Lovely Lip Balms from Prezzy Box*

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Ok, so it’s not exactly news that I’m something of a lip balm hoarder. I’m sitting at my desk right now and I can see two balms, and I’ve got a further one in the pouch I keep my keys in. And although I’ve got an embarassingly large stash of them at home, I’m not sure any of them are quite as cute as these Macarons from Prezzybox!

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Coming in a set of mint and pink, these are as cute as anything I’ve seen at Laduree! They would make such a cute little gift, and they really perk up my work desk – I smile a bit every time I look at them!

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They also perfectly sized to slot into my handbag or makeup bag without taking up a whole tonne of room.

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The two balms are also really nicely scented – the pink one contains a strawberry scented balm which leaves lips nicely pink. The green is a fresh minty one. I love using the mint one during the day when I need a bit of a kick, and the strawberry one is perfect for adding a hint of colour to low key makeup days.

Prezzybox’s Lovely Macaroon Lip Balms are priced at £5.95 and are available here

Roger & Gallet Aura Mirabilis Beauty Vinegar*

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As someone who has been obsessed with beauty from roughly the age I could walk, finding an entirely new product feels something like a revelation. I’ve been swiping on cleansers and toners for years now, but a beauty vinegar? That’s definitely something new!

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Only it’s not – beauty vinegars have apparently been around for centuries, where ladies loved them for their skin-refining qualities. Even though they may have fallen out of favour, Roger & Gallet have gone about bringing them bang up to date with their Aura Mirabilis Beauty Vinegar. Packaged in a simple sleek tube, using the vinegar couldn’t be easier. I just shake the bottle, apply a few drops on some cotton and swipe over freshly cleansed skin.

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The vinegar, somewhat surprisingly, smells incredible. It’s a fresh, faintly floral scent which feels very spa-like. It’s essentially a toner, so it manages to get rid of any product residue without leaving skin feeling tight or dried out. Instead, skin feels refreshed and super clean after using, and it makes the best base before applying moisturisers or oils.

Roger & Gallet Aura Mirabilis Beauty Vinegar is priced at £17 and is available here

Model Co Gradual Tan*

Is it just me, or is self tanning usually a bit of a faff? I can stand the whole palaver of buffing my skin into submission, then getting out the shower, sweeping all manner of foams, oils and then waking up with weird streaks and stripes. So, when Model Co’s Gradual Tan pooped through the letterbox, it could have some at a better time!

Instead of having to play around with tanning mittens, I can just apply this as I would a regular moisturiser. It’s lightweight and smells fresh – nothing biscuity here! Then, day by day, the tan gets a little deeper, and it is beyond easy to control. To build up a believable base of colour, I like to apply it for about four days in a row, then maintain the colour by applying ever two or three days. It’s super natural looking, and it leaves skin looking perfected rather than overly tan.

Model Co Gradual Tan is priced at £12.49 and is available here

Nyasa Metamorphosis Revitalising Beauty Oil*

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When it comes to skincare, one of my most used products has to be a great facial oil. I have dry skin, so like to apply a few drops at night to keep everything hydrated, and each morning I add a drop to liquid foundation formulas to get a glowier, sheerer finish. So, as you can probably imagine, I can be super picky about the oils I use.

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My newest favourite has to be the Nyasa Metamorphosis Revitalising Beauty Oil. The brand is a new one – it only launched back in January, but it feels like it’s far more established. With their skincare, Nyasa try to bring together seriously advanced skincare using natural ingredients. The result is a lineup of gloriously luxurious beauty treats which leave skin looking and feeling incredible. The Metamorphosis Revitalising Beauty Oil is the first product from the lineup that I’ve tried, and I have to say, I’ve fallen in love – hard!

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The oil is an absolute dream to use – packaged in a beautifully understated brushed glass bottle, complete with dropper, after cleansing I apply a few drops of the oil and then pat in. The oil itself smells divine thanks to the mix of essential oils –  Frankincense, Jasmine, Neroli, Ylang Ylang, Palmarosa, Linden, Lavender, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Benzoin, Chamomile, and Rose Geranium are all in there. It also feels incredibly nourishing to apply. It hydrates skin without overloading it, and when I’ve applied it I wake up with my face feeling plump and nourished.

Nyasa Metamorphosis Revitalising Beauty Oil is priced at £95 and is available here

Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Cushion Foundation

When I saw that YSL had released a cushion foundation, it’s fair to say I was more than a little excited. I’ve been a big fab of the brand’s foundations since they released the original Touche Eclat formula back in 2011/12, and considering my love affair with cushion formulas – well, I couldn’t resist!

