March Newsletter

Potted Daffodils

Hello and welcome to the March newsletter where we will be launching not one, but two new skincare brands. Both are niche, both are specifically targeted and having said that we rarely launch new skincare, I suppose I had better start eating my words as I defy my own rules once again.

Additionally, we have a new product from Nannette de Gaspé, a world-first in sublinguals, a new range of supplements, including a fabulous nootropic (I will explain later) and we take a look at ginger for migraines and castor oil (yes really).

Laboratoire du Haut-Ségala (LHS)

Oooh-la-la. A new skincare brand. A new French skincare brand that went completely crazy when it recently launched over there, and now we have it over here. I think I know why several of the products went out of stock within inches of its launch and it wasn’t because of the name of the brand, which I can just about pronounce after practicing in front of the mirror. It’s because it’s cool, in every sense of the word.

The skincare market is split into many sectors, which includes the highly technical innovations (the firsts) and a significant return to the values of some of the most ancient ingredients in skincare, plants, which is where we are heading with LHS. This powerful new range of products is based entirely on the hero ingredient Aloe Vera, which I have always loved and which has saved my skin on numerous occasions.

Once again we have a range of products which are simplistic, they do what they need to do and put to the test, they work in a rather magnificent way, but I would expect nothing less quite honestly. There are just eight products, three day-care products, three night-time products, an eye contour and an Aloe Vera gel for the body. Let’s do them:

Day: We begin with a Micellar Water and we all love Micellar Waters; this one is delicately scented and it cleans the face and eyes gently. Enriched with floral waters and hyaluronic acid, it leaves the skin hydrated and smooth. I really, really adore this.
Aloe Vera Micellar Water £17 for 200 ml

We then move onto an Anti-Pollution Face Serum which easily penetrates the skin. The natural hydrating properties of Aloe Vera, combine with hyaluronic acid and alginate extract, allowing this anti-pollution serum to help protect the skin from external aggressions. I’m always happy when a product stands up to its promise. This does.
Aloe Vera Anti-Pollution Serum £20 for 30 ml

The light day cream combines Aloe Vera with Linden floral water and is enriched with Argan and Jojoba pure plant oils. When testing, I had a stash of hard-core drugs by my side in case I reacted badly. When this happens I am often rushed to A&E and put on a drip, which is far from cute, but I didn’t react and I have the most sensitive of skins. I did a happy skip and jump around my bathroom because my skin took on a fabulous glow after using all three of these products. Tick, tick …. fabulous scented skincare I can actually use.
Aloe Vera Day Cream £20 for 50 ml

Night: And of course we begin the night-time regimen with a Make-Up Remover, which is refreshing and purifying. They recommend that you put a drop or two on cotton wool and wipe all over your face; I rarely do what people tell me to do (ask Shabir – poor Shabir!), and I prefer to massage this straight onto my skin, rinsing with copious amounts of water.
Aloe Vera Make-Up Remover £17.90 for 125 ml

Another serum, a Face Serum for night-time use which is dry-touch and combines four pure plant oils, Aloe Vera (of course), Musk Rose, Jojoba and Hazelnut. Think ‘supple’ and then think ‘comfort’. Comfortable skin (and we all know when it’s not) rocks.
Aloe Vera Face Serum £20 for 30 ml

LHS call this a melting touch night cream. ‘Melting’ is an evocative word, but it literally does melt into the skin, repairing with marine and plant active ingredients. Fucus and Kelp extracts are blended with Aloe Vera and Rose floral water and suddenly floral waters are having a moment in a rather wonderful way. God, I love this.
Aloe Vera Night Cream £23 for 50 ml

And there we have it, a simplistic new skincare range, just three products in the morning and three products in the evening. But I’m not finished yet. There are two more products, the first of which became the bestseller in the entire range when it was released in France, and I have a feeling it may do the same here:

It would appear to be the season for eye products because I keep writing about them; I mean it’s not my fault, these fabulous products keep appearing before me and this one is no exception.

My excitement peaked when I saw it was roller-ball; it peaked again when I read the ingredients. Aloe Vera meets hyaluronic acid, meets Rose and Immortal floral waters, which are used to soothe and decongest the eye area.

So I rolled it under my eyes and an instantaneous coolness descended upon my skin. Wow oh wow, I thought, that feels amazing, but wait, I had other thoughts too. I think most of you will know where I’m going here. If it had such a powerful cooling effect on the eye area, what about putting it on pulse points, which I did, starting with my wrists.

