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

“The three basic beauty steps to follow!”

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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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Gel Extensions for Natural Looking Long Nails


After getting back my holiday and sending a picture of a sparkly new addition to my finger, after the initial ‘oooohs’ and ‘aaaaahs’ from family and friends, I was hit with a resounding ‘now you need to get your nails done’!

I’m a terrible nail biter, so I felt my short little nails could also do with a bit of elongating.  Having never had any form of gel polish before, I was a little hesitant on what to go for – gel or acrylic? I also struggled on where to go.  Sure there are plenty of nail salons in Aberdeen, but I’d heard some horror nail stories and didn’t want to end up with wrecked or  super broken nails after.

Upon recommendation, I got in touch with Linton and Mac who were great at giving me advice over the phone, telling me the differences between acrylics and gel extensions.  Opting for the gel (a lesser evil on nail damage compared to acrylics – apparently!) I booked my appointment and headed along.

Kayleigh was also so good at letting me know the process and was lovely chatting with her through the 1hr 15 appointment.  With a great selection of colours, I opted for this festive red.

Advising that the nails usually last 2-3 weeks before needing infills (or removal), I left the salon admiring my talons!

I love love love my longer nails, if only I could grow my nails this long in real life (and save me from the £45 bill! 😀)

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Halloween: Unicorn Fancy Dress – DIY

Happy Halloween Everyone!!! I hope you all enjoyed a spooky weekend – I’ve loved seeing everyone’s fancy dress efforts on Instagram and Twitter 👻


I had a lot of comments on my DIY Unicorn costume, so thought I’d post a step by step guide for you to follow.  It might be a little late to for your trick or treat costume this year – but you don’t always need an excuse to dress up as a unicorn (right?!) 😜

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