Tuesday 29 March 2016

NEW: Color Wow, SachaJuan, Dermalogica, Clarins, Miller Harris

As unsold Easter eggs get heavily discounted this week, the temptation to eat yet more chocolate is going to be overwhelming.  So how about feasting your eyes on these new beauty products instead – a much healthier way to spend your money.

Saturday 26 March 2016

3 Rose Scented Treasures

I’m fascinated by what lures us to certain scents. Is it something in the smell that takes us back to a fond memory from childhood?  Or is it just the way we are wired?

Rose is a key scent for me, though intriguingly I’m not that keen on wearing floral perfumes. Rose is simply exquisite in skincare and bodycare. I love the smell of it, all delicate and fresh. When I smother myself in rose it’s like a comfort blanket, protecting and caressing me.

I perhaps possess more rose-scented  products that any other. Here are three absolute treasures:

Wednesday 23 March 2016

Wunder2 Wunderbrow – Full and Lush Brows in a Jiffy

When it comes to regretful beauty trends, the pencil thin eyebrow must surely rank top for a good many of us. Hands up those who in their youth plucked away incessantly at their luscious thick brows in order to re-create the sleek look, only to then live to regret it?

Constant plucking damages hair follicles, preventing them from growing back again. My old tweezing habits didn’t cause too much carnage but I have been left with sparse patches and a slightly wonky set of brows. I don’t think I shall ever get over it! 


Monday 21 March 2016

Beauty Buzz: From Trending Spring/Summer Looks to Yet Another Instagram Backlash

My pick of beauty news from around the web, delivered in bite-sized form (it's been a while since I last ran this feature!):


Friday 18 March 2016

5 Gym Bag Beauty Essentials – Time and Space Savers!

I take ages getting ready after a gym session. I’m not one of those women who can sprint home directly after their spin class. I need to stay behind for a shower, and wash my hair if I can’t get away with using (yet more) dry shampoo. After that I reapply my skincare and makeup.

Unfortunately this rather laborious post-workout beauty regime doesn’t fit well with my tight schedule. It also means that I’m laden down with a big bag of stuff – since my gym stopped hiring out permanent lockers I have to carry my trainers, kit, towel and oodles of toiletries each time I go.

So, I’m constantly on the lookout for products that can both save me time getting ready and also rationalise space in my gym bag. Over the years I’ve found some pretty natty time-saving, space-saving beauty essentials.

Wednesday 16 March 2016

The Rejuvenating Acupuncture Facial – It Doesn’t Hurt, Honest!

I have never known that much about Chinese medicine, other than the odd phrase and what I picked up some years ago during a short course of acupuncture for my migraines (sadly it did nothing to ease them).

But I’ve recently developed a much better understanding of how aspects of Chinese medicine relate to me. For example, I now know that I’m far more Yang than Yin, and that my Chi energy is way out of kilter.

A couple of weeks ago I went along to the Neal’s Yard Remedies Therapy Rooms in Convent Garden for Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Melanie Hackwell, an acupuncturist and fertility expert.

Monday 14 March 2016

NEW: Balance Me Tinted Wonder Eye Cream – Makes Perfect Sense

Using a tinted eye cream makes perfect sense. The skin around the eyes is thinner than elsewhere on the face. It thins further as we get older and can look almost transparent, making the veins underneath all too visible.

Then let’s not forget what a few late nights and a glass or two of vino can do to our appearance the next day – dark circles anyone?  It makes me wonder why there aren’t more tinted eye creams out there – there are a few but not that many.

Friday 11 March 2016

NEW: Charles Worthington, Jo Loves, Jane Iredale, Bourjois

I’ve just spent £160 on Fitbit’s brand new all-singing, all-dancing Blaze fitness tracker (or is it smart watch? There’s much debate on that one). So, I could really do with saving some money. Then again…

My pick of the week’s new beauty launches: 

Wednesday 9 March 2016

February’s Empties – And Favourites

My little pile of February empties is precisely that– meagre! There are 11 items: skincare and body care are both five a piece, and there’s one solitary make-up product. I’ll start with skincare, as this usually represents the bulk of my monthly empties.

Monday 7 March 2016

Face Up Fitness: Speedflex – High Intensity Circuit Training But Not As You Know It

Form is everything when it comes to fitness training. If you don’t adopt the right technique, you won’t get the most out of your workout, or worse you could get injured.

Take squats. They’re fantastic for sculpting the booty but to get results in the shortest time possible you’ll need to sit deep as you descend (with knees in line with your feet ), driving your heels into the ground, squeezing on the glutes, and NOT letting your knees bow in as you do it. Yep, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to exercise, whether that be in a group class environment or flying solo in the weights room, and it’s all too easy to get things a bit wrong. 

Exercising safely, correctly and with maximum calorie burn is what Speedflex is all about.  Speedflex is a 30-45 minute circuit-based, low-impact HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) programme I have been trying out for the past couple of weeks.

Friday 4 March 2016

Cult51 Immediate Effect Serum – The Only Serum You'll Ever Need?

When a formula comes with more than 40 skincare claims and ‘instant results’ to boot,  it’s only natural to raise an eyebrow.

But when said product has earned a cult following and a slew of five star customer reviews (google it), feelings of scepticism start to mingle with a sense of curiosity.

Wednesday 2 March 2016

Solgar Hyaluronic Acid Supplements + Key Role HA Plays in the Body (Not Just Skin)

Hyaluronic acid.  Anyone with the merest modicum of interest in skincare will have heard of it.

Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in our bodies. It holds 1,000 times its weight in water, and it’s what keeps our skin looking plump and youthful. Then the hard truth: the epidermis starts losing it by the time we hit our late 20s, and after the age of 30 depletion increases by 1 percent a year. Hormonal dips come pre-menopause, and menopause thins the skin even further.

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