StyleNest http://www.stylenest.co.uk The Fashion & Lifestyle Destination for the Modern Woman Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:12:52 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Best Make Up Brush Cleanershttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/best-of-beauty/best-make-up-brush-cleaners/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/best-of-beauty/best-make-up-brush-cleaners/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:12:52 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86061 We can all be guilty of skipping this step of our beauty routine, but don´t under estimate the importance of cleaning your make up brushes. Not only does it prolong their life, keeping them soft and conditioned, cleaner brushes mean cleaner skin, and a more professional make up application. We’ve rounded up the best and […]

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We can all be guilty of skipping this step of our beauty routine, but don´t under estimate the importance of cleaning your make up brushes. Not only does it prolong their life, keeping them soft and conditioned, cleaner brushes mean cleaner skin, and a more professional make up application.

We’ve rounded up the best and most effective brush cleansers available, to make it as easy and fuss free as possible.

Click here to read about the new Christian Louboutin beauty

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Friday 19 Augusthttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/new-in-this-week/friday-19-august/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/new-in-this-week/friday-19-august/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:00:49 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86080 StyleNest roundup the best new in this week pieces.

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StyleNest roundup the best new in this week pieces.

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Pomegranate Lemonadehttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/drinks-recipes/pomegranate-lemonade/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/drinks-recipes/pomegranate-lemonade/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:00:46 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=85791 This Summer Kitchenette, a recently opened Mediterranean cafe, restaurant and bar in Putney, are bringing cocktails home with a selection of inspirational recipes perfect for quenching your thirst in the summer sun. Drawing inspiration from Kitchenette’s Turkish heritage the cocktails include an array of traditional ingredients such as Pomegranate seeds, Turkish delight vodka and the sweet […]

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pomegranate lemonade to share midThis Summer Kitchenette, a recently opened Mediterranean cafe, restaurant and bar in Putney, are bringing cocktails home with a selection of inspirational recipes perfect for quenching your thirst in the summer sun. Drawing inspiration from Kitchenette’s Turkish heritage the cocktails include an array of traditional ingredients such as Pomegranate seeds, Turkish delight vodka and the sweet essence of rose water.

What You’ll Need:

  • 100ml Absolute Citron
  • 50ml Lemon Juice
  • 50ml Gomme
  • 175ml Pomegranate Juice
  • 100ml Sparkling water
  • 2 x Orange, Apple, Lemon and Lime Slices

What To Do:

  • Add all ingredients into a 500ml Glass Jug and stir until well mixed
  • Decanter cocktail mix into 2 inverness glasses and garnish with pomegranate seeds

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University Essentials From John Lewishttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/home-and-garden/best-of-home-and-garden/university-essentials-from-john-lewis/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/home-and-garden/best-of-home-and-garden/university-essentials-from-john-lewis/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:54:20 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=84969 Make John Lewis your one-stop-shop for university essentials. From desk lamps to duvets, Laptops to notebooks – we’ve picked a few pieces to ensure your teens settle into uni life in style and comfort. 

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Make John Lewis your one-stop-shop for university essentials. From desk lamps to duvets, Laptops to notebooks – we’ve picked a few pieces to ensure your teens settle into uni life in style and comfort. 

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GU Caramelshttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/pudding-and-dessert-recipes/gu-caramels/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/pudding-and-dessert-recipes/gu-caramels/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:00:15 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=85780 If you plan to make the perfect homemade pressie, look no further than our chewy chocolate caramels. Pop the little no bake nibbles in tissues and a pretty box, wrap with a ribbon and you’re good to go. If you can bear to give them way, that is Makes 36 What To Do: 100g salted […]

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CaramelsIf you plan to make the perfect homemade pressie, look no further than our chewy chocolate caramels. Pop the little no bake nibbles in tissues and a pretty box, wrap with a ribbon and you’re good to go. If you can bear to give them way, that is

Makes 36

What To Do:

  • 100g salted butter, softened
  • 180ml double cream
  • 240g caster sugar
  • 80g liquid glucose or runny honey
  • 50g dark chocolate (about 70% cocoa solids), broken into small pieces

Equipment:

