Health & Beauty

18
Jan

Health, Happiness & Mindfulness for 2021!

Let’s not get stuck in a rut! Whether we’re in lockdown or free to do as we please, we need to remember that self-preservation is super important. Not to mention exciting ideas on how to keep the whole family entertained through good books, home workouts, meditation, and TV programmes to binge…

Need inspiration to get you through January and beyond? Keep reading…

This is our Top 5 Books for Kids to Read

Seeing as many kids are being home schooled, regular reading could be slotted into their daily routine easily. Even if it means them reading a few pages or chapter in the morning, during lunchtime breaks or before bed with mum or dad.

The Centre have created a list of top 5 books to get kids interested, with a variety of subjects from kindness, love and dreaming big.

  • Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind by Jessica Hishe: A heartfelt reminder to always treat others with kindness.
  • A Little Book About 123’ by Leo Lionni: A new board book for babies & toddlers alike. They’ll get children to love counting along with the adorable little mice features in the read.
  • Just Like Me by Vanessa Newton: A collection of mini stories that celebrate different girls from all sorts of backgrounds with various goals – girls who feel powerful, who give back to other and who love. They share their thoughts & dreams throughout.
  • The Box Turtle by Vanessa Roeder: Cuteness overload coming your way! A little turtle, born without a shell, so his parents gave him a cardboard box instead – just so he felt the same.
    Terrance the turtle learns lessons in loving yourself, embracing weirdness and forming friendships.
  • Grandma’s Garden by Hillary & Chelsea Clinton: Grandma Dorothy passes on her love of nature to her granddaughter. An uplifting story of their time together, celebrating a unique bond that forms across generations when sharing things, we love.

Need new books to keep the kiddies entertained? Grab them from the centre when you’re next picking up the essentials – we’d recommend a trip to Poundland or WHSmith. Chesterfield Library is also open and operating a Click & Collect system, so you can pick up everything from fun to educational.

PS: If you’re struggling to get your children to pick up a book, you could always try the following educational sites for your kids to read through and review instead!

BBC Bitezise | Planet Science | I Study | Education Quizzes | Languages Online & Flash Maths

*Please remember that due to the current National Lockdown, not all our stores are open at the moment.

Home Workout for the Win

Let’s get moving! Home workouts burst onto the scene during the first Lockdown and ever since have become a part of most people’s daily routine.

Whether you want to get fit while furloughed or enjoy time with your kids after a long day of home schooling, we suggest looking into the below coaches:

Be inspired by Joe Wicks: Great workout for parents & children alike! Don’t forget to check out his social channels so you don’t miss out on those live PE workouts.

Courtney Black: A young talent with one goal in mind – to get people healthy, happy, and confident in themselves. She provides great workouts for women and men all around the world. We particularly love the sound of her Warrior Wednesday’s – so, if you’re up for the challenge, sign up with your partner, mum or friend and kickstart your workout journey.

If you’re in need of new gym accessories like water bottles, be sure to pop to Poundland and Tesco at the centre. Don’t forget that once all stores re-open, you could grab extra gym wear from Sports Direct.

*Please remember that due to the current National Lockdown, not all of our stores are open at the moment.

TV Winners: The 2021 TV Guide

Seeing as home will be our best friend for the foreseeable, you may as well enjoy a little ‘you time’ by binge watching the greats of 2021.

Top on our list is:

The Pembrokeshire Murders on Channel 4

Wanda Vision: Disney +

Conversations with Friends: BBC 3

Line of Duty: BBC 1

Landscapers: Sky Atlantic

The Serpent: BBC 1

The Pursuit of Love: BBC 1/Amazon Prime

In need of snacks (popcorn, wine & choccies)? Head to the centre and pick out a few of your favourites from Poundland, Tesco or even Pound Bakery & Greggs for a takeaway treat!

Self-Help: How to Unwind

You can’t let the pandemic get you down, so we need to make time for SELF-LOVE. We’ve got a few tips & tricks on how to unwind while you’re at home alone, with flat mates or family.

Mani Pedi Time! Pop to Boots and pick-up new nail polishes to get creative with. We’d HIGHLY recommend a cheeky facemask here or conditional hair mask there… Why not go all out and treat yourself to an evening of TLC? Men can also get involved by trialling out charcoal facemasks and new beard oils or cleansing moisturisers!

Meditation & Yoga: Find your ‘zen’ by meditating in the morning or before bed. We’ve heard that meditation (and yoga) has been a significant way to reduce stress… We’d suggest that if you’re new to the yoga scene, to pop YouTube on and start with a beginner’s class & build up your stretching strength. When you’re next at the centre picking up your essentials, you could grab a new yoga book from WHSmith for a little inspo.

Engaging with Others: It’s so significant that we talk to friends & family during these hard times. Even reaching out to those we may not know well, but who seem to be struggling just to see how they are could make an impactful difference to one’s life. Many people find that opening up about their struggles have helped them tremendously – so taking a couple minutes out of your day to ask or chat can make the world of difference.

So, be sure to check in on the ones you love from time to time. FYI, you could do this over the phone, text, social media, video calls or sending letters.

