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Home Bargains is selling a gold letter board… and it’s £43 CHEAPER than the Oliver Bonas version

HOME Bargains is selling a gold letter board – and it’s £43 cheaper than the designer version. Emma, a mum-of-two from Shropshire, shared a shot of the vintage-inspired frame on her Instagram page. I have died and gone to retro heaven. Peg board only £5.99 available in silver or copper at @homebargains! #ukparentbloggers #pegboard #pegboardnerds […]

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HOME Bargains is selling a gold letter board – and it’s £43 cheaper than the designer version.

Emma, a mum-of-two from Shropshire, shared a shot of the vintage-inspired frame on her Instagram page.

She wrote: “I have died and gone to retro heaven. Peg board only £5.99 available in silver or copper at @homebargains!”

Her picture was retweeted by Home Bargains, where it gained nearly 3,000 likes.

“100% need this in my life,” commented one contributor, while another added: “I’ve been looking for one of these at an affordable price. That’s amazing value. I need one.”

“I want one of these so bad!!” wrote an Instagram fan, as another said: “I’ve been looking for one of these!!!!”

Oliver Bonas is selling a gold letter board frame for £49
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The letter board appears to be very similar to Oliver Bonas’ frame, which retails for £49.

The gold board features white letters, built-in hooks for hanging and comes in a gift box.

But this isn’t the first interiors dupe that has excited shoppers.

Home Bargains’ copper range starts at £1.99 – and it’s the double of a John Lewis line that’s three times the price.

Meanwhile, the budget-friendly store is selling these huge £2.99 candles – and shoppers think they’re better than Yankee.

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Prepare your skin for the office Christmas party with our tips on how to feel fresh… from avoiding breakouts to rosacea and dark circles

PARTY season is almost here so skin is in for an onslaught of late nights, booze, sugar and layers of make-up. Unfortunately, our face is where we can physically see the effects of burning the festive candle at both ends, despite it being the time of year we want to look our best. So how […]

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PARTY season is almost here so skin is in for an onslaught of late nights, booze, sugar and layers of make-up.

Unfortunately, our face is where we can physically see the effects of burning the festive candle at both ends, despite it being the time of year we want to look our best. So how do we stop ourselves looking like the Ghost of Christmas Past?

Follow our tips so you don’t look like the Grinch Christmas Past
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Here, in our party skin cheat sheet, LYNSEY CLARKE tells you how you can prepare your skin, feed it and fix it at the last moment, throughout the month of merriment.

Dark Circles

Prepare for a night out with the GinZing eye cream as well as you a Dark Circle Reducer to minimise the patches
Prepare for a night out with the GinZing eye cream as well as a Dark Circle Reducer to minimise the patches

PREPARE: Dab on an eye cream. Try Origins GinZing Refreshing eye cream which promises to diminish dark circles by strengthening capillaries (£18.45, John Lewis).

FEED: Sun nutritionist Amanda Ursell says: “Ditch caffeine and replace with camomile tea for at least five hours before bedtime to get your Zs.”

FIX: Try an eye mask such as Dark Circle Reducer minimizing patches (£9.99, Boots). If all else fails, invest in YSL Touche Eclat concealer (£25.50).

Breakouts

Garnier SkinActive is great for removing makeup before bed the Bare Minerals Blemish Remedy foundation will help you while you are on the go
Garnier SkinActive is great for removing makeup before bed and the Bare Minerals Blemish Remedy foundation will help you while you are on the go

PREPARE: Remove make-up before bedtime. For sensitive skin, try Garnier Micellar Water Sensitive Skin (£3.29, Superdrug). And avoid oily moisturisers – try Nivea Daily Essentials rich day cream (£4.05, Boots).

FEED: Amanda says: “Stock up on nuts, fruit and veg. Vitamin E is crucial for repairing skin.”

FIX: Have a go with BareMinerals Blemish Remedy foundation (£21.60, lookfantastic.com) or Collection Lasting Perfection concealer (£4.19, Boots).

Rosacea

Fix your Rosacea with your Barry Colour Correcting Wand or with Clinique Redness Solutions cream
Fix your Rosacea with your Barry Colour Correcting Wand or with the Clinique Redness Solutions cream

PREPARE: Sufferers may unfortunately need to cut back on their booze intake. Sunlight can also aggravate it so it is important to always wear sunscreen.

