The Best Deals Available From the Boots Clearance Sale

Boots clearance sale has started and you can grab some amazing products at even better prices, with special offers and extra free gifts with some of the products, you should browse through the clearance section and buy the products you love quickly before they sell out! Below I have listed some of the best deals and products available in the sale.

For the kids

Silver Cross Wayfarer/Pioneer Hood & Apron

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This Wayfarer was originally £75, you can now get it for £25 saving you £50. The Wayfarer is multipositional and you can use it as a newborn carrycot as well as a pushchair when your little one is big enough.

Kidizoom Action Cam 180

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If your kids are always on the go this camera is perfect for them to capture every moment of it. This camera retails on Argos for £53 but you can purchase this amazing Kidizoom action cam for just £45.

Philips Avent Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump

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This breast pump costs £181 from Philips you can get it in the clearance sale at a 63% drop in price for £84. This breast pump gives you extra comfort and its unique design flows your milk straight into the bottle.

Makeup

Real Techniques Filtered Face Set

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This Real Techniques set retails at £55 elsewhere online, with the boots clearance sale you can get this set for just £36. This set would be perfect for a teen just starting in makeup or as a present to an already loyal Real Techniques customer.

Real Techniques Deluxe Illumination

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This Real Techniques set retails on Amazon at £69, you can purchase this in the Boots clearance sale for just £45. This set comes with a range of brushes and a sponge as well as some makeup making this a great set to give as a gift.

Clinique Bright All Night Set

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This set is retailing in Debenhams for £18 you can get this beautiful Clinique set in the Boots clearance sale for £14 and you can get a free gift if you buy 2 selected Clinique products (1 must be skincare) and a bonus gift with a third purchase.

Skin Care

Braun Silk-Epil 5 5-531 Wet & Dry Epilator

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This amazing hair removal tool retails for £89 on the Braun website but you can get it for £65 in the Boots clearance sale, this comes with 2 extra epilator heads and a lighter tweezer.

Soap & Glory the Whole Glam Lot Limited Edition

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You can purchase this gift set from Amazon for £90 or you can buy it in the Boots clearance sale for £27. This set is perfect as a gift or for you, who doesn’t love a bit of soap & glory.

Fragrances

Calvin Klein CK 100ml gift set

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This gift set is retailing in Debenhams at £40 you can buy this Calvin Klein gift set in the Boots clearance sale for £24, a perfect gift for any Calvin Klein fragrance fan.

Yves Saint Laurent Elle 30ml

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This small bottle of Yves Saint Laurent’s Elle perfume retails at £37 elsewhere, you can grab a bottle in the Boots clearance sale for £30. This would be perfect as a gift or for you.

WHSmith Has Started To Sell Sainsbury’s Meal Deals

WHSmith has paired with Sainsbury’s to start stocking their meal deals. WHSmith has already previously paired with the post office, M&S and Costa Coffee. WHSmith will be stocking the Sainsbury’s meal deals in 13 locations so far, adding more locations as the trail goes on.

9 of the locations WHSmith will be stocking the meal deals in are: London Luton Airport, Wishaw General Hospital, East Midlands Airport, Lister Hospital Stevenage, Kings Cros Railway Station, Monklands District Hospital in North Lanarkshire, Cardiff Central Railway Station and Bristol Temple Meads Station. The other 4 have not yet been confirmed and the list will hopefully expand over time when they add more locations onto the trial.

Unfortunately, the meal deals that are going to be sold in WHSmith are going to cost £3.99, unlike the Sainsbury’s meal deals which when bought instore cost only £3.

The trail seems to have focused on hospitals, airports and rail stations this may be due to WHSmith’s popularity in these areas and the convenience of a meal deal when on the go or visiting somebody in the hospital.

It is unsure why there is a rise in price in the meal deals but hospitals, rail stations and airports are notoriously more expensive for food products so this may be an indicator as to why they have decided to trial this pairing in these locations.

The trial started in some locations last week and they should be starting in other locations soon. The products offered in the food-to-go meal deal range includes sandwiches, salads, crisps, snacks, hot drinks and other ‘light meals’.

The director of business development at Sainsbury’s said that the trial is taking place due to the ‘rapidly changing shopping habits’ and the WHSmith managing director says it will allow for them to cater for the convenience of its customers who are on the go.

