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SUMMER 2013

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SUMMER 2013 NOTED-MAGAZINE.COM EDITOR: KATE LAM kate.lam@noted-magazine.com

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CONTENTS

Small but mighty beauty products 21

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SAND, SEA AND SUNSCREEN Top 10 sunscreen recommendations

LET’S BREAK FOR BREAKFAST

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Brilliant breakfast eats

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COMING CLEAN How to get the cleansing routine right

THE NOTICEBOARD Notes to self on things you must do

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BEAUTY IN MINIATURE

IT’S A GOLDEN SUMMER

Fake tan greats

A WEEK IN COCKTAILS

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A diary of London’s best bars

HELLO SUNSHINE Neutralising summer skin problems

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FIND YOUR MATCH The best scented candles

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A SPLASH OF COLOUR Bright and simple wall art

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FINE FEATS OF DESIGN Celebrating the best in design

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TRAVEL NOTES The best travel hideouts

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THE WISHLIST

POOLS WITH A VIEW The best places to dive into

Have the credit card ready 10

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RISING STAR Introduction to talent, Lily Kamper

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BEAUTY NOTES The season’s finest beauty creations

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TAKE NOTE

An expert and insight into their craft 15

TURN UP THE VOLUME How to give hair back its bounce

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IT’S A FRUIT SENSATION! Deliciously fruity shower gels

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FRONT AND BACK cover features jewellery collection by Lily Kamper. See page 10.

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MUST INDULGE This is chocolate with heart and a taste of the exotic. From the beautifully illustrated packaging featuring many of the animals and plants inhabiting the Brazilian cocoa plantation where the chocolate is processed, to the delicate notes of dried banana, mango and passion fruit in the chocolate itself. Q chocolate makes for a fine treat and is an exquisite gift for chocolate connoisseurs. 55%, 65% and 85% cocoa bars available for £9.95 (50g bars) at Fortnum & Mason.

MUST VISIT MUST GET A SHOT

If you’re after a caffeine hit in Soho, London, just follow the coffee aroma emanating from Berwick Street. Joining the popular Flat White and Foxcroft & Ginger coffee shops along this lively street are Damson & Co and Apostrophe. The former is a thoroughly British affair with a locally sourced menu and coffee roasted in East London and delivered to the shop by bicycle. The latter serves up a strong and failsafe, Italian stallion of a coffee. Either way, you’ll get your hit in style. berwickstreetlondon.co.uk

Celebrate another year of fantastic design with exciting exhibitions, installations and talks at the London Design Festival. The Tate Modern, Bankside will play host to this year’s landmark project designed by architects dRMM – the Endless Stair, a series of 20 Escher-like interlocking staircases made from a hardwood timber. The festival will also be welcoming two new districts for you to explore local talent - Chelsea Design Quarter and Clerkenwell Design Quarter. Runs from 14th - 22nd September. Londondesignfestival.com

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THE NOTICEBOARD

MUST INVEST As well as being able to purchase digital artwork by more well-known artists such as Mat Collishaw, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Elmgreen & Dragset, you can now enjoy works by almost anyone who is able to turn their hand to the digital form on s[edition]. This makes it an exciting and affordable way of discovering and supporting new talent. seditionart com Inside The Diamond by Austrian artist LIA. £8, Digital Edition of 200

MUST JOT IT DOWN

MUST DRINK Dreamy, indulgent and devilishly tasty, add the new Baileys Chocolat Luxe to your list of ‘but I just can’t resist it’ treats. A blend of Irish whiskey, cream and over 30g of Belgian chocolate per bottle, this latest incarnation gives you a wonderfully rich, creamy caramel, chocolately kick with every sip.

Follow the lead of stylish stationery fiends by keeping this distracting yet endlessly beautiful ‘Daydreamer’s Notebook’ by Nikki Strange, close by. There are a range of colourful, painterly designs, including Freedom Feather and Sky Souffle (above), ideal for the styleconscious busy-bee. £4.99, nikkistrange.co.uk

ABOVE: ‘Avis I’ by Heike Brachlow LEFT: ‘Archive of DNA Markers.Allel 2D3S1358’ by Louis Thompson

£16.99, available exclusively at Harvey Nichols Wine Shops nationwide. harveynichols.com

MUST CHECK OUT See how glass can be manipulated to stunning effect at the latest London Glassblowing exhibition featuring Jerwood Makers Open winner Heike Brachlow and Louis Thompson. Playing with the ideas of balance and distortion, these artists have created glass forms that deceive and puzzle the eyes, making for a fascinating visual and mental experience. All pieces will be available for sale. Free admission at London Glassblowing, 62-66 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UD. Londonglassblowing.co.uk

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THE NOTICEBOARD

MUST DINE x 3 Take out your diary and pick an occasion worth celebrating or better still, just make up a reason for visiting three Michelin-starred chef Heinz Beck’s restaurant Apsleys. Go straight for the wine-paired seven-course tasting menu, that way you won't miss out on such magnificent creations as scallops with a pea cream, spring vegetables and San Daniele ham powder, the burst-of-flavour carbonara fagottelli pasta parcels or the exquisite turbot with curry flavouring and a light pesto sauce. Each dish, bright, light and precise, and enhanced by the most perfectly matched of wines, is a joy for both the eyes and palate. And set amongst a stunningly plush and elegant surrounding, this makes for the most indulgent and memorable of dining experiences. Surely that must be reason enough for celebrating? Apsleys, The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, SW1X 7TA. T: 0207 333 7254. lanesborough.com

ABOVE: Aspleys restaurant LEFT: Risotto with vegetable vinaigrette

There aren't many things more satisfying than sitting down to a plateful of some glorious British food. This is something Sir Terence Conran and Peter Prescott know well with the introduction of their latest deli-come-cafe venture. With a locally sourced menu and some of the most failsafe offerings known to man, think fish and chips, steak and ale pie and gammon with colcannon mash, Albion at Neo Bankside is one place you can return to time and time again if you want the British basics done particularly well. Plus it's an early ‘til late operation so you can drop by whenever the hunger pangs take hold.

One place to check out soon in Soho soon is Japanese-Peruvian hybrid Chotto Matte. Serving up the best of Nikkei cuisine, you can expect a fusion of the two cultures at every turn. There will be a cocktail bar offering various twists on pisco and sake, a raw bar overseen by a sushi master (once chef to the Emperor of Japan), along with plenty of dining space for dishes like BBQ pork belly with a nashi pear salsa and grilled baby chicken with spicy pomegranate salsa (above). High-energy, diverse and urban, this place will feel right at home when it opens.

