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Sunday Riley: the cult brand your skin is going to love

Now, my skin isn’t so bad that I have to leave the house with a bag over my head, but let’s face it, it could do better. Less of the congestion, not-so-fine lines, dullness and dryness and we could have a much happier relationship. Which is why, after a winter of waking up feeling dry and looking, quite frankly, TERRIFYING in the morning, I decided that enough was enough, and headed in pursuit of one of the hottest cult skincare lines on the block: Sunday Riley….…

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The fine-hair fix: 5 steps to better hair

Hello. My name is Alex and I’m the owner of Really Bad Hair. We’re talking fine. We’re talking fly-away. We’re talking prone to frizz. And, after several pregnancies (thanks hormones!) were talking regrowth, which likes to stand on end and wave ‘hello!’ just so everyone knows it’s there. But, finally (finally!) I’ve found a 5 step solution that seems to be helping……

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How to….look good the morning after

So, we’ve got your night out covered, thanks to Natasha’s fab Christmas party wear post and even what to wear the morning after, but c’mon, what on earth are we going to do with that face? If you, like me, are more ‘hangover beast’ than ‘beauty’, then you’ll be needing some help. And whilst, we’re not advocating trowelling on a trolley load of make-up, we do have a few fail-safe products up our sleeves. Oh yes, these products will sort those drink-induced/sleep-deprived/new baby dark circles and make you look like a young Kate Moss even after a Kate Moss-style night out……

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This is England…

I’ve been meaning to write about this company for a while, ever since I first came across a bottle of their deliciously-scented products at a friend’s house last October……

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My Beauty Uniform: Camilla

It’s a welcome back for our Beauty Uniform today. Alex and I were chatting about this, and we realised that – much as we love asking industry insiders about their beauty know-how – on a day-to-day basis, it’s our friends we turn to for beauty tips: how do you get your skin looking that good? How on earth are your limbs that silky-smooth? What’s the elixir of youth? That kind of thing. With this in mind, I knew exactly who I wanted to ask/badger into revealing her secrets: my friend Camilla Marsh. We become friends when she and her husband Tom moved opposite us (we won the neighbour lottery that day) – and then she had her gorgeous little girl, Matilda, not long after I had my little boy. So, much of my maternity leave was spent hanging out with these two girls – and not once have I seen Camilla look less than immaculate. Part of this is innate (I’ve seen her mum – ditto on the immaculate front); part of it is down to her being lovely on the inside, too (it definitely counts); and part of it is her job. Camilla has worked for two of the…

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Would you have a boob job?

What do you think about boob jobs? Unnecessary, unfeminist and not for a woman like you? Or, do you secretly (or not-so-secretly) hanker after one? When a friend announced that she was having one last summer I was fascinated. Whilst I know people who’ve dabbled with botox and a couple who’ve admitted to nose jobs, I didn’t think I knew anyone who’d done anything more. Why did she have it done? Will it open the floodgates to having more procedures? What does her husband think? And most importantly, was it worth it? If you’ve ever wondered what type of woman actually has a boob job, then read on, you might be surprised……

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The Beauty Insider’s Monthly Miracles: English Mineral Makeup

If you’re anything like us, what you want from your beauty experts is not reams of columns about their experience at a gazillion pound a week spa nestled in a remote mountainside a 20 hour flight away. No, what you want to know is what works. Fortunately, beauty editor and our Beauty Insider Rachel Fiddes is a like-minded girl. There’s so much choice out there that the brain boggles – so with her new series, Monthly Miracles, Rachel presents her edit of the best. Granted, these products won’t always be super-cheap, but they will be worth investing in and they will WORK. Read on for her first hot tip……

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Can you mix sunscreen with moisturiser? Do you really need a different one for your face? The truth about sunscreen…

As Beauty Editor of US Vogue, Daisy Garnett tried a lot of products – as she revealed in last Sunday’s issue of Stella magazine. But she says, “testing all those face creams taught me that the only way to keep your skin young-looking is to apply sunscreen every single day (ageing-looking skin is basically just sun-damaged skin).” I never used to do this. I always applied cream whilst sat out for a long time in the park or on a beach or around a pool (sadly, this doesn’t happen quite as much as I’d like it these days), but just for walking around in the daytime, not so much. Not anymore. Despite the fact that I love a tan, I am now a firm convert to applying sunscreen every day. Following some concern over a mole (thankfully ok) and the realisation that I am getting on a bit, I have become a sunscreen aficionado. Of course, some of you may think that I am crazy for not having always done this, but better late than never, eh? Anyway, with my new found addiction to cream, I discovered some questions. For instance, is it ok to mix your morning moisturiser with…

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5 reasons why aromatherapy works by Geraldine Howard of Aromatherapy Associates

Using aromatherapy products really can make you feel as good as this (although sadly, they won’t make you look as good as this). But, I realised the other day that whilst I’m very much aware of how aromatherapy can make me feel, I wasn’t fully aware of why it is so effective. And so, I turned to Geraldine Howard, the co-founder of award-winning Aromatherapy Associates (their Deep Relax bath oil is quite simply amazing) to find out. “Aromatherapy is the name given to the use of essential oils extracted from plants for therapeutic purposes,” she explains. “These oils can work on a physical and emotional level to improve the state of health and wellbeing. ” And here’s why……

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Update your make-up bag for spring

We’re back from our Easter break and are hop, skippedly jumpin’ excited that April has arrived on the scene in such a burst of sunshine. I mean, how amazing is this weather?! With this in mind, it’s time to shake off the last vestiges of winter and update your make-up bag. To help you along the way, our brilliant Beauty Insider Rachel Fiddes has picked 4 must-haves for this super-sunny spring.…