  •  15 x 20cm or 18cm square baking tin
  • Sugar thermometer (optional)

What To Do:

  • Butter the baking tin evenly all over. Then lay a strip of baking parchment as wide as the tin in the base and up the sides, overlapping the top edge as this will help to lift the caramel from the tin once it has set.
  • Place the butter and cream in a small pan and heat gently until the butter has melted, then set aside.
  • Tip the sugar into a saucepan and add the glucose or honey together with 3 tablespoons of water. Place the pan over a medium heat and bring it to the boil, stirring continuously, until the sugar has dissolved. Then reduce the heat and let the contents continue to bubble gently (do not stir now) until the mixture turns a light caramel colour.
  • Keep an eye on the caramel, as you don’t want it to catch and burn, but while it’s cooking, melt the chocolate.
  • When the sugar syrup has reached a light caramel colour, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter and cream mixture. Return the pan to the boil, then reduce the heat once again and simmer until it reaches 117-120°C (this is known as the soft- ball stage; see page 14 for checking that this has been reached, especially if you don’t have a sugar thermometer). Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the melted chocolate until well mixed and smooth.
  • Pour the chocolate caramel into the prepared tin and leave it to set at room temperature. Using a knife, score into small diamond shapes, then cover and put in the fridge to set completely. To serve, remove the caramel from the tin, using the paper, and cut along the score lines

For more information on Gü puds and the Gü puds range visit www.gupuds.com. Alternatively you can find us on facebook at www.facebook.com/gupuds or twitter at @GuPuds

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Family Days Outhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/lifestyle/days-out/family-days-out/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/lifestyle/days-out/family-days-out/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:17:32 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=85928 Keeping the kids entertained over the holidays can be tricky at times, so we’ve picked our favourite family days out from across the UK. Covering fun and games for all ages, StyleNest rounds up cycling events to adventure days and enchanted gardens, so you can choose which trip to take. With something in store for […]

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Keeping the kids entertained over the holidays can be tricky at times, so we’ve picked our favourite family days out from across the UK.

Covering fun and games for all ages, StyleNest rounds up cycling events to adventure days and enchanted gardens, so you can choose which trip to take. With something in store for everyone, StyleNest have the best of family days out sorted.

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I feel brand newhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/the-beauty-bird/i-feel-brand-new/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/the-beauty-bird/i-feel-brand-new/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:25:27 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86027 I might have mentioned this before, but I’m not that keen on the term anti-ageing. Because I’m not anti-ageing, I actually feel privileged to be ageing. However, in the context of beauty products, anti-ageing obviously means preventing the issues that come when you’ve been knocking about for a while. Which I have. So, following that […]

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I might have mentioned this before, but I’m not that keen on the term anti-ageing. Because I’m not anti-ageing, I actually feel privileged to be ageing. However, in the context of beauty products, anti-ageing obviously means preventing the issues that come when you’ve been knocking about for a while. Which I have.

So, following that disclaimer, today I’m on the anti-ageing body products. Because skin elasticity doesn’t just decline on your face, it declines all over your body. So why only treat your face to the fancy technology that keeps it looking more plumped up? No reason. Here are my top five slack-busters.

First up is a gorgeous little number that was allegedly found in Victoria Beckam’s washbag. Not by me, honest. It’s Crystal Clear Intense Anti-ageing Body Moisturiser (£28). What a powerhouse this is: non-greasy, sinks in immediately yet leaves your skin almost creepily soft, like someone else’s. Must be down to all the peptides, wheat protein and the like that you’d normal expect in a high-end face cream. Nice work, Crystal Clear.

Crystal Clear

Future Proof from Mio (£35) is richer and gunkier but still easily absorbed. The idea with this is that you’re getting hydration for an instant softening effect combined with antioxidant and omega actives to build skin’s defences up for the future. The smell is like a summer day. Love it.

Mio

Also rich and unctuous is Clarins Extra Firming Body Cream (£40), which boasts eight regenerating and firming plant extracts to ‘help restore the skin’s youthful density and elasticity’. Absolutely love this posh, subtly scented cloud of a cream and the pot looks magnificent on your bathroom shelf.

