MoroccanOil Glimmer Shine*

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When it comes to summer hair, I love looking like I’ve not tried too hard. I let go of the straighteners (a bit) and try to embrace a little texture. So, even though my hair isn’t as straight as it is in colder weather, I like it to still be as shiny and as healthy looking as possible.

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That’s where MoroccanOil’s Glimmer Shine comes in. Packaged in a handy little spray bottle, the Glimmer Shine adds serious lustre without weighing hair down or leaving it looking greasy. After blow drying and lightly straightening my hair, I apply a touch of my regular serum and then finish with a spritz of the Glimmer Spray.

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If you’ve got hair that’s on the finer side, you can spray the Glimmer Shine onto a brush or your hands, and sweep through ends. Anything thicker, you can spray it directly onto ends and then brush through. The product itself feels weightless, and it leaves ends super soft as well as shiny.

MoroccanOil Glimmer Shine Spray is priced at £19.95 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

 

Foreo Luna Play*

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A few weeks back it was time to cash in my Harvey Nichols points (if you don’t have their loyalty app yet, you need to download it now), and rather than opt for my regular vouchers, I thought it would be fun to get  Foreo Luna Play instead. I’ve been a little baffled by these silicon-y brushes ever since they launched, so I couldn’t resist a freebie!

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The ‘Play’ is designed to be a smaller, more portable version of the original Luna. With silicon bristles which are said to be more hygienic than regular face and body brushes. The device promises glowing skin through sonic pulses and gentle exfoliation. It’s also, in a way, disposable. The battery lasts for around 100 uses, but isn’t rechargable. On an sustainable level, it’s pretty annoying – there is no way that this will be ‘done’ in 100 uses, but you have to chuck it out anyway. But apart from that, I’ve been impressed.

The play does feel quite hard when pressed on the skin, but when used with a foaming cleanser and lots of water, you can really see formulas froth and foam up, leaving skin feeling super clean without feeling stripped. The shape of the ‘Play’ is easy to use, and gets into awkward spots like around my nostrils easily. I’ve been using it pretty regularly since picking it up, and it’s a cute little addition to my regime. It also comes in a rainbow of colours which are all super cute!

Foreo Luna Play are priced at £29 and are available here (UK) and here (US)

A New Venture for Cricketer’s Inn

The start of 2017 saw successful inn group, Cricketer’s Inn add to their collection of boutique properties with the acquisition of Giggleswick’s Harts Head Inn. In the months since the Inn has benefited from over £200k in refurbishments, with improvements made to the kitchen, bar and restaurant.

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Hart’s Head Inn – Post Refurbishment

The inn has seen more than physical transformations, with a new head chef – Matt Adamson, who previously headed the kitchen at the groups’ lauded Plough at Lupton. Taking over from Matt at his previous post is the new head chef at the Plough, Robert Stacey, ex-Le Caprice, Galvin at Windows and latterly responsible for the superb reputation of the Castle Dairy in Kendal.

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Hart’s Head Inn

In addition to The Plough at Lupton, The Cricketer’s Inn has acquired the popular and CAMRA award winning craft beer hostelry, The Crown and Kettle in Manchester, which is also undergoing significant renovations at present.

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Hart’s Head Inn 

2017 looks like it is set to be prosperous year for the group and they are looking forward to welcoming guests to all three of their stunning venues this summer.

You can find out more about The Plough at Lupton here

 

 

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blush*

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I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I feel like we’re hurtling into summer, so I’ve been in a bit of a mad dash to find products to update my beauty bag in time for early summer. I’ve been in the mood to add a little bit of subtle colour into my regime to lighten everything up, and I don’t think that you can get prettier than Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Liquid Blush.

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Packaged more like a paint or pigment, using the blush couldn’t be easier. Just shake the bottle vigourously, dot a little of the formula on to the apples of my cheeks and blend. What’s magical about this blush is the formula. Unlike most of its powdery competitors, Daniel Sandler’s offering never looks heavy or cakey. You can make it as subtle or as noticeable as you like, and it never feels sticky or greasy.

