Omorovicza Firming Neck Cream*

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If I’m completely honest, my neck is the area I probably neglect the most. I know I shouldn’t, and I do try to smooth any moisturiser I’ve got on down there and on to my décolletage, but sometimes it just feels like I use so much extra product, that I just kind of forget about it, which is probably exactly what I shouldn’t be doing.

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So, when Omorovicza released their new Firming Neck Cream, it felt like I product I very much needed. After all, the brand believe that caring for your neck and décolletage should be a daily ritual, and I am a complete convert! Their cream is an absolute dream to use. Rich yet silky smooth, you only need the tiniest amount and is disappears effortlessly into skin.

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Using the cream also feels like such a treat. Every morning, after cleansing, I warm a little of the cream between my fingers, then spread over my neck, working it into my jawline. I stretch my neck back and to each side for a few seconds to get my circulation going, then pat whatever is left into my chest. It smells absolutely incredible, and it’s a glorious couple of minutes of self care before the madness of the day sets in.

Omorovicza Firming Neck Cream is priced at £95 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder – Natural

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If I had to choose only one makeup product to use, I think it would have to be bronzer. A quick slick of the stuff makes me feel human as well as disguising my paler-than-pale complexion. I’m also a staunch believer of not putting my face in the sun (tanning means wrinkles later on) so I’m always on the hunt for a believable bronzer.

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Since Bobbi Brown is the queen of natural makeup, I thought I’d give their Bronzing Powder a go. Packaged in a slick black compact, it’s a good size – being enough for the fluffiest of face brushes to swirl around, and I love the fact that it comes in seven shades, so you can really find a dupe for your natural tan. I opted for Natural – a warm toned tan shade which gives skin a natural looking flush.

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The powder gives a beautifully lightweight look. Even though there are small glitter particles in the formula, you’re not left looking like a disco ball. Instead, skin is left looking all naturally glowy and dewy. It applies evenly, and can be built up depending how deep you’d like your tan to look.

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder is priced at £30 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Magnitone The Full Monty 3-in-1 Face & Body Brush*

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When it comes to keeping skin healthy, the easiest thing you can do is to exfoliate and moisturise regularly. It doesn’t matter if it’s your face, body or feet – a good scrub never goes amiss! So, when Magnitone sent over their Full Monty 3-in-1 Face & Body Brush, it was the push I needed to up my exfoliation game!

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Available in two colours (grey or teal), the Full Monty is everything you need from a Skincare Brush. No matter whether you need to have a seriously deep cleanse, or you want to give yourself an at-home pedi, Magnitone have you covered. You just pop on the corresponding brush head and go. There are (unsurprisingly) 3 brushes included with the Full Monty – a facial brush (small and soft) a body brush (larger and denser) as well as a buffing head (hard and rough) all designed to deal with your exfoliation needs.

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To go alongside the three brushes, the brush itself also has three settings to match. This means it’s super easy to use, and, if you’re jetting off on holiday, it means you only need to take one tool away with you! It feels great to hold, and it’s nicely weighted without being heavy. I also love the shade of the brush – it’s a nice splash of colour in my otherwise quite monochrome bathroom.

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When it comes to using the brush, I tend to work from the top down. I apply a little foaming cleanser to the brush, and work into my face for a minute or two. It creates the best foam, and my skin feels so clean afterwards without feeling stripped. Then I switch out the brushes for the body brush, and add a little body wash. It foams up beautifully, and it’s great for sloughing elbows and knees. It’s a good alternative to dry brushing, and it leaves skin feeling seriously silky. Then, once I’m out of the shower, I see to my heels with the pedi head. The brush leaves skin feeling super soft and smooth, and once I follow up with moisturiser, I feel like I’ve stepped out of the spa!

Magnitone The Full Monty 3-in-1 is priced at £130 and is available here.

 

A Night at The Principal York*

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The last time I was in York, I was twelve years old and was on a school trip. We spent four nights in the city; our days spent trailing around various attractions and our nights squeezed four to a room in bunkbeds. It was as far from luxurious as you can imagine. So, when I had the chance to revisit the city, this time staying at the brand new Principal York, I absolutely jumped at the chance!

