Style

17
Jul

Beauty heroes with plant power

Celebrate summer by going back to nature and embracing plant power. Whilst products using the purest plant extracts were once exclusive and expensive, priced at between £70 and £200, you’ll now find a number of naturally derived and sustainably sourced facial serums and moisturisers at more affordable prices. From £5 to £40, we bring you the best tried and tested available in-stores now.

SUPER SERUMS

Botanics Radiant Youth Serum £4.00

At a purse friendly £4 for 30ml, Boots Botanics Radiant Youth Serum contains natural plant extract Gingko which is packed with anti-oxidants to help counteract free radicals and helps keep skin looking younger, protecting it from environmental stresses such as pollution, temperature and sun.

Sukin Super Greens Facial Recovery Serum £13.95

A refreshing daily facial serum with detoxifying green actives of kale, spirulina, chlorella and parsley providing antioxidants and vitamins to help encourage a healthy glow. At £13.95 for 30ml this super serum also contains grape seed oil, avocado and vitamin E, which lock in moisture for a dewy complexion, and added acai berry for youthful looking skin.

Superfacialist Neroli Intense Facial Serum £16.99

At £16.99 for 30ml maintain youthful and radiant skin with this silky textured wrinkle smoothing Intense Facial Serum. It contains a breakthrough apple derived stem cell ingredients proven to actively protect longevity of skin stem cells with a collagen stimulating peptide to help to firm the skin. Plus it has moisture boosting Hyaluronic Acid combined with Hibiscus extract to help restore your complexion’s natural radiance and healthiness.

The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops of Youth Concentrate £26.00

This certified organic miracle serum has a price tag of £26 but it is worth every penny. Just a couple of drops added to your daily moisturiser to combat the first signs of ageing and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Daily Moisture Balancing Serum £40.00

This antioxidant-rich, replenishing serum is instantly absorbed by skin to give an instantly brighter, smoother complexion. It protects the skin’s barrier with nutrient rich botanicals, addresses the signs of dehydration and at the pricier end of £40 it smells gorgeous too.

CREAMS TO COVET

Simple Regeneration Age Resisting Day Cream £5.25

Green tea’s antioxidant rich nutrients makes it a valuable asset in the fight against ageing and Simple has harnessed this skin-saving goodness for its Age Resisting Day Cream, plus has added SPF 15, to fight wrinkles and lines. At only £5.25 it’s a brilliant budget buy.

Botanics Hydration Burst Day Lotion SPF15 £8.99

The new Hydration Burst range from Boots Botanics is a nourishing formula, rich in Clary Sage extract, that comforts and soothes dehydrated and sensitive skin. At a purse friendly £8.99 for 50ml, the lightweight texture absorbs quickly, calming skin and leaving it feeling supple and smooth, and hydrated for up to 8 hours.

REN Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream £20.00

At £20 for 60ml this award winning moisturiser is an absolute necessity. Not only will it fit into your hand luggage it contains vitamins P and F to decongest skin and reduce sensitivity. Ideal if you’re going to be exposed to the sun.

Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream £23.00

Each 30ml tube of this rich day cream contains over 1075 organic rose petals, Beautifully scented and especially rejuvenating and regenerating for mature skin, it also has a calming effect on skin that has been over exposed to the sun. Snap it for £23.

Origins New Smarty Plants CC SPF20 Skin Complexion Corrector £29.00

This super-smart plant formula CC cream from Origins helps perfect the appearance of pores, minimises excess oiliness, and lightly hydrates to smooth away fine, dry lines. Priced at £29 for 40ml it also has SPF 20 to help you keep your youthful good looks longer.

17
Jul

Save on schoolwear & tear

Even though the summer term has only just come to an end, prep for the new school year has started and so has the high street’s hard sell on school uniform. With September a steadfast 6 to 8 weeks away it’s not to early to get your kids kitted out in their new threads, and it needn’t be costly, with stores like Aldi and Lidl promising an entire head-to-toe combo of four pieces for £3.75, and trusted uniform suppliers like Marks & Spencer and Debenhams having already run early bird promotions in June. There’s no need to suffer from fear of missing out, wherever you choose to shop you’ll find deals, but don’t leave it too late as great uniform at even greater prices sells out fast!

INNOVATION BUZZWORDS

From worn out patches to loss of shape, rips, tears and ink-stains, if you want a uniform that is durable, breathable, stain resistant and easy to care for, look out for these buzzwords when you’re considering where to buy and make sure the uniform you choose for your kids goes the extra mile.

ALL ROUND VALUE & QUALITY

Needless to say, the high street offers fantastic value for money when it comes to school uniform. Established suppliers like M&S, John Lewis, Next, Debenhams, Argos, Mothercare and Peacocks are all strengthening their offering, not only providing great value multi-buys and buy one get one half price offers, but pioneering enhanced fabrics, greater sizing options, and a variety of fits, whilst supermarkets like Aldi, Asda, Lidl, Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury are all in on the act offering even larger multi-packs at bargain-basement prices.

Supermarkets are not to be shunned for school uniform. The Tu range at Sainsbury and at Argos has over two hundred options with a wide range of colours. Polo shirts in packs of three are from £3.50 per pack, trousers and skirts are £7 for a pack of two and sweatshirts start at £4 for a pack of two.

BARGAINS ON BASICS

If your child will be sporting the basic uniform rules of either navy, grey or black trousers, skirts or pinafores, a white or blue collared shirt or a plain polo shirt, and a green, navy, grey or red knitted V-neck or cardigan, then the high street can accommodate your every need. And if your child has to wear school regulation shirts and jumpers embroidered with their school’s logo, you can still be savvy and stock up on basic trousers and skirts, PE shorts, plain tees, football shorts, vests and socks, offered by high street retailers at incredibly low prices.

8
Jun

Take on the Tee trends

Men’s summer staple T-shirts in hot-to-have styles will sizzle in town, country or at the beach and there are many trends to choose from. From standard issue camo prints and tie-dye, to hot tropical palm and floral prints, tattered and torn tees and rock & roll band tees, the high street is flooded with some serious styles you can slide into your wardrobe with ease, and at purse friendly prices.

DRUMROLL

The rock & roll band tee is a major player for the summer. Whether you’re chilling out with headphones on, or partying to the coolest tunes at a festival, parading your favourite band or musician across your chest is the style du jour.

Images: Amplified at Sports Direct

Amplified T-Shirts £14.99 each at Sports Direct or 2 for £20.00
Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Guns N Roses

 

Images: Primark

Rock Tees at Primark
Guns N Roses £10.00, AC/DC £9.00, Pink Floyd £8.00

 

The rock & roll style shows no sign of slowing down so get involved with the classics or keep it retro with rock inspired tees in graphic prints. You’ll find plenty of classic styles inspired by old-school gig-wear in the shops, and non-band specific so you can look super cool without pledging allegiance to any one band.

Images: Sixth June, Supply & Demand at JD Sports

Rock inspired tees at JD Sports
Sixth June Bleach Washed T-Shirt £35.00
Sixth June Acid Wash Band T-Shirt £30.00
Supply & Demand Metal T-Shirt Was £20.00 Now £15.00

 

HOT TROPICS

T-shirts turn tropical and palm prints and florals come into full bloom this summer. Raise your style game with some botanical coolness across tees and vests with oversized palm leafs, modern and oriental florals and Hawaiian prints. This trend is all about pops of colour and a touch of street. Pair with mirror shades and distressed denim for added attitude.

Images: JD Sports, Primark, New Look

Supply & Demand Burgundy Rose Fade Vest £16.00 JD Sports
Tropical Flower Vest £6.00 Primark
Black Floral Print Tee £12.99 New Look

 

Images: Blue Inc., New Look, Primark

Soul Star Palm Print Tee £9.99 Blue Inc.
Orange Palm Print Tee £12.99 New Look
Hawaii Palm Print Vest £6.00 Primark

 

TIE DYE

The freedom of summer brings a new Zen like mindfulness so why not channel Woodstock with some tie-dye? From rainbow splashes to muted dip dye and modern splashes, a tie dye tee offers a laid back take on bold blasts of colour. This trend is ideal for festival frolics or city-friendly weekend breaks, where you want to stand out and blend in at the same time.

Images: Primark, JD Sports, River Island

Rainbow Tie Dye Vest £6.00 Primark
SikSilk Curved Hem Fade Tee £40.00 JD Sports
Orange Tie Dye Tee £12.00 River Island

 

TATTERED & TORN

Call this look what you will, ripped, shredded, distressed, tattered, look uber cool in a semi slashed t-shirt or tread cautiously in a tee with just a little bit of destruction. Take this trend straight off the catwalk and into your closet for ultimate street cred.

Images: JD Sports, Sports Direct, New Look, Primark

Sixth June Whippy Destroyed Tee £30.00 JD Sports
Fabric Distress Drop Tee £3.99 Sports Direct
Pink Ripped Longline Tee £12.99 New Look
Grey Ripped Tee £8.00 Primark

 

STANDARD ISSUE

If tropical prints aren’t your vibe, then consider a camo print tee as a pleasingly masculine alternative. Integrating some military machismo into your wardrobe and going all-out squaddie in an all-over camo print might seem like overkill, but plenty of brands are now producing contemporary digital camo designs that will work well with denim and neutral toned shorts.

Images: Supply & Demand, Nanny State and 11 Degrees all at JD Sports

Camo at JD Sports
Supply & Demand Crawl Tee £20.00
Nanny State Dawson Vest £12.00
11 Degrees Geo Camo Tee £40.00

5
Jun

Fake it, don’t bake it!

The same rule applies to tanning as it does to ageing. Do it gracefully. Thankfully there is a new wave of everyday gradual tanning moisturisers and instant tanners available in smooth lotions, fluffy mousses and handy spray oils and gels, that promise a subtle, warming sheen leaving skin with a gorgeous, natural glow. These cult beauty buys will become as part of your everyday routine as brushing your teeth.

