August Newsletter

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Hello and welcome to the August newsletter where we talk about wardrobes; skincare wardrobes and supplement wardrobes, with a light touch on fashion wardrobes (full blame on a certain fashion director). With the heat still on (as I’m writing this), we throw the focus on holiday products, although quite honestly we need most of these without even jumping on a plane to seek the sun. It has sought us.

We take a further look at Garden of Wisdom (GoW), the resurrection of a product, which is no longer in product heaven and if you don’t mind, I am also going to talk about my hair for a moment or two. Shabir makes an appearance (one of many) with a skincare regimen that is helping so many of you and there are a few treats sprinkled throughout, so please read carefully, we don’t want you to miss out. Let’s do it:

GoW for VH

I have several things to say here. The first thing is that we led the July newsletter with the ‘official’ launch of Garden of Wisdom for VH, even though I had slipped in a few paragraphs on some of the products in previous newsletters. The response, as you will have probably guessed, has been truly beyond our expectations and we are so grateful for the support and feedback. We are blown away, but then you can’t keep a good product down, actually plural, products.

The bestselling product at the moment is Vitamin C Serum 23% + Ferulic Acid, but then that doesn’t really surprise me because it has been featured here, there and everywhere, including The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and Harper’s Bazaar. Thank you Sarah Jossel. Thank you Lisa Armstrong. Thank you Bridget March. You can read these articles (and more) by clicking on the ‘In the Press’ link below and in each and every moment I am now hallucinating about bubble wrapping thousands of Vit C’s, except as I’m writing this, Shabir is on bubble wrap duty. All power Shabir!
In The PressVitamin C Serum 23% + Ferulic Acid £10 for 30 ml

And then there is HA. Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Vegetarian. And the feedback has been flooding in. Basically it’s all about the texture and efficacy. With so many of you commenting that it is the HA serum of all HA serums, no matter the price, high or low. Accolades make us extraordinarily happy. Excellent products make us even happier. This may go into wait list territory; if it does, then please don’t fret we will hopefully clear it within 7-14 days.
Hyaluronic Acid Serum £9 for 30 ml

As many of you know, I do not use acids on my skin; actually I will slightly correct that by saying that I very rarely use an acid. I know I am in the minority because most people love acids, but I will occasionally succumb if I feel my skin needs it. The latest product released from GoW is the Glycolic Acid Serum 5%. Do we, don’t we – Victoria asks the question and you know something, I just might every now and then.
VH Editorial: Should You Be Using Glycolic Acid?Glycolic Acid Serum 5% £12 for 30 ml

The great eye serum/cream debate. Two different camps. Those who swear by eye products and those who think they are a complete waste of time. The ‘waste of time’ camp believe that their everyday serums/creams are just as effective as a specifically formulated eye product. The ‘swear by’ camp reel in horror at the thought of not using a specifically formulated eye product and they often start using at an early age.

Shabir is in the ‘swear by’ camp. And nothing will move him. I float around both camps and I’m not so hard-core about it. It all starts off really well. I am a believer, honestly I am, but then I get lazy and keep forgetting to use an eye product even though I can see results. For the record, this also applies to neck creams.

But never mind that, I happened to get up close to Shabir’s skin a few days ago with a specific mission to check out his eye area. I really wanted to look through a 10 x magnifying glass, but I know my boundaries. Damn the man. He formulated the Eye Contour Serum primarily for his own use and he has no bags, no dark circles and virtually no lines. Complacency is just not happening. I’ve become hard-core about the issue. I swear.
Eye Contour Serum £18 for 30 ml

My Skincare Wardrobe

I have always had a ‘wardrobe’ of skincare products, across brands. It suits me and it suits my skin. Our skin is constantly changing and rather than stick to a specific skincare regimen, I use what I think my skin needs on any particular day (or night!).

And then Lisa Armstrong wrote about the high-low approach in her article about GoW (linked above). Her words sang to me because it is everything that I believe in and everything that I practice myself. Her words:

‘Even if you’re hooked on luxe moisturisers, you could introduce some GoW basics for your prep work. We’ve been taking the high-low approach in our wardrobes for years – now it’s time to do the same for our skincare regimens’. Yes Lisa, Dolce shoes and Zara white T-shirts. The £4.99 version because it’s a better shape than the more expensive ones. It works.

