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Submitted by Sarah Tolan on Mon, 2014-02-10 20:00
A while back it was announced the hair brand Percy & Reed was going to be available in Edinburgh’s John Lewis store; an announcement that made me very happy indeed. You see, this particular hair brand does one of the best shampoo and conditioner combos for girls like me with fine hair. Read more about Fine hair goes big thanks to Percy & Reed
Submitted by Sarah Tolan on Mon, 2014-02-03 19:20
Ask women their beauty wish list and having flawless skin is likely in the top five irrespective of age or skin type. It is the holy grail of beauty that we search for and in our bid to achieve this look we buy all manner of lotions and potions, rubbing everything from sheep's placenta to injecting who knows what into our skin.
Foundations and other base products are the cherry on the cake. They can pep up our skin, disguising a multitude of skin sins in their wake. However, get a foundation wrong and it will stand out a mile off.
Now, there are plenty of NARS products I love, but when it comes to bases this is a brand I haven't really had much experience of. This month, however, I’ve been rectifying that using the NARS Cream Compact Foundation (£28). It launched last September and is the latest foundation product from the hip beauty brand which is led by François Nars.
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Read more about Flawless skin with NARS foundation
It gives medium to full coverage although you wouldn't know it due to the product's lightweight consistency. It feels almost like velvet to touch and seems to just melt onto skin so it doesn't look mask-like or heavy. In fact, I’ve found it gives a dewy finish whilst being the perfect product for decent coverage. And the shade choice is jaw-dropping with some 20 shades to choose from. And on top of all that, this foundation is trying to be more environmentally friendly with the compact and the foundation being sold separately. That way rather than throw it away, the compact is simply refilled; a practice common in Asia.
Speaking about how the Radiant Cream Compact Foundation differs from existing NARS foundations, Francois says,
Submitted by Sarah Tolan on Thu, 2014-01-16 15:22
MAC's new Masterclass Brush Collection is the kind that make you want to slap your forehead and say but of course! The reason? When you see the brushes - and use them, it's just so bleeding obvious this is how makeup brushes should be it makes you wonder why we didn't think of it before now.
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Submitted by Sarah Tolan on Wed, 2014-01-15 16:01
Fruity, woody, sweet and floral - not a 21st Century reworking of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs but just some of the best ways to describe the latest candle collection from classy brand, Jo Malone.
It's called Just Like Sunday and is the work of the style editor - and all round super cool woman - Charlotte Stockdale. It is online and in stores this month and is sure to be a sell-out given the Jo Malone clout when it comes to candles and when paired with Charlotte's reputation for being on trend.
For floral fans there is the Lavendar & Lovage. Not your typical lavendar scented product, this is given an aniseed twist with rosemary and thyme added for a new take on this traditional floral fragrance.
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Read more about Jo Malone candles - new collection
Submitted by Sarah Tolan on Sat, 2014-01-11 14:23
This month in my beauty column for the Edinburgh Evening News, I'm talking about beauty bag clear-outs and the worst offender for spreading bacteria when it comes to your makeup:
THE beginning of the year is the perfect opportunity to go through your beauty products because the temptation can be to hoard.
We all tend to have our favourite products; those we keep for years. But do your skin a favour and bin any opened old ones that have been hanging around your make-up bag since you can’t remember.
Read more about January's Edinburgh Evening News Beauty Column
Submitted by Sarah Tolan on Mon, 2014-01-06 20:26
Think seaweed, think green and slimy. But don't judge this baby on its appearance because, did you know the seaweed, and in particular Scottish seaweed has been scientifically proven to be good for your skin? But before you head down to your closest beach to gathering up swathes of seaweed, there is a easier way to get the seaweed skin benefits thanks to the fab Scottish skincare brand- ishga.
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Read more about Organic Scottish Skincare ishga
Submitted by Sarah Tolan on Sat, 2014-01-04 19:49
Fancy giving skin a boost? This time of year, I don't know about you but my skin looks like it needs a holiday to recover from all that festive spirit. Dry, grey, fed up about the lack of daylight, this is when I find it important to use the right skincare products. Some of these problems can be put down to lack of hydration. So if you find that your skin feels tight or lines and wrinkles appear a little more noticeable, it could be that your moisturiser is not suitable or is not working hard enough.
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Read more about Defend skin with new mosituriser and eye cream by Clinique
Submitted by Sarah Tolan on Tue, 2013-12-10 20:31
When you spot a Jo Malone gift box under the tree you know it's going to be a great gift. This year, the brand has opted for a black and white look to go with its 'Season of Magic' - and as per the norm, is doing some magical gift sets.
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Read more about Decorate your tree with Jo Malone
Submitted by Sarah Tolan on Sun, 2013-12-08 19:35
Christmas time..mistletoe and wine...say hello to the most sociable time of the year with office parties, Christmas festivals and reunions. And as well as all the fun times catching up and, of course, Santa spotting, I get really excited about this time of year because it's also the opportunity for pushing the boat out with party makeup. To be honest, I think I would most likely look like an extra from Strictly Come Dancing if I had the time.
Because the balance between dialling up the glamour and slotting it in between work, families and the rest can be tricky. There are those lucky - and dexterous - enough to be able to do show-stopping looks in the blink of an eye; You Tube is always a great resource for those looking for videos on easy, how-to-do looks.
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Read more about Party Makeup with Bobbi Brown