Champagne bucket

Champagne bucket

Champagne bucketWe love a champagne bucket as a great way for keeping more than one bottle of either wine, sparkling or champagne chilled. In fact, it even looks great with beers in!

This silver-plated champagne bath with tan leather handles holds up to three bottles.

It’s perfect for parties and family gatherings when one bottle of wine or champagne is simply not enough. A stunning bath to keep all your wine and champagne chilled.

We found this gem at www.annabeljames.co.uk, an on line boutique selling gorgeous gifts, beautifully wrapped and delivered.

 

Ecoya – FRESH PINE

Ecoya – FRESH PINE

Ecoya - FRESH PINEEcoya’s Fresh Pine scent is a total winner at Christmas! Fill your house with the fresh scent of pine needles – this is magical for those of us who no longer use real Christmas trees at home!

This natural soy wax candle has been delicately poured into a luminous silver glass jar and is capped with a glass lid. It is presented in a soft silver carton with metallic detailing and has a burn time of 70 hours.
Notes of fresh pine needles enhanced with the richness of newly sawn forest woods are perfectly rounded with citrus and rosewood.
There’s also a Limited Edition Mini Reed Diffuser.

Have Your Cake and Eat It

Have Your Cake and Eat It

Have Your Cake and Eat ItHave Your Cake and Eat It, with Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake!

Love cake but don’t love the time in the kitchen spent making it? Have your cake and eat it too, with Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake – the simple way to create sensational baking for friends and family!

A deliciously moist cake with a decadent chocolate flavour, Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake pays homage to its traditional rich recipe and includes chocolate ready to spread frosting – the perfect partner for the ultimate cake!

Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake is the simple way to sure-fire baking success – in just a few easy steps you’ve made a stunning cake ready to serve and enjoy whatever the occasion. With no artificial flavours or colours, Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake is a tasty treat for morning, noon or night-time indulgence.

Sit your cake atop your prettiest cake stand and serve with freshly brewed coffee at morning tea time, devour a piece with the kids for an after-school treat, or serve with a little whipped vanilla cream for a decadent dessert.

Embrace the cake that lets you have your cake and eat it too, with Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake – the clever cake mix that makes baking a breeze!

Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake Mix (RRP $5.99; 583g) is available in supermarkets nationwide.

 

Grain Packed Goodness

Grain Packed Goodness

Grain Packed GoodnessGrain Packed Goodness Just Got a Whole Lot Tastier Thanks to New Old El Paso Whole Grain Stand n Stuff Tortillas!

Throw on your chef’s sombrero and whip up a feast that’s worthy of a fiesta with new Old El Paso Whole Grain Stand ’N Stuff Tortillas – the deliciously healthier way to eat the Mexican flavours you love!

Packed with the goodness of whole grains, new Old El Paso Whole Grain Stand ’N Stuff Tortillas are simple to fill, hold and eat. The ideal dinner option for busy families who love to be inspired by the authentic tastes that come from South of the Border, new Old El Paso Whole Grain Stand ’N Stuff Tortillas are so versatile, you can create a different taste sensation every night.

Preservative free, new Old El Paso Whole Grain Stand ’N Stuff Tortillas are a great way to get the whole family eating healthier – and happy!

Stuff them with your favourite combo – whether it’s fresh salad and spicy mince, shredded chicken and crunchy veggies or crispy fish and crumbly feta – whatever your taste buds fancy, new Old El Paso Whole Grain Stand ’N Stuff Tortillas are your perfect dinnertime companion.

Old El Paso Whole Grain Stand ’N Stuff Tortillas (RRP $5.99) are available now in leading supermarkets nationwide.

Christmas Shopping

Christmas Shopping

Yes, I know … it’s early; but being so busy, I do like to be organised. I start my Christmas shopping well ahead of time, ensuring I (a) don’t run out of money, (b) that I don’t forget anyone and (c) that I find great gifts that I’ve given plenty of thought to.

Here’s a handy list of goodies to help you find gifts for your loved ones this Christmas, especially for those who are notoriously hard to buy for. Check back often … no doubt we’ll update it as we discover more!

