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Our lockdown wonders…

Online shoppers in the UK have been splurging on exercise equipment, beauty products, and loungewear during the lockdown.

And why not? Whilst your saving pennies on dining out, drinks in the pub and movies at the cinema, here are some of our favourite lockdown must haves…

Home Comforts…

20% off Wallace Cotton Nightware

The new work dress code!

Relax in comfort and style in Wallace Cottons beautifully designed nightwear.

Featuring designs perfect for all seasons and weather, Wallace Cotton uses organic cotton, and soft, light-weight fabrics to create fashionable pyjamas, nighties, and robes. Explore their nightwear designs and excellent limited edition prints online now.

See > https://www.wallacecotton.co.uk/shop/clothing/nightwear

Keepr’s British Elderberry, Mulberry and Honey Gin

Keepr’s is a premium, British infused-spirits brand offering a gorgeous selection of fruit and honey infused spirits.

They offer free personalised labels so you can send as a gift to cheer someone up/send your love during lockdown. They also have some amazing cocktail recipes to try out at home.

British Elderberry, Mulberry and Honey Gin 37.5%VOL (£37.50 for 70CL or £15 for 20CL) https://britishhoney.co.uk/collections/honey-fruit-infused-spirits/products/british-elderberry-mulberry-honey-gin-37-5-vol-70cl

This Classic London Dry Gin has been carefully distilled with only the finest botanicals to create a superb infusion with delicious British Elderberries, Mulberries and our 100% unadulterated British honey from our own hives in Oxfordshire.

Appearance: Dark berry 

Taste: Initial honey sweetness gives way to a traditional juniper led gin, this is quickly enveloped with berry tartness reminiscent of blackberry and apple pie, long on the pallet with the perfumed notes from the mulberry and tiny hints of Parma Violets.

Cocktail Inspo: Put a fruity spin on your gin with our Berry Punch Cocktail, bursting with five fruit flavours

Video recipe here: https://britishhoney.co.uk/pages/berry-punch-cocktail

Get it Together Mini – Rechargeable Portable Bluetooth® Speaker

The Get Together Mini Bluetooth portable speaker is a scaled-down version of the much-loved Get Together. With its bamboo face and choice of colours, it delivers solid performance without sacrificing great-looking design.

Made with a natural bamboo front and back panel, and the House of Marley signature REWIND™ fabric. REWIND™ fabric is weaved from recycled materials to create a durable, high-quality product. It is constructed from a distinctive blend of 30% reclaimed organic cotton, 30% reclaimed hemp and 40% recycled PET.

See > https://www.thehouseofmarley.co.uk/bluetooth-speakers/get-together-mini-rechargeable-bluetooth-portable-speaker.html

Tile Sticker

Available from: Tile.com, Amazon, John Lewis & Argos

The new Sticker is the easiest tracking solution of all. Small and waterproof with adhesive back and 3-yr battery life, the Sticker provides long term convenience for busy individuals and families. It’s a cost-effective and effortless tracking solution, especially for multiple items.

Your own DIY at home spa…

Holistic London Candles

Holistic London are only made with two high-quality natural ingredients. Their renewable, eco-friendly soy wax is of the highest quality and their essential oils which are sourced for the very best scents. This means their candles provide stunning aromas that last much longer than industry standard candles.

All Holistic London candles are plant based, vegan and cruelty free, in simple words ‘100% Clean’. Because Holistic London only use pure essential oils, their candles deliver a comforting and stunning aromatherapy experience. Focused on holistic health and wellbeing Holistic London created a wellbeing trio selection, which includes three amazing candles.

De-stress with Bergamot + Wild Flowers which carries a crisp bergamot accord for a fresh kick in, which blends into a smooth jasmine heart to then, melt into a lovely lavender base.

Uplift with Grapefruit and Rosemary Which combines two of the best ingredients to lift spirits, Grapefruit and Rosemary essential oils. As they burn, they melt into a woody base, becoming a beautiful raw scent.

