This is the paw-fect way to spoil your loved ones this Christmas

This is the paw-fect way to spoil your loved ones this Christmas

In Partnership with Petplan


They make us laugh, they make us cry and they bring endless amount of joy into our lives. We all love our pets, they’re part of our family after all, and are always after the perfect excuse to spoil them rotten.

Yes, we’re here to talk about gifting but first things first: if you really want to do the best for you pet, you need to make sure you (and they) are covered for every eventuality with Petplan pet insurance.

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We asked five Marie Claire staffers to share what they will be getting for their pets this Christmas.

Meet Marty the cat.

Penny Goldstone, Fashion Editor

Name: Marty
Age: 7
Breed: Cat, Domestic ginger short hair
Likes: Loves snoozing.
Having his hair brushed.

What will Marty be opening on Christmas morning?

‘Marty loves to sleep, pretty much all day. Unfortunately he loves to do this on my favourite pink velvet armchair from Made, and he’s not always considerate enough to wipe his paws before jumping on it. So this Christmas I want to buy him a miniature version of it, as Made have just released an adorable (and stylish) pet range. Fingers crossed he goes for it!’

Meet Joey the dog.

Holly Rains, Editor

Name: Joey
Age: Prefer not to disclose
Breed: Cypriot mystery mongrel (German shepherd x labrador x poodle x shih tzu)
Likes: Cathedral City, Masterchef: The Professionals, the café at Kenwood House, raw meat
Dislikes: Brexit

What will Joey be opening on Christmas morning?

Unlike Jenny from the Block, Joey is keen to distance himself from his humble street life beginnings. His taste for luxury is in his DNA, which is why he’s keen to be gifted The Casper Dog Bed this Christmas. It’s comfy yet tough to chew through, has a removable machine washable cover and is made from pressure-relieving memory foam so Joey can forget about the long nights spent partying on the streets of Ayia Napa and instead, have a stress-free 10-hour sleep night after night.

Meet Finneas the dog.

Sunil Makan, Associate Editor

Name: Finneas (Finn or Finny, or Doh-Finny)
Age: 11 months
Breed: Hungarian Vizsla
Likes: Ear rubs, socks and Black bomber cheddar – well, anything edible or not (for that matter). When called ‘good boy’ is always down to party.
Dislikes: The cold, being bathed and having the aforementioned socks taken away from him.

What will Finneas be opening on Christmas morning?

‘Whilst Finn may not technically my dog, he is my nephew that I adore. And, in typical ‘that’s not my child’ scenario, don’t need to do the discipline thing that his mama and papa do – we just have all the fun. Now, what do you get the dog that has everything? That’s my challenge here. Thankfully, I spotted the new Kiehl’s Cuddly Coat dog range which is comprised on a shampoo, detangling Grooming Rise and a Cleansing Spritz. Not only is the range gentle enough for his skin but it’ll leave him smelling like, quite frankly, the best boy in town.’

Meet Coco the dog.

Lucy Abbersteen, Beauty Writer

Name: Coco
Age: 6 months
Breed: 2nd Generation Cockapoo
Likes: Chewing, offering you her paw and being sassy.
Dislikes: Not being allowed to chew, not being allowed to jump on all the furniture. Essentially, not being allowed to do whatever she wants.

What will Coco be opening on Christmas morning?

Coco, 6 months, 2nd gen Cockapoo. Enjoys chewing, offering you her paw and being sassy.

‘While I love nothing more than a dog Christmas jumper, dressing Coco in anything other than a collar usually results in her sulking. However, she is a pupperoo who loves being groomed, so I’ll be getting her this very boujie Aesop Animal Wash as well as a bumper supply of denta sticks. I can’t dress her up as a reindeer, but at least she’ll smell great.’

Meet Peaches the dog.

Jenny Proudfoot, Digital Features Editor

Name: Peaches
Age: 6
Breed: Springer Spaniel
Likes: Cats and Tennis balls.
Dislikes: The hoover and grapes.

What will Peaches be opening on Christmas morning?

Peaches loves cats more than anyone I know loves anything. She is FASCINATED by them and will often run away from home to stare at our neighbours’ Siamese cats through their garden window. In order to keep her in our house and our neighbours on good terms therefore, I’m opting to get Peaches this cuddly Jellycat kitten toy so she can stare at it for hours on end within the confines of our home.’



