The X Factor 2011 contestants have either had drastic makeovers or been left well alone. We take a look at what the experts chose for them and give our verdict.
Amelia’s pink hair
Along with upcoming model Charlotte Free in this year’s London Fashion Week, Amelia is the first of many to start embracing the ‘love it or hate it’ trend of pink hair. Few can pull it off and Amelia was certainly a talking point, but we think changing your hair colour to something different once in a while isn’t a bad idea. We saw two-tone and dip-dying come and go, so is full head dramatic colour the next big thing? Find the best places in London to colour hair.
We couldn’t help but notice the start of another false lash face-off with this year’s contestants. Last year Katie Waissel both wowed...
Sensitive skin is a sensitive subject. When it comes to make-up removal, plenty of women endure products that dry out their skin and irritate blemishes as well as needing to scrub away to remove stubborn make-up. Now Klorane have stepped in with their soothing make-up remover, which harnesses the power of Cornflower water.
The unique ingredient has been known traditionally to decongest puffy eyes and Klorane are particularly pleased with its soothing and cleansing properties, especially for those with sensitive, intolerant or allergic skin.
Their concept is simple - they use one plant to treat one specific condition. Their haircare range uses many different plants to address common hair dramas, and the skincare range takes exactly the same concept.
Summer holidays bring a whole lot of organising, packing, re-packing and preparation with them. It's the stressful run up to some of the most relaxing weeks of the year, so let us give you our top travel essentials and be a calm chameleon in the pre-holiday weeks.
Spray Tanning - Give yourself a headstart on your beach holiday with a cheeky spray tan or tanning moisturiser. Holidaymakers won’t be shielding themselves from your pale reflections whilst you’re sunning yourself on the sand and you’ll feel confident in your bikini from day one! See the best places to book a spray tan and check out our spray tan deals.
Power Plate Sessions - Whether you want to lose an extra few inches to fit into your favourite bikini or simply sort out that cellulite quick-sharpish, try out Power Plate and...
An effective and simple way to banish cellulite and say goodbye to unwanted extra inches, Hypoxi Therapy is a celebrity-favourite workout with big results. Fans reportedly include Anna Friel, Cheryl Cole, Kerry Katona and even Robbie Williams!
As the Hypoxi revolution takes even more hold over the UK, a new Hypoxi Therapy Centre has opened in Surbiton to help you lose those inches and burn unwanted fat. The new centre is home to both the Hypoxi trainer and the Vacunaut, targeting the cellulite around the hips, buttocks and thighs and stubborn fat around the stomach. Exercising on their HypoxiTrainer is one of the easiest ways to shift that unwanted bulge and you’ll be able to see results in just 6 weeks. Each session at the new centre is supervised by a qualified instructor and is...
There was quite a scramble at Wahanda HQ when we were invited to enjoy a facial using Benefit’s brand new b.right! skincare range. Thanks to Leanne and the team at Boots Oxford Street, the Wahanda ladies really enjoyed their skincare consultation trying out the new range and were talking about their refreshed skin for hours.
The facial started by using the oil-free Remove It Makeup Remover to take off any existing makeup, which left our skin feeling fresh before the treatment had even started! Suitable for contact lens wearers, the formula is kind to eyes too so it won’t sting or irritate. Then our skin was gently exfoliated with the Refined Finish Facial Polish, which brightened our complexion and purified skin to minimise our pores (just what we like to hear!).
If there’s one thing that personal trainers always notice about me, it’s not the chocolate bar poking out of the top of my bag - it’s my terrible slouching. "Shoulders back Charley!" they’ll shout whilst I hunch over the power plate like The Old Hag in Snow White. I’ve always been a sloucher. I was that kid in school who sat on her legs during classes and I still sleep curled up in a ball, lying straight just makes me uncomfortable.
In a quest to discover how to combat my terrible habit I ended up researching the best ways to improve my posture and asked my colleague to shout at me whenever she sees me slouching...
Asking a question on Wahanda
I asked on Wahanda which type of massage would help loosen up my knotted shoulders and in turn improve my posture. 37 answers later I had plenty...
When we were asked to try out a Hot Stone Rejuvenation Experience, we jumped at the chance to get out of the chilly April air and throw ourselves into the blissful warmth of hot stones thanks to Vortex Therapies in Acton.
Vortex Therapies is lead by Bogdan Vasile, who is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and swears by 100% natural Tui massage waxes from New Zealand. Vortex Therapies is all about creating exellent therapies and adding value to the lives of others through those creations. They discovered that the best treatments are created by three ancient and vital values:
Respect for life and a deep understanding of the human mind and body
Multi-sensory environments with purified air, herbal teas, healing sounds and natural waxes...
If you think meditation is all about sitting cross-legged on the top of a mountain in linen, think again. You can enjoy meditation anywhere, even on the number 39 bus. We visited Julie Smith at Nature Meditations to learn how to focus and manage our stress.
Nature Meditations is lead by therapist Julie Smith, who has had plenty of experience meditating in the most exotic parts of the world, including a 10-day course at Dhamma Gir in Igatpuri, India. Her approach to meditation is quite unique as she focuses on helping busy people who need to relax and manage their stress better. We arrived quite frazzled from the tube journey, but Julie put us at ease instantly with her warm welcome. We learnt about her experiences with stress and then with meditation courses, which made us...