Sleep with Neroli + Chamomile which carries and stunning combination of powerful essential oils with calming properties: Neroli + Chamomile, loaded with lavender to help you drift away and get a rejuvenating sleep.

The Wellbeing Trio costs £30 from ThisIsHolisticLondon.comNoughty

Glow at Home with  ICONIC London

It’s the must have product everyone is raving about – from Khloe Kardashian to Jourdan Dunn – get your glow on with our incredible vegan Illuminator drops.

This concentrated liquid shimmer can be added to your foundation, primer or moisturiser, or simply used on its own for a super highlighted glow. Available in 4 shades, it can also be used to contour. (13.5ml)

Every drop of this super-concentrated shimmer elixir glides on smoothly to bestow ultra-blendable glow.

See > https://www.iconiclondoninc.com/collections/new-in-1/products/limited-edition-illuminator

The Original Shimmer Palette

The Original Shimmer Palette is a box of magic that puts sparkle and glow onto your face all year round.

Featuring 6, exclusive, multi-use powder shimmer shades all chosen to create a natural glowing look. 100% cruelty free, each velvety, soft shade is rich in pigment and can be used to brighten wintery skin, enhance a tan or as a shimmering eye shadow.

See > https://www.iconiclondoninc.com/collections/highlight/products/the-original-shimmer-palette

Luminous powder pro puff

Looking for an IRL “Valencia” filter? We got you, Babe. Luminous Powder is our velvety finishing powder, designed to create a soft focus glow that blurs imperfections and creates the illusion of sculpted features.

The XL Art Deco inspired compact doesn’t just look pretty. We make the pattern with stunning light reflective pearl pigments in a trio of shades that work together to give you serious glow. Swirl the shades together for multi-dimensional radiance or dip into each shade alone for concentrated, metallic shimmer.

Luminous Powder is available in three colourways for ultimate radiance on every skin tone. Choose ‘Deep’ for bronzed honey shimmer, ‘Original’ for golden glow or ‘Fair’ for a champagne sheen.

Slotting perfectly into the palm of your hand, the oversized Pro Puff brush allows for effortless head-to-toe application. Designed to be used as an all-over face and body brush with any powder, from bronzer and highlighter to setting powder, the Pro Puff brush head comprises of thousands of velvety-soft bristles to give a flawless finish.

See > https://www.iconiclondoninc.com/collections/highlight/products/luminous-powder-pro-puff

Sugar Coated Vegan Wax

Sugar Coated vegan, cruelty free, 100% natural sugar wax available on Feel Unique and Sugarcoatedhairremoval.com from £9.99. Made from pure sugar syrup, water and the addition of natural essential oils this sugar wax is more effective and more gentle on skin. Perfect for an at home, salon quality wax!

See sugarcoatedhairremoval.com

Noughty Hair Care

Noughty have created an online quiz to help people identify their hair needs and allows users to create a bespoke blend of products that are as unique as each strand.

Try it here and discover products to suit your hair type https://noughtyhaircare.co.uk/pages/discover-your-roots

When you’re building a regime, the key is listening to your hair and having a tool box of products that enable you to switch things up, depending on your hairs needs on that particular day. It’s too easy to get stuck in a rut of using one shampoo and one conditioner, meaning you lose out on a more tailored ritual that would yield more great hair days. It’s why you might find two, or even three shampoos in your recommended basket.

For products see > https://noughtyhaircare.co.uk/

Footner Exfoliating Socks

If you’re on the lookout for the perfect at home pedicure during lockdown without all the filing, scraping and grating then look no further; beauty editors’ go-to Footner Exfoliating Socks allow you to be barefoot-ready all year round with minimal effort. That way you can be sandal-ready in the summer, pedi-perfect for party season and dare to bare in yoga class. In fact, 84% of people who tried Footner reported a clear and visible change in their feet. And, 78% of people agreed that the socks were more effective than foot files.