The good news is that there’s one to suit every skin type. Take a good look around your local supermarket, chemist and department store at the huge variety of tanning moisturisers and instant tans at prices from under £10 to over £30. There are many great multi-buy deals and promotions in stores at the moment, so take advantage and make sure your cash stretches further.

BUDGET BUYS UNDER £10

Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant Tan & Gradual Glow £6.99

For an instant, natural-looking tan that can be used on the face and body this Rimmell must-have gives a gradual glow that will keep you looking healthy without being too overpowering. It comes in two matte shades, and is an instant tan that is easily washed off.

Palmer’s Natural Bronze Gradual Tan £7.49

Thanks to its signature combination of pure Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E, this is the perfect product to keep your skin beautiful and healthy with a natural-looking glow. With just a touch of self-tanner, it will create a delicate, sun-kissed, summer glow, gradually building a subtle tan within a few days, while deeply moisturising your skin.

Barry M In The Glow Body Oil Liquid Bronzer £7.99

With pure Coconut Oil and the tropical fragrance of Tahitian Gardenia, this gorgeous body oil will soothe, hydrate and add a subtle sun kissed glow to all skin tones. Simply apply over the body after showering and smooth into your skin for a richly moisturised, beautifully bronzed look. Allow a few minutes for the skin to absorb the product before dressing.

St. Moriz Fast Tan Response Tanning Mist £8.99

Ideal for those who like a quick fix tan, the St. Moriz Advanced Pro Fast Response Tanning Mist allows you to control your shade. Achieve a light glow in one hour, a medium tan in two hours and a dark tan in three hours. For those who like a deeper tan, leave on for longer.

PURSE FRIENDLY £10 to £20

Garnier Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer Dry Body Mist £10.20

This is a no nonsense multi-angle spray tan that leaves a light tan, ideal for a subtle glow. It has apricot extracts to moisturise skin, is quick-dry, and there is no need to rub. A perfect product if you’re new to the world of self-tan sprays.

Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk £11.99

This innovative dual action gradual tanning milk formula is enriched with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E and will hydrate and nourish your skin while developing a stunning natural golden tan. With a subtle cocoa butter scent it’s great for everyday use.

St. Tropez Instant Tan Finishing Gloss £12.00

Providing an instant gorgeous bronze glow, with buildable coverage, if you have a tan commitment-phobia then this is the product for you. This superb instant tanner is washable so it is ideal for beginners and those just looking for a quick fix-up.

Modelco Gradual Tan Everyday Body Moisturiser £12.49

This is an everyday triple action self-tanning moisturiser. Suitable for all skin types, it acts as a self-tanner, tan extender and moisturiser all in one, allowing you to build or prolong your tan gradually and easily. Infused with nourishing and antioxidant properties of Green Tea Extract, it delivers a natural golden glow and helps to even out skin tone, hide cellulite, stretch marks and spider veins.

 

Fake Bake Faux Glo Long Lasting Wash-Off Tan £13.45

Inspired by make-up artists, this instant spray tan in a can boasts a 360˚ nozzle and gives a continuous spray that works at any angle, even upside-down. It’s the easiest way to create a temporary, instantly tanned look, is suitable for all complexions and exceptionally good for covering irregular skin tones. The super-fast drying aerosol is transfer resistant, pleasantly fragranced.

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Everyday Body Lotion £14.19

This new Gradual Tan Tinted Body Lotion from St. Tropez gives an instant hint of bronze that illuminates the skin, whilst gradually building a healthy sun kissed glow. It’s a lightweight, ultra-hydrating body lotion that’s easy to apply, quick drying and suitable for all skin tones.

Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner £14.99

This deliciously scented moisturising cream builds a natural looking tan with daily applications. The application is really creamy and it will develop into a natural looking tan over a matter of hours and days.

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Firming 4 in 1 Lotion £18.99

St. Tropez’s newest addition to its Gradual Tan range contains allo-melanin, which mimics the skin’s natural melanin to give you a healthy tan. Applied daily, its special formula combining a cell energizer, hyaluronic acid and anti-oxidant, is designed to tone, firm and moisturise tired skin during the bronzing process. Four benefits in one for under £20 is great value for money.

SPLURGE £20 AND OVER

Clinique Body Tinted Lotion £20.00

This luxurious tinted lotion will give you a deep tan with gorgeous golden undertones, the colour gets richer within the next day, and the finished look is tropical vacation worthy. The lotion formula means a super easy and smooth application, so there are no missed spots or streaks.

Bobbi Brown All Over Bronzing Gel £25.00

This deluxe gel will give you a golden tan with brown undertones. Perfect for the summer, the gel is fresh, dries fast, and has SPF 15. It is also travel-friendly, and the ideal go-to for emergency retouches.

Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish £29.49

This sumptuous wash off skin finishing body makeup gives a natural looking tint for the body, and reflects light for a photo-ready finish. Whether you’re putting on a skirt for the first time this year, or you want photo-ready skin for a glamorous event, Body Blur is the perfect product. The subtle, natural-looking tint will suit all skin tones and the clean formula with organic and natural skin conditioning extracts will work for even sensitive skin types.

