Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Vintage Makeovers with PinUps Vintage

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Kimberley and I both love rocking a vintage look, so when PinUps Vintage got in touch to ask us over for a makeover we jumped at the chance! After our Sun Jellies adventure, we made the most of being in Glasgow and popped along to their West End salon. I hadn't heard of PinUps Vintage before going along but it turns out they've been around for a while (the salon was established in 2014 but they've been in the business for more than 20 years!), tucked away on Ruthven Lane. The vintage salon chairs outside mean it's easy to spot when you start looking.

The salon itself is teenie but it has everything required to make you look fabulous; from a nail bar to make-up chair and a couple of hair stations. They've even squeezed in a comfy sofa area and a fabulous vintage reception desk. The place is decked out in full on shabby chic style. It's kind of like being at your granny's if your gran was utterly fabulous. I loved the over the top lace curtains mixed with cool retro touches and plenty of genuine vintage knick-knacks.

Upon arrival, we were given a warm welcome by stylists Mandi and Rebecca, who both looked fantastic in their pink dresses and spectacular up-dos. Their authentic vintage style certainly made me feel like we were in good hands. After introductions, teas and coffees and a look from their inspiration books, they got down to business.

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They primped and prepped our locks to make sure the finished looks would sit perfectly and stay in place, all the time chatting away and having a right good laugh. While our hair set, we each made our way to separate stations: Kimberley to get her make-up done, while I sat down ready to get my nails done. As always happens I was faced with the tough decision of what colour to go with. I always find this part tricky but usually go with the same colour in the end. That's right, it's got to be orange! While my nails were buffed and painted, Kim was getting her face pampered. I have to say I was rather jealous of the results. Flicks, sharp brows and classic red lips, oh my! My face felt drab in comparison, but at least my nails looked fab.

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Our hair was then taken from the backcombing stage to perfect vintage pin curls and victory rolls. I always love watching this transformation, it's like some kind of magic! We were both super happy with the results and partook in more than a bit of posing, taking full advantage of the vintage salon chairs outside. It's just a shame we had no parties to go to! We did get plenty of compliments on our journies back home though. I even managed to make my do last to the next day, making my Monday morning feel way more glamorous than usual. I'm pretty sure it would have lasted even longer but I couldn't quite face sleeping with all those kirby grips in for more than one night!

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So, if you're in or around Glasgow and looking to add a bit of glamour to your look, PinUps is definitely worth a visit. Their salon is a great place to hang out and the perfect venue for a none tacky hen-do, alternative birthday celebration or for bridal parties that want to look fabulously vintage. As well as the wee salon you can also find the 'Girls in Pink' popping up all over the place. Check out their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to follow their adventures. I've certainly enjoyed following them, especially seeing the salon, styling and pink ladies pop up in The Hostiles music video. It's so good!

What's your favourite vintage hair style and what occasion would you get a vintage makeover for?

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