We think we’ve given you plenty of ideas when it comes to health, happiness and self-help during 2021 and beyond. And even though some shops are currently closed, be sure to make the most of your time at home, because once we’re summoned to work, there’s no going back! We’re hoping for the rest of the year to be as positive as we believe it can be, and we look forward to seeing you at the centre soon. #KindnessIsKey #PositiveVibesOnly

6
Nov

Scents Worth Celebrating

It’s that time of year when thinking about presents for those we love can feel a mix of bamboozling and fun! The standard gift card, Christmas spiced biscuits or pack of new socks just isn’t cutting the mustard and you’re looking to  pick up presents that show you ‘know them’, ‘love them’ and have ‘spent time’ thinking about what they’d like to unwrap come Christmas morning (or any special occasion in fact!).

So, we’ve decided to take the hard work out of finding the perfect gift by giving you new ideas when it comes to presents, must-have fragrances and, even, suggestions to reflect their favourite season and mood. Who wouldn’t love a new scent for Christmas?!  So, here comes Chesterfield Pavements, to the rescue, with all the inspo you could need…

*Please remember that some of our stores will be closed from the 5th November, but there’s no need to worry! In preparation for the shops re-opening, you could make a list of the things you need to buy, and for which loved one it’s for! That way, you’ll be super prepared once the centre is fully open and you can get all the things you need in no time at all.

Autumn & Winter Aromas, At Your Service!

There’s so much to love about this time of year.  From green to amber, acorns begin to fall from the trees and the leaves change colour. This is the season for deep, seductive fragrances, those containing spicy, musky tones that linger on the skin and clothing for hours on end. Look out for fragrances that contain hints of musk, sandalwood, jasmine and amber especially.

You’ll find seasonal favourites in most of our stores (and online too!). We would recommend Poundland for added extras when looking for Christmas gift inspiration, or something small to brighten up your own home (while making it smell divine!). Pieces like incense sticks, candles and wax melts will do just the trick, plus who wouldn’t love one of these additional gifts with a new bottle of perfume? Ummmm, we would!!

Seeing as we’re quite close to the festive season too, you’re probably wondering; ‘What kind of scents should I be looking out for?’ Well, it’s all about citrus, spiced cinnamon, vanilla and cardamon – these warming tones will help lift spirits on a cold Winter’s day.

Select a fragrance that is reminiscent of holiday scents, like, pomegranate, vanilla bean, sharp lemon, or zesty orange. Some spiced aromas can be a little harsh during the warmer months of the year, but they bring a sense of warmth to the crisp winter air – so, you’ll feel cosy and fuzzy with just a quick spritz! We recommend an online browse on The Fragrance Shop  site and viewing their extensive range – they have new, traditional, and promotional scents that will most certainly tickle your fancy!

For a little added inspiration, we think it would be fun to match the fragrance you choose with a scented candle or a beauty gift set, including a fragrant hand or face cream from Boots after shopping for any lockdown essentials. You could even push the boat out and get a box of infused tea bags to match the season or perfume you’ve said yes to! (We’ll go for a cinnamon flavoured tea if you don’t mind…)

Need a ‘Spring’ In Your Step?

If the thought of a gloomy winter ahead, brings feelings of dread, why not consider a scent which will reflect freshness, lightness, and feelings of joyful nostalgia – whilst we can’t make Spring come any sooner, there’s no reason why you can’t choose a fragrance that transports your loved one to the warmer months.

Pick a perfume or cologne that includes notes of lily of the valley, peonies, and refreshing violets. For individuals that prefer scents which are extra crisp, odours of mint, basil and orange blossom are just as appealing for the springtime. (We’re getting hungry just thinking about it…)

When you’re next at Chesterfield Pavements, be sure to pop into Tesco for new favourites for yourself or as a gift for a family member or friend! Don’t forget, you can browse Bodycare online too… Whether it’s for new scented lotions, facial masks or a new body mist. Plus, if it’s not in store, you can always order it online to be delivered straight to your home! *Happy Face*

Dreaming of An Escape to The Sun?

If you’re buying for someone who thrives on sunny getaways, perhaps they need a fragrance that gets them there in spirit?

Choose a fragrance which reflects that happy, sweet, and sexy mood that is often related to the summer holidays, alfresco date nights and spending extra time with your loved ones.

We’re thinking warm sweet florals like roses and orange blossoms, along with fresh fruit scents like raspberry and peach.  Select more tropical notes, including honeysuckle, island flowers, and sea salt – all remembrances of what we’re currently missing! Long, sun-soaked days on a beach…

Opting for fresher, cooler aromas contrast the hot weather perfectly. Little tip for you all, summer perfumes should be applied lightly to the skin, as their scent is much stronger due to the high temperatures they’re intended to be worn in. We’d suggest an online look at  The Fragrance Shop or  Boots (which you can also visit at the centre) – they have an abundance of perfumes, body mists and gift sets that will have you spoilt for choice! *Spritz spritz*

No one said that buying for a birthday, valentines or an anniversary in the new year is too early… we think if you see something fab, grab it while you can, especially if it’s currently on offer!

Now that we’ve given you tonnes of ideas for Christmas and beyond, we’ll be excited to see you, in the centre, on the other side of lockdown, buying a perfume or cologne for that special someone. Happy shopping from Chesterfield Pavements!

1
Oct

Save Your Skin… from Chilly, Wintery Weather!

Dry, cracked skin, begone!!

We have a few tips and tricks on how to maximise moisture and minimise any discomfort your skin may have due to the incoming chilliness… Whether you’re in need of a soothing facemask, scented soaps or nutrient-infused exfoliators, the centre will be here to help and stop the dropping temperature from chapping any lips! *Takes out lip balm*

To make things super simple, we’re going to give you a few essential tips, with the retailers that’ll become your new best friends, so sit back, relax and read away…

Moisturise, relax, rinse

Layer On & Hydrate!!

