Parabens: What you need to know about beauty’s bogeyman

  The recent vogue for clean eating is making many of us more conscious about what we’re putting into our bodies. The same movement is also prompting many of us to think twice about the ingredients we’re putting onto our bodies. Just as the Elizabethans had no idea that lead, arsenic and mercury-based beauty products were steadily poisoning them, there are many ingredients on our dressing tables which may be causing you unknown harm. Arsenic may be an extreme comparison, but it does illustrate the point that we very rarely stop to investigate what we’re using on our skin as part of our daily routines. If you have recently started…

Microshading: Microblading gets airbrushed

A new semi-permanent eyebrow tattooing technique is taking over from microblading, offering the eyebrow obsessives amongst us an “Instagram”, airbrushed finish. Microblading & Microfeathering If you’re big into brows, you’ll already know a bit about microblading, a technique which uses superfine pigment to give you perfect looking brows using short term tattoos. These teeny tiny, shallow tattoos last a few months (up to a year and a half) and recreate the appearance of eyebrow hairs in areas where your natural brows may be patchy, thin or not quite that “on fleek” shape.   If you’re especially eyebrow obsessed, you may also have come across microfeathering; a less intense version of…

New Heights: Should you workout with a Versaclimber?

  Is your workout routine failing to inspire you at the moment? It’s not easy to stay motivated when you’re losing interest in your classes and circuits. Changing things up is a really good way to get your head (and body) back in the game, which is why trying something new can work wonders when you begin to feel the couch or the pub calling… Another reason why you might be losing interest in your current routine may boil down to lack of challenge. Once we’re over those first few fitness hurdles, our focus is usually all about small incremental gains. These can feel less inspiring than conquering our early…

How to Control Curls in the Summer Heat

  We love big curls (and little curls too!), but the summer can wreak havoc with curly mops. Humidity can be a particular problem, with buoyant bouncy curls becoming limp, frizzy and just-plain not fun to deal with then the weather gets hot. But beautiful weather doesn’t have to spell a lacklustre barnet. In fact, there are tonnes of tips and tricks which can keep curly dos looking their finest, even when the temperature starts to climb past 30 degrees Celsius. Ready to upgrade your summertime curly hair care routine? Here are our favourite ideas to keep your hair looking cool when it’s hot outside…   1. Stay Hydrated This…

Workout makeup: Do you boxercise bare-faced?

  Do you wear a little makeup to the gym or do you bench, bike and boxercise bare-faced? For some people, the idea of going somewhere public (and often image obsessed) without a little makeup on is terrifying. For others, the notion of putting on makeup only to sweat it off is inconceivable. Which camp do you fall into? In the 21st Century we all have the freedom to do exactly as we please with our bodies and our faces (thank goodness!). For some of us that means getting red-faced, sweaty and feeling the burn without worrying about mascara melting. For others that means feeling confident when we step into…