Up your wrist game- The best watches to buy now

Up your wrist game- The best watches to buy now


New season means new accessories- If it’s time to change up your wrist candy here are our best watches for the new season.

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Chiara Ferragni
Street style, Spring Summer, 2017 Haute Couture, Fashion Week, Paris, France – 24 Jan 2017

They say you can tell a lot about a person by their chosen timepiece – so to help you decide this must-have accessory we’ve rounded up our best watches for Spring / Summer 2018. Like jewellery, a watch is a very personal choice.  Do you go for something classic or something quirky? A colourful timepiece or a plain metal? The options can be somewhat overwhelming when it comes to deciding how to adorn your wrist, so where to start?

Although one of the less trend focussed accessories, timepieces do still change seasonally. Baselworld in the largest watch show in the world, showcasing the best watches and attended by buyers and fashion editors the world over. According to our fashion editor, gender neutral watches was one of the biggest trends for this season, with pieces staying pared back to appeal to men and women alike. Smaller faces are also a big trend, so if a dainty timepiece suits your aesthetic better you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Whist metallic pieces will always be in fashion, colour in watches is now a trend that isn’t only reserved for your sports watch. High end brands as well as less expensive ones are starting to incorporate more colour into their watches. To really stay on trend, go for a coloured face – blue or green specifically- with a tonal coloured strap. Besides blues or greens, pastels are another hot trend showcased by some of the best watch brands this season.

Once you’ve decided on the style that best suits you, your budget will be the biggest deciding factor. Fortunately more affordable brands have upped their style game in the last few years- we’ve even found some amazing styles for less than £100. But if you’re looking to make an investment in a lifelong timepiece, we have you (and your wristgame) covered too!

 

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Just announced: Alesha Dixon as keynote speaker at our bespoke career conference, Future Shapers Live

Just announced: Alesha Dixon as keynote speaker at our bespoke career conference, Future Shapers Live


Book now for your for a career makeover…

Alesha Dixon

If you’re ready to take your work or business idea to the next level, it’s time to invest in yourself, because you are your best asset. Let Marie Claire help you achieve your goals with an empowering day of networking and career advice from some of the UK’s most high-profile bosses, influencers and motivational coaches.

Join the Marie Claire team at our Future Shapers Live 2018 event, in partnership with Neutrogena, plus a powerhouse line-up of CEOs, entrepreneurs, career coaches and inspiring women who are changing the future of work. Plus, hear from keynote speaker Alesha Dixon at the end of the day discussing the challenges, defeats and big wins of her journey to the top. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to enjoy a day of game-changing talks, workshops and insider advice – all packed into a bespoke programme designed to arm you with the skills, tools and motivation to achieve your potential and reinvent your career.

To read more about Future Shapers Live visit www.marieclaire.co.uk/futureshaperslive or to book CLICK HERE.

WHEN Saturday 9 June 2018

TIME 9.30am-6.30pm

WHERE Sofitel London St James, 6 Waterloo Place, London SW1Y 4AN

TICKETS £99 and includes lunch, cocktail reception and a goody bag worth over £100 (booking fee applies).

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How to get your legs summer ready in 7 simple steps

How to get your legs summer ready in 7 simple steps


Because they are essential to any summer look

OK, so it’s now warm enough for us to forgo tights and opt for shorter hemlines if we so desire, but there’s a big issue that comes with this new freedom. Legs that have seen better days. You see it isn’t just bears and small rodents that go into hibernation over the winter months, so to do regular tans and strict hair-removal regimes. What’s needed is an easy step-by-step of how to get legs summer-ready. Luckily, that’s exactly what we’ve created here for you.

With the help of leg-expert Kate Shapland, creator of Legology – the beauty brand created as a high performance solution to cellulite and heavy legs – we’ve come up with the simple way to ensure that you won’t get caught out on sunny days this summer.

