Victoria Beckham just gave us the best beauty tip

Victoria Beckham just gave us the best beauty tip


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Victoria Beckham beauty tip

Victoria Beckham is a well travelled lady. She has houses all over the world and her fashion label takes her from continent to continent. In our eyes, this makes her a reliable source when it comes to travel advice. Her latest tip is how to cope with jetlagged skin.

Her answer? A sheet mask. Not just any sheet mask though – Suqqu’s Face Stretch Mask.

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The mask is perfect for dehydrated skin that has been on planes for far too long. It provides nourishment, helps boost your skin’s moisture levels and improves skin tone. Each sheet contains 33ml of serum – which is a bloody lot – and has these super handy wings that lift the jaw area and fit firmly onto the face. It’s also great at tightening skin and sharpening the jaw line, if you’re worried about that.

Suqqu Face Stretch Mask, £72 for six masks, Selfridges

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Hyaluronic acid: Everything you need to know about this super hydrator

Hyaluronic acid: Everything you need to know about this super hydrator


The #1 hydrating ingredient

Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is one of those ingredients that you see plastered all over product packaging and hear dermatologists wax lyrical about. And with very good reason – there’s pretty much nothing else out there that can help boost moisture levels more than hyaluronic acid. Also don’t be put off by the word acid – it’s a common misconception that acids for skin are going to strip and cause irritation, when actually they are key to good to a top notch complexion.

What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural component of your body’s connective tissue that maintains skin’s strength and elasticity. 50% of it is found in our skin. Everyone sings its praises because, hyaluronic acid can retain over a 1000 times its weight in water, so it’s super-hydrating and helps to give you a bright appearance by keeping cells plumped and strong.

As we age, the natural hyaluronic acid levels in our skin decrease. Mostly found in the best anti-ageing beauty products for mature skin, hyaluronic acid is quickly becoming a preventative treatment and skin staple for younger people looking to stave off the effects of ageing for as long as possible. Continuous use of hyaluronic acid ensures you retain moisture and elasticity in your skin, which will help if you’re worried about fine lines or dull skin. Hyaluronic acid can also be injected directly, in what’s known as dermal fillers, into the skin to help fill and plump. (N.B This is very different to Botox.)

Hyaluronic acid serum

One of the best face serum you should use is the hyaluronic acid serum. Hyaluronic acid serums are hero products because of their higher concentration of HA. Each one tends to be a clear sticky liquid that absorbs super fast and creates a beautiful base for make-up. Because they are so lightweight as well, all skin types will benefit from introducing one into their routines and you can use one in conjunction with another targeted serum.

Here’s our roundup of the best products containing hyaluronic acid…

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There’s a new place to get your ears and nose pierced on the high street

There’s a new place to get your ears and nose pierced on the high street


And it’s a bloody bargain

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When it was announced earlier this year that Claire’s Accessories had filed for bankruptcy, we wept at the thought of losing the place where we had bought our first necklaces with the pocket money we had so diligently saved up. But then another thought crossed our mind: where would people go to get their ears pierced now?

Everyone gets their ears pierced at Claire’s; it’s like an unwritten rule. Where would little girls go now when their mums finally let them take the plunge? Scary tattoo parlours? Unlikely. Thank goodness then for Superdrug, the high street stalwart that has just launched its own in-store piercing. Superdrug’s Commercial Director, Simon Comins, said of the launch “We love being able to offer our customers in-store beauty services at affordable prices and the new ear and nose piercing service is an exciting addition to our portfolio.”

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Superdrug already has brow and lash treatments at over 300 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland and 68 Orly Nail Bars, as well as waxing and spray tanning at selected stores. These beauty services offer customers a more affordable option to traditional salons.

Piercing is already in 50 stores nationwide, with the plan is to open up more throughout 2018. Prices start from £10 for a single piercing, up to £34 for a double piercing – dependent on jewellery – and £15 for a nose piercing.

