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Barefaced Chic

Maintain wellbeing the A-lister way

29
January
2010
Maintain wellbeing the A-lister way

Ever wondered how busy celebrities such as Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey always manage to look so fresh and dandy? With both stars reportedly fans of BodyTalk, the answer may just lie with this new holistic healthcare system. The new alternative therapy, rumoured to be popular with both the President and the chat show queen, is now converting sceptics in Britain.

BodyTalk is based on the belief that the body knows how to heal itself but can sometimes malfunction. A BodyTalk practitioner offers no diagnosis or prescription, just a session which uses muscle testing and light tapping on the head and sternum to re establish channels of communication within the body. Once this is done, the body will start functioning optimally again.

Yet BodyTalk isn’t the only alternative therapy favoured...

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Getting to the root of it: extensions can be hair-raising

26
January
2010
Getting to the root of it: extensions can be hair-raising

There’s been a strange phenomenon affecting luscious locks of late, with an increasing number of vanishing hairlines and disappearing manes becoming all too common. So, what's causing these worrying bald patches on people’s barnets? Well, if they’ve been wearing hair extensions to add a bit of variety and glamour, it might just be down to the fact their temporary tresses are a tad too tight.
Those looking to sport celebrity styles are ignoring the health risks associated to these WAG must-haves and as a result an increasing number of women are turning to surgery to reverse hair loss caused by hair extensions.

Women as young as 20 are now turning to hair transplant surgery after suffering from traction alopecia, which is a hair loss condition caused by constant pulling or tension over a...

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Couples who sweat together, stay together

22
January
2010
Couples who sweat together, stay together

There’s been a tiff over middle-squeezing of the toothpaste and a nag about clothes that fail to reach the wash basket. The stony silence is only broken by the ‘should the seat stay up or down?’ argument erupting with your partner for the millionth time.

If petty arguments and minor rumbles are keeping you stuck in a relationship rut, there’s another alternative to that fancy French restaurant you’ve booked. Clichéd candlelit dinners and glasses of bubbly are so 2009 - this year it’s all about donning your trainers and trackies and sharing a sports drink or two.

Experts from the new Women’s Running magazine claim that couples who work out together are happier, more likely to reach their fitness goals, and enjoy a better love life. It’s claimed that the physical benefits of going out...

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Wish it was Sunday? Time to beat that Monday feeling

15
January
2010
Wish it was Sunday? Time to beat that Monday feeling

You’ve been traipsing to work in your wellies, with a tight waistband and suffering from the back-to-work blues. Oh, the joys of January. The weather’s bad, the nights are long and your Christmas overspending is evident with the bills which seem to be accumulating. If you’ve been feeling down this month because the resolutions have gone out the window and sunshine seems nothing but a distant memory, be comforted by the fact many of us are feeling the same.

This winter misery looks set to peak on Monday, as the 18th January has been pinpointed as the worst day of the year. The date has been officially designated this accolade by a psychologist based on a mathematical formula that takes into account a number of 'depressing' factors. Cliff Arnalls, a part-time tutor at Cardiff University,...

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Overweight? Blame your PE Teacher

13
January
2010
Overweight? Blame your PE Teacher

Those who are put off going to the gym by haunting memories of cold cross-country runs and plimsoll-clad PE classes should cancel the therapy session, you’re not alone.

Blaming a reluctance to exercise on childhood experiences of sport may sound like a feeble excuse, but new research suggests otherwise.

A study at the University of Alberta found that PE teachers can determine someone’s enthusiasm for exercise and that being huddled on a rain soaked football pitch or negative comments by your school sports coach can put people off working out for life.

Dozens of adults were questioned on their workout regimes which were then compared to childhood experiences of fitness. Those with negative memories of childhood sport were far more likely to workout less in their adult life.

The...

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Spa Novices: Always remember your first time with Grayshott Spa

12
January
2010
Spa Novices: Always remember your first time with Grayshott Spa

Situated just outside Hindhead in Surrey, is a world of white robes, hushed conversation and more than a little R and R.

An award winning health spa for more than 40 years, Grayshott is a favourite with those aiming to leave rejuvenated with a peachy complexion. Once ensconced in Grayshott Spa, the only thoughts of those who pad around in their fluffy slippers are of facials, massages and relaxation.

Somehow striking the right balance between style and substance, the spa enjoys continuous success which is evident from the therapists who have been at Grayshott for years and the guests who return time and again.

For those of you who are yet to glimpse into this world of top notch treatments and healthy cuisine, fear not, because Wahanda and Grayshott Spa have teamed up to let Grayshott...