Fake Bake Airbrush Instant Self-Tan £27.95

This is a lush airbrush spray tan that will give you an instant glow. As it is quick drying and develops with speed it’s ideal if you have spare time on a night for precise application. The 360˚ nozzle gives you continuous spray and an even coverage.

Space NK Tan Luxe The Water £33.00

Don’t be fooled by the transparency, this gets results and gives a seamless natural tan as well as providing your skin with a hydration and vitamin boost. And just like water, there’s no smell.

3
May

Don’t forget your passport

The summer is almost upon us. Hurrah! For some of us it means travelling to near or far flung places for family gatherings, weekends away, holiday pleasure and some much needed rest and relaxation. Whether long haul or short haul, whatever you do, don’t leave home without bagging yourself the right bags for your trip.

CARRY ON & CARRY OFF

For special short breaks and for your carry-on, you need a cabin bag that’s super versatile and easy to get from A to B. First and foremost, each airline has their own set of size guidelines when it comes to cabin luggage. Get your dimensions wrong and you could end up with extra hassle at the airport and paying hefty charges for your luggage to go in the hold if it’s too big for the cabin.

To find the ideal hand luggage to take with you on your flight think about what you will be taking with you and compartmentalise your packing accordingly.

Make sure you have a telescopic and adjustable handle, side handles to make it easier to lift into the overhead locker and the more wheels the better as you’ll get better movement and stability.

IT Worlds Lightest Small Wheel Suitcase £29.99 Argos
American Tourister Wavebreaker 8 Wheel Small Suitcase £49.99 Argos
IT Luggage 4 Wheel Hard Cabin Case £39.99 Argos

If you’re taking a computer with you, then opt for an airline approved cabin bag with a built in laptop section. You’ll also want to consider whether you want a case that can fit under your seat for quick access.

Asaklitt 32 L Cabin Trolley Case £39.99 Clas Ohlson
Wenger Potomac Wheeled Laptop Case £89.99 Clas Ohlson

If aesthetic is more important to you than function then there are plenty of colourful cabin bags around at bargain prices. From stripes and florals to bold brights, the choice is endless.

Sovereign Suitcase 49cm in Teal or Floral £12.99 B&M
Excel Suitcase Foldable Cabin Trolley Bag in Black, Blue or Pink £9.99 B&M

 

EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK

When you’re escaping on holiday for a week or more, or just packing for every eventuality, you need a case that offers the space and features to get your stuff all the way to your destination, and all the way back again.

Make sure your case has straps inside to keep your belongings secure and in place for the duration of your journey. Pockets and compartments provide extra space and are perfect for keeping important stuff safe and expandable luggage gives you more space when you need it, especially if you’re planning on coming home with more than you left with. One other tip, if you’re trying to blag an upgrade then make sure you look the part. Why not choose an eye catching and chic luggage set to accompany you on your travels?

Tripp Chambray ‘World’ 4 wheel Suitcases from £49.00 at Debenhams
Tripp Holiday 5 Suitcases various Colours from £45.00 at Debenhams

 

FOR LITTLE PEOPLE & GROWN UP KIDS

Travelling with children, whatever their age can be stressful, but you can take away some of the hassle by choosing luggage that they’ll love.

Star Wars and Little Miss Sunshine Suitcases
55cm, 66cm, 76cm from £34.99 to £54.99 B&M Stores

Luggage designed specifically for children can have a dual purpose and help them beat the boredom of travelling. Flyte is a combination of a compact piece of luggage, a pull along trolley case and a scooter. It easily folds out from a travel case into a fun steer scooter to make running to the gate a breeze!

Designed to be used as hand luggage, kids can pack their Trunki with their favourite belongings, while you can keep them in tow, let them ride on next to you, or take a seat while waiting to board.

 

Flyte H20 Midi Case Scooter and Olivia The Owl Midi Flyte Case Scooter both £69.99
Trunki Frank the Firetruck and Trunki Una the Unicorn each £39.99 from Argos

 

Kid’s accessories can also be fun. From cute luggage tags and passport holders for babies to cool travel accessories for teenagers who want to retain their individuality.

Bambino My First Passport & luggage Tag £12.99 Argos
Watermelon Luggage Tag £3.99 New Look
Away We Go Travel Essentials Set £10.00 Claire’s

PACK & PROTECT

There is no such thing as too many bags to make your packing more streamlined. From bags to help you pack in a modular system, to bags specifically designed to protect your shoes, lingerie and swimwear in your suitcase, and bags dedicated to protecting your technology from beachside antics, seek and you shall find.