There’s no need to book an appointment, just show up and wait your turn. I am the proud owner of two more holes and I’d completely forgotten how easy and pain-free it actually is.

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This shampoo will completely transform your blonde hair with just one use

This shampoo will completely transform your blonde hair with just one use


We can’t get over those before and after shots…

Blonde’s popularity isn’t going anywhere any time soon, but we’re sure you’ll agree that the maintenance can be tough; did you know that 40% of all salon appointments today are blonde-related services?

While many of us are well-versed in the benefits of the best purple shampoo for blonde hair, a brand new purple shampoo and conditioner has got everyone talking, due to the dramatic results you get after just one use.

And we’re sure you’ll agree that the changes below are pretty jaw-dropping…

The shampoo and conditioner in question? The new Blondage range from Redken, containing complex Triple Acid Protein tones and enriched with ultra-violet pigment – and a high street price tag to boot.

Both formulas work to strengthen the hair while depositing purple pigment to neutralise yellow tones and brighten the overall finish, leaving blonde looks looking seriously shiny and healthy.

You only need use them a couple of times a week, leaving on for 3-5 minutes each, to keep your blonde icy fresh and brassy tones at bay, whether you’re a full head of bright blonde or prefer a bronde, balayage look.

As the before and after shots prove, whatever your blonde, yellowness will be gone.

Seeing as breakage and brassiness are blondes’ two biggest hair concerns, we’re calling the influencer-approved duo every blonde girl’s must-have.

Redken Colour Extend Blondage Shampoo, £10.20, Conditioner £11.30, Lookfantastic

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Pretty amazing stuff, hey?

Better stock up quickly because with results like these, you know the both of them will be a sell out. Consider it a worthwhile investment in your hair.

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Why heat protection spray is so vital, plus the best of the best

Why heat protection spray is so vital, plus the best of the best


When it comes to hair care, it’s the most necessary step

heat protection spray

If you use any kind of heat styling on your hair – whether that’s a 10-minute speed blow dry after washing or an hour long session with your best straighteners – heat protection spray is a must.

Skipping heat protection is one of the biggest causes of dry hair, breakage and split ends, so without it you’re only encouraging an onslaught of problems.

‘We’re all very good at protecting our skin with sun creams and skincare products, but often less thoughtful about our hair; then we wonder why it’s dull and dry, never seems to grow longer or looks lifeless,’ says Maria Kovacs, TIGI European Session Director.

‘Obviously regular cutting keeps the ends of your hair in the best condition, but especially on shoulder length and longer hair, over-exposure to heat and UV can cause the hair to become brittle, lack-lustre and dry – and if the hair is coloured it can also cause colour fade.’

These days, the best heat protection sprays not only protect from direct heat, but also heat and UV light from sun exposure – heat protection for hair is essential when on holiday.

‘Heat protectors with UV added protection form a barrier to firstly, stop damage, and secondly, enable you to create smoother finishes with driers, straightening and curling irons,’ Maria adds.

‘Hair should be treated gently, so avoid too much sun exposure, don’t use a hot hairdryer too close to your scalp, and try not to use your heated appliances every day.

‘If you take these precautions and always use a protective product, your hair should look fabulous all the time!’

With this in mind, we’ve hand picked some of the best performing heat protection sprays that money can buy, from bargain to bank-breaking (but worth it).

Keep scrolling for your new hair heroes and remember: always use protection.

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So, what exactly is balayage and why do we love it so much?

So, what exactly is balayage and why do we love it so much?


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Balayage has been around for a while, but this timeless technique is creeping its way back into being one of the most popular hair colour requests in salons today. We’ve spoken to the experts to get some professional insight into the booming hair trend, balayage.

What is balayage?

Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. ‘It’s a freehand hair colouring technique that gives a really blended natural look with no harsh or obvious regrowth lines,’ advises royal and celebrity hairdresser, Richard Ward.

