WIN! NailsInc Giveaway over on my Twitter

This sunny weather has got me in great mood and I’ve decided to do a giveaway over on my Twitter!


If you fancy getting your hands on all 10 of these fab NailsInc Magnetic Polish, all you have to do is head over to my Twitter Page, RT my pinned post and Follow! Simple!! 😀
The giveaway has 10 different coloured polishes, so there’s plenty for you to choose from! 


There’s also a choice from 3 different magnetic effects – giving you perfect festival nails! ✌🏼


Remember all you have to do is follow me over on Twitter and RT the pinned tweet to be in with a chance of winning 💅🏻

Terms and Conditions

Closing Date is Friday 28th July at 8pm (BST)

Competition is open to UK entries only.  Winner will be selected at random and will be contacted by DM after the competition has closed.

GOOD LUCK!! 😘

My Top 5 Picks for Eating out in Vilamoura

If follow my Twitter or Instagram stories, you might have seen that I was recently sunning myself over in Vilamoura.  With flights starting this Summer from Aberdeen, it will no doubt be a top holiday destination for many in the North East, so I thought I’d pop down my ‘Top Picks for Eating Out’ from the trip – as if you’re anything like me, food and drink play a MASSIVE part of a holiday!

Although the restaurants on the Marina provide diners with great views, we found that due to the mass number of people dining, the waiters could be a little stretched – and the prices were definitely on the hefty side.

After a bit of research/scrolling through Trip Advisor, we found some great hidden gems that we would never have stumbled across on our nightly walk for food and although they don’t quite have the same scenic settings, I highly recommend the food and service – which more than compensate.

Fisherman’s Shack

Starting with my Birthday dinner, what a feast Fishermans Shack provided us with! Hidden in a little shopping centre (signs are visible from the street) this little gem just managed to fit us in – so booking ahead might be a good idea, especially if your going as a group.  Opting for a Cataplana, this feast provided us with two good sized helpings each…and with some left over!


Although busy, this family run restaurant offered great service and our glasses of wine were never empty! 


Romarina
(From the Marina) if you keep walking past the signs for the Fishermans Shack, you will soon come across Romarina.  Entering a lovely bright indoor restaurant, we were greated by the smiling staff and shown to our table.  The menu offers a good selection of food – from twisted fish and chips, to prawn curry (my choice and would highly recommend!) to steak and various meat options.


My starter here definitely ranked as one of the top from my trip and my mouth is just watering thinking about the garlic sourdough topped with squid and chorizo…


10/10 for the staff here too, who showed excellent knowledge of the menu/food and that they really enjoy speaking with their customers.

Tasca Da Vila

So good, we went here twice! Finding this restaurant early in our trip, we also returned for our last dinner – and it didn’t disappoint.  Situated in a little courtyard, this restaurant sits next to a great little bar that offers Gin and Tonics/cocktails at much cheaper prices than the marina too!!

In true tapas style, the menu is split into starters, fish, meat and ‘bigger options’.  Our waiter recommended some great wine choices and advised us on how many plates to get (basically our eyes got carried away and he stopped us before we could order the whole menu 😀)!

This goats cheese starter was AMAZING…


..but if your looking for something to nibble on between you, we had meat and cheese platters one evening – which were also 👌🏼


I have no doubt that the whole menu would be fab, but other recommendations would be garlic prawns (yum!) and the mackerel (think giant whitebait)!


Casa do Pescador / Braganca Mar

Although two separate restaurants, these two are located right next to each other, so you can check them both out at the same time!  Both offer a great level of service and their cataplanas/shared fish dishes are the best value (honestly about half price from the restaurants at the marina)!

I went for the Spanish style paella at Braganca Mar, which wasn’t my fav choice, but the rest of our food and experience more than made up for it. The steak stones here looked and smelt so good and my other halfs seafood kebab resulted in serious food envy. 


Tip – if your having the cataplana at Casa do Pescador, order a side dish of carbs.  Unlike the one from Fishermans Shack, this one purely contained fish and meat, so a bit of potatoes or rice would be a good accompaniment.  Keep a bit of bread to mop up the sauce too 😜

Oporto Tavern Wine & Cocktail Bar

Sadly we found this place late into our trip.  Offering great cocktails and top quality live singers, it’s the perfect place to head to for an after dinner drink.  Just along from Braganca Mar, this bar is situated on a small corner plot and is open until 2am.  With table service and a 10€ bill for a G&T and large glass of red, you’ll find yourself going for one and staying for a few!


If you are planning a trip to Vilamoura, or are already there…I’m soooo jealous!! But hope you try one – if not more of these places, as they really are worth a visit.

Enjoy 😀 xx 

Going on holiday? Make sure to pack this…

‘Im writing this post with a severe case of holiday blues, having just returned from an amazing holiday in Portugal.  After a week of fab weather, I’ve picked up a lovely wee tan – but while I was there (and as always) I was super conscious of keeping my skin safe.

This Origins GinZing™ SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Moisturizer with Sheer Tint Release, is designed to help your skin be more hydrated, energized, perfected and protected.  After purchasing it at this years Dedicated to Girls event, I packed it up with the rest of my holiday essentials & lotions, ready to give it a try.


