Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate*


When it comes to New Year Resolutions, pretty much everyone I know, including me, is doing some sort of detox or healthy eating regime. Whilst it’s easy picking up a few more vegetables at Waitrose, figuring out how to keep skin protected and glowing can be a little more difficult, which is why I’ve absolutely fallen in love with Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate.


Incorporating the Concentrate into my New Year skincare regime couldn’t be easier. Every morning, after cleansing, I pat a few drops into dry skin prior to moisturizing. The concentrate feels like a light oil, and sinks easily into skin, leaving it feeling soft and moisturized, not greasy. For such a delicate feeling product, The Daily Reviving Concentrate packs a serious skincare punch.


Containing  Ginger Root, Sunflower and Tamanu, to help skin feel fresh and look energized morning to night, the Concentrate protects skin from outside pollutants, keeping it looking youthful. It’s such an easy way to improve your skincare routine – and who doesn’t like an easy-to-keep resolution?!

Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate is priced at £37 and is available here.

Fall Even Deeper In Love! How To Have An Engaging Engagement

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Congratulations! You’re engaged.


…Now what?


Sometimes after a huge life event, you feel a little let down, no matter how wonderful it was. Sometimes the day after your birthday or Christmas is a little anticlimactic – and likewise, being engaged isn’t always as great as it’s made out to be – it’s not all checking out Tacori wedding rings and romance! Not only is it stressful with all the wedding planning you have to do, but you’ll be finally facing up to the reality of spending your whole lives together – and that can be very daunting. Here are some tips on how to enjoy your engagement…

Keep Communicating


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It’s absolutely crucial that through your engagement you keep talking to each other. If you feel like there’s more pressure on the pair of you and on your relationship than there was before, you might find yourself arguing more often. Obviously, this isn’t a relationship trait that you want to carry on into married life! If you’re having this issue, you could consider trying out couples’ counselling so you can find more productive ways to communicate with each other. When you’re talking to your partner, remember to use phrases like ‘I feel that’ and ‘I think’ instead of ‘You make me’ – they’re less accusing and will facilitate discussion instead of making your partner feel defensive about something he may or may not have intended to do. Keep talking to each other, keep sharing your hopes, dreams, worries and love, and you’ll end up with an engagement and marriage just as healthy and happy as your relationship always was.

Get Organized


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One of the biggest stressors during your engagement is planning the wedding itself. If you’re not naturally organised, it can be very tough to get it together enough to plan an entire wedding in a matter of months or years. It’s important to stay organised from the beginning – your spreadsheet is your bible. Make a list of your guests, and tick it off when you’ve sent each invitation and each RSVP, and make a list of everything you need to do and how much you’ve paid for each part of your wedding, along with any deadlines for bookings or further payments. Don’t trust that you’ll remember everything – make notes of all the wedding information. Also make sure that your partner gets involved. He may not be into all the talk about flowers and decorations, but he might be more into choosing food and making a wedding playlist. You’ll probably also find that he’s extremely interested in going wedding cake tasting with you!

Spend Time Together


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Remember that not everything should be about your upcoming wedding. Take plenty of time off from planning, and go out to dinner together, banning all talk of your wedding at the table. Make sure you relax at home together and watch movies together, and remind your friends that you’re more than your wedding and that you want to talk about other things too. You could even go on a pre-wedding vacation. Not only can you work on your tans so you have glowing golden skin for your wedding day, but a few days of quiet reflection in each other’s company will reaffirm your love for each other so you’re raring to go on the big day.


Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator – Gilded Honey*

I’m not sure exactly where or when I first heard of Laura Geller and her famed illuminators, but they’ve been on my radar for a while. So, when a little box with Gilded Honey on the front dropped through my letter box, I got rather excited.

Honestly, I thought Laura Geller was a US only brand, but I’ve since found out you can find her products in Debenhams and online at QVC. This is important, because you’re going to want to get your hands on one of these swirls for yourself!

Although it may be the most simply packaged illuminator in my collection, I’ve been reaching for it regularly throughout the festive period. It looks rather gold in the pan, but when brushed over cheekbones and my nose, it just gives skin a healthy glow, rather than looking too sparkly or frosted. It’s also absolutely stunning when brushed over the eyelids for a sheer wash of golden shine.

