Victoria Green Folding Makeup Bag

When it comes to travelling, I never do it light! I don’t know what it is, but I have a serious arsenal of makeup and beauty items which all fall squarely under the ‘must-have’ category, so carting them around with me can be a problem! Thankfully though, Victoria Green creates the cutest (and rather importantly the roomiest) of makeup and beauty bags. My gym favorite has to be the Starflower Traveller Wash bag, which has two super generous zippered compartments,  which means that keeping my rather generous stash organized is an absolute cinch!

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I just love the attention to detail on the Wash bag – from the adorable polka dot trim to the starflower pattern, it’s just adorable! I can’t even tell you how many people have commented on it when I’ve whipped it out at the gym!

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The inside of the bag is trimmed with the cutest polka dots, and the vinyl pockets mean that it’s so easy to keep clean (and it’s super easy to see what’s what).

Victoria Green Starflower Makeup Bag is priced at £15.00 and is available here

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Bobbi Brown Ultimate Makeup Lesson

If you’re familiar with Edinburgh, chances are you’ve been in Jenners. It has to be one of the city’s most loved haunts, and if you’re in the mood for Christmas, you won’t find a bigger tree!

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Last week though, I wasn’t in town for Christmas shopping. Instead, I hit up the rather spacious Bobbi Brown Counter to get one of their Ultimate Makeup Lessons. They’re a genius idea which lets you try out products ranging from serums to lip gloss to really get a feel for what you like.

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I was taken care of by Natalie, a fellow pale-skinned girl, who created the most gorgeous natural look complete with a shimmery brown eye. To say I was impressed was an understatement. Natalie listened to all my skin concerns, and began by recommending some of Bobbi Brown’s skincare. I’ve loved the Bobbi Brown Extra Moisturizing Balm for years, so it was so lovely when Natalie recommended it for me.

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Getting to try out a whole range of new products was amazing, and there were definitely some standouts – the Color Correcting Cream was amazing at reducing redness under my base, and I was so glad to try the Skin Serum Foundation.

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As Natalie talked me through her recommendations (and I studied her rather impressive brush work) she wrote down all the products she had used on a face chart. It’s a really great way to remember all the wonderful products (and it serves as a rather hand wishlist, which is always important at this time of year!)

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The lesson lasts for around 45 minutes (although it absolutely flew by), and it’s really the best way to find out which products are going to be right for you. I got to have a sneak peek at Bobbi Brown’s gorgeous Christmas gift ideas which include the most wonderful palettes and brushes.

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The colours are absolutely beautiful – a lot of shimmy neutrals and browns which are my absolute favourites! If you fancy a little shakeup in your beauty routine, I can’t recommend the Ultimate Beauty Lesson enough! And the best thing? They’re free!

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Arran Aromatics Light Up the Season

When I was having a look around the new Arran Aromatics store (and simultaneously falling in love with everything lining the shelves), I was very kindly gifted the most festive of tins.

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The exterior of the tin is the complete embodiment of the season – nutcrackers and bells are sprinkled all over it. I’ve already re-filled mine with Christmas cookies for all of our visitors!

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Inside, it gets even better, as there are three Arran Aromatics candles tucked inside. The gift box is an absolute dream for people like me, who had never tried the brand’s candles before.

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The scents are some of my absolute favourites – the votives are Ultimate Fig and Just Grapefruit, whilst the large, single wick candle is Bergamot and Geranium. Since I love my house feeling all warm and cosy, these candles arrived at the perfect time!

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The first of the trio I tried, was the Ultimate Fig votive. The scent is heavenly – it’s a clear, one note fragrance which feels wonderfully luxurious to burn. The fig isn’t too fruity, but instead it just perfumes the room with a subtle fragrance which is just beautiful.

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The second votive is the Just Grapefruit scent, and it’s just so fresh, clean and fruity! I burnt mine during the all-too-short hours of sunshine as it’s a really wonderfully uplifting fragrance. I also love how dinky the votives are! They make layering scents incredibly easy, and they look adorable to boot!

