Skincare with Skinn Ambassador Brittney Levine

Beauty

As the temperature drops and we welcome the chilly months of Autumn, it’s time to think about updating our skincare routine. With the launch of the Skinn Collagenesis Skincare Collection this Thursday, we couldn’t wait to sit down with Skinn Ambassador Brittney Levine for all the beauty gossip…     1. As we head into cooler weather, have you got any top tips to keep skin looking its best in Winter?

Definitely – during the colder, winter months, my skin personally gets really dry and chapped.  Exfoliating combined with intensive moisturising has changed my skin’s life for the better.  I had always thought that adding more moisture to my skin would make me break out or cause a reaction.  I also always felt that exfoliating was too time-consuming, so I only sporadically did it. Continue reading

5 Reasons to Book with P&O Cruises through Planet Cruise

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There are so many holiday options available nowadays that it can make it difficult to pick a destination. So why not choose a cruise? Why be limited to one destination when you can visit multiple during the same trip? Here are five great reasons why you should book a P&O Cruises holiday with Planet Cruise.

A traditional British cruise line

You won’t feel homesick with P&O Cruises – get the same traditional, British favourites onboard just as you would in the UK. Each cabin has tea and coffee making facilities and well-loved afternoon tea is available.

Phenomenal entertainment

Having recently partnered with Strictly Come Dancing, guests can get involved in live dance competitions whilst out at sea. Themed events are also a big thing with P&O Cruises so indulge in a cocktail (or two) and get ready to experience black-tie nights and other glamorous events.

Family-friendly and adult-only ships

Pick your ship just as you would a hotel. There are various ships which all have different facilities, rooms and, of course, different destinations – so you can choose one that suits you best.

Champions of food

P&O is well-known for being ‘heroes who champion on-board cuisine’. Celebrity chefs such as James Martin, Eric Lanlard and Marco Pierre White have all developed menus and restaurants onboard. On top of this, ten different famous chefs can be seen on select sailings to give amazing cooking demonstrations.

Great value for money

From gourmet meals to glittering entertainment, you can be sure that you’ll be made to feel like a VIP. Optional extras are available to make your cruise that little bit more luxurious (which can be paid for in sterling, for convenience).

Planet Cruise and P&O Cruises will be on air at 8pm on Tuesday 18th September 2017 – so if you fancy the holiday of a lifetime, don’t miss it! Find out more here.

Retirement Living with Sun Park: Could it be for you?

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Adam Jackson visited Sun Park for a day trip, which then turned into a two-week trip. He is now a regular tai-chi instructor there because he loves it so much!

Here’s what he has to say about the resort…

I arrived at Sun Park in January 2016 with no preconceptions or expectations. I had never been to Lanzarote before and knew very little about the island, let alone the resort of Playa Blanca. I had been to one of the neighbouring islands, Tenerife, but that was many years ago.

From the moment I walked through the main doors, I knew that this was a special place. Sun Park was a revelation. A life-changing, eye opening, spirit-lifting, revelation. All the apartments overlook beautiful gardens and swimming pools, and the resort is ideally situated just a short walk from the sandy beaches, the old town and the modern marina. However, it was the community of people living and holidaying there that made Sun Park so special. People from all walks of life had somehow come together with a common purpose – which was to find new friendships and create a place where anyone was welcome. Every day was filled with activity and purpose, where everyone, no matter how skilled or unskilled, shy or bold, active or physically challenged, could contribute to the welfare of the resort and each other.

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I had never seen anything like this before. I was made to feel at home from the very first morning. Within days I had made friends that I felt would last a lifetime, I had taken part in walks, talks, games, and a multitude of both physical and spiritual activities. I had been welcomed into the arms of a community with an extraordinary ethos. I saw residents taking care of the gardens, running honesty bars, offering their time and skills to organise activities – collectively turning a normal holiday resort into a safe, welcoming, inclusive and purposeful home away from home. It’s suitable for anyone over 50 who has a need to make a life change or wants to simply immerse and surround themselves with new experiences and new friendships.

I came away from Sun Park rejuvenated and uplifted with a strong desire to tell others about my experience there. It felt so important to me that the ethos at Sun Park should prevail. That I should somehow contribute to the continuity of a new, challenging and purposeful choice for over 50s.

Adam will be guesting on the Retirement Living show on Thursday 14th September at 8pm.

Get ready for autumn with Damart

Fashion

Here in the fashion team, we’re excited for the Damart show! It’ll be screening at 12pm on Thursday 21st September so don’t miss it!