Balayage allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour, similar to what nature gives us as children, with softer, less noticeable re-growth. The principal idea being less is more when creating a natural, multi-tonal finish. The technique uses patches of light and shade to create multiple dimensions to the colour.

It’s a great method if you want to refresh your colour but don’t want to go for a bold colour overhaul.

Chrissy Teigan balayage

How is balayage applied?

Balayage is painted on the surface of the hair strand and not saturated through the section until the very tips. This ensures a smooth, blended stroke of colour. It can also be called a freehand technique because no foil or meche are used to create the highlights.

How long does it take to do balayage?

The depth of balayage can vary so much from a ‘few small highlights that will only take a matter of minutes to a full on, triple process look that can take up to 3 hours,’ says Josh Wood, founder of Josh Wood Atelier and Redken Global Colour Creative Director. Though it can take quite a long time to do a multi-tonal, layered balayage compared to regular colour the benefit of the application means you will be able to leave longer between your next colour appointment. If you want a few balayage babylights this may take as little as 45 minutes.

What sets it apart from traditional hair colouring?

Balayage is quite different to traditional highlights because no foil is used and the colour is painted on freehand. The finished result is ‘less uniform than typical highlights’ says Richard Ward. If you’ve ever been worried about having stripey colour after a visit to the hairdressers, balayage is a sure way to avoid that harsh contrast between colours – especially if you’re going blonder.

The colour created is totally bespoke to you and can even be placed in a way to compliment or distract attention away from certain features on the face.

Are you using the right shampoo for your hair? This quick quiz will tell you…

What’s making it so popular recently?

Ten years ago balayage wasn’t the colouring phenomenon it is today, it’s quite a specific method of colouring that hasn’t been widely taught in the UK until recently. Balayage ‘is especially popular with celebrities and is a classic look for the red carpet’ says Richard Ward. After spotting it on celebrities like Gisele, Chrissy Teigen and Jessica Alba, there has been a surge in interest for the technique as people are requesting the look.

Some celebrities who love balayage include Olivia Palermo, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Amber Heard.

Jessica Alba balayage

Does it require a lot of maintenance?

‘Typically balayage requires far less maintenance than traditional colour because it grows out beautifully and there are no strong regrowth lines,’ says Richard Ward. It also means you can wait for longer between appointments so it’s ‘the perfect technique for a modern, busy woman.’

‘If you want to make your balayage last as long as possible, opt for a babylight – it’s the most subtle type of colour you can go for’ advises Josh Wood. Investing in some good quality colour care styling products is also advisable to keep your colour looking fresh for longer.

If your colour turns brassy after a while you can ‘refresh it without going for a full top up with a toner or gloss to give your shine back.’ says Wood.

Jennifer Lopez balayage

Is it suitable for all hair types/lengths?

It works on both light and dark hair depending on how much lighter you want to go and all hair textures. Whether it’s straight, wavy or curly the colour will still work well and look great.

‘Balayage works on all hair lengths apart from on very short or cropped hair,’ advises international hair colourist Jack Howard.

The technique is particularly popular amongst celebrities with long, textured hair as it creates a beautiful, beachy style.

Gisele Bundchen balayage

 

How long does balayage last?

One of the biggest perks of balayage is that “it doesn’t require as much upkeep as traditional colour” advises Josh Wood. The blended finish means you can leave longer between your salon appointments, depending on the style of balayage you go for you can leave up to 4 months between top-ups.

What’s the difference between ombre and balayage?

Balayage is a totally blended hair look, there are no lines or blocks of colour and the graduation between shades is much more subtle. Some lengths of the hair are kept darker for a seamless colour finish.

Ombre hair has a more defined contrast between the roots and tips of the hair with colour starting mid-way down the strands. Ombre colour ‘is a more noticeable, statement look compared to Balayage,’ says Richard Ward. Want to know more? Check out our round-up if want to find out more about ombre.