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It's party season and i've found the perfect party dress solution

It's party season and i've found the perfect party dress solution

perfect party dress solution debenhams

With party season around the corner, it’s time to find the perfect dress that not only ramps up the glitz and glam stakes but makes you feel good too. From your office holiday party to your Christmas day occasions, Debenhams has your look sorted. The top one stop shop, Debenhams offers sizing up to twenty-six. With their innovative collection and elegant collaborations with the likes of Julien Macdonald and Jenny Peckham you won’t be disappointed. So switch up your little black dress and give festive a whole new name this season.

No. 1 Jenny Packham, Light Gold ‘Ultimate Sparkle’ Wrap Midi Dress

Going to a casual gathering? We’re in love with the No.1 Jenny Peckham ultimate sparkle fluted sleeve wrap dress. The light gold shimmer brings an understated sophistication while the wrap front is figure flattering for all sizes. Dial up the glamour with a pair of suede black booties.

Shop Now: No. 1 Jenny Packham, Light Gold ‘Ultimate Sparkle’ Wrap Midi Dress, £79

Star by Julien Macdonald, Gold Sparkle Knee Length Wrap Dress

If you’re looking to be your own golden goddess this season, then we’ve got the dress for you. Pop on the wrap front 80’s inspired sequined dress for a show-stopping red carpet. Don’t wait to find the perfect party to wear this golden piece, step out of your comfort zone and shine down the street wherever you go.

Shop Now: Star by Julien Macdonald, Gold Sparkle Knee Length Wrap Dress, £65

Red Herring, Green Ruched Sequin Mini Wrap Dress

Celebrating the holidays dancing under the stars? Allow yourself to get creative and wear something that is uniquely you like this emerald green ruched sequin mini. Continue the dazzle with the black diamante clutch and silver dusted sparkle heel. To complete the look be daring with your makeup choice by opting for a silver winged liner. Slip into your favourite sparkle and give yourself a reason to shimmy the night away.

Shop Now: Red Herring, Green Ruched Sequin Mini Wrap Dress, £35

The holidays are a time to celebrate, drink your finest mulled wine and look fabulous doing so. Head over to your nearest Debenhams store today and stock up on the holiday look of your dreams.

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The best winter warmers to ensure your little ones are as snug as they are stylish this season

The best winter warmers to ensure your little ones are as snug as they are stylish this season

From on-trend puffers to luxurious knits, here are the key pieces to invest in for your little ones this season…

How to look stylish in the depths of winter is an age-old dilemma. Even harder when you’re trying to update your own wardrobe as well as that of your offspring.

Luckily, BOSS knows a thing or two about winter wardrobe staples. The German designer powerhouse ticks every single box when it comes to sophisticated and reliable kids winter warmers, with a collection packed full of styles to keep your mini-me sartorially sharp – and snug – throughout the colder months, leaving you to focus on your own wardrobe refresh.

Shop the BOSS Kidswear Boy, Girl, and Newborn collections…

BOSS Kids Water resistant Down jacket £219, BOSS Kids Stretch Cotton Skinny Jeans £80, BOSS Kids Dual Material Low top trainers £110

Must have winter warmers from BOSS Boy

For Autumn Winter 2019, BOSS Kids taps into the unwavering athleisure trend, with innovative fabrics, style and comfort at the forefront of the collection.

Along with everyday basics, the boys collection has plenty of statement, and futuristic outerwear to ensure months of sub zero temperatures and darkness are anything but dull. Think oversized and embossed branding, reflective detailing and technical fabrics.

Coats and jackets also come with rubber details, zipped pockets and water repellent technology, all topped off with polar fleece linings to elevate them to must-have status.

BOSS Kids 2-in-1 Dress In Light Milano £109, BOSS Kids Leather Low Top Trainers £109

Innovative autumn styles at BOSS Girl

This season, the BOSS Girl collection introduces a distinctive mix of sports-luxe-meets-femininity into its covetable designs. From an unexpected but achingly cool pink and navy palette which promises to refresh even the darkest of winter wardrobes, to ultra soft and tactile fabrics, AW19’s cosy wind breakers and down jackets hit all the right notes.

And when not wrapping up, indulge your mini-me’s desire to dress like a grown-up in the innovative yet cosy hybrid dress, a 2-in-1 minimalist style with a contemporary cut that looks like it’s been plucked straight from the Milan catwalk.

