Givenchy Nano Pink Leather Backpack from Harvey Nichols*

It’s pretty impossible to miss the whole 90’s resurgence which is going on at the moment. I’m still in my twenties, but seeing the return of staples of my childhood has me feeling old. Case in point –  the backpack. I’ve been a staunch ‘purse’ girl for years, but seeing all the cute little backpacks has made me all nostalgic, and the best one I’ve come across has to be the squishy little marshmallow which is Givenchy’s Nano Pink offering.

Small enough to not feel like my old schoolbag, the Nano fits my phone, makeup bag and essentials with room to spare. The front pocket means that my must-haves are easily accessible, and I just adore the pared back design.

The leather is buttery soft, the the candy pink could not be cuter! It’s perfect for Spring and Summer outfits, and it adds a perfect pop of colour to my regularly neutral outfits!

Givenchy Nano Pink Leather Backpack is priced at £790 and is available from Harvey Nichols here

 

Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum*

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Do you know when you find a product which feels like it was made just for you? It’s tailored to your skin’s every need and is just a joy to use? Well, consider Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Calming Serum my Holy Grail. When I met with Dr. Sturm a few weeks back, we were discussing my skin concerns (redness, sensitivity, dryness) when she paused, then drew out a bottle, of what I can only describe as magic.

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Like all Dr. Barbara Sturm products, the packaging of the Calming Serum is stunning. A minimalist mix of frosted glass and black lettering, it’s as chic as it gets. Unlike a whole host of luxury skincare brands, Sturm’s products contain no scents or essential oils. They’re all about nourishing, soothing, calming and repairing the skin. The formula of the serum had been tweaked to microscopic perfection.

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Like all of Sturm’s skincare, the Calming Serum is packed full of her signature Purslane extract – rich in antioxidants which protects sensitive cell membranes against attacks by free radicals, whilst Cardiospermum extract, is known as a wonder plant for soothing inflamed skin. The serum includes Echium oil which contains the perfect balance of omegas 3, 6 and 9, and Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) and Stearidonic Acid (SA) hydrate, calm, and prevent eczema flare-ups, so it’s perfect if your skin is in real need of some TLC, whilst Sunflower extract protects the skin from external environmental influences, and Sweet almond oil and vitamin E nourish and protect.

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Despite being packed-full of all that goodness, the Calming Serum couldn’t be lighter. I’ve been using it morning and night, straight after cleansing. I apply a few drops, then pat it in. It feels super cooling and calming, and is disappears into skin, soothing redness immediately and sorting that ‘tight’ feeling which sometimes comes from cleansing. Sturm herself swears by this for treating skin post-flights, and it’s going to be a must have for summer skin!

Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum is priced at £173 and is available from SpaceNK here, and here (US)

Model Co Tan Remover Exfoliating Scrub*

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Ok, so we’re in May, which means we’re basically in summer, and that means we need to tan. Naturally I’m ghost-pale, so I need a bit of a shove in the right direction, and considering I live in Edinburgh, I’d never be able to get even a hint of colour naturally. So, I have to take the fake route, and of course, that means maintenance.

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Thankfully though, Model Co have made prepping your skin super easy thanks to their Tan Remover scrub. A thick, gritty, very pink scrub which is everything I look for in an exfoliator. The light grapefruit scent feels fresh, and the texture is super satisfying to use. It leaves skin feeling seriously silky – and even though it’s called a Tan Remover, I use it before fake tanning to ensure it looks as natural as possible.

Model Co Tan Remover is priced at £12.49 and is available here

A Night at The Blythswood Square Hotel*

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The Blythswood Square Hotel is one of those places I’d been dying  to visit for years. Anyone I know who had visited only had only glowing things to report back, so it was the perfect excuse to stay over, when I popped in to review their rather fabulous Guilty Pleasures package (review here) a couple of weeks ago.

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Checking in an hour or so later than planned (thanks M8 traffic), the first thing we noticed was how warm and welcoming all the staff were. Parking was a breeze thanks to on-street spaces available directly outside the hotel (download the ringo app so you can just top up your meter without having to sniff out change) and we were well taken care of at check-in.

