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8th January 2015

5 Top Tips for Dealing with Dry Skin after Winter

5 Top Tips for Dealing with Dry Skin after Winter

After the awful English winter weather comes the problem of dry skin. Too much wind, having the heating on all day, and not enough sun means your skin can feel uncomfortable and lacking in moisture. With nicer weather on the way as spring approaches, here are 5 tips on how to get your skin healthy again and ready for summer.

MoisturiseA Derma Moisturiser

You should moisturise all year round, but it’s especially important after the harshness of winter. Continue to exfoliate and moisturize your body through the winter months to give your skin a boost. A-Derma’s Exomega Emollient Balm is an ideal post-winter moisturiser; it’s been designed for dry skin and it’s fragrance and paraben free.

Reduce length of hot showers and baths

Prolonged hot showers and baths remove the natural oils from your body, reducing the moisture levels in your skin. Taking shorter, cooler baths and showers will help to prevent too much moisture loss. Always remember to moisturise after baths and showers as well, to replace the water your skin will have lost.

Turn the heating down – or even off

It’s understandable that the heating is on during winter, but reducing the humidity of a room reduces the moisture in your skin. When the temperatures outside increases a bit, try to reduce the heat in your home and layer up instead. This is also a good way to save money on your household bills.

Take vitamins regularly

Vitamins are essential to having a healthy body, especially for keeping skin in good condition. Ensure that you take vitamins regularly; also ensure that you eat more foods containing vitamin C, such as oranges, as vitamin C helps keep skin moisturised. Jason Organic Vit E Cream also contains vitamin E, topping your levels up even as you moisturise.Jason Vitamin E

Reduce Dehydration

Lack of moisture in the skin is caused by dehydration. Turning the heating down and taking shorter showers will reduce the amount of moisture your skin loses during the winter, but you also need to increase the amount of water you take in. Drink regularly throughout the day to make sure you’re consuming enough.

You should also consider eating more fish, especially oily fish like salmon and mackerel. The Omega 3 fatty acids in these fish help your body to absorb water, making you more efficient at replacing the moisture you lose.

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19th December 2014

The Perfect Gift Ideas For Your Parents This Christmas

The Perfect Gift Ideas For Your Parents This Christmas

Christmas is getting closer, and we know how difficult it can be trying to buy presents for your parents. But look no further, because we’ve come up with a list of gifts to inspire you and make sure your parents get presents they love.

Gifts for Mum

Beauty sets

Strawberry Bomb Cosmetics

When buying for your Mum, a beauty gift set will never disappoint. The Strawberry Patch set is a perfect beauty gift set, containing bath bombs and soap that will leave Mum’s skin feeling and smelling amazing. 

Perfume 

You can’t go wrong buying perfume for a woman, as long as it smells nice of course! Perfume is a good Christmas gift idea, but make sure you check the bottles your mum already has to see what type of scent she prefers, for example floral or fruity.

Jewellery

Jewellery is always a favourite present, but earrings and necklaces are pretty common. For a more unusual gift, why not get your Mum a bracelet instead? Treat her to a new piece of jewellery this Christmas with a gorgeous “Newbridge Silverware Desire Heart Bracelet”.

Gifts for Dad

Cufflinks

If your Dad wears suits or double cuffed shirts often and cares about his appearance then a pair of cufflinks may be a good gift. If your Dad is a more traditional chap then try a traditional silver pair, or if he’d like something slightly quirky then try something like this Harvey Makin Vintage Map pair. Whatever his preferences a nice pair of cufflinks can add a lovely finishing touch to a smart outfit.Silver Cufflinks

Aftershave

Most men wear aftershave, making it an ideal Christmas gift. There is a large variety of aftershave on the market so you should try and make sure that you choose a fragrance that your dad will like and wear. As with Mum the easiest way to do this is look at his current choices.

Shaver

A shaver is an essential for most men and replacing razor blades is surprisingly expensive. Buying your Dad a rechargeable electric shaver will not only save him time in the morning – all that lathering up can take a while - but will also save him money. This means the Philips Senseotouch 2D Gyroflex Wet & Dry Shaver is a great gift to buy for your dad this Christmas.

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4th November 2014

Winter Skin Care Guide

Winter Skin Care Guide

Autumn has taken a firm hold and we’re now well on our way towards colder days and longer nights. The good news is that this means we’re also well on our way towards Christmas. But winter is definitely bad news for your skin. Chapped lips and dry hands can afflict us all, so we’ve put together a guide to keeping your skin healthy and hydrated until spring.

