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At this time of year, I’m always in the mood for a bit of a revamp. Maybe it’s my New Year’s Resolutions growing a little stale, or perhaps it the dark nights and mornings, but I’ve been desperately looking for a little pick-me-up. So, when Bobbi Brown sent their new Crushed Liquid Lip in Lychee Baby, it felt like perfect timing. It’s a brand new release from the brand, and is available in a rainbow of 14 shades which range from perfect nudes to hot pinks and reds.

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Lychee Baby is possibly my favourite shade from the whole line-up. A beautiful peachy-nude which feels absolutely perfect for daily use. I love it as a my-lips-but-better shade, and it’s a great choice if I’m wearing a heavier eye look too as is balances everything out nicely.

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The formula of the Crush Liquid Lip falls somewhere between a gloss and a balm. It’s silky smooth on the lips, and the colour applies smoothly and evenly. Unlike other liquid lip products I’ve tried, this one doesn’t dry down to a tight, matte finish. Instead, lips stay glossy and feel hydrated for hours after applying. The Crushed Liquid Lips feel like a gloss for those people that don’t like glosses. It’s not sticky or gloopy, and instead, it just slides onto lips, looking and feeling divine.

Bobbi Brown Crush Liquid Lips are priced at £19 each and are available here (UK) and here (US)

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If you’re looking for somewhere to eat this weekend, I’d recommend one of Glasgow’s newest spots – Public House by Nico. It’s the third restaurant to be opened by chef Nico Simone, and his second in the city. I’ve been meaning to try Edinburgh’s Six by Nico since it opened, but considering booking are notoriously hard to get, I’ve not gotten round to it yet. So, when the invite to try Public House by Nico’s Sunday Lunch popped up, you can imagine how quickly I RSVP’d!

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Situated in the heart of the Great Western Road, Public House by Nico is a cosy spot, which serves up sharing plates throughout the week, and then goes hard on brunch and roasts at the weekend. I headed through on Sunday to see what it was all about, and happily, I was seriously impressed.

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The restaurant itself is surprisingly cosy. There’s a traditional bar as you go in, complete with comfy chairs, so if you’re looking for an afternoon of great food and conversation, that’s your spot. Since we were in a group, we seated up against the side wall – a perfect place for people watching.

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We were in to try out the Sunday Roast – served weekly 2 courses are £17 whilst 3 courses will set you back £20. It’s exceptional value. I kicked off proceedings with the Stornoway Black Pudding & Potato Terrine – a surprisingly light and fluffy mix of earthy flavour. The black garlic emulsion is came served with tasted almost chocolatey in it’s richness, and the ewes cheese gave a salty tang. A perfectly balanced dish, I still can’t quite believe how light the mix of black pudding and potato was!

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Then it was the main event – I couldn’t resist the Roast Speyside Sirloin (£3 supplement). It was everything you’d want from a roast dinner: two generous slices of perfectly pink sirloin, sweet vegetable, a cloud of Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and a spoonful of fiery horseradish.

Served up in a tower, the roast is everything you crave each weekend, and it was quite the cure for a few sore heads sitting around the table.Yo0TaGGAR%WP8Y+cVKjufQ_thumb_721

The whole dish was perfection. From the roast beef, which positively melted in the mouth, to the crisp roast potatoes, and the sweet honey-roasted carrots and parsnips, I could have happily sat and feasted all afternoon.

There were even bubbling pots of cauliflower cheese to dive into (these were to die for) as if all the goodies on our plates weren’t enough. The cauliflower was divine – equal parts creamy and cheesy this was sheer comfort food. The whole afternoon was so enjoyable, and a huge shout-out has to go to the staff too, they couldn’t have been friendlier or more helpful, making sure glasses were topped up, and we had everything we could think of. Even though the desserts sounded divine, I could even think about sampling any of them, even if the Sticky Toffee Pudding sounded heavenly!

Thank you so much to Public House by Nico for having me! You can find out more about the menu here.

 

 

 

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When it comes to haircare, I am ridiculously picky. It’s become a bit of a joke that I can’t just wash my hair like a normal person, and no matter how much I’d love to be one of those girls who can stretch a blow out for three of four days, my hair has other ideas. It’s probably my own fault. I dye my hair blonde (a cardinal sin) and heat style it, this coupled with the fact it’s naturally wavy, means that it can get stressed pretty easily, resulting in ends which veer between frizzy and fried.

