You’ve probably finished work for the holidays, so you must be feeling pretty good right now. Know what else will make you feel good? Entering Cream’s Super Duper Summer Bumper Hamper Competition!
We’re giving away 5 huge hampers to lucky, dedicated readers, each containing a stack of great products: a stack of excellent books, a pair of Skullcandy noise-cancelling earbuds, Wiltshire drinking bottles and BBQ tools, a Mr Vit Kit box of vitamins, movie passes, moisturisers, beauty products, and even pop culture collectibles from The Pop Shop.
In case it hasn’t hit you yet: that’s your entire summer reading, entertainment and beauty regime taken care of!
To be in the running to win, simply ensure you’ve Liked our Facebook page here and get a friend to Like us by tagging them in the Facebook post about this competition (you may even want to share a couple of prize goodies with them!).
The competition closes 5pm AWST, Friday 30th December, 2022 and we’ll be notifying winners on Friday 31st – so you can brag about all the brilliant stuff you’ve scored to envious friends over New Years!
Check out the excellent booty, below, and a Happy New Year to you and yours!
↑ WHAT: Skullcandy SUPREME SOUND™ Sesh ANC Earbuds. DESCRIPTION: Block out the outside world when you don a pair of these high quality, noise canceling earbuds.
Unlike 2-mic systems commonly found in affordable noise-canceling products, Sesh ANC’s4-mic hybrid model detects and cancels noise in the full spectrum of high and low frequencies.
Adjustable Stay-Aware Mode lets you fine-tune the level of outside sound you want to let in, and a Clear Voice Smart Mic is optimised for vocal clarity, using articial intelligence to reduce background noise, too. Sweat- and water-resistant, and oh-so stylish in design. But they’ll hardly see you’ve got them in! AVAILABLE FROM: Skullcandy online or at JB Hi-Fi stores across Australia. VALUE: $149.95.
↑ WHAT: Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Australia Travel List. SYNOPSIS: For the first time, the team at Lonely Planet and its panel of industry experts have ranked the top 500 unmissable experiences and hidden gems across Australia to create this definitive travel wishlist. This beautifull bound hardcover book is the regional follow-up to the bestselling Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List and it is a must-own coffee table book for both travellers to Australia and residents who want to discover our country’s most iconic sights and activities. Learn about Indigenous culture and traditions, savour local flavours at world-renowned eateries, have ethical interactions with native wildlife, visit picture-perfect beaches, and explore the breathtaking beauty of our natural landscapes. With glorious photographs and insightful commentary, this book will inspire you to plan those road trips or book those flights quick-smart. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality bookstores and shop.lonelyplanet.com. VALUE: $39.99.
↑ WHAT: Wiltshire Glass Bottle. DESCRIPTION: The most versatile water bottle you’ll ever have! Whether you’re in the office, exercising, going on a road trip, or just wanting to stay hydrated at home, this Glass Bottle lets you enjoy clean tasting water while reducing your use of single-plastic bottles, so it’s a win-win for you, and for our planet. AVAILABLE FROM: www.wiltshire.com.au and in two colours, Denim Blue and Sage Green. VALUE: $18.00. Please note, winners will receive either a Wiltshire drinking bottle or one of their BBQ tools (see below).
↑ WHAT: Different, Not Less by Chloé Hayden. SYNOPSIS: Chloé has lived with autism and ADHD so this author knows what challenge and stress are about. This book is a moving, at times funny story of how it feels to be neurodivergent. But it’s also a practical guide with advice for coping with meltdowns, let-downs and shutdowns, and tips to help find supportive communities. Whether you’re neurodivergent or supporting those who are, Different, Not Less will inspire you to create a more inclusive world where everyone feels they belong. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality bookstores, published by Murdoch Books. VALUE: $32.99.
↑ WHAT: Ethique Eco Beauty Products. DESCRIPTION: Ethique have a simple mission: to have customers recycle their plastic bottles in filling these with powerful concentrates that do as good if not better a job at keeping you nice and clean. Each concentrate comes in the form of granules or a small bar – but you won’t be seeing parabens in these soap-looking products. The creme bodywash bars, for example, don’t lather up like traditional soap but do leave the skin clean, fresh and with a scent that’s oh-so good, with the Sweet Orange and Vanilla bar being one of our favourites.
