Kiehl's Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Mask

I hope the weather has been as good with you as it has been up in Edinburgh. It’s been glorious here for the past week, and it finally feels like Spring has sprung! This means that my make up taken a decidedly lighter turn, and I’ve been loving wearing a light base with a really glowy feel. As much as I love a good highlighter, the main part of the look is having super clear skin.

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To achieve this, I’ve been reaching for Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask. It’s a new release from the brand, which promises that the mask is an instant facial. It’s the perfect solution if your skin has been feeling a little blah, or you want some extra radiance. Personally, I love it because it feels like real multi-tasking product that you can just pop on, relax for twenty minutes then rinse off, then you’re free to enjoy super soft, clear and radiant skin.

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I’ve seen a tonne of turmeric mask ideas on Pinterest, as it’s been known to be great for skin for generations, so Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Mask is definitely the easiest way to try it out! I’ve been applying the mask twice a week to freshly cleansed skin. At first, there is a menthol-freshness that feels both tingly and cooling on the skin, and as you rub it in, the formula’s cranberry seeds provide a gentle amount of exfoliation. Then I leave it to harden slightly for 20-30 minutes. I have to say, it’s a hilarious yellow colour, which does tend to stain white towels, but apart from that, the mask is pretty much flawless. After washing off, my skin feels incredibly soft and smooth and it looks like I really have treated myself to a pricey spa treatment. The fact that I can slap a little on whenever my skin is feeling a little blah feels like such a treat!

Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Mask is priced at £28.00and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Maybelline Brow Drama Brow Mascara

If there is one feature that can change your entire look, it’s your brows. I know that everyone (including myself) has gone a little brow crazy, and it ok, especially when brands like Maybelline are bringing out some serious game changers!

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I’ve gone on about Maybelline’s Brow Drama Pomade Crayons already (you can read about them here) and I’ve been using them every morning without fail, so when I stumbled across the matching Brow Mascara, I got more than a little excited! I’ve used brow gels and mascaras for years, but none of them have looked quite like this one!

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There are three shades plus a transparent option to choose from (five in the US) and they all correspond with the shades that the Pomade Crayons come in. As a blonde, I assumed I would rely on the lightest shade (Deep Blonde) would be my go-to, but I’ve actually been reaching for Medium Brown which is one shade darker. After filling in my brows with the Pomade Crayon, I sweep the mascara brush upwards through my brows. It gives just enough colour to leave brows looking polished and groomed without straying into the rather scary Scouse-Brow territory. Instead, my brows just look nice and full, and most importantly natural!

Maybelline Brow Drama Brow Mascara is priced at £4.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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Real Techniques is one of those brands that I hadn’t really tried out until relatively recently, but I’m now somewhat obsessed by! If you’ve not come across them yet, head over to your nearest Boots or Superdrug, who will undoubtably have some and you can start your collection too! They’re the brainchild of top beauty bloggers Pixiwoo (otherwise known as Samantha and Nicole Chapman) and it’s not an understatement to say that over the past few years, they’ve really taken the world by storm!

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Slowly but surely I’ve been creating something of a collection, so when I saw the Cheek & Lip kit I couldn’t resist. Consisting of a big fluffy powder brush, a contour brush and dinky lip brush, the trio is a real workhorse which you can reach for every morning.

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The Cheek Brush is an exclusive addition to the set, and it’s the thing that your brush-dreams are made of! First off, the size is absolutely perfect if you like to sweep your bronzer or blush on. The bristles feel super soft, and fan out to effortlessly apply bronzers and blushes in a believable wash of colour. I’ve been using the brush for bronzer application (so not just on my cheeks) and I’ve really fallen in love. It doesn’t shed bristles and it’s so comfortable to use. The kit is worth it’s weight in gold for this brush alone!

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The contour brush is probably the one I was most excited to try from the kit. I’ve not had a dedicated contour brush before, so the idea itself feels novel, and Real Techniques makes my most-used highlight brush, so I had super high expectations. The contour brush is a duo-fibre one, so the base of the brush is made from shorter, more densely packed bristles, whilst it ends in longer, super soft fibres. The brush makes contouring ridiculously easy, I swirl the brush in my contouring shade, apply a little under my cheekbones, around my chin and a little to my temples and around my hairline and I’m good to go. The brush leaves a soft, almost airbrushed effect which looks super natural. You’re not left with a dirty looking smudge, instead, it’s just a pretty and believable amount of definition.

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Last up is the lip brush, which, if you’re loving a defined, matte lip this season, it’s your must-have tool. The fibres of the brush are pleasingly firm, allowing you to easily control your lip colour, it’s absolutely invaluable for creating a perfect statement lip.

The Real Technique Cheek & Lip Set is priced at £19.99 and is available here.

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Night Moisturizer

As someone who suffers from chronically dry skin year round, I’m always on the lookout for a cream which will hydrate and soothe without weighing down my sensitive skin. I’ve long been a fan of Elizabeth Arden’s iconic Eight Hour Cream, and haven’t been without a tube of the stuff for the past ten or so years, so, when I went to grab a new tube for my bedside drawer I caught a glimpse of their new Nighttime Miracle Moisturizer.

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Packaged in a dinky little screw-top jar, the Nighttime Miracle Moisturizer looks like the original cream, just  little more whipped. Even though Elizabeth Arden claim that it has a lavender scent, the fragrance is super subtle and shouldn’t irritate sensitive skin. After going through my evening cleansing routine, I take a little of the Nighttime Miracle Moisturizer in my fingertips, and apply to my driest areas.

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It’s not quite as thick and sticky as the original Eight Hour Cream, and even though the formula is quite thick and rich, it feels much balmier. What’s the most surprising thing about the Miracle Moisturizer is how quickly skin drinks it up. Within 10-15 minutes of applying it has completely sunk in, and my face feels calmed and nourished. This means you also don’t have to worry about staining bedding or waking up greasy-faced! Instead, as you sleep, it gets to work soothing and moisturising your skin, and you wakeup looking and feeling good to go!

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Miracle Moisturizer is priced at £32.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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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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