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Spa(s) of the week: long weekend special

16
April
2014
Spa(s) of the week: long weekend special

While making our final preparations for the long weekend, (sausages, sun cream, umbrellas – you know the drill) it dawned on us that this is the first one of the year. After a gruelling four months since Christmas, we think we deserve something a bit more relaxing than a Great British barbie or some dreaded DIY. That’s right, we’re off on a spa break this Easter, and to make sure we all find somewhere suitably relaxing, we’ve extended our spa of the week to include five of our favourites who are open for business this weekend…

The Dartmouth Spa at Dartmouth Golf and Country ClubIf when you hear the words ‘country club’ you think bright whites and cucumber sandwiches, rest assured that this spa is more 'dressing gown' than 'dressing to impress'. Located amid an area of outstanding natural...

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Top three treatments for marathon recovery

11
April
2014
Top three treatments for marathon recovery

Huge congratulations to anyone who took part in yesterday’s marathon. 26 miles – not to mention the months of training – you must be exhausted. A long lie-down and a couple of blister plasters might sound like the ultimate indulgence right now, but there are a few runner-friendly treatments that are even more rewarding. For any runners starting the week with sore feet or aching limbs, here are the top three treatments for a speedy (and pleasant) recovery...

AcupunctureSticking pins in your limbs might sound like the last thing you want to do after the weekend’s ordeal, but bear with us. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing therapy that uses tiny pins to release trapped energies in the body and promote overall health and well-being. Paul Blacker, a registered member of the British...

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Spa of the week: The Spa at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa

08
April
2014
Spa of the week: The Spa at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa

So rumour has it us Brits are in for something of a heat wave in coming months. We know what you’re thinking: “Yeah yeah, heard it all before”. Well, you have a point. The majority of us have, at some point, been disappointed by over-zealous summer plans getting rained off (although a few might argue a proper English barbecue isn’t complete without a few soggy buns). The solution? Make your summer plans somewhere that delivers come rain or shine. Somewhere like The Spa at The Mere Golf Resort and Spa, this week’s spa of the week…

The spaSituated within 150 acres of lush Cheshire countryside, The Mere Golf Resort and Spa is a traditional redbrick Victorian manor that's easily accessible from Liverpool, Chester and Manchester. Like all good Victorian manor houses, The Mere has a separate...

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Wahanda guide: the city dweller's beauty detox

04
April
2014
Wahanda guide: the city dweller's beauty detox

Now it may have skipped your attention, but the UK has been subject to something of a smog epidemic recently. Apparently a combination of Saharan sand and European pollution, the smog has been playing havoc with everything from the Prime Minister’s fitness regime (he had to cancel his morning run and everything) to our hair, skin and general wellbeing. If you’re feeling the effects of last week’s weird weather, here are a few tips to wash that smog right out of your hair, skin and body…

SkinNot to scaremonger or anything, but as well as their more serious implications, free radicals in the atmosphere can also cause dry skin, blocked pores and even premature ageing. If you’re complexion is looking a little grey, try a brightening exfoliator like the Clearly Corrective White Brightening...

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Spa of the week: The Halcyon Spa at Bishopstrow Hotel

01
April
2014
Spa of the week: The Halcyon Spa at Bishopstrow Hotel

We don’t know where it came from, but April has arrived. It seems like only yesterday we were struggling to burn off those extra Christmas pounds… oh wait, that was yesterday. Still, unsuccessful exercise regimes aside, this year seems to be galloping away at quite a pace, and with the arrival of a few daffodils, a bit of blossom and, last but not least, the sun (fingers crossed), it seems spring is well and truly here. We don’t know about you, but we’re in the mood for a spring break. Forget your bikinis and novelty sunglasses, we’re thinking Cotswolds not Cabo, and we’ve found a place in the heart of the English countryside that is as beautiful as it is relaxing. Welcome to The Halcyon Spa at Bishopstrow Hotel, our Spa of the week…

The spaSituated within 27 acres of gorgeous grounds...

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Treatment news: Full English Facial sweeps the nation

01
April
2014
Treatment news: Full English Facial sweeps the nation

Here at Wahanda Towers we’re always willing to try out a new beauty trend, no matter how weird or wacky. When we heard that the ‘Full English Facial’ was the latest beauty treatment to cause a stir in the beauty world we had to give it a try for ourselves.

We know it sounds a little 'out there', but we’ve been enjoying the skin-boosting benefits of breakfast ingredients like oats, yoghurt and honey for years now, so the concept behind the Full English Facial isn’t as alien as it sounds.

While a fry up might not be beneficial to our waistlines, when it comes to our skin, apparently it’s a different matter. Already rumoured to be a favourite among celebrities like Dean Gaffney and Gwyneth Paltrow, the Full English Facial works by applying the protein-rich ingredients of a classic English...

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Wahanda loves: anti-ageing handcream

31
March
2014
Wahanda loves: anti-ageing handcream

No matter how good your face cream or how committed you are to your daily facial exercises, they say you can always tell a woman’s real age by looking at her hands. According to a recent survey by British Cosmeceuticals brand Transformulas, the majority of British woman agree. Asked which parts of the body are the biggest 'give-aways' when it comes to ageing, the surveyed women voted hands number one, beating both grey hair and wrinkles.

Further to this, a massive 80 per cent of the women surveyed were sure they would notice if another woman’s hands looked elderly when they met her. Almost half the women (42 per cent) admitted that their hands first started showing signs of ageing at the age of 34, and 33 per cent of married women said they worried on their wedding day that their rings...

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Five ways to cope with losing an hour

28
March
2014
Five ways to cope with losing an hour

We love our jobs here at Wahanda Towers but even we spend a good portion of Monday to Friday looking forward to the weekend. After a long week there’s nothing like having 48 whole hours to go out and do things or stay home and sleep. Needless to say, we don’t take too kindly to losing one of these precious hours. We know the clocks going forward is to make room for more sunshine, but with British Summertime still a distant dream, we can’t help but feel a little hard done by – not to mention tired. Feeling the effects of losing an hour? Here are five quick ways to perk yourself up. Look alive folks….

Drink upDid you know that after lack of sleep, the number one cause of fatigue is dehydration? If you’re feeling like you’ve lost an hour this morning bear in mind that feeling thirsty can...

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Wahanda guide: Mother’s Day gifts

26
March
2014
Wahanda guide: Mother’s Day gifts

Mums, eh? They bring us into the world and then spend 24 hours a day, 365 days a year fretting over us, nagging us and generally taking care of us. In return for their unconditional love (and relentless worrying), we devote one of those 365 days to saying 'thank you' and it just happens to be this Sunday. As Mother’s Day approaches, if you haven’t found the perfect way to show your mum how much you appreciate her, take a look at our top five pampering gifts…

Face The World FacialSo how does a loving child show her mum exactly how much she (or he) loves her? A pampering treatment, a trip around the world - what about both? We’re not made of money, but fortunately the wonderful Face The World Facial provides a realistic alternative. Specialising in holistic massage and natural skin care,...

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Beauty news: women’s health and fitness festival comes to town

25
March
2014
Beauty news: women’s health and fitness festival comes to town

This weekend (28th-30th March) Be:Fit London, the health and fitness festival for women, will take up residency in Billingsgate.

Created by women, for women, Be:Fit London is a three-day event dedicated to offering women long term tools to keep them strong, fit and healthy – meaning there won’t be a crash diet or 'quick fix' beauty treatment in sight.

Over the three days visitors will have the opportunity to:

Learn about a range of health, fitness and nutrition brands (with 125 stands showcasing products to see, test and buy) and enjoy Be:Fit benefits from exhibitors including free taster massages and mini facials at Neal’s Yard Remedies
Hear expert advice at 24 motivational talks from leading experts on a range of subjects from “How not to go insane and keep healthy when you’re a...

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Top five: afternoon tea with mum

24
March
2014
Top five: afternoon tea with mum

Whether you take yours with milk, sugar or a chocolate biscuit, you can’t go wrong with a nice cup of tea, which is why we think it’s the perfect thing to give your mum this Mother’s Day. We’re not talking about bringing her a cuppa in bed this Sunday, we’re talking about treating her to a day of elegance, pampering and afternoon tea. Fortunately for you, we’ve had our cake and eaten it in some of the finest establishments in the UK and - just in time for Mother’s Day - we’ve made a list of our top five…

Chuan Spa at The LanghamThey say a mother’s love is priceless and we have to agree. However, if we did have to put a price on it, we reckon half a day spent at Chuan Spa at The Langham on Regent’s Street (pictured above) would be a pretty even trade. The Relax and Tea Half Spa...

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Pick of the bunch: springtime hair accessories

21
March
2014
Pick of the bunch: springtime hair accessories

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Spring is here – officially – and while it might still be a little too chilly for your summer wardrobe, there are a number of ways to embrace the season - without risking gladiator sandals in the rain. As usual, we’re talking beauty. This spring/summer 14 there’s a simple trend that’s straight from the catwalk that can update your look in seconds. Get ready to revisit your teenage years, as we enter the season of the hair accessory….

Sporty luxeAfter Vera Wang and Victoria Beckham accessorised their spring/summer 2014 models with simple black headbands, this sporty yet chic trend looks set to be huge this season. The quickest way to add a little something extra to your look, channel Mrs Beckham by using it to finish off a sleek low ponytail. Alternatively, use...

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Weird and wonderful: the new surgery trends

20
March
2014
Weird and wonderful: the new surgery trends

Here at Wahanda, we believe our beauty habits are as unique as we are and so we do our best not to judge the cosmetic behaviours of others. Not fussed about a chipped nail? Good for you. Hate taking your makeup off at night? That’s your call (although your skin won’t thank you). You see, we’re very accepting here. However, when we hear about a new treatment that is a little bit ‘out there’ we like to gossip about it as much as the next non-judgemental beauty critic. Imagine our delight when we came across these three weird sounding, but possibly wonderful, new surgery trends. No judgement...

Fat urination injectionsYes, you read that correctly. One of the biggest new trends in the world of fat loss, Aqualyx injections liquefy fat so that it can enter the bloodstream and leave the body...

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Spa of the week: The Spa at Homewood Park Hotel

18
March
2014
Spa of the week: The Spa at Homewood Park Hotel

There’s nothing like a spot of sunshine to put us in the mood for a weekend in the country, and we’ve found our perfect rural retreat. Wild woodland, gorgeous gardens and (admittedly less traditional) an outdoor pool, The Spa at Homewood Park Hotel has it all – including a Champagne nail bar. Fancy a spot of fresh air? Welcome to our spa of the week…

The spaJust six miles from the historic city of Bath and 20 from Bristol, The Spa at Homewood Park Hotel in Charterhouse is surrounded by 10 acres of woodlands and award winning gardens. A listed building, Homewood Park Hotel is a Georgian country house that has been transformed into a 4 star hotel housing a restaurant awarded two AA rosettes and – of course – a luxury spa.

Dating back to the thirteenth century, the hotel has undergone a...

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Wahanda guide: easy ways to revive your hair for spring

17
March
2014
Wahanda guide: easy ways to revive your hair for spring

It’s been a long winter full of cold weather, rough winds and central heating, and it’s taken its toll on our follicles. Thankfully spring is finally on the horizon (we hope), so embracing the season’s spirit of renewal, we thought we’d breathe some new life into our stressed-out tresses. Whether you’re after a whole new look or a reviving treatment, it’s time to wake up your hair…

Chop itWe all know the fastest and simplest route to a whole new look is a drastic haircut. So now that winter’s almost over (technically at least) and you won’t be needing the added insulation that long hair provides, why not go for the chop? Look to Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Aniston and Taylor Swift for inspiration, all of whom have all shorn off longer locks in favour of short, chic pixie cuts and bobs...

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The five life-changing tools your eyebrows need

13
March
2014
The five life-changing tools your eyebrows need

It’s 2014 and eyebrows are bigger (in terms of popularity and size) than they have been since Madonna’s True Blue era. With an army of celebs and super models sporting bigger, darker and fuller brows, our arches have never been under more scrutiny. Fortunately for those of us not blessed with naturally flawless face-framers, there’s a whole industry devoted to faking it. Here’s our essential kit to transform those caterpillars into butterflies…



TweezingFor the ultimate in eyebrow tools you have to go to the big man himself – Tweezerman that is. Not only are Tweezerman tweezers prettier than your average plucker, theses award-winning tools are also stronger and more accurate. Best of all they come with a lifetime of free sharpening. A worthy investment indeed. Available at Boots.com,...

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Something for the weekend: Bar Hairdressing’s at home colour service

13
March
2014
Something for the weekend: Bar Hairdressing’s at home colour service

Picture the scene: you’ve just spent a good hour applying some ‘easy to use’ at home colour to your hair, you examine the results and find that the coverage is patchy, you’ve somehow managed to turn your temples and ears a fetching shade of auburn, and your bathroom floor will never be the same.

Tricky though it may be, at home colouring does have its perks – namely not having to find a spare three hours to spend in a hairdresser’s chair – but it rarely looks as good as when done professionally. Ok, it never looks as good. So when you can’t afford to spend the time or the money on your ‘do, how do you get salon-worthy colour at home? The brilliant new service from Bar Hairdressing provides the perfect compromise.

Understanding that hair colouring can be a difficult process for us non...

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The ten beauty mistakes 90% of us are making everyday

12
March
2014
The ten beauty mistakes 90% of us are making everyday

If, like us, you thought you’d stopped making beauty errors the day your best friend finally pointed out the foundation tidemark you’d been sporting throughout your teenage years, prepare to be shocked... and then to feel a little ashamed and paranoid.

According to a new study by Hairtrade.com, there are ten common grooming mistakes that 90 per cent of UK women are making every day, and they’re not as obvious as you might think.

Questioning focus groups of women aged 25-40 on their grooming habits, the professional hair care website found that these are the most common faux pas we still haven’t grown out of:

1. Washing hair too often

Washing hair too frequently can result in stripping it of its natural oils, meaning you are actually doing more harm than good. Hairtrade.com recommend...

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Spa of the week: Spa and Health Club at L'Horizon Hotel, Jersey

11
March
2014
Spa of the week: Spa and Health Club at L'Horizon Hotel, Jersey

We don’t know if it’s the brief spell of sunshine (please come back) or if this happens every March, but here at Wahanda we’ve come over a little summery this week. After a sneak peek of the warmer weather to come, we can’t stop thinking about ice cream, summer dresses and – above all – holidays. Are you wishing away the next few months and imagining yourself on a gorgeous, golden beach? Guess what, we’ve found just the place, and it’s home to this week’s Spa of the Week: The Spa at L'Horizon Hotel...

The spaSituated overlooking the smooth sands and clear waters of Jersey's stunning St. Brelade’s Bay, L’Horizon Hotel was built as a private seaside villa in 1850. Now transformed into a 4-star hotel, this coastal retreat is home to one of the most magnificent sea views and finest spas in...

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Tried and tested: medical aesthetics at Sonria Clinic and Cucumba

10
March
2014
Tried and tested: medical aesthetics at Sonria Clinic and Cucumba

Here at Wahanda we love introducing new customers to our favourite salons and spas, so imagine our delight when we learned that two of our beloved venues had met each other and decided to join forces to make some lesser known beauty services available to even more people.

Located on Soho’s Poland Street, Cucumba is well known to locals and regulars as the place to go for everything from a quick fix mani on your lunch break to a full-on pampering MOT at the weekend. Last month, the ‘urban pit stop’ for beauty announced that it would be teaming up with Sonria Dental Clinic and introducing some less traditional beauty services to their treatment menu.


Cucumba

A short walk from the beautiful Regent’s Park, Sonria Dental Clinic on Devonshire Place offers expert dental and medical aesthetic...

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New season, new hair

07
March
2014
New season, new hair

Image: BroadImage/REX

Here at Wahanda nothing gets us more excited than a new celebrity ‘do. After a short debate on whether or not the new look suits said A-lister, there usually follows a brief discussion about whether or not it will suit us, followed by hours agonising over whether or not to go for it. This week we’ve been contemplating the hottest new celebrity hues. If you’re in the market for a quick hair change but at a loss for inspiration, here are some follicles for thought…

Margot RobbieWhen Margot showed off her new chocolate brown tresses at last week’s Oscars she was virtually unrecognisable. While some hair ‘transformations’ enhance face-shape or skin-tone, Margot’s makes her look like an entirely different person and has, unsurprisingly, divided the public into lovers...

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Spa of the week: Kallima Spa at London Hilton Syon Park

04
March
2014
Spa of the week: Kallima Spa at London Hilton Syon Park

As we find ourselves in that empty space between Christmas and summer (when the lucky few among us are jetting off on ski trips and city breaks), we thought we’d devote our spa of the week to a place that can transport guests millions of miles without the need for a passport. OK, Kallima Spa can’t actually transport us anywhere, but the luxury facilities and bespoke spa journeys can convince guests they’re somewhere a little more exotic than South West London…

The spaPart of the London Hilton Syon Park in Middlesex, Kallima Spa borders the River Thames, neighbours the breathtaking Kew Gardens, and is walking distance from both Isleworth and Brentford stations. Located in the basement of the five-star hotel, the spa is surprisingly light and airy, with a modern and opulent décor made up...

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Beauty news: 60-something is the new 30-something

27
February
2014
Beauty news: 60-something is the new 30-something

When two of the biggest names in the beauty industry Nars and Marc Jacobs revealed this week that they had each chosen a woman in her 60’s to be the new face of their brand we were both surprised and delighted.

In an industry dominated by products that are designed to stop us from ageing, it will be incredibly refreshing to see Jessica Lange (64) as the new face of Marc Jacobs and Charlotte Rampling (68) modelling the latest collection from Nars Cosmetics.

Winner of two Oscars, two Emmys and five Golden Globes, actress Jessica Lange has had a full and varied career across almost 40 years and including roles in Tootsie and Blue Sky. Earlier this month she worked with Marc Jacobs for the first time when she provided the spoken word soundtrack for his autumn/winter 2014 show. Her first shot...

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The ten things between you and brilliant brows

26
February
2014
The ten things between you and brilliant brows

Despite being a nation who cumulatively spend more than £2.3 billion a year on maintaining our eyebrows, a recent survey has revealed there are a whopping ten brow blunders that we are committing on a daily basis.

To celebrate the launch of Benefit’s new instant brow thickener Gimme Brow, QVC surveyed 1,000 women in the UK about their tweezing habits.

As expected, the survey revealed the nation’s most envied brows belong to Kate Middleton (with half of us admitting we’d love to have arches worthy of the Duchess) and Cara Delevingne (14% of us are after the supermodel’s notorious brows).

So what’s stopping us from rocking a royal brow? We are. Or more specifically, our grooming habits.

Spending an average of £10 a month each on transforming our caterpillars, it seems we can’t leave...

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Spa of the week: The Woodland Spa

25
February
2014
Spa of the week: The Woodland Spa

We love awards season here at Wahanda. The glitz, the glamour… the fluffy towels and complimentary robes. No we’re not talking Brits and Baftas, and you can forget about the Oscars too. We’re talking about the Professional Beauty Awards. Designed to recognise the people who make a real difference in the industry, the prestigious awards took place on Sunday night, naming The Woodland Spa the 'Day Spa of the Year'. What a coincidence we’ve named it our Spa of the Week too. Here’s why this woodland wonder is causing such a stir…

The spaTrue to its name, The Woodland Spa is a rural retreat where the staff promise ‘time will stand still for you, even if just for a day’. Set within 100 acres of stunning Lancashire countryside, the spa looks onto the county’s dramatic rolling landscape and lush...

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Spa news: Dolphin Square host Rock on Divas renewing spa day

24
February
2014
Spa news: Dolphin Square host Rock on Divas renewing spa day

After the success of last year’s first ever Rock on Divas Renewing Spa Day, the programme’s founder Gloria Halim (author of Healing Foods, Healthy Foods and a qualified holistic health coach) has announced the next renewing spa event will take place on 21st March at London’s Moroccan-inspired Dolphin Square Spa.

Having been through breast cancer diagnosis and treatment herself, Gloria set up Rock on Divas to share her knowledge and experience, and help other women in recovery from serious illnesses (focussing especially on post-cancer treatment) to restart, recharge and ‘start rocking their lives’.

The spa day provides the ideal opportunity to relax and get started. Designed to give attendees the tools they need to begin restoring the life and health balance they may feel that they lost...

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Five easy ways to exercise daily

21
February
2014
Five easy ways to exercise daily

Image: Neil Hall/REX

Last week Victoria Beckham revealed in an interview with Allure magazine that her daily fitness routine includes a four-mile morning run. That’s right, on top of being a mother of four, world-renowned designer and full-time celebrity VB manages to do more exercise than a lot of us do in a week, before you’ve even had your cereal. Inspired to fit more exercise into our own lives – but not masochistic enough to make it a pre-work four mile run - we thought we’d investigate other (less painful) ways to fit more exercise into our day.

DeskerciseIn an ideal world it would perfectly acceptable for busy workers to get up in the office and do a few sets of burpees whenever motivation strikes. In real life, however, most of us are too afraid to stand out (let alone work-out)...

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Get the look: Brit Awards Blonde

20
February
2014
Get the look: Brit Awards Blonde

Image: David Fisher/ REX

Apologies to any non-blondes (myself included), but after watching last-night’s Brit Awards we felt we couldn’t neglect to mention the dazzling array of golden - or should we say platinum? - hair gracing the red carpet. Proving that bright blonde is a look that can suit all skin tones, Rita Ora, Fearne Cotton, Beyoncé and Ellie Goulding were all sporting luminous locks. If you’re thinking of reaching for the bleach or want to enhance already fair hair, the good people at Pro:Voke have a few tips on how to get the look.

Radiant RitaGlamorous as always, Rita Ora’s side-swept waves were classic Hollywood, but at the same time very 2014. To emulate the look at home, curl hair using heated tongs then brush out with a wide-tooth comb. Sweep hair to the side (your good...

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Spa of the week: Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf and Spa

18
February
2014
Spa of the week: Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf and Spa

With London Fashion Week in full swing and no spare tickets or gorgeous goodie bags to be found, there’s only one thing for it: forget the fashionistas and flee the capital. That’s right it’s time to kick off those Louboutins (yeah right) and find a rural retreat in which to relax. Located in Tarporley, Cheshire (that’s about 180 miles from London) The Spa at Macdonald Portal Hotel Golf & Spa has everything you could hope for in terms of luxury and relaxation, plus better views than the front row at Mulberry. Welcome to our spa of the week…

The spaWith 24 spa sanctuaries across the UK, it’s clear that Macdonald Hotels know a thing or two about pampering. Situated in rolling countryside at the heart of Cheshire and with breath-taking views and state-of-the-art facilities, The Spa at...

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Best of the Baftas beauty

17
February
2014
Best of the Baftas beauty

Image: Richard Young/REX

Attending Britain’s biggest film and television awards calls for a certain amount of preening and posing, and this year’s winners and nominees didn’t let us down. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite red carpet looks from Sunday’s BAFTAs, and the nominees for Best Beauty Look are…

Cate BlanchettTaking home the Leading Actress award for her role in Blue Jasmine, Cate Blanchett looked positively stunning (as usual) at this week’s BAFTAs. Embracing her perfect porcelain skin, Cate looked radiant without a hint of bronzer instead highlighting her flawless complexion with a warm rosy peach on the lips and cheeks and softly swept back hair. A worthy winner indeed.


Image: facebook.com/bafta

Amy AdamsOpting for a similar hair up, black dress, impossibly-toned...

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Alternative Valentine’s plans you'll love

13
February
2014
Alternative Valentine’s plans you'll love

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. If you’re not waking up with a sore spot from Cupid’s arrow (don’t be so rude!) then there’s a chance you, like many others, have been dreading this day – or in fact weekend – for a while. Want to avoid the PDA’s and ‘What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?’ questions from loved-up ‘friends’? Well thank goodness you don’t have plans, because we’ve come up with a few perfect (and much more fun) alternatives to a ‘hot date’ this weekend. Date night, schmate night…

Swap a romantic dinner for afternoon teaLady and the Tramp would have you believe there’s no better way to spend Valentine’s than sharing a romantic meal by candlelight. In reality A) we don’t share food and B) we’d much rather an elegant afternoon tea with friends than spaghetti and meatballs with...

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Wahanda guide: pain-free pre-Valentine's waxing

12
February
2014
Wahanda guide: pain-free pre-Valentine's waxing

They say the course of true love never did run smooth, but when you’re hoping for a date to go well there are a few obstacles you can get out of the way in advance. For example: always plan your outfit the day before, never leave it till the last minute to check tights for ladders, and last but not least; waxing. And they say romance is dead…

We know it hurts but, for many of us, waxing is a key part of ‘date night’. Fortunately for us all, there are a few things we can do to make the process a little less painful. No, we’re not just waxing lyrical, with Valentine’s Day very nearly here, we’ve spoken to waxing expert Bella Neale from Cucumba, and put together this list of top tips for (almost) painless waxing…

When to waxAs if the cramps, tears and insatiable chocolate cravings weren’t...

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Spa of the week: Spa at Luton Hoo Hotel

11
February
2014
Spa of the week: Spa at Luton Hoo Hotel

Love is in the air and though a few of you (and us) are probably sick of hearing about Valentine’s Day, we couldn’t let the big day go by without a fittingly romantic Spa of the Week. Situated in some of the UK’s most stunning parkland and honeymoon destination of choice for none other than HRH Queen Elizabeth II herself, prepare to fall in love with Luton Hoo…

The spaSituated next to the River Lea and surrounded by 1,000 acres of landscaped gardens (designed by famous landscape designer Capability Brown), it’s hard to believe that the five-star Luton Hoo is just a ten-minute drive from Luton airport and forty minutes from Heathrow. Previously host to famous guests including Queen Mary, Winston Churchill and Lord Mountbatten, the luxury hotel has been updated in recent years to include a...

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Tried and tested: YorkTest food allergy assessment

10
February
2014
Tried and tested: YorkTest food allergy assessment

This January – much like the last five or six Januaries – I decided to change my life by changing my diet. Fed up of skin breakouts, lethargy and sugar cravings, and keen to shed the extra couple of pounds I accumulated over 'Turkey Season', I decided not just to cut out the cake – although it’s not a bad place to start – but to look into which foods work for my body and which I should steer clear of. When the good people at YorkTest Laboratories told me about their food and drink intolerance programme it sounded like exactly what I needed.

What is it?Health conscious though we are here at Wahanda, when a new diet trend hits headlines we’re always intrigued. Sometimes all it takes is an endorsement from a slender celebrity and we’re willing to give it a go, often without fully...

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Top five romantic Valentine’s breaks

07
February
2014
Top five romantic Valentine’s breaks

Valentine’s Day is upon us which means one thing for many of us: disappointment. Ok maybe we’re being a little cynical, but after years hoping for roses, jewellery, or maybe just a card (not from you mum) only to be disappointed, this Valentine’s we’re dropping some seriously big hints. To whom it may concern, be that best friends, partners or indeed yourself – here’s what we (and, we imagine, a few others) really want this February 14th…

One Night Valentine’s Party Spa Break at Ardencote SpaOnce a Victorian coach house, Ardencote Spa (pictured above) has been transformed into an elegant and contemporary retreat with facilities including 40 beautiful bedrooms surrounding an outdoor heated pool, an outdoor hot tub, an indoor heated pool, a sauna, Jacuzzi, tennis courts and golf course....

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Beat the mid-afternoon munchies

06
February
2014
Beat the mid-afternoon munchies

What’s the toughest part of your day? The 7am alarm? That rush-hour commute? The moment little Jonny wakes five minutes into his afternoon nap? Well if you’re currently on a diet, new research has revealed that the hardest time of day will probably be around 4.12pm.

According to research conducted by healthy eating campaigners Seasonal Berries, this is the time of day we are most likely to crave unhealthy food. If you’re strong-willed this might not be a problem, but for forty-five per cent of us giving into afternoon snacking is the main reason we break our New Year diets.

The 1000 men and women surveyed named crisps, biscuits, cake and chocolate as the biggest temptations. Fifty-nine per cent said that other people make resisting these temptations even harder, with over a third ...

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Beat the Tube strike: new app makes walking to work a breeze

05
February
2014
Beat the Tube strike: new app makes walking to work a breeze

If your commute has been disrupted by ‘industrial action’ this week there’s a good chance you’ve had to alter your route to include a bus (or five), a bike or a spot of walking. If you’ve chosen the latter option, then the new app launched by PruHealth might be of interest to you.

“Walk the Tube” provides step-by-step walking routes based on the tube map, helping stranded Londoners get to work by foot. Not missing the opportunity to encourage city dwellers to incorporate this healthy activity into their daily life, the app features an at-a-glance tube map showing the number of steps between stations.

Given that walking 10,000 steps burns roughly 500 calories (which, done on a daily basis adds up to 1lb a week), and that the average person walks between 3,000 and 4,000 steps a day,...

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Forget roses: poll reveals women want cosmetic treatments for Valentine’s

03
February
2014
Forget roses: poll reveals women want cosmetic treatments for Valentine’s

And they say romance is dead…

According to a recent poll by The Good Surgeon Guide (an independent cosmetic surgery website where users can learn about cosmetic surgical procedures, leave reviews and make consultations with professionals), a whopping 78% of women would be ‘impressed’ if their other half said I love you with a voucher for dermal fillers or other cosmetic procedures this February 14th.

The poll, which was conducted via social media, came after the website noticed an increase in enquiries from men looking for gift inspiration and, in particular, seeking advice on whether or not it is a good idea to respond to their partners’ anti-ageing concerns.

After an influx of questions like “Which aesthetic treatments can I give as a Valentine’s Day gift without offending?”, the...

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How to wear the Pantone colour of the year: Radiant Orchid

31
January
2014
How to wear the Pantone colour of the year: Radiant Orchid

Every 12 months, colour agency Pantone predicts their colour of the year, sparking trends in the worlds of fashion, design and beauty. Last year it was a striking emerald and for 2014 it’s ‘Radiant Orchid’. Described by Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute, as an "enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones". The shade is feminine, flirty and fun, and, according to Pantone, it “enlivens the skin, making all who wear it feel more healthy and energetic” - sounds like just what we need. Did your January detox go awry? Boost your skin, energy and health the easy way with a dash of Radiant Orchid…


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EyesPink or purple eye-shadows can be tricky to pull off, but done right they can really make eyes pop –...

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Payday treat: the best beauty oils

30
January
2014
Payday treat: the best beauty oils

Congratulations all, we’ve made it through January. It was long, it was grey, it was frugal, but as of this weekend it’s finally over. We don’t know about you, but after five weeks of feeling skint we could really do with a treat. You may have noticed during your post-Christmas window-shopping that beauty oils are having a bit of a moment and with one for every body part and every price point, we can see why. Here’s our pick...



For the faceMoisturising

Treat – Sanctuary Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil: £17.50, Boots.com

For spa-worthy skin, you have to turn to the experts and no one knows more about skincare and facials than Sanctuary Spa. The ‘secret step’ in the spa’s famous facials, this therapist’s oil has become a cult beauty buy, famed for its abilities to plump, strengthen and...

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Celebrity beauty trend: the ‘Dracula drip’

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January
2014
Celebrity beauty trend: the ‘Dracula drip’

When Cara Delevingne posted a picture of herself and rumoured new girlfriend Michelle Rodriguez hooked up to an IV drip last week, the Twittersphere and Instagralaxy (we made that one up) were sent into overdrive as fans expressed concern for the party loving supermodel.

Panic over everyone, as Cara later tweeted: “Don't worry! It's just a vitamin drip to help with a cold. Thanks for the messages x”. Miss Delevingne’s extreme cold remedy comes months after an exhausted Rihanna tweeted a similar picture of herself attached to an IV, sparking a trend among the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Simon Cowell for, what is now known as, the ‘party girl drip’ .

We know the A-list have different standards when it comes to health and beauty, but when we feel a cold coming on we normal...

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Get the look: Beyoncé’s wet-look waves

27
January
2014
Get the look: Beyoncé’s wet-look waves

One of the most talked about events of the year, the Grammys never fail to disappoint when it comes to beauty. This year saw classic Hollywood glamour from the likes of Rita Ora and Taylor Swift competing with gorgeous grunge from Katy Perry, newcomer Lorde and Beyoncé.

Mrs Carter’s risqué performance with husband Jay Z was headline news, and for good reason. Skimpy leotard, pert derriere and impressive vocals aside, Beyoncé’s dramatic hair and makeup were stunning. Somewhere between grungy and flapper (think Gatsby's Daisy Buchanan in a bad mood), Beyoncé’s look proved this season’s wet look hair doesn’t have to be hard to wear. If you’re tempted, it’s not that hard to achieve either. Here are some simple ways to get the look…

ConditionerIf you have naturally wavy hair, a good leave...

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Wahanda news: Bid goodbye to desk-stress with Milk Beauty

23
January
2014
Wahanda news: Bid goodbye to desk-stress with Milk Beauty

As we come to the end of another long week there’s one thing we need: a big glass of…yoga. Or maybe a deep tissue (deeply relaxing) massage now we think about it. Unfortunately when the weekend finally rolls around, it’s all too easy to fill up our precious free time with things like lie-ins and snoozes, and forget all about the self improvement we planned during the hours spent slumped over our desk between Monday and Friday. If only there was a way to incorporate a bit of relaxation into our working hours. Actually, thanks to a new service from MILK Beauty there is.

A mobile beauty service delivering treatments in the comfort of homes and offices across North and East London, the City and Canary Wharf, MILK Beauty has teamed up with London based (and brilliantly named) yoga company...

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Wahanda guide: tips to kick that sugar habit

22
January
2014
Wahanda guide: tips to kick that sugar habit

Just in case it wasn’t your New Year's resolution to cut down on cake, chocolate, or any other sweet, sugar-heavy snacks, the media have taken it upon themselves in recent weeks to steer us away from tempting treats byway of terrifying tales about the evils of sugar. The really scary bit; it looks like they’re right.

The recent health warnings come after a group of health experts and academics launched ‘Action on Sugar’, a campaign demanding food companies reduce sugar in products by 30 per cent. Action on Sugar believes that doing this could reverse the growing obesity crisis in the UK in just five years, shaving 100 calories from the average daily intake.

Experts behind the campaign claim the sweet stuff has become as big a danger to our health as alcohol or tobacco – not so sweet...

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Wahanda guide: top five Scottish spa getaways

21
January
2014
Wahanda guide: top five Scottish spa getaways

This Saturday marks the annual celebration of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns's birthday and to show our appreciation for the Scottish bard, we want to tell you all about out brand new haggis massage… Only joking. We actually want to tell you about some of our favourite, most indulgent and picturesque places to relax in Scotland. Lads and lassies grab yourself a wee dram (though not if you’re doing Dry January) and take a look at our five favourite Spas from the land of the Scots…



Carrick Club and Spa at Cameron HouseSituated on the (bonnie, bonnie) banks of Loch Lomand the Carrick Club & Spa at Cameron House combines relaxation with invigorating personal training to help guests find a perfect balance inside and out. Located amid idyllic Scottish countryside, Carrick Club & Spa...

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Wahanda guide: how to make it through Blue Monday

17
January
2014
Wahanda guide: how to make it through Blue Monday

Hands up who’s feeling a little miserable this morning. Maybe it’s the weather that’s getting you down, or maybe it’s because today, the third Monday of January, has been proven – yes ‘proven’, with a formula and everything – to be the most depressing day of the year. We know what you’re thinking, but before you pull a sicky and hibernate under your duvet all day, take a look at our top tips to make it through to Tuesday with a smile on your face…

Have a fresh startNot a morning person? Join the club Actually join the millions who won’t feel like getting out of bed today. Make waking up a little easier today with a delicious mood and energy-boosting smoothie. If you’re picking one up on your way to work look out for ingredients like bananas (rich in tryptophan which the body converts...

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Beauty trend: nude lips and Golden Globes

16
January
2014
Beauty trend: nude lips and Golden Globes

Award season kicked off this week at the 2014 Golden Globes and with a whole host of gorgeous gowns and decadent ‘dos, the red carpet did not disappoint. After a little analysis we’ve come to the conclusion that Cate Blanchet, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence weren’t the only glamorous winners of the evening. The true winner of the night – according to Jessica Chastain, Helen Mirren, Kerry Washington, Margot Robbie, Kate Beckinsale, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts… we could go on – was, in fact, the nude lip. With variations of the neutral shade all over the red carpet, here are our favourites…

Amy AdamsAmy Adams looked stunning when she picked up her award for Best Actress. Her understated look, achieved through swept up hair and minimal make up was fresh-faced and girly; the perfect...

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Spa of the week: Historic Sussex Hotels

14
January
2014
Spa of the week: Historic Sussex Hotels

It’s cold, it’s dark, there’s an empty space where your Christmas tree once stood and an even emptier space in your purse. January sure is a long month. With Blue Monday on the horizon we could all do with something to cheer us up, but with pay day still years away (OK, a week or two) that luxury holiday or ‘I’d feel so much better if I was wearing that’ shopping spree isn’t a sensible (or affordable) solution for most of us. Well what about a rural retreat that promises to calm the mind, lift the spirit and rejuvenate the body without breaking the bank? Better still, what about three?

The spa(s)Historic Sussex Hotels is a privately owned collection of three very distinctive, quintessentially British hotels in West Sussex. Located in Arundel, Cuckfield and Midhurst, each hotel is unique...

