Fenty Beauty Pro Flit'r Amplifying Eye Primer

When Fenty Beauty launched their Moroccan Spice Palette (full review here) it seems only right that the brand would couple the release with their new Pro Flit’r Amplifying Eye Primer. After all, with colours as gorgeous as the ones in the palette (hello Evil Genie)  you’re going to want them to last all night long!

Fenty Beauty Pro Flit'r Amplifying Eye Primer

Packaged in the brand’s signature blush matte packaging, complete with forefoot applicator, the primer is colourless so it’s perfect for using on all skin tones. After applying my foundation of choice, I swipe a little of the primer on my lids, then blend with my fingers. The result is a smooth, slightly matte canvas perfect for creating a dramatic smokey eye look.

Fenty Beauty Pro Flit'r Amplifying Eye Primer

The Primer is completely weightless, and has a slight silicon feeling, which allows shadows to sweep on, amplifying colours beautifully. One days when I use the primer, eyeshadows stay looking perfect all.day.long. There is no creasing or smudging. Instead, everything just stays put until it’s time for cleanser!

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I’m never done being impressed by Fenty Beauty. Far from being your typical ‘celeb’ brand, Fenty is producing a whole line of products which have been well though out, and perfected, and the fact that all skin tones can enjoy the products is just incredible.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Amplifying Eye Primer is priced at £18 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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For me, I feel like this summer has been a season of facial mists. I’m not sure I’ve ever relied on a product more, but between priming makeup, setting my face, and cooling down in general, I’ve not been without a bottle of the stuff all summer. My newest acquisition is Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood Essence Mist – a brand new release from the brand which promises to act as a primer, a setting spray, toner and serum substitute. Genius!

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Inspired by Korean Beauty the Essence Mist provides skin with nourishing vitamins that are effectively drawn deep into the skin leading to smoother texture. Due to this, I love applying a light mist of the essence to clean skin, straight out the shower. I’ve also been keeping the bottle in my gym bag, so once I give my face a quick wash after working out, I spritz a little on before smoothing on a light moisturiser.

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For such a refreshing product, the formula packs a serious punch! The appearance of skin is improved by Chronocyclin which encourages cell turnover. The famous Dragon’s Blood soothes, moisturises and replenishes skin, whilst Vitamin B boosts skins elasticity, supports collagen production, and reduces the appearance of uneven skin tone. The Essence Mist also hydrates skin thanks to the Rice Protein which helps to instantly restore and balance dehydrated complexions and improves moisture retention. The Essence Mist feels so cooling and soothing to use, and one of it’s benefits is redness reduction – a must post-cardio!

Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood Essence Mist is priced at £38 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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Everyone loves a good afternoon tea – there’s nothing more indulgent than getting to catch up over tiers of cakes, sandwiches, and if you’re lucky, some bubbles. So when Radisson Collections got in touch to see if I’d like to experience their new vegan afternoon tea, I absolutely jumped at the chance.

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If you’re not familiar with the Radisson Collection, it’s located right in the middle of Edinburgh’s Old Town, and is the only five star hotel on the Royal Mile. Afternoon Tea is served both downstairs in the stunning Epicurean Bar, as well as the Cucina Restaurant, where we were headed.

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Settling in amongst the modern artwork, we popped open the Prosecco, as we pondered tea choices to enjoy alongside the goodies. Working in partnership with Edinburgh-favourite Pumpkin Brown, the afternoon tea is completely vegan, as well as being gluten-free, so if you’re looking to enjoy a leisurely afternoon with someone who deals with dietary restrictions, this is the spot for you!

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Presented with a whole range of delicacies, we didn’t know where to start! As you would expect from an afternoon tea, there are your traditional favourites – scones, cream and jam. All rather remarkably, completely vegan!

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The lower tier was made up of the savoury options – the BBQ Pulled Jackfruit and Coleslaw sandwiches came on gluten-free bread, whilst the vegan quiche was packed full of vegetables. There was also an avocado & cucumber roll as well as a wrap filled with hummus, almonds and oriental vegetables.

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The top tier is piled high with Pumpkin Brown’s signature goodies. There was lemon blueberry cheesecake and raspberry cheesecake to enjoy, as well as a chocolate nut slice and a lemon raspberry tart.

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All of the goodies were enjoyed over copious cups of Star Exlir Tea (as well as prosecco of course!) and we were amazed at the variety on offer, all of which were completely vegan and gluten free. It was such a lovely way to spend a summer afternoon – thank you so much to Radisson Collection Edinburgh for having us!

Vegan Afternoon Tea at Radisson Collection Edinburgh is priced from £25pp and you can find out more here.

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Since it’s Monday, I think we’re all deserving of a bit of a treat, and there is nothing which feels more indulgent than a good whisky. Last week I was very kindly sent a bottle of Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Islay Single Malt (try saying that one three times fast) and it’s the perfect tipple if you’re looking for something to savour during the long warm evenings.

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Relaunched in May of this year, the Port Charlotte 10-year-old is the first permanent introduction of an aged-stated bottling in the brand’s history, and replaces the current multi-vintage Port Charlotte Scottish Barley. Coming packaged in a sturdy green glass bottle, this looks suitably chic on the bar, as well as being a complete dream to drink.

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The whisky is made using only Scottish barley, has been matured in first-fill American oak, refill American oak and refill French wine casks. The result is a drink to be savoured. On first trying it, I was surprised at how wonderfully balanced it is to drink –  it has a noticeable delicacy and softness in texture and style. This is not a drink to be knocked back! Instead, a subtle smokiness works with sweeter notes which come courtesy of the oak barrels the whisky has been aged in. Coconut, vanilla custard, and lemon honey combines with smoked oysters and sun baked salty sand in a drink which is gloriously complex, reflecting the town of Port Charlotte, where it has been matured.

It’s a wonderfully grown-up feeling drink, and it’s been very much enjoyed over the last few evenings!

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Islay Single Malt is priced at £50 per bottle and is available here.

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When it comes to fake tanning, I’m a complete wuss. I’m scared of turning into an Oompa Loompa, and there is nothing worse than sporting the giveaway orange knees and knuckles. So, when I headed through to Glasgow to learn from the St Tropez experts, I would have said the Extra Dark Tanning Mousse was certainly not the product for me. I’m wary when it even comes to sitting beside dark bottles of fake tan, let alone slapping some on.

But after learning about the best ways to prep skin, as well as to apply the tanner, I couldn’t resist giving it a go. After rigorously exfoliating, and adding a little moisturiser to my knees, ankles and feet, I added a few puffs of mousse to a tanning mitten, and applied in upwards sweeping motions, making sure I didn’t miss an inch.

Since I’m so pale, I keep applications to my legs, leaving it to develop for the recommended four hours. The result was a golden tan which looks completely natural. It’s not dried out the skin, or started to look patchy, instead I just look like I’ve been somewhere terribly exotic!

St Tropez Extra Dark Mousse is priced at £34 and is available here.