Vichy Ideal Soleil Hydrating Milk SPF 50*

Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF 50

Even though it might not feel like it today (thanks to lashings of rain and rather low temperatures) we’re still grasping onto the last legs of summer, so I’ve been keeping a tube of Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF50 handy for whenever the sun decides to peak out.

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For someone with sensitive skin like mine, Vichy’s Ideal Soleil is the perfect answer for sun protection. Where some lotions can feel too thick, or give me hives, Vichy’s offering feels like a light body lotion to apply. You only ned a quick squirt to cover limbs in the sunscreen, and I love the light fresh fragrance. It immediately sinks into skin, and doesn’t leave me feeling dry or weirdly sticky. Instead, my skin feels soft, smooth and moisturised, and it is left with a lovely sheen. Since the SPF50 is quite high, I don’t feel the need to reapply every two minutes, instead I can enjoy a few hours out in the sunshine, without worrying about waking up lobster red tomorrow!

Vichy Ideal Soleil is priced at £16.50 and is available here.

Sisley Super Stick Solaire SPF30*

Sisley Super Stick Solaire Suncreen

For as far as I can remember, I’ve had pretty sensitive skin. On a day to day basis, it’s not a big deal, I just need to be careful with the products I use, but it gets a bit trickier in the summer when I need to introduce a sunscreen into my skincare regime. In the past I’ve not had the best experience with even the gentlest of sunscreens – I’ve had rashes, burning sensations and breakouts. Thankfully though, Sisley have come to the rescue with their incredible Super Stick Solaire SPF30.

Sisley Super Stick Solaire Suncreen 1

Since I know I can (and do) rely on Sisley for a tonne of my skincare needs (I adore their Botanical Restorative cream) I thought I would give their sunscreen a whirl. I can’t tell you how glad I am that I did! Sisley Super Stick Solaire comes in either tinted or colourless options, and since it was my first foray I opted for the latter. As if providing gentle protection wasn’t enough, the sunscreen’s formula contains Vitamin E to protects against free radicals and reinforces the skin’s natural defences whilst Camelia oil, Shea and Mango butters hydrate and nourish.

Sisley Super Stick Solaire Suncreen 2

Packaged in a chic and easy to use screw up tube, the Super Stick Solaire feels a little like an overgrown lip balm. To apply, I simply slick the formula over my cheekbones, nose and forehead and blend in. I love the soft texture of the sunscreen, and it disappears immediately – there is no ghostly white cast, and it doesn’t feel heavy or tacky to the touch. Instead it leaves my skin feeling soft, with a flattering matte finish. The stick applicator means that reapplying the sunscreen is a cinch, and I can easily pop it in my beach bag!

Sisley Super Stick Solaire SPF30 is also available in a tinted formula, and is priced at £69.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Vichy Ideal Soleil Dry Oil SPF50*

Vichy ideal soleil spf 50 dry oil

I don’t think I ever realised how very important sunscreen is until I lived in Dubai. The difference in skin between sun worshippers and those who darted in and out of the shade was startling, and I pretty much instantaneously decided that perfecting my tan shouldn’t be at the top of my priorities. Don’t get me wrong, I love a light golden glow, but anything deeper makes me feel a little anxious.

Thankfully, Vichy have made getting a little sun super easy with their Ideal Soleil Dry Oil in SPF50. As a rule, I only use oil sunscreens on my legs and arms, and I love that Vichy’s offering comes in a spray bottle which makes getting to hard to reach spots a piece of cake! You only need a couple of spritzes of the lightly floral fragranced oil per limb, and it easily soaks into skin leaving a lovely dewy glow. I love the fact that it’s SPF50 too – it means I can apply it in the morning and not really worry about it for an hour or two before I need to top up!