Who cares if it was formulated for the eyes, I’m using it all over the place and it is going to be an essential go-to for the warmer months, which hopefully are on their way. But not only that, menopausal women unite, roll away the night-sweats, roll away the hot flushes, which always seem to arrive at the worst possible moment. I mean, for heaven’s sake – let’s roll together.
Aloe Vera Eye Contour £17.90 for 15 ml

How to follow that. Well, I will follow it by telling you about the eighth product in this range. It’s an Aloe Vera Gel for the body and I really don’t need to say any more. It does what it does and I always, always have Aloe with me whenever I travel. It’s in my bathroom too, obviously. And finally, Victoria takes an in-depth look at Aloe Vera. We need to do these things.
The Forgotten Beauty Benefits of Aloe Vera by Victoria Hall; Aloe Vera Gel £11.90 for 100 ml

Vegan Health Daily Oral Spray

The first indication I had of this new product from Better You was an email with the words ‘World’s First Vegan Health Daily Oral Spray’ in huge capitals; to me capitals are indicative of shouting (don’t we all love it when people send us ‘shouty’ emails – give me strength). Hold on, I thought, that is a huge claim and so I called the Better You boys (bonjour Andy) to clarify and they satisfied me enough with their research, so please allow me to introduce you to the World’s First Vegan Health Daily Oral Spray!

Loaded with vegan D3, vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin), iron and iodine, this daily oral spray has been specifically formulated to optimize vegan diets, containing the primary nutrients which are under-represented in vegan and vegetarian diets. These appear at scientifically substantiated levels to help support a healthy lifestyle.

It is recommended that you spray via the inner cheek; the spray delivers these four essential vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream via tiny droplets which absorb quickly into the buccal membrane of the inner cheek. Working closely with Cardiff University, this nutritional delivery system is extraordinarily effective. Please note: This is not suitable for children under 13.
Vegan Health Daily Oral Spray by Better You £ 14.95 for 25 ml

Baume Noir – Eyes

Nannette de Gaspé have just launched their latest product in the Baume Noir range, which I totally worship. It’s an eye product (told you we are on an eye fest) and dear God it’s £175.  Look, I know I keep writing about the price of the Nannette products, but I always tell it as it is. The thing is that I thought they would never talk to me again and take the products away from me, which would have needed some explanation, and here is why:

I’m sure that most of you will have seen that I called the Vitality Revealed masks hideously expensive on the last newsletter.  I did counter that by saying that they were brilliant, because they are.  And then what happened.  We sold out, that’s what happened.  And astonishingly Nannette de Gaspé still appear to be talking to me, which is rather miraculous under the circs.

So onwards and Baume Noir Eyes appeared on my desk in its signature black packaging.  My level of excitement was in line with when I first opened Baume Noir Face, except when I got to the actual product it was in a much smaller jar than Baume Noir Face.  Excuse me.  My poor little heart sank, but only for a moment because when I actually opened the jar and put my finger inside, I kind of understood.

As Baume Noir Face is lilac, this is knicker-pink colliding with Germoline in colour (thankfully not in smell).  And it’s not a cream as such, I thought it would be, but there we go, I was wrong.  It’s kind of a balm, but not a solid balm.  As one would expect from Nannette, it has a texture all of its own and all you do is warm the smallest amount between your thumb and middle finger, warming the product and then you just press (please don’t rub) it onto the eye area and that includes the upper eyelid.  So a smaller jar, but a super-concentrated formulation.  Relief!

For those that need to know these things, Baume Noir Eyes incorporates cutting edge, targeted ingredients, transported through a biomimetic micro-vectorized (lost – me too) technology to deliver a powerful blend of actives into the skin.  Ingredients include Green Tea Extract, Pomegranate, Caffeine, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid.  You would expect some of those ingredients in an eye product, but I’m rather intrigued by the inclusion of Persian Silk Tree Extract, a natural plant that can help diminish the dreaded puff and any number of other things.

Poor Shabir.  Spare a thought.  My adoration of high-end products continues.  I don’t often fall in love with eye products (I’ve written this several times in the past and yet in the space of a few paragraphs, I have gone and fallen for two), but I am more than in love, whatever that means.  And now a treat:

Treat:  If you order any Nannette de Gaspé product (this excludes the Miss de Gaspé range), we will automatically drop in a dry mask for you to try.  It is called Hydrate & Glow and it is just that, a hydrating and illuminating dry mask.  It is reusable, so you can have two sessions with this mask and don’t go looking to see if you can buy it (after the event) because it is not for retail sale.