Albion, Neo Bankside, Pavilion B, Holland Street, SE1 9FU. Albioncafes.com

Chotto Matte, 11 Frith Street, W1D 4RB. T: 0207 042 7171. chotto-matte.com

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Let’s break for

BREAKFAST HEALTHY at Le Pain Quotidien Perfect for a light yet thoroughly wholesome breakfast. If you want the basics done well, this is the place to make your stop. Think fresh, organic breads, fruit-topped crunchy granola, creamy porridge and egg done two ways with sides of prosciutto and smoked salmon. And all this enjoyed amongst very relaxed, homely and honest interiors with a large communal table, made from old recycled train floor boards, that sits at its heart. Its latest restaurant in London is now open at 2 St. Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8AP. lepainquotidien.co.uk

HANGOUT CENTRAL at Imli Street Forego the usual rushed grab-and-go breakfast and treat yourself to a hot, freshly-made sit-down instead. If your appetite isn’t ready for the full English breakfast, any one of the open toasted sandwiches, from bacon and poached egg with hollandaise sauce to avocado and tomato salsa, will set you right. Or opt for their signature Railway omelette which features a subtle hint of spices to give your palate a gentle kick. Set amongst an urban surrounding of industrial ceilings with metal touches and dark wood against exposed brickwork, this is a little gem of a morning hangout. 167-169 Wardour Street, W1F 8WR. Imlistreet.co.uk

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Whether you're an early bird or late riser, make the first meal of the day count with our pick of five fantastic breakfast eats


FOOD & DRINK

POWER BREAKFAST at The Factory House Very early rises are the call of the day in the City, so it’s wise to make a productive start with a spot of breakfast in this Victorian factory-themed eatery. There's a choice for every appetite - go light with some Greek yoghurt, honey and berries, or porridge and clementine curd, or fill up on eggs benedict with cured ham or smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on brioche toast. Whatever the choice, it’ll get you powered up and going like clockwork. 10 Lime Street, EC3M 7AA. thefactoryhouse.co.uk

CARNIVORE at The Grill on the Market If you rounded your working week off with a very merry Friday, you might be a little ravenous the next morning. If so, grab a few of your fellow survivors and fill up on one of the meaty bunch options at this carnivore’s paradise. Indulge in a club sandwich, some maple glazed gammon or some steak and eggs, all served with a helping of home cut chips. Oh and we almost forgot to mention the free bottle of bubbly you'll receive with the meal if you bring a friend but that isn't why you'll be there, as you would have learnt from the night before, obviously. 2-3 West Smithfield, EC1A 9JX. blackhouse.uk.com

SOCIAL EATER at Electric Diner This place is great for a spot of socialising over breakfast. With varied choices such as quinoa with avocado, beans and poached egg and eggs in whichever manner you please to waffles with strawberry jam, you'll just have to keep coming back to sample it all. The choice of smoothies and milkshakes will help you along with your five a day too. Result. 191 Portobello Road, W11 2ED. electricdiner.com

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FOOD & DRINK

a week in MONDAY

COCKTAILS A DIARY OF LONDON’S BEST BARS

Après London (31 Duke Street, W1U 1LG. apres-london.com) WHAT’S THE DEAL? A buzzy and sociable bar with a hint of après-ski comfort, conveniently located for shopaholics and revelling local media and creative types WHAT’S GOOD? Try at least one of the refreshing watermelon options - the Watermelon Martini or the Pink Panther, which comes laced with white chocolate liqueur and chocolate shavings THE OCCASION Great for lively post-work celebrations. Bring a group to make the most of the atmosphere QUIRKS AND PERKS Failsafe and very more-ish finger food including burger sliders, mini duck pancakes and margarita pizza. Also, if you drop in on a Monday, there's a ‘make-your-own Bellini’ kit which comes with a bottle of Prosecco and fruit purees to play with

TUESDAY

Vista at The Trafalgar (2 Spring Gardens, SW1A 2TS. thetrafalgar.com) WHAT’S THE DEAL? The largest capacity rooftop bar in Central London with a magnificent view over Trafalgar Square. The space is comfortably and smartly decked-out with colourful flashes of red and pink amongst the monochrome furnishings WHAT’S GOOD? From the new savoury cocktail menu, many of which are herb-infused, go for a summery Bliss Garden (herb-flavoured vodka, lemon juice, sugar syrup, lemon thyme and bitters) or to wake up the palate, a sweet and spicy Hot Cherry Lips (cognac, chilli, plum and cherry liqueur, cinnamon syrup and lemon citrus) THE OCCASION The long post-work wind-down. Stay until after sunset for a rare night view over London QUIRKS AND PERKS Great summer grazing food to complement the drinks, think cocktail-infused creations such as margarita halloumi, daiquiri-seared tuna and mojito chicken

WEDNESDAY

The Anthologist (58 Gresham Street, EC2V 7BB. theanthologistbar.co.uk) WHAT’S THE DEAL? A big and bright, non-intimidating bar and eatery in the heart of the City. During the day this place feels laid-back and homely whilst post-work, it's one of the liveliest places around WHAT’S GOOD? The ‘Goldfish in a Bowl’ gin and tonic which is served in bag, garnished with a grapefruit fish and edible ‘lily pads’ is a must, if just for the fun-factor. Alternatively, if you want to enjoy a few without too much guilt, grab a few of the ‘skinny’ cocktails. They may be lower in calories but they’re every bit as delicious as the rest THE OCCASION Perfect for entertaining a large group rendezvous QUIRKS AND PERKS Get involved in some of the action by taking part in a mixology class. If you thought a cocktail was just the result of a happy mish-mash of random ingredients, think again. Learn about balancing flavours, pick up a bit of history along the way before enjoying your own wondrous concoctions

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THURSDAY

Mansion Bar & Parlour (33-34 Barkston Gardens, SW5 0EW. mansionbar.co.uk) WHAT’S THE DEAL? A bar with a sense of humour and character. There are fun Victorian touches, think bowler hat light fixtures, newspaper-print wallpaper and cameo-backed high chairs that nod to the heritage of the 1890s mansion building WHAT’S GOOD? Just work your way through the ‘Norman Lockyer’ molecular cocktails – it’ll be worth it. Try the alcoholic dessert of a strawberry jelly daiquiri or a carbonised negroni, easily one of the most drinkable negronis you’ll ever have. If you fancy something a little stronger, try an ‘Oscar Wilde’ absinthe tipple at your peril THE OCCASION An intimate yet fun catch-up with friends QUIRKS AND PERKS Check out your bar person’s name badge - each one has been ‘bestowed’ with a Lord or Lady title. If you want to watch the mixologists at work, park yourself right at the bar and watch them play with everything from Perlini carbonators and cola foam to caviar balls

