The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Argan Oil

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When it comes to bad habits, mindlessly scrolling Amazon and clicking on random bits and bobs might be one of my worst. It’s meant I’ve ordered everything from funny little pens from Japan and facemarks from Korea. On one of my most recent delves into the site, I stumbled across The Ordinary. It’s a brand I’ve been looking to try for a while, and I set out in search of the Marula Oil, which people describe as a dupe for the rather pricey Drunk Elephant.

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The Marula Oil wasn’t available on Prime though, so I opted for the Argan Oil. I’d only ever used the oil for my hair, so I was concerned that it might be a little heavy for use on skin. I needn’t have worried. The oil is surprisingly lightweight, and isn’t overly scented either. It sinks effortlessly to freshly cleansed skin, leaving it feeling plump and hydrated. It’s a great base for glowy makeup, or applied at night, it gives a much needed does of hydration.

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Argan Oil is priced at £5.90 and is available here (UK)

BeGlow TIA*

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When it comes to cleansing, I’m a big believer in ‘the more thorough the better.’ I hate the feeling of having makeup on by the end of the day, and I’m not sure if there is anything which is more heavenly than that feeling of a freshly cleansed and moisturised face. So, in my efforts to keep my skin feeling as squeaky clean as possible I stumbled upon the BeGlow – a brand new device which promises to be an all-in-one skincare device. As you can imagine, I was more than intrigued!

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Rather than most of my beauty devices, which focus on a single aspect of skincare – the BeGlow TIA promises to do it all – cleansing, anti-ageing and contouring. Its a big claim from such a dinky device – each of the sides fits comfortably in the palm of my hand, and if you’re off on travels this summer, this would also easily slip into a beauty pouch.

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The first end has a silicon brush which you can use for cleansing morning and night. Rather than other cleansing brushes which use nylon brushes, the silicon is super hygienic, as well as being gentle on skin. It’s also easy to share the BeGlow, as you can slide your own brush head on and off thanks to the magnetised backing.

 

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The BeGlow Tia is completely waterproof, so you can keep it in the shower for easy access. The combination of sonic waves and the silicon bristles give skin a thorough cleanse without irritating skin. After wetting the brush head, I squeeze cleanser directly on to it, then get to cleansing. The vibrations mean that impurities are removed easily without irritating skin.

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Then, once I’m out of the shower, I apply my serums and moisturisers as normal. Once they’re on, I then use the side with the titanium plate. Applied to wrinkle-prone areas like the under-eyes the pulsations can help products sink into the skin, as well as to improve blood circulation in the area. It means that fine lines can look visibly reduced, and it cuts down on under-eye puffiness too!

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The feel of the titanium plate is so cooling and soothing, so it’s perfect if you’re combating the effects of a late night, or hay fever. The frequency that the plate pulsates at also changes depending on where you use it, so pores look smaller and skin looks and feels healthier.

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The third way that I’ve been using the BeGlow, is as a contouring device. Rather than using either of the plates – you simply use the back of the device to sculpt. It’s particularly effective on the jawline and cheekbones. It works to tighten skin and create an all-round more sculpted look, and honestly, who doesn’t want sharper cheekbones? It works to exercise your facial muscles, so with regular use the BeGlow will make a real difference to skin tone and its appearance.

The BeGlow TIA is such a game changer of a product, and the fact that it has such a range of uses, really makes it worth the investment! It’s available exclusively from LookFantastic for £199 and you can find it here.

Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator*

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When it comes to summer beauty, I’m not going to lie – my routine can become a little lazy. Who has time to apply primers, foundations and concealers when the heat will have them disappearing within minutes? I also feel like a full face of makeup can look a little off when the temperatures begin to rise. So, when products pop up promising to condense a few beauty steps into one, you can count on me being intrigued.

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Kiehl’s latest release – their Glow Formula Skin Hydrator is no-brainer for summer beauty. A moisturiser which leaves skin hydrated and glowing – what’s not to love? I’ve been using it most mornings, and I’ve got to say, I’ve become a fan. It’s a perfect mix of skincare of makeup, which has allowed me to cut my morning routine down to only a handful of products which I can apply pretty much blindfolded.

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The cream itself is a light peachy pink colour, which evens and brightens skin tone, whilst the delicate shimmer in the formula leaves skin looking effortlessly glowing and healthy. After cleansing I smooth a pump on instead of my regular moisturiser, and rub in as normal. The ingredients include Pomegranate Extract and illuminating minerals, so as well give skin an overall glow, the formula works to improve skin texture and radiance. It also has a glorious light, citrus-y scent which is absolutely beautiful!

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Once it’s on, I smooth on my regular tinted moisturiser, add a little concealer and bronzer and then I’m good to go! The Skin Hydrator leaves skin feeling wonderfully moisturised, and my skin has a subtle radiance which feels perfect for summer. If you’re looking for a slightly more intense look, the Glow Formula Skin Hydrator can also be patted on the high points of the face for extra shine. I also love it patted into clavicles and shoulder bones for that gorgeous summer glow!

Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator is priced at £30 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Ouai Haircare Smooth Spray*

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As a not-quite-natural blonde, it’s important for me to keep my hair in as good condition as possible. I’m not going to lie – I pretty much abuse my hair on a daily basis, thanks to a routine which includes daily washes, straightening, and a habit of twirling my ends. Did I mention that I also bleach it? It’s not an ideal situation, and over the past few months, I’ve been trying to baby my poor ends as much as possible. So it felt like perfect timing when Ouai’s Smooth Spray arrived.

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Described as an ultimate way to prep hair pre-styling, the formula might be lightweight, but it’s packed with great-for-hair ingredients. With an amino acid blend, Vitamin E and Hydrolyzed proteins, just mist the Smooth Spray onto damp ends pre-blow dry, and style as usual.

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Unlike some other sprays I’ve tried, Ouai’s doesn’t leave hair feeling weighed down or weirdly sticky. Instead, ends are bouncy and shiny, and they feel wonderfully hydrated. My hair isn’t prone to fuzziness or frizzing when using the Smooth Spray either – it stays straighter and sleeker, with the effect lasting right through until my next wash.

Ouai Smooth Spray is priced at £22 and is available from Panache Cosmetics here

Glossier Balm Dot Com in Cherry

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When you were younger, did you ever enjoy those gummy cherry sweets which were as sour as they were fruity? Yep, me too. I loved them (still do in fact) so the option to enjoy the same fruity goodness, albeit in far chicer packaging was always going to be a winner for me.

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I’m not going to lie – I feel like I’ve had a sip of the Glossier (cherry) kool aid. I’m a fan of the no-makeup make looks they promote, and every product I’ve tried from the line has become a regular part of my routine, but the question of did I really need another lip balm was obvious. And the answer? Yes, of course!

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Cherry Balm Dot Com is the most colourful of the six shades on offer. Straight from the tube, it’s a pink-toned red which gives lips a just bitten look. Like the other Balm Dot Coms I’ve tried out, Cherry doesn’t leave lips shiny or sticky, instead it delivers a hit of moisture, scent and with a hint of the prettiest of pink tint. Obviously it’s not a long-lasting product, but it’s so easy to apply with fingers, it doesn’t really bother me. For me, it’s become the perfect product to add a touch of subtle colour to casual summer beauty looks.

Glossier Balm Dot Com is priced at £10 per tube, and you can find them here.

Glossier Coconut Balm Dot Com

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So it would appear we’re gearing up for a sunny Bank Holiday Weekend. Across the pond it’s Memorial Day i.e. the start of summer, and in Edinburgh it feels like everyone got the long weekend memo. I’m not going to lie – I am feeling pretty summery myself, so in an effort to celebrate the season I dug out probably my most summer appropriate product – Glossier’s Balm Dot Com in Coconut.

One of six available scents and colours (this one is clear), this is one I reach for on a daily basis. As we’ve come to expect from the brand, the packaging is spot on. The minimalist tube looks chic, as well as being functional. The balm itself is something special – slightly thicker than some of the others, it applies smoothly to lips, and the scent of coconut is fun without feeling overwhelming – it’s more sunscreen and summer than fruit.

On the lips it doesn’t look greasy or shiny, instead it just imparts a subtle glow whilst providing hydration. Since it’s clear, I also use it on cuticles, dry patches and even elbows!

Glossier Balm Dot Com in Coconut is priced at £10 and is available here.

Lush Dirty Springwash Naked Shower Gel*

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When it comes to cutting down on everyday plastics, I don’t think I ever realised how much I tend to use. So, I’ve been trying to lower how many disposables I use on a daily basis. From taking a reusable water bottle when I out and about or heading to the gym, to always having a reusable straw to hand – I’m a big believer of every little helps. So to, are Lush. As part of their 2018 Father’s Day collection, Lush have released their Dirty Springwash as a solid shower gel.

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Before it arrived in the post, I wondered how a solid shower gel might work. Isn’t it just soap? But happily, it’s much more ‘foamy’ than a regular soap. Under hot running water, I use the sold gel alongside a shower puff, and within a few seconds the shower gel turns into clouds of foam. The gel smells absolutely incredible too – it’s full of menthol and spearmint oil, which are wonderful – especially in the morning! Super fresh, it feels like a great way to start each morning – and the knowledge that I’m cutting down on unnecessary plastics feels super good too!

Lush Naked Dirty Springwash is priced at £9.95 and is available here

Glossier Lip Gloss

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When I was at school, I was pretty much known for my love to lip gloss. Tucked into my blazer top pocket, I used to keep at least three on rotation – one of which was always a Lancome Juicy Tube in Lychee, and yes, it’s still a favourite. Over the years, I’ve kept up with my favour for glosses, although on a daily basis, I’ve been tending to reach for a simple balm.