If you haven’t dry masked, prepare to be amazed, but I need to tell that we only have a limited amount of Hydrate & Glow and once they are gone, they are gone, never to return. Amen.
Nannette de GaspéBaume Noir Eyes £175 for 15 ml

Neubria – Nootropics

This is the new range of supplements which come with a ‘Shabir Seal of Approval’; no small thing let me tell you. There are four supplements in the range, Spark, supporting memory and recall; Edge, supporting concentration and cognitive function; Krill, a sustainable advanced Omega 3 supplement and Drift to help support healthy sleep and relaxation.  Let’s look at them:

Three of the products, Edge, Spark and Drift, are advanced brain health supplements. Edge is formulated specifically for people who want to improve their mental performance (feel the need in me). It also happens to be a natural nootropic. Nootropics, are the new buzz in supplementation, although they have been around for some time.

Nootropics, often called smart drugs, are natural or synthetic substances that can be taken to help improve mental performance in healthy individuals. Clearly we are not doing smart drugs here, we are going natural, but Nootropics are fast gaining popularity as they help boost memory, focus, creativity, intelligence and motivation. Edge contains the natural nootropics, Bacopa Monnieri Extract, Ashwagandha Root Extract and Ginkgo Biloba Extract, together with 22 vitamins and minerals.

I became intrigued, so I am taking them. I mean we are not doing hard-core Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds here, heaven help us, no we are doing it the natural way and if it encompasses the sky and diamonds, I really don’t mind at all.
Edge by Neubria £25 for 60 Capsules

Spark, the second of the advanced brain health supplements, is designed to help support age-related memory and recall. It includes the six ingredient ‘clarity botanical complex’, which have been carefully chosen for their effects on cognitive function. Again it includes Bacopa Monniera together with Tumeric extract, Ginkgo Biloba and Sage Leaf extract. Other ingredients include Cognizin, which supports mental energy, focus and attention, Co-Enzyme Q10 and 22 essential vitamins and minerals. I like 22 as a number; just do.
Spark by Neubria £25 for 60 Capsules

The third in the advanced brain health series is Drift, which has been formulated specifically for people who struggle to relax at the end of an often stressful day. It contains Bliss Botanical Complex, a blend of four botanical ingredients that work together to help support relaxation and healthy sleep. The complex includes Lemon Balm Extract, Hops Extract, Chamomile Extract and Saffron Extract, all of which have demonstrated sleep-inducing properties.

Drift is further enhanced by the inclusion of l-tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that interacts with the brain chemicals which are most important for sleep and also the timing of your biological clock’s sleep-wake pattern.
Drift by Neubria £25 for 60 Capsules

Finally Krill. Neubria have formulated a pure Antarctic Krill Oil, a superior source of Omega 3, EPA and DHA, which have been clinically proven to help support heart, brain and eye health. Made from sustainable, traceable krill sources, Neubria recommends that Krill should be taken by anybody who doesn’t consume fish at least twice a week. That would be me. I don’t like fish and neither does Carolyn Asome. Obviously it’s really important that you know that about both of us in case any of you invite us to dinner – ahem.
Krill by Neubria £25 for 60 Capsules

31st State

The second skincare launch on this newsletter. I had been hearing all good things, actually make that fabulous things, about this range of products specifically designed for teenage skin and hair.

Trinny often talks about these products because Lyla, her daughter, uses them. Then I happened to be at a party with Catherine Robinson of CN Traveller, make that the very amazing Catherine Robinson who seems to appear on these newsletters rather regularly. Anyway at said party, she pinned me against the wall and told me I had to list 31st State. Didn’t really want to argue with her because she was wearing killer heels (actually so was I) and I thought she might spike me if I didn’t listen.

And then, behold, I received a phone call from Damiana Foscari of 31st State telling me that she had worked with my daughter at Burberry (back in the day) and that Lara had said I would list the brand. I am totally unaware at which point Lara decided VH policy. Er, Lisa Armstrong and Carolyn Asome, I included that last sentence for your amusement.

Enough preamble, let’s talk products and they contain powerful active natural ingredients that work and smell great. The brand, created by Stephanie Capuano, is inspired by a vibe that is pure California, the 31st state where clean living is a way of life. In Stephanie’s words:

‘What I wanted was products that were made from clean, high quality ingredients – what my sons wanted was for them to really work, and be cool, of course. Stuck between green-washed and fake natural products that smelled awful and lacked efficacy, and stereotypical make aftershave type products laden with chemicals, there seemed to be no option for boys like my sons, or me, the purchaser’.

