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The Echo in our lives

Meet Alexa, your new personal assistant, the player of your music, and your weatherwoman. Your new ‘pet’ that listens to your commands to play music, shop for something or find out where your nearest take-away is. All captured within the neat little unit that is the Amazon Echo. 

Available in black or white, with a full surround speaker in built, and several microphones embedded in the top so that she can hear your commands from across the room, at any spot around the circumference of the unit.

When you talk to her she stops everything shes already doing, momentarily of course to listen to your every word. (And glows, so you know she’s listening! If she doesn’t understand she will tell you – or ask you a question. Or infact will tell you in what way to speak to her to get the full benefits of her commands, and efficiently. 

The volume is incredible for such a little unit. Mind you – we aren’t sure your neighbours will appreciate volume 10!  (scaled 1-10) The great thing too is Alexa is ever evolving and learning, because it’s connected to her own little cloud, and you can also link up using an app available across andriod and apple devices.

This is a smart and wonderful gadget, not too big or small in size and will fit in within your decor in either colour-way available effortlessly. Our new obsession.

Picture taken with the Sony Xperia XZ £550 Pay as you go at www.vodafone.co.uk

Get yours now, Amazon Echo, (in black or white) £149.99 at Amazon.co.uk

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Oh you lippy lot!

This little quad of lip balms will make a perfect little treat for Christmas, for you or a loved one!

The set contains these adorbs dotty, soft and smooth Lip Balms to add moisture and shine to your lips in four mouth-watering, tasty flavours: Strawberry, Coconut, Watermelon and Cherry… they’ll make your lips taste and feel great! 

Dirty Works Lip Balm Tin, £5, Sainsburys

Available instore and online nationwide!

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Spread the wings of love

Why don’t you spread the wings of love this Christmas with a little bit of fairy dust courtesy of Tink and her ‘Wings of Love Lux Pamper duo’ set in Dewdrop fragrance, £8.99 MadBeauty.com

The set contains lightly fragranced products in Tinkerbell’s fave dewdrop scent. A bubble bath and shower gel set complete with a perfectly tink pink pouffe to magic the day away! A brilliant set for the Disney girl at heart. It’s even covered in lots of little Tink’s too!

Get your hook into this set, or shop from the Tink range and many other Disney themed beauty sets & other wonderful beauty bits from Madbeauty.com

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Fire up the gift list

This Christmas, whether adding to your own gift list, or buying for someone special, add The Amazon Fire, 

£49.99 www.Amazon.co.uk

to your shopping basket. Thanks to amazon we’ve had the chance to test this out, and we are sitting here right now, happily typing away to post out our blog to you!

With many great apps, video access and books and my more with amazon prime and Amazon music and videos, this is a great tablet to work on, with plenty of social media apps, blog apps and games available we can use this to pass the day away too. You even have a rear and front facing camera for a quick product post too.

Great for kids or take the option to buy the AmazonFireHD for Kids,

£75.05

www.Amazon.co.uk
with a specialist casing this is the gift for the kids whilst gifting the adults the fire of your choice!  These are the great specs below…

  • Beautiful 7" IPS display (171 ppi / 1024 x 600). Available in four colours.
  • Fast 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and rear- and front-facing cameras.
  • Amazon Underground: All-new, one-of-a-kind app store experience where thousands of apps, games and in-app items are actually free – including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs and more
  • Prime members can stream thousands of Prime Video titles, access over a million book titles, thousands of audiobooks and over a million songs
  • Prime members can download thousands of Prime Video movies and TV shows to watch offline anywhere
  • Enjoy more than 38 million songs, movies, TV shows, books, apps and games
  • Free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire devices. Add a microSD card for up to 200GB of additional storage
  • Up to 7 hours of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video and listening to music
  • Stay connected with fast web browsing, e-mail and calendar support

Plus… if you are looking for additional gifts for you or your loved ones tablets (across brands) this Christmas, protect them in luxury with these fab cases in all sorts of colours including Poppy reds and festive golds, from the great Filofax. We tried out… the Saffiano Zip Tablet Case, Poppy, Small, £30, and we think its great. Not only does the case zip fully around all sides of the case, it has a hard shell case (back) to clip your tablet into which has the capability to swivel meaning all round orientation. You even get a Filiofax notebook inside the case too, so you can note down anything you need, especially when using it for work! 

