Boxcar Butcher & Grill, Marylebone

Sirloin Steak Boxcar Boxcar Butcher & Grill Marylebone Review

Boxcar is a new butcher, deli and grill just a little walk up from Marble Arch in Marylebone. As you might expect being located on New Quebec Street it is competing with a number of restaurants and bars serving great food. Paula and I were invited down to try out the grill menu and so we decided to pop down on a Sunday to try out their lunch offerings.

Boxcar is modern looking inside and out and is split into three areas, the first is the deli at the front, which is perfect for a quick pit stop for a coffee and snack. The second is the restaurant, where there are dining tables upstairs towards the back and a restaurant area downstairs. The third is the butchers, don’t worry its downstairs and out-of-the-way. The restaurant has copper-topped tables based on a thick tree trunk, perfect for those Instagram foodies.

The menu is concise and focuses on British classic butcher’s meat, with three or four dishes in starters, mains and desserts. As it was Sunday lunchtime, I was looking forward to trying out their roast beef. Read More »

Food, London, Sunday Roast

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Glycolic Peel Pads

L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Glycolic Peel Pads Review - UK Beauty Blog The LDN Diaries

I’m starting to feel like all the skincare I’m loving comes in pad form, such as the Starskin Overnight Pads I recently introduced you to or some of my trusty favourites like the Nip & Fab Glycolic Pads. Whilst I’m on the latter, I recently tried out the new glycolic peel pads from L’Oreal Paris which have a 9.6% glycolic complex and so when compared with the Nip & Fab pads which have only 2.8% glycolic acid, it is a real significant difference and not one you get available at your drugstore. This sort of percentage is usually found in salon products. So I was really excited to try these out.

The peel pads are designed to essentially exfoliate your skin at night, which is the perfect time for cell renewal, by removing dead skin cells and resurfacing the skin as well as helping to reduce wrinkles and even out skin tone. This ultimately results in a smoother and brighter skin in morning and as each day goes on. L’Oreal suggest using these daily, something I was a bit apprehensive about as I would normally use a product like this about 2-3 times a week rather than everyday. But they do say they are gentle enough to do this and the pads have allantoin and panthenol listed as ingredients which helps to soothe and moisturise skin, which would help keep any sensitivity to a minimum. Read More »

Beauty, Face, Skincare

David Beckham House 99 Review

House 99 David Beckham Review - The LDN Diaries

David Beckham has teamed up with L’Oreal to create his very own grooming line House 99. The House 99 brand was two years in the making and is named after ‘the year David became a man’. The range has 20 products, broken down into hair, beard and face.

I challenged myself to test out three of the House 99 products for ten days to see how good they were. I picked the thickening daily shampoo, the seriously groomed and brand defence face moisturiser. Read More »

Grooming, Mens Lifestyle

Image Skincare Ormedic Balancing Eye Lift Gel

Image Skincare Ormedic Balancing Eye Lift Gel Review - Beauty Blogger - The LDN Diaries

I’m pretty fussy when it comes to skincare products, I know my skin type pretty well now and what works for me (check out my guide to products for dehydrated skin here). So when I find a brand that works for me, I’m hooked. As soon as I had a facial with Image Skincare, I loved the products straight away and the results they gave. My favourite products from the brand include the Vital C Hydrating Facial Cleanser, Ormedic Lip Balm and the Ageless Hyaluronic Filler, which I’m actually just about to run out of and when I run out of a skincare product, I know it’s good. I’m lucky to finish a product most of the time, just as I do get to try a lot of products, so when it’s finished it says a lot for me. Read More »

Beauty, Skincare

Guerlain’s Loveable New Spring Collection

Guerlain Spring 2018 Review

I’m always excited to see the Guerlain seasonal collections. The Guerlain fall collection was one of my favourites last year and for Spring, well who wouldn’t swoon over a love heart-shaped lipstick?

I thought it was only fair to introduce you to the new collection now as the lipstick has such a perfect love theme and the collection itself is in beautiful pink casing, with the illuminator palette also being decorated in hearts, so I think it could be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Read More »

Beauty, Make-Up

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentines Day Gift Guide 2018

It’s finally February after what feels like the longest January ever. So get ready to stuff yourself full on Pancake Day and either embrace or avoid all the heart filled Valentine’s events and gifts.

If your more of the embrace kind, I’ve picked out some gift inspiration that I wouldn’t mind adding to my own wish list. Read More »

Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle