Azzi Glasser at Harvey Nichols*

Azzi Glasser at Harvey Nichols. 1

Getting a perfume designed to your exact specifications feels like something out of a dream. A pinch of something mixed with your favourite notes of this and that is something that most people can only fantasise about, but for Azzi Glasser, it’s her specialty.

Azzi Glasser at Harvey Nichols. 5

For the past few years, she’s been the nose behind some of the most beautiful perfumes. If you’ve sniffed Agent Provocateur’s scents (review here) or fallen in love with Bella Freud’s perfumes (review here) you’re familiar with Azzi’s work, so you can imagine how excited I was when I found out she was releasing her own line of fragrances.

Azzi Glasser at Harvey Nichols. 4

Working closely with Harvey Nichols, Azzi Glasser has released a beautifully curated line of bespoke perfumes which are available exclusively from the store. So, as you can imagine, when I got the chance to sit down with Azzi a couple of weeks ago to learn more, I jumped!

Azzi Glasser at Harvey Nichols

The opportunity was truly an incredible one – Azzi is the perfumer to the stars, and has created bespoke fragrances for everyone from Johnny Depp to Orlando Bloom, so getting to sit down and listen to her stories behind the fragrances was fascinating. Since I don’t have the £15,000 it costs to create a bespoke fragrance with her, I wanted to hear all about the 11 scents she’s created for Harvey Nichols; each one inspired by a rather glamorous character.

Azzi Glasser C

The fragrances encompass everything from the rather stately smelling Old Books (Stephen Fry is a fan), to the wonderfully sexy Mr. Vetivert (beloved by ladies man Jude Law). Azzi has also included her own signature scent in the form of Sequoia Wood (a very sexy yet wearable blonde wood) in her line up, and I was very kindly gifted a bottle of the fragrance C.

Azzi Glasser C review

According to Azzi, C is worn by Kate Moss, and it is, undoubtedly, the darkest, sexiest scent I own. When first applied, there is a whoosh of rose and blonde woods, but it settles into a rich floral subtly accented with notes of Oudh and vetivert. It’s a scent for debauched evenings and I’m not surprised – the character of the perfume is described as ‘magnetic, confident and edgy,’ and it smell deliciously opulent! Since it’s such an attention grabbing fragrance – a couple of spritzes to my hair, neck and wrists keeps me smelling amazing all evening!

As if the perfumes weren’t beautiful enough, the effort put into the packaging of them is really something special. They come in a black box with resembles a book, complete with red seal. They’re really a thing of beauty, and really reinforce the links between Azzi’s perfumes and the characters she has created them for. Not only that, but if you’re collecting a few (and once you get a sniff of them, you’ll want to begin a collection!) they look incredibly imposing. Once you get inside the boxes, the bottles come in a black pouches which are perfect for popping into your handbag.

Azzi Glasser perfumes are priced at £95.00 each and you can find them here.

Thank you so much to Harvey Nichols Edinburgh and to Azzi Glasser

Harvey Nichols AW2015 Gift With Purchase

Harvey Nichols Beyond Beauty AW15 gift with purchase-2

If you’re anything like me, 99% of all expenditure from now until December 24th will be Christmas-related, and most of it for other people. Thankfully I’m nearly done with Christmas shopping, but Harvey Nichols have just tempted me to give in and treat myself, because from 7th December, if you spend £150 or more in the beauty department, you’ll get this rather generous gift!

Coming tucked up inside an achingly chic Harvey Nichols’ branded burgundy beauty bag is an amazing £267 of the best beauty treats which will see you through the winter. Since they have been hand-picked by Harvey Nichols’ Beyond Beauty team, you know they’re something special!

