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When it comes to eating out, it’s easy to fall into old habits. We tend to have a clutch of old favourite restaurants which we rotate through every time we go out. The result can be a little same-y, so it’s always fun to have a new spot to visit!

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BiBimBap is one of those places I’ve seen pop up online pretty much constantly since it opened, and I’d been dying to visit. Cute instal-worthy decor and Korean food? Sounds like a match made in heaven! The restaurant itself it a snug little nook right in the centre of town, and during the evening it can get seriously busy, so to beat the crowds we visited for lunch. There was still a buzz about the place, with tables of students and shoppers sharing plates and comparing purchases.

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With a menu filled to the brim with Korean comfort foods, we opted to (over) order a selection and share. Word to the wise – portions here are very generous. The first of the dishes to arrive at the table were the Ya Chae Man Do (£4).

Light and crispy puffs of vegetables served with a soy-based dipping sauce, these were such a great start to the meal. Similar to a Spring Roll, these made a satisfying accompaniment to our drinks, and a tasty starter.

Our vegetable dumplings were soon joined by our order of Dak Go Chi (£4.50) – chicken skewers smothered in a sweet, and sticky sauce. The joy of BiBimBap is that casual manner in which the dishes arrive at the table – just as you’re finishing off one plate, another miraculously appears.

For my ‘main’ dish, I couldn’t resist the signature BiBimBap (£9) – although I asked for mine without egg. A mix of rice, vegetables and pork, it was a spicy, savoury dish which was filled with flavour. Shot through with hunks of Korean favourite kimchi, this is some serious comfort food. Served alongside a bowl of piping hot miso soup, it was an incredibly indulgent lunch!

The final dish to arrive at the table was a Bulgogi Rice Bowl (£9.50). Perhaps the most recognisable of our dishes – beef and kimchi came served with boiled rice and pickled turnip. Covered in toasted sesame seeds, it was a lunch option I wish I could grab daily!

BiBimBap have a killer menu of drinks and cocktails too – so whether you’re after a leisurely lunch or a boozy supper, you can’t go wrong with BiBimBap. You can also find out more about the restaurant here

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When it comes to bad habits, mindlessly scrolling Amazon and clicking on random bits and bobs might be one of my worst. It’s meant I’ve ordered everything from funny little pens from Japan and facemasks from Korea. On one of my most recent delves into the site, I stumbled across The Ordinary. It’s a brand I’ve been looking to try for a while, and I set out in search of the Marula Oil, which people describe as a dupe for the rather pricey Drunk Elephant.

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The Marula Oil wasn’t available on Prime though, so I opted for the Argan Oil. I’d only ever used the oil for my hair, so I was concerned that it might be a little heavy for use on skin. I needn’t have worried. The oil is surprisingly lightweight, and isn’t overly scented either. It sinks effortlessly to freshly cleansed skin, leaving it feeling plump and hydrated. It’s a great base for glowy makeup, or applied at night, it gives a much needed does of hydration.

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Argan Oil is priced at £5.90 and is available here (UK)

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When it comes down to it, I can be a bit of an art geek. I studied Art History at university, and it’s something that I’m still fascinated with. So, when everyday items get a bit of an arty makeover, I’m always keen to see the result. The most recent I’ve come across is Remy Martin, who have partnered with digital artist Matt W Moore to create a limited edition of their Champagne Cognac.

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An absolutely perfect gift for Father’s Day, the special edition means that there are only 60 bottles currently available within the UK. The bottle comes housed in a gloriously colourful box, and the label is splashed with grapevine, leaf and sunburst designs. The box even features a QR code which adds an augmented reality interface to the world around you! Through use of the app, you can add the animated designs to your surroundings to Matt-Moorize your reality. It’s such a cool concept, and it makes the whole experience of enjoying the cognac so immersive.

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So, if your dad is a bit of a design-freak, this special edition of Remy Martin VSOP Champagne is certainly going to go down a treat. The brand recommend that you enjoy it either at room temperature or over ice – and when it looks this good, who could resist?

