Glossier Balm Dot Com – Mango

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It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a Glossier fan girl – I love their chic packaging, their surprisingly solid product range, and their skin-first aesthetic. So, when the brand released a new scent a few weeks back, I could resist picking up a tube. Released right in time for summer, Glossier’s Balm Dot Com is now available in Mango, and honestly, I’m loving it.

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As someone who isn’t always the biggest fan of fruity scents, I was a little worried that the Mango Balm Dot Com might be a little too much, but I needn’t have worried. Like all their scents of Balm Dot Com, Glossier have it nailed. It’s definitely noticeable – but it feels fresh and summery, rather that overpowering.

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The balm itself has a light peachy-pink tint, which feels subtle to wear. Obviously, I’ve been smoothing this on as a lip balm, pretty much since it arrived, but it’s also so pretty tapped onto the top of cheek bones for a little subtle sheen.

It’s a fun addition to the Bar Dot Com family, and is priced at £10 – it’s available here.

L’Occitane Aqua Reotier Mineral Moisture Mask*

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When it comes to spring and summer skin, I don’t think there’s anything prettier than perfectly dewy skin. I’m obsessed with the no-makeup-makeup look, so I’m constantly on the hunt for products which will make that effortless look, just a little easier. So, when L’Occitane sent for their new Aqua Reotier Mineral Moisture Mask – it felt like perfect timing.

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Designed to be used as either as a night mask or as a hydration shot – I love the fact that I can pop it on for a quick 10 minutes to rehydrate the skin, or longer when I need a more intensive treatment. The mask has a beautifully light, gel texture which feels like it really penetrates skin, and thanks to its Réotier water (from the Réotier spring in Provence), hyaluronic acid and water-binding molecules, skin gets a drench of moisture every time you use the mask.

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It feels like a real summer product – from the stunning sea-blue colour, through to the fresh marine scent – it’s a treat to use. I tend to use the mask as an overnight treatment – I don’t really have time to mask in the mornings, although it would be perfect before a special occasion – I’ve been loving the results. Skin feels silky soft after cleansing, and the results can last for a good few days!

L’Occitane’s Aqua Reotier Mineral Moisture Mask is priced at £ and is available here

Check In: The Strozzi Palace Boutique Suites by Mansley*

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When we were down south last month, we were so lucky to be invited to stay in two of by Mansley’s stunning apartment suites – 44 Curzon Street (full review here) and The Strozzi Palace Boutique Suites in Cheltenham. We had opted to stay in London first, and had planned to drive from the city through to Cheltenham early-ish on in the afternoon so we could fully enjoy what the town has to offer. Enterprise, however, had other ideas, so we actually ended up leaving London at 7pm, reaching the fabulous Strozzi Palace close to 10pm. Not ideal since we wanted to soak up every second of the place!

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Located right in the heart of Cheltenham, the Strozzi Palace Suites are a collection of six stunning residences only minute or so from the centre of town. With a fabulous Italianate Palazzo facade, the residences feel wonderfully opulent from the offset. The suites are also completely up-to-date, offering a virtual doorman meaning that even when we arrived later on in the evening, our check-in process was seamless.

A day or two before your stay, by Mansley text you your entrance code which acts as a key for both the exterior door and your room. This means that, if like us, you’re delayed or arriving later on in the evening, you don’t need to worry about letting anyone know – you just pop in your code, and you’re good to go!

We were staying in the stunning Milano suite. Located on the first floor, it was gloriously chic space, with large living space, fully equipped kitchen and cosy bedroom. We loved the slick ensuite, which was wonderfully modern, and kitted out with Gilchrist & Soames goodies.

We got to explore our suite further the next morning, and we were absolutely delighted with what we found. The living room, complete with beautiful cast iron fireplace was absolutely beautiful. With large television, comfy sofa, and enough room to spread out and relax.

