… a word from Amanda

Welcome to this week’s instalment of Amanda Zips It Up, and we continue your Xmas gift guide, featuring the most fashionable Xmas present for the ladies in our life – The Beauty Advent Calendar. This has been a growing trend over the past few years, as all the big cosmetic and beauty companies compete to pack in as many cult status products into the “one month’s windows”, for what they assume is a reasonable price.

Also this week, it’s time to start thinking about the office Xmas party and you need look no further than Mango for your outfit, with this winter’s must-have collaboration collection.

Plus, in this week’s edition, we can’t avoid the World Cup right now. It appears that two of the GOAT players have modelled for Louis Vuitton in the most viewed picture online EVER.

Other matters to be discussed (as well as the mighty return to the 90s) is the return of the perm. Although that’s more 80s, isn’t it?

Not for the girls this time – it’s all about the Men rolling back the years. Think Kit Harrison in Game of ThronesGaten from Stranger Things and Kevin Keegan – if you’re old enough to know.

In a poll of 2000 Brits, 26% wanted an ultra-tight bubble perm and tutorials for DIY perms have been viewed by millions online. 40% of salons have reported rises in men requesting perms. But it’s not all over this time around, the 2022 version is all about the top of the head being curly with the sides left straight and cut short.

And lastly, I recently reported the return of 90s trend ‘Heroin Chic’ to the fashion Industry, which basically equates to ‘thin is in’ again. However, big butts are still BIG business.

If you don’t fancy going down the Brazillian Bum implants route, it turns out that you can grow just your butt cheeks with a special diet of Tofu, eggs , tomatoes, butter, salmon, tuna, avocados, mushrooms and Spinach – along with squats. Or so nutritionists have revealed. Basically all the ‘good fats’ – all the foods I love.

So THAT explains a lot.

Ronaldo, Messi and Louis Vuitton

It racked up 33 million views in 24 hours and is the most viewed picture EVER! And to be fair, it’s a really great image.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi unite for their first EVER joint promotion as the legendary duo play chess together in an advert for fashion giants Louis Vuitton… before they battle it out for the GOAT status at the Qatar World Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have starred in their first ever joint advertisement promoting Louis Vuitton.

Having dominated discussions over who is the greatest footballer of all time, the pair seem to have now swapped the football pitch for a n LV suitcase (which I now want), partaking in a much calmer game of chess.

And while it’s not known who won the chess match, Messi took to Instagram to announce the paid partnership, with the 35-year-old captioning his post: ‘Victory is a state of mind.’ 

Boom! 33 million ‘likes’ soon followed.

But rumours have flooded social media claiming the pic is a hoax and digitally put together after superstar celebrity photographer Annie Leiboviz  – apparently photographed them both separately – but there is also footage of the photoshoot with both footballers posing together, so who knows.

The pair are both now at the World Cup in Qatar.

Whether you’re team Ronaldo or Team Messi, both are two of the most decorated footballers of the current generation, with Ronaldo being the world’s best goalscorer, having bagged 807 goals throughout his illustrious career.

While there may not be a definitive answer to who is the GOAT, and while we may never know who the better chess player is, it is clear there’s a lot of respect between both players, who have treated us to some incredible battles over the years.

During his controversial interview with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo shone an intriguing light on their relationship claiming that Messi is ‘magic’.

He said: ‘Amazing player [Messi] is magic. As a person, we share the stage 16 years, imagine, 16 years. We share. So, I have great relationship with him.

‘I’m not friend of him in terms of, what I mean friend is the guy who was with you in your house, speaking on the phone, no, but it’s like a teammate.

Return of the Hooded Dress and The Ballet Pump

The Hoodie Dress & Ballet Pumps return

The hooded dress – once favoured by Grace Jones and Kylie Minogue – returns, to keep heads and ears warm this winter.

You could call it the “haute hoodie”, or, at a stretch, fashion’s response to the energy crisis. Either way, in the latest crossover between catwalk glamour and high street practicality, the hooded dress, has been dubbed the “warmdrobe look” of winter 2022.

