BEAUTY, FRAGRANCE

Review: The Body Shop’s White Musk Range

We’re smelling sweet this Spring with The Body Shop’s White Musk range. Here’s what we thought when we tried the new scents… Famous since its launch in 1981, White Musk became the signature scent of a generation. Everything we already love remains the same, but now there’s a new look: sustainable packaging, complimentary scents to […]

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BOOK CLUB, REVIEWS

Book Club: The Sanatorium Review

It’s March, and we’re back for a monthly review for Book Club. This month Faye has been reading The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse The Sanatorium Sarah Pearse I’ve been really getting into gothic thrillers recently but this one is off the scale. It’s surprising it’s a debut. An isolated hotel, high up in the Swiss […]

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HOMEWARE

Tips for decorating your home this Easter

This Spring, H&M Home encourages you to bring new life into your Easter dining areas and get creative whilst decorating your space Now more than ever, we look to make holidays more special and intimate by creating new memories and traditions with loved ones – whether that be crafting Easter bunny table settings using eggs, […]

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LIFESTYLE

What we’re loving this February & March 2021

February seemed to fly by without us even realising. So there’s plenty things we’re loving to share this month… We’re watching: Behind Her Eyes A single mom becomes entangled in a twisted mind game when she begins an affair with her psychiatrist boss while bonding with his mysterious wife. It’s sure to have you hooked […]

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HOMEWARE, NORTH EAST

Traditional: The interior trend Newcastle loves

It’s been revealed that the people of Newcastle just love traditional decor in their home. So here’s some inspo for your Spring transformation LuxDeco, the luxury online interior marketplace, has revealed the most popular interior design styles in the UK over the last 15 years. When it comes to the most searched for design style, […]

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FOOD & COCKTAILS, RECIPES

How to post a homemade cake

With Mother’s Day, birthdays and other special occasions in lockdown, a homemade cake is a thoughtful gift to send to a loved one you can’t see in person – and we’re all baking plenty. But how exactly can you post a homemade cake? Waitrose have all the answers… Waitrose Food Editor Alison Oakervee has some […]

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LIFESTYLE

The millennial therapist Sara Kuburic talks self-love

One in two women worldwide feel more self-doubt than self-love, according to the Global Self Love Index. The Millennial Therapist, Sara Kuburic, shares her tips on sharing the love for yourself What is self-love?Self-love is many things, but it starts with the recognition and appreciation of our inner worth and value. It is giving permission […]

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BEVERAGES

Waitrose celebrates International Women’s Day with new wine case

Waitrose Cellar has introduced a limited edition mixed wine case in celebration of International Women’s Day.  Available online now, the case (£53 for 6 bottles or £106 for 12), contains six wines made by women – including the Waitrose Blueprint Provence Rosé and Yalumba Organic Shiraz from Australia.  Xenia Ruscombe-King MW, Waitrose Cellar buyer said: […]

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FOOD & COCKTAILS, NORTH EAST

Where to get your Cheaster Egg

Egg-cited for Easter? We know we are, and it seems last year’s obsession with Cheaster Eggs (cheesecake inside an Easter Egg) is truly taking over this year. Here’s where to get yours Chocolate Orange Tasty Tarts, Middlesbrough Creme Egg, Biscoff & Milkybar Oak Leaf Cakery, Stockton Cadbury The Cheesecake Kitchen, Wingate Brownie, Caramel Brownie & […]

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RECIPES

Easter sweet treats to make at home

Waitrose has our Easter covered with these sweet recipes to try at home Happy Easter Biscuits Ingredients 175g Stork, diced 50g golden caster sugar 50g icing sugar 1 medium Columbian Blacktail Free Range Egg ½ tsp ground mixed spice 300g plain flour, plus extra for rolling Coloured icing and sprinkles, to decorate Method 1. Preheat […]

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SKINCARE

Review: Faces — Skin Cushion

As a FACES by LaurenAmy client, Faye already knows how your skin can improve with just one treatment there but, as salons remain closed, we try out the all new FACES – skin cushion… *gifted Price: £8.50 for one / £15 for two The FACES – skin cushion is a cleansing cloth. You simply add […]

