I wore a crystal healing necklace for a week and this is what happened

I wore a crystal healing necklace for a week and this is what happened


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I’m probably the least likely person to believe in crystal healing. Which explains why I whispered it to my editor when I pitched this story.

I’m no stranger to therapy per se. I’ve done the ‘lie-on-a-couch-and-wear-your-heart-on-your-sleeve’ kind when I was 22 and my parents unexpectedly divorced. I cried a lot. It worked.

So the idea of wearing crystals on my body to cleanse my energy and manifest the things I want seems a little, well, ‘out there’.

Rewind five years and crystal healing was still considered something fringe, practiced by Californian hippies or Gwynnie and her Goop brigade. Now crystal healing has gone mainstream and you see evidence of it everywhere.

I sit next to a colleague with a shard of rose quartz on her desk to ward off negativity. Another carries a piece of amethyst in her coat pocket to thumb during her commute.

On top of that, one of the coolest jewellers in London, Roxanne First, has combined forces with Emma Lucy Knowles, a healer who practices with crystals.

 

Together they have created The Power of Three. Or a crystal healing necklace, which the pair describe as ‘a piece of jewellery that takes care of you as you wear it.’

Choosing my crystals

It helps that this necklace looks beautiful, with three glistening crystals strung on a gold chain. I’m told it symbolises the connection between mind, body and spirit.

There are five sets to choose from to create good vibes: The Hero’s Shield (amazonite, pink opal and citrine); The Power House (hermatite, lapis, smoky quartz); The Super Attractor (citrine, orange moonstone, fire cornelian) and The Lovers Wish (rose quartz, green glass agate, amethyst).

Knowles carefully selects The Radiator Maker (labradorite, amethyst, orange moonstone) for me after talking me through the energies she senses in me. ‘Amethyst is good for balancing emotions and labradorite will raise your self-esteem. Moonstone has a calming protective energy that allows you to draw into your life what you need,’ she says.

The Power of 3 The Radiator Maker, £305, Roxanne First

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Ironically, The Radiator Maker was the necklace my eyes immediately locked on when I entered the room.

‘Maybe you just liked the colour and shape of the crystals; the way they sparkle or the way they feel but you don’t really know why. However they call to you, it’s all good. That’s your intuition talking,’ Knowles reassures me.

Why wear a crystal healing necklace?

After a very difficult 2019, when both of my parents were diagnosed with cancer (my mum is responding brilliantly to treatment; my father sadly passed away before Christmas), I’d started to shrink into myself.

I was a beauty editor by day, carer by night. It was about flying under the radar and getting through each day.

This time it wasn’t a shrink’s couch that I needed. It was something that would move my life’s gear stick out of neutral so I could connect with myself (and other people) again.

Could a crystal healing necklace really do that?

‘The whole world is made of energy,’ says Knowles. ‘Every person and every object is vibrating at different frequencies. When we are happy, we emit high vibes; when we are down or burnt out we emit low vibes. Your body generates electricity, which interacts with the crystal. Different crystals do different things so we can use them to change our energy and align ourselves with the vibe we desire.’

The Crystal Prep

Key to the Power of Three is the intention-setting ritual.

I dutifully light a candle, close my eyes and ask myself ‘what is the intention of my crystals?’ I then thread my crystals onto the chain, repeating the mantra that comes in the jewellery box: ‘I awaken, I align, I allow myself to truly shine’.

I don’t know what I was expecting when I secured the clasp. There was no clap of thunder. My boss didn’t suddenly offer me a pay raise. My cat threw up. But that didn’t have anything to do with spiritual purging. Just a dodgy fur ball.

What happened over the next few days is difficult to describe. I suddenly began to notice a shift in my thoughts.

In traditional therapy, you are encouraged to snap a rubber band on your wrist every time you find yourself drifting into negative thinking. In much the same way, I would roll the crystals along the chain every time I felt anxious or wanted to silence the voice in my head that says,  ‘you’re not good enough’.

I intuitively repeated my mantra. At times the crystals felt hot. Then they would cool down and I felt calmer and stronger.

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‘You can use your crystals as worry beads or a lucky talisman,’ says Knowles. ‘Most importantly, every time you touch them, you’re tapping into their energy and bringing it in.’

Did It Work?

Even my cynical mind has begun to be more open to the idea that there is a hazy area between science and Eastern spirituality.

Take quartz, for example. It is piezoelectric, meaning it conducts electricity, which is why it’s used in watches. So it has a proven physical power. ‘When we connect with it emotionally, quartz steers us towards clarity,’ says Knowles.

I know that crystals can’t create a force field around you. Bad things will still happen. And, yes, this may all be a placebo effect. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that my crystal healing necklace makes me feel good.  Like EVERY DAY.

