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  • We Trial: The Latest Hi Tech Facial

    Want to know how to achieve serious results with a pain free high tech facial? We head over to The AL5 Aesthetics, Harpenden, to try out their latest treatment.

  • The essential no make-up kit

    It’s a trend that’s not going away anytime soon; make-up so subtle that it just makes you look like a brighter and better version of yourself. Here’s the Muddy guide.

  • Margaret Dabbs pedi kit

    Hello tootsies! The best at-home pedi kits

    It's starting to feel a lot like peak summer and with the mercury knocking 25 degrees on a regular basis, it means it's also time to expose The Feet. Ready, set, attack!

  • 5 of the best hair masks to buy now

    Split ends up to your ears? We've found five quick-fixes for treating neglected locks - and to stop your hair stylist from screaming when salons finally reopen!

  • 5 glow-getting tinted moisturisers

    Coming out of lockdown with a healthy glow but haven't worn make up on yonks? Ditch the foundation for a lightweight tinted moisturiser. Here's 5 on the Muddy radar.

  • Seven stress busting beauty hacks (from top local salons)

    Constant corona news (none of it very good), homeschooling and living and working – or trying to work – cheek by jowl with a chaotic household has left me frazzled. It’s time to give ourselves a bit of TLC – you’re worth it! *swishes hair with Jennifer Anistonesque elan* Take a bit of time out […]

  • 5 chic hand sanitisers (that aren’t sold out)

    Quit fighting over the last bottle of hand sanitiser in the supermarket and opt for one of these trendy, in-stock options instead (oh yeah, and we have a bunch to give away!)

  • Greys, begone! 5 root touch-ups

    Step away from the home dye and try one of these fast, effective and affordable root touch up kits to get rid of your greys (and stay in your hairdresser's good books).

  • Slap on that SPF! The best products to buy now

    Sun out, suncream on! Here are the best SPF products to protect your skin and get that glow - plus win one of 10 bundles of Saltee suncream up for grabs.

  • High street beauty saviours to buy now

    Think you deserve a little treat, but don't want to splash the cash right now? Here are 8 high street hits to help you get your lockdown look for less, all road-tested by yours truly.

  • Pucker up! 10 lip smacking lipsticks

    A new spring wardrobe might be out of the question (let's face it, we're living in PJs!) but we can all treat ourselves to a new lippy, right? Mwah!

  • Gotta Have It

    Hands never been cleaner - and more in need of a decent moisturiser? Treat yourself to a small dollop of comfort with these beautiful handcreams.

  • Make-up for men: ooh or eww?

    Turns out more and more blokes are getting handy with bronzer and concealer. So we tried out one leading male make-up brand on some lucky Muddy husbands.

  • Gotta Have it

    Winter ravaged skin? We hear ya! Muddy to the rescue with our round up of the 5 best local beauty buys to treat your skin to right now.

  • 5 of the best … face masks

    We love the enforced relaxation that comes with using a face mask - you have no choice but to lie back and take things easy for a while. Plus you emerge with skin peachier than a baby's bottom. Result!

  • What to buy the hedonist who has everything?

    How about a little green to chase away the blues? These candles from MALIN+GOETZ are a chic (legal) way to relax this month.

  • J’adore/ J’abhor

    To Ink or not to ink? That is the question that's getting the Muddy office fired up this week. Two editors battle it out (*ducks for cover*).

  • Gotta Have It

    Counting the days until Christmas? We can help with that. Voila, five of the best luxe beauty advent calendars available to buy right now.

  • J’adore/ J’abhor

    It's Movember, the month when blokes grow moustaches to raise money for charity. Turns out the Muddy crew have VERY mixed views on men's facial hair. Where do you stand?

  • Topshop nail polish

    5 of the best… autumn nail polishes

    How to nail it with the dreamiest new season shades. Time for a home manicure?

  • Beauty Pie – your new beauty BBF

    Beauty Pie is *the* cult skin, hair and make-up brand everyone's talking about.

  • J’adore / J’abhor

    This week's Muddy heated debate: whether or not to embrace a full head of grey hair. Eeeek! or chic?

  • Muddy reviews: The Sequoia Spa at the Grove Hotel

    In need of a little TLC? You don't need to ask us twice, and The Grove Hotel's award-winning Sequoia Spa is just the ticket for a healthy dose of me-time.

  • Five of the best… travel sets

    Heading off on your holidays? Check in these ready to fly travel sets- just chuck 'em in your suitcase and go!

  • Cheap, chic beauty buys

    Quick, raid a teenage girl’s make-up bag! Budget beauty is big news right now. Here are some corkers that’ll only set you back a few quid.

  • Five of the best eye masks

    Finding it hard to sleep when it's light at 4am? Banish insomnia in style with these chic eyemasks. Zzzzzz.

  • Summer essentials

    This brilliant (and local) new sunscreen is among our top picks to refresh your summer beauty routine. Summer, we're gunning for you.

  • Au naturel

    Natural beauty products used to be worthy but not that effective. Well, not any more! Meet your new favourite no-nasties brands.

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