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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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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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Ways to avoid the winter blues

Ways to avoid the winter blues

With the dark, cold mornings and evenings, it can be challenging to avoid feeling down or less energised than usual. We’ve put together some tips to help you feel on top of your game this winter.

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Winter breakfast ideas to keep you feeling your best

Winter breakfast ideas to keep you feeling your best

In the winter, your body needs a more wholesome breakfast to keep you going till lunch. These recipes are not only packed full of nutrients to fuel you through the morning, but they will also help contribute to healthy skin, hair and nails. Keep reading to follow our simple recipes for your best breakfast yet.

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Why cold weather harms your skin and hair

Why cold weather harms your skin and hair

Jumpers, coats, scarfs are all brought out at this time of year, but make sure you aren’t ignoring your body’s outermost layer. Your skin and hair routines need to change from summer to winter. If you want to ensure your skin is looked after and your hair is glossy, you first need to know the effect winter has on your body. 

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11 Of The BEST Black Friday Health and Beauty Deals

11 Of The BEST Black Friday Health and Beauty Deals

LQ Liquid Health

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LQ Skin, Hair & Nails is a scientifically formulated supplement designed to help you maintain healthy skin, hair and nails – especially useful as the cold winter months creep in.

LQ is offering up to 60% off LQ Skin, Hair & Nails this Black Friday and Cyber Monday. With a 25% off voucher, and save 35% on 9 boxes or more, you could be walking away with a massive 60% off the retail price!

 

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Oh Your Lash is an online store selling luxury faux mink and silk lashes and glitters. They are 100% cruelty free. Their glitters and lashes are a favourite with MUA’s and the looks that you can create are endless. All products are lovingly created and shipped worldwide, perfect for party season.

 

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MASK TIME brings K-beauty to your doorstep! Their entry level and premium subscription plans are perfect for everyone, whether you’re new to Korean beauty or you’re an experienced sheet mask junkie. All products are quality tested and lovingly curated, sourced directly from Korea and delivered to your door!

 

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Loella is a London based brand that is bringing you high performance, drool-worthy and affordable makeup brushes! All their makeup brushes are vegan and cruelty-free and also super soft, using high-quality synthetic bristles. Loved by the stars’ makeup artists, Loella brushes have been spotted on the sets of BBC, ITV, Sky Studios, Showtime, the Food Network, the Late Late Show and London Fashion Week. Loella brushes are designed to be highly versatile and easy to use , so whether you are a beginner or a professional, these brushes are made for you!

 

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Miss Diva is on a mission to conquer the world, one shoe at a time, they have several stores in the UK and have been in buisness since 1999. They are inspired by women across the world, and focus on making women feel confident, fierce and like a diva of course!

 

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ALOR are a leading London brand creating the most stylish reusable water bottles.  ALOR Bottles have designed a stainless steel insulated bottle that keeps water cold for 24 hours and drinks hot for 12 hours.  They are available in 350ml, 500ml and 750ml and they offer FREE monogramming to make your new favourite accessory even more special.  We know we should stop buying plastic water bottles but now we actually want to!

 

Bodylap

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BODYLAP is more than just an activewear brand. They want you to feel good in the gym, in the studio or wherever you are. BODYLAP make the latest activewear looks accessible.  Great workout and casual looks for less. BODYLAP has been an online activewear brand from the start, allowing them to connect with people all over the world. Their styles are bold, straight talking and inspired by real women. BODYLAP products are made of quality fabrics designed for style and performance. 

 

Melany K

Deal: 30% Off
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Melany K is a boutique activewear brand designed in the UK for women and by women. The range looks good for sport or casual wear. It is feminine, stylish and looks luxurious without the expensive price tag. Melany felt very strongly that modern women need comfortable and fashionable activewear that is so versatile and practical. It can be layered under “regular” clothing pieces. Melany K is for a real woman living life and trying to be the best they can be!

 

Janna Sheet Masks

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Janna is dedicated to creating beautiful skin and they believe that beauty is natural and beauty is confidence. Their products are of the highest quality and purity to help you achieve the skin you want.

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Tips for restoring cracked, brittle nails

Tips for restoring cracked, brittle nails

People say that your fingernails are one of the first things people notice, so you want to make a good impression. Unfortunately, a lot of us suffer from cracked, brittle nails so we’eve put a post together with some tips on how to get your nails in good health and looking perfectly manicured all the time.

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Interview with Blogosphere editor Albertine Brandon

Interview with Blogosphere editor Albertine Brandon

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

I’m currently the Commissioning Editor at Blogosphere. I actually started working for the magazine two and a half years ago as Editorial Assistant (it was my first job after completing my Journalism Diploma) and I’ve learnt a lot during my time here. I actually first applied for the Editorial Assistant job after seeing it advertised on Twitter, and my experience of writing a blog and organising events helped me to get the job.

Blogosphere Albertine Brandon

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

I find it really hard to keep up to date with everything! There are new launches daily, so trying to share that on my blog can be really tricky. Therefore, I try to make sure my content is a combination of new product reviews and more evergreen advice and tips.

 

Who is your beauty icon?

Ooh, that’s a tough one, but I think I would have to say, Audrey Hepburn. I like to keep my makeup fairly simple, enhancing my natural features, and I feel that was always her approach. She was also the queen of the strong brow, which is something I admire!

 

What is something you wish you knew 5 years ago?

I wish I had known that less is more. When I was a teenager I was obsessed with complicated eyeshadow looks, contouring, bold lips and it was just all too much. Now I have a far simple makeup routine and I think as a result I look much better, and far more natural.

 

What is your biggest skincare secret?

Keep it simple! All you really need is a good cleanser and moisturiser – that’s it! My favourite combination is Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish and Bobbi Brown’s Vitamin Enriched Face Base.

 

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

Embrace a stronger brow, and don’t over-pluck them. I was so self-conscious about my brows, I wish I had stuck to getting them threaded by a professional, instead of trying to pluck them myself.

 

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

They’re really easy to take in the morning, so I like to have mine with breakfast.

 

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

As I mentioned above, I think having a simple routine means it’s easy to take with you. I only need two products and I’m good to go!

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Skincare tricks for Halloween

Skincare tricks for Halloween

Don’t let the Halloween magic trick your skin into looking lifeless. All the makeup and late night do’s take their toll on your skin.

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Pumpkin skincare DIY

Pumpkin skincare DIY

Did you know? Nearly a half of all pumpkins brought for Halloween end up in a landfill – that’s 18,000 tonnes of food. We wanted to do something about it, and help the planet this Halloween. We’ve put together some pumpkin beauty treatments that you can make at home!

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How to get rid of split ends

How to get rid of split ends

Split ends – They ruin a ponytail, cause problems with brushing and are the wrong side of your blow dry. We all know how to get rid of them, book a haircut, but until you have time and are safely in the salon chair, we’ve put together some tips to help buy you some time. Split ends are the result of damage to your hair, so you need to reduce suffering to prevent them.

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8 tips to be more motivated in the morning

8 tips to be more motivated in the morning

As Autumn begins and the mornings get darker, it is common for productivity to decrease. With that in mind, we wanted to put together some tips on being motivated. Let’s face it, getting out of bed is hard.

Please read on to find our top tips on how you can get out of bed earlier and make the most of your day.  

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Top 10 foods for healthy nails and thicker hair

Top 10 foods for healthy nails and thicker hair

Keeping your hair and nails in the best condition isn’t just about taking care from the outside but also looking after your body with the nutrients you give it.

Keep reading to find out the top 10 foods for healthy nails and thicker hair.

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