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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


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!

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist*


Last year I was lucky enough to experience one of Omorovicza’s incredible facials, when Harvey Nichols Edinburgh invited me for an afternoon of relaxation. Apart from glowing skin, I walked away with a skincare wish-list as long as my arm, and right up at the top was the Queen of Hungary Mist.


In addition to a name that makes me feel akin to Marie Antoinette (or perhaps Empress Elizabeth of Austria aka Queen of Hungary), the Facial Mist is just a study in luxurious perfection. As if I didn’t love the mist enough, Omorovicza have just released this new limited edition bottle, and it’s more than fair to say that I’m in love!


The glass bottle feels thick and sturdy to hold, and the designs which swirl round it are just beautiful. I don’t think it could look more summer-appropriate, and I’m just aching to throw it into a beach bag! As well as looking the part – my Queen of Hungary Mist is a real skin-saver. Last week we had some record temperatures, and a quick spritz of the mist kept me looking and feeling fresh all day, despite my trampling around three different towns and cities.


The mist is super-fine, and wouldn’t mess the most intricate of makeup looks. Instead, it just delivers the most perfect, cooling spritz that feels absolutely heavenly to apply. Scented with neroli and rose, a quick application is a super quick way to both relax and freshen skin. As well as using it as a way to cool down, the Queen of Hungary Mist can also be used as a gentle toner. It’s wonderful to use if your skin is slightly dry or sensitised, and I love a quick mist prior to applying a sheet mask.

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist Limited Edition Bottle is priced at £25.00 and is available here (UK) and regularly here (US)

Margaret Dabbs SPF 30 Sun Defence For Hands*


I think it’s fair to say that currently, Scotland is enjoying it’s allocation of summer weather. For the past three or so weeks, it’s been nothing but blue skies and increasingly warmer temperatures, and I have to say, I’ve been absolutely loving it! To be honest, I don’t normally apply a dedicated SPF when I’m in the UK – all my moisturisers are at least SPF 15, and that’s normally more than enough for the paltry sunlight we get, but I have to say, the day before the Margaret Dabbs’ SPF 30 Sun Defence for Hands, I spent basically an entire day driving around with the window down – by the end of the day, my whole right hand and lower arm had sunburn!


Thankfully it was nothing too serious, but it was kind of shocking, so, you can imagine, when a sunscreen specifically designed for hands popped through the door, it felt like fate!  Margaret Dabbs’ is the authority on everything hands and feet, so I couldn’t wait to try the sunscreen. I have to say, I’ve never even thought about having a formula specifically designed for hands, but, considering everything they go through, it makes a tonne of sense!


Packaged in a sunny yellow bottle, complete with spray nozzle, I’ve actually been keeping the SPF 30 Sun Defence for Hands in the side door pocket of the car. Every time I get in, I give my hands (and arms, if I’m wearing a shorter sleeve) a quick spray, rub it in, then carry on with my day. It’s so easy and convenient to use, and if you live somewhere with more than Scotland’s couple of days of sunshine, I feel like this is a real must-have.


Unlike most sunscreens, Margaret Dabbs’ doesn’t feel heavy, or leave skin with a sticky film. Instead, it’s super lightweight, and a quick spritz is all you need for full protection. The formula is also fortified with pure Emu and Argan oils which means your hands get a does of nourishment and well as protection. I’m also a big fan of the scent – Mandarin and Geranium oils means it smells beautifully spa-like, rather than the usual giveaway coconut. It’s such a genius little product, and it’s become part of my routine every time I get in the car – if, like me, you spend a whole lot of time driving around, you need to try this!

Margaret Dabbs’ SPF 30 Sun Defence for Hands is priced at £22.00 and is available here.

Gazelli Skincare White Flower Hydra-Radiance Face Mist*

Gazelli White Flower Hydra-Radiance Face Mist 1

The weather has been pretty hideous here for the past few days – weirdly grey and rainy with high temperatures and a general sticky feeling. As you can imagine, it’s hard to stay feeling fresh though out the day, so I’ve been relying on my trusty bottle of Gazelli Skincare’s White Flower Hydra-Radiance Facial Mist in an attempt to feel human throughout the day.

Gazelli White Flower Hydra-Radiance Face Mist

Packaged in a beautifully chic opaque glass spray bottle, the White Flower Hydra-Radiance Face Mist is just bliss in a bottle! Unlike most facial mists, Gazelli Skincare’s offering features a dual action formula, which, with a shake of the bottle, combines White Flower Oil with Grape Seed Oil and Black Mulberry Extract as well as powerful antioxidants, Vitamin E and Omegas. This means that well as providing much needed refreshment, the Hydra-Radiance Facial Mist both hydrates and tones the skin. If your skin is sensitised by the sun, it’s also a great option as a gentle toner, and I tend to reach for it post-workout to help cool and soothe my skin which tends to get ruddy rather too easily.

Gazelli Skincare White Flower Hydra-Radiance Face Mist is priced at £42.00 and is available here

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