 

Murad Gift Sets – For you or as a gift

Get Christmas ready with the NEW range of Murad Gift Sets – making gift buying easy or prepping your own skin for the festivities ahead. There are five limited edition Murad Gift Sets  featuring their  top-selling, most luxurious skincare solutions. These sets include: Merry & Polished, Party Perfect, Merry & Beautiful, Merry & Renewed and Merry & Glowing.

For more information visit Murad.co.nz

Murray Gift
Get Excited for Santa
Let Santa know if you’ve been naughty or nice this year when you visit him at Snowplanet!
Auckland’s only real white Christmas experience is back for another season. Santa’s magic castle in the snow is the perfect location for your annual festive family photos, then have family fun tubing down the slopes after your pictures. Santa at Snowplanet sessions start 19 November and run right up to Christmas eve.
For more information visit www.snowplanet.co.nz
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Never Miss A Moment
Capture every moment with instax! Unfussed by a myriad of bells and whistles and a mammoth instruction manual, instax is all about simplicity. Press the button and take a picture. Beautiful, real, physical photos, full of perfect imperfections, where you never know what you’re going to get until the image develops.
Take a break from loading on to social media and actually give a photo to someone. We guarantee you’ll get a very different, more satisfying, kind of ‘like’.
FUJI instax cameras are available at leading retailers nationwide. For full stockist information, please visit; www.instaxshop.co.nz
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Don’t Let Leftovers Go To Waste
If ever there was a need for a foodsaver it is the festive season! Hands down the easiest way to make the most of
what you have, by both prepping in advance and prolonging the life of leftovers.
Food Saver saves more than just food. Keep essentials clean and dry for your summer camping trip. Matches, first aid kits,  … you name it!
Sunbeam FoodSaver Available now from all leading appliance stores, including Farmers, JB HiFi, Smiths City, Heathcotes, 100% Your Electric Store, and Harvey Norman.
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Pop the Cork on Something Special
Celebrations and sparkling wine go hand in hand. Akarua know
how to add the shine to any occasion. With three outstanding
Methode Traditionelle wines in their stable; Akarua Brut, Vintage
Brut and Rose Brut. Multi award winning Central Otago Akarua
winery has every special event covered. Akarua Methode
Traditionelle captivates judges the world over, but it’s how you
impress your friends and family that matters most.
Available at leading restaurants, supermarkets, Glengarry and
other fine wine retailers nationwide. www.akarua.com
Christmas Gifts
The Ultimate Audio
ART by Tivoli Audio presents a new way of looking at wireless speakers for the home. The first offerings from their new release collection consist of two Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled speakers, ORB and CUBE.
These speakers offer an effortless mix of style and sound, enhancing home décor with cable free high quality music streaming. With their easy- to-use controls and full feature app, the ORB and CUBE allow you to stream music from your favourite services, such as Spotify, Deezer, and Tidal via any iOS or Android device. The ART speakers can perform in mono, stereo, or be used as a multi-room system, and with their optional rechargeable battery, moving speakers throughout the home, boat or bach has never been easier.
Available in dark grey, oak and light grey. ART will be available from Tivoli Audio stockists throughout New Zealand and online at www.tivoli.co.nz from November 1st.
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Super Skin
Sukin knows skincare. Give the gift of a glowing complexion with Sukin’s limited edition Christmas gift packs. Buff and shine or detoxify and nourish with these two beautifully presented gift sets.
Sukin products are available at Farmers, pharmacies, and health stores nationwide.
Christmas Gifts Christmas Gifts
Shave Kit
Delivering a great shave and healthy skin with an exclusive three-step regimen that takes into account beard type, hair growth pattern and skin condition. Even Santa will want to go clean shaven with this value packed Dermalogica skincare kit.
Contains: • Daily Clean Scrub • Pre-Shave Guard • Soothing Shave Cream • Post Shave Balm
For further information, please visit; www.dermalogica.co.nz
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Pucker Up for Santa
Make a statement this holiday season. Let your pout make a bold impression with the Liquid Lip Paint range from Kiwi brand Mellow Cosmetics.