Not to undermine a good G&T or anything, but a crystal healing necklace is a healthier and less dramatic way to feel happier. To the nay-sayers out there, that’s surely worth embracing, right?

 

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Mollie King talks self care, feel-good TV binges and kidnapping Greg James

Mollie King talks self care, feel-good TV binges and kidnapping Greg James


Mollie King Beauty Bytes

Welcome to Beauty Bytes: a place where I chat to celebrities about all things beauty – from their favourite products, to their biggest beauty disasters. Plus I grill them on everything from their social media habits to their all-time favourite meals. You know, all the important and essential things that we need to know about.

We all remember her days in The Saturdays, but now Mollie King is most famous for presenting The Radio 1 Breakfast Show on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with Matt Edmondson. We at Marie Claire see her as a walking definition of ‘cool girl blonde’, so we sat down with her to talk all things beauty (and everything else in between).

LA: So how are you, Mollie? You’ve had a pretty busy week kidnapping Greg James.

MK: Yes, I have had a busy week! It was good to get him out of the box, he was in there for 39 hours I think. We had so much fun doing it, it gained so much momentum. It was so good, everyone who was listening got on board.

LA: Now, let’s chat beauty. What’s the worst beauty trend you’ve ever tried?

MK: The worst beauty trend? Gosh. I know that I made this mistake a lot, I think it was over fake tanning. It’s not a good look, I think it’s really ageing. Obviously, real sunlight can be really damaging, so it’s better than that. A spray tan is a lot better. But it’s about finding that colour that works for you. We’ve all had those fake tans where we’re like, ooh I’m slightly orange here, and it’s just not a good look.

LA: Quite luminous.

MK: You would be really fluorescent and smelling of biscuits. Not a good look, but we’ve all been there.

LA: Delish. What’s the best beauty advice you’ve been given, from anyone in your life?

MK: To not do a strong eye and a strong lip at the same time. I think it’s way more effective to just do the one. At the moment I’m really liking having a pop of colour on my lip and keeping the eye really simple, whether it’s mascara with quite a sheeny eyelid, or doing the opposite and have a nice heavy, 60s flick and keeping everything else nude and natural.

LA: What about the best product recommendation – is there something someone has put into your hand and you’ve thought, ‘I can never live without this again?’

MK: I love all the Kérastase hair treatments and stuff, I think they’ve really got it down. The shampoos are really good, the conditioner is really good at taking out any brassy tones. So I love Kérastase. With make-up I love the Estée Lauder under eye concealer and illuminator. I’m also using their day cream at the moment, which is really good.

Kérastase Blond Absolu Masque, £28, Lookfantastic

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LA: What else is in your make-up bag in the minute?

MK: A lot of Tilbury, especially when it comes to the lipsticks. I love Pillow Talk. There’s an Illamsqua contouring set, which I really like. It’s a sort of dull brown, which is really good for contouring. There’s Maybelline mascara. It stays on throughout the day and it’s not half way down your face at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. I’ve got this thing at the moment with my cheeks, if I’m using a peachy lipstick then I’ll put that on my cheeks as well. It’s good for a bit of sheen, I’m trying to be really dewy but it’s that fine line between dewy and shiny. It’s hard to get the right mix.

LA: You always see those memes, ‘I’m oily so I’m putting powder but then I need to be dewy so, highlighter’. What about the best make-up tips from a professional make-up artist?

MK: I think it’s about really understanding and knowing your own skin tone. There are obviously so many amazing foundations out there, but it’s about finding the right one for you. I’m quite yellowy-skinned as opposed to pinky undertones or anything like that. I think it’s about finding a foundation that is really your colour. Also, to never test a foundation on your hand which seems to be what you’re taught when you’re younger! You’ve got to actually test it on your face.

LA: And how do you take care of your skin? Do you have a day and night time routine?

MK: I actually quite like mixing up my products. I probably stick to one regime for about six months and then I move onto something else. At the moment I’m using the Estée Lauder day cream in the morning and then their night serum in the evening and their eye cream and stuff. I also love Murad skincare. I do like to keep it simple, you can get a bit bogged down with all the products and what goes where. But if they’re good products, I don’t think you need to go overboard and pile them all on. I mostly stick to moisturiser in the morning, an SPF, and then in the evening a night cream, maybe a serum and an eye cream as well.

LA: It’s good to keep it simple. The seven step routine is great if you enjoy the seven steps. It doesn’t need to be a stress.

MK: It can all just be a bit overwhelming. My bathroom wouldn’t be able to cope!

LA: What would you say your three favourite beauty brands are?

MK: I love L’Oréal. I know they look after so many brands and products that I like. I like the Elnett hairspray, I love the Kérastase shampoo and then probably Charlotte Tilbury for make-up. The lipsticks are so good, there are so many shades and I love with Pillow Talk how there’s a matching lip liner. It’s great and it just makes you feel like you can actually do it and understand it.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk, £25, Cult Beauty

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LA: There’s now a Pillow Talk Medium that I would recommend. Slightly darker, it’s so nice.

