FAMILY | THE CAT(ERPILLAR) THAT GOT THE CREAM

 THE CAT(ERPILLAR) THAT GOT THE CREAM: HUGELY POPULAR M&S CREAM CAKE RANGE JOINS COLIN THE CATERPILLAR TO CELEBRATE 10 YEARS OF MACMILLAN PARTNERSHIP

Over 2 million packs of M&S cream cakes expected to be snapped up in the month of Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning



Macmillan Cancer Support is celebrating 10 years in partnership with Marks & Spencer as headline partner of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, the charity’s flagship fundraising event. To celebrate the anniversary, M&S is introducing more products into its Macmillan Coffee Morning range than ever before, including its hugely popular fresh cream cakes, which it anticipates it will sell over two million packs of in September alone.

Available from September 1st, the range will include customer favourites such as Chocolate Eclairs (£1.70), Strawberry Tarts (£3.75), and Jam & Cream Horns (£1.70), as well as a delicious box of six Assorted Cream Cakes (£3.60). 10% from sales of each of the products in the range will be donated to Macmillan, to help the charity continue its vital work to support people living with cancer.

 Georgina Blundell, Senior Desserts Buyer at M&S said, “Our fresh cream cakes range is so popular with customers, we thought adding them to the Macmillan Coffee Morning range would be a fantastic way of celebrating the tenth anniversary of our partnership. We’re thrilled to have raised over £16m for the charity since 2010 and can’t wait to see what happens this year with our even bigger range and other fun initiatives in stores.”

 Colin the Caterpillar (£7.00) will also be donning a special purple and green outfit once again, as the iconic M&S celebration cake returns with a Macmillan ‘makeover’. Colin can be found amongst a host of other well-loved cakes, including a Lemon Drizzle (£2.80) and four-pack of Mini Victoria Sponges (£2.30), all donating to Macmillan this September.

 

Joining the cakes this year will be limited-edition “Fancy a Coffee?” and “Fancy a Cuppa?” mugs (£5) as well as a stylish and sustainable new travel cup (£3) for hot drinks on the move.

M&S Cafés will also be doing their bit, with 5p from every coffee and slice of cake throughout September going towards funding Macmillan professionals.

Over the past 10 years, M&S has raised £16.3m for Macmillan, whose income is almost entirely reliant on the generosity of public donations. All donations from M&S goes towards funding Macmillan professionals who support the growing number of people living with cancer to live life as fully as they can. As the number of people living with cancer is constantly growing, their needs are becoming increasingly complex and the support of the public has never been more important.

Adam Nash, Senior Partnerships Manager, at Macmillan Cancer Support said, “We’re thrilled to be celebrating this milestone anniversary with M&S Food and delighted Colin the Caterpillar is having a Macmillan makeover again and donning his purple and green sprinkles in aid of Coffee Morning. All the money raised by M&S staff and customers goes towards funding Macmillan professionals to help people with cancer live life as fully as they can.”

Head to M&S Food stores and Cafés from Sunday 1st September to purchase special Macmillan Coffee Morning products, or visit www.marksandspencer.com/food-to-order/macmillan-coffee-morning to find sweet and savoury recipe inspiration, or learn about hosting your own coffee morning event.


HOW TO GET INVOLVED:

  1. Sign up at macmillan.org.uk/coffee or by searching ‘Macmillan Coffee Morning’

  2. Host a Coffee Morning at home, work or the local community centre, or find a local Macmillan Coffee Morning to attend, using the interactive map on the website

  3. Bake a showstopper or buy one of the limited-edition M&S products. Throughout September, our headline partner Marks & Spencer will be selling a selection of Coffee Morning products in M&S Food halls - including a special edition Coffee Morning Colin the Caterpillar cake - with 10% of proceeds going to Macmillan

  4. Have a personal Coffee Morning of your own every day in September at an M&S Café, which will be donating 5p from every coffee and slice of cake sold throughout September

FACE | TAKEAWAYS FOR YOUR GETAWAYS WITH YONKA PARIS

While it is extremely important to switch off and unwind from your busy life from time to time, it is essential that when you are in the sun you ensure your skin care regime is not switched off. In fact, is more important to protect your skin when exposed to new environments, such as warm sea breezes or the heat of holiday sun. Yon-Ka Paris has made it easy and convenient to maintain healthy, protected, gorgeous skin while you’re away, so lay back, relax and unwind, safe in the knowledge that your skin is protected with these fab new kits and the perfect factor 50.