I can’t write about every single product that I use (most especially because I am always testing products), but I have a couple of things to say here. Low-Low works; High-Low works; High-High works. We are all different, but there are times when ‘low’ is better than some ‘high’, such as the HA Serum as above. Discerning. Absolutely. Let’s keep this thing real and tell it as it is.

So just some of my products. There are currently 18 GoW products and I have all of them. I haven’t actually used them all yet, but they are there for me to use as and when I feel the need. They sit alongside iS Clinical’s Warming Honey Cleanser and the Balm-Gel Cleanser from Harborist. I absolutely adore both these cleansers and please bear with, I have a few words to say about the Balm-Gel Cleanser after this section.
Warming Honey Cleanser by iS Clinical £34 for 120 grams

Onwards, and I always have a bottle of iS Clinical’s Active Serum in my skincare wardrobe, likewise their Reparative Moisture Emulsion. In all the years, nothing, but nothing has performed on my skin like Reparative when my skin kinks out. I travel with it too. It soothes my skin when needed, especially if I’ve been in the sun. It comes everywhere with me. As does Sheald Recovery Balm, but that’s another story.
Active Serum by iS Clinical £68 for 15 ml; Reparative Moisture Emulsion by iS Clinical £72 for 50 ml; Sheald Recovery Balm £43 for 60 ml

And then, LixirSkin’s Soft Clay Rubber because I am still totally obsessed with rolling away the grime and Coola’s MakeUp Setting Sunscreen Spray because I think it’s a phenomenal product.
Soft Clay Rubber by LixirSkin £28 for 60 ml; MakeUp Setting Sunscreen Spray by Coola £39 for 50 ml

Anyway, you get the gist and it’s actually quite fun to build a wardrobe if you don’t mind brand crossing. I’m not doing a body care wardrobe, well not on this newsletter, but basically it would probably be full of Ameliorate’s products because they just do it for me. Miracle Lotion too, the epic Miracle Lotion! Maybe on the September newsletter. Ah yes, September. Dippy Doo. Right, onto the Balm-Gel Cleanser, followed by a high maintenance moment and then my supplement wardrobe.
AmeliorateMiracle Lotion £16 for 237 ml

Balm-Gel Cleanser by Harborist

I wrote about and launched this rather fabulous cleanser on the April newsletter; for me it was instant love and for many of you too because it completely sold out and it has been out of stock until now. It arrived back just when I needed it. But more than that, it has arrived back with an award attached to it.

As many of you know, I have a horrid allergy to essential oils and my skin is extraordinarily sensitive anyway. I cannot use any skincare which is loaded with essential oils, which is why I always have third party testing done on those products. There are one or two exceptions when I have lab samples made for me leaving out the essential oils, but basically I am not alone and that’s why this cleanser is so important for those who have allergic reactions to many skincare products.

The award was from the FreeFrom Skincare awards and the Balm-Gel Cleanser was named as the best overall product across all categories. It also won a gold award in the face-care category and a silver achievement award. The announcement came with a quote from one of the anonymous testing panel, which I think will resonate with many:

‘My eczema has cleared up completely. It delivers on every level – as well as being effective it is truly kind to sensitive, highly reactive skin. It deeply nourished my skin, dramatically improving its health, feel and appearance’.

Kate Porter we applaud you. Many congratulations, you are helping so many of us who live with allergies and sensitive skin. We cannot wait for the next Harborist product to launch. Except I suppose we will have to. Tapping my fingers on my desk. Sensitive. Tap. Skin. Soon please Kate. And thank you.
Balm-Gel Cleanser by Harborist £25 for 100 ml (Vegan)

A High Maintenance Moment

It’s all about my hair. I hope you don’t mind me talking about my hair, but it went out of control a couple of weeks ago. It has behaved itself my entire life; I wash it every day, I blast it dry, shake my head and go. I only ever have my hair cut, it never enters my head to go and get it ‘done’. I get it cut about every eight to ten weeks, except it was only four weeks and I had to make an emergency hair appointment.

