Go Visit: Pat McGrath Labs Mothership lands at Selfridges

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If you have even a fleeting interest in beauty, chances are Pat McGrath’s makeup line will be high on your Wishlist. I’ve been dying to try out the products since the iconic Face Kits launched back in 2015, but considering there hasn’t been a UK way to try before you buy, I’ve been hesitant to purchase, just in case I’ve picked the wrong shades.

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So, when I was down in London last month, I made my pilgrimage to Selfridges, where the Pat McGrath Mothership has landed. The installation will be in place until June, and even if you’re not a makeup junkie, it’s worth a visit. From the space-age window displays to the golden installation, it’s truly a sight to behold!

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The Mothership contains everything from makeup to lifestyle bits as well as some seriously luxurious fashion picks. When I popped in their were Tom Ford shoes for sale alongside specially commissioned chocolate coins, and you can even enjoy beauty treatments like manicures and makeovers.

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Obviously, I was there for the makeup. After playing around with some bits and pieces, I couldn’t resist picking up a selection of products – the Eyedols shadow in Celestial (£23 available here) which I reviewed here, as well as the Lust Lip Glass in Future Femme (£25 here) and Love Potion (£25 here). The whole experience was so fun – from getting to play with the makeup (I’m still dreaming about the Mothership Palettes and Skin Fetish highlighters) to experiencing the whole display – it’s a real must visit!

Gorgias London Transformational Facial Oil*

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When it comes to summer skincare, I like to keep things as simple as possible. If I’m abroad, I’ll add in a gentle sunscreen which will prevent burning, but won’t react with my skin, and if I’m just at home, I’m all about keeping hydration levels as high as possible. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been using the Gorgias London Transformation Oil each evening, and I’ve been absolutely loving the results.

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Part of Gorgias London’s The O Range, it’s one of five oils on offer, and has been designed to provide the skin with complete nutrition and hydration without being overpowering. The formula is a mix of grape seed, amaranth and avocado oils, which work together to provide serious amounts of hydration, whilst combatting outbreaks and wrinkles. It’s also surprisingly lightweight, so it doesn’t feel greasy or heavy – perfect for the warmer weather!

I’ve been loving applying a few drops each evening, pressed into clean skin and followed with a little rose quartz rolling – it’s super refreshing and combats any dryness or puffiness I might be suffering from.

Gorgias London’s Transformation Facial Oil is priced at £44.95 and is available here

Dinner at Royal China Club London*

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When you’re visiting a place it can be hard to decide where to go eat. Do you go and visit old faithfuls and hope they are as good as the last time, try out somewhere recommended by friends, or go somewhere completely new? We opted for the latter, and when the Royal China Club got in touch to see if we’re like to enjoy supper with them, we absolutely jumped at the chance!

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One of six locations dotted throughout the capital, we headed to the Baker Street restaurant for supper on a rainy Monday, and we were absolutely blown away. The restaurant is an absolute Tardis, with the rear opening out to reveal a huge dining room, decorated with chic lacquered walls. It’s known for some of London’s best dim sum (we found this out after visiting) and although it was probably half-full when we arrived at 7pm, it was soon absolutely packed with a mix of tourists and locals, business men, families and couples, all enjoying some seriously impressive food.

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To start, we opted to share a 1/2 Crispy Duck (£28.80) which came served with hoisin sauce, pancakes, shredded spring onion and cucumber. Truly, it set the tone for the evening – coming to the table steaming, it was shredded in front of us, and we tucked in with gusto.

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Full of flavour, with tender meat and crisp skin, we both agreed. it was the best duck we’d tried in a very long time.  The portion was generous, and could have easily been a main for the both of us. Since we’d been up since 3am that morning, happily, we were ravenous, so polished off the whole thing.

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When it came to choosing our main courses, we were truly spoiled for choice. From traditional dishes to the Uber-luxurious (think abalone and king prawns) it’s a menu which will please everyone – we were even impressed by how many vegetarian options there were. The first of the main courses we settled on with the Sautéed Beef with Oyster Sauce (£15.80) which came sizzling to the table.

