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Fenwick’s January deal: spend £200, get £250 worth of freebies

Spend £200 on beauty at Fenwick’s and receive £250 worth of beauty freebies. We’re sorry to have to give you yet another reason to spend more money but here’s an offer that will appeal to many a beauty addict. From today, spend £200 or more in the beauty hall at Fenwick of Bond Street and you’ll receive a free cosmetics case filled with 24 different beauty products worth £250. If you’re curious, here’s what’s inside (deep breath…): 111 Skin mask, Cane & Austin glycolic acid pads, Caudalie Divine Oil, Chantecaille deluxe mascara, Christophe Robin shampoo and conditioner, Clarins Instant Eye Makeup remover, Darphin Hydraskin Light, DHC cleansing oil, Eve Lom cleanser, IPD Alyssa Ashley, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Lipstick Queen Chinatown Catalina & Chinatown Chase, MOA, NUBO, Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer , Phyto citrus shampoo, Racinne Ultimate Youth Powder Neck Emulsion, Radical mask, Sachajuan hair repair, Shiseido Gentle Cleanser & Perfect Rouges, Suqqu Moisture Mask Scrub, When-Mask facial mask, Xen Tan, Glam Glow and Youth H2O Youth Activating Concentrate. And if you’re wondering about the slogan, …

CITY ESCAPE: Berlin

25 years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, we discover why Berlin is still such an extraordinary city to explore.   For too long East Berlin has been outshining its neighbouring West – a result of the economy shifting focus across due to the Cold War and construction of the Berlin Wall. But 25 years on with the reunification of Germany, the spotlight is firmly back on Berlin’s bustling City West district. Whether you want to delve into Berlin’s history, shop, dine, take in some art and culture or just party, there’s plenty to entertain all. Here are the essentials you need to make your trip worthwhile. Spending time in Berlin means snacking on the city’s beloved equivalent of England’s fish and chips, the currywurst – fried sausage with a sprinkling of curry powder and chips. Kurfurstendamm (“Ku’damm” to locals) in Charlottenburg is home to Bier’s Ku’damm, where you can enjoy your sausage with a glass of Champagne. For a more well-rounded and resolutely elegant, albeit more French affair, try Le Faubourg, a …

The best Christmas gifts for…err, myself

Because you must take care of yourself because you can take care of others   50 People of East London by Adam Dant £12.95, hoxtonminipress.com Not only is this book beautifully illustrated, it is uncannily accurate in its profiling of all the diverse personalities that make East London brilliant, from the Creative ‘digital thought leader’ typically found on Great Eastern Street, to the ‘massive bush’-carrying Sunday Flower Market Shopper along Columbia Road. – – – – – The Bluebeards Revenge Perfect Man Kit £49.99, bluebeards-revenge.co.uk How about a gentle nudge for your partner in the grooming department, because if it helps him, it helps you? This set has all the essentials to keep him fresh and fragrant – a ‘does what it says on the box’ type of gift. – – – – – Bomb Cosmetics Berry Christmas Gift Set £7.99, bombcosmetics.co.uk Good enough to make your mouth water, this cracker of a gift contains three fantastically fragrant, fruity bath bombs made with essential oils including neroli, sweet orange and chamomile. – – – – …

The best Christmas gifts for techies

Clever gadgets for clever people   Stelle Audio Go-Go Speaker £99, stelleaudio.com A brilliant speaker for enjoying music on the go, plus, it firmly ticks the style box. A removable strap allows you to hang it wherever you like (up to 50 feet from a connected Bluetooth device) and you can even mount it onto the handlebars of a bike so you can groove as you move. – – – – – X-mini KAI 2 Capsule Speaker £39.95, x-mini-com This portable speaker, with ceramic drivers that deliver loud and clear sound, doubles up as an excellent mobile conferencing tool. A clever, built-in noise-cancelling microphone helps to filter out background disturbances so you can hold quality conversations wherever you are. – – – – – Huawei TalkBand B1 £99, amazon.co.uk This sleek wearable tech packs a whole lot of function into a single band. There’s a fitness monitor to keep track of your activity levels, an alerts function so you can screen incoming calls and emails, a nifty screen that pops out doubling up as a …

