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When it comes to makeup, I really do like to keep everything as simple as possible. On a daily basis I usually slap on a little tinted moisturiser and call it a day when I’ve applied some bronzer on top. But when I’m going out, and want to look altogether more done, I’ve been relying on my newest gadget.

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I’m not going to lie – flawless foundation thanks to sonic technology, I was more than a little intrigued. The Color Me Pro Edition couldn’t be simpler to use – just saturate the sponge with foundation prior to starting, then apply foundation to the areas you wish to cover.

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Then using the tool, simply blend your foundation in. The sonic vibrations pulse 15,000 times a minute, mimicking the tapping movement used by makeup artists. The result is a smoother, more even veil of makeup than you could ever achieve using your fingers or a sponge. The result is a super natural, flawless finish which stays perfect for hours. Using the Applicator also feels incredible – it’s a gentle little hum, paired with the soft sponge makes it feel like some sort of spa treatment. Confession alert – I’ve even started to apply moisturiser with it!

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The Color Me comes with two sponge heads, as well as a handy little case which keeps everything neat, hygienic and tidy. It’s a fabulous little tool which makes getting makeup artist-worthy makeup an absolute cinch! You can also purchase replacement sponges, allowing you to keep your skin at 100% at all times!

The Color Me Pro is priced at £58 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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As a rule, I shouldn’t be left unchecked in SpaceNK on my own. I promise myself I’m just popping in for a look, and half an hour late I’m skipping out the store clutching a black bag full of goodies. It’s not the worst habit to have admittedly, and it’s allowed me to find some real makeup gems. Case in point? Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Diffused Bronze Light.

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I’ve developed something of an obsession with Hourglass powders (I’ve loved and finished  the original palette and reviewed a more recent one here). So I felt it was about time that I treated myself to a ful-sized bronzer. They’re a thing of beauty – all mirrored packaging and marbled powders, so after humming and hawing for all of two seconds – Diffused Bronze Light was mine.

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There are four shades to choose from, with Diffused Bronze Light being the lightest. All four of the bronzers are marbled, thanks to the mixing of the brand’s iconic Ambient Lighting Powder and the bronzer shade. I really thought that it would give skin a light hint of colour, but this stuff is pigmented.

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When I say use a light hand with the bronzer, I mean it. Honestly, I whacked this on like a regular bronzer and ended up looking not unlike an Oompa Loompa. Now I use the biggest, fluffiest powder brush I can find, literally touch it into the powder and then apply. The effect is a glowy natural looking tan, and since you need so little, I have a feeling that this is going to be a go-to for a good while to come!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzers are priced at £45 each and are available here (UK) and here (US)

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Last week I played hooky from work (kind of) and headed down to Harvey Nichols to get my brows threaded by British Brow Guru Shavata. When I say the appointment was overdue, I’m not exaggerating for impact, or talking about a few stray hairs – I hadn’t touched my brows in a good two months leading up to the appointment, and they were ready for her to work her magic. A few minutes and a couple of feet of thread later I looked like new woman – sleek arches where I’d been a furry mess. It was the perfect time to give YSL Beauty’s Brow Wardrobe a whirl!

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Comprising of everything you need for the perfect arches – YSL offer a range of products which suit every brow and situation. I tend to pick and choose products depending on how quickly I want to get out the door. My most-used has to be the Couture Brow Palette* (£35).

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A chic gold compact containing three buttery ashy-blonde shades as well as dinky little tweezers and a brow brush, this is the no-fail, starter pack which every beauty stash needs. Available in 2 shades (mine is 1 Light Brown, whilst 2 is Dark Brown) these powders are soft enough to blend into your own bespoke shade – I particularly like focuses the lighter colours to the start of my brows, with the darkest shade in the arch and tail.

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All three shades are ashy enough in tone to look natural yet still groomed – and they’re staying power is insane. In the interests of fairness, I gave these a whirl applied only with the provided brush, and left off my regular brow gel. The colour applied smoothly and evenly and it lasted all day long without fading or smudging. The shades can also be used as a shadow if you’re after a cute monochromatic look.

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The Eyebrow Pencil (£21) is probably the quickest in the lineup to use, and it’s pretty much impossible to go wrong with it.

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Prior to starting out, I brush my brows up, then, working from the start of my brows, I fill them in, using short strokes to fake extra hairs. There are four shades to choose from – mine, 04 Ash is the lightest, but they have two browns and a near black for those wishing for a bolder look.

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When I say that the Eyebrow pencil has the perfect texture, I’m not exaggerating. Easy to sharpen with a perfect colour payoff, the formula is firm enough to fake natural looking brows. Then, once I’ve drawn everything in, I brush through my brows again to soften everything up. Ordinarily, I then finish with a lick of brow gel, but even without, the pencil keeps brows looking groomed all day long without smudging or fading.

