What I Did On My Holidays by 4160Tuesdays

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Evokes the seaside in (buckets and) spades.

Autumn is here, and if you’re already missing those relaxing sunshine-filled days of summer then 4160Tuesdays may just have an olfactory cure. Inspired by a good old-fashioned British holiday, What I Did On My Holidays evokes childhood memories of ice creams on the beach, strolls along the sea front and the flashing lights of the amusement arcades. Continue reading

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Beauty Tip of the Month – August 2013

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If you haven’t used a nail polish for a few months (or years!), or if you’re favourite varnish is running low, then you may find that it’s gone gloopy and that your manicure doesn’t look too great. However, we have discovered a cheap and effective way of thinning out varnish… using nail polish remover! Whilst it may seem illogical, when well mixed – and providing you don’t add too much – the remover will thin the polish and restore it to almost its original quality. Continue reading

Anubis by Papillon Perfumery

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Darkly sophisticated.

Anubis by Papillon Perfumery is a mysterious and addictive perfume that evokes images of Ancient Egypt – mummification, precious artefacts and rich incense. The fragrance opens with an intense suede note, one which is animalistic, yet luxurious. The suede combined with the unique floral earthiness of pink lotus, heady frankincense and bittersweet saffron make for an initial impression which is smooth, dark and enchanting. Continue reading

L.I.L.Y by Stella McCartney

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Pretty and feminine, with an evocative edge.

Inspired by her youth, L.I.L.Y by Stella McCartney not only captures her memories of a childhood spent growing up in the countryside, but is also touchingly titled after her father’s nickname for her mother, ‘Linda I love you’. Coincidentally, its maternal backstory is relevant to me as I bought this fragrance for my own mother. I had wanted to find a perfume for her that had similar comforting warmth of Chance by Chanel, a perfume whose qualities are reminiscent of my childhood. As soon as I smelt L.I.L.Y I knew that I had found the fragrance that I was looking for. Continue reading

Barry M ‘Satsuma’ Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint

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Gorgeously glossy coral colour.

I used Barry M nail polishes throughout my teenage years but became a little bit of a polish snob after discovering more expensive brands such as nails inc. and MAC. However, I recently decided to try Barry M’s amazing range again after their bright colours caught my eye and have now found my nail colour for the summer thanks to their Gelly Hi-Shine collection! Continue reading

‘May We Be Forgiven’ by A. M. Homes

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A gritty yet touching exploration of damaged family life.

Sibling rivalry comes to a head in the most shocking of ways in A. M. Homes’ award-winning May We Be Forgiven. Following an unusual and outrageous family tragedy, 40-something Harry Silver’s world is radically changed. Normality is blown apart and absolution is sought in this unashamedly realistic portrayal of unconventional modern family life. Continue reading