Guest Post: Marta's Top Beauty Tips


So I'm still working like a demon, completely exhausted at the moment but looking forward to pay day! As I haven't had time to blog recently, I've lined up another guest post for you to have a read of. This one is by the lovely Marta who blogs over at Glitter Detector. I'm loving her top beauty tips, I will definitely be trying out number one soon! Blogging should return to normal within the next couple of weeks. Gillian x.

1. Baking Powder trick for your hair

Once in a while we all have product build up due to all the products we use to keep our hair clean and hydrated, styling products, chlorine and chemicals from the pool and other factors.
One of the solutions to this is washing your hair with a clarifying shampoo that will remove all those extra oils away from your scalp, but these shampoos can be expensive and hard to find, solution? In a little bowl put the amount of shampoo you're going to use and add to it a tablespoon of baking soda and wash your hair like you would normally do, massaging the scalp to really take all the oils away from it. After the shower your hair will feel really clean.
This is one of my favourite beauty tricks, it works amazingly and it's inexpensive and simple to do.

2. Healthy glowy skin

Getting healthy and glowy looking skin is more simple than we think, all we need is a shimmery and skin tone product like an eyeshadow, blush, creme color base or even a pigment. Take a little bit of the product and pat it on your cheek bones, the top of your nose, a little bit on the forehead and on your chin and you'll have a pretty glow.

In the photo I used Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in Porcelain Pink and the eyeshadow Shroom from Mac as well, but like I wrote before any shimmery face/eye product will work. And then of course you have products like Benefit High Beam that are just for this purpose.

3. Fuller lashes with liquid eyeliner

I love love love this beauty tip and I use it almost every day! To create fuller lashes and an almost natural false lashes effect draw a very thin line close to your lash line with black liquid eyeliner or gel liner, choose the one you're more comfortable with, and then apply mascara as you normally would, I promise you'll notice a big difference with how your lashes look.

4. Natural remedy for chapped lips

The Fall is coming and with it comes chapped lips, for me they don't just come with the Fall but they come all year around and it's really annoying and sometimes painful. But lately I've been doing this and it really helped my chapped lips and again it's a very simple tip and inexpensive!
Apply a layer of honey on your lips and let it dry, once you feel that the honey dried apply a thin layer of vaseline on top and let sit for 15 minutes. Then remove it with a cotton pad with warm water.
It moisturizes your lips and they feel much softer and will prevent them to be dried again.

Hope my Top Four Beauty Tips can help some of you and please write in the comments what your favourite beauty tips are!
Marta, Glitter Detector.

Guest Post: Dress Trends for A/W '11


Sorry it's been so long since my last post - I've been working 50+ hour weeks this month so things are a bit crazy. Do not fear, however, as I have a couple of guest posts coming up to keep you entertained! Here's the first one from Emma at ASOS about the biggest dress trends for the autumn/winter season. I've had a quick flick through the ASOS website and there are so many dresses I want to buy, A/W fashion is my favourite!


Charcoal greys and indigo hues, elegant stripes and bold geometric patterns, fur trimming and animal-print leather — just a portion of fashion for autumn and winter 2011, these are among the big trends. Adding to the excitement of the new season is another big trend: dresses. Knee length to maxi, dress trends for the autumn and winter 2011 season include chic must-haves that require little effort, yet immediately put the wearer on the cutting-edge of fashion.

Flared Dress with Belt & Ponti Waisted Dress

Placing emphasis on the fitted waist, many dresses this fall are seamed or belted to cinch the waist. These styles provide the complete comfort that form-fitting dresses of the past never had, yet draw the eye subtly to the svelte figure within the dress. Accessorized with a sassy fedora hat — a nod to the menswear-inspired trend of the season — or a sophisticated animal-print bag that offers an unexpected touch of panache, these dresses are ready for any daytime event.

Bodycon Dogtooth Dress & Sleeveless Swing Checked Dress

In keeping with the menswear influence, which is part of the current 1970s look, many dresses for this autumn and winter are much like classic men’s designs. Made of fabrics most typical of men’s suits, dresses in glen plaid, houndstooth and pinstripes are making a decidedly feminine statement, particularly when paired with this season’s stilettos. With shades of grey and combinations of black and white being among the fashionable neutrals, these colours lend themselves beautifully to these tailored dresses.

Silk Tiered Maxi Dress & One Shoulder Animal Maxi Dress

Then, in a continuation of the 1970s style popularized during the spring and summer 2011, maxi dresses remain stylish for autumn and winter. Colours being the major difference between the seasons, these dresses — no longer in the pastels and vivid shades of last season — are now in deep jewel tones; refined neutrals that include camel, shades of blue and grey; and autumnal hues of olive, goldenrod and bronze. Teamed with autumn’s structured military-style jackets or the au courant coats of winter — many embellished with fur — or with a brightly coloured faux fur vest, these softly flowing dresses hearken back to yesteryear while making a statement all their own.

Dress with Pleated Skater Skirt & Pleated Midi Dress

Add to this lovely array pleats. Playful additions to dresses of virtually every length, this season’s pleats are a contemporary take on a traditional design element. From the gentle sway of knife pleats, all floating in one direction, to the burst of pleats characteristic of sunray pleats that widen near the hem, these dresses crafted of lightweight fabrics have a pretty flow that is nothing like a schoolgirl’s uniform. Indeed, dress trends for the autumn and winter 2011 season celebrate real women.

Emma Reidy -
remember to visit ASOS for the latest dresses this season.

What is your favourite kind of dress? Which ones will you be adding to your winter wardrobe? Gillian x