Vichy Ideal Soleil Dry Oil is currently on offer in Boots for £12.37 (was £16.50) and similar here (US)

Kiko Cosmetics Sunproof BB Cream*

Kiko Sunproof BB Cream

For their Summer 2015 collection, Kiko Cosmetics have gone all out with the theme of Modern Tribes. The collection is everything you could want for a summer looks – warm bronzers and highlighters, light bases and pops of colour for the eyes and lips. It’s a really stunning collection, and it will definitely put you in the mood to jet off somewhere exotic.

Kiko Sunproof BB Cream Light Swatch

I got to try out the Kiko Cosmetics Sunproof BB Cream, which is described as being both a skin treatment as well as make up. The formula promises to even out your complexion whilst also providing SPF 30 sun protection. It’s a great option if you know you’re going to be out and about in the sun, but don’t want to lug extra bottles of protection around with you. I tried Shade 02 Light, which is the second lightest out of a possible 4 shades, and although it was a little dark for me at the moment, once I get a bit of a tan, it should be perfect!

The texture of the BB Cream was silky smooth to apply, and actually provided a bit more coverage than I was expecting! I would say it’s maybe a step down from foundation, so if you’re looking to lighten up your routine for summer, you should definitely check Kiko’s offering out! The BB Cream also lasted well throughout the day, only needing a bit of a touchup when I was headed out for the evening.

Kiko Cosmetics Sunproof BB Cream is priced at £8.90 and is available here.

Harvey Nichols A Beautiful Mind Event*


Last night, Harvey Nichols Edinburgh very kindly invited me to their Beautiful Mind Expert Panel Discussion. Nestled high up on the Forth Floor, the newest and best products for Spring and Summer were discussed by some of the stores experts, and I have to say, I had an absolute ball!


The Harvey Nichols’ Beauty Hall is where I tend to go whenever I’m in the mood to treat myself, so when I had the opportunity to learn from the best, and absolutely jumped at the chance! The evening was hosted in the upstairs bar, and we were treated to the most perfect looking nibbles and copious amounts of fizz! It was a lovely way to meet people as excited about beauty as I am – and I was so excited to meet Debbie Jones, who is the head beauty buyer for Beyond Beauty.


As well as being a serious beauty buff, Debbie gets to introduce the best and newest products to Beyond Beauty, so if you’re like me and are addicted to EOS lip balms or at-home beauty devices like Tria’s or Clarisonics, you have Debbie to thank! It was fascinating to learn about what’s popular up in Edinburgh versus elsewhere in the UK (EOS lip balms are a very big deal) and I loved learning about what’s coming up. London’s Beyond Beauty are going to be the first in the UK to open up a sculpting bar with Rodial, as contouring has become such a popular technique, and Debbie also talked about how important cleansing and at-home devices have become.


Jacqui Fenner from Harvey Nichols’ Beyond MediSpa then shared about the incredible range of treatments which are available at the in-store spa. It’s one of the corners of the store I keep meaning to head into, but learning about their incredible treatments means I am booking up ASAP! Rather than the typical whale-music beauty salon, the Beyond MediSpa is far more futuristic! Instead of relying on products alone, the spa is focused on intelligent skincare and body treatments. Jacqui talked us through the Hydrafacial which is a new treatment which was introduced last year. The process includes everything from lymphatic drainage, hydra-dermabrasion, a mild peel as well as red light treatment.

She also talked about CoolSculpt which is the newest treatment at the spa. It sounds amazing! Basically, it’s a non-invasive way of getting rid of any areas which you can’t target with exercise. The treatment can be used on arms, tummy and thighs, as basically the fat is sucked and then frozen, and the fat cells crystallise and die. It’s a permanent solution, and one treatment can make you drop an entire dress size!


Gillian from Tom Ford then explained about the brand’s rather impressive fragrance collection. She is so passionate about the brand, and it was fascinating to learn more about the thought process behind the perfumes. Rather than having delineated ‘male’ and ‘female’ scents, they are unisex and you really do need to take the time to see which fragrances really appeal. Gillian explained that Tom Ford doesn’t want his fragrances to appeal to everyone, but I think that once you find your fit, you really love it. We got to sample a little of the Neroli Portofino Body Oil (my favourite) and we all had serious scent envy!