Asaklitt 6-Pack Luggage Organisers £8.99 Clas Ohlson
Travel Bags £1.00 Poundland

Pro-Tec CaseIt Active Universal Mobile Waterproof Pouch £9.99 EE Stores
Proporta Beachbuoy Large £12.49 Superdrug
Rugged waterproof Phone Pounch £14.99 Maplin
Travel Pouch £2.99 Superdrug

GET ORGANISED

A passport holder or a travel pouch is the one item you will be pleased you took as you’ll be able to put all your important travel documents in one place as well credit cards, certificates, passport, etc. From practical styles you can keep in your pocket or wear around your neck, to ones with funky prints that make a statement about who you are, whatever you choose it will help you stay organised.

Beauty Junky Passport and Ticket Holder £7.50 Boots
Trendz Map Passport Cover £13.00 Boots
Marvel Comics Passport And Luggage Tag Set £12.00 Clintons

 

Techy fans will love the revolutionary Hidentity Passport Plus Cover, it stops criminals from reading the data stored on the RFID chip in your passport or credit and debit card due to a protective foil embedded in the cover. It is so thin that very little bulk is added to your passport so will even fit in your coat pocket.

Asaklitt Neck Wallet in Turquoise, Pink or Black £5.99 Clas Ohlson
Asaklitt Travel Wallet £4.99 Clas Ohlson
Hidentity Passport Plus Cover £7.49 Maplin
Neon Passport Holders £1.00 Poundland

 

TAG IT

Finally, make sure you stand out in a crowd at the baggage carousel with brightly designed luggage tags and say goodbye to picking up the wrong case.

Slogan Luggage Tags £1.00 Poundworld
Not Your Bag Luggage Tags £7.99 Maplin
Askalit Owl Luggage Tag £2.49 Clas Ohlson
Glo Luggage ID Tag £2.49 Superdrug
Old-Fashioned Luggage Labels £7.71 WHSmith

3
May

Bring the inside out

Give yourself a better work life balance and get back to nature by making the most of your outside space so you can feel more Zen. Why not reap the wellbeing benefits of your outside space? Whether you have a garden, patio or balcony, design your outside area as an extension of your inside space and use it as a calming retreat to dine al fresco, have a post-work glass of wine or relax with a book.

Your garden is an extension of your home, and can offer you an ‘extra room’, especially if space indoors is limited. Interior trends are making their way outside more than ever before. As us Brits are beginning to want more comfort from our outside spaces, so think about creating your garden as you would an interior room or a conservatory. Both of the major Swedish interiors trends – hygge and lagom – translate to the outdoors. Whether you want the cosiness of hygge or favour the more minimalist, pared-back approach of lagom, that being not too much, not too little, the latest Scandi trends will work in your garden, too.


For hygge influences look out for furniture with soft lines and sumptuous cosy cushions, and for lagom influences keep it minimal and understated with sleek, pared back furniture in natural, raw and recycled materials and elements of metals. There is no reason why you can’t blend the two styles for your own unique look and personal preferences.

 

SWEDISH TRENDS – GET THE LOOK

You’ll be able to recreate this look with ease from a variety of department stores and high street chains that all provide beautiful garden furniture. From places like Debenhams, Argos Wilko and B&M Stores for large ticket items to Home Bargains, Primark, Poundland, Poundworld, Tesco, Sainsburys and Asda for accessories.

Home 8 Seater Rattan Effect Corner Dining Set £399.99 Argos

Home Rattan 2 Seater Duck Egg Patio Set £199.99 (was £269.99) Argos

Venice Rattan Hooded Day Bed £399.99 and Venice Hanging Egg Chair £125 both B&M Stores

Garden Snuggle Egg Chair £275 and Garden Egg Lounge Set £225 both Wilko

 

NATURAL MATERIALS

As the popularity of natural materials rise in interiors, so it is with patio and garden furniture. Less synthetic materials, more natural timber, and free-flowing pieces are the key.

Forest Sleeper Benches and Table Set £399.99 Argos
Pine Potting Table £79.99 Clas Ohlson

Miami Swing £279.99 and Reclaimed Wood Rocking Chair £49.99 B&M Stores

 

INSIDE OUT LIVING

The distinction between indoors and outdoors has become more blurred as homes are now being designed and renovated to “open up” – creating open plan spaces inside leading to the garden or patio via glass sliding doors, the same applies to balconies. That feeling of flow warrants a comfortable outside space with lounge like seating that resembles a three-piece suite, or sturdy dining furniture that helps to create a feeling of an ‘extra room’.

Outdoor Sofa with Chaise Longue £199.99 and Aluminium Furniture set £189.99 both Clas Ohlson

Westbury Luxury Corner Rattan Set £299.99 (was £399.99) B&M Stores
Venice Rattan Effect Sofa Set 4pc £169.99 (was £300.00) B&M Stores

 

THE FINISHING TOUCHES

Layer up chairs with dreamy cushions and bright-coloured throws, add some fairy lights, lanterns and candles to create a calm and magical ambience. Garden and patio lighting is an important feature, rather than a functional afterthought. Use solar lights and motion sensor lights to conserve energy and use beneath big plants, hanging from trees, and to light pathways.

Cushions, candles, tealights and fairly lights all Primark

Solar powered garden and patio lights all Poundland

12
Apr

Egg-cellent Easter eats

Easter Sunday, 16 April is almost here, and it’s time to get ready to feast on your Easter treats. Tis the season of the chocolate egg and this year you’ll find Easter eggs of every variety, including gluten free, nut free, dairy free, sugar free and guilt free – well almost. They’ve been on the shelves in supermarkets and cut-price stores, health food shops and department stores since after Christmas but now is the time to buy.

If you’re a serious bargain hunter and looking to reap in extra savings then you’re in luck, because Easter is just as competitive at Christmas for retailers and there are may offers just waiting to be snapped up. Make sure you’re a smart shopper and look out for price reductions this week and after Easter, plus a host of multi-buy offers in-store.

 

BARGAINS ON BRANDED

If you’re looking for deals on high-end branded Easter eggs check your local discount stores first. Poundworld, Poundland and Poundstretcher are not to be missed but also think about places like Wilko and Home Bargains. You are more than likely to find luxury eggs here at a fraction of the price than you would in some other shops.

 

LUXURY FOR LESS

For the most luxurious of Easter eggs you needn’t spend a lot and no longer do you only have the choice from leading chocolatier brands. Companies such as Iceland, Aldi and Tesco are producing their own, and even winning awards for it. This Iceland Luxury Chocolate Eggs in Honeycomb & Caramel is a snip at £4 and endorsed by the Good Housekeeping Institute, Aldi’s Exquisite Easter Egg shimmers gold and is only £7.99 and Tesco Finest* Belgian Dark Chocolate and Butterscotch Egg is a mouthwatering £7.00.

Images: Iceland, Aldi, Tesco

 

FREE FROM?

Don’t miss out on scoffing an Easter egg due to dietary restraints. Whether you’re looking for an egg free from dairy, wheat, gluten or sugar, you will find it. What’s more it will not only look as good as a traditional chocolate Easter egg it will taste as good too. It’s not just health food shops like Holland & Barrett that are providing this range, most major supermarkets are also jumping on the free from bandwagon, offering alternative options as part of the full Easter egg ranges. Holland & Barrett have a No Added Sugar Easter Egg at £3.99, whilst Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury have selected own brand ‘free from’ eggs priced from £2.50 as well as stocking brands such as Choices and Moo.

Images: Holland & Barrett, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury

 

MULTIBUY MORE

Make use of the multibuy offers in supermarkets and stock up on chocolate Easter eggs for the whole family. Just make sure you don’t scoff the lot yourself!

Asda has branded Easter eggs in 3 for £10 deal. The offer includes favourites by Cadburys’ and Thorntons, and novelty offerings such as giant Kinder Eggs, Peppa Pig and DC Comics eggs.

Image: Asda

Tesco has a range of Easter egg deals including two for £6 on selected branded eggs, which features Nestle’s popular Kit Kat and Aero ones alongside Cadbury’s classic Creme Egg and Mini Eggs. There is also 2 for £10 on large Easter eggs and 3 for £10 deals on medium size eggs.

Image: Tesco

You can currently get two for £5.00 on large Easter eggs at Iceland. This deal includes a wide range of popular brands from Quality Street to Galaxy and Celebrations.

Image: Iceland

Sainsbury has reductions on £1 and £2 on luxury Easter eggs from Thorntons, Green & Black, Lindt and their Taste The Difference range. Their own brand range of medium sized Easter eggs are only £1 and due to be reduced just before Easter.

Image: Sainsbury

Poundland and Poundworld do exactly what they say. You’ll find Easter eggs from Cadbury, Nestle and more, including M&M’s, Smarties and novelty character eggs, all for just £1.

Image: Poundland

Lastly, chocolatier Thorntons has some amazing deals on luxury smooth chocolate this Easter, with 5 for £15 on small eggs and 5 for £20 on large eggs. Delicious.

Image: Thorntons
29
Mar

Banish your wedding wardrobe woes

Whether you’re the Mother of The Bride, Maid of Honour, Bridesmaid or a wedding guest, finding your dream dress that will make you look and feel spectacular on the day itself needn’t be difficult. The high street is full of fabulous dresses to choose from, at purse friendly prices and upwards, so where should you begin?

ALL ABOUT THE DRESS

Whatever your role at a wedding it’s important to get your dress right. Remember the photographs will be around for years. Yet with so many styles to choose from, it can often prove a daunting task, so make sure you find the right dress to suit your individual style. Think outside the box for your dress and buy something that will give you excellent cost-per-wear, and if you’re on a tight budget, high street offerings mean you don’t need to compromise on style. With so much on offer it is easy to be inspired.

NEUTRALS UNDER £70

If you’re a bridesmaid then shunning traditional bridesmaid styles will not only allow for an individual and fashion-forward look, it can also save serious money. Investigate the eveningwear collections of your favourite high street stores, look for summery dresses in quality fabrics and look for dresses in a range of nudes, peaches and creams as tonally these shades will suit you and every other lady-in-waiting. If you’re a guest then shy away from nude and cream and go for peach or coral as you won’t want to blend in with the bridal party. Here’s our pick of neutral dresses for under £70, which you’ll be able to wear again and again.