Of course, two hooded gowns are the same, and at the higher end of the market they come sheer and tight. On a chilly night in New York last month, Kate Moss presented an award-wearing a sheer olive-green silk jersey dress, whose only warmth came from a built-in hood. Earlier in the month, Beyonce wore one by Saint Laurent in aubergine, which she paired with sunglasses. 

On the high street, the trend is more relaxed – at River Island, they come in mid-length jersey, resembling a long hoodie, while at Karen Millen, they are made from recycled knitted polyester. 

Hoods-on dresses feel modern, but are nothing new. They are a nod to the Yves Saint Laurent “capuche”, Kylie Minogue’s white hooded jumpsuit from I Just Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, and Grace Jones’s various hoods worn in the James Bond movie A View to A Kill.

Also making a return to current fashion trends is the ballet pump. Remember Amy Winehouse wearing hers covered in blood whilst drunk after fighting with her husband?

Yes, Ballet flats are back on point

Forever associated with that era of Amy Winehouse, Kate Moss and Alexa Chung, the footwear has been rediscovered by Gen Z – just like everything else from the 90s. This season, ballet flats, probably podiatrists’ most hated shoes, are back with a vengeance, after being seen at recent London and New York fashion weeks, where they ruled the front row.

Matches Fashion reports strong sales of Miu Miu’s pale pink version. Featuring a logo embossed elastic tie, they were styled on the autumn/winter 2022 runway with chunky knee-high socks and miniskirts, whereas the street style set favour low-slung jeans.

The Beauty Advent Calendar 2022

BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDARS: WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?

If you’ve never indulged in the joy of a beauty advent calendar, 2022 may well be the time to do so. Recent years have seen beauty calendars grow from a nice-but-niche treat to “ultimate Xmas gift” status, with every key brand creating their own offering.

So, what’s the appeal? The draw of the beauty calendar is two-fold. Firstly, there’s the complete joy of unwrapping a hair, skin or make-up surprise every day throughout December. Then, there’s the savings: the best beauty calendars come packed with premium products, often at a tiny fraction of the usual cost. They really are the best way to discover a wealth of buzzy new launches and iconic classics, without having to invest in the full-size products.

WHEN DO THE 2022 BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDARS GO ON SALE?

Such is the demand for these hefty collections that many sell out before you’ve even unpacked the Christmas decorations. So, get there early.

 Here, is my guide to the biggest and best beauty calendars of the year, including the contents you can expect.

THE BEST BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDARS FOR CHRISTMAS 2022

Liberty London

Liberty is set to remain the advent offering that every beauty enthusiast clamours for this Christmas. 2022’s incarnation is bigger than ever, with 20 full-size products alongside 5 travel sizes hiding in the iconic floral-print boxes. Expect luxe favourites such as Dr. Sebagh and Dr. Barbara Sturm alongside new and niche inclusions. Keep an eye out for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s eponymous make-up line, too.

£245

Sephora

With Sephora’s return to the UK being imminent, I’m looking forward to delving into the iconic retailer’s exclusive roster of brands. In the meantime, the advent calendar is a great way to indulge. Worth over £700, it’s stuffed to the brim with cult heroes from the likes of Medik8, Sam McKnight, Aromatherapy Associates and Virtue.

£139

Charlotte Tilbury

Loyalists of Charlotte Tilbury’s brand of old Hollywood glamour should snap up this glittering calendar immediately. This year’s Diamond Chest of Beauty Stars collection is designed to illuminate, enhance and define all skin types and tones, and features the make-up artist’s celebrated skincare alongside a capsule line-up of day-to-night make-up. With the illuminating Beauty Light Wand and iconic Pillow Talk lipstick in store, you’ll be glowing well into the New Year.

£150

Space NK

This is packed with products, both classic and new. The edit contains twice the number of full-size products than the year before, taking the total value to an astonishing £770.

Highlights include a full-size hand soap from the brand’s own line, Augustinus Bader’s cult Face Oil, Tatcha’s buzzy brightening cream and an A-list approved highlighter from Rose Inc.

£215

Boots No7

No7’s festive beauty calendar is so popular, it always sells out within minutes. If you’re keen to bag this limited-edition collection, I advise signing up to the waitlist now.

For something even more indulgent, consider the larger Ultimate Beauty Calendar, which contains plenty of full-sized skincare and make-up products, worth in excess of £430.