Five months on Ionicell and this is what has happened. I’m not alone. I know we are all different, but this is happening to many of us. I knew it was powerful stuff, Fulvic Acid is, but somebody is going to have to pay for my now high maintenance hair. I know. It can be Shabir. He discovered it. It’s all his fault. Skin, hair and nail Nirvana. I think so. And onto my supplement wardrobe we go:

My Supplement Wardrobe – A Celebration and A Treat

It’s all very simple. I take many supplements, some are specific to me as some would be specific to you. We are all different, but the one thing that remains constant is my base supplement wardrobe. I am sure you know exactly what these three products are if you read this newsletter regularly. A few newsletters ago I referred to them as my desert island supplements.

They are Hyaluronic Acid High Strength, Mega Probiotic ND and Ionicell; of course Ionicell, I truly believe everybody should take it, as indeed everybody should take a probiotic. And HA, well I have taken this forever, with one small ‘cold turkey’ moment, when I wanted to test its efficacy after taking it for so many years. That didn’t last long. I went into complete meltdown and double-dosed for about a month to recover. I don’t suggest you do that though. I can’t be held responsible for such things.

So let’s have a celebration. Let’s celebrate that our skin (all zones) won’t slide south and our joints will not click (HA); let’s celebrate that bloating is minimized (I mean hot weather bloating is seriously not on) and that our gut (don’t really like the word, but hey …) remains healthy (Mega P) and let’s celebrate Ionicell as above and more. Much more. Fulvic For Life.

The Treat: When you buy Ionicell and Mega Probiotic ND together, we will automatically throw in the travel size of Hyaluronic Acid High Strength. That is the 15 capsule size and it is worth £17.50. Quite simple really. One click shopping and all three products will arrive. Nothing to add except of course this offer will only last whilst our HA stock levels last.
The Supplement Wardrobe £39.50 (Includes Ionicell £20 for 60 Capsules; Mega Probiotic ND £19.50 for 60 Capsules; Hyaluronic Acid High Strength Capsules Travel Size – 15 Capsules worth £17.50) **Sorry, this promotion has now ended**

Our Three Bestselling Holiday Products

As it stands right now, Thyme Out is our bestselling ‘pack it in your suitcase’ product. I’m not really surprised because I know that when it gets to the end of the year and we do the VH Awards (I promised to do them again!), this could well sweep the board in so many different categories. But for now its soothing and healing properties will help tackle various inflammatory skin concerns such as prickly heat, rashes and sunburn and is a rather wonderful first-aid product too, helping to heal cuts and grazes and it also zaps those insect bites.
Thyme Out £18 for 200 ml

Last Summer, Mrs White’s Unstung Hero was our bestselling summer product; this was of course before we discovered Thyme Out and it may also have something to do with the fact that India Knight wrote about it in The Sunday Times and half the world (so it would seem) responded. We all love this amazing mosquito repellent, which certainly lives up to its heroic status and name. It smells divine too. No small thing.
Mrs White’s Unstung Hero Mosquito Repellent £20 for 250 ml

And last, but by no means least. The fabulous FanU. Keeping us cool in the heat, this is one of those products that you didn’t know you needed until you had it and then you discover you don’t want to live without it and start having a panic attack when the battery needs charging at the hottest time of day. I solved that issue by having two fans, but notwithstanding that, in the beach bag it must go.
FanU £9.99 Available in Pink or White; The One Stop Holiday Shop (I couldn’t write about all of them!)

The Facial Massage Debate

We love a debate and here Victoria takes a look at the facial massage debate:

Facial massage has been heralded as the one stop shop for plumping, firming and smoothing skin, as well as leaving it with a radiant glow. Unsurprisingly, plenty of skincare experts advocate the use of massage in some way to improve the quality of your skin.

Most facials incorporate some form of massage too, be it a dedicated section of the treatment or an accompanying technique when the therapist is cleansing or moisturizing your skin. The reason is that massaging the skin boosts your circulation and lymphatic drainage, which in turn reduces inflammation and puffiness.

Over the years, massage has evolved into a full workout for your face with some experts claiming that facial exercises could take years off of you. The vigorous massage techniques and pummeling are believed to tone and sculpt your facial muscles, as well as boost that fresh glow. Not everyone is on board though. There are some experts who stress that strong massage can actually break down your skin’s collagen and cause more damage than good.

