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Outfit Of The Day - SpongeBob SquarePants

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What I'm wearing - Minju Kim for H&M Coat via Depop, Topshop Pleated Trousers, Wolford Tights*, Vans Trainers, SpongeBob Bag via Depop, Swatch Watch* and Zara Scarf.

So on Sunday I decided that my outfit was nice enough to merit some blog photographs, something I haven't felt comfortable doing since April. This gorgeous coat that I tracked down on Depop needed to be photographed though, so I put my blogging fears aside and stood in front of the camera again. The look I went for - SpongeBob SquarePants - yellow and black with lots of dots.

But of course it was freezing and Lyn's hands were about to drop off, so we had to be quick. I was all like "oh don't take my scarf in the pictures it doesn't go" (why don't I own a black or yellow scarf?!) But as soon as I took my scarf off -  that perfect hair I had left the house with in the morning was gone and my neck and hands were going blue with the cold. Also my body was clenching up with the cold, so cue bad posture in all the photographs. 

This is the reality of being a blogger in Glasgow during winter. We are all standing there freezing, trying to look all cool and cute, when really inside we are all thinking about a warm cafe and a lovely hot cup of tea. So the scarf.....well it stayed off for about 5 minutes and I deserve a medal for managing that long. Maybe indoor blog pictures next time. 

Oh and one last thing........ it feels good to be back!

All photographs taken by Lyn Duncan-Ward.
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Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Masterclass

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Glasgowfashiongirl - Charlotte Tilbury
"Glasgow is a makeup mecca and the women here really understand the power of makeup, so its incredibly exciting for me to launch my first House of Fraser counter and continue my makeup revolution!" - Charlotte Tilbury
I will be honest - makeup is not my strong point. I can just about do foundation, blusher and mascara with no errors, but anything more than that is a bit of a minefield for me. So when House of Fraser got in touch with me and asked if I would like to take part in a makeup masterclass with the amazing Charlotte Tilbury, as part of her launch at House Of Fraser Glasgow, I jumped at the chance. 

For anyone who is unfamiliar with Charlotte, she has worked in the makeup industry for over 20 years - working with A-list models, celebrities and designers. Charlotte's mantra for her makeup and beauty line is EASY TO CHOOSE, EASY TO USE AND IRRESISTIBLE. And it really is that easy. You can choose your make up from a collection of 10 colour coded looks which reflect the lifestyle and personality of 10 different women. These include The Rebel, The Bombshell, and the Golden Goddess. The makeup is available to buy together as a set or as individual pieces so you can mix and match the looks. I was lucky enough last month to have my makeup done by one of the Charlotte Tilbury makeup artists and was blown away by the products they used - so I couldn't wait to get a chance to have a play around with them myself.


Glasgowfashiongirl - Charlotte Tilbury

Glasgowfashiongirl - Charlotte Tilbury

Glasgowfashiongirl - Charlotte Tilbury

Glasgowfashiongirl - Charlotte Tilbury

On arrival at the masterclass we were greeted with the most beautiful set up. Everyone had their own makeup station complete with mirror, brushes and Charlotte Tilbury Dreamy Look in a Clutch Makeup Kit. This is what we would be using to create our makeup look. Inside the clutch is Hot Lips Lipstick in Secret Salma, Legendary Lashes Mascara, Legendary Lip Liner in Bitten Kiss (exclusive to the makeup kit but is so amazing that it needs to be released on its own - the perfect natural lip colour), Legendary Eye Liner and The Legendary Muse Luxury Eye Palette. There is even a lipstick shaped USB stick with a video of Charlotte showing you how to create 'The Dreamy Look'. However on this occasion I didn't need the USB as I had Charlotte personally showing me what to do.

Charlotte Tilbury Dreamy Look in a Clutch

Before Charlotte arrived we prepped our skin using Charlotte's Magic Cream and then Wonderglow. After this we were matched for our choice of foundation. I went for Light Wonder in Shade 3 (I was wearing fake tan or I would have been shade 1). I previously tried the Magic Foundation and I think I prefer this over the Light Wonder foundation. Then we were all set and ready to start the class.


Glasgowfashiongirl - Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte arrived and talked us through her career, makeup and beauty lines. She is so warm and chatty and spoke to everyone, answering everyone's questions as we went along. It was then down to work. Charlotte worked on her model while explaining to us what to do. 

It was such a great atmosphere with everyone chatting away and helping each other. We got to use everything included in the makeup kit along with a few other products including the Filmstar Bronze and Glow which I loved! This had been added to my list for Santa along with the foundation and powder. I have never used contour before but this is so simple to use. I may still need a little practice on using it though as I realised during the class I was contouring completely the wrong part of my nose. I really don't have a clue when it comes to makeup - thank god for Charlotte helping me out. We were also lucky to have the team from Charlotte Tilbury Glasgow helping us out with any problems during the class - special thanks to the lovely lady who helped me with my eye liner - another thing I can't seem to master.

