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Now that spring feels like it’s just around the corner, I’ve noticed my makeup routine has started to change. Even though I’m always after a light coverage foundation, I’ve been mixing in more radiant primer to give me a natural-looking glow, and I’ve been loving wearing a subtle peachy-pink lip.

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After buffing my lips, and applying a light layer of balm, I simply pat Smashbox’s Be Legendary Lipstick using my ring finger and I’m good to go! Packaged in the brand’s signature slick black bullets, the lipstick is one of six matte shades, and it’s perfect if you’re looking for a long-lasting lip colour which is super saturated, you have to check them out!

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Paris Pink is a stunning, surprisingly bright peach-toned pink, which is quickly becoming my go-to shade. On the lips, it feels super creamy, and the colour payoff is fantastic. I love the fact that once it’s on, I don’t need to worry about reapplying for a good four to five hours. It’s also one of the least drying matte shades I’ve worn – it feels nourishing and lightweight to wear, I’m already planning which shades to plump for next!

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Paris Pink Matte is priced at £17 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

 

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Atelier Cologne is a brand that I’m pretty much obsessed by. I adore the mix of fragrances, the bottles, the stories behind the scents, everything really. They’re also a brand which is sure to illicit a whole lot of attention wherever you wear it. Honestly, I never apply some without someone commenting that I smell good, or that they need to find out what it is. Up until now though, I’ve only dabbled with Atelier Cologne’s citrus based colognes – all zesty freshness which is perfect for summer. So, when I got the opportunity to try the Vanilla Insesee, I couldn’t wait. Even though I’m not normally one for sweet perfumes, I knew I couldn’t go wrong in the hands of Atelier Cologne.

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Packaged in the brand’s signature bottles complete with leather cap, Vanilla Insensee is a unisex fragrance, which means it isn’t sugary sweet. Instead, it’s a surprisingly complex mix of vanilla, woods and florals which is really unlike anything else I’ve tried before. When first applied, the vanilla notes are the strongest. It’s a beautifully real take on the fragrance – the perfume has the almost musky quality of vanilla pod rather than the saccharine take most perfumes go for. Then, as the fragrance warms up, notes of jasmine and oak moss become more noticeable, lifting the perfume, and giving it a clean, almost powdery feel. Then, as the day goes on, the base notes of amber and oak give the cologne a wonderful longevity and feeling of warmth. It’s such an addictive scent to were, and I’ve been absolutely loving it, worn with cozy cashmere sweaters on cold, semi wintery days, when the fragrance feels so comforting!

Atelier Cologne’s Vanille Insensee is priced at £100.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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So I’m not sure that there are better ways to begin a Friday evening than getting primed and preened at the Harvey Nichols’ Laura Mercier counter by makeup artist James Webster. Fresh from beautifying celebrities at the Brit Awards and BAFTAs, James spent the weekend in Edinburgh.

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So, after settling on an amped-up neutrals look, James got to work whilst I quizzed him over everything from serums to lipgloss. As well as being the loveliest of chaps, he is ridiculously knowledgeable. Getting the chance to play with everything from skincare to mascaras really gives you the opportunity to find out which products are going to work best for you, and I guarantee, if you pop into the store you’re going to come away with the  longest wish list you can imagine!

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As James created the most beautiful, effortless smoky eye (with the most lust-worthy selection of shadows and brushes) I quizzed him on the best ways to apply foundation (worked into the skin with a sponge) as well as on his favourite Laura Mercier products. The hour absolutely flew by, and I found a whole slew of products I need in my arsenal (namely a hydrating skin spray, the rose skin serum and cream, a new tube of Radiance Primer and a rather delightful lipstick).

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If you’re in the mood for a bit of a Spring re-do of your makeup bag, I would seriously recommend hitting up your nearest Harvey Nichols’ Laura Mercier!

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When it comes to Mother’s Day, you know you have to bring the goods. As well as a bunch of the most beautiful flowers you can find, you have to, of course, get the most delicious chocolates you can find.

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Thankfully, Prestat have made it so, so to easy get serious brownie points with boxes of their incredible chocolates.

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I think if my mother had to choose her favourite flavours, either rose or violet would be up there, so when this stunning box came through the letterbox, she couldn’t have been happier!

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The truffles couldn’t be prettier – topped off with a candied petal, they look like jewels in a box. The chocolates themselves are the smoothest dark chocolate, which hold a smooth filling which bursts with the floral flavours.

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Next up are the Prestat’s Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles. To be honest, Pink Champagne truffles are among my favourites, and I was blown away with how good these ones were! The chocolate shell had the perfect amount of ‘snap’ and inside there is a soft, almost gooey centre. Unlike some I’ve tried, the alcohol doesn’t overwhelm the taste, instead there’s just a soft whiff of champagne with white chocolate. A must try!

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When the box of Prestat goodness arrived, the Yuzu truffles were the ones I got most excited about. I love an exotic flavour, and I’ve been dying to try yuzu for a while. The truffles themselves, are dark chocolate shells with a wonderfully tart, almost lemon curd-like filling. They are insanely good, and I’ve already bought a second box (a truffle with a good espresso is just divine!)

Prestat Rose and Violet Cremes are priced at £17.50, Pink Marc de Champagne truffles are priced at £13.00 and the Yuzu truffles are priced at £13.00. They’re all available here

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When I went to Holly Blue’s open evening a few weeks ago, as well as having a fabulous time meeting Gemma and learning all about the salon (it’s a perfect little Edinburgh jewel box, which has quickly become my nail go-to), we were very kindly sent off brandishing goodie bags packed full of some of my favourite goodies. If you follow my instagram (I’m here) I gave you a sneak peek, but one of the many gems in there was this HD Brows angled brush. I’m currently in that awkward in-between, growing my brows out phase which just looks a little all over the place. So, in an effort to clean everything up a bit, I’ve been contentiously using this along with my much-loved UD Brow Box (here), and the brush has quickly become a favourite. The bristles are perfectly stiff, so applying brow powder is an absolute breeze. The brush lets me define my brows easily, leaving the perfect amount of product on them, and the stiff texture means that it’s easy to control, meaning I don’t get left with scarily dark brows!