MK: Oh I saw this, is it nice? How similar is it?

LA: Darker, but not too dark that you wouldn’t want to wear it during the day. A bit moodier.

MK: Oh, nice!

LA: How do you look after your hair?

MK: So, the Kérastase Blond Absolu range, what else do I do? I don’t do masks often as my hair is quite fine. I think the best thing to do is not wash it every day, but I’m quite bad at doing that. I’m good at using heat protecting spray and I’ll sometimes put an oil in that helps keep it soft.

LA: I know Patrick Wilson does your hair sometimes too which always looks amazing.

MK: Oh thank you, he’s so good isn’t he!

LA: How often do you workout? No judgement if the answer is, ‘not at all’.

MK: It really varies, I try to do something about three times a week. At the moment I’ve got one of those Peloton bikes, it’s so good, I’m in love with it. I’ve found that exercise is something that’s more for my mind. If I’m feeling a bit anxious, having an adrenaline rush in an anxious way, then I just go to the Peloton. The instructors are really inspiring and give out really positive messages out in the classes, and for me that’s just been really life-changing and helped me if I’m having an anxious moment. I try to do some boxing if I can with a guy called Mati Parks and then I go to the gym as much as I can. It’s quite hard to fit it in, but I’m finding that I’m just hopping on to the Peloton at the moment. They’ve got weight classes and yoga too, so it doesn’t mean that every day you’re on the bike.

LA: What about fragrance, do you have a signature scent or a few go-tos?

MK: I love Tom Ford Black Orchid. I love Sì Giorgio Armani. There’s one other by Miller Harris, Leather Rouge I think it’s called. It’s a nice evening one.

Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum, £54.99, Fabled

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LA: How does your beauty regime change when you’re on holiday? Do you pare things down?

MK: In the summer when I’m going away I try not to take loads of products away with me. But in winter when I know that I’m going to be hibernating I actually use that as a chance to use different products. I think that if I have a bad reaction it doesn’t matter because I’m just seeing my family and friends. Like if I break out in loads of spots then it’s okay. If I go away on a summer holiday I try and go really stripped back makeup wise. I go for likes sunscreen and maybe a BB cream or something.

LA: So basting yourself in SPF 50.

MK: Exactly that.

LA: What are your three most-used emojis?

MK: The crying with laughter face, classic one. I also use the one with the girl where she’s lifting her hands up like ‘I don’t know?’, and obviously I’ve made her blonde

LA: Oh yes, the shrug? Good sentence finisher.

MK: Yeah the kind of, I don’t know, whatever one. I use a lot of the hearts to be honest, and I quite like the bulging bicep.

LA: Do you have a favourite book? Are you a reader?

MK: I’m not hugely because I’m dyslexic, so I find it a bit of a mission to sit down and read a book. But what have I read recently… I do love reading The Secret, I just think it inspires me and it’s a nice read.

LA: What about your last meal?

MK: I would go for Indian food. I just absolutely love it. I love all the different curries, the naan, the poppadoms.

LA: It’s just a great excuse to eat loads of bread really, isn’t it. ‘Oh no, I have all this sauce left…’

MK: Yes, I’m going to have to mop it up with this naan.

LA: What’s the weirdest pick up line you’ve ever heard?

MK: That’s really hard! I’ll get back to you.

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LA: Favourite TV show to binge watch? Are you a Netflix-er?

MK: I’m loving Love Is Blind, that dating show. I’m well and truly in the hole, it’s just so good. You don’t realise how many you’ve got through, you know how they start automatically? But this is really fast paced and you just fly through it, it’s just so good.

LA: And then Netflix is like, ‘are you still watching?’

MK: Yeah, you’re like, err, unfortunately I am! I feel like there’s a bit of judgment there.

LA: Shamed by Netflix. Favourite movie?

MK: That is Father of the Bride. Bit of a cheesy one, but I just love it.

LA: Favourite Instagram accounts to stalk?

MK: I love interior design ones. This one girl Becki Owens who just does the most amazing interior design. I also love a blogger called Leonie Hanne, I think she just dresses really well. Who else? I like looking at Hayley Bieber as well, that’s a good account.

LA: There’s an account called Apartment Therapy that I feel would be right up your street.

MK: Oooh, I need that! I literally love those accounts.

LA: What’s the first thing you bought with your first pay cheque? Did you have a real treat yo’self moment?

MK: When I was in the band, maybe three years in, I bought a Nissan Figaro. It was made in the 80s but it’s designed to look like a 1950s car and oh my god, it’s my absolute dream. I’ve wanted one since I was about 15.

LA: What does the word ‘wellness’ mean to you?

