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?


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.


Continue reading

Top 5 Tips – How to Make Sure your Make-Up Survives this Heatwave! ☀️

I’m sure you’re all out enjoying this brilliant weather that we’re having…finally a summer!! 🎉 (Even if it does last just a few days!). However, if the temperature rising also sends your Make-Up running, then you need to sort this out!  Summer dresses aren’t as cute when accompanied by shiny faces and panda eyes!!

If your finding that your Make-Up melts off your skin within the first 5 minutes of being in the sun – there are some tips that you can add into your routine to reduce this.  I’ve listed my top 5 below, but if you have anymore, then feel free to comment and share!

Continue reading

DiamondTome Facial 

My skin had been looking a little on the dull side, so when I saw a half price offer on itison for a DiamondTome Facial at Tiffany Hair and Beauty (Aberdeen), I quickly snapped it up.

The DiamondTome facial is a skin resurfacing system and the latest technology in microdermabrasion.  It uses a diamond encrusted wand to vacuum and exfoliate the skin, reducing or eliminating signs of ageing, such as discolouration, fine lines and texture.

Continue reading

Denim Smoky Eyes 👀

You might have seen my earlier post on Mixology @ Paramount – Aberdeen (if you haven’t you should def go check it out 😜), but I thought I’d also do a quick post on my makeup from the evening.

To do this denim smokey eye, I used a mixture of shades and eyeshadow textures…

Applying MAC’s Cream Colour Base (Pearl Frost) as a Primer, I built up the colour with a neutral shade (Combust) from Urban Decay’s NAKED Smoky Palette.  Using ‘Password‘ and ‘Dagger‘ (also from the Smoky Palette) to build up the colour and depth in the crease, I then used a flat brush to apply Chanel’s Apparition Illusion d’ombre eyeshadow across the lid – before finishing with MAC’s ‘Grey’ Glitter pigment.

Adding a thin line of liquid liner across the top last line and using a denim eyeliner and ‘Dagger‘ shadow along the bottom lashes, the look is then finished off by applying some false lashes 😀