Images: Quiz, River Island, New Look, Miss Selfridge, Primark

Nude Chiffon Dress by Quiz £69.99
Cold Shoulder Frill Dress by River Island £30.00
Embellished Wrap Dress by New Look £39.99
Pleated Dress by Miss Selfridge £49.00
Nude Chiffon Dress by Primark £20.00

PRINTS & FLORALS UNDER £50

If you so want to stand out from the crowd and wear something that you can enjoy for the rest of the summer then consider choosing a pretty floral print or a bright geometric print. Add cut-outs, simple necklines and the odd ruffle or two and you will look achingly fresh and chic. The bolder the print the better, as it will add an injection of colour to the wedding photos. Here is our pic of the crop under £50.

Images: New Look, Quiz, Dorothy Perkins

Pink Ruffle Midi Dress by DP £50.00
White Floral Prom Dress by New Look £34.99
Yellow Floral Print Maxi by New Look £39.99
Flower Print Dip Hem Dress by Quiz £34.99
Yellow Ruffle Midi Dress by DP £50.00

MIX & MATCH MAIDS

The rule of thumb with bridesmaid dresses is that one style rarely suits all. The answer is to either convince the Bride to let you and your girlfriends work within a colour scheme, choosing from a range of different dresses in the same shade and fabric, whilst retaining individuality through trims and embellishments, alternatively you could select the same dress in different shades.

Images: Little Mistress

Images: Quiz, New Look, Dorothy Perkins

Chiffon Embellished High Neck Maxi Dress by Quiz £74.99
Satin Bardot Dress by DP £50.00
Lattice Back Midi Bridesmaid Dress by New Look £34.99
Lace Sequin Bardot Neck Scallop Dress by Quiz £36.99
Neck Maxi Dress by Quiz £69.99

DETAIL IS IN THE ACCESSORIES

Complement your wedding outfit with a beautiful bag. From envelope clutches in plain satin or lace or with sequins and beads, to hard-shell clutch bags ornamented with sparkling jewels, pearls and 3D embellishments, your bag needs to look premium to match your outfit, even if the price tag isn’t. Whether you choose an embellished or an understated design it needs to be large enough to hold your lipstick, a mirror compact, a handkerchief and your mobile phone.

Images: Claire’s

Selection of hair accessories from Claire’s

ADD A DASH OF SPARKLE

When it comes to jewellery the rule of thumb is less is more. Choose delicately crafted necklaces, bracelets and earrings with a subtle shimmer and a dash of sparkle or pearl. If you’re wearing drop earrings you may want to keep your neckline minimal. You can still make a statement; the trick is to go for understated elegance rather than bold bling. Whether you opt for precious metal or costume jewellery is entirely your choice.

Images: Warren James

The Mirabella Collection from £17.00
The Fortuna Necklace £15 & Lucille Bangle £58 all by Warren James

 

Images: Warren James

The Biarritz Collection from £18
The Channelle Collection from £24.00 all by Warren James

Lastly make sure you wear the dress and the dress doesn’t wear you. Irrespective of choosing a traditional or contemporary, elegant or quirky dress, it’s how the whole outfit is pulled together that says a lot about you.

 

 

 

16
Mar

Savour your Shopping Centre

We live in a world where you can buy virtually anything you might want from the comfort of your own home. And while we certainly appreciate a good online shopping binge, you just can’t beat the real thing. Your shopping centre is more than just a shopping centre; it gives you the ability to interact on so many levels.

Would it surprise you to know that as a nation we are no longer visiting a shopping centre and just grabbing what we want then running? These days our shopping centres are not just about shops and selling but are all about providing a place to visit to try new things, offering one-stop shopping convenience, time saving services and a little bit of escapism. It’s not surprising that almost a third of shopping centre visitors use it as a destination to eat, drink and socialise.

Why not bring friends or family along and discover some new and pleasurable experiences? Look on your shopping centres website and social media channels to find out about the latest pop ups, entertainment and shopping events. Many now have a calendar of year-round activity for all ages, including farmers markets, live music, character visits, cooking demonstrations and workshops.

Here are 10 reasons why your Shopping Centre is more than just a place to shop.

1. It’s the original one-stop-shop.

Buy a digital radio, a new wardrobe and a delicious cupcake – book a holiday, post a birthday card, get a manicure and get your iPad screen fixed, simultaneously.

2. Hungry?

Whether your shopping centre has a fully blown food court or a small selection of independent café’s or restaurant chains, there will be great food and fast food available, so whether you’re on the go or after a leisurely brunch, you certainly won’t starve.

3. It’s a prime people-watching hot spot.

A variety of shops mean a variety of different people. Look around for some fashion inspiration or just sit back and watch human behaviour at it’s best, or worst.

4. You can relax – yes really.

Your shopping centre could almost be a day spa. From hairdressers and nail salons to tanning shops and eyebrow threading bars – book back-to-back appointments and then head to the nearest massage chair if there is one on offer.