£49.99 and £140.

Harrods

With 22 of the 25 products full-size, this year’s Harrods calendar is one of the weightiest of the year. In fact, the contents are worth over four times the price tag – £1136 to be precise – and feature just-about every must-know beauty brand. Augustinus Bader’s cleanser is guaranteed to please – as is Sunday Riley’s brightening vitamin C serum – but look forwards to finding a few new favourites from Gisou and Evidens de Beaute, too.

£250

The White Company

If you’re looking forward to cosy winter nights at home, The White Company’s chic white calendar is the perfect choice. Filled with calming bath and body treats – plus that famously delicious Seychelles candle,  it’ll keep you feeling pampered right through to the new year.

£175

Selfridges

Worth over £800, this year’s Selfridges calendar offers a stellar mix of well-loved classics and new, buzzy launches.

Familiar formulas include Olaplex’s cult hair repair treatment, Dr. Barbara Sturm’s deep hydrating serum, and Le Labo’s cult Another 13 scent.

£210

Jo Malone London

Fragrance fans know how the Jo Malone advent calendar usually is and this year’s is truly a cut above. Indulge in a journey through the iconic brand’s sprawling back catalogue, featuring favourites from Peony & Blush Suede to Lime, Basil & Mandarin. There are new favourites to discover and a few limited-edition inclusions too.

£350

The Body Shop

The Body Shop’s largest calendar of 2022 (there are three to choose from) contains full-size products worth £215 in total. The body butters and facial treats inside are sure to be well-received, but we also love the fact that every calendar purchase helps the activism-focused retailer support waste pickers in Bengaluru, India.

£145

Next

A brilliant value option, Next’s beauty advent calendar contains a mix of much-loved skin, body and hair products. Expect the likes of L’occitane, Emma Hardie, and spa favourite Espa. Worth over £309, it’s a great value option.

£85

MAC

If you’re looking to drag yourself out of a make-up rut, this is just the advent calendar for you. MAC’s festive collection contains 16 full-size products alongside eight miniatures (together worth over £400) and spanning base products to mascaras and, of course, a party-ready lipstick or two.

£165.

Benefit

Benefit has so many cult-hero products in its roster these days, and this cheerful calendar is a perfect way to try a dozen of them. From the unbeatable Bad Gal Bang mascara to the smoothing Porefessional Primer, each one is bound to make it into your kit.

£59.50

Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencers’ beauty calendar is always pleasingly priced, and this year’s offering costs just £40 when you spend £30 either online or in store. (Our suggestion? Tick all your wrapping paper and Christmas cards off the shopping list.)

Inside this year’s keepsake reusable box, you’ll find £300 worth of classic products from the likes of Aveda, This Works and Percy & Reed.

£40

Camile & Mango

Camille Charrière Collaboration With Mango 

When French Influencer and fashion blogger Camille Charrière got married Paris last year, little did she know how impactful her sheer lace wedding dress by UK designer Harris Reed would turn out to be. Making a case for the naked dress everywhere, she styled her gorgeous gown over a sweet pair of white panties, creating one outfit combination that we couldn’t help but notice. 

The naked dress look is back and it was the catalyst for Charrière’s new collection with the Spanish brand Mango—she’s been a Mango Girl for quite some time. “I became a Mango girl in the early days of blogging—I think it was one the first big brands that I worked with, so it holds a very special place in my heart,” 

Mango approached the newlywed about collaborating on a capsule party collection, inspired by her cool-girl style and, of course, her iconic wedding look. “We’ve kept a really strong relationship, so when they reached out after my wedding and offered to design a party collection, I kind of jumped at the occasion.” 

The 60-piece Camille Charrière x Mango collection launched this month. While beginning the design process, Charrière made several trips to Mango’s headquarters in Barcelona and worked directly with their in-house design and production teams. The party collection is meant to transport you to the iconic nightlife of the late ’90s and early 2000s through sequined mini dresses, slinky slip dresses, satin miniskirts, and more. Absolutely perfect for this upcoming office party and Xmas party season.

Party Collection:

… a word from Amanda

Welcome to Amanda Zips It Up… as we head closer to the big festive day.