More people are using online streaming services than watching TV says Ofcom

Ofcom recently released their first annual Media Nations report, in this report research showed that online streaming services have now officially become more popular than traditional TV as more people are choosing to watch shows and films through the services.

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Ofcom believes this change in how people watch shows is due to younger viewers choosing to watch non-broadcast shows and films on services such as Netflix and Youtube rather than broadcast TV. They found that in 2017 16-34 year-olds watched an average of 2 hours and 37 minutes of non- broadcast content across all different devices including phones and PCs.

Subscription-on-demand services such as Netflix, Now TV and Amazon Prime have in total around 15.4 million subscriptions, this includes 11.1 million households that have at least one account for one of these services. There are now more subscription on-demand services than there are traditional pay-tv services.

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Another reason Ofcom believes there is a change in how people watch shows and films comes from subscription services such as Netflix and Amazon creating their own original content such as Netflix and their ‘Netflix Original’ series.

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Ofcom does believe that the change happening to what we watch and how we watch it is going to rapidly effect UK TV as the more people choosing streaming services over pay-TV will cause implications to the accessibility to the traditional broadcasting TV. Although, Ofcom does believe that British TV Broadcasters will be able to keep on top of the change and will adapt to the new TV market by creating original shows that will appeal to the target audiences they’re currently losing and working together to reach out to the people who are choosing streaming services over broadcast TV.

Primark’s Own Brand Cosmetics Are Now Completely Cruelty-Free

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Primark’s own beauty range is now completely cruelty-free. The company’s products have been awarded Leaping Bunny status by Cruelty Free International, a leading animal cruelty activism group.

The status applies to all makeup, skincare and haircare products, making in progress in Primark’s sustainability strategy. The Leaping Bunny award is the highest, gold-standard certification programme. It allows customers to easily find and buy products which have not been tested on animals.

In a statement, Primark said:

“Primark wants to let customers know that they can buy their favourite PS… products with the knowledge that the entire range has been awarded the highest standard of accreditation for cruelty free products.”

As of last week, the Leaping Bunny logo will be placed on all Primark own brand cosmetics.

A spokesperson for PETA praised Primark for going entirely cruelty-free, stating that experiments on animals are never acceptable. She said that pressure from the general public has led to many brands going cruelty-free in the last few years.

There has been a lot of outrage over animal testing, and brands are listening to their customers. PETA said that compassion goes hand-in-hand with profit.

According to Cruelty Free International, stopping animal testing doesn’t mean that products have to be tested on humans instead. There are many new methods for testing, including cell cultures. This means that scientists grow human and animal cells into 3D structures to study biological processes and diseases. There are also computer models of the heart, lungs, kidneys and skin.

The CEO of Cruelty Free International said:

“We want to offer our congratulations to Primark for showing that it is possible to bring high-quality cosmetics to the high street without making animals suffer. ”

This step forward is a stark contrast to practices a few years ago. Primark was previously criticised for unethical labour practices in its response to the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, where over a 1000 workers died. However, Primark has made steps to improve their practices. Whilst the company does not own any factories, any factories that it places an order from will be assessed by the sustainability team, to meet a certain standard. They also require every factory to sign up for the Primark Code of Conduct as a condition of doing business, which is based on standards set by the Ethical Trading Initiative.

 

The Surprising Medical Conditions You Need to Tell the DVLA About

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If you live in the UK and suffer from certain medical conditions, you must tell the DVLA or face a fine. This is usually if your condition could pose a safety risk to yourself and other drivers. The main notifiable conditions are epilepsy, strokes, mental health and neurological conditions, visual impairments and physical disabilities. However, there are some surprising conditions on the list that you may not be aware of, and if you suffer from one of these conditions and don’t tell the DVLA, you could be liable for prosecution and a hefty fine.

Déjà vu

We’ve all suffered from Déjá Vu at some point in time, but reoccurring Déjá Vu is actually associated with an epileptic electrical charge in your brain. If you regularly suffer from Déjá Vu and you could be epileptic, you need to tell the DVLA.

Labyrinthitis

This is a type of common ear infection, causing the delicate Labyrinth inside your ear to become inflamed. The symptoms can include mild headaches, ear pain, hearing loss and vertigo. It usually goes away by itself in a few weeks but if it doesn’t and it begins to have an impact on your daily life, you need to inform the DVLA.