FRIDAY

69 Colebrooke Row (69 Colebrooke Row, N1 8AA. colebrookerow.com) WHAT’S THE DEAL? An unassuming and intimate, café-style bar serving up some of the most innovative and meticulously concocted cocktails around. With drinks supremo Tony Conigliaro at the helm, rest assured that your palate will never get bored WHAT’S GOOD? The latest cocktail creations. Try Red Amber, a champagne cocktail with a dash of Rooibos tea and caramelised honey liqueur, or The Rose, another champagne cocktail but with a floral hit thanks to the inspired addition of a rose essence-infused sugar cube THE OCCASION When the ‘usual’ just doesn't cut it. This place is a thrill for the taste buds and ideal for cocktail connoisseurs QUIRKS AND PERKS The themed cocktail masterclasses are unmissable. Learn about the origins of classic cocktails, how to create complementary flavour combinations and gain insight into some of the more interesting techniques employed by the talented bar staff

SATURDAY … into SUNDAY

Radio at ME London (336-337 The Strand, WC2R 1HA. melia.com) WHAT’S THE DEAL? A seriously smart and stylish rooftop bar occupying the 10th floor of former Marconi House, the old home of the BBC and now home to the ME London Hotel WHAT’S GOOD? Pretty much everything from the eclectic cocktail menu including the sweet-with-a-kick RadioActive (gin, kiwi, apple and nettle) to the thirst-quenching refresher AM/FM (rum, raspberry liqueur, mint, lemon and passion fruit). The summery mocktails are pretty darn good too THE OCCASION Swanky entertaining. If you’re out to impress, this is place to do it QUIRKS AND PERKS The view of the London cityscape is tremendous with pretty much every key London landmark in sight including St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the London Eye. The Mediterraneaninspired food menu makes for the ultimate in al-fresco dining and in the evening, to help you get though the extensive drinks menu, there are live DJs to entertain you until 3am

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Oozing style and substance This is as fine as it gets for whiskey connoisseurs. The result of a collaboration between single malt whisky maker, The Macallan, crystal specialists Lalique and creative director Fabien Baron, M is the epitome of the most exquisite craftsmanship brought together by all three masters. There is much to appreciate here - from the intensity of the whiskey, with its sophisticated fruity and woody notes, to the clarity and striking, angular proportions of the handcrafted crystal decanter, which only enhances the rich, natural colouring of the spirit housed within. There are 1,750 crystal decanters, each engraved with its own limited edition number. M is available worldwide and costs $4,500.

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LILY KAMPER Textile & Accessories Designer

A/W 2013 collection

Being a graduate is tough.

Working towards that first break is even tougher. But one person, whose talent for creating achingly cool and covetable accessories and has been in demand pretty much since the day she left the Royal College of Art, is Lily Kamper. After plenty of exhibitions including Scoop International at the Saatchi Gallery, London and Premier Vision, Paris, along with commissions for Nike and trend-forecaster WGSN, Lily is now producing her A/W 2013 jewellery collection. With a penchant for Perspex and dyes and an inclination for

combining unusual materials, Lily’s vision has strong commercial appeal for today's highly design-conscious market. To create her jewellery, small blocks of Perspex, Corian and brass (which are then gold and silver plated) are turned meticulously on a lathe. The Perspex pieces are dip-dyed to create an ombre effect and the handmade process means that every piece is entirely unique. The collection was inspired by the structures of pillars, temples and pyramids and by the works of Dan Flavin, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Philipp Schaerer, Josef Schulz and Peter Alexander.

The architectural nods are clear, resulting in an eye-catching collection of beautifully sculpted pieces, visually striking from every angle, that stand as works of art in their own right. As an increasingly successful emerging designer, her knowledge is being sought as a judge at this year's WGSN Global Fashion Awards, joining a distinguished panel of fashion influencers that include Giles Deacon, Rankin, Stephen Jones and Livia Firth. How's that for good company? Lily Kamper’s collection is available now at Liberty. lilykamper.com WWW.NOTED-MAGAZINE.COM

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A round-up of this season’s finest beauty creations

Wowee! This bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Light It Up has pretty much everything you could ask for in a lipstick. Not only is it one of the creamiest lipsticks around, it is also infused with nourishing vitamins and oils for beautifully soft lips and packs an almighty pigmented punch for a rich, full-coverage, satin finish. £16, bareminerals.co.uk

The L'Occitane Jasmine & Bergamote Eau de Toilette is a well-travelled fragrance with jasmine absolutes from the south of France and Egypt and bergamot essential oil from Italy. The result is a wonderfully fresh luminous and elegant scent which has all the makings of a classic fragrance. Ideal for enhancing happy summer moods.

For legs that look like they've caught the sun, look no further than Caudalie Divine Legs. Not only does this silky lotion provide an instant pearlised tan effect, it also helps to prolong your natural tan whilst keeping the skin endlessly supple and moisturised. £26, caudalie.com

£49, uk.loccitane.com

Add this brilliant Elemis White Flowers Eye & Lip Make-Up Remover to your list of cleansing staples immediately. The combination of cleansing oils and marine spring water with white flower extract helps to lift away waterproof make-up quickly and thoroughly without a hint of irritation. £19, timetospa.co.uk

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Mavala Nail Polish in Bamako (£4.50, Debenhams) You don’t need a holiday for a touch of the exotic, just a couple of coats of this turquoise blue beauty will get you into the spirit in no time.