Step 1: Body Scrub

Sanctuary Spa Salt Scrub, £13 Boots

prep legs for summer

 

‘Skin which has been covered for months doesn’t look its best,’ Shapland explains. ‘Legs are usually a bit dry and dull, and even if you’ve religiously exfoliated and moisturised throughout winter, the expanse of bare skin from ankle to knee can demand an extra dollop of confidence to pull off.’ And so the first step is to buff away any dead skin. Not only will this create a clean, smooth surface, it will help boost circulation and get rid of any dullness. Dullness comes because dead skin can’t reflect light, do you want to get rid asap. ‘You need a power buffer – something super-crunchy that will send a rush of nutrient-rich blood to the skin’s surface to give it tone and colour, and plants plenty of suppleness back in there.’ You can beat Sanctuary Spa’s Salt Scrub, but we also love Espa’s Invigorating Salt Scrub, £38. If you don’t think either of these are for you, you could choose the best body scrub for your skin type.

Buy Now

 

Step 2: Dry Body Brush

Mio The Body Brush, £14.5o Cult Beauty

prep legs for summer

 

 

This is one of those things that we, as beauty editors, repeatedly tell people to do because the benefits are phenomenal. But this is also one of those things, that in all honesty not many people can be arsed to do. However, we are going to preach about it again in the hope that this time you will take note and segue it into your routine. In a recent BBC documentary, The Truth About…Looking Good, it was revealed that the best way to treat and get rid of cellulite is dry body brushing. Brushing from the ankles upwards in the direction of the heart in quick, swift motions boosts circulation and helps lymphatic drainage. Trapped fluid emphasizes cellulite and makes legs feel heavy, but by brushing twice a day you decrease fluid retention and toxins are drained away. This Mio Body Brush has additional nodules, which help to massage on a deeper level.

Buy You

 

Step 3: Moisturiser

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, £18.50 John Lewis

prep legs for summer Kiehls

 

If you want supple and smooth legs, you have to moisturise and you have to do it on the reg. This is not a step you want to skip. Nothing will leave legs in a better condition that super duper hydrated skin. Shapland recommends steering clear of oils, because not only do they sit on top of skin and don’t sink in as well as a moisturiser, but they’re also unflattering. ‘It’s the shine – the only acceptable area for sheen on your legs is a line down the shins because it helps make this area look longer and narrower.  All over shine gives you barrel legs in the same way that gloss volumises a lip.’ Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is a cult classic. It’s been around for years and it just does the job so well. It also sinks in quickly, so you don’t have to wait around for long before putting your clothes on.

Buy Now

 

Step 4: Hair Removal

Venus ComfortGlide Spa Breeze Razor, £7.99 Boots

 

prep legs for summer Venus

 

The thing about hair removal is a person typically falls into one of a few camps – laser, epilating, waxing or shaving. Laser can be pricey, epilating could be compared to a Medieval torture technique and waxing is for those with a high pain threshold. Which leaves shaving. Shaving is simple, pain-free and more importantly, purse-friendly. You really can’t go wrong with a Venus razor. They’ve been reliable since we were teenagers and they just keep getting better – this razor has two moisture bars either side of the three blades meaning that whilst you get a closer shave, your skin is treated to a nourishing boost of shea butter. Sometimes the most simple options are the best.

Buy Now

 

Step 5: Cellulite Treatment

Remodelage treatment, from £180 at Grace Belgravia

prep legs for summer

 

‘Cellulite is not a life sentence,’ says Martine de Richeville, creator of the body treatment Remodelage, which helps to detox, refine and tone. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a relaxing-you-might-fall-asleep-during massage. It’s not. It’s a deep-tissue technique that incorporates the specially created 8 shaped motion and it pinches. Like a lot. But don’t be put off, because the therapist needs to get down into the lower levels to reach the older fat deposits. By doing this, it allows for better circulation to the area, which in turn reduces excess fat in the tissue. Not only does it tone the silhouette (which is excellent if you suffer from saddlebags at the top of your thighs), but it rather cleverly helps to filter the metabolic waste and flushes out toxins, so your digestion improves too. Shapland completely agrees that massage is vital to getting killer legs, ‘If it’s good, it won’t be comfortable, but your legs will look less puffy & feel lighter; so book a course of sessions.’

