The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Category: Beauty

Need a beauty tune-up?

1 Mar 2017

It’s officially spring, so this is the ideal time of year to do some beauty pampering and maintenance. After months of plunging temperatures and fierce central heating coupled with my sheer abject laziness on everything beauty self-help related, I find it’s around now that my nails, hair and skin all need some serious TLC.

So where to start? I asked beauty professional Michelle Holland, from The Nail and Body Boutique in Reigate for some expert advice. And you’ll be pleased to hear that Michelle isn’t going to tell you to get lots of sleep and drink lots of water (tell us something we don’t know *yawn*) – instead, she has some properly useful tips on how to give yourself a winter beauty MOT.

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Try this: hot lava shell massage

30 Nov 2016

Lava shells. Have you used them? Similar to a hot stone massage, only much improved, the hot lava shell massage, has been attracting a lot of attention. They’ve been around a while and I always thought they were a bit gimmicky, so gave them the meh treatment, but what do I know?!

Ellie Goulding, Pixie Lott and Sir Richard B are all fans – and so, it turns out, am I.

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Wow! A luxury Environ facial that works wonders

12 Oct 2016

There are some undeniable benefits to writing Muddy Stilettos. A legitimate excuse to wear elasticated trousers for food reviewing purposes. Walking 5 metres from bedroom to office (known until 8.55am as the kitchen table). Seeing more musicals than is strictly necessary for theatrical reviews. And perhaps, more than anything, trying out facials.

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Watch this: Spike Jonze’s bonkers Kenzo ad

4 Sep 2016

Do you have a spare three minutes? Well, you might want to make the time to see this. It’s a perfume advert from Japanese brand Kenzo, but it’s seriously unlike any you’ve seen before – about as polar opposite to the breathy, randy escapism that we’re so often expected to put up with – a delirious Natalie Portman, high on Chanel, getting jiggy in that helicopter; a leggy Charlize Theron ascending a Dior silk rope wrapped erotically around those leggy legs.

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