Your A-Z guide to boosting your beauty, health and well-being
JIf needles is for Jet-M aren’t for you, discover the fab new E is for Eyes
If the eyes do have it then make the most of your peepers with extravagant lashes, fit for fluttering - try the fabulous new Le 2 De Guerlain Volume mascara, £24, from Guerlain.
F is for Feet
AOnisa mission for Aveda to uncover our hidden beauty, whilst caring for the environment and planet, Aveda products are loaded with botanically based ingredients, and natural or organic extracts. We love the Remedy™ Daily Hair Repair, £18, available from Aveda spas and salons, or www.aveda.co.uk.
focusing on areas the sun naturally kisses – your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. With its soft pearl finish, we love the new Refined Golden bronzing powder from MAC, £16.50.
Neglect your tootsies and they’ll ensure you pay for it with bunions like Victoria Beckham, unsightly cracked heels, or painful corns and callouses. Try the Champneys Perfect Pedicure Intensive Foot Butter, £8, to keep your feet fresh and moisturised, or check out www.feetforlife.org to find a foot care expert near you.
CFashion is for Colour led the way and now beauty is following,
GResearch is for Get Outside shows that exercising outdoors is better
BTo getis for Bronzing the most out of your bronzer, sweep it across your face using a big rounded brush,
with a penchant for punchy hues and splashes of colour. Go redhead like Florence Welch, experiment with turquoise mascara as seen on the runway at DKNY, or splash hot pinks and corals across your lids and cheeks in the style of models at Accessorize.
DWigsis and for Dream Hair hair pieces have come into their own these past few years, with countless celebs including Beyonce and Katie Holmes switching their style as often as their wardrobes. Whether you’ve lost your hair through illness or medical treatment, or if your short style won’t grow as quick as you’d like, a professionally made wig or hair-piece could be just the solution you’re looking for.
K is for
Band Suit £32, Jasper Conran at Debenhams
Jet-M treatment, based on principles of jet aviation. Utilising nature’s basic elements - air and water - to exfoliate, hydrate and rejuvenate your skin, the treatment can replicate the effects of a chemical peel or injectable fillers, without the invasiveness or downtime of surgery. www.jetmuk.co.uk
for both body and mind. The fresh air will boost energy levels, while natural light gives our skin a surge of Vitamin D - essential for a healthy glow - and helps banish bad moods. Run, jog or walk - it’s good to get out!
HKnown is for Hormones as the happy hormones, endorphins, serotonin and melatonin help regulate our moods and keep us feeling good, so give yours a boost with exercise, chocolate, sex, fruit, veggies or sunflower seeds.
IElemis, is for Indulgence Espa, Gerard’s, Clarins, Thalgo, Dermalogica and Dolmor - the list of indulgent spa treats goes on and on, so make sure you get in on the luxurious action with a well deserved spa session from the best spas in Wales - all in this guide.
For glossy locks, try the new ultranourishing Chronologiste treatment from Kérastase, infused with rejuvenating Mimetic Caviar pearls. Perfect for an intensive salon ritual, or available as a luxury home haircare set too! See www.kerastase.co.uk for Kérastase salons.
LWhether is for Lips you’re puckering up in dramatic reds, moody purples or barely-there nudes, lips this season are plumped to the max, and laden with gloss. For a wardrobe of shades check out the new Tom Ford Private Blend colour collection, from £35, and layer with a slick of plumping gloss.
M is for Massage
We all know a massage is the perfect way to relax, but did you know other benefits can include a stronger immune system, better circulation, improved joint mobility, and it can even help digestive problems too? For a full massage treatment guide, visit spa directory www.wahanda.com, and look out for our faves, which include Hot Stone Therapy, Indian head massage, and the mummy of all massages – a full body treatment. Just feel those aches and tensions melt away…
RForisshiny for Redken summer hair, try
first things a person will notice about you, so make sure your nails are in tip-top condition with a regular manicure. When it comes to summer shades we love the punchy Fuchsia Fever, £6.29, from Revlon’s new nail collection. The best nail varnish on the market today according to LF beauty experts!
the new Colour Extend Sun collection from Redken, with SPF 10 to protect your locks during sun exposure, and rich mango oil to replenish the drying effects of summer.
