Beauty Hit List: December & January 2017

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Welcome to the first Beauty Hit List of the year! It feels like forever since I last shared a round-up of my favourite cosmetic crushes with you guys, so I’ve been really looking forward to this one.

Today I’m sharing some of the products that have been (literally!) saving my skin each day, seeing me through New Year celebrations in style and keeping my locks in check. So let’s dive in and take a peek, shall we?

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Ultra Facial Balm by Kiehl’s

It’s no secret by now that I’m a huge lover of Kiehl’s products, and I’ve gushed about their Ultra Facial Cream previously, due to its ability to keep my dry skin feeling super hydrated. Their Ultra Facial Balm takes this to a whole new level and it’s been my go-to for emergency levels of flakiness this winter!

Kiehl’s call this their ‘ultimate hydration blanket’, which is actually better than any description that I could come up with. It FEELS like a blanket in that it is soothing and comforting and makes the dry, rough skin I get around my nose and hairline feel soft and smooth instantly. It’s also non-greasy so, even though I slather my face in it some days, I don’t look like I have, hurrah!

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Glitter pots by Sara Hill

Fact: glitter makes everything better. It just does, OK? If you agree, then you’re in good company and I highly recommend checking out Sara Hill’s range of glitter for grown-ups ASAP! These pots of loose glitter look perfect pressed on top of a cream eyeshadow, twinkling under the lower lashes or worn over lipstick for a dramatic (and fabulous!) look. To be honest, the beauty of these cruelty-free glitters is in how versatile they are, and they are so much fun to play with.

I wore some during New Year’s Eve in a geometric-inspired shape (go big or go home, eh?) using some of Sara Hill’s glitter fix to hold it in place. There are 12 dazzling shades to choose from (you can see Queen P and Royal Purple above) – next on my shopping list is the irridescent Crystal Tits glitter because I think it’ll be a must-have for my Vegas trip…

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i-illuminise Liquid Illuminiser by New CID Cosmetics

My name is Lynsay and I am officially a highlighter convert – and you can thank this i-illuminise by New CID Cosmetics for that. Inside this shiny silver tube is a liquid highlighter that has the most gorgeous, pearlescent glow. I’ve been wearing it buffed into my cheekbones, brow bones, my cupid’s bow, the tip of my nose (not all at once I might add!)…did I say ‘convert’ because I clearly meant to say ADDICT!

The dewy finish along with the brush on applicator makes it a easy to add a bit of shimmer to your every day make up look and build up as much of a highlight as you like. It’s been in my makeup bag every day since December.

Everlasting Liquid Lipstick by Kat Von D at Debenhams

The day that Kat Von D makeup stopped being a Sephora exclusive and became available at our very own Debenhams in the UK, I swear you could hear a Mexican wave-like squeal of delight if you listened hard enough! Of all the Kat Von D products I’ve tried over the years, the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are, in my opinion, the best. Non-drying, extremely pigmented and in a range of lust-worthy shades, the liquid lipsticks last up to an impressive 24 hours – making them perfect for nights out.

Backstage Bambi was previously my weapon of choice, but I’ve recently tried out Bauhau5 (pictured above), and love its bold berry hue – the perfect pop of colour on a grey January day.

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Damage Remedy Split End Repair by Aveda

Sometimes post-party season hair needs some TLC and luckily Aveda have the perfect range to help out! This Split End Repair treatment from Aveda’s Damage Remedy collection is just the thing to repair hair that has split and also to prevent new damage forming. I’ve been smoothing the cream into my hair after it’s been washed, dried and styled so it can do its thing while I’m out and about. Also, unlike some treatments I’ve tried, as well as making my hair look a lot healthier, it smells AMAZING. If you see me swishing my hair around any time soon, this is why!

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So these have made my Beauty Hit List this month, but what about you? Any new obsessions from the world of cosmetics that you’re raving about? I love hearing about what you’ve discovered lately as well as your old faithfuls so be sure to give me shout below or on Twitter so I can check ’em out!




This post contains some PR samples but all views, sparkle addictions and hair swishing are on me

A Peek Inside BLOW Shawlands


When word got out a few months back that BLOW Finnieston were going to be opening a second Glasgow salon, it didn’t take too long before beauty junkies all over town (and by town, I obviously mean Instagram!) were speculating about where it was going to be. Not only that, but it was apparently going to be bigger than its original, with other services available.

Before the rumour mill spiralled out of control, BLOW revealed that their newest venture would be south of the Clyde, and not only would it be a salon – it would also be a training academy too. A place where up-and-coming stylists can learn the business’ own badass brand of creative colour, styling and hair care in their brand new (but still oh-so-BLOW) surroundings.


This month, the doors finally opened and I got a peek inside BLOW Shawlands to see what we can expect from Kilmarnock Road’s newest resident…


1. It’s bigger. Like, a LOT bigger. Yup, with two floors, a wraparound styling bar and a fully functioning academy downstairs, there’s certainly a lot more room for hair goals to be achieved at BLOW Shawlands.