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So, when I was ordering Glossier’s brand new Lash Slick mascara (review to come) I needed to add a few pounds to qualify for free shipping. I’d been crushing on the Glossier Lip Gloss for a while, so it felt like the perfect time to treat myself! Reviews online are pretty much split 50/50 between ‘best gloss ever’ and ‘why would you pay £11 for a clear gloss?’ but curiosity get the better of me.

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As you would expect from Glossier, the packaging is completely on point. Simple and chic, this looks as good in my makeup bag as it does on my vanity table. And the gloss? It’s perfect. Applied directly from the doe foot applicator, it feels thick and a little gloopy on the lips. It’s not sticky, but it has a subtle sweet scent, which feels like a more gentle take on their Birthday Balm Dot Com (review here). On the lips, the gloss has that gorgeous 90’s glass finish, and thanks to the thick texture, it sticks around for at least an hour.

If you’re looking for the perfect gloss – Glossier has your back. Bonus? It’s only £11! You can find it here.

Ouai Haircare Volume Spray*

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When it comes to hair – I might not have the thickest in the world, but I’ve got quite a lot of it. It means that I don’t need to spend hours and hours blow drying and styling it each morning, but it does tend to frizz up or flatten out depending on the weather and humidity. Not ideal. So, in an effort to look a little but glossier, I’ve been turning to Ouai Haircare and their fabulous Volume Spray.

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Rather than other volume sprays I’ve tried before, this one doesn’t leave me looking like a poodle on the wrong side of a rainstorm. Instead, spritzed on wet hair, then blown out, the Volume Spray gives hair a subtle boost which just leaves you enjoying a really great hair day. Ends aren’t weighed down or sticky, instead hair is glossy and bouncy. It’s a perfect product if you suffer from fine hair that’s prone to flatness. It even works like a dream if I spray it on freshly washed hair and then leave it to dry – instead of frizzy ends, I’m left with beautiful beach waves.

Ouai Haircare Volume Spray is priced at £22 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Paparazzi & Queen Hera from Leighton Denny*

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When it comes to getting my nails done, I’ve been sticking mostly to either pinky-neutrals or inky darks. So, in an effort to push out of my comfort zone, I took to Leighton Denny to have a look at what’s new. Inspired by the upcoming Royal Wedding, the brand have released a handful of shades which are fit for a princess!

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Queen Hera might just be the jazziest polish I’ve tried in years! A chic khaki, shot through with golden shimmer, it’s a perfect transitional shade if you’re not quite ready for summer brights, but still want something a little fun.

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It took about three coats to build up to a fully opaque finish, and you can, in some lights, see brushstrokes, but I think it’s such a stunning choice. On the nails, it looks like an oil slick – it alternates between green, blue and gold and shimmers in the light. Topped off with the brand’s top coat, it has a high sheen, and looks so pretty on.

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Paparazzi might just be the world’s most perfect cherry red shade! Opaque from the first coat, this is a true pink-toned cherry red, which feels perfect for Spring and summer.

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The formula is creamy perfection, and it applies like an absolute dream. If, like me, cannot paint your own nails to save yourself, this is the polish for you. It was opaque and even from the first coat, so you could definitely get away with only a single coat. Topped with the Leighton Denny top coat, it’s shiny, cherry perfection, and will be my pedicure choice this summer for sure!

Leighton Denny nail polishes are priced at £11 each and you can find Queen Hera here and Paparazzi here

Laura Geller ‘Iconic Baked Sculpting’ Lipsticks*

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Is there ever a better feeling than opening up a brand new lipstick? Probably not. A mixture of to–die-for colour and a silky formula has me pretty much weak at the knees. So when four of Laura Geller’s Iconic Baked Sculpting Lipsticks popped through the letterbox, you can imagine my reaction.

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With regards to the brand, it’s probably best known for their highlighters – I’ve tried a handful of their Baked Gelato Swirls (reviews here, here and here) and been impressed, so getting to try out some of the brand’s other projects was a dream!

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All named for New York locations, the lipsticks promise weightless, creamy colour, and great news – they deliver! I’m obsessed with Fifth Avenue Ruby – a bright, cherry red which is just aching to be worn with a tan!

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The formulas of the lipsticks are baked for a minimum of twelve hours, and they contain a selection of moisturising ingredients including sunflower and almond oils, so they’re perfect for everyday use. Delancey Delilah is a perfect pink-toned neutral which has become a favourite your-lips-but-better shade for me.

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These lipsticks are an absolute dream to wear – they are so rich and creamy to apply, and I love the fact that they’re opaque when applied straight from the tube. Brooklyn Beige is a stunning warm-toned nude which is perfect for balancing out a heavier eye look.

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Bowery Ballerina is possibly the perfect nude shade! A Neutral pinky-toned nude, this has quickly become my everyday lipstick of choice. Slicked on from the tube, it gives a lick of colour which lasts for a good few hours per application, whilst never fading or feeling dried out.

Laura Geller ‘Iconic Baked Sculpting’ Lipsticks are priced at £16 each and are available here (UK) and here (US)