Teenage boys, teenage girls and Ms Victoria Hall who really, really rates these products, most particularly the Overnight Clearing Pads, which she has been waxing lyrical about. Any minute now, I will start dreaming about 31st State, but just to say although the brand is in its infancy, the Overnight Clearing Pads have already won an award.

Right, back to it and we have another simple range of products, three skincare products, two body care products and two hair care products:

Foaming Face Wash

Created to keep your skin looking clear and feeling fresh, Foaming Face Wash incorporates Tea Tree and antibacterial Manuka, working together to target spots by helping get rid of oil. Magnesium, Copper and Zinc help regulate excess sebum and help prevent breakouts. Another accolade, Foaming Face Wash was a finalist at the GQ Grooming Awards 2019.
Foaming Face Wash £12.99 for 150 ml

Spot Control Gel

The same combination as above, Tea Tree, Manuka, Magnesium, Copper and Zinc, this concentrated gel zeros in on the bacteria that causes spots, while helping to prevent future breakouts. Dab a small amount onto spots and spot prone areas. It can be used morning and night.
Spot Control Gel £ 12.99 for 15 ml

Overnight Clearing Pads

Once again, all the same ingredients with the addition of Lactic Acid. Ah, now I know why Victoria is smitten, she loves an acid and these pads have been formulated to keep your skin looking clear, removing surface dirt and oil. There is something about the word ‘dirt’ that excites me. Dirty chips aside (sorry), the word conjures up cleaning products, which I have a thing about. A good thing. Let’s clean.
Overnight Clearing Pads £15.99 for 50 Pads

Body Care

Two products here, a 2-in-1 Hair & Body Wash and a Roll-On Deodorant. The Hair & Body Wash was created to help you feel clean and fresh all day long. It includes Silver, which actively fights bacteria. Zinc helps control body odour and soothes the skin. The Roll-On Deodorant actively fights the microbes that cause unwanted body odour offering long-lasting protection. It is Aluminium free.
2-in-1 Hair & Body Wash £8.99 for 250 ml; Roll-On Deodorant £5.99 for 50 ml

Hair Care

Another two products, Style & Shape Hair Putty and Easy Hold Styling Gel. Providing texture, definition and subtle hold, Hair Putty is loaded with Tamanu Oil and hydrating Shea Butter, which will also protect your hair from UV rays (I know, I know, we don’t live in California, but we still get rays). The Styling Gel is just that, a styling gel, which is non-sticky and smells pretty great. Shame I don’t use hair gel; maybe Shabir will.
Style & Shape Hair Putty £8.99 for 100 ml; Easy Hold Styling Gel £6.99 for 100 ml

Castor Oil

And suddenly we are talking about Castor Oil. I know, can you believe. If you were force fed spoonful’s of castor oil as a child, you’re probably not thrilled that the pale yellow liquid is enjoying a resurgence of popularity, writes Victoria in her article on Castor Oil. This time though it’s less about its bowel-inducing powers and more about what it can do for your skin.

Synchronicity can be awesome. I had been with Anastasia (Achilleos) and she had slathered Castor Oil all over my body; castor oil heals she said. I’ll take that. And literally within a couple of hours, Lisa (Armstrong) told me that she had been taking Castor Oil and she was going to write a column about it in The Telegraph.

There are so many castor oils on the market, but we like Pukka’s Castor Oil basically because if you are going to use castor oil, it needs to come from a trusted source, most especially now that it is having a moment.

Castor Oil has endless uses, aside from its medicinal qualities and knowing what I know, I don’t think this is going to be one of those fad moments. The potential of this humble oil is massive and you can read more about this in Victoria’s article. Medicine cabinet or bathroom? Both.
Why Castor Oil Is Making A Comeback by Victoria Hall; Organic Castor Oil by Pukka Herbs £9.95 for 250 ml

Ginger for Treating Migraines

Most people suffering from migraines are often prescribed a group of drugs called triptans to relieve the symptoms of migraines and severe headaches. Triptans bind the serotonin receptors in the brain helping to diminish the swelling of the blood vessels in the brain. The most common side effects of triptans include dizziness, fatigue, dry mouth, flushing and infrequently, chest pains.

Going the natural route, Magnesium supplements are often recommended to help prevent migraines since Magnesium is a muscle and nerve relaxant, which may help to prevent the swelling of the blood vessels in the brain.

