Wednesday 30 September 2015

Whats in my make up bag? | Everyday Edition

For those of you who don't know me, I'm a nosy besom (and for those of you who don't know what a besom is, Google it). Truly, in fact you there reading this very post, I have probably stalked your Twitter at some point! Or your instagram, who knows maybe even your house! In fact, just consider me to be lurking on most corners of the social media world waiting for you to post, tweet, hashtag or update. But I know I'm not alone in this, in fact my generation appears to be the generation of social media stalkers, Tweet freaks and like lurkers, so knowing that both my nosiness and your nosiness know no bounds I thought I would today let you in to my world a little bit and share my every day make up essentials for my daily work face!

Eyeko Liner Pen; I discovered this when it came free with a magazine and I fell in love. I buy this from ASOS, it is so dark and glides on your eye so easily, I usually just put this on top of a regular pencil eyeliner to give me a little more definition (it's also super easy to cat flick - just sayin')

Benefit Roller Lash; As you guy know this is my first love... sort of you know after the 'They're Real' mascara by Benefit too (what can I say? I've had a lot of loves!) for my full review click here.

Brow Zing in the shade light by Benefit; this was actually a free sample from the Benefit Brow Bar, which as you probably know is where I have my brows done, this is a gel like brow product with a lovely little soft brush that you literally brush through your brows and you're good to go!

Smashbox Primer; so if you're into your make up as I am I won't need to tell you how amazing this primer feels. It is quite thick but feels like silk on the skin and protects your pores from your foundation, products and all manner of dirt and grime. Since using this I have not had a breakout caused by make up build up and I rarely need to buy a new one as it lasts so long.

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NW15; having repurchased this twice now I can safely say this is my true shade, my one and only, my love. This offers a medium to high coverage, a little goes a very long way if applied properly and is makes up my daily face skin! You can read my full review here!

Soar lip liner by MAC; one of my newest MAC additions, with it having been sold out every which where I jumped at the chance when I saw it in my local. The colour is amazing it's a sort of your lips but better and well I don't really need to tell you how great it looks and feels!

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss; and to top off my entire lippy look I apply a slick of this soap and glory gloss which helps draw blood to your lips and give you that much coveted trout pout. It's such a subtle colour and goes really well with my Soar liner. 

Eyelure Lashes Enchanted Edition in Poise; when I could no longer find my Katy Perry lashes in stores I resorted to these and they're a fantastic sub, they're a bit more exaggerated and extravagant than my other more 'natural' lashes but I'm loving the dramatics at the moment!

Well guys I hope this has given you nosy nellies a bit of insight into my face, this is just my sort of everyday, work make up, if you liked this post be sure to drop me a comment below and share your favourite every day products, I may even do a night out edition shortly, but we shall see. As you know I also love hearing from you on Twitter and as usual if you want to keep up with my latests be sure to follow me on Bloglovin.

Until next time folks, I'm probably i-stalking you right now!


Friday 25 September 2015

Cafe Culture | Aberdeens First Ever Cat Cafe Crowdfunding Appeal

Cakes, coffee and cats, these are indeed a few of my favourite things and very soon myself and my fellow residents of Aberdeen may be able to simultaneously enjoy all three with thanks to The Cat in the Window cat cafe. Yes that's right the Granite City is potentially heading the way of Edinburgh, London, Paris and Tokyo with the latest cat craze sweeping the world and cafes everywhere!

The Cat in the Window is the brainchild of local Aberdonian and self confessed cat lover Heather Lynch who simply wants to bring her love of cakes, home bakes and cats to all of us right here in the Granite City. The cafe will feature 10 feline friendlies and serve a selection of sandwiches, tea, cakes, coffee and delicious home bakes.

Now you guys know how much I love local business and particularly ventures that involve coffee, cake, cats or critters and I find Heathers business venture to be so inspiring. Heather was in a job and sector she was unhappy with and so what did she do? Changed all of that with her cat cafe ventures. I truly hope the business starts up and becomes a raging success, there's nothing I love more than seeing people follow their ambitions and achieve, achieve, achieve. I salute you Heather Lynch!

