Best Skincare Combos from Body Shop + Influencer Deals

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Best Combo for Normal to Dry Skin: Vitamin E

Face Feeling Tight?

Your skin will love the combo of our Vitamin E Cream Cleanser followed by Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash. Their formulas are enriched with vitamin E and are perfect for all skin types, and our best face wash for dry skin as they avoid leaving skin feeling stripped of its natural moisture. Skin that’s calling out for a supercharge of hydration needs look no further than our Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream. It’s made to help plump skin with moisture and serve some seriously sumptuous feels to even very dry skin for up to 72 hours.

Best Combo for Sensitive Skin: Aloe

Skin on the face is much thinner than the rest of the body, so is it any wonder sensitive skin types need even more attention?

Our Aloe Calming Foaming Wash and Aloe Calming Cream Cleanser are just for you. They are formulated to be gentle, helping to leave skin feeling soft and not tight. Our Aloe Soothing Day Cream helps to gently moisturise, while being mindful of any touchy-feely skin. Enriched with Community Fair Trade organic aloe vera from Mexico, this angelic little moisturiser helps to moisturise sensitive skin, so your face feels soft and smooth.

Best Combo for Dull Skin: Vitamin C

You’ll be in high spirits when you see how our Vitamin C Glow-Protect Lotion SPF30 helps to refresh dull, tired-looking skin while helping protect against the sun’s UVA/UVB rays. Among our face creams with added SPF benefits, this dual-action moisturiser is doubly pleasing. It’s ideal for daily use before sun exposure, but it’s also designed to help give your skin a boost in the radiance department, helping skin feel moisturised and enhance your glow before you go.

Best Combo for Combination Skin: Seaweed

Dealing with an oily T-zone, dry patches and shine?

Then you’re going to need a great all-rounder, like our Seaweed Cleansing Gel Wash. It has a gentle formula, but it’s effective in washing off grime and helps skin feel softer and reduces shine. Our Seaweed Oil-Control Gel Cream is designed for all-over shiny faces which are super at producing (perhaps a little too much) sebum and in need of shine control. This seaweed-enriched moisturiser has a lightweight texture that will help do all that, leaving your face looking mattified and feeling hydrated.

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Know the Nation to a Tea? Tea Census Report 2022 Launched to Provide the Answers on International Tea Day

If you think you know all there is to know about the nation’s favourite beverage, pop the kettle on and think again — as we celebrate International Tea Day on 21st May. There are so many questions: How many cups of tea are consumed every day? What’s our favourite brew? And do we put the milk in first or the tea?

As a result, the tea experts at the UK Tea & Infusions Association (UKTIA) have published the first ever Tea Census Report to provide the answers to common tea questions borne out of real world research data. We import around 100,000 metric tons of tea every year and consume more than 100 million cups of tea every day in the UK. According to the UKTIA’s Tea Census Report our favourite brew is the humble cuppa – black tea – derived from the Camellia sinensis plant – and almost one in four people (22%) adds milk or sugar BEFORE adding the teabag and hot water.

Brew knew?

According to the Tea Census Report three quarters of us drink black tea, with or without milk, but only one in 100 people drink a classic builder’s brew of strong, dark sugary tea. Interestingly, seven times that number (7%) add CREAM to their tea, only marginally fewer than the percentage who add a plant-based milk (10%).

Dr Sharon Hall, head of the UK Tea and Infusions Association (UKTIA) says: “If there’s something the Brits do well, it’s popping on the kettle and brewing a good cup of tea. It’s a tradition that dates back to the 16th century when Charles II married the Portuguese princess and tea lover Catherine of Braganza.

“Most people think that black tea comes from China (39%) or India (37%) but most of the tea drunk in the UK actually comes from Kenya, although it is often blended with other teas such as Assam tea from India, Ceylon teas from Sri Lanka and black teas from Rwanda and other east African nations.

“True tea from the Camellia sinensis plant is grown in more than 60 countries and can be processed in a variety of ways to make black, green and oolong teas to name but a few, all from the same plant. As a result, there are hundreds of different types of tea to try.”

And the range of choice doesn’t stop there. Around 300 different plants and over 400 plant parts including leaves roots, bark, seeds, flowers, or fruits are used in herbal and fruit infusions. Peppermint and chamomile are the most popular infusions with 24% and 21% of respondents drinking them at least twice a week.

