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Dalkeith’s Restoration Yard has been a real favourite of mine since it opened. Far enough away from Edinburgh to feel like a bit of a day out to visit, but close enough to be convenient Restoration Yard mixes the best of food, beauty, lifestyle and fashion, all in one (very photogenic) package. If you’re lucky enough to have a dog that needs walked, there are rolling parklands around Dalkeith House (an absolutely stunning country house) whilst little people can run off any extra energy at Scotland’s finest treehouse – Fort Douglas. We were feeling a like a bit of indulgence though, so we headed to the Restoration Cafe for lunch.

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Having just released a brand new lunch menu, our timing couldn’t have been better! The Restoration Cafe aim to source as much local produce as possible, and neither of us could resist ordering the beef Restoration Burgers (£14.75). Coming in a pretzel bun (my favourite, and something rarely seen outside the US) along with a fresh salad and hand cut chunky chips, this was a meal to be savoured!

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Grilled to perfection, the burger was smothered in oozing cheddar, and would make the perfect antidote to post-walk munchies. The fresh salad served alongside cut through the richness of the dish, whilst the chips were piping hot and perfectly crisp.

We couldn’t resist trying a couple of side dishes, so opted for a bowl of Buttered Veg (£3.50) and an RY Salad (£4). Both absolutely delicious – the veg was a perfect mix of green beans, courgette and broccoli, whilst the RY Salad felt like summer in a dish thanks to the heirloom tomatoes, hunks of beetroot and lettuce leaves.

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Even though we had absolutely stuffed ourselves on burgers, we couldn’t resist the dessert menu. After chatting over fresh mint teas, we made our choice – Restoration Cheesecake with ice cream (£6.25) and Orange and White Chocolate Panna Cotta (£6.45).

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Served alongside strawberries and some homemade shortbread rounds, the Orange and White Chocolate Panna Cotta was a study in indulgence.

Wonderfully rich and creamy, the panda cotta was silky smooth, and I loved the richness of white chocolate contrasting with the freshness of orange and fresh berries. The shortbread melted in the mouth, and the whole dish felt perfect for summer.

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I couldn’t resist a slice of Restoration Cheesecake served alongside a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. I think the type of cheesecake might vary by the day, but when we popped in it was Vanilla and Raspberry. I had been craving a proper pudding for weeks, so this certainly fit the bill!

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Despite looking quite hefty (who are we kidding? It was a huge slice!) the cheesecake was incredibly light, with clouds of cream cheese sitting atop of a salted biscuity base. The raspberries on top were suspended in a crystal-clear jelly, alongside a scoop of the most delicious vanilla bean ice-cream. It was the most indulgent way to end a meal, and it was so fun to be able to relax, enjoy some incredible food, then enjoy a little shopping after our meal.

Thank you so much Restoration Yard for having us! You can find out more about Restoration Yard here.

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When it comes to amping up a makeup look, there is nothing quite as effective as a great pair of lashes. I love them, especially when it’s a big night out – a great pair of lashes feels like the finishing touch – and if they’re as comfortable as Kiss Lashes? It’s just the cherry on the cake!

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Inspired by the glamour of Film Noir, the Corset variety have three layers of lashes for impact. Ultra black, and super fluttery, these lashes are so lightweight, you can pop them on and forget about them. As with all falsies, I measure these up against my eyes, trim as necessary, the coat with a thin layer of Shu Uemura lash glue, let it get tacky, then apply using lash tweezers. The lashes stay put all evening, and look incredible – if you’re gentle enough you can even reuse them a couple times!

Kiss Lash Couture Triple Push-Up Collection Lashes are priced at £7.99 and are available here (UK) and here (US)

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Is there anything worse than trying to hide a bad night’s sleep? Too little makeup, and you’re left looking like you’ve just crawled out from under the duvet, but too much might be worse! There is nothing worse than that cakey look that too much concealer can give – and the under eye area, so I’m always on the hunt for a lightweight effective products to combat the effects of a late night.

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The Winky Lux Peeper Perfect has been my go-to recently. After applying a little tinted moisturiser or skin tint as normal, I squeeze a little of the Winky Lux formula onto the back of my hand, then, using my ring finger, I tap a little of the concealer into my under eye area. I like my makeup to look as natural as possible, and this one is perfect for hiding dark circles and disguising puffiness. Available in a choice of five shades, if you have particularly light or deep toned skin, you may struggle finding a match, but otherwise, you should be ok. I don’t bother setting the concealer with powder, instead I just apply a little bronzer as normal. If my eyes still need a little more attention, I use a nude eyeliner on my lower waterline, as well as in my inner corners, then use a light, lengthening mascara. The effect is almost as good as coffee feels!

Winky Lux Peeper Perfect is priced at £13 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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We might be hitting the tail end of summer, but I’m not quite ready to embrace the pale yet. This summer I’ve been lucky enough to try out a whole range of products, and the latest in my trials has been St Tropez’ Pre Shower Tan. Designed to be used on dry skin, I apply direct to skin using a St Tropez mitt, leave it for a minute or two to ‘take’ then simply shower as normal. It feels weird showering off a product I’ve just put on, but the results couldn’t be better!

As the day goes on, a light, super-natural looking tan develops, and crucially, it doesn’t stain clothes or have the usual biscuity smell. It’s an absolute lifesaver if you’re heading out after work, or if you’ve left your tan until the last minute. The tan is also incredibly buildable, so you can apply as many mornings as you like, until you reach your desired shade – simple!

St Tropez Pre Shower Tan is priced at £ and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Fenty Beauty Tapered Blending Brush

When it comes to makeup tools, I’m a believer in quality over quantity. I can count on one hand the number of brushes I use on a daily basis (currently 2, and if I’m feeling fancy, 3), so a brush has to be really good to get into my daily rotation. Two new additions? The fabulous new duo recently released by Fenty Beauty. They’re the first tools I’ve tried from the brand, and I have to say – I’m impressed.

Fenty Beauty Tapered Blending Brush

The tapered blending brush is an absolute dream for creating blended eye looks. I use mine almost daily to create subtle day looks. Like all the brushes from Fenty Beauty, they are completely vegan, using super-soft acrylic bristles. I’m also in love with the dusky pink colour of them – they’re absolute beauties!

Fenty Beauty Tapered Blending Brush is priced at £20 and are available here (UK) and here (US)

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