BOSS Kids Tricot jumper with print logo £79

Stylish and cosy jumpers for BOSS New Born

As well as collections for kids and teenagers, BOSS Kids ensures newborns are suitably dressed (and snug) this winter. Think jersey bootees, fleece-lined sweaters and velour jogging sets all in the softest of cotton to ensure your little ones are cocooned in style.

Snuggling up in BOSS Kids might just be the best silver lining there is to the end of summer.


Words by Alice Watt

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Discover your dreams at The Body Shop Dream Big event.

Discover your dreams at The Body Shop Dream Big event.

Whatever your dream, The Body Shop Dream Big weekend where dreams are encouraged and shared is free to visit* and all you need to help set you on your path.

There’s never a better time to create the space for imagining new futures and setting goals – whatever shape or size they might be – than ‘now’. Finding the time and mental space to allow you to do that? That’s a whole different proposition again.

As luck would have it, The Body Shop Dream Big weekend at London’s Truman’s Brewery on 2–3 November has been developed to help all you would-be dreamers out there to do just that.

Whatever your personal dreams are made of – from following a new career path to discovering how to build more sustainable choices into your lifestyle, or simply making time for yourself – this is your opportunity to discover and explore them in a relaxing, inspirational dreamscape.

Interactive experiences – from complimentary express beauty treatments to sensory spaces rich in scents and flavours – will inspire as well as delight. Dreaming of a stress-free Christmas? Take advantage of exclusive offers at The Body Shop’s Christmas Emporium and get ready to banish last-minute gift-buying for good. You can toast your success at the coffee cart – the first drink is free* for eco-friendly dreamers who supply their own reusable cup.

It doesn’t stop there, as the programme of ticketed talks and workshops* – from the world-class panel of industry experts (aka the Dream Team) at Skincare Unbound to festive craft workshops and restorative yoga classes to help you achieve inner calm – reveals. There’s even a clothes swap-style ‘swishing party’ that will let you update your festive wardrobe in ultimate eco-friendly style.

Sunday’s Dream Big and Make it Happen workshop is designed to encourage and inspire you on your journey. Led by a group of incredible women from fields ranging from fashion to activism, culture to sport, they’re sure to motivate and inspire, whatever your dream might be. Because remember, there’s no time like ‘now’.

What are you waiting for? Sign up here and get ready to Dream Big.

*Free entry excludes ticketed workshops and talks; one free drink per person only on presentation of an eco-cup at the coffee cart; £10 of each ticket is redeemable against The Body Shop products at the event’s Christmas Emporium. For full Terms and Conditions click here.


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I'm a seasoned festival-goer and this is my essential beauty packing list

I'm a seasoned festival-goer and this is my essential beauty packing list

In Partnership with Boots

The festival season has officially hit. Glastonbury kicked us off a couple of weeks ago. Portaloos, outrageous outfits (festival fashion is definitely its own genre) and warm cider – this, to me, is the real start to the British summer.

In order to truly nail a festival, your beauty bags needs to been on point. It has taken me some time to perfect, but I now think that I have created the ultimate beauty packing list. It’s all down to the essentials that you can’t live without and the ones that, despite your initial thoughts, should be left at home. You need hard working space-saving, multi-use products; make-up that makes you stand out and skincare that saves your skin from total disarray.

Here’s my roundup of ‘what to pack’ for a festival…

Biodegradable face wipes

I don’t think I could make it through a festival without these beauties. As my usual double cleanse is off the cards, I turn to these at the end of the day so that I’m not sleeping in my make-up. The key here though, is to make sure that they’re completely biodegradable. Simple’s wipes are brilliant at ridding my skin of every last scrap of make-up, even the best waterproof mascara, and I can rest easy knowing that I am not adding to landfill, because they break down in just 42 days. That’s better than grapefruit, melon and onion peels.

Simple Kind To Skin Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes, £4.39 Boots

simple biodegradable wipes

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I cannot tell you how many times friends have forgotten a mirror and ended up using mine. How on earth do you expect to do your make-up in the evenings and assess the damage in the morning? Don’t rely on the tiny one in your eyeshadow palette, opt for stand alone one. A total essential.

Folding Travel Mirror, £6 Boots

festival beauty mirror

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Under-eye patches

Probably not one you will have thought of, but trust me when I say these will provide sweet relief in the mornings. Festivals rarely provide a good night’s sleep – noisy neighbours, boiling hot tents, staying up to watch the sunrise or maybe just skipping sleep completely to keep the party going… Cooling and hydrating under-eye patches are heaven sent for puffy, dark-circled eyes.

Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack Under-Eye Brightening Hydrogel Patches, £3.50 Boots

undereye patches

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CC cream

I really don’t like wearing too much complexion make-up when I’m at festivals. Firstly, I like to let my skin breathe as much as possible, but also because I’m not able to thoroughly cleanse my skin every night I hate the idea of adding to that. HOWEVER, I am no fool. I know that after a couple of days in a field, when more often than not my morning cuppa has been a cider and I’ve failed to get to bed before 3am the whole time, my skin is going to look slightly worse for ware. Enter IT Cosmetics illuminating cc cream. Nothing camouflages redness and blemishes better in this time of need. It’s full coverage, so at a festival I’ll only use a small amount and apply it those bits that need a bit of TLC.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Illumination SPF50+, £31 Boots

it cosmetics cc cream

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Colourful eyeliner

You can guarantee that everyone you see will be covered in glitter (it’s synonymous with festivals after all), but I think it’s better to stand out from the crowd. Not only because it’s more imaginative, but because it’s much kinder to the planet. So I like to apply a bright eyeliner to my eyelid and Fenty Beauty’s new liquid eyeliners are exactly the right amount of neon.

Fenty Beauty Baecae Vivid Liquid Eyeliner Trio, £27 Boots

Fenty neon eyeliners

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Lip & cheek duo

When I’m looking peaky and pale, I always have a rosy blusher with me to fake a natural flush and make myself look a little more human and less walking dead. Ideally, it would be one that I could use on my lips too so that I don’t have to carry an extra product with me. Smashbox’s Beverly Hill Blush is the ideal shade to bring me back to life.

Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Colour, £26 Boots

smashbox lip and cheek

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Hyaluronic acid serum

Booze doesn’t just dehydrate your insides, it does the same to skin too. As soon as I wake up, I can feel how parched my skin is, which is why hyaluronic acid is key. Ever since I discovered L’Oreal Paris’ replumping ampoules I’ve been obsessed, because they’re perfect for travel. You only have to pack the number of ampoules for the number of days.

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler Replumping Ampoules £19.99 Boots

loreal hyaluronic acid ampoules

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This might sound obvious, but by god do not forget this. Your skin will thank you. I like to take Embryolisse with me – it’s a cult beauty product, because it isn’t too heavy, rids the skin of dry, flaky patches and sinks in quickly. It’s loved by make-up artists for weddings and backstage. Plus it can be used on the face and body, so another multi-use product.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré Nourishing Moisturiser, £20 Boots


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Dry Shampoo

I don’t need to remind you of this do I?! Leave your shampoo and conditioner at home, embrace the dirt and give your hair a break. This Colab one has UV protection and doesn’t leave a white residue – ideal.

Colab Dry Shampoo Active, £2.33 Boots

colab dry shampoo

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Specifically, rehydration salts. When you’re hungover, you’ve got to replace the salts you lost the night before getting tiddly. First thing in the morning is great, just before you go to bed is even better. If you manage to do on the night, you’ll be my hero.

Rehydration Treatment, £2.39 for 6 sachets Boots

festival rehydration salts

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Pack this along with gallons of positive thoughts. Annoyingly, the British weather isn’t exactly reliable. I have been to so many festivals where it rain from the moment I enter through the gates, to the moment I pass through them again when I leave. But sometimes, sometimes, the weather holds out for us and is gloriously sunny. POTENTIALLY ADD SOMETHING HERE ABOUT GLASTONBURY AS ITS MEANT TO BE SUNNY. On these rare occasions, you need your suncream. But I wouldn’t bother packing a big bottle – we must remain realistic – so this pocket sized Nivea SPF30 is perfect.

Nivea Sun Suncream Pocket Size Lotion SPF30, £3 Boots

nivea suncream pocket size

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Hand sanitizer

If you haven’t packed this, you should probably just go straight home. You musn’t, under any circumstances, forget this. I cannot express this strongly enough. Keep it on you at all times. If you haven’t been to a festival before, then nothing can quite prepare you for the loo situation, but at least with this to hand you will feel some what in control. Sort of.

Carex Moisture Plus Hand Gel, £1 Boots

festival antibacterial hand gel

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And that is how you pack for a festival.

Mic drop.

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3 people with 3 different skin concerns try this revolutionary skincare gadget

3 people with 3 different skin concerns try this revolutionary skincare gadget

In partnership with FOREO


Want to take the fuss out of washing your face? Intrigued by cleansing brushes and how they work? Listen up.