As the winter nights draw in and we start to wrap ourselves in bundles of scarves, hats, gloves and duffle coats, the chance to sit in a cosy steam room away from the bustle of Camberwell and enjoy an invigorating Turkish Bath was an offer too good to miss - so off we went to Pasha Beauty at Pasha Hotel London.
The spa is tucked inside the hotel, through red-carpeted hallways to make you feel like a celebrity. Tucking into a Turkish tea, we learnt all about the origins of Hammam and the special black soap used to make your skin so soft, then were shown the marble steam room we’d soon be relaxing in. The changing room included a table decked out with fresh orange juice and cold water, in case we needed some refreshments at any point during the treatment.
The Turkish décor made...
We’re all too happy to sacrifice an afternoon in the office for a relaxing few hours in the comfort of a spa. So when we were offered the chance to try out a Full Body Massage and Mini Manicure at The Spa at The CityPoint Club, it didn’t take us long to put on our coats.
Walking into the huge building in Moorgate, we were greeted by a friendly receptionist who showed us to the lift to go one floor down. Then we met another friendly receptionist who checked our bookings and sat us down in the seating area with a cup of tea.
After a quick refreshment, we were given a tour of the spa which showed us just how big this place actually is! It looks large on the outside, but you almost don’t expect the spa to be as big too. We were shown the treatment rooms first, which felt cosy, warm...
After spending most of the summer hiding our pale legs under opaque tights and skinny jeans, we were adamant our pins would get a look in before the winter weather set in – so we decided to try out a sultry spray tan before the summer sun said its goodbyes.
On a bustling street very close to Oxford Circus, Scin Central London is handily located to nip in for a treatment during your lunch break or after work. The salon itself feels like a haven, but without the annoying whale music. The big glass window allowed us to view the busy street and people hurrying by whilst we relaxed in the calm. We were led downstairs to fill out our forms with a glass of cool water, and relaxed on a big green sofa outside the treatment rooms.
We decided to go for gold and get the...
Instead of trying out the usual Massage or Facial, we decided to test something different in the name of health & wellness - Kriotherapy. Becoming human ice-cubes doesn’t sound too appealing but in the end we had the most fun we’ve had in ages, and left with the softest skin we’ve ever had.
The fountain outside made us immediately unwind (and so did the complimentary fruit juice), and the smell of Elemis products got us in the mood for some pampering right away. Walking through the corridors, Champneys Tring is full of things to do and offers a homely feel even though you’re wearing your robes in front of complete strangers. You’re welcomed the very second you step through the door and everyone offers a polite ‘Hello’, even the guests!
Kriotherapy isn’t a...
We at Wahanda love all things relaxing, especially those that give us a chance to escape from the bustle of busy Central London. So we bundled ourselves off to the beautiful countryside in Surrey to visit Grayshott Spa near Hindhead, and left the hectic Waterloo station behind.
Grayshott is the Vogue of spas - it’s luxurious, known for its famous customers, and everyone who is anyone wants to be there. Our cab driver told us he’d picked up many an indulged customer and was more than happy to drop a few celeb names that had visited.
The surrounding countryside immediately makes you feel like you’re about to take a relaxing holiday and as we drove up to the building we knew we were in for a treat. Our heavy luggage was taken off our tired shoulders and we were given a tour of...
Us Brits love a good cuppa. One in the morning to get ready for the day, one at lunchtime in a little café, one in the afternoon with a chocolate bar to tide over the rest of the day, and one in the evening to relax before a good night’s sleep. Some might think that’s a little excessive with all the caffeine content but new research is finding that a cup of tea has marvellous health benefits.
It’s been discovered that green and black teas have a significant benefit on your heart, reducing coronary artery disease and blocked arteries and halving your chance of having a heart attack! With studies from Japan, France, Holland and the US, you can even get rid of that pesky Winter cold with a nice cup of whole leaf tea.
The key to these healthy cuppas are our best friends the Antioxidants, of...
We’ve had that time of year where you’ve rested and indulged in some magnificent presents and relaxation. Let’s not forget the food - the Christmas dinner, the snacks after the Christmas dinner, Boxing Day lunch, and then the snacks after Boxing Day lunch, plus all the chocolate and sweet goodies leftover that will last well into 2010! After all that, many people decide it’s time to tighten up the tracksuit strings and get detoxing in order to lose the extra pounds and get back in shape. Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or simply thinking of trying out a post-holiday detox without committing yourself to a serious regimen, we have some fabulous fitness deals to help you along the way.
For the Fitness Gods & Goddesses
We all like to cut loose during the holiday season but fitness fanatics...
Like every other fashionista, I love Christian Louboutin and what his shoes do to our street cred if we’re lucky enough to own a pair. Those signature red soles did more for Carrie Bradshaw than Mr Big ever did! Buying a brand new pair of one of the most popular designer shoe brands in the world will set you back over £300 for a start, but you can get something just as sexy without needing to take on a second mortgage.
The Louboutin Manicure is inspired by those stylish soles, creating the same effect for your fingernails and instantly giving you designer paws. Created by Charles Worthington manicurist Zoe Pocock, the underside of the nail is painted with a red polish and the top a deep black or grey in homage to Louboutin’s classic style. The shoes may hurt your bank account and your...
Charlotte is a writer with an uncontrollable love for beauty and spas. She won't be the first to sign up to the gym but she'll be the first to try out new beauty fads, with one hand on a tube of mascara and the other booking in for a spot of pampering.See my profile »