YSL Rouge Volupte 48

When it comes to summer lipsticks, the usual choices tend to centre arounds nudes, pinks, and perhaps the odd coral if I’m feeling colourful, so when YSL very kindly sent over their Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick Lipstick in 48 Smoking Plum, I kind of thought I would have to tuck it into a drawer until the summer was over. Happily though, I was seriously wrong – who knew a plum lip could be a summer staple?

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Packaged in the brand’s signature golden bullet, I don’t think that the lipstick could be any more glamorous! It’s nicely weighted, and it feels super special to use. The formula is an absolute dream too! Even though 48 Smoking Plum is quite a pigmented lipstick, it just glides onto the lips, feeling much more akin to a soft balm. It has a wonderfully fruity taste which doesn’t veer into overpowering, and it’s so easy to pop into my makeup bag for touchups.

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The colour is absolutely gorgeous, and I love the way I can dab a little on during the day to get a your-lips-but-better shade, or with a heavier hand achieve a deeper colour of pout. On the lips, 48 Smoking Plum is a beautiful, almost wine shade that makes teeth look white, and would be so pretty with a tan. It feels nicely unexpected to wear at this time of year, and I can totally see myself reaching for it well into the fall!

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick is priced at £26 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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For the amount of time that I spend in Edinburgh, I’m kind of embarrassed at how little time I spend in the Old Town. I’m far more likely to bounce around New Town or Bruntsfield. Basically, if there’s Georgian architecture around I’m there. That’s starting to change though, and since the development of the Waverley Arches, I’ve been starting to venture further up the Royal Mile on a rather regular basis.

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If you’ve not found your way up there yet, I’m telling you, you need to. Edinburgh has taken some abandoned railway arches and transformed them into a street of adorable little  businesses which are all super chic and are just what the city has been needing!

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The archway I think that I’ve been hitting up the most though, has to be Tempo Tea. It’s an adorable little nook which specialises in every kind of bubble tea you can imagine. If you’ve never tried bubble tea before, and you’re anywhere near Edinburgh, you have to try it out! Basically you choose a flavour, whether you want milk or fruit tea, what tea you want, and then if you want tapioca pearls, popping bobas or a sort of aloe jelly.

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I don’t think I’m selling it well, but trust me, they’re delicious! I first got hooked on Bubble Tea when I lived in Dubai – there was a great one in the Dubai Mall which I visited on an all too regular basis, and I feel like I’m going down the same road with Tempo Tea.

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The shop itself is a dream. It’s teeny tiny, but it’s just so cute! On one wall you can find CDs, T shirts and special candies, whilst the other side has some seating, complete with post-its to scribble on and wall mounted iPads for selfies. It’s such a cute little cafe, and I just love the attention to detail – even the lights are bubbles!

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I’ve been working my way through the menu, and I’ve been seriously impressed with Tempo Tea’s offerings. You can order your tea anyway, and if you’re feeling brave, you can even experiment with combinations!

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I’m not going to lie, it’s kind of embarrassing about how often I hit up Tempo Tea, but they are seriously addictive! My favourite at the moment has to be a XLarge Taro and Vanilla milk tea, with Assam and Tapioca Pearls. It’s got a hint of sweetness without being overpowering, and the pearls are so yummy! My friend grabbed a Banana milk tea with Assam and Tapioca Pearls, and it was delicious too! It pretty much tasted like those foam banana sweeties from childhood i.e. delicious!

If you’ve got a spare afternoon to spend in Edinburgh – head up to Tempo Tea and the Waverley Arches, I promise, you won’t be disappointed!

 

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It feels like the sun has been shining for weeks, and I have to say, I’m absolutely loving it. Evenings have been spent outside, soaking up the warmth with friends, planning our summer adventures. What I’ve also been doing, is upping my skincare routine. I’m a big fan of exfoliating at the best of times, but the sunshine coupled with finally getting to wear summer clothes (as well as a little faux tan) means that I’ve rather upped my game!

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So, when Aromatherapy Associates sent over their Natural Exfoliating Grains, I couldn’t have been happier! Talk about perfect timing! I’ve become more than a little obsessed with the tube, as it’s like no other scrub I have in my arsenal, because it’s completely customisable.

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Unlike every other scrub in my collection, Aromatherapy Associates’ Natural Exfoliating Grains consists entirely of olive pit granules. It’s completely natural, and so great for your skin (and the environment). Rather than the plastic balls some scrubs use, these won’t build up in drains and cause distress to marine life, and unlike sugar which can sometimes be a little harsh on skin, these feel gentler as they’re so finely ground.

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It couldn’t be simpler to use the Exfoliating Grains, just pick your body wash of choice, squirt a little into your hand, then pour some of the grains, mix then you’re good to go. If your skin is feeling particularly sensitised, or if you use the grains daily, you only need a little, or, you can increase the amount if you’re in need of a bit of a scrub down. I just love how easy they are to use, and the fact that they turn my favourite shower gel into a scrub too! I’ve been using mine with an Aromatherapy Associates one (see here) and it’s such a great way to end the day!

Aromatherapy Associates Natural Exfoliating Grains are priced at £20 and are available here (UK) and here (US)

Maybelline Studio Blush

On a day-to-day basis, I don’t really wear blush. I have pink-toned skin, so adding extra on can sometimes be a little too much for day. Happily though, I’ve been adding a little self tanner into my skincare routine (let me know whether you would like to see it!) so an added pop of colour feels necessary.

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On days where I’m feeling especially bronze, I’ve been reaching for Maybelline’s Dare to Pink blush, which is part of their Studio Range. It’s a stunning coral pink which is packaged in a rather slick slide top compact. It’s an almost-dupe for Nars’ rather iconic Orgasm, just without the pesky golden glitter.

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Applied with a fluffily blush brush, Dare to Pink really wakes up the skin without feeling too loud or too bright. I just love the soft, almost satiny texture which leaves skin with a soft flush and subtle sheen. The colour payoff is wonderful, and is comparable to my higher-end blushes. The wear-time too is impressive. I get through a whole day without the colour fading away, and I love the healthy glow it leaves!

Maybelline Studio Master Blush is priced at £4.49 and is available here

 

 

YSL Opium Nuit Blanche

Happy Tuesday,  I hope you’ve been enjoying a gorgeous Bank Holiday weekend, so, in something of a celebration, I thought I would share a rather lovely perfume which I’ve been saving for rather special evenings – YSL’s Opium Nuit Blanch Eau de Parfum.

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I’d never tried a fragrance from the brand before, so when the glittering bottle arrived, you can imagine how excited I was! A ‘rock’n’roll’ take on the original Opium fragrance (I think we all remember those Sophie Dahl adverts!), Nuit Blanche mixes notes like Bourbon, Vanilla and Orange Blossom to create a perfume which feels darkly sophisticated.

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I’ve been saving the perfume for evenings out, and I can’t tell you how many people have commented on how the love the fragrance! At first, the top notes of vanilla and coffee bean give the perfume an almost gourmand tone. Then, as the perfume heats up, the heart notes of white musk and orange blossom give the parfum  super sexy feel. It’s definitely not a scent for the faint hearted, so I love keeping it for special evenings out – it just feels right to wear it after dark!

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YSL Black Opium is priced at £64.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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