In the “5 Gift Rule”, the first four gift categories are the easier to implement: something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read. But the 5th? The 5th is the real winner, but also far more challenging. Something that they need or want, but don’t really know that they need or want. So, to help you navigate rule 5, I continue with another instalment of my Xmas gift guide 2022, revealing which ultimate gift everyone will benefit from – and it isn’t glamorous.

As we enter Xmas party season, we’ll be checking out what to wear and (perhaps more importantly) what not to wear over the coming weeks. This season is usually all about the little black dress, but in 2022 – Brown is the new Black.

Brown is the new black. 

And the change of colour focus is no surprise, as this year varying intensities of the autumnal hue came rushing down the runways of high-end designers such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Fendi.

I’ve always loved brown – it suits everyone. It’s the soft shade often associated with approachability, authenticity, warmth and safety. It is trending across all fashion categories and has recently been spotted on a number of stylish celebs. So get down to Zara for that brown satin slip dress for the office Xmas party ASAP.

Accessorise with plenty of gold bling and sexy red heels and clutch.

More next time…

Spend or Save Xmas Gift Guide Part 2

Travel Pillows

Balenciaga Travel Pillow

As one of the most recognisable designer brands in the world, it’s no surprise that fashion powerhouse Balenciaga has its own unique take on the travel pillow. Although, perhaps it’s more surprising that they should have turned their attention to the humble travel pillow in the first place.

Available in a minimalist black 100% cotton microfleece and boasting a hood with an under-chin drawstring to ensure a snug fit, there’s no surer way to channel your inner inflight celebrity than by donning this innovative design at 37,000 feet. It comes at a very Business Class price.

The Spend Option – obviously.

£525 Balenciaga.com

Amazon Travel Pillow

  • The Inflatable Travel Pillow at Amazon.
  • With high utility, suitable for travel, camping, resting at office or home,etc.
  • This inflatable pillow is ergonomically designed, offers support for optimal health of the spine lumbar vertebrae, and also helps relieve fatigue.
  • Easy to inflate and deflate: you can easily inflate these travel pillow with a few breaths of air.
  • Unique design in a forward position, allows you to watch movies or play games on your phone within the pillow!
  • This travel pillow are made of eco-friendly PVC flocagem, lightweight and portable, soft and comfortable.

£12.99 Amazon

Personalised Holiday Cushions

Everyone loves Ibiza (or wherever your fave holiday destination is) and what better way to remember it whilst you lounge around at home than with a cool cushion? Vibrant, colourful and fun. Featuring all the colours and energy from Ibiza (in my case), this design has a luxury pink velvet back this cushion would be a great addition to any sofa. Mix and match with other cushions from the collection of your travels to make the ultimate statement.

  • Limited Edition – 100 made
  • Handmade needle thread stitching
  • Includes inner foam cushion
  • 45x45cm

£65.00 www.thepillowdrop.com

Personalised Photo Cushions

Put the kids on a photo cushion and you can hug them whenever you like… Even when they’re too cool for cuddles.

  • 4 sizes – 28 x 28 cm to 65 x 65 cm
  • 17 different themes available (up to 8 photos)
  • Print the same design on both sides or leave the back white
  • 2 cover materials: canvas or suede-like
  • Machine-washable at 30℃

£15.99 www.photobox.co.uk

The Heated Airer

The Money and space saving alternative to the tumble dryer, these het rooms as well as drying clothes, plus they cost pence per hour to run.

£55 Argos.com

Dehumidifier

These help to dry your clothes while taking the damp out of the air. This makes your home feel warmer without putting the heating on and again, they’re cheap to run.

Try ProBreeze 500ml Mini Dehumidifier £39 Amazon

Amber Perfumes

Chanel No.5 was Created over 100 years ago can you believe, it combines a sparkling, powdery feel with a distinctive bouquet of rose and Jasmine to form one of the most distinctive forms of sophistication ever.

£91 for 50ml

Guerlaine Shalimar

I love this old school scent. It was considered to be scandalous when it emerged in 1925 due to its musky scent but its still seen as one of the greatest musky perfumes of all time with its essence of vanilla, citrus and leather.

£75 for 50ml

Candles

Jo Malone Pomiganate Noir Candle

Crafted in the UK you can’t go wrong with a luxury candle by Jo Malone in any citrus scent. It fills the house with a beautiful fragrance and it lasts for weeks.