Footner Exfoliating Socks can be found in Boots, Superdrug, Tesco and in selected pharmacies and online, RRP £9.99. For more information about the product, please visit myfootner.co.uk

Guava & Gold Range

Guava & Gold are the perfect choice to indulge in a little pamper and self-care at the end of your day, or even treat a loved one to a little care package with the luxury bath and body range!

For an opulent, sensory experience, Guava & Gold bath and body products offer the ideal feeling of escapism with their gorgeously fragranced products to transport you to their most exotic corners of the world so you can re-live your best holiday memories in the comfort of your own home – we could all do with this right about now!

Give your hair, body and mind the treat they deserve with a blend of exquisite macadamia, sweet almond, coconut and almond oils across the product range.

For an ultimate bath time treat, add the Paradise Found Shimmering Body Oil to a deep, hot bath whilst you turn down the lights, light a candle and breathe in deeply. With the added benefit of you emerging glistening from your bath, skin will feel nourished and smells divine.

Submerge your hair in the wonderful aromas of the Coral Beach Shampoo; sweet and musky guava combined with the fruity zest of mango and uplifting pineapple, all complemented by heady ylang-ylang and finishing notes of peaches and cream. Enriched with avocado and manuka oils and blended with guava fruit extract, use this shampoo to restore hair’s natural shine and softness and leave it full of strength.

For the final stretch of the day, drift off to sleep with soft silky skin soothed by the anti-ageing benefits of shea butter combined with collagen boosting avocado oil, moisturising grapeseed oil and vitamin E in the award-wining Coco & Cherimoya Body Lotion; a little bit of this rich hydrating lotion goes a long way.

For more see > https://www.guavaandgold.com/

Garden Gadgets…

Braven BRV-MINI Rugged IPX7 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker with Wireless Stereo Pairing and Boosted Bass 

Ideal for conference calls & ongoing tunes throughout the day.

The BRV-Mini rugged portable speaker brings you powerful, immersive sound in a small package. With the IPX7 waterproof rating, you can take the speaker with you on your outdoor adventures with no fear of water damage – it even floats. Not only that, you can enjoy 12 hours of playback on a single charge without having to worry about interrupted play. For even bigger and better sound, you can wirelessly pair two units together and immerse yourself in your music. This will enable you to get room-filling acoustics and rich sound with 5W output and boosted bass from the included passive radiator. Boasting a playback time of 12 hours on a single charge and a 30 metres enhanced Bluetooth Range, this little speaker really packs a punch. If that’s not enough, you can also use the integrated microphone for noise-cancelling, hands-free phone calls.

See > https://www.amazon.co.uk/Braven-BRV-MINI-Waterproof-Bluetooth-Wireless/dp/B07WVNBSCR?th=1

Morphie Powerbanks

Keep your devices charged in any part of the house (or garden!)

Designed to work seamlessly with your Apple devices, mophie powerstation mini ensures that your iPhone and AirPods will always be ready when you need them. The built-in 5,000-mAh battery gives your main devices a boost of extra power so you can talk, play and browse to your heart’s content. A convenient USB-C input/output port means you can charge the powerstation and then use that same port to charge an iPhone.

See > https://www.zagg.com/en_uk/powerstation-mini-smartphones-usb-device

Your stay at home gym…

On Running Sweat Pants

Blending technical and natural fabrics, the perfect pants for performance and comfort – from the warm-up to your downtime.

See > https://www.on-running.com/en-gb/products/sweat-pants/womens/sea

On Running – Cloudstratus – Mens Running Trainers

The performance shoe for maximum cushioning.

See > https://www.on-running.com/en-gb/products/cloudstratus/mens/cobble-ivy

On Running Women’s Hoodie

A clever, yet comfortable technical Hoodie that’s ready for more than just running.

See > https://www.on-running.com/en-gb/products/hoodie/womens/sea

Airtime Pro Headphones

Perfect for your one daily exercise routine.

