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Cosy Deals, Fit For Autumn, On Long Nights In You’ll Wish You’d Bought ‘em…

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“All the leaves are brown and the sky is greyyyyy” so sang The Mamas and the Papas in reference to the coming of autumn. But whilst many fear the onslaught of those grey skies, shorter days and Simon Cowell and Cheryl does-anyone-even-know-what-her-surname-is-anymore’s inescapable TV presence, here at Wowcher we’re embracing the turn of the season. “Why?” We hear you cry, well how about these reasons to name but a few…

Cosy nights in
Sure we all love a night out on the tiles, but several stiletto accidents, pounding headaches and extortionate receipts later and we’re firmly coming round to the benefits of a night on the sofa. With homemade popcorn in hand, a hefty selection of Ryan Gosling films and a cosy duvet clad in brand new striped bedding you’ll forget why you ever saw the benefits of leaving the house to down Tequila shots and whip out your questionable dance moves.

Perfect for a night in with the girls or that special someone, the 2-Litre Fusion hot air popcorn maker brings you unbeatable flavour with minimum prep time.

Perfect for a night in with the girls or that special someone, the 2-Litre Fusion hot air popcorn maker brings you unbeatable flavour with minimum prep time.

Pampering
Whilst it might not give you the recommended daily dose of Vitamin D, a spot of pampering sure does wonders for those autumnal blues. So get rid of your other half and invite the girls round for a night of gossiping and glamour Wowcher style. Keep it simple and don face masks whilst quaffing budget bubble, or amp up the glam factor with a seriously stylish straightening session courtesy of the Amika pro-style tourmaline straighteners and heatproof styler mat and travel case. Just remember no self-respecting girl’s night in takes place without a strict onesie dress code being enforced…

As beautiful as autumn time can be, blustery winds and heavy showers can cause chaos with your hair. Set things straight with these Amika pro-style tourmaline straighteners.

As beautiful as autumn time can be, blustery winds and heavy showers can cause chaos with your hair. Set things straight with these Amika pro-style tourmaline straighteners.

Dressing like an Eskimo
Whilst Kim Kardashian and co may enjoy the stifling constraints of glamorous clothing and killer heels we’re far fonder of elasticated waists, fleece and pretty much anything that looks like it came straight from your grandma’s wardrobe. And whilst turning up to work in cosy duck down slippers and fleece-lined leggings may result in a meeting with HR, just remember that behind closed doors you’re the queen of your own sartorial destiny!

Prowl like a tiger, hop like a kangaroo or even look classic in Jurassic as a dinosaur in these soft and comfortable fleece onesies!

Prowl like a tiger, hop like a kangaroo or even look classic in Jurassic as a dinosaur in these soft and comfortable fleece onesies!

And if all else fails…
Just close your eyes, crank up the stylish flame-effect fireplace and reassure yourself with the fact that there’s only around 180 days to go until spring will have sprung!

Please note – all deals featured may not be live. But with loads of cosy autumnal deals always being added to the site, make sure you stay with Wowcher.co.uk!

Easy to Wear: Summer Hair Trends

At lunch, you choose a new ‘do. You visit Pinterest with a finger clamped in ‘scroll-mode’. Cue streams of pretty haircuts: pixie crops, updos, bob cuts and braids. Tugging at ratty tails, you think, “I could totally pull that off”. Next week you’re in the hairdresser’s chair bound in a black polyester gown, regretting the snap decision, and cursing the day you fell for the charms of the Pin boards. But rash judgements needn’t be bad ones. To help you on your path to ultimate hair vixen, we’ve compiled a list of the hottest hair trends this summer – and which ones are right for you…

Tousled Waves
Tangled, wet-look waves push the mermaid look to new heights. Spritz locks with leave-in conditioner to hold in moisture, delicately finger curling the front for natural edge. Perfect for those with heart-shaped faces.  Read more

Wowcher Gets Pampered at Nature’s Way

Some things in life are inevitable. The sun will rise in the east, the grass is green and, at some point, you’ll find your back knotted up like a pretzel. The latter is particularly true for me.

See, I’m a self-confessed gym addict. Yep, one of those people who bounds out of the house in Lycra at 6am to fit in a sly spin class before work. A good habit, you might think, but coupled with my fondness for sitting in awkward positions and slouching over my PC, it leaves me tenser than Phil Mitchell in a cop shop.

