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Victoria Meets Jo Fairley

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You might have read one of the many features she’s written for VH over the years, including Getting Your Yoga Mojo Back or the Apps That Make You Happier, but there is more to Jo Fairley than simply being a journalist and over the years she has added many strings to her bow…

Can you tell us a bit about your background?

I left school at 16 with 6 ‘O’ Levels – and a lot to prove, having been told by my careers teacher that I would never amount to anything. I trained as a secretary and worked my way up through magazines, becoming the youngest-ever editor of a magazine – Look Now (a title for nice teenage girls) – at 23, then going on to edit the fashion title Honey, where over the three years of my editorship I worked with amazing photographers at the start of their careers, such as Mario Testino and Ellen von Unwerth, and had Mary Greenwell and Sam McKnight as my ‘resident’ hair and make-up team. Read More…

What Is Numerology?

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The seemingly unstoppable rise of the wellness industry has led to a many of us engaging in our spiritual side. While crystals, meditation and gong baths might have been shrugged off as too woo-woo for some a few years back, crystal-inspired treatments and meditation classes are cropping up all over the place. Numerology is the latest philosophy to have a resurgence.

But what is it and why are brands including ilapothecary and 72 Hair looking to numbers as a source of inspiration for their products? Here’s everything you need to know about numerology and how certain digits might define you? Read More…

The Art Of Bathing

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Taking the have a long, hot soak in the tub is seen as a luxury for most of us. But in an era when the saying ‘health is wealth’ rings true, looking after our body from top-to-toe has moved up the priority list. Body care is on the rise, so it’s unsurprising that bathing is making a comeback.

The art of bathing goes back centuries and across the world almost every country has its own ritualistic approach. In Japan, it’s not uncommon to bathe once or twice a day and outdoor communal bathing – also known as rotenburo – is championed by hotels, magazine and even has its own TV programme. Over in Finland, the saying ‘the sauna is the poor man’s apothecary’ still remains prevalent as the country has almost as many saunas as it does inhabitants. It’s strongly believed that sweating it out in a sauna not only provides a full body cleanse, but also helps you to relax. The ritual is usually finished with a roll in the snow too. Read More…

How To Revive Your Skin Now It’s Spring

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Spring has officially sprung and the evenings are becoming a lot longer. While spring cleaning the house from top-to-toe is usually on our to-do list at this time of year, we also recommend you have a quick scan of your beauty products and supplements to check the used by dates.

If you’ve found this winter, especially with the recent snow flurries, has been tough on your skin, we’ve got just the thing to prep your complexion for the warmer months ahead… Read More…

How To Get Rid Of Your Cold Sore Quickly

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Just mentioning cold sores makes some people recoil. Perhaps it’s the association with the herpes virus or the fact that once you’ve caught it you’ve got it for life. Yet, cold sores are in the top ten most common skin concerns in the UK and around seven out of ten of us carry the virus.

While you can’t get rid of the virus forever, there are measures you can take to prevent cold sores from materialising.

What is a cold sore?

Cold sores can look like little blisters or patches of raw, red skin. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus. There are two strains, type 1 and type 2, both of which can be caught on any part of your body. That said, if you catch type 1 on your lips it’s unlikely that it will appear anywhere else on your body. The main difference between the two types is that type 1 is more likely to reoccur. Read More…

Why You’re Not Getting The Most Out Of Your Scented Candle

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There are very few people who don’t appreciate a scented candle. In fact, candles are one of the most popular beauty gifts, alongside fragrance and make-up palettes. According to NPD, the home scents market, which includes candles and diffusers, is worth a whopping $49.9 million in the US. It’s no surprise that there are so many varieties available, from scent combination to one or three wick candles.

While there’s no denying we love them, most of us don’t get the most out of our candles and wax can be wasted. “When you light a candle for the first time you need to let the top layer of wax melt,” says Julia, co-founder of Tutti London. “Making sure that the melt pool reaches the edges will ensure the candle burns evenly.” This helps prevent the area around the wick from burning more quickly. Read More…