Does balayage work on grey hair?

Balayage works for all colours but ‘the only thing is it won’t cover grey hair,’ advises Josh Wood, ‘it will only help blend in the grey to disguise it so if you want full coverage for greys it might not be the right choice for you.’

What makes it timeless?

Balayage creates a totally bespoke, personalised colour finish. Healthy, natural looking hair will always be ‘in’ which is why the technique has remained popular for so many years. Depending on what you’re looking for the finish can be subtle or quite bold. It’s the ability to completely tailor the colour effect that makes this such a popular colour choice.

Contact Jack Howard via twitter @jackhoward_srh

Contact Richard Ward via twitter @richardwardhair

Contact Josh Wood via twitter @joshwoodcolour

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Beauty Bytes: Dermot O’Leary on serums, spinning and Instagram stalking

Beauty Bytes: Dermot O’Leary on serums, spinning and Instagram stalking


Our Derm knows his grooming products. Chaps, take note.

This week’s Beauty Bytes is a Father’s Day special. I chatted with the super friendly TV and radio host Dermot O’Leary, who has just released his third men’s fragrance for M&S. He was more clued up on grooming than any man I’ve ever met. I wish my boyfriend was like Derm…

DO: Congratulations on your engagement.

KT: OH THANK YOU SO MUCH.

DO: When are you getting married?

KT: SEPTEMBER.

DO: Great month to get married in. I got married in September. Whereabouts?

KT: AT MY PARENT’S HOUSE IN WILTSHIRE.

DO: Oh perfect. What date?

KT: 15th.

DO: I got married on the 14th!

KT: WHAT WAS THE WEATHER LIKE?

DO: Oh it was lovely.

KT: OK GOOD. A LOT OF OUR WEDDING IS OUTSIDE.

DO: Oh yes September is the perfect month.

KT: YES WE REALLY WANTED IT TO GET DARK IN THE EVENING TO CREATE ATMOSPHERE. 

DO: You want dusk at a wedding. Congratulations.

KT: THANK YOU! WHAT IS THE WORST GROOMING TREND YOU’VE EVER ATTEMPTED?

DO: Oh, well I work very closely with a guy called Will, who has left M&S now sadly and I’m bereft. But he is like the Indiana Jones of men’s grooming. He will go travelling, like to some obscure Japanese mountain, and come back with lumps of charcoal. He once came back with this weird shaving product. I want my collection to be as authentic as possible, I’ve learnt from the ground up, I will readily admit that, but it has to be in my image. I don’t wet shave, so I don’t want to do shaving foam. So he found this weird beard powder that comes in a stick, and you rub it into your beard, then shave it off. I tried it, I put it on but it disappeared because half of it ended up in the sink, the other half was all over the cat. It was really thick and it kind of crumbled off. My bathroom was covered in the stuff; it’s like I had torn down a wall or something. It was an abject disaster.

KT: WHAT’S THE BEST GROOMING ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN? 

DO: Serum before moisturiser.

KT: YES, WELL DONE.

DO: It’s a game changer!

KT: YES IT IS – I’VE BEEN TRYING TO GET MY BOYFRIEND TO ADOPT THIS RULE FOR AGES AND HE JUST WON’T. 

DO: Why not?!

KT: I DON’T KNOW AND HE ALWAYS COMPLAINS ABOUT HIS SKIN!

Do: Then he should use a serum! We don’t actually do a serum, because serums are actually really expensive. But the Boots serum is like £20 and it’s really good.

KT: WHAT’S THE BEST GROOMING PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? 

DO: Oh sea salt spray definitely. Wait hold on.

*Dermot runs and grabs his gym kit and wash bag. Spills it out onto the table and starts going through the products.*

DO: I love Mitchum deodorant. It’s the only deodorant that stops me sweating and doesn’t leave any marks on your clothes. This is the sea salt spray – Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray. I love it. I used to put wax in my hair. No way, man, not anymore. This is so good. This is a great serum too – Beauty Lab Skinfirming Daily Complexion Serum. I also really love my fragrances, they’re Eau de Toilettes, so really light, so I need carry them around with me so that I can reapply later in the day. I really like to have day fragrances and evening ones.

KT: WHAT IS YOUR THE-HOUSE-IS-BURNING-GRAB-ONE-GROOMING-PRODUCT? 

DO: Oh ok well I would first grab my cats. So they’re under each arm and then I would probably grab my moisturiser, All in One Day Cream, as I use it every single day. And I imagine I’m getting burnt quite a lot so hopefully it would help…

Just one more… #cathigh5

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KT: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE GROOMING BRANDS? 

DO: Including mine?

KT: DOESN’T HAVE TO BE. YOU CAN CHOOSE ANYTHING.

DO: Well let’s not be classless about it. Le Labo, Hermes and No7, because of their serum.

KT: YOU’VE ALREADY TOLD US THAT YOU USE SERUMS, WHICH IS EXCELLENT. BUT HOW ELSE DO YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN? DO YOU EXFOLIATE? 

DO: Yeah I do.

KT: DO YOU GET FACIALS?

DO: No, I don’t get facials and I don’t like to wet shave as it takes too much off. I think technology has gone too far. My dad used to wet shave in the morning and, yes he would have to do it again in the evening, but he wouldn’t wake up in the morning to a shaving rash, because it never got that close.

KT: MY BOYFRIEND STOPPED SHAVING FOR THAT VERY REASON, AS HE KEPT GETTING THESE BIG SPOTS ON HIS NECK. 

DO: It’s horrible. But he needs to exfoliate, because he’s getting ingrown hairs.

KT: HOW OFTEN DO YOU WORK OUT? WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FORM OF EXERCISE? 

DO: About four times a week. I see my trainer twice a week in the park and I’d say that’s my favourite way to work out.

KT: AND YOU LOVE PSYCLE...

DO: Yes I do that every Saturday and I play football on Thursdays.

KT: GOD THAT’S AMAZING.

DO: Well I do my radio show on a Saturday morning, which finishes at 10am and then I head to Psycle for 11am with the lovely Anya.

KT: DO YOU HAVE A SIGNATURE FRAGRANCE?

 

DO: Well let’s go with the new one – Earl Grey & Sandalwood during the day and Le Labo Santal 33 in the evening.

KT: WHAT ARE YOUR THREE MOST USED EMOJIS?

DO: Oh I don’t use emojis.

KT: NONE?!

DO: I’m having a turf war with my niece at the moment on our family’s Whatsapp group. She loves them and I keep changing the group’s name to ‘Josie hates emojis’. She’s getting really pissed off.

KT: I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU DON’T USE ANY. 

DO: Occasionally I’ll use the thinking face emoji…

KT: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK? 

DO: So we spend a lot of time in Italy and they have a beer called Dreher – you can’t get it over here – and it’s really light, not heavy at all.

KT: IS IT LAGER?

DO: Yes, but it comes in a little stubby can that stays cold. I’m not a massive beer drinker, but where we go on holiday, the Italians love it. They don’t drink red wine with pizza, they’ll drink these all night. Carbs and carbs.

KT: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK? 

DO: Oh god, where do we start?! My favourite book of recent times is a book by a guy called Don Winslow, called the Power of the Dog. It’s unbelievable. One of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s been described as ‘the War of Peace of drug novels’. The author is an expert on drug law enforcement and private investigation, and he’s a lawyer as well. He’s an incredible writer. I picked it up in the airport and loved it. It’s like 600 pages long and it’s a story of two guys, one who gets involved with drug gangs in Mexico, and the other, who’s a cop. They become sworn enemies over 30 years. The dialogue is machine gun fast. It’s a bit like James Ellroy. The second one is by Colson Whitehead, called The Underground Railroad. The real underground railroad was a network of safe routes during the American Civil War, and freed blacks and liberal whites would help slaves get up to the north of America, because if you were caught without your documentation you would be send straight back. He’s extrapolated the story and turned it into an actual railroad and it follows the main character, Cora’s, journey to freedom.

