Archive for the ‘Editor’s Secrets’ Category
Can’t live without lip balm
Friday, March 14th, 2014

We all know that deep down in the bottom of every girls’ handbag lies a lip balm, and there’s good reason for that, we simply cannot live without it.

Burt’s Bees, sworn by many to be the King (or Queen if you prefer) of all the world’s lip balms, is no exception. In fact, as Glamour’s Beauty Director Alessandra Steinherr told us, this iconic balm is indeed the most-used product on the Beauty desk. If that isn’t convincing enough to encourage you to try it, then I don’t know what is.

I could real off an endless list of the reasons this little beauty must-have never leaves my sight; its everlasting power, hydrating properties, it super protection abilities and not to mention its 100% natural origins…But instead, I’m simply going to say – try it for yourself, and you can trust us when we say, you will never look back.

Even better, why not try Burt’s Bees alongside 6 of our other Spring Beauty must-haves in our fantastic Glamour Beauty Edit Box, available to buy here for just £14.95. And because we are so convinced you will love it, we have even decided to give you free delivery! Go on, I dare you to say no to that…chapped lips

Inside the Glamour Beauty Edit…
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Alessandra Steinherr, Beauty Director at Glamour Magazine, talks us through the fantastic products inside the Glamour Beauty Edit box….

Find your ultimate get-pretty, feel-happy collection of beauty must-haves here:


The New-Season Glamour Beauty Edit has arrived
Thursday, February 6th, 2014


Back by popular demand, we’ve teamed up with GLAMOUR Magazine for a third time to create the perfect beauty box filled to the brim with must-haves for spring.

Glamour Beauty Director, Alessandra Steinherr, has hand-picked this exclusive collection of beauty heroes, from the hottest new mascara on the market to the must-have hair transformer.  International Make-up Artist Daniel Sandler has even created an eyeliner exclusively for the Glamour Beauty Edit, so you won’t be able to get it anywhere else!

“It’s the perfect chance to try seven wonder products (worth £45) for a very pretty price.”
Alessandra Steinherr, Beauty Director, GLAMOUR Magazine

The most important question is, what’s inside the box?

DANIEL SANDLER LONG LASTING WATERPROOF EYELINER IN AQUA VELVET – Created especially for the Glamour Beauty Edit by the make-up genius himself, this pretty turquoise is a fun way to add a bit of colour to your normal make-up.

iNVISIBOBBLE – These kink-free, super-stretchy hair ties are your new best friends – trust us.

PERCY & REED ABUNDANTLY BOUNCY VOLUMISING MOUSSE – Delivers soft, non-crunchy natural volume, with really great hold too.

BURT’S BEES LIP BALM – A good lip balm is worth its weight in gold and this one is simply brilliant at keeping lips beautifully soft.

L’OREAL PARIS MEGA VOLUME MISS MANGA MASCARA – Why, hello super-lashes! This is the new mascara on the beauty block that everyone is talking about.

RITUALS ZENSATION ORGANIC RICE MILK & CHERRY BLOSSOM FOAMING SHOWER GEL SENSATION – An easy to apply and spill-free, on-the-go shower gel that will leave you not only clean, but smelling amazing.

CHEEKY CHAT ME UP NAIL PAINT IN TONGUE ‘N’ CHEEK – Introducing the new cool nail brand on the block that will definitely brighten up your fingers and toes.

The Glamour Beauty Edit is available for just £14.95 plus p&p, get yours here!


Meditation: The Best Kept Anti-Ageing Secret
Friday, January 31st, 2014


I saw this comment written by a lady recently on the London Meditation Centre facebook page: “My meditation is such a rock to me. I can’t imagine life without it. Plus I’ve been told a lot recently how much younger I’m looking and have I had Botox!? ‘No’, I reply, ‘I’ve discovered eyelash curlers and practice regular meditation’…. I feel so much calmer, more grounded and at ease.”

Another commentator replied: “True. I’m 65, and recently someone said to me, “Oh, I thought you were about my age, 40 or so!” I’ve been meditating 40 years, and, apparently, it’s taken 20 years off my apparent age!”

It got me thinking…in a world where we are bombarded by the latest anti-ageing beauty products at every corner, often at exorbitant prices, could the secret to eternal youth really be in something as simple as meditation?

The Journal of Neuroscience have published a paper stating that people who have regularly meditated for over 5 years or more have a biological age of 12 -15 years younger than those who don’t.

This is because regular deep meditation practice dramatically affects production of three important age-affecting hormones: Increasing DHEA (the youth hormone), melatonin (the sleep hormone), and decreasing cortisol (the stress hormone).

I certainly feel that meditation is one of my most effective tools for reducing stress and must be part of the reason why experienced meditators live so long and look so young!

Other studies have shown that meditation can help strengthen the immune system and promote healing of illnesses that crop up as we age.

Beyond reducing physical symptoms, it seems that meditators have a more positive attitude about their body’s, with fewer anxieties and negative thoughts. This is great as a negative attitude to ageing isn’t going to help anyone.  Even though it’s an internal practice, meditation opens you up to the world, engages you in the present moment and keeps you interested and curious in what’s going on around you. I believe a sense of playfulness that keeps you feeling young is just as important, if not more so, than looking young. However I must admit the youthful looking meditators do sway me slightly…

So why not give it a go? There are so many meditation techniques to pick from, be it deep breathing, visualisation, yoga, repetitive mantra and mindfulness (which includes deliberately focusing on the sensations of the task at hand, like doing the washing up, drinking tea, or eating a piece of chocolate).

Try to set aside at least 15 minutes a day to engage in one of these activities and explore the different options until you find a technique that suits you. Plus who knows, you may end up saving a lot of money on costly cosmetics or procedures!

Interested in learning how to meditate? Try one of our one day group Life Enhancement & Mindfulness Workshops for £99. Learn more here.


Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm review
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014


This 100% natural Cleansing Balm will give you smooth and supple skin, it’s an absolute must-have product for radiant skin. When this Balance Me cleanser landed on my desk I had to try it out immediately. I fell in love with it instantly, and I think you might too.

Wash away the daily grime and reveal glowing skin.

  • Start with gently massaging a pea size amount of a balm over a dry face; it will turn into oil on contact with your skin. Oil dissolves oil so it will deeply cleanse your skin, removing all traces of oil, dirt and makeup without stripping your skin from its natural protection.
  •  Apply warm water and continue massaging. You’ll immediately notice a divine scent, fruity yet fresh with a hit of lemon, which is potent enough to inhale while you’re washing your face but not overpowering. As you’re massaging Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm you’ll feel a tiny bits under your fingers, these are working hard to smooth your skin and get rid of that dry or flaky skin.
  • Now remove balm residue with warm water using a face cloth or cotton wool and pat face dry. You’ll immediately notice how radiant and smooth your completion looks, and if feels perfectly hydrated.

Feed your skin well.

Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm is packed with 100% organic antioxidant rich Arctic cloudberry, gentle Roman chamomile and skin-brightening red mandarin. All these ingredients have been combined together to smooth away daily grime and make-up, leaving skin soft, radiant and calmly clean.

If you have normal or dry skin, Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm should have a permanent place on your bathroom cabinet. We know that good beauty products don’t come cheap, so before you splash out on the full size product try it out along with many other healthy and beauty products featured in our latest Hip and Healthy Beauty Discovery Box.


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