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Feature Shine and Sparkle

Whether you crave a contemporary look or prefer a more chic and sophisticated style, make sure this year’s looks are the best yet with a little hair inspiration. For some Christmas hair tips we asked Senior Creative Director Gareth Vance at the Sassoon Salon in Leeds for some festive inspiration for your tresses this Christmas. Just remember to pack your mistletoe…

Romantic twisted styles
A fishtail looks intricate but actually it’s very simple. “Prep is key, use a sea salt spray through your roots to ends, and then roughly blow dry, twisting the hair while drying to give…


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Gadget Reviews VW Camper Van Tent

This month, Murphy Simmonds is camping it up

Do you like camping? We like camping. We love nothing more than to strap sheeting and poles to our back, traipse across a few mountains, lovingly assemble our tent, sit inside it shivering, briefly go outside to defecate behind a bush, then finally fall blissfully asleep with a rock jabbing our spine.

From that description, it might sound like we don’t actually like camping. And you’d be quite right, we don’t. It’s rubbish. Sure, it’s a fun feeling to climb inside a temporary cloth house in the middle of a field, but then the fun goes away, and it’s cold…

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Games Reviews Dance Central 2, PES 2012, Forza 4, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, NBA 2K12, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

We cast our eyes over the latest video game releases

Dance Central 2 (5 stars, X360, Microsoft) is the best reason to own Kinect. This updates last year’s Dance Central with new tracks, added polish and simultaneous two-player action. Busting moves to the on-screen dancers’ prompts is honestly as much fun as we have had gaming for ages. A fantastic party game with plenty of single-player draw.

As FIFA 2012wins the critics’ hearts as the best football sim, is there still a place for Pro Evolution Soccer? PES 2012 (4 stars, PC/PS3/X360, Konami) proves there is. A couple of years in the doldrums has…

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Try This Lush Spa 'The Spell

Rosie Bryan-Adams experiences a magical massage at the Lish Spa

It’s not often that I go for a massage, but I can say that I’ve never had one just like this. Lush Spa on Commercial Street hides a little gem under the floorboards of the buzzing store, full of Lush enthusiasts bursting to impress you with their wide range of fruity, spicy, and sometimes strangely smelling products.

After a busy week with plenty of miles of walking to and fro taking their toll on my feet, I ventured into Lush for what was to be a very different type of foot rub. After a quick hand massage on the shop…

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News L'Occitane Launches First Skincare Bar

The Leeds VQ store is chosen as first to host private rooms for complimentary consultations

Leeds was the first city outside London to host a Harvey Nichols and now our city has come up trumps even above the capital, with the opening ofL’Occitane‘s first Skincare Bar in its VQ store.

The private Skincare Bar, on the lower groundfloor of the Leeds shop, is run by qualified L’Occitane advisors who can tailor make a skincare routine for each customer. A personalised, complimentary 20 minute skincare consultation will give you the opportunity to be guided through the luxurious ranges and find the product that’s best for you and your skin. L’Occitane’s expert advisors are…

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Travel Ilkley

Ali Schofield discovers a unique hotel and restaurant pairing at the Crescent Inn

This month has seen the likes of Jeremy Paxman, Simon Armitage, Janet Street-Porter and Simon Callow appear at the Ilkley Literature Festival. If any of them were to need a place to stay - or if readers fancy making a night of it - I can recommend The Crescent Inn, where my partner and I snuck off to on a recent Friday night for a lazy weekend stay.

We were initially drawn to the hotel’s interesting logistics. Built in 1861 and refurbished earlier this year, the inn hosts 11 boutique rooms, a pub at the front and a…

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Shop Profile Flagship Shadestation Opens

The VQ store relocates its collection of designer sunglasses, watches and jewellery

Shadestation, the UK’s largest independent sunglasses and watch retailer opened its flagship new store in the Victoria Quarterlast month. The 1,500 square feet store boasts a flagship Oakley store-in-store with its own Custom Programme kiosk, one of only two in the world, where customers can build their own unique shades with their choice of frame colour and finish, lens and tint.

The store, which used to have a smaller branch further up the arcade, also hosts more than 200 Rayban sunglasses and a collection of jewellery and watches from labels including Bibi, Danone, Coeur de Lion, Guess, Fossil, D&G…

Read more... | See all articles in Fashion

Health & Wellbeing Spire Environ Range

A special new skin care range is launched at the Leeds cosmetic centre

The skin on our faces endures a lot. We pluck it, poke it, paint it, paste numerous cosmetics over it, just to cover up the "bad" bits and in the process make the bad even worse. So, here’s an idea: how about stripping off all the gunk and focusing on protecting the skin instead? Because if our skin’s in radiant condition our make-up can enhance rather than hide.