Book Now

Step 6: Gym Class

prep legs for summer

Nothing will prep your legs for summer better than exercise. We know, snooze. But Shapland suggests we embrace exercise: ‘Get up and cross the office to speak to someone instead of
emailing them, take the stairs at a run, do a handstand – anything that promotes circulation and maintains flow.’ Whilst a HIIT session or a spin class is a brilliant full body workout, there are now more and more classes that are specifically aimed at toning. From your classic Legs, Bums and Tums class to Barre-style workouts that combine traditional ballet positions with repetitive movements from Pilates, you’ll find something similar in most gyms. Virgin Active just launched a new Barre class that’s said to strengthen, lengthen, tone and tighten. If that isn’t incentive, we don’t know what is. GymBox has a hilarious class called Thunder, which don’t worry, does the opposite to giving you thunder thighs. It’s a class that uses the old 90s Thigh Masters (remember them?!) to work on toning quads and glutes. There’s plenty out there, so there’s really no excuse.

Book Now

Step 7: Tan

Legology Sun-Lite Sheer Lingerie for Legs, £38 Space NK

prep legs for summer Legology

‘One of the biggest mistakes women make with their legs through the summer is with self-tan, because inevitably it’s too dark,’ explains Shapland. ‘Too many of us make this mistake at the start of the summer when we’re desperate to improve the look of skin too quickly.’ Even if you have the best fake tan or follow our fake tan tips, it should still be incredibly subtle. Still unsure? ‘You’re aiming for the kind of sun kissed shade skin develops after a long hot weekend, when skin has just ‘turned’, not full on tropical tan.’ For those with pale skin, something like the Legology’s Sheer Lingerie For Legs will work perfectly. Think of it as like the best cc cream – it makes your legs look better, rather than completely changing their colour. If you can’t give up the darker shade, then we recommend leg make-up products like Becca Luminous Body Perfecting Mousse and Vita Liberata tktktktktkt

Buy Now

 

So there you have it. Your complete guide to getting your legs ready for the summer.

What are you waiting for? Begin with step 1.

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How to get your legs summer ready in 7 simple steps

How to get your legs summer ready in 7 simple steps


Because they are essential to any summer look

OK, so it’s now warm enough for us to forgo tights and opt for shorter hemlines if we so desire, but there’s a big issue that comes with this new freedom. Legs that have seen better days. You see it isn’t just bears and small rodents that go into hibernation over the winter months, so to do regular tans and strict hair-removal regimes. What’s needed is an easy step-by-step of how to get legs summer-ready. Luckily, that’s exactly what we’ve created here for you.

With the help of leg-expert Kate Shapland, creator of Legology – the beauty brand created as a high performance solution to cellulite and heavy legs – we’ve come up with the simple way to ensure that you won’t get caught out on sunny days this summer.

Step 1: Body Scrub

Sanctuary Spa Salt Scrub, £13 Boots

prep legs for summer

 

‘Skin which has been covered for months doesn’t look its best,’ Shapland explains. ‘Legs are usually a bit dry and dull, and even if you’ve religiously exfoliated and moisturised throughout winter, the expanse of bare skin from ankle to knee can demand an extra dollop of confidence to pull off.’ And so the first step is to buff away any dead skin. Not only will this create a clean, smooth surface, it will help boost circulation and get rid of any dullness. Dullness comes because dead skin can’t reflect light, do you want to get rid asap. ‘You need a power buffer – something super-crunchy that will send a rush of nutrient-rich blood to the skin’s surface to give it tone and colour, and plants plenty of suppleness back in there.’ You can beat Sanctuary Spa’s Salt Scrub, but we also love Espa’s Invigorating Salt Scrub, £38. If you don’t think either of these are for you, you could choose the best body scrub for your skin type.

