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It’s party season! 13 sparkly Christmas make-up items for under £10

Sadie Hale Buying Guides, Premium, Style Leave a Comment

In case it hasn't caught your attention, it's Christmas party season. Glitter has crept surreptitiously onto friends' fingernails; the dulcet harmonies of Fairytale of New York drift overhead in every shop; there's a manic look in everyone's eye as they scramble for something, ANYTHING, sparkly. Christmas jumpers are unashamedly donned; antlers and elf hats poke from…

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Review: hands-on with 5 pairs of touchscreen gloves

Holly Brockwell Accessories, Fashion, Geek chic clothing, Premium, Style 1 Comment

They call me Icefingers. My hands are never, ever what you'd call warm, and on winter days they're basically a bunch of icicles attached to my wrists. So I'm the perfect person to test smartphone gloves, both in terms of how well they work with phone screens (less well than you'd expect, as it turns out) and how…

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31 beautiful pairs of Christmas party flat shoes

Holly Brockwell Accessories, Buying Guides, Fashion, Style 1 Comment

Trudging around bars, restaurants and rainy pavements in sky-high heels doesn't sound very fun to us. And besides, after half an hour on the dance floor, everyone takes them off anyway – so start the Christmas party as you mean to go on with our round-up of the most festive Christmas flats this year. Oh, and…

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13 of the best budget knee high boots for under £75

Becca Caddy Buying Guides, Style 1 Comment

Although ankle boots might be way more popular than any other styles and lengths this winter, there's still plenty of room in our wardrobes for a good pair of knee high boots. For a start they keep us so much warmer, which is a really important consideration when you have to deal with…

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An army of bloggers and a backpack of tech: ShinyShiny does #AcerLiveblog2014

Holly Brockwell Android, Video, Video reviews, Wearables Leave a Comment

This weekend, a whole bunch of tech bloggers and me - Shiny Editor Holly - headed to Edinburgh with Acer to take up their liveblogging challenge (#acerliveblog2014). With only a few hints of what was to come, we departed on the sleeper train from London, leaving at a bleary-eyed 11.50pm. Despite the time (and the fact that…

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The 20 best Christmas party dresses of 2014

Hayley Minn Buying Guides, Fashion, Shopping, Style 3 Comments

It's that time of year again. The Christmas invites are flooding in, and you have nothing to wear that everyone hasn't seen before. Oh and of course, you need a different outfit for your work party, house party and New Year's Eve – we're exhausted just thinking about it. Luckily, we've done the hard work already:…

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Top 12 Christmas gifts for gamers

Holly Brockwell Accessories, Buying Guides, Geek chic clothing, Geek style, Home, Living & Decor, Shopping, Style 2 Comments

Buying for gamers can be tricky, especially if you're not one yourself. Whether they play on PC, console or mobile, we've got you covered for presents a whole lot more impressive than the default strategy guide. Even better, they're all available now (or in the next week) and in the UK. Shop away. …

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Meet Articulate, the security-conscious clutch bag

Holly Brockwell Accessories, Fashion, Style Leave a Comment

The amazing-looking Articulate Clutch just closed for funding on Kickstarter, having raised six times its $10,000 goal. Not surprising given that in addition to being a classy, colourful little bag to take out with you, it comes with some pretty smart features for protecting your money. The main one is RFID-blocking, which is becoming popular with the rise of…

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Charge! ShinyShiny reviews the Elektronista clutch bag by Knomo

Lauren Bravo Style Leave a Comment

I have a bag with an in-built calculator. One of my favourite ever vintage shop finds, it dates from the late 80s and comes equipped with everything a late 80s career woman might need for successful careering. As well as the calculator, it has a built-in notebook and address book, a key fob, a pocket mirror,…

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12 Christmas party outfits that won’t leave you freezing

Lauren Bravo Style 1 Comment

The trouble with Christmas party season (aside from drunk bosses, disappointing Secret Santa presents and anything involving an Iceland canapé buffet) is that it happens in winter. Standing in queues, trekking between bars, trying to capture the perfect 'hey, I'm casually ice skating!' selfie – all have the potential to leave us frostier…

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Pebble and PayPal team up for watch-powered payments

Holly Brockwell Gadgets & Apps, Shopping, Smart watches, Wearables Leave a Comment

It's pretty clear that the physical wallet's days are numbered, and Pebble and PayPal have just teamed up to put another nail in its coffin with the launch of PayPal for Pebble. Pebble owners can now get the PayPal app on their smartwatch, which allows them to search for businesses nearby that accept PayPal as a payment…

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The Fashion ID app lets you share your style

Diane Shipley Gadgets & Apps, Style Leave a Comment

Something to Talk About Media has just released a new, updated version of their style app, Fashion ID. Initially launched in September, the app is designed to cater to the clothes-obsessed. (Plus handbag lovers, shoe aficionados, and anyone else who loves to shop, whether online or IRL.) Users can both browse the latest trends for…

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Our 10 favourite winter hats from the high street

Sadie Hale Buying Guides, Style Leave a Comment

There's no denying it now - the cold has well and truly set in, and the evenings are getting darker. Hallowe'en is over, and street markets are starting to smell suspiciously like mulled wine, which can only mean the next milestone in the cultural calendar is near: Christmas! But before we get ahead of…

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