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When it comes to summer beauty, nothing feels more effortless than a new lipgloss. Whether you’re sunning yourself on an exotic beach somewhere, or just want to give your makeup bag a seasonal update, there is nothing easier than grabbing  a new gloss. I couldn’t resist the newest from uber luxe brand Sisley, who have just launched a trio of juicy Phyto-Lip Delight glosses which are just too pretty to resist!

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Available in three summer-perfect shades, you can choose from 01 Cool, a perfect neutral beige (which I’ve also got lined up to review), 02 Pretty, this perfect petal pink shade, as well as 03 Sweet, a warm melon which is just aching to be worn with a tan. I couldn’t resist 02 Sweet, as it looked like the perfect seasonal pink with blue undertones to make sure teeth look super white!

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Packaged in a chic golden tube, Sisley’s Phyto-Lip Delights feel like the perfect gloss. Not only do they look super glamorous rolling around in your makeup bag, but on the lips the Phyto-Delights feel gloriously balmy, without a hint of that sticky, gloopy feeling you get with most glosses. Instead lips look plumper, with a subtle pink sheen.

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Yes, the gloss, as you might expect, isn’t the longest-wearing piece of makeup in my arsenal, but when the packaging is as pretty as this, I don’t mind reapplying on the go! Layered up you can achieve quite an opaque pink, but I like mine worn as a sheer wash of colour.

Sisley Phyto-Lip Delights are priced at £37 each and are available here (UK) and here (US)

OnePlus 6 - Red

When it comes to technology, I can be a bit of a nightmare. I’m really particular about the  way I like things to perform, to look and even to feel when I’m using them. As a result of this, I waver over every purchase in case something just doesn’t feel right. So, when OnePlus got in touch to see if I’d like to give their OnePlus 6 phone a spin, complete in the racy red edition, I was thrilled.

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Taking the OnePlus 6 out the box, I was stunned at how good the phone looks. A similar size to the iPhone 8 Plus, but a little thinner, this phone practically glows thanks to the six panels of glass which make up the back of the OnePlus 6 Red. With this colour, they have also added an additional anti-reflective layer to create a sense of depth by allowing more light to reach the bottom layers before being reflected off the device. The result is a phone which shimmers and shines in light, and looks as good as it feels to use.

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As an absolute android newby, I had been a little worried about how I’d find using the phone, but it couldn’t be simpler. Thanks to the glass front and back, the phone is largely spill proof , and it even charges fully within half an hour. The phone itself is all screen at the front, and the back has a handy fingerprint sensor as well as a vertically aligned dual-lens camera. Thanks to the newly available ‘Portrait Mode’ the camera can add DSLR-style depth of field – perfect for snapping away all those Instagram pictures! The camera also can record for longer periods than most phones, so if you’re a big stories user – or you’re wanting to dabble in InstagramTV, this is the phone for you!

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The OnePlus 6 is also gloriously fast to use – there is no waiting around while programmes load up. Instead a quick tap and everything is raring to go. Adding apps from the Google store is absolutely painless, and I’ve loaded up everything from Spotify to Facebook, so they’re all available at a single touch. Since the phone is an android, it’s also perfect if, like me, you’re a gmail fiend. My work email is a Gmail account, so it syncs in seamlessly with the OnePlus 6 calendar system, meaning I never forget about a meeting or phone call, and don’t have to add events in multiple systems.

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What’s impressed me most about the OnePlus 6 though, is all the extra little details not found on other devices. First off there is a headphone port (cue angels singing) which means my time buying multiple other phones is well and truly over. Not only this, but the facial recognition allows you to to unlock the phone simple glance at the screen. There’s also a reading mode which gives the screen a Kindle-style appearance (perfect for taking to the beach) as well as gaming mode which brings a notification-free and faster experience. You can also remove the virtual home and back buttons at the bottom of the screen – which can then be replaced by gestures.

The phone is an absolute powerhouse of a device, and it’s perfect to use both for work, and for personal use. It’s also incredibly affordable – the phone starts at £559 and is available here.

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When Glossier launched a couple of years ago, I’m not going to lie, I rolled my eyes, marked it as a publicity stunt, and kept scrolling. Then I saw the pictures of models wearing the products – heard the ‘skin first’ mantra, then promptly fell in love. I had to then wait until they began shipping to the UK, and since October, I’ve slowly been building up my collection.

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The product I swayed over the most was the Skin Tint. Available only in a handful of shades, it’s not your normal tinted moisturiser. In fact, I’m not sure this even really counts as makeup – this is the sheerest formula you can imagine – more a veil than anything else.

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For best results I’ve been squeezing the skin tint directly from the bottle onto my face – a stripe down my nose, across my cheeks and on my chin and forehead. Then I get to work blending with my fingers. The result is skin which is gently evened out, and beautifully glowy. For sure, this isn’t for anything other than good skin days. It doesn’t cover blemishes, but it just makes skin look prettier.

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Once blended, I then top with a little of Glossier’s Stretch Concealer (review here) then finish off with a little bronzer. It makes the perfect easy ‘weekend’ beauty look, and I love it for how easy it is to use. If you’re looking for a new base, which won’t cover summer freckles – this is the tint for you!

Glossier Skin Tint is priced at £20 and is available here.

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Since the temperatures have been climbing up, I’ve been craving a bit of a tan. Not only that, but just over a week ago I headed through to Glasgow to learn about all things bronzing with tan icons St. Tropez. So, this weekend felt like the perfect time to give one of my newest acquisitions a go – the Purity Bronzing Water Foam.

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Designed to give the body a natural-looking glow, without staining sheets or smelling biscuity, the Purity range feels like fake tan for people who don’t really like the faff surrounding regular tanners. Using the Purity foam couldn’t be easier. After a good exfoliation in the shower, I applied a few pumps of the foam to one of St. Tropez cleansing mitts (here) then began application from the feet up.

Rather than the usual digestive scent which normally accompany bottled tan, Purity has a light, tropical scent which feels very holiday-appropriate! I’ve been applying it in the evenings, so once it’s dry, I can hop into bed, and let the tan develop overnight (although you can pop clothes on over the top, as it doesn’t stain and develops within four hours). The following morning, it looks like I’ve been away somewhere terribly glamorous, and the upkeep has been minimal too – just a little buffing and moisturising each morning has kept the tan looking natural, and I’m just in love with the natural result!

St.Tropez Tan Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse is priced at £31 and is available here.

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With the UK in the midst of another heatwave, my attentions have firmly turned on ways to keep my makeup in place for as long as possible. Even though I don’t wear a tonne of makeup on a daily basis, what I do put on, I want to stay in place, which is exactly where Bobbi Brown’s Primer Plus Radiance comes in.

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A super lightweight formula, which effortlessly sinks into skin, I apply a pea sized amount over moisturiser each morning. Since the primer contains an SPF of 35, it means I can reduce the number of products I need to apply each morning, and it’s shell pink colour perks up skin, making it look healthy.

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Thanks to ultra-fine ground pearls in the primer – it truly is an Instagram filter in a tube! Once it’s on, I apply my tinted moisturiser and concealer as normal, finishing everything off with a quick swipe of bronzer. Throughout the day, the primer keeps skin looking picture-perfect all day. I’m not sure how it does it, but even as the temperatures rise, the primer keeps makeup looking freshly applied. It’s the perfect summer beauty hack!

Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Radiance SPF35 is priced at £24 and is available here (UK) and here (US)