Showcasing their hottest new looks for Autumn and Winter, Ideal World viewers will be able to pick up everything on the programme for HALF PRICE – as well as receive a very special FREE gift when you order. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get your Winter wardrobe stocked up for less.

Here we look at five must-haves that should be on your shopping list this season.

First up is their sensational Suedette Jacket. This stunning seasonal with its flattering waterfall drape styling and stretch fabric for the perfect fit will look great over a favourite Winter sweater and a pair of jeans. Or you can throw it on over a dress or a blouse and tailored trousers for an elegant evening look.

With prices starting from just £24.50 with your Ideal World discount, this is an unmissable opportunity to treat yourself to something special without breaking the bank. Just don’t hang about – at these prices they won’t be around for long!

 

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With embroidery making a strong showing as one of this season’s key trends, we also loved their feminine, floral pattern Embroidered Tunic. With its smart shirt-style collar and turned-back tab sleeves, this comfortable cotton tunic is an easy way to stay on-trend this Autumn.

Pair your tunic with some of their Perfect Fit Jeans for a casual look that will stand the test of time. These super-flattering jeans come with a stretch waist and a reinforced panel to smooth your tummy – just what we all need after a hearty Winter dinner!

For more formal occasions, Damart’s Tummy Slimming Trousers are an easy way to enjoy a more slimming silhouette. Choose one of the flattering dark colours and the sleek styling will ensure you look fabulous for the party season.

Finally, their Floral Bomber Jacket is a fantastic feminine twist on one of the year’s fashion staples. Its lightweight fabric is perfect for layering, simply team it with plain separates for a confident style statement or wear it with jeans for a relaxed modern look.

Of course, on the show, there will be even more styles for you to choose from. With everything at half price, make sure you join us at 12pm on Thursday 21st September!

10 Reasons To Choose Fischer Heat

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You may have spotted them in the newspapers, or recognise their logo during a Leicester Tigers Rugby match. But who exactly are Fischer Future Heat and what do they have to offer you?

Patented Chamotte Clay Core

Fischer Future Heat are the only heating company to use a 40mm chamotte clay core storage component which is exclusive to their company. This part of the heater is able to retain heat fast and for longer.

70 Years Experience

With 70 years experience, Fischer have installed heating solutions in over half a million homes and businesses across the UK!

Quality German Engineering

Fischer’s superior engineering experience ensures that every single heater is designed and manufactured flawlessly from raw steel right up to the finished product.

Fully Temperature Controlled

All Fischer dynamic storage heaters come with a wireless temperature controlled thermostat, meaning that their heaters are able to provide an accurate temperature all day.
The special programme mode gives you the ability to switch between two temperatures for comfort and economy purposes – perfect for the upcoming autumn nights.

Independently Tested

Fischer put their heaters through both Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) and Building Research Establishment (BRE) testing to ensure that they are of maximum efficiency and a high quality standard – for your peace of mind, of course.

10 Year Manufacturer’s Guarantee

All Fischer dynamic storage heaters come with a 10 year guarantee.

 

Complete Heating Guarantee

Fischer promise that if your heater (installed by them) does not heat your room to 21 degrees, within 12 months, they’ll replace it free of charge.

 

0% APR Available

To help with easy monthly payments, Fischer Future Heat offer interest free credit on all their heating systems (visit site for details).

Recommend on Trustpilot and Feefo

They’re rated a impressive 9/10 on Trustpilot and 4.7/5 on Feefo! With over a thousand reviews from real customers, you can ensure they’re the right heating suppliers for you! Many of these customers have even said they’ve seen huge cost savings on their bills since installing Fischer heaters.

 

Gas and Electricity Available

Fischer has also introduced a ‘One Fair Tariff’ on gas and electricity which ensures that everyone in the same area pays the same amount for their energy. No confusing tariffs or unfairly hidden prices. Just full transparency. A Fair, Honest and Simple way of supplying energy that is perfect for anyone using Fischer dynamic storage heaters.

 

 

Now that you’re fully informed on who Fischer Future Heat are and what they have to offer you, it’s time to increase your comfort and efficiency and install their electric dynamic storage heaters today.

 

Thomas Sanderson: The Psychology of Colour

Home

Colour affects everything we do. You may not realise it, but the influence of colour can play a significant part in the way we act and the everyday choices we make.

One of the most powerful affects colour can have on us is the way it impacts our mood. When it comes to decorating, this makes choosing colour for your home an important task – not only do you want to make sure you create the right look; you’ll also want to create the right feel.

The Living Room

Did you know that using shades of purple in the living room helps to elicit feelings of relaxation and comfort? This warming colour makes the ideal choice for any lounge, helping you to take it easy on the sofa after a long day at work. For those with French, patio or bi-fold doors in their living room, why not consider our bespoke door blinds to create an extra cosy feel.