You must love a product that hydrates and gives your skin a little extra life! Why serum you ask? Because serums offer a liquid-like format, especially those containing Vitamin C! They help even out your skin tone and improve the appearance after continual use. They can also be used to combat signs of aging, plump up your skin and reduce the presence of wrinkles and fine lines. Who wouldn’t want that, right? 

Lock in moisture with a cream…

There are 3 types of moisturising agents:

  • Humectants: Attract and hold on to water.
  • Emollients: These are skin softeners that sink in and help bind cells together, making your skin feel smoother. (Could use jojoba oil and shea butter).
  • Occlusives: These block the water in your skin from evaporating. During your ‘morning routine’ for example, this ‘occlusives’ layer comes last, as it does the job of locking in the moisture! (Could use petroleum jelly, mineral oil and lanolin).

Need a new lathering cream to get the job done? Walk through the aisles of Boots and more for tonnes of options. We think a scented product would be nice too, smelling like a fresh bouquet or coconut all day doesn’t sound too bad at all…

 Facial Fun

DIY Avocado & Honey Facemask:

You need: 1 smashed avocado and two teaspoons of honey.

Method: As good on the face as it is on the plate, smashed avo mixed with a couple teaspoons of honey will treat dry, flaky skin. Mix and scrub your face with it for a minimum of 10 minutes. Leave it on for half an hour and then rinse with warm water. *Both ingredients contain humectants, which are used to reduce the loss of moisture from the skin. You can thank us later…

Treating your skin to a packet or DIY facial that will deliver an extra boost of hydration to your skin is just what you need after a long week at work! This is particularly good to do in the morning, or before you’re about to get ready for a night on the town… You could even buy some of those rejuvenating under-eye or lip smoothing masks (they work wonders!!)

You can pick up a few of your favourite facemasks from Bodycare if you’re feeling fancy, maybe you can grab a few ‘relaxing’ essentials (or even the facemask ingredients!) from Tesco –  Avocados, candles or even a new novelty mug for your infused tea to enjoy while your mask is hardening…

Lip Balm Love

You need a lip-smacking balm that’ll prevent uncomfortable chapping. The balm will work to moisturise dried tissue in the lip, while protecting the area from exposure to wind and cold temperatures!

We recommend the retailers below if you need a new balm to get you through the upcoming (and most likely) chilly season. *Brrrrr* Grab a few Poundland favourites in store today! They’ll have everything from moisturising to scented and flavoured!

Shower or Bath? Moisturise Immediately!

You may not know this but applying moisturiser on damp skin is the way forward! During wintertime however, it can be a little nippy once you pop out the shower or bath – which means you’re probably not in the mood to stand around lathering up your skin. So instead you get dressed or lie on your bed, tightly covered in your towel waiting to dry off a bit.

Whip out the body cream and don’t even leave the bathroom to apply – because walking from your bathroom to your room will evaporate the water droplets you need.

Nails, Hands & Cuticles Need TLC too!

Rough feeling hands are just the worst, plus your nails and cuticles take a bit of a battering once the weather becomes cooler! The nail shop queues even quieten down seeing as it’s too chilly to leave the comfort of your cosy blanket set up at home…

Opt for a new hand & nail cream that’ll keep skin smooth, supple and protected. You can grab a handbag-sized bottle from Boots – to be honest, you might want a little snack in there for later, so we recommend popping to Pound Bakery or Greggs for a delicious pastry or sweet treat.

Now that we’ve given you a few handy tricks on how to keep your skin silky smooth as cooler weather commences, we’d love for you to pop down to the centre and pick up all the essentials you need! We look forward to seeing you soon.

17
Sep

Get your mid-September #HealthOn

Suddenly it’s mid-September, schools are back in session, some people are back to work, and in the shops you can start to see Halloween and Christmas starting to take over… (We know it sounds crazy, but it’s always closer than you think!).

It’s a common trend around this time of year that healthy eating and keeping fit go somewhat out the window as nights start to draw in, but egg white brekkies and cashew nuts as midday snacks isn’t always practical when your routine is getting back on track!

And seeing as the entire world has had a tough time of it this year, (virus that shall not be named) we thought it was time we took matters into our own hands, rather than waiting for ‘summer season’ to re-grace us with its presence, reminding us to get healthy for those holiday snaps. Now is the time to get your #HealthOn and Chesterfield Pavements is here to help you with your journey!

Get into Fitness!

It could be time to swap your croissant for a cross trainer (well you can have one or two still, just in moderation). If you can make it to a weekly fitness classes, or squeeze in a session whenever you can, you’ll keep burning calories to keep on top of your health for 2020. You might as well enter the new year feeling your very best, right?

Although, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a sweet treat or cool coffee frappe from Massarella’s

Upgrade you Leisure Wear & Accessories

If you’re in need of moist-wicking clothes to keep you fresh during workouts, daily walks or staying active with the kids come weekends, we suggest you head to Sports Direct for leggings, trackies, trainers and more!

Plus, Tesco & Poundland will have the accessories you’ll need to keep hydrated while getting your sweat on: water bottles and refreshing energy drinks!

