From Dumbo to Bambi: Trying My First Ever Lash Lift

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There are some beauty treatments that are flash-in-the pan fads – a must-try for everyone for a few months until they are swiftly forgotten about. Remember THOSE weird fish tank pedicures? Exactly.

Others though, have much more staying power, and it’s usually because they seem a lot more reasonable AND the results tend to speak for themselves. Lash lifts are a perfect example of the latter, and have quickly become one of the most popular ways in which we choose to treat ourselves in the last couple of years.

I am someone with long, but poker straight eyelashes – “like an elephant”, one MUA explained…helpfully. And hey, I like to think that I’m at least a cute Disney-esque elephant, like Dumbo. So, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit curious to see how a lash lift might look on me.

When I found out that Melissa, the girlboss behind The Beauty Business and in-house beauty therapist at Pixie Hair & Beauty offered Elleebana lash lift treatments (designed to curl the lashes semi-permanently) I was keen to arrange an appointment and see what all the fuss was about.

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 Could my lashes REALLY go from Dumbo to Bambi? There was only one way to find out…

Some of you might already be aware of Pixie Hair & Beauty, or you may remember them from the time I got my makeup done at the salon (see more about that here!). The Beauty Business within Pixie offers a wide range of treatments, but  their most popular is currently the eyelash lift.

Why so popular? I asked at my pre-treatment patch test (which comes as standard, FYI). Melissa explained that it’s all down to the results, which open up the eyes and leave lashes curled and all a-flutter. For a gallery of amazing before-and-after shots, head over to @thebeautybusinessglasgow Instagram page!

A week later, I arrived for my appointment, which took place in a serene little room, away from the buzz of the salon floor. So, what does the treatment actually involve, then? Well, first off I have to report how little effort was required on my end – in fact all that I needed to do was lie down and close my eyes!

A solution is applied to the eyelashes which adds length, volume, curl and dimension and then a complimentary tint is applied for further definition. There’s no glue or extensions involved – no muss, no fuss (also, no pain or discomfort I might add)! This is all about making your natural lashes stand out on their own without adding falsies.

As an animated speaker, the hardest part for me was probably staying still for long enough when it was required (whoops!).

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So just under an hour later I was good to go, with some top aftercare advice from Melissa. Avoid getting my lashes wet for the first day, and whatever you do, DON’T feed them after midnight! OK, I made that last bit up, but you really do need to keep them dry for a wee while so that the solution can work its final piece of magic and continue to fan out the lashes.

I am completely in love with the result, and definitely feel more like Bambi than Dumbo now! The £35 treatment lasts up to ten weeks, and it’s been just over 3 weeks since my appointment. My favourite part is when people ask me about the mascara they think I’m wearing, but the truth is I’ve not had to wear any! I think I’ve worn mascara twice since the treatment, as my eyelashes already have the volume and curl that I’d be after. Also, I feel like my eyes look more ‘awake’ overall if you know what I mean?

Having now tried a lash lift for myself, I can honestly say that I believe the hype. This treatment is a game changer and I’ve genuinely been raving about  it to anyone I’ve met up with in the last few weeks! If you’re looking to give your eyelashes a little va-va-voom, this is worth checking out and Melissa at The Beauty Business is just the gal for the job. Knowledgeable, experienced and friendly, shel sure knows her way around a set of peepers!

I’m already thinking about booking a second appointment after this set wears off – just in time for Christmas parties.

Have you ever tried a lash lift? Do your eyelashes remind you of a Disney character?

Ever-fluttering,

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First image by Blue Waves Prints on Etsy 

 

The Events Round-up: Glasgow Festivals 2016

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With this year’s West End Festival officially launching over the weekend, fiesta fever has finally hit Glasgow – a true sign that summer has arrived in the city! There are so many fun celebrations taking place over the next couple of months that it’s easy to lose track! From food and drink to fashion and beauty, music, culture and beyond, there’s really something for everyone this year.

Today I’m sharing a few of my top picks to see us all through Glasgow’s festival season – so grab your bunting and let’s dive in…

The Bygone Wonderland: Vintage at Merchant City Festival

Wayne Hemingway’s Vintage festivals and events are a vibrant celebration of British fashion, music, film, art and culture of the 20th century. Vintage Glasgow is held as part of the Merchant City Festival and is often one of my favourite events of the year! This year, Vintage Glasgow rolls back into town on 6th and 7th of August armed with dancing and shopping events guaranteed to be dripping with retro style.

The Classic Car Boot Sale will host over 100 authentic vehicles to drool over, with makers, up-cyclers and vintage curators selling fashion, accessories and homeware. You’ll find me combing the car park in my cutest tea dress looking for some mid-century goodies – see you down there…

The Classic One: West End Festival 

Running from NOW until 26th June, the West End Festival is now in its 21st year, and is known for being Glasgow’s biggest festival of culture and community. How big exactly? Well, how does over 400 events across 80 venues sound?

