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How to change up your hair routine for spring

How to change up your hair routine for spring

With Winter behind us and brighter days setting in, you may be looking to give your hair a refresh. The cold can affect your hair, so we have put together some tips on how to increase hydration and get yourself the shiny locks you are dreaming of.

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How to feel your best this Spring

How to feel your best this Spring

You have made it through the coldest and darkest months in the year, and now we are heading into Spring, it’s time to feel more positive and healthy. We’ve put together some tips on helping you feel and look your best, whatever your goals are.

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How to perfect your wedding day beauty

How to perfect your wedding day beauty

It’s nearing wedding season, and you may be getting ready to walk down the aisle. Everyone wants their skin to be glowing and all aspects of their appearance to be perfect. We’ve put together the inside scoop so you can tame those breakouts. Keep reading to get that bridal glow.

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Skin-loving Easter treats

Skin-loving Easter treats

It’s almost Easter which means chocolate eggs and bunnies everywhere we turn. We wanted to come up with a way you could enjoy an Easter treat that will help your skin rather than harm it. These recipes are all delicious and have ingredients which can help give you a glow this Easter.

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Why your hair won’t grow past a certain point!

Why your hair won’t grow past a certain point!

You may be finding your hair won’t grow past a certain length, or maybe your roots are showing and your hair doesn’t look any longer? It can often appear that our hair gets stuck at a certain point and we need to give it a boost to continue growing. If this is affecting you, you need to read on.

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Ageing hair​: What happens as you get older?

Ageing hair​: What happens as you get older?

Anti-ageing isn’t just for your skin, you also need to think about your hair. Premature ageing can be caused by lots of factors including lifestyle, hair care, hormones and genetics. Keep reading to see what happens to hair as you age. Plus some tips and tricks to prevent against premature ageing.

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How to deal with post-part​um hair loss

How to deal with post-part​um hair loss

New motherhood is already a hectic time without having to worry about hair loss. However, it can be a big problem for women. Most cases of post-partum hair loss will resolve themselves in roughly 12 months, however, there are some ways you can help your hair. Read on with how to deal with the hair loss and remove any excess worry.

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Gym beauty hacks

Gym beauty hacks

We all know working out is beneficial for overall health. However, all the movement, heat and sweat can affect your skin and hair. So if you have no time, maybe you are running straight to the office after your workout, but want your hair and skin to look their best, these tips are for you.

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Beauty secrets you can learn from your mum

Beauty secrets you can learn from your mum

It’s mothers day, so we thought it was only right to pay tribute to our mothers and share the top beauty secrets you can learn from your mum. Keep reading to find out some lessons from mums on ageing gracefully!

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Delicious pancake toppings for great skin

Delicious pancake toppings for great skin

Shrove Tuesday is upon us. If you are looking to enjoy a few pancakes but would like to keep your toppings healthy, this post is for you. We are passionate about healthy skin, and these toppings are full of nutrients to help keep your skin glowing from the inside out.

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How to minimise fine lines around the eyes

How to minimise fine lines around the eyes

The first signs of ageing are fine lines around the eyes. It can be a skincare concern for a lot of people. We’ve put together some tips on minimising the fine lines caused by aging.

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Love your skin this Valentines with these recipes.

Love your skin this Valentines with these recipes.

Valentine’s day is a great time to whip up some treats in the kitchen for a loved one. So we’ve selected some recipes that are not only delicious but also contain ingredients that your skin will thank you for. Helping you glow this Valentine’s.

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How to spring clean your skincare routine

How to spring clean your skincare routine

Spring is just around the corner. Which means it’s the perfect time for spring cleaning! It’s also a great month to detox your bathroom cabinet. As the seasons change so do your skin’s needs. So in with the new and out with the old…

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DIY Valentines skin & hair care

DIY Valentines skin & hair care

Valentine’s day is the perfect time to indulge and enjoy some beauty treats. We have put together our top ways you can get glowing skin and shiny hair using some Valentine’s favourites. Did you know that strawberries and chocolate are good for more than just eating? Read on to find out more.

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How to achieve a romantic glow this Valentines day

How to achieve a romantic glow this Valentines day

February is here, and with Valentines just around the corner, we wanted to help you get your skin glowing and ready for the 14th. It’s a great time to celebrate yourself. Feel your best with these five steps to treat your skin.