The hope is that the cat cafe will launch early 2016, and be able to give a little bit back to local charities working to protect felines in the area and of course work together to create as positive an environment as possible for the cats in residence.

Now before we all rush and put our cat lady jumpers on the cafe is still in the planning and development stage due to funding and while the start up funds are generously being covered by the Princes Trust the cat cafe is relying on a crowdfunding appeal which I am planning on donating to come payday and if you're a fellow Aberdonian or you just love cats I hope you will too. So if you're interested in dining in feline style or as Health so aptly put, 'if this is up your alley cat' please be sure to visit the crowdfunding page and give their Facebook a quick like.

Until next time folks, cat with your coffee anyone?

H.Elizabeth x

Wednesday 23 September 2015

Blogging Pet Peeves | A Rant by Granite City Girl

As a blogger and human being of this particular generation I read a lot of blogs. Through the use of social media and tools such as Bloglovin, technology has enabled me to discover some amazing writing talent, experience the wider world and dare I say live vicariously through my favourite bloggers, but sometimes you'll come across a piece of writing, design or blog in general that makes you question all that you know about the world; and I'm not talking total worldly enlightenment I'm talking, aah the humanity!!! Okay so as you know I may be one to exaggerate but if it helps get my point across then that's really all that matters. In light of my recent burst blood vessel(s) paroosing the twittersphere and blogosphere I thought I would share some of my top blogging pet peeves and just say, stop it!

Image Credit: Pinterest
There have been so many blog posts detailing why this is wrong so I won't go into all of the gory details all I will say however is that this is theft and is a crime against copyright laws. Yes it may make your blog look very pretty, professional even, that is in fact because it came from a professional bloggers post! This makes my index fingers curl up inside my body that's how great a peeve it is for me, it is an automatic 'unfollow' and discredit to your blog. If you want to learn a bit more about image crediting, blogging and copyright you should have a read of Forever Amber's post here.

Scheduled Promo Overload
Last week I unfollowed somebody on Twitter for posting 15 (yes you read that right 15!) promotions for the same post in a row on Twitter. Don't get me wrong, scheduling is sometimes an amazing thing, a fantastic promotions tool for bloggers, but if you're posting the same Tweet at say hourly intervals someone is bound to notice (FYI that someone is me!) for me it's off putting as I like to feel as if I'm having a conversation with the blogger but it's obvious that particular person is switched off and just happy enough to post out automated messages.

Twitter Auto Responses
Bleh, the ultimate form of shameless social media poaching, you know the ones I mean, 'Hi thank you for following me on Twitter, why not follow my blog too,' with sickly, sugary x's and o's. Again it's so impersonal and isn't the entire point of blogging to share your views with the world, open up a dialogue and meet new people. After extensive research and attempting to open up a dialogue with the particulars who have these auto responses I can confirm they are not interested.

So this may have disgressed int more of a social media scheduling, response, twitter rant but it kind of links to blogging right? I'd love to know what your biggest blogging pet peeves are or even social media peeves, in fact just use the space below to have a good old rant, those are my favourites as you can probably tell. Be sure NOT to send me your auto responses on Twitter or spam me with your promos (grrrr internal screaming) but quick plug if you do enjoy my rants and ravings be sure to follow Granite City Girl on Bloglovin.

Until next time folks, screaming internally at all of the blogging blunders.

H.Elizabeth x

Saturday 19 September 2015

BBC Good Food Show Glasgow | Granite City Girl Reader Discount

Hello everyone, as you can undoubtedly tell it is not Wednesday or Friday (at least I hope not!) but today I am coming at you with a special little post that includes a reader discount for tickets to the BBC Good Food Show which is coming to Glasgow's SECC in November (6th - 8th)

Now you guys know how much I love food, well you know maybe you don't but guys, I love food! So when the BBC Good Food Show got in touch to collab and give me an offer to share with you lovely lot how could I resist?

