TempleSpa Truffle De-Light Hydra Gel Moisturiser*

It’s right about now that I start wanted to Spring Clean my entire life. Drawers and cupboards are getting gutted as we speak, and I’m asking myself if everything I own ‘sparks joy’. I love the feeling of completing a serious clear out, and the same way I’ve popped winter sweaters to the back of the cupboard, I’ve refreshed my skincare regime. I’ve popped my richest, heaviest creams in my night box, and I’ve been reaching for lighter formulas for day use.

Right in time for this seasonal refresh is TempleSpa’s newest release – Truffle De-Light Hydra-gel Moisturiser. A lighter version of the brand’s iconic Skin Truffle moisturiser, the hydra-gel formula delivers hydration and nourishment to skin, without ever feelings heavy or overwhelming. Perfect as the temperatures start to rise, the formula is beautifully lightweight, yet still delivers a perfect amount of glow. With an ingredients list which features truffle, rose quartz and Happybelle-PE™ which helps to brighten dull, lacklustre skin, the Truffle De-Light feels like the perfect spring and summer moisturiser. You only need a single press per application, and the gel leaves skin feeling perfectly cooled, smooth and perfected. TempleSpa call it a drink for the skin, and I couldn’t agree more!

TempleSpa Truffle De-Light is priced at £90 and is available here.

Fenty Beauty Eaze Drops*

When it comes to Spring and Summer beauty choices, less is most definitely more. I can’t think of anything worse than wearing heavy formulas as the temperatures increase, and I think it looks bizarre to see full faces of makeup in bright daylight. Instead, I love formulas which are almost invisible, leaving you looking like the very best version of yourself, and that’s where Fenty Beauty’s Eaze Drops come in.

Packaged in an easy to use, squeezy bottle, you only need a tiny amount of the Eaze Drops to look your very best. Designed to blur skin, with a natural yet perfected finish, I’ve found myself reaching for the drops every time I’ve got a Zoom scheduled. Applied with fingers over moisturiser, I love the fact you can build a little extra coverage where you need it, but it never feels like it’s too much. Finished off with a sweep of bronzer, the Eaze Drops stay in place all day long, and they really do leave skin looking its best. Available in 25 shades, there’s one there for most skin skintones, and it’s a perfect choice if you’re looking to update your makeup bag for the season.

Fenty Beauty Eaze Drops are priced at £25 and are available here (UK) and here (US)

Harvey Nichols Edinburgh Reopens

This week has certainly been a great one – on Monday, for the first time since Boxing Day, non-essential retail, as well as hospitality was allowed to re-open, and to say I was excited was a serious understatement. There was only one option for my first port of call – Edinburgh’s Harvey Nichols. I hadn’t been in since before Christmas, so I couldn’t wait to see all their gorgeous Spring-Summer 21 collections.

The store’s second floor plays host to Premium Fashion, and I could spend days mooching around and looking through all the rails. With brands like Stella McCartney, Moncler and MaxMara, there’s something for everyone.

Whether you’re after something that’s bang on trend, or if you’d rather invest in a classic, there’s so much to choose from, and up on the third floor, I fell absolutely in love with the brand People’s Republic of Cashmere. A selection of real wardrobe staples, the understated sweaters are now top of my wish list.

It’s not just about the clothes though, the Forth Floor has its own Pad Lifestyle pop up, along with swish bar, and gorgeous Restaurant and Brasserie (top tip – head for supper around sundown to enjoy some of Edinburgh’s best views). On the ground floor, you’ll find a swoon worthy Gucci concession, as well as a selection of the most lustworthy bags you can imagine. Whether you’re after a Celine, Saint Laurent or even a Loewe.

Obviously I spend most of my time oohing over the new beauty bits every time I pop in. As a welcome back gift, I was very kindly gifted a voucher to spend in-store, so couldn’t resist a trip to the La Mer counter. Their original moisturiser has been a long-time favourite for me, and I’ve been eyeing up their Skin Tint all spring, so it was such a treat to be able to pick up a tube.

If you feel like you’re in need of a bit of a post-lockdown refresh, then the store’s Personal Shopping team are offering 1:1 complimentary stylist appointments to anyone who downloads the Harvey Nichols Rewards app in the first two weeks of opening (subject to availability).  It’s a genius idea, and if you don’t already have the app, you should! You get fun gifts every quarter, as well as amazing perks like free coffees, early sale access and even complimentary tailoring!

Innersense Detox Mask*

When it comes to hair masks, I feel like I’ve tried them all. From hydrating to balancing and everything in between, I tend to reach for them two or three times a week to try and keep my ends in check. Over the past few months, I’ve really stepped up my regime. I’ve ditched silicones, and I’ve been trying to keep everything as natural as possible, which is where Innersense comes in.

I absolutely fell in love with their Hydrating Hair Masque late last year, so when I caught wind of their Detox Mask, I couldn’t resist giving it a go. It’s the only product of its type I’ve come across – designed to gently yet effectively purify ends, it’s a pre-shampoo treatment which you only need to leave on for 5-10 minutes.

The ingredient list is designed to be seriously effective – kaolin, glycerin, organic vinegar and charcoal powder are all included to cleanse hair whilst precious oils and butters work to strengthen, smooth and rehabilitate stressed ends. It’s one of the only cleansing treatments I’ve tried which I don’t need to follow with a tonne of conditioner – so hair is left feeling perfectly balanced.

Innersense Detox Mask is priced at £28 and is available here

The Heritage Store – The Palma Christie Castor Oil & Lavender Castor Oil*

When it comes to things I’ve missed over lockdown, eyebrow appointments are seriously high on the list. I’ve not touched mine since before Christmas, and whilst I’ve (secretly) enjoyed the process of growing them out (because everyone looks better with a thick structured brow) I do desperately need a good tint, as although my brows grow in quite decently, as I’ve gotten older, they’re paler than they used to be.

So, in an effort to get my brows in the best shape of my life, literally, I’ve been incorporating Castor Oil into my daily regime. Each night after cleansing, I take a clean spool brush, dip it in the Castor Oil and swipe it through my brows in an upwards direction, and leave it to work it’s magic overnight. It’s long been said that Castor Oil can help encourage hair growth, as well as deeply hydrate and nourish dry skin. A few drops of the Lavender Castor Oil is all you need for a spa-like massage, as not only does it feels super indulgent, but it’s incredibly relaxing too. Over the past week or so, I’ve also been experiencing some dry patches of skin, and a few drops of the unscented has absolutely worked magic in keeping everything soft and hydrated!

Heritage Store Castor Oil is priced from £6.99 and is available here.

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