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Perhaps the most unusual of the lineup is the YSL Couture Brow Marker (£21). Resembling perhaps the glitziest of highlighters (stationery, not makeup) the Brow Marker is like nothing I’ve ever used before.

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After brushing my brows up, I then just draw light feathery strokes with the Marker. It’s surprisingly easy to use – a few quick strokes fakes model-worthy brows, and once this is on it will.not.move. If you’re looking for a product which is as quick to use as it is effective, this one is for you.

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Last up, but certainly not least is the YSL Couture Brow Gel (£22). Available in two shades, the Brow Gel can be used as a lightweight tint, or as a kind of hairspray to keep everything in place.

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What I love about the Brow Gel is how much product you get – the tube is about the size of a mascara tube, and you get a dinky little spoolie to use too! It’s fabulous at keeping unruly brows in check, and it never leaves behind crispy brow hairs. At the weekend I usually just brush a little of the gel rather than using a whole range of products.

What are your favourite products?

 

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When I went to visit Margaret Dabbs’ salon in Alderley Edge (review here) I could not take my eyes off the collection of polishes. Rainbows of every shade imaginable were sprinkled throughout the salon, and each of the colours were prettier than the next.

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Packaged in gorgeous gold-capped bottles, my shades, Peony and Larkspur are absolutely glorious for summer. I love the pink and purple shades – they look fabulous as a mani and pedi combo – especially with a tan!

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The consistency of the polishes is dreamy – it goes on smoothly, and it’s almost opaque in a single coat. Two coats gives the perfect finish – rich colour, fast drying and a serious shine. You can even get away without wearing a top coat if you’re in a rush!

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The polishes’ wear time is also incredible – I got four full days prior to any tip wear, and six days before I had a chip. For someone with nails as awful as mine, this is incredible! I used the polish for a pedicure over a week ago, and they’re still absolutely perfect!

Margaret Dabbs Nail Polishes are £14.00 and are available here.

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When it comes to summer makeup, Bobbi Brown has your back. With a line up filled with perfect bronzers, subtle highlights and juicy glosses, the brand is basically the only thing you’ll want to wear in hot weather.

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Packaged identically to the brand’s iconic Foundation Stick, is the new Glow Stick. Available in a choice of eight shades, ranging from champagne (Beach Babe) to deep eggplant (Island Plum) every skin tone is going to be able to find a Glow Stick to suit!

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Mine, Sunkissed, is a golden-toned tan, which is perfect for adding a subtle beauty glow to both makeup and bare skin. After I’ve applied my regular foundation and a bit of bronzer, a little of the Glow Stick pressed into my cheekbones  gives a believable glow.

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Applied to eyes, it’s a great alternative to cream eyeshadows, and I love the subtle finish. The Glow Sticks have a beautifully smooth consistency, and they can be easily built up if you want a stronger finish. They also last all day long, so if you’re headed out in the evening, you can add some glow in the morning and know it will still be kicking around for after-work drinks.

Bobbi Brown Glow Sticks are priced at £26 and are available here (UK) and here (US)

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What would you say if I told you that you could now buy a serum which was tailored specifically to your skincare needs? No more hovering around beauty counters smearing numerous creams on the back of your hand, no more guessing, and no more half-full pots littering your drawers. Sounds too good to be true, but the stunning Wilmslow MediSpa has made it reality with their new Universkin treatment.

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I popped down to the spa a couple of weeks back to give the whole process a go, and I have to say, I’m absolutely obsessed! The Wilmslow Medispa is one of the few places in the entire country where you can get your hands on Universkin. The spa itself is something of a local hot spot, and it offers a whole range of treatments, from skincare to fillers.

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The spa itself is an absolute dream – all white and crystal, there is even a fish tank underneath the reception desk! IT’s got to be the most glamorous spot to take care of yourself, and I’m already plotting what my next trip will be for!

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My visit was to try out the new Universkin service, and honestly it couldn’t be easier. After sitting down with a cup of tea, I was given a questionnaire. A comprehensive look into every aspect of my skin and my routine questions ranged from how my skin reacts in the sun to which products I use on a daily basis.

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Most importantly, the form asks you what you’d most like to address with your skin – for me, I wanted to tackle hydration and redness. Then the spa whip up a serum which is perfectly tailored to you. It feels seriously bespoke, and I love the way that you can adjust each supplementary bottle depending on the season and how you’re feeling. The whole service only lasts 40 minutes too!

Universkin serum starts at £95 and you can find out more about Wilmslow MediSpa here

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When it comes to beauty trends, I don’t think anything has been more popular than the matte lip. I’ve never properly gotten to grips with the liquid lipsticks which seem to have taken over – they always feel too drying or too gloopy, so when I got my hands on a tube of Le Metier De Beaute’s Moisture Matte Lipstick it felt meant to be!

