Kiehl’s on Wheels hits Edinburgh*

DSC_0689Last week, on a rare sunny evening, I meandered over to George Street after work to check out the most colourful display on George Street. Kiehl’s brand new bus rolled into town a week or so ago, and has been providing the city with the best beauty products ever since.

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Considering I use and adore at least five separate Kiehl’s every morning, it was a no brainer that I would head down and see what the brand was up to, plus it’s always fun to go to blogger events. Kiehl’s, I’m glad to say, didn’t disappoint – with the most adorable picnic benches laden with goodie bags, it was so lovely to meet some Edinburgh-based bloggers.

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After some introductions, as well as a snoop around the Kiehl’s bus (it’s packed with brand favourites for skin, hair and body) it was time for the evening to begin. We packed into the benches, and got to grips with learning all about the best of what Kiehl’s have to offer.

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Jennifer (from Tartan Brunette) bravely volunteered to be the model for the evening, letting Kiehl’s expert Holly demonstrate how to best use and apply each product.

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Starting right from the basics, we sniffed, rubbed and patted in a whole shelf of products, falling harder in love each time. There were a tonne of old favourites, including many which I use on a daily basis, but getting to try out products like the Ultra Facial Cleanser, means that my wish list has grown rather long since last week!

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There was a lucky-dip prize at the end of the evening, which the very lucky (and lovely) Emma from unf4bul0us won, and we all toddled home, clutching our groaning Kiehl’s bags. Very kindly, we were treated to a mix of hero products as well as some treats from a Scottish pop-up across the street, which I’ve been using ever since – I’d forgotten how great Kiehl’s old-school lip balm is! There was also a full size bottle of the new Cactus Flower Hydrating Mist, which is super handy, as I’ve blown through half of my first bottle already!

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The bus will be chilling in the middle of George Street for the next week or so, and then is starts up it’s travels again. So, if you hear it’s heading down your way, pop in, say hello, and treat yourself to something lovely!

Thank you to Holly, Kiehl’s and Kiehl’s on Wheels for having me!

August 2016 Glossybox*

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This month is Glossbybox’s fifth birthday, and to celebrate, they’ve released a box filled with subscriber favourites, and if you’re into gorgeous neutrals, this is the box for you! Before even cracking the open, can we discuss the box itself? It’s an adorable monogrammed pink and grey number which is just adorable!

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There’s a good mix of makeup, skincare and accessories in this month’s box, and subscribers are able to choose which palette they receive from a choice of four. Since they’re all a good mix of neutrals, you can’t really go wrong!

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The first of this month’s goodies is the full size Spa to You facial brush. A mix of soft bristles and silicon rods, the brush is designed to exfoliate skin as well as help foaming cleansers work more effectively. I love a good face brush, and I’ve never tried one with silicon bits in it, but this makes foaming face washes get super lathery and I like to use it about twice a week to keep my skin looking clear.

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I was super excited to see the mini bottle of The Cowshed Body Lotion in this month’s box. Every time I’m down in London, I tried to head to the salon’s Notting Hill location, and their products always feel super luxe to use. This one is Wild Cow – an invigorating mix of lemongrass, rosemary and ginger. It’s so lovely and fresh, and leaves skin soft and smooth.

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I’m going to assume that the MUS Makeup Academy’s Hall of Fame Palette will be a serious most-loved element of subscribers boxes. Mine contains 12 of MUA’s favourite eyeshadows.

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They’re a stunning cool-toned mix of mattes and shimmers, and I have to say, the metallic shades are insane. The pigment for them is seriously comparable to premium shadows in my stash, and they add a perfect sheen to neutral toned eye looks.

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I think my favourite part of this month’s box is is the luxury sized tester tube of Mudmasky’s Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask. If you’re looking for a Glamglow-esque mask, this is the one for you. It’s pretty lightweight, and smooths on easily and dries quickly. It feels lovely and cleansing to use, and I’m very much a fan!

