This month something very exciting is happening here in Glasgow, which will be of particular interest to all of you shopaholics and shopping fanatics out there. Glasgow is hosting it's very first Style Mile Shopping Festival. If you've been reading Ellis Tuesday for a while now, you will have most likely heard me mention Glasgow's Style Mile on more than one occasion. But just in case you haven't caught those particular blog posts, the Style Mile in Glasgow is made up of Glasgow's biggest streets when it comes to shopping, such as Argyle Street (you saw my blog post on Topshop's Argyle Street store a week ago), Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street. And on these streets you'll find over 1500 shops which include some of the best stores out there such as John Lewis and House Of Fraser, as well as incredible shopping centres such as Buchanan Galleries, Princes Square, St. Enoch Centre and the positively stunning Argyll Arcade, proving why Glasgow is recognised as one of the best shopping experiences in the UK.
From the 25th to the 30th of May there will be lots of brilliant events. From styling sessions, to make-up masterclasses, new product demonstrations and mini-makeovers, it's a festival that's definitely right up my street.
To celebrate all of the incredible beauty events that will be taking place, such as Instagram and YouTube sensation Jamie Genevieve showing shoppers how to achieve some of her top looks on Sunday the 29th, St. Enoch asked me if I'd like to shop for and share my Spring/Summer beauty favourites and must-haves and I had such a lovely time doing so. So here they are;
Dealing with the heat and humidity that Spring and Summer bring (how remarkably sunny and warm has it been here in Scotland and the UK as a whole recently?), primers are particularly important for me at this time of year. There are two that I would definitely recommend trying under your foundation of choice. First up is Smasbox's Photo Finish Primer Oil*. This is incredible for those of us who suffer from dry or dehydrated skin and it gives you such a great base to work from. You'll find this at Boots. Another brilliant primer, one that I've been using and loving since the start of the year, is Too Faced's Hangover Face Primer*. This is equally hydrating and replenishing and my skin feels a whole lot brighter and fresh when I'm wearing this. You can pick this up, as well as the entire Too Faced range, from Debenhams.
To add a bit of bronze for those warm Summer days, The Body Shop's Honey Bronze Highlighting Dome* is fantastic. It gives the skin such a natural glow and shimmer and it also works really well on paler skintones, such as mine, which is definitely a big bonus. It's also incredibly creamy and blendable and available in three different shades.
Back in Boots, I took advantage of one of their great 3 for 2 deals to inject some much needed colour into my Spring/Summer make-up bag. I picked up two of L'Oreal's new Color Riche A L'Huile nail polishes in the shades 226 Nymphea* (a pink with a real punch) and 332 Violet Vendome* (a vibrant purple), along with one of their new Infallible Matte Max lipsticks in the shade 006 Disturbia* (the perfect coral shade).
I then got a little distracted at the NYX stand. Ever since it first popped up in the St. Enoch store, it's always the busiest make-up stand in the store and every time that I pay it a visit I end up buying or falling head over heels in love with some thing or things and that's exactly what happened with this Prismatic Eye Shadow*. The Mermaid shade is absolutely out of this world, as is the pigmentation and I have a feeling that this would work well for a whole range of skin colours.
Last but not least, I popped directly over to the Bumble and bumble stand to pick up their Surf Infusion Spray*. I'm a big fan of their Surf range and this spray leaves my hair with the most beautiful beachy waves without being drying on the hair at all. It's particularly great for those days when you're not doing too much styling to the hair and I'll certainly be bringing it along with me on my holiday to Orlando later in the year. I don't tend to apply any heat to my hair when I'm on my holidays as it dries that quickly on it's own so this spray will definitely come in handy during those weeks.
To find out more about the Style Mile Shopping Festival and the role that St. Enoch will be playing in it, be sure to check out all the details here.
If you are in or around Glasgow will you be making a trip to the Style Mile Shopping Festival? Who would love to see Jamie Genevieve do a make-up masterclass in person? And what are your Spring/Summer beauty must-haves this year?