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A workout plan for the digital age

12
January
2010
A workout plan for the digital age

The next big thing in virtual-reality fitness has arrived and promises to help you lose weight, get fit and build up a healthy sweat. Wii Fit can step aside because Fiternet.com looks set to revolutionise the way we exercise.

Providing you with a virtual personal trainer without the need to splash out any cash, Fiternet.com is the perfect solution to those who lack the time or money to get a personal trainer.

Acting as a detailed fitness hub, it helps to monitor your nutrition and weight as well as your fitness. Putting you through your paces at a click of a mouse, a bespoke workout routine is devised which is based on your own personal information and goals, and enables you to track your own progress.

Signing up to the website is free so there's no excuse not to work off those mince...

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The real reason why Danni’s looking the bee’s knees

23
December
2009
The real reason why Danni’s looking the bee’s knees

Her act may not have won the X Factor, but at least Dannii Minogue’s still smiling thanks to her Botox ban. The X Factor judge has found an alternative to the wrinkle-beating treatment after being slated for looking plastic on screen. After realising a face with an expression is a better one, she’s now a fan of a revolutionary new product made from bee venom, an organic alternative produced by beautician to the stars, Deborah Mitchell.

Criticised in the past for overusing the anti-aging injection, Dannii claims on her blog that the Bee Venom Mask, which is part of the organic Heaven range, really is ‘an alternative to Botox.’ Ditching the frozen face look, she says: “If you can get older and be happier within yourself, that's the main thing.”

Deborah Mitchell, owner of Heaven beauty...

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A Guide to Post-Party Recovery

21
December
2009
A Guide to Post-Party Recovery

The party season is upon us and we all know that morning after feeling. The groaning realisation as you reach for the Nurofen, a mouth like sandpaper and your party dress still on, that you may have had one margarita too many last night. The process of making yourself look human and less like the living dead as you promise for the umpteenth time that you will never, ever, ever drink again. These products and treatments are a must after a night out on the tiles to ensure you’re ready to face the world once more…

Going to sleep with your make up on is a heinous beauty crime of the first degree, with the morning after panda eye effect never a good look. Lancôme Bi-Facil (£16.50) will remove all evidence of last night’s antics.

Alcohol can leave your skin dry and dehydrated and a good...

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Sports mad teens smarter than gym-dodging friends

18
December
2009
Sports mad teens smarter than gym-dodging friends

Time to put down that TV remote and don your workout gear because it’s official - teenagers who exercise are smarter than couch potatoes.

Young adults who regularly exercise and keep fit have a higher IQ and are more likely to attend university than those who dodge the gym, according to a new study.

Research carried out by the University of Gothenburg in Sweden showed a link between good physical fitness and higher IQ results, especially in logical thinking and verbal comprehension.

The study analysed a physical and intelligence snapshot taken of over a million Swedish men born between 1950 and 1976 when they reported for mandatory military duty at age 18. When the results of fitness tests during national service were compared to the status of the men when they were older, those who...

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Top Ten Cult Skincare Must Haves

15
December
2009
Top Ten Cult Skincare Must Haves

With a bulging bathroom cupboard filled with lotions and creams, I’m a fickle beauty addict. I’m a skincare hussy and I’ll go with any brand promising to banish my under eye circles, smooth out my non-existent wrinkles or give me an airbrushed finish to rival Cheryl Cole’s.

With so many products vying for my attention, not many stay on my shelf before I relegate them to the bathroom cabinet.

There are few skincare products I can stay faithful to but these Holy Grail of skincare products have managed to tame my wandering eye.




Estee lauder Advanced Night Repair 30ml £36Estee Lauder have many great products under their belt but this little brown bottle is by far their best. This intensive boosting serum helps to repair skin from past damage and calms the look of redness. A little...

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The Tan Commandments

08
December
2009
The Tan Commandments

With images of wag perma-glows and wotsit-coloured D-listers ingrained in our memory, the winter tan is a path only the beauty brave would tread.

We would all love to live in a world where the pasty milk-bottle hue ruled supreme, but in reality a winter fake tan applied correctly can boost your complexion and your confidence. With the aim of the game to always look natural, the art of achieving that perfect winter tan is a tough nut to crack. For those wondering how to ward off that drab winter skin…wonder no more.

There’ll be no need to give up your glamorous glow for the colder months if you follow my tantastic commandments.

The Tan Commandments

Thou shalt not overdo it

The look to aim for is definitely not ‘bronzed Brazilian beauty’. This is a look best left to the summer...

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