FEED: Amanda says: “Caffeine and spicy foods can aggravate it. When you’re out, avoid cola mixers.”

FIX: Luckily, there are loads of great products on the market to correct red patches such as Barry M Colour Correcting wand (£4.49, Superdrug). Or try Clinique Redness Solutions Make-up (£24.30, Debenhams).

Puffy Face

Inject moisture into your skin with Simple's Water Boost Hydrating Booster
Inject moisture into your skin with Simple’s Water Boost Hydrating Booster or try a Pretty Animalz polar bear sheet mask

PREPARE: Inject moisture into your usual skincare routine using Simple’s brilliant Water Boost Hydrating Booster (£6.99, Superdrug).

FEED: Amanda says: “Drink lots of water and swap salty and processed food with soups, salad and fruit.”

FIX: Kate Moss swears by the “ice plunge”. Fill a sink with ice cubes, cold water and cucumber slices. Hold your face in it for as long as possible. Or try Pretty Animalz polar bear sheet mask (£4, asos.com).

Enlarged Pores

You can clean your pores with Biore's Charcoal Pore Minimiser and with this Benefit primer
You can clean your pores with Biore’s Charcoal Pore Minimiser and with this Benefit primer

PREPARE: Cleanse and tone ­regularly, and also try a pore minimising mask or treatment a couple of times a week, such as Biore Charcoal Pore Minimiser (£6.35, Boots).

FEED: Amanda says: “Eat foods rich in vitamin C, essential for making collagen which gives skin elasticity.”

FIX: Heavy foundation can sometimes make large pores appear worse. Try applying a primer before make-up. We love Benefit: The Porefessional Face Primer (£26, Boots).

Dull Skin

Keep your skin from looking dull with Super Glow or the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation
Keep your skin from looking dull with Super Glow liquid or the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation

PREPARE: Look for brightening ingredients like vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. Try Super Glow (£24, Glossier.com) to even skin tone.

FEED: Amanda says: “Dark berries are full of anthocyanins which keep blood vessels under the skin in good condition.” And try a vitamin D supplement such as Super D vitamin gummy (£9.95, healthspan.co.uk).

FIX: Try Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation (£8.99, Superdrug) or Max Factor colour corrector sticks (£9.99, Boots).

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Advent boxes are the time-consuming Christmas trend mums have been loving… so would YOU try it?

GONE are the days of basic chocolate advent calendars. Parents are now pampering their children with DIY boxes filled with individually-wrapped presents. I am down to 6 more gifts to finally finish the advent calendar I am making for my lil sis. Present 24 and 25 are already under the tree(can’t hang here coz they’re […]

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GONE are the days of basic chocolate advent calendars.

Parents are now pampering their children with DIY boxes filled with individually-wrapped presents.

Even though parents fork out up to 20 times more for Christmas gifts than they did in the 80s, they’re still willing to splash the cash in the lead up to the big day.

Instead of marking the festive countdown with a ready-made option, mums and dads are going the extra mile by personalising them.

To create their own advent calendars, they purchase 25 miniature gifts.

Just like with a conventional option, the child can take out a present every day.

How sweet is this DIY advent calendar?! Do you open one every December?

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The gifts are often stocking-filler size and have been specifically tailored towards their kids’ needs.

Whether this be beauty products, small toys or their favourite sweets, the options are endless when it comes to the DIY items.

Parents can wrap the gifts individually, or place them into a containers, ready for December 1.

Shoe and wooden boxes seem to be a popular choice, as they’re easy to personalise with your children’s names.

And some shops, including Lakeland and Hobbycraft, are even selling empty calendars that you can fill up as you please.

Progress! #sewing #Christmas #diychristmas #makersgonnamake #wahm #adventcalendar #diyadventcalendar #sewingaddict

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While the home-made calendar tradition seems to have stemmed from Denmark, many British mums have jumped on the bandwagon.

A mum and teaching assistant, from West Sussex, used a picnic-style box for her goodies.

After filling it with prezzies wrapped in newspaper, Charlotte shared the creation on Instagram.

Aberdeen-based sewing fan Janet also uploaded a snap of some hand-made miniature stockings that she will be filling with gifts in the lead up to Christmas.