This one might just be the slickest packaging on a foundation yet. A study in black and gold, it’s seriously glam. Inside contains a sizable mirror which is perfect for touch-ups, as well as a branded puff. Honestly, I never even bother with the sponges included with cushion foundations. The formulas are so light, they feel unnecessary, and I prefer to apply foundation with my fingers anyway.

There are 12 shades in the line up to choose from – I went for B10, which is the lightest, so if your skin skews super light or dark, you might have a little trouble in finding a match. It’s described as a medium, buildable formula, and it’s not as luminous as some of the cushion foundations I’ve tried before. After applying a generous slick of moisturizer, I pat on the foundation using my fingers. It’s wonderfully lightweight, and it disappears into skin, leaving it looking perfected and mattified. It lasts throughout the day well, and doesn’t oxidize at all. Instead it just leaves skin looking naturally perfected – and isn’t that what we’re all after?

YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation is priced at £38.50 and is available here (UK)

Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum*

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Do you know when you find a product which feels like it was made just for you? It’s tailored to your skin’s every need and is just a joy to use? Well, consider Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Calming Serum my Holy Grail. When I met with Dr. Sturm a few weeks back, we were discussing my skin concerns (redness, sensitivity, dryness) when she paused, then drew out a bottle, of what I can only describe as magic.

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Like all Dr. Barbara Sturm products, the packaging of the Calming Serum is stunning. A minimalist mix of frosted glass and black lettering, it’s as chic as it gets. Unlike a whole host of luxury skincare brands, Sturm’s products contain no scents or essential oils. They’re all about nourishing, soothing, calming and repairing the skin. The formula of the serum had been tweaked to microscopic perfection.

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Like all of Sturm’s skincare, the Calming Serum is packed full of her signature Purslane extract – rich in antioxidants which protects sensitive cell membranes against attacks by free radicals, whilst Cardiospermum extract, is known as a wonder plant for soothing inflamed skin. The serum includes Echium oil which contains the perfect balance of omegas 3, 6 and 9, and Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) and Stearidonic Acid (SA) hydrate, calm, and prevent eczema flare-ups, so it’s perfect if your skin is in real need of some TLC, whilst Sunflower extract protects the skin from external environmental influences, and Sweet almond oil and vitamin E nourish and protect.

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Despite being packed-full of all that goodness, the Calming Serum couldn’t be lighter. I’ve been using it morning and night, straight after cleansing. I apply a few drops, then pat it in. It feels super cooling and calming, and is disappears into skin, soothing redness immediately and sorting that ‘tight’ feeling which sometimes comes from cleansing. Sturm herself swears by this for treating skin post-flights, and it’s going to be a must have for summer skin!

Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum is priced at £173 and is available from SpaceNK here, and here (US)

Model Co Tan Remover Exfoliating Scrub*

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Ok, so we’re in May, which means we’re basically in summer, and that means we need to tan. Naturally I’m ghost-pale, so I need a bit of a shove in the right direction, and considering I live in Edinburgh, I’d never be able to get even a hint of colour naturally. So, I have to take the fake route, and of course, that means maintenance.

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Thankfully though, Model Co have made prepping your skin super easy thanks to their Tan Remover scrub. A thick, gritty, very pink scrub which is everything I look for in an exfoliator. The light grapefruit scent feels fresh, and the texture is super satisfying to use. It leaves skin feeling seriously silky – and even though it’s called a Tan Remover, I use it before fake tanning to ensure it looks as natural as possible.

Model Co Tan Remover is priced at £12.49 and is available here

Ciate Precious Metal Eyeshadow – Lincoln Road*

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When it comes to eyeshadow, I’m usually quite conservative. A shimmery taupe does me for day-to-day use. If I’m honest, it’s easier to blend a buttery brown in my lash line, slick on a bit of mascara, then I’m good to go. But, when heading out in the evening, I like to go for something a little more special.

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That’s where Ciate’s Precious Metal Eyeshadow in Lincoln Road comes in. Handily packaged in a chic black tub complete with dinky travel-sized eye brush, it’s a surprisingly easy way to create a show-stopping eye look. And the best part is, it even comes with it’s own primer, so you can even chuck it in your makeup bag to amp up your look, even if you’re own the go.

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Using the Precious Metals shadow couldn’t be easier. First of all, I pat the primer all over the lid using my ring finger. It’s got a satiny soft texture which melts into skin, and it evens out skin tone as well as act as a glue to the pigment.

