60 SECOND LOVE: THIS WORKS SLEEP PLUS+ BODY

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Are you interested in looking refreshed and revitalised even when you don’t get as much sleep as you plan to? If so, read on!

This Works have released a new wellbeing beauty range called Sleep Plus+ Body.

Featuring:

Touted as the next step in sleep, the range is designed to maximise your sleep whilst targeting tackle skincare problems too. Clinically proven to increase sleep by up to 2 hours.

Each sleep-enhancing product uses motion activated technology and releases the brand’s award-winning Lavender-based ‘Deep Sleep fragrance’ throughout the night to ease away sleeplessness, and to encourage refreshed and revitalise skin.

Available on thisworks.com.

..and refresh.

Love, Ms.Raé xo

CHA CHA MOON

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I have just added another restaurant to my ‘can’t go wrong’ list. Which one? I hear you ask, well it goes by the name of Cha Cha Moon.

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An authentic Chinese at heart noodle bar that ventures into other Asian regions with great service and a buzzy atmosphere to match. The pan asian eatery offers a range of affordable Soup Noodle, Wok Noodle, Lao Mian, rice, Dim Sum platter, seafood, salad mains, accompanied by everything under the sun sides and extras, a delicious dessert menu and a fantastic drinks list.

Located on Ganton Street, just off Carnaby Street, this chic yet laidback noodle bar is reminiscent of a New York or LA hotspot with its moody (but bright enough to see) lighting, bamboo, dark brick and wood decor with red accents, long high and low level tables with cushioned wood seating, an open kitchen, a vibrant bar, and buzzy chit chat in the background. It’s also in a prime location for pre-theatre dining, after work meetups, lunches on shopping days out, alfresco dining, and everything in between.

I had the pleasure of previewing Cha Cha Moon’s exclusive set menu for Chinese New Year, and their quirky cocktail list too. When I was served a glass of Prosecco upon arrival, I knew it was going to be a wonderful evening, and I wasn’t wrong.

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To start, I opted for a Guava Bellini and nibbled on Prawn Crackers with sweet chilli sauce followed by a really generous portion of Singapore Char Kway Teow with Prawn (seafood-free, and vegetarian options available) – a Malaysian noodle dish bursting with aromatic and spicy flavours. This rich Thai red chilli, garlic and lemon juice sauce stir fried with ho-fun noodles and beansprouts made for a hearty main that left me feeling satisfied. Let’s face it, no-one likes to feel hungry after their main course!

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I had the XO Green Beans as a side – another generous portion of fresh long green beans in a traditional spicy seafood ‘XO’ sauce most commonly used in southern Chinese regions such as the Guandong province.

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Seeing as the Guava Bellini impressed me, I decided to try the Mango version too – now this was a winner! The rich mango puree consistency worked harmoniously with the sparkling pizzazz that those well-loved Prosecco bubbles provide.

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For dessert, I had the Baked Banana – warm and soft banana wrapped in crispy rolls with a gorgeous Creme de Leche ice cream (one of my favourite flavours) and red bean paste. The hot and cold dessert combination worked wonders for the palette. As for the banana rolls, I believe that go-to Banana Fritters will now become a thing of the past

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To finish, I experienced (yes experienced) the limited edition and truly decadent Banana Daiquiri made with fresh banana, light rum, triple sec, and a cheeky dash of lime. The best way to describe it would be ‘zingy yet sweet with a thick almost dessert-like consistency, and the right amount of kick’.

The whole menu was bursting with flavours from start to finish.

Cha Cha Moon will mark ‘the year of the monkey’ from Friday 5th February 2016 until Friday 12th February 2016 with a specially designed set menu including a main, side dish, dessert and a cocktail for just £19.99 per person.

During Chinese New Year, Cha Cha Moon will not only offer a special set menu, but after-dinner coffees with a cheeky monkey twist in the form of primate shaped chocolate stencils too. Some diners may even receive Chinese symbolic red envelopes with surprise gifts from Cha Cha Moon.

Whether you make your way to Ganton Street to try Cha Cha Moon’s Chinese New Year menu, or decide to opt for a Taiwan Soup Noodle, with Guotie Dumplings from the main menu you’re bound to have a fantastic dining experience. To add a cherry on top, there’s a takeaway service too. Perfection.

Address
15-21 Ganton Street
London W1F 9BN

Price range
£25 and under

Opening hours
Mon-Thurs: 11.30am-11pm
Fri-Sat: 11.30am-11.30pm
Sun: 12pm-10.30pm

Love Ms.Raé xo

JENNY PACKHAM SS16

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It is absolutely FREEZING outside. The kind of cold that makes you want to stay in bed or walk around with a duvet wrapped around you if that isn’t an option.

Let’s think happy thoughts and cast our minds forward to Spring/Summer 2016. Lovely mild days where it’s warm enough to leave the house without a coat, but not quite hot enough to get your denim shorts out *daydreams*.

Two words that we should all remember for Spring/Summer 2016? JENNY PACKHAM.

Jenny Packham SS16 presents an artsy collection that has a real sense of the seventies; influenced by modern pop culture icons, including the likes of Nick Cave and Patti Smith.

The light, dreamy and romantic Jenny Packham essence that we know and love features playful masculine takes on key Spring/Summer pieces in a red, white, silver, gold, lime, yellow, lilac, cornflower, mauve, saffron, black, and petrol colour story with intricate detailing.

Seventies inspired tuxedo jackets with statement lapels, gently flared trousers, and matching silk shirts are accompanied by floral Illusion tulle embroidered gowns, bonita cropped blouses, cascading silk chiffon skirts, all over sequin mini, midi and maxi dresses, bell sleeved gowns with keyhole necklines, and opaque jumpsuits.

