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Ultimate Makeup Tips for Festivals this Summer, Zara HighStyleLife | Guest Post

Hello Everyone!!

Today I have a guest post by the Lovely Zara from HighStyleLife. As it's Festival Season she has given us her Ultimate Makeup Tips for Festivals this Summer! So if you're going to a Festival this year then grab your flower crown and your wellies and keep in mind these top tips!

Ultimate Makeup Tips for Festivals This Summer

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If you are planning on attending some festivals this summer – you are definitely at the right place! Such events can be a real challenge when talking about makeup, since there are many factors that can affect it. However, carrying a huge makeup bag for a touch-up is definitely not an option. Stay with us and find out how to nail your beauty routine for an upcoming festival season – here are five tips for you. Enjoy!

Don’t stick to a skincare routine no matter what

Even though a proper skincare routine is crucial, you should not stick to it no matter what, especially during summer. This is particularly true for your moisturiser. You don’t have to apply it all over your face, day after day – instead, you can use it only on particular spots that feel dry or flaky. This is important because overusing may clog your pores and therefore cause acne breakouts and irritation. That is not what you want this summer, right?

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Light and dewy base is essential

Festivals require an updated beauty routine which starts with a light base. It is crucial since it provides a necessary dose of luminosity which is, let’s face it, obligatory when it comes to summer fun. Ditch the foundation that will make your face look cakey and use tinted moisturiser instead – its creamy formula will provide good coverage, but it will feel much lighter on your skin. Pick the one with SPF, and you will be good to go! Trust us, with an appropriate base, no one will be able to tell that you had a sleepless night.

Killer lashes are a must

The season of sunshine, tanning, and festivals is definitely incomplete without a pair of killer lashes, so bear that in mind when deciding on your perfect makeup look. Even though waterproof mascara is expected to be at the top of your list of must-haves, we have another suggestion. Choose a silicone-based one which won’t run or smudge, and you will have no problems wiping it away – an oil-based remover will do the trick. On the other hand, regular waterproof mascara is awfully difficult to remove, while it can still run. The choice is pretty much straight forward here, isn’t it?

Shimmer on fleek

Shimmer is an absolute must when it comes to festival season, simply because it adds a touch of glamour and enhances that spectacular summer vibe even more. Add some sparkle to your regular makeup routine by applying it all over your lids – that will surely make your eyes look much bigger and wide open, especially if you use some bright shades such as champagne or even white. On the other hand, if you want to achieve an ultimate festival look, double it up as a highlighter on your cheeks. You will shine bright like a diamond, girl!

Keep lips low-maintenance

Last but not least, your lips need to be taken care of, too. Keeping them low-maintenance is definitely a good way to go, and since mineral makeup is on the rise these days, we highly recommend using one such lipstick in your favourite shade that will complete your top-notch festival look. Youngblood makeup offers a bunch of gorgeous shades that are ultra-pigmented, which means that you won’t have to reapply it in hours. On the other hand, if you are not a fan of lipsticks, you can always choose a lip gloss or a lip balm with SPF. You won’t even need a mirror to apply them!

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That’s all, folks! Seriously, these five steps are essential when talking about an ultimate festival makeup look, and you won’t need anything else in order to look fabulous this season. Just remember that everything is about having fun and enjoying the life, and you will certainly have a blast this summer!

Thank you so much to Zara for Guest Posting for me, her tips are great and even though I'm the kind of person who watched T in the Park at home, I'll bear these in mind and share with everyone!

Not All Heroes Wear Capes | Father's Day

Happy Sunday Everyone and to all the Dad's out there, Happy Father's Day!

As it's Father's Day I thought I would share some memories of times with my Dad. 

One memory that really sticks with me is when I was younger and when it was nights just me and my Dad, I would always ask him if we could go for a drive. I really enjoyed going for drives around Aberdeen we would go anywhere really but 9/10 times we would always end up going to the beach and getting an Ice Cream. I don't know why I remember this I just liked spending time just the two of us - plus we'd have ice cream - I love Ice Cream!

This memory goes way back - I would have been about 7 or 8 (I think). Me and my sister were sitting in the back of my Dad's old Rover and we were heading home and I did something so stupid! My Dad had been the best Dad ever and had bought us some Orbit chewing gum, if you can't remember what orbit was, it was pink and tasted so strongly of bubblegum - it also looked like a brain when it was all chewed up - or at least that's what I thought! I thought it would be such a great idea if I put the entire packet in my mouth, chew it all up and spit it into my hand (I know). I remember turning to my sister and saying "Wow this looks like a brain" I then proceeded to plop it right in the middle of my head! Long story short my Dad turned the car around, took us to our Grandma and Grandads house, made me sit in the garden while he cut a massive chunk of my hair off as the chewing gum wasn't budging. This is really funny to me because looking back on it now I can just imagine what he thought, poor man.