In their book ‘You: Being Beautiful’ both Dr Oz and Dr Michael F Roizen argue that: ‘Exercising the facial muscles is a sure way to increase wrinkles. The repetitive movements of the skin, over the years, combined with the normal thinning of the collagen and elastin of the dermis, will eventually crack the skin, causing wrinkles’.

So how should you approach facial massage? While you want it to supercharge your circulation and get the blood flowing, you don’t want to be too rough with your skin. Hayo’u founder and Chinese medicine expert Katie Brindle developed the Beauty Restorer tool with this in mind. To work in harmony with Traditional Chinese massage technique, the jade tool is perfectly shaped to fit into the natural curves of your face and helps you to gently, but effectively, increase circulation. Jade is renowned for its soothing, cooling powers as well.

How long should you massage your skin for? It can be for as long or as short as you need. The Hayo’u method promotes one minute and longer ten minute rituals depending on how much time you have to spare. Plenty of experts recommend using your hands and incorporating massage into simple tasks, such as cleansing. A cleansing oil or balm, such as Derma E’s Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil, is the best texture to use as it encourages you to really work the formula into your skin.

Do you have to use tools? Plenty of therapists use their hands (as above) rather than tools to massage their clients skin, so there’s no reason for you to invest in one to reap the benefits. However, if you’re not sure how to approach facial massage or want the cooling powers of jade, then we recommend looking into the Beauty Restorer.
VH Editorial: The Facial Massage Debate by Victoria Hall; Beauty Restorer Face Tool £35; Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil by Derma E £15 for 60 ml

The Probiotic Concentrate by Aurelia

And before I have written one word about this new product, I am receiving emails declaring love and appreciation for a brilliant product. So what is The Probiotic Concentrate all about. Well, basically it has been formulated to help supercharge your skincare routine with an intensive, yet lightweight formula that contains Aurelia’s pioneering probiotic ingredients in their purest form.

These probiotic ingredients continuously protect, restore and balance the skin targeting pigmentation, loss of elasticity, hormonal breakouts, dullness and polluted skin and it has been formulated to either apply to cleansed dry skin, or to mix with your chosen serum, facial oil or moisturiser, morning, evening or both.

This sounds like a perfect skincare product to have in your skincare wardrobe. A drop here, a drop there, a boost here, a boost there. Well done Aurelia!
The Probiotic Concentrate by Aurelia Probiotic Skincare £38 for 10 ml

Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a chronic long-term inflammatory condition affecting the eyelids and the skin surround the eyes, often causing a lot of discomfort. There are two types of blepharitis, anterior blepharitis, which affects the outer edge of the eyelids where the eyelashes are found and posterior blepharitis, which affects the inner edge of the eyelids where the eyelid comes into contact with the eyeball.

The symptoms of blepharitis vary with the severity of the condition and they include red rimmed eyes, sore, burning and gritty eyes, foreign body sensation, as though there is something in the eye, sensitivity to light, watery eyes, bloodshot eyes, abnormal eyelash growth and a greasy eyelid appearance. Sufferers of blepharitis are also more prone to eye infections, particularly styes.

Shabir takes an in-depth look at this health concern, but more than that. He always, always recommended Ocusoft Lid Scrub Plus and/or Ocusoft Lid Scrub Plus Foam Cleanser and then they both suddenly departed and shot up to product heaven. We are not sure what happened, but both have been resurrected, which is a very good thing because they are brilliant products.
VH Editorial: Prevention, Symptoms and Treatment of BlepharitisOcusoft Lid Scrub Plus £9.95 for 30 Pre-Moistened Pads; Ocusoft Lid Scrub Plus Foam Cleanser £11.50 for 50 ml

Enterosgel

This is an amazing product. It is not new, but it is ages since I have written about it and so I will tell you that the Enterosgel sachets bring effective relief from diarrhoea, indigestion, IBS, food poisoning, upset stomach, travellers tummy and food allergies, with the exception of the treatment of anaphylactic shock.

With 30 years of clinical research behind it, Enterosgel is an innovative intestinal adsorbent (enterosorbent) developed for binding toxins, viruses, allergens, pathogens and other harmful substances in the GI tract and removing them from the body.

Enterosgel works like a clever sponge, gently passing through the gut. It adsorbs only medium-weight molecules of harmful substances in the gut and removes them within 12-24 hours with a normal bowel movement. Due to its hydrophobic features and porous structure, Enterosgel does not remove water, vitamins and other beneficial substances from the gut.