£55 200g single candle

Winter Signature Candle by The White Company

With noted of cinnamon, clove and orange, this smells spicy and warming. It comes in a beautifully illustrated festive gift box which make the perfect gift. Again, a very strong scent which lingers for weeks.

£20 The White Company

Erotic Novels For Him

Tropic Of Cancer

Not for the faint hearted or anyone under the age of 18

A semi autobiographical story of Miller’s life amongst the bohemians of Paris in the 1930s.

Once deemed as so immoral and debauched, it was banned in the UK and US for over 30 years, today Tropic of Cancer is hailed as a novel that changed modern fiction. Miller’s hedonistic account documents his sexual exploits with prostitutes, pimps and artists as it questions everything we thought we knew about morality, sexuality and freedom.

£8.99, Amazon

Books For Her

Gossip Girl meets Downton Abbey as England’s upper echelons of society mingle, romance and defend their honour.

Buy her the whole set… or watch Netflix of course

Hitting our TV screens at some point during the hazy blur of lockdowns, Bridgerton fulfilled a desire we didn’t know existed – salacious regency-era drama. Fans of the show will be pleased to know that there are eight books in the series that follow each one of the Bridgerton family siblings.

Similar to the show, the book features saucy encounters, witty commentary and heart-warming love stories. If you thought the series was too x-rated, be wary of the book as there’s an abundance of detailed sex scenes that can traverse many pages.

£6, Books2Door

Stocking Fillers For Mum & Dad

The Ultimate Man Apron
So they can sort of multi-task

£7.49 www.iwantoneofthose.com

Magnetic Wristband
For the DIY nut job who has a screw loose at Xmas

£6.99 www.iwantoneofthose.com

Fizzics Draftpour Beer Dispenser – Carbon

  • Engineered using patent-pending fluid dynamics & sound technology to enhance the flavor and taste of beer.
  • Enhances the flavour and taste of all beer styles, including IPAs, Pilsners, Brown Ales, Stouts, Porters, Lagers, etc.
  • Does not require gas, chemicals or proprietary replacement parts.
  • Powered by 4 standard AA batteries. Lightweight and durable making it ideal for outdoor activities, camping, tailgating, etc.
  • Compatible with 12-25oz cans and 12oz bottles.

£129.99 www.iwantoneofthose.com

Heated Hooded Blanket – Blush
You already know ALL about this…

£49.99 www.iwantoneofthose.com

Heated Foot Massager
  • It’s the comfiest, cosiest pair of slippers ever!
  • Delivers a soothing vibration massage.
  • Has the option of gentle heat.
  • Plugs into the mains.
  • Perfect for relaxing on a chilly evening.
  • Measures approx. 30 cm x 30 cm x 10 cm, fits up to size 11.

£38.99 www.iwantoneofthose.com

The Ultimate Gift:

Why A Home Security System is The Perfect Christmas Gift

Before you question how a fashion blogger could list this as the ultimate gift – I researched this subject far and wide and this was the unanimous answer.

Your home is a precious thing – a sanctuary where you can rest, rejuvenate and regroup after a long day at work or out running errands around town. Home is where we feel safe, so it’s important that we keep our homes safe from unwanted intruders and the threat of fire. What better way to say I love you than to give the gift of home security to your family or someone close to you.


Ring Alarm Motion Detector

  • Get instant notifications on your phone when motion is detected at home.
  • Easy installation with no tools required.
  • Mounts to room corners or flat walls.
  • 3V lithium battery included.
  • Advanced motion sensitivity: won’t detect pets weighing under approximately 22 kg when mounted at 2.1 m
  • Manage your Ring Alarm Motion Detector and other Ring products with the Ring app.
  • Alexa can notify you when your Ring Alarm Contact Sensors/Motion Detectors are running low on batteries. You can also set up smart reorders so you’ll never run out of batteries.
  • Questions or need help? Contact Ring Support: 01727 26 3045 or via email help@ring.com

£39.00 Amazon

… A Rant From Amanda

Welcome to this week’s instalment of Amanda Zips It Up. Starting with a rant.

