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Ok, so the weather might be slightly unpredictable at the moment, but summer IS well and truly round the corner. It’s time to stock up on some seasonal essentials to prep yourself, and your cupboards, for some sunny days and balmy evenings.

We’ve got TONS of foodie treats (can you tell we have BBQs on the brain?!), from alcoholic ice lollies to the decadent ice-cream your guests will love. And that’s just desserts! We’ve got problem-solving beauty buys, from the pore-minimising make-up hero, to the brow product that stays put all day in the summer sun! Travel-wise, there’s both UK and some more exotic options. We’ve got itchy feet, and there’s so much to discover…


The make-up must have

Porefessional Pore Minimising Makeup, £26, is Benefit’s latest make-up launch and it’s a nifty little number. With extra special ingredient mushroom extract and its pore-shrinking properties, your skin will look instantly flawless. The formula also banishes shine to reveal a matt, yet dewy, complexion. A great all rounder.


The prettiest way to drink your morning cuppa…

Rainbow ‘lattes’ made with super foods are the latest coffee trend. They’re naturally caffeine free, and pretty easy on the eye too! These lattes use ingredients like ground turmeric, dehydrated beetroot, charcoal, and blue-green algae, offering some delicious new flavour. They’re all the rage across the pond right now, so watch out for the trend in a coffee shop near you soon… (picture credit: The End, Brooklyn)


The G&T ice lollies that will transform your summer… 

Everyone has been going crazy for these tasty G&T lollies – and at £2.99 a pack you can afford to stock up! Their more expensive sister lollies over at Fortnum & Mason cost a heft £50 for 10, but you can pick up these refreshing treats at your local supermarket. Find out where here


The summer dress of dreams…

We’ve fallen hard for this stripy maxi Matalan number, £20.


The posh pudding….

It’s a busy month for the Royals! Little Charlotte has just celebrated her 2nd birthday, while auntie Pippa is preparing for the wedding of the year on 20th May. Throw your own royal themed afternoon and indulge in some super easy Queen Elizabeth sponge cakes (similar to a Victoria Sponge, with a marmalade twist!) Get the recipe here


The prettiest smartphone we ever did see…

This is probably the bets looking smartphone, ever! As well as being made out of super sleek, light-reflecting glass, it takes flawless photographs with a 16MP camera (which can also be front facing, for a cheeky selfie!) HTC U Play in Ice White, Brilliant Black and Sapphire Blue, available for £399.


Naked Pressed Juice 600ml, £3.00 (available in Sainsbury’s)

Naked Pressed Juice 600ml (Bright Greens, Lively Carrot, Bold Beet), £3.00 (Sainsbury’s)

To achieve a fresh taste that’s bursting with flavour, Naked Juices select and press only the best produce, cold blend the juice, add chilled pressure and keep ’em cold. The result? This lively blend of fruit and vegetable juices with turmeric and vanilla bean. As delicious as it is good for you – yum!


The milk & cookies pop-up… 

Is there anything in this life more comforting? Two very clever foodies, Kristelle and Chelsie, decided to create the ultimate whimsical dessert pairing, and their business has gone from strength to strength. Their latest endeavour is a pop up in Selfridges where you can pick up a tasty treat while you shop.


The eyebrow fix that stays put – ALL day! 

It’s not a new name on the market, but when you’re looking for a brow product that transforms your arches and will stay put all day, you’d be hard pushed to find any more effective than the original Wunderbrow. £19.95, Wunder2.co.uk


The tree-top spa break that will make you feel at one with nature…

And we’re not being dramatic. There’s a sauna, in a treehouse. A hot tub, in the forrest. Center Parcs’ Sherwood Forest’s make-over of their Aqua Sana spa is the stuff of spa dreams. Get booking here!


The must-have for your man…

It can be tricky to get your other half to commit to to grooming regime, but this range of multi-tasking and super effective products should make it that little bit easier! The Great British Grooming Company is super affordable too. We love this cleansing and exfoliating facial wash with black mint, £5.99. Available mid May from Waitrose


The healthy fats peanut butter…

Made using only hi-oleic peanuts, found in just a handful of countries across the world including Argentina and Australia, these specific nuts contain around 30% more monounsaturated fats than standard peanuts, meaning it’s better for you! Yay!


The alcoholic ice-cream…. 

QUESTION: What’s better than an Espresso Martini after a long, hard day? Nothing? We’ll you’re wrong, my friend. ANSWER: Espresso Martini ice cream! And boozy ice cream specialists Cheers haven’t stopped there. There’s Mojito, Strawberry Daiquiri… The list goes on. Find out more here…


The magical evening out… 

If you find yourself in London Town, be sure to check out the summer spectacle that is Neverland – a decadent food and drinks paradise overlooking the Thames. Dine on long feasting tables under a canopy of flowers, or relax with a cocktail under the stars in your own private beach hut. Oh, and it’s BYOB too! Find out more here.

 

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