A Harry Potter beauty advent calendar is coming and it's riddikulus-ly good

A Harry Potter beauty advent calendar is coming and it's riddikulus-ly good

EXPELLIARMUS (if you try to take this from me)

Harry Potter Advent Calendar

We love beauty advent calendars here at Marie Claire HQ, but perhaps the only thing we love more than beauty festive treats are Harry Potter treats. (Did you know you can spend Halloween at Hogwarts this year?)

Imagine our joy, then, when Boots announced they were releasing a Harry Potter advent calendar this year. We all practically exploded with excitement.

The HP 2019 calendar is all about beauty treats inspired by the Potter-verse. We’re talking themed bath bombs for all the Hogwarts houses and the ~Golden Snitch~ itself.

Priced at just £35, we’re pretty sure this will sell out not long after it launches on 1st November, so keep your eyes peeled for when it drops in store and online at Boots.

If you don’t mind spoilers, keep scrolling for the full contents list below, and stay tuned for an unboxing of the calendar nearer the time…

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Harry Potter advent calendar contents:

Slytherin Mini Bath Fizzer, Mini Hand Cream, Mini Bath Essence, Mini Lipstick and Nail Polish

Hufflepuff Mini Bath Fizzer, Mini Hand Cream, Mini Bath Essence, Mini Lipstick and Nail Polish

Gryffindor Mini Bath Fizzer, Mini Hand Cream, Mini Bath Essence, Mini Lipstick and Nail Polish

Ravenclaw Mini Bath Fizzer, Mini Hand Cream, Mini Bath Essence, Mini Lipstick and Nail Polish

Golden Snitch Mini Bath Fizzer

Harry Potter Eye Mask

Lord Voldemort Eye Shadow Cosmetic Brush

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Practical Magic is getting a prequel series and we can't cope

Practical Magic is getting a prequel series and we can't cope

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The 90s were made for all things witchy – Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Charmed, Hocus Pocus, The Craft… who went through the decade and didn’t want the power to battle baddies and cast spells?

And when it comes to magic movies, one that definitely stands the test of time is Practical Magic. For those of you who missed out on this gem back in the day (and by the way, you really missed out), it stars the legends that are Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, two witch sisters who have avoided using magic their whole lives until they are forced to learn the craft when Kidman’s terribly frightening boyfriend suddenly dies.

It’s dramatic! It’s scary! It’s a sort of witchy rom com! And it’s bloody brilliant.

So for anyone who is tempted to dig out their Practical Magic VHS, we’ve got some wonderful news – the film is getting a prequel series and we are so here for it.

Rules of Magic and Practical Magic are both novels by Alice Hoffman, with the latter being made into a movie back in 1998.

Now HBO Max, a streaming service that is yet to be launched, has ordered an hour-long pilot of the prequel series and it will be written by Melissa Rosenberg and Dana Baratta, the minds behind Jessica Jones.

It will see the Owens children, Frances, Bridget and Vincent, living in 1960s New York City and follow the trio on their own magical journey.

Cannot WAIT.

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Blue-stalling is the dating trend we've all fallen victim to at some point

Blue-stalling is the dating trend we've all fallen victim to at some point

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Picture (or recall) this: you’re seeing someone, it’s going really well, their dog loves you and you spend your weekends cuddled up on the couch drinking cheap Prosecco and watching Ru Paul’s Drag Race. The dream.

But it has been going on for a while now, and ‘the chat’ is looming. Are you official? Are you still meant to be dating other people? Will he ever post a picture of you both on Instagram?

If you’ve plucked up the courage to have ‘the chat’ but your beau is reluctant to ‘put a label on things’ or insists they ‘don’t want anything serious’ and ‘aren’t ready for commitment’ – but they’re still on Tinder and dating around – there’s a name for it.

Metro.co.uk have coined a term for this behaviour – ‘blue-stalling’ – and spoke to relationship expert James Preece about the phenomenon.

