When Mark Watson Rummaged Through My Belongings

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Over a lifetime of international relocations, I have found my personal belongings take on greater and greater levels of sentimentality. Almost every item I have held on to has a story of its own.

With this in mind, I made the brave and intrigued decision to let comedian Mark Watson rummage around said belongings and paint a picture of my personality. Before ever meeting me. The project – MoneySupermarket’s Home Truths – has just gone live and is all sorts of fascinating.

Have a watch and see if you can figure out which home belongs to me (all revealed at the end of the clips)!

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In Review: Jean-Jacques, London

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Most of my restaurant reviews earn their place on the blog by showing me something I haven’t seen before. Be it a dazzling display of culinary ingenuity or a street food concept that makes me smile, I revel in gastro-newness.

Jean-Jacques in Soho has made my heart pang in an entirely different way. The new kid on the block is situated as centrally and hipster-friendly as any new London restaurant could hope for, but offers fanciful French food in the coziest of atmospheres.

From the second I walked in, the restaurant took me on a journey to long childhood lunches in the South of France with my father. Visually, Jean-Jacques is rustic and warm with noticeably well-presented dishes scattered between bottles of well-selected reds.

As adult culinary adventures go, my friend and I ordered a few glasses of Malbec and went straight for the jugular: steak tartare and Scallops St. Jacques with salsa verde, tomato and olive fondue.

If a French restaurant can’t wow with these staples…are they really a French restaurant?

Passing our test with flag-flying colours, we moved onto the insanely moreish Barbary duck breast (with honey & rosemary glaze, heritage baby carrots and swiss chard) and Poussin (cooked perfectly alongside sweetcorn and) bacon before indulging in dessert; perfect little profiteroles (their dessert of the day) and a chocolate fondant with walnut praline and pistachio ice cream.

For a little slice of Nice in the heart of Soho, I couldn’t ask for anything more.

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Beauty Favourites: November 2015

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Beautiful babes, I am excited; I have finally figured out the magical concoction needed to maintain perfect silver hair.

In fact, this is a hair-tastic ‘Beauty Favourites’ for tendril-havers and toner-needers alike. Enjoy!

Joico Curl Cleansing Sulfate-Free Shampoo
With naturally wavy hair comes a scientific inclination towards breakage and dryness. Add bleach and perish. Like my own mop of curls.

Enter the game-changer. I have been using Joico’s Curl Cleansing Sulfate-Free Shampoo (pH 4.5-5.5) for about one month and feel my hair is almost improving in texture. Combining a blend of natural oils, reconstructive proteins and defining polymers, the shampoo not only works to cleanse the hair but strengthen strands and repair damage. No frizz, no tangles, no colour loss.

The Curl Cleansing conditioner is equally fantastic, but has been sidelined by my silver hair needs and the…

Redken Blonde Idol Custom-Tone Violet Conditioner
As creative colour, silver and grey hair is high maintenance. The second your toner fades, it becomes a real mission to keep brassy hues at bay. Redken’s ingenious Blonde Idol Custom-Tone Violet conditioner is, in fact, the only solution. With a dual-chamber design and dial, you release a custom calibrated blend of purple toner and conditioner, let it sit for a few minutes, and wash it out for cool-toned perfection. I tend to stick between the week three and six dials as my hair is fast to brass, but it is recommended to start at week one and work your way up until your next colour appointment.

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler
A hairbrush in my favourites? No-one is more surprised than I am. Brushing my hair is one of my lifelong first world problems (waves + hairbrush = frizz) but this little dude has turned me into a total convert. The hair tool does what it says on the tin and then some – it can be used on wet or dry hair, stimulates the scalp without killing volume, and sweeps through tangles in no time at all. Handbag

Nude By Nature products
I fell in instant lust with a number of Nude By Nature products during my recent haul and first impressions try-on. Over the time that has passed, we’ve become soulmates. On the days I wear make-up, I wear the four products below and can do ‘glowy perfection’ from morning ’til midnight with no touch-ups.

‘Dem products, doe (see them in action by clicking through to the haul):
Nude by Nature Luminous Sheer Liquid Foundation in Ivory
Nude by Nature Perfection Concealer in Ivory
Nude by Nature Flawless Pressed Powder Foundation in Ivory (with the Nude by Nature Buffing Brush)
Nude by Nature Natural Glow Loose Bronzer in Bondi (with the Nude by Nature Kabuki Brush)