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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.


ARgENTUM Apothecary ‘la potion infinite’ Review
Monday, January 20th, 2014


Recently, I was given the chance to discover ARgENTUM ‘La potion infinite’. I had never heard of the brand ARgENTUM Apothecary before and was instantly intrigued by the website. The brand is mystical, that’s the only word I think of to describe it. They use silver Hydrosol and DNA HP to create their anti-ageing potions and every tub comes with its own Argentum archetype card, from a series of 12, all part of the story.

Silver Hydrosol is a natural ingredient with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, with the ability to fight free radicals and promote tissue regeneration. DNA HP promotes and increases skin hydration by carrying 10,000 times its weight in water.

When I received my box, it was so beautifully packaged, I didn’t want to open it. I knew I was about to discover some really special. I received the MAGICIAN card inside my box; a kindred spirit with the power to conduct great transformations. You are invited to ‘draw energy from this card, it will reflect your subconscious‘ and ‘interpret its message to help create harmony and balance‘.

You can find out what your card means on the ARgENTUM apothecary website and then you can also follow this archetype on Twitter and Pinterest.

I started using this cream just before Christmas; a time of year when my skin is at its absolute worst. I tend to get dry patches and my skin just looks dull. When you apply the cream you can instantly feel it working. As warned on the packaging, you can feel a slight tightening sensation. It’s a little bit strange at first but it goes away very quickly and your skin is left feeling super soft and smooth. After a couple of hours your skin is left visibly brighter and healthier-looking.

This is like no other cream you have ever tried before. I have been using this morning and night, you can even use it around the delicate eye area, eliminating the need for any other serums or eye creams.

Being a premium product, it of course has the premium price tag of £147 for a 70ml tub, but considering this is all you have to use, it’s worth it. You do need to use it within eight months of opening as it does have active ingredients.

I have fallen in love with not only this cream, but the whole brand feel and story. This is no ordinary cream, it is absolute pure luxury and if you are thinking of spoiling yourself, or someone (really) special, then this is the cream for you.


A must have balm for ‘Baby Lips’
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013


I like to have a lip balm in every handbag and every coat pocket, so I didn’t, even for a moment, resist the temptation to buy some Baby Lips by Maybelline. I always have one with me wherever I go. They are easy to carry, simple to apply and perfect for a woman on the go. The balm is soft, sheer, and  instantly smooths and nourishes your  lips so you can say goodbye to chapped lips and hello to soft, kissable lips for good! These cute lip balms come in 6 different flavours, three of them are tinted and 3 are clear. I don’t know about you, but just like Alessandra, I like to collect them all!

“I have been obsessed with this lipbalm ever since I first spotted it Stateside. It’s just the coolest, yummiest lip softner (a girl can never have too many, right?) And I love all the different tints so much, I collect them!” – Alessandra Steinherr, Beauty Editor, Glamour Magazine.

Maybelline Baby Lips is available in The Glamour Beauty Edit along with six other fantastic beauty products, all for just £14.95, click here to purchase.

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The Up-do Challenge
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Up-do challenge

If you can wake up, comb your hair and go, you’re very lucky. Straight, slick and smooth hair is relatively easy to maintain on a daily basis. However styling an up-do, that’s a completely different story. On straight hair, curls drop easily. Pins won’t hold it at all, no matter how much texturising products you’ve applied. Most up-do styles are pretty much a no-no if you’re blessed with straight hair, especially if you’re styling it yourself. When an updo holds in place, most of the time you’ll find a head full ‘whiskers’ (those tiny little hairs sticking out everywhere).

Alessandra Steinherr, Beauty Director at Glamour magazine, loves TONI & GUY GLAMOUR FIRM HOLD hairspray.

We’ve chosen Ewa, our Editorial Executive, to put Toni & Guy hairspray to the test. With smooth, straight hair, she is the perfect candidate.

  • Firstly, Ewa had to put her hair up in the morning. She’s used two head bands and a hair doughnut to create the up-do. She hasn’t used any pins as those usually don’t do much for her anyway, so the style was only secured by the hair band.
  • Next she sprayed her up-do with Toni & Guy Glamour hair spray. She used as much of the product as she would with any other hairspray, then she got on with her day!


  • By the end of the day Ewa’s hair was still in place. Not much had moved, only a little hair on the side of the doughnut plus a few little ‘wiskers’ poking by her neck.

 UP-DO aftrer a whole day

  •  We took the final picture of the day, and we’re satisfied that this is a one hairspray that will keep your up-do in place all day long!

The Glamour Beauty Edit contains seven fabulous beauty products worth £65, but you can buy it here for just £14.95 plus p&p. Order now and secure a perfect up-do this festive season.

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