Men's Grooming Guide

It takes confidence to find satisfaction at home, work and in yourself. It won't change your life overnight, but a spot of grooming is the best first step to feeling good in your own skin.


This men's grooming guide will help you take pride in your appearance. Whether you want to improve the overall condition of your skin, find out how to shave a beard effectively or just pick up general men's beauty tips, we'll cover all the essentials.

FIVE STEPS TO SKIN CARE FOR MEN

Taking proper care of your skin means more than washing your face with hand soap and drying off with a towel. These five steps form the best men's skin care regime:

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1. Cleanse: The first, most important step. Use a men's cleanser on a daily basis to remove all the dirt, grime and oil that builds up. Splash your face with warm water, apply cleanser to your fingertips, lather and wash off.

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3. Tone: Once you've scrubbed off the dirt, you'll want to stop your skin becoming too shiny. Men's toners and serums will prevent your pores producing too much oil.

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2. Exfoliate: Gently buff the skin to remove dead cells and smooth roughness. Men's exfoliators and masks should only be used a few times a week as they're harsher than cleanser.

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4. Treat: Men's treatments are aimed at targeting very specific areas of your skin such as fine lines, blemishes, spots or uneven skin tone. Make sure the treatment is fully absorbed before you continue.

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5. Moisturise: Last but not least moisturisers and face creams keep your skin hydrated to reduce dryness, absorb sweat and reduce shine.



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HOW TO STYLE YOUR HAIR

Whether you've got a full head of hair or are a little thin on top, male grooming can go a long way to help you look suave. Here's a rundown of the best men's hair products:

Various grooming products

  • Start with your usual routine of men's shampoo and conditioner. Try not to wash every day, as it can make the hair drier and coarser in the long run.
  • Use a matt styling solution such as styling paste or clay on thinning hair to create a more textured, fuller head of hair.
  • Apply a pre-styling mixture when your hair is damp. Serums, salt sprays and mousses will improve the look of your finished hair style.
  • Using too much wax or gel can make your hair look greasy and heavy. Use sparingly.
  • If you're using a hairdryer or straighteners, don't go full fire with the heat setting. A cooler setting will leave the hair less frizzy and reduce the chance of damage.
  • For extra hold, spritz a little hairspray after using your men's hair styling products.

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HOW TO GROOM A BEARD

Even the wildest beard needs a little love to keep it in good condition. Beard trimming and beard grooming are very important aspects of men's beauty, so take your time.

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  • Brush your beard every day.
  • Keep it clean, just like the hair on your head.
  • Use clippers to trim short cuts and scissors on bushier beard styles.
  • Apply a beard oil to keep it soft and make it shine.
  • Use a razor to keep the edges defined.

Had enough of your facial hair and ready to go clean-shaven? The best way to shave is to start by preparing your skin. Take a hot shower before to open up your pores. Apply a pre-shave oil and leave it to penetrate the hairs and skin – this will soften everything up and help the razor glide. Get plenty of shaving foam or shaving cream on the area. Shave in the direction of the hairs, never against. A top tip for extra after-shave comfort is to apply a moisturiser or post-shave balm to rehydrate and cool the area.


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HOW TO SMELL GOOD
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Scent plays a big part in the laws of attraction. It pays to know which brands of men's aftershave are aligned with your style. Do you prefer exotic citruses or warm spices? Or maybe you'd like to evoke lumberjack style with pine-scented perfume? Try a few testers to find out.


Apply aftershave gently. Either spray a cloud into and walk through it, or lightly rub each wrist together after one or two sprays. And don't forget to wear deodorant.



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GENERAL MEN'S BEAUTY TIPS
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Here are a few parting tips to make your new skincare regime as effective as possible:


  • Make sure you understand what type of skin you have before you invest in men's grooming products. Some are designed for oily skin, while others work to reduce dryness.
  • Once you've found a men's skin care routine you like, stick to it. Even the best skincare for men won't get results overnight: you need to be consistent.
  • Find a men's grooming gift set if you want a range of products in one box.

How To Give Yourself An At-home Manicure

Our hands take us through life's moments, big and small – whether you're giving an assertive handshake before an important meeting or joyfully reaching out to a loved one. Beautifully cared-for hands and nails are an easy confidence boost, no matter what you're doing, and add effortless polish to your look.


Careful regular maintenance with an at-home manicure routine is a quick and easy way to maintain healthy nails and elegant-looking hands. This guide will tell you which tools you'll need and the process to follow for a salon-perfect finish.

WHICH TOOLS SHOULD I INVEST IN?
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You'll already have the essentials in mind, but a truly great at-home manicure kit goes a little further. Of course, it helps to purchase quality manicure tools, as they'll do a better job and last longer too. If your current nail clippers, nail file and hand cream have been faithful companions for some time, consider upgrading them to start afresh with your new routine. Also invest in a rich moisturiser with sun protection to keep those hands looking lovely for longer.


Now for the extras to take your do-it-yourself manicure up a notch: you'll need a hand scrub to slough away dull skin, cuticle cream for soft, malleable cuticles, and a cuticle pusher to elongate your nails. If you have brittle nails, try using a nail strengthener and giving your nails a break from coloured polish for a little while.


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WHAT KIND OF NAIL POLISH SHOULD I USE?
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Choosing a quality nail polish is essential for giving yourself a long-lasting salon-like manicure at home. Extended wear and gel nail polishes are a useful option as they tend to have a longer lifespan than standard versions. Thankfully, polish created for personal use will forgo the potentially drying effects of the harsh UV lights used to seal in the colour at the salon.


Make sure you use a clear base coat before applying colour. Not only will this provide protection from stains, it'll also smooth out your nails for a sleeker overall finish. Finally, a clear matte or shiny top coat will prevent your nail polish from chipping and peeling for longer. This also forms a base for any embellishments you want to add on top.


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WHICH NAIL SHAPE WILL SUIT ME?
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Finding a flattering shape is generally dictated by the length and width of your fingers and nail beds, but consider your personal style, too. If you prefer an edgier look, longer, angular nails will add to this. Those with a more understated style might choose to go for a shorter, neater nail featuring softer curves.


When looking at the shape of your hands and nails, you'll likely fit in to one of four categories. Generally, longer fingers with slim nail beds suit square or 'squoval' (square with a slightly rounded oval edge) shapes, as this adds an angular touch to streamlined hands. Long, wide fingers will find balance with elongated almond or oval shapes, while short, wide fingers will find the curves of round or oval nails the most flattering. Lastly, short, slim fingers tend to suit shorter styles, but can pull off most shapes.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY AT-HOME MANICURE?
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Ultimately, an at-home manicure is an opportunity to pamper yourself a little. Set aside some time when you know you won't be interrupted and use this as an opportunity to wind down too. Really try to avoid doing a manicure in a rush, as you'll end up with a poor finish. There's nothing worse when you've just applied that flawless fresh coat than having to do something that involves your hands and potentially ruining all your hard work. It helps to keep your phone nearby if you know you might need it, so that you don't have to root around in a bag or coat pocket.


Minimise the rather intense scents of nail varnish remover and nail polish by sitting in a well ventilated area and making sure you open a window before getting started if needs be. Tie your hair back if it's long or you have a habit of absent-mindedly playing with it – best not to give your hair a fresh coat of polish as well!

HOW CAN I MANICURE LIKE A PRO, STEP BY STEP?

Before you begin, collect everything together – tools, products and any entertainment you might need while your nails are drying!

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1. Remove all traces of polish with an acetone-free nail polish remover and then wash your hands thoroughly. If necessary, trim your nails, then smooth them into your desired shape with a nail file. Take care to get rid of any sharp edges and hangnails.

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2. To soften cuticles, soak your hands in a bowl of comfortably warm water infused with an essential oil such as soothing lavender or uplifting jasmine. After a few minutes, you'll be able to gently nudge your cuticles back to elongate your nails. Avoid removing or cutting the cuticle, as it helps to protect the nail and nail bed.