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I have Rose Glow which is a stunning warm tone shot through with gold microshimmer. It’s my secret weapon for mornings when I’m feeling a bit ‘blah’ as it really perks up my makeup. After applying my foundation and shaking the bottle, I dot a little of the formula on my apples and cheekbones and then blend with a Beauty Blender.

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I usually keep it super sheer and subtle, but if you’ve got a deeper skintone than me, or if you’re looking to acheive a stronger look, just dot a little more on and blend again. The colour lasts all day without smudging or drying out. It also give skin a fabulous radiance, which means you don’t even need to bother with a highlight!

Daniel Sandler Watercolor Blush is priced at £15.50 and is available here

A Night in the Pavillion Suites at Archerfield*

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Over the past year or so, I’ve fallen more than a little bit in love with North Berwick. It’s an area which is breathtakingly beautiful, with an old-school seaside feel, but the jewel in the crown has to be the Archerfield Estate.

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As I’ve mentioned before, I (mistakenly) thought it was more of a wedding venue than anything else. But with one of Scotland’s best spas and a golf course which looks incredible, it’s actually the perfect place for a luxe weekend away!

There are a tonne of activites to enjoy whilst you’re staying at Archerfield – of course there is the fabulous Fletcher’s Cottage (you can read my review here), but there is also a fully equipped gym cottage which was filled with all my favourite machines and killer.

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There is a host of accomodation choices at Archerfield – you can enjoy luxurious country house surroundings of Archerfield House itself. Bedecked with crystal chandeliers, original artwork and the most glorious architecture, this is just the choice if you’re looking to celebrate something big with friends and family. Then there are a few cottages which sleep up to eight people, so again, fabulous for bigger families or those who need a little extra space. There is also a cluster of lodges which sleep up to four, so they’re perfect for families who want a little extra space.

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We were in the Pavillion Suites which are perfect for smaller gatherings. Sleeping two, our suite was absolutely glorious, and fitted out with a breakfast table, comfy sofas and even a little kitchenette.

Stocked with essentials like tea, coffee and wine it meant we didn’t need to venture out to find breakfast in the morning, and it was the perfect place to enjoy a lazy evening in. There are dining options available at the Club House on-site, but were couldn’t resist the newly re-opened Lobster Shack in North Berwick, so we popped out and came back to the suite laden with lobster and chowder.

The room itself was absolutely glorious. At least triple the size of regular hotel rooms, we had more than enough room to kick back and relax on the sofa, and I was able to spread out all my computer bits on the table too. The wifi and Sky TV were also faultless, and meant working away for an hour or two was an absolute breeze.

Like Fletcher’s Cottage, our bathroom (which came with both a roll top tub and rainfall shower) came stocked with Aromatherapy Associates goodies, as well as the pre-requisite fluffy towels and robes.

The beds deserve their own special mention. Big puffs of things, they were, without a doubt the most comfortable beds I’ve maybe ever slept in. Not too soft, not too hard (no, I’m not Goldilocks) these were absolute havens, and I have to say, getting up in the morning was nigh-on impossible!

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I should also mention that the views that you get in the Pavillion Suites are pretty sublime – getting to go to bed with this view outside was incredibly special!

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Pavillion Suites start at £185 per night.

Thank you so much to Archerfield House for hosting us!

Skinfix Nourishing Cream*

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Even though we are (hopefuly) heading straight into summer, my skin can sometimes feel like it’s mid-winter. It’s sesitive, dry and prone to redness, so I do everything possible to keep it calm and hydrated.

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Creams which suit my skintype are usually horribly expensive, as many are targeted to an older demographic, so I was over the moon to try SkinFix’s Nourishing Cream. Packaged in a cute litte pump-top jar (yay for hygeine) this cream performs like a seriously premium product, just without the scary pricetag!

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Using the cream couldn’t be simpler. After cleansing in the morning, and patting on a little Essence to dry skin, I just smoothe a pump or two on the lotion onto my skin and massage in. The cream feels soothing and hydrating, but without being overly greasy or sticky. It disappears into skin, leaving it perfectly primed for foundation or BB creams, and the feeling lasts all day. It’s also a great night cream for oily-to-normal skintype who need some lightwieght hydration.

