Benefit High Brow Glow Pencil

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To be honest, as much as I adore the packaging Benefit produces, I’ve never really fallen in love with any of their products. The glosses I’ve tried are always too bright and too harsh for my colouring, and their iconic issues like High Beam just aren’t my style.

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What I have adored though, is their High Brow pencil. Designed to make arches look cleaner and more defined, I’ve been using the original for years as a way to brighten the inner corner of my eyes. It’s an easy little trick which makes me look far more awake than I feel, so, when the brand revamped their entire brow collection and introduced this golden version I knew I had to give it a go!

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Packaged to look like a silver magic wand, I’m pleased to say, it works the same magic as the original. Every morning, after applying my concealer, foundation and bronzer like normal, I add a little of the High Brow Glow to the inner corners of my eyes, and under the arch of my brows.

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Despite having quite a firm texture, this isn’t too shiny or at all glittery. Instead it just adds a believable glow to the face, making it look like I’ve been mainlining green juice!

Benefit High Brow Glow is priced at £17.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Stila Perfect Me Perfect Hue Fair/Light*

perfect-me-perfect-hue-eye-cheek-palette-fairlight-palette-caseDo you know when you see something and just know it’s going to be great? It’s the best feeling, and one that doesn’t happen too regularly. So, when Stila’s Perfect Me Perfect Hue palette appeared a few weeks back, I got rather excited.

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I fell in love with the packaging first, and it would be hard not to! The compact is sizeable enough to hold five good sized shadows and two blushes comfortably, and it’s a stunning brushed gold. The lid is also covered in a self-coloured leopard print which is just adorable!

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The Perfect Me Perfect You palettes are available in three colour ways – Fair/Light, Medium/Tan and Tan/Deep. I was sent the lightest option, and for my colouring, it’s perfection.

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Fair/Light is the most perfect mix of cool, blue toned pink, and slightly warmer peaches. If you’re looking for a palette that’s going to leave you looking natural and groomed – this is the compact for you!

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The Perfect Me Perfect Hue palette is a real lifesaver in the mornings! It takes the guesswork out of makeup, and I love the fact that each product serves a purpose (which Stila have helpfully included on the base of the compact).

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Working from the top, I cover my entire lid, all the way to my brow bone in the base (top left) using a fluffy brush. Then, I buff the highlighting shade (top centre) into my brow bone and in the inner corner of my eyes. It’s seriously brightening, and it eradicated the damage done by late nights! I then buff in the taupe (top right) into my crease, making sure that there are no harsh lines. Then the fun begins! Using my ring finger, I then pat the centre glitter shade onto my lids. I’m obsessed with the texture of the shadows. They’re all buttery smooth, with wonderful colour payoff, and they are perfectly bendable. To finish my eyes, using an angled brush, I smudge the deep chocolate brown into my lash line, making sure it’s not too harsh a line.

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Then, once I’ve applied my bronzer, I swirl a little of the peachy blush from my cheek bones up to my temples, then add a little pop of the blue pink blush to the apples of my cheeks. The formulas of both are just dreamy and add a believable glow (which is very necessary on these dark mornings!) which lasts all day. I’m so glad that I’ve discovered this little gem – I’m currently contemplating which bits and bobs to take with me on a few trips I have lined up, and I know this one is coming with me!

Stila’s Perfect Me Perfect Hue Palette is priced at £28 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Bespoke AwB

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If you ask which restaurants to visit in Edinburgh, it’s pretty much guaranteed that there will be a few people telling you that you need to visit Angels with Bagpipes. Located on the iconic Royal Mile, it’s one of those places which people just fall in love with.

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I’ve never actually made it there myself, but I’ve heard incredible things, so it’s definitely on my hit list! What’s exciting though, is that they’ve just launched Bespoke AwB – allowing them to provide great food in a social dining experience. They believe that sharing is a beautiful element which makes an occasion special, so you can now have AwB cater your own special events!

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What could be better than having an incredible restaurant cater your private event? Not much, I’d say!

You can find Bespoke AwB www.bespokeawb.co.uk

Roger & Gallet The Vert Eau de Toilette*

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When it comes to perfumes, on a day-to-day basis, I just want to smell good. I’m not too fussy about what I wear (I usually opt for crowd-favourite Jo Malone Orange Blossom) but I’m aware that I don’t want anything too over powering. So when Roger & Gallet’s The Vert eau de toilette popped through the door I was seriously intrigued.

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I adore my Creed‘s Asian Green Tea Cologne, and I’m happy to say that this is almost a dupe of the premium scent. When first applied it has a wonderful, aqueous quality which smells perfectly fresh and cooling. Then the hints of green tea become more noticeable. It’s almost unisex in it’s freshness, and it’s perfect for spritzing on throughout the day, as it never feels like it’s too much or too heavy.

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Instead, it’s a refreshing mist of green which works equally well in the autumn as it does in sunny weather. And, as you probably can tell, I’m a bit of a fan! I’ve already popped out to grab a few of the soaps as it’s so wonderfully fresh smelling!

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Everyone who I’ve talked about it with is absolutely obsessed with it, and almost better than the to-die-for scent it how affordable it is! Like all Roger & Gallet products I tried, it feels incredibly luxurious to use, but doesn’t break the bank!

Roger & Gallet The Vert is priced at £32 and is available here 

Moi Beauty – Edinburgh*

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A few months ago I took something of a pledge to take better care of myself, and as a result I’ve been sampling some of the best spas and nail bars Edinburgh has to offer! Last week, Moi Beauty in Edinburgh’s Morningside was on my must-visit list, when I was kindly invited to give their Luxury Shellac Mani and Pedi.

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The salon is an absolute haven in the city – all exposed brick walls and white; it feels more New York than Edinburgh. I popped in on a rather dull Saturday morning, and the welcome couldn’t be warmer. I was ushered in out of the drizzle, shown to one of the salon chairs and tasked with choosing my colours.

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Shellac is no joke at Moi Beauty – I’m not sure that I’ve ever come across a bigger selection of colours to choose from! Even though my heart was all about the pink and neon, my head prevailed and I opted for chic and understated nude for my fingers and a deep chocolate for my toes.

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My morning started with my Luxury Shellac Pedicure, and it was exactly what I needed! While I poured over Hello! magazine, my therapist Claire got to work. My feel were buffed, exfoliated and massaged, and honestly, I have to say, Claire worked miracles! My heels were filed into submission, any a bit of reflexology soothed away the week’s stress. Then, once the Shellac had been applied and dried, my feet were dipped into bags of liquid paraffin to soften them even further.

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Then, once the paraffin had hardened and been peeled off, I popped over to the nail bar for a Shellac manicure. Considering I had peeled off a three week old shellac manicure the night before, my nails weren’t in the best of shape. Claire didn’t so much as blink, and got to grips with her clippers and files, leaving my fingers looking immeasurably better!

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My cuticles were softened and clipped, and I was buffed into having hands that look like they belong to an adult! My beige polish is just beautiful, and it’s such a great choice for a long-wearing polish, as it goes with absolutely everything! It was such a heavenly way to start the weekend, and a week later, my nails still look perfect!

Thank you so much to Moi Beauty for having me! You can find their website here.

 

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