Fact: sonic cleansing is proven to be superior to washing your face with just water and your hands.

The innovative new LUNA 3 facial cleansing brush by Swedish beauty and wellness brand, Foreo, works with an app on your phone via Bluetooth, so that you can personalise your cleansing routine to your skin’s individual needs. With just the touch of your phone, you can change the cleanse and intensity settings to suit your skin.

The LUNA 3′s massage features preserve skin elasticity, improve skin firmness and reduce appearance of wrinkles. It has 30% longer touchpoints for a deeper cleanse than the LUNA 2, and is gentle on the skin with 25% softer bristles. Meanwhile the larger brush head to allows for quicker cleansing, saving valuable time in your morning and evening routines

Sounds good? Here’s how three Marie Claire staffers got on with their revolutionary new cleansing routine…

Using the FOREO LUNA 3

‘I’m quite old fashioned when it comes to cleansing my skin, I like my two-step double-cleanse and my muslin. However, I have always been intrigued by FOREO’s cleansing devices, as I know so many people who swear by them, so was more than happy to give one a bash in the name of research. Much like the older models, the LUNA 3 has a different device for each skin type – sensitive, combination and normal.  As someone with dry skin, I felt a little left out, but I opted for the normal skin one. I thought the tricky part was over, I was wrong…

‘I thought I could simply turn my device on and get cleansing, however you actually have to sync it to your phone first. You do that by scanning the QR code on the bottom of your LUNA’s box, which takes you to the FOREO website and then you have to download an app. Not exactly plain sailing.

‘Once you’ve downloaded the app and registered yourself and your device, you can start your cleansing routine. I removed my make-up first with a micellar water, then worked one of my trusty hydrating cleansers into my skin, then started with my LUNA 3. I noticed instantly how much the pulsations got my blood flowing, which is always a good thing. I decided to concentrate on my chin and nose, where I have quite a few blocked pores, as I felt that the silicone brushes would do wonders at exfoliating the area and dislodging any grime. After the 60 seconds were up, I rinsed my face and was amazed by how perky my skin looked. It felt super soft to the touch and really clean. I would definitely use the LUNA 3 again, maybe once or twice a week for a super deep clean during the second part of my double cleanse.

‘There are also four facial massage settings that work to lift and tighten specific areas, like your neck. These are all controlled from the app, so make sure your phone is fully charged.’ – Katie Thomas, Digital Beauty Editor

Is the FOREO Luna 3 good for the gym?


‘I go to the gym every day during my one-hour lunch break, so I’ve got my routine down a T. A 35-minute class, quick shower then back to work. That sadly meant that I was neglecting my skin, as I didn’t have the time to do a proper hot cloth cleanse like I’d normally do at home. And we all know how bad sweat mixed with make-up can be. It clogs the pores, which causes inflammation and irritation.

‘Enter the Foreo LUNA 3. It’s small and flat enough to fit in snugly in my minimal gym bag, and waterproof so I can use it in the shower post workout, thus not losing any time. You can change the pulse settings to suit your skin, and all you need to do is dampen your face, add your favourite cleanser to it and go. You divide your face into four sections and the device vibrates when you need to move to the next one – in less than a minute, you’re done. I’ve only been using it a week, but I can already tell the difference. My skin is less congested and feels softer. I’ve found my new post-workout staple.’ – Penny Goldstone, Digital Fashion Editor

Can I use the FOREO Luna 3 on sensitive skin?

‘I’m usually a pretty traditional, hand hot flannel and balm cleanser kind of girl. My skin is usually a bit on the oily side, but recently I’ve had a flare up of eczema on my face, leaving the skin touch and product-sensitive. I opted to stick to my super gentle cream cleanser and set the intensity to pretty low (3-4) to start with, so as not to irritate the sore skin any further. When the eczema was still quite raw I avoided the most sensitive patches, before using it all over later in the week.

‘The app guides you through the 60-second cleanse in real time, ensuring you use your cleansing brush for the right amount of time and properly clean your face – one minute is all it needs to wash dirt, grime and germs. It does the job (and does it well), leaving your skin feeling soft and clean, but not stripped of all life, and you’ll have a real glow afterwards.

