Benefit Complexionista

When it comes to getting ready every morning, I’m a fan of keeping things simple. If I’m not headed anywhere special, chances are a tinted moisturiser and some bronzer, and I’m good to go. As well as saving precious minutes in the morning, it means I can throw a lip balm in my bag and I’m ready to head out and about.

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Benefit have made it even easier than grabbing my makeup bag in the morning with their new(ish) Complexionista Palette. Comprising of two concealers, two bronzers and two highlighters all packaged up in a handy booklet complete with mirror. It’s perfect if you’re setting off on holiday, or if you just want to streamline your makeup for summer. Obviously the only downside about the palette is the tone of it – if you’re skin anything deeper than tan, this isn’t a palette which is going to work for you.

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The top two products in the palette are shades No 1 and 2 of Benefit’s Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealers. Both shades are a touch darker than expected – I can use No 1 to hide any blemishes etc, but it’s a bit dark to use around the under eyes. No. 2 is too deep for me to use, but I’m sure it will be a perfect fit when I’m tan. Both concealers have a creamy consistency which just melts into skin, leaving it looking flawless.

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The next two pans hold Benefit’s Hoola Lite and Hoola – their iconic bronzer. Hoola Lite is my Holy Grail, go-to, never without bronzers. It’s a perfect shade if you’ve got pale skin which needs a little warming up, without the orange cast others can give.

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The original Hoola formula is similarly faultless formula – giving skin a believable hint of glowy bronze – it’s perfect for creating a summer glow.

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The last products in line up are highlighters, and the perfect finishing touch for any makeup look. I’ve been dying to try Benefit’s Watt’s Up!, so when I saw it in the palette, I was pretty much sold. The second option is the shimmer Dandelion Twinkle, a finely milled powder which imparts a subtle shimmer. For day I pat a little Watt’s up onto temples and the top of my cheekbones. It doesn’t leave any metallic or greasiness, instead you just get a natural sheen which looks like you’ve been living on green juice.

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All-in-all, the Complexionista palette, although it doesn’t cater to all skin tones, is a perfectly portable collection I’ll be reaching for all summer.

Benefit’s Complexionista is priced at £26.50 and is available here.

 

 

It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

When it comes to mascara, I’m an all or nothing girl. Six days out of seven I like lashes to look naturally long and dark, but on the seventh day, I’m all about the drama. Length, volume, and super dark pigment – I want it all.  It Cosmetics’ Superhero Mascara is all those things and more – in short, the perfect seventh day mascara!

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Coming packaged in a slick black tube, this mascara is impressive from the outset. To create the formula, It Cosmetics worked with plastic surgeons to ensure that the mascara would linically shown to give super volume, super length and super elastic stretch in just one coat. See – it really is a Superhero!

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Straight out the tube, the Superhero Mascara is one of those gloriously gloopy formulas, which coat lashes with a wet slick of product. Since mine can get easily overwhelmed, I like to give the bush a quick swipe with a tissue before applying. Then its, perfect – easily coating lashes, and providing false-esque length and volume. The mascara stays put all day long, leaving you looking picture perfect whatever the day throws at you. Another bonus? It’s also super easy to wash off – I use my Glossier cleanser, and it leaves me without a hint of panda eyes!

It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara is priced at £19 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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When an invitation to Edinburgh’s Principal George Street popped into my inbox a few weeks back, to say I was excited is an understatement. The hotel is my favourite in the city, and is the perfect mix of casual elegance. I love it so much in fact, it’s where we headed to celebrate Christmas last year, and I’m an all-too-regular at Burr & Co. Did I mention that they also have an in-house Daschund?

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As if all that wasn’t glorious enough, the hotel has just undergone renovations to their fabulous Forth View Suite, as well as installing a new Taittinger Bar downstairs. The additions are perfect if you’re in town to celebrate during the festival, and there isn’t a better spot in Edinburgh to view the Tattoo Fireworks!

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A few weeks back I popped over for a glamorous evening filled with champagne (Taittinger of course) and Scotland’s best bloggers, as we were introduced to new menu items, the stunning new library, where we ended the evening watching the sun set over Edinburgh. It was glorious.