Lakeland is even selling a calendar that you can fill with your own goodies
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So will you be giving DIY advent calendars a go? Or are they a step too far?

Previously, we revealed that a mum refused to buy her four-year-old daughter ANY Xmas prezzies.

She claimed that the tradition makes kids “too materialistic”, but not everyone agrees.

Last year we told how a mum-of-three who splashed out £1,500 on her children’s Christmas gifts in 2015 spent more than two grand the following year.

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Winter Wonderland 2017 is OPEN! Dates, ticket information and how to get there

WINTER Wonderland has returned to London for its eagerly awaited 11th year. But when did the Christmas market open, and what’s on in 2017/18? Here’s what you need to know… When is Winter Wonderland 2017? Winter Wonderland opened its doors pm Friday November 17. It will run for six weeks, until Monday January 1, but […]

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WINTER Wonderland has returned to London for its eagerly awaited 11th year.

But when did the Christmas market open, and what’s on in 2017/18? Here’s what you need to know…

Tickets are now on sale for Winter Wonderland 2017
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When is Winter Wonderland 2017?

Winter Wonderland opened its doors pm Friday November 17.

It will run for six weeks, until Monday January 1, but is closed on Christmas Day.

Stars including Kate Middleton, Prince George, David Beckham, Kate Moss, Simon Cowell, Tom Cruise, Eva Longoria, Nicole Scherzinger, Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne have all visited the event in recent years.

The park is open from 10am-10pm daily and is free to enter – but you need to buy tickets for some of the extra activities.

Entrance to the Christmas market is free, but extras like ice skating cost more
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Where is Winter Wonderland and how do I get there?

Winter Wonderland is held in London’s Hyde Park.

The nearest tube stations are Bond Street, Green Park, Knightsbridge, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Paddington and Victoria.

There are also many bus routes that serve the park. Full details here.

What are the main attractions at Winter Wonderland 2017?

Winter Wonderland boasts the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink – which stretches over 1,600 square metres at the park’s Victorian bandstand.

There’s also a Magical Ice Kingdom, which this year has a Deep Sea Adventure theme.

Zippo’s circus returns to Winter Wonderland this year, as does the The Sooty Christmas Show.

While previous visitors will remember the action-packed rollercoasters, freezing cold Ice Bar, Bavarian Village, Santa Land and giant observation wheel.

Among this year’s new attractions is the Cinderella on Ice skating show and Bar Hütte.

Guests can also browse the craft stands at the Angels Christmas Market, warm up with mulled wine and fill their bellies with a delicious hog roast.

This year sees the opening of Cinderella on Ice skating show and Bar Hutte, a karaoke and cocktail bar
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What is new to Winter Wonderland this year?

Bar Hütte will make its London debut at this year’s Winter Wonderland.

A unique take on ‘Alpine Après Ski’ each hütte offers visitors an exclusive and festive get-together venue for karaoke and cocktails.

The hüttes can be enjoyed by friends, Christmas parties and families.

How do I buy tickets for Winter Wonderland 2017?

Entrance to Winter Wonderland is free – but it’s a good idea to book ahead for the main attractions.

Tickets are on sale NOW on the Winter Wonderland website.

These are the ticket prices (which vary depending on peak and off-peak times):

  • Ice Skating: £9.50/£15.50 adult, £7.50/£10.50 child, £30/£32 family, £8.50/£14.50 cons
  • Magical Ice Kingdom: £7/£11 adult, £5/£9 child, £20/£36 family, £6/£10 cons
  • Bar Ice: £14/£16 adult
  • Giant Wheel: £7/£9 adult, £5/£7 child, £20/£28 family, £6/£7 cons, £40/£50 private pod, £55/£65 VIP pod
  • Circus Shows: £8.50/£15 adult, £5/£11.50 child, £20/£46 family, £7.50/£14 cons, £90/£105 private box for four (includes champagne and chocolates)
  • The Sooty Christmas Show: £8.50/£15 adult, £5/£11.50 child, £20/46 family, £7.50/£14 cons
  • Cinderella On Ice: £16.95/£19.95 adult, £12.95/£15.95 child, £51.80/£63.80 family, £15/£18 cons

Last year, a lad fell off a table in epic style at Winter Wonderland – while trying to be cool and dance for his mates.

While Mark Wright got the shots in on lads’ night out at with his dad and brother Josh.

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