‘One thing I would say is that you can only control the device from the app on your phone, so have a towel nearby for when you’ve dampened your face and applied your cleanser so that you can hit ‘start’ button ASAP. That said, you’ll get the hang of the routine in no time at all, though, and you won’t dread washing your face before bed.’ – Lucy Abbersteen, Digital Beauty Writer

How to use the new FOREO LUNA 3 cleansing brush

1. Connect your LUNA 3 to the FOREO app via Bluetooth (to unlock before using it for the first time).

2. Dampen your face, apply your favorite cleanser to your LUNA 3 and hit the start button twice.

3. Glide LUNA 3’s touchpoints in circular motions over your face until the built-in timer shuts it off.

4. Rinse LUNA 3, pat-dry your face and continue with your skincare routine.

FOREO Luna 3 is available at Feelunique, Lookfantastic, Fabled and Boots now, RRP £169

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For the ultimate wedding getaway, soak up the sun in Tobago

For the ultimate wedding getaway, soak up the sun in Tobago

Head to the unspoilt paradise island that will soothe your soul


Why go?

If you’re looking for an unspoilt and untouched slice of paradise, it’s time to discover the idyllic Caribbean island of Tobago.

Think secluded white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, stunning sunsets and a welcome warm tropical breeze – and you’re only halfway there. The unparalleled scenery makes that dream barefoot wedding a magical reality, and with endless on-island services offering wedding planning packages, your big day will be utterly unforgettable.


But there’s so much more to the island than striking Instagrammable scenery. When you’re not soaking up the sun, whet your adventure-loving appetite with 101 unforgettable activities and authentic experiences that take you beyond ordinary. From diving and paddle-boarding to exciting eco nature reserves, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding how to spend your lazy – or not so lazy – days.

It’s a wedding wonderland


Forget the stress of wedding planning and take advantage of the on-island services that will help you put together the day of your dreams. Leave the heels at home and let the blue waters lap at your feet as you say your vows enveloped by the warm sea breeze with the sand between your toes.

Plan your dream trip to Tobago with British Airways

Beautiful beaches

Let the distant sound of music wash over you as you laze on a beautiful unspoilt beach, soaking up the romantic atmosphere that you can only get in the Caribbean. The azure waters are there for your taking to enjoy everything from diving to paddle-boarding and boat trips. Looking for the most secluded spots? Head to these breath-taking locations…

Englishman’s Bay


Parlatuvier Bay


Pirates Bay


Little/Big Bay Castara


Mt Irvine Bay


Culture and kindness

Immerse yourself in Tobago’s vibrant culture and learn about the island’s fascinating history in between beach trips. Rustic charm is what makes Tobago stand out from other popular Caribbean islands, and you’ll fall in love with the people – incredibly friendly with family at the heart of everything they do, the locals will make you feel right at home.

Visit the historical colonial forts, attend the famous Buccoo Goat and Crab Races and head to the Tobago Heritage Festival. Also give ‘liming’ a go – a social gathering in the back yard or down by the beach where you can eat, drink and chat about everything from current affairs and politics to sport in a relaxed environment.

Don’t forget to try the local delicacies – crab and dumplings are non-negotiable.

Eco adventures and nature

Tobago’s lush and protected rainforest is where you’ll find the striking natural wildlife. Head to Adventure Eco Farm and Corbin’s Local Wild Life for the chance to see some of Tobago’s native wild animals, from manicous to spectacled caimans. Then make your way to the Main Ridge Forest Reserve for a unique look at the island’s lush greenery.

Diving is also available across the island, so grab a snorkel and enjoy a swim with the turtles.


Find out how British Airways can help to plan your perfect trip to Tobago

Don’t miss

Fort King George


Take a trip to Scarborough on the south west coast of the island and visit the elevated fort, built in 1781, which features batteries, cannons and a museum.

Flagstaff Hill


On the northern tip of Tobago, Flagstaff Hill is one of the island’s highest vantage points with epic views of the ocean.

Fort Bennett


Head north west to Black Rock and discover the fort which overlooks Grafton Beach, and make your way up the short and winding path for an unforgettable panoramic view of the bay.

Argyle Waterfalls


From the small town of Roxborough, take a 15 minute stroll into the rainforest to the three-tiered waterfalls complete with three pools to take a refreshing dip in.

Pigeon Point Pavillion & Jetty


Turquoise water, silky soft sand and lilac sunsets like no other – no wonder this is one of the island’s most popular wedding hotspots.

Mt. Irvine Golf Course

Treat yourself to a game of golf once you’re done relaxing at the Mt. Irvine Bay Resort.

