair & Beauty, Broughty Ferry
Best Male Hair Stylist: James Roberts of James Roberts Hair Design & Beauty
Expert Hair Colourist: Jill Aitchison of Medusa, Edinburgh
Expert Hair Extensionist: David Ferry of Gary Thompson Hair, Glasgow
Best Barber: Boom Barbers, Edinburgh
Best Hair Salon: James Hughes, Glasgow
Expert Beauty Therapist: Laura Taylor of The Secret Beauty Garden, Edinburgh
Expert Cosmetic Therapist: Jacquie Partridge of Dermal Clinic, Edinburgh
Expert Make-up Artist: Victoria Elwen of Spoilt at Smiths, Gretna Green
Expert Nail Technician: Christina Pert of Bespoke, Aberdeen
Expert Massage Therapist: Fiona Norval of Eden Hair & Beauty, Arbroath
Best Beauty Salon: The Greenrooms, Dundee
Best Spa/Day Spa: Spa in the City, Glasgow
Best Nail Bar: Manhattan Nails, Glasgow
Best Cosmetic Dentist: Art of Dentistry, Prestwick
Expert Tanning Specialist: Deborah Clark of Deborah’s Beauty in the City, Glasgow
Best Salon Design: Rainbow Room International, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow
Best Website: Craig Andrew Hairdressing, Glasgow
Young Talent Award: Christie Sanders of Austen Thomson, Edinburgh
Icon Award: Charlie Miller, Edinburgh