5. It’s dependable, whatever the weather.

Nothing kills an outdoor shopping trip like a bit of harsh weather. For obvious reasons, that problem becomes irrelevant on a trip to your shopping centre.

6. You will experience instant gratification.

Find what you want and take it home with you right away. No wait, no delivery charges and no having to take that little white card the postman put through your letterbox to the collections point at your post office.

7. You can have your great escape.

Get away, if only for a couple of hours, from daily obligations and responsibilities and enjoy some “me time” with your kindle and a coffee. Alternatively it makes “working from home” pretty easy if there is free Wi-Fi.

8. You’ll be entertained, for free.

For you, for the kids or just because you have a few hours to kill, why not try something new, and be entertained. No other retail venue can provide the level of entertainment a shopping centre can and at no cost to you.

9. Find a child-minder for £1.

Kids driving you crazy? For the price of £1 there will be some sort of fire engine, camper van, police car or aeroplane you can plonk your little ones on and zone out just a little bit while they enjoy the ride.

10. It gives you options.

From finding price comparisons and multi-tasking to throwing in the towel when you can’t find what you want and having afternoon tea instead. Your shopping centre will be whatever you need it to be, and more. Plus parking is super easy.

The White Rose Centre boasts a range of shops that includes major high street brands such as The Fragrance Shop, Boots and JD Sports and fabulous food places such as Sayers for healthy snacks and the Thyme Out Tea Room & Sandwich Bar. Boasting over 300 parking spaces and operating a state of the art Chip Coin car parking system, it truly is a hassle free parking and shopping experience.

3
Mar

Make It A Memorable Mother’s Day

The ageless celebration of Mother’s Day on Sunday, March 26, is almost here and it’s time to start choosing a gift that will make it that extra bit special. This year, say thanks to your first lady with something memorable. Whether it’s for your mum or for another maternal figure in your life, there are plenty of presents from fragrances and cosmetics to gadgets and jewellery that will help you show the love.

Traditionally gifts such as flowers and chocolates are given but whether you’re a traditionalist or you like to think a little bit out of the box, here are some of our favourite gifts available in the shops, and on offer, right now.

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SCENT-SATIONAL SCENTS

There are very few women who wouldn’t appreciate the gift of a sensational scent. From classic fragrances to modern scents, you can either play it safe or be bold and spoil her with a fragrance she may not necessarily buy for herself. As long as you know the type of fragrance she prefers, be it floral, oriental, woody or citrus, then you won’t go wrong. You’ll also get extra points for gift sets with complementary body and bath products, so shop wisely.

Look out for some amazing offers, exclusive deals and free gifts with purchase in specialist shops, departments stores and drugstores – such as Boots, Savers,

MAKE-UP MAGIC

Give her the tools of the trade for a makeover. This is the perfect chance to treat her to a new make-up brand she always wanted to buy or inspire her to try new state-of-the-art cosmetics and make-up techniques. Choosing her some luxurious makeup is an amazing gift if she is a bit of beauty buff. When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with a classic red lipstick, some new nail polish or a handy palette. Look out in stores for fantastic free gifts with purchase especially on premium brands as you’ll get a lot more for your money, and gift sets packed full of fabulous products.

Superdrug, Boots, Savers and Semichem all have fantastic deals on branded products but if you’re feeling like you want to treat her something she wouldn’t buy herself then check out the cosmetics collections in New Look, Primark and other fashion retailers, and Argos has a great range of cosmetic accessories.

Beauty bargains from Boots:

Images: Boots
Images: Boots

Benefit Besties Gift Set now £15.00 – was £30.00
NYX Professional Makeup Love Contours All £20.00
Real Techniques Make-Up Brushes from £7.99 – Buy one get 2nd half price

GIVE THE GIFT OF GADGETS

If skincare, fragrance or makeup is not what you’re looking for, gadgets are always a good idea. Whether it’s a beauty gadget like a sonic facial brush, pedicure set or hair straighteners, a fitness gadget like a FitBit, a travel gadget or something for her pleasure such as a Kindle, DAB radio, a tablet or some stunning headphones, shop around for current offers. Check out stores like Argos as well as O2, EE, Vodafone and Three shops, Carphone Warehouse, Maplin, Clas Ohlsen, Supercuts and CeX.

Amazing ideas from Argos:

Images: Argos
Images: Argos

Braun Face Spa Electric Facial Cleansing Brush and Epilator £49.99 – was £99.99
Sensio Spa Complete Manicure and Pedicure £49.99
Roberts Radio Revival Mini Digital Radio Orange £139.99 – was £149.99

LET HER BE-DAZZLED

If you’re still stumped for a gift, then the tried and trusted gift of jewellery will always be received with thanks. Choose something with hearts and sparkles, which will make your gift extra special and more memorable. You don’t have to spend a lot to find some beautiful pieces with maximum impact. Shop in jewellery emporiums such as Warren James and F. Hinds to find fabulous bargains on jewellery, trinket boxes and ornaments.