Nars Afterglow Lip Balm – Orgasm


I feel like Nars’ Orgasm has gone past the need for an introduction – I’ve had the blush in my beauty boxes since I was at university, and throughout the years I’ve picked up variations of the shade in the form of glosses, shadows and blush/bronzer duos. As a rule, I’m not a big blush wearer – naturally I’ve got quite pink-toned skin, so anything added can leave me looking like I’ve run up few flights of stairs, but there’s something about Nars’ Orgasm which is pretty magical. A warm-toned coral pink with golden shimmer running through, it’s a suit-all shade which leaves a delicate flattering flush.


One of the newest additions the Orgasm lineup is the Afterglow lip balm – a sheer, lightweight product which gives lips a flattering wash of colour as well as a hit of moisture. I’m not a fan of heavy makeup anyway, but during the summer, I always seek out the lightest products I can find. The Afterglow balm has become a handbag must-have (I’ve bought two shades since I love it so much) and the pretty sheer coral feels like it was made for summer skin.


Packaged in a seriously pretty, mirrored bullet, I apply the balm straight onto my lips without the need for a brush. With a single swipe you get a sheer wash of pink, although it’s easy to build if you’re looking for a punchier finish. I just love the sheer glow it gives to lips, and although it’s not a glossy finish, it’s not matte either – so it’s super flattering.


Since it’s a balm, it’s obviously not the longest-wearing product in my makeup bag, but I don’t really mind touching my makeup up whilst I’m out and about. It’s the perfect antidote to my more boring lip balms, as Nars is infused with Monoï Hydrating Complex as well as antioxidants, so it works to really hydrate lips over time. Even when the ‘balmy’ feeling is gone, my lips stay pinker than normal – perfect for combatting that ‘foundation lips’ look!

Nars Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm is priced at £22 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Lush Renaissance Spa Treatment*


A few weeks before lockdown, I was treated to the most fabulous treatment at Edinburgh’s Lush Spa. Situated in the heart of Princes Street, the Lush Spa is a serious oasis from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Head to the Lush store, then pop downstairs, and you’ll find yourself transported to a spa which feels pretty much heavenly.


I was booked into experience Renaissance – a meditation on fragrance, and since the treatment was so new, I didn’t know quite what to expect. I’d heard amazing things about Lush’s treatments – they don’t offer your ‘run of the mill’ treatments, and instead, they specialise in experiences.

Designed to work alongside a line of new fragrances, Renaissance is inspired by the apothecaries of the 15thand 16th centuries in Italy and it’s completely tailored to you. Prior to the treatment starting, I was seated downstairs, and chatted through how I was feeling. With a scarf separated into the different humours, and a selection of scents to try, I had a few minutes to sit, relax and understand what my body needed.


I was then led into the treatment room, where the experience began. Lush, rather fabulously, create bespoke soundtracks which are played throughout their treatments. Renaissance’s was a mix of choral music, birdsong and instrumentals which built intensity as it progressed. Part massage part meditation I felt like I was on a different planet as I enjoyed it.


Honestly, I’ve never had a spa treatment which is anything like Renaissance – it was such a sensory experience, and I positively floated out the treatment room.


After it was all over, I was treated to a rather spectacular smoking ginger tea, and then I had time to get ready in the Lush product-filled bathroom before having to rejoin the outside world.


Lush Renaissance Meditation on Fragrance is priced at £75 and is available to book here.


Papaya-D Sunscreen*


If there’s one thing I’ve quite liked about lockdown, it’s been the introduction of Zoom product launches. Since I live in Scotland, I’m often missing out on the most incredible-sounding events taking place in London, so being able to clock in to learn about new products and partnerships has been the dream.


One such Zoom was Hiin – a Spanish-owner purveyor of Korean skincare products which has just launched their pop-up at London We were talked through the iconic 12-step routine, and then, very kindly, we were sent a few bits to try for ourselves. One of the standout products I tried was the Papaya-D Sun Cream – a facial sunscreen, which really, we should be using daily.


Since I’ve got sensitive skin, facial sunscreens often break me out – I get really hot and itchy bumps all over, and it’s such a pain when I’m off on holiday, so finding a formula which works for me feels like a complete godsend. The Papaya-D Sun Cream is a lovely, lightweight product, which smooths onto skin (after moisturiser but before makeup) without feeling too heavy or sticky. It’s a great base for makeup, and crucially, it provides an SPF 38 level of protection which is perfect for daily use. If I was abroad somewhere sunny, I’d probably use it as a base level of protection, but considering I’m in Scotland – it’s more than enough.