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3. Gently exfoliate your hands with a scrub. Massage it in thoroughly, paying attention to rough patches but being careful not to irritate delicate skin. Wash off every last trace in the bowl of water, then follow up with a rich moisturising cream to make your skin super soft. If you've got a separate cuticle cream, apply this now.

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4. Allow all of the goodness from your moisturiser and cuticle cream to be absorbed before applying a base coat to your nails. Leave this to dry thoroughly to ensure that your coloured polish has a smooth surface to go on to.

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5. Next, apply colour. Don’t rush this stage as an accident here could mean you need to start from scratch. A quality product will generally only need one or two coats to create the desired opaque finish. If you make any mistakes, tidy them up with a small makeup brush dipped in nail varnish remover.

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6. When your polish is completely dry, add a top coat to protect your nails and give them a salon-perfect shine. After that, simply sit back, relax and admire the effects of your pampering session while you wait for your nails to fully dry. Steer clear of activities like washing up or doing your hair for a little while afterwards to avoid nicks or smudges.


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Once your nails are looking beautifully neat and healthy, you can take things a step further and get inspired with creative nail ideas. After all, a striking nail design needs a perfect foundation to look at its best. Remember that this can sometimes require a lot of nail varnish remover, which might impact your nail health. Reserve complex designs for special occasions and leave your nails bare every now and then. Buff them to a healthy shine for a naturally polished look.

How To Highlight

Highlighter makeup has skyrocketed in popularity – for good reason. With just a few strategically-placed swipes you can add a warm shimmer to your complexion, sculpt your cheeks and brighten your eyes, accentuating the features you love the most. Not sure where to apply highlighter or which one will be best for your skin tone? We have all the answers for you in our step-by-step guide so you can get that lit-from-within glow.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF HIGHLIGHTERS
Urban Decay compact and YSL tube highlighter

Face highlighters are available in both liquid and powder form. While both are light-reflecting, each serves a different purpose (with equally impressive results).


Liquid highlighters

Liquid highlighters are known to be more pigmented than powder-based formulas. For this reason, you can use them to replace concealer under your eyes.


The trick with liquid is to use it sparingly, on the tops of your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose. Because of its texture, it's easy to blend using a sponge or your fingers if you find that easier.


Power highlighters

Powder-based highlighters typically have a softer application and deliver a more sheer, shimmery finish. They work well over foundation as well as over blush, leaving your skin dewy and glowing.


We suggest using a medium-sized fluffy powder brush or an angled powder brush when applying powder. Simply dust it over your cheeks, chin, nose and the top of your forehead and you’re good to go.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT HIGHLIGHTER FOR YOUR SKIN TONE
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Which colour suits which complexion when it comes to choosing a highlighter? Find out below:


Very fair skin tones

When it comes to lighter skin tones, avoid highlighters with pigments that include pink or silver as they stand out on your skin and will appear stripey. Instead, the best highlighter for fair skin will be one that contains golden shades. It will help to add warmth to your complexion so you can enjoy a softer, more sun-kissed look.

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Fair to medium skin tones

If you have fair to medium skin tone, you're lucky because there’s a wide range of flattering shades for you to choose from. Champagne-toned highlighters are our favourite choice as they will complement your skin while adding warmth and helping to accentuate your glow.

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Olive skin tones

It’s been said that olive skin tones can pull off any highlighter with warm undertones and we tend to agree. Opt for colours that include pink, bronze, champagne and even peach. It will illuminate your face, define and complement your features.

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Dark skin tones

A neutral bronze shade is ideal for highlighting dark complexions and will give you just enough warm undertones to keep your face glowing in all the right places. Warm hues like rose gold and bronze work wonders and silver shades are glamorous for those with dark skin tones. The key is to make sure the highlighter is not too many shades lighter than your foundation.

HOW TO APPLY HIGHLIGHTER
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Once you've matched your shade and purchased your highlighter of choice, it's time to start experimenting.


Prepare your skin

The first step to making sure your highlighter works its best is to have a clean, smooth canvas to apply it to. Before putting on any makeup, we recommend that you use a gentle face wash to get rid of any make up residue. You can also check out our range of exfoliators and masks for a really deep clean. And don't forget the moisturiser, too.

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Choose your base

Have a look at our collection of foundations and concealers for a flawless base. You can opt for a cream foundation for full coverage or you can break it down to be more translucent by mixing it with primer. Tinted moisturisers will also work well if you're looking for a light, sheer effect.

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Illuminate and shine

The best brush to apply highlighter with is a fluffy face brush or angled blusher brush. Dab a small amount onto your face in areas that would naturally catch the light – these include your cheekbones and the bridge of the nose. This technique is called strobing. You can also add a touch to your Cupid’s bow to give the illusion of bigger lips, or under your eyebrows for extra definition.

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Blend it out

Blending your highlighter will help to create a radiant glow and give your skin an even tone. Using a buffing brush, simply blend the highlighter into the outer areas of your face using gentle circular motions for a completely seamless look. The last step is to apply a finishing powder so that you can keep your glow in place all day.

Fragrance Buying Guide

The scent you choose to wear defines your character and personality, so when it comes to finding a new fragrance it can be slightly overwhelming. The first place to start is to determine what note you’re most attracted to and then explore our fragrances from there.

FLORAL AND FRUITY
Fragrance Buying Guide Fruity and Floral

Women

The ultimate feminine, light mixture for a gorgeous summer scent. Compositions of this group are refreshing, light, and airy, with a sweet, fruity nuance. The most popular category for women, there is a huge choice from complex flower blends to singular notes from rose to jasmine and white flowers, all lending a fresh and clean feel.

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Men

The word 'floral' shouldn't put off any man when it comes to fragrance. Little would you know that orange blossom is at the heart of all eau de colognes, alongside lavender. Shocked? Don't be, they're exactly the kind of notes that make these fragrances so alluring. Never forget that confident guys can definitely pull off a rose, or even tuberose, you've just got to take the plunge.

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FRESH AND ZESTY
Fragrance Buying Guide Fresh and Zesty

Women

Zesty notes are refreshing and add an effervescent quality to fragrances, with a hint of elegance and cleanliness. They provide a good companion to fruit notes too, stopping them from becoming overly sweet. Fresh, fruity and crisp, these notes help you feel energised - a lovely spring time choice.

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Men

A fresh, zesty scent is uplifting and the perfect addition to your everyday fragrance wardrobe. Balancing citrus fruits like mandarin, grapefruit and bergamot make this and exceptionally scent-friendly group. Think of the outdoors with the invigorating essence, a great stimulant for the adventurous men out there.

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WOODY AND MUSKY
Fragrance Buying Guide Woody and Musky

Women

Typically used in male fragrances, woods and musks shouldn't be ignored when selecting a perfume. They provide an air of mystery and warm up perfectly on your wrists and neck - an ideal scent for evenings. The pliability of woody notes means they play a large part in feminine fragrances and unisex ones.

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Men

Considered a more manly fragrance group, musks should be worn sparingly as they are more intense than other scents - unless, of course, you're an 'Anchorman' fan. Deep and lingering, these are head turning fragrances when used in frugal measure. Vetiver and patchouli are common woody notes (depsite being grass and leaf respectively), as well as amberwood. Choose a musk for a robust and lasting impression.

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SPICY AND ORIENTAL
Fragrance Buying Guide Spicy and Oriental

Women

Pink pepper, cinnamon and cloves might be more commonly found in the kitchen spice cupboard, but they leave a beautiful richness on the skin when used in fragrances. An enticing mix, oriental fragrances combine with floral notes, normally orchid, bergamot and mandarin for an eastern twist. These scents are sensual and warm adding a certain 'je ne sais quois' to your evening attire.

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Men

For the men who can't quite grasp the depth of musks, oriental fragrances are a charming way in. Full of exoticism and opulence, the combination of spices or amber, which has a rich blend of resins and vanilla, is the perfect blend if you're looking for something new. They are adventurous scents for a lasting impression.