BEAUTY NOTES

SHINE BRIGHT

glossy hair heroes For a boost of vibrant hair colour and unbelievable shine, swap your usual conditioner for the Phyto Gloss Colour Enhancing Express Treatment. It takes just five minutes for the nourishing ingredients and botanical pigments to bind to the hair yet the glossy results lasts for days. With five luminous shades to choose from, there's no excuse for dull hair, whatever the colour. £20, John Lewis Introducing shellac technology for the hair. Clever, protective and highly effective, Wow Color Pop & Lock hydrates the hair before forming a seal around it which helps to preserve the colour and lock in moisture. The resulting effect also creates a mirror-like shine that really brings hair colour back to life. £14, Space NK

For beautifully, supple and glowing morning-after skin, just apply a layer of the Sampar So Much To Dew Midnight Mask before going to bed. The brush tip allows for even application whilst a combination of deeply hydrating ingredients ensure that parched summer skin is rectified and moisture is restored overnight. £34, feelunique.com

Clayspray Pore Refining White Clay Mask (£44.50, clayspray com) Want ultra-black lashes with a choice of two different lash effects? Pick up the Oriflame 2FX Over Black Mascara which comes with one wand for longer and more defined lashes and another for a full volume effect. If you want it all, apply a coat of both for a jet-black, dramatic flutter. £9.95, oriflamestore.co.uk

This is the most impressive clay mask we’ve ever used. Using the purest clay mined from deep within the Spanish Iberian mountains, it gently exfoliates the skin, removing impurities and environmental toxins whilst enriching it with natural minerals for a smoother, clearer and more refined complexion. The clever pump mechanism also means that the clay remains perfectly hygienic and fresh so you only get the purest application and results, week after week.

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The perfect blow-dry aid, this SP Luxe Light Oil Spray infuses dry, damaged and unruly hair with the gorgeous, nourishing and restorative properties of argan, almond and jojoba oils. Lightweight enough for even the most fine of hair, this fine mist spray is the antidote for soft, smooth and lustrous locks this summer.

BEAUTY SHOWCASE for outstanding beauty

£18.50, beautybay.com

FAVOURITE SUMMER SCENTS Now this is what we call sunshine in a bottle. With floral fruity notes of orange blossom honeysuckle and peach, this sparkling, sweet yet warm fragrance is guaranteed to make you smile. And with a bottle as pretty as this, who can resist? Marc Jacobs Honey, £50, The Perfume Shop

Fresh, lively and sophisticated, this is a beautiful summer scent. Full of white floral and citrus notes of lily of the alley, freesia, grapefruit and lime, this is a fragrance that will take you through the summer in style. Boss Jour, £49, Boots

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Oh to reverse in a matter of months what nature has done to our skin with every passing year, that’s quite a mission we’ve set for ourselves. It’s also quite the mission for anti-ageing products to produce the results they claim but one product putting in a stellar performance is this La Prairie Cellular Power Serum. By re-energising the skin and reawakening dormant cells that with age, have lost their energy and capacity to work effectively, the serum kicks back into action the skin’s natural antioxidant defence network – the most effective way of fighting ageing free radicals. With cells on high alert to environmental aggressors, the skin is better armed to defend itself whilst behind the scene, the daily dose of power gets to work on repairing existing damage. With such potent and exotic ingredients as giant knotweed, blue microalgae, heart leaf globe daisy and Swiss snow algae, this high-performance, supercharger for the skin will lighten your pocket a fair bit but it will also do the same for those years off your face. £322, available at La Prairie counters nationwide


An expert and an insight into their craft

NUZ SHUGAA The Bespoke Facialist There's a reason why people keep coming back to Nuz Shugaa, many of whom are absolute in their loyalty - she produces outstanding skin results. Using only natural therapies to treat everything from blemishes to ageing skin, Nuz is an authority on natural skincare and as such, she is one of the most indemand facialists in the UK.

Here, Nuz shares her secrets…

MAKE IT PERSONAL “Creating a bespoke facial is to pay attention to what skin needs and what it lacks and to make a difference with just one treatment, along with advice on maintaining it afterwards.”

STAY AWAY FROM BOTOX AND FILLERS “Relying on these quick-fixes will only make your own skin lazy. Try to avoid parabens, artificial preservatives and chemicals as they can thin the epidermis and unbalance the pH level of the skin the key to a clear complexion.”

“I use and blend organic and natural ingredients sourced from all over the world, from oils and antioxidant-rich super foods to nightingale droppings (great for brightening skin). It's important to strike the right balance between knowing which ingredients will suit each skin type and how far you can push the results.”

“I suffered with breakouts as a teenager so keeping my skin clean is vital. I always double cleanse and apply an organic facial oil in the evening. I massage my skin nightly to improve circulation and I try to fit in a facial every month as well.”

NUZ’S THREE TIPS FOR A GLOWING COMPLEXION

“Believing in what you do is important. I know I can treat any skin condition” HOW I DO IT

MY OWN REGIME

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CONFIDENCE “Believing in what you do is important. I know I can treat any skin condition and have improving results each time, which helps me to grow as a skincare expert and enables me to become better at what I do.”

1. The eyes are prone to suffering from dark circles and puffiness so invest in a good eye cream.

2. Avoid heavy daily makeup - let the skin breathe. Treat yourself to a tinted moisturizer (or BB or CC cream) with added sunscreen protection. 3. Supplements and vitamins are great for the skin and can improve certain skin problems in a month.

Nuz Shugaa is based at The Beauty Lounge, 1 Kingly Street, W1B 5PW. nuzshugaa.com

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UP the VOLUME

Turn

Whilst some people are blessed with naturally full and voluminous hair, most have to put in some serious work to enhance what little they have. Here, we break down exactly what you need to give your hair back its oomph.

WHY THE LIMP HAIR? Nick Irwin, TIGI Global Creative Director explains, “Certain hair types, particularly very fine, thin hair, are prone to limpness as they are lacking in natural body. Equally, applying too much serum or gel will also make the hair limp, as will hot, humid weather.”

HOW TO ACHIEVE MORE VOLUME Nick reveals, “One way to permanently improve limp hair is to add colour. The chemicals present in hair colour can add texture and actually make the hair appear thicker and shinier.”

TECHNIQUE “To get additional volume when drying your own hair, stick your head upside down to get root lift and when blow-drying use a large, round brush as this will help lift the roots and create volume in the hair.”

PRODUCTS Look for products that specifically add texture and volume. “Think mousses, spray-in texturisers, sugar dusts, sea-salt sprays and dry shampoo.”