As well as protecting your skin from harmful UV rays (with SPF 40), GinZing also adds a sheer tint to provide a flawless finish.  Adapting to your own skin tone, this product comes out as a light cream and adapts as it’s massaged into your skin.


With key ingredients of Coffee Beans and Panax Ginseng – it smells AMAZING, whilst leaving your skin looking more vibrant, radiant and healthy.  I suffer from a really oily t-zone, so when I apply suntan lotion it usually leaves me with a super shiny face.  This cream did a great job of minimising shine and instead, provided a lovely a dewy glow.

In terms of coverage, it is very light and it is important to emphasise that it is just a sheer tint.  I’ve massaged the product into the thumb area in the picture below for you to compare to the above as a guide.


I was really glad that I’d packed this little gem in my suitcase and think it looks beautiful with a tan.  For general day to day use back home, for me, I’m not sure whether it would provide enough coverage, but it would be great for a wee boost on low key makeup days.

Verdict: Definitely recommended as a holiday product, but yet to be convinced to add it to my makeup bag back home.

What do you think?

Xx

Beautisteel’s Top Bridal Beauty Tips

I recently put down my top skincare and wedding day prep tips for Maid of Honour Weddings. If you have your big day booked and are looking for a bit of advice, or are still searching for your Makeup Artist, feel free to take a look and get in touch with any questions. Highly recommend Kimberley’s services too.

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Whilst makeup can hide a multitude of sins, it’s no secret that the better the condition of your skin, the better the end result. To help you achieve beautiful glowing skin ahead of your big day, Laura from Beautisteel has revealed her top tips for perfect wedding day skin!

Some of you might already have a regimented skincare routine in place, with more potions and lotions than you can count, however I know a lot of people struggle to find the time to do much more than taking off the day’s make up. I’ve put together these simple tips to allow you to make the best use of your time – focusing on the main areas that WILL make a difference to your skin.

Cleanse, Tone & Moisturise

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70s Styling

Following the call of the disco ball this weekend, we went back to the 70s and created some retro looks with fantastic clothing and accessories from The Closet – Vintage Aberdeen.


Look Number 1 was a huge tan suede poncho teamed with some Levi’s denim hot pants, cowboy boots and a gorgeous turquoise necklace. 

The models hair (I had major hair envy!) was kept super sleek and to compliment the colours of the clothes and accessories, I went for neutral eyes and some MAC purple lipstick to give a bit of colour.


We kept the hair and makeup the same for a quick outfit change to this AMAZING tan jacket (a definite favourite of mine from the shoot) and a striped blue shirt with the Levi shorts.


Look Number 3 involved some high waisted and seriously flared Levi jeans, with a green & red paisley patterned shirt, topped with a beautiful green felt hat – pheasant feather included!! 😍

With the hairstylist adding some loose waves to her hair, I changed her make up to include some green shadow to compliment the colour of the shirt.  Starting the look with a nude lipstick, I changed it after a couple of pictures to a pillar box red, which tied in better with the styling.



On to Look 4 which was a silk maxi dress with a beach scene print.  Holding my hands up, I wasn’t sure on this dress when I saw it on the hanger but holy smooooookers, this looked good on.

Styling wise I chose a pink lippie to match a key colour on the dress.  Using an Estée Lauder  fuschia Lipstick, I added a Benefit gloss over the top and darkened the eyes slightly. Hair took it up another notch, adding in a ridiculously cute bow in a pink colour (keeping with the theme here! 😉) and adding a bit of volume.


Look 5 was lots of fun to do and with a black and gold 70s disco jumpsuit (tying at the back of the neck) hair and make up were able to go to town!

Sticking with the colours, I used MACs Paint Pot and applied over her lid before adding some loose gold glitter pigment (MAC again!) and darkening up the outer corners of the top lid and lower lashline with Bobbi Brown’s Paris Pallete (review on this coming soon).

Hair went for a Bridget Bardot inspired look, but unfortunately as we were running short on time, I don’t have a behind the scenes shot of this one – you will just have to make sure you follow me on Twitter or Instagram to see the final pics when the come out!

Till then, here’s one more pic…. 😉😘

Nip+Fab – Dragon’s Blood Fix – Review

I’ve heard lots of good things about Nip+Fab’s range, so when a colleague mentioned that Superdrug are currently offering half price on their products, I couldn’t resist trying some out!

Ordering online, I went for Nip+Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Mask 50ml as well as adding Nip+Fab Dragons Blood Fix Cleansing Pads x60 to my basket.

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Healthy Lifestyle Changes – Food for Fitness – 30 Day Fat Loss Challenge

So January is here again and yet again I found myself over indulging during the festive period (will I ever learn?! 🙈).  This year is a big one for me and with a wedding in December, I want to start making some healthy lifestyle changes – so that I can avoid a last minute crash diet, but still look my best come The Big Day 👰🏼

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you might remember that last year I signed up to Results with Lucy, which was good (you can read more HERE) however there were points where I felt a real lack of food made it difficult to keep it going on a long term basis.

With this in mind, I was slightly dubious about signing up to another ‘meal plan’, but after receiving an email from Food for Fitness inviting me to join their first 30 day fat loss challenge, it drew me in…

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