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HINTS AND TIPS
Fragrance Buying Guide Hints and Tips

  • A fragrance is made up of notes; the top note is the first hit of scent, the heart notes make up the main body, and the base notes add depth to the fragrance.
  • Base notes don’t fully release until thirty minutes after application, so don’t make any snap decisions on a new perfume, it may smell completely different from first spritz.
  • Always keep your perfume bottles out of direct sunlight, and avoid submitting them to any extreme temperatures.
  • Cologne is not just for men! Cologne is simply a certain type of fragrance which is made in masculine, feminine and unisex scents.
  • Eau de Toilette (EDT) is not a weaker version of the Eau de Parfum (EDP). If a fragrance comes in both EDT and EDP form, this means they are likely to consist of different notes.
  • Eau de cologne has the lowest concentration of essence, containing just 2 – 5% essential oil.
  • Eau de toilette means a concentration of 5 – 10% essence and it lasts longer.
  • Eau de parfum is typically 10 – 15% and is a bolder option, but still lighter and more subtle than perfume.
  • Perfume has the highest volume of essential oil and should be used sparingly - anything from 15 – 40%.

Small Dining Room Ideas

While many believe the heart of the home is the kitchen, the dining room is where the pulse beats. It's the place where friends and family members gather not only to share a meal but also make joyful memories together. Make sure that you set the scene for every occasion with memorable dining room design and decoration.


For anyone entertaining dinner guests within a small space, we've put together these small dining room ideas to help you make your square footage work for you. Find out everything from how to pick the best dining tables for small spaces to choosing dining room wall décor that makes your room seem more spacious – no hammers and nails required.

STARTING WITH THE WALLS
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Let's start with the walls. These are the blank canvas on which you develop your dining room decorating ideas. While it's commonly known that white can open up a space and make it seem larger than it is, any light neutral hue will do the same job and look more personal to your home – so choose something that suits your style preferences. Of course, you can also incorporate colour and patterns without going all-out. Picking a focal wall and painting it in a rich shade or adding a brightly patterned wallpaper lets you enjoy colour in a smaller dose.


Artwork can also feature in your small dining room. Select a single large statement piece that will form the centre of your room and give your space a theme. You can create a gallery wall comprised of several smaller framed art pieces that are all in keeping with the theme you've chosen.


Another way to create the illusion of more space in a smaller dining room area is with mirrors. Hang up a large mirror instead of a statement art piece to reflect light and the interior of the room back on itself, making it seem bigger.



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CHOOSING THE RIGHT LIGHTING
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There's no easier way to create the illusion of more space than with your lighting. With free surfaces scarce, it's best to ensure your lighting comes from above instead of freestanding lamps that have cords and plugs. The ceiling height is also important, as you want to leave adequate room between the table and overhead lighting.


Instead of dramatic chandeliers (which can overwhelm a smaller space), choose simple lighting that is proportional to your table and chairs and in a similar style. Look to match colours and shapes in your furniture and lighting fixtures. As always, making a note of your room's dimensions is important and will ensure you make the perfect choice first time.



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PICKING YOUR DINNERWARE
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In a smaller space, your choice of dining room table décor and dinnerware can have a practical impact. It's best to choose one excellent set that suits your style than buy several sets for different moods or occasions, taking up valuable storage space. Traditionally decorated homes are well suited to dinnerware sets in light, neutral shades. If you consider your style to be more eclectic you can also mix and match your dinnerware. For example, you can echo certain colours of the room in your glasses and others in your plates.


Where possible, opt for double-duty dishes and dinnerware that work for both casual and formal functions. When purchasing a prepackaged set of items, make sure you'll use everything that's included or opt for an open stock selection. Many sets come with items like soup bowls or whiskey glasses, but you're an enthusiast who frequently serves those things, save space by using standard bowls and glasses.



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ADDING THE FINISHING TOUCHES
Dinner table with food and flowers

When friends and family come over for food, keep the dining table clear of big dishes and serve up buffet-style, so everyone can see each other and eat without bumping elbows. As for refreshments, a portable drinks tray on wheels can be included and removed from the room when not needed.


As smaller rooms lend themselves well to intimate meals, work with this and not against it by keeping your table clear of large centrepieces that obstruct each person's view. The addition of a few tea lights in suitable holders, as well as matching table linen and place mat sets, will transform your table without taking up space.



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While you certainly don't need to have a perfectly decorated small dining room to pull off an entertaining evening soirée, taking the time to ensure that every element is working together in harmony will help set the tone for successful socialising.

Cookware Buying Guide

Cookware is a long term investment, with the best pans designed to last for decades. So it’s worth taking time to pick the perfect range for your cooking style, whether you’re starting from scratch or upgrading to the latest technology.

THE RIGHT PANS FOR YOUR HOB
Cookware Buying Guide The Right Pans for Your Hob

Before choosing new cookware, you’ll want to consider what will be suitable for your hob and the type of cooking you want to use it for.


Hob Types

Gas

A popular choice, gas hobs are usually lit with a built-in ignition and heat via a flame that’s instantly adjustable. Choosing the correct sized ring is important, for maximum heat distribution without waste.

Electric

Slightly less wasteful and more cost effective than gas, electric hobs are another popular choice, and heat flat based pans evenly. A good choice for those who prefer not to cook with the open flame of a gas hob or prefer more heat control.

Induction

Induction hobs are an increasingly popular choice. They heat quickly and efficiently with a magnetic induction coil, which heats the cookware but not the cooking surface. This means they require pans with an iron component.

Induction hobs are compatible with:

  • Cast Iron
  • Steel
  • Magnetised Stainless Steel
  • Ceramic

Pans made from copper or pure aluminium are only compatible if their bases are bonded with a magnetic metal.

Ceramic

Ceramic hobs are made from ceramic glass with an electric heating element underneath. Pans with a shiny bottom can interfere with the heating element and are not recommended for this type of hob.

Halogen

Halogen hobs are similar to ceramic hobs, but the heat is produced by a halogen lamp under the glass. Choose pans with thick bases, such as cast iron, as the heat comes in short, intense bursts.

Aga

Agas have solid hot plates that are usually made from cast iron and have a sealed electric element inside. Your cookware will need to withstand high temperatures, so pans with thick, flat bases are best.

ALUMINIUM
Cookware Buying Guide Aluminium

Aluminium pans conduct heat rapidly and evenly and are very lightweight and easy to handle. They’re dishwasher safe and suitable for all hob types, including induction.

As a softer metal, it’s not as durable as other materials, making aluminium cookware a great choice for beginners without the investment. Our Principle range has silicone stay cool handles and an added non-stick Teflon coating, making it resistant to scratching and staining.


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Cast Aluminium

Cast Aluminium is thicker and more porous than pressed aluminium, so it retains heat better but remains just as lightweight. It’s highly conductive too, meaning it heats up quickly and evenly but cools down just as fast when removed from the heat.

Our range has a non-stick ceramic coating, making it resistant to scratching and staining if cared for well. The casserole dishes in this range can also be used in the oven at up to 280C.


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Hard Anodised Aluminium

Hard Anodised Aluminium is aluminium cookware with a surface hardened by an electro-chemical process. It has a smooth, hard and non-reactive coating, meaning it is durable – up to twice as strong as stainless steel - and won’t rust or peel.

Cast Aluminium is thicker and more porous than pressed aluminium, so it retains heat better but remains just as lightweight. It’s highly conductive too, meaning it heats up quickly and evenly but cools down just as fast when removed from the heat.

Compatible with all hob types, our Excellence range is dishwasher safe and oven safe to 260C, and includes a Teflon non-stick coating. The stylish black finish has been expertly designed for those who appreciate the professional performance of hard anodised cookware.


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STAINLESS STEEL
Cookware Buying Guide Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a versatile and practical metal to cook with as it’s resistant to corrosion and warping and particularly non-reactive. It can be used with metal utensils, unlike aluminium or copper pans.

Stainless steel cookware is suitable for any hob and finished in an attractive polished look. It can struggle with uneven cooking, but the best stainless steel pans – including our Capri range – include a bonded base that ensures even heat transfer with no hotspots. Cooking with stainless steel requires a little oil or fat to be added to the pan first.