The best Christmas gifts for the house-proud

Your home is your theatre, show it off   Anatomy Boutique Arteries plate £50, anatomyboutique.com “That’s a pretty plate. What is it?” “Oh, some arteries.” How’s that for a conversation starter? If like us, you’re mesmerised by the anatomical illustration on this beautiful hand-guilded, bone china plate, you might like to know there’s a whole set with further anatomy-inspired designs to impress upon your dining guests. – – – – – HAM Superhero Rabbit Screen Print From £29, hammade.com This artwork perfectly sums up our mood. A simple and elegant, hand-made screen print featuring a silhouette of a daredevil rabbit is the perfect reminder for always putting a spring in your step. – – – – – Sabichi Owl Cushion £15.50, sabichi.co.uk If you’re after an adorable decorative cushion, this ‘goes with everything’ owl design is a pretty wise choice. – – – – – Madebyzen Fresh Mint and Grapefruit Candle £21.99, madebyzen.com A bright and beautiful scented candle that fills the room with natural fresh and fruity notes for hours. Better still, the food-grade …

The best Christmas gifts for those who like a tipple

Who doesn’t at this time of year?   Absolut Andy Warhol Edition £21.99, Harvey Nichols What a collectable for Andy Warhol fans – and one which will be proudly displayed we’re sure. The latest in Absolut’s art collaborations sees the artist’s original painting of the vodka bottle transferred onto the actual bottle itself. Certainly the exception to your otherwise impeccable recycling habits. – – – – – Belsazar White Vermouth £24.99, Selfridges Newly launched in the UK, this German vermouth will make you see this traditional drink in a new light. Sweet, with full-bodied notes of peach and orange, and delicate herb and spice tones, you can’t help but have this served neat. Plus, it makes for a wonderful alternative to a dessert wine. – – – – – Bowmore Black Rock Gift Pack £44.99, bowmore.com A rich and smoky single malt whisky with notes of burnt orange, cocoa beans and treacle toffee – ideal for rounding off with at the end of a long night. And park your glass on one of the slate …

The best Christmas gifts for foodies

Because everything tastes better with chocolate   Godiva Chef Inspirations £26, godivachocolates.co.uk Now this is a fine showcase of chocolate if there ever was one. Divine flavours such as banana-coconut ganache and Sichuan pepper and black tea mousse are the result of four Godiva chocolatiers taking inspiration from far-flung location to produce a single, exotic collection that will excite even the most well-travelled of chocolate fiends. – – – – – The Marshmallowists Hot Choc Kit £20, themarshmallowists.co.uk If you think any plain old marshmallows with a mug of molten hot chocolate will do, this set will make you think again. There are enough 70% dark chocolate shards for four helpings, a Le Creuset mug and two pairs of gourmet mallows – peppermint and brandy-soaked spiced fruit – to liven the whole thing up. – – – – – PAUL Buche Roulee Chocolat £28.95, paul-uk.com No prizes for guessing who wins the crown for Best Chocolate Log. This one contains almond biscuit, milk chocolate and dark chocolate mousse. Perfect for whipping out to impress dinner …

A Carnaby shopping extravaganza

Thursday 1st May, 5-9pm: get that date in the diary because there’s a party in Carnaby and you’re all invited. If you’re looking to do a bit of shopping, save it for the evening when shops will be offering a 20% discount on their new season collections. Some of the brands taking part include ELEVENPARIS, Diesel, American Apparel, Paul Smith Soho, Barbour, Cheap Monday and The Kooples. And because you can’t shop on an empty stomach, grab your free Whyte wine spritzer from chicken and egg concept restaurant Whyte & Brown and your prawn crackers from Cha Cha Moon, or some Prosecco (£3) and oysters (£2) from Wright Brothers. Head to Bolongaro Trevor where an in-store treasure hunt will lead to prizes or stop by nightspot Disco for a street art exhibition and if you’re keen on photography, free workshops are available at Lomography. 10 people will have the chance to win their favourite items from the evening – just Tweet it. Or, post a photo on Instagram with the most likes to win £100 …

Must visit: Beauty in Wonderland at Fenwick’s

With one week left to go of Fenwick of Bond Street’s beauty extravaganza, now is the time to drop in if you’ve not already done so to check out the spring buzz. The beauty hall, decked out with garden blooms and decorative butterflies and bees, is playing host to beauty treatment pop-ups including a complexion bar by NARS where you can learn the how-tos of achieving beautiful, translucent-looking skin and a WAH Nails station where manicurists will be right at your fingertips with an array of pretty floral designs to spruce up your nails. The Fenwick treatment room will also be offering a Willow Organic facial (£50 deposit redeemable against Willow Organic purchases) – choose from a hydrating, balancing, anti-ageing or sensitive treatment. Make your way further around the hall and you’ll find Parisian fragrance house Etat Libre d’Orange and its founder Etienne de Swardt showcasing their latest experimental scents, Eat My Flowers lollipops which feature an edible, crystallised flower and come with a wild flower-seeded paper tag so you can grow your own flowers …