Sleep Apnoea

Sleep Apnoea is a common condition where the walls of your throat relax and narrow whilst you sleep, interrupting your breathing. This can disturb your sleep and can impact your quality of life, increase the risk of you developing other medical conditions and even cause you to fall asleep whilst driving. If you have the more severe form of sleep apnoea, you need to speak to your GP and tell the DVLA.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia are horrific, as are the side effects such as becoming weak and dizzy. If you regularly suffer from these side effects, you should get advice from your doctor as to whether this needs to be reported to the DVLA.

Arthritis

Arthritis is a common chronic condition which causes pain and joint inflammation. Approximately 10 million people in the UK suffer from this condition. The joints that are usually affected include hands, knees, hips and the spine. As you need to be able to sit in the car and drive safely, you should tell the DVLA if your arthritis is affecting your ability to drive.

It is your legal responsibility to inform the DVLA of any medical conditions which may affect your driving. If you are not sure, ask your GP. However, your GP can also report their concerns to the DVLA, so it’s always best that you report first. It may be that you need to make adjustments to your car or get support from a relative.

H&M Will Finally Sell Standard UK Sizes

H&M Will Finally Sell Standard UK Sizes

No matter your size, shopping in high street stores can be a nightmare. You might think that sizing would be more or less the same across the board. If a certain clothing size equates to a certain number of inches, how much of a variation can there be? If you’ve ever set foot in a clothing shop or ordered clothes online, then you might be laughing as you read this. No doubt you are already familiar with the shocking lack of consistency in clothing sizes for women across popular fast-fashion brands. But at last, there is some good news for anyone who shops at H&M: their sizing system is changing.

H&M Clothing Complaints

For years now, many frustrated shoppers have been venting online about the issues they face trying to find clothes that fit them in shops like H&M. Some have even gone viral, like this photograph displaying a difference of several inches between a size 16 pair of jeans from H&M and supposedly the same size jeans from rival high street store Primark. After years of gaining a negative reputation for their sizes running too small, H&M is finally doing something about it. This is long overdue. It will be a relief for shoppers to be able to buy clothes in their correct size without having to try on up to four different sizes to find one that fits. The clothing size can also be different depending on the item, as customers report fitting into a size 12 for one item of clothing and a size 18 for another. It is about time things changed.

What is Happening to H&M Sizes?

Following years of feedback (meaning complaints) from customers, H&M has decided to listen. They are going to adjust their sizing system so that is more in line with UK standard sizing. The reason for their sizes running on the small side is that there is an issue with converting European sizes to UK sizes. A size 12 in the UK should be European size 40, but at H&M the UK size 12 clothes are European size 38, which is actually a UK size 10. It might seem complicated, but what it boils down to is that H&M sizes are actually at least one size smaller than they claim to be (surprising nobody). For this reason, H&M have decided to adjust their sizes to make them more accurate. From now on, H&M will label clothes as their true sizes, so a current 12 will be a 10 and a 20 will become an 18.  At the top of their range, size 36 will be bigger.

When Will H&M Introduce This?

Don’t get too excited and rush to H&M right away expecting a certain size to fit properly. The new sizing has already begun to enter H&M stores, but it’ll take a while for it to completely replace older stock. You might still be trying on three different pairs of jeans in the changing room for the near future.  If you order online, the same applies. H&M will extend the new sizing system slowly to phase out the old one. It will take some time before their stock is completely up to date. There is currently no deadline when we can expect the new sizing system to be fully in place by. However, H&M has said that they want to make the change as smooth of an experience as they can for their customers. It will require some patience for a little bit longer, but once the new sizes are in place, shopping at H&M will be a much happier hobby.

 

Everything You Need to Know About McDonald’s Monopoly 2018

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It’s the end of March and that time of year is approaching again. No, not Spring. No, it’s not Easter either. It’s McDonald’s Monopoly time!

Yep, it’s time to eat your body weight in chicken nuggets and leave your purse empty in the hope of winning a free holiday, or more likely, a free McFlurry.

Prizes for this year’s Monopoly games include a Mini Cooper, a holiday to Orlando, £100k in cash and an Xbox One amongst many other things.