From dusky nudes to rich burgundies, there’s a shade for every mood and celebration, every colour as expressive as you are. Long lasting with a velvety soft finish that never dries hard.
Mellow Cosmetics are available online through www.mellowcosmetics.com
Christmas Gifts
Skin fit for Summer
Get all-over skin health benefits with the Dermalogica Body Therapy kit, containing cleansing, exfoliating, and hydrating aromatherapeutic favorites for smoother, softer skin.
Contains: • Conditioning Body Wash (botanical soap-free cleanser) • Exfoliating Body Scrub (creamy skin polisher) • Body Hydrating Cream (conditioning body smoother) • Climate Control Lip Treatment (soothing lip shield) • Hydro-Active Mineral Salts sample (sea-salt polisher/bath soak)
For further information, please visit; www.dermalogica.co.nz
Christmas Gifts
Mix Something Fancy
Cointreau Noir is the ultimate blend of Cointreau orange liqueur and Remy Martin Fine Champagne cognac. It is a deliciously smooth drink with soft vanilla and nut notes, a golden amber colour and a clean long finish.
The perfect way to try Cointreau Noir is simply poured over ice, or create your own luxury masterpiece by mixing with lime and soda.
Cointreau is available where all quality liquor is sold.
Christmas Gifts
Perfect Coffee
First we drink the coffee, then we do the things. The Café Series Espresso Machine plus Multi-Capsule™ Handle delivers the best in home coffee options. Busy mornings racing out the door are pod mornings, and lazy Sunday’s are made for fresh ground espresso. Whatever the landscape of your morning, Sunbeam has the solution in one sleek machine.
Available now from all leading appliance stores, including Farmers, JB HiFi, Smiths City, Heathcotes, 100% Your Electric Store, and Harvey Normans. For further information please visit; www.sunbeam.co.nz
Christmas Gifts
Ice Cream Magic
Treats for everyone! Get the lick on the finest homemade frozen treats with the no mess Sunbeam Snack Heroes Ice Cream Maker. Create Gelato, Ice Cream, and Sorbet at home. Impress your guests with limitless flavor options. Your limit is your imagination.
Available now from all leading appliance stores, including Farmers, JB HiFi, Smiths City, Heathcotes, 100% Your Electric Store, and Harvey Normans. For further information please visit; www.sunbeam.co.nz
Christmas Gifts
Avoid the Crowds
Get all your Christmas shopping done without fighting for a carpark. With everything from jewellery to fashion, electronics to homeware, there really is something for everyone in your whole family, but beware, TVSN shopping is so much fun, it’s oh-so-easy to grab a little something extra for yourself.Christmas colour that lasts a lifetime!
The special woman in your life will love the stylish simplicity of this 3ct Brazilian Rosanite Garnet & Diamond Ring showcases a striking cushion cut Brazilian Rosanite Garnet centre stone with ten round cut diamond accents on a 9ct yellow gold band.
Shop online now at www.tvsn.co.nz
Christmas Gifts
Year Round Must Have
Silk Island kaftans are created with love for women to experience pure luxurious comfort. Slip into an enchanting kaftan to feel instantly glamorous thanks to the high quality range of silk materials. Feel and look beautiful in the fabulous Silk Islands range of prints and diamante embellished pieces, whether you are on the beach, by a resort pool side, going on a fabulous cruise or to a summer wedding!
Shop online now at www.tvsn.co.nz
Christmas Gifts
Sparkle & Shine
Diamonesque offers you stunning jewellery at a price you can afford. Using the finest quality simulated diamonds, these earrings will add sparkle to everyday wear, or transform evening attire into a Cinderella story (but this time you get to keep them after midnight!)
Shop online now at www.tvsn.co.nz
Christmas Gifts
Sweet Dreams
For the ultimate in luxury sleep and loungewear from around the world Esalare is the name. Exhale is the meaning.
The Esalare ranges feature quality natural fibres, particularly silk, cotton, cashmere, linen and merino.
Enjoy the most luxurious sleep of your life with the highest quality sleepwear. You’ll be the best dressed in early morning Christmas pictures as you delight in family opening their gifts.
Visit www.esalare.co.nz
Christmas Gifts
Satisfy His Inner Child
Ford, Holden and Chevrolet lovers will be delighted with these die cast replica models. The range of limited edition 1:18 scale models include opening doors, hood and bonnet, complete with detailed interior, rubber tyres and a steering wheel that really turns! Icons any car enthusiast will adore are available exclusively. This is not a toy for children! Dimensions approx 26.5cm(L) x 8cm(H) x 10.5cm(W)
RRP from $54.95 – $289.00
Search collectible cars at www.tvsn.co.nz
Christmas Gifts

