Glossier Coconut Balm Dot Com

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So it would appear we’re gearing up for a sunny Bank Holiday Weekend. Across the pond it’s Memorial Day i.e. the start of summer, and in Edinburgh it feels like everyone got the long weekend memo. I’m not going to lie – I am feeling pretty summery myself, so in an effort to celebrate the season I dug out probably my most summer appropriate product – Glossier’s Balm Dot Com in Coconut.

One of six available scents and colours (this one is clear), this is one I reach for on a daily basis. As we’ve come to expect from the brand, the packaging is spot on. The minimalist tube looks chic, as well as being functional. The balm itself is something special – slightly thicker than some of the others, it applies smoothly to lips, and the scent of coconut is fun without feeling overwhelming – it’s more sunscreen and summer than fruit.

On the lips it doesn’t look greasy or shiny, instead it just imparts a subtle glow whilst providing hydration. Since it’s clear, I also use it on cuticles, dry patches and even elbows!

Glossier Balm Dot Com in Coconut is priced at £10 and is available here.

Lush Dirty Springwash Naked Shower Gel*

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When it comes to cutting down on everyday plastics, I don’t think I ever realised how much I tend to use. So, I’ve been trying to lower how many disposables I use on a daily basis. From taking a reusable water bottle when I out and about or heading to the gym, to always having a reusable straw to hand – I’m a big believer of every little helps. So to, are Lush. As part of their 2018 Father’s Day collection, Lush have released their Dirty Springwash as a solid shower gel.

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Before it arrived in the post, I wondered how a solid shower gel might work. Isn’t it just soap? But happily, it’s much more ‘foamy’ than a regular soap. Under hot running water, I use the sold gel alongside a shower puff, and within a few seconds the shower gel turns into clouds of foam. The gel smells absolutely incredible too – it’s full of menthol and spearmint oil, which are wonderful – especially in the morning! Super fresh, it feels like a great way to start each morning – and the knowledge that I’m cutting down on unnecessary plastics feels super good too!

Lush Naked Dirty Springwash is priced at £9.95 and is available here

Edinburgh’s Radisson Blu launches Morning Tea*

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If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for new places to head to. In Edinburgh, I feel like I have a handful of favourite spots which I rotate through. So, when I need to meet with people it’s always fun to go somewhere new.

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So, when I found out that the Edinburgh Radisson Blu have started serving Morning Tea – it sounded too good to miss! Every Monday-Friday from 10am-12pm you can indulge in a whole host of morning treats, which will get your day going. As well as a great way to treat yourself, it would be a fab way to enjoy a meeting if you’ve got a lot to chat over.

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We kicked off the morning with copious pots of tea, although freshly squeezed juices and coffees are also available. Rather delightfully, the tea comes from the capital’s Eteakat, which is such a lovely Edinburgh touch!

We kicked things off with the bacon rolls, because really, is there ever a better breakfast choice? These were absolutely delicious, and we wolfed them down in record time.

On the same level were a handful of freshly baked goodies – fresh croissants which we smothered in jam, as well as warm chocolate cookies, which were brought home and enjoyed with coffee later in the day.

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There were also fresh pancakes and maple syrup – seriously, can every morning be catered like this?

The middle tier of the Morning Tea was filled with tea classics. Homemade scones, jam and clotted clean were too good to resist, and the fresh berries were a fabulous nod to the upcoming summer season.

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We also had fabulous little parfaits to enjoy – vanilla yoghurts with granola and more chopped berries. This is probably my favourite breakfast to enjoy on a regular morning, so as you can imagine, they were very much hoovered up!

The top tier was, if it was possible, even more indulgent! With freshly baked muffins, and cream-filled Danish Pastries, these were enjoyed with the last of our teas and coffees, with the left overs boxed up to enjoy in the afternoon when we started to feel peckish!
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Served up in the Radison Blu’s stunning Itchycoo bar, their Morning Tea is an absolutely glorious way to start the day!

It’s priced at £40 per couple and to book a table for Morning Tea telephone Radisson Blu on 0131 557 9797 or visit her hotel website here

Glossier Lip Gloss

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When I was at school, I was pretty much known for my love to lip gloss. Tucked into my blazer top pocket, I used to keep at least three on rotation – one of which was always a Lancome Juicy Tube in Lychee, and yes, it’s still a favourite. Over the years, I’ve kept up with my favour for glosses, although on a daily basis, I’ve been tending to reach for a simple balm.

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So, when I was ordering Glossier’s brand new Lash Slick mascara (review to come) I needed to add a few pounds to qualify for free shipping. I’d been crushing on the Glossier Lip Gloss for a while, so it felt like the perfect time to treat myself! Reviews online are pretty much split 50/50 between ‘best gloss ever’ and ‘why would you pay £11 for a clear gloss?’ but curiosity get the better of me.

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As you would expect from Glossier, the packaging is completely on point. Simple and chic, this looks as good in my makeup bag as it does on my vanity table. And the gloss? It’s perfect. Applied directly from the doe foot applicator, it feels thick and a little gloopy on the lips. It’s not sticky, but it has a subtle sweet scent, which feels like a more gentle take on their Birthday Balm Dot Com (review here). On the lips, the gloss has that gorgeous 90’s glass finish, and thanks to the thick texture, it sticks around for at least an hour.