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The last part of this month’s box is a Rae Feather monogrammed beauty bag. If you’re initials are GB you’re in luck! Glossy box state that it’s worth over £20, which feels like an awful lot for a canvas bag. Since my initials aren’t anywhere near the monogram, I’m probably not going to reach for it. Instead of including one in the box, I do wish there had just been a voucher for the store to personalise one with my own monogram.

All in all, though, I thought this month was a really great one for Glossybox – I’m going to be using most of the products seriously regularly!

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Illuminator*

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Ok, so it’s not exactly news that I am just loving glowy skin at the moment. It’s just so pretty and fresh, and of course, perfect for summer! Estee Lauder obviously agrees, and they have just released their annual Bronze Goddess Collection, which is designed to keep you looking beautiful all season long!

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Packaged in a dinky little bottle, complete with drop applicator, the Summer Glow Illuminator might just be my favourite product out of the whole collection. When I first saw the Illuminator, I was worried it would leave too warm a cast on my skin (I have quite pink skin which I’m always toning down), but happily, I needn’t have worried. It’s the most glorious little product – after applying a light base and a little concealer, I simply dot a little of the illuminator over my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose, my eyelids and my cupid’s bow. Then, just using my fingers, I blend it in and add a dusting of bronzer. Unlike may highlighter that leave a sparkling or frosted sheen, the Illuminating Drops give the skin a beautiful natural looking sheen. The drops make skin look so healthy and fresh, they really are just perfect for sunny weather. I can’t wait for warm evenings to add a little to my collar bones for an extra little sheen.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Drops are priced at £27.00 and are available here (UK) and here (US)

Bobbi Brown Beach Body Scrub*

Bobbi Brown Beach Body Scrub

I distinctly remember the very first time I came across Bobbi Brown’s Beach fragrance. I was shopping in Glasgow with my mother when the makeup artist brought it out. It was brand new, and I thought that there was nothing quite as glamorous as having a scent designed specifically around the beach. Then, when I was living in Dubai I got my own bottle. It just felt so right to wear the scent in the desert heat –  it just felt so clean and unfussy, and I’ve had a bottle of it ever since!

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What I didn’t realise though, was that Bobbi Brown have leant the scent to a whole range of body products too! You can get everything from hand wash to body oil in the fragrance, and I fear that this tub of Body Scrub might just be the start of a collection for me!

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Packaged in a very generous screw top jar, the scrub itself couldn’t smell more glorious. The moment you take the top off, there is a huge whoosh of the Beach scent. Jasmin, Sea Spray and Mandarin make it feel so fresh and clean. It’s the perfect way to start my morning routine, and just before heading into the shower, I take a little of the scrub and apply it to my arms and legs.

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The scrub is wonderfully rich and luxurious. It really softens and smoothes skin without feeling too rough or abrasive, and even after it’s been washed off, my skin still smells wonderfully beachy!

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If you’ve got some tanning planned (real or otherwise) you absolutely need to try this scrub out. It leaves skin so, so soft and smooth, it’s like a little trip to the spa in your bathroom!

Bobbi Brown Beach Body Scrub is priced at £25.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

YSL Opium Nuit Blanche Eau de Parfum*

YSL Opium Nuit Blanche

Happy Tuesday,  I hope you’ve been enjoying a gorgeous Bank Holiday weekend, so, in something of a celebration, I thought I would share a rather lovely perfume which I’ve been saving for rather special evenings – YSL’s Opium Nuit Blanch Eau de Parfum.

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I’d never tried a fragrance from the brand before, so when the glittering bottle arrived, you can imagine how excited I was! A ‘rock’n’roll’ take on the original Opium fragrance (I think we all remember those Sophie Dahl adverts!), Nuit Blanche mixes notes like Bourbon, Vanilla and Orange Blossom to create a perfume which feels darkly sophisticated.

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I’ve been saving the perfume for evenings out, and I can’t tell you how many people have commented on how the love the fragrance! At first, the top notes of vanilla and coffee bean give the perfume an almost gourmand tone. Then, as the perfume heats up, the heart notes of white musk and orange blossom give the parfum  super sexy feel. It’s definitely not a scent for the faint hearted, so I love keeping it for special evenings out – it just feels right to wear it after dark!

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YSL Black Opium is priced at £64.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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