The Hair Boss – The Double Mask*

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If you’ve read here before, it’s no surprise to you that I’m using Lockdown as a bit of a re-set period. I’ve upped my skincare routine, and I haven’t touched my straighteners since March. Basically, I’m trying to introduce as many good habits now, so that when we go back to normal, I’ll not feel like the last few months have been an absolute write-off.

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One of my favourite discoveries of late has been The Hair Boss collection – available in Superdrug, it’s affordable haircare which performs like premium-priced products. My main aim for my hair over the past few weeks, has been to get it as healthy as possible. Since it’s on the finer side, I need to wash it daily, but I’ve swapped my daily conditioner for The Hair Boss’ Double Hair Mask – a duo phase conditioner designed to instantly fix bleached, coloured, dry and damaged hair.

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Packaged in two super-chic pink-topped jars, both products have been designed to be used together for ultimate hydration. After shampooing as normal, I squeeze out as much moisture as possible, then comb through a layer of Phase 1 root to tip. The first layer is a smooth, lightweight goop, which easily coats hair. If you’re just dealing with dry ends, or your hair just needs a little TLC, you can focus on ends, but I love how strong this has made my hair feel.

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Next up is Phase 2, which feels more like a regular hair mask. Rich with a silky feel, I smooth a generous dollop over everything and then leave it to work its magic whilst I get on with the rest of my shower. The mask, like all Hair Boss products I’ve tried, smells absolutely incredible – really light and fresh, it’s such a treat to use, and it makes restoring hair health an absolute breeze.

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The difference in my hair since using the duo has been pretty impressive. It’s so much smoother and shinier than before, and even when I’ve been enjoying walks along the beach, my hair hasn’t been getting as frizzy as it normally would. An absolute game-changer of a product – I’ve just bought my second duo of the pots!

The Hair Boss – The Double Hair Mask is priced at £19.99 and is available here

 

Hickory@Home Launches*

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When it comes to lockdown living, one of the things I’ve most missed is going out for a great meal. Catching up with friends over some fabulous food is one of my favourite past-times, and 11 weeks of lockdown have seen me cooking every.single.night. Whilst I’ve enjoyed learning a few new recipes, and eating hyper-local, I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t dying for a night off! So, when Hickory got in touch to see if I’d like to try a trial-run of their new Hickory@Home service, it felt like perfect timing.

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Hickory is an award-winning food and events company, so it’s so wonderful to be able to enjoy their delicious dishes at home. The Hickory philosophy is all about celebrating the incredible produce we enjoy here in Scotland by using it to create inventive dishes. Talk about a match made in heaven! As of this week, Hickory@Home will be delivering to homes in Edinburgh and East Lothian – so if that’s you, I’d highly suggest you get your orders in quick!

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The meal comes portioned out in labelled containers, and I was emailed over the menu with cooking instructions the day before it all arrived. After popping dessert in the fridge, I got to work, laying everything out, and getting everything organised. Rather delightfully, there are even nibbles for the cook to enjoy whilst they get everything prepped!

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Since dinner was a team effort – we popped the homemade focaccia in the oven to warm for five minutes and got to laying the table. Served warm with cultured butter and seaweed salt, it was such a delicious start to the meal. We nibbled on the beetroot crisps too – dunking them into a creamy edamame hummus and  garlicky ajo blanco, chilled almond soup.

Starters were as tasty as they were easy to assemble – English asparagus and new season Scottish potatoes were sautéd in the pan, the served with a rich and creamy Berkswell cheese custard and topped with a Parma ham crumble. The perfect start to a summery supper – I’ve already got the ingredients on my next shopping list so I can recreate it again!

The main course was equally fantastic – Miso and onion roasted chicken, served with truffled mac n cheese and herb salad. Truly, a dish to fall in love with. Arriving butterflied in its own roasting dish, we popped the chicken in to the oven whilst we were enjoying the starter. The chicken itself was heavenly – covered in a sticky miso sauce, it was pretty much the roast chicken I dream about each Sunday. Cooked alongside shallot petals and spring onions, it was a real treat to enjoy. Served alongside the richest, creamiest truffled mac’n’cheese and a zesty dressed salad, it was a perfect balance.

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I could go on (and on) about the chicken (seriously high-quality, cooked to absolute perfection, still dreaming about it), but dessert was just as spectacular. A decadently rich chocolate and green tea fondant served with a rather indulgent clotted cream ice cream and pistachio crumb. The mix of hot and cold, chocolate and cream was really delightful, and I just loved the molten green tea filling – talk about a show stopper!

As if all that wasn’t enough, the meal comes with a fabulous red wine – Somelieri Dolcetto Monferrato DOC 2017. It was such a clever choice, as it really went well with each and every course. 

