Dermalogica launches their new Phyto Replenish Oil at Harvey Nichols Edinburgh*


When an invite arrived in my inbox inviting me to the launch of a brand new Dermalogica product at Harvey Nichols, you can imagine how quickly I RSVP’d. I love a good skincare evening – the chance to learn about new products, as well as have a bit of a play around with them is always great fun, plus I just love learning insider tips from those in the know!


So, on Thursday I popped into Edinburgh’s Harvey Nichols store for the pre-launch of Dermalogica’s brand new Phyto Replenish Oil. Not only was it a chance to have a bit of a play with the new oil, but it was also something of a launch for the Dermalogica counter which has only been around for six or so weeks.


It’s an absolute beast of a counter, full of hi-tech corners with iPads mounted on the counter and informational videos. It’s a counter like no other – if you pick up an item, an accompanying screen lights up and tells you all about it, as well as how to best apply and use it. The whole experience is very interactive and educational, and I can’t wait to head back in to play around with it a bit more!


So, after sitting down with a glass of Harvey Nichols Prosecco (which, I should add, is just delicious) we were introduced to Jean-Paul, Dermalogica’s only male skincare expert, who was leading the evening’s presentation. As well as learning about the new oil, we were treated to a demonstration of a FaceFit treatment, and taught all about facial massage.


As someone with dry skin, I’m a big fan of facial oils – I apply one most nights, and I use a drop in my foundation daily, but I can understand why some people might be nervous. It’s easy to assume that using an oil will automatically make skin look wet or greasy, but since Dermalogica’s is non comedogenic, it doesn’t clog pores, instead it just disappears into the skin.


The Phyto Replenish Oil is filled with goodness from Chia Oils among many other super hydrating and lightweight ingredients, and I can’t even tell you how good it feels on the skin. After passing a couple of bottles around the audience, we were instructed in a number of facial massages which have been specially designed to hydrate and moisturise.


I’ve already started to include a little facial massage into my evening routine, so I’ll let you know if I start to see a difference! Then, we were all treated to some facial mapping. It’s a great little service that Dermalogica offer to see what and where your skin needs a little more TLC, and it’s nice to know your doing all the right things! Then, it was time to head home, laden with the most generous of goody bags – I was very kindly gifted a full size bottle of the Phyto Replenish Oil, which I’ve been testing all weekend. I’ll have a full review up soon, but spoiler alert – it’s a gem!

Dermalogica’s Phyto Replenish Oil launches on September 1st

*Thank you to Harvey Nichols Edinburgh and Dermalogica for inviting me to the event.

Malin + Goetz Recovery Treatment Oil*

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As someone with perennially dry skin, I’m always on the lookout for products which leave me feeling soft and hydrated, and my newest find is Malin + Goetz Recovery Treatment Oil, an oil designed to protect skin from Free Radical damage whilst renewing skin’s appearance.


It’s a super lightweight oil which is great for both dry and oily skin types – it won’t clog pores, and it just disappears into skin when applied. Every evening, after cleansing with a foaming face wash, I pat my skin dry, then press a couple of drops of oil onto my face.The Recovery Treatment Oil sinks into skin almost immediately, leaving it feeling super soft and smooth.


I don’t just use Malin + Goetz Treatment Recovery Oil at night though. Since the formula is all about protecting skin from harm, I like to add a drop or two to my morning routine too! Prior to applying my regular moisturiser, I press a two to three drops into my driest areas, to keep skin hydrated throughout the day. Then, when I’m applying my foundation, I add a single drop to the base prior to applying. It gives foundation the perfect amount of glow, and it sheers it out a little, making it perfect for summer makeup!

Malin + Goetz Recovery Treatment Oil is priced at £62 and is available here

Tabitha James Kraan Scented Organic Hair Oil*


Over the past fortnight, my hair has been put through two entire sessions of bleaching. My first head of highlights left me looking like Christina Aguilera circa Diirty period, so of course, I had to trundle back through to Glasgow to get them fixed. Thankfully now my hair is looking far more like myself (rather than an early aughties pop star) but even though I’m far happier with the colour, my hair feels like it needs a bit of TLC.


Since the first round of highlights, I’ve been seriously babying my hair, trying to give it as much moisture and care as possible, and every evening I’ve been applying a few droplets of Tabitha James Kraan’s Scented Organic Hair Oil after brushing through, and been just loving the results!


Packaged in a glass bottle with pump applicator, the Organic Scented Hair Oil is a luxurious mix of Sea Buckthorn, Safflower, Goji Berry, and Argan infused with Organic essential oils of Rose, Neroli and Lemon. It smells absolutely divine, and my hair just drinks it up. The oil has a rich, luxurious texture, and you can just feel the goodness soaking into hair! In the morning, after washing my hair, I can feel the difference – my ends are so much softer and my hair is shinier and easier to style!

Tabitha James Kraan Natural Scented Hair Oil is priced at £38.00 and is available here.

Windle & Moodie Shine and Smoothing Oil*


I’m not sure that there is anything quite as lovely has having a head full of soft and shiny hair, especially in the summer when you want your beauty routine to be as minimal as possible. But, when you’re blonde, and when you batter your hair about as much as I do, it can be hard to keep it shiny and healthy.


Just as an example, in the past fortnight, my entire head has been bleached twice, toned three times and I have to blow dry and straighten my hair daily. Not exactly ideal, so, in efforts to appease my hair sins, I’ve been adding as much nourishment into my routine as possible. Just out of the shower, after spraying on a little protective spray, I smooth a couple of pumps of this through the ends, and then get to grips with my Tangle Teezer. It disappears into my hair, and even when it’s wet, it feels far smoother than before.


Then, after blow drying with a round brush, I smooth a pump of the Shine and Smoothing Oil through the ends before I tackle them with the straighteners. The oil just disappears into my stressed ends, softening the look of split ends and adding a wonderful sheen to the lengths which lasts all day long!

Windle & Moodie Shine and Smoothing Oil is priced at £21 and is available here

Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate for Night*

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As someone with chronically dry and dehydrated skin, I’m always on the lookout for new products which will help to calm and hydrate. Even though the weather isn’t feeling as cold and harsh as usual, I still like to add as much hydration to my routine as possible.

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If, like me, your skin is prone to any sort of dryness or sensitivity, I would seriously recommend trying it out – I’ve been using it nightly, and I have just been loving it! Every evening, after a good cleansing session, I take a drop or two of the oil in my fingertips, warm it up a little then press into skin.

Liz Earl Superskin Concentrate for Night review

I then give myself something of a mini-facial massage, either using my fingers or my little butterfly. It lets the Superskin Concentrate really soak into my skin, and I can feel if any areas need an extra drop or two. I just love how quickly the formula sinks in, leaving my face and neck feeling soothed and nourished, and the scent is just delightful.

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Filled with skin saviours like Hazelnut, Rosehip, Lavender, Neroli, Avocado and Argan Oils, as well as Vitamin E, Liz Earle’s Superskin Concentrate couldn’t really be better for skin. I’ve really noticed a difference in my skin the mornings after using the Concentrate – it feels more supple and smoother. I’ve even dabbled in adding the tiniest drop to my foundation on days where my skin is feeling extra parched – it adds a really beautiful subtle radiance which lasted all day. If you’re headed off somewhere hot this summer, I would also recommend tucking a bottle of this into your case – it’s perfect for healing skin that’s seen a little too much of the sun!

Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate is priced at £60.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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