It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask*

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To say that I’m excited about the imminent re-opening of hairdressers is an understatement. I was meant to be booked in back in April, and boy, does my hair need some professional attention. Split ends coupled with roots down to my ears, means that a ponytail has been my Covid-19 hairstyle of choice, but it’s also been a chance to rehab my poor hair – getting it as healthy as possible for the rest of the summer.

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One of my favourite routines has been my weekly It’s a 10 Miracle Mask – a super hydrating treatment which leaves hair looking super healthy, and feeling silky soft. I’ve been a huge fan of the brand for years now, after having it recommended to me in the US, and I’m so happy to see it’s now available for purchase in the UK. Designed with colour-treated and over-processed hair in mind, the mask deeply hydrates stressed-out strands, infusing them with antioxidants, emulsifiers, moisturisers, and strengtheners thanks to ingredients including oat kernel extract, apricot kernel oil, and sweet almond oil. The difference in the texture of my hair after using the mask is incredible – gone are the dry and fuzzy ends, and in their place are softer, sleeker locks. For wavy hair like mine, it’s a lifesaver!

It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask is priced at £29 and is available here

CBII Total CBD Capsules*

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When it comes to lifestyle changes I’ve had during lockdown – trying to slow down and calm down a little bit has been a main priority. When things are ‘normal’, I’ve got a habit of overthinking things and stressing about things which haven’t even happened yet, so introducing CBD has been a bit of a game-changer. The trick in getting the most out of CBD, is to use it regularly, so CBII’s Total Capsules make it super easy. Every morning, I take a capsule with a big glass of water and lemon, and let it get to work. You can take up to three capsules daily, with each of the capsules containing 5mg of CBD oil.

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Total is one of five capsule options to choose from CBII, and it is completely GMO-free, and it’s also gluten-free, so if you’re sensitised to those – CBII is perfect for you! What I love about CBII is that they only use premium, legally sourced CBD oil which has been legally sourced and extracted in Switzerland. Each pack of 60 capsules comes all wrapped in a 100% recyclable carton made from hemp, and I love how slick it all looks.

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Having CBD oil in a capsule form is so, so handy, and if you’re planning some (future) travel, these are great for popping into your hand luggage without having to worry about using up your liquid allowance (not to mention they’re perfect for cutting travel anxiety)! If, like me, you’re not a fan of big capsules, these are perfectly sized – and you can easily knock it beck with a big gulp of water. The formula is tasteless and odourless too – so perfect to add to your daily routine.

CBII Total Capsules are priced at £44 and are available here.

Beauty Laundrette Cotton Smooth Creamy Body Moisturiser*

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Despite the weather taking a serious turn for the wintry over the last week or so, I’m determined not to leave lockdown looking and feeling like it’s the middle of winter. Yes, my roots, brows and nails all need some professional attention, but one habit I’m keeping up is my morning dry-brush sessions. Once I’m out the shower, I’ve also been making sure to hydrate, and one of my favourite new options has been Beauty Laundrette’s Cotton Smooth Creamy Body Moisturiser. Lightweight, with a clean, soapy fragrance, it sinks into skin quickly, leaving me feeling hydrated rather than sticky. Perfect for daily use, the moisturiser has left my skin feeling soft all day long, and I’m obsessed with the super-clean scent. Even better? It’s super affordable, so I can be generous when I use it each morning.

Beauty Laundrette Cotton Smooth Creamy Body Moisturiser is priced at £6 and is available here.

Tonic at Home *

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I’m not sure about you, but I think I’ve had my fill of lockdown. The first few weeks were a great chance to get life in order; cupboards were cleared, the garage tidied, that junk drawer finally got sorted. The next few weeks were filled with getting routines in place – long beach walks, work files all put in order, and now? Well, it’s safe to say I’m missing all my regular haunts and routines.

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One of those routines? Evenings with friends spent putting the world to right. Happily though, Edinburgh’s Tonic has made enjoying their signature drinks at home a breeze thanks to their new Tonic at Home service.

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You simply head over to their website (here), make your selections, and you’re good to go! If you live in Edinburgh there’s a delivery service, or you can do what I did, and just pop by and pick them up at your allocated time (contactless).

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The cocktails come pre-mixed in sealed bags, complete with instructions and garnishes – just follow the instructions, and you’ll have bar-worthy drinks in a few minutes. Genius! The pouches also keep well in the freezer, so it’s worth ordering. few extra and stashing them in there for effortless summer sipping.

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I popped all of my cocktails straight into the freezer the day I picked them up, and it only took a couple of hours after moving them from the freezer to the fridge for the cocktails to defrost perfectly. I have a guilty love for frozen strawberry daiquiris, so I left that pack in until it was time to serve for a perfectly frosty drink, and the result was basically summer in a glass.

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There are six signature cocktails to choose from – espresso martinis, pornstar martinis, starburst martinis, strawberry daiquiris, there’s no place like tonic, and the non-alcoholic bubblegum daiquiri.

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No Place like Tonic is a sweet and fruity mix of Tanqueray Gin, Basil & Ginger Syrup and mango puree. Serve with a slice of dehydrated lemon, I have a feeling this would make a good frozen drink too!

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The Starburst Martini mixes Ketel One Vodka, Briottet Creme de Cassis, Apple Juice, Raspberry Syrup, and Aquafaba or egg white. Shake over ice for a foamier finish, and Tonic even have a video on their website showing how you can replicate their signature swirls at home!

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The Pornstar Martini is a real classic – and it’s perfect to enjoy if you have a little Prosecco which needs using up! Shake over ice for a foamy finish and enjoy the mix of Ketel One Vodka, Passion Fruit Puree, Caramel Syrup, Aquafaba or egg white.

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My final choice was a luxe espresso martini, which combines Vanilla Infused Ketel One Vodka, Kahlua, Espresso and Vanilla Syrup. It comes complete with coffee beans to garnish – and honestly, I was just thrilled I got the beans to float on top!

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Tonic at Home cocktails are £5 each and are available to order here.

Saint Laurent Panier Medium Woven Bag – Black

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Remember at the start of the year, when we all though summer holidays were going to be possible? I started the year full of thoughts about where to go for a few weeks – all of shortlist were warm and sunny, some were farther away than others, but I had a wishlist of destinations I was slowly whittling down, and I was starting to collect little treasures to take with me. Then Covid-19 hit.

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Like the rest of the world, my summer plans have been put on ice, and the goodies I’d been squirrelling away have been packed up and popped in the ‘summer cupboard’ ready to enjoy when we’re allowed out of the country again.

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One of those little treasures is my Saint Laurent Panier Medium bag – most definitely the chicest beach-bag I’ve ever bought, it’s actually the first bag I’ve bought in nearly a decade. Why? I can be super picky about my bags, I get bored of things easily, so when I’m investing in something like a bag, I want to know I’m going to love it forever.

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Unlike most straw bags I’ve had in the past, Saint Laurent’s Panier is sturdy – with leather straps and interior pocket which holds all of my beachy bits. The only nod to the brand is the subtle tag, which can be worn inside or out of the bag, and can even be taken off completely – perfect if you’d rather people not know that it’s YSL.

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Available in black and natural straw, the Panier tote is perfectly sized as a ‘throw-all’ and can hold multiple books, pouches and bits whilst still looking sleek. It’s also one of the few straw bags I’ve seen which doesn’t look like it’s only been made for the beach – it looks as great thrown on with a pair of jeans and a shirt as it does pool-side. Perfect for trying to combat heavy bag surcharges!

Saint Laurent’s Panier Medium Bag is priced at £750 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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