Yours Truly Organics Skincare*

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I’m not sure that there’s anything more covetable than beautiful dewy skin, and with skin that’s as sensitive as mine, I’m always on the lookout for new products which I can use daily, and I have to say, I’m more than a little in love with new-to-me brand Yours Truly Organics.

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Truly Yours Organics is a British company that’s all about quality ingredients, and choosing what’s right for your skin. I was very kindly sent three of the most-loved products to try out, and I have to say, I’ve been seriously impressed!

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The Take it Away Cleansing Gel was the first out of the lineup that I tried. First of all, Cleansing Gels always just sound fun. I love the feeling of having really clean skin, and taking my makeup off is pretty much the first thing I do when I get in the house, so the gel was the obvious choice! Packaged in a slick glass bottle with a pump dispenser, I use 1-2 pumps on skin that I’ve already dampened. The formula feels soft and cooling to use, and it completely eradicates all of my makeup (except mascara, which I use a dedicated eye makeup remover for) without leaving my skin feeling tight or dried out.

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After cleansing, I’ve been absolutely loving a spritz of two of the Balancing Toner. It’s so refreshing, and calming on skin, it’s such a great addition to my summer skincare routine! I’ve even used this over makeup on days when I’ve been feeling a little blah and want to refresh my makeup without having to entirely re-do it!

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Last up is the Face Base Face Balm, which is a must, if like me, you have dry skin. Again, it’s packaged in a gorgeous glass bottle with pump dispenser, which is just perfect for keeping the product fresh an hygienic. I’ve been using the Face Base Face Balm in the mornings, as it’s a seriously great primer for makeup, as it really softens and smoothes skin. After applying a pump or two to cleansed skin, I don’t even need to use a primer, and my skin stays hydrated all day!

Yours Truly Organics Take it Away Cleanser is priced at £22, the Balancing Toner is priced at £19 and the Face Base Face Balm is priced at £25 and all are available here

 

 

Leighton Denny Tribal Collection*

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When it comes to nail brands, you know it’s going to be great when it comes to Leighton Denny. From colours which just feel perfect, to formulas which have to be used to be believed, you can see Leighton’s expertise in every aspect of his polishes!

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The first colour that I pulled from the line up was Desert Rain. It’s a perfect, punchy, cobalt blue which verges on neon, and is perfect if you’re after something that’s bright, fun and a little bit different. I’ve actually been looking for a shade like this one for a while – a couple of years ago I splashed out on an YSL Arty Ring in blue and gold, and I’ve been looking for a run manicure colour to wear with it, and this one fits the bill beautifully.

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One coat of the polish leaves nails with a rich, colour saturated, opaque coat of varnish, whilst a second coat gives an extra sense of richness. The varnish is incredibly easy to work with, and dries quickly to a high shine. I got three days of wear with Tribal Rain.

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Possibly the most challenging colour of the collection is Tiger Tamer, which is a rich, mustard yellow, which, in certain lights, almost hits neon. Since I’m really not a yellow type of person – it’s not my colour in the slightest – I passed it on to a friend to use and review, and I’m seriously glad I did.

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On her, it looks gorgeous, a seriously cool green-tinged yellow that shifts in the light, and looks all round awesome. She raved about the formula too! Like Tribal Rain, the formula was rich and creamy with serious lasting power.

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Tribal Survival was the third polish I tried, and is an exclusive to M&S colour. a stunning, subtle tone-shifting lilac, this is a polish like no other in my collection. If you’re looking for something soft and pretty, but which feels modern to use, this is the one for you!

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Depending on the light, Survival Instinct flits between a soft grey and lavender, and it looks great if you’ve got a hint of a tan. Surprisingly, for such a light colour, it applies wonderfully – almost opaque in a single coat, and with a second your left with smooth, glossy digits.

