Monday, 26 January 2015

Rimmel Provocalips & Link-Up

So, I nipped to Tesco last night for milk - that's all I was going for. Instead, I came out with a number of fashion magazines and two of Rimmel London's new Provocalip Lipglosses

It was the colours that caught my eye first of all and then the "gimmick" - a 16 hour kiss proof lip colour (not that I've got anyone to smudge my lipgloss, right enough).

Rimmel wasn't kidding when they said this gloss wouldn't budge. I literally had to vigorously scrub my lips (and arm) with a make-up removing face wipe and even after that, the colour was still there, faintly. 

Rimmel has done a great job with this product. It's very pigmented, the end result is pretty much exactly what you see on the bottle, it does what it says on the tin - this won't budge. On top of that, its reasonably priced at £6.99 and comes in about ten different shades (roughly). 

The product has two ends to it - one end is the gloss and the other is a lock and shine shield. Lock it, it does and it is uber shiny once applied. I'm definitely sold.

If you like sheer glosses, Provocalips is possibly not for you. It is a high shine, very pigmented lipgloss and is perhaps more appropriate for those who like bold lips - however, the nude colours would look great for day in the office and are not too in your face. 

The colours you see above are: 730 (Make your move) and 200 (I'll call you).

Styled up Link-up

Every monday, I will be hosting a "link-up" where fellow bloggers can share their latest posts on A Touch of Tartan. 

Link-ups are a great way to capture new readers but also discover new blogs to add to your follow lists. All bloggers will be able to submit their posts using the InLinkz widget below every Monday at 6am GMT. 

Each link will run for one week and as we move forward, I may apply themes to each link-up but it is really up to you, what blog post you want to submit. You can submit more than one blog also, if you want. You can add style photos, beauty posts, lifestyle posts ... anything goes. 

All I ask is that you simply follow your host, myself, and any other hosts who may guest host on the link-up, and mention the link-up on Twitter or a blog post. If you would like to feature as a guest host, please email me at .... Lets go :)

Enter below:-

    An InLinkz Link-up

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Ski Season

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To be honest with you, I have not been ski-ing in an age but that isn't for the lack of trying. Finding those who are able to participate is a mission in itself. Unfortunately, a lot of my friends and acquaintances are not avid skiers. 

I'm not the most sporty of people but ski-ing is a sport I love. When the notion takes my fancy, I jet off to Northern Italy to a quaint snowy village called Courmayeur. Think of a snowy chateau village in amongst the snowy mountains and you've got it in one. This village really is that postcard winter landscape you see so very often at this time of year. 

Ski-ing is becoming more and more popular these days and even the designers are getting in on the act to keep us piste lovers, in style even on the highest peaks.

I've only ever been to Courmayeur and Aviemore ski-ing but I would love to venture out to Austria and across the pond to Aspen in Colorado. You can read further for some advice about ski destinations across Europe and N. America and scroll through more ski goodies. 

Aviemore, Scotland

Scotland has five mountain ski resorts and boasts some of the finest scenery in Europe. 

January to April is the best time if you want to head North for a ski-trip and you can register for the ski-scotland website in advance for snow alerts to make sure you won't be disappointed.

Cairngorm Mountain Resort is one of the more popular resorts and is best for guaranteed snow. It has the most amazing views, a railway that takes you up to the mountain quickly and a top rank pisting team. If you're looking for some local Scottish music during Apres-Ski, head to the Old Bridge Inn in Aviemore where you can have a beer and listen to some Scottish folk music. Prices are circa £33 for adults.

Courmayeur, Italy


Courmayeur is a great destination for a short break but its slopes are more suitable for intermediate 

Whilst visiting the village, you can also go on day-trips to Chamonix in France. It is one place where you can actually ski and be in two countries at the one time, you can have one foot in France and another in Italy as you pass into Chamonix! 

The resort boasts excellent restaurants and cafes that offer some of the best pizzas I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. On top of that, once your off the mountain, you can head into the village which has some gorgeous boutiques and friendly local bars for an apres-ski drink.

