Thursday, 28 August 2014

An evening soiree at TOPSHOP.

Made Over Ladies attended a fab little soiree marking the launch of the new honeymooners personal shopping service at TOPSHOP in association with The Scottish Wedding Directory. We met some lovely brides to be and fellow wedding industry suppliers and partook in some fabulous window shopping!






Personal Shopper Laura Galloway introduced us to the Personal Shopping appointment menu which is quite extensive they really have something to offer for every kind of occasion. 




Laura showed us a few of her picks for the wedding season and some honeymoon outifit choices I loved the tomato colour of this blazer and the large flower print on the dress.  With a few friend's weddings coming up this year I was weighing up my options.


           

The personal shopping suites were also gorgeous a really nice space for trying on and having some girly fun.  This would bean ideal place for kicking off a hen party or girls night out.  The ladies can also supply bubbles and sweet treats as you try.  Even better.






Time for some fun...





 trying on...



 and of course a #selfie



We also got chatting to some lovely local wedding suppliers and met the fab team from 'Higher Love' who have a beautiful turquoise VW Camper van named Peggy Sue available for hire to transport your wedding party in true vintage style. Pop over to their facebook page to check her out.




We had a fab little night at TOPSHOP and really liked Laura and the girls' styling choices. Personal shopping isn't something I've tried but it's something I'm looking forward to trying it out now.  Here's a few words from Laura about the service she provides...

"Here at TOPSHOP we offer a complimentary service for all our customers. 

So, whether it is a complete wardrobe overhall, an outfit for a night out or wedding, I am here to help you find those pefect outfits! 

We offer on the spot style advice and offer a range of appointment types to suit all your needs. 

You may also consider Personal Shopping as a gift for someone therefore, we offer Personal Shopping Gift Cards. The gift card allows you to give the gift of a personal shopping spree to your desired value and full use of the Personal Shopping suit. 

 You can call our booking line 0844 2435544  to book an appointment. Alternatively you can email me at laura.galloway@topshop.com"





Sunday, 24 August 2014

A little word that means so much...

What words do you think about when you think of a Wedding? Love? Happiness? Marriage? Maybe it's new beginnings and building lives together, starting out and planning your adventures together.  I have the pleasure of being part of weddings who have already started on their journeys and their plans involve more than just husband and wife they maybe already have their homes and have gorgeous little ones to share their wedding day with them so along with 'Happiness', 'Love' and 'Marriage' along comes 'Family' to join the party...

2 years ago we celebrated Kirsty & Nicks wedding day a celebration of their beautiful family.    A day to mark all of the love, history and effort that goes into that small but momentous word....Family. From the matching suits & converse worn by Owen & Evan to Morvens pretty boho floral crown and Joselyn's jewelled dress that twinkled in the lights.  The flowers in tea cups & jars made with love by Kirsty the night before her big day, the meaningful soundtrack to the wedding day chosen by Nick, to the handmade bunting and wedding favour hearts made by her mum and the look of pride on her dads face as he walked her down the aisle.  This was a day full of happiness, love and above all, family.  





Gorgeous families like this don't just happen there's hard work and effort involved, kids to get to school on time and bills to pay and it's sometimes it's easy for us to get caught up in it all.  To me anniversaries aren't about the flowers or chocolates or perfume (although accepted gratefully) but maybe they are about reflection and reminiscing and maybe most importantly there to remind us of who's there at the centre of it all. 

Happy Anniversary to a very beautiful person in my life and her very beautiful family xxx

Thursday, 7 August 2014

A quick 5 minute tip on how to master the flawless foundation routine!

Different kinds of foundation brushes call for different application techniques.  Each of these techniques can be used alone but combine the two methods for the most thorough and flawless finish...