MoisturiseMoisturiser

Even when you think your body is protected by all your layers of clothes during winter, you still need to moisturise it every day. This is especially true for exposed areas of skin, such as your face and your hands. Use a hydrating body wash or apply a moisturizer after your bath for best effect.
Top pick: Dead Sea Magik Moisturiser

Our Moisturisers     Our Serums & Treatments

Exfoliate

Winter is the best time to clean and exfoliate your skin. Use a cleanser for your face and choose a body scrub adapted to your skin type.
Top pick: Avène Gentle Purifying Scrub

Our Exfoliators

Nourish your skin

During winter your skin will be exposed to changes in temperature, especially when you step outside. That’s what cause dryness. To counter the effects of these temperature changes you should nourish your skin with a lotion or serum.

Heal your lipsBadger Lip Balm

One of the most unpleasant things about winter is dry, crackedlips. Choose an efficient lip balm or lip butter to shield your lips during the day. You could even put on your lip balm at night and keep it on your lips all night long.
Top pick: Anything from the Badger lip balm range

Our Lip Balms

Change your skincare routine

If you’re only using one skincare routine for the whole year winter is the best time to start a new one. Try to build a routine adapted to the weather and to your skin type, taking care to choose one that will help to moisturize your skin.

Hydrating face mask

Your face gets a lot of exposure to the cold, so using a hydrating mask during winter can give your skin a real boost. Even better, you can take advantage of the time your mask is on to relax.
Top pick: Dead Sea Magik Mud Mask

Take a warm bath or shower, not a hot one

If you use water that is too hot it will only make your skin dryer. Even though a hot shower might feel good when it’s cold, try turning the temperature down a bit to help your skin hold on to its natural moisture.

Nourish your hands and nailsBronnley Hand Cream

Along with your face your hands are going to be exposed most to the cold. Try a moisturising hand cream to hydrate your hands, nails and heal your cuticles.
Top pick: Bronnley Hand & Nail Cream

Our Hand Creams

Bonus tip - Drink plenty of water and get proper nutrition

What you eat during winter also has an impact on your skin. Eat foods like grapefruit, broccoli, and chocolate which contain Vitamin D, K and B and skin-smoothing compounds to give your skin the best possible care this season. You also need to drink water to preserve your skin from dryness.

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19th September 2014

Essential tips for buying the perfect gift for a newborn

Essential tips for buying the perfect gift for a newborn

There’s nothing more difficult than shopping for other people and even more so when buying for a newborn baby! So let us give you a few tips and ideas in case you’re stuck for what to buy.

Clothing

Clothes are commonly bought for newborn babies. Most people will buy clothes for 0-3 month old; these will be great for the day, but they may only fit for a few weeks. So when buying clothing for newborns, consider buying for a 6-9 month old, or even 9-12 month olds because it’s likely that newborns will grow out of smaller sizes quickly and you thinking ahead will give some relief to the busy parents.

Toys

Toys are usually initially bought as distraction and amusement for babies, rather than for playing purposes. Check that the toy is hazard-free and avoid anything small enough to swallow.  One of our favourites is the "Talking Igglepiggle" , a toy suitable for 0-18 months.

Some toys will help to improve the development of baby’s senses; babies are becoming used to the environments around them all the time, so toys with bright colours or different textures and sounds will be effective in speeding up sense development. The “Baby Maraca” will be effective in helping a newborn to become aware of the unusual sounds surrounding them, as well as entertaining them with bright colours.


 Everyday Essentials

 Clothing and toys are popular because they’re colourful and exciting, but everyday essentials are a good gift idea as they will always be needed. Products such as soap, shampoo and sponges are all appropriate and useful. Burt’s Bees “Baby bee getting started kit” is a good quality gift that will be perfect in helping to take care of a newborn. The kit includes a nourishing lotion, shampoo and body wash, nappy ointment and baby oil.


Free Time

Parents of newborns can be understandably reluctant to leave their baby with strangers so if you have baby experience then an offer of baby sitting to give the parents a night off and out can be very welcome. It's not just grandparents who can help out.

 

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14th August 2014

Brighten up your summer dining with these great table decoration ideas

Brighten up your summer dining with these great table decoration ideas

Summertime is here and it’s definitely time for BBQ’s, picnics and alfresco dining. In store, we have some great ideas on how to create the perfect decoration for outdoor dining. It’s the best time to bring some colour and character to your table. Here are some of our ideas which will hopefully inspire some of your own!

