Try On: RODIN Goddess Aurora Luxury Lipstick – Winks*

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When it comes to summer beauty, I’m not sure there is anything quite like a glowing tan coupled with a bright lip and not much else. It feels chic and effortless, and when you’re dealing with hot weather and humidity, you don’t want to be worried about your makeup smearing. Right in time for jetting off, Rodin have released the stunning Goddess Aurora Collection which positively screams summer glamour.

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The lipstick is a new version of one of the brand’s classic shades – named after founder Linda Rodin’s rather fabulous poodle Winks, this isn’t a shade to wear if you want to blend in with the crowd. I love Rodin’s lipstick packaging – not only is the acetate case achingly chic, but it lets you see exactly which shade you’re reaching for.

As if the packaging wasn’t gorgeous enough, once the lid comes off, you can see how stunning this lipstick really is. Almost neon in the tube, it positively begs to be tried on. Since I’m not exactly tan at the moment (a girl can dream), I tend to pat a little of the formula on, almost like a stain. The result is a gorgeous almost water-colour effect which is easily built up.

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Once I’m on holiday though – all bets are off, and I’m applying this lipstick straight from the tube for an opaque hit of true Barbie pink. Wink’s blue undertones also make it perfect for ensuring a pearly white smile. The formula is gorgeously silky with a satin finish, so it looks ultra chic on, and it lasts well into the evening too. It’s the perfect way to feel seasonal without feel like your trying too hard – and I want to wear it pretty much constantly.

Goddess Aurora Luxury Lipstick in Winks is priced at £28 and is available from Liberty Beauty here

 

Hourglass Unreal High Shine Lip Gloss – Halo*

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When it comes to lip glosses, it can be tempting to cheap-out when it comes to clear formulas. After all, how different can a premium gloss be that different from a drugstore one when there’s no pigment involved? The answer is very.

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A couple of weeks back I was invited to a dreamy brunch at Harvey Nichols Edinburgh, where the team from Hourglass discussed all things beauty over a glorious vegan brunch. It was pretty much the perfect way to start a morning, and as if a few hours chatting about makeup wasn’t a treat enough, we were sent home clutching goodie bags filled to the brim with Hourglass products which really was the dream.

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I had hardly got back to the car before ripping into the goodies, and one of the first products I tried was the Hourglass Unreal High Shine Lip Gloss in Halo. It’s an achingly chic product – all gilded lid and weighted, so it feels like a real treat to use. One of 18 shades to choose from, Halo is the perfect choice if you’re after a subtle sheen, or if you’re looking for something to layer over the top of lipsticks.

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With their Unreal glosses, Hourglass promises to break the rules. Rather than the regular goopy, sticky stuff, Halo is a beautifully slick gloss which smoothes on the lips, leaving them feeling silky and hydrated. The gloss feels almost pillowy to wear, and the doe foot applicator gives a generous slick on the lips. Even though it’s technically clear, Halo has a subtle golden glitter running through it, which although delicate, leaves lips looking plump and juicy. The gloss has a beautiful minty scent which disappears upon application, and it wears for a good few hours before needing to be reapplied.

Hourglass Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss is priced at £28 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Go Visit: V&A – Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

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When it comes to fashion exhibitions, living in Scotland often leaves me feeling a little out of the loop. Each year I devour the news and images of each Met Gala and following exhibition, often ordering the accompanying books so I feel like I’ve managed to enjoy at least a sliver of what’s on offer, and usually London’s fabulous V&A exhibition is the closest thing I can get to the hallowed halls of Fifth Avenue.

When they announced the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition, I couldn’t resist booking a trip down to see it. Dior has long been a favourite designer of mine – I grew up idolising the dreamy creations of John Galliano, and his couture collections plastered my walls at school.

Obviously, he left the house in disgrace, but I can’t help adoring his whimsical gowns which fall somewhere between dreams and costumes. Bold, brash and full of colour, seeing them in person was an absolute thrill, but it wasn’t the only highlight of the exhibition – which kicked off with the original New Look Bar Suit from 1947.

The exhibition followed the house’s fashion pretty much chronologically, and some of the first rooms, filled with coats and jackets from the 50s and 60s were absolute favourites. Displayed in stunning neon-lit black boxes, the focus was entirely on the clothes, and the sleek lines echoed those in the clothes.

Getting to see iconic gowns like Princess Margaret’s 1951 gown was a real treat. I just adore seeing pieces like this in the flesh, so getting to examine every inch of it was incredible. I just adored the attention to detail – like the star motif in the beading which you can still see in bags and accessories today.

Rooms like the one inspired by Versaille and the wardrobe of Marie Antoinette were an absolute dream to linger in. Dresses from the original Dior archive mixed with those by Galliano and Chiuri. I’m not going to lie – I spent an inordinate amount of time in the room, examining each ruffle and pleat in minute detail.