Jenny Packham collection Spring Summer 2016 shown in Skylight Clarkson Studio. September 13 2015, New York NY.

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Jenny Packham collection Spring Summer 2016 shown in Skylight Clarkson Studio. September 13 2015, New York NY.

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Jenny Packham collection Spring Summer 2016 shown in Skylight Clarkson Studio. September 13 2015, New York NY.

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Just divine.

Love Ms.Raé xo

NEW YEAR, NEW NUXE!

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Dearest beauty bunnies,

I hope you’ve had a fabulous start to 2016 so far. What better way to kickstart the new year than with a new range from one of my personal skincare favourites: NUXE?

Introducing the NUXE Splendieuse range – designed to refresh the skin, revitalise the skin, and even out your complexion. The range includes: NUXE Splendiuese Serum 30ml (£33), NUXE Splendieuse Cream 50ml (£30), NUXE Splendiuese Fluid 50ml (£30), and NUXE Splendiuese Anti-Dark Spot Perfecting Mask – x6 sachets x 21ml (£30).

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Let’s hone in on the NUXE Splendieuse Anti-Dark Spot Perfecting Mask in particular. This brightening and pigmentation wonder features x6 individually cut cotton sheet masks infused with super-ingredients such as Stargazer Lilys, Porcelain Rose, White Crocus, and Vitamin C that all work together to encourage instantaneous skin-perfecting and radiance revival. The 85% natural complex targets blemishes, age spots, sun spots, hormonal change spots and everything in between.

To use:
Gently cleanse your face and pat dry with a clean cotton towel. Firmly place one NUXE Splendieuse Anti-Dark Spot Perfecting cotton sheet mask onto your face, making sure that the mask adheres well to the skin. Leave it on to work for 10 minutes, then remove the mask carefully and massage in any leftover essence. Use weekly for best results.

Et voilà! After just 10 minutes, the skin perfection process begins. The skin regains its radiance and freshness, and the appearance and number of dark spots are visibly reduced day by day; leaving you with a clear complexion and a fresher look all-round.

Suitable for women of all ages and skin types.

Available from www.nuxe.co.uk, and Marks and Spencer instore and online.

Say hello to brighter skin in 2016.

Love, Ms.Raé xo

CIROC COCKTAILS

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“Tis the season to have cocktails, fa-la-la-la-laaa, la-la-la-laaa…”

As we’re in full party season mode on candyrae.com, it makes absolute sense for us to cast our eyes on another round up of festive drinks.

Let’s take a look at two more Cîroc-based cocktail recipes to try during the party season:

Cîroc Cloud 9

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A Cîroc Martini with a sweet and only slightly sour twist; full to the brim with party-starter flavours to get your tastebuds going.

Ingredients:

  • 40ml Cîroc Vodka
  • 20ml Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 10ml Vanilla Syrup
  • 50ml Pressed Apple Juice
  • Dash of egg white
  • Ice
  • 1 Apple slice to garnish

 

Method:

Shake 40ml of Cîroc Vodka, 20ml of freshly squeezed Lime Juice, 10ml of Vanilla Syrup, 50ml of Pressed Apple Juice, and a dash of egg white together with ice. Fine strain all ingredients into a chilled martini glass. To finish, add an apple slice to garnish.

 

Cîroc French 76 

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A simple yet sassy sparkling concotion that has the WOW factor. Perfect for Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties.

Ingredients:

  • 30ml Cîroc Vodka
  • 20ml Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 10ml Sugar Syrup
  • Champagne to top
  • 1 Dark Grape to garnish

 

Method:

Shake 30ml of Cîroc Vodka, 20 ml of freshly squeezed Lemon Juice, and 10ml of Sugar Syrup together and strain into a chilled coupette glass. To finish, top with Champagne and add a dark grape to garnish.

 

Clink, clink, clink!

 

Love, Ms.Raé xo

FESTIVE COCKTAILS

Festive parties, bar meets, and work do’s are in full swing. What better way to let the good times roll than with some festive cocktails mixed especially (pun intended) for the party season?

If you prefer your drink shaken not stirred, like a little fizz or appreciate all of the above, one of the quick and easy Cîroc and Chandon-based recipes below will be right up your street:

Cîroc Midnight Bells

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A festive yet sophisticated drink with a touch of citrus zing. Created by Dani Martin at Ohla Boutique Bar, Barcelona (renowned for their lineup of exquisite cocktails).

Ingredients:

  • 40ml Cîroc Blue Stone
  • 15ml Mandarin Liquor
  • 20ml Simple Syrup
  • 20ml Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 10ml Egg White
  • 2 dashes of Grapefruit Bitters
  • Green grapes on a cocktail stick to garnish

Method:

Mix 40ml of Cîroc Blue Stone, 15ml of Mandarin Liquor, 20ml of Simple Syrup (1 part sugar, 1 part water brought to a boil and simmered until the sugar is dissolved) with 20ml of fresh lemon juice, 10ml of an egg white, and 2 dashes of Grapefruit Bitters in a coupette glass. To finish, add garnish with two green grapes on cocktail stick. Super simple, and super tasty.

 

Chandon Gaucho 

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A full-bodied sweet and sour sparkling cocktail designed to embody the rich flavours of Christmas.

Ingredients:

  • 125ml Chandon Brut
  • 1 White Sugar Cube
  • 5ml Fernet Branca
  • Orange Peel to garnish

Method:

Place one sugar cube into a chilled champagne glass, pour in 5ml of Fernet Branca followed by 125ml of Chandon Brut. To finish, peel an orange with a knife, gently curl the orange peel, and place it into the champagne glass.

 

Enjoy!

Love, Ms.Raé xo