I’m sure it won’t surprise you to know that I’m not doing Sober October because a) life’s too short and b) life’s too short. But I saw a friend of mine who is doing it recently and man, their skin looked good. Given that I want to have my cake/glass and eat/drink it, I realised I had to up my skincare game. Then, suitably spookily, the skincare brand Balance Me got in touch asking if I’d like to try some of their products. Of course I said yes (whilst topping up my glass of red) and have been applying their Vitamin C Repair Serum, Wonder Eye Cream and Collagen Boost Moisturiser religiously ever since. Not to mention their Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm, far more effective than the one I’d been using at twice the price. Anyway, I was so impressed I asked if they might donate some to give away here and they agreed. £150 worth tailored to your individual skin needs! I know!
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment here on the blog or on the KMWC Facebook page and I’ll pick one at random. Usual T&Cs apply (UK residents only, must be over 18, competition closes on 2nd November at 11.59pm, winner will be notified by email).
Current gin on the side: Malfy Gin
Price: £28.00 - Buy From M&S
Half term, so: gin. This one’s made using lemons grown on the Amalfi coast and the scent of it was enough to transport me out of my messy kitchen, albeit temporarily. Wonderfully aromatic with a real citrus twist, this is crisp and clean with just enough juniper to make it feel like a proper gin should i.e. medicinal in a good way. Add Fever Tree’s Mediterranean Tonic and a thick slice of lemon peel.
Current red in the rack: Cune Rioja Reserva
Price: £13.39 - Buy From Waitrose
Chilly weather calls for wine like this, with its gorgeous mellow mix of black fruits, spice and vanilla. This one is made by one of the smarter wine producers in the region and the word Reserva on the label tells you it’s higher up on the Rioja quality ladder than Crianza (meaning it’s aged for a year in barrels and a year in bottle) but not as smart as Gran Reserva (two years in barrels and three in bottle). This particular one is aged for a year and a half in barrels before being left to do its thing in the bottle for another two years before being released. Totally worth the wait.