KT: WHAT IS YOUR CHEAT MEAL?

DO: Noodle soup.

KT: I WOULDN’T REALLY CLASS THAT AS A CHEAT MEAL. THAT’S STILL PRETTY LOW CAL…

DO: Oh chicken wings then. I make them myself.

KT: AGAIN, IF YOU’RE MAKING IT YOURSELF, YOU’RE NOT REALLY CHEATING. I WANT AN ANSWER LIKE KFC…

DO: Ohhh ok, Poppies Fish & Chips or Nando’s Wing Roulette.

KT: WHAT’S THAT?

DO: You get a bag of chicken wings and you don’t know how spicy each one is. So you might have one that’s super spicy and then another that’s like Mango & Lime.

KT: THAT’S MUCH BETTER. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE TV SHOW TO BINGE WATCH? 

DO: Handmaid’s Tail and The Bridge. Oh and The Crown, because my wife works on it. Oh I’ve really enjoyed A Very British Scandal.

KT: DON’T TELL ME ANYTHING! I HAVEN’T FINISHED IT! 

DO: The final episode just aired. It’s brilliant. Hugh Grant is great.

KT: FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT TO STALK? 

DO: Such a good question. I think it might be my friend, Mr Ben Winston. He’s the show runner of The Late Late Show with James Corden. James is a good mate as well, but Ben always puts good stuff up.

KT: Thank you so much!

DO: Thank you Katie

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Summer’s 5 biggest body crazes you need to know about now

Summer’s 5 biggest body crazes you need to know about now


From freezing your fat to brainy workouts and releasing your chakras, these are the next level body hacks along with the behind the scenes making of the Marie Claire July shoot.

This summer is all about super intelligent bodies – these are the latest tips and treatments you need to try…

How to boost your body care

Body products have, until now, been geared towards pampering, not performance. But with the arrival of high-tech ingredients usually saved for our complexions, this category has evolved and now rivals the brightening, plumping and moisturising effects of our face serums as well as tackling issues such as cellulite.

Cerave Moisturising Cream, £14.50, contains hyaluronic acid, a moisture-boosting molecule that can hold 1,000 times its weight in water and delivers hydration for the whole body without the greasy residue of a rich body cream. Like facial exfoliators, body scrubs now come in less abrasive formulas – Ren’s Smart Renewal Body Serum, £35, uses fruit AHAs to tone and buff dry skin and works brilliantly on keratosis pilaris (those rough bumps on the tops of your arms).

If age spots and uneven tone are a concern, choose a lotion that protects against hyperpigmentation like Clarins Renew-Plus Body Serum, £41, or Skin Laundry’s Rejuvenating Anti-Ageing Neck and Chest sheet mask, £14, which brightens and hydrates one of our most vulnerable areas.

Meanwhile, products designed to diminish cellulite often contain caffeine for a temporary tightening effect. Yes, it’s pricey but Sisley’s Cellulinov Intensive Anti-Cellulite Body Care, £155, which also contains red algae, is one of the best formulas we’ve come across to firm up slack skin – both for instant gratification and in the long term with continued use.

And although your stretch marks won’t disappear altogether, retinoids and collagen stimulators can make a difference to their appearance. Try StriVectin Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks and Wrinkles, £120, as it uses oligopeptides to pump collagen back into the damaged skin.

Photographer Jason Hetherington

Everything you need to know about going with the flow

A fit body is about feeling strong physically, but also on an emotional, mental and energetic level. ‘Blockages in the flow of energy throughout your body (or chakras) can manifest as aches and pains, constipation and digestive issues caused by stress, anger and negative thinking,’ says David Peter, a traditional Chinese medicine specialist.