SkinFix Nourishing Cream is priced at £18.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Ciate Dewy Stix Luminous Highlighting Balm*

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So it’s fair to stay that highlighters have become a serious piece of makeup kit. It was only a few years ago I bought my very first one, and they have become shinier and shinier in the months that have followed. To be honest, I love a good highlight – I love the ones which give a subtle gleam in the light rather than the ones which give you a metallic shine.

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I want my highlight to look like I’ve been living on green juice for a while, rather than layering on the product, and Ciate have come up with the perfect solution in the form of their Dewy Stix. A colourless balm gives skin a buildable level of shine without any stickiness, tackiness or sparkle.

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The crayon packaging means that application couldn’t be easier. For day-levels of sheen, I dot a little around the tops of my cheekbones and temples and blend in. But if I want to look a little glowier – I swipe it over my eyelids for a glossy finish, and add a little to the bridge of my nose. It has been released right in time for summer, so if you’re wanting to look beach ready – even if you’re nowhere near the ocean, this is the easy way to fake it!

Ciate Dewy Stix is priced at £22 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

QVC Tili Box*

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Ok, I feel like I’m seriously behind the times, but did you know that QVC has a seriously impressive beauty line up? Like awesome-good? No, me neither, and honestly? We’ve been missing out! The channel stocks brands which are the stuff of dreams – Benefit, Margaret Dabbs and Erno Lazlo are all in there alongside hard-to-find favourites like Tarte.

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In something of a stroke of genius, QVC have released a beauty box which is stuffed full of products you’re basically guaranteed to fall in love with. The name of the box – Tili – even stands for ‘Try it Love it.’ And honestly, the contents are better than any other beauty box I’ve ever seen – with a balance of skincare, makeup and haircare with generous samples which are perfect for tucking into gym and overnight bags. This is a beauty box you should definitely treat yourself to!

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First up is the OPI nail polish in Two Timing the Zones. I’ve managed to forget to take a close up of it (oops). But it’s a new shade which is part of the brand’s 2017 Fiji collection. A blue-based milky pink, this one is absolutely dying to be a summer pedicure! Shades vary in the boxes, but it’s a full size, and one of my favourite polish brands!

The bottle of Alpha H in Liquid Gold Rose is a generous sample size of a limited edition formula. Promising to hydrate and resurface skin, it’s perfect for creating a summer glow. To use, after cleansing, I dampen a cotton pad with the formula and swipe over my entire face. It doesn’t sting or itch, and after leaving it on for 10-15 minutes, I follow up by slapping on a little moisturiser.

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There is a shampoo and conditioner duo from New York City hairdresser Julien Farel, which is perfect for summer-stressed ends. With a shampoo designed to fortify ends, whilst the conditioner nourishes and smoothes ends. This is a must-have pair to keep hair looking its best all season long.

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Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara has been kicking about for a few years now, and I’ve been meaning to try it, but for one reason or another, never really got round to picking up a tube. Well, more fool me. This stuff is incredible! Super black and seriously lengthening, this mascara is something of a magic wand for lashes, and I’m going to be picking up a full sized version asap!

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I was so happy to see this tube of Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser included in the Tili box! Coming complete with muslin, this is a real favourite of mine. The cleanser smells absolutely diving – all herbal and spa-like – and it leaves skin looking and feeling incredible.

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I probably got over excited about the tube of It Cosmetics CC Cream. It’s been seriously lauded by a handful of bloggers (people like TheAnnaEdit swear by the stuff) and I’ve never seen it in stores. Although the included shade (medium) is a touch deep for me at the moment, it will be perfect once I’ve got a bit of a tan! Lightweight with buildable coverage, this is perfect for achieving a luminous, natural look.

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In a stroke of genius, QVC have included a must-have for summer in the form of sunscreen. SPF 30 from Ultrasun is perfect if you’re heading off to warmer climes – big enough to slip into hand luggage without breaking liquid-roles, this is one of the few sunscreens which doesn’t make me break out or itch.