Spode Plate

Floral dinnerware sets

If you want to have special dinnerware for summer, choose one with a floral pattern or anything else that reminds you of the sun and holidays! 

Bright /pastel glasses

Besides the plates and cutlery, having bright and colourful glasses is also a good way to bring some joy to your summer table. In store you can find sets of glasses or mix and match single glasses of different colours.

Lanterns and candles

Lanterns and candles can be really useful if you plan to stay outside and enjoy the summer nights after dinner. They can also be a lovely way to decorate your table as they come in a range of bright colours and patterns.

Paper lanterns and garlands

If you have trees in your garden or an umbrella for your garden table, you have a fantastic opportunity to highlight your dinner table! You can go with a set of colourful paper lanterns or even create your own garlands with fabric or tissue paper. They look can look fab attached to walls or hanging from trees.

Mason drinking jars

If you want to add some style to your table this summer, you should definitely think about mason drinking jars. They are perfect for flavoured water, homemade lemonade or even smoothies. Just add colourful straws, some fruit on the top and they will combine yumminess with good looks!

Colourful napkins

They are easy to find and they can be a good place to start if you want to add a specific theme to your dinner. Try with one single colour or plenty of different tones.

Vase and flowers

Wibble Vase

 Flowers – a summer classic and essential loved by everyone! You can buy a beautiful arrangement from the florist and put it in a vase, pick flowers from your garden or wild flowers from the countryside. Alternatively why not use them to make hand-made seating cards. The Dartington Crystal “Wibble vase” is an ideal vase as it showcases the beauty of the flowers whilst understating its own elegance.

If you want some more summer decoration inspiration, drop by the store – we have everything here and much, much more.

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12th August 2014

Nine of the best outdoor toys this summer

Nine of the best outdoor toys this summer

What better way for children to spend the summer than enjoying themselves outside in a garden, at the park or in a pool? There are plenty of outdoor toys and games to keep your children busy and entertained over the summer, and these are some of our favourites.

1. Water pistols

The king of summer toys! Whether they’re used in a swimming pool or in your garden, water pistols are a lot of fun for children (and admit it – you have just as much fun with them as the kids do). They come in lots different sizes and styles, from small pistols to huge Super Soakers! You can also buy garden sprinklers, which are a great for children to play in while your lawn gets watered. Nerf have different types of water pistols which you can find in-store.

2. Racket games

Summer is the perfect time to introduce your children to racket sports. Badminton, tennis, beach tennis rackets, ping pong; most of them only require some space, two rackets and oneball or a shuttlecock. Swingball is a great game to play in the summer as a family and is simple to use; you can find Swingball in our store in the Toy section.

3. Making sandcastles

Castle Buckets

If you’re planning to go to the beach or if you have a sandpit in your garden think about buying tools for sandcastles. You can buy traditional round buckets, or for the lordling who aspires to more than a simple keep you can also find castle-shaped buckets .

4. Nerf toys
Nerf have a large range of toys especially made for outdoor activities. There are crossbows, shotguns, pistols, longbows, and all sorts of other variations on foam dart guns – there’s even a whole girl’s range now, the Rebelle. Nerf toys are fun and suitable for playing in the park or garden, although we wouldn’t advise playing with them too near other people. Just in case…

5. Chalk

Scribbles on the pavement or on your patio? That’s something your children will love! With chalk designed especially for this use you won’t have to worry about cleaning away any unwanted drawings. Easy to remove, The Craft Cupboard coloured chalk just needs some water to disappear and can be used on a variety of surfaces.

6. Frisbees and boomerangs

Summer is also the time to get out the flight toys. Whether it’s a frisbee or a boomerang, you can have endless fun on the beach or in the garden; they are toys that are fun for all ages and are excellent when playing in large groups. This summer we’ve had fun with the Mega Fun Flying Disc.

Mirage Kite

7. Kites

The classic outdoor toy to play with is a kite: coming in different colours, shapes and sizes, they are the all-time favourite toy for a hot sunny day. Kites are suitable for all ages, so even toddlers are allowed to join in with the fun of flying a kite.

