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Emily Beeson
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Now that summer’s here, we’re investing in breezy warm-weather ensembles to see in the new season in style. Vacay-ready dresses and denim shorts in summer hues call for bronzed limbs but we’re not about to risk sun damage by hitting the poolside sans SPF. Instead, we’ll be opting for a quality self tan to achieve that healthy summer glow without exposing skin to harmful UV rays. 


Want to get the glow? Just follow our simple tips for achieving the perfect summer tan without compromising on your skin’s health… 

Choose wisely

Opting for a dark self tan might seem like a quick fix, but your glow is far more likely to look natural if you invest in a subtler shade. Make sure your skin tone matches whatever you pick and opt for something similar to a product you already enjoy using

For example, if lotion is your jam then a tanning cream could be for you. If you prefer something more lightweight on your skin, go for a spray or mousse. Work with whatever feels comfortable for you. 

Exfoliate

Be sure to prep your skin before applying your self tan. Use a quality exfoliating scrub in the shower to brush away dry skin and get your skin feeling clean, fresh and ready for application. Using bronzing products after exfoliating means your glow will last much longer.

Layer it

Avoid the temptation to pile on the product and instead, apply a light layer a day at a time to build up a natural-looking colour. This way, you can exfoliate any dry patches and moisturise in between applications to keep your skin soft, supple and happy.

Glow up

Finish off your tanning routine with a shimmering bronzer – we love a gold-toned powder or simple contouring kit to highlight that golden glow. Add a little definition to your cheekbones and décolletage and you’ll be ready to rock that summer dress in no time. 

Browse the edit below to shop our favourite self-tanning products… 


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Lina Psaila
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Ever wonder what is it that people with healthy hair do to get their tresses so on point? Sometimes it's about more than just using the right shampoo. We looked to a few haircare experts to find out what to do to achieve that natural bounce, strength and shine... 


Get haircuts on the regular 

If your ends are splitting, be sure to book in for regular trims curb that breakage. Make your hair appointments every 6-8 weeks. 

Go au naturel 

Everyone needs a rest from time to time and the same goes for your hair. Let your hair dry without heated styling products if you can and take a rest from too much product. Let it all hang loose and avoid scrunching it up too. 

Hair care also means scalp care 

If you're itchy and constantly scratching your head that might be a sign. Dry hair, too much product and regular pulling or scratching can  traumatize your scalp. Try products that will enhance the health of the scalp and be kind to your hair. 

Add protein to your diet 

Hair is keratinized protein so adding it to your everyday meals will practically mean building more hair. Add some iron while you're at it, as iron deficiency has been linked to female hair loss. And for vegans there are a lot of yummy ways to add it too. 

Condition your hair 

You should incorporate a deep conditioner into your weekly hair care routine for extra hydration. There are many deep-conditioning hair masks that you can apply once a week for extra shine and healthy locks. We’ve listed a few we love below. 

Ready to step up your haircare routine? Shop all your essentials from our exclusive edit below. Follow us on INSTAGRAM for more beauty inspiration. 

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Emily Beeson
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Breaking a sweat shouldn’t mean compromising on style but all too often our choices for comfortable clothing to work out in are limited – a baggy T-shirt and a pair of old leggings might do the trick but they’re hardly inspiring. 

Luckily, brands everywhere have upped their activewear game, offering us a host of affordable and high-end options for every body type to help us look as good as that HIIT session or morning run makes us feel. 

With the likes of Sweaty Betty catering for all manner of activities and launching covetable designer collabs, and leading sneaker brands finally making fashion-forward trainers we can fall in love with, it’s easy to look our best while working on our bods. 

So, whether you favour gentle yoga stretches or full-on bootcamp vibes, we’ve rounded up some of the most gorgeous pieces to help you get your glow on. 

Browse our favourite workout looks above and scroll down for our Editors’ favourite activewear picks…


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Lina Psaila
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t's the ultimate superfood, so we have rounded up all the benefits for optimum health and beauty. Starting from the Maori community in New Zealand because of its great anti-bacterial and healing properties with celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johannson are big fans. Produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush, Manuka honey is viewed as one the most beneficial forms of honey. 


According to the experts to reap those Manuka honey benefits. you should take a dose of around 1-2 tablespoons per day and the easiest way to do that is straight from the jar. Pour it in your tea, or breakfast toast or yoghurt and see the benefits. 

FOR HEALTH 

Energy Booster 

Raw Manuka honey is your go-to food when you feel you need a bit of a kick to start your day or are feeling tired. 

Sore Throat 

Take a spoonful neat with warm water and lemon juice or just with warm water, when taken at the onset of a sore throat it can really help with prevention.

Improves Digestion 

Manuka helps with improving the health of your gut and diminishing bloating. It contains a natural pre-biotic which is amazing for the balance of the gut's good bacteria. 

