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7
Feb 14

Yves Saint Laurent The Movie

Fashion lovers rejoice, everything you ever wanted to know about the genius that was Yves Saint Laurent is presented to you in this wonderful film.

It follows the designer as he attempts to democratise fashion against the backdrop of Sixties’ liberation, battling his personal demons to build an empire that would be renowned for liberating women all over the world.

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I never met a YSL design I didn’t like so this film is going to be fodder for a great girl’s night out.

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YSL mongramme bag
YSL Jane sandals

Yves Saint Laurent hits UK cinemas on March 21st.


5
Feb 14

St Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Looking for something to get him/her/yourself?

Elemis Top to Toe Kit – £55 (saving a whopping £60 off the RRP!)
If you’re away over Valentine’s, take this Top to Toe kit from Elemis with you. It contains five of their hero products to leave your skin squeaky clean and nourished.

Ted Baker Fragrance Gifts
At only £10 each, these sets (containing fragrance and moisturiser) look and smell like they cost a lot more.

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Dolce & Gabbana Perfection Veil Pressed Powder – £41
Help her makeup stay in place all day with this lightweight pressed powder that perfects and sets foundation to extend its wear. Comes in six shades to suit everyone.

Moccis Hand Sewn Mocassins – from £34.97
With fans like Sienna Miller, Rita Ora, Victoria Beckham and Jamie Oliver, it’s time you treated your (or his or her or your kids) toes to pair. Buy any Moccis and you will get a pair of Warm Heart (above) for free! The offer runs until the 12th Feb or until stock lasts – whichever comes first.

Vatnajokull Aftershave (£50/50ml) and Deodorant for him (£23) (not pictured)
Icelandic brand Gydja creates products inspired by and made from Iceland’s raw and natural resources. They are new to the UK so he won’t find his friends with this one.


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Feb 14

Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream

I’ve made no secret of my crush on Clarins (see here and here) and their latest product; Clarins Extra Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream is another winner.

If you live in a large city, you know the damage pollution is causing your skin and like me, you’re probably quietly disgusted at the dirt on your cotton wool when you cleanse in the evening. Clarins have come to our rescue with a new cleanser especially designed to eliminate all traces of pollution and detoxify in addition to cleansing and nourishing the skin.

Clarins anti pollution cleansing cream

Ingredients include:

Moringa Seed: eliminates all traces of pollution by acting as a barrier against pollution particles and ensures the skin’s surface is rinsed of these impurities.

Jojoba Oil – reinforces the hydrolipidic film, an area of the skin that is weakened by pollution damage. The composition of this oil is very similar to human sebum and this gives it perfect affinity with the skin.

Mango and Shea Butter – contains rich, fulfilling fatty acids that strengthen the skins barrier and prevent dehydration.

I save this for use in the evening so I know my face is getting a good deep clean. It feels rich, soft and luxurious on the skin (don’t all Clarin’s products?) and my skin feels cleansed and moisturized without looking or feeling taut.

Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream – £25


29
Jan 14

Beauty Buys of the Week: Kiehl’s, L’Occitane, Bare Minerals, NEOM and Dermalogica

Take a cue from the Pantone 2014 colour of the year – radiant orchid – with these gorgeous products from one of my favourite natural brands, Bare Minerals. Try Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Fly High, Marvelous Moxie Lip gloss in Ring Leader and Ready Eye shadow in The Dream Sequence. You can be soft and romantic or dramatic and bold, the colours can be applied in whichever way suits you best.
From £16

L’Occitane Red Cherry Star Gift
L’Occitane’s new Red Cherry Eau de Parfum blends the pink flowers of spring with the red cherries of summer to create a fresh but sexy scent. I love a good gift set and for £45 you get the Red Cherry Eau de Parfum, shower gel, hand cream and body milk.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
With fans including Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Olivia Palermo and Kim Kardashian, Kiehl’s sells four tubs of Ultra Facial Cream per minute across 45 global markets. Doug Stoup, polar expedition expert tried some on his latest exploration and said: “I feel it really prevents my skin from drying and chapping. This product really works and I depend on it to provide all day continuous hydration.” Take that polar vortex and winds from the Antarctic!
From £24/50ml