When you press the formula with your finger, it feels cold and slightly squidgey, but this means it just sinks into the skin, leaving it looking absolutely poreless. Honestly – you don’t need to drink green juice every day if you’ve got one of these in your stash!

Laura Geller Gellato Swirl Illuminator is priced at £21 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Margaret Dabbs London Salon – Alderley Edge*

For someone who lives in Edinburgh, I’ve found myself spending an increasing amount of time in Cheshire. One of my favourite of the villages is Alderley Edge, a surprisingly chic little town with the best beauty salons you could imagine!

Over the summer, a new spot appeared on the high street – the rather wonderful Margaret Dabbs has opened on of her lauded salon-come clinics, which get poor, over-worked hands and feet looking and feeling their best. With a menu which offers everything from a regular file and polish to waxing, I opted to go for one of the signature Margaret Dabbs Signature Medical Pedicures to get my feet looking perfect for the party season.

The salon itself is a stunning airy space, stocked with every Margaret Dabbs product you can imagine. It’s an absolute haven to visit, and after making the four hour trek from Edinburgh, it’s exactly where I wanted to be.

Rather than most nail salons, which smell of acetone, and can be a little hectic, Margaret Dabbs was pure perfection. Prior to be shown to my treatment room (yep, all Medical Pedicures are conducted in your own little room) I had a good nose around the salon, and fell in love with pretty much every product I played with.

There was a rainbow of nail colours to choose from, all are nail friendly, and the polishes can even be bought, in case you’re after a touch-up at home. Honestly, I could have stared at the colours for hours!

Then it was time for me to head through to one of the private treatment rooms for my Medical Pedicure. Rather than most salons, whose pedicures consist of a fruity smelling scrub and a quick buff, Margaret Dabbs are all about the feet. Your technician is a highly trained podiatrist, who can spot any issues which might be occurring, and knows exactly how to get your toes looking and feeling lovely.

The entire pedicure takes place with dry feet (no soaking at all happens), and as I sipped on a glass of prosecco, my podiatrist wielded a scalpel with surgeon-like precision. Within an hour, my feet, which had been looking less than lacklustre, were soft and smooth. My nails were filed and buffed to perfection, and I felt absolutely heavenly. Honestly, I wish there was a Margaret Dabbs salon closer to me than Alderley Edge, as I would have a standing monthly appointment if I could – it was that delightful! Until then though, I’ll just have to head down to Cheshire more often!

Margaret Dabbs’ Medical Pedicure is priced at £85 and you can see their whole list of treatments here

Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid*

Before I start, I have to wish you a very Happy New Year! If 2016 was the year when contouring became mainstream, I have a feeling that 2017 might just be the year of colour correcting. Honestly, when I first read about the technique, which uses opposite colours on the colour-wheel to combat redness, dark circles or fatigue, I was a little hesitant. I like my makeup looking as natural as possible, so adding lavender and pink to the mix was more than a little daunting.

So, to get started with the whole colour correction thing, I figured I should start with the experts, and got my hands on a few tubes of Urban Decay’s Color Correcting Fluid in Lavender (to combat sallowness)  and Peach (to hide dark circles). You can also get green (I’ve since bought this and it’s amazing for combatting redness), pink (for combatting dark circles in fair skin), and yellow (for brightening).

Packaged in the same tubes as the brand’s Naked Concealers, there is a doe foot applicator, which means applying the Color Correcting Fluids is an absolute breeze. I like to apply mine to freshly moisturised and primed skin, prior to adding my foundation. Using the applicator I simply swipe the correctors over my problem areas, then get blending with my fingers.

This means I stripe peach under my eyes, green over my cheeks, and if I’m feeling a bit sallow, I add a little to my cheeks too. I’ve read a tonne of guides which recommend then blending with a beauty blending, but honestly,stle, I’ve found my fingers blend the formulas in better, making them completely disappear into my skin.

What’s absolutely incredible about Urban Decay’s Color Correcting Fluids is the way that they just melt into skin. Even under the lightest of foundations or tinted moisturisers, you can’t feel or see that you’ve got an extra layer of makeup on. Instead skin just looks absolutely flawless. I had no idea how much I would love colour correction – have you ever tried it?

Urban Decay’s Color Correction Fluids are priced at £17.50 each and are available here (UK) and here (US)

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