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How to find the perfect foundation


Shopping for foundation isn’t easy but with these foolproof tips you’ll be able to pinpoint your perfect match in no time.

If you suffer with dry skin, you’ll notice that some formulas cling to certain areas, causing skin to look pigmented and dull. Opt for a base with moisture-rich ingredients for a dewy, radiant finish.

If you’re after heavy coverage that lasts into the night, look for a matte, long-wearing liquid. Or, if you want something light for daytime touch-ups, try a powder-based compact.

Gone are the days of limited selection – some foundation ranges now come in as many as 40 different shades. Visit your local House of Fraser beauty counter for a colour match.

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How to make Christmas magical for kids

When you have children, the magic of Christmas is reborn. Celebrating with little ones is guaranteed to get you back into the festive spirit faster than Rudolf takes off on Christmas Eve. We've compiled a list of Christmas tradition ideas that you can make your own, from Christmas craft ideas to Christmas Eve activities you’ll want to repeat every year. It only takes a small effort to make the festive season magical.

Christmas activities for Advent
Stitched advent calendar hung on wall

Build up the excitement of the big day by organising Christmas activities throughout December. The main thing many kids will be looking forward to is opening presents, but it's important to help children understand that there are more important reasons why we choose to celebrate the holiday. The run-up to the big day is the perfect chance to tell them the story of Christmas, to meet close friends that you won't see on the 25th, go to a Pantomime show or even help out in your local community. Head out to see the Christmas lights being turned on in your high street or visit a Santa's grotto in your local garden centre for a touch of community spirit.

At home, start sprucing up with all sorts of traditional decorations like tinsel, fairy lights and candles. Tie a string over the top of your doorways and use it to hang the Christmas cards you've received. Get the children to write a letter to Santa (to give you extra time to seek out their presents online) and explain they have to behave if they want to get presents.

Sweet treats are a big part of the festive season. Get kids involved in the kitchen baking cookies the shape of Christmas trees or snowmen, then let them get creative decorating with icing sugar. Advent calendars are another way to inject sweetness into the build-up to the 25th – or opt for small toys for a healthier version.

Bring the outside in
Decorated Christmas tree with presents

Christmas for kids isn’t complete without finding the perfect tree. The traditional way is to pack the family into the car and head to your local garden centre or Christmas tree farm, if there's one nearby. You'll need to find the right size, shape and type for your home, depending on how much space you have. Don't forget to grab a stand while you're there or the angel at the top could come crashing down.

Different tree species have different types of needle, so be sure to have a good look around. Several are quite sharp, while others drop lots of needles over the course of a month. The Norwegian spruce and Fraser fir have softer needles and will hold onto them for longer, which means less hoovering for you. Or avoid it altogether by opting for an artificial tree that will give the same festive effect with none of the mess.

Take the kids along on a long walk to your nearest forest to seek out branches of holly and ivy. This makes a wonderful decoration to sit above picture frames or on mantle pieces. Bringing the outside in makes the home feel even more Christmassy and is a fun way to get the children tired out before bedtime.

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Christmas Eve activities
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Once it gets to the 24th and the children can hardly contain their excitement, keep them occupied with Christmas Eve traditions. Open a few small gifts like new pyjamas that they can wear to bed and keep on in the morning while they open Santa's presents. Sing carols as a family, read a Christmas story together or watch a classic film.

One of the most magical traditions you can adopt is setting out a treat for Santa. A mince pie, glass of brandy and carrots for the reindeer will help your children believe in the spirit of Christmas. Plus, you get to enjoy this little snack when they’ve gone to bed.

Track Santa's route as he flies – there are several apps which offer this service. You could even create a landing strip for the sleigh in the garden with fairy lights. Finally, don't forget to hang up the stockings.

Christmas morning checks
Freshly baked jam tarts

Before the children wake up, make a few easy preparations that will surprise them in the morning. Follow this quick checklist to help you prove that Santa did come to visit:

  • Eat the mince pie or other snacks you left out for Santa.

  • Leave snowy footprints where Santa would have walked by sprinkling flour on the bottom of your wellies and walking around.

  • Pop the presents in the stockings or under the tree.

  • Use leftover wrapping paper to make streamers and paper chains.

  • Turn on the lights on the Christmas tree.

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The best unisex fragrances

If you’re guilty of reaching for his aftershave or simply like your perfume to pack a masculine punch, listen up. Gone are the days of powdery parfums and musky colognes, it’s time to embrace gender-neutral scents.



The cool classic

Acqua Di Parma Colonia


With notes of Sicilian citrus fruit, this fresh, zesty cologne is considered a cult favourite for men and women alike.

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The scent of the moment

Tom Ford Oud Minerale


This parfum is the unisex fragrance du jour. A blend of precious oud and fresh scents of the ocean creates a powerful fragrance like no other. If you’re looking for one to share with your other half, this is it.

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The constant developer

Shop Atelier Cologne Vetiver


Combining the strength of Haitian vetiver with the sweetness of fig, this unique cologne has the perfect balance of sugar and spice.

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The one with staying power

Frederic Malle Cologne Indélébile


Long-lasting, fresh and zesty, with top notes of bergamot and lemon on a base of musk, as soon as this cologne is sprayed, you can guarantee it’s there to stay.

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The British classic

Shop Jo Malone London Oud and Bergamot Cologne Intense


The smoky scent of oud coming through notes of sweet bergamot is exactly what makes this cologne so alluring. It is without a doubt one of Jo Malone London’s finest, most versatile creations.

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The true classic

Shop Calvin Klein CK One Eau De Toilette


It might be the original unisex fragrance but don’t think for a second that this little bottle of deliciousness has run its course. Clean and light yet youthful and warm, this scent ignites a sense of nostalgia like nothing else.

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The modern update

Shop Kiehl’s Musk Eau De Toilette Spray


The clue is in the name… A citrusy fragrance that dries down to expose a sensual base of tonka bean, white patchouli and musk. Modern and sensual, this new take on musk is one of Kiehl’s hidden treasures.

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The uplifting crowd-pleaser

Shop Creed Neroli Sauvage Eau de Parfum


Notes of neroli, bergamot and grapefruit, blended with sandalwood and ambergris, make this uplifting scent perfect for both sexes. Fresh and enticing, be prepared to have people constantly ask what you’re wearing.

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