Don’t worry, there’s still the same Pinterest-worthy decor, custom selfie wall, freshly popped popcorn and eye-catching window display (would it really be BLOW if there wasn’t?), there’s now just SO MUCH MORE ROOM FOR ACTIVITIES!


2. There’s a secret garden in the back. First and foremost, BLOW are of course known for their hair cutting, colouring and styling skills. That’s a given. But, it is probably no surprise that the gang at BLOW also know how to throw a heck of a party! And the psychedelic garden in the back is the kind of place that will make you think you’ve died and gone to wonderland.

Seriously dreamy and the perfect spot for a summer soiree.

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3. It’s not just hair that’s on the menu. BLOW Shawlands is more than just a hairdresser’s, it’s a seriously stylish hangout that you feel immediately relaxed in. So when I heard that the new salon would be offering an afternoon tea experience, I was excited to come and try it out!

The afternoon tea has been created in collaboration with one of my favourites – Cafe Strange Brew – with sandwiches, cakes and scones to enjoy (I couldn’t get enough of the salted caramel brownies!). The package (£35) also comes with a signature BLOWdry, making it the perfect girly treat to start the weekend.

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It’s not a visit to BLOW without a selfie – just call me Curly Sue! 

These are just a few things that make BLOW Shawlands well worth a visit, but be sure to check them out for yourself! I like to think of them as BLOW 2.0, with all the same style and attitude as their first location, but bringing along some new ideas in their bag of tricks.

Will you be visiting BLOW Shawlands?



Wearable Trends and Pro Tips from The Academy of Make-up


Do you ever find yourself looking at fashion editorials and runway photos and find yourself in awe of the hair and makeup looks? I know I do. I love how theatrical some of the models appear, and often wonder how to recreate some of the styles myself, but perhaps a tiny bit toned down for daytime activities.

Even though you’re more likely to find me stomping around Kelvingrove than Karl Lagerfeld’s catwalk, I still love to show my personality in my appearance, and that includes how I do my makeup too! Mimicking the faces of fashion week’s finest can be easier said than done though, and luckily in Glasgow we have The Academy of Make-up to help us get it right.

The Academy invited me along to one of their (very popular) seminars last week, and I couldn’t wait to see makeup artist Lynsey Murray’s take on making these tricky trends wearable.


When it comes to makeup, I always have an idea in my head of what I want the end result to look like, but getting there can be a little bit of trial and error. It was amazing to see a pro like Lynsey build some stunning fashion-inspired makeup looks (we watched her create glowing, dewy skin and some wicked electric blue eyes) on a completely bare-faced model, and pick up some valuable tips at the same time!

It turns out that there isn’t a magic formula to achieving beautiful makeup, but there ARE some simple steps we can keep in mind the next time we’re applying our favourite products that will help us on our way to a flawless finish.


Here are 10 pro tips that I picked up from Lynsey’s seminar…

1. It’s all in the prep! Sure, oils, moisturisers and primers are all excellent ways to get your skin ready, but the most valuable tool of all? Investing the time. Massaging the skin and taking the time to apply the products properly makes a huge difference.

2. Got dry lips? Use a baby toothbrush to buff them and you’ll be ready for a slick of your signature lipstick in no time!

3. To create a natural contour and glow, try applying highlighter before foundation, rather than after.

4. Practice the art of ‘controlled layering’ – this means taking the time to let each product settle before applying the next one.

5. If you apply powder with a puff, try this technique: roll it into a taco shape (yup, really!) and press the powder into your skin, rather than dusting like a maniac (guilty as charged!). This will help to boost the longevity of your makeup.


6. When you’re deciding on a statement colour of eye makeup, decide which hue is for you by seeing how different shades look next to your natural eye colour.

7. If you want to brave a bold pop of colour, you don’t need to go all out if you don’t want to – using the colour as a liner to simply define the inner and outer corners of the eye is still a very effective and striking look!

8. Using pigments? Layer the colour in stages, otherwise you’ll end up with the dreaded ‘cloud’ of fallout.

9. A clean brush is a hundred time more useful to you than one that’s loaded with product. You can use it to blend, to tidy up accidents, to sharpen up lines…the list goes on!

10. If you have watery eyes (once again, I am guilty of this!) use some brightening eye drops before applying your makeup.

The main thing that I left the seminar thinking was that taking your time and applying makeup properly pays off – every day since then I’ve tried to set aside a little bit more time to do my own daily makeup.


And in a world where YouTube makeup tutorials are more popular than ever, is there still a place for makeup seminars? You betcha. This chatty, friendly session was 100% interactive, and our questions (of which there were many!) were answered, along with recommendations, industry know-how and a good old giggle at our own beauty mishaps at the school discos back in the day.

I’m looking forward to giving that vivid blue eye look a whirl very soon, and if you’re ever looking to brush up on your makeup know-how, I couldn’t recommend spending an evening with The Academy of Make-up enough.

You can keep up to date with The Academy of Make-up, and find out about upcoming seminars and workshops here!

What are some of your tried-and-tested makeup tips? Would you rock a bright blue eye?

WIth love, lashes and lipstick,



A huge thank you to The Academy of Make-up for having me along!