Alongside Magnesium, Ginger is now gaining popularity as a remedy for helping to treat headaches and migraines. Shabir takes an in-depth look at Ginger and analyses the results of a study which showed that both triptans and Ginger reduced the severity of migraines within two hours, although obviously Ginger did not have any notable side effects, which are often present when taking prescribed medication.
VH Editorial: Ginger for Treating MigrainesGinger Capsules by Lamberts £9.95 for 60 Capsules

My Under-Eye Moment

Please don’t fret, I am not about to write about a third eye product. I just need to tell you something. I have no idea how it happened, but I woke up recently and found a rather unattractive gash under my eye. I’d love to blame Shabir, but I can’t.

Anyway, no point in speculating, it needed to go. One of these days I’m going to write about my top ten epic products of all time, but one thing I do know is that Sheald Recovery Balm will be pretty high up on the list. I immediately used it on the gash and that evening I applied it again. The following morning no sign of the gash whatsoever. I believe in miracles. This is a miracle product and nothing comes close. I doubt anything ever will. Well not in my lifetime.
Sheald Recovery Balm by iS Clinical £43 for 60 ml

Hormones and Skincare

Our hormones are critical to our overall wellness and also for our skin health. Being aware of how hormone levels change within a month can make us more inclined to use skincare products that are functional and appropriate. Your hormones constantly affect your skin and although linked to age, there are other scenarios that also come into play.

Shabir takes a look at fluctuating oestrogen levels and how when oestrogen drops, testosterone and progesterone become dominant, which can lead to greater inflammation.

A month’s cycle in other words and for the purposes of this article Shabir has used the Garden of Wisdom products. Well he would really, as he formulated them. And his next formulation, well expect it within the next few weeks (all things being equal) and it’s a stunner.
VH Editorial: Hormones and Skincare

Prevention, Symptoms and Treatment of Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a chronic long-term inflammatory condition affecting the eyelids and the skin surrounding the eyes 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.

There are many causal factors for blepharitis, but the most common one is staphylococcus infection. This bacterium species invades the follicle of the eyelash or the glands around the eyelids. The eyelid tissue may be sensitive to the toxins secreted by these bacteria resulting in a thick, sticky discharge, which may cause the eyelids to stick overnight.

So what are the other causes of blepharitis and how can you treat it? The answers are all in the article below.
VH Editorial: Prevention, Symptoms and Treatment of Blepharitis; OcusoftHycosan Extra Eye Drops £10.95 for 7.5 ml

Ful.Vic.Health

Let’s talk Fulvic Acid. The bestselling product in the Ful.Vic.Health range changes from day to day, literally. The race is on between Fulvic Acid Shampoo, Fulvic Acid Mist and of course Fulvic Acid Elixir (aka The Libido Elixir!). I just want to add something here. Some of you are confused whether to take Ionicell or Fulvic Acid Elixir, it doesn’t really matter which, it’s a personal choice.

I think some of the confusion has arisen is because I have written several times that I take both. Basically I’m an all or nothing girl, and on this I have gone OTT because I can and because I am hooked to the staggeringly brilliant results. You absolutely don’t need to do what I do, except so many of you are. I think this customer knows which one she prefers:

‘I have been taking Fulvic Acid Elixir for six weeks now and am quite frankly stunned at the effect it has had on my terrible nails. For several years I have not had proper nail growth with only part of some of my nails growing due to damage to the cuticle and nail bed. But now I have proper nails again for the first time in years and I am sure it is down to this Elixir.

I can’t actually believe the change – a doctor looked at my nails and said she doubted there was anything I could do about them. Well I am convinced this Elixir has the difference. I stopped taking Ionicell and switched and have seen a big change. Plus I find it hard to swallow so many supplements. Please spread the word for people with serious nail problems.’ Thank you, consider it done!
Ful.Vic.Health from £25

Some Things

It’s a rather miraculous occasion when Shabir lists supplements, aside from our own of course, but we have listed Neubria, as above and we listed Ultra Collagen+ on the February newsletter. It went slightly bonkers and the feedback has been amazing; suppose you can’t keep a good product in whatever category.
Ultimate Collagen+ £42.99 for 90 Capsules

Spring is on its way and to celebrate, Annee de Mamiel is about to release her Spring Facial Oil. I have put it on pre-order for the moment but the moment it arrives (in a few days), we will send it to you.

