SisleYouth*

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So, I think it will come as a surprise to exactly nobody that I’m somewhat obsessed with skincare. I’ve applied eye creams religiously since I hit 18, and before that I was a regular raider in my mother’s skincare stash. But despite my all-too frequent skincare hauls, I’ve never found a product that was designed precisely for my age group. Anti-aging skincare always seems squarely aimed at those in the 30+ age group, and instead of preventing ageing, it’s normally trying to turn the clock back.

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But that’s where SisleYouth is completely new! The cream has been designed for those who are around the age 25 and instead of fighting lines already ingrained, the cream works to increase skin youth through a pea extract, peptide-rich formula. It’s a perfect every-day moisturiser, as it feels lovely and light to apply, yet delivers a surprising amount of hydration. My usual dry trouble spots around my chin and nose feel soft and smooth after using the cream, and I can’t get enough of the calming lavender scent.

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Indeed, SisleYouth is one of the most advanced moisturisers I’ve come across, and I’ve really noticed an impressive difference since I’ve been using it daily. My skin looks so much fresher thanks to the powerful cocktail of active ingredients which includes kiwi, ginseng, buckwheat seed and ginkgo biloba extracts. These work to reverse the negative effects that stress and pollution tend to have on skin. It’s also really preps skin for perfect makeup application thanks to the natural extract derived from wheat sugars, which encourages the retention of water in the stratum corneum, smoothing any fine lines and wrinkles meaning your skin feels perfectly smooth and soft.

SisleYouth is priced at £118.00 and is available here

Harvey Nichols A Beautiful Mind Event*

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Last night, Harvey Nichols Edinburgh very kindly invited me to their Beautiful Mind Expert Panel Discussion. Nestled high up on the Forth Floor, the newest and best products for Spring and Summer were discussed by some of the stores experts, and I have to say, I had an absolute ball!

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The Harvey Nichols’ Beauty Hall is where I tend to go whenever I’m in the mood to treat myself, so when I had the opportunity to learn from the best, and absolutely jumped at the chance! The evening was hosted in the upstairs bar, and we were treated to the most perfect looking nibbles and copious amounts of fizz! It was a lovely way to meet people as excited about beauty as I am – and I was so excited to meet Debbie Jones, who is the head beauty buyer for Beyond Beauty.

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As well as being a serious beauty buff, Debbie gets to introduce the best and newest products to Beyond Beauty, so if you’re like me and are addicted to EOS lip balms or at-home beauty devices like Tria’s or Clarisonics, you have Debbie to thank! It was fascinating to learn about what’s popular up in Edinburgh versus elsewhere in the UK (EOS lip balms are a very big deal) and I loved learning about what’s coming up. London’s Beyond Beauty are going to be the first in the UK to open up a sculpting bar with Rodial, as contouring has become such a popular technique, and Debbie also talked about how important cleansing and at-home devices have become.

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Jacqui Fenner from Harvey Nichols’ Beyond MediSpa then shared about the incredible range of treatments which are available at the in-store spa. It’s one of the corners of the store I keep meaning to head into, but learning about their incredible treatments means I am booking up ASAP! Rather than the typical whale-music beauty salon, the Beyond MediSpa is far more futuristic! Instead of relying on products alone, the spa is focused on intelligent skincare and body treatments. Jacqui talked us through the Hydrafacial which is a new treatment which was introduced last year. The process includes everything from lymphatic drainage, hydra-dermabrasion, a mild peel as well as red light treatment.

She also talked about CoolSculpt which is the newest treatment at the spa. It sounds amazing! Basically, it’s a non-invasive way of getting rid of any areas which you can’t target with exercise. The treatment can be used on arms, tummy and thighs, as basically the fat is sucked and then frozen, and the fat cells crystallise and die. It’s a permanent solution, and one treatment can make you drop an entire dress size!