Where to stay

Castara Retreats

Heading to Tobago to tie the knot? Castara Retreats is the perfect place to say ‘I do’. These Caribbean eco lodges overlook sparkling waters and golden sand, and with a range of wedding packages on offer all that’s left for you to do is enjoy your barefoot beach wedding.

Plantation Villas

An ‘oasis of serenity’, these secluded beachfront villas are ideally located for those who crave tranquillity. Surrounded by lush tropical forests while simultaneously offering unreal ocean views, it encompasses Tobago’s irresistible charm.

Coco Reef

The perfect spot for honeymooners, Coco Reef is located amongst ten acres of tropical gardens and is nestled between Store Bay and Pigeon Point. With its own spa, gorgeous sea views and a private white sand beach, it’s the perfect place to kick back with your other half.

Stone Haven Villas

The ultimate in luxury, each villa boasts a private infinity pool and terrace – so there’s no reason not to enjoy a delicious breakfast poolside. Complete with a tennis court, gym and bars and restaurants, you’ll be absolutely spoilt.

For more information about your trip to the ultimate Caribbean island getaway, visit

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Allow us to introduce the sunglasses and sneakers we’re coveting this season

Allow us to introduce the sunglasses and sneakers we’re coveting this season

*Adds to basket

When it comes to chic tailoring with luxe sport refinement and clothes that women ACTUALLY want to wear Sportmax have been nailing it season after season. Which is why, when we heard that for pre fall 2019 they were adding eyewear and sneakers into the mix, we knew it would be love at first sight.

A fine example of Italian craftsmanship and expertise, graphic elements are fused with exquisite and contemporary detailing. And with contrasting materials, colours and silhouette, these are the perfect go-to accessories from any discerning stylish woman. Full of energy, dynamism and movement, the addition of sneakers and eyewear sees the heritage of Sportmax being re-interpreted in a futuristic way.

Injecting personality into your style has never been easier, thanks to the Eyewear Collection. From wire frames to flat metallic numbers, there really is something for everyone.

We’re championing the strikingly beautiful red full glass frame and modern clear acetate pair which are confidently chic in their simplicity. And, for those that prefer to play things slightly safer, you’ll be pleased to know that they also come in black, but with a contemporary silhouette this is a pair of sunglasses that still manages to offer that certain je ne sais quoi.

The sock shoe trend isn’t going away anytime soon, they just seem to be getting better and better in our humble opinion, so a collection with varying colour ways is just what we have been looking for. We’re particularly enamoured by these beauties with their considered design elements like overlapping layers and stand out 3D concentric circles on the sole, which really sets them apart from the pack. The sneakers drop in July and will be available at all Sportmax shopping destinations.

Toughen up a floaty feminine dress or team with leather shorts and a ribbed jersey top to really elevate your look. Quite frankly, this is the perfect way to step in the sneaker trend.

So what are you waiting for? Get into it.

Photographer: Stephanie Sian Smith
Creative Direction: Sunil Makan
Fashion Editor: Grace Wright
Model: Nubia Santos @ Milk Model Management
Hair and Make up: Lucy Freeman
Manicurist: Nickie Rhodes-HIll
Fashion Assistant: Cristiana Frunza

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This gym bag essential has transformed my post-workout beauty routine

This gym bag essential has transformed my post-workout beauty routine

Luna mini 2
LUNA mini 2 cleansing brushes provide one of the easiest and most effective post workout facials.
Post workout skincare routine with LUNA mini 2

FOREO LUNA mini 2 is a silicone cleansing brush offering a deep cleanse in just 1 minute!

I’ve only recently got into fitness (I didn’t even own a pair of non-fashion trainers until this year), but making a change in 2019, I decided to make exercise a regular part of my routine, signing up for everything from barre to spinning. I even gave reformer pilates a go – never again!

But being an exercise novice, it’s hardly surprising that I didn’t have a post-gym skincare routine – I didn’t even know I needed one.

Regular exercise is proven to delay dermal ageing and increase the radiance by ensuring a good blood supply (carrying antioxidants and oxygen) to the skin is maintained, blocking the process of oxidation. As explained by Dr Anita Sturnham, internationally renowned doctor and dermatologist, ‘By the time that we hit our 40s we typically see up to a 50 per cent reduction in blood flow to the deeper dermal layers of our skin, which means that nutrient supply to the skin is reduced. As a result, we need to start thinking about our long-term skin health in our 20s and 30s, as we know that prevention is better than cure. Multiple studies have confirmed that regular exercise can boost new blood vessel formation in the skin, which means that we can take measures to ensure that the blood flow and nutrient delivery to our skin remains efficient, potentially delaying cellular ageing.