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Book review: The Plain Truth About Brows

13
January
2014
Book review: The Plain Truth About Brows

2013 was all about eyebrows – the bigger and bolder the better – and from what we’ve seen so far, 2014 is set to be the same. If you’re not naturally blessed with Elizabeth Taylor arches you might feel that this trend isn’t for you, but what if whatever you’re lacking in brow you could make up for in tips, tricks and a bit of expert maintenance? Well according to the experts at Billion Dollar Brows, all any of us really need is an instruction manual and a few handy tools. Having already provided the world with everything from foolproof tweezers to regrowth serum, they’ve now added to their range a comprehensive guide to all things eyebrows: The Plain Truth About Brows.

Who wrote it?Co-founder and CEO of Billion Dollar Brows, Natalie Plain (hence the title) is a firm believer that...

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New year, new ‘do: 2014’s chicest, shortest styles

10
January
2014
New year, new ‘do: 2014’s chicest, shortest styles

There are a few things that dominate our lives – or at least the majority of our conversations - at the start of a new year. Firstly there’s the diet or detox, or elimination of some beloved vice from your life – chocolate, we miss you. Then there’s the resolution to take up some kind of exercise or hobby. Finally, there's the decision to somehow change your look – or at least talk about doing so for a long time before deciding it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Want to update your ‘do but worried about going for the chop? Take a look at our favourite short(ish) celebrity cuts for inspiration…

The bobA sign of daring and independence, women first started to have their hair ‘bobbed’ in the 1920’s and the style has made a return to the height of fashion numerous times since. As we begin...

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Tried and tested: hungarymud

09
January
2014
Tried and tested: hungarymud

After a very indulgent December, my first two weeks of January have been all about damage control. In a bid to work off some of that turkey weight, I declared my New Year’s resolution to work out at least three times a week. So far so good - just not for my knee. As result of years of running on pavement in bad trainers, my right knee can feel pretty uncomfortable while exercising and aches afterwards – it also makes a rather embarrassing clicking sound on an exercise bike, but I won’t go into that. When I heard about hungarymud, a spa-worthy product that could help my achey-breaky joints and my skin, I had to try it…

The productFormed in the thermal waters of the rural Kolop region of Hungary, hungarymud naturally contains a number of minerals like silicon dioxide, iron and potassium,...

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Wahanda news: what the experts say about Gwyneth Paltrow’s extreme January detox

08
January
2014
Wahanda news: what the experts say about Gwyneth Paltrow’s extreme January detox

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It’s week two of the post-Christmas detox, and though you might have traded that gingerbread latter for a ginger-infused tea, chances are you’re still carrying a little leftover ‘holiday weight’. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. This time of year, men, women and even Gwyneth ‘I don’t know what a mince pie is’ Paltrow are all feeling the effects of festive excess.

Great news folks: the A-list actress turned nutrition-guru has published on her blog a simple way to shed the Christmas leftovers. A winter detox made up of a collection of recipes from Dr. Alejandro Junger and the 'goop kitchen' that are “warming and filling and don't feel like a sacrifice”. We were sceptical too.



Despite describing the detox as having ‘looser guidelines and restrictions than ones we’ve...

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Salon of the week: Errol Douglas

07
January
2014
Salon of the week: Errol Douglas

We’re in the second week of 2014 now and the novelty of that ‘fresh start' is beginning to wear a little thin - not to mention the 'January Detox'. The weather has put paid to your running plan, your Positive Mental Attitude didn’t make it past the third, and you’re dying for a biscuit. Don’t give up on 2014 just yet, there are easier ways to have a fresh start. Say, for example, a new ‘do... Whatever your hair-type, and whatever the new look, we know a place where you’re sure to emerge feeling like a brand new and improved you. Keeping with the whole ‘new’ theme, we’d like to introduce you to one of the most recent additions to Wahanda, Belgravia’s fabulous Errol Douglas…


Errol Douglas, Belgravia

The salonLocated in one of the most affluent parts of the capital, the internationally...

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Herbal remedies to see you through the first week back

06
January
2014
Herbal remedies to see you through the first week back

We all dread returning to work after a bit of a break, but once we’re at our desk with a cup of tea, chatting about what you ‘got up to’ things are generally OK. Then four o’clock hits. You begin to feel tired, you can’t concentrate (probably because you’ve just caught sight of your impossibly dull-looking skin) and begin regarding the person sneezing across the desk from you with suspicion. Before this first week back eats you alive, take a look at our natural remedies to see you through to Friday.

For tiredness/poor concentrationStep away from the coffee machine. A big cup of Joe might feel like just what you to perk up, but caffeine is only a temporary fix – not to mention a diuretic and contributor to anxiety. For a lasting boost with other benefits try ginseng or ginkgo biloba....

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Survey reveals the shameful beauty secrets we hide from our partners

02
January
2014
Survey reveals the shameful beauty secrets we hide from our partners

Hands up who has the perfect relationship, built on honesty and communication? Do you and your partner share everything and promise to love each other despite your flaws? We don't believe you. According to a recent survey by Feelunique.com the average woman is hiding eight dirty little beauty secrets from her other half.

While a little discretion is understandable around more embarrassing beauty habits (shaving your toes, waxing your ‘tache etc), the survey also found that a number of us women go above and beyond when it comes to keeping our imperfections from our partner, even hiding the fact we cleanse, tone and moisturise our skin.

We're all for faking a bit of natural perfection but, as if trying to look perfect wasn’t hard enough, it would seem some women are taking the whole...

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The top ten secrets of healthy weight loss this New Year

01
January
2014
The top ten secrets of healthy weight loss this New Year

Dry January, Veganuary and – strictly for ladies - Fanuary (Google it); New Year’s Resolutions are all around. What kind of promises are you making to yourselves this year? Chances are they involve shedding a few pounds or toning up those problem areas we all have (and ignore for 11 months of the year). There's also a good chance you’ve made these very same resolutions before but failed to stick to them. Good intentions are great but faddy diets, cravings and temptation mean they can be difficult to make a reality. Fortunately this year the experts at the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (or BANT) have unveiled their secrets of healthy, long-term weight loss that can make 2014 different.


Eat protein with every meal and snack: protein is essential for the...

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Spa of the week: Hillmotts Luxury Retreats

31
December
2013
Spa of the week: Hillmotts Luxury Retreats

Forget the gold rings and 'partridge in a pear tree', so far this Christmas has been all about chocolate, cheese and a whole lot of stuffing. With New Year’s resolutions on our minds and a dwindling supply of treats we’re finally beginning to think about putting down the confectionary, picking up the trainers and summoning the motivation to work off some of that turkey.

Haunted by memories of previously unsuccessful January fitness plans, it’s not the most enticing start to the New Year - especially while there’s still a good deal of temptation around. Fortunately for our cholesterol levels, we've found a luxury retreat that can help us escape the lurking leftovers. A place where there’s a calm (commanding) voice on hand to steer us back on the path to fitness when our motivation wanes....

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Hangover health and beauty tips

30
December
2013
Hangover health and beauty tips

NYE celebrations are hours away, party season is in full swing and if you were out last night too, you might be feeling a little sorry for yourself this morning. Dancing on the tables, misguided mistletoe moments, there are plenty of reasons to want to hide your face come early January, but unless you work in a dark room – which, let’s face it, is likely to sound pretty good tomorrow – you don’t have a choice. Forget about that regrettable karaoke performance, pull yourself together and stroll in looking fresh as a daisy on your first day back with our hangover hiding food tips and beauty tricks…

Food tipsBreakfast - As the body processes alcohol blood sugar levels drop, causing you to feel hungry – and like a fry up will solve everything. Rich, fatty foods will only put pressure on your...

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The best (and worst) beauty looks of 2013

27
December
2013
The best (and worst) beauty looks of 2013

Big brows, glamorous grunge and even some My Little Pony-tails. 2013 has been full of beauty surprises, some good, some bad and some… let’s call them ‘memorable’. As another year comes to an end we wanted to celebrate some of our favourite looks from the last twelve months. Here are a few we’re looking forward to taking into 2014, and some that are best left in the past…

Best of allThere were so many trends we wanted to squeeze into this brief roundup, but wanting to keep to a neat 'top five' format we’ve had to find a way to combine a few in one multitasking award. Fortunately Alexa Chung’s ‘My Little Pony’ halo braid ticked all three boxes, combining pastel streaks, plaits and a messy updo. A tricky one to try at home – and possibly not appropriate at every occasion – Alexa’s do is...

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Wahanda guide: get ready for New Year's now

27
December
2013
Wahanda guide: get ready for New Year's now

It’s the final countdown…almost. Christmas has passed and the next (and last) event left in the 2013 social calendar is New Year’s Eve. One of the most anticipated nights of the year, NYE is always exciting. It’s also – we’ve learned from previous years of searching for somewhere to go and something to wear – rather stressful. This year we thought we’d save ourselves (and you lot) the pre-New-Year’s-party stress with a helpful countdown of our own. Here are five steps you can take this weekend to get ahead on New Year’s party prep and save time on the day. Five, four, three…

HairIf you struggle to think of what to do with your hair before a party now is the time to talk to someone about it. Ask your hairdresser about the styles that will best suit your face shape and maybe try something...

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Wahanda loves: festive nail art

23
December
2013
Wahanda loves: festive nail art

Jingle Bells, sparkling gels, nail art all the way! Oh what fun it is to have festive nails on Christmas Day…

Christmas is very much on its way and here at Wahanda we’re feeling festive from top to toe - especially on our nails. How about you? Are your talons ready for the next twelve days? Perhaps you haven’t found an appropriately decorative design. Take a look at these Christmassy creations (all in long-lasting gel) from nail artist extraordinaire Manami at Kitsune Nails…

The Christmas jumper nail



The starry night



The snowflake accent



The glam Christmas bauble



Metallic snowflakes



If you’re feeling inspired but are lacking the steady hand or skill set necessary for these intricate designs take a look at Kitsune’s page where you can book nail appointments (festive...

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Spa of the week: Spa InterContinental at InterContinental London Park Lane

17
December
2013
Spa of the week: Spa InterContinental at InterContinental London Park Lane

If you have a lot of indulgence planned over the next week or so there’s a good chance you’re probably looking to book in some ‘recovery time’ too. Here at Wahanda, we think there’s no better way to recover than a relaxing spa day. Unfortunately, what with Christmas being a rather expensive time of year, this isn’t always feasible. That’s why we think it’s a great idea to combine present buying with luxury and relaxation. That’s right we’re talking spa gifts and lucky for all you frazzled festive shoppers we’ve found a place that caters for mothers, mothers in law, sisters, aunties and even uncles…



The spaLocated on the first floor of the luxury InterContinental London Hotel Park Lane, Spa InterContinental is a short walk from both Hyde Park Corner and Green Park tube stations. As...

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Wahanda guide: beauty books to buy this Christmas

16
December
2013
Wahanda guide: beauty books to buy this Christmas

Nothing compares to the excitement felt during childhood when opening presents on Christmas morning, or the disappointment when that rather square, not very bendy present turns out to be…a book. Fortunately we’ve grown out of such childish disappointments and think books make rather nice present these days – some more than others of course. So, in a festive and literary spirit, here are the five health and beauty books we’d like to unwrap this year…

Nail Candy by Donne and Ginny GeerPerfect for fashionistas and coffee tables alike, Nail Candy is packed full of gorgeous photos of unique nail art designs and fool proof instructions on how to copy them. With over 50 design ideas ranging from 3D floral prints and polka dots, to Hello Kitty and Batman, there is a nail for every reader, every...

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Wahanda guide: top five winter nail shades

13
December
2013
Wahanda guide: top five winter nail shades

Little black dress or red sequinned number, a dark nail makes the perfect finishing touch to any festive ensemble. That explains why dark, wintry shades of black, green and berry are the hottest (or should we say coolest) colours for fingertips this season. Before our hands get too busy with wrapping, decorating and stuffing (as in chocolates into our mouth, not turkey) we thought we’d use them to test a few ‘goes with anything’ shades. Here are a few of our favourites…


 
Barry M Nail Paint in Berry Cosmo - Marianne, Assistant Site EditorI have been using Barry M nail paint since I was about 15 and I still love it. At £2.99 a bottle, not only are they great value for money, they are easy to apply and don’t chip as quickly as other (often higher end) polishes. A world away from the baby...

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Wahanda guide: how to avoid the office party hangover

11
December
2013
Wahanda guide: how to avoid the office party hangover

Last Christmas, we gave in to long lunches, post-work drinks and mid-week parties. The very next day... we felt the effects. This year, to save us from 'feeling a little peaky' the morning after our Christmas party, we’re indulging with care.
We love a mulled wine as much as anyone, but we hate the way it can affect us the next day - especially when it’s a Friday. Not to let a festive tipple ruin our chances of winning employee of the year, we’ve come up with a few guidelines for tonight’s office party…

Rule #1 – line your stomach

Mum was right, eating dinner before a night out does line your stomach, leaving something to absorb the alcohol that will otherwise go into your bloodstream. It also helps reduce the amount of acetaldehyde (the chemical alcohol is converted to in the body...

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Spa of the week: Moddershall Oaks, Staffordshire

10
December
2013
Spa of the week: Moddershall Oaks, Staffordshire

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the lane, snow is glistening. A beautiful sight. We're happy tonight. Walking in a winter wonderland. Except in reality so called ‘Winter Wonderlands’ don’t quite live up to their magical name. Sick of the frantic, festive crowds? Get away from it all at a real woodland wonderland, the picturesque Moddershall Oaks. Our spa of the week…

The spaSituated within 72 acres of Staffordshire countryside, over the past 12 years Moddershall Oaks has been transformed from country property to luxury spa resort. A family run business, this spa prides itself on its exceptional standards of service (waiting on you hand and foot so you really get an opportunity to relax) and dedication to giving each of its individual guests a totally unique visit. To help with...

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Wahanda news: research reveals the surprising cost of everyday makeup habits

09
December
2013
Wahanda news: research reveals the surprising cost of everyday makeup habits

If you’re stuck for ideas for what to put on your Christmas list this year, how about restocking your essential makeup kit? Everyday makeup might not sound like the most exciting request, but we gave up asking for a pony years ago and after a recent survey revealed exactly how much we’re spending on ‘basics’, stocking up could save you a small fortune.

The survey, conducted by vouchercloud, asked UK women about the contents of their makeup bag, revealing the average cost to amount to nearly £100 – and that doesn’t even include nail polish. Equally surprising, the findings also revealed that the typical UK woman’s ‘everyday’ look is achieved through a kit made up of no less than14 different items.

The 2,104 women surveyed ranked their beauty tool kit in order of importance and, when it...

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Wahanda loves: the Christmas gifts we want

06
December
2013
Wahanda loves: the Christmas gifts we want

We believe it was the great Ginger Spice who once said ‘Giving is good as long as you’re getting’ (she said it in Who Do You Think You Are back in 1997 – we know, where does the time go?). Here at Wahanda we believe she must have been talking about Christmas – and definitely not something ruder. While the sentiment might not be particularly festive, most of us do have a few things in mind that we’re hoping to find under the tree on Christmas morning. So, in case you’re struggling to shop for anyone you know is partial to a beauty treat or treatment, we thought we’d share ours with you. Selfless, we know…

Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil - Micaela, Partner Merchandiser

All I want for Christmas is Frangipani Monoi Body Oil by Elemis. Earlier this year I went for the One Night Trek and...

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Wahanda loves: Top five Christmas beauty gift sets

05
December
2013
Wahanda loves: Top five Christmas beauty gift sets

It’s the most wonderful time of year. No, not Christmas, those weeks before Christmas when all of our favourite beauty brands bring out their festive Christmas gift sets. Stuck for what to buy that special someone? One of these is bound to please…

Sanctuary Spa Perfect Facial In A BoxWhat could be a better present to open on Christmas morning than the gift of gorgeous, glowing skin? The Sanctuary Spa Perfect Facial in a Box (£20 from boots.com) is designed using the products and steps carried out in The Sanctuary spa facial so you (or your loved one) can get the full benefit and instant results of 'fresh-from-the-spa' skin (but in the comfort of your pyjamas).



Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau De Toilette Spray 50ml Gift SetBrighten up someone’s Christmas with a bit of sunshine in a bottle - and...

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Wahanda loves: Christmas spa gifts

04
December
2013
Wahanda loves: Christmas spa gifts

Christmas at the five-star Mayfair Hotel? Don't mind if we do...

It’s an age-old question, perhaps even older than the chicken and the egg. Or perhaps younger? We’re not sure which came first… Anyway, we digress. It’s an age-old question that crops up frequently throughout the festive period: What do you buy for the person in your life who has everything? Clothes? Socks? Jewellery? No. An indulgent, luxurious and relaxing spa day, that's what. Not just any spa day though – they’re bound to get a few – best make it a Christmas special...

One Night Spa & Dine Break for Two, May Fair SpaLocated within London’s five-star Mayfair Hotel, the May Fair Spa promises to turn valuable time into valuable results through an emphasis on health and wellbeing, personal assessment and facilities...

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Spa of the week: Smooth You Town Spa

03
December
2013
Spa of the week: Smooth You Town Spa

Jellied eels, ‘hipsters’ and Phil and Grant Mitchell: East London is home to many things. Anyone who has ever witnessed a barney in The Queen Vic might tell you that relaxation isn’t one of them, but here at Wahanda we’ve recently discovered a corner of tranquillity in Dalston (the coolest place in the UK according to Italian Vogue) that says otherwise. Welcome to Smooth You Town Spa. One of the newest additions to Wahanda and this week’s spa of the week…

The SpaWith a successful Smooth You boutique salon already in Islington, the new Smooth You Town Spa claims it is 'Bringing the West End to the East End'. Situated in Dalston Square, a stone’s throw from London Fields, the new Smooth You is a short walk from Hackney Central and Dalston Junction. Sitting within a newly developed...

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Immune-boosting treatments to see you through flu-season

02
December
2013
Immune-boosting treatments to see you through flu-season

As we find ourselves in December, rumours are beginning to circulate that this is going to be a cold one. Good news for anyone dreaming of a white Christmas. Bad news for our immune systems, noses and the letter ‘m’ - which somehow turns into a ‘b’ during flu season. While there’s no cure for the common cold – although a good chicken soup can work wonders – there is an entire industry devoted to healing treatments. All we need to do is find the right one for our symptoms. Aching joints? Red nose? A severe case of the sniffles? Read about out favourite pampering remedies….

AromatherapyDating back to ancient Roman, Egyptian and Chinese cultures, aromatherapy works on the belief that certain smells have an uplifting effect on our mood - like brownies baking in the oven. Most treatments...

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Wahanda guide: maintain a healthy diet this party season

29
November
2013
Wahanda guide: maintain a healthy diet this party season

December is here and the shops are filling up with all manner of tempting festive treats from winter fashion and beautifying gift sets to chocolate coins and mulled wine. We’re all for getting into the Christmas spirit, but if we keep giving in to comfort foods and indulgent nights out it won’t be long before that trusty LBD refuses to zip up.

Once party season gets into full swing we’ll be surrounded by even more delicious nibbles and canapés, washing them down with calorific drinks on a nightly basis – not good for our pre-Christmas diet. If you’ve just spent lots of money on a gorgeous dress you’re determined to show off, follow our guide to healthy indulgence this party season…

Swap wine for spiritsChristmas time, mistletoe and wine… It’s a classic combination, but bad news if...

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Something for the weekend: post-Movember rewards

28
November
2013
Something for the weekend: post-Movember rewards

If you have a charitable fellow in your life who has been doing his bit this past month to raise money and awareness for men’s health, you’ve probably been looking forward to this weekend for oh, about 29 days now. Well his perseverance (and your patience) is about to pay off, as this Saturday 30th November marks the end of Movember - and your inevitable ‘tash rash’. A cause for celebration we’re sure you’ll agree, and the perfect opportunity for some male pampering. Here are our top three post-Movember rewards…

Wet shaveWorried the ‘Mo Bro’ in your life has plans to keep (and grow) the hairy new addition to his face? While we agree there are some Johnny Depp types out there who can pull off a goatee, ‘tache and indeed full beard, unfortunately for most this is not the case. Let him know...

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Our top three at home fitness apps for winter

27
November
2013
Our top three at home fitness apps for winter

It’s a cruel twist of fate that the season of mince pies and novelty confectionary should coincide with the coldest time of year. When weather conditions make it pretty impossible to get outside and burn off your indulgences, we’re left with limited options: man up and brave the cold, put down the Terry’s Chocolate Orange or prepare to let out your NYE party dress. None of the above particularly appeals to us, so we thought we’d look into another option: exercising in the comfort of your own home. As we prepare to go into 2014, there is - of course - an app for everything. Here are our three favourites for exercising in your living room...

Pocket yogaAs anyone who has every tried their hand (legs and hips) at yoga before will know, practise makes, if not perfect, better. With the option...

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The secret weapons to see you through party season

25
November
2013
The secret weapons to see you through party season

It’s the morning after a truly great night before. Despite a slightly fuzzy head, you wake up feeling great, secure in the knowledge that last night you were fabulous. Besides being charming, witty and entertaining, you looked beautiful. In short you were the very best version of yourself. So why oh why do the photos you’ve just been tagged in show someone with shiny skin, limp hair and tired eyes?

Fed up of de-tagging our fair share of unflattering photos over the years, here at Wahanda Towers we’ve gathered a few secret weapons to help us make it through a night out without turning into a pumpkin...



FixerA hair out of place is something we’ve come to expect of an evening of fun and frolics. Makeup out of place, however, is decidedly less ‘fun’. Here at Wahanda we’ve recently been...

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The expert guide to bigger, better brows

22
November
2013
The expert guide to bigger, better brows

Image: REX

After a recent look into appointment trends here at Wahanda revealed that brow bookings are up 51% we can confirm that eyebrows are, quite literally, bigger than ever. Thanks to fuller-browed celebrities like Cara Delevingne, Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian the past year has seen a rise in treatments like shaping and HD Brows, and a fall in tweezer sales. As we at Wahanda Towers struggle to grow ours back (and kick ourselves for plucking them away in the first place) we asked the experts at celeb fave iBrows etc how we (and you) can get the brow du jour…

What are the most common mistakes people make when plucking their eyebrows themselves?

Overplucking is very common, especially as the trend a few years ago was for much thinner eyebrows. Plucking too close to the line of...

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Wahanda guide: scheduling festive beauty

21
November
2013
Wahanda guide: scheduling festive beauty

If we learned one thing from the Nativity story it’s that no matter how desperate the circumstances, finding a space in a popular venue (be it restaurant, salon or, indeed, inn) during the festive period can be difficult. In fact it can be pretty impossible, which is why if you’re due your regular trim or colour in December, or think you might require a pre-party facial, it’s worth booking appointments in advance.

Good news: here at Wahanda Towers we know a website that lets you book all your festive beauty in a matter of clicks. Even better news, you're already on it. Before the next few weeks get consumed by shopping, wrapping and stuffing, here are a few things you can tick off your to do list right now…

HairIt is recommended that the average woman gets her hair trimmed every six...

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Wahanda guide: top five cosy winter escapes

19
November
2013
Wahanda guide: top five cosy winter escapes

When the weather outside is frightful there’s nothing more delightful that finding somewhere cosy and warming up with a cup of tea, roaring fire or – our personal favourite – a thermal spa treatment. There's something about this time of year that makes escaping for a day or two to a traditional, country house seem particularly appealing, so as we huddle up in preparation for another great British winter we thought we’d round up a few of our cosiest country manors. Check out the most luxurious ways to hibernate this season…

Nutfield PrioryLocated in Redhill, Surrey the Spa at Nutfield Priory sits upon a thickly wooded ridge next to the stunning Nutfield Priory Hotel, providing a tranquil and rural setting for guests to escape everyday life and thoroughly recuperate. Whether you’re there...

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Tried and tested: Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub at Samsara Mind and Body

18
November
2013
Tried and tested: Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub at Samsara Mind and Body

Sufferring from naturally dry, slightly sensitive skin, when the weather took a sudden Arctic turn earlier this month I didn’t cope particularly well. As fellow sensitive souls will be aware, for people like me winter skin means itching, dryness and hours every day devoted to the careful application of moisturiser. When I was offered the chance to visit one of Wahanda’s newest venues,Samsara Mind and Body, to try out a treatment that combined skin reviving, cellulite reduction, (over time) weight loss and red wine, I jumped at the chance…

The venueLocated in Southfields, southwest London, Samsara Mind and Body is part yoga and pilates studio, part healthy - although very tempting – café and part pampering spa. After a five-minute walk from Southfields Tube Station I arrived and, after...

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Claudia Winkleman voted best celebrity fringe

15
November
2013
Claudia Winkleman voted best celebrity fringe

Image: David Fisher/REX

Blunt, sweeping or parted, each season has it’s own fringe du jour and this festive season it’s shaping up to be the somewhat controversial ‘WinklesFringe’.

With it’s own twitter account (@WinklesFringe) Strictly presenter Claudia Winkleman’s signature fringe is full, dark, shiny and a bit ‘in your face’ (not to mention Claudia’s). Despite being told to cut it by a few Twitter followers, it seems the nation love Claudia's fringe, with 22 percent of women voting it the most enviable celebrity fringe in a recent poll by haircare brand, Fabriah.com.


Image from @KimKardashian, Twitter

The poll asked 650 women to look at 10 fringed celebrities and vote for the one they liked the most. After the WinklesFringe came Kim Kardashian’s sexy feathered ‘bangs’ which...

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Something for the weekend: bareMinerals ‘Make under’ at Selfridges

14
November
2013
Something for the weekend: bareMinerals ‘Make under’ at Selfridges

Back in September mineral makeup brand bareMinerals unveiled their brand new interactive complexion bar in the Beauty Workshop at Selfridges Oxford Street. This week, Wahanda popped in to have a snoop and a quick make under.

The barBrightly lit with dashes of neon pink and bronze, the complexion counter is a sort of playground where women can discover, explore and experiment with makeup.

It’s not all fun and games though. Makeup is a serious business, which is why the bar was specially designed for easy navigation that allows women to shop for products in the recommended order of application: primer, foundation, concealer, finisher. Furthermore, there’s a team of complexion experts on hand to teach women about makeup and ‘demystify the sometimes complex process women endure when it...

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How to eat your way to better hair

13
November
2013
How to eat your way to better hair

Anyone else coming down with a case of winter hair blues? The cold season is only just getting going, but already wet weather, blustery winds and central heating are taking their toll on our poor hair. With party season upon us this is no time to be worrying about lack-lustre locks. Fortunately the experts at hair supplement company Viviscal have provided us with a few simple food swaps that we can make to bring out our inner Rapunzel...

Protein for growth and strengthWhether it’s long, short, straight or curly, your hair is (first and foremost) protein. It therefore makes sense that increasing your protein intake will have a positive effect on hair growth – just as it does on muscle building. An easy way to get more protein is by swapping your morning cereal for a poached egg on toast....

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Spa of the week: Lifehouse Spa and Hotel

12
November
2013
Spa of the week: Lifehouse Spa and Hotel

With all it’s twinkling lights and bustling excitement there’s something pretty magical about winter in the city. Still, it can get a little crowded sometimes which is why, at this time of year, many of us look for a cosy country retreat in which to while away a few restful hours. This November, we’ve found the perfect place. Set among acres of English countryside, specialising in holistic treatments and home to a warming thermal spa, the award winning Lifehouse in Essex is just what we need this winter…

The spaSituated within 130 acres of plush grounds (including 12 acres of English Heritage Gardens) in Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex, Lifehouse Spa & Hotel is only 80 minutes from the busy capital but feels a world away. Since opening in 2011 Lifehouse has been awarded four Good Spa Guide...

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Pharrell Williams’ beauty secrets and other male friendly products

07
November
2013
Pharrell Williams’ beauty secrets and other male friendly products

Thanks to a rather controversial single that you may or may not have heard about, this year has seen something of a comeback for N*E*R*D frontman Pharrell Williams. Even more shocking than the topless ladies in that notorious video, however, is the fact that Pharrell (despite not seeming to have aged a day since 2001)is now 40. Even more surprising is the fact he credits his smooth skin to a tip he picked up from Naomi Campbell: washing his face.

Pharrell told Into The Gloss "You have to clean your face. You can't sit around and assume it's going to be ok” adding “I wash my face every day: don't be afraid to wash yours before you go to bed!" Chances are most of the women reading this will respond to this revelation with something along the lines of ‘Well d’uh’. Could it be that the men...

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The Good Spa Guide announce 2013 winners

06
November
2013
The Good Spa Guide announce 2013 winners

From massage technique to customer service, there are many things that can make or break a spa experience. That’s why it’s always nice to have a recommendation from a seasoned expert. After voting closed on the 31st October, the Good Spa Guide have announced the best national and regional spas of 2013 as voted by you spa-goers and their team of Spa Spies. Whether you’re planning a winter getaway or just fancy getting away from whatever you’re doing for a few moments, take a look at some of this year’s gorgeous winners…

Good Spa Guide Award for excellence - The Spa at Pennyhill Park Hotel, SurreySet amid 123 acres of parkland, Pennyhill Park Hotel (pictured above) is home to an astonishing 45,000 sq ft devoted entirely to relaxation. With an impressive eight different pools (including a...

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Spa of the week: Samsara Mind and Body

05
November
2013
Spa of the week: Samsara Mind and Body

How are you feeling today? A bit overworked? A touch sleep deprived? Maybe even a little bit ‘fluey’? It’s that time of year again when no matter how long you sleep, it still seems to be nighttime when you get up and your most prized possession is a packet of tissues. A duvet day is always a tempting option, but with a to do list as long as your arm it’s not very realistic. If only there was some place (other than bed) that you could go to warm up, rejuvenate and generally feel a bit better. Well what do you know, we’ve found a brand new wellness studio in south west London that promises just that. New to Wahanda, please welcome Samsara Mind and Body…

The spaLocated in Southfields (home of Wimbledon Tennis), Samsara Mind and Body is a five-minute walk from the tube station. Recently...

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Firework inspired glitter

04
November
2013
Firework inspired glitter

It’s that time of year again, the weather’s getting colder, clothes are getting cosier and, in anticipation of party season, makeup’s getting a little festive. We’re talking glitter, gold and all things sparkly. Forget all you learned about applying glitter when you were a twelve-year-old with a magazine freebie in hand, featured this year by the likes of Chanel and Galliano, glitter is on trend, elegant and just a little edgy. Just in time for Fireworks Night, here are some of our favourite sparklers…



NailsGlitter nails have been big news for a while, and the festive season is about to give us the perfect excuse to try it out. We’re still hoping that Ciaté's legendary limited edition sequin manicure will make a return, but in the meantime their gold flitter polish in Antique brooch is...

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Something for the weekend: homemade beauty remedies

31
October
2013
Something for the weekend: homemade beauty remedies

Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble... Halloween may have passed but with a weekend of spooky specials haunting our televisions and costume parties taking over our social lives, the witching hour isn’t quite over yet. Don’t feel like sewing yourself into a skin-tight cat suit this weekend? Take it easy, give yourself a beauty boost and still embrace the Halloween spirit by cooking up one of these pampering potions. Grab an apron, dust off your cauldron and get mixing….

The Crimson Mary from Cawston PressIf your weekend plans (spooky or otherwise) take a turn for the debaucherous this weekend, there’s a good chance you’ll be in need of one of these come Sunday morning. Swap your tomato juice for nitrate-rich beetroot and benefit from its energy boosting, blood pressure reducing properties...

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Wahanda news: Stylist skincare awards announce winners

31
October
2013
Wahanda news: Stylist skincare awards announce winners

From scrubs to serums, this morning the Stylist beauty team announced their favourite skincare products for 2013 and Wahanda were there to congratulate the worthy winners. Amid the rapturous applause we were also taking a few notes. Is your self tan streaky? Can your day cream compete with these winter winds? Get some skin-spiration from this year’s winners. Presenting, almost literally, the crème de la crème...


Best day cream - Avon Anew Vitale, SPF 25 (£19.50)
Best luxury day cream - Lancôme Absolue L'Extrait (£250)
Best anti-ager – Olay Total Effects Moisturiser (£14.99)
Best luxury anti-ager - Clarins Couble Serum, Complete Age Control Concentrate (£55)
Best eye cream - Boots No7 Youthful Eye Serum (£19.50)
Best luxury eye cream - Kiehl's Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating...

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Halloween hair and makeup inspiration from the experts

30
October
2013
Halloween hair and makeup inspiration from the experts

When it comes to Halloween costumes you don’t need to be rich and famous to come up with something spooky, but it doesn’t hurt. As we prepare for a long night of trick or treating — we mean weekend of partying — we thought we’d take inspiration from a few ‘experts’ who make a living out of dressing up and showing off. Take a look at our favourite celebrity Halloween looks…

Paris Hilton as Miley CyrusAfter that notorious (and somewhat scary) VMA performance, we’re sure there will be a few tongue wagging Miley impersonators out this October 31st. Unfortunately, Paris Hilton has beaten you all to it. It might be far from traditional Halloween attire, but Paris gets bonus point for accuracy, seemingly having hired Miley’s actual costume for the occasion. Get the look yourself with a slick of...

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Wahanda loves: hidden gems in the city

29
October
2013
Wahanda loves: hidden gems in the city

Calling all city dwellers. As the days get shorter, the nights get longer and everything gets a bit greyer, city life can start to lose it’s shine. Gone are the sunny morning strolls to the office and alfresco drinks after work, hello crowded commutes and evening under a blanket. We know what you’re thinking, you need a break. With Christmas still weeks away and no bank holidays on the horizon there’s only one thing for it, an escape within your city. To ensure a relaxing break we’ve rounded up some of the lesser-known spas in the best known cities in the country…

Pace Health Club and Nu Spa, ManchesterLocated within the Park inn hotel in near Victoria Train Station in Manchester, Pace Health Club and Nu Spa is ideal for commuters and local residents alike. The team at Pace are...

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Spa of the week: Chuan Spa at The Langham

28
October
2013
Spa of the week: Chuan Spa at The Langham

The oldest of London’s ‘Grand hotels’, The Langham dates back to 1797 and opened its doors to guests in 1865. As well as being one of the oldest and finest hotels in the capital, it’s also believed to be one of the most haunted, counting no less than seven ghosts among its residents (including a Victorian nobleman and pair of murderous Honeymooners). Spooky stuff, but amid the walls of the Langham lies something far more intriguing: The internationally acclaimed Chuan Spa, our luxury (Halloween special) Spa of the week…

The spaA stone’s throw from Oxford Circus Tube station and a short walk from Bond Street, the stunning five-star hotel recently underwent a five-year (£80 million) restoration, designed to re-establish its original character. Situated at the top of Regent Street, The...

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Something for the weekend: make the most of your extra hour

24
October
2013
Something for the weekend: make the most of your extra hour

The weekend is approaching and, in case you weren’t already aware, it’s a special one. That’s right, thanks to daylight saving the clocks are going back this weekend which means that whatever you’ve got planned you can do it for an extra 60 whole minutes. Huzzah! If you’re stuck for ideas on what do to with yours take a look at our top five ways to make the most of it…

Exercise“I’m definitely going to start exercising more, but first I need to buy some new trainers/join a gym/finish watching Breaking Bad’. When it comes to working out there’s always a reason to do it later, unless you find yourself with an extra hour on your hands. Use yours to kick-start a winter regime by getting outside and going for an endorphin-boosting run, signing up to a fitness class or downloading a DIY app...

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Wahanda guide: get fit with Strictly

23
October
2013
Wahanda guide: get fit with Strictly

If your plans for this weekend involve sitting on the sofa, watching Strictly and saying ‘I could do that’, we’re challenging you to put your money where your Paso Doble is. In other words, prove it. Apart from the odd straight ten score and impressive fleckle (Google it, we did), one of the most impressive things about this dance show every year is how toned and fit the competitors become. As we embark on our annual ‘get fit before party season’ plan, it has dawned on us that this dancing malarkey could help us burn a few calories this winter and we might even have some fun doing it. Here are our top three dance classes to help shimmy off those pounds…

BallroomBurns approx. 385 calories per hour

If you’re looking for a fun way to get fit, a ballroom dancing class might be just the...

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Salon of the week: Jade Angel at Czaro

22
October
2013
Salon of the week: Jade Angel at Czaro

As anyone who has found themselves in the vicinity of Oxford Circus on a Saturday, Tuesday, or any day ending in ‘y’ will know, it’s not a place you typically associate with relaxation or tranquillity. In fact, upon visiting this very busy corner of the capital many sightseers and shoppers report more negative emotions including stress, frustration and — if you happen to pop into Topshop on a weekend day — outright panic. Well venture a little further along Oxford Street and you might come across Jade Angel at Czaro, a calming and cosy salon that just happens to be our pick of the week…

The spaLike most of the best finds in the capital, Jade Angel is a little hidden away. Located within popular hair salon Czaro on Wells Street, Jade Angel sits halfway between Oxford Circus and Tottenham...

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Wahanda loves: rosy skincare

21
October
2013
Wahanda loves: rosy skincare

With the weather set to take a turn chilly, it’s nearly time to fish out our mitten minders, crank up the heating and slather on some heavy-duty moisturiser. There’s nothing more trying (or drying) on our poor skin than harsh winter weather and the central heating that comes with it. Perhaps that’s why naturally nourishing rose oil is having a bit of a moment in the beauty world. Made from crushed rose petals, rose oil was a staple in ancient Roman beauty treatments, and thanks to a few modern day spa-brands we can enjoy its healing, nourishing benefits today. Here are some of our favourite spa products and treatments.



Neal’s Yard Rehydrating Rose MoisturiserNeal’s Yard Remedies are known for their belief that health and beauty should be as natural as possible. Their Rehydrating Rose...

