A Review: Tapa Organic Glasgow

I’ve been swithering about whether or not to post this review as it wasn’t an entirely positive experience, but I decided I wanted to share.

A few weeks ago P and I went out for a bite of lunch after a gym/football playing Saturday morning.

I had heard some good things about Tapa Organic, particularly their coffee, so I was keen to give it a go. Now, if I’m being honest I think we were just unlucky on the day, but from the very start things didn’t go too well.

From the table we were given (next to the door so every time someone came or went we were hit by a rush of cold air), the service (not exactly with a smile and failed to advise us that for whatever reason elements or what we ordered would be replaced with something else) to the food itself (pretty uninspiring) the whole thing was a real disappointment.

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I ordered a flatbread with cheese, caramelised onions and tomatoes but what I actually got was effectively (a very expensive) slice of cheese on toast – the flatbread had been replaced with a regular slice of crusty bread!

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P ordered a black pudding, potato scone and poached egg bagel – no bagel in sight, but a tiny poppy seed roll instead (plus a rather overdone egg).

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Both dishes were really bland, my cheese on toast, in particular, was pretty tasteless.

On balance, the food at the neighbouring (warmer) tables looked much better so maybe we ordered wrong, but unfortunately, so many things about our experience were negative, I don’t think we’ll be back!

Lisa

A Review: TriBeCa New York Cafe Glasgow

After a feel good gym session this morning, P and I headed over to the West end for some lunch.

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TriBeCa has been on our ‘go to’ list for a long time so we decided to tick it off today. A queue is to be expected, especially on a weekend, but after being told there would be a half an hour wait we were seated within about 20 minutes, so not too bad.

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Famous for its US style large portions, I opted for French Toast, Maple Syrup and Bacon. P ordered Buttermilk Pancakes and Maple Syrup. Both dishes were fresh, light and delicious – if somewhat too big, neither of us were able to clear our plates, which doesn’t happen that often.

With no more than 20 tables and a constant queue there was always people coming and going but never once did we feel rushed. There was a great buzz about the place and the staff were really attentive, even when waiting.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend a visit – I’ve already chosen my order for next time (Omlette, I’ve got my eyes on you!).

Lisa

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her

The second instalment in my gift guide series is for ‘her’. The gifts I’ve chosen (basically, my christmas wishlist) range from the luxury treat to the budget buy so I hope you find a little inspiration if you’re feeling a bit lost this year…….

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1. Olivia Burton Big Dial Watch £72.00 (I love this watch so much it’s made it into my Christmas gift guide two years in a row!)
2. Jo Malone Cologne 100ml £78.00
3. Fiona Apron £32.00
4. What I Read Mini Journal £4.52
5. John Lewis Cashmere Bedsocks £29.00
6. The Cambridge Satchel Company Classic 15″ Vintage £120.00

Lisa

Read: Stuart MacBride

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I really enjoy intense crime thrillers that grab my attention and leave me unable to put them down. And, in my opinion, Stuart MacBride is one of the best authors of this type.

Set in Aberdeen, the seven books in the series focus on DS Logan McRae a slightly disheveled but strong minded detective working on some of the cities most serious murder cases.

Gory, gritty but completely gripping, MacBride tells his stories with such gruesome detail you find your stomach turning at the thought but completely unable to put it down. If you’re at all squeamish, then these are probably not for you, but if you love getting completely absorbed in a book that has you holding your breath as you turn the page then I strongly recommend giving these a go!

Lisa

Three of the Best

With the tourist season now in full flow and the festival just around the corner, Edinburgh is getting busier by the day.

For anyone making the trip to the capital or any locals looking for some new haunts, I want to share three of my favourite Edinburgh tea rooms/cafes.

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Right in the heart of the city centre on Frederick Street, is Eteaket. The perfect stop for a bite of lunch or slice of cake. With a huge selection of teas sourced from around the world there should be something to suit everyone. My personal favourite is the Jasmine Chun Hao.

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About a 15 minute walk from Princes Street, is Earthy. Located in Cannonmills, Earthy is a great pit stop on the way to/from a visit to the Botanic Gardens (which I would definitely recommend). Fresh, local and organic produce Earthy is the place to go for a delicious and healthy lunch.

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A bit further away in Leith, is Mimi’s Bakehouse. A very popular spot for ‘yummy mummy’s’ so it’s best to book if you plan to visit on a Saturday/Sunday. If you have a sweet tooth you’ll be in heaven trying to choose one of the incredible cakes to sample, the food is also pretty tasty!

Lisa

A Review: Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse

For most of the year (bar holidays) I embrace the ‘pale and interesting’ look but the recent bout of good weather coincided with the opportunity to try out a new(ish) self tan and I jumped at the chance.

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For those of you that haven’t heard of Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 week tan before (which I hadn’t until recently) it’s the worlds first 2-3 weeks tanning mousse that claims to have no smell and leave no streaks. Quite bold statements to make for a fake tan in my opinion, so I was keen to put it to the test.

After a good shake you pump the mousse onto the mit (which is provided) and apply in sweeping movements. To achieve the 2-3 week result you have to apply twice, showering in between – I did this over 2 nights.

I was impressed with this product from the first time I used it. It’s paraben free, applied really easy, dried in seconds (and I mean completely dried, no tackiness, no sticking to clothes) didn’t stain any sheets/clothing, didn’t streak and is practically smell free. 2 applications lasted a good 2 weeks, it faded evenly and natrually and provided the perfect glow for my pale skin.