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Valentines gift guide

Valentines gift guide

When it comes to Valentine’s day, it can be a challenge to find a unique gift for your significant other. We’ve done the hard work for you and put our favourites together in a gift guide for her (or him). Here is a selection of our top wellness and beauty gifts, so your Valentine can feel their best.

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Warning signs that it’s time to update your skincare routine

Warning signs that it’s time to update your skincare routine

Over time your skincare needs will change. This means your skincare routine will need to alter with it. It difficult to know when your skin is telling you that you need a change, so we’ve put together a list of signs to look out for.

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How to determine your skin type

How to determine your skin type

Buying the right products means knowing your skin. The most vital part of caring for your skin comes in understanding your skin. It allows you to find specific tips and tricks for you, keeping you looking your best. So if the world of oily, combination, and dry leaves you feeling overwhelmed, we’ve put together some of the best methods to identify which you are.

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10 tips for a productive January

10 tips for a productive January

New year, new goals. It is January, and it is time to hit reset on your life and start afresh. A new year and new month can help you achieve your dreams and maximise your productivity. Here are our 10 tips to increase productivity.

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The 2019 skincare trends you’ll need this year

The 2019 skincare trends you’ll need this year

Skincare is always changing! Even if you don’t want to keep up with the current trends, it’s important to know what is out there and what your skin may benefit from. We’ve pulled together some of the most significant trends and products you will see in 2019, so you can get your skin in the best condition yet.

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How stress has an impact on your skin, hair & nails

How stress has an impact on your skin, hair & nails

Unfortunately, stress is a feeling we all experience and sometimes it is unavoidable. Stress can affect our whole body, not just our emotions. It comes as no surprise that it influences on your skin, hair and nails. Here are some of the ways stress can impact on these areas and a few things you can do about this.

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Interview with Jessica Morgan – Fashion and Beauty Journalist for The Independent

Interview with Jessica Morgan – Fashion and Beauty Journalist for The Independent

What is your current role and how did you get into it?

I’m currently a Fashion and Beauty Journalist at The Independent. I started my journalism career only 2.5 years ago after I quit my job in finance. I initially hadn’t planned on becoming a journalist; I fell into it. I knew I had a passion for writing and storytelling, so I launched a mental health and fitness blog which was created as a platform for people who had mental health problems to share their story. I realised how rewarding it was and didn’t look back.

I cut my teeth on the news desk and sports desks at The Evening Standard before moving to The Independent, covering current affairs and lifestyle. Often I feel like a fraud because it doesn’t feel like work even on the bad days, but I also feel fortunate, too. 

Jessica Morgan journalist The Independent

What’s the most challenging thing about working in the beauty industry?

I’ve found it challenging getting people to take me and what I do seriously. I get a lot of people – men, specifically – being patronising and saying “you just write about lipsticks, that’s not journalism”, but it is. Like current affairs and politics, I too have to conduct research, interview and hold people in power to account. I also have to ensure my work is accurate at all times. Plus, beauty isn’t just about lipsticks. It encompasses a variety of things, such as fitness, mental health, wellbeing, inner and outer beauty, and science – my favourite part!

Who is your beauty icon?

God, there are so many. 

Noemie Lenoir, who used to model for Le Redoute and Marks & Spencer, is just breathtakingly beautiful. She’s naturally beautiful completely makeup-free, and that’s the kind of thing I love.  

I love Sai De Silva aka Scout The City who is a blogger and YouTuber. She’s a super cool mom living in New York City with her husband and two children, London and Rio Dash, sharing their pretty normal (yet glamorous) lives. I came across her on Pinterest when I was searching for hair inspiration, and I’ve been in touch with her a few times. What I love about her is the fact that she juggles a million jobs, kids and shoots (and the rest) yet still manages to fit her skincare and haircare routines. But not only for herself. She has this beautiful way of teaching her children to love themselves. She radiates good energy so an Instagram worth following. 

I know it might seem cliché to mention this individual, but Meghan Markle has been on the icon list since I saw her on Suits many years ago. She is stunningly beautiful, natural-looking but also has a kind heart and that’s important. 

What is something you wish you knew five years ago?