Buy Now

 

Step 2: Dry Body Brush

Mio The Body Brush, £14.5o Cult Beauty

prep legs for summer

 

 

This is one of those things that we, as beauty editors, repeatedly tell people to do because the benefits are phenomenal. But this is also one of those things, that in all honesty not many people can be arsed to do. However, we are going to preach about it again in the hope that this time you will take note and segue it into your routine. In a recent BBC documentary, The Truth About…Looking Good, it was revealed that the best way to treat and get rid of cellulite is dry body brushing. Brushing from the ankles upwards in the direction of the heart in quick, swift motions boosts circulation and helps lymphatic drainage. Trapped fluid emphasizes cellulite and makes legs feel heavy, but by brushing twice a day you decrease fluid retention and toxins are drained away. This Mio Body Brush has additional nodules, which help to massage on a deeper level.

Buy You

 

Step 3: Moisturiser

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, £18.50 John Lewis

prep legs for summer Kiehls

 

If you want supple and smooth legs, you have to moisturise and you have to do it on the reg. This is not a step you want to skip. Nothing will leave legs in a better condition that super duper hydrated skin. Shapland recommends steering clear of oils, because not only do they sit on top of skin and don’t sink in as well as a moisturiser, but they’re also unflattering. ‘It’s the shine – the only acceptable area for sheen on your legs is a line down the shins because it helps make this area look longer and narrower.  All over shine gives you barrel legs in the same way that gloss volumises a lip.’ Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is a cult classic. It’s been around for years and it just does the job so well. It also sinks in quickly, so you don’t have to wait around for long before putting your clothes on.

Buy Now

 

Step 4: Hair Removal

Venus ComfortGlide Spa Breeze Razor, £7.99 Boots

 

prep legs for summer Venus

 

The thing about hair removal is a person typically falls into one of a few camps – laser, epilating, waxing or shaving. Laser can be pricey, epilating could be compared to a Medieval torture technique and waxing is for those with a high pain threshold. Which leaves shaving. Shaving is simple, pain-free and more importantly, purse-friendly. You really can’t go wrong with a Venus razor. They’ve been reliable since we were teenagers and they just keep getting better – this razor has two moisture bars either side of the three blades meaning that whilst you get a closer shave, your skin is treated to a nourishing boost of shea butter. Sometimes the most simple options are the best.

Buy Now

 

Step 5: Cellulite Treatment

Remodelage treatment, from £180 at Grace Belgravia

prep legs for summer

 

‘Cellulite is not a life sentence,’ says Martine de Richeville, creator of the body treatment Remodelage, which helps to detox, refine and tone. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a relaxing-you-might-fall-asleep-during massage. It’s not. It’s a deep-tissue technique that incorporates the specially created 8 shaped motion and it pinches. Like a lot. But don’t be put off, because the therapist needs to get down into the lower levels to reach the older fat deposits. By doing this, it allows for better circulation to the area, which in turn reduces excess fat in the tissue. Not only does it tone the silhouette (which is excellent if you suffer from saddlebags at the top of your thighs), but it rather cleverly helps to filter the metabolic waste and flushes out toxins, so your digestion improves too. Shapland completely agrees that massage is vital to getting killer legs, ‘If it’s good, it won’t be comfortable, but your legs will look less puffy & feel lighter; so book a course of sessions.’

Book Now

Step 6: Gym Class

prep legs for summer

Nothing will prep your legs for summer better than exercise. We know, snooze. But Shapland suggests we embrace exercise: ‘Get up and cross the office to speak to someone instead of
emailing them, take the stairs at a run, do a handstand – anything that promotes circulation and maintains flow.’ Whilst a HIIT session or a spin class is a brilliant full body workout, there are now more and more classes that are specifically aimed at toning. From your classic Legs, Bums and Tums class to Barre-style workouts that combine traditional ballet positions with repetitive movements from Pilates, you’ll find something similar in most gyms. Virgin Active just launched a new Barre class that’s said to strengthen, lengthen, tone and tighten. If that isn’t incentive, we don’t know what is. GymBox has a hilarious class called Thunder, which don’t worry, does the opposite to giving you thunder thighs. It’s a class that uses the old 90s Thigh Masters (remember them?!) to work on toning quads and glutes. There’s plenty out there, so there’s really no excuse.

