Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Autumn/Winter Ready Legs

Just because it's Autumn/Winter doesn't mean that I don't want to keep my legs looking fine. Summer ready legs is definitely a thing, so why can't Autumn/Winter ready legs be a thing to? The season of not shaving your legs is no more... For me anyway. 

I think there's just something about having super smooth legs that really appeals to me and epilating has made me crave that 24/7. I mentioned about my new epilator in my Operation Be The Best Me post recently and said I'd give you a full run down on the Braun Silk-epil 9 SkinSpa Wet and Dry Epilator* and yep, you guessed it. Now's the time. This baby is life changing and I just couldn't recommend it anymore. It comes with 3 different heads - to epilate, to shave and to exfoliate and they all work incredibly. The Epilator comes with a light to highlight the hairs and make sure you don't miss any, while the exfoliator head makes sure you get rid of all of those ingrown hairs. The shaver head changed my life and makes a quick shave that bit easier, no cuts and the closest shave I've noticed for a long long while. The epilator works incredibly well and gives you the option to use different tops to make it hurt less but I like to be able to pick up a lot and so I use it without. Don't do this at first though, ease yourself in and you'll get used to it and be able to do this like I can. I used to have a much smaller and cheaper epilator and although that was great to get me started (I think it was about a year before I finally got into using it) this is the perfect step up as you can not only use it dry, but you can use it in the bath or shower too, making it all that bit more convenient. Though, I do find it picks up more hairs more quickly when you do this dry - just to make note. 

After I've given my legs a good epilate/exfoliate I've got a few products that I'd really like to give a mention to. Just because it is technically the Autumn/Winter, it doesn't mean that we don't get those days where the suns out and we can get our legs out... Yep, I live in England - who know's what the weathers doing. And if I've been sitting out in the sun, I swear by the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun - it works a treat at keeping my legs hydrated and it smells incredible. In fact the whole range does, if you've not tried Hawaiian Tropic, you need to - stat. 

My favourite moisturiser at the minute, and the one I'm ALWAYS using on my legs is the Radical Skincare Firming Body Multi Repair Body Lotion*. This stuff hydrates, sinks in super fast, smells incredible and leaves my legs looking like I've never seen them before. I know the price tag could be a little daunting, I mean I get that it's just a body cream but trust me, it's so worth it. It really is worth parting with your pennies. 

Finally, to add a bit of colour - something I'd never thought I'd say - so pale gals, this is definitely something you can get on board with too. I'm talking The Body Shop Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist*, it's a transparent gel mist that adds a hint of colour to your legs instantly. It just gives you a glow and I love that. It really makes a different and if a tan-o-phobe like me can get on board with it, then I just know you could too. It must be good if I'm talking tan right? 

I love keeping my pins looking great all year round and I have epilating and my new favourite Braun Silk-epil 9 SkinSpa Wet and Dry Epilator to thank for that. I'm a little obsessed if you couldn't tell already. 

What's your view on legs in the Autumn/Winter?

Lorna x

Monday, 5 October 2015

Eating in London: The Diner (New Menu)

If you've been reading my blog for a little while and have seen any of my 'foodie' posts then you may have noticed that The Diner is one of my favourite restaurants (remember my post on their special Pancake Day menu?) and is always my go-to if I don't know where to go. You know when you always know it's going to be good? It's a safe bet, and it always will be. 

The Diner* has a super cool vibe, it's a fun location and I always take people who are visiting London there - and they always blooming love it. 

They announced that they were changing their menu and I was both super excited and super nervous. I suppose it's one of those things where if it's great already for you, you don't really need it to be fixed but at the same time, I hoped they'd add a few new favourites. 

I had to try it out, I mean I've been about a bazillion times, so why wouldn't I? We headed to my favourite branch, the one just off Carnaby Street. It's great, I love it and it's really the only one I ever go to (I was scared off by a not so great experience at the Covent Garden branch, and so this one is my home away from home). I always get great service here, and this time was no exception. 