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Tried and tested: Fountain, The Hyaluronic Molecule

18
October
2013
Tried and tested: Fountain, The Hyaluronic Molecule

Back in September we brought you news of a new, revolutionary answer to the ageing process: Fountain, The Beauty Molecule. The world’s first water-soluble form of beauty boosting molecule resveratrol (found in red grape skins), the elixir helps to slow down the rate of cell division, an inevitable part of ageing. The added Black Carrot and Hyaluronic Acid are anti-ageing bonuses that work together with the resveratrol to stimulate collagen production, smoothing the skin, and actually delaying the ageing process from the inside out.

Following the success of The Beauty Molecule, Fountain have launched another tonic designed to reverse signs of the ageing process. The Hyaluronic Molecule is the first ever bioavailable formulation of anti-ageing hero Hyaluronic Acid and we, among others,...

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Wahanda news: survey reveals women feel least attractive on Monday morning

16
October
2013
Wahanda news: survey reveals women feel least attractive on Monday morning

As if it wasn’t hard enough getting out of bed on a Monday morning, a recent study has revealed that it's the time of the week when we women look our worst. Well, based on our own admissions anyway.

The study, by London-based global media agency PDA, questioned women aged 18 and over in a bid to discover when marketing pushes by beauty firms would be most effective. A huge majority of the women who took part (46%) confessed that they feel their worst on Mondays.

It’s not just a case of Monday morning blues. These 46% blamed their low self-esteem on the first day of the week on stress, a lack of motivation to make an effort with their appearance and the visible and emotional effects of the weekend. Bad news for us, but good news for beauty firms who have pinpointed this time of...

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Spa of the week: Spa Verta at Hotel Verta

15
October
2013
Spa of the week: Spa Verta at Hotel Verta

You don’t need to be the world’s most experienced spa-goer to know that there are a few essential features that make a spa day or break truly relaxing, like tempting treatments, expert staff and state of the art facilities. What the more seasoned spa goer will have learned, however, is that there are a few less obvious essentials like a pleasing decor, an enthusiasm for good service and, above all, a simple stress-free journey. Just in time for this week's spa of the week we’ve found a place that has it all - including access by air, land and water. Welcome to Spa Verta…

The spaLocated at London’s Vertical Gateway, Hotel Verta in Battersea sits on the banks of the River Thames overlooking the water. Every inch the luxury boutique, the hotel has access to a neighbouring heliport (ideal...

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Wahanda loves: national chocolate week

14
October
2013
Wahanda loves: national chocolate week

In case it has escaped your attention, this week is Chocolate Week. We know what you’re thinking, ‘any excuse’, but we haven’t actually made this one up. Sponsored by fair trade chocolatiers Divine, this 14th – 20th October 2013 marks the ninth annual chocolate week - seven days devoted to celebrating the finest chocolate and chocolate makers around.

Good for the mood, good for the soul and – despite what you might have learned as a teenager – really quite good for the skin, chocolate has become a popular ingredient in some of the UK’s finest spas. Here are some of our favourite (almost guilt-free) indulgences…

Bannatyne Chocolate MassageRich in anti-oxidants, moisturising cocoa butter and fat-burning, cellulite-busting theobromine, chocolate is just the kind of thing you want rubbed...

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Wahanda news: handheld gadgets to blame for generation 'iPosture's' back pain

11
October
2013
Wahanda news: handheld gadgets to blame for generation 'iPosture's' back pain

Technology is a wonderful thing isn’t it? Without our phones we’d be disconnected, without our straighteners dishevelled and without our GPS we’d be, quite literally, lost. What a shame then that this reliance on technology has to have a downside. We don’t just mean mobile phones at the dinner table (although, now we come to mention it, anyone else remember when it was ‘no reading at the dinner table’?) it seems our technological dependence is having an adverse effect on our health as a recent study revealed that a whopping 84% of 18-24 year olds have experienced gadget-related back pain in the last 12 months.

The survey, issued to 3,000 adults by newly launched app SimplyHealth BackCare, also revealed that over a third of people in this age bracket have taken time off work due to back...

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Something for the weekend: DIY Dip Dye by Bleach London

10
October
2013
Something for the weekend: DIY Dip Dye by Bleach London

Widely recognised as the home of the dip dye (not to mention recession roots and rainbow hair), Dalston-born salon Bleach London has this week launched a DIY Dip Dye range in a spectrum of pastel shades, meaning that this weekend you can recreate their famous rainbow hues in the comfort of your own bathroom.

The DIY range, launched in conjunction with Boots UK, includes 12 unique (and imaginatively named) wash-in colour creams ranging from warm shades like Washed Out Orange, Rosé and Awkward Peach, to the ever so cool Blullini, Sea Punk and Washed Up Mermaid, each just £5 a bottle.



Ideal for ombre virgins, the range also includes a salon-standard Bleach as well as a White Toner to get rid of any yellow blonde tones and create the platinum effect dye-hards know and love Bleach for.

As...

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Wahanda guide: autumn updos

09
October
2013
Wahanda guide: autumn updos

Forget the beachy waves and loosely swept topknots of summer, autumn is all about sleek, chic ‘dos that won’t be ruined by a bit of rain. So while you’re browsing new season coats, boots and thermals, grab a brush, a few Kirby grips and some extra firm hairspray and get practising these autumnal updos…

Image from @RochelleTheSats Twitter

The new plaitLast season’s braid was designed to be messy and laid-back – despite a good 10 minutes spent weaving to achieve that effect. Perfect for mid to long length hair, this season the plait should be worn long, loose and very glossy à la Rochelle Humes:

After washing hair apply a smoothing serum like Kerastase Cristalliste Cristal Sculpt Double Serum (£25.80) then blow-dry smooth.
Pull hair over one shoulder and plait the entire length, being...

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Spa of the week: hydrohealing, Notting Hill

08
October
2013
Spa of the week: hydrohealing, Notting Hill

Forget feel-good rom-coms and put down the share-size chocolate; there are certain occasions in life when all you need to feel better is a drop of good old h2O. Groggy Monday morning? How about a refreshing cool shower to wake you up. Rough day? A nice warm bath will sort you out in no time. Morning after the night before? Pint of water, pronto. So what do you do when you find yourself in the kind of stressful situation that even the tallest drink of water won't help? Take a trip to trendy West London spa hydrohealing…

The spaA short walk from either Notting Hill Gate or Ladbroke Grove underground station, hydrohealing is a chic salon and day spa specialising in water-based therapies and wellness treatments. Inside the décor is minimal without being clinical – think bright white walls...

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Tried and tested: Organa Gold's health boosting coffee

07
October
2013
Tried and tested: Organa Gold's health boosting coffee

Overheard in the office: “Apologies everyone, I haven’t had any caffeine today”, "Oops my mistake, I haven't had my morning coffee!" and, in one particularly perilous moment here at Wahanda Towers, "Oh my God who finished the @#*%ing coffee?" Sound familiar? We’re not surprised. Did you know coffee is the second most consumed beverage in the world (after water)? Coffee drinkers across the globe rely on its warmth and caffeine kick to get them out of bed, through a long afternoon or difficult piece of work. Ask them how they feel about this habit and there’s a good chance many will reply that they drink too much of the brown stuff and that they know it’s not good for them.

For all its rich, creamy, aromatic benefits, we all know that drinking too much coffee has its drawbacks. For some...

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Wahanda news: Sunday Times announces ultimate spas

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October
2013
Wahanda news: Sunday Times announces ultimate spas

Not to say “we told you so” or anything, but when we were casting our eye over The Sunday Times’ Ultimate 100 British Hotels last week, we couldn’t help but notice some of our favourites (five to be precise) were featured among the top ten Spas. So again, not to say, “we told you so”, but um, well we did sort of. In fact we’ve been raving about some of these luxurious spas for years. Perfect for ‘Proper pampering’ according to The Sunday Times, and Wahanda – did we mention we’ve recommended a few of these too? – here are five of the best spas in the country…

Spa at Rockliffe HallSituated in Darlington, in the heart of County Durham, Rockliffe Hall (pictured above) is a luxurious, five star hotel. Inside the doors of this gothic mansion guests will find 50,000 square feet of indulgent spa...

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Something for the weekend: nails on wheels from MILK Mobile Beauty

03
October
2013
Something for the weekend: nails on wheels from MILK Mobile Beauty

When MILK Mobile Beauty stopped by Wahanda Towers a few weeks ago to demonstrate their beauty-on-wheels services and give our hard-working hands a well deserved manicure (hey, typing is tiring), we were so impressed with the experience we couldn't wait to A) share it with the world and B) invite the team into our homes for tea and maybe a quick pedicure one weekend.

The salonWith bases in north and east London, MILK is a mobile beauty service that provides high quality treatments including waxing, facials, nails and massages to homes and offices in the capital. As well as a highly trained therapist, MILK provide all the candles and music required to transform board rooms and living rooms into places of utter relaxation. When they came to visit us their ’salon’ was in fact a far more...

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Wahanda news: It's Breast Cancer Awareness month

02
October
2013
Wahanda news: It's Breast Cancer Awareness month

The arrival of October means it’s time to eat, wear and just generally think pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Organised by charity Breast Cancer Care (BCC), Breast Cancer Awareness Month is all about campaigning for better support and care while promoting the importance of early detection.

Over the last few years, BCC and other breast cancer charities have organised fundraising events and enlisted the help of celebrities, beauty brands and high street names to help raise awareness for this important cause throughout the month of October. This year is no different. Here’s how you can show your support this month…

FundraisingIf you’d like to raise some money this Breast Cancer Awareness Month there are plenty of ways to get involved. On 19th October, Breast Cancer Care will be...

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Spa of the week: Spa at Rookery Hall Hotel

01
October
2013
Spa of the week: Spa at Rookery Hall Hotel

April showers bring May flowers, November becomes ‘Movember’, and the arrival of October marks the beginning of Stoptober, a month of abstinence from smoking or any other habits you'd like to curb. If you’re not known for your willpower and think you might need a helping hand this month, then we’ve found a place that can help your detox dreams come true. If, however, you’d rather indulge your lack of will power with a particularly decadent afternoon tea... well, we’ve catered for that too. Whether you’re planning an abstemious or indulgent October, the Spa at Rookery Hall has it all. Just ask Posh and Becks…

The spaSet amid 38 acres of stunning Cheshire countryside, Rookery Hall dates back to 1816. Having undergone a few updates over the centuries, this magnificent country house is now a...

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Wahanda guide: finding the right hair shade for you

30
September
2013
Wahanda guide: finding the right hair shade for you

Autumn is coming which means a change of weather, change of wardrobe and, for many of us, a change of hair. The start of a new season is the perfect opportunity to update your look, and what could be quicker or simpler than a change of hair colour. Just ask Kim Kardashian and Carey Mulligan, who recently unveiled their moves from brunette to blonde and blonde to brunette. Unfortunately for Kim, her bold new look hasn’t been quite as well received as Carey’s 'do – which, admittedly, does look great. With this in mind, and on the verge of colour change ourselves, we thought it a good idea to investigate the best ways to 'do a Carey' and guarantee a new colour that suits you...
Image: REX/ David Fisher

Know what you wantThere’s no point going to a hair appointment with no idea what you...

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Salon of the week: Kitsune nails

26
September
2013
Salon of the week: Kitsune nails

Girls’ night, date night, nineties night at Infernos – when the weekend rolls around it brings plenty of opportunities to put on your glad rags and feel great about yourself. Until, that is, you realise you’re in a room with someone wearing the same dress, shoes or statement necklace... and she’s got a nicer bag. If only you’d thought of a totally original way to set yourself apart, like, for example, a set of beautiful bespoke nails. Hey, we’ve all been there. That’s why most Saturdays you can find us (and a few nail-savvy celebs) at Kitsune Nails at Camiyui Hair and Beauty Salon – home of the most unique manicures in the capital…

The venueSituated within a hair and beauty salon on London’s Great Titchfield Street, Kitsune Nails takes up only a small corner of the city, a short walk...

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Wahanda news: Burberry's new nail collection available until 30th September

25
September
2013
Wahanda news: Burberry's new nail collection available until 30th September

The nights are getting longer, the days are getting greyer and we’ve still got a few months to wait before the fairy lights and glitter of the festive season brighten things up a bit. Fortunately, it seems the good people at Burberry foresaw all this and decided to bring some sunshine into our lives by releasing their spring nail collection a few months early. On sale for just two weeks they disappear next week so nail addicts take note, you’d better act fast.



Along with the tousled blow dry, flawless skin and pink eye shadow strutting down the Burberry spring summer 2014 catwalks, you might have noticed the gorgeous, and surprisingly colourful, manicures sported by the models. Those of you sitting on the front row (us neither) paying particular attention will also have noticed that...

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Wahanda guide: finding the right yoga

23
September
2013
Wahanda guide: finding the right yoga

It’s the end of summer, your tan lines are fading, your flip flops are starting to gather dust and that holiday you waited so long for is nothing but a distant memory. Well it’s not over yet and since September is yoga month, we can't think of a better way to keep active, stress-free and, above all, warm.

Unfortunately it’s not quite as easy as turning up at your local yoga centre and announcing ‘I’d like some yoga please’. There are all kinds of weird and wonderful words associated with the different kinds of yoga (including, most recently, ‘twerking yoga’) that a beginner might find confusing or intimidating – and we haven’t even got to the headstands yet. We’ve filtered them into to five favourites and then broken them down to help you find the one that’s right for you…

HathaHatha...

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Tattoo removal searches soar in UK weeks after Cheryl Cole unveils her latest bodyart

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September
2013
Tattoo removal searches soar in UK weeks after Cheryl Cole unveils her latest bodyart

When a photo of a woman’s posterior covered by a lacy pink thong and giant floral tattoo appeared on Instagram last month and rumours began circulating that said posterior belonged to Cheryl Cole the nation gasped. We all know Cheryl likes a tattoo (she reportedly has at least nine others) but an ‘English rose’ covering her entire buttocks and a good portion of her back, surely not. This is the nation’s sweetheart we’re talking about.

When Cheryl confirmed that the illustrated bottom in tattoo artist Nick Hurtado’s picture was in fact hers the world was stunned. Some didn’t believe it. Some asked why. Some tweeted things like: “YO @CHERYLCOLE WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO YOUR ASS? YOU SIT ON AN ARTISAN CAKE OR SOMETHING? THIS A CRAZY BUM JOKE?” 

It wasn’t a joke and as fans continued to express...

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Something for the weekend: London spa special

19
September
2013
Something for the weekend: London spa special

The weekend is almost here and after a long, grey week, its timing couldn’t be better. Unfortunately temperatures look set to continue to drop, meaning the season of afternoon picnics and impromptu barbecues is officially over - sob. While there is a small part of us (ok a big part) that looks forward to the months of Saturday nights snuggled in front of Strictly, we know that we can’t spend the whole weekend under a blanket (not until January anyway). In preparation for the upcoming weather we’ve found the top ten places to while away a cold day in comfort and style. Here are our top five for winter weekends…

K SpaA short walk from Shepherd’s Bush station, sits one of the capital’s most stylish hotel spas. K Spa at K West Hotel aims to provide guests with an attainable city alternative...

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Tried and tested: Micellar water

18
September
2013
Tried and tested: Micellar water

Every fashion week brings with it a ‘must-have’ show-stopping piece from the catwalk and a less flashy, but equally important, must-have from backstage. This year, the beauty object of our affection could only be one thing. It’s the product the beauty world has been talking about for the last few months and the one item backstage makeup artists swear by: micellar water.

You’ve probably heard the buzz about this revolutionary cleanser, which is already a beauty essential in France and has recently made it’s way into beauty baskets across the globe. So what’s all the fuss about?

This cleansing water gently removes all manner of stubborn makeup using ‘micelles’ (tiny oil particles within the water) which attach themselves to the dirt and makeup particles and dissolve them. It leaves...

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Salon of the week: Michael Barnes Hairdressing

17
September
2013
Salon of the week: Michael Barnes Hairdressing

They came, they saw, they looked fabulous. That’s right, in a flurry of flashing lights, big sunglasses and very expensive clothes, London Fashion Week has been and gone and it’s time for life to get back to normal. With the Fash-pack departing for (comparatively) sunnier climes, you might find yourself missing the glamour and excitement that have emanated from Somerset House these past few days. But don’t despair, take a stroll along the Strand into theatreland where you’ll find a place where beauty, style and celebrity live all year round. Welcome to Michael Barnes Hairdressing, our salon of the week…

The salonLocated on London’s famous Shaftesbury Avenue, Michael Barnes Hairdressing arrived in Covent Garden some 25 years ago, offering customers expert cuts, and relaxed, unpretentious...

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Wahanda guide: the LFW beauty looks you might actually wear

16
September
2013
Wahanda guide: the LFW beauty looks you might actually wear

You don’t need to be a catwalk queen or front-row fanatic to know that certain things are to be expected when Fashion Week rolls around. There’s the one stand-out piece we're all talking about (last week it was Victoria Beckham's billowing dress), the headline grabbing beauty looks we wouldn't dare wear (cough - Vivienne Westwood - cough) and the collection we love but couldn't possibly pull off in real life (yes, we mean you Mary Katrantzou). The thing is, as mesmerising, elegant and exciting as high fashion is, without the celebrity budget or It Girl lifestyle, it can be hard to find a way to incorporate what we see on the catwalk into our own lives. It’s when we spot a look that we love and that we could actually pull off down our local, in the office or out and about without causing...

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Wahanda guide: Celebrity skin problems

15
September
2013
Wahanda guide: Celebrity skin problems

It’s no secret that images of ‘flawless’ celebrities can have a negative effect on the rest of us mere mortals. Without the premium skincare routines, team of dedicated assistants and access to airbrushing, it’s hard for 'real women' to compete. That’s why we love it when a gorgeous celebrity steps out with a less than perfect complexion and lets the whole world know: “I’m just like you”.
Image: REX/BillyFarrell/BFANYC.com

When Cara Delevingne admitted her battle with psoriasis may force her to quite the runway earlier this year we hated the idea of her letting a skin condition get the better of her. But with LFW in full swing and Cara at the centre of it, it seems she has it under control - apparently thanks to some advice from a certain Ms Moss. We can’t all have a seasoned super...

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Something for the weekend: ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerum - the facial in a bottle

12
September
2013
Something for the weekend: ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerum - the facial in a bottle

Earlier this week Wahanda went along to the Bulgari Spa at Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge to try out luxury spa brand ESPA’s latest launch: Optimal Skin ProSerum.

What is it?A cross between a serum and a face treatment, the ProSerum combines active ingredients (including turmeric, white lupin and sunflower), with frangipani, rose and patchouli essential oils to help nourish and strengthen skin.

The formula was designed for use day and night (although how much and how often depends on skin type) to brighten and even skin tone, enhance elasticity and help protect against environmental aggressors that can lead to premature ageing.

Unlike other serums that are marketed as ‘anti-ageing’, ESPA’s ProSerum does not promise to reverse the effects of ageing, but rather prevent further damage...

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Wahanda loves: best of beauty from NYFW

11
September
2013
Wahanda loves: best of beauty from NYFW

New York. The concrete jungle where dreams are made, no one sleeps and Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe collection lives. It’s also the first stop of this Fashion Month, and where the fashion elite have spent the past week hanging out, taking notes and generally looking fabulous. Before they join us in Blighty for London Fashion Week, we thought we’d catch up on what they’ve seen so far with a quick round up of some of our favourite beauty looks from across the pond...
Image: REX/Startraks Photo

HairFrom messy, embellished up-dos at Zac Posen to wet-look locks at Prabal Gurung, Philip Lim and Monique Lhuillier (we’re still not convinced) there was a good deal of variation in the hair department on the Big Apple catwalks. Our favourite ‘dos, however, are the ones that are easy to wear and, more...

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Spa of the week: The Bulgari Spa

10
September
2013
Spa of the week: The Bulgari Spa

As New York Fashion Week draws to a close it’s almost time for the world to turn its attention to our fair capital. That’s right, London Fashion Week is upon us, which means it’s time to dig out your designer finest, apply your boldest lipstick, don your biggest shades and hail a cab to central London – well, if you’re Kate Moss it does. Whether you have a seat reserved on the front row or plan to live vicariously through the Twitter storm that’s sure to emanate from it, there’s really only one place to get ready for a week of designer fashion, hair and beauty and that’s our favourite designer spa, Bulgari. Welcome to this week’s LFW inspired spa of the week…

The spaSituated in the heart of opulent Knightsbridge, The Bulgari Spa at Bulgari Hotel is one of the most innovative and...

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Elemis launch in seven new hotel spas

09
September
2013
Elemis launch in seven new hotel spas

If you feel like you’ve seen a lot of Elemis over the past few weeks, it’s because the luxury British spa and skincare brand have been busy these last few weeks. Not only have they been driving their Elemis Spa Bus around the country (next stop Barn Beauty in Fareham, if you’re in the area) they’ve also found time to offer their beloved services in another seven UK spas.

First things first, the Elemis Spa Bus is a specially customised double decker bus that will be touring the country until mid-December complete with shiatsu chairs and trained Elemis therapists offering £15 15-minute treatments including a Plump Up & Tone Facial, Power Resurfacing Facial, Recharge & Glow Facial or three different massages.

If pampering on the road isn’t for you, you might be better suited to a day at one...

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The week in beauty: designer nails, expert brows and seriously hot lips

05
September
2013
The week in beauty: designer nails, expert brows and seriously hot lips

What do fluorescent lips, radio waves and an international fashion house all have in common? Not a lot, except that they’ve all been hot topics around the Wahanda water cooler this week. Launches, trends and high-brow eyebrows: here’s our week in beauty…

NewsSince it began life in 2004, Marchesa has become renowned in the fashion world for its dazzling evening-wear collections. As we all know, no evening look is complete without a set of equally elegant nails which is why the good people of Marchesa have teamed up with beauty giants Revlon to create a stunning range of nail wraps inspired by gowns from the fashion house’s autumn/winter ’13 collection. The gilded, studded and generally bedazzled wraps showcase the brand's signature vintage and Asian influences and are available now at...

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Wahanda news: Cosmopolitan Beauty and Fragrance Awards

04
September
2013
Wahanda news: Cosmopolitan Beauty and Fragrance Awards

As women, we spend a good portion of our lives scanning shelves, browsing magazines and trawling through the internet in an effort to track down (and then slather all over our faces) the holy grail of beauty: products that actually work. We’ve all got friends who swear by various body crème de la crèmes or anti-ageing serums we simply have to try – despite years of protestations that we’ve actually got quite sensitive skin. No offense friends, but sometimes we’d rather hear it from the professionals.

Earlier this week, Cosmopolitan held their annual Cosmopolitan Beauty and Fragrance Awards in which a panel of expert judges whittled 250 products down to a favourite (and almost round) 52. Here’s what they think you need to look and feel your best top to toe…

HairThought good hair was all...

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Salon of the week: iBrows etc

03
September
2013
Salon of the week: iBrows etc

If we told you about an inexpensive, non-invasive treatment that could enhance eyes, lift the brow and pretty much re-shape your face in ten minutes, we imagine you’d want to hear all about this revolutionary new service. Well it’s not that revolutionary actually, we’re talking about eyebrow shaping. Did you know that over 70% of your facial expressions depend on your eyebrows and that shaping them correctly can take years off you? That’s what the eyebrow experts at iBrows etc taught us, and having experienced first hand what they can do with a piece of thread and a pair of brows, we not only believe them, we’ve voted them salon of the week…

The salonA stone’s throw from London’s Selfridges (or five minute walk from Marble Arch), iBrows etc is situated on Seymour Place, a comparatively...

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Tried and tested: Fountain, The Beauty Molecule

02
September
2013
Tried and tested: Fountain, The Beauty Molecule

If you’ve been anywhere near a tube station, bus stop, women's mag, beauty blog or your local Boots, there’s a good chance you’ve already come into contact with this year's most anticipated beauty release: Fountain, The Beauty Molecule.

Thanks to a heavy dose of resveratrol (a natural beauty booster), a daily spoonful of this new supplement is believed to have an anti-ageing effect on the skin. Sounds positively magical (and a little Mary Poppins), but before we throw out our night cream and rushed to drink from this new fountain of youth, we had a few questions. How does it work? Does it work? And, most importantly, how does it taste? After testing it ourselves over the past few weeks, here’s what we found…

How does it work?Ever talked yourself into after work drinks with the classic...

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Wahanda guide: get ready for fashion month

30
August
2013
Wahanda guide: get ready for fashion month

This week sees the start of one of the most exciting events of the season, Fashion Month. With New York Fashion Week kicking off on Thursday our first stop is the Big Apple. Whether you're hopping from FROW to FROW in over-the-knee boots, or keeping up with the action from the comfort of your laptop, as the world turns its attention to fashion and beauty, it doesn't hurt to look the part. While we’ve still got a few days until it all gets going it’s time to get prepared…

HairNothing says front-row like glossy, healthy hair, and nothing says A-list like a big, bouncy blow dry. It’s classic, photogenic and, done-right, will see you through the day with volume and shine. Tame fly-aways and add some show-stopping oomph to your ‘do by squeezing a professional blow dry between shows. For an...

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The week in beauty

29
August
2013
The week in beauty

From ancient rituals to new-fangled technology, the world of beauty is forever changing. That’s why, here at Wahanda, we try our best to keep abreast of the latest tricks, trends and innovations – and to fit in a rhyme wherever we can. This week old met new at Wahanda HQ (we’re on a roll here) where we've been testing ancient beautifier Frankincense and talking about new launches and new looks. Here’s our week in beauty…

Product of the week: Frankincense IntenseEarlier this summer, Wahanda were given a sneak peek at the brand new face cream from Neal’s Yard Remedies. After two years in the making, luxury anti-ageing cream Frankincense Intense is finally ready to be added to the award-winning Frankincense skincare collection and, after sampling it ourselves, we can confirm it’s worth the...

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Lock up your makeup; men’s grooming is on the rise

28
August
2013
Lock up your makeup; men’s grooming is on the rise

Earlier this year Simon Cowell made a revelation that shocked us all. No, we’re not talking about illicit love-children, we’re far more interested in his beauty regime. In an interview with the Radio Times he confessed: "I work out three or four times a week, I have Botox, take tons of vitamins and vitamin infusions – if you believe that these things work, you will feel better." 

Additional rumours reported that Cowell was also partial to regular colonics, intravenous vitamin injections and bathing in lemon milk. While a bit of vanity among the rich and famous is hardly surprising, the fact that Cowell is a man made his habits newsworthy (to the tabloids at least).

But further investigation has suggested that Simon Cowell isn’t the only man to indulge in a little gentleman’s grooming....

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Wahanda guide: recovering from a long weekend

26
August
2013
Wahanda guide: recovering from a long weekend

Festivals, carnivals or over-zealous DIY, whatever you got up to over the long weekend there’s a good chance that after three days off you could use a bit of a rest. Fortunately for you, here at Wahanda we’ve devoted our bank holiday Monday to thinking of ways to recover and readjust to working life...

FestivalJust arrived home from a weekend of camping, glamping or other festival festivities? First things first, you’re probably in need of a warm bath and nice long sleep to get you feeling like you again. If days of dancing and nights spent trying to get comfortable on hard ground have left you feeling achy it'll probably take a few days before you get completely back to normal. Speed up the process - and make the first day back a little easier - by treating yourself to a lunchtime or...

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The week in beauty: pre-wedding pampering, bank holiday spa-ing and Rihanna's new 'do

22
August
2013
The week in beauty: pre-wedding pampering, bank holiday spa-ing and Rihanna's new 'do

Tanning, body baring and the return of the mullet – yikes. It’s been another busy week in the world of beauty. Missed out on the latest looks and launches? Don’t worry we’ve been taking notes. Here are some of the best bits from the week in beauty…

NewsNew research by luxury spa brand Sanctuary has revealed that the age of 34 is when we are most confident about baring our bits. The research also revealed that of the 1,230 women surveyed, 40% choose to look at their naked reflection every day, 25% weekly and 16% claim we never look – presumably out of fear of not liking what we see. The survey also revealed that according to 48% of the women asked, Holly Willoughby, who aged 32 is two years away from ultimate bare body confidence, was named our favourite curvy role mode followed by...

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Spa of the week: Sussex Spa at the Grand Eastbourne

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August
2013
Spa of the week: Sussex Spa at the Grand Eastbourne

As we get ready for the Summer bank holiday, it’s dawned on us here at HQ that this Monday will be our last chance for a bit of relaxation until Christmas – we know, where does the time go? With months of dropping temperatures, shorter days and darker skies lingering on the horizon like a particularly ominous cloud, we are determined to make the most of this last hurrah. We can’t guarantee you sunny picnics, rain-free barbecues or stress-free DIY (is there such a thing?), but we can help you find an idyllic place to relax, escape the city and breathe in a little sea-air. Welcome to the Sussex Spa at the Grand Hotel, Eastbourne, our bank holiday spa of the week….

The spaKnown to its visitors as ‘The White Palace’, The Grand, Eastbourne is the UK’s only 5-star coastal hotel. The perfect...

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Wahanda news: James Read Studio opens in Harvey Nichols

19
August
2013
Wahanda news: James Read Studio opens in Harvey Nichols

Last week, James Read made tanning history by becoming the first professional tanner to open his very own tanning studio in Harvey Nichols. Being long-time James Read fans, we made our way to Knightsbridge last Thursday to toast the occasion with Champagne, cocktails and a little evening sun.

The Studio itself is located on the fourth floor of the plush department store – an obvious choice for Read as Harvey Nichols was the first store to stock his sunless tanning products. We headed straight there expecting a party... only to find a very stylish, but very empty studio. Realising we were probably in the wrong place, we took the opportunity to have a quick snoop. The Studio is immaculate. Decorated with pristine white walls and stripes of bronze, it has been designed to complement the...

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Wahanda news: Google predicts future beauty trends

16
August
2013
Wahanda news: Google predicts future beauty trends

How do you keep track of trends? People watching? Magazine scouring? Or by keeping abreast of SEO trends and making sense of them with complex algorithms? Didn’t think so. Well that’s how the people at Google do it. Their latest data has revealed the beauty trends women are most searching for in terms of lip-wear, manicures and, above all, eyebrows.

Whether it’s the influence of Kate Middleton’s thick arches, Cara Delevingne’s full brows or Chanel’s show-stopping embellished brows (circa autumn/winter 2012), over the last couple of years brows have been big in the beauty world, literally. According to Google the trend for bigger brows won’t be thinning out any time soon as searches for “fuller eyebrows” and “Cara Delevingne” are on the rise while terms like “tweezers” and “eyebrow...

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Wahanda's week in beauty

15
August
2013
Wahanda's week in beauty

Nails, news and the next big thing in anti-ageing. As always, it’s been another busy week in the world of beauty. Missed out on the latest looks and launches? Don’t worry we’ve been taking notes. Here are the best bits of this week in beauty…

NewsThis week, supermodel and all-round fashion darling Cara Delavingne announced that she is considering retiring (very) early from modelling due to her psoriasis. Caused by an acceleration of skin cell production, psoriasis manifests in flaky, red patches on the skin. The recurrent condition affects around 2% and is thought to be brought on by a number of factors including stress, obesity, depression and diabetes. After a Fashion Week flare up last year (which Kate Moss helped her through) the model recently told W magazine that she may turn to...

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Treatment trends: the new alternatives to surgery

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August
2013
Treatment trends: the new alternatives to surgery

It’s summer 2013. Emerald is the new black, side partings are the new centre partings and eyebrows are bigger than ever. Times and (beauty) trends are changing and even surgery has had something of a… facelift. Surgical procedures for the sake of beauty have always been something of a taboo – raising the fully motional eyebrows of those who reckon we’d ‘never have it done’ – and having witnessed a few shocking high profile transformations over the years (naming no names) who can blame us?

These days, however, science and the demand for everlasting youth have led to the creation of non-invasive procedures that can turn back the hands of time without the scars or intense recovery period. So now that we can blitz our wobbly bits during our lunch hour without the help of a scalpel, who’s for...

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App-solutely fabulous running plans for all levels

09
August
2013
App-solutely fabulous running plans for all levels

We’ve got a couple of months (fingers crossed) until the nights start getting longer and that familiar British chill creeps back into the air, which means that this is the perfect time of year to embark on a little outdoor exercise plan. We know what you’re thinking: you don’t know how, you’ll never stick to it and you simply don’t have the time. Well, what if you had an encouraging coach in your ear supporting you or an easy way to document your progress and share it with your friends? What if you were being chased by a group of hungry zombies? Yes these days there really is an app for everything, take a look at our top three for running…

Get Running: Couch to 5kThe best app for complete beginners Couch to 5k does exactly what it says on the tin. This nine-week plan is designed to train...

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The Wahanda week in beauty

08
August
2013
The Wahanda week in beauty

Face creams, fitness and fab new looks. As always, it’s been a busy week for beauty. Haven’t managed to keep up to date with the latest new, reviews and trends? Don’t worry we’ve taken the juiciest bits from the week in beauty and condensed them into nice bite-size chunks. Tuck in everyone…

NewsOnline retailer Escentual.com that revealed this week that airlines are set to confiscate £11.5 million worth of liquid cosmetics from the two million women set to travel by plane over the next week. No, it’s not Richard Branson’s latest money making venture, the confiscated goodies are the result of us women failing to comply with the 100ml rule. The study found that of the 750 questioned, the hand luggage rule had caught out a whopping 73% of female flyers, with the average confiscated product...

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Tried and tested: creepy crawly face creams

07
August
2013
Tried and tested: creepy crawly face creams

Snail slime, venom, bird poo and placenta. How far would you go for a youthful complexion? They might sound like the kind of drastic (and slightly gross) beauty secrets of a fairy-tale villain, but in recent years a trend has developed for putting weird, wonderful and just plain wacky things on our faces. Where a trend begins you’re sure to find a celebrity or two, which might explain why Posh Spice is such a fan of the not-so-posh-sounding birdpoo facial, why Eva Longoria isn’t put off by a bit of placenta and why Demi Moore (who does seem to know something the rest of us don’t about eternal youth) is partial to a spot of leech therapy. This week we joined the A-list (sort of) and proved that we're not afraid to get our hands dirty in the name of beauty by testing out two of the most...

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Spa of the week: The Spa in Dolphin Square

06
August
2013
Spa of the week: The Spa in Dolphin Square

Whether you’re getting over a case of holiday blues, juggling the excitement and stress of an impending trip or mourning the fact you weren’t able to get away this year, it’s no fun being stuck at home and wishing you were away. Exotic restaurants and al fresco cocktails might trick you into holiday mode, but the feeling is fleeting. For long-lasting relaxation and a real taste of the exotic, it takes more than a bit of Sex on the Beach – still talking cocktails of course. Fortunately, with its mix of ancient therapies, modern luxury and dedication to relaxation, The Spa in Dolphin Square has everything you need to ignite that holiday feeling. Welcome to this week’s spa of the week…

The spaSituated a stone’s throw from Pimlico station, The Spa in Dolphin Square is like a corner of...

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After the birth of a new Royal heir, why are all eyes on Kate’s ‘mum tum’?

01
August
2013
After the birth of a new Royal heir, why are all eyes on Kate’s ‘mum tum’?

Unless you’ve had your eyes closed for the past couple of weeks, you’ll probably have noticed that the royal family have been at the centre of two big news stories. First, there was the arrival of baby Cambridge (the future heir to the throne - you might have heard about it). Then, hot on George Alexander’s tiny heels, came a nationwide backlash to the abundance of media reports, inspired by his birth, discussing, pressuring and even bullying new mothers into post-baby weight loss.

While some publications praised Kate for not ‘hiding’ her ‘mum-tum’ (causing outrage in women who – rightfully - resent the implication that a woman should conceal her post-baby stomach), others like OK! Magazine went full throttle brandishing their front page with “Kate’s post-baby weight loss regime” the day...

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Salon of the week: Sergio Giannasso

29
July
2013
Salon of the week: Sergio Giannasso

As anyone who has ever been nervous about attending a dentist's, doctor's or waxing appointment will know, a bright sticker and a lolly pop generally make everything OK. Anyone who (like this writer) dreads a haircut might be interested to hear that at central London salon Sergio Giannasso, they operate a similar policy. All about ‘Italian elegance with a London fashion twist’, the staff at Sergio’s offer their guests (nervous or not) a stylish setting, fabulous customer service and a slice of Grandma Giannasso’s delicious homemade tiramisu. Don’t mind if we do…

The salonNestled among stylish cafes, antique dealers and a number of theatres Sergio Giannasso is situated on St Martin’s Lane in Covent Garden. This boutique salon is chic, modern and home to a few luxurious touches including...

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Wahanda loves: jet-set spas

26
July
2013
Wahanda loves: jet-set spas

If there’s one thing that can take the buzz out of summer holiday excitement it’s looking at pictures of celebrities enjoying theirs. In recent weeks we’ve been faced with a barrage of Kodak moments from the globetrotting rich and famous and we’ve noticed something. From the moment they step off the plane the A-list look a darn-sight better than we do – speaking for ourselves, of course. It’s as though the tired eyes and dull complexion that accompany most of us into the arrivals lounge get checked in with their designer luggage. Without an entourage to preen away our faults and flaws (many caused by hours spent queuing and travelling) how do the rest of us mere mortals touchdown looking fresh-faced and feeling relaxed? With a pre-flight spa trip…

Before check inMiss-placed passports,...

