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Best beauty products for eczema

29
May
2012
Best beauty products for eczema

A common skin problem, eczema is not just uncomfortable to live with but can also have a major effect on self-esteem. Unfortunately, there tend to be few beauty products tailored to this condition – meaning that sufferers often find themselves on their own when it comes to makeup and skincare.

Fed up with browsing the beauty aisles, only to find that every product you pick up seems to be full of chemicals? We’ve picked some of our favourite gentle and natural options to help you look and feel your best. After all, why should you have to miss out?

Moisturise with gentle products

If you’ve got problem skin, the last thing you want to do is aggravate it. However, many eczema sufferers find that using moisturising lotions, balms or creams can greatly assist when the skin is particularly...

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Beauty essentials on a budget

26
March
2012
Beauty essentials on a budget

When it comes to shopping for beauty products, we get just as excited about glamorous trends as the next person. But whilst we like drooling over expensive creams and beautiful bath products, we also have a practical side (we can probably thank our mums for that). In the run up to payday, we’re celebrating all the brilliant budget beauty buys which can help you get the groomed look for less. Stock up on these and you’ll be able to save some all important pennies for a rainy day...

Vaseline

Where would we all be if Vaseline had never been invented? Cheap and cheerful, the little blue and white tin is ideal for warding off all sorts of beauty emergencies. Use to nourish lips, keep brows in place and hydrate dry skin. We honestly don’t know what we’d do without it.

Tweezers

Never...

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Motivation Monday - look forward to the week ahead

26
March
2012
Motivation Monday - look forward to the week ahead

Here at Wahanda, we’re feeling full of beans – but we appreciate that not everyone is. After all, when Friday evening is but a distant memory, and you’re in front of your computer instead of in the park, it can be hard to find the motivation that you need to get you through the week.

Luckily, there are a few sure fire ways to get yourself into gear and ready to face the week ahead. From finally finding a form of exercise to suit you, to getting a new hairdo or finding an affordable way to relax, we’ve got lots of ideas to help you get into the swing of things. Have a look at these:

Good news

Find it a chore trying to fit exercise into your daily routine? We may just have found the solution...
Proponents of the popular High Intensity Training method (HIT) firmly believe that it’s...

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How to survive the clock change

23
March
2012
How to survive the clock change

Although it means that the nights will be shorter and the days will be longer (hooray!), it still doesn’t quite seem fair that we’re all going to lose an hour’s sleep on Sunday. After all, every little helps – and after a long week at work, we reckon an hour’s not too much to ask…

Don’t do well without some shut-eye? If you’re worried about making it through the clock change unscathed, it could be worth your while to do a bit of preparation. Trust us - follow these tips and you’ll be feeling nice and smug whilst everyone else is bleary-eyed.

Stick to a routine

Keeping a regular sleep schedule is essential, so going to bed at the same time each day will help you feel more refreshed. Disrupting your routine can lead to sleep problems, as your body clock has to readjust itself each time...

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The Wahanda community - helping you get ready for summer

23
March
2012
The Wahanda community - helping you get ready for summer

We don’t know about you, but now that we’ve had a taste of the warmer weather, we’re desperate for more. Lunch in the park, walks in the sun, the chance to exercise outdoors – what’s not to love? Looks like it’s time to pack a picnic hamper and dig out those trusty flip-flops...

Of course, we don’t want summer to arrive too quickly. There are still a few beauty issues that we need to sort first, from shedding those last few pounds to finding a foundation that perks up our tired winter skin. Luckily for us, the Wahanda community is on hand to provide plenty of advice – meaning that days spent lazing (or posing) in the park needn’t be that far off, after all.

Here’s a quick look at some of the questions that the sunny weather has prompted people to ask this week:

Which body wrap is best...

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Could these inventions change your approach to beauty?

22
March
2012
Could these inventions change your approach to beauty?

Every now and again, we come across an innovative product that we think really has the potential to make a difference to our daily beauty routine. And naturally, when we do, we want to share it with our community.

Of course, like buses, things have a habit of coming in threes. Recently, we’ve come across a hat-trick of great inventions, all of which help to make life just that little bit easier. Give them a go and we reckon you’ll find yourself wondering how you ever managed without them...

The Stylfile collection

Like many great inventions, the Stylfile range (www.stylfile.com) was born out of frustration with existing products. Tom Pellereau, winner of The Apprentice 2011, hit upon the idea of a curved file and buffer one day whilst watching his sister file her nails – and he hasn’t...

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Five of the best nail blogs

22
March
2012
Five of the best nail blogs

Now that spring is here, the gloves are off – quite literally. It’s no wonder, then, that we’ve been obsessing over our nails this week. From Leighton Denny’s top tips on how to work the latest trends, to our feature on DIY nail art and of course our manicure and pedicure Pinterest board, we’ve got plenty of inspiration to help you spruce up your fingers and toes. And what better way to round off a great week than with a look at some fantastic nail blogs?

Dedicated to trying out trends, creating new designs and talking readers through different looks, nail bloggers are the key to transforming your talons. Want an inexpensive but fashionable way to revamp your look this spring? Follow a few nail blogs to get an idea of your favourite styles, and you’ll be all set to wow this season. Here...

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Estée Lauder launches limited edition Mad Men makeup

21
March
2012
Estée Lauder launches limited edition Mad Men makeup

All aboard the time machine...This month, beauty lovers are set to take a trip back to the '60s, thanks to Estée Lauder’s new Mad Men inspired makeup range. Consisting of a vibrant cherry-coloured lipstick and fabulously grown up crème rouge compact, the collection is a must-have for Mad Men fans and vintage fashionistas alike. Move over January Jones and Christina Hendricks – you’ve got some serious competition...

Not only have the beauty experts over at Estée Lauder come up with a look that perfectly expresses the glamour of the 1960s, but they’ve also added a touch of welcome authenticity. The products have been made in accordance with the company’s old manufacturing practices, and packaged with ‘handbag elegance’ in mind - so that each piece is eye-candy in its own right. We’ve got to...

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Will you dare to bare?

21
March
2012
Will you dare to bare?

No, we don’t expect you to don your birthday suit – in fact, we’d really rather you didn’t. We’re actually referring to National No Makeup Day, which takes place tomorrow (22nd March) and aims to encourage women to give their skin a break from cosmetics. Time to reach for that cleanser...

As a nation, we’re divided when it comes to our approach to beauty. Whilst some of us won’t even go to Tesco without a good lashing of mascara, others are regularly to be seen rocking the natural look in public. However, according to a recent survey by the Vitality Show (www.vitalitylive.co.uk/vitality-show), the bare-faced among us remain in the minority – with 70% of women declaring that they wouldn’t feel comfortable in the workplace without a full face of makeup.

Intrigued by the statistics, we did...

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Don't let pain ruin a good night's sleep

21
March
2012
Don't let pain ruin a good night's sleep

Did you know that March is National Bed Month? If you ask us, it’s the perfect excuse for a lie-in...

Of course, for some people, the thought of having a lie-in isn’t nearly as appealing as it ought to be. While many of us relish the opportunity to hit the Snooze button on our alarms, those who suffer from back or neck pain as the result of an uncomfortable mattress or bad sleeping position are much less likely to indulge. Luckily, Tim Hutchful of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) is on hand to offer some simple yet effective advice on how to make the most of a good night’s sleep.

Tim says: ‘If you suspect that your mattress or sleeping style is causing you back pain or discomfort, it is important to take immediate action. A common mistake that people make is thinking the...

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Wahanda's guide to nail art

20
March
2012
Wahanda's guide to nail art

We’ve come a long way since the early 20th century, when red nails were de rigeur and plain polish was the only way to express glamour. Today, celebrities and manicurists are regularly to be seen pushing the boat out with intricate nail designs, ranging from pretty patterns to playful expressions of pop culture. Forget the vibrant reds and corals sported by stars such as Marilyn Monroe – these days, you’re much more likely to spot tuxedo nails à la Zoey Deschanel or an evil eye mani à la Alexa Chung on the red carpet. But just how DIY-friendly are these designs?

The answer is, very – providing you’ve got the patience to do your homework first. Unlike a simple coat of red, a detailed pattern can take several attempts to perfect – but the skill involved and the enjoyment derived will be...

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Spa of the week - The Hand and Foot Spa, Chelsea

20
March
2012
Spa of the week - The Hand and Foot Spa, Chelsea

You may have noticed that this week we’ve gone a bit nutty for nails. Not only have we been busy collecting some inspirational nail art images over on Pinterest, but we’ve also been tweeting our best nail tips and even offering 50% off a home gel nails kit for those who are truly in to their beauty DIY.

Of course, not everybody is a budding nail artist. If you feel less than confident when it comes to managing your manicure or perfecting your pedicure, it could be time to turn to the professionals. And where better to head than the Hand and Foot Spa’s flagship Chelsea branch? Well, it certainly does what it says on the tin...

The spa

Located on Chelsea’s popular Fulham Road, The Hand and Foot Spa is more than just your average nail salon. This unique venue was originally created to...

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Can Britain lose 300,000 tonnes in 2012?

19
March
2012
Can Britain lose 300,000 tonnes in 2012?

On a mission to fight the flab? According to a recent study by Klick Fitness, collectively, we Brits are aiming to lose 300,000 tonnes during 2012. If you’re finding that number quite hard to compute, let’s put it this way – that’s the same amount of weight as 30,000 London buses. We’re starting to wonder whether our weekly session at the gym is going to cut it...

Of course, broken down by individual, the amount of weight we’re trying to lose is a great deal less (phew). According to the research, the average UK woman wants to lose a stone this year, whilst the average man wants to lose 12lbs. Sounds doable, doesn’t it?

With medical journal The Lancet suggesting last year that half the UK population could be obese by 2030, the team at Klick Fitness are understandably keen to get people...

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Motivation Monday - feel your best with Wahanda

19
March
2012
Motivation Monday - feel your best with Wahanda

After a weekend spent relaxing and pampering ourselves, we’re feeling ready to handle whatever this week throws at us. Of course, if it happens to throw manicures, spa breaks and cupcakes our way, then all the better...

Fancy looking and feeling fabulous? Have a quick peek at this week’s top treats for a bit of pampering, and don’t forget to eat your greens along the way, too. And of course, just in case you start feeling a bit too comfortable, you could always follow our fitness advice and take the plunge...

Good news

We all know that we’re meant to eat our 5-a-day to stay nice and healthy – but recent research has shown that getting plenty of fruit and veg can work wonders for our skin, too. Scientists at the University of St Andrews have found that the carotenoid-based colouration...

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Tried and tested: i-gloss from New CID

16
March
2012
Tried and tested: i-gloss from New CID

People may have been queuing all night to get their hands on the latest iPad, but here at Wahanda HQ we’re much more excited about i-gloss. After all, when it comes to a showdown between makeup and gadgets, the makeup wins every time (just don’t let our tech team hear you say that).

No, i-gloss isn’t a strange new product from Apple – it’s an innovative light-up lip gloss from popular beauty brand New CID. Available in an array of different colours and featuring a built in mirror and lights, it’s designed for use on the go – making it ideal for commuters and party people alike.

In need of a new lip gloss and attracted to the light-up lid like a moth to a bulb, I decided to give i-gloss a go. My mission? To discover whether it was truly genius or just a clever gimmick...

The...

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The Wahanda community - getting to the root(s) of the problem

16
March
2012
The Wahanda community - getting to the root(s) of the problem

Tired of your tresses and fed up with your follicles? Don’t tear your hair out. We’ve got a thriving community full of hairdressers and stylists who are ready and willing to help you get a beautiful barnet. There’ll be no more bad hair days on our watch...

This week, our experts have been out in force to ensure that lanky locks and disastrous dyes are no more. Here’s a look at just some of the questions they’ve answered:

What’s the best conditioner for bleached and damaged hair?

When it comes to experimenting with style, hair colouring opens up a whole new world of looks – but it can also be pretty damaging for your tresses. If you’ve been busy bleaching lately, it could be time to treat your hair to some much needed TLC. To get your barnet back on track, just have a read of our...

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Botox for your bladder - a scientific breakthrough

15
March
2012
Botox for your bladder - a scientific breakthrough

Over the years, we’ve heard of some interesting uses for Botox – including helping to prevent cold sores and even stopping people from grinding their teeth in their sleep. Now, a new breakthrough by scientists has revealed that the famous wrinkle-buster could help to counter overactive bladder syndrome, too. We can’t help but wonder - is there anything these injections can’t do?

Beloved by A-list and Z-list celebs alike, Botox is most commonly used for cosmetic purposes. However, the protein isn’t just useful when it comes to the war against wrinkles – it can also be beneficial medically, as those researching overactive bladder syndrome found out.

It may not sound like a particularly pleasant experience, but having a tiny amount of Botox protein injected into the bladder wall can have a...

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Stay in shape with Mel B's top tips

14
March
2012
Stay in shape with Mel B's top tips

Spice up your life...or at least your fitness routine. Next week (19th-25th March) is International Fitness Week – and former Spice Girl Mel B is determined to get us all up off the sofa and doing our bit to raise our heart rates.

The ‘Get Moving’ campaign, fronted by Mel and powered by Fitness First, will see Scary Spice on a mission to show us that exercise actually isn’t all that scary after all. To get us started and ease us in, she’s come up with some great tips and examples – and we’ve added our own ideas, too. Give them a go and you’ll find that the thought of donning your trainers needn’t have you trembling, after all...

Know your problem areas

Mel says: My problem areas are my bum, thighs and legs - I do weights and run to keep them in shape.

Wahanda says: If you have...

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Save your skin on No Smoking Day

13
March
2012
Save your skin on No Smoking Day

Forget all the latest lotions and potions – there’s one lifestyle change that could make more difference to your skin than any miracle cream. Tomorrow (14th March) is No Smoking Day, and will see experts across the country encouraging smokers to ditch their habit in order to become much healthier - from the inside out.

Often, health campaigners place a great deal of emphasis on the damage that smoking can do to the lungs – and with good reason. But did you know that lighting up can also have a negative effect on your complexion?

Film stars of a bygone era may have appeared the epitome of cool as they smoked on screen – but it’s likely that, without the makeup, they wouldn’t have been much of a catch at all. According to recent studies, cigarette smoke has a number of different effects...

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Spa of the week: Imagine Spa at Hilton Heathrow Terminal 5

13
March
2012
Spa of the week: Imagine Spa at Hilton Heathrow Terminal 5

Prepare for takeoff. At one time or another, most of us have spent hours waiting in the airport, re-reading the newspaper and keeping a hopeful eye on the clock. Happily, however, it no longer has to be that way. Just visit the recently refurbished Imagine Spa at Heathrow Terminal 5 and your holiday will begin before you’ve even left the tarmac...

The spa

Located inside the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 Hotel, Imagine Spa is well-placed for pampering business travellers and holidaymakers alike. A 5 star day spa with a wide range of luxury facilities, it’s the ideal venue for some pre-flight preening or a post-journey pick-me-up.

Offering both beauty treatments and wellbeing packages, Imagine caters for a variety of different needs. Whether you’re in need of a bit of...

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Tried and tested: facemask workshop with LUSH and Clipper Green Tea

12
March
2012
Tried and tested: facemask workshop with LUSH and Clipper Green Tea

Back at the beginning of February, Wahanda’s lovely Head of Copywriting, Mel, wrote about an exciting new collaboration between high street heroes LUSH and tea favourites Clipper. The two had teamed up to offer tea drinkers a chance to pamper themselves at a free facemask workshop – an opportunity that I just couldn’t bring myself to miss out on.

As a fan of green tea and a LUSH obsessive, I found the offer to attend the workshop a bit of a no-brainer. I went along with good friend Emily for an hour or so of playing with products, sipping on tea and of course chatting with the lovely LUSH girls about all things beauty-related.

The offer

If, like me, you’re not gifted when it comes to organisation, you’ll be glad to know that booking in for the experience was easypeasy. All we had to...

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Motivation Monday - start as you mean to go on

12
March
2012
Motivation Monday - start as you mean to go on

We don’t know about you, but we’re feeling pretty cheerful at Wahanda HQ. Spring is in the air, we’ve got lots of exciting projects on the go and lovely techie Marisa has brought us Twinkies from America. Can Mondays get much better than this?

Of course, we know not everyone is as lucky as we are when it comes to having sweet treats to kickstart the week – so in case you need a little something to cheer you up, we’ve picked out our favourite ideas and offers. Why not get stuck in, try something new and of course make sure to spread a little sunshine...

Good news

Calling all fitness fanatics... Inspirational project The Good Gym has been set up to help motivate runners and benefit the community at the same time – and it seems to be going strong.

Need a project to get you going? Sign up...

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Behind the scenes at London Fashion Week with RUSH

09
March
2012
Behind the scenes at London Fashion Week with RUSH

No strangers to London Fashion Week, the RUSH Session Team were enlisted this February to work alongside Nina Butkovich-Budden backstage at Francesca Marotta’s dramatic AW12 show. The show was inspired by the designer’s recollection of oppressive Sicilian funerals, and one thing was for certain – subtlety was not the order of the day.

From a texturised hairstyle designed to mimic a crown of thorns, to soft curls topped with a red Perspex crown, the looks created by the RUSH team perfectly complemented the black lace creations that dominated the runway. But what did the expert hairdressers make of the other LFW hair trends? We spoke to Sam Burnett, of the RUSH Session Team, to find out:

What new hair trends did you see emerge during London Fashion Week?

The style: Fringes, 90s inspired,...

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The foolproof Mother's Day gift guide

09
March
2012
The foolproof Mother's Day gift guide

Mums, eh? They can be notoriously tricky to buy for - meaning that the run up to Mother’s Day is often really quite stressful. Been dashing around like a headless chicken, scouring the shelves in search of the ideal gift? We suggest you stop, take a deep breath and let us help out. After all, they do say that two heads are better than one – and we’re only too happy to assist.

From perfect products that she can unwrap on the day, to the best spas to take her to for a bit of pampering, we’ve done the research for you – but we’re happy to let you take the credit. So go on, why not treat her to one of these and make her day:

Top 5 Mother’s Day product picks

Pinks Boutique scented candles – These clever candles double up as hand and body moisturisers – making them pretty novel gifts. Just...

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The Wahanda community - a question of health and beauty

09
March
2012
The Wahanda community - a question of health and beauty

Happy Friday everyone! As usual, we’re looking forward to the weekend, whilst also looking back over the fruits of a very productive week. Not only did we attend the glamorous Professional Beauty Awards (you can find details of the winners on our WordPress blog) but we also introduced a brand new look and feel to the site – the perfect way to move forward into spring.

We’re not the only ones who have been busy, though – as always, our community page has been buzzing with therapist articles, consumer reviews and plenty of questions. Why not make the most of the weekend by catching up on all the latest from the world of health and beauty? To get you started, here’s a look back at some of this week’s questions:

Is there anything I can do about pitted nails from psoriasis?

Thanks to the...

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Blue Cow comes to London's financial district

08
March
2012
Blue Cow comes to London's financial district

No, we’ve not been hallucinating – the title of this post in fact refers to Blue Cow Yoga, a new studio that launched this February. Taking an innovative approach to yoga, Blue Cow sees busy Londoners benefitting from Goan-style stress management in a New York-style contemporary setting. Looks like we don’t need to splash out on long-haul plane tickets just yet, then...

The Blue Cow brand was dreamt up by Mark Evans and Fran Gillibrand, yoga fans who first met on a retreat in India. Inspired to make their favourite form of exercise more accessible to London-based professionals, they devised a plan to help introduce a bit of much-needed calm to the City. Cue Blue Cow Yoga, a haven of tranquillity situated amidst the constant bustle of Moorgate.

The studio may at first sound a little out...

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Enjoy a guilt-free Easter at Champneys

07
March
2012
Enjoy a guilt-free Easter at Champneys

As much as we love a novelty egg, we’ve got to admit that Easter isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be (no pun intended). After all, there’s only so much chocolate that a person can eat – and it’s usually followed by a good few days struggling to do up your jeans and wondering why you sabotaged your own healthy eating plan in the first place.

Luckily for those who can’t bring themselves to look at another Creme Egg, Champneys is offering a rather different approach. Book yourself a 4 night spa break over the Easter weekend and you’ll only pay for the price of a 2 night stay – a pretty impressive bargain, if you ask us.

Take advantage of this offer and there’ll be no need to worry about your wellbeing. With nutritious meals included, in addition to 20 different fitness and relaxation...

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Tried and tested: Softlips lip balms

07
March
2012
Tried and tested: Softlips lip balms

Whenever a celebrity like Angelina Jolie steps out on the red carpet with a perfect pout, the beauty world goes crazy. And it’s no surprise – after all, us mere mortals have a pretty good appreciation of just how hard it is to get your lips looking that good.

It’s not just a case of finding a killer shade of lippy (although that’s part of the battle) – it’s also a matter of conditioning, moisturising and nourishing the delicate skin. No wonder we sometimes feel as though we might as well give up and refuse to leave the house...

Not so fast. It can be difficult trying to finding the right lip balm, but we don’t think it’s time to confine yourself to your bedroom just yet. It might take years of slathering on different products, getting your hair stuck to your lips and losing lids inside...

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Spring clean your beauty and wellbeing regimes

06
March
2012
Spring clean your beauty and wellbeing regimes

Forget procrastinating – it’s time to get stuck in to some good old spring cleaning. You’ll be glad to know, however, that spring cleaning Wahanda-style doesn’t involve Dettol and Marigolds – just a few well chosen nuggets of advice. Phew...

Well go on, what are you waiting for? Have a quick browse of our beauty and wellbeing tips and you’ll be all set to look and feel your best this spring.

Declutter your makeup bag

As self-proclaimed product obsesseives, we’re no strangers to hoarding – but we do know when we’ve gone a bit too far. Here are some of our golden rules for how to handle the dreaded makeup bag clear out:

1) Get rid of any duplicate basics. Ok, we’ll accept that you might want eye shadow in a few different colours to help you experiment with looks, but do you really need...

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Treat your mum to tea with a twist

06
March
2012
Treat your mum to tea with a twist

We’re firm believers that a cuppa can sort most things – and it looks like it might even go a fair way towards sorting your Mother’s Day present dilemmas, too.

Now, we’re not suggesting that a mug of builder’s tea is a good substitute for a proper gift (our mums wouldn’t be very impressed by that, and we expect yours wouldn’t either). However, we have got lots of suggestions for slightly more feminine brews that are pretty certain to put a smile on Mum's face this March.

Whether you want to make her a nice cup of tea to enjoy at home whilst she opens her gift or are hoping to surprise her with an indulgent day out, we’ve got lots of ideas to get you going. Why not be inspired by one of these:

The girly tea

At home: We love the Harmonise tea blend from Pukka (www.pukkaherbs.com), which...

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Spa of the week: Grayshott Spa

06
March
2012
Spa of the week: Grayshott Spa

Surrey's Grayshott Spa is a favourite with the Wahanda team – and it takes just one trip to see why. With beautiful grounds, a relaxed atmosphere and expert staff, we really can’t think of anywhere else quite like it.

Of course, stunning scenery and the provision of cosy bathrobes aren’t enough by themselves to create a memorable spa experience (although they certainly help). In addition to its unique surroundings and welcome extras, Grayshott offers a wide choice of treatments, therapies and facilities to encourage mental and physical health and wellbeing. It’s no wonder, then, that Woman & Home magazine has termed the venue ‘the most serious spa in the UK’...

The spa

Grayshott’s impressive grounds and adjoining 700 acres of National Trust land provide the ultimate backdrop for a...

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Motivation Monday - full steam ahead

05
March
2012
Motivation Monday - full steam ahead

It might not yet be quite warm enough to head to the park for a picnic, but there’s no denying that spring is definitely in the air. From going on a brisk walk to cycling into work in the mornings, we’re enjoying the opportunity to do a bit more exercise outdoors. We’re also trying to get ourselves ready for that spring wardrobe - so why not join us this week in our mission to well and truly shake off winter. After all, feeling chilly is so last season...

Good news

Last night, several members of the Wahanda team headed to the Park Lane Hilton to attend the prestigious Professional Beauty Awards 2012. Not only was it a great excuse to put on our glad rags and have a bit of a boogie, but it was also a brilliant chance to support some of our favourite venues. Amongst those who took to the...

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Tried and tested: Pinks Boutique scented spa candles

02
March
2012
Tried and tested: Pinks Boutique scented spa candles

You always know that a product’s a good’un when it causes a furore in the office. Within minutes of lighting this calming candle on my desk, I’d already attracted a steady stream of colleagues who were keen to investigate. And it’s not surprising, given that there’s much more to the product than first meets the eye...

The brand

A British brand inspired by the flowers and aromas of South East Asia, Pinks Boutique prides itself on its range of natural, organic products. From cleansers and toners to massage oils and body scrubs, the brand offers a luxurious experience combined with an ethical, environmentally-friendly approach. No wonder it’s popular with spas such as Aman at the Connaught and Titanic Eco Spa...

Sensitive souls will be glad to know that they needn’t shy away from these...

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Touch your toes with the Bowen Technique

02
March
2012
Touch your toes with the Bowen Technique

If you can already touch your toes, then we’re very happy for you. For those who can’t - and that includes a number of us at Wahanda HQ – it looks help may be at hand. Or, ahem, foot...

Research into UK fitness levels has shown that 50% of Brits cannot touch their toes – a figure that sheds a great deal of light on our lifestyles. Lack of activity and a reluctance to exercise is leading to the shortening of hamstring muscles, which in turn can have some pretty gloomy health consequences. As Bowen Technique expert Julian Baker puts it, ‘being able to touch your toes is not just a party trick – it can mean the difference between chronic pain and comfort.’ Well, that’s certainly made us sit up and listen...

So where does the Bowen Technique come in? This fascinating therapy relies upon...

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The Wahanda community - health and beauty chatterboxes

02
March
2012
The Wahanda community - health and beauty chatterboxes

If there’s anything we love as much as health and beauty, it’s having a bit of a natter. From talking about our favourite spas and salons, to sharing our thoughts on the latest beauty trends and asking for help with any wellbeing woes, we love interacting with our community. And it looks like we’re not the only chatterboxes - here are some of the fantastic questions that have got you all talking this week:

What’s the best cleanser for dry skin?

Forget spending hours in the shops trying to find the perfect product – we all know that recommendations from friends can help make finding skincare solutions a doddle. And as part of the Wahanda community, you have thousands of friends ready and willing to share their experience and expertise. Just as well you don’t have to buy them all birthday...

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Know your needles with Acupuncture Awareness Week

01
March
2012
Know your needles with Acupuncture Awareness Week

Mention a massage and you’ll find that people immediately start daydreaming of a relaxing hot stone experience or a soothing back rub. Mention acupuncture, and the same people go running for the hills...

As a nation, we seem to have a collective fear of acupuncture – something which Acupuncture Awareness Week (27th February-4th March) aims to dispel. According to Nick Pahl, CEO of the British Acupuncture Council (BAC), those who associate the therapy more with porcupines than with pampering may simply not be in possession of the facts.

Nick says: ‘2.3 million acupuncture treatments are carried out each year by traditional acupuncturists and this figure is rising, yet this research shows myths surrounding the therapy still remain strong. Acupuncture Awareness Week, the first of its kind,...

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Tried and tested: Fairtrade beauty treats from Melvita

29
February
2012
Tried and tested: Fairtrade beauty treats from Melvita

As you’ll know if you’ve been keeping up to date with our blogs, Fairtrade Fortnight is currently in full swing. Designed to raise awareness of the importance of shopping ethically, the campaign encourages consumers to look for the Fairtrade logo – whether they’re purchasing chocolate to eat on their lunch break or looking to overhaul their makeup bag. Naturally, as a fan of both chocolate and makeup, I think it’s a brilliant idea...

In celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight and the campaign’s valuable message, I swapped my usual skincare go-tos for a couple of Fairtrade certified products from French organic brand Melvita. And you know what? I’m not going to be switching back in a hurry...

The brand

I love brands that have real enthusiasm and knowledge behind them – so I was pretty...

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Bored with your beauty routine? Take a leap

29
February
2012
Bored with your beauty routine? Take a leap

It’s February the 29th – the day when certain poor souls who have been waiting for their birthday for four years finally get to eat some cake. But that’s not all that’s exciting about this extra day – it’s also a time when women traditionally propose to men. So, in the spirit of the leap year, we thought we’d look at a few other unorthodox ways of doing things...

Face up to it

Treating yourself to a facial every now and again can work wonders for your skin. But how far are you willing to go to really reap those benefits?

The traditional way: indulge in a facial to cleanse, tone and nourish your skin. Your therapist will also be able to give you lots of great tips so that you can keep up your new skincare regime at home.

Go on, we dare ya: Do something a bit different and book yourself...

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Tried and tested: Celestial Spa Authentic Bathtime Bliss Set

28
February
2012
Tried and tested: Celestial Spa Authentic Bathtime Bliss Set

Ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Between work and play, many of us find ourselves without much time to relax. Luckily, you don’t need to devote a day each week to unwinding at a spa – do a little research, and you’ll be able to find the perfect pampering products to save you time and money. Hooray!

On my quest to find stress-busters that could be easily fitted into my daily routine, I opted to give Nirvana Spa’s Celestial range a go. Read on to discover my verdict...

The brand

Developed by the experts at Berkshire’s innovative Nirvana Spa, the Celestial Spa Authentic range has been specially designed to harness the power of gemstones in order to help relax and rejuvenate. From facial products to body treatments and signature spa rituals, Celestial offers a variety...

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Spa of the week: Tres Health and Wellbeing

28
February
2012
Spa of the week: Tres Health and Wellbeing

At Wahanda, we love a good laugh - but we also know when it’s time to take things seriously. That’s why we’re pretty impressed with South London-based integrative health and wellbeing centre, Tres. The ideal solution for those who want to benefit from holistic treatment, Tres dishes up good health - without a garnish of useless gimmicks. We think it’s the perfect place to get your life back into balance...

The spa

Situated in the luxurious Chelsea Bridge Wharf development, Tres Health and Wellbeing provides a simple yet stylish environment for visitors to unwind in. In addition to contemporary facilities and a riverside café, guests can benefit from a variety of different events held at the centre, ranging from networking evenings and seminars to yoga workshops and art exhibitions. ...

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Motivation Monday - every cloud has a silver lining

27
February
2012
Motivation Monday - every cloud has a silver lining

Hang on a minute – where did the sun go? One moment the weather was so glorious we thought we’d time-travelled a month into spring, and now the sky just seems to be grey and gloomy again. Still, at Wahanda we’re not ones to be negative – and we’re determined to make the most of life, whatever the weather. Just think of it this way – we’ve all gained a little extra time to get ready for that spring wardrobe...

Feeling a bit down in the dumps? In order to kickstart your week and get you in the mood this murky Monday, we’ve got some great ideas to help lift those spirits. Why not try some of these:

Good news

We’re all going on a (pre-)summer holiday...Thought you had to live near the Equator to enjoy a spot of sunshine all year round? Think again. In actual fact, you don’t need to travel...

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The red carpet look - apply your makeup like a pro

24
February
2012
The red carpet look - apply your makeup like a pro

It’s almost time for the most anticipated event in showbiz, the Academy Awards - and we’ve got to admit, we’re pretty excited. As the stars spend time picking out the perfect outfit and practising their acceptance speeches in the mirror, we’ve been turning our attention to hair and makeup – and we think we’ve got the red carpet look down to a T. Shame we’ve not actually been invited...

Ok, so we might not be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Brad Pitt and George Clooney – but that doesn’t mean we can’t look as fabulous as all the leading ladies. Invest in the below and you’ll be able to bring a touch of Oscar-style glamour to any occasion – whether you’re on a date, out for dinner or on the dance floor. Who needs a £60,000 goody bag anyway?

Professional makeup brushes

No makeup...

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The Wahanda community - ask the experts

24
February
2012
The Wahanda community - ask the experts

Happy Friday, Wahandarers! It’s the afternoon already, the sun is out and we’re looking forward to a relaxed weekend. But before we sign off, we wanted to take a quick look at this week’s health and beauty questions – a pretty apt way to round off a busy few days at Wahanda HQ.

From providing advice on how to deal with acne scarring, to explaining the difference between an osteopath and a chiropractor, our trusty therapists have certainly been busy bees of late. We hope they’re planning on putting their feet up a bit over the next couple of days - they certainly deserve it!

Want to have a peek at the therapists' advice? Here are just some of the questions that our experts have answered this week:

I have quite a bit of scarring from acne. What sort of chemical peel would be best for...

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Multi-purpose makeup marvels - Wahanda's pick

23
February
2012
Multi-purpose makeup marvels - Wahanda's pick

There are so many different beauty products out there that it’s no wonder models and celebrities favour oversized It-bags. However, there is a smarter way to manage your makeup than scrabbling around in the bottom of your handbag - invest in some multi-purpose products and getting ready need never be stressful again.

Not only do multi-tasking makeup marvels take up less space, but they’ll also save you some money in the long run, as you won’t have to splash out on a variety of products. Convinced? We thought you might be. Here are some of the beauty buys that we refuse to leave the house without:

NARS Multiple Stick

Don’t be fooled by the simple packaging of this cult classic - the product inside has been known to answer many a beauty prayer. Designed to be used on eyes, cheeks, lips...

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How much do you know about BMI?

23
February
2012
How much do you know about BMI?

Time to dig out that old calculator. A recent study by the Vitality Show (22nd – 25th March, Earls Court) has revealed that a worrying number of women know very little when it comes to Body Mass Index (BMI). The problem appears to be particularly pronounced amongst those who are underweight, whilst overweight women tend to have a better concept of healthy body weight – although they don’t always put this knowledge into practice.

During the study, a variety of questions were asked to help researchers measure perceptions of healthy bodyweight and overall knowledge of the health implications of a very high or low BMI. Of those who were underweight, only 60% knew what the abbreviation BMI stood for, compared to 100% of those in the overweight and obese category. This marked difference was...

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Beauty at the Brits: the secrets behind star style

22
February
2012
Beauty at the Brits: the secrets behind star style

There’s so much going on in the celebrity world at the moment that our heads are in a spin just thinking about it. From the BAFTAs to the Brits (via London Fashion Week, of course) the stars have had to come up with numerous outfit changes this month, with makeup to match. Luckily for us mere mortals who are looking for inspiration, they’ve not disappointed...

Of course, celebrity chameleons have more than a little help when getting ready – as backstage gossip from the Brits has revealed. Here’s a quick look at how some of the event’s biggest names got ready for the glamorous occasion:

Tan-talising skin

Tans proved pretty popular with the celebrities backstage at this year’s Brit Awards – so much so that an incredible 10 litres of Sienna X spray tan were used at the special pop-up spa....

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Tried and tested: aerial silks at Flying Fantastic

22
February
2012
Tried and tested: aerial silks at Flying Fantastic

I’m not usually one to push my boundaries when it comes to exercise classes – I’m much more likely to be found pedalling away on the exercise bike or going for a quick jog. So I managed to surprise even myself (let alone incredulous friends and family) when I signed up for an aerial silks class at the unusual Flying Fantastic in Battersea (www.flyingfantastic.co.uk).

Determined to challenge myself, get a bit fitter, and of course become the subject of an embarrassing photo to share with you all, I packed my bag and, with all the grace of Nelly the elephant, headed off to the circus...

The venue

All Flying Fantastic classes are held at the Wilditch Centre in Battersea – a quick bus ride from Battersea Park Station. Lessons are based on circus skills, and intrepid exercisers can choose...

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Spoil your mum at the Sanctuary Spa this Mother's Day

22
February
2012
Spoil your mum at the Sanctuary Spa this Mother's Day

Forget about supermarket flowers or a box of Milk Tray quickly acquired on your journey to the station – we think it takes something a lot more special to show your true appreciation on Mother’s Day. After all, you know you’ll only end up eating the top layer of the chocolates yourself...

It goes without saying that mums are pretty fabulous people – and we think they deserve a fabulous treat to match. Whether you take your mum for an indulgent day out, or give her a gift to help her unwind at home, we’re sure she’ll appreciate the opportunity to relax. Who knows – it may even go a little way towards making up for all that laundry you used to bring home at weekends!

Treat her to a spa day

A luxurious spa day isn’t just a great gift idea – it’ll also provide you and your mum with the...

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Win a spa break for two at Elite Hotels

22
February
2012
Win a spa break for two at Elite Hotels

Hands up who’s been dreaming of a weekend away? We know the feeling. At Wahanda, we like to work hard, but we also like to play hard – and that’s where our latest competition comes in.

We’re big believers in the power of pampering – which is why we’ve teamed up with the lovely folk at Elite Hotels and the Evening Standard to offer you the chance to win an indulgent overnight spa break for two. With meals, a treatment and use of facilities included, you’ll be able to sit back, relax and let your cares slip away – always a treat after a busy week.

The lucky winner and a guest of their choice will be whisked away for an overnight stay at any of the four Elite Hotels, where they will enjoy a 3 course table d’hôte dinner, a full English breakfast, a 60 minute treatment each and use of the...

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London Fashion Week 2012 - beauty trends to watch

21
February
2012
London Fashion Week 2012 - beauty trends to watch

This week, the front rows of all the hottest London Fashion Week catwalk shows were crammed with celebrities desperate for a glimpse of the latest couture creations. Now, the Wahanda girls may not quite have been rubbing elbows with Anna Wintour - but we did fish out our binoculars to keep an eye on all the emerging hair and makeup trends. Suffice to say, it looks like it’s time to go all out on the beauty front...(after all, keeping it subtle is so last season).

Bold nails

Statement manicures made an appearance both on the catwalk and off, with electric blue nails at Erdem (pictured) and intricate black heart designs at PPQ. Alexa Chung caught the attention of other partygoers at the People Tree party, where she sported an unusual Evil Eye nail art design. We’re not sure how much good...

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Spa of the week: the Spa at Blythswood Square

21
February
2012
Spa of the week: the Spa at Blythswood Square

Popular with the team over at Elleuk.com, who named it Best British Spa Hotel in their pick of the UK’s best getaway destinations, Blythswood Square is a real Glaswegian gem. As well as attracting A-listers such as Beyoncé, P-Diddy and Brad Pitt, this stylish hotel is the venue of choice for many a seasoned spa-goer - thanks to its glamorous atmosphere, impressive facilities and unusual treatment list. Add to that a spa lounge offering an array of organic, locally-sourced dishes, and we’re hard-pressed to think of somewhere where we’d rather spend the weekend...

The spa

Covering 10,000 square feet and incorporating 9 treatment rooms, the Spa at Blythswood Square is the ideal destination for those looking to enjoy an indulgent break. Facilities include the decadent Dark Pool, where...

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Spring Clean Your Body and Spirit

21
February
2012
Spring Clean Your Body and Spirit

It’s time to put down the polish, hide the Hoover and focus on spring cleaning yourself instead. Feeling a little dusty after winter? Upcoming workshop ‘Spring Clean Your Body and Spirit’ promises everything you need to help you feel squeaky clean – both inside and out. Trust us, you’re bound to have much more fun than you would washing the windows...

When: Saturday 24 March 2012 at 2 - 5.30pm

Where: The Maha Lakshmi Vidya Bhavan Temple, Honor Oak Park, London SE23

Run by hypnotherapist Claire Benson and yoga instructor Kate McKenzie, Spring Clean Your Body and Spirit will combine physical activity with concentration and relaxation exercises to give both body and mind a cleansing workout. A unique yoga and creative visualisation workshop, the intensive afternoon will include the...

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Win a pair of VIP Vitality Show tickets with Wahanda

20
February
2012
Win a pair of VIP Vitality Show tickets with Wahanda

We’re huge fans of the Vitality Show - so naturally we’re pretty excited to be able to offer one lucky reader a pair of VIP Salon Tickets for this year’s event. With a haircut, cocktail, and goody bag up for grabs, as well as fast track entry to the show itself, our lucky winners will enjoy real star treatment. In fact, we’re feeling pretty jealous...

The Vitality Show is the largest event of its kind in the UK, and an important date in the calendar for women interested in health, beauty, wellbeing and fitness. With over 60 free classes and demos to attend, as well as 100 different inspirational speakers to listen to, visitors will be able to find out everything they want to know about the latest products and treatments. Add to that some VIP perks and we think our prize is rather...

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Motivation Monday - look on the bright side

20
February
2012
Motivation Monday - look on the bright side

It’s a sunny Monday morning (we’d almost forgotten about the existence of the sun) and we think there’s plenty to look forward to this week. From a new website that’ll keep us occupied whilst we eat our lunch, to some great fitness deals, we can think of lots of things to brighten up the days ahead. Onwards and upwards, fellow Wahandarers!