The BBC Good Food Show Scotland is a showcase of culinary talents from across the UK and spotlights exceptional chefs, bakers and candlestick makers (no not really, sorry!) There are a whole host of events taking part throughout the weekend from interviews, demonstrations, book signings and if you've got time a spot of shopping! This year sees the likes of our baking faves Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry in attendance as well as Scots favourite Tom Kitchin. For the full line up of celebrity chefs, events and general happenings of the weekend be sure to head on over to the BBC Good Food Show Scotland website

Granite City Girl Reader Discount
So on to the juicy, steaky goodness part of this post, all you lovely lot have to do to is use the code MVS2 to get 20% off tickets booked from their online web store. The promo code expires on the 1st of October so if you'd like to get your hands on these foodie goodies be there or be square (oh yeah, that's right!)

I hope to make it down myself for the weekend with a couple of my friends so I'd love to know if you are heading down too, who knows we could meet, drink and get fat together! Do let me know if you have decided that yes I am a human person, I like food and I'm doin' this thing in the comments below, share your foodie inspos with me on Twitter or if you'd just like to keep an eye on this space for more discounts (wink wink) you can follow Granite City Girl on Bloglovin.

Until next time folks, feeding my inner foodie.

H.Elizabeth x

Friday 18 September 2015

Beauty How To | How to clean your make up brushes thoroughly

As much as I would love to sit here and tell you that I am a creature of habit that simply isn't true, unless you count a monthly (weekly) make up purchase as a habit, albeit a bad habit but a habit all the same. So when it came to writing this post I thought you know what let's just get all of our cards out on the table and show the world how poor a beauty blogger I really can be, so here goes. I, Hannah Adams, am guilty of leaving my make up brushes to stew in their own mess for 2 (okay 3!) week periods without a ritualistic cleaning... there I said it, and yes I do feel better for it. But you know what doesn't feel better? My face!

So in order to pull me from my make up brush cleaning slump I thought what better way to give myself a swift kick up the backside than to write about it so I feel obligated to clean them weekly! Today therefore I would like to share my very thorough brush cleaning routine and share a pledge with you today that I, Hannah Adams, henceforth here and forever promise to clean all of my make up brushes at least once a week from here on out. And so without further ado, here are my tips, tricks and general routine for cleaning my make up brushes:

What you will need:

A small tea plate
Washing up liquid
Olive Oil
Alcohol Make up brush cleaning solution (For this I use one from MAC)
A clean dishtowel

  1. Squirt some washing up liquid on to your tea plate and add an equal amount of olive oil to the centre.
  2. Take your make up brush and swirl it around really getting in there and watch all of the liquid seep into your brush.
  3. Rinse your brush under a running tap, squeezing out any excess soap and olive oil. Usually I rotate the brush on the palm of my hand under the water then squeeze it out gently.
  4. 'Shampoo' your brushes with the alcohol solution, for this I use the MAC make up brush cleaner.
  5. Use your dishtowel to dry off your brush, it will still be a little damp so wrap the head of your brush in the dishtowel and leave over night.
  6. Repeat steps 1 through 5 for all of your make up brushes and you're good to go!
I am aware the way I am washing my brushes is perhaps not the right way, best way or even the second best way but it has served me well throughout the last couple of years and my brushes always come out conditioned and squeaky clean! But of course as you know I am always open to your comments, feedback and general musings so if this post has helped you or you think I need help be sure to leave your thoughts below, come share them with me on Twitter or if you want to see more of my now clean and blemish free face and brushes be sure to follow Granite City Girl on Bloglovin.

Until next time folks, squeaky clean with my weekly routine!

H.Elizabeth x

Wednesday 16 September 2015

Pure Gym | What to expect from your first spin class

Your arse will take a pounding and you may cry a little (a lot)

So now that you know I'm not going to sugar coat this 'what to expect from your fitness' post I can move forward. Very recently I started attending the spin classes at my local Pure Gym where I have been a member of for almost 2 years now and it has honestly taken me THAT long to build up the courage to attend one of these classes. When I first started going to the gym on a regular basis I would work out for a solid 30 minutes on the treadmills in front of a congregation of avid spinners, every night they'd come saddle up, sweat, screech and of course spin out their frustrations (which I imagined at the time they must have many) as the incredibly enthusiastic instructor would scream over whichever bass pumping track was playing that evening. The prospect of every joining this class terrified me, yet here I am, one of them, part of the screeching, sweat drippy spinners! And with that in mind I would just like to share the story of my first ever spin class, the good, the bad and the downright ugly!