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The large single wick candle in the trio is Bergamot & Geranium scented, and is absolutely heavenly! The mix of florals creates a fragrance which feels absolutely spa worthy to burn! It’s a really fresh, clean mix of flowers, and it burned cleanly and evenly, scenting my rooms perfectly!

The Light Up The Season set is an absolute winner of a gift! You can find it here for £28.00

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Rodial Harvey Nichols Edinburgh

So Rodial might be a brand which is well known for beauty products with rather catchy names which deliver results. So, when I found out that they had a makeup range, I got rather excited! What I didn’t realise is, that, for the past year or so, Harvey Nichols in London have been selling the range, and it’s been rather successful. Thankfully, for those of us living a little further north, Harvey Nichols Edinburgh have a  brand new counter devoted to the brand’s makeup, so when I was kindly invited to get my makeup done I absolutely jumped at the chance!

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The makeup collection is a wonderfully curated set of must-haves which include a super light Instaglam Skin Tint which is basically an Instagram filter in a tube and an Airbrush Concealer which makes any imperfections completely disappear without looking or feeling heavy. I opted for an easy to recreate natural look, and I just love how subtle the products were, and I completely fell in love with the Glamstick Lipstick in Bite. It’s the perfect nude colour, and it feels incredible on the lips!

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As if getting my makeup done wasn’t amazing enough, I was very kindly gifted a goodie bag filled with some of the brand’s incredible skincare. I love how generously sized they are – I’ve been getting over a week’s worth of use out of them, and I’m absolutely head over heels for them!

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Getting to try out products like the Pink Diamond Instant Lifting Serum is such a thrill. The full size bottle is a rather splurge-worthy £250.00, so getting to use the serum at home is a lovely luxury!  The Bee Venom Cleansing Balm and Super Serum are a gorgeous little duo too! They smell incredible, and are such a lovely way to feel awake in the mornings!

Thank you so much to Rodial and Harvey Nichols Edinburgh for having me!

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If you’re in Edinburgh and fancy treating your nearest and dearest, you just have to pop into Arran Aromatics’ brand new store on George Street.

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Just over a week ago, I was kindly invited into the store to get a look at all the beautiful decorations and products Arran Aromatics have for Christmas, and I’ve got say, I was in heaven!

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The store itself is an absolute haven in the city centre! Painted in the most gorgeous neutral tones, it’s a dream of a store, and it is filled with the biggest selection of Arran Aromatics goodies I’ve ever seen!

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The Christmas gifts were out in full force, and there is such an awesome collection! If you’re looking for either home or beauty gifts, Arran Aromatics really does have you covered! I’ve been lucky enough to try a couple of the gift options, and I have to say, they’re amazing! I’m going to be posting my in-depth reviews as soon as possible, but you can read the first one here.

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As if the store wasn’t beautiful enough, it’s completely decked out for Christmas. The decorations are absolutely adorable – one window is filled with a rather twinkly tree, whilst the other has the cutest carousel.

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How adorable is the little carousel?! Dotted amongst the little nutcrackers were Arran Aromatics candles and fragrances. I absolutely love the little figures – a lot of the Christmas packaging features nutcrackers too, so the display was just too cute!

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In addition to all the special Christmas products, the store was absolute filled with Arran Aromatics’ regular ranges. It was so lovely getting to test and smell all of the brand’s lotions and potions!

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I can’t tell you how many products have landed squarely in my wish list! The shower products look absolutely divine!

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I didn’t even realise that Arran Aromatics had so many fragrances to wear! The very back of the store is devoted to them – you can pull up a stool and find the perfect scent for you or your loved ones.

