LOOK your best this summer with bold prints and kaleidescopic make-up, writes style blogger Laura Pearson-Smith
It has been a colourful couple of weeks for me now that summer is finally here. From trying out eye-catching new make-up brights to learning how to dazzle by the poolside in bold prints, there’s been nothing dull about my fortnight.
Attending the Debenhams’ Summer Soiree event at hot new Glasgow restaurant Gusto was a great way to welcome in the sunshine. Debenhams showcased colourful summer swimwear collections from their Designers at Debenhams ranges such as Butterfly by Matthew Williamson and J by Jasper Conran, and the new summer beauty releases currently on sale in their beauty hall from the likes of Bare Minerals and Too Faced. Guests supped cocktails and enjoyed some delicious Gusto canapés whilst being treated to manicures from nail polish brand Essie and bespoke flower crown-making masterclasses from florist Lorraine Wood.
I also headed along to the launch event at Glasgow’s House of Fraser store for the new Benefit Cosmetics’ coloured They’re Real Liner and Mascara releases. Their famous black They’re Real Mascara (£19.50 from House of Fraser) and Liner (£18.50) now come in a variety of colours. I love the electric blue mascara and the green eyeliner - they’re a great, quick way to create a show-stopping eye make-up look.
The #BLOW Finnieston hair colour and style bar in Glasgow’s West End (famous for creating the glittery roots look that Miley Cyrus is a fan of) has just launched a new hair braid menu. I went along to their launch event, and had one of their braided styles done on my own hair. I love braids during the summer months. There are lots of styles available to choose from, so if you want to try out a different look, head down there.
What To Buy On A Shopping Spree
I’m in love with a beautiful silk skirt by Louche. The soft Sha Floral Skirt (£39) is available at Joy stores, and is perfect for any summer weddings you have in your diary.
Something else I’ve been loving is Fleur de Force’s book. Beauty and fashion YouTuber Fleur de Force’s The Glam Guide is full of useful life and style tips. Every girl needs this work of art in her life. You can pick it up in Waterstones stores for £11.29.
If you’re looking to pick up some new make-up for summer, the Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Colours (£25 from Boots) is amazing. The cream formula sticks blend really well, and you can apply them sheer or really build up the colour intensity.
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I am obsessed with being organised and with pretty stationery, so I combined both of these loves by ordering myself a custom A5 Personal Planner (£19.95 from Personal Planner UK). I can now keep track of all my work, meal plans and exercise schedule in one place, and decorate it each week.
• Laura Pearson-Smith is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger at A Life With Frills. You can drop her a tweet at @LPearsonSmith.