Book Now

Step 7: Tan

Legology Sun-Lite Sheer Lingerie for Legs, £38 Space NK

prep legs for summer Legology

‘One of the biggest mistakes women make with their legs through the summer is with self-tan, because inevitably it’s too dark,’ explains Shapland. ‘Too many of us make this mistake at the start of the summer when we’re desperate to improve the look of skin too quickly.’ Even if you have the best fake tan or follow our fake tan tips, it should still be incredibly subtle. Still unsure? ‘You’re aiming for the kind of sun kissed shade skin develops after a long hot weekend, when skin has just ‘turned’, not full on tropical tan.’ For those with pale skin, something like the Legology’s Sheer Lingerie For Legs will work perfectly. Think of it as like the best cc cream – it makes your legs look better, rather than completely changing their colour. If you can’t give up the darker shade, then we recommend leg make-up products like Becca Luminous Body Perfecting Mousse and Vita Liberata tktktktktkt

Buy Now

 

So there you have it. Your complete guide to getting your legs ready for the summer.

What are you waiting for? Begin with step 1.

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Hershesons’ new outpost might just be the best salon in London

Hershesons’ new outpost might just be the best salon in London


Because it is so much more than a hairdressers

best hair salons london Hershesons

Best salon in London – Hershesons

“The template ‘same-old’ salon model is dead”, says Luke Hersheson, Creative Director at Hershesons, “Salons have become predictable, boring, much of a
much-ness and not in-tune with how we live our lives now.’

Well that all sounds incredibly exciting eh?! But what does he mean exactly?

Why is it so brilliant?

Well to put it simply, it’s so much more than a place to go and get your hair cut. The 5,000 sqft space on London’s Berners Street is the ultimate beauty destination. The hair gurus have paired up with some standout beauty brands, like Sunday Riley – offering facials, DryBy nail bar – THE people to see for subtle nail art and long-lasting manis and pedis, Ministry of Waxing, Dr Barbara Sturm, The Light Salon and Suman Brows, to offer their customers a completely 360° approach to the salon-experience. Why stop at a blow dry, when you can get everything done all under one roof?

best hair salons london Hershesons

To give you a bit of background, the Hersheson family are a bit of a hair dynasty. Daniel set up the salon in 1992 and everyone in London booked in. Later in 1997, his son Luke joined the company and ever since then, they have become the go-to for ‘cool-girl’ hair. In 2003, they launched their first Hersheson hairdryer (there’s now an extensive product line including hair extensions) and in 2006, they opened the first ever blow dry bar. Clever chaps.

The new space is quite different from their old salon on Conduit Street, which they were based at for 26 years. Gone are the muted marble tiles, separate sections for colour and cuts and simple ‘Daniel Hersheson’ lettering above the door. This time there are hints of jade green and turquoise, seats dotted allover and a neon lit up ‘Hershesons’ sign on the glass door. It’s industrial chic meets Elle Decor. It’s #interiorgoals at every corner. Even the staff have had a slight upgrade, they’ve swapped their starch black uniforms for Reebok trainers and J.Brand tops.

best hair salons in london Hershesons

If that wasn’t enough, there’s a seriously tasty cafe where you can either grab lunch or if you’re a freelancer, while away hours on your laptop. There are little nooks everywhere, where you can grab a magazine – there’s a full, and very varied range available – and just take some for yourself.

Essentially, what we have here people is a really cool and smart hangout that you’ll walk into and won’t want to leave.

Where is it?

29 Berners St, London W1T 3LR

How do I book?

Head to their website hershesons.com/hershesons-berners-street or call 0207 434 1747

We’ve booked in for the full works.

We’re spending an entire Saturday in the best salon in London.

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Chanel’s Les Beiges collection is everything you’d hope for

Chanel’s Les Beiges collection is everything you’d hope for


The collection that celebrates natural beauty is back

chanel les beiges review

What is it about Chanel that sends the most sane person into such a tizz? Those two little Cs do something to a person. I’m no different. As soon as that black paper bag with white lettering lands on my desk, I’m drunk with excitement.

And that’s exactly what happened last week when Chanel’s latest launch arrived. The postman had barely set it down, before I was ripping into it. Very neatly I’m hasten to add. Literally ripping a Chanel bag would be madness.