Sweep it down- if you have a flat foundation brush it's likely you spend your mornings painting on your product on that's fine but ensure you only use downward strokes to flatten any tiny downy hairs on the face and not brushing them upwards!  Use the tip of your brush to get right in to the corners of the nose and under eye area.   Also be sure to 'mould' your foundation in with your fingers by pressing  your finger tips over your applied product this will get rid of any brush marks and keep it looking natural.

Whisking it round- for using a buffing or kabuki brush.  This is when you use your a round brush in a whisking circular motion to really buff product into your skin.  This is the best method for filling in pores and fine lines.  It's the best way to melt the product into the skin rather than having a layer of product sitting on top of the skin which makes for a longer lasting finish.

Combining these two techniques will ensure you have an even & thorough coverage which is buffed into the skin resulting in a fresh and natural finish.

Enjoy your new flawless face!



Wednesday, 23 July 2014

How to do brows...


Here's a quick little something on how to do brows:

1. Brush those babies up with a spoolie (or clean mascara wand)
2. Fill in with a shadow starting from the arch in an outwards direction (I like to use an angled brush)
3. Work your way down the tail of the brow elongating them if you so desire
4. Brush the product lightly through the start of the brow so to keep it natural (an upwards direction is good here)
5. Want to look five years younger? Highlight on top of your brow and blend it in which give you an instant eye lift..perfecto x

Do you have brow traumas?  Ask me a question and I'll do my best to answer catch me on...

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...ohh and excuse my fluffy hair #curlygirlproblems

Monday, 21 July 2014

How to do your own wedding make up...polished & natural.

This is the first of a series in how to do your own wedding make up that I have had featured over on the fabulous Scottish wedding blog Braw Brides it's really important you pop over there for a full description of each step as this is just a quick how to in pictures....easy!  Don't forget you can ask any questions or if you have any requests on catch me on social media x




Friday, 11 July 2014

Quick 5 min lesson for Long Lasting lips!

When the weather is warming up and the sun is shining I generally go for a lighter make up look but do like to make my lips a feature. How do I keep my lipstick long lasting?  Follow this quick tutorial for a long lasting lip...
  • I have already prepped my lips with a lip balm as described in my skincare lesson 
  • I like to start with a base so usually blot my foundation brush over my lips to neutralize my lip colour (this is a good step if you have quite pigmented lips) it only needs the tiniest amount of product to do this I am not advocating concealer lips this also gives a bit of staying power  
  • I start by outlining my lips then filling in all over with the same lip pencil then patting the colour in with a finger this gives the lipstick or gloss you are using something to stick on to
  • I then really pack my lip brush with the lip stick of my choice and work it into the lips all over, back and forth, this (along with the liner) creates a stain on your lips
  • If your lips need a little bit of correction (for example you might want to slightly enhance your top lip or you might need to even out your lip line) go back in and do this with your same lip liner
  • For a professional finish clean up around the edges using your concealer brush (again only a tiny bit of product required)
  • You can then top up the lips with a little bit of lipgloss if you like a glossy look or if you want really long lasting blot by placing a tissue over your lips and pressing (not between the lips) and repeat application
  • If you are into highlight (and you should be after my contour & highlight lesson) don't forget to add a dab of your highlighter to your cupids bow to give you an even poutier finish. 
My favourite lip liners-

1. Rimmel Exaggerate in 063 Eastend Snob (a soft mauve toned pink good for teeth whitening!)
2. MAC Lip Pencil in Subculture or No 7 Precision Lips Pencil in Nude (the perfect nudes and a great choice for exaggerating your lipline in a natural way or for using as a base if you don't have a matching liner for your lips)
3.A Clinique chubby stick can be both your liner and lip colour....I prefer the intense range as these have the best colour payoff. 

Have fun! x


Friday, 4 July 2014

Storyboard- Love's Young Dream

This is Love's Young Dream...you can almost feel the passion and touch the warmth between these two hearts.  Even on your wedding day find the time to just be the two of you.  Take a moment to feel the sun on your face, breath in the warm fresh air and look forward to the rest of your lives together.  



Images by Lush & Co