The Christmas period is upon us, so hurry and pick up your celebration issue of Essentials, which is on shelves now. The festive season done your way: happy, sparkling and on budget. Get the latest issue now to find a special Christmas gift guide for all your presents and stocking stuffers, as well as insight on how you can plan, prep and create the perfect festive meal. We’ve got you covered!
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Here are 12 reasons why you should buy the December issue of Essentials.
1. We chat to Kristen Bell
Our cover star Kristen Bell shares how ‘It’s okay not to be perfect’, how she keeps her marriage strong and why she doesn’t own a scale.
2. Why this year is different
Instead of the usual Christmas celebrations, three women tell us why this holiday season will be one to remember.
3. Beauty miracles
There isn’t a woman out there who doesn’t love learning new beauty shortcuts. Whether you want to fix a chipped nail on the go or discover a household staple that makes your perfume last longer, tweak your beauty routine for the festive season with these 10 mini miracles for your hair, make-up and much more.
4. Modern prints this season
On trend this season are animal prints. Go wild with exotic patterns, luxe fabrics and lots of gorgeous accessories for a modern take on the animal print trend.
5. Be swimsuit ready
Make a splash by looking your best on your summer holiday with our selection of flattering swimsuits that will make you feel great, no matter your shape or size.
6. The ultimate gift guide all under R500
We have taken the hassle out of choosing presents with the ultimate gift guide. We’ve rounded up the best buys from cute kids’ treats to spoils for you, and even something for the pets!
7. How to avoid festive weight gain
We all want to treat ourselves over the festive Christmas period, but how can we indulge without totally overdoing it? Avoid the festive weight gain this season with advice from the experts and indulge in the fun, minus the extra padding around your waistline come January.
8. The party girl’s diet
Losing weight and maintaining a good social life are two things that rarely go hand in hand. But the party girl’s diet by nutritionist Angela Dowden helps you lose weight, while still enjoying eating out and having a drink or two. So go ahead, eat, drink and be merry without missing out on all the good stuff.
9. Fuss-free buffet menu
Who wants to be stuck in the kitchen when there’s a celebration going on? Try this fuss-free buffet menu with effortless, showstopping dishes to delight guests and share in the fun.
10. Double joy
Have huge amounts of leftovers? That’s okay; you can use them up in simple but tasty new meals.
11. The big style up
Don’t forget about the decor. Be inspired this festive season and style up with our decorative tree, tabletop and mantel piece buys. Go with the traditional red and white, a country-chic theme, or glam it up with metallics. We have a little something for everyone.
12. Seaside getaway competition
If you want to just get away from the hubbub of city life, enter our competition for a chance to win a coastal getaway at the Blue Marlin Hotel.