Last night, I was invited to "beat the January blues" and experience all that Rainbow Room International in Glasgow have to offer; a true hair & beauty blogger extravaganza! And, of course, who am I - as a beauty obsessed Scot - to turn such an invite down?!
So, here's how I got on..
|Rosé with strawberries, yay!|
We popped to the branch at Royal Exchange Square in Glasgow (a beautiful area which I hadn't seen at night, all lit up with strings of lights - gorgeous!) & picked up our badges and glasses of rosé.
To start the night off, I watched Roisin & Gill receive their carefully tailored Dermalogica facials (using their famed Face Mapping technique) whilst I caught up with Lynsey over drinks.
Messy Textured Curls Demo
I then decided to pop upstairs to see how Gillian & Kirsty's hairstyling was going, and was promptly approached about getting my own hair styled! Now, this was not pre-planned so my hair had barely had a brush dragged through it that day (talk about timing, eh..?) So, I reluctantly took off my trusty bowler hat and let the lovely RRI ladies get to work on my bird's nest!
During the initial consultation, my hair stylist asked how I usually styled my hair; to which I responded that I rarely go near a pair of straighteners, preferring a curly/wavy finish with lots of texture. She picked up on my cues super-quick and set me down in a chair with the promise of showing me the ease of GHD curls. Now, ladies, I am the worst person at attempting to curl with irons. I much prefer my Enrapture Totem Curling Tong for everyday waves. (Although, funny story: my flatmate learned to curl with straighteners after thinking that's how I achieved mine!) But, it was as good a time as any to try and learn from a pro.
She got to work with super quick (& er, easy???) looking curls, alternating direction to achieve a nice haphazard texture. Before each section, she sprayed with Osis Refresh n Shine Dry Conditioner to give my ends a more nourished shiny finish. After curling, she brushed the curls out for a soft finish & scrunched a salt spray throughout the hair to give it that gritty messy texture I crave. To add the finishing touches, she popped a little Osis Dust It Mattifying Powder through the curls to add extra volume. And, ta-da! From hat-hair to rock-star curls with minimal effort. I'll definitely be taking her tips into consideration each morning! Particularly with the salt spray & volumising powder - two products I didn't give much thought to previously.
|Gillian & Kirsty looking glamorous! '70s waves, pin-curls & a vixenous firey beehive!|
|The Rainbow Room team in action!|
|Scottish Blogger catch-ups at Rainbow Room|
Jessica Manicure Demo
After a wee blether with some of the other ladies I haven't seen in a while (like Morag with her beautiful fishtail braid!), I popped off back downstairs to see if I could be slotted in for my manicure at the nail bar. My nails were in desperate need of a good pampering, so I was pretty excited to have someone professional take a look at my cuticles.. (oh my, beauty geekisms coming out there, apologies..)
|I promise I don't normally look this ridiculous.. caught mid-pully-face as per! Instagram via Kirsty|
Whilst I, errrrm, pulled a questionable face ^^, I actually thoroughly enjoyed this wee pamper sesh. Sadly, Kirsty got this beaut of a shot for y'all. I picked out the Jessica Mardi Gras polish - an orangey-red shade. That's my usual mani colour of choice all year round as I love the pop of colour it brings to my nails, but I've never used Jessica nail products before & I'm pleasantly surprised to say that my mani is still going strong, after many a shower & dish-washing sesh! Thumbs up from me.. My manicurist also used the Jessica Quick Dry for its super-fast drying powers and a smudge-free finish. Plus, a few drops of Jessica Phenomen Oil to keep my cuticles moisturised.
|My Jessica manicure in 'Mardi Gras'|
|Gillian, Kirsty, me & Lynsey after our hairstyling sessions! Photo via Paula|
|Me deep in Instagram thought (or apparently asleep) with my bowler hat, before the hairstylist whipped it off..|
Photo via Paula
All in all, a wonderful night full of my favourite bloggers & new experiences at Rainbow Room Royal Exchange Square. Thanks for having us, team!
Have you headed to Rainbow Rooms before? Nice wee pit stop in town for a quick lunchtime mani or an elegantly coiffed hair-up before a night on the tiles!