I also remember when he surprised me on my 10th birthday and took me and my sister to the carnivals down south (not quite sure where it was) but I remember being so excited, I also remember that I was wearing my new stonewashed jeans with white stars all over them (such a 90's child). On the car journey he wouldn't tell me where we were going and I loved guessing and reading all the signs on the way trying to find some clues.

Needless to say I love my Dad. Thank you for being there for me, for being my personal taxi driver and official spider catcher. Thank you for also cutting the chewing gum out of my hair! Like the title says, not all heroes wear capes.

Lots of love, your little Girl.

Product of the Week with Hannahheartss

Hello Again,

Today's post is my product of the week and in actual fact this has been my favourite product for a few weeks now. It is Benefit's Girl Meets Pearl!

Girl meets pearl is a golden-pink luminizer which helps to give you a healthy dewy glow. You can pat this onto your face then blend out, I tend to do this on the high points of my face and it gives me a really nice soft shimmer or if you only have 5 minutes to get out the door then you can use this alone and it leaves you looking fresh faced.

I would have normally done a swatch on the back of my hands but I have been trying out tints and the backs of my hands are stained (I'm sure I'll get a few funny looks on my way to work tomorrow) so If you'd like to see how this looks check it out here. I would recommend to use a dewy foundation with this and no powder only because depending on how many twists you use it can take off makeup so just be careful!

My fellow blogger and friend Hannah from Hannahheartss has also wrote about her product of the week so go over and see what she's been loving!

Have you tried Girl Meets Pearl before? What do you think?

A very special Birthday at Forgan's | Restaurant Review

Hello Again,

A few weeks ago now Sam, April and I headed down to St. Andrews to celebrate my grandma's 70th Birthday! Normally every occasion like this is spent in my Gran and Grandad's house but that also means there's a lot of dishes, so this time it was arranged in a local restaurant, Forgan's.

Forgan's is a Restaurant on the high street of St. Andrews and it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever ate in. All of a sudden you feel like you've been transported to some sort of wine country in Italy or something (It really was like an Instagrammers dream).

In the main restaurant along the side there are little private bothies, each called and designed differently, we were in the 'Living room'. It was nice as your were still in the main part of the restaurant but you had that little bit of privacy! My mum told me that years ago Forgan's used to be a butcher, the front part was the butcher shop and the main restaurant part used to be where the truck offloaded the cows and where the meat was prepared - quite cool thats it's been changed but it's still kept some of it's history in the design.

As it was a private event we had a chosen menu where we could decide what we wanted from a  few options. I didn't have a starter so I thought I would tell you about Sam's. He chose crispy haggis balls and parsnip crisps, served with neeps and potatoes  (turnips and potatoes for all the non-sottish folks) and a Ardbeg Malt Whiskey Gravy. His description, 'Beautiful'. 

For my main I chose the 8oz Ribeye Steak served with Thick chips, a grilled tomato, a flat cap mushroom and some watercress. Recently when going out I've been preferring steak which is quite rare as I tend to go for chicken but I wasn't disappointed with this ribeye. The cut of meat was great, not a bit went to waste. I chose to have mine well done as that's just how I prefer my steak and it honestly was cooked perfectly. Can I also add that I love the presentation, from the chips being in their own little holder to the design on the plates! For me it's the little things.

This was not also mine but it was so beautiful I couldn't not include it, this is Sam's main, the Beef Bourguignon with fluffy pastry, roasted veg and thick chips. Such a generous portion and again the presentation is a solid 10 out of 10. He very much enjoyed this - it's also a nice twist as it was served in 'pie' form.

Desert! I went for the Isle of Arran Dairy Ice Cream, Cranachan flavour. Cranachan is a traditional desert which is normally made from a mix of whipped cream, whisky, honey and fresh raspberries with toasted oatmeal soaked overnight in some whisky. This was cracking (cracking Cranachan). It was served with fresh berries and it was gone in a matter of minutes.

Now to the Special lady herself, this is Doreen, my Grandma. For the past however many years both her and my grandad have ran a 4 star Bed and Breakfast in St Andrews. They both got up in the early hours of the morning, every morning to see to their guests, their guests who travelled from all over the world. They closed the business earlier on this year and rightfully so, they've been giving and giving for so long it's time for them to enjoy their time (and they damn well have been as their not long back from a 3 week cruise round the Mediterranean - fancy).

My Mum and Auntie organised a cake to be made for her and this is it. It's marvellous, a little tea party as Doreen is now a 'lady who lunches'. It was great to see my Grandma so happy and surrounded by everyone. I had such a great time.

A closer look at this fab cake, with cinnamon swirls, cupcakes and little triangle sandwiches. We went back to their house afterwards for tea and cake and I caught my grandma in the kitchen carefully cutting each little decoration off of the cake - she said it was too good to eat. Once everything was off and saved then and only then could we dig in, bless her.

