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)

Glossier Balm Dot Com – Birthday

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Ok, so really this post should be called ‘the product I use daily, and and weirdly obsessed by.’ I know that balm doesn’t really sound like the most thrilling of topics, but honestly, Glossier’s Birthday Balm Dot Com is kind of a big deal.

Inspired by New York City’s Milk Bar (which is a whole other obsession of mine – watch Christina Tosi’s Chef’s Table episode on Netflix, she’s charming) the mix of a vanilla scent, a handful of glitter and a holographic tube was always going to be a winner for me.

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Like the other Balm Dot Coms in my collection, this one is perfect for daily use. For the most part, I use it as a lip balm. It’s surprisingly subtle and easy to use, i.e. it won’t leave you looking like a disco ball, so I slather it on morning, noon and night. It feels smooth to apply, and leaves lips looking and feeling nourished, without feeling greasy or looking too shiny. It’s just leaves behind a bit of a gleam, so it’s also incredibly pretty patted onto eyelids too!

The scent is possibly my favourite part – it’s sweet with a hit of vanilla. It makes me smile every time I bring it out my bag.

Glossier Birthday Balm Dot Com is priced at £10 and are available here. If you’d like 10% off your first Glossier order, just click here.

La Prairie White Caviar Creme Extraordinaire*

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When La Prairie release a new product, it’s fair to say that I get excited. It’s a brand which truly perfects a product before it’s pushed out to the masses. Case in point? The new White Caviar Creme Extraordinaire, which took over five years to perfect. The result is a face cream which feels like a dream to apply and promises to fight the appearance of discolouration and age spots. It also brings light to the skin, and the result? Basically like a real-life Instagram filter – and who doesn’t want that?

For a cream this indulgent (and it really is a treat) the packaging is on-point. Not only does it look incredibly sleek, but I love the pump mechanism inside – flip open that lid, and you press down for a perfectly portioned pearl of cream which appears, as if from nowhere.

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After cleansing I pat the cream into skin, and then apply makeup as normal. Applying both day and night gives skin a lit-from-within glow which is usually only available through a whole lot of healthy eating and exercise. Thanks to the La Prairie innovation team, who tested over 50,000 molecules they found what they are now celebrating as a big hit: Lumidose, the “extraordinary molecule of light.” It’s the secret ingredient which makes the cream give skin that glow and targets any dark spots yo might be battling.

La Prairie White Caviar Creme Extraordinaire is priced at £519 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Glossier Rose Balm Dot Com

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When it comes to my everyday hero products, lip balm tops the bill. No matter whether I’m headed out for a morning coffee, to work or to the gym, I’ve always got a lip balm handy. As Glossier’s original product, their Balm Dot Com has achieved something of a cult status, so it was the first order I ever made from the company. Packaged in a dinky little squeeze tube, the Rose Balm Dot Com was the first on my hit list.

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Very much in line with the brand’s ‘skin first’ ethos, Rose Balm Dot Com is perfect whether you’re having a no makeup day, or you’re all dolled up. Touted as a universal skin salve, the Rose version does have a soft pink tint, so it’s definitely more suited for use on lips and cheeks. I apply to lips on an almost hourly basis – I love the gentle rose sent, and the soft tint it gives lips. It feels rich and nourishing to apply, and rather than leaving a glossy trail, Rose Balm Dot com is surprisingly matte. It’s a perfect choice if you’re looking for a spring-time beauty update!

Glossier Balm Dot Com in Rose is priced at £10 and is available here. If you want 10% off your first Glossier order – click here and make an order.

Lucia Magnani Retexturing Radiance Mask*

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When it comes to skincare, if it’s a Harvey Nichols’ exclusive, you know it’s going to be great. So, when an email popped through alerting me to one of their newest brands, Lucia Magnani, I was intrigued. It’s a brand I hadn’t previously come across, and it’s one which feels incredibly glamorous and grown up. A spa-inspired skincare brand from Italy, it’s incredibly high-end and using the mask feels more like a luxurious ritual than a regular treatment, and a bonus? It looks absolutely divine in the bathroom!

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Due to an incredibly busy month, my skin hadn’t been looking it’s best. Late nights, early mornings and a whole lot of work had left my skin dry, dull and in need of a bit of r&r. So, it was the perfect point to try out the Retexturing Radiance Mask, which promises to make skin look bright and youthful.

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I’ve been using the Retexturing Radiance Mask about twice a week, and the difference in my skin has been noticeable. After a thorough cleansing using a foaming product, I apply a light layer of the mask to still-damp skin. The mask has a rich, thick texture which smoothes on easily. Unlike a lot of the mud masks I’ve used, this smells divine, it’s got a pleasant, almost perfume-y scent, and it really makes it feel like I’m in a high-end spa.

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Once the mask is on, it tingles slightly, and I tend to leave it for around half an hour to fully dry down. The mud is enriched with the antioxidants CoQ10, vitamin E and Alpha-Lipoic Acid, and it works to combat redness, as well as to reduce redness and clear up any breakouts. To remove it, I use a hot damp flannel, and follow up with a nourishing facial oil. It makes skin incredibly soft and smooth, and I always feel so bright and glowy after using the mask. It’s definitely an indulgent treat, but with results as good as these, I think it might be worth it!

