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I feel like over the past couple of years, I’ve become a little less high maintenance than I once was. At school I used to carry a carefully curated selection of Juicy Tubes around in my blazer pocket – all various shades of pink and sparkly. At university Mac’s Snob was my shade of choice – carefully blotted and topped with a shiny top coat (are we noticing a theme?)

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Recently though, I’ve been turning more and more to balms – especially when I’m not headed out anywhere in particular. I love how comfortable they are to wear, how casual they look on, and the ease of using them. So when Bobbi Brown sent over one of their new Extra Lip Tints, I was intrigued.

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One of three new shades (there’s also a nude and a stunning red), Bare Blackberry is a gorgeous deep berry shade, which looks ultra dramatic in the tube. For a nude-lip aficionado like me, it felt like a push to try, but I am so glad I did. On the lips, this is the prettiest, juiciest shade you can imagine. It’s ultra flattering, and I’ve become obsessed with it for adding a little oomph and colour into my everyday look.

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Like the original Extra Lip Tints, Bare Blackberry is ultra comfortable to wear. It’s lightweight and silky smooth on the lips, and it has a lovely glossy finish too. I love it for days when I feel like I need a little extra something. The colour is glorious, and it adjusts to everyone’s own personal lip colour, so it’s flattering for all.

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If you’re after an easy way to update your Spring beauty bag, this is most certainly it. Available in six shades in total, I’ve already drafted up a wish list of my next colours – they’re all so pretty, and this feel perfect for the warmer months.

Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint is priced at £25.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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Working from home has its perks. I can listen to whatever music takes my fancy, I can get my nails done on a Monday morning, and I don’t need to wash and blow dry my hair every morning like I did when I worked in an office. It’s so convenient to be able to tackle emails in a sweatshirt and leggings, and even though I keep it casual when I’m not at client meetings, I still like to feel ‘done’. In an attempt to keep my hair as healthy as possible, I’ve been sampling various dry shampoos to disguise second day hair.

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My current favourite is IGK’s First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo. It’s a new release from the brand, and it’s designed to absorb and gently lift away dirt, oil, sweat and build-up without distressing the hair or scalp. It’s basically a dry shampoo for people (like me) who don’t tend to like dry shampoos. It’s not heavy or sticky feeling like other brands I tried. Instead, this is super lightweight, it smells fresh, and it magics away hair oil like nothing else.

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On second day hair, I take care to section off my hair at the roots, spraying a little  dry shampoo right in at the roots and giving it a good massage. I also use it on clean hair whenever I want a little grit and volume. It’s perfect if I’m trying out an up-do or bouncy ponytail. It’s also a perfect product to through into my gym bag. It makes short work of post-spin hair, keeping it (relatively) tidy. There’s no white cast with the dry shampoo either, it’s completely clear and the effects last for a good 12 hours.

IGK Hair First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo is priced from £10 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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I’m not sure there is much which beats finding a new skincare brand. There are just so many oldies kicking about, to find a new one always feels fun, and when they’re independently owned and Scottish all the better. So, when Exfolin reached out to see if I was interested in trying out a couple of their products, I was excited to see what would arrive.

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Along with a clay face mask, which I’m dying to try out, was a bottle of their Clarifying Toner. Packaged in a spray bottle, it’s designed to work with all skin types, and I have to say, I’m in love. A mix of aloe vera, rosewater and tea tree, the formula smells incredible. It’s really fresh, and thanks to the aloe vera and rosewater, it tones skin without stripping or drying it. I’m obsessed with using it after working out – I wash my face directly after I finish, spritz a little of the toner, then follow up with a lightweight moisturiser. The result is skin which stays free of irritation from sweat, and I have a nice glow which lasts all day.

Exfolin Clarifying Toner is priced at £7.99 and is available here

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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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