80 venues is pretty impressive, but the spirit of this festival really comes alive when the sun comes out and the outdoor events take place. Even though the iconic Mardi Gras parade won’t be taking place this year,  there are plenty of street parties and open air music events to make up for it! If you can, try to make it along to the Gibson Street Gala on 19th June and get your groove on at Kelvingrove Bandstand with De La Soul as part of the West End Festival Fiesta on 25th June. You can catch a full list of free and ticketed events over at the WEF2016 website.

The One to Watch: North Hop Festival 

Taking over the space at SWG3 over the 18th June, North Hop is the newest festival to hit Glasgow, and it’s certainly worth getting to know! This event started off as a small Highland-based festival for beer lovers in 2014, and has gained SERIOUS momentum since then – and it’s easy to see why. You’ll now find North Hop touring all over Scotland with more than just craft beer (though there’s still plenty of that!), they now include mouth-watering foodie treats, live music, market stalls and more.

I’m looking forward to treating my tastebuds to some yummy street food at this one – time to prepare something stretchy to wear!

These are just a few of the Glasgow festivals that I’m looking forward to, but what about you? Will you be hitting any of these events this year? Tell me about the summer events that you’re excited about!

Here’s to sunshine and celebrations,

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Jean Genie with Gap Denim Addicts

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As someone that spent their entire teenage years in denim, I know only too well how much a good pair of jeans can feel like a high-five from the universe. Except…finding a good pair of jeans seemed a lot easier back then. Maybe there was less choice, or maybe I’m just fussier now? I don’t wear jeans very often any more, I’m more the kind of gal that you’ll find in a dress on even the most relaxed days, but I do like to have at least one really great pair of jeans in my wardrobe – just in case!

I hadn’t even ventured into the denim department of most stores for what felt like years. It was probably around the time most people became obsessed with low-rise denim that I tapped out. I’m not saying I need my jeans to skim my underwire but at the same time I don’t want to flash my butt all day to unwilling strangers (you’re welcome!). When it comes to jeans, one style doesn’t really suit everyone and I want something that suits my style, flatters my shape and above all, feels comfortable.

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Gap have always made finding your holy grail pair of jeans the forefront of their mission, and when they recently got in touch to tell me all about their newest service, Denim Addicts, I was intrigued. This one-on-one appointment can either be booked in advance, or done on a drop-in basis (which is how I did it) and involves meeting with one of the in-store Gap Denim Addicts – specially trained denim advisors that know everything from fabrications and fit, to alterations and distressing.

When I popped in, the first thing I did was pick out a pair of jeans from Gap’s endless styles and washes of denim. The advisors were really helpful, making sure I had everything I needed and were closeby if I wanted to try any other sizes. It didn’t take me too long to find a pair that I loved: the Best Girlfriend fit in an easy-to-style indigo wash. What I like about these babies are the mid-rise (YES!) and vintage-influenced cut (DOUBLE YES!) – plus the denim has just a little bit of stretch, making them super comfy. No stiff, starchy fabric here!

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Now that I’d found my new Best Girlfriend, it was time to style her up! This is where the service becomes even more personal, and where the Gap Denim Addicts really show you what they can do. As I stood in the fitting room wearing the jeans, we planned out exactly how to customise them. We agreed on some distressing on the knee and top of the leg, as well as a little on the back pocket too. I was happy with the length, so didn’t feel that I needed any hemming alterations, though it was offered.

I had the final decision over how much distressing I wanted, and where on the denim it would sit. I could either wait in-store for the customisation (which took just under half an hour) or come back and pick them up later. The end result? A completely bespoke pair of jeans that flatter and fit!

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There’s something really special about having an item of clothing that no-one else has. Yeah, you can buy these jeans off the rack at Gap, but they have been customised for my own personal style and my body shape so the end result is unique. I couldn’t wait to take them out for a spin, so a couple of Saturdays ago, Gary and I spent a sunny afternoon in our old stomping ground.

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We started at Finneston, grabbing lunch at Seb and Milie. Is it just me or does sunny weather call for all things watermelon-themed? Either way, the watermelon, feta and mint salad was a real winner. The smell of fresh bread was intoxicating (SERIOUSLY!), so I couldn’t resist a brioche muffin and a crueller while we were there too!  #sorrynotsorry

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Afterwards, we took a stroll along Dumbarton Road, and headed up to Byres Road to go for a snoop around the second-hand record shops. Oxfam Music is still one of my favourites, even 16 years later…

The cut of my jeans meant that only a vintage headscarf would do, so I added a splash of colour with a bold scarf from Style By Portobello – whose vintage accessories are carefully sourced from London’s iconic Portobello Road market. They’ve also just launched their very own style box, which means fashion magpies can be surprised with hand-picked pieces on a one-off or subscription basis.

After a walk through Ashton Lane and Creswell Lane, we stopped by Juice Garden for some juice before heading home. Turns out all of that wandering is thirsty work!

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I never thought I’d see the day when a pair of jeans would make it back into my regular rotation, but the cute style, custom features and comfy fit of these ones have earned them a place in my weekend wardrobe. The Gap Denim Addicts service is totally free (I’ve already been back and had a pair of new denim shorts distressed as well!) and you can make an appointment, or drop in to find out more at Gap Buchanan Street.

Have you found your holy grail pair of jeans?

Like a jean genie…

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With thanks to the Gap Denim Addicts