8. Rockets

An unusual toy perhaps, but one that kids will love. Rockets will keep your kids playing for hours, and come in a variety of types, from the Pump Rocket Junior – which fires small foam projectiles - to the Cosmic Rocket - which uses vinegar and baking soda to launch up to 50ft in the air! These toys are perfect to play with on a hot summer’s day and can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

9. Bubble Blowers

Bubble Blowers are by far one of the best summer toys to have, they are great at keeping children and the whole family entertained for hours on end. A bubble blower is the ideal toy to have going at barbeques and for sunny days in the garden, especially if there are children around.

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11th August 2014

Useful Checklists: Our Guide to your Festival Essentials

Useful Checklists: Our Guide to your Festival Essentials

The time has come for the first festivals of the year, and like each summer, thousands of us will gather to listen to the music, dance and simply embrace festival experience. Attending a festival requires a lot of organisation especially when you want to avoid spending a lot of money on things you forgot to pack. This year you will have no excuse: we’ve made a useful checklist of all the essentials you might need!

Sleeping Essentials

First, the sleeping essentials, because even if you’re planning to party till morning, you will still need some rest and a certain level of comfort to sleep. This includes:

  • Tent 
  • Sleeping bagView Burts Bees Shampoo
  • Sleeping mat
  •  Pillow
  • Some warm and comfy PJ’s to sleep in

Hygiene Essentials

You may not be able to have a proper shower during your festival, but with the following products you can live without having shower and more importantly tolerate going to the shared toilets: 
Hand sanitizer
• Toilet roll and/or tissues
• Wet wipes/dry shampoo when there’s no shower
• Travel sized toothpaste/deodorant/soap/shampoo

But whatever you do – do not forget the hand sanitizer and toilet roll!

Outdoor Essentials

During your festival, whether it’s sunny or rainy, the first thing you need is to be comfortable in what you’re wearing. You also need to take care of yourself and be prepared in case of an emergency so make sure you take:First Aid Kit• Comfortable clothes
Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat
• Raincoat/waterproofs
First aid kit

Don’t forget to take a fully-charged mobile with you and also a back-up battery if you have one. It will be really useful if you need to call someone or to find info quickly.
Our final piece of advice if you’re going to a festival, especially if you’re going there with a car or if you have extra space in your bag, is to bring your own food. It will save you a lot of money as at festival food can be super expensive (and often pretty poor)!

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6th August 2014

Six tips to keep your rooms cool in Summer

Six tips to keep your rooms cool in Summer

Summer is a season to enjoy but when you have to face unbearable temperatures at home, it rapidly becomes less pleasant.
 If you want to keep rooms cool during summer then an air conditioner is great, but what if you don’t have one? Use these six tips to be prepared for Summer and face the heat without suffering.

1. Delay heat generating activities

Dishwashers, traditional ovens and even ironing and vacuuming all generate heat and that’s not what you want. Try to reduce these activities when it’s too hot outside or choose to do them early in the morning or at night.

2. Mini blinds or white window shades

If you don’t want the heat coming through your windows, install some white curtains or mini blinds. You can also try reflective film on your windows but use Velcro instead of adhesive to stick them as you might want to remove them during winter or when it is colder. If you’re a fan of making things yourself, you may also consider making your own blinds with the products available in our haberdashery section.

3. Close your windows

Many people find this debatable: whether or not open windows during Summer? Not sure why really as hot air will enter your house or office when windows are open - even with blinds or curtains closed! That’s why we recommend closing windows during the day when it is hot and opening them at night or early in the morning when it’s cooler outside.

4. Transform your fan into an A/C

If you don’t have an air conditioner but do own a fan, you can transform it into an aircon! Just put a big bowl of ice in front of your fan and it will efficiently spread cool air in your room. It also works with frozen plastic water bottles as illustrated in this great article: “How to Make an Easy Homemade Air Conditioner from a Fan and Water Bottles”.
Although we don’t sell all our fans online yet – for a larger  choice you can always buy one in store if the heat gets too much for you!

5. Turn off lights when not used

Lights in a room can generate a lot of heat so when you don’t need them, turn them off. Not only will it help with the heat in your room but it will also help reduce your energy bill.

6. Lower the humidity

You might not think of this one, but humidity is a key contributor to increasing room temperature, so if you can, try to shower and do your laundry and dishwashing at night or early in the morning rather than the middle of the day.
What are your best tips to deal with the heat during Summer? Any tricks for those who don’t have an air conditioner? Share them with us on Twitter or Facebook.

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