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The store is an absolute gem, so if you’re in Edinburgh and have Christmas presents to buy, you really must visit the store! You can find it at 63 George Street Edinburgh

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Urban Decay, Debenhams & The Roxburghe Hotel 5

I have to admit to being a smudge behind on my posting schedule. Life has just been beyond hectic, so, in the thought of better late than never, I thought I would share some of the awesome events I’ve been to over the past couple of weeks.

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About 10 days ago I was very kindly invited to a night of Urban Decay beauty held in Edinburgh’s Roxburghe’s hotel. I had never been into the hotel before, but I’ve been super curious as it’s located right in Charlotte Square, one of the city’s most beautiful addresses! So, after being ushered in out of the rain, and plied with a rather delicious cocktail, I snuck into one of the hotel’s conference rooms where I was met with perhaps the largest displays of Urban Decay makeup I’ve ever come across!

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The evening was hosted by Debenhams and makeup artist Danielle Roberts, and was all about getting seriously glam in time for Christmas. Half the room was filled with tables absolutely stocked with Urban Decay makeup, and it was seriously difficult not coming away with absolutely everything!

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Getting to play around with the makeup was so much fun, and you could tell how excited everyone was to be there!

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The girls from Urban Decay were there to answer any question you could think of, as well as to apply the makeup you wanted to try, and they couldn’t have been nicer! As I debated between lipgloss colours, I enjoyed a hand massage from the lovely beauticians from the Roxburghe Hotel’s spa, and then it was time to sit down for the makeup masterclass.

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Considering most of the time I spend on Youtube is watching beauty videos, getting to see Danielle Roberts in action was a complete treat! Using the new Vice 4 Palette (you can see my review of it here) Danielle got to work on the gorgeous model, creating a stunning smoky eye look.

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It was great to see such a talented makeup artist at work, and it gave me some really great tips and ideas for my own makeup looks. There was a chance to ask Danielle any questions the audience had, and my Urban Decay wish list has grown even longer than before! As if the evening wasn’t lovely enough, we left clutching goody bags kindly donated by Debenhams which included the most adorable dinky lipsticks and perfume samples!

Thank you so much to The Roxburghe Hotel, Debenhams, Urban Decay and Danielle Roberts for having me.

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Brora Long Cashmere Gloves 3

So this morning we saw the first snow of the year. It transformed from big, damp flakes on my windshield to an almost complete whiteout in the space of a workout, so the drive home felt more than a little perilous. So, now that I feel we’re in the midst of real winter, I thought it would be a great excuse to share one of my favourite finds – Brora’s stunning Cashmere Long Fingerless Gloves.

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The gloves are made of the softest two-ply Scottish cashmere, and they dreamy soft! On cold, wet days like today, they are just what your want to pull on to feel as snug as possible.

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The fact that they’re fingerless is absolutely perfect for me! It’s a pretty widely known fact among my friends that I’m a bit of a klutz, so not having to whip the gloves off every time I need to send a text or an email feels like an absolute godsend!

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The cashmere is just the softest you can imagine, and they are so warm and cosy, they are just a dream to wear! The long arm length is super flattering (not to mention cozy) too! Since I tend to rotate through a wardrobe of neutrals, the pop of colour feels super fun, and I like to wear them slouched down over my wrists under blazers and coats.

Brora’s Cashmere Long Fingerless Gloves are priced at £59 and are available here

 

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There are a million reasons why you should visit London in the winter: the lights, the shopping, the general festive cheer. But one which is terribly tempting is Easton Regal’s new winter hair menu which has just launched.

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The salon is a beautiful, super sleek haven from the city buzz, and they’re offering 45 minute hair-up sessions complete with a glass of bubbly!

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You can choose from styles like ‘Regal Wave’ and ‘Regal Knot’ and they’re guaranteed to keep you looking beautiful throughout the festive period!

You can book in for a Coife and Cocktail for only £49 at Easton Regal.

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Rock & Ruddle Boar Bristle Brush Pink

After bleaching my hair three times within a month, I’ve been super careful to treat it as well and as gently as possible. So, in addition to upping my moisturising hair products, I’ve also fallen in love with Rock & Ruddle’s Boar Bristle Brush.