Luckily for us Spire Leeds Hospital, one of the regions largest cosmetic centres, is launching a new skin care range, Environ. The decision to launch the range came after requests from…

Read more... | See all articles in Health & Beauty

Games Reviews Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Fighter III, Toy Soldiers: Cold War

We cast our eyes over the latest video game releases

A decade ago, Deus Ex combined unremarkable shooting with remarkable freedom of choice to deliver a game which remains tremendously influential today. Chief among those influenced is Deus Ex: Human Revolution (4 stars, PC/PS3/X360, Square Enix) a nominal prequel which updates the formula without losing what made it great in the first place.

Telling a near-future tale of corporations, conspiracy and robotic body enhancements – with a clear debt to Blade Runner – it offers a degree of choice which could be bewildering to those weaned on Call of Duty. Missions can be approached all guns blazing, softly softly using…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets

Gadget Reviews Fit Fur Life Treadmill

This month, Murphy Simmonds looks for the best way to walk a dog in the middle of the sea

It’s a common problem. You own a dog, but you live on a small boat in the middle of a sea. Twice a day your beloved pet looks hopefully up a you with his or her loving eyes, only to be told: no, there are no walkies now; there will be no walkies later; in fact, there will never, ever be any walkies for all of the rest of time, because we live on a tiny boat, you and I, and that tiny boat is in the middle of the sea.

Dogs, being dogs, can only grasp the very first…

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Travel The Butterfly House and Rutland Hotel, Sheffield

Ali Schofield finds meerkats, greenery and more wet rooms than she can manage on a weekend in Sheffield

I think I’m in love. His dark, pool-deep eyes look into mine as I stroke my hand through his wiry hair. Meerkats are probably not the best of pets, though and this one looks pretty happy to continue being shown round the visitors at Sheffield’s Butterfly House. My partner and I have come to see the new prarie dog residents – similar to meerkats but, as they bask in the sun in their expansive enclosure, seemingly a bit more chilled out – along with other residents including pigs, goats, rabbits, skunks, birds of prey and of course, butterflies.

It’s a…

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Feature Shine and Sparkle

Whether you crave a contemporary look or prefer a more chic and sophisticated style, make sure this year’s looks are the best yet with a little hair inspiration. For some Christmas hair tips we asked Senior Creative Director Gareth Vance at the Sassoon Salon in Leeds for some festive inspiration for your tresses this Christmas. Just remember to pack your mistletoe…

Romantic twisted styles
A fishtail looks intricate but actually it’s very simple. “Prep is key, use a sea salt spray through your roots to ends, and then roughly blow dry, twisting the hair while drying to give…


Read more... | See all articles in Health & Beauty

Gadget Reviews VW Camper Van Tent

This month, Murphy Simmonds is camping it up

Do you like camping? We like camping. We love nothing more than to strap sheeting and poles to our back, traipse across a few mountains, lovingly assemble our tent, sit inside it shivering, briefly go outside to defecate behind a bush, then finally fall blissfully asleep with a rock jabbing our spine.

From that description, it might sound like we don’t actually like camping. And you’d be quite right, we don’t. It’s rubbish. Sure, it’s a fun feeling to climb inside a temporary cloth house in the middle of a field, but then the fun goes away, and it’s cold…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets

Games Reviews Dance Central 2, PES 2012, Forza 4, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, NBA 2K12, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

We cast our eyes over the latest video game releases

Dance Central 2 (5 stars, X360, Microsoft) is the best reason to own Kinect. This updates last year’s Dance Central with new tracks, added polish and simultaneous two-player action. Busting moves to the on-screen dancers’ prompts is honestly as much fun as we have had gaming for ages. A fantastic party game with plenty of single-player draw.

As FIFA 2012wins the critics’ hearts as the best football sim, is there still a place for Pro Evolution Soccer? PES 2012 (4 stars, PC/PS3/X360, Konami) proves there is. A couple of years in the doldrums has…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets

Try This Lush Spa 'The Spell

Rosie Bryan-Adams experiences a magical massage at the Lish Spa

It’s not often that I go for a massage, but I can say that I’ve never had one just like this. Lush Spa on Commercial Street hides a little gem under the floorboards of the buzzing store, full of Lush enthusiasts bursting to impress you with their wide range of fruity, spicy, and sometimes strangely smelling products.