Tea quests

Adventurer and tea lover, Andrew Hughes is credited with holding the highest tea party in history: on Mount Everest Camp 2, Nepal, on May 5, 2021, at a height of 6,496 metres. Andrew with a team of 15 climbers ascended Mt Everest and took a selection of teas including black and green teas, as well as peppermint and chamomile to help aid digestion and sleep.

“Tea was a big part of life on our Everest expedition,” Andrew says. “From the tea houses and lodges where we stayed along the trek, to the countless hours spent with one another with a warm cup of tea in hand awaiting weather windows to climb onwards — tea is something that we shared so regularly that it is impossible to detach it from the overall Everest experience.”

Take a break

Although tea can be a real thirst quencher as well as a means of socialising, our love of tea runs far deeper as many respondents turn to tea when they’re emotional and cold according to the Tea Census Report. Dr Sharon Hall notes: “Tea is a hug in a mug, a loyal friend, and a calming aid…there’s just so much going on when we take time to make a brew.”

Real world research detailed in the UKTIA’s Tea Census Report reveals that almost half of us (48%) see a tea-break as an important time-out and a similar number (47%) say it helps to recharge their batteries. Two out of five of us (44%) have a biscuit with our brew, with 29% of tea drinkers dipping into the cookie jar for seconds.

Dr Sharon Hall adds: “A third of Brits (32%) see their tea break as a time to connect with other people, but 38% catch up on social media, 16% enjoy doing a puzzle on their tea-break and 5% use the time to just sit and think.

“Most of those surveyed were familiar with blends such as Earl Grey and English Breakfast, but Darjeeling and Assam black teas from India were less well known, as were Gyokuro green tea from Japan, Long Jing (also known as Dragon Well) green tea from China, or Oolong tea, which is sometimes described as the ultimate tea if you think you don’t like tea.

“Oolongs, traditionally from China’s Fujian province and Taiwan, are semi-oxidised teas ranging from light, fragrant greenish oolongs to dark brown leaf oolongs which yield liquors with deeper, earthier flavours as well as hints of peach and apricot.”

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Brews and moods

And according to the UKTIA Tea Census Report the brew we choose depends on our mood, with more than half of those polled (56%) confirming our feelings are a factor in our choice of tea or infusion. Our all-purpose pick is black tea, which we sip when we’re feeling hungry, lonely, nostalgic, bored, sad, angry, motivated, or happy.

Dr Sharon Hall notes: “Around a third (29%) of Brits turn to chamomile when they want to de-stress, and a fruit infusions is a popular choice when we’re feeling dreamy (16%).

“If we were told we couldn’t have tea for a day, two out of five respondents said they would be upset, angry or saddened and a quarter (26%) would miss it terribly.”

Nearly half of those surveyed (46%) and detailed in the Tea Census Report told us a cup of tea gets them going in the morning and one in five (18%) say a brew helps them face a difficult conversation or email.

How to make a perfect brew

Want to know what makes the best brew? UKTIA’s Dr Sharon Hall has put together a few simple steps to help ensure you make the best brew this International Tea Day and beyond:

  • Use a good quality tea bag or loose-leaf tea and store your tea in a cool, dry place.
  • Avoid storing tea next to strongly flavoured or perfumed foods.
  • Always use freshly drawn water and consider using a water filter. Dr Sharon Hall explains, “In some parts of the country the tap water is hard or soft and this can affect the taste of the tea.”
  • Use one tea bag or one rounded teaspoon of loose tea for each cup or mug.
  • Smart boil. Using your mug, measure out the water you need for the number of cuppas you are making and just boil that. Dr Sharon Hall notes; “This will help save on energy costs and will ensure a good flavour tea which develops best when made with freshly boiled water. The lack of oxygen bubbles in re-boiled water can give the tea a flat taste.”
  • Allow the tea to brew for the recommended time before pouring, always read the instructions on the pack and if you’re brewing tea from a bag in a mug, adding milk last is best.
  • Most black teas should be brewed for three to four minutes, while Lapsang Souchong black tea tastes best after four to five minutes. Brew green tea for three to four minutes and oolong tea for three to five minutes, depending on your strength preference.
  • Remove the bag after brewing, before adding the milk.
  • Put your feet up, relax and enjoy.

To discover more about different types of tea and the countries where they are grown? Tune into our Around the World in 80 Teas series at YouTube.com/UKTalkingTea.

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Currys Discount Tech and Home Appliances

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These are the Biggest Wedding Trends of 2022 so far

  • The most searched for style of dress is an off-the-shoulder style
  • Paris Hilton and Hailey Bieber are the two most pinned brides of the last year
  • A half up, half down hairstyle is the most popular, closely followed by a bun

New research can reveal the biggest wedding trends of the year.

