Rodial Baking Powder*

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If you’ve come anywhere close to a Youtube beauty video in the past year or so, chances are you’ve come across a new powder technique called ‘baking.’ It promises to highlight the under-eye area and set makeup without looking cake-y, so when I found out that Rodial had released a brand new powder designed specifically to bake, I had to check it out!

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Like all of Rodial’s products, the Baking Powder is absolutely stunning. It’s a dinky little tub, but comes with sleek black lid emblazoned with Rodial’s R, and it slots easily into my makeup bag. Rodial have even launched a special Baking Brush to ensure an even application, but if you’re not looking to splash out, all you need is a clean beauty blender-esque sponge and a big, fluffy brush.

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After applying my under eye concealer, using a clean sponge, I tap a little of the Baking Powder to my under eye area, then leave it to set for 15-20 minutes. The heat from your skin causes the powder to blend seamlessly with the concealer, creating a perfected suede-smooth look which lasts all day. Once the time is up, I just sweep off the excess, and blend with a little bronzer. It creates such a wonderful, perfected look which is perfect if you’re looking for makeup which will look fresh all evening.

Rodial Baking Powder is priced at £29 and is available here

Alexi London Midi Marquise Cut Earrings*

When I say I’ve been looking for the perfect pair of ear cuffs for months, it’s really not an understatement. I can be seriously fussy when it comes to wearing jewellery, and earrings and a simple gold bracelet are pretty much the only pieces I wear on a day-to-day basis, so when I change up my go-tos, it really makes a difference!

I recently fell absolutely in love with these Alexi London Midi Marquise Cut earrings, which are an absolutely stunning way to update my look. The earrings come packaged in an adorable little jewellery box, which is perfect for keeping them safe in when I’m not wearing them.

The earrings are the smaller of the two sizes available, and are designed for pierced ears. Unlike a lot of fashionable jewellery, Alexi of London has made the earrings with Sterling Silver, which means they don’t irritate sensitive skin, and they’re comfortable enough to wear all day.

I absolutely love popping these on with simple outfits, as they make such a statement, and the best thing is how comfortable they are to wear. They feel surprisingly lightweight when they’re in, and I can’t tell you how many people have commented on them!

The medium size of the earrings means that they are small enough to wear, even during the day, and they are wonderfully glittery and sparkly, and people have even asked me if the cubic zirconia gems are diamonds!

These are such a fun addition to my jewellery box (and they would make a great Valentine’s Gift too!) and if you’re looking for a pair of your own, Alexi London have very kindly given LuxeList readers 10% off with the code LUXE10

 

You can find yours here.

A Night at the Lowry Hotel Manchester*

Whenever I’m feeling like a bit of a change of scenery, I have a tendency to find myself down in Cheshire. They’re usually just a day away, and I always feel like I’d like to spend a little more time in the back of the woods, so, I absolutely jumped at the chance to enjoy an evening at the five star Lowry Hotel.

Perched on the banks of the river Irwell, the hotel is perfectly placed for a city break in either Salford or Manchester (or both!) and is a stylish retreat from the buzz outside. After driving down from Edinburgh, the hotel was an absolute treat to check into, and I can easily see why it’s the pick for Manchester United to spend their evenings in prior to big matches!

The hotel itself is a slick mixture of clean lines and pops of colour. The room we were shown to was a Superior Deluxe River View, which was wonderfully roomy, and had everything you could need for a cosy night away. Since we had been driving down, we ended up just staying in the room – making use of the Lowry’s absolutely stunning spa, and indulging in a bit of room service.

I also spent a good few hours in the bathroom, enjoying a long soak in the tub with a good book (I’m currently loving His Bloody Project), and getting to spend some time just enjoying myself was exactly what I needed.

The Lowry stock their bathrooms with seriously generous tubes of one of my favourites – Aromatherapy Associates! They staff were also incredibly helpful – after I burned through the entire tube of shower gel in a single bath, it was only moments until the turndown service came and restocked me with gallons of the stuff!