After a busy week with plenty of miles of walking to and fro taking their toll on my feet, I ventured into Lush for what was to be a very different type of foot rub. After a quick hand massage on the shop…

Read more... | See all articles in Health & Beauty

News L'Occitane Launches First Skincare Bar

The Leeds VQ store is chosen as first to host private rooms for complimentary consultations

Leeds was the first city outside London to host a Harvey Nichols and now our city has come up trumps even above the capital, with the opening ofL’Occitane‘s first Skincare Bar in its VQ store.

The private Skincare Bar, on the lower groundfloor of the Leeds shop, is run by qualified L’Occitane advisors who can tailor make a skincare routine for each customer. A personalised, complimentary 20 minute skincare consultation will give you the opportunity to be guided through the luxurious ranges and find the product that’s best for you and your skin. L’Occitane’s expert advisors are…

Read more... | See all articles in Health & Beauty

Travel Ilkley

Ali Schofield discovers a unique hotel and restaurant pairing at the Crescent Inn

This month has seen the likes of Jeremy Paxman, Simon Armitage, Janet Street-Porter and Simon Callow appear at the Ilkley Literature Festival. If any of them were to need a place to stay - or if readers fancy making a night of it - I can recommend The Crescent Inn, where my partner and I snuck off to on a recent Friday night for a lazy weekend stay.

We were initially drawn to the hotel’s interesting logistics. Built in 1861 and refurbished earlier this year, the inn hosts 11 boutique rooms, a pub at the front and a…

Read more... | See all articles in Travel

Shop Profile Flagship Shadestation Opens

The VQ store relocates its collection of designer sunglasses, watches and jewellery

Shadestation, the UK’s largest independent sunglasses and watch retailer opened its flagship new store in the Victoria Quarterlast month. The 1,500 square feet store boasts a flagship Oakley store-in-store with its own Custom Programme kiosk, one of only two in the world, where customers can build their own unique shades with their choice of frame colour and finish, lens and tint.

The store, which used to have a smaller branch further up the arcade, also hosts more than 200 Rayban sunglasses and a collection of jewellery and watches from labels including Bibi, Danone, Coeur de Lion, Guess, Fossil, D&G…

Read more... | See all articles in Fashion

Health & Wellbeing Spire Environ Range

A special new skin care range is launched at the Leeds cosmetic centre

The skin on our faces endures a lot. We pluck it, poke it, paint it, paste numerous cosmetics over it, just to cover up the "bad" bits and in the process make the bad even worse. So, here’s an idea: how about stripping off all the gunk and focusing on protecting the skin instead? Because if our skin’s in radiant condition our make-up can enhance rather than hide.

Luckily for us Spire Leeds Hospital, one of the regions largest cosmetic centres, is launching a new skin care range, Environ. The decision to launch the range came after requests from…

Read more... | See all articles in Health & Beauty

Games Reviews Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Fighter III, Toy Soldiers: Cold War

We cast our eyes over the latest video game releases

A decade ago, Deus Ex combined unremarkable shooting with remarkable freedom of choice to deliver a game which remains tremendously influential today. Chief among those influenced is Deus Ex: Human Revolution (4 stars, PC/PS3/X360, Square Enix) a nominal prequel which updates the formula without losing what made it great in the first place.

Telling a near-future tale of corporations, conspiracy and robotic body enhancements – with a clear debt to Blade Runner – it offers a degree of choice which could be bewildering to those weaned on Call of Duty. Missions can be approached all guns blazing, softly softly using…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets

Gadget Reviews Fit Fur Life Treadmill

This month, Murphy Simmonds looks for the best way to walk a dog in the middle of the sea

It’s a common problem. You own a dog, but you live on a small boat in the middle of a sea. Twice a day your beloved pet looks hopefully up a you with his or her loving eyes, only to be told: no, there are no walkies now; there will be no walkies later; in fact, there will never, ever be any walkies for all of the rest of time, because we live on a tiny boat, you and I, and that tiny boat is in the middle of the sea.

Dogs, being dogs, can only grasp the very first…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets

Travel The Butterfly House and Rutland Hotel, Sheffield

Ali Schofield finds meerkats, greenery and more wet rooms than she can manage on a weekend in Sheffield

I think I’m in love. His dark, pool-deep eyes look into mine as I stroke my hand through his wiry hair. Meerkats are probably not the best of pets, though and this one looks pretty happy to continue being shown round the visitors at Sheffield’s Butterfly House. My partner and I have come to see the new prarie dog residents – similar to meerkats but, as they bask in the sun in their expansive enclosure, seemingly a bit more chilled out – along with other residents including pigs, goats, rabbits, skunks, birds of prey and of course, butterflies.

It’s a…

Read more... | See all articles in Travel


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