ClarinsAnother looker in the packaging department is REN Moroccan Rose Otto Firming Crème Riche (£36). It contains hydroxyproline – an amino acid – which plays a key role in collagen strength, while the wonderfully scented Rose Otto gets to work on repairing and restoring lost moisture. Luxe in a jar.

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Finally, I read recently that cellulite appears more visible as you get older because the skin dermis starts to get looser, so more fat cells can protrude into it. Nice. So how about an anti-ageing body lotion that does a bit of dimple-busting while it’s there? Hello Green People Age Defy+ Contour & Sculpt Body Lotion (£34.95). Perfect for some pre-autumn firming, this is a delight to use and smells deliciously herbal.

Green People

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Orange and Honey-Glazed Sweet Potato and Chicken Skewershttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/healthy-recipes/orange-and-honey-glazed-sweet-potato-and-chicken-skewers/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/healthy-recipes/orange-and-honey-glazed-sweet-potato-and-chicken-skewers/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:00:49 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=85772 Make the last of summer rays and put these chicken skewers on the grill or barbie for a healthy lunch or light dinner. Serves 6 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes What You’ll Need: For the skewers 4 large skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2.5cm cubes 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut […]

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Orange & honey glazed sweet potato & chicken skewers 3Make the last of summer rays and put these chicken skewers on the grill or barbie for a healthy lunch or light dinner.

Serves 6

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

What You’ll Need:

For the skewers

  • 4 large skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2.5cm cubes
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2.5cm cubes
  • Fresh bay leaves
  • Salt, to season
  • Oil, to drizzle (if using a griddle pan)
  • 2tbsp honey or sugar
  • Bamboo skewers, soaked in cold water for 30 minutes

Marinade

  • 1-2 chillies, cut into thin strips
  • 2 spring onions, cut into thin strips
  • Fresh ginger, to taste, peeled and cut into thin strips
  • 3tbsp honey
  • Juice of 2 oranges
  • Cracked black pepper
  • 5 sprigs thyme

What To Do:

  • To make the marinade, put the chillies, spring onions, thyme and ginger in a large bowl. Add the honey, orange juice, black pepperand mix well. Coat the chicken in the marinade, cover and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  • In the meantime cook the cubed sweet potatoes in boiling water for 4 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • When the chicken has marinated for long enough, drain and reserve the marinade. Build your skewers starting with a cube of sweet potato, followed by a piece of chicken and a bay leaf. Repeat this pattern until each skewer is full. When all the skewers have been prepared, season well with salt.
  • Cook on the BBQ or a griddle pan until the juices from the chicken run clear, turning frequently.
  • While the chicken is cooking, pour the marinade in a pan, add the honey or sugar and bring to the boil. As soon as it starts boiling, turn the heat down and reduce the marinade to a thick syrup, then remove from the heat and keep warm.
  • When the chicken is cooked, coat it immediately with the cooked marinade and serve with salad on the side.

What You’ll Need:

For the salad

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled
  • 1 raw beetroot, peeled
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange
  • Small bunch mint
  • Small bunch flat parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Salt (optional) and cracked black pepper
  • 5-8tbsp extra virgin olive oil

What To Do:

  • Using a potato peeler, slice the flesh of the beetroot into thin strips, place in a large bowl of cold water and leave to soak. (You will need to change the water a few times to make sure the beetroot doesn’t stain the rest of the ingredients).
  • Cut the flesh of the sweet potato into strips and place in a large bowl. Add the fennel.
  • With a potato peeler, remove the zest from the orange, cut into thin strips, and add to the sweet potato. Then remove the peel from the orange with a knife, and cut the flesh into segments. Add to the sweet potato.
  • When the beetroot has stopped losing colour, drain and spin in a salad spinner to remove any excess fluid, then add to the bowl with the sweet potato.
  • Pick the leaves from the mint and parsley, and add to the salad together with the garlic, salt if used, cracked black pepper and some oil. Toss and serve.

Tips

  • If you like a more “sticky” feel, return the skewers to the grill, but keep an eye on them as the marinade will caramelise very quickly.
  • Use mushrooms or aubergines instead of meat for a vegetarian option.
  • For a smoky flavour, soak a good handful of hickory or oak wood chips in cold water for an hour or so, then carefully sprinkle them into the barbecue and place the skewers around but not directly on top.
  • Burning herbs like rosemary, sage, thyme or even the leftover shell of the oranges on the BBQ will add extra flavour to your skewers.
  • The salad can be prepared well in advance as it won’t become soggy.