In my opinion the highlight of The Dreamy Look kit is the gorgeous The Legendary Eyeshadow Palette. Eyeshadow is quite a new thing for me and I really can't wait to try out some new looks with this. And to make it even easier all of Charlotte's eyeshadow palettes are numbered so you know the order to apply them.


The Legandary Muse Eyeshadow Pallet

Naturally when I am involved in something like this there always has to be something of a calamity - I don't get called Calamity Jen for nothing. Half way through the class a light decided to fall over and hit me on the head. Cue a very red face from me - but no damage thankfully. Thanks to everyone, including Charlotte, who checked I was OK. She even checked with me again before I left - what a sweetheart!

After the class finished everyone spent time comparing looks and chatting about the makeup. It is amazing how the same products can look completely different on different people. Everyone looked amazing. We also had a good chance to look about the Charlotte Tilbury Gifts for Christmas which were set up around the room. I hope Santa knows I have been very good this year.  Charlotte then invited everyone up to take selfies with her before she left. I love a good selfie.


Glasgowfashiongirl - Charlotte Tilbury

I learned so much from Charlotte in this class and hopefully I can work on my makeup skills using what she taught me. We were also lucky enough to be given the Dreamy Look in a Clutch to take home with us, so I will be practising my looks using these products.

I have fallen in love with Charlotte Tilbury makeup and I can honestly say it is bloody brilliant. From the shadows to the lipsticks - everything is fabulous. And a special shout out to the lipsticks - I have the driest lips ever and the lipsticks are like a dream! I know for sure Charlotte Tilbury will be a regular feature in my makeup bag for a very long time to come. 

For anyone who wants to try out any of the products Charlotte Tilbury is now opened in House of Fraser in Buchanan Street, Glasgow. Everyone can pop along for a 15 minute complimentary Quick Tricks makeover or for £35 (redeemable against products) you can have a full 60 minute Transformation Makeover  - which I highly recommend if you have a special event to attend or just fancy looking amazing.

Special thanks to Charlotte Tilbury and her team for having me along for such an amazing day and thank you to House of Fraser Glasgow for inviting me along.
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My Hair Care Regime

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Glasgowfashiongirl - My Hair Regime

I need to start this blog post off with a disclaimer. I in no way think I have amazing hair. I don't have cascading locks that would make Rapunzel jealous. In fact I have been rocking this bob and fringe for the past 32 years. My hair has been through the wars these past few years. It has been blonde, brown, black, orange, pink and back to blonde. My hair has split ends and I probably damage it way too much with my excessive straightener use (if you saw it in it's natural style you would understand why!) - But you know what? It hasn't fallen out yet so I must be doing something right.
I do keep my hair short and get regular haircuts to keep it healthy, but I also use lots of products. I have pretty much used the same products for the past few years. So want to know how I look after my bob? Read on......
 
Regular haircuts and colour at Kevin O'Neill Hair Salon
There are so many amazing salons in Glasgow that people really are spoilt for choice. Every so often I will try a new salon and love them, but I always end up back at this salon. No one can cut my hair and more importantly my fringe the way Ainsley, my stylist, can. She is the queen of fringe cutting. I have my hair cut and coloured every 2 months with fringe cuts in between. A half head of highlights is much kinder on my hair than my previous full head bleach. Always be careful when a hairdresser is using bleach on your hair and never be afraid to question a hairdresser or complain when you don't like the final outcome.
 
Argan Blonde Silver Shampoo *
Silver shampoo is a staple for anyone with blonde hair. No one wants brassy, yellow toned hair and silver shampoo helps to eliminate this. This shampoo is a new addition to my hair care regime. I previously used another brand of silver shampoo which left my hair feeling quite dry. I was kindly sent this shampoo to test, and fell in love with it. Every time I wash my hair with it I get so many comments about the colour asking if it has been freshly done. It also gives my hair volume which no shampoo has been able to do before. If you don't need the toning side of the shampoo I can highly recommend the Argan Renew Shampoo which left my hair lovely and soft and full of volume. These shampoos really do seem to have the Midas touch when it comes to adding volume to your hair.
 
Redken Extreme Shampoo
This shampoo saved my hair a few years ago when it was completely destroyed by a bad hairdresser and too much bleach. I use this alternatively with my silver shampoo. My hair feels amazing after using this. A little more expensive than a basic bottle of shampoo but worth every penny. I can also highly recommend the Redken Extreme conditioner.
 
