Umberto Giannini Grow Scrub Scalp Scrub

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Over the past couple of months, I’ve really stepped up my hair routine. I’m all about getting my lengths as long and strong as possible for the summer months, and the Umberto Giannini Grow Long line has been a surprising hit. I admit that I’m a bit of a haircare snob, and don’t tend to use too many drugstore products, but after using the Grow Long Tonic (review here) and seeing some real results, I had to give a couple of the other products a shot!

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The Umberto Giannini Grow Scrub is part of the Grow Long range – designed to cleanse the scalp of product build-up which can slow hair growth, with a formula containing caffeine and black algae extract, as well as seaweed and sea salt.

DSC_0847To prevent any damage or stress on hair, the scrub should be used once per week, and you use it instead of shampoo. Like the rest of the Grow Long range, the scrub smells incredible – with a sweet coffee scent which sticks around all day. It’s a vegan and cruelty-free product, so it’s suitable for everyone to use!

Umberto Giannini Grow Long Scrub is priced at £9 and is available here.

Try on: Anthropologie Square Hair Clips

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Ok, so it’s true – I can get ludicrously excited about hair clips. I’ve literally got a bag full of them, and I couldn’t be happier about barrettes having a bit of a moment. They’re a seriously easy way to look like you’ve put a whole lot more effort into your outfit than you actually have, and they make a hasty ponytail look chic and intentional. I’m loving these square tortoiseshell clips from Anthropologie. They feel a bit more grown-up than the average clip, and they can be worn singularly or together, depending on how much of an impact you’re looking to make.

Anthropologie Square Hair Clip Set is priced at £22 and is available here.

Fenty Beauty Poutsicle – Purpsicle*

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When Fenty Beauty rolled out in Boots earlier this month, it was another serious success for the brand. Apparently you’re never more than 10 minutes away from a Boots, so considering you can order online and pick-up in store, it means that the brand can be at pretty much anyone’s fingertips within 24 hours, and when you consider how inclusive the brand is, it feels like a shift in the right direction.

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In addition to getting colour matched to one of the brand’s 40 foundation shades, you can also get your hands on their new and limited edition releases – like the Poutsicle Lipstick collection. A line up of seven seriously punchy shades of juicy colour. Released right in time for summer, the lipsticks are not for the faint of heart (there are two blues in there) they’re gorgeous paired with tanned skin and paired-back makeup.

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Coming packaged in punchy cases which echo their formula colours, the Poutsicles sit somewhere between a lipstick and a gloss. They feel rich and balmy on the lips, and the colour is surprisingly opaque while staying beautifully glossy. Even for someone like me, whose comfort zone remains firmly in the ‘neutral’ zone, you can’t help but love these colours. Will I be heading out rocking a blue lip – probably not, but Purpsicle, or Hot Blooded (a stunning candy pink) patted on the lip feel fun for summer evenings.

Fenty Beauty Poutsicle Lipsticks are priced at £18 each and are available here (UK) and here (US)

Bobbi Brown Ultra-Violet Eye Shadow Palette

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When it comes to makeup products I hoard, eye shadows are right up there at the top. I’ve got boxes of the stuff – most of which is a rainbow of varying shades of taupe. On a daily basis, I rotate between a handful of woody shades, which vary between stone and chestnut, with a shiny finish being the most adventurous I get.

DSC_0279So a palette focused on shades of purple and violet, finished in a variety of high-shine finishes isn’t exactly an obvious choice for me, but honestly, I’m obsessed with it.

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It feels like a departure for the Bobbi Brown brand too, which I normally associate with amplified nudes,  and natural finishes. The Ultra-Violet palette is anything but neutral. It’s a gorgeous celebration of colour – with shadows which are as gorgeous worn during the day, and then easily amped up for evenings.

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A mostly cool-toned selection of shadows, the Ultra-Violet palette feels like an introduction to colour, and I’ve been reaching for it regularly since it arrived, and I just love the mix of finishes in the palette, and the duo-chrome shades feel like they’d be at home in a (much more expensive) Pat McGrath Mothership palette.