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Braun Satin-Hair 7 Brush with IONTEChttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/hair/braun-satin-hair-7-brush-with-iontec/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/hair/braun-satin-hair-7-brush-with-iontec/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:24:14 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=85663 Braun’s Satin-Hair 7 Brush with IONTEC is a brand new hair-care breakthrough, created to combat tired tresses and ensure a super shiny ‘do. With such bold claims being made, StyleNest just had to try this brush out for ourselves. The hairbrush works by releasing ions through an exclusively designed jet-stream within a central core. Simply […]

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BraunBraun’s Satin-Hair 7 Brush with IONTEC is a brand new hair-care breakthrough, created to combat tired tresses and ensure a super shiny ‘do. With such bold claims being made, StyleNest just had to try this brush out for ourselves.

The hairbrush works by releasing ions through an exclusively designed jet-stream within a central core. Simply by pressing a button at the back of the brush, charged particles are then delivered to your hair, instantly smoothing locks. Frizzy, damaged hair is immediately improved, enhancing a natural shine effect. Quick, efficient and easy to use, the Satin-Hair 7 is a handy addition to your beauty regime.

UK Braun Hair Care Style Director, Peter Beckett, says: “It’s natural for most women to want to look their best with great hair. The Braun Satin-Hair 7 Brush with IONTEC technology allows you to fight frizz and help to create shine at the push of the button. The seamless bristles have a super smooth surface for exceptionally gentle brushing, without damaging the hair cuticle. This handbag friendly brush is easy to use and 100% portable, so it means you can have salon glossy hair wherever you are.”

Clever features include a removable cushion pad to keep your brush clean and seamless bristle technology which assist with gentle brushing actions. As the friction linked to brushing often makes us think of breakage, there can be a reluctance to over-brush hair. But we found that one of the best bits about the Braun Satin-Hair 7 Brush with IONTEC technology is the specially designed, soft bristles. As someone with a 5 year old hot on the heels of any new hair-care finds, it was even light enough for young locks.

With claims that it tames frizz at the simple push of button, StyleNest can testify this brilliant brush is true to its word.

RRP £21.99

www.braun.com

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Matthew Williamson Babywearhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/kids/treasure-chest/matthew-williamson-babywear/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/kids/treasure-chest/matthew-williamson-babywear/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:08:04 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=85876 British designer Matthew Williamson is preparing to turn his eponymous label into a family business with a new addition – baby wear. His mum, Maureen, has officially joined his fashion house, after helping Williamson start his business by sewing his designs. She has created the first pieces of the knitted baby wear line, which will […]

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Matthew WilliamsonBritish designer Matthew Williamson is preparing to turn his eponymous label into a family business with a new addition – baby wear.

His mum, Maureen, has officially joined his fashion house, after helping Williamson start his business by sewing his designs. She has created the first pieces of the knitted baby wear line, which will be available in Matthew Williamson’s stores.

‘My mum first started knitting when I was born, then more recently she started making baby bonnets for friends and they went down a treat,’ said Matthew to British Vogue. ‘She took inspiration for the colours from my first collection and now she’s got a little waiting list! I may pop them in my Mayfair store towards the end of the summer.’

Inspired by Williamson’s first show in 1997, ‘Electric Angels’, the range consists of brightly coloured, knitted cashmere hats and booties. “I get great pleasure knitting for babies and little ones,” said Maureen, who revealed that the thought came to her whilst she was reading her son’s book. “I was recently browsing through it and loving the colours, especially the Electric Angels show. I just thought how cool to have a little bonnet in the colours, tried it and had a brilliant reaction and great feedback.”

We adore the vibrant knitted woollen designs getting the Williamson treatment in neon blue and fuchsia cashmere. The perfect accessory for super stylish babes.

And the designer has also hinted that he may follow in many designers’ footsteps and start a fully-fledged childrenswear line sometime in the near future. Watch this space….

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