Here’s a breakdown of the types of prizes that you can win:

Instant Wins

There are over fifty million instant win prizes on offer including food prizes, cash prices and vouchers. It is believed that the Instant Win stickers result in a winner every two minutes. All you have to do is go to the counter. To get an instant win sticker, you must buy one of the following menu items:

  • Medium Fries
  • Large Fries
  • Medium Carbonated Soft Drink
  • Large Carbonated Soft Drink
  • Premium Salad (excluding Shaker Side Salad)
  • Chicken Legend
  • Chicken Legend with Bacon
  • Chicken Selects – 3 or 5 Pieces
  • Big Tasty
  • Big Tasty with Bacon
  • The Signature Collection
  • Cadbury Creme Egg or Cadbury Caramel McFlurry
  • Mozzarella Dippers
  • Big Flavour Wrap
  • Regular Iced Frappé/Iced Fruit Smoothie
  • Large Iced Frappé/Iced Fruit Smoothie
  • Shaker Side Salads
  • Medium or large hot drinks or drinks served in a bottle or carton

Online Prizes

Online Prizes include a code to use online. The prizes that you win vary from a food voucher to use in the self-service machine or up to £100 in cash. There is a rumour that entering your code at quiet times of day or in the middle of the night can increase your chance of getting a prize.

Property Set Prize

If you can get all of the properties in one colour set, you’ll be in with a chance of winning a bigger prize. For one of the stations, you can get a free Now TV pass whilst the brown set gets you a free extra value meal. Some of the bigger prizes include a £30 Missguided voucher, Xbox One X, £250 Red Letter Days voucher, a Universal Orlando holiday for 4, a Mini Cooper and the main prize of £100,000 cash.

10 Spares Prize

If you have a lot of spare property stickers, you can swap ten of them for a free Now TV pass.

Are you excited about McDonald’s Monopoly?

Costa Coffee’s Spring Menu 2018

Costa‘s long-awaited spring menu is here featuring loads of new drinks and snacks for us to try as well as an old favourite!

New drinks

The Flat Family

Costa has now added 3 new drinks to their  ‘Flat Family’. Costa was the first coffee chain to introduce the flat white to their nationwide menu back in 2010 and now they’re putting their own twist on the classic.

The Coconut Flat White

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The Flat Mocha

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The Flat Black

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Bringing Back an Old Favourite – The White Hot Chocolate

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The white hot chocolate is usually a Christmas menu special but as it was absent from the Christmas 2017 menu, Costa is giving the drink’s fans what they’ve been waiting for. You’ll also receive a free Lindt chocolate bunny with your purchase of any hot chocolate. The white hot chocolate is only available for a select amount of time so be sure to get one whilst they are still on the menu!

The New Coolers

Every year Costa brings out new fruit cooler flavours, this year we have: Mango and Passionfruit, Pineapple and Coconut, and red summer berries. The cooler range is perfect to cool you down in spring and summer when the sun starts to shine and the heat starts to rise.

New Food Menu Items

This year the spring food menu welcomes the new easter choc-o-crunch, sausage rolls, Lindt chocolate bunnies, chocolate cornflake nests and a lemon layer cake. All the Costa sweet treats and savoury foods will go great with their new spring menu drinks.

Easter Choc-O-Crunch

The new Easter Choc-O-Crunch are doughnut inspired chocolate rice crispy rings that come in three pastel colours: pink, blue and yellow. These treats will be perfect to accompany a fruit cooler or a white hot chocolate.

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Sausage Rolls

Another new food product is the Sausage rolls, a great British favourite – made with golden flaky pastry and British pork, perfect for when you’re craving something savoury with your coffee.

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All Costa products prices range depending on area and store. All products are subject to availability. 

Below is a full menu with prices of the new spring menu, available in Costa stores across the country now.

Drinks Menu
The Flat Family

  • Flat Black – from £2.25 NEW!
  • Flat Mocha – from £2.90 NEW!
  • Coconut Flat White – from £2.95 NEW!

Hot Chocolate

  • White Hot Chocolate – from £2.95 LIMITED EDITION!

Fruit Coolers 

  • Mango & Passion Fruit Cooler – from £2.95 NEW!
  • Pineapple & Coconut Fruit Cooler – from £2.95 NEW!
  • Red Summer Berries Fruit Cooler – from £2.95 NEW!

Food Menu
Sweet

  • Easter Choc-O-Crunch – from £1.95 NEW!
  • Lindt Chocolate Rabbit – from 45p NEW!
  • Chocolate Cornflake Nest – from £1.95 NEW!
  • Lemon Layer Cake – from £2.55 NEW!

Savoury

  • Pork Sausage Roll – from £1.99 NEW!