Good news

Those who like to enjoy the finer things in life whilst also taking care of their body and mind will be more than a little excited by the re-launch of stylish website Mung Beans and Champagne (www.mbac.squarespace.com). Describing itself as ‘a luxury and holistic lifestyle and product guide’, MBAC, as it’s also known, covers everything from the health benefits of raw chocolate to sushi master classes and life coaching. We know what we’ll be...

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Tried and tested: organic makeup from Green People

17
February
2012
Tried and tested: organic makeup from Green People

As someone who has fairly dry skin, I’m always wary of applying too many chemicals to my face. I love makeup, but can’t help feeling guilty when I use foundation, concealer or bronzer - especially when I imagine what these products must be doing to my pores. Eye makeup, too, leaves me feeling uneasy - after all, our eyelashes are meant to keep impurities away from our delicate eyes, and coating them in synthetic substances seems more than a little counterproductive.

Unfortunately, having not been naturally blessed with a flawless complexion, thick eyelashes and a perfect pout, I don’t really feel ready to throw out my makeup bag just yet. I am, however, trying to use chemical-free, natural products wherever possible – in the hope that my skin will thank me for it in the long run....

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The Wahanda community - this week's health and beauty questions

17
February
2012
The Wahanda community - this week's health and beauty questions

It’s been a busy week here at Wahanda HQ – what with celebrating our 4th birthday, running an exciting Pinterest competition and launching our new Mother’s Day page. And it looks like lots has been going on in our community, too...

From writing reviews of your favourite venues to asking lots of great questions, you’ve all been getting stuck in to the world of health and beauty this week – and we’ve loved reading what you’ve had to say. Not had a chance to catch up on all the brilliant questions and answers from the last few days? Why not take a look at some of our favourites...

What exercise can I do that I will stick to? Really struggling to make time and create the habit.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got the best intentions in the world – developing a regular exercise routine can...

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Skincare saviours from the International Institute for Anti-Ageing

16
February
2012
Skincare saviours from the International Institute for Anti-Ageing

You’ve heard of the three Rs – but have you heard of the three Fs? The beauty experts at The International Institute for Anti-Ageing (iiaa) have impressed us all at Wahanda HQ with their simple but effective philosophy: feed, fortify and finish. As far as we’re concerned, it’s the perfect skincare mantra...

Gone are the days of wasting money and effort on ineffective quick fixes – give iiaa’s brands a go and you’ll be making a long-term investment in your skincare. Working together to offer a holistic approach to beauty, these three fantastic product ranges help to nourish the skin, both inside and out. Beautiful, healthy skin that shines from within? We’re hooked!

Looking for products that actually work with your skin, rather than against it? Say no more. Just have a gander at these...

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Post-workout pains? Soothe your muscles with Tiger Balm Red

16
February
2012
Post-workout pains? Soothe your muscles with Tiger Balm Red

It seems an incredibly long time since last summer, when we first wrote about Tiger Balm - the product that we wouldn’t board a plane without. Now, in the depths of gloomy British winter, there’s not much call for warding off insect bites – but we’ve nonetheless still got our trusty pots of Tiger Balm Red by our sides. Well, in our gym bags, to be precise...

Many people will be familiar with Tiger Balm as a form of relief from tension headaches and posture-related neck strain – but did you know that it can come in handy after physical activity, too? Tiger Balm Red contains camphor, menthol, cajuput, clove oil and cinnamon oil to help provide targeted relief of muscular aches and pains. Applied post-workout, the ointment will soothe weary muscles – and used before exercise it can even help...

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Spa of the week: The Health Club & Spa at 1 Aldwych

14
February
2012
Spa of the week: The Health Club & Spa at 1 Aldwych

Although we do have a soft spot for Valentine’s Day (it is, after all, Wahanda’s birthday) we can’t help but think that love is something to be celebrated all year round. Missed the boat when it came to organising something special in time for February 14th? Don’t worry – this week’s spa of the week is the perfect pampering destination, whatever the occasion. And if you don’t have an occasion in mind, why not make one...

The Spa

Set inside one of London’s most luxurious contemporary hotels, The Health Club & Spa at 1 Aldwych is a must-visit for those who like to work out or unwind in style. Combining a state-of-the-art gym with beautifully designed treatment rooms and an unusual swimming pool, the venue really stands out – whether you’re looking to spend a day with someone special or...

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Celebrate Wahanda's birthday on Pinterest and be in with a chance of winning £150

13
February
2012
Celebrate Wahanda's birthday on Pinterest and be in with a chance of winning £150

It’s nearly that special day that you’ve all been waiting for...

No, not Valentine’s Day – Wahanda’s birthday. A labour of love, the company was founded on February 14th 2008 – and tomorrow we’ll be celebrating four whole years of spa service. Time doesn’t half fly...

With every year that passes, the team at Wahanda becomes older, wiser...and more obsessed with cake. This year, we’re planning to make our birthday celebrations bigger and better than ever before – and we’re inviting you to get involved. The perfect place to hold our online bash? Why, our new found favourite, Pinterest, of course!

Joining in with the Wahanda birthday party is nice and simple – all you have to do is create your own Pinterest board, entitled ‘Happy Birthday @Wahanda’. Then choose four images to sum up your...

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Motivation Monday - celebrate good times

13
February
2012
Motivation Monday - celebrate good times

Happy Monday everyone! It’s full steam ahead here at Wahanda HQ – and we’re really looking forward to this week. Not only is tomorrow Valentine’s Day, but it’s also our 4th birthday - which we think is the perfect excuse for some cake and balloons. Add to that some fabulous offers and some exciting new therapist articles, and it’s no wonder we can’t wait to get stuck in...

Ready to make the most of this week? Why not join us in celebrating all that’s wonderful in the world of health and beauty right now:

Good news

Where’s the rub? Back in December we wrote about massage as a cure for a variety of illnesses – and now scientists have found that it can mimic the action of painkillers, too. A study published in the Science Translational Medicine journal indicates that massage is beneficial...

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Let Dove bring love to your morning commute

10
February
2012
Let Dove bring love to your morning commute

Hate feeling like a sardine in the mornings? So do we. Unfortunately, short of an impromptu spot of crowd-surfing (not recommended), it can be hard to think of ways to liven up the commute.

Luckily for all involved, next week we won’t have to put our thinking caps on – the lovely people at Dove have done that for us, and they’ve come up with a brilliant idea. We don’t know about you, but we’ll certainly be getting involved...

Determined to spread the love in time for Valentine’s Day, Dove will be putting smiles on commuters’ faces at Victoria Station - where they will be displaying a large screen from Monday 13th February. In keeping with the brand’s focus on real beauty, the screen will display questions such as ‘Who is the most beautiful woman in your life? Why?’ and ‘What makes your...

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Treat yourself with these beauty must-haves

10
February
2012
Treat yourself with these beauty must-haves

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day – the time of year when women secretly hope that their other halves will shower them with chocolates, jewellery, and their favourite beauty products. Well, excuse us if we don’t hold our breath - but in our experience, men have a habit of getting it wrong. Looks like we might just have to treat ourselves this year...

Here at Wahanda we don’t do much of a line in Milk Tray or Cartier – but we can help out when it comes to gorgeous, affordable beauty buys. From innovative lip gloss that’s causing a storm Stateside to luxurious moisturiser and on-trend makeup, we’ve got everything you need to help you look and feel special. So go on, why not pamper yourself – we reckon you deserve it...

Colour Your Smile lighted lip glosses

The girls in the office can’t get...

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Tried and tested: Chuan Spa at the Langham

10
February
2012
Tried and tested: Chuan Spa at the Langham

Looking to indulge? It’s hard to find anywhere more luxurious than the Chuan Spa. Situated on London’s Regent Street, this Feng Shui themed venue (named after the Chinese word for flowing water) promises a touch of the Orient to all of its visitors. Intrigued, I left behind the Fitzrovia office for an hour or so and prepared to step into another world...

The venue

Located inside London’s 5 Star Langham Hotel, the Chuan Spa is everything you would expect from a high quality spa – and then some. From reception I was politely escorted to the well-equipped changing room, where I was able to change into a robe and slippers prior to my treatment. I then spent some time unwinding in the beautiful relaxation area – a tranquil space with oriental-inspired screens and elegant lighting. I could...

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Get toes that twinkle at Savannah, Glasgow

10
February
2012
Get toes that twinkle at Savannah, Glasgow

From eye-catching jewellery to statement Swarovski-encrusted Louboutins, there’s no denying that the fashion world has a long-lasting love affair with crystals. And it’s not just fashionistas who know how to shine - thanks to the latest in sparkling nail art, beauty fans can now get in on the glamour, too. Looks like a touch of Beverly Hills has arrived in good old Blighty...

Forget the old saying ‘less is more’ – at Wahanda, we enjoy a little bit of bling every now and again. It’s no surprise, then, that we’re in love with Savannah Glasgow’s new treatment – the Swarovski Crystal Pedicure. Involving hundreds of tiny Swarovski crystals, each individually attached to the nail, these shimmering toes are not for the style shy – treat yourself to a full set and you’re sure to be the talk of...

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The Wahanda community - love is in the 'air (and makeup)

10
February
2012
The Wahanda community - love is in the 'air (and makeup)

With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s no wonder our community has been looking for some great hair and beauty tips. Whether you’ve got a hot date planned or a relaxing pamper day with friends, it stands to reason that you’ll want to look your best for the occasion – and that’s exactly where we come in.

Got a cosmetic conundrum? Our experts and enthusiasts are always ready to offer their advice, meaning that you can put an end to those dastardly dilemmas and concentrate on looking picture perfect. Here’s a look at just a few of the questions the pros have been answering this week...

The best hot rollers – any recommendations?

We love the idea of creating beautiful curls for Valentine’s Day – the perfect way to shake up your style and try something new. Whether you’re taking a break from...

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All the single ladies: treat yourselves this Valentine's Day at the Sanctuary

09
February
2012
All the single ladies: treat yourselves this Valentine's Day at the Sanctuary

‘Is it just me, or is Valentine’s Day on steroids this year?’ If you can’t help but agree with Sex and the City’s straight-talking Miranda Hobbes, then we think we’ve got the perfect refuge for you. Escape the cheesy cards, evade the clutches of the stuffed toys and leave the cloying smell of roses far behind with an indulgent girly spa day at the Sanctuary. Valentine’s Day, Schmalentine’s Day...

A women-only spa, the Sanctuary is the perfect place to enjoy some well-deserved pampering with your girlfriends. With no men around, we reckon it’s an ideal setting for a good catch-up and a bit of juicy gossip - so why not round up your very own Carrie, Charlotte and Samantha, and say no to a nauseating Valentine’s Day with one of these tempting treats...

Relaxing spa day with Prosecco and...

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Join in: Valentine's and Pancake Day themed Twitter chat

09
February
2012
Join in: Valentine's and Pancake Day themed Twitter chat

Feeling peckish? With lots of fantastic recipes to choose from and tasty treats to try, Valentine’s Day and Pancake Day are both a dream come true for foodies. Unless, that is, you’re a foodie who happens to suffer from gluten or lactose intolerance...

It can be hard knowing what to cook for yourself when there are certain ingredients you need to avoid – and even harder if you’re trying to impress that special someone. Luckily, food intolerance needn’t mean hanging up your apron forever, as the lovely people at Genius Foods and Lactofree will happily testify.

Today (Thursday 9th February), our friends at Genius and Lactofree will be holding a Twitter chat to help make Valentine’s Day and Pancake Day that little bit more enjoyable. Ok, so they can’t order a bunch of red roses for you or...

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Spa of the week: Yeotown

08
February
2012
Spa of the week: Yeotown

Find detox heaven in rural Devon. Recently voted Best UK Spa Retreat in the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Spa Awards, luxury health farm Yeotown provides the ultimate escape. With programmes designed to unify, strengthen and detox both body and mind, at Yeotown, no aspect of wellbeing is overlooked. Naturally, we couldn’t wait to find out a bit more...

The spa

Yeotown Radiant Health Retreat was founded in 2010 by Vinyasa Flow Yoga instructor Mercedes Ngoh and art dealer Simon Sieff. Created in order to provide an escape from the stress of everyday life, the retreat places emphasis on holistic health and natural wellbeing solutions – everything you need to get yourself firing on all cylinders.

Usually one to shy away from intensive exercise? Combining a variety of different physical...

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Stay fit with these celebrity favourites

07
February
2012
Stay fit with these celebrity favourites

It's funny how daydreams don't always match up to reality. In your head you're Beyonce, dancing on the stage at Glastonbury like nobody's ever danced before - when in real life you struggle to even walk up the stairs in the Tube station each morning. With a little dedication, however, it's possible to get fit and stay in shape like the stars - all you need is a bit of know-how...

Whether you're hoping to get a bikini body like Cameron Diaz's or muscles that would make Madonna envious, we've got the perfect techniques to help you choose your goal. Try these out for size and you'll be fighting fit in no time...

Get a personal trainer

Heidi Klum, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Lady Gaga – anyone who’s anyone in Hollywood has their own personal trainer. Tracy Anderson, trainer to Gwynnie and...

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Celebrate London Fashion Week at the Bourjois Boutique

06
February
2012
Celebrate London Fashion Week at the Bourjois Boutique

Looking forward to London Fashion Week? So are we. And it’s not just the shows themselves we’re excited about – it’s also the wealth of shops, stylish treatments and (dare we say it?) cocktail bars that spring up at this time of year. From great discounts to limited edition products, there’s usually something for everyone – meaning that we can all enjoy a bit of fashion-inspired fun.

Luckily, this year looks like it’ll be no exception – with cosmetics brand Bourjois paving the way for couture capers in the form of a Shoreditch pop-up shop. The Bourjois Boutique, which will launch in February to coincide with Fashion Week (16-20th) will be based at The Gallery above the Beach Blanket Babylon restaurant and will offer a variety of discounted products and limited edition lines. There will...

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Motivation Monday

06
February
2012
Motivation Monday

Yes, it’s that time of week again. We’ll never understand quite how Saturday and Sunday manage to flash by so quickly – but we’re not going to let it bother us. While we look forward to the weekend as the perfect time for some rest and relaxation, we also enjoy the challenges that the week holds – from completing work projects to getting stuck in to a bit of exercise. Have a read of the below and who knows - our enthusiasm might just rub off on you...

Good news

Pass the ketchup. Scientists at the University of Portsmouth have found that lycopene, the nutrient which is responsible for the red colour of tomatoes, may help to slow the effect of cancer cells and prevent the disease from spreading. The nutrient, which is found in processed tomatoes as well as fresh ones, prevents the cancer...

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Beauty & wellbeing - the social way

01
February
2012
Beauty & wellbeing - the social way

At Wahanda, we don’t believe in living in our own bubble. When we discover something new, we’re always desperate to share it – whether it’s ground-breaking research, the latest beauty gossip or a tasty titbit of celebrity news. No wonder, then, that we’re often to be found glued to our social networks...

From Facebook to Pinterest, we’ve got a bit of a passion for social media. After all, there’s nothing we love more than a good natter – and it looks like lots of you do, too. Want to join the conversation? Here’s a list of places where you can find us – don’t forget to say hello!

Facebook – Our Facebook page is a great place to get started. From our regular Motivation Monday quote designed to kick start your week, to juicy articles for you to sink your teeth into, we’ve got plenty of...

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Spa of the week: Metta

31
January
2012
Spa of the week: Metta

Visiting a spa isn’t just about getting the chance to unwind – it’s also a great way to invest in your physical health. That’s why, this week, we’ve chosen to profile city spa Metta - a favourite for helping us to balance both body and mind.

Been looking for the perfect massage? Thanks to Metta, your search could be at an end. Just sit back, relax and have a read of this...

The spa

Situated within the Electric Beach Salon on Mortimer Street, Metta has been designed to meet the physical and mental needs of busy Londoners. From the calming atmosphere of the candlelit treatment rooms, to the menu - which features 40 minute quick fix massages for the time poor - the Metta experience is all you need to restore harmony to your daily routine. Pay a visit to this tranquil venue and you’ll...

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Indulge your artistic side at Llongueras London

31
January
2012
Indulge your artistic side at Llongueras London

Looking for something a bit different when it comes to your next haircut? With over fifty years’ experience, Lluís Llongueras is a bit of a legend in the world of hairdressing. After all, it’s not often that you come across a stylist who can count someone as iconic as Salvador Dali among their clients...

Dali himself may now be deceased, but Lluís Llongueras’ business is very much alive and kicking. With over 100 salons worldwide, Llongueras regularly attends to the coiffures of famous faces – including those of the King and Queen of Spain. Looks like visitors to his buzzing London salon will be in pretty good company...

Situated on Regent Street, the London salon boasts staff who have been trained at Llongueras’ international hairdressing academy in Spain, where they are taught the...

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Get back to nature at the Beauty, Health & Wellbeing Show 2012

30
January
2012
Get back to nature at the Beauty, Health & Wellbeing Show 2012

At Wahanda, we love a feel-good day out – so we were excited to learn of the upcoming Beauty, Health & Wellbeing Show. Taking place on 11th February and incorporating a Veggie Valentine Fair, the event looks set to be a whole lot of fun – as well as a great way to get all of your ethical shopping done. We couldn’t wait to find out more...

What: The Beauty, Health & Wellbeing Show 2012 and Veggie Valentine Fair

When: Saturday 11th February 2012, 10.30am – 5.30pm

Where: United Reform Church, Addiscombe Grove, Croydon, CR0 5PL

How: Admission to the event is free – just turn up and have a browse!

Looking for the perfect solution for sensitive skin? Or maybe you’re after some great gifts to spoil your vegetarian loved ones with this Valentine’s Day...Whatever your reason for wanting to go...

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Motivation Monday - making the most of the week ahead

30
January
2012
Motivation Monday - making the most of the week ahead

If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. You might not usually be on good terms with Mondays, but we think that’s no reason not to give this one a chance. After all, today could be the day you take up a different form of exercise, find that perfect Valentine’s gift or even experiment with a fashionable new look...

Good news

Fed up with sweaty, stuffy public transport? According to retail experts at Barclays, there’s never been a better time to get on yer bike. With Olympics fever already beginning to grip the nation, 2012 is likely to see a 5% growth in the cycle market – with more and more people choosing to swap petrol for pedals.

Aside from the environmental benefits and the cost implications (who wants to spend hundreds of pounds on the Tube, only to spend...

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The Wahanda community - unleash the Dragon

27
January
2012
The Wahanda community - unleash the Dragon

As the Chinese celebrate the lunar New Year, we can’t help but feel pretty excited. 2012 is the Year of the Dragon –a symbol of power and energy that is said to bring with it plenty of good fortune. Sounds pretty encouraging to us...

According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year you are born in can affect your personality traits and behaviour. Dragons, it is thought, are, for the most part, particularly healthy people (although they do suffer from a bit of stress every now and again.) Looks as though all you Rabbits, Rats, Dogs and Roosters could take a leaf out of their book...

But don’t worry if you weren’t born under the Dragon sign – at Wahanda we believe that ultimately it’s you, and not the moon, who is in charge of your wellbeing. Need a little guidance to help you along? Our buzzing...

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Models Own to launch new Bottleshop

26
January
2012
Models Own to launch new Bottleshop

From April onwards, hitting the bottle is set to be replaced with a new form of stress-relief – hitting the Bottleshop. Much better for your health than drowning your sorrows in the bottom of a martini glass, this inspired form of retail therapy will be brought to us by Models Own – a firm favourite with fashionistas nationwide.

There’s no subtle allusion going on here – the Bottleshop will literally be shaped like a bottle of nail varnish, and will sell over 200 Models Own shades. Ok, so you might find yourself feeling a little bit like a Lilliputian – but it’ll certainly make a change to browsing the shelves in Boots.

‘You hear about other brands trying to create 'immersive shopping experiences,’ said Models Own's CEO Mark Rodol, ‘so we've taken this literally by asking people to...

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Wellness, Wahandies style - Pilates HQ

25
January
2012
Wellness, Wahandies style - Pilates HQ

It can be hard to get into shape on your own – which is why we decided to make January’s Wahandies awards all about the best places to go to get a helping hand. As usual, the winners were chosen based on community reviews – and it looks like you’ve picked some really good eggs.

In addition to awarding the best places for bootcamps, colonic hydrotherapy and nutritional advice, we wanted to show some recognition to the best Pilates venue – as we think Pilates is a fantastic way to keep both body and mind in good health. Our community's favourite? Pilates HQ – a studio that offers fun and dynamic classes to busy Londoners.

We asked Tasnim of Pilates HQ to tell us a bit more about the studio and how it manages to stay so popular:

1. Can you tell us a bit about what you do?

Pilates HQ is a...

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Tried & tested: St Pancras Spa

25
January
2012
Tried & tested: St Pancras Spa

Living in the busy city, we all need to take a breather sometimes – and what better way to unwind than a spa day? Granted, not everyone’s given up on urban living as soon after the weekend as Monday afternoon - but that didn’t stop two of the Wahanda girls heading over to St Pancras earlier this week for a touch of welcome tranquillity.

Our destination? No, not the Eurostar terminal (although we were a little bit tempted) – we were off to the St Pancras Spa. Needless to say, we enjoyed ourselves so much that we didn’t want to leave...

The venue

The St Pancras Spa is situated in the basement of the recently restored St Pancras Renaissance Hotel – a huge Gothic building with high ceilings, beautiful tiled walls and intricate gold leaf detailing. We stood a while gawping at the stunning...

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Spa of the week: The Spa at Gleneagles Hotel

24
January
2012
Spa of the week: The Spa at Gleneagles Hotel

If you weren’t already planning a mini break in Scotland this year, we’re pretty sure you will be by the time you’ve finished reading this post. Recently launched, the new ESPA Life Spa at Gleneagles Hotel boasts a team of highly professional specialist therapists, offering all manner of programmes - from holistic medicine and spa treatments to personal training and physiotherapy. We can’t think of a better place to get to work on your wellbeing...

The spa

Set within 850 acres of stunning grounds, the new ESPA Life experience incorporates all the luxury of the Gleneagles Hotel itself. With a focus on fusion, the spa’s personalised programmes are designed to target all aspects of wellbeing, and to address the stresses and strains of fast-paced modern day living. Add to this a clean,...

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Motivation Monday - put a spring in your step

23
January
2012
Motivation Monday - put a spring in your step

Supposedly, today is Blue Monday – and we’re all meant to feeling down in the dumps. Well, at Wahanda, we don’t hold much truck with that – we think that every day is what you make it, and there’s no reason why this Monday should be any different.

Feeling as though the weekend flashed by a bit too quickly? Why not make yourself a warming cuppa, read our positive thoughts below and pop over to our Facebook page for some exclusive deals designed to cheer you up. Blues? What blues?

Good news

She may be an unlikely muse, but delightful diva Miss Piggy is set to launch her own MAC collection this February. Featuring an eye shadow (in Miss Piggy Pink, naturally), an eye liner and a set of glamorous false lashes, the range includes everything you need to capture the heart of your very own...

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Twitter Q&A with Katy Young - a roundup

20
January
2012
Twitter Q&A with Katy Young - a roundup

A big thank you to everyone who took part in today’s Twitter Q&A session with Katy Young – you asked some brilliant questions and we really enjoyed reading Katy’s replies. From skincare and nutrition to makeup and fitness, we think you’ll agree that she really excelled herself – which is no mean feat when you only have 140 characters!

Weren’t able to get online? Don’t worry - you can still catch up on what happened on our Twitter page, or by searching for the hashtag #WahandaExpert. We’ve even pulled out a few questions for you to read here – take a look at Katy’s responses and you’ll be in for a beautiful weekend...

@3_martini_lunch: Should you eat before or after exercise?

Both - protein & carbs before, but high protein if it's just weights.The more intense the exercise the longer a...

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Barefoot running - the lowdown

20
January
2012
Barefoot running - the lowdown

Who needs shoes anyway? Barefoot running shot into the headlines this week when Shailene Woodley, star of The Descendants, wore a pair of strange looking Vibram FiveFingers shoes on the red carpet at the Golden Globes. The Wahanda team weren’t quite sure that the actress had mastered the art of dressing for the red carpet – but we were pleased to see that the barefoot running trend is catching on.

The fitness phenomenon that could completely change the way we see exercise, barefoot running sees conventional running shoes ditched in favour of a back-to-nature approach. With many experts arguing that this practice can help to reduce the chance of injury, improve performance and even increase enjoyment of exercise, it looks like the barefoot running trend is set to become pretty popular.....

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The Wahanda community - making January a breeze

20
January
2012
The Wahanda community - making January a breeze

However good their intentions, most people seem to end up in a bit of a pickle towards the end of January. You’ve succumbed to the chocolate, fallen off the wagon and not seen the inside of the gym in days – and you’re cursing the moment that you even decided to make New Year’s resolutions at all.

Of course, those who are strangers to Wahanda retire to the sofa with the biscuit tin and accept the fact that this year isn’t going to be any different after all. The smart people who are part of the Wahanda community, on the other hand, dust themselves off and try again – with the help of our friendly experts and enthusiasts.

This morning we’ve got a roundup for you of some of the questions asked by our community this week – sounds like these people aren’t ready to give up quite yet.....

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Best beauty products for rosacea

19
January
2012
Best beauty products for rosacea

Seeing red? Anyone who’s ever suffered from rosacea will know that it can be frustrating trying to find good beauty products. With many companies choosing to use ingredients that are far from gentle, solutions for sensitive skin are few and far between – making it hard for rosacea sufferers to find respite from the redness.

At Wahanda, we believe that beauty should be accessible to everyone – which is why we’ve done the legwork to find you the best products for combating rosacea. From a soothing cleanser to clever green concealer and hydrating moisturiser, we’ve hunted down the bathroom shelf basics that will change your approach to makeup and skincare forever. Ready to get rid of the red? Read on...

Avoid products that contain harsh chemicals

Fragrances, alcohols and other chemicals...

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Wii Fit is ideal form of exercise for pensioners, say scientists

19
January
2012
Wii Fit is ideal form of exercise for pensioners, say scientists

If you’re like us, the chances are that fighting your grandparents for use of the games console is probably not something you ever thought you’d be doing. Unless you’ve got a granny with a particular penchant for video games, you’re much more likely to associate the Wii with younger generations – particularly when it comes to some of the more active titles.

However, according to researchers from New York’s Union College, pensioners could stand to benefit significantly from increasing their involvement in interactive gaming. Excited about teaching Great Aunt Muriel to play Call of Duty? It’s worth bearing in mind that the study was conducted using so-called exergames - such as Wii Fit - which combine physical exercise with on screen simulations. Looks like COD just isn't going to cut the...

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Get skin as perfect as Rihanna's with Airbase

19
January
2012
Get skin as perfect as Rihanna's with Airbase

Ever seen a celebrity beauty look and instantly wanted to try it out for yourself? When we first saw the video for new single ‘You Da One’, we were desperate to know the secret behind Rihanna’s flawless skin. Even at close range, Rhi Rhi’s pores looked perfect – not bad when you consider that she’d spent almost ten hours under the hot studio lights.

We may not all lead lives as glamorous as Rihanna’s (even if we are partial to the odd champagne cocktail) - but that doesn’t stop us wanting skin worthy of a superstar. After all, a radiant complexion makes you look younger and healthier, and can even boost your confidence. So how exactly does Rhi Rhi do it?

The secret behind Rihanna’s incredibly even skin is Airbase – a lightweight airbrush makeup brand that is fast becoming a favourite...

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Stuck in a fitness rut? Try something new with Wahanda

18
January
2012
Stuck in a fitness rut? Try something new with Wahanda

The writers at Wahanda have made it our New Year’s resolution to try new things in 2012. From archery to zip-lining, we’re determined to give lots of exciting activities a go – and we hope that you’re going to join us.

Don’t worry - we don’t expect you to cling to us as we descend a zip wire, or collect our arrows from the target (assuming they even hit it, that is). We’re just hoping that you’ll also try out something new this year - after all, with over 500 different activities and treatments listed on the site, there are plenty of things to choose from...

Not sure what to try your hand at? If you’re looking to depart from your usual routine of running, cycling and swimming, why not try one of these fun fitness options:

Ballet – If you thought ballet was just for children in pink...

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Tried & tested: lava shell therma facial at Aspen Therapies

18
January
2012
Tried & tested: lava shell therma facial at Aspen Therapies

Fed up with winter and daydreaming of jetting off somewhere hot? We can’t transport you to the Bahamas, but we can point you in the direction of a warming facial, designed to give you a gorgeous glow. Read on to discover more about our current favourite treatment, the lava shell therma facial – just what you need to keep you going until spring...

The spa

Currently the only day spa in Scotland to offer this exotic treatment, Aspen Holistic & Beauty Therapies specialises in the use of lava shells for beauty and wellbeing. Taking place in the luxurious surroundings of the Aspen boutique salon, a lava shell facial won’t just help to improve your skin – it’ll also leave you feeling blissed out and pretty reluctant to leave...

The treatment

Although their name sounds volcanic, the lava...

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The Golden Globes - Wahanda's pick of the best beauty looks

17
January
2012
The Golden Globes - Wahanda's pick of the best beauty looks

Forget the frocks – it was the stars’ hair and beauty looks that kept us glued to our screens during the Golden Globes coverage on Sunday. Needless to say, the A-Listers were out in force with polished up-dos, perfect manicures and glowing complexions galore – but there were a few leading ladies who managed to stand out from all the rest. Read on to discover which celebs we think deserve a trophy for their services to hair and makeup...

Zooey Deschanel: Tuxedo nails

Our favourite look of the night, Zooey’s fun tuxedo nails (pictured) were the perfect reminder not to take beauty too seriously. Team with a colourful dress to add a quirky touch, or wear with monochrome for head to toe black and white chic.

Angelina Jolie: Red lips

We’ve got to hand it to her - Queen of the red carpet...

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Stay cheerful on Blue Monday with Wahanda

17
January
2012
Stay cheerful on Blue Monday with Wahanda

If you’re not familiar with the term Blue Monday, you may be wondering just what next Monday (23rd January) holds in store. Unfortunately, it’s not a whole load of Smurfs – Blue Monday is in fact so named because it’s thought to be the gloomiest day of the year. Somebody pass the chocolate, please – it looks like we’re going to need it...

With a week still to go before payday, the weather outside reaching freezing point and the magic of Christmas shoved away in the attic along with the tinsel, it’s easy to see where Blue Monday has got its reputation from. But there’s no need to feel down in the dumps as it approaches – we’ve got one or two tricks up our sleeves to make sure Blue Monday isn’t quite so...well...blue...

Of course, we’re not going to let you in on our exciting plans just...

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Spa of the week: The Spa at Dolphin Square

17
January
2012
Spa of the week: The Spa at Dolphin Square

This week, we’ve chosen a very special spa to be our Spa of the Week – and we think you’re going to love it. The Spa in Dolphin Square combines elements of traditional Moroccan bathing rituals with the best in contemporary care to leave guests feeling relaxed, cleansed and nourished. Throw in beautiful decor, piping hot mint tea and acres of private gardens and you’ve got a pretty unforgettable experience...

The spa

Located inside London’s Dolphin House, The Spa in Dolphin Square opened in November 2011 – and has already become a firm favourite with the team at Wahanda. We love the Moroccan-inspired interiors and luxurious treatments – but it’s the unusual touches which have really caught our attention. Signature rituals incorporate water drawn for London’s only remaining working...

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Join in: Twitter Q&A session with Katy Young

17
January
2012
Join in: Twitter Q&A session with Katy Young

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you’re sure to have had a read of Katy Young’s brilliant Bootcamp Hot List. Giving you the heads up on all the best places to go to get that new fitness regime off the ground, the article is the first from the brand new Wahanda Expert Panel – and needless to say, we’re pretty excited about it.

Naturally, as Deputy Health and Beauty Editor of Harper’s Bazaar, Katy’s impressive knowledge isn’t just limited to bootcamps – she’s also got plenty of advice to share when it comes to beauty treatments, detox plans, pampering and more. Sadly, we can’t keep Katy in the office forever, but we have invited her over for a very exciting Twitter Q&A session – the perfect way to end the week.

Make sure you clear your diary this Friday lunchtime –...

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New Spring Yoga Studio to launch in Greece this May

16
January
2012
New Spring Yoga Studio to launch in Greece this May

Hands up who’s looking forward to springtime? That’ll be pretty much everybody, then...

If you’re anything like us, you’ll be starting to get a bit bored with winter. As much as we like snuggling up indoors with a hot cup of tea, we can’t help but daydream about all that spring brings with it - from travelling home in daylight (always a bonus!) to exercising outdoors and eating lots of fresh green salads. Deep breath everyone - only a few months to go now...

When we learned of the new yoga studio at Ekies All Senses Resort, due to launch in May, our craving for spring went into overdrive. Offering a variety of different yoga classes against the stunning backdrop of Halkidiki, Greece, the Spring Yoga Studio even offers you the opportunity to practise yoga at sunset on the hotel’s...

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How can I look after my back during exercise?

16
January
2012
How can I look after my back during exercise?

Go on, put your back into it...From aerobics to Zumba, the staff at Wahanda are fans of every form of exercise going – but we also know that physical activity comes with its pitfalls. Fail to look after your body properly during exercise and you’ll soon find getting fit becomes a real pain... quite literally.

Luckily, all you need to do to stay safe during your workout is follow a few simple steps. Adhere to the following advice from the British Chiropractic Association and you’ll be able to exercise freely, without risking any damage to your back or neck. Looks like there’s no excuse not to get into shape this January, then...

Prepare thoroughly


Before you begin any exercise programme, it’s really important to check that there are no medical reasons why you cannot commence the...

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Motivation Monday - fight that funk

16
January
2012
Motivation Monday - fight that funk

Got that Monday morning feeling? We’re not surprised. When it’s cold, it’s early and the world and his wife seem to want to get in the same Tube carriage as you, it can be hard to stay upbeat.

At Wahanda, however, we like to look on the bright side – which is why we’re bringing you the second post in our Motivation Monday series, designed to help you turn that frown upside down. There’ll be no Winter blues on our watch, thank you very much...

Good news

Dinnertime just got a lot more colourful. According to a recent study by German and Swiss scientists, eating off a red plate could help us to achieve our New Year weight loss goals. The researchers say that serving your dinner on a red dish can help to cut consumption by as much as 40% - a result that is possibly due to the brain’s...

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The Wahanda community - this week's health and beauty Q&A

13
January
2012
The Wahanda community - this week's health and beauty Q&A

Detox going well? It’s easy to see what’s been on your minds this week, with lots of questions about dieting, calorie counting and avoiding temptation. However, it looks like you’re not just determined to battle the bulge and cleanse your systems – your questions show that beauty and grooming are both important too, from nourishing facials to teeth whitening.

Luckily, we’ve got plenty of experts in our midst, who specialise in a wide variety of therapies - from nutrition to dentistry. Whatever aspect of beauty and wellbeing you’re choosing to focus on this January, they’re here to give you a helping hand – all you need to do is ask.

How many calories should a meal roughly contain?

Put the pastry down. Forget fibbing to yourself about cake having no calories - whether you’re looking...

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Celebs to watch for 2012

13
January
2012
Celebs to watch for 2012

Love them or hate them, there’s no denying that celebrities are major trend-setters. From Jennifer Aniston’s ‘Rachel’ haircut to Pippa Middleton’s fabulously toned derriere, we’ve all been known to steal celeb style – and with good reason, too.

With healthy bank balances and plenty of glamorous occasions to attend, celebrities are the perfect people to try out new things. If their forward-thinking turns out to be a failure, then we’ve not lost out – and if they look fantastic, we know what to try. It’s a win-win situation...

With that in mind, at Wahanda, we always keep our favourite celebrities on our beauty and fitness radar. Here’s a brief look at who we’ll be keeping a beady eye on in 2011:

Beyoncé

She may have a tiny bundle of joy to look after, but we’re sure that that won’t...

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Ladurée's new makeup range looks good enough to eat

12
January
2012
Ladurée's new makeup range looks good enough to eat

French macaroon house Ladurée already has a strong following, thanks to its tasty treats – and now the brand is set to launch its own luxury makeup line. We were so excited to catch a glimpse of it that we nearly choked on our petit fours...

Named ‘Les Merveilleuses de Ladurée’, the collection of beauty goodies has been developed in conjunction with Japanese cosmetics brand Albion. Set to launch in Japan this month, the products will be rolled out across Europe later in the year – and we predict a sell out.

Full of the femininity which both the French and Japanese do so well, the range includes a variety of blushers, concealers and powder puffs – none of which would look out of place in a boudoir. Fans can expect plenty of pink, a scattering of cameos and designs drawing inspiration...

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Free hypnotic download - Make 2012 your best year ever

12
January
2012
Free hypnotic download - Make 2012 your best year ever

Whatever our goals may be, sometimes we need a little help in achieving them. Cue the latest offering from hypnotherapist and regular contributor to Wahanda, Claire Benson. Designed to be relaxing yet uplifting, Claire’s new free download, entitled 'Make 2012 your best year ever' is just the thing for helping you to prepare for the year ahead.

An authority on all aspects of hypnotherapy, from weightloss to Hypnoyoga, Claire regularly produces downloadable hypnosis sessions in the form of her Hypnogogo recordings. However, whilst Hypnogogo is designed to be listened to during exercise, the ‘Make 2012 your best year ever’ free recording takes a much more laid back approach – literally. Claire suggests lying back, closing your eyes and letting the download work its magic. Sounds pretty good...

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The top 5 beauty tips you shouldn't ignore

12
January
2012
The top 5 beauty tips you shouldn't ignore

How long did you spend on your beauty and skincare regime this morning? If makeup, curlers and straighteners have all played havoc with your complexion and hair over the festive season, now’s definitely not the time to be cutting corners.

We know that it’s not always possible to try every new trend or treatment that crops up – but when it comes to the basics, putting in the effort really does pay off. So, before you bewail your tired tresses and dull skin, make sure you’re not breaking any of these beauty golden rules:

Cleanse, tone moisturise

We hear it all the time from the experts, and yet many people are guilty of ignoring this skincare mantra. Ideally, you should cleanse, tone and moisturise twice a day to hydrate, nourish and protect your skin.

Cleanse – Using a good quality...

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How to detox: Wahanda's guide

11
January
2012
How to detox: Wahanda's guide

It’s all very well vowing to go on a health kick – but often cleansing the system is much easier said than done. A busy schedule, failure to plan in advance and lack of motivation can all contribute to detox downfall – leaving you just as unhealthy as you were when you started. So much for learning your lesson from last year...

Luckily, we’re on hand to share the best ways to rid the body of toxins and get yourself feeling fighting fit for the year ahead. With the support of our helpful community and expert panel, this may just be the year that you stick to those resolutions, after all...

Develop a detox plan

When embarking on a detox, it’s a good idea to create a plan. Decide how long you’re going to follow your programme for, and choose your approach accordingly. If you’ve chosen to...

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Detox for January with Aqualibria Colon Hydrotherapy

10
January
2012
Detox for January with Aqualibria Colon Hydrotherapy

Do you dare to deep cleanse? If, like us, you're midway through your January detox, you'll be glad to know about Aqualibria. Fittingly, the spa is located at No. 1 Harley Street - a premier address for the UK's premier colon hydrotherapy specialists. And it's not just their address that is streets ahead...

Dedicated to providing customers with a fresh and revolutionary approach to colon hydrotherapy, the staff at the spa fuse the ancient practice of colon cleansing with the most advanced technology and expertise available. We couldn't wait to learn more...

Why choose Aqualibria?

Pioneers in British wellbeing, Aqualibria is the first centre in the UK to use the innovative LIBBE system – frequently described as the ‘Rolls Royce of colonic hydrotherapy’ (bet that’s a phrase you never...

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Spa of the week: Amida Spa Farnham at David Lloyd

10
January
2012
Spa of the week: Amida Spa Farnham at David Lloyd

Pssst – planning a getaway? We don’t blame you. Sometimes, Christmas can be so busy that it feels as though you need another holiday just to recover – which is why we’re daydreaming about escaping to the new Amida Farnham spa for a good dose of R&R. Come on then - who’s with us?

The spa

We first wrote about the Farnham spa back in June 2011 when it was still in the planning stages – so naturally we were excited to see the project come together. Like the other spas in the Amida chain, the new venue (which is situated in the Farnham David Lloyd Club) is dedicated to providing the perfect space for relaxing and unwinding after a long week. The biggest Amida spa to date, it has everything you need to de-stress and recharge your batteries – great news if you’re feeling a more than a little...

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I've got PIP breast implants - what should I do now?

09
January
2012
I've got PIP breast implants - what should I do now?

The PIP breast implant scandal may have recently gathered pace, but fears that these industrial-grade silicone implants could be prone to rupturing are in fact nothing new. As far back as 2010, when we first wrote about this boob job blunder, it was known that the implants were composed of non-medical grade silicone (originally intended for mattresses). Forward wind to 2012, and the NHS is offering free PIP implant removal to anyone who originally had the operation performed by an NHS surgeon. So far, so good...

