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I’d never been to Peebles properly before heading to The Horseshoe Restaurant and Rooms in Eddleston. I think I had driven through in the middle of the night on the way back up from Cheshire, but considering how close it is to Edinburgh, I’m kind of amazed and ashamed I’d never seen it in the daylight.

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The Horseshoe Restaurant and Rooms in located just off the road in Eddleston is definition of picture postcard pretty. With most of the main restaurant dating back to 1862, it was originally a blacksmith’s forge and the rooms are located in a Victorian school building. It’s the cosiest of set ups, and when I found out that they even have their own kitchen garden, I was in absolute heaven!

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Attention to detail is everywhere at the Horseshoe – even the planting beds are planted to supplement the kitchen. Just outside the rooms there are wild strawberries, lavender and daisies, all of which can be used either for desserts or for their wild flower displays which are sprinkled throughout the buildings.

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The restaurant is possibly one of the most comfortable I’ve been in. It’s a luxe mix of golds and rich woods, with candles flickering in every corner. The sitting room and lounge, also has a beautifully large circle window which lets you sit and watch the world go by. The dining room is an intimate affair with only 10 tables which vary in size, meaning it’s easy to find a corner to tuck yourself into to enjoy your meal. We started with amuse bouche of red pepper cream with a red pepper crisp, then duck with a little foie gras. Both were rich and flavorful, setting the scene for the rest of lunch. We also tucked into some of the freshly baked breads and home-churned butter. The olive studded option was satisfyingly warm, with a light crust and springy texture.

Summer truffle risotto, king oyster mushroom and mushroom ketchupThen we moved onto starters, and honestly, there was only one option I was going to choose – a Summer truffle risotto, king oyster mushroom and mushroom ketchup. I’m always a touch nervous opting for a heavy starter, but this one was absolutely heavenly. The rice was perfectly cooked, whilst the mushroom added texture. The cheese and truffle shavings were also a absolute revelation – they were so rich, whilst there was also a citrus element, which cut through the richness, balancing the dish.

Venison loin, black pudding, potato terrine, carrot, raspberries

Then I moved onto the main course, which was a study in rich comfort – Venison loin, black pudding, potato terrine, carrot, raspberries. I was a little apprehensive about ordering venison – I’ve not had it in years, and I’m not a fan of meat that’s overpoweringly gamey. This however was an absolute dream. The venison was melt-in-the-mouth tender, juicy, with a delicate flavour, which sat perfectly with the homemade black pudding which was rich and spicy. The raspberries cut through all the rich meat, with a pleasing tartness, whilst the chard was surprisingly sweet.

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After savouring every mouthful we headed back through to the sitting room and bar area for tea and petits fours. A sort of salted chocolate fudge was absolutely delicious – rich and smooth, and I’m already pondering ways of recreating it at home.

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The Horseshoe is the perfect spot to while away the afternoon, delighting in food that has been thoughtfully sourced and cooked. The pairings of flavours were really incredible, and the wine list is something special too! The Horseshoe offers over 300 bottles – and keep a special eye out for resident wine expert Mark Slaney’s sourced ‘Desert’ Wines!

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If you’re more in the mood for supper, they offer both an a la carte and tasting menu with accompanying wines. There are eight en-suite bedrooms which are, again, so comfy and cosy. Farrow and Ball paint, with crisp white linens mean that you can partake in some of Mark’s wine suggestions without worrying about how to get home safely.

Lunch at The Horseshoe Restaurant with Rooms starts at £20.00 for two courses and their website is here.

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When I was at the Rodial event at Harvey Nichols a couple of weeks ago, I got to see Rodial’s skin tint in action, and I have to say, I was impressed! I’ve had a couple of tubes of the Skin Tint + in my ‘to try’ pile for a couple of months (oops!) but seeing them in action made me want to give them a run myself, and I have to say, I’ve been seriously impressed!

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I was kindly sent two of the five available shades (mine are Capri and The Hamptons) but the shades cater to even the deepest of skin tones. i was actually quite surprised at the amount of coverage the tints give – I was sure that they would be super sheer, but actually they do give skin a flawless base which eradicates redness and disguises any sort of tiredness or breakouts, they’re also pretty matte. One of the tips I picked up at the masterclass, was to add a drop of oil to the Skin Tint + prior to application to add a bit of luminosity and glow to the finish. It’s a hint that’s worked an absolute treat – I’ve been loving the results which perfect my skin.

Rodial Skin Tint + is priced at £45.00 and is available here.

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As someone with, what can sometimes feel like perpetually dry skin, finding a day cream which leaves me feeling both hydrated and a little dewy, without straying too far into greasy territory can sometimes feel like a bit of a task. I like creams which feel nourishing and hydrating, and which my skin can drink up, but nothing that’s too heavy, so I was so excited to try Dr. Darren McKeown’s Stop Skincare Day Cream.

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I’ve been absolutely loving the rest of the skincare line, and happily, the Day Cream is no different. In the morning, after cleansing, I’ve been applying a little of the Day Cream prior to my makeup, and have just been loving the results!  The cream itself has a lovely texture, which just sinks without leaving any tackiness or fragrance, and my skin just drinks it up. There isn’t a fragrance, but Dr. Mckeown has cleverly included light-reflecting particles, which leave skin looking so fresh! It’s such a clever touch, and it really  makes a difference once all my makeup goes on – it gives a subtle glow that I’m sure we’re all after! The cream also keeps skin hydrated throughout the day – meaning no dry patches for makeup to go blotchy on. Genius!

Stop Skincare Day Cream is priced at £40.00 and is available here.

 

Curaprox White is Black Black is White toothpaste

I think that it’s fair to say that I have something of an interest in unusual dental products. I’ve tried $100 toothpaste (here), toothpaste made from chocolate (here), and I’ve even added charcoal to my toothpaste (here), so when I heard that Curaprox were releasing two black toothpastes: Black is White and White is Black, you can imagine how excited I got!

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Black is White was the first of the toothpastes I tried – packaged in a sleek black tube, complete with matching black toothbrush, in a word, it’s stunning. Happily, the formula is as awesome as the packaging, and the black colour isn’t just for effect.

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It’s thanks to the activated carbon which adsorbs stains from the surface of teeth, leaving them whiter than before. It feels like a gentler, more natural way to get whiter teeth, and I just love how fresh and clean my mouth feels after using the toothpastes.

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There’s no difference in the formula except their flavours – the black tube has a minty-citrus taste, whilst the white has the more regular plain mint. Both are super refreshing, and I’ve been using the black tube daily for about a week, and I can already see the difference!

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As if the activated charcoal in the formula wasn’t enough, there is also a super subtle blue shimmer, which leaves teeth looking even whiter, albeit on a slightly less permanent basis.

Available from www.curaprox.co.uk & Professional Dentists,

Curaprox RRP’s at £19.95

Essie It's a Celebration!

When it comes to Essie polishes, it can feel like there are hundreds of shades to choose from. Every time I pop into Boots, it feels like there are new shades calling my name, and it’s not unsurprising – It’s a Celebration is the brand’s 1000th shade!

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Packaged in one of the brands signature bottles, complete with golden confetti cap (the gold came off mine when I was removing some spilled polish), It’s a Celebration! is a bright, true yellow shade which is unlikely to already be in your collection.

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The formula for It’s a Celebration! was a big surprise. It was easy to work with, and completely opaque in two coats – the micro shimmer caught the light, and my fingers looked like they had been dipped in gold! It’s such a fun and unusual shade, and when the light catches it, it’s so beautiful!

 

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