Winter always makes my skin look and feel a little blah. I think it’s a mix of colder temperatures, central heating and lack of being outside, but despite it feeling inevitable, it doesn’t make it any more pleasant. In my quest to tackle winter-dullness, I’ve been testing out primers which give skin a good dose of glow without feeling too heavy, and I’ve fallen in love with Revlon’s Photoready Perfecting Primer.


Designed to soften skin, and diffuse light, the Photoready Perfecting Primer is basically an instagram filter in a bottle. It’s apt, as it’s part of Revlon’s Photoready line up which has been developed so you can always be selfie-ready.


The primer itself couldn’t feel lighter to wear – I smooth on a couple of pumps of it onto freshly moisturised skin, making sure I pay attention to any areas which need a little more help (eyelids, any dry skin etc). The formula is pretty much weightless, and leaves skin with a healthy glow, rather than looking greasy, and it makes skin feel silky soft. Then, I apply my makeup as normal. One days when I use the primer, I feel like I just look better overall. My makeup definitely sticks around longer, and I don’t need to touch up during the day. I also feel like I look a little more rested – very handy when you need to coverup a few late nights!

Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer is priced at £12.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)


If there is something I really don’t need, it’s another pink lipgloss. I have literally hundreds of tubes of the stuff, and I alternate between shades, finishes and tones. I couldn’t resist adding to my collection at the Harvey Nichols Marc Jacobs Beauty launch, when I caught sight of ‘Pink Flamingo’.


A true cotton-candy pink, the gloss is everything I’m after for an everyday staple. The colour is super flattering – with enough colour to feel done, but not too overpowering, which is always a plus, since I tend to wear quite natural-looking makeup. It’s also a great balancer if I’m wearing a darker eye – it gives lips a hint of colour without feeling like it’s too much.


As with my other Marc Jacobs lip gloss, the formula of this is dreamy. It feels quite thick and silky to apply, and there isn’t any gloopiness or stickiness. In fact, it feels more like a balm to wear, and I swear, it’s probably the longest-wearing lipgloss I have, and it easily can last for three to four hours before needing to be touched up. The packaging, like all of the Marc Jacobs Beauty bits, is glorious. I’m obsessed with the slick tube and chic branding too!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lip Gloss in Pink Flamingo is priced at £22 and is available here (UK) and here (US)


The past few months feel like they’ve been a bit of a whirlwind. Work has been super busy, and it’s meant I’ve not been able to find the time to pack up and head off somewhere sunny. Instead, I’ve taken a few weekends here and there to sit back, switch off and enjoy a little down time.


We enjoyed one of these weekends a few weeks back, when we headed to Edinburgh’s Principal Charlotte Square – a stunning hotel situated right in the heart of capital – with rooms looking out onto Charlotte Square and George Square.

The hotel has a beautiful old-world traveller theme. The entrance-way has been decorated with hats and suitcases, and rooms have an eclectic, collectors feel. The result is wonderful base for a trip to Edinburgh. Our room looked out onto George Street, and I can have sat people watching all afternoon!


Like all Principal hotels, Edinburgh Charlotte Square includes more amenities than the average hotel room. Instead of a pricey mini bar, there is a handy Tuck Box filled with coffee, tea and a few naughty snacks.


We were also treated to a fabulous G&T thanks to Edinburgh Gin, and downstairs in the lobby, you can purchase any essentials you might have forgotten, including decently priced prosecco, wines and beer.


Thanks to being in the original Georgian part of the hotel, our room benefitted from huge windows, high ceilings and serious soundproofing. Despite it being a Saturday night, there wasn’t a peep from inside the hotel, with just a buzz from the revellers from George Street (we did have the windows open) it was such a cosy spot to spend the evening.


I’ve been lucky enough to stay at a few Principal hotels now, and Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square had to be one of the most stylish. With slick charcoal tiling, and a rainfall shower, it was an absolute joy.


The bathroom was also well stocked with goodies from British perfumer Azzi Glasser. A few of years back, I was lucky enough to meet Azzi (here) and hear all about how she creates such gorgeous perfumes, so it’s so lovely to see an artisan British brand be promoted throughout a whole line of hotels.


Thanks to the room being so comfy, we abandoned our plans for a night out in favour of room service and a couple of movies. It was exactly what was needed – I turned off my emails for the night and just enjoyed the moment.