We started off with some drinks - there's literally so many to choose from. If you're into milkshakes, their ones are incredible and need not to be missed - I need to go back to try one of their hard shakes! They've also got an extensive menu of cocktails and beers, and that's what we went for. I'd recommend the Cali Sour and Long Island Iced Tea and their hard teas are also worth a try. To go alongside your drinks while you decide what to eat, get some of the Queso and tortilla chips.

I'm not going to lie, I was really sad to see quite a few of my favourite dishes taken off of the menu. The mushroom burger, shrimp po boy and shrimp taco salad I'm looking at you - but my favourite sides were still on the menu with a few added extras so I had nothing to complain about on that front. I went for the veggie stack burger and my friend went for the Californian burger with great feedback. I would say less for the veggie stack as it was a bit bland and dry, so if you're not a meat eater like me, then I'd recommend the halloumi burger. It really is a goodn'. Meat eaters though, I always hear incredible reviews of the Arch burger - so that comes along highly recommended alongside the Californian burger. 

Sides are always my favourite part of any meal at The Diner. They REALLY do know what they're doing, trust me. We went for the waffle fries (a new and great addition to the menu), hanger fries (these beauties are topped with cheese, smokey onions and burger sauce. A little taste of heaven if you ask me, and I ALWAYS order these) and onion rings (they're a great onion ring, they know what they're doing, need I say more?). Other side recommendations would definitely be their garlic butter fries, chilli cheese fries for the meat eaters amongst you (these always get rave reviews from whoever I go with - you need to try them), the mac and cheese and the coleslaw. In hind sight, I could probably just order a few sides and have that for my meal. They are incredible and such great portion sizes. Sharing is key. 

As if we needed any more food we had to try the desert I've been eyeing up on the menu ever since it was released. I am such a Cronut fan and am forever heading to Dum Dum Doughnuts whenever I'm around Shoreditch and so seeing my favourite restaurant add their take on it onto their new menu made me oh so happy. Plus it has Nutella in it and if anything can make anything better, it's Nutella, duh. We of course went for the Rinkoffs Crodough filled with Nutella and marshmallow fluff and served with ice cream and it really did live up to expectations. The hot Cronut went so well with the cold ice cream and although I'm really not a marshmallow fan usually, this addition just worked well here. I'd definitely have this again. 

Although I was disappointed with the Veggie Stack burger, it hasn't hindered my love for The Diner at all. I just can't ever see that happening. I've tried the majority of the menu - and if I haven't, someone I've been with has so I feel like I know what's what. But The Diner... Please bring back the Shrimp dishes - they were truly incredible! 

Head to The Diner for a great meal and a super fun experience. I've never taken anyone there that hasn't been a fan and I don't expect that to change any time soon. Great for those of you out there that aren't from London, and also those of you that are... Just go, okay? You won't regret it.  

Lorna x

*My meal was complimentary but as always all views are my own

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Falling In Love With Too Faced

I feel like I'm getting around the old block with beauty brands and my knowledge is definitely forever growing. After blogging and working in beauty for a few years, I definitely know a thing or two but for some reason there are still and I'm sure will always be those brands I've heard great things about and want to try but still, for some reason, haven't. Too Faced is one of those brands and as you may be able to tell by the title, I've now finally tried and fallen in love with in the process. 

I've tried the Too Faced Love Palette* and the Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Fig* and I blooming love them both as you may be able to tell already... Too Faced are one of those brands where the packaging is absolutely adorable and I always feel like if you fall in love with the packaging first, and then fall in love with the product you've definitely got a good thing going. 

The Too Faced Love Palette features a range of shades and I really love that. Some of them could look a little scary upon a first look but actually they're all muted down tones of colour so if you do want to try out a little bit of colour, then this is a great start. All of the shades have a beautiful shimmer or glitter to them and I love that. They are absolutely stunning and the lighter shades work incredibly for highlighting the inner corner of your eye. You can create a beautiful smokey eye with this palette! 

The Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipstick is one of the most pigmented lipsticks I've seen. A little goes a long way with this and the application with the sponge tip makes it so easy. It blends across the lips seamlessly and it gives a gorgeous and slightly glossed finish. This mattes out a little bit after a while and I love that. It's not super long wearing, but I really don't mind that as the application is so easy. There's nothing worse than having a super difficult lipstick to apply and you have to do it every 5 minutes, this definitely isn't that and I can't get enough of it. I've got the shade 'Fig' and it's a muted purple. If you want to add a purple into your collection then this would be a great one to start with - especially if you're a fan of pink lips already. I'm not usually but this is almost like an in between shade that I really do like. It's great for both day and night wear and I really have been utilising that! 

As you can probably tell, I just want to try more from the brand. I'm already eyeing up other shades in the Melted Liquified Lipstick range (Berry, Ruby and Violet - I'm looking at you), the infamous Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, and of course the beautiful palettes (the Matte Eye palette fo' sho' and I may as well give a mention to the infamous Chocolate palette - it looks gorgeous!) 

Too Faced is an absolute dream and I really don't think this'll be the last time you see me mentioning them... Rave review done. 

What are your favourite Too Faced products or the one's you've got your eyes on? 

Lorna x

Friday, 2 October 2015

Eating in London: The Hungry Donkey

I love trying out new cuisines and I can't actually think about many times I opt for a Greek restaurant and so I was super excited about trying The Hungry Donkey* and seeing what they had to offer. It's a super chilled space and is perfect for a quick lunch or dinner as the food comes and goes super quickly. 

We opted for the Pan-fried Saganaki Cheese and the Zucchini Fritters with some Aubergine dip to start. Super delicious, and although the dip isn't much to look at it tasted incredible and made the starters. 

For mains we both went for the Vegetarian and Halloumi Souvlaki Pitta Wraps - this was so delicious and so worth how messy it was to eat. We had some of the Chips with Graveria and Oregano on the side and these went down so nicely alongside the wraps. I am a massive cheese fan so this really did not disappoint. 

If your interested in trying something new, then I'd definitely recommend trying the deserts out as honestly they were unlike anything I've ever tasted before. Although they weren't to my palette I can see how they would be for others. 

I'm really impressed with The Hungry Donkey. It's great food with great service and it's all at a really great price point. Honestly there's nothing to complain about. Excuse me while I go satisfy my halloumi cravings after writing this post... Eee - can I have that wrap again? 

Lorna x

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Vans x Eley Kishimoto

I'm usually an all black kind of shoe girl, but there's just something about the Vans x Eley Kishimoto range that has got me hook, line and sinker. I've been really getting into trainers lately, in fact it's becoming a bit of a thing and this has only egged me on into wanting more... and more... and more. I like shopping, okay? 

The Vans x Eley Kishimoto range is filled with some of the most incredible designs. I actually went along to the launch party in the House of Vans with ASOS as you can see in the weekly vlog above - it was super fun, great to see the collection and the space is incredible and so it was a great night out. I need to go to the House of Vans again - love love love it. 

I got my hands on a couple of pairs of shoes from the range, you can see the first pair featured in the video. It's the Vans x Eley Kishimoto Authentic Canvas Plimsoles* in a blue and slightly nautical print. Super cool, and so so comfy. My favourite from the range though are the ones pictured above and are the Vans x Eley Kishimoto Authentic Canvas Slip-On's * in this incredible print. I've fallen in love and love wearing these with a super simple outfit so all the focus lays on the shoes. 

An incredible collection and I am already eyeing up a few of the other pieces. I need to get my hands on the Vans x Eley Kishimoto Flash shirt from the range, I just need to find somewhere that stocks it... 

Lorna x

Monday, 28 September 2015

Eating in London: Canvas Chelsea

This isn't your average dinner out. This is an experience. Canvas Chelsea* offers a 6 course surprise tasting menu and it's potentially one of the most exciting taste experiences I've ever been on. I was a little sceptical at first, I mean I'm not that picky. I don't eat meat, I do eat fish - I'm a pescetarian so I wasn't sure if that would be able to be dealt with (but spoiler, it totally was) and you know, I like to know what I'm going to eat usually. But actually, I think this is what made the whole experience that but more exciting. 