When you’re feelin’ it, when you’re in the zone, it’s music that gets you there. And nothing breaks that high like losing an earbud. AIRTIME SPORT true wireless sport earbuds are made to move with you. The secure-fit sport wings keep your buds in place, and the IPX-5 rating means they’re sweat-proof. With a 25-hour battery life, you never need to worry about running out of music, and the quick-charging case gives another hour of playtime with just a ten-minute charge.

See > https://www.zagg.com/en_uk/airtime-sport-truly-wireless

Love Leggings Sports Leggings

LL ladies sports leggings feature sweat-wicking technology and a supportive high-rise waistband. So whether you squat, run or get your zen on in the yoga studio, our thick sports leggings will be the perfect fit, both in style and performance.

See > https://loveleggings.com/collections/sports-leggings

Eat Well…

Lizi’s NEW Super Muesli

Getting out of bed on the wrong side will be a thing of the past from today as Lizi’s launches its NEW delicious and health boosting SUPER MUESLI range, designed to give you a boost for whatever you need to face that day.

Lizi’s NEW Super Muesli comes in four variants packed full of added vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin C, B6, B2 and Zinc, as well as good-for-you natural ingredients such as turmeric, barley, hemp, maca powder and quinoa to deliver specific health benefits. The CLEANSE blend helps to neutralise excess free radicals and protect cells, BOOST fights fatigue and boosts the immune system, GLOW helps fight signs of tiredness and keeps hair and nails healthy and FOCUS enhances concentration.

It’s also GL tested, meaning you will feel fuller for longer.

The four packs include:

BOOST – Mango, Papaya & Turmeric: Improving the body’s defenses and boosting the immune system is the inspiration behind this creation. A tropical taste of mango, papaya, carrot and coconut. Toasted oats are combined with turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin C and Vitamin B6 help boost the immune system and fight fatigue.

CLEANSE – Cranberry, Raspberry & Cherry: A unique mix of fruity berries used for their antioxidant qualities, seeds, toasted oats and barley flakes. Vitamin C and zinc gives this Muesli super status, helping to neutralise excess free radicals and protect cells.

FOCUS – Hazelnut, Pecan & Maca: Nuts are the superstars behind this Muesli. A trio of hazelnuts, almonds, and pecans, combined with toasted oats, hemp, maca powder and pomegranate seeds.  Includes Vitamin B6 and zinc to enhance focus.

GLOW – Fig, Apple & Almond: Imagine muesli super enough to help fight tiredness and keep hair and nails healthy? Glow has Vitamin B2 and selenium, which does exactly that! Red apple, figs and golden raisins serve up a delicious flavour. Almonds, linseeds, toasted oats and quinoa provide the crunch.

Lizi’s Boost, Focus and Glow Super Muesli is available in Waitrose, RRP £4.00 for 400g pack.

Wild Mushroom Mix ‘Forest Selection’, £2.95

This ‘forest selection’ dried wild mushroom mix is a store-cupboard favourite, with a careful selection of flavour-rich mushrooms to give a great balance of taste and texture.

souschef.co.uk

https://www.souschef.co.uk/products/wild-mushrooms

Rose Petals, £3.50

Edible rose petals are used in cooking for their delicate floral aroma, as well as for decoration. Popular in both sweet and savoury recipes throughout the Middle East, you’ll certainly find plenty of ways to use the rose petals.

souschef.co.uk 

https://www.souschef.co.uk/products/rose-petals

Viking Smoked Salt, £4.95

Viking smoked salt is a deep yellow salt, which transforms dishes with intense, Nordic, wood-smoke flavours. It is smoked using a millennium-old Viking tradition which has been recently revived and reintroduced to high end cuisine. It involves evaporating seawater over a juniper, cherry, elm, beach and oak-wood fire, infusing the salt with smoky bonfire notes.

 

souschef.co.uk 

https://www.souschef.co.uk/products/viking-smoked-salt

 

The Diet Plate

Clinically proven, 6 times more likely to lose weight rather than going it alone.

The amount of weight loss seen in the clinical trial was a surprise even to the medics involved and who funded the trial. The senior lead, endocrinologist Dr Sue Pedersen said, “results are not only good but outstanding and ground-breaking!”  People using it lost 6 times more weight than those who did not have access to the Diet Plate product.