I wish I believed I was beautiful with my naturally curly hair. I was severely bullied at school for having curly/afro hair and was often nicknamed “Mop Head”. It may not seem like a big deal, but it affected me throughout my formative years, especially as – in those days *gulp* – there weren’t many celebrities or public figures who looked like me, only white women with bone straight hair and blue eyes. Often I was told my hair would look better straight or it was too unkempt or frizzy for school or college…or work. I only recently started embracing my natural curls; something I wish I had done sooner. But there has been a shift in attitudes towards “other” people, and finally, we are being celebrated.

What is your biggest skincare secret?

I don’t wear a lot of makeup. Most days I don’t wear any. I hate having to take it all off, but I realised the more you try to cover your blemishes with makeup, the less your skin has time to heal because it is continuously being clogged up. I always wear an SPF that protects my skin from UVA and UVB rays and carry it around with me at ALL times, even on the cloudiest days. Exfoliating and applying masks are part of my weekly routine without fail, and I always microneedle my face on Sunday evenings. Last year I started steaming my face because it felt good; that’s all!

One thing you would tell your younger self (beauty-wise)

Eat whatever you want and stop using face wipes. 

How does Skin, Hair & Nails fit into your daily routine?

Like a glove. Sometimes I even put gel eye masks on at work, people think I’m crazy but needs must! Whenever I need a little afternoon pick-me-up, which is every day because my job can be stressful, a little TLC is necessary. 

When it comes to nails, I’m not that fussed. I think it’s because I play a lot of sports and I also play the guitar, so often there’s no point getting my nails done professionally at the salon because I will break/chip them. But also, I am SO indecisive about nail colours I spend a lot of time giving myself a manicure, painting my nails then a few days later doing it all over again because I want to paint them another colour to go with my outfit. I suppose it does reflect my mood also. I do love giving myself a manicure while watching the telly; it’s so therapeutic! 

My hair takes up most of my time. Because I have curly hair, I have a particular routine that can vary between a wash n go or crying until it stops being frizzy. Kidding, but I use a diffuser after I’ve combed product through it (usually Cantu and Sisley hair oils) and let it do its thing. I’ve given up trying to tame it these days. 

Travel is a huge part of your life – How do you keep up with your skincare routine?

Can I be sincere, and you’ll think I’m mad here (I am) but I’ve packed a full suitcase of beauty products and forgotten the essentials, like my underwear. Keeping up with my skincare routine abroad is a priority because I like to ensure I have that time to myself, even if I’m travelling for work or with friends. My method is a ritual and is a holy period of self-care. I couldn’t live without it, so if I didn’t bring anything with me well, I’d be a mess. I dedicate 30-45 minutes in the morning, and the evening, I take the same amount of time but with added bath time and meditation. When I speak to people about their skincare routines, sometimes they tell me they don’t have enough time in the day, but I think that’s a total cop-out. You can make the time; it doesn’t take long at all! 

Journalise the independent

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The top 4 things to do to stick to your New Years resolutions

The top 4 things to do to stick to your New Years resolutions

New years resolutions are something to be celebrated. You are starting the year on the right foot and wanting to better yourself is such a positive step. Unfortunately, the ‘actually doing it’ is a lot harder than the ‘wanting to do it’. Some statistics suggest that 80% of people who make resolutions are already off track by February. So how do you stay in the successful 20%?

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Top 10 ways to detox this New Year

Top 10 ways to detox this New Year

Enjoyed yourself a little too much over the festive season (we know we have)? Looking to start the new year feeling healthier? We’ve put together ten easy ways you can detox naturally this NY.

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New Year beauty regime

New Year beauty regime

New year, New you!

When January comes around, you may want to change up your beauty routine. Your skin may have suffered from lots of parties and not a lot of sleep, so you may find yourself needing a little bit extra care. It would be great to stay in party mode forever, but here’s how to hit the reset button on your life the easy way.

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Christmas gift ideas!

Christmas gift ideas!

Has Christmas shopping left you feeling unsure what of buying next? Got a beauty lover in your life who you aren’t sure what to buy? We’ve put together some great gift ideas to give you a head start!

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Christmas mocktail recipes

Christmas mocktail recipes

If you are looking for an easy festive drink which also has ingredients to look after your skin and overall health, then look no further. We’ve put together our favourite Christmassy mocktails! Which will provide for a joyous occasion while helping to keep you looking and feeling your best.

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How to protect yourself against the cold weather

How to protect yourself against the cold weather

It is time to begin changing up your daily habits to prevent dry, chapped skin and to keep yourself fighting fit throughout the winter months. You want to be looking and feeling your best.

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