Healing 

Manuka honey's healing properties and second to none making it a great all-around superfood. It has anti-viral properties and can be used to boost the immune system, help fight illness and improve skin conditions, soothes a sore throat and can be externally used on cuts wounds and ulcers. 


FOR SKIN 

There are numerous of brands using Manuka in their recipe because of the well-known healing properties. It's the perfect ingredient for curing acne and skin infections while it's also a great natural moisturiser that improves the skin's hydration. You can find many creams from sheet masks, to anti-cellulite lotions and face oils that employ Manuka honey for our benefit! Head to our expert edit and shop all of your favourite Manuka Honey products now.

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Lea Petermeijer
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Indoor Plants are the new home trend everybody is crazy about, but many people don’t know that they have a ton of benefits aside from looking great. So, if you needed a few extra reasons to decorate your home with plants, read-on and you’ll find out why it’s definitely a good idea.

Plants help with breathing

Plants absorb carbone dioxide and release oxygen, the opposite of what humans do when breathing, making them great partners. But it’s important to remember that this process reverses at night, when plants absorbe oxygen and release carbon dioxide. So, unless you go for orchids, succulents or epiphytic bromeliads which never release any carbon dioxide, keep them in your living room and away from your bedroom.

They Purify the Air

Plants remove toxins from the air. In fact, according to NASA research, they can get rid of up to 87% of volatile organic compounds every day. 

They Release Moisture

Plants naturally release moisture which increases the humidity of the air around them. This has been shown to decrease dry skin among other things, meaning you can finally cut down on moisturiser.

They Improve Health

Many studies have shown that plants help sick patients heal faster, but also decrease fatigue, colds, headaches, coughs, sore throats and flu-like symptoms. So now you finally know why bringing plants to ill people is such a thing.

They Sharpen Focus

Studies have shown that having plants indoors makes you more attentive and increases memory retention by up to 20 percent. So if you’re looking to increase your productivity, all you need to do is buy yourself a plant.

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Lina Psaila
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As temperatures rise and days become longer we crave a little more time outdoors - and that includes our workout routine. Thankfully for our mood and budget most classes from yoga, to Zumba, pilates even martial arts can be taught in an open-air park. 


Working out outdoors has amazing health benefits both physical but also mental that arise from spending time in nature. So whether you want to shed a few pounds, get toned then there or simply want to feel more healthy and happy, (Exercise releases all of those serotonins - the happy hormones after all!) there's definitely a class for you in the park. 

Discover your tribe and sign up for an open-air fitness class now! 

The Runner 

You may be a die-hard running fan. You like exercising outdoors exploring new sceneries and meeting new people whilst enjoying the exercise. 

Bouncing Bunny 

You prioritise any aerobic activity over anything else. You enjoy running too but you want the element of fun into it. You indulge in Zumba, typical aerobics classes, hula hoops, trampoline classes even a hip-hop class. 

The Static 

You enjoy working each muscle group at your own pace and you want a sense of slight rhythm to it without sweating your entire fluid intake on your mat. Exercise for you is also a time to reflect on your day meditate and relax. You will mostly benefit from yoga, pilates, barre and meditation. 

The Combat Heroine 

You want to seriously improve your overall fitness levels, get ripped and meet friends while doing it. Which is why you've signed up for boxing classes but HIIT and a innovative capoeira could also be your thing. Did you find your tribe? 

Time to shop all of your fitness essentials from our expert edit below and hit your next class! 

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Lina Psaila
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We are all glued (and most people will admit- addicted) to our phones, whether we like it or not most of use are dependant on our devices. Email, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or Instragram, we are constantly looking for a sense of gratification on social media. But why not try switching off now and again and trying some new hobbies.#000000"> Switch off and relax. Switching off from social media is a great way to relax stop our brains going into overdrive. Why not try things the old fashioned way and channel our energy into spending quality time with  friends and family, doing activities.


Meditation and relaxation can be a great way to really relax and spend time with your thoughts.Try a new hobby- there are plenty of new ways to enjoy time away from a screen. Madeline Shaw, the health and fitness author switched off from social media after having her first child to spend time with her newborn away from the pressures of posting. She found there were some great benefits and admitted she saved hours of time instead of wasting it searching through other peoples accounts. Pandora Sykes also switched off from the fans post fashion week to enjoy some relaxation after a hectic fashion month and quality time with her husband.#000000"> 

It's a challenge but try it for a day and see if you can resist the temptation- go for some meditation or treat yourself to your favourite activity! Here's what to do instead: Yoga, read a book, try a new sport, do something creative, go to the theatre, host a photo-free dinner party, its time to use our imaginations! Whether its for a day or weeks, go cold turkey and try switching off, its great for some headspace!

