Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Bath Oil

I’m sure I’ve said before, that I’ve reserved Sunday evenings for a bit of a pamper, for as long as I can remember. It gives me a chance to relax, as well as to prepare for the week ahead.

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As I let various face masks and potions get to work, I like to pour a bath, light a candle and play some music. It feels like a little escape from real life for an hour or two, and it’s nice just to turn off my phone and get caught up in a good book. Not to mention my skin seriously benefits from all the extra care and attention I can pay to it.

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One of my newest, and most indulgent additions to my routine has been Aromatherapy Associates’ gorgeous Inner Strength Bath & Shower Oil. Packaged in an absolutely gorgeous glass bottle – I love the screw cap and brushed finish, it looks so pretty in my bathroom, so paired back and elegant!

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The Inner Strength scent feels like it was made specially for my Sunday evenings! The scent is a perfectly balanced mix of powerful of Clary Sage, Frankincense and Cardamom which are specially designed to balance your emotions and stimulate the circulation. I love how chilled I feel after a good soak, and I feel like my head is in a great place for starting the week.

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To use the Inner Strength Bath & Shower Oil, it couldn’t be easier, I simply run a bath and add a capful (or two) of the oil, then swirl. Since Aromatherapy Associates use such pure essential oils in their products, you do really need just a capful for a full bath. I just love how it scents the entire bathroom with the spa-worthy fragrance!

Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength is priced at £45 and is available here (UK) and here (US).

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I’m not sure there is anything prettier than a tree full of blossom. The pink blooms always remind me of summer terms at school, where we would sneak off during breaks to buy ice lollies and paddle in the river, trickling back to class damp and slightly sunburned, giddy from the adventure.

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Even though I feel like we’re in full on summer-mode now, my garden has only just started to blossom, so, even though everyone else’s garden is in flower, my little trees are laden with pink. So, it felt like the perfect time to break into Burberry’s stunning Full Kisses lipstick in No. 509 Cherry Blossom.

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Packaged in a super sleek graphite bullet, No. 509 Cherry Blossom is one of 14 shades currently available. It’s a stunning warm-tone pink which feels absolutely perfect for summertime use.

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The bullet of the lipstick is quite heavily chiselled in shape, which means it’s super easy to apply precisely, direct from the bullet. The formula itself is dreamy – it feels rich and balmy on the lips, and it leaves a glossy wash of colour in a single swipe.

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It’s also wonderfully easy to build up the colour. For casually days out, I can slick on a little for a glossy baby pink finish, or, if I’m in the mood for something a bit more intense, a couple of coats gives a wonderful rosy pout. The Full Kisses lipsticks are such a great everyday choice since they’re so comfortable to wear, and even once the gloss has worn off, my lips stay stained for a good few hours.

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Burberry Full Kisses Lipstick in No. 509 Cherry Blossom is priced at £24.00 and is available here.

Wella Elements Hair Strengthening Serum

As someone who puts rather a lot of strain on their hair, I’m always on the lookout for products which might undo some of the damage. On a regular basis, I slather my ends in all sorts of lotions and potions, but I tend to leave the roots pretty much alone, so, when Wella sent over a bottle of their new Elements Hair Strengthening Serum I got rather excited.

Unlike most serums I use, this one is specifically designed to be used on the scalp and roots of the hair. Designed to strengthen hair fibres, create volume and maintain a balanced scalp, the Hair Strengthening Serum is part of the Elements range which is free of sulphates, parabens and artificial colorants. Although Wella say that you can use the serum prior to styling, it’s a little heavy for me, so I’ve been using the serum every second or third night. I love how easy it is to use – I simply spray a little of the serum on my roots, working my way from the front to the back, sectioning off my hair. I massage it in, throw my hair in a top knot and then head to bed. I’ve been using the serum for around three or four weeks now, and I’m seeings a noticeable difference, most obviously in those baby hairs. They seem to be growing more quickly than usual, and my hair feels smoother and sleeker too!

Wella Elements Hair Strengthening Serum is priced at £16.49 and is available here

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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