Aspen, Colorado


I will get here one day! I have heard great things about this place. Biggest drawback? No doubt, the price of an air fare to travel from the UK to the West Coast of the USA. 

Aspen looks truly magical ... in the photographs that I have seen anyway. Colorado has been on the ski map since 1947 with Aspen mountain and its famous black diamond terrain. Aspen truly is one of the world's most expensive, glitziest ski resorts and you may even bump shoulders with a celebrity. 
Again, like Courmayeur, I have heard that the terrain in Colorado suits more intermediate skiers and experts. 

Its Apres-ski is supposed to be second to none and recommended stop offs include Poppies Bistro Cafe, Grateful Deli, Il Mulino, Brunelleschi's and, if meat is your thing and you're looking for large portions, I've been told to give Little Annie's a go. 

Just to bring the post to a close, I thought I would leave you with some ski inspiration that proves that you really can look great up on the slopes, even with the most unflattering of ski suits :)

Saturday, 24 January 2015

How to Create a Staircase Gallery

 source: Bless'er House

 source: Google Image

 source: Google Image

source: Forever Cottage

source: Pottery Barn

1. Buy some different shaped frames in all different sizes

2. Use paper cut-outs to plan where your frames are going to go - this way you will avoid       any unnecessary holes in the wall!

3. Mark where to put your nail holes on the paper 

4. Start with big frames and then use smaller frames to fill in the gaps!

5. Space out collections or oddly shaped pieces

Looking for some unique frames to get started? Check these out:-

Buy here

Buy here

Buy here

Buy here

Hyde and Chic boutique is run by husband and wife partnership, Laura & Jesse Campbell. Based out of Portland, Oregon, they specialise in giving new life to the faded, rusty and forgotten.

Jesse & Laura offer true custom, unique sets. They do not buy their frames from Walmart or the like, throw some paint on them and call it good. Instead, they scour the Pacific Northwest to find high quality, sturdy, previously used frames and give them new life!

Visit Jesse & Laura's store here to see more of what they offer.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Tanya Burr LipGloss: Aurora

Tanya Burr LipGloss in Aurora

I fell in love with this colour when I spotted it in Superdrug. 

This is the first product that I have tried from Tanya Burr's range with Eye Candy and I couldn't be happier with it. 

The colour is very pigmented which i was pleased to see. Too many glosses these days don't look anything like the colour in the packaging (always sheer) but this was spot on. 

It has the sweetest scent, I could eat it, it smells so good!! The applicator is great too, the gloss glides on the lips with ease and the brush is soft and flexible when applying. 

10/10 from me, Tanya!!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Loreal Jeans Effect Nail Polish

Azur Salopette | Bermuda Rose | Indigo Classique

What first attracted me to the Jeans Effect range was the pale baby blue Azur Salopette nail polish. I

I'm a big fan of Loreal's nail polishes, they go on great and don't chip easily so I thought I would give this a bash.

Not one to disappoint, like the Color Riche nail polishes, Jeans Effect glides on smoothly in one application and dries to a rough finish - just like denim!

The roughness is strange when you first experience it but the finished result is unique and almost looks shimmery at times. 

Each polish is £4.99 and you can find the range in all major drugstores.

For those of you who haven't entered yet, don't forget about the giveaway that I am currently running for bloggers and those interested in blogging. It is the opportunity to win the four top blogging books on Amazon. Perfect for new bloggers and those looking for tips and tricks to build on an existing blog. You can enter here.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Preview: Mac Cinderella

Photo source: MakeupStash

 Photo source: Parusaparafeminices

  Photo source: Parusaparafeminices

 Photo source: MakeupStash

  Photo source: MakeupStash

 Photo Source: Tumblr

Wow, I am very excited about this future MAC release. Due out in March, Cinderella is Mac's latest collaboration with Disney and will coincide with the movie's release.

If you were expecting something child-like, think again! The Cinderella range is classy, elegant and boasts gorgeous nudes and pretty pinks amongst the many beauty products available across the line. 