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There was even a beautiful desk area which was perfect for setting up my laptop and powering through a few emails in the morning. What we loved, was how well thought out the apartment was – from the keyless entry (no cards to lose or break) through to little extras like a shopping bag left out for any groceries, to the continental breakfast in the fridge, by Mansley have created an apartment truly tailored to the modern traveller.

Whether you’re in Cheltenham for work or for leisure, make sure to check out the Strozzi Palace Suites – you’re going to love them!

Thank you so much to by Mansley for our stay – you can find out more about the Strozzi Palace Suites, and book your own stay here.

 

Fenty Beauty launches at Boots*

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When it comes to brands which champion accessibility, Fenty has to be number one. When they launched back in 2017, the brand made having 40 shades of foundation feel like an obvious choice, and the impact they’ve had on the beauty industry is noticeable. It’s not ok to have a shade range of  five to 12 shades, instead no matter how deep or light your skin tone, chances are you have a better foundation match now than you did then.

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In the eighteen months since, Fenty have expanded their line, and products from highlighters to bronzers have all been designed to work with a variety of skin tones.

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The spirit of inclusivity, Fenty Beauty is now available at Boots. Apparently you’re never more than a 10 minute drive from a Boots store (mind blown) so even if your local store doesn’t have a full blown Fenty counter, you’ll be able to pick up your Fenty picks online and collect them for free. Not to mention, you’ll now be able to clock up Advantage card points when you purchase, meaning that if you save enough, you could even treat yourself to a Fenty treat … for free!

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On Friday morning, I headed through to the Glasgow Fort store to see the new counter in action, and I have to say, I was seriously impressed! Not only is it absolutely filled with the whole Fenty range, but it’s gorgeous too! Positioned right at the front of the store, you’ll not miss it, and you can try out the whole range of foundations, concealers and bronzers to find out which shades are the right ones for you!

The full summer lineup is also available, including this stunning colour-saturated Vivid Liquid Eyeliner Trios. Priced at £27 each and available here, the trios are a super fun way to inject a bit of colour into your summer looks!

I also fell in love with the Fenty Beaty Body Lava – available in three shades, Rihanna’s regularly documented waring the stuff, and it’s like an Instagram filter for your skin. Seriously glam and glossy, this isn’t for popping out for a coffee, but for when you’re after some full on glitz. Priced at £46 each and available here, these would be glorious on summer tanned skin in the evening!

The Pro Kiss’r range marks Fenty’s first foray into skincare and comprises of a Lip-Loving Scrub Stick (£15 available here) and a Luscious Lip Balm (£15 available here). Like all of the brand’s products, they’re 100% cruelty free, and they’ll have your lips ready for hippie in no time at all!

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Huge thanks to Fenty Beauty for having me on Friday, and stay tuned for some new Fenty reviews coming! You can shop the whole range at Boots here.

Glossier Bubblewrap

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So apparently one of Glossier’s most requested releases has been an eye cream, and honestly, it’s not a surprise. After all, their motto is ‘skin first’ and there’s nothing cute about puffy or crepe-y eyes, so when they released Bubblewrap a couple of weeks back, I had hit order within 24 hours.

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Honestly, the release was well-timed for me. I’ve been looking for an eye cream which feels nourishing without being heavy, moisturising without pilling on the skin, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Glossier’s offering.

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Coming packaged in a chic white metal tube, the cream comes with a pump, and has been designed to be used around the eyes and lips. The tube was perhaps a little smaller than I was expecting, but it’s not tiny. I’ve been using it mostly in the evenings around my eyes, although it smoothes on well enough to use under makeup, and it leaves skin feeling silky soft. The formula is chock-full of good for skin ingredients including hyaluronic acid, squalane, avocado oil and an antioxidant-rich blueberry extract. It has a lovely, light texture which works well with my rose quartz facial roller, and it’s wonderfully soothing to apply after staring at my laptop screen all day!

More good news? It’s super affordable too! Bubblewrap is priced at £23 and is available here.

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