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Packaged in a chick little dinky bullet, the Moisture Matte Lipstick falls somewhere between balm, stain and regular lipstick. Available in 16 shades which range from nudes to inky violets – there is a colour for everyone.

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Mine, La Vie en Rose is a stunning baby pink. The perfect hint of colour for those days when you want to look natural, but still pulled together, it’s also great for nights when you’re rocking a slightly soccer eyeshadow. Applied straight from the tube, it gives licks an opaque lick of colour, or dabbed on with a finger, it gives a gentler stain.

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With a formula as smooth and comfortable as this one, it’s no surprise that this has quickly become a real favourite. It feels nourishing and smooth to wear, and never feels drying like the other matte formulas I’ve tried.

Le Metier De Beauté Moisture Matte Lipstick is priced at £26 and is available here

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At this time of year, I kind of feel the need to update my daily scent. The light citruses I’ve been wearing all season don’t feel quite enough, but I’m still far away from the heavier notes of my winter perfumes. So when Floris sent over their Night Blooming Jasmine Eau de Toilette, it felt like kismet.

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The perfume feels seriously old school, and similarly luxe. It looks beautiful on my dressing table, and it smells even better! Inspired by a Floris scent from 1906, Night Blooming Jasmine is a lighter way to enjoy a white-flower fragrance.

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When first applied, you get a huge whoosh of jasmine and orange blossom. It’s the perfect day scent thanks to how clean and soapy it feels. It smells clean rather than ‘perfume-y’ and it’s one of those fragrances where people tell you that you smell good, rather than ask what you’re wearing.

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As Night Blooming Jasmine dries down, the notes of gardenia (my all-time favourite) as well as jasmine and narcissus become more noticeable. As the day goes on, you get wafts of white flower, and it smells absolutely glorious. Floris also offers the scent as a Bath & Shower Gel and a Moisturiser – it’s the most decadent way to layer up a fragrance for maximum wear time!

Floris Night Blooming Jasmine Eau de Toilette is priced at £75 and is available here

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When it comes to cleansing balms, I don’t think you can find one much more iconic than Eve Lom’s original. It revolutionised skincare when it came out , and I can remember being baffled at the need for special muslins back when I explored the shelves of Scotland’s original store in Glasgow. Since then I’ve kept a jar of the stuff handy. It’s what I turn to whenever my skin is feeling a little sensitised, and now Eve Lom have released a new version of the stuff – a Gel Balm Cleanser.

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The new take on the balm comes packaged in a sleek pump-top tube. It’s marketed as a lighter version of the classic – an option for mornings, or perhaps post-gym. A single pump massaged into skin with warm water gives the balm a light, milky consistency, and it has the same beautiful herbal scent as the original.

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Unlike it’s older sister, the Gel Balm cleanser doesn’t feel like a ritual to use – it’s faster and easier, and you can use it in the shower. Despite this, it doesn’t feel any less indulgent to use, and skin still feels heavenly. It can dissolve even waterproof makeup, and it’s super moisturising, thanks to its Shea Butter base. It’s such a welcome addition to my skincare regime – and for now, it’s available exclusively at SpaceNK.

Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser is priced at £45 and is available here

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When it comes to bad habits, I am the worst at picking at my fingers. I do it subconsciously; when I’m on the phone, if I’m a bit nervous or stressed or if I’m just not really thinking about it. Ive tried to stop myself – my main line of defence has been regular nail appointments with Buff CS, but on a daily basis, I also like to keep a great hand cream handy.

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My newest favourite is Tisserand’s Neroli & Sandalwood. A nourishing cream which feels rich without being sticky. As you might expect from the brand, the hand cream is filled with pure essential oils which are designed to be both soothing and uplifting. The mix of Sandalwood and Neroli feel like I’m visiting a spa, whilst aloe vera, shea butter and jojoba soothe and moisturise skin.

Tisserand Neroli and Sandalwood The Hand Cream is priced at £7.95 and is available here.

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When it comes to beauty tools, no brand comes close to Tweezerman. I’ve had a few pairs kicking about my makeup bags since before I knew tweezing your eyebrows was a ‘thing’. I’ve gone through hundreds of the designs – I’ve had candy canes, skulls, hearts and even leopards print, but in an effort to feel a touch more adult, I’ve been on the look out for something a little more refined.

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So when I caught sight of Tweezerman’s new Rose Gold Slant Tweezers I knew I had to have them. Brushed metal, these look super sleek, and feel lighter than the tweezers I’ve tried before. They’re super easy to handle, and they make jobs like keeping eyebrows in check an absolute dream.

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If you’re looking to update your toolkit, there is a whole rose gold range which include a magnifying mirror, eye lash curler and even a makeup bag!

Tweezerman Rose Gold Slant Tweezers are priced at £22.95 and are available here (UK) and here (US)

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