Shade Suggestion: Grape Kiss

 

The Office

For when you need to get things done, consider blue as a colour for the office. Many associate shades of blue with the ocean or the sky, inducing a calming effect on the mind. This in turn helps to stimulate productivity, which helps you to get your work done much more quickly. Keep in mind that paler shades of blue are less distracting and more relaxing than brighter tones.
Shade Suggestion: Denim Drift

 

The Bedroom

When you’re ready to turn in for the night, nothing creates a sense of well-being and serenity more than the colour green for the bedroom. Associated with nature, tranquil shades of green will help to form a calming atmosphere, perfect for ensuring a peaceful nights’ sleep.

Shade Suggestion: Greenery or Kale

 

 

 

The Bathroom

Have you ever considered featuring a splash of black in the bathroom? Using this striking colour sparingly can help to create a sense of sophistication, as it’s associated with power and luxury. Perfect for starting the day right!

Shade Suggestion: Absolute White / Moon Shimmer

 

 

The Kitchen

When it comes to the kitchen, making a bold statement with shades of red will get those stomachs rumbling. Scientifically speaking, the colour red causes your heart rate to instinctively quicken – raising blood pressure and stimulating the nerves. This in turn sensitises taste buds and sense of smell for an increased appetite.

Shade Suggestion: Aurora Red

 

The Dining Room

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party, or having a family meal round the table, consider using yellow in the dining room. This vibrant colour encourages the brain to release more serotonin – making it the perfect stimulant for dynamic conversation whilst you sit down for a meal.

Shade Suggestion: Primrose Yellow

 

 

 

You can read our full easy-to-use colour guide above. Featuring the best colour choices for each room in the home, the psychology behind it and some handy tips for finishing the look.

Schools out for Summer!

Chef Joe’s Blog, Kitchen, News

Ideal World’s resident chef, Joe Remblance, talks Summer holidays and Summer cooking!

So it’s here, finally after months of looking out the window at gloomy weather the kids have broken up from school and Summer has arrived properly. Ironically, as I look out of the window here at Ideal World HQ the weather is still decidedly gloomy. With the children at home and the garden out of action in this weather, I doubt you’re alone in feeling you’re on a nonstop freight train hurtling towards tantrums and tears. Desperate times call for desperate measures, by desperate measures of course I’m thinking bribery – as a kid, food was always the most powerful bargaining tool in the arsenal. So crack out the mixing bowls and get the kids involved in knocking up some fun snacks this Summer, who knows you might even get enough peace and quiet for a quick snooze!

Freak Shakes

I mean, realistically these aren’t going to help you in that cause for an afternoon nap for obvious reasons, however these are so much fun to make with fairly few simple ingredients and a few decorations. Crack out the blender and get going on some stupidly sweet drinkable concoctions.

 

 

Cupcakes

The good old classic, I challenge you to get more icing on your sponges than ends up in your mouth, hilariously messy so definitely crack out a few old newspapers for this one. My favourite has to be a chocolate sponge, then add some blitzed Oreos to your vanilla frosting and finish with a mini Oreo, they look awesome but taste even better.

 

 

Waffles

Waffle batter is incredibly easy to make and you can really play around with variations, I like to add a little extra melted butter to my batter to make it incredibly rich or maybe have a go at a chocolate mixture. Ice cream and caramel sauce have to be the ultimate topping surely, squirty cream and chocolate sprinkles perhaps if I had to have a second favourite.

 

 

Doughnuts

Mmmmmmm doughnuts! Although a little trickier to make if you’re using conventional methods these are well worth the effort. If you’re frying them then surely the classic combo of a jam filling and granulated sugar dusting has to a be a winner, maybe Nutella filled and cocoa dusted if you’re feeling fancy. Go for a ring doughnut which are much more fun to decorate for the kids (me).

 

If you use any of these ideas, I can’t be held responsible for the mess I’m afraid – but if you’re looking for something to make creating some of these ideas a little easier then you need to grab yourself a Tefal Snack Collection. It makes creating a whole host of different snacks super easy, you’ll get recipes included and also its interchangeable plates are dishwasher safe….so just the sprinkles to fish out of the dining room carpet for the rest of the holidays

Make sure you keep tuned into Ideal World for a host of exciting kitchen gadgets to make cooking simple and easy this Summer.

Enjoy the Summer holidays!

Joe

Shaun’s back from his holiday and in the garden!

