Never mind the odd April shower, summer is just around the corner! 

The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. We can practically smell the BBQs and taste the G&Ts! So celebrate by treating yourself to one of these great new products from our April Hot List…


Your latest homeware obsession…

Move over Tiger and IKEA, there’s a new minimalist chic brand we’re lusting after. Dutch-inspired HEMA items are as affordable as they are stylish. Two of our favourite pieces from the current collection are the printed woollen throw (£15) and small geometric glass vase (£15) below. Browse the items here…

 


The make-up manual you can’t live without….

Benefit’s head make-up artist Lisa Potter-Dixon offers an insight into just how she creates flawless looks, every time. The Make-up Manual teaches you everything you need to know from luscious lips to beautiful brows. Available from Waterstones for £14.99.


The garden accessory that will change your life….

Aldi, we blooming love you. You make all the things in life we love – gin, champagne, chocolate – that bit more affordable. And now they’ve done it with one of the things we never thought we’d own… A hot tub. Ok so it’s the rubber variety and isn’t exactly stylish and subtle – but it will certainly do the job! The inflatable spa is now the cheapest on the market at £299 – with most similar models costing between £320 and £600.

The must-read novel…

Sky Atlantic’s Big Little Lies has become our show of choice for a Sunday afternoon binge-watching session, but have you read the book that inspired the show? A bold claim, but we reckon it’s even more gripping than the series. Buy it here for £3.99. And make sure you read our interview with writer Lianne Moriaty about her next novel here


A trip to the ballet you’ll never forget…

This beautiful dance has come along way since a classical rendition of Swan Lake… Super trendy London venue Bloomsbury Flight Club have teamed up with the London Ballet for an unforgettable experience. We won’t give the game away too much, as we’d rather you see for yourself! Tickets are free for the public performance and anyone can turn up from 1pm from 12th-19th at the new Bloomsbury Flight Club to enjoy ballet, prosseco and a round of darts! 

Watch the behind-the-scenes video here…


The must have minis for your holiday…

Holiday season is just around the corner and Elemis have got everything you need to make taking your cosmetics abroad a breeze – and in style, too! This beauty bag was exclusively designed by British award winning Designer Misha Nonoo and is absolutely FREE when you buy two Elemis products.


The game-changing dessert…

Yo! Sushi are a favourite of ours in terms of sushi snacks, but we never really had them down for winning at sweet treats – until now! Introducing the Ginza Strawberry Cake – fresh cream swirled into a light and fluffy strawberry polka dot sponge. Trust us, you need to try it! Find out where your nearest branch is here….


The ultimate escape… 

Fancy staying in a Scottish castle that’s like something out of a fairytale? Well, you can. And for just £550 per night for 13 guests! See inside here…


Magic make-up brushes…

Primark have done it again with this unicorn inspired make-up brush set… Find out more here


The most handy and helpful razor ever…

Dorco Eve 6 is split into a ‘double 3 blade’ format, so you can contour shave to your body shape. It also includes a moisturising band with Aloe, Vitamin E and Lavender to protect skin. What’s really great about this set is you can purchase it as a monthly subscription delivered right to your door for just £5.45 per month! Handy.


The delicious cocktails inspired by your pantry….

In honour of England’s patron saint, the gents at Portobello Road Gin has concocted the perfect tipples to toast our green and pleasant land on this St George’s Day (Sunday 23rd April).Coco Alexander made with Coco Pops to the Golden Julep, featuring Lyle’s Golden Syrup, each of the cocktails can easily be made at home using ingredients found in a typical English pantry. But, if your cupboards are bare, fear not as the home of Portobello Road Gin –  The Distillery in Notting Hill – will be serving a selected menu* of these English cocktails from 12pm on St George’s Day.

The retro camera we’re all lusting after…

Small enough to pop in your handbag, this gorgeous little camera will give you retro polaroid pictures instant and is perfect for beginners who want to get experimental with film photography. The Instax Mini 70 in Gold has a RRP of £99.99(film is £14.99 for 20x exposures). You can pick one up in Urban Outfitters, Amazon, Boots, John Lewis and Jessops or online at instax.co.uk. 


The comfiest sandals you’ll ever own…

Introducing the world’s first custom-fit sandals digitally mapped by your smartphone! Yes they really are as high tech as they sound, and it’s all to make sure you’ve got the perfect fit. Wiivv create bespoke insoles and sandals that are unique to each foot, as part of a Kickstarter campaign. Get yours for $95 (£76.33) here.


The bottomless-prosecco blowdry… 

This is the stuff Thursday night dreams are made of! Pull up a pew in one of the stunning Duck & Dry London salons and enjoy a luxurious blowdry and unlimited prosecco. Genius! (this decadent experience will set you back just £40)


The eye cream to banish dark circles…

Skinfix is a natural brand with no added chemicals – at all! Its sulphate free, paraben free, silicon free and also comes dermatologist recommended. Their motto is ‘healthy skin is beautiful skin’ – and the products’ results speak for themselves! Brightening eye cream, £19.99.