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BEAUTY

Philip Kingsley Maximizer Prepare the lengths with this brilliant preparation spray for maximum volume and protection after styling. Expect full and glossy results with minimal flyaways. (£13.45, John Lewis)

Percy & Reed Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray Hold onto that volume by misting the hair with this super-effective and ultrafine hairspray. Make sure you spray it right into the hair near the roots as well as on top of the hair for maximum professional results. (£12, Space NK)

Alterna Bamboo Volume 48 Hour Sustainable Volume Spray Spray and distribute through damp hair before blowdrying to increase volume by a whopping 105%. With two days worth of volume before the next wash, you needn't despair about limp hair ever again. (£24, bathandunwind.com)

TIGI Catwalk Your Highness Root Boost Spray Use a medium to large round brush to work this mist foam into the hair, particularly at the roots to create long-lasting lift and body without any weight. (£11.50, feelunique.com)

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Volume Maker Create volume and add texture precisely where you need it with a few strokes of this brilliant powder dispensing brush. (£31, urbanretreat.co.uk)

Label.M Resurrection Style Dust A light dusting over the roots followed by a gentle massage will create the instant grip and texture you need to dramatically boost and revive limp hair. (£10.95, lookfantastic.com)

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It’s a fruit

sensation! Nothing gets the senses alive and kicking like a zingy blast in the shower. These fruity pickings are almost good enough to eat.

LIME This body wash packs some serious zing and leaves the body and senses tingling with freshness. Now that’s a feeling worth waking up for.

BLUE FIG AND ORANGE BLOSSOM Make mornings a breeze with a lather of this bright and refreshing body wash. Great for reinvigorating tired bodies.

Dove Go Fresh Restore (£2.30, Sainsbury’s)

Seascape Island Apothecary Uplift (£16, seascapeuk.com)

BERRY MIX An explosion of fruitiness, this shower cream leaves the skin smelling dangerously good enough to eat…but that would be cannibalism, so please try to contain yourself whilst lathering.

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Radox Berry Burst (£1.99, Boots)


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The Body Shop (£4, thebodyshop.co.uk)

SATSUMA A refreshingly juicy shower gel which leaves skin as sparkling fresh and clean as its scent. BERGAMOT & NEROLI With zesty, citrus notes at its heart this elegant moisturising bath and shower gel is a little daily luxury worth having. Woods of Windsor (£8.50, woodsofwindsor.co.uk)

Korres (£8, Harvey Nichols)

GUAVA OMG. This is one jaw-achingly delicious shower gel. One lather is enough to turn it into a full blown addiction.

Lush Happy Hippy (£6.25, lush.co.uk)

GRAPEFRUIT This sweet and lively shower gel really makes skin sing in the morning. What a way to start the day.

Grace Cole (£4, gracecole.co.uk)

PASSION FRUIT AND GUAVA If you're after a taste of the exotic, a few splashes of this shower gel will transport your mind hundreds of miles away in just a few seconds. WWW.NOTED-MAGAZINE.COM

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BEAUTY IN

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Lanolips Lip Ointment with Colour SPF 15 Guaranteed to leave lips beautifully smooth and moisturised whatever the weather. The shot of colour and sun protection means it’s a great all-yearround performer. £7.99, Boots

Weleda Mini Skin Food Don't go anywhere without this do-it-all cream which leaves skin soft and soothed in an instant. £2.25, weleda.co.uk

Guerlain Cils d’Enfer Maxi Lash If you're after dramatic and intense lashes, you’ll strike gold with this gem of a mascara. £22, House of Fraser

Korres Milk Soap Creating a lather has never been so good for the skin. This is one gorgeously smooth soap, nourishing the body from head to toe. £2.50, korres.com

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Morning Eye Rescue Don't let your eyes give away the true extent of your busy lifestyle with this eye cream which hydrates, soothes and de-puffs. Superb. £18, uk.caudalie.com

Denman Popper Compact Smoother, tidier, tangle-free hair in the palm of your hand? Yes, please. £3, denmanbrush.com

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Here’s the logic: the smaller the item, the more you’ll fit into the make-up bag. Here's proof that the best things really do come in small packages.

Jurlique Essence of Rose Roll-On Fragrance Oil Leave a beautiful pulsating rosy trail everywhere you go with this gorgeously elegant roller-ball oil scent £16.50, jurlique.co.uk

Frontcover Mini Lipstick It may be small but it packs a pretty pigmented punch. Perfect for little touch-ups. £4, frontcovercosmetics com

Rituals Qi Gong Anti-Perspirant Spray This fragrant, all-day soothing protection spray will certainly give you one less thing to worry about. £2.50, rituals.com


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Dr Bronner's Citrus Liquid Soap This brilliant multi-purpose solution gently cleanses everything from your body and hair to your teeth. £1.99, drbronner.co.uk Elemis Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream Bliss in a bottle. This never fails to leave skin strokeably soft. As far as essentials go, this tops the list. £6.40, timetospa.co.uk

This Works In Transit Skin Defence A small but vital piece of skincare armoury. A fantastic moisturiser with SPF 30, don’t step outside without it. £29, thisworks.com

Batiste Dry Shampoo Hair, don't despair. Give your mane a quick refresher and boost wherever you are. £1.55, Superdrug

GET SET…. brilliant beauty miniatures all packaged up for your convenience Birchbox £10 + £2.95 P&P, birchbox.co.uk If you love surprises and the element of discovery, you’ll really enjoy the array of beauty minis that come packaged directly to your doorstep every month.

NARS Luminous Moisture Travel Set £95, House of Fraser You can't help but love a five-piece do-it-all skincare kit. The cleanser, toner, moisturiser, eye cream and concentrate will leave every part of your skin beautifully hydrated and radiant. Plus, you get to zip it all up in a chic little travel bag.

Di Palomo Tuscan Rose Travel Essentials £18, dipalomo.com A gorgeous beauty kit which cleanses and moisturises the body in equal measure. The soothing rose scent will linger for hours on the hair and skin too, so you can enjoy smelling bright and rosy wherever you go.

Aromatherapy Associates Essential Travel Oils £32, aromatherapyassociates.com Take away the stresses of travelling and reinvigorate your mind with this set of four pure natural oils. Combined with your body cleansing routine, the oils will awaken your senses in the morning and help you wind down in the evening.

Osmo Berber Oil Little Luxuries £9.95, osmo.uk.com There's no excuse for dry, lacklustre hair with this trio of argan oil-infused products. The shampoo, mask and hair oil are some of the most divine you’ll ever smell and by god, your hair will love you for it.

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BEAUTY

COMING CLEAN

Cleansing - it's the most important part of a skincare routine yet one of the easiest to get wrong. So here, we've created a simple guide so you’ll always get it right and do it well.

WHY CLEANSE? Because the secret to healthy, glowing skin is through daily cleansing. Wiping the slate clean ensures that the bacteria and impurities that build up at the end of the day are removed - think excess sebum, sweat, dead skin cells and make-up, along with everything else you’ve touched your face with using unclean hands during the day.