But what if you fall into the 95% of women who had the surgery performed privately? The government has concluded that there is not enough evidence to recommend routine removal of the implants, but that patients should be supported by those who originally performed the operation....

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Motivation Monday - beat the January blues

09
January
2012
Motivation Monday - beat the January blues

Mondays can be difficult to take at the best of times – not to mention when it’s the first five day working week after the Christmas and New Year Bank Holidays. Feeling fed up? We’re afraid that we can’t go to that meeting for you or arrange a taxi to pick you up after work – but we have got a few ideas to help put a smile on your face. After all, a little positivity can go a long way...

Good news

If wretched wrinkles have got you feeling down in the dumps, the latest skincare launch from YSL will be sure to cheer you up. Hailed as a bit of a miracle range, the Forever Youth Liberator helps to trick skin into staying youthful for longer. The secret? Natural plant sugars which mimic important sugars found in the body. If only the sugar found in chocolate buttons could do the same.....

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The Wahanda community - helping you to put your best foot forward

06
January
2012
The Wahanda community - helping you to put your best foot forward

Out with the old, in with the new. At Wahanda, we love the blank canvas that the New Year provides – it’s a great chance to start afresh and make those all important changes that you’ve been putting off. Whether you want to pay more attention to your skincare regime, finally drop those extra few pounds or achieve a more polished look for 2012, now’s the time to get to work. So come on, what are you waiting for?

It looks like the Wahanda community are pretty determined to turn over a new leaf this year – and luckily, our experts and enthusiasts are on hand to help. Got a health, fitness or beauty query of your own that you’d like answered? Just go to our advice page and holler – we’ll be only too happy to assist.

To round off a great week (who doesn’t love a Bank Holiday?) here’s a quick...

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Get fit without leaving your living room

05
January
2012
Get fit without leaving your living room

I’ll just stay indoors for five minutes longer...

Sound familiar? Unfortunately, as we’re sure you all know, it’s far too easy to procrastinate during the winter. However good our intentions may be, when it’s cold, wet and dark outside, going to the gym just doesn’t seem as appealing as collapsing onto the sofa with a hot chocolate. Shame we spent so much money signing ourselves up in the first place, then...

There is an easier way. Whether your gym subscription has proved a fitness failure or you’re simply looking to add another activity to your new regime, exercising at home could be the ideal solution. And living room fitness isn’t just for the winter months, either – with more and more people working from home, it’s a handy way to balance work and play.

Of course, ideally we’d all...

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Treat yourself to a Tranquility Spa Membership at Cameron House

05
January
2012
Treat yourself to a Tranquility Spa Membership at Cameron House

This year, why not try making a resolution that you’ll actually be able to keep. January is traditionally the month when everyone joins the gym - but have you considered treating yourself to a spa membership instead? We reckon your mind will be instantly made up once you read about this great new offer from the Carrick Spa at Cameron House...

Situated amidst beautiful countryside and overlooking a loch, the Carrick Spa provides the perfect setting for relaxation – so it’s no wonder that its brand new membership package is called Tranquillity. The revolutionary new Tranquillity Membership takes a holistic approach to wellness and total relaxation, including a monthly luxurious Carita treatment and a rejuvenating mud therapy in the mosaic chamber, as well as use of the hydro and thermal...

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Katy Perry designs Eylure false lash collection

05
January
2012
Katy Perry designs Eylure false lash collection

Katy Perry may have separated from husband Russell Brand in December, but she’s clearly not one to let her personal life get in the way of her achievements. The singer, who is known for being a beauty lover and hair colour chameleon, is due to launch her own range of false lashes with Eylure in February. We don’t know about you, but we’ll be heading straight for the shops...

Katy’s not the first celebrity to put her name to an Eylure collection – Girls Aloud have previously collaborated with the brand to produce a popular limited edition line. If you loved the lashes designed by Cheryl, Kimberley, Sarah, Nicola and Nadine, we reckon you’ll be smitten by Katy’s range, which was inspired by her own passion for falsies and the Eylure lashes she wears on tour. She’s clearly a girl with good...

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Zumba vs Jazzercise - which will you choose?

03
January
2012
Zumba vs Jazzercise - which will you choose?

Hold up – we feel a dance-off coming on...

The festive season is officially over, and it’s time to get that fitness show on the road. It’s no surprise, then, that the question on lots of people’s lips has changed from ‘cream or brandy butter?’ to ‘Zumba or Jazzercise'? We’ve got to admit, it’s a bit of a toughie...

As far as we’re concerned, there’s no contesting the fact that a dance-based workout remains one of the best ways to kickstart a new fitness regime. A more appealing alternative to staring at the same spot on the wall as you pound the treadmill, dance-inspired exercise classes allow you to make new friends and have fun whilst you stay in shape. The difficulty is – which one to choose?

At Wahanda we’re always on hand to answer any questions you might have, and we’re...

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Start the New Year your way

31
December
2011
Start the New Year your way

It’s that time of year – all we have to do is switch on the TV or open a magazine and we’re bombarded by instructions on what resolutions we should be making, how much weight we should be losing and exactly what look we should be going for. We can’t help but think it’s all a bit demoralising...

At Wahanda, we know that people are individuals, not sheep. We all have different fitness, grooming and skincare routines, not to mention different ways of relaxing - so it stands to reason that a one-size-fits-all approach just isn’t going to cut the mustard. Just as well we’ve got plenty of deals and offers to suit everyone, then...

Our popular gift finder has helped many a desperate shopper to survive the festive season – and now our tailored guide to treatments for the New Year will help you...

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New Year's resolutions for gym haters

26
December
2011
New Year's resolutions for gym haters

Don’t waste money on a gym membership that you won’t use. Sounds like an odd thing for us to be saying, doesn’t it? But if you’re planning to spend the rest of the year as a couch potato, think again. We’re not saying that you shouldn’t exercise – just that you should take the time to choose a form of physical activity that’s right for you. After all, life would be pretty boring if we were all the same...

Every January, we Brits waste millions of pounds on gym memberships - only to give up on our exercise regime before it’s even February. If that sounds like you, unfortunately the chances are you’ve been setting yourself up to fail all along.

Of course, there are plenty of gym fanatics out there who leap at the chance of a good cardio workout or some strength building resistance training...

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The Wahanda community - helping you to get ready for 2012

23
December
2011
The Wahanda community - helping you to get ready for 2012

At the swanky new Wahanda HQ, we’re all getting pretty excited about Christmas. We’ve got lights up, silly festive headbands on and even Christmas pudding flavoured brownies (the detox begins soon - promise.)

But before we head off for a weekend of turkey and tinsel, we want to make sure that we’re nice and ready for New Year. After all, the week after Christmas tends to flash by in the blink of an eye – so we reckon it’s best to prepare in advance.

Being the beauty and wellbeing nuts that we are, we’ve been planning our haircuts, manicures and makeup treatments ready for our New Year’s Eve celebrations, not to mention our detox and fitness regimes. However, we’ve still found time to turn our attention to all your health and beauty questions – so that you won’t find yourself panicking...

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How to wow in your NYE LBD

22
December
2011
How to wow in your NYE LBD

Every woman knows that if there’s one wardrobe staple it’s almost impossible to live without, it’s the little black dress. Whether you’re off to work drinks, a family gathering or a posh party, the LBD never fails to save the day – which is exactly why we’ll be digging ours out this New Year’s Eve.

Unfortunately, whilst our LBDs may still be looking as stunning as the day that we bought them, we can’t disguise the fact that we’ve been helping ourselves to one too many mince pies since. Thankfully, Jon Denoris, top personal trainer and founder of fitness studio Club 51, knows just the exercises we need to do in order to get looking nice and svelte again. Phew!

Want to dazzle this NYE? All you have to do is choose your dress type, whether it’s short, backless, strapless or bodycon, and...

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Wahanda puts an end to gift giving jitters

22
December
2011
Wahanda puts an end to gift giving jitters

If Secret Santa makes you break out in a sweat, don’t worry – you’re not alone. A recent study by Psychologies Magazine has revealed that an incredible 9 out of 10 women feel anxious about giving gifts at Christmas. We reckon that’s all the more reason to shop with Wahanda...

According to the survey, over 95% of women worry about whether their friends and family will like the gifts they’ve chosen, whilst a quarter are anxious about opening presents they don’t like in front of others. We don’t know about you - but we think that sounds like a pretty miserable way to spend Christmas.

If you could do without present-related stress this festive season (after all, cooking the turkey tends to be eventful enough), why not let us assist you with your last minute shopping. We can even help you...

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How to stay safe while skiing

22
December
2011
How to stay safe while skiing

Dreaming of a white Christmas? It’s the perfect time of year for a sporting holiday, with plenty of people hitting the pistes for some picturesque skiing or snowboarding action. We’ve got to admit, we’re more than a little bit jealous...

However, whilst flying down a slope with the wind in your hair is undeniably fun, it’s important to remember that there are also risks involved. From muscle strain to eye damage, there are certain piste perils that it’s definitely best to avoid.

Concerned about getting injured? Follow our safety advice and you’ll be able to ensure that your winter holiday doesn’t become a Christmas nightmare...

Warm up

As with any sport, it’s important to make sure that you’ve warmed up thoroughly before you begin. Ideally, you should have been exercising regularly...

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Stressed about Christmas? Don't lose sleep over it

21
December
2011
Stressed about Christmas? Don't lose sleep over it

Brace yourselves, insomniacs – a recent survey by Dreams Beds (www.dreams.co.uk) has revealed that the 23rd December is the night that we tend to get the least sleep. Best catch up on some ZZZs tonight, then...

With many people stressed by last minute preparations and others out partying until late, pre-Christmas tiredness can be hard to avoid – and it’s sure to take its toll. Nick Wood, spokesperson for Dreams Beds, reckons feeling frazzled in the run up to Christmas explains our tendency to fall asleep during the festivities:

‘The results of the survey show it’s not just eating a big meal that sends us to sleep on Christmas day. It’s important to get as close to 8 hours sleep as you can, so try not to worry about things that are out of your control, late at night.

‘We recommend...

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Wahanda's guide to choosing a yoga class

21
December
2011
Wahanda's guide to choosing a yoga class

Unroll your mat and start practising those mantras – we reckon yoga classes are the perfect way to start the New Year. Not only does yoga give you the chance to focus on yourself every now and again, but it also provides a multitude of physical and mental benefits – from improved posture and flexibility to reduced stress and better concentration. Well, what are you waiting for?

Unfortunately, although it’s easy to make the decision to incorporate yoga into your life, it’s not always as easy to choose which sort. With 40 different types of yoga listed on the site, there’s no denying that you’ve got plenty of choice – however, for many beginners, the sheer variety can be a bit daunting.

With this in mind, we’ve picked some of our favourites to introduce you to a few different forms of yoga...

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The top 5 beauty looks of 2011

20
December
2011
The top 5 beauty looks of 2011

As we come to the end of 2011, we can’t help but think back to the celebrity hairstyles and makeup trends that had us all talking this year. With some looks launching a million copycats and others teaching us a thing or two about fancy dress (we’re looking at you, Lady Gaga), one thing’s for certain – there’s not been a single dull moment...

Love them or loathe them, celebrities continue to be at the fore when it comes to fashion and beauty trendsetting. From Victoria Beckham to Kate Moss, there are plenty of people who have influenced our looks this year - read on to see who's made our top 5...

1) An English rose – Kate Middleton

Eyes across the world were glued to television screens this April as we waited to see what Prince William’s bride would wear. Happily, her stunning Alexander...

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Latest in luxury - snakeskin nails

20
December
2011
Latest in luxury - snakeskin nails

Forget nail art – the latest beauty trend to hit the UK is scale art. Grooming fans looking to try something new can now have real snakeskin applied to their fingers or toes, in an exotic twist on patterned nail wraps. We’re not sure we’re quite ready to swap Minx for mamba, though...

Taking experimental nail decor to a new level, The Hand and Foot Spa, Chelsea, has become the first UK venue to offer customers snakeskin nails. Already popular in the US, this unlikely sounding treatment sees nail technicians applying real pieces of snakeskin over gel. The snakeskin is then sealed in, so that you don’t find yourself shedding scales – meaning that your manicure can last up to two weeks.

Worried about the wellbeing of the snakes? These slithery creatures shed their skins naturally as they...

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Eat, pray, escape - the rise of the retreat

19
December
2011
Eat, pray, escape - the rise of the retreat

Looking to take some time out? When we read yoga teacher Tara Johnson’s recent blog on meditation, our imaginations were instantly captured by the mention of her February 2012 retreat in Goa. Set against a beautiful backdrop and incorporating meditation and Pranayama techniques, the retreat is designed to provide a powerful antidote to the stress of everyday life – making it ideal for those who are looking to slow down for a bit. We couldn’t help but add the experience to our growing wishlist of restorative getaways...

Lately, it seems that retreats are all the rage. From meditation courses in the East to slimming camps in the West, there’s a package out there to suit everyone. But what exactly is all the fuss about?

Although retreats such as Tara’s offer an exciting way to encourage...

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Stuck in a style rut? Time for new nails...

19
December
2011
Stuck in a style rut? Time for new nails...

We don’t know about you, but fashion makes us dizzy. It often seems as though trends are changing so quickly that our brains (not to mention our bank balances) can’t keep up with them. Luckily, you don’t need a new wardrobe every season to channel some catwalk couture – your nails are a great way to experiment with all the latest colours and styles. Keep them prettily painted and you might be able to get out of doing the washing up, too...

Ideal for those who don’t have the figure and cash flow of a supermodel (i.e. most of us), a manicure or pedicure is the perfect way to inject some seasonal colour into an outfit. Gone are the days of nail polish being restricted to reds and pinks - with fashion houses such as Chanel and Dior leading the way, fresh new shades now make a regular...

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Give the gift of health and beauty with December's Wahandies winners

16
December
2011
Give the gift of health and beauty with December's Wahandies winners

If you’re having a bit of a last minute present buying panic, we reckon you’ll be pretty grateful for the results of December’s Wahandies. When choosing this month’s award winners, we focussed on the best spa experiences for gifting – helping you to get your shopping done with minimal fuss. Time to breathe a sigh of relief...

Of course, giving a loved one a spa day or pampering session doesn’t just make life easier for you – it’ll also be a real treat for them. Whether they’d prefer a therapeutic massage to get rid of those knots, a manicure to get their fingers looking fabulous or an indulgent rasul mud experience, we know exactly where’s best to go.

Feeling a bit jealous of the lucky recipients? If you can’t quite bring yourself to tuck Mum’s present under the tree, then you may just...

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Wahanda advises: How to handle stress

16
December
2011
Wahanda advises: How to handle stress

Are you overdoing it? At one time or another, all of us have experienced stress. Commuting, meeting office deadlines and balancing our personal lives can all result in fried circuits, meaning that it’s easy to feel frazzled. Unfortunately, however, most people don’t tend to do much about it – an oversight that often ends up leading to a bit of a meltdown.

We spend so much time rushing around that, sometimes, it takes someone else’s experience to bring us back down to the ground and remind us we are only human. This week has seen the news that António Horta-Osório, chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group, will be returning to work after two months’ leave. The reason for his absence? Stress. Looks like even the big cheeses aren’t immune to pressure...

Horta-Osório’s stress-related...

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The Wahanda community - a week of questions

16
December
2011
The Wahanda community - a week of questions

Yes, it’s Friday again, which can only mean one thing – it’s time to have a look at what’s been going on in the community this week. As usual, there have been plenty of interesting questions and inspirational answers for us to get our teeth stuck into. Even though they’re incredibly busy preparing for Christmas, our experts and enthusiasts have still found the time to help out others – and that’s why we love them.

From a question on massage that’s really got everyone talking, to queries about highlights and sensitive skin, this week has seen plenty of great contributions to the advice page. Why not have a read and see what answers our experts came up with? Who knows, you may even come across something you’ve been bursting to find out...

Here’s a quick peep at some of this week’s...

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Go for bold with Billion Dollar Brows

15
December
2011
Go for bold with Billion Dollar Brows

If you dream of having shapely arches but instead have a pair of furry caterpillars on your forehead, it could be time to head for your local brow bar. A popular treatment in the US, the Billion Dollar Brows solution has just arrived in the UK – meaning that we don’t have to travel for miles to get that Hollywood look. Hoorah!

Developed in Beverly Hills by the stylists responsible for Paula Abdul and Lauren Conrad’s brows, the BDB treatment is being pioneered in the UK by beautician Kerie Hoy. A designated Master Trainer, Kerie will be training technicians in BDB techniques from February onwards – helping to make Britain a nation of beautiful brows.

Using a patented Brow Buddy tool, BDB therapists are able to work with individual face shapes in order to create a specially tailored look...

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Release your inner Marilyn with InStyler

15
December
2011
Release your inner Marilyn with InStyler

That's Monroe, not Manson, in case you were wondering. The film we’ve all been waiting for, My Week with Marilyn, has finally hit our screens – and we predict there’ll be a bit of a fifties frenzy this Christmas. From striking eyebrows to a sex kitten pout, this December it’s all about old-fashioned femininity. The boys are going to go wild…

Want to get Marilyn’s iconic look? We blogged previously about how to copy her magical makeup – and now we’ve got some great hair tips from the team behind the innovative InStyler. This 3 in 1 tool, designed by American Idol stylist Dean Banowetz, straightens, curls and polishes – just what you need to make creating retro hairstyles as easy as pie. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be able to give even Marilyn a run for her money…

1. With the...

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IPL or laser? Some answers to your questions

13
December
2011
IPL or laser? Some answers to your questions

You’ve heard the terms being bandied around – but what exactly do they mean? Although IPL and laser are similar treatments, they nonetheless have some fundamental differences. Both can be used for hair removal and skin rejuvenation, but it takes an expert to be able to decide when to use which method. Luckily, we have an expert on hand...

In a bit of a pickle when it comes to choosing which treatment to have? Helpful Dr Hazel from Renew Medica (www.renewmedica.com) has answered all those questions that you’ve been bursting to ask. Read on and you’ll never be confused by IPL and laser again...

What is IPL?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, and is often mistakenly referred to as a laser. IPL energy is produced by a lamp not a laser, similar to a light bulb, but extremely powerful. It...

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Learn to dance like a Strictly Come Dancing finalist

13
December
2011
Learn to dance like a Strictly Come Dancing finalist

Put on those dancing shoes and give us a twirl. Strictly Come Dancing fans everywhere are excitedly anticipating Saturday’s glitzy final, which will take place in Blackpool Tower’s famous ballroom. But the question on everyone’s minds is...what will we do with our evenings once the show is over?

If you dream of gliding across the floor like finalists Harry Judd, Chelsee Healey and Jason Donovan, then you may feel a little bereft once this series of Strictly departs from our screens. But don’t despair – we’ve discovered a great way to make sure that 2012 is the year you swap the remote for the rumba and the popcorn for the Paso Doble. You’ll be tripping the light fantastic in no time...

Good news for those who fancy being fleet of foot - London-based studio Simply Dancing Partners is now...

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Hannah Waterman shares her diabetes story

13
December
2011
Hannah Waterman shares her diabetes story

Last year, we all sat up and took notice as actress Hannah Waterman dropped an incredible five dress sizes in just five months. We were naturally a bit jealous of her new svelte figure, but as Hannah’s weight continued to plummet, many people began to get a bit worried...

Originally, Hannah’s inspirational weight loss was down to a carefully planned diet and fitness regime. However, even when she had reached her goal weight, Hannah continued to lose the pounds – an unexpected result of her pregnancy.

Whereas most of us associate having a baby with weight gain (who doesn’t dream of being able to eat for two?), Hannah’s own pregnancy triggered the development of type 1 diabetes. This left her weighing in at just 7 stone, and in danger of falling into a coma.

Now, Hannah (who is mum to a...

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Louis Walsh speaks out about his hair transplant

13
December
2011
Louis Walsh speaks out about his hair transplant

For once, it’s not the female X-Factor judges and their impressive wardrobes that have got everyone talking. Stealing the spotlight this week is Louis Walsh – who has recently undergone a £30,000 hair transplant to replace his receding roots. Well, he had to do something to keep up with Kelly and Tulisa’s magnificent manes...

Louis, along with other high-profile celebrities such as Wayne Rooney, has helped to demonstrate that there is hope for the hairless. As well as publically confirming the procedure himself, he has allowed his doctor to speak out, too.

Dr Maurice Collins, founder and Medical Director of Dublin’s Hair Restoration Blackrock, reckons Louis is flying the flag for many others who may be considering this form of cosmetic surgery.

Dr Collins says, ‘Louis Walsh has decided...

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New to Wahanda? We'd love to show you around

12
December
2011
New to Wahanda? We'd love to show you around

Yes, we’re the sort of neighbours who turn up on your doorstep with freshly baked cookies when you first move in. Well, we know it can sometimes take a while to adjust to new things – and we want to make your first few days as easy as possible.

Ready to make yourself at home? Before you have a bit of a poke around on the site, we’d love to give you a quick tour of the community page. From asking questions to writing reviews, this is your way to get involved. You can also read up on all the latest health and beauty news – meaning that you can become as much of a wellbeing boffin as we are. Well, when in Rome...

Luckily, getting involved in the Wahanda community couldn’t be easier. Take advantage of these three features and you’ll be spa-savvy in no time...

1. Q & A

At Wahanda, we...

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Are you getting enough sleep?

12
December
2011
Are you getting enough sleep?

Forget fancy gadgets and luxurious gifts – if you struggle to get enough sleep, we bet a good night’s kip is number one on your Christmas wish list. Unfortunately, nodding off is often easier said than done...

According to a recent survey by IKEA, 72% of people believe they don't get enough sleep, whilst 40% of people survive on 6 hours of sleep or less. We reckon something needs to be done...

Feeling a bit stressed? If worrying about presents, party preparation and your Christmas card list is keeping you awake at night, it could be time to take some remedial action. From treatments designed to relax body and mind, to advice on creating a sleep-friendly environment, we can help you to get some precious shut-eye this festive season. There’s no need to thank us – it’s what we’re here for.....

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Fitness for the festive season - Wahanda's favourites

12
December
2011
Fitness for the festive season - Wahanda's favourites

Ok, so most of us are currently running around like headless chickens trying to get ready for Christmas – but that doesn’t mean that we can’t squeeze in a bit of exercise every now and then. Choose fun fitness solutions to make sure that staying in shape isn’t a chore, and you’ll find working out a breeze. If only we could say the same for that last minute shopping...

In order to provide you with some inspiration, we’ve picked our favourite physical activities to keep you healthy (not to mention nice and trim) during the festive season. Exercise doesn’t just mean puffing on the treadmill, you know...

Get ready to Zumba

An incredibly popular way to stay fit, Zumba classes will have you swivelling those hips to some seriously sizzling rhythms. Not only will this fun form of exercise help...

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Save your skin with Elemis SkinLab events at PURE Spa

09
December
2011
Save your skin with Elemis SkinLab events at PURE Spa

Despite what we’re constantly being told, it’s not just what’s inside that counts. That’s why PURE Spa has chosen to focus on skin during the festive season - helping to keep us nice and healthy on the outside, too. After all, you wouldn’t buy a beautiful present and neglect the wrapping – so why treat your body any differently?

When and where:

PURE Spa Union Square, Aberdeen - 9-15th Dec

PURE Spa Silverburn, Glasgow - 16th-22nd Dec

PURE Spa Lothian Road, Edinburgh - 22-23rd Dec

During the month of December, PURE Spa are running a number of events in conjunction with Elemis SkinLab. Combining state-of-the-art facial mapping technology with a personal lifestyle consultation, the SkinLab aims to offer you solutions to your skincare problems in just fifteen minutes. That’s a quarter of...

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How to get enough vitamin D this winter

09
December
2011
How to get enough vitamin D this winter

Who gave daylight permission to leave? With the sun currently AWOL outside working hours, many of us spend most of our time in artificial light. As a result, we often don’t get enough vitamin D – an essential nutrient that helps our bodies to function healthily.

Worried that you might be vitamin D deficient? Why not have a read of these frequently asked questions, answered by Executive Director of Research and Development at USANA Health Sciences, Dr John Cuomo. You’ll be nice and clued up in no time…

What are the main functions of vitamin D in the body?

Vitamin D has many functions in the body. Every cell, regardless of where it is located, has a vitamin D receptor. This indicates that vitamin D has multiple functions and the scientific evidence backs this up.

The best...

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The Wahanda community - our noble quest

09
December
2011
The Wahanda community - our noble quest

In a world fraught with health and beauty problems, it’s Wahanda’s quest to help you find the solutions that are right for you. We wouldn’t go so far as to say that we’d slay a dragon for you – but we can help you to locate salons and spas near you, choose treatments to suit your needs and generally just satisfy your curiosity. Get ready to live happily ever after...

As always, this week our valiant community has been tracking down answers, so that you don’t have to. Here are a few of the questions you put to us...

What property usage is required to practise colonic hydrotherapy?

If you’re a therapist setting up a new business or expanding your current range of services, it can be a bit daunting when it comes to the practical side. Luckily, the Wahanda community includes plenty of...

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Amida's biggest ever spa opens shortly - we can't wait!

08
December
2011
Amida's biggest ever spa opens shortly - we can't wait!

Amida fans, prepare to be wowed – the group has announced the opening of its biggest spa yet. Situated in Farnham, Surrey, the new spa cost a cool £15 million and occupies more than 1,000 square metres. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to have a peek...

Looking for a bit of R & R? If you love being pampered, you’ll be in seventh heaven at the spa, which contains an impressive array of facilities. With six treatment rooms, four relaxation rooms, a nail studio and a spray tanning salon, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to indulgent treatments. There are also steam experience rooms, sauna cabins, a plunge pool and a hydro spa pool to excite all the water babies amongst you. We reckon you’ll never want to leave...

It’s not always easy to please, but the new Amida spa...

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Wahanda's favourite specialist spas

08
December
2011
Wahanda's favourite specialist spas

Suitcases and passports at the ready, everyone – we’re off to Bali. At least, we wish we were...

We recently learned about the launch of a brand new standalone hair spa at the luxury Alila Villa Soori resort – and we’ve been wanting to treat our tresses ever since.

Inspired by traditional Indonesian hair care, the new hair spa offers scalp stimulation techniques, pressure point massages and crème bath treatments. The tempting products used include signature Spa Alila shampoo and a coconut conditioner made locally in Bali. No wonder we’re desperate to leg it to Heathrow...

The launch of the new hair spa has got us thinking about our favourite specialist spas. Focussing on the things that they do best, these spas are just what you need to look and feel fantastic. Without further ado,...

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A healthier lifestyle could reduce risk of cancer

08
December
2011
A healthier lifestyle could reduce risk of cancer

It’s been known for a while that healthy lifestyle choices can help to reduce the risk of developing certain cancers – with regular exercise and a high-fibre diet both encouraged by medical professionals. Now, however, Cancer Research UK has produced a detailed report which suggests that as many as 40% of cancers in women and 45% in men could be prevented by healthier living. We reckon those are pretty alarming statistics...

The complex study identified 14 key lifestyle factors which can contribute to the development of some cancers. These include smoking, not exercising regularly, eating too much salt, drinking too much alcohol and being overweight. That’s certainly got us thinking about our own lifestyles...

Smoking

Accounting for a worrying 23% of cancers in men and 15.6% in women,...

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Win a Christmas survival kit and say no to stress

07
December
2011
Win a Christmas survival kit and say no to stress

Already feeling a bit flustered by the festive season? With presents to buy, people to cook for and parties to attend, December can seem a bit daunting. Luckily, we know just what you need to help you stay calm, in control and in good health this Yuletide. Phew...

In need of a helping hand this Christmas? We can’t help you stuff the turkey, but we do have a Survival Kit to give away to one lucky person. Read on to discover what’s in our clever kit and how you could be in with a chance of winning....

L-Theanine and TigerBalm

Who said Christmas couldn’t be relaxing? Bring down your stress levels with Nature’s Best L-Theanine (www.naturesbest.co.uk) and keep calm with soothing TigerBalm Baoding Balls. You’ll be feeling less frazzled in no time...

Vitamin D and 5-HTP for SAD

Don’t let the...

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TLC for mums-to-be

07
December
2011
TLC for mums-to-be

Awaiting the pitter patter of tiny feet? When you’re expecting a baby, it’s one of the most exciting times of your life. However, from stretch marks to morning sickness, it’s no secret that pregnancy takes its toll on your body – which can get a bit wearing after nine whole months.

Luckily, Wahanda is here to help out. From how to ease that early nausea, to how to stay nice and relaxed, we’ve got plenty of tips to guide you through this incredible time. All that remains to say is: congratulations!

Support your body and your baby

Having cravings? When you’re pregnant, nutrition is particularly important. You may feel as though all you ever want to eat is pickled onions, but it’s vital to make sure that you and your baby are getting all the goodness you need.

Centrum Pregnancy Care is...

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elure Advanced Skin Lightening System now available at Urban Retreat, Harrods

06
December
2011
elure Advanced Skin Lightening System now available at Urban Retreat, Harrods

Looking to lighten up a bit? We’ve got some good news for those suffering from hyperpigmentation – the elure Advanced Skin Lightening range can now be purchased from Urban Retreat, Harrods. Safe yet effective, the products can be used individually or together to help create a more even, radiant skin tone – with results visible in as little as 7 days. We think that’s pretty impressive…

Unlike other skin lighteners, elure is careful not to interrupt the natural melanin production process. Harnessing the beneficial properties of the bio-active substance Melanozyme, the products break down melanin on the skin’s surface – resulting in a reduction of dark-coloured pigment for fast and safe results. Free from hydroquinone (an ingredient present in many skin lighteners that can cause side...

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Why gossip girls (and boys) could be happiest

06
December
2011
Why gossip girls (and boys) could be happiest

Time to head over to the water cooler, everyone - it looks like a bit of gossiping can help to keep you nice and healthy. Best get sharing those juicy stories...

According to recent research by the British Psychological Society, having a bit of a natter about other people can have all sorts of physical and mental benefits. Getting together to swap gossip not only encourages bonding between people, but it can also help to reduce stress levels, boost mood and even give our facial muscles a workout. What’s not to love?

Of course, whilst gossiping encourages us to relax and to release positive hormones such as serotonin, it can also have a negative effect if gone about in the wrong way. Malicious or spiteful gossiping, or the spreading of false rumours, can lead to both teller and listener...

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Katy Perry reveals hot new haircut

05
December
2011
Katy Perry reveals hot new haircut

We love to see people experimenting with their look – so there was much excited discussion in the office when we clapped eyes on Katy Perry’s sleek new style. Swapping her pin-up curls for a super straight bob, Katy looks absolutely dazzling as a pink-hued blonde. We’ve got some serious hair envy...

Want a bit of a makeover? Whether you decide to preen yourself for the party season or get a brand new look for the New Year, we can help you get the locks you’re lusting after – without breaking the bank. We bet Katy wishes she’d taken advantage of our brilliant bargains...

MobDeals

If you’re looking to create a new you, you couldn’t have picked a better time. We’ve got some fantastic spotlight offers on, meaning that you can get a luxurious new look for a purse-friendly price. Treat...

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Bottoms beware: sitting down all day increases fat deposits

05
December
2011
Bottoms beware: sitting down all day increases fat deposits

Does my bum look big in this? If you’ve been sitting down at work all day, then we’re sorry - the chances are the answer is yes. Unfortunately for figure-conscious workers everywhere, new research has shown that long periods sitting down can lead to a 50% increase in fat deposits. We think we might try standing at our desks tomorrow...

Scientists discovered this frustrating fact during a trial in which they applied pressure to fat cells, before comparing them with controls. Those which had undergone stretching designed to simulate lying or sitting down were found to have developed 50% more fat than the control group – a fact which doesn’t bode well for our lumpy bumpy bits.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, it also seems that eating healthily and getting plenty of exercise won’t help you to...

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Massage could be key to treating illness

05
December
2011
Massage could be key to treating illness

For most of us, a massage is a great opportunity to relax, unwind and enjoy a bit of pampering. However, a new study has shown that the soothing touch of a massage therapist could represent more than just a treat...

Effectiveness of Massage Therapy, a report compiled by researchers in Australia, suggests that therapeutic massage should be used to help treat a variety of medical conditions. A review of 740 different research papers, the report highlights the beneficial effects of massage – concluding that GPs and nurses should try to include this therapy in treatment programmes where relevant. Sounds pretty good to us...

The forms of massage covered by the report include acupressure, Bowen therapy, lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, reflexology, shiatsu, Swedish massage and sports...

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Indulge in some pre-Christmas pampering at Champneys

05
December
2011
Indulge in some pre-Christmas pampering at Champneys

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat – and the rest of us are just getting frazzled. Although December brings with it plenty of parties, festive food and seasonal good will, we can’t ignore the fact that it often leaves us feeling stressed, overstretched and run down, too. If only we could get away for a bit...

Actually, taking some time out this December couldn’t be simpler. We know you can’t afford to leave your present wrapping and pudding making for too long, so we’ve got some great one night spa breaks at Champneys – just the thing to get you feeling revived and refreshed once more.

As if the idea of a spa break wasn’t tempting enough (our suitcases are already waiting by the door) – these great deals allow you to take a friend for free. After all, Christmas is a time for...

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Get your skates on

05
December
2011
Get your skates on

Ice, ice, baby...Nothing feels more fabulously festive than grabbing some skates and gliding across the ice on a winter's evening. Of course, depending on your skating skills, you may be more likely to bump than glide – but wrap up warmly and you’re still sure to have a wonderful time.

Don’t live near a frozen lake? Luckily, you don’t need an idyllic country snowscape to demonstrate your skating prowess. We’ve rounded up the best of London’s pop-up ice rinks for traditional skating with an urban twist. Now, where did we put those gloves...

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

More than just an ice rink, Winter Wonderland is comprised of food and drink stalls, rides and even a circus. There’s no minimum age for skaters (although under 12s must be accompanied) – so why not head over for a fun...

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Snoxin - affordable anti-ageing

02
December
2011
Snoxin - affordable anti-ageing

Fed up with time taking its toll? We all want to get rid of those wrinkles and lose those lines, but unfortunately, youthful looks tend to come at a high price. With many leading skincare brands charging hundreds or even thousands for their serums, the world of anti-ageing hasn’t always been very accessible. Happily, that all looks set to change...

We were excited to learn that Indeed Labs, creators of the popular Nanoblur, are set to launch another revolutionary product in February 2012. Snoxin is a multi-peptide treatment with the ability to reduce dynamic wrinkles by 52% in 28 days, sagginess by 28% in 56 days and wrinkle depth by 22% in 51 days. Form an orderly queue...

Free from fragrance and parabens, Snoxin contains the highest possible concentration of anti-ageing peptides –...

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Brand new Wahanda TV ads go live

02
December
2011
Brand new Wahanda TV ads go live

We’re feeling pretty excited at Wahanda HQ this morning. No, it’s not just because it’s Britney’s birthday (although we hope she’s getting nice and pampered) – we’re celebrating the fact that our first TV adverts have gone live. They’re looking pretty good, although we do say so ourselves...

This December, we’ll be lighting up your screen on channels such as Sky1, Sky Living, Really, Good Food and E4. Instead of getting up to make a cup of tea, why not stick around during the ad break to take a look at our hair, spa and waxing ads? We think you’re really going to like them...

If you can’t wait to get home and switch on the box, you can always take a look at the sparkling new adverts on our YouTube channel. Don’t forget to let us know what you think via Twitter – we always love to hear...

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The Wahanda community - your health and beauty encyclopaedia

02
December
2011
The Wahanda community - your health and beauty encyclopaedia

At Wahanda, we like to think of ourselves as a bunch of walking, talking encyclopaedias. Our community is made up of a variety of therapists, experts and enthusiasts – and between us, we’ve got all the health, beauty and fitness information you could ever want. There’s no need to head to the library with us around...

Want to know the best gyms, salons and spas in your area? Read our reviews for the lowdown on where to go. Looking to stay up to date with all the latest health and beauty news? Check out our expert articles, or find out about treatments by browsing our handy A-Z.

Still want more? We don’t blame you - we’re pretty knowledge hungry ourselves. Just head over to the community page and ask a question to access a whole world of helpful information for free. Beats queuing in...

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The Wahanda gift voucher - now accepted at over 1,000 venues

01
December
2011
The Wahanda gift voucher - now accepted at over 1,000 venues

No matter how good you are at buying gifts, there’s always that tricky someone who you just can’t get right. Whether it’s a relative who seems to already have everything, a friend who is always obsessing over the next big thing or your partner’s mum who you’re just getting to know, sometimes it’s best to let them choose.

Thankfully, our great gift vouchers are just what you need to avoid making any expensive mistakes this Christmas. Just present the vouchers to the lucky recipient, and they can log on to decide what to spend them on. From a relaxing massage or a trendy haircut to a manicure or training session, there are thousands of health, beauty and fitness treats available. Your loved ones will be spoiled for choice...

The great news? There are now over 1,000 venues nationwide...

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Taizen Japanese treatment gives bath time a hot new twist

01
December
2011
Taizen Japanese treatment gives bath time a hot new twist

What do you picture when you hear the word ‘bath’? For most of us, it’s some bubbles, a rubber duck and maybe even a loofah. At Hove’s Shadi Danin Medi Spa, however, ‘bath time’ is much more likely to conjure up an image of thousands of tiny stones. Intrigued? So were we...

The first clinic in Europe to offer the unusual Taizen Japanese Bath, Shadi Danin Medi Spa is the ideal destination for health and beauty lovers who want to try something new. Visit the spa for this treatment and you’ll find yourself immersed in a large bath full of lots of tiny heat-retaining stones – ideal for detoxifying the body and restoring a sense of wellbeing. The best part? Relaxing in the Japanese Bath can help you to lose weight and even to get rid of that cellulite. Sounds much better than a boring old...

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Cellulite woes - why Kelly Rowland should try SmoothShapes

01
December
2011
Cellulite woes - why Kelly Rowland should try SmoothShapes

Yes, it’s official – celebrities have cellulite too. Kelly Rowland has admitted that, just like the rest of us, she suffers from those dreaded lumps and bumps – despite avoiding alcohol and exercising regularly. If even stars struggle with the orange peel effect, we’re wondering what hope is left for us mere mortals...

X-Factor judge Kelly, who is regularly under the spotlight, has said, ‘I have cellulite on my bum and I hate it’. Apparently, the singer dreams of having perfect pins like those of Venus and Serena Williams. Dare we suggest that she takes up tennis?

Unfortunately, as Kelly Rowland well knows, exercise and a healthy diet aren’t always enough to shift stubborn cellulite. There is, however, a solution – the SmoothShapes system, offered by selected Destination Skin clinics and...

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Look your best this party season with nailgirls

30
November
2011
Look your best this party season with nailgirls

Looking to get party perfect nails this December? Last week we gave you a sneak preview of tomorrow’s tempting nailgirls MobDeal – and today we’re taking a peek behind the scenes at this glamorous brand. With an Islington-based nail spa and online shop, nailgirls has got your Christmas shopping covered – leaving you more time to indulge in a manicure or pedicure. Well, we don’t mind if we do...

The story behind the brand

The ultimate nail solution for thoughtful fashionistas, nailgirls was founded by sisters Jo and Lynda-Louise Burrell, who wanted to provide an alternative to harsher polishes full of chemicals. Thanks to eleven years experience as a Fashion Editor and Stylist in New York, Lynda-Louise knew only too well the benefits of an immaculate manicure and pedicure – as well as...

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Struggling to overcome dental phobia? Help is at hand

30
November
2011
Struggling to overcome dental phobia? Help is at hand

Open wide...It’s a phrase that strikes fear into the hearts of many people – with some even avoiding going to the dentist’s altogether. With dental phobia fairly widespread, many Britons are currently suffering from unnecessarily uncomfortable oral conditions that could have been easily prevented. It’s no wonder, then, that the British Dental Health Foundation is keen to offer some reassurance...

In order to help bust myths about dental procedures and encourage people to overcome their fear, the British Dental Health Foundation has released some facts about dental phobia – in addition to some helpful advice on how to cope with it. Follow their tips and your next trip to the dentist will be a doddle...

Ten facts about dental phobia

1. One in ten people are estimated to suffer from...

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R UV UGLY?

30
November
2011
R UV UGLY?

No, we’ve not decided to write all of our blogs in text speak – we’re referring to the launch of a new initiative by Cancer Research UK. Designed to raise awareness of skin cancer and the damage caused by sun beds, R UV UGLY? is backed by a number of celebrities, including The Saturdays, Kym Marsh, Michelle Keegan, Patsy Palmer and Kate Lawler. It’s great to see so many famous faces supporting such a good cause...