Just when we were all getting used to ‘normal’ sizes being the thing, the fashion industry is trying to make heroin chic happen again. Thanks to a general “90s revival.”

OK, I accept that ultra low-rise jeans are back. I accept that eyebrows will be plucked to within an inch of their lives again, I’ll even welcome Lindsay Lohan back with open arms.

But if the fashion industry thinks it can force the 90s’ worst idea on us again – emaciated “all skin and bones” Heroin Chic – then it can eff right off.

They are definitely trying. First, The Insider magazine proclaimed that the fashion world is embracing heroin chic again, then The Sydney Morning Herald demanded that we don’t call it “heroin chic”, before explicitly calling it just that.  Now it’s the New York Post trumpeting the end of bums – “Bye-bye booty” – Heroin chic is back

The Kardashians are getting bum reductions! Bella Hadid’s hip bones were at Fashion Week! 

Body types “trending” is just such an outmoded way of thinking. Obsessing about near skeletal thinness, concave stomachs and protruding ribs and hip bones with hollow cheeks that really make those cheek bones pop. Give me a break.

The unhealthy love child of grunge and capitalism, 90s heroin chic turned beautiful, often very young, women into human coat hangers to dress skimpy outfits on. In other words, it was dodgy as hell then, and it’s still dodgy as hell now.

Christmas Gift Guide Part 1

If the Christmas preparation feels like it gets earlier and earlier every year, that’s because, well, it does. But as the age old saying goes: “fail to prepare, prepare to fail”.

With all the uncertainty right now, and unexpected costs popping up left, right and centre, it doesn’t hurt to sort your seasonal shopping list early, and have one task ticked off when it comes towards the (generally very expensive) end of the year.

So, here are some suggestions.

This coffee table book will not only add a subtle pop of colour to your loved ones’ interiors, but it will also encourage them to get lost in the works of legendary artist David Hockney in an XL-edition. The book is a collection of 120 of the famed pop art painter’s digital works created on an iPhone and iPad where each captures a moment through the window of his Yorkshire home.

 £72.85, Amazon

Give the gift of a sound night’s sleep with this silk eye mask from the DROWSY Sleep Co. So popular is this ultimate slumber companion that one sells every 15 minutes in the UK. Not those basic designs you find on long haul flights, this sumptuous option is soft on the skin, while also keeping out sound and light thanks to the padding.

Best of all, silk is known for protecting hair from damaging friction and can even have anti-ageing properties. This Christmas, it is available in Green Sapphire and this celestial themed option.

DROWSY.COM

While a scooter will always make a great gift for a little one, this cruiser takes it to the next level. No, we aren’t just referring to the light-up wheels (!), but this eco three wheeler from the experts at Micro is made from discarded fishing nets so will encourage sustainable thinking during the Christmas season and as they travel from A to B.

£88, Micro Scooter Amazon

If they’re serious about their cheffing, introduce Allday Goods into their cutlery collection. The brand takes a sustainable approach to the formation of its kitchen essentials by crafting its knives entirely from waste that would have ended up in the landfill. The blades are made from scrap metals, while the handles – in attractive hues of yellow, white and green – save 48g of plastic per option. They are made in Sheffield, cutting down on shipping pollution too.

£120, Allday Goods

The iconic retro radios from Roberts are beloved by interior buffs and tech enthusiasts alike – a testament to the brand’s expert combination of fashion and function.

In a whole host of nostalgia-inducing colourways, from teal blue to sunburst yellow, they are characterised by the grill, logo and timeless accents, while still offering rich sound, Bluetooth audio streaming, DAB+, FM and WiFi radio, as well as access to Spotify. It also doubles up as an alarm clock.

£229, Amazon

There are so many benefits to the food subscription box models. You will get the chance to create meals you may not have thought of with all the ingredients and the perfect quantities of them ready and rearing to go, taking out the guesswork and removing waste from your home cooking agenda.

Mindful Chef is one of best in the biz, specialising in balanced, healthy meals that can be adapted to suit all dietary requirements, from gluten free to vegan. All the recipe boxes as well as the frozen meals on offer are nutritionally balanced and free from refined carbs and additives.

This gift card is ideal to give them the power to choose when to receive a box and can vary in amount depending on your budget. It’s also great for last minute purchases as can be emailed directly to them.

