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Last week, I finally bit the bullet and finally got my roots done. It had been quite a few months since I’d been in the salon, and in an attempt to let me hair recover from a few too many bleak sessions, I had been letting my hair grow in naturally for a bit. The result? My hair definitely feels stronger, but it was also a whole lot darker than I had anticipated too! Thankfully, an afternoon spent down in Cheshire means I’m back to blonde, and I’ve been looking for products which will keep my strands from turning brassy, which is exactly where Charles Worthington comes in.

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The brand has just released a whole line of colour-correcting products which work on combatting brassy tones. No matter if you’re blonde, brunette or even white-haired, there is a formula for you! I picked the Ultra Violet, which has been designed to keep blonde and platinum hair icy cool.

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I’ve been a big fan of purple shampoos for the past few years, and Charles Worthington’s ColourPlex offering is a salon-strength offering. Used once a week, just shampoo hair as normal, and then leave for around five minuted before shampooing out. After shampooing, I slap a healthy dose of conditioner on (this one) and carry on styling hair as normal. The difference the shampoo has on hair colour is remarkable – it makes highlights look salon-fresh, and completely kills any yellow tones. If you’re looking for a hair-refresh, this is the product for you!

Charles Worthington ColourPlease Ultra Violet Shampoo is pried at £7.99 and is available here

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When a product touts itself as a miracle, I’m usually pretty dubious. It sounds like a claim made on one of those late night shopping programmes – and really, when did they ever sell anything really worth having? But this is the exception to the rule, it is, in fact, a miracle product – especially if you’ve got blonde or damaged hair. It was first recommended to me by uber-colorist Kyle White in New York. He is, undoubtedly the king of blondes, and I’ve never been happier with my hair than when he’s done it. No joke – every.single.time I’ve been in New York, I’ve made my pilgrimage to the Oscar Blandi salon – it’s a must visit!

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Even if I can’t always be a Kyle-blonde, I do try and follow his advice at all times – which is where It’s a 10 comes in. Not always the easiest product to find in the UK, I tend to pick mine up on Amazon, and after washing my hair (currently I’m using Kerastase Bain Satin 2 and this Fekkai conditioner) I spritz my hair from root to tip with the stuff, then comb through. It’s a 10 has a light, almost conditioner-like consistency, and my hair completely soaks the stuff up. I then apply a little styling creme to the ends, and blow dry as normal. The result is hair which looks and feels so much healthier. It’s softer and shinier, and it’s also a whole lot smoother to boot. Through regular use, it keeps hair healthier and feeling stronger, and there is even sunscreen in the formula, so it’s perfect for summer use! The other benefit? It’s also super affordable!

It’s a 10 is priced at £16 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

 

 

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Now that we’re firmly in August, it feels like the season of the tan. Whether you’ve been sunning yourself on a faraway beach, or you’ve been doing it yourself in the bathroom, all tans look better with a bit of a glow. Model’s Own obviously agree, and right in time for the balmy nights of summer, they’ve released the new That Glow Tho – a molten golden oil, a multipurpose oil which hydrates skin as well as leaving it glistening.

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Packaged in a chic glass bottle with dropper, you can apply That Glow Tho wherever you’re looking for a little bit of shine. It looks beautiful buffed into collarbones and shoulders, and no shins should see sunlight this season without some of this buffed into them. The oil itself is incredibly lightweight yet hydrating, thanks to the Jojoba Oil in the formula, and a couple of drops skink weightlessly into skin, leaving it looking glossy without any stickiness or greasiness.

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Once buffed in, The Glow Tho leaves skin glowing thanks to microfine golden shimmer particles, which act as a subtle highlighter, and absolutely lights up tanned skin tones. It feels like the ultimate finishing touch in summer beauty, and once you try it, I guarantee you’ll be hooked!

Model’s Own That Glow Tho is priced at £8.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

 

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If you’ve been anywhere near Edinburgh in the past week, you’ll know the city is fully in the grip of festival fever. You can’t even think about George Street without facing hoards of shuffling tourists, and if you walk from one end of Princes Street to the other, chances are you’ll find yourself clutching hundreds of flyers. Properly enjoying the festival takes a whole lot of planning, and of course, a few planned pitstops along the way.

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The Radisson Blu’s position in the heart of the Old Town, can’t be beaten, and if you’re exploring the area, it’s a must visit. Not only is it a luxury hideaway in one of the capital’s buzziest spots, but they’re also running a rather cleverly titled ‘Burger’s and Fringe’ all month long.

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We popped in last night to give the menu a go, as well as to discover the new Daffy’s Gin pop up which appears every event from 6.30pm. Coming straight from a day full of meetings in Glasgow, we couldn’t resist kicking things off with a bowl of Nachos (£7.50).

Piled high and loaded with melted cheese, dollops of sour cream, guacamole and a sweet and tangy salsa, if you’re craving some Tex-Mex, these are for you! A word of warning though, we ordered a bowl of these to share, and still didn’t quite reach the bottom – portions at Radisson Blu are the definition of healthy.

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If you’re a burger connoisseur, the Radisson Blu is a must-visit. For Burger & Fringe, there is an entire menu of them – from mushrooms to classic options – there is something for everyone.

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We both opted for the Blu Classic Burger (£9) – a beef patty smothered in melting cheddar cheese, bacon, and a smear of ‘Blu sauce’ this was a offering perfect for beating post-Fringe hunger pangs. For more adventurous palettes, there is the aptly named ‘Sticky Fingers’ option, where a burger comes served up with candied bacon on a grilled ring donut!

You can pick a selection of sides to enjoy along side your burgers (£7 for 2) so we opted for skin-on skinny fries and sweet potato fries.

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After dinner, we headed over to the Daffy’s Gin Den, also in the Radisson Blu, where live music and fabulous Scottish gin flowed freely. There is a menu of cocktails to choose from, and really, is there a better drink than a G&T in the height of summer?!

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The Radisson Blu’s Burger & Fringe event, along with Daffy’s Gin Den runs until August 23rd, and more information can be found here. Thank you so much to Radisson Blu for having us!

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When it comes to beauty rules, the one I simply cannot break, is taking off my makeup every night. I can’t remember the last time I woke up with mascara smeared under my eyes, and it’s a habit I’m glad I keep. Obviously late nights mean I use a cleanser which erases every scrap of makeup in one go, but on evenings where I have a little more time to enjoy the process, I tend to use a couple more products than normal. I start off with an eye makeup remover, then use a foaming cleanser, and to finish everything off, I end things with a cleansing water, which is where Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water comes in.

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Packaged in my absolute favourite packaging for cleansing waters – you simply need to push a cotton pad on the pump nozzle for the perfect dose. It keeps everything clean and uncomplicated, and it looks seriously chic too! The transparent bottle lets you see when you need to order a top up as well as looking gorgeous. The cleansing water itself is pretty special too!

Although it sounds like something out of Game of Thrones, Dragon’s Blood is actually aa plant resin which ensures skin protection against environmental aggressors – perfect if you’re a city slicker! The cleansing water also contains Rose Water to soothe and refresh, and Hyaluronic Acid which keeps skin hydrated. The cleanser also works to reduce redness in skin – my number one concern and brightens skin without stinging or drying it out.

After using the cleansing water, skin feels wonderfully fresh and clean without feeling stripped, and on days when I’m wearing little to no makeup, this is my sole cleanser of choice. Skin looks and feels so fresh after using the Dragon’s Blood Cleanser, and I love following it with a quick mist of this too!

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water is priced at £33 and is available here (UK) and here (US)