I also really appreciated the nod to the hotel’s namesake with the Lowry print in the bathroom. It was a cute little touch, and made the bathroom feel more personalised than some hotels I’ve been in recently.

So, after wallowing in the bath, and then padding back from the spa, still in our fluffy robes, it was time for supper, which came in the form of a room service burger (really, is there any other option?). And honestly, we were absolutely blown away by the quality of the food. I didn’t take a photo (I was super tired and absolutely starving), but only 15-20 minutes after ordering, plates of juicy burgers and crispy fries arrived, and we absolutely inhaled them! Thankfully check-out at The Lowry isn’t until 12pm, so we got to enjoy an absolutely glorious night’s sleep before padding down to check out. Still full from our midnight feast the night before, we didn’t quite make it to breakfast – but it looked delicious with a wide array of both hot and cold options.

Rooms start at £125 per night, and can be booked here

Many thanks to the Lowry Manchester for having me!

Verso Skincare Day Cream*

Verso Skincare are one of those brands I’ve been absolutely dying to get my hands on. With sleek, chic packaging which looks like it should take centre-stage on an instagram-worthy top shelf, I had heard rather wonderful things about the formulas.

What I just love about the Verso skincare range, is how easy it is to use. Each product is numbered, so you know which order to use it in. This is super helpful if your just getting to grips with how to layer serums under moisturisers, and where to slot certain products into your regime.

I’ve been trying their Day Cream for the past few weeks, and I’m such a fan. A gentle retinol is something which I’ve been wanting to introduce to my regime for a while, and this one is super gentle, even for my sensitive skin. After cleansing I smooth a single pump of the moisturiser onto my face, neck and décolletage. The cream feels rich and nourishing to apply, and my skin just drinks it up. Even as the day progresses, I’m not left feeling dried out. Instead, my skin feels healthy and smooth, and I don’t get oily or greasy looking in the afternoon (which is always a bonus).

Verso Skincare Day Cream is priced at £85 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Byron’s Calvin Haggis Burger*

If you’re not from, or live in Scotland, chances are, you might not have come across Burns Night before. It’s something of a localised celebration, which is probably celebrated with more gusto by expats outside of Scotland than the most of us in it! But Byron is changing all of that, with their Calvin Haggis special, which is being served exclusively in their Scottish restaurants until January 29th (Sunday).

I popped in yesterday, and I had had one of those days where I hadn’t had a second to think, let alone have lunch, so I was absolutely starving by the time I arrived at the North Bridge restaurant at 7.30pm. So, prior to getting to grips with the special, we ordered a plate of Nachos (£5.95) which came piled high with salsa, guacamole, sour cream and melted cheese. Absolutely delicious as always, the Nachos are the perfect mix of zesty, creamy and crunchy.

To drink, I feel like there is really only ever one option at Byron – their Vanilla milkshakes are just too good to resist, and, even though it was a school night, we opted to add a shot of bourbon (£7.50). Honestly, the Hard Shakes are just dreamy, and the mix of bourbon and vanilla is just perfection!

Then it was time for the main event – the Calvin Haggis burger. The brainchild of one of Byron’s Glasgow employees, it was originally thought-up as something of a hangover cure, and it might just be the most stocked burger I’ve ever tried.

The Calvin Haggis consists of a 6oz hamburger, haggis, bacon and onion relish, tattie scone, American cheese, dry cure bacon, fried egg and onions, all finished off in a glazed bun with some Byron sauce. Honestly, it’s an absolute monster of a burger, but it’s surprisingly delicious! I ordered my egg well done- and the mix of all the flavours was an absolute revelation.

I have to admit, I did eat my burger with a knife and fork because it was so packed with cheese and sauce, but the mix of savoury flavours, thanks to the potato scone, bacon, cheese and onions was mouthwatering, and I’m sure that Byron will have to make this a regular Burns Night special, because everyone seemed to absolutely love it!

Many thanks to Byron for having us!

 

 

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