MK: I think an overall wellbeing in your mind, your body and your lifestyle. I think that there is a lot of focus on going to the gym and keeping your body sane but I think you need to be putting a lot of work into your mind in being sane, happy and healthy. It’s a mixture of all the above really.

LA: Is there anything specific you do when you really need some time to yourself?

MK: I will run a bath and light some candles, maybe just put something on Netflix. Have my laptop out in the hallway. Or, I’ll take my dog out on a walk. If i’m feeling a bit stressed, sitting in my flat is not the best so taking him out and getting some air. He’s a toy poodle. He’s a cutie, I’m obsessed with him.

LA: So cute! My mum has a cockapoo, she is very poodle in personality. They’re great.

MK: Oh I love cockapoos! They have so much energy, don’t they?

LA: A lot. Dogs just crack you up don’t they, they’re brilliant.

MK: Yeah, to just snuggle. He’s a cutie, I’m obsessed with him.

LA: Do you have any tattoos?

MK: No, I don’t.

LA: Then I won’t ask you to talk me through them! Who were you most starstruck meeting?

MK: Maybe J-Lo. I met her back in the band and I literally did not know what to say. I think it was the first time that all of us in the band were literally silent. She stepped into the lift and we all went dead silent. She must have thought, what is going on here?

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Glossier is discontinuing one of its biggest launches of last year

Glossier is discontinuing one of its biggest launches of last year


Less than a year after it launched, one of the brand’s most controversial products is to be axed

It’s no secret that Glossier – the playful, milennial pink beauty brand that has dominated our Instagram feeds for the last few years – is one of the most successful skincare and make-up brands of the moment.

From the launch of their first mascara, Glossier Lash slick, to the more sparkly, colour-led Glossier Play, every time the brand has launched something new we’ve sat up in our seats a little.

But within a year of launching, one of the Glossier Play products is already being discontinued  – but it actually makes a lot of sense.

While the looks created using Glitter Gelée were eye-catching and awe-inspiring, the fact that the glitter is not biodegradable didn’t sit so well with Glossier fans at the time of its launch. Considering our current environmental crisis, it didn’t feel great that the glitter would end up in our oceans and ecosystems.

So we were pretty impressed when yesterday the brand’s founder and CEO, Emily Weiss, announced Glossier’s new commitment to sustainability, including getting rid of Glitter Gelée.

Glossier Glitter Gelee

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‘We launched Glitter Gelée last March, and quickly heard from many of you who were disappointed that we’d created a product using glitter, which has become increasingly and deservedly controversial since it gets into the waterways and accumulates in the ocean,’ Weiss wrote on Glossier.com. ‘It was clear to us that we’d made the wrong choice, so we pledged to work on reformulating this product with bio-glitter, a newer and more environmentally-friendly raw material.’

Weiss recently told Business of Fashion that no further Glossier Play products would be launching, and that the subsection of the brand would be absorbed into main Glossier. The Glossier Play Instagram account is now private.

‘Over the past year, our product development team has experimented with multiple formulas using bio-glitter, but ultimately we haven’t been able to make a product that we love,’ Weiss continued. ‘It’s possible that future innovations in bio-glitter materials will enable us to try again, but in the meantime, we’ve decided to discontinue Glitter Gelée as of March 2.’

The brand has also stopped the inclusion of stickers with every order, the famous pink pouches are now optional and recyclable at all Glossier stores and pop-ups.

Hats off to Weiss for listening to concerns about Glitter Gelée and the brand’s overall sustainability and, more importantly, doing something about it.

We’re excited to see how the brand evolves on its sustainability journey throughout 2020.

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Glossier is discontinuing one of its biggest launches of last year

Glossier is discontinuing one of its biggest launches of last year


Less than a year after it launched, one of the brand’s most controversial products is to be axed

It’s no secret that Glossier – the playful, milennial pink beauty brand that has dominated our Instagram feeds for the last few years – is one of the most successful skincare and make-up brands of the moment.

From the launch of their first mascara, Glossier Lash slick, to the more sparkly, colour-led Glossier Play, every time the brand has launched something new we’ve sat up in our seats a little.

But within a year of launching, one of the Glossier Play products is already being discontinued  – but it actually makes a lot of sense.

While the looks created using Glitter Gelée were eye-catching and awe-inspiring, the fact that the glitter is not biodegradable didn’t sit so well with Glossier fans at the time of its launch. Considering our current environmental crisis, it didn’t feel great that the glitter would end up in our oceans and ecosystems.

So we were pretty impressed when yesterday the brand’s founder and CEO, Emily Weiss, announced Glossier’s new commitment to sustainability, including getting rid of Glitter Gelée.