Inside was the 2018 Les Beiges collection and it’s every bit as chic and heavenly as you could imagine. If you don’t know what Les Beiges is, it’s a makeup collection, from base products to lipsticks, that celebrates natural beauty. You won’t find any crazy-ass eye shadow colours or weird textures, only those that compliment the natural shades of your own complexion. This year’s collection is all about that ‘Healthy Glow’ that we all strive for.

We can’t all afford Chanel couture, but there are easier ways to wear the designer – their make-up collection.

Let’s take a closer look…

THE LIP BALM

Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm, £31 Selfridges

chanel les beiges review

 

Come summer, it’s natural to reach for a nourishing lip balm over a thick, cloying lipstick. And who wouldn’t want to that lip balm to be Chanel?! Not only does this one hydrate and plump lips, it also gives them a subtle wash of colour.

Buy Now

THE BRONZER

Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Multi-Colour, £37.80 John Lewis

chanel les beiges review

Each of the three bronzer palettes (deep, medium and light) is made up of a combination of rich and fair shades. This means that  You don’t have to match your skintone to the palette, go wild and pick the one that’ll give you the colour you want.

 

Buy Now

THE BLUSHER

Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick, £31.50 John Lewis

Chanel Les beiges review

Remember this: creamy textures mimic the skin much better than powders. So if you want to fake a healthy, perky, natural glow then products like this work wonders. Don’t be scared of the colour – pop a few little dots onto the apples of the cheeks and use your fingers to blend. It’s one of the best cream blushers we’ve tried in a while.

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THE EYE SHADOW PALETTE

Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette, £45 Feelunique

chanel les beiges review

Not a garish shade in sight. Hooray! The best thing about this palette is that if you’re a nervy eye shadow wearer, then you can use each one separately, but if you find the courage to experiment it won’t matter if you bugger it up. The colours work seamlessly together and actually work best when blended.

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THE TINTED MOISTURISER

Les Beiges SPF30 Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturiser, £33.30 Debenhams

chanel les beiges review

Good god this is a beautiful product. It’s a sheer formula, which is good because no one really wants a thick heavy base when you’re sweating like a pig on the tube. It also means that your skin’s natural texture can be seen. The elusive no make-up make-up look just got easier.

Buy Now

We told you it was dreamy. That’s your natural summer makeup look sorted.

Go and buy it all now. We insist.

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Save big this Spring on a Marie Claire subscription

Save big this Spring on a Marie Claire subscription


Subscribe to Marie Claire this Spring and pay only £1.33 per issue…

Spring has sprung and here at Marie Claire we’ve got an offer to make the sunny mornings and longer evenings better. That’s because you can now save up to 72% on your Marie Claire subscription.

That’s right, until 7th May you can get your hands on Marie Claire for just £1.33 an issue. You’ll get the same glossy mag filled with groundbreaking features, must-have fashion and top beauty tips but for a fraction of the price.

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Smallville star Allison Mack has been released on bail after her alleged recruitment of sex slaves

Smallville star Allison Mack has been released on bail after her alleged recruitment of sex slaves


Allison Mack has been released on a $5 million bail for her alleged involvement in a global sex trafficking ring, one that apparently even tried to recruit Emma Watson

allison mack

She’s best known for playing Chloe Sullivan in Noughties Superman drama Smallville. But now Allison Mack has been charged with recruiting vulnerable women into a sex cult.

Mack, 35, has been charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy for her alleged senior role in an organisation known as Nxivm. The organisation, which apparently presented itself as a self-help group, was run by 57-year-old Keith Raniere, who was arrested last month in Mexico.

Now tweets from 2016 have been found which apparently show Mack inviting actress Emma Watson to join ‘a unique human development and women’s movement.’

‘Emma Watson I participate in a unique human development and women’s movement I’d love to tell you about’ she tweeted in February 2016, ‘As a fellow actress I can relate so well to your vision and what you want to see in the world. I think we could work together. Let me know if you’re willing to chat.’