You can truly feel the goodness when using their gentle face cleansers, bodywash concentrates, and shampoo and conditioning bars, each as beautifully packaged as it is minimal to waste.
AVAILABLE FROM: Select pharmacies and through www.ethique.com.au. VALUE: Prices vary, with each hamper winner to receive an Ethique products selected at random. Consider it a very nice lucky dip!
↑ WHAT: Life Is Tough (But So Are You) by Briony Benjamin. DESCRIPTION: Times are tough for all of us. Whether you’re going through illness or financial stress, job loss or a mental health crisis, you’ll find solace and inspiration in this beautiful guided journal. The author herself went through cancer and chemo, and decided to journal her experiences and jot down helpful hacks, then apply these to other ailments in life. Here, Briony shares writing prompts, checklists and journalling pages to help you make sense of your feelings, while working to build a great support team. It’s just the right pick-me-up for when you’re down – even if you’re just feeling a little glum for no reason. AVAILAB LE FROM: Good bookstores from January 10th, published by Murdoch Books. VALUE: $24.99.
↑ WHAT: Koéna Ultimate Hydration Pack. DESCRIPTION: Scientific-based skincare brand, Koéna, is a trusted provider of quality pH-balanced skincare for daily use. This value gift pack includes two 100g tubes of the brand’s famous Dermaceutical Daily Moisturiser – which helps to rehydrate skin prone to dryness, redness, itching or flaking; a Dermaceutical Gentle Cleanser (150ml bottle); and a Dermaceutical Body Lotion (250g).
Formulated with four key ingredients that are unique to Koéna (known combined as Resta-Plex®) each of these products helps bring healthier balance to the skin.
Containing a holy grail of ingredients including Glucosamine – known to decrease the appearance of wrinkles; Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) – reputed for helping prevent acne and managing rosacea; and L-Glycine – to reduce the appearance of UV-B induced skin damage and photoaging, the results leave skin cleaner and more supple. And the best thing is, Koéna’s Resta-Plex® formula is suitable for all skin types. AVAILABLE FROM: www.koena.com.au. VALUE: $136.80.
↑ WHAT: Lonely Planet’s Experience West Coast Australia, and Experience East Coast Australia. SYNOPSES: Two inspiring guides, each filled with local tips and fresh perspectives on places on the West Coast of Australia and East Coast of Australia, respectively. The books feature expert insights to take you to the heart of the place – food, drink, hiking, outdoor activities, indigenous culture, wildlife, history, surfing – there’s a whole lot of popular spots and hidden gems for you to ponder. The writers have also thrown in practical info, such as tips on money, getting around, and how to get the most unique experience out of your stay. Experience West Coast Australia covers Perth, Rottnest Island, Margaret River, the Southwest, South Coast, Monkey Mia, and more, while Experience East Coast Australia covers Sydney, Byron Bay, the North and South Coasts of NSW, Melbourne, The Gippsland Coast, Brisbane and more of the Queensland Coast. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality bookstores and shop.lonelyplanet.com. VALUE: $34.99 each.
↑ WHAT: Mr Vitaman Vit Kit. DESCRIPTION: If you’re looking to put more pep in your step in 2023, you ought to be upping your vitamin intake. Australia’s leading natural health retailer, Mr Vitamins, delivers supplements fit for everyone, each kit curated by a team of qualified naturopaths and nutritionists to help elevate you from the inside out. Each kit features a trio of support supplements, designed to give you an all-natural daily boost of vitamins and minerals to help improve the appearance and vitality of your skin, hair, and nails. Let the professionals do the vitamin-hunting for you! AVAILABLE FROM: Mr Vitamins online and through select wellbeing outlets. Note: Hamper winners will receive one of two versions of Vit Kit Packs: the ‘Sleep’ Kit containing Herbs Of Gold B Complete Sustained Release Vitamins, a bottle of Magnesium Forte capsules, and a bottle of Sleep Ease capsules; or the ‘Skin’ Kit containing a packet of New Nordic Collagen Filler, bottle of Renovatio Apskin Skin Remedy, and bottle of Nature’s Sunshine Horsetail capsules. VALUE: ‘Sleep’, $104.40; ‘Skin’ $122.44.