Garden, Shaun's One To Watch

Hello to everyone again and welcome to my latest gardening blog

As some of you who watch Ideal World or follow me regularly on Facebook will no doubt know I have been away on a wonderful seven night cruise with Azamara Club cruises which was simply stunning and I feel very lucky to have been on such a lovely trip. I visited some great places but the photo I have picked from my travels shows some amazing bougainvillea I saw on a port call in Majorca.

Before I set sail I had loads of gardening to do at home but when I returned I was gobsmacked at how much everything had grown in just over a week – but I gather the UK weather has been really good – I know makes a change doesn’t it!

Luckily I had another day of holiday left at home before getting back to work which has really helped me get back on top of things. I am very pleased with my hanging baskets and pots this year as they are doing pretty well and are already quite big and full. I have also planted up three extra easy fill hanging baskets for my mum which I am dropping off to her on Sunday in York when I finish work . She has told me that the sweet peas I gave her a few months ago from the show are now in flower so I am looking forward to seeing them and having a good catch up with mum.

By the way I am delighted to say I am back on gardening this Sunday with the lovely Angela where we’ve got a pair of Best of British Roses and pots of English Lavender and we have our new event our Great British Summer Party! It should be a great weekend with lots of fun and summer ideas. The best thing though is £1 P&P on all items on the shows including gardening so I can’t wait!!

See you over the weekend hopefully, it’s nice to be back

Shaun xxx

Adam wins gold for equine-inspired garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Garden, News

We were thrilled for regular Ideal World guest, Adam Woolcott, and his partner Jon when we heard they won Gold for the fourth time at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show a couple of weeks ago.

We got in touch to find out all about it..

“What an incredible couple of weeks! I’m delighted to announce that a garden that my partner (Jon) and I created at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has won not only a coveted gold medal but also the BBC People’s Choice Award for Best Artisan Garden in Show. A phenomenal achievement and we’re over the moon.

Jon and I were approached by leading international equine charity ‘World Horse Welfare’ to design a garden to commemorate their 90 year anniversary. ‘The World Horse Welfare Garden’, was a traditional wildflower garden that highlighted the story of one particular horse called ‘Clippy’ who was rescued from appalling conditions and rehomed and rehabilitated and is now living a healthy and secure life in one of the charity’s rescue centres. The garden featured a neglected, derelict stable in one part of the garden surrounded by barbed wire and plants that are potentially dangerous to horses such as ragwort, yew and nightshade. The garden then opened up to a more welcoming area for horses with a lush meadow and colourful wildflowers, many of which are beneficial to horses such as comfrey, mint, chamomile and dandelion. Central to the garden was a real life sculpture of a horse, made entirely of reclaimed horseshoes. The sculpture, especially commissioned for the Show, included horseshoes from The Queen, Princess Anne (President of World Horse Welfare), champion Olympic horses such as ‘Valegro’ and ‘Big Star’ and also from supporters of the charity.

The garden was very much the story of darkness into light, with the emotive feel of so called invisible horses being rescued and rehabilitated and ultimately having better lives. When ‘Clippy’ was found he was incredibly dehydrated and struggling to stay alive. Today he is a picture of health and even managed a visit to see us at Chelsea. A story with a happy ending. The garden will be relocated to one of World Horse Welfare’s rescue centres in Somerset and the horse sculpture auctioned to raise money for the charity so that they can continue to help horses for many years to come.

Winning the People’s Choice Award means a lot more to us than winning the gold. It is reassuring that a traditional garden with a very strong message still has a very important place at the world’s most prestigious gardening Show. The fact that our garden was the favourite Artisan garden of all the people that came to the Show, saw it online or saw it on television is quite humbling. It’s nice to know it really struck a chord with so many real gardeners. I love creating these nostalgic gardens and to be able to share passion for plants and animal welfare is awesome.

I’m delighted to be back at Ideal World this weekend to bring you some great products to get you as inspired about gardening as I am!

I’ve got two amazing self-propelled mowers to bring to you, with great grass collection systems and various height adjustments, ideal for your small to medium sized gardens and even bigger spaces. There’s an amazing multi-tool with an incredible easy start feature and offering up to 6 different functions including hedge trimming, tree pruning an grass trimming as well as an extension pole to deal with those hard to reach areas. There’s also a brilliant range of tools for you to get your garden looking like a Chelsea Flower Show Garden.

We’ve had plenty of rain, the grass is growing, time to get back outside and get gardening!

Adam.”

Make sure you tune in on Sky 654, Freeview 22, Virgin 747 and Freesat 812 or visit www.idealworld.tv to find out more.

Shaun gets out into the garden

Garden

Hello strangers!

Sorry I haven’t done a blog for a few weeks, I took a little time off work, not to go on holiday but to actually get on top of my various gardening projects!