‘Thankfully, they can be cleared allowing energy, blood and fluid to flow again, restoring your body’s equilibrium.’ Peter recommends practising yoga and Qi Gong, as both focus on moving stagnant energy through and out of the body.

The needles used in acupuncture are also believed to help. ‘But the simplest, time-tested trick is to tap the centre of the chest,’ explains Peter. ‘This will dissipate energy helping to release emotional tension and elevate your mood.’

Bear in mind, too, that a diet free from processed foods is a great way to restore vitality. ‘Food has its own energy field, especially organic produce, which is grown as close as possible to the way nature intended. Microwaved food and those doused in pesticides, on the other hand, have literally no energy field,’ explains Peter.

Finally, spending time in nature is a great way to restore and harmonise your energy. ‘Trees and plants all have strong, healing vibrations that can help fine-tune your body’s own energy pathways,’ he says.

Photographer: Jason Hetherington

Clever ways to boost your brain

A fan of smartphone brain teasers? Then you will love the latest bio-body hack to hit the UK, The FitLight Trainer system.

Wireless lights are used as targets, which you activate or deactivate, depending on your training routine – the end goal being to improve hand–eye co-ordination, strength, speed and stamina. ‘It works on your reaction time, training your brain and body to work in sync,’ explains celebrity trainer Dalton Wong, founder of 22 Training.

‘Reaction Training wakes up and stimulates the brain first and then gets the nervous system and muscles jacked up and ready to go. It’s like a caffeine shot to your body, and it’s fun. Plus you make that mind and muscle connection – you think about your breath and your movement, both of which are key to an efficient workout.’

Photographer Jason Hetherington

Why you should be deep-freezing your fat

This year’s biggest body enhancer is Whole Body Cryotherapy – a body-shocking treatment that promises skin vitality, stress relief, a metabolism boost and better sleep.

What’s the catch?

For three minutes you stand in a chamber of frigid liquid nitrogen at -140 degrees celsius. Trust us, it is worth it. As your body is tricked into thinking it is going to freeze to death, your ‘fight or flight’ response kicks in – all of which means your circulation is boosted and you metabolism speeds up while the body fights to keep warm (how does burning 800 calories in the eight hours post-treatment sound as an incentive?). ‘

‘Once you’re back at room temperature, the extra-oxygenated blood circulates back through the body to relieve pain, eliminate toxins, boost cell renewal and trigger an anti-inflammatory response,’ says Dr Yannis Alexandrides, plastic surgeon and founder of 111 Harley Street and 111CRYO.

‘Increasing the flow of blood and oxygen around the body also assists in the elimination of excess lactic acid and aids with muscular recovery after a workout.’

At £95 a session, it comes with a hefty price tag but this cure-all treatment (at minimum effort) is a groundbreaker.

Photographer Jason Hetherington

The best ways to maximise your immunity

As soon as the sun makes an appearance, so does our gym kit. But low levels of vitamin D, combined with a lack of fresh air and movement over the past few months, means your body is likely to be at its weakest point of the year so you need to rebuild your system first.

Start off with a good dose of vitamin C – 65 to 90 mg is the daily recommended amount for an adult. One of the most noticeable effects of vitamin C deficiency is that skin becomes dry and lacks tone but a supplement such as Altrient C, £35.99, has the ability to regenerate collagen. As well as ramping up its suppleness and elasticity, collagen makes up the walls of those blood vessels, which carry oxygen, water and other nutrients to the skin.

Other superfoods for this time of year include artichokes and beetroot to detoxify the liver; plus mushrooms for their fibre and thyroid-balancing selenium.

Finally, stress causes minerals to become depleted at a rapid rate. Magnesium levels, in particular, suffer – consequently so does your sleep. As magnesium can be absorbed directly through the skin, try bathing in Dead Sea Spa Magik Bath Salts, £4.29, before bed.