Papaya D Sunscreen is priced at £14.30 and is available here

4 Steps That Make Glowing Skin Simple

Achieving perfect glowing skin is something that many people dream of. Unfortunately, skin problems like spots, dryness, red patches, and excess oil can all stand in your way. However, figuring out exactly how you can combat these issues to work towards healthy smooth skin doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think, as there are 4 easy to follow steps which you can utilise to get that flawless dewy glow in no time at all. So, if you would like to find out more, then read on to uncover some of the best tips and tricks that you can make the most of today! AdobeStock_289202158.jpeg


A Healthy Diet Is Key 


One of the most important steps which you must address in order to achieve glowing skin is your diet. If you eat foods which are high in sugar, fat, salt and artificial ingredients like colours and preservatives, then you are laying the worst possible foundations for your skin to work from. The foods that you eat directly convert to the fuel that your body utilises for all tasks, including the regeneration and repair of your skin. Failing to provide your skin with the nutritious fuel that it needs to perform to its full potential means that you are almost certainly going to encounter issues such as spots and excess oil. Alternatively, consuming a nutritious diet that’s rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, complex carbohydrates and lean protein will give your body all of the vitamins and minerals it needs to regulate and stabilise, helping your skin to achieve a healthy balance. Eating healthily can be a struggle with the endless temptations that litter everyday life, but as soon as you begin to reap the benefits of your diet change you will soon realise that your hard work is worth it. 


Focus On Hydration


Another key feature of healthy, glowing skin is hydration. Though it may have become a cliché for those with perfect skin to recommend drinking water as a treatment for bad skin problems, there is a large amount of truth in the claim. Drinking at leat 8 cups of water each day will help your body to flush out the toxins and impurities that contribute to unhealthy skin, as well as providing the rest of your body (and mind) with a whole host of extra benefits. The human body is made up of over 70% water, so failing to keep this topped up can lead to many more harmful things than a case of dehydration. Drinking such a large amount of water can be tough for someone who has never formed such a habit, but using a reminder on your smartphone or hanging post notes around your home can help you to stay in check. It’s a good idea to invest in a plastic-free reusable water bottle that has a large capacity, as you can carry this with you at all times to ensure you have access to water on the go. 


Use Paraban Free Products 


In recent years, the issue of parabens has thrown the beauty industry a massive curveball. The preservatives and chemicals used in many skincare products are being researched at greater length, and this is uncovering certain issues that may influence your decision when buying. Ingredients such as SLS in moisturisers have actually been proven to dry out your skin, and the fact that these parabens often get washed away down the drain after use means that the harmful chemicals are now found in the sea. The same goes for micro plastics used in facial scrubs, as they leave debris on the surface of your skin that eventually makes its way into the local ecosystem harming aquatic life. Opting for natural, paraben free skin care products will enable you to stop contributing to such travesties whilst also reducing stress on your skin at the same time. There are many natural products which offer the properties you are seeking without the need for harsh chemicals, and these skin-loving ingredients will no doubt be more gentle too. Do a little research to uncover the best natural brands on the market, and order a few tester products to see just how easy it can be to achieve a healthy glow without the need for parabens. 


Visit A Skin Specialist 


If you have any particular issues that you feel are holding you back from achieving the healthy glowing skin you’re dreaming of, then perhaps now is the time to visit an experienced skin specialist to get a professional opinion. No matter what is troubling you, from discolouration and patchiness to wrinkles and other signs of age, there’s bound to be a treatment out there that can put an end to your woes. You may not wish to jump in at the deep end and get a full facelift, but a little support from a trusted skin expert can relieve you of the problems that feel you are experiencing. Always do your research before booking an appointment at a skin clinic by reading reviews left by previous customers, as a treatment gone wrong can cause your skin problems to intensify. Respected skin specialists should hold some kind of accreditation or qualification, so always ask to see this before going ahead with your appointment. An important feature of any kind of professional skin treatment is the aftercare process, so always take this information on board by listening to their advice. 


Following the 4 tried and tested steps detailed above will help you to achieve the perfect glowing skin that you’ve been dreaming of in no time at all. Whether you need to switch up your diet to eat more healthily, focus on drinking water regularly, explore natural paraben free products or book an appointment with a skin specialist, the benefits will become obvious far sooner than you may expect! There’s truly no point in wasting your hard earned money on enormously expensive ‘miracle’ creams when the top tips above can work even more successfully for a fraction of the cost.


Hip Hydration Bottle*


Like pretty much everyone I know, over the past few years I’ve made a real effort to reduce the amount of single use plastics, and although I take my shopping bag to Waitrose, and measure out my fruit and veg in reusable bags, I’ve got a terrible habit of picking up water bottles whilst I’m out and about. I’ve been on a hunt for a bottle which I can pop into my handbag, and I think I’ve found an absolute winner in the form of my new Hip Hydration Bottle which comes in the mot beautiful shade of blush pink.


I’ve coveted Hip’s water bottles for a few years, as their slimline shape feels like it would be perfect for slipping into my handbag, and honestly, I’m a little in love. The bottle holds 650ml of liquid, which keeps me going all day long, and it doesn’t feel anywhere nearly as bulky as a regular water bottle. In the morning, I fill it with distilled water from the fridge, and I don’t need to both with single use bottles, no matter how busy the day becomes.


I’m absolutely in love with the rubber snake print which covers the bottom half of the bottom. Not only does it look super fun, but it’s grippy to – so if I’ve got it on the desk beside me, I’m not worried about it falling over. It’s available in a rainbow of colours too – so if you’re headed out on a summer picnic or road trip – it would be perfect to get everyone their own colour, and just stack them up.

Hip Hydration Bottles at priced at £16.99 from Home Store and More

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