In addition to the influence of the court of Louis XVI, the global influence on Dior was examined. From Ancient Egypt to the plains of Latin America – all have a place here. Colours are vibrant and jewel-like, worn with abandon by mannequins.

Photos don’t do justice to the room inspired by flowers and blossoms. Again, original Dior designs sat side by side with more modern creations, and I absolutely adored seeing the same motifs appear on dresses decades apart, and the hand-crafted quality of many of the original Diors was absolutely darling.With blossoms cascading from the ceiling, this was the ultimate in whimsy.

 

The later galleries were a celebration of all things glamour and celebrity. With dresses worn by Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lawrence, lights and music changed to create theatrics worthy of the Oscars themselves. It was glorious to linger in, letting the crowds whizz past as I enjoy the sheer beauty of my surroundings.

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It is important to note how popular the exhibition has been. When we visited it was verging on uncomfortably full, with a slow-moving wave of visitors methodically pausing at the alter of each gown. Honestly though, it was worth any hustle and bustle to enjoy, and I’m already planning a return trip. The exhibition runs until September 1st, and tickets are now completely sold out – but there is still a couple of ways to get in! Extra tickets will be released on the 15th July, whilst very limited tickets are available to purchase daily at 10am from the Grand Entrance on a first-come, first-served basis; these tickets are for times throughout the day on that day only. If you don’t fancy trying your luck, you can also do what we opted for, and just buy a V&A membership. They’re £79 per person a year, and you can get in to any exhibition without booking or paying additional fees. You can also enjoy a discount at the gift shop, and have access to exclusive events. Not only this, but you’re also supporting one of the world’s finest museums, and really, who wouldn’t want to do that?!

Nails Inc Launch New, Exclusive Nail Art at Harvey Nichols*

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When it comes to manicures, I’m pretty set in my ways. Every second Monday I head to Edinburgh for a shellac. In the winter my nails are dark, and in the summer they’re nude. Most people would find it boring, but it’s my routine, and it means that I don’t really need to think too much about it in between appointments. So, when Harvey Nichols Edinburgh got in touch to see if I’d like to try out Nails Inc’s new and exclusive nail art, I absolutely jumped at the chance.

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Situated on the ground floor, in the heart of the beauty department, the Nails Inc nail bar is something of an Edinburgh icon. Whenever you go past there are rows of glamorous women being filed and tended to, so it was an absolute treat to join their ranks.

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After settling on a colour (I opted for Mayfair Lane which is a perfect pinky-nude) I was treated to a glass of bubbles whilst my colour was mixed up. Unlike other nail bars, when you get a gel manicure with Nails Inc, they mix their polish with a special gel formula to keep it long lasting – then it was time to choose the nail art.

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To be honest, I’ve always been vaguely wary of nail art – worried I’d get bored of it too quickly, but I needn’t have worried. Nails Inc’s Harvey Nichols exclusives are seriously chic, with the option to choose pearls, bars or Swarovski crystals for a little bit of extra sparkle.

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After a little champagne and some serious back-and-forth, I opted to go for a single Swarovski crystal placed in the centre of the cuticle of each nail, and honestly, I absolutely loved it. Subtle enough to feel grown up, each of the crystals positively dazzled under the store lights, I couldn’t stop looking at them.

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The nail art was surprisingly chic, and would be a perfect pre-special occasion treat to enjoy, and elements like the pearls and Swarovski crystals would be beyond perfect if you’re looking for a special look for a wedding or party look.

It costs £65 for a full set of crystals, pearls or bars with an Express Manicure at Harvey Nichols Edinburgh

Gorgias London Argan Oil-Based Shampoo & Conditioner*

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Summer is probably the hardest season on hair. From full-on sun damage which can leave a fresh set of highlights looking like a faded mess, to seawater and chlorine which strip any sort of health away from hair. Just like fabric fades in direct sunlight, so does your hair – and it’s not just the colour that’s affected, but the texture too. Whenever my hair gets overly sensitised, it becomes rough and brittle, and pretty much the opposite of how I like it, so I’m always on the look out for a great hair combo, which is where Gorgias London’s Argan Oil-Based Shampoo and Conditioner come in.

Designed specifically for dry hair, the duo is made up of over 94% natural ingredients, is paraben free and completely vegan. It’s also been to be as hydrating as possible, which means it’s perfect for summer-stressed hair.

Packaged in chic orange-labelled bottles, the duo contains three key ingredients for ultimate hydration – Argan oil, Jojoba Oil and Sweet Almond Oil. The result is a shampoo and conditioner which not only cleanse hair, but strengthen it too – leaving it super smooth and shiny.

Gorgias London Argan Oil-Based Shampoo & Conditioner are priced at £14.95 each and are available here

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