Looking to get a golden glow this Christmas? Earlier this year, legislation was introduced banning under 18s from using sunbeds – but there are still plenty of young Britons who are looking to tan ahead of the party season. Cancer Research UK’s SunSmart team hope that the R UV UGLY? campaign will encourage some of these people to think twice – and to consider safer options such...

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Burn those extra Christmas calories with York Fitness

30
November
2011
Burn those extra Christmas calories with York Fitness

Do you find that you tend to get a little roly-poly during the festive season? From the chocolate inside your advent calendar to the mulled wine that seems to appear everywhere, Christmas is full of tempting treats to test your willpower. Needless to say, most of us are unable to resist – meaning that we start off the New Year a good deal heavier. Looks like we might need to buy a size up in the sales...

Not convinced that Christmas fare is all that fattening? What if we told you that the average person consumes 7000 calories on Christmas Day alone – that’s 5000 more than the recommended daily allowance for women. That Yule log doesn’t seem quite so irresistible any more...

Luckily, the team at York Fitness have come up with some great exercises that we can do to burn off all those...

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Holland & Barrett's new anti-ageing products are the bee's knees

30
November
2011
Holland & Barrett's new anti-ageing products are the bee's knees

Want to be Queen Bee this Christmas? Concentrated bee venom may sound like an odd thing to put on your face, but this anti-ageing wonder is a firm favourite with Royals Kate and Camilla. We’ve all copied Kate’s wardrobe – sounds like it’s time to steal her skincare secrets, too...

It’s not just the Duchesses who are going barmy for bees – Victoria Beckham, Kylie Minogue, Emilia Fox and Michelle Pfeiffer are all said to be fans of the products dubbed ‘bee sting botox’. Luckily, with Holland & Barrett’s new Manuka Doctor beauty range starting from £16.99, you don’t need a six figure bank balance to keep up with this trend. Phew!

Products containing bee venom have been in the pipeline for a number of years, with the Korean government investing £100,000s in research over the past decade. As...

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The gifts that men really want to receive this Christmas

29
November
2011
The gifts that men really want to receive this Christmas

Even if you’re a seasoned shopaholic, there’s no escaping the fact that some men can be incredibly difficult to buy for. Determined not to go down the socks/tie/bottle-opener route again this Christmas? Why not give your favourite men the gift of grooming, health or fitness instead. We reckon they’ll be pretty chuffed...

Got lots of people to buy for? Whatever the age of the men in your life, we can help you find something to suit them. From a massage to soothe grandad’s aches and pains to a personal training session for your partner of a luxury shave for your dad, we’ve got plenty of deals and offers to delight this Christmas. Who said spa treatments were just for girls?

Luxury gift ideas

If you can’t pull out all the stops at Christmas, then when can you? Let that special someone...

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Avoid that hangover with these top tips

29
November
2011
Avoid that hangover with these top tips

‘Tis the season to be jolly – and to drink lots of mulled wine. With plenty of Christmas parties coming up, the chances are most of us will experience a bit of a sore head at some point during December.

Hate feeling ropey the morning after a big night out? We’ve got some great tips on how to avoid that dreaded hangover – as well as how to survive if you do end up over-indulging. Phew...

Four golden rules

We think the following advice from the wise folk at NHS Choices is definitely worth remembering during the party season. Bear these little nuggets in mind and you won’t find yourself bedbound after one too many champagne cocktails...

1) Don't drink on an empty stomach. A meal that includes carbohydrates or fats will help slow down the body’s absorption of alcohol.

2) Stay away from...

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Learn more about cosmetic procedures at Sculpta Glasgow's open event

29
November
2011
Learn more about cosmetic procedures at Sculpta Glasgow's open event

Fed up with your wretched wrinkles or those pesky lumps and bumps? Although many people have thought about going under the knife or opting for injections, few of us really know much about what cosmetic procedures entail.

At Wahanda, we believe in demystifying treatments – so we were pleased to learn that Sculpta Glasgow is holding an open event in December. Questions at the ready...

When: Wednesday 7th December 2011

Where: Sculpta Cosmetic Clinic, Glasgow

How: To book a place at this enlightening event, just give the clinic a call on 0845 277 0989. The best part? It’s absolutely free!

With live demonstrations, special offers and advice from Clinical Director Dr Ahmad, the event looks set to be a pretty exciting one. Guests will be treated to refreshments and canapés, and will also...

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Stay snug as a bug in a rug with November's Wahandies winners

29
November
2011
Stay snug as a bug in a rug with November's Wahandies winners

Baby, it’s cold outside...but thanks to November’s Wahandies winners, we’re staying nice and cosy indoors. From the best steam room and sauna to the best tanning salon, this month’s winning spas and salons offer everything we need to pretend it’s not winter. Shame we’ll have to eventually leave and go home...

With Christmas still a month away and the weather grey and gloomy, it’s no wonder that many of us feel we need a bit of a pick-me-up. Luckily, a bit of pampering is all that’s needed to get us feeling like ourselves again. Sounds like a pretty good excuse to indulge, if you ask us...

Want to turn up the temperature a bit this winter? Treat yourself to some good old rest and relaxation, and make sure you stay toasty at the same time. Whether you fancy unwinding with a traditional...

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Cosmetic surgeon Dr Roberto Viel answers those burning questions

29
November
2011
Cosmetic surgeon Dr Roberto Viel answers those burning questions

You may have noticed that, at Wahanda, we love a good question and answer session. After all, if you’re looking for some information, who better to ask than the experts?

Luckily, top Harley Street cosmetic surgeon Dr Roberto Viel shares our passion for questions. He’s taken the time to answer a variety of different queries on topics ranging from ageing hands to mole removal. We were fascinated to read what he had to say…

Q. I’ve got some lines around my mouth which make me look older than my age, what can I do to make them less visible?

A: These lines are usually exacerbated by smoking, so if you are a smoker, stop immediately. The easier treatment option is to inject a temporary filler which will last 6 months to 1 year, and Botox will not work for these lines unlike other lines on...

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Men: spoil the women in your life with our Christmas gift ideas

28
November
2011
Men: spoil the women in your life with our Christmas gift ideas

Don’t worry boys - we know you’re probably starting to panic a bit. With Christmas fast approaching and lots of presents to buy, it can be hard to know where to begin – especially if the women in your life are pretty high-maintenance. Luckily, we’re here to help – so whether you’ve got a picky partner, a meticulous mum or a daughter who’s a bit of a diva, you’re bound to impress them this year. Relieved? We thought you might be...

Forget hitting the high street – if you want to sort your Christmas shopping without any stress, Wahanda’s the place to be. We won’t pour you a nice cold beer or chat to you about the latest match – but we will make sure you don’t end up in the doghouse this Yuletide. You’re welcome...

Perfect products

If you’re looking for fantastic stocking fillers that...

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Five ways to keep your energy up this festive season

28
November
2011
Five ways to keep your energy up this festive season

Wilting this winter? If the thought of all the shopping, socialising and entertaining that you need to do in December brings you out in a cold sweat, it could be time to work on your energy levels. After all, you don’t want to start the New Year off in a slump...

Thanks to the cold weather and short days, it’s easy to feel tired and irritable during the festive season. Luckily, the lovely people at Nature Complete have come up with some simple steps that we can follow to keep our energy levels up this winter. Looks like there's no longer any need for that early morning coffee...

Fed up with feeling fatigued? Try these top tips to get a spring back in your step:

Eat energy foods

This is the time to stock up on foods that increase your levels of serotonin, a feel-good hormone that...

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Unlock your inner strength with Dove Spa's new anti-ageing supplement

28
November
2011
Unlock your inner strength with Dove Spa's new anti-ageing supplement

Sick of serums and bored with balms? With so many lotions and potions on the market, it’s refreshing to see Dove Spa taking an innovative approach to anti-ageing. After 5 years of extensive clinical research, they’ve finally released a new anti-wrinkle supplement – designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and creases. We don’t know about you, but we think it’s pretty impressive...

The new supplement, aptly named ‘Strength Within’, has been designed to help you look after your skin - from the inside out. Developed by a team of scientists, dermatologists and nutritionists, the product gives noticeable results after as little as 14 weeks. The great news? It’s taken orally - so the supplement’s benefits can reach all areas of the body, in addition to the face, neck and hands. Sounds...

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Make the most of your money this December

25
November
2011
Make the most of your money this December

We don’t want to start a mass panic – but unfortunately, for most of us, today is the last pay day before Christmas. If we’re not careful, we risk blowing our budgets on presents and parties – leaving us feeling pretty hard up by the time New Year rolls around. If only we’d paid more attention to our poor old piggy banks...

Luckily, it’s not all doom and gloom. Being sensible with money doesn’t have to mean being boring – great news if you’re feeling a bit overstretched this festive season.

As usual, we’ve got lots of fabulous deals and offers on all sorts of pre-party pampering, from manicures and pedicures to haircuts and gym memberships – not to mention our great value Christmas gift ideas. Stick with us this December and you might even have enough left over to treat yourself to some...

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Shop stress-free this Christmas with our magnificent MobDeals

25
November
2011
Shop stress-free this Christmas with our magnificent MobDeals

Psyching yourself up to shop ‘til you drop? There is an easier way. Whether you’re after great gifts for the family or pampering products to get you ready for the party season, we’ve got just what you need. The best part? You don’t even have to leave the house...

Forget battling the crowds on the high street and freezing your fingers off in the cold – for stress-free shopping look no further than our great product MobDeals. Of course, all good things have to come to an end eventually – so make sure you take advantage of these brilliant bargains before they disappear...

Luscious Lashes

If you can’t go for glamour during the festive season, then we don’t know when you can. Channel the Hollywood greats this Christmas with lashes fit for a screen siren. We’re offering a twin pack of...

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The Wahanda community - sharing is caring

25
November
2011
The Wahanda community - sharing is caring

Pass the Maltesers... Whether it’s chocolate, memories, important advice or an indulgent spa break, some things in life are meant to be shared. That’s why we’re so proud of our vibrant community – where people come together to post reviews, ask questions and offer each other advice. After all, we all know that two heads are better than one – so why not get involved this weekend? You’ll get a nice warm fuzzy feeling, promise...

This week’s round up takes a look at some of the questions people have shared on the site, and the great advice that our experts and enthusiasts have provided. From treatments for eczema to cupping therapy and kickboxing, our community has got it covered – great news if you’ve got a bit of a conundrum.

Eczema on my face & neck is discoloured/uneven/red in some...

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Latest in Beauty - stuff that stocking with super samples

24
November
2011
Latest in Beauty - stuff that stocking with super samples

It’s pretty safe to say that the Wahanda girls are bananas about beauty. We like to think that we’re on the pulse when it comes to new trends – and we love to be adventurous and try different things. It stands to reason, then, that Latest In Beauty’s new Stocking Fillers Box ought to be right up our street. We can’t wait to give the products a go...

Back in September, our editor Judy gave her verdict on Latest In Beauty’s luxury boxes. Containing a selection of different sample-sized products, each box retails at just £4.99 – allowing you to try the hottest new lotions and potions for just a fraction of their normal price.

We love that the smart scheme gives us the chance to try before we buy – meaning that we can invest in the beauty solutions that really work for us. Plus, we get to...

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Banish that cellulite and get ready to party - Essex-style

24
November
2011
Banish that cellulite and get ready to party - Essex-style

TOWIE fans will be glad to learn that reality TV star Amy Childs has opened a new beauty salon in Brentwood. Offering a range of treatments from manicures and spray tans to the inevitable vajazzling, the salon offers everything you need to get glam this Christmas.

Fed up with your lumps and bumps? One of the treatments that Amy is particularly proud to be offering is the impressive Cavislim cellulite treatment. Promising to help make that orange peel a thing of the past, the Cavislim targets fatty desposits around the stomachs, hips, buttocks and thighs – so that you needn’t feel body-conscious any longer.

We were pleased to learn that the Cavislim is completely pain-free – great news if you’re the sensitive type. With results visible following as few as five 30 minute sessions, it...

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Detox for Christmas in twelve easy steps

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November
2011
Detox for Christmas in twelve easy steps

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...mineral water, fresh fruit and plenty of vitamin supplements.

It’s not the traditional song as we know it, but there’s no doubt about it – this version of the Twelve Days of Christmas is much better for you. Not only will it save you a lot of space (where would you even begin to store a partridge, some turtle doves and some French hens?) but it will also help to ensure that you’re in the best of health when the festivities really start to kick off. Hooray!

At least, that’s the thinking behind Maria Jevtic’s 12 Days of Christmas Detox Guide. Maria, who is a health and body professional and has just written a book called ‘'DIY Health Guide'’, is passionate about helping people to take their wellbeing into their own hands.

She says,...

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America's first L'Occitane spa launches in December at Club Med

24
November
2011
America's first L'Occitane spa launches in December at Club Med

We can’t think of a better Christmas present for the American wellbeing industry than the opening of the US’s first ever L’Occitane branded spa experience. Due to be launched at Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida, in December, the new spa will offer everything you need to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. Passports at the ready – looks like a trip to the States is on the cards...

Xavier Mufraggi, CEO of Club Med North America, says: ‘Wellbeing is at the core of both the Club Med and L'Occitane philosophies, which aligns perfectly with what our consumers are looking for - a way to balance their lives through enriching activities, sports and relaxation.’ We've got to admit, we like the sound of that...

The impressive new spa will feature six treatment rooms, a couple’s massage room, a manicure...

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Scientists come closer to finding cure for insomnia

23
November
2011
Scientists come closer to finding cure for insomnia

Are sleepless nights the bane of your life? We recently wrote about the results of the Great British Sleep Survey, which indicated that 51.3% of Britons have difficulty drifting off. Luckily, it looks as though this statistic may soon be a thing of the past – as scientists have come one step closer to developing a cure for insomnia. Time to say goodbye to counting sheep...

Insomniacs the world over will be glad to learn that researchers in the US have made an important breakthrough in their study of sleeplessness. They’ve identified the chemical trigger responsible for suppressing sleep - and they've discovered that it can be blocked, encouraging restful slumber. We like the sound of that...

Unfortunately, a cure for insomnia is still a little while off – but with the discovery of the...

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Experience the ultimate detox with Ionocinesis

23
November
2011
Experience the ultimate detox with Ionocinesis

Feeling a bit under the weather? If you’ve got a chronic condition that’s getting you down, it could be time to head to Hampstead’s Princess Soraya Salon. Now offering clients a chance to try the detoxifying Ionocinesis treatment, amongst other procedures, the salon is a one-stop shop for all your beauty and wellbeing needs this Christmas. Phew - that’s one less thing to worry about...

The popular Princess Soraya Salon offers a variety of relaxing treatments - from facials and aromatherapy massages to hot stone therapy and Hopi ear candles. Now, the salon has added a new experience to its repertoire in the form of toxin-removing Ionocinesis. When we first heard about it, we were intrigued...

Not heard of this tounge twister before? Ionocinesis uses a low voltage electric current to...

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How to avoid headaches and migraines - some top tips

22
November
2011
How to avoid headaches and migraines - some top tips

Migraines making you miserable? More than eight million people in Britain suffer from this debilitating problem, whilst many others regularly get headaches. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce the frequency and intensity of attacks.

GP Dr Sarah Jarvis has some simple and easy to follow advice on how to avoid common headache and migraine triggers – meaning that you can start enjoying life again. We think that's fantastic news...

Eat well

Certain foods and drinks are well known headache and migraine triggers. Chocolate, ice-cream, cheese and citrus fruits are famed for their unforgiving headache-inducing qualities. Drinks to watch out for include alcohol and anything caffeinated. At the other end of the spectrum, not eating regularly can also bring on migraines...

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The secret behind top hand model's £5 million assets? Almond oil

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November
2011
The secret behind top hand model's £5 million assets? Almond oil

Want hands like Lily Cole’s and Kate Moss’? We may not realise it – but often when we see pictures of supermodels, the hands we’re looking at aren’t theirs at all. Gemma Howorth is a hand model who regularly stands in for famous fingers, thanks to her super soft and wrinkle-free skin. Looks like she’s the one to go to if you really want some tips, then...

You might not instantly recognise Gemma’s hands, but the chances are you’ve seen them on numerous occasions. Having starred in over 250 TV and billboard adverts, Gemma’s dream digits are worth an incredible £5 million. Puts our paws to shame...

Unsurprisingly, Gemma takes care to avoid all activities that may cause her hands to lose their youthful look. Washing up is off bounds (sounds good, this hand model lark) – as is sunbathing...

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Get a body fit for that little black dress with Pure Gym

21
November
2011
Get a body fit for that little black dress with Pure Gym

Finding the perfect little black dress is not as easy as it may sound. Once you take into consideration the fabric, cut, hue and any embellishments, show-stopping numbers are few and far between. That’s why we reckon that once you’ve found your dream dress, you should do everything you can to hang on to it...

Worried that those few extra pounds you’ve put on are going to get between you and your LBD this Christmas? Luckily, Justin Way, fitness expert at Pure Gym Edinburgh, has come up with some exercises to help get you into perfect shape. You’ll be ready to wow in no time...

1. The ultimate LBD cardio workout has to be on the stepper. In the cardio world, this is the absolute daddy of leg and bum sculpting - it's hard work so will torch through excess calories whilst providing you with...

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Spoil that special someone with our super stocking fillers

21
November
2011
Spoil that special someone with our super stocking fillers

We don’t know about you, but we love Christmas stockings. We used to be so excited about opening ours as children – and to be honest, we still are. Luckily, putting together a fantastic Christmas stocking is as easy as (mince) pie with all our festive offers. Just have a browse of our Christmas ideas page, choose from our spa, beauty and fitness deals and get ready to watch that face light up. Magic...

In need of a little help? Forget Rudolph - we’ve picked out some of our favourite beauty-themed stocking fillers to guide novice Santas this season.

16 piece Red Carpet Look makeup brush set

Beauty queens across the country will be squealing with delight on Christmas Day when they find this sleek set in their stocking. Consisting of 16 different makeup brushes, including a blending...

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Discover the benefits of Pilates with Back4Good®

21
November
2011
Discover the benefits of Pilates with  Back4Good®

Put your back into it. Pioneering Pilates group Body Control Pilates is launching a new initiative designed to help prevent and manage lower back pain. Using specially tailored exercises, Back4Good® classes will focus on keeping the spine strong and flexible, as well as on giving individual assistance to those suffering from chronic pain. Sounds like it’s time to start unrolling that mat...

With over 80% of Brits experiencing lower back pain at some point during their lifetime, it’s no surprise that the Back4Good® initiative has met with great support. Receiving endorsement from UK charity BackCare, as well as from the medical profession, the initiative has already been recognised as an important rehabilitation programme for those who are plagued by pain.

Lynne Robinson, founder and...

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Tried & tested: kinesiology at Stepping Stones Natural Health Care

21
November
2011
Tried & tested: kinesiology at Stepping Stones Natural Health Care

We may not realise it, but there are all sorts of daily activities which could be negatively affecting our health. Whether we eat poorly, rely on coffee to get us through the day or watch television just before trying to sleep, we are all working against our bodies in one way or another. Suffering from stress or from niggling aches and pains? It could be time to get yourself back into balance...

Having heard great things about kinesiology from members of the Wahanda community, I headed to Stepping Stones Natural Health Care to give it a go. Little did I know that I would soon be hooked...

The venue

A stone’s throw from Clapham Junction station, Stepping Stones Natural Health Care is devoted to providing a range of different natural therapies. From reiki and reflexology to acupuncture...

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New study finds that positive people may be predisposed to happiness

21
November
2011
New study finds that positive people may be predisposed to happiness

‘Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens...’ Not only are these some of Maria Von Trapp’s favourite things – they are also the triggers for happiness used by researchers in a recent study of positivity. During the study, Scientists showed pictures of a bunch of flowers and a basket of kittens to a range of subjects - and found that those who were generally happier experienced increased brain activity on seeing the images. Looks like there’s a reason why some people are so bouncy on a Monday morning...

The study involved showing test subjects a variety of images classified as negative, positive and neutral. Whilst subjects responded similarly to negative and neutral images, the positive pictures (including photos of flowers and kittens) caused much greater activity in the amygdala...

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Get the professional look with Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics

18
November
2011
Get the professional look with Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics

Unsurprisingly, the Wahanda girls are pretty mad about makeup – so when we were invited to have a play with the Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics range, we jumped at the chance. Popular with spas, salons and professional makeup artists, the Youngblood products are kind on the skin - and they also happen to look seriously stylish. We think we might be in love...

Designed to give a professional finish without irritating the skin, Youngblood’s range is full of vitamins and minerals to protect and nourish. Great for those suffering from rosacea, acne or other skin conditions, the products don’t block the pores or stop the skin from breathing – good news for those who like to keep it light.

Want to learn more? We have so many favourites, we hardly know where to start...

Youngblood...

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Shop in style at the Sanctuary's VIP Christmas event

18
November
2011
Shop in style at the Sanctuary's VIP Christmas event

There’s always excitement in the Wahanda office when we learn that the Sanctuary Spa is holding an event – and its upcoming evening of festive fun is no exception. Never ones to miss out on a glass of bubbly, we’ve already popped the date in the diary - and we reckon you'll want to too, once you read what tempting treats are available...

When: Tuesday 29th November 2011, 7pm-9.30pm

Where: The Sanctuary Spa, Covent Garden

How: Print off your free voucher and call 0207 420 5111 to book your place. Simple!

With plenty of demos and complimentary goodies on offer, not to mention the chance to do some stress-free Christmas shopping, the evening looks set to be a welcome tonic from the demands of everyday life. Forget about dates and deadlines, leave your worries at work and pop on over to...

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The Wahanda community to the rescue

18
November
2011
The Wahanda community to the rescue

In a bit of a pickle and not sure what to do? Before you hit the panic button, try asking the advice of our friendly experts and enthusiasts. With a bit of luck, they’ll have the answers that you need to save the day – meaning that you needn’t waste any more time tearing your hair out.

Got a bit of a disaster on your hands? Whatever your conundrum, the Wahanda community is more than happy to lend an ear. Whether you’re looking to banish dark circles, rectify a cosmetic procedure gone wrong or save your friend from their cat allergy, we can help to set you on the right path.

This week, the Wahanda community has been kept nice and busy rescuing people from the hazards of everyday life. Here are just some of the questions that we’ve valiantly answered:

What is the best way to deal with...

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Get all your Christmas shopping done at Norton House Health Club and Spa

17
November
2011
Get all your Christmas shopping done at Norton House Health Club and Spa

Even if you’re a real shopaholic, Christmas shopping can prove pretty stressful. Not only are there crowds to battle with on the high street, but it can take hours of searching to find presents that suit everyone. If only there was an easier way...

Happily, there is. Edinburgh’s luxurious Norton House Spa is holding a fantastic Christmas shopping event to help you get all your present buying done and dusted without any stress whatsoever. Shame they can’t help us prepare Christmas dinner, too...

When: Monday 28th November 2011

Where: Norton House Hotel and Spa, Edinburgh

How: Tickets cost just £5 per person – ring the spa on 0131 333 6468 to book. Enjoy!

Can’t work out what to get the special people in your life? Norton House offers a range of pampering presents for both men and women....

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10 reasons why floatation is the perfect Christmas gift

17
November
2011
10 reasons why floatation is the perfect Christmas gift

Looking for something a bit more unusual to give your loved ones this Christmas? If you reckon it’s time to put an end to the annual influx of socks, CDs and calendars, then why not consider purchasing a floatation package instead. The lovely folks at Floatworks have come up with ten brilliant reasons why floatation makes the perfect Christmas gift. We can’t help but agree...

1. Improves your digestion - just the ticket after that last helping of sherry trifle.

2. Resets your body clock (all those late nights catch up sooner or later).

3. Strengthens your resolve. New Years resolution? Try the in-tank self-help tapes to stop smoking or lose weight.

4. Gives you a healthy glow. Make your pasty, washed out friends jealous after the salts and minerals leave your skin silky-smooth...

5....

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Recreate Marilyn Monroe's iconic look - the Wahanda way

17
November
2011
Recreate Marilyn Monroe's iconic look - the Wahanda way

We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see the new film My Week With Marilyn. A true screen siren, Marilyn Monroe inspired millions of women with her iconic look – not to mention beguiling millions of men. After all, you don’t gain recognition as one of the greatest sex symbols of all time for nothing...

Want to channel Marilyn’s glamorous look in celebration of the film’s release? We’ve got a few handy hints to help you find your feminine side and become a blonde bombshell. We know that not everyone has an income to suit a Hollywood lifestyle – so we’ve also rounded up a few fantastic deals and offers to help you on your way. We can’t help but think that Norma Jean would probably be a fan of Wahanda if she were around today...

Hollywood hair

Marilyn wouldn’t be Marilyn without...

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Dr Mejares of Yoga Square discusses yoga and chronic pain

17
November
2011
Dr Mejares of Yoga Square discusses yoga and chronic pain

Pain got your back up? At the beginning of November, we wrote about a study in which it was discovered that yoga can be even more beneficial for back pain than acupuncture or cognitive behaviour therapy. We were therefore delighted to be able to ask expert Dr Jasmine Mejares some questions on the topic.

Chiropractor turned yogi, Dr Mejares set up her school, Yoga Square, to pass on her knowledge of yoga to others – enabling them to release tension in both body and mind. Having spent years studying neuroscience, chiropractic medicine and yoga, Dr Mejares certainly knows a thing or two when it comes to the human body. Here’s what she had to say about yoga and chronic pain:

Why is Yoga helpful to chronic sufferers?

Yoga is excellent for those who suffer from chronic conditions. I can list...

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Celebrate the launch of Worsley Laser Clinic's fabulous new venue

16
November
2011
Celebrate the launch of Worsley Laser Clinic's fabulous new venue

If anyone knows how to let their hair down, it’s the Wahanda team. We love that time of year when Christmas invites start hitting the doormat – and we’re already practising our party hair and makeup looks in preparation. Of course, going to a party by yourself is no fun – which is why we like to share news of exclusive events with you, too. If you’re fun loving and beauty mad, read on...

Manchester’s fantastic Worsley Laser Clinic has moved to an exciting new venue on Forrester Street – and to celebrate, they’re holding a three day launch event. Buy a ticket for just £5, and you’ll be treated to a whole host of delights and discounts – the perfect way to start getting ready for the festive season.

When: Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th and Friday 9th December 2011, between 9am and 8pm....

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Get the figure you've been dreaming of with Cheshire Fitness

16
November
2011
Get the figure you've been dreaming of with Cheshire Fitness

We all love a treat every now and again, but it’s hard not to overindulge in winter. Gone are the saintly salads that we snacked on in summer, and in their place are comforting pies, stews and cakes. We’re not complaining – but it does mean we have to keep on our toes when it comes to our fitness regimes...

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find the motivation to workout in winter. When it’s dark and cold outside, going for a run or to the gym are often the last things we want to do. That’s why we love the home personal training sessions offered by our fantastic new suppliers, Cheshire Fitness. Determined to help you unlock your potential, the trainers at Cheshire Fitness combine activities such as aerobics, boxing and strength training to get you super slim and terrifically toned....

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Get glamorous with our £5 Prepare to Party event

16
November
2011
Get glamorous with our £5 Prepare to Party event

Crack open the bubbly – we’re in the mood for a bit of a knees up. Luckily, SkinViva and Beauty Lounge feel the same way – which is why they’ve organised an evening of expert advice and indulgent treatments to get us all looking glamorous. We’ll happily raise a glass to that...

Where: The Beauty Lounge at Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester

When: Thursday 24th November, from 6pm-9pm

How: Purchase the deal and you’ll be sent an eVoucher to print out and take along to the event. Then all you have to do is concentrate on enjoying yourself!

If you’re barmy about beauty, then you’ll love this exclusive evening of perfect pampering. Guests will enjoy a glass of bubbly, in addition to plenty of expert advice on how to make pre-party preening a breeze. Watch a range of exciting demos, indulge in a...

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Leave winter outside with an Africology Steam Experience - from £29

16
November
2011
Leave winter outside with an Africology Steam Experience - from £29

Hands up who’s been daydreaming about escaping to somewhere tropical recently? You’re not alone. Each morning when we step out into the cold, we promise ourselves that next year we’ll up sticks and move to the Equator. Ok, so we’d never be able to build a snowman or go sledging – but somehow we think that’s a sacrifice we’d be willing to make...

Not sure you’re quite ready to disappear off to Africa? If the cold is getting you down but you’re not the travelling type, don’t worry – a tropical experience is much nearer than you think. Africology Spa at Bloww in Soho offers an amazing authentic African cleansing ritual, designed to hydrate, exfoliate and relax. With the chance to unwind in your own private steam temple, as well as to indulge in a specialist mud treatment, we think this...

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Save 62% on luscious lashes or brows that wow

15
November
2011
Save 62% on luscious lashes or brows that wow

We don’t know about you, but the Wahanda team is feeling fabulously festive. We’re counting down the days until we can put up our tree, get out the advent calendar and crack open a bottle of mulled wine – but before that, we’ve got plenty of work to do to make sure we look the part. Scissors, combs and tweezers at the ready...

Of course, all this grooming can start to get pretty expensive – not ideal if you’ve got lots of presents to buy. If the pound signs are starting to pile up, it could be time to start being a savvy shopper. Want a manicure and a brow treatment, but can’t afford both at full price? By taking advantage of fantastic offers such as tomorrow’s MobDeal, you can save enough to really treat yourself this Yuletide.

Ready to pamper your peepers? To help you get nice and...

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Party preparation part 4 - nail that festive look

15
November
2011
Party preparation part 4 - nail that festive look

Fed up with your tired talons? We’ve been busy filing our nails and rubbing in some nourishing cuticle oil – but we think we’re still going to need some extra help to get them perfectly polished and party-ready. Luckily, there are plenty of deals and offers on the site that will do the trick. Our fingers are going to look fabulous wrapped around a champagne glass...

If you’ve already sorted out your figure, hair and beguiling eyes, then you’re almost good to go – just have a read of these top tips and you’ll be the envy of all the other partygoers...

Have some festive fun with nail art

At Wahanda, we love getting into the holiday spirit. A while back we posted some of our favourite Halloween nail looks – and now we’re obsessed with fun Christmas designs.

When it comes to novelty...

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Beware the quadraboob

15
November
2011
Beware the quadraboob

It might seem like a funny name, but the implications of the quadraboob are actually pretty serious. This unusual term describes the phenomenon of flesh overflow as the result of an ill-fitting bra. With the potential to cause drooping breasts, malformation of the spine and scarring, the quadraboob is no laughing matter...

Joanna Cram of the British Osteopathic Association agrees: ‘Badly fitting bras that don’t fit properly aren’t just uncomfortable. For example if the underband of the bra does not support the weight of the breasts then the shoulders do. This causes the shoulders to droop and as a natural consequence the breasts droop too.

‘But the problem isn’t just droopy boobs. When shoulders compensate for lack of bra support, effectively carrying the weight of a woman’s breasts,...

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Your 'free from' Christmas dinner - Christmas pudding

14
November
2011
Your 'free from' Christmas dinner - Christmas pudding

No Christmas dinner would be complete without a good old Christmas pudding. Following on from recent recipes for bread sauce and stuffing, we’ve got another gluten free treat for you from Genius Foods. Make one of these for everyone and the brownie points are sure to last well into 2012...

Made with gluten free flour and Genius Gluten Free breadcrumbs, this pudding is lighter and moister than wheat-based alternatives. The recipe makes two 1 litre puddings, which can be stored for up to three months (if you can resist them that long...)

Serves: 6

You will need:


250g/9oz raisins
225g/8oz sultanas
450g/1lb currants
85g/3oz mixed peel
Finely grated zest of 1 orange and the juice of 2 oranges
Finely grated zest and juice of one lemon
1 tsp mixed spice
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp...

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Struggling to sleep? You're not alone

14
November
2011
Struggling to sleep? You're not alone

Did you wake up this morning bright-eyed and bushy-tailed? The odds that you’ll answer no to this question are shockingly high. According to the recently published Great British Sleep Survey, one in two Britons has difficulty sleeping at night. Looks like it’ll take more than a cup of hot chocolate to sort this problem out...

Fed up with counting sheep? The survey, which involved 11,129 adults, revealed that a staggering 51.3% of the population struggles to nod off. Of these, many report that insomnia regularly affects the quality of their day-to-day lives – with relationship issues, poor concentration, mood swings and low energy levels all being blamed on lack of sleep.

Interestingly, 75% of women admit to suffering with insomnia, whilst only 25% of men have difficulty slipping in to...

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Three top treats you shouldn't be without this winter

14
November
2011
Three top treats you shouldn't be without this winter

Hands up who’s been shopping for gifts for themselves more than for Christmas presents recently? We know we’re certainly guilty. With so many great beauty products out there, we’ve been finding it hard to show restraint – which means the piggy bank is getting worryingly empty...

Having difficulty prioritising? There’s only one more payday left before Christmas – so it really is time to start putting others first. But before you do that, we’ve got three fabulous beauty treats to tide you over until the January sales. Invest in these and you won’t need much else to keep you looking gorgeous during the festive season...

Corn Silk translucent powder

Find it hard to keep your makeup in place? If your foundation can't cope with your stuffy Tube journey or the bright lights of the dance floor...

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Stop smoking with our magnificent MobDeal

11
November
2011
Stop smoking with our magnificent MobDeal

Glaswegians – it’s your lucky day. Not only have we blogged about a great aromatherapy gem in Glasgow City Centre, but we’ve also got a preview of an exciting MobDeal due to go live on Monday. Been fretting about how to give up smoking? Look no further than this fabulous offer...

When: Friday 25th November 2011, 3-4.30pm or 5.30-7.00pm

Where: Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

How: Just keep an eye out for Monday’s Glasgow and Edinburgh MobDeals. Purchase one and you’ll be sent an eVoucher to print out and take along to the event. Easy!

Anyone who’s tried to give up cigarettes will know that it’s not a piece of cake. Find those cravings tend to get the better of you? Don’t worry - help is at hand in the form of hypnotherapist Adrian Matthams.

Having previously worked in Harley Street and...

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Scents and sensibility - discover the benefits of clinical aromatherapy

11
November
2011
Scents and sensibility - discover the benefits of clinical aromatherapy

We all know that certain fragrances have the ability to provoke extraordinary reactions. From scent-triggered memories and associations to the therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy, smells have the potential to alter the way we think and feel. But hold up – before you start spritzing the house with a bottle of Chanel No. 5, you might want to have a bit of a read. There’s much more to the art of aromas than first meets the eye...

If you’ve ever found that a whiff of perfume or the fragrance of a certain flower was able to instantly whisk you away down memory lane, you’ll understand how powerful scents can be. You’ll also know that the effect a perfume can have is extremely personal. The smell of dried lavender may instantly trigger vivid associations for you, whilst your friend remains...

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Forget Jingle Bells - it's KettleBells we want

11
November
2011
Forget Jingle Bells - it's KettleBells we want

Want a body like Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew McConaughey or Penelope Cruz? These clever celebs have successfully managed to keep their fitness tricks a secret – until now. With the recent release of Ryan Shanahan’s new DVD, KettleWorx, we now all have the opportunity to get a figure worthy of the red carpet. We reckon Stallone & co won’t be too pleased to hear that the cat’s out of the bag...

Popular with a whole host of Hollywood heart throbs, KettleBells have been sculpting stars in preparation for the silver screen for a while. Now, celebrity personal trainer Ryan Shanahan has made this workout wonder accessible to everyone, in the form of an easy 18 step programme.

Focussing on fat burning cardio training, in addition to strength-building core exercises and muscle...

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The Wahanda community: finding an answer is as easy as 1,2,3

11
November
2011
The Wahanda community: finding an answer is as easy as 1,2,3

Ever lost your car keys just before an important trip? Turned the house upside down looking for your passport? Or maybe you’ve lost your phone and decided to ring it, only to remember that you left it on silent? We all know that finding things can be a real pain – and the same is often true of the internet.

If you’ve got a health, beauty or fitness question that you want to find some answers to, look no further than Wahanda. Our community is made up of experts and enthusiasts who really know their stuff – which is more than we can say for some of the results your search engine might bring up.

Not sure where to begin? Finding answers on Wahanda really is as easy as 1,2,3.

1) Think of a question you’d like to ask. It could be anything to do with wellbeing – from how to boost your...

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Shop ethically with Pure Halal Beauty

10
November
2011
Shop ethically with Pure Halal Beauty

Choose cosmetics with a conscience. We’ve recently been giving a lot of thought to animal-friendly beauty solutions, so we were excited to learn of Pure Halal Beauty - an ethically run store founded by young entrepreneur Rose Brown. Dedicated to selling Halal and vegan-certified products, the Birmingham based shop is proof that successful beauty products can still be eco-friendly and chemical-free. We reckon Rose deserves a big thumbs up...

20 year old Rose set up Pure Halal Beauty in Birmingham’s Pavilions shopping centre last year, despite the rocky economic climate. Inspired by the motto ‘Where beauty and belief co-exist’, Rose wanted to make the world of cosmetics accessible to everyone – no matter what their personal values.

Looking back on a year of business, Rose says: ‘People...

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Scientists discover an unusual way to treat SAD

09
November
2011
Scientists discover an unusual way to treat SAD

Light up your life – through your ears. Recently conducted clinical trials have shown that bright light delivered via the ear canal can help to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Well, we certainly didn’t see that one coming...

Light therapy has been used for a while by SAD sufferers to overcome symptoms of depression and anxiety, but Finnish company Valkee has become the first to target the ears with a bright light headset. The size of an MP3 player, the Valkee device plugs into the ear via special headphones – removing the need to sit in front of a light box. Pretty nifty, eh?

During trials, SAD sufferers were asked to wear the Valkee headset for just 12 minutes a day over a four week period. 74-79% responded positively, noticing a marked improvement in symptoms. Given that most...

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Coming soon - Wahanda's getting a new look

09
November
2011
Coming soon - Wahanda's getting a new look

From detox and fitness programmes to makeup treatments and hair styling, we specialise in makeovers – so we thought it was only fair that we should get one ourselves. Dreading starting your Christmas shopping? The busy bees at Wahanda have been hard at work making the site even easier to use, just in time to take the stress out of the festive season. No need to thank us – just save us a mince pie or two...

Not a fan of change? There’s no need to worry – we’ve opted for a mini makeover rather than dramatic cosmetic surgery. You’ll just see a few changes here and there, all designed to make it easier to find what you’re looking for – good to know if you’re a bit short on time.

So what can you expect? The new version of the site will include helpful hubs for treatments such as hair, nails,...

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Party preparation part 3 - lust-worthy locks

09
November
2011
Party preparation part 3 - lust-worthy locks

In our beauty nightmares, we get dressed up in a stunning outfit and spend ages on our makeup - only to notice as we head out the door that we’ve forgotten something crucial. Find that your hair tends to let you down when it comes to party preening? Don’t let us catch you sporting a bird’s nest with your best togs this Christmas – just follow our simple advice for a beautiful barnet you can be proud of.

Whether you decide to opt for a splash of hair colour, a deep conditioning treatment or a whole new hairdo, we can help you to jazz up your look ready for the party season. Have a look at a few of these ideas for some instant inspiration:

Party Brazilian style

There’s not much that’s Brazilian about our cold British winters – unless you count having a Brazilian blow dry. This smoothing...

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Celebrate 11/11/11 with 11 treatments for £11

09
November
2011
Celebrate 11/11/11 with 11 treatments for £11

It’s only once a century that the date 11/11/11 rolls around – so we thought it was worth marking it in style. To celebrate, we’ve got 11 different fantastic deals available for an incredible £11 – good news if your piggybank is feeling a bit empty in the run up to Christmas.

When: Friday 11th November 2011

Where: On the 11 Spa Offers for £11 page (hold your horses though – the deals won’t be live until Friday).

Already counting out your coins in preparation? Here’s a list of the awesome offers just waiting to be snapped up:


Eyebrow shape and tint - Manchester
Manicure & glass of wine - London
Minx pedicure - Kent
Pick two from manicure, pedicure, foot massage, hand massage & Blink & Go Lashes - London
Back, neck and shoulder or deep tissue massage - Birmingham...

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Suffering from anxiety? Put your feet in good hands

09
November
2011
Suffering from anxiety? Put your feet in good hands

A spoonful of sugar doesn’t always help the medicine go down. It can be difficult having to take lots of tablets - especially if they have unpleasant side effects. If the thought of anti-anxiety medication gives you even more palpitations than you had in the first place, then it could be time to investigate alternatives...

Intimidated by tablets? Not only does anti-anxiety medication come with the risk of experiencing side effects – it can also lead to a dangerous dependency. With many people feeling reluctant to start regularly popping pills, it's no surprise that more and more sufferers are turning to complementary therapies such as reflexology for some much needed relief.

At Wahanda, we really know our stuff when it comes to alternative therapies – and we’re big fans of pressure...

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Five mad marathons - would you take part?

