Prestat Hot Cross Bun Spiced Easter Egg*

When it comes to celebrating Easter, there are a few things you need to have: chicks, bunnies, chocolate eggs and hot cross buns. Prestat have combined the two most delicious elements in their brand new Hot Cross Bun Spiced Easter Egg. I’ve been a fan of spiced chocolate for as long as I can remember, so the mix of cloves, nutmeg and allspice with Prestat’s signature creamy milk chocolate just sounded dreamy.

Packaged, as per Prestat’s usual standard, in a gloriously swirly box, and tucked in layers of tissue paper, the egg looks like a little jewel in there, and I love the fact that it’ finished with a daffodil yellow ribbon. It is just so wonderfully spring-like, and it took everything in my power to take photos prior to getting full stuck in!

Once you crack open the egg, you’re met with six mini eggs all as delicious as the main egg! The mix of rich chocolate with the spices is delicious. It’s not overpowering, but there is definitely a kick of seasonal flavours – think cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. It’s a gorgeous nod to Easter, and really separated Prestat’s offering from the crowd!

Prestat’s Hot Cross Spice Egg is priced at £17.50 and is available here

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Palette*

 If you were to take a peek into my eyeshadow box right this second, I could pretty much guarantee that you’d remark on just how many shades of taupe, brown and chestnut there was. Everyone does. The usual question is ‘how many shades of brown do you need?’ but honestly, I rotate through the colours at an alarming rate. Well, I did, because I’ve had a bit of colour injected into my collection in the form of Too Faced’s Sweet Peach Eye Palette.

I’m not quite sure how, but I managed to miss most of the furore abut the collection when it was released in the US last year, but when I caught sight of it last month, I just had to have it. Not only is the packaging just adorable (I’m sorry, but just look at that little peachy face!) but the colours seemed very wearable. There are a handful of my beloved taupes and browns sprinkled amongst pinks and peaches. The palette looked like just the thing I needed to update my look right in time for spring!

When the palette arrived, I don’t think I could have been happier. It was prettier than I’d even imagined, and the mix of matte and shimmering shades felt perfectly balanced. It’s a collection of shadows which is super versatile, and I’ve reached for it as much on days when I’m after a little subtle definition as I do when I want to create something more dramatic.

The left hand side of the palette is dedicated to what I consider to be the most casual of the shades. If I’m just heading to work, I tend to sweep Cobbler over my lids and blend a little Peaches ‘N’ Cream into my inner corners. Cobbler is a stunning pinky toned taupe which blends effortlessly and gives eyes a subtle sheen. I sometimes like to blend a little Caramelized into my lash line.

The centre shades are some of my absolute favourites. Bellini is the most fabulous shimmering pink which looks so pretty if I want something a little different. Puree is also the most fabulous matte brown. Soft enough for seamless blending, it looks so sophisticated when used in the crease. This section also has the requisite peaches and pinks in the form of Just Peachy (a blue toned glittery pink) and Candied Peach (a perfect warm peach shade). The colours are seriously pigmented, but surprisingly easy to use. Blended into the lid, and paired with a chocolatey crease colour, it’s a fun way to inject a little life into my otherwise neutral makeup look.

The right hand side of the palette is where is gets deep and moody. Peach Pit is a browny-plum which shimmers seductively with a pink micro-glitter. Talk Derby to Me is an inky navy shot through sparkle. Charmed, I’m Sure is also an absolutely stunning matte – it’s a seriously pretty cool toned taupe which is perfect for creating a stunning monochrome look.

I feel like the Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette has injected a bit of life into my regime, just in time for Spring! It’s priced at £39 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Dinner at Steak Edinburgh*

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I had heard great things about Steak – a rather swish restaurant in the heart of Edinburgh city centre. Located on Picardy Place, if you’ve found the statue of Sherlock Holmes you’re in the right spot!

So, last Friday, after positively skipping out of work, we headed to Steak in the sunshine. I’d never been before, and was seriously impressed with the building. Previously a ballroom, the dining room is a dark, shadowy space, filled with candles. It creates the most wonderful intimate space, and the whole time I was there, all I could think about was how perfect a date-spot the restaurant is.

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Since it was Friday I treated myself to a glass of something fizzy, and went with a glass of prosecco. Served icy cold, it was exactly what I needed, and made the perfect accompaniment for the meal to come!

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Steak’s menu is pretty much perfectly sized – unsurprisingly it’s heavily focused on steak, but there is a good mix of seafood in there too (especially in the starters). If you’re swaying over which cut to choose from, the waiter helpfully brings over a heaving slab of steak cuts to help you decide which one you’re after. It’s especially handy to hear which cuts are leaner, or how long the meat has been aged when you’re making up your mind.