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The shadow itself is absolutely incredible. Lincoln Road is warm, pinky-toned taupe which feels like a glitzier, more glamorous version on my everyday shadow. You can apply it using your fingers – or, if you’re after something more precise, you can use the included brush. It packs on the shadow, giving lids a metallic sheen which is just perfect for summer – paired with tanned skin it looks super chic, and it lasts all night! Thanks to the handy primer, the shadow does.not.move once it’s on – it just sits looking beautiful until you’re ready to take it off!

Ciate Precious Metals Eye Shadow is priced at £18 and is available here

Bioderma Hydrabio H2O*

Over the past few weeks I’ve been lucky enough to spend a couple of nights away truly relaxing. There are reviews all lined up of course, but heading from hotel to hotel without carting a bunch of luggage meant I had to scale down my everyday products to something approaching manageable. It was pretty easy to throw in one foundation, one mascara etc, but where is got a little more complicated was when I got to skincare. Anyone who knows me, knows that I have an intensive cleansing regime. I need a foaming cleanser, an eye makeup remover, micellar water and cleanser, so obviously, carting all those bottles around would be more than tedious. So, when I found out Bioderma had a travel-sized bottle of their famous Hydrabio H2O, I had to get my hands on it!

Bioderma’s Hydrabio H2O is one of the original micellar waters, and it’s definitely among the best. You can use it on a cotton pad to take off all your makeup (even mascara and liners) without pulling or tugging on skin, and it never leaves my skin feeling weirdly greasy or oily. Instead, it just seems to erase makeup completely. I tend to rely on it in the evenings to make sure I’m not going to bed with any of the day’s gunk left on my face. It’s gentle enough that it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, or dry it out either. It’s just a really fabulous cleanser!

Bioderma Hydrabio H2O is priced from £5.10 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Lip Oils – the brights*

Ok, so I’ve spoken about how Too Faced’s Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Lips Oils have gained a permanent place both in my heart, and in may makeup bag here. They’re the perfect gloss-balm hybrid, and deliver stunning colours in a comfortable formula which feels rich and nourishing rather than annoyingly sticky. Have I also mentioned that they smell incredible? Because they do.

As if the colours, the gloss and the scent weren’t great enough – all the Creamy Peach Lip Oils come adorned with your own Peachy friend to keep you company!

Peach Please  is described as an Coral Peach, but honestly, it looks closer to a candy pink on me. Subtle blue tones in the colour make teeth look super white. I usually reach for this a couple of times a week, when I want a subtle touch of colour in my makeup look. It’s super pretty without feeling too try-hard, and it feels perfect to wear during the day!

Peach Tease is described as an electric peach, and honestly, it’s a show-stopper. Almost neon in the tube, this is a formula which can be adjusted to suit your mood. Patting a little of the Creamy Peach Lip Oil on results in a pretty coral stain which is perfect for day. Applied with the doe foot applicator, the formula is brighter with great colour payoff – it’s a fabulous pink-toned coral which feels perfect for the warmer weather!

Last up, but certainly not least is Poppin’ Peach, the most vibrant of all the shades I’ve tried. A true orange, this is a gloss destined to be worn somewhere warm, exotic, and with a tan. I’ve not even attempted wearing this out the house yet, because honestly, I’m just too pale right now, but I have this bookmarked for summer evenings!

Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Lip Oils are £16 each and they are available here (UK) and here (US)

Skinfix Brightening Eye Cream*

When it comes to skin creams, I think I’m pickiest about what I put on around my eyes. Not only do I have sensitive skin all over, but my eyes can get irritated pretty easily. They get puffy easily, and they feel hot when I’m tired, or if I’ve been looking at a screen for too long, so finding a cream which keeps them feeling fresh and looking their best can be a little tricky.

Made nearly entirely with natural ingredients, Skinfix’s Brightening Eye Cream has become my go-to morning formula. After applying my serum and moisturiser, I tap a small amount of the eye cream all around the orbital bone and under eye area. It sinks in almost immediately, leaving the skin feeling fresh and hydrated. It does all the things you want (and need) an eye cream to do!

Puffiness, dark circles, and dryness are all eradicated with a couple of dabs of the eye cream. The formula is chock-full of Skinfix’s own Healthy Skin Lipid Complex which maintains glowing, plump, skin whilst Alfalfa Seed Extract helps reduce puffiness and dark under eye shadows. There is an  infusion of betacarotenes and essential vitamins leaves skin glowing, vibrant and smooth. The result? Skin around the eyes appears brighter, firmer and healthier.

The one thing better than the results might just be the price! Skinfix’s Brightening Eye Cream is priced at £12.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)