Glossier Glitter Gelee

Credit: Glossier.com

‘We launched Glitter Gelée last March, and quickly heard from many of you who were disappointed that we’d created a product using glitter, which has become increasingly and deservedly controversial since it gets into the waterways and accumulates in the ocean,’ Weiss wrote on Glossier.com. ‘It was clear to us that we’d made the wrong choice, so we pledged to work on reformulating this product with bio-glitter, a newer and more environmentally-friendly raw material.’

Weiss recently told Business of Fashion that no further Glossier Play products would be launching, and that the subsection of the brand would be absorbed into main Glossier. The Glossier Play Instagram account is now private.

‘Over the past year, our product development team has experimented with multiple formulas using bio-glitter, but ultimately we haven’t been able to make a product that we love,’ Weiss continued. ‘It’s possible that future innovations in bio-glitter materials will enable us to try again, but in the meantime, we’ve decided to discontinue Glitter Gelée as of March 2.’

The brand has also stopped the inclusion of stickers with every order, the famous pink pouches are now optional and recyclable at all Glossier stores and pop-ups.

Hats off to Weiss for listening to concerns about Glitter Gelée and the brand’s overall sustainability and, more importantly, doing something about it.

We’re excited to see how the brand evolves on its sustainability journey throughout 2020.

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Three failsafe ways to speed up your hair drying routine

Three failsafe ways to speed up your hair drying routine


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Bookmark this page for your one-way ticket to a speedier blow dry…

It’s no secret that our time is more precious than ever before, and it can feel like a constant battle to fit everything in by being as efficient as possible – right down to the simple things like drying your hair in the mornings.

We can’t magic you a couple of extra hours in the day, but thankfully the beauty brains at Marie Claire can give you some guidance in cutting down the time it takes you dry your mane.

Keep reading for your handy cheat sheet to nailing a quicker blow dry…

Wrap up with a microfibre towel

That’s right, special hair towels exist and they’re a great investment in your routine. Not only are they gentler on your mane, but these ultra absorbent towels help to draw water from the hair and minimise frizz – a great investment your locks will thank you for.

Simply wrap your hair up for a few minutes and allow the towel to work its magic before you pick up your hair dryer.

Try a blow dry spray

Thank the hair gods, because there is a whole host of spritzes and sprays out there that can really reduce the time it takes you to blow dry your hair – a real game-changer if you have especially coarse or thick hair.

Spray liberally through your damp hair and enjoy the quicker drying time that results.

Use an ultra-fast hair dryer

It’s true what they say, a man or woman is only as good as their tools, so you’ll need a powerful dryer to save on those precious blow dry minutes. The new ghd Helios Hair Dryer – their fastest and most lightest model yet – not only offers you faster drying, but its smart Aeroprecis™ technology in this tool enables more control and precision, meaning 3 x smoother hair and 30% more shine.

It comes in four different colour options: black and nickel, white and rose gold, plum and rose gold, and ink blue and gunmetal, so you’re spoilt for choice when picking a tool that goes with your home.

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What’s more, the advanced ionic technology keeps your hair’s finish smoother – think less frizz and fewer flyaways – and all of ghd’s excellent usual dryer features; cool shot button and concentrated nozzle.

Trust us, your morning routine is about to get a whole lot easier with these failsafe tips to hand.

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Inside the pop-up wellness space where models hang out during LFW

Inside the pop-up wellness space where models hang out during LFW


Facials, massages and CBD drinks – welcome to the Model Zone

It’s no secret that Fashion Month takes its toll on models’ skin – all that endless application, removal and reapplication of make-up at show after show can affect even the most resilient of complexions.

So the opportunity for them to take time out and unwind with a relaxing treatment between shows is a pretty invaluable one. Enter, the Model Zone.

For the twelfth year running, Weleda is offering complementary facials and massages for models at a secret location a stone throw’s from the British Fashion Council’s main show space, Somerset House.

The lounge itself is a chilled area filled with cosy chairs and tables and complete with healthy snacks and CBD-infused drinks. Models are then able to pop downstairs to the treatment room for a 30-minute Skin Food Facial, which brightens and restores moisture winter-ravaged skin, leaving the complexion with a healthy, ‘lit from within’ glow.

Alternatively, they can opt for an aromatic body massage using one of Weleda’s heavenly oils, and take away a goodie bag of treats post-treatment.

Victoria Beckham’s AW20 show

Weleda were also on hand to offer relaxing hand massages backstage at Victoria Beckham, a known celebrity fan of their cult moisturiser, Skin Food. Therapists used its sister cream, Skin Food Light, which is suited for models on-the-go lifestyle as it soaks in quickly with no stickiness, and has an uplifting, relaxing scent.

Time to stock up on your Skin Food? We think so too…

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Why your winter skin needs these weird ingredients

Why your winter skin needs these weird ingredients


Philosophy Nature In A Jar

It makes for one helluva pretty desk shot on Instagram. But succulents are just as good slathered on your skin. Probably – we’ll start taking official bets now – not what you expected to read in a beauty feature.

