When it comes to looking and feeling your best, I always find that making sure my eyes are hydrated and de-puffed makes the biggest difference. As someone who works pretty much exclusively from my laptop phone and iPad, by the end of the day, my eyes can feel dried out and seriously tired. It’s because of this that I’m a serious eye cream user – honestly, I’ve been slapping it on nightly since I was about 12, but in the past few years, I’ve really upped my game – using richer formulas which combat dehydration and dryness so I look and feel better each morning.
The D’Alchemy Age-Delay Eye Concentrate is the newest addition to my evening routine – and it’s absolutely perfect if you’re looking for a cream which is rich and soothing. Coming packaged in a chic black glass jar, after cleansing I pat a little of the formula into my under-eye area, then massage what’s left around my brow bone. It feels wonderfully nourishing to use, and I love how it sinks in, leaving my eyes looking brighter and far more rested.
With ingredients including sea algae, damask rose and witch hazel, D’Alchemy’s Age-Delay Eye Concentrate is perfect for sensitive, dry or mature skin looking for a little extra attention. Now that we’re heading straight for autumn (seriously, where is this year going?) this is the perfect formula for combatting dryness brought on by cold temperatures and central heating.
D’Alchemy Age-Delay Eye Concentrate is priced at £42.80 and is available here
When it comes to adding a little drama into my makeup regime, Huda Beauty has it nailed. Her products inject the perfect amount of oomph, without a whole load of faffing around – so they’re perfect if you’re a bit time-poor, since you can apply then forget about them. Recently I’ve been loving playing with a bold lip colour. Usually I stick to a pretty neutral palette, but I’ve been pushing my boundaries – and when it comes to a colour as gorgeous as Huda Beauty’s Heartbreaker – how could you resist?
An absolute dream of a formula, Huda Beauty’s Liquid Matte Lipstick applies opaque from the first swipe. Creamy feeling on the lips, it’s got quite a strong sweet vanilla scent, which sticks around for a little bit. Word of warning, when you’re applying the lipstick – be careful. Huda Beauty isn’t playing around with the formula – since the lipstick is so colour saturated, it stains skin almost immediately, so a steady hand is a must!
Once the lipstick’s on – it isn’t going anywhere for at least five hours. IT’s the perfect choice if you’re heading out for the evening, and I’m obsessed with the bright pinky-red shade. Unlike other liquid lipsticks I’ve tried my lips never felt dried out or parched. Instead Huda Beauty’s liquid lipstick felt pretty much like satin on, and the colour never bled or faded.
Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Heartbreaker is priced at £18 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When the Hourglass team visited Scotland a few weeks back, a group of Edinburgh bloggers were treated to a masterclass featuring a whole host of key products. Between sampling glosses and shadows (did you know the whole brand is entirely vegan?) we got to play with a tonne of key products. As well as being incredibly fun, it was wonderful getting to know the brand’s incredible products – I’d come across one or two in the past, but trying everything from primer to finishing powder has made me a real convert.
One of the products which the team couldn’t have loved more was the Caution Extreme Lash Mascara. After hearing tales about how it would change my life, I’m not going to lie – my expectations were seriously high, and when there was a tube of the mascara tucked into our goody bags, I’m not going to lie – I tried it on in the car!
First off, the packaging of the mascara is unreal. It’s all gold and weighty and it feels seriously fancy – especially when you’re getting ready early in the morning! For everyday, I like my lashes to look dark and defined, but when it comes to getting fully ready, I like my lashes to look a hell of a lot more dramatic – which is exactly where the Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara comes in. When I’m heading for a day of meetings, or going out in the evening, I like a mascara which gives my lashes a real boost. Within a stroke or two, lashes are completely jet black, thickened and elongated. It’s a real false-lash effect, and happily the effects last all day long. There’s no clumping, flaking or smearing, and it lasts through the most intense workouts. I had mine on during an evening spin class, and by the end of the class, there wasn’t a scrap of makeup left anywhere, but my lashes still looked freshly done!
Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara is priced at £25 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
In celebration of Benefit’s BRAND NEW Boi-ing Cakeless concealer, their full coverage liquid concealer that WON’T look cakey – Benefit are delighted to announce their very FIRST Benefit x Deliveroo collaboration, to bring everyone the Benefit Cosmetics CAKE-AWAY for one day only!
For each CAKE-AWAY, a Benefit x Deliveroo rider will arrive at the delivery location, and present the cakes in a bespoke box – however, there will ALSO be a Benefit Cosmetics Senior Trend Artist on hand at every delivery, to shade match the customer for the NEW Boi-ing Cakeless and hand over their FREE concealer! (concealer worth £18.50!)
The stylish Printing Press Bar & Kitchen on Edinburgh’s iconic George Street is ‘brunching out’ with a new offering for diners this August.The new weekend brunch has arrived just in time, as locals and visitors alike search for something delicious before another jam-packed day of Festival shows.
Served on Saturdays and Sundays from 12.30 to 3.30pm, Executive Chef Colin Fleming has created a three-course brunch menu, priced at £28 per person including a glass of Prosecco.
The menu focuses on brunch classics, peppered with produce from Scotland’s natural larder:
Pancakes or waffles with berry compote, maple syrup, whipped Crowdie
Poached Peterhead smoked haddock kedgeree with cauliflower pakora, crispy duck egg
Hot-smoked Scottish salmon, sourdough, chopped free-range egg, Orkney brown crab mayonnaise, caviar
Smoked ham hock, garden pea and Isle of Mull Cheddar potato cake, cherry vine tomatoes, Arran mustard hollandaise
Much-loved favourites—such as Smashed avocado and poached eggs on sourdough, Eggs Benedict and Florentine—also make an appearance, and the sourdough used across the menu is made in-house by new Head Pastry Chef, Dominic Maciocia.
Mains also come with a complimentary side dish from sautéed chestnut mushrooms with tarragon butter to crispy potatoes, bacon and shallots, or just some extra toasted sourdough, smashed avocado or fried eggs. Additional sides are charged at £3.50 per portion. After the main event, diners can indulge their sweet tooth with a dish from the dessert table.