IN REVIEW: CLARK’S BOTANICALS RETINOL RESCUE EYE SERUM

Dearest skincare fans,

Clark’s Botanicals are championing the retinol wonder movement with the release of Retinol Rescue Eye Serum – £80. The serum uses bioactive and peptide technology to increase the skin’s natural revitalisation. Although mentioned in the name, retinol isn’t the only hero ingredient in this serum, the formula also contains 17 active ingredients with hyper-effective yet super-soothing properties.

Touted as your new ‘secret weapon’, this skincare wonder features a unique trio of time-released retinol, high potency retinol and colloidal oatmeal which work together to absorb into the skin slowly brighten and even the tone around the eye area without causing skin irritation.

Harnessing the restorative and balancing effects of jasmine absolute, these ingredients work harmoniously to promote skin healing by increasing enzyme activity, targeting UV damage, and improving the cell renewal process around the eye area. The lightweight serum also contains hydrating hyaluronic acid, fine line softening Swiss apple stem cells, and dark under eye circle combatting White Bird of Paradise plant,.

Retinol Rescue Eye Serum has been perfected with no animal testing, and contains no parabens, sulphates or gluten.

Apply either to cleansed skin or over make-up with the ceramic applicator. For best results, store the Retinol Rescue Eye Serum in the fridge to create a cooling effect. You should expect to see results in just one week with the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles starting to diminish as the serum plumps and tones the skin.

Available in-store at SpaceNK, online at SpaceNK.com, and Clarksbotanical.com.

Skin perfection at the ready.

Clark's Botanicals Retinol Rescue Eye Serum

Love, Ms.Raé xo

London’s First Paloma Cocktail Bar

cantina laredo

This month, the streets of Covent Garden welcome London’s newest cocktail pop-up bar, The Paloma Parlour. Hosted by modern Mexican restaurant, Cantina Laredo, the pop-up provides an authentic taste of Mexico, with a dedicated Paloma cocktail menu featuring fruity flavours and an enhanced food menu with a special guacamole.

Running until September, Cantina Laredo has transformed its Guacamole and Tequila Bar into a fun summer oasis, decorated in colourful flora and fauna where guests are taken on a tropical journey without having to step foot out of the country.

The unique cocktail menu features five unique variations of Mexico’s most popular tequila based cocktail, The Paloma. Traditionally served on the rocks using tequila, lime and grapefruit soda, guests can choose from a herbal, sweet, and frozen versions. Some of the tasty options are: Pedro to my Paloma, a herbal mix of Ambar Blanco Tequila, blood orange grapefruit, agave nectar and rosemary; Paloma’s Raspberry Beret, a combination of sweet, savoury and sour flavours with Ambar Blanco tequila, fresh grapefruit, cucumber and raspberries; Paloma and The Poms, a predominantly sweet concoction of pomegranate, vanilla and mint, and Have a Little Frozen Faith, a frozen Paloma cocktail made with AquaRiva Reposado tequila, grapefruit, passion fruit and agave nectar.

In the food department, an exclusive Pomelo Paloma Guacamole has been added to Cantina Laredo’s eclectic ‘Great Eight Guacamole’ menu. Featuring a traditional avocado base this summery guacamole is topped with pink and white grapefruit, sweet onions, serrano chiles, cucumber and thyme with popping candy bites set to give it an extra kick.

cantina laredo

cantina laredo

cantina laredo

Summer itinerary, sorted.

Address
10 Upper St Martin’s Lane
London
WC2H 9FB

Love, Ms.Raé xo

LOUIS VUITTON AND THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BAG

audrey hepburn louis vuitton speedy bag

Trends come and go, but there are some brands who will almost certainly stand the test of time. In the ever-changing yet equally cyclical world of fashion the only way to stay relevant is to continually adapt, reinvent and inspire whilst staying on-brand. One pioneering brand who has done so since the very early days of luxury fashion is none other than Louis Vuitton.

Louis Vuitton is the second oldest luxury fashion house (Hermès being the first). The brainchild of Mr. Louis Vuitton himself, the brand started on its way in 1854. Vuitton was a trunk maker and packer by trade who started his own workshop, solely serving the French elite. He crafted his game-changing trunks with canvas in the iconic monogram and damier prints.

Clearly passing down an unmatched eye for detail, Vuitton’s son Georges went on to introduce the first Louis Vuitton weekend bag, the Keepall; which was large enough for an overnight stay yet compact enough for light travel.

The bag offering later expanded with the release of one of my personal favourites, the iconic Speedy. Originally introduced by Georges in 1930, the Speedy climbed the style ranks in 1965 when Audrey Hepburn wore the 25cm version (a size she personally asked Vuitton to create). The Speedy range later expanded; featuring the 25cm, 30cm, 35cm, and 40cm versions.

The famed Alma, Noé, Neverfull handbags followed, with the introduction of the next generation – the Capucines, Twist, Petite Malle and many more in recent years.

Without forgetting decades of timeless clothing, footwear, jewellery/timepieces, fragrances, small leather goods, and travel lines, it goes without saying that Louis Vuitton is most famed for its revolutionary handbags. From the most affordable Pochette Accessoires (RRP £310) all the way through to the splash the cash Limited Edition City Steamer (RRP £41,444), there’s something for everyone.

louis vuitton keepall

 

louis vuitton speedy 25

 

louis vuitton alma

louis vuitton petite malle

 

Let’s face it, what’s a handbag collection without Louis Vuitton?