Enterosgel is suitable for babies, children and adults and is non-allergenic. It is easy to take, simply dilute in 100 ml of water one or two hours before or after a meal. Brilliant stuff.
Enterosgel £18.43 for ten sachets

The Acne Regimen

We like to keep things simple and whilst we can never claim that any product, topical or otherwise, will clear acne, three products have certainly been shown to help an awful lot and that would include helping to treat cystic acne. The feedback has been tremendous and so here comes Shabir’s recommended regimen in order of use:

Cleanse with Derma E’s Very Clear Acne Cleanser; Spritz with Thyme Out (a moderate spritz, not too much); GOW’s Niacinamide Serum.
And that’s it, you can follow through with a moisturiser if desired, or in more chronic cases we recommend Silver Serum.
Very Clear Acne Cleanser by Derma E £15 for 175 ml; Thyme Out £18 for 200 ml; Niacinamide Serum £9 for 30 ml; Silver Serum £12.95 for 50 ml

The Beauty Bible’s August Picks With A Treat Attached

Sarah and Jo know a thing or two about products; they have seen and tested (via the Beauty Bible awards) hundreds and thousands of products over the years. They know what works, they know what doesn’t. They also know what they love and use themselves and so they have put together their best VH picks as of this moment.

In this article they have mentioned This Works, Ilapothecary, the sleep products from Better You, Temple Spa, Thyme Out (yes they are hooked too!) and Margaret Dabbs Fabulous Legs.

The Treat: So let’s talk about Margaret Dabbs and let’s say that we are all in love with her Fabulous Legs collection. And let’s also say that we really respect all that Margaret has done with her brand. And let’s celebrate her brand by saying that with any Margaret Dabbs purchase (across the range), we will drop in her Intensive Anti-Ageing Hand Serum which is worth £30. Yes, you have read that correctly, £30. This will not show up on your invoice, but will automatically be included in your order, whilst stocks last of course. Only one gift per customer. Go! **Sorry, this promotion has now ended**
VH Editorial: The Beauty Bible’s August Picks; Margaret Dabbs

LivOn Labs

With the base supplement wardrobe done, I wrote above we each have different needs and I have just read an email from a VH Addict who is singing the praises of Altrient Glutathione for age spots. She wrote that she suspects this product could be overlooked, but in her opinion, it works far better than anything else she has tried. Trust her, she knows what she is talking about.

And then there was an article in The Times by Alice Hart-Davis who is absolutely swearing by Altrient C as a skincare supplement. Many agree. It is a brilliant product. And the third product in the range, Altrient B, which, amongst other things, helps reduce tiredness and fatigue. Heat lethargy? Try this.
Altrient Glutathione by LivOn Labs £79.99 for 30 Sachets; Altrient C by LivOn Labs £35.99 for 30 Sachets; Altrient B £54.99 for 30 Sachets

Athlete’s Foot & Candida

One of the most common areas affected by fungi and bacteria are the feet. Athlete’s foot gets its name because these fungi and bacteria thrive in warm, moist and dark environments such as swimming pools, locker rooms, gyms, showers and of course shoes. Not just limited to athletes, this concern is more common in males than females (one strike for the girls!) affecting roughly one out of ten people.

There are three types of Athlete’s foot and Shabir investigates all of them, while also recommending Horopito & Aniseed capsules. Interestingly in 1982, scientists at the University of Canterbury discovered that horopito was more effective at destroying Candida albicans than the powerful pharmaceutical anti-Candida drug, Amphoterican B. Two birds, one stone.
VH Editorial: Athlete’s Foot Treatment; VH Editorial: How To Treat CandidaHoropito & Aniseed £23 for 60 Capsules

Prickly Heat

Prickly heat, also known as heat rash, is one of those skin problems that manifests in an uncomfortable, itchy rash. Also known as miliaria, it occurs in hot, humid weather conditions when small particles of sweat block the sweat glands causing a rash to appear on the body. The rash can develop anywhere, but it most commonly occurs on the face, neck, back, chest and thighs. The trapped sweat causes localized irritation and the characteristic heat rash.