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Wahanda guide: how to avoid summer beauty meltdown

25
July
2013
Wahanda guide: how to avoid summer beauty meltdown

It’s been a newsworthy week of celebrity heirs and celebrity hair. In case you missed it, earlier this week Beyoncé - while live on stage in Montreal - got her famous, flowing mane caught in a fan. Shocked (and slightly amused) by the images, and blown away by Bey’s professionalism as she continued belting out 'Halo' while her security team worked to de-tangle her, we couldn’t help but eye the electric fans in our office with a new caution. We wouldn’t be without them in this heat, but that means that we too run the risk of becoming tangled, and so without a security team of our own to help us out we’ve formulated a plan. This summer when the heat threatens to ruin your look, just think, ‘what would Beyoncé do?’

Pedicure pandemoniumPublic transport in the summer; it gets hotter and,...

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Spa of the week: PH2O Spa at Park House Hotel

23
July
2013
Spa of the week: PH2O Spa at Park House Hotel

Chilled lemonade, an ice-cold beer or refreshing r-r-rum punch (it’s good enough for Mary Poppins) - whatever your poison this summer, if the heat has you feeling parched or over-heated there’s only one thing that will truly quench your thirst: a tall drink of water. What could be more refreshing than a bit of H2O on a hot summer’s day? Maybe a bit of PH2O… Home to not one, but two luxurious swimming pools, PH2O in West Sussex is not only our spa of the week, but one of the most inviting places to relax and refresh yourself this summer. Go on dive in, you know you want to…

The spaPark House Hotel is a luxury English Country house hotel situated in the heart of the South Downs National Park in West Sussex. Set among ten acres of picturesque grounds in the village of Bepton, this family...

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Wahanda guide: get your perfect beach body before the sun goes in

17
July
2013
Wahanda guide: get your perfect beach body before the sun goes in

The sun is shining, the weekend’s getting closer and it’s time to start looking for your nearest watering hole to cool off, catch some rays and show off your new bikini. There’s just one thing stopping us… Actually that’s not true, there are about five things stopping us, all of them relating to being not quite bikini-ready. Orange peel skin, unwanted hair, and stubborn lumps and bumps - we could write a book on the various reasons we’re reluctant to get into a bikini. But we haven’t, we’ve written a blog instead loaded with tips and treatments to overcome these woes and wobbles and unleash our inner beach goddesses...

CelluliteContary to what Photoshop might want you to believe, most of us women suffer from cellulite. Cellulite, if you don’t know (we’ll assume you’re one of the lucky...

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Wahanda guide: celebrate Bastille Day with our favourite French beauty brands

11
July
2013
Wahanda guide: celebrate Bastille Day with our favourite French beauty brands

Bonjour tout le monde, ça va? Sunday is Bastille Day (or Le quatorze Juillet), the French National Day commemorating the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison in 1789 - a symbol of the revolution. Here at Wahanda we’ve come over un petit peu Français and, although traditionally celebrated with a military parade and fireworks, this July 14th we thought we’d celebrate our neighbours across the Channel in a different way. To say ‘merci beaucoup’ for some of the wonderful things they have given us (not just smelly cheese and French kissing) we’ve put together a run-down of our favourite French beauty brands. Ooh la la…

FaceWhen it comes to looking after our faces the French certainly know a thing or deux. We tried to narrow it down to one favourite skincare brand but there were too many...

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Wahanda loves: meditation (and we’re not the only ones)

10
July
2013
Wahanda loves: meditation (and we’re not the only ones)

Whether you think of it as a way of life or more of a hobby for ‘hippies’, most of us are aware (to an extent) of the benefits of meditation and have witnessed it grow in popularity in recent years. Meditation courses and drop-ins have made the peaceful practise open to everyone, while books and - most recently - apps mean that the quest for inner peace is now something we can incorporate into lunch breaks and even journeys on public transport.

With a huge celebrity following and high profile figures like David Lynch and George Lucas campaigning to make meditation a part of the school day, it seems the peaceful practice is set to become a big part of our lives. So what’s all the fuss about and how do we get involved?

Why has the world has gone crazy for meditation?The Western world has...

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Spas of the week: the most exotic venues and treatments on UK soil

09
July
2013
Spas of the week: the most exotic venues and treatments on UK soil

Paddling in Peckham, ice-lollies in Liverpool and sun-bathing in Skegness - this sudden burst of warm weather has got some of us Brits fooled into thinking we’re on our jollies already. With temperatures said to reach the very high twenties in some parts of the country this week (please be true), who could blame us? To make that summer holiday feeling feel all the more real, we’ve tracked down a few of the most exotic spas and treatments in the country. Hold on to your flip-flops, we’re going around the world in 80 spas! OK, five…

ThailandWho needs to fly 5000 miles when you can find an authentic Thai massage right here in London. With venues in the City and Covent Garden, Thai Square Spa offers a range of traditional treatments and packages inspired by ancient Thai herbal remedies and...

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Wahanda guide: fool-proof summer beauty

08
July
2013
Wahanda guide: fool-proof summer beauty

There's a certain image most of us associate with the term 'summer beauty'. You know the one, gently tousled hair, smudge-free mascara, a magnificently matte t-zone and impeccably highlighted features. That flawless face seems to find its way into advertisements and magazine shoots galore at this time of year - but not our holiday snaps. As effortless as the experts make it look, when you’re battling against hot sun, sweaty conditions and - for the young at heart - a good deal of splashing, looking good is hard. Fortunately there are some long-lasting, weather-proof tricks and treatments that can help. Here are a few of our summer must-haves to help you wave goodbye to shiny, smudgy holiday pics and hello to your inner sun-kissed goddess…

Fixing sprayThe appropriate amount of makeup to...

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Wahanda guide: home-made hair masks for all

04
July
2013
Wahanda guide: home-made hair masks for all

They say if you want something done right you’d better do it yourself, but when it comes to matters of health and beauty (particularly DIY haircuts, dye jobs and eyebrow shaping) this isn’t always the case – we’ve got a few dodgy photos to prove it. Having said that, there are a few homemade remedies to supplement your beauty regime that beauty fanatics have sworn by for decades. While eating your crusts won’t really curl you hair – sorry to disappoint – there are a few things in your kitchen that can work wonders to revive, soften or de-grease your 'do. Inspired by the abundance of fresh fruit and veg around at the moment, we’ve been gathering, blending, testing and, ahem, tasting ingredients to create simple but effective hair-masks for all types. Grab your apron and let's go...

Dry,...

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Wahanda guide: how to get perfect beachy waves

03
July
2013
Wahanda guide: how to get perfect beachy waves

Sunglasses, bangles and floppy hats - when summer comes around we could spend a whole month’s wages on accessories. Fortunately, the knowledge that this year's big thing could be next summer’s ‘what were you thinking’ usually holds us back. There is, however, one seasonal accessory that seems to rear its head around this time every year. The always-in-vogue relaxed, summer wave. While beach bunnies across the world will have you believe this look is the result of nothing more than a few hours frolicking in the sea and a laid-back attitude, for many of us with fine or frizz-prone hair looking this ‘effortless’ takes quite a bit of effort indeed. Luckily a few clever souls in the hair industry have come up with all manner of products, treatments and tools to help tame or tousle our tresses....

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Spa of the week: Massimo Giglio, fanatical about hair

02
July
2013
Spa of the week: Massimo Giglio, fanatical about hair

Beautiful weather, beautiful food and beautiful people. Whether you’re looking to fall in love, eat handsomely or sightsee under the sun this summer, Italy has it all. It’s also home to one of the major fashion capitals of the world, Milan, which is, presumably, where the Italians get their flair for style. Much as we’d love to be feasting in Florence or romancing in Rome, summer in London is pretty great too. And if you feel like you’re missing that Mediterranean magic, there are plenty of places you can find it. Massimo Giglio in the City, for example. This little corner of London embodies that famous Italian spirit, style and passion…for good hairdressing.

The venueLocated just off Fleet Street, Massimo Giglio is not your typical central London Salon. Unlike many larger venues with...

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Wahanda loves: summer nail trends

26
June
2013
Wahanda loves: summer nail trends

When it comes to beauty trends, here at Wahanda we make it our mission to stay ahead of the game, look to the future and predict the next big thing for hair, makeup and nails. When we peered into the future looking for a sneak peak of nail trends for the next few months, however, we found ourselves in something of a time warp. With retro whites, classic reds and a very futuristic 'negative space' manicure we don't know whether to channel the 1950s, 1960s or something entirely new. Why not all of the above?

Pale nailsAlthough synonymous with the swinging sixties, there is something undeniably futuristic about this retro trend. After a spring flirtation with very nude shades, nails have been getting paler and paler and this summer brilliant white is one of the must-have colours for...

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Spa of the week: Athenaeum, Piccadilly

25
June
2013
Spa of the week: Athenaeum, Piccadilly

We're hardly in the midst of an Indian summer here in the UK –we’re barely having a British one - but no matter the temperature, when you live in the city, things can get a little crowded and uncomfortable this time of year. Busy streets and teeming tubes (seriously we haven’t had a seat in weeks). It’s all getting a bit hot and sweaty in the city - and not in a good way. We know what you’re thinking: "we need a place in the heart of the city where we can escape the crowds, find a seat (or a massage bed) and relax with a little air conditioning". Well, take a look at what we’ve just found, The Athenaeum Spa in none other than Piccadilly...

The spaSituated on Piccadilly itself, the Athenaeum Spa is a stone’s throw away from Green Park station and Hyde Park Corner and overlooks both of...

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Tried and tested: our verdict on the Time Bomb range

24
June
2013
Tried and tested:  our verdict on the Time Bomb range

It is a fact of life that as we get older we start to notice a few changes in our lives and looks. Perhaps you’ve noticed a line here and a crease there. Or maybe your energy levels have dipped and you've developed a taste for Werthers Original. Whatever it is, the signs and symptoms of ageing don’t always leave us feeling our best. In fact, they can leave us feeling downright blue and in need of something to make us feel like ourselves again. To relight our fire, if you will. Thank goodness for Time Bomb, a collection of ‘secret weapons’ created to help women around the world to age ‘victoriously’ and introduced to us by none other than singer/national treasure Lulu. We tested out a few things from their anti-ageing arsenal, here’s what we thought…

Time BombTime Bomb began life as...

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Wahanda loves: quick fix treatments for summer

20
June
2013
Wahanda loves: quick fix treatments for summer

This weekend marks the official start of summer in the UK and while it might not be bikini weather just yet we’ve got a feeling that glorious sunshine is just around the corner. When it arrives we plan to make the most of it, which is why, here at Wahanda, we’ve devoted the last couple of weeks to getting summer-ready fast.

Now, with only a few weeks until summer holidays, our nails are brighter, our teeth are whiter and we don’t have a hair out of place (anywhere) and it's all thanks to a few 30 minute treatments. If you haven’t been keeping up with our plan don’t worry, we've made the process even more efficient by rounding up the five top to toe 'quickfix' treatments that have proved most popular with you lot. Got a spare half an hour? Here's what you can do...

Wash and blow dryAfter...

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Wahanda guide: prepare your feet for the summer

19
June
2013
Wahanda guide: prepare your feet for the summer

Friday marks the official start of summer in the UK and as the weather begins to improve (hey, stranger things have happened) we’re having visions of picnics in flip-flops, weddings in wedges and paddling barefoot in gentle waves. There’s just one thing we need to make our vision a reality: beautiful feet. Getting feet ready for summer takes more than a quick clip and slick of polish. You see ladies, there’s a lot more to your tootsies than toenails and with ample opportunity to show them off this season (fingers crossed) the time has come to heal those heels and treat your toes to a full MOT. Warning, this might tickle…

M is for moisturiseHere at Wahanda we know the secret to eternal youth, or youthful-looking skin at least, is to keep it moisturised. However, even beauty geeks like us ...

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Tried and tested: ISHTA Yoga at Evolve Wellness Centre

17
June
2013
Tried and tested: ISHTA Yoga at Evolve Wellness Centre

Beginning 2013 with resolutions to get in shape and learn a new skill, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and give yoga a try. Six months later, and having finally progressed to ‘intermediate’, I can confirm that this resolution has been the most successful I have ever made. However, as my intermediate status implies, I still have a long way to go in my quest for inner peace (not to mention mastering the headstand) and am keen to try out different forms of yoga at different venues. Last week I headed to South Kensington for a little ISHTA Yoga at the plush Evolve Wellness Centre...

The venueA two-minute walk from South Kensington station, Evolve Wellness Centre is hidden away on a cobbled street just off Old Brompton Road. With vines growing across the front of the building and a...

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Wahanda loves: lunch break massages

12
June
2013
Wahanda loves: lunch break massages

When we decide to treat ourselves to a massage the majority of us tend to opt for the whole shebang. A full hour (or more) spent lying down, teetering on the brink of sleep while a stranger kneads away our knots and worries. Bliss. When something feels and does this much good, why cut it short, right?

Here at Wahanda we’re fans of an long, indulgent massage, however we’ve come to realise that holding out for the real deal can mean that every now and then we’ll have to go without. A shorter massage, however, is much easier to schedule - and makes a much smaller dent in our makeup and shoe fund. But, does it do us any good? Funny you should ask that. Yes, yes it does…

Post exerciseJust ten minutes of massage after exercise can help to reduce inflammation, allowing the body to recover...

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Wahanda guide: simple and stylish festival hair

11
June
2013
Wahanda guide: simple and stylish festival hair

As we find ourselves in mid June, it would seem that a new season is upon us. No not summer - talk about wishful thinking - we mean festival season. Our favourite time of the year (apart from Christmas) and the perfect excuse to don our wellies, listen to some music and let our hair down.

Speaking of hair, as anyone who has attended a festival in the past might have noticed, 'letting it down' in unreliable weather conditions, where shelter and hair straighteners are hard to come by, isn’t always as romantic as it sounds. For gorgeous hair that lasts more than a day you need to be prepared. Fortunately for you, prepared is our middle name - what did you expect, our first name's 'Wahanda'. Take a look at our three-day plan for stylish, tent-proof hair.

Day one: fishtail plait2013 is...

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Wahanda loves: emerald nails

10
June
2013
Wahanda loves: emerald nails

When predicting 2013’s biggest nail trends at the start of the year we told you emerald was going to be big, and it gives us great pleasure to announce: we told you so. While we would like to claim this is evidence of our psychic capabilities, we’ll admit we did have a few hints from top names like Stella McCartney, Christian Dior and Kenzo, who featured the shade on eyes and nails in their spring 2013 shows. There was also the small matter of colour agency Pantone naming it 2013’s ‘Colour of the Year’. With a number of nail brands bringing out emerald shades in time for summer it seems having green fingers is cooler than ever. Here are our five favourite shades…

Nails Inc – Queen Victoria StreetThe newest addition to the Nail’s Inc collection, Queen Victoria Street is a vibrant and...

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Wahanda guide: how to get the most out of your facial

07
June
2013
Wahanda guide: how to get the most out of your facial

Experts say that for fresh, flawless skin we should aim to go for a facial every four to six weeks. Unfortunately for many of us with work, family and other grooming commitments, it isn’t always possible to schedule the indulgent hour-long treatment our skin is calling out for. One option for busy bees is a ‘quick facial’ that can be squeezed into a lunch break, but, as we all know, you can’t expect the same luxury treatment from a quickie... oh don’t be so rude.

That’s why, when we do fit in a facial, it’s important we make the most of it. There are many things you can do to make sure you reap the benefits of a facial treatment, long or short. Here at Wahanda we’ve donned our thinking caps and avocado face masks and put together a few dos and don’ts. Time for some facial...

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Wahanda news: beauty looks from this week’s GLAMOUR awards

05
June
2013
Wahanda news: beauty looks from this week’s GLAMOUR awards

On Tuesday night GLAMOUR magazine hosted their 10th annual GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards, a chance to celebrate some fabulous well-known women in the UK (and a few from overseas) – and gawp at some fabulous red carpet attire. Here at Wahanda we love a floor-length gown as much as the next would-be-A-lister, but, as usual, it’s the makeup and hair that really caught our attention. So, without further ado we give you our favourite looks from the star-studded event. May the best woman win…

Kylie MinogueWe admit it. We loved (and tried to copy) the 1980’s perm that made her famous as Charlene in Neighbours, but we have to say we love Kylie’s 2013 glossy blow-dry even more. Kylie's shoulder-length do was the perfect accompaniment to her frilly peach dress. With slightly smoky eyes and pale...

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Wahanda guide: top five luxury pools for summer

03
June
2013
Wahanda guide: top five luxury pools for summer

After a recent taster of summer sunshine, here at Wahanda we’re on the look out for the perfect watering hole to while away the summer months. No, we’re not talking about the pub – that’s no place to catch a tan. We mean luxury swimming pools where we can keep cool, relax and channel that ‘holiday’ feeling – without the jet lag. Fancy a dip? Grab your Speedos, your towel and leave your passport at home because we’ve found rounded up the top five gorgeous pools right here on our doorstep. Last one in’s a rotten egg…

Carrick Club and Spa at Cameron HouseForget your run of the mill hydrotherapy or relaxation pools (although this place has them too) the Carrick Club and Spa at Cameron House has a rooftop infinity pool that blows all others out of the water – pardon the pun. Situated in...

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Wahanda news: BeautyMART at Harvey Nichols hosts an evening with the experts

31
May
2013
Wahanda news: BeautyMART at Harvey Nichols hosts an evening with the experts

Yesterday at Wahanda we put on our Sunday best and took a trip to Knightsbridge to drink Prosecco and talk beauty with some of the names behind this year’s most sought-after beauty products at the Harvey Nichols BeautyMart boutique.

Situated on the third floor of the luxury department store, BeautyMART is a concept boutique stocking an edited selection of beauty products beloved by its creators Millie Kendall (of Ruby & Millie) and Anna-Marie Solowij (former beauty director of Vogue).

Stocking beauty must-haves from Balmain to Rimmel, last night the BeautyMART gave beauty enthusiasts the chance to mingle with experts including make-up artist to the stars Mary Greenwell, tanning aficionado James Read, MUA makeup artist Daniel Sandler, yoga and detox expert Chris James, hair stylist Paul...

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Wahanda news: Chanel opens pop up nail bar in Selfridges, London

30
May
2013
Wahanda news: Chanel opens pop up nail bar in Selfridges, London

Don’t have your weekend plans nailed down just yet? Don’t panic, the good people at Selfridges and Chanel have stepped in to save the day (or weekend rather) with the opening of a brand new pop-up nail bar, Les Vernis Couleurs Culte de Chanel.

Decorated with giant nail polish pots, the pop-up nail bar opens at Selfridges in London on May 31 and will stay there for just two weeks. Les Vernis Couleurs Culte de Chanel showcases the full collection of Chanel’s Le Vernis shades from the very first, ‘Rouge Noir' (launched in 1994) to three new season colours created for summer 2013.

With previous new launches selling out in days and leading to the creation of lengthy wait-lists (it took us a while but we finally got out hands on Jade 407) there is little doubt that new shades Bell-Argus...

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Wahanda guide: how to get an expert pedicure at home

29
May
2013
Wahanda guide: how to get an expert pedicure at home

Picture the scene: it’s a grey May morning, you’re trying to decide what to wear in this dull but balmy weather when lo and behold, the sun appears. Bursting through the clouds like a flashing neon sign saying “wear that new midi skirt”. Delighted you gather various summer accessories (sun cream of course) and prepare to head outside and catch some rays when suddenly you catch sight of your dry, chipped, winter-worn feet.

Shaving your legs might only take a minute, but those babies need some serious TLC before you can even contemplate a pair of flip-flops. With no time to head to a professional (who knows how long the sun will stick around) there’s only one thing for it: a DIY pedicure. Fortunately, we’ve planned ahead this year and spoken to beauty expert Lucy Patterson from Milk to find...

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Wahanda loves: bank holiday spa days

24
May
2013
Wahanda loves: bank holiday spa days

Well we never thought we’d hear ourselves says this (or see ourselves write it) but faced with our second bank holiday of the month this Monday, we’re not really sure what to do with ourselves. Having already devoted one Monday this May to DIY and spring-cleaning, our to do list is looking pretty bare. There’s always the trusty bank-holiday-barbecue, but with the weather set to be somewhat temperamental we could be looking at a wet weekend and soggy buns all round.

We don’t know about you but we’d rather spend our day off somewhere warm, dry and impossibly comfortable. There’s only one thing for it: a spa day. But which one? Here at Wahanda we know that no two people are the same so we believe that no two spa days should be the same. That’s why, just in time for the long weekend, we’ve...

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Best in show: favourite floral treatments

21
May
2013
Best in show: favourite floral treatments

The annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show is upon us once again and here at Wahanda we thought we’d take a moment to stop, smell the roses and think about the wonderful things flowers can do for us. We all know a blooming bouquet can brighten someone’s day, but many flowers have hidden talents that can help us relax, boost our health and even improve our appearance - not that we need it. Used for centuries by medical professionals (and more recently beauty therapists) many flowers hold therapeutic properties that can benefit us all so, in this most floral of weeks, behold the healing powers of flowers....

AromatherapySome people might think it’s a load of crocus pocus, but aromatherapy dates back to ancient Roman, Greek, Egyptian and Chinese cultures when essential oils from plants and flowers...

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Spa of the week: Agua at Sanderson

20
May
2013
Spa of the week: Agua at Sanderson

When someone describes a spa experience as ‘heavenly’, we wouldn’t normally take the review literally. We assume they mean they enjoyed a relaxing treatment in a stylish and comfortable environment, not that they'd been through the pearly gates, lulled by the sounds of angels singing. For guests of Agua at the Sanderson Hotel, however, the distinction is not so clear. With miles of floating white curtains, immaculate all-white treatment rooms and a dazzling array of ancient and modern treatments, Agua takes the idea of heavenly treatments one step further….

The spaSituated in the heart of London’s west end, Agua describes itself as an ‘urban sanctuary’; 10,000 square feet dedicated to tranquility and relaxation where guests can forget the world outside. The pure white décor creates a...

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Wahanda loves: salons fit for a princess…or Duchess

17
May
2013
Wahanda loves: salons fit for a princess…or Duchess

Last week Kate Middleton was crowned the owner of the best hair in Britain when a survey by luxury hair brand Kérastase revealed that 70% of British women wanted to emulate the duchess’s ‘do. Kate beat fellow hair heroes Cheryl Cole (last year’s winner) and Holly Willoughby, who came in at number two and three respectively.

The survey also revealed that 41% of us ladies long for thicker, fuller-looking hair and here at Wahanda, we couldn’t help but agree. We too want full, shiny, luscious locks like Kate so we (the Wahanda ‘we’, not the ‘Royal we’) set out to find the best place in town for a cut fit for a princess…

Sergio GiannassoLocated on St Martin’s Lane in Covent Garden, Sergio Giannasso is a beautiful boutique salon where the staff are dedicated to making their customers feel...

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Wahanda loves: bold summer lips

16
May
2013
Wahanda loves: bold summer lips

Living in the UK you learn pretty quickly that the best way to add a ray of sunshine to a dreary ‘spring’ day is with a pop of colour. Hardly surprising then that neon shades and colourful prints are everywhere right now. If you want to add some colour to your spring, but fluoro hotpants aren’t your thing (rhyming is our thing), there is another way you can embrace this bold trend: on your lips.

Classic, 'grunge' or neon. Whatever your makeup style, this season is all about bold lips and there were three shades that stood out on this year’s spring/summer catwalks: red, pink and berry. If you haven’t picked your favourite yet don't worry, we've put together a simple guide to striking summer shades to suit every skin tone (yes we like alliteration too)…

RedFrom Burberry to Jean Paul...

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Wahanda guide: spring clean your makeup bag

15
May
2013
Wahanda guide: spring clean your makeup bag

When it comes to things that are past their best, we women have a couple of rules we seem to live by. There are certain items of clothing with sentimental attachments that, no matter how worn or how ‘eighties’, we will keep forever. However, when it comes to perishable goods we’re a lot more vigilant about getting rid – once you’ve put sour milk in your tea once you’ll never do it again. When it comes to makeup, however, the rules get a little blurred.

The lipstick you wore on your wedding day, that never-fails eye shadow or the expensive mascara you pawned your minidisc player to buy. They might hold fond memories but, used beyond their expiry date, they also ‘hold’ all kinds of bacteria. Yet, according to a recent survey, 82% of us women choose to ignore the ‘best-by’ dates on our...

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Wahanda loves: Gatsby style spas

14
May
2013
Wahanda loves: Gatsby style spas

This week sees the arrival of one of the biggest cinematic releases of the year Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Following months of excitement and anticipation we’ve all gone a little gaga for Gatsby and the roaring twenties haven’t been so popular since, well, the roaring twenties. Here at Wahanda we’re embracing the era’s unique style by paying special attention to our favourite 1920’s-inspired Art Deco spas. So if Luhrmann’s 3D experience doesn’t fulfill your flapper dreams why not immerse yourself in full on Gatsby glamour at one of these Jazz Age gems…

The DorchesterAfter closing for renovation the Dorchester Spa on Park Lane reopened in 2009 with a brand new look: deco fabulous. Combining early 20th century glamour with a contemporary edge, the spa took its inspiration from the...

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Wahanda news: Walk to Work Week

13
May
2013
Wahanda news: Walk to Work Week

Nothing beats a brisk stroll to awaken the senses, clear the mind and burn a few calories. No we’re not just looking for excuses to get out of the office, this week is Walk to Work Week. Part of National Walking Month, Walk to Work Week is organised by charity Living Streets as part of their work to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets, where people want to walk.

After a recent survey found that commuters who walk the majority of their journey to work are the happiest (with 88% of walkers saying their journey to work actually makes them happy) walking is shaping up to be the best way to put a spring in your step – pardon the pun.

Despite the name, Walk to Work Week isn’t just about walking to work but about fitting a few extra paces into your day wherever you can. Individuals...

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Wahanda news: Gwyneth Paltrow loves The Detox Kitchen as much as we do

10
May
2013
Wahanda news: Gwyneth Paltrow loves The Detox Kitchen as much as we do

After 40-year-old mother of two Gwyneth Paltrow was named the most beautiful woman in the world by People magazine this year we were all left asking the same two questions. Firstly, what’s her secret? And second, how do we get our hands on it in time for summer?

As well as exercising five times a week and sticking to an organic, vegan diet, Paltrow recently revealed another secret weapon on her blog - and it’s one we told you about last year. The Detox Kitchen.

Gwyneth’s top diet in London 'for vitality, weight loss and ease', The Detox kitchen is a daily food delivery service that takes the fuss out of detoxing. Every morning a package is delivered to your door containing pre-prepared meals designed by the brand’s holistic chefs and nutritionists to cleanse the body and mind.

Each...

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Wahanda loves: gifts to expect when you’re expecting

09
May
2013
Wahanda loves: gifts to expect when you’re expecting

As you may have gathered from the various images of celebrity bumps, questionable maternity-wear (mentioning no names) and one particularly glowing royal, 2013 is set to be something of a baby boom. Expectant celebrities have a knack for making this miracle of life look relaxed and glamorous, but in reality there are all kinds of aches, pains, dry skin and the odd bout of morning sickness to contend with. To make things a little easier for the expectant woman in your life – and keep those pregnancy hormones happy - we’ve put together our top five gift ideas for mums-to-be…

Stretch mark creamMama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter is the holy grail of the pregnancy world and the best way to ward off unwanted stretch marks. Loved by new and expectant mothers around the world, this...

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Wahanda guide: tips and tricks for healthy looking hair

08
May
2013
Wahanda guide: tips and tricks for healthy looking hair

For those of you toying with the idea of a seasonal hair update that will see you through the summer and look just as chic in autumn, we’ve got a suggestion that never goes out of style: healthy hair. That’s right, from flip-flops to woolly hats; shiny happy hair goes with everything.

With styling products, central heating and the occasional burst of sunshine drying out our locks, keeping things healthy can be hard – but not impossible. If your locks are feeling less than lustrous (try saying that three times) don’t fret, we’ve scoured the world (of health and beauty) for the best tips, tricks and treatments to help…

DietHow you look on the outside depends very much on what’s going on inside, so a little healthy eating can go a long way. Your hair is almost entirely made from protein...

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Spa of the week: Thai Square Spa City

07
May
2013
Spa of the week: Thai Square Spa City

There’s nothing like a long, sunny weekend to make going back to work seem that little bit harder. If you’re struggling to get back into the swing of things after getting a taste of summer over the weekend take comfort in the knowledge that you’re not alone. The ‘back to work’ blues will be affecting people all over the country this week. Thank goodness there are a few places around the UK set up specifically to deal with such cases. Thai Square Spa City, for example, opened earlier this year to provide a nearby escape for overworked city dwellers. Sound like you? Read on...

The spaFollowing on from the success of sister spa Thai Square Spa in Covent Garden, Thai Square Spa City opened in January this year in the City of London. A minute’s walk from Aldgate station in EC3, Thai Square...

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Wahanda guide: this season's best sun creams

03
May
2013
Wahanda guide: this season's best sun creams

It is a cruel fact of life that all good things have their downsides: sinfully calorific (although heavenly tasting) chocolate cake, handsome bad boys who break your heart, and glorious sunshine that might feel like just what your skin needs, but, in the long-run, isn’t doing it any good.

We can’t change the fat content of chocolate or the fact that some of us will get burned by handsome heartbreakers (although we’re sure you’re too good for him any way). What we can do is stop you from getting burned by the damaging effects of the sun – see what we did there? 6th-12th May is Sun Awareness Week and having finally enjoyed a bit of sunshine recently, it’s the perfect time to talk sun cream. Here are a few of our favourites…

Best for anti-ageingInstitut Esthederm Bronz Repair Anti...

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Wahanda loves: Venus Freeze, the hottest skin treatment for summer

01
May
2013
Wahanda loves: Venus Freeze, the hottest skin treatment for summer

As we find ourselves in a surprisingly sunny May it has dawned on us here at Wahanda that summer holidays are only a matter of weeks away. As is the case every year our summer excitement has come hand in hand with a slight dread at the thought of baring our wobbly bits on the beach and a disappointment for not having stuck to our post-Christmas 'get fit' plan.

Know the feeling? You might be interested to hear about the latest skin firming treatment to hit our shores. Already a huge hit in Hollywood, Venus Freeze is a skin tightening treatment that uses a combination of pulsed magnetic fields and radio frequency to improve cellulite, reduce bodily circumference, and even reduce wrinkles. This revolutionary treatment is set to be the next big thing so if you haven’t heard about to yet,...

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Wahanda loves: glow in the dark makeup

30
April
2013
Wahanda loves: glow in the dark makeup

Each new season brings with it a few necessary updates. With the arrival of spring we’ve been swapping woolly hats for felt, heavy winter scents for lighter floral fragrances and dark berry lips for, well, lighter berry lips - very 2013. Then there’s that all important summer glow. Whether you get yours from the sun, a bottle or some cleverly applied highlighter, this spring/summer the word ‘glow’ is taking on a whole new meaning. Ladies, grab your platforms and get ready to nod to the sixties with one of the season’s most daring beauty trends: glow in the dark make up. That’s right, we’re getting groovy with UV…

The neon trend has been big news for a couple of years so it was only a matter of time before one brave designer took the plunge into full on luminescence. Last year that...

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Spa of the week: Greenwoods Hotel Spa and Retreat

29
April
2013
Spa of the week: Greenwoods Hotel Spa and Retreat

If you’ve finally worked your way through your Easter chocolate supply and that four-day-weekend feeling has well and truly worn off we know just what you need: another long weekend. Fortunately for us all we’re getting one. Next Monday is a bank holiday and whether you’re a DIY devotee, a serious sale seeker or something of a pampering pro, we think you'll agree it's the perfect opportunity for a bit of me-time. Here at Wahanda we’re the latter, that’s why this bank holiday weekend we’re packing a bag, getting out of the capital and leaving our cares behind. With only one extra day we need somewhere close enough to travel in a morning but distant enough to forget that city smog. Well what do you know? We've got just the place….

The spaSituated in the peaceful village of Stock in Essex,...

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Wahanda news: Ciaté pop up launches at Selfridges

25
April
2013
Wahanda news: Ciaté pop up launches at Selfridges

If your winter manicure doesn’t match the summery wardrobe you’ve been experimenting with this week, but you don’t trust this sunny spell to stick around long enough to invest in pastel shades just yet, you might like to pop along to Selfridges today...

From 25th April to 7th May Ciaté will be hosting a pop up shop in the luxury department store to launch their brand new Chalkboard Manicure.

With pastel patterns of your design on a black chalkboard background, Ciaté’s new manicure is the coolest way to take nails between seasons - you might even say they've nailed it.

Over the next two weeks nail enthusiasts in the Oxford Street area can get a first look at the manicure kits as well as product demonstrations and brand inspiration displays.

Lizzie Mary Cullen, the illustrator from the...

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Wahanda news: winners of World Luxury Spa Awards 2013 announced

25
April
2013
Wahanda news: winners of World Luxury Spa Awards 2013 announced

Attention all spa-goers. Thought your run-of-the-mill five star service, baths of lemon milk (ask Simon Cowell) and complimentary glass of the finest French bubbly were as good as it gets? Well you might be interested to hear that the World Luxury Spa Awards has once again scoured the globe for the crème de la crème of relaxing resorts and reported back with their findings. The 2013 results are in and we can reveal, ladies and gentlemen, that it does in fact get better…

Aiming to encourage and raise service standards, the World Luxury Spa Awards is a global organisation providing luxury hotels with recognition for their world class facilities and excellent service. In their quest to find the world’s best spas the organisation asks luxury hotels across the world to campaign for themselves...

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Spa of the week: Thai Lamoon Therapy

24
April
2013
Spa of the week: Thai Lamoon Therapy

As sunshine hits the capital this week, you’ll find us in amongst the hordes of people enjoying lunch on the grass, sipping on al fresco drinks after work and then cursing the heat as we squeeze ourselves into the sticky, sweaty gaps on the city's very hot and very busy public transport.

No seats, no air-conditioning and a few 'fragrant' passengers. As glorious as a bit of sunshine is, it’s the commuter’s worst enemy. If you find yourself sweating it out in the capital over the next few months, don’t despair. We’ve found a place in the heart of London that’s cool, private and they offer a pretty mean massage. All aboard to Thai Lamoon...

The spaThe busy Edgware Road is probably one of the last places you’d expect to find a peaceful corner in the capital, but tucked away inside a...

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Wahanda news: Michael Kors to launch first beauty collection this summer

24
April
2013
Wahanda news: Michael Kors to launch first beauty collection this summer

Hands up who’s looking forward to summer. Sunshine, ice-cream and a brand new beauty collection from legendary designer Michael Kors launching in August? We can’t wait either.

Following a hugely successful fragrance line, the beauty collection is set to be one of the most exciting developments in the beauty world this year, with an industry report published in WWD estimating it could be worth as much as $80 million in its first year alone.

So what can we expect from such a highly anticipated collection? Something to suit every woman apparently as the line will be split into three collections reflecting the different sides of the Michael Kors woman: Sporty, Sexy and Glam.

Each range will feature two lip lacquers, two glosses and two polishes in different colour palletes: nude for sporty...

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Wahanda guide: beating allergies

22
April
2013
Wahanda guide: beating allergies

The sun is out, the trees are well and truly blossoming, and a few pairs of flip flops have made their way into Wahanda HQ this morning. It’s official: spring is here and we’re delighted. There’s just one little thing… achoo. Allergies.

All those gorgeous spring flowers may look pretty, but many of us can't appreciate their full glory through our weepy eyes – not to mention runny nose and earth-shattering sneezing fits. With hay fever season on the horizon Allergy Awareness Week couldn’t have come at a better time. Organised by Allergy UK, this week (22nd-28th April) is all about drawing attention to the plight of the allergy sufferer and, since there are a few of them among us here we thought we’d help the cause with a few anti-allergy suggestions of our own…

Local honeyThe idea of...

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Wahanda guide: how to kick the sugar habit

17
April
2013
Wahanda guide: how to kick the sugar habit

If you've stumbled across this blog post around mid-afternoon, there’s a good chance you’ll be reading it while snacking on a bag of popcorn, a few chocolate biscuits or - if it's one of those special days - a big, gooey chocolate brownie…

Sorry, where were we? Oh yes, afternoon sweet-cravings. We’ve all been there; the clock strikes four, lunch feels like hours ago and dinner even further away. Your blood sugar’s dipping and you’re feeling tired. There’s only one thing that can perk you up: sugar. Hold it right there. Sugar might give you an energy boost, but the effects are only temporary and bad for your health, waistline and teeth. Not so sweet now, eh? Take a look at our simple guide to beat the cravings…

Why we crave sugarThere are many reasons we reach for sugary treats and it’s...

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Spa of the week: Marriott Breadsall Priory Hotel & Country Club

16
April
2013
Spa of the week: Marriott Breadsall Priory Hotel & Country Club

After waking up this morning, straightening our hair, grabbing an espresso from the coffee machine and listening to our meditation app on the tube, we though to ourselves: modern life is pretty great. However, as anyone who has ever been woken up in the middle of the night by a work-related email will know, all this technology can also make life pretty stressful and ‘getting away from it all’ seem impossible.

Some people might be able to switch off with a few hours in front of the TV but for many of us true relaxation means leaving the modern world behind. Fancy a few nights getting back to nature in your sleeping bag? Us neither. When we want to escape the modern world’s fast-pace we want to bring a few of its luxuries with us. Fortunately deep in the heart of the English countryside...

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Wahanda guide: chemical peels

15
April
2013
Wahanda guide: chemical peels

A glove here, a cardigan there, as the weather warms up shedding winter clothes is easy. Shedding winter skin, however, requires a little more work. Months of cold winds and dry central heating have taken their toll on our skin and all the products, make up and self-tan we’ve used to combat the effects have clogged pores and left our skin looking dull, cracked and flakey.