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Green is not a colour I'm a fan. Green shakes as a source of health, but I would never have thought of green as a trend colour. Credits: Pinterest

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Lina Psaila
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Maca's popularity has exploded the past few years. Despite being revered for its medicinal properties for years the maca root is taking over the health community as the latest superfood. Many influencers are adding it to their morning brew for an extra boost of energy and stamina. 


The maca plant is a type of vegetable so powerful that it's sometimes referred to as Peruvian ginseng. It looks very similar to radishes and turnips with green tops and roots. Usually, the yummy tasting root is available in powder after being harvested. It has natural healing properties and has been consumed for years in the Andes as a safe superfood. The maca root powder is high in protein carbs and rich in a number of nutrient including vitamin C, copper and iron. It can also help the body adapt to external stressors like a busy schedule or illness. 

RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS 

It has many health benefits mainly because it's rich in antioxidants meaning it can neutralise harmful free radicals fighting off disease and preventing damage to cells including ageing. 

ENHANCES MENTAL ABILITIES 

A regular maca intake can improve energy, mood and memory. People that have been implementing it in their routine admit that they feel more awake, energized and driven to take on the day without the shakiness of a strong coffee. 

BALANCES ESTROGEN LEVELS 

Many women suffer from estrogen imbalance levels including bloating irregular menstrual periods and mood swings. Maca, can control the amount of estrogen in the body and also can relieve the symptoms of menopause. Start with one tablespoon of maca powder daily and increase it up to two or three tablespoons throughout the day. You'll notice an increase in energy so it's best to take it before exercising or starting a demanding day. If you're already researching for the best maca powder, don't worry we have rounded them up all for you. 

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We’re becoming increasingly conscious of both our health and the environment, and this has produced a move towards more ethical products, whether it’s for food, clothes or even beauty products. 


Because let’s face it, there’s just something about putting organic products on our face that makes us feel cleaner, not to mention leaving us with a better conscience.

But next time you proudly purchase an ‘organic’ face cream or blush, don’t blindly trust the label. In the UK, there are no regulations for qualifying products as organic which means that many companies are labelling their cosmetics as natural or organic without containing the slightest organic ingredient.

Lobbyists are actively fight this, but in the meantime, if you aren’t sure whether you’re buying an organically made product, check its label and look out for Cosmos, NaTrue and NSF-ANSI certified products. They are independent companies that verify the whole process and can be trusted. 

And if you don't feel like waste time reading labels, we did the work for you so all you have to do is shop our list of truly organic beauty products below! You’re welcome.

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Lina Psaila
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Even the biggest health nuts are prone to these bad habits, but as we enter 2018 it's time to live your best life yet! There are all of those tiny things we tend to do without even noticing that are seriously diminishing our quality of life. But we can take back control by simply acknowledging them. Here are a few examples of no no's: 


1. Taking your smartphone everywhere: Even the bathroom because you get separation anxiety. We promise the world will not crumble if you don't have access to your phone for a few minutes. 

2. Holding on to grudges. It never helps to hold it in. Excuse the pun. Release your frustration and move on. You have more important things to do. 

3. You avoid confrontation. Just like the previous point, you have to express your issue to another person with regards to finding a solution. Problems don't go away by themselves unless we confront them head-on. 

4. You postpone health checkups. Yes it's boring and you rather spend your free time doing much more exciting things than waiting in line for your GP but early detection can save you. 

5. Binge-watching Friends on Netflix instead of meeting your actual friends. 

6. You rely on social media for a self-esteem boost: Blogger Leandra Medine said it best in a recent interview. "Posting on Instagram constantly is a cry for help. I used to post more often when I felt bad about myself." There's no button for self -esteem it takes time and social media are irrelevant. Instead, re-connect with your close friends and family for the perfect self-care boost! 

Are you ready for a social media cleanse and a little pampering time? Shop your detox essentials from our expert edit below! 

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No more laughing at or looking down on the woman in the gym doing her workout with a full face of make-up. There’s always one and she’s actually way ahead of you in the fitness beauty game. So what if you’ve got the adorable outfit or the superior equipment, it’s time to catch up and the secret to her success goes far beyond the waterproof mascara you were imagining. Forward-thinking beauty brands like Clinique and Eyeko are now delivering definitive products to accompany and enhance your workout and restore your skin/muscles afterwards. 


Sweatproof make-up that will withstand a vigorous hour long spin class is a no brainer, along with a face powder that neutralises redness and a 24 hour mascara that you can use on rest days too. If workouts are a strictly makeup free zone for you, specially developed cleansing wipes will keep your skin on-point and prevent breakouts on the go, and there’s a mattifying moisturiser to eliminate shine. Then there are creams, oils and gels to soothe aching muscles and improve problem areas by firming the skin. 

Add the beauty saviours in our edit below to your routine pronto! 

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