Top Up your Vital Vitamins

After COVID’s peak, and with a possible further wave on the way, we think it’s super important to keep our immune systems in tip-top shape. We’re highlighting below the 8 best vitamins and minerals to support a healthy immune system:

You can pick these up from Boots & Tesco:

  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Folic acid
  • Iron
  • Selenium
  • Zinc

Get into Healthy Habits

You, your kids, family members and friends can remain on the health track without straying by adopting a few healthy habits here and there! These habits will keep individuals entertained, healthy and even help boost your child’s immune system in various ways. So, it’s win, win really!

  • Serve more fruits and vegetables. This can be as part of crudité platters for snacking in between meals or fruit bowls as desserts instead of heaps of cookie dough or bags of sweeties. If you (or your littluns’ deserve a little sweet treat, add a scoop of ice cream or a drizzle of chocolate sauce over your fresh fruit!). You can always buy new dessert bowls or swanky wooden platters from Tesco if you fancy new tableware!
  • Boost sleep time! Sleep is good, and we want to make sure the whole family is getting a good 8 hours minimum. Try a pillow spray at bedtime, or listening to soft music to help you relax.
  • Exercise as a family. Exercising doesn’t have to be a chore, so enjoy the time together in the park or garden! Keeping kids active is harder than ever now that electronic games have taken over the 21st century. Head to Shoe Zone, Tesco & Sports Direct to pick the kiddies out new football boots with a ball to match, plus any accessories to get them in the mood. Or get creative with bits from Poundland & Whsmith to ensure that outdoor activities always stay fun. We think, creating ‘completion medals’ or following ‘circuit cones’ is a great place to start!
  • Guard against germ spread. Head to the centre’s cleaning haven – Boots will be your go-to. Stock up on kitchen supplies, home cleaning products and anti-bac that’ll pop into your bag easily. These items will kill germs before you can say ‘spread’!

We’ve given you our go-to shops when you visit Chesterfield Pavements. Now it’s up to you to kick-start a healthy September and beyond.

21
May

Summer’s new beauty trends

A new season is the perfect excuse to update your makeup look. And spring and summer are a great time to pare down your makeup to the essentials and embrace your natural beauty and glow. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your look or try new products.

There are several beauty trends making the rounds this season, including bold eyeliner and blue eye shadow. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try something new. You might find your new favourite makeup look. The main theme of the season’s top beauty looks: Have fun!

Makeup Brusehes 

A NEW TAKE ON A MODERN CLASSIC

Cat-eye eyeliner. What can be said for this classic beauty look? From Twiggy in the swinging ‘60s to Kate Moss in the ‘90s, the cat-eye is a beauty trend last looks set to last, no matter how much fashion and other trends change.

But this season, there are some shake-ups to the simple and neat black cat-eye flick. Add a touch of glitter to your cat-eye to take your look to the next level or take your cue from the catwalk and don a double cat-eye flick.

For a big, bold black cat-eye that is easy to draw on and has clean lines, L’Oréal Paris Tattoo Signature Liquid Eyeliner is a great option for £6.99.

Eye Liner

Don’t be afraid to play with colour! Swap out your classic black for a flash of blue, lilac or pink, and take your summer beauty inspiration from the pages of Vogue.

Lip Gloss 

AN ‘80S REVIVAL

Some people believe the style of the ‘80s should remain in the past. But this season heralds a revival of blue eyeshadow. And if you want to be really bold and daring with your eyeshadow, why not opt for a splash of blue glitter?

Eye Shadow

If you’re not brave enough to attempt blue eyeshadow, some blue eyeliner on the bottom lash line is also a trend spotted on the SS18 catwalks.

Blue Eye Shadow

Barry M glitter and Fixer 4 Pack £14.99, L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow Paint £5.99, No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define £8.00, L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Eye Quad Turquoise Spell £7.99

THE LIGHT & NATURAL LOOK

If you’re not one for bright colours or bold cat-eyes, a trend you can embrace this season is the natural look. Learn to love your own skin this summer and pare back your makeup to the essentials. Embrace your freckles like Emma Watson and draw attention to your eyes with a simple swipe of mascara.

The key to this look is to make sure your eyebrows are neatly groomed, and a light application of blusher or highlighter will add a glow to your complexion without appearing too heavy. And when it comes to your lips, a clear gloss or natural lipstick is the perfect finishing touch to your natural look.

Natural Makeup

FIND YOUR FRAGRANCE

Add the final touch to your look this season with a great fragrance. Summer indicates floral accents and something light. But there are so many undertones and scents available, it can be daunting to decide which one works best for you.

When picking a new fragrance, keep in mind that the same perfume will react with everyone’s skin differently. So, a fragrance that smells great on your friend, might not smell the same when you wear it. There are hundreds of fragrances available, with a host of new scents released in time for the new season, so you’re bound to find the perfect scent for you. The experienced staff in your favourite perfume shop can lend a helping hand.

Fragrances

Hugo Boss Boss The Scent for Her £85.00, Ariana Grande Moonlight £30.50, Tom Ford Eau De Soleil Blanc £81.50, Salvatore Ferragamo Amo Ferragamo £29.50

Beauty insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Boots

Kiss Lash Couture 5th Avenue are handcrafted with the finest sourced silk for the most sumptuous looking lashes

Poundland

Get 2 for £1 on Make Up Gallery – Dare to Bare Lip Gloss!

The Fragrance Shop

Calvin Klein CKIn2U Eau De Toilette is an expression of freedom and dependence! Buy 100ml and get a branded Calvin Klein tote bag for free

Tesco

Stay bang on trend this Summer with Elegant Touch Core Nails!