So what’s the fastest, most effective way to get rid of these unsightly winter leftovers? Peel them off like the 100 denier tights you’ve been wearing all winter. Chemical peels have become one of the most popular ways to treat skin concerns from acne to ageing without resorting to surgery. As the name might suggest these tingly treatments are not for the faint hearted. Fortunately, these days there are a few...

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Wahanda guide: how to ride a bike...in style

12
April
2013
Wahanda guide: how to ride a bike...in style

We might be getting ahead of ourselves here but this little spell of warmer weather has got us thinking about about summer. Faced with the prospect of baring our bits in an itsy bitsy bikini in a few months' time (yellow polka dots optional) we’ve realized it might be time to up the physical activity.

Call it the Olympic-effect but over the last few months cycling sales have been soaring and we can’t think of a better way to enjoy these longer (marginally warmer) evenings. If you thought cycling was all lycra, mudflaps and sideburns – no offence Bradley Wiggins – we’d like to inform you that cycling just got stylish. We've got proof and everything...

Why it’s so ‘now’According to sweatband.com sales of exercise bikes in the first week of 2013 increased by more than 250% compared to the...

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Wahanda weather report: sunny with a chance of frizz

10
April
2013
Wahanda weather report: sunny with a chance of frizz

If you thought the end of winter meant the end of weather-related hair woes, we’re sorry to break it to you, but you're wrong. Spring weather (assuming we get any) is lovely, but extremely varied. A little sunshine here, an April shower there and more than the odd gust of bracing wind. Sounds invigorating right? Well not for our hair.

Come wind, rain or shine one thing that’s definitely forecast for this season is frizz. We know the weather in Blighty has a mind of it’s own, but with all manner of hair-raising conditions on the horizon, if your locks are prone to frizz it makes sense to get prepared. Can’t fit a brolly in your new spring handbag? Take a look at some of the other precautions you can take…

April showersThey might bring May flowers, but rain showers at any time of year...

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Tried and tested: our verdict on Dielle Nail Colour

09
April
2013
Tried and tested: our verdict on Dielle Nail Colour

If we told you we’d discovered a nail-care range that promises great colour, lasting wear and is changing the world one bottle of polish at a time you’d probably think the fumes had gone to our head. Well we’re not imagining things. Dielle is real, high-quality and committed to bringing about positive social change in some of the most deprived parts of the world.

Dielle, meaning ‘goddess’, is a nail brand dedicated to helping women everywhere, enhancing confidence and beauty with a range of vibrant nail shades and donating some of the proceeds to women in underprivileged parts of the world like Haiti.

Having lived in Port-au-Prince for more than 12 years, Dielle founder Rosalie wanted to do something to change the deprivation she had witnessed. She founded Dielle and partnered with...

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Spa of the week: The Spa at Pennyhill Park Hotel

08
April
2013
Spa of the week: The Spa at Pennyhill Park Hotel

After a few days of sunshine here in the UK, it would appear that spring is finally ready to rear it’s glorious head – famous last words we know. Here at Wahanda we’re getting very excited at the thought of warmer temperatures, longer evenings and finally hanging up our winter coat so we thought we’d celebrate with a seasonal spa of the week. With a treatment menu built around the changing seasons (Summer Salutation Facial anyone?), acres of gorgeous gardens and a selection of outdoor pools and hot tubs, we can’t think of a better place to welcome the new season than the five star Spa at Pennyhill Park Hotel.

VenueSurrounded by 123 acres of parkland, Pennyhill Park Hotel is situated in the heart of Surrey, a mere 45 minute drive from the capital. Stroll across the lawns and step inside...

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Wahanda guide: how to beat high blood pressure

05
April
2013
Wahanda guide: how to beat high blood pressure

Every year on the 7th April the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World Health Day by raising awareness of an area of public health concern. This year it’s high blood pressure. It might not sound like the liveliest celebration you’ve ever been invited to, but with high blood pressure affecting an estimated one in three adults aged 25 and over across the world it really is important we all join in.

Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure - scary stuff. Caused by a variety or everyday factors it can affect any of us, fortunately it is both preventable and treatable, and that’s what WHO is trying to tell us about. Here at Wahanda we like to help out a good cause when we see one so we thought we’d do a little...

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Wahanda news: study shows oily fish makes us live longer

04
April
2013
Wahanda news: study shows oily fish makes us live longer

The quest for a longer life has fascinated mankind since we first heard the term ‘holy grail’. Over the years we’ve created a few treatments and ‘elixirs’ (aka face cream) that can help out with ‘eternal youth’, but while we may have succeeded in keeping wrinkles at bay, we’re yet to discover an easy way to prolong life. Well thanks to a recent study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine we might finally be onto something. Fish.

It might sound like a load of pollock, but the study, conducted by Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Washington found that adults aged 65 and older with high blood levels of the fatty acids found in our finned friends lived, on average, 2.2 years longer than those with the lowest levels.

The researchers...

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Wahanda’s spring round up

29
March
2013
Wahanda’s spring round up

We believe it was a wise young boy scout who first suggested it was a good idea to ‘always be prepared’. Faced with the coldest March in decades, here at Wahanda we began to think winter would never end. Knowing that spring was set to arrive on March 20th, and how very changeable the weather can be here in Blighty, we took heed of these wise words and put together a plan that would have us ready and ravishing for spring - whenever it arrives.

Today we reach the end of our warm up and though we’re still waiting for those first signs of spring, we’re loving our new look. If you haven’t kept up with our plan don’t worry, there’s still time - seriously, look at the weather. For anyone who missed out the first time, we’re giving you a second chance to get ready (aren’t we nice) with the...

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Wahanda news: nighttime health and beauty initiative launches in London

27
March
2013
Wahanda news: nighttime health and beauty initiative launches in London

Hands up those of you who have ever failed to attend a work-out or beauty treatment you scheduled after work due to fatigue, working late or transport troubles? We thought there might be a few of you. Well thanks to a new nighttime initiative in Covent Garden, all that could be a thing of the past.

Midnight Clinic is a new after hours experience from Centum5, which focuses on improving the wellness and health of hard-working Londoners. Situated inside the futuristic I.N.C Space, the ‘clinic’ is designed to be a relaxation zone for people in the capital who struggle to fit exercise and beauty treatments into their daily routine, or who find it hard to wind down after a busy day in the office.

Visitors to the Midnight Clinic can enjoy a range of light, non-invasive treatments including...

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Wahanda’s spring warm up: massages

27
March
2013
Wahanda’s spring warm up: massages

We’ve spent the last week and a half preparing for a season that, to put it politely, is running pretty darn late. Our nails are painted, our legs are hair-free and our tresses have been tousled into soft beachy waves. In short, we look good, but with wintry weather forcing us to cover up from head to toe we can’t help but feel it’s a wasted effort. Don’t lose hope just yet Wahanderers, there’s sunshine round the corner - we can feel it in our bones. Besides, we’re more than half way through our spring warm up and we’ve reached the best day of all: massage day.

Designed to prepare your body and soul for the coming… oh what the heck. It’s miserable and cold outside and no one’s had a chance to admire our very convincing tan. We deserve a massage so therapeutic and relaxing we’ll forget...

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Wahanda’s spring warm up: self-tanning

25
March
2013
Wahanda’s spring warm up: self-tanning

It’s officially the second week of spring here in the UK, but it would seem someone has forgotten to inform the sun. Without it, that gentle breeze is just another gust of cold wind and those April showers are - as well as being a month early - a little too 'cats and dogs' for our liking. Here at Wahanda we like to look on the bright side of things, but when the sky’s this grey and the temperature’s this low there’s really only one way to bring a bit of sunshine into your life: fake it.

Nothing beats the glow of naturally sun-kissed skin, but when the old fashioned way isn’t an option there’s no harm in faking it – as long as you’re convincing. Anyone who’s ever told a little white lie – or, ahem, faked anything else for that matter - will know that it’s all fun and games until you get...

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Wahanda’s spring warm up: spring spa days

22
March
2013
Wahanda’s spring warm up: spring spa days

They say a problem shared is a problem halved so if you’re finding all this spring preparation a bit much – you’ve barely got time to shave your legs let alone paint your nails a pretty shade of pastel - why not share the load with a professional and treat yourself to a pampering spa day? Or better yet, get someone else to treat you…

Easter is on its way and if you don’t fancy stuffing yourself with chocolate (perhaps you’ve been inspired by our detox guide) it’s time to start dropping hints about Easter treats that won’t give you a sugar rush. Stuck for inspiration? See what your fellow Wahanderers recommend with these top three spa days rated and reviewed by you…

Titanic Spa, HuddersfieldThe UK’s first Eco-Spa, Titanic Spa is situated on the edge of the picturesque Pennines. The spa’s...

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Wahanda’s spring warm up: detox time

21
March
2013
Wahanda’s spring warm up: detox time

There’s nothing like a glorious March morning to make you want to pull back the covers, leap out of bed and shout ‘good morning world’. If your morning wasn’t quite as full of the joys of spring, it might have something to do with this wintry weather. Fortunately, here at Wahanda, we’ve found a substitute for sunshine, something that feels so good it’ll leave you glowing. Put you clothes back on, we're talking about detoxing.

We know holding your nose and downing a shot of wheatgrass will never feel as good as those first rays of spring sunshine, but making a few healthy changes can boost your mood, energy levels and appearance. If you want some of what we’re having, it’s time for a spot of internal spring-cleaning to flush away those toxins. To help get you started we’ve come up with...

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Wahanda’s spring spa of the week: One Aldwych

20
March
2013
Wahanda’s spring spa of the week: One Aldwych

Before we carry on with our springtime preparation, we think everyone deserves a little break. A spring break, that is. If those two words conjure up images of neon body paint, tequila shots and Sex on the Beach (the cocktail of course), don’t panic we’re not suggesting anything like that – not today anyway.

What we are suggesting is a relaxing mini break to take you away from the stress or monotony of daily life – not to mention this miserable weather. We want to help you begin this new season feeling fresh as a daisy, with a spring in your step and... any other spring-related puns you want to throw into the mix. Too much to do to plan a great escape? Don’t worry we’ve found a place in the heart of the capital that has everything you need for a relaxing break – including an express menu...

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Wahanda news: UK’s first specialist maternity retreat to open this summer

20
March
2013
Wahanda news: UK’s first specialist maternity retreat to open this summer

As a few of you may have heard, the Royal Family are expecting a new arrival this summer; the first child of William and Kate. We assume that when the time comes the royal pair will have all the help, teddies and nappies that they could wish for (and then some), but these next few months are an anxious time for expectant parents. Fortunately, this summer will also see the arrival of the UK’s first specialist maternity retreat, just down the road from Buckingham Palace in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Mermaid Maternity Retreat is a brand new concept in private maternity care that will offer expectant and new families tailored non-medical support services and specialist accommodation, helping them to prepare for the birth, recover afterwards and give their baby the best...

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Wahanda’s spring warm up: hair removal

19
March
2013
Wahanda’s spring warm up: hair removal

As anyone who has ever had a perfect date ruined by a case of good-night kiss related stubble burn (or pash rash if you prefer) is aware, unkempt body hair can be a real pain. Literally. With spring on its way it’s almost time to whip off those wintry tights – but not before a little prep work. That’s right ladies, it’s time to shed your winter coat – and we’re not talking parkas….

We know hair removal can be scary but here at Wahanda we’re all about feeling the fear and doing it anyway. Research has shown us the main obstacles to smooth skin are fear of pain and fear of the unknown. We can’t do much about the pain factor – except remind you of the old saying “what doesn’t kill you makes you more attractive” (we think that's how it goes)– but we can help with the ‘unknown’ . If you’re...

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Wahanda’s spring warm up: nails

15
March
2013
Wahanda’s spring warm up: nails

Welcome to day one of Wahanda’s Spring Warm Up. Ok it might not look very spring-like out there but we assure you the new season is on its way with an official start date of 20th March. It's chilly today but all this changeable weather gives us all the more reason to be prepared – you never know when we might get a little sunshine and no one wants to see spiky legs poking out from under a summer dress.

Don’t worry folks, Wahanda is here to help. Over the next two weeks we’ll be coaxing you out of your winter cocoon and transforming you into beautiful spring butterflies. It’s time to come out of hibernation and into bloom – just give it a few weeks before you throw away your brolly… First stop: fingertips. After months of hiding them away in gloves it's time to get your mitts out, but not...

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Tried and tested: Cucumba Electric File

13
March
2013
Tried and tested: Cucumba Electric File

After what seems like years of hiding our feet away in thick socks, winter boots and cosy slippers it’s nearly time to get them out again. We’re very excited about warmer temperatures and the new wardrobe options they bring. What we’re not so thrilled about is all the work it’ll take to slip our neglected winter feet into a pair of dainty spring pumps without resembling one of Cinderella’s ugly sisters.

That’s right Wahanderers, it’s time for a pedicure. And if your tootsies have been in hiding as long as ours it’ll take more than a lick of pastel paint to set things right. To bring winter feet out of hibernation they need special treatment. We're talking deep exfoliation and lot of love and care. Well just in time for spring we’ve tried and tested just the thing, the Electric File at...

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Wahanda news: revolutionary fabric conditioner promises softer skin

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March
2013
Wahanda news: revolutionary fabric conditioner promises softer skin

Some days, there’s nothing better than the feeling of soft, warm washing fresh from the machine. There’s something so comforting about the way it feels against your skin and the fresh familiar scent that can have an uplifting effect on our mood - for a few moments at least.
If only there was a way to prolong this feeling and carry it around all day. Well according to a few clever scientists at Intelligent Fabric technologies (IFT), there is.

IFT, a biotechnology firm, best known for high-performance sportswear such as Adidas’ Climateam ranges, has teamed up with Tesco PLC to launch a fabric softener that works to soften skin.

‘PROTECT Softer For Longer’ is the first fabric conditioner to use multi-action technology to combine natural skin moisturisers and the science of polymers –...

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Spa of the week: Utopia Spa at Alexander House Hotel

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March
2013
Spa of the week: Utopia Spa at Alexander House Hotel

As we find ourselves in the middle of what could turn out to be the coldest March in UK history (or since 1986 anyway) a few of us here at HQ have been thinking how nice it would be to pack a bag and get away. Unfortunately we’ve still got a few months to go before we can start really thinking about summer holidays but as luck would have it there is a Bank Holiday on the horizon...

If your Easter plans aren’t entirely taken up with planning, cooking and hiding chocolate eggs, turn your bank holiday into a mini holiday with a relaxing spa break. Or if you don't have the time, childcare for a weekend away (or you simply don't want to miss the annual egg hunt) a spa day can work just as well. Fortunately we know a great place for both…

VenueSituated on the borders of Sussex and Surrey,...

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Wahanda loves: Flash.On Nails

11
March
2013
Wahanda loves: Flash.On Nails

Nail art has been big beauty trend for a few years now and it’s set to continue throughout 2013... not that you’d notice. All this cold weather means gloves have been something of a necessity these past few months and fancy fingernails have gone unnoticed. Well, as we approach the start of spring and anticipate the arrival of some warmer weather – ignore the snow for now – we’ve been getting very excited about whipping off our gloves and dazzling the world with our favourite new beauty discovery: Flash.On Nails.

Originating in East London, Flash.On Nails is a new nail design brand making waves in the beauty world with its focus on individuality and plea to women everywhere to ‘set your nails free’. Unlike other nail design brands, Flash.On uses groundbreaking nail machines to transform...

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Wahanda guide: how to spring clean your body

08
March
2013
Wahanda guide: how to spring clean your body

After a healthy start to the year vowing to eat more green things, less chocolate things and generally move around more, we at Wahanda have a confession to make: our good intentions are slipping. Three months into 2013 and we’ve found our self-restraint is being tested and our "body is a temple" mantra is not as convincing as it was in January – and not half as enticing as a piece of cake.

With warm weather finally on its way this is no time to be giving up on healthy habits. What we need is a spot of spring cleaning to erase any damage caused by recent slips and put us back on the right path. Put down your feather duster, we’re not talking housework - or colonics for that matter. We mean spring cleaning our bodies. Confused? Here’s are few foodie tricks to get you started…

LemonsWhen...

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Wahanda guide: perfect Mother’s Day gifts

06
March
2013
Wahanda guide: perfect Mother’s Day gifts

When we were younger we remember asking our parents when’s children’s day and being thoroughly disappointed with the reply ‘every day is children’s day’. Now we’re a little older we’ve come to appreciate just how much our parents do for us so as we approach one of the few days of the year that is devoted to parents rather than children we’ve been looking for ways we can really say thank you this Mother’s Day.

Stuck for ideas we turned to a professional for guidance. Fortunately, beauty expert and mother of five children, Liz Earle was able to offer a solution with her Mother’s Day Tips for any budget. If you’re still looking for that perfect gift grab a pen and paper and take note of these…

Home-made Beauty-Boost TrufflesRemember when home-made gifts meant papier-mache, glitter and coat...

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Spa of the week: Adamina Spa of Kensington

04
March
2013
Spa of the week: Adamina Spa of Kensington

As all you faithful sons, daughters and hard-working mothers are probably aware, this Sunday is Mother’s Day. The fourth Sunday in Lent when devoted children everywhere stop and think about everything their mother’s do for them and say thank you with a bunch of daffs and a home-made card.

As we’ve got older here at Wahanda, we’ve come to realise just how hard many mothers work and it’s dawned on us that a thank you card – no matter how long you’ve spent decorating it - doesn’t quite cut it. This year we’ve decided to say thank you by spoiling our mums rotten with a day of pampering fit for a queen at Adamina Spa of Kensington. If you’re stuck for what to get the special lady in your life read on for a little indulgent inspiration…

VenueKnown these days as one of the best places to...

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Wahanda news: Diptyque launches daffodil candle in time for St David's Day

01
March
2013
Wahanda news: Diptyque launches daffodil candle in time for St David's Day

Happy Saint David’s Day everyone, or should we say “Hapus Dydd Gŵyl Dewi” – excuse our pronunciation. How will you be celebrating? Tucking into a delicious Welsh rarebit? Slaying a dragon? Or perhaps filling your home with a few bouquets of Wales’ favourite flower: the daffodil.

If none of those appeal to you (bit cold for daffodil picking) then perhaps we can tempt you to light a candle for St David. Not just any old candle of course, the brand new daffodil scented candle from modern luxe apothecary brand Diptyque.

The new candle, named Jonquille (French for daffodil), evokes the floral, green, natural freshness of daffodils, picked straight from the garden, and we think it makes the perfect addition to any household as we approach spring – and Mother’s Day for that matter.

Jonquille...

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Wahanda guide: fitness myths busted

01
March
2013
Wahanda guide: fitness myths busted

Fitness and weight are something of an obsession in society today. Most of us admit we wouldn’t mind losing a few pounds, toning up a couple of areas or improving our overall fitness for health purposes and we’re surrounded by people telling us the fastest and easiest ways to do just that. With an entire industry offering us different advice on how to get the body we’ve always dreamed of things can get a bit confusing. How do we separate the fact from the fiction? The sales-pitch from the certainty? In other words, when it comes to fitness and weight loss, what actually works? Well here at Wahanda we’re as interested as the rest of you so we thought we’d ask the advice of a few experts and find out once and for all the truth behind the myths…

Myth: I need to hit the gym to lose...

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Wahanda news: Liberty open beauty pharmacy

28
February
2013
Wahanda news: Liberty open beauty pharmacy

Last month we brought you news of the arrival of the first ever beauty vending machine at Harvey Nichols. The vending machine arrived as part of the store’s BeautyMART, a concept boutique stocking an edited selection of favourite beauty products, designed to simplify the way we shop for beauty. Hot on their heels, fellow luxury retailer Liberty have just launched their own concept to simplify beauty buying: the beauty pharmacy.

Liberty London is already the proud owner of a famous beauty hall, but their new pharmacy promises to make shopping for make-up and skincare even more enjoyable.

Inspired by pharmacies in France and New York, Liberty’s new addition has whittled the selection of beauty must haves down to a mere 25 products that can be browsed and bought without having to visit a...

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Wahanda news: Selfridges to launch first ever 'Festival of Fragrance'

28
February
2013
Wahanda news: Selfridges to launch first ever 'Festival of Fragrance'

When you think of your average festival, words like ‘fresh’, ‘floral’ and ‘fragrant’ probably don't spring to mind. The festivals most of us will probably have attended were muddy, smelly and had toilets that will haunt us for years. Well all that’s about to change thanks to Selfridge's and cancer support charity Look Good…Feel Better.

In association with the Fragrance Foundation, Selfridge's and Look Good…Feel Better (LGFB) are teaming upto host the first ‘Festival of Fragrance’ in March. For one week, Selfridge's London will play host to a series of events to raise funds and awareness for the charity and continue their longstanding relationship.

Festival of Fragrance will take place from 2nd to 10th March, with a focus on Mother’s Day and celebrating the special cross-generational...

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Wahanda guide: Acupuncture Awareness Week

27
February
2013
Wahanda guide: Acupuncture Awareness Week

As we’re sure you’re all aware, this week (25th February to 3rd March) is Acupuncture Awareness Week. What’s that? You hadn’t heard? Perhaps that’s because, despite its growing popularity in recent years - there are approximately 2.3 million treatments taking place every year in the UK - acupuncture remains something of a mystery to many of us in the western world. We know the basics (we’re picturing a human pincushion), but we don’t know how it works, what it’s for and very few of us have tried it (although those who have tend to love it).

That’s what Acupuncture Awareness Week is all about, raising awareness about the ancient practice and how it can benefit the body. Here at Wahanda we’re big fans of anything that promises to improve our quality of life, so we decided to join the...

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Spa of the week: Chelsea Day Spa Boutique, Wandsworth

27
February
2013
Spa of the week: Chelsea Day Spa Boutique, Wandsworth

As we approach the end of a dull, cold February it might cheer a few of you to hear that spring is on its way - or so we’ve been told. It might not look like it, but in a matter of weeks we’ll be enjoying longer days, blossom-filled trees and the odd sighting of a new-born lamb. Hard to imagine isn’t it.

Spring is all about new life and new beginnings, so to get us all in the mood we thought we’d tell you about a (relatively) new arrival in the beauty world that guarantees its customers an escape from winter blues. Presenting this week’s spa of the week: The Chelsea Day Spa Boutique, Wandsworth Bridge Road.

The spaSituated on Wandsworth Bridge Road in the heart of Fulham, The Chelsea Day Spa Boutique is the little sister to the King’s Road’s beloved Chelsea Day Spa. Set up to cater for...

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Wahanda loves: Oscar winning eye makeup

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February
2013
Wahanda loves: Oscar winning eye makeup

Over the past few weeks, we - along with a few of you we imagine - have devoted a lot of time to studying red carpet beauty. Through our close analysis we’ve learned a few things: a classic bun is always chic, there is a red lipstick to suit everyone and most importantly, the key to a striking look is in the eyes. No matter how high the hair or bright the lip, a well-dressed eye can steal the show with just a bat of heavily mascara-ed lashes. No one knows this better than those A-list experts, which is why we weren’t at all surprised to see so many pretty peepers at Sunday night’s Oscars. From Jennifer Lawrence to Reese Witherspoon, here are a few of our favourites:

CharcoalAs if picking up the award for Best Actress wasn’t enough, Jennifer Lawrence (pictured) dazzled on the red carpet ...

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Wahanda loves: spa days for one

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February
2013
Wahanda loves: spa days for one

Here at Wahanda we’re all about relaxing, indulging and generally feeling our absolute best. One thing that we’ve learned is essential in total relaxation is access to a bit of me time. While most of us are content with the odd evening alone spent eating what we want, wearing what we want and watching what we want, we realise that very few of us will do this outside the comfort of our homes.

Why is it that eating dinner or watching a movie alone is fine at home but not in public? Is it a playground fear of looking like we don’t have friends? Because Wahanderers, we’re not in the playground any more and we have things like Facebook to show the world exactly how many friends we have. So in the spirit of being grown up, independent and in desperate need of relaxation we’ve put together a...

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Wahanda loves: Brit Awards beauty

21
February
2013
Wahanda loves: Brit Awards beauty

2013’s award season continued on Wednesday night with the Brit awards, AKA the biggest night of the year for British music. Following this month’s Grammys and in preparation for Sunday’s Oscars, the Brits provided yet another excuse for some of our favourite celebrities to coif their hair, don their finest gowns and parade along the red carpet looking fabulous.

Unfortunately no matter how fancy the dress of how big the hair, at these award ceremonies not everyone gets to take home a trophy. So, here at Wahanda, we thought we’d get into the red carpet spirit and dish out some of our own awards to celebrate a few of our favourite looks. Presenting the first ever Wahanda Brit Awards Beauty Awards. Drumroll please…

Best hair: AdeleShe might not have been there in person, but when Adele...

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Wahanda loves: LFW A/W 2013 beauty

20
February
2013
Wahanda loves: LFW A/W 2013 beauty

After any major event there comes a period of quiet contemplation, when onlookers think about what has passed. Apparently, London Fashion Week is no different. As the week draws to a close and the excitement in the capital dies down, women across the globe (including here at Wahanda HQ) are mulling over the various looks they’ve seen this past week and deciding which they can’t wait to try and which they’ll be avoiding next season - we’re thinking of steering clear of Westwood’s painted faces. Sorry Vivienne.

If you haven’t been keeping up with all of this week’s hair partings, lipstick shades and nail art designs don’t worry, we’ve put together this round up of the most significant beauty looks for next season. Roll on autumn…did we really just say that?

Hair

Fringes look set to be a...

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Wahanda news: Matthew Williamson brings the braid back at LFW

19
February
2013
Wahanda news: Matthew Williamson brings the braid back at LFW

Whether you’re a label loving fashionista or have more of an ‘I just threw this on. No, really’ approach to fashion, it probably won’t have escaped your attention that we have just endured the whirlwind that is London Fashion Week. Here at HQ we’ve been loving some of the looks, although we also found that all the excitement is distracting us from our hard work...

To avoid getting in trouble with the boss, we thought we’d combine the two with a blog post to show you what we’ve been drooling over. Today, it’s the easy to wear English Country Coiffure at Matthew Williamson…

The Look

Matthew Williamson’s Autumn Winter 2013 look was inspired by an eccentric English Country Girl exploring the Northern Lights of the Arctic Circle. The result is effortlessly, self-done feminine beauty combined...

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Salon Spotlight: Cucumba

18
February
2013
Salon Spotlight: Cucumba

Located in the heart of Soho, Cucumba is an urban ‘pitstop’ providing affordable beauty and massage therapies to fit around even the busiest lifestyle. If you’ve got a spare minute and a chipped nail, the dedicated team will do whatever it takes to fit you in and have you looking polished and feeling pampered in no time.

From their cool green walls to their ‘extra mile’ attitude to customer service, Cucumba aims to bring something fresh to the world of beauty. They don’t sell treatments, they sell time, meaning customers can drop in, tell them what you want and how long you have and they will adapt their treatments to suit your time, budget and beauty needs. Just don’t call them a salon…

Last week, we caught up with Cucumba to talk massages, manicures and, ahem, Formula One...

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Wahanda news: Cucumba and Style Icon host fashion & beauty evening

18
February
2013
Wahanda news: Cucumba and Style Icon host fashion & beauty evening

If you missed out on a place front row at London Fashion Week (it happens to the best of us) and are looking for a way to indulge your inner fashionista before the week is up, Cucumba in Soho has just the thing.

Cucumba, a Wahanda favourite known to clients as an 'urban pit stop' for beauty, has teamed up with Style & Glam Clothing to offer customers a one off night of fashion and beauty indulgence.

On Wednesday 20th February, celebrity personal stylist Natalie Robinson from Style Icon will be setting up a pop-up shop to showcase her Style & Glam womenswear collection from ASOS at Cucumba, Poland Street.

As well as browsing the new collection, guests will receive a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival, delicious nibbles and discounted treatments from Cucumba’s expert team with...

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Wahanda loves: healthy alternatives for national chip week

15
February
2013
Wahanda loves: healthy alternatives for national chip week

When it comes to fast food nothing beats the crispy golden skin and hot, fluffy centre of chip shop chips. Perhaps that’s why every year in the UK we turn 1.6 million tonnes of potatoes into chips (that’s the equivalent of 14,000 blue whales or 4,000 jumbo jets) and eat them with nearly three billion meals. In fact, us Brits love chips so much that we’ve declared next week National Chip Week.

That’s right, from the 18th to the 24th of February chip lovers across the nation will unite in their love for the delicious potato treat and, well... eat chips. Here at Wahanda we love chips as much as the rest of you, but we also love healthy eating and realise that these deep fried wonders don’t exactly fit into that category. We’d hate to miss out on the celebration so thought we’d chip in by...

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Wahanda news: Britain needs more female personal trainers

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February
2013
Wahanda news: Britain needs more female personal trainers

Calling all women with bags of energy, loud voices and a tendency towards bossiness. According to leading Personal Trainer Academy; The Training Room, the UK is in need of more female personal trainers.

Recent figures from the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) show that out of a total 13,770 registered Personal Trainers, only 5,256 are women – that’s a very small 35%. Whatever happened to Girl Power, eh?

“We train around 2,500 people each year and there is no doubt that personal training as a profession is growing healthily," says Lucy Jackson, head of training at The Training Room. "However, like the rest of the industry, the percentage of women on our courses is low at around 22% and that’s something we want to change.”

These numbers are particularly surprising as personal...

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Wahanda guide: what to give up for Lent

13
February
2013
Wahanda guide: what to give up for Lent

If you indulged in Tuesday’s tradition of clearing out your cupboards, frying the contents and eating until the ‘Pancake Sweats’ set in, there’s a chance you’re now pondering part two of this tradition: 40 days of self restraint. Like all good things in life, Pancake Day comes at a price, namely the expectation that you will now give up one of your favourite things for the next 40 days.

Here at Wahanda we like chocolate, we like treats and we like the odd glass of wine. However, in a health conscious world in which we’re all constantly trying to improve ourselves, we can’t help but think that the tradition of giving up a vice might not be a bad idea. So, if you’ve been waiting for the right time to break a bad habit or lose a couple of pounds, maybe it’s arrived. Need help getting...

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Wahanda loves: red carpet inspired Valentine's hair

12
February
2013
Wahanda loves: red carpet inspired Valentine's hair

‘Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!’ If fairy tales have taught us anything about romance it’s that a leading lady’s hair should be down to her feet, strong enough to climb and often act as a home for some adorable animal. Sorry Prince Charming, but that kind of 'do is far too high maintenance for this modern world. We like our locks in a variety of colours, lengths and far too glossy to climb.

So with Valentine’s Day approaching, how can us modern ladies get our hair to say ‘romance’ without spending a fortune on extensions? As we find ourselves in the middle of red carpet season we thought who better to turn to than those expert celebrities (and their unsung stylists) for some A-list inspiration. Watching this week’s Bafta and Grammy award ceremonies we couldn’t help but notice a...

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Spa of the week: The Dorchester Spa

11
February
2013
Spa of the week: The Dorchester Spa

If you’re a pancake fanatic or head over heels in love, this third week of February is probably a pretty exciting time for you. With Shrove Tuesday and Valentine’s Day just one day apart, whatever your passion, chances are you’ve got pretty big plans for this week. If, however, this week is looking more like another seven grey days to get through before spring, you might need something else to get you through.

Well, if your passion is health and beauty – and by the way, join the club – you may have heard that the fabulous Dorchester Spa has added the Ultimate Signature Treatment by Shiseido to its lavish treatment menu. Hot date or not, if you fancy something truly special this week, there’s only one place to go…

The SpaThe Dorchester Spa reopened after a complete refurbishment in 2009...

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Wahanda news: Shiseido partners with Dorchester Spa

11
February
2013
Wahanda news: Shiseido partners with Dorchester Spa

We’re old romantics here at Wahanda and nothing makes us happier than hearing about a match made in beauty heaven. No, we haven’t gone Valentine’s Day crazy - yet. We’re talking about the brand new partnership between luxury skincare brand Shiseido and The Dorchester Spa in Mayfair.

The partnership is launching with the Ultimate Signature Treatment by Shiseido, taken from Le Richemond Hotel in Geneva. Spa-goers will get the chance to relax and unwind with facial and body treatments using only the finest products and ingredients.

Developed in 1986, Shiseido’s signature treatment is built around the belief that "The beauty of a human being's skin, mind and body lies in the balance of 'Qi', a vital energy that runs throughout the body".

The treatment works to balance the Qi by...

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Wahanda loves: snake inspired beauty for Chinese New Year

07
February
2013
Wahanda loves: snake inspired beauty for Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year everybody, and welcome to the year of the snake. Myths and legends might have given it a bad name, but according to the Chinese zodiac, this maligned reptile isn’t so bad. People born in the year of the snake are believed to be charming, elegant, mysterious, cunning, passionate, proud and good at business. What’s more, they can expect to experience some changes in the next 12 months as Chinese tradition says big things will happen to you in the year of your sign.

“What about the rest of us?” we hear you cry. Well regardless of your zodiac sign, Chinese New Year is said to be the ideal time to de-clutter your life and clear out the old to make room for the new. If you happen to clear out any beauty products, we’ve got a few new ones you could try. Take a look at our...

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Wahanda interview: Mary Greenwell talks to us about her latest perfume

06
February
2013
Wahanda interview: Mary Greenwell talks to us about her latest perfume

With a career that has taken her across the globe to work with some of the most beautiful faces, renowned designers and esteemed photographers, Mary Greenwell has made a name for herself as one of the most sought after and respected makeup artists in the world.

After years of creating beauty looks for catwalks and magazines (sparking beauty trends across the globe), in 2010 Mary turned her creative talents to something different when she launched her first perfume. Working with fourth generation perfumer Francois Robert, Mary created PLUM, a chic and classic scent with a modern, fruity twist that was quickly embraced by the beauty world.

Following the success of PLUM, this year sees Mary reunite with Robert to launch her second perfume: LEMON. Inspired by holidays in the Mediterranean,...

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Wahanda news: Harvey Nichols BeautyMART unveils beauty vending machine

05
February
2013
Wahanda news: Harvey Nichols BeautyMART unveils beauty vending machine

Beauty enthusiasts that we are, here at Wahanda we like to spread the word about the latest, greatest and strangest beauty inventions we come across. Last week we brought you calorie-free chocolate and this week we’ve got something even better: a vending machine that will make you beautiful. Sort of.

Presenting the BeautyMART beauty vending machine. BeautyMART - which launched at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge in September 2012 - is a concept boutique stocking an edited selection of favourite products from creators Millie Kendall (of Ruby & Millie) and Anna-Marie Solowij (former beauty director of Vogue). The new vending machine edits this list of favourites even further and makes buying them even easier.

From the hundreds of brands on sale in the BeautyMART – which cover a selection of...

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Wahanda news: EU to ban animal testing for cosmetics

05
February
2013
Wahanda news: EU to ban animal testing for cosmetics

It’s been a long fight, but after 20 years it seems ethical beauty retailer The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International have won their campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics in Europe.

The news comes after personal confirmation from Commissioner Tonio Borg that an announcement will be made on 11th March declaring the import and sale of animal tested cosmetic products and ingredients banned in the EU.

Borg wrote in a recent letter to campaigners, “I believe that the ban should enter into force in March 2013 as Parliament and Council have already decided. I am therefore not planning to propose a postponement or derogation to the ban.”

The announcement will mean that as of the 11th March this year, manufacturers hoping to sell toiletries or cosmetic products (anything from makeup...

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Wahanda loves: music to work out by

04
February
2013
Wahanda loves: music to work out by

Ever been for a run and found your motivation and energy levels dipping before you’ve really broken a sweat? That’s sort of how we feel this week. We made it through January with most of our promises for a healthy 2013 intact, but now we’re faced with the challenge of keeping them up for the rest of the year and it all feels like a bit of an effort.

So, once the pressure’s off, your month’s free gym membership has expired and everyone’s stopped talking about resolutions, how are you supposed to keep them up? When we’re on the treadmill and our motivation begins to lag we find that putting on an inspirational and up-tempo song can be just what it takes to help us reach our goal and feel the burn. So, before we stumble at 2013’s first hurdle and admit defeat, here at Wahanda we thought we'd...

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Wahanda news: scientists blame flu epidemic on lack of vitamin D

04
February
2013
Wahanda news: scientists blame flu epidemic on lack of vitamin D

Colds and flu are something we suffer through every winter in the UK – sipping home remedies and trying to catch, bin and kill germs wherever we can. Well, if you’ve you been feeling a little under the weather lately you might be interested to learn that a new Norwegian study has revealed that a lack of Vitamin D might be the cause.

Earlier this month the Netherlands bore witness to an outbreak of flu that prompted scientists at the University of Oslo to conduct a study into flu epidemics, the results of which pointed specifically to a lack of vitamin D in the body.

According to the study - which examined data on flu epidemics in Sweden, Norway, the USA, Singapore and Japan - bouts of flu increase in both infection and mortality rates as soon as exposure to sunlight (our main source of...

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Spa of the week: K Spa at K West Hotel

01
February
2013
Spa of the week: K Spa at K West Hotel

We’re finally out of January, but it seems we’ve brought the grey skies and cold winds with us. Spring still seems far away, and summer even further, but here at Wahanda we could really do with a relaxing break somewhere warm, peaceful and a little bit exotic.

Unfortunately, with busy schedules, plans to save money and no private jet to call our own, it’s dawned on us that we might need to find a more feasible way to escape winter in the UK – if only for a short while. We need a city retreat that guarantees guests the same standard of treatment and level of relaxation as some of the most renowned spas across the globe, without the eight hour flight. Well look what we've found. K Spa at K West Hotel offers its guests just that…

The spaShepherd's Bush might be better known as the home of...