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COPPER
Cookware Buying Guide Copper

Copper Tri-Ply

Copper cookware is increasingly popular due to superior high conductivity and an attractive finish. It heats up incredibly quickly and cools down just as fast when taken off the heat, and because it’s so conductive, you can achieve precise temperatures and use much lower heat levels when cooking than with any other material.

The tri-ply system, with an aluminium core, stainless steel interior and solid copper outer is the perfect cookware combination, as the aluminium core provides even cooking and the stainless steel interior improves durability.

Copper pans are a premium choice, so a great option for those who cook frequently. Suitable for all hob types apart from induction, our Cucina range features a Teflon non-stick coating on milk, saute and 24cm frying pans, along with stainless steel lids.

Copper Base

Copper base pans have stainless steel bodies with a copper base that extends slightly up the sides of the pan, meaning it allows even heat distribution and reduced hot spots. These are suitable for all hob types apart from induction.

Our Radiance range has a 6mm brazed copper base, with a non-stick coating on the frying pan and milk pans.

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CAST IRON, CERAMIC AND STONEWARE
Cookware Buying Guide Cast Iron, Ceramic and Stoneware

Cast Iron

The main benefit of cast iron cookware is that it heats evenly to very high temperatures and retains the heat incredibly well, so the pans will continue to heat your food after you have taken them off the heat

Cast iron usually has an enamelled finish on the interior and exterior and often comes with a non-stick coating. It’s a great versatile choice as it’s suitable for all hob types including induction, and can be used on the hob, oven and grill.

It’s worth noting that it’s a heavier material and is not recommended for dishwasher use, however it’s easy to clean and resistant to staining. Our range is available in four striking colours.


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Ceramic

Ceramic cookware is a popular choice for ovenware, as it can survive being heated to high temperatures, but can also be used to store food in the refrigerator and freezer.

It comes in a variety of attractive colours, alongside cast iron and stoneware, so they’re a great oven-to-table serve ware option.

Ceramic pans may be less popular but provide even, quick cooking. Our range includes stainless steel induction plates making them suitable for all hob types.


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Stoneware

Stoneware is a very durable option with the heat retaining qualities of cast iron, and, like cast iron, will also require seasoning. It’s a very popular choice for baking, as it cooks evenly and does not require greasing.

Stoneware is a more premium option, and can be on the heavy side, however it will last for decades if well looked after so makes a fantastic investment. Cast iron, ceramic and stoneware pieces are always hand wash recommended.


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SKILLETS, GRIDDLE PANS AND FRYING
Cookware Buying Guide Skillets, Griddle Pans and Frying

Frying Pans and Skillets
Whether you’re looking for the best frying pans for pancakes or a grill pan for steak, think beyond pots and pans when it comes to kitting out your kitchen.
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Woks

A staple of the modern kitchen, a wok is a deep frying pan with rounded sides. Woks allow for quick frying at high heats as food is constantly stirred and moved from the bottom of the pan. This allows a small amount of oil to pool in the bottom of the wok, so less is needed. Traditionally used for stir frying, woks can also be used for deep frying and boiling.

Usually made of carbon steel, hard anodised aluminium or cast iron, woks often have a non-stick coating and are a popular option due to their versatility. They can also be used as attractive serving dishes for group meals.


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Grill or Griddle Pans

A grill pan - with characteristic ridges - is a fantastic addition to any kitchen; think roasted vegetables, steak and chicken breast with those satisfying charred marks. They’re also a great choice for those who prefer healthy cooking, as fat is able to flow off a piece of meat into the ridges, and no oil or fat is required for cooking.

Cast iron options heat evenly but can be quite heavy, whereas cast aluminium is more lightweight. Our ranges are oven proof up to 280C and include a pouring lip for easy separation of liquids.


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CASSEROLES AND STOCK POTS
Cookware Buying Guide Casseroles and Stock Pots

Casseroles and Stock Pots
A casserole pot is a must for slow cooking, one pot cooking and cooking in big batches. These are more substantial pots with a lid and two handles, which allows ease of transfer from oven to table. Enamelled cast iron is a particularly popular choice; it's durable, won't rust if left damp and can be used on the hob. This is a premium choice, so also consider ceramic, stoneware and stainless steel. It's worth thinking about an oval option if you will primarily be using it for joints of meat.

A stockpot is a tall cooking pot designed for stock, soups and sauces, but is also a great choice for cooking in large batches. The tall and narrow shape allows for minimum evaporation, which is ideal for cooking with large amounts of liquid. Popular material choices are hard anodised aluminium and stainless steel; a non-stick option may be a good investment, as you will struggle to fit a stock pot in a dishwasher.


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NON-STICK COATINGS
Cookware Buying Guide Non-Stick Coatings

A convenient and popular option often used for frying pans, a non-stick coating is a usually a polymer called PTFE, although properly seasoned cast iron will also have non-stick properties, as will anodised aluminium. Non-stick pans are easy to clean, and promote healthier cooking, as little or no oil or fat is needed to begin. It's not recommended to use metal utensils as they can damage the surface of the pan; metal scourers are certainly best avoided.


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WEIGHT AND CAPACITY
Cookware Buying Guide Weight and Capacity

We measure the diameter of all our pans across the top, so this is the measurement given. The following shows an approximate capacity in litres for each diameter.

14cm Milk Pan – 1.3L

16cm Saucepan – 1.6L

18cm Saucepan – 2.5L

20cm Saucepan – 3.6L

24cm Stockpot – 7.6L

Please note that each individual range has a different capacity, and this is a guide.

CARING FOR YOUR COOKWARE
Cookware Buying Guide Caring for Your Cookware

Give your cookware the treatment it deserves to ensure long lasting performance. Our buyers recommend:

  1. Always read the ‘before use’ instructions. New cookware will need washing before use, and some will also require seasoning.
  2. Avoid metal utensils unless you’re using stainless steel pans. The metal can damage the interiors of your pans, especially those with a non-stick coating. Also avoid using scouring pads or steel wool products when cleaning.
  3. Ensure pans are the same size or larger than the heating area. If the heating area is larger, the pan and handle may overheat and become damaged. This also wastes energy.
  4. Check if your cookware is dishwasher safe. Our range includes a mix of both dishwasher safe and hand wash only, so always check the care instructions.
  5. Leave cookware to cool before washing, as a hot pan in cold water can damage or warp the pan. For pans with stubborn food residue, leave to soak before washing.

Christmas Tree Buying Guide




For many of us, the Christmas countdown officially begins with the purchase of the perfect Christmas tree. Take the stress and confusion out of choosing, assembling and decorating your tree and enjoy a fuss-free festive period with our handy Christmas tree guide. From information about artificial trees, to the best non-drop needle varieties and which type of tree smells the best, we have the answer to you all of your Christmas tree questions.

REAL CHRISTMAS TREES
Real Christmas Trees

Is there a more Christmassy feeling than the smell of fresh pine in your home? When it comes to buying a real Christmas tree there are a few things to consider, especially with the different varieties of Spruces, Firs and Pines available - each comes with their own individual characteristics.

1. Norway Spruce

The Norway Spruce is the traditional British Christmas tree and has been popular since the Victorian era. With its vibrant green colour and pleasant pine scent it's a classic choice, but is known for dropping its needles fairly quickly.

2. Blue Spruce

With colours ranging from a greyish blue to a bright blue-green, the Blue Spruce holds needles well. They can be on the pricklier side however, so this might not be the best option for homes with pets or young children.

3. Nordmann Fir

Slightly more expensive than the Norway Spruce, the popular Nordmann Fir has an attractive conical shape and long, soft dark green needles. Although it has a more subtle fragrance, it retains its needles for much longer and its branches are much sturdier - perfect for larger Christmas decorations.

4. Fraser Fir

The Fraser Fir is the crème de la crème of Christmas trees, famous for its needle retention and strong fragrance. It has a similar shape to the Norway Spruce but it’s better at retaining its needles. It also has a narrower base, making it a good choice for tight spaces, and a unique balsam fragrance.


