Stop Skincare Instant Skin PerfectorWhen I met with Dr. Mckeown at Harvey Nichols a few weeks ago, the product I was probably most excited about trying with the Stop Skincare Stop & Wow! Instant Skin Perfector. It’s the first product that Dr. Mckeown developed, and when I quizzed him about the true, must have products from his line, this was the first one he picked up.

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Packaged in a super slick tupe (I just love the flash of neon!) the Instant Skin Perfector is basically the primer that your dreams are made of! Described as a real-life ‘airbrush,’ it couldn’t be easier to include the Perfector in your existing skincare regime. I’ve been applying a little of the cream after my regular moisturiser, and I love how light it feels.

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Even though it completely disappears into the skin, the Perfector couldn’t really be more clever! Microspheres in the formula blur wrinkles and imperfections in the skin, whilst large pores are completely evened out. As well as all of these incredible properties, it also has light reflectors which give skin a super believable glow (without the dreaded disco ball face). As if all of this wasn’t enough, it even prolongs makeup for an extra few hours. In a word, the Skin Stop & Wow! is complete magic!

Stop Skincare Stop & Wow! Instant Skin Perfect is priced at £30.00 and is available here.

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Each month, I get rather excited when the postman delivers my Glossybox. From the pretty pink boxes they come in, to the new brands they let me sample, each month is filled with lovely surprises (and who doesn’t like some new cosmetics each month? I also am loving the fact that Glossybox seem to be featuring a tonne of full sized items – there isn’t a single dinky tester this month, so it’s serious value for money!

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I feel like January’s box is pretty skincare-heavy, but since I’m sure that 99% of people have some sort of resolution to take better care of themselves, I can completely understand why. Unani’s a brand that I’ve never come across before. From my online digging, I’ve found out that it’s a Spanish family company which specialize in natural and organic ingredients. The Dermo Defense Face Mask has a light, gel-like texture which feels super calming and nourishing to apply. I’ve been popping it on after cleansing every couple of nights, as it’s designed to nourish sensitive skin whilst removing impurities.

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Another new-to-me brand is Madara, whose Cellular Repair Serum is included in this month’s box. I’ve not tried this one out yet (as I’m currently road testing another serum) but it’s designed to be anti-aging, which is always a good thing!

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This rather eye-catching gem is a Teez lipstick in Oasis Gem. It’s a full sized product, and is a perfect little pick-me-up if you’re looking for something a little brighter in all this wintry weather.

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Oasis Gem is a bright pink-toned coral which should flatter most skintones, and it’s a lovely change from my regular pinky-nude choices. Mine looks a little battered as the lipstick itself fell out of the tube when I twisted it up, but it’s fine to use as long as I’m gentle with it. It has a super smooth texture thanks to the coconut oil in the formula, which is perfect for winter-parched lips.

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Naobay’s Orange Juice Hand Cream is next up, and it’s a lovely full sized tube of juicy goodness! I can’t get enough handcream at the moment – I’m desperately trying to have nice looking hands and nails, but my addiction to hand sanitizer as well as the cold weather has my digits looking less than perfect. The cream has a lovely light orange fragrance which smells perfectly fresh and fruity without feeling overpowering, and the formula is packed with Shea Butter, Chamomile, and Aloe Vera extracts to soothe and heal skin.

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Last up is the very generously sized Glossybox eyeshadow in Mauve. It’s a full sized product, and it feels huge compared to my shadows from brands like MAC. It’s a stunning cool toned mauve which is easy to wear and really flatters my hazel eyes. For day I’ve been using the shadow dry, but you can use the shadow with a damp brush to achieve a more dramatic look.

Glossybox has certainly started the year strong – I absolutely loved the mix of skincare and makeup, and it’s nice nice to have some fresh products to add to my collection for 2016! Will you be subscribing?

Glossybox subscriptions are available here

Rodial Harvey Nichols Edinburgh

So Rodial might be a brand which is well known for beauty products with rather catchy names which deliver results. So, when I found out that they had a makeup range, I got rather excited! What I didn’t realise is, that, for the past year or so, Harvey Nichols in London have been selling the range, and it’s been rather successful. Thankfully, for those of us living a little further north, Harvey Nichols Edinburgh have a  brand new counter devoted to the brand’s makeup, so when I was kindly invited to get my makeup done I absolutely jumped at the chance!