So how to tackle prickly heat. Shabir always recommends Stinging Nettle Root for both the prevention and treatment of prickly heat. Nettle is commonly employed to help provide relief of hay fever and other allergens because of its ability to inhibit the release of histamine, which is responsible for the rash. Additionally, nettle extracts are powerful diuretics helping to eliminate the compounds that are responsible for the rash.

To read more about prickly heat, please click on the article, where you will discover that Thyme Out is also recommended for this health concern. Is there anything this product can’t do!
VH Editorial: Preventing Prickly HeatStinging Nettle Root £14.95 for 100 Capsules; Thyme Out £18 for 200 ml

A Natural Remedy for Varicose Veins, Spider Veins, Haemorrhoids and Poor Circulation

Millions of people worldwide suffer from diseases associated with poor circulation. Varicose veins, spider veins and haemorrhoids are just some of the common circulatory disorders directly associated with poor circulation.

Circulatory concerns do not occur in a day, they are often a result of poor dietary and lifestyle choices, although they may also be associated with the ageing process. Poor circulation primarily affects the legs and feet, however the implications of poor circulation are widespread and can be severe.

Numerous concerns associated with poor circulation also include leg ulcers, tired and heavy legs, reduced libido, persistent wounds and infections, Restless Leg Syndrome, shortness of breath, mental fog, poor memory, dizziness and a lack of energy. Wow, quite a list there. Read more on the articles below.
VH Editorial: A Natural Remedy for Varicose Veins, Spider Veins, Haemorrhoids and Poor Circulation; VH Editorial: Restless Leg SyndromeDiosmin Plus £26 for 60 Capsules

VH Editorial

Ageless Style: that often explored subject in the summer style glossies and a pressing concern for women of an age when tousled bed head starts to look very much like having flu. The opening words of Carolyn Asome’s article which made me laugh so much, that I nearly choked on the water I was drinking at the time. I mean guilty as charged, but then as you will have read above I do wash my hair every day, this could perhaps be another reason why. I urge you to read, it’s fabulous.
Ageless Style: How Not To Look Mumsy (Or Like Mutton For That Matter) by Carolyn Asome

Jo Fairley decided she wanted to write about funerals. Yes funerals. She has written down her requests for her own (hopefully not imminent as she states) and shares those details with us. Far from morbid, this is all about celebrations, champagne, pink glitter coffins and Carly Simon. I told her she had forgotten James Taylor, so although not on her copy, he will be there too according to Jo. I see!
Funerals by Jo Fairley

Also this month Arly continues her discussion on how supplements have become the best step in her skincare routine – go Arly! Catherine Turner asks what’s your yoga style and Tina Gaudoin partakes in some wild swimming.
My Skincare and Wellness Supplement Routine by Detail Oriented Beauty; Yoga: What’s Your Style by Catherine Turner; Wild Swimming by Tina Gaudoin

The End Bit

Sarah Chapman: I am in giving mode, so if you buy any Sarah Chapman product, we will automatically send you Sarah’s Overnight Body Treatment (40 ml), worth £18. High performing and much loved by many, this is a really generous size, so I can only imagine it will fly out the door. As ever, this will not be included on your invoice, but will just arrive with your order. Again, only one gift per customer. Tra-la-la.
Sarah Chapman

Dream Coat – For Curly Hair:  We launched this on the last newsletter, the feedback has been awesome.  This from a VH Addict: ‘I have been one of your most loyal customers for many years and, as you know, I am not given to writing reviews.  But I just felt that I had to after trying Dream Coat For Curly Hair by Color Wow.  I have been searching for the perfect product for my curls for many years.  They either gave good curls, but were very crisp and crunchy or did very little at all.  Dream Coat has given me perfect, shiny curls that are not crisp or crunchy.  Not only that, they have remained perfect in this hot and humid heatwave, when I would usually go very frizzy.  I have found hair Nirvana’.
Dream Coat – For Curly Hair £24 for 200 ml

Summer Essentials Duo by iS Clinical: Another Limited Edition, this time from iS Clinical.  Two products in this kit, Cleansing Complex (the global bestseller) and Extreme Protect SPF 30, which does a wonderful job at repairing, hydrating and protecting.  Those who love iS Clinical will always love iS Clinical.