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ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREES
Artificial Christmas Trees

There are many advantages to choosing an artificial Christmas tree - no pesky needles cluttering the floor for one. Besides that, artificial trees are cost-effective as they can be packed away and stored safely for next year, and some artificial trees come pre-lit so you don't have to worry about getting all tangled up.

1. PE

The most realistic Christmas tree on the market, PE trees are created using moulds of real tree branches for extra authenticity. Made from polyethylene, the needles produced are 3D so you can enjoy the look of a real tree without the clean-up.

2. PVC

PVC has long been considered an affordable way to bring Christmas indoors and is a great option if you’re buying your first tree. The pine needles are crafted to look as realistic as possible, so you'll find the branches will feel just as spiky as a real tree's would.

TIP: Pick a tree that’s a combination of both PE and PVC for something that’s affordable whilst still looking incredibly realistic.

3. Pre-lit

Pre-lit Christmas trees are a fuss-free option as you won’t need to add string lights – they’ll look great either decorated or simply left lit. Choose one with white LEDs for a traditional look or go for a multicoloured lights to add little pops of colour amongst the greenery.

4. Easy Connect

Our easy-to-connect trees are the best pre-lit Christmas trees for those who want maximum results with minimum effort. With no need for wires, you simply slot each section together and once the tree is plugged in, the lights will come on.

5. Flocked

Bring the wintry frost indoors with a snow-dusted flocked Christmas tree. This type of tree is perfect for creating that Winter Wonderland look in your own home.


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SELECTING YOUR SIZE
Selecting your tree size

A key factor to consider when buying a Christmas tree is how it will fit in your space; if your tree is too wide or too tall, it could end up making your room look smaller. Our trees range in height from 4ft to 8ft so you’re sure to find something to suit.

Height

Make sure you know the height of your room before you buy — when checking tree heights, ensure there will be at least a foot between the top of the tree and your ceiling so there’s room for your chosen tree topper.

Width

Marking your floor with masking tape before you buy a tree can help you assess which width of tree will work for you.

ASSEMBLING AN ARTIFICIAL TREE
Assembling an artificial tree

So you’ve picked your tree and brought it home — now it’s time to put it up.

1.

Clear a space and take all of the different tree parts out of the box. If the stand needs assembling, do this first, making sure the pieces are securely slotted together.

2.

Most artificial trees come in two or three sections which connect easily. Start with the bottom section and insert the pole into the tree stand. Gently open up each branch and manipulate them into a natural shape, ensuring there are no large gaps or branches bunched together.

3.

Slot the remaining sections on top and continue to adjust the branches until you’re happy with how it looks.

TIP:

Curve the tips of the branches upwards to give a more natural appearance.

REAL CHRISTMAS TREE TIPS
Real Christmas tree tips

If you have your heart set on something more natural, then a real tree is the one for you. Keep it in tip top condition with our festive hints, designed to help your tree stay fresh for the entire holiday season.

1.

Keep your tree hydrated with at least 1 pint of cold water a day to make sure it stays fresh and good looking.

2.

Try and place your tree away from sources of heat so the needles don’t dry out.

3.

Try and place your tree away from sources of heat so the needles don’t dry out and drop early.

4.

When you think you have found the perfect tree, give it a good shake. This will get rid of dead needles, and if fresh green needles fall off, then it’s not the tree for you.

5.

Try not to use any chemicals near the tree to keep it looking its best.


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CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATING IDEAS
Christmas trees decorating ideas

The final (and we think the most fun) part of the Christmas tree journey is the decorating. From picking a prime position, choosing a colour scheme and adding the finishing touches, we’ve got you covered with our tips and tricks.

Where to Place your Tree

Natural Light

Make sure your tree is somewhere where it can be seen but where it isn’t blocking any natural light, which could cause you to turn on more lights and waste energy (too much sunlight will also cause real trees to dry out more quickly).

Pathways

Keep your tree away from major pathways to avoid people bumping into it and knocking off needles or decorations as they pass by.

View

Place your tree somewhere where you’ll be able to enjoy it without it blocking another good view like the fireplace or the window (or the television!).

Room

Many people just have a Christmas tree in the living room, but areas like the hallway, dining room and kitchen can all be great options depending on your space.

TIP: If you’re planning on lighting your tree, make sure you choose a position near a plug socket.

How to Decorate your Christmas Tree

As the focal point of Christmas decorations, your tree is a great place to start when choosing your entire theme. If you have a colour in mind but are stuck for ideas of what to pair it with, check out our Christmas decoration inspiration:

 

Red

Green, white, gold, tartan, holly, poinsettias, Santas, reindeer, wreaths, candy canes.

Blue

Silver, white, green, snowflakes, snowmen.

Pink

Silver, white, lime green, glitter, crystals.

White

Silver or gold, flocked tree, white lights, cranberries, mistletoe, angel tree topper, any other accent colour.

Brown

Gold, turquoise, orange, cream, pine, cones, reindeer, orange slices, cinnamon sticks.

Green

White, brown, bronze, gold, pine cones, reindeer, ribbons.

 

  Purple       

White, silver, lilac, snowflakes, flocked trees, glitter.


Layering

Decorating a Christmas tree is easy when you follow this simple layering technique:

1. If using a tree skirt, lay this around the base of the tree first.

2. Add your lights before decorations- plug them in first, then begin at the top and work your way down, weaving the strings of lights in vertical waves whilst moving around the tree horizontally. Try taking a step back and squinting at the tree to see if there is a spot that needs filling so you can adjust the lights as needed.

TIP: Generally you’ll want around 100 lights per foot of tree.

3. Once the lights are in place, add any garlands, ribbons or tinsel you might be using and then layer on your Christmas decorations on top.

4. Finally, the pièce de résistance: the tree topper. Add your star or angel to the top of the tree for the ultimate finishing touch.


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Flowers Buying Guide

If you don't know your lilies from your lilacs, choosing flowers can be a daunting task – even more so if you're trying to keep them alive. If you need help choosing the right flowers for a special occasion, want to send a meaningful bouquet to a loved one or have to get an arrangement delivered the next day with ease, this guide is for you. We'll take you through the interesting world of flower language and suggest some suitable blossoms for different events. We'll also explain the best methods to keep your flowers looking fresh for longer. Finally, we'll explore the benefits of artificial flowers.

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS
Vase with orange and white flowers

Over hundreds of years, flowers have come to possess specific meanings. You can say a lot with a carefully chosen bouquet by matching your flower choice to the occasion.


Valentine's Day: The clue's in the name of the forget-me-not flower. Pair a bunch with roses, violets and pansies for a memorable Valentine's bouquet.


For a special someone: Camellias come in a variety of colours with different meanings, including passion and faithfulness; they'll show your partner how much you love them.


Making an apology: Chrysanthemums have often been associated with revealing the truth, which might be suitable if you need to tell someone you're sorry.


Get well soon: The peaceful blue hues of irises and hydrangeas make them a popular choice to send to someone recovering from illness.


Moving house: Daffodils bloom in the spring, so they have connotations of new beginnings. A bunch of these flowers will definitely brighten up a friend's new living room.


Funerals: Lilies are an age-old symbol of devotion. They're traditionally used at funerals to show you're still thinking of the one who's passed on.


First dates: Lilacs are associated with youth and first love, while daisies represent innocence. Both are a perfect way to break the ice on a first date.

TYPES OF FLOWER ARRANGEMENT
Round vase with large white flowers

How you choose to arrange flowers is limited only by your imagination. However, there are a few common setups that you're likely to find online.


Hand-tied flowers

This is a collection of pre-arranged flowers, so you can pop them straight into a vase. They'll often be delivered with a water bubble at the bottom to keep them alive while in transit. The key is to give them fresh water as soon as they arrive.


Presentation bouquets

This option is ideal for the flower lover who likes to arrange their own way. These bouquets come in a flat-pack-style design ready to be set up at home. Some florists have perfected this technique so well that they can be posted through a letterbox.


