When YSL first released their Touche Eclat foundation a few years back, I absolutely raced out to get a bottle. I think there’s been a bottle of it kicking about in my stash ever since! I was a huge fan of the original formula, it’s a real favourite on days where I want to look ‘done’ without looking too make-up-y, so when I heard YSL were reworking the formula, I was a little worried.
The packaging is pretty much identical to before – a sleek glass tube with a pump dispenser. Two pumps is more than enough for a flawless application – and I love using a Beauty Blender to apply. I would say the new formula is slightly denser than before – it’s described as full coverage, and even though it’s more opaque it still looks incredible natural and lightweight on the skin. The formula is infused with the light-reflecting magic of the original Touche Eclat, so it’s perfect for use when your skin is less than perfect! Since it’s a full coverage finish, I also love it for evenings out when I know there are going to be lots of photos!
YSL were also kind enough to send over a sample of their Touche Eclat Blur Primer. I’m so glad they did, because I’ve been debating whether to buy the full sized version, and I have to say, it’s on my to-buy list!
The Touche Eclate Blur Primer is all about creating the most flawless of bases. Smoothed onto moisturised skin, it goes on effortlessly feeling a touch silicon-y, but honestly, I quite like that in a primer. It blurs any imperfections or fine lines, and the little flecks of gold give skin a believable does of glow. It also adds some serious staying power to your makeup! On days where I’ve applied a light layer, I don’t need to touch up well into the evening. The Touche Eclat Primer just gives my makeup a flawlessness that lasts all day!
YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint Foundation is priced at £33.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
So, I don’t think that I could want it to be Spring, any more than I do right now! In the past week I’ve had snow, insane amounts of wind and rain, and it’s currently freezing. I’ve also been living mainly on hot chocolates as a means of staying toasty – which is probably the last thing I should be doing in my pursuit of effortlessly glowing skin!
Thankfully though, Jane Iredale has made hiding my hot drink misdemeanours with their new bronzer in Sunbeam. A mix of subtle pinks and taupes it’s a seriously versatile little thing, which can be used as a bronzer, a highlighter, a blush and even eyeshadow, so it’s perfect if you’re looking for a bit of a multi-tasker!
Like all of Jane Iredale’s bronzers, Sunbeam comes as a refill which you just pop into the compact. I love the fact that you just buy the compact once, then refill it as you go along. It’s an easy eco-friendly little change to your makeup bag!
Sunbeam itself is a buttery smooth powder, which adds a radiant warmth to skin. The top coral shade adds life to pale cheeks, and swirled together, it makes the most perfect blush. Since I’m so pale, I can’t use Sunbeam as an all-over bronzer, but I pick the shades up individually as shadows and highlighters, and they add the perfect amount of subtle radiance.
Jane Iredale Sunbeam Bronzer is priced at £29.95 for the refill and it’s available here
Lush’s Lip Scrub is one of those products I’ve been meaning to try for years. Literally years. I’ve seen a million and one reviews of the stuff, and I have only just got a tub of it, and honestly? I absolutely love it! Lip Scrubs are probably the one item I never really used, but over the past few weeks I’ve managed to get my hands on a couple, and they’ve been life changing!
I’m not quite sure why, but I always thought Lush’s Lip Scrubs were quite balmy in consistency, but these are a true sugar-scrub, and they are completely lickable to remove! Every couple of nights, after cleansing, I rub a little of the formula on my lips, then flannel off. Immediately my lips feel softer and fuller – I just top with balm and I’m good to go!
Lush The Kiss Lip Scrub is priced at £5.95 and is available here.
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)
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