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Finishing touches on the go
Monday, November 3rd, 2014

If you’re anything like me in the morning, you’re rushing out of the door just praying you put your shoes on the right way around. It’s true, I’m not a morning person. Whilst I manage to beautify myself before shooting out of the door most days, I always like to have a stash of small products in my handbag to add those finishing touches on the go.

Finishing touches


Sleek Makeup Pout Polish – Every girl has a lip balm or two – or even three if you’re anything like me – in her handbag, but every now and then you need something a little extra to step it up from a plain lip. These chic little pots of colour are just the ticket as they require minimal effort on the go, but still add a burst of pigment where it’s needed. No brushes are required; just a quick swipe of the finger and you’re left with a super glossy pout.

Invisibobble Traceless Hair Rings – The last thing on my to-do list when I’m getting ready is my hair, and you’ll more often than not see me with my hair thrown up in a bun. It’s no surprise then that Invisibobble is a handbag hero of mine! I always have a few on the go as they’re great for quickly pulling your hair together into something presentable without the ouch factor of most hairbands. At the end of the day I’m not trying to yank out a band that’s been caught in my tresses and my hair is left kink free.

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – This is probably my personal favourite handbag essential thanks to the smell! Rather than being overly citrusy it smells more like a lemony dessert. Quite fitting that it should smell like a treat, because it’s the perfect piece of indulgence for my cuticles. Just massaging a little bit of this balm into my cuticles daily keeps them nourished and under control, and on days when I’m varnish free I take an extra minute to massage it all over my nails. The tin itself is super cute and slides into my handbag without a hitch. But don’t let it’s compact size fool you – a little goes a long way with this product so it’ll last a long time!

Le Couvent Des Minimes Baume Du Jardinier Gardeners Hand Healer – Having a good cream to hand – pun intended – at all times it’s something that’s isn’t up for debate. I’m always finding myself in situations where my hands feel uncomfortably dry, especially during this time of the year. You can always count on the Provence to provide the best hand creams, and this one is no exception. Shea butter makes up 20% of the formula, so you know they aren’t skimping on the good stuff. This makes it nourishing enough for active hands, but light enough not to leave behind a greasy residue.

Agent Provocateur Fatale Eau De Parfum  – It’s easy to forget a spritz of perfume before leaving the house, and carrying around a full bottle less than practical. If you’ve ever attempted this to find it has leaked in your handbag, you’ll know the headache that comes with it and want to avoid it at all costs. Of course, a sample size is the perfect solution! I like rotate my scents according to my mood, so being able to carry a few different ones around with me is a bonus. Currently floating around the handbag is Fatale by Agent Provocateur, a seductive feminine scent with notes of pink pepper, mango, gardenia and vanilla orchid…perfect for after work hours!

In dire need of a few finishing touch products yourself? We’ll have you covered in a box coming your way soon!

Mayah Parmenter


Top 5 benefits of using bath oil
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014


It might be British summer time, but that’s no reason to say no to a nice relaxing and rejuvenating bath! There are so many benefits to soaking in a nice warm tub with gorgeous essential oils – there is no better way to get clean! Here are our top 5 benefits of having a bath…

Stress free

1. If you’re feeling a little bit stressed or nervous there is nothing better to calm your nerve than a nice warm bath, with a drop or two of natural Mandarin and Orange essential oils. We love soaking away all our worries in Kneipp® Stress Free Herbal Bath – it leaves you feeling totally at peace with the world!


2. If you’ve been hitting the gym hard and have been suffering from aches and pains, reach for Kneipp’s Herbal Back Comfort Devil’s Claw. Containing a powerful anti-inflammatory, Devils Claw, it’s the perfect partner for a post-workout bath.

3. Don’t say no to a nice relaxing summer bath – use a drop or two of Eucalyptus oil. It is a great aid during allergy season and leaves you feel refreshed and cool during the summer.

Enjoy Life Aroma Bath

4. Feeling blue? Natural essential oils of May Chang and sun-ripe lemons lift spirits and will leave you with an overwhelming feeling of positivity and contentment. We love Kneipp® Enjoy Life Aroma Bath.

5. For super soft skin, try Kneipp Almond Blossom Soft Skin Bath. This highly concentrated bath formula contains 94% pure almond oil, leaving skin delicately scented and silky soft.


The Kneipp Herbal Back Comfort Devil’s Claw is available now in our Heart Beauty Essentials Box! Now how about that relaxing bath?


The one product you can’t live without this summer…
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014


If there’s one product you take on holiday with you this year, make it Murad’s new Essential-C Sun Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 35 PA+++. I was lucky enough to not only attend the press launch, but to attend it just days before my holiday to Dubai, and boy did this product come in handy!

The balm provides powerful SPF protection in a portable package, allowing for quick and easy application. It effectively hydrates the skin while broad spectrum sunscreen (with a PA+++ rating) delivers maximum protection against UVA (those nasty ageing rays) and UVB rays (the ones that burn your skin). In addition, this formula features MuraSol™ Antioxidant Defense, which provides an advanced level of protection to the skin, giving 360° protection against sun and free radical damage.


The unique formula uses one of my favourite vegetables, Broccoli Extract, to stimulate skin’s natural defence against UV damage; Tangerine Butter to lock in moisture and leave skin silky smooth; and Antioxidant Vitamins A, C and E to defend and protect skin’s health.

This is the perfect little product to pop in your handbag and take with you wherever you go. Even in the UK this little miracle has come in handy; you can use it on your nose, cheeks, top of the ears, and I actually found it quite handy to use on my lips too. This is often a much forgotten place, and if you’ve ever burnt your lips you’ll know, a very painful place to get sunburn.

I thoroughly tested this product while in 36 degree heat, and I didn’t even come back with a slightly pink nose! You might not understand the significance of this comment, but I am Irish with very pale skin and a tendency to come back from holiday more lobster than golden goddess unfortunately.

Murad is one of my hero brands, and not just because I used to work there. Dr Murad and the whole Murad family have taught me so much about skincare, and sun care is an essential part of my daily regime. Without fail, I always apply sun cream to my face and neck even when it’s dull and cloudy outside – those ageing UVA rays can get you whatever the weather!

Murad Essential-C Sun Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 35 PA+++ is available from leading salons and spas nationwide, plus selected John Lewis and House of Fraser stores. Find your nearest stockist or buy online at


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:


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