Arran Aromatics Edinburgh Store

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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

Urban Decay, Debenhams & The Roxburghe Hotel*

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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.

Brora Cashmere Long Fingerless Gloves*

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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

 

Easton Regal Winter Hair Treat

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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.

Rock & Ruddle Boar Bristle Brush*

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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

USBMAKERS.COM Personalized Power Banks*

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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

Vita Coco Coconut Oil*

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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

The Glam App Launches in London!

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There are an absolute tonne of reasons that anyone would love to live in London. The art galleries, the shopping, the theatre.. But now there’s a rather more high tech benefit of living in the big smoke – The Glam App has launched!

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Basically, the Glam App is just about the handiest app you can download – with a couple of taps, it lets you order a whole range of beauty treatments performed by experienced and vetted artists, right in the comfort of your own home. Everything from a simple mani/pedi to a full makeup session is available to book, and since you’re ordering the service through the app, you don’t need to worry about who is going to be working their magic!

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London is the first UK city to launch the app (my friends in New York are already regular users) and it was developed by actress and blogger Cara Santana, and celebrity hair and make-up artist Joey Maalouf in Los Angeles in February 2015, and it’s already available in 13 cities across the US and London!

I can’t wait until the next time I’m down south so I can order a couple of treatments – a blow out and my nails done at home sounds pretty much like heaven!

You can download the app here

Brora Mohair Icelandic Jumper

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Now that we’re finally in November, I feel like I’m squarely in ‘sweater weather,’ and to be honest, I’m pretty happy about it! When the weather is as pretty as it is right now, getting to spend days outside in golden sunshine feels pretty wonderful! Since autumn is usually pretty short lived up in Scotland, I’ve decided to make the most out of every second of it!

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My sweater of choice on these sunny, but still rather cold days has been Brora’s stunning Mohair Icelandic Jumper. It’s not like anything else in my wardrobe, and it feels just perfect to wear right now. I’ve been wearing it mostly over my J. Crew keeper shirt and jeans for a cosy outfit which still looks pulled together!

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I’m just obsessed with the colours in the sweater – the soft, icy grey with the touches of sky blue just look so perfect against the increasingly wintery skies, and I can’t even begin to tell you how cosy it is! Made out of a super kid mohair blend, the jumper is the perfect mix of comfy, cute and I absolutely adore the hint of fluff it has!

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The Mohair Icelandic Jumper is such a work-horse of a sweater, I have absolutely fallen in love with it! I can’t even tell you how many compliments I’ve received wearing it!

Brora’s Mohair Icelandic Jumper is priced at £119 and it is available here

Thank you so much Brora for lending me the jumper!

Gift Guide: Harvey Nichols Beauty Hampers

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When I saw these hampers yesterday, I legitimately squealed a little bit. They are just perfection. Whether you need to treat a loved one, or you know, yourself, Harvey Nichols have made is super easy with one of these beauties!

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Available in three options – Pre-Party Ritual, The Man Reviver, and Beauty Sleep, the hampers make a rather glamorous shift from the regular offerings. Rather than being stuffed full of mince pies and chutneys, these offer up everything from a GHD Curve Creative Wand to Guatemalan Worry Dolls.

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Each hamper has been perfectly curated, with the perfect mix of staple must haves and beauty treats (a bottle of bubbly is always a welcome gift with me!) so you know whoever you’re treating is going to be absolutely in love with your gift to them! Harvey Nichols have even made delivering the hamper a cinch with free named-day delivery!

Harvey Nichols Beauty Hampers are priced from £140-£300 and you can order up until December 23rd for guaranteed Christmas delivery! You can find them here

Harvey Nichols Edinburgh & Omorovicza Facial*

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Whenever I need to kill an hour or two (and spend far more than I should) I tend to head for Harvey Nichols’ Beauty Bazaar. Occupying a good chunk of the ground level of the Edinburgh store, it’s a one stop shop for pretty much every brand you can imagine, and now there’s a new member of the gang in the form of cult Hungarian skincare brand Omorovicza.

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So, to celebrate this new addition to the already stellar line-up, Harvey Nichols and Omorovicza teamed up to offer facials for £50, with the price being redeemable against products bought on the day. I’m a big fan of this type of facial, as it really lets you get a feel for a whole host of products, and having an expert really take time to look at your skin and recommend what would work best for you is pretty much priceless.

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So, on Friday afternoon, I was shown up to a treatment room tucked upstairs behind the shoe section, to enjoy one of the best facials of my life! I feel awful, as I can’t remember my therapist’s name, but she had been hand-picked from Omorovicza founders, and as we discussed my skincare routine, she explained that she thought a slightly tweaked Refining and Purifying facial would be best for me and my sensitive skin, and I whole heartedly agreed.

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Snuggled up in the fluffiest of white towels, I was cleansed using the brand’s iconic balm (I’ve reviewed it here) and then I got to try out the rather impressive looking Copper Peel. The product is a two-part one, with the green mask applied first, then the activator applied on top. After the gentlest of tingles, I got to enjoy an arm scrub and moisturise. By this point I was close to falling asleep thanks to the mix of pampering and Debussy music, and I was pretty much in heaven. Then, the facial went from great to amazing – the Hungarian facial massage began.

I have no idea what the therapist was doing, but for a good 10-15 minutes, she drummed her fingers all over my face in a way I have never come across before. It was incredible! Apparently it’s a modernised take on a traditional Hungarian technique, and it warms up the skin so the products use penetrate deeply and really get to work. It also works as a lymphatic drainage technique, depuffing the skin and making it just glow in general. After a good amount of drumming, my skin felt silky smooth, and reluctantly, it was time to go. I go to try out Omorovicza’s BB Cream and I have to say – it’s on my wish list. The combination of the most heavenly of facials with the skincare-filled base, meant my skin was absolutely glowing by the time I left, clutching my goodie bag of samples. In the days since my facial (in addition to dreaming about that massage technique) my skin has felt so soft and so smooth!

Thank you so much to Harvey Nichols Edinburgh and Omorovicza