3
Apr

Be in the running for a new challenge

The London Marathon takes place this month, signifying one of the biggest challenges for recreational runners taking part. It’s a daunting and monumental experience for marathon newbies, and an inspirational time for anyone wondering “could I do that too?” With the right training and commitment to a healthy eating plan, you too could run 26 miles. This handy guide breaks down what you need to know to get yourself in the running for next year’s London Marathon, and for a fitter, healthier you in just 17 weeks.

BEGINNERS ESSENTIALS

Don’t even think about putting a step forward before investing in the best pair of trainers to suit your feet. You don’t need to go for the most expensive pair, as long as they support the shape of your foot.

Make sure you go to a specialist shoe or sports shop with experts that can appraise the way your feet move and have knowledge of specialist brands, such as Brooks, Asics, Reebok, Nike, New Balance and Adidas.

Shoes that don’t fit your feet properly can lead to muscular imbalances in the body and allow for foot, knee and hip injuries.

IMAGES: SPORTSDIRECT, JD SPORTS, SHOEZONE

Reebok YourFlex £39.99, Gola Active Ortholite £34.99, Nike Air VaporMax £150.00

IMAGES: SPORTSDIRECT, JD SPORTS, SHOEZONE

New Balance W 680v4 £54.99, Nike Air VaporMax FlyKnit £170.00, Gola Lightweight £34.99

SHAPE UP

As important as it is to practice running, it is just as important to get fit and strong. Whether you exercise alone in the gym or attend classes with friends, building strength and stamina is the key to success.  There are some great resources to help you get into shape, from specialist classes to training courses online and in apps.

The Virgin Money London Marathon website has a three-level 17-week training plan, one for beginners, an intermediate plan and an advanced plan. Pick the level you need and use this as a guide on your journey to the starting line.

Add several supplements to your healthy diet and fitness regime to help your body on its road to fitness. Talk to an expert at a health food shop where you’ll find a plethora of running and fitness supplements, as well as to your pharmacist about supplements and your doctor for your overall health.

  • BCAAs – Amino Acids that help to maximise muscle growth.
  • Creatine – Helps with muscles development and building strength.
  • Fish Oil – Omega 3 assists with cognitive function, fat burning and hormonal output.
  • Green powder – Can help make up for the shortfall of nutrients and minerals you don’t receive from eating enough leafy greens.
  • Vitamin D – In the UK many people can suffer from low vitamin D levels, which can affect bone density and energy production.
  • Whey Protein – Rich in BCAAs for repairing sore muscles and trigger growth.

IMAGES: BOOTS, SUPERDRUG, HOLLAND & BARRETT

Women’s Best BCAA Amino Ice Tea – Peach Flavour (200g) £18.00, Alexanders Omega 3 tablets £0.99 Precision Engineered Creatine 120 Capsules 700mg £14.99

IMAGES: BOOTS, SUPERDRUG, HOLLAND & BARRETT

Hion Green Powder Ultimate Blend 150g £20.99, PhD Natural Whey Protein Powder – Chocolate (500g) £19.99, Superdrug Vitamin D 12.5mcg Tablets £2.15

EAT WELL

What you eat is just as important as the exercise and training you undertake to train for a marathon. You should rely on supplements to give your body the nutrients that it needs. One of the most important aspects of any diet is to drink an adequate amount of water. While the amount you should drink differs for each individual, the general guideline is between 2-3 litres per day, and it is also important that you drink water during each training session to replenish the fluids you lose.

There are certain foods that can assist in different aspects of your training and nutritional needs. You can find a full break down of nutritional advice on the Virgin Money London Marathon website, but some of the tips include:

  • Marmite, apples and avocado to boost cardio.
  • Spinach, eggs and almonds to help maintain muscle.
  • Watermelon, coffee and bran flakes to help you run faster.
  • Blue berries, honey and smoked mackerel to help prevent injury.
  • Pine nuts, green tea and coconut oil to help you get lean.
  • Kale, walnuts and white button mushrooms to help you stay healthy.

5
Dec

Style up for the party season

When it comes to festive season parties, it’s not only your outfit that takes centre stage, but your whole look. Your appearance will be judged, and while the saying goes ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’, unfortunately we do. To help you sparkle this festive season, we have put together the top looks you need to take note of.

FIND THE FOCAL POINT

No matter how many parties you’re attending this festive season, you need to decide on the focal point of each of your party looks. There’s no need to buy a new outfit for each party, but mix it up with different accessories, and makeup and hair looks. If you want the focus to be on a stunning pair or shoes you just bought, go for a more understated dress, or play up the dress by wearing minimal jewellery.

And when it comes to your makeup, there are many trends at the moment, from crazy glitter looks to coloured eyeshadow. Or tone down your makeup completely and go with the nude makeup trend.

OUTFITS THAT WOW

For many women, an important aspect of any night out is their outfit. This season you’re in for a treat, as lace, sequins and velvet are hot trends that will add luxury and glamour to any look. But don’t limit your choice to dresses, there are gorgeous tops, trousers and jumpsuits that will look elegant and sophisticated at any Christmas or New Year’s Eve party.