If you’re looking for the perfect gloss – Glossier has your back. Bonus? It’s only £11! You can find it here.

Ouai Haircare Volume Spray*

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When it comes to hair – I might not have the thickest in the world, but I’ve got quite a lot of it. It means that I don’t need to spend hours and hours blow drying and styling it each morning, but it does tend to frizz up or flatten out depending on the weather and humidity. Not ideal. So, in an effort to look a little but glossier, I’ve been turning to Ouai Haircare and their fabulous Volume Spray.

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Rather than other volume sprays I’ve tried before, this one doesn’t leave me looking like a poodle on the wrong side of a rainstorm. Instead, spritzed on wet hair, then blown out, the Volume Spray gives hair a subtle boost which just leaves you enjoying a really great hair day. Ends aren’t weighed down or sticky, instead hair is glossy and bouncy. It’s a perfect product if you suffer from fine hair that’s prone to flatness. It even works like a dream if I spray it on freshly washed hair and then leave it to dry – instead of frizzy ends, I’m left with beautiful beach waves.

Ouai Haircare Volume Spray is priced at £22 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Prestat Ruby Chocolate Bars*

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So obviously this weekend is all about the Royal Wedding. Whether you’re hosting a glitzy tea party, or you’re simply wishing the couple well, it’s nice to enjoy a bit of a treat alongside a special event. So, I thought it was only right to indulge in Prestat chocolate – they are Royal Warrant Holders after all!

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One of the things I just adore about the brand, is how unfailingly beautiful the packaging always is, and their brand new Ruby Chocolate Bars are no different. Wrapped in whimsical paper dotted with birds of paradise, these bars feel almost too cute to open.

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What’s inside though, is too good to miss! Ruby chocolate is the newest type to gain popularity (as opposed to dark, milk and white varieties) and it’s not only absolutely beautiful, but delicious too! Rather than being overpoweringly sweet and sugary like some white chocolate can be, the ruby version has a distinct sweetness which is balanced out with a gentle sour note.

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As you would expect from a royal chocolatier, Prestat’s Ruby Chocolate is wonderfully indulgent – creamy with a hint of fruitiness, it feels like a perfect option for summer treats! It’s also, obviously beautiful to look at too!

Prestat Ruby Chocolate bars are priced from £1.50 each, and are available here.

Innocent release 3 non-dairy milks*

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Over the past week or so, Scotland has been enjoying the most fabulous weather. Rather than the watery sunshine we normally get, it’s been nothing but bright blue skies, and temperatures well into the teens. In short, it feels like summer, which of course means, like 99% of the population, I’m trying to eat a little healthier.

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Luckily I’m not lactose-intolerant, so it’s not the biggest deal in the world if I grab a latte at Starbucks, which admittedly I do pretty much daily. But I do feel better when when I cut down on the stuff, so when I found out Innocent had released three different non-dairy milks, it felt a bit like fate.

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All three milks are, as you would expect from a brand like Innocent, completely natural. In fact, the almond and oat milks only have three ingredients, whilst the Hazelnut milk has four. I love the fact there are no additives, stabilisers or anything other than what’s absolutely necessary. If you’re a superhuman who makes their own dairy free milks, this means you have one less job to do! Also, important to note in today’s plastic-averse society – the bottles (and caps) are all fully recyclable. So great taste and non-harmful to the environment? Win win!

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The fact that all three are absolutely delicious is a real benefit, and depending on what I’m doing, I tend to pick a milk to suit. For my morning smoothie (I’m not a big breakfast person) I blend frozen strawberries, a banana and almond milk for a blast of Vitamin C first thing. If I’m making a coffee, I have been making my lattes with the hazelnut milk – it lends a subtle nuttiness which is delicious with espresso (and saves a pump of flavoured syrup). If I’m making porridge, I use the oat milk. All three are absolutely delicious, and can be enjoyed both hot and cold, and are great to use for drinks, for cooking and even for baking!

Innocent non-dairy milks are priced at £2 per bottle and they are available at Waitrose.

 

Preparing for the Royal Wedding with Amazon’s Fire TV stick*

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With only four days to go until the Royal Wedding, it feels like the whole country is gearing up for a fabulous weekend! The kind people over at Amazon very kindly sent over their Fire TV Stick, which is perfect for not only getting into the (royal) party mood, but for watching the livestream of the wedding too!

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Using the Fire TV Stick really couldn’t be easier – if your TV has an HDMI port, and you’ve got Wifi, you’re good to go. I plugged mine into the back of the TV, plugged it into the outlet and then logged in using my Amazon account details.

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What I didn’t realise about the Fire TV stick was how many apps you can download to customise which content you watch! To get prepped for all of this weekend’s festivities, I made sure to download the BBC app so I can stream it live. For a bit of fun, I also downloaded PeopleTV, for their take on festivities as well as DisneyLife for some real princess inspiration!