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The shadows are soft, and almost creamy in texture, and the glittery ones are most effective when patted onto the lid with a finger. For day look, I love to smudge the light taupe High Fidelity over the lid, with a little Strange Magic (a taupe/violet duo chrome) onto the centre of the lid. If I’m looking for something a little more dramatic, I love blending Violet Hour (the glitter violet) into the lash-line for a little extra glitz.

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White Noise is probably the palette’s dullest shade – you’ll have comparable shades in other palettes, but it’s opaque and creamy, so ideal for a matte highlight or base shade.

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Strange Magic is by far my favourite shadow in the palette – photos do not do this shade a jot of justice. A warm taupe shade shot through with a violet sheen, this absolutely comes alive under lights, and it’s a wonderfully easy way to update your makeup for summer.

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Higher Ground is a warm-toned chocolate brown which almost touches on being Burgundy. Rich and creamy, this is a gorgeous liner shade for a little extra definition around the lash line.

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Electric Plum is a seriously saturated metallic which feels almost like a cream to apply. It smoothes on, and gives a real editorial edge to makeup looks, and it’s like nothing else I have in my collection.

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Violet Hour is another one of the shadows which looks 100 times better in real like than it does in photos. Another chrome finish, it’s dark purple and completely opaque in a single stroke. Absolutely stunning used in a smoky eye – I can’t wait to break this out all summer long!

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High Fidelity is a gorgeously silky finish, which gives lids a subtle gleam of definition – a perfect base for Strange Magic, it’s a workhorse shade which performs really well!

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Twisted Violet is an almost-frosted finish lavender, which for me, is probably the hardest shadow for me to wear. It’s undoubtedly beautiful, but it’s really quite light-toned, so it just feels little weird for me to wear over the lid. I’ve played around with more dramatic purple smoky looks, and it’s lovely in the inner corners as a highlight.

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Lastly is Black Velvet – a perfectly named shadow as it really does look and feel like velvet. Creamy and completely opaque, it’s a really great shadow, and looks absolutely beautiful in the lash line.

Bobbi Brown Ultra Violette Eye Shadow Palette is priced at £36.50 and is available here

Starskin Orglamic Pink Cactus 2 Step Lip Treatment*

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When it comes to facemarks, Starskin make my absolute favourites – they’re super hydrating and an absolute treat to use. Whenever I’m travelling, or the night before an event I’ll always pop one on to keep my skin in as good condition as possible. So, when Starskin sent over their newest release – their Orglasmic Pink Cactus 2 Step Lip Treatment, I couldn’t wait to give them a go!

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Packaged in the most adorable pink jars, the two part set is everything you’ll need for a plump pout all summer long. The duo is part of the ‘Orglamic’ range, which also includes a skin mist, a skin pudding and even masks. So if you’re looking for a summer-ready skincare line up, Orglamic might just be for you!

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The first step in the duo is the scrub. A light, fluffy foam, which is smoothed onto clean dry lips – Starskin has utilised pink Himalayan salt to smooth lips.  Not only does the salt work as an exfoliator, but it also accelerates healing, so if you’ve got any little blisters or chapped lips, this will have them healing quicker than normal.

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Once you remove the scrub (I use a warm, damp flannel) I pat lips dry and then apply a generous layer of the Overnight Lip Mask. It’s the dreamiest, richest, most nourishing balm you can imagine, and I love popping a generous layer of the stuff on every night before I head to bed. It feels rich and nourishing, without being too heavy. The formula is enriched with Murumuru Butter, Sea Buckthorn Oil and Carnauba Wax to repair and deeply nourish the lips, and in the morning lips feel absolutely brand new. On days when I’m working at home, I’ll use the mask too, as it means my lips stay feeling hydrated all day long!

Starskin Orglamic Pink Cactus 2 Step Lip Treatment is priced at £45 and is available here.

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