‘This also means that antioxidants (that work by neutralising free radicals and therefore preventing cell damage) and oxygen can be delivered to the skin readily, helping to block the process of oxidation, which is the main trigger for cell damage and collagen breakdown.’

Taking inspiration from all my thorough researching, and after speaking to friends, I discovered that a sonic facial cleansing brush was essential, as it provided one of the easiest and effective ways for post workout cleansing.

Having heard good reviews, I opted for the leading LUNA mini 2 by Swedish wellness and beauty tech brand, FOREO– a travel sized brush that fits easily in my gym bag.

Spoiler alert – It did not disappoint.

LUNA mini 2 with it’s silicone bristles is an effective and non abrasive sonic cleansing brush

A one minute facial to deeply remove dirt, grime, sweat induced bacteria, which is important after a workout, with LUNA mini 2

FOREO LUNA mini 2 is a silicone cleansing brush offering a deep cleanse in just 1 minute!If you’re new to the high tech cleansing brush concept, the revolutionary silicone beauty gadget creates sonic pulsations, and when massaged against your face in circular motions, gives a deep and thorough cleanse – the perfect (and invigorating) one-minute facial for post-gym sweat.

Leaving sweat to settle on your face for a prolonged period of time is detrimental, our Marie Claire beauty editor informed me, with the build up of dirt and toxins from pores causing breakouts and irritations. Apparently, scrubbing and washing with our hands alone is not as effective, in reaching the deep crevices of our pores. Scary eh’!

Quoting Dr Anita Sturnham: ‘Exercise has a number of health benefits however, workout can also cause havoc with our skin, particularly if you exercise with make- up on. Make up forms a clogging film over the skin, which can cause inflammation and irritation in your pores. If you are choosing to tailor your workout to also benefit your skin, then it’s important to remember that caring for it topically is of paramount importance. However, you exercise, sweating is inevitable, and while this is an important bodily function for removing toxins and impurities, leaving it on the skin can also result in clogged pores and dehydration. If you’re not removing the sweat from skin , then all the hard work you have done in your skin boosting exercise regime becomes redundant.’

She also informed me that skin is most receptive to sonic cleansing and the additional benefits it brings post-workout, with the FOREO LUNA mini 2 promising to reach deep into pores and wash away 99.5% of dirt, oil and dead skin cells. Move aside washcloth, I was sold.

I didn’t know what to expect but anything would be better than my sweaty gym-face & the knowledge of what happens if I leave sweat on my skin for too long, was a nightmare coming true, with the possibility of acne, increased photosensitivity and more.

Hence, after trying it out every day this month, I couldn’t believe the results.

How to use the LUNA mini 2 cleansing brush?

The device is simple to use, and involves exactly a minute, and 4 steps:

Step 1: Wet your face, and the device
Step 2: Turn the device on, adjust the pulsations by pressing the (+)/(-) sign to suit your preference and add your favourite facial cleanser to it
Step 3: Divide your face into four zones, and gently massage the cleansing brush, enabling it to work its magic on your skin, by deep cleansing through the pores
Step 4: Wash your face and pat dry to feel the smoothness in the texture of your skin

My Verdict:

My face had honestly never felt cleaner and after consistent use for over a week, my skin has been feeling smoother, softer and healthier – not to mention, it looked a lot brighter. In fact I didn’t actually realise how bad my skin had been looking until I saw the results after investing in good products, like the LUNA mini 2.

FOREO LUNA mini 2 has long lasting battery, and is easy to carry in a gym bag

LUNA mini 2 is an essential in my gym bag – it is compact, waterproof, and easy to carry

I use a cleansing balm with the cleansing brush, but all cleansers can work except for the granulated ones; and combined with the adjustable pulsation intensities, you can customise your facial – and it only takes a minute. Minimal time and little effort for successful and genuine results, win-win in my book.

My biggest surprise was how it affected my face post-makeup, with my BB cream blending smoothly after the gentle exfoliation, giving me a naturally radiant look.

I didn’t even know I needed a post-gym skincare routine until recently, but now after one month, a good sonic facial cleansing brush is the foundation of my beauty regime.

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Fancy getting your hair coloured for free? Here’s how you can bag a hair makeover

Fancy getting your hair coloured for free? Here’s how you can bag a hair makeover

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