Designed to mimic the way we eat, whether the meal is a separated starch and protein, such as a roast dinner, a combination meal like curry and rice or a combined meal such as lasagne. Simply serve your main meal within the designated sections for starchy carbohydrates, proteins, cheese, meat sauces, combined or combinations meals and you’ll automatically get appropriate diet portion sizes, while still have a nutritionally balanced meal that is calorie counted.  No weighing food or counting calories required on your part and a huge saving on home delivery diets as nothing is off the menu, just eat what you love to cook.

All orders comes with an instruction booklet and you can join Online for a full weight management app.

Female Diet Plate

Provides a serving of 750 to 900 calories.

Male Diet Plate

Provides a serving of 900 to 1200 calories.

To purchase see > https://www.thedietplate.com/

ChicP

ChicP hummus is made primarily from raw vegetables, one of the healthiest food options available.

Their hummus is not just for eating as a dip but fantastic with any meal, as an accompaniment or sauce; add to chicken, veggies, pasta or as a spread. The list is endless… just be creative!

The hummus is gluten, dairy, nut and pesticide free. The only allergen is sesame seeds. Plus, the chilli pumpkin is also free from Garlic!

10% of ChicP online orders are going to BRIGHTER FUTURES to support staff & patients fighting COVID-19

See > https://www.chicp.co.uk/

For the young ones…

Mosaikit

Mosaic artist Teresa Mills is delighted to introduce her new mosaic clock kit #Hope2020 in a rainbow design.

The hashtag #Hope2020 is etched on the back, and for every clock sold they will make a £1 donation to Age UK to support their work helping the elderly who are particularly vulnerable at this time.

Everything you need is included in the box:  full instructions, an MDF baseboard with an etched grid for you to follow, a mix of primary colour, glitter and lustre tiles, plus a tube of child friendly PVA glue (1 AA battery needed, not supplied)

As well as the new Rainbow Clock, there is also an array of mosaic kits and a Boredom Buster Box available.

View the full collection at https://www.mosaikit.co.uk

Leapfrog Yum-2-3 Toaster

Toast up fun with a side of learning! Pretend to cook up and serve a delicious breakfast for a friend using the nine different foods and utensils. Role-play making egg and bacon sandwiches and pretend to spread berry jam on toast using the role-play knife. Use the handle to pop up the toast whilst being introduced to opposites. Turn the dial to choose whether you would like light or dark toast and press the three breakfast food buttons to learn numbers 1-3, colours and foods. The toaster mouth lights up for phrases and three sing-along songs.

See > https://store.leapfrog.com/en-gb/store/p/yum-2-3-toaster/_/A-prod80-609803

Dena Rainbow 

Made from a food-grade platinum silicone, Dena toys can be stacked, bent, squeezed, thrown, chewed, sucked, stretched and pulled.

Dena is a brand new, intelligent, educational toy brand that’s shaping the future of the toy market with its flexible design and variety of uses.

Platinum silicone, the material from which Dena is made, is a soft, strong, bacteria resistant, hypoallergenic and BPA-free material and 100% safe. It is entirely suitable for use from birth onwards.  It also resists temperatures from minus 60º C to 220º C and so be used for baking, for freezing and in the dishwasher.

And most importantly, for many parents who still bear the scars of more established brands, Dena doesn’t hurt if you accidentally tread on it.  And neither will it break or snap.

Choose from the Dena Rainbow, or the signature stacking sets in either 2, 3, 6, 12 or 18 pieces, all available in super bright neon or on trend pastels.

https://www.hippychick.com/products?q=dena

Bobux Bumble Bee Shoes

With contrasting black stripes crafted on premium leather, this cute bumble bee stands out as a warm addition to the Bonnie Mob X Bobux collection. An elasticated ankle ensures feet will be supported, while able to move comfortably in the breathable leather. Finish the look with knitwear from the Bonnie Mob for a cheerful yellow ensemble.