08
November
2011
Five mad marathons - would you take part?

Get ready to embrace the extreme side of running. Last Sunday, the world’s largest marathon took place in New York City – but it turns out it’s not a patch on some of the other weird and whacky races out there. Thought that running across ice caps, mountains and savannahs was purely the stuff of video games? Think again...

At Wahanda, we’re not adverse to a bit of pavement-pounding, but we can’t say we’ve ever considered jogging up Everest or combining a marathon with wine-tasting. When the lovely people at Skyscanner sent us these marathon gems, our minds boggled – and we think yours will, too...

The coldest:

North Pole Marathon (7th April 2012)

‘The coolest marathon in the world’ surely boasts the most unusual location for a marathon. As well as, unsurprisingly, being the most...

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Top treats for beauty cheats

08
November
2011
Top treats for beauty cheats

Need a quick fix? Beauty is one area where you shouldn’t fret about cheating. No one likes a queue jumper or an exam-copier – but when it comes to looking good, we don’t see why you shouldn’t feel free to use whatever tricks you’ve got up your sleeve.

Fancy a sneaky treatment but worried about people finding out your secrets? Opt for a good therapist and no one will ever know you’ve had a little extra help. As for us – well, we’ll keep schtum if you do....

A wrinkle-free complexion

We all hate those frustrating furrows – and dealing with them doesn’t get any easier as we get older. If you’re starting to bear an alarming resemblance to Gordon Ramsay, it could be time to take some action. Botox will help to smooth your skin and lose those lines - leaving you with a gorgeous youthful glow...

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Party preparation part 2 - sexy eyes

08
November
2011
Party preparation part 2 - sexy eyes

Dazzle on the dance floor this Christmas. We’ve already shared our top tips on how to get a beautiful body in time to don that party dress – and now we’re here to help you achieve smouldering eyes to match. Mr Right won’t know what’s hit him when you step underneath that mistletoe...

The key to getting festive makeup right is not to overdo it. If you’re opting for scarlet lips, let them do the talking – alternatively, focus on creating a sultry smoky eye and keep lips and cheeks subtle. Remember, you want to be the belle of the ball, not to look like you’ve stepped straight out of a pantomime...

Flutter those lashes

Luscious lashes are a must when creating a smoky or sparkly Christmas look. If your natural lashes don’t give you the length or volume you crave, why not try lash...

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Tried & tested: fitness videos from HealthClubTV

07
November
2011
Tried & tested: fitness videos from HealthClubTV

Can’t afford an expensive gym subscription? Or maybe you’re looking for a flexible fitness solution that can help you to work out at home and on the go... HealthClubTV lets you select and download exercise videos, allowing you to build your own personalised workout. No more need for those sweaty communal changing rooms...

Having recently become a bit of a yoga bunny, but finding it difficult to fit classes into my schedule, I leapt at the chance to try out HealthClubTV’s clever videos. Armed with a username and log in, and with my husband and cats under strict orders not to disturb me, I prepared for a half hour of indulgent me-time. Here’s how I got on...

The idea

HealthClub TV is an online resource that offers a wide variety of different exercise clips, covering areas such as...

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Party preparation part 1 - get a beautiful body

07
November
2011
Party preparation part 1 - get a beautiful body

Calling all party animals. You’ve got a killer dress picked out, you’ve been practising walking in your highest heels and you’ve booked yourself in for a blow dry and a manicure – but have you turned your attention to losing those few extra pounds yet? With just under a month to go before the party season really kicks off, now’s the perfect time to start working on those wobbly bits....

Of course, with lots of tempting Christmas treats starting to creep into the shops, it’s even harder to be disciplined than it is during the rest of the year. Can’t stop yourself from reaching for the chocolate? Don’t worry, all is not lost – we’ve got some great advice on how to shift those last few inches in time to don that sequinned number. Just go easy on the champagne and canapés when December hits –...

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Give the gift of an animal-friendly Christmas

07
November
2011
Give the gift of an animal-friendly Christmas

Ready to get stuck in to some Christmas shopping, but finding it a bit of a minefield? It can be hard to choose animal-friendly presents if you don’t know where to look. At Wahanda, we love animals - and we don’t see why they shouldn’t have a merry yuletide too. Follow our advice and you’ll be able to ensure that no animals are harmed in the making of your Christmas...

What’s hot

Lush ‘None of Your Beeswax’ lip balm

We were pleased to see that the lovely people at Lush (www.lush.co.uk) have come up with a lip balm that’s suitable for vegans – so everyone can have soft lips this Christmas. Made without beeswax, this tempting treat contains extra virgin coconut oil and fair trade shea butter, and is flavoured with mandarin and vanilla. Sounds good enough to eat...

Aloka, Brighton...

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Tops tips for fitting fitness into a busy schedule

04
November
2011
Tops tips for fitting fitness into a busy schedule

Many of us have good intentions when it comes to exercise, and then find that we just don’t have the time to pack any more into our busy lives. Forgotten what the gym looks like? If you’ve got more wobbly bits than a trifle, it could be time to get your act together...

The Wahanda team are busy bees who like to work hard and play hard, so we’re always on the lookout for ways to make our fitness routines that little bit easier. Thankfully, Steve Harrison, National Lead Tutor at Premier Training International, has some great tips on how to squeeze a workout into a busy day. Looks like we don’t need to throw away our gym kit just yet...

Focus on high intensity interval training to make the most of your precious time

The post exercise effects on your metabolism are hugely dependant on the...

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Get the Twilight look with the new collection from PRO Beauty Tools

04
November
2011
Get the Twilight look with the new collection from PRO Beauty Tools

Excited about the new Twilight film? So are we. With Edward and Bella soon to hit the big screen again, we’re already dead set on stealing their style...

Luckily for us humans, a penchant for blood sucking isn’t required in order to look perfectly groomed. The new Twilight Limited Edition collection from PRO Beauty Tools has been designed to help us get tresses any vain vampire would be proud of - without the need to even leave the house.

Bored with your current styling options? With their seductive midnight purple casing and shimmering finish, the Twilight collection tools are pretty as well as practical. There are four to choose from, allowing you to recreate the lust-worthy locks of characters Bella, Edward, Alice and Esme. We feel spoiled for choice...

Know whose beautiful barnet...

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The Wahanda community - make the most of a rainy day

04
November
2011
The Wahanda community - make the most of a rainy day

We don’t know about you, but we’re not very keen on this wet weather. Soaking feet and mayhem on public transport aren’t our idea of a good time – so now that we’ve safely made it into the office, we’re planning to stay put.

Stocked up on teabags and warming soup so that you don’t have to leave the office this lunchtime? Why not take advantage of the time you’ve saved and ask a few of those questions that have been playing on your mind.

Whether you are unsure how long it’s safe to spend in the steam room this weekend, or looking for advice on how to get over the lurgies, our helpful community has answers to all your winter wonderings. We only wish we could help you to dry out your shoes, too...

Not sure what sort of thing to ask? Here are some of the questions that cropped up this...

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Slimmers groups are a firm favourite with the NHS

03
November
2011
Slimmers groups are a firm favourite with the NHS

When we read recently that slimming groups had been recognised as a particularly effective way of countering obesity, we weren’t surprised. At Wahanda, we’ve known what great results slimming clubs can achieve for a long while – which is why we’ve run some fantastic Rosemary Conley deals in the past. Looks like we weren’t the only ones who could see how important group slimming can be...

Just like us, the NHS seems to have realised early on the power of slimming groups – leading them to refer obese patients to Slimming World for the last ten years. Now, a study published in the British Medical Journal has shown that this method is much more effective than other NHS programmes – with those referred to Slimming World on average achieving a 5.5% weight loss. That’s a pretty impressive result...

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Wales bans unsupervised sunbeds to encourage safer tanning

02
November
2011
Wales bans unsupervised sunbeds to encourage safer tanning

Do you prefer winter or summer? From a health and beauty perspective, we can’t decide which is better.

Summer means that you can wear lots of sexy sandals to show off your pedicure – but it also comes with the downside that you can’t get away without a regular leg wax.

Winter brings with it the opportunity to enjoy steam rooms and saunas as a break from the cold weather outside. Unfortunately, however, it does mean that we have to say goodbye to our golden glow...

Of course, just because the sun is hibernating it doesn’t mean that we have to plump for pale if we don’t want to. There are plenty of sunless tanning opportunities available for those looking to become bronzed beauties – it’s just important to make sure you use them safely.

In an attempt to fight against skin cancer,...

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Boost your confidence with Keromask

02
November
2011
Boost your confidence with Keromask

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me’ – and we all know that it’s not in the slightest bit true.

Celebrity make-up artist Eryca Freemantle grew up being taunted and bullied – so when she suffered scarring in a horrific accident she knew she was going to have to do something to help regain her confidence. Out of her newfound passion for makeup artistry, Keromask was born – a range of camouflage cosmetics suited to all skin types and skin tones. Since then, Eryca’s hard work has helped to change hundreds of lives...

The Keromask range, which consists of twenty four shades of Camouflage Cream and four finishing powders, allows for complete coverage of acne, vitiligo, rosacea, scars and unwanted tattoos. Used by Eryca herself, who has...

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Got a cold? Meditate on it

02
November
2011
Got a cold? Meditate on it

It’s that time of year again – you can’t walk down the street or hop on the tube without seeing at least one person sneezing and coughing away. Can’t afford to miss time off work with a nasty cold? New research has shown that it could be possible to keep the germs at bay through regular mindfulness meditation. All together now: ‘Om....’

Of course, meditating won’t help you to build a magic barrier against bugs – but a study has shown that it may help to strengthen the immune system. This therapeutic practice can also reduce blood pressure, enhance cognitive function and counter the symptoms of stress – making it valuable for physical health as well as mental wellbeing.

The news follows the results of a recent study that showed yoga could be a particularly beneficial treatment for those...

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Go for gold at Terme di Saturnia

01
November
2011
Go for gold at Terme di Saturnia

We all occasionally dream of rolling around in dollar bills and soaking our bodies in liquid gold – and now the latter, at least, is actually possible.

Want to add a bit of bling to your pampering break? Luxury Italian spa Terme di Saturnia is offering customers the option to experience a little of the Midas touch, in the form of a 24 carat gold body treatment. We doubt it comes cheap, but there’s no denying that it would truly be the spa treatment of a lifetime...

The Wahanda team oohed and aahed when 24 carat gold facials were first introduced, and now this elaborate two hour treatment has really caused our jaws to hit the floor. A session of this metallic miracle worker begins with an all-over invigorating body scrub, followed by a purifying enzyme gel containing gold flecks. As if...

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Unroll your yoga mat and beat that back pain

01
November
2011
Unroll your yoga mat and beat that back pain

Spent yesterday evening howling? If this was due to back pain rather than morphing into a werewolf for Halloween, then it could be time to practise some poses. A recent study has found that taking part in weekly yoga sessions can have a much more beneficial effect on back pain than acupuncture, cognitive behaviour therapy and even painkillers. We think that’s a pretty good reason to unleash your inner Yogi...

The study, which was conducted by the University of York, found that regular yoga practice could help make everyday activities such as walking, bending down and getting dressed much easier for those suffering from chronic back pain. It was also discovered that those who practised yoga generally felt much better than those who didn’t, even nine months after the classes had stopped....

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Top tips for staying happy and avoiding SAD

01
November
2011
Top tips for staying happy and avoiding SAD

Winter’s officially here, along with fewer daylight hours, plenty of good old British rain and a dramatic drop in temperature. This is enough to get most of us feeling gloomy or grumpy - but for those with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), it can represent a much more serious case of the blues.

Find yourself unable to enjoy your everyday life as a result of SAD? If you experience symptoms of anxiety or depression during the winter months, it can seem like a long slog until spring. Sometimes we wish it was possible for humans to hibernate – but as it’s not, we’ve come up with a few tips to help get you through. Remember, there’s light at the end of the tunnel...

Light therapy

Brighten up your day. Light therapy is usually administered in the form of a light box, which simulates...

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The Wahanda community: your go-to for health and beauty answers

31
October
2011
The Wahanda community: your go-to for health and beauty answers

Baffled by beauty? Flummoxed by fitness? If only there was somewhere you could go to get answers to the questions that are weighing on your mind...

Hold on – there is. At Wahanda, we believe in helping each other out – which is why members of our clued up community are only too happy to share their knowledge with others. Whether you’re wondering which body treatments would be best suited to you, looking to gain some nutrition know-how or concerned about a health problem, our experts and enthusiasts are here to help you out. Just don’t go asking us how to fix your burst plumbing or stop the cat coughing up hairballs – we’re clever, but we don’t know everything...

Ready to ask a question? Head on over to the buzzing community page and get your voice heard. If you don't need any answers at...

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Stay active - for your mind's sake

31
October
2011
Stay active - for your mind's sake

We all know that regular exercise keeps our bodies working well and helps to prevent disease – but did you know that physical activity can also have a positive effect on your cognitive abilities?

Recent investigations into the fitness of older adults have shown that those who spend half an hour or more exercising daily are less likely to have impaired cognition than those who lead a sedentary lifestyle. That’s got us up out of our seats...

The studies showed that the cognitive impairment associated with ageing can be reduced by taking part in regular physical activity, such as walking. Walking regularly for half an hour or longer can result in cognitive abilities equivalent to those of people 5-7 years younger – a pretty astounding result, if you ask us.

Want to stay active but finding...

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Beat the blues this winter with an Olympic attitude

31
October
2011
Beat the blues this winter with an Olympic attitude

Turn that frown upside down. It can be hard to stay positive when it’s dark and cold outside, but we’re not ready to give in to the gloom just yet. Inspired by Olympic veteran Dame Kelly Holmes, we’re determined to exercise our way through those mood swings – making winter woes a thing of the past. Bring on those endorphins...

It’s hardly surprising that Olympic medallist Dame Kelly believes in the power of fitness. Having grown up with a can-do attitude, Kelly is now on a mission to inspire others to get the most out of their exercise routine – even during the winter months.

Dame Kelly says: ‘Times are hard for many people right now, but fitness really is one thing that people should not give up on. It’s not just about the mental kick of looking good, it’s about the energy you have and...

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Santa delivers the perfect pout with ChapStick's new lip kits

31
October
2011
Santa delivers the perfect pout with ChapStick's new lip kits

Before you pucker up under the mistletoe this Christmas, you might want to check that your lips are in tip top condition. Find the cold weather tends to punish your pout? ChapStick’s new limited edition lip kits will keep your lips kissably soft all festive season – and their stylish presentation makes them a fantastic stocking filler. We’ve got to admit, we’re a bit addicted...

Designed to avoid any frustrating handbag rummaging, each luscious lip kit consists of three different flavoured ChapSticks in a cute collectible tin. Once you’ve used up your sticks, the possibilities for recycling the tin are endless - we think it’s a great way to store fresh breath mints, keep earrings tidy or even store paperclips on your desk.

Whether you opt for a ‘Hot Lips’ kit, a ‘Posh Lips’ kit or a...

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Get the perfect bum - with the help of your phone

28
October
2011
Get the perfect bum - with the help of your phone

Tone that rear by the end of the year. Want to achieve your dream derriere? The Perfect Bum app by top Pilates instructor Doug Robertson could be just what you need. With celebrity fans including Tess Daly and Abbey Clancy, this awesome app will help you to get the gorgeous glutes you’ve been hoping for – without the need for an expensive personal trainer.

Featuring twelve different workouts designed to tone the bum and tops of thighs, the app is a handy way to squeeze exercise into a tight schedule. Suitable for the iPhone, iPad and iTouch, the app can be used out and about or in the comfort of your own home. Fitness fan Abbey Clancy says ‘After I’ve fed Sophia, me and my mum work out to it in the kitchen. ...I do feel fab.’

Doug Roberston, personal trainer turned Pilates instructor...

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New Disney Resort and Spa opens in Hawaii

28
October
2011
New Disney Resort and Spa opens in Hawaii

Pampering fit for a princess. We’ve always wished we could combine our childhood dreams with our adult hankerings for a spa break – so we were over the moon to discover that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts have opened a new spa at the Aulani resort in Hawaii. With 15 treatment rooms and a variety of Hawaiian inspired treatments available, the spa will help to bring out your inner Belle, Aurora or Jasmine – perfect for impressing your prince.

Catering for visitors of all ages, the new Disney spa includes a family suite, where children aged three and over can experience some of the magic of spa rituals for themselves. There’s also a special treatment and relaxation area for teenagers – great for those who feel a bit too hip to hang out with Mum and Dad.

Bob Iger, chief executive officer and...

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For natural beauty, head to Holland and Barrett

27
October
2011
For natural beauty, head to Holland and Barrett

We were lucky enough to be invited by Holland and Barrett to the recent launch of some exciting new products – and we’ve got to admit, we were pretty impressed. From an alternative to Botox made by bees, to a luxurious range of gorgeous gift packs, the store’s fast growing natural beauty category is definitely one to watch. We reckon even Mother Nature herself would want to give these perfect products a go...

Branching out from supplements and food products, Holland and Barrett has taken the beauty world by storm. With 11 premium beauty stores across the UK, the chain’s natural beauty boosters have caught the attention of celebrities such as Jameela Jamil, Daisy Lowe and Melanie Sykes – and now they can add the Wahanda girls to their list of fans. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the latest...

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Prepare to party with a pretty palette from Too Faced

27
October
2011
Prepare to party with a pretty palette from Too Faced

Already thinking ahead to the festive season? We don’t blame you. At Wahanda, we love all the glitter and glamour of Christmas parties, from elaborate hair styles to new dresses and magical makeup looks. It’s no surprise, then, that we were extremely excited to come across this perfect palette from Too Faced - incorporating everything we need to create seriously smouldering eyes. Hang up the mistletoe – we’re ready to party...

Creative brand Too Faced has been a hit with beauty lovers since it was first founded in 1998. Designed to provide women with cosmetics that are fun yet foolproof, Too Faced products are prettily packaged, easy to use (they come with simple how-to guides) and deliver a glowing result. If that’s not an excuse to overhaul your makeup bag, we don’t know what is.....

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Makeover vs Movember

27
October
2011
Makeover vs Movember

Guys, are you groomed enough for your girls? According to a recent survey by Wilkinson’s Sword, 7 in 10 women are on a mission to makeover their man. With many inspired by Liz Hurley’s transformation of hubby-to-be Shane Warne, it looks like boys don’t have much of a choice: these ladies know exactly what they want...

The survey, which was commissioned as part of the Movember campaign to raise awareness of men’s health issues, found that many women begin giving their man a makeover only weeks after meeting. The clean shaven look is seen as hot, whilst beards, moustaches and straggly eyebrows are decidedly not. Also on the cards for the unsuspecting male are a new wardrobe, new aftershave and even a daily cleansing and moisturising routine. Boys, it looks like it’s time to up your game.....

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Stress Awareness Day - keep calm and carry on

27
October
2011
Stress Awareness Day - keep calm and carry on

Did you know that November 2nd is Stress Awareness Day? Stress affects a huge number of people on an everyday basis - often leading to a variety of health problems. Struggling with juggling? If work, socialising and home life are leaving you running around like a headless chicken, it could be time to slow down and show yourself a bit of TLC...

Whilst it can be hard to completely get rid of that frazzled feeling, there are plenty of ways to help manage it. Why not take a break from tearing your hair out by the roots and have a browse of some of these ideas:

Treat yourself to a spa day

Allowing yourself the time to unwind properly can work wonders for stress. A luxury spa day or spa break will help you to temporarily get away from it all, as well as providing you with the opportunity to...

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Discover the elixir of youth this Halloween

27
October
2011
Discover the elixir of youth this Halloween

The lady is a vamp. If the thought of wrinkles and fine lines frightens you more than ghosts and goblins, now’s the time to confront your dermal demons. We’re offering you the chance to get an incredible £240 worth of skin smoothing treatments for just £69 - including the option to try out Dracula therapy. Definitely a deal worth screaming about....

Find yourself avoiding your reflection? If your bathroom mirror is your number one nemesis, a trip to the Edinburgh or Glasgow Sculpta Clinic could be exactly what you need. Our miraculous MobDeal will entitle you to an expert skincare consultation worth £90, in addition to £150 worth of treatments. With choices such as dermal fillers, laser resurfacing and carboxytherapy available, those wrinkles won’t stand a chance...

Purchasing the...

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When it comes to first aid, nobody likes a faker

26
October
2011
When it comes to first aid, nobody likes a faker

At Wahanda, we’re always encouraging you to look after yourselves, whether it’s through regular exercise, a healthy diet or meditation to keep your mind in tip top condition. However, it’s hard to always know exactly what’s round the corner – which is why we think it’s pretty vital to plan for the unexpected, too.

What would you do if someone you knew fainted, hyperventilated or started to choke? A recent survey by Acriflex Cooling Gel revealed that 25% of people would attempt to administer first aid, despite having no training – a pretty astonishing statistic.

Faking can be good in the right place (we love a bit of a spray tan) but when it comes to first aid, you’ll be a lot more use if you really know what you’re doing. Follow this simple advice from Acriflex and make sure you know...

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Hot looks for Halloween

25
October
2011
Hot looks for Halloween

Are you ready for the spookiest night of the year? We’ve already offered our expert advice to witches, werewolves, vampires and zombies – and we thought it would be rude not to help out some humans, too.

In true Halloween style, we’ve been crawling the web (get it?) for some great makeup and beauty ideas, perfect for recreating at home. Probably best to avoid apple bobbing afterwards though – you don’t want your macabre make up to run...

Want to get creative this weekend? Here are just some of the spooky looks we’re loving:

Halloween, Mexican style

Forget ghouls and goblins - why not turn your celebrations into a colourful affair, in the style of Mexican festival Dia de los Muertos? We think this elaborate sugar skull make up look from smashinbeauty.com will go down a treat at any...

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Trick or treatment?

25
October
2011
Trick or treatment?

Halloween is on the horizon, and we’re busy getting creative with our costumes. However, there’s one thing that bothers us about this haunted holiday – most of the unearthly creatures that make an appearance don’t take very good care of themselves.

At Wahanda, we believe that health and beauty are for everyone - so we’ve come up with some therapies that are suitable for our frightening friends. Forget tricks, this Halloween it’s all about treatments...

Werewolves – it’s time for a wax

There’s no doubt about it – hairy is scary. If you have a tendency to become a bit hirsute when the moon is out (or at any other time, for that matter), then it might be worth considering a good old wax. More efficient than shaving, waxing will leave your legs, underarms, back and chest super smooth and...

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Recharge your batteries with the new Indian Detox retreat

24
October
2011
Recharge your batteries with the new Indian Detox retreat

You wake up on a Monday morning, only to find that the dog’s chewed through your best pair of shoes, the important meeting you’ve been dreading has been brought forward and you’re clean out of coffee. As if that wasn’t bad enough, to top it all off, your train’s been cancelled. Sound familiar? It could be time to take yourself on a retreat...

If you fancy getting away from your troubles (a long, long way away), then the latest project by Sanda Wellness might be just the thing for you. The health specialists, who have had great success with The Beach House, are launching a new Ayurvedic experience deep in the heart of the Goan jungle. We reckon it would be pretty hard for your work contacts to track you down there...

Held at the breathtaking Dudhsagar wildlife resort, the Indian Detox...

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Win over £400 worth of hair and beauty treats

21
October
2011
Win over £400 worth of hair and beauty treats

It’s official - for one lucky Wahanda user, Christmas is going to come early this year. Fancy getting your mitts on a hamper of gorgeous goodies from the likes of Nars, Urban Decay, ghd and Pure Fiji? Yes, we thought you might...

At Wahanda, we love a bit of a party – so we know just how important it is to looked preened and perfect during the festive season. We’re offering you the chance to win everything you need for that special occasion – whether you’re looking to wow at the office party, impress your family on Christmas Day or simply to give Mr Right a kiss to remember underneath the mistletoe.

Up for grabs is a hamper worth over £400, courtesy of the lovely people at HQhair.com. They’ve really come up trumps with these treats – we’re going to find it hard to hand them over.....

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Share your skin stories with Bio-Oil

21
October
2011
Share your skin stories with Bio-Oil

It’s time to embrace those scars and celebrate those stretch marks. Recent research by skincare experts Bio-Oil reveals that on average every woman has three scars, whilst 43% of women have stretch marks on their body as the result of pregnancy, puberty or an increase in weight. But if so many of us have these marks, then what’s all the fuss about?

Sadly, many women feel that their scars and stretch marks have a huge negative impact on their everyday life. 8% of women admit that marks on their body prevent them from being intimate with their partner or from dating, whilst 18% say that their scars affect the way they dress. A further 8% of women try to hide their scars and stretch marks from their children, in addition to 20% finding it difficult to show them to their partners. We think...

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall...

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October
2011
Mirror, mirror, on the wall...

Did you look in the mirror when you left the house this morning? Or perhaps sneak a quick peek at your reflection in a shop window on the way to work? A recent UK-wide study by cosmetic surgery group Transform has shown that there are a number of different factors which may affect how often we admire ourselves. Why not stop gazing into your own eyes for a moment and have a read of these...


Women are twice as likely to look in the mirror than men
People in Essex and Yorkshire are the most vain (surprised, TOWIE fans?)
Those living in Northern Ireland are the least likely to check their appearance
Those with blonde hair are more likely to gaze into the glass than those with other hair colours – with bottle blondes ranking as the worst culprits


However, whilst region, gender and hair...

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30 spa breaks at £30 per person - happy 30th birthday, Champneys!

20
October
2011
30 spa breaks at £30 per person - happy 30th birthday, Champneys!

Party poppers at the ready – luxurious spa chain Champneys is celebrating 30 years of sterling service. It just goes to show that time really does fly: the first Champneys health farm opened in 1981 at Bedfordshire’s Henlow Grange, and the brand has gone from strength to strength ever since. If that’s not worth some champagne and cake, we don’t know what is...

To mark the special occasion, Henlow Grange owners Stephen and Dorothy Purdew are offering 30 one night spa breaks for two, at an incredible price of only £30 per person. Well, what’s the use of having a birthday if you can’t share the celebrations?

The lucky few who are successful in purchasing one of these bargain breaks will enjoy an overnight stay, breakfast and full use of the luxurious spa facilities – including a...

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Liberate Cosmetic Surgery helps women to reconstruct their lives

18
October
2011
Liberate Cosmetic Surgery helps women to reconstruct their lives

Many women who have undergone a mastectomy find themselves suffering from low self esteem. Now, Liberate Cosmetic Surgery, a network of accredited cosmetic surgeons, has introduced an effective new breast reconstruction technique – offering women the chance to regain their confidence.

Many post-mastectomy breast reconstruction procedures use the patient’s existing body tissue – but the new technique, known as the TUG Flap, works in a different manner. Taking tissue from the inner thigh, rather than from the back, stomach or buttocks (which all scar easily), the process allows for easy moulding - giving a natural looking result. The reconstruction also has the advantage of lasting for a lifetime - meaning that you won’t have to undergo the stress of surgery again.

Liberate cosmetic...

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Curb those curves with Strawberry Laser Lipo

18
October
2011
Curb those curves with Strawberry Laser Lipo

Fat loss, with a fruity twist. Named for the device’s shape and for the red beams of light used, Strawberry Laser Lipo is the latest craze to take the beauty world by storm. Promising the loss of up to 4 inches from the waist, arms and thighs, this quick fix will have you looking super svelte in no time – great news if you want to fit into that spangly dress in time for Christmas.

So how does it work? This clever procedure uses a low level of laser energy to target fat cells, making them porous and allowing them to release water, glycerol and fatty acids into the bloodstream. The body can then use up these excess products in the form of energy – leaving the fat cells smaller and resulting in impressive inch loss. Sounds good to us...

One of the great things about Strawberry Laser Lipo is...

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Health Protection Agency rejects garra rufa rumours

18
October
2011
Health Protection Agency rejects garra rufa rumours

Been considering a trip to the fish therapists to sort out your tired toes, but been put off by the thought of nasties lurking in the water? There’s no need to worry – the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced the risk of infection to be ‘very low’. We think that’s worth celebrating with a bit of a splash...

Garra rufa fish pedicures have proved hugely popular recently, with customers flocking to have their dead skin nibbled away by shoals of teeny tiny fish. However, some people raised concerns about the likelihood of developing a foot infection after contact with these miniature therapists – causing the HPA to launch an investigation. We can't help wondering if they interrogated the fish...

For those who swear by their aquatic amigos, the results of the investigation are pretty...

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Fair-skinned? You may not be getting enough vitamin D

17
October
2011
Fair-skinned? You may not be getting enough vitamin D

We all want healthy bones and teeth - and most of us have no difficulty absorbing the necessary amount of Vitamin D to achieve them. However, a recent study by Cancer Research UK has shown that pale-skinned people are at a high risk of deficiency – a problem that may have to be addressed through supplements.

Unfortunately, fair-skinned members of the population find themselves in a bit of a Catch-22 situation: they are prone to vitamin D deficiency, but also at high risk of sun burn. Exposure to the sun (which is the body’s main source of vitamin D) is therefore inadvisable – leaving our pale-skinned protagonists with a bit of a conundrum.

Those with fair skin are not alone: it has been known for a while that people with particularly dark skin are also at high risk of vitamin D...

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Time for tea at Jacquies salon, Dumfries

17
October
2011
Time for tea at Jacquies salon, Dumfries

Get your best frocks on, girls – it’s time to party. We were excited to hear that fabulous Dumfries-based salon Jacquies is holding an afternoon of tea and cake to help raise funds for Breast Cancer Care. With all sorts of pampering treats up for grabs, it sounds like it’s going to be a pretty fun-filled event...

When: Saturday 29th October, 3pm-5.30pm

Where: Jacquies beauty salon, Dumfries

Suggested donation: £5

Recently named Scottish Beauty Salon of the year for 2011, Jacquies is renowned for its dedicated approach to wellbeing. Why not go along on the 29th and let the lovely staff spoil you with cute cakes, pink tea, complimentary treatments and competitions? There’ll even be a goody bag full of treats for you to take home with you. With all that pampering, we’ll forgive you if...

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Top tips for fighting throat infections

17
October
2011
Top tips for fighting throat infections

Got a sore throat? You’re not the only one. Celebrities who have recently been put out of action by this health complaint include Adele, Lionel Richie, the Kings of Leon and even the Dalai Lama. Looks like being famous doesn’t do much to help your immune system...

Ok, so the average person doesn’t have to worry about cancelling gigs and disappointing fans when they get a throat infection – but that doesn’t stop us from wanting to get better as fast as we can. Worried about rivalling Kermit for croakiness this winter? We’ve got some great tips from specialist Dr Mike Smith to help you conquer your sore throat before it conquers you.

Wrap up warmly

‘Little hairs in our lungs and at the back of our nasal passage, called cilia, slow down in movement in the colder months. These normally...

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Skincare just got Pukka

17
October
2011
Skincare just got Pukka

The Wahanda team are huge fans of Pukka’s tasty teas and balancing blends – so we nearly fell off our chairs with excitement when we heard about their new skincare range. Comprising ten natural products based on the ancient principles of Ayurveda, the range aims to detoxify and nourish the skin – resulting in a radiant glow. You can’t get much more pukka than that...

Looking to revitalize and rejuvenate your complexion? The new Pukka skincare collection has been developed to suit the three Ayurvedic doshas, or skin types: Vata (dry or damaged skin), Pitta (oily or combination skin) and Kapha (normal or combination skin). With pure ingredients and recyclable packaging, it’s also a great choice for those who are looking to protect the planet. Now that’s what we like to hear…

Formulator...

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Support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation with RevitaLash

17
October
2011
Support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation with RevitaLash

Have you donated bras to Curves? Purchased some pretty pink products? If you’re passionate about supporting breast cancer research, there’s no need to stop there. We’re only half way through October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) and there’s plenty more time for you to help spread awareness and raise funds. Who said that shopping had to be selfish?

At Wahanda, we’ve long been fans of RevitaLash – the innovative product designed to beautify and nourish your eyelashes. We were therefore delighted to learn that 10% of all profits from October sales of brand new product RevitaLash ADVANCED will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. We reckon that’s a pretty good reason to pamper your peepers this Autumn...

RevitaLash ADVANCED, the brand’s latest luxury lash conditioner, has...

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The Wahanda Community: your Feel Gorgeous Week questions

14
October
2011
The Wahanda Community: your Feel Gorgeous Week questions

We love to read all our community questions– and we love it even more when people find solutions to their problems. This week, lots of you have been focussing on your health – which isn’t surprising, given that it’s Feel Gorgeous Week. From fluctuating hormones to chemotherapy and chronic pain, our experts and enthusiasts have plenty of advice to help you live a better quality of life. We reckon it’s time to start feeling gorgeous again...

Here’s a look at what’s been on your minds this week:

Does anyone know of an excellent physio for dancers?

Anyone who works in a profession that requires a great deal of physical exercise will know how frustrating and debilitating an injury can be. Dancers need to be in tip top condition – which is why they often require treatment from specialised...

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Top tips for tired people - how to get a sound night's sleep

13
October
2011
Top tips for tired people - how to get a sound night's sleep

Good news everyone – the clocks go back at the end of October, which means we all get an extra hour in bed. But can one hour really make up for bad sleep habits?

Getting enough shut-eye is vital for maintaining good concentration, energy levels and mental stability. Unfortunately, busy schedules and high stress levels mean many of us aren’t getting the zzzs we need.

Looking for some ideas to help you nod off? Grab your favourite PJs and a nice comfy pillow and have a go at these...

Run a relaxing bath

People have been using lavender for centuries to help soothe the mind and prepare the body for sleep. But how exactly can flowers affect our ability to drop off?

Jennie Harding, aromatherapist for Tisserand, says: ‘Emotionally, essential oils are inhaled via the nose and affect the...

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The winners of the CEW(UK) 2011 Achiever Awards share their beauty secrets

13
October
2011
The winners of the CEW(UK) 2011 Achiever Awards share their beauty secrets

A round of applause, please. Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) UK have recently announced the winners of their 2011 Acheiver Awards. With the Lifetime Achiever Award going to beauty veteran Joan Collins, we’ve no doubt the bash was a glamorous one...

The annual awards, which have just celebrated their 10th anniversary, celebrate women who are a driving force in the world of beauty and wellbeing. This year, CEW(UK) Acheiver Awards went to: Regional Marketing Director for Chanel, Aude Appolinaire; Editor in Chief of Grazia, Jane Bruton; Managing Director of Kenneth Green Associates, Linda Taylor and Executive Chairman of Karmarama, Nicola Mendelsohn. Congratulations, ladies...

Of course, what we’re all dying to know is how these industry experts keep themselves looking and feeling fantastic....

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Introducing KeepFit Bootcamp

13
October
2011
Introducing KeepFit Bootcamp

Enjoyed yourself a bit too much over the summer? If all those colourful cocktails and barbequed burgers have taken their toll, it could be time to invest in a detox. After all, Christmas is fast approaching - you might as well do a bit of advance damage control…

Don’t know where to begin? We’re pleased to be able to introduce KeepFit Bootcamp, our new partners, who are experts in health and relaxation. Established by personal trainer to the stars Will Tuffin, KeepFit Bootcamp runs dedicated weekend detox retreats to help you recover from all those tasty transgressions. Sounds like it’s time to dig out your trainers…

One of the things we love about these retreats is the clever way in which they combine intense workouts with plenty of time for relaxation. Designed to show you that...

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Ladies - donate your old bras and raise money for Breast Cancer Care

11
October
2011
Ladies - donate your old bras and raise money for Breast Cancer Care

As you probably know, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is currently in full swing – and we love all the great ideas that businesses have come up with to help support this valuable cause. We recently encouraged you to treat yourself to a shopping spree to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and now we want you to take off your bras (yes, you read that right) and get ready to donate them to your local Curves clubs. Well, what are you waiting for?

No, it’s not a new feminist fad – fitness chain Curves want you to lose the lingerie on behalf of Breast Cancer Care, a charity that supports cancer patients and carries out important research. For every 17 bras deposited in one if the special pink bins in Curves clubs nationwide, the group will donate £1 to Breast Cancer Care. Sounds like...

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QHotels launch new range of signature spa rituals

11
October
2011
QHotels launch new range of signature spa rituals

Ready for some relaxation? If your summer holiday feels like it was centuries ago and you’re already counting down to next year’s, it could be time to consider a little pick-me-up. Why not book yourself in for a refreshing spa break with QHotels? You’ll be left feeling revived, rejuvenated, and ready to deal with whatever the working week throws at you...

We’re partial to a bit of pampering, so we were excited to learn that QHotels have recently launched a range of special spa rituals, exclusive to those who purchase spa break packages. Those on a one night break will be treated to a 50 minute relaxation ritual of their choice, whilst those on a two night break will receive one 50 minute ritual and one 25 minute mini-treatment. The only difficulty is deciding what to go for...

Spa break...

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The new facelift trend that celebs want to keep to themselves

11
October
2011
The new facelift trend that celebs want to keep to themselves

Are you up to date with all the latest health and beauty news? At Wahanda, we’ve always got our finger on the pulse when it comes to new venues or treatments – and we love to share what we’ve learned with the rest of our community. Unsurprisingly, when we heard about the most recent cosmetic trend to sweep Hollywood, we were desperate to know more...

Want to discover the secrets behind the youthful appearance of your favourite A-list actresses? Dr Roberto Viel, plastic surgeon to the stars, gave us the lowdown on the Chicago facelift and why it’s now so popular.

What is the Chicago facelift?

The Chicago or Short Scar lift is a simple and effective facelift operation that is designed to lift the lower two thirds of the face in a relatively straightforward manner, with minimal...

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New Lush Spa to open in Paris

10
October
2011
New Lush Spa to open in Paris

The Wahanda girls are huge fans of beauty brand Lush. We can smell one of their bath bombs from a mile away and are experts at following our noses to track the shop down. Naturally, we can’t get enough of their expanding chain of spas, which offer customers a very British relaxation experience. A massage followed by tea and biscuits? Don’t mind if we do...

Lush currently run four UK spas and one Japan branch, but are soon to expand with an upcoming Paris venue and plans to launch in Korea. The French spa is due to open in December 2011, providing visitors to the city of love with the perfect place to unwind after a day’s romantic sightseeing. Oh la la...

Attached to a heavenly scented Lush shop, the Parisian spa will be reminiscent of an English country cottage, even featuring...

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Wahanda Feel Gorgeous Week - it's time to focus on you

10
October
2011
Wahanda Feel Gorgeous Week - it's time to focus on you

Did you know that it’s Wahanda Feel Gorgeous week? To celebrate, we’ve got lots of treats lined up for you over the next seven days, from special spa breaks to fabulous fitness classes. With plenty of deals and offers and loads of expert advice, there’s something on the site to suit everyone – so what are you waiting for? This week there’s really no excuse not to feel gorgeous, inside and out...

Not sure where to start on your mission to feel fabulous? Wahanda holds the key to unlocking that gorgeous glow:

Exclusive 2 for 1 offers

We love health, beauty and wellbeing experiences - but we love them even more when they’re great value for money. We’ve got nearly 200 different 2 for 1 deals for you to take advantage of this week, so why not grab a mate and treat yourself to a spot of...

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Celebrate skincare at the Sanctuary with an evening of free pampering

07
October
2011
Celebrate skincare at the Sanctuary with an evening of free pampering

Feeling more glum than glamorous? As the days get shorter and darkness arrives earlier, we could all do with a bit of pampering to lift our spirits. Happily, we’ve got some great news for you – Covent Garden’s Sanctuary Spa is holding an exciting skincare event and it sounds like just what we need....

When: Tuesday 18th October 7pm - 9pm

Where: Sanctuary Spa, Covent Garden

Who: Women only - sorry guys!

The event, which will be held in the Sanctuary Spa's Relaxation Lounge and Shop, will celebrate the launch of their new 30 Day Youth Revolution Kit. Designed to help customers achieve the results of a spa facial at home, this impressive kit removes dead skin cells whilst toning and hydrating. We’ll happily raise a glass to that...

Want to get involved in this skincare revolution? Guests...

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Straight talking - top tips to beat back pain

06
October
2011
Straight talking - top tips to beat back pain

Working 9 to 5...Dolly Parton may have turned it into a catchy song, but in reality the pressures of the working day mean that office life isn’t always that cheery. With deadlines and demands keeping many workers constantly glued to their screens, it’s no surprise that 51% of Brits are suffering from back pain. Looks like your parents weren’t just nagging when they told you to sit up straight...

Tim Hutchful, of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA), says: ‘It is no surprise that people are working longer and harder than ever before, however, it is important to realise the implications of this on the health and well-being of your back after a full eight hours or more sat in the same position. Getting away from your desk at lunchtime and at regular intervals throughout your working...