When I first decided to go to spin it was after quite a long break from exercising, that was my first mistake. I had got it into my head that if I push myself really hard for say a week or wishful thinking, a few days, then perhaps I'll just fall back into it really quickly, unfortunately that was not the case. Surprisingly enough I set up my bike quite well and I didn't need any help, though my RPM monitor wasn't working but I just assumed this was quite a common occurrence, just for your information it isn't, and this was my second mistake!

One of the great things about the spin classes is that the instructor does it along with you so you know what you're doing at every step and stage instead of floundering a bit unsure, plus, and as said as it sounds, it feels like you're all in it together and there's a sense of,'ahhh we can do this!!!' My first clue to the difficulty of the class itself was when asked if anyone was new, I raised my hand and there were gasps, oh dear....The class started with a warm up which was more taxing than I thought and made me seriously rethink my fitness levels, just a word of advice, a towel is a necessity. The class I attend takes you through a serious of different speeds and resistance settings, usually going for a hill climb then sprints and we even work in some push ups and squats in there (on the bike might I add)

When it came to the sprints, this is where my RPM would have come in handy as I was pushing myself far harder than I really needed to through some bits and was totally burned out by the time it came to doing the sprints, ordinarily you aim to stay at about 100 RPM throughout the class and dip lower for areas of higher resistance and of course ones of lower resistance you can speed way up, to date I think the highest I have ever seen my RPM go was about 170 / 175. I have to be honest and say when I was doing the class I decided there and then that this was not for me, I would never get on a bike again, not just a spin bike, I mean ANY bike. My mind went through every emotion possible from oh my god I feel so emotional I may cry to, I'm going to throw up then die and circling eventually back to AAHHHH BEAST MODE. And as unpleasant as that all undoubtedly sounds the feeling you have afterwards can only be described as euphoria and I've really never felt anything like it or had such a satisfying work out.

Since doing spin twice a week my fitness levels have increased dramatically, I've noticed more of a difference in my energy levels and I just generally feel better. Though after the class walking home as such a sweaty mess has been quite an experience, you can guarantee that I almost always bump into someone I haven't seen for years and they automatically think I'm a hobo, just a sweaty, ginger hobo and you know what I don't blame them! If you implement one thing into your fitness routine make it spin, you'll want to hurt your instructor, crawl into your bed and sleep for the longest time but you will feel so glad you went.

I hope this has given you guys a bit more of an idea of what a spin class entails, specifically the spin classes at Pure Gym, though every instructor is different I'm sure the feelings are mutual! Do let me know in the comments below if you go to a spin class and what you thought or come drop me a line on Twitter if you have any fabby fitness tips to share with me. Or of course if you'd just like to see more of my sweaty, hobo face be sure to follow Granite City Girl on Bloglovin.

Until next time, spinning mad.

H.Elizabeth x 

Friday 11 September 2015

Nip + Fab | Bee Sting Fix Eye Cream Review

When I first heard the news that you are never considered to be too young to be wearing eye cream I panicked, 'oh my goodness my poor peepers they're doomed,' thoughts of intense eye bags by thirty, creases my make up would fall into and be lost forever filled my brain and images of dark circles plagued my dreams. Okay so perhaps I'm being a little dramatic and exaggerating a little, but I'm not exaggerating when I say I began to experiment with eye creams immediately! I have been through a few in the last year or so and even went as far as to repurchase Lush's Enchanting Eye Cream which, at first, worked a treat for me, it brightened up my under eye baggage and made me feel a little less self conscious (about something I hadn't really been self conscious about until last year!) but as of late those creases have really been getting to me, and my make up and sadly it was time to move on.

