Wednesday, 29 June 2016

NEW: Vichy Dermablend 3D Correction – Camouflage Without Heaviness


Vichy’s original Dermablend Fluid foundation is one of the few full-coverage bases that I can wear without it feeling cloying. It’s a brand best-seller.

But now there’s a new kid on the block that’s overtaken it in my affections: Dermablend 3D Correction.
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Monday, 27 June 2016

A 30-minute Workout You Can Do In Your Lunch Break


It isn’t always easy getting to the gym during the working week.  The 9-to-5 is no longer the 9-to-5, and if (like me) you work from home whilst juggling a family, the free time you once had no longer exists. Life is busy!

It’s a scenario that resonates with online sports and nutrition retailer Met-Rx, which recently invited a handful of fitness bloggers to come up with a mini exercise routine that could be done during a quick 30-minute lunch break.

My programme is one that you could do at your desk. It’s suitable for beginners and requires no equipment – though you could add in weights (dumbbells or ankle/wrist weights - keep them in a drawer) to switch things up and make the workout more challenging. These exercises are some of my favourites and use different muscle groups to work the whole body.

Time is short, so let’s get training!  
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

NEW: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick – Review, Swatches + Looks



Such is the love for Urban Decay that every new drop is met with palpable excitement.  So you can imagine the anticipation surrounding  this one: the brand’s biggest lipstick launch to date.

The just arrived Vice collection comprises a  whopping 100 different colour  lipsticks, from bold brights and intense darks, to easy-to-wear neutrals. Most are new but old favourites from past Revolution formulas have made a return too. 
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Monday, 20 June 2016

Nu Skin Moisture Mist – A Product I Couldn’t Live Without Right Now!



We all have types of products that we couldn’t live without. One for me is a spritzer, something I can spray onto my face throughout the day to keep my skin hydrated.

Such is my need that I am constantly on the lookout for a product that’s better than the one I am currently using. Of course, this means that I am never totally satisfied, but then it has allowed me to assemble quite a collection of pretty good facial mists along the way.
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Saturday, 18 June 2016

The Body Confidence Debate: Why The Gym That’s Covering Up Its Mirrors Has Got It All Wrong

So, those of us who work out a gym are self-obsessed narcissists who spend our time staring at ourselves in the mirror and taking selfies rather than training?

I jest but the suggestion did occur to me as I read last week that a US gym group is covering up its mirrors on Mondays in support of body confidence.
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

3 Hair-Raising Gift Ideas for Father’s Day (Dad Reviewed)



If there’s one subject that’s guaranteed to get men fired up when it comes to ‘beauty’ it’s hair. Whether it’s the stuff that sprouts from their faces or the mop that grows (or doesn’t!) atop of their heads, they will have a strong feeling about it.

Some men cherish their whiskers, others covet a clean shaven look, and then there are those who fret endlessly about receding hairlines.  Whichever camp the men in your life fall into, a gift of hair beauty is a certain pleaser.

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday. If you’re cutting it a bit fine with a gift still to buy, or scratching your head not knowing what to buy, then here’s three hair-raising suggestions (sorry, shameless puns).
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Monday, 13 June 2016

Estelle & Thild – Organic Anti-Ageing Range That's Suitable For Sensitive Skin


There are certain natural formulations that make me want to run off to the countryside, find a meadow and dance amongst the wild flowers. It’s their aromas: light, floral, ethereal. They take me to a place of tranquillity.
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Friday, 10 June 2016

Beauty Buzz: From a Colossal MAC Makeup Launch to 10 Amazing Styles for Thick Hair

My pick of the week’s beauty musings, delivered in bite-sized form… 

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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

New Protein Shake Flavours – it's a Cake Fest (Dieters Welcome)



There’s a sign on the wall next to the water fountain at my local gym which reads: ‘Please do not empty the remains of your protein shake down the sink’.

The fact the sign exists is a reflection of just how ubiquitous protein shakes have become (within the fitness community that is).
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Monday, 6 June 2016

NEW: Elemental Herbology Hyaluronic Plus+ - A Quick Moisture Fix



My skin has been looking a little sallow lately. The inevitable effects of illness, unfortunately. Goodness knows what bug I picked up a few weeks ago but it’s been a devil to shake off, and my skin has not been happy.

Partly my complexion has suffered because I have not felt well enough to keep going with my regular skincare regime. A quick perk-up in the moisture department is something my skin craves at the best of times, but it’s in pretty desperate need of it right now! So, if there was ever a perfect guinea pig for Elemental Herbology’s newly launched Hyaluronic Plus+, it's me!
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Friday, 3 June 2016

4 Bright and Breezy Beauty Launches to Kick-off Summer


Whatever happened to ‘flaming June’? Perhaps by the time of posting the sun will be shining but from where I’m sat right now (in the Kent countryside on the meteorological first day of Summer) it’s chucking it down with rain outside!

So, Summer is finally upon us and so too are the Summer beauty collections. Here is my pick of recent unveils:
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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Nair Nourish Argan Shower Power Cream – In-Shower Hair Removal Cream on Test


Whether its beauty, wellness or fitness, products that aim to save us time when it comes to doing 'chores’ are definitely on the up.

In wellness it’s products that speed-up food prep. In fitness it’s workouts that burn hundreds of calories in minutes. And in beauty it’s products that work in the background.

In-shower treatment products fall squarely into the latter category, and the latest one to cross my path is this new Shower Power Cream from Nair. It’s part of Nair’s Nourish Argan Collection, a range of hair removal formulas infused with argan oil and orange blossom to make skin soft and glowy, and also to soothe.
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