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BEAUTY

Review: The Body Shop’s Juicy Strawberry Valentine’s Love Heart

It’s Valentine’s Day, and this gorgeous gift set from The Body Shop could be the perfect last minute buy. Here’s what we thought when we tried it *gifted With a refreshing shower gel, body butter and sweetly-scented lip butter, all sealed inside a super-cute, heart-shaped box, this is a seriously sweet gift. They’re even made […]

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FOOD & COCKTAILS, NORTH EAST

Where to get the coolest cake pops

Okay, cake pops are nothing new, but while we’re used to a little ball of cake on the end of a stick, luxurious Magnum-style cake pops are taking over – and we’re in love! Glorious Grey Uzma Jannath, Darlington Monsters Inc. Tandcakess, Durham Pokemon Cake-Ology, Newcastle Pretty in Pink Connie’s Cakes, Hartlepool Blondies Oak Leaf […]

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RECIPES

Easy no-bake chocolate cake recipes to try

Chocolate cakes you don’t have to bake? Yes please… Choc and Cherry Cake with Shortbread and Ginger This no-bake fridge cake from Waitrose, rich in fruit, nuts and orange-scented chocolate is a real teatime treat. Preparation time : 15 minutes& 2 hours setting time Serves: 10 Ingredients Icing sugar, to dust 2 x 100g bars […]

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MAKEUP

Review: Makeup Revolution X Roxi All You Need Brush Set

We’re living for Roxi’s new collab with Makeup Revolution – and she’s finally released brushes (and blending sponges)! Price: £18 The Revolution X Roxi All You Need Brush Collection is made up of five as well as two blending egg-shaped sponges. We love:The sponges are super soft when wet and it’s easy to see when […]

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NORTH EAST

Seven snowy scenes to enjoy from indoors

The snow is falling thick and fast but while many of us are staying inside, and close to home, why not marvel at whiteout wonders from a different angle? In Northumberland with Anne Benson In Jesmond at Cake Stories In South Shields with Patrick Routledge In North Yorkshire with Doug In Rothbury with Marshall Sisterson […]

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NORTH EAST

Where to walk this Valentine’s

Don’t live with your loved one? Meet your Valentine for a local romantic stroll… Viaduct (Durham) Alnmouth Lake District Embleton (to Dunstanburgh Castle) Newcastle’s Quayside Teesmouth Ingleby Greenhow North Shields Egglestone Abbey

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FOOD & COCKTAILS

Review: Dirty Cow Pistachi Yo! Chocolate

As a self-confessed chocoholic, Faye can’t say no to trying a new bar. But does Dirty Cow have what it takes to revert her from her go-to (Milka Oreo)? Price: £3.49 Dirty Cow’s Pistachi Yo! chocolate is a plant-based bar scattered with pistachio nut pieces. We love:How it’s smooth and rich and has a nice […]

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ENTERTAINMENT

Sheffield’s Plot 22 is off the Red List

Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of UK grassroots music venues, has announced that 13 out of the 30 GMVs on their ‘Save Our Venue Red List’ have successfully been removed from immediate threat – including Sheffield’s own Plot 22 Grassroots music venues play a crucial role in the development of British music, nurturing […]

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FASHION

What to expect from H&M this Spring

H&M has announced the launch of its Treasure Forever SS21 collection, created with adventure and self-expression in mind. Here’s what to expect Permeated with the seize-the-day spirit of treasure-seeking explorers, the collection pays homage to fantasies and fairytales – just what we need to escape the craziness going on in the real world right now. […]

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GIFT GUIDES

Alternative Valentine’s gifts made by tattoo artists

While tattoo studios have closed their doors, many of our favourite artists have been getting creative which means there’s plenty of unique and alternative gifts for your loved one this Valentine’s Day. About the Artist: Laura is a colourful artist working at Stockton’s Steel River Tattoos. About the Artist: Shona Lynne is an artist in […]

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FOOD & COCKTAILS, GIFT GUIDES

Valentine’s cakes to give a sweet gift

Make Valentine’s Day a whole lot better with these scrumptuous sweet treats 10 inch Heart Donut Big Fat Donut Co, Newcastle Smash Box Oak Leaf Cakery, Stockton Valentine/Galentine Collection Great British Cupcakery, Newcastle Valentine’s Boxes Sara’s Cakes North East Cupcake Bouquet Tandcakess, Durham The Cute Box Cadence Cakes, Newcastle Loaded Treatbox The Cake Boutique, Darlington […]