The only downside is the price, at £37.50 it’s definitely a high end product. In one sense I think you get what you pay for, but in another for a product with a 6 month shelf life I think this is really steep.

On balance, if you’re looking for that holy grail self tan and don’t mind the price then I would suggest giving this a go. It is by far and away the best fake tan I have ever used and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Lisa

A Review: Barry M Lip Paint – A Touch of Magic

Until last year or so, I never worse lipstick. To me it was a ‘grown up’ product that my mum or nana wore, never something I thought about for myself.

I’m happy to say my thinking has changed and I’m slowly but surely getting into wearing lipstick and even becoming braver with the shades I try. That being said, I would never, ever have found this gem of a product without the help of Megs from Wonderful You, one of my favourite bloggers/YouTubers!

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Green lipstick? Not exactly, the product applies clear (so you need to take some time to ensure your colouring within the lines) takes a few seconds to adapt to the alkali level of your lips and develops into the perfect shade for you. On me, this is a deep pink which I think is really flattering, particularly against my pale skin.

The lipstick itself contains aloe vera which makes the texture more akin to a tinted lip balm, or perhaps the Clinique Chubby Sticks, than a regular lipstick, really moisturising and glossy. I’m happy to say it does not dry my lips out at all, which is something I find with most lipsticks.

In terms of colour pay off it’s brilliant. Having a ‘lip tint’ like quality I apply before leaving the house in the morning, touch up once after lunch and that’s enough to maintain a full day of colour, right up until I take my make up off around 10 o’clock at night.

I honestly can’t stop telling people about this lipstick, I think it’s amazing. In fact, four of my family members/colleagues have already gone out and bought it. At the bargain price of £4.49 you really can’t go wrong.

Lisa

A Review: DiorShow Iconic Mascara

I’ve been mean meaning to write this post for ages but never quite managed to sit down and put pen to paper (as it where). Well, that’s a bit of a lie, a blank post has been sitting in ‘draft’ for about 3 months now…and they do say it’s the thought that counts!

My friend had been raving about DiorShow Iconic Mascara for months before I tried it and although I don’t begrudge paying for good products, I did think spending £23 on something you can’t really try before you buy was quite steep.

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Well, what can I say, she was right! Since I got it for Christmas two years ago it’s the only mascara I’ve used and I can’t see that changing.

My lashes are okay length wise, but completely straight, so I really need something that gives and holds a curl, which this does perfectly. The brush grabs onto every lash and really opens up my eyes. The brush is also quite pointed at the tip which is great for getting into the inner and outer corners.

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I find that this mascara makes a feature of my eyes whether or not I have any other eye make up on – which gets a big thumbs up from me, especially for those lazy days, when I’d give almost anything for 5 mins longer in bed! There is no drooping, smudging or flaking through the day – it looks as good when I come to take it off as it did when I applied it.

So there we go, the best mascara ever? In my opinion, maybe, just maybe!

If your looking for a mascara to really widen your eyes then, I would recommend giving this a go, it won’t disappoint.

Lisa

Everyday Essentials

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I’m not the type of girl who carries a make up bag about with me. Apart from the fact that I don’t have time to touch up during the day I don’t fancy lugging half of my make up collection around. I get up, shower, apply my make up, do my hair and I’m good to go.

In saying that, there are a few things I do consider ‘essential’ that I always make sure I have in my handbag:

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
The holy grail of hand creams. I suffer from pretty bad dermatitis on my hands and have tried more creams than I care to remember, but I keep coming back to this one. A really rich, nourishing texture that sinks into your hands in seconds without being greasy – perfect for on the go.

Perfumeria Gal Violet Lip Balm

I first bought this lip balm on holiday when I was about 13 – I was drawn to the packaging, and the fact that the lip balm is purple. Since then I’ve stocked up every time I’ve been in Europe. It is honestly the best lip balm I’ve ever used and it smells like parma violets, amazing!

Clinique Chubby Sticks
These are perfect for throwing in your bag and applying on the go. I have quite a few different shades, but at the moment I’m loving 07 Super Strawberry.

Compact Mirror
Well, I have to have some way of checking my lipstick isn’t all over my teeth!

What are your essentials, leave me a comment and let me know.

Lisa

A Review: Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

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I would describe my skin as generally dry and sensitive, but over the last few weeks it’s been worse than normal. I’m putting this down to a combination of the weather (the wind in particular), exercising outdoors and constant central heating.

I bought Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask a few months ago and used it a few times on and off (when I remembered) but in the last few weeks it’s really came into it’s own. It’s recommended as a twice a week treatment, but I’ve been using it around every two nights for the last week or so and have really noticed a difference.

After cleansing and before bed, I apply a pea(ish) sized amount all over my face. By morning my skin is noticeably brighter, smoother and more hydrated.

The formula is gentle enough for my sensitive skin, as well as being paraben free and I find a little goes a long way. So even though I would consider £20 for a face mask quite pricey it does exactly what it says on the tin and I can see it lasting a long time.

If you suffer from dry skin and are looking for a nourishing, fuss free treatment I would definitely recommend giving this a go.

I’m now in the market to try more Origins products, so if you have any recommendations, let me know.

Lisa