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I deal with it in a number of ways. If I’m working at home, or just heading to the gym, I’ll throw it up in a ponytail, but if I’m heading out, I need to bring in the big guns, which is where Oscar Blandi comes in. Long-time readers will know that I’m an Oscar Blandi salon super-fan. It’s a stunning New York City salon, perched in the heart of midtown, and every single time I’ve visited, I have bounced out with the most beautifully perfect blonde locks courtesy of Kyle White and Luca Blandi. It’s a salon so good I have literally booked trips to New York just to visit. Since work has kept me tied to my desk for the past few years, I’ve not been able to make my pilgrimage to the salon, and instead have had to satisfy my hair’s need with grabbing Oscar Blandi products over Amazon. One of my must-haves is the Blow Out Creme. Lightweight and delicately scented, I smooth a few pea sized squeezes of the formula throughout my wet lengths and ends, adding a little extra around the hairline where it can get a little messy. I then get to work with the blowdryer. The result is hair which feels super soft, looks healthy and shiny, and crucially, it stays tidy all day long. There is no frizzing, and hair stays bouncy all day long. It might not be quite as wonderful as a visit to the salon, but in Scotland, it’s as close as I’ll get!

Oscar Blandi Blow Out Creme is priced at around £28 and is available here (UK) and is priced at $25 and is available here (US)

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A few days go I arrived home to a parcel sitting at the front door. Inside was a rather glorious selection of Starskin goodies, chocolates, and even a headband. Basically a complete girls’ night in, in a tin.

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Starskin make some of my very favourite sheet masks, and since they can be a touch pricier than my go-to Korean masks, I tend to save them for a special occasion. Very kindly, Starskin’s package will see me through a couple of events.

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Along with some of their masks, they even popped in a very chic headband for easy masking!

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If, like me, you suffer from dry or dehydrated skin, Starskin’s Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Face Masks are the absolute dream. If I’m travelling or staying in a hotel, I tend to tuck one of these in my case, because they leave skin feeling absolutely brand new. After cleansing, I pat my face dry, and then wear the mask for 20-30 mins while I relax. It’s got a cool, almost jelly consistency, and once it comes off, my skin feels super soft and smooth, and it stays hydrated for a good few days afterwards. It’s perfect for travel-weary skin, or if you’re just after a little extra glow!

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I’d never tried the Starskin Dreamkiss masks before, but since getting over a bout of the flu, my lips have never felt so dry. So when these arrived, I could wait to give them a go! After giving my lips a good scrub, I placed one (there are two in the pack) of the lip shaped masks onto my lips, and relaxed for 15 minutes. Like the face masks, the Dreamkisses are made of cellulose, and work to moisturise, plump and smooth lips. They also work on any lines you might have around the lips, and they’re a must-have before rocking a statement lip colour!

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Last up, but certainly not least are the Eye Catcher Masks. Another pack with two applications inside – I am obsessed with these for combatting tired, puffy eyes. Prior to use, I like to keep these in the fridge for maximum de-puffing. These cellulose masks work to smooth, hydrate and brighten the under-eye area. Again, these are a travel must-have, and they are a perfect for covering up a late night too!

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I know it’s not the most popular opinion in the world, but I’m a serious fan of Valentines Day. What can I say? Maybe I’m a romantic, or perhaps it’s just the flurry of pink and red in the middle of a rather grey February, but I’m a sucker for anything Valentines. Happily though, so it seems are M&S.

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Today I arrived home right as the postman drew up to the house, and getting a big box of M&S goodies, couldn’t have felt any more indulgent. Inside were a host of goodies celebrating Valentines (or Galentines if you’d rather), and they could not be more adorable (or delicious!)

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There are your classic treats – think chocolate hearts, and lollipops, but there are also some fun new updates too! I am more than a little obsessed with the caramel milk chocolate hearts. They’re delicious with a coffee!

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There are also some gorgeous gummies! These are ‘Would it be uni-corny to say I love you?’

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I’m also rather in love with these Prosecco and Raspberry jelly sweets. Made with real Prosecco and Raspberry extracts, they’re a grown up take on a classic.

The ‘Filled with Love’ truffle balls are incredible too. There’s a choice of white chocolate, hazelnut or chocolate mousse centres, and you’d better believe these are being kept to be enjoyed this weekend!

Last up, but certainly not least, is the bottle of ‘Be My Valentini.’ Made with premium white rum, cranberry juice, lime juice and orange peel – its a fruity little treat I can’t wait to crack open tomorrow evening. It’s incredibly easy to serve – just pop it in the fridge, then serve over ice.

Thank you so much to M&S for my goodies – I’m seriously in the Valentines spirit!

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