Spring and summer picnics with Tala*

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Over the past few weeks, the UK has been enjoying the best spring in living memory. Days have been warm and bright, stretching week after week, and we’ve been making the most of them by enjoying picnics at every chance. Not only has it been absolutely heavenly to be able to spend so much time out of doors, but we’ve been making a real effort to shop as locally, and as small as possible (I can’t remember the last time I was in a supermarket), so the produce we’ve been enjoying has been second to none too!

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Obviously, as wonderful as picnics are – there’s always a bit of a tidy up, and since we’ve been told only to venture out when necessary, making the most of each dish is of paramount importance. I’ve been priding myself on saving every scrap and cutting down on food waste, so these absolutely gorgeous Tala Cookware Wax Wraps couldn’t have come at a better time!

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Available in a range of designs – I love these fun cheese and honeycomb ones! The packs come with three sizes of wraps inside, which can be used instead of clingfilm or sandwich bags. Honestly, at first I was a bit skeptical – the wraps are cloth covered in beeswax, so on opening them they feel stiff and almost papery, but as you fold them around your leftovers (we’ve used them on bread and cheese) they warm up in your hands, and become far more malleable.

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The range of three sizes means you can save even the littlest left overs, and in the kitchen, I’ve even placed the largest sheet over a pan as it cools, and it’s worked a treat!

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As someone who cooks pretty regularly, it’s so great to know I have these on hand for whenever I need to pop something into the fridge or back into the cupboard. They’ve saved me from using so much plastic wrap – not to mention they’re much cuter to use too!

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Not only is my kitchen now eco-friendlier thanks to my stunning Beeswax Wraps, but I was very kindly gifted this stunning glass storage container with vented lid.

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Truly, it couldn’t have come at a better time. Over the past few weeks I’ve been gutting the house, getting rid of all those plastic Tupperware containers which were past their best or missing lids, so getting a shiny new one like this felt like Christmas.

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The clip-top lid keeps food fresh for longer, and it’s completely airtight and spill proof. I love how multi-functional it is – not only does it keep fruit tasting just-picked, but the glass base can withstand up to 240 Degrees and it’s perfect to use for oven baked meals.

The vented lid is designed so you can even pop it straight into the microwave for easy heating. The glass base also looks slick enough for easy oven to table serving.

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Tala Cookware Wax Wraps are priced at £12 and their Glass storage container with vented lid is priced at £9.25 and they’re all available here.

Funderm No Drama Natural Red Clay Mask*

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I’m not quite sure why, but for me, Sunday is always my day for face masks. Maybe it’s that whole back-to-school vibe, but there’s something nice about starting the week off with a fresh and clean face. I thought it was a too good an excuse to share one of my new favourites – Funderm’s No Drama Natural Red Clay Mask.

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I feel like prebiotic and probiotic skincare is going to be the next big thing, and it’s what Funderm are all about. With a product line-up which includes supplements as well as products, they’re a brand which have brought together internal and external treatments to get your skin looking tip-top, and I’ve been absolutely loving their No Drama Natural Red Clay Mask, which is designed purify and balance skin.

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Made to be smoothed on to freshly cleansed skin, the No Drama Mask is filled with good-for-skin ingredients including Dead Sea minerals, Pro-Vitamin B5, Vitamin E and Vitamin B3 which inhibit sebum production as well as improve your skin’s texture. It works to clear pores out too – leaving pores looking smaller – perfect now I’m wearing even less makeup than usual! After about 15 minutes, it dries down, and I remove it with a hot damp flannel, then follow up with a deeply moisturising balm. The result is clear, calm skin with it’s Prebiotics & Probiotics left intact.

Funderm No Fuss Natural Red Clay Mask is priced at £32 and is available here

Glossier Brow Flick – brown

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One of the very last appointments I made before the world turned upside down, was a great brow tint at Zen Lifestyle in Edinburgh. It feels a bit flippant to say that it was a priority before lockdown truly began, but honestly, having brows which looked done and groomed for eight weeks really made my life so much easier (and it helped me get away with wearing minimal makeup too!

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Unfortunately, it’s right about time for my next brow appointment, and since that won’t be happening any time soon, I’ve turned to one of my favourite brands – Glossier, to give me a little help. Their Brow Flick was released last summer, and I’m not going to lie, I ordered it pretty much the day it was released. It’s sat at the back of my makeup box since. Now that I’ve got a little extra time to experiment, I’ve been playing around with it – giving myself some extra tint and definition, and I’ve fallen a bit in love with it! The idea behind the Brow Flick, is to draw individual hairs, so that you can achieve a naturally full looking brow. On a regular morning, it might not be the most time-friendly of makeup bits, but now that I’ve got some extra time I’ve been really loving the results. Once the strokes are on, they don’t smudge or fade – and my brows look the same at the end of the day as they did in the morning. The brown shade is also pretty much bang-on. There’s no redness in the formula, instead you just get a chic dose of definition.

Glossier Brow Flick is priced at £15 and is available here.

Rahua Shower Gel*

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One of the best decisions I’ve made during this whole lockdown period, is getting up and dressed every day. It’s way too easy to see this period as an extended holiday, but as someone with a whole lot to do, and suddenly enough time to do it – I definitely didn’t want to waste an opportunity! Obviously, the best part about early mornings is an indulgent shower – and I’ve been loving trying new products which make mornings that little bit easier.

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My current shower gel of choice, is this gem from Rahua – a beauty brand I’ve previously only tried hair care from. Much like their delightful shampoos and conditioners, their Shower Gel is filled with pure ingredients, and includes their fabled Amazonian Rahua oil, which tones, hydrates and smoothes skin.

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Not only is the Shower Gel so stylishly packaged – but it smells absolutely divine too! Fresh and faintly herbal, this is a true unisex option. It foams up beautifully, and I love using it with a shower puff for a little extra exfoliation, and the extra foam really lets me enjoy the notes of lavender, eucalyptus, sweet vanilla, and woodsy Palo Santo within the formula. It’s the closest I’ve gotten to that spa experience for quite a few weeks, and it’s such a positive way to start each day!

Rahua Shower Gel is priced at £25 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Truly – Day Candle*

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Now that we’re spending what feels like approximate 100 hours a day inside the house, there’s never been a better time to get it feeling as homey as possible. The first few weeks of lockdown were spent organising every cupboard, drawer and bookcase in the place, so the past few days I’ve really been able to enjoy my surroundings.

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Even though I work from home anyway, I’ve been loving making some seasonal changes. One of the best switches I’ve made, it indulging in a new scent, right in time for Spring. My choice has been Truly’s fabulous Day candle. Designed to give you a real boost of energy from the first sniff, the candle mixes notes of eucalyptus, lavender, mint and geranium to create a scent which feels straight from the spa. It’s beautifully fresh and clean, and I love lighting it when I have to spend a few hours in front of the laptop, and it’s a real treat to use during my Zoom pilates classes too!

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The candle burns cleanly and evenly, without leaving a sooty stain, and within a few minutes of being lit, the whole house smells beautifully of ‘Day’. Perfect if you’re looking for a seasonal refresh, or perhaps just a lockdown treat, you can even enjoy shower gels, bath oils and bath powders!

Truly’s Day Candle is priced at £20 and is available here

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