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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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…

Our Favourite Beauty Tips

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We consider ourselves blessed to have many of the world’s greatest hair, make-up and health experts in our Little Black Books. (Even if our ‘Little Black Books’ have now morphed into ‘Little White iPhones’…!) Every day on www.beautybible.com, we share a little nugget of wisdom that we’ve come across in our research. Here are some of our favourites…

  1. To instantly de-puff eyes, using your middle and ring fingers press and glide a bit of eye cream around the bones of the eyes, moving towards the temples of the eyes. Repeat three times on the bones above the eyes, and then below. It will help drain fluids and reduce puffiness. Read More…

Skin Superfoods

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Our skin is what we eat. It’s that simple. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t want a gorgeous, radiant glowing complexion? Thought not. But because the skin is the last place in the body to receive the nutrients we ingest, many experts counsel that a two-way approach is what pays real dividends. Quite often, the nutrients that boost skin health when we eat or drink them also deliver amazing skin benefits when applied from the outside, too.

We’re well known for taking lots of supplements: can’t live without them. Without Daily Energy, Sibergin, Power of KrillBetterYou DLux 3000 etc. (that’s for our vitamin D levels, more important than ever at this time of year). But we also try to eat well, too, packing our diet with skin-friendly foods. So here’s a run-down of some of the best things to eat, drink – and to slather on – for your best-ever skin…

Pomegranate: The luscious red juice of pomegranate – and the seed-filled fruit itself – are bursting with the super-nutrient ellagic acid, a mega-antioxidant that’s renowned for protecting and repairing skin. Pomegranate has actually been found to turbo-charge the effect of sun protection when added to sun lotions. Read More…

Beauty Tips – Quick Fixes

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If you’re anything like us, you’re feeling slightly time-poor right now, between the writing of the Christmas cards, the ordering of the turkey, and the three-line whip to attend the annual vodka-sodden office knees-up.

So yes, we’d l-u-r-v-e an hour to prep for a party or go for a spa treatment – but it ain’t going to happen. So this month, we thought we’d share some of the best beauty quick-fixes we’ve ever learned. You shall go to the ball – and it really doesn’t need to take long to get ready.

Fluff up flat hair fast. This is ridiculously low-tech and simple – but it works. Our old friend John Frieda taught us this trick, and we do it whenever the oomph’s gone out of our hair but there’s no time for a blow-dry to refresh it. It’s a sort of back-combing technique using fingers: take small sections of hair, right by the roots, and simply rub them between your fingers; you’ll feel (and see) the lift. It’s best along the parting and especially good to renew root-lift to a fringe. (If you need extra help, turn your head upside-down and very lightly spritz a dry shampoo into the roots. Works a treat.)

Alternatively, add a hair accessory. A glittery comb or grips add instant glamour to any hairstyle. If you forget to bring one to work, improvise with a brooch from your jacket.

And cover up your roots. Ideally, we’d all be able to plan our social lives around our hair appointments and/or at-home colouring sessions, but at least there’s absolutely no excuse now to turn down an invitation because we’re embarrassed by having gone ‘back to our roots’. We regularly give thanks for Color Wow, which brushes onto roots (from a sexy-looking compact) to disguise regrowth – and stays put till you wash it out. (We have friends who are actually using Color Wow to cut their hair colouring bills, since it allows them to extend the time between appointments by at least a couple of weeks.) Quite a few shades so most women can find a match (men, too!) – and particularly fantastic for grey/white hair.

Squeeze the spot that’s threatening to ruin your evening. (Carefully.)

Use light-reflecting concealer to clean up smudges. In our experience there’s rarely time to start our make-up over, before cocktails or dinner, but by the end of a busy day, our under-eye zone is often smudged, with stray flecks of mascara. Instead of removing the lot, dip a Q-Tip in concealer and roll it over the area. It will remove ‘fallen’ make-up, but evens out skintone at the same time.

Remedy a ‘Widow Twankey’ moment. We’ve all done it: applied too much blusher in a hurry and a panto dame’s staring back from the mirror. Generally, there’s no time to cleanse and start from scratch, so if you’re wearing powder blusher, liberally dust translucent powder over your cheeks to diffuse the colour. If you’re wearing cream blusher, tone it down by sponging a teeny amount of liquid foundation on top.

Add a touch of shimmer to go from desk to dinner in a flash. It’s no accident that party make-up articles invariably wax lyrical about shimmering, glimmering shades and textures. In low-lighting (restaurants, nightclubs, and um, the photocopying room), matte make-up, which can be perfect in daylight, looks flat and dull. You don’t need to go mad with the glitter, however: just add a touch of gleaming ivory or cream eyeshadow to the brow-bone (lightly blend it from just under the arches out to the ends of the brows), and to the centre of the eyelid just above the pupil. (Just pat it on here over your usual eyeshadow.) You can also add a touch of shimmery gloss to the centre of your lips, over your regular lipstick, and smoosh them together. Then you’re candlelight-ready…

Shift a sluggish mood. When you’re feeling like sofa-isng rather than socialising, use aromatherapy oils to nudge you off the couch and out of the door. We literally know nothing better for getting us in the party mood and revving us up after a long day than anointing ourselves with Aromatherapy Associates Revive Massage & Body Oil. Uplifting essential oils in this blend include petitgrain and grapefruit, eucalyptus and mandarin orange; the bonus is that smoothing it into skin also makes any body part instantly smoother and bareable, too: arms, décolletage, legs (if you’re going tights-free for the evening).

Have a spritz of BetterYou B12 Boost – Pure Energy. Honestly, we wouldn’t generally ever recommend taking this after around 4 p.m. (as with caffeinated drinks), because it really does get you buzzing. (We have a few spritzes under the tongue in the mornings: a fantastic start to the day.) But having (almost) accidentally discovered how alert-making this is before a party, it’s now our go-to supplement for late-night Duracell bunny impersonations.

If all else fails to give you a lift, put on a pair of high heels. Maybe the effect’s purely psychological, but we don’t think so. However, we do like to buff feet before slipping them into sandals with a Margaret Dabbs Superior Foot File to remove the hard skin that can make standing around agony. And besides, if anyone happens to come round with a glass slipper after the ball, it’s nice to know our feet will be up to the scrutiny…

Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible Update

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We feel like having a long lie-down this month. It’ll never happen, but here’s the reason: our latest edition of The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible was just published, with dozens of new entries. Each and every book – and each and every update (because there are new launches and products all the time) – is the end of a l-o-n-g journey. Over the past year, we sent over 2,400 different products out – to 2,400 testers in all. (Do the math: that’s 24,000 jars, tubes and compacts!) After the trial period (as long as four months, depending on the product), every score is logged, comments scrutinised – and the final verdict on the award-winning products which beat thousands of others to the pages of our book is delivered.

We are thrilled to bits that VH’s Gill Sinclair has pulled off quite a coup, and is showcasing the book on VH well before the rest of the world gets its hands on it. (Take that, Amazon! Take that, WH Smith!) So to celebrate, we thought we’d give you a sneak peek at a handful of the brand new product listings, in this fresh edition…

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