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A day in the life…

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in a medi-spa or cosmetic surgery clinic? We spoke to Dr Paul Stephenton from Epsom Skin Clinics , to see what his typical day is like, and the sort of beauty procedures he carries out in his clinic. …

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Essential Bridal Beauty Boosts

Have you started getting the wedding invites for summer yet? Or are you excitedly planning the last details of your summer wedding? You've probably thought of what you’re going to do with your hair, the dress is sorted and the flowers arranged …

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Seven Day Nail Polish – bring it on!

If you’re like me and you love having pretty nails but don’t seem to have the time to keep a conventional manicure looking salon-perfect for more than – oh, five minutes – this one’s for you. Shellac, GELeration and long-lasting spa manicures …

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The boys have to spa!

Next time your favourite moisturiser seems a little bit depleted or your concealer disappears, don’t blame the kids or think that you’re going mad. It’s probably your other half! Despite the recession, prestige skincare products are proving very …

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Take a Good Look

To us, a spa day should be about looking and feeling good, spoiling yourself a little, and leaving with a sense that you've done something wonderful for your wellbeing. Most spas and salons are excellent at making sure you’re well looked after, …

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Teen Spa Queens

It’s prom season – and there are prom queens in training all over the UK queuing up to be made up to look older than their years and totter along to the ball for the rite-of-passage that’s made its way over from the United States in the past five …

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Celebrity Spa trend?

I’ve been hearing a lot about Korean spas recently. They are one of the hottest US trends at the moment – although US comedienne Margaret Cho probably isn’t a fan any more as she was ordered to cover up her tattoos in a Korean spa in Los Angeles. …

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Colours of spring

  Are you booked in for a manicure as part of your next spa day? Or just in the mood for having a good old nose around the shops to find the nail polish that’s going to perk up your paws in time for spring? Apparently anything goes with …

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The World’s Most Painful Facial?

Mention facials and if you’re like me, you think of blissful minutes spent being pampered in a spa, delicious smelling oils and gentle music playing in the background. A facial is to make you feel good, just as much as it is supposed to make you …

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Spa by Kasia Beauty Oscars

This week at Spa by Kasia, Oscars fever has been taking over, and they’ve been rolling out the red carpet to host their very own beauty awards! We asked our friends at Spa By Kasia to choose from a selection of our Clarins and Spa By Kasia treatments …

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Make up for hair?

It’s easy to spruce up your look with a new mascara or make your skin feel nice with a delicious body lotion, but sometimes wouldn’t it be nice to get that quick fix for your hair, without having to make an appointment with the hairdresser to revive …

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Wedding Dress Panic?

Do you know anyone who’s getting hitched this year? Are they doing the usual pre-wedding diet, stressing about how they are going to look in their dream dress? Well, The Vale Resort in Wales has come to the rescue of panicking brides-to-be everywhere. …

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Nailing your New Year’s resolutions

We asked our spa insider, Sarah Cottam, what her tips were for keeping that ‘no nail biting’ rule past the end of January! Quite apart from looking awful when bitten, nails (and hands) carry a multitude of different bacteria and germs.... so that …

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Lift and Firm

Anti-ageing skin treatments are nothing new, and the most popular treatments on a spa menu have long tended to be the anti-ageing facials. It’s hardly surprising with the massive focus on staying (and looking) young that some of us turn to Botox, …

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What’s Hot in 2013?

The spa world is always changing to make the most of trends and developments in leisure, health and fitness. According to SpaFinder Wellness, 2013 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for spas in the UK, and I thought I’d have a look at …

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Beauty Buzz - Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh

Spa treatments often look to exotic destinations for their theme, or luxurious ingredients. But there’s nothing more reminiscent of Christmas than gold, so precious so the story goes, that the Three Wise Men gave it to the infant Jesus for his …

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Beauty Buzz - Fast beauty

We want to look gorgeous – and we want it FAST. Speedy beauty treatments seem to be the way to go in our time-poor and slightly cash-strapped world, and those people in the know are latching on to the trend and giving us what we need as fast as …

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Every little (bit of pampering) helps

Get set for a new spa range that’s easy to pick up with your weekly shop! Award-winning country spa retreat, Calcot Manor, is launching its debut bath and body care range exclusively at Tesco. The range is made up of three deliciously decadent …

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All about the boys

Did you know that it’s International Men’s Day on 19th November? Around here, my other half is so spoiled that I could probably argue every day is men’s day! The aim of the event is to ‘promote gender equality,’ which is something I think we can …

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Catwalk Beauty Trends

The three big beauty trends for next season (yes, we’re talking spring 2013) will be pale, matte skin, 3D nail effects and big, strong defined eyebrows, according to the experts who know all about these things. Evidence from the catwalks of New …

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Skin Care Awareness Month Quiz

September is Skin Care Awareness Month. These four weeks see the health and beauty industries encourage men and women to take extra care of their skin with the use of pampering products and improved lifestyle choices. You might contend that you …

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September is Skin Care Awareness Month: Skin Care Facts

September is Skin Care Awareness Month. During this period, the health and beauty industries promote proper skin care, suggesting pampering products and improved lifestyle choices which can prevent tired-looking skin and help slow the ageing process. …

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Argan Oil – wonder ingredient?

This year has certainly been the year for Argan oil. I first heard about it from my hairdresser who told ma all about a very expensive Kerastase conditioner called Elixir Ultime which contains it and I’ll be honest, I was sorely tempted to give …

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Nail trends for Autumn

I love getting my nails done, and nails have got so exciting since I used to write for ‘Nails Plus’ back in 2000! Until I worked on that magazine I had no idea that an entire monthly publication for nail-techs and enthusiasts could even exist. …

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Crimes against beauty!?

When I was a teenage girl, and an avid reader of Jackie Magazine and Just 17, it was drummed into me that the number one rule about skincare was to always, always, take my make up off before I went to bed. While most of the other things I read …

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