On my travels I came across a great deal of new, innovative and exciting skin care 'revelations' that would reverse the signs of aging, typically those all cost a bomb and involved either taking your own blood and smearing it on your face or letting a snail do the dirty under your eye balls, none of which tends to appeal to my price range or stomach for that matter, but thankfully the high street held the answer!

If I'm totally honest I bought this Nip & Fab Bee Sting Eye Cream on a whim along with their face mask of the same range (which I have yet to try and test, so stay tuned for the verdict) it was on offer in my local Boots, and as I'm sure we have discussed before, I'm a sucker for a bargain! The Bee Sting Eye cream at a glance promises to plump, firm and fight against the visible signs of fatigue. The cream required a test patch, much like hair dyes do, this was a little daunting to me so if you are going to give this cream a go make sure you don't try it on a whim right before a big event (I've been there before and it ain't pretty!) So after acing the patch test I was all good to go.

My main concern, as I know it is with many girls, are under eye creases catching all of your foundation / concealer / red lippy (if that takes your fancy) and further defining the shadows of your under eye baggage, and honestly short of botox and a facelift I felt skeptical that any product, particularly on the high street would be able to help me. Boy am I glad I was wrong! The cream is quite a thick consistency and takes a bit more dabbing than any other eye cream I have used in the past to sink in, but the creamy and thickness give it more of a luxe feel which is always nice.

It took me a couple of days use in the evenings after my shower and before moisturising to notice a difference but when I did... it was magical. My under eye bags seemed to be lighter in colour, now I'm not simply saying this is solely down to the eye cream as I have been sleeping a lot better recently and as you know I have been getting a bit of sun, but they seem less puffy and dare I say 'wrinkly' than before. When I was using the cream, because it is a 'bee sting forumla' I had half expected a tingling or stingy sensation when it was applied but thankfully it is so gentle there was none of that nonsense.

After using this cream and reaping the benefits so far I'm really excited to try out the face mask, apparently you can use this as a one off treat as you would a regular face mask or you can leave it on all night to give a proper soak in, though I would worry I'd wake with a Hannah face shape on my pillow so I may give that a miss. As you guys know from my previous Nip and Fab glycolic cleanser review way back when I'm quite a fan of their products and they just continue to surprise and amaze me and I would definitely recommend this to any of you out there who have suffered similar issues with under eye baggage like me, but I MUST stress the importance of a patch test, your eyes are one of the most sensitive areas of your body and you could cause permanent damage if you're not careful!

Okay so disclaimer and warnings aside, I hope you have enjoyed reading this review, drop me a comment below with any Nip and Fab products you have tried and loved or even tried and loathed, otherwise you can catch me on the flipside... otherwise known as Twitter and the latest Granite City Girl posts on Bloglovin.

Until next time folks, I'm buzzing about my eye baggage!

H.Elizabeth x

Wednesday 9 September 2015

Autumn in Aberdeen | Granite City Girls Wardrobe Staples

As you guys could probably tell by now I have pretty simple tastes when it comes to fashion, I rarely experiment with prints, bold colours or new and 'innovative' styles, which usually come in the form of sausage casing like crop tops with some terrifying looking embellishment. No I'm afraid these things are simply not for me, and you can trust me when I say I have tried, my goodness have I tried! It used to be very much that I was pretty embarrassed by my chronically monotone wardrobe thinking there must be something wrong with me before I favour black leather and a vest in summer over a floral print cropped piece of nonsense frankly! And so with that in mind I fully embraced my monotonous state and decided instead to experiment with accessories, b/w prints and fabrics with a few lovely combos as a result which I thought I would share with you today!

Simple staples of leather and leopard
If you perhaps couldn't tell from my instagram posts as late, I have been a bit obsessed with leather midi skirts, and really leather in general. Currently I own three leather midi's, my favourite at the moment is my Topshop one (as it was the first size 10 thing I was able to fit back in to!)  which has a stable leather at the front and a denim panel on the backside. I love how versatile this skirt is, you can dress it up for a night out with a crop top (which I don't do, but you could) wear it for work with a shirt or dress it down and pair it with a slouchy T shirt. In this particular pic I have paired it with my French Connection vest which is my fave at the moment, for a day at work, as you can see keeping to my monochrome theme nicely! 