Hydrating plant extracts, like prickly pear, cactus water and aloe vera are making their way into skincare. This includes the new Philosophy Nature In A Jar collection. And with good reason, too.

Philosophy’s five-piece range, which includes a self-warming face scrub and Cica Complex Recovery Moisturiser, is powered by ‘water storage’ plants. In other words, little guys that thrive during long dry spells because they’re full of hydrating H20.

Philosophy Nature In A Jar Cica Complex Recovery Moisturiser, John Lewis, available Monday

Philosophy Nature In A Jar

Take prickly pear, for example. ‘It contains essential fatty acids (particularly omega-6 and -9), antioxidant vitamin E and amino acids, which encourage collagen production,’ says Muriel Pujos, Director of Scientific Communication at Coty.

It’s also anti-inflammatory and barrier-boosting. So great for anyone with sensitive skin or for days when your skin is in need of a little something extra.

This goes for cactus water, too, which contains electrolytes to help retain moisture in the skin and rich antioxidants to prevent damage from pollution. It forms the basis for the Philosophy Nature In A Jar Cream-to-Water Body Lotion – one of our favourite products in the range.

The formula melts into the skin like a dream and is an excellent option for those who prefer a featherlight moisturiser.

Philosophy Nature In A Jar Cream-to-Water Body Lotion, John Lewis, available Monday

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Agave is another succulent to have on your radar.  Philosophy uses cryoextraction to make this super hydrator even more skin quenching. During the process, agave is frozen to preserve fragile actives like enzymes, vitamins and polyphenols, which are then extracted.

Proof surely that you don’t need the last name Paltrow to be a fan of weird but effective natural ingredients.

 

 

 

 

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The Suede Lipstick The Internet Is Obsessed With

The Suede Lipstick The Internet Is Obsessed With


The Lip Suede

If you go for a red lip this Valentine’s Day make it suede – or more specifically Westman Atelier’s The Lip Suede .

Westman Atelier The Lip Suede, £78, Net-A-Porter

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A perfectly matte red lip is the little black dress of beauty. It’s sexy, edgy and elegant in equal parts. Something Gucci Westman, the woman behind Westman Atelier and Jennifer Anniston’s make-up artist, knows all too well.

No wonder The Lip Suede by Westman Atelier houses four suits-all rouge shades: bright tomato, brick red, tawny russet and one bright fuchsia.

‘As a make-up artist, I always work with lip palettes,’ says Westman. ‘I love the freedom of personalising and customising. It allows me to add depth or a shot of color or make a shade completely unique.’

As for how to wear them? It’s up to you. Each shade can either be worn individually; as a duo for an ombre lip or all four blended together to create a full-throttle power lip.

‘If you’re in the mood, wear the bright tomato red on its own—or maybe make it more of an orchid shade and pop in the vivid pink tone to the middle of your lips,’ says Westman. ‘Going deeper with the brick or tawny red is great for a daytime look and enhancing your natural lips.’

Unlike traditional bullets, a lipstick compact also allows you to pat on the colour with your fingers willy-nilly, or use a brush for more precision.

If that’s not enough to persuade you, then the product’s clean credentials certainly will. Formulated with 100% natural ingredients, the base is made up of various plant waxes as a clean alternative to petroleum jelly. Meanwhile, cold-pressed cherry and marula oils avoid the chalky, drying side effects of matte lipstick.

Add to that collagen-boosting peptides and you get a pillowy pout into the bargain.

Just make sure all touch ups happen in public. EVERYTHING about The Lip Suede by Westman Atelier deserves to be shown off.

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The Suede Lipstick The Internet Is Obsessed With

The Suede Lipstick The Internet Is Obsessed With


The Lip Suede

If you go for a red lip this Valentine’s Day make it suede – or more specifically The Lip Suede.

Westman Atelier The Lip Suede, £78, Net-A-Porter

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Created by Jennifer Anniston’s make-up artist Gucci Westman, no one knows better the power of a perfectly matte red lip. It’s the little black dress of beauty. It’s sexy, edgy and elegant in equal parts. And like true love it will see you through thick and thin (or through Happy Hour, at least, without smudging).

The Lip Suede is a lip compact that houses four suits-all rouge shades: bright tomato, brick red, tawny russet and one bright fuchsia.

‘As a make-up artist, I always work with lip palettes,’ says Westman. ‘I love the freedom of personalising and customising. It allows me to add depth or a shot of color or make a shade completely unique.’

As for how to wear them? It’s up to you. Each shade can either be worn individually; as a duo for an ombre lip or all four blended together to create a full-throttle power lip.

