When it comes to summer makeup, I’m not sure that anything feels more relevant than a great highlighter. Glossy, bronzed skin just seems to scream summer glamour, so I’ve been searching out the best highlighters I can get my hands on.


When it comes to HG-worthy highlighters, I tend to be quite fussy. I hate that weird silvery shine some give you, and I’m not a fan of the ones which look almost metallic. Instead, I’ve been looking for something a whole lot more natural-looking. So of course, I headed over to Glossier, to see what they had to offer.

fullsizeoutput_1da5Available in a selection of three shades, Haloscope promises to give skin a ‘glow’ rather than traffic-stopping sheen, and it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for! I opted for Moonstone – a clear formula which works on all skin tones, and I’m not going to lie, I’m in love.


Packaged in the brand’s signature chic packaging, using Haloscope couldn’t be easier. After applying my foundation and bronzer as normal, I swipe the highlighter over my fingertips a few times to warm the formula up, then tap into cheek and brow bones. I then make sure to blend it all in, so skin is give a gentle radiance. I’ve tried applying straight from the tube, and honestly, I wouldn’t recommend it. The formula is surprisingly dry, so it didn’t blend as seamlessly as it does once it’s warmed up a little. Using it on fingers though, it’s an absolutely beautiful product which makes skin look flawless. The effect lasts for around 5-6 hours, but it’s easy to apply when you’re out and about.

Glossier Haloscope Highlighter is priced at £18 and is available here.


As someone who is the last hurrah of being in my twenties (sob), anti-ageing feels like it’s something I should be paying more attention to. Luckily I’ve experimented with creams, oils and masks since I was a teenager, but it feels like now it’s time to take a little more intense action.


So, in an attempt to find out what’s new in the world of looking youthful, I headed over to Zen Lifestyle’s flagship spa located on Hanover Street in the heart of Edinburgh. The spa itself is an absolute dream to visit – all chic decor and luxury products. It’s also kitted out with the latest state-of-the-art technology to keep Edinburgh looking great.


It was a packed night (after all, Zen is known for how effective their treatments are), and the evening kicked off with cocktails from Edinburgh favourite, and neighbour to the spa, Rabble.


Suitably hydrated, we sat down to enjoy an informational talk from Zen Lifestyle owner Fiona Fowley. Talking us through the ‘Zen Approach’ the importance of cultivating an all-encompassing approach, I particularly liked the personalised approach Zen Lifestyle take to each client’s regime. Depending on your age, skin type and even how busy your schedule is, you can formulate an approach which will keep you looking your absolute best for as long as possible.


The range of treatments on offer to combat ageing is quite impressive too! Whether you’re after a fun-on laser treatment, which rejuvenates skin from the inside out, or if you’d rather have something which causes a little less ‘down-time’ there are a range of treatments which include dermabrasion which will have you glowing in no time!


After the talk concluded (and my wishlist for treatments was formed) we got to explore the salon, watching treatments take place, and ask any questions we might have. The evening was also attended by Skinade and Dr. Murad representatives – so there was even more anti-ageing knowledge on offer! After being thoroughly treated, we headed home clutching generous goodie bags, filled with anti-ageing products which I’ve been using every morning and night since!

Thank you so much to Zen Lifestyle for having us!


When it comes to my hair, the less I fuss with it, the better it looks. I’m not one of these people that can sport intricate ‘dos’ on a daily basis, an instead, I tend to wash, straighten and go. Naturally I’ve got wavy hair that’s prone to frizz, so living in Scotland means I have to figure out ways of keeping hair looking smooth all day long. I use all the regular products – blow dry sprays, serums and oils, but for days when humidity is high, I need to bring in the big guns!


That’s where Ouai’s Memory Mist comes in. Unlike most hairsprays I’ve tried in the past, Ouai’s offering is completely weightless, and doesn’t leave hair looking or feeling dried out or sticky. If I’m wearing my hair down, once it’s styled, I give it a quick blast of the Memory Mist, brush through and go. The weightless formula gives hair a boost of volume and shine, yet doesn’t feel crisp or sticky. On days I’ve used it, my hair just feels great all day – there is no frizz by 4pm, instead it looks just done all day long!

Ouai Haircaire Memory Mist is priced at £25 and is available from Panache Cosmetics here.


So it’s not exactly a secret that I’ve drunk the Glossier Kool-Aid. I love the skin-first aesthetic, and the packaging always feels on point, but most importantly, the products really do work. Granted, everything I’ve tried from the brand has been pretty simple, but they’re also just great to use – the concealer disappears into skin leaving it looking flawless, and the balms have become my go-tos. So, I couldn’t resist giving one of the original products from the lineup – Boy Brow, a go.


Touted by many as a Holy Grail product, I’m not going to lie, my expectations were high. Glossier call Boy Brow their #1 Best Seller, and honestly, I’m not surprised. The tiny little tube is a must-have if you’re looking for brows which look naturally thick and full yet groomed. Unlike many of the brow gels I’ve tried in the past, Boy Brow feels almost waxy, so it doesn’t leave brow hairs feeling crisp or crunchy.

For the past few months I’ve been having my brows tinted when I go in for a wax, and it means each morning, I just have to apply a few strokes of Boy Brow to look done, rather than having to sit and fill them in.

Boy Brow is available in four colours, and is priced at £14 and is available here.


One of the (many) dangers of scrolling endlessly through Instagram, is that I end up with a wish-list as long as my arm. I feel like I need a whole top shelf worth of product, most of which I already have perfectly good dupes for. But no matter how much I put it off, I realised I had nothing even close to a jade facial roller. Promising to cure a multitude of issues, from dryness to puffiness, it seemed like they were too good to be true.


Jade Facial Rollers have been around for centuries, so I figured there had to be something to the claims. Double-ended, you can use the smaller end to concentrate on the eye area, whilst the larger roller can be used for defining cheekbones and jawlines. The roller action boosts blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, and it can even massage facial muscles so they feel as well as look a whole lot better.


Since the roller is gentle on skin (the jade feels cooling and soothing to the touch, especially if it’s kept in the fridge) you can use it morning and night. After cleansing and applying my serum and moisturisers, I use the roller all over. It really does feel like it refreshes skin and cuts down on redness. It also works like an absolute dream on hot and puffy morning eyes.


In the evenings, I also use the roller whilst enjoying a Korean face mask. Once it’s been on for 10-15 minutes, I use the roller to really work the essence of the mask into skin. It feels so calming and soothing, and I swear it makes a serious impact on how effective the masks are. Not to mention, it feels incredible! One days when everything is feeling like it’s a little much, the roller also helps to release tension – especially round the temples. It’s perfect for killing migraines before they happen.

Have you ever used a facial roller?

You can find my roller for £22 here (UK) and here (US)