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Wrinkles and worry lines? Bring on the Botox

06
October
2011
Wrinkles and worry lines? Bring on the Botox

Prepare to lose those lines. Ever since it was first invented, the word ‘Botox’ has been bandied about regularly in the press, usually in association with celebrities (who range from wonderfully wrinkle-free to frighteningly frozen-faced). There’s no denying that Botox is popular - but how much do you actually know about this procedure?

Dr Roberto Viel, anti-ageing expert and cosmetic specialist at the London Center for Aesthetic Surgery, sheds some light on Botox and some of its alternatives:

What face procedures are the most popular ones at the moment? And why do you think they're so popular?

Botox is still the most popular procedure for lines and wrinkles. Botulinum toxin injections are a preventative treatment to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead, between the...

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Halotherapy helps COPD sufferers to breathe easy

05
October
2011
Halotherapy helps COPD sufferers to breathe easy

Pass the salt. Sufferers of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) will be pleased to learn that relief from their distressing condition is now available – in the form of halotherapy. A drug-free alternative to hospital treatment, the Salt Cave offers COPD sufferers the chance to live a more normal life – something that they may not previously have thought was possible.

With 842,100 sufferers in England alone, COPD (which is often related to smoking) is one of the biggest causes of emergency hospital admissions. The disease is caused by a co-currence of chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and unfortunately cannot be cured. Over time the condition worsens, leaving the sufferer with severely restricted airways and difficulty in breathing - dramatically reducing quality of life.

So how...

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How happy are you?

05
October
2011
How happy are you?

We all do little things each day that make us happy – from going for a walk to meeting up with friends or listening to our favourite music. But are you as happy overall as you could be? In recognition of World Mental Health Day, which takes place on 10th October 2011, NHS Choices has introduced a helpful wellbeing self-assessment tool. Time to find out just how positive you really are...

The self-assessment tool is often used by scientists and psychologists, and now you can access it for free on the NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk/Livewell/mental-wellbeing). By answering a few simple multiple choice questions about your feelings and attitude to life, you can discover exactly where you fall on the happiness scale – and how you can become even more positive.

So what can you do to improve...

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Perfectly Pink - Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month with these pretty products

04
October
2011
Perfectly Pink - Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month with these pretty products

Forget feeling blue or seeing red – it’s time to think pink. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and, as part of the campaign, lots of companies have produced limited edition pink goodies for us to snap up and enjoy. The best part? A percentage of the sales from each product will be donated to Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s valuable research and education programmes. Ready, steady...shop!

Here’s a quick look at just some of the brands contributing to this worthy cause:

M&S

Life’s looking pretty rosy over at Marks and Spencer. There are plenty of Breast Cancer Awareness Month products to choose from, from flirty lingerie to lipstick and even a cute heart-shaped muffin tray.

Wahanda loves: M&S nail polish in Baby Pink. Time to give yourself a manicure and show the world that you...

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Mint Hotel Tower of London and London Serenity - a team made in pampering heaven

04
October
2011
Mint Hotel Tower of London and London Serenity - a team made in pampering heaven

At Wahanda, we like to do things properly. When we’re at work, we work really hard – and when we relax, we really do relax. We were naturally pretty impressed to hear that Mint Hotel Tower of London are now offering guests an in-room spa treatment service – so that you can indulge in tempting treatments without even bothering to get up off the bed. Pampering doesn’t get much more perfect than that...

The new service is being provided by mobile spa specialist London Serenity, who are extremely experienced at bringing beauty and wellbeing to busy city dwellers. They offer a wide range of massages, pedicures and manicures, in addition to reflexology, aromatherapy and hair styling. Stress won’t stand a chance with these guys around...

Paola Dalla Fina, Company Director of London Serenity,...

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Pure Lochside helps stars to chill out at the MOBOs

03
October
2011
Pure Lochside helps stars to chill out at the MOBOs

If you’ve experienced stage fright, you’ll know that performing in front of a large audience is no picnic. Ever wondered how celebrities manage to hold it together in the spotlight? Wahanda took a virtual peep backstage at the upcoming MOBO awards to learn more about relaxation, star-style.

Thanks to Scottish beauty brand Pure Lochside, MOBO presenters Alesha Dixon and Jason Derulo are sure to be looking and feeling fabulous when they take to the stage this Wednesday. Alesha and Jason will be able to take advantage of the luxury spa retreat installed backstage – perfect for a bit of pre-show pampering. We quite fancy being in their shoes for a while...

Along with other MOBO VIPs, the presenters will enjoy a range of organic spa treatments, a variety of tasty cocktail juices and a special...

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Tried & tested: Yoga For Real Life by Maya Fiennes

03
October
2011
Tried & tested: Yoga For Real Life by Maya Fiennes

We all get that feeling sometimes that there just aren’t enough hours in the day. When stress starts to kick in, it’s important to relax – but it can be difficult to know how. Of course, ideally we'd be able to take ourselves off on an indulgent spa break as a weekly treat - (we’ve still got all our fingers and toes crossed for a lottery win)...

In the absence of a goose that lays golden eggs, yoga provides a free and easy way to regularly relax, and certain elements of this practice can be performed anywhere – equipping you with the tools to combat stress whenever it may arise.

Having always wanted to try yoga, but not keen on the idea of travelling to attend classes, I decided to give Maya Fiennes’ book Yoga For Real Life: The Kundalini Method a go. Here’s how I got on...

The...

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Say goodbye to insomnia with Grayshott Spa's new Deep Sleep retreat

03
October
2011
Say goodbye to insomnia with Grayshott Spa's new Deep Sleep retreat

At Wahanda, we aren’t fans of counting sheep. It’s not that we’ve got anything against our woolly friends – it’s just that we like to be able to fall asleep easily and naturally, without resorting to any strange tactics. Luckily, the lovely people at Grayshott Spa agree – which is why they are offering an innovative new Deep Sleep retreat to help those who are strangers to slumber.

Grab your teddy and your favourite pyjamas – it’s time to get some zzzs. Although there are other venues in the UK that offer sleep treatments, Grayshott Spa is the first to provide a full programme tailored specifically to the sleep-deprived. Recognising the importance of a good night’s sleep to health and wellbeing, the spa has enlisted the help of sleep specialist Tej Samani – an expert in relaxation.

Tej...

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Hydrate your skin with DermaQuest's Advanced B5 Serum

03
October
2011
Hydrate your skin with DermaQuest's Advanced B5 Serum

Dry, dull skin getting on your nerves? Don’t let your face get thirsty – treat it to DermaQuest’s wonderfully refreshing Advanced B5 Serum. The perfect tonic for a tired complexion, this serum will reach the deepest layers of your skin, helping them to stay nice and hydrated. Time to say goodbye to those pesky parched pores for good...

We all know that we are supposed to drink plenty of water each day, but did you know that H2O could help to keep you looking young? Water is essential for healthy skin that is plump, firm and glowing – unfortunately, however, we sometimes need a bit of help getting it. With age, our skin loses its natural ability to retain water between its layers - resulting in dry, crepey skin that looks dull and lifeless. It’ll take more than a bottle of Evian to sort...

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October treats: The Yoga Show and the Good Health Show

30
September
2011
October treats: The Yoga Show and the Good Health Show

Unroll your yoga mats and dust off your dumbbells – it’s nearly time for two of the most highly anticipated events in the health and fitness calendar. Taking place in October, the Yoga Show and the Good Health Show will offer advice, workshops and classes to novices as well as to fitness fanatics. Now, where did we put our trainers...

The Yoga Show

Get ready for some serious posing. The Yoga Show (held at Olympia, Kensington, on 28th, 29th and 30th October) is dedicated to the many different forms of Yoga that are practised all over the world. Baffled by Bikram Yoga? Stumped by Sahaja Yoga? Think a downward facing dog is just a canine looking at the floor? The Yoga Show will provide you with everything you could ever want to know about this ancient practice, as well as giving you the...

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The world's first scented nail wraps - inspired by wine!

21
September
2011
The world's first scented nail wraps - inspired by wine!

After a long day, there’s no better way to unwind than with a glass of wine and a manicure. Many therapists now offer a tasty tipple alongside treatments, but don’t worry if you can’t make it to the salon – wine producers Gallo have made it easy for you to enjoy this indulgent experience at home. They’ve teamed up with SphinX Nails to create the first ever scented nail wrap, inspired by rosé wine. We know what we’ll be doing on our next girls’ night in...

Nail wraps have been popular for a while, with celebrity fans including Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Rihanna. Now, Gallo and SphinX Nails have taken nail art to the next level, introducing a fragrance-infused limited edition nail wrap designed to appeal to wine-lovers as well as beauty fanatics. With a tempting fragrance of plum, blueberry...

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Get luscious locks for London Fashion Week with Electric Hairdressing

20
September
2011
Get luscious locks for London Fashion Week with Electric Hairdressing

We’ve already been getting into the spirit of London Fashion Week with the Trafalgar Hotel’s couture cocktails – and now we’ve turned our attention to taming our tresses in preparation for the star-studded week of shows. Ok, so we’re not likely to be given a front row seat next to Anna Wintour - but that doesn’t stop us wanting to look our best...

Electric Hairdressing’s new LFW Style Blow Dry Package is a real treat for any fearsome fashionista. Designed to leave you with glossy, high-fashion hair that even a catwalk model would be jealous of, the treatment is also an indulgent way of taking time out from a packed schedule. Why not take a breather between events to show your hair some TLC – trust us, your follicles will thank you for it.

Customers who purchase the LFW Style Blow Dry...

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Join Jamie in the fight against obesity

13
September
2011
Join Jamie in the fight against obesity

He’s reformed school dinners, rescued battery hens and now celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is turning his attention to the problem of obesity. Calling for people to sign a petition asking for obesity to be made a human rights issue, Jamie has urged countries not to ignore their traditional national dishes in favour of pre-packaged convenience foods. Looks like the days of microwave meals could be numbered...

Government chief scientist Sir David King has also placed emphasis on the urgency of addressing the problem. According to King, by 2050, 60% of men and 50% of women could be clinically obese – a pretty shocking statistic. However, whilst these figures are rather alarming, they don’t have to be inevitable. Worried about your weight? Here’s what you can do to make sure you stay in Jamie...

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Make a statement with loud lips

12
September
2011
Make a statement with loud lips

You may have seen us raving about nail wraps recently – and now the trend for transfers has been taken one step further. Looking for loud and proud lips? Treat your pout to a makeover with temporary lip tattoos from Violent Lips (www.violentlips.com). Wallflowers be warned – these transfers are not for the fashion shy...

Available in designs such as the Pink Leopard, the Coral Polka and the Union Jack, Violent Lips temporary tattoos are a far cry from your usual lippy. We reckon they’re best kept for partying – turn up to the office in these and you’ll never hear the end of it.

Want to get luscious lips, but think art is best kept limited to your nails? Don’t worry, we’re not sure we’re ready for the Purple Cheetah yet either. Why not try one of these lovely lip treatments...

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Top tips for winter workouts with Pure Gym

09
September
2011
Top tips for winter workouts with Pure Gym

It may only be September, but the recent bad weather has convinced us that it’s time to start looking ahead to the colder months. Although it’s tempting to grab a duvet and a good biscuit selection and hibernate until spring, our waistlines (and our jobs!) would sadly suffer. Instead, we’re going to use the winter to get ourselves looking and feeling nice and fit – so that we can emerge from our knitwear like butterflies next March. Gym kit at the ready...

Unfortunately, working out in winter often seems like a real chore. Low temperatures and fewer daylight hours regularly leave us more inclined to indulge in an evening of TV and takeaway than crunches and cardio. Luckily, Pure Gym are here to save us from ourselves – they’ve got some great tips to help beat the winter blues and keep...

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Strictly Come Dancing - Wahanda's got dance fever

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September
2011
Strictly Come Dancing - Wahanda's got dance fever

Time to dust off your dancing shoes and make sure there are new batteries in the remote – Strictly Come Dancing is back for another sensational series. There’ll be sequins, there’ll be glamour and you can guarantee that there’ll be a few tears along the way too. We think it’s going to make for pretty addictive viewing...

So which famous faces (or rather, famous hips) will we see shimmying on the floor this series? The star-studded line up for 2011 includes Lulu, Nancy Dell’Oilo, Holly Valance, Audley Harrison and Russell Grant. We don’t know about you, but our money’s on Holly to win – with all that practice making music videos we reckon she’s got it in the bag. Although you never know – maybe Edwina Curry will seriously surprise us...

Inspired by Strictly to take up tango or perfect the...

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The Wahanda community: this week in health and beauty

09
September
2011
The Wahanda community: this week in health and beauty

At Wahanda, one of the things we love so much about the world of health and beauty is that it is so diverse. There are hundreds of different treatments out there, all of which work in different ways to help calm, soothe, heal or groom. Although we like to think of ourselves as experts, even we will never know everything about wellbeing – there is always something new and exciting to discover.

Whether you are a novice or a bit of a health and beauty guru, we’re sure you sometimes find yourself wanting to know more about a particular treatment or how to solve a wellbeing problem. Luckily, the Wahanda community is full of fellow enthusiasts looking to lend a helping hand. Getting answers is simple – just type your question and wait for someone to respond. You never know – we might learn...

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Get moving for national Work Out at Work day

08
September
2011
Get moving for national Work Out at Work day

If you think you can get away with being lazy today, you’re sadly mistaken. Although you may not have realised, it’s national ‘Work Out at Work’ day – and we’re determined to get you all moving. There’ll be no slackers on our watch...

Don’t worry, we don’t expect you to drop to the office floor and start doing press-ups. Working out at work needn’t involve full gym kit and a will of iron – it’s all about the little changes that can help to make a big difference. A staggering 42% of adults don’t get enough exercise each week – a problem that could easily be remedied by some small lifestyle alterations.

Ready for your mini workout? Tom Haynes, Personal Trainer and fitness consultant at York Fitness, has given us some top tips for how to stay on the move during the working day:

Tear up...

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Get back to nature with an organic, eco-friendly lifestyle

06
September
2011
Get back to nature with an organic, eco-friendly lifestyle

The word ‘organic’ used to be a buzzword bandied about by people hoping to appear trendy - but in reality an organic lifestyle is much more than just a way to boost your boho chic credentials. Making the decision to use eco-friendly products and eat organic food not only helps to protect the world that we live in, but it can also benefit your health. What’s not to love?

Want to cut out the chemicals and say no to synthetics? Here are some of our tips on how to adapt your lifestyle to make it more eco-friendly. Kaftan and sandals optional...

Ethical MobDeal

At Wahanda, we love a good deal – and we love it even more if we know it doesn’t damage the environment. We’ve got a brilliant ethical MobDeal running at the moment, so make sure you take advantage of it to help you kick start your...

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Work out like a celebrity at G.I. Jane for only £25

06
September
2011
Work out like a celebrity at G.I. Jane for only £25

Had one too many takeaways lately? If you know the phone number of Dominos off by heart, a bootcamp might be just what you need to help you get back into shape. Luckily, celebrity favourite G.I. Jane is offering Wahanda users an impressive 64% off – so that you needn’t worry about the pennies on your quest to shift those pounds.

New recruits to Kent based G.I. Jane are in good company – the bootcamp is popular with celebrities such as Coronation Street’s Michelle Keegan and former Atomic Kitten singer Kerry Katona. Kerry even attended the bootcamp to get herself into shape before entering the Celebrity Big Brother house in August. We may not have a trip down the red carpet lined up, but we still fancy getting ourselves a body that’s sure to turn a few heads...

Not sure if you can...

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Celebrate Vogue Fashion's Night Out at Sanctuary Spa, Covent Garden

06
September
2011
Celebrate Vogue Fashion's Night Out at Sanctuary Spa, Covent Garden

Crazy about clothes and barmy about beauty? If that sounds like you, then we probably don’t need to remind you that this Thursday (8th September) is Vogue Fashion's Night Out. Looks like it’s time to start polishing those Choos...

Of course, fashion isn’t just about fancy frocks and skyscraper heels – it’s also about the finer details and gorgeous grooming that pull the look together. That’s why we’re excited that one of our favourite spas, Covent Garden’s Sanctuary, is holding a special shopping event to celebrate. Why not grab a friend and pop along for some perfect pampering that would make even a supermodel envious?

Got other plans? We reckon you’ll want to cancel them after you hear what treats you’d be missing out on. Guests at the event will be spoiled with a free glass of bubbly...

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Tried & tested: hot stone massage at Therapy, East Dulwich

05
September
2011
Tried & tested: hot stone massage at Therapy, East Dulwich

Whether we are working hard, moving house, sitting exams or simply have a to-do list a mile long, we can all find ourselves suffering from symptoms of stress. Luckily, there are plenty of things we can do to get us feeling nice and relaxed again – and massages have to be one of the most rewarding. Add aromatherapy oils and smooth, hot basalt stones into the mix and you’ll feel like you’re floating. Stress? What stress?

Having been a bit of a busy bee recently, I headed to the aptly named Therapy for some much needed me-time. As it turned out, I was in for a real treat...

The venue

Situated in East Dulwich, Therapy is a boutique salon offering a variety of spa-standard treatments. From lash tinting to manicures and indulgent massages, Therapy caters for a variety of different beauty and...

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Pink haired celebs - Wahanda's verdict

05
September
2011
Pink haired celebs - Wahanda's verdict

Pink-haired celebrities are like buses – you don’t see one for ages, and then several come along at once. At Wahanda, we’re loving the new trend for rose-hued hair dos – although we do think some stars have managed to nail it better than others. Fancy trying out a brave barnet yourself? Read on to discover whose candy-coloured locks we’re longing to copy, and who we’re desperate to send back to the hairdressers...

Fearne Cotton

Fearne recently turned 30 in style, dyeing her hair a pretty pastel colour to celebrate the occasion. We think this rosy shade complements Fearne’s fair skin perfectly, and adds a hint of rock star chic to her look. We suspect that even Kate Moss might be a little bit jealous...

Why we love it: Fearne’s quirky fashion sense mean that she has no difficulty...

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Mind Body Soul Experience - take care, take heart, take part

02
September
2011
Mind Body Soul Experience - take care, take heart, take part

How often do you get the chance to put everything aside and just focus on your health? This year’s Mind Body Soul Exhibition, which starts on the 30th September, offers you the chance to do just that. With a variety of therapies and products on offer - in addition to lectures, workshops and stage demonstrations - the exhibition really is a one stop shop for everything to do with physical and mental wellbeing. A day out that’s fun and informative? You can count us in...

Whether there is a particular therapy you are interested in, or you are simply looking to find out all you can about general wellbeing, there’ll be plenty for you to learn at the Mind Body Soul Experience. From aromatherapy to reiki, reflexology, meditation and yoga, you can discover all sorts of treatments and activities...

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The Wahanda community - your health and wellbeing genie

02
September
2011
The Wahanda community - your health and wellbeing genie

At Wahanda, we like to think of ourselves as multi-talented. Not only do we provide you with lots of fantastic deals and offers, but we also bring you all the latest health, beauty and wellness news through our blogs. And that’s not it – our trusty community is always on hand to act as your own personal encyclopaedia and directory too. Put simply, your wish is our command (just don’t wish for 100 more wishes or anything silly like that).

Got a health or beauty dilemma that you need solving, or simply curious about something? Our Wahanda community is full of experts and enthusiasts who can help to provide you with the answers and information you’re looking for. Want to know how you can get in touch with them? There’s no magic lamp or ‘open sesame!’ here – just go to the community page and...

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Scientists develop new sunscreen pill

02
September
2011
Scientists develop new sunscreen pill

As science progresses, there increasingly seems to be a pill for everything. The latest project is an anti-sun compound, derived, strangely enough, from coral. British researchers have observed the manner in which coral successfully shields itself from harmful UV rays, and are hoping to harness this property in order to protect humans too. All sound a bit SpongeBob SquarePants? Read on to find out more...

Fed up with sunscreen that leaks in your bag, smells strongly or leaves you covered in white streaks like the cricketers we wrote about yesterday? The new sun protection pill, which scientists hope may be available in only 5 years time, will provide a quick and easy way to protect your whole body from harmful rays. Soon, there’ll no longer be any need to struggle with reaching that...

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Free nail gloss with every fashion-inspired cocktail at the Trafalgar Hotel

01
September
2011
Free nail gloss with every fashion-inspired cocktail at the Trafalgar Hotel

As any fashionista worth her weight in Louboutins knows, it’s nearly time for London Fashion Week. With the crème de la crème of the fashion industry flocking to the capital from all over the world, it’s a fantastic opportunity to ogle the latest designs and marvel at the impossible heels models manage to wear down the runway.

Of course, with so many different shows on, things can get a bit hectic. Our favourite Fashion Week activity? Sipping on a martini and having a manicure. Looks like we’ll be heading straight to the Trafalgar Hotel...

To celebrate everything that’s fabulous about fashion, the Trafalgar Hotel is introducing three new chic cocktails, each served with an on trend Temple Spa Nail Gloss. Indulge in a basil-infused ‘Sweet Golightly’, accompanied by Temple Spa Nail Gloss...

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Salt - we salute you

01
September
2011
Salt - we salute you

Looking for a treatment that’s worth its salt? Halotherapy is relatively new to the UK, but has already amassed a large number of fans. A drug-free, child-friendly method of treating skin conditions and respiratory illnesses, this form of therapy involves spending time in a room lined entirely with crystals of salt - with no pepper in sight.

The Milton Keynes Salt Cave was opened by Linh Vi, who left her job as a driving instructor when she discovered halotherapy. After the salt helped to clear up her hayfever, Linh decided she wanted to make this unusual treatment available to more people. She says: ‘As there are very few Salt Caves in the UK, I decided it would be a great facility for the people of Milton Keynes and the surrounding area. It is a simple treatment that really does work’...

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It's nearly National Eczema Week...

01
September
2011
It's nearly National Eczema Week...

An astounding six million people in the UK suffer from eczema – a condition that can have a severe impact on a person’s ability to work. Research shows that 20% of those suffering from eczema on their hands have experienced prolonged sick leave, whilst 23% have lost their job as a result of the condition. We think you’ll agree that those are pretty startling statistics...

Do you work in hairdressing, catering, nursing or the construction industry? If so, exposure to certain substances and the need for regular hand washing could be putting you at risk of developing acute eczema. Many people fail to realise the connection that their skin condition may have with their workplace – which is why the National Eczema Society are looking to raise awareness and get people thinking about this...

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Sun damage: it's just not cricket

01
September
2011
Sun damage: it's just not cricket

Sun cream is the discerning cricketer’s war paint of choice, so who better to help promote sun safety than the new cricket world number ones? Fresh from their recent victory, England cricketers Alastair Cook, James Anderson and Jonathan Trott have turned their attention to skin protection. They’ve teamed up with the experts at sk:n clinics to help spread awareness and educate the nation about the risk of skin cancer – and we think they’re doing a brilliant job.

Matthew Patey, Chief Executive of the British Skin Foundation, says, ‘Skin cancer is a growing problem in the UK. Over 100,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, with 10,000 being melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease. We know that most skin cancers are caused by long term exposure to the sun so those who spend much of...

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The cheat's guide to getting slim

30
August
2011
The cheat's guide to getting slim

At Wahanda, we’re not usually very keen on cheating. Funny business in a game of cards is a definite no-no, and we’ll never forgive that kid who cheated in the egg and spoon race at school. However, occasionally, skewing the truth a little bit can be a good thing – and we reckon that’s the case when it comes to slimming. Got an important event coming up, but not had time to exercise your way to the super svelte shape you’ve been dreaming of? Don’t worry, we’ve got some sneaky ways to shed that weight in seconds – or at least give the illusion that you have. It’s ok, your secret’s safe with us...

Don’t get in a flap about the flab – put down that chocolate bar, grab yourself a banana instead and have a look at these fabulous treats for cheats:

It’s a wrap

It turns out that losing those...

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'Contempowerplation' with Psychologies Magazine and The Third Space Health Club

30
August
2011
'Contempowerplation' with Psychologies Magazine and The Third Space Health Club

Think of yourself as a computer (bear with us, please). Your PC would be useless if the software was all intact but the screen was cracked down the middle - equally, a beautiful new desktop with no working programmes is about as much use as a chocolate teapot. Well, human beings are exactly the same – there’s no use looking after your body if you’re neglecting your mind, and training your mind won’t help one jot if you don’t care for your body.

Luckily, Psychologies Magazine and The Third Space Health Club have combined forces to create an innovative new workout that targets both body and mind, encouraging all round wellness. ‘Contempowerplation’ will combine weight-bearing and strengthening exercises with guided meditation and breathing exercises, allowing busy people to meet all their...

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Mums: get ready to pamper yourselves with our back to school treats

30
August
2011
Mums: get ready to pamper yourselves with our back to school treats

We suspect that many of you may have a tear in your eye as you pack your little ones’ bags and lunchboxes and send them back to school this September. However, we also suspect that lots of you will be utterly relieved to have a bit more time on your hands (not to mention finally being able to switch off the Disney Channel). Yes, pampering is once again possible – so get ready to swap the wax crayons for a leg wax and the playdough for a pedicure with our fabulous deals and offers.

Top treatments for tired mums

If you’ve been running around after a bunch of energetic kids all summer, the chances are you’re feeling pretty exhausted. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of relaxing and de-stressing treatments to get you feeling like your old self again. Why not try:


Taking the weight off your...

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Get the skin you've been dreaming of with our Dermaroller deal

30
August
2011
Get the skin you've been dreaming of with our Dermaroller deal

Exasperated with your stretch marks, scars or wrinkles? We’ve got the perfect treatment for you. Skin Health Spa’s Dermaroller therapy plumps the skin, reduces scarring and leaves the complexion looking ravishingly radiant. The best part? We’re offering a staggering 82% off – because at Wahanda, that’s how we roll.

A favourite of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, the Dermaroller treatment uses lots of tiny micro-needles to stimulate the skin, boosting production of collagen and elastin. Using a small roller, your Aesthetician will pass the needles over your face, creating lots of little punctures. This causes your body to go into healing overdrive - reducing the appearance of scar tissue, stretch marks and wrinkles. We can’t guarantee you’ll look exactly like Brangelina afterwards – but you...

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Top tips for super skin with DermaSalve

26
August
2011
Top tips for super skin with DermaSalve

Did you know that the skin is the largest of the body’s organs? Weighing in at 4kg, your skin is important for maintaining body temperature and preventing unwanted bacteria from entering your system. Keeping skin well moisturised not only avoids unsightly dry patches, but also helps to keep the whole body in good working order – so that you can stay happy and healthy.

Wondering what you can do to keep your skin smooth, strong and sexy? As usual, we’ve got all the answers right here. The lovely people at DermaSalve have shared their top skincare tips with us, so there’s no excuse not to have seriously super skin.

Eat a balanced diet

Like any part of your body, your skin needs plenty of nutrients to stay looking and feeling great. Why not try the Raw Fairies detox for a healthy quick...

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Jenni Falconer designs exciting new sportswear range for Debenhams

26
August
2011
Jenni Falconer designs exciting new sportswear range for Debenhams

Love exercising but loathe exercise wear? If your usual sports kit fails to float your fashion boat, you’ll be excited to learn about Jenni Falconer’s new collaboration with Debenhams. Designed to appeal to those who like to combine being stylish with being serious about sport, the XPG range is both functional and feminine. We reckon it’ll fly off the hangers...

When she’s not presenting This Morning, Jenni Falconer is to be found training for the Marathon – something that she’s really passionate about. Using her own experience as a runner, Jenni has ensured that her new sportswear is comfortable and flattering, as well as helping to optimise performance. With specially placed seams designed to create a sleek silhouette, Jenni’s exercise wear is suitable for those of all shapes and sizes...

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Fed up with the rain? It's time to stay dry with Butterfly Boutique

26
August
2011
Fed up with the rain? It's time to stay dry with Butterfly Boutique

Although most of the time we use it as an excuse, sometimes ‘I’m sorry, I’m washing my hair’ is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Want to go out for drinks without getting in a lather? London’s Butterfly Boutique offers a clever time-saving alternative to jumping in the tub. We reckon there will be a lot of lonely rubber ducks from now on...

Dry shampoo has long been a staple for the beauty-savvy, but Butterfly Boutique is the first to offer a dry hair blow dry service as an alternative to a wash and dry. This efficient treatment uses dry hair styling products to give you that just-washed look, without the need for water. After all, we’ve had enough of getting wet with this miserable weather we’ve been having...

The answer to all working women’s prayers, Butterfly...

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The Wahanda community: answers at the click of a mouse

26
August
2011
The Wahanda community: answers at the click of a mouse

At Wahanda, we find it pretty difficult to imagine life without the internet. How did people manage without internet banking and internet shopping? What did people do when they needed to get somewhere quickly and there were no Google Maps? And how did people get all the information they were looking for without search engines? The mind boggles.

Luckily for us, the internet does exist (and we don’t have to bother with dial-up anymore. What a faff that was). We’re at our leisure to read about anything we want, discover new things and ask any questions that have been bugging us. Which is exactly what the Wahanda community is for.

As usual, you’ve all been pretty busy this week asking questions for your fellow health and beauty enthusiasts to answer. Here are just some of the things that...

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Wahanda says relax - August's Wahandies winners

25
August
2011
Wahanda says relax - August's Wahandies winners

With school out for summer and many people on holiday, the past month has been all about relaxation. At Wahanda, we think everyone deserves to take some time out and indulge in a bit of TLC – after all, who doesn’t want to feel happier and healthier?

If you feel as though everyday life is becoming a bit too hectic, it could be time to ditch that stress ball and try something a bit more effective. Luckily, our wonderful Wahandies winners know exactly how to soothe your senses and take away your tension. Get ready to say no to knots and neuroses...

The businesses we’ve crowned as our August stars have all been chosen by you, the lovely Wahanda community. You’ve been busy writing reviews and providing feedback on the spas and salons that make your life just that little bit brighter – and...

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Get involved with Wahanda this Bank Holiday

25
August
2011
Get involved with Wahanda this Bank Holiday

We don’t know about you, but we’re all planning to enjoy some lovely long lie-ins over the Bank Holiday weekend. The trusty Wahanda community, on the other hand, never sleeps – our community page is always buzzing with reviews, articles, questions and advice. This Bank Holiday, why not join in the fun? There are lots of ways for you to get involved, and they’re all nice and simple – just log on to your computer, load up the site and start sharing the love.

Write a review

Been somewhere great recently? If you’ve had a marvellous massage, a perfect pedicure or a terrific tan, feel free to share your experience with other Wahanda users. Writing a review is easy – just search for the gym, salon or spa that you want to write about, and get ready to unleash your inner Shakespeare.

Got...

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Tried & tested: eyelash extensions from JINNYlash

25
August
2011
Tried & tested: eyelash extensions from JINNYlash

We all want glamorous lashes that look like they’re straight out of a mascara advert – unfortunately, transforming yourself into a smouldering siren can be easier said than done.
Fed up with mascara clumping your lashes together? Sick of gluing your eyes shut when applying falsies? It’s time to celebrate JINNYlash, a simple and pain free way of getting the lashes you’ve been lusting after. Intrigued, I headed to the Bond Street salon to see what all the fuss was about.

The venue

There are currently 3 dedicated JINNYlash salons in the UK, situated in New Malden, Kingston and London’s Bond Street. I headed to the Central London branch to try this pioneering lash treatment, originally developed by beauty guru Jinny Coffey. Having never experienced lash extensions before, I had absolutely...

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Turn back time and make wrinkles history with Corina

23
August
2011
Turn back time and make wrinkles history with Corina

Ladies, there’s no longer any need to be lumbered with lines - Corina, a new wrinkle-wrestling skincare range, has arrived in the UK. Designed specifically for women over 40, these lotions and potions combine natural ingredients with revolutionary technology to revive and rejuvenate the skin. Time to show your old anti-ageing products the bathroom door...

Does your skin feel dry and sensitive? After the age of 40, a woman’s skin loses elastin, which can leave it looking lifeless and dull. But not to worry - Corina products use a special Infusiderm Delivery System™ to encourage collagen activity and pause the natural ageing process. The result? A glowing complexion and a whole new youthful you.

Dr Oscar Ramirez, co-inventor of the Corina skin care range, says: ‘This is not just another...

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Prepare for la vie en rose with Merrell's new pink range

23
August
2011
Prepare for la vie en rose with Merrell's new pink range

Elvis might prefer blue suede and David Bowie might rather you put on your red shoes, but at Wahanda we’re mad about Merrell’s pink footwear. The new range is due to be launched in September, and 10% of the retail price of all products sold will be donated to Breakthrough Breast Cancer. As Paolo Nutini would say, it’s time to put some new shoes on...

Merrell’s integrated campaign aims to raise a minimum of £20,000 for Breakthrough, as well as helping to increase awareness during October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month). Recent research has shown that an active lifestyle can help to reduce the risk of illness and to improve chances of recovery – so who better to champion this cause than a brand that’s dedicated to keeping people moving?

Want to think pink whilst hiking? Merrell’s boots...

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The top treatments the Big Brother housemates wish they had had

23
August
2011
The top treatments the Big Brother housemates wish they had had

As we watched Jedward enter the 2011 Celebrity Big Brother house, we could only focus on one thing – their hair. At Wahanda, we love a bold barnet - but we can’t help thinking something a little more subtle might have been ideal for a stay that could last three weeks. We hope they’ve got enough hairspray in there...

With the nation watching you day and night, grooming in the Big Brother house is no picnic. It’s important to look good for the camera, but you don’t want to be caught clipping your toe-nails (or worse still, performing a DIY bikini wax). We’ve been thinking about all the long-lasting beauty treatments we would have recommended to Jedward, Kerry Katona, Tara Reid and co before they entered the house – if only they’d asked. We bet they’re kicking themselves that they didn’t...

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Sense and sensitivity

23
August
2011
Sense and sensitivity

There are times when being considered highly sensitive can be an asset. On a dating website, for example, you can pretty much guarantee that a man who describes himself as sensitive will become a big hit with the ladies (as long as he doesn’t look like Shrek). However, there is such a thing as being too sensitive – as 15-20% of the population discover on a daily basis.

Are you a bundle of nerves? According to the College of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, you could be classed as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). This means that your nervous system is more sensitive to stimulation than most – leaving you likely to be on edge and highly strung a lot of the time.

Avy Joseph, principal of the college, says: ‘Some people are able to become racing drivers while the majority of the population...

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Celebrities go gaga for new anti-ageing product

22
August
2011
Celebrities go gaga for new anti-ageing product

A-listers including Lady Gaga, actress Isabelle Adjani and award winning French star Karen Viard are raving about the latest anti-ageing treatments to hit the market. Cosmésothérapie from Laboratories Filorga has been formulated following extensive research and is the first range to offer the efficiency of mesotherapy in the form of a cosmetic product. Well, if it’s good enough for Gaga, it’s good enough for us...

Owing to her poker face, we doubt that Gaga has any need to worry about laughter or frown lines. However, if she did, Cosmésothérapie’s arsenal of anti-ageing ingredients would be just what she’d need to combat them. We were never fans of maths at school, but the numbers involved here are pretty impressive:


14 vitamins stimulate the vital functions of skin cells
24 amino...

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How to exercise your body and mind - using your PlayStation

22
August
2011
How to exercise your body and mind - using your PlayStation

If you’ve ever found yourself glued to Grand Theft Auto, obsessing over World of Warcraft or shouting at the screen when playing Gran Turismo, you’ll know that video games are not typically associated with good health. Regular gamers risk straining their eyes, suffering from muscle complaints from sitting in one position for too long and even becoming stressed by unachievable goals. Sounds like it could be a good idea to step away from the television...

Hold your horses – don’t put your console up for sale on eBay just yet. A new interactive experience from wellness expert Deepak Chopra could turn your video-game system into the perfect aid for practising meditation and yoga. Time to take Tomb Raider up to the attic and make some room on your living room shelf...

Described by Chopra as...

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How to nail the latest trends

22
August
2011
How to nail the latest trends

Just as we think nail polish manufacturers must have finally run out of clever ideas for tarting up our talons, they come up with another hit product. Last year, we were all obsessing about crackle polish, the latest nail trend to hit the UK. Now, we‘re all clamouring to channel Magneto from the X-Men and experiment with the new magnetic nail polishes that are arriving on the market. When it comes to jazzing up your fingertips, it looks like there’s no limit to the possibilities...

Want to try something a bit different to your everyday style, but not sure which product is right for you? The Wahanda ladies are on hand to give you the lowdown on our favourite looks. Practise a little and we think you’ll really nail it...

Magnetic polish

Confused by the concept of magnetic nail polish? So...

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Nike cleans up its act in response to Greenpeace challenge

22
August
2011
Nike cleans up its act in response to Greenpeace challenge

We love a good detox, and we’re glad to see that Greenpeace do too. Following a recent report on river pollution, entitled ‘Dirty Laundry’, the organisation has appealed to major retailers to detox their businesses. It’s a big challenge, but not one that intimidates Nike – the sportswear giant has already pledged to eliminate the release of all hazardous chemicals by 2020. We like your attitude, Nike...

Environmental campaigners Greenpeace recently highlighted the link between major clothing brands and toxic pollution released into Chinese rivers. Many hazardous and hormone-disrupting chemicals are regularly disposed of during the manufacturing process, causing widespread water pollution. With brands like Nike on board, Greenpeace are hoping to turn this around and ensure a better future...

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The Wahanda community: always here to advise

22
August
2011
The Wahanda community: always here to advise

We hope you’re all full of energy on this lovely sunny Monday morning (it’s taken some Berocca to help us along, but we’re getting there!). Whatever your week has in store for you, we want to make sure that you stay happy and healthy. That’s why we’ve collected together some of the best advice from our community of experts and enthusiasts – so that you don’t have to spend hours hunting for the answers you are after. Time to get on with working hard and playing hard...

What deters people from hiring a personal trainer?

We all wish we had personal trainers who could get us looking like Gwyneth and Madge. When it comes down to it, however, most of us have an excuse at the ready to explain away our distinctly non-Hollywood abs. Whether you feel that you don’t have enough time, money, stamina...

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Moa Green Balm - a natural multi-tasker

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August
2011
Moa Green Balm - a natural multi-tasker

As you may have gathered from our recent posts on Tiger Balm and Apodea, we’re a bit barmy about balms. We never leave the house without these powerful pocket-sized products, and now we’ve got a new favourite – Moa’s Organic Green Balm.

A true multi-tasker, the Green Balm contains yarrow: a herb historically used to treat all sorts of ailments. Completely free from chemicals, artificial preservatives, perfumes and alcohols, this clever balm also contains tea tree oil, beeswax, coconut oil, sweet almond and soya bean to nourish and defend your skin. It’s suitable for little ones as well as adults, and won’t irritate sensitive types – good news if you tend to come out in a rash when you so much as look at a product.

So what exactly can you use this versatile balm for? Amongst its many...

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Get skin that sparkles at Kohler Waters Spa

18
August
2011
Get skin that sparkles at Kohler Waters Spa

Looking for beauty with added bling? At Wahanda we’ve never met a diamond we didn’t like – and the new Carita Diamond of Beauty treatment at Kohler Waters Spa is no exception. Perfect for ladies looking for luxury, this relaxing treatment will leave your skin refreshed, revitalised and radiant. Looks like it’s time to tear yourself away from the window of Tiffany’s and make a trip to Scotland...

Fancy treating yourself to this sparkling experience? With only 11 therapists in the whole of the UK trained in performing this facial, the Carita Diamond of Beauty is a bit of a rare gem. The Kohler Waters Spa, situated in St Andrews, is the only spa in Scotland to offer the exclusive treatment – making it a must-visit destination for the country’s beauty connoisseurs.

The 1 hour 45 minute...

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Exercise your way to a longer life

18
August
2011
Exercise your way to a longer life

We all know that exercising is good for us, but did you know that just 90 minutes of physical activity a week could actually increase your life expectancy? That’s enough to make us grab our gym kit...

Who doesn’t want to live longer? According to a recent study, exercising for an hour and a half each week could help reduce your risk of death by 14%, in addition to increasing your life expectancy by as much as three years. Do you exercise more often than that? Good for you! The more active you are, the more your health will benefit.

Maureen Talbot, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: 'This research was encouraging because it showed that even exercising for 15 minutes a day at a low intensity is still better than doing nothing. It could prove helpful for anyone...

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Champneys spa breaks - take a friend for free

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August
2011
Champneys spa breaks - take a friend for free

We’ve all heard the saying ‘two heads are better than one’. Well, when it comes to spa breaks, at Wahanda we believe that two beds are better than one. That’s why we’re excited that Champneys are once again offering you the chance to bring a friend with you for some pampering - absolutely free. Time to stop trying to squash your best mate into your biggest suitcase and share the good news...

Our clever dated booking system means that all you have to do is choose which Champneys spa you’d like to stay at, select the dates that suit you and your friend best and book yourselves in for your pamper fix. Easy!

