Bobbi Brown Lip Color – Orange*

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When it comes to lip colours, I usually stay squarely in the neutral zone. Pinks, beiges and taupes fill my makeup bag, so it’s always fun to mix things up a little. When I was at the Bobbi Brown event a couple of weeks ago I was very kindly gifted the most incredible of goody bags, filled with the best of what the brand has to offer. The first thing I pulled out was this Lip Colour in Orange.

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Honestly, it’s not a colour I would regularly go for, but I’m so glad that I’ve had the chance to try it, because it is gorgeous! Packaged in Bobbi Brown’s signature black and gold bullet, Orange is a true-to-name shade which feels so fun to wear! It’s perfect with a tan, as the shade’s warm undertones really highlight bronzer skin, making it look luminous. If you’re a regular red-lip wearer this is a great alternative, and is still a super pretty way to add a pop of colour. The lipstick’s colour payoff is great – the formula feels silky smooth, and gives great colour payoff. I got three hours of wear before I felt the need to reapply.

Bobbi Brown’s Orange Lip Color is priced at £21 and is available here.

Arconic Curved Paddle Brush*

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If you’ve got medium or long hair, I’m pretty sure you know the hassle of blow dries! Since my hair just looks weird if I don’t wash it every morning, I’m well acquainted with numerous blow dry techniques (I can’t even tell you how many big round brushes I own!), but I’m always looking for something to make my mornings easier!

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The Arconic Curved Paddle Brush is one of those inventions you wonder why no-one thought of previously. It’s like your favourite paddle brush fused with your favourite barrel brush, and it means that blowing your hair out has never been easier or quicker!

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The brush has been designed especially for medium to long hair and as a result, it’s quite a big thing to wield, but the size of the brush head, means that it really gets through hair – detugging like a dream and it’s comfortable to hold, as well as easy to use.

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Thanks to the design, the brush pulls hair taught as you blow dry it, and the bend gives hair the perfect amount of bounce. It means that getting a salon-worthy blowout has never been easier, and I swear it’s taken at least ten minutes off my regular blow dries!

The Arconic Paddle brush is priced at £19.99 and is available here.

 

The Lobster Shack – North Berwick

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Over the past few weekends, for one reason or another, I’ve found myself ending up in North Berwick. Before this summer, I’d never even ventured to the town, but now, since it’s only a half hour drive from Edinburgh, I’ve become quite the regular!

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Discussing places to go in the town, everyone had something great to say about The Lobster Shack, so it was about time to go explore the harbour and indulge in a little fresh seafood!

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The Lobster Shack is located right in the centre of North Berwick’s harbour, and you can’t miss it. If the blue and red shed wasn’t eye-catching enough, there will be a long, though quick-moving, line of people all debating over the small, well balanced menu.

DSC_0429Considering that The Lobster Shack consists of a single ‘shack’ with one chef and a few wait staff who buzz around taking orders, tidying and doing whatever else, the menu has everything you could enjoy on a sunny day in Scotland, and from beginning to queue to being served up with steaming boxes of seafood, could have only been 15 minutes. Considering it was a sunny afternoon, it was a pleasure to stand outside and watch the boats come and go and relax a little.

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We opted to sample three of the menu’s best-loved dishes – a half lobster, breaded haddock and a carton of seafood chowder. Honestly, I forgot to photograph the chowder, but it was the best cup of the stuff I’ve had outside of the American East Coast. It was indulgently creamy, with hunks of potato, haddock and lobster. Served with slices of crusty bread, it was the perfect start to an indulgent lunch in the sunshine. Then we moved onto the mains – both hulking boxes of seafood, chips, salad and coleslaw. The breaded Haddock and Chips is the fish supper of your dreams. The fish was juicy, the breading crisp, and the double-cooked chips were crunchy on the outside, yet still pleasingly light and fluffy in the middle.

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I went for the half North Berwick Lobster, and honestly, I think it’s one of the best meals I’ve had in a while. Cooked simply with a little garlic butter (the remnants of which are poured over the chips) the half lobster was a gleaming mass of fresh meat, just waiting to be wrestled out it’s shell. Wonderfully sweet, the freshness of it was evident, and sitting in the sunshine enjoying it was absolutely heavenly!

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Sisley Phyto-Touche Illusion D’Ete Bronzer*

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Last week, I shared some of my favourite bronzers, so I thought that it might be helpful to go into a little bit more depth about why I chose the three out of the literally hundreds of bronzers I’ve tried. Sisley’s Phyto-Touche Illusion D’Ete Bronzing powder might be the most glamorous makeup product I’ve ever tried!

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As if the chic silver packaging wasn’t pretty enough, I genuinely gasped when I popped the compact open. The bronzer is shaped to look like sunbeams, and it just shimmers and glows in the light. It looks like nothing else I’ve seen before, and the formula is just a dream too! Rather than being a regular powder, Sisley’s bronzer is a gel hybrid, meaning it just glides onto skin, feels absolutely weightless, and looks incredibly natural.

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It’s a universal golden shade, which Sisley have designed to work with all skin tones, and depending on how much you want to use, it can give a seriously natural just-in-from-the beach glow, all the way through to a serious tan. It leaves skin with a beautiful sheen that means I don’t even need to think about highlighter. Even better than the stunning finish (which lasts well into the evenings) is the fact that the powder is enriched with extracts of Gardenia, Mallow and Linden Blossom for softness and comfort.

Sisley Photo-Touche Illusion D’ete Bronzer is priced at £66.50 and is available here (UK) and similar is here (US)

Ishga Candle*

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Now that I feel like we’re slipping into autumn (Starbucks are selling their PSLs after all) I’ve noticed that I’m back to lighting a candle or two in the evenings. It just makes everything feel that little bit cosier, plus I’m in the middle of Girl on the Train, so I’m taking a much needed hour or so every night to read it and relax a little. Having a candle lit in the background just makes everything feel that little bit nicer, and currently I’m in the middle of burning this gorgeous beast from Ishga.

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Ishga are a wonderful Scottish skincare company, who incorporate Scottish seaweed into all of their products. I’ve been trying out some of their skincare, and absolutely loving it (of course I’ll be reviewing) so it’s not really a surprise about how much I’ve been liking the candle. Packaged in a chic, screw top jar, it’s got a gorgeously fresh, citrusy scent that feels lovely and uplifting. As the candle burns, it transforms from a solid to an oil, leaving the whole house smelling absolutely glorious!

The candle is going to be released soon, and will be available here.

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