Planted bowls

Arrangements planted in soil are wonderful gifts for any flower fan who likes to get green-fingered and attend to their gift for months to come. If you want to be really on-trend, seek out a succulent; they add a splash of colourful personality to any home or office.

HOW TO ARRANGE YOUR FLOWERS
Wide round vase with orchids

Here’s how to set up your arrangement after it arrives:


  • Clean the vase thoroughly to keep your plants healthy.

  • Trim off any leaves that will fall below the level of the water in your vase.

  • Cut the stems diagonally with a sharp knife or scissors. This will increase the water flow to the buds. Try not to use blunt instruments as this can damage the stems.

  • Place each stem into the vase as soon as you cut it.

  • Criss-cross the stems as you arrange them to provide more stability to the bouquet and achieve a professional look.

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CARING FOR YOUR FLOWERS
Close up of pink flower

There are plenty of old wives' tales floating around with recipes claiming to increase the lifespan of cut flowers, but not all of them work. A little sugar will pep up your plant’s energy levels, but it also encourages bacteria. Other people recommend a tiny dash of bleach to keep the water clean, but it's important to get the quantity exactly right. Bear in mind that it's a toxic product, so it's unsuitable for particularly delicate flowers.


Flower food is the best option, and most flower arrangements come supplied with a sachet or two. Just follow the instructions on the packet and replace the water every few days for happy and healthy blooms. Sadly, they won't last forever, but that gives you an excuse to try out new arrangements.

USING ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS
Watering can with artificial flowers

Realistic artificial flowers can be as beautiful as the real thing. Good quality options are hard to tell apart, and require absolutely no maintenance. All you have to do is find the best place to put them; try using them in a window display or as a centrepiece at your dining table. You can rely on them to look stunning time after time.


Keep some styrofoam padding close by if you need to add some extra support. It's worth noting that artificial flowers are still delicate and should be handled with care, as most are made from silk, parchment, velvet or latex. Gently clean the fabric flowers with a damp cloth to remove any dust.


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Shoe Guide

They may be a daily essential, but once you've assembled an entire outfit, it can be easy to overlook the footwear. However, it's worth making sure you’re taking care of your shoes properly – they’ll last longer and look better, too. This handy guide will give you some great maintenance tips, as well as advice on how to style shoes and boots for every occasion. Whether you’re shopping for an eye-catching addition to your newest look or just want to check you’ve got the sizing right, our ultimate shoe guide is here to help.

SHOE SIZE CONVERSION FOR MEN AND WOMEN
Illustration of a size chart

The following size charts compare American, European and Australian sizing systems. Most shoe brands will display one, if not all, of these numbers but this shoe size converter will make sure you get it right every time.

SHOE CARE
Illustration of a shoe parts

Ensure your shoes are always looking their best, no matter the material, with these easy steps.


Leather footwear

  • Invest in saddle soap – it removes layers of wax without damaging the leather.
  • A horsehair brush will effectively remove dust and light surface debris.
  • Try a leather stretcher, which gently softens and stretches the fabric. It's ideal for new shoes or for warmer weather when your feet expand.

Suede footwear


  • Use a suede cleaning brush and dip the soft-bristled side into soapy water.
  • Apply soft strokes to the suede until the whole shoe is wet.
  • Use a microfibre cloth to dab the suede, soaking up any excess water.
  • Scrunch up some newspaper and insert it into each shoe so it retains its shape.
  • Once fully dry, remove the paper and use the soft side of your suede brush to restore the material to its natural texture.

Canvas footwear


To handwash:

  • Rub some fabric shampoo into your shoes with a toothbrush, then rinse with warm water.

To machine wash:


  • Remove the laces and scrub away any loose dirt using a toothbrush.
  • To protect your shoes from being snagged on the inside of the drum, simply place them inside a mesh laundry bag or pillow case.
  • Rather than opting for a warm wash, keep the water temperature at around 30 degrees to prevent the colours of your shoes from running.
  • Once complete, place in the sun to dry and pop some scrunched up newspaper inside.
HOW TO POLISH YOUR SHOES
how to polish your shoes

  1. Begin by wiping your shoes down with a damp cloth to remove any surface-level dirt.
  2. Scrub out the welt strip (the seam where the upper shoe connects to the sole) with a welt brush.
  3. Apply a small amount of polish, using gentle but firm circular rubbing motions, and leave the polish to dry.
  4. Once dry, buff the entire shoe with a polishing brush.
FOOTWEAR FOR EVERY OCASSION

It’s official – the shoes you choose can make or break your outfit. Have a read of our shoe style guide to decide what look to go for.

Footwear for every occasion

Dressy footwear: make an impression

A pair of smart leather shoes should be a style go-to for any guy. Brogues are a classy option, and the perforated pattern means there are some quirkier designs out there if that’s what you’re after. For ladies, an elegant pair of high-heeled shoes in your arsenal is an absolute must for formal occasions. For a sophisticated office look, a pair of loafers is effortlessly chic. They’ll make the perfect addition to your work collection, and there are styles for both men and women available.


Athletic footwear: anytime, anywhere

If you're planning on hitting the gym or racking up the miles in your trainers, it's worth picking a pair that's made for your feet. Try getting your gait tested to make sure yours are spot on. Athletic gear has also undergone a fashion makeover in recent years, so you can give your casual wardrobe a cool twist with the sports-luxe trend.


Casual footwear: step into the sunshine

The summer months call for barely-there shoes – try a pair with bright colours or a striking pattern to really get into the mood. Flip flops are a comfy option for both men and women, and are easy to slip on and off at the beach. Ladies can also find delicate strappy sandals that are a pretty addition to an evening outfit, and choose a high-heeled pair to really dress it up.


Boots: winning styles decoded

Boots are a sturdy way to finish off your look – if you need a bit of protection from the elements, or simply want to make your jeans look more polished. For women, ankle-skimming Chelsea boots make a stylish everyday staple. Guys could opt for a lace-up design – chunky work boots go well with chinos for a laid-back, weekend feel.

How To Apply Blush

If you want a radiant complexion, nothing beats the rosy glow of a pretty blusher. With such a wide selection of consistencies and colours available, it can be one of the most versatile products in your makeup bag.


Our guide will teach you how to choose the most flattering shade and texture for your skin type. We also advise you on how to apply blusher to sculpt your cheekbones, brighten your features and achieve a healthy-looking flush. Read on to find out what does blush do, and how to make it work for you.

MASTERING THE BASICS

Before going into detail about what blush does, it's important to understand how to apply it correctly.

Estee Lauder blush brush




Step 1

Create a smooth base to work with by exfoliating and moisturising your skin beforehand. Using a quality primer will ensure an even texture and a slip-free finish. Follow with your favourite foundation, concealer and bronzer.

Estee Lauder blush brush




Step 2

Choose your tools. We think a dome-shaped brush with a gently pointed centre works best. The dense texture of this brush will help pack on the perfect amount of product, ensuring fool-proof application.

Estee Lauder blush brush




Step 3

Using a circular motion, lightly swirl the colour onto the apples – i.e. the most prominent part – of your cheeks. You can find the right point by smiling at yourself in the mirror.

Estee Lauder blush brush




Step 4

Blend your blush for a seamless finish, starting in the centre of the face and working your way outwards.


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WHERE TO APPLY BLUSH FOR YOUR FACE SHAPE
Illustration of how to apply blush for your face shape

Read on to find out where to apply blush for your face shape.


Heart

Heart-shaped faces have a narrow chin and a broader forehead. To accentuate this facial structure, apply your blush in a 'C' from the top of your temples to your cheekbones. Buff the product lightly onto the temple and increase the amount of product around the centre of the cheek.

Illustration of how to apply blush for your face shape




Round

Round faces have full cheeks and a curved jawline. Avoid putting the blusher directly onto the cheeks; instead, focus on the contours of the face to help add definition and structure. Try lightly buffing blush onto your temples and just below your cheekbones.