Once there, you’ll be able to enjoy luxurious treatments, make full use of the spa’s facilities and indulge in delicious meals – without any extra cost. We reckon your lucky friend will...

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Write a review to support those affected by riots

16
August
2011
Write a review to support those affected by riots

If you live in the UK, the chances are you were affected by the recent riots. Whether you had problems in your area or were worrying about family and friends, you’ll agree that it was a pretty stressful time. But whereas most of us were able to go about our everyday lives once the trouble died down, not everyone was so lucky. A number of people sadly suffered serious damage to their homes and businesses - damage that it will take a long time to repair.

Although the riots themselves were disturbing, we were touched by the display of solidarity that the majority of Brits showed one another when helping to clear up after the destruction. We know that the members of our Wahanda community are always looking to make the world a better place, and so we’ve decided to give you an additional way to...

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Think pink with the new limited edition Cherry ChapStick

16
August
2011
Think pink with the new limited edition Cherry ChapStick

We’re seeing life through rose-tinted spectacles today. First we wrote about Superdrug’s fabulous pink tour bus, and now we’re desperate to share the new special edition pink Cherry ChapStick with you (well, share the story – we’re not going to share our actual ChapSticks).

The limited edition Cherry ChapStick has just been launched in order to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care. 20p from each sale will be donated to the charity to help people affected by breast cancer - giving many a brighter future.

As well as looking pretty in pink, the special edition ChapStick will keep your pout looking perfect. Designed to hydrate, soothe and soften the lips, the Cherry ChapStick is also SPF 15 – helping to protect this sensitive area from damaging UV rays. Apply throughout the day for thoroughly...

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Summer at Superdrug - hop on board the tour bus

16
August
2011
Summer at Superdrug - hop on board the tour bus

Seen a pink double decker bus or Dodge truck recently? No, you hadn’t had too much chardonnay – it was probably Superdrug on tour. Travelling all over Britain, the company’s brightly coloured beauty bus is on a mission to bring you some great summer beauty tips, advice and goodies. Sorry, Lady Penelope – you’re not the only one with a snazzy set of wheels anymore...

Put off buses by your daily commute? This is a double decker with a difference. Once inside the bus, you’ll be treated to a makeover from BeautyUK, a mini manicure from Barry M and a tanning demonstration from Superdrug’s fake tanning experts. And that’s not all – you’ll also have the opportunity to win a £100 goody bag. Sounds much more appealing than a trip on the night bus...

You don’t need an Oyster card to climb on board...

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New spa at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

16
August
2011
New spa at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

Got a business trip to Singapore planned? Why not take some time out to relax at the Mandarin Oriental’s impressive new spa. Designed by interior design firm AB Concept, the luxurious spa will be sure to make your trip one to remember – which is more than you can say for those boring meetings.

The fifth-floor spa is located next to the hotel’s tropical pool, and has been designed to reflect the climate and heritage of Singapore. With six different treatment rooms, including private suites, there’s plenty of space in which to enjoy the opportunity to unwind. We reckon you won’t want to leave...

In need of some serious pampering? There are a variety of treatments on offer at the spa that will have you feeling refreshed and renewed in no time. Why not indulge in a manicure or pedicure, some...

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Row For Life team break British record

16
August
2011
Row For Life team break British record

If you’re impressed each time the Oxford and Cambridge boat race rolls around, you’ll be bowled over by the recent record-breaking achievement of the Row For Life team. Earlier in August, the team rowed a mind-boggling 1 million metres (600 miles) without stopping. Makes our attempts on the rowing machine at the gym look a little bit pathetic...

The team finished their mammoth task in an incredible 66 hours, with each member rowing the equivalent of 2 ½ marathons. As if the sheer physical exertion of the challenge wasn’t enough, the rowers also had to concentrate on making their changeovers seamless to prevent the rowing machine from stopping before the record had been broken. The determined team came under threat from various technical failures, but eventually succeeded in rowing their...

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Kate Moss and Kate Middleton - steal their bridal looks

15
August
2011
Kate Moss and Kate Middleton - steal their bridal looks

There seem to have been hundreds of celebrity weddings this year, but let’s face it – the brides we were most interested in were the two Kates. Although their big days were very different in style, Ms Moss and Ms Middleton both wowed us with their fashion-forward dresses and loose locks. But what about their make up?

Perhaps in a bid to show that she is ‘one of us’, the Duchess of Cambridge decided to do her wedding day make up herself. She used black eyeliner to define her eyes, filled in her eyebrows and applied blusher for a rosy glow.

Fashion’s favourite princess, on the other hand, kept things a bit more natural. She placed herself in the skilled hands of an expert, and opted for a palette of soft browns. So, what does Ana Ospina, bridal make up specialist, make of these modern...

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Wahanda - not just a pretty face

15
August
2011
Wahanda - not just a pretty face

We don’t like to blow our own trumpet, but...we’re pretty proud of all the fantastic deals and offers that we’ve got on the site. With thousands of products, an impressive collection of spa breaks and some great daily spotlight offers, we’ve got all your health and beauty needs covered. We think we deserve a round of applause...

Fancy a whole new you? We’ll have you healthy, happy and beautiful in no time. Here’s how:

Over 4,000 offers

We’ve got so many wonderful offers on the site that you’d be there for years if you tried to count them. As well as our popular daily spotlight offers, we’ve got deals on all sorts of products, treatments and experiences - from acupressure and aerobics to zen swimming and Zumba. There’s really no excuse not to fulfil your health and beauty resolutions.....

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Murad Wrinkle Reducer - back by popular demand

15
August
2011
Murad Wrinkle Reducer - back by popular demand

Frustrated by fine lines and riled by wrinkles? Don’t worry – once again we’re coming to the rescue with our fantastic offer on Murad Intensive Wrinkle Reducer. This smoothing serum will iron out creases and get your skin glowing - all for less than a tenner. A youthful complexion has never been so affordable...

You all loved the Murad Wrinkle Reducer so much the last time that we offered it, that we’ve brought this brilliant deal back. We’re giving you an impressive 80% off the product (that’s a saving of £40) – so there’s no need to add to your frown lines by fretting about money.

Luckily for all you busy bees, reducing wrinkles doesn’t have to be time-consuming. Just apply this serum to your face, neck and chest after cleansing for younger, firmer skin. Independent tests have shown...

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Award-winning hairdresser Guy Kremer launches new product range

15
August
2011
Award-winning hairdresser Guy Kremer launches new product range

Get ready to throw out that hat...If your barnet has seen better days, it could be time to overhaul your bathroom cabinet. World renowned hairdresser Guy Kremer’s new range of shampoos and conditioners will leave your locks looking luscious – so you’ll never have to deal with a bad hair day again.

Guy and the team at his award-winning Winchester salon have carefully developed the Professional Salon Style range to appeal to stylish women of all ages. The range of cleansers (shampoos) and rebalancers (conditioners) have been designed to leave hair looking beautiful as well as to strengthen and nourish it prior to styling. The result? Healthy hair that’s full of volume and extra shine. Sounds like just the thing to sort out our desperate dos...

Having encountered all sorts of hair...

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Plastic surgery promises perfect posterior, Pippa style

15
August
2011
Plastic surgery promises perfect posterior, Pippa style

Almost four months have passed since the Royal Wedding, but Pippa Middleton’s captivating curves continue to be a hot topic of conversation the world over. It’s no secret that many women in the UK aspire to owning a derrière that Pippa would be proud of, and now it has become apparent that Americans have some serious butt-envy too. Showing off your booty has never been so genteel...

Previously, stars such as Beyoncé, J-Lo and Kim Kardashian reigned supreme when it came to curves. However, Pippa Middleton has now inspired women to seek a leaner figure, characterised by small but shapely buttocks. According to Miami-based surgeon Dr Constantino Mendieta, women are increasingly asking for liposuction and body contouring to help them get the Middleton look – a procedure that has been dubbed...

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Fabulous Face and Body launches at The Lanes, Brighton

12
August
2011
Fabulous Face and Body launches at The Lanes, Brighton

Good news for Brighton babes (and boys!) – glamorous beauty salon The Lanes Health and Beauty has launched a new range of cosmetic procedures. Whether you are after Botox, mesotherapy or a facial peel, you can now get your treatment in the same place as your manicure. Now that’s what we call efficient...

The Lanes has teamed up with Harley Street experts Fabulous Face and Body to bring non-surgical cosmetic treatments to the seaside. The collaboration will allow customers to experience Fabulous Face and Body’s cutting edge techniques, in the stylish and welcoming surroundings of The Lanes. As combos go, we think that’s even more genius than gin and tonic...

Julie Coates, owner of The Lanes, says, ‘the fact that Fabulous Face and Body has selected The Lanes Health and Beauty as its...

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Win a 4 night Exotic Spa Break in South Africa worth over £6,000

12
August
2011
Win a 4 night Exotic Spa Break in South Africa worth over £6,000

Imagine sipping on champagne in your luxury hotel room, taking in some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes and then indulging in some relaxing spa treatments. Sound too good to be true? We’re offering one lucky winner the chance to enjoy the break of a lifetime, worth more than £6000 – because we’re nice like that.

We’ve teamed up with luxury hotel brand Red Carnation to treat one winner and a guest to an unforgettable spa break in South Africa. If you win the competition, you will be whisked off to the impressive Twelve Apostles Hotel for two perfect days of pampering. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, we will also be sending our winner to the Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat in the magnificent Cederberg mountains. We can guarantee that you’ll find it hard...

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The Wahanda community: helping to talk you through it

12
August
2011
The Wahanda community: helping to talk you through it

At Wahanda we can be a bit of a noisy bunch. We think that if you’ve got something to say, you might as well say it – after all, there’s not much to be gained from holding back...

Got a question you are desperate to ask? Don’t be shy. We’ve got a lovely community of health and wellbeing enthusiasts who enjoy a bit of a natter as much as we do. They’ll be only too happy to help you find the answers you are looking for – and who knows? Perhaps you can help someone else out with their question too.

The community has been buzzing so much this week that the goldfish in the office are considering investing in ear plugs. Here are just some of the questions that have got people talking:

Can anyone advise a good facial brand for all skin types?

Therapists - the community page is for you too....

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Play like a pro: pain-free ping pong

11
August
2011
Play like a pro: pain-free ping pong

Forget tennis – why not try your hand at the world’s most popular racquet sport: ping pong. Played by over 10 million tournament competitors annually, this fast-paced game is perfect for those who are sharp of eye and nimble of wrist. But don’t be fooled by its reputation as a gentle youth club game – competitive ping pong can lead to some nasty strains and injuries if you aren’t careful. Might be best to keep a first-aid box to hand...

With the 2012 Olympics drawing near, sports support company Neo G (www.neo-g.co.uk) are predicting an increase in the numbers of novice ping pong players taking to the table. To help prevent pain and keep the sport fun, they’ve come up with safety tips for all newbies to follow. Racquets at the ready...

Warm up those muscles

5-15 minutes is all it needs...

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Time to get lippy with permanent make up

11
August
2011
Time to get lippy with permanent make up

‘Don’t give me no lip, I’ve got enough of my own’. Famously full-lipped Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler might feel he doesn’t need any assistance when it comes to the perfect pout, but for the rest of us, help is at hand.

Celebrities such as Lauren Goodger, from The Only Way is Essex, are turning to semi-permanent make up to enhance what nature gave them – and it looks like members of the public are following suit.

According to Tracie Giles Bespoke Permanent Make Up, there has recently been a 40% rise in semi-permanent lip treatments. Wary of invasive procedures that could lead to an over-exaggerated trout pout, women are turning to procedures such as Gloss&Go for fuller looking lips. This clever treatment infuses the lip with a subtle mineral pigment, creating the illusion of...

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Massages and manicures on the move

11
August
2011
Massages and manicures on the move

Remember how Mary Poppins managed to fit the contents of an entire room into her handbag? Jackie Naylor, owner of beauty business Beauty On Wheels, has accomplished a similar feat. Jackie offers clients a private treatment room complete with a massage bed, hot and cold running water, heating and lighting – all inside a Volkswagen van. Makes us want to pimp our rides too...

Jackie decided to upsize her beauty business when squeezing all her equipment into her VW Golf became a bit of a trial. She decided to turn Volkswagen’s largest van, the Crafter, into a luxury mobile beauty parlour – a decision that will delight her Lancashire customers.

The new mobile treatment room means that clients can indulge in a range of different relaxing treatments without having to bother with the stress of...

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Save 57% on fabulous flab-fighting Zaggora Hotpants

11
August
2011
Save 57% on fabulous flab-fighting Zaggora Hotpants

Looking to get into sizzling shape this summer? We’ve got the perfect deal for you. These clever Hotpants from Zaggora can help you to lose weight and reduce your cellulite – simply by cranking up your body temperature. Move over, Bikram yoga – this is our favourite new way to break a sweat...

We know you’re probably picturing an 80s-style creation in gold lamé, but don’t let your imagination run away with you. The Zaggora Hotpants have been designed to look attractive but understated - so that you won’t feel self-conscious when wearing them. Lightweight and comfortable, the Hotpants can be worn on their own or under your usual gym kit. You can even wear them in bed at night to help combat that pesky cellulite. Fat busting while you sleep? We like the sound of that...

So how do they...

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How to achieve your fitness goals

09
August
2011
How to achieve your fitness goals

We were sad to learn that 61-year-old US swimmer Diana Nyad has been forced to abandon her swim due to illness. We all know what it’s like to have to cancel an exercise session when we’re feeling under the weather, but this was no ordinary swim – Diana was attempting to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. We hope no one tipped Jaws off...

Diana was taken on board a boat after she began vomiting, 29 hours into the 60 hour swim. This was her second failed attempt - her first being in 1978, when she was 28. Learning of Diana’s unsuccessful crossing, we couldn’t help but consider our own fitness goals...

Whether you are attempting a feat as extraordinary as crossing the ocean, or whether you just want to lose an extra half a stone, it’s important to...

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DermaHA - skincare for 20-somethings

09
August
2011
DermaHA - skincare for 20-somethings

When you’re in your 20s, it’s easy to feel invincible. The need for anti-ageing creams seems a long way off, and wrinkles are almost as alien as space invaders and flying saucers. As a result, many young people have no skincare routine at all – a mistake which could end up having repercussions later in life. So listen up, ladies – it’s time to pay that skin some attention...

DermaHA is a new skincare range that has been designed specifically with young women in mind. The way that you look after your skin in your 20s can have an effect on the way in which it ages in the future – not good news if you are skincare shy.

Heading to the bathroom to slap on some cream? Product princesses may also be at risk of being treated unkindly by age, as they tend to ignore their skin’s sensitivity....

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Exercise: don't let breast cancer be a barrier

09
August
2011
Exercise: don't let breast cancer be a barrier

It’s time to take control of your fitness. Yesterday we wrote about a recent report from Macmillan Cancer Support, identifying regular exercise as important for the health of cancer sufferers and survivors. The report claims that staying active can help cancer patients to counter the side-effects of drugs, reduce the chances of the disease recurring and help to fight related illnesses such as depression. Sounds like a pretty good reason to go for a bit of a walk...

For some people recovering from cancer, staying fit is easier said than done. Some patients may feel too weak to take part in a class at the gym or take up running – instead, Macmillan recommend short sessions of physical activity, such as gardening or going for a walk. But for sufferers of breast cancer, tiredness is only part...

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New anti-ageing serum from Clarins

09
August
2011
New anti-ageing serum from Clarins

Looking for a new way to turn back time? If rewinding your clock doesn’t seem to be working, why not give the latest anti-ageing formula from Clarins a go. Designed to reduce age spots and work wonders on wrinkles, the Sérum Capital Lumière could be your new best friend...

Following on from the success of its sister products, the Capital Lumière (Vital Light) Creams, the serum is due to launch in October. It will contain ingredients chosen for their ability to battle the signs of ageing, such as:

Hexylresorcinol – Lightens dark spots and protect the skin from sun damage

Spergularia extract – An ingredient used exclusively by Clarins, this extract reinforces the efficiency of hexylresorcinol in addition to reducing pigmentation spots

Hyaluronic acid – Aids moisturisation

Katafray...

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Frederick's Spa launches new SPC Skincare treatments

08
August
2011
Frederick's Spa launches new SPC Skincare treatments

Good news for health and beauty lovers in the Maidenhead area: the spa at Frederick’s Hotel has recently launched two exciting new treatments. Featuring products from skincare specialist SPC, these treatments will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and perfectly pampered – just what you need after a tiring week at work.

All knotted up? The SPC Hot Poultice Massage will ease that tension in no time. Allow yourself to unwind as your therapist rolls a hot herbal poultice over your body, followed by a calming aromatherapy massage. A blend of warm essential oils will work their magic on body and mind, while the Hawaiian, Balinese and Thai massage techniques used by the practitioner will loosen up your muscles - so you feel nice and limber.

Looking to get your glow back? The SPC Active...

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Wahanda - your new fitness buddy

08
August
2011
Wahanda - your new fitness buddy

Get by with a little help from your friends. Research has shown that people who exercise with a fitness partner are more successful at maintaining a good routine and realising their goals.

Got a lazy bunch of mates? Don’t worry, at Wahanda we’re more than happy to be your new exercise buddies – and we’ve even got some great new deals to help you out. Just don’t ring us up to whinge about your boyfriend...

We’re helping people across the country to shed some pounds and get in shape with our health and fitness spotlight offers. Here are just some of the great cut-price offers that we have for you (after all, what are friends for?)

Brighton – Say goodbye to any wobbly bits with 67% off Further Fitness’ 7 Day Fat Blast Program. Perfect for helping you to achieve the figure you want in a...

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Party Piscean style with Anesis

08
August
2011
Party Piscean style with Anesis

Looking to receive star treatment? London’s Anesis spa is fast becoming a celebrity favourite. Amongst others, clients include Alexis Jordan, The Wanted, McFly and the casts of Hollyoaks and Coronation Street – meaning you’re almost as likely to see a famous face at the spa as you are at Madame Tussauds. Prepare to be star struck...

Famous for its fishy take on manicures and pedicures, Anesis is home to shoals of Garra Rufa fish – nautical nibblers that remove the dry skin from clients’ hands and feet. However, there’s more to the spa than their popular Piscean pedicures – also on offer are lash and brow treatments, traditional manicures, pedicures and gel nails. In addition to this, the spa will shortly be launching A list facials and makeovers using Rodial products – so it’s no surprise...

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Macmillan Cancer Support recommends regular exercise to patients

08
August
2011
Macmillan Cancer Support recommends regular exercise to patients

Never underestimate the health benefits of exercise. A recent report by Macmillan Cancer Support says that 1.6 million cancer sufferers in the UK are not as physically active as they should be – a factor that could be affecting their recovery.

There is a popular misconception that cancer patients should avoid physical activity and spend all their time resting. However, the Macmillan report suggests that two and a half hours of exercise a week could have a significant impact on both recovery and long term health. According to past research, regular exercise may reduce the risk of dying from the disease, in addition to countering treatment side effects such as fatigue and weight gain. It could also reduce the chances of certain forms of cancer recurring by up to 50% - a statistic that has...

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Ladies, it's time to get gorgeous with GetGorgeous! lashes

05
August
2011
Ladies, it's time to get gorgeous with GetGorgeous! lashes

Fed up with your flimsy lashes? Get ready to add some volume with this fantastic national deal, which goes live on Monday. We'll be offering you two sets of fabulous false lashes for only £9 – a bargain that we're sure will get you all aflutter...

GetGorgeous! lashes are handmade and specially designed to create a natural look (so there's no danger of accidentally transforming into a drag queen - phew). These pretty lashes will frame your peepers perfectly, taking you effortlessly from day to night – great news for all the party animals out there.

For just £9, you will receive two pairs of lashes worth £26, in addition to eyelash adhesive and free delivery. These reusable lashes can be worn again and again – just add a slick of eye-liner and you've got the perfect party look. We reckon...

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Treat yourself to a Bank Holiday spa break

05
August
2011
Treat yourself to a Bank Holiday spa break

With a Bank Holiday looming at the end of August, you're probably turning your thoughts to how you can use that magical extra day off. You could make the most of your three day weekend by shifting that pile of laundry that's been building up for weeks now...Alternatively, you could book yourself in for a pampering spa break that will leave you feeling relaxed and fabulously refreshed. We know which option we like best...

If you love the idea of escaping from it all and indulging in some pampering health and beauty treatments, you've come to the right place. Whether you fancy having a massage, treating yourself to a manicure or taking up yoga, we've got a getaway to suit you. And the great news is that our spa breaks are situated all over the UK – so you're bound to be able to find...

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Our top treatments for a rainy day

05
August
2011
Our top treatments for a rainy day

We've got a quick question for you – what's happened to the summer? We've had a few spectacularly hot days recently, but most of the time it seems to be cloudy, grey and gloomy. Hands up who else has got in to work only to have to go and put their shoes under the hand dryer? Yes, we thought there'd be quite a few of you...

At Wahanda, we don't let the weather get us down. If it's pouring with rain, why not turn it to your advantage? We've come up with some great rainy day treatments to cheer you up and get you back in the summer spirit. Here are some ideas that will get you singing in the rain in no time...

Get a spray tan

If you like the bronzed look but are tired of waiting for the sun to make an appearance, sunless tanning is the solution for you. Better for you than sun beds, a...

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The Wahanda community - a week of Q&A

05
August
2011
The Wahanda community - a week of Q&A

Happy Friday everyone! We hope you have lots of lovely plans for the weekend. At Wahanda we see the weekend as a great opportunity to thank your body and mind for the hard work that they do during the week – so make sure you put away that Blackberry and indulge in some good old rest and relaxation.

Whether you've got a beauty treatment booked (lucky you!), are looking to unwind at home or are feeling a bit under the weather, we've got some advice to help your weekend go smoothly. Have a read of some of this week's questions and answers from the Wahanda community and arm yourself with some great health and beauty tips to help you get the results you are looking for.

Anyone have any good cold remedies?

It's annoying, isn't it? Just as the weekend arrives you find you've gone down with a...

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Look cool in front of the camera this holiday with July's Wahandies winners

04
August
2011
Look cool in front of the camera this holiday with July's Wahandies winners

We all know what it’s like to have a snap-happy partner, friend or family member – and we also know that going through those holiday photos can be excruciating if you weren’t looking your best. This summer, make sure you hold your own amidst the endless shots of the Eiffel Tower/Statue of Liberty/Pyramids of Giza by investing in some great treatments. Our star businesses will have you looking fabulously photogenic in no time...

July’s Wahandies winners are the jewels in the crown of pre-holiday preening, as recommended by you, the Wahanda community. We’ve based our rankings on your reviews and feedback to find the businesses you know, trust and love – who better to help you prepare for that holiday of a lifetime?

Whether you are looking to get a Brazilian before heading off to Rio,...

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New travel spa to open at Heathrow

04
August
2011
New travel spa to open at Heathrow

Leaving on a jet plane? We all know that airports can be stressful places, so why not take some time to sit back, relax and get ready for that long-haul flight. Gatwick’s new travel spa has already been in operation for a couple of months, and now passengers travelling from Heathrow can look forward to a bit of pre-flight pampering too – so there’s no excuse not to arrive at your destination in style.

Good news for those who are off jet-setting soon – the new spa is set to open in Heathrow’s Terminal 3 in mid-August. No.1 traveller, the airport lounge providers who are launching the spa, have teamed up with top health and beauty brands to pamper passengers with a range of body treatments, face treatments, hairdressing and nail care. Why not indulge in a Core revival back, neck and...

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Easy, Tiger...

03
August
2011
Easy, Tiger...

Off on your travels? If you add one new thing to your luggage this holiday, make it a pot of Tiger Balm. Although these 19g pots may look diminutive, they’re surprisingly potent – there’s nothing timid about this product...

Manufactured in Singapore, Tiger Balm is marketed as a heat treatment and is designed to ease muscular aches – good news if the pain is making you roar. But why take it on holiday if you’re fighting fit? This nifty balm can also be used in a variety of ways that make it a real suitcase staple...

Made entirely from herbal ingredients, the balm is available in two varieties. Tiger Balm White is a menthol-based rub that can help soothe headaches, ease nasal congestion and calm insect bites. Tiger Balm Red is a cinnamon-scented warming balm, great for easing muscular...

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Reduce your risk of heart disease by 14%

02
August
2011
Reduce your risk of heart disease by 14%

It can be hard to find the motivation to exercise when you have a busy life – trust us, we know what it feels like to want to hit the sofa instead. But before you forget what your gym kit looks like completely, you might be interested to learn that recent research shows even moderate exercise can significantly cut your risk of heart disease. Suddenly the TV remote doesn’t seem quite so alluring any more...

According to academics at Harvard University, you don’t need the training schedule of an Olympic athlete in order to reap the health benefits of exercise. Just two and a half hours spent cycling or walking briskly each week can help to lower risk of heart disease by 14% - which is more than you can say for watching old Friends re-runs...

Research shows that those who carry out even...

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Home skincare goes pro with new Tua Spa

02
August
2011
Home skincare goes pro with new Tua Spa

Does your tired skin need a pick-me-up? We all wish we had the time and money to treat ourselves to a spa break every weekend. Fortunately, the new Tua Spa is a nifty gadget that will help you to deep-cleanse and rejuvenate your skin at home – so you can look your best in minutes, even if your next weekend away is a little while off.

Beauty fanatics will love the clever Tua Spa, which combines a variety of different treatments designed to leave you with a beautifully radiant complexion. Using ultrasound to deep cleanse pores and exfoliate the skin, the device reduces the appearance of dry patches and imperfections. It also uses ultrasonic waves to massage moisturisers into the face, helping them to penetrate further and boosting hydration – well, nobody wants thirsty skin, now, do...

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National Gut Health Week 2011

02
August
2011
National Gut Health Week 2011

Follow your gut feeling and make sure you look after your digestive tract this summer. 22nd-28th August 2011 is National Gut Health Week, and the focus is on keeping your gut in good condition whilst on holiday – great news if you’re prone to a bit of Delhi belly.

Don’t want another holiday spoiled by bloating, diarrhoea or stomach ache? Holidaymakers often find themselves exposed to harmful bacteria, yeast and pathogens that their bodies just can’t cope with. Luckily, the lovely people at www.highernature.co.uk have provided us with some helpful tips on how to keep your digestive system healthy while you’re away - so that you can spend all your time on the beach and not on the bog. Hoorah!

Be prepared

The microflora in your gut work hard to fight against harmful microbes, but...

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Bespoke beauty: Anne Semonin at the Pavillion Spa

29
July
2011
Bespoke beauty: Anne Semonin at the Pavillion Spa

Want your skincare to be as unique as you are? Life would be extremely boring if we all looked the same – not to mention pretty confusing. In celebration of individuality, the Pavillion Spa at London's Clivedon House hotel has teamed up with luxury skincare brand Anne Semonin to offer guests specially tailored treatments that are perfect for them. Now that's what we call good service...

You may not be able to afford one-of-a-kind couture or a customised car, but this personal approach to beauty means that at least you can show your skin some special treatment. The Pavillion Spa has announced that it will be offering a range of bespoke treatments using the Anne Semonin product range, all designed to cater to individual skin types. The collaboration will include the glamorous sounding...

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The Wahanda community - don't be afraid to ask

29
July
2011
The Wahanda community - don't be afraid to ask

Ask and ye shall receive. At Wahanda, we believe that if you don't ask, you'll never know – and that's just plain frustrating. We encourage members of our community to pick each others' brains and share all their helpful health and wellbeing tips - after all, sharing is caring...

This week, lots of people have found the answers they were looking for via our community page. Here's a quick look at just some of the things that were on people's minds...



Which professional nail lacquers do you rate as being the best?

Even if you are an established beauty therapist, you can still learn tips and tricks from others in the industry. Are you looking to change the products that you use during manicures and pedicures? Other therapists can provide recommendations based on what works for them –...

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Keep your cool with the latest fat-freezing inch loss solution

29
July
2011
Keep your cool with the latest fat-freezing inch loss solution

Can't shift those last few pounds? Don't get all hot and bothered about it. The latest treatment from the Rejuvenation Clinic will turn you into a pretty cool customer. Looks like it's time to say goodbye to that unwanted flab...

For many, the thought of an invasive process such as liposuction can be daunting. If the idea of going under the knife gives you the heebie-jeebies, then Cryolipolysis could be a more suitable treatment for you. Also known as Coolsculpting, this non-invasive procedure works by cooling fat cells to freezing point, causing their structure to deteriorate. The body can then eliminate these cells through its natural metabolic processes – leaving you looking trim and toned.

It might make you feel chilly just thinking about it, but Cryolipolysis has some distinct...

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New discovery helps predict depressive patients' response to treatment

28
July
2011
New discovery helps predict depressive patients' response to treatment

We all know that words can reveal a great deal about a person - but did you know that they can help to provide important information about your health? According to scientists at the University of Portsmouth, asking patients who suffer from depression to write a short description of how they feel could help to identify how well they will respond to guided self-help – making it easier for doctors to decide on an effective method of treatment.

Forget pills and potions - guided self-help is the form of therapy most commonly prescribed to those suffering from depression or anxiety. Typically, self-help takes the form of cognitive behavioural therapy, with patients making their way through a workbook and meeting weekly with a support worker. Many patients find that guided self-help allows them...

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Don't neglect your health - fitness fixes to suit your lifestyle

28
July
2011
Don't neglect your health - fitness fixes to suit your lifestyle

Want to get fit and healthy but find it hard to get motivated? You’re not alone. According to the latest survey by Scottish Widows, over 22 million Brits admit to neglecting their fitness. That’s an awful lot of couch potatoes...

The survey results show that with our busy schedules and stressful lives, many of us struggle to find the time and motivation to exercise. 45% of people in Britain feel they aren’t keeping fit enough, with one in ten saying the one thing they want more time for in life is exercise and healthy living. And it’s not just time that people are short of – lack of money also stops people from staying in shape, with 21% of those surveyed saying they don’t have enough cash for a gym membership.

Roger Black MBE, Scottish Widows Ambassador for the London 2012 Games, and...

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Friendly fish freshen feet at Dublin's new Anesis spa

28
July
2011
Friendly fish freshen feet at Dublin's new Anesis spa

There’s something fishy going on in Dublin. Luxurious fish spa Anesis has opened a new branch in Dublin’s Harvey Nichols store, offering customers manicures and pedicures with a difference. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and let lots of tiny fish nibble your dry skin away. Clever, eh? Makes you look at your goldfish in a different light...

Unfortunately, putting your feet in the goldfish bowl just won’t have the same effect. The fish at Anesis are special Garra Rufa fish, native to countries such as Turkey, Syria and Iran. In their natural habitat, these helpful little fish nibble away at the dead scales of bigger fish to keep them nice and clean – and it seems they are willing to help us humans, too. During a treatment, the fish will gently remove the dry skin from your hands or...

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Treat your tots too with these child-friendly spas

26
July
2011
Treat your tots too with these child-friendly spas

Why should grownups get to have all the fun? At Wahanda we believe that health, beauty and wellbeing should be accessible to everyone, regardless of age. Time to swap finger painting for a facial and mud pies for a manicure...

Although many spas impose age restrictions that mean you can’t bring your little treasures along with you, there are child-friendly venues out there – and some even specialise in treatments just for tots. Fancy a day of relaxation with you brood? Read on to discover more about our favourite family destinations in the UK, US and Europe.

Cupcake

Cupcake is a chain of private members clubs in London, designed with mums and mums-to-be in mind. Whilst you indulge in a well-deserved massage or spa treatment, your little ones can get stuck in to a cookery or art class -...

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Pioneering retreat offers hope to Type 2 diabetics

26
July
2011
Pioneering retreat offers hope to Type 2 diabetics

Fed up with medication? It could be time to rethink your options. New health retreat Obsidian may be able to help you ditch those pills and make injections a thing of the past – so that you can get on with enjoying life.

The pioneering retreat is run by British couple Andy and Carol West, who wanted to offer diabetics a year-round health management programme. However, it’s not just diabetics who stand to benefit from their innovative idea – cancer and heart disease sufferers also claim to have noticed a positive impact on their recovery following a stay at Obsidian.

The retreat offers nutrition and fitness advice in addition to a variety of relaxing therapies, all set against the backdrop of Spain’s beautiful Costa Blanca countryside. Whilst at the retreat, patients are introduced to...

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Going green - Wolgan Valley Resort is declared carbon neutral

26
July
2011
Going green - Wolgan Valley Resort is declared carbon neutral

Good news for the environment – eco-friendly Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa has received a carboNZero certificate to highlight its carbon neutral status. Time to make your next holiday a green one...

Situated in New South Wales, Australia, Wolgan Valley Resort offers guests a relaxing stay that aims to enhance overall wellness. Wolgan Valley is also the first hotel in the world to be certified carbon neutral by an internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification scheme – meaning that guests can enjoy themselves with a clear conscience. Well, we’ve only got one world, so we might as well look after it...

In order to achieve the resort's impressive new status, a number of initiatives were undertaken – including removing cattle from the grounds and protecting certain areas of...

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Daniel Galvin opens new salon at the Corinthia Hotel

26
July
2011
Daniel Galvin opens new salon at the Corinthia Hotel

Has your barnet got the blues? Daniel Galvin, hairdresser to the stars, has opened a new salon in London’s luxurious Corinthia Hotel – so there’s no longer any need to suffer from a bad hair day. Form an orderly queue please...

The new salon is situated in the hotel’s ESPA Life spa, and is perfect for those looking to receive star treatment. Together with Oscar-winning make-up artist and colleague Lois Burwell, Daniel has created an ‘Ultimate Make-Over Room’ – a glamorous area that is separate from the main salon, offering privacy and comfort to actresses, models and spa guests. Get ready to unleash your inner celebrity...

The salon is staffed by a team of dedicated colourists and stylists who have been carefully trained to provide the high standard of service that Daniel Galvin is known...

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Luxury on a budget - faking the 5* look

25
July
2011
Luxury on a budget - faking the 5* look

Think that you have to have a six figure bank balance to live life like a celebrity? Think again. We’ve got lots of great deals and offers on luxury spa breaks, and to celebrate we’ve come up with some fantastic beauty tips to get you looking glam in no time. Just follow these simple steps, throw on a pair of over-sized shades and get ready to live the high life (sssh, no one will know you’re faking it...)

Get a glow

You might not be able to spend time sunning yourself on a yacht in the Mediterranean, but there’s no reason why you can’t get a golden glow even an A-lister would be proud of. Sunless tanning means you can look as beautifully bronzed in Scarborough as you would in Sacramento – and we’ve got the perfect product to help you achieve that sun-kissed look. Sunbrushed tanning...

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The Spa in Dolphin Square teams up with [ comfort zone ]

25
July
2011
The Spa in Dolphin Square teams up with [ comfort zone ]

Health and beauty savvy Londoners are eagerly awaiting the opening of The Spa in Dolphin Square in October - and now there’s more tantalising news to make us impatient. It’s been announced that the swanky new Westminster spa will feature products and treatments from Italian skincare brand [ comfort zone ]. Mamma mia, we’re excited...

Amongst the [ comfort zone ] treatments on offer at the spa will be a line of anti-ageing, lifting and hydrating facials, in addition to relaxing body therapies designed to leave you feeling stress-free. [ comfort zone ] have also come up with a unique signature ritual using their Aromasoul Arabian skincare range, which will fit in perfectly with the spa’s focus on ancient therapies and Moroccan cleansing rituals. We don’t know about you, but we’re counting...

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The Wahanda community - a roundup of last week's questions

25
July
2011
The Wahanda community - a roundup of last week's questions

At Wahanda, we believe it’s good to ask lots of questions. If you’ve got something on your mind, the best way to find a solution is by sharing your query or problem and letting other community members give a helping hand – don’t worry, we won’t bite!

Here’s a look at some of the great questions that were asked last week. Just click on each question to see what answers our experts and enthusiasts gave.

I want my hair colour changed to blonde and brown but my hair colour is a bit dark – can you help me?

We all fancy a change every now and again. A new haircut or colour can boost your confidence and leave you feeling a million dollars – but get it wrong and you’ll find yourself cringing every time you pass a mirror. Read our experts’ advice and you’ll have no problem avoiding hair howlers...

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Liberate survey shows link between bullying and cosmetic surgery

22
July
2011
Liberate survey shows link between bullying and cosmetic surgery

Are you going under the knife for the right reasons? We’ve all heard the old rhyme ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me’ – and we all know that it isn’t always true. Suffering verbal bullying and teasing during childhood can have long lasting effects which change the way we perceive ourselves, and now new research has shown that victims may even resort to surgery in an attempt to ‘fix’ themselves.

According to the results of a survey by cosmetic surgery group Liberate, almost half of women teased about their appearance go on to consider plastic surgery. The survey, which involved 3000 British women between the ages of 18 and 30, showed that 47.45% had been bullied or teased about their appearance. Of these, 43.5% admitted that they would consider resorting...

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Get up and go with Hypnogogo

22
July
2011
Get up and go with Hypnogogo

Want to run but find it difficult to get motivated? Hypnotherapist Claire Benson has the answer. Her new series of downloads, Hypnogogo, has been designed to help make exercising that little bit easier – exactly what we like to hear.

Claire first came up with the idea of Hypnogogo when she wanted to take up running but struggled with the boredom and discomfort that she experienced during exercise. She says, 'I thought it would be fantastic if I could take better advantage of the 'trance state of running' as it's a very similar state to being in hypnosis. Hypnogogo was born out of this need. So while you aren't actually hypnotised when you use Hypnogogo your mind is relaxed and open to positive suggestions. And personally I can never get enough positive thinking in my life.’

Want to...

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Think natural: the alternative therapies that intrigue the nation

21
July
2011
Think natural: the alternative therapies that intrigue the nation

Just how open minded are you? According to a recent survey by health company Lifes2Good, 81% of British people would consider natural health practices and alternative health therapies to treat pain, stress and lack of sleep. Sounds like it could be time to think outside the box...

Lifes2Good know their stuff when it comes to alternative health - they produce their own portable health aid, the Yantra Mat. A cotton mat covered in spiked plastic contact points, the Yantra Mat helps to make the benefits of acupressure more accessible on the move. The contact points on the mat apply pressure to the body, increasing circulation and alleviating inflammation – so you don’t have to put up with those aches and pains any more. Phew!

So which alternative therapies intrigue us Brits the most? 37% of...

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Survive the school holidays with a pamper session at Bannatyne's

21
July
2011
Survive the school holidays with a pamper session at Bannatyne's

When you’re a child, nothing is more exciting than the summer holidays. For parents, however, having to keep the kids occupied for six weeks is not such a welcome prospect. Juggling work with entertaining the little ones can leave you feeling stressed and run down – so make sure you grab a precious moment to yourself every now and then to keep you feeling sane as you count down the days until September.

Luckily for busy parents, the Bannatyne Spa understand that not everybody has lots of spare time to spend being pampered. That’s why they offer a variety of luxurious treatments lasting from 15 minutes to an hour – meaning that you can squeeze a pedicure in between the cinema and that trip to the zoo.

Amongst the treatments that frazzled parents can choose from are the Leighton Denny...

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Get the hang of relaxation with Ravid Goldschmidt

21
July
2011
Get the hang of relaxation with Ravid Goldschmidt

Sick of feeling stressed? Unroll your yoga mat, light some candles and get ready to relax with the latest album from hang player Ravid Goldschmidt. You’ll start to feel calmer in no time...

Don’t worry, we’ll forgive you if you’ve not heard of the hang before - this melodic instrument is produced by a small company in Switzerland, and there aren’t many in existence. Made from metal, the instrument is tapped with the hands to make 7 or 8 different soothing sounds, which can be combined to create pieces of peaceful, relaxing music - perfect for helping you unwind after a stressful day.

Eager to hear what this instrument sounds like when played professionally? Percussionist Ravid Goldschmidt has really got the hang of the hang. He has spent time with the hang’s inventors, and has even...

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Don't delay - book a checkup today

18
July
2011
Don't delay - book a checkup today

Putting off going to see the dentist or optician? You’re not alone. A recent survey by HSF health plan (www.hsf.co.uk) has found that 38% of UK residents are postponing important medical checks due to the cost – a decision that could lead to increased risk of disease. We reckon it’s time to pick up the phone and make yourself an appointment...

Get your eyes tested

Even if you’re lucky enough to have perfect vision, it’s still important to make sure you get your eyes tested every 1-2 years. As well as picking up any eye problems, a visit to the optician can help to detect diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, glaucoma, clotting disorders and brain tumours. Looks like reading the letters on that chart could be more important than you thought...

Open wide

Say ‘aah’. Regular trips...

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Apodea's organic bodycare range is the bee's knees

18
July
2011
Apodea's organic bodycare range is the bee's knees

Many of us are used to eating honey on toast in the mornings or polishing our furniture with beeswax, but did you know that bee derived products can also be great for body and skincare? We’re starting to look at our stripey friends in a different light...