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After learning about the beautiful new Library (if you’re looking for Edinburgh’s swishes private dining venue – this is it). We headed into the Printing Press restaurant, where a banquet of starters were waiting for us.

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No.25 Gin Cured Trout with pickled mussels, avocado and beetroot was a perfect seasonal dish to start the evening. It’s a new dish which features on the summer menu, and the mix of rich trout, fresh dill and creamy avocado was just divine.

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For the main dish, we were able to select from some of the new summer dishes, and I couldn’t resist the Wellington Pork Belly served with asparagus on haricot beans. Feeling not unlike a dish to be enjoyed on a Sunday afternoon, the rich pork paired beautifully with the asparagus, beans and savoury gravy.

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The Printing Press is such a beautiful spot to enjoy everything from breakfast to cocktails, and even if you’re not staying in the hotel, it’s a fabulous place to visit.

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After savouring our meals, we headed up en-masse to fully appreciate the Forth View Suite views. And what a view they have! From one end of a wraparound terrace you can gaze over the rooftops to see Edinburgh Castle, whilst the other side has views right across the Forth.

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Serenaded by a saxophonist, watching the sunset with champagne cocktails in hand felt like an incredibly glamorous way to end an evening. The good news? This summer, the Principal Edinburgh George Street are launching a brand new Members Club, which will let you enjoy summer evenings upstairs, enjoying the view.

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With a new menu at The Printing Press, the fabulous new Taittinger Bar, and of course, the Forth View Suite – there is nowhere better to enjoy summer in Edinburgh!

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Thank you so much to the Principal George Street for having me – you can find out more about the hotel here.

Winky Lux Diamond Complexion Powder

When it comes to summer beauty, powder might not be the first product which springs to mind. After all, lip glosses, highlighters and sunscreen can all feel a little more exciting. But when you’re out and about in heat, you’re going to want a product which is going to keep you looking like you all day long.

Winky Lux Diamond Complexion Powder

In my normal day-to-day life, I don’t tend to bother with setting powders. I like my makeup to look natural and dewy, and it normally looks better the less I fuss over it. But if I know I’m going to be spending a day out and about, dashing from appointment to appointment, I need to know that my makeup isn’t going to be wearing off by lunchtime. That’s where Winky Lux’s Diamond Complexion powder comes in. Promising to be a real life instal-filter for skin, the powder contains finely milled diamond powder to diffuse light and fight shine.

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Coming packaged in a seriously glitzy golden compact, the powder comes complete with puff, which I disposed of almost instantly. Instead, I use a fluffy powder brush to apply over my forehead, down my nose and around the chin. Basically anywhere I want to combat shine. I then top off with my bronzer as normal, and I’m good to go! Since the Winky Lux powder is so finely milled, it doesn’t look too heavy or cakey, instead it just keeps makeup firmly in place, and shine free all day long. It’s a fabulous little product which has transformed my warm weather beauty.

Winky Lux is available in three shades, and is priced from £10 and is available here.

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I’m not sure that there is any beauty product more personal than your signature scent. I’ have  (rather ridiculously) felt almost offended to smell a favourite personal favourite on someone, so to avoid feeling like one of the crowd, I’m always on the hunt for niche brands. In my experience, they’re the ones formulating the fragrance which feel almost magical to wear. They’re the ones people will be chasing you down the street to ask what you’re wearing, and the ones which will spark memories when you give it a spritz.

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The newest brand I’ve stumbled across is Memoize London, a fabulously luxurious company who celebrate the complexity of fragrance. Each of their perfumes comes packaged in the most fabulous black glass bottles, nestled in black and gold jewel box. It feels decadent even to look at.

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The range of perfumes on offer from Memoize London is well curated, and focuses on rich, heady scents. Ones which feel special to wear. I opted for Avaritia, a citrus-tinged containing notes of musk and jasmine. It’s the perfect scent for summer evenings – the mix light citrus with deeper amber notes feels incredibly chic.

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As the perfume heats up on the skin, if feels deeper and darker. Incredibly sexy, you only need a spritz or two to be delicately scented all night long. It’s incredibly alluring, and I can guarantee you’ve not got a fragrance like this in your collection.

Memoize London – Avaritia is priced at £177 and is available here.