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In addition to the apps to watch the actual wedding, I’ve also downloaded Netflix so we can get into the spirit by watching series like ‘The Crown’ as well as documentaries like ‘Inside the House of Windsor. I also downloaded the seriously handy iPhone app, which lets me use my phone as the remote. It makes typing and selecting which show we want to watch so much easier!

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I’ve also added the Spotify app so that I can listen to music if I’m cleaning or reading, and Youtube lets me catch up on videos I never usually have time to watch – it’s great for popping on whilst I’m getting ready.

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So, on Saturday morning we’re going to be popping the prosecco, and enjoying some of the yummiest gourmet treats as we toast Harry and Meghan.

You can join in the fun too – there is plenty of time to order your own Fire Stick from Amazon (here). The stick is priced at a seriously affordable £39.99, and it’s absolutely got me in the mood for celebrating this weekend!

Paparazzi & Queen Hera from Leighton Denny*

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When it comes to getting my nails done, I’ve been sticking mostly to either pinky-neutrals or inky darks. So, in an effort to push out of my comfort zone, I took to Leighton Denny to have a look at what’s new. Inspired by the upcoming Royal Wedding, the brand have released a handful of shades which are fit for a princess!

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Queen Hera might just be the jazziest polish I’ve tried in years! A chic khaki, shot through with golden shimmer, it’s a perfect transitional shade if you’re not quite ready for summer brights, but still want something a little fun.

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It took about three coats to build up to a fully opaque finish, and you can, in some lights, see brushstrokes, but I think it’s such a stunning choice. On the nails, it looks like an oil slick – it alternates between green, blue and gold and shimmers in the light. Topped off with the brand’s top coat, it has a high sheen, and looks so pretty on.

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Paparazzi might just be the world’s most perfect cherry red shade! Opaque from the first coat, this is a true pink-toned cherry red, which feels perfect for Spring and summer.

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The formula is creamy perfection, and it applies like an absolute dream. If, like me, cannot paint your own nails to save yourself, this is the polish for you. It was opaque and even from the first coat, so you could definitely get away with only a single coat. Topped with the Leighton Denny top coat, it’s shiny, cherry perfection, and will be my pedicure choice this summer for sure!

Leighton Denny nail polishes are priced at £11 each and you can find Queen Hera here and Paparazzi here

Laura Geller ‘Iconic Baked Sculpting’ Lipsticks*

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Is there ever a better feeling than opening up a brand new lipstick? Probably not. A mixture of to–die-for colour and a silky formula has me pretty much weak at the knees. So when four of Laura Geller’s Iconic Baked Sculpting Lipsticks popped through the letterbox, you can imagine my reaction.

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With regards to the brand, it’s probably best known for their highlighters – I’ve tried a handful of their Baked Gelato Swirls (reviews here, here and here) and been impressed, so getting to try out some of the brand’s other projects was a dream!

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All named for New York locations, the lipsticks promise weightless, creamy colour, and great news – they deliver! I’m obsessed with Fifth Avenue Ruby – a bright, cherry red which is just aching to be worn with a tan!

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The formulas of the lipsticks are baked for a minimum of twelve hours, and they contain a selection of moisturising ingredients including sunflower and almond oils, so they’re perfect for everyday use. Delancey Delilah is a perfect pink-toned neutral which has become a favourite your-lips-but-better shade for me.

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These lipsticks are an absolute dream to wear – they are so rich and creamy to apply, and I love the fact that they’re opaque when applied straight from the tube. Brooklyn Beige is a stunning warm-toned nude which is perfect for balancing out a heavier eye look.

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Bowery Ballerina is possibly the perfect nude shade! A Neutral pinky-toned nude, this has quickly become my everyday lipstick of choice. Slicked on from the tube, it gives a lick of colour which lasts for a good few hours per application, whilst never fading or feeling dried out.

Laura Geller ‘Iconic Baked Sculpting’ Lipsticks are priced at £16 each and are available here (UK) and here (US)

Glossier Balm Dot Com – Birthday

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Ok, so really this post should be called ‘the product I use daily, and and weirdly obsessed by.’ I know that balm doesn’t really sound like the most thrilling of topics, but honestly, Glossier’s Birthday Balm Dot Com is kind of a big deal.

Inspired by New York City’s Milk Bar (which is a whole other obsession of mine – watch Christina Tosi’s Chef’s Table episode on Netflix, she’s charming) the mix of a vanilla scent, a handful of glitter and a holographic tube was always going to be a winner for me.

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Like the other Balm Dot Coms in my collection, this one is perfect for daily use. For the most part, I use it as a lip balm. It’s surprisingly subtle and easy to use, i.e. it won’t leave you looking like a disco ball, so I slather it on morning, noon and night. It feels smooth to apply, and leaves lips looking and feeling nourished, without feeling greasy or looking too shiny. It’s just leaves behind a bit of a gleam, so it’s also incredibly pretty patted onto eyelids too!

The scent is possibly my favourite part – it’s sweet with a hit of vanilla. It makes me smile every time I bring it out my bag.

Glossier Birthday Balm Dot Com is priced at £10 and are available here. If you’d like 10% off your first Glossier order, just click here.