See > https://www.bobux.co.uk/bumble-bee-milk-1000-084-11

Scratch Off European City Breaks: A3

Celebrating adventures from the comfort of home with Maps International.

Perfume making in Paris? Marvelling at modern skyscrapers in Vienna? Exploring cake parlours in Dublin? If you like European adventures, this map is for you! Displaying 75 unique and exciting European cities, there are multiple ideas for everything from quick getaways to exotic destinations, or longer stays closer to home.

Gather loved ones around the table to scratch off where you’ve been and reminisce about the breaks that have imprinted on your memory. Then use the map to research and plan out exciting new cities you can travel to in the future. From the usual suspects (London, Paris and Barcelona) to the unsuspecting (but equally wonderful) cities of Seville, Sarajevo and Bratislava – there is much to inspire on this handy map.

See > https://www.mapsinternational.co.uk/scratch-off-european-city-breaks-print.html

Fruit Bowl

Their delicious and healthy snacks are ideal for giving your children treats that they enjoy, all whist contributing towards their five-a-day. Perfect for incorporating into bakes for a fruity twist or to keep children going between lunch and dinner as they adjust to a new routine at home.

The full Fruit Bowl range includes Peelers, School bars, Fruit Flakes, Unicorn Fruit Flakes, Yogurt Raisins and Yogurt Fruit Flakes and are available to buy via their online shop, so parents can continue giving their children healthy snacks all without leaving the house!

See > https://www.fruit-bowl.com/shop/

Needing a break?

Balance Box

Balance Box (balancebox.com) was started 16 years ago by Jennifer Irvine.

They now deliver nationwide and are particularly busy right now but have a look at the website.

The boxes are great for people who maybe fancy a break from cooking or just want to be healthier during this strange time.  They can also be a great idea as gifts for elderly relatives who are finding it difficult to get out to shop.

See > https://www.balancebox.com/

Idahoan Perfect Mash

Taking up little space but delivering big on flavour! Idahoan is the ultra-convenient way to make mash that is truly delicious, and you’ll never have to worry about those sprouting potatoes again.

Perfect for topping Shepherd’s Pies, Fish Pies or even saddling up to sausages. Easy to make and ready in minutes, Idahoan Perfect Mash is made from the best potatoes in the USA. Making those lockdown meals tastier, with less mess, stress or washing up. 

Idahoan Perfect Mash is available in six tasty flavours including Buttery, Classic, Roasted Garlic, Cheddar Cheese, Bacon & Cheese and Butter & Herb, RRP £1.50 and is available to buy in Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Tesco, Asda, Coop, Waitrose, One Stop and on Ocado.

And finally a bit of indulgence…

Charlie Bigham’s launches first puddings range – Proper Puds

Charlie Bigham’s, creator of delicious ready-to-cook dishes, is launching its first range of ready-to-bake puddings, with five gloriously indulgent Proper Puds. Available exclusively in selected Waitrose stores from 6 February, Charlie Bigham’s Sticky Toffee Pudding, Sticky Ginger Pudding, Chocolate Fondant, Bread & Butter Pudding and Cherry Bakewell Pudding will all appear in the brand’s iconic wooden trays (RRP £5.50 for a 2-4 person serving).

Designed to complement Charlie Bigham’s collection of over 50 savoury dishes, Proper Puds are a delicious slice of sweet nostalgia – just add a generous spoonful of thick cream or silky custard for the ultimate finish.

See > https://www.bighams.com/

Locally Produced – Fairfields Crisps

Fairfields Farm Crisps are the perfect snack to enjoy during lockdown, especially as they can also be bought online with free delivery!

Choose from delicious flavours such as Sweet Chilli, Bacon & Tomato, Sea Salt & Aspall Cyder Vinegar, Cheese & Onion, Lightly Sea Salted and Sea Salt & Black Pepper.

RRP 80p a bag from The Co-op, Holland & Barratt and http://www.fairfieldsfarmcrisps.co.uk

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