Lace fit and flare dress in red £28.00 at Bonmarché
Teal velvet wrap front mini dress £9.99 at New Look
Women’s blue sequin frill sleeve dress £28.00 at Peacocks
Silver foil one shoulder bodycon dress £55.00 at Dorothy Perkins


Black glitter tie front jumpsuit £44.99 at Quiz
Wine D-Ring belted wrap jumpsuit £42.00 at Dorothy Perkins
Bardot skinny jumpsuit in black £19.99 at Select
Women’s black velvet jumpsuit £20.00 at Peacocks


Velour wide leg trousers in wine £20.00 at Bonmarché
Black tapered tie trousers £25.00 at Dorothy Perkins
Jersey pleat peg leg trouser in wine £12.99 at Select
Black glitter wide leg trousers £35.00 at Evans


Glitter long sleeve blouse in pale pink £22.00 at Bonmarché
Rose gold sequin T-shirt £19.99 at New Look
Grey velvet camisole top £25.00 at Evans
Curve bottle green velvet Bardot 3/4 sleeve top £24.99 at Quiz

SHOES TO LOVE

Good shoes are an important part of any night out. You can’t dance the night away in shoes you can hardly walk in. You might have a favourite pair of shoes already in mind, but if you’re looking for a new pair of dazzling heels for this party season, you are spoilt for choice with colour, style and accents this year. Fur detailing on your shoes is one of the trends of the moment, as well as glitter and suede and velvet finishes.


Lilley women’s silver platform diamante court shoe £17.99 at Shoe Zone
Catwalk grey platform heels £24.99 at Deichmann
Curtain shine black suede sandal £60.00 at Clarks
Gold glitter fluffy heel £16.00 at Primark

MAKE-UP HEROES

Glitter has also made its way into make-up this season, with a big trend being glitter eye make-up, together with bright and bold colours. As the saying goes, ‘Go big or go home’. This season don’t be afraid to experiment with your make-up looks and go crazy with your glitter. There are numerous eye palettes on the market that can give you the perfect festive season party sparkle without breaking the bank.


NYX Professional Makeup Pigments (available in multiple colours) £5.50 at Boots
Barry M Fine Glitter Bust (available in multiple colours) £4.59 at Boots
Freedom HD Pro Refills Eyeshadow Shimmer 10 £2.00 at Superdrug
Rimmel Mono Eyeshadow Gold Record £3.99 at Bodycare

And to bring a glow and shimmer to your complexion, there are Silver and Bronze Glow Drops from New Look for £6.99. You can use this alone or mix it with your foundation and apply them together. Use a little to highlight your cheek bones, or build it up to create an intense shimmery finish.


Silver and Bronze Glow Drops £6.99 each at New Look

10
Oct

Hair heroes to battle the winter

With the approach of winter it’s important to take stock of your beauty routine, as you will need to change or enhance it for the colder, harsher months, as the elements will take their toll not only on your skin, but on your hair too. But there are steps you can take to ensure that you continue to have glossy, healthy hair even as the thermostat drops.

SALON SERVICES

Nothing keeps hair in good condition like a regular trim. Daily styling with hairdryers, curling tongs and straightening irons can damage hair, as can hair colouring products. To keep your hair in good shape, it is recommended to have it trimmed every six weeks, or every nine weeks for longer hair. For an affordable hair cut look out for model nights in local salons or head into budget chains such as Regis and Supercuts where a basic cut starts at £14.95 and a cut and blow dry will set you back £22.45. Also look out for promotions on conditioning treatments; it’s amazing what a little bit of salon TLC can offer.

HOME SALON HEROES

You can’t leave all your haircare to the professionals; you need to take control at home too. Proper maintenance continues with your at home beauty regime, from using the right products, to how regularly you wash and style your hair. Look out for brilliant beauty buys in department stores, drugstores and budget stores, get hold of 3 for 2 offers and claim a ton of beauty gifts with purchase.

A good conditioner is essential to restore and maintain your hair’s natural moisture, glossiness and texture. If you’re unsure what products to use, speak to your stylist. But one of the popular ingredients that great for healthy hair is Argan oil. With shampoos, conditioners, hair oils and treatments containing this moisture rich ingredient, every step of your haircare regime can help boost your hair’s health.


Herbal Essences Bio: Renew Conditioner 400ml Argan Oil £6, Lee Stafford ARGANOIL from Morocco Nourishing Conditioner 250ml £10.99 at Boots, OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner 385ml £6.99 and OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Extra Conditioner 385ml £7.99, Garnier Ultimate Blends Argan Oil Shine Conditioner 400ml £2.50 and Hask Argan Oil Repairing Conditioner 355ml £6.99 from Superdrug, Boots and Savers

If a good shampoo and conditioner doesn’t seem to be meeting your winter hair needs, a good treatment or deep nourishing conditioner may be required.


John Frieda Full Repair Deep Conditioner Mask 150ml £6.99, Shea Moisture Shea Masque 326ml £10.99, TRESemmé Oleo Radiance Creamy Moisturiser Mask 300ml £6.99 and Vatika Naturals Egg Protein Conditioning Hair Mask 500g £5.99 at Superdrug, Boots and Savers

On top of deep conditioning, there are plenty of options of oils and serums you can apply and leave on wet or dry hair that will help add and lock in moisture.


TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Colour Serum 125ml £6.05, Argan Oil Hair Treatment 100ml £12.99, Grow Gorgeous Shine Serum 60ml £22.00, Hask Argan Oil from Morocco Repairing Hair Shine Oil 18ml £2.49 and OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Weightless Dry Oil 118m £6.99 at Superdrug, Boots and Savers

PROTECT & PERFECT

When it comes to styling your hair in winter, it is important to thoroughly dry your hair before going outside to protect your hair from becoming brittle. If you are using heated styling tools like hairdryers, straightening irons or curling tongs, invest in a good heat protection spray to help minimise any damage to your hair and make sure that you use a wide tooth comb and not a brush if your hair is wet to avoid stretching and damaging your hair.