Slouchy shorts and stripes
Stripes are something I ordinarily shy away from and spaghetti straps are the clothing form of demons as I hate bra straps being on display, but thankfully as I have gotten over my fear of stripes (only ever vertical though!) and got my boobs under control I was able to throw this combo together! Though looking back I do realise I look a bit like a referee. The shorts are from French Connection and they're the comfiest shorts ever, though they crease super easily! I'm looking forward again to wearing these with woolies, boots and my cosy coats!

Seventies Suede
Suede is something I have always been terrified of, but when I saw this skirt I must say it was love at first sight! When I bought this the 1970's were very 'in' as they probably aren't now, but just you wait ladies and gents they will come around again! I love pairing this with a plan black top and a statement belt namely the leopard print one in the picture. I'm looking forward to the proper Autumnal months where I can pair this with some wooly tights and ankle boots to really complete the look.

Happily leather after
Leather look leggings, oh my goodness leather look leggings, however did I live and dress before these leather look leggings!? I wear these bad boys at least twice in a week and they're so versatile and are able to jazz up any old t shirt, vest or drapey top I fancy. I love wearing them with my drapey River Island tops in particular like the one in the picture, which I usually wear a lace vest underneath. This has by far been my favourite outfit recently and I can't see that changing as the colder months storm on in as the leggings have a super warm lining and as for my 'drapey' tops I have so many sleeved ones, sleeveless ones, lacey ones there's no shortage on choice!

Fashion at times isn't my forte, and summer, as you've probably guessed really isn't my time to shine style wise, but I really hope you've enjoyed seeing some of my Autumnal wardrobe staples for the coming months and perhaps this has given you a  little bit of inspiration to dig out your own staples. If you have any thoughts or want to share some of your Autumn staples be sure to leave them in the comments below, come share them with me on Twitter, or if you'd like to see more of my efforts, endeavours and engaging content (ha!) be sure to follow Granite City Girl on Bloglovin.

Until next time folks, I'm making fashion my forte!

H.Elizabeth x

Monday 7 September 2015

Vroom Vroom | We bought a car!

Checking in with you on this very special day to update you on yet another little Granite City life moment or perhaps more appropriately another little life milestone, which as you can undoubtedly tell from the title of this post involves the purchase of our very first motor vehicle!

For us this has been quite a long time coming, we have been relying on our parents to cart us out and about for our weekly shop and just day trips in general and as we are currently in the works of moving home, we really just thought it was time to make a commitment and take a plunge as it were and buy our very own form of vehicular transportation in the form of our wee Ford Fiesta.

As many of you may already know I do not hold a drivers license but we are currently working on that, I have taken driving lessons a couple of years ago but due to university and work commitments I just couldn't find the time to squeeze in lessons and of course the financial strain back then with my part time job was a bit too much so unfortunately I had to stop. But I'm really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel in the next few months and as from now I'll be focusing most of my spare time and energy on swotting up for my theory test (which I had also past and has now expired - drats!)

All I want to say to end this very brief post is that we want to thank my Dad for carting us about for these last few years and your advice, without which we'd still be scratching our heads looking at Gumtree and of course  Neil from Arnold Clark in Aberdeen for his incredible patience and helping us in getting the best deal possible in our search.

Until next time folks, I'm being driven round the bend.

H.Elizabeth x

Friday 4 September 2015

Granite City Girls Ink | 'My Way' Tattoo

In my opinion body art is the highest form of self expression. In life there are so few things you get to say are forever, that you get to take with you when all is said and done and in many ways tattoos are life's most poetic form of personal expression and dare I say it art in general. So really it's no surprise that with almost every milestone, memory or little life moment I generally want to keep for the rest of my life my first instinct is to etch it permanently on my body, which is what brings me nicely to the subject of this post, my most recent tattoo in memory of my granda who passed away earlier this year. At first glance the tattoo just makes you think I'm quite a brash person, stomping through life getting my own way, and while yes there may be a little truth to that (ahem) it also means so much more.