Remy Martin Matt W Moore VSOP limited edition champagne cognac is priced at £44 per bottle and is available here.

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With Father’s Day fast approaching (it’s this Sunday FYI), it can be hard to find the right gift. The shops might be filled with World Cup knickknacks, novelty socks and funny looking ties, but really, who on earth wants to receive that? Rather than going for something that will be shoved to the back of the nearest drawer, I’m a fan of getting something to be savoured and enjoyed. Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey certainly fits the bill. Equal parts style and heritage, I can’t imagine there is a bar cart out there which wouldn’t benefit from a bottle of this being added.

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As someone who isn’t the biggest drinker, buying something like whiskey can feel a little overwhelming, but Woodford Reserve make it incredibly easy to pick a classic. Whiskey has been distilled on the Woodford Reserve estate since 1812, and the Bourbon has been developed to contain over 200 flavour notes. On the nose, notes of cocoa, orange and tobacco are all evident, and the complex flavour composition contains hints of vanilla, toffee, cinnamon and citrus notes.

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Thanks to such a balanced flavour profile, Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey can be enjoyed alone or in a cocktail. I particularly like the southern favourite Mint Julep (it’s perfect for summer) or when it gets chillier, a dash of it in Hot Apple Cider is just divine! It’s such a perfect gift for this weekend!

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is priced at £30.50 and is available from Waitrose here.

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When it comes to cleansing, I’m a big believer in ‘the more thorough the better.’ I hate the feeling of having makeup on by the end of the day, and I’m not sure if there is anything which is more heavenly than that feeling of a freshly cleansed and moisturised face. So, in my efforts to keep my skin feeling as squeaky clean as possible I stumbled upon the BeGlow – a brand new device which promises to be an all-in-one skincare device. As you can imagine, I was more than intrigued!

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Rather than most of my beauty devices, which focus on a single aspect of skincare – the BeGlow TIA promises to do it all – cleansing, anti-ageing and contouring. Its a big claim from such a dinky device – each of the sides fits comfortably in the palm of my hand, and if you’re off on travels this summer, this would also easily slip into a beauty pouch.

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The first end has a silicon brush which you can use for cleansing morning and night. Rather than other cleansing brushes which use nylon brushes, the silicon is super hygienic, as well as being gentle on skin. It’s also easy to share the BeGlow, as you can slide your own brush head on and off thanks to the magnetised backing.

 

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The BeGlow Tia is completely waterproof, so you can keep it in the shower for easy access. The combination of sonic waves and the silicon bristles give skin a thorough cleanse without irritating skin. After wetting the brush head, I squeeze cleanser directly on to it, then get to cleansing. The vibrations mean that impurities are removed easily without irritating skin.

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Then, once I’m out of the shower, I apply my serums and moisturisers as normal. Once they’re on, I then use the side with the titanium plate. Applied to wrinkle-prone areas like the under-eyes the pulsations can help products sink into the skin, as well as to improve blood circulation in the area. It means that fine lines can look visibly reduced, and it cuts down on under-eye puffiness too!

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The feel of the titanium plate is so cooling and soothing, so it’s perfect if you’re combating the effects of a late night, or hay fever. The frequency that the plate pulsates at also changes depending on where you use it, so pores look smaller and skin looks and feels healthier.

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The third way that I’ve been using the BeGlow, is as a contouring device. Rather than using either of the plates – you simply use the back of the device to sculpt. It’s particularly effective on the jawline and cheekbones. It works to tighten skin and create an all-round more sculpted look, and honestly, who doesn’t want sharper cheekbones? It works to exercise your facial muscles, so with regular use the BeGlow will make a real difference to skin tone and its appearance.

The BeGlow TIA is such a game changer of a product, and the fact that it has such a range of uses, really makes it worth the investment! It’s available exclusively from LookFantastic for £199 and you can find it here.