Illustration of how to apply blush for your face shape




Oval

If you have a narrow chin and forehead with prominent cheeks, you have an oval face shape. Brush the product from the cheekbone to the bottom the ear line and up towards your temple to accentuate your bone structure.

Illustration of how to apply blush for your face shape




Square

Square face shapes often have straight sides and a flatter jawline. Apply blusher to the apples of your cheeks and swirl outwards to soften any angular contours. Blend the product thoroughly for a delicate finish.


When you've finished applying blusher to suit your face shape, seal your makeup for a look that lasts all day and night.


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CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLOUR
Nars blush compacts

Choosing the right colour for your skin tone is an essential step in achieving a flawless finish, and for working out where does blush go.


Fair Skin

Baby pink will give a natural flush to fair skin, while plum can be used to achieve a more dramatic evening look. Brighten the features by using a peach blush with a subtle touch of shimmer.


Medium Skin

Rich mauve and muted berry shades will bring out the natural warmth of medium skin tones. For a more realistic wash of colour, try an apricot blush.


Olive Skin

Olive skin should balance out cooler undertones with a warm shade. A bronzed peach blush will add flattering contours to the complexion, while a soft rose gives a delicate natural flush.


Dark Skin

Dark skin tones should experiment with deeply pigmented shades such as vibrant pink or orange, which will lend attractive depth to the complexion. Terracotta reds with a hint of shimmer will make dark skin glow.


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APPLYING BLUSH FOR A NATURAL LOOK
Two blush compacts in light pink and coral

This classic blush look will give your complexion a healthy vibrancy. To find your colour match, lightly pinch your cheeks and mimic the shade that arises.


Step 1

Map out where you are going to apply the product. You should keep the colour localised to the apples of your cheeks, and not extend it any lower than the bottom of your nose.


Step 2

Swirl your brush into your formula of choice. Then, using light circular motions, gradually buff it onto the centre of your cheeks.


Step 3

Blur away any distinct outlines with a brush or damp beauty blender.


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APPLYING BLUSH TO SCULPT
Charlotte Tilbury sculpt and highlight duo

This technique will bring flattering structure to your complexion. Choose a colour that is one shade darker than your natural lip colour.


Step 1

Locate those cheekbones! Suck in to find the line that your face naturally follows.


Step 2

Using an angled brush for enhanced precision, gently tap your brush into the blusher instead of swirling it, so as not to overdo the colour.


Step 3

Brush just beneath your cheekbones in a light sweeping motion, buffing out towards the bone and building colour as you go. Blend any excess product upwards in a diagonal motion. For further definition, apply a dewy highlighter to the points of your face that the light naturally hits.


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CHOOSING THE RIGHT FORMULA
Givenchy liquid blush in a tube and a Charlotte Tilbury blush stick

Your skin type will affect the comfort, longevity and finish of the blusher that you you choose.


Oily

Those with oily skin should try a pliable gel blush. It has an easy-to-blend consistency and will stay in place all day.


Combination

If you have oily cheeks, select a blush with a long-lasting powder or tint formula. For drier cheeks, try a light mousse consistency.

Givenchy liquid blush in a tube and a Charlotte Tilbury blush stick

Dry

People with dry skin should steer clear of powder or stain formulas, and choose a moisturising cream blush. It will give a dewy finish and won't stick to any dehydrated patches.


Normal

The blush world is at your disposal! Experiment with gels, creams and powders in a variety of different intensities and colourways. Remember to set your blush with powder for a photo-ready finish.


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Working with your face shape and skin type means that sky-high cheekbones or a natural rosy glow are just seconds away. Discover the makeup and tools you need to complete your look with beauty products at House of Fraser.

How To Apply Eyeliner

Line, flick, and repeat! When it comes to perfecting your eyeliner, practice really does make perfect. Mastering the skill is key to making lashes appear longer and your eye colour more vibrant. It all starts with knowing the best type of eyeliner and how to use it, so check out our handy guide on precisely those topics.

TYPES OF LINERS

Finding the best eyeliner for you depends on what effect you're trying to achieve with your look. There are so many different types of eyeliner and the formula you choose will greatly affect the application process and the end result. Here we've narrowed it down to the top three most common kinds, with their pros and cons.

Blue NARS pencil eyeliner

Pencil

How to use: Trace the pencil along your upper and lower lash lines and smudge in gently. For a more intense look, line your upper and lower waterline as well.


Positives: Pencil liner creates a natural daytime look. It's also the best eyeliner for the waterline, as it's it's not too harsh.


Negatives: Keeping the pencil sharpened, especially when it's a stalwart in your beauty regime, is inconvenient. Their twistable counterparts can become blunt easily, too.

Green Stila gel eyeliner

Gel

How to use: Gel liners usually come in a small pot complete with their own brush. Sweep it over your upper lash line for a smooth and precise look.


Positives: The creamy consistency makes it easy to get a precise line quickly. You can switch up the look you want in an instant by using a different angled brush.


Negatives: Gel formulations tend to dry out quickly, so they're better if you'll be using them every day – not just on special occasions.

Black Givenchy liquid eyeliner

Liquid

How to use: Your liquid eyeliner technique will depend on the shape and length of flick you want. Liners with pen tips are the easiest to use and offer more control for beginners. Draw the shape or line that you want with the applicator, then fill it in.


Positives: Precise brushes and applicators make it easy to create a thin, subtle line – perfect for creating pared-back daytime looks. Many liquid eyeliners come with a built-in brush, too, making it even simpler to customise your style.


Negatives: The liquid consistency can make clean application difficult – it takes time and practice to get it spot on.

STEP-BY-STEP FOR BEGINNERS

For first timers, the process of creating a flawless eyeliner look is daunting, but you'll gain confidence in a short amount of time with this method:

Illustration of woman putting on eyeliner

1. Sit down and plant your elbow on a flat, sturdy surface.

Illustration of woman putting on eyeliner

2. Rest your little finger gently on your cheek to stabilise yourself as much as possible.

Illustration of woman putting on eyeliner

3. Make tiny dots along the lash upper lash line.

Illustration of woman putting on eyeliner

4. Connect the dots to create a strong line.

EYELINER FOR DIFFERENT EYE SHAPES
Illustration of eye shapes

Figuring out which eyeliner look suits you is a time-consuming process. Factoring in your eye shape will help you to find the most flattering style pronto.


Monolid eyes

Monolid-shaped eyes are small, so it's best to keep it simple to avoid overwhelming the petite size. Draw a steady straight line across the lid, extending it out towards the end of your brow to create a subtle flick.


Top tip: Don't be afraid to use alternative colour eyeliners to really accentuate the shape of the eye.

Illustration of eye shapes

Hooded eyes

Hooded eyes have the tendency to look dark, so it's important not to overwhelm the area with too much makeup. Draw a thin line under the lower lashes and keep your waterline clear to stop the bottom looking too heavy. Browse our range of pencil liners to keep the eyes looking bright and open.


Top tip: Use a brown pencil liner to soften the lines for a daytime-appropriate look.

Illustration of eye shapes

Round eyes

Round eyes can handle a dramatic look. Draw a thick line, making sure you join it to meet the outer corner of the eye. The key to successfully achieving this eye-catching style is to make sure you extend the liner outwards, towards the end of the brow, as opposed to creating a line that flicks upwards.


Top tip: Smudge the top line to create a sultry smokey eye for nighttime, or add an exaggerated flick with liquid liner.

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Almond eyes

Perhaps the most typical eye shape, the width and versatility of an almond eye can easily handle a classic cat's-eye flick. Start from the inner corners and paint on a thick, black line to create definition and drama. Follow the natural shape of the eye and extend the line for a long, pronounced flick.


Top tip: Opt for a gel eye liner to enhance control.

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Down-turned eyes

To make sure you don't exaggerate the downward shape, a reverse cat's-eye is a perfect choice to really draw the line of the eye upwards. Apply a thin stroke along your lower lash line and extend a small flick straight out before smudging it slightly with a buffing brush.


Top tip: Coat your lashes with generous helpings of mascara to open and brighten the eyes.

