Try On: Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation*


On a daily basis, I’m not the biggest foundation wearer. I like to look and feel as natural as possible, but there are times where I need something with a higher level of coverage. Usually it’s a Skype meeting, where I need to look polished on the other end of my laptop webcam, and I’ve been looking for a product which leaves me looking ‘finished’ rather than too shiny, which doesn’t really translate on camera.


When Huda Beauty opened their first (and only) Scottish counter in Harvey Nichols Edinburgh a few weeks back, I was colour-matched to their famous #FauxFilter Foundation. Designed to act like an instagram filter but in real life, this is a full-coverage formula which smoothes skin, covers imperfections, and gives you a truly flawless finish. Available in 30 shades, this is possibly the fullest coverage I’ve ever tried. Prior to smoothing on the foundation with a beauty blender, I make sure that my skin is super hydrated, and I add a pump of primer to a pump of foundation to sheer it out a little. Since it’s a full coverage finish, I don’t need to bother with concealer, and it’s just a case of adding a bit of bronzer, mascara and getting down to that Skype meeting. The foundation lasts all day too! I went for a spin class after being colour matched, the foundation did.not.move.

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation is priced at £32 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Try Out: ikoo Thermal Treatment Hair Wrap – Hydrate & Shine


Right now, I’m bang slap in the middle of hair maintenance mode. I’ve got a hairdresser appointment in under a fortnight, and in the meantime, I’m all about getting my hair as healthy as possible in preparation for a full head of highlights. In addition to cutting down to washing my hair every other day, I’ve been adding in masque and treatments every few days, and most recently I’ve been loving ikoo’s Thermal Treatment Wrap – a nifty little product which feels salon-worthy, and had left my hair looking and feeling a whole lot healthier.


Using the wrap couldn’t be easier – after washing hair as normal, I towel it dry, so it’s not soaking wet, then put the wrap on. It’s perfect if I’m having a lazy evening, or am spending the morning at home, as the wrap stays on for about half an hour for maximum effect. Every couple of minutes, I massage the wrap to really work the product into my ends, and once I’ve reached half an hour, I give the whole thing a blast with the hairdryer, then hop back into the shower to rinse my hair. The difference in my hair feels like I’ve taken a trip to the salon – ends feel soft and hydrated, and my hair feels softer and bouncier overall.

If you’re looking for a product to cure summer hair sadness, why not give ikoo wraps a go? They’re priced at £5.95 each, and they’re available here (UK) and here (US)

Go Try: Lunch at The Printing Press, Edinburgh


If you’re visiting Edinburgh for the festival this summer, chances are, you’re going to want to go somewhere fun for lunch. Somewhere central, affordable and serving great food – and I’ve got the spot for you, and it’s located slap-bang in the centre of town.


Part of the gorgeous Intercontinental Edinburgh (it’s recently been rebranded from The Principal), The Printing Press serves everything from breakfast to dinners and cocktails and it’s one of my favourite spots in town. Not only is it super convenient to visit (it’s right on George Street after all), but I’ve always really enjoyed myself each time I’ve visited.


A couple of weeks back, we headed through to try out their brand new lunch menu. With the opportunity to enjoy two courses for £15.50, it’s got to be one of the best lunch deals in town! Since it was a Friday when we visited, we couldn’t resist opting for the Craft ale-battered fish and chips. An absolute whale of a portion, this was the fish and chips of dreams. With a crisp batter, mountain of fluffy chips, and delicious mushy peas, I’m not going to lie, I stole a couple of mouthfuls, and it was absolutely divine.


I had opted for the Steak Sandwich served on sourdough bread alongside a marrowbone gravy. All the sourdough is baked in-house by the very talented kitchen team, and the effort really elevates the dish! Talk about comfort food but elevated, this sandwich is everything you dream about when I’m hangry.

With generous slices of steak nestled in watercress on toast, this was absolutely divine. The pairing with the piping hot gravy was genius. I’m not going to lie – it was the perfect dipping sauce. Rich and full of savoury goodness, it was a seriously satisfying way to spend a Friday afternoon.

To enjoy alongside our mains, we couldn’t resist trying a couple of side dishes. Obviously, the Steak Sandwich needed a portion of fries to go along with (not going to lie, these were dipped in that glorious gravy) and we also opted for the young broccoli, brown butter, hazelnuts which was absolutely delicious too!

Desserts couldn’t have been more summery, and we opted to share, so we could both enjoy all that seasonal goodness. First up was the Kirriemuir strawberry and black pepper pavlova. Unlike pavlovas I’ve tried in the past, this wasn’t the blousey, meringue-y mess which you might expect, but a seriously modern take on the classic. Macerated berries were sweet, and the whipped cream was just perfection. The star of the show was the meringue which was caramelised on the bottom, lending the dish a rich toffee note which was absolutely divine.

The Lemon Posset sounded too good to resist, and it was truly a taste of the summer. The posset itself was silky smooth, with a wonderfully zingy lemon flavour. Super fresh and gloriously indulgent – this was one of those puddings you never want to end. The berries on top were succulent and sweet – balancing everything out perfectly.

Thank you so much to The Printing Press for having us – you can find out more about the restaurant here.

L’Occitane Purifying Mask*


When it comes to weekly rituals, one of my most sacred, has to be my Sunday evenings. With music on and a few candles burning, I get myself ready for the week ahead – to do lists are written, my calendar is laid out, and I treat myself to a face mask. It’s something I’ve done since I was at school, and it lets me get my head around what’s coming up.


The newest addition to my Sunday evening lineup is L’Occitane’s new Purifying Mask – a startlingly green product which leaves skin squeaky clean, and cleansed of any makeup and gunk from the past week. Using the mask couldn’t be easier – just smooth it onto clean, dry skin, leave it for five minutes, massage it into skin, then wipe off with a clean warm, damp flannel.

The result is skin which looks and feels perfectly clean. Unlike other purifying masks I’ve tried, L’Occitane’s doesn’t leave skin feeling stripped or raw. It’s perfect for applying to areas which you want to mattify or exfoliate, and it smells absolutely incredible thanks to the freshly-cut, organic thyme from Provence which is included in the formula.

L’Occitane Purifying Mask is priced at £29 and is available here.

Weleda Skin Food Body Butter


When it comes to summer skincare, keeping everything moisturised feels just as important as sun protection – after all, nothing quite dries out the skin like seawater, chlorine and sunshine. So, in an attempt to avoid ashy elbows and knees, I’ve been on the hunt for a heavy duty moisturiser which will keep skin in top condition.


I’ve already spoken about my love for the original Skin Food formula here, so it felt like a no brainer, when Amazon suggested the body version, and I’m so glad to say I haven’t been disappointed. With the same fresh, slightly zesty scent as the original it’s perfect for the warm weather – but one small caveat. The formula is seriously thick and rich, meaning I do prefer to smooth it on before going to bed – clothes would stick if I applied it in the mornings – but it means I get to wake up to silky skin each morning.

Weleda Skin Food Body Butter is priced at £18.95 and is available here.

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