Leighton Denny polishes are priced at £12 each and are available here

 

Kiehl’s Smoothing Oil-Infused Shampoo & Conditioner*

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As someone with hair that’s been somewhat mistreated, I’m always on the lookout for products which are going to undo some of the damage I’ve inflicted. After bleaching, daily heat styling and having frizzy hair to begin with, any product which offers to smooth and hydrate it good for me. So, when Kiehl’s Smoothing Oil-Infused Shampoo popped through the letter box, I knew it was destined to be good!

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I’d never tried any haircare from Kiehl’s before, but considering I’ve never failed with their skincare, it was only a mater of time until I did! Packaged in Keihl’s signature apothecary-style packaging, the shampoo was the first part of the range I tried.

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Applied to wet hair, it foams beautifully, despite being sulphate-free, and I love the scent. Even before slathering on the conditioner, my hair felt a whole lot smoother after using the shampoo.

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After squeezing as much water out of my ends, I apply a generous dollop of the conditioner to my lengths and ends. I then leave it on for as long as possible – just as long as I can hang about in the shower really, then hose it all off. I can’t even tell you how much of a difference this duo makes. Hair is so soft and smooth, and blow drying it is an absolute dream – I hardly even need to look at my straighteners after using it, and it feels so, so soft and shiny!

Kiehl’s Smoothing Oil-Infused Shampoo is priced at £16 and the Conditioner is priced at £19 and both are available here.

Roger& Gallet Creme de Mains & Ongles

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As someone with perennially dry hands, I’m always on the lookout for new products to help my poor digits look and feel softer and more hydrated. I’m also terrible for picking at my cuticles without even realising it, so I’m always on the hunt for the best hand creams I can lay my grubby paws on.

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Roger & Gallet’s Creme Mains & Ongles is perfect if, like me, you need something that’s rich and nourishing, but doesn’t leave hands feeling sticky or greasy. I keep mine on my desk, and apply throughout the day, whenever my hands are feeling a little dry or tight. I absolutely love the light, floral scent, and I can already see the difference in my hands from using it!

Roger & Gallet is currently on offer for £6 here.

Kiehl’s on Wheels hits Edinburgh*

DSC_0689Last week, on a rare sunny evening, I meandered over to George Street after work to check out the most colourful display on George Street. Kiehl’s brand new bus rolled into town a week or so ago, and has been providing the city with the best beauty products ever since.

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Considering I use and adore at least five separate Kiehl’s every morning, it was a no brainer that I would head down and see what the brand was up to, plus it’s always fun to go to blogger events. Kiehl’s, I’m glad to say, didn’t disappoint – with the most adorable picnic benches laden with goodie bags, it was so lovely to meet some Edinburgh-based bloggers.

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After some introductions, as well as a snoop around the Kiehl’s bus (it’s packed with brand favourites for skin, hair and body) it was time for the evening to begin. We packed into the benches, and got to grips with learning all about the best of what Kiehl’s have to offer.

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Jennifer (from Tartan Brunette) bravely volunteered to be the model for the evening, letting Kiehl’s expert Holly demonstrate how to best use and apply each product.

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Starting right from the basics, we sniffed, rubbed and patted in a whole shelf of products, falling harder in love each time. There were a tonne of old favourites, including many which I use on a daily basis, but getting to try out products like the Ultra Facial Cleanser, means that my wish list has grown rather long since last week!

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There was a lucky-dip prize at the end of the evening, which the very lucky (and lovely) Emma from unf4bul0us won, and we all toddled home, clutching our groaning Kiehl’s bags. Very kindly, we were treated to a mix of hero products as well as some treats from a Scottish pop-up across the street, which I’ve been using ever since – I’d forgotten how great Kiehl’s old-school lip balm is! There was also a full size bottle of the new Cactus Flower Hydrating Mist, which is super handy, as I’ve blown through half of my first bottle already!

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The bus will be chilling in the middle of George Street for the next week or so, and then is starts up it’s travels again. So, if you hear it’s heading down your way, pop in, say hello, and treat yourself to something lovely!

Thank you to Holly, Kiehl’s and Kiehl’s on Wheels for having me!

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