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There is also a tube of Vita Liberata Ten Minute Tan. Suitable for use on both face and body, I’m cracking this out this weekend to fake a summer glow. Like all tanners from the brand, this one leaves skin looking believebly sunkissed rather than tango’d, and it never leaves you smelling of bisuits. Even better? You only need to leave it on clean skin for 10 minutes before rinsing for an even and believable tan.

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Last up, is certainly not least! A double cleansing duo from Erno Lazlo. No joke, but I’ve been dying to try products from this brand for years. It’s a dinky little pack which I’ve already slipped into my travel bag for my next trip. A tiny cleansing oil to gently cleanse skin, whilst the teeny tiny soap gets rid of any oily residue, and leaves skin squeaky clean without feeling taught.

This is an absolute steal at £20 and you can get your own here.

Will you be treating yourself?

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask*

When it comes to beauty gadgets, I love a good one. I think it’s amazing how much brands have come along, and the fact that you can now give yourself a salon-worthy treatment at home will never get old. So, when I saw that Neutrogena were releasing a Light Therapy Mask, I couldn’t resist!

The mask comes as-is in the box, and using it couldn’t be easier. All you do is slip the mask on, push down the button and relax for ten minutes. The mask has a mix of red and blue lights which work together to effectively fight acne in a way which won’t irritate sensitive skin.

Neutrogena recommend that the mask be used every day for a ten minute period to clear up and prevent acne. It’s a surprisingly simple solution for a problem which can really be debilitating, and the fact that it’s so easy to use is a real lifesaver!

The mask is super lightweight and comfortable to wear, and even though the lights are super effective, they’re really gentle on skin. After continued use, any signs of those sore, under the skin spots I sometimes get are completely gone!

Neutrogena Light Therapy Mask is priced at £59.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

 

Perricone MD Pre:Empt Daily Foaming Cleanser*

As someone who has been obsessed with all things beauty since about the time I could talk, one of the main issues I come up against is formulas designed for people who are much, much older than me. It’s all well and good having preventative skincare, but I’m still in my twenties. I don’t really need lotions and potions which firm and lift skin. I need products which combat pollutants, stop wrinkles from forming in the first place and generally keep everything ticking along nicely. So I think I may have squealed when I heard about the Perricone MD Pre:Emt Series. A line of skincare formulated for those of us in that tricky spot of trying to keep young skin looking its best.

The Daily Foaming Cleanser is a real stash staple. I’ve been using it every morning and night to keep my skin clear of makeup and pollutants. The formula relies on Dr. Perricone’s proprietary Nrf2 antioxidant support complex – a seriously potent blend of ingredients to support skin’s natural ability to address oxidative stress, environmental aggravators, and aging.

It’s a real workhorse of a product which makes short work of any sort of makeup, and you only need the tiniest amount of the stuff to really get a good ‘foam’ going. It’s one of those cleansers which really leaves your skin feeling super clean, without heading into the stripped territory.

It also works really well if I’m using a Clarisonic or Foreo device as the pulses seem to make it even frothier and foamier! I’m such a fan, and it’s made me absolutely desperate to try out more of the product line!

Perricone MD Pre:Emt Daily Foaming Cleanser is priced at £29 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Chopard Happy Hearts at Laing, Edinburgh

When it comes to jewelry, I’m a bit of a minimalist. On a daily basis I wear a lone gold chain which I’ve not taken off since I was about 14. I bought it on holiday, and we’ve together ever since. If I’m feeling particularly fancy I throw on some diamond studs and my watch and we’re good to go. But recently I’ve taken a bit of a fancy to treating myself to something new and a little bit fun.

So when I say that Laing Edinburgh were launching the Happy Hearts Collection from Chopard, I think I fell in love! The pieces bring together the brand’s signature hearts and mobile diamonds (super fun to play with if you’re a figiter) and are the perfect mix of sleek and whimsical.

The range starts at £1220 and I’m finding it super difficult to choose! You can find the whole collection here