Beauty

  • Seeing scents

    Stylish new Sussex candle brand SevenSeventeen gets its name from the heavenly time when the founders’ kids are bundled into bed and the wine is poured. They cost much less than Diptyque and smell heavenly.

  • We’ve got it nailed

    If you love painted nails but never seem to find the time to get to a nail bar, you’re going to love Vivienne Nails, a Surrey-based company supplying everything you need to do your own.

  • Need a beauty tune-up?

    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.

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    Wowsa, look at this rebrand! That embarrassed finger sweeping into your Vaseline tin can now be a dramatic wave-around and share, thanks to Lulu Guinness’ Limited Edition version…

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    This little beauty, Vanderohe No. 1 Nourishing Face Serum (£88), is absolutely brand spanking new – you’re literally the first to know about this indie beauty brand that launches on 1 Feb…

  • Last-minute gift guide

    With a nanosecond or two left before Christmas springs upon us like a gambolling lamb – for this is the time of year when hopelessly mixed metaphors are forgiven – I gallop to your rescue with a last minute guide to gifts for your loved ones. Ta daaa! 1. If you’re looking for a gift that will […]

    • Fashion that plays to your strengths

      Got a part of you that you’d rather downplay (err, yes!), or an attribute you’re happier to flaunt? Check out the-bias-cut.com, an online fashion boutique I discovered recently with a clever filter system that helps women play to their strengths. What’s more it’s aimed at over 40s not by patronising us with safe styles, but by […]

    • Try this: hot lava shell massage

      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.

      • Wouldn’t you though?

        I’m loving this new skin care range for teenagers that contains no junk and uses all natural ingredients. My mudette has been trialling it, and she’s a convert.

      • Muddy eats: Bears at the Packhouse, Farnham

        So, you know the feeling. You’ve had your hair done, you’ve been waxed within an inch of your life, you’ve got a new outfit, your skin is dewy, your eyes sparkly, you’ve got your swagger going on. And People. Are. Checking. You. OUT. We all get a feel good day now and again. But believe […]

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