Mack in 2006, when she was a star of Smallville

Prosecutors accuse Raniere (known in the group as the ‘Vanguard’) and Mack of luring vulnerable women into the organisation on the premise of ‘female empowerment.’ But the women were then branded with Raniere’s initials, forced to have sex with him and made to eat 800 calorie diets to satisfy his preference for thin women. Nude photographs and personal details of the women were kept in case they attempted to break away.

An expose of Nxivm by The New York Times described how the women were ‘told to undress and lie on a massage table, while three others restrained her legs and shoulders’ before a Nxivm official, Lauren Salzman, told them to say ‘Master, please brand me, it would be an honour.’ Nvixm has several bases around America, as well as Canada and Mexico, and an estimated 16,000 people have enrolled in its courses since the 1990s.

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The best beauty boxes a person could dream of

The best beauty boxes a person could dream of


Because happiness is beauty products being delivered straight to your door

best beauty boxes

We challenge you to find anything that is more happy-making than getting a little box filled with sample beauty products delivered directly to your door. Plus everyone loves a travel mini (something about small objects just gets the blood going), including the best travel fragrance minis. In the past couple of years there has been a huge increase in the number of monthly beauty subscription boxes available in the UK, making it tricky to find the best beauty boxes. As ever, Marie Claire is here to help.

Read on to find the best beauty boxes…

Best purse-friendly beauty box – Glossybox

best beauty box Glossybox

 

Glossybox stands out because their subscription offers start as cheaply as £10 a month. That’s five super duper beauty products sent directly to your door every month. They pride themselves in introducing their customers to niche brands and we cannot get enough.

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Best One Off Beauty Box – Powder

best baeuty boxes Powder

If you don’t fancy signing up to a monthly subscription box, then Powder’s on-off boxes are the ONE. You can either opt for their mixed boxes, filled with fab beauty products from brands like Darphin, Elemis, St. Tropez, Nails Inc and Eyeko or their limited edition collaborations, from £35. Their Marc Jacobs and Nars boxes flew off the proverbial shelves.

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Best Luxury Beauty Box – Cohorted

best beauty boxes Cohorted

This is luxury in a box. Much more expensive that the other beauty boxes on this list, at £35 a month, but with good reason. It features your more luxe brands, like Huda Beauty, Marc Jacobs, Lancome and Sunday Riley to name but a few. The value of the box it typically over £100 and we dare you not to get addicted.

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Best Beauty Box for Teeth – Ordo

 best beauty boxes Ordo

Every dentist will tell you that using an electric toothbrush is better for your teeth. But the whizziest ones are also super spenny. The starter pack for Ordo’s toothbrush subscription boxes are £30. This gets you the toothbrush, batteries, travel cap, toothpaste travel toothpaste and stand for your bathroom shelf. Then every two months they send you replacement brush head, batteries, a new travel cap and more toothpaste. All for £10 every two months.

Read More: How To Improve The Appearance Of Your Teeth

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Best Beauty Box for Shaving – Friction Free Shaving

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This Kate Moss-designed Cotswolds party house is now available to rent

This Kate Moss-designed Cotswolds party house is now available to rent


And it is epic.

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Lakes By Yoo Barnhouse, designed by Kate Moss

Lakes by Yoo is a private woodland retreat near Lechlade, in the Cotswolds. Covering 850 acres of wilderness, forest and lakeside living, it promises to take rural mini-breaking up a notch or ten. I am expecting a posh Center Parcs with beautiful, smiling families riding bikes and picnicking in the woods. It is indeed all of this, I discover as we venture through the trees, but so much more besides.

As we drive on to the site, weaving our way along the narrow, tree-lined roads, we pass the identikit Philippe Starck-designed eco lodges. All boxy, sharp corners and twinkling glass, these are more Scandi modernism than cosy country cottage. No wonder the A-list queued up to land a slice of this action – Kevin Spacey, Jade Jagger and Elle Macpherson all have second homes at Lakes by Yoo. Sale prices start at £810,000 for a four-bed but for the rest of us mere muggles, a couple of nights’ stay as a luxury, forest-bathing tourist is your best bet to experience all that Lakes by Yoo has to offer.

