Reviews

Marija at Glasgow Film Festival 2017

 
On Tuesday night I was invited by Scotrail, Scotland’s train network, to see Michael Koch’s masterpiece Marija at the Glasgow film theatre on Rose Street as part of the 2017 Glasgow Film Festival, an annual celebration of independent cinema in Scotland’s most vibrant creative city. Watch the trailer and read my review below….
 

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Odeon Fort Kinnaird: Lego Batman Movie

Last night Jack and I were big kids for a few hours as we settled in to watch The Lego Batman Movie with a big bucket of pick n mix sweeties. We were the only adults in the cinema without kids, ut it was great. If you like superheroes, big celebrity voice actors, comedy, catchy songs, and most importantly lego, then I would 100% recommend this film, and Odeon Fort Kinnaird in Edinburgh is the place to see it, with huge screens, super comfortable seats and  spot on service. Big thank you to Hummingbird Communications for this fun date night!

We were treated like total VIPs from the moment we got there to the moment we left (it was a crazy hailstorm outside!), with super helpful staff, delicious snacks and just loads of fun little extras. Its definitely worth the extra journey to the outskirts of the city sometimes for a much more special experience than in central cinemas.

See my review of a previous trip to Odeon Fort Kinnaird to see Moana: http://www.urbanity-blog.com/2016/12/moana-at-odeon-fort-kinnaird.html

Watch the trailer for The Lego Batman movie below. What do you think?
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Odeon Fort Kinnaird can be found in the Fort Kinnaird retail park located off the A1 Newcraighall Junction. Plenty of Lothian bus routes take you straight there! Check it out for yourself here:

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx
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Style Concierge: Personal Shopping at Harvey Nichols

 

 

As some of you may know, early last year I worked for Menswear at Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh, and recently I’ve been delighted to be invited back as a blogger to explore some of their efforts to become a style destination for truly experiential retail. Last week I had the chance to take part in Style Concierge, a dedicated personal shopping service offered at the department store, to style some outfits with the latest designer collections in store.

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ESPA Beauty Room at Harvey Nichols

All Edinburgh folks know that Harvey Nichols on Multrees walk is the city’s ultimate style destination and go-to department store for the latest and greatest in fashion, beauty and food. An original pioneer of experiential retail (the consumer trend taking over the high street) with their in-store dining and drinking experiences, customisation, personal shopping, parties, trunk shows and even botox. But did you know about the ESPA Beauty Room? 

Yesterday I received a Personalised Facial from the UK spa beauty brand (thats also totally natural, plant-based and cruelty-free!) and a bag full of spa-at-home goodies, so I thought I’d do a lil post to review. TLDR: I am a temple of zen.

The lovely Joanna expertly took me through all the steps of the ESPA 45-minute facial, so-called Personalised because it truly is; a ‘Skinvision’ analysis is performed (whereby a special UV light reveals sun-damaged, sensitive or dehydrated skin and the skin all over your face is tested for its elasticity and firmness) as well as ‘sensory tests’ to see which products are the best fit for you.

In a warm, relaxing treatment room, I was cleansed, exfoliated and massaged, given a face mask and a clay treatments, and moisturised with beautiful essential oils. Basically, it was absolute heaven and I was left not only feeling revived and radiant, but also with more knowledge about my skin and how to take care of it. Remember, the skin is your body’s largest organ, so look after it!

These are the products that were used in the personalised spa facial:

To remove make up and prep:

Bio-Active Eye Cleanser
Delicately removes waterproof eye make up: Buy here
Soothing Eye Lotion
Soothes and refreshes sensitive eye area: Buy here
To cleanse, tone and scrub:

Hydrating Cleansing Milk
A cooling, creamy cleanser: Buy here
Hydrating Floral Spafresh
A refreshing, moisturising toner: Buy here
Refining Skin Polish
A gentle exfoliating scrub with no microbeads: Buy here
To soak and relax:

Essential Cleansing Mask
A calming and deep cleansing face mask: Buy here
Pink Hair and Scalp Mud
A deep conditioning treatment: Buy here

To moisturise and finish:

24-Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturiser
Delicately removes eyeshadow, mascara and eyeliner: Buy here
Optimal Skin ProSerum
Smooth and silky serum for radiant skin: Buy here
Optimal Skin ProMoisturiser
Nutrient-rich hydrating day cream: Buy here
Hydrating Floral Spafresh Spritzer
Aromatic and hydrating spray-on toner: Buy here

Here are the products in my goodie bag, I can’t wait to try them all out. Click to buy:


Ruth @ Urbanity xxx


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Isle of Skye Candle Company

I first heard of, or rather smelled, the Isle of Skye Candle Company when I was working at Limited Edition, Scotland Redesigned’s Edinburgh Christmas pop-up shop, where we sold hundreds of these bad boys. Founded and based in the picturesque Isle of Skye, the environmentally-focussed brand produces candles, diffusers and  more in countless delectable fragrances and beautiful designs. Skye Candles have grown from a one-man-band in a grass-roofed bothy to an omni-channel company with stores all across Scotland. Here I discovered a little more of their ethical practise and found some new products that fit beautifully in the home.


I was totally thrilled to receive a reed diffuser from the wonderful Isle of Skye team, in delicate Bohemian Rose fragrance. As its so cold in my old Edinburgh flat that often after washing has been hung out it smells so damp and dingy, and we love having natural incense, candles and reed diffusers about rather than eco-unfriendly air fresheners and aerosol sprays. If you’re a fan of gentle, subtle aromas then Bohemian Rose is the one for you; the diffuser is so long lasting and you can get handy little refills when the smell fades. I’m also loving my Winter Warmer and Oriental Lily small tumbler candles, fab for burning to chill me out while I study!

Apart from the beautiful packaging, delectable fragrances and celebration of this beautiful country we call home, the best thing about the Isle of Skye Candle Company is it’s commitment to protecting the environment. From using only cruelty-free soya wax to fitting all their stores with energy-saving bulbs, renewable energy sources and recycling facilities, its clear that this is a brand that stays true to its humble roots despite rapid expansion. Whats more, at the moment they are working on the Lock Arkaig restoration project:

“After developing a new fragrance composed mainly of scots pine oil, and with a passion for our native woodlands here in Scotland, when we heard about the Woodland Trust’s efforts to buy and restore the Loch Arkaig forest we felt this was the perfect way to get involved and try to make a difference. With every sale of our Scots Pine candle, we pledged £1 of it to helping save the Loch Arkaig pine forest.”



The Winter Warmer candle, amongst many other wintery fragrances, is now half price, only £6.00! Check it out before the sale ends at http://www.skyecandles.co.uk/products/small-tumblers/winter-warmer-small-tumbler/

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx
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