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Situated right by York Railway Station, the Principal occupies one of the city’s most beautiful buildings. A golden-brick Victorian hotel, it’s a pretty breathtaking building to drive up to, and the neatly manicured gardens to the front of the hotel add to the sense of old-school luxury.

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We had driven down from Edinburgh (and had managed to detour quite heavily through the Yorkshire Dales) so by the time we reached the hotel, we were ready to kick back and enjoy a little r&r. Our room, a Superior Double, was wonderfully spacious. With views out to the front gardens, it was the perfect spot to unwind from the rather long car journey.

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As in all Principal hotel rooms, there was a generous tuck box of goodies for us to nibble at, as well as the cutest little York-themed picnic basket! With chocolates, relish, wine and even a tea towel covered in Yorkshire sayings!

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The room was an absolute dream, with a huge puffy bed and separate little desk and seating area where I could set up my laptop and get a little work done. We had planned to head downstairs and grab dinner in the stunning Refectory, but since the room was so glorious, we opted to go for the naughtier option and order room service.

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We both went for the Principal Burger (£16.95) which was insanely good. It was exactly what we were after – it was the perfect comfort food supper.

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After dinner, there was only one thing I was ready for – a bubble bath in the room’s claw footed tub. With Elemis toiletries, it was absolutely heavenly to kick back in a bubble bath and enjoy a good book.

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The bathroom itself was absolute perfection. All marble tiles and grey panelling – I’m fully intending to copy it in my own house!

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After such a heavenly bath, there was no chance of us going out to explore. Instead, we made good use of the cosy room. We spent the evening in bed, reading and watching movies.

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The room was so comfy we managed to sleep through breakfast (but Principal breakfasts are among my absolute favourites, so you really should go). But the morning meant we got to give this shower a go. With the best water pressure you can imagine, it was the perfect way to prepare for a day of sightseeing!

Thank you so much to the Principal York for having us! Rooms start from £150 per night.

 

 

 

Amazing Cosmetics AmazingConcealer Illuminate*

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When it comes to everyday makeup, I’ve all but abandoned heavy concealers in a bid to look naturally radiant during the day. I don’t like the way they can crease during the day, so I prefer to go without. Annoyingly though, my under eye puffs up at the slightest thing, so I’m always looking for products which make me look all bright eyed.

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Amazing Cosmetics sent over their AmazingConcealer Illuminate which is billed as a medium coverage concealer which delivers a hefty dose of radiance too. It’s the perfect mix which covers up signs of fatigue without looking heavy or cakey.

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Available in 10 shades, most skin tones should be able to find a colour to suit. Application couldn’t be easier; after applying my regular foundation or tinted moisturiser, I dot on a little of the concealer then blend in using my ring finger. It disappears into skin, disguising dark circles and minimising puffiness. It’s a must-have for effortless summer beauty.

Amazing Cosmetics AmazingConcealer Illuminate is priced at £25.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Boots Botanics 100% Organic Nourishing Facial Oil*

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When it comes to beauty products, if I had to choose one desert island pick, it would have to be an oil. There is nothing quite as nourishing than a couple of drops patted into freshly washed skin. Since I use oil day and night, it can get a little expensive to keep on buying teeny bottles of the stuff, so when Boots sent over their 100% Organic Nourishing Facial Oil, I couldn’t wait to give it a go!

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Marketed for all skintypes, Boots Nourishing Facial Oil couldn’t be simpler – filled with great-for-skin ingredients like Rosehip Oil and Sweet Almond Oil, it’s perfect for rehydrating dried out skin. After cleansing I pat a few drops into skin and let it sink in. The oil feels seriously premium – with a rich, silky texture it feels like it’s worth three times the price.

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It also smells incredible, thanks to a subtly floral fragrance. It sinks in easily, and is a great base for makeup on days I want to look all fresh and glowy, and I use it every evening before heading to bed.

Boots Nourishing Facial Oil is priced at £11.49 and is available here

#NotForSharing – RBS

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A few weeks back I was invited to a secret event at Edinburgh’s Dominion Theatre. All I knew is that we’d be watching Baby Driver and that it was being held by RBS. That was it. No hints, no tip offs – just an invite and a whole lot of mystery. So, when we sat down to watch the movie, still intrigued by the night’s premise and the video below popped up, it’s fair to say that the whole cinema of people were shocked to say the least.