When I think of my granda I think of a trailblazer of a man who did things the way he wanted to do them, in his time and though he was quite a quiet man he spoke his mind when it counted and didn't shy away from potentially awkward moments, conversations or dull down his opinions and that's a quality I really admire and hope I portray throughout my own life a because there really isn't anything more important than being yourself and doing things your way no matter what other people think of you.

So really in addition to the kick ass Frank Sinatra song which reminds me of him this new tattoo which reads 'My Way' is really an etched and permanent memory and piece of advice from my granda that I will now physically and mentally carry with me for the rest of my life, and despite the upturned noses I can see behind some of those screens out there and shouts of 'but why don't you just remember him in your memories and photographs,' let me just say that I'm doing it my way!

If you have any questions about tattoos, the pain, process or where I go in Aberdeen to have mine let me know in the comments below, come Tweet your questions on Twitter or if you'd like to keep up with Granite City Girl and any upcoming inklings come find me on Bloglovin.

Until next time folks, I'm going to continue doing it 'my way'


Wednesday 2 September 2015

Little bit of London in the Granite City | The Linton and Mac Experience

As I type this I'm still pretty buzzed, maybe it's the prosecco talking, perhaps it's all of the hair product I've been sniffing in this evening or maybe it's simply the effect of the brand new Granite City salon everybody has been talking about, Linton and Mac. As you'll know if you've been keeping up to date with Granite City Girl these last couple of weeks, recently I went along to the grand opening of new salon and style bar Linton and Mac so I thought I would just take a moment to share how the event went, what sort of services Linton and Mac offer and just really to beam about the business in general!

Stepping in to Linton and Mac you wouldn't be blamed if you thought you'd just stepped directly on to a Pinterest board, from the chic interiors and amazing product ranges to the nick nacks and attention to detail, the Linton and Mac experience is the stuff of blogger dreams. Linton and Mac themselves are, simply put, two driven young women with an amazing passion for their craft and a desire to bring some style, class and something that little bit different to the Aberdeen beauty and hairdressing industry and I'll tell you for the media and blogger launch they brought it hard! Inspired by salons across the world, namely London, Linton and Mac aimed to emulate that type of experience and give a luxe, lavish feel to their salon which comes across beautifully and their range of services are just as impressive as their outward appearance.

Opening officially on the 1st of September Linton and Mac offer a wide range of services, whether you're just looking for a cut and blow dry, some balayage or if you want to know how to contour your face like Kim K they're your new go to gals! Their style bar service itself is something I have never seen anywhere else, for the price of £25 you're given half an hour with one of their professional stylists who will give your hair some OOMPH from their very own styling guide. On the night I was lucky enough to sample this service and I did not leave disappointed (as I sometimes do when my hair is 'styled') and you can see the glamorous after picture below!

The stylist spoke me through the entire process and let me know what products she was using, when and why, which for a hair styling novice like me is great because even though its only a half hour appointment you come away knowing so much more about your hair. The style I picked was a very voluminous, gelled back style but as my ears tend to be a bit elfie (not the cute Lord of the Rings kind) the stylist catered the style totally to my face. Selfies a plenty were taken I tell you and I was so gutted I didn't have a night out or even a meal planned, nope just some quality time with the telly!

I'm excited to see how far Linton and Mac are yet to go, if their launch evening is any indication I can safely say I see this dynamic duo going global and I'll personally be back to try out their beauty bar as well as for a second styling experience because ladies, I just can't get enough. Linton and Mac are now open for business in the Granite City be sure to go and check them out at 18 Netherkirkgate in Aberdeen or give them a buzz on 01224 641664 to book in for a little treat!

I hope you've enjoyed this sneak peak into life in the Granite City and just what I have been up to in general, I love being able to share events like this particularly when it comes to new businesses and ventures in Aberdeen as they can be few and far between. If you were at the Linton and Mac opening I'd love to hear from you and what your thoughts are on the business be sure to leave a comment below, come find me on Twitter, or if you'd like to see more of my face (and hair) be sure to follow Granite City Girl on Bloglovin.

Until next time folks, enjoying the Linton and Mac experience.

H.Elizabeth x
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