The quality of the meal was so impressive, and following the instructions meant that we got to enjoy a restaurant-quality dinner at home. During a time like this, it’s these kind of of treats which really stand out, and really make a whole weekend.

The set-menu and wine is £65 for two people and you can order your own at https://hickoryfood.co.uk/home-delivery/

 

 

 

Father’s Day Gift Guide: O’Ndina Gin*

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Buying gifts for Father’s Day can be a bit of a hassle. By definition, fathers can be super hard to buy for – by definition they always seem to have everything they could ever want or need. A few years back, I resolved only to buy gifts which are both a treat and are useful. Happily, O’ndina Gin ticks both those boxes.

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A small-bath gin inspired by the spirit of the Italian Riviera, this couldn’t feel more perfect to enjoy during balmy summer evenings. Incredibly fresh, with notes of thyme, fresh basil leaf and black pepper, there is even a hint of lemon verbena in there – perfect for summer supping!

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It’s a wonderful, quite sophisticated choice – so if your dad is a bit of a gin aficionado, this is a fabulous choice! It’s the perfect option for an update on the classic G&T – mixed with an Italian tonic water and garnished with basil, it’s an absolutely delicious (and easy!) cocktail for warm summer evenings. It’s incredible in an Italian Negroni too – just mix 25ml O’ndina, 25ml Campari and25ml Cinzano 1757 Vermouth Rosso in a tumbler glass over ice, stir until cold, then garnish with a basil leaf or some orange peel. We might not be able to visit the Italian riviera this summer – so I think O’ndina might just be the next best thing!

O’ndina Gin is priced at £34 and is available here (UK)

Rahua Color Full Hair Mask*

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When it comes to places that I’m heading the moment lockdown lifts is the hairdresser. I was meant to go back in April for the works – cut, colour, treatment, but it wasn’t meant to be. I’m truly counting down the days until I can get back in the salon chair, but until then, the next best thing to a few hours spent grooming, is a weekly treatment with Rahua’s Colour Full Hair Mask.

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Designed to protect coloured hair, and keep it looking salon-fresh, Rahua’s Colour Full Mask has been a once a week treat which has helped me feel human over the past couple of months of lockdown. With a formula designed to strengthen and protect hair, strands benefit from oils and clay which work together to make your colour look even better than it did when you strolled out the salon. Rahua Oil has super fine molecules which push colour pigmentation deep into hair shaft for colour endurance, whilst also fortifying weak, damaged strands. It also preserves scalp and hair follicle health so new growth comes in healthier than before. Morete is rich in essential fatty acids and carotenoids, including beta-carotene, it’s high in vitamins C and E which regulate the scalp and protects against environmental aggressors. Crucially for blondes, the formula also contains Amazonian Clay which reduces brassy tones – as someone who wants their hair as cool as possible, it’s a dream!

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After cleansing with Rahua’s classic shampoo, I cover my hair root to tip with the mask. To let it get to work, I leave it in for at least 15 minutes, whilst I enjoy the glorious scent which comes courtesy of the Gardenia oil in the formula. My hair feels so soft and smooth after using the mask, and it’s a whole lot shinier too. Brassy tones are toned down, and my hair looks far fresher – exactly what I need since it’s going to be at least July until I can get my roots done!

Rahua Color Full Hair Mask is priced at £60 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Foreo Luna 3*

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Like most people, I’m using this period to ease up on my daily makeup routine. Gone are shadows, lotions and potions, and instead, I’m calling it a day with some skin tint and bronzer. I have had to add an additional daily SPF into my morning lineup, thanks to the incredible weather we’ve been enjoying, so I’ve had to step up my cleansing routine each evening.

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Thanks to Foreo’s Luna 3, enjoying a thorough cleanse has never been easier. Linked to the Foreo app through my phone, the Luna deeply and effectively cleanses skin in only a minute or so. Using a mixture of high-tech T-Sonic pulsations and silicon bristles, the Luna gives treatment like you’d enjoy at your favourite spa. Perfect to use post-workout, or after a day in the sunshine, the Luna 3 reaches deep into pores to leave skin looking and feeling as fresh as possible.

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With bristles 25% softer than previous models, the Foreo 3, and there are 16 different intensities to choose from, which means that no matter if your skin is sensitive or oily, you’ll be able to enjoy the best treatment for your skin type. Completely waterproof – I’ve got mine stashed in the bathroom, and I use it morning and night with my favourite foaming cleanser. A single charge gives you enough power for around 650 uses, so it’s perfect for popping in your suitcase (when we’re allowed to travel again).

Foreo Luna 3 is priced at £168 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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