↑ WHAT: Becky by Sarah May. SYNOPSIS: Becky Sharp is determined to get away from the dead-end town she grew up in, determined to make a place for herself in high society, and determined to reach the top of the career ladder. And she doesn’t care how many lives she ruins in the process. Set in 90s tabloid-era London, Becky charts the rise and fall of a very modern heroine as she inveigles her way into the highest society, where tabloid millionaires mingle, trading favours and fortunes with royalty and aristocracy.
Our protagonist pushes her way up through the ranks at the Mercury newspaper with manipulative scoop after scoop, and eventually orchestrates her own dramatic downfall.
These are some of the biggest news stories and scandals of the last few decades, and Becky seems to have something to do with every one of them . . . For fans of Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible, Becky by Sarah May is impossible to put down. AVAILABLE FROM: Good bookstores from January 31st, published by Picador | Pan Macmillan. VALUE: $34.99.
↑ WHAT: Double In-Season Passes to see Triangle of Sadness. SYNOPSIS: Models Carl and Yaya are navigating the world of fashion while exploring the boundaries of their relationship. The couple are invited for a luxury cruise with a rogues’ gallery of super-rich passengers, a Russian oligarch, British arms dealers and an idiosyncratic, alcoholic, Marx-quoting captain. At first, all appears Instagrammable. But a storm is brewing, and heavy seasickness hits the passengers during the captain’s dinner. The cruise ends catastrophically, with Carl and Yaya finding themselves marooned on a desert with billionaires and ship staff and where hierarchy is suddenly flipped for unexpected reasons. A great page-turner of a novel. IN CINEMAS: December 26th. VALUE: $38.00.
↑ WHAT: Ariella Nyssa’s Self-Love Bible. SYNOPSIS: Ariella has inspired hundreds of thousands of people with her personal story and message of body confidence. In this interactive guide, she shares her experiences and advice, inviting the reader to embark on their own journey of self-acceptance and positive change. Through insightful journalling and self-care exercises, you’ll discover: how to break free from comparison, shame or negative self-talk; the secret to accepting and celebrating your body; which relationships to nurture and which to let go of; why forgiving yourself is more important than forgiving others; and how to support yourself with positive affirmations, healing rituals and more. Celebrate your uniqueness. AVAILABLE FROM: Good bookstores, published by Murdoch Books. VALUE: $34.99.
↑ WHAT: Wiltshire Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle. DESCRIPTION: Whether you’re in the office, exercising, at the beach or on a road trip, this insulated Stainless Steel Bottle lets you enjoy clean tasting water while reducing your use of single-plastic bottles, so it’s a win-win for you, and for our planet. AVAILABLE FROM: www.wiltshire.com.au. Styles available: Blue Opal or Flamingo. VALUE: $34.00.
↑ WHAT: Five Kilos in 5 Weeks by Luke Hines. SYNOPSIS: When it comes to healthy, sustainable weight loss, keeping things simple is key. In Five Kilos in 5 Weeks, popular clean-eating cook Luke Hines gives you his tried-and-tested diet program, designed to help you safely lose a kilo a week – and keep it off. Luke’s program is not extreme, but based on common sense and is achievable for anyone. Best of all, it doesn’t mean missing out. Luke’s fully customisable five-week eating plan features more than 60 guilt-free recipes for your favourite meals and snacks, each made with only five core ingredients. All recipes are gluten-free and refined-sugar free, and many are low carb and plant-based too. Taking charge of your health has never been easier… or more delicious! AVAILABLE FROM: Good bookstores from January 31st, published by Pan Macmillan. VALUE: $26.99.
↑ WHAT: Double In-Season Passes to see Emily. SYNOPSIS: The directorial debut from British-Australian Frances O’Connor (Mansfield Park), Emily offers an atmospheric, incisive portrait of Wuthering Heights author Emily Brontë.
Transporting cinemagoers to 19th Century England, this tale of infinite creativity and desire offers a haunting drama of a young woman’s formidable journey toward discovering her vocation.
The second youngest Brontë sibling is played to perfection by Sex Education’s Emma Mackey, while the film also stars Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Fionn Whitehead and Alexandra Dowling in excellent period-set surrounds. IN CINEMAS: January 12th. VALUE: $38.00.
