Beauty

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    Is it possible for skincare products to contain only six ingredients, sometimes fewer? A former BBC producer has hit on a winning and organic formula in Harpenden.

  • Shrinking Violet? Shrinking Muddy!

    I know, I know, it’s hard to believe, but there are a few flabby bits on the old Muddy bod. Well, let’s be honest, there are a lot of flabby bits. So given the chance to try out the Shrinking Violet Wrap — which promises the more-or-less instant loss of inches — I jumped at it….

  • Send those bags packing!

    Don’t know about you, but I’m reaching an age (hard to believe, I know) when there’s no hiding when I’ve had a late night. Those dark circles are a total giveaway in my *ahem* otherwise youthful appearance. So I jumped at the chance to try out the new CACI Eye Revive treatment at Lavender and Stone Beauty Rooms in Harpenden…

  • Serious skincare in St Albans

    I love a relaxing, aromatherapy, lie-back-and-chill-out facial as much as the next girl. I also loved the Environ facial I had at Eve and Adam Spa in St Albans the other day. But they are so not the same thing…

  • Take the make-up bag challenge!

    I think I realised that my make-bag – well, the box into which what little make-up I own – needed a bit of an overhaul when I noticed that my youngest’s Frozen lipgloss looked in better shape than most of what I had. Weeding out anything with Anna or Elsa on it, I decided enough was enough and booked in at Pebble Sanctuary in Hitchin for their ‘make-up bag challenge.’ Fearing, mind you, that my motley assortment might be too much of a challenge for anyone….

  • Loving those lashes

    I’ve never paid much attention to my eyelashes, to be honest. Both my children have insanely long eyelashes, but people tend to ask ‘where on earth did they get those from?’ when they look at me – rather than proceeding to compliment me on mine. They’re short, they’re sorta stubby, and they’re just there….

  • Indonesian Ginger at Nutmeg Spa

    Nutmeg Spa has been tempting me over to Hemel Hempstead recently with their gorgeous oases of calm and pampering. They have two salons in Hemel Hempstead – one up at Bridens Camp, (more Gaddesden than Hemel to be honest) and one on the Old High Street…

  • Hot lava shells — and hot tips for looking fab!

    Winter is all about bundling up, right?  Lots of scarves, gloves, thick tights.  I quite like it, to be honest.  Takes the pressure off a bit, and those lumps and bumps can be blamed on scrunched-up layers rather than on a complete lack of restraint regarding the biscuit tin. And with all these frosty mornings […]

    • Glitz and glamour in Tring

      It has to be something pretty special to tempt me out on a cold and rainy night, but failing Jamie Dornan turning up on my doorstep with a bottle of champers, the launch of the spanking-new British makeup range delilah at The Clinic in Tring had me grabbing my coat and heading out the door. […]

    • Stately home spa breaks

      It’s great not having to hop in the car for hours to escape somewhere for the weekend, so  having Champneys just five minutes down the road – well, up the hill – is an absolutely brilliant bonus to living, as I do, in Tring. That said, it’s not really that far from anywhere in Herts […]

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