We were seated at the chef's table - a whole other experience in itself. Each dish would be delivered, and explained by the chef himself allowing us to see it being prepared and being able to ask any questions about it. 

The menu is always changing, so don't worry, this shouldn't give away any spoilers - but just incase. I won't delve into each dish too much, I wouldn't want to ruin it. 

We started with some of the most incredible bread served with seaweed butter (as pictured above), it was actually insane. Fresh bread can be my downfall, and when it tastes this incredible, why the hell not. 

Moving on to the dishes we started with mussels in an escabeche sauce (as pictured above), followed by a mushroom cappuccino. Both incredible and unlike I'd ever tasted before. 

Then onto a strawberry salmorejo with mussels and crab (picture no. 1) - this was incredible, it almost looked too pretty to eat, but of course I really did eat it. After, we had the lemon marinated trout with black olive soil and celeriac cream (picture no.2) - this was out of this world and my favourite dish of the entire menu. I'm not an olive kind of gal, but this dish worked perfectly and I've been dreaming about it ever since. Eee Canvas, can I come back and eat plates of this please? 

Onto the ravioli with roasted vegetables, smoked aubergine, parmesan foam and tomato crumble (pictured above) - parmesan fans, this is definitely one for you. 

Followed by pan fried scallops, green asparagus and pine nut mayonnaise (picture no.3) - this was a close runner up to my favourite dish. I'm such a massive fan of pan fried scallops and this did not disappoint. 

Onto the crispy skin smoked cod fillet, marrow-red pepper cream and Jerusalem artichoke​ (pictured above) - really interesting and super filling and the last savoury dish on the menu. 

A pre-desert then came out in the form of poached rhubarb, strawberry, vanilla crumble and buttermilk foam. Super delicious and just the right size. 

Followed by passion fruit cream, Pina-colada parfait, matcha tea feuilletine and mango chunks​. I wasn't sure how I'd find this. I usually steer clear of anything matcha but it worked really well with all of the dishes we'd eaten already and I am a massive mango and passion fruit fan so that worked incredibly in my favour. 

By this point, I wasn't sure I could eat any more but the Petit Fours (Rose macaroon, lime marshmallow and Cayene chocolate cashew) came out and I just couldn't resist. Super light and the perfect way to finish off the meal. 

It was such an experience and a total special occasion meal. Canvas Chelsea was super delicious and the gorgeous venue makes it perfect for date night. You just need to visit. 

Lorna x

*The meal was complimentary but as always all views are my own

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Introducing City Swish

Manicure, Salon, Mani, Pamper

I am such a putter-offer, if that makes sense at all. I hate going to the doctors and so I put off that. I like going to get my hair done, but I put off that too. It's the same with everything. And I just cannot stop. Procrastination apparently is my best friend. 

Anything that can make these things I blooming love procrastinating for, that little bit easier and that bit more convenient is always greatly welcomed - which is why I think I fell in love with City Swish*, the beauty salon service that comes to you (if you live in London in zones 1-3), the first time I gave it a go. 

It does pretty much what it says on the tin, you pick your service (think manicures, pedicures and massages) and the City Swish therapists come to your door for the treatment that you've booked. I went for a gel manicure to prep me for Glastonbury (best decision I ever made, hence the raving about it in a recent vlog) and a pedicure. The Gel mani was insane. Beautifully done with a great choice of shades (something I wasn't sure about with it coming to you) though the pedicure was less to write home about. Not quite the pedicure you'd get in a salon, with only a quick file and paint but it did the job so no complaints really.

I'd definitely use the service again, and would completely recommend it for it's convenience. Also, you don't have to worry about being too relaxed post massage or smudging your newly painted mani getting home as your already home. Total bonus and I may be a little bit in love with the concept (as you can probably tell). 

Lorna x

*The treatments given were complimentary, but as always all views are my own