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On a daily basis, my hair tends to be pretty same-y. I blow dry it straight, use my heated brush (review here) to add a bit of root lift and curl the ends, then I finish off with straighteners. It’s not rocket science, but when I’m up early, it’s basically all that I can manage. But, in an effort to go all out this weekend (it is Valentines after all) I thought I should jump on the curling wand bandwagon.

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Vidal Sassoon’s Easy Wrap Wand, if, like me, you’re after bombshell hair with as little effort as possible. The wand even comes complete with a heat-proof glove, so klutzes like me can avoid burns whilst curling. What I just love about the Vidal Sassoon Easy Wrap Wand over others I’ve looked at is the textured curling barrel – it means that hair really stays put when I’m curling it, so the waves stay tidy.

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To use the wand, I blow dry my hair as normal, then section it off. Working from the back underside of my head, I then take 1 inch strips of hair, and wind them around the barrel, leaving them there for about ten seconds. Then I unwind them from the wand, drop them into my hand, and let them cool for another ten seconds before giving them a quick blast with hairspray. I work through all of my hair using the same technique, then, once my hair is cool, I just run my fingers through my hair, roughing up the curls a little, so it looks a little more natural and bedhead-y rather than perfect curls. My hair really holds the style when I use the Easy Wrap Wand, and it looks so, so pretty! It’s such a great way to amp up the glamour!

Vidal Sassoon Easy Wrap Wand is priced at £29.99 and is available here

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I’m such a lover of beauty boxes – I love how pretty they are, the little surprises you find inside, and the amazing brands you discover. The Perfume Society is perfect if you’re looking to mix up your scent wardrobe, or if you’re after a new fragrance for spring.

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Right in time for Valentine’s Day, the Scent with Love box is filled with spring and summer ready perfumes, as well as a couple of little beauty treats to make sure you’re looking and smelling great for this most romantic of weekends.

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The box contains a great cross-section of perfumes to try – they run the gamut from mainstream to artisan brands, from iconic much loveds to brand new. I was so happy to see Narciso Rodriguez’s For Her, which I’ve been dying to try (notes of rose and peach mix with amber, musks and sandalwood), as well as the brand new Fresh by Moschino (madarin, bergamot and ylang ylang top notes mingle with white woods and peony).

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The dinky vial of Aurelia’s Body Oil smells absolutely divine, and the Time Bomb hand cream is the perfect size for slipping into my handbag.

I’m such a fan of the Perfume Society boxes! They always have the perfect mix of fragrances tucked inside their boxes, and I always find a couple of new favourites!

If you want to get your hands on your own Scent with Love box, it’s £17.50 for non Perfume Society Members, and £12.50 for members. You can find it here.

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I’m always looking for the best little spots to go to in Edinburgh, and on Thursday I found an absolute gem in the form of the Holly Blue salon on Church Street in Edinburgh’s Morningside.

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I first popped in as part of a bring a friend evening, where we got to have a look around the salon, sip bubbly, chatwith the therapists, and watch as magic was performed in the form of HD Brows and LVL Lashes demonstrations.

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The salon itself offers every sort of treatment from waxing to manis and pedis, so when I got the chance to try one of their signature manicures using CND Vinylux polish, I absolutely jumped at the chance!

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So, last night, after a rather tiring day at work, I hopped up to Morningside for an hour or so of pampering!

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The salon itself is a little jewel box of relaxation, tucked away from the buzz of the city. High ceilings, soft music and butterflies all combine to create the absolute perfect place to get all girly -There are shelves and shelves of polishes, shellac and glitter to choose from, so you can imagine how excited I was!

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Since my nails were’t in exactly in tip top condition, I opted for a neutral shade of Vinylux polish. I’d never tried CND’s new formula before, but since it promises up to seven days of shiny, chip-free wear, I went for a stunning baby pink (middle row third from right).

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I was looked after by Sophie, who, by all accounts is a complete miracle worker! My dry and ragged cuticles were clipped, nails filed, buffed and shaped, and within an hour I swear, my nails looked longer and felt a million times better!

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The CND Vinylux applied smoothly, and was completely opaque in two coats. It even dried remarkably quickly! I haven’t really stopped looking at my hands since it was done, as the look and feel so much better than before. I love a pale pink or super vampy nail, but if you’re braver than me, Holly Blue offer the widest selection of glitters and nail art you can imagine! I’ve already booked up my next appointment!

Thank you so much to Holly Blue Salon for having me!

 

 

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No matter how hard I try, my hands are always rather dry and messy looking. For the past few weeks I’ve been relying on Bee Good’s Intensive Hand Repair in an effort to look a bit more groomed. Packaged in a super easy to use pump top bottle, the bottle is small enough to pop into your handbag, or keep in your bedside table. The formula of the Hand Repair is wonderfully rich and nourishing, so my poor little hands really drink it up! Fortified with Honey, Borage and Echium the cream is the most intensive moisturiser in the Bee Good range, and I’ve noticed such an improvement in both my skin and nails! Where my hands used to feel dry and tight throughout the day, they now feel super soft, and my nails are growing so much faster than before. My nails are also so much stronger than before!

Bee Good Hand Repair is priced at £12 and is available here

 

Sisley Phyto-Khol Glittering Eyeliner Black Diamond

Sisley is one of those brands I’ve fallen deeply in love with all too quickly. Everything I’ve tried, from their skincare to makeup ends up being holy grail material, and the fact that the products are always so chic and luxurious means I end up loving them even more.

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Case in point is the Sisley Phyto Khol Star in Black Diamond. It’s a long name for an eyeliner, but rather than your typical liner, which leaves eyes black and defined, Sisley’s offering is a glittering liner. It sounds as if it would be odd looking, or something too flashy to wear day-in-day-out, but in fact, I’m on to my second Phyto Khol Star in Black Diamond, and tend to reach for it daily.

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The formula is a creamy hit of the blackest black, and it’s shot through with subtle silver glitter, which rather than turning your eyes into glitter-bombs, just gently glints and glistens. It’s the perfect way to add a little something if you feel like your makeup has been a little samey, the khol is a beautifully subtle way of changing it up. I wear mine daily, and rather than looking ott or sparkly, the silver just brightens up my eyes, making them look bigger and me more awake.

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The formula of the liner itself is heavenly. I can get away with using a single swipe and I still get an insane amount of colour. Even though I wear my liner on my upper waterline, Sisley’s Phyto Khol Star doesn’t smudge or fade away during the day, so I thankfully don’t need to touch up or worry about it at all!

Sisley Phyto Khol Star is priced at £33.50 and is available here