Guy’s Guide to Proper Hair Washing

Guy’s Guide to Proper Hair Washing

Guy's Guide to Proper Hair WashingA Guy’s Guide to Proper Hair Washing

Now you are probably thinking “what’s there to know?” You have washed your hair your entire life, is it possible that you have been doing it wrong for decades?

Well, it is, but you’re not the only one. Most of the men I know have a clear and “unmistakable” routine: hop in the shower and then shampoo, rinse and repeat, until the hair is clean and grease-free. In the best case scenario, they even use a conditioner. This ritual actually isn’t doing your hair any favours. There is so much more to know about hair washing apart from just how to do it – from choosing the right shampoo, to how often should you do it.

Here is a comprehensive guide about hair washing that will help you elevate your hair game.

Know Your Hair Type

Colour isn’t the only thing that makes your hair different from the other guy’s. Knowing your hair type will not only help you determine which products you should use, but also how often should you wash your hair. There are 5 basic hair types:

  • Normal hair is neither oily nor dry and it is easy to manage. There are no issues with texture or thickness.
  • Dry/damaged hair is fragile, weak and prone to breakage. It lacks natural moisture and feels rough to the touch.
  • Oily/greasy hair is shiny and feels slippery when you touch it.
  • Thick hair is heavy looking and highly textured.
  • Fine/thin looks lifeless and lacks volume.
  • Wild/flyaway hair is difficult to manage and frizzy with inconsistent texture.

Guy's Guide to Proper Hair WashingChose the Right Hair Products

Now that you know what type of hair you are dealing with, you should have a clearer image of what kind of hair products would work best for you. Normal hair is the only one that fits into that “for all hair types” scenario. If you have dry hair you should stay clear of alcohol-based products and look for moisturising formulas.

Greasy hair doesn’t tolerate waxy creams and additives. Instead, search for balancing formulas designed for oily hair. For thick hair, you should avoid products that add volume, and go easy on the conditioner.

With fine and thin, it is vice versa, and keep your wild hair under control with frizz-removal sprays.

If you have to deal with facial hair, too, follow professional recommendations by choosing some of RY’s best men’s grooming products.

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

The answer to this question also depends on your hair type. Fine hair usually feels oily much faster than thick hair does, and has a tendency to lose volume quickly. It should be washed daily. The same goes for oily hair. Thick and dry hair types do not get oily as fast, so you can wash them every 2 or 3 days, but they do often feel lifeless, so you should still use a conditioner daily. Wild, curly or wavy hair should be washed every 3 days.

Guy's Guide to Proper Hair WashingA Proper Way to Wash

Now, onto the proper way to wash your hair.

Use appropriate amount of shampoo (as little as you can, as much as necessary). Rub it into your hair and gently massage your scalp with the pads of your fingers. This will stimulate the blood flow and keep your hair lively and healthy. Keep doing this for about 30 seconds, then rinse. Apply the same amount of the conditioner and coat your hair, starting about a quarter inch from the scalp, and don’t go all the way down to the scalp. Leave the conditioner for no less than 3 minutes and rinse.

The benefits of great shampoo and proper hair washing technique go way beyond the obvious (removing the dirt and oil) and include cleaning the pores, removing the dead cells of the scalp and improving circulation.

 

Supercharge Your Day

Supercharge Your Day

Supercharge Your DaySupercharge Your Day with Goodness Kitchen Energy Smoothie!

