Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Surreal Light

There’s a bit of a joke in my circle of friends, that if something is marble, I will pretty much need to buy it. I’ve been holding out on buying the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light, but the last time I popped into Space NK I caught sight of it, and just couldn’t resist.

The casing looks like Carerra Marble, and it’s ridiculously pretty. I’ve heard that Hourglass are going to be releasing a new limited edition palette, so if you’re after this one, you might have to be quick! Honestly though, it’s worth the investment. The palette is all about creating a flawless, sculpted look and honestly, it couldn’t be easier!

Tucked inside is an Ambient Lighting Powder in Surreal Light. After applying my makeup, I sweep a light dusting of the finishing power over my forehead, nose, cheek and chin. It gives skin a flawless look, combatting shine without making skin look dry or cakey. Then, I dust the bronzer in Surreal Bronze Light into my temples, under my chin and in the hollows of my cheeks. It sculpts the face without looking too Kardashian-esque, and then it’s time for blush. There are two included in the palette – Surreal Glow (pale pink) and Surreal Effect (peony pink). I work small amount of Surreal Glow on my cheek bones, then finish with a pop of Surreal Effect. It seriously brightens winter-dulled skin, and makes me look far more awake than I feel in the mornings. Then, to finish the look, I sweep Surreal Strobe Light on the high points of my face – on my brow bones, cheek bones and across the bridge of my nose. It never looks too shiny or sparkly, just wondrously natural.

Hourglass Surreal Light Edit is priced at £69 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Kerastase Treatment at Vincent Bell Hairdressing Edinburgh*

Vincent Bell is one of those salons I pass on an almost daily basis, always meaning to pop in for a blow dry. Located pretty much exactly where Stockbridge meets Edinburgh New Town, it’s a seriously handy little spot which is perfect for getting a bit of TLC without having to navigate around Edinburgh.

So, I absolutely jumped at the chance when they invited me to come in and get a Kerastase treatment and a blow dry. It’s not secret that I’m desperately trying to get my hair back to normal after a few ill-advised bleaching treatments, so the chance to let the professionals get to work on my strands was too good to miss!

The salon itself is beautiful – all beige walls and oversized mirrors which make the whole process feel absolutely dreamy. All the staff are super lovely too – and they’ll make sure you’re never without a magazine or cup of tea throughout the whole experience. I popped in last Saturday – and it was the absolutely perfect way to escape a slightly snowy Edinbugh afternoon!

After discussing what I was after with my blow out (straight and shiny please) we then got to discussing my hair needs. My ends are in much better condition than they have been recently, but were still the wrong side of fragile. So, I got a mix of the two strongest treatments mixed together to really give my hair a bit of oomph. I was then led upstairs to get a shampoo, treatment, and the most heavenly of head massages imaginable.

Then, it was back downstairs for the blow dry. My stylist got to grips with my hair, and within a few minutes it was soft, smooth and feeling silky, but still with the perfect amount of volume. The effects of the treatment last for around 5 washes, and I’ve really noticed the difference since popping in. My hair, which can feel a bit dry and lacklustre due to my continual heat styling, was so much smoother and bouncier -I’m already planning a return trip!


A wash, blow dry and treatment starts from around £50 and you can see Vincent Bell’s price list here

Rodial Snake Moisturiser O2*

Now we’re heading into Spring (finally) I feel like it’s the perfect time to give my daily skincare routine a bit of an update. I don’t feel like my skin isn’t as dry as it did in the depths of winter, and Rodial’s Snake Moisturiser O2 is described as a ‘shot of caffeine’ for the skin, and it’s exactly what my skin’s been needing!

Packaged in a sleek, black tube, Rodial’s Snake O2 Moisturiser is an absolute dream for winter-weary skin. After cleansing, I massage 2 pumps of the moisturiser into my face and neck. It’s got a wonderfully fresh scent, which feels very ‘Rodial’. If you’ve tried any of the brand’s other skincare, you’ll probably be familiar with the smell. It’s very fresh and clean – not overpowering at all! It feels  lovely to apply – and disappears into the skin, making it feel super soft and smooth – and perfect for pre-makeup application.

As a formula, I don’t think it could pack much more skin-goodness in if they tried! The Snake Moisturiser 02 contains  Syn®-Ake Dipeptide to  ‘freeze’ muscle contractions, providing a skin-smoothing, line-erasing affect, whilst an Oxygen Carrier provides an instant energising affect, boosting circulation and skin radiance. More conventional ingredients are included too! Shea Butter provides the skin with deep, long-lasting nourishment, whilst Vitamin C helps to brighten the complexion and Vitamin E provides powerful anti-oxidants, whilst also improving skin hydration. It’s an absolute powerhouse of a moisturiser, and I’m absolutely in love!

Rodial’s Snake Moisturiser O2 is priced at £85 and is available here

This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak*

I’ve been a fan of This Works’ Deep Sleep range for a while. When I say it knocks you out, it really does – so much so that I have to keep my goodies to use at the weekend so I don’t sleep in! When I was away this weekend, I got more than enough time to give the Deep Sleep Bath Soak a good go! After running a hot bath, I sprinkled a few spoonfuls of the bath soak into the hot water, got in, and enjoyed the end of my book. The Bath Soak smells glorious – it’s a mixture of vetivert and lavender which is incredibly soothing. I then headed straight to bed, and I promptly fell fast asleep!

This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak is priced at £22 and is available here

Kitsch Sport Hair Ties*

I’ve absolutey loved the ribbon tie trend for a good few years now. I love how gentle they are on your hair, and they look super cute too! So, when I got my hands on these Kitsch beauties, I couldn’t have been happier! Especially designed for working out, the ribbons have a rubber coating on the inside to keep hair in place during the hot and sweatiest of work outs, and the colours are just adorable too!

Kitsch Sport Hair Ties are priced at £5.24 and are available here