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The Editor’s Lust List

Everything our Editor is coveting this week…

Written by Laura Kingston
Published 15.09.2022

Biossance, Squalene and rose vegan lip balm - £12.00

I never wear lipstick or gloss, so this gives great hydration and a natural-looking plumpness.

Holland and Barrett, Manuka Pharm Manuka Honey - £16.99

Yes, trust me. Try Manuka honey on its own as a mask for soft skin, healing breakouts and an even skin tone.

Helen Ray Studio, Coastal Calm Facial - £75.00

I’ve just had one of these amazing holistic facials and plan on booking one every three months

Sarah Chapman, Skinesis Ultimate Cleanse - £54.00

I recently found out that cleansing is one of the most important steps to keep pores tight. This is super luxurious but The Body Shop also does a great dupe

Baristocracy, Burundi Coffee - from £8.00

Because you have to start every productive day with good coffee.

The Aromatory, Lime, Basil & Mandarin wooden wick votive - £13.00

A great daytime candle to keep energy levels up.

Bellwoods, Stockholm Undated Lay Flat Weekly Planner - £20.00

Nothing says back-on-track like a new weekly planner.

Mindful Remedies, Personalised Bach Flower Remedy - £21.00

Increase focus and reduce anxiety with a custom-made flower remedy.

Forest App - free

This app is a game-changer for keeping focus.

Diya Wellness, Relaxing Bath Salt 250g - £8.00

Relax and recover with these bath salts.

Make No Apologies, Botswana Sweatshirt - £45.00

Unwind in this oversized sweater from this North East brand.

La Chocolatrice, Milk Chocolate Indulgence Bar - £3.75

Get that energy back up with a bar of delicious locally-made chocolate.

Lines Behind, Official Great North Run® Mug - £12.99

The only mug to have that post-run cuppa in.

Lines Behind, Official "Yi Did It Man!" Great North Run® Greetings Card - £3.50

Charlotte Tilbury, Sleep Cheat Liner Duo - £23.00

Look awake in one-minute.

Fat Lass Preserves, Orange Liqueur Cocktail Marmalade - £4.99

Start your day off right.

Shell Flower Store, Emmy Mug - £20.00

The cutest coffee mug.

Astrid & Miyu, Virgo Zodiac Pendant Necklace in Gold - £99.00

Virgo? You’ll want this.

Mango, Buttoned ribbed cardigan - £25.99

A great transitional piece for September.

Ellie Davison-Archer, North Sea Fish Cushion - £45.00

OSSKI, Poppy Pink Wool Blanket - £75.00

ibbi, Waterlily Mug Red - £24.50

Oh Lightning, Remember that blue sky wall art - £18.00

Breathe Lifestyle, Luxury Bath Robe in White - £85.00

Daint Jewellery, 9ct Gold Thin Stacking Ring - £49.00

This stacking ring is so dainty but effective.

OPI, OPI Nail Polish, Funny Bunny 15 ml - £13.90

I wear this nail colour in every season.

Oh Lightning, i got you greetings card - £3.50

Such a lovely card to send to a friend in need.

EMR Studio, Kontrast Vase - £90.00

Hand-blown, right here in the North East.

Mint Velvet, Black Asymmetric Knitted Top - £69.00

So soft and flattering, it’ll see you right through Autumn too.

Scentology, Eau De Parfum Spray 100ml - £9.99

These perfumes get rave reviews.

Revolution Pro, Lipstick Collection Nudes - £7.00

Great dupes for MAC lipsticks and the sets come in loads of colours.

Morphe, 35O Supernatural Glow Artistry Palette - £24.99

These eyeshadows are so pigmented and really last.

Maybelline Instant Anti Age Eraser Concealer - £8.99

Hands down one of the best concealers on the market.

Sleek Makeup, Face Form Blush - £4.99

A brilliant dupe for NARS blusher.