The goodies include:

  • Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Facial Oil, 10ml
  • Nuxe Crème Fraiche de Beaute 24HR Soothing & Rehydrating Fresh Mask
  • Orgnx Coconut & Macadamia Oil Intensive Repair Treatment
  • Strivectin Advanced Retinol Eye Treatment, 5ml
  • Revitalash High-Def Tinted Brow Gel, 7.4ml
  • Agua De Colonia Body Lotion, 40ml
  • Ole Henriksen Empower Moisturiser, 7ml
  • Bliss High Intensity 24 Heaven Healing Body Balm, 53g
  • This Works Deep Sleep Plus Pillow Spray, 5ml
  • James Read Day Tan SPF 15 Face, 25ml
  • Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, 2.5ml
  • Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer
  • Liquilift Slender Wrap
  • Dr Hauschka Bath Essence, Hand Cream or Clarifying Day Oil
  • Beever Rich Repair Mask
  • Maskeraide All Nighter Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask
  • The Konjac Sponge Co. Original Puff Sponge
  • Moroccan Oil Hand Cream, 20ml
  • Show Beauty Volume Mousse, 176ml
  • Macadamia Shampoo, 100ml
  • Environ Body Starter Kit
  • Swissdent Extreme Whitening Toothpaste, 10ml
  • Mane n’ Tail Hoofmaker Hand & Nail Therapy
  • Blinc Liquid Eyeliner Pen
  • Alvarez Gomez Emulsion Hidrante Body Lotion, 40ml

It’s a seriously luxe gift! You can qualify for one by spending £150 in store or online from the 7th December.

Harvey Nichols Edinburgh & Omorovicza Facial*

Harvey Nichols Edinburgh Omorovicza Facial

Whenever I need to kill an hour or two (and spend far more than I should) I tend to head for Harvey Nichols’ Beauty Bazaar. Occupying a good chunk of the ground level of the Edinburgh store, it’s a one stop shop for pretty much every brand you can imagine, and now there’s a new member of the gang in the form of cult Hungarian skincare brand Omorovicza.

Edinburgh Omorovicza Facial 2

So, to celebrate this new addition to the already stellar line-up, Harvey Nichols and Omorovicza teamed up to offer facials for £50, with the price being redeemable against products bought on the day. I’m a big fan of this type of facial, as it really lets you get a feel for a whole host of products, and having an expert really take time to look at your skin and recommend what would work best for you is pretty much priceless.

Edinburgh Omorovicza Facial 3

So, on Friday afternoon, I was shown up to a treatment room tucked upstairs behind the shoe section, to enjoy one of the best facials of my life! I feel awful, as I can’t remember my therapist’s name, but she had been hand-picked from Omorovicza founders, and as we discussed my skincare routine, she explained that she thought a slightly tweaked Refining and Purifying facial would be best for me and my sensitive skin, and I whole heartedly agreed.

Edinburgh Omorovicza Facial 1

Snuggled up in the fluffiest of white towels, I was cleansed using the brand’s iconic balm (I’ve reviewed it here) and then I got to try out the rather impressive looking Copper Peel. The product is a two-part one, with the green mask applied first, then the activator applied on top. After the gentlest of tingles, I got to enjoy an arm scrub and moisturise. By this point I was close to falling asleep thanks to the mix of pampering and Debussy music, and I was pretty much in heaven. Then, the facial went from great to amazing – the Hungarian facial massage began.

I have no idea what the therapist was doing, but for a good 10-15 minutes, she drummed her fingers all over my face in a way I have never come across before. It was incredible! Apparently it’s a modernised take on a traditional Hungarian technique, and it warms up the skin so the products use penetrate deeply and really get to work. It also works as a lymphatic drainage technique, depuffing the skin and making it just glow in general. After a good amount of drumming, my skin felt silky smooth, and reluctantly, it was time to go. I go to try out Omorovicza’s BB Cream and I have to say – it’s on my wish list. The combination of the most heavenly of facials with the skincare-filled base, meant my skin was absolutely glowing by the time I left, clutching my goodie bag of samples. In the days since my facial (in addition to dreaming about that massage technique) my skin has felt so soft and so smooth!

Thank you so much to Harvey Nichols Edinburgh and Omorovicza

Harvey Nichols Edinburgh – Laura Mercier Masterclass with Trevor O’Keeffe*

DSC_1242

DSC_1056

When I got the chance to spend a Friday afternoon at Harvey Nichols, learning all about Laura Mercier with elite makeup artist Trevor O’Keeffe, you can imagine how fast I accepted the offer!

DSC_1246

Laura Mercier has to be one of my favourite brands! I just love how beautiful the products are, the brand’s ethos of enhancing your features is something I can really get behind.