While I typically treat my aches with a cheeky massage from a colleague at lunch, bribing them with tasty baked goods, it just wasn’t quite doing the trick – plus, it was costing me a fortune in cakes. It was time to make a change, so I headed to leafy St John’s Wood for a luxurious full body massage, courtesy of WowcherRead more

Wowcher Does Dotty Style

From the days of ‘What Not to Wear’ to the slightly more invasive ’10 Years Younger’, it’s a fact: the art of reinvention is always ‘in’. Yet, think of the words ‘colour chart’ and your mind will most likely conjure up dodgy shoulder pads and unforgivable yoga ensembles. I decided to discover just how far colour consultations have evolved since the Dulux days of the 80s…

Set in the Hilton’s London Metropole, I was greeted by a sprawling yet decadent 4* hotel. I’ll be honest, as someone whose sartorial inspiration is more Morticia Addams than Miley Cyrus, I was dubious about how my funeral-ready wardrobe would fare in the intimidating world of colour. Do the veins in my arms indicate a blue or yellow undertone? Am I fair skinned or just a victim of winter whitening? Enter Dotty… Read more

Wowcher’s Guide To: Massages

From Swedish to Shiatsu, the minefield of having a massage can be a confusing and overwhelming place. Love the idea of treating yourself but unsure which type to choose? Luckily, Wowcher is here to rescue every damsel in distress! Read more

Ask the London Beauty Queen!

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She received the P&G Beauty and Grooming Award for best beauty blog in 2013, and this week Hayley Carr of London Beauty Queen joined us on Facebook to help you with your winter beauty woes!

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Royal Oil: Beauty the Middleton way…

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‘Postpartum’; a filthy word to most that calls to mind images of biblical pestilence and all-round aesthetic doom. Most mothers will tell you that other than the joy of embracing their new-born creation, childbirth takes a significant toll on one’s physical appearance. Changes to your body include skin discolouration, hair loss and other horrors – so how on earth did our very own Kate Middleton emerge from the birthing room with her ever-glossy locks and a fresh face?

If the rumours are anything to go by, we’re thinking her not-so-secret magic potion may well be the much talked about argan oil. Boasting a plethora of benefits, this miraculous oil can be used not only as a hair treatment, but also masquerades as a face mask, leave-in conditioner and a face & lip moisturiser (we know right?!). And it would seem that Kate isn’t the only public figure to get in on this handy beauty gem; other adherents to the ‘argan administration’ include Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Eva Mendes. So how can you join the celeb crew, you ask? Well, whilst we can’t tell you the exact brand each of them use, we can point you in the right direction with this 100ml Moroccan Argan Treatment Oil from BlushLook.

The best part? If all these additions to your beauty regimen get you peckish, a little birdy tells us that a drop of argan oil over a salad not only beats stress but adds a unique flavour. Yummy in our tummy and on our tresses - where can we sign up?

 

Hair-raisingly good fun with chalk…

Copywriter Rose goes for Wowcher pink (naturally) with her hair chalks...

Copywriter Rose goes for Wowcher pink (naturally) with her hair chalks…

So you’ve gone brown, blonde and black, but what next? We think summery hues are far more exciting than our natural hair, so we’ve been experimenting with funky hair chalks in the Wowcher office. Hey, if it’s good enough for Kelly O, it’s certainly good enough for us! Perfect for indecisive ladies and commitment-phobes everywhere, you can transfrom your locks with wash-out colour meaning if you change your mind, your original ‘do is only a shower away. Our favourite so far has to be punky pink dipped onto the ends of hair for a subtle yet summery style – just the look that bagged Little Mix’s Perrie her One Direction man! If you’re more of a lilac lady, try rubbing stylish pale purple throughout your locks, or why not get bold with baby blue? So if you like the idea of adding some colour to your summer ‘do, just click here!

Nails to be gel-ish of…

beautiful model with curly hair and purple manicureIf you ask us, there’s no better way to spend a girlie night in than gossiping, eating popcorn and painting your nails! There’s nothing better than experimenting with your friends with all sorts of different colours and brands – and these days there are no end of novelty polishes to aid us on our way. One problem though – they never last long enough! Most nail varnishes seem to have a two day life span before cracks appear and they start to peel and need repainting. That’s why I couldn’t wait to get a gel manicure and see what all the fuss was about…

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Summer Beauty Q&A with Sarah Stacey

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It’s getting hot hot hot out there! And while we’re loving the beach days, lunchtime picnics and outdoor BBQs, we’re facing a whole heap of beauty problems. Our foundation is melting, our hair is getting dry and our toes? Well, they looked much better in boots…

To help you lot sort yourselves out (ok, we asked a question, too!), we had Sarah Stacey, award-winning journalist and joint editor of the Beauty Bible, host a Q&A on the Wowcher Facebook page so you could get some expert advice.

Here’s what you asked, and what she had to say about it. Read more