I think I have mentioned before that I help maintain quite a few gardens as well as our own. Over the past couple of weeks I have been to see my mum in York to help her plant up her garden for Summer. I have also potted up our pubs garden (you may recall my partner Jay and I bought our village pub a couple of years ago and I am in charge of the gardens) I have also of course tried to get our own garden set for Summer as I am hoping it is going to look the best it ever has.

It was great first of all to see my mum in York. I took her the Sweet Peas I bought from Garden Bargains on Ideal World a few weeks ago and set those up with some other pots that I had planted for her. I also chopped back a few trees and made her some Summer hanging baskets. My mum still loves gardening and does really well by herself but she is now 76 and needs a bit of help at times as she has quite bad arthritis in her hands which slows her gardening down a bit.

I am so pleased that the weather has been great over the past week as I have got loads done in our garden at home and now have potted up nearly all of the Summer hanging baskets and pots.

I think the garden looks really nice this May and I particularly love the aliums that are currently flowering right now that Peter from Garden Bargains got me to grow for the first time this year.

Make sure you tune in to Ideal World this weekend for some exciting garden deals, including a pair of 1.2m Pheonix Palms plus a pair of pots, 12 mixed scented Hardy Devon Pinks, our patio fruit bush garden collection and so much more!

Thanks again for reading and enjoy your gardens in the sunshine!

Shaun xx

Fayon’s Charity Work

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Fayon Charity work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People often ask me what else I do when working on Ideal World. It’s an interesting one as I can honestly say all the other things I do involve talking in someway, which makes me happy and puts to rights all the times I had my name up on the blackboard at school for talking too much 🙂

For nearly 14 years I have been a reader for the charity Interact Stroke. In between my freelance presenting I visit people recovering from having a stroke in London hospitals or community clubs.

15 years ago, two of my mum’s best friends both had strokes and when I would visit them in hospital, I used to read the TV Times or the newspapers to keep them up to speed with daily news. I would make it fun and get them smiling, I had no idea I was laying the foundations for an opportunity to do this on a much larger scale the following year.

Around this time I was working in a marketing company and a colleague who was also an actor would leave early a few times a week. I discovered that she was a reader for Interact and I immediately wanted to be involved!

Fayon charity work

Over the years I have read, sang, played quizzes and games with the patients from as young as 15 to 105 years old!! I feel so fortunate to be part of the recovery of the patients in this way and the hospital staff are always so encouraging and supportive of what we do, often joining in with the songs or a poem they know.

The best parts of supporting a patient who is recovering from a stroke is when I start to recite a song or a poem and out of the blue they start reciting it too and the nurse will tell you that’s the first time they’ve heard them speak! The other great things are seeing them gradually improve and by the time you return to the hospital expecting just a couple of words but they start speaking with you and holding a conversation. As I live close to the hospital the most wonderful thing is when you bump into them in the street and you can see they have got their life back!

This is a small insight into my life however it is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of it.

Take care all,

Fayon xx

Shaun chooses his favourite products in Presenter Picks

Garden, Shaun's One To Watch

Hello again and welcome to my regular gardening blog

I hope you are all well and enjoying our ‘rather average’ weather!

I was out in the garden quite a lot last week as my brother and his family came to stay with us for his 50th birthday so I wanted to make sure the garden looked its best which it really did. I treated myself to an outdoor heater for the undercover seated area by the side of the house so we were all able to sit outside for longer on an evening and it actually was really nice (I may think differently when the electric bill comes in though!)

This weekend on Ideal World is PRESENTER PICKS weekend where our presenters get to choose some of their favourite products and ask the buying team to get our viewers a really special deal. Naturally I have chosen gardening as some of mine and we have our professional compost back in the big 80 litre single bag for just 9.99. I also have a second gardening Presenter Pick which is the gorgeous set of patio Clematis in the serenity pots at a very special price. I love Clematis and have a massive one in flower right now in the garden, the ones on the show are a lovely compact variety that flower for longer and ideal for smaller spaces. Please join myself and Peter on Sunday between 11am and 1pm to find out more.

My other Presenter Picks are the Cushion Walk shoes which I have on Saturday at 9am and 12pm. Now I hear what you are thinking – ladies shoes seems a slightly odd choice for me as one of my personal favourites? The reason why I picked them is actually for my mum as she absolutely loves them and now has several pairs (here she is with one of her many favourites). Hopefully she is going to call into the live show too!

I must dash as I have loads of hanging baskets to make up today and quite a few planters to fill and the weather looks great outside for a change so I intend to make the most of it

See you over the weekend!
Shaun xxx