Love, Ms.Raé xo

ALGENIST ELEVATE ADVANCED RETINOL SERUM

algenist elevate advanced retinol serum

Well-loved Algenist have introduced ELEVATE Advanced Retinol Serum (£81). Known for delivering super quick results, Algenist have taken retinol formulations to higher heights. The ELEVATE Advanced Retinol Serum features a vegan-friendly algae, retinol and patented Alguronic Acid formula which boosts retinol efficacy equaling skin improvement. The best bit? Visible results in just 10 days.

The clever combination of patented Alguronic Acid and retinol improves the texture and tone of the skin, minimises lines and wrinkles, and also enhances firmness.

‘Algae Encapsulated Retinol’ utilises green algae to protect the retinol from oxidisation which in turn increases the stability and gradually releases the right amount of retinol. By controlling the release timing of pure stable retinol, hydration is encouraged and the risk of skin irritation is significantly reduced. Unlike most retinols formulas, ELEVATE Advanced Retinol Serum is gentle enough to use every day/night on all skin types.

Directions for use
Avoiding direct contact with eyes, apply to the entire face and neck following cleansing. Follow with a moisturiser as desired. For extra caution, use SPF protection during the day as retinol may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. For best results, gradually build up to everyday use.

Available at Space.NK, spacenk.com and John Lewis.

algenist elevate advanced retinol serum

 

Algenist does it again.

Love, Ms.Raé xo

NEW MENU: A Taste of Aster

aster tasting menu
As far as great tasting menus go, Aster’s latest six-course addition is pretty special.

The ‘Taste of Aster’ menu has launched in partnership with Laurent Perrier. Created by Executive Chef Helena Puolakka, the menu is both inspired by the world’s greatest kitchens and the chefs she has learnt from – including Gordon Ramsay, Pierre Koffman and Olivier Mourellon.

Combining bold flavours from Norway with authentic rustic cooking techniques from France, diners are taken on an exciting journey.

The menu starts with a Gordon Ramsay-inspired of scallop carpaccio with a sea buckthorn curd and lemon juniper dressing. Followed by a well-balanced and truly Parisian potato mousseline with smoked vendace, bleak roe and dill oil inspired by Pierre Gagnaire.

The following three courses are inspired by Helena’s time with Pierre Koffman: foie gras poached in port with tender swede, baby spinach and a fennel melba, var confit salmon with green apple, anchovy and crispy kale, and roast Anjou pigeon with turnips, January king cabbage and a vin jaune sauce.

The final course embodies the Aster brand. Inspired by ex-pastry chef at Aster, Olivier Mourellon, and Nordic flavours, a complex and intricate dish of spiced beetroot sponge with a chocolate ganache and smoked beetroot sorbet really ties it all together.

The six-course tasting menu can also be enjoyed with a Laurent-Perrier Champagne pairing. Guests can choose from NV Laurent-Perrier Brut Rose, NV Laurent-Perrier Harmony Demi-Sec, and NV Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut.

Enjoy.

aster tasting menu

aster tasting menu

aster tasting menu

aster tasting menu

Pricing
A Taste of Aster
Six Course Tasting Menu £65
With Laurent-Perrier Champagne Pairing £140

Address
150 Victoria Street
Westminster
London
SW1E 5LB

Love, Ms.Raé xo

TAKE IT TO THE STREETS: NEW YORK FASHION WEEK AW18

new york fashion week street style

New York set the ball rolling for Fashion Month, with all of the trends we need to know about for Autumn/Winter 2018, both on and off the runway.

Let’s take a look at some of my favourite sartorial snaps from the streets of New York, captured by street style aficionado, Tyler Joe (for Harper’s Bazaar).

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We’re just getting started.

Love, Ms.Raé xo

BOOSTBALL PROTEIN SNACKS

boostball protein ball

Dear #FitFam,

New kid on the block, Boostball have a range of natural protein balls that you simply must try.

The Virgin Atlantic and Wimbledon approved offering currently consists of the following healthy alternatives to well-loved treats. Better still, two flavours are vegan-friendly:

  • Peanut Butter Cookie Dough
  • Coconut Fudge Cake
  • Lemon Drizzle Cake (dairy free, vegan-friendly)
  • Maple & Cinnamon Roll (dairy free, vegan-friendly) – Virgin Atlantic’s Protein Snack of Choice

Available in multipacks, each case contains x12 packs of x3 protein balls (£17.99).

Touted as “pure healthy protein bliss with every bite”, each protein ball is handmade with raw, cold pressed, wholefood ingredients – with no baking or refining in the process. Boost balls are high in protein and contain only natural sugars. They also enriched with a Vitamin A, B, E, B12, Calcium, Iron and Zinc. Designed to encourage muscle growth, and to boost energy.

Perfect for those on the hunt for natural yet satisfying snacks with high protein content without compromising on flavour. The tasty little protein balls are designed to be enjoyed pre or post workout, on the go, or whenever you please.

Available at Boostball.com, independent health stockists, Yumbles and Amazon. Also available in wholesale at Tree of Life, The Health Store, CLF and The Grape Tree.

Healthy snacking, sorted.

boostball protein snacks

Love, Ms. Rae xo