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Rather than using a regular plastic or metal bristle brush, using one made of natural boar bristle makes such a difference to my hair! The bristles themselves have microscopic scales which release and spread natural oils throughout the whole hair shaft. They’re also a whole lot more gentle on sensitised hair like mine.

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As well as including the natural boar bristles, Rock and Ruddle have also included some gentle nylon tips. They’re perfect for detangling long hair without feeling too rough, and if you’ve got thick hair this is the brush for you!

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In addition to being my new favourite hair brush, Rock & Ruddle’s brushes are just the cutest. I chose the gorgeous, almost neon pink, and the same brush also comes in purple and orange. If you’re looking for something even more unusual, they also come in a range of adorable patterns and doodles.

Rock and Ruddle hairbrushes are priced at £30 and are available here

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Personalized Power Bank

Considering I usually have at least two Apple products with me at any given point, I burn through their batteries at a rather alarming rate. I’m not sure if I read a whole lot of magazines, or whether I’m on instagram too much, but my batteries usually hover somewhere at around 15% before conking out. So, for the past little while I’ve been on the hunt for a portable charger which isn’t too bulky and looks cute.

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www.usbmakers.com has come to my rescue though, with their completely customisable chargers. All you have to do is select the type of charger you’re after (I picked the Card Power Bank) and then upload whichever image you want to decorate it. I’ve been on a bit of a marble binge at the moment, so I thought it would look cute on the charger. I made my image over at Polyvore.com, but they would look equally adorable covered in photos or even just a simple pattern.

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I absolutely love how simple the charger is, and I cannot tell you how useful it is! Each of the Card Power Banks has over 500 charges, and thanks to how streamline the power bank is, I’ve just been slipping it into my handbag whenever I’m out and about. It’s a complete lifesaver! At night, you just plug the charger into your laptop’s USB for an hour or so, and you’re good to go!

You can design your own power banks here

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Vita Coco Coconut Oil

If there is a singe tub, which you absolutely, definitely, just have to own – it’s got to be coconut oil! For the past few years or so, I’ve kept a couple of tubs of the stuff handy, both in the kitchen and in my beauty stash, as it’s just so versatile, I can’t bear not having some to hand!

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I first tried out using coconut oil in the kitchen, and I absolutely fell in love! Since consuming it in small amounts can really help combat high cholesterol, as well as work to prevent Heart Disease, I use a teaspoon of the oil rather than regular olive oil whenever I need to cook vegetables. A real favourite use of mine is sautéing kale in a teaspoon or two of coconut oil, then sprinkling a little lemon juice and sesame seeds over the top – delicious!

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Because Vita Coco’s Coconut Oil is 100% Raw and Organic, I also love keeping a tub of it in my beauty stash as it’s just so versatile! Starting from the top, my hair absolutely drinks coconut oil up! I tend to apply it to the ends of my hair, then throw it up in a topknot over night, letting all the goodness sink in. I can then just shower it out in the morning, and my hair feels super soft, and has a great amount of shine. Another great in-shower use for coconut oil is mixing it with coffee grounds. You can pick up a bag of them for free at Starbucks or Waitrose, as they are also great for the garden, but I just melt about a cup full of the coconut oil on the hob, and then add about 3/4 of a cup of the coffee grounds. Once the mixture has cooled down and solidified, you can then use it as a scrub. It’s such a simple mix to make and use, but your skin feels absolutely amazing afterwards! Even out of the shower, my Vita Coco Coconut Oil is a bathroom must-have. It works amazingly as a moisturiser, and I use it everywhere from under my eyes to layering it on my elbows and knees.

As you can probably tell, I am such a fan of Vita Coco Coconut Oil, have you got any other uses for it?

Vita Coco Coconut Oil is priced at £9.99 and is available here

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