He told the site: ‘As a dating coach I know it’s incredibly common. This has always happened, but dating sites/apps have made it worse.  That’s because people are often never really clear about why they are meeting in the first place. Are they going on a date, catching up, testing a friendship or simply hooking up?

‘As nobody really knows it can be a confusing time and nothing ever really gets decided.’

Frustrating, right?

Sadly, we’ve all been there. At least once (ahem). But there is a way around it if you’re willing to cut loose when you don’t hear what you’re hoping to.

He advises: ‘If you’ve been seeing each other for a while it’s fine to want to take things more seriously. Emotions have come into play and you want to make sure they are being reciprocated. So if it’s worrying you, there’s nothing to lose by asking.

‘If they want to be an official couple then great, but if they need more time at least you’ll know. If weeks drag on to months with no change then it’s time for them to make a decision. You can’t go on not knowing, or you’ll end up resenting them.’

So essentially, if you don’t get the answer you want then it’s time to Marie Kondo them and find someone who’s on the same page as you.

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This is the one colour that Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle refuse to wear

This is the one colour that Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle refuse to wear

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Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are not just members of the royal family – they’re fashion icons. Everything that the Duchesses wear will sell out almost immediately (hello, Kate Middleton effect and Meghan Markle effect) and become front page news.

However, they don’t always get to pick what they want to wear. Apparently Meghan doesn’t have a stylist so she’s more likely to choose something herself, but she caused outrage by daring to wear black nail varnish (sigh) and has reportedly been banned from wearing this when she visits Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral this summer.

And while Kate and Meghan have very different styles, there’s one thing they have in common – they’re not afraid to think outside of the sartorial box and wear a hue or style that stands out from the crowd.

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But there is one colour that the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex have never worn, and once you know what it is you’ll let out an, ‘Ahhhh!’

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Harpers Bazaar Australia researched every outfit that Kate and Meghan have ever worn, and found that neither royal has ever been spotted wearing orange.

However, it is not believed to be a royal rule to banish the hue from their (enviable) wardrobes. According to The Express, it’s because the colour doesn’t photograph well and many of those in the spotlight, celebs and royals alike, opt out of wearing it.

The Queen, however – always a rule breaker – has stepped out in orange several times before.

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She wore a bright coat and hat during a visit to the Science Museum in March earlier this year.

And so much for not photographing well, because we think it looks wonderful on the monarch.

Let’s see if the Duchesses are ever convinced…

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Why keeping Prosecco in the fridge is actually a bad idea

Why keeping Prosecco in the fridge is actually a bad idea

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It’s the bank holiday weekend, the sun is going to be out for the second time this year (hurrah) and every pub garden up and down the country will be, predictably, rammed.

However, if your plans involve staying at home and treating yourself and your pals to a tipple from the comfort of your own garden this long weekend, you might be tempted to stock up on the Aldi pink unicorn gin.

And if you’re more of a Prosecco or Champagne drinker, we’ve got some advice for you – don’t keep your bottles of bubbly chilling in the fridge until a couple of days before you’re ready to drink them.


Winemaker Marie-Christine Osselin told Huffington Post that it can impact the flavour because the cork can dry out in the fridge.

She said: ‘If you’re planning to enjoy your bottle of Champagne (or sparkling wine) within 3 to 4 days of the purchase, it is fine to store the bottle in the refrigerator.

‘If it sits in the fridge for weeks, the cork can dry out due to no humidity.

‘As corks dry out, the seal between the bottle and the cork loosen up and the Champagne will oxidize faster, changing its aromas.’

The best thing to do is store bottles in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight until the times comes to pop it open.

So now you know.

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Here's where to stay for the best views of the Dorset coast

Here's where to stay for the best views of the Dorset coast

Why go?

It’s really, really hard to beat the location. In fact, I challenge you to find a better one, that’s how enamoured I am with it. Located on Studland Bay, The Pig on the Beach has views of Old Harry’s Rocks and the Isle of White, and basically all the best bits of the Dorset coast.

