About Beauty Bible

The first Beauty Bible book was launched in 1966, and since then there have been six bestsellers in the series, including The 21st Century Beauty Bible, The Green Beauty Bible and The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible. Beauty Bible's mission is to help real women take a short-cut to products that truly work, and in addition to being a completely unbiased voice in the world of beauty, the books and website feature the real-life observations of over 20,000 women who've tried products for Beauty Bible since its launch, making this the biggest-ever independent survey of beauty products ever carried out in the world.

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Back to Bases

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We all want to be flawless – and if there is one make-up item that makes flawlessness achievable, it’s foundation. After a summer of bare(r) skin, when maybe you got away with tinted moisturiser or a BB cream for skin perfection, this is the time to get back to bases. Because foundation evens out your skintone.  Creates a long-lasting base, for blusher/shadow to cling to. And – chosen carefully – makes skin look pretty darned perfect.

Those two magic words – c-h-o-s-e-n c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y – are the key, though. Foundation may be a make-up-wearer’s biggest beauty boon – but it’s the make-up item it’s easiest to get wrong. (Both in shade terms, and how you blend it into skin.) After all, you want your friends and loved ones to comment on a lovely pair of shoes, or a nice frock. But your foundation?  No way!  So if memories of orange jaw line mean you’ve forsaken foundation (as 50% of women have, apparently), it’s time to give it another chance.  So here’s everything we’ve ever learned at Beauty Bible about foundation. Read More…

Coconuts

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Ever since man – and woman – were first cast away on a desert island, beauty-hunters have known about the powers of the coconut.  Split one of these strange-looking fruits open, and it’s an instant, whisk-you-to-a-paradise-beach experience, seducing with the lush sweetness of its flesh and milk.  But that’s not all:  for thousands of years, the coconut has been part of tropical beauty rituals:  a hair re-glosser, skin nourisher – and if Cleopatra had been living closer to a palm-fringed beach, would she not have bathed in coconut milk, rather than the asses’ variety?

More recently, the oil-rich coconut fell from favour.  It was too calorific, insisted the fat-phobic waistline-watchers.  More:  that fattiness was of the saturated variety, explained the nutritionists – which surely had to be bad news for our hearts.  (And for the farmers who grew coconuts, too:  since the mid-70s, demand for coconut oil fell, so many were forced to abandon their plantations and head for the cities, to make a living.)  Meanwhile, in body oils and hair masks, coconut’s unrivalled, skin-compatible richness was often replaced by man-made moisturisers.
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Love Your Life

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You can’t freeze-frame life. It’s not a photo that stays still. It changes all the time, sometimes slowly, sometimes with chaotic speed. What you can do, however, is to choose your attitude to it on a daily basis and adopt strategies to help you cope with the roller coaster, especially when it’s going down. And how does that fit in with anti-ageing? Quite simply, a calm mind and taking joy in life make you look beautiful and live well. As the French proverb says, ‘there is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience’.

Here are some of our favourite strategies, many of which are now used in healthcare.

Be loving to yourself. Sometimes loving and valuing yourself is very hard. That’s when we’re likely to cause ourselves grief, rely on others for our self-esteem, and make decisions – big and small – based on other people rather than what we really want for ourselves. You could start by just saying to yourself that you are a good person, not perfect – no one is (and please do give yourself permission to get things wrong, make a muddle, be imperfect in everything), but you try your best. Read More…

How to Be Naturally Confident

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One of the nicest parts of what we do is talking to real women like you – at events and book signings (or on the bus, come to that). But what we’ve come to realise is that many, many women – for no reason that is at all apparent to us – have a confidence deficit. It’s often to do with what Bobbi Brown described recently as ‘microscoping’: looking at your flaws up-close. This confidence-boosting action plan features in our recent book The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible, but we feel so strongly about this that we wanted to share it with every VH reader.

Fact: very few of us feel we look fantastic. Frankly, we doubt even that supermodels wake up and look in the mirror and say: ‘Babe, you’re gorgeous.’ (Or not every day of their lives, anyway.) And interestingly, the images of those that we see in magazines and on advertising hoardings often bear little resemblance to those so-called ‘perfect’ models, in the flesh.

We’ve been on a shoot where Linda Evangelista walked in looking puffy-cheeked, dark-circled and generally pretty unsupermodellish. In front of the cameras, she ‘zipped up’ that jaw-line, contracted her cheeks, posed at the most flattering angle to the camera – and became the Linda Evanglista we know and admire. When it was all over, though, Read More…

Aurelia

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In all our years of Beauty Bible testing, nothing quite like this has happened before. At the start of our trials, a new brand – we’d only just discovered it ourselves – submitted all five of their debut products for trials for The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible. We duly dispatched Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s brand new launches to our diligent teams, and waited – for months, as per our protocol (testers have to use products till the end of the jar/bottle/whatever) – for the results.

But boy, were we blown away at that moment. Because every single one of Aurelia’s entries did well enough to make it into the line-up for the book (out of 2,300 products submitted altogether, which we’re sure you’ll agree is pretty amazing). And not only that: they ratcheted up some staggeringly high scores, including one of the highest-ever in Beauty Bible’s history – for the Cell Revitalise Night Moisturiser. Each of those five products can now proudly display a Beauty Bible ‘Awards’ sticker, as an acknowledgment of a stellar performance, helping beauty-hounds to take a short cut to products which really perform. Read More…

The Winners

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So we’ve been at it again, with another book – and one that’s very close to both our hearts. It goes on sale towards the end of March, but we thought we’d bring you a sneak preview of some of the products that have done incredibly well with our testers, which you can also find showcased on VH. Three for faces, three for lips, one for hands – and including something we’re over the moon about, frankly!

Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil 9.15/10

Next month, we’re going to share with you some rather special news about Aurelia – but for now, we want to introduce to you this incredibly high-scoring, award-winning oil, bursting with the fresh but intoxicating scent of orange blossom, alongside lavender, rose and mandarin. Some of the oils on the ingredients list sound pretty exotic: mongongo and Kalahari plant oils, baobab (a new buzz ingredient), and firming kigelia. Comes in a dropper bottle. And you want to know a secret? We’re both in love with this, ourselves… Read More…