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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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…

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…