After a heavenly night’s sleep, we headed downstairs to enjoy breakfast. Normally this is served in the very insta-friendly Garden – a beautifully airy set up right in the centre of the lobby. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to explore, as since we were visiting during the weekend, and it was packed, so we were shown through to in-house restaurant Baba to enjoy ours.

Principal breakfasts are varied affairs. There is a tonne of fruit, pastries and a whole host of other niceties which you can pick and choose from, and there’s also a hot menu filled wth breakfast favourites.

Since there was a wait for hot items, we tucked into grapefruit and yoghurt to start.

When then ordered up a cooked Scottish breakfast, it was everything you’d hope for, with a generous serving of bacon, sausage, eggs, beans and mushrooms. It was the perfect note to end the stay on, and I’m sure we’ll be back!

Thanks so much to the Principal Charlotte Square for having us!



Over the past week or so, my skin has just felt a bit blah. I think it was a combination of hormones, stress and just being busy, but the result was just not feeling 100%. It’s not a fun feeling, and I hate having to worry about my skin when I have to go to work meetings and events, so Lush’s new Rudolph Jelly Face Mask couldn’t have come at a better time!

Before I even get started on how much I love the mask (and really, I do) I am absolutely in love with how it looks. Yes, in my photos it looks quite plain, but it comes complete with the cutest little red jelly nose, and the effect is just adorable. I, however managed to drop the nose on the ground (I take my photos outside for the best light) and the effect was ruined somewhat, but top marks to Lush for creativity!


The mask itself is pretty genius too! Designed to combat all the damage winter wreaks on skin (think dryness, dullness and acne) Ruldoph gets to work on them all. I’ve been using the mask every couple of nights, and it’s truly dreamy. After cleansing, I apply a few finger-fulls of the mask when my skin is still damp, making sure to massage it all into an even covering.

It smells absolutely divine – it’s a real hot-chocolate scent, thanks to the cocoa powder in the formula which softens skin, whilst also having antioxidant properties. There’s also a hint of orange in there, thanks to a Meadowsweet and Orange Peel infusion which tone and soothe skin, as well as fresh orange juice which cleanses and rejuvenates skin. There’s also the all-important rhassoul mud which effectively cleanses skin. Honestly, the mask smells good enough to eat – and the difference it’s made in my skin is impressive. I wash it off after 10-15 minutes, and my skin feels so soft and smooth afterwards – it feels like I’ve pressed a reset button!

Lush Rudolph Jelly Face Mask is priced at £7.95 and is available here



When the Marc Jacobs opened their new (and only Scottish) counter in Harvey Nichols, one of the products I was most excited to see was the O!Mega Coconut Perfect Tan Bronzer. It’s one of those products I’ve seen all over the internet, and no wonder. Slick packaging and a whole lot of product – it’s a recipe for success!


A part of the brand’s much loved Coconut line, the bronzer promises to be universally flattering, with a radiant matte finish. Since I’m a big dewy-skin, I was a bit nervous that this would be a full-on matte. I shouldn’t have worried. The powder is so finely milled that a single brushstroke gives skin a believable dose of warmth with a gorgeous satin finish.


If you can’t get your hands on the Coconut version, there’s a deeper shade (Tantric) which comes in a slick black compact. Since I’m both pale, and it’s now basically winter, I’m more than happy with Tan Tastic! It’s a great neutral shade, so it doesn’t leave skin looking too flushed or orange. Instead it gives a super-natural looking warmth, which looks like you’ve spent a day or two in the sun. To tie-in with the holiday feel, the bronzer is also delicately scented with coconut. It’s not overpowering, and once the powder is on your face the smell has disappeared, but it’s a fun little touch every time you open the compact.


After applying my foundation and concealer as normal, I use a fluffy bronzer brush to apply to my temples, cheek bones and chin. Even when I get a little heavy handed with my brush, it never gets streaky, patchy or too orange, and throughout the day it wears really well too. I’m also loving the sheer size of the product. Yes, it’s pricey for a bronzer – Benefit’s and Urban Decay’s offerings both hit the twenties price point, but this thing is huge. In fact, the only negative I can think of is that it’s actually too big to pop into a makeup bag for touch ups.

Marc Jacobs O!Mega Coconut Perfect Tan Bronze is priced at £35 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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