Boots Style Works Heat Protect Spray 185ml £2.59, TRESemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protect Spray £6.05 Mark Hill Styling Heat Protection 200ml and Style Expertise Straight Spray 100ml £2.99 at Superdrug & Boots

COVER UP

Aside from using the right products to wash, dry and style your hair, it is still important to take steps to protect it from the elements. Hats are super fashion forward, look fabulous, will protect your hair from the wind, rain and snow, and will also help cut down on how often you need to wash your hair as it won’t get dirty from the elements.


Grey Brushed Knit Beanie Hat £4.99, Burgundy Double Faux Fur Pom Pom Beanie £9.99, Black Baker Boy Hat £9.99 and Mink Cable Knit Faux Fur Bobble Beani £7.99 all at New Look


Firetrap Army Hat £8 at Sports Direct, Penguin Beanie £7 and Grey Baker Boy Hat £10 both at

17
Jul

Beauty heroes with plant power

Celebrate summer by going back to nature and embracing plant power. Whilst products using the purest plant extracts were once exclusive and expensive, priced at between £70 and £200, you’ll now find a number of naturally derived and sustainably sourced facial serums and moisturisers at more affordable prices. From £5 to £40, we bring you the best tried and tested available in-stores now.

SUPER SERUMS

Botanics Radiant Youth Serum £4.00

At a purse friendly £4 for 30ml, Boots Botanics Radiant Youth Serum contains natural plant extract Gingko which is packed with anti-oxidants to help counteract free radicals and helps keep skin looking younger, protecting it from environmental stresses such as pollution, temperature and sun.

Sukin Super Greens Facial Recovery Serum £13.95

A refreshing daily facial serum with detoxifying green actives of kale, spirulina, chlorella and parsley providing antioxidants and vitamins to help encourage a healthy glow. At £13.95 for 30ml this super serum also contains grape seed oil, avocado and vitamin E, which lock in moisture for a dewy complexion, and added acai berry for youthful looking skin.

Superfacialist Neroli Intense Facial Serum £16.99

At £16.99 for 30ml maintain youthful and radiant skin with this silky textured wrinkle smoothing Intense Facial Serum. It contains a breakthrough apple derived stem cell ingredients proven to actively protect longevity of skin stem cells with a collagen stimulating peptide to help to firm the skin. Plus it has moisture boosting Hyaluronic Acid combined with Hibiscus extract to help restore your complexion’s natural radiance and healthiness.

The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops of Youth Concentrate £26.00

This certified organic miracle serum has a price tag of £26 but it is worth every penny. Just a couple of drops added to your daily moisturiser to combat the first signs of ageing and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Daily Moisture Balancing Serum £40.00

This antioxidant-rich, replenishing serum is instantly absorbed by skin to give an instantly brighter, smoother complexion. It protects the skin’s barrier with nutrient rich botanicals, addresses the signs of dehydration and at the pricier end of £40 it smells gorgeous too.

CREAMS TO COVET

Simple Regeneration Age Resisting Day Cream £5.25

Green tea’s antioxidant rich nutrients makes it a valuable asset in the fight against ageing and Simple has harnessed this skin-saving goodness for its Age Resisting Day Cream, plus has added SPF 15, to fight wrinkles and lines. At only £5.25 it’s a brilliant budget buy.

Botanics Hydration Burst Day Lotion SPF15 £8.99

The new Hydration Burst range from Boots Botanics is a nourishing formula, rich in Clary Sage extract, that comforts and soothes dehydrated and sensitive skin. At a purse friendly £8.99 for 50ml, the lightweight texture absorbs quickly, calming skin and leaving it feeling supple and smooth, and hydrated for up to 8 hours.

REN Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream £20.00

At £20 for 60ml this award winning moisturiser is an absolute necessity. Not only will it fit into your hand luggage it contains vitamins P and F to decongest skin and reduce sensitivity. Ideal if you’re going to be exposed to the sun.

Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream £23.00

Each 30ml tube of this rich day cream contains over 1075 organic rose petals, Beautifully scented and especially rejuvenating and regenerating for mature skin, it also has a calming effect on skin that has been over exposed to the sun. Snap it for £23.

Origins New Smarty Plants CC SPF20 Skin Complexion Corrector £29.00

This super-smart plant formula CC cream from Origins helps perfect the appearance of pores, minimises excess oiliness, and lightly hydrates to smooth away fine, dry lines. Priced at £29 for 40ml it also has SPF 20 to help you keep your youthful good looks longer.

4
Jun

Fake it, don’t bake it!

The same rule applies to tanning as it does to ageing. Do it gracefully. Thankfully there is a new wave of everyday gradual tanning moisturisers and instant tanners available in smooth lotions, fluffy mousses and handy spray oils and gels, that promise a subtle, warming sheen leaving skin with a gorgeous, natural glow. These cult beauty buys will become as part of your everyday routine as brushing your teeth.

The good news is that there’s one to suit every skin type. Take a good look around your local supermarket, chemist and department store at the huge variety of tanning moisturisers and instant tans at prices from under £10 to over £30. There are many great multi-buy deals and promotions in stores at the moment, so take advantage and make sure your cash stretches further.