If for some insane reason the beach isn’t for you, then no bother at all, the hotel is a stone’s throw from the historic village of Corfe Castle (make sure you try the cream tea, fudge and ice cream) and about a 45 minute drive away from Bournemouth.

The vibe

I’m a bit addicted to the Pig hotels, having visited the one in Brockenhurst, and near Bath (there are also some in Devon and now Kent). Each one has its own style and the Pig on the Beach is by far my favourite, in no small part thanks to the aforementioned view.

That aside though, it’s got a distinct fairytale vibe about it. The hotel used to be home to the aristocratic Bankes family of Kingston Lacy, who were a little eccentric to say the least. This is mirrored in the hotel’s turrets, gargoyles and medieval style carved woodwork in some of the main rooms.

Then there is the stunning conservatory-cum-dining room, with all its potted plants and stained glass windows which have more than a little touch of Practical Magic about them (if you don’t get the reference we can’t be friends).

But the hotel is first and foremost a cosy escape, so you can expect to find the woven carpets, deep armchairs, fireplaces and antique knick knacks the Pig is known for.

The rooms

There is a room to suit all tastes. If you want to be away from it all, then you’ll love the cosy Huts, which are tucked away at the bottom of the garden. We stayed in the generous room though, and what a delight it was. Located in the main house, it features a super-king size bed and living area, and a larger-than-a-London flat bathroom complete with a monsoon shower and antique style free standing bath, with a sea view.

The food

This definitely not a case of style over substance here, the food is just as amazing as the decor is. First off, the hotel is as sustainable as it can be. The menus are written around what is available in its walled kitchen garden, and the rest is delivered from local suppliers. That means they change all the time, though examples of tasty dishes include Swanage lobster with thrice cooked chips, silver mullet with charred sprouting broccoli and pork loin steak with corn and leeks.

The hotel’s signature appetiser is always on the menu though: the Piggy Bits platter, with Hock Eggs & Colman’s Dressing, B. Curtis’ Chipolatas & Homemade Ketchup and Smoked Vodka BBQ Pork Belly. Tasty.

As for breakfast, it’s hands down the best I’ve ever had. You can order from the cooked menu, but I personally love the buffet, where you can boil your own freshly laid eggs, and feast on homemade granola and fruit compotes, as well as pastries and cake.

The need to know

Rooms start from £135 per night for a cheap & cheerful room. Book here.

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A Krispy Kreme x KitKat collab is here and what a time to be alive

A Krispy Kreme x KitKat collab is here and what a time to be alive

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Anyone with a sweet tooth will be keeping on top of all chocolate-related news, stocking up on M&M chocolate bars, Oreo coated Cadbury chocolate and white chocolate Twixes.

And who doesn’t love a Krispy Kreme? From the Nutella-stuffed number to the Thorntons collection, there seems to be no end to the deliciously sweet doughnut collaborations.

But they have one more up their sleeve.

Chocolate/doughnut/anything-sweet-and-delicious lovers, the limited edition Krispy Kreme x KitKat rings are here and you’re going to want to try them pronto.

There are two new doughnuts on the go, described as: ‘two, smooth chocolatey varieties; a classic milk chocolate flavoured glazed ring and a white chocolate flavoured glazed ring. Both are dusted with crushed KitKat pieces and finished with an iconic KitKatfinger.’

Mouth watering? Same.

You’ll be able to get your hands on them in stores nationwide from Monday 26th August to Sunday 13th October 2019 and chances are they’ll be super popular so stock up while you can.

But if you’re keen to try out these delights for free, all you need to do is share a photo of yourself and your colleagues enjoying a break and three offices in seven cities across the UK will win 10 limited edition dozens (yes, that’s 120 doughnuts) of KitKat Krispy Kremes.

Sign. Us. Up.

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Kate Middleton's engagement ring was actually meant for Meghan Markle

Kate Middleton's engagement ring was actually meant for Meghan Markle

Wait, what?

