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Surf & Sand Collection from Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown's Surf & Sand collection is so good it deserves a blog post of it's own. You may have seen it on counter or in magazines with the delectable Kate Upton fronting this collection campaign.

Surf & Sand Collection from Bobbi Brown

Image via Bobbi Brown

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Eyebrows by Shavata in Edinburgh's Harvey Nichols

Marlene Dietrich, Brooke Shields and the current champion Cara Delevingne have made us sit up and take up notice of their brows - and set brow trends which have lasted for generations.

And someone who has has helped legions of people on their own path to the perfect brow is brow guru Shavata.

She has been gently moulding and fashioning brows for the past 20 years working with a whole host of celebrities. And her eponymous brand now has counters around the UK, including one in Edinburgh's Harvey Nichols. And like many of its customers post treatment, the counter has just had a facelift. Still on making up part of the beauty hall on the store's ground floor, the Shavata counter is now bigger and more luxurious than ever before.

Shavata counter in Edinburgh Harvey Nichols

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Favourite beauty products

Favourite makeup products can be so subjective: one person's makeup triumph is another person's beauty banality. However, over the past few weeks and months I have been using and loving these beauty products, and whilst they may not perform the same for you, I would recommend them:

my favourite beauty products

My current beauty favourites

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The summer sun - Edinburgh Evening News beauty column

Holiday time is here so I'm talking about all things sun-related in my latest beauty column for the Edinburgh Evening News:

summer holidays and Miranda Kerr

Image via Miranda Kerr on Instagram

If you are heading off to sunnier shores this summer, ensure your skin is in tip top condition before you depart. Summer wardrobes mean more skin exposure so prep by using an exfoliator. This will get rid of dead skin, leaving it ready for some sunshine. And banish any dry or scaly looking skin by moisturising skin daily.

Dry skin and cracked heels are never a good look so give your feet some TLC. Butter London’s Stiletto Stick, £25, contains castor seed oil to soften and smooth skin and can also be used on dry elbows, knees or knuckles.

Keeping skin hair-free requires some prior preparation. However, if you find your departure date pending without a waxing session, there are some beauty cheats. Fuzz Off by Bliss, £20, is a new hair removal cream for the bikini area with an angled precision applicator.

If your skin is sun damaged, then treat yourself to Summer Sprunch at the One Spa. The luxurious package starts with the ESPA Age Defyer Facial; an hour and 20 minute treatment created to combat the signs of ageing and, if applicable, sun damaged skin using specific techniques and products. Sprunch also includes access to Escape at One and is followed up by two-course brunch in the hotel’s One Square. This package costs, £135 per person and is available until 31 August 2014. Call 0131 221 7777 to book.

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The One Spa Edinburgh - Summer Sprunch

Two words: Benjamin Button. Yes, I am now happy to say that I am ageing backwards. Because that is the impact of my latest facial which, looking at my skin post treatment, has melted away wrinkles and made the years drop away from my face. To be honest, I shouldn’t really be surprised considering the breadth and scale of products used in this treatment, not to mention the expert massaging by therapist Ishbelle.

The One Spa Edinburgh - Summer Sprunch

Image via One Spa at the Sheraton

Some 15 ESPA products are used during the brand's Age Defyer facial at the One Spa in Edinburgh's Sheraton hotel. My skin is treated to a triple cleanse, a double tone, an exfoliation, a mask, various serums and moisturisers, a 15minute massage specifically around the eyes, followed by a longer luxurious facial massage. And lasting an indulgent one hour 20 minutes, this really is a king amongst facials.

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Sarah Tolan

Sarah is the founder and editor of Scottish Beauty Blog. Sarah is also the Edinburgh Evening News beauty columnist. Connect with her on TwitterGoogle+ and LinkedIn.

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