The packaging is a highlight in itself - a gorgeous baby blue colour (yes, my favourite colour at the moment) with gold detail makes for a royal design. It's fit for a Queen and well deserving for a Disney Princess. 

The range consists of the following:-

• Secret Lover (Lustre)
• Royal Ball (Lustre)

• Happily Ever After - Pink with blue pearl
• Glass Slipper - Pink with pink pearl

Beauty Powder
• Mystery Princess - Pink biege with silver shimmer

Iridescent Powder 
• Coupe D'Chic - Light golden peach with shimmer

• Little Black Bow - Grey with silver pearl
• Macroviolet

• Reflects Pearl - Fine white glitter

6 x Eyeshadow Palette (see photo above)-  rich browns, bronzes, nudes and a black

Studio EyeGloss 
• Pearl Varnish
• Lightly Tauped

• Pretty It Up - Mid tone olive with pearlized pigments
• Evil Stepmother - Black with plum pearl

Studio Fix Lash, Mascara
• BoldBlack

Range in store and on-line: March 2015

Monday, 19 January 2015

Do it Like Kate

Coat 1: here | Coat 2: here, here and here | Coat 3: here | Coat 4: here, here and here

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I have been raving about baby blues being the 'in' colour at the moment. The colour is set for being one of the big SS15 trends and Kate Middleton has got in on the act whilst making an appearance today. 

Six months pregnant and still ever so stylish, she opted for a baby blue coat to cover her growing bump and keep her warm in the sub zero temperatures. 

Kate's coat is by maternity brand, Seraphine, and is now sold out. There are lots of similar coats though for us who aren't pregnant. I've listed my favourites above and they come at a price that won't break the bank!!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

A Blogging Giveaway

Morning guys, more snow here today so another day in the house for me. To pass the time, I thought I would discuss my blogging tips for some light Sunday reading. 

I have been running 'A Touch of Tartan' now for a little over two years and I have been receiving emails from fellow bloggers about how best to promote your blog and gain loyal readers. I can tell you that it won't happen overnight and a lot of work and commitment is required but if you focus on topics that you love and enjoy writing about, you will find that blogging is not only enjoyable but rewarding at the same time. On top of that, blogging is a great way to meet new friends from across the globe.

Okay, so here goes, as I said Rome wasn't built in a day but here are my top tips for a successful blog with loyal readers.

  1. Try to post as often as possible, whether that be daily or weekly. You should try to post at least twice per week. I often fall short of this if my day job gets in the way but when starting off, try to post as regularly as you can!
  2. Focus on topics that you love and that represents you. If you're a fashion/beauty blogger, post about your style or style that mirrors what you're comfortable with. 
  3. Never collaborate with brands that don't represent your style or you. Your readers will get to know your taste and you're credibility has to be your number one priority. 
  4. State when you have received a sample from a brand or are receiving remuneration for a post.
  5. Keep it simple - your blog posts should be informal and not too wordy 
  6. If you are posting personal style photographs, always focus on your lighting. Stay away from the shadows and if possible, use a good camera. I use a Nikon D3200 with a 1.8 lens. Its the lens that blurs the backgrounds.
  7. Take advantage of social media - post your blog posts to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Google + ... just to name a few!
  8. Take advantage of fashion forums such as Chictopia, Lookbook, Pose, What I Wore Today etc - you can post your outfit photographs and catch people who aren't aware of your blog
  9. Practice makes perfect
  10. Be yourself!

For those of you interested in gaining some more tips and tricks on blogging, I am giving away the ultimate blogger tips package to one lucky reader. The package consists of the top 4 blogging books on Amazon - Get Rich Blogging; Blogging Your Way to the Front Row; Blog Inc and Blogging for Creatives. The books cover all types of blogs from Fashion and Beauty to Food and Lifestyle Blogs as well as Tech Blogs. If you fancy your chance at winning this package, please enter the giveaway using the widget below. The giveaway will run until 29 January and the winner will be announced on 30 January. Readers can gain more entries to the giveaway on a daily basis by tweeting etc. 

Good Luck :)

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