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Gillian from Tom Ford then explained about the brand’s rather impressive fragrance collection. She is so passionate about the brand, and it was fascinating to learn more about the thought process behind the perfumes. Rather than having delineated ‘male’ and ‘female’ scents, they are unisex and you really do need to take the time to see which fragrances really appeal. Gillian explained that Tom Ford doesn’t want his fragrances to appeal to everyone, but I think that once you find your fit, you really love it. We got to sample a little of the Neroli Portofino Body Oil (my favourite) and we all had serious scent envy!

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Michael Becman is a top Laura Mercier makeup artist, and has ‘made-up’ everyone from models to celebrities. He talked us through the top trends he is seeing with makeup, and was even kind enough to perform a demonstration of contouring. Since the Kardashians have become so popular, more and more people want to learn how to contour.

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The Laura Mercier Contour Palette has been swiftly added to my wish list after seeing Michael work his magic! He recommended to start contouring after applying foundation, and rather cleverly, the Laura Mercier kit has no warmth so whatever you contour gives depth to your face. Depending on your problem areas, contouring can shorten your forehead, slim your nose or lift your cheeks. Unlike the rather distressing Pintrest contouring tutorials I’ve seen, Michael’s work was like magic! He pressed the cream into cheek bones and chin, and instead of looking stripy, his model just looked well rested. It was incredibly subtle but so beautifully done. After working the kit to add depth, he used a highlighting shade to add some life to cheek and brow bones (always blend up!). Then, to finish off the natural look, he added a swirl of blush. To find your perfect flush, he recommended pressing just underneath your fingertips to see what colour suits you best!

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If contouring sounds like a little too much, he also shared what he loves for an easy, everyday look. Rather than just popping your regular moisturiser, Michael likes to apply a moisture mask for all day hydration, and he recommends attending to your brows rather than adding mascara if you want a bit of a lift. A touch of bronzer is then all you need to look beautifully natural.

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Manda Gunion from Nails Inc then talked us through what’s new from one of my favourite nail brands. Harvey Nichols Edinburgh has a Nails Inc manicure bar, where you can enjoy a glass of champagne alongside your mani or pedi. I love visiting before I have an event to go to, since it’s so fun getting to enjoy some bubbles alongside your pampering! This year marks the brand’s 16th birthday party, and Nails Inc are in the middle of rebranding their old style bottles from round to rectangular. The new bottles are incredibly well thought out – they are made of Venetian Glass, and the brush designs are patented to be as easy to use as possible. We got to see the stunning collaboration with Victoria Beckham which resulted in two exclusive colours, as well as new colours which are being released for Spring and Summer. Manda recommending plumping for the Judo Red, turquoise and yellow if you want seriously on-trend nails. She also talked about what’s new and coming for the brand; Alexa Chung has been signed as the newest face (or nails), and there is a new formula which easily washes off the nail. There is even a halal formula in the works which allows water to fully penetrate the polish! In store, there is also going to be an unlimited manicure card, which means, for £99, you can enjoy as many champagne manicures that you can squeeze into 8 weeks! This summer, the nail bar is also introducing a new pedicure treatment which sounds divine – it’s inspired by crystal, and as well as your regular moisturising treatments and massages, there is a warming jelly which deeply nourishes feet, leaving them toasty for hours after you leave the store. It will cost somewhere around £65 and it sounds amazing!

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Last, but certainly not least, was James Hoffman of Electric Hairdressing’s Edinburgh salon. It’s a relatively new edition to the Edinburgh store, and you can find it tucked in beside the MAC makeup counters. It looks super slick, and I’ve been meaning to head in and check it out! I’ve tried and loved Electric products in the past, so it was great to hear from James. He explained that the UK-produced products are more universal than brands like Kerastase, so they sort multiple hair-related issues. And, unlike a lot of salons I’ve been to, Electric also believe your hairdresser should be both your stylist and colourist so that you get a really bespoke look and service. If your in the mood for a seasonal change, James is seeing shorter, blunter looks and hair colour is getting lighter, with a move towards more ashy blondes.