It’s easy to share so much of our life online – Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are easy to update, and who knew that hackers could use the information we willingly put up for such dark purposes? The insight was a shocking one (although I was rather happy about how little information they found on me!) and it’s a good reminder to be careful about what we post online. Not every subscriber is here for the reviews!

(And the movie? It’s a great one – go and see it while it’s in theatres!)

Dr Russo Sun Protective Day Cleanser Sunscreen*

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Even though I live in Scotland, I’m all about preventing sun damage. It’s not always been the case – when I was younger I carried out summer experiments (not applying sunscreen until I could feel burning, not applying sunscreen after being in the water – you get the gist) which left me at best, a little pink and at worst, with sun stroke and blisters.

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It feels like magic, but actually the cleanser is all down to science. All you need to do is wash your face in the morning like usual, and then the formula leaves positively-charged capsules that sit on the top layer of skin. Because skin is negatively-charged, Dr Russo says the remaining product rests on the outermost layer of skin instead of absorbing deeper. According to him, this makes it less likely that those with sensitive skin (i.e. me) will have an adverse reaction, and he’s right. It feels weightless on the skin, and I can apply my skincare as usual. It’s a fabulous option for summer, and it means you have one less thing to worry about!

Dr. Russo Sun Protective Day Cleanser is priced at £48 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

The Hero Project Glow Drops Dry Touch Facial Oil + Vitamin C*

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If you call a brand ‘The Hero Project’, you’ve got to be confident in your products. They can’t be ok or average – they’ve got to be seriously good. So, when they sent over their Glow Drops Dry touch Facial Oil I was intrigued.

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Packaged in a dinky little glass bottle, the formula boasts 10 Natural Essential Oils to hydrate and protect skin, so it’s perfect for wearing during the day. After cleansing a couple of drops patted into the skin is all I need instead of my usual moisturiser. It’s a dry touch oil, so it won’t leave skin looking greasy or too shiny.

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Instead, the Glow Drops leave skin feeling nourished but matte. Makeup smoothes on after use, and skin feels incredible all day. The mix of oils work together to infuse skin with moisture whilst smoothing the look of imperfections and signs of fatigue. It’s perfect for faking 8 hours of sleep, and it also smells incredible!

The Hero Project Glow Drops Dry Touch Oil is priced at £24 and is available here

Kiko Summer 2.0 Highlighting Drops – Plushy Rose*

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If you’re anything like me, summer heralds the end of powder make up formulas. Blushes, finishing powders and eyeshadows are all thrown to the back of the cupboard in favour of their liquid counterparts.

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Plushy Rose is one of two shades currently available in Kiko’s Summer 2.0 Highlighting Drops. A warm red-toned coral shot through with a subtle golden shimmer, I’ve been substituting my usual blush for a drop or two of this.

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The Highlighting Drops smooth seamlessly into skin – the formula is quite runny, so I have to be careful not to add too much. I usually pop a little on the back of my hand, then dot it on to the apples of my cheeks, then blend it using a Beauty Blender. It sheers out beautifully, and gives skin a glorious glow!

Kiko Summer 2.0 Highlighting Drops are priced at £5.90 (half price sale woo!) and are available here.

Glowbiotics HydraGlow Cream Oil*

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When it comes to skin, glossier is always better. Especially in the summer, I like my skin to look as healthy and glowy as possible, and I’ve been experimenting with methods to achieve the perfect sheen. So, when Glowbiotics sent over their new HydraGlow Cream Oil I was intrigued.

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Packaged in an easy to use dropper bottle, I’ve been smoothing on a couple of drops after cleansing, before sealing in the goodness with my regular moisturiser. It sinks into skin effortlessly. It feels surprisingly light, and the formula contains Abyssinian seed oil which feels absolutely divine on the skin. The Cream Oil also contains light reflecting particles, which leave you looking radiant – it’s the perfect addition to your summer skincare routine.

GlowBiotics HydraGlow Cream Oil is priced at £47 and is available here (UK) and here (US)