‘If you’re in the mood, wear the bright tomato red on its own—or maybe make it more of an orchid shade and pop in the vivid pink tone to the middle of your lips,’ says Westman. ‘Going deeper with the brick or tawny red is great for a daytime look and enhancing your natural lips.’

Unlike traditional bullets, a lipstick compact also allows you to pat on the colour with your fingers willy-nilly, or use a brush for more precision.

If that’s not enough to persuade you, then the product’s clean credentials certainly will. Formulated with 100% natural ingredients, the base is made up of various plant waxes as a clean alternative to petroleum jelly. Meanwhile, cold-pressed cherry and marula oils avoid the chalky, drying side effects of matte lipstick.

Add to that collagen-boosting peptides and you get a pillowy pout into the bargain.

Just make sure all touch ups happen in public. EVERYTHING about The Lip Suede deserves to be shown off.

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Nadine Coyle on beauty fails, hating the gym and fangirling over Tom Jones

Nadine Coyle on beauty fails, hating the gym and fangirling over Tom Jones


‘Its like a daytime nightclub with people in workout gear trying to hook up’

Nadine Coyle Beauty Bytes

She made us all laugh out loud during her time in the I’m a Celebrity jungle but Nadine Coyle is probably best known for being one of the biggest girl bands of all time, Girls Aloud.

Her new single All That I know has just dropped on iTunes, so we sat down to talk all things skincare, make-up, movies and more.

LA: What’s the worst beauty trend you’ve ever tried?

NC: I saw this [again] recently, I had this very strong, dark brow. I have dark eyes anyway so it was all very strong, very vampy. Way too heavy on the contour, I was kind of new to the whole contour concept, so that entire phase kind of being heavily contoured. I mean, it’s fine for a picture, but the minute you see somebody in real life like that, it’s absolutely ridiculous. Like a Halloween mask. I’ve done that.

LA: That’s what make-up artists all say; it can be great for the camera but the second you step outside, woah. What about the best beauty advice you’ve ever received?

NC: Loads of good tips! Find a moisturiser that works for you. You have to search far and wide and have two or three in your repertoire because once your skin gets used to one you have to switch out and move on to something else. I like to try to stick to something that’s as natural as possible. Nothing too synthetic with too many products in it. If your skin is good then you’re kind of good for the rest. Just let that be your main focus.

LA: What’s in your make-up bag right now?

NC: Everybody laughs at me because I don’t really wear much make-up. I have to be forced and usually people buy make-up for me because they’re like, this is ridiculous.

LA: It’s nice when you have to put lots on for work to then have nothing on. If I’m not in the office I’m putting nothing on, I like to look like a potato with glasses. It’s totally fine.

NC: Even doing things [on TV] I’m often forced to wear more make-up, I’m like, I don’t really mind. I’m alright for people to see the real me, I’m not going to watch it back to see myself anyway. So in my make-up bag I always have lip liner, a lip balm of some description, bronzing powder and concealer. That is my make-up bag. It ends there.

LA: That’s kind of the basics though. All of what you need.

NC: The lip liner, the balm, you’re good to go. Lip balm can double up for taming the brows, too.

LA: What’s your favourite bronzer, do you have a go-to in there?

NC: There is one Charlotte Tilbury and one MAC one that I really like.

Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze and Glow, £49, Cult Beauty

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LA: What about the best make-up tip that a professional make-up artist has given you?

NC: Caroline Barnes, she’s brilliant, she taught me to take the end of your mascara wand and use it on your lashes head-on and put it over your eyes like this to let the mascara catch, and then you brush it through [with the wand horizontal]. I think I was 17 when she told me that, and every time I put on mascara I always think of Caroline.

LA: Great tip! How do you look after your skin? Do you have a morning and night time routine?

NC: I love the Dermalogica Special Cleaning Gel. It’s just so good, it dissipates in your hand and you just feel it fall away. I love a really good wash with that and a face cloth, love a good face cloth. Just start with your face and work your way around, it’s all about that. It’s simple, my routine is really quite simple. Then I just let my skin breathe. There are a few L’Oreal face masks that I like. There’s a charcoal one that’s really good at clearing with out messing with your skin. I don’t like to do anything too rich or to crazy. And SPF, massive SPF fan. We lived in LA for a long time and the sun is really strong so every day, day and night I would wear factor 30.

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel, £33, Feelunique

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LA: When you came out of the jungle did you find your skin had cleared itself out a little bit?

NC: My skin was [already] fine, I had been fine. I just find that seeing yourself after so long with no make-up and in the raw jungle, there is kind of like a weather-beaten look. Other people are all nice and fresh, and I suppose [I looked] just weather-beaten. But it was good, I didn’t know how everything [skin-wise] was going to react, out for three weeks outdoors day and night. All that fresh air was really good.

LA: Do you have a favourite skincare product?

