Sparkle Ombre Shellac Manicure at Zen Lifestyle, Edinburgh*

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When it comes to getting ready for the Christmas party season, I don’t think anything can make as big an impact as having your nails all done. Over the past six months or so, I’ve taken a major shine to shellac manicures. For someone who chips polishes as easily as I do, having a manicure which lasts two to three weeks is a bit of a dream!

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So, when Zen Lifestyle got in touch to see if I wanted to try their new ombre shellac, I couldn’t resist! So, I popped in to their stunning Hanover Street spa to give the treatment a whirl.

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Since we’re only a week or so out from Christmas, the whole salon is decked out in the most glorious of decorations. It’s an absolute haven from the hustle and bustle of outside, and you would never know that there are throngs of shoppers charging up and down George Street. Instead, the spa is peaceful and quiet – the perfect spot to recover a little!

Even though it was late-sh on a Wednesday evening, there was still a steady flow of ladies wanting to get primped and preened, and the nail bar is the perfect spot for a little people watching. After sitting down with a glass of cucumber-mint water, it was time for the hard part – deciding on what colours to choose. Thanfully, Zen have a whole ring of examples to choose from, with every colour and glitter you can imagine. There are so many I ideas, I think I’ve planned my manicures well into 2017!

Then it was time to sit at the nail bar and be filed and buffed into sparkly perfection. My therapist was so lovely, and so through, making sure that every nail and cuticle was perfect, while I got to sit back and relax. There is enough room for four or five people to get their nails done at the same time, so it would be the perfect spot to catch up with a couple of friends for some pampering.

As you can see, I opted for the navy and blue shimmer, which I am just obsessed with. It looks amazing with jeans, and I love that it’s pretty subtle until the light shines on it. Then it turns all shimmery and sparkly which feels absolutely perfect for this time of year! I’m already plotting my New Year nails!

Zen Lifestyle’s shellac manicure plus is priced at £48 and you can buy vouchers here

Philip B Jet Set Hair Spray*

When it comes to day-to-day beauty, I try to keep it as simple as possible, but especially at this time of year, I find a handful of products sneaking into my most-used box. Philip B’s Jet Set hair spray is one of the new additions, as even though I’m not usually a big-hair kind of a girl, but with the influx of Christmas parties and nights out, well, you can’t not be photo ready!

I tend to use Philip B’s Jet Set on days (or evenings) when I want beautifully big, bouncy hair. After washing and blow drying my hair, I whack it up with heated rollers, give my hair a quick blast with Jet Set, then leave to cool. It usually takes around an hour, then I bring down my hair, brush through the curls, and give my ends another blast. The spray is just about perfection – a fine, lightweight mist which doesn’t leave hair weighed down or crispy. Instead it gives a real gloss and adds volume, and hair doesn’t feel set, but it stays in place. It’s just the thing for the festive period!

Philip B Jet Set is priced at £33 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Cheesemas at Byron Northbridge*

Ok, if you’re in Edinburgh tonight, you have to drop every plan you’ve made, and get yourself over to Byron on North Bridge. Not only is it the best burger spot in town, but to celebrate Cheesemas (the most wonderful of holidays) there are 200 hundred free burgers, as well as free Brewdog beer for everyone!

I popped into the North Bridge restaurant last night to see what all the fuss was about, and honestly, the Cheesemas burger isn’t one you want to miss! Two beef patties are piled high, and draped with melted Cheddar cheese, crowned with an onion ring, and smothered in bacon island sauce. It’s ridiculously good. We went for the Cheesemas along with Cheese Fries (delicious) and two Bourbon Vanilla milkshakes. It was an absolutely delicious mid-week treat, and honestly, we’re both still full from indulging!

Cheesemas starts at 6pm – see you there?

Margaret Dabbs Fabulous Nail Polish Christmas Tree*

I absolutely love this time of year, when companies bring out seasonal little treats. So when Margaret Dabbs’ Fabulous Nail Tree arrived, I was absolutely over the moon. It would make such an adorable present topper or stocking-filler, not to mention a little addition to the tree!

I got the very seasonally appropriate Snap Dragon, which is a stunning tomato red. I’ve been dying to try out Margaret Dabbs’ nail polish for ages now, and I’m pleased to say it goes above and beyond expectations. With a formula which was opaque in a single stroke, and stunning creamy colour, this has become a new favourite. Not only is the colour absolutely gorgeous, but it’s formulated with Vitamin E and Wild Rose Botanical Extract to help strengthen and protect the nails. It even smells of roses!

Margaret Dabbs Fabulous Nail Polish tree is £14 and available here

Lush Snow Fairy Body Conditioner*

Lush’s Snow Fairy is something of a tradition in my home. The moment the pink sparkly stuff is on sale in store, I heave enough bottles of the stuff to last me well into the summer. There’s just something special about the sweet, bubble gum scent that is just happiness in a bottle, so when I saw that there was a new addition to the line, I had  to give it a go!

Packaged in a screw top tub, the Body Conditioner is basically like conditioner, but for your skin. After cleansing and exfoliating (I like a brush covered in body wash for this) I slather my arms and legs in the stuff, give it a minute, then rinse off.

The Body Conditioner feels like a hair masque to apply – it’s quite rich in texture, and it smoothes easily onto skin. I just adore the candy pink colour, and once it’s been rinsed off, my skin feels super soft and hydrated. It’s just what I want in cold weather, and it’s especially good to use after shaving. With organic coco butter, mango butter and avocado oil, this will be keeping my skin healthy all winter long!

Lush Snow Fairy Body Condition is priced at £13.95 and is available here

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