DSC_1065

DSC_1060

The masterclass was held in the Edinburgh store, and ten of us tucked ourselves away in a corner of the first floor, surrounded by the plushest of winter fashions as we oohed over the newest releases from the brand.

DSC_1377

DSC_1381

Even before getting the chance to sit down, my Laura Mercier wish list had grown by about a dozen items – the most beautiful makeup sets and kits were laid out for us to play with, and I have to say, they are incredible! I got rather carried away taking photographs, but I thought you’d want to make notes for Christmas!

DSC_1062

DSC_1384

So, after lusting after everything on offer, the ten of us, plied with a selection macarons and Harvey Nichols prosecco (which is absolutely delicious) were seated so the class could begin.

DSC_1405

DSC_1397

Trevor started the class by asking Helen to model for him and even without makeup on, she had the most enviable skin and brows! Following the Laura Mercier method of creating a beautifully natural look, Trevor explained that he would create a subtle smokey eye with radiant skin. Since this is the look I aim for most regularly, I couldn’t wait to see the master at work!

DSC_1098

After cleansing the skin with the Perfecting Water Moisture Mist and Infusion De Rose Nourishing Creme Helen was then prepped with the Radiance Primer then she was ready for the makeup lesson to begin.

DSC_1168

Since the lesson was so intimate, we got to ask Trevor questions as the hours progressed, and when he asked whether to use Laura Mercier’s iconic Tinted Moisturiser or something new, we opted for the latter. Getting to see him apply the Silk Creme foundation, which has the brand’s highest level of coverage was mesmerising. Rather than using a handful of tools, Trevor simply pressed the formula into the skin, keeping it looking light and supremely natural.

DSC_1107

Then, a little of the Secret Camouflage and Secret Concealer were applied, to eradicate any shadows or little imperfections. I can’t even tell you how natural the makeup looked – instead of looking made-up, Helen’s skin looked perfect and completely bare! Pro tip – don’t apply your concealers or bases directly around the eyes or around the mouth. Thanks to your skin being thinner, coupled with the amount of movement in the area, formulas can crease, so he recommended just pressing the left overs of your sponge or fingers there for a soft, natural way of covering redness.

DSC_1188

It was at this point Trevor shared another one of his tips – press the tiniest amount of translucent powder onto the face to really set the makeup. I have to admit, on a day-to-day basis, I don’t tend to wear loose powders. It’s a combination of keeping my makeup bag as streamlined as possible, and not really having the time, but after yesterday, I’m getting mine back out. Instead of applying the powder with a large fluffy brush, Trevor instead, using a puff, pressed the tiniest amount of it onto the face, first focusing on the oiliest areas, then onto the cheeks and chin. If you find you need to set your eye makeup, Laura Mercier also have a powder which is specifically designed for that!

DSC_1175

Then, after perfecting the base, Trevor moved onto adding a flush with one of the brands blush. He had a customised palette of colours, which were all as pretty as each other, and then he moved onto a subtle wash of bronzer. Since we’re rather swiftly moving into Autumn, Trevor discussed matching your makeup to the seasons, so using bronzer at the moment should just give skin a warmth, rather than a full-on tan.

DSC_1181

It was at this point there was a break, where we could ask questions, try out new techniques, chat to the lovely Harvey Nichols’ Laura Mercier experts and top up our glasses. After all, all this learning was thirsty work!

DSC_1249

DSC_1265

Next we moved on to creating the smoky eye. Trevor used a technique which is unique to Laura Mercier, called ‘the sunrise.’ It’s a genius idea. Rather than spending hours drawing and blending, you simply start at the waterline of the eye, using a dark Tightline Cake Eyeliner. Then you blend a softer shadow over the lid (Trevor opted for Caviar Sticks in Khaki and Cocoa, although there’s an awesome set of minis available here). It creates a seriously pretty effect which suits all eye shapes, and I love that you can tweak the intensity to suit where you’re off to!

DSC_1300

To balance out the heavier eye, Trevor applied one of the gorgeous lipsticks in an amplified nude shade. I’m such a fan of Laura Mercier lipsticks – the colour selections are insane, and their formulas are perfectly creamy and long lasting. The Lip Glaces are also an awesome option if you’re after some shine!

