Pixi Beauty Rose Flash Balm*

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Is it just me, or do Monday mornings always feel like a little extra effort? As a rule, I try to avoid booking meetings or anything too important for Monday mornings – I’d rather tackle my inbox and schedule my week so I can start my week on the strongest possible foot, so multi-tasking beauty products on busy mornings feel like a real lifesaver.

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Whilst I work through my inbox, I apply a generous layer of the Rose Flash Balm and let it get to work – it’s a clever 3-in-1 formula which moisturises and brightens skin, whilst prepping skin for makeup application. It’s a gorgeously silky cream, which feels super-hydrating and nourishing. If you’ve had a busy weekend, this really amps up skin, making it look and feel gloriously healthy.

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Unlike some rose products I’ve tried in the past, the fragrance of the Flash Balm is perfect – it’s not heavy and overpowering, instead it’s beautifully light and fresh. Since the formula is so hydrating, it can be used in place of your regular moisturiser too – so it’s perfect if your skin needs a little extra help as we head into autumn and winter.

Pixi Beauty Rose Flash Balm is priced at £26 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Cocosolis Hair Oil Mask 3in1*

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A few weeks back, I bit the bullet and got my very first hair extensions – nothing dramatic, or even too noticeable, but just a few tapes which give my ends a bit of oomph, and volume. I’ve been amazed at the positive difference in my hair, and even though I’m enjoying all the benefits, I’ve been careful to give my haircare routine a bit of an update to make sure my hair stays as healthy as possible.

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Since getting the tapes fitted (I’ve got eight of them) I’ve had to completely change the way I treat my hair – no more daily washings (these can weaken the tapes and mean you need them refitted more often) and since dry shampoo is my new best friend, my ends can feel dry after a day or two. To combat the dryness, and keep split ends at bay, every second night I’ve been applying four to five pumps of Cocosolis Hair Oil Mask to my lengths and ends. My hair absolutely drinks the stuff up, and I love the soft coconut scent.

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The formula is chock-full of great-for-hair ingredients including coconut oil, hemp oil, camellia oil, argan oil among many others. It’s also enriched with Vitamin E, which is known to stimulate hair growth, prevent breakage and work to prevent split ends. If you’re heading to the beach during October half term, it’s an easy way to prevent chlorine or seawater damage. I also love using a pump of the oil on wet hair, applied before I start heat styling. It feels lovely and light, and really smoothes hair and keeps it soft and manageable (which I really need now that I can’t wash it each morning). It’s such a handy product which really works to condition hair from the inside out.

Cocosolis Hair Oil Mask 3in1 is priced at £29.99 and is available here

Leighton Denny Anti-Ageing Miracle Oil*

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Ok, so I can’t quite believe we’ve hit September already. 2019 is absolutely flying past, and we’re quickly heading straight into autumn, which in Edinburgh, means dropping temperatures which can play havoc my beauty regimes. I’ve already started using a slightly heavier moisturiser, and to keep my hands intact, I’ve been using Leighton Denny’s Anti-Aging Miracle Oil on my cuticles daily.

It’s a seriously hydrating formula, which includes Rosehip Oil, Vitamin A and an innovative Timecode™ Complex, all of which work together to hydrate and to nourish nails and cuticles. It’s quite a lightweight formula which sinks in easily, and doesn’t leave fingers feeling greasy. There is even Tea Tree Oil to soothe skin – a must for cuticle pickers like me!

If you’re looking to keep your fingers looking and feeling their best – I’d seriously recommend investing in a bottle of Leighton Denny’s finest. I’ve been keep my bottle on my office desk so I keep my fingers hydrated all day long.

Leighton Denny’s Time Repair Anti-Aging Miracle Oil is priced at £12 and is available here.

Huda Beauty – The Overachiever Concealer*

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Happy Monday! If you’re anything like me, you want to look bright eyed and bushy tailed, even if you feel anything but. It’s amazing what some well-placed concealer can do, so if you’re looking for something to hide a hectic weekend – Huda Beauty’s Overachiever is your answer. Packaged in a chic black tube, this concealer is the easiest way to fake a great night’s sleep with no effort necessary.

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Unlike my normal concealers, which tend to work on brightening areas, without too much cover, Huda Beauty’s Overachiever Concealer contains a rather impressive 31% pigment, so to say its high coverage feels like something of an understatement. Inspired by those of us, up late at night hustling, the concealer is designed soothe skin, as well as to cover imperfections.

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The metal-tipped applicator immediately cools and soothes tired eyes, whilst the formula, which is infused with Green Tea disguises the appearance of dark circles, redness, hyperpigmentation, age spots, and discolouration with a natural-looking  luminously matte finish. I tried out the concealer before going to my hardest spin class – and despite pedalling away for an hour, when I came off the bike, the Overachiever Concealer looked no different than when I stepped into the studio (even if the rest of my makeup had long since melted off). It’s the perfect choice for days when I need a little extra help, or for days when I’ve got Skype meetings planned.

Huda Beauty Overachiever Concealer is priced at £23 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

 

 

What to expect when you get Profhilo*

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Over the past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to spend some one-on-one time with a couple of the world’s best dermatologists, and as a rule, each one of them told me not to start injectables until I turned 30. Even preventative measures were forbidden until the big 3-0, and I was told to focus on exfoliation and hydration until then.

I turned 30 in June, and although the trumpets didn’t exactly signal it was time for injectables, I did receive an email a few weeks back inviting me to try a round of Profhilo injections in the fabulous Beyond MediSpa in Edinburgh’s Harvey Nichols. The timing couldn’t have been better – and honestly, I think I was on booking my appointment within a few minutes.

Profhilo is a relatively new treatment to hit the UK, and Harvey Nichols’ Beyond MediSpa is one of the only spots in the city where you can find the treatment. Administered by Dr. Kerri Lee Clark, you’re in safe hands – she’s also an Uber-cosmetic dentist and facial aesthetician as well as being incredibly friendly.

If you’ve got skin which is a little more mature, loose or lacking in firmness, Profhilo over time can work to tighten and smooth skin. Ideally it’s used for making you look like yourself, but a little better. The injections are administered over two visits, and two weeks after your second round is when the magic starts to kick in.

I went in for my first round of injections in July, and prior to visiting, was a touch nervous. Apart from a touch of filler in a chickenpox scar 10 years ago, I’ve not dabbled in filler, and I was warned that Profhilo is one of the more painful injectables to have. Honestly, I needn’t have worried – once I was sitting in the plush treatment room with my face cleansed and armed with a vibrating facial bar (so your nerves don’t know what’s vibration and what’s injection) I was good to go.

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The injections are focused around your chin and cheek – two areas which are the biggest age signifiers on the face, and honestly, the only injections which felt like a pinch were on my chin (a strong 3/10). The whole treatment was over in less than half an hour, and I left with nothing more than a couple of bumps which disappeared in the following 24 hours.

Since Profhilo is made up from pure Hyaluronic Acid, it works to hydrate skin and encourage the production of the highest quality of collagen in the skin. Unlike fillers, the injections don’t leave areas puffy or filled. Instead, in the weeks after, I noticed my skin becoming smoother and better hydrated. It’s basically ensured weeks of really great skin days!

I’ve got a post all about my results, but if you’re keen to book, you can find out more about Profhilo injections at Harvey Nichols Edinburgh’s Beyond MediSpa here. A set of two treatments (recommended) is priced at £475 – thank you so much to Beyond MediSpa for allowing me to review the treatment.

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