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‘We've the latest gift ideas and hot looks to see you through the party season, plus your chance to win cult products that will help you sleep soundly’ Helen Daly, Editor



To me… with love

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    In the gifting groove? Don’t forget, you deserve a treat, too. Top of our gift-to-self list is this luxe lipstick, YSL Rouge Pur Couture Dazzling Lights Edition in 1 Le Rouge*, £28/2,800 points – it’s fit for any festive occasion. Now where’s the mistletoe…

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Look on-point

Optometrist at Boots Opticians, Samantha Watson, answers your most pressing contact lens questions in time for the party season:


Q. I want to go glasses-free for a festive do, but how do I know if contacts are suitable for me?
‘Almost anyone can wear contact lenses. There are many options to suit different prescriptions and lifestyles. You can book a free contact lens trial at’


Q. I can still wear sparkly eye make-up, right?
‘Yes, but always put your lenses in before applying make-up, and opt for oil- and fragrance-free eyeshadows, as they’re less likely to aggravate your peepers. Also, avoid false lashes, as the glue is an irritant.’



Spotlight on

The Shoulder

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    Replacing cleavage, leg and tummy (*breathes a sigh of relief*), shoulders are officially in (or should that be out?) as the new it-zone to flash at parties. Just look at the raft of A-listers (above) who opted for the off-the-shoulder or one-shoulder trends at awards ceremonies and film premieres in 2017. And with just a sweep of Vita Liberata Ten Minute Tan*, £30/3,000 points (150ml), using the Soltan Beautiful Bronze Self-Tan Back Applicator*,£5.99/599 points, to get those hard-to-reach bits glowing, it’s easy to look amazing in next to no time. Sold!

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Sweet dreams

Having a good reason to get up in the morning helps you nod off quicker, say scientists. So maybe that’s why we get a restful night’s sleep when we have a Christmas party to look forward to! But on those occasions when you need a helping hand, consider Pukka Night Time Herbal Tea Sachets*, £1.91/191 points (20 sachets), as they contain lavender, which can help you wind down.

WIN! The best night’s sleep of your life

Courtesy of fabulous products from This Works


Does this time of year have you sniffling, exhausted and in need of a good night’s sleep? Fear not, as we have 25 sets of goodies from This Works – each worth £92 – up for grabs, to help you reset your batteries. The prize includes a luxurious Bath Soak*, a Zzz-inducing Shower Gel*, a Sleep Balm that contains lavender oil, and a Hair Elixir to aid relaxation. Plus, you also win the cult-favourite Pillow Spray – our Beauty Director Donna Francis swears by it. The lavender and chamomile scent soothes your senses, encouraging a calm state of mind and body before bed – exactly what you need.
The closing date is midnight on 28 December 2017.

Mandatory fields. If you provide a tel. number this will only be used to contact you if you are the winner. Boots will not store or pass on your data for any other purpose.


*Available in selected stores. A trial consists of up to five pairs of daily disposable lenses or a month’s supply of selected daily reusable lenses. It excludes quarterly replacement, annual replacement, rigid gas permeable lenses and coloured contact lenses; it also excludes current Boots Opticians Contact Lens Reward Scheme customers. You can book a contact lens trial online at, or call 0345 125 3773 (local call rates apply; mobiles may vary), or visit your local store.

Words Charlotte Grant-West, Donna Francis, Helen Daly
Photography Dennis Pedersen, Elise Dumont, Alamy, Getty Images, Pixeleyes, Shutterstock


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