Father’s Day Gift Guide: O’Ndina Gin*

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Buying gifts for Father’s Day can be a bit of a hassle. By definition, fathers can be super hard to buy for – by definition they always seem to have everything they could ever want or need. A few years back, I resolved only to buy gifts which are both a treat and are useful. Happily, O’ndina Gin ticks both those boxes.

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A small-bath gin inspired by the spirit of the Italian Riviera, this couldn’t feel more perfect to enjoy during balmy summer evenings. Incredibly fresh, with notes of thyme, fresh basil leaf and black pepper, there is even a hint of lemon verbena in there – perfect for summer supping!

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It’s a wonderful, quite sophisticated choice – so if your dad is a bit of a gin aficionado, this is a fabulous choice! It’s the perfect option for an update on the classic G&T – mixed with an Italian tonic water and garnished with basil, it’s an absolutely delicious (and easy!) cocktail for warm summer evenings. It’s incredible in an Italian Negroni too – just mix 25ml O’ndina, 25ml Campari and25ml Cinzano 1757 Vermouth Rosso in a tumbler glass over ice, stir until cold, then garnish with a basil leaf or some orange peel. We might not be able to visit the Italian riviera this summer – so I think O’ndina might just be the next best thing!

O’ndina Gin is priced at £34 and is available here (UK)

Rahua Color Full Hair Mask*

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When it comes to places that I’m heading the moment lockdown lifts is the hairdresser. I was meant to go back in April for the works – cut, colour, treatment, but it wasn’t meant to be. I’m truly counting down the days until I can get back in the salon chair, but until then, the next best thing to a few hours spent grooming, is a weekly treatment with Rahua’s Colour Full Hair Mask.

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Designed to protect coloured hair, and keep it looking salon-fresh, Rahua’s Colour Full Mask has been a once a week treat which has helped me feel human over the past couple of months of lockdown. With a formula designed to strengthen and protect hair, strands benefit from oils and clay which work together to make your colour look even better than it did when you strolled out the salon. Rahua Oil has super fine molecules which push colour pigmentation deep into hair shaft for colour endurance, whilst also fortifying weak, damaged strands. It also preserves scalp and hair follicle health so new growth comes in healthier than before. Morete is rich in essential fatty acids and carotenoids, including beta-carotene, it’s high in vitamins C and E which regulate the scalp and protects against environmental aggressors. Crucially for blondes, the formula also contains Amazonian Clay which reduces brassy tones – as someone who wants their hair as cool as possible, it’s a dream!

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After cleansing with Rahua’s classic shampoo, I cover my hair root to tip with the mask. To let it get to work, I leave it in for at least 15 minutes, whilst I enjoy the glorious scent which comes courtesy of the Gardenia oil in the formula. My hair feels so soft and smooth after using the mask, and it’s a whole lot shinier too. Brassy tones are toned down, and my hair looks far fresher – exactly what I need since it’s going to be at least July until I can get my roots done!

Rahua Color Full Hair Mask is priced at £60 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Foreo Luna 3*

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Like most people, I’m using this period to ease up on my daily makeup routine. Gone are shadows, lotions and potions, and instead, I’m calling it a day with some skin tint and bronzer. I have had to add an additional daily SPF into my morning lineup, thanks to the incredible weather we’ve been enjoying, so I’ve had to step up my cleansing routine each evening.

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Thanks to Foreo’s Luna 3, enjoying a thorough cleanse has never been easier. Linked to the Foreo app through my phone, the Luna deeply and effectively cleanses skin in only a minute or so. Using a mixture of high-tech T-Sonic pulsations and silicon bristles, the Luna gives treatment like you’d enjoy at your favourite spa. Perfect to use post-workout, or after a day in the sunshine, the Luna 3 reaches deep into pores to leave skin looking and feeling as fresh as possible.

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With bristles 25% softer than previous models, the Foreo 3, and there are 16 different intensities to choose from, which means that no matter if your skin is sensitive or oily, you’ll be able to enjoy the best treatment for your skin type. Completely waterproof – I’ve got mine stashed in the bathroom, and I use it morning and night with my favourite foaming cleanser. A single charge gives you enough power for around 650 uses, so it’s perfect for popping in your suitcase (when we’re allowed to travel again).

Foreo Luna 3 is priced at £168 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Wine Home Deliveries with L’ART DU VIN

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As lock-down continues, it weirdly feels like every day is Sunday. It’s nice in a way, especially on sunny afternoons, where hours seem to absolutely disappear and and you can get on with all those tasks you never seem to have time for (I’m now the proud owner of the most streamlined cupboards you’ve ever seen).  Despite the positives, it’s just a bit weird, so in an attempt to keep Friday feeling a bit special, we’re going to be enjoying a bit of a picnic, with some refreshment care of L’Art Du Vin.

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One of Scotland’s premier wine suppliers – they work with a selection of incredible restaurants including Michelin-starred establishments and now L’Art Du Vin have launched a home delivery service! Earlier this week, I was the very lucky recipient of two glorious bottles – Fleur de Charlotte and Montepulciano D’Abruzzo.

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The home delivery service is perfect if you need to stock up for the next few weeks, and it’s contactless, so you’ll be safe to enjoy your wine too! With over 400 wines to choose from, simply head to the L’Art Du Vin website and select your wines. They have a particularly impressive selection of organic wines, and they were the first Scottish wine merchant to become certified members of the UK Organic Soil Association.

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Customers can enjoy around a 2 working day delivery time (perfect for getting prepped for the week) and if you live in Fife or Edinburgh – you’ll get a personal visit from the L’Art Du Vin van!

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As if that wasn’t enough, L’Art Du Vin is giving customers a straight 12% discount on all their wines, and orders over £100 benefit from free delivery!

Thank you so much to L’Art Du Vin for my wonderful bottles – to say they’ve made our Friday night special is an understatement!

If you’re keen to enjoy your own bottles, you can find L’Art Du Vin here.

Beauty Laundrette – Bubble Soak*

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Sometimes you just need to run yourself a bubble bath, close the door and forget the outside exists. I don’t always get to enjoy a good soak when I’m working away, but now I’ve got a little more time on my hands, I’ve been making use of the time as well as I know how!

Beauty Laundrette’s Bubble Soak is a perfect choice for nights when I want something which smells beautiful and bubbles up like a dream. A glug of the formula poured into an already-running bath leaves the bathroom smelling heavenly. You really only need a touch, and then you’ve got a dreamy bath waiting for you – perfect to finish off that book you’ve been reading!

Beauty Laundrette Bubble Soak is priced at £12 and it’s available here

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