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Dermalogica Pre Cleanse Wipes
I love a good face wipe and I’m a huge fan of Dermalogica so was pleased when they decided to take liquid form, PreCleanse and make it available in packs of convenient, biodegradable wipes. Formulated with a special blend of lightweight olive and apricot kernel based oil and fortified with kukui nut, borage seed and rice bran oils, the wipes are designed to remove surface debris and prep skin for the cleansing process.
£14.60 for 20

NEOM Invigorate Candle
Give yourself a much needed post-January boost with this refreshing Invigorate candle. Featuring a blend of grapefruit, bergamot and lime, I agree with Caroline Flack who said “…zesty lemon and grapefruit scents help keep me alert during the day.”
From £15


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Jan 14

Winter Beauty Saviours

Burt’s Bees Tips & Toes Extremities Kit – £12.99
Full on your favourite Burts Bees goodies, the Tips & Toes kit is great in making sure you don’t turn into a ball of dry flakiness come Spring. Handbag sized tubes and tins of Almond Milk Hand Cream, Hand Salve, Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, Coconut Foot Cream, Thoroughly Therapeutic Honey & Grapeseed Oil hand Cream and Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil mean you can moisturize on the go.

Moo Goo Milk Shampoo and Cream Conditioner – £11.90/500ml
Moo Goo is an Australian beauty brand formulating natural products for sensitive and irritable skins. They’ve recently branched out into hair products which are great for sensitive and dry scalps. They both contain natural ingredients combined with essential oils to control the micro-flora of the scalp and prevent those dreaded white flakes.

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Elemis Balancing Set – £30
Being outside in the cutting wind/rain then inside with stifling air conditioning does our skin no good. Redress the balance with Radiance Balancing Collection. With lime blossom, lavender and a mini tube of Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm, the set costs £30 meaning a much-needed 40% saving compared to buying them individually.

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hydrating Body Cream £22.00/200g
An extra rich formula for the body and especially suitable for winter-exposed skin. Natural humectants and moisturisers (beeswax, glycerine and sorbitol) help to re-hydrate while vitamins A and E, borage oil, chamomile and aloe vera gel help to soften and restore suppleness to dry skin.

Fit Britches Shapewear is a range of shapewear clinically proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite, help you lose inches of the waist, hips and thighs, improve circulation and reduce muscle fatigue and soreness during physical exercise. I wear the Skinny Pants during exercise to keep everything in place and make my workout work harder.


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Jan 14

Ruby Red Limited Edition White Flowers Solid Perfume

Ruby Red Limited Edition White Flowers is a solid bio perfume with a delicate floral scent of absolute oils in a natural wax base. Mimosa and Linden Blossom are complemented by warm, green undertones of Basil.

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Easy to apply, the long-lasting solid fragrance is easily absorbed into the skin and the travel size compact design makes it ideal to carry on the go for a quick refresh.

Presented in a ready to give Ruby Red gift box finished with an organza bow it’s the perfect present for the naturalista.

Ruby Red White Flowers Solid Bio Perfume – £32.00/15g


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Jan 14

Hurraw Lip Balms

Everyone is eating clean and working out in January (and won’t be in February) but here’s a clean life change you can stick to – Hurraw Lip Balms.

Hurraw is a range of organic, vegan and raw lip balm from the US, now finally available in the UK. Hurraw leaves lips feeling super soft without being too sticky, sweet or glossy.

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Their USP is that they contain vegan and raw ingredients, cold pressed and centrifuged extracted nut/seed oils and butters and are infused with raw seeds, pods, fruit zests, barks and roots to give full flavour and natural colour.

The balm leaves your lips silky smooth and with the impressive fair-trade, natural and organic ingredients list, you know you are doing your lips the world of good.

Hurraw Lips Balms – £3.99 at www.mypure.co.uk


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Jan 14

Magnesium Flakes – The Key To A Good Night’s Sleep

At this time of year thoughts turn to rest and relaxation and if you are after a good night’s sleep, you need to bring Magnesium Flakes into your life.

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I was moaning to one of my friends that I find it really hard to get a good night’s sleep. I fall asleep pretty easily but for no reason I wake up at 3 am and find it hard to get back to sleep again. She said she used to be like that but now swears by a magnesium salt bath.