But hold your horses - before you go running for that jar of honey, you might want to learn more about organic bodycare range Apodea (www.apodea.com). The Italian brand’s clever products harness the hydrating and healing properties of honey, beeswax and propolis - so that you can nourish your skin without having to rub your breakfast on your face.

So what’s all the buzz about? Apodea is a small family business, run by the Rossi family who practise beekeeping on their farm in Umbria, Italy. Bees from the family hives collect nectar from...

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Turn back time with anti-ageing secrets from Glynis Barber

11
July
2011
Turn back time with anti-ageing secrets from Glynis Barber

Does your birthday tend to leave you sighing rather than celebrating? Ageing is unavoidable, but its effects don't have to be. Actress Glynis Barber's new TV series, which will air on health and wellness channel Body in Balance, aims to teach people how to stay happy, healthy and energetic, whatever their age. So no need to panic when you're blowing out those candles...

Glynis, who has had roles in EastEnders, New Tricks and The Royal, has been practising yoga for 25 years and is a firm believer in the importance of nutrition and exercise. Her new series, 'Secrets of Anti-Ageing with Glynis Barber' has been designed to show us how to stay fit and flexible, as well teaching us how to relax and avoid stress. Remote controls at the ready...

To help her impart her wellbeing secrets to others...

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The Wahanda community - sharing your knowledge

08
July
2011
The Wahanda community - sharing your knowledge

Looking to find some answers? Don’t be shy. Our buzzing Wahanda community is made up of a variety of experts, experienced consumers and health and beauty enthusiasts who will be more than happy to help.

Every Friday we take a quick look at the questions you’ve been asking and the great answers you’ve received. Here’s a brief overview of this week’s hot topics:

Is laser hair removal any more likely to irritate paler skin tones?

Want to zap that fuzz, but not sure what effect the treatment will have on your skin? Our experts are on hand to advise you, so that you can ensure your skin is protected. Read their advice on who is suitable for laser hair removal, and how best to prepare for a safe and effective treatment.

Is there a minimum age for spa breaks?

A spa day can be a wonderful...

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Bad Apple's second salon opens this month

07
July
2011
Bad Apple's second salon opens this month

At Wahanda we can’t get enough of Birmingham’s Bad Apple Hair salon, so we were excited to learn that the brains behind the business will be opening a new salon in Sutton Coldfield this July. We reckon it’s time to get a trim and check it out...

They say that the apple never falls far from the tree, and the new Bad Apple looks set to share some of the fantastic features of its parent salon. Combining a stylish interior with a relaxed atmosphere, the salon’s experienced staff will offer a range of classic cuts and blow-dries to help groom even the most unruly barnet.

The new salon will be larger than its Birmingham counterpart, and will even feature its own coffee shop where you can relax before or after a treatment or whilst waiting for a friend. Make ours a large cappuccino...

Salon...

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Sculpta Glasgow Clinic open day

07
July
2011
Sculpta Glasgow Clinic open day

Glaswegians: are you considering a cosmetic treatment and looking to find out more? If so, we have some good news for you - Glasgow’s Sculpta clinic is holding an open day this Saturday to teach you about teeth whitening, share the secrets of stem cell therapy and fill you in on fillers.

Guests at the clinic’s open day will be treated to canapés and drinks and will be invited to have a complimentary consultation with a nurse, doctor or surgeon. It’s the perfect opportunity to ask any burning questions and learn more about the treatments you are interested in – and there’s no obligation if you decide a procedure’s not for you.

The Sculpta clinic has a wide range of treatments to choose from, from stem cell therapy and vaser liposuction to anti-wrinkle injections, microdermabrasion and...

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No more excuses - it's time to ditch the remote

05
July
2011
No more excuses - it's time to ditch the remote

Calling all couch potatoes. We all know that exercising is much better for us than lazing around doing nothing, but unfortunately sometimes it’s just not as appealing. However, recent research has revealed that those who spend a lot of time sitting down are more at risk of developing dangerous blood clots than those who stay on the move. That’s given us back our get-up-and-go...

At Wahanda we’re a bit like that sports teacher you had at school – we don’t believe in excuses. Whatever the reason for your lack of exercise, we’ve got a solution. It’s time to put down the remote and start getting fit – you’ll feel better for it, we promise.

Feeling skint?

We all know what it’s like to feel broke. If you’re trying to watch the pennies, then a gym membership is likely to be a luxury that you...

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Love is in the air - top treatments for twosomes

04
July
2011
Love is in the air - top treatments for twosomes

Are there any celebrities who aren’t getting married this year? Kate and Wills, Lily Allen, Kate Moss, America Ferrera, Abbey Clancy and Peter Crouch, Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig – the list goes on. At Wahanda we believe everyone should enjoy the star treatment, so in celebration of the busy wedding season, we’ve come up with some ideas for lovebirds who are looking to relax.

Want to unwind on your honeymoon? Perhaps you’re not getting married but are looking to spend some quality time with your partner, even if they haven’t popped the question yet. We’ve got plenty of pampering suggestions to suit you, and they needn’t break the bank – great news if you don’t have a superstar budget.

Massage

Lots of spas offer special couples’ massages, allowing you and your loved one to relax...

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Time to treat yourself with 99 spa breaks for £99

01
July
2011
Time to treat yourself with 99 spa breaks for £99

Booked a late holiday this year and looking for somewhere to relax in the meantime? Or maybe you aren’t going away but want to treat yourself to a well-deserved mini-break. At Wahanda we know how important it is to unwind, which is why we’re offering 99 spa break offers for a purse-friendly £99 – making it easier for you to find somewhere to escape to this summer.

With 99 fabulous offers to choose from and over 25,000 rooms available nationwide, we’ve got a spa break for everyone. Whether you are looking for a weekend of pampering or a chance to chill out playing your favourite sport, we can help you to find the perfect getaway to suit your needs. And because we love a bargain, our 99 breaks are all priced either at £99 per person or £99 for two people – fantastic news for your...

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The Wahanda community - what's been on your mind?

01
July
2011
The Wahanda community - what's been on your mind?

This week, as usual, our community page has been buzzing with all your questions and answers. You’re a knowledgeable lot, and we really enjoy reading all your helpful advice. Here’s a quick look at how you’ve helped each other out over the last few days:

How many days should you leave between sessions on a sunbed?

Want a gorgeous tan but concerned about the risks involved? You don’t want to overexpose yourself to harmful rays. Read our community’s advice on how best to approach using sunbeds to get that golden glow.

Is there any good treatment for a frozen shoulder?

Anyone who has experienced a frozen shoulder will know that it can cause a great deal of pain. Luckily, there are a number of treatments that can help to ease the discomfort. Read more about how massage and gentle exercise...

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Get ready for your holiday with our top five fab tips

30
June
2011
Get ready for your holiday with our top five fab tips

You’ve booked your flight, chosen a fancy hotel and already started the daily countdown (much to the annoyance of your colleagues). But are you really ready for your holiday? We’ve chosen our top 5 favourite pre-holiday treatments to leave you feeling gorgeous, groomed and ready to enjoy that precious time off.

Nourish those nails

If you’re anything like us you’ll want to show off your perfect nails as you sip that fruity cocktail. However, going to the salon to top up your manicure can take up precious time that you could be using to go for a swim or enjoy the sunset. Invest in a clever two week manicure and your nails will stay perfectly polished for the duration of your holiday, with not a chip in sight.

Cut to the point

A new haircut will leave you feeling glamorous and...

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Get fit, the fatherly way

29
June
2011
Get fit, the fatherly way

New dads: are you looking to give your biceps and quads a good workout, but just don’t seem to have the time? You may not realise it, but you are in fact in possession of a fantastic exercise aid – your baby.

American dad Joshua Levitt, whose book Baby Barbells is due to be published in the UK tomorrow, has come up with a variety of different exercises designed to help fathers get in shape whilst spending precious time with their new child. These simple exercises are perfect for fathers leading busy lives, who might otherwise struggle to find the time to keep fit and bond with their baby.

Alarmed by the thought of using your baby as a dumbbell? All the exercises in Levitt’s book are gentle extensions of natural movements used during bonding and play. Examples include performing squats...

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Bizarre new treatment tickles Spain's fancy

29
June
2011
Bizarre new treatment tickles Spain's fancy

You can forget your manicures and massages – Madrid’s Cosquillarte is an urban spa that only offers tickling treatments. The venue opened its doors last December, and customers have been queuing up for therapy that tickles their funny bones – quite literally - ever since.

Cosquillarte was dreamt up by Isabel Aires, a PR specialist with a penchant for tickling. Aires’ dad used to tickle her to get her to go to sleep as a child, so it’s a sensation she’s always associated with deep relaxation. Together with two trained massage therapists, Aires created Cosquillarte to help share this love of tickling with others, and to provide a place where fellow fans can be tickled to their hearts’ content.

Tickling may normally give you the giggles, but at Cosquillarte it’s a process that’s taken very...

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The Hand and Foot Spa to open new flagship spa in Chelsea

28
June
2011
The Hand and Foot Spa to open new flagship spa in Chelsea

You’ve got to hand it to them. The Hand and Foot Spa has been treating toes and nourishing nails since 2007, and the chain is now set to expand with a new flagship spa in Chelsea. The spa, which is due to open in July, has been designed with privacy and quiet in mind – making it a great place to relax and unwind after a stressful day.

Priding itself in being London’s biggest venue dedicated exclusively to hand and foot treatments, the Chelsea spa will offer eight manicure and eleven pedicure stations where you can be pampered and polished to perfection. There will also be a dedicated men’s spa area (so no need to feel left out, boys) and a private room offering podiatry and reflexology. Feeling a bit peckish after your treatment? Head to the spa’s café for a tasty bite to eat in a...

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Get ready to join the pony club

28
June
2011
Get ready to join the pony club

Always dreamed of having a pony? No, we’re not talking show-jumping and jodhpurs – we’ve got something sleeker and much less high-maintenance in mind. Hershesons have launched a new Pony Bar at their blow dry bar in Topshop, Oxford Circus – so that you can sport a show-stopping mane even if your locks are a little lacking in the length department.

Visitors to the Pony Bar will be able to choose from a selection of different ponytails to suit their hair colour and preferred style. There’s no need to worry if you are not very adept at styling – the helpful Hershesons team will fit the ponytail for you, at no added cost. Fancy giving your look a twist? Ask the team to plait your new tresses for an on-trend style that will take you from day to night.

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Get a body like Beyoncé's

27
June
2011
Get a body like Beyoncé's

There were plenty of big names at Glastonbury this year, but no one managed to cause quite such a stir as Beyoncé did when she closed the festival. The singer had the nation transfixed as she took to the Pyramid Stage in a gold jacket and black hot pants designed to show off those perfectly toned thighs. We’ve got to admit, we’ve got serious body envy...

Are you looking to channel your inner Beyoncé? Unfortunately we can’t help you with the singing voice or the rapper husband, but we have got some tips to help you get fit, toned and glamorous this summer (hot pants optional).

Shake your booty

Beyoncé’s toned thighs and flat stomach are in part down to the vigorous dance routines that she performs along with her songs. Dancing gets the heart rate up, burns calories and gives the whole...

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Can calorie counting help to reverse Type 2 diabetes?

24
June
2011
Can calorie counting help to reverse Type 2 diabetes?

Time to get rid of the biscuit tin. It has been suggested that people suffering from Type 2 diabetes might be able to alleviate their symptoms by following a tough regime of calorie counting. However, whilst crash dieting sounds preferable to a lifetime on medication, some experts are questioning whether drastic changes are really the answer...

According to recent research, an eight week diet is all that is needed to reverse the effects of Type 2 diabetes and return blood sugar levels to normal. Sounds simple, but there’s a catch – researchers claim that in order to achieve the desired results patients must limit themselves to a meagre 600 calories a day. We’re feeling faint just thinking about it...

During a recent study doctors placed 11 patients on a strict diet of slimming shakes,...

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The Wahanda community - this week's questions

24
June
2011
The Wahanda community - this week's questions

Every Friday we like to have a quick look back over what’s been on everyone’s minds in the last week. We know that people in the Wahanda community are always bursting with questions that they’d like answered – and we love that there are so many health and beauty fans on hand to help them out. Without further ado, here’s a brief recap of what you’ve wanted to know this week:

Does the treatment microdermabrasion hurt?

You’ve chosen a treatment that seems right for you, but how can you find out whether it will be uncomfortable or not? Our community is full of experts who can help, as well as people who are willing to share their own experiences of treatments - so you can get an idea of what to expect before you go.

Has anyone had any experience of permanent make up treatments, e.g. brow...

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A great escape - Cardiff's Vale Resort spa

24
June
2011
A great escape - Cardiff's Vale Resort spa

Stressed by spreadsheets and moping about meetings? Then it could be time for a short break. Head to Cardiff’s Vale Resort hotel and spa for some well-deserved pampering that will leave you calm, relaxed and ready to deal with whatever the boss may thow at you.

The Vale Resort is Wales’ largest spa and has recently undergone £250,000 worth of refurbishment designed to make it even bigger and better. With a wide range of treatments and facilities available, the Vale Resort aims to restore a sense of serenity and wellbeing to its guests – because we all deserve some TLC every now and again.

Everyone has a different way of relaxing, and this spa is careful to cater to a variety of needs. Water babies will enjoy the tranquillity of the water zone with its water beds, water features and...

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Say no to needles - anti-ageing solutions from Transformulas

24
June
2011
Say no to needles - anti-ageing solutions from Transformulas

Think needles are for sewing and knives should remain in the kitchen? Surgery doesn’t have to be the only solution to your anti-ageing needs. Cosmeceuticals specialist Transformulas has a wide range of products to help you look younger and fresher – and the great news is that they are now available on the high street.

Transformulas is the brainchild of Rosalind Chapman, who was afraid of needles and wanted to find an alternative to surgical procedures. She developed a range of products designed to make anti-ageing affordable, accessible and non-invasive - what’s not to love?

Although previously only available through airlines such as Virgin Atlantic and Thomas Cook, Transformulas have now come to take the UK high street by storm. The products can be purchased at Harrods, Harvey Nichols...

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TOG's top ten tips for tip top toes

23
June
2011
TOG's top ten tips for tip top toes

Put your best foot forward. According to foot specialists TOG Orthotics, the average person will walk up to 920,000 steps this summer – and many people will end up visiting their doctor or pharmacist with a foot complaint. But panic not – your feet aren’t necessarily doomed. All it takes is a little preventative care to make sure that your toes stay looking and feeling good all summer. Now where did we put those sandals?

Dr. Paul Barratt, Medical Director for TOG Orthotics, says: ‘Feet are usually an afterthought: people don’t tend to focus on them until they want to get them out on display’. Thankfully TOG have some great tips to help us avoid any pesky problems. Read on for their advice on how we can all save our soles this summer.


Don’t ignore your feet. Really get to know your feet...

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New Mandarin Oriental hotel and spa open in Paris

23
June
2011
New Mandarin Oriental hotel and spa open in Paris

Great news for fans of the city of love - the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group (MOHG) will shortly be opening a new luxury hotel in Paris. At Wahanda we were particularly excited to learn of the hotel’s peaceful spa, where guests can unwind after a long day of sightseeing or romancing. Eurostar, here we come...

The spa, described by MOHG as an ‘oasis of Oriental wellbeing,’ has been designed with simplicity and purity in mind and features butterfly motifs on the walls to symbolise renewal. In keeping with the hotel’s Oriental roots, visitors will experience a Chinese bathing ritual prior to their treatments – the perfect way to begin a pampering session.

Facilities at the spa will include an Oriental herbal steam room, a 15 metre pool and luxurious treatment suites for individuals and...

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Free cosmetic surgery consultation from Sk:n and Spire Cosmetic Surgery

23
June
2011
Free cosmetic surgery consultation from Sk:n and Spire Cosmetic Surgery

Baffled by Botox? Fancy a facelift? Or maybe you’re contemplating collagen injections? We’ve got some great news for anyone considering cosmetic surgery – Sk:n and Spire Cosmetic Surgery have joined forces to offer free mini consultations with their top surgeons. Time to ask those questions that have been on your mind...

Plenty of people opt for cosmetic procedures to help them achieve the look they’ve always wanted. However, cosmetic surgery often brings with it periods of downtime and side effects such as swelling and bruising – so it’s not something to sign up for without careful consideration. Luckily Sk:n and Spire Cosmetic Surgery offer their consultations entirely free of obligation – helping you to make up your mind without any pressure.

Sk:n and Spire Cosmetic Surgery have...

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Wahanda's got festival fever

22
June
2011
Wahanda's got festival fever

Calling all festival bunnies - it’s that time of year again. You’re preparing to pitch your tent and rock your stuff to some great music (with a cheeky glass of cider or two of course). But festivals aren’t just about bands – they’re also a chance to show off how cool you are in the style stakes. Read on for some great tips to get you looking effortlessly glam in time for those festival frolics...

Let your hair down

Festivals are a chance to experiment and to try out a look you might not normally go for. To really stand out from the crowd, unleash your wild side and ask your colourist to dye your hair a bold shade such as red. If that sounds a bit too drastic for you, you can always keep it au naturale – just make sure you get a good conditioning treatment to really lavish attention on...

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Men's Health Weekend at Grayshott Spa

20
June
2011
Men's Health Weekend at Grayshott Spa

We’ve recently celebrated both Men’s Health Week and Fathers’ Day, and now Grayshott Spa in Surrey have made it a hat trick with their upcoming Men’s Health Weekend.

With specialists on hand to give talks and impart valuable advice, the weekend promises to be a great opportunity for men to learn more about their health – all in a relaxing spa setting. Boys, this weekend is all about you – and we think you’ll love the attention!

Talks are scheduled to take place throughout Men’s Health Weekend and will cover a variety of topics from nutrition and fitness to managing stress. There will also be opportunities for one-on-one consultations with specialists so that if there’s something bothering you, you can put your mind at rest. And don’t miss out on some circuit training at the gym on...

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The Wahanda community - a roundup of this week's questions

17
June
2011
The Wahanda community - a roundup of this week's questions

We love that so many people are looking to find answers to their health and wellbeing questions, and we think it’s great just how much you all want to help each other. We’ve learned loads this week from your questions and answers and we can’t wait to put our new knowledge into action. Here’s a quick look at some of the things you’ve been wondering about lately:

What’s better for weight loss – walking, running, swimming or riding?

So you’ve gathered your willpower and set aside some time in your schedule – but the hard part is deciding which weight loss activity is right for you. Every activity has different benefits – luckily the Wahanda community are ready to share their own experiences to help you find a workout that suits you.

What’s the best general strength program with limited...

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Cross the finish line in style with Boutique Run

17
June
2011
Cross the finish line in style with Boutique Run

If you thought that working out was more about press ups than pampering, think again. This July, last year’s popular Boutique Run is back - combining fitness with fashion to leave you feeling fabulous.

Boutique Sport, who organise the run, aim to make sporting activities more accessible to women through their super-stylish events. Strictly girls-only (well we’re not allowed to eat Yorkies so we’ve got to have something to keep us happy) the events give women an opportunity to get fit, meet new people and experience pampering beauty treatments. Which is more than you can say for a typical trip to the gym...

The Boutique Run takes place on the 9th July, and the evening kicks off with a group warm up followed by a 5k or 10k run through London’s Battersea Park. After crossing the finishing...

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Free tennis memberships at Esporta clubs if Murray is victorious

17
June
2011
Free tennis memberships at Esporta clubs if Murray is victorious

Forget about the prize money and the international acclaim – we think that Andy Murray should be thinking of us as he prepares to go for gold at Wimbledon. The lovely people at Esporta Health and Racquets Clubs have promised to offer up to £250,000 worth of free tennis memberships if Murray wins the tournament – so come on Andy, we’re relying on you!

We all know that there’s more to tennis than strawberries and Pimms, but daunting membership costs can mean it’s hard to get started at the sport. That’s why Esporta have decided to offer free tennis memberships to give people the push they really need to get involved. They are also planning to introduce free lessons for beginners, meaning that there’s no longer any excuse not to grab a racquet.

Love watching the tennis but unsure what the...

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Free Wahanda spa evening at Birmingham's Ardencote Manor Hotel

16
June
2011
Free Wahanda spa evening at Birmingham's Ardencote Manor Hotel

We like to think that there’s more to Wahanda than just the people (and goldfish) who make up our office. What makes the site really great is the wider community of wellbeing enthusiasts who truly believe in the importance of health and beauty - you’re a lovely bunch and it’s always great to hear what you have to say.

Which is why we are inviting you over to Ardencote Manor Hotel in Birmingham for some free pampering and a bit of a knees-up. Set in beautiful grounds, Ardencote Manor is a luxury spa and hotel that offers an array of relaxing treatments – perfect for escaping the bustle of your every day routine.

As pampering is what we do best, we’ll be offering our guests a free 15 minute mini treatment to spruce you up and leave you feeling refreshed – choose from a manicure, pedicure,...

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Label lingo: your guide to the latest anti-ageing ingredients

16
June
2011
Label lingo: your guide to the latest anti-ageing ingredients

We’ve all got bathroom shelves and dressing tables crammed with various beauty products, but how often do we actually check the labels to see what’s in them? The trouble is, even if we did take the time to scan the label we’d soon find it might as well be written in ancient Greek for all that we understood it.

At Wahanda we like to keep things nice and simple. We don’t want you to be confused by creams or stumped by serums, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the latest ingredients to hit the anti-ageing market. It’s nice and easy to follow, meaning that you won’t give yourself any worry lines trying to work it all out! Read on and you’ll be an anti-ageing expert in no time at all.

Sunflower Shoot Active – One of the prettier sounding ingredients on the market, this organic extract is...

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Zumba your way fit with the new Curves Circuit

15
June
2011
Zumba your way fit with the new Curves Circuit

Over the last few years, Zumba has taken the fitness world by storm. This high-paced energetic workout combines elements of dance and aerobics with great Latin and hip-hop beats to burn calories and help keep the body toned. Now Curves clubs have combined this popular form of exercise with their circuit class to create a new workout that’s even more fun and effective. Get ready to shimmy yourself slim...

Curves focuses on fitness and weight loss solutions for women (sorry boys, sometimes we need our girl time). Designed to help you wave goodbye to those extra pounds, strengthen up those muscles and kick start your metabolism, Curves’ exercise and diet programmes are a fun and motivational way to get in to shape – who said exercise had to be boring?

The new Curves Circuit with Zumba...

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Men's Health Week 2011

15
June
2011
Men's Health Week 2011

This week it’s Men’s Health Week, and gadget-loving guys will be happy to know that the focus is on how to use the internet and technology to improve your health. There’s lots of information available on the internet that relates to health and fitness, so there really is no excuse not to stay up to date on the latest news in wellbeing. Keyboards at the ready, boys...

Satisfy your curiosity

These days, thanks to the internet, it’s possible to find information on even the most obscure treatments and sports online. Whether you are curious about cryotherapy or baffled by boxercise, we’ve got a description to help. Do your homework and you’ll sound like an expert when you turn up at the gym...

Interact

One of the great things about the web is that it allows us to pool resources and share...

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Protect your peepers with these top tips

14
June
2011
Protect your peepers with these top tips

Did you know that this week is National Eye Health week? As the experts at Ultralase point out, we only have one pair of eyes – which means we only get one shot at looking after them properly. Luckily Ultralase have shared some fun facts and useful tips to help us get an idea of just how amazing our eyes are and how to care for them. Read on to learn more about keeping those peepers in pristine condition...

Fascinating facts


The human eye is composed of more than 2 million working parts



With a healthy pair of eyes you can see candle light at a distance of 14 miles



Your eyes can detect 10 million different colours and distinguish between 500 shades of grey


How to look after your eyes


Next time you do your weekly supermarket shop, pause for a moment and give your vision...

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How to wow at a summer wedding

14
June
2011
How to wow at a summer wedding

Wedding season is upon us once again. Kate and Wills kicked it all off in April and it seems like since then the confetti just hasn’t stopped falling. With Lily Allen tying the knot last weekend and Kate Moss set to say ‘I do’ at the beginning of July the world appears to have gone nuts for nuptials.

Luckily it’s not just the celebrities who get to have all the fun - the chances are most of us will be attending at least one wedding this summer too. Everyone loves a good wedding, but it can also be stressful trying to make sure that you look your best. Don’t worry, help is at hand - whether you’re the blushing bride, the gorgeous groom or even a glowing guest we’ve got some great tips to help get you ready for the big day.

Bride

Get the girls together for a spa day. Wedding day...

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New travel spa at Gatwick Airport

13
June
2011
New travel spa at Gatwick Airport

We all want to touch down on the tarmac in style, but it can be easier said than done. Hours spent hanging round the airport waiting for a flight often leave us arriving at our destination feeling tired, flustered and generally fed up. Happily, there is now a solution – Gatwick’s new travel spa offers a variety of services designed to pamper and relax passengers so that they arrive at their destination feeling calm and refreshed. Flight? What flight?

The new spa, located in Gatwick’s North Terminal, offers travellers a variety of facilities, including showers to help them freshen up and massages and facials to soothe frazzled nerves. There are also salon services such as hairdressing and manicures to help beauty-conscious passengers stay polished to perfection during their journey – after...

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Train to be a makeup artist with AOFM

13
June
2011
Train to be a makeup artist with AOFM

Last week I brightened up a rainy day with a trip to the Academy of Freelance Makeup (AOFM). Situated on Soho’s stylish Dean Street, the academy is arranged over several floors and boasts plenty of facilities to help budding makeup artists learn the tricks of the trade.

AOFM was founded by Jana Ririnui, who felt that existing makeup training courses failed to give students a sufficient working knowledge of the industry they were about to enter. He wanted to create an environment where students could meet a variety of different makeup artists working in editorial, catwalk and advertising. The idea was to expose students to a myriad of styles whilst providing them with some useful contacts for the future – vital for breaking into the industry after completing a course.

On arrival at AOFM...

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New: ESPA Life at Corinthia Hotel, London

10
June
2011
New: ESPA Life at Corinthia Hotel, London

Sometimes we all need to escape and spend some time focusing on our health and state of mind. Which is why it’s great news that spa and skincare company ESPA are opening what they describe as “a leading voice in the next generation of spa”. Ooh, that’s got our attention.

The company’s flagship wellness spa, ESPA Life at the Corinthia Hotel, aims to combine luxury with relaxation and overall wellbeing – leaving us feeling refreshed and ready to take whatever life may throw at us.

The spa embraces an integrated approach to wellbeing, combining holistic lifestyle programmes with healthy eating, fitness facilities and a variety of different treatments. If you are keen to get into shape you can kick start your new healthy lifestyle with some swimming in the spa’s 9ft pool or a trip to the...

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Ministry of Waxing pop up shop at Selfridges

10
June
2011
Ministry of Waxing pop up shop at Selfridges

Body hair is so last season. We might have been able to get away with hiding the fuzz during the winter, but now that the sun is out (well, most of the time anyway) we need to be prepared to bare – which means getting down to some good old-fashioned grooming.

Happily the wax experts from Ministry of Waxing are on hand to tackle unruly under arms, legs and bikini lines, leaving us super smooth and ready to hit the beach. As well as their usual city hotspots, their new Selfridges summer pop up shops offer speedy but effective waxing treatments that you can fit in around your shopping - now that’s what we call efficiency.

Jayne Demuro, Selfridges’ Head of Beauty says, "We love Selfridges to be a one-stop shop for beauty, where you can experience anything from brow threading to fake tanning...

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New spa to open at The Cube, Birmingham

10
June
2011
New spa to open at The Cube, Birmingham

Striking building ‘The Cube’ is a relatively new addition to Birmingham’s skyline, but already it looks set to be an important location for the city’s leisure industry. The £12 million development is going to feature a luxury spa in addition to a private members’ club, boutique hotel, shops and restaurants - fantastic news for those looking to meet all their lifestyle needs under one roof.

Health and fitness fanatics will be pleased to know that the new spa will include a variety of facilities designed to relax and pamper its guests. Visitors will be able to make use of saunas and steamrooms, a hydrotherapy pool, a dry floatation tank and a fitness suite. There will also be ten treatment rooms where clients can experience a variety of different treatments – and you’ll be able to practise...

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The Urban Physic Garden opens its gates in SE1

09
June
2011
The Urban Physic Garden opens its gates in SE1

We tend to think of medicinal plants and herbs as belonging to another era filled with apothecaries and potions. However, the practice of growing medicinal plants is alive and well, as illustrated by a new pop-up garden on SE1’s Union Street.

The latest project from the green fingers behind last year’s Union Street Urban Orchard, the Urban Physic Garden is tucked away amongst the offices and apartment blocks of Central London. It incorporates a variety of different plants all boasting healing properties, with the aim of teaching a city of fad fanatics and supplement junkies to stay healthy the natural way.

Welcome to the herbal hospital; the garden is divided into ‘wards’, each focussing on healing for a different area of the body. In the dermatology ward you’ll find plants such as...

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Fight the flab with GetJar.com

09
June
2011
Fight the flab with GetJar.com

We’ve spent the winter covering up, strategically hiding our wobbly bits under baggy jumpers and treating ourselves to indulgent snacks in the knowledge that no one can see the results. But now it’s that terrifying time of year again – summer. We’re starting to wish we’d kept that bikini in mind last time we reached for the Pringles...

Happily, diet and exercise motivation is on hand in the form of handy fitness apps from GetJar.com. Everyone wants a fitness buddy, but schedules mean that your best mate won’t always be on hand to work out with you. Don’t worry – the following apps will turn your phone into a great fitness friend (and you won’t have to put up with it whinging, either).

SuperFood

Learn about the superstars of the food world – the foods which are great for your hair,...

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New Stem Cell 3D Complex from DermaQuest at DestinationSkin

09
June
2011
New Stem Cell 3D Complex from DermaQuest at DestinationSkin

Good news for those who, like Cher, are looking to turn back time - skincare brand DermaQuest are hailing their latest product as ‘the ultimate anti-ageing hero’. Containing extracts of gardenia, edelweiss and sea fennel, the Stem Cell 3D Complex promises to reduce wrinkle depth by 15% over a period of 20 days. I headed over to the Westfield DestinationSkin clinic to attend the product’s launch and see for myself what all the fuss was about.

At first glance a pot of the Stem Cell 3D Complex appears rather small. However, there’s a lot packed into those 30ml, meaning that a little goes a long way. The cream contains botanical stem cells that are 1,000 times more active than the stem cells currently used in other anti-ageing products. Extracts of antioxidant-rich gardenia help to encourage...

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Naturist spa opens in Birmingham

08
June
2011
Naturist spa opens in Birmingham

Get ready to don your birthday suit. Whether you’re a seasoned naturist or simply looking to try out this bare-all lifestyle, Birmingham’s new Clover Spa and Hotel has been designed with you in mind. Spa owner Tim Higg has created a retreat specifically for naturists, giving guests the opportunity “to enjoy all the sophistication and relaxation offered by a traditional luxurious spa, while following their naturist lifestyle choice.”

Situated in a refurbished 1920s building, the Clover is a boutique hotel offering seven different individually-designed guest rooms. However, you don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to make use of the Clover’s spa facilities. Any visitor to the spa can enjoy use of a hot tub, cold plunge pool, sauna, steamroom, heated loungers and a foot spa. A variety of...

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Spas that take design to the next level

08
June
2011
Spas that take design to the next level

We go to spas to escape from everyday reality, so it stands to reason that we expect something a little out of the ordinary from their interior design. Most spas offer a level of luxury that we just couldn’t recreate at home – however some go even further and provide an impressive visual experience that’s impossible to forget.

The Atomic Spa Suisse, situated in eclectic Milanese hotel Boscolo Exedra, is one example of a spa that’s a treat for the eyes as well as the body. Featuring more than 1,200 mirrored bubbles, the interior of the spa has been designed to evoke champagne bubbles rising to the top of a glass. Visitors can expect a few metal bubbles at the entrance, becoming denser further inside the spa. We’re craving a glass of champagne just thinking about it!

Don’t worry if you’ve...

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away

08
June
2011
An apple a day keeps the doctor away

Make sure your iPhone isn’t the only form of apple in your life. A recent research study at the University of Iowa has shown that eating apples could help to increase muscle strength and reduce body fat, as well as helping to prevent illnesses such as diabetes and muscular atrophy. Race you to the greengrocers...

Dr Christopher Adams, leader of the study, explained that health benefits may be derived from a chemical called ursolic acid, commonly found in apples. But fussy eaters be warned – the chemical is mostly concentrated in the apple’s peel and removing its skin may reduce the effect.

According to the researchers, ursolic acid is capable of reducing body fat by over 50% while boosting muscle growth by up to 15%. It can also help to counter muscular atrophy, a degenerative disease...

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Straight talking with Vidal Sassoon

07
June
2011
Straight talking with Vidal Sassoon

Home hair styling has never been easier. We’re lucky to live in an age where it’s possible to change our hair as often as we change our mood (and for some of us that’s pretty regularly!). Fancy a full head of bouncing curls one day and a super sleek and straight mane the next? All you need is a great set of straighteners that deliver salon standard results while protecting the hair from unnecessary heat damage.

Many of us equate hair straighteners with high temperatures that could dry out our hair, but according to the experts at Vidal Sassoon it’s possible to achieve a great look without using extreme heat. Here’s what they reckon makes for a great straightening experience:

Ionic technology

Ionic technology is used to emit negatively charged ions onto the hair shaft to break down...

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The Wahandies

07
June
2011
The Wahandies

Drum roll please...

We are very excited to announce the launch of the Wahandies, monthly awards designed to say thank you to the venues and treatments our community loves the most. But we can’t do it without you - this is your chance to reward your favourite businesses and help them get recognised as the stars that they are.

How the Wahandies work

Each month, we’ll award ten different Wahandies to the businesses that our community rates the highest. We like to shake it up a bit, so the categories will change each month depending on our current theme (last month we couldn’t get enough of beach body fixes, so May’s categories are all related to pre-holiday preening).

We’ll choose the winners based on community reviews, taking into account average ratings, number of reviews, quality of...

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Coco Nail Bar opens on London's Portobello Road

06
June
2011
Coco Nail Bar opens on London's Portobello Road

We’re always excited to learn of somewhere new where we can pamper ourselves, and Coco Nail Bar is no exception. Designed to fit in to the lives of busy but beauty-conscious Londoners, Coco offers a range of on-trend nail treatments in a luxurious setting. It’s the perfect place to take time out of your busy schedule and indulge in a spot of well-deserved grooming.

The Coco Concept

From express services to full-on indulgent pampering, Coco aims to offer affordable nail treatments to suit everyone. The nail bar’s glamorous, spacious interior provides a welcome retreat from the bustle of every day life.

Treatments

Coco offers a range of nail treatments, incorporating the latest trends alongside popular classics. Both men and women are invited to sit back, relax and let the skilled...

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Get the perfect beach bum with The Private Clinic

06
June
2011
Get the perfect beach bum with The Private Clinic

It’s been over a month since the Royal Wedding and we’re still all talking about Britain’s most famous bottom. Only last week we shared some tips with you on how to exercise your way to a bum as enviable as Pippa Middleton’s, and now we’ve got the lowdown on some great treatments from The Private Clinic to help you get a derriere you can be proud of. These treatments are just the quick fix you need to get you beach ready in time for your holidays - especially if that exercise agenda hasn’t quite gone to plan.

Here’s an explanation from The Private Clinic of some of the treatments on offer:

Problem: Cellulite

The Private Clinic offer two fantastic treatments to flight cellulite, ideal before you get into that bikini or a slinky summer dress.

VelaShape is the first and only cellulite...

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National Eye Health Week 2011

06
June
2011
National Eye Health Week 2011

We are so used to browsing our favourite websites, window shopping on our lunch break and watching TV in the evening that we don’t even think about the amount of strain we are putting on our eyes. While we are careful to pay attention to our teeth, nails and skin, our poor eyes are often sadly overlooked, making us more prone to developing an eye condition. Healthcare professionals and eye charities are keen to turn this around, and will be taking advantage of National Eye Health Week (13-19 June) to help raise awareness of the importance of caring for our eyes.

Shafiq Rehman, consultant ophthalmologist at Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust and Yorkshire Eye Hospital, says: “There are many ways we can look after our eyes in addition to simply wearing specs and sunglasses but many people...

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The Wahanda community - your questions answered

03
June
2011
The Wahanda community - your questions answered

One of the great things about the Wahanda community is the willingness of everybody to help each other out. We all have experiences and expertise that we can share, so if you have a burning question don’t hesitate to ask – a solution could be just a mouse click away.

Here’s what’s been on your mind this week:

Can anyone recommend natural remedies for travel sickness?

Anyone who has suffered from travel sickness will know that it’s not a laughing matter, and can be quite a worry if you are intending to travel long distances to go on holiday. Thankfully, the trusty Wahanda community has plenty of suggestions for natural remedies to fight the nausea.

Since fruit takes less time to digest than other foods, is it a bad idea to add fruit to salads?

Fruit and salad are a winning combination...

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New David Lloyd club to contain chain’s largest Amida Spa

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June
2011
New David Lloyd club to contain chain’s largest Amida Spa

Grab your swimsuit and fluffy towel – plans have been unveiled for a new David Lloyd Leisure club in Farnham, Surrey. The club will feature the largest Amida Spa of any David Lloyd centre, with all sorts of luxurious facilities designed to pamper and relax.

Visitors to the Amida Spa will be able to take advantage of six treatment rooms offering therapies and massages, in addition to four sauna rooms, a spa pool and outdoor sauna cabins. There will also be a relaxation area, a gym, a nail studio and a tanning salon, meaning that you can get all your health and beauty fixes under one roof.

In addition to the Amida Spa, the £12m development will boast 8 outdoor tennis courts, a sports hall and a physiotherapy and osteopathy clinic to address any aches and pains. There’s also good news for...

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Bring a friend for free at Champneys

02
June
2011
Bring a friend for free at Champneys

We all need to get away sometimes. Do you daydream of escaping your commute, the housework, the children or just the general stress of everyday life? If so, a short spa break could be exactly what you are looking for.

Of course, if there’s anything better than being pampered it’s being pampered with a friend. Friendship and laughter are good for the soul and being with a friend can help produce endorphins that are important for well-being. That’s why Champneys are offering you the chance to bring a friend with you for free and get down to some serious relaxing at one of their luxurious UK spas.

The two night spa break includes accommodation, meals and full use of the spa facilities. In addition to this, the paying guest will receive a relaxing massage and a thalassotherapy session....

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Thermage® - the latest treatment from sk:n

02
June
2011
 Thermage® - the latest treatment from sk:n

We’re excited to learn that sk:n are launching a new treatment this month designed to smooth, tighten and contour the skin just in time for summer. Forget about slathering yourself in make-up -this treatment will leave your face looking youthful, refreshed and glowing, so you can dare to bare on holiday after all (although we recommend keeping the bikini on...)

Thermage is a new, non-invasive treatment which works by heating the different layers of the skin to tighten existing collagen and stimulate the formation of new collagen. This contours the face and softens those pesky wrinkles, leaving the skin looking and feeling rejuvenated.

Treatment time for facial areas is approximately 45-60 minutes. During this time you will receive an in depth consultation with your sk:n doctor, helping...

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Challenge Pippa Middleton for Rear of the Year

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June
2011
Challenge Pippa Middleton for Rear of the Year

It’s no surprise that Pippa Middleton looks set to win Rear of the Year 2011, especially given that her derriere gained just as many newspaper headlines as Kate’s dress. Since the Royal Wedding in April, just about every woman in Britain’s desire is to own a McQueen dress and a perfectly formed bottom to match. Sadly we can’t help you out with the couture side of things, but we do have some great tips from Pure Gym to help you get your bum in to shape, whatever your body type.

First, it’s important to identify your body shape. Not everyone looks the same (thank goodness – how boring would that be?) and we all have to exercise differently to achieve our goals. The most common body types are:

Apple – You are generally rounder in shape but with a top half that is slightly bigger

Pear –...

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The CEW (UK) 2011 Beauty Awards Winners

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June
2011
The CEW (UK) 2011 Beauty Awards Winners

With so many different products and brands available, these days beauty lovers are truly spoiled for choice. While this is generally a good thing (it makes shopping a lot more fun and allows us to shake up our look whenever we want) it can sometimes be difficult to know exactly where to begin. With so many options to choose from, how can we really know which product will best suit our needs? Thankfully, CEW (UK) have stepped in to find out exactly what we should have on our radar for 2011, meaning that we can spend less time pondering and more time preening. Sounds good to us.

CEW (UK)’s annual beauty awards aim to provide recognition both to new brands and to long-standing favourites, and the 2011 awards, sponsored by Superdrug, were no exception. 25 winning products were voted for by...

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