Lucia Magnani Retexturing Radiance Mask is priced at £195 and is available here

Glossier Stretch Concealer – Light

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Ok, to say I jumped on the Glossier bandwagon would be more than fair. Back in October, when they finally started selling products on their UK site, I was down in deepest, darkest Oxfordshire, and hopped online first thing so I could get my hands on their lauded Balm Dot Coms (review to come).

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I’m not going to lie – I was pretty much an immediate fan. Cute packaging and effective products? Consider me sold. Since then, I’ve hummed and hawed over following purchases, mostly because of conflicting reviews. People seem to either love or hate the stuff, which means that since there isn’t a showroom in the UK, it can be hard to make up your mind.

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So, when I was making an order for the lauded Boy Brow (another review to look forward to), I took the plunge, and chucked a Stretch Concealer in my basket. The next day I got told it was ‘weird and a bit greasy’ – great! So, to say I was a bit dubious when the pink pouch dropped through the letter box is a bit of an understatement.

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Packaged in a chic little glass pot, I’m pleased to say I’m kind of in love with the stuff! It falls squarely in the brand’s ‘skin first’ motto. It’s not going to cover up a breakout, or eradicate shadows, instead it just smoothes and evens everything out. Thanks to a dewy finish, it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, and if you’re after anything other than a light veil of cover, you might be disappointed, but I’m in love with it! After applying a lightweight foundation, I tap a little of the Stretch Concealer under my eyes, around my nose and over any breakouts. Anything which needs a little more ‘help’ gets a topping of Nars Creamy Concealer, and then it’s time for a bit of bronzer. The layer of powder helps to set it without feeling cakey, and then I’m good to go! The coverage is pretty light as far as concealers go, so I like to think of it more of a ‘perfector’ than a traditional concealer, but I’m not going to lie – I’m a fan!

What are your Glossier favourites? Tell me in the comments below

Glossier Stretch Concealer is priced at £15 and is available here, for 10% off your first Glossier order, click here!

Signature Manicure with Gel Polish @ The Nail Yard*

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I’m not sure about you, but when I’m super busy I eek out little moments of relaxation wherever I can find them. Pretty much the whole of 2018 has been a busy blur, and while I wouldn’t change a second of it, it has left me feeling pretty wiped out, so when I can grab an hour under the guise of getting my nails done, I’ll grab it!

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So, when I got the chance to head over to Edinburgh’s stunning Nail Yard salon, I jumped at the chance. Situated right on the borders of Bruntsfield and Morningside, it’s a haven for those looking for a bit of a pamper right in the centre of Edinburgh. I popped in after work one evening to try a Signature Manicure with Gel Polish.

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The first thing I noticed was just how many polishes they have on offer – there are literally hundreds! No matter if you’re after a bold or a neutral, there will be at least a handful of shades to choose from! Since the salon is geared towards offering treatments which use the least amount of chemicals and highest amount of natural ingredients, the polishes of choice come from Jessica, Orly and EVC and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a prettier rainbow of colour options!

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The salon is an absolute haven from the hustle and bustle outside, and the treatment itself was heavenly. I was intrigued, when the treatment began with a Fig candle being lit, but it all became clear when they used the oil from the candle at the end of the treatment for a heavenly hand massage. Nails were filed, shaped and buffed, whilst my cuticles were tidied up – then it’s time for the polish! I opted for ‘Red Flare’ – a rather fetching bright red which was perfect for perking up the grey weather!

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Once the polish was on, it was time for exfoliation! My hands and arms were scrubbed to get rid of any dead skin cells, leaving them silky smooth – and once the scrub was removed, the hot oil from the fig massage candle was used to moisturise my hands and arms.

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Heavenly though, doesn’t even come close to describing the experience. From the stunning salon through to the dreamy treatment, it was such a fabulous spot to unwind after a busy day working.

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The manicure was absolutely faultless, and what really stood out was the care taken in every aspect of the experience. From lighting a candle to scent the treatment as well as to use the oil for a massage, the importance of detail at the Nail Yard is paramount. There is even a fabulous selection of products to purchase too – Margaret Dabbs dominates, with products and gift sets a plenty.

The Signature Manicure with Gel Polish is priced at £40 and can be booked here

Starskin Detoxing Sea Kelp Leaf Cleansing Foam*

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So, I thought that Starskin was a purely sheet mask endeavour, but who knew – they’ve released a rather wonderful cleanser?! Based on the detoxing mask of the same name, this foam promises to remove makeup, smooth skin, balance moisture and cleanse ‘exceptionally’ – not bad for a lightweight foam!

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Packaged in a nifty sachet, the Master Cleanser Foam contains a generous 150ml of product, which is easy to access every single drop of it thanks to being so super-squeezy. The formula claims to be as clever as the packaging too; boasting Sea Kelp, Glacier Water, Green Caviar and even Peony Root in the line up.

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At first I was worried that the cleanser would be too much for my sensitive skin, but I was way wrong. The cleansing foam is an absolute dream to use – rich and indulgent, the more I worked it into skin, the foamier and creamier it became. Makeup (although not mascara) disappears with the cleanser, and after rinsing, skin feels silky smooth and fresh, without verging into squeaky territory.

Starskin The Master Cleanser Foam is priced at £20.00 and is available here.