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Summer Beauty with Odyssey Boutique Edinburgh

Summer beauty - think smooth, golden skin. So if you're jetting off this summer, or indeed getting ready to bare some skin here in Scotland, what is the best beauty timetable? Because from when is the best time to wax to the best summer beauty products, there are plenty of questions.

Summer Beauty with Odyssey Boutique Edinburgh

Image via Odyssey Boutique

Sarah Connelly, pictured above, and her team from Edinburgh's Odyssey Boutique are experts in getting ladies ready for the summer. The girlie haven in Edinburgh's West End stocks some stunning swimwear. And there's also a beauty salon in store for any waxing, tanning or nail polish treatments. So here's Sarah gives her summer beauty guide:

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Shiny Hair - how to get shiny hair with Edinburgh hair salon Regis

Having shiny hair has long been an indication of health and vitality. Just ask Samson. And our fascination with shiny hair has continued through the ages. Proof comes in the glossy locks of some of our current hair icons including the living embodiment of shiny hair – Kate Duchess of Cambridge.

But for us mere mortals who don’t have hair stylists on speed dial, getting our barnets frizz-free can prove something of a challenge. So how do you get shiny hair without great Middleton genes or giving up your hair straighteners? The answer could lie in the latest hair smoothing therapy – the Nanokeratin System.

Shiny Hair - how to get shiny hair with Edinburgh hair salon Regis

Pre treatment on the left and post treatment on the right. Image via Melanie Hamill

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Beauty Trends - in Edinburgh it's brows

In Edinburgh we're releasing our inner Cara Delevingne thanks to our love of bonnie brows. That's the verdict of a beauty trend map done by British retailer John Lewis. In the recent report, it compared sales across its different stores and found that, amongst other regional variations, in Edinburgh sales of eyebrow products are over a fifth higher than the national average.

Well call me Cara, who knew. But I suppose that sounds right enough. Because my own experiences of beauty in the capital, the prevalent look amongst beauty lovers is well-kept and groomed. So it would make sense that this would extend to neat brows. Gillian Currie Beauty Section Manager at John Lewis Edinburgh says,

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Space NK - Nicky Kinnaird interview

Space NK - Nicky Kinnaird interview

Space NK founder Nicky Kinnaird's passion for all things beauty is infectious; her thirst for product knowledge unquenchable. It's sustained her drive to build a beauty empire which is entering its third decade and spans two different continents. Her beauty retailers Space NK is a veritable Aladdin's Cave of products. And over the years she has introduced now recognisable brands such as Eve Lom and Laura Mercier into the British market.

This year is a big milestone for the beauty retailer: it's Space NK's 20th year in the business. And that Space NK has not only survived but thrived over this time is testament to Nicky's dedication to all things beauty. And when I met the busy businesswoman during her visit to Edinburgh's Harvey Nichols branch, she told me this anniversary is just one of many highlights along the way. Nicky says,

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Teeth straightening - my Invisalign journey to straight white teeth

This month marks National Smile Month. So got me thinking about straight, white teeth: it’s been something of a fixation of mine since I was small and got a clean teeth sticker at Primary School. I was so chuffed that I ran home and stuck it to the bathroom mirror. Not so happy, however, was my mum. Not because she didn’t applaud my dedication to oral hygiene. No, she just wasn’t quite so impressed with my interior design addition.

And it seems that I'm not alone. A recent survey by dental aligner brand Invisalign reports that 25 per cent of Scots are more concerned about baring their teeth than their bodies this summer. Nowadays, teeth say a lot about a person. For some, like model Georgia Jagger with her gap, it’s a trademark. But mostly, the toothy trend is the whiter and straighter the better. Over the years I’ve been pretty happy with my own set of nashers. But I have noticed that they’ve moved over the years, however, so getting married seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something about it.

Now, I wasn’t too keen on getting those traditional braces, those so-called train track, the bane of many of teenager’s existence. But then I heard about a new system called Invisalign, reportedly used by Kate Middleton before her own wedding. These are the clear aligners which are made specifically for your teeth. They’re removable and the aligners are changed every two weeks for the next set. So that week by week your teeth are gradually moved until they reach the desired position.

My Invisalign journey to straight white teeth

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