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When it comes to skincare, I’m not going to lie, I am a bit of a Korean skincare junkie. There is something about the cute packaging, the lofty claims and the affordable price points which keeps me wanting more. Until now I’ve scrolled aimlessly on Amazon whilst trying to find my newest obsessions, but now there’s a new spot for me to while away the hours – MurMura.co.uk – a carefully curated collection of the very best in Korean beauty. I was very kindly sent a handful of the website’s favourite products, and happily none were any I’d previously tried!

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The first of the products I tore into was Back to Iceland’s Cleansing Water (from £4). It’s a brand I’ve heard a lot about, but never had an opportunity to try, so getting my hands on it was great fun! Super gentle on skin, it’s a formula packed full of soothing Iceland moss extract and botanicals, allowing it to effectively remove makeup, dirt and oil, leaving skin feeling clean, soft and refreshed. I use it after a foaming cleanser to make sure that my skin is completely clean before heading to bed.

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Missha’s Brightening Eye Patch (£2) are perfect if you’ve had a busy weekend! Kept in the  fridge and applied to freshly cleansed skin, these feel absolutely heavenly. Broccoli extract and hyaluronic acid hydrate the eye area, letting you fake a good night’s rest, and when applied from the fridge, the coolness also helps to combat puffiness. If you’re prepping for a big event, these are a must have!

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Etude House’s Air Therapy (Green Tea) Mask (£2) is one of my favourite products. I’ve written before how much I love sheet masks, and I tend to use one a few times a week, and Etude House’s Green Tea version is perfect if you’re looking to calm and hydrate skin. I used mine after a session with my dermal roller, and the day after, my skin felt so soft and smooth, and was noticeably less red.

You can find all three goodies alongside a whole lot else at www.murmura.co.uk

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When it comes to summer beauty, my most reached for products have to be my lip glosses. There’s nothing better than rocking a bit of a tan and a slick of gloss, and there’s nothing easier than using a gloss either!

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On a daily basis, I’ve been reaching for a simple clear option (this one), but evenings out call for something a bit more glamorous, which is where Laura Geller’s Color Luster Lip Gloss come in. A product which can be used alone or on top of your favourite lip colours, the glosses add a patent-like shine and some serious sparkle!

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Available in a choice of six shades, ranging from a ruby red to a couple of clear options, it’s perfect if you’re looking to amp up your lips this summer! City Lights is a fabulous neutral -gloss for when you’re looking to add a little ‘oomph’ to your look.

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A clear gloss shot through with the sparkliest of golden shimmer; I find this works particularly well with nude and brown-toned lipsticks as the shades work well together. The gloss has a thick, almost balmy feel, and happily you can’t feel any of the glitter once it’s on.

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Another of the ‘neutral’ options, and my absolute favourite is ‘Diamond Dust’ a clear gloss shot through with pink and blue glitter. Pictures do not do this gloss justice! It shimmers and sparkles like nothing you’ve seen before!

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The glitter in both glosses really work to make lips look full and juicy, and ‘Diamond Dust’ looks fabulous paired with pink tones lipsticks and stains. The formula of the Laura Geller Color Lusters is really divine, and feels wonderful, both to apply and to wear. The gloss is infused with light-reflecting pearls and lip conditioning kendi oil, which feels cushiony on the lips and provides a rich, silky, non-sticky shine.

Laura Geller Color Luster Lip Glosses are priced at £15 each, and are available here (UK) and here (US)

 

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Whenever I find myself in Edinburgh with an hour or so to kill, I inevitably find myself in Harvey Nichols. I can waft around the racks of designer dresses and racks of sunglasses for hours, and after all that shopping, you need to somewhere to enjoy a bit of sustenance. Happily the Forth Floor houses the in-store Restaurant and Brasserie, so refuelling can be sone in Harvey Nichols signature glamour. Both also enjoy some of the best views in Edinburgh – something to think about if you’re visiting over the festival period, and want to enjoy some of the nightly fireworks!

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When we popped in, it was a bit of a soggy Wednesday, but our window seats, and glasses of Harvey Nichols Prosecco (a favourite of mine) £6 brightened things up immediately! The Brasserie has recently introduced a brand new all day dining menu – a joint effort of all of Harvey Nichols chefs across the country. Working together, they have created a selection of signature HN dishes, so no matter if you’re in Edinburgh or in London, you’ll be able to enjoy the same delicious menu. We kicked things off with a bowl of Marinated Gordal Olives (£4) which were an absolute delight. Pleasingly salty with a warming paprika kick, they paired well with our Prosecco.

Picking starters took a while, simply because every option sounded so good. In the spirit of the new menu, we decided first to order the Moroccan-spiced fishcake, served with pickled cucumber and red pepper salsa (£8). What came were two crispy puffs, gently spiced with sizeable hunks of fish in them. The red pepper salsa lent a touch of sweetness to the dish which was a wonderfully fresh, summery start to the meal.

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I opted for the Burrata, with grilled peach, raddichio, and honey dressing (£12), which sounded too good to miss. What arrived was a glistening pearl of cheese alongside sweet, charred peached and bitter endive – in short, it was divine.

Cutting into the cheese led to a delicious ooze of virgin cream, which paired beautifully with the sweet fruit and bitter leaves. It felt as if I was enjoying summer on a plate! It’s something I’m already planning on recreating at home, as it’s such a showstopper of a starter!

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Throughout Harvey Nichols Brasseries, the quality of ingredients is of paramount importance. After all, you can taste quality! So, when looking at the menu, we could resist ordering the Scottish Borders Sirloin Steak (£28).

Served with a jug of peppercorn sauce (you can also choose a béarnaise or a garlic butter) as well as watercress and a generous portion of fries, it made for a hearty lunch.

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The beef used by Harvey Nichols is sourced locally from Shaw’s Fine Meats based in Lauder,just 25 miles south of Edinburgh. It’s so lovely to be able to eat out and enjoy the very best produce which is available locally. Served up rare (with perfect charring, might I add), the steak melted in the mouth, and the fries were perfectly crisp.

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I opted for the comfort-food classic chicken club sandwich with tarragon mayonnaise, iceberg lettuce, tomato, smoked streaky bacon, cheddar cheese (£15). I don’t think I’ve ordered one of these for about 10 years, but this was incredible!

Layers of creamy avocado, crisp lettuce and moist chicken felt wonderfully indulgent, and the touch of tarragon in the mayonnaise lifted the sandwich to a whole other level.

Served with a portion of hand cooked potato chips and a lightly dressed salad, it felt like the perfect lunch order!

Alongside our mains, we couldn’t resist choosing a couple of the side dishes. The Rocket and Parmesan salad (£4) was wonderfully crisp and flavourful.

I couldn’t resist trying the Roasted Chantenay carrots with caraway seeds (£4). Sweet and delicately flavoured thanks to the seeds, they made a perfect accompaniment to the meal.

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After having a bit of a digestive ‘breather’, we couldn’t resist jumping into desserts. After some deliberation, we couldn’t resist trying the crispy coconut rice pudding, cardamom, apricot, mango sorbet (£6.5).

This was like no other rice pudding I’ve ever tried before – soft and comforting thanks to the coconut running through it, the pudding was which was perfectly balanced with a hint of cardamom. The bright and fruity sorbet offset the rice pudding perfectly, and the crunchy coconut exterior was a fun, unexpected touch.

I couldn’t resist the sound of the regional cheese selection, served with chutney and crackers (£10). A mix of an aged cheddar, brie and soft blue, it was a real celebration of all things savoury. I lingered over it, enjoying the last sips of prosecco alongside, and it was a gloriously indulgent way to enjoy an afternoon.

The cheeses all worked well together – and the generous portions were enjoyed with the mix of crackers (I was especially enamoured with the charcoal ones) and heaps of spiced chutney.

The new Brasserie Menu is available Sunday and Monday: 12pm – 5pm and Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm – 10pm.

 

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When it comes to summer makeup, I’m not sure that anything feels more relevant than a great highlighter. Glossy, bronzed skin just seems to scream summer glamour, so I’ve been searching out the best highlighters I can get my hands on.

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When it comes to HG-worthy highlighters, I tend to be quite fussy. I hate that weird silvery shine some give you, and I’m not a fan of the ones which look almost metallic. Instead, I’ve been looking for something a whole lot more natural-looking. So of course, I headed over to Glossier, to see what they had to offer.

fullsizeoutput_1da5Available in a selection of three shades, Haloscope promises to give skin a ‘glow’ rather than traffic-stopping sheen, and it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for! I opted for Moonstone – a clear formula which works on all skin tones, and I’m not going to lie, I’m in love.

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Packaged in the brand’s signature chic packaging, using Haloscope couldn’t be easier. After applying my foundation and bronzer as normal, I swipe the highlighter over my fingertips a few times to warm the formula up, then tap into cheek and brow bones. I then make sure to blend it all in, so skin is give a gentle radiance. I’ve tried applying straight from the tube, and honestly, I wouldn’t recommend it. The formula is surprisingly dry, so it didn’t blend as seamlessly as it does once it’s warmed up a little. Using it on fingers though, it’s an absolutely beautiful product which makes skin look flawless. The effect lasts for around 5-6 hours, but it’s easy to apply when you’re out and about.

Glossier Haloscope Highlighter is priced at £18 and is available here.

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As someone who is the last hurrah of being in my twenties (sob), anti-ageing feels like it’s something I should be paying more attention to. Luckily I’ve experimented with creams, oils and masks since I was a teenager, but it feels like now it’s time to take a little more intense action.

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So, in an attempt to find out what’s new in the world of looking youthful, I headed over to Zen Lifestyle’s flagship spa located on Hanover Street in the heart of Edinburgh. The spa itself is an absolute dream to visit – all chic decor and luxury products. It’s also kitted out with the latest state-of-the-art technology to keep Edinburgh looking great.

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It was a packed night (after all, Zen is known for how effective their treatments are), and the evening kicked off with cocktails from Edinburgh favourite, and neighbour to the spa, Rabble.

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Suitably hydrated, we sat down to enjoy an informational talk from Zen Lifestyle owner Fiona Fowley. Talking us through the ‘Zen Approach’ the importance of cultivating an all-encompassing approach, I particularly liked the personalised approach Zen Lifestyle take to each client’s regime. Depending on your age, skin type and even how busy your schedule is, you can formulate an approach which will keep you looking your absolute best for as long as possible.

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The range of treatments on offer to combat ageing is quite impressive too! Whether you’re after a fun-on laser treatment, which rejuvenates skin from the inside out, or if you’d rather have something which causes a little less ‘down-time’ there are a range of treatments which include dermabrasion which will have you glowing in no time!

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After the talk concluded (and my wishlist for treatments was formed) we got to explore the salon, watching treatments take place, and ask any questions we might have. The evening was also attended by Skinade and Dr. Murad representatives – so there was even more anti-ageing knowledge on offer! After being thoroughly treated, we headed home clutching generous goodie bags, filled with anti-ageing products which I’ve been using every morning and night since!

Thank you so much to Zen Lifestyle for having us!