Michael Becman is a top Laura Mercier makeup artist, and has ‘made-up’ everyone from models to celebrities. He talked us through the top trends he is seeing with makeup, and was even kind enough to perform a demonstration of contouring. Since the Kardashians have become so popular, more and more people want to learn how to contour.


The Laura Mercier Contour Palette has been swiftly added to my wish list after seeing Michael work his magic! He recommended to start contouring after applying foundation, and rather cleverly, the Laura Mercier kit has no warmth so whatever you contour gives depth to your face. Depending on your problem areas, contouring can shorten your forehead, slim your nose or lift your cheeks. Unlike the rather distressing Pintrest contouring tutorials I’ve seen, Michael’s work was like magic! He pressed the cream into cheek bones and chin, and instead of looking stripy, his model just looked well rested. It was incredibly subtle but so beautifully done. After working the kit to add depth, he used a highlighting shade to add some life to cheek and brow bones (always blend up!). Then, to finish off the natural look, he added a swirl of blush. To find your perfect flush, he recommended pressing just underneath your fingertips to see what colour suits you best!


If contouring sounds like a little too much, he also shared what he loves for an easy, everyday look. Rather than just popping your regular moisturiser, Michael likes to apply a moisture mask for all day hydration, and he recommends attending to your brows rather than adding mascara if you want a bit of a lift. A touch of bronzer is then all you need to look beautifully natural.


Manda Gunion from Nails Inc then talked us through what’s new from one of my favourite nail brands. Harvey Nichols Edinburgh has a Nails Inc manicure bar, where you can enjoy a glass of champagne alongside your mani or pedi. I love visiting before I have an event to go to, since it’s so fun getting to enjoy some bubbles alongside your pampering! This year marks the brand’s 16th birthday party, and Nails Inc are in the middle of rebranding their old style bottles from round to rectangular. The new bottles are incredibly well thought out – they are made of Venetian Glass, and the brush designs are patented to be as easy to use as possible. We got to see the stunning collaboration with Victoria Beckham which resulted in two exclusive colours, as well as new colours which are being released for Spring and Summer. Manda recommending plumping for the Judo Red, turquoise and yellow if you want seriously on-trend nails. She also talked about what’s new and coming for the brand; Alexa Chung has been signed as the newest face (or nails), and there is a new formula which easily washes off the nail. There is even a halal formula in the works which allows water to fully penetrate the polish! In store, there is also going to be an unlimited manicure card, which means, for £99, you can enjoy as many champagne manicures that you can squeeze into 8 weeks! This summer, the nail bar is also introducing a new pedicure treatment which sounds divine – it’s inspired by crystal, and as well as your regular moisturising treatments and massages, there is a warming jelly which deeply nourishes feet, leaving them toasty for hours after you leave the store. It will cost somewhere around £65 and it sounds amazing!


Last, but certainly not least, was James Hoffman of Electric Hairdressing’s Edinburgh salon. It’s a relatively new edition to the Edinburgh store, and you can find it tucked in beside the MAC makeup counters. It looks super slick, and I’ve been meaning to head in and check it out! I’ve tried and loved Electric products in the past, so it was great to hear from James. He explained that the UK-produced products are more universal than brands like Kerastase, so they sort multiple hair-related issues. And, unlike a lot of salons I’ve been to, Electric also believe your hairdresser should be both your stylist and colourist so that you get a really bespoke look and service. If your in the mood for a seasonal change, James is seeing shorter, blunter looks and hair colour is getting lighter, with a move towards more ashy blondes.

After the experts had finished telling us about all of their wonderful departments, there was time to mingle, and get some one-on-one attention. I had such a wonderful evening, and I feel like learned an absolute tonne. Not to mention that my wish list has grown considerably! As if the evening wasn’t fabulous enough, everyone went home clutching the most generous of goody bags courtesy of the evenings’ brands.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Harvey Nichols for inviting me – I had an amazing time!

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