Apparently magnesium can have a calming effect on the nervous system and can help ease anxiety, relax muscles and nerves helping maintain a good quality of sleep. In turn, sleep can have a positive impact on reducing the physical effects of stress, like high heart rate and blood pressure, tense muscles and shallow breathing.

I tried out Better You Magnesium Flakes, mined from the purest natural source and absorbed faster than capsules and tablets; delivering magnesium directly into the skin tissue and entering cells immediately. Simply pour into the bath (with nothing else) and soak for 20 minutes. Go to bed soon after and prepare for a blissful night’s sleep.

Magnesium Flakes – £3.95/250g


18
Dec 13

Children, Gifts and Christmas

I consider buying for children the easiest; they aren’t shy in letting you know what they want! And if they don’t like what they unwrap on the big day, you’ll soon find out!

Recent research by Early Learning Centre has shown that most kids spend two days compiling their Christmas wish list hoping to get things like dolls houses, bikes and tablets adding up to an average total of £880. Wow – kids aren’t cheap! Unless your parents are the Beckhams, most kids end up with toys/gadgets worth an average of £207.

The study of 2,000 parents found that 72% of children compile a Christmas wish list every year, with a third saying their youngster believes they will receive everything on it. The sweet innocence of children!

When I was young (according to my daughter – who asked if I was alive during The Great Fire of London – hundreds of years ago) we used to spend ages going through catalogues deciding what we wanted but nowadays 57% of kids get inspiration for their wish list from TV adverts, while 37% want the toys they see their friends playing with. To compile their list, children search two catalogues, visit three shops and surf two websites over the course of two days.

And while most children start putting their wish list together in October or November, one in twenty has got it sorted as early as August. You know what to do for 2014!

If you’re still stuck for what to give next week; how about these (which my kids love)

People moan about receiving pyjamas but as well as toys, I like a practical present for kids which is why I was happy to come across The Pyjama Store; how cute are these PJs?!

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Ava and Luc Angus the Sheep Organic Pyjamas – £28

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I don’t get the whole SpongeBob SquarePants thing but my daughter is a fan so I know she’ll love this SpongeBob Singalong. She can sing into the microphone and SpongeBob will sing along. I might be locking her in her room with this one!
SpongeBob Singalong – £29.99

I took my 3 ½ year old son along to a preview screening of Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D movie and he is now officially obsessed – he keeps asking when we can go back! If your kids love dinos (and if they don’t they will after seeing this) treat them to a showing of this during the winter holidays.

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Failing the above, they will probably love you forever if you get them an iPad.


16
Dec 13

The Frigi Thalgo Wrap

The Frigi Thalgo is a simple cool wrap designed to eliminate excess water from the tissues.

Concentrating on the thighs and abdomen – most women’s trouble spots – the wrap helps activate surface circulation, tone the skin and increase elasticity.

My treatment at The Chuan Spa (inside The Langham Hotel, London) started with a Descomask Body Scrub and shower before I was massaged with Modelage De La Mer cream.

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My therapist Gosia (ask for her, she’s great) then applied Plasmalg Gel before wrapping me in Frigi Thalgo solution dipped bandages to stimulate blood flow. I warn you now, the bandages are cold! The solution contains caffeine and menthol and it feels as if the pores on my skin were opening and receiving the menthol, as the best way to describe the feeling is cold and minty.

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The 50-minute treatment ended with Thalgomince Massage Cream worked into my body using slimming massage movements.

There’s very little I wouldn’t do for slimmer thighs and I have to confess, I had my doubts on how massage and a few wraps could slim my legs but I was pleasantly surprised! I felt slimmer as soon as I got off the table but to ensure it wasn’t just psychosomatic, I measured myself when I got home and I had lost a centimetre from each thigh! Happy days. The next day my skinny jeans felt less skinny so all in all I was very impressed.

Of course the results don’t last forever (I wish) but I think the massage is perfect to help you squeeze into your party dress or give yourself an extra slimming boost before you go out on holiday.

Cold but worth it!

The treatment is good for intensive and progressive treatment of cellulite in the hip and thigh area, tired, heavy legs and localised weight problems associated with deficient cutaneous circulation.

The Frigi Thalgo Wrap – £65/50 minutes
The Chuan Spa at The Langham Hotel
1C Portland Place
Westminster
London W1B

www.london.langhamhotels.co.uk

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