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Slices of tender beef were marinated in oyster sauce, and the accompanying mushrooms were absolutely divine. Super savoury in flavour, and absolutely delicious served alongside a generous bowl of fluffy rice. We definitely over-ordered on the rice front – although absolute perfection, two or three people could easily have enjoyed a portion.

I couldn’t resist opting for the Lemon Chicken (£12.80) and I’m so glad I did. It was absolutely incredible – the chick was perfection: moist in the middle with a crisp coating, it was covered in an absolutely divine lemon sauce with was equal parts sweet and sour. This was serious comfort food, and I pretty much polished the plate off single-handedly.

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From the restaurant itself, to the staff and the food, our evening was absolutely flawless, and we’re already plotting a return trip!

Thank you so much the Royal China Club for having us, you can see the whole menu here.

Charlie Miller Edinburgh release new haircare line*

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When you think of Edinburgh institutions, the castle, the Tattoo and the Royal Mile may spring to mind, but one you definitely should be checking out is Charlie Miller hairdressers. Established over 50 years ago, and now encompassing five salons (with another soon to open) Charlie Miller is the place to go when you want to feel groomed and glossy – they’ve even attended to everyone from Anna Wintour to Brigette Bardot!

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A couple of weeks back, I headed in to their Stafford Street salon for a trim. Thanks to my propensity for highlights, and an over-reliance on heat-styling, my hair dries out easily, so I like to get it trimmed regularly to keep it as healthy as possible. It was also the perfect excuse to try out Charlie Miller’s new hair care line. With three shampoos (Hydrate, Volume and Silver) as well as two conditioners (hydrate and volume) to choose from, most will be well catered to.

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Before getting treated to the perfect trim (dead ends snipped off, without leaving my hair looking short) I was treated to an absolutely divine head massage, whilst my hair was washed and conditioned using the hydrate range. First impressions were that the range smells absolutely incredible – it also left hair feeling clean and hydrated without being weighed down.

DSC_0841Each of the three shampoos is designed to be as hair-healthy as possible. They’re all sulphate and paraben-free, which means hair won’t be stressed, stripped or dried out, and it also means they’re perfect if you have hair extensions fitted too! Since my hair tends to stay on the dry side, I was very kindly gifted the Hydrate Shampoo & Conditioner to try, and I have to say – I’m such a fan!

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Packaged in some seriously chic gold-finished bottles, the shampoo and conditioner have become a morning staple. They smell absolutely incredible, and leave hair looking and feeling super healthy – I got these the weekend before getting my roots done, and the products worked absolute wonders in combatting any dryness or damage from the bleach. The products are all made in Scotland, and I’ve already got my eye on the Silver Shampoo!

Charlie Miller Shampoo starts at £17.95 and Conditioner is £18.95 and is available here

 

 

 

Kerastase – Blond Absolu – Bain Ultra Violet

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As a not-quite-natural blonde, I seem to be fighting either roots or brassiness at any one time. If it’s not one it’s the other. So, when Kerastase released their first ever purple shampoo, I may have said a prayer in thanks. I’ve been a nervy purple shampoo user for a while – I’m always worried about leaving myself with a violet rinse rather than creamy blonde (purple really isn’t my colour). Thankfully, Kerastase’s newest offering doesn’t disappoint. It’s a vibrant purple straight out the bottle, but it foams easily, and it smells absolutely beautiful. As with all toning shampoos, I leave this on for a minute or two longer than a normal shampoo, then rinse out and follow with copious amounts of conditioner.

The result? Hair which looks freshly coloured weeks after leaving the salon. It it also super nourishing to strands, leaving hair bouncy, shiny and without a hint of warmth or yellow – exactly how I like it!

Kerastase Blond Absolu Bain Ultra Violet is priced at £23 and is available here

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