The Herbal Gin Co, Spicy Bramble Cocktail - £19.99

Spice up your G&T with this. Don’t forget to add the chilli flakes.

The Flower Folk, Evening Autumnal Dried Wreath Workshop: Friday 7 October 6pm - 8pm - £32.00

These ALWAYS sell out so book now to secure your spot.

Co., Cotton Zigzag Cushion - £29.00

Cute and fluffy, what more could you want?

Bellwoods, Sunseeker Print - £28.00

Could a print be more seasonally appropriate?

Northern Wood Co, Cedarwood & Jasmine Candle - from £10.00

Love woody scents? Buy this candle.

Lily Charmed, Engraved Gold Plated Leo Zodiac Necklace - £57.00

A great gift for the Leos in your life.

Zenoté Handmade, Restore Luxury Bath Milk - from £16.00

This bath milk is perfect for relaxing.

NorthburN, Longsands Candle - £23.00

The latest fragrance from NorthburN, inspired by our Northumberland coastline.

H&M, Cream Striped Sweatshirt - £17.99

So cosy for summer nights.

Cera Cotton, Plant Pouch - from £10.00

We love these cute pouches from new local brand Cera Cotton.

Havetolove, Women's One Shoulder Multi-Coloured Dress - £44.99

Make a statement with this Missoni-inspired number.

Cos, Pleated A-line Midi Dress - £89.00

So comfy and cool in the heat.

House of Zana, Flower garden kimono - £70.00

Wear over a black slip for instant glamour.

Saint + Sofia, Sunset Dress Navy Rainbow - £69.00

A classic summer wardrobe staple.

H&M, Rib-knit bodycon dress - £19.99

A super flattering slip-on dress.

&Other Stories, Fitted Satin Shirt in Pink - £75.00

New in at &Other Stories. A great shirt for all seasons.

Eleven Boutique, B.Young Tallulah Top - £20.00

A fab basic, it comes in black and white (and it’s on sale, too).

Lielle, Balie Ivory and Bamboo Top - £68.00

A classic from the North East based brand that celebs love.

Anthropologie, Peasant Blouse - £80.00

Peasant blouses are back. This one has been added to my cart.

Mimi's Edit, Fleetwood Blouse York Blue - £50.00

Love this with blue jeans for summer.

Studio 28 Patisserie, Bonbons - from £7.83

We gift these bonbons to people we love.

Treat Natural, White Chocolate Caramel Slice Box - £15.00

Vegan or not, buy these white chocolate caramel slices. We promise you won’t regret it.

La Chocolatrice, The Choxhoe Bar - £3.95

White chocolate with cookie pieces? Yes, please.

Fudge It, Mini Gift Box - £9.00

These cute mini boxes of fudge look (almost) too good to eat.

Cake Stories, Rose, Almond and Pistachio Cake (25 pcs) - £40.00

Our friend’s at Cake Stories have started doing full size cakes. Enough said.

Drunk Elephant, The Littles Night Out Kit - £44.00

Everything you need to keep skin glowing in the sun, all in a handy pouch.

Hunza G London, Pamela Swim - £155.00

These swimsuits will last you for years and are so flattering.

Bellwoods, Toro Recycled Plastic Sunglasses Turtle Brown - £30.00

We’ve been wearing these recycled plastic sunnies all summer long.

Daint Jewellery, 9ct Gold Circle Pearl Earrings - £90.00

Gold earrings that look just as good around the pool as out for dinner.

Saint Belle, Georgiana Handloom Stripe Organic Cotton Midi Dress - £180.00

A super easy dress to throw on and explore the town.

Liforme Black and Gold Yoga Mat - £140.00

This new yoga mat from Liforme couldn’t be more on-brand for HLN.

Scoff Paper, I Rescued You - Then You Rescued Me Card - £5.00

Edible cards for dogs that come in a range of tasty flavours? Excellent idea.

Bowe Organics, Get Glowing Face Mask Starter Kit - £30.00

Darlington-based Bowe Organics has just launched a new refillable face mask. We’re a fan.

The Ecostall, Organic Shade Sunscreen - £10.99

We love this sustainable sunscreen from The Ecostall.

Hoopsy, Eco Pregnancy Test 3 pack - £14.99

These new eco-friendly pregnancy tests are 99% paper but still super-accurate.

Hugo & Hudson, Cooling Vest for Dogs - £14.00

Keep your pooch chilled with this cooling vest (which is on sale!).

Cuisinart, Ice Cream Deluxe - £76.00

Make your own ice cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet at home.

Betty's Boudoir, Indian Silk Smock Dress - £35.00

Feel the breeze in this Indian silk smock dress.

YanTan, Taster Box - £15.90

The perfect hydrating alcoholic drink to sip in the garden after work.

Portable Neck Fan - £12.99

Stay hands-free while cooling down.

The Head Plan, Head Plan Finance - £32.00

Feeling stressed about your finances? (Isn’t everyone!) This new finance planner from The Head Plan will get you organised

Dior, Prestige La Micro-Huile De Rose Advanced Serum 15ml - £96.00

This is expensive but better than any retinol I’ve ever tried, with great results in two-weeks.

WOWCOMBO, My Amazing Lashes Mascara - £12.40

This was a random find but I’m honestly obsessed and bulk buying! If you struggle with smudging mascara, give this a go.

Havetolove, Women's Broderie Anglaise Blouse - £39.99

I’m loving this top to go with jeans.

The Travelling Bee Co, Provence Lavender Honey - £8.00

This Provence Lavender Honey from The Travelling Bee Co is so good on hot sourdough toast.

Make No Apologies, Molly T-shirt - £25.00

The perfect throw-on summer t-shirt from one of our fave brands.

Pamoja, Replenish Hydrating Serum - £39.00

The newest serum from Pamoja is an antioxidant rich hydrating serum that promotes an even-toned, dewy glow. Just check out those before-and-afters in the link below.

The Borders Distillery, Spirits Tasting Set - £20.00

I bought this for my Dad and he’s been loving testing out these different spirits from the comfort of home. I think the tasting glass really adds another level to this gift.

The Flower Folk, Plant Happy Gift Box - £23.50

A great starter plant that is super easy to look after, and it comes with a beautiful pot and plant mister – to make keeping it alive that much easier…

Daint Jewellery, 9ct Gold Beaded Pearl Hoops - £110.00

One of our favourite pieces from Daint Jewellery’s new gold collection.

Hourglass, Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick - £45.00

I’m wearing this every day at the moment and love it. It’s expensive but lasting forever.

Bath House, Frangipani & Grapefruit Body Wash - £19.00

This refreshing body wash is really waking me up in the morning!

Dior, Eden-Roc Dioriviera Fragrance- £110.00

Looking for a unique fragrance? Eden-Roc is the latest release from La Collection Privée by Christian Dior and it’s smells incredible.

La Roche Posay, Anthelios SPF50 - £14.40

I recently found out I’ve got quite badly sun damaged skin on my face despite no physical signs. Wear your sunscreen ladies! This is my favourite because it melts into the skin and leaves no white marks!

Dragon Slayer Distillery, Sir John Lambton Strawberry and Mint - £39.99

This strawberry and mint flavoured gin is delicious for sunny evening G&Ts.

Hues & Co, Sustainable Claire Head Scarf Green - £45.00

These sustainable headscarves from local brand Hues & Co are gorgeous (and are currently on sale).

HURR, Norma Kamali Diana Dress - from £107.00

I’m just getting in to dress rental and Hurr is great and so easy to use.

L'Occhiolino Sparkling Red 2021 - £12.00

This sparkling red is fab for summer evenings. Serve chilled.

Marehalm, Felt Flower Bouquet Spring Pastels - £36.00

These felt bouquets really brighten up your home – and can be brought out year after year.

JUNI Jewellery, The Astra - £70.00

This cute bangle from our friend’s at JUNI is perfect for gifting

Zephyr, Black Nebuliser - £85.00

My mum bought one of these and her house now smalls amazing, all of the time. The scents are lovely and really strong.

Guerlain, Après L'Ondée Eau de Toilette - £92.00

I like strong perfumes and switch to this one for summer.

Baristocracy, Ethiopia | Colombia | Peru Blend - from £8.00

This 5-star blend from local coffee roastery Baristocracy is my new favourite.

Studio 28 Patisserie, Bonbons - from £7.83

These cool bonbons are perfect for a Father’s Day gift.

Bethan Laker Illustrator, Swans on the Tyne - £26.00

Such a cute print from Ouseburn-based illustrator Bethan Laker.

Northstar Needlework, Handmade knot top orange print hairband - £14.00

Looking for a cute summer headband? Here it is.

Arket, Leather Trimmed Straw Bag - £79.00

This is super stylish and now my go-to weekend bag.

JS Health - Metabolism and Sugar Support - £29.99

Suffer from cravings and feel like you have a sluggish metabolism? These will help.

Cake Stories - Nutty Nutella Brownie Box - £15.00

Love brownios and Nutella? Cake Stories has answered our prayers…

Susi Bellamy - Twilight Scape Velvet Square Cushion - £110.00

Described as ‘art for your sofa’. These velvet cushions from local artist Susi Bellamy are a dream.

Em Graphique - Love at Wylam Brewery Print - from £16.00

I love this as a gift idea for anyone getting married at Wylam Brewery.

VinBee - Ice Facial Roller - £6.99

A trend of the moment but I really notice a difference using this to even out skin tone and reduce puffiness in the morning.

Superfans by Plat Flynn - £16.99

I’m reading this as part of a business book club I’m in and really enjoying it so far.

Reformation - Kourtney Dress - £248.00

I’m still obsessed with this dress which is perfect for BBQs, holidays and summer drinks. An investment piece but it’ll last for years.

PÄRLA, PRO - £8.00/month

I saw these on TikTok and now I’m a convert. They really whiten teeth and are sustainable too.

The Bottle Club, Whispering Angel Rose Wine - £17.99

Discounted Whispering Angel rose? Added to cart immediately.

Tens, The Lane Sunglasses - £105.00

I can’t stop buying these sunglasses which have a built-in Instagram style filter lens. The definition of seeing the world through rose tinted glasses.

Vaso, Reusable Glass Straws - from £11.99

Reusable glass straws are my new staple for summer drinks.

Goodness Gracious Green, Solid Shower Oil - £10.00

This shower oil smells amazing, comes in a range of scents (focus, energise, destress) and my favourite part – one side is a scrub and the other side is an oil balm. My skin is so soft.

Reef Salons, Oribe Hair Alchemy Resilience Shampoo - £43.00

Expensive, yes. But the best shampoo I’ve ever used.

M&S, Leather Footbed Sandals - £22.50

These leather Birkenstock dupes are an absolute steal

Net-A-Porter, Norma Kamali Diana one-shoulder ruched stretch-jersey dress - £200

I’m obsessed with these super flattering dresses by Norma Kamali. Super flattering, very comfy and a timeless investment piece.

Filter by Molly-Mae, Tanning Mousse - £21.00

This tan by Molly Mae is such a lovely olive-toned colour and lasts for ages.

Grate, The Jubilee Selection - £50.00

We’re pre-ordering our Jubilee Weekend cheese selection from Grate Newcastle which features cheese from around the UK as well as some delicious Peters Yard sourdough crispbreads, some oatcakes and a local chutney from Northumberland Pantry.

Actual cheese may vary from photo shown.

SomethingGood Jesmond

Something Good, Raw Vanoffee Salted Cashews (100g) - £3.50

These are divine – such a delicious sweet treat, but healthy too!

Didier Lab, Premium Liquid Gel collection - £8.38

Applies like a normal polish but finishes like a gel. I’m a big fan of this new discovery.

Lily & Faith Candles

Lily & Faith, Eucalyptus & Peppermint Candle - £14.50

I light this all morning for an energising scent.

The Blade Speedflex Jesmond

Speedflex Blade - £2,700 (finance options available). Get in touch with Speedflex for more information.

Ever tried Speedflex? Loved by Alan Shearer, this state-of-the-art machine offers both cardio and resistance workouts with no next-day muscle ache or soreness – and fast results! Move over Pelaton – they’ve just released The Speedflex Blade, meaning we can get the same workout at home. The machine folds away neatly and has all of the features of the in-gym machine, with a screen that gives the user access to workouts with top trainers.


red.h, Jenkyn Place, Rosé 2014 - £27.95

Best Sparkling Rosé.

Gusbourne, Still Rosé - £25.00

Best Rosé.

Grape Britannia, Albourne Estate Pinot Noir - £19.99

Best Red.

Grape Britannia, A’Becketts Vineyard Two Degrees West Chardonnay - £13.99

Best White.

Bolney Wine Estate, Cuvée Noir - £30.00

Best Sparkling Red.

NYETIMBER, Platinum Jubilee Classic Cuvée MV - £37.50

Best Sparkling White.

Augustinus Bader, The Starter Kit with The Cream - £150.00

OK, these aren’t cheap. But they’re a great way to try out the coveted Augustinus Bader products, which are so effective and last for ages.

Charlotte Tilbury, Beautiful Skin Sunkissed Glow Bronzer - £42.00

This newly-released cream bronzer from Charlotte Tilbury looks amazing to give a super quick bronzed glow.

Ecoegg, Laundry Egg - £7.49 - £9.99

I’m trying out these eco-eggs which replace laundry detergent and fabric conditioner, lasting up to 70 washes. Cost-saving and eco-friendly. Win-win.

Whitebox, Pocket Negroni - £30.00 (6 cans)

Because a pocket Negroni will always come in handy…

Zenote Handmade, Drift Wild Flower | Luxury Bath Salts - £15.00

Fancy the most luxurious bath ever? Try these.

A City by the Sea, Chest Logo T-Shirt - £15.00

On brand, always.

MONKI, Regular Fit Shacket Cream - £60.00

Beth in our office has this shacket and it’s ideal for this time of year.

Another Loop, Golden Ticket Dusty Pink - from £9.50

Such a cute way to present a gift voucher for someone you love.

Potion Life, After Party Vitamin Energy Shots (6 pack) - £11.00

I was sceptical, but these vitamin shots actually do help you feel better the morning after the night before.

Goodness Gracious Green, Honey Lip Oil - £8.00

I bought this after seeing it on a recent Small Business Spotlight – a real bargain given the price of other high-end honey-infused lip oils.

Skin & Tonic, Calm Balm - £14.00

This was a present from my mum recently and it’s great for when the stress starts to hit! Just rub a small amount on your wrists for instant calm.

Trouvaille Stitch Kits, Sunny St Mary's Cross Stitch Kit - £25.00

I’m making a conscious effort to put my phone down more. These cross stitch kits are great to switch off with and feel so satisfying when they’re completed.

The Aromatary, Cleaned Cotton 50ml Room mist - £10.00

Just lovely to instantly freshen up any room.

River Island, Grey High Waisted Mom Jeans - £35.00

I’m trying so hard to get out of the pandemic leggings hangover – it’s tough but these Mom jeans are progress (and comfy too).

Amazon, Tuuil Accessories Massage Tool - £15.90

This at-home lymphatic drainage massage for your body gives really impressive results.

Our Place, Always Pan - £125.00

I jumped on the bandwagon with the Always Pan and I’m in love. It’s so easy to use and you can literally fry, boil, steam and saute all in the one pan:

Pamoja, Reset Cleansing Balm - £25.00

A lovely cleansing balm to take the day off. Made locally with all-natural ingredients.

Cult Beauty, Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel (Pack of 30) - £89.00

After having a Million Dollar Peel at Danu I was obsessed with the results. My skin has never looked so clear and bright. Now I’ve invested in these to use in-between.

Kate Somerville, UncompliKated SPF 50 Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray - £36.00

I use this every single day – so easy to apply and adds a really nice blurring effect to makeup too.

Stradivarious, Long Flowing Trench Coat - £49.99

I’m all about trench coats right now since it still seems too chilly to go completely without a coat. I bought this one which was really flattering sleeves.

Peach Eyes, ROSA Headscarf - £70.00

Silk scarves with a crisp white shirt look so good for Summer. I’m loving this one by local sustainable brand Peach Eyes

Tully & Ross, You've Got This Notebook - £8.50

Because we can all use an extra dose of motivation.

Dragon Slayer Distillery, Sir John Conyers Dry Gin - £42.00

Like gin? This one is so smooth you can drink it without tonic. I keep mine in the freezer.

LBK, Colourful Life Tumbler - £16.56 (4)

Super cute tumblers to drink your gin from…

Infusion CBD, CBD Recharge Bundle - £70.99

Take a breath and recharge with this CBD bundle.

The Biscuit Factory, Cheeseboard Mouse - £30.00

The cutest cheeseboard to display your Grate cheese!

Grate, New Mam Selection - £30.00

Inspired by one of Grate’s regular customers and her adorable daughter Nora, this selection includes the muckiest, stinkiest, most delicious unpasteurised cheeses available at the time of ordering – perfect for any new Mams who have missed raw milk cheeses during their pregnancy.

FIKA Living, Set of four brading coasters - £10.00

Switch up your coaster game.

Nearly New Cashmere, Vintage Silk Scarves - from £24.00

Silk scarves are a great way to spruce up a Spring outfit – and keeps you warm during any Spring chills.

Clinisoothe+, Skin Purifier - £14.95

This spray soothes and calms the skin on the face and body, balancing redness and promoting rapid skin recovery. Great for any bacne or pigmentation.

Beis, The Weekender - £89.00

Starting to travel again? This bag is ideal for staycations and short-haul trips.

Barley Interiors, Hendrix The Hippo Silver Storage Dish - £49.00

A fun place to keep your fruit…

Ciate London, The Cheat Sheets Garden Party Nail Art Stickers - £16.00

These cheap and easy cheat sheets make you look like you’ve had a professional mani for a fraction of the price.

NorthburN, Sicilian Bergamot Eau De Parfum 50ml - £33.00

The most delicious Spring/Summer scent – and it really lasts.

Sezane, Gaspard Jumper - £95.00

The Floundering Founder: 24 Lessons to Refocus Your Business and Better Yourself - £11.18

I’m reading this for a Business Book Club. Just a few chapters in and I’m already feeling super motivated.

PRESS, Intermediate Soup Cleanse (Energise) - From £78.00

I’m on Day 6 of the 7-days to enlightenment challenge and I’m feeling lighter, more energetic and sleeping better. Use Code HIGHLIFE20 for 20% off.

Danu Studios, Million Dollar Radiance Peel - £60.00

It’s the first time I’ve tried the Million Dollar Peel and my skin looks so glowing and even. I’ve started wearing no makeup most days.

Have to Love, Women's Patterned Sweater - £39.99

We’re obsessed with Have to Love’s range of Spring jumpers.

Box of 6 Vegan White Chocolate Caramel Slices - £14.50

If you love sweet treats but want to stay healthy, try these. I’m on my second box…

Forum Books, Sara Davies "We Can All Make It" (SIGNED) - £20.00

I missed the book launch but you can still get signed copies of Sara Davies’ new book at Forum Books.

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