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Up until a couple of months ago, I thought Rodial was a skincare-only brand that concentrated on producing seriously effective products which looked as good as their promises, but then I got invited into Harvey Nichols where I promptly fell in love with the entire range.

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Right in time for the gorgeous weather we’ve been enjoying in Scotland, Rodial very kindly sent over their stunning Blusher in South Beach, and to say I’ve been infatuated is something of an understatement! Firstly, the packaging is really something special. Rodial haven’t scrimped with a boring old compact, instead this one is a super slick mix of leather and silver, with a rather large shiny ‘R’ that just screams glamour. It feels lovely to hold, and there isn’t a chance of it getting ignored in my makeup bag. It also shuts with a rather pleasing magnetic snap, so I don’t need to worry about it popping over and crumbling everywhere.

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Rodial’s Blusher comes in two colours – Copacabana, a hot orange toned coral, and mine, South Beach, a beautiful baby pink that feels absolutely perfect for spring! I’m not sure about you, but since the weather has taken a turn for the better, I’ve been reaching for some brighter colours than usual (living in Scotland means 90% of my wardrobe is black, grey and navy) and as a result, I’ve been reaching for South Beach to give my complexion a believable pop of colour.

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As if the packaging and absolutely stunning colour wasn’t enough, I’m glad to say the formula is absolute perfection! It’s a very lightweight powder, and it leaves a really natural looking flush on the skin. It’s designed to leave you looking radiant, so even if you pop a little more than usual, or if you like to build colour, Rodial won’t let you down! It’s staying power is really impressive. I swirl a little on the apples of my cheeks in the mornings, and by end of day I still have a pretty amount of flush. I can guarantee that I’ll be reaching for this all the way through the summer!

Rodial South Beach Blusher is priced at £30.00 and is available here.

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If there was one thing that I could change about my skin, I would get rid of my redness in a split second. I’m not sure if it’s a combination of having sensitive skin and living in quite a cold climate or if it’s just some genetics thing, but my skin sits squarely on the pink side, even if I’m and my skin is calm and hydrated. I’m fortunate that I don’t suffer from anything worse, and that for the most part my skin behaves as I’d like, but it can definitely get annoying when I want to look perfectly put together and my cheeks are glowing pink. So, when Clarins announced that they were releasing a trio of brand new Boosters, I knew I had to treat myself to the Repair one!

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What I love about Clarins Boosters is how easy they are to use – you take your moisturiser then simply add two to three drops, mix it up, then apply like normal. Then, as the day goes on, your choice of Booster gets to work, mine obviously is busy repairing skin and dealing with redness but the other two deal with brightness and detoxing. You can even add a drop to your foundation to give it a bit of a glow (although I found it made mine a touch sticky feeling). I’ve been using my Repair Booster for about a fortnight now, both morning and night and I have seen a a bit of reduction in my redness. It’s also the perfect choice if you’re off somewhere sunny on holiday – it works to repair and soothe damaged skin too!

Clarins Repair Booster is priced at £30.00 and is available here.

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Ok, so it might seem weird to be talking about candles during something of a heatwave, but I just love lighting one during the evening and relaxing in the scent. Two new favourites were sent over to me from Bomb Cosmetics, and I just had to share them with you!

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Packaged in adorable little floral tins, the candles make the most perfect little presents, and I love to have a couple stashed in my drawer. Also, the fact that they have a lid means that the scent stays perfectly fresh, and have I mentioned that they’re absolutely adorable! I just love the little hearts that decorate the top – they make the candle look so pretty and really help them stand out from the competition!

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The first scent I tried was Vintage Velvet which is described as truly luxurious and I couldn’t agree more! It’s a really high-end smelling candle with notes of musk, vanilla and woods which are lifted with rose and bergamot. Even though it sounds like quite a full on, heavy fragrance, it feels perfect for lighting on balmy evenings. I keep mine burning for 30-40 minutes and it gives the room such a gorgeous ambiance.

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Fleur Botanica is the lighter, fresher fragrance of the two, and it’s just the thing if you’re looking for a super clean scent. The blue candle with the white hearts reminds me of fresh laundry for some reason, and I love how light the fragrance is! Notes of pineapple and lemon mix with grassy green notes as well as jasmine and lily. There is a subtle touch of white musk in there too, which gives the scent a real touch of luxe! I tend to burn this one during long afternoons where I want to relax a little and feel a little pampered. It’s the perfect accompaniment for some coffee and a great book!

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Bomb Cosmetics tinned candles cost £7.99 each and are available here.

Maybelline Dream Matte Velvet

Ok, so the weather today is beyond gorgeous. Apparently it’s warmer in Edinburgh than it is in Barcelona, which doesn’t happen too regularly, so I’ve been doing the sensible thing and enjoying every second of it! So, as you can imagine, when I’m out and about, I want to look super fresh-faced and natural, not like I’m wearing a tonne of makeup!

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A new find for me has been Maybelline’s brand new Dream Matte Velvet Foundation – a whipped gel formula which provides medium-to high coverage with a super natural finish.  It’s a really awesome option if you’re wanting a super natural but polished look, and it comes in seven colour options. I’ve been apply a tiny amount of the formula using my fingers, blending it into freshly moisturised skin. It’s amazing for covering redness or outbreaks without looking heavy, and all I need is a quick dusting of bronzer and a slick of mascara and I’m goo to go!

Maybelline Dream Matte Velvet Foundation is priced at £7.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US).

Clinique Pop Lacquer - Wink Pop

Happy Friday everyone! I’m not sure about you, but I’ve had a super busy and quick week and I can’t quite believe we’re almost hitting the weekend. A product I’ve been really loving this whole week was something of an impulse purchase when I cut through Boots a few weeks ago – Clinique’s Pop Lacquer in Wink Pop.

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The Pop Lacquer is a new release from the brand, and it promises to be both a primer and a lip colour. Since I don’t tend to use a primer on my lips, the promise of long wearing lip colour was seriously tempting, and I just love the rosy pink shade of Wink Pop.

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Packaged in a dinky little tube, Wink Pop is a really beautiful, warm toned light pink which is just perfect if you’re looking for a low maintenance way to stay feeling polished. I absolutely love the large applicator that the Pop Lacquer comes with, it means application is so quick and tidy! I’ve been swiping a little of the formula on before leaving the house each morning, and it’s still there after an hour commute and trip to Starbies. I’ve not found it to last the full six hours promised by Clinique, but it certainly doesn’t just disappear like most glosses. Even when the gloss part of the Lacquer fades, lips are left beautifully stained and feeling hydrated.

Clinique Pop Lacquer is priced at £16.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US).

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