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The makeup collection is a wonderfully curated set of must-haves which include a super light Instaglam Skin Tint which is basically an Instagram filter in a tube and an Airbrush Concealer which makes any imperfections completely disappear without looking or feeling heavy. I opted for an easy to recreate natural look, and I just love how subtle the products were, and I completely fell in love with the Glamstick Lipstick in Bite. It’s the perfect nude colour, and it feels incredible on the lips!

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As if getting my makeup done wasn’t amazing enough, I was very kindly gifted a goodie bag filled with some of the brand’s incredible skincare. I love how generously sized they are – I’ve been getting over a week’s worth of use out of them, and I’m absolutely head over heels for them!

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Getting to try out products like the Pink Diamond Instant Lifting Serum is such a thrill. The full size bottle is a rather splurge-worthy £250.00, so getting to use the serum at home is a lovely luxury!  The Bee Venom Cleansing Balm and Super Serum are a gorgeous little duo too! They smell incredible, and are such a lovely way to feel awake in the mornings!

Thank you so much to Rodial and Harvey Nichols Edinburgh for having me!

Kahina Giving Beauty Body Serum - Fez

When it comes to skincare, I can’t really remember not being interested in it. Before I was old enough to have my own, I dabbled nightly in whichever products my mother was using, as since I went away to school and university, I’ve pretty much guarded my ever-increasing stash with my life. Yet despite my rather pack-horse tendencies, I don’t think I’ve ever used a serum that’s not been designed for my face before. Thankfully though, Kahina Giving Beauty’s pretty much iconic Fez Body Serum has come to my rescue right in time for the increasingly cold weather!

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Packaged in Kahina Giving Beauty’s slick black packaging, the Body Serum is everything you could wish for in winter skincare! With a texture which verges on an oil (it was included in Vogue’s Top 10 Beauty Oils!), the serum feels like such a treat to use! I have been reaching for it after my nightly bath or shower, so that I can really enjoy the experience – the serum’s scent contains notes of  Rose and Orange Blossom along with hints of citrus and patchouli. The result is a wonderfully warm, almost smoky fragrance which feels incredibly luxurious and soothing to use.

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As if the to-die-for scent wasn’t enough, the formula of Kahina’s Body Serum packs a serious punch! With a high concentration of argan oil to help boost skin elasticity whilst watermelon, sunflower, olive and coconut oils deeply moisturise. It leaves skin feeling absolutely incredible – so soft and nourished, and I’m addicted to layering some on after an intense exfoliation session!

Kahina Giving Beauty Fez Body Serum is priced at £85 for 200ml and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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SK-II is one of those brands I just drool over. Every product sounds pretty much life changing, and the reviews back them up, so when this special edition of their iconic Facial Treatment Essence came through the letterbox, I was more than a little excited!

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Decorated with gorgeous red butterflies, the bottle is a special edition released exclusively to Harrods for the Holidays. You can choose from three colours (red, pink and blue) and they all have the most wonderful meanings. My red butterflies symbolise the ‘passion, courage, and boldness it takes for a woman to take control and change her destiny,’ which is a lovely little addition to a rather wonderful product!

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The Facial Treatment Essence comes packaged in a huge 215ml brushed glass bottle, and it’s really something special. In my household, it’s become known as the ‘magic water’ because it’s so wonderful to use! After cleansing, I simply shake a few drops of the essence into my palms and press it into my face and neck. The formula is a touch thicker than regular water, but it feels so light and fretting to use, it’s perfect for waking my skin up in the morning.

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The formula of the Facial Treatment Essence contains over 90% Pitera, an ingredient discovered by SK-II over 30 years ago which is hailed as something of a miracle worker! Discovered when the brand noticed the incredibly youthful hands of older Sake Brewers, Pitera is filled of vitamins, minerals and amino acids which work together to encourage skin’s natural surface rejuvenation.

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Since the formula is so lightweight and pure, I have been applying it directly to my cleansed skin, and then leaving it to sink in. I then apply my moisturiser and makeup as normal, and I am absolutely in love with the results! In addition to feeling heavenly to apply, I’ve noticed that the Facial Treatment Essence has really calmed my skin down. If you suffer from breakouts or acne, just press a little of the Essence directly onto it, and wait for the results!

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After only a couple of days I really noticed a reduction in redness, and a breakout I had was nearly gone. I think it’s safe to say that SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence has become one of my HG products!

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is priced at £140 and is available exclusively here

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