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR CLEANSER HEAVY MAKE-UP TRY cleansing oils

£14.99, Boots

Oils are really effective at melting away make-up on the skin. When water is added, the emulsion helps to wash the impurities away quickly and easily whilst still leaving the skin soft and nourished. RECOMMENDATIONS: •Superfacialist by Una Brennan Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil •L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil SENSITIVE SKIN TRY cleansing waters, milk cleansers

£7.99, Superdrug

£18, twelvebeauty.com

A gentle cleanse for the skin, they usually contain natural ingredients and are often alcohol and fragrance-free to minimise skin irritation. RECOMMENDATIONS: •Twelve Purifying Cleansing Beauty Cream •Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution

£9.99, escentual.com

ON THE GO TRY face wipes Great for removing make-up when you’re travelling or just too tired to cleanse properly. Keep in your handbag for when the occasion calls. RECOMMENDATIONS: •Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes •MAC Wipes

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£3.25, Boots

£15, Debenhams


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DEHYDRATED SKIN TRY creams and balms

Usually contains a high concentration of oils to nourish and moisturise the skin to leave it wonderfully soft. Apply at least twice to ensure make-up and impurities are thoroughly removed. RECOMMENDATIONS: •Aromatherapy Associates Soothing Cleansing Balm •Champneys Spa Skin Super Rich Cleansing Balm

£13, Boots

PROBLEM-SOLVING TRY washes, gels, foams

£58, Harvey Nichols

Wash-off cleansers give an immediate feeling of freshness but due to the variation in formulas, always look at the active ingredients to see which is most suited to your skin. RECOMMENDATIONS: •L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam •Sjal Balans Deep Pore Cleanser

£18.50, uk.loccitane.com

TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS Cosmetologist PEDRO CATALA says:

Facialist DEBBIE THOMAS says:

“Dry your face with a clean towel so you don’t undo the good you have done and pat rather than rub.

“All cleansers can be massaged onto damp skin, then rinsed off with water or removed with a flannel or muslin cloth for more exfoliation.

The skin exfoliates itself naturally every 28 days, so if you have the cleansing step right, you don’t need to get obsessed with scrubbing.

If you use a cleansing gadget like a Clarisonic, only use it three times a week as too much use can over-cleanse the skin, causing irritation.

Extremes of temperature water can be a shock to the skin, removing natural oils from the skin too quickly so always use lukewarm water.”

You only need to double cleanse if you have make-up on, not every night.”

TREATMENT ON TRIAL The Power Cleanse – The HydraFacial If only we had a device that simply sucked the dirt out of our pores for the perfect deep cleanse, now that would be pretty impressive. Well, that pretty much sums up the HydraFacial, a treatment which cranks the cleansing routine up a few notches. The action lies in a multitasking spiral tip which simultaneously dispels ingredients to help loosen the skin so the spiral edges can push against it to dislodge dirt, sebum and dead skin cells, whilst the vacuum vortex sucks it all away to leave the skin thoroughly cleansed and exfoliated. If you're after a relaxing, sleep-inducing facial, this is not it. The scraping sensation created by the suction and spiral tip is unnerving and feels especially delicate along the cheeks. The extraction by suction, on the other hand, was surprisingly enjoyable, particularly in the congested T-Zone and around the nose. As far as extractions go, this was the most satisfying and least painful I've ever experienced. The skin is then topped up with an antioxidant and hyaluronic acid infusion which leaves the skin beautifully plump and supple. I can’t ever recall having skin this baby-soft. Immediately post-treatment, the skin is naturally a little red but this soon dissipates. The feeling the following morning is punch-the-air joy as the skin still looks and feels wonderfully smooth, refined and positively glowing with clarity. Nothing beats feeling as though your pores have been sucked clean other than seeing the results reflected on your skin, which is exactly what the HydraFacial delivers on both counts.

Costs from £200 at WaterhouseYoung Clinic, 21 Devonshire Street, W1G 6PB. T: 0207 486 3849. waterhouseyoung.com

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S

and ea and unscreen

Summer is made for frolicking but sun protection should be taken seriously, so here are our top 10 sunscreen recommendations

Crème de la Mer The SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid £65, cremedelamer.co.uk

Bioderma Photoderm Max Cream SPF 50 £13.90, escentual.com

As the name states, this sunscreen, which is suitable for even the most sensitive of skins, provides maximum UVA and UVB protection whilst helping to activate the skin’s own natural defences.

This silky-light sun protection formula also provides plenty of additional skincare benefits to keep the complexion soothed, hydrated and luminous.

Epionce Ultra Shield Lotion SPF 50 £40.50, beauty-product-online.co.uk

This high-performance sunscreen really has it all – high broad-spectrum protection, water resistance, antioxidant fortification and anti-inflammatory properties. Plus it comes in an impressively sheer, non poreclogging formula. Astoundingly clever and practical.

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Murad Age-Proof Oil-Free Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 £27, murad.co.uk

As well as providing solid, broad-spectrum sun protection this moisturising, matte-finish formula doesn't clog the pores, making it ideal for daily use.


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Ultrasun Face SPF 50 Laura Mercier Daily Face Shield SPF 40 £26, urbanretreat.co.uk

This sunscreen is wonderfully light and doesn't leave behind any residue on the skin, whilst not compromising on essential high sun protection.

Skinceuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50

£24, John Lewis

Those needing maximum protection with minimal effort might find comfort in this once-aday application formula which provides high UVA and UVB protection as well as being water resistant.

L’Occitane Angelica UV Shield SPF 40 £26, uk.loccitane.com

£35, skinceuticals.co.uk

Provides high broadspectrum sun protection whilst helping the skin to boost its own natural defence to UV and heat stress. The bonus is a subtle tint that helps to brighten the complexion, making it a brilliant multitasking sunscreen.

Not only does this milky, smooth fluid protect against UVA and UVB rays, it also keeps the skin bright, plump and hydrated throughout the day despite the sun's efforts.

Etat Pur Sun Spray SPF 30 £16.60, etatpur.co.uk

Aethic Sôvée SPF 40 £53, Selfridges

The world’s first sunscreen to receive Marine Positive certification. Not only is it good for our skin, protecting against the sun’s rays, it is also good for marine life and coral reefs (and our conscience) as the ingredients are proven to be 100% ecocompatible with our oceans.

Spray on UVA and UVB protection for the face and body, this formula contains only the ingredients that are necessary to protect the skin and keep it hydrated. Great for those with sensitive skin.