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When it came to the choice of starters, neither of us could resist the Pan Seared King Scallops (£12). Served with chunks of rich black pudding, a zesty spring onion puree and crisp pommes gaufrette. The dish was the stuff dreams are made of – the soft, buttery scallops paired well with the rich indulgent nuggets of black pudding. It was one of those dishes you just want to sit and savour, but at the same time just gobble right up!

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Then it was time for the main event. We couldn’t come to Steak and order anything else, so we both opted for star of the menu – the T-Bone steak (£40) served rare. Like all steaks on the menu it comes with a cooked portobello mushroom, tomatoes and a leafy salad.

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Honestly, this has to be the best steak in Edinburgh. Not only was it caveman-huge, but it was so tender, juicy and flavourful. It was an absolute dream of a Friday night supper, and it was cooked to rare perfection.

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I’m a big believer in keeping things simple, and so it seems, are Steak. The lack of adornments allowed the steak’s quality to shine through, and it’s one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. The meat was so flavourful and tender – and it felt like such a treat to enjoy it in such a gorgeous restaurant.

To accompany our steaks, we opted to share three of the most delicious sides you could imagine (£4). All the sides on offer sounded divine, but we finally wrestled it down to Creamed Peas with Leeks and Bacon, Roast Seasonal Vegetables and Buttered Mash Potatoes. They were all equally delicious, although I think the creamed peas were my favourite – they tasted not unlike the base of a pot pie I make at home, and I’ve already tried my best to recreate it (although mine lacked a little je ne sais pas in comparison to Steak’s).

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After savouring the best steak in Edinburgh for nigh on an hour (there was a lot to enjoy!) we somehow found room for dessert. After having such an rich and indulgent meal, I was in the mood for something a little lighter, so the Rhubarb and Custard Parfait (£7) sounded ideal.

What arrived was a creamy rhubarb and custard gelato served on a homemade ginger biscuit. The fieriness of the ginger contrasted well with the creaminess of the ice cream, but what made the dish come to life was the inclusion of peanut butter on the plate. It was an absolute explosion of flavour, and finished the meal off fabulously.

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I also managed to sneak a mouthful of the Creme Brûlée (£7), and it was incredible. Rich, creamy vanilla contrasted with the caramel snap of the crust. Served with rich and buttery shortbread discs, it was an absolute dream of a pudding!

As you can probably tell, the meal was a roaring success – getting to enjoy the best steaks in Edinburgh as well as fabulous starters and desserts was a dream! Thank you so much to Steak for having us!

Christian Breton Hydrogel Eye Contour Masks*

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When it comes to quick skin fixes, I don’t think that you can do much better than a disposable sheet mask. I have a box where they’re sorted into each concern – to cure dryness, improve clarity and to cleanse skin, and I love to dip into it whenever my skin is feeling a little blah. A new addition to the box are these fabulous eye masks from Christian Breton.

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With options including ‘Lift & Firm’, ‘Anti-Wrinkle’ and ‘Dark Circles and Puffiness’ there is a mask for most eye issues. Since my eyes can get hot and puffy from sitting at a computer all day  (or eating carbs, or having a drink) I love how cooling and soothing the masks feels to apply, and using them couldn’t be simpler.

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Every couple of evenings, after cleansing and applying an evening moisturiser, I get into bed and select which of the masks I want (or need) to use. Late nights and early mornings mean that the Dark Circle and Puffiness ones are the ones I tend to reach for most.

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Each of the boxes contains three sets of masks – I just unpeel them from the sachet and then pop onto my undereye area. The masks feel like thick gel, and one side feels like material. Just pop the gel side on, then you’re good to go! I even leave mine on overnight to really benefit from the effects!

Christian Breton Hydrogel Eye Contour Masks are 27,00€ per box and are available here.

Soaper Duper Zingy Ginger Body Lotion*

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Ok, so there’s no denying that we’re edging closer to spring and summer (it’s even been sunny more days than not) so I’m flinging myself back into maintenance mode. It won’t be long until hemlines get shorter and you can chuck on a pair of leggings and a sweatshirt at the weekend. So, to get my skin looking and feeling it’s best, I’ve been adding Soaper Duper’s Zingy Ginger Body Lotion to my routine every morning. After coming out of the shower, I slap it on my arms and legs, then let it sink in as I’m putting my makeup on.

It’s got the perfect texture which softens and smoothes skin without it feeling sticky, and I just adore the gingery scent. It’s so fresh and clean. It’s perfect to perk me up in the mornings – and the generous size of the tube means I will get to enjoy it all season long!

Soaper Duper Zingy Ginger Body Lotion is priced at £7.50 and is available here