After the experts had finished telling us about all of their wonderful departments, there was time to mingle, and get some one-on-one attention. I had such a wonderful evening, and I feel like learned an absolute tonne. Not to mention that my wish list has grown considerably! As if the evening wasn’t fabulous enough, everyone went home clutching the most generous of goody bags courtesy of the evenings’ brands.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Harvey Nichols for inviting me – I had an amazing time!

Nadebella Day Reviving Cream*

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While I’ve been a little under the weather, I’ve noticed that my skin has been a little drier than normal. I think it’s something to do with all of coughing etc, so I was absolutely desperate for a day cream which was a little richer than my normal offerings. That’s where my tub of Nadebella Day Reviving Cream came in rather useful!

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Nadebella is a new brand to me, but I absolutely adore its ethos. Basically, all the creams are formulated from Swiss family recipes which have been handed down through four generations of women! The Reviving Day cream is made with 99% natural ingredients, so it’s been blissfully soothing for my sensitised skin. I’m also pretty much obsessed with the creams’ texture – it has a texture almost like a light balm, so it completely melts into my skin. My little problem areas around my mouth and chin feel so soothed when I use it. I also adore the fragrance – it’s a light citrus which smells gorgeously fresh and clean.

Nadebella Day Reviving Cream costs £37.00 and is available here.

Clarins Relax Body Treatment Oil*

Clarins Relax Body Treatment Oil

So first things first, I want to apologise for the iffy posting this week. I’ve been hit with the most horrific head cold, so when I’ve not been trying to sleep it off, I’ve been trying to head outside and get some fresh air. Coupled with losing my voice, a sore throat and a nasty cough, I’ve not exactly been on top of my game!

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So, in an effort to feel a little more human, I’ve been reaching for Clarins’ gorgeous Relax Body Treatment Oil every time I get out of the bath or shower. Packaged in a perfectly chic glass bottle, the oil is the most indulgent way to moisturise!

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Formulated with Rosemary, Geranium, and Mint, the scent is gorgeously luxe and spa-like. I’m obsessed with the formula of the oil – it’s incredibly rich and moisturising to use. I have been massaging it into my arms, chest and legs and using it made me feel so much better.

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I think taking a couple of minutes to really look after my skin made such a difference. The fragrance of the oil is completely heavenly, and I could still smell it on me hours after I had applied it. I’m also obsessed with the texture of the oil – it feels quite thick, but it just melts into skin without ever feeling too heavy or greasy. It also gives skin a  killer glow, so if you’re baring legs anytime soon, this is perfect for keeping everything silky smooth. I also used a little of the oil on my back and shoulders after using my BabyBelle, and honestly I felt like I had returned from an upscale spa!

Clarins Relax Body Oil costs £39.00 and is available here

Aveda Outer Peace Foaming Cleanser*

Aveda Outer Peace Foaming Cleanser

One of the few beauty rules I follow without exception is cleansing before bed. I just hate the feeling of having a tonne of makeup on, and if I’ve been in the city, it’s all I can do not to scrub everything off as soon as I get in my car home. Even though I’m big on cleansing, I also have quite sensitive skin, so I have to be careful what I use.

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My newest favourite is Aveda’s Outer Peace Foaming Cleanser which is designed to dissolve oil, makeup and skin impurities without stripping or aggravating skin. I love the easy to use pump dispenser – it’s so easy to use, and I use 2 pumps twice a day.

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The formula of the cleanser is just dreamy – it feels like you’re massaging a cloud into your skin! Even though the cleanser is so light, it completely eradicates all makeup and grime. There isn’t a hint of irritation since I’ve been using the cleanser, and it’s cleared up a few little blemishes I had around my chin. This is a perfect cleanser to plump for if you’re after something new for Spring!

Aveda’s Outer Peace Foaming Cleanser costs £19.00 and is available here.

 

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