Money experts at Wealth of Geeks analysed Google Trends data as well as Pinterest data to establish which aspects of a wedding are the most sought after this year.

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Wedding Dress Style

The most searched for aspect of a wedding dress in the past twelve months has been an off-the-shoulder style with searches for the style rising 334% in the last year – more than any other type of wedding dress. In terms of material, lace remains the most popular option, however, chiffon has seen the biggest year on year rise in search volume and in the last year alone has seen a 675% increase in online interest.

Outside of the traditional wedding dress look, wedding jumpsuits have also experienced high levels of interest, seeing a 60% interest in the outfit from this time last year.

Wedding Inspiration

Paris Hilton and Hailey Bieber are the celebrity brides that appear the most popular. Paris Hilton, who wore seven different dresses throughout her three-day ceremony, claimed her favorite dress was the Grace Kelly inspired Oscar de la Renta dress. The custom gown featured crinoline, lace and a high neck to complete the look and was searched for and pinned more than any other celebrity dress. Hailey Bieber has the second most popular wedding dress look of the last year despite her wedding to Justin Bieber taking place in 2018. The bride wore an off-the-shoulder neckline with a dramatic veil by late designer Virgil Abloh. In the last month alone, Hailey’s dress has had a 138% rise in interest on Pinterest.

Wedding Hairstyle

The most popular wedding hairstyle trend as found by Wealth of Geeks is the half up, half down look. The simple yet elegant style has been used by famous brides such as Kate Middleton and Olivia Palermo is the most popular hairstyle associated with the term ‘wedding hairstyle’ on Pinterest and has also a global monthly search volume of 30,100.

The second most popular is a classic bun hairstyle, seeing a 95% rise in searches since the beginning of 2022.

Wedding season

Summer is undoubtedly the most popular wedding season, with Summer weddings being searched 14% more than Winter weddings, the second most popular, 146% more than Autumn weddings, the third most popular and 428% more than Spring weddings, the least popular season.

Wedding Destination

The pandemic has put weddings abroad on the back-burner with searches for local weddings being searched an enormous 3,179% more than weddings abroad.

Wedding Venues

Outdoor weddings appear to be the most popular setting for weddings in 2022. An outdoor setting is the most pinned wedding option, alongside more rustic venues such as barns, courtyards, and vineyards.

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#BookReview Incy Wincy (Mal & Jackie Book 2) by R.J. Dark

Malachite Jones is a pretend psychic medium and an unwilling detective.

He certainly doesn’t want anyone bringing him a missing persons case.

Definitely not two.

When a body turns up he knows life is only going to get harder.

My Review

Yorkshire meets Hollywood with a dash of British cynicism thrown in for good measure.

This was a very interesting book and not my usual choice. It is the second in a series, but I had no difficulty recognising the characters as they were introduced. I think the story was set in Leeds or Sheffield, but it was never properly confirmed, and I don’t know either of those cities well enough to recognise some of the estates and areas that featured in the book. I did enjoy reading a book set in the North of England that was modern, that I could relate to, and that managed to combine Hollywood action with British reservedness, if that makes sense.

Jackie was an interesting character, who at first I disliked but in the end grew quite fond of, even recognising and understanding why he behaved the way that he did. Mal was a fairly regular character, and my one disappointment was that he didn’t display any obvious psychic skills during the story. I know he is faking it and that is made clear from the start, but still, he must have something that made him set up the business, surely?

Generally, I am glad I read this book, it had me gripped when the action kicked in, and it left me thinking about what happened for a while afterwards.

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The Heart Midi Edit

If there is one thing we love, it is our Heart print dresses. We’ve rounded up our top 5 styles made for the Spring and beyond.

Which is your favourite?

Red Print A-Line Puff Sleeve Midi Dress

Our sell-out Red Print A-Line Puff Sleeve Midi Dress is back in stock. The contrasting heart prints and longer length, makes this dress a love-forever piece.

Blush Pink Heart Print A-Line Midi Dress

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Green Heart Print Puff Sleeve Midi Dress

A do-it-all style, our Green Heart Print Puff Sleeve Midi Dress is comfortable enough for everyday and dressy enough for dinner. The now colour and statement print and colours makes this dress a must-have.

Red Print A-Line Midi Dress

Go for easy elegance in our Red Print A-Line Dress. With a flattering wrap front and side split, this style is the perfect piece to transition from office to post-work drinks.

Blue Heart Print Tie Back A-Line Midi Dress

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