NC: I like the Dermalogica Special Cleanser and I also like the Egyptian Magic cream. I always have a tub of that.

LA: What are your three favourite beauty brands?

NC: I like Charlottte Tilbury, I just find its such good quality. Iconic London I love for make-up, they do really nice sprays, nice eyebrow stuff and glowy stuff. I love their illuminator. I like Origins, right now I am using their Drink Up Intensive Mask. You really pack on the moisture, which is good when you’re blasting the heating every day.

LA: How do you take care of your hair?

NC: I wash it! I recently got some products from Kérastase. They’ve given me the Blond Absolu, which is really nice as I’m nowhere near a natural blonde. I’ve been using that to help with the bleaching and the colouring and it’s been really nice.

Kérastase Blonde Absolu Bain Lumière Shampoo, £17.90, Lookfantastic

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LA: How often do you work out? Do you have a favourite way to work out?

NC: I wouldn’t say I’m a gym go-er or a gym-crazy person. I like to swim. Love a swim, any time I can do that is a good thing. I’m generally quite active and try to squeeze in a workout when I’m waiting for stuff. Like if you’re cooking dinner, try to squeeze in a few squats or a few yoga moves. Or if you’re brushing your teeth. You know, just trying to do more than one thing at once.

LA: You can do stuff at home much more easily.

NC: Like, what am I going to use? Weights? I don’t need big massive weights or machines that I would just hurt myself on. Or to show off at the gym. There are girls with all this make-up on and crop tops on, no, it’s not my scene at all. Its like a daytime nightclub with people in workout gear trying to hook up.

LA: What about fragrance? Do you have a signature perfume?

NC: I like Miss Dior, love that one. And today I’ve got a Jo Malone on, English Pear and Freesia.

LA: That was my first Jo Malone fragrance when I was younger. Such a nice one. Does your beauty routine change when you’re on holiday?

NC: I try to not to wear make-up, I mean I’m not a huge make-up wearer anyway. I’m at work and I’ll have it on but then [at home] the make-up will come off and the Egyptian Magic will go on. And if I do go on holidays I don’t want to go with a bunch of poducts. I’ll have my sunscreen and then I want to have stuff that’s all going to work. Like a good coconut oil I can use for my hair, face and body. Then I just wash my hair afterword and have the coconut oil in it. And I just rock the wet greasy look.

Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream, £29, John Lewis

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LA: What are your three most-used emojis?

NC: Llet me see, The heart, blowing a kiss and the party popper emoji.

LA: Do you have a favourite book?

NC: You know, to be honest, I haven’t read a book in so long. A cook book, actually, those are the books I read cover to cover, every word. Aldo Zili has a really good one out on seafood that he gave me years ago.

LA: What would your last meal be?

NC: Probably a Christmas dinner. Chicken, stuffing, cauliflower cheese, gravy, cranberry sauce.

LA: It’s all about the sides, isn’t it. What is your favourite TV show to binge-watch?

NC: At the moment it’s SAS: Who Dares Wins. So dramatic. And I don’t know why, but I always watch it at night and then I’m all hopped up on military energy.

LA: Favourite movie?

NC: I do love Catch Me If You Can with Leonardo DiCaprio. Anytime it’s on I love it. But I also love Jurassic Park. Whats it called, The Lost World, love that. I need to clear the house when that is on, like, ‘nobody speak!’

LA: Who are your favourite Instagram accounts to stalk?

NC: Do you know who I always end up looking for, Jesse J’s account. Very strange one, but I do that. And it’s been [her] for a while as well. I don’t know what it is, there’s something I find quite addictive about her Instagram stories. I can’t think of anybody else! I’m not a huge Instagrammer. I mean, I like it, but I’m not keeping tabs on peoples lives.

LA: What is the first thing you bought with your first big pay cheque?

NC: My first pay cheque was around Christmas time, and I’d very recently got a bank account and a cheque book. I bought a load of Christmas presents and I was just writing cheques to all my nearest and dearest.

LA: What does the word ‘wellness’ mean to you?

NC: I think of juice and really good food, loads of hydration and good, clean fresh air. You know, clearing the mind and body of pollution.

LA: What do you do when you need a bit of down time?

NC: I need to figure out what I need to do when I need quiet time. I don’t get a lot of quiet time and don’t really spend alone of time alone ever at any point. I have a child and I have a big family and a lot of work, you know, loads of friends. You know I don’t really do a lot of down time.

LA: Who were you the most starstuck meeting?

NC: It’s been the same forever and it’s Tom Jones.

LA: Its always the people you grow up watching on TV or your parents listened to, isn’t it?

NC: The two times I met him I just lost all cool. I didn’t think I had that in me, to be so weird. But it was that feeling when the breath just leaves you and you don’t know what to do with yourself. Then you’re trying to pull it back and rectify things!

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