Hand blended to be ready to use as of the Spring Equinox on 20 March, this new season blend works at a cellular level to deliver renewed energy, helping to bring Winter weary skin back into bloom. I will be writing forever if I list the ingredients, so please check our product page for that, but Annee created this seasonal facial oil using the finest ingredients known for their age-defying, antioxidant, balancing and brightening qualities, helping your complexion radiate vitality and clarity.

I think everybody knows that Annee is a personal friend; there is nothing like watching the success of a friend and the following quote from the New York Times Magazine made me completely emotional because we have known each other a very long time: ‘To say that these oils have a cult following is to say that Miuccia Prada has a nice little dressmaking business – it is an understatement of colossal proportions’. Bravo Annee – respect.
Spring Facial Oil by de Mamiel £80 for 20 ml

The Resurrection: We thought CocoBaci had gone to product heaven, which seemed rather a shame since this coconut oil-pulling brand had developed a following. And somehow it is back. Don’t ask me why or how because I don’t know.
CocoBaci £19.95

Constipated. I’ve asked the same question over and over. Why do most women suffer from constipation, if not permanently, at certain times like when we go away. I think Shabir did explain it once, but I’ve forgotten, so never mind that, there is a new supplement called KiwiZyme which is a natural fibre for constipation, helping to calm inflammation.

KiwiZyme includes a combination of Kiwi Fruit Extract, Aloe Vera inner leaf and Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) prebiotics. The Kiwi fruit extract also includes the fruit flesh to provide significantly high levels of the digestive protease enzyme, Actinidin. Protease digestive enzymes help break down protein into amino acids.

Apparently, it really does work, but don’t ask me to test it because I have a severe allergy to Kiwi. This fascinates Shabir who has, on several occasions, threatened to smear me with Kiwi. Bad boy, you are not getting my 50% of VH by killing me. Castor Oil for me then.
KiwiZyme by Viridian £20.40 for 30 Capsules

Beat the Blues. All I will say is that these products are magical and if you missed what I wrote about the new products in this range, you can read all about them here, as they appeared on the last newsletter. Divine divinity.
Beat The Blues from £27

VH Editorial

I have written about several articles throughout this newsletter, but in addition the profound Ms Carolyn Asome (as I now refer to her) has written about why you should embrace a little failure. Will somebody somewhere please give this girl an award for her services to VH. Her remarkable insights to life truly move me.
Why You Should Embrace A Little Failure by Carolyn Asome

Jo Fairley discusses women’s rights, nope we are not going political, we are talking shoes here. And if we are talking shoes, let’s talk Allbirds, which Jo refers to and all the fashion girls (and me) are wearing.  Blame Lisa Armstrong.  She made me do it. Moving on, Jo, together with Sarah Stacey,  declare that it’s all about cleaning your beauty stash in this month’s Beauty Bible article.
A Woman’s Right To Shoes by Jo Fairley; These Shoes May be Boring, But They’re The Latest Cult A-List Buy by Lisa Armstrong; How To Spring Clean Your Beauty Stash by Beauty Bible; 

Danielle Fox talks about five nutritional trends to have on your radar and finally Perdita Nouril asks if we really need to change our skincare each season.
Five Nutritional Trends To Have On Your Radar by Danielle Fox; Do You Really Need to Switch Up Your Skincare Every Season by Perdita Nouril

The End Bit

Victoria is totally besotted by Sarah Chapman’s Cleansing Cushions. These are layers of plush cotton featuring an easy-to-hold ergonomic finger pocket for improved dexterity and hygiene. I put one on each of my fingers and started playing finger puppets, which kept me amused for several minutes.
Cleansing Cushions by Sarah Chapman £14 for 80 Pads

I think it’s probably best I stop writing, so all that remains is for me, together with Shabir, Victoria and the VH team to thank you for supporting us, for sending the emails that you do and for ongoing loyalty.

I hope you have a wonderful March.

With love

Gill x

Facial Massage

New-Facial-Massage

If you were to ask us one key piece of beauty advice, we would probably answer: massage your face. Once upon a time, we had a friend who was terrified to touch her face, in case she wrinkled it. Yet the opposite is more true: massaging your face – getting the lymph flowing and the circulation moving – is incredibly good for skin, delivering nutrients, boosting radiance and de-puffing, as the lymph drains away. It’s also fantastically de-stressing, especially massaging the cheek and jaw area where a lot of us unwittingly store tension. (Do an instant check: are your jaws clenched together, as you read this? If so, simply press along the jaw-line right now to remove some of that stress.) Read More…