£30, Mindful Chef

In a bottle resembling the Italian fashion house’s signature triangle logo comes the latest fragrance from Prada – a treat for the senses. The floral aroma has adynamic combination of amber and musk. It begins as a light, fresh and crisp aroma but it’s given further depth from the musk base for a non-traditional floral bouquet.

£59, John Lewis

You only need to catch a glimpse of this red lipstick from Gucci to see its gifting credentials. The stunning exterior of the bullet alone is enough to sway you with the fashion house’s designer Alessandro Michele taking inspiration from vintage brooches and collectibles for its aesthetic. But this is no means a case of style over substance. The formula is long-wearing and while imparting highly pigmented colour, it also nourishes with hyaluronic acid, fruit butters and flower oils.

£36, Selfridges

It’s not always easy to follow recipes on Tiktok with the fast-paced nature of the videos but with this cookbook, you can whip up the most shared dishes and bring them to life. With a foreward from Gordon and daughter Tilly Ramsay, it features tried-and-tested delicacies from over 40 food creators.

£14.01, Amazon

There’s been something of an air fryer revolution in recent times. Whether it’s for the health benefits as you can use far less oil or its lessened energy usage, these devices have been pegged as the ultimate kitchen essential. This is the latest model from Instant Brands with 13 functions in one. You can use as an air fryer, grill, mini oven, roaster, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté pan, sous vide, dehydrator, yogurt maker, bread proofer and last but not least, food warmer.

The brand has also revealed that it uses up to 80 per cent less energy than an electric oven in a test cooking chicken as well as 95 per cent less oil compared to deep frying. It will also cook 70 per cent faster than traditional cooking methods.

What makes this even more unique is the large LCD display that provides step-by-step cooking instructions. It’s also super quiet, dishwasher safe and you can whip up meals with up to six servings.

£229.99, Lakeland

Savage X Fenty Fashion Show

Rihanna delivered a surrealist feast for the eyes, with a star-studded cast of scantily-clad characters in the hotly-anticipated fourth instalment of her Savage x Fenty Show.

The singer, 34, opened the runway show in a busty blue corset and see-through black trousers, while commanding attention on top of the trunk of a fallen tree in an eerie forest with a mystical purple haze.

Cara Delavigne smouldered as she joined a dazzling array of celebrities at the event, which was filmed earlier this month in Simi Valley, California but is dropping to an explosion of fanfare this week on Amazon Prime. Decked out in a skimpy set of black lace lingerie that showcased her supermodel figure, Cara, was positioned amid a sea of models in BDSM ensembles.

Cara rose from amid the other models’ midst, her face swathed in Gothic makeup that rendered her almost unrecognizable. Her hair was wound into braids that were then styled up into high arcs, and her ensemble drew a touch of extra dazzle via an elaborate pair of earrings. The sizzling sensation appeared to have put her much-documented personal concerns far behind her, as she delivered an electrifying performance at her fashion engagement.

A press release for the latest show hailed it as a ‘seductive fashion fever dream, this year’s show blends Emmy award-winning choreography, style, and music with the hypnotic essence of nocturnal nature.’

Rihanna’s latest offerings for her international fashion brand include sizes from 30–46 in bands and A–H in cups (up to 46DDD/42H). Underwear, sleepwear, and loungewear are available in a similarly inclusive spread of sizes ranging from XS–4X/XS–XXXXL.

Johnny Depp looked cool as ever while making a cameo in the show.

The actor, 59, made his one-minute appearance midway through, sporting a layer of his signature necklaces and silk Savage pyjamas. However, his cameo sparked some online backlash, with fans questioning why the show included an actor who’s been ’embraced as a hero’ by ‘misogynist extremists’ following his contentious trial with ex-wife.

Beforehand, Rihanna was showcased in all her glory, kicking off the show with a stunning animated version of the Umbrella hitmaker staring at viewers through hypnotic hazel eyes. Her curvaceous cartoon figure was wrapped in ropes as she emerges from the ocean before ascending and transforming into a Greek goddess.

The show is a follow-up to the Emmy-winning Vol 3, which starred Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon, Gigi Hadid and Vanessa Hudgens.