We are staying in Barnhouse, the flagship property on the estate, tucked away from the other lakeside lodges it emerges from between the trees, double-height windows glinting in the sunlight majestically humble-bragging about what’s inside. This pad has a lot of unapologetic front, and rightly so.

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Barnhouse at Lakes By Yoo giving serious pool goals

Inside, Barnhouse is Grand Designs-goes-bumper, with added stardust. The interiors have been designed by Kate Moss (casual) – bespoke floral wallpaper, Berber rugs, blue and mustard velvet banquette sofas, gold low-hanging lighting. There are five good-sized double bedrooms, all with en suites and the odd artwork by Damien Hirst or the Chapmans jostling for space on the bedroom walls. The epic staircase provides a gallery of black and white fashion and music photography, with original Terry O’Neills. Look closely and you may also spot some little known paintings by Kate Moss.

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The Mossy-approved gallery wall

The centerpiece is undoubtedly the vast living/ dining/ kitchen/ partying space – polished concrete worktops line the sleek kitchen and an epic dining table could sit a squad of 12. This is undoubtedly a party pad – it is a drizzly day when we arrive but the heated outdoor pool, sun deck and next-level Sonos sound system help to conjure up Ibiza vibes. Best for chic hen dos, groups of couples on a getaway and, surprisingly, families in search of something a bit special.

We’re here with friends and kids and despite the opulent surroundings and mutterings of ‘Kids, don’t touch ANYTHING’ on a loop, the place is robust and relaxed. There’s an entire cupboard full of toys to keep them entertained in the playroom (I know. We’re staying forever) so we leave them tackling a game of Twister while we flick through the beautiful collection of fashion and photography books, and listen to La Moss’ personally-selected record collection on the Crosley record player: Fleetwood Mac, Patti Smith, Prince and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

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The master suite at Barnhouse, with Allen Jones’ s iconic ‘Body Armour’ pop art on the wall.

When the kids start arguing over the gold-plated noughts and crosses, its time to take a hike in the woods. You can run, cycle, or kayak to your hearts content at Lakes By Yoo, but we opt for the zip wire across the lake because: why not? There’s an onsite petting farm, which consists of a giant hutch of the fluffiest bunnies you ever did see. Over at the main communal building, there’s a gym, spa treatments, tennis courts and an outdoor pop-up pizza restaurant in a tipi.

Later on, we head to the pub for a beer and fish n chips. The Five Alls in nearby village, Filkins, is welcoming and buzzy. We’re not far from Southrop, the pretty village, where Kate Moss and Jamie Hince married in 2011. Note to the wise: If you’re passing through Souhrop, stop for dinner at The Swan for their delicious seasonal menu and probably the best scotch egg you’ll ever eat. Bold, but true. If you have time, spend the night at adults-only Thyme and treat yourself to one of their brilliant Pad Thai cookery courses.

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Lakes By Yoo: More than just a posh Center Parcs

Back at Lakes By Yoo, in the interests of balance, I try to cast my critical eye for drawbacks. There’s some building work going on as the site is still under development, but I can’t say its a distraction. There’s a faint feeling of cabin fever when you pass security and roll past row after row of identical box-houses, and it can feel a bit Truman Show-esque. But honestly? I’m clutching at straws. This place has pretty much everything covered.

Described as the UK’s answer to The Hampton’s, Lakes By Yoo is definitely not your average holiday camp. It taps in to our time-poor hunger for epic experiences, a weekend slice of luxury within a couple of hours’ drive of home, rather than a two-week jaunt to the Caribbean. And its the little touches that sets Barnhouse apart – sweet family photographs of the homeowners, fully stocked cupboards and fridges (none of that self-catering angst about bringing your own ketchup and tin foil) and Ren products in every bathroom, it hits that sweet spot where boutique spa hotel meets getting lucky (extremely lucky) on Air BnB.

Prices for the Barnhouse (5 bedrooms) start from £ 1500 per night (low season). Bookings can be made online at www.thelakesbyyoo.com or on 01367 254260 / reservations@thelakesbyyoo.com

 

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