Early starts just not your thing? Never been a morning person? Wake up with the birds and do the dawn chorus in style with a Goodness Kitchen Energy Smoothie – the simple, tasty way to fuel your day the right way!

Goodness Kitchen Energy Smoothie Bases are 100 per cent natural, pure, blended, small batch smoothie bases.
Packed full of nature’s energy boosters to supercharge your day, Goodness Kitchen Energy Smoothie Bases contain a delicious blend of mango, banana, passionfruit, linseed and ginger, with a hint of turmeric and black pepper.

Easy to make – just 30 seconds from freezer to shake – Goodness Kitchen Energy Smoothie Bases create the perfect flavour every time. With no prep, waste or clean up, you can enjoy a delicious smoothie that also delivers functional health benefits.

Made with heart, Goodness Kitchen Smoothie Bases contain no nasties – with no added colours, flavours or preservatives, it’s all about the fruit, pure and simple. There’s also no need to source ingredients or find hard-to-get ingredients that may be out of season – perfect!

Best with soy milk, but also really tasty with almond milk, regular milk or coconut milk, Goodness Kitchen Energy Smoothie Bases are all about making life easy – and healthy. Simply place the Goodness Kitchen Energy Smoothie sachet into the blender, add 250ml of liquid and your smoothie is ready to enjoy! Mix things up by adding your choice of sesame seeds, chia seeds or oats your smoothie.

Brad Tilby, marketing manager Goodness Kitchen, says Goodness Kitchen Smoothie Bases aim to give busy Kiwis a simple, quick way to enjoy a healthful life.

“In the Goodness Kitchen we are all about creating fresh flavours and invigorating blends full of goodness, enabling consumers to enjoy their smoothie knowing that it not only tastes great, but it’s good for them too,” he says.

“Goodness Kitchen Energy Smoothie Bases are the perfect way to inject some much-needed energy into a hectic schedule. We are confident consumers will love that our smoothie bases are all-natural and packed full of nature’s energy boosters.”

Goodness Kitchen Energy Smoothie Bases (RRP $9.99; 4x 120g sachets) are available from supermarkets and gourmet food stores nationwide.

For more information, visit www.goodnesskitchen.co.nz, www.facebook.com/Goodnesskitchen/, or www.instagram.com/goodnesskitchensmoothies/

 

Congrats to Anna Ross of Kester Black

Congrats to Anna Ross of Kester Black

Congrats to Anna Ross of Kester BlackOur heartiest congratulations go out to Anna Ross, founder of Kester Black who was recently named as the  2016 Telstra Australian Young Business Woman of the Year!

Upon accepting the award, Anna commented: “I have made aligning my own values with my business goals central to my approach, and am proud to demonstrate through this award that it has enhanced rather than hindered my success in business. I ask you to imagine what the world might look like if everyone incorporated their personal values into their work and leadership.”

Kester Black, a leading manicure and skincare brand built on beautiful design and uncompromising ethical values, offers consumers sustainable, Australian-made and vegan beauty products that a free from animal cruelty.

“From very humble roots, starting with $50 from my wages, Kester Black now produces more than 60 products, supplying in excess of 300 stockists globally, showing that purpose- and values-led business and commercial success are not mutually exclusive.”

An important aspect of her business is consumer inclusivity and bringing products to consumers who might otherwise be marginalised by the beauty industry, such as vegans and Muslim women.

 

Coming off The Pill?

Coming off The Pill?

Are you thinking about coming off The Pill? So many women do soon after their wedding and honeymoon is behind them. It’s the next step!

Realistically, you may have been on The Pill since you were a young teenager. Therefore you may not remember, or even be aware of just how your body actually works ‘down there’!

Usually, women will go back on The Pill if they don’t know what to expect during this time. They’ll convince themselves that they were ‘better off’ for taking it i.e. if things don’t go according to plan maybe they are experiencing acne, hair loss, anxiety, or their period doesn’t come back quickly).

In this blog-post, registered Naturopath, medical herbalist and holistic nutritionist, Lisa Fitzgibbon, helps to explain what you can expect to occur when you come off The Pill.

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