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Yon-Ka Trial Kit, Vitality - €35.00

This kit is perfect for skin in need of some TLC and helps to build the skin barrier naturally.  This kit is perfect for dull skin requiring anti-oxidant protection, and protects your skin against environmental damage.

Contains Yon-Ka Gel Nettoyant 30ml, Yon-Ka Lotion PNG 10ml, Yon-Ka Vital Defence Creme 15ml.

Yon-Ka Trial Kit, Nourishing - €35.00

This hydration saviour kit soothes dry and sensitive skin. Lait Nettoyant, the cleansing makeup remover milk, gently balances the skin's oils and maintains its natural pH balance while removing all traces of dirt and makeup. Lotion Yon-Ka PS, an iconic product in the Yon-Ka collection, is in there too, as well as Nutri Defense, which soothes tightness and irritation, bringing immediate, long-lasting comfort to undernourished skin..

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Yon-Ka Trial Kit, Hydration- €35.00

This kit soothes dry skin and targets signs of aging related to dehydration. Eau Micellaire, the waterless cleanser, fully removes dirt and makeup with anti-aging and anti-free radical effects. It includes Lotion Yon-Ka PS, & Hydra No1 Crème which comforts the skin and prevents visible signs of aging.

 

Yon-Ka SPF 50 UVA – UBV - €39.50

This fine, quickly absorbed texture is recommended for easily tanned skin during moderate sunshine or sun exposure. Maintains skin hydration and helps the skin fight free radicals. Currently using this at home as well as on my weekends away.

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Yon-Ka SPF 25 UVA – UBV - €34.50

Recommended for fair complexions in moderate sunshine and suitable for darker skin during intense sun exposure, it can also be used for daily reinforced photo-protection. Maintains skin hydration and helps skin fight oxidative stress and photo (sunlight)-ageing

 Yon-ka products are among my fave beauty items and are created with plants, fruits, and marine extracts to balance, soothe, revive and rejuvenate. Each ingredient has a specific role to play: fruit acids moisturise and enhance the complexion, vitamins combat free radicals, seaweed re-mineralizes and plant oils nourish and soften.

Yon-ka Paris skincare is available from approved salons nationwide. For local stockist information visit www.renaissance-skincare.com/yonka/

FUN | SEPTEMBER EVENTS SCHEDULE

Summer may be officially over, but there's still plenty of fun stuff happening right now and for the rest of the month. Read on for my Top Picks in September 2019. There truly is something for everyone... and let's just say that fellow fans of live music, culture and fabulous home-grown food are in for a real treat!

Air Waves

Portrush

31 August - 1 September FREE

A line-up of aerial attractions for two days of thrilling flying, with highlight, the fast and furious P-47-D Thunderbolt American fighter. On ground entertainment includes live music, trade stands, fun zone, artisan food market, arts and crafts stalls, military vehicles and a high-tech STEM village.

 https://www.airwavesportrush.co.uk/

Clandeboye Food Festival

Clandeboye Courtyard, Bangor

31 August - 1 September

A fantastic local food event with cookery demonstrations, wine tasting and children's entertainment. Featuring producers such as Papas Minerals, Eringrove preserves, Kennedy Bacon, Heatherlea Bakery and Brownie Barn, this promises to be a great family day out!

 Blue Grass Festival

Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh

30 August - 1 September

There’ll be strumming on the porches of the log cabins, dancing in the cobbled streets and jamming outside the General Store at the 28th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival. Three days of live music from some of the biggest names in bluegrass and old time music.

https://www.fermanaghomagh.com/event/28th-bluegrass-music-festival/

Angela's Ashes the Musical

Grand Opera House, Belfast

3-7 September 

I absolutely loved and loathed Angela’s Ashes at school. And I only loathed it because of my own discomfort (and perhaps immaturity in dealing with) some of the hardships. The beautifully told story returns in this major musical adaptation of Frank McCourt’s memoir and I can’t wait to see it. The story is brought to life in an emotional telling of a childhood in Limerick and beyond, featuring songs and melodies with a rare lyricism and a warm sense of humour.

https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/angelas-ashes/

 

Proclaimers

Belfast Waterfront Hall

Sunday 8 September

No need to walk 500 miles to see these talented Scottish twins, as The Proclaimers take the stage in Belfast Waterfront Hall. The pair's enduring appeal across generations has carved a niche where pop, folk, new wave and punk collide in sing-along raucousness.