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Wahanda loves: Be mine - Valentine's spa treats

31
January
2013
Wahanda loves: Be mine - Valentine's spa treats

Valentine’s Day is approaching it’s got us divided into hopeless romantics and anti-valentine cynics here at HQ. Like the Marmite of the greeting card world, it seems that the 14th of February is either a day you love - maybe even lurve - or hate.

Well whether this February finds you head over heels and desperate to shout it from the rooftops, or more in the mood for wine, friends and gossiping about loved up acquaintances, Valentine’s comes but once a year and you might as well make the most of it. So in the spirit of love, romance, friendship and pampering, we’ve found the best places to spend this Valentine’s whatever your relationship status…

Anti-Valentine’sIf you still associate Girl Power with Union Jack dresses, platform trainers and the 1990s, you clearly haven’t paid a visit...

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Wahanda news: Hotel Chocolat launch range of calorie-free chocolate

31
January
2013
Wahanda news: Hotel Chocolat launch range of calorie-free chocolate

That’s right, Hotel Chocolat has finally uncovered the secret to enjoying chocolate without gaining weight. Unfortunately, it doesn’t involve eating it.

Cocoa growers and chocolatiers, Hotel Chocolat have launched Hotel Chocolat Cocoa Juvenate, a new range of beauty products which harness the natural nourishing and hydrating properties of cocoa as well as its antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

The Juvenate range includes everything from Lip Balm to Body Polish and the manufacturer of the range promises each skin care treatment “helps protect, renew, enliven and uplift.”

If you’re worried that a side effect of this renewing ad uplifting might be an increase in chocolate cravings, you can rest assured that these products deliberately do not smell like chocolate as we know it. Instead,...

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Wahanda loves: overnight beauty products

30
January
2013
Wahanda loves: overnight beauty products

At this time of year, some days all you want to do is stay in bed. We could all probably do with a bit more sleep - and no one can blame you for struggling to get up on dark, cold mornings - but spending extra hours in bed can leave us feeling unproductive and even a bit blue. If only there was a better way to use the time we do have in bed (no, we’re not talking about that).

We’re talking about easy, at-home beauty treatments that have been specifically designed to work through the night. Not only will these sleeping beauties have you waking up looking refreshed and ravishing, they’ll free up time previously devoted to pampering during the day. Here are a few of our favourites:

James Read Sleep Mask TanWith all the overnight moisturisers that are around these days, sometimes it can be...

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Wahanda loves: 2013 nail trends

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January
2013
Wahanda loves: 2013 nail trends

The temperature’s rising, the snow has thawed, and the sun’s come out (briefly). It can only mean one thing – spring is on its way. Ok, we might be getting slightly ahead of ourselves. We’ve still got a good few weeks ahead of us that are bound to be spent wearing winter coats and woolly hats, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start embracing some of spring 2013’s hottest beauty trends,

While some of next season’s make up looks might not be ideal with your winter wardrobe – no one's going to notice that new lippy when it's hidden under a scarf – it’s never too early to start experimenting with a new manicure. Give yourself a head start and take a look at our five favourite nail trends for spring summer 2013. The gloves are coming off…in a few weeks.

NudeNude nails were all over catwalks...

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Wahanda guide: eat your way to a good night's sleep

28
January
2013
Wahanda guide: eat your way to a good night's sleep

As we made the journey into work this morning we were struck by the number of drained faces, shadowy eyes and grumpy dispositions we encountered. Could it be a case of the Monday morning blues? Or could it be the effects of last night’s full moon...

Insomnia has always been a common complaint during a full moon. Over the years scientists have reasoned this apparent side-effect to be the result of a brighter sky, or the possibility that we are more likely to notice such disturbances on a night that we already think is a little bit eerie. Well whatever the reason, if your sleep is suffering at the moment we’ve got just the thing: food.

Earlier this month we brought news of revolutionary new milk product and sleep-aid Nachtmilchkristalle, well it seems creators Milchkristalle Ltd are...

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Wahanda news: men now spend as much as women on grooming

25
January
2013
Wahanda news: men now spend as much as women on grooming

Ever felt a little guilty about spending money on cosmetics and beauty treatments? Perhaps you were saving for a holiday or a deposit, knew you shouldn't, but just couldn’t resist trying out that revolutionary mascara – hey your lashes looked fab. Well the time has come to stop feeling guilty as new research has revealed that these days men are spending just as much as women on beauty and grooming products.

According to a survey by closeshavesociety.com - a razor subscription service for men and women - the average man is now spending £590 on grooming products every year, which is pretty equal to the amount most women spend on beauty products.

Zach Hanauer, Sales Director at closeshavesociety.com, says:

"Men are taking their looks far more seriously these days, and there's a clear...

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Wahanda guide: the last minute January detox

25
January
2013
Wahanda guide: the last minute January detox

It’s been a long old month for those of us struggling with well-intentioned New Year’s Resolutions. All that Christmas indulgence seems like one distant, calorific memory and after four abstemious weeks of saying no to chocolate biscuits and glasses of wine some of you might be beginning to struggle – we know we are.

Fortunately for us all there are some healthy living experts out there to offer simple and enjoyable ways to make sure we don’t stray from our healthy resolutions before the month is up. We’ve tracked down a couple and put together this little guide on what to eat, drink and do over the next few days to keep from ruining our hard work. One last push everyone, we’re almost there.

What to eatLiz Earle, beauty and wellness expert and creator of Liz Earle Naturally Active...

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Wahanda loves: beauty for Down Under

24
January
2013
Wahanda loves: beauty for Down Under

It’s something most of us don’t talk about all that much - and we hardly ever blog about the topic - but seeing as this Saturday is Australia Day, we thought it was only right to devote today’s blog post to, ahem, Down Under. No, we’re not bringing you beauty tips from that distant land “Where women glow and men plunder’’, we’re talking about a bit of personal bikini maintenance (to put it delicately).

Ok it’s not exactly bikini season, but here at Wahanda we believe in top to toe beauty and that includes the private bits. With all the treatments, products and gadgets available, it's never been easier - or more fun - to maintain your lady parts. So without further a do, here are our top five ways to look after things below the belt.

Bush BalmWho better to ask for tips on looking after...

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Wahanda news: women look their oldest on Wednesday afternoons

23
January
2013
Wahanda news: women look their oldest on Wednesday afternoons

Get ready to grab your coffee and concealer ladies as it’s Wednesday, the day of the week when, according to new research, us women are bound to look our oldest and feel our worst.

This shocking finding comes after a study carried out by St Tropez, to support the launch of their Gradual Tan Plus Anti-Ageing Face, revealed that one in ten women find Wednesday the most stressful day in a typical week, with two thirds reportedly experiencing a "slump in energy levels" in the mid-afternoon.

As a result, St Tropez has pin-pointed 3.30pm on a Wednesday (the time when a quarter of us reach for a sugary snack to boost mood and energy) as the time of week when women look their oldest.

Nichola Joss, St. Tropez skin expert, said: "Combine the highest stress levels of the week on a Wednesday with...

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Spa of the week: The Malvern Spa

22
January
2013
Spa of the week: The Malvern Spa

In a week that began with what is said to be the most miserable day of the year, here at Wahanda we’ve been doing our best to look on the bright side of things. Optimists that we are, we refuse to give into January Blues and have, instead, been focusing our energy on ways to make ourselves feel special, and planning a few things to look forward to. We’ve even come up with a way to do both.

As we endure this cold, grey January, half wishing we could go back in time to Christmas festivities and half hurrying the days along to pay day, what could possibly be more exciting than a pampering break in one of the UK’s most relaxing and indulgent hotel spas? Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you The Malvern.

The SpaSituated in the heart of England, Malvern is a small spa town peaceful enough...

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Wahanda guide: how to beat a cold in 24 hours

21
January
2013
Wahanda guide: how to beat a cold in 24 hours

It’s been a cold start to 2013 so far and it seems we’re all feeling the effects. With coughs, colds and red, runny noses everywhere you look it’s enough to make you want to get inside, wrap up warm and stay there until the safety of spring.

Unfortunately that’s not an option for most of us with jobs, kids or the occasional need to visit the shops. Even if it was, we just know that pesky cold would find some way of catching up with us. It seems there’s only way to get through the winter: to face the music. That's right Wahanderers, it's time to weather the storm. But if you do find yourself sniffing and sneezing, take a look at this handy hour by hour guide from cough and cold experts Covonia, and prepare to beat that cold in just one day.

0700 hours – Take a steaming hot shower

When...

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Wahanda loves: easy ways to update your look in 2013

17
January
2013
Wahanda loves: easy ways to update your look in 2013

The New Year brings with it plenty of opportunities for change. New Year’s resolutions have us changing our diet, changing our routine with new hobbies and fitness plans, and changing the way we feel about ourselves by finally quitting bad habits. If you manage to stick to your resolutions that's great, but change can be hard and setting yourself difficult goals can lead to failure.

We don’t like failure here at Wahanda, so we’ve been thinking of changes we can make that are small and simple but still guarantee a big impact. So, if you’re not quite ready for that top to toe make over, or your new gym routine isn’t quite going to plan, take a look at these easy ways to update your look in 2013…

Hair VeilingWe all know one of the easiest and most effective ways to change your look in an...

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Wahanda news: Mandara Spa offers helping hand with New Year's resolutions

17
January
2013
Wahanda news: Mandara Spa offers helping hand with New Year's resolutions

As we find ourselves in the third week of January, our New Year’s resolutions are really being put to the test. Are you currently patting yourself on the back for sticking to your resolutions so firmly? Or are you – like a couple of us here - thinking up ways to convince yourself that skipping last night’s gym session was a one off while hungrily eyeing up the chocolate biscuits you’ve been abstaining from for so long.

If, over the past few days, you’ve found yourself weighing up the pros and cons of continuing with your healthy resolution perhaps it’s time you got a little support. Fortunately for us all – bar those super- determined few who haven’t even thought about chocolate since New Year’s Eve – Mandara Spa at Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge have come to the rescue with their brand...

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Wahanda news: Victoria Beckham loves ''Honestly Healthy'' too

16
January
2013
Wahanda news: Victoria Beckham loves ''Honestly Healthy'' too

Here at Wahanda, we’re always on the lookout for new products and treatments and love being among the first to test them out and tell you guys about it. In fact we like to think of ourselves as health and beauty trendsetters, so when world famous fashion designer and trendsetter Victoria Beckham took a leaf out of our book earlier this week we were delighted.

Ok, technically, it wasn’t our book she took a leaf from, but rather Honestly Healthy, the alkaline diet book that’s sweeping the nation and fast gaining a celebrity following.

We reviewed the book by Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson a couple of months ago and Victoria has taken to Twitter to do the same this week, tweeting a picture of the Honestly Healthy cover along with the caption: "Love this healthy eating cook book!"

An...

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Tried and tested: Decleor aroma mosaic facial

15
January
2013
Tried and tested: Decleor aroma mosaic facial

Alongside the usual New Year’s resolutions to get fit, eat better and take up some kind of hobby, here at Wahanda we’d like to suggest another one: to find a skincare regime that works for you. If you’ve found yourself stuck in a beauty rut, using the same products you’ve always used and ignoring the fact that they don’t really work for you, the New Year is the perfect excuse to change things up.

We’re all guilty of using a product because it’s there, or reduced or our friend (with a different skin-type) raves about it. While this is fine, and fun, for things like make up, when it comes to skincare we really do need to think about our (skin) needs. That’s why this year, when it comes to skincare we’re making the resolution to think about ourselves and why last week, I made my way to ND...

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Wahanda loves: indoor bootcamps

14
January
2013
Wahanda loves: indoor bootcamps

There’s snow on the ground, a chill in the air and the weather in the UK is set to get even colder over the next few days. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to bundle up warm, get some hearty soup for lunch and hurry home to slip into our cosiest pyjamas. But what about our New Year’s resolution to walk to work and go running in the evening?

If you’re just getting into the swing of a New Year fitness plan - perhaps you’re starting to see some well-deserved results - you probably won’t want to give up your new routine in week three. Unfortunately we can’t do anything to change the weather - and we have tried. What we can do, however, is help you continue the good work with a few suggestions for how you can move your new found routine indoors. Take a look at our top three indoor bootcamps...

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Wahanda news: bed-time milk helps sleep disorders

11
January
2013
Wahanda news: bed-time milk helps sleep disorders

For many of us, the odd sleepless night is just another side effect of the stresses and strains of daily life. It’s not ideal - in fact it’s pretty unpleasant and can leave you with eye-bags the size of a shopping tote, and a temper shorter than a match stick - but, it’s a fact of life. So, we accept these sleepless nights, have an extra-large coffee in the morning and yawn our way through the day all the while daydreaming - or actually dreaming depending on how much sleep we've missed - about bed time.

There are drugs you can take, sheep you can count and Grandma's trusty remedies you can brew up, but wouldn't it be nice if there was a simple, natural but effective way to put an end to sleepless nights when they rear their ugly heads? Well, according to one Munich based start-up company...

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Wahanda loves: Golden Globe beauty for any age

10
January
2013
Wahanda loves: Golden Globe beauty for any age

It’s the Golden Globes this weekend and we can’t wait to see our favourite stars step out in their finest. As with all glamorous celebrity events, there are bound to be a few fashion and beauty hits and misses. We’ve been looking through the list of nominees and have come across a few leading ladies who, no matter their age, always get it right.

Want to look fab at 50? Or smouldering at 70? Well we’ve done a little research into the beauty regimes of Hollywood's most beautiful and talented and uncovered some of the beauty tips and tricks that keep them red carpet ready at any age. And the winners are…

The twenty-something: Hayden PanettiereLooking gorgeous and glowing is, admittedly, a little easier in your 20s, but 23-year-old Hayden Panettiere makes sure she makes the most of her...

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Wahanda loves: top ten anti ageing products

09
January
2013
Wahanda loves: top ten anti ageing products

If we told you that we held the key to turning back time, stopping the ageing process in its tracks and even reversing some of its effects, you’d think one thing: witchcraft. When it comes to anti-ageing, there are so many lotions, potions and elixirs on the market that, at times, it can all seem a bit mystical, confusing and off-putting.

Well we’re not witches here at Wahanda, but we would still like to hold on to our youthful looks for as long as possible. So, as another year passes, we’ve decided to make some crucial changes to our beauty regime this January. To make things simple, we’ve sifted through the hundreds of products and procedures and narrowed it down to a top ten anti-ageing products to cover all bases…

SerumsLighter than a moisturiser and with smaller molecules that...

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Wahanda news: NuBo launch Snow Queen Facial

08
January
2013
Wahanda news: NuBo launch Snow Queen Facial

As many of you will have experienced first-hand over the last month or so, winter can be a treacherous time for skin. Rough winds, cold rain, and dry central heating often lead to dry skin, chapped lips and a dull complexion.

We’d love to tell you that the end is in sight but we all know January can be a long, cold month. So how do we get through it and still have soft skin and kissable lips in time for Valentine’s Day? Well there are two options. Firstly, the balaclava. It might not be stylish but boy is it practical. Or, there's the NuBo Snow Queen facial developed especially to revitalise tired, dull winter skin and available at The Spa at Brown’s Hotel.

The facial begins with the application of NuBo’s ‘Peel and Reveal’ to cleanse and prepare the skin for the the NuBo Marine...

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Wahanda loves: treats for your feet

07
January
2013
Wahanda loves: treats for your feet

After ringing in the New Year with some highly ambitious dance moves - performed in some equally ambitious heels - and spending the following days trawling the high street for January bargains, our tired tootsies sure are feeling the strain. Whether it’s pain from party shoes or cracked heels from cold weather, our poor feet can really suffer this time of year.

We know you’ve probably got them tucked away in boots or slippers and it seems like years until you’ll have to show them off, but winter conditions (particularly central heating) can aggravate foot conditions and now is the time to do something about it. Get ready to put your best foot forward with one of these sole-saving, treats for the feet.

PedicureIf you’re suffering from a case of 'winter feet', a pedicure is a sure-fire...

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Wahanda news: Selfridges launches Silence Room

07
January
2013
Wahanda news: Selfridges launches Silence Room

If you’ve been to Selfridges for a spot of sale shopping in the last few days ‘tranquility’ and ‘relaxation’ probably aren’t words that you would associate with the visit. But from today (7th January) all that is about to change as Selfridges introduces a new store-wide concept ‘No Noise’.

This unique project invites weary shoppers to ‘celebrate the power of quiet, see the beauty in function and find calm among the crowds’ with a trip to the super-store’s Silence Room.

The Silence Room was first thought of in 1909 by Harry Gordon Selfridge and aimed to help visitors find balance in the fast-paced world – it might have needed a little revamp to be ready for 2013 shoppers.

No Noise will provide an escape from the bombardment of information and stimulation we face on a daily basis and even...

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Wahanda guide: how to survive the January sales

04
January
2013
Wahanda guide: how to survive the January sales

How many of you brave souls have ventured out into the January sales? We tried it last week but, put off by the crowds, queues and lack of anything left in our size, found ourselves scurrying home empty handed. We love a good deal here at Wahanda and would hate to miss out on the biggest sales of the year, so we’ve put together a little plan to get us in and out as quickly as possible - and with something we actually want.

Don’t fret, we’re not talking about early morning stake-outs or an elaborate walkie-talkie system. Our plan simply involves a well thought out list of things we’ll actually use in the next few months and a steely resolve to ignore anything not on the list - no matter how big a bargain. Fancy avoiding messy sale rails, fitting room queues and spending money on things...

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Wahanda news: Champneys launch sleep retreat weekend

03
January
2013
Wahanda news: Champneys launch sleep retreat weekend

Those of you who took notice of our helpful New Year’s Resolution suggestions will already be making plans to increase how much sleep you get in 2013. We all know the health and beauty benefits of getting enough sleep – or at least the detrimental effects of not getting enough – but according to luxury spa resort Champneys, when it comes to slumber, quality is just as important as quantity.

Champneys are hoping to improve the quality of our sleep when they launch their new weekend sleep retreats later this year. Champneys Springs and Henlow (pictured) will welcome Delphi Ellis, the qualified counsellor and TV expert on the subject of Dreams and Nightmares to host two weekend retreats. The 'Refreshing Sleep For Fulfilling Dreams' retrests will focus on healthy sleep, effective stress...

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Wahanda news: Change4Life quiz reveals UK's low food IQ

03
January
2013
Wahanda news: Change4Life quiz reveals UK's low food IQ

We all know ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ but when it comes to healthy eating new research from the Department of Health's Change4Life campaign suggests that we as a nation know little else.

The research comes from the initial results of a new Food IQ Quiz launching on Facebook today. The quiz asks questions about the salt, fat and calorie content of some of the nation’s favourite drinks, snacks and meals and so far, the results so far show that the UK's food IQ is pretty low.

Of the 2006 adults who took part, over three quarters scored just 50% or less, with 60% of participants unaware of important health information like the maximum daily amount of salt recommended for an adult - it's one teaspoon by the way.

Of the 2006 participants, just three people were able to answer...

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Wahanda guide: how to fulfill New Year’s Resolutions

02
January
2013
Wahanda guide: how to fulfill New Year’s Resolutions

For many of us, a new year provides the perfect opportunity to think about our lives and really look to the future. It’s also a time to look at the past - particularly the last year - and think about everything we achieved and what we wish we’d done a little differently.

The top ten resolutions for last year were:


Lose Weight
Get fit
Eat more healthy
Save money/spend less
Get a new job
Spend more time with people who matter
Try out new experiences
Get out of a rut
Visit a new country
Read more


Look familiar? That’s probably because they’re on your list of resolutions this year too as according to the Mental Health Foundation, a massive 80% of us fail to achieve our New Year’s Resolutions each year.

Sarah, an NLP coach with Canary Coaching, says that “one of the main...

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Wahanda news: Disney World to give spas a new year make over

01
January
2013
Wahanda news: Disney World to give spas a new year make over

Children across the world already describe Disney World as the most magical place on earth. For most parents, however, it’s a different story.

With long queues, a pricey entry fee and excitable children’s characters jumping out at every corner, a trip to Disney land can be far from magical or relaxing for most adults. Until you’ve made your way over to the new Disney spa that is.

This month, Disney World in Florida is set to launch its new spa concept with the opening of Senses - A Disney Spa.

From January 2013, all spas, salons, and fitness centres across Walt Disney World will be owned and run by Disney under the Senses brand, rather than external companies and the Floridian resort will be the first to be renovated and reopen under Disney control.

The renovations, designed by Walt...

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Wahanda loves: healthy New Year's resolutions

01
January
2013
Wahanda loves: healthy New Year's resolutions

Happy New Year Wahanderers. You’re probably all exhausted from your 5am run and 6am pilates class. At least you had that nourishing bowl of muesli with soya milk and shot of wheatgrass. What’s that? That’s not how you started your new year? Neither did we actually.

We have, however, made a couple of healthy New Year’s resolutions - we’ve just been a little more realistic with our goals. After years of giving up on resolutions to give up chocolate, wine and lying around reading trashy magazines we’ve decided on a few resolutions we might actually keep to and – better yet – enjoy. So if that wheatgrass shot didn’t go down so easily, take a look at our top five resolutions for a healthier, happier 2013. Repeat after us, this year I will…

Eat healthilyA new year means there’s bound to be a...

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Wahanda guide: New Year's Eve party survival

28
December
2012
Wahanda guide: New Year's Eve party survival

After what seems like months of festive feasting the end of indulgent party season is in sight. There's just one last hurrah to get through before we can all get back to normal or begin those 2013 detoxes. That’s right, it’s New Year’s Eve, the most exciting, celebratory night of the year. But if your festive season has been half as indulgent as ours there’s a chance you might be feeling a little champagne and canapé’d out.

Don’t worry that New Year’s Eve party doesn’t have to mean platefuls of party food, countless cocktails and beginning the new year with a hefty hang over and hearty fry up. Begin 2013 feeling fresh with these New Year’s Eve survival tips from Nutrition Expert at Go Coco, Ross Currie.

Eat breakfast

Treat New Years Eve like a normal day and make time for breakfast –...

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Wahanda loves: The Detox Kitchen

24
December
2012
Wahanda loves: The Detox Kitchen

Well Christmas day has been and gone with all its treats and trimmings. Now who’s looking forward to starting their New Year detox? Hmm, we see a distinct lack of hands in the air. Could it be the thought of putting away those festive foods and embarking on a four week stint of scouring health shops for elusive ingredients, surviving on suspicious looking smoothies and always feeling a little bit hungry? We don’t blame you.

What if we told you that detoxing doesn’t have to be like that? That in this modern world detoxing can be delicious, filling and delivered straight to your door. You’d probably think we’d had too much broccoli and beetroot juice. Well you’d be wrong. This detox isn’t something we’ve imagined. It’s very real and comes from London company The Detox Kitchen. Care to hear...

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Wahanda news: women use three times more make up at Christmas

24
December
2012
Wahanda news: women use three times more make up at Christmas

Have you got all your favourite make up essentials on this year’s Christmas list? Well if findings from a survey into how much makeup women wear at Christmas are anything to go by it might be a good idea.

The study, carried out by Debenhams on 1,450 shoppers, revealed that over the festive period women in the UK wear around three times as much make-up as normal, opting to use up to 12 different products on their face before a night out.

A normal day sees most women in the UK using an average of four make up products on their face (typically mascara, foundation, blusher and lip gloss) increasing this to eight for an evening out when it seems we are more likely to wear eyeliner, lipstick, eye shadow and bronzer.

According to the survey the four extra products women use on their faces at...

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Wahanda loves: Christmas gifts for YOU

24
December
2012
Wahanda loves: Christmas gifts for YOU

Merry Christmas Wahanderers. After weeks of preparation the big day is finally here and we can’t wait to open our presents, eat, drink, be merry and have a well-deserved snooze. If the last few weeks have been as hectic for you as they have for us you’ll probably have a similar plan.

In fact, once you’ve finished handing out all those thoughtful gifts you begged, queued and fought for you might even start to think about yourself again and how you’re going to get through the next twelve days. It’s time to think about indulging with a few well deserved gifts to yourself guaranteed to see you through the festive period in style.

Nail polishIt might have taken a few hours and cost you a couple of paper cuts but the wrapping is finally finished which means you‘ve got no excuse for wandering...

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Wahanda news: hooray we've reached 1000 bookable venues on site

21
December
2012
Wahanda news: hooray we've reached 1000 bookable venues on site

If you had asked us a couple of weeks ago what we wanted for Christmas here at Wahanda we’d probably have answered something like: ‘We’d really like to reach our goal of 1000 bookable venues on site before the year is out’ – we’re very low maintenance you know.

Well guess what, Father Christmas has come early here at HQ and boy has he delivered. We’re all very excited to announce that we’ve reached our goal early and now have a whopping 1000 live venues available across the country for you lovely lot to book appointments with.

Our online appointment booking system launched in September and has been growing steadily ever since. We knew this quick and easy booking system would be a hit, but we were delighted by all the positive feedback from customers and businesses alike. Reaching this...

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Wahanda news: Sanctuary Spa to ring in new year with Sleep Spa Day

21
December
2012
Wahanda news: Sanctuary Spa to ring in new year with Sleep Spa Day

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat and here at Wahanda we’re already beginning to feel a bit tired. With a busy party season, followed by full-time Christmas prep, a few days of Christmas merriment and an extravagant New Year bash, by the time January arrives we’re going to be exhausted.

Thank goodness for Sanctuary Spa who seem to have read our minds (or our Christmas list). From the 1st January, Sanctuary Spa, Covent Garden will be offering their Sleep Spa Day at a reduced rate to rid us all of festive fatigue.

The wonderfully relaxing Sleep Spa Day includes full use of the luxurious spa facilities for a day, a 25 Minute Sleep Retreat session and a choice of a relaxing 55 minute treatment including a Sanctuary Massage, Sanctuary Spa Therapies Massage, Aromatherapy Massage,...

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Wahanda loves: last minute gifts guaranteed to please

21
December
2012
Wahanda loves: last minute gifts guaranteed to please

We’ve been saying it for a couple of weeks already but it’s only just beginning to settle in. Christmas is upon us. In fact, it’s very nearly here. According to our calculations, by this point in advent we should all be curling ribbons, dusting mince pies with icing sugar and putting the star on top of the tree.

Not quite there yet? Us neither. In fact we’ve still got a few last minute presents to buy and we’re running out of time to buy them. We need a list of guaranteed crowd-pleasing Christmas presents and we need it now. Well what do you know, look what we have here…

Steam creamKnow anyone with naturally flawless skin that never dries out or shows even a hint of imperfection? Us neither. That’s why a pot of Steam Cream is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face this Christmas....

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Wahanda guide: avoid gaining weight this Christmas

20
December
2012
Wahanda guide: avoid gaining weight this Christmas

Did you know the average person in the UK will consume around 6,000 calories (kcals) on Christmas day? Neither did we, although thinking back to last Christmas we don’t doubt it. Add this to the fact that the average person might also consume an extra 500 kcals per day over the festive period and it’s no wonder we all detox in January.

All this Christmas indulgence equates to a weight gain of around 5lb before the start of January. Hardly the most dramatic weight gain and most of it will fall off as our diets get back to normal, but if you’ve already bought the perfect new year’s dress and you want to guarantee it still fits on the 31st it’s time to put down that Mince pie and take a look at these top tips from the British Dietetic Association (BDA) to avoid the Great Christmas Stuffing....

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Wahanda guide: solving winter woes

19
December
2012
Wahanda guide: solving winter woes

As any excitable children out there will have noticed Christmas is only a matter of days away now. The tree’s decorated, the advent calendar’s looking bare and we’ve only got a few frantic days left to do away with our ‘bah humbugs’ and really get into the festive spirit.

We’re feeling pretty Christmassy here already, but we can’t help noticing people around us letting winter woes get in the way of their good cheer. Whether it’s a red nose, poor circulation or flyaway hair, these seasonal sufferings can really get us down. So just in time for the big day we thought we’d spread a little joy and let you all in on our top tips and tricks to beat them. See you later Scrooge…

Bad circulationWe all moan about cold hands and feet at this time of year but for those of us who suffer from poor...

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Wahanda news: 1960s voted best time for tresses

17
December
2012
Wahanda news: 1960s voted best time for tresses

It’s true after all then, bigger is better. When it comes to hair that is. A new survey by ecigarettedirect.co.uk revealed that when asked which decade of the last 60 years had the best hair 34% of 800 people answered the Swinging Sixties.

After decades of structured and set curls, the 1960s broke the hair mould making women’s hair boyish with the Twiggy bob/crop, sexy with Brigitte Bardot’s back-combing and iconic thanks to the Hepburn beehive.

Coming in second were the 1950s with retro styles like the ‘Marilyn’ or the ‘Pompadour’ for gents (think Elvis and James Dean) gaining 26% of the vote. The 1990s won third place with 19% - mainly thanks to Jennifer Aniston for introducing the world to shoulder-length, choppy layers with the definitive 'do of the decade: the ‘Rachel’.

In fourth...

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Wahanda loves: beauty-inspired stocking fillers

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December
2012
Wahanda loves: beauty-inspired stocking fillers

Shhh…can you hear that? The faint tinkling of distant Sleigh bells. It can only mean one thing boys and girls, Father Christmas is coming. If you forgot to send him your list don’t panic, you’ve still got time. You just need to have a think about all the gorgeous little treats you’d love to find in your stocking on Christmas morning.

Or perhaps you’ve left your present buying till the last minute and need a little gift inspiration? Well lucky for you, here at Wahanda HQ we’ve spent the morning compiling a list of all the gorgeous, beauty treats we’d love to find in our stocking - hey, it’s nearly Christmas and we’re taking it easy. So if you’re stuck for that perfect little extra and don’t know what to do, take a look at our five favourite festive beauty treats. Ho ho ho everyone...

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Wahanda news: new anti-ageing elixir is out of this world

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December
2012
Wahanda news: new anti-ageing elixir is out of this world

How far would you go for flawless, youthful skin? A world renowned spa? The ends of the earth? Further? That’s what Anesi Beaute have done with their new anti-ageing Celestial Secret Elixir and treatment.

Made using a combination of patented Meteorite Stardust Extract and terrestrial minerals (Hematite Extract, Rodochrosite Extract, Olivine Extract and Smithsonite Extract - we've never heard of them either) and vegetal ingredients (Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract and Beech Bud Extract), the elixir works to restore and seal the skin barrier for firmer, luminous skin.

This out of this world ingredient is over 4.5billion years old and reportedly contains minerals previously unknown to our planet, opening the door to a new line of research into skin care. Meteorite extract is also rich in...

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Wahanda guide: healthy Christmas cocktail swaps

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December
2012
Wahanda guide: healthy Christmas cocktail swaps

Christmas is coming which means the time is upon us to eat, drink healthy cocktails and be merry. Ok we’ve edited the second one a little, but from our experience of festive season things are about to get very indulgent and we’re trying to keep things healthy where we can.

Egg-nog might be traditional but at 350-400 calories per serving it might be time to think of a new recipe for Christmas cheer. Well while everyone else has been hanging decorations and making a start on their Christmas shopping, here at Wahanda we’ve been getting into the festive spirit (get it?) by thinking up healthy substitutions we can make to our favourite Christmas cocktails to make them a little less indulgent. Take a look at our guide to healthy Christmas cocktail swaps and just remember – fewer calories does...

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Wahanda loves: healthy beauty boosters

10
December
2012
Wahanda loves: healthy beauty boosters

As we find ourselves in mid-December it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Unfortunately for us, the seemingly endless shopping of the last couple of weeks has left us looking a little less than festive and however cold the weather, the week night festivities continue.

Dull complexions, tired eyes and dry skin are all pesky side-effects of pre-Christmas stress and party season indulgence. With even more festivities on the horizon and Christmas just around the corner how can we make sure we’re all looking our best for the big day? With a beauty treatment so full of good things it’ll leave you feeling, relaxed, refreshed and down-right saintly, and looking even better. Take a look at our top five vitamin and mineral boosted beauty treatments to leaving you looking and feeling...

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Wahanda loves: top five books to give and receive this Christmas

06
December
2012
Wahanda loves: top five books to give and receive this Christmas

When we were children, the books we were given for Christmas somehow seemed less enticing than the Barbie Jeep or princess dressing up kit we also received. In more recent years, however, books have proved themselves to be worthwhile, thoughtful gifts that we actually find ourselves using throughout the year - and we hardly ever get the Barbie Jeep out any more.

So bearing this in mind - and to make sure we give our friends and family something they will actually use this year - we've been to our local book shop and managed to find something for everyone. Want to give your friends and family something they'll like this Christmas? Take a leaf out of our book and have a look at our top five reads to give and receive this Christmas.

Hugh’s Three Good Things, by Hugh Fearnley...

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Wahanda loves: Christmas perfumes

05
December
2012
Wahanda loves: Christmas perfumes

Mulled wine, hot Christmas pudding and maybe even a log fire. Christmas is full of comforting and familiar smells that can take you back to Christmases past and rekindle that childhood excitement in just one whiff. Do you know what we think the most exciting smell this time of year is? That first spray of a brand new perfume delivered by Santa on Christmas morning.

Although more extravagant than a book token or satsuma in your stocking, perfume has long been a traditional present to give at Christmas – just ask the wise men who came bearing frankincense and myrrh. Along with crackers and stuffing, perfume-giving is one of our favourite Christmas traditions and we like to encourage it – especially among our friends and family. This Christmas perfume sales are predicted to increase by 6%...

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Wahanda news: Mandara Spa offers festive season LBD package

05
December
2012
Wahanda news: Mandara Spa offers festive season LBD package

Whether it’s a work do, a festive function or New Year’s soiree, this time of year is full of opportunities to throw on your trusty little black dress and party. With festive season upon us we’re running out of time to get LBD ready. In fact with presents to buy, cards to write and stockings to fill we’re running out of time for everything.

So how do we make sure we’re LBD ready in time for that fabulous party? We head over to Mandara Spa at Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge and take advantage of their festive new package.

The Mandara Spa will be running a special Little Black Dress package this festive season to ensure ladies across London feel prepped, primed and ready to party.

If you’re looking to escape the Christmas chaos the Mandara Spa's luxurious facilities will provide the...

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Wahanda news: Sanctuary turns changing rooms into advent calendar

04
December
2012
Wahanda news: Sanctuary turns changing rooms into advent calendar

December has arrived and it’s brought with it many things. Frosty winds, the chance of snow and of course advent calendars. Did everyone enjoy opening door number one this weekend? We certainly did, and we hear one lucky Sanctuary Spa-goer did even more thanks to the London spa’s unique take on the festive calendar.

Sanctuary Spa, Covent Garden has transformed its changing rooms into a walk-in advent calendar, meaning that everyday until the 24th December one lucky spa-goer will open a locker door to find £1000 worth of Sanctuary goodies.

All women (sorry, chaps it’s a women only spa) visiting the Sanctuary Spa from 1st – 24th December will be given a locker key at reception, and every day one lucky key holder will open the door to find an early Christmas present – beats an old pair of...

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Wahanda loves: quirky gift ideas

04
December
2012
Wahanda loves: quirky gift ideas

The girl who has everything. She’s beautiful, well-dressed, organised and down-right annoying at this time of year. It would seem in every friendship group or family there’s one person who’s always ahead of the trend when it comes to fashion, beauty and gadgets. Great for her, not so great for the person trying to buy her a gift.

So, what do you get for the girl who has everything? It’s an age-old dilemma but we think we’ve finally cracked it. You can either get her something she already has, won’t ever use or even particularly like, or you can get her something a little bit... different. Still stuck? Take a look at our list of the top five suggestions for unusual beauty gifts she probably doesn’t own. Oh, and if she does, feel free to send them our way.

Something prettyDiamonds are a...

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Wahanda loves: Christmas presents we want

04
December
2012
Wahanda loves: Christmas presents we want

Here on the Wahanda Community page we’re dedicated to offering advice, sharing our experiences and generally helping our readers find the best health and beauty treatments for them. Not today though. Today it’s all about us and - to keep things festive - what we want for Christmas.

As you might have guessed - health and beauty enthusiasts that we are – most of the stuff on our wish lists has something to do with making ourselves look and feel fabulous. So if you need a little wish list inspiration for yourself or you're struggling to find that perfect gift fora friend or relative, take a look at the list of goodies we hope to find under our trees this year. Please Santa, we’ve been very good.

Elly, Senior Marketing Manager

I would like (really need) a Thalgo eye massage mask treatment...

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Wahanda news: Mottram Hall plans £5.5m make over for 2013

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December
2012
Wahanda news: Mottram Hall plans £5.5m make over for 2013

Dark skies and cold winter weather can leave us all feeling a bit down in the dumps this time of year. Here at Wahanda when we’re feeling a bit low there’s one thing we know is guaranteed to perk us up: a make over.

Sometimes it’s just a manicure or new shade of lipstick. In more extreme cases it might be a whole new haircut and in those really extreme cases it’s a £5.5m full on luxury makeover.

That’s what’s set to happen at Mottram Hall this year. It is hoped that a £5.5m refurbishment will transform the 18th Century Georgian country house into one of the leading resorts in the north of England.

The luxury makeover will include a refurbishment of all the bedrooms, the introduction of lake-view bedrooms with private patios, an optional butler service and an outdoor thermal village set...

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Wahanda loves: Christmas beauty gift sets

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November
2012
Wahanda loves: Christmas beauty gift sets

December is upon us and chances are most of you will be feeling one of two emotions. For many of us this season is all about excitement. We drew up our Christmas list in October, sent it straight to friends and family and promptly started planning our Christmas shopping. Now all that’s left is to pick up the presents, decorate the tree and mark off the days on our advent calendar.

