Stay by the Portobello beach – Most people don’t really think of a beach when they think of Edinburgh, so imagine my surprise when I discovered that Edinburgh has a beautiful beach just a few miles away. I was lucky to have stayed right at the Portobello beachfront, come morning you will seen umpteen dogs frolicking in the sand and playing catch. The beautiful sunrise will coax you out of your slumber while the gentle sound of the waves will serenade you to sleep.
Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens – The royal botanic gardens are a treat to the senses. The beautifully landscaped garden has a delightful, not-to-be missed Alpine-grass enclosure. They also have art exhibits that seek to educate and at the same time enthral curious minds. When I visited the gardens in May, there was an absolutely exquisite botanical art exhibit of native Scottish plants. Follow The Botanics to know about the latest program for the month of your stop over.
Pay homage to Greyfriar’s Bobby – Bobby, a Skye terrier belonging to constable Gray has been immortalised for his loyalty and devotion. Please remember to only admire and commemorate, rather than rubbing the nose of the beloved terrier; The stories of resulting good luck are only a myth.
Visit the Elephant House Cafe and Victoria Street – Edinburgh is the birthplace of the world’s most famous wizard, Harry Potter. Wandering through Edinburgh’s old town, its surreptitious alleys and castles, its easy to see how such a beautiful city inspired such a momentous book. Right across from Greyfriar’s Bobby is both the Elephant House and the winding Victoria Street. Elephant House is a cafe on George IV Bridge where author J.K. Rowling spent her time looking out the window to Edinburgh castle and creating the world of wizards. The winding pathways of Victoria Street lined with whimsical shops served as the inspiration for Diagon Alley; A walk along it’s road gives one the sense of being in the book.
Visit Dean Village – Dean Village (from ‘dene’ meaning deep valley) is a picturesque village just 10 min from Princes street. Dean Village is an oasis from the bustle of Edinburgh and there is much to do here; Take a walk along the Water of Leith walkway, picnic at the meadow or meander to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
Guerlain’s L’Or Pure Radiance primer is sprinkled with 24 carat gold flakes that soothe and beautify your skin. A secret tip: Take a small amount of L’Or and liquid foundation, apply it together for a glowing yet incredibly light skin texture.
Guerlain Eyeliner in Brun Cendre is my absolute favourite makeup item. The brush is designed to be an easy applicator that glides on your eyes seamlessly, giving them a wonderful highlight. The gorgeous rich chocolate colour is such a great alternative to the standard noir. The packaging too is luxurious and elegant; It’s a joy to have it out on my dresser.
Burt’s Bees’ natural skin care products are high in their efficacy and the Radiance eye cream is yet another winner. Made of Royal Jelly, Chamomile, Rosemary and other natural ingredients, the eye cream is light and airy and instantly softens the delicate area around the eyes.
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Lavender Oil is a wonderful, natural remedy that calms the mind and takes away the days’ stress. Spritz a few drops onto your pillow each night, breathe in the calming scent as you slowly drift to blissful sleep.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate contains the goodness of coriander seed oil, cucumber fruit extract, rosemary oil, turmeric root extract and calming lavender oil. The light-textured concentrate smells wonderful and makes for the perfect night-time ritual, leaving your skin soft and replenished in the morning.
Secret Tip – Rub some onto your hands too! The concentrate nourishes your skin and gives it a healthy glow.
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Originally known as ‘Hakkuchi-gami’, Abaca leaf paper was used to protect delicate gold leaves widely used in furnishings and crafts for the nobility. In the 1800’s, Geisha accidentally discovered the Aburatorigami’s remarkable ability to revive the skins’ natural glow and the Aburatorigami culture flourished.
A similar chance encounter, led Tatcha’s founder Vicky Tsai to create her first product and bestseller – Tatcha Aburatorigami.
Much thought has been put into their creation – The gold-flecked Japanese Aburatorigami are enclosed in a delightful paper package.
They work like magic and are a must-have for everyone.
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