DSC_1409

Getting to sit and listen to Trevor, watch him at work, and discuss techniques, colours and tips with his was a real thrill! Not only is he insanely talented, but he was so lovely, and his enthusiasm was infectious! Both he and his team in the Edinburgh store are incredibly knowledgeable about not only their products, but what will suit your skin tone, type and even the occasion you’re off to! After Helen was suitably glammed up, I chatted with Trevor about upcoming winter trends, and lips are a big thing! In the next month or so, Laura Mercier will be releasing a Velvet Lip product which will be matte, and highly pigmented. They sound divine, and are the perfect way to achieve a rich lip all autumn and winter.

DSC_1417

As if the afternoon wasn’t heavenly enough, we were all treated to the most fabulous of goody bags. Tucked inside a Laura Mercier makeup bag was a mini Lip Glace, Caviar Stick, Cheek Colour, and Body Butter. It was a fabulous surprise and such a great way to end a really wonderful couple of hours!

Thank you so much to Harvey Nichols Edinburgh, Laura Mercier and Trevor O’Keeffe for a wonderful afternoon!

Harvey Nichols Edinburgh Sunset Yoga with Lululemon and Yogandha Oils*

Harvey Nichols Yoga Event 1

I don’t think Mondays are anyone’s favourite day of the week, but last night Harvey Nichols Edinburgh made it my favourite day of the week with a special Sunset Yoga lesson which was hosted by Lululemon and Yogandha Oils.

Harvey Nichols Yoga Event 2

I’m by no means a yogi, but it’s something that I’ve been wanting to try out, so the opportunity to give it a go in undoubtedly the most glamorous ‘studio’ in Edinburgh was too good to resist! Not only was the evening a chance to enjoy a relaxing session led by Lululemon’s Demelza, but also to meet Sinead the wonderful founder of Yogandha Oils  as well as getting to play with some of her incredible products.

Harvey Nichols Yoga Event 3

After swatching a number of Yogandha’s gorgeous oils, we got started with the yoga class. To make room for everyone, Harvey Nichols had shut down the entire restaurant and brasserie, meaning that instead of looking into regular studio mirrors, we got to look at the sun set over Edinburgh. Stunning doesn’t even begin to describe it!

Harvey Nichols Yoga Event 4

As we transitioned between downward facing dogs and warrior poses, the sky became dark, and Edinburgh Castle lit up. It was a completely magical backdrop to Demelza’s wonderful class which she had designed to promote relaxation and wellness.

Harvey Nichols Yoga Event 6

Taking an hour to really stretch out, relax and concentrate on something as simple as breathing was really wonderful. I definitely felt the benefits, and the fact that we got to keep our amazing Lululemon mats was so incredibly kind! I’ve already laid mine out in the study and loaded up some youtube videos so I can practice at home.

Harvey Nichols Yoga Event

After the yoga session, we got the chance to listen to Sinead Duffy, who isn’t just the mastermind behind Yogandha, but has also taught yoga for 10 years. Listening to her describe how to use aromatherapy to benefit both body and mind was truly inspiring, and her enthusiasm was completely infectious!

Yogandha Oils 1

As everyone passed round the oil rollerballs, we got to try all three blends – Grounded, Uplifted and Balanced as well as the beautiful Body Oils. Very kindly, Sinead gave me a bottle of the Relax Body Oil, so I can’t wait to give it a really good go, and of course, I’ll post a review of it so you can see it for yourself!

Yogandha Oils

Once we had finished sampling the oils, there was a selection of fruit teas and fresh juices to help us rehydrate – and pro tip – if you’re visiting the Forth Floor, check out the Pret a Porter mocktail, it’s delicious! The whole evening was such a great experience, and it really felt like it was something really special! Everyone I chatted to absolutely loved it, and I think a lot of people are hoping it becomes a regular calendar fixture!

Edinburgh Castle at Night

Thank you so much to Harvey Nichols Edinburgh, Lululemon and Yogandha Oils for last night. I had such a wonderful time, and I can’t wait to try out my new mat and oil!

Harvey Nichols Yoga Event

Close Me
Looking for Something?
Search:
Post Categories: