A Note From Our Guest Editor*, Estée: By Terry is one of my favourite make-up brands, I wanted to be able to share the very best products from the brand because there are so many to chose from. By Terry has some of the best quality makeup and skincare I have ever tried and all of the products smell subtly of rose. Everything can be suited to such a natural daytime look, but can also be amped up for evening. Although some of the products are a little more expensive, they are well worth the investment.  

There’s no denying that I love the brand By Terry, as my love for their foundation & concealer has been well documented over on my YouTube channel. But there are so many other products which are hidden gems!

With spring just around the corner, everyone’s looking for those perfect airy pieces that will sway in the light breeze. With a collection that is just that, Laili Lau‘s latest work has been influenced by the contrast of nature and modernity that she’s experienced in her home city of Caracas, Venezuela.

The young designer continues to incorporate her love for adventure into her feminine designs to create collections that embody her personality and lifestyle. We were fortunate enough to get the chance to interview Laili and discuss what’s inspired her to pursue fashion design and are excited to share her story with you, below.

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A Note From Our Guest Editor*, Estée: At the end of every year, it has become a tradition of mine to film a yearly beauty favourites video where I talk about all of my favourite beauty products from the previous year and why I have loved them so much. This year many of the products had been featured in my monthly favourites videos but there was some I hadn’t spoke about before. This is definitely a good post to get you started in the world of great beauty products! 

If you don’t know Estée Lalonde from her feature in our winter issue, chances are you’ve already caught her on YouTube, Instagram, or on her blog, EstéeLalonde.com. Reaching over one million subscribers with her beauty and lifestyle content, Estée’s relatable, inviting spirit permeates all that she touches.

As we begin diversifying our blog and digital endeavors here at Darling, we’re excited to welcome in key “Guest Editors” to curate persona-specific articles and advice. Without a doubt, Estée was our first choice for The Beautician. As you’ll see below and in her articles to come later this month, this Canadian-turned-Londoner is more than a makeup expert. She’s insightful, lovely, and someone you’ll simply want to have over for tea and heart-to-hearts.

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Here’s the challenge: This Valentine’s day, celebrate yourself.

I’ve realized that I’m happiest when I am trusting my gut. Loving who I was created to be. Taking risks. Just doing me.

This seems to be the theme for our blog, The Refined Woman, this year too.  We are done playing it safe. We are ready to step into bigger and better — even if it scares us.

When was the last time you felt sexy?

Think back to that day, that interaction, that moment. Close your eyes and let your thoughts linger there. Was it something you wore? Maybe someone noticed something about you and affirmed it. Maybe you were doing something you love and it filled you with purpose, passion, conviction.

Perhaps you can’t think of the last time you felt sexy.