https://www.waterfront.co.uk/what-s-on/the-proclaimers/

 

Strangford Seafood Supper Club

Castle Ward, National Trust, Strangford

19 September

The first ever Castle Ward Supper Club takes place during Seafood September and features my chum Comber born chef, Will Brown, cooking with stunning local seafood ingredients from around Strangford Lough. A shared table setup in the NT's intimate candle-lit space, with the chef on full view and explaining each of their courses as they go along. Price includes a complimentary cocktail on arrival... But it’s BYO, so bring a bottle of your favourite tipple.

Tickets and info at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/indieevents1/293337?fbclid=IwAR0oicKbiOThLKG7Euwx2H115-kXaLPEpaCMl-aJA4kpayVXW9bbuQL102I

Wrap Up in Culture

Derry/Strabane

20 September (free)

Wrap up in culture, as venues and public spaces across the city and district open their doors to host a programme of free entertainment, as part of an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture. There will be something for people of all ages and with all interests from visual arts to music and dance, heritage, discussions, street art, tours and trails and family fun.

https://www.derrystrabane.com/culturenight

Culture Night - and Day!

Belfast (various venues)

20-21 September (free)

Belfast Culture Night enters its second decade with its first ever weekender. The biggest event in the city's cultural calendar returns on Friday 20th September (1-9pm). For the first time, it doesn't stop there, with events rolling into a bonus Culture Day on Saturday 21st (10am-4pm).  Hundreds of free attractions include live music, theatre, cabaret, bespoke food and drink stalls and a Flea Market at St Anne’s Cathedral. There will of course be loads of family friendly activities for little ones with music, face-painting and dancing.

https://www.culturenightbelfast.com/

Belfast Restaurant Week

BT1 + BT2

23-29 September

From Monday to Thursday enjoy 2 courses for just £15 in over 40 restaurants across BT1+2, with £10 lunch deals from 12-2pm, Monday to Friday. On Friday and Saturday you’ll find food demonstrations, producers’ market and live music at a Taste the City event in Writers’ Square from 10am-4pm, as well as a host of other events across the city, finishing off with the Big Belfast Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 2pm.

https://belfastrestaurantweek.org/

And if one week and one city isn’t enough, then check out the Tourism NI ‘Taste the Island’ 12-week celebration of Ireland’s finest food and drink, tasty experiences and scrumptious adventures, with an extensive range of events taking place throughout September, October and November. www.discovernorthernireland.com/tastetheisland

 

Two Fingers Up

The MAC, Belfast

24-25 September

Set in the cultural context of #metoo and Repeal the 8th, Two Fingers Up is a humorous  journey back to your teenage self, to being scundered, self-discovery, abstinence-only sex education and coming of age, Northern Ireland style.

https://themaclive.com/event/two-fingers-up








FACE | GLOW GET ‘EM

It’s time to GLOW GET ‘EM with the new wet n wild® limited-edition collection Time to Glow Up highlighting powders. This Limited Edition range offers four key powder products to bring a bright, glow to the face, and includes:

The MegaGlow™ Highlighting Powder (€ 5.25 / £4.90) comes in two shades - Bloom Time and Awesome Blossom – both perfect to draw attention to the right areas of the face and adapting to different skin types and complexions. The Mega Glo™ highlighting powders are perfect for the entire face, with a long-lasting effect. With rich shimmering pearl pigments, they have a fresh, light texture and give the skin a brighter appearance, blending perfectly with the complexion for a natural glow.

The collection is further expanded with You Glow, girl and I’m so Lit!, two sassy shades of Mega Glow™ Loose Highlighting Powder (€ 6.95 / £5.90), in a limited edition, exclusive to this collection. These finely ground, shimmering pigments bring a splendidly intense glow to the skin and can either be used alone or blended into foundation or primer. I blended mine in with some MAC Strobe Cream for some total bare-faced glow.

The Time to Glow Up Limited Edition is available in stores from now, while stocks last. And remember, all wet n wild® products are cruelty-free and PETA approved.

Mega Glo™ Highlighting Powder –

2 shades:
·    Bloom Time
·   Awesome Blossom

 Mega Glo™ Loose Highlighting Powder –

2 shades:

·   I’m so lit!
·   You Glow, Girl

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