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BEAUTY

It’s a

GOLDEN

summer L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Express Pro Self-Tanning Dry Mist £15.49, Boots

Do it like a pro with these eight fake it greats

St. Tropez Self Tan Sensitive Bronzing Lotion Face £22, Debenhams

Now available in a dark, intense shade, this spray-on tan gets you to bronzed goddess status in super-quick time thanks to its wide diffusion nozzle. Plus it will leave you smelling like a citrus grove.

In addition to leaving a natural, sunkissed glow, this lightweight lotion keeps skin smooth and moisturised, without clogging pores. Hurrah!

Tip from tanning expert

Institut Esthederm Sun Sheen Self-Tanning Body Jelly £32.50, Space NK

This tan cleverly mimics the distribution of melanin pigment on the surface of the skin, so you are left with the most even, radiant and natural looking of tans.

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JAMES READ Bronzing sprays are great to contour with. Apply your self tan on day one, then on the following day, stand in front of the mirror and spray highlighted areas of the body where the light hits to add extra definition. Only do light flicks on the hands and feet when spraying, this will stop it being too dark.


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He-Shi Express Liquid Tan £37, he-shi.eu

Bioderma Photoderm Autobronzant Moisturising Tanning Spray £15, escentual.com

This fine mist tanning spray leaves a smooth, natural looking tan on any skin type along with a veil of moisture to keep skin soft and supple.

Mitt at the ready! The liquid texture makes this tan really easy to blend out so any potential streaking is effectively minimised. It also helps to lock in moisture so the skin remains soft and supple.

Xen-Tan Moroccan Tan £24.99, xen-tan.co.uk

For a truly deep and dark tan, this silky formula really delivers. Skin is left with an intense, olive glow whilst feeling beautifully supple thanks to the added argan oil. The tropical scent also means you’ll smell as exotic as you look.

Kiko Self Tanning Spray £11.90, kikocosmetics.co.uk

Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Self Tan Mousse £37.50, vitaliberata.co.uk

Those with sensitive skin needn't miss out on getting a sunless, bronzed glow with this moisturising spray-and-go tan which leaves skin evenly coloured in next to no time.

Not only does this whippy light mousse leave the skin soft and supple, the colour also lasts for up to four times longer than usual. Phenomenal indeed.

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BEAUTY

HELLO

sunshine

Don't let the side-effects of summer get you down. Arm yourself with these beauty solutions to help neutralise common summer skin problems.

Skinceuticals Pigment Regulator

Living Nature Nature's Hydrating Mist

Summer sunshine can inflame the skin and trigger excess melanin production, the main cause of hyperpigmentation. This potent formula contains a safe but powerful blend of skin-lightening, brightening and exfoliating ingredients to inhibit and treat hyperpigmentation and improve skin tone for a radiant and more even complexion.

Using only natural ingredients, this on-the-go skin spritzer will keep you soothed and hydrated wherever the heat takes you.

£79, skinceuticals.co.uk

£19, livingnature.com

Nuxe Crème Fraîche de Beauté 24hr Soothing and Moisturizing Cream £25, uk.nuxe.com

This is an ultra-rich and deeply nourishing base moisturiser that will keep skin hydrated and beautifully soft long after the sun has come and gone.

Temple Spa Be Clear Ultimate Correcting Serum £40, templespa.com

By specifically targeting problem areas of discolouration, this clever serum helps to lighten only those dark patches of hyperpigmentation and not the area around it, whilst preventing new dark spots from forming, resulting in an allover bright and even skin tone.

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Bioderma Sensibio AR Anti-Redness Cream £16, escentual.com

Don't let the summer heat exacerbate redness, use this daily treatment which targets the source of the problem - weak capillary walls, to effectively soothe and protect reactive and delicate skin. It really helps to calm down any redness, however intense, so you can enjoy the summer with clear, comforted skin.


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Epionce Intense Defense Serum £120, beauty-product-online.co.uk

This impressive serum gives the skin the nutritional ammunition it needs to protect itself and fight back against ageing environmental aggressors. With vitamins A-E and a potent blend of natural ingredients, this serum breathes new life into tired skin cells and strengthens the skin barrier so it functions more effectively. A power serum to be reckoned with and worth every penny.

Etat Pur A42 Rutin £13.40, etatpur.co.uk

For an intense hydration boost, smother on this rich and creamy mask and leave on for three minutes, after which you can expect plump, supple and babysoft results.

HoMedics Tanda Zap £60, Boots

Ginvera Green Tea Marvel Gel £19.95, janiro.co.uk

Don't let excess sweat and dirt build up on the skin, exfoliate regularly with this multi-tasking, non-abrasive gel which leaves skin beautifully clear and refreshed. The green tea extract acts as an antioxidant to help the skin counteract free-radicals caused by the summer sunshine.

If the build-up of dirt, smoke and heat causes the skin to break out, don't fear. This nifty little gadget uses sonic vibration and gentle warning to open pores, along with bacteria-killing blue LED light to help clear blemishes and reduce redness in just 24 hours.

Ahava Hydration Cream Mask £24.50, ahava.co.uk

For an intense hydration boost, smother on this rich and creamy mask and leave on for three minutes, after which you can expect plump, supple and baby-soft results.

Kahina Giving Beauty Serum £77, beautyworkswest.com

Packed to the brim with natural oils this serum is just the top-up summer exposed skin needs for an antioxidant kick, with impressive soothing, nourishing and moisturising benefits.

Dr Jackson 02 Skin Cream £80, Harvey Nichols

Packed with natural fruit and plant extracts, this cream is a real comfort for distressed summer skin that is in desperate need of nourishment, moisture and healing, without any irritation or fuss.

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HOME

Find your

match

Lighting up a scented candle is a sure-fire way to turn your home into a haven. Here are our favourite fragrant pickings.

Affection Heaven by Deborah Mitchell £21.38, heavenskincare.com

The name says it all. This grapeseed and soya organic wax candle has deeply soothing coconut and vanilla oils that smell good enough to eat. Sanderson Primavera Mandarin Blossom and Neroli £18, heathcote-ivory.com

Yankee Candle Summer Scoop

Transport your senses to sunnier climes in an instant with this exotically sweet and enlivening mandarin blossom, neroli oil and magnolia blend.

Prepare yourself for a mouth-watering experience every time you light up this strawberry ice-cream scented candle. A perfect summer accompaniment.

Jonathan Ward Fig Ultimatum

£35, jonathanwardlondon.com

Fill your room with real warmth and elegance by lighting up this two-wick beeswax candle with honey, jasmine iris oil and woody notes.