BUDGET BUYS UNDER £10

Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant Tan & Gradual Glow £6.99

For an instant, natural-looking tan that can be used on the face and body this Rimmell must-have gives a gradual glow that will keep you looking healthy without being too overpowering. It comes in two matte shades, and is an instant tan that is easily washed off.

Palmer’s Natural Bronze Gradual Tan £7.49

Thanks to its signature combination of pure Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E, this is the perfect product to keep your skin beautiful and healthy with a natural-looking glow. With just a touch of self-tanner, it will create a delicate, sun-kissed, summer glow, gradually building a subtle tan within a few days, while deeply moisturising your skin.

Barry M In The Glow Body Oil Liquid Bronzer £7.99

With pure Coconut Oil and the tropical fragrance of Tahitian Gardenia, this gorgeous body oil will soothe, hydrate and add a subtle sun kissed glow to all skin tones. Simply apply over the body after showering and smooth into your skin for a richly moisturised, beautifully bronzed look. Allow a few minutes for the skin to absorb the product before dressing.

St. Moriz Fast Tan Response Tanning Mist £8.99

Ideal for those who like a quick fix tan, the St. Moriz Advanced Pro Fast Response Tanning Mist allows you to control your shade. Achieve a light glow in one hour, a medium tan in two hours and a dark tan in three hours. For those who like a deeper tan, leave on for longer.

PURSE FRIENDLY £10 to £20

Garnier Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer Dry Body Mist £10.20

This is a no nonsense multi-angle spray tan that leaves a light tan, ideal for a subtle glow. It has apricot extracts to moisturise skin, is quick-dry, and there is no need to rub. A perfect product if you’re new to the world of self-tan sprays.

Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk £11.99

This innovative dual action gradual tanning milk formula is enriched with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E and will hydrate and nourish your skin while developing a stunning natural golden tan. With a subtle cocoa butter scent it’s great for everyday use.

St. Tropez Instant Tan Finishing Gloss £12.00

Providing an instant gorgeous bronze glow, with buildable coverage, if you have a tan commitment-phobia then this is the product for you. This superb instant tanner is washable so it is ideal for beginners and those just looking for a quick fix-up.

Modelco Gradual Tan Everyday Body Moisturiser £12.49

This is an everyday triple action self-tanning moisturiser. Suitable for all skin types, it acts as a self-tanner, tan extender and moisturiser all in one, allowing you to build or prolong your tan gradually and easily. Infused with nourishing and antioxidant properties of Green Tea Extract, it delivers a natural golden glow and helps to even out skin tone, hide cellulite, stretch marks and spider veins.

 

Fake Bake Faux Glo Long Lasting Wash-Off Tan £13.45

Inspired by make-up artists, this instant spray tan in a can boasts a 360˚ nozzle and gives a continuous spray that works at any angle, even upside-down. It’s the easiest way to create a temporary, instantly tanned look, is suitable for all complexions and exceptionally good for covering irregular skin tones. The super-fast drying aerosol is transfer resistant, pleasantly fragranced.

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Everyday Body Lotion £14.19

This new Gradual Tan Tinted Body Lotion from St. Tropez gives an instant hint of bronze that illuminates the skin, whilst gradually building a healthy sun kissed glow. It’s a lightweight, ultra-hydrating body lotion that’s easy to apply, quick drying and suitable for all skin tones.

Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner £14.99

This deliciously scented moisturising cream builds a natural looking tan with daily applications. The application is really creamy and it will develop into a natural looking tan over a matter of hours and days.

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Firming 4 in 1 Lotion £18.99

St. Tropez’s newest addition to its Gradual Tan range contains allo-melanin, which mimics the skin’s natural melanin to give you a healthy tan. Applied daily, its special formula combining a cell energizer, hyaluronic acid and anti-oxidant, is designed to tone, firm and moisturise tired skin during the bronzing process. Four benefits in one for under £20 is great value for money.

SPLURGE £20 AND OVER

Clinique Body Tinted Lotion £20.00

This luxurious tinted lotion will give you a deep tan with gorgeous golden undertones, the colour gets richer within the next day, and the finished look is tropical vacation worthy. The lotion formula means a super easy and smooth application, so there are no missed spots or streaks.

Bobbi Brown All Over Bronzing Gel £25.00

This deluxe gel will give you a golden tan with brown undertones. Perfect for the summer, the gel is fresh, dries fast, and has SPF 15. It is also travel-friendly, and the ideal go-to for emergency retouches.

Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish £29.49

This sumptuous wash off skin finishing body makeup gives a natural looking tint for the body, and reflects light for a photo-ready finish. Whether you’re putting on a skirt for the first time this year, or you want photo-ready skin for a glamorous event, Body Blur is the perfect product. The subtle, natural-looking tint will suit all skin tones and the clean formula with organic and natural skin conditioning extracts will work for even sensitive skin types.

Fake Bake Airbrush Instant Self-Tan £27.95

This is a lush airbrush spray tan that will give you an instant glow. As it is quick drying and develops with speed it’s ideal if you have spare time on a night for precise application. The 360˚ nozzle gives you continuous spray and an even coverage.

Space NK Tan Luxe The Water £33.00

Don’t be fooled by the transparency, this gets results and gives a seamless natural tan as well as providing your skin with a hydration and vitamin boost. And just like water, there’s no smell.