Festive feeling number two, however, isn’t quite so joyous: Christmas stress. With presents to buy, homes to decorate and a diary full of events to organise, host and attend, this time of year can be stressful. So much so that over the next few weeks some of us will choose to neglect our advent calendars, avoid Christmas shopping and pretend the big day isn’t getting closer. Before you know it it's Christmas...

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Wahanda guide: Party-proof make up that will last

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November
2012
Wahanda guide: Party-proof make up that will last

Here at Wahanda we hate nothing more than wasting time. Actually there is one thing we hate more: not looking our best. Imagine then, how much we hate it when we spend time making ourselves look pretty then catch sight of ourselves an hour or two later only to find that our make up has worn away, our hair has fallen flat and all that effort was for nothing.

Surely in this wonderful day and age there’s some magic tool we can use to to make that freshly made up look last throughout the day or the duration of a party? This is usually the part where we tell you about a magic wand we’ve discovered that does just that.... Well sorry to disappoint, but there's no such thing. What we have done, however, is compile a list of our favourite long-lasting products and tricks to keep you from turning...

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Wahanda loves: long lasting treatments to get you through party season

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November
2012
Wahanda loves: long lasting treatments to get you through party season

It’s not even December, but here at Wahanda a few of us are already beginning to feel the effects of party season. With plenty more festivities on the horizon – not to mention all the shopping, gift-wrapping and eating – things are about to get very busy. We’re beginning to wonder how we’re ever going to cross off our to do list, join in the festivities and still look ravishing on New Year’s Eve.

Well this year we’ve realised it’s not just about getting ready. It’s about staying ready for the whole festive season and we’ve come up with a fool-proof plan to do just that. No, we’re not offering to do your Christmas shopping – we’re beauty experts not personal shoppers. We’ve rounded up our top five long-lasting beauty treatments to see you through to 2013 in style.

Gel nailsA chipped...

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Wahanda loves: Dr LeWinn's cosmeceutical skincare

27
November
2012
Wahanda loves: Dr LeWinn's cosmeceutical skincare

This time of year can be tough on beauty. Over the past few weeks you might have noticed an increase in red faces, dry skin and wind-swept hair around you – we know we have here at HQ. We don’t mind though because at least we’re all battling the elements together - like a somewhat disheveled army. It does, however, strike us as a little unfair that when flicking through our favourite magazines we are faced with photo after photo of flawless-looking celebrities.

How do they do it? With trade secrets and advice from experts not to mention a plethora of A-list products (with A-list price tags). So how are we mere mortals supposed to compete this winter? Well actually, we’ve discovered a nail and skin-care range that might be just what the doctor ordered. Dr LeWinn that is.

Dr LeWinn's...

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Wahanda guide: how to walk in heels

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November
2012
Wahanda guide: how to walk in heels

They say ‘If the shoe fits, wear it’. Well what if it fits, looks great but you just can’t walk in it? Here at Wahanda we’re full of admiration for those women who are not only brave enough to wear sky scraper heels but elegant enough to walk in them too.

It seems at some point we’ve all fallen in love with a pair of shoes, taken them home, worn them once and for some reason (usually something to do with tripping) never worn them again. Now they sit in our wardrobe looking sad and making us feel guilty whenever we look at them. Sound familiar? Well just in time for party season we’ve decided to do something about this sorry state of footwear. We’re going to make walking in heels easy and we’re going to tell you how. Get ready to put your best foot forward and take a look at our top...

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Wahanda loves: party season nails

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November
2012
Wahanda loves: party season nails

Have you ever worried about how long you spend preparing for a night out? Washing your hair, shaving your legs and painstakingly applying false eye lashes. Well don’t worry, we all do it. When a big event is coming up it's natural to want to look your best, and if experience has taught us anything it's that the key to a flawless look is in the finishing touches.

No matter how long you've spent getting ready or how flawless your makeup, a chipped nail can ruin a party look faster than you can say ‘manicure’. Avoid embarrassment this party season by ensuring you have ten perfectly polished nails. To make things easier for you, we've put together a list of some of the hottest manicure looks for winter. Flawless finishing touches are at your fingertips, just take a look at our five...

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Wahanda guide: how to do grown up glitter

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November
2012
Wahanda guide: how to do grown up glitter

Here at Wahanda we're big fans of hair, makeup and generally making ourselves look pretty. It's hardly surprising then that we're also fans of party season and all the excuses it gives us to dress up to the nines. Some evenings, however, even we struggle to get into the party spirit. No matter how perfect the dress or shiny our hair we can’t ignore the fact that it’s cold and windy outside and a night on the sofa would surely be a more sensible idea.

On these nights it'll take more than a smoky eye or red lip to make us feel party ready, and since we don't have a Fairy God Mother on hand for a last minute make-over we've taken it upon ourselves to find an easy, at home solution. Don't worry, we're not talking about the stuff we used to play 'fairy princesses' with. Grown up glitter is...

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Wahanda loves: icy winter treatments

22
November
2012
Wahanda loves: icy winter treatments

Every year when it reaches November, many of us in the UK find it difficult to cope with the weather. It seems in those vaguely sunny months since April (March if we’re lucky) we forget all about winter and when we find ourselves back in the cold we’ve forgotten what to do. We ask ourselves: “When do we usually put the heating on?’’, “At what point are ballet pumps considered inappropriate?” and above all, “How do we cope with this each year?” Well the answer is simple. We embrace it.

That’s right, we’re getting ever closer to winter and the time has come to embrace the cold. We’re thinking brisk walks in winter coats, ice skating in hats and gloves and some very cool beauty treatments. Brrrr-ace yourselves everyone it's time to step outside and face the cold with our top three icy...

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Wahanda guide: how to smile for the camera

21
November
2012
Wahanda guide: how to smile for the camera

We’re heading towards that time of year again. Not the festive season, it’s still a bit early for that. Not party season either. We’re talking about photo season. With its festive drinks, family get-togethers and picturesque landscapes (please snow) winter provides many an opportunity to say ‘cheese’.

We love winter and we love cheese, but we don’t always love pictures of ourselves. Sometimes no matter how flawless our make up or wide our smile, somewhere between our best pose and the camera flash something goes wrong. Well we’re fed up of de-tagging photos. This photo season we’d like a few decent pictures of ourselves so we’ve done a bit of research and put together this definitive guide on how to smile for the camera…

SmileWhen it comes to smiling you can practice all you want, but...

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Wahanda loves: winter warming beauty treatments

20
November
2012
Wahanda loves: winter warming beauty treatments

Shiver me timbers it’s cold outside. Dark skies, blustery winds, and cold showers, this wintery weather is no fun. It’s time to get inside, grab a blanket and cosy up with a mug of hot chocolate – and while you’re at it, fancy making one for us?

We all moan about the weather at this time of year, but you have to admit there’s something comforting about wrapping up warm on a cold day. Think warm slippers, comfy PJs and chestnuts roasting. Still not convinced? Maybe this will warm you up. We’ve put together a list of the hottest health and beauty treatments around to get you get you in the winter spirit.

Hot stone massageIf you’ve never had one of these massages the idea of being rubbed from head to toe with a bit of hot, volcanic rock might sound a little more worrying than relaxing....

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Tried and tested: Keratin Blow Out at Joe’s Salon

20
November
2012
Tried and tested: Keratin Blow Out at Joe’s Salon

When Guns ‘N Roses wrote their anthem ‘November Rain’, they probably weren’t wintering in the UK. Over here, November rain is hardly something most of us would choose to sing about. In fact, a few of us here at Wahanda would go as far as saying that we hate November rain. Why? Because it plays havoc with our hair.

When it’s raining heavily we won’t leave the house without a hat, hood and umbrella. But on those days when it’s just sort of drizzling, we feel silly putting up an umbrella, but know that a hat alone won’t cut it – not to mention the hat hair. We’ve heard of a treatment that promises to fight frizz and keep hair sleek and manageable for up to five months: the Keratin Blow Out. Fancy silky smooth hair all through the winter? Us too, that’s why last week we headed to Joe’s salon...

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Wahanda loves: top three beauty hotspots in Fulham

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November
2012
Wahanda loves: top three beauty hotspots in Fulham

Londoners are generally not very good at exploring their city - we go from home, to tube, to work, to the cocktail bar and back again without so much as a thought to all the areas we're missing out on. At Wahanda we like to dig a little deeper and see all parts of the capital in the hope of finding yet more hidden gems. We want to stumble across those spas and salons that are local, independent businesses, yet they do the best massages outside of Thailand or the coolest haircuts off the catwalks. This week, we've put our metaphorical magnifying glass on SW6, where we've discovered Fulham is just full of beauty hotspots…

HairWhatever your hair type, whatever your style you won’t be disappointed by a trip to Jimmy Campbell London. The team of highly versatile stylists are trained to...

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Wahanda guide: easy party season hair fixes

16
November
2012
Wahanda guide: easy party season hair fixes

Remember when getting party ready just meant putting on a pretty dress, tying a shiny ribbon in your hair and practising your very best smile? Life certainly was simpler as a child. These days we’ve got legs to shave, makeup to apply, eyebrows to pluck and then, to top it all off, hair to style. If only there was a simple way to get party-ready.

Well if you were paying attention to this year’s autumn/winter catwalks you’ll know that styling your hair this party season might be simpler than ever before. This year some of the biggest names in fashion chose to complete their autumn/winter looks with simple hair styles, finished with an eye-catching accessory. So if you find yourself rushing straight from office to party over the next few weeks, take inspiration from the likes of Dolce and...

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Wahanda loves: gold standard beauty treatments

15
November
2012
Wahanda loves: gold standard beauty treatments

Health and beauty experts that we are, at Wahanda we like to think we’re pretty up-to-date with most modern day treatments and therapies. We love nothing more than making new discoveries and – even better – testing them out. But to get a full understanding of anything it’s no use just looking to the future, sometimes we need to look at the past as well. So in our quest to find out all we can about looking and feeling good, inside and out we’ve gone right back to ancient times and unearthed a treatment tried and tested by none other than Cleopatra.

Famed for her incredible beauty, Cleopatra is believed to have slept in a solid gold mask every night to maintain a youthful, glowing complexion. It looks like Cleopatra was onto something, gold stimulates collagen and elastin, firming skin and...

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Wahanda guide: expert party hair

14
November
2012
Wahanda guide: expert party hair

Here at Wahanda we do all we can to feel the best we possibly can every day. We take out vitamins, drink plenty of water and always eat our five a day. But do you know what makes us feel really good inside? Knowing that our new haircut looks amazing.

You know that ‘I’m on top of the world’ feeling you get when someone compliments a recent cut or new do? Well imagine feeling that great every day. With 365 days in a year it’s not going to be easy coming up with a new look each day, and chances are there’ll be some questionable results. We’ve been thinking about quick and easy ways to change up our look over party season and to guarantee look good/feel good results we decided to ask an expert. Fancy a show-stopping new look? Try one of Paul Mitchell’s top three party hair styles.

The faux...

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Wahanda loves: party season beauty cheats

09
November
2012
Wahanda loves: party season beauty cheats

For some of us, party season is the most exciting time of the year. It’s an opportunity to meet new people, bond with colleagues and catch up with friends – not to mention show off a flattering new outfit. For others though, all this going out, staying up and dressing to the nines can seem a little daunting.

We understand this. When we have a party to attend we like to be able to plan our outfit, manicure our nails and spend a couple of hours on hair and makeup. But at this time of year when invitations and impromptu drinks take over our calendar - even on school nights - rushing from desk to bar leaves little time to prepare. We’ve tried styling our hair en route and applying make up in the back of a taxi, but always end up arriving feeling flustered and windswept with smudged lippy...

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Wahanda news: Boutique Sport and Yotopia introduce hot Pilates

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November
2012
Wahanda news: Boutique Sport and Yotopia introduce hot Pilates

Has anyone else found the cold weather is having a negative effect on their exercise regime? Cold winds and slippery leaves have slowed our running sessions to a halt. As we get closer to mince pie season we need to find a winter-friendly way to exercise, fast. Introducing the only way to work out this season: hot Pilates.

Just when you thought Bikram yoga was the hottest way to work up a sweat, Boutique Sport is teaming up with luxury Covent Garden studio, Yotopia to offer 50 lucky ladies the chance to sample London’s premier Hot Pilates class (or room temperature yogalates if preferred) on November 19th.

As well as the class, winners will get the opportunity to shop the latest in autumn/winter fitness fashion from Lorna Jane Activewear with a 20% discount. You’ll also be treated to...

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Wahanda guide: how to have a stress-free christmas

06
November
2012
Wahanda guide: how to have a stress-free christmas

Now that Bonfire night is over with it’s time for another seasonal tradition: pre Christmas stress. For most of us the weeks leading up to Christmas are full of overcrowded shops, inefficient public transport and pre-holiday work pressures. Then when the festive season finally arrives there’s a turkey to cook, family feuds to be resolved and lots of late nights to be had.

Wednesday 7th November is Stress Awareness Day and as we all brace ourselves for the hectic period ahead we thought it would be nice to find a few ways to make the most of this year’s Christmas break. Whether you’ll be enjoying a week away or just a few days out of the office this December, take a look at these tips from psychotherapist Sherilyn Thompson on how to use your break to really relax.

Choice &...

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Wahanda news: Sanctuary Spa Bristol celebrates its second birthday

06
November
2012
Wahanda news: Sanctuary Spa Bristol celebrates its second birthday

Calling all beauty fans in Bristol. As you might be aware, Sanctuary Spa Bristol is celebrating its second birthday this month, and they’re inviting you to join in the fun.

On Saturday 24th November, Sanctuary Spa Bristol are hosting what is set to be the most sophisticated two-year-old’s birthday party in history, without a clown or magician in sight.

Guests will receive a complimentary glass of bubbly, free skin analysis (worth £15), £10 mini manicures, 15% off Sanctuary Spa products and treatments and the chance to win a two hour Gift of Time voucher – now that’s our kind of party bag.

If you’d like to go along and wish them a happy birthday head to Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus between 10am-6pm.

Happy Birthday Sanctuary Spa Bristol. Time to cut the cake?

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Wahanda loves: party season handbag beauty essentials

05
November
2012
Wahanda loves: party season handbag beauty essentials

It’s November, which means that for excitable children across the world the Christmas countdown is beginning. While they’re busily writing lists and wishing the days away, the adults are getting excited about a different kind of festive season: party season. Christmas might still be a little while away but in the next few weeks don’t be surprised if early festive cheer takes hold of some of your friends and colleagues and you find yourself juggling post-work drinks, office parties and friendly catch ups.

The closer it gets to Christmas the more dos you’ll have to attend and the less time you’ll have to prepare. While we’ve still got a few weeks we thought we’d make a head start and think about the items that help us get party ready, fast. Since no one wants to spoil the effect of a...

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Wahanda news: D&G makeup launches Christmas collection

05
November
2012
Wahanda news: D&G makeup launches Christmas collection

We’re a bit sick of all the wind and rain, but we have to admit that winter does have its perks. We’re talking cosying up in front of a warm fire, wrapping up in (faux) fur and most exciting of all, Christmas makeup collections. Looks like Dolce and Gabbana have hit the nail on the head with their new Animalier Collection.

Just in time for party season, Dolce & Gabbana Make Up is releasing one of the glammest cosmetic collections we’ve seen in a while: Animalier. Following on from the success of last year’s Animalier Leopard Print Bronzer, the collection will include seasonal shades for the lips, eyes, nails and face, each dressed in very chic leopard print casing.

The limited edition collection includes: cream lipsticks in wintry shades ranging from bright red to caramel, liquid...

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Wahanda guide: smokey bonfire eye makeup

02
November
2012
Wahanda guide: smokey bonfire eye makeup

Remember, remember the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason, warm clothes and crowds of people ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ at the sky. We love Bonfire Night. The fireworks, the toffee apples and the first opportunity of the year to wrap up in warm clothes and really get into the winter spirit.

Here at Wahanda we like to complete any new outfit with a makeup look to match, and what could go better with fireworks, bonfires and a warm woolly hat than a seriously smokey eye?

The smokey eye isn’t just a hot look for Bonfire Night, but the whole of autumn/winter 2012 so to make sure we get it right we asked Hayley Sparkes, makeup and fashion stylist and beauty presenter for ITV This Morning, for a few tips...

Expert tips: how to do smokey eyes


Before you apply any eye shadow it’s vital to...

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Wahanda loves: teenage beauty secrets we wish we’d known

01
November
2012
Wahanda loves: teenage beauty secrets we wish we’d known

Have you found yourself scowling at the surplus of school kids on the streets this week? Envious of their youthful spirit and carefree lifestyle you think to yourself: “shouldn’t they be in school?” Not this week. It's half term, the one week between summer holidays and Christmas when stressed out teens get to escape the pressures of schoolwork, wake up late and generally ‘chill out man’ – kids are still saying that, right?

We know what you’re thinking: the lucky things. We thought it too. But then we thought a little more about the life of the average teen, and unearthed a few of our own painful, teenage memories. We might not be entitled to half term any more but we’re older, wiser and in many ways a lot more relaxed. So to help anxious teens across the country ‘chill’ this half term,...

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Spa of the week: Antara Spa

01
November
2012
Spa of the week: Antara Spa

Have you ever gone out to eat and had difficulty choosing a restaurant? Do you fancy Indian, Italian, Chinese... they’re all so different and so delicious. If only there was a way to have a little bit of everything at the same time. There are a few buffets across the country that offer culinary diversity on one plate, but if it’s fine dining you’re after it doesn’t really work. When it comes to fine beauty treatments, however, it’s a different story.

The most popular beauty treatments come from all over the world, where different beliefs and ingredients result in different traditions and practices. These days most spas and salons offer a variety of treatments no matter where they come from, but we’ve found one that takes this exotic experience a step further. Specialising in exotic...

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Wahanda loves: try something new this month

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October
2012
Wahanda loves: try something new this month

When we were at school we used to spend the first day of a new month avoiding the dreaded ‘pinch, punch first day of the month’. We’ve grown up a bit since then and no longer consider the first day of the month to be an opportunity for administering tiny pinches and punches, but rather a new start. A chance to grow up even more.

Many of us see the start of a new month as a time to set new goals like giving up a bad habit or trying out a healthier diet. One thing Wahanda has learned from previous monthly goals is that the bigger the challenge, the longer the month can seem and lower the success rate. With this in mind we decided that this November we’d set ourselves a nice easy task. All we're aiming to do is try something new. We’re calling it Newvember - hilarious we know – and if you...

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Wahanda news: exercise reduces depression in cancer patients

31
October
2012
Wahanda news: exercise reduces depression in cancer patients

We all know exercise is good for the mood. Not only does regular exercise release feel-good chemicals like serotonin and endorphins in the brain, it also decreases stress hormones like cortisol. Yet on particularly stressful or miserable days, many of us forget this and getting out of bed and going for a run can feel like the last thing we want to do.

Sound familiar? Take inspiration from a new study, funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, which shows that regular exercise reduces depression in cancer patients.

The study compared women who took part in an exercise programme during treatment for breast cancer five years ago, and a group of women who did not. The results revealed the women who exercised now average three hours twenty minutes more physical activity each week, experiencing...

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Wahanda loves: Halloween make unders

30
October
2012
Wahanda loves: Halloween make unders

Halloween is approaching and we’re all getting very excited. We’ve been stringing popcorn, planning our costumes, and some of us have even started with the face paint. Though this is a bit of a fun treat for us, there are some celebs out there (we don't like to name names but Katie Price, Jodie Marsh and most of the cast of TOWIE, we are looking in your direction) who make face paint quite a regular feature of their beauty regime.

So why the heavy eyeshadow, dolly lashes and claw-like nails? We think they might benefit from a little make-under. So as we get ready for the one day of the year on which we’re supposed to look scary, we thought we’d prepare a little guide for how to tone it down and look a bit less terrifying the other 364 days...

Heavy eye makeupThere’s nothing wrong with a...

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Wahanda guide: how to do Halloween makeup

30
October
2012
Wahanda guide: how to do Halloween makeup

Ever arrived at a fancy dress party only to find you’re the only one who hasn’t made an effort, or perhaps worse, the only one who has? You look around a room full of slinky dresses and the odd pair of devil horns and feel somewhat out of place in your full on banana costume. If only you’d planned ahead...

As the 31st October approaches bars, parties and offices around the world are demanding we all don some kind of scary costume. Whether you’re planning to stand out or blend in this Halloween we thought we’d make dressing up a bit easier with a few simple makeup tips. From zombie bites to nail art, we’ve got it all. Now all you need to do is think of a costume.

Go all outThanks to sites like YouTube and a few ghoulish bloggers, convincing Halloween make up has never been so easy. A few...

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Wahanda guide: take the fear out of scary spa treats

30
October
2012
Wahanda guide: take the fear out of scary spa treats

The spookiest night of the year is upon us, so to get us in the Halloween spirit here at Wahanda we’ve been thinking about all the things that really scare us. For a bunch of beauty experts you’d be surprised at how many of them are beauty related.

Even heard the expression ‘beauty is pain’? Well for many of us, beauty can also mean ‘fear’. Perhaps the fear of a little pain is putting you off waxing? Or maybe it's the fear of looking silly putting you off that first time spa visit. Whatever it is, here at Wahanda we believe beauty should be fun and fear-free. So to make things a bit less scary for you all this Halloween we've come up with this fearless guide to some of the most frightening beauty treatments around. No more hiding behind the sofa ladies...

WaxingWe all know waxing can be...

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Wahanda guide: using your extra hour wisely

26
October
2012
Wahanda guide: using your extra hour wisely

You’ve probably heard by now that the gods of sleep are (very kindly) granting us each an extra hour this weekend. Most of us are delighted about this here at Wahanda HQ, although a fresh-faced few just can't see what the fuss is about. You see, they already get their eight hours a night and simply don’t need this bonus hour in bed-fordshire.

Perhaps you’re one of these lucky few. Maybe you’re just not the lie-in type. So, say we, if you don’t need this hour to catch up on sleep, why not use it for something you do need? Something that, until now, you just haven’t had the time for? We're each getting 60 extra minutes this week, so why not use yours to finally get round to the scary, difficult things you keep putting off. Misplaced your to do list? Take a look at ours...

Face acheMany of...

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Wahanda tried and tested: Elemis Absolute Spa Ritual at Anesis Spa

26
October
2012
Wahanda tried and tested: Elemis Absolute Spa Ritual at Anesis Spa

We’re approaching half term, which means we’ve officially reached the half way mark between summer and Christmas and we could all use a break. Hooray for school kids and teachers, but what about the rest of us?

It’s months until the next bank holiday and we barely even remember the summer, so we reckon we deserve a break too. We deserve the opportunity to soothe our tired muscles and aching bones. To relax our mind, renew our faces, and generally drift off to somewhere nirvana-like for a couple of hours.

We’ve heard of a treatment that promises to do all that and more; it’s called the Elemis Absolute Spa Ritual Experience at Anesis Spa and it sounds incredible. But before recommending it to any tired-out Wahanderers, we thought we’d better go and test it out for ourselves - just in...

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Spa of the week: The Laboratory Spa and Health Club

25
October
2012
Spa of the week: The Laboratory Spa and Health Club

The modern world is pretty impressive isn’t it? We've got voice-controlled mobile phones, cars with built in sat-nav and a whole world of social media that means we don’t even have to talk to each other if we don’t want to. All in all, we’re pretty spoiled, and like any spoiled child every now and then we get the urge to throw our fancy toys out of our hi-tech pram and scream.

You see, as impressive as all this technology is, sometimes the modern world can get a bit hectic. Some days we’d trade in our wi-fi and hair straighteners for a bit of peace and quiet. OK, maybe we wouldn’t trade the hair straighteners, but luckily enough we don’t have to because the good people at The Laboratory Spa and Health Club have created a relaxing environment where we can take refuge from the stresses and...

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Wahanda guide: homemade facemasks

25
October
2012
Wahanda guide: homemade facemasks

It might be nearly pay day, but we've spent most of our wages in our heads already. How are we supposed to make it to the end of the month looking fabulous, but without spending too much money? Well as always, we can peruse some of the great offers we have on Wahanda, or we can take it one step further with a spot of DIY beauty.

Here at Wahanda, we’re always on the lookout for natural products and purse-friendly treatments. What could be more natural or purse friendly than a beauty treatment in your very own kitchen using ingredients from your fruit bowl and fridge? We’re talking home-made facemasks. Oily, combination or dry, we’ve got a recipe for everyone so put on your apron, grab a spoon and prepare to whip up something wonderful for your face.

Dry skin

What?
When it comes to...

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Wahanda guide: how to cope when the clocks go back

24
October
2012
Wahanda guide: how to cope when the clocks go back

Some days we’d do pretty much anything for a bit longer in bed. Even if it means skipping our morning cuppa or doing our makeup on the train, those extra 15 minutes of snoozing are worth it. So what would you give for an extra hour? Well, it doesn’t matter because we’re all getting one anyway - on the 28th of this month the clocks go back meaning we all get one whole hour of extra sleep.

Great news, eh? Well yes, except that with the clocks shifting like this we're looking at shorter days and longer nights for the next few months. When daylight savings began this wasn’t an issue, as people tended to be less active in the winter months. These days that’s not really an option. Come winter or summer many of us find ourselves complaining that there aren’t enough hours in the day, so what do...

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Wahanda guide: winter warming herbal teas

23
October
2012
Wahanda guide: winter warming herbal teas

This time of year there’s no better pick me up than a warm cup of something soothing. For most of us it’s a tea or coffee, maybe even the odd hot chocolate or mulled wine as we get closer to festive season - but for some of us super healthy types it’s a steaming cup of herbal tea.

Even if you’re not a herbal tea drinker, chances are you’ve heard of some of the healing/medicinal properties of particular teas. But with hundreds of varieties, each claiming to do something important for your body or mind, how do we choose what’s right for us? Well we’ve done a bit of research and narrowed it down to five herbal teas guaranteed (guaran-tea'd, if you will) to benefit us all this winter.

Rooibos teaComing from the roots and leaves of the South African rooibos plant, Rooibos tea is a naturally...

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Wahanda news: Anesis spa celebrate IPL launch on This Morning

22
October
2012
Wahanda news: Anesis spa celebrate IPL launch on This Morning

We all have those secret beauty treatments we’d rather our husbands, boyfriends and the cute guy in Starbucks didn’t know about.

But after a survey into how much men know about our beauty regimes revealed that 90% had no idea women removed facial hair, This Morning decided to really let the cat out of the bag last week with a feature on how to ‘Bash that ‘tache’.

Following demonstrations of waxing and threading, we were very excited to see Director Damien and Senior Therapist Theresa from Anesis Spa Clapham demonstrating the hair removal treatment they have just launched in their salon, IPL.

IPL - which stands for Intense Pulsed Light - is a laser treatment which removes hair permanently, and even better it was proved to be the only completely painless method to ‘Bash that ‘tache’....

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Wahanda news: floating spa to open in Amsterdam in 2014

22
October
2012
Wahanda news: floating spa to open in Amsterdam in 2014

Some days life seems so busy and stressful that even a relaxing spa break won’t help. You need something more. You need peace, quiet, nature... and a well-trained masseuse. You need an uninhabited island created solely to relax the mind and restore the body. Well, unfortunately you'll need to wait a couple of years, but if you can hang on until 2014 we’ve found just the place.

Located on a lake just outside the centre of Amsterdam, the ground-breaking Floating Gardens spa is set to open to the public in 2014.

Designed by Dutch architects Studio Noach, the floating spa is built from recycled polystyrene (coming predominantly from used coffee cups and burger clamshells) which is stronger than steel and – thankfully – buoyant.

As well as its eco-friendly structure, the Floating Gardens...

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Wahanda guide: turn your bathroom into a spa

19
October
2012
Wahanda guide: turn your bathroom into a spa

It’s a firm belief of ours here at Wahanda that there is nothing better than a nice, relaxing spa treatment. In an ideal world we’d have one a week - well, in an ideal world we’d have one every day – but in real life it’s not always possible.

Work, budgets, socialising; some weeks there’s no end to factors curbing our urge to indulge, and these are usually the weeks we’d most benefit from a deep tissue massage or two. So what do you do when you simply can’t get to the spa? You bring the spa to you, transforming your bathroom into your very own haven of tranquility and beauty. Here's how...

MusicOK, it's a little cheesy but a key component in any relaxing spa is a soothing (often animal related) soundtrack. Gentle music is a great way to set the scene in your bathroom spa. You might...

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Wahanda news: John Bell & Croyden welcome 16 new brands

17
October
2012
Wahanda news: John Bell & Croyden welcome 16 new brands

Have you ever visited a pharmacy, looked around and thought ‘wow this is nice’? We’re going to imagine that most of you will answer no. Those of you who have vistited John Bell and Croyden, however, will probably disagree.

Holders of the Royal Warrant as Pharmacists to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II since 1958, John Bell and Croyden is the oldest and finest pharmacy in London. This October they are introducing 16 new brands to their already extensive repertoire and yesterday Wahanda hopped, skipped and jumped at the chance to go and try them out.

John Bell and Croyden has always believed that beauty concerns cannot be resolved by a ‘one-fits-all quick fix’. John Bell prefers to remedy problems with professional holistic health advise and a prescription of some of the best products from...

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Wahanda loves: last minute beauty fixes

17
October
2012
Wahanda loves: last minute beauty fixes

Ever spent hours getting ready for a big date or a night out with the girls, looked at yourself as you’re walking out the door and thought: ‘perfect’? Us neither. In fact, we find that some nights the closer we get to leaving the house the more things go wrong.

We’ve done it all. Chipped a nail, stubbed a toe, doused our hair in deodorant instead of hairspray, and these days we consider ourselves quite the experts when it come to fixing last minute beauty disasters. So before you start getting too excited about your weekend plans, take a look at some of our quick fixes for any beauty problems you might face as you're heading out the door.

SpotsStress has a variety of effects on our body and one of our least favourites is the break out. Have you been worrying about an upcoming event?...

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Wahanda news: 9/10 of us aren't getting enough vitamin D

16
October
2012
Wahanda news: 9/10 of us aren't getting enough vitamin D

Us Brits are known throughout the world for our fondness for talking about the weather. Usually, we’re complaining and following one of the rainiest ‘summers’ in history, who can blame us?

A recent survey into vitamin D deficiency in the UK suggests that, for many of us, our lack of sunshine is affecting more than our conversation. The findings have revealed that as many as one out of nine people in the UK could be classed as vitamin D deficient, and almost two thirds 'severely lacking'.

The findings come from BetterYou, pioneers in health supplementation, who are supporting National Vitamin D Awareness Week later this month aiming to raise public understanding of the dangers of deficiency.

Most commonly known for causing rickets in children throughout history, a vitamin D deficiency is...

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Wahanda loves: how to wake up in the morning

15
October
2012
Wahanda loves: how to wake up in the morning

There’s nothing better than waking up, thinking it’s time to go to work and realising that noise wasn’t your alarm, it’s still night-time and you’ve got a few more hours of blissful slumber - aaah. Not so nice the other way around: your alarm goes off, you look out the window at a dark sky, convinced it’s still night time you clamber back into bed then remember it’s winter and that’s what morning looks like.

Some mornings there’s simply no place like bed. You put off getting up for as long as you can, then end up rushing around foraging for something to wear, skipping breakfast and doing your make up on the train. Unfortunately, most of us will be waking up in the dark over the next few months. But fear not Wahanderers, we’ve put together this little list of morning tips to help us all...

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Wahanda guide: understanding cosmetic ingredients

11
October
2012
Wahanda guide: understanding cosmetic ingredients

Have you ever found yourself feeling a little out of your depth in a conversation? Maybe you were stumped by an interview question you didn’t fully understand? Or maybe, sacre bleu you’ve found yourself on a date with a gorgeous Frenchman who doesn’t speak a word of English.

We find it’s happening to us more and more just watching TV or flicking through a magazine. We love finding out about new wonder products for our skin and hair, but sometimes the ingredients and technologies behind them look so complicated they might as well be written in a foreign language.

When it comes to health and beauty, we believe things should be as simple as possible - how are we supposed to know which moisturiser is best if we can’t tell what it does? We’ve had the dictionary out here and have translated...

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Wahanda loves: around the world in five exotic beauty treatments

11
October
2012
Wahanda loves: around the world in five exotic beauty treatments

On a drizzly October morning, it’s easy to find yourself day dreaming about that round the world adventure you’ve always wanted to book. Picturing yourself, carefree, backpack on, guidebook in hand, ready to take in incredible sights and sample local delicacies wherever you happen to lay your head.

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but for most of us this adventure will remain a fantasy this winter. We wish we could wave our magic wands (wahands, if you will) and transport ourselves to somewhere exotic, but alas it doesn’t work like that. Travelling means months of saving, possibly leaving a job – or convincing your boss to substantially increase your holiday allowance – and saying goodbye to your nearest and dearest for a few months. Things would be so much easier if you could just...

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Wahanda guide: office health tips

10
October
2012
Wahanda guide: office health tips

We’ve all experienced that dreaded ‘Monday morning feeling’, the one that makes us snooze our alarms, pull the duvet over our heads and wail that the weekends are too short. Has anyone else ever had this Monday feeling on a Wednesday?

What you’re experiencing is a mid-week slump and although it might display similar symptoms to the Monday morning feeling it’s actually caused by a number of factors we encounter during the working week that leave us tired, stressed and a little bit moody. Want to know how to beat the mid-week slump and be the perkiest person in your office this Wednesday? Course you do.

Beat stress

Maybe it’s a busy day or you’re struggling with a particularly hard task. Whatever the cause, stress affects us all, but there are a few things you can do to help:

Always...

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Wahanda loves: pampering with a twist

09
October
2012
Wahanda loves: pampering with a twist

As the weather gets colder, Saturdays are fast becoming what we like to call ‘duvet days’. You know, those days when you bring your duvet downstairs, put on a Hugh Grant film and curl up with a cup of tea listening to the rain.

If this weekend is as grey as it’s supposed to be it’s going to take something extra special to get us to venture outside. Hang on a second. We’ve got something extra special to do this weekend. In fact we’ve managed to fine three special things worth getting out of bed for this weekend. Sorry Hugh. Don't believe us? Have a look at our top three weekend ways to pamper with a twist...

Fish pediAre you feeling the onset of the winter blues? Quick, put a smile on your face with the tickliest (and in our experience giggliest) beauty treatment around, the fish...

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Wahanda loves: top five easy pick-me-ups

09
October
2012
Wahanda loves: top five easy pick-me-ups

As we find ourselves edging closer to winter we’ve noticed a few seasonal changes here at Wahanda HQ. The boots are on, the umbrellas are out in force – not that they ever really went away – and one by one winter coats are appearing in the office. Soon we’ll be head to toe in wooly armour ready to do battle with the cold. But with darker mornings, shorter days and colder weather all to come, are hats and gloves enough to ward off the winter blues?

During winter more people suffer from low energy and low moods than any other time of year. Here at Wahanda HQ our inner child has been reminding us how exciting winter used to be. Bonfire night, Halloween, snow-fights and, of course, Christmas. Wouldn’t it be nice to swap the winter blues for a bit of that excitement? Well, you can. Get...

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Wahanda news: the Sanctuary Spa celebrates its 35th with chilled spa evening

09
October
2012
Wahanda news: the Sanctuary Spa celebrates its 35th with chilled spa evening

Sanctuary Spa will celebrate its 35th birthday this month, and we’re all invited to join the festivities at their ‘chilled Ibiza’ birthday evening.

On Thursday 18th October, Sanctuary Day Spa in Covent Garden will be celebrating 35 years of helping women relax and rejuvenate by hosting a suitably grown up and chilled out Spa Evening.

Guests can enjoy champagne, treatments and an in-house DJ, while catching up with friends and celebrating 35 years of the iconic spa.

As a special birthday treat (to us), Sanctuary Spa will also be offering guests the chance to have their photo taken by a professional photographer on the famous Sanctuary swing. After you’ve been snapped your photo will be emailed to you so you’re free to show it off to friends, family and Twitter followers alike – much...

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Wahanda loves: five star treatments

08
October
2012
Wahanda loves: five star treatments

When you decide to invest in something, a car, a house, maybe a new pair of boots, you want to know you’re getting the best for your money. In fact, you want to know you’re getting the best of the best. We feel the same way about health and beauty.

When you decide to spend a bit more on an extra special treat for yourself or a loved one, you want to be sure you’re going to get five star service and come away looking like Angelina Jolie. OK, we can’t promise that. But we can help you find that five star service with our guide to where to go for the best beauty treatments, can't we?

MassageWhat could be better or more indulgent than a full body massage? Oh that’s right, a five star one at the SPC Baglioni Spa (pictured). As well as its five star location (opposite Hyde Park with an...

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Wahanda loves: top beauty venues rated by you

08
October
2012
Wahanda loves: top beauty venues rated by you

Have you ever been to a really fancy restaurant, one you read about in a magazine or saw your favourite celebrity tweet about, got all excited and dressed up only to be disappointed by a tiny portion from an average menu? Or maybe it was a book with an inviting cover but a poor story inside - not that we ever judge by looks, of course.

We’ve all had an experience like that here at Wahanda HQ, which is why we wanted our site to offer our customers real feedback from other customers’ experiences. We love reading your reviews - they make choosing a salon or treatment so much easier, and that’s what we’re all about here. To make things even easier, we’ve had a look through your top rated reviews and put together this list of Michelin star beauty venues according to you.

The best in...