River Island Celebrates 30th Anniversary With New Anti-Bullying Campaign

To coincide with the company’s 30th anniversary, River Island has launched a new campaign which is encouraging customers to express themselves with their clothes. For the campaign, the retailer has teamed up with the anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label.

The campaign was shot by the famous photographer Richard Burbridge and the aim of it is to show that labels are for clothes. The campaign images feature 12 new models, all of whom have a story to tell about being stereotyped at some point in their lives.

Each of the images in the campaign features a care label which says that customers should leave the labels for clothes, not for the people who wear them. Some of the models in the campaign include curve model Sabrina Karlsson with the message ‘do not shrink’, a transgender woman named Stav Strashko with the message ‘100% woman’ and Zara, a hijab-wearing, London-born Pakistani whose photo says do not stereotype.

Alongside the campaign, River Island is selling a range of sweatshirts and t-shirts for men and women which will feature the empowering message. £3 from each sale will go directly to the charity Ditch the Label. Ditch the Label aims to provide physical and emotional support to people whose lives have been impacted by bullying and cyberbullying.

The customer director for River Island, Josie Cartridge said that customers are now wanting to express themselves and not be defined by any conventions.

The Labels are for Clothes campaign has also extended to the childrenswear section, featuring adorable children who would be stereotyped with diversity labels.

Supporters of River Island’s new campaign say they that hope using models with disabilities in advertising becomes the norm, to ensure that campaigns reflect our diverse society.

Amazon Go Customers Can “Just Walk Out” of New Seattle Store

Amazon Go Customers Can "Just Walk Out" of New Seattle Store

Last week saw the public unveiling of Amazon’s latest venture into retail technology: Amazon Go. The 1800 square foot store at the base of Amazon’s skyscraper in Seattle has been in development since 2016. After 14 months of trialling the store with Amazon employees, it is finally open to Amazon customers. Ironically, on opening day there was a massive queue to get into the store, which was conceived to prevent customers waiting in lines.

Now that the buzz has settled down a bit, the store seems to be serving its purpose. Amazon customers can dash in to grab some food and leave just as quickly. They waste no time standing around in checkout queues or even paying. So, how does this work? Let’s take a written tour of Amazon Go.

Inside Amazon Go

First of all, to shop at Amazon Go, you must be an existing Amazon customer. You also need to have a smartphone with the Amazon Go app downloaded on it. The app will give you a unique QR code, which is how the store will recognize you. Six turnstiles guard the entrance, much like ticket barriers at train stations. You have to scan your code in the app to pass through to the store. Once inside, all you have to do is shop.

The store itself is basically a mini-market, with limited stock. It seems like a typical convenience store in terms of product range. Mostly groceries, ready-to-eat meals, and some toiletries. The store mostly provides snacks, salads, and sandwiches for lunches. As you browse, sensors will know if you pick something up then put it back. Without checkouts, you don’t need a basket. You can put your items directly into a bag, or even your pockets.

How Does It Work?

If you looked up, you would see a ceiling covered in rectangular black blocks. These are the cameras which combine with analytical technological systems to track what everyone is buying. When you walk out of the store, it registers you leaving and notes everything you took. Within ten minutes, a digital receipt will arrive, and Amazon will charge your shopping to the card registered on your Amazon account. Shoplifting would be difficult to pull off with this advanced technology.

That said, with the Amazon Go app, customers have the ability to remove items from their receipts. If Amazon charges you for something you didn’t take, you can swipe to get a refund. Since this requires no proof and there is no returns system, what’s to stop people claiming a refund for things they actually did buy? Obviously, it will be easy to catch repeat offenders. But the new “Just Walk Out” technology clearly isn’t flaw-free.

What About Human Employees?

The introduction of Amazon Go has sparked debates about the automation of the retail industry. Self-checkouts have been around for a while now, and the use of robots in warehouses is developing. It’s understandable that cashiers and other store staff would worry about keeping their jobs. It seems impossible to consider a store without human staff to assist the customers, though. Even Amazon Go has human employees checking IDs in the alcohol section, handing out bags, or answering questions for shoppers.

The minimisation of human labour doesn’t always equal saving money. The technology needed to run a store like Amazon Go costs millions. To open multiple branches of these stores would be beyond the means of most chain retailers. This means it’s not very likely that we will see them popping up everywhere in the near future. In the UK at least, Amazon is still investing in a human workforce. A new distribution centre in the Midlands will create 400 jobs with benefits packages. As well as warehouse staff, the new site will require engineers and specialists in HR and IT.