Conversely, instead of chugging on energy drinks to feel more awake, add a pinch of salt to your drinking water.

This floods your system with natural electrolytes and allows your body to work at peak performance. Win-win.

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Charlotte Tilbury was just awarded the highest of accolades

Charlotte Tilbury was just awarded the highest of accolades


The stamp of approval from Queenie

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Charlotte Tilbury has been awarded one of the highest accolades in the United Kingdom. The famed make-up artist and founder of Charlotte Tilbury Beauty will receive an MBE for her services to the beauty and cosmetics industry as part of the Queen‘s Birthday Honours List 2018.

MBEs, which stands for Member of the Order of the British Empire, are awarded to those who the honours committee deem to have achieved something special. These nominations are then approved by the Prime Minister’s office. So you know, it’s kind of a big deal.

It’s no shock to be honest, Tilbury has been working at the forefront of the beauty industry for over two decades. She has worked on over 400 editorial and advertising campaigns, won countless industry awards – including Fashion Creator at the British Fashion Awards – and of course, she launched her hugely successful eponymous cosmetics line. *Side note – the Marie Claire beauty team believe she should be awarded an MBE for her eye shadow quads alone.*

Her brand, which launched in 2013, has gone from strength to strength and continues to create bestselling products across the globe. It’s one of the fastest growing beauty brands, whilst still remaining independent.

charlotte tilbury MBE

‘I feel incredibly honoured and very proud to receive an MBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List,’ Tilbury says. ‘To be recognised for my services to the beauty industry as both a makeup artist and entrepreneur is an amazing personal accolade which means so much to me. I have been fortunate enough to work at the forefront of the beauty industry for over two decades which has allowed me to share my vision with the world, changing the way women, from 18-80, perceive themselves through the use of makeup. I have always been passionate about empowering women and helping them to feel confident and the most beautiful versions of themselves through the power of beauty, it inspired my philosophy ‘Give a woman the right makeup and she can conquer the world! There are so many people I want to express my thanks and gratitude towards. From my wonderful industry peers who have supported me throughout my 25+ year career and who I have built such close relationships with, to my incredible team of limitless thinkers who helped me to create and continue to push the boundaries with my award-winning brand and of course my amazing family, who I couldn’t have done any of this without. I always say it takes a team to build a dream, and this is a dream come true for me.’

Congratulations from all the team at Marie Claire.

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Your Orgasm is about to get better

Your Orgasm is about to get better


Not like that. Pull your head out of the gutter

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Ask anyone what their favourite Nars product is and the majority of people will either say Laguna Bronzer or Orgasm Blush. These popular complexion enhancers have been make-up bag staples for what feels like forever. A couple of years ago, all eyes were on Laguna and the new Liquid Bronzer and Body Tint. But now, the spotlight is on Orgasm. Because today Nars launches three new extensions to the bestselling blush.

Nars Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm, £22 Fabled

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This was teased incessantly on Instagram and we have to be honest, it’s the one we’ve been most excited about. The famous suits-all-skin-tones pink shade works beautifully on the lips, plus it gives the most stunning wash of colour, whilst hydrating the hell out of them.

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Nars Orgasm Illuminating Powder, £23 Fabled

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Whilst this is technically a ‘loose powder’ we don’t recommend using it all over your face – you’re likely to rather ill. However, we implore you to dust over your eyelids and cheekbones to highlight. Not only will it at a little ‘something’ to your look, it will diffuse any imperfections and blur like any good Instagram filter. Winner.

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Nars Orgasm Limited Edition Orgasm Blush, £30 Fabled

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What makes this blusher different to the one you already have in your make-up bag? It much, much, bigger. And everyone would prefer a bigger Orgasm, right?!

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Go on, complete your Orgasm collection.

They’re perfect summer essentials, whether you’re stuck in the UK or off on a holiday of a lifetime.

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