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Spa of the week: Amanda Lacey clinic

08
October
2012
Spa of the week: Amanda Lacey clinic

We all deserve a little treat sometimes to brighten up a dull day. Some days it’s a new top, some days a biscuit with your tea and on some super special days it’s indulging with a five star beauty treatment.

We’ve had a few of days like this recently – we blame the weather – and since we’re fresh out of Custard Creams we thought we’d try a different kind of pick-me-up. After extensive research we decided the only way to fix our winter blues would be with an A-list facial from a practiced celebrity beauty guru. There was only one person to contact...

The spaAmanda Lacey’s skincare expertise is known across the globe, but her base, the Amanda Lacey Private Clinic, is situated in the heart of our very own Chelsea. Inside the clinic you will find some of the finest ingredients from around...

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Wahanda news: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

05
October
2012
Wahanda news: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Get ready to think pink Wahanderers. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the UK is painting itself (and some of our best-loved high street products) pink to show its support. Organised by charity Breast Cancer Care, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is all about campaigning for better support and care while promoting the importance of early detection.

Events kicked off last week with the Breast Cancer Care shows in which 44 men and women diagnosed with the disease made their catwalk debut in London and Glasgow, and will continue across the country for the rest of the month. There’s loads going on and it’s such an important cause so please get involved. Here’s a few things we definitely won’t be missing...

EventsShock Absorber Run. Head to Richmond park on 20th October to show your...

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Wahanda loves: full moon beauty

04
October
2012
Wahanda loves: full moon beauty

Noticed any strange goings on lately? Did the neighbours miss rubbish night? Perhaps your office has been hit by a fluke sneezing epidemic? Have you seen any particularly big dogs? There’s only one explanation: the moon. Not just any moon mind you, a full moon.

Bad moods, insomnia, epilepsy, even a full-on body transformation. Over the centuries the full moon has taken the blame for all kinds of inexplicable occurrences. In more recent decades science has provided us with other explanations - and reassured us that werewolves don’t exist, phew – yet many of us still claim to be affected by the various phases of the moon. So, inspired by this week’s full moon (not in a spooky possessed way) we decided to investigate ways in which the moon cycle affects us and most importantly, how it...

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Wahanda guide: makeover your makeup bag for autumn/winter

04
October
2012
Wahanda guide: makeover your makeup bag for autumn/winter

The great thing about autumn falling between summer and winter is how easy it makes updating your wardrobe. For the next few weeks we can experiment with brand new looks simply by teaming summer favourites with winter must-haves like a beloved cardigan, a good pair of tights and of course, an umbrella. Unfortunately when it comes to updating your makeup bag for the season it’s not so simple.

The minute the weather starts getting colder (which, by the way, it has) it’s time to start thinking about changing your beauty rituals. While certain products are great in summer, they might not be enough in an icy breeze, and you can’t throw a cardigan over your face – well, it’s not advisable. It’s time for a beauty update. Don’t panic, we’re here to guide you through this transition with our top...

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Wahanda guide: how to calm date-night nerves

04
October
2012
Wahanda guide: how to calm date-night nerves

So, it’s finally happened. Prince Charming has tracked you down, the slipper fits and he's only gone and asked you out. But hang on a minute, what are you going to wear? What if you’ve got nothing to talk about? What if it rains, your hair goes frizzy, your makeup runs and after all these years waiting, he decides he's just not that into you?

Let's face it, dating can be stressful. Wanting to impress someone can make us focus on the things we don’t like about ourselves and – if you’re anything like us – when date night comes you might find yourself doubting your appearance, wardrobe, and social skills. But dating should be fun and you can't let a few last minute nerves get in the way. Take a look at our top products and treatments to calm pre-date jitters and repeat after us: "I shall...

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Wahanda guide: pre-date pampering

04
October
2012
Wahanda guide: pre-date pampering

Picture the scene: you’ve spent the past five hours trying on outfits, perfecting your hair and makeup and practising the art of witty conversation when suddenly, the door bell rings. He’s here. You take a final look in the mirror, open the door and go to take the bunch of flowers Mr Right is holding before you when suddenly you remember... your nails. Chipped, bitten and held out for him to see. Your eyes meet, and in that moment you both realise, it’s over.

OK, we’re being slightly dramatic - but with all the nerves and excitement that go along with dating it can be easy to get a little flustered when it comes to getting ready. On date night you want to shine, to relax and be yourself without having to worry that your date will notice your patchy fake tan or untamed brows. You need a...

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Wahanda loves: autumn 2012 nail trends

04
October
2012
Wahanda loves: autumn 2012 nail trends

The leaves are falling and the weather is on the turn and here at Wahanda (experts in health, beauty and weather apparently) we reckon we’ve only got another few weeks before it’s full-on hats and gloves weather. While that’s good news for frozen fingers and wind-swept hair, it’s not so good news for our beautifully manicured nails.

Dedicated to beauty as always, we’re determined to make the most of our mani before winter forces us to hide it away in gloves. We’ve been researching the hottest autumn looks for nails and put together our favourites to show off while we can. We feel a new season manicure coming on...

Dark romanceThe glammest (and easiest) way to do this season’s gothic beauty trend is with a set of wickedly dark nails. Dark nails always look elegant, and the right shades...

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Tried and tested: our verdict on five hand creams

03
October
2012
Tried and tested: our verdict on five hand creams

It is said that a woman’s hands reveal her age, and yet while we all spend time and money keeping our faces looking youthful few of us worry about our hands. Apart from the odd manicure, most of us do little to take care of them and after a lifetime of typing, washing up and carrying heavy bags it shows.

Cold weather and central heating can mean hands get especially dry at this time of year, often becoming cracked and sore. So if you want to carry on telling people you’re turning 21 again, now is the time to get moisturising. To help, here’s a handy little list of some of the best hand creams on the market, tried and tested by the Wahanda team. The hand crème de la crème if you will...

Dr Organic Rose Otto Hand & Nail Cream, tested by Judy“In general, I really dislike hand cream - as...

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Wahanda news: spa-bar opens in East London

02
October
2012
Wahanda news: spa-bar opens in East London

Ever find yourself torn between post-work cocktail and heading home for a relaxing bath? Well thanks to a new bar in East London, you can do both – sort of.

The Barking Bathhouse, which opened this summer, offers customers affordable spa treatments as well as a free social space for people to meet and enjoy some of the best cocktails in East London, all under a ceiling canopy of growing cucumbers.

Part of the Mayor’s Outer London Fund projects for Barking and Dagenham Council, the spa offers visitors the chance to indulge in spa treatments, including massages, body treatments, manicures and pedicures, and even sunbathe in seaside-inspired pebble bays - in sunnier months - while enjoying fresh cocktails and smoothies from the bar.

Inspired by the 20th century working men's bathhouses,...

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Wahanda loves: beauty venues to visit on a day out

02
October
2012
Wahanda loves: beauty venues to visit on a day out

We don’t know quite how it happened but somehow we woke up this week and found ourselves in October. Which means two things: that holiday we were planning only yesterday came and went months ago, and now we've got nothing to look forward to until Christmas.

It’s time to liven up the calendar and pencil in some fun days out. We’re thinking shopping, sight-seeing and, of course, a little bit of beautifying. Make the most of your days out this season and schedule a stop off at some of our favourite beauty hotspots around the country.

LondonDid Olympic mania have you avoiding London this summer? Now’s your chance to get in a little sight-seeing, one of the most fun and least expensive ways to spend a day in the capital. Whether it’s watching the changing of the guard and waving to the...

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Wahanda loves: escape the city in under an hour

01
October
2012
Wahanda loves: escape the city in under an hour

Now we love coming to work at Wahanda HQ, but even we find five days a week can be a bit much in the city at this time of year. The weather’s getting chillier, every morning is darker than the one before and pretty soon it’ll be dark at 5pm too.

Thankfully, we're here to make sure you don’t give in to the autumn and winter blues. It might be cold and wet outside but hibernation is for animals, not people who need to go back to work on Monday. At this time of year, it’s especially important to make the most of your weekends so to ease you in we’ve come up with this little list of perfect weekend spas to get you relaxed, refreshed and ready for Monday morning. Best of all, they’re all less than an hour from some of the UK’s main cities, meaning you won’t have to venture too far in the cold...

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Wahanda news: get A-list eyebrows at Shavata Brow Studios

01
October
2012
Wahanda news: get A-list eyebrows at Shavata Brow Studios

Ever heard the expression ‘there aren’t enough hours in the day’? We say it on a daily basis. Spending roughly eight hours a day at work, eight hours asleep (we always aim to get our our forty winks) and roughly two hours getting ready for and travelling to and from work, we’re left with only six hours of possible me-time.

That’s six hours to cook, eat, do washing, look after any children you may have, enjoy hobbies, watch TV and maybe even socialise. Phew! It’s a wonder we manage to keep our hair clean and nails painted. If you’re already up to your eyebrows with things to do this weekend, make sure you put a visit to the Shavata Brow Studios at the top of your list.

Shavata Brow Studios (home to Shavata aka the expert in brow shaping) has just unveiled its brand new Brow Menu, and...

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Wahanda loves: celebrity hairstyles we're coveting

28
September
2012
Wahanda loves: celebrity hairstyles we're coveting

Ever wish you had more money, a better wardrobe, maybe even a bigger fanbase? Sounds like you’ve got a case of ‘A-list envy’. Don’t worry, this condition is very common among women in the country – and particularly rife at Wahanda HQ.

With wet and windy weather playing havoc with our hair recently, we’ve developed a particular case of celeb hair-envy. In a bid to help our condition we’ve spent the morning looking at the latest pictures of the groomed and glamorous, discussing the best barnets and wishing we had our own team of hair stylists at the ready. Here are our top three celebrity hairstyles we want to copy - we can dream, right?

Olivia Palermo’s glossy locks

Nothing says A-list like a glossy blow dry. Olivia Palermo’s latest 'do has it all; shine, volume and one of this season’s...

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Wahanda loves: products and treatments that make life easier

28
September
2012
Wahanda loves: products and treatments that make life easier

We like to think that health and beauty is sort of ‘our thing’. Like all good experts, we’ve spent years researching the best products and treatments and while we’ve found lots of great ones we can’t help thinking of all the wonderful treatments that are yet to be invented.

Optimists that we are, we picture a future where science and technology have solved all of our beauty dilemmas. We’ll have creams that nip and tuck, supplements that fix everything from a broken nail to crooked teeth, and the gym will be a thing of the past that horrifies school children in their history lessons. But until that day comes there are some pretty great alternatives out there. Take a look at our list of the latest, greatest products and treatments that science has to offer – we’ll call them the prototypes.
...

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Wahanda loves: luxury spas and treatments we’d love to try

28
September
2012
Wahanda loves: luxury spas and treatments we’d love to try

Spending our days researching luxury spas and testing out extravagant new treatments seems to have given us all delusions of grandeur here at Wahanda HQ. When asked ‘Which spa or treatment would you try if money, distance and time was no object?’ the team became very excited...

It seems we’ve all come across that one place or experience that sounds so magical, that just talking about it make us smile, sigh and go all googly-eyed – no, not Disneyland. We’re talking proper luxury. Five star resorts and treatments to die for. Take a look at what we consider to be The Holy Grail of spas and beauty treatments...except we know where these are, they’re just a little more pricey than we'd like.

Bvlgari Spa - Natasha, Copywriter (also chosen by Madeleine, Head of Supply)

"Since I was shown...

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Wahanda loves: top 3 most extravagant spas in the UK

27
September
2012
Wahanda loves: top 3 most extravagant spas in the UK

Has pay day left you feeling like you’ve got money burning a hole in your pocket and you just don’t know what to spend it on? Us neither. Still, it's nice to dream and payday is the one day of the month we get to fantasise about spending money without feeling totally ridiculous.

Need a bit of inspiration? Take a look at how the other half lives - or how they spend their weekends anyway - with our guide to some of the most expensive, luxurious spas in the country.

Pennyhill Park Hotel Surrey

Someone ought to tell Pennyhill Park (pictured) that they should rename their hotel, as the word ‘penny’ shouldn’t be anywhere near it. This spa is all about pounds, and in their hundreds no less. Situated in the depths of idyllic Surrey, this gorgeous country hotel is the perfect place to escape a...

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Wahanda loves: treatments to book this payday

27
September
2012
Wahanda loves: treatments to book this payday

Here at Wahanda, we like beauty treatments. In fact, we like them a lot. We like reading about them, talking about them, writing about them and - best of all - trying them out. You might even say we’re addicted. But when it gets to the end of the month and the purse strings get a little bit tighter, there are always those few treatments that we're more than happy to put off for a few weeks.

Perhaps it's a treatment that makes you squeal or maybe it’s more 'necessary' than exciting and you’d rather spend your pennies on something else? Whatever it is, it’s payday time which means two things. One, we’ve got the good biscuits in at Wahanda HQ, and two, there’s no excuse for procrastinating.

Waxing

We all know why we put off waxing: it hurts. But remember that old saying ‘no pain, no...

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Wahanda loves: top 5 ways we can help relieve stress

26
September
2012
Wahanda loves: top 5 ways we can help relieve stress

Now we hate to generalise or assume anything when it comes to our readers, but for the purpose of this article we’re going to go ahead and assume that most of you quite like payday. Are we right? Thought so. Is it the new friendlier bank balance that you like or the feeling of calm that comes with it? Either way, wouldn’t it be great if you could make this feeling last all month long?

Unfortunately spending money is a fact of life and we can’t solve the problem of rent, bills and general living costs (although we can help you out with a few amazing beauty deals). Helpful do-gooders that we are, we thought it might be nice if we put together a list of all the ways our lovely site can help you prolong this stress-free payday feeling. Want to see it?

Book online

Ever tried to book a last...

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Spa of the week: Patrick Ludde

25
September
2012
Spa of the week: Patrick Ludde

When a new season arrives you’ll probably find lots of people (like us) start telling you about all the new and exciting ways to update your look. Carried away on a gust of autumnal wind, you might just be tempted to try that fab new look without stopping to think... ‘will it suit me?’

Before you go for the chop or reach for the bleach, stop and think. Maybe a better way to update your look this season would be with a haircut or colour that takes into consideration your face shape, skin tone styling preferences and even your hobbies. We’ve got your attention now, haven’t we?

The spaLocated in the suitably stylish Mayfair, Patrick Ludde is just round the corner from busy Oxford Circus and Regent Street. Inside the salon you will find 14 hair stations, two beauty rooms, a Long Hair Clinic...

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Wahanda loves: celeb autumn looks

24
September
2012
Wahanda loves: celeb autumn looks

It’s officially autumn but the weather in the UK is being typically non-committal and it’s got us all confused at Wahanda HQ. With sunshine one day and showers the next, it’s proving very difficult to plan weather-appropriate hair and makeup. Just last week we had not only a wind provoked hair-in-lip-gloss situation but also an unexpected ‘Code Frizz’.

So, to keep us looking our usual polished selves, we've looked to the experts for guidance. By experts, we of course mean famous people. As the new season begins and the super-stylish are out in force we’ve been taking notes and have compiled this list of top looks we're keeping our eyes on.

Dark hair

The ‘new goth’ has been big news in the beauty world since designers like Jean Paul Gautier, Givenchy and Cavalli all featured the look...

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Wahanda news: Jo Hansford's easy autumn hair updates

20
September
2012
Wahanda news: Jo Hansford's easy autumn hair updates

We've loved London Fashion Week here at Wahanda. The clothes, the colours, the makeup and, most importantly, the hair. We're always on the look-out for new styles to try out on our barnets, so with catwalks across the capital showcasing more hair-styles than Madonna in her hey-day, we haven’t been disappointed this season.

With messy up-dos at Mulberry, back-combing at Louise Gray, a bit of 1980s crimping at Moschino and a whole rainbow of colours at Vivienne Westwood, it looks like we’re going to be spoiled for choice next season. That's great news - but the only trouble is once you commit to one style it’s difficult to change it up on a whim, right? Wrong. Thanks to the amazing new colour service from Jo Hansford you can now transform your 'do at the drop of a hat - or swap of a parting...

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Tried and tested: Indiba Deep Beauty

18
September
2012
Tried and tested: Indiba Deep Beauty

Muffin-tops, jelly-bellies, biscuit-babies; no matter how cute the description, most of us have something we don’t like about our stomachs. We’d all love to have abs like Jessica Ennis but an Olympic training schedule is hard to fit in around a job/family/life. Even if we did devote every spare hour to our six packs, there would still be dimply thighs, baggy eyes and new wrinkles to cope with. If only there was some scientific treatment that could help with all these issues and fit into our daily schedules and be a relaxing, pleasurable experience. Well actually, there is; it’s called Indiba Deep Beauty and last week we skipped down to Surrey Quays to test it out.

The venueSituated in the heart of the industrial Surrey Quays, a first impression of Bliss Studios can be misleading. Don’t...

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Wahanda news: women only spa to open in Belgravia

18
September
2012
Wahanda news: women only spa to open in Belgravia

Hands up if you’ve ever worn makeup to the gym? We don’t know about you, but there are a few hands in the air here at Wahanda HQ. Silly really, when you know you’re going to sweat it all off on the treadmill or in the steam room. But being a member of a unisex spa or gym there’s always that (slim) chance you might run into Mr Right. If only someone would create a women-only spa where guests could forget about makeup, let hair frizz out and really relax...

Good news! That’s exactly what Grace Belgravia plan to do when they open their brand new women-only spa in central London this year. As well as its no-boys-allowed policy, Grace sets itself apart from other spas with a strong focus on health care. CEO at Grace, Kate Percival describes the upcoming spa as ‘a destination spa with a medical...

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Wahanda loves: new season supplements

18
September
2012
Wahanda loves: new season supplements

The leaves are turning, the nights are drawing in and Strictly Come Dancing is back on our screens; it’s official, autumn is here. But before we get carried away leaf-kicking and apple-bobbing (just us?), it’s important to make sure we’re fully prepared for the new season. While we all look forward to a new season makeover, getting autumn-ready means much more than finding the perfect new coat and stocking up on tights.

While autumn in the UK is usually very pretty, it can also be rather cold and wet, which - to the unprepared - can mean coughs, colds and an overwhelming desire to stay indoors. Don’t miss out on seeing all this beautiful season has to offer. Take a look at our top three new season supplements guaranteed to keep you healthy and gorgeous this autumn – after all, a red nose...

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Wahanda news: get the perfect work-life balance

17
September
2012
Wahanda news:  get the perfect work-life balance

Hot on the heels of London Fashion Week, next week has been dubbed the equally exciting National Work-Life Week. Some days our working lives are downright stressful - it’s not all massages and manicures at Wahanda HQ you know – so we’re all for an (albeit slightly random) week to highlight getting back that much-needed balance.

With another fun-filled summer over, it’s time to knuckle down again. But the post-summer blues can make going to work at this time of year feel especially hard – and thankfully, we’ve found just the thing.

As part of National Work-Life Week, founder of Reflexion Associations leadership consultancy, Jenny Garrett has joined forces with the charity Working Families to offer tips and techniques to any working men and women who struggle to achieve a healthy work...

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Wahanda news: The Caledonian Hotel to open UK’s first Guerlain spa

13
September
2012
Wahanda news: The Caledonian Hotel to open UK’s first Guerlain spa

Picture the scene, you’re lying back in a reclining chair, cooling eye-pack in place, gentle rainforest noises softly soothing away any worries, while a pair of expert hands work exotic oils into unwanted knots. What could be more indulgent?

That’s right, nothing. Except, maybe, if the spa you’re in belonged to one of the most luxurious and celebrated French perfume houses of all time… say, for example, Guerlain.

As part of a lavish redevelopment, The Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh (part of the Waldorf Astoria family) will open the UK's first Guerlain Spa this winter offering some of the world’s most luxurious beauty treatments to both hotel guests and non-guests, and generally going beyond the realms of luxury as we know it.

In a statement about the upcoming spa, a spokesperson for the...

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Wahanda guide: how to perfect your pose

12
September
2012
Wahanda guide: how to perfect your pose

We’ve all heard (and been victim to) the famous phrase ‘the camera adds ten pounds’. What you don’t hear so often is that the camera can shed a few pounds too. Just ask the A-listers. All those skinny models and actresses aren’t that flawless and fabulous, they simply know how to pose – well, that’s what we tell ourselves anyway.

A good pose can trim waists, elongate thighs and turn cheeks into cheek bones. So just in time for one of the most glamorous and photographed events of the year we’ve put together this list of the top five tips to getting your best angle.

Chin upIt’s safe to say most of us have de-tagged the odd photo citing ‘fat-face’ or ‘double chin’ as the reason. Pulling your chin into your body is a natural defence when faced with an unwanted camera, but it can create a...

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Wahanda loves: catwalk hair and beauty trends from New York Fashion Week

11
September
2012
Wahanda loves: catwalk hair and beauty trends from New York Fashion Week

London Fashion Week excitement has reached an all-time high here at Wahanda HQ. In a bid to stop us nibbling away our beautifully manicured nails in anticipation, we’ve been having a look at the hottest beauty trends that have been gracing catwalks across the pond.

There are a few to choose from - some more daring than others (think blood-dripping nails at Prabal Gurung)- so we’ve picked out a couple of Wahanda faves that we wouldn’t mind seeing on our own catwalks later this week.

Minimalist make-upOne of the most shocking looks debuted on the runways in New York was – drum roll please- the natural look. Ok, it’s not the most spectacular look we’ve ever seen, but following some of the dramatic looks that dominated this year’s autumn/winter shows (we’re thinking of embellished eyebrows...

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Wahanda loves: top 5 London spas fit for fashion queens

11
September
2012
Wahanda loves: top 5 London spas fit for fashion queens

Every year, women across the capital get so excited about London Fashion Week that we forget what hard work it can be. Running between shows in high heels, toting an enormous bag and generally channelling all our energy into looking fabulous can be tiring! When the excitement turns into exhaustion and the fashion-high begins to fade, there’s only one thing for it: head to a spa pronto. Not just any spa though. You need a venue that’s thoroughly equipped to deal with the trials and tribulations of London Fashion Week. Lucky for you we’ve put together this handy little list of the top five London spas fit for fashion queens.

Agua at the Sanderson HotelIt’s hard to believe anywhere positioned in the heart of London’s west end could be described as tranquil and serene, but with its 14 all...

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Wahanda news: Topshop expands beauty department

10
September
2012
Wahanda news: Topshop expands beauty department

We might be in a recession, but right now the beauty business is booming, which explains why over the last year we’ve seen retailers like Selfridge’s, Harvey Nichols and Marks and Spencer expanding their beauty departments to create one-stop-shops for all our cosmetic needs. Last week, Topshop put their own unique spin on the trend when they opened their brand new Beauty Department at their flagship store in Oxford Circus.

Topshop’s new ‘treatment destination’ is quite unlike other expansions we’ve seen this year. Catering for ‘all your treatment needs ahead of a great night out’, the department offers a range of services from eyebrow threading, waxing and blow-drying, to dip-dyeing, ‘recession roots’ and piercings.

Anna Svard, Topshop Buying Manager, said of the expansion:

‘The...

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Wahanda loves: back to school spa days

06
September
2012
Wahanda loves: back to school spa days

It’s the first week of September which means one thing: back to school. Oh, how we remember that heart-breaking realisation that those six wonderful weeks of summer are over for another year. What we didn’t realise aged seven, was that as mum waved us in from the school gates she was doing it with chipped nails and an expression of relief. Having spent a small fortune on 99s (which should be renamed '1.50s' by now, surely) trips to the cinema and the odd happy meal she hadn’t been able to treat herself for a month and a half.

In fact, a recent survey discovered that with holidays abroad, expensive day trips and childcare it’s estimated that the average family spends a whopping £379 a week on entertaining the kids during the summer break. Multiply that by six and you’re looking at a hefty...

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Spa of the week: Pure Beauty, Fulham

05
September
2012
Spa of the week: Pure Beauty, Fulham

How is it that a ‘relaxing’ summer holiday can leave you feeling more frazzled than you were to begin with? Blame it on the heat (an unlikely story if you’ve summered in the UK this year), the late nights, or the long days looking after young children – but either way, we know how you feel.

Whatever you’ve been up to this summer, if you’re anything like us you probably feel a bit like you’ve been competing in the Olympics. Now that it’s September, the kids are back at school and it’s time for some well-earned relaxation; and where better than Fulham’s fabulous Pure Beauty spa?

The spa

Known to locals as ‘the best kept beauty secret in Fulham’, Pure Beauty is a cosy little spa that offers a full range of treatments from a team of highly trained (and impossibly smiley) staff.
Tucked...

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Wahanda guide: fixing teenage beauty problems

05
September
2012
Wahanda guide: fixing teenage beauty problems

You know you’re getting on a bit when you find yourself absent-mindedly quoting phrases that once had you rolling your eyes at their sheer lack of cool. One such phrase that crops up every so often at Wahanda HQ is ‘We didn’t have that in my day’. It seems every day we discover some genius device or app designed to make the lives of teenagers today that bit easier, and more fun than ours. Yet when asked the question if we would go back and do it all again with these modern discoveries, the answer is a resounding “NO!”

It’s hard being a teenager: bad skin, greasy hair and an underlying belief that ‘no one understands me’. Add to the equation camera phones and social networks documenting every awkward moment and you’ll find that despite their iPhones and hair straighteners, kids today have...

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Wahanda news: The Organic Pharmacy launches at Selfridge's

04
September
2012
Wahanda news: The Organic Pharmacy launches at Selfridge's

As we bid farewell to a disappointing summer (weather-wise at least) we at Wahanda HQ would love to report that we’re looking at a glorious September full of sunshine and impromptu barbecues. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really work like that. So as autumn approaches and we prepare to swap our flip-flops for boots it’s also time to think about changing our beauty regime. What better way to start than with an Organic Pharmacy facial at the brand new Beauty Workshop at Selfridges?

This September, The Organic Pharmacy is launching a range of indulgent facemasks on its sparkly new counter in the Selfridge’s Beauty Workshop. To introduce these luxurious masks, The Organic Pharmacy will also be offering a week of exclusive skin renewal facials at the Beauty Workshop to revitalise skin and prepare...

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Wahanda guide: celebrate Bastille Day with our favourite French beauty brands

Wahanda loves: meditation (and we’re not the only ones)

Spas of the week: the most exotic venues and treatments on UK soil

Wahanda guide: fool-proof summer beauty

Wahanda guide: home-made hair masks for all

Wahanda guide: how to get perfect beachy waves

Spa of the week: Massimo Giglio, fanatical about hair

Wahanda loves: summer nail trends

Spa of the week: Athenaeum, Piccadilly

Tried and tested: our verdict on the Time Bomb range

Wahanda loves: quick fix treatments for summer

Wahanda guide: prepare your feet for the summer

Tried and tested: ISHTA Yoga at Evolve Wellness Centre

Wahanda loves: lunch break massages

Wahanda guide: simple and stylish festival hair

Wahanda loves: emerald nails

Wahanda guide: how to get the most out of your facial

Wahanda news: beauty looks from this week’s GLAMOUR awards

Wahanda guide: top five luxury pools for summer

Wahanda news: BeautyMART at Harvey Nichols hosts an evening with the experts

Wahanda news: Chanel opens pop up nail bar in Selfridges, London

Wahanda guide: how to get an expert pedicure at home

Wahanda loves: bank holiday spa days

Best in show: favourite floral treatments

Spa of the week: Agua at Sanderson

Wahanda loves: salons fit for a princess…or Duchess

Wahanda loves: bold summer lips

Wahanda guide: spring clean your makeup bag

Wahanda loves: Gatsby style spas

Wahanda news: Walk to Work Week

Wahanda news: Gwyneth Paltrow loves The Detox Kitchen as much as we do

Wahanda loves: gifts to expect when you’re expecting

Wahanda guide: tips and tricks for healthy looking hair

Spa of the week: Thai Square Spa City

Wahanda guide: this season's best sun creams

Wahanda loves: Venus Freeze, the hottest skin treatment for summer

Wahanda loves: glow in the dark makeup

Spa of the week: Greenwoods Hotel Spa and Retreat

Wahanda news: Ciaté pop up launches at Selfridges

Wahanda news: winners of World Luxury Spa Awards 2013 announced

Spa of the week: Thai Lamoon Therapy

Wahanda news: Michael Kors to launch first beauty collection this summer

Wahanda guide: beating allergies

Wahanda guide: how to kick the sugar habit

Spa of the week: Marriott Breadsall Priory Hotel & Country Club

Wahanda guide: chemical peels

Wahanda guide: how to ride a bike...in style

Wahanda weather report: sunny with a chance of frizz

Tried and tested: our verdict on Dielle Nail Colour

Spa of the week: The Spa at Pennyhill Park Hotel

Wahanda guide: how to beat high blood pressure

Wahanda news: study shows oily fish makes us live longer

Wahanda’s spring round up

Wahanda news: nighttime health and beauty initiative launches in London

Wahanda’s spring warm up: massages

Wahanda’s spring warm up: self-tanning

Wahanda’s spring warm up: spring spa days

Wahanda’s spring warm up: detox time

Wahanda’s spring spa of the week: One Aldwych

Wahanda news: UK’s first specialist maternity retreat to open this summer

Wahanda’s spring warm up: hair removal

Wahanda’s spring warm up: nails

Tried and tested: Cucumba Electric File

Wahanda news: revolutionary fabric conditioner promises softer skin

Spa of the week: Utopia Spa at Alexander House Hotel

Wahanda loves: Flash.On Nails

Wahanda guide: how to spring clean your body

Wahanda guide: perfect Mother’s Day gifts

Spa of the week: Adamina Spa of Kensington

Wahanda news: Diptyque launches daffodil candle in time for St David's Day

Wahanda guide: fitness myths busted

Wahanda news: Liberty open beauty pharmacy

Wahanda news: Selfridges to launch first ever 'Festival of Fragrance'

Wahanda guide: Acupuncture Awareness Week

Spa of the week: Chelsea Day Spa Boutique, Wandsworth

Wahanda loves: Oscar winning eye makeup

Wahanda loves: spa days for one

Wahanda loves: Brit Awards beauty

Wahanda loves: LFW A/W 2013 beauty

Wahanda news: Matthew Williamson brings the braid back at LFW

Salon Spotlight: Cucumba

Wahanda news: Cucumba and Style Icon host fashion & beauty evening

Wahanda loves: healthy alternatives for national chip week

Wahanda news: Britain needs more female personal trainers

Wahanda guide: what to give up for Lent

Wahanda loves: red carpet inspired Valentine's hair

Spa of the week: The Dorchester Spa

Wahanda news: Shiseido partners with Dorchester Spa

Wahanda loves: snake inspired beauty for Chinese New Year

Wahanda interview: Mary Greenwell talks to us about her latest perfume

Wahanda news: Harvey Nichols BeautyMART unveils beauty vending machine

Wahanda news: EU to ban animal testing for cosmetics

Wahanda loves: music to work out by

Wahanda news: scientists blame flu epidemic on lack of vitamin D

Spa of the week: K Spa at K West Hotel

Wahanda loves: Be mine - Valentine's spa treats

Wahanda news: Hotel Chocolat launch range of calorie-free chocolate

Wahanda loves: overnight beauty products

Wahanda loves: 2013 nail trends

Wahanda guide: eat your way to a good night's sleep

Wahanda news: men now spend as much as women on grooming

Wahanda guide: the last minute January detox

Wahanda loves: beauty for Down Under

Wahanda news: women look their oldest on Wednesday afternoons

Spa of the week: The Malvern Spa

Wahanda guide: how to beat a cold in 24 hours

Wahanda loves: easy ways to update your look in 2013

Wahanda news: Mandara Spa offers helping hand with New Year's resolutions

Wahanda news: Victoria Beckham loves ''Honestly Healthy'' too

Tried and tested: Decleor aroma mosaic facial

Wahanda loves: indoor bootcamps

Wahanda news: bed-time milk helps sleep disorders

Wahanda loves: Golden Globe beauty for any age

Wahanda loves: top ten anti ageing products

Wahanda news: NuBo launch Snow Queen Facial

Wahanda loves: treats for your feet

Wahanda news: Selfridges launches Silence Room

Wahanda guide: how to survive the January sales

Wahanda news: Champneys launch sleep retreat weekend

Wahanda news: Change4Life quiz reveals UK's low food IQ

Wahanda guide: how to fulfill New Year’s Resolutions

Wahanda news: Disney World to give spas a new year make over

Wahanda loves: healthy New Year's resolutions

Wahanda guide: New Year's Eve party survival

Wahanda loves: The Detox Kitchen

Wahanda news: women use three times more make up at Christmas

Wahanda loves: Christmas gifts for YOU

Wahanda news: hooray we've reached 1000 bookable venues on site

Wahanda news: Sanctuary Spa to ring in new year with Sleep Spa Day

Wahanda loves: last minute gifts guaranteed to please

Wahanda guide: avoid gaining weight this Christmas

Wahanda guide: solving winter woes

Wahanda news: 1960s voted best time for tresses

Wahanda loves: beauty-inspired stocking fillers

Wahanda news: new anti-ageing elixir is out of this world

Wahanda guide: healthy Christmas cocktail swaps

Wahanda loves: healthy beauty boosters

Wahanda loves: top five books to give and receive this Christmas

Wahanda loves: Christmas perfumes

Wahanda news: Mandara Spa offers festive season LBD package

Wahanda news: Sanctuary turns changing rooms into advent calendar

Wahanda loves: quirky gift ideas

Wahanda loves: Christmas presents we want

Wahanda news: Mottram Hall plans £5.5m make over for 2013

Wahanda loves: Christmas beauty gift sets

Wahanda guide: Party-proof make up that will last

Wahanda loves: long lasting treatments to get you through party season

Wahanda loves: Dr LeWinn's cosmeceutical skincare

Wahanda guide: how to walk in heels

Wahanda loves: party season nails

Wahanda guide: how to do grown up glitter

Wahanda loves: icy winter treatments

Wahanda guide: how to smile for the camera

Wahanda loves: winter warming beauty treatments

Tried and tested: Keratin Blow Out at Joe’s Salon

Wahanda loves: top three beauty hotspots in Fulham

Wahanda guide: easy party season hair fixes

Wahanda loves: gold standard beauty treatments

Wahanda guide: expert party hair

Wahanda loves: party season beauty cheats

Wahanda news: Boutique Sport and Yotopia introduce hot Pilates

Wahanda guide: how to have a stress-free christmas

Wahanda news: Sanctuary Spa Bristol celebrates its second birthday

Wahanda loves: party season handbag beauty essentials

Wahanda news: D&G makeup launches Christmas collection

Wahanda guide: smokey bonfire eye makeup

Wahanda loves: teenage beauty secrets we wish we’d known

Spa of the week: Antara Spa

Wahanda loves: try something new this month

Wahanda news: exercise reduces depression in cancer patients

Wahanda loves: Halloween make unders

Wahanda guide: how to do Halloween makeup

Wahanda guide: take the fear out of scary spa treats

Wahanda guide: using your extra hour wisely

Wahanda tried and tested: Elemis Absolute Spa Ritual at Anesis Spa

Spa of the week: The Laboratory Spa and Health Club

Wahanda guide: homemade facemasks

Wahanda guide: how to cope when the clocks go back

Wahanda guide: winter warming herbal teas

Wahanda news: Anesis spa celebrate IPL launch on This Morning

Wahanda news: floating spa to open in Amsterdam in 2014

Wahanda guide: turn your bathroom into a spa

Wahanda news: John Bell & Croyden welcome 16 new brands

Wahanda loves: last minute beauty fixes

Wahanda news: 9/10 of us aren't getting enough vitamin D

Wahanda loves: how to wake up in the morning

Wahanda guide: understanding cosmetic ingredients

Wahanda loves: around the world in five exotic beauty treatments

Wahanda guide: office health tips

Wahanda loves: pampering with a twist

Wahanda loves: top five easy pick-me-ups

Wahanda news: the Sanctuary Spa celebrates its 35th with chilled spa evening

Wahanda loves: five star treatments

Wahanda loves: top beauty venues rated by you

Spa of the week: Amanda Lacey clinic

Wahanda news: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Wahanda loves: full moon beauty

Wahanda guide: makeover your makeup bag for autumn/winter

Wahanda guide: how to calm date-night nerves

Wahanda guide: pre-date pampering

Wahanda loves: autumn 2012 nail trends

Tried and tested: our verdict on five hand creams

Wahanda news: spa-bar opens in East London

Wahanda loves: beauty venues to visit on a day out

Wahanda loves: escape the city in under an hour

Wahanda news: get A-list eyebrows at Shavata Brow Studios

Wahanda loves: celebrity hairstyles we're coveting

Wahanda loves: products and treatments that make life easier

Wahanda loves: luxury spas and treatments we’d love to try

Wahanda loves: top 3 most extravagant spas in the UK

Wahanda loves: treatments to book this payday

Wahanda loves: top 5 ways we can help relieve stress

Spa of the week: Patrick Ludde

Wahanda loves: celeb autumn looks

Wahanda news: Jo Hansford's easy autumn hair updates

Tried and tested: Indiba Deep Beauty

Wahanda news: women only spa to open in Belgravia

Wahanda loves: new season supplements

Wahanda news: get the perfect work-life balance

Wahanda news: The Caledonian Hotel to open UK’s first Guerlain spa

Wahanda guide: how to perfect your pose

Wahanda loves: catwalk hair and beauty trends from New York Fashion Week

Wahanda loves: top 5 London spas fit for fashion queens

Wahanda news: Topshop expands beauty department

Wahanda loves: back to school spa days

Spa of the week: Pure Beauty, Fulham

Wahanda guide: fixing teenage beauty problems

Wahanda news: The Organic Pharmacy launches at Selfridge's

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