↑ WHAT: Headland by John Byrnes & The Gifted Son by Genevieve Gannon. SYNOPSES: Riveting reading, Headland is set in the drowning small town of Gloster that holds a secret someone is prepared to murder for. Three constables are on the case – one a young male detective with a damaged past and uncertain future; his fellow officers two female constables struggling to show their worth under a misogynistic sergeant.
Taut, compelling and visceral, Headland announces a major new voice in Australian crime fiction.
The Gifted Son is an unputdownable novel about a Sydney family’s picture-perfect life suddenly upended. With two bright children, a beautiful home and a husband she’s always depended on, Lillian considers herself blessed… until, on her son final day of high school, he fails to come home. Hospitalised by a coward’s punch, Jamie has been the victim of a muck-up day celebration that went too far. The mother’s support for her son is unflinching, even as her own world begins to crumble. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality bookstores, published by Allen & Unwin. VALUE: $32.99 each.
↑ WHAT: Wiltshire BBQ Tools. DESCRIPTION: Become the master of your meat with these Bar B tools, fit for all kinds of grilling, cooking and even cleaning. Made of stainless steel, these tools are dishwasher safe and fully equipped to handle any tough stains, stuck-on food and other BBQ pressures – all things that are sure to win the guests over at your next Sunday barbie or roast. AVAILABLE FROM: www.wiltshire.com.au. VALUE: Bar-B Wood Fibre Grill Scraper, $16.00; Bar-B Tongs, $12.00; Bar-B Hot Plate Liner, $10.00. Hamper winners will receive a set of all three products. Please note, winners will receive either a Wiltshire BBQ tool or drinking bottle (see previous Wiltshire article, scroll above).
↑ WHAT: How To Kill A Client by Joanna Jenkins. SYNOPSIS: Taking on law’s old boys has deadly results in this gripping thriller that spans the gamut of corruption, misogyny and a convoluted legal industry.
Jenkins’ writing is fast-paced and wickedly funny, especially considering the touchy subject matter.
It’s a book about power and revenge set in the pristine towers of capitalism, and it’s scorching debut straight out of tomorrow’s headlines. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality bookstores, published by Allen & Unwin. VALUE: $32.99. Please note, since physical copies of this book won’t be available until mid-January, it will be sent to winners separately from the majority of other prizes.
↑ WHAT: What’s For Dessert? by Claire Saffitz. SYNOPSIS: No stranger to delivering a decent cookbook, Claire Saffitz returns with 100 more recipes for that most decadent of courses: dessert.
Whether you’re into impressive-yet-easy molten lava cakes, comforting rice pudding, or chunky chestnut brownies, these recipes are easy to follow and exciting to see the reactions to.
Pies, cakes, cookies, cobblers, right down to cream sauces and custards – foodies will find excitement, encouragement and absolute deliciousness from this very good cooking guide. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality bookstores, published by Murdoch Books. VALUE: $55.00.
↑ WHAT: Trio of Horror Icon Minifigures from The Pop Shop. DESCRIPTION: The Pop Shop’s online store stocks unique giftware, retro memorabilia and some very cool pop culture collectibles. Like this trio of horror icon minifigures. Featured are Jack Torrance from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise, and Michael Myers of Halloween fame. Each minifigure is 4.5cm height, made of ABS non-toxic plastic, comes in a sealed packet, and requires simple assembly. Clickable with other toy brands. And each comes complete with mini props as pictured. Products in The Pop Shop are actually curated by the Cream editorial team who scout the globe for treasures, with new finds hitting the store daily. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thepopshop.shop. VALUE: $33.00.
↑ WHAT: Closer to Love by Vex King. SYNOPSIS: Are you ready to experience true, unconditional love? Do you wish you could create stronger relationships, heal yourself and experience genuine affection? Modern relationships are more complex than ever, and our approach to love often comes from a place of lack, rather than an outpouring of a cup that is already filled. Our inherent need to give and receive love is as true today as it was at the dawn of time, but the purest love is built on self-love. Vex King, author of bestselling Good Vibes, Good Life and Healing is the New High is back with a new practical guide to creating lasting connections. Vex has developed these practices and skills to help him heal, to build stronger connections and to find peace and joy in his own romantic relationship. He is now sharing his wisdom and experience to guide readers on their own journeys. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality bookstores from February 14 (Valentine’s Day, of course!); published by Pan Macmillan. VALUE: $36.99.