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BEVERAGES, NORTH EAST

Review: St Mary’s Gin, Vodka & Rum

After recently speaking to from Martin from Clarence Spirits, we couldn’t wait to try their range. Here’s what we thought *gifted Price: £13.95 each (20cl) St. Mary’s Premium Gin has notes of juniper laced with coriander spice and a zing of fresh grapefruit and cassis. We love:How it smells refreshing and light as soon as […]

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BEAUTY, NORTH EAST

An interview with Witchy Woman Wax

We caught up with the team at Witchy Woman Wax to find out all about their new wax melt venture. You may recognise the delicious donut shack R Place based in Newcastle, and while their donuts are proving as popular as ever, the owners have taken on a new challenge – wax melts. Witchy Woman […]

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GIFT GUIDES, NORTH EAST

Valentine’s gifts for chocoholics

Make hearts melt with these delicious and creative chocolate gifts Chocolate Heart Box The Gift Fairy, Newcastle Valentine’s Boxes Au Dairy, Sunderland Love Potion Chocolate Bar La Chocolatrice, Coxhoe & Newcastle Valentine’s Brownie Connie Sullivan, Hartlepool Valentine’s Boxes Chocolateslabatory, Hartlepool

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BEAUTY, NORTH EAST

Where to get your big brows shaped post-lockdown

Fluffy brows are back in style (and we’re so glad). This is where to book your next brow appointment – when we can. The Lash Lounge, Newcastle We love: Brow Lamination Made. by Mariella, Hartlepool We love: Fluffy Brow Salon G, Newcastle We love: Brow Lamination Stephanie Edwards Salon, Hartlepool We love: Fluffy Brow Laura […]

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BEAUTY

Inkspiration: New tattoos to book for post-lockdown

We’re starting to get the itch for our next tattoo. For when it’s safe to do so, here’s some new designs to book for your text piece of art Floral About the Artist: Hannah has a lovely little studio within Stockton’s Steel River Tattoos. She’s also Faye‘s tattoo artist. Alternative About the Artist: Daisy-lea is […]

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GIFT GUIDES

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Waitrose and John Lewis

Even in lockdown there are plenty of ways to celebrate the most romantic day of the year – and Waitrose have all the ideas we need They say more customers than ever have been seeking for ideas for Valentine’s Day as searches on Waitrose.com are up over 100% when compared to last year, and dinner […]

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MAKEUP

Review: BarryM Matte Me Up Liquid Lip Paint

As a treat for herself (because it’s always important to treat yourself), Faye ordered a new matte lipstick – BarryM’s Matte Me Up Liquid Lip Paint in shade On the Scene (a dark nude). Here’s her review Price: £4.99 This non-drying, ultra-long wearing formula claimed to leave lips with a “gorgeously bold finish.” Faye’s used […]

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BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE

We’re seeking wellness with John Lewis

John Lewis & Partners have seen five times more searches for wellness products on its website this January as we’ve been in another lockdown. It seems customers are embracing selfcare with the help of weighted blankets, SAD lamps and candles, according to the chain. The usual energy we feel in the start of the new […]

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BEVERAGES, NORTH EAST

An interview with Clarence Spirits

We caught up with Martin from Clarence Spirits. Tell us a bit about yourself I’m Martin Summers, born and raised in the North East of England, just outside of Newcastle and one half of the Clarence Spirits Team. My business partner is my wife Julie who is originally from Leicester and raised in Norfolk. When […]

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FASHION, GIFT GUIDES

Valentine’s gifts for jewellery lovers

Treat your loved one (or yourself) to a new accessory this Valentine’s Day from these amazing independents moon & marie Small batch handmade clay jewellery and accessories, based in Newcastle. etsy.com/shop/moonandmarie KiJo Jewellery Handmade statement mixed metal jewellery, based in Hexham. etsy.com/shop/kijojewellery SoulaSoula Handmade costume Jewellery, based in Newcastle. etsy.com/shop/soulasoula Melissa Alice Jewellery Small handmade […]

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