£19.99, yankeecandle.co.uk

Miller Harris Le Petit Grain £40, millerharris.com

An ideal all-year-round scent with orange oil, bergamot, lemon and neroli that is pretty much guaranteed to lift any mood.

Potters Crouch Daffodil and Narcissus

Molton Brown Patchouli and Saffron

A delightful and bright floral fragrance with white narcissus, jasmine and musk. This is exactly what you’d imagine a happy home to smell like.

With notes that include patchouli, rose, saffron and bergamot, this is a wonderfully rich, complex and thoroughly indulgent candle.

£8.50, potterscrouchcandles.co.uk

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£36, moltonbrown.co.uk


HOME

a splash of

COLOUR

Simple wall art to banish dull days

Who doesn’t need a couple of beautiful fuchsia flamingos in their lives when they look this beautiful? Signed Limited Edition print by Chloe Croft. From £90 at studiosalt.co.uk

This bold and colourful depiction of the London skyline is a failsafe way to brighten up any room. Print by Yoni Alter. From £19.95 at easyart.com

Because everyone needs a ‘wine o’clock’ reminder. Print by Ana Petrak. From £4, John Lewis

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Turn a wall… into a captivating piece of art with these stunning DXU wall tiles. Using copper and cast recycled aluminium to artistic affect, design studio Dumas Umemoto have created an eight-piece collection that celebrates these raw materials, making use of texture, depth, reflection and shadows and light for a thoroughly engrossing visual and tactile experience. From £55 per 20cm x 20cm tile. fameedkhalique.com

Bowl over… your guests by setting one of these porcelain beauties down at the dinner table. The bowl, each one handmade and brushed with paint containing very fine particles of crushed 24 carat gold to give it an iridescent effect, is modelled on the original, which was created for a luxury restaurant in Japan. And the logic behind the striking geometric shape of the bowl? To ensure each person receives the same amount - the star shape at the bottom marks the pouring line and this is revealed only after you have finished the serving. The ramabowl costs £65. dhliberty.com

Originally created… for the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre almost 10 years ago, this supersized Anglepoise lamp is as popular and admired as ever. A magnificent piece of aluminium and stainless steel engineering and design, this imposing, larger-than-life creation is guaranteed to command the attention of every person in the room. Anglepoise Giant1227 lamp costs £2,280. anglepoise.com

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INSIGHT

Vietnam

With so much to explore in Vietnam, booking a guided group tour is just the thing to help you cover the basics. Starting with city life in Hanoi in the north, move on east and linger amongst the ethereal beauty of Halong Bay before heading southwards to the charming town of Hoi An. The emperor’s tomb and ancient citadel are unmissable sights in Hue, whilst the buzz of Saigon in the south with its French-colonial grandeur is awe-inducing. Rounding the trip off along the Mekong Delta in Can

the

HALONG BAY

Tho is bound to leave a lasting impression with its famously colourful and exotic floating market. An 11-day Vietnam Insight Deluxe package costs from £1,865 per person. Flights not included. To book call 01865 268 940. travelindochina.co.uk

blissful

The four-day retreat takes place at the Lakes by yoo and costs from £1,400 per person. thelakesbyyoo.com

getaway

If you're looking for an escape from the city jungle, you can't do much better than a stint at the beautiful yoo Retreats set amongst the tranquil surroundings of private Cotswold countryside and clear water lakes. With deep relaxation yoga, meditation, Nordic walking, fresh and nutritional food and juices and ila face and body treatments as a daily matter of course, expect to walk away with your soul and body completely re-energized and a renewed sense of self and wellbeing.

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TRAVEL NOTES

High on history It's always a bonus when you don't even have to step out of your hotel for a leap back into history and that's what you’ll find sitting on a certain clifftop on the Amalfi Coast, overlooking the deep blue Gulf of Salerno. Once a secluded 17th century living monastery, the Monastero Santa Rosa is now a beautifully renovated 20room, somewhat hidden gem of a hotel. And just 45 minutes away in Pompeii, you can immerse yourself in the history of another great peak, Mount Vesuvius and its eruption in AD79 with a private excursion to view the preserved site yourself. Rooms cost from €375 for bed and breakfast. A half-day tour to Pompeii by private car (up to three people) costs €212. monasterosantarosa.com

When in

TUSCANY …

DRINK UP

What better way to celebrate the delights of Tuscany than with a few glasses of its homegrown wines. The Avignonesi winery, which lies near the village of Valiano, offers a wonderful opportunity to roam through the estate vineyards and ageing cellars to experience the wine-making process. Once the palate and appetite have been worked up, take stock with a wine-paired four-course lunch which has been made with local, seasonal, fresh ingredients. The talk and four-course lunch costs €70 per person. avignonesi.it

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PLAY EXPLORER

A trekking adventure may not be the first thing that springs to mind when one thinks of this romantic, rolling countryside part of Italy but in the lush Castelfalfi estate, it would be a crying shame not to. Personally guided around the estate’s nature reserve by its gamekeeper, explore the rich flora that surrounds it along quiet, forgotten paths and catch sight of the rare creatures that roam around the woods and along the clear water torrent that runs through the area. Bliss and adventure in equal measure. A two-night summer package at La Tabaccaia, Castelfalfi includes unlimited use of the 27-hole golf course. From €385 per person sharing a standard double room. €2 tourism tax p/p per night not included. Available until end of September 2013. castelfalfi.co.uk


TRAVEL NOTES

Pools

with a view... Switzerland If your surroundings are as spectacular as those in St. Moritz, you can understand why Kulm Spa St. Moritz has made a feature of it in its ยฃ8m build. Relax in the outdoor pool and catch some of the crisp, therapeutic mountain air as you enjoy the view of the mountain peaks of the Engadine Valley overlooking the lake. Sensational.

kulmhotel-stmoritz.ch

Turkey The outdoor pool at the D-Hotel Maris Turkey is perched high upon the Datรงa Peninsula which means that you can enjoy a swim against a magnificent backdrop of lush pine forests, wondrous mountain ranges and glittering crystal waters of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. This is a view you could just get lost in. Dhotel.com.tr

Greece Set atop the Imerovigli cliffs, upon the Caldera is the Grace Santorini Hotel and its open-air infinity pool offering this sensational view from the north-west coast of the island. Prepare to have your breath taken away by the beauty of the Aegean sea against the colourful Greek sunset. selectcollection.co.uk

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