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Take The Heat Deep Treatment
Although marketed as a treatment I use this as my usual conditioner and it is hands down my favourite. I think they changed the formula recently, which is annoying, but it is still the best at leaving my hair feeling soft and manageable. It is also great to leave on overnight as a treatment.
 
Hask Argan Oil and Macadamia Oil
These oils costs around £2.50 and seem to work better on my hair than the more expensive alternatives available. Great for keeping your hair smooth and soft. My hair is just plain fluffy without it.
 
Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Treatment
Another saviour from when my hair was totally destroyed from bleach. Although I don't reach for this as often as I should, I always make sure I have a bottle available for when my hair feels a little too over-processed and starts to snap.
 
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer
The original and the best hair mask for dry hair. It has been an industry favourite for years and I can see why. I use this on my hair overnight at least once a week and wake up with lovely soft, nourished hair.
 
TRESemme Protect Heat Defence Spray
As a hair straightener addict I have been using the spray for more years that I care to remember. I have tried a few different sprays and this one is definitely the best and amazing for the price. The thought of people using straighteners without heat defence spray gives me the fear! Please always use protection!
 
So these are the products that have looked after my hair for the past few years. I am always looking for new products to try out so if you have any recommendations please send them my way.

 
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Six Great Things About June

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Let's just pretend April and May never happened and not that I was too lazy to blog about them. Oh June - you haven't been the best of months. But sometimes you need to concentrate on the good things that have happened - no matter how silly and insignificant they seem.  Everyday may not be good but there is something good in everyday.
  
1. We went on holiday to Copenhagen
We spent 4 glorious sunny days in Copenhagen at the start of June. We saw The Little Mermaid, ate way too much ice-cream, went on boat cruises, shopped, spent hours at the beautiful Nyhavn, went on bus tours, visited Christiania, got freaked out by the rides at Tivoli and shopped some more.

I was lucky enough to visit Copenhagen when one of my favourite vintage sellers, Eltoft Vintage, was hosting an open house sale. Presently she doesn't sell online so I normally have to contend with just swooning over her stock on instagram. It was so lovely to finally meet her in the flesh and swoon over her stock in real life. I may have done a little shopping - well it would have been rude not too! I was also lucky enough to meet my instagram girl crush at the event - the lovely Mathilde. Her instagram is my absolute favourite and I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet her. 

I would highly recommend a visit to Copenhagen to anyone. Please don't be put off by people saying it is expensive. Denmark isn't called the happiest place in the world for no reason - it is truly beautiful and the people are lovely.

2. I went blonde again
Anyone who knows me knows how obsessed I am with my hair. Yes I have basically had the same hair cut since I was 3, but I do like to change the colour. I made the stupid mistake of dying my hair darker and it didn't exactly turn out how I wanted it. As silly as it sounds the mucky colour of my hair kinda made me depressed and I didn't feel like myself anymore. I left it for 2 long months then decided it was time to hit the bleach again!

My hair is probably going to hate me forever thanks to the full head bleach I subjected it too but hey ho! I definitely feel like myself again. Who knows - I might even stick a little pink back in there soon.

3. Jimmy got a First Class Honours Degree at Uni
6 years of hard work paid off.I am very, very proud of Jimmy. My boyfriend is a smarty pants! I mean I always knew he was smarter than me and I guess this proves it - but Jimmy, I am still funnier than you!

Now it is time for him to start job hunting .........in Newcastle! Fingers crossed it is goodbye to Lincoln soon. 

4. Orange Is The New Black was back on TV and Game of Thrones ended with lots of girl power!
If you haven't watched Orange Is The New Black on Netflix then get it on! I don't want to give anything away but this series is amazing.I watched it all in two days and went through so many emotions. I can't believe I need to wait a whole year for the next series.

And of course a whole 10 months before the next series of Game of Thrones! This was an amazing series of GOT, and even though I was sad to see it end, I was so happy to see how strong and powerful the female characters have become this series. I can't wait for April 2017 for the next series.

5. I wrote my most popular blog post ever
So when I wrote this post I was feeling a bit angry about some things I had heard. The post was basically just  a little rant from me. I never expected so many people to read such a personal post. I thought people just liked outfit pictures. Guess not. Thank you to everyone who read my post and shared it. Maybe I will share some more personal posts in the future.

6. I started reading again
Back when I wrote my 2016 Goals post I mentioned how I wanted to start reading books again. It has taken me a while but I have got back into the swing of reading again and I am loving it. 

I am currently reading the Grant Country series by Karin Slaughter recommend to me by Lyn. It's is a bit graphic and maybe isn't for everyone but I am loving it so far. If you have read any great books recently I would love your recommendations.

Here is hoping for a wonderful July and lots of sunny days.
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