As above: L-R, T-B;
Pennybridge Strap Tablet Case, Black, £36.98; Pennybridge Strap Tablet Case, Raspberry, Small, £32.98;

Saffiano Zip Tablet Case, Small, Gold, £40.99; Saffiano Zip Tablet Case, Poppy, Small, £30, all www.filofax.co.uk

Shop, shop, shop…  as you’ll only miss out! We’ve already finished our shopping for this year! 

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Super Sensatio-NAILS 

We get fed up when our ordinary polish takes a long time to dry and chips after only a few days, so we were pleasantly surprised when this little kit (SensatioNail polish to gel transformer starter kit, £49.99, Boots) turned up at our desks last week. A gel kit like no other which turns your normal favourite nail polishes into super shiny long lasting gel polish.

The kit is very compact and cute unlike other gel starter kits that we’ve used before and very quick to use. The only thing we’d like added to the kit would be remover. – Alternatively we use Elegant Touch Get ‘em off Nail Remover, £2.65, Boots [find it here] which is cheap and fantastic at removing all gel polish and much much cheaper than most too! The kit makes it easy to mix up the polish, and you use a lot less polish than you do re dipping into the bottle everytime which means your fave colours will last you a lifetime! Application was swift – we completed one hand at a time for the fastest and best results, and after 12 days our nails are still going strong! 

The SensatioNail polish to gel transformer starter kit includes: 1 x LED nail lamp; 1 x USB lead; 1 x UK mains adapter; 1 x Gel cleanser (14.6ml); 1 x Gel primer (3.54ml); 1 x Polish to gel transformer (7.39ml); 1 x Mixing pot; 1 x Manicure stick; 12 x lint free wipes; 1 x Double sided nail buffer 

Make your hands SensatioNAIL today onine and instore at Boots.com

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Let’s co-co-nuts over this cute little #ultimatehandyset from the wonderful @madbeauty Brilliantly bright and bold these are perfect little hands on beauty must-haves for your handbag or desk! Just £8.99 #beauty #bblogger #coconut #clean #cleanse #mini #gift #xmas #instabeauty #instagift #gifting #present

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Present & correct

Every year No7 are renowned for bringing us some of the best beauty gifts with something for everyone in their festive collections. This year they don’t disappoint, so we grabbed the chance to try them out!

First up we tried the No7 Winter Nudes Nail Collection, £12.

This No7 Limited Edition Nail Collection is the perfect winter nail palette. The exquisite gift set includes glossy shades from barely-there and beige through to berry and is completed with a shimmering burnished gold top coat, ready to transform your nails from daytime to playtime this Christmas!

The gold shade makes for a perfect accent colour on a ring finger worn with any of the collections shades!

(see our video above of the shimmer! ) Our fave shade is the brilliantly berry red, classic and perfect for any party or to warm up your chilly winter days! 

We then got stuck in to trying out the No7 Glamorous Nudes Eye Palette, £10

This glamorous compact contains eight No7 Limited Edition Nude Eye Shadow shades to highlight, enhance and define your eyes. A gift set that’s perfect for everyday wear or for creating an understated Christmas party look. The shades are lighter than they look when applying, so make sure you use a good primer as a base to hold these pretty pastels to their fullest potential! They’re full of shimmer and will have you perfectly done up with your party feet on ready to hit the dance floor! A perfect stocking gift!

Make sure you make the most of Boots 3for2 on gifts, and make everyones Christmas gorgeous and glittery! 

Available now online and instore – Boots.com 

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Sleep tight for Santa!

Starry nights quickly become sleepless nights in the run up to the big day; with endless parties and family occasions we are all so busy and lose out on our much needed sleep! 

So this Christmas give the gift of sleep from ThisWorks. Infused with their superblend of 100% natural essential oils, these should leave you or the lucky gifted person with restful, trouble free nights ahead of them! 