OThink is for Old School Glamour Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe when getting your next blow-dry, because channeling classic Hollywood glamour is big beauty news for 2010. To re-create old-school glam make up, delve into the Estée Lauder Michael Kors Very Hollywood Colour Collection, where smokey eyes and dramatic pink lips steal the spotlight.
SA year-round is for Spray Tan glow isn’t just for celebs, so get beautifully bronzed with a golden spray tan. For added shimmer dust on the Hawaiian Sun bronzer, £18.50, from Jelly Pong Pong available at Debenhams, or if you’re feeling brave go DIY with the new Vitamin D enriched products from Fake Bake Jennifer Anniston’s tan brand of choice.
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XGiveis your for Xtra Factor body, bum and
thighs the Xtra factor on the beach, by banishing cellulite this summer. We’ve heard great things about the Geranium & Grapefruit Firming Body Oil, £15, from Korres, which smoothes skin to reduce the appearance of ‘orange peel’. Or if you’re after something a little more heavy duty, check out the endless insalon treatments to tone and trim your wobbly bits pronto.
Rich and creamy shades of vanilla and honey blonde are this season’s colour du jour, with even Giorgio Armani spray painting blonde highlights onto the tresses of his summer models. To maintain your new hue, try the BLONDEME range from Schwarzkopf, available from Schwarzkopf salons and www.hairsupermarket.com. CC 2010 collections
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Trying Something New
PTheiskeyfortoPampering pampering perfection often lies in choosing the perfect package. Whether it’s an energizing scrub followed by a detoxing treatment, or a relaxing massage with intensive moisture masks, the treatment should suit your skin and mood. To find your perfect match just flick through the pages of your brilliant Ladies First Beauty Bible…pampering heaven awaits!
QKickistheforhabit Quit once and for all with the free starter kits from smokefree.nhs.uk. And if mouth diseases, tooth decay, cancer risks and wrinkles don’t inspire you yet, just think of the shoes you can buy with the cash you’d save! Or handbags, or dresses, or designer shades… go on, quit NOW!
Getting in shape can be a daunting task, so to mix things up why not try something new? Ever been salsa dancing? It can burn 10 calories a minute! How about boxercise? It’s a fantastic confidence booster. Then there’s spinning, aqua aerobics, burlesque dancing, weight lifting…go on, give something different a whirl.
USinceis for UV Protection daily UV exposure can increase the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, for year-round protection it’s essential to invest in a quality moisturiser with added SPF, like Clinique’s City Block SPF 25, £15.00, or the SPF 25 tinted mositurising balm, £31.50, from Bobbi Brown.
W is for Wonderful Smile Did you know that smiling more often could add an incredible 7 years to your life span? And with today’s host of cosmetic dental treatments, there’s no longer any need to put up with a smile that knocks your confidence because of loose dentures, or crooked teeth. For more information on the treatments that could help you smile, take a look through the rest of this ultimate beauty bible.
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YIf you is for Yoga thought yoga was all hippy values and tangled body parts, think again. Literally meaning ‘union’ in Sanskrit, the basis of yoga is to unify your body and mind through strategic stretches and relaxation techniques, which can benefit not only your stress levels, but your joints, muscles, circulation and posture too. Not to mention the added benefits of helping to stem addictions like smoking, easing gynaecological disorders, flushing out toxins, eliminating bloating, and helping to ease pregnancy and birth. Now that sounds good to us! Find a local class or instructor with www.yogafinder.com.
ZWithis for Zest a cocktail of tangerine juice, orange flower petals, mango flowers, magnolia and feminine freesia, the new limited edition DKNY women’s summer fragrance £30, is the perfect way to add an energizing spritz of summer zest to your beauty routine.