For those who have never used any of their products, this is an opportunity to discover the skincare brand that I have loved since the beginning of time – VH time.  So the details: Cleansing Complex (180 ml) is £35 and Extreme Protect SPF 30 (100 grams) is £64, which equals £99.  Except whilst stock lasts, the Summer Essentials Duo is offered at £74, saving £25.  Yes!
Summer Essentials Duo by iS Clinical £74 (Cleansing Complex £35 for 180 ml; Extreme Protect SPF 30 £64 for 100 grams)

And so we come to the end of another newsletter; I give thanks to the Inner Smile Jasmine Mist which I have liberally sprayed around me as I’ve been writing this; I am breathing smiles and sending my love and thanks to each of you for your incredible loyalty and support.

Together with Shabir, Victoria and the entire VH team, I hope you have a wonderful August. Please be safe, please drink loads and loads of water and perhaps we should do a ritualistic dance for rain – if it hasn’t arrived yet.

With love

Gill x

Victoria meets Dr Joe Cincotta

Dream Coat For Curly Hair

Color Wow is one of those incredibly rare hair care brands that doesn’t offer endless product ranges targeting every hair type and concern. Instead, it offers just one shampoo that cleanses every hair type effectively, two types of conditioner, several nourishing treatments and a handful of game-changing styling products. With the innovative entrepreneur Gail Federici at the helm, Color Wow prides itself on only launching products that are truly unique and those that deliver on their results. While Federici comes up with the ideas, it is Dr Joe Cincotta who actions them and creates Color Wow’s noteworthy products. As the brand unveils the latest product, Dream Coat for Curls, we caught up with Cincotta to find out more… Read More…

Wow Dream Coat Anti-Frizz Spray

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Fighting frizz usually involves a heavy, gloopy serum, but this anti-humidity spray is light — and it works – By India Knight

 

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    It seems extraordinary to me that some people are untroubled by rain, hair-wise. It rains on their hair and they laugh gaily, hahaha, in that Four Weddings “Is it raining? I hadn’t noticed” way. And then their hair dries and it looks nice. Ha! (This is not a gay laugh. It is a furious, bitter laugh.) Sometimes it dries in a poetically wavy way, in the sort of waves that people spend hours trying to create with a hot wand, the sort of waves that ought to be rippling in the sun, in a meadow. Or sometimes it dries and it’s as though it hadn’t rained at all.

    These people are massively annoying. If my curly, coloured, processed hair gets rained on, it turns into a giant cloud of frizz. It looks like spindly, fluffy weeds. It reminds me of a character called the Gentleman with the Thistle-down Hair in Susanna Clarke’s book Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell — a perfect thing to read as the nights draw in, actually; the BBC’s adaptation was also excellent. Anyhow, my point is that nobody wants their hair to remind them of thistledown, or gentlemen, for that matter.
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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…

Gill Meets John Frieda & Gail Federici

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Color Wow is the latest creation from internationally acclaimed hairstylist John Frieda and industry-renowned products innovator Gail Federici. John and Gail, co-founders of John’s original professional hair care company, have now gone on to form Federici Brands and ‘Root Cover Up’ is the first product to launch from the brand. As we launch this new and amazing innovation created for colour treated hair, I meet John Frieda & Gail Federici.

 

You sold the product brand ‘John Frieda’ ten years ago, so what have you been doing since that time?

John: Raising my family, seeking and investing in smart ventures and advising/consulting business colleagues, including the company that bought John Frieda Professional HairCare Inc.

Gail: I’ve spent some years in the music industry, which is going through turbulent change, but I’m always seeking niche opportunities, especially in the beauty and fashion industries. That’s what Federici Brands, the parent company of Color Wow, is all about.

What is your passion?

John: Gail and I founded HairRaising, an international initiative to support top children’s hospitals, like Great Ormond Street Hospital, through the salon and hair care industries.

Gail: Education and equal rights for women, especially in emerging cultures. History, politics and travel. Supporting Boston Children’s Hospital and their world-renowned clinics and specialists.

What is your life philosophy?

John: To put your heart and soul into whatever you do – the small things as well as the big things. Never compromise on quality. Do the best you can, but then let go of the outcome and trust that whatever happens is meant to be. And most importantly – never contradict Gail!

Gail: Think for yourself. Trust your gut and intelligence. Never stop learning. And never stop giving back. Read More…