If you find yourselves in St Andrews be sure to check out Forgan's. The staff are so welcoming and helpful, the food is amazing, the decor is superb and the atmosphere is great.

Forgan's. Grill and European dishes made from sustainable produce, in a skylit, industrial-chic restaurant.
 110 Market Street, St. Andrews, Fife, KY16 9PB

Jamie's New Super Lunch Menu | Review

Hello Again!

Today's post is one of my favourites - it's a foodie one! I was asked along to Jamie's Italian in Aberdeen to try the new Super Lunch Menu, so I grabbed Sam and we went along. I love Italian food but I had never been to Jamie's before but I had heard great things so I was very excited to give it a try!

The Super Lunch Menu is really good and affordable, you can have two courses for £10.95 or have three (like we did) for only £12.95. Some places, in Aberdeen especially, you can't even get one course for that so that's a tick straight off the bat!

As I'm getting older now (let's hide the greys) I am trying to extend my palette so for my starter I went for the Fritto Misto which was a very generous plate full of crispy sustainable fish, mussels, squid and calamari. I gave everything a try but my favourite was the sustainable fish which (I think) was cod. The garlic and lemon aioli really brought so much flavour to it. The squid was also very good but the mussels and calamari didn't appeal to me, don't get me wrong the flavours were spot on but it was just the texture for me - nothing wrong with the food!!

Sam had a Garlic bread roll with Parmesan for his starter, I loves how it was presented and that it looked like a little loaf. I also tried this (had to, for the blog obviously) and it was great - very morish!

For my Main I went for the Italian Steak and Fries and this was one of the best steaks I have ever had! As you can see it was a very lean piece of meat and it was massive. It was served with a herby garlic butter over it, some horseradish and rocket and also some very skinny fries. I made the right choice with my main - 10 out of 10!

Sam chose the Tagliatelle Bolognese for his main and it was presented beautifully. His tagliatelle was in a cone shape and it was topped with some herby breadcrumbs. There wasn't a drop of food left on his plate!

Desert, my favourite part of the meal - a part I don't normally have. Let me tell you, overtime Sam and I go out for a meal he starts off saying that he's going to leave room for pudding but after the main he always changes his mind, so I'm left not having because I don't want to sit having pudding on my own - so I told Sam that we had to have, for the blog! (That saying comes in use quite a lot).

I chose the Ultimate Chocolate Brownie and I'm so upset to say that it was a little disappointing. Yes it was on a lunch menu so I wasn't excepting anything over the top but when I got this it looked a bit mediocre. It was a chocolate brownie served with proper butterscotch sauce which was really good and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The brownie was quite dry and tasted a little burnt, it's just not what I expected when I ordered the Ultimate Chocolate Brownie.

Sam was not disappointed though, he went for the Baked White Chocolate Cheesecake. This was served with fresh raspberries and crushed amaretti. If I were to choose again, I would go for this.

Overall our meal was really good and full of flavour and I was really impressed with the staff and the design of the Restaurant, it was a nice mix of industrial and rustic. 

If you liked what you saw then be sure to give the new Super lunch menu a try! The menu runs Monday to Friday, 12pm-6pm - plenty of time to grab your favourite people and enjoy a tasty meal!

Thank you to the staff at Jamie's Italian Aberdeen for your fantastic service and to the team at Jamie's for inviting us along!

A Little Catch Up | Lifestyle

Hello Again!

Long time no blog (I feel like I'm saying this too often now) I took a wee break from blogging for a few reasons but the main one is because i have just started a new job (about a month ago now) and it was just wiping me out. I've been coming home like a zombie and just going to bed but I feel like I'm getting used to it now so I thought I'd just do a little catch up post about what I've been up to since I've been away!

First of all I've been loving this quote! I feel like I am too serious about things too often so I'm trying to relax more and just to let things pan out on their own. it's so true though, you need a wish bone so you can dream (you're never too old to dream), a back bone so you can stand up for yourself and a funny bone because laughter is the best medicine!!

At the beginning of May I won tickets to go and see Breakfast at Tiffany's at His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen. I've seen the movie so many times and that's mainly because my sister loved it growing up so I took her along with me. Emily Atack played Holly and she was really good, I loved it!

Since the sun has finally made an appearance and stuck around for more than a day we've been spending a lot more time outdoors and going for walks. April's also been obsessed with bugs lately (don't ask, I didn't encourage this but it's good that she's not scared) and on this day we found a big beetle and she wanted tot make him home. Just as we were leaving him he rolled onto his back and as struggling to get back onto his feet so I saved him. April called me a Hero, it was a good day.

So that's what I've been up to obviously other than work and housework and all that fun adult things (woo) but one really exciting thing that's happening is Sam and I are going to London!! He's taking me away for my 24th Birthday. I'm so excited, there's so many things that we want to do so if you have any suggestions please let me know!