Victoria Hall

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…

Do You Live In The Most Stressed Out City?

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It is highly likely that at one point or another this week you will feel ‘stressed’. If you’re a male salesperson living in Cardiff your chances are even higher. According to Perkbox, an employee benefit scheme company, the Welsh capital topped the chart with 70 percent of workers saying they’re stressed. Wolverhampton was a close second, followed by London, Coventry and Liverpool.

Around 70 percent of men feel stressed at work, with those aged between 25-34 being the most likely to suffer with work-related stress, compared to one in three women. Finance topped the list in terms of most stressful industries, followed by national and local government and the health sector, while those working in sales and HR departments are likely to bear the brunt. Read More…

Why We’re Not Exercising To Lose Weight Anymore

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Exercising and weight loss have always been intrinsically linked for years, but new research has revealed that more and more women are working out for another reason. According to a recent poll of 2,000 gym goers, we’re hitting the treadmill to lower our blood pressure and cholesterol rather than drop the pounds.

Improving our health has officially become more important than loosening our waistbands. But, it has meant that more of us are being struck down by the next-day aches and pains, and in some cases injuries. The poll showed that women go to the gym around 15 times a month, which works out at three to four times a week. Yet, three fifths of those complained of tiredness and stiff, achy muscles after exercising. Read More…

Is Natural Skincare Better For You?

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From the natural and organic to the “non toxic” and “free from”, there are plenty of terms that describe the new wave of clean beauty brands. And they are proving incredibly popular.

In the US, NPD noted a 13 percent rise in skincare brands that have an environmental focus which promotes wellness or natural ingredients in 2017.

According to The Soil Association, 74 percent of people said they would believe a product was free from ‘nasties’ if it had organic on the label. However, there is no set definition of what makes a product natural or organic. In fact, the category has very little regulation. Read More…

Why We’re Going Crazy For Crystals

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At some point over the past couple of years crystals lost their wacky, hippie reputation and became a coveted accessory. An affection for them as grown alongside our enthusiasm for all things wellness. So much so, a couple of years back Pantone declared rose quartz as one of the colours of the year, while London’s luxury Hotel Cafe Royal added crystal reading to its spa menu. You can even buy crystal-infused water should you wish.

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Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dog

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The Chinese Zodiac has a 12 year cycle and each year is prefixed with an animal sign. Depending on what year you were born, you’ll be either a rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog or pig. With the turn of the new Chinese year, we’re about the enter the year of the dog, but what does it all mean?

If you were born in 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958 or 1946 you fall under the zodiac sign of the dog. Each sign is split into five elements, including gold, wood, water, fire and earth. This year, it is the Earth Dog and the character traits are communicative, serious and responsible at work.

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