Anniversary Gift Guide

Good things in life improve with age, and marriage is no different. To mark the importance of this wonderful commitment, each year of wedded bliss is symbolised with a themed gift, from your 1st anniversary until beyond your 60th. Whether you’re searching for something to tell your partner how much they mean to you or a gift to take to an anniversary party, you can show you’ve put thought into it by choosing a themed present.

To help you follow these themes, we’ve compiled a guide to gift ideas for some of the most significant anniversaries up to 60 years, with a little explanation on each tradition. From newlyweds to seasoned couples, you’re sure to find plenty to inspire you.

FOR A 1ST WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: PAPER
First Anniversary

A married couple’s very first wedding anniversary is celebrated with paper – a metaphor for the blank canvas of their life ahead. They might still be building their nest, so gifting homeware and furniture is a good bet. For a modern take on this theme, why not treat them to a piece of wall art?


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FOR A 2ND WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: COTTON
Second Anniversary

Cotton is made up of dozens of threads – easy to break when apart individually, but strong when threaded together. Strength in unity is a lesson couples learn in their first few years. Reflect this with a practical choice like a luxurious Egyptian cotton bedding set.


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FOR A 3RD WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: LEATHER
Third Anniversary

Leather is a hardy material which can last a lifetime if cared for, just like a nurtured relationship. If you’re seeking a third anniversary present, a quality leather jewellery box or stand would make charming options for her, while he might fancy a handsome new wallet.


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FOR A 4TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: SILK
Fourth Anniversary

On the surface, silk is an exquisitely soft fabric, but it’s a little-known fact that it’s also one of the strongest natural fibres. A silk bedspread, throw or blanket is a winning gift that reflects a couple’s strength.


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FOR A 5TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: WOOD
Fifth Anniversary

Congratulations, you’ve been married for half a decade. Wood grows from a tiny seed into a sturdy structure, just like a relationship. A set of rustic wooden photo frames gives the couple an opportunity to display memories of their partnership, reminding them of how much they’ve grown together.


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FOR A 10TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: TIN
Tenth Anniversary

A hardworking and durable metal that resists erosion, tin is proven to stand the test of time. It’s also a versatile material to have around the house. For a present embodying these qualities, you could choose from our range of kitchen storage or tin garden decorations.


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FOR A 20TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: CHINA
Twentieth Anniversary

China has come to be the standard gift to commemorate long-lasting relationships. After all, if you’ve stayed happily married for 20 years you should also be able to keep this delicate crockery in good condition. Reward yourself or the lucky couple with a set of china dinnerware.


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FOR A 25TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: SILVER
Twenty Fifth Anniversary

Polish up an old piece of silver and it will soon be glowing like the day it was first created. Jewellery makes an excellent 25th anniversary present. Watches are a popular option for men; you have more options for women, but it’s hard to beat a finely crafted necklace.


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FOR A 30TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: PEARL
Thirtieth Anniversary

A long-term relationship requires patience to develop over time, just like a pearl. These valuable little gems look wonderful when they’re inlaid in homeware as mother of pearl. Of course, they also create lovely jewellery, with pearl bracelets making an ideal keepsake to remember the day.


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FOR A 40TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: RUBY
Fortieth Anniversary

Rubies are rare and precious gems. Their vibrant red colour is associated with romance and passion. For a couple that's kept the fires burning for decades, give them a twist on the theme with a ruby red luggage set – the perfect accessory for future romantic getaways.


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FOR A 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: GOLD
Fiftieth Anniversary

Admired across the globe as a token of luxury, it’s no surprise gold has come to represent the landmark 50th anniversary. After half a century of marital harmony, you’ve earned the right to indulge. Carry your memory of this day with you forever with something from our ranges of carefully curated men's jewellery or women's earrings.


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FOR A 60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: DIAMOND
Sixtieth Anniversary

Famously, it takes decades for diamonds to form under enormous pressure. The resulting stone is one of the most beautiful treasures on the planet, and one of the toughest too. Any couple together for 60 years will have had their share of challenges, but they’ve come through them more united than ever. Mark the occasion with a set of diamond-cut glassware – just the thing for a celebratory bottle of bubbly.


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How To Perfect Your Eyebrows

They say brows are the pillars of the face. With this in mind we've created the Ultimate Eyebrow Guide to ensure you can groom yours effortlessly at home.

Just like haircuts, eyebrows aren’t 'one size fits all'. The trick to achieving the perfect eyebrow really depends on the dimensions of your face and knowing how to angle your brows based on its shape. Our handy face shape guide will help you with this, and our three-step grooming routine and maintenance tips will make sure you’re always Instagram-ready, whether you are a zealous at-home plucker or a serial salon guest.

FACE SHAPE GUIDE: BUILD PERFECT ARCHES

Before you even touch the tweezers you should get better acquainted with the structure of your features. Stare at yourself straight in the mirror, with your shoulders down and your head square. What shape does your face most resemble? From round to angular, you should match the length and thickness of your brows to the formation of your face.

Top tip: The arch of your eyebrow should line up with the outer edge of your pupil.

Eyebrow Oval

Oval

If you have an oval face you can really experiment with your brows, as most styles will suit. The classic, slightly arched look is ideal will allow you to play around with bold, brow-enhancing makeup.

Eyebrow Long

Long

Bring balance to a long, narrow face by opting for an elongated brow shape with a low arch. Simply extend the tails of your brows past their natural edge to widen your eyes and define your cheekbones.

Eyebrow Round

Round

A soft, round face is perfect for trying out a more angular eyebrow, and a high arch will be very flattering. Sharp edges work best as they bring out definition in the face and will highlight your most striking features.

Eyebrow Square

Square

Go for soft and feathered brows if you’ve got a square face. For the perfect shape, keep the inner edges rounded and the angles gentle. If you go for a more defined finish, fill them in lightly to avoid the look being too harsh.

Eyebrow Heart

Heart

A heart shaped face usually means the eyes are already the central focus. Natural-shaped brows are the perfect choice with subtle, soft arches to accentuate and highlight your features.

Eyebrow Diamond

Diamond

For those with a diamond-shaped face, sticking to a softly curved brow with no sharp angles works well. For the best results, keep the outer corner in line with the outside of your eye.

THREE STEPS TO PERFECT BROWS AT HOME
Eyebrow At Home

Step 1

Fill in any bald spots. Whether you use powder or a pencil, go for a colour that is two shades lighter than your hair. Be sure to stay within your natural lines as you draw on light strokes in the same direction as your brow's hair growth.


Step 2

Add some volume. Bulk up the brows using a tinted brow gel, sweeping it in the opposite direction to the natural growth of the hair from the tail to the inner corner. It's suitable for all hair colours and perfect for a subtle but sculpted finish that flaunts your natural shade.


Step 3

Make sure it stays in place. Use a small, angled brush and a tiny bit of powder to set the colour. If your brows are unruly, combine this with wax for maximum sticking power. Brush lightly over the top, adding more colour if there are any uneven spots.

CHOOSING YOUR PRODUCTS
Eyebrow Product

Eyebrow care is very important, and our selection of eyebrow products features everything from individual brushes to entire eye kits. Gels or pencils are quick and easy to apply, so are a great option if you’re short on time in the morning. Powders can be a little more difficult to control, but will give you a lovely natural look. Just be sure to test the shade against your skin tone first.


Pencil

Choose a shade lighter than your natural colour and draw fine, hair-like strokes in the gaps rather than block-colouring them. Remember, you’re not trying to reshape your brows, you’re just giving them a more uniform, neater finish.


Gel

An eyebrow gel is great for taming unruly or curly brows – and a quick option. Gels are tinted or clear and come with a grooming brush called a spoolie. The eyebrow-shaping tool looks like a mascara wand, minus the mascara and has a tapered head and soft bristles. It's ideal for achieving instant definition.


Powder

Make pencil-like strokes using an angled brush and a powder that’s lighter than your natural colour. Once you’re happy with the shape, comb through brows with a spoolie to spread the powder evenly. You can finish with a clear eyebrow gel to keep them under control all day.