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot last year in a star-studded ceremony, getting engaged just months after making their relationship public.

But it wasn’t the speedy proposal that made the most news, but rather the ring, with Prince Harry paying tribute to his mother, using diamonds from her collection as well as two from Africa to create Meghan’s very own sparkler.

It has recently emerged however that Meghan was originally supposed to have Princess Diana’s ring, the iconic 12-carat Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds that Prince William used to proposed to Kate Middleton.

‘After Diana died, the boys both chose a keepsake from Kensington Palace when they moved to Charles’ rooms in St James’s Palace,’ a source reportedly told the Daily Star.

‘Prince William picked his mum’s Cartier watch, and Harry picked her sapphire and diamond engagement ring. But they had an agreement that whoever got engaged first would have Diana’s ring – and of course that was William and Kate.’

In a recent Amazon Prime documentary, The Diana Story, the Princess of Wales’ former butler Paul Burrell opened up more about the moment, saying that Harry’s ‘selfless’ act was something Princess Diana would have done.

‘Harry said to him: “Wouldn’t it be fitting if she had mummy’s ring?”‘, Paul said of Harry giving the ring to his brother. ‘Then one day that ring will be sat on the throne of England. Harry gave up his precious treasure.’

Paul continued: ‘His one thing he kept from his mother, he gave to his brother. That’s selfless, kind and exactly who Diana was.’

Well, that’s lovely.

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Jennifer Lopez and A-Rod are going into business together

Jennifer Lopez and A-Rod are going into business together

Yes, really.


Jennifer Lopez and A-Rod are one of the most talked-about couples in the world, with the two A-listers recently confirming their engagement after two years ago.

‘She said yes’, read A-Rod’s Instagram caption alongside a photograph of J-Lo’s sparkling engagement ring.

And ever since, the loved-up duo have been public about their love for each other, moving through the relationship milestones.

This week, their latest milestone was revealed – and it’s a big one.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are going into business together.

Yes, really.

The couple have teamed up with Fitplan, collaborating with the app to offer fitness coaching, something they both do a lot of anyway on their own social channels.

The news was announced by A. Rod Corp, via an Instagram video giving a preview alongside the caption, ‘Excited to announce our partnership with @fitplan_app. Get ready to workout with @arod & @jlo. More to come.’

‘We’re really happy,’ Jennifer explained in an interview with People since their engagement. ‘Everything that we do, we do together. He knows my dreams and I know his dreams, and together we feel like we’re stronger.’

She continued: ‘We’re constantly supporting each other in our individual endeavours and thinking about all the things that we can build together.’

A-Rod certainly seemed to agree, adding: ‘We have [an] appreciation for where we are in our lives today, and that’s what we’re enjoying the most.’

Going into business, raising a family and planning a wedding together while both leading high-flying lives – is there nothing this power couple can’t do?

We’re so ready for this app to drop.

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Barack Obama apparently wants this unlikely accessory

Barack Obama apparently wants this unlikely accessory

When he’s not busy reviewing wife Michelle Obama’s memoir or dancing at Beyonce’s concert (and doing many more important things I’m sure), Barack Obama’s busy adding to his fashion collection it seems.

According to the New York Times, he’s in fact after a particularly unlikely accessory: Aretha Franklin’s hat. But not just any hat, the silver bow hat she wore to perform at his inauguration as US President in 2009.

The legendary singer passed away last year, it seemed without a will, meaning her estate would be distributed equally amongst her four sons.

However some handwritten wills have recently been found in her home which could put that into question. This sadly means that her family are now in the midst of a bitter court battle in Michigan, as according to Michigan Law, a handwritten will can be accepted even without witnesses, as long as it’s signed.

So her assets might not be distributed as equally as previously thought, as the judge is now also looking at giving out keepsakes to non-family members who have requested it, such as Barack.

Time will tell whether he gets his hat or not.

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