Luxurious Slumber with ‘The Big Sleep’, £70

A 360 degree approach to sleeping more soundly, this kit contains
five of This Works best-loved and most potent sleep solutions, deep sleep pillow spray, deep sleep night oil and deep sleep bath soak, sleep balm, and new deep sleep breathe in plus a luxurious eye mask. Each contains their powerful aromatherapy blend of Lavender, Camomile and Vetivert. Proven to encourage a relaxed state of mind for a deeper sleep, these essential oils are the key to ensuring a contented Christmas – a truly valuable gift.

Contents: deep sleep pillow spray 75ml, deep sleep night oil 120ml, deep sleep bath soak 200g, sleep balm 10g, deep sleep breathe in 8ml, eye mask

Alternatively… 

Give your guests the ‘Sleep Spell, £10

Pull this cracker to discover a miniature, travel-sized version of ThisWorks bestselling deep sleep pillow spray, 10ml, which contains their signature calming blend of Lavender, Vetivert and Camomile essential oils to help magic you into a more peaceful sleep. With 99% of users claiming that they slept better than normal after using it, deep sleep pillow spray is the aromatherapeutic solution of better sleep a calmer Christmas.

Available at thisworks.com, selected stores and online retailers.

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Isn’t she Lovely in Lacoste

Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc, £29.50, 50ml, Boots, is an essential scent that many love, and now Lacoste have brought us three Eau de Lacoste L12.12 Pour Elle in ‘Sparkling’, ‘Elegant’ & ‘Playful’. These new scents hold themselves, each to their own in beautiful clear feminine bottles, with a hint of vanilla, green and pink to the glass. We never quite thought they could look so beautiful!

Here is the run down of the scents:

Eau De Lacoste L12.12 Pour Elle in ‘Sparkling’, RRP £39.99, 50ml, Boots

This is for the Playful: this sweet joyous scent combines the edge of spice and fruit with refined patchouli to give this holiday a certain joie de vivre. Keeping to its heritage French macrons adorn white flowers and jasmine scents like shining lights on a Christmas tree.

Eau De Lacoste L12.12 Pour Elle in ‘Elegant’, RRP £39.99, 50ml, Boots

For the Classic: Like a beautiful holiday table, this fragrance is timeless and a true showstopper. Fruity and floral, notes of mimosa, and white flowers shine against notes of white flowers and vetiver.

Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Pour Elle in ‘Natural’, RRP £39.99, 50ml, Boots

For the Romantic: Evoking memories of a timeless holiday garland, jasmine, white flowers and orris are calmly balanced with the note of coconut milk. Pristine, white as snow, and irresistible

We love the collection and will be displaying these bottles proudly on our dresser for that added sparkle & elegance this autumn winter!

Available now from Boots stores nationwide and other food perfumeries!

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DKNY Introduces…

New Limited Edition Summer Fragrances – Original Women Summer and Original Men Summer

It’s summer in New York City, and the heat is on. Flashes of neon colour and saturated hues pack a bold punch against the electric backdrop of the legendary skyline. Intoxicated by the promise of all that is possible, DKNY lovers return to the fast pace of the concrete jungle for the sleekest new experience to rush the senses.  Take a trip to the pulsing heart of the city with the retro cool and urban chic adventures that are DKNY Original Women and DKNY Original Men.

DKNY Original Women Summer Limited Edition
A sparkling floral fruity fragrance, Original Women Summer is seductively luscious.
Top Notes: Goji Berry, Citrus Sorbet, Peach Bellini
Mid Notes: Pink Water Lily, Violet, Wet Rose
Dry Down: Cashmere Woods, Musk, White Amber

DKNY Original Men Summer Limited Edition                    
Exhilarating and woody, Original Men Summer excites with a downtown cool.
Top Notes: Green Pineapple, Citrus cocktail of Bergamot and Lemon Italy, Aquatic Solar Notes
Mid Notes: Green Violet, Cedarwood Virginia, Vetiver Heart
Dry Down: Modern Amber, Musk, White Patchouli

DKNY Women Limited Edition and DKNY Men Limited Edition are available exclusively from Superdrug from April 6th 2016

DKNY Women Limited Edition, 100ml, £41
DKNY Men Limited Edition, 100ml, £37