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Whisked from the reception desk, we were given a potted history of the hotel which had previously been the RAC headquarters for Scotland. With all of the original features remaining, The Blythswood Square Hotel is a seriously glamorous spot situated right in the heart of Glasgow – and I just adored all the attention to detail – just look at the chandelier!

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But what was an even better surprise than the stunning interiors was the Blythswood Suite we were ushered into. Spanning the front of the hotel, we were treated to sweeping views of the Blysthwood park opposite, as well as a dining room, super comfy seated area, huge bedroom and the most fabulous black marble bathroom!

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We ooh’d and ahh’d over the room whilst we freshened up – remarking on all the space, the light, and how comfortable it all was. Then, it was time to hop across to The Salon to enjoy our Guilty Pleasures package. Thankfully it was quite literally a few steps back to the room – after half a bottle of champagne each, we were both a little tipsy, and we very much appreciated the comfy sofas and wide screen tv to enjoy the rest of the evening.

Staying the the Blythswood Suite meant we also got to enjoy what has to be Glasgow’s slickest bathroom. Swathed in black marble, this is a bathroom straight out of a movie. There was a shower which could easily fit about four people, a his’n’hers sink and the most wonderful bath I’ve seen in a very long time.

I spent quite a few hours in the tub. It was huge, and it meant that I really got to enjoy the indulgent Elemis products which the bathroom was stocked with.

The main attraction for the room was of course, the oversized bed. Covered in a cloud of duvet and pillows, the bed frame was a pool table in a former life, and it was beyond comfy and cosy. I just adored the tweedy headboard, and it was such a treat to laze around for an evening and just enjoy the luxury.

Since we were lucky enough to have a full dining table to make use of, we thought we’d make use of room service and have it all delivered straight to the room. So, we ferreted out the breakfast request form, ticked away to our heart’s desire, then jumped back into bed to enjoy the comfort some more.

Once it gets dark, you’ll notice that all the windows in the hotel have red lamps in them – it’s not just to look cosy. Apparently … way back when, Blythswood Square was known as something of Glasgow’s red light district, and as a rather cheeky nod to the past, it’s a fun little touch.

We were woken up with a soft knock at the door, and the most fabulous breakfast feast was set up on the dining room table for us.

Yoghurts, pastries, salmon and toast were all unpacked, and we had the most indulgent morning, enjoying breakfast with views out onto the gardens below.

I wish every morning could be as luxurious!

Thank you so much to The Blythswood Square Hotel for having us. A night in the Blythswood Suite costs from £378 per night

Ciate Precious Metal Eyeshadow – Lincoln Road*

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When it comes to eyeshadow, I’m usually quite conservative. A shimmery taupe does me for day-to-day use. If I’m honest, it’s easier to blend a buttery brown in my lash line, slick on a bit of mascara, then I’m good to go. But, when heading out in the evening, I like to go for something a little more special.

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That’s where Ciate’s Precious Metal Eyeshadow in Lincoln Road comes in. Handily packaged in a chic black tub complete with dinky travel-sized eye brush, it’s a surprisingly easy way to create a show-stopping eye look. And the best part is, it even comes with it’s own primer, so you can even chuck it in your makeup bag to amp up your look, even if you’re own the go.

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Using the Precious Metals shadow couldn’t be easier. First of all, I pat the primer all over the lid using my ring finger. It’s got a satiny soft texture which melts into skin, and it evens out skin tone as well as act as a glue to the pigment.

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The shadow itself is absolutely incredible. Lincoln Road is warm, pinky-toned taupe which feels like a glitzier, more glamorous version on my everyday shadow. You can apply it using your fingers – or, if you’re after something more precise, you can use the included brush. It packs on the shadow, giving lids a metallic sheen which is just perfect for summer – paired with tanned skin it looks super chic, and it lasts all night! Thanks to the handy primer, the shadow does.not.move once it’s on – it just sits looking beautiful until you’re ready to take it off!

Ciate Precious Metals Eye Shadow is priced at £18 and is available here

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